Femme & Fierce

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


“No one knows what you have been through or what your pretty little eyes have seen, but I can reassure you ~ whatever you have conquered, it shines through your mind.” 

― Nikki Rowe


Gap Jacket (last season)

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Family Halloween Costume - Grease

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! In case you're still scrambling for a costume, I've got one for you! We stumbled upon this idea when friends invited us to a sing-a-long at Venice High School, where they filmed the movie, Grease! 


I immediately googled all of the looks and realized we had pretty much everything in our family wardrobe to make this happen. (Bonus that my daughter humored me and dressed up as a matching Bad Sandy.) We curled our hair in rollers and pinned it to the side. I had faux leather jeans that were perfect, and a fitted long-sleeve tee that I just pulled down over my shoulders. Stella had black leggings and an off the shoulder, black top. Don't forget the sexy pumps!


Our friend happened to have a Danny wig which my hubs rocked (lol), but I think you could get away with styling your hubby's hair appropriately. 


My little man was just perfect as a T-Bird because we had already had a leather jacket in his arsenal. He was so into the idea of being a singer, so we went for it. (Maybe he was the "Teen Angel" character?) Don't forget the white tees and jeans for your dude, and you're done! 


Be safe and have fun tonight! xx

Halloween Costume - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Monday, October 29, 2018

We had the chance to dress up a few times this year for Halloween and it's always so much fun to get creative! Even better when I can use my back stock of vintage clothing for an authentic costume!



I've been obsessed with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel since I binge watched it on a rare and free weekend alone over the summer. A 1950's housewife becomes a famous comic when her husband leaves her for his secretary and what better way to cope than to make jokes about it? Meanwhile, she's also FABULOUS. The wardrobe, the makeup, the hair, it's always been a time period I've adored and if you haven't seen it, you need to.

Here was my inspiration:




Women in those days dressed to THE NINES, even to BED. I loved that idea, and was so excited when I realized I had the perfect authentic nightgown to wear, so I went for it!

The only challenge was the hair. I knew I could just retro curl my own, (which I love to do in life anyway - have you bought these Bed Head Bubble Rollers yet?) but to actually look like Mrs. Maisel, it needed to be brown.


I went to a wig shop and found a really great choice, but the price tag (around $60) made me angry, so I decided to get the cheaper wig and just cut it myself. Since the wig was a super long straight wig, and synthetic hair can't be curled, I just chopped and pinned it. I found a silk robe tie that used to be my great-mother in law's and tied it around my wig to further secure it all.

 Some vintage earrings, red lips and blue eye shadow, and I was good to go!

When I showed up to my friend's house and she was Rosie aka "We can do it!" I was giddy. Talk about female empowerment.


Hope you find some glamorous Halloween inspiration!

Bye Bye Summer - my favorite look of the season

Monday, September 24, 2018

I'm such a "throw on a dress and go" girl in the summer. Maybe I just don't have the patience to get creative with styling during the warmer months, so if I find an amazing dress that can take me from an event, or dinner and drinks out with the hubs, and I don't have to think about it too much - that's a winner to me. I love this white lace dress I found at Nordstrom Rack. It's so feminine and pretty!

Astr the label lace dress


I skipped right over the first day of fall (I've been way too crazy busy to blog like I used to) but wanted to document my summer style for 2018. So looking forward to what's next - my favorite time of year for holidays and fashion!

Lemon Cake Recipe

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I'm a serious citrus lover. Maybe it's because I'm allergic to so many other fruits, and since citrus is my friend, I'm always trying to find ways to incorporate it into recipes. (This allergy came later in life, oddly enough, and I did use to enjoy my homemade banana bread and strawberry cake very much. Le sigh...)


As I said in my Instagram post, my baby dude is the sweetest little guy ever and always picks flowers and lemons for me when he walks the dog with his daddy. It recently inspired me to bake a lemon cake when we were having friends over for a BBQ.



I found an awesome recipe here, which I adapted slightly, and it turned out so great that I had to share!

Lemon Cake 
with
Cream Cheese Butter Frosting 


Ingredients: 
2 cups baking flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 1/4 cup sugar
1 stick of butter (softened)
3 large eggs
1 cup cream or buttermilk 
(*See below on how to curdle your own milk)
Zest of one lemon
Juice of 1 large lemon



Directions: 
Preheat over to 350
Spray two 8-9 inch cake pans (I used coconut oil)
Combine Dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside.
Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together. 
Alternate adding in the flour mixture and buttermilk.
Lastly add lemon juice and zest. 

*To create your own buttermilk, add one tablespoon of lemon juice (how convenient for this recipe!) to one cup of milk. Stir and let it set for 5 minutes. It will thicken up right before your very eyes, like magic! 

Icing: 
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
4 oz - 8 oz cream cheese to taste
2 TBS lemon juice or more to taste
Fold softened butter into powdered sugar. Mix on low speed.
Add lemon juice and mix well. 
Add Cream cheese last, adding more powdered sugar if needed.
Sprinkle some leftover zest on top of the cake.
Voila! 


Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 
Happy Spring! xx
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Stripes, Red Lips, Red Nails, Bold Lashes

Monday, April 2, 2018

There are certain looks I gravitate towards over and over again. I admittedly have about six gray cashmere sweaters. In my defense, they are all very different. A drop-sleeve cashmere tee, a simple pullover that I can throw in the wash, a cardigan that used to be a pullover, but when a moth devoured the neckline - I cut it right down the middle because I couldn't part with it and now it's a favorite makeshift cardi! An oversized wrap that feels like I'm wearing a luxurious blanket... I could go on.

I think it's all about finding your style and things that make you feel most you. (Obviously I feel good in gray cashmere.)


A few other things that are unabashedly me? Red lips, red nails, and stripes. 

I love me some stripes. I've been through several versions of the long sleeve, striped tee because I always wear them to shreds. My current fave is a cozy, soft, fitted-just-enough tee in the perfect black and white stripe. I got it at Hautelook on a flash sale, but there are always versions of this tee out there. It's that classic.

I like to try new red lipsticks but always go back to this one: Nars Semi-Matt Lipstick in Heatwave. 

The polish here is gel, but when I'm doing my own, I reach for Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Scarlet Starlet. 

I'm saving the best for last because YOU GUYS... I've done it. I've found THE BEST mascara. If you love big, bold lashes - look no further. It adds length, thickness, and separation, and it doesn't flake! It's pretty much the Mercedes-Benz of mascaras. Pricier than the drugstore brands, but totally worth it: Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara.  I curled here and added two coats. 
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When Inspiration Strikes

Friday, March 23, 2018

The craziest thing happened to me this morning. I had a dream last night about a friend who passed away about a year ago. It was vivid, and beautiful, and comforting. When I woke up I had a song in my head. Melody & lyrics came out of me, flowing fast at 5am. Inspiration like I have never felt before. 



I'm a writer, not a songwriter, but I suppose it's all poetry, right? Not sure if it's any good, but I'm FEELING good that my soul is awake enough to create and put on paper, what's inside of me. (And it felt a little bit like a hand from a friend... Thank you, Greg.) 

It's feeling like magic on this rainy day and I'm thinking about how souls can be connected, in this life and beyond, especially if it's done through love. No matter what you believe in, if even just the thought and the image from my dream could bring such inspiration, then that's connection. The spiritual, bigger, grander kind - on a much deeper level than we can even comprehend. 

Rainn Wilson said to Oprah in an interview "the making of art is no different than prayer..." 

And I believe it. 

Maybe someday it will all make sense. Until then, let's keep making our art. 

With love, 

T xx

*An addition to an original post I wrote on Facebook, 3-22-18