FASHION FRIDAY: Things I don’t have but would like to have

Wardrobe gaps: Spring 2016

Wardrobe gaps: Spring 2016 by pynnski featuring ballerina shoes

  1. Black boyfriend cardigan, preferably with 3/4 length sleeves. I just cannot find what I’m looking for – may be forced to make it.
  2. Black open-front cardigan
  3. Something lumberjack-ish. I have been toying with weaving a big blanket scarf for myself. We’ll see. If I could find a cute top I would get that too. I love the plaid, just haven’t really found something that I love.
  4. Giants t-shirt. I have an A’s shirt but somehow have not managed to acquire a Giants shirt. Not for lack of trying. I’m also considering knitting an orange and black striped sweater because apparently I am insane.
  5. Turquoise flats. Still haven’t got myself some, if you can believe it. I want to check Kohl’s to see what they might have. DSW didn’t have any.
I don’t do a lot of clothes shopping these days. One of the things that I think is important to consider when you’re investing time and money into something is: do you love it? If you only like it, or it’s just okay, then you probably shouldn’t buy it. So I shall continue my two year quest for the perfect black cardigan that doesn’t rip in the washer (I’m looking at you, Target and Gap cardigans).
And anyway, I totally don’t NEED anything new… it’s just nice to have. ;)

Foxy Fall

Foxy Fall

Dang bros, so I hate when things I've connected from the back end update my other stuff without telling me, but hey, let's use this as an excuse to update my dear, neglected BLOG. Poor blog, so neglected and dusty.

I've been playing around on Polyvore a little during lunch, and what I like to do most on Polyvore is create outfits with things I already own, or close proximates. Obviously I don't own $185 jeans. Or Toms (yet?). But I do have that fox sweater (alas, it has disappeared from the website, only a week after I bought it, but the owl and sheep ones are still there) and I have that giraffe scarf, purchased at Target in Pinole about a year ago. This may be my casual Friday outfit. Or maybe SPARKLEPYRES PART 4 outfit on Saturday (did Malvina and I get advanced tickets to see the last installment of Twilight? MAYBE).

I don't even know what to talk about, it's been so long since I updated. 

I've mostly been working around the house and being busy doing other things, like working on OPERATION HOME IMPROVEMENT, which stalled rather impressively with the delivery of a new china hutch that I felt compelled to paint turquoise. With that done, and one closet cleaned out, I now have to clean up the living room A LOT and vaccuum A LOT all of the dust and paint detritus of various projects I've been working on around the house. I did remember after the hutch adventure that I totally hate painting. Good times! But the hutch looks nice. 

I got a Melmer for my nail polishes, which are now stored in the cleaned out closet over my linens situation. I filled up the entire Melmer in one go so now I need another one; I'm just waiting for another 50% off coupon for Michael's to drop in on me. I suspect with Black Friday next week (already!) that I will get lucky. I read somewhere that a Melmer holds like 400 nail polishes. I don't think that's true, but I stopped counting after 250. (Basically I've been spending my yarn money on nail polishes this year.)

Speaking of nail polishes, I went slightly nuts this month and got a bunch of Deborah Lippmann sets and some other things (my first Cult Nails purchase!). In the next few months and particularly next year I will be tightening my belt and not buying stuff so I am basically having a last hurrah before having no fun. Or rather, buying less stuff than usual. *cough*cough* Also it's almost Christmas and I need to stop buying nail polish and finish up getting Christmas presents. Here's what I got so far (that I could find pics of.) (Because I got like four of the China Glaze holiday collection and I found some stuff on sale places…)

November '12 Nail Polish Haul (so far)

Haha, I'm the worst. 

Till next time folks! :P

Post-Rapture Fashion Discussion

I hope you all survived the supposed Rapture. (What must it feel like to believe that the Rapture is coming and then not get taken away to heaven? It must be pretty disappointing. Let's hope these cult guys don't go the way of Heaven's Gate, you know?) I've always been a little suspicious of these end-of-times declarations, because aren't there supposed to be specific signs of its approach? I don't think you can plan on the Rapture, y'all.

Anyway, so Post-Rapture – Malvina came over on Sunday and we headed out to Brentwood to the DSW; it was kind of a bust – I did see a pair of shoes I liked a lot but they only had one in my size and they were kind of chipped in the patent leather. Which I wouldn't have cared about for $10 but for $40, nope.

We had some good discussions about their plans for their upcoming nuptials (next year) in which I am serving as maid-of-honor. Awhile back we went to David's Bridal and I tried on a ton of dresses. We actually found one that had not been an original contender because it was strapless, and both Malv's sister and I are not fans of strapless. I think it's this one (though I thought it had pockets). It was actually really flattering and we were both surprised that I liked it because A) I am not a big fan of dresses and B) I am REALLY not a fan of strapless. I also figure I can knit myself a nice lace shrug or something should we go with it.

