Posted in Fashion Fridays

Fashion Friday: Feelin’ Fiona (Fine)

So I’m cheating a little bit on my “reaching out”/Link Ups for Lent series.   I found a link up for Thrift Style Thursdays, but there were a couple of problems for me.  First, it was a Thursday link up that clashed with the fact that I do fashion on Fridays.  That wasn’t such a big deal, because I figured I could use the prompt then link up the next day.  The second problem, and the (admittedly lazy) reason I chose not to formally link up, was because the link up’s rules involved sharing it on a Twitter account.

Confession time:  I don’t have a Twitter account.  Mostly, this is because I have a “dumb” phone (i.e., not a smartphone).  I love my phone, but it’s stuck in the past as far as cell phones go.  I do realize I can start an online Twitter account, and maybe I will one day, but I don’t really feel the need to do that just yet.

My solution was to use the Thrift Style Thursday prompts for my Friday inspiration, but not formally link up.

This Thursday’s link up prompt was “movie-inspired style”.  Honestly, that prompt couldn’t have been more perfect for my weekend plans!  There was a local production of Shrek the Musical here.  I’d seen it live a few years ago, and I enjoyed it enough that I wanted to share it with the hubby as an anniversary outing of sorts.*  Just for fun, I decided to give a little nod to Princess Fiona when I put together my sassy little outfit.

I combined elements from two different Fiona looks, as I love the combination of blue and green:


I’m not quite sure why I chose to do the ogre-version of Fiona in both these pictures.  She’s cute either way, though.  But ya know…true love’s form and all.  🙂

Here’s what I came up with:
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The breakdown:

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*blue sweater as a nod to her blue gown (Mossimo) //  *green dress as a nod to her green dress (Evan-Picone) // *green tights, not pictured (Merona)
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*heart necklace (??? gifted) looks similar to her blue gown necklace // *headband (Target) suggests silver crown worn with her blue gown // *earrings with dragonflies on them (local bead store), as I think of fireflies when I think of a swamp for some reason

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*hair in side braid, a modification of Fiona’s hairstyle

My favorite part, though?  My Shrek-inspired nails.

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*green=Sinful Colors “Happy Ending” // *lime green=Sinful Colors “Innocent” // *light blue=Sinful Colors “Cinderella” // gold=Sally Hansen Lustre Shine “Firefly”

I love how the intersecting dot motif turned out!  The pattern reminds me of a sludge, so that’s a nod to Shrek and the swamp.  The green nails should be self-explanatory if you’ve seen anything Shrek-related.  The ring finger accent nail matches Fiona’s blue gown look, and the gold part, besides looking beautiful with blue, reminds me of the color of Fiona’s hair.

Who knew an ogre could be such a style inspiration?  🙂

*So when we got to the box office, it turned out that it was sold out for the day.  I was pretty bummed about it, but when we got home, we found the Broadway recording on Netflix.  We decided to visit a friend who was on bed rest after suffering injuries in a car accident and we all watched the movie together on her big, comfy bed.  It was kinda like a slumber party.  We ate cupcakes and chocolate and chips & salsa and chatted so much during the whole thing that it ended up being more background noise than anything else.  It was absolutely wonderful.  🙂

To Having an Ogre-the-Top (in a good way) Weekend!

Violet

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Fashion Friday: It’s Never Too Late for Love

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is this thing on?

Hi Dear Readers!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  In fact, a little over half a year has passed since my last post!  Holy moly!  Well, no time like the present to get back into the groove, right?  I have to say that I fell in love with this blog over the months that I developed it.  So it’s never too late to rekindle it.  Mostly because blogs don’t judge you back or talk back to you, much like journals.

Anyhow, that’s not the real reason behind my title (though that was convenient, wasn’t it?).  This is a late Valentine’s Day outfit post.  Like many who shun or are not fans of the holiday, I agree that love shouldn’t be a one-day thing.  It should be an all-year thing.  As such, it’s not too late for Valentine’s Day outfits, because wearing outfits that make you feel fabulous shouldn’t just be a one-day thing.  Ignore the fact that this picture was taken on actual Valentine’s Day and that I’ve since been a bit too busy and lazy to wear anything too fancy since that day.  That needs to be remedied.  Starting tomorrow.

