Thursday, May 31, 2012

Belt It Out

I love that my shoes match the grass!

Dinner date!  I wish I had a better shot of the stripey top.  Small stripes are hard to photograph, yes?

Belts.  I can see now in these pics that belts do look best at the skinniest part of your waist. Apparently I wanted the belt on the skirt's waistband.  This skirt does not have belt loops and did not need a belt to keep it up.  My conclusion is that the outfit would have been pretty much the same without the belt. But, I thrifted the belt earlier in the day and needed to wear it out.  It seems purposeless.  It should have been any other bright color to add some interest.  


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yellow is Swell - oh!

I had a few outfits to choose from for Marionberry Style's "Trend of the Month" Link Up since yellow is a very charming color.  I couldn't choose which to share (plus I'm way behind on outfit posts) - so here are 3 recent outfits:

About a month ago, maybe 2, I started myself on a mission to find colorful shoes for summer.  I bought a couple of pairs (or maybe more than a couple...) but I also remembered my stash of summer shoes tucked away under the beds!  Score!  There were some shoes in those bins that I never thought I'd wear again, but this year I feel differently.  Pack ratting isn't always bad - especially when it comes to fashion, right?  Yeah.  I keep telling myself that.  

Are you wearing loving yellow this season? Go check out the Link Up for lots of inspiration!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Furry Friends

This weekend was a tough one at our house.  We said good bye to this bundle of cuddle buddy:

This is Cecil.  He and I have been together for 13 years.  We've lived in 5 apartments together in 2 cities.  We've had lots of roommates.  Cecil was a crabby patty for most of his life, but he loved me more than anything ever.  Ever.

We moved to Buffalo 5 years ago and we met Adam.  Cecil calmed down and became a nicer more-accepting-of-you kitty.  It might have been his age or the bigger apartment or the extra love, patience and attention he got from Adam.  I'm really lucky to have had these last good years with both Cecil and Adam!

Cecil has been sick and we've been taking care of him since October.  We've been mourning him for a while as he hasn't been himself in months.  This didn't make saying good bye any easier.  I had no idea I would be so sad.

But!  The good news is we have 3 more cats that we absolutely adore!  I think they are a little weirded out with their old cranky buddy gone.  Needless to say the energy in the house has changed.

I haven't posted many cat pictures but that's about to change!  (sorry non-cat people!)

Meet Gally, my sassy Bengal:
Gally up front and Cecil chillin' in the back.
Gally has a ton of energy and loves pets on the face.  But, it's impossible to pick up this litte jungle cat (or to cut her nails).  She's super fun and entertaining and keeps all of us on our toes!

When Adam and I moved in together we Brady Bunched his 2 cats with my 2 cats.  Sawtooth and Sinewave are brothers and the calmest, fluffiest, quietest cats I've met: 

Sawtooth will cuddle for anything, really.

Awwww!  Sinewave is so fluffy.  We will shave him soon for the summer:  TOO CUTE! 

My cats have always been pretty chatty (and whiney).  Someone once pointed out that maybe that's because I can be a kinda chatty a lot of the time.  Hmmmm.  I believed this once I met Adam and his cats.  All 3 of them share a patient and calm demeanor.  We just might be perfectly balanced.  *Swoon*

Thanks for letting me share my furry family with you!

Lazy Tailoring

The last batch of clothes I took to the tailor also included this skirt:

This skirt always felt a little bulky, and since the waist fits well I blamed it on the length.  Now, I probably could have very easily ripped off the bottom 2 tiers all by myself and charged myself nothing. But instead I added it to the pile of clothes I handed off to the tailor.  At least it's done.  If I decided to DIY it "Alter that skirt!" would still be on the top of my "to do" list, I'm sure.

I think it's much better now:

I really could have made that cut by myself.  Oh well... maybe next time!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Red Pants Holiday

Hey ya!  I got my red pants fixed right in time for Memorial Day:

Were they broken? Yep, look at the gap:

Before the tailor: unfortunate gap that's especially fun when sitting down (whale tail anyone?)

