May 30, 2014

Dear Frannie Friday--Fashion Documentaries

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I'm not a TV fan.  I am, however, a documentary fan.  Patrick and I watch a lot of documentaries.  Recently, I found a slew of great fashion documentaries on Netflix.  Here are some of the faves I saw:

This documentary is basically about the history of NYFW.  It has a slew of designers in it who all look back on the journey of NYFW from humble beginnings in lofts around various parts of NYC to the tents in Bryant Park and eventually to Lincoln Center.

This documentary gives the history of the infamous NYC store and its role in the fashion industry.  Details in this film include that of the owners, their amazing penthouse apartment above the store and the breath-taking window displays.

I'm not sure if this one is on Netflix or not--I saw it a long time ago--but it is one worth seeing.  This film shows all the inner workings of getting the Vogue September issue (aka the motherload of all magazine editions) to press.  Of course, this includes information about Ana Wintour and her team as well.  

To be honest, I thought that the creator of this film was a little goofy, but save for that, the information was really interesting.  I didn't realize, I guess, how influential Halston was!  It was a very interesting look at how fashion has evolved in and since the 1970's.

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Black Skinny Maternity Jeans-Old Navy; Black Tennies-Target; Leopard Print Sheer Blouse-Forever 21; Mustard Cardigan-J. Crew, thrifted; Earrings-Kohl's

May 29, 2014

Thursday Mixer--Lucky Brand Military Jacket

There was a time when eeeeeeevery blogger was rocking some form of a military jacket and I, of course, got all 50 shades of envious because I did'nt; Then one glorious day the thrifting gods bestowed not one but TWO military jackets on me; This Lucky Brand one was the second one I found and I loved it so.  I re-donated the first find, but this gem has been a tried and true staple in my closet.

I got this jacket just in June of last year--not even a year ago--for $8. I've worn it 9 times on the blog and countless times IRL, making the documented price per wear under $1. Now that's thrifting perfection right there.

Top Left to Right- 1, 2, Now, 4
Bottom Left to Right- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
You know what makes me so happy?  The fact that my kids all have so much love for each other.  I have to admit, I was a little nervous about having a new baby and how my kids would react to it.

Kaden, specifically, I was concerned about--especially knowing what he's been through before and the fact that Reilly was a boy.  But there is not a hint of jealousy or feeling out of place or replaced at all.  He loves his little baby brother.  He constantly wants to hold him and just hang out with him.  He wants to hang out with the baby more than he wants to hang out with me!
Conner is pretty easy-going and has been accepting and excited about the idea from the get-go.  I wasn't too concerned about him.  He is always so full of love.  Nonetheless, he is just as I thought he would be--really helpful and full of love for his baby brother.  I think, too, that he is a little glad to not be the little guy of the house anymore.
Brielle I was also a little concerned about.  She's the baby.  And she really wanted a sister.  So I was a little nervous that she would get a little jealous and clingy once the baby came.  And when we knew Reilly was a boy, I was nervous that she would not be as interested in a baby brother.  But I was very pleasantly surprised.  She adores Reilly and she is so maternal with him.  She loves nothing more than to hold him and bath him and dress him and shop for him.

Siblings are the best.

Cherry Print Maternity Dress-thrifted; Military Jacket-Lucky Brand, thrifted; Black Knee Boots-Charlotte Russe; Necklace-vintage from Grandma; Elephant Cuff-vintage; Earrings-Kohl's

May 28, 2014

Cue the Band

So Patrick and I were playing Scrabble the other night (this is how we really get down on the weekend).  We were up a little late.  When we woke up, Patrick realized that his wedding ring was gone.

He was super bummed.  He thought that, perhaps, it had gotten flushed down a toilet or dropped down a drain somehow.  All day yesterday we flipped over couches, tore apart the bed, searched the backyard.  Nothing.

I had a feeling it would turn up somehow.  After all, we didn't go anywhere and I was pretty sure Patrick would've heard it bounce off of a sink or the wood floors or the deck out back if it had fallen off.  But he was super upset about it.

Some time in the night when I had gotten up with Reilly, I noticed something shiny in his bassinet when I went to lay him back in bed.  Lo and behold, there it was--Patrick's ring in all its glory.  He had put Reilly to bed that night and it must have slipped off when he did so. 

