Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Previously On Project Runway: Season 9, Episode 9

aka. Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Last week, the Project Runway designers flipped out after the judges replaced their models with average men because they feared they would be designing menswear. Well they lucked out last week, when they discovered that they were really designing for men's (female) significant others, but this week the designers were not so lucky. This week the designers were asked to complete a menswear challenge and design a look for "up and coming band" the Sheepdogs. The winning look would be featured in editorials in Marie Claire and Rolling Stone magazine and worn by the band member at a Rolling Stone event. The designers were divided up into 2 teams, however the looks would be judged individually and the designers only needed to make sure the designers looked like they came from the same planet. Well, apparently all of the designers decided that they would have The Sheepdogs look like they came from the planet of cheap Jimi Hendrix rip offs with seriously hideous results.

The teams were:

Anthony Ryan
Anya
Laura
Bert

Olivier
Kimberly
Viktor
Josh

Team 1

Anthony Ryan
I liked Anthony Ryan's shirt fabric which looked like a retro floral print, but upon further inspection had a wood pattern on it. That's about it. Saggy, dropped crotch flairs are never going to be stylish, and neither is a fringe back. Lucky for Anthony Ryan, there were plenty of other, even more hideous designs this week, so the judges kept him safe. 

Anya
Anya's lack of sewing skills finally showed this week in her weird, Pocahontas looking frock. Not only was the garment hideous, and poorly sewn (the jeans were coming apart in the back), but the design was seriously lacking in Anya's masterful print selection. Since this was Anya's first time in the bottom and her first time designing menswear, the judges took pity on her and saved her for another week.

Laura
I appreciated that Laura listened to the client's request to have a red pant and agreed that the look had a bit of a 1970-80s Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith kind of vibe. But, I also agreed with the judges that the red tie dyed tank top looked a bit like the client had a shaving accident. I kind of wondered why none of the designers paired with this band member decided to dress him up like Project Runway session 2 designer, Santino Rice. Just a thought.


Bert
The judges liked Bert's design because he gave his band member a "look" as opposed to a costume, however I'm not sure if the band member was a fan of the purple striped pants, tank, and cardigan. I thought this look was alright and was defiantly the most modern of the designs, however I was not a fan of the braided pig tails. Bert will be back to sew another day.

Team 2
Kimberly
Kimberly seemed to loose her way in the menswear challenge, creating a look that looked like a rejected outfit from a 1970s fast food chain. The colors were bland and the shirt looked like a bowling shirt with a weird collar. Kim ended up in the bottom 2 with this look, but the judges took into consideration that this was her first time doing menswear and her skillful pant sewing saved her from elimination. 

Joshua
Joshua returned to his old habit of overworking his look. I think Joshua created several decently made pieces, but together it was just too much. The judges liked the zipper detail on the pants, which I can also appreciate ;-) I also liked the print on the tank top, but I was not a fan of the vest. The judges decided that Joshes good pieces were good enough to keep him for another episode.

Olivier
Olivier was touted as a menswear designer and he selected the lead singer as his muse. Then  Olivier preceded to gripe the whole episode about how "over weight" his band member was, and how he couldn't sew his outfit because his muse was larger than his dress form. In the end, Oliver's look appeared boring and unfinished, and Olivier was sent home.

Viktor
Viktor was awarded the winner of this challenge because he demonstrated his time management skills when making 3 pieces for his look. He also sent down the only runway look that looked runway ready and was sightly fashionable, and therefore I agree that he deserved to win this week.

Did you watch Project Runway? Do you agree with the winners/ losers? Le t me know in the comments below.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

What I'm Listening To: Florence + The Machine- Drumming Song


I know that I recently posted another Florence + The Machine song, but this week someone approached me and handed me the lyrics to this song and told me that I needed to listen to this song over and over again and have it memorized- to which I thought "yeah right". However, I have had this song beating in my head ever since.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I Wore: 09/12/11

Blazer: K-mart
Belt: Target
Pants: Target
V-neck tee: Hanes brand from Target

The Fab Finds Under $50 Outfit Inspiration Calender called for a belted blazer look, so I gave it a shot. I liked the way it turned out and I got lots of comments from co-workers asking me why I was so dressed up to which I responded "just because".

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Missing Missoni (for Target)

Were you able to get your hands on the Missoni for Target items that you wanted (or any of the Missoni for Target items at all)?

