March 13, 2014

Favorite Things of Winter

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This winter’s been a season of storms here in Chicagoland.  Thank goodness it’ll be over soon.  Right?! Soon???

So my favorite things of winter?  Lots of warm~

1. Land’s End Coat:  Let’s face it, you need a puffer coat up here, frostbite is not a good look for anyone.  But it’s nice to have on that’s not the ubiquitous black that I see on everyone else~


2. Born Boots: These I got years ago, they’re lined in flannel and so warm!


3. Gold Owl Earrings: I inherited these from my grandmother.  Adorable gold owl studs~


4. My crockpot and this recipe~


5. Cozy foxy flannel pajamas.  (No idea where these came from, they were a gift.) Toasty warm!



February 17, 2014

Return to the Windy (Snowy) City

Filed under: Accessories,Clothing,Gifts,Shoes,Vintage,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 2:25 am
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So I’m finally a) back from visiting my wonderful family in Texas and b) over the terrible airport-flu I caught.   (I’ll spare you the horrible travel details, suffice it to say that my flying experience was everything you could dread and then some~)

However, it was all worth it because … I brought magnificent stuff back with me from lovely (mostly) sunny Texas:

My new belt~

I searched all over for a belt like this last year and the year before, only to have everything be sold out!  So how lucky was I to find it in an antique store outside of Austin?  Pretty darn lucky~

My awesome brother got me this fan for christmas.  It’s gorgeous!

I’m going to have to figure out how to display it properly (more on that later) but it was the cutest present~


December 21, 2013

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Filed under: Clothing,Gifts,Inspiration — by twistedchic @ 6:34 pm
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It’s the weekend before Christmas, and I know a lot of people haven’t gotten all their presents yet, judging by how crowded the parking lots are.  So if you’re looking for a last minute gift, here are some recommendations for anyone on your list:

Land’s End Gloves:



Gloves are great for guys and gals, and everyone loses them, so they’re always welcome!

Or how about this adorable hoodie?



So cute and unique~

Foodie treats are *always* a great present.  I’d love to get this:

TJs-Joe-Joes-VarietyI love me some Trader Joe’s cookies.  These look fabulous!

Or how about something for the chef in your life?



I have the white one, (a present from an awesome friend’s mom!) and I use it constantly!  These are great and last forever~

So good luck shopping out there, and remember that what really counts is the love behind the gift.


December 10, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide

Filed under: Clothing,Gifts,Inspiration,Jewelry,Shoes — by twistedchic @ 11:55 pm
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‘Tis the season!  I’ve got most of my holiday shopping done, so I’m passing along the inspiration in case anybody else needs some.  Here are some great presents for anyone in your life.

These slippers are incredibly comfy!  I’ve got a pair myself and I love them~


These geode earrings are unique and gorgeous!


These winter hats say women, but I think they’d be great for anyone, and so warm! (I live in Chicagoland, so that’s key)


Or how about this cool wallet?  Very organized, and I guarantee they won’t have one like it~


Of course, there’s nothing like a home-made gift.  I’m giving a couple of fleece scarves out this year (shhhhh, don’t tell!) That post to come!

May 9, 2013

May Gift Guide

Filed under: Art,Gifts,Vintage — by twistedchic @ 7:15 pm
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Just in time for Mother’s Day! (and anytime, gifts are always good~)

How about giving textiles this year?  I found some lovely embroidered doilies at an antique market, which I framed and hung on my wall; but this would make a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.  You could use embroidered handkerchiefs, scarves, doilies, all kinds of textiles.  Just buy a nice colored matt and pop them in a picture frame.


Know someone with wheat allergies?  The gluten-free iced lemon rounds cookies from Trader Joe’s are delicious and gluten free (hint, I gave them to my mom for Mother’s Day!)

Stamps!  Useful and pretty, the Post Office has some really lovely stamps which would make gifts you can use.  The only downside?  Your giftee will know exactly how much you spent.  I recommend giving them in a really pretty box or gift bag…  Or buy a sheet and frame~


And I know I’ve recommended this before, but hand-made gifts are the best!  Shop your local galleries and little boutiques for bowls, jewelry, scarves, stationary, anything made by an actual artist.  Who doesn’t like something unique?

April 25, 2013

Cute Thing of the Week

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Gifts,Jewelry — by twistedchic @ 10:57 pm
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How did I miss the embroidered earring trend?  I was gift-shopping for my aunt, and found the cutest earrings in a little boutique in Chicagoland, little embroidered dangles.  (I wish I’d taken a pic before I sent them!)

So now I’m really wanting some beautiful embroidery in my life.  Maybe these lovely earrings to start?

il_570xN.314008595FYI: My aunt loves them~


December 23, 2012

Holiday DIY: Last Minute Gift

Filed under: Clothing,DIY,Gifts — by twistedchic @ 4:59 am
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If you are still searching for that perfect present,(the holidays are HERE NOW, so if you are you really procrastinated!) here’s an easy DIY for any maker.   (Also?  DIY means never having to go to the Mall!  Which is good because the Malls are packed full of frantic crazy people this time of year…)

I found a beautiful plaid flannel fabric, perfect for a scarf (and you all know how much I love scarves.  Hint~ it’s a lot!).   This project cost about $2 and took 40 minutes to make.