ANYHOODLE the big question on my mind is:

 

Bridesmaids Dress Dilemma

Bridesmaids Dress Dilemma by pynnski featuring gold heels

I am in the nude shoe camp, Malvina is in the black shoe camp. I tend to think that the black sandals might make the look too "heavy/hard" (does that make sense?)  Or, hmmm, maybe too rockabilly when there is definitely a princess theme going on in the grander scheme of things? ;)

 

Malvina mentioned that two of the venues they liked are kind of historical in nature, so if they went with those, maybe something with more of a vintage appeal would work. (I'm thinking in particular like a heeled Mary Jane or something in a softer color?) Like something vaguely 1920s or 1930s. I wonder if a blush pink would look nice with the brighter pink of the dress. Hmmm.

At the end of the day I can't walk in any of the shoes posted above, so it's kind of a moot point. Not super sure what should be worn with this dress, but I kinda heart the idea of elongating my stubby legs with the nude shoes (as high as I can go, which is not that high but whatevs).

I also put together a couple of jewelry choices for this dress – I really like the idea of a cascading necklace like the silver one. Maybe with pearls or something (I'm making the jewelry for the wedding party I think? Right? I've had a tough year and can't remember, haha. If not, I'm cool with that too.) I might make up some mock jewelry to play around with it. I think a contrasting metal will look best – too much pink could be a little overwhelming. I'll have to put together a mini shopping list for the November BABE! show when I can pick up some beads for it. Obviously I'm thinking into the future here…

Thoughts? Suggestions? Hand-slapping for over-thinking this? Hah! :)

Sometimes I feel like their wedding is so far away from now, but man, the way the last year and a half have rocketed by, it will be here before we know it!

UPDATE: What about these Fluevogs??? (I so need an excuse to buy a pair, you guys!)

Vacation Time (for 2010)

I have somewhat injured myself and seriously must lie down for the next two days. Damned lunges and also squats. I am so tired and achy, which may also be a symptom of being dehydrated. Made it into work though, where I am diligently working hard. *ahem* At any rate, I full on feel like crap.

I have been talking to my Texas friend Tara via Facebook and we have decided that we will do the South Beach diet starting after Thanksgiving.  Our reasons are thus: Tara’s getting married next year and wants to look awesome, and I also want to look awesome for this event. I have been wanting to do the 2 week Atkins metabolic reset that starts out your South Beach experience because I really felt great the last time I did it. I was going to do this in January, but having Tara do it at the same time will be a supportive bonus, because no carbs is SO HARD for like three days, you think you are going to keel over and croak, but by the end of the two weeks you are really feeling awesome.

Speaking of Tara’s wedding, I asked her if they’d set a date, and they have! July 31, 2010 – which, honestly, is like the most perfect time for me to take time off the job. I was going to go regardless of workload/meeting schedule, but now I can take a little more time off and really enjoy myself! Since 7/31/10 is a Saturday, I am thinking that I may take off 7/29-8/6/10.  I won’t spend all that time in Texas, but I will certainly spend a chunk!

(Incidentally, I wonder if Tara realizes she is getting married on Harry Potter’s birthday?)

I also found this picture and I think I found the style of dress I will wear to the wedding:

anthrodress

Isn’t that cute? I love Anthropology stuff. Made out of cotton jersey or just regular cotton would be a nice, cool, and flattering fashion statement. I want to whip out the sewing machine this winter, so hopefully I will acquire some Mad Skillz to make it. I haven’t actually sewn anything in about 18 years, so I’m a little, uh… out of practice. I think boots would look awesome with this dress, however being realistic I have to say that boots in Texas in late July would be stupid as it is approximately 800 Billion Degrees that time of year there.

My friend Sarah has started sewing recently and has really surprised me with her enthusiasm for it, so I kind of figure that if she can get going with it, so can I! I’ve been toting a sewing machine around the country for five years, I oughtta use it, don’t you think?

Anyway, I’m pretty stoked about going back to Texas for a few days next summer. It’s my favorite place, after all. I’m a little bummed I didn’t make it out there this year, but every other year seems to be the schedule so this will be right on track.  PLUS my friend Daphne is out of grad school in Arizona so I will be able to visit with her.  I haven’t seen her since I moved away – she was out of state when I was there in 2008.

So, brace yourself, San Antonio. I am returning to your hallowed ground in a mere eight months!! bwahahaha

Post Holiday Pass Out

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had various celebrations and all were great. My favorite meal was, of course, the deviled eggs, cheese zombies, potato soup, and egg nog that we scarfed at Jason’s house on Christmas Eve. (“Best. Christmas. Ever!”)

Abby's Mitts

I made my sister a pair of fingerless mitts as a last minute Christmas gift, and they went over really well! So that was nice. Abby is an excellent person to give handknits to.

