Friday, May 28, 2010

What Should I Wear to the Prom?

I just got invited to a prom for 40-and-over! I can hardly wait!
Having worn plenty of floor-length dresses in my formalwear life (as Mrs. Formal Ware, for a number of newspaper events over the years), I would prefer to wear a cocktail dress and show off the last of my legs.
Here are some of my dress options. What do you think?








Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kitsap Sign by Side of Road Says, "FREE WORKS GOOD."

I agree -- free does work good! And here's another giveaway link, this time from EcoStiletto. Sign up for their email newsletter and get a chance at stuff like sustainable shoes.

http://www.ecostiletto.com/index.php?/site/membership/

This info comes my way via Daily Worth, a smarty-pants blog and newsletter deal about women and money$. Really LIKE Daily Worth.

Also at EcoStiletto is this promotion from Lord & Taylor (wish I could type those words in that classic old fountain pen font they have). Buy a cool bag and they donate to help feed a Guatemalan family. Works good!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bless These People with Your Business

Just heard from my friends at Burkes about Out of Print Clothing. They use the graphics of cool, old books for tee-shirt design. AND they donate a book to a book-poor village with every shirt you buy.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cool Sweater-Wrap Where?!?

McBride's Hallmark in Poulsbo Plaza. Really nice, with cool button-detail.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Love it!

Levi's is sponsoring a contest for the best ideas for hanging your clothes out to dry. What a world.
http://www.us.levi.com/care/contest.aspx

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Carpool This Look

Okay, I get it. It's art. It is. It's beautiful, sculptural. It is as it should be -- a gift of art for the public eye. But as such, there is probably only one of them, or just a few, and we're probably not meant to wear these few and precious things as we go about our afternoon errands. Carpool and the like. Or maybe we are and maybe the world would be a better place if we did, although I'm not sure how and that's probably a thought to explore in another post. In the meantime, there's this post: Carpool This Look. Make it work for everyday life.
by Juan Hernandez Daels

First of all, I need to think about what's inspiring me here. There is some mystery and drama to this look, something evocative of Theda Bara


or Gloria Swanson


and, although we are all so sick of vampires we could bite ourselves in the neck, Nosferatu


The perfect look for carpool! I feel exactly like he looks every time I drive....

So what's this telling me? Not the Nosferatu part, but these quick ideas.... Oh, I forgot: there's also a touch of Eileen Fisher in that neckwrap --



OMG -- if that's not a hilariously jarring juxtaposition I'm sending my master's degree back in....

So, what do we have so far: classic drama, a bit spooky, and kind of softly beautiful. 
There's this to start --


from the nice folks at Fashionbean
but it leaves a bit too much to the imagining. 
What about something made of this material:



paired with these stripes:


Or, if you can get away with it, a simple cardigan with the scarf not-so-discretely covering the cleavage....


Yeah, yeah, yeah -- it's a maternity garment. But it's got that great, one-button cut.
So with solid on top, what about long and stripy underneath....


Heck yeah, wear 'em to carpool -- imagine how many dads will start offering to drive.

Of course, I'd finish it all off with rubber boots, or something staunch like these Doc Marten's.


But that's just so I don't get to taking myself too seriously.
What do you think? Can you see yourself in the pick-up line in this?

Lucky Star Girls and the Kingston High Fashion Show







Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kingston High Fashion Show Update: Just snagged a $50 gift cert from Eloisa in Poulsbo for the auction!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Five Ways to Look Good in the Mud

1. Wear stuff that washes off easily.
Black rubber boots, slickers. Even leather works if you wipe it down gently and don't mind some character marks. One word: Drover.





2. Try to blend in.
Tan, grey, a rhapsody in brown. Green, if it doesn't look too moldy.





3. Stand out!
Yellow! Orange! Fuchsia! In your face, mud!

From this awesome blog, Vintage Fringe.


4. Go all Edith Wharton on it.
Or McCabe and Mrs. Miller. We aren't the first generation to live in the mud. In fact, North Americans probably live in less mud than any previous age.  I love picking my skirts up to cross a puddle -- ladylike and tough at the same time.
From here.


5. Embrace it!
Wear your mud as a mark of honor -- you earned it, either through barn cleaning, gardening or slogging through a depressing day. I love going into the city with a little bit of earth on me. Feels really dirty in a clean way.....


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Match this Kitsap Palette: Maggie's Canoe

Love this pic! Thanks, Queen Mags!






from a St. Pat's Day post here.



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kitsap Etsy Round-up

Sooooo, I was going to write an Etsy round-up, but a bunch of buttons in Etsy's Shop Local environment are just plain not working. 

So we are done with Etsy for today. 

But I did find this: 

Mel's Bells Jewelry in Bremerton has a "Giving Back" section of jewelry like this:
Proceeds benefit charity, which is smart and cool and very Pac NW. Fun to see what else Mel's Bells is up to while you're there.

And here's a bit of randomness I've been meaning to feature for a while: TrixyXchange.com has an entire section of arm warmers, including these socks-for-the-arms:

Made to order, with  many TrixyXchange styles made in the US.



Sunday, May 2, 2010

Alternative Apparel Basics

I just gorged on Alternative Apparel, 'cause it's May and I'm still freezing and I want a bunch of cute layering pieces.
After I went through checkout, they sent me a coupon for 15% off, which I immediately turned around. Yeah, they got me.
All Alternative Apparel and so much more is available at the Barn-to-Evening General Store, just a click away.
They're making it hard (read: impossible) to get the images from their site, so I'm culling from elsewhere, but it's all AA and available through them or from B-to-E GS.
(The AA model was a lot hipper-looking and not so tartish.)

This awesome 1-button sweater, but in black.

That's Heidi's. Mine's dark brown.

And this isn't the greatest pic ever, but this is a collared, 5-button shirt made out of cotton jersey, which, for me, is a dream come true.