Well, until next time, folks, holla at cha boy! I'm sorry, I promise never to say that again...
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Well, until next time, folks, holla at cha boy! I'm sorry, I promise never to say that again...
Monday, July 28, 2008
I've always had a fondness towards unnecessary objects plastered with Hello Kitty's adorable face. I used to save my allowance as a child (OK, so I still am a child...) for a visit to the Hello Kitty store. This bottle, by Sigg, available at amazon.com , is a slightly more mature way to get my Hello Kitty fix (slightly), but for $44.95, I just may have to keep saving that allowance -sigh-. It's cheaper than buying bottled water for the rest of my life, right?
This bottle, by Nalgene, is much easier on my wallet, with the low price of $10. It's message, "Refill, not landfill," is just so clever that I may have steal, uh, I mean borrow it for the title of this post...
Friday, July 25, 2008
When in doubt, eat the whole thing.
+I am absolutely delighted to see that tween (please excuse my use of the word tween) bloggers are getting attention. This bit talks about 12-year-old fashion blogger Tavi (we linked her blog, Style Rookie, look at the blogroll to your right), who is soon appearing in The New York Times style magazine, T. After visiting her blog, I think I can concur that this lovely little girl (little girl? who am I to talk? I'm a mere 2 and 3/4 years older) has much cooler style than most grown women.
+Remember my banter on how eco-friendly living is becoming a fad? Well, apparently, that's not just an opinion, but a fact.
+ While the rest of us may be relaxing and taking in the heat of summer, it's holiday season for brands. Check out how Sephora plans to lure us into buying overpriced cosmetics for our loved ones, come December. I secretly wish someone would gift me that giant lipstick.
+California bans all trans-fats in restaurants. According to this article, they've already been banned in my neck of the woods, too. I didn't even notice (I guess, that's a good sign?). Good news, Californians, you can feed your donut habit without all the guilt of trans fat. Go ahead, grab another chocolate glazed with sprinkles!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Best (according to the judges)
The Worst (according to the judges)
8:59 Resisting the urge to read episode info...
9:01 Suede talking about Suede is going to get old very quickly.
9:04 This model drafting is all too reminiscent of gym class.
9:05 Making a cocktail dress for the model? Snooze (unless it's anything like the model wedding dress fiasco of season 1).
9:06 Green fabrics? Good. This challenge? Still, yawn.
9:07 The models pick the fabric, now I'm awake. If there's one thing we've learned after religiously watching Project Runway for several seasons, it's that a lovely face and good style do not go hand-in-hand.
9:18 Kelli to Stella "Hey, Drapey Draperson!" Now, there's a catchphrase.
9:20 I'm drooling over the dress Emily is wearing. In fact, I'm being more entertained by the designer's outfits than what they're sewing. Just look at Kenley's entire persona or Leanne's geeky-chic glasses.
9:21 Tim Gunn just said "hot mess." A sign of the apocalypse, perhaps?
9:24 A young celebrity?!? -oohs and ahs-
9:29 If Stella needed leather so badly, maybe she could just use some of Blayne's overly tan skin?
9:36 A Rachel Zoe reality show? I think I'm going to "die" Remind me not to tune in (although, I inevitably will).
9:39 Notice that Nina is now just "editor-at-large."
9:39 The young celebrity guest judge is...Natalie Portman! I wish I could stand behind a shadow screen and do jazz hands and look as cute as her.
9:40 Keith, your dress reminds me of fine draperies. A bubble hem? Seriously? I though we had moved on.
9:42 These designers aren't doing much to promote eco-fabric.
9:46 Wait, Stella's is one of the best? It looks like something a semi-rocker girl would wear to her wedding...in 1998.
9:47 Leanne's is one of the worst? I find it interesting and adorable. Those darn judges...
9:56 I can't get over how much Suede's dress reminds me of my tot ballet class costume.
9:57 It's OK, Kenley, yours is still lovely.
9:58 Leanne! Leanne! Leanne!
9:59 I'm sorry, Wesley, your look is clean and classy, that dress, however, is not.
10:00 Next week: ponchos, trash talk, and a Tim Gunn freakout. I can't wait!
Those were my thoughts on this week's episode, what about yours, dear reader?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Rules of The Award Are...
1) When received, you may post the premio on your blog.
2) Link to the blogger you received from.
3) Give it to 4 blogs
4) And link to those blogs
5) Also, leave those four bloggers a comment about receiving the brilliant premio.
