Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

1. I would listen to The Avett Brothers sing stereo instructions. This, however, is better than stereo instructions- 

2. I Finally Saw The Grand Budapest Hotel This Week-

I then proceeded to flood my Pinterest boards with related pins.




The film is fabulous, by the way. Definitely in my top three Wes Anderson films of all time.

3. All This Art-

These paintings, by Bill Mayer, are beautiful, haunting and off-putting, all at the same time. There are several of the paintings in this series that I don't like much at all, but I think maybe that's the point. I felt something when I first saw them. It doesn't much matter if I like it or not. Mayer describes the series, Strange Dreams, like this:

 A new series of little paintings based on dream-like visuals that are meant to share emotional content. These little experiments started at a time when some disturbing things were going on in the world. Although it was not conscious or deliberate, those events seemed to seep their way into this series. I have always been fascinated with dark dream-visuals that sometimes seep into your subconscious, and in this series of paintings, I tried to put those strange dreams down on paper.

 I loved this list of 21 female street artists. I was especially excited to see my favorite street artist of all time, Miss Van, made the cut. Check out some of the other great artists! 

Art by South African Artist, Nardstar*

4.  Wes Anderson Loves Him Some Symmetry-

You can't deny that.

Wes Anderson // Centered from kogonada on Vimeo.

5. This Sweatshirt-

Someday they'll go to Cat College. Someday.

Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrifting Thursday: A Date at the ARC

Rick and I had a bit of a date night on Wednesday evening. With my back-to-back plays and his work schedule, we haven't had a whole lot of quality time with one another. So, after a breakfast-for-dinner run to Perkins (we had a coupon AND it was free pie night), we headed on over to our local ARC for a little evening shopping.

Rick really isn't one for crowds, so going to the ARC on Saturday for their weekly 50% off sale isn't usually an option, as the crowds are, admittedly, a little crazy. However, 7:30 on a Wednesday night is the perfect time to browse the racks without any interruption! Rick picked up a few lamps that he's going to part out and I picked up a few odds and ends: a coffee mug with a cat named Morris on it, two pairs of shorts (preparing for a trip to Georgia this summer), a copy of Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe and a purple, bat-wing cardigan.

More than finding our treasures, we enjoyed checking out the weird assembly of junk that had collected since the last time we were at the ARC.

What in the......? 

Look at the babies!!! 

There was so much cat stuff. This is just one section, but the whole store was bursting with cat paraphernalia. It took everything in my power not to take home a few choice pieces from this shelf of mirth and merriment. Everything in my power. I always told Rick I plan to collect cat figurines in my old age. No time like the present, I say!!

Happy Thrifting, friends!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Film Fashion: "Pushing Daisies"-Olive Snook

Olive Snook, played by the adorably spunky Kristin Chenoweth, is one of the best characters in Pushing Daisies. She's funny, stylish and has a heart as big as the pie that sits atop The Pie Hole she works at! In addition, her occasional musical interludes are some of my favorite scenes of all time! 

Olive's style, while still very retro, is a little more modern and a bit more adventurous than previous Film Fashion subject, Charlotte Charles. Olive loves herself a low-cut neckline and a shorter hem on skirts and dresses. We see Olive mostly in a color pallette revolving around oranges, reds and greens. And possibly one of Olive's best accessories is Digby, the Golden Retriever. She never leaves the house without him!

Film Fashion- Olive Snook from "Pushing Daisies"

Olive may have been number two in The Pie Maker's heart,  but she'll always be a style #1 in my book! Oh, how I miss Pushing Daisies! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

1. This Haunted Mansion iphone Case- 

So good

2. Draw Me a Song- 

Draw Me a Song is a project, originally created by designer Nour Tohm√©, that explores the fusion between music and visual art and I love it! 

Sing it, girl! 

3. Consider This- 


4. Lizzie Allen Wallpaper- 



5. Irish Breakfast Tea Out of This Cup- 


Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifting Thursday: Style Lend

Over the Broke But Bougie Youtube channel, I recently heard about a service called Style Lend and I have to admit, I was intrigued!

