Friday, September 30, 2011

What I Wore | I Got Bangs!

purple maxi skirt target/ black blazer gift {j.c.penny}/ cream ruffle tank gap outlet/ tan boots target/ silver ring  j.c.penny

Zooey Deschanel
For something new I cut my bangs on Wednesday night. I was going for a Debbie Reynolds {Tammy} & Zooey Deschanel look.  How do y'all like it? Like them? Hate them? (BTW: they look much better now that I washed my hair.)

About a month ago I bought this purple maxi skirt in the clearance section at Target (what a dangerous store for me & my wallet). The color was perfect to be worn during the fall and winter so I bought it. I LOVE it! It doesn't feel too long to wear. Which is key for me. I've been known to rip out my hems by stepping on them. um, yes. It is also lots of fun to style. Y'all will definitely be seeing this skirt a lot in the coming months.

In other news, I finished my sewing my circle skirt. About 9 o'clock last night I started hand sewing the hem on my skirt. My skirt was looking so nice that I wasn't about to ruin the look by sewing the hem on my sewing machine. So after sewing 1/4 of the hem last night I went to bed. And finished the other 3/4 of the hem while watching, The Winning Team {1952} & A Yank as Eton {1942} today. The latter film has Mickey Rooney {22}, Freddie Bartholomew {18}, and Peter Lawford {19}. What I found funny about this movie is that Bartholomew played an older half-brother, by one year, to Rooney (As you can see above, next to everyone's name I have their age at the time the movie came out). That was odd. It would be even more odd if you had only see them together in Little Lord Fauntleroy. Oh, my.

Well, I better get going. Soon we will be eating diner then it's off to the movie theater.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I ♥ Thursday {no. 14}

I adore these mustard oxford heels from Forever 21. I was going to buy them this weekend. The sad news. They are all out of size 7s. Oh, well, I hope they get back in stock within the next few weeks so I can buy them. *smiles*

Mustard colored tights? Seamed tights? Both from Forever 21 for $5.80 = l.o.v.e

I've been loving Jessica Quirk's outfits. If you don't read her blog, go check her out now!

I'm looking forward to seeing Courageous tomorrow night. Who else is going to see this?

I can't wait to watch The Winning Team {1952} with Ronald Reagan & Doris Day. What can better then a baseball movie with two of my favorite actors & actresses?

What are you loving this week?

p.s. Don't forget to enter the fingerless gloves giveaway that is going on right now!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fingerless Gloves Giveaway {Closed}

Fall is now upon us. And what is better for these cooler months then fingerless gloves? I love wearing them when I'm cold inside the house, or while I'm at work where it is always freezing in the fall and winter.  

One of Bramblewood Fashion's readers, Jojo knitted these fingerless gloves for one of you to win. 

I'm going to make this giveaway simple. Like very simple. 

Leave a separate comment for thing you do.

1. Tell me what you are looking forward to wearing this fall. {include some way to contact you}
2. Blog/Tweet/Share/Pin/Tumble about the giveaway. {Leave a link in the comment}
3. Email four friends about the giveaway.

That's it. This giveaway is only open to those within the USA. The giveaway ends on October 7th @ 11PM {EST}. A winner will then be selected at random and announced either the next day, Saturday, or on Monday. Good luck girls!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What I Wore | 1950s Poodle Skirt

After working on my circle skirt for Casey's sew along these past two days {it just needs to be hemmed!}. I've been in a very 1950s mood. What I really wanted to wear today was my only true vintage dress. But sadly, this spring it became too small for me to wear. Meaning the dress just sits in my closet. So instead I wore my poodle skirt and 50s blouse that I made back in late February of 2009.

I must admit the last time I wore this combination was in March of 2009. It was to the screening of a movie that I did the costumes and make-up for. But when I wore this outfit, I hid most of what I was wearing underneath my winter coat. I wasn't brave enough yet for everyone to see my 1950s style outfit. Now, I feel like myself in vintage style clothing. I don't feel like I need to hid my outfits under coats anymore. Why look, I'm wearing a 50s petticoat too with this outfit! I would have to say, blogging about my outfits over the past two years has helped me wear what I truly want to wear. It has also help me build up my confidence - fashion wise. It also helps that I follow people like, Casey and Amber {two of my favorite people in the blogging world} who dress like this all the time.

navy blue poodle circle skirt made by me/ mustard yellow blouse made by me/ black belt came with a dress {Liz Claiborne}/ grey knee highs target/ black pumps famous footwear/ sense & sensibility patterns umbrella from Mrs. Jennie Chancey 

Sewing Information::

Skirt Pattern: Simplicity #5403 (you can still buy this pattern)
Fabric: Cotton broadcloth (poodle: felt / The leash: string of plastic beads from Joann Fabrics)

   I used snaps to close up the side {no, zipper on this skirt. I didn't enjoy putting in zippers when I made this skirt. But once I took a class on putting in zippers I didn't fear them anymore.}

Blouse Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 4757 {1954}
Fabric: Vintage fabric that was given to me. I have no clue to the date of the fabric. Any ideas anyone? As I would love to know how old the fabric is.

