Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekend Update

Hi everyone! Do you see how I haven't become a mommy blogger? Or any sort of blogger, for that matter? Sorry about that, but this pregnancy is kicking my sore sciatica of a bottom. I had some worrisome symptoms, but they have subsided and I just need lots of rest. I miss you guys.

Anyway, the baby is fine, I am fine, Rowena's fine, and Darin is fine-- I can't wait to meet this little person. I can't really express how excited I am! (And completely anxious. I hope and pray he/she is healthy and happy in here.)

I'm currently spending time away from blogging so that I can reevaluate why I'm here on the internet. I am tired of being consumed by silly things such as sponsorship and readership. It's time for Louise to get back to basics and rediscover why I began Coffee & a Cardigan in the first place. I've been spending a lot of time on Get Off My Internets, which voices so many of my feelings and problems I've been struggling with for the past few months. Well, I don't swear half as much. Heh.

I want to be back. I want to be back to blogging when I feel like it and have a heart for it again. This isn't goodbye, and if you want to get in contact with me, shoot me an email! Thanks so much, everyone.

louise@coffeeandacardigan.com

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Land of the Cardinal

Floral shorts, top: Gap
Cami: Shade
Sandals: Swedish Hasbeens
(Okay, they're not really Swedish Hasbeens, but they are made in Sweden...
and I just wanted to feel cool for a bit. In truth, the brand is MIA and I got 'em for $20.)
I've seen four cardinals since arriving in Akron, Ohio! And two toads! And loads of neon swishy shorts! It's hot and humid here, but I'm just glad to be here safely. Thank you for all your kind travel wishes!

I've decided to let my freak flag fly. That's right, I am talking about my hair. I was about to turn on my flat iron when I looked in the mirror and had a little thought. Who says that silky and shiny is the only way to have pretty hair? This is me owning my unruly, frizzy, silly tresses. Come to think about it, my hairs are a lot like me. Of course I will still use my beloved flat iron, but once in a while you'll see my 'honest' hair.

On Tuesday we head up to Michigan to visit my dear old friends. It's been too long. I also get to meet/hug/attack Suze from Miss Vinyl Ahoy! She is one of my first blogger friends, and I am honored to get to spend some time with that redheaded minx.

Until tomorrow,
Louise

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Joyful, Joyful

Dress, belt: Gap
Necklace: Forever 21
Vest: garage sale
Shoes: Remix Vintage

We're in Ohio safe and sound! Ro is having a great time with her grandparents, and Darin and I are just happy to be out of of the rainy weather and into some temporarily perfect Ohio weather. Here's an outfit I wore back home when I had dinner at my mom and dad's. I hope you have something fun in store for this weekend.

PS- I completely underpacked. Thrifting is in order!
Oh darn.

Never Can Say Goodbye

Vest: Gap
Skirt, top: H&M
Necklace: Forever 21 (old)
Shoes: BC Footwear
A quick post before my pops picks us up to go to the airport! I can't wait to get to the midwest and see people I love! I'll be blogging as much as I can, so please stick around! I don't expect you all to sit at your computers and refresh your browser every fifteen seconds, but... oh, wait. Yeah, you should do just that.

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Love you ALL!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Theatah, The Theatah

Dress: Goodwill
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Farylrobin
Even though I drive by this little playhouse every other day, I've yet to have a photo shoot here! What a travesty! I wish that these pictures weren't so sunny and shadowy, but I plan to come here again soon on a photo-friendly, cloudy day.

This saccharine dress was purchased this morning for three dollars. I found it in the sleepwear section! HA! The ridiculously cheery butterfly-and-daffodil print made me smile (or smirk, rather,) so I took it home, washed it, and wore it. It still had its original tags from the 80s!

I still need to pack for my month-long excursion! Eek! Any packing tips? I always put this stuff off until the last minute. Oh well... at least I can drive legally now. That's right! I passed that darn drive test by the skin of my teeth! Ten points less than ten years ago. How am I a worse driver? :-)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Leftover Goodness

I thought you would enjoy some outfit posts from this past month that never made the light of day until now. Thanks for your support and encouragement-- I couldn't do this without you!
Dress, vest: Gap
Belt: thrifted
Purse: won from Melie Bianco
Shoes: BC Footwear
Hoodie: Gap
Top: won from Shade
Skirts: Zac Posen for Target
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Shoes: Seychelles
Fascinator: handmade gift
Necklace: grandma's
Dress: Tucker for Target
Leggings: Gap Body
Shoes: BC Footwear via Ross
Cardigan: Gap
Dress: Forever 21
Tights: Marshall's
Boots: Minnetonka

Have a spectacular Monday!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Words to Live By

Courtesy of genius Roald Dahl:
It's true, I tell you! <3

(Illustration by Quentin Blake, of course.)

Animal-Lover

Several of you have expressed adoration for my cat dress, so I wanted to pass along three adorable (albeit semi-boring black & white) animal print pieces I found while browsing Forever 21.
Cat print dress, Foxy knit dress, Dove dress w/ Belt

These dresses are fun and versatile-- for summer, add bright wedges and a sweet necklace. For the cooler months, add colored tights and sling a cardigan 'round those shoulders! Would you buy any of these?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Woe is Me

Wreath: DIY
Dress: Forever 21
Trench: thrifted
Socks: c/o We Love Colors
Shoes: BC Footwear
I am so incredibly nervous to take my driver's test tomorrow! I can't believe I let it expire... but somehow I feel like I'm being punished for driving well and not purchasing alcohol. To top it off, I have to drive a half-hour to borrow my mom's car, then drive to take the test, and then come back and trade off! The speedometer on my car doesn't work, so I use my GPS; you're not allowed to have one on in the car during the drive test. I'm sure there are exceptions, but DMV workers are evil aliens.