Style Lend is a service, currently only available in San Francisco, that allows women to rent dresses for special events, instead of buying a dress that they might only wear once. 

Now, if you're like me, this probably isn't a problem you have. I don't generally buy a dress unless I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it, but I also don't go to an abundance of special events. I could see if you were going to a fancy dress event and didn't want to buy a new dress or wear one of your old bridemaid's dresses, this might be a really good option! You can rent a dress in as little as 24 hours, so if something comes up at the last minute, you're covered! 

The dresses are categorized by style/event: Spring, Black & White, Gala, Night Out, Cocktail & Wedding. You can also filter by size and amount you want to pay to rent the dress. The dresses range in price from $20-$200 and come in a variety of sizes. But, again, a service like this is only as good as it's community. The more women that sign up to lend dresses, the better the selection of style and sizes. 

In terms of lending dresses, this actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal. You might be asking why lend when you can just sell or consign your dress? Lending allows you the option of still wearing the dress again and in 1 or 2 rentals you can earn the same amount as consigning! And if your one of those gals that has a ton of different dresses, all in really great quality, why not make some money off of them? You can only wear one outfit at a time, so let your closet do some work for you! 

Does this sound like a service that you would use? If there was a Style Lend branch in your city would you be nervous to rent or lend dresses or does this sound like a fix for a lot of your special event needs? Style Lend is looking to expand to a new city soon, so who knows? It might just be your city! 

Happy Thrifting Thursday! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Film Fashion: "Pushing Daisies"- Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Today's film fashion comes from a TV show. A TV show that I have written about before, actually! During my 31 Days of Halloween series I wrote a post on one of my favorite tv shows of all time and that show is Bryan Fuller's short-lived Pushing Daisies. 

I loved everything about Pushing Daisies the first time I watched it, but I especially loved the style. The retro style of the entire show is right up my alley!

Today we will be looking at the quirky-retro style of lonely tourist, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles, played by the lovely Anna Friel.

Pushing Daisies- Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

That's Chuck in a nutshell! Right down to the cheese board! Pushing Daisies has so many great styled characters. Maybe you'll see some more familiar faces here on the blog in the coming days! You  never know! And if you haven't seen Pushing Daisies before, I strongly encourage you to check it out soon!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Makeup Monday: Freeman's Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask

I've been doing a play for the last two weekends and thus, I've been wearing a lot of makeup. Anyone who has done theater knows the amount of junk you have to put on your face to have your features show up to the audience. From far away it looks flawless, but if you get any closer, it ain't pretty, kids!

Crazy Face Destree makes her return to the stage

As I was washing my face today, I felt like my skin needed a detox, STAT! So, I whipped out my Freeman's Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask and set to work. If you're on a tight budget or really into DIY, you could always make your own mask and beauty products. I've been using this mask for the past couple of months on a weekly basis or whenever I feel like my face could use a really deep clean. The clay helps pull all the junk & oil out of my pores, while the avocado moisturizes and the oatmeal soothes. I like to layer it a bit thicker on problem areas, like my cheeks and chin and a little bit goes a long way! 


In terms of consistency, this mask isn't super sticky or thick like some clay masks that I've tried. Because of that, it doesn't take this mask forever to dry and if you end up getting a little of it in your eyebrows or in your hairline, it won't take forever to rinse out. It may look like you're smearing toothpaste all over your face, but trust me; this mask leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean, but moisturized. You know how some clay masks leave your skin too clean? Like your skin is going to have to over-produce oil to correct the lack of oil? None of that with this mask, folks! 

Mask Mugging 

The only thing I don't like about this product is the smell. As soon as you open the lid you can smell this mask and the fragrance isn't my favorite. But once it dries, you can't really smell anything, so that's a plus. 

For only $3.99 from most drugstores (I got mine from Walgreens), this mask is a steal! Add given the fact that I've had my bottle (6 fl oz)  for about 3 months and I'm not even halfway through, I'd say this product is worth a try! 

Do you have any facial masks that I need to try? I'm interested in trying some of those new-fangled sheet masks all the cool kids are talking about, but I don't even know where to start! Any recommendations?  

Happy Makeup Monday, Friends!