Like most kids raised in the 80’s and 90’s I like my stuff. I get a great surge of energy when I buy that new/vintage item that promises to make my life complete. I would not consider myself an obsessive shopper, but I certainly find ways to convince myself that unnecessary products are more needed than they really are for me. I know I’m not the only one, but I do realize now is the time to get rid of it. As much of it as possible. My stuff is spilling over in every way possible. My closet/our spare room has become a dangerous space for me as I could trip any moment on a coat hanger or old skirt. That’s scary while my shoulder is still recovering from surgery. Can you imagine my anger if I hurt my arm again from tripping on junk. It’s mostly clothes. Not just any clothes. Work clothes. Clothes I bought to anchor and report that instead only made me look frumpy, boring or the worst inappropriate, while rare.. Unfortunately, I often didn’t realize these qualities until after I snapped the tags and wore it on air. Now I have perfectly clean, wearable professional clothes stuffing my closet and reminding me of wasted money. I don’T mind giving things away, especially to charity, but this is just too much stuff and mostly brand new. So now I’m on Poshmark. (like ebay but just in the US and really just for clothes and accessories) I’m very new and just learning the lingo, you know like, poshers, share and host pics? How it works is that I can just load up all my work dresses and then people across the country can look into my closet and buy them (hopefully). I’ve made a few sales, but want it all gone!!! I’m so desperate that I took some of my meager earnings and bought myself a mannequin off ebay. You know what they say: spend money to make money. It’s about to get crazy in our house. I think it was just delivered today while I’m at work. It’s sitting at the door waiting for me. Where in the world will this potentially scary person stay in our house. By the way, if you are interested in getting rid of some of your nice stuff you can use my code ( UKMUF ). By using it you will get $5 off your first purchase. Not that buying is the goal, but I dare you not to buy a couple of things. There are some super deals on here on very quality items like cocktail dresses you will eventually need. Sign up with code UKMUF to save $5 https://bnc.lt/focc/eClwIe7QxE
I wish I’d done this. If I’d known I could have saved 5 bucks!!!! Learn from me!
A work friend also recently gave me a whole bunch of vintage jewelry that he wasn’t sure what to do with. I kept a lot of it to wear on air(no one would even knows it’s vintage), but what wouldn’t work on the news, I’m selling on poshmark. Like this beauty! I’ve been doing a lot of studying on collectible costume jewelry! What a fun world. I’ve always been a casual collector of things that spoke to me, but now I’m learning the history of pieces I don’t even like but know someone will!!
Speaking of stuff I do love….this signed Mariam Haskell long pearl and broach set that I’m hoping doesn’t sell: http://bit.ly/2trbSzv It’s quite the treasure. Can’t you just imagine it being worn back in a more elegant time.
For now, at least, Matt’s getting a kick out of it. He enjoys watching me work my side hustle even while I have a perfectly fine and time consuming full time job. He even identifies some of my items that he things could go up on the site. Good thing I have final approval! I’ll post some of my items on here every once in a while so I don’t waste his time by talking his ear off about it. Eventually he just stops listening. For now it’s fun!
I love a good adventure. I’d say most of my vacations and trips aren’t relaxing. They are about seeing new things and getting as much in a day as possible. When it came time to pitch ideas for a honeymoon, Matt and I first were thinking of complicated, exhausting trips that would send us across the world. Perfectly fine, but it finally hit us. No. We don’t want to be in a hurry, we don’t want to wake up early, figure out public transportation or lug around rolling bags. There’s plenty of time for that. We are going tropical!! No obligations to see the must see attractions. Instead, we’ll eat, drink, sleep late, go for walks in the beach, and sit under umbrellas with the Caribbean breeze keeping us cool.
We want this to be easy – breezy. No make up and no hair drying. Still, I’m looking for cute resort dresses that can be rolled up in my bag, are light and breathable.
In my search I found this adorable vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress with lime and pink with some cute little shells. Just imagine all the exotic trips it’s gone along with through the decades. They just never go out of style. Ladylike is always in style.
Picture is from etsy.
I’m picking Matt up at the airport in a few hours. Together we are going to one of my favorite annual events in Memphis. Memphis Fashion Week. Turns out it started the same year I got here, so I’ve been able to enjoy it all the way through. It’s not that I much care for fashion. Well, I do, but really am clueless. I just like all the colors, patterns, movement and music. Anyhow, since I told him we are going, he’s been sending me this link, daily. He’ll even chat it at me over the phone.
I’m so excited, mostly because it’s happening at the Antebellum Annesdale Mansion. It’s 1850 Italianate on property I imagined as a child when reading the secret garden. I toured the grounds back in October during a Halloween tour and can’t wait to see inside. It’s so unique. Memphis has some of the most interesting southern architecture. So different than the coast where I grew up.
