Great Day Houston Rodeo Fashionista!

In case you (somehow) missed it: I was one of five lovely models on Friday morning’s “Great Day Houston” showing off some fun Rodeo-inspired “western wear” options from amazing Houston-based stores Emerson Rose, Jubilee, and Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs!

Indeed it was!

Indeed it was!

I woke up insanely early and met up with my fellow models at Jubilee to get ready! (They were even kind enough to provide donuts and kolaches!) So, at least I didn’t have to get up and immediately look great, there was time to get adequately gussied up. Then we carpooled to the Channel 11 studio, and headed into the Green Room!

Just chillin' in the Green Room for a moment.

Just chillin’ in the Green Room for a moment.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our catwalks.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our super hot catwalk strides.

The set was done up to look like a snazzy hoedown, and we (the models) basically lined up on one side so as to emerge front and center on cue!

See?! That's my "sexy cowgirl" walk!

See?! That’s my “sexy cowgirl” walk!

My look was described as "date night" or "romantic rodeo" because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

My look was described as “Cowboy Sweetheart” or “romantic rodeo” because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

Also I had some GORGEOUS jewelry to show off!

Also I had some GORGEOUS Erica DelGardo silver and turquoise jewelry to show off!

Plus that super cool purse!

Plus that super cool purse!

As you can probably tell, I had some fun with this.

Here's a shot from backstage! It really shows off the "behind the scenes" aspect!

Here’s a shot from backstage! It really shows off the “behind the scenes” aspect!

I had so much fun modeling these lovely clothes, and promoting some local shops! Everyone was amazingly kind, helpful, supportive, and my fellow models were/are all fabulous!

Don't we all look so great?! Deborah was also rockin' the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Don’t we all look so great?! Deborah Duncan was also rockin’ the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Check out the clip to see all these fab looks in action! I’m model #4, but each of these ladies looks is adorable, and seriously perfect for the Rodeo! (Pro Tip: DO NOT go into the Petting Zoo wearing fringe. You think it’s just the goats you’ve got to worry about, but they all want a yummy piece of that.) If you are looking for some Rodeo Houston inspiration, accessories, boots, or any beautiful items, hit up 19th Street ASAP because the fun officially starts tomorrow!

Are you going to the Rodeo this year? Do you know what you’re gonna wear?? Do you have a favorite/collection of a specific “Western wear” item(s)?

New Dress! Retro Butterick 5880!

Woohoo! I’ve got a new dress, and it’s gorgeous! In a continuation of my life being photographed in vintage and vintage-style dresses, here are the results of about 8 hours of sewing fun!

Here's the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy cotton fabric I found!

Here’s the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy blue cotton fabric I found!

As I’ve said, I love working with fun cotton fabric, because it tends to be less expensive and so easy to work with. This particular fabric was chosen due to the changing of the seasons. I thought it would be a lovely late winter/early spring print that would make the transition nicely. Also, I don’t have nearly enough blue things to wear!

Here's a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It's got two little "v"s to keep things interesting.

Here’s a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It’s got two little “v”s to keep things interesting.

It also works super well with my vintage blue starburst brooch! I did not plan this, however, one of the bursts in the fabric ended up in the perfect “brooch place” on the bodice! Splendid serendipity!

Here's the final product! Isn't it stunning?!

Here’s the final product! Isn’t it stunning?!

Another confession: The lovely swag across the front was *supposed* to be lined, and because I didn’t have quite enough fabric, I just hemmed the raw edge instead! It lies beautifully, however, since the fabric isn’t double-sided, I’ve got to be careful not to let the underside show. When I make another version (which I’d like to do immediately), I will probably choose a solid color, and add a contrasting fabric lining!

I'll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

Isn't he the cutest?!?!

Isn’t he the cutest?!?!

So, that’s the latest sewing project of mine! It was really special because it was my first dress at the smallest size I’ve ever sewn! I only made my standard adjustments to the waist (for petites) and the hem length (super petite!), and it fits so well! As many dresses as I’ve made, it still feels like a gamble with a new pattern, and I’m so glad this one is a success!

