I Can’t Even.

You know that thing when so many good things happen all at once that your body literally can’t contain the emotions that have been concocted from the experience? That’s what happened to me this weekend while attending The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Sara Bareilles playing Ariel +
John Stamos conducting the orchestra with a wooden spoon +
Titus Burgess belting Under the Sea +
Alan Menken performing a medley of all of his songs including Little Shop +
Darren Criss playing guitar +
Fireworks synced up with the movie +
Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel) singing Part of Your World =

a crying mess.

 

xo

 

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“Have Courage & Be Kind”

Hi! Have you guys seen Cinderella yet? I saw it a few weekends ago and, my oh my, I didn’t expect to love it so much. It was just so beautiful and magical, so I thought ‘Why not put together a room for Cinderella?’. I took the inspiration mainly from these images… so lovely.

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UGH she’s so cute.

Ok, so here’s the simple mood board I put together for her…

cinderella roomHer ‘theme’ is blue throughout the movie, so I just loved that couch as the main blue piece, with the muted wallpaper as a accent. Without giving any spoilers, I’ll just say that I loved that it has branches in it.

The rest of the room is inspired by both the ball and her room in the attic – brass and beiges. I LOVE that rug, it looks plain at first, but the subtle metallic details really make it quite elegant.

My other favorite thing is that credenza. That may be my favorite piece of furniture ever.

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  2. Cross Stitch art
  3. Brass Chandelier
  4. Jonathan Adler Bird Bowl
  5. Madeline Weinrib Rug
  6. Faux Fur Throw
  7. Brass Credenza
  8. Walnut Floral Wallpaper
  9. Wood Floors
  10. Anthropologie Sofa

I’ll leave you with a wonderful quote from the movie – “Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.”

xo

P.S. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, GO RIGHT NOW.

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Let It Sew: The stormy road to Elsa

Hello there. As you may or may not know, I dressed as Elsa this past Halloween for the annual night time activities, which this year included a viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the shadow cast. I made my costume for the first time ever, so I thought I’d share the story with some tips in case you yourself are ever interested in taking a humongous and painstaking task such as this.

It all began last year after Halloween just before Frozen came to theaters. I posted a picture on my sister’s facebook wall pitching the idea for homemade Anna and Elsa costumes for Halloween 2014 [hey that rhymes]. It was a go. -Please note that neither of us had ever sewn anything in our entire lives on a sewing machine. We didn’t care.-

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We decided a good way to start was to take a sewing class at JoAnn Fabrics to get the basics down. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn how to sew. The classes are all about $50 for 3 or so hours, and you can even bring in your own project that you are working on for help from the JoAnn sewer people. Sam and I made zipper bags that turned out pretty dang cute, I must say.

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In August of this year, I decided to get some good sewing practice in and made a vest for my birthday for a Marty McFly costume. It was hard, but not impossible, and it served it’s purpose. This is my second recommendation – before taking on a huge project, do a smaller something to get practice in before it actually counts.

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It was then time to buy the fabrics for Anna and Elsa. This is where I went … not ‘wrong’… but definitely not perfect. I should’ve done more research on fabrics, how they move and stretch, and what types are good for which pieces of an outfit – more on that later. Anyway, we got pretty much the most perfect colors and textures that we could hope for, so we were happy. We also found an official Frozen costume pattern, so it was a win all around.

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Next came the cutting. This was the worst part. The laying out of the fabric, the pinning of the pattern, and the pinning together of the pieces. I really just hated this whole part of the process. I suppose my advice for this is just power through. The longer you procrastinate and put up a fuss over it, the longer you have to submerged in the hellscape itself.

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The sewing together of the pieces really was the fun part [if you ignore the mess-ups and seam-ripping]. Once the dress started to (literally) come together, a sense of accomplishment washed over, and sort of made the frustrating bits worth it.

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The skirt was completed first, then the bodice, then the sleeves… oh the sleeves. How I hated you so. This was where more fabric knowledge really would’ve helped. Please listen to the following piece of advice – sleeves need room for arm movement. This sounds so simple doesn’t it? Maybe it is. But for whatever reason, this thought didn’t really occur to me until I had sewn the sleeves and tried to bend my elbow. If you would, picture folding a sausage in half inside of a tube of pretty, sheer blue fabric. You now have an accurate image of my arm at this stage. But with some re-cutting, tantruming, and a little extra room, it turned out great. So I guess my second piece of advice here is, make it work.

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After adding the cape, which I attached with snaps so it could be removed in cases of being extremely cumbersome, the last task was adding the embellishments… gems, glitter, etc. This part was also fun. The lesson- hot glue is your friend.

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All in all, I’m very proud of the result, and it proved to be lots of fun for twirling around and singing Frozen songs all night. And now I’m all set for a Disney-themed party. I’ll leave you with these last points…

  • not all zippers open all the way apart – figure out which one you need before you go to the store.
  • measure 3x, cut once.
  • spray glitter doesn’t stay on for long.
  • beware the pins…
  • & blood DOES wash out, do not panic.
  • no matter how well you plan out your trip to JoAnn’s, you’ll have to go back for something.

Thank you for listening to this story. I wish you luck in all your sewing endeavors.

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xo

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Fallin’ for Ya

Well, I fell in love with this movie made for pre-teens over the weekend [story of my life] called Teen Beach Movie… Ya know, bought the soundtrack, learned some of the dances, etc. It’s a movie where a guy and a girl get trapped in an old 1960’s beach movie. It’s on Netflix if you want to experience the adolescent joy. Also, here’s a clip with tap-dancey goodness.

xo