Ruckus usually doesn’t get much facetime here, mostly because she’s shy and doesn’t like to sit still for my camera. Today, however, she decided to be ridiculously photogenic, minutes before I hauled out the vacuum, so I was able to snap some super cute photos of her.
Dress: Anthropolgie via Buffalo Exchange
Necklace: Charlotte Russe (fake Anthro!)
Belt, shoes: Forever 21
Tights: Won from We Love Colors (rust)
My mom was excited to use my camera, so she took this photo of me. Just me. Apparently no one else wanted to be in the photo, so I pretended I was holding a pie… It’s a normal thing we do in our house!
We also took some shots of the family and all the kids with our dad.
My brother, me, dad, Cher
The whole family! (I’m ducking down. I’m usually taller than a few of these people!)
Mom, Deb/Auntie (John’s mom), John, Ruth (John’s girlfriend), me, Joe, dad and Cher.
And, in case you saw my tweets, I made my dad a mincemeat pie (he requested it). I’ve never made one before (I don’t think we’ve ever had one). So I found a recipe and made it from scratch. He was SO excited about it. It tasted like fruit and a TON of brandy to me, but he says that’s how it’s supposed to taste. He’ll be eating the leftovers for at least a week.
What am I thankful for? My family for always being there, my friends for everything (whether they’re IRL or online), my cats letting me take hilarious photos of them, Joe for always listening to me whine and Michigan’s weather for not snowing yet.
And for everyone who reads anything I post. I’ve made so many friends the past year (and a half) and I’m always amazed by how many people I seem to meet through blogging, in real life or just online. I have some amazing friends I didn’t know about (or only blog-stalked!) a year ago.
And, just to leave you with a not-so-serious ending, here’s Loafy!
Loafy is NOT thankful for goldfish crackers… 🙂
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with Georgia, from Georgia Renee photography, based in Colorado. The photoshoot was in Dexter and Ann Arbor and was a whole lotta fun!
Here’s the sneak peek, and be prepared for some fun posts next week!
(Me: Loafy do you want to be in the picture?
Dress: Vintage, salvation army ($5!!)
Shoes: Nine West
Pearls: Old (and fake)
Sad thing? I actually was cooking as I took these photos because I was just that hungry! I found this dress at the salvation army. I couldn’t tell if it was actually from the 50s or from the revival in the 80s. I don’t really care, because it’s awesome!
Welcome to my new haircut. I did it on a whim Wednesday night. I had my scissors in my hand, and asked for advice on Twitter. Yes, Twitter. Isn’t that where you go for all your advice?
Simply because I had some pink Manic Panic around, I added some to my hair. It fades out in a few washes, so it won’t be in for more than a few days.
And, because I was so amused with my hair this morning, this is what it looked like when I woke up:
(Yes, I slept in my makeup. No, I’m not proud of it.)
My featured blogger for July is EvaNadine of Stumble into Style!!
I really admire EvaNadine and love her blog because she’s real. She’s a real woman, living a real life and showing us what she wears while doing it. But, rather than have me blather on about her for paragraphs, I’ll let her introduce herself!
1. Describe your blog in three words:
Attempts at fashion
2. What/who are your style inspirations?
I find inspiration from many places, mainly from the other bloggers I read. I also look at my friends and coworkers, and people on the street. Sometimes I am inspired by architecture or food, or even other “non-style related” things. I don’t really read any fashion magazines, but when I do, I sometimes pick up ideas from what I see in there.
Mainly, my style is inspired by everything and everyone around me.
3. What are your three favorite things in your closet?
I have never been the kind of person to tell you my favorite anything — as soon as I’m done making the list, the list has already changed!
In the spirit of playing along, here are three of the items I like the most:
(1) My Orange and White Zebra-Striped Cardi (seen here, here, here and here)
I bought this cardi on a whim, and I have absolutely loved having it in my closet. Originally, I had envisioned wearing it with mostly-neutral outfits as a pop of color, but instead, I have found such joy in pairing it with other bright colors. I actually have to put effort into not bringing this puppy out on a more regular basis.
(2) My Green Anne Taylor Loft Dress (seen here and here)
True, grass/kelly green is my favorite color, so I was thrilled when I snagged this dress on sale. I love the details of the gathering around the waistline and shoulders. While it has only been featured on the blog twice, I have actually worn this dress several times. I forsee pairing it with some great colors this summer, and I look forward to making it work for fall and winter.
