Friday, May 31, 2013

What I Wore: A Surprise Twist

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What I Wore: Shirt (Borrowed from Ashley of Southern California Belle), Pants (59th Street via Yesstyle.com), Belt (Gift), Shoes and Cambray Shirt (Old Navy)


This outfit is one of my recent favorites, but there's quite a surprise about it! Head on over to Flock Together to find out what it's secret is! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Month in Review: May 2013

Whoa- I blinked and May was gone! Well, almost. I'm blogging over on Flock Together tomorrow, so this is a day early. Whirlwind or not though, there were definitely some unforgettable moments on NFD this month, so without further adieu-

Outfits to Remember


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Mail to Remember


You got a mail-related look at my upcoming wedding with these Postcard Centerpieces. The Letter Writing series continued by discussing how to write Letters of Recommendation, and if you're looking at subscription boxes as a gift for yourself or others, did you see this Bespoke Post and the Box of Awesome review?

Movies to Remember


This month we explored one of my favorite movie genres, Film Noir. Take a look at the seedier side of life with one of Hollywood's first Noirs The Maltese Falcon, see the influence of WWII in the film The Third Man,  or watch the sizzle of one of Noir's best with Double Indemnity. Never seen a noir? This video below might help you understand the love affair I have with these shadowy films. How many movies can you identify from the clips?




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Plans to Remember


May's spun by so quickly my head is spinning just a bit! Things always get crazy as the school year ends, and, of course, we're trying to get everything for wedding done (stay tune in June for a few more sneak-peeks before the big day itself!), but I did finally get around to sharing the photos of my Bridal Shower. Thanks again for it, Danyon and Shannon! Besides the wedding, I'm also trying to get things moved over to The Boy's house a little at a time too. We had an extra special Mother's Day celebration by going out all together with my Mom and Dad, my grandmother, and my soon-to-be in-laws for a shared meal (Also, my Mother's Day Gift Guide)! How special to be able to celebrate three fantastic ladies at once like that. Despite all the busy-ness we still are finding a little bit of time to enjoy the warming weather (especially a certain puppy who's learning to swim)! Plus, I even got to share a bit more about myself with you all.

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Finds to Remember


Since we are in the last stages of planning our own wedding, this post about "Wedding Do-Overs"  from Cup of Jo is fascinating!

I always love this series, but Design Sponge outdid itself when it showed what it would be like if we were Living In: Mary Poppins! 

Speaking of Mary Poppins, doesn't Erica of Sweets and Hearts look practically perfect in this swapped skirt?  And over on the blog Kitsune-kun is another lady who looks like she's out of a dream in a green vintage dress. No, really. Doesn't that look like that dream you had the other night?!  And, I'm horrible at layering shirts under dresses, but The Drawing Mannequin looks so good maybe a second try is in order?

Also- this post by Trashy Delrae has me ramping up my bravery to try a crop top out. Now that it's summer, will you try this daring trend?

Eli of the Thrift Eye wrote a very thought provoking post about fast fashion, the factory collapse, and how to be more mindful of the clothes you buy. Her post has some vey practical and do-able suggestions.

Anyone who follows my twitter knows how much I love quotes. Here are twenty of Coco Chanel's best bon-mots.

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with these two very personal posts from this month, both of which very much spoke to me. "A Timeline for Tragedy"  by Making Nice in the Midwest talks about people's reactions to both personal and national tragedies, and "I Feel Pretty" by A Clothes Horse discusses self-image.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Postcard Centerpieces

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Does it surprise you to learn that I collected postcards as a child?

Yeah.

Thought not.

Got rid or all of them when I moved to college; still wish I had them for this project though! This renewed collection of postcards will become the center of our reception tables- literally! Rather than flowers, I wanted to go with something a little more unique for our centerpieces. As you can see above, they were pretty easy to make and were very affordable DIYs. Bonus- postcards often have a bit of a retro vibe so it fits right into our wedding's theme.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Remix: White Dress

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The Isn't It Iconic dress from Modcloth is probably one of my most used closet items.  I've only had it since Christmas, but in the roughly 25 outfits I've shared here since then, four have included it!  Since it pairs well with other neutrals or bright colors, I can't wait to wear it more this summer!

