Friday, April 27, 2012

smmidge Style: Spring Pleats and Layers

Happy Friday!  Hope you are off to a fabulous spring weekend.  It's almost May! Can't believe it.  I say that with every passing month though. I do love May, so this is a fun change even if it is still shocking in some way.  The weather is usually lovely, and it's the intro to summer, and . . . selfishly. . . it is my birthday month.  I love my birthday.  I mean the numbers are getting bigger, yes, but it's still fun.  A couple of years ago, my birthday entailed wrist corsages.See here. One year it was my bachelorette party. Whatever I do, it always includes prosecco. I enjoy it and like to have fun and intend to this year as I officially launch into my late 30s.  Uh, excuse me?  How did that happen?  Wow.  Well, I hope I always want to have fun on my birthday no matter how old, but enough about that.  Today I'm just sharing a springy look whether it's your birthday or not.  I found this really pretty pleated dress from BCBG back in February when I was in LA for the Oscars (F.U.N. right?), and it felt a little bit much for work on it's own (though on another day I might not feel like that at all. . . I may try it alone soon), so I layered this pretty colorful crochet-esque sweater from jcp and my old, fave belt that looks like a 70s guitar strap.  I liked how it turned out and how the black in the shirt and the shoes really anchored the super light dress.   Doss approved too, which is always the true test.  This guy will tell it like it is, and sometimes I look "pretty, mommy" and sometimes. . . naahh. :)  Love it.  Then he was off to rock out on his scooter, just as it should be.  Again, happy happy weekend to you!  xx - m.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Love for HPMkt StyleSpotter Picks

One of my favorite bloggers, Jamie Meares, of i Suwannee, was a style spotter at High Point Market last week - she pinned some of her favorite pieces, so check out her #hpmkt Style Spotter Pinterest page.  Her picks are so colorful and happy!  Here are my faves of her faves. . . yep, that's what I said. Check out the main hpmkt StyleSpotters pinterest page to see other home style trendsetters chosen to curate hits of the market. xx - m.m.

pair of stunners from Hickory Chair
ottoman at Lilly Pulitzer
Mirror at Madegoods
Dresser at Chelsea Textiles
pillow at Drandfield and Ross
black and white stripe at Lillian

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blogger Profile: Kelley of The Hidden List

What to say about Kelley from The Hidden List?  Well, the list on her is long!  Here it goes. . . This spirited lady is, to me, the ultimate Texas beauty with the ultimate Texas style. . . a true "Texas eclectic".  Kelley's keen eye for fabulous vintage pieces and ways to mix and layer heirlooms, vintage and modern styles makes for a truly unique, layered feel that is what I call "Texas eclectic".   Her blog, The Hidden List is the same -- it's chock-full of everything from tips and updates on designers, local shops, and eateries, to the scoop on interiors trends and products you must have.  It's a wonderful source, and always fun to see what's on Kelley's list.  Check it out and see below for our own "hidden list" on Kelley herself.  xx -m.m.  

[smmidge] Describe your blogging style.

[The Hidden List] My blogging style is "off the cuff".  The tag line of my blog is "the secret door to all things exceptional", so I share things that I find to be new and noteworthy...everything from design to fashion to the latest app I downloaded that day or a fun trip I took with friends.  

[smmidge] Your personal style? And one favorite piece (each) in your home and wardrobe that reflects your style.

[The Hidden List] My personal fashion style is casual, comfortable with a dash a trendy here and there.  I'm not a fan of getting dressed up, especially when that means wearing painful high heeled shoes!  The most favorite thing in my wardrobe is a very worn pair of Frye harness antique vintage boots or one of my many vintage cowboy boots!  If I could wear jeans, a t-shirt, some kind of wrap and my Fryes everyd day I'd be totally happy!

[The Hidden List] My design style seems to match all other parts of my life and continues to fall in the line of eclectic.  In my home you'll find everything from a modern Eames lounger to an old tatted throw that was my grandmothers.  They most favorite things in my home change from time to time, but they always seem to be one of my pieces of art.  I love vintage art and have several art walls in my house that I add to often.

[smmidge] What keeps you inspired both on the blog and in life?

[The Hidden List] I'm inspired by so many things on a daily basis.  It could be a chat I have with one of my creative friends or a great Anthropologie window display.  Now that we have Pinterest, how could anyone lack a source of inspiration!  Several people have asked me how I continue to come up with things to blog about...I'm more concerned with the fact that I don't have enough time to blog about every thing I find inspiring and exceptional!

[smmidge] Your 3 favorite songs to listen to while blogging.

[The Hidden List] Here are a few songs I'm currently loving...

Kingdom Come - The Civil Wars
Drive By - Train

[smmidge]Last book you read and loved.

