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Monday, November 2, 2009

I Dare to Design.

The very first time I watched My Fair Lady I remember being completely entranced by Audrey Hepburn. I loved her personality as Eliza Doolitle and loved the transformation she made to become a lady. I found myself wishing that someday I would make a similar transformation. But what I remember most about the film was her fashion. One dress in particular stood out to me each time I watched the movie. It was the elegant white lace gown with black and white striped bows and ribbons. At times I would pause the film and stare at the dress. Other times I would Google the image and study the design and shape of it. Since I have been a little girl I have absolutely loved the dress.

After designing about twenty different dresses for this contest, I was trying to decide which one to enter and one dress in particular kept coming to my mind. It was a modern dress designed after the one Audrey Hepburn wore in My Fair Lady. I pictured a sturdy, yet movable material for the design. My favorite fabric choice would be a Silk Embroidered Organza.

In addition to the trendy adaption of the My Fair Lady dress, the design is quite versatile. If desired, it can turn into a semi-formal dress by having the bow and dress monochromatic and using fabric such as:

  • Casa Satin
  • Crepe-Back Satin
  • Polyester Shantung
Or it can turn into two completely different styles of dresses by using a plaid pattern for the dress and a solid color for the bow in one of the following two materials:
  • Taffeta (For a fun, party dress)
  • Wool (A spin on the winter classic)
Another option is to give the design texture by overlaying lace onto the entire dress. Similar or contrasting colors could be used for the lining and lace to create different looks. The bow could also be out of lining and lace or a solid color of satin.

Just as Audrey makes a grand transformation in My Fair Lady, this design is also capable of transforming into various styles depending on the look desired.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I promise

To blog soon.

Friday, May 30, 2008

I’ve missed you, Dear Blog

Well, the brief hiatus from the blogosphere could be attributed to many reasons. One, MoFash was CRAZY. Insane. It controlled my life. I would wake up early before work to work on it, sometimes have to take phone calls and emails during work, and then after work I have errands/meetings or other various work to do on it. Then around midnight or so I would go to bed and do the same thing the next day. But when the day finally came, everything came together. Of course, there were a few glitches and mishaps, but it was a GREAT success. I hope to post pictures soon. However, when it ended I was seriously pooped for like a week and a half. I didn’t know what to do with myself since I was suddenly able to eat, sleep and do whatever else I needed to. But I was so burned out I didn’t do much.

It was then that I tried to write….but I couldn’t think of much to blog about. I made a list, but I didn’t want to write a whole blog about any of topics. Then I tried one that I have been thinking about all the time, but couldn’t remember anything that I had thought to put.

The next reason is that I’ve started a 2nd job. I work from 10-10 M-F now. But THAT is a blog all by itself, so I’ll continue more about that later.

So, here I am. Topicless and blogging away. I love it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Behold: The future of America’s lawyers!

So working at TestMasters, I come across some truly brilliant people. I’m usually working with students who are studying to get amazing scores on the LSAT in able to get into an amazing law school. For this reason, they normally are pretty bright.

And then there are the students whose well-being I am truly concerned for. The other day I had a student call who was wondering why her online account wasn’t working. Now to access the online account a student must fully enroll. To fully enroll, students must sign a document and email us or fax it back over. Now, this one particular student, we’ll call Jane, informed me that she had sent over the form, and even took a screen image of her computer to prove it. I told her I would look into it and put her on hold. I found the document she sent, opened it, and immediately started laughing. I of course had to stifle my laugh and remain professional when I picked the phone back up and informed her that she could not simply take a picture of the document with her digital camera and send us the image. Her response was, “Oh……really? Oh…okay…” She was very confused and surprised that we would not accept the picture for proper documentation. And yes, she is indeed studying to become a lawyer.

Needless to say, it was the best laugh I’ve had in a long time.

Monday, April 14, 2008

And the BDay goes on...

I like birthdays. No, that's not quite right. I LOVE birthdays. I am a BIG birthday celebrator. Since I was little I have had the belief that on your birthday you should not have to do a single thing that you don't want to. It is your one day off a year. Woohoo! Go YOU.

Turning 21 was no different. I made sure to celebrate as much as I could. And I have successfully extended that celebration to the middle of last week. I am the birthday-extender champion.

