Sunday, August 31, 2008

my engagement ring

is soooo insanely brilliant and awesome. Look: here it is. It has a white gold band, and the setting and bar are rose gold. The stone is a deep deep blue sapphire and it spins around and slides along the bar. On the other side of the setting, the letter C is stamped (for my name, obvio). Along the inside of the band it says, kocham cie, which means I love you in Polish.

It reminds me a little bit of an orrery or a globe, which is fun cause D and I met when I was studying astrophysics and working at an observatory, and we actually had our first date on the deck of the observatory, and my name is Celestyna and all of that. I LOVE that it spins.

An orrery:

You MUST check out the other work of the amazing craftswoman who made this ring, although she and D co-designed it. Her website: Loving Anvil and her Etsy shop.

How EXCITED are we? Very VERY excited. Pictures of Ghost Ranch when I return from my trip home. EEEEE!!!!!

(picture of orrery via reassembler)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Flowering tea

My dad sent me some amazing flowering tea. Look what it does. It's really yummy too. It comes from Primula Tea. So beautiful and fun. Order yourself some, it's totally worth it. It's like those little dinosaurs that grew into huge dinosaurs when you put them in water that you got at the science museum gift shop. If you love tea, then this is the jackpot.

Thanks, Tata! I LOVE it!

You know how it was when I found my skinny jeans...

well, IT'S HAPPENED AGAIN! So there we were having our sale (yes, get prepared, this will be a long post) and we had a ten dollar bin of absolute grotesqueries.

Only there were a couple of gorgeous expensive items in there that had been damaged beyond repair. A huge tear, some snapped elastic...or so we thought.

A long grey jersey shapeless thing found its way in there and time and time again would get rejected after fitting room sessions. I touched it. It was nice fabric - that soft as butter micro-modal stuff. But it looked like it had been torn, and then there was the snapped elastic.

The sale was extended and the madness continued. Make-up smeared on white blouses. Zippers ripped out of their very existance, prices crossed out, items hidden, stolen, etc. Clothes began to take on the appearance of thrift store wares as crazed women violated them time and time again.

And still the grey blob persevered and was not taken - legally or illegally. Nor was it damaged beyond its original status. This, ladies and gentlemen, was a sign, but I was too blind to see it.

After a month of sale, we determined we were going to give all the real crap to charity. Grey blob got packed in with the rest. One day both my coworkers came in wearing maxi dresses and they looked so cute and I wished I had a maxi dress too. Meanwhile, the grey blob wallowed in darkness and impending donation.

I began to look online for maxi dresses. I decided I needed more jersey tops. I had some time off of work. And suddenly it hit me like a red herring: I could hack up the grey blob and make a fabulous top out of it! All week I prayed we hadn't suddenly gotten our s*** together and donated everything already.

But that was the second sign and we hadn't and I purchased grey blob for $10.

And took grey blob home where I promptly got distracted by a million other projects. Grey blob was left to ponder the great mysteries of life tied around our clothes rack like a soft and cuddly boa constrictor.

Yesterday a girl came in asking if we carried Rachel Pally. Do we know who Rachel Pally is? Well, I will tell you. Fashion interlude:

Rachel Pally used to be a dancer and now makes gorgeous micro-modal dresses that are insanely comfy and flattering. Sure, they all look more or less the same. But my friends, to make a long story even longer, watching Proj RW season 3, I was a little miffed at how these awesome designers were unable (for the most part) to design for plus sized women:

Rachel Pally, on the other hand, has it in the bag:

When I first saw jersey dresses, I was all: ugh, blah and boring. But try one of these babies on, and try to hate it. Just try. You can't. Why? Because it's like looking like you're in an evening gown while feeling like you're in pjs.

If you're still there, we're now going back to my grey blob, which, if you have a drop of in you, you will already have deduced, is in fact a Rachel Pally dress.

Today I decided I was going to make my top. (You are shreiking, no! NO! Don't cut it!) BUT I decided to what the heck, try it on first.

And it looked like a shapeless mu-mu.

