3.26.2012

OWOP DAY THREE: DRINKLOG, GIMMIE SOME SUGAR



woo-IE!  my tootsies hurt.  must be from all the stomping around at Mood LA with ms tiger feet.  she has feline paws suited for prowling.

yesterday, Tigress sent me an innocent email asking me to come by and help her pick out some wool for gertie's starlet jacket course.  having ensnared her prey, she then picked out the very wool she had her eye on THE WHOLE TIME and forced me to buy heartily from the remnants box.  however, she could not convince me into the technicolor green lace at full price.  i was still sober at this hour of the day, and i had been practicing my game face since clio seduced me into a yard of 25 dollar a pop anna sui print.

(by the way, Tigress' suit is going to be fabulous.  for evidence supporting my statement, see the above perfect matching of her bateaux top and gorgeous edging on her eyelet mini.  and how 'bout this number.) 

we stopped at a delicious kosher bakery, appropriately named delice, and snapped a live action meetup/OWOP shot.  i'm not wearing any lipstick, Tigress lamented.  i'll give you some in photoshop, i assured.  really?  Tigress blinked.  you photoshop your photos? why?

well, for one, we look so much better as glowing angelic sewists without dumpy cars parked outside a papered bakery window.  but i've been thinking about a better answer (which, at the time was a simple and boring "yes". fabric and sugar had numbed me) as to why:



because it's awesome.

or at least, it's become awesome.  at first it was a tool.  back when i had a wee etsy shop, i used PS to transform the dinky assface grungeified sublet i was renting into an artist's airy studio.  then, when my outdated yet much loved canon was heaving its last breath, i used PS to make it look like i wanted my shots all weird and holgaesque. now, my slightly OCD and very much anal brain has realized: it's just FUN.



one day, we WILL have a lavender house.  it's decided.  ruggy has no say in the matter.



yella house.  because i am sore afraid of mount crackatoa.



lime green sherbet house?  i don't know.  maybe for the guest quarters.  or the ghostbusters.



WHY SO SERIOUS OONA.  BECAUSE I LIVE IN A RED HOUSE.  SEE: JIMI HENDRIX, CARRIE.



that's calmer.  in my world.



don't worry, home swapping friend.  your house is still a lovely shade of conservative blue.  for now.

don't have photoshop?  you can still very much play in iphoto, and picasa.  just start clicking on buttons and see what happens.  that's basically what i do.  kind of like how i learned to sew...


outfit:
dress:  pr gathered sundress, as per instructions
necklace:  vintage kalkatroonan nana 
bangles & earrings:  NY jewelry district, VT farmers market
boots:  miz mooz
tights:  h&m (the best tights.  whatevs.)
shirt:  thrifted forever 21


drink:
caffe latte
paired with almond croissant
sugar high then remedied by a glass of burgundy.

UPDATE: hey y'all? lemme know if you see that pissing captcha word verification when you comment!  i went to the old blogger interface to turn it off, but it appears it's still rearing its ugly and ever changing head.  i shut it off in the new settings too, holler if you see the monster!

41 comments:

  1. I love your white PR dress - I've been dreaming of it in white eyelet.

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    1. oh no. now i am too. how many of these do you think i could get away with?

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  2. i like the orange house best. are we voting? :)

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    1. ooh yes, i love voting. orange was my second fave, because it came out all spongy sunset effect!

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  3. Gah! And there you go, seducing me once again with your perfect princess-seam-and-pocket-lines.

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    (Have always wanted to live in a house with a bright red door)

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    1. back in NY we tried to convince the building to paint all the apartment doors bright red. they said it would look like a brothel. seriously? red doors are LUCKY!

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    2. I agree (not with the brothel part... )! I'm also a fan of blue doors and green doors. Man Friend insists that I would pay twice as much for a house with a cool door than its evil twin with a frumpy-ass door.

      Don't ask me what my front door looks like. I don't wanna talk about it.

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  4. I think u had better let PR know that a lot of orders might be coming their way -- lookin' good!!

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    1. :))) that would make me so happy if peeps bought her all up.

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  5. you're wearing white, so you had to paint something into the rainbow hehe.. i love the lavender house, i want one too.. and you look gorgeous in that dress, it fits you like a dream (nice dream, i'm flying and i love it and there is a wind in my face dream, not like one of those dreams i had last night with kidnapped mesopotamian princess, all whiny and demanding)
    btw, i haven't seen any silly captcha words for ages..

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    1. it's like you're my psychoanalyst. no analyzing needed for mesopotamian princess, not with your digging history. although maybe princess needs you to make her a dress to shut her up?

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  6. The violet house is definitely my favourite! Do you know, my boyfriend has the latest fancy, schmanzy version of Photoshop on our computer, and do I know how to use it - do I heck. I'm scared of it!

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    1. just click! the best thing about it is, you can always use the history menu to undo what you did.

