1.31.2014

Bored Tonight? Come out to Cole's!

Hey guys!
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If you're bored tonight, you should take a trip out to Cole's Bar in Logan Square to see Jesse Garon Presley and the Branson Family Band! I'll be singing back up and "assisting" The King with any alcohol or hallucinogenic items he may need! ;) Also appearing will be Velcro Lewis with the history of rap as well as El Mejor.

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For those of you who are unaware, YES, it's an Elvis tribute band with a twist of ridiculousness. We will be performing some major hits as well as some little known AWESOME Elvis tunes! My favorites include Gone, Gone, Gone and Thing About You Baby. We will also be playing the hits like Blue Suede Shoes and Hound Dog and we'll even throw in an original Elvis inspired song!
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Apparently, I'm the 50th official member of the Jesse Garon Presley & the Branson Family Band! Jen even made me a special skull flower for the occasion! ;) If you are hurtin' for a good time and want to warm up with a little Hunk of Burnin' Love, come out to Cole's tonight! We are shooting to go on at 10:30 or 11pm so come by, grab a drink and get ready to laugh, sing, and dance!!!

Stay tuned for next week when I'll show you my most recent vintage finds at Calamity Layne!

~Steph

1.29.2014

The Lady Brunch Dress

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dress - ModCloth / leggings - Torrid / boots - Moo Shoes / socks - xmas gift / shirt - Macy's / scarf - Kohl's?

Here's another one of my awesome "Black Friday" scores from ModCloth... I had some help from my FCS (Home Ec) teacher to shorten it and take in the bust a little bit, since I ordered it a little bit too big (better too big than too small, right?).  This will be a great dress into the spring/summer since it's lightweight and a fun springy pattern.  But in the meantime, in this horrible cold, I'm pairing it up with leggings in black and grey stripe and a black 3/4 length tee.  And a scarf.  Now I'm warmer.

BnB OOTD

The actual name if the dress is "The Lady Brunch Dress," so this isn't even my own clever blog post title.  Sorry about that.  But these houses totally look like the Brady Bunch house.

BnB OOTD

Here is a side pose, taken especially for Erin at Zero Style, who said that there needed to be more outfit poses taken from the side.  For all I know, she doesn't read my blog, but I'm putting it out here symbolically anyways.

I have to re-dye my hair in these photos.  Thankfully, I've since had time to do it.

BnB OOTD

Close-ups of outfit details.  It's always hard to see the stripes on these leggings in outfit posts until I take my close-up detail shots.

BnB OOTD

Also in my detail shots you can now see my ace bandage on my ankle.  Still no details on what's happening there.  I'll let you know soon.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.27.2014

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

I've started to drink tea at work in the mornings, and I like any kind of activity or hobby that allows me to customize my tools and accessories.  In this case, my ceramic coffee cup (turned tea cup) was screaming for something personal.  Enter the reusable sleeve.

I'd actually been browsing Etsy for a few months - I'd been admittedly lazy and was willing to pay for a sleeve if I had found one that was just right... but I never did find one.  I ended up having to supervise a bunch of computerized testing at work and had a chunk of time on my hands, and suddenly sewing up a coffee cup sleeve seemed like the perfect way to pass the time.  And I already had all the supplies that I needed!

Here's what I used:
  • Felt: main sleeve color, inside (lining) color, scrap felt for any decorations.
  • Embroidery floss in a variety of colors.
  • Needle, scissors, straight pins.
  • Sleeve template (see below for info).
  • Safety pin (optional)

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

I chose a fun leopard felt for the main sleeve, a bright pink for the inside lining, and a red heart for the design!

I prefer two layers of felt on my sleeve for a couple of reasons: 1. it is the most insulating, and 2. it will hide/protect the underside of any stitching from any decorations that you might add to your sleeve.

For the shape of the sleeve, you have a couple of options:

  • Trace an existing cardboard sleeve from your local coffee shop.
  • Download/print a free pattern available online, such as this one from Martha Stewart (see page 2).

