Wednesday, August 23, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...

When life gives you lemons... Yeah, I'm just not feeling a blog post based on an ancient cliche about optimism in the face of adversity at the moment. 
My yellow "Chuck's Sisters" Converse All-Stars have been my Summer obsession. They're hard to find, but I scored these, new in the box, on eBay. They're a prefect complement to a lemon clutch from Amazon.
Yet, I can't really throw on this lemon-print sundress without the trite refrain running through my head.
Yellow accessories (watch band; citrine David Yurman ring; and vintage bead necklace) bring light and life to a quirky lemon print dress.
Old saws aside, if you actually have a bounty of lemons and you actually want to make lemonade, check out the latest issue of Indianapolis publication Edible Indy for a new twist on the Summer standby (several new twists, in fact).
A navy cardigan from ModCloth is the meringue topping on an ensemble that's more sweet than sour.
Edible Indy is my go to guide for the scoop on Indy fare from farmer's markets to restaurants. It's also packed with easy to follow recipes using locally sourced ingredients. I'm such a fan that I have the quarterly mag delivered to my home, but if you live in the Circle City, you can pick up your own copy at several locations around town. You can also check it out online!
A wide-brimmed navy sunhat and gold-mirrored cat-eye sunglasses add more style "a peel" but are also functional necessities (I see your lips puckering at my sour pun, but I just HAD to squeeze in one more!)
As for those lemons, I'm using them in my own unconventional way...to add "zest" to my wardrobe!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sci-Fi Submersion

It's always fun to meet the actors in a film you've seen; Bishop Stevens plays the villain in Submerge: Echo 51.
When supergirl film producer Amy Pauszek invited me to attend the recent world premiere of the short film Submerge: Echo 51, she had no idea that I was actually a sci-fi fan. It's true. I enjoy the genre, and the quirkier the better (think Lost in Space, Eureka, and my beloved Dr. Who). 
My hand blown glass galaxy pendant from Scott Pernicka of Internal Fire Glass is as much art as jewelry. 
My appreciation of sci-fi isn't much of a secret, especially when you consider the fact that I have a custom-made Four Eyed Girl dress featuring the TARDIS (if you don't know what that is, we can still be friends, but you're not as cool as my peeps who know that the time-traveling blue box is "bigger on the inside). 
I couldn't resist the subtle "exploding TARDIS" pattern of my dress by Four Eyed Girl
The red carpet premiere of Submerge: Echo 51 didn't have a dress code, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to break out the Dr. Who dress, paired with my favorite yellow Converse All-Stars (they're not Chuck Taylors; they're called Chucks Sister, but they're super hard to find in the US). As for the movie itself, it's the latest installation in a short film series written, directed, and shot right here in Indiana by local talent Demetrius Witherspoon. I haven't seen many "short films," and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm always a gamer to try new things.
My gold mirrored, crystal embellished sunglasses from Amazon are "cat eyes" but they also have a bit of an "alien" vibe. Either way, they're super fun.
It was a delight! Though it will appeal primarily to hardcore sci-fi fans, the dialogue and acting managed to make me care about the characters though the entire story unfolded in less than 30 minutes - a testament to talent of Witherspoon. When the credits rolled, I was left wanting more; wanting to know just what happens next for the main characters. 
A small rechargeable battery inside this bangle from ThinkGeek keeps the stars twinkling for up to 8 hours.
Luckily, I'll get to find out because a full length follow-up feature film is in the works. In the meantime, you can catch Submerge: Echo 51 at this weekend's Gen Con in Indianapolis, the largest and longest running event of its kind. It's the most highly anticipated film playing at the gaming convention, which will welcome more than 60,000 ticket holders. Get submerged!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

I scream, you scream!

