Friday, November 30, 2012

Film Flick: Holiday Inn


Hello, Never Fully Dressed readers. With the holidays coming up, I'm running a special series sharing some of the holiday classics that have stood the test of time. Some might be new to you; some might be favorite films, but they're all sure to impart a sense of that holiday fun.



An inn that's open only during the holidays? That outlandish premise is the basis of the Christmas classic Holiday Inn. Irving Berlin pitched the idea as a way for him to write songs about all the different American holidays after his song "Easter Parade" was a hit in an earlier film.

As you can imagine, a plot that revolves around having a song and dance number for every holiday, means the story is sometimes weak, but Holiday Inn has two aces up its sleeve in the forms of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as lead actors. Crosby is his usual laid-back, lovable everyman- though somewhat more manipulative here than in other films- and Astaire plays elegant but shallow to a tee. Their characters Jim (Crosby) and Ted (Astaire) are partners, along with dancer Lila (Virginia Dale), in a song and dance routine. Jim longs for farm life- and eventually finds it in his idea for a "Holiday Inn." In the midst of getting the inn up and running the two men vie for the heart of a woman- not once, but twice. First for the worldly Lila and then for the film's real leading lady, Linda. Linda, as played by Marjorie Reynolds, is sweet and kind, but of more importance is her ability to both sing and dance. She can help draw the crowds to the Inn, but Ted hopes she can also draw Hollywood's attention. Will she love the quiet life with Crosby's Jim, or will bright lights and Astaire's charming Ted win the day?

This is the film that brought us the classic song "White Christmas." Though it would win the Academy Award that year for best song and go on to be the best selling music single for over fifty years, many involved in the film weren't initially blown away. Supposedly, during rehearsals, Crosby merely told Berlin, "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving." In fact, the song expected to be the big hit was the Valentine's song, " Be Careful- It's My Heart." Other holiday numbers include a New Year's, one for Lincoln's birthday, as well as one for Washington's, a re-use of "Easter Parade," a 4th of July number, and a Thanksgiving song. Some of these are rather painfully awkward. In fact,  the Lincoln number is often cut from television showings due to it's rather racist overtones and use of blackface. Still, most are at least hummable tunes. Astaire has a few big moments of his own- a Fourth of July Dance involving fireworks exploding in time to his dancing feet and a partner dance that is even more impressive once you know Astaire was actually drunk and not just pretending to be so. 



Overall, this is a great film to snuggle up and watch on a snowy day. Sure, it has a few weak musical numbers, but they are more than made up for by the good numbers. Some might prefer Crosby's later and more famous White Christmas, but Holiday Inn has a charm all its own with two of Hollywood's greats using all of their combined singing and dancing skills to win the girl. So, as the movie's song puts it, "kick your cares down the stairs, and come to Holiday Inn!"



P.S. WANT MORE HOLIDAY CLASSIC FILMS? GET INTO THE SPIRIT WITH: WHITE CHRISTMAS | CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT | MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET |SHOP AROUND THE CORNER MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS | IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE | IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE | HOLIDAY | A CHRISTMAS CAROL |

Thursday, November 29, 2012

What I Wore: To The Library

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What I Wore: Shirt and Necklace (Old), Sweater (H&M), Skirt (Flock Together via Southern (California) Belle), Shoes (Old Navy)

This bold, graphic-feeling set of polka dots had me stumped for a bit, but this slightly preppy remix of Ashley's skirt has me smiling. It reminds me of studying in the library with a bouquet of new pencils- Or even better, just browsing in the library. Do you go to the library much? Or did you as a kid? 

I've always loved libraries (for a stint in 3rd grade it became an occasion for librarians to remark on if I didn't check out an Oz book!). These photos were taken in front of the local community college's library. Though I'm no longer a student, the busy students who are usually scurrying in and out makes me happy. A bunch of bustle to learn, right? 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gift Guide: For the Guys


With Christmas around the corner, gifting-giving and merriment are too. Over the next few weeks, Never Fully Dressed will be hosting several great guest posters who are here to share some gift guides for the loved ones in your life. To find out what guys wanted for Christmas, I went to the source and asked Amos (a.k.a. "The Boy"). Though his presence is often felt on the blog, since he's the man behind the camera, this is his first time writing! So, here he is to present to you:


What Guys Want for Christmas

Are you a blogger who is stumped trying to think of gift ideas for your man? Here are some thoughts from a guy's perspective as requested by the lovely Kristian here at Never Fully Dressed. This is my first time venturing from behind the camera to the keyboard... I hope these insider tips help inspire you to find the perfect thing-a-ma-jig for your beau!

