April 17, 2010

Wardrobe Remix: First Week in March 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 6:32 pm
Tuesday March 2nd, 2010

You can tell I have more energy at the beginning of the week for getting dressed up.

Wool dress from the Goodwill, recently hemmed about a foot.

Black slip from a yard sale.

Broach from a vintage shop in Melbourne, Australia.

Frye Liv Platform boots from eBay.

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010

Scarf from the lost and found at work.

Dress from Etsy.

Black wool coat from high school.

White ghost pin from Corky Saint Clair.

Black wool tights from

Harley Davidson boots from high school.

Black leather bag from eBay.

Thursday March 4th, 2010

Not a flattering camera angle; I look like I’m four feet tall.

Scarf from the lost and found.

Free shirt (perfume advertisement).

Hoody from O’neill surf shop.

Praire Underground denim leggings.

Classic chucks (not the most comfortable).

Friday March 5th, 2010

Sometimes I just can’t get dressed in the morning. This day I changed three times. First I didn’t like my sweater, then my shoes, then my socks and my shoes…

I blame it on this dress from Anthropologie. It is really cutesy and I always expect it to be shorter than it is. I put it on expecting to feel sexy and instead I feel like I’m five — it totally throws me off. The cutesy shoes does help, nor the socks.

Dress on sale from Anthropologie.

Cardigans handmade and on sale from Anthropolgie, respectively.

Shoes: Dansko, Fluevog Frye, respectively.

Socks from sockdreams (not recommended, very loose and the cotton is rough).

Saturday March 6th, 2010

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I look like this. Death (and this was the best photo out of the set). Can the rings under my eyes get any darker?I should probably buy some sort of heavy duty concealer or something (anything) for days like this… (i.e. the end of the week).

Dress on sale from Anthropologie.

Cardigan on sale from the Gap.

Silver pin found on the ground.

7 For All Mankind on sale from a vintage shop.

Smartwool socks.

Dansko Sally maryjanes in Chestnut.


April 16, 2010

Knitting with Leftovers: Baby Cardigan

Filed under: Knitting — maryparadox @ 6:21 pm

I had some leftover yarn from a cardigan I made for a pregnant neighbor and I didn’t know what to do with it. First I tried making a hat, but I didn’t really like the results:


Then I tried making felted flowers, but how many of those do you really need:


Then I had a great idea — how about a baby sized cardigan to match the original?? So I frogged the hat and made this:

Nauseating, right? I love it and it was a huge hit with the mom. The only problem is that the child will grow out of it in about a week, but I figure then they can put in onto a stuffed animal or cabbage patch kid (do those still exist?).

Mom sized cardigan can be seen here (though modeled by me, not by the mom).

Bedroom Remodel: Bits

Filed under: House — maryparadox @ 6:10 pm

The two last bits of the bedroom remodel were to put up a shelf with hooks, and add shelves to my clothes cabinet.

I like hanging up the clothes which aren’t dirty and aren’t clean. I don’t like to wash clothes too often; it seems excessive to me to wash a pair a pants just because I wore them for one day. I’ll even spot clean my clothes if they just have a little bit of dirt on them. The washing machine and dryer take a lot of water and power and they also wear out your clothes faster. On the other hand, I don’t want to put clothes I’ve already worn back into my chest of drawers, just in case.

The desk doesn’t really fit under here but it’s a temporary solution. A chest or padded bench might be nice.

I found my chest of drawers outside of a studio I used to live at. It was being used as a tool chest and had been left sitting outside for a while. I convinced the other to give it to me and spent a summer sanding it down by hand and refinishing it with a clear finish. It isn’t perfect but I like it. The only problem is that it has one large cavity on the side which is hard to use, because everything gets jumbled up together. I’ve had the plan of putting shelves in there for a couple of years, but with help from my friend Kevin (cutting) and Peter (installation) it finally happened! So far the shelves are great and make the space way more useful. It was a lot of effort, but now I can keep using something I already have instead of buy a new chest of drawers.

There are still a few things I would like to do in the bedroom, but I don’t think they will happen for a while — put in double paned windows and curtains (instead of blinds) and get a headboard for the bed. I’m thinking the latter we could do ourselves, with a little practice (and a lot of time).

April 1, 2010

Bedroom Remodel: The Closet After

Filed under: House — maryparadox @ 10:41 am

I’ve heard people talk about “walk in closets” before, but I always figured they just meant closets which were really large. Now I understand that there is a different. Since I can now actually get inside my closet I actually find myself getting undressed in there at the end of the day — and hanging things up as I take them off! Being able to get in the closet doesn’t just make things easier to find — it makes them easier to put away.

Granted, the shelves and upper hooks aren’t that easy to get to, but I don’t use that stuff as often. I hope to get a little white foot stool eventually to make it easier to get things down. Having things off the floor in the closet is actually something I enjoy more than I expected. It makes the closet feel bigger and I don’t have to worry about tripping on any thing. The light is also a huge deal — I never realized how difficult it was to see anything before. The light was problematic to install but I’m really happy we (i.e. Peter) did it.

Over all I would say this remodel has been a success!

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