Thursday, November 27, 2014

Glamorously Retro

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, if not, then happy Thursday. This was a a dress I bought a while back and am just now getting around to blogging even though I've worn it numerous times. My daughter picked it out actually, and I was like you know, that is a super cute dress and ended up buying it. 
I also bought the shoes quite a while ago and don't end up wearing for a few reasons. First: they are faux suede and I live in Washington where it rains a lot and gets muddy, and second, they are kind of uncomfortable. The heel is pretty high compared to the platform and kind of makes the step awkward and they seem to cause  some excessive pressure on the balls of my feet. Part of the second issue may be able to  be remedied with some insole, but I have yet to try. I just know I did wear them to work one day and only made it half way through the day before I ended up getting flats out of my car to change into. They may have to be those type of shoes that you wear when you know your only going one place with minimal walking: ie, movies or dinner. Oh and this necklace-$3 at Walmart, I was super stoked about it. 

Dress: Torrid. Cardigan and Necklace: Walmart. Shoes: Kmart. Hair Bow: Dollar Tree. Earrings: Icings. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dia De Los Muertos

Last Sunday I went to a Dia de los Muertos exhibition that was going on at TAM (Tacoma Art Museum). It was a free event and kind of interesting, I feel like there could of been so much more done with it. That's okay though, it was a free event and nice to get out for a day. Part of what I was wanting was some more history on the day, but then again this was not a history museum, it's an art museum. They had some Aztec tribal dancers, face painting for the kids, you could decorate sugar skulls and make tissue flowers; in addition to these there was Dia de los Muertos paintings/drawings by local students and lastly the main exhibition area which had various altars set up. The place was incredibly packed and it made maneuver through the venue difficult. After the fact I read a news article about the event that said they had over 4,000 visitors for it, so you can imagine. I find Dia de los Muertos to be incredibly beautiful, and have to admit I'm slightly obsessed right now. 

After we left the event we ended up going to a place called Chalk Talk Bistro. It's a small joint with some of the best hamburgers around. One thing I love about it is that the walls are completely done up in chalk. Huge chalk murals of...whatever, this time it was The Nightmare Before Christmas, last time I stopped my it was Maleficent .While we were eating there was a Seahawks game going on. Apparently whenever Marshawn Lynch scores they give out bags of Skittles and make little balloon things for the kids, my child was super exited about that! Finally, we ended the day by stopping by Spirit's one last time before they close down for the year. I bought two Dia de los Muertos mugs that I think I mentioned previously (they are now on clearance for $4 each, SCORE!)  My daughter got a couple of creepy little dolls that she loves. 

Aztec Tribal Dancer

Tissue paper flower I created

My sugar skull, these were colored with oil pastels and my sugar skull kept crumbling.
After I got home my dogs stole mine and my daughter's and ate them. 

Chalk Talk Bistro

Outfit deets: Coat: Walmart. Dress: Torrid. Earrings: Spencer's. Necklace: Claire's. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


This year's Halloween was incredibly hectic. I ended up leaving my house missing half my costume (some sheer elbow length skeleton gloves, my floral head band, and my sugar skull belt), one of my two 6 month old lab puppies stole my daughter's costume out of the drawer so we spent probably 20 minutes scouring the house looking for, but at least our makeup came out looking awesome. We did the normal Trick or Treating thing; the neighborhood we always go to has a free haunted house that is put on by some of the residence, so we did that too. My daughter and I dressed up as Dia de los Muertos, and got so many compliments on our makeup. I seriously wanted the night to go on, but I had to get up at 5 am the next day, so going out was a no go. 

The costume I purchased is by Legs Avenue via Torrid. I got the 3x/4x. It's definitely generously sized and has a lot of stretch in the top, I think it could fit someone who's even a 5. I was relieved when I got it that it wasn't super duper short like so many Halloween costumes tend to be (I ordered a sailor "dress" one year that didn't even cover my butt, so this always makes me a little paranoid). I actually got a little more use out of my costume this year than what I normally do. About 2 weeks before Halloween my daughter and I went to a costume event at Point Defiance Zoo called Zoo Boo, then one week before Halloween her school did trick or trunk, and then there was the actual day of Halloween. Our makeup at the first two events wasn't that great, but it was super quick 5 minute jobs. 

The pictures below are from the Trick or Trunk and dance at babe's school.

My costume still minus the gloves.

Baby getting down. This was towards the end of the night when most people were heading home.
The pictures below are from Zoo Boo at Point Defiance. It was pretty cute, they had a lot of little haunted scenes set up around the zoo.

 The picture above was in the aquarium. I petted a shark and some sting rays. The texture of the shark skin was an extremely strange sensation; it was almost slimy while being kind of gritty at the same time.