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December 18, 2009

Get The Look: Playtime

Look 8: Playtime
Busting out a really old shot that’s still one of my favorites.  It always makes me smile!  I call this shot “Keepaway!”, and it was originally shot to submit to a calendar that was supposed to benefit an animal shelter in Georgia.  The project fell through, unfortunately, but we still got some way cute stuff out of it all 🙂  The dog in the shot is my beautiful supermutt, Trixie, who I’ve blogged about before.

Shoot Results:

The Look:

Get It:

Photo Credit: Carlos Alvarez

Please note that the above listed products were chosen by me without payment or endorsement requests from the sellers.

Look 5: Bright Tights
This look is a lot of fun 🙂 The shoot, which the photographer has called “Industrial Living Room” was taken at his workplace, and was just full of good times!  Krystyn, the MUA, rocked it.  I will only be noting what I’m wearing, and not picking up any of the other clothing items featured in the shoot.  For this shoot, we wanted bright but simple, and fashionable.

Shoot Results:

The Look:

Get It:

Photo Credit: Aldo Risolvo Photography, Krystyn J MUA

December 15, 2009

Thanks AlphaInventions!

Months ago, if not longer than that, I had gotten a bunch of hits from this site,  It’s kinda this automatic blogreel that scrolls thru blogs (and allows users to submit their own blogs).  I’m not quite sure how it works, but for some reason (likely my almost daily updates) I’ve been getting more hits from them lately.  So I just wanted to send a quick thanks to the AlphaInventions folks for doing what they do and sharing my blog with others 🙂

More great updates coming this week, including a special holiday edition of my Everyday Style series! 🙂

November 18, 2009

Bit distracted today…

Not quite able to put together an “everyday style” blog for today.  It’s frigid in the office, I’ve got a lot of work to do, and my mind’s racing a mile a minute worrying about a friend who’s going through a tough time, trying to figure out what “fly & flashy” dress style means, and thinking about hubby, who’s on his way back home after a long week away.

Perhaps I’ll blog tomorrow about what I’m planning on wearing out this weekend.  I haven’t yet done that, and I’ve recently been trying to not just wear the same thing I wear out every time (skinny jeans, black tank, black boots). Or I’ll work on that now and maybe get something together by the end of the day.

Quick shout out to my husband, who’s pretty much home, but has to go by the shop and unload the racecar.  He and his dad left last Wednesday morning and drove all the way from Chicago to Cali, skirting the mountains by driving the long way through AZ, towing the company racecar.  Hubby had his championship race this past weekend, and was set to race against the west coast’s class champion (he won his class on the east coast).  His motor blew on Saturday during the practice round, and he was unable to repair the motor or find a replacement.  So he was out of the championship race.  He did, however, make the best of the trip and worked on making more contacts and schmoozed with the folks that were there.  Hopefully some good came out of it.  He’s been working really hard lately, and did really well this race season.  I’m very proud of him!

July 13, 2009


I’m in a bad mood today.

June 18, 2009

Every so often I do something so idiotic…

that it makes my own head hurt.

Tonight for example.  I opted to throw a load of darks in, a load of lights in, and a second, much smaller load of darks in when I noticed I forgot some stuff.

So, my third load of laundry consisted of my black blazer, black maxi dress, a few random pairs of the other half’s black undies, my own black undies, and a couple black t-shirts.  At the last minute I threw a dark pink hoodie in.  A brand new dark pink hoodie.

And upon removing everything from the washer, I subsequently realized that new dark pink hoodie in a washer full of black stuff was a bad idea.

A stupidly bad idea.

Everything I washed is covered in dark pink fuzz.

I’m a tard sometimes…

June 12, 2009

Wedding Weekend: Looks

For those who aren’t aware, I’m getting married in 8 days 😀 June 20!  Yay! So, of course, I’m planning very special outfits for the whole weekend.  And to keep myself organized (and entertained at work a little) I’ve decided to put together looks, similar to how they do in some magazines, for the weekend’s outfits.  I tried to use as much of the actual outfits I’ve got as possible, but it didn’t always work out.

