Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

[ENID] In the Pink

Could she maybe not take Prince so literally?
"Let's Go Crazy" indeed.

4.29  2:57pm  #ff66cc

Thursday, April 28, 2016

[ENID] Coral Belle

She pulled out her Todd Oldham Mosaic Jean Jacket.
Amashing it with every other patterned garment.
It's pattern insanity.

4.28  1:39pm #fd7b97

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[ENID] An Apple a Day...

Keeps SpyGirl OK.
I wish she would keep this skirt in the studio pile.
It's full of stains + holes.
Digitize the print and Spoonflower it already!

4.27  1:22pm  #ff0099

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

[ENID] Raspberry Bray

Most of this outfit was left in the car, for note-taking purposes.
(That sounds risque).
The skirt was listed on Poshmark but has made a return to her real closet.

4.26  1:42  #db01af

Freedom and Fashion Experience, the Sketches

Part Two of my report on the Freedom and Fashion event held last Saturday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. 

You met the designers on Sunday.

Today, I give you some more sketches that I did at the show.
SpyGirl caught in the act! [photo source] 
Did those guys know that I was sketching them? 
This one I randomly added people to make a crowd scene. 
Shan Boodram mounted the stage and got the show rolling:
Part 3 will be more photos from the show.

Monday, April 25, 2016

[ENID] Hello Heliotrope

(I Googled that color name. I was stumped).
This look came together without a hitch and she merrily went off to work in it.
Yay me.

4.25  2:03pm  #ae05ac

Sunday, April 24, 2016

[ENID] Purple Passion

Last night's fashion show outfit.
And yesterday's last day of textile class outfit.
And purple.

4.24  8:03am  #8d05af

52 Pick-me-up: Lilac / Recovery


I hear that the Lilacs are starting to bloom in NYC and environs. Sigh. I LOVE lilacs!

More on my mind is this week's 52 Pick-me-up emotional word -- Recovery.

I attended a very uplifting event last night, celebrating a group of young women who designed a fashion collection under the guidance of the team at Freedom & Fashion. Freedom & Fashion's mission statement is: "Using the arts of fashion and beauty, we create empowering programs that mentor and bring freedom to at-risk young women and survivors of the sex trade."

These stars shined brightly and gave me a sense of hope for the world. 
The designers
Their designs
I'll share more of my sketches from the night later in the week.
For now, congratulations to everyone at Freedom & Fashion. It was a soul-stirring event.

 Lilac / Recovery -- Link up your Prince or your Purples and party like it's 1999! [RIP, Purple One]

Saturday, April 23, 2016

[ENID] Jacaranda Jive

This look won't be leaving the back patio. At least she was willing to stand in front of the camera in it.
Scarf pretending to be a tunic. Like many sketches last year.

4.23  9:10am  #ad76f7

Friday, April 22, 2016

[ENID] Purple Rain

No Prince Nooooo.
Is she wearing today's purple? She doesn't care. I don't care.
It's purple enough.
RIP you Purple One.

4. 21  22  3:38pm  #5c32c5

Thursday, April 21, 2016

[ENID] RIP Prince

(Gah! Forgot my little notepad!)

Prince has left the building.

Nevermind all the clever things I was going to say.

4.21  1:28pm  #8c86fd

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

[ENID] Sky's the Limit

I convinced her to wear her "house dress" to work today.
"But it's smelly."
"That didn't stop you from wearing that body-con dress on Monday, now did it?"
"Oh, all right. Fine."

4.20 1:46pm  #319bfe

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

[ENID] Navy Gazing

An easy, breezy day so far.
She is under the impression that the car has B.O. Is that even possible?

4.19  1:31pm  #024584

Monday, April 18, 2016

[ENID] Blue, Blue, My Love Is Blue

Oh Miz Bagg, dare I say that I miss you?
"You wore this dress two times last week."
"I don't care, it's the perfect blue color."
It's dirty."
"Well, why didn't you wash it yesterday?"

4.18  1:56pm  #025684

Sunday, April 17, 2016

[ENID] Tealin' Easy

This outfit won't last long. She's getting all twitchy like a mad cow.
(Ha. I just called her a mad cow. Hahahaha).
"Put it on Poshmark, dear. I hate it."

4.17  2:00pm  #027384

52 Pick-me-up: Amethyst / Forgiveness / Belonging

The 52 Pick-me-up prompts this week are: Amethyst / Forgiveness / Belonging 

I've been on an 80's nostalgia kick, triggered by seeing a performance by Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo).
All week, Stan and WoV have been my soundtrack. 

