I had so much fun photographing Mel and I’m so happy to have her share another one of her amazing vintage pieces!
Well, this dress is something else, isn’t it?! I found this in Dallas about 11 years ago at a store called Lula B’s. It was one of those that you see and pray when you get it in the dressing room that it will fit.
The great thing about this dress is you can wear it as a formal or wear it at a pool party. It’s simple but elegant. It’s a lightweight crepe so it flows when you walk and it’s perfect for the Summer or the Fall in AZ.
Oddly enough, I am petrified of snakes and live in an area of AZ where it’s not unusual to see them. That being said, they are beautiful and I have a healthy respect for them and pay homage to them whenever I can. I have a lot of snake print garments as well as several vintage snake skin handbags. One of my dearest friends purchases snake jewelry for me whenever he finds it. The bracelet pictured was a gift from him on my 40th birthday–I love it.
I am also a big fan of all-things-chain. These earring were made by a friend in Nashville. I have several pairs of chain earrings, some of which I have made myself and they look beautiful but often times are HEAVY and painful by the end of the day. Not the case with these. If I am in tears by the end of the day when I wear these, it wasn’t because my earrings were too heavy…..
Photos: Sara Chambers
Does anyone feel like this year has just flown by? Hard to believe that we’re already here and someone said “Christmas” today and I felt a little shock hit my stomach. Yikes.
I’ve been playing around in graphic design for some time now and I though it would be nice to create something to give away. I have seen many others do a monthly calendar and so I thought it would be a great little give away to try myself. So… here you are! My very first free downloadable desktop calendar.
I hope you like it!
I’m terrible at sending letters and birthday cards to friends and family who live far from us. I usually do okay at Christmas as we send out an annual card, but other than that I fail. I always love getting a special note in the mail as it means someone took the time and thought. I really want to get better at sending messages in the mail so I thought if I made it more of an intentional craft, that would help me.
Sean’s Grandma is so sweet about sending us cards. She never misses a birthday, holiday, anniversary or anything. This lady is on it. I always think… “I have got to mail her back” and I never do. I figured she would be the first person I would start sending mail.
I had some bright butterfly wrapping paper that I thought would be the perfect envelope, but it was way too flimsy and would probably rip in the mail, so I used some Mod Podge too firm it up. It also gave it this nice gloss and will make it really noticeable and special among all the other not-so-great mail.
This was a great and fast little project to complete in the afternoon and certainly didn’t derail any of my other projects seen here on my messy table.
I love Fall, not only is it the season when the intense AZ heat finally begins to let up and we can all stop sweating all the time, but there is something about the season that marks new. I’m not sure if it goes hand in hand with the new school year and memories of leaving summer behind and heading into uncharted territory. The other great thing about this season is that it marks the beginning of a new theatre season. We’ve all been working so hard to get this season up and going at Phoenix Theatre and finally we were able to celebrate opening night of Spamalot.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls and hilarious dance numbers, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Written by Monty Python alum Eric Idle and a musical score by John Du Prez; Spamalot “raises sillines to an art form!”
This show is just hilarious. By opening night, I’ve already seen the show twice, but this is one I could see over and over again with no problem. If you’re a fan of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, you’ll love every second of this production. I certainly can’t speak for other companies putting the show on, but our cast is outstanding and really brings all the jokes to their highest potential. Everyone seemed to have such a great time and I know this one will sell out fast once the word of mouth starts to circulate.
After the show we all headed to the opening night party. The staff, actors, and designers all get a chance to hang out for a while and we always have the best time.
We all get a chance to be weirdos per the usual. Here, we’re being ghosts.
I just feel so lucky and blessed to be surrounded with such great people every day.
Please welcome Mel as she shares some of her incredible vintage collection with us! Mel… take it away!
I purchased this adorable little number one evening at First Friday Phoenix Art Walk. A local theatre was selling some of their costumes and this dress was on the rack – lucky me!
This A-Line cut isn’t always flattering on my frame, but this one is just the right length and with sky high heels it works. I loved the colors of this dress and the weight of the fabric and thought it would be a good seasonal/transition dress. It’s 100% polyester so it’s wash and wear (which I love) and wrinkle free (which I also love).
I normally wear the neutral heels (pictured) with this dress because I am “vertically challenged” and need some height when I wear shorter skirts. Nine times out of ten, a neutral heel gives the illusion of longer legs.
The orange beaded earrings came in a baggie with some other stuff from the flea market. They had been in a throw away pile for about 2 years until I found this dress and realized they were the perfect color. Just goes to show that sometimes hoarding (and laziness) can pay off.
A word of advise-if you like it, try it on! Some things look better on a body than on the hanger. Of course, that isn’t always the case, but I say “better to try it on and know” than to walk away from something wondering “would that have worked? I should have tried it on”.
Photos: Sara Chambers