I’ve been meaning to photograph and blog this outfit for a while now because it’s so fun! It’s another sweater dress from Marshalls. I love the funky designs and color mixes of hot pink, navy, and tan. Standing by a mound of snow nearly as tall as me really makes those colors pop!
My favorite Timex watch and a few colorful handmade bracelets gave my wrists a little more personality.
I wore it over the weekend, thinking it was kind of 60’s bohemian inspired, but my Dad said I looked like a country singer (guess I finally lived up to the name “Sami Jo!”) — what do you think? Western or Boho?
Stan came home last Thursday with the surprising news that it had snowed in Israel. I had very little sympathy because of bone-chilling cold we had the entire time he was gone, but I’m so glad he’s back! We have done nothing but cuddle and watch House of Cards all weekend.
It’s March, but I can still get away with sweater dresses for another few weeks, right? This one reminds me of Scandinavian Fair Isle sweaters and my tights mirror the deep blue in the Swedish flag (did you know I’m part Swedish? And Danish, Irish, Italian, and possibly some small part Native American).
To avoid the Valentine rush, Stan and I had our romantic dinner last night at New Mill Restaurant in Southington. The food was pretty delicious, but it was noisy. The bar was crowded and we were seated right next to it. It didn’t matter though, we were there together and we got dressed up.
I wore my Holly Golightly dress from Fleet Collection and ban.do purse — both Christmas gifts from Stan — with hot pink tights, a hair bow to match, and beige wedges.
My favorite outfit detail is the bow on the back of my Holly Golightly dress.
I’m starting to wig out a little. Stan is leaving Sunday on a two-week trip to Israel! I’m mostly excited for/jealous of him, but also a little bit terrified because of all the… uncertainty over there. But I’m sure he’ll be safe. I will just need to keep very occupied because we won’t be able to talk much. I’ll be lucky if I get a text a day from him. International data/phone plans are crazy expensive. Anyway, let’s send him happy thoughts and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Outfit details: Holly Golightly Dress in Plum:Fleet Collection, gift. Flipside Clutch in Blush/Pink:ban.do, gift. Pink tights: Betsey Johnson, Marshalls, $10 for a pack of 3 (similar). Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar).
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Happy Black Friday! I hope your Thanksgiving was full of delicious food and great company. As per tradition, Stan and I spent it at my Dad’s house and I went over earlier to make cranberry sauce and bread. I also contributed apple cup pies. It was a smaller crowd than we usually have — just my Dad, his girlfriend Carolyn, my aunt Kathy and uncle Ray, Stan, and I. My “little brother” Chris came by later for games, pie, and a movie. ♥
Good thing Stan and I took these photos before all the snow! We got a few inches over the last two days, but it’s still at that pretty, not piled-high-and-dirty phase so I like looking out at it. I’ll be wearing this very dotty outfit to the Celebrate Shelton Black Friday Handmade Market tonight.
Oh, and now that the cat’s out of the bag on our new polka dot Weekender watches at Timex, I can tell you my marketing idea! I thought in our advertising we should say, “Dot dot bash: you’re invited to the polka party.” But mostly I got quizzical, concerned looks. So I used it to title this outfit post instead. ;)
Until I can get my hands on one of the new reversible polka dot ones (early next year), I decided to wear my lime green DIY embroidered Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch.
Also: it has been almost exactly five years since I started Poor & Pretty. CRAZY. Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday!
Veritas, the latest For the Makers collection, is all about back-to-school marbling. But I have to be honest: I’m not really into the marbled look. I think it’s a beautiful art form, but it’s not really my thing. So, I color-blocked everything in my kit instead.
This may come as a shock to you, but I’m more into pink than blue. (Who knew?! ;) So I did a lot of color substitution.
For the Honor Society Notebook, I mixed together magenta and white acrylic paints (actually, I think the magenta is a fabric paint) for a lighter pink color.
I taped off the section I wanted to paint with washi tape and used a foam brush to slather on the pink. Don’t forget the spine!
While I waited for the paint to dry, I made a heart cork stamp using leftover supplies from the Toketee Collection.
After affixing my label, I dipped my stamp in the paint and stamped little hearts all over the front of the notebook. Cute! Here’s a tip for stamping: it’s better to apply the paint to the stamp with a brush, rather than dipping it in the paint. As you can see, I have a few half circles from the cork getting into the paint.
I liked the pink color so much, I decided to color block the pencils with it! I also used the gold fabric paint that came with my tote bag Brit Kit I picked up during my road trip! I did 3-4 layers of gold because it was a bit more translucent.
Occasionally, For the Makers will share an alternative way to make one of their projects on their blog, The Source. They suggested painting their Aurelian Lockets with nail polish for an enameled look. So I grabbed a hot pink OPI color and painted away! You can see the finished locket below:
I squeezed the word “CREATE” on my Dalton Pennant, which of course is also very pink. I love how it came out! So inspiring. :)
I went a bit outside the box, but I really love how everything came out. Yay creativity!
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