I cut the inside lining layer of felt (the pink) slightly shorter than the front (leopard) layer, since I noticed that when they wrapped around the cup together, the leopard layer needed to be a slightly longer length.

The first thing to do is to stitch any designs (in my case, the red felt heart) to the outside felt layer of the sleeve.  I purposely used black embroidery floss because I like the stitching contrast details to show up.  You could also embroider your name or initials, or even use a cool embroidery pattern from Sublime Stitching on your sleeve!

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

Once your design is finished, you can stitch the two layers of felt (the outside and lining pieces) together on all four sides.  Again, I used bright pink embroidery floss on the leopard felt so that the stitching detail would show.

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

When the entire piece is stitched all the way around, you're now ready to bend your sleeve into a circle and close it up.  I decided to use a large safety pin because I like the aesthetic of it, and it also gives me some flexibility on size (I can switch it up, if need be).

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

If you're not digging the punk rock safety pin vibe, that's cool, but you'll probably still want to mark where to close up your sleeve with a pin for now.  Wrap your sleeve around a cup to get the sizing accurate, and then stitch it closed!

DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve

Now, enjoy a nice hot cup of tea (or coffee, or hot chocolate) in your awesome new custom cup!  Yayy you!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.25.2014

Curry Cauliflower Soup

Curry Cauliflower Soup

So, my fiance and I are going on an “eating better” mission…I hate the word “diet,” so I am re-focusing on eating “clean” as much as possible, and making tasty and healthy food. My becoming a pastry chef and having lil G… there is more to me than I would like, so here we are. Don’t worry! I will still post some delish desserts... everything in moderation, of course!

I found this recipe and I was excited about it - cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies. When Jen and I went to the Spice House, I sought out a good curry to use, as that was one of the few spices that I did not have. When I was shopping, I was debating out loud (I am ALWAYS talking, even if it's just to myself) if I should choose the sweet or hot curry. A girl that worked there told me to add a little cayenne to my sweet curry, as that is what they do there. This was a great tip - I love things with just a touch of heat!

So here we go. I doubled the original recipe, because I feel that if you are taking the time to make something yummy, then you should make enough to freeze so you can have a night off! If you do not want a ton, just cut this in half.

Curry Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:
2 heads cauliflower, cut into pieces
4 yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
8 tsp. curry powder, divided (add a nice pinch of cayenne)
8 cups unsweetened almond milk
½ cup sunflower seeds
4 tsp. fresh ginger
salt/pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Take your cauliflower, cut it from the stem, and rinse. Now, chop up the flowers and set aside. Next, wash and peel your potatoes, dice them, and set aside. Also chop up your garlic, onion, and ginger. Grab a large bowl and mix these all together with your olive oil and add your curry/cayenne mix on top. Place all of these veggies in a baking dish and place in the oven for 35 minutes.

When the time is up, check your veggies - they should be able to be pierced easily by a fork. Dump them all in a large pot, and pour the almond milk on top. Chop it all up with an immersion blender.  (You say you do not have an immersion blender? You are crazy! One of the best kitchen tools! If you do not have an immersion blender, you can place all the veggies in a food processor and puree them, then add to the milk. If you do not have a food processor, then go to the store and buy some soup! I give up on you.)

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All blended? Cook on medium heat till simmering. Here you can add a touch of salt/pepper or even extra curry to taste.

Depending on how much soup you will serve...grab some of your sunflower seeds and roast them. You do this by placing them on a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir often so they do not burn but get all roasty good.

Ta da! Ladle out your soup and put some roasted seeds on top. Enjoy!

Curry Cauliflower Soup

Stay sweet!
Lisa

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1.24.2014

Rev It Up!!! Check Out the Best New Album of the Year!

