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!