National Museum of Mexican Art

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My sisters friend Maria is a very talented artist.  She recently had her own exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.  We decided to take a trip into the city to see her work.

She not only had a couple pieces displayed, she had a whole room.  Her given name is Pilar Acevedo, we know her as Maria. Here is a look at some of her work.

Room-shot

Room

A write up about the artist:

Story

My favorite piece:

Cat

Another favorite, reminds me of my days at Claire’s:

Queen

A piece that will now be at the museum long term, so check it out “I See Red”.

See-Red

Shoes

Other examples of her work:

Cage

Head

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Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibit

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As a follow up from my MET Gala red carpet posting, here is more information on the exhibit that inspired the theme for the night.

It is currently on display until August 10th at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

I have not seen the exhibit, but here is what I have found online about it.  It takes you through the career of couturier Charles James (1906-1978) in two location within the museum.  The galleries spotlight and analyze the glamorous and breathtaking architecture of his ball gowns.  On display are 15 of his iconic gowns.  Text, x-rays and vintage images show the story behind each gown’s construction and history.

Here are some examples of his work:

Known as the “Four Leaf Clover” dress.

Four-Leaf-Clover

The “Butterfly”

Butterfly

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Dress2

 

 

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MET Gala 2014 Red Carpet

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I know the MET gala was last month, but it is still fun to look at the red carpet.  The Costume Institute Gala is the coming together of the arts, fashion and entertainment.  Anna Wintour determines the theme based on the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibition. This year’s was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

Here are a look at some of my favorites and the misses.

Favorite couples:

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, both in Gucci.

Blake-Lively
David Beckham in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in a dress from her own collection.

Victoria-Beckham
Fave looks:

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Taylor-Swift

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta.

SJP

Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen.  Love this look the style, color and minimal accessories to allow the dress to be center stage.

Silverman

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa is jaw dropping in this statement gown.

Karolina

Misses:

Sandra Lee, looks like she is going to work at a Disney theme park instead of the red carpet.

Sandra-Lee

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana.

Simmons

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney.  All for setting new trends but I think this event deserves something more grand.

Cara

Katie Holmes in Marchesa.

Katie

 

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Going Picking

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It is official, I am now a picker!

I was driving by a house in my neighborhood which had an estate sale last month.  It was a very strange sale, hardly anything was unpacked and nothing was priced.  You walk into the living room at most sales where items are neatly displayed on a table but here thinks were wrapped in newspapers in paper bags.

Back to present day, as I drove by I noticed a HUGE pile of stuff from the curb to the garage.  I debated a little but had to stop.  It is a shame for them but good for me that half of the things were not at the estate sale.  Now I was able to get a car full of stuff for free!

Only listed 3 items so far and in less than a week 1 already has a bid.  I will keep everyone posted on how my “dumpster diving” works out.

I never thought I would be one to dig through stuff on the side of the road! Although still had to draw a line, with no gloves some bags/boxes had to be left untouched.

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Coldwater Creek Closing

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For those of you who have not heard yet, Coldwater Creek is going out of business.    I just went to one of the locations, items are 30-50% off storewide.

Check their website for store locations and/or online deals.

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Spring 2014 Trends

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It is starting to warm up so let’s talk trends.  Here is a recap of some trends we will see this spring.

Cool Bomber Jackets

Nicole Miller

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Tracy Reese

Tracy-Reese-jacket

Crop Tops

Diane Von Furstenberg

DVF-Crop

Rachel Zoe

Rachel-Zoe-crop-

Vivienne Tam

Vivienne-Tam-Crop

Floral

Betsy Johnson

Betsey-Johnson-floral

Michael Kors

Michael-Kors-flora

Monique Lhuillier

Monique-Lhullier-floral

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Dennis Basso

Dennis-Basso-graphic

Noon By Noor

Noon-By-Noor-graphics

Ralph Lauren

RL-graphic

Tracy Reese

Tracy-Reese-graphic

Pastels

J. Mendel

J-Mendel-pastels

Pamella Roland

Pamella-Roland-pastels

Ruffian

Ruffian-pastels

Zimmermann

Zimmermann-pastels

Sheer

Badgley Mischka

Badgley-Mischka-BW

Carolina Herrera

Carolina-Herrera-sheet

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca-Minkoff-sheet

Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi-Shohi-sheet

Vera Wang

Vera-Wang-Sheer

 

 

 

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Recipe for a great treat

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Warning, if you make this recipe, it is addicting!