These shots might be a bit familiar to you if you peruse the Modcloth Style Gallery; they've been added there.  I'm not quite such what to think of this new feature on their site. Certainly  it's an innovative way to get consumers to engage and to see real people in the clothes. Plus, I've met some really cool bloggers by following the links on there, including October Rebel and Anna of Melodic, Thrifty and Chic.  What it means in terms of promotion (either as bloggers trying to promote their blogs or businesses or brands promoting themselves) and as a social media tool, I'm not certain  Have you checked out the Modcloth Style Gallery or used it? Other companies are now also getting similar galleries for consumers to post photos on.  Any thoughts on it?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hair How-to: Double French Braid Buns

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1) Part hair down center

Part your hair down the center. Include your bangs if you want, they can become part of a french braid even though they are shorter than other sections of hair. I used a rattail comb to help get my part.

2) French braid each side

You will french braid each of the two sections of hair your part created. This will result in two braided pigtails.

3) Wind braids into buns

Press fingers onto braid where the braid and the base of the skull meet. With the other hand take the lower part of the braid and begin to wrap around where the other hand is holding the braid. This will help you coil the hair into a bun.


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
 // POMPADOUR BUN // TWISTED HOTCROSS BUNS  //  TWISTED HALO // Messy beehive //

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What I Wore: Bohemian Rhapsody

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What I Wore: Shirt (Old), Scarf (gift), Necklace (Popbasic), Skirt (Cat World via Yesstyle.com), shoes (Old Navy)

I'm sure I'll be singing a Bohemian Rhapsody all summer-long here on NFD. The look is just to perfect for summer! Take this outfit for example; a grey shirt with a cream skirt is something you've probably seen before. A great basic look, flattering to many. Add a headscarf and you've amped up that boho vibe. 

To be honest, I was worried about the head scarf at first. How not to look like a pirate? Or like I was playing dress up. But it was  fun that just one little thing could completely change a look. That is one trick I'm keeping in my back pocket. What about you? Is a headscarf a fashion do or don't?

P.S. I've joined my first link party! Check out these lovely ladies below for more summery outfit goodness! 



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bespoke Post and the Box of Awesome Subscription Review

Bespoke Post and the Box of Awesome is a subscription service for men designed to bring to their subscribers the very best of things. I've talked about Bespoke Post here, but basically, each month/box has a different theme. You get an email saying what the theme is and what is inside the box. You can then choose to opt out at no charge, or do nothing and receive the box. I love this concept for so many reasons- bespoke products, different themes, knowing what you will get (I like surprises but was underwhelmed with another subscription box company Quarter Co. and their surprises), and the easy option to opt out. Subscriptions can be bought in 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or yearly subscriptions; the longer you subscribe the cheaper each box is per month. Since my boyfriend was interested in subscription boxes after the researchI shared for the blog, guess what he got for Christmas? Yup. And like it says on the tin, it's been awesome!

This is actually the second subscription box we've gotten from Bespoke Post and The Box of Awesome (The Boy also chose to get their March Travel themed box, which came with a weekender big and travel planner stuff). We liked it well enough, but this box seemed to have hit it out of the park.
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The April box was all about the 'Cue- Barbecue that is! The Boy grills pretty much all year around (in the garage in the winter), so it was a pretty good fit. With all the diabetes stuff that happened, we sadly haven't gotten to try these out (therefore, mind you, we aren't vouching for taste), but you can bet that will be remedied this weekend!

