I think I figured out the perfect outfit to wear on Turkey day (Tomorrow, YAY!) Let me walk you through. First, I focused on aesthetics. It had to scream Native American off to harvest brunch with some fellow pilgrims. Knit poncho and headband did the trick. Moving on, I tried to worry about comfort. Leggings provide enough given to accommodate my food-baby belly (the thanksgiving meal at the Robinson household is quite large) and the poncho will help hide it. For practicality, I thought that due to the chilly weather I should layer and a dress sweater fit the bill perfectly. Leg warmers helped keep my legs warm along with these suede booties. I’m now all prepped to give thanks. Off to Indiana.
I whined so much over people neglecting Thanksgiving and Christmas and now I’m that person. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’ve decided to paint my nails for Christmas. I wish I could say I used some kind of stencil or sticker (not really I’m psyched this was free hand work, baby!) They are not perfect by any means, but I loved the outcome.
- matte red nail polish (or color of choice. I find red to be more Christmassy)
- white skinny brush polish
Step 1: Sure I’d forget to take a before picture but here you can kind of see how it started. Matte red polish on all nails first. Then began painting a gift wrap on my thumb nail. It was the biggest “canvas” therefore, good to practice with.
Step 2: Diagonal red/white lines remind me of candy cans and that’s the design for the second nail.
Step 4: And lastly, the middle finger received polka dot treatment.
Is it just me or can yellow bring out any outfit? There was a time that yellow could not be found in my closet At all. It’s still rare but present, such as this skirt’s details. So fetch! If you’ve seen “Mean Girls”, you know what I’m talking about. The rest of you, well, I don’t really know what to say. Get a TV, maybe? My favorite part of that movie is when they perform the annual Christmas dance. Jingle Bell Rock is such a classic. Wow, I can’t believe we’re almost there again (Christmas). Exciting, cheerful and chilly. I better cover my legs quick.
Who’s excited about tomorrow’s Versace for H&M collection release? Although I look forward to seeing collaborations between big retailers like H&M and huge designers such as Versace, the whole standing in line before 8 am on release day is a big turn off for me. I understand the idea behind making the shopping experience organized, but 15 minutes to shop Versace? Really? That is not enough time to decide on what I’m having for lunch, how could I make an investment like this (excuse moi, but $200 bucks on a frange skirt is a serious financial commitment in my world) in such a short window. That’s the time allowance H&M is giving the first 280 people in line. Get in and get out. Uh! Pure adrenaline! There’s also a shopping limit (which I completely stand behind) to guarantee one person won’t take the whole collection home. During my stroll downtown yesterday I had to document the window display, which is looking pretty good.
The real question is: if they know this WILL be a frenzy and merchandise will fly off the racks before I care to get up on a Saturday morning, why not make enough for EVERYONE who they KNOW will show up like thirsty vampires to devour the new collection? Speaking of which, I have a date with some hot vampire tonight at the movie theater. Team Edward!
It was the beginning of September when Santa Claus threw up all over Costco. I for one was ecstatic to see Christmas trees light up four full months in advance. It’s okay to start the Holiday cheers a bit early, but September? C’mon! Sadly, Halloween and Thanksgiving just don’t get enough attention these days. Solution? I’ve got nothing. Well, I do. For me, but it may work for you. Before Christmas takeover at the Robinson household, I gathered a few things we already had bought for Halloween and improvised.
Packing isn’t necessarily what I’m thinking about when booking a trip just anywhere. Unpacking is even worse. If I could hire someone to do the job for me I would. But since my current budget doesn’t allow for this kind of treat, I’ve had to develop my packing strategy over the years (and after finding myself someone far, far away with ten pair of shoes and no underwear. Not my brightest moment) of traveling back and forth domestically and internationally. No matter where I go and for how long, I always end up taking more than I actually need. But that’s okay. A girl’s got to have her choices. There’s always a way to minimize this (not completely end. I still forget my shower cap and leave my tooth-brush way too often): planning ahead! This always takes up more time than I anticipate. But it’s well worth the effort. Before leaving for a two-week long vacation to Brazil last year I took a picture with precisely one outfit for each day of my vaca. Don’t believe me? Watch this:
Although this was very helpful, I forgot one small detail: I’m not God and can’t control the weather. Bummer. Adjusting for unexpected rain and chilly weather was a necessary evil. I warn this is not for everyone and highly addictive (since then I’ve performed the same ritual for every packing assignment.) All I know is, outlining outfits makes packing practical, lighter, and spares me from worrying about what I’m going to wear next when I could be actually doing something more fun wherever my destination is. After doing this a few times I realized the “why didn’t I bring x pair of shoes to go with x outfit” moment never happens when following this method. Which is awesome because there’s really nothing more annoying than needing your things but knowing they are miles away. Now enough babbling, here’s how to pack:
Toiletries: All of the essential (and not so much) little things I like to carry with me. Notice most of these are travel size which really helps decreasing volume. This is where I’d choose to over-pack. I’d go naked but there’s absolutely no way I’d show up in public before using a flat-iron.
Toss it in an over-sized makeup clutch and move on to the big stuff.
List it: Keeping a list of all items I plan on taking is an organized way to keep track of what’s already been packed and what still awaits to be tossed in the bag (this has proved itself best way to not forget pj’s and umbrella behind.)
Now on to the good stuff. How can I maximize suitcase space? Easy. Roll it up, baby. This saves space and keeps all my clothes wrinkle free, yay! Bigger things (like pants, sweaters) go first. Fill up little gaps with socks, bras, underwear, belt, etc.
Shoes go in their respective dust bags, please. The thought of having all the disgusting germs brought home by my shoe soles touching my underwear makes me vomit. I have loads of these since most of my shoes purchased in Brazil come with a dust bag. Regardless, they’re easy to dyi.
Yes that’s right! I proudly packed two shoes for a weekend trip. I figured wearing my big tall leather boots would again, save some room for other things. Turns out, my suitcase went kind of empty, which is good! Accessories such as sunglasses, gloves, scarf and my heavy coat went either in the purse or on me. Ready to go, au revoir!
Have you ever owned a piece of clothing you didn’t wear for ages and all of the sudden, behind a huge pile of promised-to-goodwill clothes, you rediscover the thing again? Story of my faux fur jacket. I purchased the jacket back when Abercrombie meant high fashion in my modestly naive English vocabulary. Clearly not a very quality conscious shopping move. At the time I admit to taking a bold and risky approach to coat shopping (especially when prior to this, the warmest garment in my closet consisted of one, two tops, paper-thin sweaters) when realizing fur is not exactly basic-type material. But who needs basics when comfy fur is so much more
warm fun, right?