Seven Dollar Dress, Thursday, Febraury 27th, 2014

I bought this black dress in December and boy was I disappointed.  It was wayyyyy tooo big, and it was really unflattering.  BUT, it was only $7.  I wasn't going to bother returning a $7 dress online or in the store.  I figured that I'd either donate it when I went to the thrift store next or figure out a way to wear it.  I was really surprised I ended up doing the latter.

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Let's walk through the morning, shall we?  "Where's my black wrap dress? Oh no, it's still drying outside and it's freezing, so what can I wear with sleeves?  Well, there's this hideous batwing dress.  I'm already going to be a bit rushed, but maybe I'll just try it on.  I still like the neckline and the top, but maybe with this belt it'll just look slouchy.  Too much black with those leggings, maybe a grey cardigan."  And, scene.

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Yep, I figured that I should try wearing it at least once even if I don't like the results.  My day called for warm, easy to move around in clothes, and this fits the bill.  I added necklaces and my new glasses for an experiment.  We are shooting three interviews today with bright lights, and I want to know if the sunglasses in my Progressives will activate.  The answer to that question was no.

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Did I like this look?  I like the idea of a few slouchy casual pieces that can be dressed up for work.  Is this dress that piece?  Probably not, but it was fun to try out something new, even if it was in black again.  What is that stain on the front of my dress?  Oh, I just spilled the entire contents of my lunch down the front of our office coffee machine, dishwasher, and myself.  It was not my most graceful moment.  Opinions on my oddly shaped dress, anybody else?

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Glasses :: Rivet & Sway
Pearl mesh necklace :: gift from husband from Tiffany & Co.
Long disc necklace :: Forever21
Dip dye sweater :: Loft via OBB (oldest bestest buddy)
Black dress :: H&M
Black leggings :: Old Navy
Black zipper boots :: H&M

Making Masks for Mardi Gras

At a masked event and then at a Mardi Gras parade

A mask is the easiest way to get into the Mardi Gras spirit without donning an entire costume.  The husband and I have so many that we store them in a padded box in our house.  I decided to craft something new this year for my first ever trip to the Krewe or Armeinius Mardi Gras ball.  Elle and I got some supplies and spread out all over my dining room table to craft something fancy. 

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Supplies all over the table
 
We started with basic masks from Michael's craft store and a bunch of traditional supplies like beads, sequins, paint, feathers, lace, and fabric.  We also used spray adhesive as well as regular scissors, fabric scissors, foam brushes, hot glue, tweezers, primer in a can, and cardboard.  The cardboard is a great work surface when you're inside and want a quick clean up.
 

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First, we made sure the masks fit our faces.  Elle had to widen the eye holes in her mask to see properly, but mine was fine.  Then, we played with the available materials and figured out what order to add each material.  It's imperative to figure out how to attach everything.  I had so much trouble getting the fabric to stick before we used spray adhesive that I tried to paint it and stick the fabric on.  Epic fail.

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Elle started painting her mask and was having the same no stick problem, so we primed it with white spray paint.  Once dry, she stated adding a layer of gold paint to hers.  I glued the fabric onto my mask and figured out that black paint would hide the two white glue stains I made.  We did a lot of the smellier, spray stuff outside, so don't be afraid to go in the yard or a shed to use the more toxic, messy things. 
 
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Elle moved onto adding glitter after two coats of gold paint, and I cut up some lace to cover the giant eye holes in my mask.  I learned the hard way that you can't move fabric once you apply spray adhesive, and I decided to use rhinestones and beads to cover my glue mishaps.  We had easy to use stick on rhinestones for some of the project, but we used hot glue for the bigger beads.  Using tweezers to dip an object into the hot glue is an efficient way to apply it.
 
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Once Elle's mask had dry glitter, we covered it with two coats of spray gloss to make sure it would stay in place.  She cut out some lace to go across the front, and I used the spray adhesive to put it on top.  I decided to leave the eye holes of my mask covered with lace, but Elle wanted to be able to see where she was going.  To easily hide the extra fabric, cut a cross into the eye hole and fold it backwards cutting additional slits as needed.
 
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Once we had lace and a few sequins in place, Elle and I moved onto feathers.  I always put feathers on the back of the mask, so they sort of pop out at you.  Elle choose a cluster of black feathers for the center of her creation, and I went with three giant feathers on the side.  Figure out feather placement before you start using hot glue, so you can trim and make adjustments.  Hold the feathers in place until they dry and they'll stay put.
 
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We both ended up with really pretty masks that I had no end of fun photographing.  Soon, I'll post the actual outfits we are going to wear to the ball and hopefully some pictures of the event itself.  It's not like anything you've probably seen before unless you've experienced gay carnival.

Weight Watchers, The Adventure

Since I ended my last series on weight loss, The Plan (to Get Healthy), I haven't written much about it on the blog... except maybe the occasional rant about how nothing fits, and I feel sloppy or squished in my clothes.  I lost 25 pounds a few years ago, and I was doing a really great job keeping it off until last summer.  Then, slowly but surely all my clothes stopped fitting as well. 
 
My super cool friend, Elle, had been hearing great things about her friend's experience with Weight Watchers.  I had heard similar things from another friend, so we decided we should try it out for three months.  It seemed like a good idea to write down my experiences with Weight Watchers by the week.  Here is the first part of my experience.
 

Week 1 (2/17-2/23) :: Weight 176.4 pounds

Have you ever seen that SNL clip where Chris Farley yells, "I'm STARVING!"  That's me right now...  ALL. THE. TIME.  I'm lightheaded, and that can't possibly be good.  I'm not saying I'm going to quit, but if I can't get this shiz under control, I'm probably gonna faint. 
 


