Thursday, February 9, 2017

Behold the Tie Dye Wedding Dress!

I'll admit it. I've never been a big fan of tie dye. I just saw way too much of it in the 70's. Yes I'm that old I'm not a 20 something blogger who's doing this because I think I can get rich writing about clothes. I do however plan to make some of the stuff I have seen. Some of this is stuff you could buy at a thrift store and dye. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Trending Jewelry!~ Handmade Bangles Embedded with Flowers and Bark

Hand-made in Coos Bay, Oregon, these resin bangles are infused with plants, leaves, flowers, shells, and strips of bark. Much of what you see here is available through Faerie and dozens of additional pieces are available through Etsy. (via Crafty Allegieance)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Best Men's Style Blogs-Counting Down the Best 25-Say Goodbye to Your Savings Account Boys!

Mr. Porter is required reading for anyone looking to fall down a style rabbithole of, for example,-- a slick editorial shot in the Scottish Highlands, a video feature of the world's oldest ateliers, and the entry-level steps to dressing like notable historical style icons. And every feature links to product so you can easily "shop the story" while getting your learn on!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shopping in Seattle: West Seattle's Sneakery Boasts the Best Sock Selection in the City!

I say this with enthusiasm because like most people in Seattle I not only appreciate but need good quality socks for the often rainy weather here. I found this store while walking around the neighborhood and have tried to visit them to upgrade my sock collection which at the time was dwindling. My problems were solved and I'm now the proud owner of 12 pairs of socks without holes in them that are not only warm and comfortable but beautiful! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

History of the Feathered Hat

I've been researching hats lately, and came across some fascinating information concerning feathers.

We all know the iconic mega-feathered hats of the Edwardian era.  The Edwardians were particularly enamored with plumage, but unlike their be-feathered predecessors, the Victorians and the Georgians, many a fine species of bird was taken to the brink of extinction by the incredible demand for ladies be-feathered hats.

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Van's Tennis Shoes: Day Glow is Back! Again!

Van's tennis shoes have come a long way! 
And seriously, how many times are they going to bring day glow back, you know your kinda old when you have walked into Target and discovered day glow was back in not once but twice! 
If I was going to wear it again or encourage my kids to it would be a classic item like Van's though for sure! 

Buy the pink ones right here on Xanaland! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shoes to Die For: Are Women Still Killing Their Feet in High Heels? Yes!

“Oh my God. My feet are killing me!” This oft repeated phrase is more or less the tag-line for a night out, it’s almost guaranteed that by around about midnight someone will realize they may have overestimated their stiletto tolerance. It’s something of a stereotype: the barefoot girl walking home heels in hand, defeated by her footwear. So why do so many of us continue to suffer through the platform agony? More and more women seem to be asking themselves this question: heels are expensive, painful and often difficult to walk in – far from the most practical footwear solution. Are we finally moving away from the long reign of the skyscraper heel?

Vertiginous footwear has had more than its fair share of cultural attention over the years; the humble heel sparking philosophical, moral and feminist debates, immensely contrasting to the deceptively simple lure of the shoe as a beautiful object. Scholars, shoppers and designers clamouring to explain the seemingly irrevocable lure of the heel have whipped up a storm of attention for the heel. Talk to a feminist, and you are likely to hear one thing ‘high heels objectify women: making them weak and vulnerable.’ While this might seem a little extreme, the point does stand. How often have you seen a girl being supported by her friends as her shoe choice tips from uncomfortable to unbearable? There is a stigma of weakness that can come with heels: girls tottering, bambi-like through the streets hardly suggests empowerment and independence… And this doesn’t seem like something the students of today, girls who are spending their days building their future through hard work, would desire anymore.