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Recorded right here in Chicago, Reverend Horton Heats long awaited new album came out this week! I have been anxious to get my grubby little paws on this album since I saw them last summer. If you are looking for old-school RHH with screamin’ guitar riffs and a rock n’ roll beat that simply HAS to be danced to… “Rev” will not disappoint! 13 tracks of pure psychobilly pleasure! My favorite songs on “Rev” are Smell of Gasoline, Never Gonna Stop It, and Let Me Teach You How to Eat.” Although, I really enjoy each song on the album (which is not the norm for me)!  photo Rev1_zpsd119c364.jpgMy friend was lucky enough to win tickets to the Reverend Horton Heat show at the House of Blues last weekend. HOB is not my favorite venue, but we had a ton of fun dancing our butts off! We got there in time to see the Necromantix. I hadn’t really heard a ton of their music, but it was enjoyable and I now have a huge girl crush on their drummer. She is KICK ASS. If you’ve never seen her drum, you should check them out!  photo revonbass_zps86b3e99b.jpg
I was also excited to see that Deke Dickerson is still touring with the Rev so we got to see him as well! It was a big treat for my friend because she’d never seen him before. He is a little more traditional Rockabilly than the Rev, but he did a KILLER cover of a Ramones song at the show!

If you're looking for some new music that will make you a happy camper and want to move your feet every time you listen, check out Rev by Reverend Horton Heat! It's available in iTunes OR you can buy it on VINYL here!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne


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1.22.2014

More Dinosaurs

More Dinosaurs
skirt - ASOS curve / tights - We Love Colors / shoes - Danskos via Zappos / cardigan - Forever 21+ / t-shirt - Megan Lee Designs / tank - JCPenney

Well, it's back to outfit posts from work time!  I'm finding it harder to snag a few minutes before work to take photos lately, so I clearly need to either get here a few minute earlier, or plan my time a little bit better.  I have several new things to show you, too!  I've been pretty good at shopping the sales over the holiday season.  I snagged some skirts from ASOS.com after I saw Erin from Zero Style totally rock a skirt with a t-shirt and I fell in love with the look.  I was all "hey, I think I can do that, too."

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The best part about the skirt + t-shirt thing is that now a bunch of t-shirts I wouldn't have worn before now have totally new life in my wardrobe!  For instance, I love this Megan Lee dinosaur design, but it's a v-neck t-shirt.  A v-neck XL t-shirt.  Not a style I normally wear out, like with jeans and such, but now, tucked into a skirt, it's amazing!

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By the way, this dinosaur is a vegetarian.  He likes strawberries.  Even better.  I love this dinosaur, so I wore my heart sweater.  I'm not sure if I've even worn it on the blog since this post?  But I've had it for a while, and I have worn it a lot.  In fact, the cuffs are staring to come apart! :(

More Dinosaurs

These shoes represent my descent into actual old lady-ness.  They're Danskos, which are orthopedic for people with crappy feet like me.  At least I was able to get glitter ones, right?  So that's cool.

Although I have special shoes, I screwed up my right foot somehow (previous to the shoe purchase) and I'm in the process of finding out what exactly it is.  I had an x-ray done over winter break, and it showed nothing, so now I have to have an MRI done on my foot.  My right ankle is swollen and I'm supposed to stay off of it, but I'm going to skate anyways.  Skating doesn't hurt.  Walking does.  Go figure.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.20.2014

Wire Name Bracelet DIY


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So I found this pin on Pinterest that showed a wire name bracelet, but I couldn't find an actual tutorial for it, just a series of pictures.  "Hey, I'm smart, I can figure this out," I thought to myself.  And I did.  So I thought I'd give you a few pointers based on my experience making a wire name bracelet.  I liked mine so much that I made a couple for my mom and sister-in law!

Here's my original bracelet below:

wire name bracelet tutorial

I kind of like the uneven/kookiness of the letters on my bracelet.  I've been wearing it now for several days since I made it, and it's held up really well, too!  I was worried that the wire might get caught on stuff or bend really easily, but nope!  So far, so good!

