Saturday, August 11, 2012

Look of the Day....80's Dress in The House!

Happy Friday,

Well, yesterday I had no problem deciding what to wear to my consulting gig. I have this 80s dress that is quite simply....SASSY! It is black w/ super wide shoulder pads, a peplum skirt, three buttons up the back, and fits my silhouette so well. With me not being such a great seamstress (I can't lie to ya') I shortened it and guess what...,it actually looks good! So, yes, I did show off a bit of leg today. I paired it with some red bakelite/catalin bangles, Seventies red leather belt, diamond studs, and my black gladiator sandals. Super easy look to put together that easily delivers a bang. 

Before I sign off, I have added a picture of a friend of mine Amy Davis. She is an actress, illustrator, and musician among other things and she is....FIERCE! I hope to do an interview with her and share just how much of a dynamo she is! She came into the business where I consult with her Hubby Jon, and it made my day. So, enjoy the added bonus!

Til next time,

Kat

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Majestic Views from the Sandia Tram...

Happy Wednesday Luvs,
I am a sucker for mountains and clouds!

And we're off!
Special panda nails for baby Girl!








Well, Baby Girl and Boy have traveled to visit family for two weeks by themselves.  Kinda freakin' out because I have NEVER been away from them for that long. I had the kids with me for three weeks when I went to California to visit my side of the family, but this is the first time that both kids have gone anywhere without both us. Huge deal!!!  Hopefully, we can get a lot accomplished while they are away and be ready to take on our next adventure when they return.



My blog today is actually about the excursion that Baby Girl and I did on Monday. One of her last requests was to go up the Sandia Tram.  She was scheduled to go up with her school, but because it was too windy it was cancelled.  I have lots of pictures that show just how BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING the views are while taking this amazing trip.




Pure Beauty...!

As far as the eye can see....
Lots of green!!!

Baby Girl LOVES her fossils...!

Does this cloud remind you of a certain spaceship?

The view outside the information center.
The tree on high...

You have to wait until these wheels stop completely BEFORE you can enter or exit the  cars.





The cool red staircase leading down to he chair lifts.



Gotta LUV ladybugs!


Good-bye....thanks for having us!
Just us...and our shadow...!


Because of all the pics, I have attached the link to their official site so that you may learn about this amazing ski peak and tram.http://sandiapeak.com/index.php?page=history-technology The height was insane but that made it all the more surreal.  Taking off I had a daughter who was attached around my waist, but after two minutes, she was commenting on just what a wonder it was and that she was glad that we came.

It was a great day, with my wonderful girl!



Til next time,

Kat

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Moment of Clarity....

Hello Again,

Today I had the experience of random acts of kindness. Though they were small, they were none the less profound.  I challenge you to be the person who reaches out their hand to make the day for another.  It doesn't take a lot (believe it or not). It just takes the willingness to look outside ourselves.  And I know that in the end, we are all SHINING examples of what is GOOD with the World!


Til next time,

Kat

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vintage Fashion as an Olympic Event?

Happy Saturday,

Just a quick question...if your favorite thing about vintage was an olympic event, and you were the olympian that would take gold, what would it be? It is a silly question but non the less fun to think about!  Thanks to Sammy Davis for putting it out there...!

Til next time,

Kat

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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Trapeeze Dress....ala Twiggy!

Hello and Happy Friday,


Today's look was inspired by the iconic model Twiggy. Her stature helped to coin the term waif. She has always been an inspiration to me, and I know that she is for others. When I saw this dress...I HAD to have it! I picked it up from MrIdahosVintage on Etsy, and boy am I glad I did...!





Til next time,

Kat

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Look of the Day....60s Go-Go!

Hello Luvs,

Wanted to give you a quick look from my Look of the Day series.  I abolutely LUV this dress.  Make sure you check out MrIdahosVintage on etsy where she has wonderful vintage pieces (http://www.etsy.com/shop/MrIdahosVintage?ref=search_shop_redirect).  There are LOTS of goodies to be had!  If you buy six, she ships for freee!!!



Til next time,

Kat

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Two Promos....ONE Location!

Hello and Happy Wednesday,


I wanted to drop a quick note about the promos that I will doing this month at my Etsy shop. They are really exciting ways to own a pair of amazing shoes, and also a way to give back.


The first is featuring all the designer shoes (Ferragamo and YSL among others!) that I carry at my shop (www.etsy.com/shop/katsmeoww). Throughout  the month of August, when you purchase a pair of shoes (or more, if it strikes your fancy) you will receive 25% off. The prices are already reduced on-site so there is nothing to figure out...!  This promotion is only for August, so make sure that you take advantage!


