Archive for September, 2010


American Girl Dreams

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For ladies of a certain age that grew up pouring over the American Girl Catalog:

Does this piece of furniture from the new Restoration Hardware catalog remind you of anything?

Images: Restoration Hardware, 911Drugstore, AG Playthings


My Muse, My Man

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Alaska Day Trip

1,782 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Travel

Remember Northern Exposure?  The one hour drama/ comedy from the early 90s?  I sure do; they show re-runs every weekend on one of my local stations.  I recently declared it my favorite re-run; mostly because it’s just a good show, but in part because of where it was filmed.  Roslyn, Washington was the filming location for the show’s fictional town of Cicely, Alaska.

We went out to Roslyn over the holiday weekend for a quick day trip.  It only took about 80 minutes to get there, and it doesn’t take too long to see the town.  Northern Exposure premiered about 20 years ago, but the town looks just the same; they even kept the KBHR radio booth preserved.  We weren’t the only tourists with cameras, and the locals were really welcoming to all of us Northern Exposure fans.  It was a really fun little trip- I highly recommend it, if you have the means.


J’adore J. Crew

No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion, Inspiration

When I was 13, I was awkward.  I wasn’t falling-over-things awkward (years of dance lessons had made me graceful).  I was awkward in the sense that I really didn’t know who I was, and who I wanted to be, and a big part of that was how I wanted to dress.  I had this feeling that if I could just figure out how I wanted to look, the rest of my life would fall into place.  I’d spend the latter years of elementary school dressing like Clarissa Darling, but I knew it was time for more grown-up things.

Then one day, while at my grandparent’s I saw my Aunt Shauna’s J. Crew catalog on the coffee table.  A voice in my head said, “This is how you should dress.”  Long story short, I’ve followed that advice ever since.  I’ve just always jived with the look of J. Crew, and even when I haven’t been able to afford the clothes, I’ve used the catalogs as inspiration.

Last week I was checking our PO Box, and inside was the biggest J. Crew catalog I’ve ever seen.  It was basically a newspaper style set-up of their Collection for fall.  Once again, I’m in the position of not being able to afford most of the clothes featured, but I’ll be looking to the photos for inspiration.


Dandies and Quaintrelles

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One of my favourite things about my college experience was attending parties.  Frat parties, especially.  I just loved the free beer… okay, not really.  What I really loved were all of the THEMED parties.  There is just something about getting a few hundred people to dress up in themed costumes.  I didn’t realize themed parties could exist post-college until I came across the D.C. based social group Dandies and Quaintrelles.

Man, can those Dandies and Quaintrelles throw a costume party!  Their latest event was the Seersucker Social, where everyone dressed up in the cutest little summertime retro outfits they could get their hands on and rode around on tandem bicycles and played croquet.  Their website has a great video on the event.

It’s events like these that encourage me to keep fun, costume-y clothes around.  I’m also kicking myself for NOT buying seersucker from the Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection back in like 2007.

(All photos: maxedaperture via


The Price Tag to Prove It!

1,667 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Bargains, Fashion, shopping

I was cruising Target the other day to pick up, oh, I don’t know… toothpaste or something, and I spotted this fun little pair of flats.  The shoes and toothpaste are nowhere near each other at my local Target- I confess to taking a lap of the store just for funsies.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought shoes from Target- cheap shoes usually leave my feet with blisters and an ache- but considering these shoes cost just a bit more than the two-pack of toothpaste I was there to pick up, I threw caution to the wind and bought these as well.

I wore them out shopping, and they did rub my feet a bit red, but I also own more expensive shoes that have done the same.  I’ll file this away under “bargains”.