(3) My Gray Vest (seen here, here, here and here)
This is one of those purchases I never would have considered if I hadn’t discovered this world of fashion blogging, but I am so glad I did! I love that this vest both adds a touch of class and “funks” up an outfit a bit. I also love that it nips me in at just the right part of my waist. It’s such a go-to piece for me.
4. What outfit or piece of clothing would you buy if money was no object?
If I were a good little fashion blogger, I would say something like “Clearly I would buy a pair of Louboutins!” right? I have never been the kind of gal to be turned on by a name brand — instead, I prefer to appreciate the actual look and feel of a particular piece. I have no problem buying a knock-off that will save me several hundred dollars. I have found myself fairly attracted to the L.A.M.B. shoe aesthetic, so maybe a pair of those? These days, I would consider a pair of Steve Madden or Naughty Monkey shoes to be a splurge.
5. What are your top five favorite stores to shop at?
Marshalls/Ross/TJ Maxx: Basics and pleasant surprises
Goodwill: shoes and more pleasant surprises
New York and Company: Skirts and Pants
Laila Rowe: accessories
“Online”: when I am searching for something very specific and also want to compare prices
6. Who is your style icon and why?
Is it crazy to say that I don’t have one?
I have always considered myself to be a rather eclectic person, so it follows that I have a fairly eclectic sense of style. I can find things I like and don’t like in just about any style from preppy to goth to punk to hip hop to glam and beyond… It’s hard to pick a style icon, since I don’t think I have ever seen one person envelope so many styles. I am inspired by those who can truly be chameleons.
7. What has been your favorite blog post to write?
Honestly, I have yet to write my favorite blog post, the one that I can point to and say “There, that’s the best one I’ve written!”
One of the very early posts I wrote really had little to do with style, but it was one of the most fun days I have had in a while: http://stumbleintostyle.blogspot.com/2010/02/snow-style.html
This winter, we really got slammed with tons of snow. We had just moved into our new place (literally — we were carrying furniture as the snow was coming down on us and the beltway was at a standstill) and we ended up getting out of work for a week. We had nothing to do but unpack, and we started going a little stir-crazy.
I had ordered the fun knit dragon hat from an etsy seller as part of my Halloween costume (the hat came with matching gloves, all of which I wore with a cheap wedding dress — I was Bridezilla) and I was excited to have a chance to wear it as part of “normal wear.” My fiance and I walked to the grocery store a few blocks away, which was closed, and we proceeded to play bumper cars with shopping carts in the parking lot. The only store that WAS open was a beer store, which happened to sell both of our favorite beers (which are a little tougher to find).
All-in-all, it was a really fun day, and I think it is important to share that sort of personality on the blog. Sometimes I think I don’t do a great job of really nailing my true personality on the blog, so it is posts like this one that make me smile.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Married. Probably with a kid or two.
Hopefully not working in the same place.
I’d love to lose some weight, and hopefully I will be fabulously stylish. 😉
9. Why did you decide to start a blog?
This is a question I have asked myself a few times. There are so many wonderful blogs out there, and I quickly grew to feel like a part of this blogging community. I’m not sure that I really bring a new perspective or that I have anything new to say, but I felt like if I was going to read all of these other people’s blogs and leave comments for them, it only seemed fair that I share the same of myself.
I suppose that’s why I actually started my blog.
But I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I have already changed over the few months of keeping my blog. I have been able to see which pieces look good on me and which don’t. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with some of the combinations I have put together, and just as disappointed when something I thought would look great just didn’t.
So, while I started the blog to share with others, the blog really is just as much a mirror for myself.
10. Anything else you’d like to share?
I welcome feedback from my readers. What did you think about an outfit I wore? What would you like to see more or less of on my blog? I love being able to feel like I actually know my readers, so please, don’t be shy!
Shirt: Detroit Derby Girls (bought at Comerica Fest a few years back and borrowed from my husband)
Jeans: Old Navy
Aviators: Really old
Shoes: DSW (old)
Headband: Forever 21
Welcome to a glimpse of my large t-shirt collection. You’d probably be shocked to see them. This outfit is also very indicative of what I wore during high school. I was that girl who wore concert, vintage or funny t-shirts before it was popular. Now it’s totally normal, but when I was in school it wasn’t!
I’m also super excited Futurama is back on TV! They can thank Family Guy for that one.
My Miu Miu shoe DIY is going pretty well- I just need black paint now. And I’ve been attempting to glue in the thumbtacks on my tick shoes (a few have fallen out, but I didn’t lose them!).
I’m excited for a calm and relaxing weekend, hopefully filled with lots of laundry and sleeping (I’ve been really tired this week). I hope you all have a great weekend too!
