Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pink salad

I found inspiration for this outfit from Chiara from The Blonde Salad. She has been doing some awesome mixing of the bright colors. These are the pants I bought at a German floh markt for one euro and had altered a little bit… I keep seeing girls with the Zara trousers and I love it, but can’t really afford them, so these are my brightass pants! I tried to play it down a little with the black pieces, but I love how Chiara throws in a splash of another color… It was a gloomy day and I thought I would bust out the Betsey bag! It’s been too long.



tried to have bubblegum pink lips!



I look so pissed off or tired in these photos... I think I was tired and hungry and just worn out.  It was a long day.  
I think getting one of these Furla Candy Bags would brighten up anyone's day!  I want the green one and/or the blue one!

Anyways... I am beat and have loads of homework to do.  Not fun.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mondriaan Primary color block

I think with fashion, it is always good every once in a while to step outside your comfort zone and have some fun and possibly even feel a little strange.  I am loving the clean simplicity of color blocking, and I really decided to take it back to basics with PRIMARY colors! Red, blue, yellow... with the accents of the negative colors of black and white.  My inspiration was Piet Mondriaan, (later Mondrian), the Dutch artist.  I have been keenly interested in his works since I was a kid.  Last winter we traveled to Den Haag (The Hague) to visit the Geemente Museum particularly on an art excursion and there was an amazing exhibit on Mondriaan, Picasso and Cezanne. It was totally inspiring and very insightful.  I finally came to understand the concept of his minimalism.  We should talk art some day!

 Do you see nature in this?

"Victory-Boogie-Woogie"... the most expensive piece the Geemente Museum has ever purchased... it was HUGE.  and very cool!

I really admired Mondrian for being a part of the Cubism movement, but it didn't suit him, so he came up with his own artistic style he called "Neo-Plasticism."  He would reduce everything, including nature to the bare minimum: White background, a grid of only horizontal and vertical lines, black, yellow, red, and blue.   The sky, for example would be a black grid on white, with a spot of blue here and there.  It makes sense to me!

So here is my interpretation:



feelin kinda "Joanie" Mad Men in my red midi skirt.



Leap!


there was a bee by me! hahaha!
These pictures are goofy and crazy, but it was fun to wear such bright, basic colors!  I used my seatbelt bag because it made me think of the Mondrian grids.

My HUSBAND... on first glance... told me I looked like a beach ball!  Think of it what you will!


What I wore:
Thrifted vintage red skirt.  Blue tee, yellow cardi.  Black flats from payless.  Seatbelt bag.  Wayfarers from Nordstroms.  Bangles are a mix of old, vintage, etc.

I don't want to leave Europe yet!  I love the Dutch!!!! I will be back!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pic-a-nic in the Park


Things I learned while on a picnic with Avii:





I think the letter “P” is her favorite.  In the same sentence she talked about Parks, Princesses, Picnics, Pudding, Popsicles, Papa, Purple, Peanutbutter…

We have established that she is Ernie and I am Bert (you should hear us laugh sometimes! I swear!).


We went on for a good five minutes with the whole “Dude, where’s your car?  Where’s your car, dude?” thing.



Peanut butter and jelly and snack packs taste better shared.

I ate hommus and triscuits


She can make a gourmet meal out of sand.

My "soup"


Anything is possible in princess flip flops.

I can use the teeter-totter as a thigh workout machine with her on the other end (squats with weight!).

I think over the next few weeks I need to take the time and head over to the park.  Maybe, if it warms up a few degrees more, I can start trying to tan my pastey legs while reading and playing with Avii.
I also want to exercise a little more, so maybe I can do sprints around the park.  The trees and bushes have been cut down and the park is exposed to most of the neighborhood (and is not nearly as pretty as it used to be) so hopefully I can get over it and not worry about people watching me huff and puff my fat butt around.  I am not the most outdoorsy person, but my family and a lot of my friends are and I want to be with them.  Baby steps I suppose.

 I have been reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and it is amazingly good.  I am kind of weird in that I like watching the movie and then reading the book.  I have done it with "Cheri" by Collette, "The Girl With the Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier, "The Devil Wears Prada," "Julie/Julia"... and probably a few others.  I kind of enjoy the book better that way.  Does anyone else do that?  Or do you feel it ruins the endings?

xoxo...
Vanessa

Accordion to me

I finally got it!!!! An accordion skirt! The American Apparel one was not in my budget, however, on a recent thrifting trip, my daughter pulled this one from the rack suggesting it to me, without even realizing her epic find! It was actually floor length but the silhouette was not that great so I trimmed it up a little bit. I love the zigzaggy crinkle of the bottom and thought it went well with the arrows on this tee… I finally wore my new shoes and they are surprisingly comfortable. I thought the crinkle on them went along with the crinkle of the accordion skirt. Studs on my bracelet went with the studs on my hat. I tried to make the skirt more casual than it felt and I think I made it work. I LOVE this skirt and hope to wear it a lot!








