What I Wore: August 25, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012
grey t-shirt: Old Navy
leopard print cardigan: Old Navy (get your own)
jeans: Name Brand Clothing
necklace: Kohl's
bag: Target

This weekend my family celebrated my uncle's birthday at a local BBQ and blues house downtown. It was unseasonable cool this weekend and rainy all day, but luckily I was able to snap a photo in-between rain showers.

This Week on Instagram: August 19-25

Thursday, August 30, 2012
I saw this novel at the public library. It's a mystery novel.
Happy India Independence Day! This is how I celebrated.
I walked all the way from a suburban neighborhood to a goat farm. Only in Kansas.


Private Eyes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
blazer: Target
t-shirt: Gap
jeans: Name Brand Clothing
shoes: Arensberg's of Lawrence

Last week I had a meeting with a private investigator, so I needed an outfit that would allow me to supervise a small group of hyperactive pre-schoolers, allow me to stealthy maneuver the hallways of a local middle school without looking like a student, and be professional enough to seem like a credible interviewee for my meeting. This is what I came up with.

What I'm Listening To: The Heavy- What Makes a Good Man

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Did you know that The Heavy just released a new album? Check out their newest single, What Makes a Good Man. It's just as good as their hit single, How Do You Like Me Now.

W.W.R.B.W. ?

Friday, August 24, 2012
W.W.R.B.W? = What Would Rachel Berry Wear? 

On Sunday, cooler temperatures rolled in (highs in the upper 80s, lows in the mid 60s) prompting me to bust out one of my new sweaters. This felt like an outfit that Rachel Berry from Glee would wear (if Rachel Berry raided my closet), so it was totally appropriate that I wore this while I watched the last 3 episodes of Glee on Hulu.

Sweater: Old Navy (buy one here)
Pants: NY & Co.
Shoes: old


Channelling My Inner Zooey

Thursday, August 23, 2012
My Saturday outfit was inspired by many of the blue and green color combination outfits I've seen on Pinterest and on the lovely Ms. Zoey Deschanel.

Zooey on The New Girl
Zooey from the Cotton Ad

cardigan: Old Navy (buy one here)
blue shirt: JC Penny
Pants: Gap
Shoes: c/o Crocs


Previously on Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 5

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
aka. The Marie Claire Challenge 

This week on Project Runway the designer's were asked to work in teams of 5 or 6 in order to create an editorial look for the working woman. The designers only had one day to sew because the designers also had to direct and style a photo shoot for their model's in their clothes. The winning team would have their outfits on display in a photo spread for Marie Claire @ Work. Let's take a look at the designs.

Team Five

Of the two teams, Team Five appeared to work together the best. When the team got into the work room they decided that they would create looks for fall made out of black and white silk charmeuse with pops of color. Unfortunately, they decided that their "pop of color" would come from a matronly floral print. Despite the fact that this team worked together relatively drama-free and their team scores tied with Team Six, there were no winner's or losers from Team Five and all of the Team Five's designers were safe.

 I feel like Ven is just coasting through the show right now. He's got a distinct style which shows up in his draping technique and all of his clothes are impeccably made. The other designers might as well give up now because Ven's gonna win, kid.
The judges weren't thrilled by Nathan's pants, or cheap looking top. I didn't mind the pants so much, but I wouldn't want to wear them. Nathan made it out safe this week.
The judges thought Gunnar's dress looked cheap and made his model's boobs look like sad, deflated puppies- landing him in the bottom two. That will teach him from trying to do his own thing! Gunnar ended up safe this week, but for how long...
The judges really liked Fabio's dress, (minus the headgear) and gave him a spot in the top 3. I didn't really find this look to be spectacular. I thought the silk was too fancy for a dress of this style, the dress did nothing for the girl's boob-age and it didn't have any wow factor to me.
The judges loved Christopher's skirt and even gave him a spot in the top 3. While I applaud him for doing something different with that floral pattern, all I could see coming down the runway were strings on the skirt and a wonky jacket. This look was definitely not Christopher's best and I certainly didn't think it belonged in the top 3.
Team Six 

By contrast to Team Five, Team Six's teamwork was a hot mess! The team struggled to come up with a cohesive concept for their collection. Raul kept whining that he hates team challenges and that working in a team compromises his artistic vision. And Elena kept yelling at everyone. Amazingly, the judges found their collection to be more editorial and thus more worthy of being in Marie Claire @ Work.

