Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dress-up Day - Pink and Black

It seems Wednesday is becoming my designated dress-up day. I really ought to plan ahead with my outfits as it would make my mornings a bit easier. Alas, I had about 5 minutes to throw this look together before it was go go go with Whitney. So it was another casual dress-up day.

At least I'm dressed in one of my favourite colour combos.

Outfit details
corduroy skirt - by Fresh Baked Goods
shirt - American Apparel sheer jersey top
cherry blossom earrings - one of my favourite pairs, by Precious Pink Designs

I meant to wear a little black cardigan too, but in my rush to get to the post office after breakfast, forgot to put it on until much later in the day.

I had a bit of fun with the last photo here.

Still working on a good spot for taking photos, but Matt recently moved his home office from upstairs to the basement, so I'm thinking of converting that room to a huge walk-in closet/dressing room/perfect photography studio.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Primary Colours

Some fun, primary-coloured treasuries that in which I have been featured this past week.

Thanks to the kind etsians who put these pretty collections together.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bunny Rabbit Kitty Moleskines

These are in the shop now. And I'm in the midst of making a new silkscreen, so tees and totes are next on my list of bunny rabbit kitty items.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dress-up Day - Pocket Dresses

Yesterday was my dress-up day. As you can see, I use that term pretty loosely. I threw on a dress/tunic over some leggings, added some legwarmers, a hairband and a pair of earrings and called it dressing up. I started the day with my hair down (yes, I am badly in need of a haircut, but am trying to grow it out again), then pulled it into a tiny ponytail/bun in the afternoon.

(taken with Photo Booth)

The dress was actually one of the go-to items I wore when I was pregnant. I think I bought it when I was about 3 or 4 months pregnant, when I was just starting to show. But as the dress is quite stretchy, I thought it would fare quite well throughout the rest of my pregnancy. And it did. Plus who doesn't love a cute dress with pockets?

Outfit details
dress - Suzy Shier
leggings and legwarmers - American Apparel
earrings - Electric Lollipop

Speaking of dresses with pockets, in my search for some new clothes, I happily rediscovered an old etsy favourite. I will definitely be adding at least one of these dresses to my wardrobe before Spring arrives.
They will make for some more easy dress-up days.

a stylish dress/top
perfect for nursing (as I'm still nursing Whitney)

Now I just need to work on taking some better photographs and possibly putting on some makeup.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Despite how commercialized today's holiday is and has become, I have always loved Valentine's Day, even when I was single.

We celebrated a day early with a pink velvet cake and pink champagne. I'd been wanting to try red velvet cake for some time now and our go-to bakery had their own updated version, so it was the perfect occasion and excuse for cake. And what a dream it was - carrot cake with pink cream cheese icing. Yummy! Can't wait for some more tonight, along with sushi (most likely).

And in honour of Valentine's Day, I'm giving away this scarf to one lucky person. Just visit the lovely Alicia's blog, right here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dressing Up

I am not a fashion aficionado, nor am I slave to fashion, but I do like dressing up every once in a while. That's why I made it one of my goals this year to dress up at least once a week. So far though, I have not been following through with that, for a number of reasons:

1. It's winter and it's cold and I just feel like bundling up in cozy sweaters (sadly, I still wear one of my maternity ones, though it obviously does not fit).

2. My wardrobe could use some sprucing up. Too many casual tees and hoodies and not many dressier clothes.

3. Heck, as a mom of an active toddler, some weeks I still don't manage to shower more than twice, so just getting changed out of my p.j.'s seems like an accomplishment. (sorry, if that's a little T.M.I. or gross to some people)

Suffice it to say, goal number 7 on my 2011 goals list needs some work. I meant to add in fine print: even if it means getting (my nicer clothes) dirty within the first hour. With a messy eater on our hands, the laundry piles up quite quickly.

Anyways, as a fun way to motivate myself to dress up every week - and while I gradually update my wardrobe - I thought I'd post potential outfits (from browsing online) and then commit to taking a photo of myself in the outfit that I actually wore on my "dress-up day".

This week, though, I'm going to start off with a future occasion that really requires some dressing up... my sister's wedding. Seriously, I have spent more time trying to find the perfect dress for her wedding than I did on finding my own wedding dress, and I only have to wear this for part of the day (she is having an Indian and Chinese combined wedding ceremony, as her fiance is Indian). But what better excuse to buy a new dress?

Since my sister is not having any official bridesmaids, I have the freedom to choose my own dress. So I am looking for a comfortable but pretty dress that I can and will want to wear again.

I've finally narrowed it down to these three (for now).

This gorgeous Audrey Hepburn style dress. Very chic and something I would certainly wear again, but my sister's Indian sari is red, so I would have to get this in a different colour.

This ballerina skirt paired with a pretty tank (still to be sourced), which I love because then I could dress Whitney up in a matching one.

Or this dress...
which is probably my favourite option, except that it is strapless and I have never worn a strapless dress before. So I am somewhat hesitant. My experiences with strapless bras have not been great and I can just imagine having to constantly "adjust" myself.

But the wedding is not until June, so there's still time to find the perfect dress. If anyone has sources or recommendations for pretty bridesmaid-like dresses, please do feel free to share.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

This is the new design I mentioned in the previous post. How could I not celebrate the year of the rabbit, when I myself am one? Even though 2011 has already begun, each year I love that there is also the Chinese New Year to ring in. I'm excited about all that's ahead; you can read about my latest news here.

Looks like I'll be ordering Chinese takeout tonight for Whitney and me, as Matt will be working late. But dim sum for all tomorrow. Hopefully our little one will be feeling better then. She got her first fever and has not been her usual cheery, energetic self.

Anyways, Happy Chinese New Year!