Sunday, December 27, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Emerald / Perception / Beauty

I don't wear much Emerald, instead here's Sheila of Ephemera in all her Green Goddess glory!
My source of inspiration is this post of Sheila's here.

This week's key words are Emerald / Perception / Beauty. 
Link and tell!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Chartreuse / Gossip / Freedom

This week, share your yellow-green Chartreuse looks!
Here's mine: 
Closer look at the skirt: 
I'll be linking up with Patti's Visible Monday.
Happy Holidays to All!

Chartreuse / Gossip / Freedom, link and tell!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Green Acorn / Victim / Empowerment

Ready for 7 weeks of green? It's Green Acorn week on 52 Pick-me-up.
There's a little green in there.
Adding my look to Patti's Visible Monday.

This week's prompts here are: Green Acorn / Victim / Empowerment

Sunday, December 6, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Reflection / Integration

This week on 52 Pick-me-up, I'm doing some Reflection.
Reflection back to Crimson Week.
Here's Jazzy Jack of Natural Medley. She linked up that week with this crimson on crimson look.
Fun, yes?

This week, link up with the themes Reflection / Integration.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Gold / Abundance / Friendship

Gold is this week's color on 52 Pick-me-up, wrapping up seven weeks of yellow tones.
This pink and gold paisley scarf is one of my favorites:
Abundance and Friendship go nicely with Thanksgiving.  Grateful for all my friends! xxox

Linking with Patti's Visible Monday.

 Gold / Abundance / Friendship -- link and tell!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Bronze / Facade / Play

I think I'm still stuck in last week's dissipation.
This week is Bronze / Facade / Play. 

I've got nothing Bronze in my wardrobe, so I'll give you an ancient Greek dancing girl from the Met:
Hope you feel like Playing!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Canary / Dissipation / Connection

Ah, November. That time of the year when it gets dark early. When I start to think my ideas that had me all fired up earlier in the year are maybe not so great after all.

Take the 90's sweater that I thought might become a skirt:
No, I think not.
Every year, I used to get all freaked out that I was undergoing an artistic block.
Then I started to realize that it's cyclical and seasonal.
I'm in my inward part of the year, less energetic, less social.
Bear with me.
The key words for this week are: Canary / Dissipation / Connection
Do what you can with them! Link and tell!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Lemonade / Prayer / Clarity

Looking for a way to make Lemonade out of this lemon colored plaid tunic:
I put this on on Monday and it got no further than the patio posing station.
Back to the "think about it" pile it goes.

Your key words for the week are: Lemonade / Prayer / Clarity
Link and tell!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rain Check

I wanted to test out a piece of vintage 60's tubular nylon knit to see if it worked as a skirt.
It was cold enough to wear leggings (finally!) and then I went for checks on every garment that I could:
When Severo saw my outfit, he said, "Wear the Maury jacket!"
[Part of his costume from King Leisure, a film Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens made in 2004].
"What about the rain?" you ask.
Dramatic clouds during my lunch break:
Turned into a dark, dark sky:
And the rain commenced.
As I walked back into the building, there was even a double rainbow:
Did not locate the pot of gold.

Here's Severo as Maury:
Hey! Different jacket!
We should do a Halloween couple costume as Check Mates
Linking up with Fashion Should Be Fun
and Patti's Visible Monday

Sunday, November 1, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Sunflower / Joy

It's Sunflower week on 52 Pick-me-up!
Also Sunflower (ie Golden) Yellow is Coreopsis seen here in an old photo from when I lived on Hudson Street in Pasadena (1988?-93):
Another flower this same color is the California Poppy, a flower that never fails to give me great Joy.
If you live in SoCal, now is the time to plant it, before the rains start.
Hopefully, there WILL be rains this year.
(From the same garden) 
It's also the color used on highways and streets:
My street was recently repainted.  I witnessed it. 
This was my "Halloween" outfit for both Thursday and Saturday.
I bought the scarf exactly 25 years ago in Patzquaro, Mexico.
The tee has a graphic reminiscent of a Día de los Muertos sugar skull.
It's from Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago, now closed.
Today is Día de Muertos, a day to remember loved ones who have passed.
Both pictures from the ofrenda at the Farmers Market in Mar Vista.
I'm taking my joyful self on over to Patti's Visible Monday.
How about you?
Sunflower Yellow and/or Joy -- link and tell!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Topaz / Enlightenment / Courage

Today, a rainbow vomited all over me:
I had pulled the leggings for TOPAZ week, but was having trouble styling them.
Why not go full pattern on pattern?
Time will tell if this look leaves the back patio.
Courage, right?

How about the shoes????
I have been bragging on Pinterest and Facebook about these treasures.
Snagged Friday at a local charity shop (Silver Lining on Washington Blvd in Culver City) for $60.
They are the most beautifully made pair of footwear I have ever handled.
Handmade in El Paso by Tres Outlaws, they are still available new online for $2500!!!!!
Yes, they are alligator and yes, they are slightly creepy. And they have extra long pointy toes.
This video came to mind when I tried them on:

I'll be linking with Patti's Visible Monday.

