Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fur your consideration

I stalked this coat for months and it finally went on sale.

Ellen Tracy faux fur coat

Under any other circumstances, I hate brown. I would rather wear chartreuse and red polka dots. But, this coat has 26, 5 star reviews on from all sorts of women. I figured I'd try it out.

BEWARE : Nordstrom sent me this coat by mail, and it arrived with a 5 inch rip under the right arm (in the lining only). Not only that, but someone (who can't sew) used mismatched brown thread and tried to sew it back together! It looked awful! I also noticed that the lining seams look like they might pull apart eventually. I'm disappointed that Nordstrom sent me such an item! The coat is fine otherwise, so I will repair it myself (with help from Mom, thanks!).

It's obviously faux fur. Some people get bent out of shape about "fake" because they want it to look "real". I don't care. It's sooooooo warm and snuggly. And, it makes for a nice dress coat.

I feel a little like Cruella de Vil

FYI here is the patch-job.

And I guess this seam will go, someday. Crappy!

Update: Nordstrom responded to my post. They offered to exchange the coat, but I've (read: mom) put so much work into it already! Given the nature of the fabric I doubt an exchange coat will be much different. I will probably patch the other weak seams to stop them from ripping in the future. I was just disappointed that no sales person noticed (or they did notice, and sent me this coat anyway). 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kindle Books

I recently read Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells, and you should too.

Space. Giant slug aliens. Guys with Beards. 
check, check, and check.

To read this gem for $0.00, I signed up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. It's also available for purchase for the low low price of $4.99.

FYI: Kindle Unlimited is $10 a month service, where you can read any of the 700,000 titles (on your kindle). There are also many audiobooks to choose from. I read a lot, but I'm not sure that I am ready to pay Amazon $218.88 per year (we already pay $99/yr for Amazon prime).

Viva Raleigh North Regional Library!

*I don't get any kickbacks, this is a genuine review.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY Tile Backsplash

This is post #100. Woot Woot!
This January, we tiled out kitchen back-splash - where I discovered my skills in buttering up tiles with mortar. Also, that fancy glass coated ceramic tiles are a giant sharp, and crumbly mess when you try to cut them. Perhaps that is why said tiles were on clearance.

We started here:

Day1: Fixing the tile to the wall with mortar.

A giant bucket of mortar. Move fast! It hardens quickly.

We cut each tile on the top and bottom rows. A painful and time consuming process.

Day 2: Slap the grout on top of the tiles. It gets wiped off the tile faces before it dries.

Day 3: Add some caulk and we're done!

Warning: projects in blog are more difficult than they may appear. Prepare yourself for significant amounts of failure and gnashing of teeth. C'est la vie.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


This is enough ice to put North Carolina into a state of emergency. 
Over 1000 closings and delays in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill yesterday and today!

Not quite enough to build one of these though.

Birthday Wish

My birthday is approaching... and in the alternate universe where my cell phone bill isn't a fortune, my dogs don't shed, and french fries are health food -

I would also have these things in my closet this spring.

Joie leather jacket

Milly watercolor skirt

...also including this metallic purplish lippy. I have never tried this stuff but I hear that it's awesome.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Twas the night before Monday...

I was recently at Target, and it was hard to say no when these are only $30.

Jane slide, Mossimo at Target, $30

These are similar to some styles by Vince and Tibi, so I was excited to meet them at Target.
Shoes are people too, ok?

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