Category Archives: Rants & Ramblings

BLOGVEMBER: Because I’m Not Going to Stress Over NaNo This Year

BLOGVEMBER: Fall in the Pacific Northwest

Starting off one day behind, but I’m fixed to make it up. I’ve decided to pump some life back into this blog with a blog every day November challenge starting NOW. Expect fashion and lifestyle posts.

In the recent year I have: moved to Seattle, WA and purchased a house, so there is a lot of new happening and I’m excited for all the project opportunities (and the ability to wear WINTER clothing) that it presents.

Talk to you tomorrow.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Fake It ‘Till You Make It

As you have seen from my outfit posts, I am not a photographer. I’ve never had ‘the eye’ or any ‘eye’ whatsoever for the amazing art of capturing life on film. However, as a media and social media person, I know learning how to take at least decent photos is a skill I should really acquire. So instead of sitting down to read the 400-page instruction booklet that came with my camera, I decided to check out other blogs to see what makes their photographs captivating. I realized that it’s all about the natural lighting and the focus. My camera(a Nikon D5000) only has one lens, so I was out to ‘fake it ’till I make it’ (the advice I give everyone for everything). Taking close-up shots was the best way I could make my photographs look artsy and worthy of any pride, so I stuck with those. I used natural lighting then brightened them up a bit in Photoshop if necessary. These are the shots I took for one of my clients for an upcoming Quilt Run. See the rest of this set here.


15 shirts for under $200.
PLNDR, the sample sale version of Karmaloop, rocks.
I spent a while stalking their sales and waiting for the perfect combination of t-shirts to become available before making my purchase. However, I just received the package and my cart is full again. I can’t believe the amazing haul I made for such a bargain. These were all shirts I’ve wanted for a while but couldn’t afford and, of course, they’re all men’s tees. No I’m not being paid or asked to endorse them, I’m just really happy with my order.
If you’d like an invite to PLNDR click here!

Break Out Your Mood Rings – The 90s Are Back

Maybe nobody will be wearing overly-baggy jeans and wallet chains just yet, but for the last few seasons, 1990’s-inspired fashion has slowly crept back onto the scene.

It was first visible with Chanel’s notorious “clogs” Spring 2010 runway show which glorified the Clueless-esque clogs and floral print. But now, 90’s style is even more prevalent in today’s outfit choices:

Oh my crushed velvet! I blame the club kids. Fanny packs, grunge color pallets, “mom jeans”, light denim, combat boots, unatural hair dye, crop tops and 90s band tees are all making their way back into our closets.

Would you dare to flaunt these throwback platforms? Moonspoon Saloon makes the most incredible 90’s-esque stompers.

Confession: I’m dying to bring back the 90’s baseball cap trend. What about you?

Link Love #1

Have you heard of Fab? It’s like Gilt groupe for hip and modern gifts and accessories! Join through my personal invite link:

Tired of or grossed out by plain old taxidermy? Try these interesting geometric mounts from Bend Seating.

Love the Kills? Love photobombing? Love alcoholic babies? (not too sure about that last one) Anyway, if you answered “yes” to any of the above, check out Photobombing Jamie Hince for a some laughs.

If you’re not the “real tree” type, or just live in too small of an abode to accomidate a Christmas tree, check out this DIY Duct Tape Tree from Love Aesthetics.

You know Tavi, right? The Style Rookie, the child-wonder of the fashion blogosphere who we’d all hate if she wasn’t so darn infectious and humble. Well, she started her own website just for teen girls called Rookie. Honestly, if I had the entrepreneurial spirit now that Tavi had at age 12, I’d be set.

In my almost daily routine of browsing creepy art online I stumbled upon Travis Louie and became an instant fan. This is the art that will be hanging in my future home. You can also purchase his book here.

The Digital, Fashionable Life of Generation Y

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We are the internet generation. We are the first of our kind. Prior to now, people would communicate via telephone, buy movie tickets at the box office and develop photos at WalMart. But the internet age is not just a more convenient way of living; it’s an entirely new way to experience life.

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But how can you live when you’re logged-on 24-7? How can you be social? Well, sadly, for our generation I think we owe a lot to the internet famewhores because they paved the way for a whole new type of interaction. Never before could you simultaneously talk to a friend in Australia, the U.K. and Russia all at once. Most people didn’t even have friends outside their city let alone country. But thanks to the chat room sensation of the 90’s and the Myspace friend competitions of the 2000’s, common interest has brought us together and opened anyone and everyone up to making friends anywhere. Now I could discuss the pros and cons of the antisocial life that comes from having mostly friends (and a relationship)  in other countries, but I’m diverting from the point of this post entirely.

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Back on track. The internet age of convenience means many people have turned to online shopping for most of their necessities. People don’t even have to go to the store for groceries anymore, and God forbid people buy their naughty toys from anywhere public now. Now, even clothing shopping, which used to take hours of mall hopping, has become a breeze. I’ve become a wiz at knowing whether to order a size up or down solely judging by how a top fits a model on a webstore. Going to the mall is now a flood of social anxiety and quite overwhelming when I can’t just walk in a store and plug in a search term for the outfit I’m looking for. The only stores I regularly visit, thrift shops, are now even moving online with sites like Ebay and Etsy.

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Reading up on the latest fashion trends used to mean going to the store and scouring the shelves for the latest issue of Vogue. Now, most editorials from all over the world are readily available online, without the regular wading-through-ads associated with reading a magazine, and without the shipping costs of acquiring an Italian Vogue in San Diego. To find the latest fads, most magazines are looking to the web, to fashion bloggers and online lookbooks where regular people are now becoming the latest trendsetters.

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Which all leads me to wonder, what’s next? Will we soon be trying on clothing via hologram? How will our children interact with fashion? What do you think the future holds for anything I’ve just talked about? I’d love to get some opinions!