Dresses by Dawn Wolfe Designs

July 31, 2014

With a move in the very near future, I feel like I am constantly browsing the internet for various home pieces my fiancé and I still need. He keeps having to remind me that we only need to buy the "necessities," but can't everything be seen as necessary? For instance a dining table and chairs. I guess we could eat on the sofa for awhile? Its hard to know what we should place a top priority on and what we should save to put on our Christmas Lists. I am also basically going to be moving in "sight unseen," which makes it even harder to know what we need when I hardly even know the space that we are working with! Crazy, right?

 

One Kings Lane is one of my regular haunts and can have some pretty good pieces. Most especially, in my opinion, artwork. They sell so many amazing pieces by artists that I have grown to know and love including; Sarah Boyts YoderMichelle ArmasLisa Golightly, and Slim Aarons. Its a mecca for art I tell ya! Also among those is Dawn WolfeDawn uses handmade papers or papers she finds and gives them new life by folding or cutting them to create something different and eye catching.

Funny enough, two summers ago (almost to the day!) when R and I visited Breckenridge for the Fourth of July, the art fair was going on and we happened to walk through it one day with my uncle. What caught my attention the most? These darling little dresses – think baby sized – that we’re made from maps. The dresses we’re perfect and featured fan folded skirts and darling rounded peter pan-like collars – I am drawn to art pieces that are “3-D” and these we’re just that. Imagine my surprise when 2 years later I am browsing One Kings Lane and come across these same dresses and at a time when I am actually in need of art to outfit a new apartment. Pretty exciting, really. Tiny, framed dresses made from beautiful and colorful maps and papers – you can always find room for those, right? The teacher in me realllyyy wants to make the “Penmanship” version mine, but I also love this one and this one, too. How great would these be in a nursery, too? Talk about an “investment piece.” Think I can talk my fiancé into one? Or two?

(Images via One Kings Lane)

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Beauty Dish

July 31, 2014

Lips. Some people love or hate the ones the have. I happen to get along with mine just fine. I recently acquired the book Blow Me a Kiss by Alice Harris and started giving a bit more thought to the power and influence a set of lips have in our past and present culture. The book contains pages with images of photographs, paintings and film stills all representing lips in various legendary kisses and pouts. The stunning images definitely speak for themselves. Lately, my lips have been dressed up in minimal balms or pale glosses to go with the laid-back makeup I generally wear in…

Lips. Some people love or hate the ones the have. I happen to get along with mine just fine. I recently acquired the book Blow Me a Kiss by Alice Harris and started giving a bit more thought to the power and influence a set of lips have in our past and present culture. The book contains pages with images of photographs, paintings and film stills all representing lips in various legendary kisses and pouts. The stunning images definitely speak for themselves.

Lately, my lips have been dressed up in minimal balms or pale glosses to go with the laid-back makeup I generally wear in the summer. My lips are already super pigmented (something I hated as a kid when I thought it always looked like I just ate a red popsicle) so I rarely feel the need to make them pop with more color unless I’m in the mood for a vibrant red or shocking pink. As long as they are hydrated or have a little gloss to them, I’m set. Here’s what’s been in my tote, handbag or clutch at all times:

Aquaphor: My esthetician at Renée Rouleau recommended I use Aquaphor to treat a small area on my face that was red and irritated. I usually use bacitracin to heal cuts or minor irritation but I followed her advice and the red, angry patch on my face cleared up almost overnight. Since then, I’ve been using the healing ointment on other red spots (for after I pick at a pimple, which is gross, but I do it and this stuff totally takes away the redness) and always on my lips before bedtime and when I wake up. It is so hydrating but not goopy or too slick feeling (like how Vaseline can sometimes feel).

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick: In college, my friends and I were all addicted to this stuff. We always found ours at CVS or Walgreens on the bottom shelf and bought it in bulk. Due to its size, people always asked, “Is that a glue stick?!” when we whipped it out and I for one always got excited to explain that no, I wasn’t putting glue on my lips but applying soothing cocoa butter formula that smelled amazing. Think of it as glorified chapstick that’s better than anything you’ve ever tried and only $3. You can tell my current stick is very loved with the label all scuffed and barely visible. It’s just heavenly stuff and I think you need some.

