New Look 6872

10/17/12: Bad Hair Day

Pattern Description: 
Misses skirts in various lengths with sash, pocket, and hem band options.
Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 6-16, I cut view D in a 12.

Cost:Pattern: $4
Fabric: 2 1/2 yards for $6 per yard; $15
Zipper: $3.00
Total Cost: $22

Time:About two hours

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

It did! I eliminated the patch pockets, but other than that it worked perfectly.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Honestly, I didn’t really follow them. There’s only a few pieces to the pattern and it’s very easy to put together.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved this one! It went together very easily and it’s really flattering to my figure.

Fabric Used:
Cotton from JoAnn’s- it’s very thick and washes well.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn’t add the pockets- I thought they were distracting with the print I chose. I also think that I won’t cut the waistband on the bias next time. It made it stretch too much and I had to take it in.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again! This is my TNT skirt pattern and I’ve got plans to make it several more times, both for myself and for costume work.

This is probably the best gathered skirt pattern I’ve found. It’s easy to cut, doesn’t take too much fabric (it helps that I’m short and I don’t need a long hem) and only took me about two hours to construct! I highly recommend this one.

Le Gasp, Pants!


This is the first time I’ve worn pants to work ever. Ever.

I don’t really like wearing pants- I feel like they fit me funny- but I don’t mind this particular pair. They’ve got that cropped pedal-pusher 1950s look I like, and they were extremely comfortable for today- I was choreographing the battle scene for Narnia and needed to be comfy and covered enough to do crazy things like roll around on the floor.

I also wore my contacts! I wear disposables and I’m down to my last pair without knowing when I’ll have time for a doctor’s appointment, so I only bring them out for special occasions. Today was headshots for Narnia, so I needed to look prettyish and stuff. Also the reason for the plain black tee shirt, and why I wore it with pants.

And there are my glorious rainbow Keds! I love them.

And also a cameo appearance by my car keys.

Tee: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds via eBay

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive by Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Super G

September 2012 Birchbox: The September Issue


Somehow my September Birchbox got misplaced. BUT IT’S OKAY, I FOUND IT.

On the other hand…it was an underwhelming box this time around, so I didn’t quite miss it. My October box should be here today or tomorrow, so I hope it’s about 20% cooler this time around!

For a quick recap, my box had:

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint ($38 for full size)

This bottle is so tiny I haven’t gotten a chance to use it! I’ll probably save it for a weekend trip or something, since it’ll probably only last 2-3 uses.

La Fresh Eco Beauty Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover ($9.99 for a pack of 20)

This’ll be great to stash in my purse or take on a trip, since it’s just a little packet of nail polish remover wipes. And it’s cheap enough that if I like it, I won’t mind splurging a little to get a pack of 20 wipes!

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enyzmatic Face Rejuvenator ($34 full size)

I think I’m most excited about this one. I’m always looking for new face washes- I have pretty clear skin, but I’m always on the hunt for a face wash that’ll keep my skin super clear and won’t dry it out.

kate spade new york Twirl ($80 for 3.4 oz)

Man, I’m just racking up the perfume samples, aren’t I? It’s fun, though. I like having a lot of scents to choose from. I’m a big fan of the Kate Spade style and the scent is nice- floral without making me feel like an elderly woman’s pocketbook (I’m looking at you, Viva La Juicy.)

Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection in Tweet Me ($8 full size)

On one hand, I’m excited to add a new nail polish to my collection. On the other hand…lime green? Really? Not too excited. Especially since I already have Did It On ‘Em in my Nicki Minaj mini set, and it’s practically the same color. Oh, well. New polish is new polish.

Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches ($9.95 for three packs)

I’m a tea fanatic, especially when it’s cold out, so I was pretty excited about this month’s freebie (even more especially when a friend told me that Mighty Leaf is really good). I got three flavors, Green Tea Tropical, Vanilla Bean, and Chamomile Citrus. I’ll probably bring them to work with me- I keep several mugs and an electric kettle in my library to make tea for myself in the afternoons.

