Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mail Madness Post: 15 (More) Things to put in a care package

A thermos

Decorative box 
hand mirror 
foreign coins or stamps 
Scratch Ticket messages (like in this Mail Post) 

Blank Journal 

Instant miso soup packets 

Incidental items mini kit (Include things like band-aids, travel sized

toothpaste, aspirin, Vaseline etc.) 

Items and instructions to make s’mores 

Popcorn (Bonus: You could use this as the packing instead of bubble
wrap or packing peanuts!) 
A cute stamp and a stamp pad

A disposable camera 

Potpourri or dried flowers 

Art supplies like water colors or crayons 

PS You can find more items on this list and this list. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I wore: in Big Sky Country

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This was originally going to be bit of a test drive for a possible work outfit (do you ever do that?), but I decided it was rather dressier and, er, low-cut than I would wear to work. Still, I love the business edge the vest+blazer combo gives, and I like how the tights tie things together with the color scheme of the blazer and the flowers that are mimicked on the skirt.

The springy colors of course, are nothing like what we see in nature. Some days it feels like we go straight from a moisture-depraved grey to golden, brown of died out items so quickly. Still, golden fields are what they write about in songs and this scene of the Beartooth Mountains remind me of all that, out adventuring in Montana, Big Sky Country.

What I wore: Dress: Borrowed, Vest, Blazer: (Brand: Catworld), tights: Target, shoes: Famous Footwear

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What I Wore: Take a Trip

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There's something fantastically nostalgic about trains, I think. I love walking inside cabooses, trying to imagine the journey a person would take, especially if the caboose has been abandoned, an you can see what was left behind. I sometimes walk into abandoned buildings too, and always wonder what would make a person leave in such a hurry they leave the dishes out, neatly stacked and waiting to be put into the cupboard. Or if they meant to take the train schedule with them, or leave it be. This depot, is not, obviously, abandoned though. It’s found new life as part of a gallery and park.

As for my outfit, after finally embracing the tights-under-shorts trend, I find myself very excited for shorts and summer. This was a fun play on stripes. I think one set being vertical and one horizontal keeps it from being too fugitive-from-a-chain-gang. I quite like it actually. Perfect for taking a trip (though, not sadly, on a train...Oh well. Next time.)

What I wore: Shirt: J. Crew, Shorts: Gap, Tights: Target, Blazer: (Brand: Catworld), Necklace: DEB’S, Bracelet: New York and Company, Shoes: Famous Footwear

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Review: Sisters and Sunshine

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My sister came back from Oregon for some sunshine and family over her Spring break. We got to hang with family, play cards and eat. Then on Sunday Amos and I took advantage of the good weather to trek up to a charming little mountain town called Red Lodge. Its snug up in this valley and coming in it always reminds me a of a toy town. Sort of feels like that too walking the streets. Spent most some of our time in a specialities food shop and some of it in the Montana Candy Emporium, the state's largest candy store. It had a player piano there!

PS If you are curious as to who takes photos for this blog, that'd be him right up there. I take some and the instagraming is me, but most of the photos are his.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Film Flick Friday: The Big Sleep

"One day Bogie came on the set and said to Howard (the director), 'Who pushed Taylor off the pier?' Everything stopped," Bacall writes in her autobiography about the shooting of one of film noir's most convoluted plots, The Big Sleep The director, screenwriters and even the novel's author were all unable come up with an answer to that particular whodunnit, but that hasn't stopped generations of movie-goers from falling in love with the film and little wonder why. Recreating the chemistry that was palpable in To Have and Have Not, married couple, Bogie and Bacall again take center stage in The Big Sleep.And sparks do fly, just as hot and heavy as in other films between the two. Bogart, known for taking his personal style to an art form, definitely has more than a match in Becall, whose dry reserve and sultry stare could make men start breathing heavy.As the two stars trade witty dialogue back and forth, the film also exhibits the subtle, but effective film techniques that noir is known for, such as high key lighting and use of shadow. And, as Roger Egbert notes, "...The writers (William Faulkner, Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett) wrote one of the most quotable of screenplays: It's unusual to find yourself laughing in a movie not because something is funny but because it's so wickedly clever."