Well, like most folks with an eye for fashion, I browsed the Missoni for Target line on the website (before it was released and subsequently crashed) and I set my sights on getting the zigzag cardigan with light blue trim and maybe a couple of scarves. When the line was released online, I, like many others, tried seek out and purchase the items that I wanted online only to discover that the Target website had crashed. Luckily, I had a plan B option to seek out the items that I wanted from the lesser traveled Target store in my town (one of the few non-Super Target's left) and when I arrived, many of the items were picked over and completely gone, but I was able to snag the sweater that I wanted and a black and white zigzag headband. Yay me!



My Missoni Outfit
cardigan: Missoni for Target
sweater: Anthropologie
jeans: Name Brand Clothing
phone in hand: Verizon


I immediately wore my new sweater to work the next day and got several complements on it. I love it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Previously On Project Runway: Season 9, Episode 8

Aka. What the heck was he thinking!?

This week on Project Runway, the designers had to choose their "customer" from a line up of men. But were they designing menswear!? No, they were to collaborate with the men on a look for the men's wives/girlfriends (much the the designers surprise). I thought the designs were a bit lackluster this week and didn't see any "wow" factors on the runway, although there were several nice outfits. Here's what the designers came up with:

Safe

Olivier
I'm pretty sure that Olivier is the only man on the planet to be upset about the largeness of a woman's chest (and complain about it so much). Also, he had no idea what a double D bra size meant (although I'm not sure if The Boy really knows what a double D means either). I thought Olivier's look would be in the bottom this week after his complaints about his customer's boobies and private wishes that his model would just shut up. I also thought his top puckered in a way that made her nips look lop-sided. However, the judges passed Olivier on and he was safe.

Laura
I thought Laura's dress would have been better if she had chosen a thicker fabric. As it is, I felt like too much of the dress structure (and model's undergarments) were exposed.

Kimberly

When I saw this look come down the runway I thought "Kimberly must really be in love with that odd textured fabric stuff". I thought the skirt was a little short, but this was an okay look overall and the judges agreed, making Kim safe.

Top

Viktor
I thought the pieces were great individually, but I would have never thought to put these color combinations together. However, I think the pieces totally worked. I really thought Vikor nailed this down for the win, but the judges ranked him at #2 this week.

Anya
Anya created arguably the most interesting look of the night with her Africa inspired kimono dress. I loved the dress (but would have ditched that long sleeve) and the judges seemed to agree, making Anya safe.

Joshua

Joshua had to put away the Bedazzler this week because his client liked her clothes plan. The judges loved Joshua's toned-down look and awarded him with the win for his fabulous "little black dress".

The Bottom

Anthony Ryan
Yes, the dress looked like a car hop, or Olive Oyl, but that doesn't make it any less cute. I think Anthony Ryan gave the Customer exactly what she was looking for, even though the judges didn't love it. Luckily, the judges kept him safe.

Bert
There wasn't anything particularly wrong with Bert's dress. It was well made, and it made his model look great even though it does look like something I could have picked up at JC Penny or Sears. The judges couldn't deny that the dress did look good on the model and she appeared to love it, so the judges kept him safe.

Bryce

Bryce had the worst look of the night with his poorly constructed pink dress. Bryce managed to make his model appear larger when he added huge (saddle bag) pockets to the dress- that were so awful that Michael Kors said "hey ladies! I know you all were looking for a dress that makes your thighs look huge" and "What is she going to do, put her beer in one pocket and stuff the cake and some snacks in the other". Ultimately, the judges decided that Bryce was out and to that I say IT WAS ABOUT FREAKING TIME!

Did you watch this week's episode of Project Runway? Do you think the right people were on top/ safe/ out? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Emmy's Re-cap and Highlights

Did you watch the 2011 Emmy's Sunday night on Fox? Well if you missed it, here's what you missed: Modern Family won everything in the Comedy categories (except for best actor, which went to Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory), Mad Men won Best Drama, Breaking Bad won some things, the Daily Show took home Best Talk Show, and Kate Winslet got an Emmy for her made for TV movie. I think that pretty much sums it up. Oh! and Steve Carrell didn't get an Emmy :(

Anyway, there were tons of fabulous outfits on the red carpet last night and red seemed to be the big color of the night. Here are my picks for best and worst dressed of the night:

Best


1) Evan Rachel Wood- this was my favorite look of the night. Very old Hollywood and super chic.

2) Claire Danes- I think that her makeup was a tad overdone, but I love her dress. Fabulous!

3) Sofia Veraga- I thought she looked gorgeous. I love the color of the dress, the fit, the styling, everything!

4) Chris Colfer- He was the best dressed boy I saw to hit the red carpet, not that I didn't expect that he would look anything less than classic.

Honorable Mention= Bring on the Quirk!

