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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers...

Well it is quite a dreary, chilly and rainy day here in Cincinnati.  I really did have good intentions of getting loads done today but after a very discouraging morning, I've decided to just take it easy this afternoon.  After waking up I did get some wedding things done and then attempted to go for a run... bad idea.  About 1/2 mile into my run it starts drizzling... then about 1/2 mile later it starts pouring.  Ughh!  So by now I'm a mile away from my warm and cozy apartment no matter how you look at it.  It was truly miserable.  The cold and squishy rain followed me all the way home and did not let up. 

I came back looking like a drowned rat.  For some reason this really got me down more than it should have, I suppose the past two weeks have just been sort of rough for me.  After a nice warm shower I came into the kitchen to see that my wonderful future-hubby had made a huge pot of steamy vegetable soup!  Oh how delicious, this warmed up my spirit and my tummy! 

When I start to feel down I find the best thing to do is acknowledge it and then move forward with some positive thinking and one of life's daily delights.  So today I wanted to share a little something that brightens my day.  I often talk about how much I enjoy walking my dogs.  Just recently I have changed my route to include a darling street that goes up at a steep incline partially bordered by dull cement blocks.  One of the residents has cheered up their corner of the world by planting flowers in each opening of the blocks:

I love this idea for so many reasons!  They chose to plant all sorts of different flowers in the main section and then succulents further down.

What a great way to utilize space, I especially love these purple and pink flowers.

The fact that all the flowers are different colors really draws your attention to their "garden".

Well the future-hubby and I are relaxing with some Star Wars for the afternoon.  Some hot tea and coconut cookies will help to keep me warm until we head out to meet some friends this evening.

What do is one of your life's daily delights??

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Very Merry Un-Birthday!

I just have to take a moment to share the wonderful birthday gifts that I received this year and a quick bit about my fun evening. Please forgive me for showing off my presents... but my family was just so incredibly thoughtful with what they gave me!

I was surprised by a package last week and excited to find this BEAUTIFUL book from my soon to be parents-in-law. The pictures are stunning and I’ve already spent hours looking through all of the eye-candy. The Vogue covers are in chronological order so it is very neat to see the progression of fashions throughout the century. You will certainly be seeing a few featured blog posts about my favorite covers!! Oh, and the best part… the book comes with 5 hanging quality covers for display.

This is a sketch from Mickey’s Surprise Party (1939). Doesn’t Minnie look adorable? My sister and her boyfriend’s mother, Silvia, picked this up while antiquing in Chicago. The sketch is hanging by my vanity so I can primp myself next to Minnie every morning.   Another birthday treat from these two lovely ladies was brunch at a delicious little place during my visit to Chicago.  Yumm... lemon ginger scone...

My parents ordered me a MUCH needed camel colored cardigan from Land’s End (no picture yet).  Thanks to “the great laundry incident of March 2012” (as I have dubbed it), my favorite tan cardigan was ruined (among other favorite pieces…) by a forgotten black ink pen in the dryer.  After searching desperately for a simple tan cardigan with no luck, I turned to the Cardigan Queen herself, my wonderful mother.  Of course within minutes she had found what I was looking for and was gracious enough to offer it as a birthday present.  It's in the post now but I can't wait for it to arrive, I have found that this color is a great addition to my wardrobe and will be perfect for the summer.

And finally, my magnificent fiancĂ© completely took me by surprise with this: a miniature of The Partners statue found in Disneyland and Disney World (actually it might be in some other parks around the world as well). He gave it to me as a source for inspiration every day to follow my dreams. Words can’t describe how much this meant to me… He also picked up a few of my favorite Disney movies: Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, and the Muppet Show season 1. This, of course, gave us a great excuse to make a nest and settle in for the evening of my birthday with some freshly made popcorn and wine! Thanks to everyone for these meaningful gifts, I am so lucky to have such caring loved ones!