But I had my second and final revelation (THIS is my maxi dress!!!) and I persevered and discovered the "tears" were really just raw edges, the "snapped elastic" was a drawstring that had got sucked inside the casing, and when the dress is put on right and the drawstring is tightened, the ugly duckling becomes a SMASHORGIFULABULOUS dress!!!

I have my maxi dress, and you, my friends, have wasted the better part of your day in sharing this glorious moment.

Group hug. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yo, Dudes! Yeah, I'm talkin' to you

Ah, boys. You poor boys. Lately all this blog has been about is weddings and girl-items. I can't help it. Being a girl, it is girl-items that excite me.
But - every once in a while, I find some boy-things. Observe: Schmoove. Crappy name, cool shoes.

What a great idea. Photographing shoes JUST as they hit the water. If you go check out the most recent collection, if you're like me, you won't notice it at first, then the situation will dawn on you and you will become hypnotized by the eatheral brilliance of it all.

Oh, and this from Vlieger Vandam:

I prefer the former. And yes, they're bags.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Well, well, well, browsing one of my fave blogs the other day Neon Polish I dipped into the blog roll because trolling for fresh blood is what I do.

And found...Hel-looks, fashion from Helsinki. It is way better than one of the standard street style blogs though, because each image has an accompanying explanation, and they are truly poetic and bizarre. People cite their inspirations as all things varying from Moommins to the Lottery. I thought I was the only person inspired by luck. :)

First some girls I think are absolutely gorgeous and then a taste of the strangeness:

Ok, those were the beauties. Now for the beasts:

Wille (21)
"I'm wearing a second hand leather jacket which cost 4 euros and my ex-girlfriend's jeans and scarf.
I like clothes that have a story to tell.
When I saw Daniel Palillo's designs half a year ago, I became interested in dressing up and clothes.
I'm inspired by lotteries, lying and elderly people."

Hmmm. Nmmmm. Mmmmmmmmmmm.? ?

While we're on the subject of street style blogs, there are bike style blogs out there (I swear, there is a blog for everyTHING.) Two I've been perusing: Chic Cyclist and a Cali one Riding Pretty. WHAT OTHER STYLE BLOGS ARE OUT THERE? I want a cowboy style blog. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

What did I do yesterday?

Let's see:
1) Made this SWEATER!!!

A la Project Runway style. No pattern, no muslin, no nuthin, just draping and lots of f***-ups and a little bit of luck. I actually still have a LOT of work to do on it, trimming all the thread and redoing the entire placket and all the buttons. Sigh. It looks fab on, though. I am pleased. The buttons I got from a teeny button store I read about on Sweet Sassafras.

2) Continued my quest to find the perfect self-tanner. Got an airbrush version this time. Fingers crossed, but it smells weird, as per usual. Grrr.

3) Cleaned up the horrendous mess I make every week doing my fashion school HW and making my own little projects. One of these days I'll take a photo but not until I have tenure at a prestigious institution.

4) Received these awesome shoes in the mail from Endless.

5) Ate at a Thai/Soul Food restaurant. Talk about fusion. :)

Okay three blogs. I'm pumped. Once again thanks jamillions to Sweet Paul for the double dose of award love: Brilliante and Blog I Love.

Alabama Studio Style.
Speaking of Soul Food, this here is a exquisite taste of the romantic, slow, sweet South. Talk about amazing. This is a lady who sticks to her principles like nobody's business, and is basically my hero. In fact, my little sweater is indirectly inspired by her. She takes the most comfy basic fabric (jersey) and makes literal gorgeousness out of it. I tried to dress fleece up a bit myself with the sweater.

Reclaiming Miss Havisham. How witty and acidic is this girl?!? She reminds me of a post card I saw somewhere: Something about putting the funk in disfunctional. (Not that you are disfunctional Miss H.) This blog has got all sorts of funk and brilliance. I read it for laughs and inspiration all in one go. Who else can make you feel ashamed for not knowing how crabs work?

Scrapiteria. Awesome and I do mean awesome collages and collaboration. See below. I am not joking.

