Saturday, March 12, 2011

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!



This weekend Jon and I are out in Howell with his family. I know I always say this every time, but it is so beautiful out here. Some time during the summer I'll have to take pictures by the horses!

It was a bit of a dreary day and not great for outfit pictures, which is why we only got the one. This blazer is one of my all time favorite thrift store finds. I love the length and the piping. I wore the Potter/Bowie shirt today! Altogether the look is a little more early fall than early spring, but whatever.

We are watching Where the Wild Things Are right now, so that's taking up my attention span. I <3 this movie as well as the soundtrack. :)

The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Blazer: Thrifted
Shirt: Made with Awesome
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: Hue
Boots: Victoria's Secret



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Friday, March 11, 2011

Shifting Seasons



Ten days left until spring! Well, actually as I'm writing this at 2AM there's only 9 days left!!! Today's post is about the shift from winter to spring. I had an idea as well as the enthusiasm for a detailed post, but that was before Jon and I spent 2 hours at Meijer's. Now that I'm back I'm feeling lazy and at a loss for words. So tonight I'm going to let the pictures do the talking...
















The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Gift
Shirt: H&M, Resale Shop
Faux Fur Cardigan: Sleeping on Snow, Thrifted Gift

Accessories:
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Filene's Basement



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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vintage Wednesday #21



Today for Vintage Wednesday I'd like to share how I styled up a vintage sweater that I got at the Michigan Blogger Meet-up. If I had to guess I'd say that it's probably from the 70's. There isn't a brand or store name listed. All that the label says is, "100% Virgin Acrylic Fibre."

I just love the color so much! The color, stripes, collar, 3/4 sleeves....they all add up to perfect. Also I think it would be easy to wear this sweater dressed up or down, which is also a plus. As you can see today I've decided to go with a dressier look by wearing a skirt and sky high platform heels. The heels were just worn for the pictures. With my back injury I wouldn't be able to wear these lovelies out of the house. :(

I actually wore these heels to my senior prom in high school, haha. They were in storage at my parent's house the whole time I was living in Chicago. Since moving back I was given all of my old stuff and that's when I rediscovered these beauties. Now with all of the platform craze that's taking over the blogging world they are right on trend. Now the shoes from my junior prom...those are just a poor, hopeless cause...I don't see myself breaking them out anytime soon...they may be a good candidate for the "prop box" though.















I still have to get the Wednesday Adams dress (the other item I bought at the Michigan Blogger Meet-up) dry cleaned before I'm able to style it up. I'm bad at remembering to get things dry cleaned, but I can't wait to wear it, so hopefully I'll have it up on the blog soon. It's velvet so time is running out before it's too warm to wear!


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


The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Sweater: Vintage, Resale Shop
Skirt: Worthington, Thrifted
Tights: Hue
Black Heels: Classified


Accessories:
Necklace: H&M
Floral Bracelet: Gift
Pearl Bracelet: Filene's Basement



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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

To the Library

Cat: Guess what I got at the library today?
Jon: A book?

What a smart ass husband. Haha.

I went to the library and signed up for a library card. It only took me....just over a year to finally do this. At first I told myself that I was just going to sign up for the library card and leave. Then I told myself I'd just look around to see where everything was. Then I ended up walking out with 3 big books and a dvd almost 2 hours later. I get really excited when it comes to books. I tried really hard to not go super crazy though. I'm trying to focus on one subject at a time, so it's not too overwhelming. I also took some information on the museum adventure passes that they have. It allows you to go to most of the museums in Detroit and the metropolitan area for free! So expect to see lots of museum date days coming up. I think we might do Cranbrook first. I haven't been there in years. I used to go there with girl scouts and I loved it!










It was a pretty casual day outfit wise. I just threw on the first clothes I saw.

I checked out a book on stage make-up and also a book on pin-up art. I just flipped through them so far but they look interesting.



















I'm using the pin-up art for inspiration for my next set of fashion illustrations for the blog. I skipped this month because of the art show, but I'll have more up for the 1st of April!

Don't forget to get your packzi on today!!!! Jon and I have blueberry ones....mmmmmmmmm....droooooool....


The Breakdown:

Outfit:

Sweater: Charlotte Russe, Thrifted
Skirt: Wet Seal, Gift
Tights: The Gap
Boots: Blowfish

Accessories:
Necklace: Forever 21



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Monday, March 7, 2011

My Art Show - The Mind Bends

Annnnnnndddd....I'm back!

