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The Great Gatsby: Fashion

With the release of The Great Gatsby coming this Friday, May 10th, I feel a trend coming, if it’s not already here.  A flurried rush and need for all things 1920′s.

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When I opened my new Veranda yesterday, the inside cover shows this advertisement – Tiffany & Co.’s Great Gatsby Collection.

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The beautiful Savoy headpiece, seen here, is the one worn in the movie and retails for a cool $200,000.

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Gorgeous, yes?

I could definitely get into the headpieces.  Maybe I could wind up my long hair and pin it to really set them off.  A bob is not in the works for me or my face shape.

Want a touch of 20′s fashion in your life?  I have identified five easy ways to get into the look and still maintain your modern flair.  Here they are.

1.  T-strap shoes

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There are millions of styles and colors out there right now of T-strap shoes.  I like them because they can look cute whether the heels are flat or tall.  (And being 5’10″ and chasing after kids, I mostly wear flats.)

I bought these last year from Anthro, and I LOVE them!  They are probably my favorite pair of shoes.

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If you want something colorful for spring/summer, Anthropologie has these on sale.

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Although my heart is secretly pining for these for fun date nights and special summer occasions…here’s to hoping they go on sale soon.

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2.  Drop-Waist Dresses

The drop-waist flatters all types of body shapes, and this season, you can find them in varying lengths.

Piperlime has a few cute ones, like this little blue number.  You can see all of their drop waist selections by clicking here.

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3.  Art Deco Accessories

Art Deco influenced nearly every section of 1920′s culture from art to architecture to accessories.  What is art deco exactly, you ask?  Art deco is generally defined as anything denoting geometric shapes, lavish decoration (i.e. bling), and rich, deep colors (think ox blood).  To infuse a little art deco in your style,

think this

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etsy

or this

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etsy

vs this.

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Urban Outfitters has some darling Art Deco-y crossbody handbag options.

Like this one.

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urban outfitters

Or for something a little fancier, this clutch from Whiting & Davis, is really beautiful.

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4.  Pattern, Pattern, Pattern

Women’s fashion got a little crazy in the 1920′s.  The more pattern, the better.  Women felt the need to express themselves, and their demureness was replaced with…well, a little loudness.

Get some pattern in your life by using a headscarf as seen here.

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Nordstrom has a great collection, and they start at around $30.  Of course, Target and places like Forever21 are good places to find headscarves, too.

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5.  Demure Collars

If you haven’t seen “It Happened One Night” with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (photo above), you should.  It is a prime example of classic American cinema and chock full of great 1920′s womens wear.

See her cute little Peter Pan collar?  This is an easy way to incorporate 1920′s Great Gatsby fashion into your wardrobe!

Anthropologie’s Novelty Collar Tee ($48) is super cute, and it comes in four different colors!  (great reviews, too!)  More collared Anthro clothing here.

I also love this top.

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jcrew

Of course, you can add a collar necklace to anything, and you will be trendy and classic all at the same time!

Oh wait, hello little cute dress for $45!

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modcloth

 What about you?  Are you a flapper at heart?  Are you excited about the movie?

P.S.  You do not even want to know how long it took me to write this post.  Do you like a fashion-y post every once in awhile?  Was this fun?  Or should I never do this again?  Please tell me, I’m all ears!  And please feel free to share your real opinion.  No hurt feelings, promise.

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DIY Tutorial: Easter/Spring Carrot Candy Gift or Party Favor

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I have a fun, easy little tutorial for you today!  It would make adorable spring party favors, take-home gifts for your Easter lunch/dinner guests, cute teacher gifts, or any fun springtime reason you can imagine to make them and give them away.

Here’s what you need:

* cone shaped clear cellophane bags

*  green decorative gift filler

*  scissors

*  green duck tape

*  orange candy (I used orange M&M’s and orange jelly beans purchased from the candy store in the mall – 2 lbs. made about 2 dozen carrots.)

*  double stick tape

Optional Items:

*  cute tags

*  basket

*  brown decorative gift filler

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1.  Make your life easier and cut off about four inches from your cellophane cone bag.  It makes it more simple to scoop the candy in.

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2.  Cut about a three inch strip of duck tape and then cut it in half.  If you snip it a little bit, you can usually tear it the rest of the way – it tears pretty straight.  I set it aside by sticking one end to the edge of my table so I could get to it easily.

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3.  Take your scoop and fill your bag to the desired volume.  I used about a half cup to three fourths a cup of candy for each carrot.  Twist the top tightly.

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4.  Take your half strip of duck tape and roll it carefully around the twisted part of the cellophane bag.

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5.  Snip the excess cellophane off the top of your carrot.

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6.  Use your fingers to make sure the candy gets as far to the bottom of the tip as it can.  Don’t push too hard though, or you’ll split your bag open.  (I lost one due to this mistake.)

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7.  Take a tiny piece of double stick tape and fold it in half.  Place it as close to the tip of your carrot as you can.