We'll start today's post with an outfit including orange and Amethyst striped leggings from Tweeds. 
Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday.
Can't overlook me in this outfit!
[5/9] also linking with Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike
Anyone remember Tweeds? It was an early "cool" mail-order company (vs. preppy L.L. Bean's, Land's End, etc).
I got these leggings in 1988 or 89. Hey! They're Vintage!
(Enid called them "antique". Enid is a brat.)

Here's a closer look, to get the full glory of the lower half of the pattern smash:
Turquoise laces c/o the nice girl at Fluevog on Abbot Kinney.
Pink/turquoise Keds snagged on Poshmark -- I love Poshmark!!!!
Amethyst-the-gemstone also gets the spotlight today.
I had amethysts in my wedding ring (HAD being the operative word -- the first cracked on day 2 of my honeymoon. Yes, it was an omen, I should have paid attention). I designed the ring and I wish the silversmith friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend who made it had told me it was a bad design (he might have tried, can't remember). ALL the Amethysts are long gone (as is the wasbund). The silversmith also made a keeper ring that I now wear in my pinky.
Here are: the retired wedding ring, 
a new Amethyst stacking ring (again from Poshmark),
the keeper ring (it's a keeper!),
Spanish St. Lucy postcard,
additional artifacts from the DEF wasbund era in a Mexican matchbox.
I don't remember WHY I chose Amethysts for my wedding ring. I didn't research its spiritual qualities, I went with intuition. Which brings us to one of this week's emotional words: Forgiveness. I'm still working on that one re the wasbund.
Maybe when I'm 64?

Amethyst / Forgiveness / Belonging -- link and tell! (Anything purple)

[ENID] Turq Beserk

Let's just imagine that yesterday didn't happen. 
It was plaid hell. 

4.17  7:01am  #03c0be

Friday, April 15, 2016

[ENID] The Greeny Blues

An especially trying morning with Her Highness.
She is tired of the green tones and wants more blue colors to work with.
"There aren't any more in the tin."
"Check the other tin."
"That tin has the same colors as this tin".
"This tunic is sticking to me. GET IT OFF NOW!"

[4.15] 9:38am  #01bb73

Thursday, April 14, 2016

[ENID] Into the Wild Green Yonder

Every garment has a pattern on it.
Oh my eyes!
Cannot unsee!
And the antique leggings! From 1988? 89?

4.14  1:35pm  #017654

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

[ENID] Pattern Smash

Squiggles, Floral/Paisley/Stripe Shirt, Stripe Socks -- she's wearing it all.
Wafting around in an 80's haze -- I can't get her to concentrate on anything.

4.13  1:22pm  #01bb73

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

[ENID] Big Green Monster

She's going to a fashion show today. 
I leave it at that. 
4.12  8:07am  #01dd30

Monday, April 11, 2016

[ENID] Poppin In Pippin Green

The less said about yesterday's fiasco, the better.
We are all wishing for a do-over - even the cat.
She's at the day job today, barely.
The war with the warehouse guy was won by the sun (no more shade) so there's detante until Fall.

4.11  1:33pm  #b6ff19

Sunday, April 10, 2016

52 Pick-me-up: Indigo / Gratitude

I went to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve today.
It did not go as expected.

What does this have to do with this week's color/emotion prompt, Indigo / Gratitude
I'll get to that, don't worry. 

It was a beautiful morning, and I was looking for any excuse to procrastinate on finishing my taxes. 
The drive up San Francisquito Canyon Road was lovely. 
I took a bunch of road photos (I'll post them on Flickr later) and entered the Antelope Valley with great anticipation. 

Then I got to the entry gate and discovered that I didn't have my wallet. 
That was not the worst part. Just wait.  

I took a selfie at the Reserve's entry on Lancaster Road, with it as a backdrop. 
Note the lack of poppies. [Chloe frames c/o Ditto]
Linking this up with Patti's Visible Monday.
I was on a mission to find poppies. 
CA Poppies. Done. 
Well, why not take some outfit shots and be a silly fashion blogger dressed inappropriately? 
Argh! You can't see my INDIGO pants!
You CAN see the DIY poncho that I made by cutting a hole in the middle of a throw blanket.
(As reported by Enid on Friday)
Alright, enough of that.

