Friday, September 28, 2012

Another Day, Another Outfit

Unfortunately I don't have any great stories about margaritas like Amanda but I did have Mexican food for lunch yesterday, so that's something, right? 


In fact my week was pretty uneventful. The high points included buying a new pair of shoes, trying somewhat successful at highlighting mine and my sister's hair (these pictures were taken before dye job) and most important of all I broke my new favorite pair of sunglasses.


Dress: F21, Shirt: Thrifted, Boots: DSW, Necklace: Thrifted, Ring: Gifted, Lipstick: Cover Girl- #200 Sultry


My necklace is a twisted rhinestone pendant that I got at the Fremont Sunday Market. This is by far my favorite Sunday market in Seattle. Mostly because from the outside it looks like your typical farmers market but there is a whole section that is more flea market (which I love). And there is one can't miss table full of costume jewelry (which I really Love).


Have a Wonderful Weekend!  
-S



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Margaritas and Miscellany

So, what's a girl to do that has lived in a town for two weeks and has no friends yet (don't cry too much for me, Argentina....I do have some, they're just all in my head....I kid, I kid....just none of them live here...). Well, she should go sample a Margarita in the middle of the day, obviously!

I headed up north to a little community called 4S Ranch (Sara would have hated this little planned community! I can just hear her busting out the lyrics, "little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made out of ticky tacky". However, I found it quite relaxing...and Lord knows I need to relax at places such as Cost Plus World Market), and went to a restaurant called, Miguel's Cocina.


For your consideration: Miguel's Cocina is part of The Brigantine Family of Restaurants that includes Brigantine Seafood (various locations) and The Steakhouse at Azul in La Jolla. 

I am originally from a border town in Texas, so I have had my share and then some of Mexican food. I found my meal definitely good, but not crazy good enough for me to want to slap my grandma (don't worry, that's just a saying in my house...no grandmas were actually harmed in the making of this post!). However, there were a few highlights of my meal starting with the fantastic server. She was there for my every whim and need. And I was sat in a big, corner booth<---I swear food tastes better in a booth. 

Some other highlights include:


The fun, bright decor. It had an islandy feel complete with 20 foot resin preserved palm trees. 


The queso dip. Dios Mio....I'm pretty sure this stuff was liquid crack. Delicioso! I was hoping to get some liquid courage after my Margarita and beg for the recipe. But, alas, I was able to contain myself (this time!).

me wearing: thrifted Dana Buchman snakeskin print blouse. SSssss.....Hey, is snakeskin print considered an animal print? Or, reptile print possibly?

And here I am sampling their Margarita. After I got home, I got the brilliant idea to start a quest to find the best Margarita in town (Sara and I have to pass a horrendous national exam to be licensed to work. Our tests are coming up shortly...gee, what should I really be focusing my efforts on!?). Anywho....I've decided to review local Margarita's based on price, consistency, kick, and I'm sure other fun stuff. Hope this information helps someone out there out (I know, I know...I'm a helper).

Eh, I'll write the Miscellany news later...I'm sure I've rambled on enough for one post!

Cheers!
A-

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's Fall and it's my Favorite

 It's been unusually warm this September and I have been waiting for temperature to drop just enough so I can wear a sweater. Cause it doesn't really feel like Fall without a cozy sweater.


As much as I thrift, I had never been to a holiday sale before. I figured that the sale prices were not worth the crowds (sort of how I would rather sleep in on Black Friday than face a herd of people all looking for cheap TVs). But while Amanda and I were thrifting on the Friday before Labor Day, she mentioned that the deals are really good on sale days. And was she ever right, I ended up with this sweater for only $ .99!


 I love the simplicity of this outfit. Now that I photography my clothes on a regular basis, it's easy to get caught in the idea that adding more accessories makes an outfit more interesting and in turn better but sometimes easy and simple is the way to go.  


Sweater: Thrifted, Jeans: Levi's, Shoes: Gifted, Ring: Gifted, Lipstick: Ulta Lip Crayon- Muse

-S

Monday, September 24, 2012

Movies and Mame

Sara and I were talking one day and discovered that we both have a mutual love of the 1958 movie staring Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame. Sara mentioned that she and her sister used to recite lines from the movie (hmmm..maybe they still do!?). I think I was too busy crushing on Mame's wardrobe and apartment to even hear a word she said! But, how fun would it be to have such a free spirited auntie?







This got me thinking of some of my other all time favorite fashions in film...

Catherine Deneuve in Missippi Mermaid (Yves Saint-Laurent was the costume designer for her dresses in this movie)

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan (sigh...)

Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland (this red Court dress was my favie!)

Audrey Tautou in Amélie

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (single handedly responsible for my love of belts over garments)

Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette

Tippi Hedren in The Birds  (how dare those birds ruin a perfectly good green suit!)


My list could go on and on, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something (like anything Audrey Hepburn was in!). 

What are some of your favorite fashions in film?
A-

Friday, September 21, 2012

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old

Why, yes....I was a Girlscout!

Well, I'm finally recooperating from Summer. Sorry to completely drop out of Blogland for a bit. But, it was a crazy one for me full of: finishing up our last externships, graduating from school!, putting my house on the market, and moving to SAN DIEGO!! 

It's been crazy going from stress and anxiety to zero in a matter of a week. I'm thrilled to start a new adventure in my life, but missing my friends and family back in Seattle. 

