Channeling Alice in Wonderland

Posted in Hot Trends, Upcoming Events on February 14, 2010 by iluvpockets

We’re all a twitter over the Alice in Wonderland movie premiering March 5th.

Tim Burton + Johnny Depp + psychedelic fairy tale = one stoked gaggle of shopgirls in full costume opening night.

We’ve been looking for every excuse possible to dress in the vein of the movie.

Anything quaint, patterned, buttoned and oversized fits the bill for “twisted victorian”.

Here’s a sneak peek at our looks that totally channel Alice and her posse…

“there is a place. like no place on earth.  a land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! 

some say to survive it:  you need to be as mad as a hatter….”

Left my heart in San Fran…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by iluvpockets

Back to the daily grind, I find myself reminiscing about San Francisco…the streets, the frantic search for the right bus stop, the fantastic little tea room, the classic Bay Area weather…and the outfits, oh the outfits! 

With the unexpected death of my camera on Day 2, I had to wait until I got home to take some of pictures…hence the delay & the inside of my apartment (in some of the pics).  But here are a few of my faves…

Day 1: 3 AM + 20 degree weather = bundle like woa.

Day 1:  Early dinner at tea room in Nob Hill

Day 1: Hitting up Fly Bar…conveniently located next to my hotel. 

Moment of the Day: Finding my hotel after getting off at the wrong bus stop five blocks away…

Day 2: Movie Tour & North Beach Adventure with Helen…hands down, my favorite day.

Moment of the Day:  Oh so many to choose from here…getting a flower from a cyclist while waiting for the bus and finding the café featured in the movie So I Married An Axe Murderer with Helen!!!!  We scoured Little Italy, met so many people, described this movie in detail (quotes and pictures included), and enjoyed a pint upon after finally finding it. 

Day 3: Hopping on the Caltrain to visit my hometown of San Mateo/Burlingame…ahhh memories!

Moment of the Day: Upon finding my old house, the last of the morning fog burned off, and I could begin to feel the sun as I continued down Highland Ave in search of the old tree I used to climb.  Nothing beats the smell of the honeysuckles mingling with the Eucalyptus trees. 

Day 4: Trip to the Arts & Crafts Museum + perusing cute coffee shop dudes in the Mission District

Moment of the Day:  Enjoying my great new book, The Road Less Travelled, while sipping tea and nibbling my Chamomile scone…delish.

Clothing aside, I had a great time on my trip.  It made me feel empowered to travel solo.  I felt a sense that I can do much more than I ever thought…in all aspects of life.  Where to next?  Who knows.  Still experiencing the wonderful residual memories of San Francisco.  It was exactly how I remember it when I was little, and my parents would take me for a day trip into the city.  I remember the cloudy skies, the smell of the water, the occasional gulls that would appear over the tops of the city buildings. 

…above the blue and windy sea
when i come home to you, san francisco…

san francisco + packing light = ultimate fashion challenge

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 4, 2010 by iluvpockets

It seems to be the general consensus that everyone is quite ready for 2010.  New beginnings always hold some secret, exciting promise, however hazy it may be.  It is my resolution, this year, to capture that promise and will it into a defined reality.  In that spirit, I have decided to take a trip that I’ve been wanting for a couple years and venture back to my old stomping grounds, San Francisco!  I am BEYOND EXCITED.

I leave in T minus four days and like always, I have already created packing lists, itineraries, and have routed the best ways to every possible destination in the city.  It’s just how I roll.  Now, usually I am a heavy packer.  I love options and being warm so this is good for me.  However, having to rely entirely on public transportation and my nimble feet to tote me around, I am forced to pack light.  So, here is the challenge I am facing; pack as little as possible and create as many outfits as I can muster (while still looking awesome and staying warm).  Although I’ll only be gone for four days, I want at least two different outfits for each day; one for “Tourist Samantha” running around the city during the day and one for “Paint the Town Samantha” enjoying nightlife and looking sharp. 

RULES:

1.  I can pack no more than 2 tops, 2 sweaters, 2 jackets, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bottoms, and 1 dress.

2.  I must create 8 completely different outfits.

3.  I can bring 2 scarfs, 2 pairs of tights, and a belt to use as often as needed. 

4.  I have to wear each item at least twice. 

Ode to Jessica Schroeder (awesome blogger of www.whatiwore.tumblr.com), I plan on sharing all my concoctions when I come home.  Should be quite fun to look at my hits…or misses.  In the meantime, check out Jessica’s blog and get inspired.  I can’t wait to regale y’all with tales and pictures from my travels!

Femininity is Having a Moment

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 by kac31284

You may have noticed that there have been a rash of all things girly popping up in your favorite fashion magazines and adorning the gliteratti at fabulous events.  I am not talking about things that make you look like a 1980s Lolita (you know anything florescent or involving any type of candy).  Those things are fun and ironic and definitely have their place, but what I am talking about are ribbons and lace.  Things that proudly say “I am a woman and I am lovely.”

