Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yay or Nay: Denim

Did you catch the recent issue of Glamour magazine with Katie Holmes on the cover? It was the jeans issue, so she was obviously in jeans. The big poop was that she was in high waisted jeans a.k.a. mom jeans. High waisted pants are back in a big way. The fashion folks say they are flattering on lots of figures, but I don't know about that. I became a teenager in 1986, and jeans were plenty high in those days through the 1990s. Apparently 90s fashion is a big deal now, so I sum this up to the fashion reboot. I don't think I am big on mom jeans even though my mom wears them, but she's adorable so everything works on her. Here are some other jeans for a yay or a nay. 

Ripped jeans were always sort of in, and I hated them when they were big when I was young. Nay. Nay. Nay. Please try to explain to me why people like them so much. 

No worries to skinny jeans fans because they are not going anywhere. Wide leg jeans and boot cuts are back in a big way!! The way to wear these jeans are with heels unless you buy something with a shorter length for flats. If you think that a shoe isn't supposed to cover up your entire shoe, then you wouldn't be a fan of these because that's sort of the point. Dark jeans are the most flattering too. BIG. TIME. YAY. 

Trouser jeans are the same concept as the above mentioned boot cut jeans. Yay! 

Have you noticed the trend in jeans going a bit nineties? These were 80s too because I had a pink pair of jeans like these. These jeans come in all kinds of easter egg colors including swirly jeans. They are great for some people, but not for this person. Nay. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Yay or Nay: Nails

Welcome to a week of Yay or Nay. I play this game on our facebook page sometimes but haven't for awhile. It's always interesting to see what some people like or loathe! Try it on your page sometime! Nail art is big these days. It's fun to play with texture, colors, glitter, studs, and decals. I have a few nail things to show you. Decals, beads, sequins, stickers, glitter, artwork: it's all major in 2014 and has been for some time. I want to know what you think. Yay or nay?

When did pointed nails become a thing? I remember seeing them for the first time on Adele, but they were probably in far before that. They remind me of Disney villains like Cruella DeVille. I have seen them on other women on television, but not in person. These would be great for picking up something soft because you could just spear it! Yes, I know that't not the point, but I am about what's logical when nothing else works. What do you think of this? It's good for an editorial or artistic look, but I don't think it would be good for an every day look. I like the rhinestones on the ring finger. I'm not a fan of the leopard print, but I think it's neat how someone can do that freehand.  The verdict: Nay but with a dash of yay if for an event. 

Geometric shapes are very in for the past two years. These nail decals have been everywhere too. I saw a package of some awesome decals at one of my favorite stores in Saint Paul the other day. I am going to pick them up and do a show and tell one day here. I like them on short nails, because it gives a fun blast to small fingers. Love the neutral background to let the gold decals stand out. This might be good for work depending on where you work, and your office environment. I am not sure if I would wear them at my job, but I might do one finger. I like this as an alternative to a "younger" version of painted flowers which I have seen on so many fancy grandmothers lately. I have no issues with getting older, but I don't want to be a fashion rival with my grandma. The verdict: Yay! 

Love the idea of a colorful french manicure. I love it without the nude colored nail polish more than what is shown here. Love the pastels, and it would be very cute with neon colors. I seems sporty and cute. A single color or multicolored would be great. I have short nails so don't think it would look good with a french tip unless you are super skilled. The verdict: Yay. 

This look is recommended for a wedding day. If this is hand painted then I say that nail artist is a true "arteest" because those are some skills! Still, I personally find this look aging and dated. Maybe something for the ring finger only or for the big toe if you are going on a tropical vacation. It has the possibility of sliding over into cheesy land really fast. Verdict: Nay.

The half moon manicure has been really big lately. This DIY shows how to achieve the round sticker and make your perfect half moon. It is a long process since you have multiple colors and layers, but I think it would be worth it if you like it. You really have to have impeccable cuticles sinve the attention will be there. Clean up that nail bed, your cuticles, and fingertips. Verdict: Yay on well-groomed nails. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Marvelous Finds Monday: HandyMaiden

Hello Monday Misses and Misters. It's August! I have spent too much time saying "where has the summer gone?" like everyone else, but I am going to retire that statement for now. I will start saying "Isn't it Halloween yet?" Actually I say that anyway, because I love Halloween re: our annual Haunt Couture series. 

Today's MFM is Etsy store HandyMaiden! It is comprised of all things I love: animals, mini things, cute polymer stuff. HandyMaiden is also known as what shop owner and creator Danielle Pedersen states, "home of the pocket totem, badger of honor and owl in flight necklace." HandyMaiden has been open since 2009, and while Pedersen is her own boss, she gets to hang out with her hubby and her little dog Quincy, so we all know who is REALLY in charge there (Mom, my bowl is empty *taps it with claw*--Fonz)

Pedersen sounds like my kind of gal not only because she is an artist, but because she likes stuff from childhood like cupcakes for breakfast (Um, yeah!! You can't include donuts and logically say cupcakes and cake don't count) stuff, doodling and drawing, and animal, animals, animals. Sounds like me as a kid and currently! I never outgrew any of that stuff, i.e. this blog. 

She studies all kinds of animals and wildlife to get a realistic take on her artwork. Animal watching is something that I would like to add to my current job description......just not sure how I can explain it though. Check out some of my other favorite things from HandyMaiden and don't forget to check them out at Twitter or Instagram 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Shoes and Bags and Bags and Shoes

I ain't no lady, but I love ladylike things. I love a good Laura Ashley flower print dress worn to a formal tea. When I was growing up, my mom had these satiny gloves she used to put on her stockings so they would not snag. I used to go into her dresser and put on these gloves and they were up to my elbows since they were woman's gloves and I was a little girl. I was Marilyn Monroe or a princess when I had those gloves on. Glamour girl. I got my own pair of gloves for Easter when I was about five or six, and they were very special. Look at me! I'm adorable!! Patterned tights even!