Something to Show Off

We'd never admit it, but us guys enjoy being able to show off sometimes. Give us an easy trick and we'll confidently dazzle friends, family, and random passerby whenever the opportunity arises. Just be aware you might get to see the same trick a few times; pretend it's the first time every time, ok?

Something to Look Forward To

Subscription Boxes aren't just for fashion-forward blogger gals anymore... hurrah! There are at least a few companies out there catering to us big apes, so set us up with some man stuff on a regular basis. Of course you'll get to share in the bounty!

Something to Make

Us guys are a restless bunch. We need something to do, especially if it results in something useful or interesting or delicious. Be aware that there will probably be a big mess and plenty of missfires, but in the end your guy will produce something great and unique (and it will probably be dedicated to you).

Something Fun

If your man is doing things right, then you know only that he's mature and suave and sophisticated, oozing with wordly charm and bursting with deep literary wit. That will make this next fact hard to believe: us guys are still silly little boys at heart. Give your man the right toy and his eyes will sparkle like a 5 year old. Warning: if you get him a toy he WILL play with it and it WILL be annoying, but he will totally love you for it.

Something Personal

You know your man better than anyone else does, so why not use your insider knowledge to get him the perfect heartfelt gift? He might SEEM emotionally clueless at times, but he'll love anything that reminds him of your relationship or anything that shows you know his inner boy brain.

Slim Down His Pocket Book

...just in size, not in cash! We love taking care of our ladies, but we might need help doing so in style. Many of us are still trying to sit on a 3 inch thick wallet full of cards that we haven't used in years. My first slim wallet was a life changer and I reccomend it for any guy. Figure out what he really needs to carry everywhere and give him a fashion nudge with a slim new wallet or even a wallet replacement.

All He Really Wants

Of course all he really wants is you. No matter how cliche that sounds, it's true and you KNOW it's true. Is that a gift? It can be... and since you're a blogger, you care as much about a gift's presentation as the gift itself. So why not splurge in some great gift wrap? Trust me: this is one package he'll like opening, admiring, and opening again on a regualr basis :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I Wore: Welcoming the Christmas Season

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What I Wore: Hat ( Target), Sweater (Knitted Dove), Skirt (Pin-Up Girl), Petticoat (local store), Nylons, Boots (Old)

It's snowing out (thank goodness outfit photos are already done, right?). There is something, admittedly, about being inside and toasty-warm with a cup of tea at hand and wooly socks on toesies that makes it lovely fun to enjoy it snowing outside. But Winter Wonderland turns to slush and you need to be going about your day and it can be darn hard to feel cute without frostbite. Scarfs and hats and owl sweaters help with that though. Tall boots to tromp around in, nylons and sneaky-layering with petticoats underneath a skirt certainly don't hurt either. Hope you're keeping warm and finding lots of fun both indoors and outdoors as the Christmas Season is starting up!

This past weekend alone we went to the mountains for Christmas trees (a family friend's tree. We'll get ours next weekend), trimmed another tree, roasted marshmallows while watching a lighted parade, walked about a craft fair, and more! Anyone else's December starting to look busy with season going-ons too?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Film Flick: Touch of Evil

One of the last of it's kind from the film noir classic period, Touch of Evil
starts off with one of most famous opening sequences on film- a continuous three and half minute long shot, in which the viewer will see a car bomb's fatal journey to the American/Mexican border. It was the longest running shot in cinema history, and the movie itself is like that shot. It's an intellectual achievement, and beautifully done, but just damn long.

When a bomb explodes at the border, Mexican detective 'Mike' Vargas (Charlton Heston) knows it might damage Mexican/U.S. relations. So, he finds himself on the crime scene with- and sometimes at odds with- the local cops, led by Captain Hank Quilan (Orson Wells) . Vargas' wife (Jaent Leigh) meanwhile finds herself at odds with the Grandis, relations of those her husband has so recently put away as drug-runners. Between drugs, death, racism, and a personal drive for justice, it might be that everything has just a Touch of Evil along one of the longest open borders in the world.

