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don’t you call anybody else baby

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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We’re getting ready to welcome the first baby into the immediate family.  I have 2 sisters, one older, one younger, and the older isn’t even remotely interested in having children, and I am busy moving about the country and things like that. So we left it up to the youngest.  Never one to disappoint, my little sister announced the future arrival of Little Baby B shortly after I moved to TX.  I just headed back to STL to help put on the awesome Owl/Fall themed shower.  It was all sorts of adorable. Just some of the shots from the party below! And check out the awesome owl quilt my Great Aunt Vicki stitched up.  Amazing, right?

baby shower napkinsbaby shower gift tableowl baby shower cookieshandmade owl quilt

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And goodness, when did baby clothes and toys get so fantastically cute? My sister received so much fantastically cute stuff at her baby shower last weekend. I literally almost died from cuteness overload.  There were a few themes, though: elephants, owls and guitars.  And you better believe this little fella will turn out to be a rocker.  I got him the guitar pillow below to be sure of it. I did a little last minute shopping at City Sprouts in the St Louis Loop and after I spotted it, I simply couldn’t leave without purchasing it.

baby newsboy capjohnny's baby sockssasquatch onesiebaby guitar pillow

listen:

warpaint*photo from myspace

Lately I’ve been digging the dreamy and psychedelic sounds of the girl band Warpaint.  It is also quite fitting for this post that they sing a song called “Baby”.   The four girls originate from SoCal, and their songs are restless and even grungy at times, but definitely worth a listen.

warpaint - baby

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I thought you were the sweetest kill

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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Alright, okay.  It’s been a really long time.  And I apologize.  Lots of busy days and late nights.  I just finished up with my freelance job promoting the first ever LouFest in St Louis.  What a blast, I must say.  Along side that, I somehow found the time to start sewing.  I am officially turning into my mother.  It’s real. Anyway, over the past few months, I’ve really had a chance to make my apartment my own.  Only took me about 8 months after my move-in date.  I’ve decided to sign the lease again through May so I figure I might as well make it extra cozy.

Here are a few of the fabulous items I’ve picked up for my place:

kitchen giraffeyellow candlepuffy yellow flowers

wear:

Since I’m officially sewing now, I figured I might show you some of my projects.  I will admit, the first couple have been borderline disasters.  Seriously.  But I’m getting better with every stitch.

Project #1: Let me offer you a brief warning…for those of you who are like me, that doesn’t always read all the directions, please take note of sewing pattern sizes.  Just because you wear a size 4 at the Gap doesn’t mean you’ll be able to fit in a size 4 sewing pattern skirt.  It probably doesn’t even mean one of your thighs will fit into the thing.  Size 4 is super small.  I realized halfway through my skirt that reading directions is incredibly important.  While structurally sound, my first skirt doesn’t fit a “real” size 4, only 4th graders.  The little ones.

too small for me skirt

Project #2: On my second project, I read the directions.  I got the right kind of fabric (albeit ugly fabric), I measured myself, and then picked the size…something like 12 or 14 (not 4).  The second dress…it turned out….okay.  My neighbor came over to see my progress and described it as a “moo-moo” dress.  My sister suggested that it would be adequate for my 7th grade Geometry teacher (she was 60+, for certain).  I tied a belt around it and called it a semi-success.

moo moo dress

Project #3: Easily the best thing I’ve created so far.  But not perfection. No, never perfection.  Not yet.  I bought the cutest cotton bird fabric.  Perfect for a pair of boxers.  Only problem is I put the patterns down backwards.  That would be me glossing over the details.  So what we have here is a pair of beautifully constructed small boxers, with upside down birds.  Whatever, I think they are perfect.

upside down bird boxers

listen:
broken social scene
LouFest had some really fantastic bands.  One of which was Broken Social Scene…actually they were our headliner on the 1st day.  I somehow managed to work my way up onto stage left to enjoy the set nearly unobstructed.  It was amazingness.  BSS was really really good, though.  So many people, so many instruments.  The lead singer actually jumped off the stage and stood on the guard rail for the better part of one of their songs.  I fully suggest you check out the song below, and maybe also the more upbeat “Texico Bitches”.  Really really good.

broken social scene - sweetest kill

And they can try to wear you down, put you out
Get you through your will, that won’t work
I thought you were the sweetest kill
Could I even know?

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i’ve shut my eyes, i’ll pretend instead

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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I found a comforter! Yeah! I’ll post some pictures soon, but I’m currently in the process of finding pillows.  So far, I have but one.  One lone yellow pillow from World Market.  So I’m thinking about maybe making some of my own.  Textiles, anyone?

wear:

Okay, I’ll be honest.  I’m still on a total dress kick.  I bought 3 new dresses last weekend that I REALLY want to show you, BUT right now I’m in pajamas with pony tail hair.  Next time.  But for today, a few selections from Tracy Reese.