I have decided to award these fellow bloggers...
1. Sasha of The Copycatters.
2.Shirley of Shirley's Place.
3.Mary of Hail Mary.
4.Jenn of Go Couture Yourself.
I then managed to fail at making simple syrup, not once, but twice. Actually, I don't think I ever succeeded because when I added the the syrup to the whipped cream, it turned out looking more like egg salad -sigh-. It tasted horrible, and, thus, ended up in the garbage disposal. The raspberry mousse tasted alright, but didn't look anything like the loveliness perched atop the original cupcakes -another sigh-.
After reading the cupcakes needed another flavor component, I did, however, manage to create a magnificent recipe for lime cake. I simply added 2 tablespoons of lime juice and some zest and took away 2 tablespoons of milk. I will most definitely make the cake part again.
Overall, I'm absolutely sure I did something wrong with the mousses. But, hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Right?
Calling what looks like leopard legwarmers "ankle gloves?" Last time I checked, my ankles aren't really prone to coldness, especially in the middle of July. If we really wanted a pair of skintight, lame, high waisted leggings, we could just hope on over to American Apparel, where they don't cost $99. I don't even want to consider why anyone would even need leggings with built in kneepads. The zipper pair isn't terrible, but I refuse to pay $123 just so I can have air vents on the side of my leggings.
Please, reserve leggings for yoga class, not the night club. And, one more thing; why do you even need to collect the profits from this line? You are probably one of the highest paid young people in the world (How and why? I just don't know). Why not actually do something meaningful, like giving the profits to a charity (Which charity? I do not know. Maybe something along the lines of "Fashion Victims Anonymous").
Gabby (and the rest of humanity)
P.S. The leggings only come in sizes 0,1,2,3. Is that your interpretation of xs,s,m,l or are these just reserved for skinny folks?
Monday, July 21, 2008
Jonathan Adler creates rooms and furniture in the style which he calls "happy chic." Happy and chic, it is indeed, but, since I'm only a child, I really have no need for fine home furnishings (and even if I did, I would probably visit my very affordable friends at Ikea. Their food court alone is a reason to visit.). After looking over the said fine furnishings that I don't need, I stumbled upon the "curiosities page," where I found this lovely specimen, below.
This groovy needlepoint eyeglass case is the perfect thing to hold my spectacles. I've been searching for a cute case for so long (the clunky brown leather one that came with my glasses is a real bore) and this seems just right. There's also other novelty needlepoint goodies like coin purses and pencil cases, all of which can be found here. Of course, as everything that I seem to want these days is, it's a bit costly for me at $38. Yet another item to add to my list, entitled "Get Money/Beg Parents."
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I'm tired of the trendiness of it all, because making eco-friendly choices shouldn't just be a trend, it should be a lifestyle that everyone strives for. So, follow me, dear reader, as I attempt to make my life a bit greener and a little better with weekly easy, small tips that will hopefully make the world a better place.Fingers crossed.
Utterly confused and disappointed, I checked my TV guide; it turns out that Project Runway was on at nine, not the usual ten it had been for the past 4 seasons. After seeing countless promos, how did I not register into my head that it was coming on at nine? Do not fret, dear reader, I soon discovered it would be replayed at eleven. Anyways...here are my thoughts on the new season (spoiler alert!).
As you may know, dear reader, there has been quite a bit of drama over everyone's favorite fashion design competition in the last few months, including the extremely public firing of Nina Garcia from Elle and the show's move to Lifetime (yuck!) from Bravo for season six. No worries, though, the show's producers have seemed to make it work (bah-dum-bing! Sorry, was that a bad pun?).
Instead of featuring a mix of experienced designers and amateurs ,it seems this season mostly contains semi-established designers with excellent skill. The cast seems pretty diverse, with the exception of about three women who I still can't separately identify. They all had that indie-hipster look blunt haircuts. There's Jennifer, who's design theory can be described as "Holly Golightly goes to a Salvador Dali exhibit" and her favorite designers are Schiaparelli, Moschino, and Cynthia Rowley. I can't wait to see more of her work, since her aesthetic has to be my all time favorite of any Runway designer.
Then there's Blayne, a self-proclaimed "tanorexic" who seems to be attempting to market the term "girlicious" like Christian Siriano did with "fierce" in season 4. I suppose he hasn't heard of a little group call The Pussycat Dolls? If you thought that was bad, there's the super whiny Stella, a middle aged rocker with a knack for all things pleather. I think we can deem these two the annoying characters of the season (oh, and that guy Suede, who prefers to refer to himself in the third person).
