Archive | October, 2010

what I wore

Autumn is in full effect up here in the Pacific Northwest – and oh how I am loving every {rainy, windy then randomly sunny} minute of it.  I’m just such a fall girl : which is actually kind of funny because I’ve also been known to fall/trip a lot. Did you know that about me? I used to be a ballerina and my parents would joke that I was as graceful as could be on the ballet floor, but anywhere else, I was just one clumsy little girl.

Anyway :

Before we get to my week’s outfits, let me just say that you all {ya’ll, if you will} are a helpful bunch and tipped me off to some great flat boots.

I’m thinking these ones will be the winners


{Steve Madden Intyce – $129 on Piperlime}

but I also like these ones:


{Arturo Chiang Kirk – $129 on Piperlime}

and I wish Target was still selling these ones {$35!} but they are from last year.


Hopefully you’ll be seeing me soon in a cute new pair.

Now on to my outfits

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1. sweater: H & M, jeans: Banana Republic wideleg, scarf: Gap, shoes: Nordstrom

2. sweater: Banana, shirt: Gap, jeans: Seven flare – I really should have put a necklace on with this one – it would have looked much better and perhaps a bit less frumpy.


3. sweatshirt: Banana, jeans: Banana, shoes: Target {when I say Banana, please know that I am also referring to the Banana Republic factory store. The real stores have great fancier items, the factory store carries more casual things like this sweatshirt and they always have a 40% sale which makes me happy.  I like both stores and would probably buy more at the real one if I had a job where I had to wear pretty clothes – but alas, I work from home and sometimes jeans and a sweatshirt is as dressed up as I need or want to be.}

4. shirt: Old Navy, sweater: Martin + Osa, jeans: Banana Republic wideleg, shoes: Payless


5. Ugh. as in Ugly. Oh well. Sweatshirt: Nordstrom Rack, shirt: Target, jeans: Seven Dojo. I’m on the phone with my BF who is going to have a baby any day. We were probably talking about how frustrating it is when you have consistent contractions all evening and then you go to bed and wake up in the morning still 39 weeks pregnant.

6. A big stray for me, but I gave it a try. Tunic: Old Navy, sweater: Old Navy, belt: K.C.’s {the about to pop BF who is not currently in a state where she can wear such a belt}, jeans: Seven A Pocket, boots: Nordstrom Rack.

And because I aim to make you giggle, look at what I wore to a costume party this week:


I was some sort of fluffy-pink-creepy-fairy-sparkly-butterfly-early-90′s-prom-dress-girl. What an outfit.  And just to share with you the amazing mask Ryan picked out for me , I took a close up.


Oh my. I seriously can’t believe I left the house wearing that. The things you do in the name of dressing up for Halloween parties :

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big girl shoes

Meet Matilda.


The world’s cutest {almost} two year old. She is a spunky little thing who is such a girl. One of my favorite things about her is her love of shoes.

Her birthday is in just a few days and I have found the perfect gift for her

{Rae : stop reading if you don’t want to see what  we’re giving your baby}

birdies big girl shoes

Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes is a darling story book with GORGEOUS illustrated by the talented Sujean Rim. It is right up there on my list of most delightful {and pretty} children’s books.  And just the right thing for a little girl with a shoe obsession.


Such a cute illustration. I sort of want to frame it and put it in Audrey’s room.


When Ryan saw this picture he said the mom reminded him of me. I’m totally flattered because that mommy has some sexy legs!

So I bought the book and was inspired to make a little something extra for the birthday girl.


How about a tutorial?


Here is what you’ll need:

:: t-shirt {I bought this one from Target – Audrey has it too and I love it}

:: fabric {for the shoe and for the flower}

:: image {or a book with an image you want to copy}

:: scissors, pins, needle & thread

:: sewing machine

:: tulle & beads {optional, for the flower}

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a tuft of hair

As Audrey’s hair grows in, I’ve noticed that she has this one spot on top where her hair
curls up in a little swoop.


The other day it was particularly out-of-control and I remembered seeing something similar
in a baby photo of me

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{don’t laugh}

Put side-by-side, I can’t help but smile at the hair similarities {but mirror image}
between mommy & baby.

mom   baby

Who knew hair tufts were inheritable?!

{good thing she didn’t get my double chin}

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share your project {book page wreaths}

Of all the projects I’ve done, I’m pretty sure the book page wreath is my favorite.

Old book pages + ruffly texture is pure prettiness.




Nonna took the idea and ran with it {as she so effortlessly does} and created a few new styles of book page wreaths.







All of these fabulous ideas got me thinking :

wouldn’t it be fun to see what other creative ladies have made from the tutorials I’ve posted?

So I’m starting a new feature called

share your project[4]

We’ll start with book page wreaths. If you have made one that you’d like to share, please link up.


1. link directly to your post {not just your blog}

2. add the ‘share your project’ link button to your post {copy & paste}

I can’t wait to see what you’ve made

{please only share your book page wreath today … I’ll do ‘share your project’ posts on the other projects in the weeks to come}

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getting to know you {7}

getting to know you



My answer: amazing dancer {ballet to be exact, although I wouldn’t complain if I could just do the moonwalk. And if I could dance like the contestants on So You Think You Can Dance – I’d be in heaven.}

Now its your turn : are you a the singing type or the dancing type? And if you are awesome at one or the other, don’t be shy about letting us know! Its fun to appreciate each others talents :

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