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According to Wikipedia, “the name ‘Lightspeed Champion’ comes from a series of comic strips Hynes drew as a teenager in his school mathematics books”.  I haven’t been listening to Lightspeed Champion for very long, but I really dig what I’ve heard so far.  And I also enjoy his headwear choices.

lightspeed champion

lightspeed champions - dry lips

And everyone is staring,it’s all so overwhelming,
if they didn’t look would i still complain.
Of course , i would.

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my mind it tends to run away with the small ideas

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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Brightly colored chairs get me every time.  Here are some created by doble M Design that I could totally see hanging out in my backyard.

painted yellow chair

wear:

I’ve always loved the Fossil look and I’ve been wearing Fossil handbags as my primary purses for years now.  I’ve been through a few really great crossbody bags lately, but when I went to replace my last one that was getting a bit old and worn, I opted for something a bit more grown-up, I suppose.  It still has the really great fossil colors and patterns, but isn’t quite as informal as the crossbody style which tends to kill my attempts to look businessey on a daily basis.  I realize that is not a word, but I wasn’t feeling “businesslike”.

Anyway, I’ve had this bag…erm, satchel…for about a week now and I’m really digging it.  Though I do miss it the messenger bag feel and look of the crossbody.  All part of growing up, I guess!

Check it.

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Once again I was playing an old mix-cd…this one was about 2 years old from my IL days.  I forgot how much I used to dig the song “Oh Dear” by Matt Costa…he’s a former skateboarder pro turned singer-songwriter. His songs are poppy and pleasant, and his voice is smoooooth.

Matt Costa - Oh Dear

Sometimes it rains, sometimes it pours
Sometimes I’m not that sure
But anytime you look at me
Your thoughts I cant ignore

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someone choose…who’s left and who’s leaving

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

live:

Home are some fantastic Wayne Pate Illustrations that would look great on my photo wall.  I’m not sure which one I like best….what do you think?  I might be leaning towards the sailor bird.  Who doesn’t need something like that??

wear:

I managed to fit some shopping time in when I was in San Fran for ad:tech last week.  Which means I spent well over an hour drooling over the amazingness that is Anthropologie.  It was, by far, the largest Anthropologie I’ve ever been to.  It did not disappoint (except for the fact that I left empty-handed because I a.) didn’t have enough $$$ and b.) was already at 45 lbs. in the ol’ suitcase).  Regardless, I found some great dresses that I may ultimately end up with.  Maybe.

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This morning during my short commute to work, I pulled out an old mix CD.  It was titled something like “springtime fancies”, so I figured it’d be a good fit (even though, it is cold and dreary for the 5th straight day).  One of the songs I had put on it was “left and leaving” by the weakerthans.  Haven’t been listening to them so much these days, but I can’t say the love affair is over.  If you haven’t listened, please do.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it thoroughly.

The Weakerthans

the weakerthans – left and leaving
*via recycledlovesongs.com


memory will rust and erode into lists of all that you gave me:
a blanket, some matches, this pain in my chest,
the best parts of lonely

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i adored you in every one of those

Monday, April 26th, 2010

live:

Still on the search for the perfect bedroom.  Wondering if i’ll be able to find something i like before i move.  When/if i move?

I feel like one of the most important parts of any bedroom is the headboard.  Which, as of right now, i do not have.  I’m thinking i could actually make something like this (via LivingEtc and it would make a huge difference in my room.  It looks…cozy.  Add the birds and I’m in love.

purple headboard with bird pillows

wear:

It’s so warm now…I’ve been wearing dresses and skirts just about as often as i can get away with.  Here’s a DKNY skirt I’d be happy to own…and surprise surprise..it has pockets!

dkny garden print skirt

listen:

Frightened Rabbit is coming to St Louis very soon, so I thought it was only fitting to put up one of my favorite songs by them.  There is something incredibly real about his voice, you can hear emotion dripping from every word.  I guess I just really dig that.  Fair warning, this song is somewhat sad.

frightened rabbit

Frightened Rabbit – Poke

But there’s one thing we’ve got going
And it’s the only thing worth knowing
It’s got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon.

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Is it worse to smile falsely or to frown?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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Did you ever read Domino magazine before it disappeared?  I’m really disappointed that it’s gone, but glad someone has decided to create a place to capture many of the images.  Check out the flickr acct where they all live! I haven’t decided how I’ll organize my photo/print wall yet, but these are some of the photos (via Domino) that I’ve been considering…favorites?