The season-opener challenge (presented by hilariously flamboyant season one contestant Austin Scarlett. Boy, do I love when they bring old contestants back)was to create a look using products purchased from a grocery store, just like the first challenge in season one. I have to admit, I become positively giddy inside whenever Tim Gunn presents a challenge using unconventional materials, especially food (remember the Hershey's challenge of season 4? -swoons-).
It was a bit disappointing to see the myriad of tablecloths purchased (During the commercial break, I envisioned creating a cocktail dress of cupcake liners embellished with bits and baubles, courtesy of the candy aisle), but there were some absolutely brilliant creations, like the sweetheart dress created completely out of those unambiguous plastic party by Daniel, the dyed vaccum bag skirt by Kelli, the fresh produce embossed dress by Korto and the tiered party dress composed of paper towels by Jennifer.
Some of my favoritesIn my opinion, the judge's final decision was inaccurate (I threw my remote on the ground and started verbally abusing the judges). Blayne's horrific attempt at being edgy that turned out to look more like an ensemble for an extremely dark and twisted baby, complete with a high waisted diaper and bib shoulder pads and Stella's dress that started out looking like a trashbag and ended up just looking plain trashy seemed to pass just enough under the rador, resulting in neither of them being eliminated (I'm convinced ,Michael Kors was sympathetic towards Blayne. They both share a passion for day-glo colored skin, after all). Jerry was sent home for his raincoat ensemble, which was awful, but definitely much better than anything Stella or Blayne could stitch up in a lifetime. Well, no matter what the judges may say, I'm super excited to see more from this season's designers.
Well, dear reader, I'm very sorry for the long winded post, but I hope you enjoyed it. Be on the lookout for next week's live Runway post, just as long as I tune in at the right time.
p.s. What are some of your thoughts on the new season?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
There are always inevitable moments where I must place my schoolbag on said dirty floors. It is during these moments that I believe my schoolbag becomes an unintentional paper towel for the filth created by the oh-so-lovely students. I find it rather unfair that my poor schoolbag is trashed, while I seem to be the only one to pick up after myself -sigh-. But don't worry, dear reader, my days of religiously scrubbing Tide-to-go pens across my poor schoolbag in a bathroom stall could soon be over.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This transparent, matte powder SPF by Peter Thomas Roth is a super easy way to protect yourself. The brush applicator is very convenient, too. Plus, since it's a powder it won't clog your pores like many other suncreens. I'd love to try this, but for $30 it's a bit costly for me (I'm a teenage girl with a monthly income of $6.57). Maybe I'll add it to my back-to-school shopping list, after all, sun protection is important all year round. Available at your local Sephora.
Lately, I've been using this Coppertone Sport Faces Suncreen with an SPF of 50. Now, I am by no means athletic. In fact, I'm one those kids who kick the soccerball into their own team's goal (hey, at least I kicked the ball into a goal) and use every excuse possible to get myself out of gym class ("My pet goldfish died, yesterday. Due to the emotional trauma, I cannot participate"), but this sunscreen simply protects you from the sun even if you sweat or get wet. Since it's oil-free, it won't clog your pores. I recommend using it instead of your usual moisturizer and then apply makeup.Plus, with the price tag of $6.99, it's easy on the wallet. Available at your local drugstore.
Stila illuminating tinted moisturizer with SPF is perfect for those times when you need to wear makeup, but don't feel like putting on SPF and foundation (it's middle of summer, the last thing you want is a melting face). This tinted moisturizer not only protects your skin, Stila kit from ULTA, which included this, an eyeliner/eyeshadow duo, eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss, and mascara all for the spectacular value of $40. I believe the kit is still available, so if you are blessed to live near an ULTA, it's the perfect chance to t available at Sephora for $32 (see what I mean when I say spectacular value?).
Now that you know my sun protection picks, what are some of yours, dear reader?