Topaz / Enlightenment / Courage: link and tell!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Party On at UNIQLO

UNIQLO, the Japanese fast fashion chain, is opening some new stores today. 
UNIQLO Chicago's opening is being hyped online.
LOOK! Free shipping all weekend!

Last night I ventured down to the Del Amo Fashion Center for the UNIQLO Torrence pre-opening party.
Live DJ!
Wakame Salad in mini cups! (My dinner).
Deep discounts!
What was in my shopping bag?
Men's HeatTech Crew, Women's Airism Tank, Navy Tights, Men's Dry Tee in Aqua (not online, unless it's the Green)
The flannel shirt was too small (sad face), but I checked online while composing this post, and SCORE! Same for the TARDIS blue "dry" tee (which they only had in XS-L instore).

And what was originally in that $1 display?
SEVEN pairs for ONE DOLLAR!!!!!
[Hey Marlita on my left. Even just your fraction of your face is flawless!]
Can you believe that I debated whether to get these? That damn decluttering project.
It was fun running into Marlita, of Marlita On the Run and her friend at the event.
We were there until closing.

Then things got grim.

Word of warning -- don't stay inside the mall past 8:45.
I couldn't retrace my steps through Macy's to get to my car.
I had to go outside the mall.
I got totally lost and wandered around A LOT -- make that A LOT of LOTS.
Not fun. Scary even.
Del Amo is huge and everything looks the same in the dark.
Single woman wandering around in the dark, random dudes lurking in dark corners, construction crews...
Seriously, I had to use my phone's GPS to locate where I had parked.
Hello car! So glad to finally find you! Glad that I remembered that I parked near Sears.
Anyhow, this weekend is definitely the time to stock up on basics at UNIQLO.
From the comfort of your home.
Unless you want to try your luck finding ONE DOLLAR SOCKS!

Disclosure: I was invited to the store preview. The salad was free. Everything else I paid for.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Have a Happy Sunshiny Day

My mad hunt for yellow had me thinking about smiley faces.
Not only do I have a good amount of smiley tees:
I have a collection of smily stuff, mostly displayed in the bathroom.
A very small section of the collection. 
It may not be the Smiley Face Museum, but it's close!

Here is the purple smiley tee, Severo found in NC -- it advertises a club in Atlanta, the "Have a Nice Day Cafe"
This is the back
What adult wears a smiley tee to work? Raises hand.
With a bodycon dress? Raises hand.
Purple leggings? Why yes, I did.
And tie-dye print scarf? Thank you Bella.
And matching socks!!!!! (They were 99¢ at Jack's in NYC)

This outfit qualifies for many linkups:
Patti's Visible Monday
Maricel's TARDIS Tuesday
Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like

Plus, SUNSHINE YELLOW, yo. "Have a nice day!" :-)
Link up your yellow outfits here. Link up your yellow art there.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Sun / Miracle / Reward

Ah, forgive me while I have a yellow meltdown.
[see more of this mess on The Glutton, where I'm still documenting my decluttering process] 
It's the start of seven weeks of yellow tones here on 52 Pick-me-up.
The colors are named by Tori Hartman for her Chakra Wisdom Oracle. [links here]
The interpretations are my own.
Here's what I decided back in June:
Sun, Topaz, Sunflower, Lemonade, Canary, Bronze, Gold  
This week our prompt is Sun Yellow. How is that different from Canary?
Here's what Tori says: Sun Yellow is the brightest and boldest. Canary Yellow is yellow in its purest form.

OK, so I still have four weeks to get something sewn up in my 90's yellow, black, and red plaids:
The item on top is a sweater that I'm going to turn into a skirt.
The other two are both woven yardage, the middle has spandex added.
That leaves me with the Sun Yellow jingle jangle skirt, which I still haven't decided what to do with.
Here it is, as a skirt, in days of yore:
With the famous Traveling Yellow Skirt!
"It makes a lovely bed"
"But I like the plaids more."
Yes, Mel's "Miracle" Traveling Freak Show Skirt is Sun Yellow.
Have you taken a spin with it?
Leave your link below, if you have.
If you haven't, contact Melanie. [The instructions are over on this page]. It is SO REWARDING!

Sun / Miracle / Reward -- link and tell!

Friday, October 16, 2015

All Aboard LA's Fashion Platform 2015

Frances Harder, founder of FBI, wears a cape from EIS LA
On Tuesday, I attended a fashion show at Union Station, hosted by Fashion Biz Inc.
I went with the intention of sketching the runway, but did not do too well.
I had a fantastic seat at the foot of the runway (thank you Kelly!) but it was very dark and I couldn't see what I was doing!

A recap follows with an assortment of photos and quick sketches.
Nepal Pashmina
Designer  Denise Focil (in red) was presented with the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award.