Friday, April 29, 2016

#FAFATL: Better Late Than Never

Well, I'm a little late in posting today. I had to do all of the business-related errands this morning and early afternoon. BUT! I have a Free Art Friday magnet that's ready to post! So, keep your eyes peeled on Instagram to see where I drop it. Maybe you can be the one who finds it!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Jellies!

A few weeks ago, my niece got her first pair of jelly shoes. Though jelly shoes have been known to cause quite a bit of foot sweat, they're still so cute! So, of course, I decided to have a look around the ol' internet and see if I could find some cute ones for adults. Below you'll find a list of the best ones I found!

1. Nude Bow Flat Sandal: $21, Wallis
          For the girly, prim, or proper, these aren't clear like your traditional jellies, but they are still rubbery and shiny! With those thin straps, your feet will be able to breathe, too.

2. ASOS FLYNN Jelly Sandals: $19.41, ASOS
          These are a little more hip and trendy. I like how they look a little frosted. I remember when platforms were in when I was in middle school. Does that mean I can't wear them now? I still might.

3. Tommy Bahama Jelly Flop Star: $19.99, 6pm
          These are for the traditionalist. They're good for just about anything, and that little star makes them very beachy. What did we expect from Tommy Bahama, though?

4. Bamboo Slip-On Glitter Sandals: $15.99, Charlotte Russe (or here: on Ebay)
          These babies are sold out everywhere online, and last I checked, they're not even on Charlotte Russe anymore. I kept the link, though, because, like, an hour before I wrote this post, they were still available. They're a steal at $15, though, and I have a feeling you'd wear them all the time.

5. Do The Wave Shiny Laceup Jelly Sandals: $13, Go Jane
          This is not the only cute pair of jellies on Go Jane. I just thought these were the coolest and most interesting. If you've been wanting to try a lace up sandal but worried they were too clunky, a jelly is a good way to test the waters. It's the same structure, but it's transparent, so you're not quite as weighed down by color.

6. Hee Grand Bow Sandals: $14.99, AliExpress
          These are for the glitzy girly-girl. I like how they're more of a d'Orsay shape.

7. Strappy Glitter Wedge: $25.77, Amazon
          Jelly shoes don't just have to be flats! These jellies look like they're made of ricrac, and they come in both clear (with silver glitter) and gold.

8. American Apparel Flat Lattice Jelly Sandal: $10, Amazon
          These are pretty close to what I think of as a classic jelly shoe. The cool thing is that they come in both clear and opaque styles. So, if you really want to bring back your childhood, these might be just the ticket.

9. Diesel Walayla Himali Sandals: $48, 6pm
          A combo of jelly and leather is present here, but I still think they'd qualifies as jellies. Plus, I like this color combo. I'd wear these for sure.

Well, I hope you found something on this list you like! There are lots of jellies out there, and they're not expensive, so I say do it! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spinster Screening: The Jungle Book

I think it's safe to say now that I like Jon Favreau. I can't get behind his whole cannon (I think Swingers is the absolute worst), but he's got some things I really like under his belt. So, when I heard that he'd directed the most recent incarnation of The Jungle Book, I was quite interested. In a post Life of Pi world, though, I was cautious. Could they achieve the same sort of believability? In a word: yes.

Need Sethi, who plays Mowgli does a crazy good job of acting this whole thing by himself. Sure, he's surrounded by heavy hitters like Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, but they're not inside the animal costumes, so he's basically doing the whole thing by himself. The CG is great, especially the wolf pups, which are so cute. The interaction is almost completely seamless, and it's really easy to suspend your disbelief.

The one thing that I didn't love was Scarlett Johansen as Kaa. That may just be me. She's not my favorite. She manages to make everything unnecessarily sexual. Also, I hate snakes, so...there's that. The role of Bagheera was made for Ben Kingsley, though. I'm in full support of that casting choice.

The story is a l little different this time around, and I quite liked it. There's no oddly flirtatious little girl to lure Mowgli away, but I won't tell you how the movie does end. I think you should go see it..and see it in the theater. The grandeur of the jungle setting begs to be experienced on the big screen. I wear glasses, making 3-d kind of annoying for me, but I can only assume that it is incredibly immersive with those plastic shades on your face.

To sum it up: go see it. It may be too scary for young children on account of the realism of the CG, but it's good. I think you'll like it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Time Lapse: Molly the Dog

molly-the-dog, dog-sketch

Well, spinsters, it's my second day back. I was out of town for the weekend to go to a wedding. But! Before I left, I made a little video to share with you so there'd be something exciting when I came back. And yes, you guessed it! It's another time lapse drawing video. I'm addicted to making these things right now.

So, this is Molly the dog. The finished product is above, but below, you'll find the time lapse drawing video. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Up For Discussion: One Fawn Twelve Ways

Well, spinsters, I'm back! As I'm writing this sentence, the image above is irking me because the rows are not evenly spaced. Please forgive me...but hopefully you can help me in another way.

