Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pinned It and Made It

For my next Pinterest-inspired project I decided to make sailboats that my boys could play with during our annual family beach camping in August at South Carlsbad State Beach. I really wanted to make boats that could hold up well in the water and handle the waves at the beach so fortunately I found these great pins on Pinterest for creating sailboats out of wine corks.

Luckily I've saved most of the corks from all the wine bottles Carlos and I have opened over the last couple of years. So I had plenty of corks to make at least 8 sailboats. Other than needing corks to make the sailboats, all you need to put them together is a hot glue gun, toothpicks for the mast, and fabric for sails (or even paper if you don't mind it eventually falling off). You can also attach a thumbtack tied with a long string  to the end of the cork if you don't want to lose it. However, we soon realized that at the beach it was very difficult to lose your sailboat out to the ocean because the waves just brought it back. 

The boys had a ton of fun playing with their sailboats and seeing how far they could sail out before the crashing waves brought them back to shore. I think we bid adieu to a couple of our boats that made it past the waves and the rest we took back home.

'Pinned It'

'Made It'
The finished product: Wine corks, toothpick, fabric, and hot glue.

Tomás waiting for the waves to take his sailboat.

The Four Sailboats: Dada, Mama, Paco, and Tomás

A lone sailboat sailing away and coming back to us by the ocean waves.

I pinned this next pin of Streets of London Grab Bag by Radley London about a month and half ago on my board 'Products I Love'. So just last weekend I find a package next to my mailbox from my friend, Lucie, who works for Radley London and inside that package was the Streets of London bag! I can't tell you enough how extremely surprised and touched I was and still am by this very sweet and thoughtful gift. Lucie also enclosed a very lovely note where she wrote how she saw this bag on my Pinterest page and thought since she worked for Radley that I should have one. All I can say is I LOVE my new bag!

The Streets of London collection was created by British Illustrator William Grill and includes sketches of characters that he sees out on the streets of London. There's a really cute video too of Grill's "Streets of London" characters for Radley London. 

'Pinned It'

My Friend 'Made It' Mine

Me and my new bag. Thanks Lucie!

Thanks again for being here! And maybe next time on "Pinned It and Made It" I will try to  check out a new recipe or two from my 'Yum' Pinterest board!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Comic Book Artist - Oliver Nome

Carlos got back home from getting our 1991 Toyota Corolla smog tested (amazingly after 22 years it still passed) and he returned with this week's San Diego CityBeat,  a local alternative weekly newspaper. I was instantly drawn to CityBeat's latest cover which featured a black and white drawing "Dream, Death, and friends" by comic artist Oliver Nome. It was the first time I've ever heard of Nome or even seen his art but I became an instant fan the moment I saw this cover. 

I particularly love his stylized comic art fused with such great depth, detail, and sense of fashion. For example, "Dream, Death, and friends" is stunningly creepy yet gorgeous. Moreover, Nome pulls together all these fantastic characters on one page yet what I love is that each character is drawn with such profound and unique details that they each alone stand as subjects for different tales to be told. 

Through his art and story in CityBeat, I also discovered that Nome is currently fighting brain cancer. He was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012. His friends have set up a non-profit charity through to help with the unnecessary financial hardship that many cancer patients and their families have to endure. I think Nome is an amazing artist and I hope he beats this cancer. 

Here are some of my favorite artworks by Nome:

"Chaos and Couture" 

 "Yumi-Kumi Oh Oh"

"Princess Mononoke"


"Dream, Death, and friends"

"Harley Q in Nome Couture" 

 "Lady Mechanika"

"Death in Couture"

"Edward Scissorhands"

"Cloak and Dagger"

Stunning work, Oliver Nome! Get well soon!

Friday, August 9, 2013

I Heart Anthropologie: Dresses

When I was a little girl I loved to wear dresses! But somewhere around 6th grade I hardly wore them casually and my wardrobe consisted mainly of shirts and jeans. I don't know why I didn't wear dresses often but it wasn't until I was first introduced to the retail store Anthropologie back in 2007 that I began to reignite my love for dresses.

Don't get me wrong, I still love to throw on and wear my favorite shirt and pair of jeans but there is something about wearing that perfect dress that makes me feel so pretty and feminine! But more than that, I love being able to throw on a dress in the morning with no reservation about what other pieces of clothing to pair it's its own piece. This simply luxurious feeling of effortlessness is how I would love to start every day and what woman and especially what mother does not love that feeling?

My favorite dresses are from Anthropologie. I've always been kind of a funky and bohemian style girl and a lot of Anthropologie clothes are exactly that style. Of course, I found all my favorite dresses on their sales rack and even then they cost a bit more than what I was use  to paying in the past but I think they are so worth it. I find myself wearing dresses equally and sometimes more than I do jeans or pants. Dresses are for everyday not just Sundays!

Below are my latest Anthropologie dresses which I really love, love, love to wear:

The Marbella Midi dress by Maeve is my favorite go-anywhere dress especially this summer. The dress is very airy and made with a lightweight cotton perfect for hot, humid days. I love the fit of this dress especially with it's long and wide sash to tie a nice, pretty bow around your waist. Other features I adore: the earthy brown color, the beautiful embroidery with pink edging, and it has pockets!!! I bought this dress on sale at a really great price and I still can't believe it hasn't sold out yet.

Lace & Linen Shift by Girls from Savoy

This linen shift dress with pretty lace embroidery is simply gorgeous. The linen is a bit heavy but doesn't overwhelm. I also love how versatile this shift dress is for both day and night wear.

Falconry Dress from Zoologist by Charlotte Linton

I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it! The Falconry Dress from Zoologist by Charlotte Linton is a gorgeous cotton/silk blend dress that is both modern and feminine, as well as, subtly graphic with a stunning print of a great horned owl. Moreover, I love that this dress fits slightly snug on the hips giving a more feminine and flattering shape to its overall look and its blue colors are just beautiful! Definitely a classic and unique piece to wear for many seasons to come!

Sealife Sweatshirt Dress by Karen Walker Runway

Sealife Sweatshirt Dress by Karen Walker Runway was inspired by Victorian seaside holidays. This cotton dress has cute ruffle details, a sweet keyhole nape, and a whimsical whale print. The fabric is a bit heavy but very soft - I love most of all that it's an easy throw-on dress perfect for relaxing in!

Mural Maxi Dress by Vanessa Virginia

The Mural Maxi Dress by Vanessa Virginia is a bright Bohemian printed dress that is very pretty to wear. It has a delicately beaded neckline and fits perfectly with a tie in the back to cinch how you like. I love how the dress material is so soft and flowing and especially its great length which hits me right at the ankles. And with its pull-over dress style, the Mural Maxi becomes instantly effortless.

I always love visiting Anthropologie and seeing what new dresses are in the store. Of course, what you see is not what you can always get. But one can only dream and maybe during one fateful visit to their sales rack section that dream may come true! 

What's on my current Wish List:

Zola Shift Dress by Maeve

The Zola Shift Dress by Maeve is simple and modern. I love shift dresses and I especially love Zola's super cute navy blue bear graphics!

Apsara Maxi Dress by Hemant & Nandita

All I can say that after seeing the Apsara Maxi Dress in the store, I instantly fell in love! Absolutely gorgeous maxi length dress with beautiful colors, patterns, and details. I know it's a bit fancy for casual wearing but I could imagine myself wearing this dress all day at my home  and feeling effortlessly glam even while washing dishes!

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg famously said of her new wrap dress in the 1970s, "Feel like a woman, wear a dress." I do and I love it!