  I could have added more buttons down the front. There are only three. Um, yes. It was fine when I first wore the blouse. But, um, when it was washed it wasn't so good anymore. So when ever I wear the blouse I add safety pins to help close the blouse up.

See this fabric? It is the fabric for my circle skirt that I'm making right now. When I bought the fabric in L.A. I didn't know what I was going to use it for. It turned out it was perfect for a circle skirt. I can't wait to style the skirt when it is done. *smiles*

I also want to say hello to any new readers from Pink Lemonade {The Blog}. For those who don't know, I did a guest post on there today. Go check it out here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

What I Wore - black+yellow+fuchsia = awesome!
Once again I found inspiration for another outfit on pinterest. This is beginning to be a theme. But this time it came in real handy. I found another way to style my yellow pencil skirt {which y'all know I have the hardest time styling}. (Oh, by the way, I wore this outfit yesterday.)

My inspiration for my outfit is on the right. Isn't it pretty? Yes, it was featured yesterday on here. lol. When I was putting together this outfit I made the discovery that I don't own a black long sleeve shirt. So I wore a short sleeve top instead. This outfit also marks my first fall outfit for the year that I'm wearing tights. What fun! I love tights {which is odd, as I used to hate tights}. They are a fun and an easy way to add a punch of color.

black top target/ black tank j.c.penny/ yellow pencil skirt made by me/ fuchsia tights j.c.penny/ owl ring kohl's/ brown wedge sandals payless/ floral dangle earrings j.c.penny

I adore this picture so much that it is my new profile picture. Thanks, Hanne-col! : )
Do you like to wear color tights? If you do, what are your favorite colors and brand(s)?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I ♥ Thursday {no. 13}

First off, the winner of the necklace & earrings set.

Congratulations, Rachel! I'll be getting in touch with you soon! I might not have time today, because it is my dad's birthday and I have a huge dinner to cook for him. =)

Now, my favorites for this week.

My number one love of this week has to be Kate of The Small Things Blog. If you don't follow her already, you must go follow her now. Why? She is a professional hairstylist. Is very sweet and helpful! And has the most helpful hints and tutorials for styling your hair on her blog. She has one of those blogs were you always check to see of they wrote a new post. 

Essie nail polish. Love the colors, brush, packaging, and everything about it screams girly to me. l.o.v.e it! My favorite colors right now are a list & carry on, respectively. 

What is your favorite Essie color? Which one should I try next? ;-)

I'm loving this color combo right now. black+yellow+fuchsia =awesome! In fact, my outfit for today is this look. I also found out, I don't own one black cardigan or long sleeve shirt. Must put these items on my black Friday shopping list. Yes, I'm already making a black Friday shopping list.

Good News {1947} with Peter Lawford & June Allyson - My favorite dance number? The Varsity drag. But then again, any of the scenes with Peter Lawford dancing and singing are my favorite.

What have you been loving?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

::Encourage One Another’ Link-Up:: Peach Pie Filling

Mrs. Jacqueline over at Deep Roots at Home is having a weekly link up were you link up a post of encouragement for others. The topics can be any of the following: "character-building or homemaking skills, cleaning, cooking, gardening, an alternative medicine tip, devotions, a special photo, scripture, or any other topic that would be of encouragement to someone."

This is a new link-up that just started last week. But I wasn't able to join in last week. So, today marks the day I'll try to enter up every week - if time allows. Why don't you join in too?

After much thinking, I decided to do a post on my peach pie filling. I made my first peach pie on July 4th of this year {it was also the first time I ever ate one}. Boy was it good. Just one warning. The filling is delicious, that you may eat all of the filling before you finish filling the pie. It is that good. Just talking about it is making my mouth water. Well, enough talking about the filling and onto the recipe.

