October 31, 2010

I want total sensory deprivation and back-up drugs

Darlings, it's me...  Had a fabulous time Saturday night at Honey Moon's party, and then again today trick or treating with the beastly ones.   Fabulous...  Absolutely Fabulous.

Sweetie, I wasn't the only one looking precious...

Ah, but the good old days... Here's a little bit of nostalgia... two of my favorite childhood costumes.   As a bunny, and a gypsy.   I thing I did the gypsy thing twice, as well as Pippi.   Gypsy, Pippi, Gypsy, Pippi... then clown.  Then hooker... no wait that wasn't a costume.

From Concord Mass....

To Rolling HIlls Estate, CA

October 28, 2010

Where did my shoulder pads go to?

Ok, so I just love my new 80's vintage silk jacket!!!  I'm so excited for original, one-of-a-kind finds. Love vintage! Love 80's, 40's, 70's.    But not in that order. Just any order.  And clothing swap was so awesome, I'm still turning things out of my closet that I forgot that I scored.

For example, this great silver vest.  Just love it.   Goes well with my great Susie Bubble t-shirt, yea?

I think I need to be silly in photos.. I look better that way.  Serious is so over rated. I just don't do a good pout.

Here are some more photos of me in my new FAVORITE 80's vintage silk jacket!

BTW, did anyone see Making Mr. Right?

Ok, ladies, 25 followers!  Wow, I didn't realize it would take this long to get to 50!  Mommy Drinks Style scored 50 followers pretty fast.  I guess people are more attracted to the concept of a drunk mommy! LOL.  Ah well.   It's no matter.   I'm still impressed.   But I know my girls here, really want that dress.

So, lets just give more incentive.  You may not want the L.A.M.B dress, but are you interested in a L.A.M.B. wool vest?  Or maybe something else?  Well, when we reach 50 followers, not only will one of the ladies who entered the L.A.M.B dress giveaway win the dress, I'll immediately post another giveaway!  And I'll make it easier this time!

Come on, spread the word.   Lets get this game a rollin'!


October 27, 2010

80's is Vintage!

I'm kind of in an 80's mood at the moment.  Never one to stick to one style, I personally love to present myself in many ways, to match my many moods.  I lived the 80's, and there used to be this saying that if you wore it when it was in originally, you shouldn't relive it. Well, I now have decided that's crap.   The way the clothes were made, and how you wore them was the key difference to re-using, and re-inventing yourself.

So when I saw this little silk jacket on ebay (above photo) from Twitch Vintage, I couldn't resist.   And sure enough, it looks great, and I think I rocked it very well last night on my way out to see the fun film RED.   I would have loved to have this jacket back in high school, or even later in college.   But my looks started out with the mix of safe new wave punk in high school, then became the messy punk look of college.  When I drove across country from Virginia to California, my look, when I dressed up was sort of Ann Magnuson from Making Mr. Right.  Oh! How interesting, John Malkovich was in that movie, and the movie I saw last night, RED.  

But to my point.  It was all big shoulder pads and bright colors. (see below)

I have more from this archive... (that's my brother btw)

But the jacket I just bought,  while sporting those shoulder pads and silky material that shows sweat stains, is black and a rusty orange.  So it can defiantly be rocked with leggings, black pants, or black skirt.  I can't wait to wear it more!

October 25, 2010

On cloudy california winter afternoon... they went sailing

This is my father, the Captain of his ship. 

The lady in the hat is my mom. Love the middle parts and long hair.   Karla is the blond.

In the 70's my father had a sailboat, and we lived in L.A.   I'm sure when these photos were taken my brother and I were home with the sitter while the adults went out for their sailing adventure.   It really looks like they had fun.  

This is one of those moments, or periods in time captured that sends me into the land of sweet nostalgia. I will never have a sailboat of my own.  I wouldn't know how to sail it if I did.  But times are different too, having a sailboat is a huge expense.   But at this time, the fees were minimal. You just needed to know what you were doing.   My father, always knew what he was doing.