The post with one cat twelve ways was a big success. Through The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page, my personal page, text, and comments on this blog, I was able to choose a color combo that worked great for my cat painting. Today, I was hoping you'd help me out again!

Look at the image above. click on it to view larger. There are numbers below each color combo for easy reference. Which color combo(s) do you like the best? Let me know below in the comments or on The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page. At the end of the day, I'll tally the votes, and that'll be the color combo I use. Oh, and if you want your friends to have their say, please feel free to share! I need all the help I can get.

Thanks in Advance! Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time Lapse Gif: See You Soon!

Well, spinsters, today will be my last post until next week. So, since I've been obsessed with time lapse videos lately, I figured I'd try to make a time lapse gif. And, here it is!

I'll see you soon! Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last Night's Dream and Some Other Stuff

Last night I went to what my church calls a "global friends" meeting. There are a bunch of international people at our church, so on Tuesday nights they get together to practice english and so other fun things around Atlanta. On this particular night, we met at the home of a Kenyan family, ate Kenyan food, and just had a little hangout session. It was fun, and the food was delicious.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, last night I ate goat meat, which is not generally in my regular diet. It was the best goat meat I've had thus far by far, but I think it may have given me some crazy dreams. And that's why there's a drawing of a girl in roller skates at the top of this post. If you hate hearing about people's weird dreams, then perhaps you should skip down until you see another image. But, if weird dreams make you laugh, this one is really detailed (thanks, Bupropion!). So, here it is:

I dreamed that I was taking roller skating classes in The Hamptons. It was sort of like roller derby, but instead of there being a game involved, we were actually doing something more like synchronized roller skating. It was sort of like a dance, and I was terrible. My favorite part was when we got to decorate our uniforms (a hot pink screen printed shirt with our team's logo, which I have now forgotten, so I left it out). I added a tulle peplum to my tee, and I spent a great deal of time debating whether I should use E6000 glue to add sequins, rhinestones, and beads to my outfit or whether sewing them on would ultimately be better. I don't think I ever made a decision.

I left the roller skating class and was walking across a lawn and driveway to get to my next engagement when I saw a woman who looked like Olivia the Pig tottering across the gravel and grass toward a cute white convertible in which sat a man who could have been on the cover of Esquire as well as a little girl of about three. The way the woman was shaped and was walking reminded me of a boss I once had (IRL) and I said to a service person who was now crossing my path that she sure looked like this certain woman.

"That's because she is," said the staffer, and so I walked over to say hello.

When I got up close, the woman was missing one of her front teeth but was otherwise expensively - if not tastefully - dressed. She was somehow both dismissive and guardedly friendly and soon drove off in her convertible with her much younger husband and daughter.

The next thing I knew, I was in a cavernous mansion wearing a knit jacquard white top and skirt set that reminded me of paper towels. The top was a crop top with deep cut arm-holes, and the skirt (much like anything I own in real life) was much too large. It was high waisted, though, so my belly was covered. A man was asking me if I wanted any coffee and I declined. It seemed to be the end of some sort of lunch.

I walked across a courtyard that looked like the one at Lincoln Center but with grass and without any city around it. My next event was in yet another high-ceilinged mansion's ballroom, and it was a fashion show. I was there for work. The fashion show was formatted differently than most runway shows. It began with a bunch of models standing still in a line on a platform. Once they had done this, they would mingle throughout the room, and people would be allowed to inspect the clothing and ask them questions. I remember thinking this was the way they always did it in the Hamptons. They asked me if I wanted any coffee again.

I walked outside, and I realized there was something green all over my skirt. I also saw a bunch of style bloggers and made a mental note that the trend at this particular collection of events seemed to be sleeveless dresses with long, circle-cut skirts. One in particular stood out: a woman standing in the breeze in a spaghetti-strapped halter dress that was navy with thin white diagonal stripes. She was holding a DSLR with a huge lens up to her face, but she looked a lot like Alexa Chung.

In the next courtyard, there was a really long line for a rolling ice cream cart. It was like the ones in central park but sophisticated and gourmet. I saw two friends from middle school there, and they commented on how my skirt was dirty with green stuff all over it. The next thing I knew, I was washing my skirt in a public bathroom sink, but because it was knit jacquard, it was just getting bigger and bigger, and instead of really getting clean, the whole thing was getting dingy.

That was the end of the dream...


And now...Zazzle sent me an email today saying that their wrapping paper was 40% off today if you use the code PRETTYGIFT4U. So, of course I made a new wrapping paper, but also I thought I'd share some of my old ones, too, in case you're in need of specialty paper for any reason. Here you go!

Donut Wrapping Paper
Donut Wrapping Paper by spinsterstore
Browse more Donuts Wrapping Paper at Zazzle
ballet flat wrapping paper
ballet flat wrapping paper by spinsterstore
See other Shoe Wrapping Paper at zazzle

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful! I must get back to work!