Thursday, December 30, 2010

Five Gooooooooolllllllllden Rings

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...five golden rings...

iphone photos:








regular photos:






Since New Year's Eve is tomorrow I wanted to go over my new year's resolutions:

1) Get back down to a healthy weight and start a daily exercise plan that will help me maintain it. (Living in Chicago you really didn't have to exercise much because of all the walking you did, but in Michigan I'm finding that I really do need a daily plan to stick to so that I stay healthy.)
2) Be more crafty (this was my resolution from last year, which I didn't fail at, but I could have done better).
3) Get a real person job so that I can make money and start a family with Jon.
4) Save up money for the move to Los Angeles.
5) Watch more classic/old films.

What are your new year's resolutions? Do you usually stick to them? Do you think it's silly to set such goals for the new year?




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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vintage Wednesday #16 & Four Calling Birds

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...four calling birds...

Here are my calling birds:


Calling bird #1:






Calling bird #2:










Calling bird #3:










Calling bird #4: (Jon found these shoes while going through my junk from high school. I wore them to junior prom, haha. If it wasn't for my injury I'd probably try to rework them into my wardrobe. However back injury + sky high platform heels don't go well together.)








(above image from google)


Check out more calling birds on Lauren's blog. Also, check out her blog if you want to participate in the project, it's a lot of fun! I'm working the next four days in a row, so the next few segments probably won't be as elaborate as these last few were. I'll try my best to make them interesting though.


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Since today's theme is birds I decided to go with a bird themed vintage wednesday as well. Here are some vintage birds that are on our tree:

These two were my step-grandmothers:





My step-mom has these really cool glass ones. They were always one of my favorite ornaments when it came to trimming the tree. I wish I had a picture of them.

This is Jon's original 80's Sorceress of Castle Greyskull (in bird form) from He-Man:




Here are some beautiful vintage bird illustrations that I found searching through google:














Also, aren't these vintage/antique bird cages just amazing? How cool would it be to have these hanging in your bedroom?

















Since my maiden name is Bird I've always been drawn to bird illustrations and anything with birds on them. They are so delicate and beautiful. The range of colors that can be found in different species is phenomenal. I'm in love with the muted tones and intricacy of the illustrations and the cages.

I hope you've enjoyed this week's installment of Vintage Wednesday. Check back next week for more vintage fun!


Oh and here's one more thing for you to drool over, my dream nye polyvore outfit!!! If only....






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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Three French Hens

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...three french hens

Here are my three french hens:








(above photo from google)

I made up a little story about them and turned it into a video! As long as my computer doesn't hate me too much tonight I'll add that later, so make sure to check back! I wanted to get the pictures up before the 28th was over, that's why I'm posting before the video is done.

Also, the red thing on my chin is a wattle, not whatever you're thinking it is, okay? Just wanted to set the record straight. I'm going to keep it on when I go to pick up Jon from work and see how long it takes him to notice it, hehe!



Check out more french hens on Lauren's blog! If you're interested in participating in the 12 Days of Christmas project, take your picture and email them to her (email address is on her blog) or post a link to your photos in her comments section. This really is such a fun idea!


***Update***

Here is my french hens video!!!! It's nice and pretentious.

Three French Hens from Cat (Midwest Mayhem) on Vimeo.




(Music: Haunted Piano #1 by Mark Oliver Everett aka E of the Eels)







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Monday, December 27, 2010

Two Turtle Doves

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...two turtle doves!






(image from google)


Haha, we are huge nerds!!! I tried to get Jon to wear a pair of white polyester pants for this photo, but sadly they didn't fit him quite right. This is the second outfit for the 12 days of Christmas project. Check out Lauren's blog for more turtle doves! I'm having a lot of fun with this project so far! I'm a bit nervous though because I have some ideas for later outfits in the sequence but so far I haven't figured out what to do for tomorrow! Hmmm....three french hens....

I have the next two days off from work!!! (More time to think about french hens, ha!) I am sooooo thrilled about this. I really need to organize all of our Christmas presents and start getting our house back in shape. Also, there will probably be a fair amount of napping over the next two days.

Today after work I went to H&M and used a gift card that I got for Christmas. I got a coat, a sweater, and a belt for $40! Lately I haven't been too thrilled with H&M's selection, but I managed to find some good stuff during this trip. I also checked out Payless, which claimed to be having this huge sale. I went in to check it out, but all of their shoes were pretty much their normal prices. They did have some great deals on their accessories though, so I got 2 pairs of tights and a necklace for $7 total!



The Breakdown:

Outfit:

White Dress: Target, Thrifted
Grey Blouse: Gift
Tights: Forever 21
Shoes: Target


Accessories:
Necklace: H&M



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A Partridge in a Pear Tree


The 12 Days of Christmas





(image from google)

Here is my first look for Lauren's 12 Days of Christmas project! A partridge in a pear tree! Jon makes a great pear tree. Hehe.