So that’s my super belated review of my September Birchbox! I’m super excited about my October one to arrive today or tomorrow.

But it needs to be about 20% cooler.

I Look Like a Fourteen-Year-Old


I really love this skirt, but it makes me look very young. But I wore it anyway! I tried pairing it with a button-up shirt to look more grown-up, but it just doesn’t change the fact that I look like a ninth grader.

And then, for Narnia rehearsal, I changed out of the striped button up and put on my Harry Potter tee, so I looked even younger. Oh, well. I was comfy!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Modcloth via eBay
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds, thrifted

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Gap So Pink

Bad Hair Day

10/17/12: Bad Hair Day

What is up with my hair? It’s all weird and frizzy and junk. Maybe it’s just still recovering from the hardcore dye process. Poor hair. Tomorrow I’ll put it up and condition the crap out of it.

This is my new favorite pair of shoes! I’ve been admiring the Blowfish Garrens on my favorite fashion blogger (Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee) for ages, and finally snagged a pair on eBay for dirt cheap! They’re so incredibly comfortable. They actually meet my standard for comfort- they’re comfy enough to wear to a Disney park! (After being a cast member for four years, I learned a lot about wearing proper footwear while in Disney.)

I made this skirt last year for teacher clothes, and it’s one of my most-worn pieces that I’ve sewn! The print is very Anthropologie-esque (at least in my mind…) and the pattern is super easy to construct- I made it in about two hours, including the hem. So if you’re looking for a simple gathered skirt pattern, I highly recommend New Look 6872!

Speaking of sewing, I started working on costumes for the school production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I moved my sewing machine to my work desk and basically set up a sweatshop for myself. Mrs. Beaver’s apron is done and her dress is underway!

Top: Thrifted
Skirt: Handmade (New Look 6872)
Shoes: Blowfish Garrens via eBay
Belt: Faded Glory

Nail Polish: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!
Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Glam Princess

Rachel-Minnie Berrymouse

My students debated about whether I looked more like Minnie Mouse or Rachel Berry. At least they think it’s cute.

I didn’t wash my hair today. And I went out in public. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. I am a compulsive hair-washer. I keep reading things about how it’s bad for your hair, it strips it of natural oils, you need to use non-sulfate based shampoos…and I’ll go like half a day before being like “OH GOD I’M SO GROSS SOMEONE HAND ME THE HERBAL ESSENCES.” I only shampoo the top of my head and condition the rest, but still. I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve voluntarily left the house with my hair unwashed.

I did use dry shampoo, though. Which I’m still a little leery of. But it made me feel better, so okay!

Today was the first day that my adorable flock of actors ran through Act I of Narnia all the way through. It took nearly two hours, but for our first real run-through, it went really well! They’re all very inexperienced, but they all work really hard and I’m proud of them.

Also, this dress makes my boobs look way too big and there’s literally nothing I can do about that.

Dress: Forever 21 via eBay
Tights: Hue via eBay
Shoes: City Classified via eBay

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors Cinderella
Perfume of the Day: Bath and Body Works Dreamy Vanilla Woods

Tuesday’s Ten: fall break highlights

I just finished fall break, and oh my, it was glorious! It was an entire week of vegging out and being ridiculously, happily lazy. It was marvelous.

#1: I watched the entire third season of Toddlers and Tiaras on Netflix. P ran away every time it was on. And then my mother showed me this, and I died laughing.

#2: I made all sorts of delicious things- coconut curry chicken, white chicken and artichoke lasagna, peach cobbler. I haven’t enjoyed cooking in ages and it was fantastic.

#3: My friend Meg was in town from Pennsylvania and we got to spend a lot of time together! We basically just talked and talked and talked for hours. It was fantastic.

#4: I got my first coffee of the fall- salted caramel mocha! So good. Mmmm…

#5: My husband got me the first season of Pushing Daisies on DVD! I love that show so much, and he surprised me by hunting all over till he found it.