Before the tailor:  bunchy crotch and long sweaters all for poorly fitting red pants

In the past I had to belt 'em up pretty tightly, which makes for weird crotches (oh the things I'll do for red pants).  But today I wore 'em without a belt and without a long sweater and without a whale tail!  

Skinny jean sizing has been tough for me, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this...  If the waist fit well, my tush and thighs don't even squeeze in.  If the legs fit nicely, my rear fits but the waist is too big.  I've had the tailor work on a bunch of my skinny jeans.  It's not always a sure fix for the low rise blues... but it usually works best on denim.  He takes material out from the waist band in 2 different places - not from the outer vertical seems.  The last tailor I used did that and the pants were pouchy because of it.  This is better:

Do you have a tailor?  Does he (or she) fix your gap up like this?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Atom and the Molecule - Hiking Season!

So now that I have a blog and take my camera places I plan to document our hikes and camping trips this season.  

To start off the 2012 season I made this sign with a new take on our logo.  Adam and I call our collective selves "Atom and the Molecule", hence the atom heads on the hikers (more on our moniker in a future post).

The "Eternal Flame" trail is a popular and easy hike in the area so we planned to get there early to avoid the crowds. It can be pretty muddy and sometimes slippery as the trail heads down the river bed and it drives me crazy that I see so many people hiking it in flip flops or fancy open toed sandals.  But, then I have to remember to just be happy that so many people are choosing to be outside and moving rather than sitting on the couch watching tv, even if they don't know how to properly dress for the hike.

Here we go!

The weather was perfect.

"Sparkle" setting on the camera

The "Eternal Flame" is at the end of the trail and it's actually just a neat little natural gas leak in the shale rock framed by this here waterfall:

Apparently it's not "eternal" and you should always bring your lighter in case you have to light it when you get there.

 Happy hiking season everyone!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer Hair!

Yep!  I'm going long and blonde this summer!  It's real human hair - just not made by my human head.


My hair is super thin and I've been wearing extensions on and off for the last couple of years to add volume.  But this is the first time I've added length!  The old pink is still hanging on a bit as it didn't all lift out.  I will go back to pink eventually but for now I'm going to try this blonde thang.

The extensions are by Hair Dreams and I had it done by my girl Kristin at Fawn and Fox Salon.  There are pros and cons, of course.  The money spent is a big con as is the time it takes to blow dry this stuff! My hairdryer over heated yesterday.  This is a new a problem for me.

Pros:  I've got long blonde hair that I love.  Love.  Also - check out the new and improved ponytail:

See the sad little ponytail on the left :(
I'm very excited to wear the floppy summer hats with my new locks! Bring on the blonde jokes!

Summer!  Whee!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 17: New To Me

Day 17 of the 31 (blogging) days of May Challenge: Introduce a new-to-you blogger!

Look who I just found this week:

This is Hannah of Tattoos and Pearls!  Isn't she fabulous?  

I can't get enough of her style, accessories and blog!  When I emailed her about doing this post she came back as sweet and friendly as her style.  I'm really starting to dig this blogging community... you gals are all so great!

Now head over to Tattoos and Pearls and say hello!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today's Outfit Brought to You By My Wallet

I love my new wallet:

 I love my new wallet so much so that I dressed like it today:

The gold tank top is shaped like a giant letter "A"; it gradually widens or flares from the armholes to the bottom hem.  (There is probably a fashion term for this shape that I don't know, yet...)

I tried to tuck it in, but it was super bulky, so I belted it and came up with a peplum-ish shape to it.  I have tried belting this tank in the past, before I knew what "peplum" was and I didn't like it.  But!  Since I am now in the know - thanks to my fashion bloggy friends - I believed this shape worked and was able to rock it with out constantly tugging, evening and smoothing the flounce all day.  Knowledge is power. Ha!

While editing todays pictures I found some outfit photos from April that never made it to the blog:

It's funny that I wore the same shoes, belt and sweater a similar gray cardigan last time I wore this skirt.  But I added socks and a cowl neck to warm it up a bit.  Old habits something something...

