Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fashion files

Bougie Doesn't Begin to Describe This

Unless you live under a rock you probably know the new Iphone 6 and IPhone 6 Plus came out this week; I'm not usually too hot on these tech announcements because I barely even use Siri much less every new idea they add to the mix... But for some people this is a huge life changing thing and thus we are gifted with this:

iPhone 6, 6 Plus in your pocket from AppleInsider on Vimeo.

The entire video is just a guy explaining and demonstrating how the new phones fit in each type of pocket compared to not only the 6 and 6 Plus but also the Iphone 5. It's almost too compelling to watch as he goes through the various cuts of pants, jackets and suits to explain the important of the fit--I'm only disappointed that he forgot to do shorts, joggers and harem pants

This is what they mean by first world problems.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Files: Home Addition

Stir Crazy

I can tell the exact moment I have been too housebound... I start looking through my house for various odds and ends to try and redo the Clubhouse decor... I suddenly go through all the pictures I steal off the web, various piles of my random housewares and debate a total redo... It can be fun and stuff but can also head down the "he is crazy" vibe really quickly. But it is all so pretty...

I mean--the bed room isn't really finished yet and I have never done a ceiling treatment. I mean--it can't be that hard really--the worst thing would to have them land on our sleeping heads,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One of My Favorite Things

Pantone Color Day

I know it seems stupid and silly and against my free-natured spirit but I always love Pantone Color Day... What it is is simple--this company announces the "hot" colors for the next season; you'll see these colors in home decor, clothing and makeup rolling into stores through the next year.

Usually I can guess where they are going color-wise ahead of the game--it's only when there is an unexpected shift in fashion like the "normcore" trend that the game gets changed. 

So here is this years colors

I am a huge fan of all three shades even though they are a bit too cool for my taste--I tend more bright blues, oranges and metallics. But they are weirdly early 90s GAP or Calvin Klein which is a happy memory for me so I can go along with it. And honestly I love when pink goes mainstream.

Now off to find pieces in these colors at the thrift and discount stores ahead of the new season!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Moment of Zen

Honestly I just Love These Shoes

They are unrealistic, probably a bit too flashy and yet I think they are just stunning. And they probably would be until the first time I tripped and scuffed them. Then they would look like rejects from a cheap North Hollywood production of the Wiz--which I would be honored to be a part of in all honesty.

But seriously my life is more this:

Though it feels like this:

Though maybe the shoes would change all that? Hmm...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday Truths

The Struggle is Real

My job after certain point is really just me telling the others what will happen, forewarning possible issues, and I'm usually correct on all fronts. So much so that my nickname is The Reaper since I'm constantly pointing out how to fix problems before they happen.

Essentially I am Cassandra of Greece myth-predicting the future and trying to save this show while everyone else acts like I'm crazy. How I feel is best summed up by the clip from "Scream 2"--which is not something ever said before on the internets.

Honestly the only difference here is that I wouldn't run from the killer but to him--at this point any reason not to work is a sweet release.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Life Hack

Coffee Nap

I love naps--like really love naps. When I don't get my daily nap I become borderline narcoleptic and tend to either shut down full or become a bitch on wheels. As my former roommates--Edie, Kelly, Valerie, Billie, Candace, Mac, Mrs Garrett, Kaylee, Lola and Johnno--they can all testify to my overwhelming need for sleep

The Struggle Is REAL

I'm not sure when this started to happen--my mother used to say I never napped as a child so I suspect it is part of my current party lifestyle. I mean--9 hour workday, 45 minute workout, coffee/drinks, gaming with the Husbear and then at least one episode of Golden Girls before I attempt to go to bed which usually means reading some Amish Romance on the Kindle. And I gave up caffeine a few years back to help with my eating habits so I don't get that jolt. But I don't drift off to sleep easily before midnight because I'm worried something is going on somewhere without me.

He is Missing Out On Everything

So when there was a recent study comparing coffee versus napping when it came to re-energizing I was interested to see what they came up with. What the study seemed to conclude was that a combination of the two worked best--which seemed a bit weird. But I want to cut back on over-napping and work on a better sleep schedule so what's the harm?

Worst Case Scenario

The study explained a neat trick that worked the two ideas together and maxed out the benefits of each one. It comes down to combination of body chemistry and the organic benefits of coffee. I decided to give it a shot because I wanted to get myself more awake time in the day. I'm debating doing NaNoWriMo again this year-cause I'm a glutton for punishment.

