Beginning of the Germany Collection

It may have been 115 degrees outside yesterday, but that didn’t detur us one bit! As promised in my previous post, I picked up Olivia from her first day of school and headed straight for Ulta with my coupon in hand. Once we entered the fabulously air-conditioned store, we immediately saw the OPI Germany nail polish display. It was very hard not to grab every color but we settled on three for now. Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! which is a fantastic deep smokey gray with a hint of army green when applied. Berlin There Done That is a creamy neutral coffee tone. Unfor-greta-bly Blue is a bright, bold deep blue which I chose as my first one to show off. We are going camping(in a trailer of course) this weekend with my husband’s family, so we will see how well it holds up. I promised myself I would wait to continue my collection when I get another coupon or perhaps a sale? Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later!

 

Good-bye Betty

I have been watching Ugly Betty on Netflix for a few weeks now and today I just finished the final episode. I’m sad that it’s over but so happy I decided to start watching! I know it’s all acting and not real and so on and so on, but there is a part of me that believes it has to be a true story for someone out there. An ugly Betty that has been transformed into a stylish diva who goes after what she wants. It makes me smile to think about it.  I have decided to take a break from Netflix for awhile to focus more on other things. My vintage shop, family, do to list. Perhaps it has inspired me to get off my rump and get some stuff done! I will miss you Betty. It’s been fun.

First Days

Today is Olivia’s first day at her new school. We found a great new program for gifted kids and she was accepted! She is so brave for embracing this opportunity with a positive attitude. First days are always a bit scary! They can, however, be a great new beginning. First day at a new job, first day as a married couple, first day as a parent. While time can fly by, it’s great to take a minute and really remember that first day because it reminds us of what we can do. If we are brave enough to make it to the first day, we have already accomplished something special. This post is dedicated to my amazing daughter and her passion for learning and life.

Nails a La Germany

ImageCurrently on my fridge(among many other things) is the ad for OPI’s Germany collection that comes out tomorrow. I’m so excited for this collection and I’m having to fight the urge to go and buy every color! I know I definitely want the Nein! Nein! Neig! Ok Fine!, Schnapps Out of It! and Berlin There Done That. Perhaps this will have to be an “over time” collection achievement. My husband would have a few words if I came home with all 12 colors. It’s my daughter’s first day at her new school tomorrow and I have promised to wait until I pick her up before making the trip to Ulta. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a nail polish collection before but I’m thoroughly enjoying the anticipation it brings.

Birthday Banter

It was my birthday yesterday and really the first time I wasn’t super excited for it. I wasn’t depressed or anything, just not stoked like normal. Is it because I’m now 31 and the next memorable number is 40? I’m not fighting aging, it’s just happening much faster than I expected. There is still so much I still want to accomplish and experience and I’m getting anxious that I won’t have time to do it all. Sure I’m making strides, marriage, kids, house…but there is still the traveling, sailing boating, owning my own vintage store…you know…the stuff for dreamers. With my big ambitions seeming so far away, I am learning to find satisfaction in the small victories. For example, furnishing the house how I want it and finally throwing out the hand-me-downs. Going to a concert with my daughter. Making a sale on eBay and/or etsy. Of course I’m proud of my wonderful husband and my two great kids, but a girl…well this girl anyways…has got to have day-to-day, month to month goals to keep her sane. And making a 2 month old doctors appointment or cleaning the bathrooms doesn’t count.

I think it’s when I stop caring what others will think and start listening to myself that I can finally relax. I’ve begun keeping a constant flow of fresh-cut flowers throughout the house. I’m trying new recipes and painting the kitchen cabinets. I’m realizing that wild impulsive teenager who never backed down from what she wanted is still in there and even as a married mom, she is desperately wanting to shine through.

Pinterest…Floral…90’s

I was scrolling the Pinterest boards I follow and saw some fabulous floral flats. It really got me thinking about floral and how I miss the 90’s.  Most of all, watching Daria and expanding my Doc Martin’s collection. For years the 90’s were thought to be the worst fashion years, however, with their recent comeback, some are changing their tune. They were bold, fun and colorful. Just like the music. HA! Which I also enjoyed and still do.  Now I wish I would have saved some of my baby doll dresses and denim button-ups. You know, the ones I swore were a mistake and never would wear again. I should have known better.  I’ve rummaged through some of my favorite 90’s moments. Fun times.

 

The Sea – Fashion Collection

My first girls night outing since the baby was to one of my favorite places in town, the Phoenix Art Museum. The curator of the Fashion Gallery was giving a talk on the current collection The Sea. I have always loved the water and to combined the two in a collection sounded divine. We were taken through the centuries by the sea and how history and acceptability have transformed the fashions. I loved seeing the designers inspirations. The collection ranged from the mid 1800’s to current day. I stole a few clicks of my favorites. The red and white vintage swim suite in contrast with Chanel’s latest collection including the terry cloth jacket. It was also a treat to view one of Chanel’s dresses in which I just saw in the pages of the latest Vogue. Pardon the poor picture quality. I was using my phone in an attempt to be discrete.

The collection as a whole was both beautiful and educational. Next up on the exhibition list for the fall is the 1920’s. You better believe I won’t miss that one either!