Shopping Diet: Halfway Point

Posted 29 February 2012 at 1:47 PM | Comments (3)

I’m now at the halfway point of my yearlong shopping diet! I’ve mostly succeeded—managing not to buy clothing or accessories of any kind (note that I have a pass on bras, underwear, and socks) for six whole months so far. However I’ve failed miserably on the sub-diet (which I haven’t really told anyone about until now), my true weakness: not getting rid of my clothes.

I knew it was going to be the harder part of my diet. I’m not a shopaholic; I’m a purge-aholic. If an item of clothing is suddenly pulling in a weird way or making me feel frumpy when I look in the mirror, it’s gone. Off to charity. I don’t think twice about it.

So when this shopping diet began in September, I asked my husband if he thought I could manage two diets: not shopping and not purging; not spending money and learning to make use of even snagged and stained clothes. He was skeptical about the purging diet, as was I. So instead of making it mandatory I made it a hope.

Sadly, I didn’t even make it halfway! This month I gave away five items of clothing, by the end of next month I’ll surely give away five more.

But is it really a problem? In the sense that there are already so few items in my closet, then yes, it may be. It’ll challenge my shopping diet even more. But is it an ethical problem? That I’m not sure about. I mean, I could take this opportunity to learn more about upcycling, but it’s not like I’m throwing these items away anyway.

On the bright side, not shopping is going great! I’m not really even tempted anymore. I’m coming up with new outfits from the same items all the time. And because I need to buy a new computer and a new camera this year, not buying clothes makes me feel more justified in these big purchases—like I earned them.

Well, let’s see if my positive attitude continues as the season changes. I have a feeling it’s going to get harder as the sun (and skin) comes out!

Favorites from the Oscars 2012

Posted 27 February 2012 at 10:58 AM | Comments (0)

Red carpet fashion didn’t really blow my mind last night—with the exception of one woman, Michelle Williams. Her Louis Vuitton dress may be up there with my favorite award-show dresses of all time.

Academy Awards 2012 Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton Coral Dress

After Michelle, I was really reaching for another favorite. There just weren’t many. But, all things considered, I did pause longer than usual on Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford and Glenn Close in Zac Posen. A lot of people didn’t like Gwyneth’s cape, but she looked absolutely statuesque. And while I would have loved to see the jacket come off Glenn, I admit it was age-appropriate and didn’t detract from the gorgeous dress bodice.

Academy Awards 2012 Gwyneth Paltrow and Glenn Close

Sorry I’m not posting much these days—there’s so much going on and I feel like I’m just trying to keep my head above water! But, obviously, I had to chime in with my three favorite looks from last night. Until next time…

Kelli Garner as Kate Cameron

Posted 23 February 2012 at 9:17 AM | Comments (0)

Want dress:

Pan Am Romance Lanugages Kelli Garner as Kate Cameron in Amazing Dress

Want hair:

Pan Am Romance Lanugages Kelli Garner as Kate Cameron with Amazing Hair

I know Pan Am has disappointingly low ratings and will probably be canceled… so maybe they should send all their costumes to me.

Cute Penguin Family Birth Announcement

Posted 19 February 2012 at 9:30 AM | Comments (7)

Remember the penguin birth announcement I did for the Hawns*? Well, Baby Number Three (!) came along, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to design his announcement, too.

But this time I did the illustration myself, and it turned out so cute! This has to be one of my favorite baby announcements to date.

Cute Penguin Family Baby Announcement by Mojan Sami

It was the couple’s idea to put the baby in a sling, and I think that element really makes it unique. Babywearing penguins? Don’t mind if I do.

*Names will always be changed.

The Pritchett House on Modern Family

Posted 17 February 2012 at 4:53 PM | Comments (0)

In my first Modern Family house interiors post, I mentioned that the Dunphys use blue accents; in the second, Cameron and Mitchell use green. So naturally, Gloria and Jay Pritchett’s home is accented with red. It makes sense that Gloria’s vivacious personality shines through in their accent color, doesn’t it?

I really like this house. It’s a little extravagant, of course, but if you were to shrink it down to small-size (we’re a family of four currently living in 700 square-feet and I honestly wouldn’t want it any bigger!), this style could work for me. I like clean, low, parallel lines; I could probably make out with that dining room. I also like small hints of crazy, so the random zebra chair, odd chandelier, and bizarre painting are right up my alley.

The only thing I can’t quite figure out is the kitchen. I’m seeing different art and furniture (and even red vs. taupe) and can’t figure out if it’s a different part of the room or if the set was redesigned at some point. Insights?

Modern Family Pritchett House Exterior

Modern Family Pritchett House Sofa Interview

Modern Family Pritchett House Front Door

Modern Family Pritchett House Sunlit Foyer

Modern Family Pritchett House Front Staircase

Modern Family Pritchett House Front Foyer and Staircase

Modern Family Pritchett House Family Room Leather Sofa Zebra Lamp

Modern Family Pritchett House Family Room

Modern Family Pritchett House Sofa and Flat Screen TV

Modern Family Pritchett House Man-Cave Arc Lamp

Modern Family Pritchett House Red Kitchen

Modern Family Pritchett House Red Kitchen Zebra Barstools

Modern Family Pritchett House Kitchen with Dining Room in Background

Modern Family Pritchett House Kitchen with Modern White Barstools

Modern Family Pritchett House Kitchen Cabinets

Modern Family Pritchett House Kitchen and Dining Room

Modern Family Pritchett House Dining Room

Modern Family Pritchett House Sunlit Dining Room

Modern Family Pritchett House Bedroom Pillows

Modern Family Pritchett House Bedroom

Modern Family Pritchett House Bedroom Long Low Corner Dresser

Modern Family Pritchett House Exterior Backyard Pool

*Jay and Gloria’s red walls are painted Currant Red from Benjamin Moore.

