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mom jeans + scissors = hot new cut offs ?

June 8, 2011

I follow tons of fashion blogs daily and read about every fashion magazine on the market monthly.  I like to know what’s up and coming, even if I can’t afford to constantly update my wardrobe.  I’m usually pretty good at predicting trends and staying open to them, but this one threw me for a loop.

I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts as it is for comfort reasons – I’d much rather go the sun dress route.  But, I’m all for a nice pair of worn in cut offs every once and a while.  And I think they look great on a lot of other people (as long as there’s nothing hanging out).  I don’t think they ever really went away, and for good reasons.  But what I was expecting to see were more along the lines of this:

So you can imagine how surprised I was when I started seeing the type in the first picture everywhere.  It seems like people are taking “vintage” jeans – aka their mom’s old jeans – and transforming them into cut offs.  I guess it’s logical because there’s no worries about showing crack when you bend over, but I just have a really hard time finding this look appealing.  What do you guys think? Is this a look worth trying – that we might actually end up, gulp, liking?

[ 1st photo – look book ]

[ 2nd photo – Emily for Cupcakes and Cashmere ]

15 Seconds of Fame

June 4, 2011

I know I don’t normally do this, but I’m going a little bit more personal today, so bear with me.

Some of you may know that my husband was in the U.S. Army, and served a tour in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.  Some of you may also know that his deployment was the same deployment that Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington put together the film Restrepo, and their books War and Infidel.

Kris was in 3rd Platoon – 2nd Platoon was the “protagonist,” if you will.  So basically, Kris was part of everything going on, even though he didn’t make a recognized appearance in the film / books.  We didn’t expect to see him at all in the film – even though I think we were both kind of hoping he’d pop up somewhere.  We watched the film a few times, and didn’t see anything.  Then people started asking, “hey, is that you about 17 minutes in?”  So we did some research…

After comparing facial structure, eyebrows, ears, nose; looking through deployment pictures; and inspecting the weapon, we finally came to the conclusion that, yes, it is in fact him.  So there you have it folks – Mr. Paulson’s 15 seconds of fame!

On a bit of a more serious note – I am so incredibly proud to stand by that man’s side.  The grace with which he carries himself, after everything he’s been through, amazes me.  He is optimistic, driven, and has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know.  In fact, each and every one of these men (some very young, most kind of quirky) are the bravest, most beautiful people I’ve ever been acquainted with.  Please always remember what they (and everyone who has served) have done for us, and be thankful.

And, if you haven’t already done so, you really should check out the movie.  It’s a real eye opener.

[ photos – Time Hetherington for Restrepo ]

Who needs more shoe storage?

May 29, 2011

I do!  I was flipping through the May issue of Real Simple magazine and became instantly obsessed with a shoe ottoman that they featured on their trends worth trying page.

Lilly Pulitzer has a furniture line launching this summer and one of those pieces happens to be this magnificent “shoe pouf”.  It is the essence of everything girly.  It’s chic, classic, clean white exterior would look great in almost any room (especially my bedroom).  Of course any girly girl would know that the secret to a true gem is it’s lining.  So naturally, you open up the pouf to find a beautiful floral lining, along with slots to store up to 16 pairs of shoes  plus whatever other goodies you want to put in the center (like maybe some purses).  The price is a little steep ($599), but I have a feeling it’s totally worth it.

[ found – Real Simple May 2011 issue ]

The Human FishTank

May 28, 2011

I’m beginning to realize that I have a thing for bath tubs & bath time.  It’s funny because I was never really much of  a bath taking kind of person, but lately an evening bath plays a huge role in getting me to wind down at the end of a hectic day.  The folks over at Apartment Therapy shared this fantastic bath tub a few days back, and I’ve just been obsessed ever since I saw it.

It’s a cool concept, don’t you think?  Even though realistically it wouldn’t be very glamorous for anyone to actually use this, and keeping it clean would most likely prove to be rather challenging.

[ found – apartment therapy ]

Disney Magic

May 3, 2011

There is something so magical about everything Disney (yes, even their tweets).  Of course we all admire the Princesses, but even their evil villains are incredibly mesmerizing.  It seems that everything Disney-made is the perfect amount of dream and reality. While I’m not anywhere near a die-hard Disney fan, I still toy with the idea of dressing up as one of the villains for Halloween, and I also get the occasional itch to take a vacation to one of the theme parks.  Disney has always been one of my favorite brands (for lack of a better term), and I have to say that their new ad campaign is making me love them even more.

I know I say this all of the time, but seriously, how fantastic are these?  I saw them for the first time in a magazine and immediately proceeded to do some googling.  If you get the chance, I highly recommend googling Annie’s campaign for Disney.  There’s a bunch more besides the ones I shared, and they’re all equally enchanting.  Plus it’s fun to compare these modern snippits to the original scenes from our favorite Disney classics.

[ all photos – Annie Leibovitz for Disney Ad Campaign ]

happy place

April 24, 2011

I’d like to start by apologizing for being so out of touch for the past few weeks.  There’ve been some changes going on with mister KP and myself that have required lots of our time & energy.  Plus it’s been so dang dreary outside that I had pretty much zero motivation to do anything other than what absolutely had to be done.  Thus, the little down time I had (that wasn’t spent catching up on housework or homework) was spent on the couch with KP.  This coming week will probably be similar – especially seeing as we have a special visitor coming to stay with us for a long weekend (yay!).  In the mean time, let’s all take another mini mental vacation to another happy place.

[ photo – Rick’s tumblr ]

speaking of childhood dreams…

April 11, 2011

Remember a while ago I did a post on wanting to be a superhero?  (Click here if you missed it.)  It’s time for another confession – sometimes I wish I could be a mermaid.

When I was little I’d go swimming and move my legs together so it was like I had a mermaid tail while holding my breath as long as I could, hoping that eventually I’d turn into Ariel.  (Don’t kid yourself, you did it too.)  Sadly, as hard as I tried I always stayed human.  So you can imagine my excitement when the folks over at Incredible Things did a post on a prosthetic mermaid tail.

Amazing, right?  I have to admit I was sort of bummed when I realized I would never be able to experience this because it was a special made prosthetic.  But then I found the link to a previous post they did on custom made mermaid tails/outfits so that anyone – yep, even you adults – can experience a day in the life of a mermaid.  Dreamy.

[ 1st image / prosthetic info / mermagica info – incredible things ]

[ 2nd image – mermagica ]