Do you ever dress to match an accessory (or a favorite wallet)? 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 15: Interview

Day 15 of the 31 (blogging) days of May Challenge: Interview

Meet Kristin:

This is the foxy lady that does awesome things with hair!  I love to spend time in her chair at the Fawn and Fox Salon and this last visit was extra special because I was in "interview" mode for this post. 

This was the first interview I've conducted and it was a great experience, you should try it!  I've known Kristin for a couple of years, but it was really great to ask her questions and find out more about her by getting her talking about her craft.

What is your "title" or what do you like to be called, professionally:
Generally: "stylist", but my official title is Board Certified Colorist.

What is your favorite aspect about your job?
That people aren't usually bummed out to be here.  The reaction you get from your clients is generally good... and people usually leave feeling awesome.

Do you consider styling an art?
I definitely do - but you really have to work hard.  It's totally artsy and if you don't think that this is probably not a good career fit for you.

Do you think it's important to have your own style as a stylist?
It’s important that people don't necessarily relate to my style but dig that I have my own personal style so that they feel comfortable with me. Everyone has their own style, even if your style is to not be stylish, that’s your style...

This is why my personal style kind of drops out of the equation because at the end of the day mine isn't important at all.  It's everybody else's personal style that is important to me, I just have to know what it is, I just have to pick it up.

Where do you find your style influences or inspirations?
The people who inspire me are perfect strangers.  I don’t ever go around looking for people to change my general style.  But when I see someone walking down the street and I’ll be like “damn girl!” and I’ll do my own form of mockery. 

We get so many magazines in here and I don’t connect with any of them because they’re just styled by someone else.  The celebrities are totally styled by someone else they don’t even have to think about what they eat in the morning; they’re like robots.  I can’t actually be inspired by that.

I get super inspired by the stylists that I work with at Fawn and Fox.  We’ve all been together for so long that our styles tend to melt into one another and sometimes we can come in and look like someone else.  I can come in and look like Dana or Shianne can come in and look like Julie.  It's pretty funny.

Freelancing inspires me too, like when I work with Erin Habes.  She styles people all the time right in front of my eyes (I do the hair and the photographer shoots it).  She pulls this stuff out of garment bags and I’ll be like, “ew” but than they put it on someone and I’m like “awesome!”.  That is a different art that I wish that I had.  Those guys inspire me.

Tell me more about your freelance work outside of the salon?
We've been busy!  Shianne works with me on freelance jobs; her on make up and me on hair.
We did the cover look for the Buffalo Spree's Beauty Book that comes out once a year.  That was pretty awesome.  And we did the Tuxedo Junction ad for the prom campaign.  

All the girls at the salon were involved in a couple of runway shows:  The Buffalo State Fashion Show at the Pierce Arrow in April and the Elmwood Village Mass Appeal show in November.  That show was cool because we got to make head pieces.  Dana and I were here until 5 in the morning the night before runway building these "hat baskets" - I guess that's the best word for it.  

I like freelance, though, it gives me a chance to branch out and not feel like I’m a one trick pony.

Does the freelance work find you or do you market yourself?
In the beginning I would throw myself at photographers saying “Call me when you have a shoot and I will come over and style the hair”.  Just three or four shoots later they started calling me.  It was really awesome and I was stoked that people found me.  I was pretty amazed how it all happened, I don’t have a website... it’s all word of mouth in this industry.  Everybody knows each others names even before you know their faces.

Is that a Buffalo thing?
That's a huge Buffalo thing.  And that's the nice part about Buffalo.  If you work really hard and you’re good at something you can be a big fish in a little pond, instead of being a guppy in New York City. I have been doing this for 10 years, so some of that credibility has everything to do with time in the industry but it's also a Buffalo thing for how small it is.

What else do you do with your art?
I got super into tearing my apartment up and putting it all back together in different ways.  Even just moving a couch next to a window – something about playing with natural light in your living space that makes you a happy person.  I never realized it before.  Painting the walls!  I’ve done a lot of painting this month and that made me feel good.  But it can also be a little tricky for me because I can be so anal about color and tone that it can take me months.  I had probably 6 different swatches on my bathroom wall for for 6 months and I’d stare at them everyday.  One day I just pulled the trigger and I’m happy! It looks like the salon – I made my apartment look like the salon.  It's nice that the salon feels like home to me, more than my home feels like the salon.