Here's the key to a good wire name: 20 gauge wire.  You can use silver or gold-tone wire, but whichever you choose, you might wish to have the rest of your findings (chain, jump rings, etc) match the same metal finish.

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The other key component to this project is a pair of round-nose pliers.  These pliers allow you to make tight, smaller bends in the wire without it getting kinked or dented, just by wrapping the wires around the rounded nose pieces.

I used three different types of pliers for this project total: round-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers, and wire cutters.  Most of the work/bending is done with the round-nose pliers.  Wire cutters were only used for cutting the wire at the very end, and the flat-nose pliers are used for opening and closing jump rings, and some tight wire bends, like on straight lines.

wire name bracelet tutorial

Once you've collected all of your tools, start planning out how you want to write out your name.  Draw or write it several times on a piece of paper.  Practice writing it out in one long line, since you'll be writing the name out in one long line of wire.  For the letter "i," I just left the dot off, but you'll need to take certain letters like "i" into consideration and figure out how you'll tackle them.

wire name bracelet tutorial

You can see above that I had to figure out how to handle a capital "J" as far as how to begin it - usually, you'll want to have a loop before and after the word/name so that you have something to attach the chain to.  You can see how I chose to handle this further down the post.

Cut off a length of wire at least 3-4x the length of the name that you're trying to write.  I'd rather have to cut off extra wire at the end than to not have enough to finish.  If you buy a little spool of wire like I have, you can scrap your design and re-try several times with new wire until the name looks just right.

wire name bracelet tutorial

Take your time and work slowly, bending the wire to form letters.  I primarily used the round-nose pliers, but I utilized the flat-nose pliers whenever I needed to "pinch" wire to form a line, like on the letter "y" or the tops of the "r."  The "r" bends were made by pinching the wire, then opening the bend up to form a sharper angle.  End your name with a round bended loop to attach chain.

Now you need some additional supplies to finish off your bracelet: small jump rings, one small clasp for each bracelet you're making, and some chain.  All of these things can be purchased at your local craft store, like Michaels.  I tried to choose chain that was small and delicate to match the delicate-ness of the wire name.  I also made sure to use all silver-toned findings to match my silver wire.

wire name bracelet tutorial

(Please excuse my photography.  I'm testing out a DIY light diffuser on my flash, and I'm still not 100% happy with it, but it's better than a standard flash...)

Depending on how long your wire name is, you'll need two short lengths of chain to form the rest of your bracelet.  Again, I tend to use pieces that are longer than I know I'll need, since it's easier to trim the chain shorter than to try to extend the length.  I just used the round-nose pliers to open up the end loops, slip the chain on, and close up the loop.

wire name bracelet tutorial

On the capital letter "J," I used a jump ring on the large loop of the "J" to attach the chain on the left side.

Once I trimmed the chain to the right length (hold it around your wrist to get the custom-size that you need), use jump rings to attach the clasp closure to the ends of the chain, completing your bracelet.  Then put it on and flaunt your new creation proudly!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.18.2014

Betties N Brimstone out and about!

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Jen and I have been discussing a kid-free day for a while, so I was happy when we were texting about stuff... spices, nonsense, etc... and the day finally presented itself. She wanted to get more fun things for cooking, where I needed an excuse to do so. The plan was to go to the Spice House and Old Town Oil and then I threw some more fun into the mix.

BnB Out + About

If you live in Chicago and love to cook, you need to head to Old Town and go to the Spice House, as it is magical! When you wander down the street towards it, you can smell all the spices lingering in the air. Inside, everything is in all different types of bottles where you can get as much or as little as you like. There are some to test and smell and I encouraged Jen to do the official “lick the hand” test. If you cannot get there you can order online.  I would definitely suggest getting the porcini mushroom salt, as I am now using it daily.