Are you working on a new dress pattern? What made you choose it? Which fabric(s) do you like working with?

Valentine’s Day Soirée!

Someone like myself, who prefers Halloween to all holidays, watching documentaries about diseases, sharks and/or massacres, as well as the generally macabre aspects of life, may not truly appreciate the saccharine, heart-shaped miasma that is Valentine’s Day. I do, however, love a good theme. One I can really run with, like the goddess Diana, through a beautiful forest of decorating possibilities!

Given this fact, and Valentine’s Day being on a Thursday last year, I decided to host a fabulous Valentine’s soirée! I thought it might be much more enjoyable than a “fancy” date night at some restaurant, surrounded by a bunch of desperate strangers, with outrageously high expectations, eating overpriced steak and mediocre desserts.

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So yummy!

Again, because I have doting parents who are willing to help me, and provide excessive amounts of table settings, decor and silver pieces, this party was an over-the-top success! Not to mention, the house lends itself extremely nicely to this color scheme, given the vintage pink linoleum covering the kitchen, pink curtains in the dining room, pink sectional sofa and dramatic peacock feathers in the foyer. I invited so many people that we had all three tables set up (one in the Library/Study, Dining Room and Breakfast Room). Each was set with a different combination of colors, all of which featured pink heavily.

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Fancy folks in the Dining/Cherub room!

The Breakfast Room! (My favorite table cloth, the vintage net and sequined felt!)

The Breakfast Room! (My favorite table cloth, the vintage net and sequined felt!)

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Sophisticated romance in the Study!

I served Mexican food, mostly because you can cook a lot of it at once without too much effort, and it has less staining properties than Italian fare. (Red sauce and white table cloths DO NOT mix.) So, I opted to make 40+ enchiladas, with chicken and veggie options! Never before attempted, but they were delicious! I bought rice and beans from Chuy’s (they were SUPER gracious about it), and a couple of my friends provided the (totally necessary) crock pot queso.

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My mother, and guests, were very helpful!

Not sure how I got away with not wearing an apron. (ALWAYS wear an apron!)

Not sure how I got away with not wearing an apron. (ALWAYS wear an apron!)

We also had a pink champagne punch (OBVS), with a frozen juice/blueberry-filled heart to keep it cool, and make my great grandmother’s punch bowl look even more fabulous!

Gorgeous in all the ways!

Gorgeous in all the ways!

For dessert (along with the many amazing guest contributions), I made what my family now calls “Strawberry Collapse Cake.” So named because of an incident in my childhood involving my mother, covered up to her elbows in pink, strawberry/coconut icing, weeping and babbling incoherently while what was once a layered cake slowly oozed sideways and simultaneously imploded. Being a relentless problem-solver, she decided to put the “cake” in an antique trifle bowl. Alternating cake, icing, sliced strawberries and cool whip, she created a beautiful dessert, and effectively masked it’s inherent instability.

*Somehow the desserts went unphotographed, however, if you have any pictures, please let me know!*

The decor for this party was absolutely incredible. Seriously. We’re talking gold lame swags, punctuated with my mother’s (seemingly endless) supply of heart-shaped candy boxes, in the living room. A silver epergne (pronounced: ay-pern), adorned with piles of hearts and cherubs, not to mention the ever-present pink cow hide rug, and pink and green sofa.

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So many golden swags! (It’s all one long piece, btw.)

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Silver epergne and pink cow hide rug. So classy!

Pink sofa! And the gorgeous flowers Boyfriend bought just for me!

Pink sofa! Plus, gorgeous flowers!

We added some hearts to my mother’s antique wall-o-drawers piece in the Breakfast Room, plus some hanging on her stick arrangements, for good measure.

My friend's camera had a color filter! We USED it!

My friend’s camera had a color filter! We USED it!

The cutest!

