Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby Blues, Raining and Mothers

I just recently rediscovered this skirt while organizing my drawers a little while ago. I really like the multi-colored bold stripes and the way that they seem to follow the twirl of the skirt.

It was quite the busy day today! I've been out of the house for the past 12 hours. I worked until 6 and then met up with Jon and his family along with my step-mom for an early mother's day celebration. We both work on Sunday so that's why we had to celebrate early (although we are going to take my mom out for breakfast Sunday morning before I start work). We met up at my theatre and watched Win Win. Jon and I had seen it once already, but the other two movies playing were depressing and no one wanted to be depressed, haha. It was just as good the second time around - if you haven't seen it yet, I'd recommend it. It's well written and well acted, an all-around solid movie. After the movie we went to Jim's - a local ice cream shop just down 11 mile road and bought everyone ice cream. Once everyone had their fill we handed out flowers to all of the mothers. All in all it was a really nice evening. I think it turned out really well. :)

Now we have to start thinking about what to do for Father's Day!

Outside of the ice cream shop that we went to they have a phone booth with a life-sized Superman inside! It's really cool and one of these days before work I'm going to sneak over there before they open and take outfit photos, hehe.

The Breakdown:


Baby Blue Wind Breaker: H&M
Blue Shirt (under jacket): Byline
White Shirt (under jacket): Thrifted
Striped Skirt: Target, Thrifted
Grey Tights: Thrifted
Jazz Shoes: Target

Hat: Thrifted
Purse: Thrifted
Glasses: Ray Ban


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vintage Wednesday #28

Yep, it's Wednesday again, which means it's time to show off some awesome vintage clothing! This week I'm sharing with you this crazy awesome 80's blouse that I found at a thrift store for 80 cents (80's for 80!). This is probably one of the weirdest shirts I've ever seen and I love it, haha. Are any of you instantly drawn to weird things?

The label on the blouse says, "Jordan" and it's 100% polyester. I found a few other Jordan pieces while searching the internet and they all seem to be formal/evening wear. Like this blouse they are also very 80's in style.

Haha, I am so cranky looking in this picture!

Instead of writing out my thoughts I decided to do a vlog today! So here's what I have to say about this blouse (don't you love the way I beam in?):

Vintage Wednesday #28 from Cat (Midwest Mayhem) on Vimeo.

*In the video and a few other times on my blog I've mentioned Mitten Vintage without giving many details. So, what is Mitten Vintage? It's an etsy shop run by three Michigan fashion bloggers - myself, Lauren of Sparrow & Urchin, and Sara of She is Sara. Mitten Vintage sells amazing vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories, most of which is found right here in Michigan. Right now I believe everything in the shop is Lauren's, but I have a small pile of items that will be up soon, including a pleated vintage skirt, a plaid jumper, a few rock'n pairs of shoes, and probably this crazy 80's blouse!

I'll have a little icon up for Mitten Vintage soon, so you can browse at your leisure. For now though you can check it out through this link: Mitten Vintage

Here are some pictures of my busted garage door that I mentioned earlier this week:

Hopefully we'll be able to get it fixed soon!

It's kind of hard to see in the outfit photos, but here are some of the flowers budding in my backyard:

I like to document these things, because the flowers change in my backyard almost daily once the weather gets nice! So expect a whole bunch of pictures from my back yard over the next month!

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

The Breakdown:


Blouse: Jordan, Vintage, Thrifted
Jeans: BDG, Urban Outfitters
Cork Wedges: Payless

Necklace: H&M


Monday, May 2, 2011

Art Chicago

Before I get into all of the amazing artists I saw at Art Chicago this weekend I want to mention an awesome designer I just recently found out about, Nourdienne Amir. If you're like me and America's Next Top Model is also one of your guilty pleasures then you'll already know what I'm talking about.

Look at the brilliance of the design in this work! It's so breathtaking! It really is a pure mix of art, sculpture, and fashion all in one. For more pictures of this designer's work see my tumblr.

So on to Art Chicago! It was such an amazing event! I'm so glad I went. It's funny because since Jon and I are married we see each other every day but it was still so hard for us to part ways for the day. Jon would have gone with me, but he wanted to see Mogwai later that night with a friend and it would have been too expensive to do both events, which is why we split up.

There were three main events that were part of Art Chicago. There was the main art event, a photography event that was intertwined with the main event, and an antiques show! It was at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. For those of you unfamiliar with Chicago, Merchandise Mart is pretty much a huge open market/show room where vendors come to sell their stuff. I was at the art show for a little over three hours and I only got through about half of the event! I'm not exaggerating when I say it was huge! There was art work from countries all over the world displayed. It was really inspiring to be immersed in so much creative thought all at once.