[The Hidden List] I read so much on the web, that I rarely read books, but I read "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".  It was so disturbing, but such a great story!  I picked up "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" and started reading it on a plane a couple of weeks ago and then realized that I'm reading this trilogy out of order!  Now it's hard to stop and go back...Hate it when I do that!

[smmidge] Your top three favorite blogs.

[The Hidden List] It's almost impossible to tell you my three favorite blogs because I read so many every day that I love...  Here are a few that are among my daily reads...

Thanks again to the lovely Kelley Copeland for hanging with us today!  Love getting the scoop on the list behind The Hidden List!  

Monday, April 23, 2012

I Procrastinate and I Love Charts

If you, too, love charts then check out this hilarious blog.  This chart in particular, hits home with me.  Gotta run!  There are so many things I have to wait to do!  xx - m.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

So, I was thinking. . .

I love thoughts and words and these are just a few I recently pinned on Pinterest.  You gotta love words stamped on a map, and as far as going your own way, well, you must. I must.  I was raised to be fiercely independent in many respects, from not being afraid to own my beliefs even if they aren't the same as others, to not wanting to buy the same purse or backpack as everyone else, and everything in between - going my own way was a philosophy that was fostered in me.  
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It's good to remember that it's ok to be you no matter the dynamic of the group.  It's also easy and fun to go with the group in some ways and at some times, but in general whether it fits with the group or not, it's good to just find your groove and stick with it. 
What else can we say?  That dandy, Oscar, sure knew some things.  Turn the pages of something worthwhile.  It is powerful in moments even when you are not engrossed in the words.  And moreover, I love this typeface on this poster.  Lovely. 
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Don't we all need to be reminded of this every now and then.  Be a little thankful for the good things and what better way to remember that than with a pretty little poster with a curse word.  Perfect.  

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Get out of your head!  xx - m.m.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blogger Profile: Heather and Bo of Lost in Drawers

Hello!  I'm so happy to bring you today's profile of Heather and Bo Liles of Lost in Drawers.  This creative pair bring a wonderfully independent view point and aesthetic to the blogosphere, first by doing a joint blog - their cool quirky take on things, both as a couple and separately, sets them apart from so many others.  They curate and create groovy posts from design, to vintage finds, to their married lives, to a subtle but strong thread of their spiritual lives, as well.  And lest we forget, a super cool chronicling of their fashions can also be found on the blog and on their Instagram.  Lost in Drawers is a class act, and I think you will love the blog.  Oh!  AND Heather and Bo live in Fort Worth, and some of you may know that I have major heart for that town having lived there during some important and formative young adult years of my life (who knows, I always think going back to FTW is an option. . . maybe even a dream, but I digress).  Anyway, I love anyone who breaks the mold and hails from the Fort like Heather and Bo - cool and unexpected, just like Lost in Drawers.  Hope you enjoy!  xx - m.m. 

1) Describe your blogging style.

Our blogging style is fairly representative of our life in general: eclectic, wide ranging in topics and interests...from our love of vintage, the personal side of our life as a couple, everything stylish and fashionable that inspires us, our rapscallion pomeranian Emory, discussion on topics spiritual and cultural, on how much we love Fort Worth Texas, time spent with family, our love of vintage bicycles, our favorite recipes and food ideas, and about the adventures that come our way.

2) Your personal style? And one favorite piece (each) in your home and wardrobe that reflects your style.

Heather: It’s a difficult task to self-define one’s style, but without sounding too contradictory, I would say that my style is modern vintage with a nod to street style.  In looking for vintage, I tend to gravitate towards the 1960’s, as the silhouettes have always been my favorite. Simply put, if your grandmother and mother wore it 50 years ago, I will most likely love it.  That being said, my love of vintage is really a quest to try and wear those pieces I love in a current and modern way; I like vintage clothing best when it doesn’t look like a costume, but integrates easily into any outfit.

Also, my personal style and our home decor have been influenced profoundly by the visual style of Jean-Luc Godard’s films, from the color palettes to the outre/quirkiness in the styling. And being that we just recently moved into a new home, and many things are still in boxes, we are taking our time in decorating, trying to make it truly livable and only buying things that we love, that have a story and make us smile. While we would love to live in an Anthropologie type catalog, our home has proven itself to need to be a livable space, with room for scattered dog toys and piles of new, uncatalogued books and a dish or ten in the sink.  And we are entirely alright if that makes it on the blog, in fact, we often find capturing those moments are the best.

In my wardrobe: A cream vintage sailor cut jacket I found at the Fort Worth Cattle Barn flea market that goes with nearly everything. No matter how many times I have to re-sew the sleeve back on, I always find myself pairing outfits with this staple in my closet.

In our home: In that same vein, my most recent purchase is a 1970’s sailor girl painting found at a nearby thrift store that Bo & I both loved instantly and had to bring home with us.