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    2. The history only goes back so far... I always copy the background to a new layer (or save the photo to be messed with under a different name, I prefer copying the layer because if there's an area you've totally ballsed up, you can just delete the bit you don't like without having to start over) so you have a clean copy.

      Then you can do whatever you fancy without worrying.

      I love Photoshop, don't love the price of a copy so much!!
      Glad I vaguely work in graphic design and have a boss who doesn't mind us mucking about when work is slow! Happy clicking (or scribbling if you have a tablet & pen... soooo good!) ;)

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  7. I've tried to use Gimp, but I'm not very good at it. You on the other hand, seem to have the photoshop thing down.

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    1. it's very similar to photoshop. really, i don't know half of what it does, i just have a few solid moves and the rest i wing :)

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  8. White dress = perfect backdrop for photoshoppery! Stop tempting me to upgrade already. There was a lavender house up the street from me as a child, an adorable little A-frame that just wafted imaginary cookie smells every time I passed by.

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    1. i swear girl, if i could upgrade you myself, I WOULD.

      and thank you for giving me another excellent arguing point for ruggy! we would be the BEST HOUSE ON THE BLOCK.

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  9. Ha! I wish I was more skilled at Photoshop (or, rather, it's fake counterparts that lurk on the internet). I did figure out how to touch up my roots, though. Since their lightness against my near-black hair was making me look like I'm going bald. Still look like I'm going bald irl, tho. Oh wellllll.

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    1. i was thinking about your roots as i played yesterday, seriously!

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  10. loving the color switches: can't decide which is my favorite. The dress is absolutely lovely.

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  11. I had such a fun afternoon with you! And I feel famous now ;-)

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  12. love love the dress more on you! that dress is great with you in it! :)

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  13. Your styling is superb, and you look like you had a fabulous time! I vote for a lime sherbert house - because that's totally "in" now, right? At least in my head it is :)

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    1. i can't believe you didn't go for steelers house....

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  14. The pockets and the exposed zipper. Those are my favorite bits.

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    1. i really was proud of it back when i finished it. i guess i still am, except for the bobbly binding!

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  15. My in laws have joked that you can tell the Ukranians by the Easter egg coloured houses (although their house is white, I guess the British side wins the paint decisions). The multicoloured house reminded me of Brandon.

    Lovely dress!

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    1. i so wish we would adopt the house crazy in this country. it just makes everything BETTER.

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  16. Oh, I so want a lavender house! But that watermelon one is catching my eye... And now you've cinched it--I downloaded this pattern after you first told me about it and it's just too summer perfect. I love these photos ;). I have aperture and photoshop and I love playing. The art of the darkroom. I used to get so frustrated about photos until I took a camera course many many moons ago, and it finally dawned on me, a camera is just a machine, a tool. It doesn't "see" as we see, and sometimes what it thinks is "reality" is just plain wrong! ;)

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  17. This is such a cute dress. :) Nice style. And the amazing color-change house in the background makes me smile.

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  18. My kitchen & conservatory are almost that shade of green!!! I am a little obsessed with the colour.
    Much as I love green, I think my vote goes to the sunset one.
    I painted my bedroom sunset colours once - I had this huge plan to paint a scenic landscape view but I decided it involved too many different paints and I was skint so I just went for reds fading into orangy yellows ;)

    I love that dress, I am no where near being able to sew something like that... It looks amazing on you! And no skirt munching either!! Perfect dress - now you must make it in each of the above colours ;)

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  19. You know, I've been messing around with one version of photoshop or another since about 2001, and I still wouldn't know how to do that house-colour-change? I mean, I could probably figure it out (I'm a big fan of the click and see what it does method), but I don't actually do much photo-editing in photoshop. I do most of my blog photos in Picasa, which is fine for cropping and basic tweaks... I like how quickly and easily it swaps between different photos.

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    1. so easy... magic wand select the house (or whatever) and then under adjustments, choose color, then you can play with the master or reds or blues and saturation level and hue and NOMNOMNOMNOM

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  20. My dear friend from college used photo enhancement to convince me that my silver hair would be better as dark blonde (she said I made her look too old, since everyone knows we are the same age). ((I started greying at age 12.)) It made a nice change for her, as she spends most of her graphic-design-energy making maggots and beetles look more horrifying than they already are, to help sell pest-specific biological insecticides. Your photos look like way more fun. I'd vote for the hot pink house, my ownself.

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  21. Oh I just love this forever... and I definitely vote for the lavender house (or maybe the pink)? I actually use Photoshop for work all the time as a designer but am usually too lazy to use it for my blog, so I end up cropping/lighting adjusting in iPhoto. you are inspiring me to maybe go that extra Photoshop mile...

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  22. Heh, lavender house looks great! So does the dress with the cute blouse!

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    1. Also, no captcha in this part of the world. :)

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