Clarins ‘Eclat Minute’ Instant Light Perfector in 01: I found this stuff while shopping with my mama last time she was in town. I was wandering around the beauty department at Nordstrom, bored because I didn’t need anything, and randomly tried this. Then I bought it. Because it acts like a gloss but has zero stick (because it’s really more of a gel than a gloss) and it smells like cake batter but not in that fake, sickly sweet way. The beauty guru at the Clarins counter explained that the perfector has macadamia and Shea oils (hence the relish smell) that work to plump and smooth out the natural lines lips get for a hydrated, youthful look. The pale pink color I chose adds just a teeny bit of color which makes it perfect for when Sal and I are taking pictures.

AERIN Beauty Lip Gloss in Sunset: Nude lips are my favorite for a night out. Because I’m obsessed with my eye lashes, I generally like to make my eyes stand out and a nude lipstick or gloss makes my full lips take a back seat. I also just think nude lips are understatedly sexy (hate that word but it’s all I can think to use right now). I got this AERIN gloss as a gift and forgot about it till a few weeks ago…shame on me. It’s the perfect nude gloss because it’s sheer and has almost zero stickiness to it. Also, it smells like flowers. Like roses. And that makes it very fun to put on. The pretty and simple packaging doesn’t hurt either.

Image taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(Aquaphor // Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick // Clarins ‘Eclat Minute’ Instant Light Perfector in 01 // AERIN Beauty Lip Gloss in Sunset // Blow Me a Kiss, by Alice Harris)

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Turkish-T

July 30, 2014

Are y’all sick of the beach-related posts yet? Promise this is the last one. I’m sure that many (if not all of you) are familiar with Turkish towels – many retailers sell variations of the woven cotton towels in different sizes and color variations. What makes them special: most that claim to be authentic Turkish towels are made with 100% cotton that’s processed by hand-woven looms in Turkey. The country is known for producing some of the highest quality cotton products in the world and the towels are as absorbent as traditional towels but take up less room and dry very quickly. They…

Are y’all sick of the beach-related posts yet? Promise this is the last one. I’m sure that many (if not all of you) are familiar with Turkish towels – many retailers sell variations of the woven cotton towels in different sizes and color variations. What makes them special: most that claim to be authentic Turkish towels are made with 100% cotton that’s processed by hand-woven looms in Turkey. The country is known for producing some of the highest quality cotton products in the world and the towels are as absorbent as traditional towels but take up less room and dry very quickly. They are soft, light-weight and often striped in various colors.

Sally and I fell madly in love with the Turkish towel products by Turkish-T that we found in the Alys Shoppe. Megan, the shoppe’s buyer and curator of all the amazing brand’s and products, gushed to us that Turkish-T made the best of the best Turkish towel items and that the quality and softness is what’s earned them such a cult following. The brand is owned and operated out of Nashville by Sue Joyce and has been made popular by fan fanatics like Gwyneth Paltrow (she had limited edition Turkish-T set made for Goop) and Oprah (who added the Boyfriend On The Block sweaters to her list of 2013 favorite things). Even without the celebrity following, I’d still be drawn to Turkish-T. I love how white and bright the scarves, blankets and robes are and if I had the room and the funds, I’d own everything they make.

Sally, our mom and I each got one of the scarves (I got this one with beige stripes) and an extra large bath towel to be used as a blanket from the Alys Shoppe. I can say that my scarf is now always in my handbag so I can pull it out in overly air conditioned restaurants and I’ve been fortunate enough to wear it around Dallas with the cold (mid-80s) and rainy weather we’ve been having. The blanket is heaven – cozy but not heavy – and Sal and I love how the tiny waffled pattern looks a little luxe. The Turkish-T brand was too good a discovery not to pass along and after doing a little look around to see what other Turkish towel products are out there, the price point also makes them a total winner in my book. Now I just need to decide which robe I need to add to my birthday wish list…

(Images via: Turkish-T Site, Facebook, and Pinterest // Gal Meets Glam)

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LemLem on the Last Day

July 28, 2014

Our last day at the beach was Friday…we drove the 12 hours back to Dallas on Saturday and it was very sad to say goodbye to 30A and our spot on Rosemary Beach. What can we say about the trip? It was relaxing, we had a great time with our family (especially our brother Scott who’s 14 months younger than Molly and our sweet grandparents Mimi & Papa), Blue Moonbeam was exceptionally well behaved, we came back with some nice tans (no burns thanks to this stuff!), and we brought back many shopping souvenirs from our favorite beach boutiques. Among…

Our last day at the beach was Friday…we drove the 12 hours back to Dallas on Saturday and it was very sad to say goodbye to 30A and our spot on Rosemary Beach. What can we say about the trip? It was relaxing, we had a great time with our family (especially our brother Scott who’s 14 months younger than Molly and our sweet grandparents Mimi & Papa), Blue Moonbeam was exceptionally well behaved, we came back with some nice tans (no burns thanks to this stuff!), and we brought back many shopping souvenirs from our favorite beach boutiques. Among the things we got are the Lemlem tunic and hoodie you see above. We found them from the great selection of cover-ups, bikinis, and other great beachy items at Ophelia – a cute swimwear shop we always hit up when in Seacrest. We’ve never owned any Lemlem before but have always coveted the bright striped pieces and admired the Ethiopian craftsmanship that goes into them. The assortment at Ophelia was too good to pass up and we were all to pleased to wear our new scoop on our final beach day.

