Entries from October 2009

Designing an Outfit

October 22, 2009

I know, I know. Outfits belong over there and everything else belongs here. But this is a blog that centers around design and life and I think it is fair to have a conversation about designing an outfit.

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These are some of the top viewed outfits on my flickr page.

A lot like interior design or graphic design when I think about an outfit I think about the following:
Tone and feelwhat is the message I want to convey? professional or whimsy? sweet or tough?
Composition and Proportions baggy vs. tight, chunky top with short shorts?
Colorpop of color? monochromatic? offensive clashing shades of green?
Pattern and Textureplaid on plaid? yes, please!
Accessoriesaccessories can supplement an outfit or be the statement
Hair and Makeuplike accessories, it can make a statement or they can let the outfit do the talking

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Outfits from this week. Feminine tops paired with ties and menswear inspired trousers.

I don’t think I have the best style or sometimes I take risks and don’t always make the right choices. But I do have a point of view – I’m making a statement about who I am and what I’m about – even if just for a day. The way I dress affects the way I carry myself – the same way the interior design of a room can affect my attitude.

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I also married a very stylish and creative man who doesn’t take himself, or what he wears, too seriously. He inspires me daily.

And like interior or graphic design my inspiration comes from many different sources. I’ll name a few:
LookBook
Flickr’s Wardrobe Remix
The Sartorialist
LookBook
Uno Cosa
Jane Aldridge at Sea of Shoes (and her mom)
Rachel Zoe and her team

How do you make soup?

October 21, 2009

I’ve had a craving for soup lately but I’m not entirely impressed with a bunch of canned veggie soups out there. A lot of times they have MSG, too much sodium or carrots (sick!) in them.

So I got it in my mind to make my own. I’ve never made soup and was feeling kind of intimidated – thinking of it as something that only someone competing on Top Chef can make. To motivate myself I bought a lot of soupy ingredients like lots of vegetables, vegetable stock, dry split peas, cans of beans and figured out of all of that I can get it together and make some soup.

I began researching recipes but a lot of them called for specific ingredients I didn’t have. So I decided to wing it.

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The result was surprisingly delicious.

Kathleen’s Corn Soup
6 ears of corn
2 onions
4-6 large cloves of garlic
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
A bunch of green onions
1 box of Swanson veggie stock (4 cups)
4 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of red curry powder
Salt and pepper

First, Jeremy finely diced the onions (they made both of us cry) and I sauteed them in the butter for about 5-6 minutes. I cut all the corn kernels off the cob and threw those in with the onions (for another 5 or 6 minutes). Meanwhile, I started heating the vegetable stock in a large pot and threw the leftover corn cobs in to simmer. After a few minutes I threw the green onions in the large pot. I removed the corn cobs with tongs. Then I tossed the onion/corn mixture in the large pot with the veggie stock. I diced the squash and zucchini and sauteed those in the pan I used for the onions and corn (it was still coated with leftover butter). I let those cook for a minute or two and threw them in the soup mixture. I threw the garlic, red curry powder and salt and pepper in the soup and mixed it all up. I then let it simmer on LOW for about 20 minutes.

It was quite simple to make and turned out delicious. I browned a couple pieces of bread to serve with it.

Soup will definitely become a staple in our diets this winter. And I’m excited to try out new recipes.

Halloween Time!

October 20, 2009

So, I really love Halloween. We spent almost the entire first half of October on vacation – so we’re a little late on getting our home Halloween-ified.

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Aside from food and drink, this ampersand is the only thing we bought while on vacation. We scored it for $2 at an amazing modern furniture store in Halifax called Attica.

For Halloween season 2009 we are:
• Participating in a huge Halloween parade (designing the float and costumes has been a blast so far)
• Seeing Paranormal Activity (I’m SO SCARED already!)
• Watching scary movies and scary movie clips at home (we Netflixed the Exorcism of Emily Rose)
• Hopefully carving a pumpkin or two
• Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. My parents always have the scariest house on the street so we usually help them out.

Do you have any Halloween traditions?

Disposable Cameras Are Retro

October 19, 2009

We know how to have a good time.

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Stills from Hallie’s birthday.

Weekend!

October 16, 2009

It’s been a crazy-busy week at work and home. Getting back into the swing of things has been hard but good.

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I only took two Polaroids on our vacation and they’re my favorite pics from the whole trip.

This weekend we’re:
• Finding something to throw away – I’ve decided to keep ol’ Ruby.
• Going rock climbing (twice!)
• Catching up with my family
• Seeing Where The Wild Things Are
• Sushi birthday dinner for Hallie!

What’s everyone else up to? Any fun plans?

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