Celebrating in Edited Style

A couple days after my dad’s birthday, there was another birthday to celebrate.  My grandmother was turning the big 8-0, and we knew as a family that we needed to do something more than just a cake and a big happy birthday.  We had started planning months before the big day; we had people involved, we had a location secured, and we had a food plan.  What we hadn’t planned on was my uncle losing the lower half of his left leg in a motorcycle accident on June 10.

It was around 9 PM, and my uncle decided to ride into town on his motorcycle, just two or three miles down the road.  My dad said that if he could have foreseen what would happen, he would have driven to his house and slashed his tires.  On his way back, my uncle’s motorcycle was clipped by a woman in an SUV who apparently didn’t see him (how do you not see an on-coming headlight?!).  I won’t get graphic with the rest of the details, but his lower left leg was severed on scene and everyone considered it a miracle he’s still with us.  After numerous surgeries and a month and a half in the hospital, he was finally able to go home at the beginning of August.  His struggle is anything but over, but going home is at least one little start.

Needless to say, this whole situation put a damper on our family, and as a secondary thought, the party planning.  It certainly took an emotional toll on everyone, so instead of pushing everything along and acting like we’re all in the mood for a large room of people, we decided to have a smaller party, one that would involve my uncle in his new rehab hospital he was in at that point.

So what is a girl to wear to a surprise party at a hospital?  I thought something festive but casual.  Something like this:The tank top is from Gap Outlet for $5 (on sale at the time), and the skirt was from Goodwill for $4.99.  The hair flower was something I had already made for our wedding rehearsal dinner back in 2010.  The colors would work well with the party attitude, and the skirt made it a little more formal.  I paired it with navy blue flip flops to round out the casual vibe.  The party was pretty successful.  Tons of Chinese food and cake were eaten, presents were opened, and my grandmother was surprised.  Was it the party we wanted to give her?  No.  Definitely not when compared to what we originally had planned.  But sometimes life needs to be edited in order to celebrate what you have.  Sometimes you just never know.  So we celebrated a big birthday and celebrated being a family. 

That’s what’s important.

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Off From Lent!

When Easter rolled around, I was SO READY to be done with Lent.  I had given up shopping for clothing, and after watching so many haul videos on YouTube (why do I watch those?!  They are so addicting!), I was ready to see what I could find with some of the current trends.

I went to Goodwill with a gift card I had, and I ended up making out pretty well!  And, because I wanted to try it again (and look dorky), I decided to give the whole YouTube haul video a try again.  Egads.  Good luck watching it!

What have you purchased lately?

OH, What Inspiration!

I’ve been feeling inspired by red, gray, black and white as of late.  The way they go together, the way they seem to embody some power…

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So why the new inspiration with gray and red?  Well, look a little closer at that dolman sleeved sweatshirt above.  What does it support?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

It all supports Ohio State University!  I know, why would I now be a supporter of Ohio State?  Trust me, I’m not a closeted college football fan, but I can barely contain how excited I am for this.  Two days ago, B got his acceptance letter to Ohio State for a Ph.D. program!  He has worked so hard to get into the programs he wants, and I am such a proud wife.  When he opened the letter (and an email that told him he may qualify for some financial help), we could both barely breathe.  He got in!  While the whole idea of moving to Ohio makes me ultra nervous (goodness, how am I going to find a new job?!) and we still have to see where else he gets in (plus the financial aid packages), I am just so proud of B for his hard work paying off with an acceptance.  So, for now…

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Go Buckeyes!  (But seriously, why is the whole state supporting a chestnut?  That’s like Massachusetts being “The Cranberries.”  Um, that’s not ferocious.  It’s a nut.  A creepy nut.  Just saying…)

Anyone know anything about OSU or living in Ohio?  Teaching me anything at this point would be super helpful!  And I may have already looked up where the Goodwills are…

Sightful Sundays: Pretty in Pink

I am becoming a pretty big fan of some fun online window shopping, so I thought I would continue my “Sightful” series and change it to a Sunday event.  Because, you know, we all need a little eye candy before we all go back to work on Monday.  It’s nice to dream about something during the week, right?

This week, I bring you the color I have been craving lately and one of the hottest colors for the spring season:  Pink!

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Happy Sunday!  Have a great week!