See below for validation:

November 7th, 2007 = My 21st birthday.
I took the day off work, went shopping and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Maggianos, with a couple close friends and with a brother and sister who live here. (And just for the record, the Tiramisu was incredible.)

Kenny, Julie Ann and I. It's so good to have family close by.

November 9th, 2007 = My 21st birthday "Mocktail" Party.
This was one of the best parties I've been to/put together, if I do say so myself. We had it at "The Pricer Lounge" (JLP's place), and we had twinkle lights and candles everywhere....including the walk up to her apartment. We had chocolate and cheese fondue, jello shots, a bowl to people to check in their keys, a bouncer (who was also my body guard), a cocktail waitress, a bartender, and even "tequila" shots to take with salt to sprinkle on our hand and limes for chasers. We closed in her kitchen with a covered board, (thanks Kenny), so it actually looked like a bar, and of course there were various other details.

Jenny Lynne and I.....we make the best party planning team. Here's to us.

Cortney, my bartender did a FABULOUS job. I didn't know him very well when I asked him to do this for me, and he was exactly what I was hoping for.

Tanya was superb at being a mocktail waitress. She would pass out jello shots and call out for everyone do them them on her count. And so we did. And then we did again. And again....

So Blair came to the party with the good intention of saying happy birthday to me, and enjoying the fun. Little did he know that I had been struggling to find someone I felt would make an excellent bouncer. I had high expectations and I wanted the chosen one to be pretty proactive in their role. When Blair walked through the door, and I knew he was the one. I gave him his "BOUNCER" shirt, he put on his shades and accepted the role. He seriously blew me away. A few times he would stop people at the door and come and get me to make sure they were cool enough to get in. I loved it.

"Dear Brother" and I. He presented me with two large frames of me when I was a baby, and had others make toasts to me. It was great, I felt so mocktail party-ish.

Aforementioned "Dear Brother" insisted I need a picture with my ID. I promise, it says that I am indeed 21....and from Washington.

November 16th, 2007 = My almost trip to Vegas to celebrate said 21st birthday.
But unfortunately, because my beautiful recently purchased car was totaled, the trip had to be cancelled. Never fear.....I celebrated about 5 months later.

April 8th, 2008 = The Birthday Cake that almost wasn't.
Amid the wondrous birthday bliss, I never had a birthday cake. And I almost forgot about it completely. Until I walked down the cake aisle (which I've done many times between my actual birthday and this day), and saw the cake mixes and candles and it hit me. I realized I had to resolve this matter immediately. So i did.

DISCLAIMER: Danielle put the candles in the cake for me so I didn't feel so lame. Then we
BOTH sang to me.

Happy 21st birthday to me. Maybe turning 22 will last even longer. :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Here's to you, Grandpa Kelly.

You taught me how to play Solitaire, with REAL cards. I moved the card on top to the bottom of the deck when you weren't looking. I won. You were amazed and I have never felt so guilty.

We watched Willow...again and again. I still love that movie.

When I was about 5 I gave you a speech about how smoking was bad and that I didn't want you to do it anymore. That speech carries more weight now.

You took me to the Sit 'N' Bull restaurant. I called it The Sitting Bull and I loved it.

You made the best homemade french fries. I remember telling that to my Mom once and she tried to compete. Sorry Mom, but I stand by my word. Grandpa, I still crave yours.

You always asked my why I straightened my hair, and complimented me when it was curly. You never thought I should cut it.

I had a growing post in the kitchen. You were surprised when I trustfully let Leonard come at me with a knife to take my measurement.

Last Christmas you asked me if I had a cell phone. You asked me if it worked. Without realizing what I was walking into, I replied the affirmative to both. Then you asked me why I didn't use it to call Grandma some days. Good job Grandpa, I think I'll call her today.

Among other things, I remember your cowboy boots, the shoe drier I was constantly mesmerized by, your amazing quilts, your beautiful birds and your laugh.

Thanks for the memories Grandpa, I love you and I'll miss you.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Happiness Is......

....finding NO parking ticket(s) on your car.

It is the purest form of joy there is.

I used to think that if I read the million, (seriously...you may think I'm kidding but there is on average 2-3 different signs on a single post telling you when you can't park on that street), "No Parking" signs and I followed the rules then I would never get a ticket.

Ahahahahaha....WRONG. Oh how naive was I? I have now learned to be in constant fear of the rules I apparently should know and apparently do not. Thanks LA.