Sunday, July 31, 2011

Prom Dresses And Accessories For 2012

When you buy a homecoming dress, 2012, also make sure you have the best accessories are there, too. It is very important that the balance of prom dresses with accessories that you post, that will make the connection. Make sure it looks and what is there for you to get what is best for you and what is really going to equip a full and then went back to his house that looks like a million dollars.

Finding the right shoes Your Prom Dresses

One of the main accessories are shoes that use. You want to make sure you have shoes that are truly amazing match your dress is the right height, and really stand out. Buy shoes for the dress back can be really fun and really help you fit together. Make sure your shoes are definitely what you need in relation to the size, style and color, is the ideal partner to go with the clothes you wear.

The scholarship perfect party dresses

Another important accessory that you should look is your wallet. There are all kinds of scholarships that are there and you have the perfect dress to match your return. You may want to get a clutch instead of a purse as well, which is smaller and easier to handle. Choose the scholarship that goes best with the dresses you see on Homecoming.

Find Bijoux Ideal Prom Dresses

Another thing you will find a complete equipment is to ensure that you have great jewelry. You want to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings to match your prom dress. The jewelry can really help to tie all your clothes and make it stand out and look fantastic. A great piece of jewelry may be just what you need to link all of your prom dress.

People Are Judged By Their Sandal

Sandals are all the hype of today, not only because they play a necessary part of our clothing, but also as a fashion statement in today's world. They are more powerful than a sexy bag, belt, necklace or most other accessories, for that matter.
Good shoes on the feet painted and maintained, is a recipe for success and do not forget also the best way to attract the attention of a man! Opinion sandals men. Women love men enjoy seeing sandals and sandals wearing beautiful woman, too.

This summer, keep a clear nail polish and eye catching colors and sandals for the skin to reveal the sleek design.

Heels are never out of fashion, but the only thing that everyone should wait for summer beach sandals, flip flops and sandals funky. Unlike interest rates are obviously more comfortable and airy, as they are not forgotten. Our feet are the hardest jobs in our body, keeps us up hard every day. Do not force boots or closed shoes, but dress in a manner befitting the situation and find the best sandals to work. Hot blessing to be able to use a shoe and still be light and airy "," Fashion. And in the evening, you can always put high heels and leave, happy and well rested, your feet will dazzle style.

Sandals are not only important woman in form, but have the same meaning in men's clothes too. Women are known to be very particular type of sandal that want to see men and women tend to evaluate their first meeting of the sandal. And everyone knows how important this report is the first meeting. So the sandal is an important part of human life and helps attract attention. And even if you use a simple dress that does not do justice to what really is the sandal to help improve their character and dress boring. And the sandal is always more reliable than the clothes of the character Toni Collette said, "sandalwood" sandal in shape, as opposed to clothing. Scarpa is a static and reliable. Then, change the form factor of many washing clothes, the shoes are basically the same except the color of the rain, stretching or tearing of the fabric.

Floral Print Nail Art Models Brings You The Feeling Chic

Since the stability of the time, the summer day is just around the corner. We know that summer is the best time for the girls show their slim figures in the world. Although people tend to use less clothing on hot days, is still the need to dress fashionably. What do girls, sophisticated equipment are essential in the wardrobe store. Today I am going to tell you about a series of summer nail art designs, we hope you enjoy them

We know that girls pay attention to their appearance, then an amazing accessory, it is important for girls. A good option not only makes sense that fashionable girl, but also decorated for his appearance in a perfect manner. These stunning designs nail art exhibition here I can meet girls, have to some extent. These floral print nail art designs are also popular this summer. These are the girls who want to make these words a nice way. Those who always want to question the styles may have to try these beautiful nail art designs.

Hey girls, if you have any ideas of your nails, why not try these floral printed nail art? I bet you will love!

Messing about with the blog template

Hi everyone!

I'm shifting things around and changing things up this week, so the blog template is going to be looking pretty strange for a few days. Thanks for bearing with me and sorry for the disruption!

A x

DIY Burberry Tribal High Heels

I recently made my own version of the gorgeous bead embellished heels from the Burberry 2012 Resort collection. I crafted mine by creating beaded embellishments to go over my shoes. This DIY is such a simple way to update your wardrobe - you can even use chains or different coloured beads for a different look.
Wearing: DIY Beaded shoe embellishments, New Look wide heel shoes, tribal mini from Thailand, Country Road singlet, Karen Walker Number One sunglasses.

You need - brown and red wooden beads and black string.
1. I strung the beads so that I had two red and two brown strings of beads for each shoe - about 15cm long each.
2. I then tied two of each color together, securing at each end with black string, and then tying that string together in a bow at the back of the shoe. Essentially you will have 'necklaces' of brown and red beads for each shoe.
Voila! The best bit about these embellishments is you can wear them with any shoes, they also look great on some black t-bar flats I have. Instant tribal wardrobe updater.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kendra Scott blogger bash

More Austin adventures with the in-laws are on their way, but I also wanted to write about the blogger event at Kendra Scott Jewelry that I attended (along with several other Austin bloggers) on Thursday night. My date was my dear friend Cathy, who is far more of a jewellery aficionado than I am, and who was absolutely made for these sorts of bold, bright statement pieces. I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of Kendra Scott before receiving the invitation, but now I know that the flagship boutique is tucked away on 1400 South Congress Ave - look for the bright yellow sign.

