The study of a grown up girl who still loves playing dress up

The study of a grown up girl who still loves to play dress up

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Girlfriends, Cupcakes, and Awards

Hello, ladies and gents! I hope you all had a fabulous Wednesday! Due to the dreary weather we've been having, I've spent the majority of the last few days hanging at home. Luckily, one of my best girlfriends invited me out for cupcakes at the new cupcake shop in town, and I jumped at the chance to have a little friend time and a sweet treat. It's funny how that combination can easily brighten a grey day. :)

Not taken today, but if this woman isn't blog worthy, I don't know what it is!

During my blogging hiatus, I was kindly awarded a Versatile Blogger Award by the author of the overcaffeinated. Then just last week, I was again honored to learn that Inkmark of Objects of Desire had bestowed a Stylist Blogger Award upon me. Thanks to both of you for choosing Lyziologie! 

The rules of both these awards state that any recipient has to award them to other deserving blogs and share 7 tidbits about yourself.

The Versatile Blogger Awards (7) go to:


The Stylish Blogger Awards (15) go to:

Seven Things About Me

1. My siblings are much older than I. My sister and brother are 20 and 14 year older, respectively. We're all incredibly close. My sister lives with us and my brother visits every Saturday night.

2. After almost 11 years of togetherness, my husband still drives me mad. The way he looks, smells, his voice... To this day, my heart still skips a beat when I simply think of him. Anyone need a barf bag?

3. I have five cats. Really. I am honest to God cat lady. Two of them were a Mother's Day day gift two years ago. The other three walked into the office where my husband was working one early March morning last year. More accurately, two of them walked in and the last limped in. His leg was badly broken. Need I say more? Their names are: 

  • Penny Whiskers
  • Scout Whiskers
  • Iroh Deniro-Shapiro
  • Hiro Deniro-Shapiro
  • Mozart Deniro-Shapiro

4. I have three truly wonderful children. They are all intelligent, loving, and generally well-behaved. I couldn't be luckier to be their mother. Though it deeply disgusts me when people "label" their children, ("the smart one", "the pretty one", etc.) here are some things that make mine really special:

  • Adrian, age 9, is creative and introspective.
  • Eden, age 7, is helpful and self-assured.
  • Grant, age 5, is generous and thoughtful.

5.  My house has an in-law apartment and that's where my sister and parents live. I get along great with them and it's nice to have them so close. I honestly don't have one complaint about this living arrangement at all.

6. I love to cook. Almost all of the food my family eats is from scratch/homemade, because I am obsessed with knowing what's in the food we eat.

7. Growing up, I was incredibly spoiled. To begin, I'm my dad's only child. My siblings had jobs as far back as I can remember and are both just ridiculously generous human beings. My sister wanted me to have the nicest toys, and later on, the nicest clothes, shoes, hair cuts, etc. It was my sister who bought me my first Chanel lipstick...... at the ripe old age of 13.

Whew! I didn't mean for that to be so long! FINALLY, with no further ado, my OOTD:

Cardigan: J. Crew
Tights: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Aldo

Thanks for reading!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Belated Mother's Day

Hey, folks! I want to wish a very happy belated Mother's Day to all of the lovely moms reading this post! :)

I know I promised to post this weekend, but things got a little hectic. By hectic, I mean that I slept in on Saturday AND napped and then spent all of Sunday out for Mother's Day. My husband and children brought me to the new Anthropologie in Cranton, RI where I was originally hoping to find this:

There was only one in stock and it wasn't in my size. Major bummer. I did luck out when it came to sale finds though. Their sale room was well-stocked, particularly in my size. I tried on lots of cute dresses, skirts, and tops, but exercised *extreme restraint* and only brought home two items.

I now present  you with a shoddy photo of me wearing my brand new Paraiso Dress! I got soy sauce on it within its first hour of wear. Oops...

Cardigan: J. Crew
Dress: Anthropologie Paraiso Dress
Shoes: Payless (They're a blatant knock-off of these)

Thanks for reading! <3

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I Love My Verite Dress

Hello, readers! Long time, no post, right? I have missed sharing my OOTDs and ramblings here. Hopefully now that the weather is nice I'll have lots of terrific outfit photos taken outdoors! :)

I am madly in love with my Verite Dress. I am so in love with it that I wore it for both my professional head shot and also for a fun pin-up photo shoot I did with my BFF.