P.S. Does anyone know of a good SPF lip balm?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
P.S. Does anyone know how I can get rid of the date in the corner of my pictures? It's driving me bananas.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I had wished to see this film for the longest amount of time and, on a recent trip to the DVD rental vending machine(isn't that amazing? a DVD vending machine!) in my local grocery store, my wish came true. I had gone in search of Definitely, Maybe (my sister's request, not mine), which looks cute and all, but definitely not a piece of groundbreaking film (but hey, I haven't actually seen it. If you have, Dear Reader, I would love to hear about it). It turned out Definitely, Maybe was out of stock and so, I got to choose The Darjeeling Limited, which after viewing twice, I have decided is a very lovely piece of groundbreaking film. The movie follows three American brothers, Francis, the control freak of the family who's face was just mamed in a car accident, Peter, who is extremely nervous due to the upcoming birth of his son, and Jack, who is always stuck in the middle of his brother's arguments and can't let go of his inconsiderate girlfriend, who decide to come together for a train voyage across India, after not seeing one another since their father's death one year earlier, in hopes of bonding with one another, finding themselves, and ultimately, become the brothers they used to be.
The brother's "spriitual journey" goes haywire due to events involving objects such as deadly snakes, pepper spray purchased on the street, and Indian painkillers, but they soon discover an entire unplanned journey where they least expect it. The beautiful imagery of the film, not to mention the meaningful and often times funny dialogue (or the amazing soundtrack I can't stop listening to), is a reason alone to watch the movie. I give this film 5 out of 5 cupcakes.
P.S. The suitcases in this film, which play a huge role, symbolically, were made by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.
P.S.S. I am now stuck with a huge craving for Indian food.Perhaps these Indian cupcakes?
Hmm, is it just me or does this young Hollywood beauty, look, well, a little less than that on this upcoming cover of Seventeen? Let's compare this cover to some other, shall we say, classier titles.
Yep, I'm convinced some super jealous tech-inclined intern over at Seventeen had something to do with this.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
If you haven't noticed, I have quite a cupcake fetish. Cupcakes are all that is good in this world. They are sweet, beautiful,and best of all, make people genuninely happy (I mean, come on, have you ever ate a cupcake without experiencing at least a teensy bit of joy?). So, naturally, when I came across this lovely specimen, pictured below, I became very happy. The Great Cupcake Pan from Williams-Sonoma creates a cupcake of gigantic proportions with two sections; one shaped like the frosting and one like the cake. The frosting shaped portion can even be filled with ice cream to make an ice cream cupcake (ice cream cupcake! a giant ice cream cupcake!). It sells for $35 and is available at your local Williams-Sonoma or williams-sonoma.com. Now, granted, I don't have $35 to blow on a giant cupcake pan, but the next time someone asks what I would like for a gift, I'll know what to tell them (wink wink, dear reader).
Monday, July 7, 2008
My Fourth of July weekend turned out to be pretty good (how was yours, dear reader?). My outfit turned out to be a success and I even had the pleasure of devouring a red velvet cupcake with red,white, and blue sprinkles. Unfortunately,though, my weekend at the beach turned out to be more like 3 hours at the beach when it was interrupted by clouds and thunderstorms -sigh-. In attempt to cure my boredom (the house I was staying in had no TV or computer, I had finished The Catcher In The Rye (the only book I brought with me),my oh-so-generous sister wouldn't share her laptop, and just the thought of visiting another ice cream shop made my hips expand), we drove to a Kohl's outside of the beach town to explore the Simply Vera by Vera Wang collection. Last fall, I'd seen a spread about the collection in Teen Vogue that made the clothes look absolutely fabulous and had been curious since. Dear reader, I was dissappointed. The design of the clothes was alright, but nothing spectacular. It was obvious that the clothes were not flying off the racks, as there was an abundance.The quality did not match the price point (think Forever 21 clothing at J.Crew prices). The few items I did try on were ill-fitting and, again, overpriced (a jersey dress was marked down 25% to $51). The accessories and shoes were not much better. Now, if Vera could only design something like this Vera Wang Lavender Label dress, below, in a cheaper fabric, we would be in business. Ahh, how I wish we lived a world where the clothes were cheap, but the design and quality weren't.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
While shopping today, I stumbled into, of all places, a sporting good store. Now, dear reader, I have little to no athletic ability and I'm hardly seen wearing sweatpants or sneakers, so this fete of my mine was quite out of character. While stumbling around, I came to a clearance table, where among the deeply discounted footballs, baseball cards, and athletic gear (FYI: If you need to by a gift for a brother, father, grandfather, or any other significant male in your life and are running low on cash, mosy on over to Modells) I saw a pair of white roller skates with pink wheels, similar to the ones above. They were so retro cute and my size, but best of all, they only had a price tag of $20 (while looking for the picture above, I learned a pair of run of the mill white and pink roller skates can cost like $180!) Sadly, dear reader, I did not have $20 or a use for pink roller skates. I begged my mom, but she said "Yes, they're cute, but you will never rollerskate and they'll just collect dust if you try to "display" them in your room."
