Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The t-shirt has made such an evolution over the years. According to Wiki 'The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century. First, the one-piece union suit underwear was cut into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. With and without buttons, they were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.
As slip-on garments without buttons, the earliest T-shirt dates back to sometime between the 1898 Spanish–American War and 1913, when the U.S. Navy began issuing them as undergarments."
It's come a long way baby and now is popular for amazing graphics in both design (art) and phrases.
T-shirt: Don't Tell My Mother
Shoe; SJP Collection Daphne Pump
Bracelet: Betsy Johnson
The styling and context to which one wears a t-shirt has also changed and evolved. I wanted to share several ways to wear a T-shirt using two of my new FAV's from the SEANESE line. Sean's line is new and special to me because Sean has a giant personality and he has chosen graphic tees to express himself and his unique "sayings". Sean also has Down Syndrome and has struggled with speech and hearing issues for his entire life. Growing up his speech was only clear to those who spent a lot of time around him and some had joked that he had his own language. The name "Seanese" is a tongue in cheek and clever name for his collection of tees, caps, bags and other items that have his "sayings" on them.
Sean with my son Blake
My two FAV's are "Don't Tell My Mother" and "No Spoilers". I wanted to show you how I wear them and style them on a smaller model in hopes of expanding your view on the versatility of a t-shirt.
Shoes: SJP Collection Fawn 70MM in Candy Satin
Worn off the shoulder (tug to expand the neck)
Shown Here off the shoulder, rolled up sleeve with a side knot. Statement jewels and track pants.
Because everyone wears heels, fishnets and track pants. They don't but clearly should.
My XL Tee on my size SM model is the perfect shirt dress.
Or belted with a Vintage gold tone fish scale metallic belt and printed flats and fishnets.
I wear the tee with a colored blazer (Forever 21 a million seasons ago), Lucky Brand Denim & SJP TARTT Mary Jane
The shirts come in all sizes and several colorways, women's, men's, kids and babies too!
What is your FAV way to wear a graphic t-shirt?
Monday, June 5, 2017
We are in the home stretch, the final week of school and summer is literally days away. At the end of another year I have time to take pause and reflect on everything that has happened. My son with Down Syndrome was included in a General Educational classroom setting with the proper behavioral and academic supports and my daughter spent an amazing year in the third grade, achieving countless awards and spreading her wings performing in the school talent show.
It was a great year of ups and downs and delightfully more ups! The end of the year is a great time for "Gratitude Gifts" for all of the teachers and staff who had a hand in my children's education this year.
This year I chose special, bright colored and delicate Orchids for my son's main teacher and his para educator or aide.
The homemade cards say "Thank You for helping me grow" - Love Blake 2016/17 with images. I created them on my computer, printed and laminated them.
For the service providers (Speech & Occupational Therapy) I purchased locally made bath bombs from Babylonian Soap Company in Morro Bay, CA. The bath bombs were freshly made this past Friday and ready for these ladies to relax in a well deserved hot bath. Self care as a woman in any occupation is so essential.
I also made their cards that say YOU ARE THE BOMB!
I also purchased a Japanese Plum Blossom VOLUSPA candle from the soap company as well for my daughters teacher.
Signed, SCENTcerely, Kaleigh.
The VOLUSPA scented candles are my personal FAV now! (I purchased a Sugar Plum scent at Christmas from Babylonian soap company).
Sharing gratitude is something we should do everyday to everyone we encounter. At this time of year it is hard working teachers and support staff who deserve the recognition! Don't restrict yourself to just a purchased gift if that is not what is available to you. There are so many amazing DIY crafts, homemade cards and more that you can tailor to your teachers!
Check out these Apple Themed Gifts from "Teacher Appreciation Week" that you could create for end of the year gratitude gifts! Tori Spelling share's some great ideas on EdiTORIal HERE (I love the tote bags and apple stamps)
How will you share your gratitude?
Sunday, April 30, 2017
After spending my day at a Visionary Women's conference yesterday I wanted to write about it. The power of women together. The power of women period when the universe gave me a sign. Waiting for me in my inbox was an e-mail from the gorgeous icon Julie Newmar.
Her thoughts on FEMALE POWER. I am compelled to pass her wisdom along to you dear reader.
Consider yourself lucky if you are a female, you plausibly have female
If you haven't developed it, I'll give you a push. Here we go.
To my notice, we females effort less. "It's Instinct," you may say. Yes,
knowing the right moment to ask, to get what you want. We make time useful,
not waste time.
