Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Mini dress
$145 – coggles.com

Yumi wrap dress
$59 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Prada cardigan
$855 – mytheresa.com

Topshop blue shirt
$44 – nordstrom.com

American Vintage brown cardigan
$67 – vestiairecollective.com

Red shirt

Purple blouse
$13 – newchic.com

Short sleeve shirt

Jonathan Saunders wide leg pants
$395 – theoutnet.com

Chloé pull on pants
$570 – montaignemarket.com

Vanessa Bruno corduroy pants
$160 – stylebop.com

Koral purple legging
$190 – farfetch.com

Blondo waterproof boots

Cowgirl boots

Drop earrings

Gold jewellery

Evening shawl

Stretch belt


Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Blue dress
$145 – coggles.com

Zip front top
$4,365 – kaleidoscope.co.uk

Maison Margiela beige top
$505 – italist.com

Pringle of Scotland button up cardigan
$230 – brandoutlet.borderfree.com

STELLA McCARTNEY floral crop top
$325 – italist.com

Balmain knit tank top
$450 – balmain.com

Moschino blue blouse

Topshop blue crop top
$44 – nordstrom.com

Jacques Vert shirt blouse
$46 – johnlewis.com

Miss Selfridge jersey top

Gap red cardigan

Ponte blazer

Jonathan Saunders wide leg trousers
$395 – theoutnet.com

Chloé straight leg pants
$575 – montaignemarket.com

WithChic patterned pants
$92 – withchic.com

Glamorous beige skirt
$29 – glamorous.com

Stretch skirt

Green earrings

Ciner earrings jewelry

Fitbit teal jewelry

Orange belt

Buckle belt

Thin scarve

Buckle belt

Slow Down

My arts and craftiness has slowed down as my work schedule has ramped up. Therefore, I give to you some good internets (all PlaidPaiselyandPolkadots approved) to browse:

Colossal: an art blog of really cool art-like things

The Oatmeal: an angsty online cartoonist with a fascination for violence and wild animals

Man Made: all about man-crafts

Pinterest, You are Drunk: this makes sense if you have ever been to Pinterest

Cake Wrecks: The glorious results of professional cake decorators

Handprint: More than you ever wanted to know about water color painting

ChemKnits: One of my favorite knitting bolgs
That is all for now, will be back soon with craftyness.


Recycled Plastic Container Bonus

I have another little bonus project to do with leftovers from the recycled yogurt container earrings- make a bracelet!

This project will give a quick, bright, fiber art accessory without all the macrame. You can keep it simple, or you can add more colors and weaving designs.


  • Plastic ring from left-over container
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Beads or buttons
  • Spray Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • Double-sided tape


1. Cut a section of the plastic ring that is about half of the circumference of your wrist. Punch holes on both ends and then spray paint to cover the ends.

2. Lay double-sided tape across the front. Pick two colors of floss and attach one vertically and one horizontally on one end.

3. Hold the horizontal strands (pink) off to the side as you wrap the vertical strand (green) around the plastic. Press floss onto tape. After a bit fold the pink floss down and wrap the green floss over it- alternate until the end.

4. Leave extra pink floss at the end and braid, then finish with a loop. On the other end, thread more pink floss through the holes and tie on a button or a bead. Make sure to measure around wrist and adjust the placement of the button/bead to fit.

5. Wear and enjoy!


Highland Black Mocha Stout

I am doing a special, celebratory tasting in honor of sticking with a diet long enough to lose 15 lbs. Hooray me! Hooray cupcakes and beer!

To highlight the diversity of beer flavors I decided to do a dessert tasting. I have paired Highland Brewing Co.‘s Mocha Stout with Sophie P. Cakes‘ Mint Chocolate Chip cupcake.

Sophie P. Cakes is a Lafayette cupcakery, and in my opinion, one of the best I have ever been to. The cakes are always fresh, and the flavors are unique without being nauseatingly saccharine. Mint and chocolate has to be one of my favorite flavor combinations of all time, so I was over-the-moon excited when they had this little guy the day I went to get my victory cupcake. The cake was very minty and bright green with dots of small chocolate chunks. The icing was a great compliment and the whole thing sang of wonder and joy.

Highland is the largest micro brewery out of Asheville, NC, America’s home-town of beer. During my recent visit I was able to take a walking tour of the brewery and taste a large portion of their beer labels. The Black Mocha Stout was one of my favorites. It is hearty and sweet in all the ways a classic stout ought to be.

Aroma: Hoppy with sweet caramel notes and a lot of oats. Very distinct coffee aroma- this by far is the strongest sent.

Flavor: Hops in the flavor add to the bitterness quality found in coffee, a lot of coffee flavor with some of the complex characteristics of caramel. Some chocolate, but mostly coffee.

Body/Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth with thick foam

Color: Dark brown, opaque in the glass

The rich coffee flavor and sweetness paired very well with the chocolate and aromatic mint of the cupcake. The heavier body of the stout also paired well with the cake texture. A very good combination. This stout makes a great dessert beer and I would love to try it in a beer float. Also, more cupcakes.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Andre LaFleur