Front entrance to the shelter.
The second promo is even closer to my heart. Each month I will pick a local organization that will receive a portion of the shops sales. This month I have chosen a place that we have a history with. It is a local shelter that is a Non-Profit NO KILL organization. This wonderful place is the largest No-Kill shelter in New Mexico. It is located in Rio Rancho, and happens to be where we found our Bombay Velvet. She is amazing, and has been an awesome addition to the family. They came to have her because she was left at the front door of a pet shop with her kittens. At first, when we had her solely inside, she was quite frankly miserable. When we relocated to our current home we let her go outside and oh boy is she happy!
Our Velvet...!


I have chosen to donate 10% of the shops sales this month. The name of the shelter is Watermelon Mountain Ranch, and has been around for quite a long time. Here is the link (http://www.wmranch.org/) just in case you would like to find out all the different ways in which you can help. There is always something, whether it is your time and/or a monetary donation, either will help them tremendously. So, when you make a purchase at the shop I will donate 10% of your purchase price (minus shipping cost) to the shelter. At the end of the month I will let you know the total amount I will be donating. Visit the shop (www.etsy.com/shop/katsmeoww) to get the coupon code.


Well, there ya go! Exciting stuff!!! I hope that you will visit the shop and help me to make a difference for an organization that is ALREADY a champion for animal rights!


Til next time,


Kat

Monday, July 30, 2012

Look of the day...Black, White, and Red All Over!

Happy Monday Luvs,

Such a classic silhouette!
I hope that you had a great weekend.  I spent Saturday at the local flea market and did rather well. Sunday was spent in a comfy vintage nightie.  Did lots of listing on Etsy and promoting on twitter (YAY #SSPS!). The weekend really flew by, and Monday is upon us yet again.
Yes...I could twirl ALL DAY!

I decided to do a look of the day to show off a new dress that I recently acquired.  It is from the late 50s to early 60s and is a TOTAL DREAM! It fits like a glove and is twirl ready...!  I paired it with a reddish/orange belt, black nails, red lips, and black girlie sandals.  Didn't get a picture in the shoes, but I think that you will get the general feel of the ensemble.

I would love any suggesions for my next "How do I Style this...in two minutes or less" series.  I will definitely be doing one sometime this week.

Fav accessories...wedding rings, Bulova watch, and laquered nails.

Simple pleating and foldover collar....

Great from any angle!!!



 Til next time,

Kat


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

My How 10 Years Have Flown by!

Hello Luvs and Happy Sunday,

10th Anniversary flower...Daffodil...
It seems as if I was just saying that! It's been a busy week, and during that time I have celebrated my tenth anniversary with the Hubster. Before I tell ya how we celebrated, I will give you a history of how we came to be....Mr & Mrs Wilson.

To start off, when I lived in San Franciso in the mid to late ninties, so did he.  We actually lived a couple of blocks away from each other. He thinks maybe he came into where I worked on Fillmore and maybe he did. Either way, it was not meant for us to meet then.  Both he and I were different people then and it was not the time for us to meet, nevermind the fact that he was in a relationship with a long term girlfriend.

Stone...diamond!
So, fast forward a couple of years. I had moved back to Southern California, and was out having dinner with friends. Got a call from the drummer of a band I was in down in Orange County asking if I wanted to go to Vegas. Her boyfriend's company was up for a shoe award, and they wanted me to come along. At first I said no, then after some encouragment from the friends I was with, I decided to call her back and take her up on her generous offer. I didn't mention that I was in a bit of a funk because of a very bad experience that I had with a music producer (yes, the typical industry horror story!), and was swearing off many things...!

Flew to Vegas a few days later and went to the awards show (unfortunately my friend did not win, I think Skechers did?). Asking the taxi driver where would be a good place to go out, he suggested three spots, and we decided on the Hard Rock.  Well, Skechers has a huge party twice a year, and without an invite you have to pay to get in.  Me, being the miser that I was at the time thought the price they were asking for was outrageous.  He talked them down, and we went in.  After about 20 minutes, I was over the scene.  All the guys had on VERY TIGHT shirts, and the women were dressed rather tacky. It was definitely not my vibe. I was BEYOND ready to go... Then I got this feeling.  Hard to describe other than a feeling I had inside my bones.  I turned around, and there he was (minus his date that cancelled on him...her loss!).  I said to myself...OH MY, and headed directly to the ladies' room to freshen up.  Of course, I left my bag with my friends so no freshening up for me!!!! I told myself to just go for it, and I headed back to the stage area. Once I got closer I leaned over and said hello (even though Josh said he was the first to speak).  We hung out for six hours, and said goodbye after we exchanged info. 