It was a really fun day.  We stopped over at the Rammstein indoor Flohmarkt.  I can't show any pics of that yet because I am working on a special guest post for Bella at the Citizen Rosebud (look for it mid-April) and I am uber super stoked about it!

I found Avii something special and she looked super cute too, wearing the shirt she picked out at H&M.  She always asks me to make her construction paper fans and I managed to find her a real one!






Yesterday evening we went to a community theater play of Sleeping Beauty.  It was soooo cute.  Definitely a fun Saturday!

What I wore:
Thrifted accordion skirt, jacket, Moschino purse, S.Oliver tee.  Shoes from Deichmann.  Hat from ebay.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tattooage


It has been difficult for me to find the best way to approach this topic and I have actually written this first line in my head and on the computer more times than I can count.  I don’t care to make this post a lesson on tattoos and how to get them, where to go, how to care for them… tattoos are an extremely personal choice.  I believe that everyone that gets a tattoo has a right to choose something as meaningful or as fickle as they want.  I also believe if you get a tattoo, and you show people, it is available for public opinion and scrutiny, just as outfit and fashion choices are.  My tattoos and the ones that I am exposed to in my life are all special to me… extremely special to me.  They have brought me pride and joy and I am definitely willing to show them and talk about them with anybody who cares to see or talk about them.  Everyone that has a tattoo has a story to go along with it, whether it was chosen on a whim at a random shop, or if it was artfully created and the person drove miles and paid hundreds and hundreds to get inked.  I can talk about tattoos for hours.  I think about them often.  I want more. 

The photos here are very personal and although I am willing to show mine to whomever may wish to see, or if I am wearing something where they are exposed, that is one thing.  Taking these photos was something I wanted to do and it was very strange for me.  I never get to see most of my tattoos besides looking over my shoulder in a mirror, so this was a strange chance to expose myself to myself, as well as my wonderful readers.  I am proud to be a woman.  I feel sexy most days, and I think I should be proud to show a little of myself.  I am so willing to show the bounty of my wardrobe all over my body.  I wanted to show a bit of my favorite, personal adornments.  I have become more modest as I get older, so this is a personal challenge and I hope I do not offend anyone with these pictures.  This is me, this is a part of me, for good!



I received my first tattoo when I turned 18.  It was my mom who agreed to take me to the shop, ask the tattoo artist questions, and pay for my first tattoo as a birthday present.  My mom does not have any tattoos.  In fact no one in my family did… hardly any of my extended family has tattoos that I am aware of.  She liked the design and approved of the placement, so that made it all the easier.  I had been fascinated with tattoos for a long time.  I had done temporary ones, henna and airbrush tattoos.  I NEEDED one!  I think I chose trendy… the lower back placement, tribal, butterflies.  I felt like the design I chose was perfect for me.  Two butterflies facing each other, which was different from most of the single, spread wing ones I had seen a lot of.  Hearts are my favorite symbol; I see a V in hearts.  The curled design of the tribal detail reminded me of my own curly hair that I had come to love and accept about myself.  Loving my curly hair, which is a true part of me, was a struggle, living and growing up in a California suburb surrounded by pretty little Caucasian and Asian girls with straight hair.  As I went through high school, I felt like I was learning to accept myself for who I really was, and that first step was accepting my crazy hair and feeling beautiful with it!  So those are the pieces to my first tattoo.  The artist’s name was Doug.  He was great!  I almost passed out in the first 10 minutes of the tattoo.  He set a fan in front of me and stuck a hubba bubba piece of gum in my mouth and was fine after that.  It hurt (like getting a sunburn electrocution), but I got through it!  I love that he gave it some character.  One is a boy and one is a girl if you look close enough.  They love each other and I love them!



