I may not get much support on this one people, but I just love the floor-length, long-sleeve bright yellow Christian Dior dress worn by Julianne Moore at the Emmys tonight. I admit it is a little daring, but I think Moore has the poise and tenacity to pull it off. She did play Sarah Palin and win an Emmy for it after all.
We were at a Flea Market a couple of weekends ago when we saw this musty old wooden box. It had divided compartments and two holes on one of the sides that made us think it used to be a desk drawer. When I saw it, I immediately knew it could be used to organize the pile of jewelry that was just sitting in my closet shelf. Don’t judge. You know you have a jewelry clump somewhere. The wood was looking very worn, so my boyfriend took some Howard Restor-a-Finish to it. The following is his tutorial.
Step 1: Stop by Home Depot, go towards the paint section and find any person over fifty for help. I hate to be age discriminatory but older Home Depot employees are always better than younger employees. It is a fact. Say I need “Howard’s Restore-A-Finish.” If they look confused, add, “It’s like a stain but not…” They’ll know where to find it. Pick the color that matches what you think the original color of the item was. Oak is for darker. Walnut for lighter. Don’t try to change the color of your wood item, it won’t work, you’ll be sad, you’ll be that guy (or gal).
Step 10: Put it somewhere you will see everyday and think of your old friend from Home Depot.
I Didn’t Burn It is a new series I am starting on the blog that deals with my attempt to make delicious and easy recipes. Cooking is not one of my strong suits so just keep that in mind.
I have made this Cooking Light recipe twice in the last 7 days. It’s one of those recipes that has a list of ingredients I can remember off the top of my head and doesn’t require any strange concoctions from the spice cupboard. The mixture of spices really livens up the tilapia and I am generally in support of any kind of sauce that involves sour cream, lime and cilantro. As I am not into really hot spices I excluded the jalepenos and red pepper. I also don’t have a cast-iron skillet. So my tilapia was not really blackened. Just crispy. Still delicious!
A faithful reader approached me about doing a post on how to wear riding boots to work. In my humble opinion, she could not have asked anyone better. I wear mine so much that you would think I was hiding a horse somewhere in my second floor, one bedroom apartment. If I was, his name would be Rusty. Just saying.
Look 1: Equestrian
This is probably the easiest way to use riding boots with an already existing work look. I usually wear this shift dress with black heels and a black cardigan. To make it work with these boots, I added pieces that carry the equestrian theme. Those pieces can be a tailored jacket or scarf — or any pieces that match the look and feel of your boots, but that can also be paired with a work look.
Details: F21 jacket / H&M dress and scarf / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime
Look 2: Brights
Here is a way that you can wear your riding boots to work and incorporate another current trend for fall — brights. The tan of these boots goes well with blues and greens, but I would encourage you to experiment with different colors based on the specific shade of your riding boot. You never know.
Details: Thrifted blouse / H&M skirt / Banana Republic necklace / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime
Look 3: Plaid
A plaid skirt is a great middle-ground piece for work. It has that woodsy charm that goes really well with riding boots without looking too casual. I found this skirt at a consignment shop, and I am not sure of the brand. I would highly recommend looking for one at your local thrift or consignment shop. This seems to be one thing I see consistently. You may want to hem it though for fear of looking too much like Laura Ingalls.
Details: Gap turtleneck / Thrifted skirt / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime
Happy Labor Day — the unofficial end of summer. Based on the sticky humidity and bug quota today, it in no way feels like the end of summer. Though summer is always filled with a swarm of events, I think one thing I will miss about summer is the lack of event. No required football watching on Sunday night, no rush to catch up on the latest episode of your favorite show… The extended hours of sunlight help everyone fulfill their outside time requirement whether it be taking a long walk or reading a great novel or enjoying a pasta dinner with wine on the back patio. The gift of extra time and every bit of daylight will definitely be missed. Luckily fall is rich in color and food and sporting events.