I'm not a big jewellery wearer, in general - I wear my wedding ring, brooches and pins, most of which I inherited from my great-grandmother or found at vintage stores, and that's about it - but I was tempted by the bright colours of the pieces here. And by the fact that they are manufactured above the shop! There's nothing better than seeing how something is made. I came away with a pair of hoop earrings and a few discount cards, so I will have to go back and see what other treasures I can find.

I also really responded to the slogan 'Fashion, family and philanthropy.' Yes, the jewellery is pretty, but there is a heart and soul behind it too that aims to do more than sell attractive objects. I really like that. The charities that Kendra Scott supports are The American Heart Association; Dress for Success; Go Red for Women; and Lifeworks Austin.

All images of the Kendra Scott premises and merchandise were taken by me, except for the fourth one - that is from Style Me Kasey, one of the lovely bloggers that attended.

On Walden Pond: "To Live Deliberately"

I'm going to try something on this blog. It's inspired by Brad's Sunday Sabbath poetry where he posts poetry on Sundays.

What I'm going to do is post a quote each week, with some commentary, from Henry David Thoreau's Walden. I'd been wanting to do this for some time but was waiting to visit Walden Pond before starting. But one programming note: While I'll try to post from Walden each week I'm not going to hold myself to having it occur on a particular day. I don't know if I'm disciplined enough for that.

Why spend this much time with Walden? Well, outside of the Bible, Walden is one of the most influential texts in my life (along with Thoreau's essay "Life Without Principle"). And by influential I mean not just intellectually. Thoreau has shaped how I approach my life, practically speaking. I'd like to share how that looks.

More, although Thoreau was skeptical of the Christianity he saw around him in Concord I've found a lot of his insights to be complementary with and supportive of my Christian walk. So, given the purposes of this blog I'll be filtering Walden through my Christian commitments.

If you've not read Walden, or did so a long time ago, some background as we begin with this inaugural post.

Thoreau began his "experiment," as he called it, on July 4, 1845. He lived on Walden Pond, squatting on acreage acquired by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, for two years, two months, and two days.

While living on Walden Pond Thoreau wrote about half of what would become Walden. (He mainly spent his time at Walden Pond writing A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.) After Thoreau left the pond the original 117 pages written at the pond expanded, over various drafts, and was eventually published in 1854, nine years after Thoreau had left Walden Pond.

As most know, a part of what Thoreau did at Walden Pond was to build his own house and grow his own food (or sell for food). A part of his "experiment" was to live simply and independently. (Though some critics like to point out that Thoreau often dined with the Emerson's or had his sister or mother do his laundry from time to time. Still, a good part of his two years on Walden Pond was pretty frugal, simple and solitary.) Most of the details of this part of the experience is recounted, at times down to the penny, in the first, and longest, chapter of Walden entitled "Economy." You can see a replica of Thoreau's cabin next to the parking lot at the state park. The picture above of the replica was taken by Jana during our recent family visit. (The other pictures used for this post were also taken by Jana.)

Why did Thoreau go to Walden Pond? What was he looking for? What was his experiment all about?

One answer, Thoreau's own, comes from chapter two "Where I Lived and What I Lived For":
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
You could say these words changed my life. I don't think that is too much hyperbole.

The key notion here, one that still guides me, is captured in the word deliberately. That's what I admire so much about Walden. I'm less interested in Thoreau's answers in Walden than in the stated goal of the enterprise: deliberation. Thinking hard about life, about what is most dear, eternal, truthful, virtuous, or beautiful. Few of us slow down to ponder such questions. Consequently, we find at the moment of death that we had not lived. So I like to ask, over and over, as Thoreau asked later in chapter two, "Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?"

This makes me think of the familiar passage:
Philippians 4.8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
When I was young I hated this passage. It was used against us to preach against illicit and dirty thoughts. Not that this passage doesn't speak to those issues. But in light of Walden I prefer to think of this text as speaking about living deliberately. What is pure? (A question I ponder a great deal in my book Unclean.) What is true beauty? What should I admire? What should I applaud? What should I compliment? During his time at Walden Pond Thoreau wondered about this sort of stuff. And I think I should follow his example.

I also think of this passage from the gospels:
Luke 14.27b-28a
[W]hoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
Counting the cost. Being a disciple of Jesus means being, like Thoreau, deliberate. We need to think hard about following Jesus. Too many Christians, I fear, are simply mindless about their faith and what it entails. Do we really comprehend what our baptism signifies?

And so we've begun. Each week a thought from Walden Pond. With a bit of Christian theology thrown in.

May you live deliberately this coming week.

