Friday, August 5, 2011

Hanging Up the Tripod

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. True wisdom of life is the elimination of nonessentials. -Lin Yutang (Chinese writer and inventor)

 Blouse: JCPenny, Tank: Old Navy, Bracelets: Charlotte Russe, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Payless

Because I recognize the truth and importance of the above quote, this will be the last post on this blog. I have discovered there is much that is not getting done in my life and much that receives "a false transcendence...[and] are very much of this world" (The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis). The latter, unfortunately, includes this blog.

This blog has very much opened my eyes to new opportunities within my wardrobe and encouraged me to get dressed everyday, but as a new and ambitious mom, I realize that my goal to be a non-model fashion blogger will have to be put on hold. I never expected to start a style blog, and I never expected to end it so quickly.

 I am sad about this necessity, but it is the right thing to do.

Two real tragedies of this whole thing going down: (1) I still have so many ideas for the blog, and they will not happen in the near future. Sad. I was going to do a "Not a Model Because...I Am My Own Photographer; I Enjoy Eating; I Do My Own Hair/Make-Up." It was gonna be awesome! (2) I just made my little Rachel [bow] The Producer signature and I really love it!

Getting to share with and know you all better has been completely my pleasure, I have grown leaps and bounds and hope to continue to do so as my life and style matures and progresses. Thanks for playing with me and helping me develop my non-modeling ways!

I don't intend to abandon blogging altogether or to never post about style and fashion again, it will just be limited to my other blog wherein I talk about my family, myself, and The Super Model's open adoption. Please drop by and we can continue to share in each others' lives! God bless!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sad Photo, Happy Scarf

Remember that scarf I found for 4.99 on Amazon. Well I splurged and bought one! This one:

Sorry about the one blurry picture. For some reason my minimal effort into my outfit/photoshoot/make-up/hair did not result in outstanding pictures. But I really wanted to show you my scarf!

And I realize this outfit is all wrong for summer, but someone keeps forgetting razors at the store and is not going to use her partially rusted one again. It's not worth it. And the scarf, well, it was less than $5, which is in season every season!

I have pulled out a couple loose strings from the scarf, but the purple is brighter than I thought it would be, which is great. Totally worth the $4.99 I spent on it! I think I'll be getting the yellow and black one next month. Definitely recommend this scarf if you're looking for one. A steal of a deal!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pardon My Indulging

Unlike many girls (not all because there are so many like me), I do not feel comfortable shopping for...well, anything really. But especially clothes.

Ya know when you watch What Not to Wear (I know you do), and you see those women panicking about the price of the clothes they're purchasing (a.k.a. sticker shock)? That starts to happen to me once I hit anything more than $15 for a pair of new pants, $7 for a new shirt, or $10 for a new pair of shoes. Seriously.

So, as you can imagine, finding clothes that fit those ridiculous price limits and that fit my pear-shaped body, especially jeans, is pretty impossible. And super frustrating.

Simply put, shopping and I have never really been good friends, which is why my amazing Stage Manager supports, and encourages me, to spend money on myself. Especially when it comes to clothes. Even still, we're on a budget, so what's a girl to do?

Which, very long-windedly, gets me to my point. Here are some things that I've been eying, but probably will not actually get, because I'm (as I said before), ridiculous when it comes to spending money on myself. However, listing them out is good therapy for me, it's like window shopping without the parking. And who knows, maybe someday I'll get the nerve to get some of these great finds!

Amazon for $13.99
1. I know it's "out of season" because square scarfs are apparently only for the fall, but c'mon! 
Purple + Scarf + Square + Plaid + Tassels = Something completely missing from my wardrobe. LOVE IT!

2. On my way to find the above scarf, which I've been eying for a while, I found these lovelies:
 Amazon for $4.99 each

Yeah, you read that right. These scarves, along with all their other colorful buddies, are only $4.99! I'm thinking I'll get one today, just to see if I like it, and then buy out Amazon if it's as amazing as I'm hoping it is. The dilemma: which color?? I think there is one sale option that gives you the green, tan, red, and black ones for only $4.99...jackpot! (Although, I'll probably get one of the ones I pictured above to start...any thoughts?)

3. Lastly, you guys know that I have been into the casual skirt recently, but I want a way to distinguish between everyday skirt looks and Sunday Best. So far, I have discovered 3 things that have helped me do that: hair styles (i.e. ponytail), t-shirts (a no-no for me on Sundays), and shoes (i.e. flip-flops). When I saw these shoes at Payless, I knew they would be perfect for the shoe effort.
Payless for $19.99

In the store I also saw them in gray, which was my preference, but they were too much, and so I didn't get them. Now the gray ones aren't on the website and it makes me so sad! These tan ones are cute though, so I'll deal. 

Thanks for indulging my Wednesday Window Shopping, which may or may not become a regular thing around here. Any cool things been catching your eye recently?

Oh, a shout out to my newest follower! Hi Stacy, and welcome to our happy group of non-models!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Look Ma, No Hands!

 The outfit is not important, check out that accessory--which I made!

Moby Wrap: $39.95
Homemade Wrap: $9.46
A Sewing Project with a Friend that Didn't Go Terribly Wrong: priceless

There are some things money can't buy, for everything else, there's your sewing machine...or a friend who has a sewing machine that will be patient and help you sew something a child could do.

Seriously, I am no sewer, all we did was buy two yards of knit fabric (super cute, right?), cut it into thirds making 2 foot strips, sew them together, and then wrap it up like a Moby.

And guess who saved $20? This non-model! It was a lot of fun, too, and we had a great time making it! Thanks Lauren!

And the Super Model looks pretty proud and happy, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

El Gusto es Mio


Top: Target, Undershirt: Shade, Necklace: Kohl's, Skirt: Thrifted, Bracelets: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Payless

I thought I would take this time to say hello to my newest follower: Hello, Laura, and welcome! And thank you to the other 12 of you, and those who don't follow but do read and/or comment. It's a pleasure (or el gusto es mio in of the few phrases I remember from my years of study) to have so many non-models conversing in one place.

I admit that I'm always excited to get more followers, but I also admit even if no one followed this blog I would still keep doing it. Why? Because the purpose of this blog was never to win a popularity contest, it was to explore my wardrobe and find what works for me. And it has done that very well so far. So ya know what, Congratulations Blog! Thank you for helping me transition from Not the Modeling Type to Modeling Anyway! Definitely a big step and I couldn't have done it without you...probably.

Question of the day: does my shirt match? I'm not sure that it does, but it was the best I could find that wasn't a sweater. Someday I need to explore the mixing of patterns, like this, but that day is not today. I wouldn't even know where to begin. Any suggestions?

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