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Angora Sweater

I’ve had this Angora sweater just sitting in my closet that I had picked up at a thrift store a few years ago.  Every time I clean my closet, you know  “out with the old – in with the new”, I can never seem to part with it.  I’ve only worn it once (just after purchasing it), but I didn’t feel like the style of the sweater fit me quite right.  It’s SOOOO soft, I thought maybe I’d chop it up and make a hat and scarf out of it . . . but I couldn’t bear to.

Then I saw this photo of a Free People Angora Sweater for sale and knew what I needed to do!

I needed to find another sweater and merge the two.  The night before New Year’s Eve I went Thrift Town and found an ugly $2 turtleneck sweater with just the right coloring! I cut off 3 inches of each sleeve and the bottom 3 inches of the torso.  I then cut the peplum off (which I still think is adorable and somewhat sad to see it go!) my Angora Sweater and sewed the turtleneck sleeves and torso pieces directly on.  In less than 2 hours total, I had a whole new sweater!  I wish I had taken photos of the process (very sorry) but I was in such a hurry to get my idea finished!

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find -  Angora Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find – Angora Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

My Finished Sweater – What do you think?

My version, all finished!

My upcycled Angora sweater, all finished!

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I then wore it on New Year’s Eve!  We were having a little too much fun taking photos of our window reflection – the city lights made great bokeh!

MIYO New Year's Eve

MIYO New Year’s Eve

Salt City Winter Style

It’s FINALLY cold here in SLC.  I’ve not complained about the balmy temperatures, but there was something disconcerting about 50-degree December Days in our four-season city.

With the prolonged fall, I haven’t put much time or thought into my winter wardrobe. In years past, I’ve braved the cold and gone without a quality winter coat, boots, gloves, hats..  we Salt Lake City girls are a tough bunch. But now that the snow is here, I decided to be comfortable this winter — with it’s late start, I’m guessing it’s gonna be a long one.

Salt City Winter

First, I invested in a pair of snow boots. I wanted a pair that was both functional and stylish — an elusive combination. Luckily,  I found a black quilted nylon and brown suede pair from Timberland (just $50 at Marshalls!) These puppies are WARM and the brown-black color combo makes them very versatile — I’ve already worn them to the pilates studio, on a snowy winter walk and to a casual Friday at work. This Lululemon scarf, which can be worn as a cowl, hood, or wrap-around, is also my new best friend.

Also picked up this parka from Warehouse after seeing it in this post from Le Catch (my go-to blog for some outfit inspiration).  I’ve been looking for an army green parka with leather sleeves for a while — the layers and hood make this one perfect.

And what’s winter without a few cozy sweaters? I noticed my closet was severely lacking in all things warm, so I invested in these two ski sweaters — this mohair one from Mango and an Aztec-inspired one like the one pictured above from local boutique Koo De Ker.  I plan to wear both with some black ankle boots and some faux leather skinnies (I picked up these from H&M a while back)

So, I splurged a bit on winter clothes this year — a girl has gotta stay warm, right? How do you stay warm and stylish in cold weather? [J]

Delicious Multi-Grain Pancakes

Baby, it’s cold outside and the leaves are falling.  It’s beautiful but my herb garden won’t be around for long, so thank goodness for fresh herbs at our local markets these days.  I still think there is more flavor and fragrance when it comes straight from the garden into the kitchen.

Here’s one of my breakfast favorites using mint from my herb garden.  Multi-Grain Pancakes with Mint and Raisins.

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    Multi-Grain Pancakes    
1 C. Multi-Grain Flour
1 1/2 C. Krusteaz Pancake Mixture
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix these dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add in 1 C. of milk and 1 C. of Water
Whisk mixture together (add milk or water if desired to thin the consistency, I like it the
consistency of cake batter)
Chop 3-4 mint leaves and 1/2 C. of raisins, add to the batter and mix slowly.
Let batter sit for 5 min.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium high, if using a good quality pan – there isn’t a need to put butter down or use a non-stick spray (once the pan is hot, put down a small amount of batter to determine this).