 It may be a simple bow around the waist of dress or skirt as Zooey Deschanel so often sports.  She oozes ladylike glamour with just a hint of indie rebellion in ever present grosgrain ribbon. 

 Or classy cotton neck tie as Jayma Mays wears every week as the wide eyed Emma Pillsbury on Glee.

Lace offers some even more grown up options such as the plunging neckline and potentially scandalous cut outs of this beautiful dress worn by Olivia Wilde made positively demure by adding a hint of lace. 

 Similarly this exquisite corseted mini dress worn by Blake Lively would not be nearly so stunning without the rose patterned lace wrapped around its bodice.

                Now you may not think this trend is worth reporting.  Women are dressing in feminine clothing, what’s the big deal?  But I think that this trend is important beyond just the fact that it is beautiful to look at.  In the past several decades women have taken to wearing androgynous clothing especially in arenas in which they wish to be taken seriously such as the office.  While I believe that androgyny can be very sexy and it heralds back to the early suffragettes donning pants in order to minimize the difference between them and their voting male counterparts.

                I feel that the recent rise of ladylike clothing has an important point to make.  It is not about trying to take women back to the days of subserviently binding clothes.  It is about standing up proudly and saying “I am lovely and beautiful and I don’t need to pretend to be anything other than that in order for you to take me seriously.”  This trend is all about being feminine and powerful and not being willing to surrender the one for the other.

                Well, I’ll get off my soap box but the next time you are considering what to wear for an evening out or even a day at the office consider adding a flirty bow or a hint of lace or anything else that makes you feel proud to be the gorgeous woman that you are.

Great Gifts on a Budget

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 by iluvpockets

The art of gift giving is certainly something to be admired.  I know we’ve all been there.  We try to brainstorm ideas for the perfect gift.  You venture out several times in search of something that cries out their name and you end up buying something for yourself.  Eventually, Christmas Eve rolls around and you find yourself in Target along with everyone and their screaming kids clamoring for the last prepackaged, gender-specific gift set.  You didn’t really want to get them a golf-themed dock kit or a set of holiday flavored lip glosses but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?  While I agree with this sentiment, I also agree that you don’t have to surrender to the lure of big box, decision-free gift sets.  Sometimes the best gifts, while last-minute, can be just as meaningful and affordable.  Here’s a list of gift ideas we’ll totally let you sneak a peek at. 

1.  Gift Certificates.  I cannot tell you how many times I have had to defend gift certificates.  They have gained the reputation of a “thoughtless” gift.  However, think about the enormous benefits that the receiver reaps.  They get to get exactly what they want.  Also, if they’re anything like us, they love shopping.  I will go to my grave defending (and hopefully, receiving) gift certificates.  P.S. You can purchase a Gabby B’s gift certificate in any amount. 

2. Mix CD.  One year, in lieu of Christmas cards, my rents sent out their personal mix of Christmas songs.  It was a great little hello and gift wrapped into one.  And it cost next to nothing!  Plus, my mom was able to slap some Santa hats on our rabbits and covered each disc in their adorable picture.  Who wouldn’t want to jam out to something with this on the cover?

3. Baked Goods.  I don’t care if you’re a total Scrooge.  Name me even the coldest of misers who doesn’t love to eat sweets around the holidays?  I rest my case.

4. Thrift Store Finds/Vintage Goodies.  Save some cash and find a unique gift.  Every time I purge my closet of out-of-circulation clothing, my vintage finds stay.  No questions.

5. Write/Perform Something.  Okay, hear me out.  You can totally have fun with it or get super, deep serious into it.  I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum and have to say both are pretty awesome.  My dad has a way with words and some of my most treasured possessions are things he’s written me.  In the vein of performance, I once dedicated a dance to someone.  It meant a lot to them and how many people can say they have had a dance performed in their name?  Even though they are not tangible, they often have just as much, if not more, weight. 

6. Cafepress.com.  I got hooked after I ordered a totally cool political tee.  It’s cheap, easy, and you can print anything under the sun.  Can’t find anything for that Twilight or Mad Men freak?  Guess again.   You can even upload your own design/photo for a completely customized present.    Inside joke paradise.

7. Pomanders.  When I was about eight, I remember my mom sitting me down and handing me a jar of cloves and a couple oranges.  About an hour later, we were laughing, drinking cider, and I had a finished pomander to stick in my closet.  A bit of history, pomanders were typically used to mask odors from the Middle Ages through the 18 century.  Now, they’re just awesome ways to decorate and deliciously smellify a room.

8. Photo-magraphs.  It may seem trite, but nothing is more sentimental than framed pictures.  Best advice:  stick to simple, classic picture frames.  Check out local photographers who won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  We’re lucky enough to have ours right here in the San Antonio store.  For more info, check out www.kimberlybrimhall.com. She’s more or less AWESOME.

