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Peppy for Peplum

What’s peplum? Peplum originates from the Greek word for “tunic,” which gets my art historical brain a-twitchin’. A “peplos” was a long garment typically worn by women during the classical period of ancient Greece around 500 BC. The signature style was a piece of  tube-shaped fabric that was folded inside-out and pinned around the middle to make the tube ankle length. The style created the look for a second layer of clothing.

Confused? Bear with me. Check out Athena wearing a peplos from the 5th century:

Fast forward from the 5th century to our present 21st century. Peplum has made its comeback and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Though I think some versions of peplum can sway the line from classy to questionable, most versions make me completely peppy for peplum.

My original concern that was a curvy female myself, adding extra fabric in the hip area wouldn’t be ideal. However, I’ve discovered, it’s just the opposite. When done right, flaring fabric from the hip can hide some wanted muffin top or easily add some curves for you lucky girls sans hips.

Here are a few of my favorite peplum pictures followed by some inspirational (and affordable!) pieces:

lace and peplum? swoon!

stripes are scary, yes? but these angular stripes are slimming as they all go in differing directions
neutral elegance, my favorite
these colors are a little Halloween-ish to me, but I adore the look
 Finally, some individual pieces:
                                                        
I assume those are all currently in your shopping cart, yes?
Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Wired.

SUMMER: not a time to be laden with heavy jewelry. Yes, arm parties are all the rage, and chunky or layered necklaces are the perfect counterpoint to flowing sundresses, but I have a low tolerance for things that hold me down, and heavy jewelry is my enemy #1 at the mo.

Yet, as a girl, and one who enjoys being adorned with something shiny to match my tan, I could never go bare chested (or fingered, or wristed) when I am trying to look my best. Cue simple wire/chain jewelry.

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E and I bought a set of these on Etsy, and we both wear them EVERY DAY. No joke.

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DIY me!

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I need to make both of these bracelets stat.

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May have to hone my wiring skills a bit before I commit to this one…

BONUS! Most of these are DIY-able. My friend made me an adorable, and super simple, wired rosette ring to match the ones I bought on Etsy, and if it hadn’t started snagging on my clothes I would have worn it forever. I’m going to have to commission her to make me another one with a sleeker profile.

Instructions if you would like to make your own: wrap a bit of wire around a lip-gloss tube about the width of your finger, twist the two ends together and then wrap the ends around like you would a bun in your hair. Tuck the ends in and you’re done. Easy peasy.

DOUBLE BONUS! These pieces are practically indestructible. Sun, sand, sunscreen, whatever summer trouble you plan on getting into, these babies will follow you faithfully, and the only change you may see is a slight patina, improving their character if anything.

So let’s get on with it! And regroup at the end of summer to compare our color? I think so.

Happy Weekend everyone!


and we rolled with it…

a girlfriend and i found ourselves walking along a street today seriously studded with asian groceries. like three on each side of every block. there must have been something in the air, because were both inspired to choose one and go on a shopping spree for everything that is so over-priced in the mainstream markets (we’re looking at you Whole Foods and corner stores). armed with bags of tea, rice paper candies and obscure sodas, we headed back home with a plan for our next meal (or snack as it ended up being).

spring rolls! very appropriate for the arrival of the new season…also amazingly simple, versatile and portable! these are coming with me for lunch tomorrow.

we scoured the web for a recipe that appealed to us the most, and then decided to create our own using the others as guidance. all of the recipes had the same basic groups of ingredients, which you can vary depending on your preferences:

rice paper wrappers

vermicelli or bean mung noodles (the kind that look almost clear when cooked)

veggies (carrots, napa cabbage, green onion, bean sprouts etc), julienned and tossed in olive oil and salt

herbs (mint, thai basil, cilantro)

shrimp/tofu (optional)

soak the rice paper in warm water for 5-10 seconds until soft and then start piling on your fillings! just make sure you can fully enclose the final product or things get messy.. all of these groups (except the rice paper wraps of course) are optional, and can be disregarded all together to create the rolls of your dreams. with all of the wrappers we have left, i definitely think we’ll be doing some fusion rolls in the future.

we ate our rolls with homemade peanut sauce, but we also tried a vinaigrette of sesame oil and soy sauce. to make your own peanut sauce, mix a couple of tablespoons of chunky peanut butter with a little sugar, two teaspoons soy sauce, half a teaspoon of minced garlic, and hot sauce to taste. slowly mix in a few tablespoons of warm water until the sauce has a smooth texture.

happy snacking!