Bo: My style is still evolving from single twenties guy to being a married man in my thirties, but I can say that I take after my father in the sense that I like items that are quality and classic. I attempt to buy things that last. That being said, I mix some vintage with new pieces that can be worn dressed up or down. I am especially into vintage neckwear, and as of late, shoes. At home, I would say that Heather and I really don’t take things too serious; we decorate with what we like, with a big emphasis on humor and comfort.

In my wardrobe: my grandfather’s fedora and my bicycle toe oxfords from our wedding.

In our home: our record player, as Lost In Drawers wouldn’t exist without music.

3) What keeps you inspired both on the blog and in life?

I think what makes us the happiest is seeing what inspires each of us as individuals. That being said, there definite recurring constants: authenticity and kindness; our local museums; all things Disney; old photographs and dusty antique oddities; people who have a genuine voice, both in their style and personality; collections of unique things...from Alice In Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes books, to our stable of vintage bicycles, to hats (and hat boxes); vintage radios; hand painted trinket boxes, among many other things. That is the beauty of inspiration: it can come from both familiar and new and exciting directions.

4) Your 3 favorite songs to listen to while blogging.

Heather: “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys; “Dress Me Like A Clown” by Margot And The Nuclear So & So’s; the entire self titled album by Fleet Foxes.
Bo: “Mistaken For Strangers” by The National; “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” by Radiohead; “Bitter Days” by Lewis

5) Last book you read and loved.

Heather: Love Wins by Rob Bell - this book really completed a change in how I see eternity and life for us in the future. It really is a great primer on how to better treat each other every day.

Bo: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller - I really like Miller’s take on memoirs, and this one really got me thinking about the idea of story and how Heather and I want to live out good stories with our life together.

6) Your top three favorite blogs.

Thanks again to Heather and Bo for being a part of this series and sharing such lovely bits of their lives with us!  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Tune by Leftover Cuties

I posted about this song in November 2010 and as I was catching up on season 3 of The Big C on Showtime recently, I was reminded of my love for this little tune by Leftover Cuties.  L.o.v.e.  Check out the show for some hilarious and poignant moments on facing mortality, and to be inspired each time by a song that says what we all sometimes feel whether we are in our 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond: "is this some kind of joke?" Happy Monday, xx - m.m.

Re-blog from smmidge Nov 2010:
"Is this some kind of a joke?"

"...Will someone wake me up soon?  And tell me this was just a game we played called life"  Genius lyrics from one of my favorite songs - Game Called Life by Leftover Cuties - and the theme to a genius TV show, "The Big C".  Adore the stylized video - think its 30s/40s Speakeasy vibe is fabulous.  What's not to love about the smooth, crooning voice of Shirli McAllen through a big silver mic.  And her ruffles and red lips and pearls?  Hello!  Love the guys in the suspenders and pageboys, too.  And, well, in my ongoing quest for expression, balance, understanding, achievement, and inspiration, its yet another artwork that speaks to me.  Hope it does the same for you.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Instagram-able 7

I dumped my iphone images onto my computer before I got this post complete.  How silly.  I so often format these from my phone. . . so easy that way. . . anyway this post is missing some fun moments from the last couple of weeks, but alas, there will be more to share soon enough.  And a few good little bits are here too, starting with spring has sprung in our backyard, thus our little neighbor friend, Bella, fashioned beautiful bouquet for Doss of foliage from her yard. . . seriously, it's so lovely!  I think she has a gift.  Doss had a big time with his Easter pinata.  Hopefully next time he will be with his cousins when he busts it up! Also, I'm happy with a few of my spring shoes, from gold clogs, to a fun snakeskin mix, to some booties from unique store in Austin called Bootleg.  Found those on a happy girls day with  BoldertheBetter.  Sad those pics are not here to share, but again, more to come!  I've been doing the #photoadayapril challenge and having a great time with it.  I had to post a pic of 'younger me'. Oh the things I would tell a younger me. . . wow. . . But in other news, I'm super stoked about the premiere of "Girls" on HBO this Sunday.  I particularly love Lena Dunham and the photo shoot the cast did in Glamour. . . look at those floral pants!  And last but not least my boys. . . again, had to dig around for some shots because my cute ones are not accessible (do I need to be clouding this? I'm so behind).  ugh!  But below you will see Benito in his element, and Doss in his (with his cars).  Ben has been working hard and pounding the pavement making his way, and so proud of him for that.  One interesting thing he has rustled up is helping with the Jason Roberts campaign, so we were excited to get our campaign posters!  We think so much of this guy, his platform and what he has worked for in the community.  And especially as we prepare to move into his district in Oak Cliff, we are excited to get involved.  Whew!  I feel like I just upchucked an update on you.  Can we say "stream of consciousness"? I do that. . . thanks for listening!  Happy Happy Friday!  xx -m.m.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blogger Profile: Amy from Green Eggs & Hamm