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I’m attempting to fully take advantage of spring by wearing as many skirts and dresses.  This cute, flowy skirt from Tulle really caught my eye.  The cut-out is an adorable little touch.  AND pockets.  Goodness, I love pockets in my skirts.  Also, I should mention it is quite affordable at just $38!

listen:

Jeremy Warmsley = Delicious half-french singer-songerwriter.  He has a Decemberists-like sound that I just love.  Give it a listen!

jeremy warmsley – i believe in the way you move

The sadness that comes in the mornings will be washed away
You’ll see to that, but how long will it last
I believe in the way that you move

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we are beautiful, we are doomed

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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I’ve been thinking about a new bed lately.  While the comforter make a huge difference, I really think the headboard makes the greatest statement.  It actually defines the bed and carves out it’s place in the room.  So right now, my bed is super lame.  Just  platform bed, nothing terrible exciting (it IS yellow, though), but I’d really like something like this (saw it on Living etc, wonderful ideas there!).

I love the contrast of the funky material against the very neutral, antique-y look.  This would be a fantastic place to sleep…hopefully I can come up with something similar in the near future.

Ideas, anyone?

Wear:

I don’t wear nearly enough navy.  I’m not sure why that is, but I hope to step it up soon.  So maybe this shirt from ASOS would do the trick?  The ruffles give it an innocent vibe, while pairing it with black leggings makes it seem more sophisticated…I think I would wear this to work.  Or on a date?!

Listen:

Okay, this indie-pop group from Wales looks like they would be incredibly fun to hang with.  Not to mention the fact that they make music I really want to dance to.  We could hang out. And dance!

*image via myspace

los campesinos! – we are beautiful, we are doomed

I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love
Is to like the other slightly less than you get in return
I keep feeling like I’m being undercut

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blue skies are calling

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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I have been slowly decorating my apartment as my budget will allow.  This basically means I have a big empty wall.  Or a couple of them.  The nakedness of one of the walls in particular (behind my big brown couch, not mustard), is driving me crazy.

So I have some thoughts.  Normally I would be totally against putting inspirational words on my wall, but something about this particular set of words from WilliamDohman’s etsy shop struck me.  It might say “chill out, jessica, seriously” to me as I walk in the door.  I like that. And I really like this shade of blue.

But I also want to start buying and framing awesome prints.  Then I can someday have a fantastic photo wall.  This one from Three Sheets 2 the Wind is currently on my radar. It doesn’t hurt that it is perfectly coordinated with the colors of my living room.  But I actually would like to own everything on their entire website.  The bedding in the specialty section is particularly lovely too…I guess there is just something about flowers  and trees and simple colors that just makes me incredibly happy.

Wear:

I like themes. So sticking w/ the blue one…I would like to have this wallet from Rabbit and the Duck. Totally cute.Listen:

I love listening to Noah and the Whale while I’m working on long, focus-required documents at work.  His voice is so incredibly soothing (and you can hear his lovely lovely British accent ever so subtly…:):):) ), it simply puts me at ease and helps me finish what I’m doing instead of getting distracted by facebook or twitter.  

Even more mellow than their song I linked to below is “the first days of spring”…which is obviously quite fitting this time of year. Give it a listen.  At first it’s pretty slow and seemingly unexciting, but let it sink in for a minute or so and you’ll hear the spectacularness.

*image via myspace

Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies

I’ll do anything
To be happy
Oh cause blue skies are calling
But I know that it’s hard

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one for the dreamers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Live:

Please join me in loving this vibrant, comfy, clean living room featured on decor8 by Jan Skácelík. With another yellow couch…surprise, surprise, I guess :)  Since I have been renting for quite a few years now, and have generally been forced to adhere to the basic boring white color palette on my walls, I love getting ideas to spice up the white.  The color choices are bold, but because of all the whiteness, they are not overpowering or overwhelming.

Wear:

Usually when I go out, I toss my id, some cash/credit card, lipgloss, a and a piece of gum in my pocket.  As a general rule, I skip the purse because if it’s not big enough to sling over my shoulder, there is a good chance that it might not make it home.  I’m not sure if this is an issue other girls are plagued with, but for me, just to be on the safe side, I don’t carry tiny purses for a night on the town.  Which is why I personally think the trend towards pockets in dresses is absolutely a fabulous thing.

This handmade dress from Lirola’s etsy shop is right up my alley.  And not just when I’m heading out, but even for work or a Saturday afternoon at the zoo (I’m so looking forward to warmer days ahead, so perhaps that’s why I’m focusing on dresses).

I’m also loving it because it has one of my other favorite recent trends…ruffly collars.  In this case, the ruffles add the perfect feminine touch to an otherwise basic dress.

But just in case you’re not digging the ruffles, here is a pleated version.  Which I also love, and would love to own!

Listen:

I do love a good Swedish band, and the sister duo First Aid Kit has a great indie sound with wonderful, folky harmonies.

*image via myspace

First Aid Kit- You’re Not Coming Home Tonight

The ship is sailing
I’ll meet you on the other side
The future’s unclear
But hopefully it will be fine

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