Yes this is the time before car seats, seat belt use, and environmental concerns.   I remember them well.

October 21, 2010

Stepping away from it all, to ponder... is it worth my time

I got just a little depressed today. Susie Bubble Tweeted something about feeling like crap, small and little after reading a thread on The Fashion Spot.

Well, I promptly went to go take a look, and so indeed, I too felt... not quite as happy and cheerful as I usually find myself. Slumped, and kerplumped. Yes that is too a word. My word. And that's how I felt.

There were many comments on how boring personal style blogs or personal fashion blogs are. Some even suggested bloggers were selling out by offering promotions, or having ads to make money, etc... That the personal photos of oneself dressed in their "forever21" outfits were boring, and done. Whether or not you "show off" your outfit because your paid, or because you love it came into question.

Could it be that you love it and you love being paid too? Is it wrong to want to be paid for your efforts?

Regardless, all this just made me wonder how people perceive me and my little blog. I honestly did not start this blog to get famous, to make money, or because I think I'm some kind of authority. I do this primarily because I like to write.  This is an exercise in discipline and creativity. It's even, in some ways, my portfolio.

I honestly like what I talk about, love what I share, love what I'm dabbling in, or experimenting in. I'm an artist, a writer, a designer, and what better way to use those talents than the blog platform... to experiment where before we never could. To be able to reach an audience without the use of a publisher, or someone who can tell you what you can and can not say, or sell. Here, you have the opportunity to be your own boss, your own agent, your own publisher.

I don't have Ads because, honestly, I don't think it would work. And I don't have a huge audience, which I like. Well, I do want followers, I'll admit. Having a little audience makes me "punctual". It's like having deadlines.  But I'll admit, if you want to put an Ad on my site, I'll do it, if it has something to do with me and my posts.

I love writing, and I find that if I write about things that interest me, then why not share it. So, the question I always ask myself, is "what kind of blog is mine?" I sometimes tell people it is a personal style blog. But after reading that thread, I wonder if that is right. Yes, I do celebrate style. But not just fashion. I also celebrate design, icons of inspiration, and art. This is NOT a PERSONAL FASHION STYLE BLOG. Fashion is just a part of the whole picture.

So to be clear, this is a personal project. And it encompasses all of my interests; Style, Art, Fashion, DIY project, Baking, and Friendship.  I don't often feature the topic of marriage, or my marriage.  Or children, including mine.   I think that's a part of my personal life, I don't share lightly.

So blast them all. I will continue to share with you, my friends and their fabulous style, our fun activities, and my silly thoughts and silly ideas.

Why not? After all, if you don't like it, it's as simple as clicking COMMAND Q.

On that note... don't I look stylish?

October 19, 2010

3 Things I found on Twitter Today

1. THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY giveaway:
$100.00 gift card for Alternative Apparel's Holiday Collection
Stop by THE DRIFTER and the GYPSY, to see get all the information and read the rules.

I'm in love with the Holiday Party pieces.

2. 3 Way With a Long Chiffon Skirt:
This from Jennine of The Coveted. I just love the way she put together 3 ways to wear her new long black skirt from American Apparel. Making it a dress, to a Georgia O’Keefe inspired outfit and then pulling it together for a sexy outfit for evening. I love her creativity.

3. Twitch Vintage: The Auction:
Ok, so I shouldn't even be telling you this... I might be ruining my chances at some good scores!
But Twitch Vintage is selling some items on ebay, and some end tonight. So go look! I have my heart set on a few!

Sorry, this one's gone already... I bought it!

Do Check out the Twitch Vintage Blog too.  Love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

Come back tomorrow, because I'm featuring my first 2010 GIVEAWAY!!

October 17, 2010

Swapping Clothes, and Sipping Cocktails on a Lovely Saturday Afternoon

This post need barely even be accompanied with text. I tried something new, and added some video to explain...

