Monthly Archives: February 2014

When You Mix, You Match

I love mixing highs and lows in fashion. I really think it is the formula for a great aesthetic. It’s the unexpected that catches the eye. Varying styles, textures and fabrics, color combinations, new and vintage…when you mix, you match.

Today, I have an army green utilitarian jacket paired with a feminine lace top; some vintage and new accessories with new boots.

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Army green jacket from Old Navy, lace top from an online store whose name escapes me, black skinny jeans from H&M, boots from Free People, vintage leather backback, jade necklace and cameo brooch were my Grandma’s, and the arrow head looking necklace is from Dillard’s.

See how else I wore this lace top!

Vintage Sequin Jacket-Round 2

I told you I had a thing for vintage sequin jackets! I just can’t help myself. This one was found at Parasol Vintage on Etsy. I knew I had to snatch it up before someone else did first. ;)

I think what drew me in most were the colors. I instantly imagined endless possibilities. Here’s one of the many options I’ve come up with:

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Sequin jacket found here on Etsy. Bazaar tee from Dillard’s about 3 or 4 years ago. Anthropologie necklace from last year. Big Star jeans-major score…ready? You may have to take a seat for this one…are you sitting? Ok, good. They. were. $5. I know. I thought it was a pricing error, but hey, those unbelieveable discount prices are out there! You just have to hunt a little! ;)

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Be sure to keep a lookout in the future for my other sequin jacket combos! ;)

Vintage Fur Cape + Neon

This vintage fur cape is one that I found hidden in my parents’ house last year. My great Grandmother worked for a furrier, so my Mom had these inherited furs backstocked! I told her not to worry, I’d put them to good use. ;)

I think this cape is my favorite of the few that I recovered. It’s just so posh, and elegant looking, isn’t it? When I put it on, I feel like I should be transported back into the 1930’s wearing a long, beautiful beaded gown and shiny gold, perfectly waved hair. Topped with some fire engine red lips. But I digress…I, myself in the second decade of the 2000’s, have paired it with an ivory dress by Jessica Simpson (also one I love to wear in the summer-like in this post), and some neon green accessories. For our fashion era, I think it looks just right.

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Jessica Simpson dress, Vintage fur cape, clutch from H&M, neon gloves (took from mom!), Jessica Simpson slouch booties from DSW, earrings were like 2 bucks from Target.

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 14

Welcome to the last post of my 14 Days of Valentine ideas series!  Thanks for sticking around! :)

With Valentine’s Day usually comes a snow storm-at least here in Cleveland.  Luckily, today we’ve only had a few flakes. And of course for the holiday you wouldn’t mind getting dressed up to go to dinner and have a good time…but then comes the question…”How do I look cute and stay warm”!?  Because let’s face it folks, I’m pretty sure with these negative degree temperatures we’ve been experiencing, most of us wouldn’t mind curling up in our sweats, a scarf, a hat…maybe some gloves and even a blanket.   And that’s not even to go outside. :[]  Have no fear, Callie is here!  Looking cute, and staying warm is only a few layers away.  That is the key: layers.  Pile ’em on and you’ll be fine.

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lipsclose2Is this not the cutest dress?  It’s BCBGeneration from a few years ago.  I love the lip print and how it’s very subtle.  Definitely not too obnoxious.  And yes, it is more of a summer dress–but who says you can’t wear your spring and summer dresses in the winter??  You just need those layers! ;)

 

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What are the layers?  I started with a long sleeve white tee.  Long sleeve tees are an absolute must in my winter wardrobe.  All colors, and many of them.  I wear a long sleeve tee every day, under just about everything.  It really adds warmth.  Next, the pleated skirt (Target, last year) in this mauve color to add a layer under the lighter summer dress.  The color also helps bring out the subtle lip print.  I then added a cropped blazer from H&M a few years ago.  And of course, a pair of tights-because to go bare legged in the winter is not the best idea if you don’t want to wake up with an awful cold.

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Wedge booties from DSW about 3 or 4 years ago.  Glass heart necklace was a gift from my parents when I was single digit young.

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Sparkly belt is from Anthropologie.  One of my favorites, for sure.  The blush gems bring out the lips in the dress just enough.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my 14 Days of Valentine series!  I had a lot of fun coming up with some new ideas, and reserecting some old ones.  Stay tuned for some more regular posts, and also a few involving Mardi Gras! ;)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 13

Have an old tee or cardi in your throw away pile?  WAIT! Don’t toss it yet!   Transform it instead!!  That’s what I did for this DIY Valentine idea.  I was prepared to throw away this coral colored cardigan but instead decided to make it into a Valentine’s day number.

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-What you’ll need-

old tee or sweater

felt squares ( about .35 per square at fabric or craft stores).

scissors

fabric glue or needle and thread (optional as to how you’d like to adhere the hearts).

Cut out your hearts from the felt square.  Lay tee or sweater flat on a surface.  If using glue, make sure you have a thick piece of paper or cardboard to protect the inside of your garment and to make sure the glue doesn’t seep through.  Place the hearts where you’d like them, pin if you’d like to make sure you keep them in place until you’re ready to adhere them.  Glue or stitch in place!

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14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 12

A sweet for your Sweet! This one is tooo simple, but sure to be appreciated by the special someone in your life.  Who doesn’t like to get a bag full of their favorite cookies?!  Uh, no one!

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Take a visit to your beloved’s favorite bakery, or bake them their all time favorite cookie and just like the popcorn post, put them in a cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon bow and if you’d like, a hang tag with a cute little phrase like ‘A sweet for my Sweet”!