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8.  Fold the tip up to create a clean tip of the carrot.  (that extra cellophane hanging down is just not as cute)

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9.  Take the other half of your duck tape and lay it color side down on the table.  Taking a small bunch of green decorative gift filler, press the ends of it onto your duck tape.

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10.  Carefully wrap it around the top of your carrot, starting at one end and rolling and pressing until you get to the end of the strip.

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11.  Admire your crafty work.

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12.  If desired, you can add a little tag to your carrot, using twine or any ribbon you have on hand.

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To be extra cute, you could place brown gift filler in a basket and insert the carrot candy with their tops up so the guests/gift recipients can pick their own carrot out of your crop.

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Kids may like offering these nifty gifties to their teachers this way.

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By the way, kids really enjoy making these candy carrots.

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Gotta love cute and easy!

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How could you use this idea?

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The Story of Our Yellow Sofa

Since there is a bit of a revolving door around here when it comes to furniture and decor, when I tell people I have sold some things, nearly the first question I get is, “You didn’t sell your yellow sofa, did you?”  Next to the infamous peacock blue velvet chesterfield (holy smokes, if I had a penny for every time I got an email or question or comment about that sofa!  It’s a one-of-a-kind, folks, sorry!), the sofa I get the most “Where can I find it?” emails on is my yellow velvet beauty.  How I acquired this piece is a good story, and I have always wanted to share it with you.

It all started with a $50 CraigsList ad.  I had been wanting to find a good camelback sofa to paint the frame and recover in a fabulous velvet hue, and this looked like just the one.  After asking a million questions (this is important with CraigsList stuff!), I decided to go for it.  The only problem was it was about an hour outside of Dallas, which is a long stinkin’ way from me.  Nevertheless, a girl’s gotta travel sometimes for a $50, solid wood, camelback lovely, so I trekked out to what we will call TTT (Tiny Town Texas).

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I had never heard of the town I was traveling to before, and I will tell you, when I turned OFF OF THE HIGHWAY ONTO A DIRT ROAD TO GET TO THE TOWN, I knew I was definitely in Tiny Town Texas, especially when I saw the green sign that told me the total population was 543.  I travelled down the long dirt road to reach the downtown area where I was told, “there were lots of cute shops”.  When I got there, I thought that was a very interesting and optimistic view of this area, ha!

I felt a little weird at one point because when I pulled up, all I saw were men.  Big men with handlebar mustaches.  I’m not kidding.

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Okay, not that dramatic, but you know what I mean.  After walking around in the empty store for about twenty minutes, a very nice man with, you guessed it, a handlebar mustache, greeted me, and showed me the sofa.   I was happy, I gave him the money, and he was happy.  As I picked up one end of the sofa and looked at him to indicate him grabbing the other end, and us moving on with it, he emphatically said, “Oh no ma’am, no woman lifts furniture out of a store here in TTT, let me go across the street and get the Mayor.”  As chivalrous as this is, I wanted to laugh when I imagined his face watching me take all of the seats out of my mini van before coming to TTT.  (Seriously, I think I could break the world record for this task.)

But then came the best part of the whole trip.  I got to meet the Mayor of TTT.  He came bumbling across the street, his belly preceding him.  It was too endearingly delightful, I just wanted to hug him.  The owner of the furniture store introduced me, and this is word for word what he said:

“Mayor, this is Grace Mitchell of Fort Worth.  Mrs. Mitchell, this is the Mayor.”

I, of course, was happy to meet him.  He was darling in his too-tight suit, bolo tie, and you guessed it, handlebar mustache.  After loading my new treasure in my van, which I probably could have done more easily by myself,  I thanked them profusely and drove away, thinking what a funny and bizarre episode I had just experienced.  There’s just something special about TTT.

Here is what my camelback lovely looked like before.

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I typically like to stay true to the original design of old furniture, and I liked the yellow fabric, though it was a little more buttery than I wanted.  So I purchased a bright yellow velvet fabric off of Ebay, painted the frame, and sent it off to the upholsterer.

Side Note: I requested a sample from the Ebay seller before I purchased the yardage.  Oftentimes, they will send you a sample for free upon request.  Just send them a message with your name and address, and be specific about what fabric sample you desire.

Our yellow sofa has become kind of an iconic family piece, and it was part of some of my favorite family photos, all taken by the talented Kat Phillips, of TheGrayAttic.com.

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Number four was in my tummy at this point, and I was just starting to show.  We had only lived in our current home a few months…sweet memories.

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Aren’t those curly locks luscious?

This one’s personality was just beginning to emerge, you can already see her confidence in her little face here.  Quite the firecracker this one is turning out to be!

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Such joy in these little faces.

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Must be the yellow sofa.  (wink)

Do you have a sentimental piece of furniture?  Seriously, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Painted Window Panes

I have long wanted to paint my inside window panes a bright color.  I love the pop it gives alongside white trim!  If you remember the post on my dining room, you can see I painted the inside window panes an aqua blue.  But there has to be some place, some small nook, where I can fit in a bright color.

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Country Living

The happy sunshine-y yellow is pretty wonderful here.  Bring on the Spring!

Have you ever considered doing something interesting with your window trim paint?

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