Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Perfect Summer Dress For A Retired Art Teacher

That retired art teacher would be me. When I saw this dress on the ASOS-US website about three years ago, my heart went pitter patter. I love digital prints and this prismatic abstract had every hue in the color wheel represented. How could I resist? It was also on clearance, which made it even sweeter. 


Originally, the hem of the dress hit the floor. I guess ASOS thinks we are all as tall as supermodels. I just took my scissors, needle and thread and cut and hemmed. I think I mentioned before how handy it is to know a few things about sewing. Hemming is one the easier ones to master and probably one of the most used by me. 

The slits up the side are one of my favorite features because they let a little breeze in. The dress is 100% Polyester jersey so this helps. Polyester is not my favorite summer fabric, but it takes that sheen to made this print pop. It wouldn't be the same on a 100% cotton. 


It's hot here in the Heartland. The past week we have been having 95 degrees plus days, so I decided to keep my jewelry at a minimum. The shoes and bag have appeared here before. The bag is a MAC bag by Rebecca Minkoff and my shoes are Clark Artesians. 

My MAC bag is laser cut. A laser cut bag and a digital print just seems to be a perfect match to me.


One of my favorite activities when it comes to mixing colors is using a kaleidoscope. This kaleidoscope takes life and breaks it down into abstract patterns. Its a good tool for color mixing materials in crafting, knitting and sewing. I have used kaleidoscopes when I teach my class Simply Color, a color theory for fiber lovers. My personal kaleidoscope is a porcelain beauty that I found a few years ago.

There's my chunky acrylic bracelet again. Ever since I retied the elastic to fix it, I can't stop wearing the thing.

The Polish Story

The polish I am wearing for this post is a special one indeed. It is Tonight's Adventure by Literary Lacquers. Literary Lacquers is one of my favorite Indie brands. Its creator and color magician is Amy Milder. This color was a limited edition with five dollars of each bottle going to The International OCD Foundation. 

As all of Amy's lacquers, this name was inspired by a book. Tonight's Adventure was taken from Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. It's a coral orange/pink with copper and orange shimmer along with a really pretty linear holo. You can't find beauties like this one in the drug stores. The quality of Literary Lacquers is Five Stars. I can't say enough about what this lady comes up with. 




I am going to do something today that I have never done before. It is probably because of my love of digital prints. I did some Online window shopping and found a few beauties. These are just a drop in the bucket. There were so many, but I had to stop somewhere.........

From RealReal-Clover Canyon in a small-$85


From Neiman Marcus-On sale for $130-was $450


From ASOS-Onsale for $36-was $130
I am thinking pretty seriously about this one. I think it is very much me. Well, not the midriff baring top, but the rest of it is. What do you think about it?




From ASOS-on sale for $41-was $94




So, there's just a few digital prints of a lot that are out there.
And with that, it's goodbye until next week. Take care and I will see you then. Happy Styling!


This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE, Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Color and Grace's Link Up Party HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Sydney's Fashion Hunter's Fresh Fashion Forum HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup Here, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.

I need to give credit to a new photographer for this post. My oldest grandson, William took this photos. He was basically told if he going to spend time in the Summer with us on the farm he gets to learn the Nikon. I think he did a great job! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Creativity and the Garden

My mantra is to celebrate creativity. My husband, Michael, finds his creativity in his expansive garden. It's time to share one of my favorite things he has grown this year. I asked him to find me a great spicy, but not hot, radish and so he did! He grew the French Breakfast Radish and I love it!



I have chopped these up and served them as a condiment with our scrambled eggs in the morning. One evening, I even sliced them and threw them into a tofu stir fry and they were delicious. I've read that enthusiasts even spread butter and salt on them, but I haven't tried that yet. 


They are a wonderful bright pink and white with bright green foliage. We have read that the leafy part is very good for you also. 

French Breakfast Radishes grow very quickly. Pick them small because if they grow to big they become hollow in the center. Having the hollow makes me wonder what they would taste like with a little creme cheese in the center?