On to brighter and happier things! We've been busy tying up loose ends around here before out big trip. I will be blogging as my adventure unfolds, and you'll be seeing creative remixing and fun different locations. Don't reject me!

I haven't even gotten around to reading your comments from the past few days-- will do so soon! I'll feel so much better after this test is over and done with... thanks for bearing with me! A happy-go-lucky post is in order this weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Adam's Rib

On Louise~
Hat: Forever 21
Cardigan: Gap
Pin: grandma's
Blouse: New Look
silk skirt: thrifted
Shoes: Seychelles

On Darin~
All Gap, Puma shoes
I just had to include this blackmail jump shot of Darin!

I have been so overwhelmed getting ready for our upcoming trip! We'll be in Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina for the entirety of June! Family to see, friends to visit, and Suze from Miss Vinyl Ahoy to meet and love on! Although I'm pretty stressed right now amidst the packing and cleaning, my excitement is progressively building. Darin and I also have three German dances we need to learn for Oktoberfest in four months! I am so nervous, but super-happy to have the opportunity to an integral part of this amazing little town.

Note to my many, many stalkers: My friends from Craigslist casual encounters will be staying here while we're away. Don't say I didn't warn you-- they're into some disturbing stuff.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Passing Fancy

Blouse: New Look
Linen shorts: Gap
Bag: won from Mimi Boutique
Shoes: c/o Blowfish
Now that my hair is long enough to do my favorite topknot, I've been wearing it everyday! My head is actually starting to hurt from the strain, so I'll give it a rest. I'm a little embarrassed that I've been wearing this turquoise nail polish since I won it from Lyddie of Chic on the Cheap. To be honest, it's the only nail polish I have! Do you have any (inexpensive) suggestions?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Borrowed & Blue

Dress: Dear Creatures 'Avalon'
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Sandals: Miz Mooz
Glasses: borrowed from Warby Parker
I thought I'd try the Winston specs one more time before I ship them back to Warby Parker tomorrow! These are my favorite, although I think I may go for the brown fade instead when I have the monies for purchasing. I still love my Dear Creatures dress! It's treating me well, and is much more versatile than I thought it would be.

My dad wants me to make sure that you all know that my mom is still in hospital, but is finally coming home tomorrow! He is concerned about the misinformation I gave you in my last post. Oh dad. Speaking of he that sired me, my father slept in a hospital storage closet when the nurses told him he couldn't sleep at the hospital with my mom. Keep in mind, my parents live four blocks from the hospital. The nurses must have found him out, because the old recliner he slept in was nowhere to be found when he tried again! I'll say it again: Oh dad.

My mom is doing a lot better, but there's still a lot of muscle pain from the fall, which is to be expected. I've discovered that she is hilarious under painkillers. Best random quote, possibly ever:


"For one, press English. For two, press Spanish. For three, press ebonics."


I don't know what she was responding to, but I couldn't stop laughing! I can't wait to tell mom when she's back to normal!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Beautiful & Damned

Hat: Urban Outfitters
Locket: great-grandma Stella's
Cardigan: Gap
Tank: Tulle
Skirt: Shade
Heels: thrifted Seychelles
Once again, I was left behind. Darn rapture. I never get picked. Reminds me of fifth grade kickball. At least I have my white hat on! To cheer myself up from this exhausting week, I've been reading Three Wolf t-shirt reviews. If you have five minutes and need a laugh, that's where you'll find it!

Other notes:
* I miss Steve Carell.
* I bought The Beautiful and Damned (used for $2) because Blake Lively mentioned it on Monday's "Gossip Girl." I don't like the show anymore, but I am in ashamed awe of Blake Lively: beautiful figure, flowing flaxen hair, charming personality, and awesome schnoz.
* Thank you for your sweetness in regards to my mumsy's health! I appreciate you so much! Her muscle pain is still pretty bad, but she comes home today!

Hope your weekend is lovely!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I call it: Hectic/Casual

Blouse: gift from Vanessa
Skirt: Old Navy
Wedges: Dolce Vita
This simple outfit was perfect for the day I had. (Thank you, Vanessa, for the beautiful blouse! It was so sweet of you to send it to me!) First of all, I had to retake my written driving test... I just found out from a scrupulous cashier that my driver's license has been expired for almost two years. GO ME! I still have to schedule the actual driving test! What a drag, yo.

Secondly, my mom fell down while she was putting on her socks. She hurt her back and was rushed to the ER. Luckily, just her muscles are severely strained and her bones are fine. (She's had vertigo ever since her small stroke last year. Like Lucille 2!) It's always scary to see my mom in the hospital. She looks so vulnerable, so fragile. But then, she starts talking, and I suddenly remember how resilient she is. Thanks a lot for all your sweet comments on Twitter and Facebook... I appreciate it! (So does mom.)

I'm topping off this day with some wine, banana bread, and The Office!

Four-eyed Saucy Minx

I wear glasses for reading and driving, and... (little known fact!) my left eye can't see for two feet. So, I depend on my specs a lot. I ordered a few pairs of Warby Parker eyeglasses to try out and see if they live up to the hype. Spoiler alert- they do! Not only is it free shipping both ways to try out up to five pairs of vintage-inspired eyeglasses, but they are very well-made and comfortable. The best part is, for every pair you purchase, they give a pair to someone in need! The frames are made in China, but for $95 per prescription pair, that's what you get. The eyeglasses arrived nestled in this sturdy cloth box:
Here are the results!
What's your favorite?
Or should I move on and order a different pair?
Be honest or be square! Erm.

Disclaimer: I ordered the geekiest pairs that Warby Parker offered. I like the contrast between dorky glasses and a feminine sundress. It just suits me.
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