And now a bit about my evening: Before we cozied in for the night, my fiancĂ© and I took a trip downtown for cocktails and appetizers at the Palm Court in the Hilton.  This has become somewhat of a birthday tradition the past few years.  I just adore the lavish art deco style of the restaurant and bar.  There is usually a pianist playing and he always seems to hit my favorites!  Last year I remember him playing Moon River and this year we heard "Let's Get Away From it All" as well as  Elvis's "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You".

 Here is the bar area, we were sitting in that large seashell couch... I couldn't help but feel elegant as I sipped on my Fleuri 75.

I hope everyone is having a nice week, it's been somewhat dreary here in Cincinnati.  I'm looking forward to another quiet weekend of wedding crafts and snuggle time with the dogs!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ModCloth's Make the Cut Contest

I am excited to announce that two of my fashion sketches are finalists in ModCloth's "Make the Cut" contest! Their inspiration was "Retro Honor Roll: 1960's Back to School." 25 finalists were picked and out of those sketches, 5 winners will be chosen. ModCloth has posted the 25 finalists on their Facebook page and people can vote on their favorite desings. There will be 3 winners based on the Facebook votes and 2 winners picked by one of the designers at ModCloth (after the voting has ended). Each of the 5 winners received $500 and their garment will be produced and sold on ModCloth. They also receive the garment for free!

Here is the link to vote, there are some really fun designs so make sure to check them all out! One thing I must mention is you should click on the entries to see them up close! A lot of the sketches (including mine) weren't meant to be seen in such a small square. Some of the entries are done in Photoshop or Illustrator, mine were drawn by hand (all methods were allowed).

Here are my entries... sadly I think that having two sketches picked as finalists ended up splitting my votes. I still appreciate everyone's support and effort in spreading the word! No matter the outcome I had so much fun drawing these so please enjoy!

The Jo Stockton capris were inspired by Audrey Hepburn's character in Funny Face. These tailored, high-waisted light cotton capris in a plaid print have a zipper and button at the back for a smooth silhouette that would fit right in with the coffe shop beatniks. You can pair these with kitten heels as your tour the streets of Paris or perhaps some flats as you talk philosophy with the locals.

The Rosemary's Baby-Doll dress was inspired by Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby. This fun frock is very mod with a mandarin collar and two-tone design. Pair with brogues and a leather satchel and you'll be all set for orientation!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Some Good Reads

I’ve been quite busy this week with work, the dogs, wedding what-nots and getting ready for a long weekend in Chicago. I’ll be heading out on Friday morning and getting back Sunday evening. I’m very much looking forward to spending some time with my sister, her amazing boyfriend and my wonderful friend Stacey. Also, I always enjoy leisurely sipping my morning coffee while catching up with family and friends during trips... it's all about life's little daily delights!

For this week’s post I have gathered a few fun links for your perusal so sit back, relax, and enjoy perusing through these links!

Muppet Traffic Safety Show
During one of my daily Jim Henson breaks I stumbled across this article about a little attraction that, up until now, I thought was something I had conjured up in my childhood imagination. All I can remember was being at a car show with my family and going on an actual ride-through with animatronic muppets. The only specific detail I can recall is the penguin orchestra. Does anyone else remember this? I would love to hear about your memories! Also, if you don’t already know about Jim Henson’s Red Book, you need to add this to your favorites list right away! Jim Henson's Red Book

Photos: Spring
Joanna posted these inspirational spring fashion photos and they certainly got me in the mood for some light and flowy outfits!

Your Morning at Animal Kingdom... at Home!
The guys over at Disney Hipster’s Blog always have something fascinating to share and this is certainly one of my favorites. They have made a playlist of background music for Animal Kingdom that takes you through the park as if you were touring there for the day. Good thing I’m not the only one who loves listening to the Parks and Resort background loops… it’s the perfect unobtrusive music to go about your daily activities.
They also did a Playlist for EPCOTlast month.

How to Identify Bakelite
Here are some great resources about vintage Bakelite and other plastics from Va-Voom Vintage