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Outfit: Pastels & Learning How To Dress With Blue Hair


Getting dressed with blue hair can feel like a bit of a challenge--especially in winter. I have so many floaty summer dresses in white or pastel shades that would complement the blue 'do perfectly, but winter coats and cozy sweaters that suit bright blue hair are a little harder to come by. I never really let having red hair dictate my style or even sought to flatter or complement red hair with my outfits. But blue is a different ball game with certain outfits looking plain wrong! Still I'm figuring my options out one day at a time and pink with blue is probably my favorite combination at the moment. It suits the ~romantic vibes~ in the air (and blogosphere) as everyone seems to have Valentine's Day on their mind and makes me feel like spring can't be too far away.
Most of my outfit is made up of older pieces in my closet, but what is new is this lovely bright pink mini bowler bag by Radley. For once I resisted the urge to add a novelty purse to my collection skipping past Radley's heart-shaped bags and scotty dog (so cute!!!) shoulder bag, and instead honing in instead on this retro bowler. It's a nice pop of color against the pastels in my outfit and will suit so many outfits going into spring and summer...can you tell spring is on my mind? I keep buying fresh flowers for our house and looking out the windows and sighing heavily. The day we snapped these pictures was quite windy, but I almost didn't mind since it was just so nice to see the sun again!    
*pictures by Thomas*

Outfit: Stay In & Eat Sweets


My advice (and personal plan) for surviving February would be: stay in and eat sweets. Preferably in red clothes and usually with sweets you bake yourself; adding a little poetry to the mix won't hurt anything either. I've been making quite a mess in the kitchen lately stretching my out-of-shape baking muscles. I used to bake a lot when I was younger--in fact I won a blue ribbon at a county fair for my cookies once! But I haven't baked as much in recent years, moving out of my parents house meant leaving behind all of my mother's wonderful baking tools and it's quite a collection of pieces you need to acquire to start again. For these cookies I had to buy a rolling pin and cookie tray, but I still didn't have mixing bowls so I just used pots! Thankfully you can't tell the difference in method when it comes to taste (although I didn't follow a proper Linzer cookie recipe for these but instead just sandwiched two sugar cookies with jam).
Simple sugar cookie recipe:
-2 1/4 cup flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tbsp milk
Beat all ingredients together for a few minutes. Wrap and chill for two hours. Bake at 425 for around 10 minutes. Makes around 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
*To make them into little sandwiches just cut half of your cookies as simple hearts and cut out the other half of your cookies with little heart cut-outs within the hearts. After they bake allow them to cool then spread with seedless raspberry jam and sprinkle powdered (or icing) sugar on top.* 

*You can choose your phrase for this necklace from options that vary from "you suck, man eater, wonderbuns, go away, for keeps, troublekeeper" and so on...*
*all pictures by me*