Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Z End

Okay, really? That's a true sign that I've officially lost it. Tis better at the end of the A to Z Challenge than at the beginning! I hope you've enjoyed my ABCs, next time will you post with me?

Z is for Zegna, as in Ermenigildo Zegna

The only Zegna item I have is a gym bag that came with Zegna Men's Fragrance. It's black with light blue piping. I have no idea where it is otherwise I would have displayed it for your viewing pleasure. Since I've included the button for the A to Z Challenge, I have fulfilled my requirement of a picture with a post.

If you missed any part of my A to Z Challenge posts, here is my version of the A to Z Challenge in its entirety for you to view on-demand.

Z end.

Friday, April 29, 2011

X + Y = A Baby Boy

NO, I am not pregnant! These letters of the A to Z Challenge lent themselves to this title. Although, if I were pregnant, I would probably be expecting a boy. I know how it all works, but something about being the only granddaughter (born) of 12 grandchildren on my dad's side makes me think that. I think there are 7 or 8 great-grandsons? Not sure of great-granddaughters. One or two? I'm bad. I should know this.

X is for xhilaration

(Ah, sepia! Finally using other features of my photo app) Sundress as skirt (Romy) - Chevron-striped top, xhilaration (Target) - Zipper-bow flats, Report (Nordstrom Rack)

It may not be a high-end Couture designer label, but I think most style bloggers recognize xhilaration as a brand from Target. Tarzhay if you so desire.

The Augie

Y is for Yellow Gold

This one stumped me. Eh, yellow gold works. I thought of Yigal Azrouel as well. I just discovered this designer but I don't know much about him. See, it could even be a her. Let me Google . . . I was correct the first time. And, his last name has an umlaut on the 'e'.

Okay, Y is for Yigal Azrouël
Check out his site. He has very wearable designs.

Good night! Gotta catch some Zs. Z ya in the morning! (Did I really just say that? Trying to be punny?)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

PFC #7: Add Color to Your LBD

Translation: It's time for Petite Fashion Challenge #7!

This Month's Challenge is hosted by the adorable Little Dust Princess. Check out her blog to see this challenge's participants and to find out the story behind her (blog) name.

The challenge?
"The Little Black Dress"
A little black dress (LBD) is essential in every woman's wardrobe. It's always great for back-up if you run out of outfit ideas for a night out. Adding a pop of colour to your LBD will change up its look and make your dress a little less boring.

For this challenge, add a pop of colour (or two) to your little black dress to change up the look. You could add anything from an accessory to a blazer, or even nail polish!

I decided to add gold.

Blurry pic from my fruit phone again.
Jessica Simpson dress from ideeli.
There's a huge drape down the middle.

And another. I will have to wear a different color belt
with this next time so you can see the details better.
That, or use a better camera. Or both.

Earrings from the Nordstrom Rack

My new Vince Camuto platform pumps

(If you're looking for my "X" for the A to Z Challenge, I will post it tomorrow with "Y")

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

VW Gold (like Slugbug Yellow)

Our 2001 VW Jetta Wagon, still loyal even though it sounds like it's running on squirrels. (Not running over squirrels) I digress as usual. Well, not completely. I decided to combine V and W for the tail-end of the A to Z challenge.

V is for V-necks

Jen-in-a-cube x 2. It's hard to tell that I'm in my cube since I got carried away masking then pointilizing my cube walls. I usually wear this sweater with a tank, then I tried a traditional button-up, and on Monday I tried a ruffly collared eyelet button-up to mix it up.

W is for Wedges

$11 from Buffalo Exchange on the Ave! You can barely see the 50% off stamp.

I thought I was well hidden behind our hedge. Well, I was but Desi wasn't, so our neighbor saw us during our 'photo shoot'. I was embarassed (which explains all of my awkward poses as I was explaining what we were doing and Desi kept snapping away), but at least I got to meet a neighbor I hadn't yet met. We're such recluses in our household.