The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Sweater: Moda
Skirt: J. Crew, Thrifted
Tights: Filene's Basement
Shoes: Apostrophe

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

It's Christmas, It's Christmas in Heaven, Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

Hey everyone!! For those of you who celebrate it, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Jon and I had such a great time and by 10PM last night we were exhausted! (It sounds lame, but read on and you'll understand why.)

Because Jon's family is Polish they celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve, so we had two days of Christmas!

Day 1, Christmas Eve:







Jon and I did not go to sleep Thursday night because we were too busy finishing paintings and wrapping presents. We exchanged our presents before we left for the day. It was so nice opening gifts next to the Christmas tree in a real house! Jon got me Salvador Dali's "Dalimania" perfume which I've been wanting for forever!! I bought a small bottle of it when I was in Paris in 2005 and ever since it ran out I've been wanting more! I'm crazy for the smell of it! I got him Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Man on Wire, Let the Right One In, and a Sonic the Hedgehog keychain. Yay!!!

I decided to wear the holiday dress on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. So this is how I styled it for round 2:









After presents we went to my aunt's house. Jon and I had lunch and we opened more presents and spent some time with my mom's side of the family. My brother was in town from San Diego, so it was so nice to spend some time with him!

Then we journeyed on to Jon's parent's house for Wigilia. For anyone who isn't Polish, let me tell you that Wigilia is such a great way to spend Christmas Eve! I love that Jon is Polish so that we can celebrate Wigilia and eat yummy Polish food.

Traditionally you start dinner when the first star in the sky has been sighted. Then you break the oplatik (wafter with decorative illustrations) with each member at the table and wish them good luck in the new year.

Also, you are suppose to leave an extra table setting just incase you have an unexpected guest. Well, Jon's aunt and cousin ended up making a surprise visit all of the way from Washington!! How amazing is that?

We had homemade pierogis, cheesy potatoes, and a yummy borscht soup. MMMMMMMM!!! Then we sang Christmas carols (some in Polish) and spent time catching up with the family.

Finally Jon and I got some much needed sleep....but not for long because we were up at 7AM to open presents on Christmas Day.....

The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Red Dress: Ebay
Blazer: Thrifted
Coat: Gift
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target, gift

Accessories:
Purse: Gift
Earrings: House of Harlow, won in give-away
Satin Gloves: Mimi's Bridal - Ann Arbor, Mi


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Day 2, Christmas Day:

Oh Christmas Day! Jon and I matched! We didn't even mean to, but it happened! How cute, right? These are Jon's "Santa pants" that used to belong to his grandfather. He carries on the tradition by wearing them every year on Christmas.







We spent the night at Jon's parent's house and got up at 7AM for breakfast and presents. Jon's family really goes all out for Christmas. They give the best gifts! Among other things I got a really nice speaker docking station for my ipod and Jon got a collection of Prismacolor colored pencils. Our niece, Stella got a ton of nice gifts, but all she really wanted was a package of goldsih crackers. Haha, once she had her crackers she didn't care about anything else! Oh she is just so adorable! After presents we relaxed for a bit and then started getting ready for part 2 of Christmas Day which was...

Over the river and through the woods (literally) to Jon's grandmother's house for brunch. Brunch was delicious! I had french toast with fruit and Jon had "Boat Breakfast" which is an egg and gravy mix. So, we spent time Jon's mom's side of the family and opened even more presents! We wrestled with Jon's super cute cousin and played a "Guess What I Am?" game. So much fun!

Then we moved on once more to go to my step-sister's house to celebrate Christmas with my dad's side of the family. Again, the food was amazing! Spinach pie, pebble salad, rigatoni, cheesy broccoli....oh so good! And even MORE presents! I got a sewing machine from my dad and step-mom!!! Now I'm going to be able to alter my clothes!! Eeeeekkkk!!! I am so excited about this!

Then we ended the evening by going over to my mom's house with my brother and watching a movie. We watched the copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World that I had gotten for Jon. After the movie I was so ready to just pass out! By the time Jon and I got home it was about 10PM and passing out is exactly what we did. We went straight for the bed and passed out with our warm, cuddly kitties.

Wow, what a Christmas, eh? It sure was a lot of fun. I loved being able to spend so much time with the family!!!

Now it's time for me to go to work....bleh...I just want to stay in bed all day instead...






The Breakdown:

Outfit:

White Dress: Target, Thrifted
Blazer: Thrifted
Coat: Gift
Red Tights: Target
Socks: Meijer's
Shoes: Dance Supply Store

Accessories:
Purse: Gift
Watch: Gift
Satin Gloves: Mimi's Bridal - Ann Arbor, Mi


P.S. Starting tonight/tomorrow morning I'll be participating in Lauren of Sparrow and Urchin's 12 Days of Christmas project! It's going to be fun, so make sure to check back to see how I interpret each theme. Also, check on Lauren's blog to see how others style up the 12 Days of Christmas!!


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