Photography: Krystle Crossman of EpixStudios

Photography: Angie Chambers of Angie Chambers Design
Hair: Marcella Termini of Hollywood Ultra
Makeup: Erica Hellier of Hell's Belles Makeup Artistry

These pictures also display some of my best semi-recent shopping deals! I got the Verite Dress for less than $50 (originally $158) on ebay and the coveted Rensslaer T-Straps for a mere $40. They were originally marked at $148 and a great gal over at Roxy's Effortless Anthropologie Trade Market gave me a tip on a pair that she returned. As far as she and I both knew, the price had only been cut once to $80, so imagine my surprise when I looked at the receipt as I was unpacking my new shoes to find that they were only $40. Yesssss!

Tomorrow I'll be posting my OOTD and my Mother's Day wishlist. See you then!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bright & Cheery OOTD

Hello readers! Today I posed for my OOTD photo in my backyard, despite the bone chilling wind. I think I made my pledge to take outdoor photos a tab prematurely!

Boots: Anthropologie Gilgarran Boots

Ideally, I wouldn't have paired these boots with this dress, but they were the closest to the door. I'm a really lazy dresser. I just wear whatever is clean and easily accessible. It takes me 15 minutes tops to get ready in the morning and that's child/husband related interruptions. Before children I was pretty high maintenance, but I've streamlined my routine over the years. ;)

I just entered to win a $100 Anthropologie gift card for at In Pursuit of Pretty Things! You should too! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Why, Hello There!

It's been over a month since the last night I posted. It's been way too long! I've been busy with sick kiddos, skiiing kiddos, and kiddos on February vacation!

I've decided to start taking my OOTD pictures outdoors. The lighting in my house is pretty awful and it's a pain to try to get shots that are detailed enough to post. I only have Photoshop on the family computer downstairs in the basement, so it's essentially impossible to do any photo editing unless I want to freeze my tail off. ;)

Cardigan: Gap
Scarf: Gap
Belt: Anthropologie
Dress: Anthropologie Tiny Windows Dress
Boots: Anthropologie Gilgarran Boots

I'll now leave you with my favorite shot from the photoshoot I did on Sunday. It's up the agency which photos they choose, but I'm hoping they'll like this one:

Cardigan: Gap
Dress: Anthropologie Pom Shift Dress
Belt: Gap

Photography by Krystle Crossman
Makeup by Lora Parmenter

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Winter Ain't A Thang OOTD

Hi all! Sorry that I haven't been posting recently. One of my junior photographers broke the family camera taking self portraits of himself! The camera has finally been replaced and I'm eager to start posting here again. Today I'm wearing one of my easiest summer dresses... Winter ain't a thang!

Cardigan: Anthropologie Breezy Polkas Cardigan - $50.00
Dress: America Eagle - $30.00
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $4.00
Shoes: Nine West from Piperlime - $40.00?

I was anxiously waiting to file our taxes, thinking that I was going to treat myself to a nice little shopping spree afterward... until I learned that itemizers couldn't file until 2/14. Grr. A Boston shopping excursion is in the works, with stops at Anthropologie (of course), Kate Spade, and more... I also have about three pairs of Remix Vintage Shoes on my tax return wishlist and a Cleobella Mexicana Clutch. You know what? I'll make a separate post for my tax return wants. Hopefully it won't bore you to tears. ;)

I hope this post finds you all well. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Loud Yellow Skirt OOTD

Hello dear readers! Today's outfit is pretty much entirely J. Crew, aside from my trusty Gilgarran boots. They are quickly becoming my favorite pair of boots. Speaking of favorites, I am wild for this yellow J. Crew skirt that I picked up on eBay about 3-4 years ago. It adds the perfect punch of color to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Top: J. Crew - $30.00 (from eBay)
Skirt: J. Crew - $30.00 (from eBay)
Ski socks: Given to me by my sister
Boots: Anthropologie Gilgarran Boots  $95.00

Sorry that this post is so short, but I have guests arriving this evening and my house is a mess. There's much to do, much to do! I hope that all of you have a great weekend!