Tag Archives: 2011

Hunkering Down

26 Aug

GTFO

Kudos to mother nature for not only setting up New York City with an earthquake this past week, but we’re also being blessed with a hurricane as well. Two natural disasters in one week, why thank you!

My neighborhood in Brooklyn is right on the east river, and the city has mandated people within certain areas evacuate. Somehow when you look at the evacuation zones, my little neighborhood is considered fine to ride the storm out, yet is surrounded in just a few blocks by multiple evacuation zones. So the hubby, yorkiepoo, kitty and I will be riding it out here at home.

Hurricane Grub

Today after work we stocked up on our non-perishables and other items we’ll need. We’re also well set on wine, magazines, books, and our electronics batteries are charged and ready to go. I’m looking forward to catching up on reading, writing some blog posts, spending time with my husband, and hopefully not dying.

Bring it on Irene, bring it on!

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Dip Dye

16 Aug

I’ve been wanting to refresh my hairstyle lately every time I get my hair cut, which is usually every three months or so. I have a haircut appointment coming up the end of August, and have been racking my brain on how to change things up a bit. I really like my current length and overall cut, so I’m thinking I’ll go with a color change.

I love the ombré I had done for this summer, though I don’t think it’s fall/winter appropriate. This past weekend I came across some images of dip dying on Pintrest and love it! Since high school I’ve always wanted to dye my hair bright red ala Rhianna, but never had the guts to do it.  So instead I’m seriously debating doing some bright red dip dye to my already ombréd ends.  Best part is it’s semi-permanent so even if I hate it, it will only last a few weeks anyway.

What are your thoughts on dip dye? Do you love it or hate it?

Summer Wardrobe Clean Out

15 Aug

Closet Cleanout Aug 2011

Last week I was self-imposed crazy and productive, and it feels amazing!  Not just on the work front, but also at home.

Over the weekend, I totally cleaned out my closet to get ready for fall.  I always do this two times a year, once in February for the spring and summer seasons, and once in August for the fall and winter seasons.  I clean out what I haven’t worn or no longer like, sell what I can or exchange for trade at my favorite second-hand stores, and also find what items either need repair or alterations and get them all together.  Then from there, it’s super easy to shop for what I know I’ll need in the upcoming season, I know everything I have in my closet, plus I save money because I’m only buying what I really need to replace.

Not only did I clean out my closet, but I also immediately took care of the items I cleaned out instead of leaving them in bags all over my apartment for a few weeks until I get around to it.  As a result, I now have over $200 in credits to use at Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading, all for a weekend’s work.  To also aid in me sticking to my wardrobe budget, I had set up a Smarty Pig account back in February that automatically saved money for me over the past few months specifically so I can shop to update my wardrobe.  It then goes on a refillable pre-paid Master Card which I can then take with me shopping.  I know I’ve hit my max when there’s nothing left on the card.

Yay, I’m so excited for next weekend because it’s my big shopping weekend! I usually only do two big shopping trips a year because despite the fact I love clothes and fashion, I absolutely hate going to stores.  So I look forward to these trips to get my wardrobe up to date in minimal time.  Because, you know I’m trying to be productive.

I have a few other goals to accomplish this week now that I’m on a productivity roll…

  1. Set up a regular posting schedule here on Brooklyn Bliss.  I’ve never really had one.
  2. Get re-engaged in my social media.  My poor friends think I’ve vanished from Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Work out 5 times this week.
  4. Shop for fall wardrobe items next weekend.
  5. Take 3 outfit photos this week.  I’ve been slacking lately and as a result getting sloppy in how I dress since I know it’s not going on the internet.

 

Snarf Sitting

Oh, and did I mention my husband and I are bunny sitting?  We have our friends bunny Snarf visiting us this week while she’s on a quick vacation to visit her family.  So our tiny Brooklyn apartment is currently akin to the Bronx zoo, but totally worth it because I luz animals.  Isn’t she adorbes?

Chiquita

21 Jul

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{Scarf: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx; Shirt: H&M (husband’s); Jeans: Mavi; Sandals: Alloy}

For years I’ve tried to successfully pull off a headscarf and always felt more like a pirate than fashionable. Keiko Lynn did a great tutorial on how she ties her head scarves, so I figured I’d try it out and loved the results!

My hubby said I looked like the Chiquita Banana lady but then again, the last time he made fun of one of my outfits I ended up on MTV Style, so he has no credibility in my book.

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Put a Vest On It

15 Jul
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{Dress: H&M; Vest: H&M (thrifted); Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target; Cuff: H&M}

Have a dress you’re kinda “meh” about?  Put a vest on it!  Or a bird, if you’re from Portlandia.

 

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Summer Stage

14 Jul
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{Shirt: H&M (husband’s); Vest: H&M (thrifted); Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target; Cuff: H&M}

Let’s rewind back to day sixteen….