Yes... we drank from the nector of a tequila paloma cocktail.. we grazed from a lovely display of cheeses and breads, and then we gorged ourselves on one another's castoff threads; shoes, bags, scarves, belts, hats, jewelery... anything. One woman's castoff is another woman's treasure! And did I find some treasure... A jacket, belt, white fur scarf, skit, dress... I'm wearing them now!

So, come on ladies who swapped, leave a comment telling me your favorite swap piece! We all want to hear.

The Paloma Cocktail Recipe
For a refreshing, thirst quenching tequila cocktail, the Paloma is definitely at the top of the list and it's a favorite in Mexico. It's a light, fruity drink with a fizz and one of the smoothest tequila drinks out there. Almost any blanco tequila works well in combination with the grapefruit and you may also see this cocktail with grapefruit juice and a splash of soda instead of a grapefruit soda like Squirt.

2 oz blanco or reposado tequila
6 oz fresh grapefruit soda
1/2 oz lime juice
salt for rimming (optional)

Rim a collins glass with salt.
Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice.
Top it off with grapefruit soda.

October 12, 2010

Anthropologie presents Mini-Films to inspire your shopping experience...

Anthropologie has just launched their video shorts to present the newest outfits in their collection.

        Oh dear me!  I just happened to be checking out the site, as I frequently do to lust over the amazing selection they have in their "at Home" section, and found myself instead watching lovely, well dressed ladies walking down a street.

Titled, Shortcuts, the opening is a lovely street with brownstones, then a couple of girls walk by down the sidewalk, followed by another girl pushing her bike along.   Placed over this sequence, which continuously loops,  are tabs treated like street sign that let you navigate it further:

Bookstore, flower shop, bike ride, cafe and bakery.

         Each one, offers a different outfit on a girl, and like the title suggests, in a different location.   It gives you the feel of being able to live in the clothing.  To make it work in your lifestyle.  That is if you live in a town where you can ride your bike to the bookstore, and stop on the way at the bakery.  Then on your way home stop in at the cafe before you buy some flowers from the flower shop.   I know I do!

I had to wipe the drool from my chin.  Clothing you can buy online, presented in a way where you can imagine your life transformed?  To make you feel,  I have a charming life! A stylish life!   I feel anew!

Then you can "See The look", and "shop the style".  All in one experience.   You never have to leave your well worn chair.  Until, that is, your new clothing shows up at the door, delivered by the nice UPS man.

I immediately had to close the browser and walk away. As lovely as it all is, I'm tapped out. This whole "let's get ready for the fall/winter wardrobe" has wrung me dry.   But for a minute... just a minute... I imagined me in a very Amélie world.

Thankfully, this weekend is the Ladies of Brooklyn Clothing Swap. I'm so excited about it. It's amazing what you'll find, and it's always unexpected. I hope to convinse every one to let me document the occation so I can post it on Monday.

         But in the meantime, go check out the Anthropologie site!

October 11, 2010

Here am I floatin' 'round my tin can far above the world

I wanted to share this very moving video my friend Scott Coffey wrote and directed for Wolf Parade's Yulia. It captures the emotional tone of the song amazingly well. It has a dreamlike quality, and a total feeling of loss. The chemestry between Blair Mastbaum, the Cosmonaut and the girl is amazing. I’m simply touched.

Both Scott and Blair were my next door neighbors before they headed out to Portland. Scott's previous directorial work includes Ellie Parker, with Naomi Watts. You might recognize him from his long resume acting in such films as Mulholland Dr. (2001), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Shag (1989)... just to name a few. He has a long relationship with David Lynch, which in my personal opinion owes him a staring roll.

The story behind the video, by Scott Coffey:
During the Cold War at the beginning of the Space Age, the Soviet Union was rumored to have two space programs – one a public program, the other a secret ‘black’ one, in which dangerous and sometimes downright suicidal missions were attempted. Cosmonauts would be shot into orbit without the means or resources to get them home, stranded in an expanding orbit around earth, slowly pulling away, frozen in space for eternity.