This is what was in the box:

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  • Hickory, Cedar & Alder Grill Planks from  Outdoor Gourmet. Amos loves cooking on grill planks, but we never knew different woods could make a different taste! This might be our favorite item(s). 
  • Wynad Single-Estate Peppercorn from Parameswaran by Salt Traders. An ethical/fair trade company, the pepper comes from a family farm in India. 
  • Gourmet Classic Scooping Ketchup from Sir Kensington’s Heintz has always done me pretty well, but hey- it is healther and has the best logo! 
  • Summer Southern Honey from TruBee Honey. The Honey is harvested from "free range bees." Yeah, we have beekeepers all around the area, so I know for a fact that "not free range" bees are not any different than free range bees. Instead, I think they want to highlight that the honey is from different types of flowers. But hey- honey. What's not to like? 
  • JalapeƱo & Blue Corn Chips from  Food Should Taste Good, Their company name says it all.
  • Chipotle & Honey Rub, Moroccan Harissa Rub, Chimichurri Seasoning, Whole Spice. Oh man, these smell good! excited to try these rubs out.
  • Whole Grain Artisan Mustard from Tin Mustard- I don't like mustards so would never eat it out of the jar with a spoon, but that's what they advertise you'll want to do after trying this. We shall see. 

We will have to wait until we've taste-tested it all, but I felt that for the price we got a lot of bang for our buck. I loved that they were all from small businesses from either America or from fair trade/ethical sources. In addition to the box, each month they make one or articles relating to how to better use the box of the month. For example, this month had some barbecue reciepes. For a box themed around shaving there were shaving tips. They that fine line between helpful and annoying very well, giving subscribers quality information but not spamming.

Personally, I'm excited to see what Amos' third (I got a three month/box subscription) box pick will be! Have you subscribed to Bespoke Post? Love it, hate it, indifferent? Tell all in the comments below! 

P.S. Looking for other subscription box options? Here are some of my top picks here and here!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What I Wore: My Boyfriend's Clothes


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People like to dream of living out in the country. "Just me a cabin in the woods," they say. I live in ranching country though. I know what this really means. Out of town- It means bad roads in the winter and unpaved roads all year long. It means a bus ride as long as the school day for kids and no such thing as "a quick run to the grocery store." Let's be real here- for me, it means internet service that is not so great and not just popping into the library unexpectedly.

 For some people it's the life, though I know I couldn't do it. But here? Out among the mountains and clouds and quiet?  I almost think I could.

We drove out to go to just such a home- a ranch out in the Shoshone National Forest. To get there we travelled down the South Fork (For some unexplainable reason, we've really not been utilizing the South Fork to the blog's greatest potential, but after this photo shoot, that will surely change!) We went to a supper thrown in connection with The Boy's job. I got to meet the people he works with and we all ate good food and enjoyed the lovely (if rainy) sites. It was one of those "oh yeah, we're a couple!" moments getting to be introduced to the coworkers and all.

Speaking of rain (and who doesn't want to listen/read to me drone on about the weather?), it necessitated another  last-minute-thrown-together outfit. We never get rain. Unsure of how to cope, I dug The Boy's mustard cardigan out of the closet and claimed it as my own. The tied-off shirt showed a bit more midriff than originally intended, but paired together with the cardigan, rolled jeans. and go-everywhere flats, it worked great. A vintage necklace kept the look tomboy-but-girlish, and  I was ready to rock (dress at the dinner was casual in case you were all wondering I was horribly underdressed).

So, what do you think? These mountains making you wish for a cottage in the wilderness?


Monday, May 20, 2013

Bridal Shower

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It has taken me a bit, but here finally are photos of the lovely Bridal Shower that my sister and my good friend, Shannon, threw for me back in April. If you couldn't tell from the invites, the theme was an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party! Taking a page from the White Rabbit, it was an "Around-the-Clock" shower, where guests were given different times of day and got a present to use at that time.  For food, there were lovely munchies perfect for an afternoon tea (and almost all very diabetic friendly, as I had just learned a little over a week ago I was diabetic, so I was hugely appreciative of this). Who even knew cucumber sandwiches were so tasty? Shannon and Danyon, apparently! Garlands and posters were strewn about- all made from pages of the complete works of Lewis Carroll. See the circle garland up top? That's an illustration drawn by the author! (In case you couldn't tell, I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan.  I even played Alice in a production of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as a kid, and the director was at my shower too!)