Women solve dilemmas more quickly than men. We don't over think. We feel the
answer coming. There is such a thing as higher or Infinite Intelligence. You
can access it. Breathing lets it in. Stop rushing and you'll hear it.
There is something egalitarian about female power. A quality female at the
center of an economic enterprise, business or home expands its success. She
lessens the dangers of too much macho folly. We bring equilibrium to any mob
scene, to the fractious political diaspora.
It is easier to be a woman, we take seriously the necessity of a home base.
We are the center, the centrifugal force, the confident vibes, where trust
earns its wings. Additionally, we value simplicity, its wisdom to make
Men like to please us, have you noticed? They value themselves more in our
presence. We make them smarter, which balances nature to the benefit of all.
We get to dress up, then undress. We have the plumage, our very fuss and
frivolity is soothing, pacifying. The act of putting on makeup relaxes the
nerves, heightens the senses.
Catwoman always felt superior to Batman. She was smarter. Truthfully, she
had a finer mind.
To me, it's not about who has first place. These days, I say to myself: You
have to eschew popularity if you want to be the best you can be.
Superiority over others is so yesterday. Would there be a Galileo without
his mother, her talents, cleverness and her unfulfilled dreams?
Females who are in the know will address themselves as beloved, as wholly
adored and loved in the eyes of their maker. This quintessential power to
know who you are dismisses the bankruptcy, the politics of friction paraded
by pseudo kingpins. Fake news is instantly recognized for what it is.
Women are natural engineers, we know how to get more for less.
In moments of distress, I say to myself: Everything is energy. That leaves
me the choice of choosing solution over mayhem when under pressure. I know
the value of one foot, one brick at a time for building a life, a house or
relationship. Especially with family, I only react to words that reflect the
better intention or motive. Admonishment toward others waits, but is often
discarded. Everything is energy, so choose wisely.
On sexual harassment: short of physical violence, I didn't mind all the
things I was called. I've always enjoyed the underlying intention. In my
twenties, I was once referred to as a "brick shit house." Uh!... Hardly the
worst thing. I looked it up, it means curvaceous, muscular, stacked. Relax
girls, we are the ones who choose.
I sometimes think I regret that I didn't sleep some of my way to the top.
Drama is a fool's game, stick with comedy. I like 96% comedy, 4% drama.
Laughter un-bottles tension. Better to watch Stephen Colbert than Donald
Trump. Colbert is smarter.
I live like a cat, seeking where the expensive furniture is. The softest
pillows with the prettiest slip-coverings, the places in the house to curl
up where the sun warms my body all year long.
My kind of female power can't be owned. I may feign enslavement, but I never
let myself be unloved, even by myself, that would not do.
I rarely argue - I consider. I wait till enough information is in and then
the answer, answers itself. My imagination does tolerate empty space.
Female power does not disagree with a compliment. Compliments shall be
relished, like rich chocolate, like an inside caress. I make time to feel
it, all the way up and down my body.
Let the world please you. Use your female power. It was set up that way.
Thank you Julie!
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Evolution Vintage Grey Dress
Our society is obsessed with labels, labels on clothing AND labels on people. I think everyone finds a strange comfort level to know that they have you figured out, categorized and have you labelled. There is one label that can be added to my list as I sit in the comfort of my home typing and listening to the rain outside do a tap dance on my back deck.
Pluviophile: (biology) Any organism that thrives in conditions of heavy rainfall
and/or One who loves rain, a rain-lover.
I thrive, I create, I am comforted by and inspired by the RAIN. Any Rain, any time and the more consecutive days of precipitation the happier and busier you will find me. I have never been able to really explain my love and attraction to the rain and rainy days. There is a cleansing quality to rain, washing away all that was before and producing a fresh, clean slate or Tabula rasa as it were.
Living in California has kept me rain starved through the recent drought years but sincerely grateful for even an hour of water. I am so thrilled to welcome back this extended "rainy" season.
What inspires you?
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I adore this quote from writer Joan Didion, it inspired me to order her memoir and to think about how true this statement is, or should be.
Recently I have been exploring the idea of letting go of versions of yourself as you move down your life road, destination unknown. Your past and previous versions of yourself only serve to slow you down. The natural progress you could be making is made that much harder by the past 'people' you are "carrying" around, past versions of yourself included. Think about yourself running under water carrying a large rock and the pace you make carrying all of that weight. Now think about your increase in speed if you leave the rock behind.
