Sunday, November 22, 2015

What's Making Me Laugh- The SNL Ladies Perform 'First Got Horny 2 U'

Last weekend the ladies of SNL performed a song reminiscent of 90s boy band videos all about their first celebrity crushes...and it was hilarious. Check out the video of the SNL women performing "First Got Horny 2 U". 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What I'm Listening To: Garbage- Girl Don't Come from the 20 Years Queer Tour at the O2 Academy, Brixton

Last weekend, I got together with a few of my favorite people to see one of my favorite bands, Garbage, at the O2 Academy in Brixton. I've been a Garbage fan since the beginning and spent many  teenaged nights pretending to be Shirley Manson in front of my bedroom mirror, but the band never toured near my hometown. So last weekend I fulfilled one of my high school wishes by attending Garbage's 20 Years Queer Tour. The concert was a bit of a retrospective celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album (which was released in 1995) and it totally lived up to my expectations.


Garbage are expected to drop a new album in 2016. Here's hoping that they continue to rock on for another 20 years! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wardrobe Architect: Fall Planning

I know that we're already knee-deep into the Fall 2015 fashion session, but sometimes wardrobe planning can be an ongoing process. Taking into consideration my lessons from the summer (not committing to making too many items and focusing on separates), Here's how I'm planning my wardrobe for the colder months.


The main focuses of my fall/winter wardrobe are comfort and warmth, but since I'm also working with children it's also important that my clothes are washable. I rarely wear dresses to work, so it's important for me to focus on separates, although it's nice to have a holiday party dress on-hand).

Typical Fall 2015 Wardrobe


I've created an ongoing Fall/Winter Fashion moodboard on Pinterest to organize my wardrobe ideas and inspiration.

Follow Oh Sarah O!'s board Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Inspiration on Pinterest.
Fall Makes

This time, I'm going to focus on finishing projects that I have already started. Right now I'm finishing a Nosegay Vest by Untangling Knots.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My 2015 Halloween Movie Watching List

Happy belated Halloween, everyone!

Every Halloween season, my husband and I love to watch scary movies to get into the Halloween spirit. This year, most of the films we've been watching have a "Made in Britain" theme. Here's a list of the Halloween films we have watched this year:

1. The Wicker Man (1973)

2. Peeping Tom (1960)

3. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

4. Don't Look Now (1973)

5. Shawn of the Dead (2004)

6. The Babadook (2014)

7. A Girl Walks Alone At Night (2015)

8. The Witchfinder General (1968)

9. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Next I'll be binge watching Thanksgiving themed films. What are you watching?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Wardrobe Architect: End of Summer Progress

This summer I made an attempt to plan my summer wardrobe and future makes, so today I thought I'd update you with how it went.

Things I Sewed:

  • Kimono \ I've had this lightweight fabric from in my stash for over a year, and a finally decided to use it to sew up a kimono jacket using the free kimono pattern pattern from Sew Caroline. It only took me a few hours to sew and I finished it in time to wear it during my trip to Edinburgh.

  • Hair scarves \ I used Tilly and the Buttons Bridget Scarf pattern to make a few scarves from the scraps of my treasured blue poppy Marrimekko fabric that I bought in Finland last year. Unfortunately, I don't have any great pictures of me wearing the scarves just yet, but I DID wear one to the 2015 Handmade Fair this year. 

  • I finally bought a pair of skinny cargo pants, a jumpsuit, overalls, and some culottes to try out.
  • I rarely wore dresses (I wore my maxi dress twice and my knit dresses with leggings on three occasions). 
In Summary:

I didn't really stick to my summer capsule wardrobe because my days were less structured since I don't have to go to work in the summertime, and I travelled a lot.

     Lessons for Fall:

    • Don't commit to making too many items.
    • Focus on separates rather than dresses.

Monday, November 2, 2015

What I Read in September

In September, was was seeking inspiration from my books. Here's what I read in September:

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai \ I was lucky enough to get my hands on the library's copy of I Am Malala, which has been in my "Want to Read" cue for several months now. Her story is very inspiring and now I can't wait to see her documentary later this year.   

