un deux trois

Did you know that Dolls Kill released a delia*s throwback collection? I just about died when I saw it. I collect their old catalogs (and scan them on my delia*s blog here) so this was SUPER exciting for me!! I have basically no money right now, but I also couldn't resist getting this dress (and this tote bag) and I already came up with three different ways to style it! :D

Can you guess which one is my favorite? I'll let you know at the end!

Remixed item: delia*s flower power dress from Dolls Kill

Sweater: Target
Collar: old
Shoes: Bait Footwear

I've said this a million times but I love when dresses have multiple colors that you can pull from to make a coordinated outfit. For this one I went with the pink and matched my sweater, belt, and shoes. I think the detachable collar is what really pulls everything together here though.

Remixed item: flower power delia*s dress from Dolls Kill

Top: ASOS (old)
Shoes: Karmaloop (old)
Sunglasses: Oui Fresh

This look is definitely out of season but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I love it anyway.

Remixed item: flower power delia*s dress from Dolls Kill

Belt: Old
Shoes: Aldo
Tights: Amazon

Last but not least, a simple outfit with colored tights and a matching belt. I pulled from the blue here and honestly I could have done un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, etc. today because there was the option to do a red outfit, a yellow outfit, a green outfit, etc. I can already tell this dress is going to get a lot of wear because it's just so easy to style it a dozen different ways.

Can you guess which one was my favorite? It was the first one with the collar! :)

are you kitten me

How cute is this one-eyed cat sweater?! It's from Modcloth and it was inspired by an employee's cat named Oscar. Are you ready to die of cuteness? Because here is a photo of Oscar wearing his namesake sweater. Eeeeeeee! SO CUTE!!! Now I feel like I need to figure out a way to make an Arrietty sweater.

I haven't eaten anything yet today except some gummy vitamins so my brain is drawing the biggest blank for writing this post. I just had so much to get done today that I jumped right into it without taking the time for breakfast or tea. I always spend August-October thinking that I have plenty of time to make holiday items and get my shop ready for Black Friday but then inevitably it's the week before Thanksgiving and I'm in a frantic rush trying to prepare. Today I want to finish up some classic movie Christmas card designs I've been working on (assuming I manage to get these done, I have TEN new designs that should be in the shop this weekend!) and even though they never really sell I also want to finish up two new calendar designs.

Just in case anyone was confused or curious, my cashier job is a part time gig and I'm still keeping my shop open for the holidays. I have no plans of ever closing my shop, unless it totally stops making any money at all, and honestly even if that happened I'd probably *still* keep it open just because I can't stop myself from making stuff and wanting to sell it, lol! So please keep my little store in mind when you're sending holiday lists to your friends & family or buying presents for your loved ones!

My favorite vintage inspired Christmas decorations

Every year when stores put out their Christmas decorations I immediately start hunting for things that could be mistaken for '50s/'60s vintage. It's usually cheaper than actually buying vintage ornaments or decorations on Etsy or Ebay, and you can buy multiples of something that you really love instead of only finding one.

I thought I'd do a little round-up of my favorite vintage-inspired decorations that I have on display this year! First up is this little bird ornament that I found at Target! It's available online here.

This matching deer doesn't appear to be for sale online, but I found her in the same section as the bird at my local Target. I actually got a few of these exact same deer last year, too, so hopefully this is something they'll be bringing back every year now!

This little ski lift ornament is also from Target this year (but not available online.) I love hanging ornaments around the house off of the tree to add little bits of Christmas everywhere :)

I picked up several of these cute little felt deer! They look so vintagey and cute! These are also from Target and they're available online here.

This picture doesn't do these ornaments justice. They're mini ornaments inspired by the vintage glass ornaments that I love so much from the '50s and '60s! They're from Anthropologie and they might be my absolute favorite looks-vintage-but-isn't-vintage decoration that I have. Last year I made Arrietty a mini tree to match mine and filled it with these ornaments. They're available again this year online right here.

I LOVE these lighted trees and I'm so excited that I found one in a petite size this year. I got mine at Target (not available online - come on, Target! argh!) but it is available on amazon right here.

This little Santa is one of my favorite Disney souvenirs! I bought it in the Germany pavilion at Epcot several years ago and whenever I break out my Christmas decorations this always takes me back to Disney :)

I found these vintage inspired putz houses at Home Goods a couple years back! They came in a big set with half a dozen houses, and I also got a large house to match. They're not online but here is a similar one.

This started out as a light-up Santa face that I found at Cracker Barrel, but after a few years the lighting part detached from the back and so I just turned it into a non-light-up Santa face. I painted the inside white so that it wouldn't be transparent anymore. I've always loved vintage blow mold decorations so I was so excited when I found this one! I can't seem to find it online but maybe Cracker Barrel is still selling it in store.