I wanted to create a kind of formal and slightly nostalgic vibe. At the same time, I wanted it to feel untethered to an exact era — not specifically in the past. I shot in Portland Oregon and a little in Romania and I was really inspired by Russian cinema and Communist propaganda posters. It was an ambitious idea and I’m really stoked that Deschutes Brewery and North were able to help support the production of this video for Wolf Parade’s great song, Yulia. – Scott Coffey


October 8, 2010

I'm having a bit of Cape Fever..

     Everyone has their TOP TRENDS for the FALL. You know, Camel Coats (yawn), Thigh-High boots (it's a given), slouchy sequin pants (yay J.Crew & Target know how to do it cheap), Fur or Faux Fur vests, shrugs, & neck wraps, Leopard prints, a must (again, and again it never goes away depending on how you wear it), military jackets (vintage is best in IMHO), boots with Stevie Nicks dresses, blazers, big jewelry, velvet... and of course capes!

Oh yes, you've seen them... everywhere. Capes! CAPES!  CAPES!

       Interesting... but over the summer I was at a "yard sale" of one of my neighbor's, the amazing former prell model, Nancy Grigor.   I spied and thus scored a super long cape of hers from the late 70's. I also found a lovely military style cap of hers. I have plenty of original military caps (thanks to dear ol' dad), but this is of the era of Studio 54.  A vintage 70's cap with gold glittery trimmed thread. At the time, I had no idea either one of these very cheap if not FREE finds, would be De rigueur this fall!

So I began to pull through my closet, looking for previous years capes that I had discarded.  I found my short cape I bought in a boutique in the East Village a few years ago.  I dug deeper and found my velvet cape. The problem with the velvet cape is that I keep seeing it over a slinky gown. How, dear reader,  can I make it work with a more casual attire?  Maybe, just maybe it needs to be shortened? What do you think? Tor says "Leave it alone!"

The Velvet Cape

The Short Cape (with cap)

The Long Cape

October 6, 2010

Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out, waitin'...

I remember when Donna Summer's album Bad Girls came out in 1979. I played it over and over. Then my dad dragged me to Disco lessons with him and I was forced to dance with him to Hot Stuff, over and over, until he got the moves right. He tried it with my mom, but I think I just liked to dance, so I was game. I didn't know when I signed up for it that I would have to practice every night with him. It's easy for a child to pick up dance steps, so he was very frustrated that he couldn't keep up with me. Ahh.. such memories. Our instructor and her boss, the studio owner, appeared together on this TV show called, Dance Fever. It was a dance contest type of thing... They even came to our house to perform at a party we had during the holidays. Holy Cow, I have to find that picture, scan and post it.

This cap, reminds me of Donna Summers.

See tomorrow's post to read the details of this amazing vintage 70's cap, and to see my cape collection.

October 5, 2010

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words

Before two, life came down to three things...  sleep, food, poop.  But two began lust...  Let me eat cake! Yum.

So yes, today marks another day in the life of...      I have a lovely dinner planned tonight at the Bowery Hotel. I'll let you know how it went later in the week.  Don't expect a post from me Wednesday.

But these are my upcoming Posts (titles may change):
  • I'm having a bit of Cape Fever
  • Scott Coffey presents: Wolf Parade's YULIA
  • Steampunk I adorn thee
  • I'm having a Knit Fit: Scan

Yesterday I presented you with a First in the series, of (Ladies and Gentlemen I give you...).  Interviews and a look into the closet of the Ladies of Brooklyn.   I'll post one, the first monday of each month. So be sure to look for the next in November, when we look into Daniela's closet.

One last thing... it might be too late.. but just in case Erika has not closed down the giveaway, go check it out:  http://tiptoebutterfly.blogspot.com/2010/09/give-away-time-whooohoooo.html

October 4, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you...