I thought Zooey Deschanel looked totally adorable in this bubble gum pink dress.

I love that Rachel Harris wore her glasses on the red carpet, but maybe I'm biased since I'm a fellow glasses wearer. I'm pretty sure I saw Christina Hendrix rocking the black rimmed glasses in the audience as well and plenty of fellows rocking the look too.

Worst

1) Paz de la Huerta- the dress were passable, the accessories, and death makeup were not.

2) Katie Holmes. I liked the color of her dress, but I didn't like the shape and her hair looked like she just crawled out of bed. I love Katie Holmes usually, but she could have done better.

3) Unknown woman. I have no words. This was just bad on so many levels.

3) Alan Cummings- His top half looked alright, the shoes were okay too, but WTF is up with those pants!!!?

Finally, I will leave you all with an image from the best part of the night- when all of the Best Comedy Actress Nominee's got onstage, held hands, and acted like the award was a beauty pageant win (BTW Melissa McCarthy took home the win and gave a lovely speech).


Who were your best/ worst dressed picks? Do you agree with my choices? What was your favorite moment? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Previously On Project Runway: Season 9 Episode 7

Aka. Show me the drama!

If you were miffed by last week's lack of drama, you got your wish with this weeks episode as Project Runway cranked up the drama! This week, the designers were split into 2 groups of 5 designers and were asked to create their own printed fabric, select the top 3 prints from the team, and utilize those prints in their individual garments in order to come up with a cohesive show of looks. That's right, they brought back the printed fabric challenge from season 7! The designers also had to create a fashion video to promote their collection. One team would be the winner with immunity given to one member of the winning team, and one team would be the looser with one someone being kicked off of the loosing team.

The teams were Team Nuts and Bolts ( Kimberly, Laura, Bert, Joshua, and Becky) and Team Chaos (Bryce, Anthony Ryan, Viktor, Olivier, and Anya). If you couldn't already tell from the team selection, Team Nuts and Bolts had the most drama during this episode.

Team Nuts and Bolts

This team was doomed from the start. Team Nuts and Bolts had a huge struggle in finding their common thread (theme) to base their fabric prints on, finally settling for the literal theme of "clocks." The drama started hard and early as Burt muttered some negative comments under his breath when entering the workroom and Joshua loudly called Bert out on his comment and proclaimed that he would not tolerate Bert's behavior. This was soon followed by Joshua's private sobs to the camera about how he misses his recently deceased mother and he had a tearful phone conversation/ pep-talk with his father. Even Tim Gunn called out the team after seeing the tension in the group and it's effect on their lackluster designs, and he asked the whole team to join hands and promise to work well together. After that, Joshua decided to make a grand apology, gathering his whole team around him so that he could apologize to Bert for blowing up at him, but even the teams re-uniting could not save them from their hideous prints- even though their styling was pretty good. On the Runway Joshua threw Becky under the bus, telling judges that her aesthetic was old and boring and that it was time for her to go home. Let's take a look at their looks.


Joshua
I wasn't a huge fan of Joshua's look this week. I didn't like the cut of the jacked (which made me say "what the heck is that!?" out loud) and I thought his top hung weird.


Burt
I didn't think Bert's look was bad, aside from the printed fabric. I'm sure there's some steampunk out there that would love to wear this dress.

Laura
Laura really needed to ditch that belt thingie on her jumpsuit.

Kimberly
Tim Gunn was not a fan of Kimberly's poodle fabric, and judging by the way that skirt rode up, I wasn't a big fan of the fabric either.

Becky
I agreed with the judges that Becky's look was kind of boring. However, I didn't agree that this look was the worst from the group with the lowest scores. This week Becky was out despite never being on the bottom before. If only she'd have made a fabulous jacket and used that fabric as a lining!


Team Chaos

And now for the winning team. This team created prints inspired by ink blots and their video was inspired by the chaos of the NYC streets:

Viktor
Viktor created a beautiful ink blot inspired gown, perfect for any fashionista- or female Watchmen comic book fan.

Olivier
Nina Garcia said that she wanted this jacket and I think this was a fabulous suit (although I'd need to wear a top under that jacket). However, my (1980's power suit wearing) mom commented that she was not a fan of this look because "the jacket doesn't match the pants.

Bryce
I thought Bryce had the worst look of Team Chaos. If one of these looks does not look like the others...this is the look. Bryce got lucky this week because of his teammates.

Anthony Ryan
Cute look! This would almost be my favorite look but...

Anya
Anya showed us that she is a master with patterned fabrics. I love Love LOVE this dress (in an "OMG I've got to have it" kind of way) and the judges agreed by making Anya the winner this week.

