Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Friday, October 11, 2013

{this moment}: the day of the girl

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Mommy's little helper


While Charlie and I had fun picking through clearance items at Target, around the world other girls are not leading nearly such charmed lives. That's why it's important for events like today, the International Day of the Girl Child. If you haven't yet, please take the time to watch Jon Stewart's interview with Malala Yousafzai. HuffPo has a great article by a woman who was sold as a child to her adopted mother on the street. You can also learn more about the day here. You can read more about non-profits that support girls' education like the Malala Fund and 10x10 (I wrote more about them in March when I saw the film Girl Rising).

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

{39}: behold the lord high executioner

Junior choir practice for "The Mikado." The director is tough as nails and fantastic.

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013."

On the Range
September 24 - 30, 2013


{On the Range} is my weekly series where I discuss what we're doing, reading, and eating. It's a little bit 52 project and other photo projects, and a little bit {Did you Read?} and {In the Ranger Kitchen}.
My week...

  • Thanks to junior choir practice, I now sing this song in my head all the livelong day.
  • I accompanied my friend to the mall to provide support while she checked out some watches. It had been so long since I've been in a mall. After that trip, I now crave these welly socks that I spotted in Nordstrom.
  • Our 9th anniversary is tomorrow! I do believe nine years is a pair of welly socks. {hint, hint}


Media

  • Anna Gunn wrote an excellent NY Times op-ed discussing what the "I hate Skyler White" vitriol could mean about our culture (spoiler: it ain't good).
  • I enjoyed this New Yorker article arguing against holding back younger kids. A main point of the article is that research with the younger kids suggests, "in striving to catch up with their peers, they ended up surpassing them."
  • Here's another New Yorker article suggesting Middlemarch is a good story to weave into an episode of Girls. I can't wait to see if she does.
  • Thanks to my friend Emily for sharing this article giving positive ways to encourage your kids to take turns on their own terms. Building patience muscles is hard but important work.
  • I am intrigued by Popular Science's decision to stop website commenting (thanks for sharing, Noe!). I think NPR should consider doing the same.
  • I know I'm late to the party, but I would like to know where they got this dress for Marnie.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

alter egos

In the twenty years since I first got prescription eyeglasses, I've owned about six pairs of glasses. They have always been a back-up to my contact lenses, as I prefer not wearing glasses. Partly it's that I've only had one pair I thought looked good on me (very expensive and broke about a year into owning them when I stupidly put them in my luggage instead of carry-on), and partly it's that I dislike the feeling of having glasses on my face. I am so nearly blind that when wearing glasses, my peripheral vision is a blur. Plus, I love to exercise and can never quite get used to the bouncy feeling of running with glasses.

HOWEVER, I definitely need to own glasses. Back to that part about being blind. Without my contacts or glasses, I can't even tell when entering my bedroom if it's my husband in bed or a stranger with similar build and dark hair. My current glasses have been around since my last pair broke in 2005, so I figure it's about time to replace them. (Side note: it was my eye doctor who had to point out that one of my nose pieces was missing. I'm so blind without my glasses on that I didn't notice!)

The hard part is that I HATE shopping. And for the most part, I HATE the way I look in glasses.  The only specs of remaining motivation (get it? Specs! Ha) are that Nate likes the way glasses look on me and that I've been wanting to try out a new way to shop for glasses. Recently I've been hearing success stories from friends who have used online companies. I selected a company at random to try...basically I just like their name, Rivet & Sway [N.B.: They are not paying me for this endorsement.]

Rivet & Sway asked me a few questions (via an online survey) about the shape of my face and then requested a headshot of me before then sending me three pairs of glasses in the mail to try. For FREE! It only took about two days after I submitted my selections, and I was so super duper excited to get their box in the mail.

Sidenote: the box is so cute! I appreciate they mention an attempt to be eco-conscious by reusing the materials, since the postal waste was one of the hurdles in trying this process in the first place.

I took their advice and made sure my hair and makeup looked normal (erhm, not sweaty) prior to trying them on. Any luck? Well, sort of. As I suspected, I am not certain I have a winner out of these three. But I am betting it's a normal part of the process. Now I know which of the three I like, and I am hoping if I give them that feedback, the next group of three will have the winner. Before I send them back, I thought it'd be good to get your opinions. I had to take pictures of myself to send them the feedback, and it was the most challenging part of the process for me. "Selfies" ain't really my thang.

But anyway, do let me know what you think. Sigh. Here you go...

#1: Tusk (these seem crooked to me, otherwise I like them)


#2: Faster Pussycat (meh, just ok. They are growing on me, but a little too retro with the raised sides)


#3: Luna Lovegood (this is the name I gave them. Giant round eyeballs, anyone?)


Friday, June 15, 2012

wardrobing 101: {guest post}

Hey y'all,
I don't think I needed to tell you this post is by a guest because you've likely heard by now that I am completely without fashion sense. I either missed the gene or the boat, but either way the proverbial ship has sailed, so I rely heavily on the advice of others. Enter the fabulous, sage wisdom of my blogger friend Sheri. If you haven't seen her other guest post on recession-era gardening, you should check it out; it's one of the most popular posts ever. Also be sure to read through to the bottom of this post so you can check out her bio and a link to her blog.
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Why is getting dressed so complicated? Even for women who work in a traditional office setting, there are still nights and weekends to contend with. And for those of us who work from home (either part-time or full-time), “casual” can easily slip into “I’ve given up.”

I’ve been self-employed for 10 years now, running my own landscape design firm from home. When I’m on a job site, my outfit consists of a t-shirt, cargo pants and gardening clogs. Easy. But what about the rest of my week? I have 3 kids –ages 21, 15 and 3 - and my “typical” week consists of working from home (on garden plans or my blog), meeting with clients, playground adventures, and the occasional lunch with friends.

On most days I wake up at 6am and am dressed and ready for the day by 8. My goal – as often as possible – is to NOT have to change clothes during the day. Which means that I have to look pulled together, be prepared for any number of scenarios, and of course – be comfortable.  As I am also of “a certain age”, I’ve been getting dressed for a long time and have pretty much honed my wardrobing down to a science.

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