#OWWWA: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes
dress - Salty Dame by Megan Besmirched on Etsy / shoes - Kenneth Cole via Zappos / black t-shirt - Target

Today's #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt theme should be pretty obvious... it's Margaret Keane's "big eyes" paintings! I've had this awesome dress for a while now, but never photographed it for the blog, and in brainstorming some #OWWWA topics, this was an obvious choice.

The dress is NOT covered in Margaret Keane paintings, mind you, but a Keane-inspired pattern of paintings by Megan Besmirched (of the shop Salty Dame on Etsy). I love that the spirit of the Keane paintings is alive in the pattern of this dress, but in an updated, modern, "ladies of today" sort of way.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

For those unfamiliar with the story of Margaret Keane, she was a painter who gained popularity in the 1960's... sort of. Her paintings gained popularity, but it was her husband, Walter, who claimed to be the artist behind them. If you haven't seen the Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, that tells the story behind Margaret and Walter Keane, it's definitely worth checking out. Pretty interesting stuff.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

One of the interesting concepts behind these paintings is that they're super sappy, and dare I say, cheeseball in nature... which is also exactly what makes them awesome. They're not "high art," but also, they are? Just try to go out and buy an original. Good luck with that.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

The big eyes are so sad. And cute. What always kind of bugs me is, once you know it was a woman who painted these, it made a sort of sense to the whole topic. When everyone thought that Walter was painting them, didn't it seem kind of creepy? I don't know, I hate to be all gender-biased about it, because men and women can paint whatever they damn want, but something about these paintings just screams lady painter to me.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

I think my favorite thing about the girls on this dress are the blue tattoo outlines on them:

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

So, let's talk about this dress. It's awesome. I did do a slight alteration on it... I shortened it about two inches or so, since I am a shorty, but I just ran the serger along the bottom since the whole thing is made out of a stretchy polyester material. I think that it worked well. I like wearing the black shirt underneath because it helps to break up the pattern.

Now, hopefully by the time you're checking out this blog post and you're all like "OMG I need to get one of these dresses for myself!" - Megan will have re-opened her Etsy shop, but I have this horrible knack for writing about stuff on the blog only to find out that the shop is temporarily (or permanently) closed and the awesome stuff I'm writing about isn't available. That sucks. So as of the time I'm writing this, Megan's shop is closed, but hopefully it will be open soon, and if not, you can always sign up to get an alert when it is.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

Above: more sad Keane paintings, including one instance where a clown is slightly less creepy than normal clown times. And then, an awesome YouTube interview with Margaret Keane:

Below: other items I snagged from Megan Besmirched's Etsy shop: a zipper pouch and a round magnet.

OnWednesdaysWeWearArt: Margaret Keane - Big Eyes

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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The BASE Project

The BASE Project

I was sent one of these awesome graphic black and white bracelets from The BASE Project to share with you guys on the blog. It's really cool - I love the bold black and white color scheme (although other versions are available), as it goes with pretty much any outfit and is great for stacking with other wrist accessories.

This bracelet (pictured) is upcycled, hand-carved from discarded water pipe! The designs are all inspired by the animals, landscape, and rich history of Namibia. You can buy these in a variety of widths (this one being the thinnest), so you could totally rock a wide cuff version of this if you like.

The BASE Project

From The BASE Project website: "The Base Project is a socially-motivated fashion brand building a bridge between artisans in the developing world and the US fashion market. Through our fashion products we create jobs and invest in community development projects."

The BASE Project
The BASE Project

Not only do these upcycled bracelets come in black/white color way, you can also get it in a reddish-brown instead of the black. Bracelets are also available in cast brass metal versions, with gold tone or silver tone finish. Individual bracelets, or special packs of 3 are available.

The BASE Project

An awesome added bonus to buying from the BASE Project is that your bracelet generates income for an artisan and funds a child’s education in his or her community. Wear Your Impact!

*** I was sent a complimentary bracelet for review by the kind folks at The BASE project (my awesome friend Liz works with them!), but all opinions are honest and my own. ***

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Eat Your CSA Vegetables!

 photo 1D274906713952-today-vintage-kitchen-140905-01_zpsavyivwxj.jpgThere is nothing better than farm fresh food. I've been cooking with primarily CSA (through Beets+Beats)  & garden veggies for the past few weeks and I can really tell a difference in quality from store-bought produce. Anyway, I've been receiving beets, kale, and garlic scapes (along with many other items) in my CSA goodies over the last few weeks and it's been kind of fun figuring out how to use everything for dinners. This is my favorite combo so far! Roasted Beets over Barley with Kale & Mushroom Beef Stir-fry
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The first thing you will want to do is roast your beets (it takes a while)...This is how you do it:
- Pre-heat oven at 400F, cut leaves off (good for other uses!)
- You can either peel outside of beets or keep the skins on while they roast...although it's hot and you get red fingers. 
- Loosely wrap beets in foil. I like to our olive oil and spices around them if they are peeled.  
- Roast for 50-60min (told ya) 
- You can check after the first 30 mins then every 15-20 mins after...I tend to leave them in for 45 and then check 
- Beets are done when they are punctured by a fork and they slide off
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While your beets are cooking, you can start your stir-fry. This is the best recipe I've found it's from Gimme Some Oven...I used fresh ginger and it TOTALLY made the dish. I kind of altered it a little, I used some garlic scales from my CSA mixed in with the Kale and then used mini bella mushrooms instead of shiitake... Anyway...here we go:
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Ok, this is how I did it...
You will need:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vegetable broth
3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. corn starch
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
What you do: 
"Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour marinade into a large bowl or ziplock bag, then add in the steak and gently toss to combine. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes." (I did this right after I put the beets in the oven) 
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You will need: 
1 lb. thinly sliced steak (I used the cheapest steak I could find and cut it into pieces...cuz I'm poor).
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
A package of baby portobello mushrooms
3 cups chopped kale
2 garlic scapes, thinly sliced
What you do:
Once steak has marinated, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large sauté pan (I used a cast iron) over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade (super important) and add to saute pan with garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak with a slotted spoon and set aside."

Add mushrooms, kale, Garlic scapes and reserved marinade to sauté pan.  Stir to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale is wilted, the sauce has thickened, and the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine."
 photo Dinner_zpsvwjmdjw5.jpg I served it alone with the beets and barley, but the recipe says you can serve it over rice or quinoa. I garnished it with seem mircogreens (also from my CSA veggies) and tucked in!

A delicious and healthy family dinner!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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