Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday's Treasures

Jimmy Choo Kemp

Part of the Jimmy Choo Fall/Winter collection, these patent leather and multi-color thread bootie is certainly an eye-catcher. I could easily see these booties used in a multitude of ways because of all the colors in the fabric. They could be an eye-popping statement with a simple little black dress, or an edgy addition to a casual ensemble of cropped pants and a flowy top.



Jimmy Choo Vamp

Also part of the JC fall/winter collection the vamp is a classic high heeled sandal with a bit of twist since it's suede instead of leather. I love the texture the suede gives the shoe and the medium tan color is versatile enough to fit into any wardrobe.


Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear

Normally Proenza Schouler is a line that doesn't jump out to me. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez like to mix bold colors and contrasting prints, which done correctly can create a killer ensemble but it's usually out of my comfort zone. The same thing goes for this year's fall ready-to-wear collection where the spirit of the southwest as found it's way into many designer's collections. Bold prints with colors of the southwest, burnt reds and oranges, yellow, purples and turquoise are among the colors you'll be seeing along with textures like suede, leather and fringe. You can certainly see the influence in this collection and while most of the pieces are still not something I'd wear, there were a few pieces that did jump out at me. To view the entire collection visit Style.com




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Exciting news!

So I've been contemplating doing something that takes me way out of my comfort zone but yesterday I finally bit the bullet and did it....

I made my own YouTube channel!

Styles and Smarts on YouTube


Now I know some of you might be thinking, but Rachel you already are on YouTube in the CnR Wannabes vlogs how is this out of your comfort zone? Well yes that's true that I have been putting myself out there with our vlog videos, but with that Chauncey and I (and anyone else who appears) are a team so we have each other to play off of and be comfortable filming with. Doing my own channel, it's just me and the rest of the world and let me tell you as someone who was bullied in Jr. High and High School this is a BIG deal. I know that anytime you put yourself out there you run the risk of criticism and ridicule, but I really feel like I want to do this and if someone wants to troll on my page, well that's why YouTube created a delete button right?

So let me know what you think of my foray into YouTube solo, will you watch?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cool geeky stuff

While I do love my clothes and shoes, I have to admit that I am a bit of a techno-geek as well. I love gadgets and electronics (although I love to play with them, the hubby loves to build them). Here are a few fun things I've found while surfing the internet (sadly none of them are my invention/idea but I still think they're cool)

Lego Printer
I don't know much about the person who built this other than what they've written in the description box below their video on Youtube, but I have to say while it's not efficient it's super cool!







PC Prankster
So according to the website, Tumbsupuk.com, you can "Take over a computer with this joke USB device. Simply plug the USB Prankster into your victim's computer and it'll take over and make random mouse movements, turns caps long on and off, type out random garbage text and phrases and generally be super annoying." It also includes a time delay option so you can plant it onto your victim's computer and leave without them finding you in the act. According to the makers it doesn't do anything damaging to the person's computer, it's functions are more annoying than insidious. I'm not one for pranking people, but I know a few people who would get a kick out of it.



TerraTrike


It's a bike, it's a tricycle, it's the TerraTrike. Available through the Sharper Image, the TerraTrike has disc brakes, 3-speed gears and an optional stabilizer for indoor stationary use. It looks funny but if it's half as comfortable as it looks I would totally be outside riding.


Mini Robo Vaccum


Available from Fred Flare, you can think of this tiny vacuum as a Roomba for your kitchen table. I'm not entirely sure how much I'd actually use it for it's intended purpose (mostly because we hardly ever eat at our kitchen table) but it's super cute and I could see it offering hours of entertainment if we had a cat.

IntelliTracks Jukebox



If you've been to say a Buffalo Wild Wings or similar restaurant you've probably seen these digital jukeboxes available for you to pop in a buck or two and play a favorite song while eating your wings. Well IntelliTunes also makes these available for home use. Units feature dual LCD screens, touch screen technology, iPod/MP3 player support and wireless internet support. It has a DVD drive so you can pop in your favorite CD and transfer songs to the internal drive so you can have your entire music collection literally at your finger tips. The hubby both have dreams for a tricked out man cave and I totally would want one of these in it.


FTC Disclaimer: I am in no way being paid by any of these companies to showcase their products. I am simply someone who found some things I thought were cool and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. I honestly have no idea if any of these products work and/or are worth purchasing so if you do decide to purchase any of these items do so with caution and I am no way responsible for your results.