Peach Pie Filling
One 9-inch pie

You will need about 7-10 peaches {depending on the size of the peaches and how full you want your pie} peeled, pitted, and sliced. Never peeled a peach? It is very simple to do. Take a large pot and fill it with water. Bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling drop the peaches in for about 3 minutes. Remove from the boiling water, then slip off the skins. Cut the peaches in half and take out the pit. Then cut the peaches into 1/4 inch slices. 

Preheat the oven to 425 degree F. Place all of the peaches into a large bowl. Add the following ingredients:

1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar {I use cane sugar}
3 to 3 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch {or arrowroot powder}
2 tablespoons of  fresh lemon juice
a pinch of salt
a dash of cinnamon {I don't measure this out. I just add to my personal taste.} 
lots of love ;-)

Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into the bottom crust and dot with:
2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Top the pie with either a top crust, lattice, or crisp topping. Bake the pie for 30 minutes. Slip a baking sheet underneath it first. After the 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until thick juices bubble through the vents, about 25 to 35 minutes more. Let cool completely on a rack before serving. This pie is best the day it is baked, but can be stored for up to 1 day {if your pie lasts that long}.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What I Wore | 1938 Formal Meets 2011

Last night I was looking for something different to wear today. In my refashion pile I saw this 1938 formal I made back in 2008. It was made for a family outing to see the Broadway play, The Lion King at a theater that was built back in the 20s, or 30s. I wanted a vintage dress, but it also had to be cheap. Like not spend any money on the dress. Enter this dress, the whole dress was made out of supplies in my stash. What may, or may not surprise you is.....this dress is made out of cotton broadcloth from Joann Fabrics. Yes, broadcloth. But in the dim lights of the theater you couldn't tell. 

I only wore this dress that one time. It didn't fit me on top right. {even though the pattern size said this dress was way too small for me. I still had to take the dress in. crazy.} On a whim last night, I tried the dress one. And guess what? It fits me like a dream now. Yay! But I didn't want to wear this as a dress today. So I threw on a chunky sweater that was given to us as handy-me downs. It totally brought the outfit to 2011. I love it! I now had the look of a maxi skirt. Perfect for the current fall trends. 

 burgundy dress made by me {vintage 1938 pattern}/ blue sweater free people {hand-me down}/ owl ring kohl's/ tan boots target/ gold leaf earrings forever 21

What is something from your closet that you can wear in a different way?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Girls Outing Downtown

You may have noticed, I haven't really been blogging this past week. There is a reason - I came down with a sore throat and cold last Tuesday morning {I still have the cold}. I had so many plans for this past week. Make cake pops & candy with my little sister, Abby. Start on a circle skirt for Casey's sew along. Refashion some clothes for the fall from my wardrobe. Start making little girls clothing, headbands, and doll clothes for my etsy shop. And I had some great ideas for blog posts this week. Instead I've been stuck in bed {except for Wednesday, when I went out for the afternoon. Which is why I'm writing this post.} watching movies & TV shows, coming up with outfit ideas, and dreaming of hair styles.

Now that you have some background on my week, you maybe wondering? If she was sick, why is the post titled, "Girls Outing Downtown." Well, my dearies. Gabrielle, Hanne-col, and I had been planning to meet up with a friend {Beth} for a girls outing in downtown Indy on Wednesday afternoon. My sore throat was gone, I had just a minor cold at that time, so I decided to go with my sisters downtown {I wasn't about to miss out on this adventure! I had to go}. I packed my thermos with plenty of orange juice for the trip and headed downtown. Here are a bunch of pictures of our little adventure.

  Heading downtown

One of the places we had to stop at - a tea shop called, Teapots n Treasures. {You would love this place, Amber!} I was able to try out two teas, which I ended up simply adoring {which is not normal for me}. They were called, something Octoberfest and Pumpkin Chai. Yummy. 

Tea Sets

Then I spotted THE most WONDERFUL teapot/teacup! It was red with white polkadots. Very Cath Kidston. {I immediately thought of you, Acahia!} =)

Statue of William Henry Harrison.

Our friend, Beth.

Inside the State House.

It was beautiful!

Bust of George Rogers Clark.

Resting inside the State House.

We found an old US mail slot. {that is Hanne-col.}

After the State House we walked to the brand new 9-11 memorial. This is a beam from the World Trade Center. Want to know something amazing? Ten years later you can still smell the smoke in the steel{?} beam. 

More of the memorial. 

A beautiful bridge along our canal.

Me, Gabrielle, and Hanne-col.

And that was my adventure downtown. Though, I think all those hours in the cold walking around made my cold worse. But it was worth it. ;-)


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