The cutest!

My father’s Study/Library was made more festive with two enormous Styrofoam hearts, on loan from my maternal grandmother. I used one of the three hearts as a background for the “photo booth” we set up in the entry way! This was also a big hit, especially for those who donned some of the “costumes” provided: feather boas, oversize pearls, ladylike fans, and the token mustache guy we inherited from my grandparents’ furniture store.

So demure!

So demure!

Perfect friends!

Perfect friends!

Also meant to be!

Also meant to be!

Or does Matt love this guy??

Or does Matt love this guy??

Nope. It's this pretty lady!

Nope. It’s this pretty lady!

Adorbs!

Adorbs!

So happy!

So happy!

My anti-Valentine's friends came too!

My anti-Valentine’s friends came too!

Since we are a pretty crafty group, I also set up my mother’s craft room as a place for people to make their own Valentine’s Day cards and/or paper bags to collect goodies! (Like the Spanish conversation hearts my mother managed to accidentally purchase!)

Te amo!

Te amo!

I collected some pre-made Valentine’s cards, along with paper, glue, scissors, stickers, GLITTER, doilies and so much more! Giving people something to do before and/or after dinner encourages creativity and conversation. Plus, if you haven’t put together gift bags, they have something to take home that will remind them of how much fun they had!

Brian was super excited about his Valentine's bag!

Brian was super excited about his Valentine’s bag!

Craftin!

Craftin!

And lookin' good!

And lookin’ good!

Also, for this event, I decided I needed to create an ensemble that would be memorable and gorgeous. Thankfully, my mother has a pattern collection that would rival that of Vogue or McCall’s, so I quickly found a pattern that NEEDED to be real.

Isn't everything about this incredible??

Isn’t everything about this incredible??

So, Mom also had this fab silky red fabric that happened to be a shade darker on the “wrong” side, which was PERFECT for this dress, and I didn’t have to line the peplum! It was one of my first attempts at dealing with boning (re: buy boning that hasn’t been wrapped in a circle for 20+ years), and sewing this particular pattern. It went pretty well, though, and the final product turned out to be quite the conversation piece!

Dramatic in red! (Look at my pink cheeks!)

Dramatic in red! (Look at my pink cheeks!)

Worn with my PEACOCK FEATHER BOA!

Worn with my PEACOCK FEATHER BOA!

This party was a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day! Everyone had a wonderful time, contributed so much, and were able to wallow in the evening’s romantic theme.

Have you been to a Valentine’s Day party? Do you and your other celebrate Val-D? Do you have an anti-Val-D tradition?

Vintage Hat & Modeling Brunch 2.0

As promised, here’s a gorgeous sampling of my fabulous models in these dresses I made! These are some super great lookin’ ladies, and I’ve tried to match up the original pattern pictures to give y’all an idea of how amazing these dresses look IRL!

Vogue 8489 - So low cut you'll be embarrased all day at the office!

Vogue 8489 – So low-cut you’ll be self concious all day!

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Laura looked so super hot in this dress I made her take it home!

McCall's 6462 - This is SUCH a fun pattern! It's super fun, flattering and crazy simple to make!

McCall’s 6462 – This is SUCH a fun pattern! It’s super fun, flattering and crazy simple to make!

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I love this dress, and I totally added pockets! Not that anyone could look at the dress when Catherine’s making the best face ever.

Butterick 5748 - I LOVE this dress so much I made it twice! Once in lovely black linen (with bow, and pockets, obvs!) and once with a white eyelet!

Butterick 5748 – I LOVE this dress so much because it’s simple, doesn’t take a huge amount of fabric, and is super flattering. I made it twice!

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This is the first version, made of black linen, with bow and added pockets!

Version #2 - Fabulous white eyelet! It's fully lined, and so easy to accessorize!

Version #2 – Fabulous white eyelet! It’s fully lined, and so easy to accessorize!

Butterick 5603 - Fabulous retro reprint pattern that's got several choices for different bodice styles!