A close up of my wedges. I'll have to feature them again front and center because you can't see the wedge detail very well. I thought I finally had my leopard print, but Augie commented on how cool the cheetah print is. I do believe he is correct that it's cheetah. I so would have lost on Jeopardy!. I am not smarter than a first grader.

(Had I contined a garden theme, I would have done Violets and Wildflowers. I forgot to state such for STU. I would have done Snapdragons, Tuberose, and . . . oh dear! I can't think of one and I don't want to Google it. I haven't yet for my challenge. I'll get back to you on U)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Do you know STU?

STU isn't a person (although there may be Stuarts who go by Stu). S, T, and U are my catch up letters for the A to Z challenge.

S is for Stirrups
I wore stirrups on Friday but didn't take a picture. This is why I didn't post on Friday. So S is also for "Sorry!". I thought I'd temporarily put on the same outfit on Saturday to take a pic but I didn't. So I thought I'd combine S & T because I always want a picture in my post. I decided to add U to the mix because it made for a better title.

T is for Ties
My hubby and boys wear ties a few times a week. My husband took off his tie too quickly so I didn't get a pic. I should have done it when he first put it on. When I told him I needed to take a pic of him in his tie, he asked if I wasn't sure I was going to do 'tights' or 'tube socks' as my "T" word. I actually had thought of doing tights but I forgot. And, I have some cute tights, too!

The boys tie their own ties



Maybe about 60% of my hubby's ties? I should have taken close ups of my faves.

U is for Undergarments
Yeah, I said it. But I'm not showing it. I've seen bandeau bras more lately and I want one or two. They help solve the issue of straps. I wouldn't wear them all the time, just when I wear boatnecks, spaghetti straps, and whatever other top calls for it.

I should do V & W together on Wednesday since we have a VW Jetta Wagon. We'll see. Since we're nearing the end of the alphabet that means we're nearing the end of this challenge. Next Monday I will bring back Monday Match-up and I'm quite sure it'll be a Want (but Don't Need) List.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

R is for Ruching

Do you like how strategically I'm standing? Twisted with my hand hiding my belly and tulips nearby? That's called staging, baby! Too bad you can't really see the ruching on the sides of my dress. I should have worn this for "P is for Platform Pumps" and added "Polka Dots" for my dress gifted from Amber Lena.

Do you like Augie's drawing from when he was four?

Better views of the platform pumps

Net tights (Nordstrom) - Platform pumps (N.Y.L.A., Beyond the Rack)

My co-worker picked up this Adrianna Papell dress recently. Ruching everywhere!

(If I were still doing a garden theme, I would have chosen Ranunculas)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for Quilted Handbag

I wish I had a picture of my CHANEL quilted handbag for this post, but such a thing does not exist. Instead, enjoy my red quilted handbag from years past. It is not of a significant brand, but it holds its own as a handbag. It looks, feels, and works as a handbag. I'm not trying to knock designer handbags and be all "Look at me, I'm so indie!" with my non-brand name handbag. I have had some knock-offs though, and I will use them independently of what anyone thinks. And, I would accept a real CHANEL quilted handbag any time. See, I'm cool like that. I just wish my Michael Kors handbag would quit falling off my lap as I type this while riding on the bus.

(If I had continued with my garden theme, I would have chosen Queen Bee)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P is for Platform Pumps

Hey, that's a double dose of Ps! Three of my last four shoe purchases have been platform pumps. What's a 4'11" inch gal to do? I received two on the same day despite ordering them three weeks apart.

Alfani (Macy's, in-store) -- N.Y.L.A. (Beyond the Rack, took 3 1/2 weeks)
Vince Camuto (ideeli, took one week) -- Bunny ears courtesy of Augie

I realize now that I didn't organize them so that you could see their profiles. I thought I had. I guess you'll have to visit my blog everyday to catch me wearing them!

(If I had maintained my garden theme, I would have chosen Peonies)

Monday, April 18, 2011

M . . . N . . . Oh, hi there!