Because it is a small town, there's not a ton of places to host such events. Shannon and Danyon transformed the parlor in our church into a tea party. Wish I'd gotten better pictures to really show the decor and other party favors and goodies.


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One of most interesting parts of living in the same town you grew up in- is people have known you forever! Things got a little teary when everyone was introducing themselves; so many of these women have known me since I was a child! But we had plenty of laughs. Above you can see Shannon (in pink) and my sister Danyon (yellow top) introducing a shower game involving a Mad Hatter Cap! Thank you to Gwen, my soon-to-be mother-in-law as well as my sister for so many of these photos. And thank you for the lovely day and well-wishes!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Film Flick: The Third Man



  

"Has there ever been a film where the music more perfectly suited the action than in Carol Reed's 'The Third Man'?" Roger Ebert asked in his review of this iconic and classic film nior. Indeed, the unique score manages to perfectly convey a sense of place and mood. It is manic yet joyless; it is ethnic yet never gives way to a cartoony stereotype of Austria. Combine this with the film's harsh, expressionistic lighting and the unusual camera angles that serve to keep the viewer feeling off balance and you would be hard pressed to find a more perfectly-suited film where technical aspects are concerned (though some did joke about the extreme titling "Dutch" Angles. Friend and fellow director William Wyler sent Reed a level with the instruction to put it on top of the camera for his next film). Like the previously discussed Double Indemnity and The Maltese Falcon, this film has the trademarks of a noir beyond just the shadowy lighting. It has seedy characters and locales; an anti-hero protagonist; a femme fatale; and murder too. 

Holly Reeds has recently arrived in Vienna to meet his childhood friend Harry Lime. "I never knew the old Vienna," he tells us in the opening narration. The post-WWII Vienna is portrayed as a bombed out city filled with people trying to keep their heads down- a political mess where corruption can flourish (It should be noted the film was shot entirely on location; the rubble and devastation is real. This maybe partly why the film got only a luke-warm reception by Austrian critics). On arrival though, Reed quickly discovers that Lime has died-reportedly run over by a car-only a few days earlier. In fact, he manages to make it to Lime's funeral. Seeing what he perceives to be indifference on the police's part, Reed starts looking at the possibility of murder. In doing so, he is dragged into a world where nothing is as it seems in his quest to find the third man who was present the night of the hit and run.


Like other Noir films, the people and situations portrayed on screen are dark; however, this film seems all the more chiling in how very realistic and unique those situations are. Told in those first post-war years (just as the paranoria that would characterize much of the Cold War was setting in) by men who had been in the war, and set and filmed in that rubble of a city, it conveys a sense of dichotomies  Holly Reeds' the American and Western writer who envisions the world with morals that would not be out of place in one of his novels. Contrasted against him are the jaded police and wary people he meets. For them, there is no ticket out of Vienna; there is survival and, for a very few lucky, there might be love. Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles act this out brilliantly. Plus, you will not want to miss one of cinema's most famous speeches, supposedly written on the spot by Welles himself. Roger Ebert also wrote that he envied anyone who would be watching this for the first time, and I echo that sentiment. You will need to see it to believe it- find out identity of The Third Man.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Letter-Writing: Letter of Recommendation

Getting mail is a ton of fun, but in an increasingly digital world, writing it can sometimes be hard. This blog post series about Letter Writing aims to make it easier. 

 In the past, this letter-writing series has confined itself to personal correspondence, rather than business letters. However, Letters of Recommendation are a type of writing that almost everyone is asked to author at one point, and  having all been in need of one at some point or another, we know writing good ones are of utmost importance  not just yourself (nor even your letter recipient) who will be effected, but the person you are writing the letter for. 