BnB Out + About
BnB Out + About

Next, we headed to Oil Town Oil. I know these oil and vinegar stores are popping up everywhere, and they never disappoint. I love that you can taste all of these first-hand in teeny cups. Jen grabbed chili oil, and I purchased some blueberry balsamic, which is going to go into some caramel sauce very soon. They also have a chocolate balsamic here…get it! On vanilla ice cream, this is just heavenly!

Ok, enough with smelling things that can be food! Time to eat! Chicago is pretty well known for its Chicago dog, as well as a ton of other kinds of specialty hot dog places, so we headed to one of my favorites: Franks N Dawgs in Lincoln Park. I just LOVE this place!  Their version of the classic Chicago dog is a little different, and they even do a fun twist on one made out of ice cream, but the BEST are their unusual dogs. As you see here, Jen got the veggie-friendly Singhing Fu, and I, being the NY girl that I am and missing my lox and bagels, got a Slammin' Salmon, which is a play on that. If you come to Chicago, this is a must stop, I take almost all of my out of town visitors here!

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Time to wash it all down…we completed our food tour with a trip to the HUGE Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. They have a great area where you can do wine tastings, so we treated ourselves each to a flight of wine. They also have three other bars in this location - it’s just that big!

BnB Out + About
BnB Out + About

Happy, full, and relaxed, and we ended our day at Uncle Fun in Roscoe Village.  This is a store that has been in Chicago for 38 years and sadly, it is closing.  Going to this store is like visiting your SUPER WEIRD uncle’s attic... I mean really weird, yet FUN.  I knew that I wanted to get here and check things out before the doors closed forever.  We met Natalie from Bake and Destroy. Together, we fought the crowds and pillaged through some crazy stuff… as you can see here... this box of dirty Ernie’s will haunt me and I cannot even imagine where a gigantic moose came from!

BnB Out + About
BnB Out + About

The day ended with some crazy good gelato from Black Dog Gelato, also in Roscoe Village.  I indulged in cup of strawberry-balsamic and graham cracker gelato and ended a sweet day with fantastic friends.  I know I needed a day off from “Toddler Time,” and it was fun just roaming around the city.

BnB Out + About

Tell me your favorite places where you live - I would love to know!

Stay sweet,
Lisa


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1.17.2014

Tong's Tiki Hut Review

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Dave and I have been on stay-cation since last Friday and we had a chance to visit a legit Tiki bar over the weekend. It may not look like much from the outside, but things aren't always as they appear. This place has fantastic atmosphere and a great Polynesian American Chinese menu. What's even more awesome is that this place is in the suburbs! You don't have to trek out to the city for good food atmosphere and fancy (AND CHEAP) drinks!
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When you walk in, you are immediately greeted by a friendly hostess and a stone fountain. The walls are covered in bamboo curtains and floral arrangements. We were escorted to a booth at the front of the restaurant which made for an optimal picture taking opportunities. :)
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The menu is complete with an extensive cocktail list and a barrage of food options. We started with cocktails and an appetizer. I got a Scorpion and Dave had a Pina Colada ($4.50 a piece people!!!). They also bring you tea and water before your meal, which I always enjoy.

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We also ordered a Bo Bo Platter as an appetizer. To our surprise, it came out on fire! It was complete with ribs, egg rolls, fried shrimp, teriyaki beef, and some kind of wontons (2 of each). It was all delicious, but if you order one of these make sure you wait to order your dinner. You might be a little more full than you expect after your appetizer.

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I ordered a Moo Goo Gai Pan with chicken. I was stuffed after the Bo Bo Platter, but I saved a little room for my dinner AND a Zombie. ;) I definitely had enough dinner to bring home leftovers and it was still good the next day!

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Good food, cheap drinks, friendly staff, and great atmosphere. I give Tong's Tiki Hut 4 out of 5 stars! If you're in the mood for a fun evening in the burbs, make sure to check out Tong's Tiki Hut in Villa Park!

Yours Truly,
Steph @ Calamity Layne
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