That's Not Realistic-But You Go Girl 

So here's how their plan works:

1) You make a cup of regular coffee--doesn't matter if hot or iced--but it needs to be fresh. They claim that soda or other caffeinated drinks wouldn't work as well with this plan--though I suspect for someone like me who doesn't usually drink that kind of stuff I could use pretty much anything.

I Can Do This In Cup Form Right?

2) You drink the cup one setting as quickly as you can. This is important because the plan hinges on your body's ability to process the drink while you move on to other parts of the process.

Never Apologize For Getting It Done

3) Nap for 20 minutes only-very important. When you drink coffee it takes about 20 minutes for your body to process caffeine into your blood stream--so by timing the drink with the nap you get the best of both without the negative of either. I have tried this a handful of times now and do feel a difference in my energy levels.It's not the most restful nap--probably because I am not used to any caffeine so it hits me harder--but I am definitely ready to go in about 5 minutes after waking up.

This is a victory since I am the world's crankiest person post sleep as Edie, Kelly, Valerie, Billie, Cadance, Mac, Mrs Garrett, Kaylee, Lola and Johnno can testify. I mean it is bad--like a whiny toddler bad--whiny, sleepy, hungry toddler bad.

The Fact I'm Married Still Amazes Me.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Fashion Files

One Thing Or Another

I'm not a high fashion guy--I like to keep my look casual but interesting by mixing in new styles, cuts and lots of interested and unexpected ideas. Whether it is shoes made with unique fabrics, bright colors in unexpected places or taking things I love like art and books to wear I try to keep it more complicated and love to mix it up.

One of my favorite trends this upcoming fall season plays with the same expectations of fashion--by using unusual fabrics, cuts and styling to create unique pieces of clothing. It's taking the known and mixing it up--formal with sporty, dress-up with casual day wear and high end materials in low end cuts. While some of these ideas have been round for awhile--I think it is these types of pieces that can take the ordinary and bring it to the next level.

Here are some pieces from my own personal closet--as well as new ideas hitting stores already for this fall.

Pony Boy Prep

I scored these last season--these seem like just your run-of-the-mill dark boat shoes but what you can't tell is that they are made of a dark brown pony skin. (My phone sucks--oops.) It takes the simple summer shoe and brings it to a whole new level of luxury and I always get comments on them. It's because when it comes to preppy--some times you can have a glamorous edge.

Brogue Boots from River

I know there has been a trend for a while now with the brogue shoe being updated--whether turned into sneakers, slip-ons and now boots. It's that perfect piece of 20/30/40's flair that brings to mind flappers, Gatsby and decadence. But while the original shoes are a bit too stiff and formal for everyday wear, these half-breads offer a comfortable and stylish comprise. Great with colored khakis at work or with perfectly cuffed jeans when on the town.

Seth Cohen Realness

So this is from my personal collection--and looks like a simple short sleeved black t-shirt--which it is. But this is a knitted t-shirt, a light weight, short sleeved yet warm top to wear during those day into night social engagements like brunch by the sea in the morning and cocktails at night in the mountains. And because the sweater shirt is so thin I can recreate the layered look of the early 2000s by wearing this over long-sleeved buttons like Adam Brody did during his "O.C." days. Stylish and multi-purpose.

A tailored bomber by

This is one of my favorites--taking the simple bomber jacket style that has been done to death with sports wear and cheap hoodie fabric--and using high-end tweed as the material. It says I'm causal and sporty but still have an American Express black card for dinner and shopping after we watch the football game. I love this because it would look great layered with a tie and button-down look or a simple classic t-shirt and cords. Perfect.

Sweatshirt Comfort and Rocker Style

This is probably one of my favorite finds of the fall season. In California it rarely gets cold enough for a proper leather jacket--though you wouldn't know that from my closet--so I love to find great light weight coats that look more detail than the average hoodie or cardigan. This piece is as warm as a sweatshirt but has the look of an edgy leather jacket--good for work with the right pants and ready to spend the night at the local arcade.

Denim Joggers by Urban

These are probably the most controversial of my picks for this trend but I fell in love with the look and fit of joggers over this past spring and summer. They're loose through the leg but still come in at the feet but without that tapered jean look that can be really unflattering--comfort while still being able to show off your new kicks. While you do run the risk of looking like a DJ Tanner from "Full House" if worn the wrong way, it's a good way to try the jogger look without getting to sweatpant-ed or overly graphic in the design.

So that's it--my picks for some of the best uses of unlikely materials and cuts. Of course there is a million more out there--but I can't be window shopping all the time. (Though tell my husband that-SERIOUSLY.)

PS: As always--these are just my views and my picks, there was no money made off of any of my suggests. If you would like to know where I found my personal pieces--comment down below and I'll fill you in.