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday's Treasures

Jessica Simpson Naomi Satchel

I can't say I'm a fan of Jessica Simpson, I don't dislike her either, she's pretty firmly on my "meh take 'em or leave 'em" celebrity list. However she does have some very cute stuff in her fashion line, and considering her line is one of the most successful out there she must be doing something right. I'm loving the shape of this bag and the papaya color with the crocodile pattern is perfect for summer and even into early fall.


 Jessica Simpson Tribeca Duffel


I've seen this bag in stores and while the duffel shape is not one I normally gravitate to, I was immediately drawn to this bag. Usually with duffels I find the opening is to small to even see what's in the bag let alone go digging for something. But this one has a decent opening and I am in LOVE with the snakeskin print.


Steve Madden Mockk Shoes

I <3 Steve Madden shoes. Close to 10% of my shoe wardrobe is Steve Madden, they're always comfortable, well made and fit me well. And while I love my heals, I don't mind wearing flats when they're cute and have some personality to them and these mocassins fit the bill. The variety of colors make these shoes easy to work into multiple outfits and will transition well into the fall. 

ASOS Monogram 70's Shopper

As I've stated before, I'm a fan of larger purses, the more stuff I can fit into one bag the better. This shopper/tote from ASOS certainly would qualify in my world. I could easily see myself carrying this for a day out with all my stuff tucked neatly inside.

ASOS Cotton Hooded Cape Trench

It's a trench coat, but it's also a cape, how cute is that? A classic trench is a staple of any persons wardrobe, personally I have to, one in classic khaki/tan and one in yellow for a pop of color. But in cape form it takes a classic and gives it a funky twist that I'm a loving.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday's Treasures

Glee Key To My Heart Chastity Charm Necklace


Made by jewelry designer Ryan Ryan, the Key To My Heart Necklace appeared in the Season 2 of Glee in "Sexy".


Picture courtesy of The Possessionista

Now while I'm not a member of the celibacy club (he I am married after all) I think the design is super cute and could be considered a "Key To My Heart" for any girl (or guy if you are so inclined) in love. And for the Gleek in your life, Ryan Ryan has created other pieces either inspired by the show or have appeared in the show itself including Rachel's prom necklace, the necklace Finn gave Rachel for Valentine's Day and Rachel's initial pendant.


Louis Vuitton Neverfull

If you ask my BFF she'll tell you that I am a big bag kinda girl. Between my wallet, day planner, makeup and other miscellaneous items the larger the bag the better. But I also want to make sure that I'm carrying around something cute and is easy to get into when I need something. Which is why I'm a currently drooling over the Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote.


The Neverfull comes in three sizes, the PM (Size (LxHxD): 11.4" x 8.6" x 5.1"), the MM (Size (LxHxD): 12.6" x 11.4" x 6.7") and the GM (Size (LxHxD): 15.7" x 13" x 7.9"). And while I can carry quite a bit, I think the GM might even be a bit big for me but I don't care for the shortness of the PM (it throws the proportions off for me) so the MM would probably be my size of choice. And while Louis Vuiotton can be pricey, they are certainly very well made and worth the investment if you can get your hands on one.


"Weird" Al Yankovic: Alpocalypse



Hey did I throw you for a loop there? It's okay, you aren't seeing things, that really is a Weird Al album you are seeing there. I am a HUGE fan of Weird Al, he's right up there in my fandom world with the Beatles. And I've been lucky enough to see him twice in concert. He's always hilarious and when you really think about it extremely talented to. I mean, anyone can parody a song and write some funny lyrics, but he's able to emulate so many artists from different genres and it all sounds good! Anyways the point is Al has a new album coming out this month, the 21st to be exact! And you can be sure that this will be on my iPod and playing on repeat on the 21st.



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You can quote me on that.....

Whenever I'm having a bad day and need a little pick-me-up I like to turn to some quotes that inspire or reflect how I'm feeling at the moment. Here are some of my favorites......


"Fashions fade, style is eternal." -Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." -Coco Chanel

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." -Walt Disney

"Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind." -Gail Rubin Bereny

"The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in." -Paris Hilton

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Maryanne Williamson, used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." -Albert Einstein

"If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney


Monday, June 13, 2011

Band on the run.....

So besides being a huge Disney fan, I am also a big fan of the Beatles. I always like to say that I probably was a child of the 60's in a past life with my love of 60's rock and fashion.


That being said I've had the privilege of seeing both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in concert. I saw Ringo just last summer with my husband and my in-laws and I saw Paul back in 2005 with my mom. Both concerts were some of the best I've ever been to and since then I've been hoping for the opportunity to take my husband to see Paul. So when Paul announced a tour last year I watched and hoped that Paul would come either to Indiana or someplace close, but 2010 closed with no suck luck. With 2011 half-way done rumors started to swirl of more tour dates in the US this summer. And today an official announcement came from the McCartney camp. The good news, Paul is going to be coming to Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati, all within a reasonable driving distance of where we live! The bad news, I will be on vacation that same week.......