My news director was kind enough to let me feature a Memphis Fashion Week partner business on the news this week. The brand new Henny Penny Mobile Boutique. The owner, Cyndii Jo Hartley, has the most vibrant red hair and what I think is a killer idea. You might see her and her super cool Lance Snack truck turned boutique at your next event.
Here’s a pic from the first year in 2012. With my friend and former WMC intern Nicole Blum.
Ahhh, so that’s what they are called…
Not knowing they had a name I got frustrated and bought two pairs just like these. I was frustrated because Matt freaked out on me the other day about wearing yoga pants, well, wearing them too often. Well, maybe I tried to wear them with high heels…to dinner. It was a low moment. Sorry – they are comfortable. Like most working people, I wear clothes that itch, irritate, and suck me in to the point of stomach cramps, no joke. On my free time I just want to be comfortable. Though, with Matt’s help, I thought about what I could replace them with that would look a bit more presentable. So, mom jeans they are. Mine are a lot baggier – what’s the point of wearing them if they are going to be tight? I don’t want anything constricting. Plus, mine were Old Navy so way cheap!
Below is what yahoo shine has to say about my new weekend staple-
“Mom jeans”— pleated, tapered, high-waisted pants with elongated pockets — aren’t exactly cutting edge, but the denim drawers once adored by the over-40 set, and later parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” are making a surprising comeback. Again.
Case in point: Topshop now carries Moto Blue Mom Jeans, a $66 cotton version and Urban Outfitters sells the Mom Jean, a $59 pair with a tapered, cropped leg. And Hollywood is crawling with the look— in December, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing the voluminous, drawstring version of the jeans, and Elle Fanning admitted to New York magazine that she favors a baggier look, “sort of like a mom jean.” Meanwhile, actress Emma Roberts rocked a high-waisted, skin-tight pair of dark denims recently. Hard to believe that in 2009, Jessica Simpson received flak from the media for wearing a dark blue pair of her own during a Florida concert. But back then, high-waisted denims were having a resurgence, too—thanks to street style blogs featuring hipsters embracing the look ironically, of course. This time around, we have a new explanation for mom jeans and some guidelines for wearing them.
“Fashion is experiencing a wave of ‘90s nostalgia— lots of crop tops, plaid, and layering — and mom jeans right fit right in,” Stephanie Trong, co-editor in chief of Fashionista.com, told Yahoo Shine. “But let’s be clear: These aren’t everyday jeans, and they won’t necessarily flatter your body; however, they do poke fun at fashion and make a playful statement.” Dare to try it? Proceed with caution — and definitely wear them with confidence. nostalgia— lots of crop tops, plaid, and layering — and mom jeans right fit right in,” Stephanie Trong, co-editor in chief of Fashionista.com, told Yahoo Shine. “But let’s be clear: These aren’t everyday jeans, and they won’t necessarily flatter your body; however, they do poke fun at fashion and make a playful statement.” Dare to try it? Proceed with caution — and definitely wear them with confidence.
I saw the collective envy and wonder in the eyes of the ladies around me. Mine included.
I do good to run my garbage out to the street around 2 am just hours before the garbage men roll through my street.
The houses on the Annual Central Gardens Home Tour in Mid-Town are so spotless — so perfect they seem like movie sets.
They certainly could be.
I do know Dennis Quaid stayed in a house on Belvedere Blvd while he shot Great Balls of Fire. See, you learn all sorts of useful things on the tour.
For a person who loves homes..homes with a history…homes that have been saved from the nightmare of bulldozers, this past Sunday was a dream.
A mere $15 dollars (going to some charity or something useful, I’m sure) you get to see how the other half lives. I’m struggling by no means, but these people know how to live. Most of the homes were built in 1909. The owners have the delicate task of not only keeping the homes at their turn of the century splendor, but also repairing the expensive wood work these elegantly designed homes are full of, and the gigantic project of filling the home with appropriate furniture. It would be a tragedy if the owners just ran to Ikea and filled a home. No, these homes we toured were stocked with Russian mirrors from the 1800’s, original paintings, fine furniture, oriental this and that and so much more to love admiring. Is it all my preference, no way, but I can say, the homes were all done in a way that even if not your taste you admired the time and effort (money) it took to keep the homes up in a way they deserve.
You can even take a little swing on their porch — and yes I took notes
If you drive through Central Gardens ( I don’t live there but do live in Mid-Town) you do a lot of neck stretching to catch a glimpse at the homes you pass by. You never truly get to see all the details or totally fix your eye on that speakers platform on this house in the 1300 block of Central. This house has been a frat house for the school of optomotry and the functining school house for Lausanne School. The current owners have been there since 2001.
