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.

If you would like to share even more of my adventures, please follow me on twitter (@katsmeoww), friend me on facebook (www.facebook.com/katsmeoww11), pinterest (www.pinterest.com/katsmeoww11), and tumblr (www.tumblr.com/blog/katsmeoww11).
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!
You can also follow me on twitter, tumblr, and pinterest.


Til next time,


Kat
Perfect shade for a belt!!

Stylish and modern...!

Monday, July 16, 2012

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

Happy Monday Luvs,


Divine in B&W also...!
LUV this dress!
I am rolling out a new video series that takes on how to deal with items that are a challenge to make work with the other pieces already in your wardrobe.  My goal is to share some simple (yet effective ) ways to instantly bring these items together in no time, and with little effort.


So, take a look at the video, and join me on this journey to help others with a some advice that I think will make a difference. Please pass on the word, and check back with me daily to see if there is something that just might help YOU. If there is anything that you have had challenges making work, and I have not covered it, please reach out and let me know.  I WILL add it to my list of items.


Til next time,


Kat



P.S. Please follow me on twitter (@katsmeoww11), pinterest (pinterest.com/katsmeoww), and tumblr (www.tumblr.com/katsmeoww). Last but not least, the links for the items shown are below.


http://www.etsy.com/listing/103411732/60s-lemon-yellow-hw-full-fashioned
http://www.etsy.com/listing/99459406/beautiful-floral-design-vera-scarf-from

Sunday, July 15, 2012

For the LOVE of Vera...!

Luv these in Black and White!
Hello Again,


The full ensemble..!







I have ALWAYS loved a good scarf, and how it can add such beauty and grace to an outfit. Please enjoy my vlog about a few of the Vera scarves that I have listed on my Etsy site (www.esty.com/shop/katsmeoww). If you like what you see, please follow the blog. You can also find me on pinterest and tumbler, along with additional videos on youtube.


During the video I am wearing a yellow maxi dress from the sixties, my go-to Bulova watch from the fifties, one of my Vera scarves, and simple diamond jewelry.



Luv the visual!!!
Til next time,




See Vera sticking out?

Kat

My Saturday at the Placitas Flea Market...

Happy Sunday Luvs,


I hope that your weekend is going well.  I will hopefully have an additional blog or video up later today, but I wanted to start with sharing how my day went yesterday at the Placitas Flea.


Gorgeous crocheted shell...SOLD!
The day started off really well.  The Hubster and I were able to fit all of my various items (forgot to take hats...next time!) into the Civic, so I did not have to wake up the kids early on a Saturday.  I managed to be there in time to rent a tent cover (which go fast) from the Library volunteer who sets them up. Luckily, as soon as I stepped out of my car, a parent whom I know from the kiddos' elementary  school was there, and offered her two wonderful children (18 and 13?) to help me unload. Big thanks Mary!!!!!




I started my unloading, and set up my space to resemble an actual boutique. I brought along rolling racks, half body forms, and fixtures to enable me to do so.  As soon as I was half way unloaded, people started coming in. I was so excited, because I read this as a good sign.  Unfortunately, it took a little while to make my first sale. I believe that customers thinking that things might be too small was part of the reason. Once I got them in the booth and showed them that I had a great size range, it was much easier.


Sharif Cross-body...SOLD!


I met so many nice people during the day. The vendor next to me was especially sweet.  She was selling pins, pot holders, and flattened bottles (fired in a kiln) that had specially made knives that were used for bread and/or cheese boards.  We had wonderful conversations throughout the day.  I encouraged her to open an Etsy shop.  We'll see if she does!




So, how did my day go as far as sales?  I did OK. I came in just below my goal after expenses. It seemed as if most people were looking for housewares. I brought a few pieces and most of them sold rather quickly. I also sold several items that were listed on my Etsy shop, with a couple of them being consigned pieces.  So that was a good thing.




It was a great day overall until around 2 (the flea is supposed to be from 8 until 4).  The volunteers decided that they were leaving, and wanted to take my tent!  I had actually paid for the rental and had my rolling racks anchored to them, so needless to say, I was not happy that they wanted to take it BEFORE the flea market was even over.  Placitas during this time of year has strong wind gusts, and if I had no tent as an anchor, then they would most likely blow over (like they did last time) and damage my items.  I let them know that I needed the tent longer and this DID NOT go well! After a few minutes, the head volunteer came over to tell me how it was going to be.  How do you think I handled that?  I was dumbfounded.  I appreciate that they volunteer, don't get me wrong, but I paid for it through the day and was not happy. I called Josh (AKA Hubster) and vented, then decided that I would speak with the main coordinator and ask for a partial refund.  After my conversation with this gentleman (and I use this term lightly), I decided that speaking with him again would not do any good. What added to my frustration was the fact that lots of new potential customers came to buy when I was 85% packed up. This means that I lost out on revenue! What do you think? Should I not be happy about this? Would you be?
Accordion pleated skirt...SOLD!




That was my main hiccup.  I really had a great day overall, as I caught up with friends who were wandering through, which was amazing! I also met a darling couple (in which the husband grew up in Liberia) who helped me load the car, told me funny stories,  and actually surprised me with a Stewart's Black Cherry soda that ended my day.  Random acts of kindness like that are what remind me of the goodness of my Fellow Human Beings. Definitely put a smile back on my face!


So, will I do this again? Maybe....I will let you know.  Flea Markets are a great way to sell things that are cluttering your house and/or garage or your vintage wares!


Til next time,


Kat

Friday, July 13, 2012

Look of the Day....Friday the 13th...!

Hello Again,


Luv the colors!
Great shot of the earrings...!
Here's the back...
I wanted to put up my look of the day!  It is a floor-length dress from the late sixties/early seventies by the designer Tori Richard for Liberty House. With DIVINE orange and yellow (along with warm colors) it is a real head turner!  It has a square front and back, and also has a strap that buckles across the back. It is so comfy!!! To see it in all it's glory,visit my shop (KatsMoeww) on Etsy.


I have it listed currently (www.etsy.com/shop/katsmeoww), and is available for purchase. This month, because of our relocation, enter the coupon code KM25SALE and get 25% off this dress and/or any other items in the shop. 



The earrings will be coming to the shop shortly. The watch is a Bulova from the fifties, and will be stayin' with me for the time being. Happy Shopping...!


The shoulders are divine!!!
Til next time,


What do you think of the hair?
Kat



Once again, the eyes have it!













Let's Celebrate ruffles!

Happy Friday Luvs,


I will be back later with my look for the day...but until then, please take another look at my video celebrating RUFFLES..! Have a Smashing Day!


Til next time,


Kat

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gotta LUV those Statement Dresses...

Hello There Fashion Lovers,
B&W is always fun!


And the EYES have it...!




Sixties Mod hair....


When putting together my look for today, I kept thinking about the fact that I have so many dresses that are KILLER   (in a good way)!   


The shape of this bangle is TO DIE FOR!
  It inspired me to do a vlog about statement dresses, and how easy they are when it comes to putting your look together each day. Please enjoy the vlog below, and give me feedback about how you believe STATEMENT dresses ROCK your world!


Til next time,


Kat