Saturday, March 30, 2013

What I Wore - Cardigan and striped dress

This is the cool weather version of this outfit that I shared last July.






I need to remember to check more than the temperature before I get dressed; it was rather windy today and there were a few wardrobe-malfunction near-misses.



Marriage equality (and hippos)



Just thought I'd share a Facebook status that I posted Thursday, as well as the above graphic that I created which is a play on the popular marriage equality graphic going around Facebook.

P.S. If anyone reading this thinks hippos are as awesome as I do, feel free to use/share my hippo equality graphic where ever, however, please do not remove my web-site address/watermark.



My Facebook status Thursday:

153 years ago African-Americans were given the legal right to get married. 46 years ago interracial couples were given the legal right to get married. Today 41% of African-American voters do not think homosexuals should have the legal right to get married.

Currently the percentage of black people that oppose gay marriage is not that much higher than the number of white people who oppose it; my point is simply that bigotry is even sadder when it involves the persecuted becoming the persecutors.

And, no, the issue of gay marriage is not different than the issue of black marriage. Every single piece of credible scientific evidence says that sexual orientation is a born trait. Sexual orientation is no more a choice than race, height, etc. is, so, do not try to justify your bigotry.

-Alana

Disclaimer: I had difficulty locating the date of when African-Americans were first legally allowed to get married in the U.S.; therefore, I am not completely certain whether the date is correct, however, it is safe to say that it was long ago enough that it makes the current debate over gay marriage an embarrassment.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Wedge sneakers

Wedge sneakers make about as much sense as these.

Cute little daffodils

It is a fairly large plant but the blooms are smaller than in a common daffodil plant (a little bigger than a quarter) which makes it even cuter. The plant was only $3 from Trader Joe's (on sale from normal price of still only $4).

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Photos from the dyeing green of the river

These photos are from the dyeing of the river in Chicago last weekend in honor of Saint Patrick's Day. Last Sunday I shared a video compilation of my photos and video clips from the morning, however, I still thought I would go ahead and share most of the photos on their own.

P.S. I am pretty excited about my new photo watermark that I made yesterday (that is on all the photos below)!














Sunday, March 17, 2013

Video of Saint Patrick's Day green river

Video I made from my photos and video clips from this year's dyeing of the river in Chicago in honor of Saint Patrick's Day. The song playing is "Irish Drinking Song" by the Dropkick Murphys.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

This photo was taken when Timmy and I went to the dyeing of the river that happens every year in Chicago for Saint Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What I Wore - Leopard cardigan and magenta dress

The color combination of my outfit was inspired by this image that I have had in the back of my head since I saw it on Pinterest about a year ago.






I have been wanting a leopard large-print cardigan ever since I saw this photo on Pinterest a year ago. A large-print leopard cardigan is surprisingly difficult to find. A few months ago I saw that H&M was selling one, and I went off to an H&M to store to buy one; unfortunately by the time I saw the image, the H&M store I went to no longer had the cardigan, and H&M doesn't do on-line sales in the U.S. I looked on Ebay to see if anyone was reselling them, and I found a place selling a knockoff version. Knockoff versions of H&M products is a little weird when you consider that most clothing items at H&M are under $20. I took a chance and ordered the knockoff since I couldn't find an original for sale, and I think it looks the same as the H&M version. Unfortunately the biggest size they carried is tight on my arms and not large enough to button across my chest without pulling, but I still like it.

Dublin's bakery "Queen of Tarts"

Last month I posted about Timmy and I going to Dublin this summer; until the trip, I am going to share some of the things I am excited to do when we get to Dublin. One of the things I am excited about is going to the bakery, Queen of Tarts. You can find Queen of Tarts on Facebook and Twitter. Below are some images from the bakery.

































Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cutest fabric ever - Ice cream poplin

I have being eyeing the "Little Lisette's Ice Cream Poplin" fabric, available in yellow or pink, for a few weeks now.

It is $12.99 a yard regularly, currently on sale for $9.09 through tonight. I wanted to use the fabric for a dress, however, I would need five yards of it, and that would make the dress cost $60-70 by the time I bought the lining fabric, zipper, etc. I have coupons for 50% off one item, however, it can only be used on regular priced merchandise, so, the 50% would be off the $12.99, not the $9.09 (so, it would be $6.50 a yard rather than $4.55). Also, unfortunately you can only use one coupon per order, so, I can't use a free shipping coupon too, and the shipping would be $7.99. That would make my order total for five yards of fabric $40.47, which basically means I would still be paying $8.09 a yard for the fabric. I could not find the fabric in my local store. For that reason, I have put off buying the fabric.

Today, I decided that I better just buy it because I'll be quite disappointed if it sells out before it goes on sale cheaper. Although pink is my favorite color, I liked the yellow version better, so, that is what I bought. My favorite part is the little bites out of the Popsicle, and the drips of the ice cream cones.





I am planning on using my Butterick 5748 dress pattern. I would like to wear the dress with my red crinoline (as well as my red heels and belt), however, I'm not sure I'll be able to do that without looking like I'm dressed in Lolita fashion. Even if I don't wear it with the crinoline, I may still look like I'm wearing a five year old's dress. At any rate, I think I'll have fun mixing and matching pieces with the dress that pull out the different colors in the fabric.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sewing Project - Argyle sweater vest

I had planned to start on my first dress today, but it seemed like an awfully big project to start on on a Sunday. Also, I like sewing a lot more when I don't have to follow someone else's directions; being able to jump right into a project with scissors is a lot more enjoyable than cutting, pinning, and tracing patterns.

I decided to turn one of Timmy's old sweaters into a mini sweater vest. I'm glad that I decided to put bands around the arm holes and waist, I think it looks more complete this way. Don't judge me for sewing clothes for stuffed animals.

Before


After

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sewing Project - 80's dinosaur

My boyfriend Timmy has always loved dinosaurs, and when he was little, his mother made him a stuffed dinosaur. When Timmy mentioned to me how much he had loved the dinosaur his mom made, I decided to make him a replica. It was brilliant of me to choose a project with stretch velvet fabric for my first sewing machine project in over a decade (sarcasm, of course). Also, it is probably not a good sign of your homemaking skills if you have to photoshop crumbs off your couch in photos.

I gave the dinosaur the name Master Cuddles. I came up with the name because of my love for Mr. Cuddles; I used "Master" instead of "Mister" because of master's past grammatical use basically meaning boy rather than man.


The original, created by Timmy's mom


Master Cuddles, created by me



I think my version is pretty close except that I made the mistake of sewing on the back legs, which are longer, first and they ended up being too low (the other side is much worse). I have thought about removing the legs and reattaching them higher, but truth be told, I somehow think the mistake makes him more endearing; when he tries to stand up and ends up falling on his face, I think it is charming. Is it weird that I talk about inanimate objects as if they weren't inanimate?





I love my boyfriend for putting up with all my neurotic posing; although, this is how I knew the shoot was officially over: