Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't Be A Litter Bug

I live in a city. It's a small city but a city nonetheless. And if you ask most of my family (who all live in the country), they think it's the big bad scary city. Glad they never came to visit me on the Hill in DC! Anyway, my purpose for pointing that out is to mention that many blocks are a mix of residential and business. I live two buildings from a nice Italian restaurant and then there are many homes and then a block away are three pizza shops. Because in NY, you don't order a pie. You walk down the street to "get a slice." And that is where the divide comes in. Some (say, me for example) sit at tables and eat their slice of pizza in the restaurant. Then another culture of folks like to walk around the streets to eat their food. And when they are finished eating, they like to toss the unwanted crust and paper products down on the street and sidewalk. This is not a NY thing either. When I lived in DC, the same cultural group would do that with chicken wings. I know this because I have a dog and her best command is "drop it" in reference to the crap people toss down on the sidewalks. "Come" and "stay" mean not a whole lot to her but "drop it" has a 98% return rate.

So the other day I was walking the pup and in front of me was a mother and a young (four years old maybe?) little boy. He finished his food and she kept saying, just throw it (the paper napkin) it down, just throw it down. On the damn sidewalk!! They had just passed a trash can (not more than 5 feet away) and were coming up on another trash can. But she kept demanding that he just throw it down and he kept asking, "on the sidewalk??"

I know that nothing is more annoying that some stranger butting her head where it doesn't belong but I just had to. So Sadie and I sped up and I said, "hey buddy, there's a trash can right there to throw it in. You don't want to be a litter bug, right?" The mom gave me dagger eyes, but come on! That's just ridiculous!! Sometimes you just have to say something. I said it in a very cheerful voice and I tried not to be rude. Clearly the mother is long gone but it's not too late for the little kid to learn that trash cans are indeed for....wait for it.... trash. Sheesh!

For Sale

So we all know how it goes. Several years ago I was having a thin few months and bought a few items "knowing" that in a few more months they would fit. Clearly that is the logical response. Instead I gained 40 lbs. And then I bought a few things that either look better on the hanger than on me or just never were worn. So before I put them up on ebay, I'll try asking here to see if any of y'all might actually fit into these items right now. I am more than happy to combine shipping for multiple items. Just send me an email at and I will email a Paypal bill.

Forgive me for this being so long, feel free to skip this post if it in any way offends you. I'm simply trying to slim down my closet of cute clothes that realistically have not been worn ever or in more than a year. Feel free to contact me about any questions, measurements, etc. I know I say this all the time, but if I can get through this weekend, my college kids should need me a whole lot less (famous last words!) and I can get back to more regular blog writing and reading.


The critter cords, both Lilly Pulitzer size 12, were worn only a few times. Twice maybe? Super soft. Both are stretchy so they are, ahem, very forgiving shall we say.

Green with navy whales $15. Plus $5 SH. SOLD

Pink with green bees $15. Plus $5 SH. SOLD

Aqua shorts with green Lilly palm. Lilly Pulitzer size 8. Worn once. Like new. $12 + $5 SH.

Yellow with pink and orange sea shells capri pants. Lilly Pulitzer size 10. Gently worn, no stains or marks. $10 + $5 SH. SOLD

Patch print capri pants that include Elefrance and crabs and lemon/lime prints. New without tags. The back label is torn- see photo. I never wore the pants though. Lilly Pulitzer size 8. $20 + $5 SH. SOLD

Blue, green and white daisy print capri pants. Gently worn, no stains or marks. The cream/yellow flower actually glows in the dark. A novelty I never really found a use for other than giggling the first two times I wore them. I would hold them up to my bathroom light and then turn it off. I'm guessing the peeps at Lilly figured out that grown women didn't need their pants to glow so they stopped making this fabric. Ha! But they look regular so I swear you will never know the secret powers of your pants! Lilly Pulitzer size 10. $15 + $5 SH. SOLD

Tan/khaki with aqua, green and black flower print capri pants. Ann Taylor size 8. $8 + $5 SH.

Paisley print capri pants. Soft and fuchsia pinks, aqua blues, yellow, orange, green and white. New with tags attached, never worn. Bushwacker size 10. $20 + $5 SH.

So this was one of my "if I lose a few more" dresses. Lilly Pulitzer Joss Dress in Phipps Pink Hat Parade print. Brand new with tag attached, never worn. MSP on tag $248. Lilly Pulitzer size 4. A fabulous light weight cotton/silk blend with adjustable straps and a beautiful neckline. The print is amazing but the chances of me dropping down to a size 4 are slim to none so my gained weight is your gained Lilly dress! $85 + $5 SH.

Lilly Pulitzer Gisele Caftan Printed. New with tag attached, never worn. MSP on tag $198. 100% linen. Beautiful and light weight. Large pink flowers with aqua and green parrots. Timeless. Lilly Pulitzer size Medium. $75 + $5 SH.

Kate Spade tote bag in green with black handles and black interior. Dust bag included. Purchased from Kate Spade, not ebay or another online source. Gently worn, no tears or stains. Interior zip pocket. $20 + $12 SH. SOLD

Lilly Pulitzer Classic Shift in Palm Green Low Riders fabric. Green background with blue, aqua and purple horses and monkey jockeys. Perfect for summer races! New with tag attached, never worn. MSP on tag $162. Pockets and bottom hem have adorable pom poms. Size 4 (another one of my "in 10 lbs" dresses). $65 + $5 SH.