This is just a true testament to the fact that a) you should never lose hope, b) I have an awesome husband who delights in putting the baby to bed and c) Reilly's already a good man like his father--holding on to his ring for him.

Maroon Lace Maternity Dress-c/o Pink Blush Maternity; Military Vest-Old Navy; Yellow Suede Moccasins-Target; Earrings-gifted; Elephant Cuff-vintage; Sunnies-Target

May 27, 2014

Share the Covers--Turn the Page

Here is the original by Bob Seger . . .

And the cover by Metallica . . .

Last night I did something I never thought I would do.  I dyed Kaden's hair.  He's been wanting to dye his hair a bright red color and now that school is out (and I found an inexpensive box kit), I told him we could do it.

Of course, to say that I'm a rookie at hair dying would be a vast understatement.  And since he has dark brown hair like mine (well, naturally anyway), we had to bleach it first.

Much to our surprise (and relief), I did a pretty good job.  Although he did kind of freak at the blonde hair at first.  Baby's first hair dye job.  #tear

Black Maxi Dress-Wal-Mart; Cognac Leather Jacket-Target; Black Tennies-Target; Necklace-c/o Uncommon Goods; Earrings-Charming Charlie's

May 26, 2014

Mission Monday #34--Babysitter's Club

I've never been much of a reader, I admit.  But when I was younger, my sister and I were obsessed with the Babysitter's Club series.  And, while taking a leisurely oatmeal bath during my last week or so of pregnancy, I decided to watch the Babysitter's Club movie--classic--which led me to the idea to do a Babysitter's Club themed Mission Week.  So we will, starting with this look inspired by the NYC native, sophisticated Stacey McGill.

In an effort to get back in shape and out of the house, I have taken up my old standby method of losing baby weight--walking.  It was common after each of my pregnancies for me to walk for miles and miles with a stroller (and a baby strapped to my chest in the case of Brielle).

You know how some people claim to "looooove" working out and you want to smack them?  That is how I honestly feel about walking.  I love it.  I love the sunshine, the fresh air and the soft breeze.  I love the sounds and sights that you otherwise miss when driving a car--even if you've lived in that area your entire life.

That being said, I have noticed two very interesting things whilest walking around my little neighborhood the past couple of weeks.  #1--There are A LOT of my neighbors that have pools.  Like A LOT.  And about 1 in 5 of them are actual in-ground nice pools.  Weird for Colorado, I thought.  #2--The only political signs I really see are for electing a coroner.  Isn't that strange?  I really don't know how you go about researching the credentials you want to have in a coroner.  But people around here are really into it I guess.  Bizarre.

Maroon Jeggings-Wal-Mart; Sweater-Old Navy; Booties-Forever 21; Fox Necklace-Charming Charlie's; Earrings-DIY and gifted

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May 23, 2014

Mission #33, Day 5

It's the final totally thrifted look for Mission Week and here are three very well rotated thrifted items from my closet--the dress, the military jacket and the scarf.  You might have noticed that none of my shoes have been thrifted and that may feel like a bit of a cheat.  But none of my thrifted shoes--mostly heels--could be worn at this point in my pregnancy--still waiting on them to fit post pregnancy actually.

My kids are now officially on summer vacation and it feels so good.  The birth of Reilly really worked out perfectly schedule-wise.  They had the last few weeks of school as Patrick was on paternity leave, so he was able to help me get them to school.

Unfortunately, after Tuesday Patrick is back to work.  It makes me sad because I've really enjoyed having some time with him and Reilly.  It also makes me nervous because he is so helpful and while I know I can do this myself, it is so much easier when someone is there to help.

I'm going to savor this summer--namely the next five weeks while I'm on maternity leave.  I just can't get enough of the time I've had at home with Reilly and Patrick, being able to do the things that I normally can't do because I'm working.  And summer!  How I love me some bbq grilling, swimming pool dunking, popsicle licking, grass blade scented summer time!

Navy and White Polka Dot Handkerchief Hem Dress-vintage; Military Jacket-Lucky, thrifted; Red and White Polka Dot Scarf-vintage; Mustard Suede Moccasins-Target; Earrings-Kohl's; Sunnies-Target

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