Like the film itself, A Touch of Evil's making, from pre to post production, is a long and twisting tale with surprise appearances, changing purposes, and in-fighting to boot. Orson Welles originally was only hired to act in the film, but a misunderstanding had star Charlton Heston believe the man was also directing. In an effort to keep Heston happy, Welles was given the reins. One of the first things Welles did was to make major scripts rewrites. These included changing the race of several main characters. He made Heston a Mexican narcotics cop as opposed to a white lawyer, and switched Janet Leigh's role to an American blonde. He put major names into the film who were not originally hired for any role. Marlene Dietrich agreed to appear, working only for union wages, as a favor to Welles, a fact the studio only discovered when looking at rushes. Zsa Zsa Gabor makes a bit appearance, as does Mercedes McCambrige. "Fired" during post-production (in reality Welles cut the film, then left for on -location shooting of another film before the studio had seen the cuts), Welles was replaced. Harry Keller reshot and re-cut to the studio's desires. Welles came back and then recut that cutting, leaving a product that neither Universal nor the director were truly happy with. In later years, the studio released a "director's cut", which is now what is commonly watched. This cutting was based off of memos sent at the time, but a true "director's cut" is lost to the movie goer.

Twisting as the tale is, this noir is not for the easily bored. The film is long- almost too long, in fact. Each plot thread is revealed slowly, and often confusingly, yet looking back on it, I'm not sure it could have been done any other way.  It could be said that Welles' biggest failure is not even the speed, but a sense of his verging onto the almost too intellectual or too complex. One's whole brain must be engaged in this dark thriller. One of his greatest themes though, has very little to do with the complex plot or the twisted motives of each man. Commentary on racism is in almost every interaction. It makes the viewers face their own prejudices, and stare their results guiltily in the eye. In his film, it has never been clearer that right and wrong, good and evil are subjective to eyes of the men. But is even justice blind?



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What I Wore: Keeping Warm

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What I Wore: Coat (esty Store F.M.), scarf,gloves and hat (Target)


With Thanksgiving literally a day away, there's no denying we are definitely getting into Winter Weather territory. And, while Dean Martin may feel it's A Marshmallow World, I like to be WARM. With my previous winter coat in rags, I've on the search for several months.

This coat is from the etsy store, F.M. (technically fm908, but don't let the name fool you. It's cooler than it sounds). Coat buying can be tricky business, because you want it to fit right since you wear it everyday. But I decided to take the plunge and buy online. This wasn't an entirely sucessfully project first time around. This is the coat I originally ordered. Despite the sizing guide, there was a Snafu ("That's American for Situation Normal All Fouled Up!"). The shoulders were too big (to be fair, my shoulders tend to be narrow). I looked like a little kid playing dress-up! And, since F.M. hand makes all their coats, a simple return was out of the question. Fortunately, they were very good to work with, and offered to exchange the coat. Whew!

It might be a bit of an understatement to say I love this coat. It fits perfectly and is quite warm . It is black, so it will go with everything, and the wide, pleated skirt of the coat is flattering to both pants and skirts- even skirts with petticoats under them! Sure, the locals might give me The Look, as if to ask me, "But why are you dressed up like a Victorian Christmas Caroler?"  when I walk down the street, but let's face it- carolers brought good cheer to all and got free desserts from people. Win-win, just like this coat.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What I Wore: A Locket Around My Neck

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What I Wore: Shirt (ModBod), Locket (Gift), Skirt ( ASOS via Threadflip and Krystal Bick)


This striped skirt is something else that, like my checked shirt, has been on my To-Get list for awhile now. There is just something about stripes I love so much! Simply irresistible. 

Everyone else must feel the same way too, because this skirt was sold out, and my heart broken. However, I kept an eye out, and snagged this one on Threadflip when looking at Krystal Bick's (of This Time Tomorrow) "closet" there. Have you ever tried one of these sites to shop so-and-so's closet? If so, did you like it? Would you buy clothes from other bloggers' "personal" closets, or try to sell some yourself?

The skirt's not the only special item I was wearing this day though. I've actually been meaning to show you this locket for a few weeks, because it has the sweetest story. 

