Werewolf Bar Mitzvah!


spooky scary….

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Before my voice fails…


Well, my hair is growing out finally. I have lots and lots and lots of hair, and I usually give up at about this length and revert to a super short style, but I’ve been enjoying styling my longish layers.

I like to incorporate vintage details (honestly because the twists and curls are really the only pretty way to manage my hair). What do you think?

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Halloween!


Halloween. I’m sure many Etsians are going to be posting gorgeous home made decorations and cookies and adorable children. Sorry guys, that’s not my game.

This, this is my game. That’s right, I’ll probably be sitting on my porch handing out candy as a cat who is dressed like a shark.

So, eff your cookies.

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half the horizon’s gone…


I’ve been so busy. I have also had a weird week. This blog post is more like a mix tape to myself.

This is It by: The Wheat Field

Little Foxes by: Adornments NYC

Time Takes Time by:Faith and Franny

Leather Bracelet by: LeatherMix

I'm getting my act together by: RyaLee Vintage

Acid Wash by: 86 Vintage 86

White Sapphire by: DeafCat Studios

 

Have a good week!

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Am I really all the things outside of me?


Well today is my first day back to school. As a little kid, it was so important to pick out the best possible outfit for that all-important day. It was the way everyone would remember you forever!

First day of school. Ever.

You know what? I’m totally okay with this. I would wear this outfit right. fucking. now. Check out all that swag!

I’m taking a slightly less neon approach this year. And I’m awfully sad about it, in retrospect.

shirt: vintage, no tags (from antique fest)

jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt

sweater: Gap

bag: American Tourister

necklace: thrifted

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Taste of Spain


Okay. I made a beautiful dinner last weekend, and took some pictures of the prep was but a little nervous and forgot to take pictures of the finished product! I am not a great blogger. But I try.

The Menu.

Pork Tenderloin with a Smoky Paprika Glaze*

(adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2010)

* The original recipe is for Grilled Ship and Sausage skewers with fresh tomatoes. I have used this as both a glaze and a marinade several times, both on and off the grill. It is so delish on shrimp, talapia, and pork. It’s crazy easy to make and the smokey paprika is a unique flavor that makes you seem very fancy.

fresh garlic from the garden.

fresh basil from the garden.

sun-dried tomatoes

3/4 cup olive oil

4 lg garlic cloves, pressed

2 tablespoons fresh basil

5 tablespoons smoked paprika

4 teaspoons red wine vinegar

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried chili peper

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

Combine all of these in a bowl. I recommend letting it sit for a while so all the flavors can get to know each other.

I suggest separating a small bit out for later, to baste with or to dip bread into. I like to serve with some extra sauce over it to optimize the plate mopping later.

flavor party.

tenderloin marinating.

As a side, I used this great recipe from Beth over at Salvage Life for sauteed zucchini with lemon and feta cheese. It is a great compliment to the smokey pork flavors!

Serve it all with a side of fresh crusty bread (mine procured from local bakery Pasta’s Daily Bread) and you just made a deceptively easy and delicious meal.

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Now we move to feel for ourselves inside some stranger’s stomach…


I have spent the last year more or less single, which has been really great for me but one of the things I really miss is cooking.

I mean, I’ve been cooking. I actually cook for myself a lot. But I’ll make the same thing over and over because I like it, and who cares. I make easy, quick stuff that uses only one pot and since I’ve been “getting fit,” it has focused on nutrition rather than deliciousness more often than not.

But today, I am cooking for others!

I couldn’t be more pleased. Because I am out of practice, I am using two tried and true recipes. I will post pictures and reviews of them tomorrow.

But here is what I made for lunch after I finished the dinner prep work:

Fucking Delish Lunch Salad

Here is the recipe:

avocado. slice it. cube it. (I used a “slimcado” whatever that is. Those big ones? From cali? I only used half because they are giant.)

some cherry tomatoes. I used the low acid kind because that was what was ripe from my garden.

some blueberries. a handful.

Feta cheese. Feta cheese is my favorite cheese. It is lower in fat and high in protein and a little salty. Put it on everything.