Last but not least, I got these ADORABLE Mr. and Mrs. Claus pull-string ornaments from Target this year. Aren't they the cutest!? Again, they're not online, but I only purchased them last week so hopefully Target still has them in store :)

Style Idol - Isabelle Adjani

thank you for being a friend

Today is my birthday! When I was little my dad used to celebrate his "29th" birthday every single year, even though he was already 33 when I was born. I think he kept it going way into his forties, and I always thought it was just a weird funny dad thing. But now that I'm turning 32 I kinda want to just celebrate my 29th birthday every year instead, lol!

31 was a really weird and rough year for me, health wise and just life wise, but strangely I feel a lot more comfortable with my shortcomings all of a sudden. Instead of feeling like I'm a failure at love or money or art I just feel like those shortcomings are a part of who I am. I've worked hard to overcome my health issues and I've become a much more disciplined person than I ever was before. I have a set daily schedule, I exercise, I eat healthy, I make time for reading each night and I don't skip washing my face *ever* which is a weird thing to be proud of at my age but I was pretty darn lazy about that for the last three decades.

So there are some things about my life that haven't gone according to plan -- it's fine. I'm feeling healthy, I'm taking care of myself, and I'm only 29 so I still have a long time to figure things out ;)

belt - h&m (old) | shoes - aldo

un deux trois

Un Deux Trois is back this week after an accidental hiatus last week (I just totally forgot to post! oops!) with one of my favorite items in my closet, this pinafore dress that I got on Amazon. I actually have it in three colors (red, light blue, and black) I love it so much!

Can you guess which outfit is my favorite? I'll spill the beans at the end of the post!

Remixed item: Red pinafore from Amazon

Cat sweater: Modcloth
Shoes: Aldo

I feel like every time I wear something mustard I pair it with red, and vice versa. It's just such a perfect color combination! Here I decided to wear this cardigan buttoned-up under the pinafore with a matching mustard colored belt and nude shoes. This cardigan is one of my favorite additions to my closet this year. Do you ever get something and think "80 years from now some vintage collector is going to flip out over this item?" because I think that a lot about my own clothing collection.

Remixed item: Red pinafore from Amazon

The Killers t-shirt: Burning Airlines
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Bait Footwear

I think my favorite thing about pinafores is that you can wear graphic tees with them and show off the whole design. Here I'm repping my favorite band, The Killers, with a band tee and a knotted cardigan. I wore kitten heels here but I think this would also look perfect with keds in the summer. Very casual/cool :)

Remixed item: Red pinafore from Amazon

Dress (worn as a top): ASOS
Shoes: Amazon

Never forget that every dress in your closet can also be a top if it's paired with the right item ;) I love wearing this particular dress as a shirt because it's short enough that it usually sits an inch or so above the hem of most of my other dresses. And here I am pairing yellow with red again, lol! It's just so perfect!

Did you guess my favorite outfit? It's the Killers tee one! I feel like that's probably a surprise this week? I just really like the combination of the red and purple and the outfit gives me all the feels about going to see my favorite band in concert in 2016 and 2017. Maybe if they tour nearby again I'll wear that outfit to the concert! ;D

recipe: dark chocolate maple truffles

I promised you guys this recipe a couple weeks ago and here it is! These are sugar free, nut free, and gluten free plus the dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties. But maybe the most important thing is that they are absolutely delicious!! I made this batch last night and then experienced the most excruciating test of willpower when I had to leave them untouched in the refrigerator overnight so that I could take photos of them this morning. Needless to say, as soon as these pictures were in the can the candy was not long for this world. lol!

You'll need:
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
4 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
3 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup (start with 2 tbsp and then add more to taste)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
pink Himalayan sea salt (optional)

Stir to combine the melted coconut oil, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. I started with a couple tablespoons and then added more until it was the perfect amount of sweetness for me. Keep stirring vigorously until it starts to thicken, and then refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes.

Once it's hardened a bit, take the mixture out of the fridge and use a melon baller to scoop small bite-sized balls of chocolate. Roll with your hands to form a circle. Now here is where it varies based on what type of chocolate you want to make. I made salted chocolates and coconut chocolates.

- For plain chocolates, just place the balls on a dish and refrigerate.
- For salted chocolates, place balls on a dish and then sprinkle with salt.
- For coconut chocolates, roll the balls in coconut flakes first.

You can also roll the chocolates in sprinkles or chopped nuts instead. Or if you're not going sugar-free they'd be scrumptious rolled in powdered sugar. I personally want to try a batch rolled in chopped walnuts (and maybe sub the maple syrup for honey? hmm..)

This batch should yield approximately 2 dozen chocolates, and they're best kept in the refrigerator so that the coconut oil doesn't melt. When I served them at my Halloween party they held up just fine on the buffet table after being refrigerated for 24 hours straight.

Enjoy!! :)