I really hesitated to go all-out passionate heart day outfit this year.  Don’t get me wrong; I love outfits that are well-suited for the day of love.  In fact, I recently put as a Facebook status that I wouldn’t mind dressing like it was Valentine’s Day every day of the year.  I love clothing in all iterations of Valentine’s Day:  hearts, red, lace, sexy, purple, pink, cute, feminine, girly, graphic tees with love birds or perfume bottles.  I soak that cheese up, because it just makes me smile when I wear it.  For some reason, though, I didn’t want to scream Valentine’s Day.  So this year, I decided to only have a tiny bit, by way of a rose at the waist:

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Oh, and you can’t really see it here, but my tights are also red (burgundy, actually).  I’m also pointing to my awesome Valentine’s Day present from the hubs in the second picture.  Have you guys ever heard of Origami Owl?  I’ve been singing their praises ever since I stumbled upon them at a convention.  I love them!  Anyhow, here’s a closeup of the chain and charm he got me:
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Isn’t it amazing?  He did all kinds of awesome for me that day, but seeing as this is a fashion post, I’m continuing on.

The day before Valentine’s Day, I held a “Gal”entine’s Day crafting night with a couple of my friends, and it was a blast.  I like any excuse to get together with my loved ones, so this was just the icing on the cake.  We had some yummy treats and great conversation, then made Valentines, Hershey kiss roses, and painted our nails.

For that occasion, I did a more subdued and casual Valentine’s Day look:  gray corduroys, red t-shirt, comfy and fuzzy cowlneck lavender sweater, and some red heart jewelry to top it off.  That outfit I didn’t actually get a picture of.  I did, however, get a shot of the nails that resulted from Galentine’s Day:

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Now’s usually the time in my post where I tell you what colors all the polish is, and also what brand all the components of my outfit are and/or where I bought them.  But seeing as it’s getting late and I’m slowly dipping my toe back into the blogging world (and also my hubby has been patiently waiting to use the computer), I’ll just leave it at this.

I’ll be back tomorrow, though!  How were your Valentine’s Days?  Did you do anything fun?  How did you dress?  Do you like to incorporate red?  Or do you celebrate Singles Awareness Day and wear all black?

Love, Hearts, Fluff, and Glitter (in the best possible ways!!!),
Violet

Posted in Ta-Da! Tuesdays

Ta-Da! Tuesday: Color Me Happy and the Definition of Fun

Crafting Projects I Want to Do:
48) Ombre Nails

&
38) Dictionary Shoes

Together, you get this!  🙂

Hi Readers!
As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been off the radar for a little while.  For two weeks, to be exact.  It’s been a stressful and busy time for me, but I’m hoping to start posting on a more regular basis now.
A couple of days ago, after a long string of exhausting days, I decided nothing would cheer me up more than seeing some bright, pretty colors.  I love colors with an almost-obsessive passion.  I’ve probably mentioned it before, but getting me Crayola crayons can pretty much guarantee a huge grin from me.  So naturally I looked to painting my nails so that smiles could literally come from the palm of my hand (okay, fine, the nails of my hand).  Originally I wanted to paint them a nice, bright, sunshiny yellow, but then on a particularly eventful Pinterest session I ran across this link and knew right then and there that I HAD to replicate it.
I actually couldn’t find the yellow I was originally looking for (Sinful Colors “Unicorn”, if you must know.  Being that I’m obsessed with unicorns, I thought colors plus unicorn was just the epitome of cheering up-dom.  Alas, it didn’t happen.), so I opted for turquoise since I had also been itching for a bluish color, and I’m so glad I did!  (Next on my list is a rich royal blue color.)  I already had some greens, so I decided to combine those three:

Sinful Colors Professional nail polish colors from left to right:
#944 “Innocent”, #946 “Happy Ending” (save comments from peanut gallery, please), #801 “Love Nails”.

You’ll also need a triangle makeup sponge, a small bowl of water, nail polish remover, and a paintbrush or cotton swab (or you can just stick tape around the nails if you don’t want to have to deal with the nail polish remover).

I don’t actually have any pictures of the process, but I just followed the instructions on the link.