Friday, July 29, 2011

An Austin family outing

LOML's parents are visiting us from New Zealand this week, and so we have been showing them the sights here in Austin! I'm afraid I haven't been the best tour guide - I've had a dreadful cold - but it has been fun to introduce some more Kiwis to our new home. On Wednesday we went to the Zilker Park Botanical Gardens, which neither LOML nor I had visited before either, and it was just beautiful. I love the dry, hot landscapes here - they really remind me of my home in Zimbabwe. I feel much more comfortable in this sort of arid scenery, with its succulents and dry grasses, than I did in the lush greenery of New Zealand. New Zealand is absolutely stunning, of course, and I loved it - it just didn't feel like the landscape of my childhood, as Texas does.

LOML and his father are both very accomplished photographers (unlike me and my shameful lack of skills), so a lot of the shots I took feature them taking photographs of other things ... all very post-modern. 'In and out, among the dots.' (Did anyone else read and love The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban when they were younger?).

LOML's parents.

A Pair & A Spare Spotted at

The lovely Katey tweeted to me recently saying that she had spotted me in the recent style newsletter. How funny. This photo was taken by Wayne Tippetts at London Fashion Week last September, feels like a million years ago!
Wearing: Thrifted beaded jacket (possibly my favourite piece of clothing ever), vintage dior mens shirt, alexander mcqueen leather bustier, DIY camel shorts, thrifted envelope clutch, asos floppy fedora.

Hope you like the somewhat sour expression on my face, ha.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

DIY 6 Week Detox - The Basics

What better place to start when embarking on a mind-body-soul detox than with your health? I'm definitely no pro when it comes to nutrition and exercise (check out Joanna Hall or Miranda Kerr's Kora Organics blog if you want some better advice) but I have read enough to know what works for me. Don't for a second think I would embark on some ridiculous lemon water diet - let's face it, no one is fun to be around when they're hangry (hungry + angry = hangry). And what joy in life is there without good food? (surely I'm not the only person who structures their whole day around their next meal?).

Anyway, I did up a little collage of the health 'basics' for the six week detox. I guess the point of the basics is to just be consistently healthy - no crazy rules or regulations. To be honest - this is how you should live every week, and not just six weeks in a row. But baby steps, right?

Exercise - cos you know you have to. The four sessions I listed above are what work for me, but some people prefer more cardio or yoga or pole dancing or whatever. The point is to do 4 formal sessions of exercise per week. When I say 'pump' I mean anything that works your muscles and core - be it a class, TRX session, monkey bars, rock climbing etc. In addition, you want to maintain a certain level of activity on a daily basis - I like to walk everywhere I go so that's the easiest thing for me to commit to. Aiming to do 1km of walking as part of getting to work, 1km at lunch and 1km on the way home will have you almost there. May sound hard but its a conscious choice to make - leave early on the way to work and walk to the next tube stop, go up the stairs instead of the lift, get off your desk and do some errands at lunch.

Nutrition - Again, not rocket science. Pack your diet full of fruit and veges, lean meats and fish, and cut down on all the good stuff (booze, salt, sugar, fats). Swap your nightly starchy foods - like rice, noodles, pasta, bread, potatos etc, for beans, lentils and more vegies. This is a tip I picked up in one of Joanna Hall's books. I'm not usually the diet and lifestyle book type, but I found it in a North London jumble for a quid and it turned out to be the best pound I ever spent! I don't agree with the whole Atkins no carbs thing (Jessica Simpson looked wayyyyy hangry when she was on it) but limiting nightly intake makes sense. Luckily the bf is pretty handy in the kitchen and I got him onto making lentils, beans and veges as sides to fish or meat at night - and haven't looked back! If I get a chance I might post a few (of his) recipes here over the next 6 weeks.

For snacks, I'll be eating roasted unsalted nuts like almonds as well as fruit and crackers. Cutting down on alcohol is also a key element of the detox. I don't mean becoming teatotal, and it will all be relative to your current drinking levels, but having none during the week and only a few over the weekend seems to me to be a good approach (by ohhhhh so hard!).

I guess I failed to mention not to eat take away junk food, as in, ever. Its shit. I'll leave it at that. Although... one small cheeseburger may be allowed if you are incredibly hungover and stayed out until 4am the previous night. However if this is the case you probably already drank your weekly calorie intake in one night so a cheeseburger aint gonna kill you... (the detox sounds like its gone off the rails already!).

Hope you like and agree with my basics for the next 6 weeks, feel free to comment and add any of your insights! As a disclaimer, I'm definitely no pro in this area, but thought it might be nice to share some ideas. Sorry for the interruption to the usual fashion-related posts. Normal programming will resume shortly.

Hot Pink Summer Dress by Victoria’s Secret 2011

Flirty little dress mini bow on the front - a beautiful bell sleeves into the water. V-neck. Fit-and-flare style. Imported polyester / spandex matte jersey.

Stunning hot pink cocktails summer dress, long sleeve, comfortable and sexy at the same time, the perfect beach party.
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