The Tucker/Pritchett House on Modern Family

Posted 16 February 2012 at 7:30 PM | Comments (2)

Yesterday I posted a compilation of images of Claire and Phil Dunphy’s house from Modern Family, and today I’m posting images of Cameron and Mitchell’s. Their house is accented with green tones and Asian-style furnishings. It’s decidedly more masculine than the Dunphy’s (with the exception of Lily’s room), and with a more world-traveled elegance.

I’m attracted to their wall art, particularly all the black-and-white pieces!

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Exterior

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Archway Interview

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Living Room

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Living Room Bench Under Windows

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Living Room Fireplace Mantle

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Dining Room with Living Room Behind

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Dining Room Seating

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Dining Room

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Dining Room with Kitchen Behind

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Yellow Kitchen

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Kitchen and Living Room Cutaway

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Kitchen Entryway

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Wire Leaf Sculpture

Modern Family Tucker-Pritchett House Lily's Pink Baby Room

*Cameron and Mitchell’s green walls are painted Louisburg Green from Benjamin Moore.

The Dunphy House on Modern Family

Posted 15 February 2012 at 10:19 AM | Comments (3)

We love Modern Family. It’s one of the few shows that consistently makes both my husband and I laugh out loud. And though I never mention it while we’re watching, I also love what’s happening in the background. You know, the inanimate objects, the paint colors—everything related to the house sets.

All of the interiors are distinctive, because, as production designer Richard Berg put it, “You need to be able to tell whose house you are in at a glance” (Los Angeles Times). So Claire and Phil Dunphy’s house is accented with blue tones, stripes, and florals and is the most “catalog” of the three, with furnishings actually purchased from Crate&Barrel and Pottery Barn, as well as budget-friendly stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1 Imports.

So here it is, the home of Claire and Phil Dunphy, with images from Architectural Digest, L.A. Times, and HookedOnHouses.Net.

Modern Family Dunphy House Exterior

Modern Family Dunphy House Staircase and Photo Wall

Modern Family Dunphy House Phil and Claire Couch Interview

Modern Family Dunphy House Foyer and Staircase

Modern Family Dunphy House Living Room Piano

Modern Family Dunphy House Living Room Mantle Fireplace

Modern Family Dunphy House Kitchen and Dining Room with Old Chairs

Modern Family Dunphy House Kitchen and Dining Room

Modern Family Dunphy House Dining Room with New Chairs

Modern Family Dunphy House Great Room with Kitchen in Background

Modern Family Dunphy House Great Room with Dining Room in Background

Modern Family Dunphy House Great Room Sofa

Modern Family Dunphy House Great Room Mantle Fireplace

Modern Family Dunphy House Great Room Mantle Fireplace Flat Screen TV

*The Dunphy foyer walls are painted Labrador Blue from Benjamin Moore.

The Perfect Shoe for Valentine’s Day

Posted 14 February 2012 at 5:06 PM | Comments (0)

Did anyone else notice the red and pink satin booties at the Kinder Aggugini spring 2012 show?

Kinder Aggugini Spring 2012 Runway Red and Pink Satin Booties

I wish I had more information on these beauties, but my research hasn’t turned up any valuable information. Ah well, we can still enjoy the visual treat, right? Happy Valentine’s Day!

I Bought the Round Glasses!

Posted 13 February 2012 at 4:43 PM | Comments (2)

And I love them!

Wearing Round Glasses from Ted Baker Style Number TB9056 in Burgundy

*Ted Baker, style number: TB9056 Burgundy.

Whitney

Posted 12 February 2012 at 10:36 AM | Comments (2)

I woke up this morning to news that Whitney Houston passed away yesterday.

As a young girl I always thought of Whitney as the epitome of beauty and grace. If there were ever a most beautiful woman on earth, I was sure she was it. And she was probably the first celebrity I was ever truly taken with—her big smile, her long limbs, and her curly hair all glued my eyes to her image on TV. And she was always so polite, which further solidified her as my role model.

What happened to Whitney in later years really broke my heart, but I was always quietly rooting for her. I hoped she would eventually find lasting happiness.

Whitney Houston Smiling Big at the 1988 Grammy Awards

In 2000, when I was living in New York, I went to a big bash somewhere—gosh, details are so fuzzy now—and the iconic Whitney Houston gave an impromptu performance on stage. She was wearing jeans and maybe a leather jacket, and she had a hat pulled over her eyes which made her look so very sad, but not surprisingly, she sounded amazing. Her voice captivated everyone. I remember thinking that it was either a blessing or a curse to be so sad yet make everyone else so happy. Anyway, I felt very lucky to have been in that moment to see her on stage and hear her voice in person.

Hm, I think I’ll listen to her music all day today. Doesn’t that seem like a good tribute to her memory? RIP, beautiful.