Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy 2nd Spinsterversary!

Well, Spinsters, it's happened. Another year of spinstering has passed, and I'm still here, living it up, and eating breakfast in my bed. I wish I could say that I was finished working on The Spinsterhood Diaries: Year Two, but it is still a work in progress. When the book is available for purchase, I will let you know! This year's will have fun things like coloring pages, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and photos. Hooray!

Now, in honor of another glorious year of spinstering, here's a list of ten reasons to be glad of spinsterhood:

1. The thermostat is always set to what I want.
          That's right. If I want it to be 65 degrees when I go to sleep at night, that's my affair and no one else's.

2. I always choose what movie I see.
          Yep, no stupid man humor movies....unless I want to see them.

3. I control the remote control.
          If I want to watch JTV, I'll watch JTV. If I want to change the channel every time sports are on, I will most certainly do that. If I want to only watch the ice skating portions of the Olympics, I'll do that, too.

4. No one can judge my pants-free lifestyle.
          ...even if my hind quarters are a little lumpier these days.

5. I never have to check in with anyone before spending money.
          So If I buy two pair of Coach moccasins because they make me feel like someone is massaging my feet all day, then that's what I'll do.

6. I can sleep diagonally in my bed
          Sometimes it's necessary.

7. I don't have to talk to anyone in the morning
          I'll never understand how some people can be so chatty before they've been awake for more than two hours.

8. Crafts can take over my whole apartment.
          And, of course, they often do.

9. No one ever has to know how many freezer meals I've eaten this year.
          And on some levels, even I don't want to know.

10. I don't have to share a Netflix Account
          I'd like to keep this relationship exclusive, thank you.

So, ladies, Happy Spinsterversary! I'm so glad we're still together.
       

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spinster Shopping: More Flats!

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As promised, I'm back with more shoes today. However, for those of you who aren't as into shopping, I promise this'll wrap up the flats shopping for the time being.

Most of the picks from today are under $100, but for a few, I had to go a little over...or perhaps a lot over. In any case, maybe you're looking to buy yourself a little luxurious treat. And why shouldn't you? You're a lady, and your feet are pretty slow to gain or lose any weight...so...you can even wear your shoes while you eat all the pizza rolls.

Now, the moment you've been waiting for. Prices and links below!

1. Adriana Papell Zoe Rhinestone Flat: Lord and Taylor, $99

2.Enzo Angiolini Carolin Flats: Lord and Taylor, $59.99

3. Twin-Set Simona Barbieri: Yoox, $131

4. Halogen Kayla d'Orsay Flat: Nordstrom, $79.95

5. Printed Leather Pointy Ballet Flat: Zara, $79.90

6. MIA Abi Flat: 6pm, $23.70

7. Scalloped Laser-cut Ballet Flats: Charlotte Russe, $22.99

8. The D'Orsay Flat in Spot Dot: Madewell, $74.99

9. Viv printed Flats: J.Crew, $149.99

10. Milla Scallop Flat: Loeffler Randall, $295

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spinster Shopping: Bows For Your Toes

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The other day, I posted a ballet flats coloring page, and one of you delightful readers said you were hoping it was a shopping guide. Well! Your wish is my command! I've searched the internet for some pretty fancy footwear! I found so many shoes, though, that I'm going to split this into two different posts. Check back here tomorrow for more cute flats.

Now, without any further ado, I'll tell you where you cans find all these  lovely ladies. Many of them are pretty pricey, but there are some that'll fit a few tighter budgets...check them out!

1. Blue by Betsey Johnson Ballet Flat: Amazon, $99.95

2. Sequin Ballet Flats: Zara, $59.90

3. Hope 1967 Ballet Flats: Yoox, $129

4. Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Ballet Flats: Yoox, $127

5. Ballet Flats: H&M, $24.95

6. Leather Ballet Flat With Bow: Zara, $59.90

7. Nude Bling Bow Pumps: Dorothy Perkins, $20

8. Vanessa Flat: Tory Burch, $295

9. Bloch Women's Min Ballet Flat: Amazon, $195

10. Kate Spade General Bow D'Orsay Flats: Shopbop, $258

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more cuteness!