I scream; you scream; we all scream for ice cream - especially on National Ice Cream Day! Not that I've ever needed an excuse for ice cream. 
It's always been my favorite dessert...especially if it has a ribbon of peanut butter running through it...and hot fudge...and maybe some crushed oreos to top it off.
As a kid, I also loved helping my parents make homemade strawberry ice cream in an old school wooden churn. Goat's milk; lots of plump, juicy fresh berries; and plenty of rock salt to get it to the perfect consistency. Delicious!
Unfortunately, though my taste buds scream in delight over the creamiest of frozen treats, my tummy often cries in pain when I indulge.
I can't give it up, though, so I'm always on the lookout for mouthwatering non-dairy alternatives, whether to eat or wear! In fact, over the years I have accumulated three different pair of ice cream shoes, like these kitschy heels from Poetic License, and I can't get enough of this fun "sundae" purse from Betsey Johnson. Hope you're enjoying your own frozen treats, today, too!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Swimming with Sharks

Why won't sharks attack lawyers?... Professional courtesy. Yeah yeah yeah. Blah blah blah. After nearly 18 years of practice, you probably can't tell me a lawyer joke I haven't heard. I don't get offended by them but, for the most part, I don't find them laugh out loud funny, either.  
I love the vintage sunbathers diving across this Emily & Finn dress from ModCloth.
I've never really bought in to "lawyer" stereotypes. I deal with other lawyers nearly every day, both as colleagues and adversaries. Of course there are some sharks out there, but that's because some people are just jerks, not because they're lawyers. In general, we are actually a pretty collegial profession.
A simple rope bracelet with a brass anchor clasp is a fun nautical accent. This one is from Kiel James Patrick.
And as shocking as it may be, we don't all wear navy blue suits and sensible black pumps to the office every day either. "...But you don't look like a lawyer!" is a refrain I hear a lot. Guess what? I'm okay with that. Donning the expected "attorney attire" doesn't make my legal counsel any more sound or well informed.
The gold necklace with striped gros grain ribbon was a bargain find from Burlington Coat Factory.
Thankfully, after nearly 18 years of practice, my clients know that, too. In fact, one of the best compliments I've ever received came from a long-time client and senior vice-president of a Fortune 500 company, who told me he appreciates that I always "smile with my clothes" even though I'm so serious about my job. 
The nautical striped wedges are from Zulily.
The comment really resonated with me. I do like to smile with my clothes. But don't let the sundress full of vintage sunbathers fool you, I will swim with the sharks whenever I need to!  
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patriotic Parade


Happy Independence Day!
I've been celebrating for days with a personal parade of red, white, and blue. 
I hope all of my American friends put politics aside and celebrate today, too!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road... and why are its motives the subject of so many jokes? For that matter, what's up with rubber chickens - what is about them that is so comical, anyway. Are they even actually funny? 
I can't say I'd ever seen the humor in rubber chickens, but the nation's largest manufacturer of the fowl prop reports that up to 20,000 of them fly off the shelves every year, so they must be tickling somebody's funny (wish)bone.
When I had the chance to pick up this rooster purse at a charity purse auction to benefit Beacon of Hope last Fall, though, my love of wordplay and quirk kicked in and I found myself bidding on the bird despite its admittedly aesthetically dubious demeanor.  
Come on, you have to admit it's kind of funny to cross a road while carrying a chicken purse! I mean, really, it makes every outfit "poultry in motion!" Don't lie -I know you're cracking a little smile.
You may not be crowing at my hard boiled attempt at humor, but this little guy didn't lay an egg when he accompanied me on a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee  with a friend last month. 
One of our first stops was famed biscuit joint, Biscuit Love, which I highly recommend. And in the South, nothing goes better with chicken (or a chicken purse, as the case may be), than biscuits or waffles!
Clothes don't always have to be so serious, you know, and I certainly had a good time making fowl jokes all around the town, which only had my road trip companion groaning two or three hundred times.
We were both a little "shell" shocked, though, when a group of girls approached to take a picture, with one of them asking, "Please tell me your purse has his own Instagram account, because I would totally follow it?!" 
When several more people snapped photos while we explored the Music City on foot, we decided our faux feathered friend needed a name, and dubbed him "Nash" in honor of the town that brought him out of his shell. He even made his stage debut, bringing down the hen house on Honky Tonk Row (aka Broadway) as the honorary front man for the Nashville Nobodies' rendition of the Zak Brown Band hit "Chicken Fried!
Nash isn't stopping with Nashville, though! He was last spotted photobombing Mac the Macaw at Zoobilation. I wonder what roads he'll cross next?!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
Gingham Dress, eyelet lace wedges, and heart-shaped sunglasses (Amazon); Hat (Charming Charlie)
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