The judges love a good pant and they applauded Alicia's pants in the following 2 looks, but the judges are SOOOOOO over Elena's big shoulder obsession, and frankly so is the rest of the universe.  The judges placed Elena in the bottom three. However, the judges liked 1 out of 2 of Elena's jackets and the judges chose to keep Elena safe.
Alicia's pants and Elena's jacket
Alicia's pants and Elena's jacket
Elena totally tore into Dmitry's dress in the workroom by saying that nobody wears navy anymore (I bed to differ). I thought Dmitry's look was super chic and super cute and totally thought it deserved a spot in the top 3. 
Melissa was the winner this week. I thought that the collar was a little weird (I may or may not have called it a body condom), and I felt like the collar would get in the way at work, but the sideways zipper was cleaver. The judges loved this look because Melissa made something in color and it photographed well. Kudos to that!
Sonjia made 2 fabulous skirts, but the judges and I agree that the blue pencil skirt was her best. But Raul refused to listen to his teammates advise and made 2 boring and ill fitting tops and the judges decided that it was time for him to go...again. Before he left, Raul made sure to tell Elena how much he hates her. Way to stay classy, Raul! *eye roll* Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
Raul's top and Sonjia's skirt
Raul's top and Sonjia's skirt
Did you watch this week's episode of Project Runway? Did you agree with the judges picks for top 3, bottom 3 and the winner/looser? Who is your favorite designer so far? Let me know in the comments below.

This week on Instagram: Aug. 12-18

Monday, August 20, 2012
I swear that I did more than just drink beer this week. On Tuesday, I watched The Boy's little brother play guitar at the local botanical gardens, but I forgot to bring a camera. On Thursday, the Boy's older brother and sister-in-law gave birth to their first child-a son (name to be determined) and no pictures have been leaked. And the rest of the week, I have been crocheting like a crazy woman for a future project. But, I did manage to document the new beer's I tried.

Wells Banana Bread Beer may be my new favorite beer oddity. It's a little bit amber ale with subtle banana flavors to make it yummy in my tummy.

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale- was a very nice summer ale with a little bit of sweetness.
Schlafly's Raspberry Hefeweizen might be the most disappointing Schlafly that I've had. I couldn't taste the raspberry. :-(
Grandma's guard duck- he was sitting outside the door of her assisted living home for 2 days straight. Maybe it's the reincarnated ghost of a former resident.
How was your week? Let me know in the comments below.

What I'm Listening To: Glen Hansard- Philander

Saturday, August 18, 2012

You may recognize Glen Hansard from the modern day musical movie, Once. Well, did you know that he recently released a new solo album? And it's pretty good. Check it out!


Previously on Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 4

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
a.k.a. "They're Dropping Like Flies" 

This week on Project Runway the episode started off with some high drama as Andrea snuck off into the night never to be seen (on television) again. But the drama didn't stop there, kids! Before the designers could cope with the loss of Andrea, Kooan announced that he wanted to leave Project Runway as well. Oh well! Good riddance! Neither of them were my favorite designers anyway! With two designers out, the judges needed to bring somebody back to vote off, so Raul returned to the show.

This week the designers met Michael Kors at his new store and Michael challenged the designers to create an all-day look that could take someone from day to night. Lets take a look at their designs:

Ven made another stellar dress that could easily sell out at the top department stores tomorrow, but I'm not sure if you could feasibly wear this from day to night on it's own. I know my employer wouldn't be too keen on that exposed bare shoulder...I'm just sayin'. I'm sure he'll be back on top next week.
Alicia created a look that was a bit too casual for my day-to-night tastes. I imagine that Alicia's "girl" must work retail and hang out at dive bar's at night. And what is up with that wonky collar!?
Elena created another futuristic, big shouldered look. Surprise! Surprise! I'm really not a fan of the coat and I really want to reach in there and rip it off and see the outfit underneath. I was into the futuristic thing at first, but now I'm starting to get tired of Elena's broad shouldered looks.
Gunnar's outfit turned out better than it looked on paper. Originally, Gunnar's drawing made his skirt look like a hodge-podge of potato sacks. Although his outfit does fit the mold of a day-to-night outfit, I'm not sure if I'm thrilled with the overall design of the skirt. If I saw it on a sales rack, I'd pass it by.