9. Take a Field Trip.  You don’t have to spend anything other than your time.  Get creative.  In middle school, my rents took my best friend, Katie and I on a tour of neighborhood Christmas lights.  We took the convertible for a modern sleigh ride.  They outfitted us with blankets, hot cocoa, and old school holiday tunes.  If you live in the Hill Country, check out Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels.  It’s $20 per car, but you can get your money’s worth if you pile everyone in!  For more info, visit www.santasranch.net.  And the lights are just amazing…

Even with this lengthy list in hand, you may still be at a loss.  And that’s okay.  I know it is trite, but it’s not about gift giving.  Forget the workload, the bills, the presents, and the drama of it all.  Relish in the holiday, the people, the warmth and the laughter.  Because when all is said and done, those are the things we remember next year, and the year after that, for many to come. 

Happy Holidays.

10 Things I’m Thankful For…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 25, 2009 by iluvpockets

Amidst the whirlwind of school, work, relationships, and life in general, it’s good to take some time out and get into the season.  And yes, I mean family and friends.  But I also mean appreciating the extra little things that we only see this time of the year…like, egg nog.  Doesn’t everyone love to get into that?  To be honest, I have yet to feel giddy about the holidays.  Not that I’m dreading it, I just have not had the time to relish in the fun and warmth of it all.   And with Turkey Day less than 24 hours away, it’s about time I crank up the holiday tunes and indulge in the very things I love about this time of the year…

10. Old school christmas songs.  Frank, Bing, and Rosemary…I love ’em all.

9. Wassail.  For those of you who live within 100 miles of New Braunfels, take the drive on Dec 3rd for Wassailfest.  It’s so worth it.

8.  Gingerbread pancakes.  I’ve developed quite a taste for these at my fav breakfast spot in Austin (Austin Java Co. for those of you in the area).  Better yet, these hot cakes are served all year-round with cinnamon butter.  You heard me…

7.  Soup.  Living in Texas, soups that aren’t served ice-cold (gazpacho, for example) are off-limits until the weather cools off…and when it does, you better believe my pantry is sufficiently stocked. 

6.  Fingerless gloves.  Just got an awesome pair for my birthday that I cannot wait to wear to work!  Perfect for ringing up customers and flipping through mags.

7.  Salutations.  It seems that this time of the year brings out the best in people.  I’m used to southern hospitality, but it’s to the point where I am being invited to crash people’s Thanksgiving family gatherings.  I love that now saying goodbye to someone entails wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.  Or maybe we just have fantastic customers?

6.  Silver and gold.  Metallics with everything?  A resounding, “yes.”

5.  Glorious mornings.  Beautiful sunny days with a biting cold make for an invigorating morning run. 

4.  Lotion.  Although I use it throughout the year, I truly need it come winter.  And I love having that as a morning ritual fresh out of the shower.  Makes me feel super pampered before I step out into brisk weather. 

3.  Bundling.  Remember the days when our parents tried in vain to get us to bundle up?  Like pulling teeth, right?   Those days are long gone.photo by Jennifer Coffey

2.  Anything baked.  Yes, I’m totally going there.  In case you’re trapped inside at any point you get a craving for something sweet, here’s my no fail, super easy recipe for peanut butter cookies…

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup peanut butter (natural works best), 1 cup sugar, and 1 egg.  THAT’S IT.  Spoon onto greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Press flat with a fork.  Bake about 8-10 min (depending on how large you made them).  They will come out very soft but will harden as they cool.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned my mouth inhaling them straight out of the oven.

1.  Going to bed with this outside my window

photo by Joe Richardson

Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s To You Mom & Pop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 24, 2009 by iluvpockets

I stumbled upon a wonderful site last week and have found myself perusing it everyday.  Everyone I share it with thinks it’s great.  It even made the news.

“What is this fantastic, ultimately cool site,” you ask? 

Type www.myparentswereawesome.com into your browser and allow yourself to get hooked.  Photographs of people’s parents seem to go on and on, each saturated in obvious love and stories.  And it’s not just pics from the seventies or sixties plastered across your monitor.  There are pictures spanning from the early 1900s to the present.  Perhaps it’s because my parents cool factor peaked in the mid 80s that those pictures resonate with me the most.  However, I find myself imagining a story behind every submission.  Where are they?  Who are they with?  Who is taking the picture?  What are they laughing about?  I almost always wonder what their kids are like.  First names are provided but nothing else. 

This site is evidence that the tired, old cliché is true; pictures do speak a thousand words.  Although this post has little to do with fashion, I had to write about it.  However, I will say since I’ve become hooked on this site, I’ve also found myself gravitating towards things that were once my mom’s when debating the day’s outfit.  I wear a pair of her earrings from college all the time.  Sweaters and cardigans that she once called her own line my closet.  And I love that.  No one else has these things.  And for the day I done a sweater of hers, I’m as awesome as my mom.