Now before anyone says anything, canceling my vacation is NOT an option. We've been planning this vacation for months and it involves my husband's wonderful family whom I love to bits and I wouldn't pass up a chance to go on vacation with them for all the money (or Paul concerts) in the world. However I just have to vent my frustrations with Paul and his people. With every concert I have ever been to, dates and locations have always been announced MONTHS in advance, plenty of time to buy tickets and make any necessary travel arrangements. But with last year's tour dates and this year's as well, Paul's camp seems to think that they can announce dates with  WEEKS notice, like in our case about 6.5 weeks notice. And while I know some die-hards will drop everything at a second's notice to go see Paul, I think for the average person this isn't the case.

Now there might be hope still on the horizon for me, there is a rumor of Paul performing in Minneapolis in early September (it's a bit of a drive but it's do-able), plus there haven't been any shows announced for the rest of August so there's still a chance he may still have more shows we could potentially attend. But until then I'm stuck waiting and wondering....will I see Paul again?


Friday, June 10, 2011

"Thursday's" Treasures

Sorry about being a day late, I wasn't home at all yesterday and when I got up this morning our internet was out....Guess it's better to be late and than not at all right?

Swarovski Pirates of the Caribbean Collection


While I'm not much of a jewelry girl (most of my jewelry comes from Claires/Icing or Forever 21) my jaw hit the floor when I saw Swarovski had a line of jewelry to tie in with the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides. I stopped by a Swarovski store today while out and saw the pieces in person and they are even more beautiful in real life. However they are all limited edition so once they sell out they're gone for good so act fast (*ahem* honey *ahem*) All photos from Swarovski.com








Hayden Harnett Pirates of the Caribbean Handbags and Accessories

Are you sensing a theme to today's post? Trust me it's not coincidental as I've had Disney on the brain the last week (to find out why check out this post).  Well I discovered Hayden Harnett through a fellow blogger and Disney fan, Amanda Ficill aka the Disney Go To Girl. While the inspiration from POTC might not be as obvious as the Swarovski pieces, you can certainly get a piratey vibe from the bags, cuffs and scarves. All photos from HaydenHarnett.com

Beautiful Dead Scarf (comes in red, navy, white and khaki)





Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vintage Maxi

Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures, all I had was my phone.
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Vintage from Indy Swank
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Jewelry: Forever 21

"What's for dinner?"




So today is our 180 days-to-go milestone for our next trip to WDW. For those who don't know at 180 days out you can make advancing dining reservations (aka ADRs), and if you are staying on Disney property you can make ADRs for 180 days from your check-in date plus an additional 10 days out. That means if you aren't staying on property if you want to make an ADR you can't go online or call unless it's 180 days out from the DATE you are wanting to book not just from the beginning of your trip. So in our case we're staying for 10 days-9 nights so today I was able to make ADRs for ENTIRE stay since we are staying on property (but with a slight catch but we'll get to that).

Now I know some might ask, "But how the heck do you know what you are going to want to eat 6 months from now?" And that's a valid question, however as a Disney veteran we have certain places we eat every trip out of tradition, and for the other days we know our own tastes in food well enough to know which restaurants we'd like to try and which ones to not even both with making an ADR for. So then comes the fun part, picking your restaurants.



The way we like to tackle dining is we first plan which park(s) we're going to be at one each day of our trip. We tend to pick our parks based on the availability of Extra Magic Hours (EMH) (another perk of being an on-property guest which we like to take advantage of) and in the case of December what days the Magic Kingdom is hosting "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party." Traditionally we always spend our last day at the Magic Kingdom and it's almost always a MVMCP evening so we know we probably want to make an ADR in our around the Magic Kingdom, this may include inside the park itself or at one of the resorts along the monorail (The Contemporary, The Grand Floridian or the Polynesian).  Pretty simple right?

What else, oh right the Disney Dining Plan!


Yet another perk of staying on-property is the choice to purchase the Disney Dining Plan. The DDP allows guests to pre-purchase their meals so to speak. In our case we purchase the PLUS DDP which gives each of us a credit to use at 1 quick service location, 1 table service location and 1 snack per person/per day. I won't into too much more detail about the DDP because there is a LOT of information, but if you want to learn more visit AllEars.net or DisneyWorld.com for more information.