Lately I am feeling like Alice in Wonderland in a new world of Alternative Facts, "It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."
Evolution in all facets of your life is essential, giving yourself permission to change, let go of people ideas and beliefs that no longer serve you and anything else that may be blocking progress. Celebrate the next time someone says they don't know you anymore! each level of life requires a different version of you so it is time to level up and show up for this moment.
A style evolution is also in order. Try tapping into your authentic self through your personal style. Ignore the outside noise, current trends and your geographical location and wear what represents who you are ... for today at least!
Vintage Poppy Dress - SHOP
Friday, March 17, 2017
The Holiday Season has come and gone but I wasn't ready to let my tree go. This year we were away for Christmas so I didn't get to enjoy my chic new white tree for very long. I decided my Christmas decor of Magenta and Silver should stay through January and then was inspired to decorate the tree with LOVE for Valentine's Day which remained up through Feb!
March knocked at the door and it was time for some Irish decor. My maternal relatives are all McGee's, real Irishmen and women from the town of Antrim, Ireland (my great, great, great maternal grandfather) but my Great, Great Grandparents were married and buried in Kilcooley, Ireland. So my roots give reason to this tree and it's decor. A little Irish inspo:
Tree topper was created from green gift ribbon ($2, shamrock decoration ($1) and festive headband complete with Irish flags ($2.99). Total topper: $6
The decor was inexpensive with the exception of the priceless Leprechaun created by my husbands grandmother in the 1970's
I used Green and gold garlands with shamrocks from the dollar store ($4), I purchased paper desert plates to fill the gaps inside the tree ($3) and used a plastic witched prop 8" cauldron to double as my pot of gold complete with plastic gold coins ($6.50). The cauldron can be re-used again at Halloween ($8) I purchased the ceramic Irish symbol Trinity Knot ornament separate online for $5.
the white faux flowers with silver glitter trim and gold coins also came from the dollar store. I scattered these throughout the tree along with green ones ($5).
The tree has been the focal point of our living room and a great themed conversation throughout the month. Total decor cost: $37.50
Cheers to celebrating around your themed tree all year long. Next up Spring/Easter!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Vintage Fruit Skirt & SJP Collection Fawn in Ochre Satin
Spring is an open field of style possibilities. Usually people immediately think of floral's or pastels. What about a real Berry Good Fruit motif?
I adore a novelty print and fun appliques every season but there is something about Spring time and fabulous fruit.
I recently acquired this unique wool skirt, adorned in the sweetest embroidered fruit applique, all the usual favorites; Strawberries, Pears, Grapes, Cherries and more. It got me thinking about fruit fashion and how beautiful this motif is for spring.
Parka by Rahul Mishra $1.605
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Hush, Can you hear it?
The rustling in the grass,
Bringing you the welcome news
Winter's day is past.
Soft, Can you feel it?
The warm caressing breeze,
Telling you the sticky buds
Are bursting on the trees.
Look, Can you see them?
The primrose in the lane,
Now you must believe it -
Spring is here again.
- May Fenn
Friday, March 10, 2017
I love fashion, street style, celebrity style, basically every woman on the planet's style. I am always fascinated with peoples fashion choices and how they style those choices and wear them in their daily lives.
I have a hand full of style inspirations but for some reason Amal (Alamuddin) Clooney snuck under my stylist radar. She is much more than a pretty face and the wife of actor George Clooney. She is an accomplished attorney (Barrister) specializing in international law and human rights. She didn't pack up her briefcase after getting married either, she is still actively practicing and working.
She is also the president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which she co-founded with her husband George Clooney in late 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world (wiki). I also just realized that we are around the same age, her birthday is 3 days after mine, just a year ahead which makes her an Aquarius and an instant style sister.
I love that she does not use a stylist and chooses her own looks and pieces. Many pieces that are VINTAGE, frequenting her favorite shop in London William Vintage. She has many contemporary looks that are fantastic as well but I love her Vintage pieces, re-styled in a current way.
Vintage 1960's Dress/Jacket Set (No Label)
1960's White Fringe Dress (No Label)
Vintage CHANEL circa 1963
Vintage Christian Dior
Courreges c. 1960
Madame Gres c. 1945
Vintage Ossie Clarke - 1970's
Finally a public figure who mixes fashions past and present in a really chic way. I have so many pieces at Evolution Vintage I would pull for her, see below for some of my favorites.
My picks from Evolution Vintage for Amal: