15 October 2010
16 April 2010
If the strings holding the flaps closed at the bottom of his suit jacket haven't been removed you can be pretty sure he
- doesn't have a girlfriend (who would mock him),
- isn't gay (and would know better),
- and doesn't live with his mother (who would never let him go out of the house looking like that).
14 April 2010
Today I am wearing a rather nice black crew-necked t-shirt. I haven't worn this shirt for some time, and that's not because it got lost in my draw among the copious amounts of other black t-shirts. It was secreted in my two year old daughter's nappy bag, for emergencies.
On Saturday Mr Icy, Miss Icy and I went out to the lovely Café Cinque in Newtown for breakfast. They make lovely Eggs Benedict, and I love Eggs Benedict. It was our eleventh anniversary (Happy Anniversary Mr Icy) and we decided to celebrate. I'm aware most people would go out to dinner but with no convenient related babysitters living near by, breakfast is out "going out". And besides, did I mention I love Eggs Benedict?
So we feed Miss Icy breakfast before we leave so she can make it to the eggs bit (she likes the scrambled eggs with sausages on the new kids menu). She has milk (good), a mouthful of toast (OK), and half an orange (not good, a tactical error even).
So, let me lay out the formula (gedit) for you, in case you missed that.
Alkaline (milk) + Acid (orange) + Vigorous shake (30 minute car ride)
= Reaction (throwing up all over mummy)Luckily (luckily?) it was just curdled milk, so it didn't smell so bad. Not that vomit inducing smell of adult vomit anyway. And we weren't in the car; just the café, where they quickly mopped up what made it to the floor (most landed on me, and I left a large tip). And they had a bathroom right there. And it didn't land on anyone else.
So, I'm standing in the bathroom, in the shared part where any gender can come in, with my top off, in my rather nice red bra (always wear nice undies, you never know where you might be vomited on) sponging off Miss Icy and myself. Mr Icy returns with the nappy bag and we get Miss Icy dressed in her spare clothes and I pull out my emergency black t-shirt.
And do you know what? It was rather nice.I have two other black crew-necked tops. In fact the one that was thrown up on was one of them. But this one was nicer. The cut of the neck was just a little bit wider and showed off my collar bones nicely. The fit was close, but not stretched over my lumps and bumps.
I looked at this nice shirt and thought to myself "Why is this shirt in the nappy bag? Why am I not wearing this shirt?" So after it was washed, thouroughly, it rejoined the pack of other black shirts.
So, that's the story of why I am wearing a rather nice black crew-necked shirt today.
So, you tell me. What are you wearing today and why?Cross posted to www.IsaByrne.com.
10 April 2010
Pretty, PrettyEdited by Jennine Jacob It’s official, Spring is in full swing… we’ve all shed our winter fluff and there’s a certain buzz in the air… well, other than the pollen count. Like every week, we have a wonderful selection of links, but the recurring theme here was making ourselves pretty, whether it be donning floral prints, DIY embellishments, watercoloring, even bunny ears or refreshing the ol’ makeup pallette with the new season’s colors. Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do this summer… IFB is looking for interns!
Links à la Mode : April 8
- Bachman's Sparrow – Wing-Stop! DIY wing-sleeved shirt!
- Denimaniac – Denim Culture for the Modern Man
- dramatis personae – Fashion Consultation Giveaway at Style Therapy
- évoluer – spring flowers
- Fashion Pulse Daily – Avon Does Fabulous Jewelry?!? Who Knew!
- Fete a Fete – Guerlain 2010 Terracotta Collection
- hello beauty! – Bobbi Brown Spring 2010: Color Strips and Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation (with makeup lesson video)
- Idiosyncratic Style – I (HEART) Toronto Fashion Week!
- Intrinsically Florrie – DIY bunny ears
- Nicky's Rag Tales – Do you need to be a bitch in the Fashion Industry to succeed?
- Oranges and Apples – Dig for Victory – amazing vintage inspired dresses
- poetic & chic – Bang Envy Influences : Anna Karina
- Pretty Shiny Sparkly – A Touch of Vintage & Glamour
- Retro Chick – Video Tutorial: Mineral Foundation
- sfindiefashion.com – Punk Jock: Chatting with RosenMunns
- style, substance & sutton – DIY Embellished Tank
- Sugar and spice and all things nice – How to… give thoughtful presents for your girlfriends
- The Coveted – Poll: What do you do when your clothes don’t fit?
- The Demoiselles – A Glossy View: Ad Campaign Curiousity
- The Mod One – Fashion’s Future in 3D
16 March 2010
Once upon a time, when I was quite a few years younger, I had a sudden craving for a pair of cowboy boots. They were in fashion at the time but I wanted a pair anyway.
