Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color

Love this lip color! A great red for vintage gals.

I tried a couple of new settings and this video uploaded must faster! Let me know what you think of the quality.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

MMM'12-Still hanging in there

Wow, this month has been so crazy. Finals, then vacation, new pets and I'm still not back at work yet. Seriously, the days are starting to blur together. Plus, I've been in a mood to wear vintage but most of my vintage pieces don't really go with any of my me-made pieces.

Day 22

Seriously, I don't even remember anything that happened on Tuesday.

Day 23

30s Pendrell with jeans

Day 24

Colette Pattern's Ceylon as a top. This was intended to be a wearable muslin but the fit in the chest was off. I always forget that Colette Patterns are a C cup and I think I did too big of an FBA so there was some gaping and bunching. I finally got around to fixing those problems so I can wear this top.

Day 25

Yay long weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lavinia's Sweetheart Dress

So, I watched the entire season 2 of Downton Abbey yesterday and got inspired to get Dressing Downton back up and running again! Today's dress is a lovely black ensemble worn by Lavinia.

It features a sweetheart neckline and cute little shear sleeves.

It's fitted to the hips and has a gathered, layered skirt. In this shot, it looks like the fabric has some kind of metallic print on it. What a LBD!

While watching, I was struck by this dress' similarity to Sewaholic's latest pattern- The Cambie dress! The great thing about this pattern is that you could make it as fancy or simple as you like!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NonBettie Bettie Bangs

Woohoo! Youtube video time! Today's video is an alternative way to style Bettie Bangs. Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Some More Me-Made May '12

MMM'12 Day 17

Wearing History Sailor Playsuit skirt
rtw blouse

Day 18

No photo but I wore my floral circle skirt

Day 19

No photo but I wore my 30s Pendrell

Day 20

Alas, none of these photos came out because the camera got left on a funky setting. :(  This was a refashion that I made to wear at Disney but never wore. Guess I'll have to wear it again soon!

Day 21

Sorbetto blouse
rtw jeans

I'm totally loving the cuffed jeans and fun blouse look right now!

Leah and Rachel are settling in ok. They are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new cage. The one we original one we bought looked so much bigger on the box! The new one is like 3x the size of this one and the old one is going to be converted into a sleeping/travel cage after the new one arrives (hopefully tomorrow!).

In other news, I've not been sewing much. I took in the waistband on two skirts and did some post-weight loss adjustments on two blouses but that's about it. I have been knitting like a fiend though! This is the back of my current wip. It's very relaxing plus I can knit and babysit the birds while they explore at the same time.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

How to get great 2nd day hair

Phew! This video was quite a production so you better like it! ;)

I have got to find a faster way to upload youtube videos. This one took like 4 hours?!? So with film, editing, converting (another lengthy process!) and then processing on youtube, these things are literally taking a whole day. Any tips? I might try filming at a bit lower quality and see how that works. Ever since I got my mac and started using iMovie, things have been taking much longer....

Friday, May 18, 2012

Disney: Hollywood Studios

Saturday saw us back at Hollywood Studios for the whole day.

I went all rockabilly with my cherry circle skirt and Bettie bangs. Alas, I didn't have room in my suitcase for a crinoline but it was fun to wear anyways.

We saw loads of shows including Beauty and the Beast. Bell is probably my favorite princess! No surprise as she's a brunette who loves to read. ;)

There is also a cool car stunt show. Not really my thing but they do set a guy on fire.

The decor in this park is great for a vintage lover. Many of the shops have a fabulous art deco feel and the female shop workers even wear cute 30s style ensembles. Plus there were a few classic cars around.

See! 30s cuteness!

And I couldn't do this post without a Star Wars picture!

Today was the only day I braved the red lipstick. I found a new one before I left for the trip that lasts a lot longer. It does bleed a bit so lip liner is a must. Full review to come!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Disney World: Animal Kingdom

Me-Made Colette Pattern's Macaron

 Animal Kingdom is so fun! It's very spread out and pretty for just walking around. Plus loads of animals!