Both sides are identical

Both sides are identical

The key to picking a scarf fabric is to pick something that’s not printed, so it looks the same on both sides, and to get a fabric that’s a midweight, too heavy is no good.  You’ll need about half a yard for this.  When you get your fabric home, wash it first!  It may shrink and stretch; you want to know this before you stitch it up.  Pull your fabric out of the dryer and trim the raveled ends.  Plaid makes this easy because you can just cut along the stripes.  (Don’t trim the selvedge) Now fold the edges over and iron, you’ll want about 1/4 inch of fold over. 

When you are picking a thread for sewing plaid, I recommend going with something close to one of the darker stripes.

I assume you have a sewing machine, if not this project is going to take a lot longer!  If you do, (and I have a nice HuskyStar that I love) set your machine to a zigzag (or satinstitch) That’s the one that looks like this: /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

Set the stitch to the widest and shortest setting, placing the needle right where the fold end begins.  Hem both sides, making sure to knot or secure the end of the threads, and snip the extra.

Nice tight stitches /\/\/\/\/

Nice tight stitches /\/\/\/\/

Your seam should look something like this.

And voila!  You have a wonderful handmade gift(s) that didn’t involve braving the Mall crowds~

December 18, 2012

DIY Monday: Paper Ornaments Edition

Filed under: DIY,Gifts,Inspiration — by twistedchic @ 10:18 pm
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by Tuesday!  And the letter Y! (Actually this post is brought to you by a lovely lady at the store who spontaneously offered me her spare coupon~ so there’s your story of holiday generosity!)

This year I decided to make my own ornaments.  Long story short: I don’t have any of my own; and the ones you make are always the best anyway, right? (Also, they make great gifts~)  So I went to the craft store and bought some pretty paper, star stickers, some cardstock, and gluesticks.  I also used one of the paper bags from Trader Joe’s and some ribbon I had.  Total cost for this project was about $10.



If you are going to try this at home, I would recommend you buy a template for your oraments.  Because trying to freehand draw a star took the longest time!  (For the circle ornaments, I traced a jar lid)

Once you have your template, trace and cut out a shape in cardstock, while leavig a triangular tab at the top.  Also cut out a shape in the paper of your choice (no tab) and glue the two together.  (protip: put your paper facedown on a piece of scrap paper when you apply the gluestick, and make sure you get all the edge bits)  You can trim the edges if your cardstock is a little bigger than your paper or vice versa. 


Now add the little decorative details, like some transparent paper or star stickers!  Or you could use lace, dried flowers or even glitter, if you don’t mind having glitter stuck to everything for the next year or so…

Remember the little tab you cut out of the cardstock?  This part is for the hanging ribbon.  Cut a small rectangle out of the top.  Then fold back around leaving enough room to insert a ribbon.  Glue the back tab down.  I used a light weight to hold the tab as the glue dried, this prevents it from popping apart.


You can see where I’ve glued on layers of different decorative papers

Tie your ribbon into a loop and thread the long portion through the hole.  The knot in the ribbon is what keeps it together.

The finished product!

The finished product!

After letting the glue dry, hang your ornaments and enjoy!


Happy Merry all Holidays for everyone!  Some examples include, but are not limited to: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, the Japanese New Year, Boxing Day, Las Posadas, Hogmanay, Bodhi Day, Eid-al-Adha and Winter Solstice!

November 20, 2012

Holiday Shopping Guide

Filed under: Food,Gifts,Inspiration,Uncategorized — by twistedchic @ 12:54 am
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Merry Happy to all people celebrating all winter holidays!  So I assume you are desperately seeking ideas for the busy gift-giving season~  Here’s a little twisted inspiration for thoughtful gifts.  (You don’t want to end up looking like you just went to the gas station the day before, right?)

1) Spices:  Who doesn’t love exotic spices?  A huge container of Garam Masala, Old Bay, Lemon-Lime Thyme; these are even better when they come in an awesome little box, jar or package!  This present is also super-sweet if you include a few of your favorite recipes written out to go with the gift~

2) Edible Holiday Ornaments(look beyond the candy canes):  These come in a few different varieties, but are usually either hollow balls of chocolate or cookie type things with a shiny string to hang them on a tree/mantel/menorah~  Bonus points if you make them yourself! (freeze until giving if you need to make them ahead of time)

3)Gloves:  Who doesn’t need a nice warm pair of gloves!  Everyone everywhere loses them, so it’s always a useful present.  And there’s so much variety: mittens, shearling, lined, leather, fleece; something is sure to please!

4)Books:  Pick one classic favorite that you love and share with someone new.  The Robert Sabuda pop-up books double as presents and decorations, especially Winter’s Tale (which I love, love, love!)

5)Art:  Support your local artists, try shopping at an independant gallery for a small print, set of cards, handmade scarf, or tiny sculpture.  Your giftee will have nothing else like it!  (Warning, this option is not for the faint of heart, or, er, taste-impaired. You know who you are.  Just stay away from anything that looks like it belongs on Regretsy)

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