Spring 2012 Fashion Trends – Glamour.com

Even though I am currently freezing my giblets off here in Maine, the newest fashion trends are making heat waves on the runways in New York, Milan, and all of those other places I would love to visit and look amazing in… but that covers most places.  I plan on looking through different sources to find what really speaks to me and my style, so here is our first look thanks to Glamour.com (Glamour Magazine’s online website). 

1.  “Cheerful Color-Blocking”

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Color-blocking (where you wear very different blocks of color on different parts of your body, like a green shirt and yellow pants) has been in for at least two seasons, and I guess it’s not going anywhere.  The bathing suit in the picture is interesting, though I am more of a solid or tiny print kind of girl when it comes to being half naked in public.  The middle dress, though; that I could really get behind.  Someone buy it and then either send it to me or donate it to my Goodwill, okay?  Sounds like a plan!  Also, I think someone forgot to tell the models that this trend is cheerful color-blocking.  Get those ladies some chocolate, STAT.

2.  “Anoraks”

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Anoraks are like sport raincoats.  There, that was a simple explanation.  Apparently they make you look chic in the rain.  Really, most of the time, I’m just trying to look dry in the rain.  And possibly warm.  I do think the idea of a cinched-waist light coat for spring is a good idea, but who wears one with a bathing suit?  Oh, is that not supposed to be a bathing suit?  I’m confused.  Moving on…

3.  “Super Bold Prints”

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I’ll say!  I think everyone can wear prints as long as they are in correct proportion to the person’s body.  And not located like a mind and eye sucking bull’s eye on the model’s crotch area like the middle one.  Seriously, can anyone else not stop staring at it?  Who put that there?!

4.  “Oranges and Tangerines”

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This is totally up my alley!  The fruits?  Delicious!  The colors?  Hooray colors!  While I do not support the look that says, “Oh highway patrol!  I’m over here and I have escaped the chain gang!  Yoohooo!”, I do like wearing orange as a real statement piece.  One of my scarves for winter into spring is a great bright orange and pops against most outfits.  Apparently I was in style before it was in style.

5.  “Pink Shorts Suits”

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These models look very cute, but I’m not sure where one would wear this trend.  It also kind of reminds me of a 1980s Easter outfit.  I’m not sure why.  I can really see myself translating it into some great pink shorts for spring and summer.  Me and pink?  We’re good friends.

6.  “Futuristic Prints”

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This is another question mark for me.  I could possibly see myself trying something like the dress, but the pants?  Okay designers, you may want to really look at your garments and ask yourself where your eyes are drawn.  If it’s the crotch, I call shenanigans.

7.  “Pastel Shades”

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Wait, doesn’t this happen every Easter?  Oooh, right.  This means it will be in for more than one uncomfortable family photo with too many frills on a Sunday.  I’m a little wishy washy on this one.  Maybe some lavender or blues for me.

8.  “Colorful Camo”

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Unfortunately, where I am, a lot of camo is worn way too often and in all the wrong ways.  Camo is a way of life around my school district, and I can’t say I am a big fan.  These patterns aren’t quite what I would call camo, though.  The white and gray dress above is quite pretty, but if it’s really going to look like camo, I think I’m going to skip this one.

9.  “Metallic Basics”

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This one has carried on from the fall and summer, and I love it.  I picked up a great bronze bag from Goodwill at the end of December, so it goes right along with this.  Metallics are fun and pretty accessible to most people.

10.  “Peplum Skirts, Shirts, and Dresses”

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I had no idea what a peplum anything was until about a week ago when I watched this YouTube video from Dawn Del Russo.  Peplum was a very big style in the 1940s, and it’s making its comeback this season.  Thanks to that video being relatively DIY, I think this is something more people could try to pull off without having to find an actual peplum garment.  I feel like a lot of girls who don’t like their hips will be skipping this one.  I don’t really have hips, so I would at least try something like this on.  I will, however, be skipping model #1’s eye makeup and model #2’s hair and eyebrows.  Yikes.

So there you have some of the most accessible Spring 2012 fashion trends according to Glamour.com.  What do you think?  What will you rush out for?  I think I might try to see what kinds of awesome thrifting I can do for the prints, the pink shorts, the metallics, and possibly the pastels.  We’ll see!