Butterick 5603 – Fabulous retro reprint pattern that’s got several choices for different bodice styles!

This is such a great pattern, and I adore the fabric! It looks like a 1960s wallpaper: buckin' broncos and all! It's also perfect with my red petticoat!

This is such a great pattern, and I adore the fabric! It looks like a 1960s wallpaper: buckin’ broncos and all! It’s also perfect with my red petticoat!

Vintage Vogue 2960 - Requires lots of fabric, like all Vogue patterns, but it's a lovely dress, and totally worth it!

Vintage Vogue 2960 – Requires lots of fabric, like all Vogue patterns, but it’s a lovely dress and totally worth it!

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I made this dress out of a pretty pink linen, added pockets, and closed the front opening, despite the button-closure, upon the advice of another seamstress who made the pattern first. Pro tip – if you can make a pattern after someone else, and they can help you at all, take any notes they have to offer.

Butterick 5247 - A really simple pattern that I made when I was still in my early learning stage!

Butterick 5247 – A really simple pattern that I made when I was still in my early learning stage!

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I chose the “tunic” option, and it was really simple, as well as flattering! I made it out of a silky fabric with a super bold pattern. Next time, there will be pockets!

Vogue 8409 - With some prompting by the fabulous Gertie, I made this dress as a simple sheath to accessorize and wear to work!

Vogue 8409 – With some prompting by the fabulous Gertie, I made this dress as a simple sheath to accessorize and wear to work!

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The final product is stunning! I chose a pink jersey that is heavy enough to go un-lined, and light enough to be worn in any season!

Vintage Vogue 8812 - An early 1940s pattern, this is a great simple summer dress!

Vintage Vogue 8812 – An early 1940s pattern, this is a great simple summer dress!

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I chose a fun green print, with dark green accent for this dress! The bodice is flattering, and the length could be reduced depending on how much summer fun you plan to have! Or, it could be made into a cocktail dress with a slinky fabric!

Vintage Vogue 1171 - A lovely early 1950s reprint pattern, it's simple, but can be made with so many different fabrics!

Vintage Vogue 1171 – A lovely early 1950s reprint pattern, it’s simple, but can be made with so many different fabrics!

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I made this dress specifically for the 4th of July! It’s got red buttons with little anchors on them! It’s also perfect for picnics!

Vintage Vogue 2787 - A Lovely pattern, easy to work with, but it still includes some unique details!

Vintage Vogue 2787 – A Lovely pattern, easy to work with, but it still includes some unique details!

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If you recall, I made this particular dress not too long ago! I had to make a couple of simple adjustments, but it was a great way to jump back into garment sewing after a post-holiday break.

Simplicity 5403 - Despite, or perhaps because this is a costume pattern, I love it dearly! It's a handy circular skirt pattern, and I've made it twice - so far!

Simplicity 5403 – Despite, or perhaps because this is a costume pattern, I love it dearly! It’s a handy circular skirt pattern, and I’ve made it twice – so far!

This, the first version, was made out of black and white Elvis fabric! It's glorious, and somehow subtle. The second version is less so, and made out of giraffe print! To be worn exclusively with wooden and ivory jewelry.

This, the first version, was made out of black and white Elvis fabric! It’s glorious, and somehow subtle. The second version is less so, and made out of giraffe print! To be worn exclusively with wooden and ivory jewelry.

McCall's 6083 - So, I tried the pink version of this pattern and it was not awesome, but clearly the "blue" version is WAY better!

McCall’s 6083 – So, I tried the pink version of this pattern and it was not awesome, but clearly the “blue” version is WAY better!

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Obvs Lora knows how to rock the hell out of a jumpsuit! I made this out of a silky fabric so it would drape more ’70s-like, and because I have like 20 yards of that fabric. (Always use what you’ve got!)

