Saturday, March 28, 2009


This video made me grin. And tear up a bit.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I am in love with these recycled-glass tumblers by bodhicitta. She makes old wine and beer bottles into these great, rustic yet refined glasses.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I love well-designed book covers

So I'm loving The Book Cover Archive.

It also reminded me I want to collect more of Penguin's 70 Pocket Penguins, short stories published in 2005 to celebrate the publishing house's birthday. I wish I could get the whole set, but already have a few and it's tres expensive, so I might have to settle for picking up individual ones as I find them.

I love all of Penguin's classic series; the design on them is so clever, and the small ones like the Pocket Penguins, the Great Ideas, Great Journeys, Great Books for Boys, and the Great Loves are delightfully compact and portable.

Finally, it also reminded me that I really want to put up posters and prints of some of my favorite book covers in the library of our house.

Happy birthday Gloria Steinam!

She's 75 today and still pretty freaking awesome.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

First major crafty project on the new sewing machine!

As my inaugural sewing project I made Jennifer this old-school cupcake fabric apron. I love the ruffles over the shoulders and the rick-rack trim!

In action making pancakes.

Outfit post: Wednesday

I decided to be a bit French last week to go to the museum. Entire outfit is from the Gap.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Something happy, something sad

Happy: Obama endorses a UN statement calling for a world-wide decriminalization of homosexuality! Cause it's not bad to have the gay!

Sad: the passing of Natasha Richardson. She was truly fabulous and she and her equally fabulous husband Liam Neeson always seemed so blissful together.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Craft room in progress

I've been wanting to convert our sunroom into a craft room space for a while now, and finding this table in the Ikea as-is section for half off proved the impetus to begin the process!

The ikea table holds my sewing machine, an old model inherited from my mom. The case is a boring beige-green that I want to jazz up but haven't yet decided how. I also want to get some drawer units to hold sewing and machine equipment.

I also picked up this wooden chest from ikea, covered the drawer fronts with Japanese paper, and attached label holders. I want to get more of these to hold all my small craft supplies. The fun wooden butterfly is from Michaels for $2! I have also bought a couple of wicked cute dinosaurs for Jennifer, and am tempted by more dinosaurs and the pirate ship.

The beginings of my inspiration wall. I'll add in some clips/clipboards on the side to hold inspirations for my current projects.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This may look like an unassuming chocolate cupcake, but it's secretly Guinness/chocolate with cream cheese frosting. Delicious. We're preparing an nice Irish (American) feast for dinner tonight, with corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and loads of Magners, Murphys, and Guinness.

Outfit post: Tuesday

This is my butch/cool St. Patrick's Day outfit. Rugby jersey from Ireland, jeans from Gap, shoes by Converse.

Outfit post: Sunday

Apparently when I'm not at work being bored I lose all initiative to blog. That and my camera is broken so I'm completely reliant on Jennifer's :(.

I wore my favorite bunny dress to go out and about on a grand shopping adventure. Dress, sweater, and purple tights from Target, silver/white suede flats from Gap.

Monday, March 9, 2009

DeCordova Musem

Yesterday Jennifer and I went to the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, one of our very favorite local museums. The main museum houses a regularly-changing rotation of contemporary art and is surrounded by a 35 acre park full of large scale sculpture. It's an amazing place for wandering, picnics, walking dogs, and being a bit silly.

The view from the roof terrace is gorgeous even at this time of year.

The art lends itself as a player in drama.

Glass pants are difficult to walk in.

The DeCordova constantly shows challenging artists whose work I invariably love. I always come home with a new catalog and notes on artists I must learn more about. This trip's obsession is Tabitha Vevers, a Provincetown/Cambridge located artist whose works draw upon art historical styles, devices, and icons. Her works are all playful, whimsical, and a little dark and disturbing. She references styles like surrealism, utilizes medieval religious art traditions such as the creation of icons and ex-votos, and is inspired by her surroundings on the Cape.

Outfit post: Sunday

I wore this on a gorgeous 60-degree Sunday to visit the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park with Jennifer (more on that in a bit). Our springy dresses got commented on by every person we talked to. Sadly, however, it's back to snowing/raining today, so the dresses are back in the closet. This is one of my favorite dresses; I love the forties-esque tulip skirt shape. Dress, tank, tights from Target, boots from Duo.

Outfit post: Friday

I wore this outfit to go out for Greek food with Jennifer to celebrate my last day of work. It was warmish out for the weekend so I was really excited to break out a lighter jacket. Blue and purple plaid trench coat, belted shift dress, and grey tights from Target, teal and silver flats from Topshop, lilac scarf from a vendor in Paris.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Dolce Vita is having a sale, and I want one of everything. But specifically these:


Especially those last ones. Purple suede!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This girl kicks ass

Solveig, a 10-year-old girl from the UK, is a grafitti artist who makes these amazingly witty and clever murals.

This is my favorite - it's two skeletons who run a salon called Scare Cuts. Says Solveig, "The skeleton on the left is not very good and is always messing up the hair cuts. The one on the right is the boss and drops the cups of tea when he sees what the other one has done. The dude with the glasses is cross because he is late for work as he only wanted a trim. The girl has accidently been turned into a blond Amy Winehouse. The black man likes his haircut, though." How fantastic is that?

I also like this picture of the AGC (All Girl Crew), which is Solveig, her sister, and three of their friends. As the flickr caption says, "Us girls can boogie too..."

Aptly named Serenghetto.

Bite me.

She even tattoos!

Seriously, how fierce is this kid?! You can see more of her work at her flickr.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Yes, please

I need this new dress from Anthropologie. The back is especially cute as well!

A very merry un-birthday

I love these two spreads from the newest N.E.E.T. magazine, now on virtual newsstands. The second one especially inspires me for the spring Alice in Wonderland/children's books tea party Jennifer and I have been planning.


After receiving free tickets (!) from one of Jennifer's co-workers, we had our second-ever operatic adventure this Sunday. Always up for culture, she and I went to see La Boheme ages ago in Belfast, and this week got to see The Nose, by Shastakovich, inspired by the Gogol story. The story of a man who wakes up without his nose, only to find out it is walking around town dressed as a government commissioner (with higher rank than he has!), The Nose is weird and hilarious. We thoroughly enjoyed it and took pleasure in the fact that the Boston opera-going crowd takes their opera seriously and comes to even the matinee performances in dresses and furs.

Outfit post: Sunday

Green! And loads of patterns! I fell in love with this dress, but figured I would switch out the ribbon belt for another color (aka purple), but decided in the end to embrace the green and top it with this fabulously bold cardie I bought recently. This is definitely another dress I cannot wait to wear in the spring sans the layers. Maybe with some cute espadrilles. Cardie from Old Navy, dress from Anthropologie, crewneck and leggings from Target, boots by Duo.

Outfit post: Friday

Very casual for Friday. Plaid top, belt, and jeans from Gap. Sweater vest from Target. Shoes by Doc Marten.

Outfit post: Thursday

Thursday in my Sarah Palin jacket and houndtooth shoes!. Jacket, top from Target, jeans from Gap, shoes from Old Navy.