Friday, May 28, 2010

Romper Obsession

Kate Moss via UK Press, sporting a romper from her own collection.

I have an obsession with rompers that I can no longer deny. For the past couple years I have told myself that I am just too pear-shaped to sport a romper, and that this was a trend that I should only admire from a distance and certainly not on me. But you know what? They are just too dang cute! So I'm going to romper it up this Summer regardless of my hesitation that these babies don't look as great on me as they do on ladies with a svelte frame. After a little surfing around (seriously I could really just do a one-stop shop at Urban Outfitters, I seem to always end up there) I found some fun little numbers that would be great for Summer weekends in the sunny So. Cal weather. Hope you enjoy! Any Summer style obsessions of your own?

Grey Antics by Grey Ant, Perfect Romper $58 @ Urban Outfitters. This is such a fun print and cut! Definitely screams summertime.

Lucca Couture Ruffle Front Short Romper $58 @ Urban Outfitters. If you're new to the romper idea and aren't brave enough yet to rock a fun print, black is always a good option. You can call it your LBR (Little Black Romper).

Samantha Pleet Run Amok Romper, $178 @ Urban Outfitters. I think the name says it all. :)

Lucca Couture Zip Front Romper $58 @ Urban Outfitters. I'm in love with the fit of this romper; perfect balance of relaxed and comfy, yet still very put together. This romper comes in several different colors too.

Wink Isle Romper, $218 @ Urban Outfitters. I love the detailing on the pockets and the relaxed fit on top.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Closet: The UGLY sweater + some thanks

Awhile back when on a flea market hunt, I stumbled across this little boys sweater. I thought it was totally awesome and I could pair it with a skirt and some heels and have some instant boy meets girl appeal; my husband on the other hand told me this is one of the ugliest sweaters he has ever seen. lol. I told him he needed to have some vision and that it would look good on me, but he said "you can be a hot chick in an ugly sweater, and the sweater is still ugly." Wise words babe. I still love it though, sometimes I don't want everything I wear to be super pretty, I like to have clothes that fit my mood and today this was just right for my mood. So whether you love the sweater or hate the sweater, here it is in it's little boy's vintage glory. :)

Also, I want to give some thanks. I've received a couple of blogger awards this week and I want to give a big shout out back to the lovely ladies that gave them to me.

Thank you so much to Cornflake for passing on a Beautiful Blogger Award to Me:

And A big thank you to Vivian at Diamonds and Tulle also for passing on the "Your Blog is Over the Top!" Award.

I really appreciate the great support of the blogging community. Both of these bloggers have excellent blogs of their own that you should definitely check out (see links above).

In other Bre news (since I'm on a roll here) I sold my first pillow from my etsy shop last week and I'm very excited about that. Wouldn't you know the minute I go out of town I have multiple sales that week? Isn't that just the way it always go? lol. I don't talk about my etsy shop much here on my blog (or at least I haven't in a long time) so I'm thinking I may add a "My Etsy" link on the side bar next to my blogger awards. Changes coming soon.

the pillow sale. Wheat Sculptural Knit 14x14 pillow, $50

the close-up (so you can see the fibers throughout and the texture...I've been so obsessed with this thick texture)

Outfit credit: sweater-vintage, skirt-DKNY, and heels-Charles David.



Monday, May 17, 2010

Fabulous Follower: Gina Michele

I've noticed that I have quite a bit of very talented followers, so I've decided to start a series to show off their genius. My first fabulous follower is Gina Michele. She has an Etsy shop where she sells her own collection of clothing and handbags, as well as some great vintage pieces thrown in between. I'm particularly smitten with her Whiskey ROck a Roller handbag. It's been upcycled from vintage suede and leather jackets and has a great rope shoulder strap (something that you already know I'm crazy about right now).

Gina Michele Whiskey Rock a Roller bag, $98

inside peek @ the Whiskey bag.

In addition to this great bag, she has a couple frocks that I simply adore.

Gina Michele La Vita e Bella dress, $76

Gina Michele This Side of Paradise dress, $95

And if you needed another reason to love her, she models a lot of her own items (that's her in the vintage skirt below).

Gina Michele Vintage Cherry Print Skirt, $18

Like what you're seeing? Check out her etsy shop HERE and her blog HERE.



All photos from the etsy shop of Gina Michele as referenced above.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ooo-la-la Oscar!

It's no secret I'm a big fan of black & white (I know, I know, I constantly say this, but trust me these are good) and so it's no surprise I'm a big fan of Oscar de la Renta's 2010 Resort collection. It's themed with a lot of black & white, with some nautical navy & red accents, and a few bright colors sprinkled throughout. *sigh* It makes me want to drift away and travel around the world. Hope you enjoy just as much as I do!



