Style Imitating Art: The Roses of Heliogabalus

2016_06_08What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Dress: Target
Shoes: Payless

Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey selected this week’s Style Imitating Art piece: The Roses of Heliogabalus by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. My initial reaction was that I don’t have anything pink or tan or brown (I still haven’t worn the cognac heels I bought from Target months ago to fill the gap in my dressy footwear wardrobe, a gap I have since realized was because I don’t need brown shoes) or anything delicate and flowery or with sumptuous draping or that could be a nod to the marble pillars.

I stood in my closet, looking through my clothes to double-check that I would skip this one. “Oh, I guess this dress has some pink in it… and the pattern looks like it could easily be a blizzard of blush and dark pink petals. Oh hey yeah this works.”

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June 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

So many jeans

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 20, 2015
Cardigan, tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I bought six pairs of jeans from American Eagle Outfitters over the past year and yet another pair has been sitting in my online cart for a month. They’re buy-one-get-one-half-off and I don’t need two more jeans (I don’t need any more), so there it sits, looking at me and waiting patiently for me to make the purchase.

Breaking news! My American Eagle shopping cart is empty! The specific jeans and wash I wanted are no longer available and disappeared from my cart. Instead of taking this opportunity to cherish the gift of freedom and run away without looking back, I am checking out the other possibilities to fill that very specific situation when I want something between “jeggings” and “skinny kick boot”. Like the Hi-Rise Skinny Jeans. I am weak. With American Eagle I found jeans that I like and that fit me reliably and there’s more space in my jeans drawer. The internet tells me that American women own seven pairs on average. I am slightly above average!

My AE inventory, in order of buying them:

February 6, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Dressed for a wedding

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What I Wore to a Wedding: November 14, 2015
Dress: Macy’s?
Shoes: Payless, new
Clutch: Gift

These shoes were part of a shoe-buying spree last year and I don’t think they’ve appeared on the blog because I rarely wear them. Turns out they’re not particularly comfortable and they’re a little too high for work, and I still haven’t purged them because What If I Want to Wear Them One Day. Yeah. It’s a thing. I’m working on it.

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February 5, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Back in the fall

Here I am wearing clothes to work some more. I wear clothes every day that I go to work. Sucker for routine, I guess.

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What I Wore to Work Today: September 23, 2015
Blouse: Xi
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

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What I Wore to Work Today: October 1, 2015
Sleeveless top: Target
Pants: Old Navy, new (same as the red pants posted yesterday, except these are petite and those are regular)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

February 2, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

September styles

And now we’re on to September, when I had moved into my house and hadn’t decided on a spot for pictures yet. At my apartment the balcony ledge was the perfect height and distance from the wall for self-timed photos. At my house I’ve been using the recycling bin as a tripod so far.

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What I Wore to Work Today: September 15, 2015
Dress: Ann Taylor
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless
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What I Wore to Work Today: September 21, 2015
Blouse: Limited
Pants: Old Navy, new
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

February 1, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Quilt Design Wall: Before and After

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After

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Before

When I moved at the end of last summer, the sewing+office room in my apartment changed to separate sewing room + office room in my house, smaller individually than the previous space with more square footage altogether. I rarely use the office, though, which also functions as a guest bedroom when I have overnight guests. (The one weekend I had one overnight guest.) (Maybe more will visit sometime?) The largest benefit was being able to keep a full sewing room wall free to turn into a quilt design wall.

I browsed assorted tutorials online, bought 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ foam insulation boards from Lowe’s and gray flannel from Joann Fabric, and buckled down one night during my week of at-home vacation to make it happen. My version started in a similar manner to this one at Sew Can She, except I attached the individual pieces to the wall. I started attaching the first large board to the wall with removable tape (I’m renting), said “yeah no that’s not going to happen”, and happily went at it with a hammer and nails. The flannel ended up being just the right amount and the last piece of foam is on the opposite wall holding my rulers.

Fabric sticks to the flannel on its own and I use retired pins for security with bigger pieces (the foam board pins easily and protects the wall). I took the photo above the morning after I finished the board – it varies depending on active projects while the blue and green nine patch blocks multiply.

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art – Aspens, Northern New Mexico

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Another Style Imitating Art post and it’s something I actually wore to work on Friday! Animated Cardigan chose this week’s piece: Aspens, Northern New Mexico by Ansel Adams.