Clearly Melissa's "girl" DOESN'T go out in the day-time and travels from witches coven to witches coven at night. To me this outfit just looked like a large black hoodie and some scarves. I didn't feel like the look met the challenge requirements, but it wasn't the worst thing on the runway.
Nathan designed a boring, well-made outfit for your color-blind grandmother (because I really don't think "baby sh*t green is going to be the 'it' color for fall).

Dmitry cut and sewed his dress perfectly and maybe he could have won if it weren't for that pesky Christopher and Sonjia. If only Dmitry had kicked up the volume just a tad with a bold color palette or an added outer wear piece. I'm glad Dmitry is finally showing up on the judges radar. Maybe next week he'll win the challenge.

The judges appeared to be split on who would be the winner this week. Nina and Heidi picked this look as their favorite and I really thought the judges were going to pick Christopher as the winner because he was able to create two outstanding pieces- the black drapey dress and the leather jacket. But, Michael Kors and the guest judge, Hayden Panettiere prevailed and Christopher was just safe.
Sonjia's perfectly draped grey dress deservedly took the win this week. Sonjia's dress even impressed Hayden so much that Hayden asked to wear Sonjia's dress and an up-coming red carpet event. Congrats!

Fabio picked a great print for his outfit, but his dress was wayyyyy too short. I was so surprised that Fabio didn't try to fix the length, or line up his prints in the back. I feel like Fabio could have done better. But the judges really got onto Fabio for not making his clothes seem more like Fabio. Where are the draped outfits from his audition?
Raul bit off more than he could chew this week.Originally, Raul said that he was going to design a suit, but somewhere along the way that suit turned into an oversize pointy vest and a pair of poorly made pants. I really thought Raul was going to meet the judges revolving door policy and get the boot again, but for some crazy reason the judges kept him safe.
Buffi's taste level go the best of her this week. Buffi's shear pink circle top could not cover up the fact that her zebra print dress was poorly sewn and not very day-to-night appropriate. I knew Buffi's aesthetic was going going to get her so far, but I'm really going to miss her fun accent and leopard print hair.
Did you catch this week's episode of Project Runway? What do you think about Andrea and Kooan's departures? Did you agree with the judges decisions? Let me know in the comments below.

Did Somebody Say Discount!?

Monday, August 13, 2012
Guess what!? You guys are in for treat! The generous folks at eShakti are offering my very lucky readers 10% off of eShakti items when you shop at eShakti through August 31, 2012  using the special promo code SA22HAM. This code can even be used with some of the existing promotional such as the '20% off fall preview items' and 'buy one get one 50% off summer' sales.

Here are some of my eShakti favorites:

Bird on a Branch skirt
Sequined Tweed Jacket
Yellow Belted Stretch Sheath
Pewter rose jacquard dress
Colorblock Twill Dress

What eShakti items are on your wishlist? What are you waiting for!? Go get some new clothes and then tell me what you got. And don't forget to follow eShakti on Facebook at (www.facebook.com/eshakti) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/eshakti).

Note: The discount code is not case sensitive. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This discount code is not applicable on the Overstock category.

Disclaimer: For every usage of this code, I will be given a credit worth 10% of the value of that order.  The credits I earn will be emailed to me as a gift card once the offer ends.

This Week on Instagram: August 5-11

Sunday, August 12, 2012
I voted during the primary elections on Tuesday. Unfortunately, not many of the candidates I voted for won.
The Boy sent a new kitty card and Bella Sara cards. Inside card: "cat people and idiots"
I tried the Yeti Imperial Stout this week. It was more hoppy and less coffee like than I remembered. At least it's got a cool name.
Chocolate with Chips cookie from The Sugar Sisters Bakery
Fish Taco and Truffle Fries from The Flying Stove food truck
Painting at the WAM by art therapist, Bob Ault
Back view of Dreamers Awake by Tom Otterness at the WAM
My chalk drawing from the Youthville Chalk Festival (it matched my t-shirt)
Random art at the Chalk Festival
Jayhawk drawing from the Chalk Festival
How was your week?
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