Interestingly, this film, starring one of Hollywood's biggest money-makers and a star on the rise, did not see the screen for almost a year and half after filming was complete. As the war was drawing to an end, MGM decided that a detective story had more lasting power than war-themed movies; once the war was finished many movies might seem dated. So war movies saw the screen first! Thank goodness for us that this movie sat in the vaults for a year. During the elapsed time, Becall's reviews in a movie flop, The Confidential Solider, forced movie execs to take a second look at the noir film which in turn resulted in several retakes. The end result is a less linear, but more intriguing plot with the strong performances we can see today!

When Phillip Marlowe takes a job concerning an aging General and his two wild daughters, little is as it seems. Is is just a blackmail case, or something more? And what of the man that the general so carefully did not hire him to find? When the bodies start piling up, it seems there are some secrets people are willing to pay for any way they can. Based on the mystery novel of the same name, The Big Sleep takes you into the process of how a private dick solves his case.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Danyon's Care Package


This care package was for my sister, Danyon, who is away at college. She lives where it rains a lot, so hopefully the color brightened up her day!

 I sent her: Sudoku Puzzles (she introduced me to the addiction!), Chinese Fortunes, (from cookies), colored sidewalk chalk (she's a design major and an RA. I figure they could be useful), a belt, earrings (from Stiched and Adorned), postcards (from Haymitch Printshop), a burned CD, and two Glamour magazines (in all fairness, it is her subscription....). My mother donated the egg thing that is actually a tiny place to grown plants and I made her a Compliment-a-Day Chart. You scratch off the gold paint to reveal the message below. (tutorial: here). Lastly, I made a "shaggy rainbow" to fill the box. ( 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What I Wore: From Packages

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I got two things in the mail the other week, and only now have been able to share them.

The first is this delightful shirt. Purchased from Questhaven, it arrived prettily wrapped with a handwritten note. And the details on the shirt are just as good as the details in its arrival-all for less than twenty bucks! I feel sort of Edwardian in it, for whatever reason. It was my first purchase from them, but probably not the last!

The other item to arrive on my doorstep was- a new book! I am an addict to certain historical mystery series, and this (C.S. Harris' When Maidens Mourn)is one of them. How lucky it also color-coordinated to my outfit at the time....

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What I Wore: Wayfarer's Winter

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What I wore: Shirt: Costco (Brand: The ModBod), Cami: The Gap, Sheer Jacket: Forever 21, Necklace: Forever 21, Belt: Thrifted, Hat: The Hat Shop, Mulberry Pants: Wet Seal, Boots: Famous Footwear.

Snagged this awesome bowler hat at the Hat Shop at Pike's Market in Seattle. I may, in fact, have a bit of a hat addiction. But how can you say no to such funky accessories?

These photos were actually taken the day after I got back from my Seattle trip. We went up the North Fork towards the Park (Yellowstone National Park, for any interested. But winter restrictions really regulate who is and isn't in the park at this time of year). We ended up stopping at the Wayfarer's Chapel, a little outdoor chapel where local churches take turns holding services during the summer. Weddings can happen there too, though I'm not sure I'd ever trust the Wyoming wind with that! As it was, the sun broke out and only a small breeze played in the branches that day. There was a lot of snow, so it wasn't a place to linger around too long, but still a fun reminder of what a beautiful place we were in.  I am sure all of you feel this way from time to time. Tell me, what are places/things to do that make you feel that way about your home?) 

 We also got to see some wild buffalo that had migrated to lower elevations in search of food. In conclusion, BUFFALO. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Review: Seattle

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Made it back safely from the almost-week long conference in Seattle. Fun to go; fun to come home. Must be more of a country girl than I thought! Seriously though, it was fun, snow or no snow (and there was snow). Won't bore you with the work-conference stuff I was there for, but we also snuck in time to do a drive-by exploration of Pike's Market in the daytime, and to take the monorail to the Space Needle. I never knew it was built for the World's Fair! Speaking of, does anyone know if  World’s Fair still happens?

Hoping your weekends were lovely, snow-less and fun!
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