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You could also use these as party favors-with a ‘So Sweet of You to Stop By!’ tag, or add them to a cute Valentine’s day gift basket!

Stop back tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day fashion idea! :)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 11

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Day 11 brings you another yummy idea-Heart shaped french toast! It will make your sweetheart’s heart melt, and hopefully their mouth too! :d  For this recipe, I stuffed the French toast with strawberries and chocolate chips.  Use what your heart desires! (no pun intended)  I’ve also seen strawberries and nutella! Yum :d  I’ve tried blueberries and cream cheese too-which is very tasty as well.

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-What you’ll need-

Bread

Milk

Eggs

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Strawberries

Chocolate chips

Prep:

Mix your French toast mixture together (eggs, milk-add cinnamon if you please!)
Thinly slice some strawberries.
Use the cookie cutter to cut the bread into heart shapes.

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Soak one piece in the mixture, throw on the skillet and immediately spread sliced strawberries and chocolate chips on the bread. Soak second piece and place on top of the first to make a sandwich.
Cook until chocolate chips start to melt and bread is slightly browned on both sides.

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Serve with some coffee and OJ!! (And whipped cream on top! :d) Enjoy!

14 Days of Valentine Ideas- Day 10

‘You Make My Heart POP”!  A very simple Valentine trinket for your special sweetie.  Just pop some popcorn, melt a little chocolate, and type up a cute hang tag!

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I am a popcorn lover if you’ve ever met one, unfortunately, a ton of popcorn reaps havoc on my insides.  Regardless, the smell of popcorn is a yummy perfume to my nose…so when I make popcorn I like to make it the old fashioned way-on the stove.  So bring out your kettle, oil, and kernels and pop away!  I promise, the popcorn made on a stove is way better than the ready in a minute microwave kind.

-What you’ll need-

popcorn kernels

vegetable oil

salt and some melted butter

chocolate (optional)

cellophane party bags (found at party store or in the baking isle at the grocery store).

ribbon

hang tag and single hold punch

Pop the popcorn ( Note* Measurements should be on the back of the popcorn package-I recommend heating the oil first, and then throwing in a few test kernels before you throw them all in there).

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Make sure you don’t keep the heat very high, medium heat is fine.  After all the kernels are in the kettle, make sure you keep lifting and shaking the kettle so the kernels get evenly distributed in the oil and don’t burn. 

Melt your chocolate, in the microwave is easiest, but only melt it in about 30 second intervals so it doesn’t burn.  Lay your popcorn out on some foil or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate all over your popcorn.

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Let cool, and then put into your plastic party bags.  Tie with a ribbon, secure your hang tag and finish your ribbon in a bow.

Now you’re all set to make your sweetie’s heart pop! (Not literally, of course ;) )

Another great use for bags of Valentine popcorn would be as your Valentine’s Day party favors! Instead, your hang tag could say ‘Thanks for poppin’ by! ;)

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Stay tuned for another yummy Valentine Idea tomorrow! :d

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Days 9

This Valentine’s day DIY idea is for Valentine’s day cake parfaits! YUM! What a great idea! This would be a delicious little treat for your Valentine’s Day party, or as a dessert for your Valentine’s day dinner, especially if you’re making a homemade dinner. :d

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These may sound tricky, but they’re really not difficult at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

cake mix ( I went with Pillsbury Pink Lemonade flavor)

ingredients for your cake mix (*Note: Instead of the recommended 3 eggs, I used 4 eggs; instead of water, I used milk; and instead of 1/3 c of oil, I melted a full stick of butter–You would not believe how much fluffier the cake batter comes out! Give it a try!)

glasses/cups about 6-8

circular cookie cutter

cake pans

can of frosting and preferred toppings

large ziploc bag

cake frosting tip (find in your baking isle at the grocery store or craft store)

Ok, so first thing’s first-mix the cake batter and spread into 2 cake pans. (I used 8×8 pans).

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Bake your cakes. When they are done, let them cool for about 20 minutes. While waiting, using a spatula, scoop the frosting into a large ziploc baggie (make sure you clip the corner and put the frosting tip in first) This will make it easier to get the frosting into the cup/glass.

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Flip your cakes onto two plates, and using the circular cookie cutter, cut circles out of your cakes. Put one cake circle into a cup, and then squeeze a layer of frosting. Then another cake circle, and another layer of frosting. Sprinkle your toppings on the top layer of frosting on your cake parfait and you’re ready to enjoy! :d

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Enjoy your cake parfaits!

14 Days of Valentine-Day 8

Remember how I mentioned I’d show you what to do with some of those fun vintage valentines?  Well here it is!

A Valentine & Heart Garland!  Decorate your front door, your dining room, your classroom, your mantle, or use for your Valentine’s day party!  This Valentine DIY is pretty simple too.

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-What you’ll need-

scissors

construction paper

vintage valentines (can be found at stationary stores, but your best bet is an antique store).

hemp string or ribbon (whatever you want to attach them to)

tacky or craft glue

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Cut out your hearts from the construction paper, and your valentines if they’re not pre-cut.  First, cut the string the length you want your garland to be.  Then fold it in half to find the middle point.  Start from the middle and work your way outward to the ends (this way makes it easier to have more even spaces and lengths of string at the ends).  Glue your hearts and valentines to the string-make sure you hold it there a few seconds to make sure the glue takes-and finish with a small piece of scrap paper over the string/valentine to secure it in place.

Voila! Your garland is made. :)

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