So the rules are please give the above awards (top right) to five other bloggers. Last three tomorrow. (I'm giving them to 9 cause Paul said I could. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Awarded but not thwarded

Wow! My first blog awards! (To the right there) Thanks gajillions to Sweet Paul who truly is very sweet for honoring me with these awards.

Sweet Paul has the most amazing food blog with absolutely gorg photos. One of my favorite posts of his to date was about beets - see his photo above.

Having Polish roots, beets are very near and dear to my heart (although if my parents are reading this, they are probably shaking their heads in disbelief because I did turn my nose up at borsch for the longest time - I don't anymore!).

Now who to give these A-wards to?
Here is THE LIST:

This lovely individual supported me during my early blogging days (um, not so long ago) with both his hilarious, fabulous blog and his kind comments on mine. Mr. Beefy, the interweb would do well with more like you. One of the things that cracks me up the most is when Beefy critiques the new Anthro catalog. He's always totally on point.

Next we have two blogs who never fail to wow me with their posts. Back when I was discovering the world of fashion (again, not too long ago) Neon Polish (D actually found this blog!) introduced me to Marni. This blog is just plain cool with lots of amazing finds.
And same goes for Fly. This blog has a very cohesive beautiful design and a great feature is the Fly Girl of the Week posts where ordinary women doing extraordinary things are featured. Consistently fantastic posts.

Okay, this is taking for EVER. Why don't we do it this way? I have 9 blogs total I want to honor. Let's leave you with these three today, and for the next two posts we'll also do three. My haaa-aands huu-uurt. Wa. BTW - rules are give these awards to five fab blogs. Since I got two awards, I am doing more blogs. :)

Onto the House of Boing. First of all, what a great name. Second of all, what great fashion:

Cut out heels

Normally, I am very ambivalent about this feature, tending towards dislike, but you have to admit- thinking about the practicality of it all it makes the shoes a lot lighter which is nice, n'est pas?

Here are two styles I am smitten with howev, both from Bronx, found on my new fav interweb shoe shopping site,

I feel really guilty about not shopping Zappos since their business philosophy is so great, but at the end of the day I have to say it's the cleaner interface and lower prices that win. Plus Endless actually picks and chooses their brands resulting in a far higher grade selection when you don't know what your looking for and put in only general parameters.

Now for some music I am loving:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ladies...and Gentlemen

Normally, I'm all about the ladies. But today this is all I found:
Hui Hui

And this Betsey Johnson shoe - what do we think?

But check this out - for all you men:
Luise and Franck

Now, you'll notice two things. Firstly, there is a bunny in the first photo, which is what got me all curious in the first place. Secondly, the second photo appears to be of "white-tie over-alls." I think we found D a wedding outfit! Woo-hoo!

Friday, August 15, 2008


I can't believe I didn't know about this till just now. THIS GIRL (okay - woman - it was about 10 yrs back) graduated from FIDM, my school!!! And now she's on Project Runway! And her work is frickin' amazing! Leanne Marshall designs and creates every single peice of her label Leanimal. So I spelled peice wrong. Who cares! Take a look at this:

Be still, my heart. Isn't this the most crazy fantastic awesomeness you've ever seen?!? Like those prada shoes I blobbed about - only clothes!
I have to change topics or I may asphyxiate: The Wedding.
Update: D and I have commenced correspondence with our "liason" at Ghost Ranch. While I am home I will go meet with her. Eeeee. Also: I is needing a photographer, but if I were to go bridezilla on any aspect of the wedding, it would be here. Does anyone have any recommendations on NM photographers? I should say, I don't want the standard wedding photos, oh no. That would be too easy for everyone involved. I want interesting gorgeous photos, with a whole variety of lighting and techniques, and I am a huge fan of the soft focus and backlit and "artistic". I know - very soon I will do a leetle wedding post about Ghost Ranch for those of you who have had the misfortune of never going to the most beautiful place on Earth and also a sample of the types of photographs I like from other weddings. I see you people deleting me from your blogrolls. Come, come, now, it will only be one post. Let's not be too hasty - you know you want to see Ghost Ranch. ;)