Today we went to Ikea so I could buy some stuff for the house, and I got a Poang chair and an Expedit bookshelf (this is the square 4×4 shelf – for yarn storage in the craft room!). And several injuries because apparently I am a klutz, or I was today anyway.

I was in the bathroom in one of the stalls and there wasn’t a purse hanger thing on the door, so I hung my purse* over the corner of the door, then realized there was no toilet paper so I went to find another stall and I grabbed my purse, but gouged my thumb on the extruding metal where the purse hanger should have been.

I started bleeding like a stuck pig and went to the sink where I bled all over. I finally got it slowed and wrapped in a paper towel.

Outside the bathroom, Abby nursed me back to health with magical liquid bandage and bandaids she randomly had in her purse. I don’t know how she does it! But I was more-or-less back in action thanks to her emergency supplies (and her purse isn’t that big!).

Anyway, so after that we ate lunch and went downstairs to the marketplace and I dinged my middle finger on the cart, then lost control of the cart and ran into something and bruised my stomach on the cart handle, then I dropped part of the Expedit on my foot (though that didn’t hurt so much).

We managed to get everything in the car using the power of physics and went to the house where we unloaded all my other stuff. Besides the chair and bookshelf I got a couple of cheap rugs, some wine glasses, some bag clips, a lampshade, and a big picture of a deer for the wall. (Heh.)

I only went $11 over my $500 budget, which I think is doing pretty well. And was probably all tax anyway.

We’re painting the craft room on Sunday, then on Monday my contractor is coming to rip the bathrooms and lay down linoleum, and then next Saturday we’re moving my storage unit shizzle into the place, which will be awesome!

I still need to buy three sets of curtains and one curtain rod between now and then. And get the cable and internet hooked up.

Anyway, things are moving along on that front.

*Tote Bag

^My mom made that cool purse for me for Christmas.

Alamo Heights, Castle Hills, Olmos Park

Yesterday I went out and about to all my favorite shopping places in San Antonio.  First I stopped at Yarnivore in Castle Hills off NW Military Highway.  I had never been to Yarnivore, as it opened about four months after I loved.  It’s a great store and the girl running the place was really nice. They had a knitting machine in the middle of the shop, which is cool because a lot of times people are like, ew, knitting machines.

I bought some sock yarn:

Yarnivore Yarn

Panda Cotton, Collinette Jitterbug, and Fannie’s Fingering Weight.

I then went to Alamo Heights and stopped at Nomadic Notions, where I bought some charms, and then I stopped at the Yarn Barn, which has changed ownership and I wasn’t really impressed with their sock yarn selection, which is basically how I judge a store. I did pick up some Regia Surf in yellowy blues and greens.  It’s a cotton/wool blend that will make nice socks.

Then I stopped at the Rim, which is a new shopping center just north of La Cantera (a ritzy outdoor shopping mall that boasts a Neiman Marcus and Tiffany’s) and looked at the new Michael’s, which didn’t have anything that the Brentwood Michael’s didn’t have. After that I stopped at Taco Cabana and then at Hobby Lobby.

At Hobby Lobby I got some beads.

Beads!

Today we went to the outlets at San Marcos and I got some stuff at Bath & Body Works.  And an owl bag at the Charlotte Russe outlet:

owl bag

Then when we were going down I-35, we saw a different Hobby Lobby (in Selma) and we stopped there and Julie got some stuff and I got some more beads, but also in the same shopping center was a new beads store called Beads 2 Go, and I got some awesome beads there…

beads

Tomorrow I am staying at the apartment and putzing around watching tv, and then Julie and I are going downtown to the Mercado and out to dinner at County Line.

Mmm, County Line.

An FO and a Bacon Bag

I finished the Waving Lace Socks:

Waving Lace Socks

They are awesome and I love them. Will I make this pattern a fourth time? Undoubtedly! It’s beautiful – and I think it would knit up nicely in a happy yellow. I’m glad I went slightly nuts at Christmas time because I have about five more colors to choose from (chinese red, lily/yellow, wasabi/green, sky blue, and orchid) for future socks.

Now I am working on the second Spey Valley sock while I try to decide what pattern I want to knit next. I could just pull a pattern from the tin and knit that but I don’t wanna. I think it will probably come down to Mingus or Rivendell.

If I pick Rivendell it will be in the Araucania Ranco Multi, and if I pick Mingus it will be in Dream in Color Smooshy. Despite my constant yarn purchasing, I really am trying to use the ole stash yarns. *cough* REALLY *coughcough*

I still have to work on the pink stripey Felici socks and the Tofutsies socks but they’re pretty easy. I think I’m on the heel of the Tofutsies socks.

In other news, to reward myself for suffering through stupid Atkins, I got myself this bag at Target:

Atkins Bag

It is pretty silly, but I still love it anyway. It will be good to take on the plane stuffed with books. Mmm, eggs.

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