Monthly Archives: October 2012

Is Your Weekend Costume Ready?

costumes simpsons

It’s the Friday before Halloween and there’s a whole lot o’ stuff  happening from this day forward and I don’t know about you, but I have yet to have my costume(s) ready!!!

{ scary }  

I have two of the six kids confirmed and (mostly) outfitted, but the others we are piecing together and pulling it out of our arse.   Heck, we have a collection of costume wear, bits and bobs that date back 15 years … surely we can frankenstein something!

If you are still looking for ideas, here’s a few cool ones (and far less lame than my leftovers) I spotted on I Spy DIY:

costume pop star

costume katniss

costume honey boo boo

costume katy perry

costume fab 5

And let’s not forget another movie that gives us plenty of costume inspiration …

costume magic mike

{ get more movie costume ideas via Screen Crush }

And it you’re still not sure, visit this post for other Halloween costume winners  {hint: anything Zombie is a definite bullseye}.

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If you find yourself less fortunate than my lucky children to have their mother’s box of costume glory circa 1989, then head over to any of our Stuff stores and pick up what you need – all Halloween is 50% off!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from all of us to all of you!

Stay safe and have a blast!

xoxoxo

p.s.  I’d L.O.V.E. to hear/see what your costumes are!

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Tights or no Tights?

tightsI say TIGHTS!

Seriously!  How fun are these?

Now that it’s getting cooler out you should TOTALLY consider picking up a few pairs… they keep your legs warm, look fashionable, add flair to a boring outfit, and let’s admit it…

they look fan. freaking! tastic. with boots.

BUT!

{ and there is always a “but” }

You are probably thinking unless they are grey or black, they’re a little too schoolyard? That your legs must be the size of matchsticks to pull ’em off?  Or be that twenty-somethin’-too-cute-for-words working at Urban Outfitters?

Not true.  Not anymore.

wool tightsAlthough black tights are very chic & timeless, this season’s hottest trends are way more fun.  Instead of regarding tights as you do leggings (black, boring, basic…), think of them as a statement piece of your look. With different colors, patterns and textures to choose from, there’s no reason not to let a great pair of tights become the focal point of an outfit!

colored tights

If all the crazy colors frighten you a bit, try the deep jewel tones like emerald green, navy blue and dark maroon  – all are gorgeous hues that can be worn day or night.  And opaque tights are perfect for all shapes and sizes because they give a smooth look to the leg.

jewel tone tights

But how do you wear them when you’re over thirty (plus) without looking like you’re trying to be 20?

Best rule of thumb:

 Keep your clothes simple and one color.

A black shift dress looks awesome with a bright pair of tights.  Or be a little daring with a printed tight set against basic black.

tights fashion

If a fun pattern is where you’re at, tone it down with a knee-length skirt and knee-high boots so it gives a glimpse of tights, but gives your look a jolt of fun.

And don’t forget about layering.  If you have an old pair of fishnets, layer them over a gray pair of tights for a whole new look. Or grab a pair of knee-high socks to layer over coordinating tights with your boots.

There are so many options!

tights purple

And all are an inexpensive way to add a bit of fashion and fun to your fall and winter wardrobe! So …  tights or no tights?

TIGHTS!

xoxoxo

Downsizing is HARD; Get Ruthless

Saw this today over at The Money Side of Life and just had to share:

And because I know first-hand how incredibly hard it is to do it!

{ we’ve talked about it before here }

That’s why my favorite quip is from #2 … “get ruthless”.

Ain’t that the truth?

May the force be with you.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

xoxoxo

Money Matters … RIGHT?! This blogger nailed it!

savvy. social. style.

It is not uncommon to overhear friends boasting about the latest deal in fashion they happened to stumble upon.  As a matter of fact, it’s the popular thing to do!  So mush so, that consignment shopping has made a comeback.  Never heard of it?  Let us assist you with becoming better acquainted.

Consignment shops are retail stores that sell gently used clothing on behalf of the consignor (the individual who brings the clothing to re-sell).  There are a few great reasons to shop at consignment shops…Reason #1, you can make a profit by taking you gently used clothing to be sold.  Yes, the store owners will pay you a percentage of the profits for your items. Reason #2, you can find items 50-75% off the retail value.

Now that you are familiar, let’s look at how to be a Savvy consignment shopper.

  • consignment shopping takes patience and an open mind.  Unfortunately…

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Iowa Artist: Isabel Bloom

isabel bloom

Do you know Isabel Bloom?

Well, maybe you don’t know her … I don’t know her either, but I wish I did.

Maybe you are familiar with her work?

isabel bloom violet

{ This is Violet.  She is my favorite. }

Being born and raised in Iowa, and a fellow artist, I have a special place in my heart for Isabel Bloom and just want to share some details about her that I find fascinating.

Isabel Scherer Bloom

  • born in Galveston, Texas, in 1908.
  • moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 1909 and remained there for the rest of her life.
  • original education was in dressmaking and design.
  • started attending the Stone City Art Colony in 1932.
  • studied under Grant Wood.
  • met her future husband, John Bloom (also an artist), while at the Colony.
  • created and starred in a children’s program at the Davenport WOC television station for several years called “Make Believe” ( she made all the sets )
  • her figurines are crafted from the locally available materials of concrete and river stone.
  • she sculpted in their basement studio in her spare time, mixing her own cement with a shovel.
  • got her business started by submitting several concrete pieces to shops in Chicago
  • Hoops, a garden shop on Michigan Avenue, was the first American retail outlet for the Isabel Bloom figurine line.
  • by the early 60’s, she quickly outgrew her basement and rented studio space in an abandoned ice cream factory.
  • she maintained a studio, which became her shop, on Brown Street in the Village of East Davenport until 1981.
  • Bloom sold the shop to a group of Quad-Cities businessmen who expanded the retail chain on a national scale. The original storefront is still a staple of its quaint shopping district.
  • She continued to advise and promote the figurine company until her death at age 93 in 2001.

Living here in Iowa, we are fortunate to have access to an abundance of Isabel Bloom figurines.  Shoot, it’s practically a staple in the gardens & homes of local residents.

We are also extremely fortunate to receive several pieces on consignment at all of our Stuff locations.  At any given time, you can walk into our Davenport store and find at least a dozen pieces for sale in the case.  The extra special, often retired pieces are featured in our “Silent Auction” – like this one currently available:

{ Girl With Bird,  1ft 7in tall  – isn’t she beautiful? }

Here’s a little sample of what else is currently available in the case at the Davenport Stuff Etc …

Thanks for letting me share!  Perhaps you are an Isabel Bloom fan too?

xoxoxo