Hi Guys!  I'm so happy to bring you this week's Blogger Profile with Amy from Green Eggs and Hamm.  This girl brings true passion and energy to everything.  You will totally feel it too - just read below!  I love how she expresses herself - I mean, who else can cram into one interview the following:  a feminine red dress, camo boots; Adidas watch; paint by numbers and other vintage finds; an IRL scrap book of inspirations (my fave thing); and finally an inspiring memory of overnight "auuts and cwaffts" with her son.  Really, it's all here. . . explained in this hilarious, real-life, passionate, happy way that is Amy.  And that is what her blog is all about, too.  It will at once make you feel inspired and ready to chase your dreams, while also affirming your approach to life (whatever that may be).  She's a star.  Thank you so much for being a part of this!  xx - m.m.

Hi! It's Amy from Green Eggs and Hamm.  The ever so fashionable Smmidge asked me to guest post...I have to was a bit of pressure, I mean she is always put together...and well...I am most certainly not.  I tried to put my best foot forward!

Here are the questions:
[smmidge] 1) Describe your blogging style.
[GEH] me!  I blog about the things I love and love to do.  I am a crafter, thrifter, foodie, and mom.  My blogging style is like the way I listen to music (a bit all over the place) day I will be blasting gansta rap...the next metal...followed by a little folk. 

[smmidge]2) Your personal style? And one favorite piece (each) in your home and wardrobe that reflects your style.
[GEH]This was the hardest, I couldn't follow the rules with just one!  My style is very 80s right now.  I promised myself a long time ago that the 80s were so awful they would never come in back in style.  Well, guess what?  Never say never.  One day I could look like Laura Ingalls, the next I will be channeling Veronica Cornerstone's 70's style in Anchorman.  On the weekends I am more of a leggings and tshirt kind of girl.  While I love to get dressed up and do my hair and the can generally find me with my hair in a bun, glasses on, and no makeup.  This is the reason I find it so difficult to do outfit posts!
Thrifted dress. 
It has a big red bow at the neck!
Thrifted mens shirt, tank from Nordstroms, and American Apparel high waist leggings.  My absolute favorite.  
Now on to my favorites:
My favorite boots.  I wear them with everything!  
I don't wear a ton of jewelry, but these are my staples; a black rubber and gold Adidas watch, a rosary from Poor Pitiful Pearl, big gold heart earrings, and a necklace with the letter A that I have had since I was a little girl.
From my home: 
 my favorite clock, it needs a new clock mechanism...but I really don't care at the moment!
 A thrifted needle point. 
 and a paint by numbers from the 50's.  I love doing paint by numbers.

[smmidge]3) What keeps you inspired both on the blog and in life?
[GEH]My inner artist inspires me on the blog.  It's where I get to purge what's going on in my head.  I'm one of those people that find it hard to stop...or slow down.  My mind is constantly going.  I have notebook after notebook of ideas, sketches, and to-do's.  Before Pinterest I would tear out ideas from magazines and file them in my notebooks for future projects.  
I think I have been in a little bit of denial that I have a day job.  It's like I know deep down that some day I will be living my dream job...even if it's when my kids are in college...I am saving up for that day...I am planning for that day subconsiously all. the. time. 
In life, my kids inspire me.  Kids are natural artists.  They dress how they want, they draw how they want, they dance with abandon...and they make no excuses for what they do.  They have all the confidence in the word.   I don't want to see them getting into a career or job they hate.  I want them to be happy and enjoy there worklife.  If you love your job you will  truly never work a day in your life.  I don't love my job and I think that's the biggest motivator.
My son woke up like this one morning.  He went to bed clean.  Apparently sometime during the night he  wanted to do auuts and cwafts.  He was about 3 here.

Other bloggers probably inspire me the most.  I love eye candy, I am a people watcher and have always found the beauty in things.  

[smmidge]4) Your 3 favorite songs to listen to while blogging.
[GEH] I rarely listen to music while blogging.  It's usually cartoons!  But I am really into alternative at the moment.  Which is weird for me because I grew up with rap and some metal on the side.  I love to it has to have a beat so I can shake it...or "wiggle yo body" like my daughter says.

[smmidge]5) Last book you read and loved.
[GEH] Hunger Games.  I was addicted.  And no, I haven't seen the movie...yet.
[smmidge] 6) Your top three favorite blogs.  
[GEH] 3?  Seriously Molly?  hmmm.  this is so tough and it changes weekly.  Of course Smmidge is one.  I mean really!
I already went over my number and I haven't even began.

Anyways, thanks so much Molly for having me is da bomb...and I adore YOUR style!  If you feel so inclined, come check out greeneggsnhamm to keep up with our shenanigans.
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