 


it’s here!

i know, i know, i’m a few days behind. i’ve been too busy enjoying the first signs of spring! i can’t wait for it to fully set in, i have big plans for you this year spring…

light layers

flowers galore

eating alfresco

nature walks

simple recipes

happy spring everyone!


Excellent! I cried. Elementary, said he.

newest obsession: Sherlock Holmes.

have you read any of the books? this misty, rainy, foggy weather has been the perfect excuse for me to curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and only emerge to grab another book in the set. i’ve ploughed through two so far, on to the third.

if you’re less keen on reading, or don’t have enough time, BBC put out a REALLY good, modernized miniseries based heavily on the books a couple years ago, and i believe the second season is coming out soon! the first season is on instant view on netflix if you need to catch up.

if anyone needs me in the next few days, you’re sure to find me here… i have a couple more mysteries to solve.


dance party?

agyness deyn for rebecca minkoff.

if anyone knows the name of this song, please share. it needs to be my spring anthem.


spring temptations

oh madewell, you temptress. here i am, sitting in my kitchen, watching the rain moving in what looks like three directions at once (thank you wind), and you put out the digital edition of your spring/summer catalog. with terrible rain forecasted at least through the end of the week, the only chance i will have to recreate your au bord de la seine atmosphere will be in my room, next to a space heater, looking at a poster of paris. hopefully, our erratic weather patterns return and this week will be followed by a week of pure, glorious sunshine. fingers crossed.

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i wish...


making up for lost time

anyone else really feeling that lost hour? that plus the cold and rain that just hit san francisco with the energy it’s been saving all winter has me feeling like napping here all day:

not a possibility unfortunately… i’ll have to push through with the aid of my new best friend

and thoughts of a sunnier tomorrow. or next week seeing that they’ve predicted rain for a few more days. i may have to resort to more intensive forms of therapy.

coconut and lime rice pudding

or if things get really bad:

homemade nutella

anyone else with me?


feeling dotty

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polka-dots have been EVERYWHERE recently, and as much as i love the print, i never feel like i can pull it off without looking too “five-year-old girl in a dress that her mom made her wear.” some of these photos definitely give some ideas of how to dress up the dots (in neutrals? mixed with neon?), but i’ve been thinking that the best way to get in on the trend is in the home decor arena, where the pieces can be the star of your scenery now, and a cute quirky twist once we all decide to get serious and return to the real world.

here are a few of my favorite ideas that i’ve rounded up, mostly DIY, some purchaseable, ALL allow you to take the dot trend as far as you feel comfortable.

looking past this man’s overly-suave smile, i LOVE this idea of putting polka-dots all over your walls and floor for a party, and then leaving them up forever. best part? use metallic contact paper and you can take these down with no paint damage! perfect for polka-dot commitment-phobes and those with landlords who just never understand your desire to personalize. martha, you always know how to solve our problems…

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dotted wall art, made using either gold and glittery cardstock or a home-made potato stamp, lets you pick your colors, the size of your dots, the arrangement, there are almost too many options! not to mention it’s a super quick project. anyone have 20 minutes this weekend?

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once you have that art up on the walls and you want to show it off to all of your friends, why not emphasize les pieces de resistance with some dotted drinkware? whether you’re going for big-girl glam or home-grown quirky, here are two options to fit the bill. now if you don’t feel like buying the glasses in #1, i think that recreating them using the methods of #2 on clear plastic glasses with gold paint would look great too. OR, use leftover contact paper from the wall dots above to spice up your own glasses for an evening. mix it up!

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while we have the ball rolling, why not make your invites dotted too? and how about some good old fashioned outdoor games? i’m always down for lawn twister. bonus – customize the colors to match your party!

somehow this turned into a party-planning post, i really was thinking home decor at first, i swear. but what can i say? the dots are just so festive!


aha! a clue!

do you ever wonder where certain words came from? like why butterfly has the word butter in it? or how the english language evolved to be so damn wordy? i certainly do, and sometimes i feel like the questions eat away at my brain, mostly while i have more important things to get done.

this morning i came across this short film by Jessica Oreck, a documentary film maker, and it seems that in her worldly travels she has had many of the same linguistic questions. she created this clip, part of a future series, to discuss the origin of the word clue.

what do you think? i’m excited to see what she has planned for future episodes!