Lemon juice. I got some lemon wedges, squeezed them over the salad and then threw the wedges into some sparkling mineral water.

Yes, that’s sparkling mineral water. Since I’ve gotten sober, that and tea is all I drink at home. I get some European kind that they sell on the bottom shelf of the International section of Wegmans. Because I’m fancy.

Go forth, make delish lunch salads. Tell me about them.

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How to Live Beyond Your Means


How to Live Beyond Your Means

I found this wonderful and totally of-the-times self help book up at my camp in the Adirondacks. There is no shortage of obscure and strange antiques up there. I’m hoping to make a trip up there in the next couple weeks and I will be sure to photograph some of it for you. But, for now:

How to Live Beyond Your Means

Gorgeous Title Pages

How to Live Beyond Your Means, c. 1945 by Margery Wilson

Contents

  1. I Want More, Don’t You?
  2. Just Ask for It!
  3. More Friends
  4. More for Your Time and Postage When You Write
  5. More Fun Out of Life
  6. More Health for the Same Amount of Care
  7. More for Your Time and Effort at Home
  8. More Accomplished
  9. More for Your Reading Time
  10. More for Your Money when you Entertain
  11. More Happiness for the Love You Give
  12. As I Was Saying —

Word Suggestions for Letters

I have been watching Mad Men non stop since I found it on Netflix, and I find myself wishing for some of the civility and politeness.

All the advice is pretty straightforward, but some of it is really good! I’m enjoying reading through it. There are lots of step by step instructions on how to run a home, which are definitely words to live by. “Make your house a home and you will save a lot of money!”

I am in the process of “tightening the belt” before school starts. I have shaved down a lot of my spending, including shopping around for new car insurance, a different phone plan, switching to the streaming only netflix plan (first world problems!), cutting down my driving and eating out. Also, I am NOT allowed to go to Target. Somehow I can not get out of that place without spending $50-100.

Does anyone have any great ideas to save money?

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Shop Additions


I have added a bunch of new things to the shop over the last week or so, including some of my all time favorite shirts from my personal collection.

These are going to hurt for sure to ship out!

Prettiest Lemon & Lime Paisley Blouse

My Favorite Plaid Blouse

Best Plaid Blouse

Lake Placid 1990 T-Shirt

There are several others, and more will go up over the next week. Enjoy!

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Independence Day


I have taken this weekend to really think about what it means to be American. And the Beats have said it best.

The first poem is one of my favorite of all time. The second, well. I’ll call it “appropriate.”

I Am Waiting

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
Of a new symbolic western frontier
and I am waiting
for the American Eagle
to really spread its wings
and straighten up and fly right
and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety
to drop dead
and I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe 
for anarchy
and I am waiting for the final withering away
of all governments
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the second coming
And I am waiting
For a religious revival
To sweep thru the state of Arizona
And I am waiting
For the grapes of wrath to stored
And I am waiting
For them to prove
That God is really American
And I am waiting
To see God on television
Piped into church altars
If they can find
The right channel
To tune it in on
And I am waiting 
for the last supper to be served again
and a strange new appetizer
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting 
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the great divide to be crossed
and I anxiously waiting
For the secret of eternal life to be discovered
By an obscure practitioner
and I am waiting
for the storms of life
to be over
and I am waiting to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting
for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America
with its picture story and TV rights
sold in advance to the natives
and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again
in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am waiting for retribution
for what America did to Tom Sawyer
and I am waiting
for the American Boy
to take off Beauty's clothes
and get on top of her
and I am waiting
for Alice in Wonderland
to retransmit to me
her total dream of innocence
and I am waiting
for Childe Roland to come
to the final darkest tower
and I am waiting for Aphrodite 
to grow live arms
at a final disarmament conference
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting
to get some intimations
of immortality
by recollecting my early childhood
and I am waiting
for the green mornings to come again
for some strains of unpremeditated art
to shake my typewriter
and I am waiting to write
the great indelible poem
and I am waiting
for the last long rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeting lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “I Am Waiting” from A Coney Island of the Mind. Copyright © 1958 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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