Just the other day a style blog told me “You probably will look drab if your all black outfit consists of all cotton” and then I wore an all black cotton-based outfit anyway. For shame, self, for shame.

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What I Wore to Work Today: January 22, 2016
Blazer: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 24, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 6 comments.

Style Imitating Art – Sunrise

 

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I’ve been following Style Imitating Art from Animated Cardigan, 14 Shades of Grey, and Librarian for Life and Style for awhile. And now I am actually participating and submitting in time!

Ok, fine, so I haven’t worn this to work yet. The rain all week got in the way of pictures outside, and I worked from home a couple days while I was sick.

I was excited that my usual photo spot includes the fuchsia bougainvillea background as a nod to O’Keeffe’s flower paintings. Unfortunately, the bright magenta color looks red in my old camera’s pictures — in real life there’s a difference between my red pants and the pink flowers. My belt is a touch of gold sun.

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Sunrise – Georgia O’Keeffe 1916

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What I Am Going to Wear to Work One Day: January 10, 2016
Blouse: Banana Republic
Pants: Old Navy
Belt: My mom mailed it to me randomly, I think she picked it up from a garage sale
Shoes: Wal-Mart when I unexpectedly wanted dress shoes in Hawaii to attend a concert

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January 10, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

A whole new year!

Oh look it’s suddenly 2016 and I’m back in the ol’ blogarooni and WordPress is all different stuff again. I’ll figure it out later, as I always say…

It’s a whole new year, a brand new world.

My middle school was two houses away from my grandparents’ house and I went through a phase of walking over after school and hanging out for awhile. I’d read the paper, talk to Grandma and Grandpa, eat snacks, tinker on the piano from an old hymnal. (Grandma and Grandpa, did you guys buy a hymnal or did you just… borrow one from the church??) I got to the point where I could play my grandfather’s favorite hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory”, including all the chords on both hands. I’ve always had big hands for somebody my size and enjoyed reaching the bigger chords. (Aww, that post from October 2010 hints at the clearly-absurd idea I had had at some point that maybe I’d get married in September 2011. Haha that’s cute. Marriage isn’t in your future, my young friend.)

When I was in a particularly cheerful mood I’d sing little songs in the tiny bathroom on the opposite side of the living room wall, often A Whole New World from “Aladdin”, or the hymns I was playing earlier. I later learned that the bathroom was not soundproof — why did I ever think it was?? — and I was retroactively mortified about all my bathroom singing. If my grandparents heard me they were polite enough, kind enough, to refrain from letting on.

It’s a new year and I’ll start it by throwing old photos on the blog.

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July 10, 2015
Blouse: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless
Security badge: My employer, god bless them

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July 13, 2015
Dress: Uh, Macy’s maybe?
Shoes: Payless

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July 21, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Banoffee pie with raspberries

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I recently learned that I can make dulce de leche by boiling an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk for two hours and my life was forever changed. I ate a lot of dulce de leche during my semester in Uruguay (after gaining 10 pounds I was told “Now you look like an American!”) and ever since then I’ve wanted to recreate some of the fancy cakes that had many layers including cake, crispy meringue, dulce de leche, whipped buttercream, berries or chocolate, and by now a lot of nostalgia that will make the dessert extra delicious. Extra delicious, or disappointing because it’s not how I remembered it. As they say, you can’t go home again or eat a perfect slice of cake again from the Disco supermarket bakery down the street from your student housing in Montevideo.

I first saw this magic technique on ktmade’s banoffee pie post and I said out loud at my desk to nobody in particular “wait, really? That’s so cool!”

My pot was only deep enough to cover the can by three quarters of an inch so I set an alarm to go off every ten minutes to remind me to check the water level, adding more as necessary. I wouldn’t want this explosion to happen to me. I simmered the can for 2.5 hours and it turned out excellent. I ate some with a spoon throughout the next day and turned most of the rest into a banoffee pie.

Premade graham cracker crust baked for 5 minutes at 350, most of the dulce de leche, two bananas, a package of fresh raspberries, and quite a bit of Albertsons store-brand whipped topping, that completely processed confection made from hydrogenated soybean oil, corn syrup, and 1960s American dreams.

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banoffee pie finished

October 26, 2015. Tags: , . Links, Pictures, Recipes, Words. 1 comment.

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