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These letters are generally written for job references, academic references, and character references (usually for things such as child custody or apartment leases). All of these have very important results riding, in part, on your reference letter. So, before you do anything else- make sure  you are the right person to write this letter. Sometimes people ask without realizing you are not a good fit, so ask it of yourself. If it is a work or academic reference letter, is your relationship with the person appropriate to the context (i.e. if a work letter, you work with the person and if an academic letter, you have had the student in class or other, similar student group)? A further note for work references: even if you do work with the person, is the relationship appropriate?  If you are asked to give a reference letter for your boss, that is inappropriate. You would not be able to be objective. Equally important, can you give specific and positive review of the person? If you do not feel you have interacted with the person enough, or do not feel you can honestly give the best review of the person, say so. Also say something if you do not feel you have the time. A so-so letter will do more harm than good! 

Once you have decided to write the letter, ask the person you are writing about for some background information. Ideally, they should be able to provide you with at least a resume, and/or transcript, where appropriate. This will help you in detailing hard facts and remind you of events and accomplishments that might be good to share. Some people also like to discuss before-hand with the person they are recommending whether there are any accomplishments or projects that they would like specifically mentioned. 

Reference letters are business letters and should follow business letter guidelines for how the letter is addressed and structured. They should also be on letterhead if at all possible. You wish to convey professionalism and authority. Since it is often unknown who recommendation letters will go to (and they may go to many different people), simple address your audience in a general way, "Dear Sir or Madam" and you are ready to begin.

Start your letter or recommendation by introducing yourself, and why you are writing (you are writing to recommend so-and-so for such-and-such). Make sure to include your relationship with the person (they are your student, or your subordinate etc.), and how long you have known them. This gives context and authority to your opinions. 
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In the body of the letter, you will be writing about the person you are recommending; this section will likely be several paragraphs long. Remember, longer does not always equal better. Instead, be specific. There are several ways to in which you want to do this. Use specific adjectives. Telling me someone is "wonderful" or a "delight to know" does not say much. Telling me they are a "hard worker," or "considerate to others." is saying a bit more. This second part though, is where most people unwittingly fail at writing effective reference letters. Far more important than picking adjectives though, is you want to mention specific projects and/or anecdotes about the person. By anecdotes  I do not mean, of course, telling silly stories, but was there a time the person showed remarkable leadership, or whose work ethic took a project to the next level? Also be sure to specifically mention any relevant accreditation, or awards.  Basically, you are backing up your opinion of the person with fact. 

There are two schools of thought on whether a recommendation letter should mention weaknesses of the person. In general, in America, steer clear of negative comments, even if they are wholly objective. 


In your last paragraph, reiterate your recommendation of so-and-so for such-and-such. Then, make sure to leave contact information. Many times you may be contacted for further information, or even just verification of the facts in the letter. 

Once the letter is done, give it to the person you are writing about unless otherwise specifically instructed. It is considered rude to not allow that person to read over the letter (they may ask for changes; you are free to oblige or not as your conscious compels you). More importantly, that person needs to be in ultimate control of his or her image and they need to be the one to choose whether to use the letter once it is a finished product. Following these guidelines though, and they'll be sure to love the letter you write! 

Looking for more tips on writing letters or recommendation? Try these articles:



LETTER WRITING SERIES: THANK YOU NOTES | PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE | LOVE LETTERS | SYMPATHY LETTERS | CONGRATULATORY LETTERS | POSTCARDS | LETTERS OF APPRECIATION | CORRESPONDENCE CHESS | GET WELL CARDS | LETTERS TO SICK CHILDREN | INVITATIONS | HOLIDAY LETTERS | LETTERS TO SANTA| LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | CIRCLE LETTERS | LETTERS TO POLITICIANS | WRITING TO ADVICE COLUMNS | THE LETTER WRITING GAME | PENPAL LETTERS | LETTER OF COMPLAINT | COVER LETTERS | LETTERS TO PRISONERS | OPEN LETTERS | LETTERS TO FUTURE YOURSELF | LETTERS OF APOLOGY | "OPEN WHEN" LETTERS | FAN MAIL | GOOD BYE LETTER |

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Remix: White Shirt

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A good button-up is probably one of the best purchases I've made for my closet. I actually own more than one- in case one of them is in the wash or the hamper you know?