What makes a good client?
A lot of my clients get embarrassed or apologetic if they bring in a picture, but that’s awesome for me.  Someone can tell me they want red hair and I give them red hair and it turns out we were not thinking the same red at all.  So pictures are nice – but I don’t prefer or not prefer as long as you’re descriptive.

Every time a word is used I get an image in my head – if I have a collage in my head it’s better than having a snapshot in my head to get what you want.

That’s not to say that I hate it when people say “what do you think?”  Just don’t get upset if you don’t like what I think.

What do you think about clients who wants their style changed up versus a client that comes in for the same thing every 6 weeks?
There are a lot of people who do the same routine.  Someone who has a color formula and it has been their color formula for 4 years come in and sit down and say “hey how ya doin” and we wouldn’t have to talk about what were doing, I already know.  But I do like to ask them every time , “Are we changing anything up this time?” because I don’t want to feel like I’m putting someone in a rut that they don’t want to be in.

But people who do want to change things up, that’s great!  Just come a little early because I would like to talk about it for a really long time.  I like to talk about it a lot.

What else would you like people to know about their stylist or their salon or getting their hair done?

Just to be honest with your stylist, if there’s something that you’re not stoked about don’t leave bummed out.  Tell your stylist.  If it keeps happening and you just don’t love your hair, there might be a break up.

Don’t just pick a place because of the location or what it looks like on the outside.  Do your homework on your stylist.  Look for reviews and ask your friends.  


I will follow up shortly with the number this girl did to my hair in the next few days!  Woot and Whee! I love my new hair and I can't wait to share it with you!

I'm a huge fan of Kristin and all the girls at the Fawn and Fox.  Please check out their Tumblr feed and Facebook page!  And - if you live in Buffalo do your head and your attitude a favor and make an appointment!  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Suspicious of Summer

The weekend was sunny and pretty warm.  But I was suspicious of it all and still dressed in layers.

Friday I bared the legs, but made sure I had plenty of back-up for my arms with the sweater and the denim jacket:

And Sunday evening I made sure that I had lots of options for maximum comfort; leggings, jacket, sweater and scarf:

This almost summer thing is really nice, but I want more!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Big Bottoms

Monday outfits.  Sometimes I'm a bit more creative on a Monday.  Maybe because I have more clean clothes ready to go?  Maybe because I shopped a little on the weekend and broke out something new right away?  Or maybe now that I take pictures of everything I wear, I just happened to notice that the last two Monday outfits were both a little divergent from my normal looks.

Last Monday I donned a maxi for the first time.  I loved the colors and felt soft and breezy all day.

And yesterday I wore an old pair of wide leggers:

I don't have a lot of drawstring pants!  I was comfy (and wrinkly) all day.

Does the day of the week make an impact on your outfit choices?

May 14: Five Facts About Me

Day 14 of the 31 (blogging) days of May Challenge: 5 facts about me that my readers might not know

1)  I was a picky eater as a child. It was totally ridiculous and unexplainable. It was
embarrassing and sad. I was convinced I had an eating disorder; I thought that my
pickiness was bigger than me, something I couldn’t fix. I grew out of it (in my 20s!)
and now have very little patience for picky eaters.

2)  I hate my hair. I spend a lot of time and money trying to like it.

3)  I really think I’m going to win the lottery someday.  Just wait - it will happen.

4)  I pierced my belly button all by myself in high school (with ice and a needle - of course). It was infected and sore and pretty gross for the 2 or 3 weeks it took to completely tear out. Yep - tear out. The scar is smaller than the scar left by my laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I think it’s a funny story.

5)  I love my name- first and last. I didn’t change it when I got married because I really
think it’s perfectly me. If or when Adam and I have kids I will probably change my
name so we can all have one family name. 

Did you know?