Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Tale of Two Sparklies

 Candy Cottage Necklace

Top: Candie's, Kohl's
Skirt: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Candie's, Kohl's
Bag: Gifted
Belt: Wet Seal
Jacket: XOXO, gifted

 Rhinestone and Pearl Necklaces

Top: Allen B, J. C. Penney's
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Simply Vera, Kohl's
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Jacket: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

I somehow ended up with two of the brilliant bauble strung out in the very first photo.  So, there was nothing for it but to repurpose the spare into some new, punched-up pieces.  I used the graphic from my beloved Candy Land bandage box and the necklace's ends to make the first and some less kitschy but nonetheless striking jewel-toned beads and the necklace's center to make the second (along with its companion choker).  The results are music to a mixed media maven's ears.  Which isn't the least bit braggy because, in this case, I am that maven.

When Unicorns Attack

Blouse: J. C. Penney's
Camisole: Marshalls
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Bisou Bisou,  J. C. Penney's

 I Love Birds Barrette

Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Necklace: Kohl's
Bag: Journeys

Dress: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Jacket: J. C. Penney's

Growing up, Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley Twins series was among my favorites in the young adult fiction genre.  Although I was more like bookish Elizabeth, I found fashionable Jessica more interesting, a fascination that extended to her membership in the exclusive Unicorn Club.  Looking back, this seems odd because the Unicorns were pretty darn mean.  But then, I was probably more charmed by their enchanted mascot and signature color purple than by their catty camaraderie.  Either way, the whole Sweet Valley connection is fitting considering the 1980s vibe of the Pantone color chart's current pastel royalty.  Now, if only Diablo Cody would hurry up with that movie . . .   

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Dress: Necessary Objects, Macy's
Top: Kohl's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Macy's
Scarf: Gifted

Fabulous Felt Purple, Pink, and Blue Tulips Barrette; Fabulous Felt Pink, Yellow, and Orange Tulips Barrette; Fabulous Felt Blue, Pink, and Yellow Tulips Barrette; Fabulous Felt Yellow, Pink, and Purple Tulips Barrette

Top: Mudd, Kohl's
Skirt: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

Top: Target
Sweater: DKNY, Macy's
Skirt: Sears
Shoes: Guess, Marshalls

May may be some months away, but today marks the advent of spring.  Which means sunshine, bright clothes, and flowers.  Make that Easter flowers, what with the bunny hopping down the trail at the end of March this year.  So, I'm celebrating with the season's go-to garden triumvirate of daffodils, tulips, and irises.  As ephemeral as spring itself, the flowers in these pieces are among my favorites, especially the daffodils with their triumphant trumpets and cute, curly crowns.  

No trumpets today, though.  They're a little tough to translate in felt.                                

Monday, March 11, 2013

Living Green

Top: Candie's, Kohl's
Cardigan: Candie's, Kohl's
Jean: I Heart Ronson, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: DSW

Dress: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Barefeet Shoes
Bag: Chinese Laundry, J. C. Penney's

Top: Gifted
Skirt: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Belt: Wet Seal

These days, it seems like I'm on a mint mission.  Light bluish greens fit for a fairy tale or a 1950s kitchen are packing a pastel punch everywhere, and I am officially enchanted.  My fascination has spilled over into Trove territory, inspiring me to make jewelry that meshes with these frosty fashions.  I've found that nearly-mint cyan felt is my friend, and I've been using it for leaves instead of my usual lime.  Speaking of which, I can't help but think that mint is to spring what lime is to summer.  Mint is tea and petit fours at the club; lime is slushies and fries at the beach.  You know.  Different but equally delicious.    

Stay tuned to see what else comes down the peppermint pike.