Use 1/8 C. to scoop batter into pan.  Cook on first side until bubbles pop in batter, then flip and cook for one to two minutes on the second side, checking occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn.

I love to serve these with fresh apricot or raspberry jam, but that’s up to you.  Make It Your Own!

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Get Your Costume On!

The spooks will be out soon.  One of our neighbors is already lighting up the night with orange and purple lights.  I find myself browsing the web trying to find the perfect costume for Halloween.  I thought I would share some really awesome wigs that I came across in my search for the ultimate costume… hopefully I’ll decide on a costume soon, but these were fun finds!  If anyone has insight to a great costume, let me know!

Woodland Angel Headdress headpiece

Textured Yarn Wig in Sunburst

Demonatrix headdress headpiece

Marie Antoinette butterfly bird cage sail boat headdress headpiece

Crazy Prehistoric Caveman Wig

Daylilies

My dear friend Cary Peterson LOVES Daylilies.  Once I knew about Daylilies, so did I.  I’ve always loved the Lily, but the variety and beauty that comes from a Daylily is unparralled.  In the fall, Cary gave me my first Daylily as a gift.  I planted it, excited to see what blooms I would get the spring.  That had to be the best part, I had no idea which one he gave me.  Well, it’s first blooms showed this week and it’s heart stopping gorgeous.   I’m still waiting to hear which one it is – but I’m guessing on “Too Many Husbands” .  I can’t wait to get more types to add some color and beauty into my flower gardens!  Cary operates http://www.mydaylilies.com and there is an extensive and fantastic gallery of flowers that you can view or even buy online.  Take a look, they are beautiful.  Thank you Cary!

I took this little blurb from www.daylilies.org to explain a little about the flowers:
“The genus Hemerocallis is native to Asia. Since the early 1930s, hybridizers in the United States and England have made great improvements in daylilies. Originally, the only colors were yellow, orange, and fulvous red. Today, we have colors ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar with only the common yellow or orange daylilies which are often seen along roadsides. These daylilies are cultivated forms of the wild types of daylilies which have “escaped” and are growing as if they are wild. All the modern daylilies have been developed through a complicated history of hybridization among these and other wild types.”

Here are a few photos I took of my Daylilies first blooms, I can’t wait to print one up and put it on the wall . . .    {A}

Star Wars or Goyte?

Parodies.  Some are bad, some are good, and some just hit the nail on the head.  Teddie Films, a pair of incredible film makers from Utah, knocked it out of the park in my opinion.  You most likely saw their Dorito’s Superbowl Contest Video or another one of their awesome parodies.  And with as many views as these video’s boasts – you may have already seen this specific viral video, but what’s the harm in watching it again?  I say none.
Scroll down for more information on our local film production duo Teddie Films.
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The original song /music video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/teddiefilms

http://www.facebook.com/teddiefilms

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Card by RowHouse14 (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by Ableandgame (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by belleandboo (etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card (and Father’s Day) by Unify (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by lacegrl130 (Etsy Shop)

Gold and Black

The Inspiration:

Maxi Dress with Jacket


Beyond Vintage long knit dress
$249 – piperlime.gap.com

Irregular Choice knit jacket
$40 – modcloth.com

Luichiny black sandals
$45 – heels.com

Long earrings
$29 – etsy.com

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Our Version: $40
Jersey Maxi Dress:
Mustard Seed (purchased at Chic Belle for $25)
Black Jacket: Thrifted, a few years ago
Strappy Jeweled Shoes: New York Transit (purchased at Ross for $15)
Earrings and bracelets: have had them forever…

After the Rain

It had been raining since yesterday morning, and today the clouds parted just as I arrived home.  The sun peeped out long enough for me to sneak in a few photos of the raindrops around the yard.  And then we ran inside before it started again.  I’m wishing for sun and warmth to get here, but I can’t help loving the little things that rain brings like galoshes, bright colored umbrellas, soft ground to start a garden, and indoor DIY projects.  I have a few DIYs to post soon, thanks to the rain! {A}