Skirt: Borrowed from Cher
Necklace: Borrowed from Cher (Forever 21)
Shoes: Wedding shoes!
I’ve so very overwhelmed with all the views, comments and tweets about my post yesterday. I never thought so many people would like what I did, and think it was cool. Thanks for all the comments, views and tweets! I really appreciate them!
I’m pretty sure I’m wearing a men’s shirt, which is fine with me! It fits, and I think it’s chambray, or as close as I’m going to get. Cher lent me the skirt, and I believe Jenni has the same one.
These shoes have an interesting story. I had a pair of white peep-toe pumps to wear for my wedding last year. My dress was hemmed for them, and the day before, I kept stepping out of them. As in, they were TOO wide. So, Cher and I had to make an emergency trip to the mall and find me a pair of shoes with a 4 inch heel, or else there would be BAD consequences! We found these sandals on sale, and I bought them. They were the perfect height, and I still wear them! 🙂
I was lucky to have clear skies to take photos in between the storms, tornado warnings and watches, and I was even able to play volleyball last night. And Cher, no one spit out beer this week, although Craig was trying to get me, and I almost got Matt!
Title song: Blue- A Perfect Circle
Back when I wrote this post, I had a few comments asking for some real life examples. Well, I’ve found one.
I was on Flickr this morning, and I found someone else posting photos of Rebecca, The Clothes Horse in a “what I wore” style group. With a little more investigation, I found Blonde Bedhead, Adored Austin, Time Enough for Drums, and Delightfully Tacky. I emailed (or tweeted) each of them to let them know what I found, because, frankly, it’s a little creepy. Their photos were being added to groups on Flickr they may not want their photos in. And let’s be honest- they’re all recognizable ladies- if I can recognize them, any other blog reader can as well.
I went through and left some comments on a few photos saying “this is a stolen photo” or “this is a photo of so-and-so.” I also reported it to Flickr.
Indiana (Adored Austin) emailed me back, saying she contacted Yahoo! (Flickr’s parent company) and was also going to talk about it on Twitter.
Andrea (Blonde Bedhead) left a comment on one of her stolen photos.
Annie (Time Enough for Drums) also contacted Yahoo! to let them know what was going on.
I found the policy Yahoo! has for cases such as this:
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Yahoo!’s Agent for Notice with the following information (your “Notice”):
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
- a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Yahoo! site, with enough detail that we may find it on the website (in most circumstances, we will need a URL);
- your address, telephone number, and email address;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;
- a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
In some circumstances, in order to notify the subscriber, account holder or host who provided the allegedly infringing content to which Yahoo! has disabled access, Yahoo! may forward a copy of a valid Notice including name and email address to the subscriber or account holder, or may forward a copy of a valid Notice (with personally identifiable information removed) to Chilling Effects (http://www.chillingeffects.org) for publication.
Yahoo!’s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
c/o Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Hopefully Yahoo! and Flickr will take care of this issue and take down the offending account.
I chose to contact each of the bloggers I recognized because I felt this was something they needed to know. If someone was stealing my photos and using them in a way I did not intend or approve, I would want to know.
Since I don’t tend to take photos over the weekend, simply because I’m either in jeans, sweats or Pjs, I decided to try something new. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite looks and posts from the past week, and I’m going to share them with all of you.
(all photos link to the original post, and photos are borrowed from the post I’m writing about)
First is from Rock ‘n Roll Bride. I’ve been following her since before she was a .com and was still a .blogspot.com (and I nearly cried the day she switched, because I thought the blog disappeared! It took me about five minutes to realize what was going on!). She even posted about my wedding last year (check it out here!)
Alya from kookulai rocks it in shorts and a striped tee from H&M. She manages to look cool and effortless at the same time. We all know how much I love bows, so how could I pass this look up?
Kristin from Leproust Vintage is one of my style icons. I got into the fashion blogging world much later than everyone else, but as soon as I found her blog, I was excited. It’s one of my daily reads, and she always looks so put together. I envy that haircut! Anyone who wears red lipstick, with red hair and a red dress is a friend of mine! (we all know how much I don’t pay attention to silly things like color!)
V’s wearing the shoes Cher almost bought, and a sweater I would love to curl up in. I’m loving the casual look with the sweater, but the awesome cutout shoes add a whole new dimension.
I think I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again – I want to raid Jenni’s closet. Surely she doesn’t need all these fun printed dresses? Maybe? No? Ok, fine. I won’t. Instead I’ll just pine away from my own high-waisted bright blue skirt like she found.