This locket originally  belonged toThe Boy's mother, and she was the one to put in the photo of the little boy. That's right; that's The Boy up there, all of one year old! As she explained it to me, "I thought I'd have two kids and put their pictures right inside!" Buuuut then she lost the locket and by the time she found it again, she had four kids. Too many for a locket, I guess, but she decided she'd keep it and save it for when The Boy found A Special Someone. Well, you all know About A Boy, and how we met and fell in love. So his mom conspired with my mom, and got a photo of me as a kid too (I'm five in that photo). Now- for the photos it holds, the story behind it, and the effort both our mom's put into it- it's become a favorite piece to wear! 




Monday, November 19, 2012

Hair How-to: Milkmaid Braids (with a twist)

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 Milkmaid braids are my go-to hair-do. They are quick, and easy, but don't look it. It is also a very versatile look because you can make milkmaid braids out of many different types of braids. There's the great stand-by of a 3-strand braid, or why not try a fishtail braid or rope braid with this? Or you could get really adventurous and give the 5- strand braid a try!


Milkmaid braids


1) Divide Hair into two sections


...What is says on the tin, here.


2) Braid each section of hair. You will end up with pigtails


You can use a standard 3-strand braid, or use the fishtail braid, or  a rope braid like I did here! Let your imagination go wild.



3) Pin pigtails on top of the head


You will pull one pigtail across the side of your head, essentially going ear to ear. Pin it with bobby pins. Take the next pigtail and likewise pull it across the head going ear to ear. Pull this second pigtail so it covers the end of the first pigtail, and likewise hide the second pigtail's end behind the first pigtail. Pin with bobby pins.


P.S. Looking for more hairstyling how-tos? Why not try: Braided Loops // 5-Strand Braid // the Bardot Look //the Gibson Girl Look // the Turban Wrap //Rope Braids // Fishtail Braids



Friday, November 16, 2012

Film Flick: The Woman in the Window

Though some would describe director Fritz Lang's  The Woman in the Window as a film done during a decline in his career, this is a taunt, nightmarish sort of Noir. A stand-out, single-take shot near the end of the film still has people wondering how they did and, with Robinson starring as Physiology of Homicide Professor,  Richard Wanley, you can be sure you'll be on the edge of your seat.

After seeing his wife and children off for the weekend, Professor Wanley and his friends commiserate at dinner over aging and the loss of adventure- chiefly adventure of the romantic sort. Though the conversation is sparked by the portait of a beautiful woman in a shop window, Wanley is taken by surprise when he meets the woman herself, one Alice Walker, right in front of her alluring painting. Even more unexpected is her invitation to come up stairs. Wanley surprises himself by accepting her invitation for a nightcap and maybe more. But what starts as a bit of fun to feel young again turns brutal. With a dead body on the floor, and his own reputation to protect, a spiral of reactionary steps must be taken to keep the truth at bay.



A surprise twist or two has kept this film from being a critics' darling. Since Lang was famously contemptuous of critics, he probably wouldn't have cared, and Robinson seemed more interested in the cast and crew's criticism that some of his friends were communists than in how the movie did. I'm going to voice an unpopular opinion- the twists most people hate were what made the film for me. In retrospect they highlight the horrific surreality of the situation brought on by The Woman in the Window. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What I Wore: Something New

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What I Wore: Shirt (New York and Company), Blazer (H&M), skirt ( actually a dress; Target), leggings (gift), leggings  and belt(Vintage), boots (gift), bow (DIY)


What I love about this outfit is it's something new...without anything being new. We all have our styles, things that we love, but sometimes we can get stuck in a rut. I love big, full skirts and necklaces- all the better to go dancing in, right? But I think I overlook the pencil/mini skirt a bit, and a bow? What? But both the tighter skirt and the bow give a fun polished to the outfit, an almost boyish (or at least equestrian, I am still in a skirt) look. Still very me- it is after all, all stuff that was already in my closet-, but something a little different, right?

Oh, fashion. How fun it is to experiment with you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What I Wore: Saying Good-bye to Fall

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What I Wore: Boots (gift), Legwarmers (vintage/mother's), tights (Target; old) Shirtdress (Borrowed from Jessica of Midwest Muse via Flock Together), shirt (New York and Company), Necklace (gift/vintage)

I came up with this outfit and was so excited to wear it the moment I got this shirtdress in the mail from Jessica of Midwest Muse. But then weather and timing conspired against me, and it took forever to be able to get photos of it! The dress turned out to be a leeeettle more sheer in direct sunlight than previously anticipated, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I never wore this into work... but it was still such a fun, flirty piece that I'm glad we got some documentation of this outfit.