It’s also amazing to see what people collect. I like collectors of strange things. We are all eccentric and I love people who are strange and keep it all around them. In one house the doctor owner collected these elaborate marble mantle clocks. In another more homey home the lady of the house collected these large marbles that look like paper weights. If there is a name for them I’m not sure, but they are all different colors and are filled with things like flowers and color swirls. The things were everywhere and on display. I love that she loves them enough to put them EVERYWHERE. Then there are the family photos. Some people display them in a somewhat muted way — that’s me. By that I mean a frame here and there, but others splash the family photos from 1985 on every wall and tiny space. I don’t think they love their family any more than I do. It’s just their style. I would have taken inside pictures, but it’s not allowed and I guess it would have been rude of me.
Two of my favorite homes.
This home on Belvedere. It was built in 1909 as a model home for the beautiful tree lined median street. A person could walk in and see amazing wood work in the foyer. About the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. If they took a right turn into the dining room they would find a very dressy and formal Itialian styled detailing in the wood work. If they took a left off the foyer they would find traditional arts and crafts styled wood working. Then the visitor could decide which they wanted in their Belvedere home. The lucky owners today get to have the best of both worlds.
The second home I loved most was on Peabody. It’s the old Crump home. Boss Crump himself had the house built in 1909 and died in it. His body lie in state in the foyer with roses lining the stairs, or so I was told. I’ve passed by the home so many times and wondered what it was like inside. Well, it was beautiful. Loved seeing a painting of Crump standing with other leaders in front of the New Daisy Theater. With the legacy the home has you have to keep the old man in the house!
It’s a total neighborhood affair complete with adorable little kids selling treats and cold drinks and boy scouts raising money. It was warm out there.
I don’t talk politics.
You can ask my close friends and ex-boyfriends (I usually made them mad) :: I’m very politically minded, but keep or try to keep my mouth shut pretty much ALL the time, especially at work or in public which includes facebook, twitter and my blog. You’ll notice. There isn’t a “politics” category on my blog.
1. I’m a journalist and feel seriously that my opinions must stay out of my work. Not everyone agrees. What they do is their business, though I plan to stick to it.
2. Politics can be and often is driven by emotion and passion. I know how mad I get when people walk around either telling me I’m wrong or acting as if everyone shares their political opinions. Goodness knows people do it.
However, since the media has turned our First Lady’s wardrobe into a constant human interest story the last 4 years, you know — WOW Michelle Obama loves J-Crew — Watch her ROCK a cardigan — who knew she would DARE wear Marc Jacobs to a fundraiser — OMG look at her slender arms, I feel clothes/style are free game.
So, while people are making these very immediate ruthless comments on twitter dissing Paul Ryan’s music choices, looks (can you really call him ugly?), and speech length — I’ll scratch my need to join in by focusing on something no one can realistically get mad at me over. Fingers crossed……
Here we go :: The GOP ticket wins the female style category.
Janna Ryan’s green dress. Elegant. Classy. Traditional. Perfect.
Another one ::
Not to say I don’t have detractors. This is life.
The Boston Herald calls her Wednesday night choice, “Smart but safe”
What do they want? More of a designer edge? An up and coming design star? Fishnets? More bobbles?
Then you take the very glamorous 1949 born Ann Romney. Lovely.
I’ve always thought Michelle Obama did a fantastic job representing the United States style-wise. (Really, who cares) I’ve always been curious the routine her people go through putting the outfits together. I’d like to see her team in action. It’s clear (to me) more attention has been placed on her wardrobe than with first ladies in the past. Seems like a true concerted effort.
Still, my vote is with the GOP.
There we go folks, my chance to publicly talk politics with everyone else tonight.
I have no clue who to ask.
I need a reward. Well, not yet. Not even close, but I’m working hard to achieve a personal goal which I won’t be getting into in this blog, but what I am getting into is the reward. Typical, right?
Instead of focusing on the hard work and dedication required of me to hit said goal I instead focus on the goods. Though, it’s like they say. Keep your eyes on the prize. You know?
I have a general idea of the reward. Not my typical loves travel or food, instead I want something to keep and something I can reward myself with in the next two months as that’s the amount of time it’s going to take.
I’ve decided my treat will be a purse/bag/tote.
I typically don’t believe in spending a lot on a bag because the ones I use normally get thrown on the concrete while I do interviews or stand-ups for work, but on this occasion I can have what I want.
I want one that is classic. One that when I’m old and possibly daughter-less (what a dreadful thought) a young lady will see it at my estate sale and want to love it and keep it for many more generations.
– Needs to be classic
-Would like it to be used (you know how I love things with history)
-large enough to hold make up bag and small notebook
-real, don’t do fake — well maybe just fake spray tans
-don’t want lois vuitton, don’t like looking like everyone else
So, here are my questions ::
1. What do I want? I really need help with this. I don’t follow designers, fashion or what’s really in style. Nor do I really care, but this means I don’t even know my options.
2. What are some websites that sell real designer handbags. I’m so paranoid about buying some lame knock off by accident.