Week 2 (2/24-3/2) :: Weight 173.6 pounds (-2.8 lbs)

Eggs and I are going to be besties during this adventure.  Hard boiled egg for breakfast = not starving.  In sad news, couscous and pasta are worth lots of points so I don't get to eat much of those.  Also, two sessions of ballet = 14 points of food, and I missed out on both classes this week.  Sad pants.
 

Week 3 (3/3-3/9) :: Weight 172.0 pounds (-4.4 lbs)

FYI, Don't do Weight Watchers during Mardi Gras 'cause it's extra hard.  Also, Buffalo Wild Wings wants all of your points for the week in one meal.  I'm getting tired of spending so much time thinking about eating, but bowling for two hours = 7 points which = one gin and tonic.
 

Week 4 (3/10-3/16) :: 172.2 (-4.2 lbs)

Last weekend I ate all the things, all the delicious things because we had company = gained 0.2 pounds.  Weight Watchers mobile app consoled me by saying it's normal.  I didn't mind at all.  In other news, I always want desserts and treats now, which has never happened before.  I miss normal food, but I'm proud that I'm eating so many fruits and veggies.

Random, True Things 3

Last time I did random, true things I was using a theme, but this time, my brain is a scrambled, hot mess.  Literally, I think it looks like a Saturday morning breakfast up there minus the bacon and toast.  So, let's keep it random, truly random.

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It's my hand!

  1. I like scary, terrifying movies, but I'm such a wuss that I watch them in pieces.  It took me four or five tries to get all the way through the movie Orphan with lots of fast forwarding the first time around.
  2. My hands look like my grandmother's except for a little bit of bending and a preference for nail shape.  It was very neat to realize that I could just look down at my hands and remember my Dad's Mom after she passed away.
  3. I started writing poetry as a kid because I read one my Dad wrote and thought it was awful.  (Love you, Daddy!)
  4. I stopped writing poetry after high school because it started to seem like people I knew did it to be cool, and I didn't get a single poetry assignment in college. 
  5. I like to repeat the same song over and over again for days at a time.  It drives most people nuts, but I like to savor the feeling that particular song brings up.  Lately, it's been lots of Counting Crows songs.

Hit & Miss, an Apropro Title and an Awesome TV Show

Can I start off a post fan-girl gushing about Chloe Sevigny?  Let's pretend that you all said yes because you are equally enthralled with both her style and career choices.  When Netflix happens to suggest a show starring said actress called Hit & Miss, you would then immediately add it to your queue and start binge watching it--the only type of watching I am able to do with Netflix.
 
Hit & Miss stars Chloe Sevigny as a pre-operative transgender hit woman who finds out that she has a son with an ex who is very ill.  She then has to try and balance her work with being a caretaker for a family of four when his mother passes away.  It's very intense because of all the emotion, and it's also a bit bloody.  You might not like this show if you're not into violence.

I stayed up way too late a few nights getting through the first and only season.  I wish they would make more, but I'm out of luck there.  Everything from the way a potentially overwrought plot is handled to the very cool way that Chloe's character Mia dresses kept me coming back.  This show is dark, loving, and unexpected with great performances from all of the cast.  I've even started watching it a second time, which is so rare for me.

If you're a fan girl like me or just interested in something a bit different, check it out and let me know what you think.

 

Finale, Friday, February 21st, 2014

Today is the last day of my week of taking outfit photos.  I thought it might be fun to go into the weekend, but then I realized I would probably just be in pajamas and workout clothes.  Not so exciting.   

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I'm wearing color again and tights because the weather decided to drop back down into the 50s and 60s.  We New Orleanians get that we have a mild winter, but we also have a vicious summer starting in May and ending in October.  I like to think they balance each other out, but I usually only feel that way in the winter.

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I started another morning off behind, so I went for this dress, the lifesaver, go with anything star of my closet.  The cold necessitated a nice weight sweater and tights.  I thought about wearing my combat boots, but these ankle boots seemed more work appropriate since I have to do a video shoot today and potentially have a meeting.  And, I'm dressed.

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Pearl mesh earrings :: gift from husband from Tiffany & Co.
Pencil charm necklace :: chain from swap, charm from Anthropologie
Striped sweater :: Banana Republic (old)
Navy dress :: Asos
Black tights :: ?????
Black ankle boots :: Target
Grey scarf :: gift from sister from shop in Korea

Hot and Hungry, Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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The theme of today is hot and hungry because my office is clocking in at 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and I'm starving.  I'm trying to figure out the Weight Watchers points system, and it's killing me.  It might not be literally killing me yet, but we're getting there.  Soooo hungry. 
 
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Earrings from my brother and his lady

But, clothes, right?  It's the fourth day of my week of outfit photos, and I was in another rush this morning.  Law and Order SVU is so frigging captivating, and that's the enemy of getting to work for me, evidently.  At least, I could Google what happened to Stabler and that nice coroner at the end of that episode in my office.
 

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Shoes at work

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Shoes to walk to work

But, yeah, clothes (she types while smiling).  I love this shirt.  As much as the outfit from yesterday felt off, this one feels right.  Black and white and lace with polka dots... I could be a children's joke. (What's black and white and red all over?)  The mix of textures, the comfort, the little bit of color and minimal accessories are so me.  Now, I just need to figure out how to translate this into four other days of work appropriate attire.  Can you clone a shirt?
 
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Earrings :: gift from brother and C
White lace top with black collar :: Marshalls
Green cardigan :: Ruche
Black polka dot jeans :: Forever21+
Black heels :: Banana Republic