Friday, October 17, 2014

#FAFATL 4

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Hooray for Friday! And, since I've been enjoying participating in #FAFATL so much, I'm more excited for this day of the week than ever!

Above you'll see three miniature paintings I made for this week's drops. I used actual miniature 2" canvases this time instead of 2" canvas boards, as I think everyone agrees they are nicer.

I added a little extra spinsterliness in one of this week's paintings with a cat face. I hope it is collected by a cat lady and put on the freezer part of her refrigeration unit, where she keeps all her Talenti and Amy's Meals.

To follow the postings throughout the day, check in with my Instagram!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spinster Love: Serial

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No, friends, that's not a typo. While I do love cereal, that's not what we're talking bout today. Today, friends, we're talking about a new podcast called Serial, and it is good. 

If you're a huge fan of This American Life like I am, you've perhaps noticed that ol' TAL has been a little light on new content for several months now. It's pretty upsetting, especially if you, like I, have listened to all the old episodes already. So, when a few weeks ago, Ira Glass announced that This American Life would be presenting its first spinoff series, I was ready.

The spinoff is called Serial, and it's narrated by veteran TAL alum Sarah Koenig. Every week there is a new installment to an ongoing investigation into a murder case. Koenig interviews all sorts of parties that are involved in the story either directly or tangentially. There've been three episodes so far, and I'd like them to be coming faster! I cannot wait to hear what happens next.

So, if you're in the mood for some real life Law and Order (because, who isn't?) perhaps you should check out Serial. I'm counting the days until the next episode is available.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Fun: Ballet Flats Coloring Page

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It's Wednesday, and we're all halfway through the work week. So, in honor of this halfway point, I thought I'd let you in on a little bit of what it feels like to be a fashion design. Behold! The Ballet Flats Coloring Page!

Of course, these shoes are mostly designed, but you can take your crayons, colored pencils, markers, or whatever you like to color them in and add prints, patterns, glitter, rhinestones, or whatever other details you'd like! I can't say you'll be able to actually have these made into real shoes, but you could scan them in and have them put on a tee shirt or a tote bag. Or perhaps you'd just like to put your finished page on your refrigerator. Whatever you do with your finished product, I hope you enjoy the process.

Now, go forth and print your coloring page! Today's will fit on an 8.5" x 11" page quite nicely. If you particularly love your finished product, share it with me on The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook Page! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spinster PSA: Pronunciations

When you're a spinster, you've got some extra room in your brain that's not occupied by a boyfriend. Ever since I found out about Ryan Gosling's baby, I've had a lot of free space to focus on things that I'm fairly sure don't bother anyone else.

What, exactly, am I talking about? Well, friends, I'm talking about pronunciations. Whenever someone mispronounces a word in my presence (most likely in a situation where it's inappropriate for me to openly say anything about it) I like to figure out a way to say it correctly in the next sentence. However, I've noticed this tactic does not work. In fact, I've noticed the exact opposite. The person most often will say the word incorrectly again and again and again...as if they're rebelling against correct pronunciation. Each time it happens, it's all I can think about.

So, I thought I'd help everyone out today. I found some handy dandy pronunciation guides on Youtube and around the web. Below, I'll embed them for your listening convenience. I'm sure you, dear readers, are not the mispronunciation culprits...but in case you are, just watch the videos, and no one has to know.

1. Supposedly (not supposABLY)


2. Regardless (not irregardless)


3. Birthday (not BirFday)


4. Alzheimer's (not old timer's)

5. Gradation (not Grad-ee-ation) Unfortunately there's not a video for this one, but click the link here, and then click on the speaker.

6. Concur (not conquer...that's a different word.)


7. Weary, Leery, and Wary are three different words.

8. Chipotle (not chipOLTAY)


9. Nuclear (not nuke-you-lar)
10. Gyro (not jye-row)...ok, this one doesn't bother me as much...but still.




Now that I'm finished ranting and chastising, I'm sure we can all agree I should doodle more and potentially listen less. No one should be this bothered by pronunciation. My gosh, I need a cat.