Some pointers from me:
At first when I tried this, I was disappointed that it wasn’t working because the colors weren’t transferring to my nails.  In fact, it seemed the harder I dabbed the sponge on my nails, the more the color started coming off rather than going on.  Don’t despair!  Here’s how I finally got it to work:

1) Don’t let the color soak into the sponge.  The blog author was correct when she said you have to work fast.  If you can’t see a thick line of polish sitting ABOVE the sponge, then it has soaked in too much already.  You may have to put three or four coats on just to make sure.
2) Don’t dab too hard at first.  Dab lightly and quickly (I was able to hit all five of my nails on my hand without having to reload).  That will give the second coating round something to stick to.  Then dab lightly but repetitively (I had to dab each nail about five/six times).  As mentioned in the link, don’t worry about dabbing it in the exact same spot every time.  In fact, the more you dab it in slightly different spots, the more blended the effect is.  Trust me on this one.  🙂

Have fun, and if you try it, I would love to see pictures!  😀

Here are more pictures of how mine turned out:

Rings:  My own engagement ring and wedding band.  Beaded necklace:  Handmade gift from a friend.

I’m happy to report that my nails have done a wonderful job of cheering me up these last few days.  I catch myself looking down at them when I need a little pick me up.  In fact, I may or may not have spent 20 whole minutes yesterday just staring at them in wonderment and glee immediately upon waking up.  😉
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As for the dictionary shoes, if you know me well, you know me I love me some good words!  I’ve been wanting to post pictures of these for awhile, but aforementioned stressful and busy days left me no time to actually finish them.  Full disclosure?  I’m actually still not finished with them, but I am oh so close.  I’ll probably finish them tomorrow and update this post.  But I so desperately wanted to claim that I finished two awesome projects that I’ll just pretend they’re done.  If you could be so kind, please don’t take me out of my fake accomplished bubble just yet, okay?  🙂  Also, hubby gently asked me today how long it’s been since I crafted, and I sadly replied, “Too long.”  So he suggested I work on my dictionary shoes and I only too happily obliged, so I wanted to show something for him being so sweet to me.  So here’s a quick (I’m getting tired and running out of stamina) pictoral journal of my steps.  I’m really proud of these shoes because my husband actually remarked that they look professionally made and that I could probably make money making personalized ones for people and selling them.  It’s super duper rare that he shows a genuine interest in my crafts (he’s always supportive of them, but being a guy’s guy, it’s hard for him to get excited about frills and fluff), so that was a huge compliment to me.  Anyhow, if you want detailed instructions, the link I got it from is here.  In fact, if you’re looking to kill some time, I recommend checking out the rest of the blog.  I think it’s pretty awesome.  🙂

I have to do a special segment on the amazing dictionary that I cut the words out of.  I found it at an antique store on my birthday and my mother was kind enough to buy it for me.  Let’s take a closer look at this swoon-inducing (at least for the word-lovers and learning geeks among us) find, shall we?


(They did, for the record, also have Volume One.  It was a tough choice, but this one had more information on poetry, as you can see below, so this was the winner.)

And some entertaining pictures from the dictionary:

So Reagan was president when this book was published.  Oh, how so much has changed since then!  But now I feel old…a book published a year before I was born is at an ANTIQUES store?  I’m hardly antique-aged, thankyouverymuch.  Also, I just thought the fire hydrant dressed as a bald eagle for the Bicentennial was just too funny to not post.


Top to bottom:
1) $5 canvas shoes from Walmart.  Before you judge, I’m not usually one that frequents Walmart for personal reasons.  But I couldn’t justify buying expensive canvas shoes only to cover them up, so this was my solution.
2) My crude tracing of my shoe so I could start laying out words to see how they’d look.  (Looks a bit like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting now that I look at it closer.  Completely unintentional, but cool nonetheless.)
3) Some of the words I cut out.  I was very deliberate in which words I chose, careful to pick some of my favorite things.  Notable words that made the shoe list are unicorn, purple, eight (my favorite number), Pennsylvania Dutch (while I’m not PA Dutch, I’ve been in love with the designs they use on their art for as long as I can remember), contemplate (my favorite “smart-sounding” word), and constellation (which I originally chose because I love to look at constellations in the sky, but have consequently learned it also means “a group of similar thoughts or objects”!  Yay for learning new definitions from a dictionary!).
4) The first dictionary entry Mod Podged onto the shoe.  Yay, it’s working!
5) Mod Podging more words on top.
6) A view of the shoe after the Mod Podge dries.

So there you have it, a glimpse into the world of what cheers me up.  I’m pretty easy to please.  🙂
What about you guys?  What are some things that cheer you up when you’re feeling blue?  Let me know in the comments below!

To Enjoying Your Own Version of Bliss,