I still love all those things, yet my essential ladylike tendencies have yet to develop. At times I miss my mouth when I drink something. I will go out in my pajamas when I walk Fonzie early morning and late at night. I swear a lot. You can't take me anywhere. So why am I so obsessed with ladylike, formal things? Who knows, but I don't mind. It's nice to have interests in something that doesn't traditionally fit your personality because it doesn't need to fit. Do what you want and break those stereotypes. You don't need to be a proper or stuffy lady to dress ladylike. Drop an F-bomb while wearing some of these lovely shoes or carry a pretty handbag to your boxing lesson. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paw-ty Animals!

Fonzie and I celebrated our birthdays last week. He never had a party before, so it was a first for him. He gets easily worn out by lots of action from humans and dogs. I knew I wanted Fonz to have a fun birthday bash after I got to know him when I adopted him in August 2013. He may not know the difference, but a lot of these things benefit the owners too, right? I get a lot of joy from knowing he is having a party with all his dog and human friends when until a year ago he lived in a small cage always feeling dirty, hungry, cold or hot, and unloved. What a difference!

Fonzie and I requested that all gifts go to Coco's Heart Dog Rescue and sent a wish list to all guests. We got leashes, gift cards, toys, treats, and so much more!! A dog-themed party for your furry friend or your kid (or you!) is easy to do. I ordered invitations from Tiny Prints since they had invites designed for a dog party. A little pricey, but I love to throw a party, and it was for myself too. I discovered I can design paper invitations just as cute, so I will be doing that next year to save a bundle. I use my favorite digital prints stores Lilly Bimble and MyGrafico for design....don't forget Etsy of course.

I did a selfie station with a shiny backdrop and some fun props like dog party hats (got them at a local dog boutique) and other things from Party City.

Treat gift bags were provided for all the doggy guests!

I found these cute dog favor bags for less than 2$ on clearance at Target. 

My favorite part was the pupcakes I made topped with a tiny dog biscuit and a round of carrot. I found this awesome fire hydrant cupcake stand from Oriental Trading Company too. The dogs loved them!!

The humans had sloppy joes, calico beans, an amazing pasta salad, and lots of other delicious things. The cake was from Taste of Love Bakery in West Saint Paul.

Call me a crazy dog lady, and it was super fun! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marvelous Finds Monday: The Loving Paw

Hi Friends! Okay, life has returned to normal after my birthday, Fonzie's big party (pics coming tomorrow!) and catching up on school work. I'm doing some additional and fun duties with my volunteer work with the rescue too like creating a new pinterest account for the rescue (click here to follow CHDR's pinterest page) and I was searching some gifts for dog lovers for a pinterest board. I stumbled across this great company on Etsy called The Loving Paw. Their handmade products are designed for dog and dog lovers.

Alexis Enright is the owner and designer of The Loving Paw, and her passion for pooches (and their functional fashion!) started like it did for many of us. She rescued her dog Cocoa in 2010 and learned about the dog rescue world. It's a tough world to understand because you see these wonderful dogs who love unconditionally, but so many are euthanized every day because of overbreeding, lack of care, and abandonment. Alexis could have taken Cocoa and never thought about homeless dogs again, but instead she used her talent to make wonderful custom and handmade tags, jewelry, gifts for pets and pet lovers. All items by The Loving Paw are made to benefit animal rescue organizations around the country. 

In 2010, Alexis Enright rescued her first dog. Her experience at the animal shelter was something she will never forget - not just because she welcomed Cocoa into her life, but because she had learned how many animals are uncared for and too often euthanized. Rather than sit with this realization, Alexis became an avid supporter of animal rescue and started The Loving Paw in 2012. 

As someone who likes to spoil her dog AND buy original goods, I love these creations. They are clever, witty, sweet, and original. If you are someone who likes to dress up her dog, then why have your dog wear an ID tag that can be purchased at any store? Go for something handmade and fun! The tags are aluminum, lightweight, and comfortable for your pet. 

Show off your dog love pride with these wonderful bangles too. They come in either gold or silver and have either rescue or adopt. shirts or jewelry too. LOVE. Personally, I would get silver with rescue. Once you go rescue, you never want to do anything else. It's a place of pride for me, and I want everyone to know that I love rescue dogs. 

The tshirts come in either grey or peach. So cute!! 

Bonus! like The Loving Paw's Facebook page to receive 10% off your order! Don't forget to keep up with them on Twitter too. Check out a few more of my favorites!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't be Jelly of My Mint

Wednesday was my birthday along with Fonzie's birthday too. It was a really great day, and I felt loved and happy. I know Fonzie did too because I gave him special stuff to eat, and he was very sleepy too, but that's typical for my furry man. He ate a little toooo much, but that was my fault.

I didn't do anything particular on my birthday because I am saving it all for our big party on Sunday. It's going to be great!! So many of my favorite people will be there along with my favorite things from dogs to laughing. and lots of nice color accents around the room. Uh, of course I got a lot of things in turquoise, aqua, and mint!

They have been my color obsessions for some time, and mint hasn't faded as a favorite color. I usually don't like pastels that much, but I can't resist this color for two summer seasons now! I'm glad the trend is still going. It takes me back to another time when household items came in funky mint color. Ironically, I am not big into the taste of mint, but I do like mojitos now. Anyway, here are some of my favorite mint things for you today!!