These pictures are also our last good-bye to fall. It was in the sixties when we took these, and now, it is hovering at merely seven degrees above zero! Good-bye fall; we loved you and your fluttering-skirt-allowing ways! 

I was one of those bloggers who tried having a "seasonal bucket list" with things I'd like to do during the fall. Some we got to and some we didn't, but most of the ones we didn't get too will probably go onto a winter list, as they were mostly indoor activities. We went to a Corn Maze, made Czech Apple Cake, had one last Outdoor Movie for the year, went to Molt, Montana, and even got several home improvement projects done (I'm getting real excited to show you a room tour pretty soon!). Did you have a Fall List and if so, did you cross some fun things off of it? 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hair How-to: A Fishtail Braid

Today's Hair-How to is a braid much simpler than it looks! It plaits together only two sections of hair and, can be done to achieve one large braid, as seen here, or used in many other looks such as pigtails or smaller braids nestled among loose hair or even pinned up into a milkmaid braid style. Best of all- this look does not need long hair. So long as you have shoulder length or longer hair you can get this fishtail braid done one way or another! 


Fishtail


1) Brush hair to side


....or to where ever you want your braid to be!

2) Divide hair into two sections


Unlike a regular or French braid,  fishtail braids are plaiting only two sections of hair.


3) Take small strand of hair from the far side of one section of hair


Take a small, thin strand of hair from the far side of one section of hair.

4) Bring that strand over to become part of the other section of hair. Repeat, alternating sides.


Bring that strand over (not under) the section of hair it came from and join the strand of hair with the other section (join that strand of hair to the other section on the inside side; do not take the strand over the 2nd section of hair)

Fishtail braiding is essentially repeating steps 3 and 4,  as many times as needed, alternating which sections of hair you are taking strands from.

5) Continue to braid  all the hair this way


Continue until you have braided as far down as you wanted to.

6) Tie. Pull some hair looser for a more casual look. 


Rubbing the braid will give the plait a wider, fatter look. Pulling some of the braid loops a little loose (but not all the way out) will achieve a more casual feeling too.

Viola- a perfect hair-do when you want something easy and quick but still eye-catching!


P.S. LOOKING FOR MORE HAIRSTYLING HOW-TOS? WHY NOT TRY: 
BRAIDED LOOPS // THE BARDOT LOOK //THE GIBSON GIRL LOOK // THE TURBAN WRAP //ROPE BRAIDS // FISHTAIL BRAIDS // POMPADOUR BUN // TWISTED HOTCROSS BUNS  //  TWISTED HALO //  THE MESSY BEEHIVE //


Friday, November 9, 2012

Film Flick: High Noon



The clocks are ticking down, as the action of the 1952 western High Noon plays out in real time. Will Kane (Gary Cooper) seems set to retire to the quiet life on a Sunday morning when he marries pacifist quaker Amy (played by the much younger Grace Kelly), and turns in his Marshall's badge. But trouble is walking the streets of this small town, as members of Frank Miller's old gang arrive to wait for the noon train. What this means to the town, to Kane, and to many of the individuals who helped to put Miller away, is revealed when Kane is forced to make a last stand against an enemy with a very personal vendetta. Can help be found among any who seem to desert him, or will this lawman be alone come high noon?

Ranked 33 on the Original American Film Institute's Top 100 list, and moved up to 27 on their revised 10th anniversary edition, it is clear that the western High Noon is no ordinary movie. In point of fact, it is a very different kind of western. Extensialistic, the film concentrates more on moral questions rather than the type of action so common in cowboy films. Foremost among the themes explored though, is the classic western dichotomy of the need for violence to create civilization, but how in order to be civilized there can be no violence. It also makes strong statements of what it means to be a man as opposed to a boy, the idea of the greater good, and, briefly, touches on women's place in both western society and in the lives of men (though, admittedly, it does still regal women largely to the damsels in distress or as lovers-only roles). I won't go any further except to say, that though the film tackles deep questions, the secondary characters' portrayals are strong enough and multi-dimensional enough to allow them to take the burdens of conveying such themes.

