Pomp And Circumstance

Just Like A Circus

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on February 28, 2012

(Pants – Vintage, Tee and Button up – J. Crew, Sandals – Sam Edelman, Watch – Marc By Marc Jacobs)

I picked up these crazy pants a couple months ago during a thrift store parade that Miss C and I went on from Santa Cruz to San Jose and back. They are such a bold print that it took me a while to work myself up to wearing them. I believe what I said to husband before I left for the day was:

“So…Do I look like a normal person, or a person that probably works at the circus?”

Whether the answer is the former or the latter, I decided I love them either way, and they shall henceforth be known as my “Party pants.” So I if you invite me to a party, be prepared, cause I’m gonna show up wearing these babies.

Before and After Ikea Hack: Kullen Dresser

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y. by Miss Circumstance on February 27, 2012

‘member how I bought that one dresser for my oldest’s room, then sold it, then waffled a bit on what to get? I ended up doing this. It actually goes in my son’s closet, but when I went to photograph it, it so-not-eves did it justice. So what did I do? What any rational blogger (aka obsessed person) does with a made-over dresser: completely moves it and styles it for not at all what it’s purpose is, takes it’s picture, then puts it all back. But it looks pretty doesn’t it?

Now this dresser is not necessarily what I would have picked from the Ikea dresser selection should I have been willing to spend any amount of money. But I wasn’t, so this 30-something dollar Kullen Dresser was the winner.

Mr. Kullen does not actually hold very many clothes (the drawers are not very deep in either direction), but it fit the space and I only needed it to hold part of his stuff.

I sanded and painted the drawer fronts, and added legs (also from Ikea). I saw a makeover on the Nate Berkus show that inspired the hardware-

That white media console on the left is an Ikea piece, that I think has been really transformed by the hardware. I tried to find something similar but couldn’t (for a reasonable dollar amount anyways), so enter trunk hardware from Home Depot, to the friendly tune of about 3 bones each.

The end.

Desperately Seeking Susan…I Mean Pants

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on February 21, 2012

I’m in a desperate need for pants, people.

I have a disease, and it’s called ADSP – Addicted To Shirt Purchasing. This means I run out of money before I clothe my bottom half, which leaves me wearing a lot of jeans. This spring, my goal is to stock my closet full of pants.

Here are some pairs I’ve had my eye on….

Anthropologie Jones Wide-Legs


Anthropologie Blurred Dahlia Wide-Legs

Madewell Salt and Pepper Slouch Pants


J. Crew Café Capri in Fresco Floral Sateen

Zara Palazzo Trousers

What’s missing from your wardrobe?  Any gaps to fill?


Inspiration For Ronda Part 4

Posted in D.I.Y., Food Files by Miss Circumstance on February 20, 2012

From ohhappyday.com

These cutie-batootee mini cakes are baked in tin cans, sliced, iced, and stacked. And so delicious looking! I could see a table full of these, tiered and beautifully displayed, all with these on top. A pom-pom fest of awesomeness.



Wooo-Weee, We Got Some Foxy Ladies In The House!

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 16, 2012

Some NYFW street style snaps, courtesy of Refinery 29…

Chevron Lamp Shade DIY

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 14, 2012

Hello friends! A few weeks ago, I saw this lamp shade and immediately started exhibiting signs of my “I can make that” disease, which I of course caught from Miss C long ago.

I happened to have a white drum shade sitting around, waiting for something awesome to be done to it, so here she is folks: my chevron lamp shade DIY!

The great thing about a chevron pattern, especially on a rounded surface, is that the pattern is very forgiving, and doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly to LOOK like it’s lined up perfectly.

Step 1: Decide how large you want your chevron pattern to be, I chose a little over 3″. Measure from the base of the shade, up to whatever height you’ve chosen for your pattern, and place a strip of blue tape at that height, rotating and placing the tape while measuring every few inches to make sure the height is consistent.

Step 2: Place blue tape in chevron pattern, with the bottom points just touching the bottom of the lamp shade, and the top points just touching the bottom of the blue line you placed above in step 1. You may have to adjust your lines a bit once you get around the shade to make sure there is enough room for all of them. Again, don’t be too worried about each repeat being the exact same width. If it looks even to the eye, it will look even when you’re done. Once you have finished placing the first row, remove the line of tape we placed in step 1.

Step 3: After you’ve removed the line, start repeating the pattern, being sure to leave approximately the same amount of space between each line. Use scissors to trim the edges and make clean points. Repeat row after row until the entire lampshade is covered. Don’t forget to place little corner pieces of tape along the bottom of the shade to fully complete the pattern.

Step 4: Using a stencil paintbrush, paint in a dabbing motion to avoid paint leaking under the tape.

Step 5: Remove the tape, and voila! You’re done!

And here she is nestled in the corner of my living room. Welcome home little lamp! I’m sure you will be very happy here!

Inspiration For Ronda Part 3, and a Shout Out From Ryan Gosling

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 13, 2012

Dear Ronda,

Pretty soon you will feel a little dip in your dive on your roller coaster ride of planning your wedding. When you do, this will make you feel better-

But you might not have any international orders. So since in my head Ryan is talking like Slow-Jam-The-News, this is just for you-

Just in case you don’t find that as amusing as I do (my husband just sort of stared at me blankly as I belly laughed at myself), here is something that has more potential of being helpful-

do you plan on getting married in an Alice in Wonderland like setting with toadstools and whimsy galore? Probably not. But the unexpected is magical, and I love the over the top centerpiece that runs down the middle. Maybe for a dessert table or head table? And I love the cushions on the tree stumps, maybe for a kids table. How bout them apples?

What’s Really Getting My Juices Flowing…

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 10, 2012

I got this email from J. Crew yesterday afternoon, and it really got my spring wardrobe juices flowing… After which, I needed a fresh breath of  J. Crew Spring 2012, and was instantly inspired by these beauties…

(Images via)

What’s getting your juices flowing for Spring?

Inspiration for Ronda, Part 2

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files, Fashion Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 8, 2012

One of my favorite color combos, wether it’s for home decor, clothing, or event decor, is metallic gold and pale pink. Here are some images I have floating around on my desktop, waiting to be used to inspire an event or space…


I’m thinking these David Stark for West Elm plates, with some pale pink peonies?

I can see the dessert table in my mind right now! And it has these authentic french macarons….

Then you must throw in this DIY sequin wall for an awesome photo booth backdrop.  These people look like they are having fun, so if you put up this wall, you will have fun too.


Miss P

Inspiration For Ronda, Part 1

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 7, 2012

We are starting a new little series called Inspiration For Ronda, dedicated to our dear friend who got engaged and is getting married in April. Hola Shrooonnn! Ronda needs more ideas like she needs a hole in the head (I’m sure), and yet unsolicited advice is kind of the name of the game around here.

First I’d like to introduce (spoken in my best James Bond voice) cranes. Paper Cranes.

This goes with my theory that tiny awesome things in mass quantities = mass awesomeness. So here’s lookin’ at you kid, from your friends on the west coast who want to cyber stalk you a bit by talking about your life and wedding plans as if we are involved at all in this process…..sort of like how Miss Pomp talks about Justin Timberlake.