Fashion Friday: Edition I’m not sure it’s going to happen

I was totally prepared to discuss trends for Spring, but then I decided I don’t have the energy to get through it today. The new spring trends require a lot of thought and meditation. Frankly, I’m not up for the task right now.

But maybe next week.

Or maybe not.

I’m just a little out of the words today. A statement that will seem ironic when this post comes in at 1000 words plus.

(I was wrong. This is actually one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written. Maybe I really am out of the words. Or maybe it’s the Benadryl I took thirty minutes earlier.)

On the bright side, this week was apparently the week of the spring catalogs and so even though I haven’t stepped foot in any sort of retail establishment, I’ve seen some very cute things.

1. Emporia tunic

I don’t really know that my world was as happy as it’s been since I discovered the beauty of a tunic top.

2. Olivia blouse

I’m pretty much in love with the entire Sundance catalog. When I first sat down with it, I began to turn down the corners of pages with things I liked and ultimately realized it doesn’t help much when every page is turned down.

It’s not that I actually buy everything I like, but it gives me a place to go back and gaze fondly while I think about what could have been.

3. Southern Wind trench coat

Trench coat? Good. Ruffles? Good.

Trench coat and ruffles together? GOOD.

4. Ruffled tanks

I know I featured a ruffled tank last week, but this one is a different ruffled tank. The more the merrier I always say. Unless you hate ruffles and tank tops.

5. Big Buddha Hibiscus tote

This should have been the first thing on my list because I am so in love with it. If there is a cuter handbag for spring and summer, then I don’t know it.

I’m calling it a day. I need to rest up for the weekend because I have big plans to sleep and then watch some DVRed television. I have goals.

If you want to go visit someone who’s ready to discuss spring trends, go visit Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife.

Y’all have a great Friday.

Bullet points sans the bullets

I’m not sure why I’m so tired right now but I kind of think it might be the Olympics. All this sitting on the couch and watching the world-class athletes is EXHAUSTING. So today is just going to be a few pieces of information strung together with bullet points. Except I decided it’s too hard to format the bullet points so I’m going with numbers instead.

1. Several of you asked about the shirt I had on in the video. It’s a JWLA shirt that I bought last year and I couldn’t find the exact shirt online, although this one is kind of similar.

Except mine is bright orange.

And has elastic around the cuffs.

And has a drawstring thing at the top.

So really they aren’t that much alike, except they are the same brand.

Please note that I did not pay full price for mine, but found it deeply discounted at Nordstrom Rack where I swooped it into my arms and whispered terms of endearment to it all the way to the cash register.

2. Speaking of the video, a few of you commented on how patient I am with Caroline. And, yes, I try to be patient with her, but that was a three minute slice of our life.

The irony is that the rest of our evening didn’t go that smoothly and I actually felt guilty after I got her in bed because I’d been so impatient with all the bedtime stalling techniques. And I really can’t talk about yesterday morning when I was in a hurry to get us both dressed and out the door only for her to decide that her hair looked “weird” and could I please redo it. Then when I agreed to redo it, she proceeded to yell “OW, OW, OW! WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS YANKING MY HAIR?” as I gently combed it out while biting my tongue so hard that it started to bleed.

God give me strength.

3. One of the aforementioned bedtime stalling techniques was another loose tooth. It really was very loose so P offered to help her pull it out, but she told him she was saving it for Tilt to pull at school the next day because “she is a professional”.

4. I thought I might be over American Idol. I mean, not really since what else would I watch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after the Olympics are over? I just like to talk big. But I am a little excited about the talent this year.

My pick right now? Casey James.

5. I hope Jake doesn’t pick Vienna, but I’m afraid he’s going to since they shared that meaningful, challenging bungee jumping date together and anyone who’s married knows that life together won’t present any challenge more difficult than jumping off a bridge in tandem.

6. I love Shaun White. As a matter of fact, I love snowboarders in general. I would totally move to Colorado and become a professional snowboarder if I weren’t a thirty-eight year old wife and mother who doesn’t really like the cold and has no sense of balance.

7. I’ll be back tomorrow with Fashion Friday.

I can’t apologize enough for this video

Late yesterday afternoon I decided I should probably take some pictures to serve as a visual aid for my pouf tutorial. I can say with all certainty that it was the poorest assortment of photos that have ever been taken and would have shown nothing other than what a horrible photographer I am.

For example:

I don’t even know what step I was attempting to photograph.

Honestly, I don’t even know that I have a clue what I’m doing or if my poufs will stand the test of time. They’ve only been up less than a week and could fall down at any moment. One good tug and I might have myself a drapery house of cards.

And I have to give one more shout out to The Nester who is the founder and inventor of window mistreatments. She has so many great, creative ways to mistreat windows that go way beyond what my limited decorative sensibilities can comprehend. Also, I was inspired by the pouf achieved by Katie at Harrington House. She made me aspire to heights of great poufiness after I saw her beautiful mistreatments. Lastly, I have to thank Holly for writing a great post full of links for great drapery tips.

Seriously, did I win an Academy Award or just make some cheap curtains? Maybe I should get over myself and my homemade draperies.

Anyway, after my poor attempt at documenting the process in photographs, I decided I was going to have to do a video tutorial even though I semi-swore to myself that I’d never do another one after the scarf-tying video. It’s just too painful to hear the way the camera makes me lisp combined with video evidence of how flat my hair looks by the end of the day. But because I love y’all, I recruited an amateur videographer to help me out.

Disclaimer: If you’ve never suffered from vertigo, you will after watching this video.

The Pouf from Big Mama on Vimeo.

A few things:

1. The camerawoman could not be cuter is spite of her tendency to interrupt and put in her two cents. She also doesn’t really get the concept of holding the camera steady or not getting your own feet in the video.

2. I don’t have a lisp in real life. It’s the camera. I promise.

3. However, my hair is that flat.

4. If the poor quality of the video isn’t enough to guarantee I’ll never be featured on HGTV, then the chip clip sealed my fate. Also, my Doritos are now stale.

5. I had to cut the video short due to uploading difficulties (most likely due to user error), so I’ll explain the final steps as best as I can. Continue to clip the fabric across the top, making sure you have all the folds in the ring clip (or chip clip) until you get to the other side. Then fold in the outer edge like you did at the beginning and clip it. Carefully, CAREFULLY, hang the rings on your curtain rod and then just gently pull out the folds of fabric to make the poufs. There is really no scientific method, just pouf and pull until it looks like you want it to look. It definitely works better if you have some fabric with a little bit of substance to it because the linen stuff I used in the video would have given me virtually no pouf at all since the fabric is so flimsy.

6. There is a very good chance that I have no idea what I’m doing. In fact, I’d say it’s 70-30 that there’s a better way to make a pouf, but my lack of knowledge has never really stopped me from sharing information.

7. If you really want to do this on a budget, then check out how cute The Nester made these draperies look without even using a curtain rod. Oh, and she also hot glues trim to her edges on occasion which looks beautiful but is beyond my skill level unless I decide to give myself second degree burns one afternoon.

8. I have nothing else to add. Carry on.