The only thing that made it easier to leave the white sands was knowing that we will both be back in the area come this fall…stay tuned for more details about the exciting opportunity we will be partaking in as we get closer to October!

Images taken by SAM + MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Lemlem Rucha Striped Tunic (from Ophelia!) // Marysia Honolulu Bikini Top & Bottoms (on sale!) // Warby Parker x Karlie Kloss Marple Sunnies in Heirloom Gold // Zoe Chicco Pave Dog Necklace // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace // Tory Burch for FitBit c/o // Haute Handcrafted Accessories Bull Horn Ring (from Alys Shoppe!) . On Sally: Lemlem Gola Striped Hooded Top (from Ophelia!) // Zinke Reese Bikini Top & Gidget Bottoms (on sale!) // Banana Republic Margaux Sunnies // Maya Brenner Mini Initial Necklace // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace)

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Toast Talk

July 28, 2014

True confessions: I binged watched the two Orange Is the New Black series in a matter of days. I can’t even remember why I decided to start watching – it had never been on my list to try – but I think it happened during a weekend when I was holed up at home, alone with the pup and had run out of work stuff to do. I guess it never interested me before because I was scared it would be super gritty or violent or depressing or an awful combination of all three. There was definitely a bit of grit, some…

True confessions: I binged watched the two Orange Is the New Black series in a matter of days. I can’t even remember why I decided to start watching – it had never been on my list to try – but I think it happened during a weekend when I was holed up at home, alone with the pup and had run out of work stuff to do. I guess it never interested me before because I was scared it would be super gritty or violent or depressing or an awful combination of all three. There was definitely a bit of grit, some uncomfortable eyefuls, and few sad parts in the first episode and those that follow but the humor is what surprised and hooked me into watching episode after episode until my eyes hurt.

Basically, I love the show. I don’t think prison is funny and the concept of women being humiliated while serving time is jolting but the taboo setting and storyline does make one think differently about what life in prison might be like. My favorite part of watching, aside for the hilarious one-liners (new favorite insult: “potato with eyes”) and the great cast of actors, are the flashback stories that show how individual inmates ended up with their sentence and the people they were before going to prison. Having the main character, Piper, being a bisexual makes the storyline a taboo inside a taboo. Her frequent pre-prison flashbacks to her life when she committed her crime (lesbian lover who helped smuggle drug money) to the woman she was ten years later and up until entering prison (straight, “normal” girl engaged to a man and making soaps with her friend to be sold at Barneys) are particularly interesting as the episodes show her struggling with her personal values and self definition.

I prefer Season One to Season Two, only because there is a lot more rough prison drama in the second season but while the first showed flashbacks of pre-prison life the second season episodes have flashbacks of prison life many years before Piper comes into play and they tell of past relationships between the women inmates. I’ve talked about the show to other women devotees and I think our obsession and fascination, along with thinking “prison doesn’t look all that bad,” comes from seeing the way the characters bond and form relationships. There is a warmth and sweetness to many of the friendships and a like-minded “we’re all in this together” mentality that makes the inmates seem more like family than lawbreaking women who should be feared.

I’ll be completely honest in saying that I have never given much thought to those who live a life behind bars. It’s a “they must have done something bad and been punished accordingly” thought process that’s kept me from ever wondering about the hows and whys. Knowing that Orange Is the New Black is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman and the true account of her 15 months in prison and the people she met there makes me think so much differently about convicted felons and the flaws in the US legal and prison system. Piper’s “it could happen to you” predicament and how she, her family, and friends face her situation and prison setting also makes me wonder how I would handle something similar – being in her shoes or if something similar were to happen to one of my family members of friends.

SO: Have any of you watched the series? Loved it or hated it? Obsessed or repelled by it? There’s not a premiere date for the release of Season Three but they’ve apparently started filming…hurry Netflix, hurry.

(Image via Song of Style)

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