I am completely in love with every single lady in these photos!!! Thanks for making my dresses look so fantastic, and thanks again for coming out and modeling! And another big thank you to our photographer, Walter! We’ll do it again soon, I promise, and hopefully even more fab ladies will be able to make it. It’s a wonderful incentive to sew more, and I cannot wait!

Do you have a favorite pattern? What made you pick it? Is there one you’d like to make? One you’ve already made?

Fabulous Vintage Hat Brunch!

Thanks to a delightful selection of the gracious people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, I was recently able to host a super successful vintage hat/modeling brunch! It was not only totally fashionable, but also expertly recorded for posterity! Future generations, be aware that we were gorgeous and amazing.

First, we gathered in the “craft room” to evaluate the mountain of hats available:

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You can count on Lee to be contemplative regardless of how many faux flowers are on her head.

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It takes a unique lady to pull off this hat! Way to go, Nikki!

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A classic yellow suede hat! This one was a particular favorite!

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Looks great on everyone! Especially with Jill’s grey dress!

Britney's the cutest! LOVE this fur hat!

Brittany’s the cutest! LOVE this fur hat!

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Laura’s a smoldering temptress.

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Lee was the only one to pull off this enormous pink hat!

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Fun times with feathers!

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Do it! Put on that turban, Laura!

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The craziest of hats!

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Lovely pink picnic hat, Michelle!

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Fabulous lady captain!

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Lora’s not sure about this one.

No worries, ladies! Much like men, just because you try it on, doesn’t mean you’re required to keep it! (Or be photographed with it, for that matter.) So, here are the “official” photos of each lady with her favorite hats!

The fabulous Brittany:

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She’s so damn snazzy!

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Shades of Audrey Hepburn, am I right?!

The marvelous Michelle:

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I adore this hat! Michelle looks so fab in feathers and polka dots!

The endlessly effervescent Jill:

Rockin' the cloche!

Rockin’ the cloche!

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Really loving this bonkers beret!

The petite lady with tons of attitude, Catherine!

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Throwing shade in a classic black hat with funky feathers!

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Keeping warm with this amazing white fur hat!

My favorite duo, and their too-long-in-coming reunion – Laura and Nikki!

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Just two ladies musing together.

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Inspiration at last! *haughty, self-important laughter*

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She’s so provocative!

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I’m pretty sure no one is supposed to be this adorable.

This funky, fresh lady is not only gorgeous, but literally the coolest: Lora!

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Amazing combination of white tux coat and this straw hat with green feathers!

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Didn’t I say she’s the coolest?? Rock that hat, you mad woman!

Another of my favorite ladies, Lee’s doing everything best!

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So cute, yet elegant and approachable in pink and green!

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Not too approachable though. Don’t mess with women wearing bears on their heads.

Thank you again to everyone who came out and modeled for me! I’ll add the dress photos later this week, as they are equally amazing. Another big thank you to our photographer Walter (Wally) Rodriguez, who was gracious enough to brave a ladies’ brunch so I could have pictures taken with a real camera. (He also ate like 15 delicious cookies.) Clearly the combination of beautiful people and vintage hats is a win all around, so we’ll be doing this again soon, and I think a picnic is in order!

Which hat is your favorite? Why? Would you model vintage hats? Do you have a favorite style?

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

One of my favorite acresses, and a truly wonderful lady, she’s turning 92 today! A red letter day, too, because it’s Michelle Obama’s 50th! Another fab lady who’s aging gracefully, and has made quite an impact during her tenure as First Lady! As amazing as our current FLOTUS is, however, she is no Betty White!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

She started on the radio in the 1930s, and then proceeded to charm television audiences for decades! Her love of animals, and always perky, charming, slightly naughty attitude have endeared her into the hearts of the American public. The first woman to have her own tv show and to win an emmy, plus she’s been awarded (among the many others) the Screen Actors Guild Life Acheivement Award!

So sporty!

So sporty! Betty was rocking the monochrome and contrasting shoe look since the ’50s!

OMG, y'all. Seriously??? She's SO CUTE!