Sorry I've been MIB. You know, "Missing in Blogland." The weekend was busy, productive, exhaustive, encouraging, and reflective. Now it's back to the daily grind, and my blog A to Z challenge!

M is for Magnolia

Saw this one while out-and-about on Saturday.

The rest of my A to Z--or rather my N to Z-- will be fashion themed instead of garden themed. After all, the main focus of my blog is fashion in my style. (You did read my headline, right?)

N is for Neon

You can't get the full effect of the bright top, but it is quite bordering on neon. With all of the 80s styles resurfacing (leg warmers, stirrup pants/leggings, bolos), perhaps neon will come back?

(If I had kept the garden theme, I would have done Narcissus)

O is for One-piece bathing suit

This reminds me of Jodi from Day2DayWear. No, I don't think of her in a bathing suit, weirdos! She has an awesome zebra print dress and sometimes wears it with red.

(Garden theme would have been Onions)

Come back tomorrow for my P word. On Thursday when I said to come back the next day for my M word, I really meant come back when I post my M word. When would that be? If you follow my blog, you'd know when I post. *Hint, hint*

Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Lavender

My hubby and I were listing garden-themed "L" words last night and came up with a few. I ended up choosing lavender because I always want to include a picture in my posts, and it's one of which I can take a picture since I have it in my garden. I wouldn't say I settled for it because it is quite wonderful. It smells pretty, looks lovely (especially when in bloom), and has a nice calming effect. Are you sold?

The blooms aren't at their peak

A little closer. Can you smell it?

Come back tomorrow for "M", the last letter of the garden theme. For the second half of the alphabet I will switch to a new theme--fashion! After all, the main theme of my blog is fashion. I just get sidetracked with challenges of all sorts. What do you expect of someone who is wishy-washy, indecisive . . . someone who hems and haws?!?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Koi Pond

This might seem like a stretch for my garden-themed A to Z, but I know some folks have koi ponds in their gardens. My in-laws had one but raccoons thought it was a buffet. Sky Nursery, the nursery I frequent, has a koi pond which winds and has a bridge for foot traffic. The Japanese Gardens in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle has a big koi pond with bridges as well. So there. No too big a stretch.

Because I always want to have a picture in my posts, here's a picture of a gift insert card from Monica's Blossoms featuring koi from the Japanese Gardens. I actually had taken pictures of koi there last year but I lost them when my phone went berserk.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Juniper

When I was in college, I was a fragrance model aka perfume spritzer girl from whom you cannot escape, bwah-hah-hah! An older gentleman co-worker would sing "Jennifer, Juniper" every time he saw me. Sad thing is that I knew the song. I guess that's not really sad, I knows me some oldies! But, it's not that old, it's from 1968. It's Classic Rock. Well, except I wouldn't consider it rock.

No pictures of junipers, but here's one of Jennifers. Well, just one Jennifer x 3.

Action shot
Another one. I can't quit moving when I get
my picture taken because I'm ascared.
Bending down to look in my co-worker's mirror. Plus, it hides
my mid-section. Who am I kidding? That thing can't be repressed.
We had to cut down some trees that I believe were dwarf junipers. The previous owners planted them too close to our house, one right by our outside water thingamajig. Not the meter. The other thing under the thing with the green lid. Don't hate us. It would have caused some serious damage. The previous owners just plopped them down to add a smidgen of landscaping, but didn't think it out well. We are not usually tree killers. I'm a planter, not a killer.

Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for Idaho Potatoes

I wanted to include a picture of our bag of potatoes, but they're from Oregon! How lame! I'm not saying Oregon is lame, I love Oregon! I just mean that Idaho is known for its potatoes, but it ends up our bag is from Oregon. I bought it before I had planned this post. And, my husband made them for part of our dinner not knowing my plans for this post.

Sorry neighbors to our east, tonight's potatoes are from neighbors to our south. I wore my potato sack skirt today. I hope that makes you feel better!