When I first moved to Brooklyn from Manhattan I feared I would be terribly lonely as I would be so far from the maddening crowd of my city friends. Nobody traveled to Brooklyn. Not even me! My poor darling friend Jana had moved to Park Slope a few years before, and I'd only been there twice. But our space was getting small, the children were getting big. We had not planned on having twins. We planned on staying in our cute little apartment. Life just sort of took us by surprise. So we took a big gulp of air, and we hopped the Brooklyn Bridge and dove in to the wonderful surprises of Brooklyn. That was 2003.

What I didn't count on was all the new friendships I would make. And fast. Here in Brooklyn I found friends from around the world. A lovely blend of Europeans; Danish, Dutch, German, Canadian, Spanish and The English. The last of which brings us to the subject of this post, the charismatic, joyful and always a pleasure to visit for a cup of tea, the lovely Victoria Sullivan.

Stevie Nicks floral gypsy Dress from 1ofaFind, Boots from (GEOX, the breathing shoe)
Military Shirt, vintage( hsuband's ebay find)

Victoria has an amazing sense of style. I love going through her closet to see what she's found. In fact, when I needed to go out to a very fancy dinner last year I found myself dressing up in her lovely vintage pieces. I thought it most appropriate to share with you some of Victoria's secret finds, and inspired thoughts on how she ticks…

1. Victoria, you are this amazing person who manages to run a household, from top to bottom, chauffeur your children around, do the shopping, have the most scrumptious meals cooked and ready to go by 6… and at the same time run a business with your sister, Charlotte (they run White Rabbit England, where they sell children's nightlights), not to mention.. but I will, renovate a turn of the century brownstone into an amazing showcase of personal style that reflects yours and your husbands (Nick Sullivan of Esquire Magazine) interests in history, military, travel and just plain impeccable taste. Oh and if you couldn't be even more inspiring with all that, half of the furniture in the house, are pieces that you've found, stripped and renovated all by yourself! All this and you always, ALWAYS, look quite stylish. How do you manage it all!!???

Oh stop it.. your going to make me vomit. I don't know.. I make lists. I'm a list queen, and I make notes on my iPhone… it's called the to-do list..

But How do you stay motivated?

I'm a control freak, I have to be in control, so I make lists, and I think about it the night before, organizing my list and prioritizing it, so the next morning, I just go through the checklist.
But I am giving my self a break.. now for the first time in a while, I have a cleaner… That just opens it up a little more for me.

2. To me, your look is effortless, mixing old with new, expensive with bargains, and merging tradition with pop-culture. Where does this all come from? The inspiration.

It came down to not having any money. How to do something because you don't have the cash to buy it. Comes down to cash flow. Because we bought a house, and the renovation. You want it, you can't have it, so you have to find a better way besides stealing… It gives a sense of achievement.

3. I've seen you walk into places, and you pick things up, try them on, put them back.. moving systematically, finding things I wouldn't have even noticed. Things that don't look like they would work, but then you adjust it here and there, throw on a belt, pair it with boots, and then you have this great outfit. Have you always been like this?

No I don't think so. Those fashion and hair disasters. You are not getting any images of me from the 80s'. I always "f" up at weddings. The bigger the event the worse it is.

4. Who or what inspires you the most?

British Vogue.. I look through it, and see what's in… and do my own take. No particular designer or person. Just all fashion, models, and photography. My sister bought be a subscription for Christmas when I was young, and I cut out pictures and put it in a book.

1980's collarless tuxedo jacket: Issey Miyake, from 1ofaFind (prospect Heights, Brooklyn). Top: H&M, last season.  
Pants: TopShop: this season.  Purse: Pierre Cardin, from 1ofaFind.

black fishnet stilleto booties from Dolce & Gabbana (2 season ago)

5. What is your favorite store to shop in? Or do you have more than one.

When it comes to cheap; Target, H&M, Zara, Top Shop.. But I like my vintage.. oh and stoop sales.