OMG, y’all. Seriously??? She’s SO CUTE!

Pretty sure no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower.

I’m absolutely certain no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower. I also adore her polka dot blouse!

Look at that dimple!!! She's literally the most adorable person ever.

Look at that dimple!!! She’s literally the most adorable person ever.

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

Again, the setting is fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

The settings fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

 

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

She even did guest appearances on Mama's Family!

She even did guest appearances on Mama’s Family!

Her start was really on the early TV game show circuit, where she met her late husband, Allen Ludden.

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

Obvs, I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls, and remain totally obsessed with all four fabulous ladies! Betty, as the last surviving member of this illustrious group, is definitely holding her own! She’s still on tv, was the oldest host of SNL, stars on both Hot in Cleveland, and the hilarious Off Their Rockers.

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

AREN'T THEY THE BEST?!?!

AREN’T THEY THE BEST?!?!

I could write about Betty forever, but since I’m going to see Elvis Lives tonight, this will have to do for the moment! Enjoy reading about this amazing lady, and being inspired this weekend by her many accomplishments and gorgeous/fantastic style!

Are you a Betty White fan? What’s your favorite character?? Who’s your favorite Golden Girl?

Random Fun Wednesday – Hats and Art!

Woo for mid-week! Since it’s still cold in places, and I obvs have a particular affinity, the first fab topic is hats! There are SO MANY options if you’re looking for a cute way to keep all that heat in your head this winter!

Bold color combinations aren't for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You'll look even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

Bold color combinations aren’t for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You’ll be even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

This chick is rockin' the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

This chick is rockin’ the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it's super funky!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it’s super funky!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

I don't do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

I don’t do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally put together!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally bohemian chic!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she's doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn't recommend unless you're a badass, but if that's what you're feelin', by all means, do it!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she’s doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re a badass, but if that’s what you’re feelin’, by all means, do it!

Next up, some amazing artists who also happen to be ladies! The first, Hannah Höch, described as “the mother of photomontage,” her work was part of, and was also intentionally marginalized by her male peers, in the Dada movement. Despite the efforts of her critics, a new exhibit opening today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London highlighting her extraordinary work! Even seeing this small sample of her collages, I am intrigued, amused, and deeply impressed by her consistent ability to produce a single piece of art from multiple, totally unrelated images. Each piece conveys movement, unity, and a distinct element of introspective humor.

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26x17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26×17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23x18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23×18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36x19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36×19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund ( Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund (Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Wrapping up the general “ladies being awesome” theme today, is artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems. I recently stumbled upon an article about her latest photography project: The Museum Series. Along with a Three Decade Retrospective of her work on view at the Guggenheim, this series will be up in Harlem at the Studio Museum later this month. The idea behind The Museum Series is the creation of a visual/photographic display of the disconnect between minority artists (in Weems’ case, specifically female and African-American) and the traditional artworks highlighted in large, established museums around the world (almost exclusively white male).  “Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.” (via HuffPo’s Priscilla Frank)

Guggenheim Bilbao (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Guggenheim Bilbao (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

I recently had a mini-moment at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth when I realized that literally two of the pieces on display (in both the special exhibit and general collection) were artworks created by women. While I understand the cultural limitations and social pressures placed on females, and other minorities, over the course of history, clearly they were creating. Their exclusion from “premier” institutions and artistic societies is well documented, however, the continued effort to discredit/ignore/separate those works not only maintains outdated biases, but is inherently limiting for everyone. The massive loss of varied perspectives, techniques, and ideas cannot be condoned, especially in a culture aching to explore the “new” and “different.” Look no further than the traditionally disenfranchised, and get ready to escape your comfort zone!

Do you have a favorite winter hat and/or look? Have you tried pairing bold colors or monochrome? Are you interested in collage and/or photomontage? Are you interested in photography? Do you have a favorite artist who happens to be female? Do you have thoughts regarding the male-monopoly in traditional museums?