Seeds for the French Breakfast can probably be found at the local home store, such as Home Depot or Lowes. Michael usually orders his. His favorite online seed suppliers are Johnny's Selected Seeds and Pinetree if you would like to check them out.  

Happy gardening and creative eating. I will see you Sunday with my regular style post.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wear The Summer Whites

Have you been to a summer white party? Last weekend I attended my first as the +1 with my daughter Michelle. The occasion marked the 15th year celebration of Oasis Salon and Day Spa, one of the premier spas in Joplin and the "four state area." 

Another first for me was styling an all white look. Admittedly, not totally white, because I used metallic accessories. Rather than a dress, I went with three separates and will say that pants were the choice couture for the majority of the "advanced style" (going with Ari Cohen's term for lack of a more creative description) ladies there. 


My pants are 95% Cotton/5% Spandex bi-stretch Meronas from Target and they are new. I've been hunting from some slim line white pants and I liked the look of these. However (and this is nothing new), I had to take them in through the thighs. 

My thrifted under knit top is 65% Viscose and 35% nylon. It is my Cami substitute. It has wider shoulder straps so my bra straps won't show and goes well under jackets and my topper.

I am saving the best for last. What do you think of my topper?  I feel as if I am floating when I wear it. It is designed by Rachel Anne Gottlieb of Kansas City for her Present line, and I first saw it on her IG feed. The original styling for it wasn't anywhere near how I could or would wear it, but I immediately saw its possibilities. 

Rachel's  Shop Fashion Fiction on ETSY is where I purchased this piece. At the moment she doesn't have one listed, but would probably create it if requested. It's original listing was: Super Soft White Jersey Draped Handmade One of a Kind Hi Lo Top, listing #279675176

Wrapping up my look will be the accessories I chose. My strappy silver metallic sandals are Bandolinos (eBay) and the clutch is a vintage Koret (eBay). I am guessing that it may be from the eighties. It does have a strap which I can use or remove. Originally, I wanted to collect vintage Koret bags, but then discovered Rodo of Italy, and they have been my bag of choice for the last three years. 

As far as the jewelry, the chunky acrylic bracelet was a find on Ruby Lane. I haven't gotten a lot from the shops there but loved this bracelet. I did have to re-tighten the elastic and probably will have to replace it someday. The rest of my jewelry are here and there things.

Michelle drafted her dress pattern based on her Crafty class "The Ultimate T-shirt." It has a slight asymmetrical cut to it.



Closeup Time-Michelle is wearing
Milani Powder Blush 01 Romantic Rose, Everyday Eyeshadow Collection 04 Plum Basics and Amore Mattallics Lip Creme 08 Raving Matte
I was happy when I learned she was wearing Milani. That has always been one of my favorite brands. They have the Leaping Bunny certification (definitely cruelty free) and I can get it at my CVS.





Another view of my three piece



Accessory Closeup

Another photo demonstrating the lightness of this piece


Toasting 15 years with blue sparkly





Michelle with her Message Therapist, Feriyal. I loved Feriyal's peekaboo chiffon midriff.


I love good stories and this has to be one. Fifteen years ago, the three ladies below; two sisters and their grandmother, decided to go into business with each other. From seeing what Oasis has turned into, these three make an incredible team.


From left to right: Adrian Petticrew, Darlene Shepherd, and Aubree Templeman the visionaries and owners of Oasis


The evening finally came to an end and we had to say goodbye, but what a fun evening!


And one more view of my topper. It just floats when you move and the only way to show it was to do a little "cat walk". I will add that I can't get my video to play on either my iPhone or my iPad but it does just fine on my iMac. It's an iCalumdrumb.

video


 And with that, it's goodbye until next week. Take care and I will see you then. Happy Styling!




Today, I am linking up with Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Color and Grace's Link Up Party HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Sydney's Fashion Hunter's Fresh Fashion Forum HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup Here, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.