Bending down to look at my co-worker's mirror again

I didn't do Monday Match Up today because I didn't figure anyone has a potato sack skirt. If you do, you're my heroine! (Notice the "e" at the end of the word? I do mean a female hero, not the drug. That is not my cup of tea)

We like potatoes!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery x 3

I believe the saying is "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" but I always say the former. This project finally came to fruition after a third dose of inspiration which was from Anne with Wobi Sobi: DIYer, ReStyler, artiste extraordinaire!

Finally, earrings holders!

A year ago, Emily with Cupcakes and Cashmere posted her necklace display which was a row of glass knobs from Anthropologie (I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this post since I didn't enter the blogosphere until August of last year). At the time I didn't have very many necklaces, but I needed something for my collection of earrings. Wrapping corkboard with material and using T-pins popped into my head. It's nothing like the glass knob display, but that helped get my wheels turning.

A few months later--and still no earring holder--Molly with Dot Girl Blog shared her project of covering her corkboard with old book pages. I thought of doing the same, but decided I'd use origami paper we have.

A few months later--and still no earring holder--Anne with Wobi Sobi shared a picture frame earring holder. I showed it to my hubby and told him that I still need to do my corkboard earring holder with origami paper. He had previously likened it to a tool holder and asked me if I was going to outline each pair so I knew which pair belonged where. This time he didn't mock and helped me get supplies.

He liked my previous idea of fabric so we went to Jo-Ann Fabrics, but after we went to Staples to pick up stuff for his work. I knew my corkboard wasn't big enough for my earring collection, so I picked up these corkboard squares.

While I was picking out remnants at Jo-Ann, my hubby found these shadow boxes on sale. The same dimensions as the shadow boxes corkboard squares!

I found remnants of a pattern in three different colors (the third is a dark blue, not black)

I removed the glass from the shadow boxes, added the corkboard to the front of the frame board, wrapped the fabric, staple-gunned, put the frame back on, added T-pins and earrings, and voilà!

I have one more to do for the rest of my earrings and necklaces. I'll have to think of something else for my bracelets and rings to mix up things a little.

"I" hope you come back tomorrow for the continuation of the A to Z challenge. I'm so corny.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

H is for Hydrangea

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you'd think I could keep a hydrangea alive. Hydra=water which we get enough of from the sky. I might have drowned it and rotted the roots, or it might have dried out in the one or two months when we get weather that we consider hot.

I took a picture of a hydrangea when I was out-and-about this morning, but it was too blurry. So, I took these pics at the grocery story when I picked up a RedBox movie.

I had a Hydrangea "Ayesha" which is quite unique. I had seen it in Pacific Northwest Magazine and I liked it right away. The flowers have round edges and remind me of partially popped popcorn kernels. The petals remind me of Munchos potato chips. I think I'll order one again and share a picture.

Sundays are a day off from the A to Z challenge. So, "I" will see you on Monday to pick up again (so corny). I do plan a post for tomorrow featuring a DIY project I did today. Yay!

Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for . . . (she wouldn't state the obvious, would she?)

. . . Globe Allium! After choosing "flowers" yesterday for the A to Z challenge in which I have decided to go with a gardening theme, I could not state the obvious and choose "garden." Give me some credit people! Even better, give me some Globe Allium bulbs*. I just love how huge and fluffy they are. They're like pom pons.
This isn't why I like them. That cannot be me!
This is like 1990 or 1991!
Come on, I like Chuck's and black clothes and
yelling at people. Okay, 3 out of 3 ain't so bad.

Crouching Jen, hidden mirror. I was trying to get a
look at my hair (which also sometimes resembles
pom pons) in my co-worker's mirror.

See what I did there? Another outfit post! Keeping up with the challenge and keeping the fashion in the blog about fashion and whatever.

*When Googling Globe Allium to find a link so y'all can see what these beauties look like, I discovered one called Lucy Ball. How cool is that considering my son is name Desi? Okay, it's not called Lucille Ball, but she did go by Lucy.