Project: Denim- Patchwork Clutch

This is an awesome way to repurpose your old jeans. Check out the Trend-Mix blog for more amazing DIY fashion projects.

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Trend: Denim Patchwork

I’ve noticed lately that denim is, well, everywhere.  Looking towards fall trends denim patchwork is going to be big.  Here is an easy way to master the trend.  This DIY can be used in the summer as much as the fall….enjoy folks!
Patchwork Denim Clutch


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Enough with the ugly shoes already!

I have a true passion for fashion.  I can always appreciate the beauty in an article of clothing, even if it’s not something I could ever see myself actually wearing.  I love to follow the trends, even if they’re not necessarily my style.  Even the most outrageous outfits that come down a runway or appear on Lady Gaga I view as beautiful works of art, even if at the sme time I’m wondering  who the hell would wear that?!  But this latest trend eveyone’s touting — the big old clunky flat soled sandals — uuucckkkk!!!  I just don’ t get it.  I’ m sorry, but there is just no getting around the fact that they are just plain BUTT UGLY.  Birkenstocks gone bad.  I don’t care if they are made by Miuccia Prada or Chloe — they’re wrong.  Personally, I think the original designer must have brought them out as a joke….just to see if the fashion editors would kiss his or her butt enough to proclaim the hideous things as genius.  And they did!  And then everybody else jumped on the bandwagon so as to be on the cutting edge.  Joke’s on them.  I think any editor who’s raving about these nasty things has no business being in the fashion business.  Who do they think they’re kidding, printing raves about those ugly pieces of shoe poo?  I mean, shoes are the holy grail of fashion.  You can be wearing a plain white tee & jeans, but if you also have the most fabulous pair of shoes, then you are tres elegante.

I get the comfort thing.  It’s a sad fact of life that the most beautiful shoes are usually the most painful.  But the beauty is worth the pain, at least for a little while.  And when you just can’t stand it anymore, that s what a cute little ballet flat or chic smoking slipper is for.  Or, let’s not forget, there’s nothing wrong with going au naturel…barefoot….my own petsonal choice.  Some girls look cool in oxfords, although those will never be my style.  Athletic shoes and flip flops do have their legitimate places in the world of footwear, although personally, I believe those should always be special too.  My sneakers are polka dot or flowered and my flip flops crystal-encrusted.  Shoes should always be fantastical works of art.  Always, no matter what. 

Okay, one tiny confession — the one pair of shoes I wear most often is a worn out pair of black & white Adidas rubber sandals with a velcro strap which I stole from my 15-year-old son.  They’re ugly as hell, but I wear them every day, just to slip on for running the kids to school or taking out the trash, because they re just so comfy!  But I woudn’t be caught dead out in public in them and I couldn’ t even conceive of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on the awful things just because they re “designer.”   Never, EVER happen.  OMG, just realized that I have occasionally worn the Adidas sandals out for a walk in the neighborhood.  What if some fashion somebody spotted me & used me as their inspiration?!  Maybe I’m to blame for starting this awful ugly trend!  Yikes!  Kill me now.

SCORE!!!!

Found today at TJ Maxx — M Missoni black pants marked down on clearance from $199.99 to….drumroll please.…$15.00!!!!  Yes, the decimal’s in the right place — FIFTEEN dollars!!!  And they were in my size.  Aaahhhh,…raising arms to heaven as a soft golden glow shines down.  Best part — the original price before being sent to the Maxx was about $400.00.  Total score….that must be like 99 percent off.  OK, so I just used a calculator, it’s somewhere between 96 & 97 percent off.  Math is not my strong suit.  But still such a sweet deal!  I love love love days like this!  And I needed the boost too, as spent all morning in a dull blue funk due to it being too cold to go outside so had nothing to do.  Shopping therapy is a lifesaver.

The caffeine junkie’s diet

I need to diet.  I know I do.  I want to, I really do.  I have a closet full of really cute clothes that I’d love to wear but can’t.  Even things that used to be big on me are now tight.  Sigh.  I was skinny my whole life without even trying, but the curse of being over 40 and a mom of 4 has finally found me, and no matter what I do (okay, honestly, I don’t do that much, but I also don’t think I overindulge either & I eat mostly healthy things) I cannot lose even the first 5 lbs. of the 20 I’d like to see go.

But every freaking time I think I’ll try a new diet, it always starts out with this caveat:  No caffeine.  Excuse me???  WTF does caffeine have to do with weight loss?  Okay, I would agree that caffeine is probably not particularly healthy.  But I also don’t particularly care.  I don’t see why I should be relegated to fatness just because I refuse to give up my coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper.  I don’t drink that many.  Well, usually.  But I am a caffeine addict.  There is probably more caffeine than blood in my blood.  And to go cold turkey….I’ve tried ….even just cutting down leads to an overall ill feeling.  My head stays fuzzy all day.  And inevitably it will cause headaches or even trigger a migraine.  And I don’t need any more of those, thanks. Yes, health-fanatic evangelists, I do understand that if I could just get through the withdrawals I would magically feel one hundred percent better and be healthier.  But that’s not going to happen. So…

The thing that really gets me is that most of these diets mandating “no caffeine” will then go on to say that green tea is allowed.  Well I don’t happen to like green tea, or any other kind of tea for that matter.  Dirt water, I call it.  But isn’t tea full of caffeine?  Hypocrites.

All i want to know is, why can’t somebody come up with just one decent diet that is otherwise healthy and chock full of good foods but does not forbid caffeine?  I can stick to anything else.  I love vegetables.  I love beans and rice.  I can live without bread.   It would devastate me to completely cut out potatoes and cheese but I could manage for as long as it took. I don’t even particularly like sweets…except for the occasional dark chocolate craving, but I think that’s allowed….so no prob.  But no caffeine……NO WAY!

I need to conduct a study to find out how many other folks would be interested in my Low-Cal, Veggie-ful, Caffeinated Diet Plan, and if I’m not the only one, then I’m going to have to actually develop it & make millions!

 

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