Forbidden Cookbook: Franken-Treats

So today my AP Gothic Lit. class is taking a test on Frankenstein, and in honor of this I’m posting about something adorable and tasty.

One day, one of my students showed up for class with a tray of these: Continue reading “Forbidden Cookbook: Franken-Treats”

Fashion Friday 8/30/13

This week’s guest post comes to us from Sarah Warburton, who previously brought us the hand-knitted Tardis socks.  She’s been at it again, this time incorporating poetry into her clothes.  I’m totally stealing this idea, just as soon as she teaches me how to do it myself! Continue reading “Fashion Friday 8/30/13”

Fashion Friday 7/26/13

Welcome to another installment of Fashion Friday!  To make up for showing a picture of flip-flops last week, here are some exquisite shoes that used to be available from ModCloth.  Alas, they are no more, and I sort of wish I’d gotten a pair when they were around, though I balked at the price (which is why I didn’t buy them in the first place).

Since ModCloth doesn’t allow pictures to be yanked from their site, please click here to see this marvel of footwear, the Nest Big Thing Heel by Brighton-based designer Irregular Choice.

Maybe if I get some free time one day I’ll get crafty and make a DIY version of this shoe.  Of course, that would require free time.

Don’t hold your breath.

But if I do embellish a shoe in this way, and if it looks halfway decent and is wearable, you can be sure I’ll post it here.

Have you made any interesting DIY fashion accessories?  I’d love to know about them!

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Fashion Friday 5/10/13

This week’s Fashion Friday post comes to us from guest blog contributor Dana.  Thank you, Dana!

I’ll be posting more content myself next week — as well as more on the Book Spine Poetry Contest — as soon as I finish catching up from DFWCon, the writers’ conference I went to a week ago.  (Oh yeah, and as soon as I get a handle on this insane stack of papers to grade.  Ah, the end of the semester is upon us…  Or, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, SUMMER IS COMING.  Thank you, dear readers, for your patience during this trying time each year.)

Another reminder:  Monday is the 13th of the month, so all you rêveurs and rêveuses, reveal yourselves!

Now on to Dana’s wonderful post…

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Hi, everybody. When Angélique asked if I would do a Fashion Friday guest post, I thought, Sure, I can do that. I’ve been pondering what to write, and it’s changed several times. What I’ve finally settled on is this: I love fashion and I love girly stuff, especially jewelry. I always check all of the red carpet photo galleries and rarely miss a “What Were They Thinking?” fashion post.  But for me, on a day-to-day basis, being a girl is more fun in theory than in practice.

The subject came up regarding Angélique’s fashionable and fabulous hats. When she mentioned the first hat making party, it brought back some fun memories. I still have the hat I made at that party. I still think it’s rather lovely.

There are flowers and lace and more flowers and pearls and silk and a lovely long scarf hanging down the back. This is the first hat I ever made.
There are flowers and lace and more flowers and pearls and silk and a lovely long scarf hanging down the back. This is the first hat I ever made.

I’ve also never worn it. Partially because it’s too big and partially because, well, it’s a lot of work to get dressed up fancy enough for it. (And I’ve yet to go to Tea in a season for which it’s appropriate.) I think it’s a lovely hat but when it comes down to it, it’s just a little too frou-frou for me now. At the time, probably not so much. Back then I wore make-up regularly and bought more stylish clothes and worked hard to keep up a certain appearance.

These days comfort is more important. This was true even before my darling daughter was born.

This will end up being the most girly thing I ever make in my life. Cute, isn't she?
This will end up being the most girly thing I ever make in my life. Cute, isn’t she?

On a day-to-day basis, I’d rather wear Birkenstocks than Blahniks, jeans or shorts instead of fancy skirts or trousers, and cotton over linen and silk. And you know what? That’s totally okay. At 41 I can admit that I love fashion and fancy, girly stuff but feel no need to wear it. I’m finally comfortable enough in my own skin to wear what feels good and not worry what people think.

And I think confidence is the best accessory of all.

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Fashion Friday 3/29/13

The first hat I ever made, and the one I’m probably the most proud of, is a spring-infused confection which I almost never wear now, but which I feel is appropriate to share with you today…

I just love the way all these blooms came together!
I just love the way all these blooms came together!

 

From this side angle, you can see the long ribbon and tulle train.
From this side angle, you can see the long ribbon and tulle train.

…because it’s a gorgeous late-March day in Texas, the flowers in my garden are blooming like their lives depend on it — and they do, because the more beautiful they are, the more I make time for them (sad but true) — and this weekend it is time to rotate my fall and winter clothes back to the armoire in the office to make way for my spring and summer wardrobe.

My lovely friend Elani graciously agreed to model the hat for me when she came over today to help me roll grapeleaves (Lebanese style) for Easter.
My lovely friend Elani graciously agreed to model the hat for me when she came over today to help me roll grapeleaves (Lebanese style) for Easter.

I made this hat at a party where a bunch of my girlfriends all came over and made hats.  We then wore our hats out to tea at a fancy hotel.  We called ourselves The Hat Ladies.  Maybe some day I will tell you that story, too.

Happy Spring!