Friday, September 27, 2013

Ketchup and Mustard




Hot dog, it's Friday! I can't tell you how much I relish my time away from the office.

Now that the seasonings are changing, it's been a tough week, with lots of rain, cooler weather, and whiny sinuses. It's not cold, but it's not warm, so I'm in a pickle deciding what to wear.


dress - Deva Lifewear, thrifted, but new; belt - thrifted; jacket - Christopher & Banks; boots - JCP

Thursday I felt like I couldn't ketch-up.


By Friday I couldn't cut the mustard and actually came home early. More time for blogging!

boots, jeans, jacket and brooch - thrift shops; shirt - Target, although made in India, maybe in New Deli

The jacket is a lovely mulberry color that looks great with the mustard jeans. (I know they're jeans because it says so on the button - JEANS.) And the little magenta birds add another condimentary color.




At work I actually wore a vest instead of the jacket, which I thought looked sort of like what I wore in the '90s. 


vest - Christopher & Banks

So I'm linking this photo up with Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up for her '90s prompt. 

I'm also going to share my bad jokes and French fries with Ariane at Style Sud-Est for her Show Me Your Style Blog Hop.

Hey, this has been a lot of pun! Let's not spoil it by debating the whole ketchup versus catsup thing.

Happy weekend!

Val 

PS - Just messin' about with Bloglovin here. Not really sure what I'm doing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Minimalism II



Remember this post about un-minimalism? Of course you don't – it was ages ago!

The unadorned wooden case I bought so long ago has undergone a slow metamorphosis and is now a beautiful butterfly.

  


Or a garish mess of pretty colors.




I wrote in that post that you reach a point where you have to commit to going over the top. But I was quite restrained here, don't you think?









I love glue on my fingers, so I've also done some mini boxes.


Altoid tins - approximately 3.75 in x 2.5 in

not in the same order as the other photo

I think of them as Desktop Daydreams - if your daydreams include an opium den...


 


Or a beach hut.





Or a Tuscan country kitchen.

The exterior still needs work.
I suppose I'll put these on Etsy if I can get around to taking decent pictures. Or else I have to just keep them lined up on my desk at work. I can use the daydreams.

Next, a gypsy caravan? A Parisian apartment? Tiki bar?

Now a little bit of fun.


Happy Tuesday!

Val

Friday, September 20, 2013

Seven Seas



Thursday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I decided I'd also Dress Like a Pirate. 

'Ere's where I plundered me togs -- shirt – JCP; vest – Christopher & Banks; skirt – Wally Mart; boots and belt – thrifted; butterfly pin – from Bella's Etsy shop; bee pendant – made by me
 
Arrrrr, a lady pirate, mateys.

I could have worn my Saloon Sally skirt (seen here), but I already had it in mind to wear this one, and the lady's not for changing. (Margaret Thatcher quote – she and I share a birthday. I know, we're so much alike.)

The challenge this week at Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up is United Nations – mixing clothes made in different countries. This is so timely because just a of couple weeks ago I thrifted this wool blazer made in…

  
Uruguay! I've never seen anything else made in Uruguay, have you?

fuzzy pic
To go with my South American jacket, I'm wearing Egyptian-made Levi's (thrifted) and a shirt made in India (retail). But that's not all.

The boots, also thrifted, were made in China. And to complete my around-the-world tour, my bra was made in Indonesia and my underpants in Honduras! Crazy!

The micro mosaic brooch was seen a few months ago, and came from my grandmother's cousin. It may have been made in Italy, but it has no markings. The earrings were made in the USA, or at least put together in the USA.

I'm a very busy lady pirate. I'll tell you more about my fancy carrying case in my next post.

I've been throwing around the word thrifted as both a verb and an adjective, even though Microsoft says it's not a real word. But it sounds better than scavenged, don't you think? What word would you use?

Also linking up with Style Sud-Est for Show Me Your Style, and then Visible Monday is just around the corner at Not Dead Yet Style.

Val

Monday, September 16, 2013

Random Facts of Mindlessness



Welcome to Monday (or Tuesday if you're on the early side of the world, and let's face it - most of the world is earlier than the west coast of America) – another step along the road to retirement, a large inheritance, or winning the lottery. If any of those should occur I would leave office life behind as soon as I could responsibly resign. (I'd clear my desk at night and paint "So long, suckers!" on the wall.)

One can dream…

Here's my outfit from Friday. I'll show you my outfit from Monday on Thursday, or Wednesday, or Saturday.



I love this new shirt! It has birds on it!

shirt - Target; skirt - Christopher & Banks; belt - thrifted; sandals - Doc Marten's (old)

It was on sale, it's large, but it works. And because I was listening to Jimi Hendrix last week, I think of this as my Little Wing shirt.




Backup singers – I've mentioned before how they rule the world. We just saw the documentary film Twenty Feet from Stardom and it was fantastic! So many talented and beautiful women. Check out Lisa Fischer singing Gimme Shelter with the Stones in 1995. She's AWESOME, and she also seems like a fun person in the film. Seriously, you have to play this video. 




I mean NOW. Just play it! She will make you cry, she will make you quiver, she will make you believe in God!

She didn't do the original recording, though. That was Merry Clayton, who's also in the movie, and is pretty bad-ass herself.

We saw the trailer for a new film called "Still Mine" with James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold as a long-married couple. La Bujold is adorable! I know that's not a totally dignified word to describe a stellar actress, but come on, she is adorable! 




And lastly, I may have found an almost-cure for hot flashes! One of the things I heard in a podcast (website recommended by Ann and noted in my post here) was that hot flashes are not necessarily caused by low estrogen, but by an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. I saw other information about this on the web, so I looked up ways to increase progesterone. Things that encourage progesterone production include Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium. There's also a progesterone cream available over the counter in the US, and chasteberry is suggested to be helpful in balancing hormone levels, but I haven't looked into either of these.

However, I had some Vitamin C and magnesium supplements at home, which I hadn't been using, so I started taking them. Each day I've been taking Estroven (it has Vitamin D and other menopause-friendly stuff), and 400 IU of Vitamin E, 500 mg of Vitamin C, and 400 mg of magnesium. This has been working really well! It was hot here last week, and my hot flashes were more like tepid flashes – no sweaty face, no waking up "dewy" during the night. I still won't be wearing heavy sweaters with scarves, tights and boots while drinking a bottle of red wine and having a chocolate dessert, but I will have some wine and chocolate if I can adjust my layers of clothing. (giant happy face!)

Now the weather is cooler, I'll start rotating these supplements rather than taking all of them every day, and see how that works. Don't want to look like some kind of fanatic with all my pills and shit.

Enough for now. Random comments will be kindly appreciated (and mindless comments will be randomly puzzled over)!

Val