#6: I had quality cuddle time with my kitten! He was not nearly as amused as I was.

#7: I got pretty much all of the fabric I need for the Narnia costumes- and thankfully I don’t have to make too many, unlike the spring show!

#8: I ate all the food. ALL THE FOOD. I usually don’t have time to eat anything substantial during the school week, so it was awesome to stuff my face- especially when my husband kept surprising me with breakfast foods!

#9: I broke my self-imposed shopping ban to buy a red dress to wear on Thanksgiving and a brown purse. Which I needed. So it’s okay to break the ban, right? Right? Probably not, but oh well.

#10: I dyed my hair and it’s GLORIOUS. I feel like the Little Mermaid!

Now I just need to wait until Thanksgiving break. And by then Narnia will be over and my stress will be done! I can focus on fixing up the library, and it’ll be awesome.

Little Mermaid Hair!


So you can’t see a lot of details of my outfit because the sun is stupid and I am a terrible photographer, but who cares because Ariel hair!

My sister’s best friend is in beauty school, so she came over to cut and color our hair. I hadn’t dyed my hair since August (and it had turned out the wrong color anyway) and it hadn’t been cut since April, so it definitely needed a little love! I am so thrilled with the color, and my students kept exclaiming over how pretty it looks.

I love this dress, but it’s one of the perils of buying thrifted clothing online- it was listed as a large when it’s a small! So I have to leave it unbuttoned. But hey, still, cute, right? Right? Oh well.

Also my knee socks were a dollar at the end-of-winter sales at Claire’s, and they’re sparkly. AWESOME.

It was a great outfit for a long, long day. My friend Meg was in town from Pennsylvania, so we went out for breakfast before I took her to the airport. And then it was my first day back at school after fall break, so my kids did NOT want to do anything and I didn’t really push it. They have a paper due tomorrow for me, and only one of them turned it in! Silly children. And then I had three-hour Narnia rehearsal, where I still had four main actors missing. And then I had Emanate. So long day, but really good!

Dress: Modcloth Little Chief Honeybee dress, thrifted
Top: Ann Taylor Loft, thrifted
Leggings: Forever 21
Socks: Claire’s
Boots: Rocketdog

Nail Polish: OPI Sweet Heart
Perfume of the Day: Bath and Body Works Dreamy Vanilla Woods

I Just Feel Lovely


I just really loved this outfit today. I felt lovely and feminine and graceful and charming…all things that I never dreamed of feeling just a few months ago. I think this dress is magical. And pairing it with a long-wanted lace top and dainty little T-straps was just sort of the icing on the fancy cake, I suppose.

This was a really, really long day. I wrestled with my library, I taught my theatre arts kiddos (last day before fall break, so no one wanted to do anything!), directed Narnia rehearsal and prepared for tomorrow’s ridiculous Saturday rehearsal, went to see a best friend’s performance (one of her last before she moves back home to Texas!), and then went downtown for drinks at the Flying Saucer with Erin and her beau. So a long day, but I felt adorable all day- and thankfully wore flats!

Dress: Dear Creatures from Modcloth
Top: Forever 21
Shoes: Blowfish via eBay

Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI Glee Express Yourself to Yourself
Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Glam Princess

If I Only Had a Cardigan


It warmed up a lot more than I expected it to, so I shed the sweater pretty quickly. Later, one of my students said “Aw, Mrs. T, if you had a cardigan, you’d look just like Rachel Berry.”

I put the sweater back on. And my students thought I was adorable.

But yeah. Super cute fall outfit, right? Yeah, it was nearly 90 degrees. I DID NOT AGREE TO THIS, NASHVILLE. I DID NOT.

Also, I wore my Kurt necklace because I love Glee and I love Kurt and Kurt and Blaine broke up. BUT I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT. But now I have to wait a month for a new episode…

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21 via eBay
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes: City Classified
Necklace: mall kiosk

Nail Polish: OPI Spiderman Just Spotted the Lizard
Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Glam Princess