Color? Silver of course...!
When I got home I told EVERYONE that would listen that I met the man that I was going to marry.  Got a lot of SAY WHATS!!?? That was February 24, 2001. We got engaged on the evening of my birthday (March 31, 2001), and we married on July 27, 2002. Two WONDERFUL children and 11 1/2 years after laying eyes on each other for the first time, I am forever thankful that Miss Sara (and Pierre) called me and that my friends supported me.  They changed the path of my life....and I am FOREVER GRATEFUL!

How did we celebrate? We tried out a Thai place on Central (The Orchid...which was divine!), went to a movie (Beasts of the Southern Wild...which was also divine-poetry to film!), and ran late night errands.  All in all, it was a wonderful evening!

Til next time,

Kat

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Celebrating the Yumminess of Champagne Grapes...!

Courtesy of  Nuts About Fruit on Blogspot...
Hello Lovers of ALL things Yummy!

Doesn't say Corinth but goes with the grapes so well!
A couple of days ago when I did my quick shop at Trader Joe's, I was easily persuaded to buy one of my FAV fruits...champagne grapes. I have always loved the sweet yet slightly tart taste of them. Then when you add them to champagne, they take on another meaning all together. When snacking on these sweet little lovelies during the kiddos' lunch, I decided that I should give them a proper shout out.

I never really knew where they originated, or how they got their name, so I looked it up.  Here is what I found out. I hope that you find it as interesting as I do.

The champagne grape was not always called that.  It was originally called the Corinth grape, (officially the Black Corinth) being named after the primary port in Greece from which fruit was exported.  It is the smallest seedless grape, and is only in season from late spring until early fall.  It was initially a table grape, and in its fried version a currant.  I have used currants before in my white chocolate scones.  Little did I know that I was using this type of grape.

Product of the U.S.A.! YAY!!!
The grape was introduced in America in the late 1800s by  famed American botanist David Fairchild. He brought in 200,000 plants. However, it was Thompson Seedless Grape company that made it famous here with a system called girdling that enabled them to mass produce the fruit.

So you are probably wondering how it became known as the Champagne Grape (versus the Corinth)? Well, it was a grape producer named Allin Corrin fom Reedley, California, who did a pictorial editorial in Sunset Magazine that showcased them in a Champagne flute, that made them synonomous with drinking champagne. They were forever rebranded.


I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history regarding this small yet unforgettable fruit.  Enjoy many helpings, and add them to your cereal, yogurt, fruit tarts, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Til next time,

Kat

P.S. Here is the link to the blog in which I found my nifty image (http://nutsaboutfruit.blogspot.com/2010/08/tiny-bubbles-tiny-grapes.html)
Go check it out!

Monday, July 23, 2012

SOY to the rescue...!

Hello Again Luvs,

I hope that you had a good weekend.  I found myself in a quandry today.  With the health things I am going through, I have been placed on a SUPER strict diet.  A diet that does not include my beloved avocados... :-( There are other things, but the avocado was the hardest one for me to give up!  If you are unclear about just how much I love them just read one of my previous posts... (http://katsmeoww11.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-love-of-avocadothe-color-and-fruit.html)

OK...so it was tasted BEFORE I got a pic!
So, my quandry was what to substitiute for two of the key ingredients in my chocolate, peanut butter, banana shakes.  As it turns out, Trader Joe's has a yummy soy vanilla ice cream that my kids love, and I can actually eat it! So that went in place of the traditional vanilla ice cream.  I also subbed soy milk for the regular milk.  Well, it turned out lovely, and I tell ya, there wasn't a dissatisfied customer in the house.

Below is the recipe for the shakes.  Try them out and let me know what you think?

-Two medium bananas
-Four heaping tablespoons peanut butter
-Four scoops soy vanilla ice cream (or traditional)
-Generous amount of Chocolate Moo sauce (fat and dairy free) 
-Half cup of milk (soy or regular)

**Feeds four**

There you have it! Enjoy...!

Til next time,

Kat

Sunday, July 22, 2012

How do I style this...in two minutes or less? Scarf edition...;-)

Hello and Happy Sunday,

I come to you with another edition of my blog series that takes on items that need some additonal styling options.  With the accopmaning video, I hope to provide you with two functional and very easy ways to style your fringed scarf.  These options can be used year round and with a medium weight scarf if you prefer.  I hope that you enjoy it and find it useful.  I would love to hear about our experience when you try them out.

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Lovely head scarf...!

Til next time,

Kat



The poncho option...




Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Hunting We will go...For Vintage that is!

Happy Saturday Luvs,
Dreamy hat for either a woman or girl!

