Happy Turkey Day!

Here’s a turkey we grilled up.  Gobble, gobble!

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Chunky Infinity Scarf

Keep your neck warm (and stylish) with an infinity scarf.  I got this one last year at Bloomie’s.  I think it’s Aqua, but I can’t be sure.  I cut the tag off!  Anyway, I love it because it’s chunky with flecks of gold in it- just the right hint of holiday flair.  I happen to have a 3/4 sleeve Gap shirt (from a decade ago) that’s about the same shade.  When paired together it actually looks like it’s one piece!  Tricky, tricky!

Cold weather hats with a Spice Girls twist

Brrrrr…The weather has been ridiculous lately.  It’s November, but literally a week ago I was strutting around in shorts and dresses.  Overnight, it dropped 20 degrees and sadly I had to break out the winter gear.  😦  The good news is that hats are cute.  Here’s a look at some of my faves in the closet. Thought it would be fun to give ‘em a Spice Girls twist.  If each Spice Girls had to choose a hat from my closet, they would go with…

Posh Spice Hat

Baby Spice Hat/ Ear Muffs

Sporty Spice Hat

Scary Spice Hat

Ginger Spice Hat

Raspberry Crumb Bars…a Bit Too Crumbly

Cold weather always makes me want to eat more…and bake more.  We had a friend’s birthday party this weekend, so I decided to dust off my baking supplies and try a new recipe.  I really wanted to make this blueberry crumb recipe, but blueberries were MIA at our local neighborhood store.  I was too lazy to make the trek to another store, so opted to substitute blueberries for raspberries instead.

The finished product?  See for yourself above.  As pretty as they look in the pictures and as much as I like to toot my own horn, the final bars were just OK.  I think a couple things I would have done differently.  Per other people’s suggestions, I would have used butter instead of the shortening indicated in the recipe.  Texture was a bit too crumbly and messy (could have been the weird vegetable shortening I used, too).  I think butter would have made it more clumpy and rich.  Raspberries were a bit too tart, so next go around, I would either use more sugar, or actually go the distance to get those darn blueberries.  Alas, this did not stop anybody from devouring them.  Clean plate by the end of the night!

Holiday Dresses

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday looks.  I always feel like fall hits and next thing you know, the holidays are upon is and you’re scrambling last minute for the perfect outfit for the awkward office holiday party or your friend’s annual holiday cookie exchange.  Here’s a Cynthia Steffe summer dress that I snagged a few months back, but I’m totally going to re-purpose it for December.  Why not?  I live in Cali and I can.  The weather ain’t that cold and that’s why I live here. For more inspiration, check out this red Aqua dress.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

day of the dead

BF and I decided to get off our lazy arses last Friday and actually go out and do something.  Friday nights usually involve vegging out on the couch to unwind from the work week.  Him- occupied with video games.  Me- Zoning out with a marathon of House Hunters or whatever else is on.  Earlier in the day, he sent me a link for the Dia de la Muertos procession in the Mish…and I thought, why not!  Sounds interesting and creepy.  Let’s have a go at it.  We arrive at the meeting point and immediately are surrounded by flocks of people with scary painted skeleton faces dressed in bohemian garb…high neck collars lined with lace, long velvet skirts, black on black.  We were dressed “normally,” so felt totally out of place.  There were lots of children hanging out, too…which totally surprised me because if I were a kid, I’d  freak out and start crying.  (Kids are too cool for school these days.)  Anyway, the procession begins, as well as the singing and dancing.  Behind us, I think I heard an Irish band with bagpipes, which I thought was odd and out of place, but hey- to each their own.  People can mourn their loved ones whichever and whatever way they want.  I have to admit, it was really cool.   Sure, there were crowds, but they were orderly.  Sure, there were moments where the darkness left me stumbling to catch my steps, but good thing I was wearing my comfy shoes.  The culmination of the event was the arrival at Garfield Park, where the Festival of Altars were displayed.  I imagined it to be eerie and weird.  It was, but also serene, peaceful, and reflective at the same time.  There were altars honoring soldiers.  A huge clothesline where you could write a note to a loved one who had passed. I wish you could have been there to see the scene.  Here’s a little glimpse at what it was like…

day of the dead

dia de los muertos

skeleton

Cozy Navajo Sweater & Tribal Earrings

A perfect weekend outfit:  Cozy sweater (like this Navajo inspired Vince one) + a pair of comfy, worn-in boots.   If you’re up for it, dress it up with tribal inspired jewelry like these cool earrings.  And if it’s cold where you are, I would suggest wearing pants and not re-creating my Tom Cruise Risky Business moment.

tribal earrings

Perks of Being a Wallflower Book Review: Depressing, but Good

When I saw the preview for this movie, I thought to myself…yeah, another teen flick!  I’m totally into those movies where there’s a misunderstood, angsty teenager just trying to make it through high school.  Think Can’t Hardly Wait, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club.  I didn’t actually see the movie, but that was my understanding of the plot before reading the book.  This book is WAY more depressing than that.  At a high level, it’s about a high school freshman that is taken under the wing of 2 seniors who welcome him into the real world.  Surprise, surprise…Charlie is a wallflower, shy, unpopular…and living life in his head and not reality.  There’s a somewhat poetic irony in that he is both innocence, oblivious about life’s ugliness, yet enlightened and perceptive at the same time.  I’m not going to give anything away, but just know that this might not be the best book to ready during the holidays if you’re down.  However, it’s a quick read and written really well.  One of my favorite quotes from the book:  “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”  I’ll just leave you with that to marinate on.

(A special thanks to Cinderella in Rubber Shoes for the pix of the book.)