Rehearsal Dinner
I wanted to look special, but not too dressy.  I fell in love with the dress when I found it and knew it was perfect–easy to dress up or dress down.   I wanted this outfit to sort of have my own flair to it though.  I think it works really well all put together, and isn’t too dressy or too casual.  It doesn’t scream “I’m the bride!” but I didn’t really want it too.

The dress I bought was an off-season one I found at TJMaxx.  It’s Calvin Klein, and is actually the one I shot in with Mariah Carle, pictured in the previous post.  Frustratingly enough, there wasn’t a single dress similar to it anywhere online (that I was able to find), so I had to substitute something of similar color and general shape.  It works to get an idea of the look.  Everything else is pretty much spot on, minus the fact that I need to find myself a cute shrunken blazer to go over the dress.  That’s my task tonight (along with getting flip-flops for our groomsmen and ushers).

The Look
Calvin Klein gold pleated A-line dress.  Black Wild Diva gladiator heels. Kathy VanZeeland motorcycle purse.  Belt & earrings from Express.

Rehearsal Dinner Outfit

Day-After Brunch/Afternoon at the Racetrack
The day after the wedding my grandma is hosting a brunch, and then the other half has a race (which I’ll be attending after the brunch).  So I wanted something fun, easy to layer up or down, and pretty.  I wanted it to say “I’m ready to relax and have fun” without being frumpy, boring, or too everyday.  Perfect opportunity for the maxi dress!  I opted for a solid one and went with some fun accessories.  My favorite one is the big bag I found, which will be great for a book, some extra layers (like my jean jacket), a bottle of water, and any other necessities I might need that day.  There’s definitely  more to this outfit than the rehearsal dinner one LOL!

This one was a bit easier to find things similar to what I had.  The dress (also found at TJMaxx) is solid green instead of patterned, but looks pretty much the same.  The bag I’ve got is way cute, because instead of just being plain straw, it’s got multi-colored strands woven in it, which tie in great to the colors of the scarf (which my friend Lonni spotted for me last night–good eye Lon!–I had something else before that oh-so-perfect one).  I’ve got pretty dangly silver and shell earrings to wear, and a cute fitted cardigan in case it’s just a little chilly out. I went with flats in case my feet hurt from dancing all night 😉  And a roll-up straw visor in case it’s really sunny.

The Look
Green Max Studio maxi dress.  White V-neck cardigan from H&M.  Denim jacket, also Max Studio.  Gladiator sandals by A.N.A.  Rosetti hobo tote.  Butterfly scarf from Charlotte Russe.  Aviator shades from Express.  Earrings from Target (I think–they’re old).  Roll-up visor from Target.

Brunch Outfit

So those are the planned outfits for the weekend.  Minus, of course, the wedding ensemble 😉 That’s kinda top secret until afterwards though.  Not sure if the other half reads this or not haha!

February 18, 2009

Chicago Auto Show: First Look For Charity

A friend of mine contacted me the afternoon before the Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity event.  Her family had 2 extra tickets, and she wanted to know if my fiance and I wanted to go.

Duh! 😀

For those who don’t know, it’s a black tie required event, for charity, of course.  It takes place the Thursday before the Chicago Auto Show opens.

Somehow, I managed to wrangle a tux for my other half, and we went 😀  Quite exciting, as we’re both car buffs, and the Auto Show has been a tradition for us over the past few years (ok, 9 years now–we’ve only missed one show).

It was, as expected, a really fun time.  In addition to there being free drinks and free (really awesome) food, there were no crowds.  And, as always, the time with my friend and her other half was quite good.  Despite an unfortunate (but minor) champagne mishap 😉 LOL!

So, here’s a couple pics 🙂

Me, with the Camaro and Bumblebee 🙂  Transformers FTW!

The other half and I in front of the GTR.  Rawr!

For those interested in more info on the First Look for Charity, go here 🙂

February 10, 2009

The Mutt: Results

We got our DNA test results back. Before I get to the results, let me explain the levels of matching.  There’s 5 levels.  A level 1 means there’s over 75% of the specific breed’s DNA in the dog.  Level 2 means there’s between 34 and 74% of the DNA in the dog.  Level 3, 20 to 36%.  Level 4, 10 to 19%.  And level 5, less than 10% of the dog’s DNA.  They can’t give you any more info other than that, and list breeds in alphabetical order.