My second tattoo was my slightly rebellious choice.  I wanted something bigger and bolder.  I wanted a big, beautiful, sexy, pirate back piece.  My boyfriend and my parents were out of town.  I had Harley do my tattoo this time… he was supposedly one of the best and I had to make the appointment weeks out.  I wanted the design to be symmetrical to coincide with my two butterflies, so I chose the two sparrows holding the banner.  I wanted a phrase that was spiritual, but I could not find a Bible quote that simply expressed what I wanted to say.  I was taking a lot of philosophy courses and was learning bits and pieces of Latin and I loved that it was a dead language, but a root language.  “Amor vincit omnia” means “Love conquers all,” and that can mean the love of God, the love of your family and friends, your love of Life, loving yourself!  All good things can come from LOVE!
I will admit, this tattoo HURT and took a long time and I was worn out by the end of it, but it came out better than I had hoped, thanks to Harley’s artful eye.  My boyfriend and family were definitely surprised when they came home and saw the banner across my shoulders!  It was my 19th birthday present to myself.



My next tattoo did not come until I turned 22.  I wanted something simple, but bravely forward on my forearm.  I got the word “Veritas” tattooed in Utopian characters on my left forearm… double translation for this one!  Veritas means “truthfulness,” which is so important in life.  I had struggled with some lies in my own life and I had overcome them.  You cannot have true love and be happy in life without being true to yourself and others.  And you can only hope for it in return.  Also, my  mother’s name is Veronica, which stems from veritas, so it is dedicated to her as well.  I chose Utopian characters because Latin is a dead language, Utopia is a fictional, perfect place.  I liked the idea of having artful symbols instead of regular Roman characters.  We did a walk-in at the shop, and Harley, who is ALWAYS booked, had a cancel that day and was willing to take the 15 minutes to do my tattoo.  He made it look great and scripted.  I love it!



 My most artistic and beautiful tattoo is my “family crest.”  I designed it myself… I love my little family more than anything, but was not keen on getting names tattooed.  I had come up with a symbol for all of us together: the heart, which has a V and  J connected, and the infinity symbol in the middle, which represents our daughter, (the infinity symbol looks like a peanut to us, and that’s what we called her from the first time we saw her fluttering on a sonogram at 9 weeks in my womb).  It is also a symbol in hope that our love for each other will last until infinity.  I chose crowns to top the crest. I am the Queen of my castle and will always be!  I connected with a Dutch crown I researched (which is funny because I love Holland so much now and knew very little about it before).  The filigree is just for decoration and beauty.  Jorden’s is very similar, but he has blade detailing around his, and a different crown.  Our very own family crests!!  Harley was our artist again and he did the best job ever!  It was worth all of the terrible pain and all the money (these were pretty expensive!).  Good tattoos are definitely worth the money.




 So there you have it.  My tattoo stories.  I hope to have a few more in the future, but we’ll see where I go with that.  I feel that the ones I have are beautiful, artistic, classy and such.  I want to keep it that way.
How do you feel about tattoos?  What stories do you have to tell?

Xoxo…
Vanessa

Friday, March 25, 2011

Two-day

This post is a little different in that I took outfit pics twice... a few before and a few after shopping! 
This is my new favorite blazer and I already have so many outfits I want to wear with it! 
Yesterday I asked Avii what she wanted to do:  shopping!  Where? H&M!  and then tea party afterwards.
We are going to be shipping my car back to California next week hopefully so this is probably the last day that her and I are gonna be able to jet off and have girls day out... it was gloriously sunny!  I took advantage!
We got all dressed in our Friday best and headed downtown to walk the shopping strip, eat butter brezel, pizza, ice cream and shop!  I bought some light pink and hot pink tights for her, a cute pink bunny tee and some Cinderella flip flops!  I bought myself a little attachment for my Longchamp!  I got an A in my Com class... I deserve a prize!

Before shopping:




And after shopping!:


Like I said, this blazer is amazing and so perfect for spring!!!  It's thrifted L.L. Bean!  I wore it with a slouchy faded striped top to kinda play on the stripes thing.  I purposefully wore my cobalt blue bra underneath to make it kinda sexy and it looked better with the jacket!

Love my newly tailored pants!  These shoes without socks were not the most comfortable so I'll have to figure out something for that next time... I love my gold accessories... and check out my new tassel keychain thing for my Longchamp!!! I love it!



Avii had a great day and so did I!  The (juice) tea party went well too!
Avii in her Hello Kitty outfit!

What I wore:
Thrifted L.L. Bean blazer and Old Navy chinos, custom tailored.  Longchamp bag.  H&M tassel. Shoes from Deichmann.

I am going to get to my spaghetti... I should write a book of all the sauces I come up with for my spaghetti!  I only use whole wheat pasta... today's sauce is basil, butter, cream cheese, feta, garlic, olive oil, with peas, cannelini beans and wilted spinach... so yummy!

I have a couple of pretty significant blog posts in the works... one of which might be posted tomorrow so stay tuned!!!

xoxo...
Queen VII