Here are some of my favorite artists and their artwork from the event...there's a lot so I'm only showing one piece of artwork per artist, follow the link after the images if you want to see more of their incredible work!

Miguel Florido, Cuba. I am drawn to the bold colors of this painting and the narrative of the bird with the watermelon.

"Encuentro de Emociones" ("Encounter of Emotions), Oil on Canvas, 2011

Jordan Eagles, USA. The blood patterns mixed with copper are so mesmerizing and create the most interesting designs.

"URBC", Blood, copper preserved on plexiglass, UV resin, 2009

Shin-Young An, South Korea. A Haunting portrait placed over current events shapes the soul of this piece.

"Partly Guilty-1", Oil on mixed media

Ramon Vazquez, Cuba. I find the bright colors and fantastical imagery so interesting. I just want to look at it for hours!

"Tu Amor Hace Posible Io Imposible" ("Your Love Makes Possible the Impossible") Oil on Canvas, 2010

Carolyn Ottmers, USA. She went to SAIC, just like me! I just love the natural feel of these sculptures.

"Splice #10" Cast stainless steel, 2010

Walter Dolphyn, Belguim. So playful yet a little creepy. I like art that has that mixture.

"Catch it, Boy!" Oil on Canvas

Robert Swedroe, USA. The structure of the piece takes your eyes on a crazy mind trip.

"Cyber Waves"

Patrick Hughes, England. It's even more of an optical illusion to see this in person, the piece seems to move ever so slightly as you walk by.

"Pictures within Pictures" 2011

Russell West, England. It's like the paint is melting right off the wall!

"Happy Hour" Oil on wire on board

Donna Rosenthal, USA. Seriously f***ing awesome. These pieces are so intricate and whimsical! It's hard to tell by the photo, but in terms of scale they are about the size of an American Girl outfit.

"He Said...She Said (Romance Comics)" Paper and Mixed Media, 2007

Peggy Kouroumalos, Canada. I love the brushwork of these paintings and the irony in the subject matter.

"The Catch" Oil on Canvas, 2009

Jefferson Hayman, USA. His photographs have a very antique and nostalgic feel. The frames he uses make each print really unique and are almost as interesting as the photographs themselves.

"Pax Camera"

Maggie Taylor, USA. I want to jump in and be a part of her surreal fantasy paintings. I love how the figure is glowing in this piece.

Klari Reis, USA. I actually saw this piece when I was on the cruise last year. I wasn't expecting to see it again, so it was a nice surprise!

Elizabeth Lecourt, France. Using deconstructed maps as little outfits? Genius not to mention super adorable!

"A La PĂȘche aux Moules"

That's all of my favorites! Like I said I'm so glad I went to this event. I was so inspired by everything I saw, it was so much fun! Hopefully you were all just as inspired as I was! Now let's all go make some awesome art!


Monday Mania

This first photo makes me think of Alice and Wonderland when Alice grows really tall!

Since we got back on Saturday we've been super busy. Saturday I had to turn right around and go to work the second I got home. Then Sunday we went to Jon's cousin's first communion ceremony. It was so cute seeing all of the little kids all dressed up! This is the outfit that I wore there. It was such a beautiful day out! Perfect for a polka dot tiered dress!

That leads us up to today which has been the epitome of bad days. Jon went out to cut the lawn and BOOM the garage door breaks! I had to try to help him fix it, but it got ripped off from the track, so it was impossible. So then I had to go wash my work shirt because it was dirty from trying to fix the garage door and I stumbled down the stairs as I was heading back up from the basement! Ouch! Between struggling with the garage and my tumble down the stairs my back has been killing me! I had to call off work to recuperate. On top of that Jon tried to continue to mow the lawn and then our lawn mower fell apart! See, I kid you not when I say it's been a bad day!

These flowers are from my backyard! They are starting to sprout up all over the place!

Tonight when Jon gets home we are going to sit down and seriously look over our plans to move out to California. That's right, Midwest Mayhem may be heading to the west coast. Jon asked me if I'm going to change the name of the blog when we move, but I think I will keep it the same. I've spent 27 years here in the midwest, whether I like it or not I'm a midwest girl at heart. So instead of changing the name I'll continue to represent the midwest, just in a different location for a few years.

photography - Jon Knitter

The Breakdown:


Dress: BCBG Max Azria, Thrifted, Gift
Cardigan: Thrifted
Sheer Tights: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Filene's Basement

(Look at that - Minus the accessories this is an entirely thrifted outfit!)