Did you watch this week's episode? Do you think the right people were in/out? Were you as baffled at the designers lack of color in their prints as I was? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Personality Patterns Quiz

Today I stumbled upon Psych Central's Personality Pattern's quiz posted on the blogs, Elaine Again, and What Raj Wants, and I couldn't resist checking it out. I thought the results were fairly accurate. If you're curious, why not take the quiz yourself and tell me your results.

My Results:

Responsible

You fulfill your obligations and responsibilities, are true to your word, and generally obey the rules. While the majority of those who have a high score on the "responsible" trait enjoy traveling, they are usually very happy to return home — and don’t mind staying put for a while.

You're opposed to making hasty decisions, you don't insist that you're above the rules, nor do you feel compelled to color outside the lines.

Organized

You like to think a task through before you embark on it. If it's the slightest bit complicated, you make a list (even if it's only in your mind) and methodically work your way through it. When you have a goal in mind, you're not satisfied until you reach it.

You are not one of those people who ignore the details, and you don't understand how anyone can get anything accomplished without thoughtful planning ahead of time.

Prudent

You look before you leap, think before you act, consider what you're about to say before you open your mouth to speak; that's why you rarely have to eat your words.

You usually don't get excited easily or blurt out the first thing that comes to mind without considering the consequences.

Aesthetic

You appreciate art, beauty, and design; you know that they are not superficial but absolutely crucial to living the good life. You have good taste, and you're proud of it. Those with a high score on the "aesthetic" trait are often employed in literary or artistic professions, enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about the arts, reading, and travel.

You don't think it's pretentious to be moved by art and beauty. You're not one of those who believe it doesn't matter what something looks like as long as it does its job.

Scrupulous

You are an honest, fair person. You don't lie or cheat to get ahead. You treat others with respect and hope for the same in return.

You do not feel that you are above the rules that everyone else follows; you are definitely not willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead.

Conscientious

You feel it's important to work according to a plan and finish every task, to do things correctly and thoroughly.

You are not the kind of person who abandons a project before finishing it, or slacks off when you've lost interest.

Buttoned-Down

You like to know that everything is in its place; it's somehow empowering to know that the world around you is neat and organized. For you, schedules and timelines are great ways to stay on track, and mowing down the items on your "to do" list is a source of happiness.

You do not believe that a clean, orderly desk is the sign of a person who doesn't have enough to do; you don't thrive on a sense of personal anarchy.

Cooperative

You enjoy teamwork, play well with others, and prefer getting along to winning.

You're not compelled to win every contest nor to be right all the time.

Understanding

You are willing to take the time to find out what's going on with other people, especially if they're in distress. You're a good listener, you don't criticize, and you offer unbiased, respectful, honest advice when it's requested. With a high score on the "understanding" trait, it is likely that you are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

You don't feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain.

Focused

You know how to lock in on what's important. You quickly prepare yourself for a task, you don't procrastinate, and you don't let up until the job is done to your satisfaction.

You are the opposite of scattered. You don't procrastinate before starting a task, and you almost never lose track of what you're doing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

What's Making Me Laugh: Fingerprints!



Remember the cartoon Animaniacs? I used to love that show, but who knew it was full of so many naughty double entendres? Or maybe my mind is just always in the gutter.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Be My Dishcloth

front


back

I'm pretty sure this is the last dishcloth/ washcloth I'll be making for awhile (unless you're just dying to see more). They're just so quick to knit and I like the instant gratification. This one is called the Be My Dishcloth and was knit with bright pink Lily Sugar n' Cream yarn and this pattern by KrisKnits. For some reason, I prefer the back side of the dishcloth to the front, but perhaps I just need to block the rag more. I think the worst part about knitting your own dishcloths is that they turn out so pretty that I don't want to use them on my dishes. I suppose I could always save them up to make an afghan or something. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lost In Space Shoes


Soon after spying this photo of Alexa Chung in this spacey dress on the inter-webs, I stumbled upon this tutorial for DIY Cosmic Shoes on Refinery29 by Goth Reform School Girl and decided that I needed to give it a shot.

I purchased a pair of cheap canvas shoes from Urban Outfitters and got some Acrylic Craft Paint from Hobby Lobby (I used True Red, Christmas Green, Black, White, Royal Fuchsia, Purple Glitter paint and a touch of Aquamarine Blue and Lemon Yellow) and I went to town. I watered down my paint when applying and it took several coats to get the desired results.










I think that they turned out amazing and I can't wait to wear them out on the town!

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