Unfortunately, she's right and even though I have dreams of being one of those women that glide around Central Park and rollerskate while looking so cool and effortless, I guarantee I'd twist my ankle after riding around for five minutes. So, buyer of cute white rollerskates with pink wheels, take care of them, please. But then again, maybe if I search my couch for change I could afford them...
What isn't there to love about the Fourth of July? Hot dogs, fireworks, and patriotic outfits. Actually, I'll admit, I've seen some outfits that just basically made a mockery of our country in an attempt of patriotism (um, sequin oversized Uncle Sam hats, anyone?).Here is my fourth of July ensemble for tomorrow (modeled by the lovely _______, whom I'm still waiting for you, dear reader, to give a name!). The recently purchased skirt that I just keep gushing over is from Forever 21 and the tank is from Target. I'm considering keeping it simple and wearing a plain white tank instead of the ruffle one and pairing it with metallic gold sandals. I think this of a much chicer way to show off my patriotism rather than the Old Navy flag tees of my childhood,no? (Would anyone else buy them every July when they were little, or is that just me?)Should we pair it with this bag, or would that be too close to entering sequin Uncle Sam hat territory? Too much red?
Clockwise from top,long stem roses, shorty pants, and bahama mama. All by Essie.
Today, my mom and I ventured to Ulta after recieving a flyer in the mail that boasted about an amazing once in a lifetime sale and included a $3.50 coupon. How could I resist(besides, I can be entertained for hours just swatching eyeshadow on my hand, seriously)? Essie and OPI nailpolishes were all buy 2 get 1 one free.Being the cheapskate that I am, I opted for Essie because it's an entire $1.50 cheaper than OPI. It took me a while to choose, but I narrowed it down to the three pictured above. I was a little nervous to jump on the yellow nailpolish bandwagon with shorty pants and still can't decide if it looks cool and lemony on or just like I have a nail fungus problem. Speaking of nail problems, I'm currently sporting 9 1/2 nails, yes, you read that correctly. We don't want to get into details, dear reader, but we'll just say we had a mishap while shaving our legs a few days ago.Anyways, everyone rush to you local Ulta because they have some amazing deals.
P.S. The background of the picture above is from the back cover of a vintage My Fair Lady film book that I scored for $4 at a thrift shop.
This is my lovely mannequin,_____. ______ has been a part of my life every since I stumbled upon her in a thrift shop at the age of 9 or 10. ______ has an excellent figure, wondeful style, and she fits in everywhere. Now, ______, will be serving as a model for Quirky & Company until I get over my severe case of being camera shy. The only problem is _______ has no name (I know, it's sad, I've always just referred to her as "the mannequin"). Dear readers, pick a name for _____ and I will choose one in a few days. Good luck!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Do you ever just get really annoyed by the littlest things? Well,if you don't, you either are the reincarnation of a saint or you have a supernatural amount of patience. I have neither of these things and I've decided to share my biggest pet peeves in a series I like to call, well, peeves.
-Bluetooth( not even sure if thats the correct spelling)
Seriously, take a step back and look at your life if it requires you to constantly wear a cell phone headpiece in your ear. Moreover, the reason I really hate Bluetooth are situations like this one at the grocery store last week:
Lady with obnoxious designer bag and Bluetooth (note: it was on her left ear, I was standing to her right. We are the only people in the aisle): Hmmm...what do you think is better? The vanilla honey granola or the cinnamon raisin?
Me: Well, I've never tried either before so I couldn't tell you, sorry.
Lady (doesn't even realize I spoke to her): Yea, but I can't decide because I know Maddie really like cinnamon raisin and Hunter likes the vanilla honey. Oh, whatever, I'll just get both. So anyways, how was your blind date with whats his name?(She walks away).
At this moment I realize she is wearing that darn Bluetooth in her ear.
-When there are crumbs in the stick of butter.
So, you know when someone's scraping butter on your toast and the crumbs go on the knife,take some more with it, and then don't bother to scrap off the crumbs on the stick of butter? It drives me insane! If I wanted your onion bagel crumbs on my poppyseed bagel, I would have ate an everything bagel!
So those are my peeves for today.What about you, dear reader, what bothers you?