Photos courtesy of Dan Lecca for Oscar de la Renta

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bike Crazy!

(a view from my bike ride this past weekend)

It's official my friends, I have gone a bit bike crazy. Getting back into biking this Spring has been such a rush for me. I love it! It reminds me of riding the neighborhood aimlessly as a child: wind in the face, sun shining, and not a worry in sight. It's also a great way to get out and have a beautiful view while you're getting a good workout.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm going to be doing the bike portion of a relay triathlon this August, but in the mean time I've signed up for plenty of things to keep myself occupied. This weekend I'll be doing a 28 mile out-and-back beach ride down in San Diego with some family members (this isn't an actual "event" just something we've been looking forward to doing).

I'm also very excited for Memorial weekend, since my husband and I will be participating in the 45th annual Great Western Bicycle Rally. If you haven't heard of it, it is a great cycling celebration. There are 27 different rides/routes; all varying in distance and level of difficulty. Most events are non-competitive and are not timed nor guided. We have chosen to do the 30 mile "Bike the Wine Country" route. It is a 30 mile bike ride (with a 2,000 ft. elevation gain) through the beautiful wineries of Paso Robles, California. There are 5 wineries along the bike trails, and for those wanting to stop in for a tasting or two, they have arranged to hold your purchases back at the fairgrounds for you so you don't have to carry bottles with you on the long trek. I think it will be gorgeous to bike through and I'm just very excited for this adventure with my man.

We will also be doing the Fiesta Ride in San Diego next month (which has 20, 40, and 100 mile ride options). We aren't trying to race and get a best time or anything intense, we just want to enjoy the ride & the view...and of course the Mexican fiesta and mariachis at the end of the ride. Seriously who can turn that down?

So there it is. Proof enough of my obsession? lol. My husband even bought me the Garmin Foreruner 305 watch for my birthday last week. So far I really love it for both the biking and running modes (I'm sad I can't play with my watch this week since I'm staying in a hotel and would look a little silly wearing a training watch in just the hotel gym, lol).

So what do you think? Gone a little crazy? What hobbies are you really amped on this Spring & Summer?



p.s. Wow, this was a long post for me without a lot of pictures. Hoping to get back into more of a normal routine next week. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Closet: 80's vintage

Sometimes I swear I'm a woman from another era. I often find myself admiring fashionable women of the past, thinking they just looked so much more magical back then. I always think I would have been great in the 80's with my big curly/spazzy hair (for that reason alone that should have been my heydey!).

Today I was feeling the 80's love, so I threw on this vintage 80's blouse with some black skinnies/shorties, ruffly heels, and vintage jewelry. I must confess...I've altered the blouse a bit from it's original form...I just couldn't help myself I had to tear out the huge shoulder pads it came with. :)

my fabulous clock ring...a great flea market find!

Hope you had a happy monday!



Photo credit: All photos are property of redBungalow.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Foodie Book Club Review #1

This past month I joined (never home)maker’s Foodie Book Club. My sister-in-law told me about this, and I thought it was a great idea, because I most certainly love to eat, and I haven’t done any reading for pleasure in a long long time (I read a lot of boring accounting literature at work, and my brain needs a rest when I get home). Please forgive me in advance, as this is my first attempt at writing a book review, and I have a tendency to get overly excited and ramble, but I promise to get better each month. So here goes:

This month’s book was A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg. If you are unfamiliar with the book, Molly gives a somewhat autobiographical account of her life. Each chapter tells a story from her life which leads up to a recipe that relates to her fondest and deepest memories. Overall I really quite enjoyed this book. I found it a very quick read (I think I read it cover to cover in 2 sittings) and I found the format of this book (memories mixed in with recipes) to be quite genius.

Molly has a way of explaining characters in her life that will make you say “Oh yes! That reminds me exactly of so and so.” This makes the book very enjoyable because you feel like you can really relate to at least one of the characters in her book.

For example, when I read about Molly & Brandon (her now husband) and their love of food, it often made me think “this reminds me of me and my husband.” The way Molly was the “Baker” and Brandon was the kitchen scientist...I am certainly the “Baker” as I follow my little recipes to a T most of the time, even the old old family recipes that by now I should be brave enough to modify from time to time. I don’t dare change a family recipe for fear of the bad karma that would a wait! My husband is most certainly the complete opposite in the kitchen. He never has a real “recipe” for anything he makes. He just stands in there like a brilliant food scientist (a quite cute one at that), buzzing around the kitchen and putting lots of ingredients into little bowls and then BAM! It all comes together magically. In the 8 years we’ve been together, this method has never really failed him.