The jacket from a TO DIE FOR suit...!
I know that you have probably heard many commments on the tragic event that happened yesterday.  I can say that it has personally reinforced my belief that you have to live every day, in the moment, and not put off anything that makes your heart happy.  My heart hurts for those who lost their lives, those that had to experience such terror, and for the families who lost their loved ones.  Who can say why we are still living and breathing.  All I know is that we are! And it is our responsibility to not squander the days that we are blessed with!
Various textures...!

That being said, I have been planning to meet up with a dear friend @vintagelucero, and visit one of her fav haunts where she finds lots of vintage goodies. It is in Nob Hill (Albuquerque), and the whole family decided to go.  It is a day that we spent shopping, people watching, enjoying the company of friends, and eating at a converted gas station (Kelly's) for lunch.  We have been going there since before Girl was born (close to 11 years).  They have the yummiest Albuquerque Turkies, on-site brewed root beer, and sweet potato fries!  
Fom the 40's to the 80's...

So many nice things to say about Off Broadway, starting with the fact that I was in awe when I started looking around.  They had the most AMAZING pieces that had me drooling.  Unfortunately, many were out of my budget, however there were a few things that I was lucky to score.  They will be (along with some items courtesy of @vintagelucero) coming to the shop shortly....maybe as early as TOMORROW!!!  Until then, here are some pictures to get you salivating...!
LUV them all!




For ALL my pink LOVERS!!

 Til next time,

Kat

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How do I style this...in two minutes or less?

Hello All,

I come to you with the third installment of my blog series.  Today I have taken on the classic floppy hat.  We all know how frustrating it can be to have to deal with one that is too big.  We worry about the breeze taking it, and we would also like to be able to see where we are going.  With this video I show you two very easy yet different options that enable your hat to be functional and stlyish at the same time!



I hope that find these options useful.

Til next time,

Kat  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ice Cream Cupcakes made easy....

Hello Luvs and Happy Myles Birthday Day!

The finished product! YUM...!
A few days ago, while shopping for Myles' birthday dinner, Baby Girl asked if we could make ice cream cupcakes. When a (reasonable) request comes, I try to make it happen. Now, with my new dietary restrictions, I had to think outside the box. We typically buy everything from Trader Joe's, and I knew that they would have what I needed. So, here is the list of ingredients, and I will walk you through how I made these goodies!

Box of chocolate cake mix (makes 24 cupcakes)
Box of vanilla frosting
2 sticks of butter
3 eggs
Hot water
Room teperature water
Food coloring (must have the frosting the shade of his Pokeman character!)
Quart or gallon zip lock bag (you will be cutting off an edge to frost the cupcakes)
Sprinkles
Mixer/Mixing bowls
Measuring cup
The cupcakes while cooling.
Vegetable peeler
Ice cream (whatever flavor suits your fancy)...I used soy vanilla

*The instructions on the box are SUPER simple, and the ingredient list is small with words I can actually pronounce!*

Tool used to cut out center!
Not super pretty, but will be hidden by frosting!
I followed the instructions on the box for the cake mix.  Once the first batch was done, I place them on the cooling rack for 15 minutes, then in the fridge for another 10. While they were cooling, I made the frosting, and placed it in the fridge to thicken for about five mintues or so. 

I removed the soy vanilla ice cream from the freezer to allow enough time for it to be a consistency I could work with.  After that, I removed them and cut out the center with a vegetable peeler (ALWAYS helps when you can use what you already have at home!). With a teaspoon, I scooped the ice cream and used my hands to stuff it into the cupcakes.  ***WARNING...your hands will get cold!*** I then frosted them, Baby Girl added sprinkles, and we placed them in the freezer.
Bag before cutting the edge to frost.

The same steps were used on the second batch (minus the two out of the oven that the kiddos ate!).  Because I used so much frosting on each cupcake, I unfortunately ran out!  After a quick search, I melted dark chocolate chips, frosted and sprinkled the remaining cupakes, and added them to the freezer.

Yummy Soy Vanilla ice cream!!!
There ya go! It was quick and surprisingly easy.  Why don't you try it out, and let me know what you think...

Til next time,

Kat




Dark chocolate on top!






Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How do I style this...in two minutes or less? Plaid Wool Jacket


Happy Tuesday,



The culprit...!
So pulled together...


Groovy and eye-catching...!


This is the second in my video/blog series that covers how to style an item that can sometimes be a challenge.  Today I take on a plaid wool jacket.  This piece does not have to be bland or run of the mill! You can jazz it up with just a couple of key accessories. The jacket, raspberry belt, and hat will all be coming soon to my etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/katsmeoww)! If you are interested in any of them, please send me a convo and I will get you the pricing.


Check out the video, and tell me what you think in the comment section.  After that, I would love it if you would follow the blog.


Gotta have a good hat!
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Til next time,


Kat
Perfect shade for a belt!!

Stylish and modern...!