Monday, September 24, 2012

Something New and Sparkly - A Little Birdie Told Me . . .

Top: J. C. Penney's
Jeans: Kohl's
Shoes: Alloy
Sunglasses: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk

Top: Kohl's
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Marshalls

Dress: Target
Shoes: MetroStyle
Bag: Clinique, gifted

Top: Target
Skirt: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Alloy

Tunic: Miken, Marshalls
Cami: Marshalls
Leggings: Petite Sophisticate
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Nine West, Boscov's
Belt: J. C. Penney's

. . . that melons and seashells aren't just for summer.  These outfits feature some of my favorite end-of-the-season scores, namely the retro black, cream, and fuchsia top; the navy striped sundress; and the billed-as-a-beach-cover-up tunic.  Just the pieces for framing fresh felt!  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Corny Cookies Take the Cake

I was standing in line at Target yesterday with my basketful of toiletries when I saw a display of candy corn-flavored Oreos.  I had heard about them from the fiance (who makes it his business to be in the know about such things) and was surprised to see that the display was nearly depleted despite it technically still being summer.  There was nothing for it but to toss a day-glo box in with my Skintimate shave gel and organic deodorant.  So far I'd tried the mint, peanut butter, berry blast, orange Creamsicle, and coconut varieties and felt honor-bound to keep the experimentation going.  So, how were they?  Like a super-concentrated shot of vanilla birthday cake icing.  Which is to say, delicious (although not nearly as good as the mint ones).  I can't wait to see what new flavor winter brings.  Eggnog, perhaps?  Or maybe cinnamon?  I'm game for anything so long as it's not fruitcake.   

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Something New and Sparkly - Feminine Fancies Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Top: Marshalls
Skirt: Strawbridge & Clothier
Shoes: Journeys
Bag: Target

Blouse: UK Style, Sears
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Bongo, Kohl's
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Scarf: gifted

Sweater: Macy's
Dress: Annie Sez
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Target

Top: Express
Jeans: Kohl's
Shoes: MetroStyle
Bag: Journeys
Scarf: Nine West, gifted

Top: Marshalls
Skirt: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Barefeet Shoes

There's something girly about bow-wearing teeth, cookies, cupcakes, makeup, and bows.  There's also something girly about horses.

A few weeks ago I happened upon the Saturday morning cartoon "Horseland."  It was, unsurprisingly, about a bunch of tween girls who hang out at a stable and ride talking horses.  The lesson of this episode was resisting the evils of cell phones, as one particularly chatty equestrian-in-the-making becomes so entrenched in her conversation that she neglects to cover her horse for the night, almost causing her to catch her death of cold.  For some reason I couldn't look away from this technologically-touched morality tale, continuing to quip about it for weeks to come.  It's no wonder, commented the bf-turned-fiance, looking meaningfully down at my horse book.

The horse book is my pocket calendar, chosen not so much for its equine cover as for its availability in that retail wasteland of a month known as February. Of course, I can't help but think that it's the fiance who's been struck by horse fever, seeing as he scrawled the following (cropped out) ad libs on three of the 2012 calendar pages:

"Mom, slow down!"

"Yes, here is my glamour shot."

"Some say I look like a cow."

I'd like to say that there's a felted horse (or unicorn!) barrette in my future, but horse shapes are kind of tricky.  No matter; it gives me something to leap for. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Something New and Sparkly - From Flask to Farm

Blouse: Kohl's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: MetroStyle
Bag: Journeys

Top: Wet Seal
Skirt: Boscov's
Shoes: Frederick's of Hollywood
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Macy's, gifted

Top: Wet Seal
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: MetroStyle
Bag: Nahui Olllin
Belt: Everything $10 Tournier Shop

Laboratories and farms aren't so different.  Both infuse color into otherwise boring textbooks, both start from a speck to surge into life, and both hinge on experimentation.  On the surface, I don't enjoy science (as I'm sure I've written before).  To me it's tedious, its equations and measurements unforgiving.  Nevertheless, I remain transfixed by the unchecked imagination that fuels it and like to think that this strange hodgepodge of hair clips reflects this.