Now remember that slight catch I mentioned earlier, well here's where it comes into play. I made our park schedule weeks ago and was ready to make our ADRs this morning. I logged onto DisneyWorld.com and added our confirmation number from our package reservation so the system knew we are on-property guests so we could make our week's worth of ADRs. I go the day #1 and make the first ADR no problem, I go to work on day #2 and BAM, I'm getting a "Code 500 Server Error". 


So I try again, and again, and again. The website worked every time, letting pick my park and then seeing the list of available restaurants and what times they were available. It would even let me pick a time and enter my confirmation information (name, email address so they can sent a confirmation email) but the minute I hit enter to get my confirmation I get the same error message.

Luckily when I switched browsers (I was using Google Chrome and switched to Safari) it seemed to work again until I got to the last two days where it decided to give me the same error message. *Sigh* Luckily I have a fantastic travel agent who has offered to help so between the two of us we should get the rest of them booked. But until then here is our ADR list:



Day 1: 50's Prime Time Cafe @ Disney's Hollywood Studios


Day 2: No ADRs as we are taking the day to go to Universal Studios so we can go see the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter


Day 3: Liberty Tree Tavern @ The Magic Kingdom (new one for us)


Day 4: Hollywood & Vine (breakfast) @ Disney Hollywood Studios (new to us for breakfast, tried it for lunch last trip)


Day 5: (Not booked yet) Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue @ Fort Wilderness (new one for us) OR Tony's Town Square @ The Magic Kingdom


Day 6: Biergarten @ EPCOT


Day 7: Tusker House (breakfast) @ Disney's Animal Kingdom  (new one for us)



Day 8: IF Hoop-De-Doo doesn't pan out, The Hollywood Brown Derby @ Disney's Hollywood Studios OR if we do get HDD then Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre @ Disney's Hollywood Studios *


Day 9: Crystal Palace (breakfast) @ The Magic Kingdom ~A must do every trip

*So why the IF-Then scenario you might ask? Because we are taking the day to go to Universal we won't be using any TS credits that day which means we're going to have to eat a TS location that requires 2 TS credits instead of 1. Both HDD and The Brown Derby are 2 TS locations and while HDD is our first choice we need a back-up just in case we don't get to go to HDD. Clear as mud right?

So overall we're quite happy with the way our ADRs worked out, we've got a nice mix of new places and familiar places, and I'm sure we'll come back full and happy.




Friday, June 3, 2011

Glee Live!

Those of you who know me know that I am Gleek and proud of it, and for those of you who have been living under a rock, a Gleek is a fan of the TV show Glee. I started watching part-way through the first season and have been hooked ever since. I have a TON of the songs on my iPod plus shirts, bags, even the Glee themed polishes that OPI came out with earlier this year. So when I heard that the cast of Glee would be touring again this summer and they were coming to Indianapolis I was determined to go.

My concert polish job, all Glee by OPI: on my toes, "Mashup" and "Gleek Out". On my fingers, "Who Let The Dorks Out?" and "Hell To The No" 

Waiting in line for merchandise before the show

So the premise of the concert is that the glee club of McKinley High School from the show is on tour, so all of the cast are in character the entire time. And this year they brought along The Warblers from Dalton Academy where Kurt Hummel attended to part of season 2. The set list included numbers from both season 1 and season 2 with a good mix of group numbers and songs that featured each cast member either on their own or in pairs. (At this point I would like to apologize for the quality of my pictures, my camera's batteries decided to die at the beginning of the show so I had to make due with my phone and another camera that doesn't have any sort of setting options to take pictures in different environments)



Setlist

Don't Stop Believing




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Dog Days Are Over


Sing

(I'm A) Slave 4 U




Fat Bottomed Girls



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I Want To Hold Your Hand


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Ain't No Way


PYT (Pretty Young Thing)






Born This Way





Firework






Sue Sylvester introduces the Dalton Academy Warblers



Teenage Dream






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Silly Love Songs




Raise Your Glass





Happy Days/Get Happy










Lucky





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River Deep, Mountain High






Brittany decides she wants to ask Blaine out (apparently Brittany doesn't have very good gay-dar because last year she proclaimed her love for Kurt) so she brings him on stage, Blaine is of course caught off guard. But Kurt soon interrupts, "Brittany are you hitting on my man?" Kurt then proposes to Blaine asking him to join the Glee club. Blaine then exclaims that he'd love to so that he can finally sing an 80's rock song but Kurt suggests they leave that to Finn.















Jessie's Girl









Valerie





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Loser Like Me








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Single Ladies Dance Number



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Friday






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Safety Dance















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Empire State Of Mind



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Somebody To Love























Overall the show was amazing! It was certainly one of the best concerts I've ever been to, I only wish I had another chance to catch it during this tour but there's always next year right?