Pomp And Circumstance

Hippie Hippie Shake

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on February 28, 2011

(Jeans – 7 For All Mankind, Shirt – Weston Wear via Anthropologie, Hat – urban Outfitters, Watch – Marc By Marc Jacobs, Various Bracelets – Urban Outfitters, H&M, Forever 21)

Got these awesome SUPER FLARE jeans and printed top on our most recent sisters-in-the-city trip a couple weekends ago. I went into the day with a pretty strict list of what I was looking for:

1) A pair of Super Flare Jeans

2) More pairs of flat sandals

3) Prints

4) Color, color, color!!

With the ever-so-stylish Ashley of Love Letters stomping through many a shop and many a dressing room with us, I feel like I came home with everything on my list, and SHOCKINGLY nothing extraneous!!! Let me tell you, that is nothing short of the miraculous!

I’ll share more of my city purchases in the days and weeks to come!



DIY Oversized Plywood Clock

Posted in Uncategorized by Miss Circumstance on February 25, 2011

I made this clock awhile back, and it stands up proudly at about 4 feet tall. You could really make it whatever size you want, but I wanted something big and oversized, so that it sort of doubled as a piece of art. It’s made out of three things: plywood, electrical tape, and a clock mechanism. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy as my son says. Here is a step by step guide-

1. Decide on size and purchase plywood.

2. When drawing the circle that you will cut out for the clock, nail a nail into the center of the wood, and tie one end of a string to the nail, and the other to a pencil. You will know how long to make the string by pulling it just to the edge of the wood. You don’t want the length of the string to be longer than the wood. Then pull the string to its full length and draw a circle all the way around. Remove nail, string, and pencil when done.

3. Cut out your circle and sand any rough edges.

3. Next start taping your numbers. First do the 12, then the 6, then the 9 and the 3. You can use a level to make sure they are directly across from each other. I wanted big numbers, but you can make them whatever size you want. T0 make the curves in numbers like a 2, you just use many little pieces of tape and slightly curve them each time you put them down. After you do your 12, 6, 9, and 3, you can evenly space out the numbers in between.

4. The tape strips in the center were random. Just choose different colors and lengths to your liking.

5. Lastly, follow the instructions that come with your clock mechanism to install (this will require drilling a hole in the middle of your clock where the nail was). I ordered mine with oversized hands from Klockit. You want a high torque movement with oversized hands. I put a couple little stripes of red tape on the end of the hands so you could see them a little bit better and actually tell what time it is.

Overall I think the whole thing cost under twenty bucks. Pretty sweet huh?

We Want (To Get Out Of) The Funk

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 24, 2011

In addition to browsing catalogues from my favorite stores (Anthropologie and J. Crew sitting comfortably in the top two spots for quite some time now), one of the ways I find inspiration for clothing is by browsing the internet, and taking screen shots of the images I am drawn to.

Here are some of the images currently residing on my desktop:

Where do you find your inspiration?

Sometimes I Just Want It To Slow Down (SF adventures part deux)

Posted in Decor Files, Fashion Files by Miss Circumstance on February 23, 2011

This was from Paxton Gate’s big people store. What caught my eye was the lighting in the top. Pretty sure it’s just from Ikea, and they just drilled a little hole in the top corner to run the plug through. How cool would that be in your house? Unusual for a home, but I like that. Just like having a lighted mirror in your closet. I like things that make your dressing area feel like a room, and lighting is key to that. It could serve as nice mood lighting and like a little lamp.

More Room Service finds. Those grey tufted chairs are heaven…..deeply tufted and plush. They would go just smashingly with the velvet charcoal grey couch of my dreams.

This is an outfit that didn’t come home with me, but it was one that Ashley put together. Silky camel slightly cropped pleated front pants. What the what?! I know….but they are super cute. And something I probably owned in high school like half the other stuff in stores right now that I got rid of cause I thought it was oh-so-ugly about 10 years ago. Sheesh I feel old. The “sweater” is dark grey with gold fleck things in it and hole-y. I know. But it was out of the box for me and I need something like that. Something that not everybody else is wearing and makes me feel like I really thought about what I put on.

A day in the life.

But I Love It When You Come Over To My House

Posted in Decor Files, Fashion Files, Inspiration, Uncategorized by Miss Circumstance on February 21, 2011

Saturday Miss Pomp and I headed up to the city to spend the day with our friend Ashley of The Love Letters Blog. It rained cats and dogs the whole day, and it was the first time I discovered that my Frye boots, while fabulous, are not in fact waterproof. Ashley is a city resident, and took us to a bunch of cute and clever boutiques, a very Santa-Cruz-y coffee shop (Four Barrels), and a little coffee/lunch spot that I have no idea what the name was, where I had some of the best cream of mushroom soup.