I didn't have much money at the time to spend on something so frivolous as a pair of black cowboy boots, so I was also looking for a pair of cheap ones, and they had to be available in Australia (because, really, you have to try them on).
After weeks of searching I found them, and they were nearly perfect. With instep inserts, they were and I could wear them walking for a long time.
For me, they never left my regular shoe rotation. I wore through two pairs of heels as well (they were of unfortunatly cheap construction). The only reason I stopped wearing them was because my feet grew when I was pregant with MissIcy and they never went down again (this is quite common). I didn't have the heart to throw them out either. They've been sitting in my cupboard for the last two and a half years gathering dust.
But now, now I have a replacement pair. And oh, they are sooooo comfortable. That's because they are actually Kumfs!
Aren't they nice? The leather is not shiny, and the heel height it great. I've already worn them quite a lot and for quite long periods of time and they're just as comfortable as my other Kumfs boots.
I only wish they hit the leg a little higher. They're just a bit too short to wear with a skirt. But if they had been, they would have been even more expensive.
Anyway, I love my cowboy boots, again!
15 March 2010
In the new house, the bath is in and the floors have been smoothed. Bathroom walls have been tiled and look great. Some of the walls have been plastered. Things are moving on.
The old house looks like a magazine (almost) and we had our first open house on Saturday. It went pretty well and we had 15 groups through in 30 minutes. There was one request for a contract already, and someone else wants to come and inspect on Tuesday at 10:00. Hopefully it will sell reasonably quickly and for a reasonable amount of money. We'd love to get back to where we were financially before we bought the new house (that is just a few years left to pay off the loan).
Sunday morning we went to breakfast at Newtown and it was lovely. MissIcy had her own breakfast this time (as our fave cafe has added a kids menu) and she had a lovely time. We went bookshopping afterwards, a favourite pastime of MrIcy and myself.
Unfortunately this meant that MissIcy fell asleep in the car on the way home at 10:45 and then didn't stay asleep when we got here. A 20 minute nap is not enough for her by a long shot and this afternoon was a bit frazzled. It was off to be early for her.
Go check out http://www.isabyrne.com/ for an update.
Off to the opthamologist again today. Hopefully he'll scan my eyes, tell me everything is great and send me home, to not return for three months. Every six weeks is a bit much, as MrIcy has to take a sick day each time to look after MissIcy. He only has so many sick days.
This does mean I get to go shopping by myself in the city though. This is good. I'm checking out bookstores tomorrow.
13 March 2010
Edited by Jennine Jacob
Do you get spring fever? Oh man… the itch to run around outside in flowery prints and frilly laces gets greater and greater each passing day. To heck with chunky sweaters! This week we have a load of great spring style posts, Holier Than Now checks out cape coats, if you’re strapped for cash Out of Order gives the perfect 45min spring skirt tutorial, so cute! And girly clothes not your thing? The Demoiselles has a great homage to genderbending unisex looks. I’ve been thinking of doing a couple of days in menswear myself. Well, as soon as I learn how to tie the half Windsor knot.
There were so, so many great links this week, it really was hard to narrow it down to 2o. Check out the full listing of Links à la Mode here.
Links à la Mode : March 11th
- 39th and Broadway – Death By Over-Scheduling
- Agent Lover – Mad Crushin’ on Pebelle
- Bobbins and Bombshells – Shop News…Hand Recovery Sale AND Give-Away!!
- Denim Debutante – Denim Advice: Why Should I Buy Premium Denim?
- Diary Of A Girl Left Behind – Sorry We Don’t Have Your (Shoe) Size
- Fashion Pulse Daily – London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood, Mark Fast & Burberry Prorsum
- Fete a Fete – The Frye Company SS 2010
- Glossary – Sipping tea with Sandra Beijer
- Grechen Blogs – Isabel Marant, the Internet & Social Media
- grit and glamour – Return to pretty, please!
- Hello Beauty! – Shu Uemura Spring 2010 Égérie Collection: Sparkling, rock star chic (with makeup lesson video)
- Holier Than Now – Spring (Transition) Shopping : Caped Crusaders
- Independent Fashion Bloggers – What does your ideal workspace look like?
- M.I.S.S. – Women Making History: Elisa Palomino
- Oranges and Apples – Sustainable fashion part 1: conceptualising the issues
- Out Of Order – DIY Tutorial – Spring Skirt
- Previously Owned – a PREVIEW of Private ARTS la shooting for MINT mag!
- Retro Chick – Vintage Hair Video Tutorial
- SF Indie Fashion – Good Looks: Moody Winter-Almost-Spring
- Shrimp Salad Circus – how to rock orange lips
- Smiles Go With Everything – How to Search Effectively on Etsy
- The Demoiselles – Gender-Bending: Menswear