Now, a little info about the little one. Aside from the picture (below), she’s about 30lbs and built pretty solidly. She certainly doesn’t look 30lbs.  She has a mohawk, and crazy toe fur.  She’s about 16″ high at the shoulder, and she’s just a darn pretty little thing:


Anyway, she’s got 3 Level 3 matches, and 2 Level 4’s.  No Level 1’s or Level 2’s.  She’s definitely not an American Eskimo-Shiba Inu mix, like I’d thought.  Shockingly.

Her Level 3 matches:

Airedale Terrier

Chow Chow


Wait wait.  Don’t laugh yet!

Her Level 4 matches:

Border Collie

Italian Greyhound

Ok, now you can laugh!

So that’s what our little petri-dish mutt is. According to DNA at least.  She definitely has some of the traits of those breeds.  I definitely see terrier (the Airdale, I guess) in some of her mannerisms, and she’s got the Border Collie smarts.  She’s independent, but eager to please, and friendly, but we think she’d be protective if need be.  So I think, somehow, it’s a correct assessment.  There might be something else in her, that the test wasn’t able to pick up on (a breed they don’t have ID’d yet), but that’s what we’ve got.  And we love her to bits no matter what she is!

I’m working on coming up with a clever-sounding, stupidly ridiculous name of some sort.  Like “Goldendoodle” or “Yorkiepoo” or one of those retarded-sounding “designer dog” names. Airechowaraner Borderhound, perhaps?

(Newsflash for those who don’t know… those silly sounding “breeds” that pet stores advertise as the latest and greatest?  They’re not breeds, there’s no breeding standards for those dogs, no guarentees as to what you’ll get, and they’re just as mutty as my little dog.  Certainly not worth the $2,000+ some pet stores charge, when you can go to your local shelter and pick one up for a fraction of the price.)

It’ll certainly be interesting when I bring her certificate into the vet with her annual checkup this summer 🙂

Breed photos above courtesy of

January 4, 2009

What is that puppy in the window?

So we did it.  We bought a dog DNA test kit.

For those who don’t know, my fiance and I adopted a mutt back in July 2005.  She’s around 4 years old now, is the cutest, sweetest, most well-behaved dog, and we have no idea what in the world she is.  And as much fun as playing “what’s Trixie” is, we’ve decided it would be nice to know for sure.

So, after a bit of research and searching online, I found one on Amazon, which was awesome because I had a $25 giftcard to Amazon 🙂  So we got it!

We bought, after checking the manufacturer’s website to make sure our suspected breeds were all on the list, the BioPet DNA Breed Test Kit.  And with my giftcard and free shipping, it was just over $27.  Not too bad.  It should ship January 8th, which is this upcoming Thursday.  So we will hopefully know what our little pooch is by February… which will be great because hopefully that will answer some questions I’ve got about her health (present issues and future ones alike), and her personality.

Here’s her picture:

What a face, huh? 🙂  You can’t really see her body or anything there, but she’s got normal dog legs (not short ones like a Corgi, which is what a lot of people guess she is) and is built very solidly.  She’s only about 20″ or so at the shoulder, but weighs about 30lbs, despite looking like she’d be a lot lighter.

My guess is that she’s American Eskimo and Shiba Inu.  Here are pics of the two breeds:


From my research, the American Eskimo does come in a bone color, which is a creamy color, and the Shiba Inu has a variety of colors, a couple of which are similar to the colors and markings Trixie has (no mohawk though LOL).  And as you can see, the face of the Eskie and Trixie’s face are nearly identical.  Both dogs are similar in size to her, and Shibas yodel, which Trixie does as well.  The other suspect breeds are the Pomeranian and the Papillon, but they are both small dogs, and the Pap’s markings and colors aren’t anything like those Trixie has.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what results, if any we get once it’s all said and done.  I’ll update 🙂

The above photos of the American Eskimo and Shiba Inu courtesy of

November 19, 2008



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