Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wild Hair Wednesday - braid

Ok, this isn't too wild, but in the tradition of sharing my hair styles, here's a single side braid.

I started the braid with my front left dread and used the next 2 to the right of it, braiding it to the right. Once those 3 started getting short, I grabbed 3 more (like you do when you are french braiding) and continued braiding. It sweeps up and over to the one side.

Pretty sweet and simple.

What should I try next?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Media Monday - the Weepies

The Weepies are a new discovery for me. One of their albums is called 'Happiness' and that about sums it up for me. Happiness.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

the Sunday Special - Orange Leaf

Our final destination on photo shoot day was Orange Leaf. My friend and photographer, Travis, suggested it for it's bright colors. I had never even heard of it before. Glad he suggested it. It was yummy! And fun!

The best part was sampling the flavors.

Here's how it works. It's self serve yogurt. You pick the size container. I chose the smallest empty bowl, but there are different flavored waffle pieces, cookies, and brownies to choose from. Then you can pick and choose as many of the flavored yogurts as you want.

Some favorites included chocolate/peanut butter (swirled), coffee lovers, red velvet, and coconut.

Top it off with anything from bobas, fruit, candy, nuts, etc.

Your dish then gets weighed in (I believe it is 39 cents an ounce). Mine came out to be about $3.50

Ahh, I want some right now!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My 1st sewn dress

I did it! I did it! I made my first dress, ever! And it's also the very first thing I've made from a pattern. Thank you so much Joy for holding my hand through it. I can't wait to show it to you in person. Hope this will suffice until then.

It was much more work than I thought it'd be, but it can only get easier from here. Right? :/

Eek! I love it sooo much! I made it from vintage sheets. Could you tell?

I ended up taking it to Kansas in 2 pieces...well 3 if you count the zipper, because I couldn't remember what Joy instructed me to do. I wanted to finish it before I left Tahoe, but hey, there are sewing machines in Kansas. :) And hey, I was heading to see my mamma anyways. I used her machine to attach the top to the bottom, but couldn't get the tension (I believe that was the culprit) quite right when sewing on the zipper. The stitches were all loopy. I tore it out at least 3 times before calling it quits with her machine. Back in Wichita, I stayed with my dad and step mom for awhile and used my step mom's machine to attach the zipper. The machine had never been used before so I got to break it in. =) And it worked great! Thanks Mom and Jean for letting me use your machines.

And thanks, Travis for taking all the pictures!

As you can see, we took pictures at a lot of different places. Well, one of the places we ate something yummy so it's going to be the Sunday Special this week.

Monday, July 18, 2011

dress - sneak peek

My good friend Travis went out on the town with his humungous camera and now I'm swimming through all the pictures of me in my new dress. We went to a bunch of different places so it's going to be hard to narrow down 'the best ones'.

In our drive from one side of town to the other, we detoured and ended up finding this beauty in a not so good part of town. We jumped out of the car and quickly took a few shots before we felt the need to jump back in the car and go. Although this photo is overexposed, I really love it!

And of course, it makes a perfect sneak peek. =)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Media Monday - Givers

I'm not sure who mentioned this band, but thank you. I'm enjoying their up beat tunes.
Happy Monday, yall.

jessie b

the Givers


Got up early and went for another bike ride with my sister yesterday. Good thing we got out there when we did because it got up to 111 degrees. yikes!

Yeah so I stayed indoors for the majority of the day and worked. And guess what?!! I finished my dress!! Yes, yes I did. So freaking excited to be done. It fit's perfect. Now I must schedule a photoshoot. =D

Sunday, July 10, 2011

the Sunday Special - Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I was staying with my dad and step mom this week and their neighbor gave them this huge zucchini. They are not big fans of zucchini and were stumped at what to make with it. Leave it to me to google recipes. I read off the different options and we decided on Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

he was a big sucker (we only used a small portion of him)

So while my dad was at work, my step mom and I baked this yummy cake. We followed the recipe (linked above) pretty closely, but we didn't glaze it. I had a piece while it was still hot and the chips melty with a cold glass of milk. yum!

look at that zucchini!

the batter was delicious!

Pretty sure this was my first time baking a cake from scratch and my first time ever making a bundt cake! hmmm, I think I can add this too my 'healthy' recipes. right? =D hehe

Thursday, July 7, 2011

more Retro Racks - these ones are available

I am thrilled to have received such an enthusiastic response to my retro racks. A few of you asked if certain ones were still available so I figured I better share photos of the ones that are. The racks shown in this post are still available. The racks in the previous post are on consignment at a shop in South Lake Tahoe, CA. A few of you had your eyes on a certain one... Well, there is always a chance it may not sell so if you really want that specific one, let me know. Otherwise, check out these beauties that are still up for grabs. And maybe you'll find one you even like better. ;)

Again, I ended up with a few racks without a cute picture. I guess they were absent on photoshoot day. :) All four of the ones below are available. 2 were already shown above and the other 2 are the red/white/brown on yellow (far left) and the brown/green/red on white (far right). Sorry for such a yucky picture, but hopefully you get the idea.

Another view showing those 2.

And this brown/green/black one on beige board (I'm pretty sure I'm holding it upside down) is also available. You can also see the red/white/brown one and sort of see the brown/green/red one .

Similar, but the brown/green/black one is on the chair in front.

From the top down:
green/black/silver on white
3 silver on yellow
silver/cream/silver on aqua
green/orange/yellow/brown on white
3 silver on aqua
cream/brown/green/black on yellow
cream/black/green on yellow
beige/brown/red on white
green/brown/aqua on white
red/white/brown on yellow
brown/green/red on white
brown/green/black one on beige

I'm asking $30 a piece for them. If you'd like one, leave a comment or msg me on fb.

jessie b