Monday, November 3, 2014

back to my roots

Hi there.  Me again.  Going back to my roots.  By which I mean, I should probably hit the salon for a touch-up on the bleach front, but I'm refusing to do so.  Partly because I don't feel like sitting there for hours while the chemicals burn into my scalp, but partly because, well, I kind of love my roots.  Am I crazy?  I feel a little bit Debbie Harry, a little bit Blonde Ambition.  I know, I look nothing like Madonna, and I most certainly am not a rock star.  But feeling like one occasionally is not such a bad thing, is it?

Excuse me while I indulge myself and show off my roots...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

tee time

Just to set the record straight, there is no shortage of t-shirts in my closet.  But graphic tees?  That's another matter.  I'm craving something slouchy and neutral (read: grey) with a unique and smart graphic printed on it.  So I scoured the web and found some that feel super personal, without me actually having to learn how to silk screen.  Plus, as a bonus, rather than buying from a superstore, you're supporting small businesses.  Like Zip-Dang in my hometown, responsible for the Great Lakes t-shirt above.

Check out these other great graphic tee finds...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

we can never be together


I can't believe it was only yesterday.  You're not the sort of dress I'm usually attracted to but I knew from the first moment there was something special between us.  I'm not even sure if you're a nightgown or an actual dress, but let's not confuse emotions with labels.  I grabbed you immediately and took you to a private space where we could get to know each other better.  You slipped on so easily and made me feel carefree and adventurous and cool.  Your pseudo-hippie imitation-Morocco vibe contrasted so weirdly with my platinum hair and red lipstick it was like we completed each other.  My heart started palpitating; my excitement mounted.  But then I noticed that itch.  Why were you so rough with me?  And for that matter, why did you feel so... icky?  I was compelled to check your label, where I saw that while your soul is made of linen and gauzy cotton, they got it wrong in the factory and made you of 100% polyester.  They destroyed your essence.  I'm sorry, but it was a deal breaker for me.  I put you back on the rack and cried a little tear for what could have been.  I'm sure someone less sensitive will pick you up and you will have a fin time with her.  I wish you the best.

Ps - tell your makers at Oysho that they royally screwed this one, and that the next time they come up with a design that screams 100% cotton at them, they should probably just make it from 100% cotton.

Monday, May 19, 2014

white nights

It's getting warmer and warmer, time to switch out the winter sweaters, coats, and boots for tank tops,  linen t-shirts, and sandals.  I love that.  Also time to bust out the summer pajamas, or treat yourself to a new little nightie.  I'm craving something light and airy and white with a touch of embroidery.  Like these little beauties from  Zara Home.  That's right folks, Zara Home.  Did you even know they did lounge clothes?  Well they do, and they do them damn well.

Have you made the switch to summer pjs and clothing yet?  Do you treat yourself to a little something when the seasons change?

Monday, April 21, 2014


What.  I'm sorry, are you the boots I didn't even know I needed but now I can think of nothing else?  Yeah, I thought so.  A true hybrid, these little ankle booties are part western, part victorian lace-up, part moto, part dessert, part dainty and part bad-ass.  I think I'm in love.

The Esquina booties from Freebird by Steven.  Have I been under a rock that I'd never heard of this Freebird line before?  Some really good stuff here.  Oh, and these come in distressed bleach-splattered black too...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

goat & gramp

I mentioned the other day that much of my recent absence has been due to a soon-to-be-unveiled project I've been working on... Well, ta-daa! Welcome to the unveiling!  I present to you:  Goat & Gramp.  You guys are some of the first to see the beloved beast that has been eating all my time of late, a project very close to my heart because, well, it's all about shopping.  Not the kind of fast-paced gimme-now shopping that we so often succumb to for a quick fix (no judgement here, we all need instant gratification once in a while), but the slower, more thoughtful treasure-hunting kind, where you carefully seek out just the right piece for you and take the time to get to know the process and the people behind its creation.  This can sometimes get lost in our fast-paced world, and in the vast sea of information that is today's internet, it can be hard to connect with the smaller companies that are run by the makers themselves.

More on Goat & Gramp...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

still alive

I swear it, I am still alive.  I'm super busy working on a project that I hope to be sharing with you guys soon (so excited!), and I can only spend so many hours in front of the computer before my eyeballs start bleeding, so the blog has taken a bit of a back seat lately.  But I am alive and well, truly.  And if you need proof, follow me on Instagram, where I have finally set up an account and am chronicling life's little pleasures in a less wordy way.  See you over there?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

valerie june

Start off the day with a beautiful song:

Somebody to Love by Valerie June on Grooveshark

Isn't that lovely?  It's from Valerie June, off her new album Pushin' Against a Stone, and I can't stop listening to it.  The album as a whole is pretty eclectic, running from blues to pop to early country to r&b and back over to the Appalachian mountains, but her beautiful, strange, old time-y voice has me totally hooked.

A little bit more...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

slow detox

The other day I mentioned I'm on a bit of a health kick; that includes good exercise, good eating, and also, a little bit of detoxifying life in general.   You know, all those sneaky toxins that you never really pay any attention to, like the ones in cleaning products, nail polish, and yes, deodorant.  It's actually a little scary once you start looking into it.

What to do about it...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

lunar elements

In the last few months of 2013, fitness had sort of fallen away as a priority for me.  And that would be ok (I don't mind being a wee bit softer and rounder for a time) except that not exercising actually makes me anxious.  And that's not ok.  So in this wonderful new year, I'm trying to find ways to fit fitness (ha ha) into my new routines and habits. This means cutting back a bit from where I used to be, but I'm realizing, it doesn't have to be so all or nothing.  I can just do a little bit, every day; it's all about balance.

Here's what I'm doing...