 I made this bird dress especially to wear at Animal Kingdom! This pattern fit me quite well but it was rather short! I cut out the skirt as long as the largest size was and it's still on the shorter side. Also, the neck hole is a bit small so I think I'd do a center back zip instead of the side zip. I'm not much of a fan of side zips anyways.

 The safari is always fun. The expertly designed enclosures make you feel like you're on a safari though it's much safer. No need to worry about a rino attacking the jeep!

 We also saw a really neat bird show (which may have contributed to the post-vacation impulse bird buy)

 I think the skirt part of the dress still needs a bit of work in the fit area. I do fit into it but I think the shape was designed to have a bit more ease.

 Oh, but the back fits fabulously! Guess I'll just have to walk backwards everywhere!

Expedition Everest is the thrill ride of the park. You get to ride a coaster up this hill and perhaps encounter the Yeti!

By the end of the day I was quite tired. This park does not quite have as much to do in it as the other parks but it's very spread out. It's the newest park and a lot of thought was put into the layout. The atmosphere is amazing but it does sure require a lot of walking.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MMM'12 Days 14-16 (but mostly birdies!)

So I did slack on the photos for days 14 and 15 but I did wear me made things both days.

MMM'12 Day 16

Today is an old favorite outfit from last summer. Me-made Wearing History sailor playsuit shorts with an rtw orange top and bolero. Perfect for settling in the newest members of the family.

A couple months ago, the husband and I learned that we could have fish, a hamster, or small birds in our apartments so we decided to look into getting a pet after vacation. On Monday, we decided to pop by a pet store and get an idea of how much birds cost and what kinds were available and we walked out with these two budgies (parakeets).

This one is Rachel and she's the more adventurous of the two.

And here's Leah. She's much more shy but I have a feeling she'll be a real sweetheart once she warms up to us. We named these lovely birds after the two sisters in the Bible. They both are still pretty shy as of right now but they were hand tamed in pet store before we got them so they are at least a bit used to people. I've been watching loads of budgie youtube videos and doing loads of research and it looks like they will be worth the effort to tame!

Disney Day 4: Park Hoppers

The lines were crazy short during our first two days in the parks and we got crazy ahead of schedule and decided to take a day to bounce around the parks and take some pictures. We started out in Hollywood Studios, knocked out a couple of rides and got snapping.

Of course, Mickey was there to greet everyone!

This is one ride my husband rode alone! Last trip, he convinced me to try it but I chickened out at the end and had to look silly in front of all of the little kids in line. Dropping rides are just not my thing.

This 60s playsuit is Simplicity 5424. The pattern was a gift from Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage and I just had to make it up before vacation! 

Isn't it just darling! The fabric I used was an Asian print knit I thrifted so I did have to make some changes-namely adding a band underneath the bust (to keep the girls from escaping!) and making both pieces without closures (yay for streatchy knits!) Then I added some decorative frogs to keep with the Asian theme.

At Hollywood Studios, there are two movie sets-San Francisco and New York. I just adored this dress shop on the San Francisco street. There were some super cute 40s/50s illustrations in the window.

San Francisco!

The use of backdrops and perspective is straight out of the movies.

New York! New York! What a wonderful town!

They even had a pretend subway entrance that was really just stairs to nowhere.

Now this is my kind of hotel!

There's also a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! playground. I'm a bit big for the playground now but I could still pose on the ant.

This is my husband's favorite park so he had a blast!

The great movie ride is housed in a replica of Grauman's Chinese Theater. It's pretty awesome and a must for any movie lover!

I feel like a star!

Then we popped back over to Epcot for some lunch (of course!) and more country exploring!

They have some pretty awesome fountains.

In the evening, it was back to the Magic Kingdom for some of our favorite rides one last time.

And we stayed up for the Wishes show! It was pretty amazing!