I was getting low on gas.
I contemplated the situation and decided to go home a longer, more well-traveled route.
What I DID have was a change purse in my console for feeding parking meters.
(Thank you, Severo, for insisting that I have this).
$2.83 won't get me a gallon of gas. Trouble brews.
Also in my dash, I found a spare AAA card (they'll give you $5 of gas if stranded) and a jade amulet.
(The woman who gave it to me said jade gives "luck" to travelers. I needed all the luck I could get. I put it on).
I zeroed out the "mileage counter" to keep track of my miles.

Fifteen miles later, the "very low on gas" light started blinking.
What did I do?
I stopped and took more outfit photos! 
Why not? It was a good field full of poppies! The best of the day!

Exiting the car, I found a bunch of burrs on my pants:
A good look, don't you think?It's known as a "3D" print.Now you can see the color of the pants.
Got the shot! Thank you wind!
I had cut the poncho's neckhole too big, so I cinched it in with a giant safety pin that I obtained in Austin, TX.
All that orangish field behind me is poppies. They were all closed because it was windy and cloudy.
It was 5 more miles to I-5, and 28 miles down (literally, so I was able to coast) the freeway I saw a bunch of roadside business. I parked to assess my situation. And scour the car for more change. 
I found the other change purse, it had some quarters in it!
I was now up to $4.30.
The Mobil station was charging $3.25/gal.
Could I find better?
I consulted the GasBuddy app.
Yes, a 7-11 across the freeway was listed at $2.99.
Even better, it was down to $2.74 when I got there.
That would get me 1.5 gallons.
Thank you GasBuddy for finding me the best deal in town.
Thank you Prius for your great mileage.
Thank you amulet for your magical powers.
Thank you readers for indulging me!
Gratitude, it's a powerful thing.

Indigo / Gratitude -- link and tell!

[ENID] Green Goddess, On the Side

Another day scouring the archives for today's sketch.
I fear this will become the weekends' modus operandi.
Today, she is emulating the cat, lolling on the couch. "Fetch me another cup of Earl Grey, dear".
Acting like a groupie at 59 can be SO TRYING!
I imagine she'll be parked on that couch all day.

4.10  9:51am  #ccff00

Saturday, April 9, 2016

[ENID] Olive, Shaken

All that bother on Thurs over adding Olive? Why? Why?
She's not wearing it today because she's going to a concert tonight and wants to relive her 20s.
She says "Go look in the archives on the blog".
Yes ma'am.
I swear.
Are she and Miz Bagg twins separated at birth?
Is this why I keep getting sent to be "watched" by her?
I smell a rat.

Friday, April 8, 2016

[ENID] Chartreuse Chameleon

Today, there was another incident with scissors. 
This time, it was an act of pure genius (I never thought I'd say the word genius describing SpyGirl). 
There was a chenille throw in the sewing heap. 
She cut a neckhole in the middle and had an instant poncho! 
In awe.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

[ENID] Bright Shiny Malfunction

Today's outfit choice did not go over well. SpyGirl refused to wear it. (I'm dressing her now).
It had so much potential but exposed too much cleavage area.
She is wearing tomorrow's outfit. Today. She also insisted that I add olive green to the hues.
I told her, olive green is NOT in the rainbow.
She doesn't care.

4.7  1:18pm  #ffffcc

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

[ENID] I Heart Art

I have to start writing smaller -- there is so much to report.
Today, Her Craziness insisted upon wearing her old favorite paisley dress that is so old + threadbare I'm surprised that it doesn't just rip.
The best part? The zipper was stuck, so she CUT IT OUT!
I kid you not.

4.6  1:39pm  #ffea8a

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[ENID] Don't Cross the Double Yellow Line

Did you know that SpyGirl is having a parking war with one of the warehouse guys? 
He has been taking two spaces in the only shady spot.
She is a looney bird.

Monday, April 4, 2016

[ENID] Fresh as a CA Poppy

Oh geez, SpyGirl was running around this AM like a lunatic. "Late for work! Late for work!"
Sketching during my lunch break now.

4.4  12:57pm  #ff9900

Sunday, April 3, 2016

52 Pick-me-up: Royal Purple / Faith


I'm recuperating from a late night partying in Claremont.
(I had an art opening for my #dailytruck series at SPACE Claremont. I got home at midnight).

Here's a Royal Purple look from earlier in the week:
Linking with Patti's Visible Monday
[5/9] also linking with Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike

Since most of you aren't local, I give you #myshittycommute The Book*, which has all 20 pieces in the show:

*I get a small commission if you buy the book or PDF. I'm ever so grateful for your support.

Royal Purple / Faith -- Link and tell!