Yeah.

That is how utilized my white button-ups are. But looking at the pictures above, that shouldn't surprise you none. Still, I'm aware they're not everyone's cup of tea. What about you?

Are button-ups fashion do or don'ts for your closet?

Monday, May 13, 2013

What I Wore: Styling for Summer

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What I Wore: Shirt (Forever 21), Bracelet (New York and Company), Locket (Etsy), Necklace (borrowed), Belt (vintage), skirt (handmade; gift), mocassins (Minnetonka)


There is certainly a trick to dressing for the summer. That's right; I said it. Summer. It went straight from snow to 80+ in less than a week. This is why Spring is not a favorite season with me; it is a nonexistent season. 

Can we talk about this skirt for a second? It was the one my aunt made for me after seeing how much I loved this skirt of Ashley's. I got it in winter and loved it with a slouchy sweater donned on top, but have been dying to style it for summer. Summer can bring it's own styling challenges. With heat, who wants to put on more than necessary?! My look in these months often tends to the more bohemian as layers of necklaces go on in place of layers of clothes. I love it, but am also looking to mix things up a bit. 

So, tell me, please, what are your tips for looking good in the summer? 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Film Flick: Double Indemnity

This month we're taking a walk on the seedier side of life, down dark alleys and into the evil that lurked within, with a Film Noir marathon.  

Filled with fantasic, moody lighting, ambigious characters, and a murder plot to ( literally) die for, this movie is sometimes cited as one of the best examples of film noir ever made- Double Indemnity. The film's name comes from the insurance term for the unlikely instances when double the normal amount of money would be paid off on a life insurance policy. 


Seeing one of the century's most electric journalistic photos- a woman, Ruth Snyder, in the electric chair for his part in a murder and attempt at insurance fraud- sparked the idea for James M. Cain's novella Double Indemnity. Though this book would eventually be translated onto film by director Billy Wilder, it was a long road getting there.  It began circulating through the different Hollywood studios in 1935, the Hays Office (the powerful group that enforced film codes) described the script as sordid, and claimed it would corrupt audiences. As indeed it sordid it was. Even after 8 years, when the Hays Office finally gave the script a go, casting became an issue; no one wanted to play such seedy, unredeemable characters. Barbara Stanwick,who plays the ultimate femme fatale in the film, later recounted, "I said, "I love the script and I love you, but I am a little afraid after all these years of playing heroines to go into an out-and-out killer." And Mr. Wilder – and rightly so – looked at me and he said, "Well, are you a mouse or an actress?" And I said, "Well, I hope I'm an actress." He said, "Then do the part". And I did and I'm very grateful to him." Likewise, getting a male for the lead was a hard sell. The part was turned down by several actors, including George Raft (who was so illiterate  he had to have the script merely described to him. He turned it down on finding out the male lead was not secretly a good guy FBI agent.), but the part eventually went to Fred MacMurray. Known at the time primarily for playing happy-go-lucky comedy, he had been nervous about a serious role. Both actors shine though in a script that was so well tweaked for stage the novel's author said he wished he thought of some of the dialogue. 

Walter Nuff, played by Red MacMurray, is an insurance sales man who is instantly taken when he sees housewife Phyllis, played by Barabra Stanwyck, in nothing but a towel and anklet (Adjusting the thickness of the towel is what got the film past the Hays Office!) Call it love; call it obsession  whatever it is that draws these two together also draws out a daring. As Walter puts in his classically "hard-boiled" voice over, knowing the insurance bussiness so well is sort of like being a card dealer at a casino. You spend everyday making sure no one plays the house; you know every trick there is. You could play the house and no one would ever know, and that is what this pair attempts to do- the play out he perfect murder and wait around to collect on the insurance money. They play it straight down the line, but human nature gets the better of them in this suspenseful and brillant fim noir. 