6. What are your favorite designers?

Isabel Marant (http://www.isabelmarant.tm.fr/), Bottega Veneta (http://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/en/), Elizabeth and James, Helmut Lang, Valentino… the old classics… Lanvin

7. What items do you splurge on, and what are the better items to save on.

Shoes and boots, coats and diamonds: splurge.
Fashion statements, don't spend a lot of money on… go cheap. H&M.
I only buy vintage handbags. I hate designer handbags, and labels showing.

8. What are your favorite trends this season.. what do you have already, and what do you still want?

Fur, fur and fur! Have it. Don't need any more right now. I have an old brown mink, my grannies ocelot, a grey rabbit, a big fur Mongolian lambs wool millet.. (all vintage), a rabbit millet, an astrocan, lambs wool… I think that's it. All vintage.

As for Leopard, I do accessories rather than wearing it. The purse I have is vintage, from my mother.

..and hats. For me it will bet he bowler.. a take on the British bowler hat.
I would love a vintage Chanel handbag. And A vintage YSL black tuxedo.

Ocelot coat 1930's: Grannies, who used to garden in it.
Leopard purse:  East Africa, her Auntie Dot got it on a Rugby tour in '45.
Alexender McQueen, shoes: present from Daniela Jung (from a show)
Favorite rosary: antique shop cold springs
Triangle indian necklace: from antique store
Gold Bracelet: gift from Daniela, lia sophia

9. What trends would you like to see disappear?

Kilts, tartan, and plaids. I want to get Florence (her daughter) a plaid skirt, but not for me.

Oh, Ugh boots.. the old ones. They have to die. Good for the house, not outside.

Yea, I agree. I don't think I'll wear mine out in public anymore, even with the DIY studs. I'm over studs too... not completely, but mostly. It's got to be special.

10. So you know in the back of the magazines, when they interview someone, they ask "What do you carry in your purse?" Well...

I don't normally carry a bag, and I don't put much in it.. Things like tic-tacs, my mason and Pierson hair brush, smith's rosebud salve, Dr. Feelgood from benefit, Stila convertible color in peony, and a pen. oh and yes of course my iPhone. That's it.

11. What are your favorite magazines? I know you love magazines!

Vogue, elle décor, vogue, elle, Harpers, domino…

12. What would be your best style tip for a young girl trying to figure out her look.

Be comfy.

13. What are some of your favorite items in your closet.. ones that you will go back to forever.

The Fur! Sequins. A floaty flowery Marni dress. Love floaty dresses. My Philip Lim sequin jacket will always be a classic.
Glitter evening jacket Jacket: Philip Lim
Top as dress, from H&M. Lovely pointy sleeves
Pleather leggings: Target 29.99
 Crocodile kitten stilettos: Dolce & Gabanna, 3 or 4 years old.

14. Tell us what you did before you settled down (LOL) got married, and had kids? Before White Rabbit England.

I had my own production company called the Factory producing high end fashion shoots, for people like photographer, Tim walker, who does all the vogue shoots now, and Mario Testino.

15. What do you most miss about England

My mother and my sister, and my friends...
And walkers crisps, pickled cockles, fish and chips, mushy peas, the style times magazine.

16. What couldn't you give up about Brooklyn & Manhattan?

you. (ahhhh)

17. What do you think are the biggest differences between New York style and English style?

The difference is that, here anything goes. You can go OTT, in top hat and veil and fur, and no one blinks an eye. Where as in London, you will be looked down upon as being a wanna-be… you'd be judged for being too fashiony. Here people like that.
Like if I went back home in my leather trousers and fur coat… I don't know. But I will… I might be wrong. Haven't been home in 4 years.

18. Whose closet would you most like to raid?

Gayle (she has a closet stuffed with goodies that she refuses to bring to the clothes swap) and Daniela, (she's a stylist, so she always has the most amazing treats). Diane Von Furstenburg, for her kaftans…. Mary Kate for her furs.. and Daryl K for her skinny pants.

Yeah, it would be nice if Gayle could come to our annual clothes swap. Hopefully Daniela will!

19. Ok, last question. Whose your best friend now?

You are, you nutter.

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