The Fall by Albert Camus \ I traveled to Paris at the end of September, so after I finished I Am Malala, I wanted to read a few books by French authors. The Fall was the first book I chose by a French author. It's a philosophical novel written as if it were a continuous conversation between Jean-Baptiste Clamence and a stranger as he recalls his "fall from grace". I found the conversational style difficult to follow and keep my interest and it was my least favorite read of the month.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway \ Hemingway isn't technically French, but he did spend some time in France, and I chose to read this book before picking up The Sun Also Rises in October, because this book fit easier into my carry-on bag to Paris. Although I've never been fishing, this well written tale about an old fisherman was easy to read. It's no wonder that Hemingway won the Pulitzer for this story, and it's one of his best known and most favored works.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thread of Life

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to crowd fund an art exhibition by Sharon Mossbeck called The Thread of Life. It's a contemporary art project using cross-stitch. Part of the project had a participatory element in which people were asked to create their own cross-stitch based off of a pre-designed DNA pattern but you could use any materials or additions that you liked.

I chose to stick with cross stitch and regular DMC thread on a black Aida cloth, but I added some embroidery techniques and created my own pattern for the Three Fates. My idea was to connect the Fates to the DNA by using metallic thread illustrate how our DNA helps set the path for the course of our life.

The exhibition is set to be held at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, UK from November 1-30, 2015. The venue is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am-4pm.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What I'm Listening To: Bonnie "Prince" Billy -" I See A Darkness"

This week I've been rocking out to my Ol' cousin Will ( I'm not actually related to Will Oldham aka. Bonnie "Prince" Billy to my knowledge). Bonnie "Prince" Billy originally wrote and performed back up vocals to the Johnny Cash version of this song on the 2000 album, American III: Solitary Man, before releasing his own, more upbeat performance of the song. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Knitting for Charity: The Mother Bear Project

During the summer I knew that I wanted to do something with my time to help others. Awhile back, I had heard about The Mother Bear Project, a non-profit organization that provides hand knit and crochet bears to children in emerging nations affected by HIV/AIDS, and I had noticed that they have a growing online community on Ravelry which included monthly bear themed challenges (we all know that I love a good challenge!). I have inherited a TON of random yarn, so this seemed like the perfect project to both stash-bust and help a good cause, so I decided to give it a go. For a $5 donation, you can receive either a knit or crochet pattern and some tags to name your finished bears. I chose the knit versions.

1) Pierre Bear
    For my first bear, I decided to knit the pattern as written including the scarf. This one is inspired by Frenchmen and my husband's first teddy bear. 

2 & 3) Val & Tyne
     These bears are obviously inspired by Valentine's Day. 

4) Sunshine
    This bear has his swim trunks on because he's ready for summer.

5) Kaiser Bear
    In July I wanted to knit a sports themed bear, so I created a bear inspired by the South African Kaiser Chiefs Football (Soccer) Team.

All together now!

Here they are on their way to their new forever homes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What I've Been Reading in August

At the beginning of August I wrote about the week-long binge read-a-thon called BookTubeAThon, and while I didn't expect that I would ACTUALLY read 7 books in a week, I made a hypothetical list of the 7 books that I would read if I could read 7 books in a week. 

So how'd I do? By the end of August I have successfully completed 4 out of the 7 books that I hoped to read (and I'm currently 25% through another book from the list). 

Here's what I read in the month of August:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy / After finishing Ayn Rand's Anthem, I decided to pick up another post-apocalyptic/ dystopian future novel. Sure, this book was depressing, but it's also a great depiction of endurance, and the bond between a parent/child and father/son. It's both a terrifying and beautiful read.

Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill / I'm another book closer to finishing this series. This book developed a little more of the character's back story. Only one more book to go.

Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie / After reading two scary books, I was looking for a change, and the back of this book promised me a love story. And this book is a love story, but it's so much more than just a love story. This book follows Ifemelu and Obinze, two young people from Nigeria who are each others "first love". When university strikes begin to shut down universities in Nigeria, the couple make plans to migrate West to finish there educations- Ifemelu ends up in the USA and Obinze in England.

I really enjoyed the way that Ifemelu highlights the cultural, social, and racial differences between her life in Nigeria vs. her life in The States through her experiences and in the blog that she writes.

I felt like this was a very timely read given the many migrant headlines in both the USA and Europe and reading about the character's experiences made be feel more empathetic towards those people who are struggling to migrate to other countries to leave difficult (and sometimes dangerous) situations in order to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.

Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O'Malley/ I didn't plan on reading this book right away, but when I found it mis-shelved in the library I had to take it home. I could identify with the main character, Raleigh, being newly out of high school and feeling lost and I enjoyed the weird cat scene and the illustrations. But this book left me disappointed as it lacked the fun of the Scott Pilgrim series and it seemed like Raleigh could only be fulfilled by being in a romantic relationship.

Have you read any of these books? Have you read anything else good lately and have any book recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.


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