It felt weird to take a few days off from the blogging world. I kept thinking, "I need to go take outfit shots." Then I'd remember that I was in sweatpants and a dirty tee with unwashed hair and paint all over my face and arms...gross. Sunday however I was able to clean myself up for my art show reception. I was able to get everything done on time and had a great turnout for the reception. We served all kinds of delicious hors d'oeuvres and I already have some offers on my paintings! I even have multiple offers on some, so I'm going to have to have some prints made.

I wore a floral dress that I got from Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak. I also wore my vintage cream colored beret. It was an art show, so I felt the beret was kind of a necessity.








Here are a few pictures from the opening event:





















And here's my artist's statement:


A beautiful young woman stands alone on an isolated beach. She is waving, but at who or what I can't remember. The mystery of her gesture draws me in and makes me review the idea of what memories are and how our minds distort and change them.

Often we remember significant events and loved ones the we way we personally wish to remember them, which is not always accurate. "The Mind Bends" is a series of paintings and illustrations that explore the imagery of these altered memories. Some memories even blend over into others and before we know it, we have moments that never happened remembered as incomplete truths. Our minds struggle to fill the gaps with anything including thoughts, dreams, and experiences. My goal is to explore these images and their relationships to one another.

Personally my memory is always sparked when crossing paths with birds. The illustrations come from a very symbolic place for me as I grew up with the last name Bird. My mind instantly takes me to memories of summers at the pool, beach picnics, vacationing in Canada, and beginning to pursue my career as an artist. I think it's important that no matter how far you go in life, you always remember your roots. This is why I feel such a deep connection to our feathery friends.


It felt so fulfilling to put this all together especially since now that I'm out of school I don't have that push to be creatively productive. To be honest I think I'm a bit of a mediocre painter compared to my work in film. I felt confident in my talent when I was accepted to The Art Institute of Chicago. I went to an early decision day where they review your portfolio and tell you on the spot whether or not you've made it. This was a year or two before the school started having financial difficulties and started opening it's doors to more people. I actually went to art school as a painter and thought that was what I was going to study. Then in my second semester of freshman year I had an amazing teacher for 4D/time arts that changed everything. She lived and breathed film. When they were trying to make cuts to the school's film budget she would be there arguing and standing up for the dying art. The day she wheeled in the 16mm film projector into the classroom everything changed for me. I dropped painting and started studying the magic of being able to control light to create beautiful moving images.

However, I didn't drop painting completely. Most semesters I continued to take at least one painting class and eventually I did make my way up into the advanced painting classes. However, I never really focused much on improvement or growth as a painter. I just kind of did my own thing and that was that. I usually got pretty good critiques, but I always felt that my peers were much more talented. The interesting thing is my painting teacher told me how she used to work in film. Then I started learning more and more about different artists that dabbled in both, famous painters who also made films (Dahli for instance) and famous filmmakers who also painted. I think the reason why I like experimental film so much is because it's basically like watching a moving painting. It's all about the visual telling of a story.

To get back to my point though, I guess I'm just trying to say that it felt good to put myself out there and see where my talent lies outside of art school. It felt good just to do this for myself and not for a final project or something. It was stressful, but now that I know how much time I need for everything I'm going to try to stay productive and perhaps have another art show at the end of the year or something. We'll see how it goes.



Oh and on a completely unrelated note I have the photos from the Grand Rapids blogger brunch to share! These are the outfit photos that we took after brunch and shopping in downtown Grand Rapids. What a great group of girls!

Blogger Role Call!

Elizabeth!



Heather!



Kate!



Lauren!



Sara!



Tieka!



Caaaaaaaatttttt!









(All above photos of the blogger brunch were taken by Tieka)


Oh and here's a photo of one of the outfits I tried on to wear to the blogger meet-up.



Haha, I wanted to see what it looked like when I was dancing so I busted a move for the camera. I ended up rejecting the outfit because I wasn't sure if I was going to feel comfortable wearing such a crazy top for the first time in an unfamiliar environment. Does that make sense? I think I need to wear it on home grounds first before venturing out and blinding everyone with my shiny top section.


The Breakdown:

Outfit 1 (art show)

Dress: Sears J.R. Bazaar, Vintage
Tights: Hue
T-Strap Wedges: Payless

Accessories
Cream Beret: Miss Diane, Vintage
Blue Striped Bracelet: Thrifted
Pearl Bracelet: Filene's Basement

Outfit 2 (grand rapids)
Bow Sweater: H&M
Skirt: Thrifted
Grey Tights: Target
Gold Cardigan: Thrifted

Accessories
Glasses: Anna Sui
Necklace: Forever 21
Purse: Thrifted





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