If you like Reese peanut butter cups or candy like that get ready to make the ultimate treat.  A friend of ours shared this recipe and I highly recommend it.  If you make it come back and leave your comments on how you liked it.

Peanut Butter Squares

1/2 lb butter (melted)

2 1/8 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/4 cups peanut butter

Mix with a mixer until everything is mixed

Put in 9 x 13 pan and pat down  into pan.

Frost with chocolate frosting

To set and store refrigerate

Peanut-Butter-Squares

 

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Full Moon

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Was it a full moon this past weekend because there was definitely some interesting people at the estate sale I attended on Sunday.  I convinced my mom and sister to come with me and they did get a show!

First of all as I was checking out this man came up to ask about some of my purchases.  The woman checking me out had to say 3 times these items are already sold she is buying them right now.  I am not sure why that was so hard for him to understand.

Then we witnessed a lady getting kicked out of the sale.  After reviewing the timeline we think it was a scam so her daughter and her could take something. The mother was swearing at the workers and making a scene therefore she was kicked out, yelling the whole way.  They couldn’t find the daughter, we heard her leave more than 30 minutes later. Also yelling about how rude everyone was because her mom has cancer and they were kicking her out of the sale.  I think it was a scam because why would you not leave with your mother if she was kicked out of a sale?!

And on top of all this the people in line waiting to get in would barely move when we were trying to get stuff out to the car. I just wanted to say, “let’s think about this if you move that means you can get into the house sooner”.

But estate sales are still fun to go to and I got some awesome deals, so time to check out which ones are happening this weekend!

 

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Oscar Review

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This weekend is daylight savings time so that is one sign of spring, another is the Oscars.

Here are some of my hits and misses from the red carpet looks.

Hits

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior showing off the hot color that will continue into Fall 2014.

Lawrence

Olivia Wilde showing off her baby bump in Valentino. Classic, Elegant and Stunning.

Wilde

Amy Adams in Gucci. Again showing off a color that was seen all over the runways for Fall 2014.

Adams

Lupita Nyong’o in this powder blue Prada

Lupita

Misses

Anna Kendrick in a J.Mendel design.  Could have been unique and edgy but I thought it was trying to do too many things at once.

Anna

Anne Hathaway in Gucci.  Too much disco not enough elegance.

Anne

Angelina Jolie metallic sequin Elie Saab.  I think a lot of people liked this look but I think it aged her and did nothing for her figure. Brad looked good though.

Angelina

Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham.

Delpy

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. It appears this is a trend with Angelina and Julie Delpy but I just don’t think this color and/or style compliments any of these ladies.

Jennifer

 

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Attending estate sales

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In starting my ebay business I am learning about the rules of estate sales.

At first I was surprised to learn that most companies will give out numbers and usually only 10-15 people can go into the house at a time.  After attending an estate sale recently where they did not require numbers I can now see the importance of them!

In the same weekend I went from the extreme where they were exactly 1-1, one person came out one person could go in no more.  The very next sale there was no numbers. Imagine an average sized room with 20-30 people and stuff in every corner to look at!  Most estate sales have items for sale in every room, this one was no different except it was not only in every room but every possible space available in that room.  I had never seen anything like it before, you basically were shoulder to shoulder at every point in looking at things.   However their prices were good so I did manage to fight my way through the crowds and come out with some good deals.

It is good to bring a friend if possible to take turns watching the “treasures” why you shop for more.  Sometimes the workers will have a space at the checkout to hold items but not always.  And you may have guessed it the frantic sale I talk about above had very little space.

Remember if you are planning on attending an estate sale have patience and don’t be intimidated by the crowd.  If you are claustrophobic do not attend on the first day as this is usually the busiest. Bring cash, some will accept credit but not all companies.  Make quick decisions, if you want it grab it because it might not be there in a few minutes.

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