And speaking of old friends....remember Tisha from this post? I got to see her this summer when she made a quick trip to Seattle. It was great to catch up.

me wearing: thrifted sundress and newer straw clutch. I was so envious of Sara's that I broke down and bought one at Target when they were on clearance. But wouldn't you know it....Sara and I were out thrifting one day and my clearance purse was at Goodwill. They had about 6 of them for less than I paid for on clearance. Note to self: Goodwill seems to be the dumping grounds for left over/unsold new Target clothes and accessories. Ugh, fail!


And here are a few scenes from inside of my car from Seattle to San Diego:
 
 Sunset in Olympia, Washington's capital

Bogey and the 'bucks. Of course a Seattle girl could find the Starbucks anywhere...Bakersfield, CA in this case (ok, ok...so there's an app. for that).

I made a nice safe spot for my other dog Rue that took up a lot of real estate in the car (you know space that could have been used for shoes!). However, Rue preferred to wedge herself here behind the seat and sit on a little suitcase in the tiniest space available. Aye!
 


If any of you out there know of cool vintage stores, places to eat, hiking trails, or must see places in San Diego....PLEASE fill me in!


I hope you are having new adventures in your life too! Have a Happy Friday!
A-

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Are You Very Flora Kung?"

Most times when thrifting, I just pick out a piece because I really like it, regardless of the label. And truth be told, I don't know everything out there that there is to know about designers, I just like what I like and go from there.  After doing yesterday's post on my thrifted 80's silk dress, I decided to investigate a little further and asked myself, "Self, who is this magical Flora Kung?"


Flora Kung is an American fashion designer that attended Parson's School of Design in New York. She started her label at the age of 21 and became one of the hottest Young Designer labels.

Flora sold her pieces in her own "shop" in stores such as Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus, and Harrods.

Upscale vibrant prints were her trademark in the 1980's. The saying "Very Flora Kung" was used to describe colors and prints that mimicked her style.

Flora retired from fashion in her 30's and moved to Paris to start a family.  She has now picked up her paintbrush again to create her signature trendsetting prints and currently has a line of silk jersey items that are being sold in a few boutiques.


(I summarized this information from the Flora Kung website, if interested please click the link to read more)





And here are a few ways to incorporate Flora pieces today:

 
 love how this Flora jacket is styled. From here

cute retro Flora. From here

More vintage Flora having fun (on the right). From here


Apparently, I am very Flora Kung!? Do you like to wear prints too?
A-

(additional photos credits:florakung.com, stylestories.us)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Nest

A while back, Sara and I took our friend Ann out thrifting (Again. For reference, flashback to Ann's first time thrifting). Sara and I are known to catch sideways glances from fellow thrifters when we let out squeals of delight when unearthing thrifted treasure. When we stumbled on this particular treasure, Ann thought we were crazy and wasn't convinced. However, I could barely contain my drool and whipped on this silk, 80's dress right there in the aisle over my clothes! (thinking back, I'm surprised Sara and I didn't have to cat fight over this one.) The dress is one piece but looks like it is a skirt and blouse. AND...did I mention that it still had the shoulder pads intact? Bonus! Sara and Ann came away with some great thrifted pieces too.

Ann recently moved into a stunning condo that overlooks Lake Union (for those of you not from Seattle, this is the lake that the famous Sleepless in Seattle houseboat is on. Um, actually I learned that while I was on The Duck. I shouldn't act cool like I actually know these things...)


Since she wouldn't let us move in with her, the least Ann could do is invite us over for a lookie loo around the new condo and a night out for dinner at Wild Ginger. I decided it was a perfect occasion to take my totally rad thrifted 80's dress out for the night.

$ 5.99 thrifted Flora Kung*special edition*silk dress...shoulders pads FREE. Paired with alligator embossed clutch, pointy toe pumps, and spiked arm cuff from F21. The usual thrifting tip: this dress is a size way smaller than I usually wear. Try everything on that you like, you never know!


Here is Sara and I with a champagne toast to Ann's new nest. Congrats, Ann! BTW, love Sara's mint and pink paired together.

Side Note Alert: For the night out, I wanted a little bit more color on my legs. And who wants to wear Josie Grossie pantyhose? So, I decided to try Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Deep Glow. I mixed it in with a little bit of regular lotion. Sara and I thought maybe it came out a little on the Oompa Loompa orange side....so not sold yet. Maybe I was just being too ambitious with the darkest color they offer. Have you ever tried a product like this? 


Happy Tuesday, Friends! (wait...is it Tuesday? Ok, phew it is!)
A-

Monday, September 17, 2012

From Then til Now


I can and can't believe how quickly this last month of summer has gone but it's been a wonderful end to the summer. So here's a recap of all my fun and outfits post I never got around to writing.

My sister's coworker's cat had kittens and we got to play with them. Adorable!

My typical summer outfit for those not so hot days which was most of July.

These next few picture make me laugh and are also in need of a back-story. My sister has two beautiful Siamese cats and leashes for them (they're indoor only but it gets hot in her apartment so sometimes we take them outside).

I love that they had to sit as far apart as possible!

My sister with her cats. They started cooperating more towards the end or at least sat closer together.

 Another big thing that happened this summer was Amanda and I finished school! So we had to celebrate, which means signing Karaoke with our classmates!

And even though we are done with all of our course work, we still have one more exam to take so most of my morning are spent like this; hitting the books or checking Facebook on my phone.
Have a wonderful week! -S