Nautica skirt. New with tag attached and never worn. I'm not even sure why I never wore this last summer. It's really pretty linen/cotton blend and fully lined in another linen/cotton blend. Very flattering with the flat yolk above the pleats. I think that's what the flat part is called? Anyway, it's pretty and light weight and the MSP on tag is $119. Zips at side. $22 + $5 SH.

Lilly Pulitzer Georgie Skirt Reversible. Green and white stripe seersucker with two toned pink embroidered monkies on one side and blue and white stripe seersucker on the other side. Two skirts in one- reversible wrap skirt. New with tag attached, never worn. MSP on tag $178. Missing one button on the blue side. I have no idea where it might be- I never noticed it was missing. So if I find it, I'll be sure to attach it but at the time being, it's not there. Size 6 but fits a small 8 too. $50 + $5 SH.

Lilly Pulitzer Colleen Dress Printed with Daiquiri Pink Between The Lines. Brand new with tag attached and purchased recently from RueLaLa. The tag MSP is $278, I paid @$90 before shipping, and it can be yours for $80 + $5 SH. I adore it but just didn't love it on me as much as on the hanger. The fabric is fabulous though and the belt could be worn without the dress as a headband or with jeans. Size 10. SOLD

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Twice As Nice

Just made these. For twins. Because two babies in Lilly fabric is twice as nice!

And then this is a dress a girlfriend bought for her daughter at a consignment shop. But it had a little stain on it. So I jazzed it up with her initial in another Lilly Pulitzer fabric. I thought it turned out pretty cute for something purchased for a few bucks.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monster Monday

Did anyone else watch Oprah today? I don't know why I thought to watch it, but I did and OMG did it ever hit home. Monique's (newly crowned Oscar winner) family, minus Monique, were on Oprah. You know it's going to be shady when the main person refuses to participate. I know very little about Monique and have not seen her in any movies (in my defense, I average at best one movie a year) and have no idea if she actually has a last name. But apparently in an interview pre-Oscars, she told Babs that her brother used to molest her as a child. So said brother was on the big O today. And admitted what he did. For the first time ever. But he was all kinds of smug about it. Making excuses and claiming that apologizing on Oprah (rather than to Monique's face) should be enough to get them back to being "normal brother and sister." Then her other brother was all about saying that Monique should be grateful because molester brother was a good guy other than the years of abuse and they seemed to get along fine. Then the dad jumped in on that game too.

I was sick! Clearly they have other family issues brewing there, but I just could not believe all those people were standing up for the admitted child molester and basically saying Monique should get over it. And then I realized that I can in fact believe that. I've been there. I live in that world all the time. People who actually witnessed some of the abuse that happened to me as a child, act that way towards me too. Once I was in college and officially an adult, something changed in people. All of a sudden these practically family members were telling me I needed to just get over it and accept things for the sake of my mother. Defending her. Condemning me. Acknowledging what went on but saying I needed to just live with it because she is my mother. And don't get me started on what my mother says. I have countless letters saying I needed to apologize to her and her husband (my child abusers) because they took me on nice vacations. Going to a nice place with your abuser is not a nice vacation. It's hell in a foreign country without a way to at least call anyone.

The whole bit about molester brother saying sorry on Oprah being enough to just move past it grossed me out. It's not enough. It might never be enough for her. And he has no right to say what is enough. It took him 30 years and a sister talking about it on an Oscar special to admit what he did. 30 years is a hell of a long time for someone to swallow that pain. I am so blessed to have my dad always loving and supporting me. I cannot imagine having no family members choosing you. And yes, things like this require a choice. It's messy. That's reality though. Those family members chose molester brother over abused Monique. And that alone makes me want to be Monique's best friend. I can relate to much of that. And I understand how people saying "get over it" hurts twice as much as the actual abuse. It's a slap in the face and someone saying you deserved it. It's miserable. Clearly, this show hit home today and I am livid. Mad at my own people and mad at these complete strangers. I will never understand how people justify choosing the abuser over the abused. Never.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Starbucks

Bring in a re-usable mug to Starbucks on April 15th and get a free cup of coffee. My favorite coffee for free- fabu! Nothing says tax day like free java!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boys Wear Lilly Too

One of my most requested orders is for Lilly Pulitzer fabric baby boy bibs (say that five times fast!). So I finally put several up on my etsy site to offer a little something for folks who don't want to work with me on a custom order. And since my weekend sort of blew up in my face and I am truly exhausted (so not a good sign given that it is only Monday), this is the closest thing y'all will get to a post from me today. I promise I am working on securing a better attitude and better blog posts!

And this last one isn't boy bib, rather a girly pink Lilly fabric cupcake bib that I think is stinkin' cute. Backed in terry cloth, which is not my normal bib backing. I'm all kinds of crazy like that!

Eight Paws

I almost forgot to mention that my fur baby, Sadie Kate, turned eight paws old yesterday. I can't believe my baby girl has been in my world for so long.  Sadie is the best sleeping guard dog, cuddle bunny and town welcome wagon.  She makes me smile every single day. And in return, I spoil her rotten. It's a system that seems to work well for us!


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