But I digress. What I really love about her book is the message that so much of our lives and memories are made in the home, and particularly in the kitchen with loved ones. I know in my family most of our traditions, and childhood memories, revolve around food. The times we have all spent together in the kitchen (especially on holidays) have been some of my fondest memories. It’s funny how food (and the smell of food) really can bring back such great memories.
I remember waking up at 6am to help my mom turn out those amazing Swedish tea rings and listening to the hum of the ice cream maker in the summer time when my dad would make his homemade vanilla ice cream and famous peach cobbler.

So many of the greatest conversations of my childhood were in the kitchen or at the dinner table, and this is something that has certainly carried over in to my adult life. My husband and I cook together every night and I LOVE the time we spend in the kitchen together. Especially our Sunday night dinners, which are very grand (this is something I probably inherited from my mother). My husband and I have been known to spend at least a couple of hours in and out of the kitchen and then a couple more hours sitting at the table sharing a feast over candle light, intense or nonsensical discussion, and laughter. It’s our way to make sure we start off our week on the right foot. This is why I was smitten with this book from the introduction where Molly talks about how her father would always say “we eat better than most people in restaurants!” because this is so similar to something my husband and I say to each other constantly. For us it’s more like “well babe…I don’t know any other 20-somethings that eat like we do.” And no, we don’t always have the most gourmet meals (sometimes we go all out since we both love to cook), but sometimes I’m just in the kitchen chopping up a big pile of veggies while he makes one of his delicious sauces for a stir fry (this is actually a weekly occasion in our house…stir fry veggies & chicken, pork, beef, tofu with noodles, white rice, brown rice…take your pick we’ve done it).

I think maybe we feel we “eat so well” because we always make our dinner time (and hence each other) a priority. We cook together every night and the rest of the world kind of just stops as we prep, dine and enjoy each other’s company.

If this sounds like you at all, I would most certainly recommend this book. Reading back through this, this isn’t much of a book review, lol. But if you love to cook and want to pick up some new fabulous recipes (I’m itching to try a few in here when I’m done traveling for work this month), then go ahead and give this one a read.

P.S. I apologize if I have been ignoring my blog a bit this week. I have been traveling for work, and working late nights.

P.S. jr - The author, Molly Wizenberg, also has a food blog written in a similar style as her book. Interested? Visit here:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cheryl Cole: Snag the Look

I came across this picture of Cheryl Cole via the vogue diaries and I just thought she looked adorable with contrasting mix of that girlie scarf in her hair, sexy skinnies, and tough military jacket. This is such an easy look that can work on basically any budget - I mean don't we all already have skinnies and black platforms in our closet somewhere? :)

So I thought this was a great candidate for a "Snag the Look" post. Start with your own favorite pair of blue skinnies and mix and match from the options below. Hope you enjoy!

Some belt options at incredibly affordable prices (gotta love Forever 21):

Double Buckle Braided Belt, $7.80 at Forever 21

Antique Studded Twist Belt, $7.80 @ Forever 21

A fantastic military top:

Planet Blue Black Label Army Jacket, $110 at Planet Blue

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes:

Slatted Peep Toe Pump, $24.80 @ Forever 21

Eunice Perforated Accent Heels, $26.80 @ Forever 21

Remember theseNo 704b Amanda Leather Cut Out Platform Pumps from my post on Friday? Well they happen to come in black too! Although I couldn't find the picture online, I think these in black would be my favorite pick.

And topped with fabulous Ray Bans and a Red & Black Scarf:

Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses, $110 @ Campmor. I LOVE these aviators! My husband has them and I occasionally borrow them...I'm starting to think I need my own pair. :)

Keffiyeh Black and Red Pattern Scarf, $9.95 @ Amazon



Sex & the City 2: Whoa 80's flashback!

OK, So I actually LOVE this first picture of a crazed 80's flashback Samantha (I find it hilarious). I did some googling last night to see when the Sex and the City 2 movies premieres (May 27th, if you were interested) and I found these hilarious images that I thought I MUST share. There must be some funny 80's flashback scene in this movie, which I don't recall seeing in the previews. I had been a little torn about whether or not I really wanted to see it (Carrie and Aidan again? no way...I can't bare the thought of her possibly cheating on BIG after all they've been through!),but this alone could make it worth seeing.

Hope you have a good laugh!

And this one was just too fabulous...had to leave you with something lovely. :)



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