Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nice Day for a White Wedding

And, thank you Billy Idol....

I am so happy to share photos from my sister, Adrianna's, wedding to her high school sweetheart, Matt! Though I was not thrilled about the flight from Phoenix to San Antonio, being there for one of the most important moments of my sister's life, made it worth the anxiety. It was such a lovely and touching ceremony, and I was so proud of myself that I didn't cry through the whole thing....only to cry as I gave the toast at the reception. Thanks to an amazing DJ (if my family is reading this, they understand the sarcasm in that description), my husband and I danced the night away, until our feet went from throbbing to numb. The dinner that the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, created was incredible, and kudos to Adrianna for making sure I received a vegetarian plate:) Congratulations to both Adrianna and Matt. Thank you for creating a beautiful night where family and loved ones could celebrate this special occasion with you.

 The lovely couple at the alter

 My sister, Dr. Adrianna Lujan-Dimando

 Bridesmaids with the beautiful bride

 Wedding party with a random head bottom left

 Another photo bomb

 This salad was amazing 

 Spinach potato cake with balsamic marinated portabellas and tomatoes

My sister's beautiful bouquet photo bombs a candid shot

Post wedding partying with the bride at SoHo Wine and Martini Bar, San Antonio

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Friday, Featuring:

My Vintage Bag Collection!

 Alligator embossed Lewis Designs purse, circa 1950s

 Love this 1950s bag I recently purchased at Macalpines Antiques

 The structure of this 1960s brown handbag is amazing!

 Rare, gorgeous, vintage embroidered bag available for purchase here

 This classic, gold handbag was a gift from my awesome cousins in Texas

 First vintage bag purchase years ago, an eel skin clutch in beautiful burgundy

1970s Teek Orr envelope and 1960s Shirl Miller Ltd patent clutch

This bag goes from clutch to shoulder bag. And, I adore the tassel!

My OOTD for dinner later with Morgan
Top: Jones New York
Skirt: Raviya
Shoes: BCBGirls
Clutch: Shirl Miller Ltd

If you have been following my little blog, you are probably well aware of my obsession for vintage handbags. In fact, at least the last three outfit posts have contained purses that are vintage. There is just something about a vintage purse, each has a story behind it, and the fact that I scavenged for each and every unique bag at garage sales, thrift stores and the like, make them that much more dear to me. Not to mention, they go with everything. Even with jeans and a tee....if I add a vintage bag, I feel somehow styled and chic. So, today I wanted to share with you a few handbags in my collection. And, very honestly, I have yet to do my makeup today and would hate to subject you, dear readers, to what I look like without it. 

Have an amazing weekend and thank you for reading!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Teek Orr and Turquiose

Sunglasses: Prada
Turquoise necklace, bracelet and ring: Vintage
Vintage yellow bird earrings: Available here
Top: Gap
Shorts: DIY from thrifted jeans
Wedges: Sbicca of California
Bag: Vintage Teek Orr

I have been on such a vintage handbag buying frenzy lately. My compulsion may be turning into a bit of problem addiction. It is to the point that my husband used the phrase "we need to talk" regarding my current accessory buying binge. To me, vintage bags are always a justifiable purchase. They tend to be quite unique, buying second hand is a form of recycling and the odds of running into a gal with exactly the same bag is slim to none. I made a promise to my hubby that I would utilize each and every bag to the best of my ability or post them in my Etsy store, here. So, in the pics above taken by James H. of Aspex Photography, my outfit was created around a burnt orange, vintage Teek Orr bag. I kept the outfit simple so that my bag and bright accessories could pop against the dark, neutrals. The super cute, enamel bird earrings also had to make their way into this outfit, just to make me smile! They are also available for purchase at my Etsy shop. Please check it out and thank you for stopping by! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Go Ahead, Make My Day

And Gary Baseman did make my day! I just about fell over yesterday when I checked my Instagram to see that the creator of Cranium and my favorite artist liked one of my pictures. Since my first introduction to his creative brilliance, through a vinyl art piece call Hot Cha Cha Cha, Gary Baseman's work has become a slight obsession to me. I have since collected a few items with his art work on them, including a lunch box and a few awesome wallets. My favorite item, though, would have to be an autographed copy of his book, My Hunger For Venison, that my husband gave me as a gift. I love Gary Baseman's artwork for being unique, whimsical and childlike, but with darker, adult oriented undertones. Imagine how my little heart fluttered when, today, I received a response comment from him on Instagram! I cannot wait for my end of the month road trip to Cali for Baseman's Bus Tour of LA. 

Front of one of my Baseman for Poketo wallets

Back of my Poketo wallet
Inside of my favorite wallet

Feeling giddy and lucky, I headed out to go thrifting with a sense I might find something amazing today. My destination was White Dove Thrift Store. This great shop benefits Hospice of the Valley, a local, not for profit, organization here in Phoenix. My favorite thing about this thrifts store is their giant clearance warehouse, offering even better discounts on everything from office furniture to skis. After not even five minutes inside the store, I found  a pair of 24k lapel pins that read "Ireland" for my father in law (don't forget Father's Day is June 16) and an amazing, beaded, cocktail dress to wear this weekend to my little sister's rehearsal dinner.  A visit to the clearance warehouse provided me two vintage purses to put in my Etsy shop. 

 Antique chair re-upholstered in a precious baby blue

Sadly, this vintage yellow patio set would not fit in my little BMW...

 Thinking of going back for this vintage Samsonite suitcase at only $2!!

 Cute vintage step stool at White Dove Thrift

 And close up of the owl painted on top...