As promised, here’s my super late post on what I wore to Summer Stage.  My friend Glenna and I went to go see Jim Gaffigan (my favorite comedian EVER)  perform in Central Park.

Here’s what I wore.

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Despite it taking me over an hour and half to get home from work (a drive that should only take 20 minutes) and then another 30 minutes to get to the park from my apartment, it was totally worth it.  Once I had a beer in hand and some Asia Dogs, I was in the best mood ever.  The weather as well as the scenery in the park couldn’t have been more perfect.  It was the epitome of what summer nights should be.

As expected, Jim Gaffigan was hilarious and actually did some new material I hadn’t heard yet which totally made my night.  His opener, a guy named John Pinette was pretty funny too though I he obviously has something against vegans.  A good third of his act was devoted to how he’s confused about vegan diets and juicing appliances.  Boo!  Stuff like that makes me wish people would do their research first as to what something is all about  prior to making public statements in front of thousands of people.  Especially in this city which is full of vegans, vegetarians and eco and health minded residents!  Lucky for him I’m a vegan that can laugh along and take stereotypes in stride and not personally.  The rest of his act was still pretty funny and he did sound just like Gilbert Gottfried, so I guess I’ll give him a pass for stupidity.
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Summer Stage Comedy Central in the ParkPhotos top to bottom: Summer Stage entrance; Asia Dog line; my much anticipated beer; Summer Stage vendor area and viewers; our view of the stage from the bleachers (VIP!!); my buddy Glenna; Instragram photo

Off At the Knees

12 Jul

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{Top: Vintage (Buffalo Exchange); Black Walking Shorts: I forget where I got them, they’re old; Camera Bag: THEIT; Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target; Necklace: Love Brigade; Cuff: H&M}

Does this outfit look remotely familiar?  Take this one… chop off the pants at the knees and voila! There you go.  Creative, huh?

For the record, beloved Mavi jeans were not harmed in the making of this post. In case you were worried.  Don’t want anyone losing any sleep.

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July Fourth

11 Jul
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{Army Jacket: Gift from Husband; Dress (worn as tank): H&M; Denim Shorts: H&M; Hat: Flea Market Find; Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target}

This is what I wore for the July Fourth holiday.  We spent the holiday in the neighborhood with our friends at the local beer garden.  The weather was gorgeous, though a little hot. From around 4 pm through after 10 pm, we enjoyed the beautiful weather, beers, food and good company.  It was a perfect way to spend a summer holiday.

Knowing I was going to be outside in the sun all day, I broke this hat out of storage.  I’m not one to usually wear hats but if I know I’m going to be in the sun all day I usually will.  Especially at the beach, which I had gone to the day prior.

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What did you do for the July Fourth holiday?

Polka Shorts

9 Jul
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{Chambray Shirt: Old Navy; Shorts: Market Publique; Camera Bag: THEIT; Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target; Cuff: H&M}

Holiday weekends I always forget to get photos. I’m too damn busy. I’ll have my camera with me but I’ll never take it out of my bag.

This was last Sunday during 4th of July weekend. My husband and I met up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a few cocktails. On our walk home, I remembered I forgot to get my photos, and my husband happily stepped in to take a few for me.

It’s really funny to me how different it is taking photos in front of him instead of a tripod. I make really silly, goofy smiley faces when he takes my photos.  They’re 100% genuine, but goofy nonetheless.  He makes me kinda self concious in a cute girly way.  Which is weird for me because there’s nothing about me that’s normally cute and girly.  Ask any of my friends, they’d tell you I’d probably punch you in the face if you called me that.

Oh, and how awesome are these shorts!  I found them at the Market Publique loft sale here in Williamsburg  back several months ago.  They were actually unfinished.  They were much longer and not hemmed.  I had them altered and now totally love them.  I can’t believe I forgot I had them in my 30 challenge items until day 19.  You’ll probably be seeing these shorts a lot in the final 10 days of the challenge so I can make up for my forgetfulness.

 

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A Tree No Longer Grows in Brooklyn

8 Jul
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{Leopard Tee: Forever 21; Army Jacket: Gift from Husband; Flare Jeans: Victoria’s Secret; Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target; Cuff: H&M; Sunglasses: Husband’s}

I noticed while putting this post together that all of a sudden, the tree is gone. This spot is my go to spot for quick photos, and there was always a tree in the background. Now there’s just a stub.

I asked my husband about it and he said some city sanitation workers had come by earlier in the week and they took it down, citing something about it being dead and “about to fall and kill someone”. Guess it was a zombie tree. Jokes aside, I was tremendously sad by this because just the week prior, I had spotted a nest full of baby birds inside a hole in the tree. All I can think about now is if those baby birds are okay and if the sanitation workers even noticed they were in there. My husband being the sweetheart he is tried to assure me the mother bird probably took her babies to safety, but I don’t know.

Sad.

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