tea party birthday



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My 34th(!!) birthday was in early September, and I knew immediately what I wanted – an elegant tea party with my friends!

The Boston Public Library has a courtyard restaurant with a pretty nice afternoon tea.  I decided to have my party there, because our original plan (hosting ourselves in our apartment) wasn’t ideal.



I was excited to take photos beforehand because I felt so classy!  There’s also something about a fascinator that makes people think you are important – quite a few people stopped me to ask me where I was going, and a few others even took pictures while Dave was snapping away!

I don’t like when people pay attention to me while I’m posing, but I guess I was just feeling really confident because I was barely affected by it!

I thought it would be funny to wear gaudy jewelry, so I bought some plastic pearl necklaces and big bling rings.  I put them in little organza bags to give to my friends at the tea party so we could all be super “fancy!”


I hope you can see the print of my dress above.  I got it at Disney in Florida over the summer – it’s a Mad Tea Party dress! 🙂

The first few photos in my post were taken outside of the library, and these were taken in the courtyard:DSC_0951-small

DSC_0966-smallKeep scrolling past outfit details for some pictures of my lovely and sweet friends at the party!

Mad Tea Party Dress:  Disney Cherry Tree Lane Shop
FascinatorFeiYu Crafts via Amazon 
Sunglasses:  Hot Topic White and Wood Round Sunglasses
Plastic Pearl Necklace: Gift Express via Amazon
Purse:  Betsey Johnson Oven Crossbody via Macy’s
Shoes:  B.A.I.T. Demi Wedge Sandal via Tatyana
Belt:  made by me 🙂

Here are some photos of me and the gals at tea…so classy!

Meghan, Sarah, Linley, Sara, me, Theresa, Ashlea


call me star-lord


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What?!  Pants!  Rare, I know – but it has been known to happen before.

My students at work are so used to me wearing dresses and skirts to school, that anytime I wear pants (maybe once a month?) they ask me if I am feeling okay.  LOL!  Once, I wore pants AND had my hair in a ponytail…they thought I was dying! 🙂


My outfit is inspired by Peter’s look in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.  The photo above is probably the only one that shows the logo since I was wearing my jacket all day.  If you didn’t see the movie (or forgot what he wore), here it is for you:



Aaaaaaand here’s my best over-confident Star-Lord impression:


My younger brother gave me this shirt for my birthday, which I thought was really sweet!  He’s not the type of person who asks what you want and then gets it – instead he finds something that makes him think of you.  It’s always a surprise.  I have gotten action figures, shirts, weird toys, hugs (for when he is short on cash, haha!), and CDs with songs he has recorded for me (he is a singer/musician).


Dave and I were meeting a friend for brunch the day I wore this, and we were starting to run late because I couldn’t figure out what purse to wear that would match the theme.  Then, he reminded me that I just got this cassette tape clutch from Charming Charlie 2 weeks prior.


How could I not think of this?!?  It was the PERFECT accessory!

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I’m hoping to share some pics from Halloween soon, but if you read my blog you know how bad I am at getting posts up.  I’m still SO behind on sharing some of my outfits from summer!

Oh well 🙂  Thanks for stopping by!




Shirt: Hot Topic Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Peter Quill Cosplay Shirt
Purse:  Charming Charlie Cassette Tape Wristlet
Pants:  Celebrity Pink via Macy’s
Jacket:  American Rag via Macy’s
Boots:  Indigo by Clarks Cedar Street
Sunglasses:  Fossil Applegate Aviator – Gold

retro video game night



Back in the spring, Dave and I threw a retro video game party.  It’s something that we have been wanting to do for years, and it finally happened!

We have quite the collection of old games and consoles, so we set up different stations around the apartment (photos of our set-up are at the end of the post).


This wasn’t a costume party, but last minute I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite games from my childhood, Sonic the Hedgehog.

I dug through my closet and was thrilled that I already had the costume elements (except for white socks! I had to go to Kohl’s to buy a pair the day of the party, lol).

The hat was a pre-order bonus for Sonic Colors, and it has been in our closet for years!  I accessorized with gold hoop earrings, bangle bracelets, and a styrofoam ring that we painted.  I also did some Sonic-inspired eyeliner:



My favorite Puma sneakers were perfect – the swipe is reminiscent of the white stripe on Sonic’s kicks.



I topped it all off with a Sonic pin I bought from Etsy a few years ago.

Keep scrolling past outfit details for photos from the party!



Dress: Forever 21
Sonic Hat: Gamestop pre-order bonus for Sonic Colors game
: Puma Millennius SF Jr
Leggings: Forever 21
Bracelets: source unknown (gift from a friend)
BeltModern Millie Shop (brand unknown)
Earrings: Burlington Coat Factory (brand unknown)
Pin: ChinookCrafts Sonic Pin via Etsy

For decor, we started with some Mario Bros. decals…



…as well as these sweet stretched-canvas NES covers.  These are actually still hanging up, months later.  I love them!  (both from ThinkGeek).  We also had a Super Mario Bros. one hanging up, but I forgot to take a picture of it.


We hit up GameStop for these fun pixel coasters:


We have also been collecting Pixel Pals since they originally came out, from Best Buy and GameStop.  We had to get a lot of batteries to light them all up, but the effect was worth it!




Our little bar counter was a great place for a few Game Boy Colors and GBA SPs.


