Archive for June 2008

A Year Without New Clothes

June 27, 2008

If you’re in the Indy area, you should pick up this week’s issue of Indy.com the magazine. My very crafty and stylish friend Miss Jenny Elig has a feature story titled “A Year Without New Clothes” where she talks about her new adventures in sewing more and shopping less. Being tired of her overly-stuffed closet and under-stuffed bank account, Jenny is attempting to go a whole year without purchasing anything new. Since she’s a very crafty and talented lady to begin with, she shouldn’t have any problem reworking old clothes and making new ones out of the materials she already owns. I’m so proud of her and, honestly, her opening lines struck a chord with me:

Happiness isn’t found in a bottle, a bank account or a shopping bag. It’s a trite sentiment, but it’s one that was actualized after I emerged from Forever 21, loaded down with bags of new clothes, though my closets are too full for any additions. But there’s something about the thrill of finding the “it” thing. Then whipping out a credit card – having the “mine,” the ownership, the possession.

That is SO me! I’m so the girl who thinks that she will find this thing that will make her life perfect! It’s a very bad cycle and one I would really like to break. So, I did some looking around and found this book that may be the bible for anyone looking to ask themselves WWJD (What Would Jenny Do):

I came across it while looking for Jenny’s story online (which I didn’t find) but I did find this:
Waste Not…Take Three Wardrobes

It’s something to think about and, again, Jenny…I’m proud of you. Keep us posted on your progress!

Stick It To Ya!

June 27, 2008

Last year, my friend Chad bought a cute little house and immediately started turning it into one of the cutest man-friend homes I know of. One of his Pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance is a fox wall decal on his orange living room wall. It’s not something I would expect but it fits nicely and gives the room an interesting conversation piece. When I asked him where he found it, he told me about this extension of Threadless called Blik Surface Graphics. There’s a variety of options – some too much for my liking – to choose from, including this cool little Eames-inspired circle set:

Now, where would I put something like this in my home? Hmmmmmm.

Mid-year Resolution List

June 26, 2008

Okay, to be fair, it IS technically past the mid-year mark but, lately, I’ve needed to make a list of things I’d like to do with my life. Yeah, I’m having one of THOSE days/weeks/months. I’m a lover and hater of the resolution list. I think they can be a good thing to get you motivated but also believe you can’t do it just once a year. The people with the New Year’s Resolution List will, in most cases, fail. So, I think it’s important to constantly update your list and check it to see how far you’ve come and where you still need to go. I’m also hoping that, by putting it out here in cyber-space for all the world to see, I’ll be more apt to whip my ass into shape.

Plus, I just recently decided to start Weight Watchers to get that final 10-pounds off and, hopefully, lower my cholesterol by a few points. I figure it’s worth a try and it’s worked for many of my friends. So, with that fresh start on my horizon, I give you my Mid-year Resolution List:

  1. Say something positive to myself each and every day.
    Not some cheesy quote or borrowed line…just something that helps foster positivity and motivates me to be the best person I can be (okay, now THAT sounds cheesy).
  2. Stop being SO catty and negative.
    Although it can be fun to be catty towards celebrities and people I don’t even know, sometimes it can send me in a negative spiral. So, I will try to keep this in check (note: I did say “so,” which allows me some wiggle room).
  3. Finish the bi-jillion craft projects I have started and/or that are in my head.
    Yeah…this one needs no explanation. I’m a starter and not so much a finisher of the craft project. I have a tunic, a jacket, a pair of pants that need to be hemmed, a skirt, a clutch, a quilt and multiple other projects I’ve started or thought about that I JUST NEED TO WORK ON, DAMN IT.
  4. Wear something beautiful every week.
    Not just something cute or comfy, but something that makes me feel top of the pops. Something that’s not just a cotton skirt and blouse. You know what I’m saying? It’s all fine to feel cute but I think it’s a harder thing to feel beautiful…to really, truly feel it. Maybe wearing something beautiful will do the trick.
  5. Do something I’ve never done before…every week.
    This one is a hard one because it puts me outside of my comfort zone. Whether it’s having lunch alone at a favorite restaurant with a good book or going somewhere I’ve never been (or trying something I’ve never tried), I think this could be an extremely positive experience.
  6. Read a book every month.
    I’m in my thirties…I should be able to do this by now.
  7. Be active at least three days per week.
    I mostly do this now but it’s something I want to continue to do.
  8. Create a new logo for my business.
    For those of you who don’t know, by day I’m a self-employed graphic designer. It’s high-time I update my identity and I’ve been in a negative, poo-poo cycle about my ability to do so. “NO MORE!” I say. I shall concept and create something fabulous! (How’s that for positivity?)

I think that’s it for now. I’ll probably have more to add in the future and I’m sure I’ll update you on where I’m at on a few, from time to time (I’m looking at you #3).

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

June 26, 2008

I was doing my morning blog reading when i came across this on gofugyourself.com:

Toccara. Oh, Toccara. Where did you go? I mean, like the girls at gofugyourself said, I’m happy to see you healthier but it’s almost like you aren’t YOU anymore (not that I claim to actually KNOW you personally). It’s just weird. And that’s all I’ll say.

I was just asked by a male friend of mine, who didn’t know who Toccara Jones was, to post a photo of her as we all remember her:

I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding anything other than booby-licious magazine cover shots but this will do.

I’m always the last to know: ShopStyle.com

June 25, 2008

My friend Stacie just sent me an email about this site:

She prefaced her info with a “you probably already know about this but…” and, I’m sad to say, I didn’t. And I’m glad she sent it along because it’s right up my alley. So, for those of you who don’t know about shopstyle.com, here’s your heads-up. Thanks, Stacie!

I’m in Love With: Certain Dri

June 25, 2008

When I was a teenager, going through my horribly awkward phases like we all do, I had a horrible hyper-hydration problem. It was so bad that I had to specifically pick shirt colors that wouldn’t show the large underarm circles that would start to form as soon as I set foot in school. Was it nerves? Yes. Did I just sweat for no reason? Most definitely.

After trying every product out there that touted “eliminating odor” and “strong enough for a man but made for a woman,” I was very disappointed and felt that I would just have to deal with this problem forever. And, although I love black clothing, I didn’t want to be forced into a wardrobe of all black just to hide perspiration stains. Ick!

Enter Certain Dri

I know this sounds over drammatic, but it was my last and only hope. I had pretty much given up on finding my sweat solution when I walked into my hometown Hook’s Drugs and saw this generic looking box sitting on the bottom shelf. At the time, it seemed SO expensive (I think it might have been $7.99) and I was hesitant because of past disappointments. But, to my surprise, it worked! It worked so well!

The thing about Certain Dri is that it is a little questionable…I mean, it’s probably really harmful to my body, right? I don’t know and, sometimes, don’t care. I put it on before I go to bed, when I’m having my occasional hyper-hydration issues, and it’s helped me through my sweaty phases over the last 15 years of my life. Quite honestly, it’s the only thing that’s guaranteed and, if you have a pitting-out problem, this product has your name written all over it.

My Grade: A++

Paging Betty Paige.

June 23, 2008

Ahhhh, the pinup. The retro throwback. The era that, if I could choose to live in any other time, I would. Veluptious women with adorable dresses and heels and accessories. Baking a cake in 3-inch heels was no sweat and you looked good doing it, damnit.

Well, thanks to OPI, I can channel my inner Betty Paige:

My favorite color: See Ya Later, Sailor! (the second from the right). But, if I know my OPI, I bet they have a little mini pack that I can get my grubby little paws on. Me thinks a trip to ULTA is in my very near future.