Black and White: a Formula

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Skirt: Banana Republic...Sweater: F21...Belt: Gap...Shoes: thrifted...Earrings: J Crew outlet

This is from a looong time ago, as in my mid-March board meeting. Yikes, I'm behind. P.S.- this is such an easy winter-time formula. Variations of black and white, pattern-mixing graphic elements. Lazy? Perhaps, but it's so easy to look put together in a pinch. Like here, here, or here.

Rob and I did a bad thing. We started watching Lost again. I already know how it all goes down, but maaaan, I'm sucked in. Whoops.

Navy, Mint, and White

Monday, April 29, 2013

Jeans: Gap...Tee: UO...Blazer: Gap...Scarf: Suzhou (Rob's little token from his interview trip)...Shoes: Nine West Outlet

Um, so blogging took a back seat. Sorry 'bout that.

Stuff I've been up to:
Post-gala wrap up. Always.
The Orange Show "Un-Concert." I still owe you guys a little bit about that.
Garage Sale with our neighbors two weekends ago. Got rid of a handful of small stuff. We'll plan on another one June 1. Hopefully we aren't without furniture for too long!
I also packed up my first 50-lb. duffel bag. We're gathering boxes to do a slow shipment later in the year with books and winter clothes. Three months to go and our house is already a wreck.
This past weekend was the annual composer weekend away. Mmmm, sunshine and beers.
Lots and lots and lots of friend time. We haven't gotten much of anything productive done most evenings.

P.S. I have no idea why I don't wear this navy blazer more. It's lightweight, has nice slim sleeves, and is the perfect cropped length. It's a no-brainer. I also purchased myself glasses after my first vision check in a few years and went for these totally rad green hipster frames. Geek chic with a little flair, no?

Gettin' Fancy, 60's Style

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Pop Art Soiree... the all-consuming gala is over. Not without incident, of course, but for all the work and drama we invested in getting ready, it sure was fun!

High points:
Our honoree (President of the Children's Hospital) told my friend her short haircut styled a little like James Dean was "fancy."
The little girl who came with her family to present the award to the honoree (a cancer survivor who had her treatment at the hospital, where our organization also presents arts education programming) was way way way proud of her dress. The cutest.
Pop Art = the cool version of the 60's = seriously amazing dresses.
A board member got a little faced and fell under her table. At least it was in the corner of the ballroom.
I was the test run for the Smilebooth set up. It was so sad and lonely looking. Even though I made fish lips. I neglected to take any fun photos with anyone, so that hideous solo photostrip is all I got. Nope, not gonna share.
I made buddies with a gaggle of High Schoolers who volunteered with us. I have NO idea how kids today seem so much more cool than when I was in high school.
My coworker wore 1 1/2" long holographic gold false eyelashes. Win.
I last-minute had a dress altered that I thrifted. Not bright or tremendously 60's, but very pretty.

Oh, my gosh, look how 80's awful the neckline was when I thrifted it!

Tucson, I Wonder if My Name is Alice

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Backin' Up for a recap of "I Wonder if My Name is Alice" by Artifact Dance Company in Tucson, AZ, with collaborative murals by Joe Pagac, and Act II music by Robert McClure.

Holy Crap, these women are talented. Creative Directors Ashley Bowman and Claire Hancock knocked this spectacle show out of the park. The sets were simple, but graphic and incredibly effective. The collaboration with painter Joe Pagac to literally "paint the scene" for the audience was exciting and such a dynamic way to get the most out of the live interactive performance, I was sucked right into Wonderland as an audience member. The costumes were jaw-on-the-ground beautiful, with the movement and wearability considered to the maximum potential for beauty and believability. And, well, my husand's music kicked off the journey down the Rabbithole and it. was. awesome. This young company is going to make a major dent in the Dance World, watch for them the next few years, they're going to be doing some really cool things. Probably because they like the combination of way outside of the box creativity and don't bother to sleep. Worth it.

He painted this within a minute, and then dropped the center to reveal...

the caterpillar herself.

The Cheshire Cat, making sure Alice doesn't know which way is which.

Poor Alice, completely lost.

The White Rabbit with Ben Nisbet, Artifact's musical director.

Tea Party! They got sloshed.

The Caterpillar, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Queen of Hearts, Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, and the Gryphon.

Oh, Hey Guys!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Just a few looks that I was wearing over two weeks ago while it was chilly here in Houston... and then the Gala week showed up and I have zero memory of what I wore, no idea what I ate, no memory of getting any sleep. No joke there- I spent two nights last week hanging out in my office making friends with the vaccuum crew until 3 am. But, the Gala happend, we put out fires as cheerfully as we could, and our guests had a whole lot of fun! So, whether it was perfect or not, it was memorable and, I think, a success! But, more on that later.

Some upcoming goodies in a few subsequent posts: a few photos from our trip to Tucson for Rob's collaboration show with Artifact Dance. Tales of the Gala that happend on Thursday. Pictures of the Orange Show Un-Concert that happened last night and is going down again tonight. It's been a busy busy busy couple of weeks, and maaaaan am I glad it's all winding down, but lots of good stuff. 

I'm exhausted!
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