Our apartment isn’t very big, so we had to put both the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo on our dining table.  I was worried there wouldn’t be enough space, but we had 4 chairs in this area to comfortably accommodate two 2-player games. It actually worked out quite well!


(why yes, they ARE playing the Aladdin game!)

Our living room was home to Nintendo 64, which pretty much ended up running Super Smash Bros. all night.




We considered having some kind of tournament at the party, so we needed prizes.  We picked up some blind box arcade figures from Target (I can’t find a link, but here is the same thing at Barnes and Noble).  We ended up not doing any tournament gaming, so we just gave them out as people left.


It was a great party, and we hope to do it again soon!

the barking crab



Ahhh, another summer memory.

Our friends Sara (In a Nutshell blog) and Cody love a restaurant by the seaport area in Boston called The Barking Crab.  Dave is obsessed with seafood, so of course he was down.  I, on the other hand, don’t like crabs or lobsters (the restaurant’s specialty), but it seemed like a great opportunity to wear my new(ish) Lindy Bop dress!




The boys were extremely excited to split a platter with lobster and crab, along with an extra Dungeness crab on the side.


I was excited to pose with the lobster:


Now, this wasn’t the first time I wore this amazing dress.  The week prior I went to a family reunion in Maine, and the theme was….Lobster!

Here’s a pic from that event.  It seems as though my “thing” is to pose with lobsters in a lobster dress, but not actually eat them:



Aren’t Sara and I the cutest? I love how coordinated her whole outfit is.  Even though we don’t match, we both accessorized with red.  Love it!

The boys have a bit of a bromance thing going on themselves, so I made sure to document the love:



So let’s talk about the dress for a sec.  I was quite upset when I got it, because even though I purchased the smallest size available, it was HUGE!  Not just a little big/loose, but ridiculously large.  On the website it said something about a “comfortable fit,” but the model looked good in hers so I didn’t think it would be an issue.


Luckily, I know how to sew, so I could easily alter it.  I ended up cutting out around 5 inches (!) of fabric from the bodice and skirt, and sewed a new back seam.  The waist has elastic, so I didn’t need to insert a zipper.

It wasn’t the best way to take in a garment, but I didn’t want to take the whole thing apart.  There are pockets in this dress, so taking fabric out at the side seams would mean I would have to move those too.  The back seam was a quick fix that I was okay with.

However, when I cut out all of that fabric from the center seam, it shifted the location of the straps, so now they angle towards the center.  It doesn’t look bad, but I might go back and move them to a more appropriate location.



I accessorized with a cute little fork pin that I got at the SOWA open market (Greenway location) a few summers ago.  I love how it’s headed right for that crab!



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Dress Lindy Bop ‘Bambi’ Turquoise Lobster Print Swing Dress
BeltModern Millie Shop (brand unknown, similar here)
Shoes:  Montego Bay Club Pina High Wedge Sling via Payless
:  Purchased at SOWA (brand unknown, similar here)
Sunglasses:  Isaac Mizrahi via Burlington Coat Factory
HeadbandForever 21 Wire Bow Headwrap

first day of summer vacation


It’s funny going through these photos, since they were taken back in June. It was the first weekend of summer vacation, and I had just said goodbye to my amazing students the day prior. (Including a very emotional hug with a 5th grader – we had really connected over the past five years, and she was sad to be leaving me to go to the middle school! So sweet!)

The first day of summer vacation is always bittersweet. I really love my job, and tend to get this empty feeling inside. Do any other teachers experience this? I also wonder, “What will I do every day while Dave is at work?”



But then that quickly fades when I realize how awesome it is to sleep in late, make my own schedule each day, work on craft projects, travel, and enjoy the sunshine/warm weather!

I like to take time in the summer to recharge and come up with new lesson plans too. I don’t think any teacher is 100% content with how they do their job, since there is always room for improvement!



I also like the summer since I can wear clothes that might be slightly too short for the classroom, like this adorable mint green polka dot halter!  At first I thought the bow details might be too youthful, but I think it all works.

I can’t believe that this is my first blog post in these wedge sandals, since I practically live in them.  I got them about a year ago at Marshall’s, and I’ll bet you won’t be able to guess the brand!


Dr. Scholl’s!

I couldn’t believe that a brand I associated with old lady shoes has some really cute styles.  And the best part is that they are SO comfortable! (hence the fact that they are my go-to shoes in the summer)




Just sneaking in a photo of Dave before I wrap up the post – it was a test shot, and I think he looks really cute! (even though it kind of looks like he is about to sneeze, hehe).


Plus, he’s wearing a sweet Metroid shirt from Uniqlo!  BTW, I currently can’t stop playing Samus Returns on the 3DS – though it’s not surprising, since I always tend to obsess over Metroid games.


Hope you are all having a fantastic week!



Dress: Hell Bunny Mint Jolene Halter via Hot Topic
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie Backpacking Surf Rider Shades
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s Mashup via Marshall’s (also available here)
Hair: Forever 21

diy pixel dress

I think this is the best garment I have ever made.

I still consider myself on the beginner side of intermediate when it comes to sewing, since I have followed commercial patterns and not much else.  But I felt as though my skills got a little more refined with this one, since I adapted a pattern, and had to deal with print matching (a new concept for me!).

It all started when I found this incredible pixel fabric, and knew it would be perfect for a dress to wear to PAX East (on our non-cosplay day).  For some reason, I see it as a floral print – but maybe I’m just imagining things? 🙂


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