Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tis' The Season

And of course grad season means that all the little girls in the world get to buy, wear, and show off their first ever princess dress of their dreams! This is a very exciting time. It is playing dress-up and not being ashamed of it. It is feeling great and moving forward! But at the same time, taking with you the girl who just likes to play dress up. With my two years out of high school, I say that there is nothing wrong with that!

Some of my favorite girls:

Sparkle and Shine

Formal Affair

Short and Sassy

Glowing Grecian

Fairest of Them All (or at least the sweetest)

And the Best Dressed Man Award goes to...

Of course graduation would be nothing without the beautiful couples!

Congratulations everyone! You looked smashing. And don't ever be afraid to play dress up even now that you are "all grown up".

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fine - Have it Your Way

This is us sisters having a fight...

Kel: I still need to see photos of your new hair
Ailen: but you'll have to wait until Friday
Kel: but I'll see you before then, you have to post them before Wednesday
Ailen: but that's not my blog-post day!!
Kel: YOU HAVE TO! I'm waiting.......

Fine, Sister. Have it your way. But for the record, this is an extra special bonus blog-post, and if there is a day that I am stuck for posting content, I am allowed to re-post this one on the date assigned to me without consequence or punishment.

And, no, Sister. You are not allowed to post your Wednesday post on Thursday. You'll just have to figure out something interesting to write about on Wednesday that doesn't have anything to do with the movie that we're going to see and I PROMISE that I will not steal your content on Friday ;)

You're welcome, Sister.
p.s. My stylist is a miracle worker.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Three Little Piggies

This little piggy worked very hard for her painting, got to take it home (finally) and hang it on her wall....

this little piggy WON! (She won't get to take it home until next year)

... and this little piggy got none (she went home with a broken heart, determined to bid next year and hopefully win after that).


Friday, June 25, 2010


I just spent two days with my good friend Whitney. Whitney is a Lolita.

Lolita: a Japanese founded lifestyle and fashion subculture based on the Victorian and Rococo era ways of life.

As a Lolita one is expected to be a self-assured young lady who presents herself with dignity and grace and as such encourages those around her to do the same.

"I have chosen to be a Lolita because of my unwavering connection to the old ways of behavior, lifestyle and dress. I was originally part of a very similar style called Aristocratic, or more commonly known, Neo-Victorian, steam punk style that was far more dark than Lolita." Whitney went on to explain her shift from the one style to her current. "Lolita, I discovered had the same elements, but rather than dwelling in the darkness of maturity that Aristocratic style held, Lolita made life like candy."
"Being a Lolita has taught me to hold myself high as a woman. To not take life too seriously, but to celebrate it with beauty."

So to celebrate we had a photo shoot with some of the branches of the Lolita style!

Aristocratic Lolita: mature lady's style of the 1800's, Industrial Revolution

Sweet Lolita: most popular in Japan, bubblegum, girlie

Country Lolita: Dorthy & Anne inspired, braids, gingham

Shiro Lolita: "shiro" is Japanese for "white", angelic, pure

Gothic Lolita: more common in the west, dark, black & white, some red

Classic Lolita: floral & tea cup patterns

And then we had tea!

Special thanks to Lilly and August, Whitney's dolls who joined in on the fun :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


"Lead me not into temptation... I can find my way myself!"
Favorite quote of all time, and completely appropriate when trying to resist the beautiful Hillberg & Berk creations at a private trunk show....


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EMERGENCY: Snakes in The Water Day!

Sister Guess What?
Yeah! I died my hair!

NO! Not brown! RED!

Mona wanted in on the photo shoot too!

I hope you feel better! And remember: DON'T DRINK IT! It's for the plants. (...or snakes in this case)