I was on the edge of from the moment the movie starts with Walter taping his confession and leaking blood. The characters, though rather nasty peices of works, are compelling in their emotional dependency. You watch for the moments of failure and moments of success in their plan. However, the best part of the movie is not the acting nor the script. It is the lighting- Beautiful, moody and wonderful just to stare at. It underscores the claustrophobic,  hysteric atmosphere that builds.  This film's straight down the line. If you're thinking of a life insurance policy, you'll be thinking twice when you watch Double Indemnity. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What I Wore: A White Dress

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What I Wore: Isn't It Iconic Dress (Modcloth), Mocassins (Minnetonka), Belt (vintage), Necklace (DEB)


A White Dress- not quite an item to make most people's "Must-Have" list, but I've found this one endlessly versatile. You've seen it on Never Fully Dressed before (here, here and here), and I've only had it since December!  With the springtime finally peeking through gray skies and warmer weather on the way, I was finally able to shed the layers, and really show off the structure and understated quality of this dress. This is how I wore it to my Bridal Shower a week or so ago (pictures of the day coming soon. Thank you so much to my sister Danyon for hosting it!). 

The slight brown accents of the outfit seem a little woodsy to me, which is perfect for where the pictures were taken-  a park the Boy, the dogs, and I had just "discovered." It has winding trails, local fauna and even two slides sloping down the hillside! Funny, I've been coming to Cody all my life, but it is wonderful to discover hidden trails and treasures like this. Since blogging and scouting photo shoot locations,  our number of discoveries has definitely gone up too. Are there any new places you have discovered in your area recently? Do tell; maybe we'll all find something a little new! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Guide


1. Prescription Sunglasses 2. Ceramic Gardening Labels 3. Travel Keepsake Box (DIY via Martha Stewart Living) 4. Vintage Map 5. Customized iPhone Case 6. Gardening Book 7. iPad Case



1. Prescription Sunglasses- Perfect for all the summer travel that is coming up.

2. Ceramic Gardening Labels- Summer means growing things. Growing things means my mom works on getting a green thumb. Maybe this will make all things a little greener.

3. Travel Keepsake Box- This is a simple DIY we snagged from Martha (Stewart, that is.) For all those photos and ticket stubs that never quite made it to a scrapbook.

4. Vintage Map- Got a mom that loves to travel? Get a vintage map of a place she has or will be travelling to and frame it for art.

5. Customized iPhone Case- give her phone something to protect itself and make it pretty too.

6. Books- Mom trying a new hobby? Give her something to read up on.

7. iPad Case- Wether she's as tech savvy as they come or a luddite of the first order, a pretty case will make her want to use an iPad even more.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What I Wore: Dressed for the Weather

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What I Wore:  Hat (garage sale; gift), Sweater (Old Navy), Pants (Old), Belt (New York and Company), Purse (garage sale), shoes (Rockport; giveaway)

This was NOT what I was going to wear this weekend. Oh, Weather. How can you know it is the weekend, and why do you always seem to hate the weekend so? All week long lovely, sunshine and roses (well, not really. I live where nothing but noxious weeds grow. Proverbially though, oh yes. Roses.). Then the weekend arrives and it is all rain. I know everyone says the weather is crazy where they are, and this is surely true, but in this instance it did dictate a change of plans. Since I wasn't home, I threw what warm items I had together, and this was what happened. I must say though, I felt very Diane Keaton-like in this. A weird feeling when everyone else is in hoodies and jeans, but a nice one. 

Despite the rain (or maybe because of it), I know springs right around the corner...as is a certain wedding (The weekend was spent getting some wedding-related things done, including picking up the groom's suit and our wedding rings)! Between job hunting, getting ready to move, learning to carb count, and the wedding itself, we've been busy. But beyond these, the new season makes one excited for new ideas and new plans. What are your dreams for the upcoming warmer weather? 




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