 Ties in the clearance section of White Dove Thrift

 Great selection of LPs

 All the scavenging for treasures left me ravenous, so I called the hubby to see about meeting for lunch. He chose Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli I pulled into the busy parking lot just as he and our buddy, Dan, were pulling in to park. The owner, as always, was super friendly and we chatted, as I ordered the meatless dolmades. Morgan ordered the chicken salad pita sandwich, which he said was so delicious, it would make me go back to eating meat, if I would only take a bite. I did not, but can say that it looked pretty darn good, filled with veggies and goodness, including peas! In fact, here is a pic from when he was trying to force the pita in my mouth...

 Chicken salad pit at the Middle Eastern Deli

 Amazing selection of middle eastern food in the grocery area

This local favorite is on 16th street south of Osborn

Well, hope y'all enjoyed today's blog! I am off to do Insanity before meeting a couple girlfriends for drinks at Gallo Blanco and to watch some amazing dancing entertainment provided by Flamenco Por La Vida. Have a great humpday!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

 Fish Po Boy from Buzz n Beez Food Truck

 Fried fish tacos with the yummiest BBQ sauce from Buzz n Beez

 People watching while waiting for our food

 My hubby, Morgan, "shopping" at the pint sized grocery store
Would you like paper or plastic?

 View of the dance floor from  the tree maze inside the Phoenix Children's Museum

Teeny tiny sink and toilets inside the ladies little girl's room 
(notice my wrist corsage made by Morgan at one of the arts and crafts tables)

 Our buddy, Dan Toening, is a boy husband is apparently a robot

I feel like a giant!

 Morgan, starting a one person bike gang

 Games galore at the Phoenix Children's Museum Prom Play Date

Let's weigh some lentils

Who's that lurking in the noodle forest?

When I first moved to Phoenix from Austin almost 10 years ago, I can honestly say I hated Arizona. It was hot, dry and seemed lifeless compared to the lush greenery, rivers and lakes that is central Texas. Mainly, I had come from a big city that still maintained a small town feel by encouraging a community driven economy where people love to shop locally. Multiple art scenes in Austin also helped provide a certain atmosphere where everyone felt a sense of belonging. I started planning my return move back to Austin on day 1 of my arrival.  It has taken me years for me to find places around Phoenix where I dine and shop along side others that go out of their way to choose mom and pop over chains.

Funny thing is, now that I live in central Phoenix, along the light rail, within a couple miles of my bi-weekly farmers market and monthly first Fridays.....I don't want to go back. I love that downtown and central Phoenix is now being revived with art studios, coffee shops and vintage stores. I love that the guy that served me at my local coffee shop Tuesday afternoon is the guy sitting next to me ordering a brew at a nearby pub on Wednesday night. So when my husband asked me to Play Date: Prom (find info for this event on the Phoenix Children's Museum website), an event for 21+ where the proceeds would go to our local Children's Museum, I was thrilled to say yes!! It is everything a 31 year could hope for in a prom and then some. The dress code was anything prom related from any era which provided for amazing people watching. A DJ spun era appropriate 80s and 90s (helloooooo Cyndi Lauper) music, while all 3 floors of the Children's Museum were open to let our inner kiddos run free. There were arts and crafts stations, TVs playing Pretty in Pink, delicious food trucks to satisfy the palette and heavy handed bartenders at bars on each of the 3 floors. The evening even wrapped up with choosing a prom king and queen and a balloon drop! I had such an amazing time that we are already looking forward to the next Play Date at the museum, which is rumored to be a country themed event.

Well, friends, I am off to gorge myself on sushi at Sushi Station. Thank you for reading my blog and have a great day!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'

 Yummy sampler plate for lunch yesterday at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

 The talented Angelina Ramirez at her weekly Wednesday show at Gallo Blanco

Flamenco Por La Vida's show is amazing and will make you want to learn flamenco!

Gizmo chillin' this morning on the record player

Memorial Day weekend is turning into a pretty busy couple days for me, so I thought I would take advantage of the tiny amount of free time I have today to put up an outfit of the day post. Today, in order, I have an Insanity workout to do, weekly shopping at the Phoenix Public Market, a day at Phoenix Comicon, visit with my husband's family (they are here from CO) and a dear friend's birthday party to attend this evening. And, I am desperately trying to squeeze in a flamenco and hip hop dance class today, which is day 2 of the Adult Dance Workshop being held at 5th Row Dance Studio

Knowing my crazy weekend, I only purchased day 1 and 3 of the 3 day workshop, and now am sad that I am more than likely going to miss out on the fun of day 2. I used to dance when I was younger, but it has been a looooong time since I have tried to attend a class or practiced in any way, shape or form. Yesterday was a blast, learning flamenco from Angelina Ramirez of Flamenco Pro La Vida and trying my (weak) skills at hip hop with Raquel Fagan. Both ladies are amazing dancers and I can't wait to go back for more tomorrow!! Oh, yes, back to the OOTD post....


Sunglasses: Versace (gift from my mom)
Dress: H & M
Necklace: Gift (from my mom years ago)
Belt: Thrifted
Purse: Vintage (on sale tomorrow, click on the"SHOP" link above!)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Cocktail ring: Silpada

My lovely friend, James H. of Aspex Photography  joined me on the rooftop deck of the Artisan Lofts to take advantage of the lighting and amazing views. With the Phoenix temperature on the rise, I chose this long and loose, grey H & M dress to keep me cool. And how could I possibly put together any outfit, without a few vintage accessories? This beige, vintage bag is too cute, the perfect size and goes with everything. I have been buying vintage purses like a crazy woman and justifying the purchases as items for my Etsy store. Sigh, is it wrong that I feel I should test the product before passing it on to the customer? I think not! So, please look for this purse for sale tomorrow at my Etsy store, Naked n Hungry, along with a few other amazing, vintage finds. 

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