The first place we went to was a kids store called Paxton’s Gate Curiosities For Kids. I didn’t have my camera so I took pictures with my iphone, which really doesn’t do the place justice, but here ya go. The store is visually soooo creative and magical.

This is the kids coloring area, that is all made out of wood and some petrified tree stuff. Even those things that look like rope are tree branches. That warm wood tone makes it so, um……warm feeling.

This is when you first walk in, and they have this giant, twisty, hole-y tree thing that goes all the way up and all around the ceiling. It’s awesome.

This is of course- cause every store needs one, the shadow puppet area, where Miss Pomp tried to perfect her elephant shadow puppet. It looked like a mangled hand.

The kids playing with weapons

This pictures horrible, but I thought these were so cute I wanted to show you anyways. I also am partial to felt, so, beans. But these are felt princess crowns! How cute is that? And I guess the one next to it is some kind of strawberry crown thing, although I don’t know in what scenario you would have a strawberry on your head. But I don’t have the imagination of a kid anymore dangit.

The next place we went was Bell Jar, which has gotten lots of attention and write-ups as one the places to visit whilst in SF. It was much tinier than I expected, but charming and home to one of the most gorgeous wallpapers I have seen on a wall in a long time. I asked where it was from- they didn’t know.

After about 40 minutes in the dressing room and lots of laughing, we didn’t buy a single thing. Silly girls.

Next was Room Service.

OH SNAP. I loved this store. It’s a lower priced Jonathan Adler. Pretty, shiny, a bit pop-y, colorful, and beautiful.

Why hello couch of my dreams.

Next we hit some clothing stores where Miss Pomp basically treated me to a new wardrobe. I love my sister…..not because she buys me stuff, but because she is such a generous and cheerful giver. She loves to give. It makes her happy. I love that about her.

Now, Ashley is a fashion blogger. One of the things that she is really good at is putting together outfits, and dressing for your body type. I found a skirt I really liked, and asked her to pick me out a top for it, and then we went from there. It was soooo helpful. Where I get in trouble is I’ll go shopping and come home with 4 striped shirts, and yet I have no new “outifts”. I don’t think in outfits. Ya gotta think in outfits.

So Ashley picked out the greatest sweater with elbow patches for me (which I probably never would have grabbed cause it looked too cropped on the hanger), and then we picked out a few things that mix and match with those pieces. She is rad and it helped me a ton. This is what I came home with-

Navy linen wide leg pants, camel past the knee chiffon pleated skirt, stripe shirt, striped sweater, all H&M. Grey tank and Sam Edelman sandals are from Ashely’s shop Villian’s. I think I just need a feminine floral scarf or cardigan and I’m good. Pshttt…..listen to me thinkin’ I’m all Miss Pomp.

(The Devil’s In The) Details

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on February 17, 2011

(Watch – Marc By Marc Jacobs, Various Bracelets – Gifted, H&M, Forever 21)

I realize that stacking jewelry is kind of a must – but if I’m honest, it takes a LOT of effort for me to not just throw on my gold watch each day as I run out the door and call it good.  Haven’t decided yet if it’s just laziness, or I like the simplicity of it. For now, we’ll say I like the simplicity of it.  Innocent until proven guilty.

Nifty Tom Fifty

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 16, 2011

I found another use for those Christmas tree stump cast-offs I was collecting last year: a weight to keep in place my don’t-even-think-about-actually-using-these gray and white stripe napkins. Come on people, they are purely decorative. Duh.

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Hanging Around

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on February 11, 2011

I came across this picture from Nesting Newbies. I am all about hanging things from the ceiling, but have never thought about doing it with food. I love going all out for any food or drink presentation. It’s a focused and concentrated way to “decorate”. Then you almost don’t have to worry about decorating anywhere else. You get the biggest wow factor from those couple of areas that everyone will partake from. And the key to beautiful food displays (any display really) is varying heights. It’s hard to make things look good when it is all flat on the table. I love the various shades of green and natural elements on this one. The stick things look a bit strange to me hanging through those platters, but I loooove the idea of hanging things from the ceiling. Brilliant!

All I want is your face in a locket, picture in my pocket

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on February 10, 2011

(Skirt – Forever 21, Shirt – Anthropologie, Vest – Gift from cousin Elly, Jacket – Via Ambiance, Hat – Urban Outfitters, Locket – Anthropologie)

This hat has literally been glued to my head since I bought it.

Holla for $10 well spent!

Anthropologie Lamp Shades For Sale

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 9, 2011

I am doing one of my many clear out sessions, and I have 5 Anthropologie Lamp Shades that I am selling if any of you are interested. I was going to Craig’s List them, but I thought I give our readers first dibs

The two big ones are $20 each, the grey linen shades are $15 each, and the littler bronzy one is $10. They are all used but in great condition. I love me an Anthro lamp shade.


**UPDATE: 2 Grey Linen Shades SOLD