The film's strengths shine through, allowing it to have overcome the controversy present in both it's making and debut, so that it was able to go on, not only to win multiple Academy Awards, but to also become a classic, and politically and artistically relevant film today.

As with much of Hollywood in the early nineteen fifties, this film did not escape the McCarthy witch-hunts unscathed. Screenwriter and uncredited co-producer, Carl Foreman, was labeled as an "unfriendly witness" for refusing to name names from his time some years earlier as part of the Communist party. This nearly got him kicked off of the making of the production, except for the fact that several people including Cooper (who ironcially was a "friendly witness" some years later, though he too did not name names) stepped in on his behalf. The film itself was often taken (correctly it seems from later interviews with Foreman) as an allegory for the lack of action against the Red Scare, leading John Wayne to disparage the film as "the most un-American film" he'd ever seen (however, it should be noted that Wayne did still accept Cooper's award for his role on his behalf, since Cooper had been unable to attend the Academy Awards). Ironically, the USSR blasted the film as "glorification of the individual." Even beyond all the politics involved, many moviegoers and critics also complained about the lack of traditional western plotlines and archetypes.


But the film has withstood the test of time, and in later years was recognized as a great film that was a proponent of strong moralistic values and a code of honor. Both of these were exemplified in Cooper's role, Will Kane. In fact, it became a favorite film of two former presidents, Regean and Clinton, and holds the record for the most screenings of any film at the White House (with 17 viewings). US leaders were not the only ones who came to feel High Noon presented positive political views though. In 1989, the film became an important symbol for Poland's first semi-free election, when posters featuring Cooper's character Kane holding a voting ballot, appeared with the slogan "High Noon: 4 June 1989" which was the date of the actual election.

The awards and cultural impact of the film speak for themselves, so I will just end saying, that a viewing of High Noon is a must for eveyr movie lover. So be there when the train rolls in.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What I Wore: Mysterious Allure

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What I Wore: Sweater (Old), Skirt (borrowed from Ashley of Southern (California) Belle), shoes (Old Navy)


I'm blogging over on Flocked Together today, showing off Ashley's lovely golden skirt. Just wearing it made me feel mysterious and alluring! Head on over to check out more about this look, or see how I wore this skirt on the Backroads and Byways...or see Ashley's posh looking post with the skirt

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

15 Things to Put in a Care Package (15th Edition!)


You can purchase these book ends via Modcloth


  1. Kissing Clothespins (or other painted kitchen items like spoons
  2. Magic 8-ball
  3. Recorded Message (either on a cheap voice recorder, or with one of Hallmark’s cards)
  4. coasters
  5. Jerky
  6. dice (with dice game instructions!)
  7. funny award/ mock honorary degree
  8. bookends
  9. baseball or trading cards (Bonus: make a trading card of the recipient!)
  10. A tomigachi
  11. Charcoal Rubbings (example: of leaves or engravings)
  12. The first move of a long distance game (chess, checkers or tic-tac-toe by mail!)
  13. Kool-Aid or Crystal light powdered mix
  14. paper snowflakes (winter in a box!)
  15. Henna

Wow- this is the 15th edition of 15 Things to Put in a Care Package List! That's 225 unique items to put in your care packages. 


Hopefully this series has given you ideas, and lots for fun for you and your loved ones' mailboxes. This is a series that is going to be retiring for awhile; 225 ideas are plenty! But keep checking in every week for new Mail posts on letters, care packages and other postal items. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What I Wore: Playing Dress-up

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What I Wore: Shirt (Elana via Flock Together), Vest (Old), Pencil Skirt (Old), Tights (Target), Shoes (Old Navy), Hat (gift)

Another Flock Together swap! This red and polka-dot shirt is borrowed from Elana of Room 334. Fellow swappers (Flockers? Flock-together-ers? Togetherians? I dunno. We'll get back to you on that.), please tell me I'm not the only one who plays dress-up like she's seven instead of twenty-seven when a new Flock Together package arrives at her door?

Just me? Alright then.

What became clear in my flurry of playing dress-up though ,was the need to accentuate the retro-vibe this shirt has. A hat, vest, and pencil skirt later, and- Viola! An outfit ready for adventure.
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