Monday, June 20, 2011

A New Day

After a year and a half of a depressing, rejection-filled job search, I can proudly announce that it has come to an end! I am now a legal secretary! Today was my first day and it was a fantastic day. I am just in awe of how things have turned around for me. I'd love to elaborate and hope to more in the near future but right now I have to sleep. Time to get on the clock of a normal 9-5er and not the crazy night owl that I naturally am!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

We Need To Have A Talk: Anthropology of an American Girl

Dear Anthropology of an American Girl,

After reaching page 372 out of your nearly 600 page length, I think we need to have a talk.

I've struggled with putting you down and not picking you back up for quite some time now. The combination of my hope that some change as far as content goes will occur and my feelings of failure for not completing you have kept me going this long. But I'm sorry to inform you that the struggle is not worth it. There are rows of books waiting to be discovered by me so I must move on.

While your words are poetic and gracefully written, they do not mask that your plot is dull and your narrator and main character of Eveline is thoroughly unlikeable. This is what an American girl is to you? A girl who detests her family, whose talents and potential are overshadowed by her addiction to dysfunctional relationships? A girl who falls so "in love" with a man she says little to nothing to, who is likely a criminal, who is jealous and possessive? A girl who then uses that twisted relationship as a measuring stick for all future romantic entanglements? I'm kind of offended. I know, I know. I'm a woman who does not believe in love at first sight, who uses logic as my primary guide, and who does not believe that romantic love defines one's life. Call me crazy.

After reading this article about quitting books and a few reviews about you (in particular this one) I can safely say we are done. At least for now.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Fashion Question: Hot Pink Cowboy Boot Edition

My birthday is just around the corner and I have been brainstorming some presents to request from the hubs. These have peaked my interest:

 They are bright and flashy, and pretty much me. :o) But obviously I don't want to spend much on something I won't be able to wear much. So I went back to Polyvore and tried to create some outfits. Take a looksie!

 Obviously the boots are adorable, but do they seem versatile enough that I could get quite a bit of wear from them? Are these effortless and cute, or too costume-y? What are your favorite looks? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Go see Beth's Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

From Goodwill to Goodie-- End Table Edition

This post has been a long time coming! I ran into this mini dresser at the local Goodwill for $25 all the way back in October. I had been wanting a new end table for next to the lounge in our living room and this was just tall and wide enough and provides a lot of storage. So I scooped it up and crammed it into my teeny weeny car all by myself. As you can see, the cats took to it right away. Oh, and is this their blog debut? Meet Inara and Kaylee. (Yes, they are named after Firefly characters.)

I decided to go crazy with it since it's all mine to use. (Josh has his manly section of the living room which consists of a LaZBoy recliner and a lamp/shelf tower from Target, and the rest of it is up for me and our animal menagerie to fight over.) First I visited Hobby Lobby while their hardware was 50% off and picked some pretty baubles for the drawers. I love funky jewelry and knew the dresser would too. I know that mismatching is not for everyone, but I liked the eclectic, unpredictable look.

I took her (yes, I assigned the dresser a gender) outside and removed her hardware, including the weird fake plastic keyhole-ish things, and then sanded her down by hand with sanding sponge. From the above picture, she looks to be in good shape, but up close she was really chippy and the paint job had a lot of drips. And it smelled kind of like a nursing home.

Then I began painting her. I picked out a bright orange (looks a bit Nickelodeon to me, but I think it works) and gave her thin coat after coat after coat till she was completely covered. I at first painted her body and drawers orange, but at the finish I thought that the orange was just too much, like a giant cheese block dresser or something. As much as I like cheese, this would not do. I decided to break it up and let the sparkly hardware stand out by painting the three drawer fronts cream. I just used spray paint for this. Here she is today.

I also picked up a roll of funky elephant gift wrap for about $5 at World Market to line her drawers with, so there is a pretty surprise inside, too. I love it!

Now I have ample space for magazines, books, paperwork, electronic stuff, and whatever needs hiding at the last minute.

The top displays a funky Target lamp stacked on antique flea market books (bought for their funny titles or bright colors), a little teal Goodwill dish that I throw my jewelry in at the end of the day, and another Goodwill tray that hold some pictures I love.

What I learned:
  • Taking time on projects is so worth it!
  • I should invest in an electric sander of some sort. I worked really hard to smooth this dresser out, but I think it would look and function even better if I had completely stripped it. Next time. 
  • I think I'd also like to try spray adhesive next time I line something. I just used Elmer's glue along the paper's edges this time, which works fine, but I think a spray adhesive might be more durable and the paper would have laid down smoother. 
Shared with:
Just A Girl's SAS Day
Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party
Elements Interiors: Whassup Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
Finding Fabulous' Frugalicious Friday 
Tatertots and Jello's Weekend Wrap Up Party

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    A Fashion Question--Cowboy Boot Edition

    I think most people assume that in Texas, we all wear boots, at least every once in awhile. I finally got my first pair of boots at 21 years old. I know, it took me long enough, right? If I wasn't a Texan before, I am now.

    Here they are, in all their glory and splendor! They are vintage Justin boots with red uppers and greenish and yellow stitching. They are so cute and comfy. But the problem is, I'm not really sure how to wear them.

    I'm a Texan, but I don't consider myself "country," so I'd like to find a way to wear them that seems like me, as opposed to stocking up on pearl-snap shirts and what not. Another issue was that the boots are red. How do I wear them without wearing plain white or matchy red? Can they be more versatile than that?

    I went on Polyvore tonight to make a bunch of outfits up. What do you guys think?

    I think if I get a few good accessories --a blingy belt (who can resist that bling?), some turquoise and somewhat western jewelry (Lucky Brand seems to do this well without being cheesy), it seems I can get away with quite a bit with the red boots I at first thought were restrictive. Any thoughts or input? Favorites from what I put together? How do you wear your cowboy boots?

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    What would Emma Pillsbury Wear? --- Holiday Fashion Challenge

     Any Glee fan (and especially any Glee fan who loves adorable clothes) probably knows about the What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear blog. From time to time followers are given the chance to create outfits for special occasions Emma might hypothetically find herself in. This time, we are given a chance to create a holiday look for Emma. This is what I came up with:

    Wheee! Polyvore is fun!