5.29.2015

This Week's Vintage Finds at Calamity Layne!

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Hi everyone!

I had some MAJOR thrift store luck this week! I was SO happy to find this baby at Goodwill (of all places)!!! This is the Holy Grail of vintage kitchen pieces. It's a Catherine Holm sauce pot and it's in beautiful condition! I got it for a STEAL...You can find more pieces on Etsy HERE.


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This is a super cute and very sweet bathroom or craft room cabinet. Perfect for holding small items like makeup, toilet paper, crayons, etc... You will see this available for sale at the next Vintage Garage (coming up June 21st)!

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I found this super creepy Easter Bunny and had to grab it! A pretty awesome statement piece...or you can hide it in odd places around the house to frighten your roommates!

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These are Tony Lama cowboy boots... I THINK they are at least 5 years old, but I can't be sure. These boots were a freakin' steal at $9.99. They're normally anywhere between $250 - $1,500+. They fit like a glove!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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5.27.2015

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe
dress - Tucker for Target (thrifted) / shoes - Swedish Hasbeens / bracelet - Chloe + Isabel / earrings - Chloe + Isabel

Happy #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt! This week's artist inspiration is American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. My absolute most favorite photo of her is this one on the back of a motorcycle:

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

I have my motorcycle license, but I have yet to ever actually ride one out on my own. Whomp whomp. Georgia O'Keefe is mostly known for her abstract florals, but she also painted SKULLS:

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe
Cow's Skull with Calico Roses, 1931
...how could I not take this opportunity to take a copious amount of selfies with a skull then?

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

Ok, now that we've gotten that out of our system, let's talk about the OOTD. This dress has abstract flowers on it. They're tulip-like. Do you see them in the pink dots? I actually did not until after I had bought this dress (thrifted, like $7!) and was walking down the hall at school and got stopped by a co-worker. She was like, "What are those? ...oh, I see, they're flowers!" and I was thoroughly confused at first, but now I can't un-see them and feel dumb for not recognizing it in the first place. Heh.

This outfit is also intentionally simple. Just a dress and a couple of accessories. Georgia O'Keeffe doesn't have a lot of stuff in her paintings. She tends to stick to one subject, up close, and keeps it pretty simple, even with color schemes.

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

The painting below was the closest I could find to match my color scheme today with hers:

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe
Leaves of a Plant

I was unsuccessful in finding a painting of tulips. But that's ok. I'm wearing an abstract floral. And that works.

In sticking with the floral theme, I wore these floral chandelier earrings from Chloe + Isabel. They are too cool! I'm also wearing a wrap bracelet from Chloe + Isabel that has turquoise tones in it, which remind me of the American southwest, and was also a popular subject of O'Keeffe's.

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe was married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who was 23 years her senior, and they started dating when Stieglitz was still in a previous marriage. ¡qué escándalo!

When Stieglitz retired from photography in 1937, he had made more than 350 portraits of her. This sounded really sweet. Then I did some more digging into their relationship and I discovered that he had several relationships outside of their marriage before his death in 1946, which just kind of reinforces the "once a cheater, always a cheater" stereotype. That's depressing.

I chose the painting below because it reminded me of the colors of my earrings:

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe
Light of Iris, 1924

I'm still afraid to actually wear my Swedish Hasbeens out and about. In the meantime, they are doing well for outfit photos...! I am considering buying shoe stretchers to use in them. And then wearing them for very short stints, with backup shoes on me just in case. Aw, I'm a wuss.

#OWWWA: Georgia O'Keeffe

On a positive note, I am only 5 days away from the last day of school! Woo hoo! And I have some big news to share on that front... stay tuned next week for all of the details.

#OnWednesdaysWeWearArt is a feature originally created by Courtney over at My Friend Court. Please be sure to stop by to see what's going on in her #OWWWA world!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.25.2015

#Gotitfree Reviews!

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I've been fortunate enough to be a part of several review campaigns lately from both Influenster and BzzAgent, so I thought I'd give a short review of some of these items for you, as they are products that you might want to check out!

The first item is c/o Influenster: Weight Watchers® ice cream treats! From creamy and crunchy to chocolaty and fruity, Weight Watchers® frozen novelties satisfy, and have the PointsPlus® value placed prominently on the front of the pack. You know you're making a smart choice no matter which tasty treat you choose. Look for Weight Watchers® ice cream products in your grocer's freezer case.

To learn more about Weight Watchers® ice cream, visit WeightWatchers.com/icecream

#Gotitfree

So, Influenster sent me two coupons for free boxes of ice cream treats - I chose the peanut butter caramel ice cream "candy" bars, and the English toffee crunch ice cream bars. (No fruit flavors for me... gimme chocolate!!!)

I am not on Weight Watchers® - but I used to be, and I am super familiar with the program. But you don't need to be on Weight Watchers® to enjoy these!

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These ice cream treats were surprisingly tasty! I think that most people might say that the size is a little small, but for me and my tiny pouch, one of these is just the right size for a sweet treat. I have a feeling if you're already a Weight Watchers® member, you're used to smaller portion sizes, too, so this is probably not an issue.

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The ice cream is SOFT. So eat it kind of fast, or it'll melt all over your hands. Oh damn, I gotta eat my ice cream fast? First world problems.

My second review item (this one's c/o BzzAgent) was Silk cashew milk. Again, I was sent a coupon for a free half-gallon, and it was surprisingly easy to find at the store (both Target and Wal-Mart carry it... my guess is that most other major grocery stores do, too). I chose the unsweetened variety, as I figured that it would be the most versatile.

#Gotitfree

The benefits of Silk cashew milk are that it is creamy but with fewer calories and more calcium than skim milk, and no saturated fat. I would use this on cereal, blended up in a smoothie, or even in cream-based recipes.

Of course, one of my favorite uses for it is in my iced coffee:

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I could really tell the difference in the creaminess of cashew milk. It is thicker than my usual 1% milk, which is a good thing. The only downside for me is that nut-based milks don't have the protein that regular milk has, and it's important for me to really get a lot of protein in as part of the whole WLS thing. Otherwise, I'd be totally down with it. If you're watching your caloric intake, it's actually pretty amazing: 25 calories per serving? Whoa!

You can find more info on Silk cashew milk here, or on their Facebook page here. As of this writing, there's even a coupon available via their FB page when you sign up for updates!

*** I received these products complimentary from Influenster and/or BzzAgent for testing purposes. ***

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.22.2015

Road-Trippin'!

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A happy Memorial Day weekend to you!!!

I'm itchin' for a summer road trip! Furthermore, I've decided that once I get fired...or have save up enough $$ (whichever comes first), I'm road tripping it around the US! It's happening, folks! While doing my research...I came across this SWEET website - RoadsideAmerica.com. It basically a map to all of the most amazing roadside attractions across the USA. So here are my top 5 favorite roadside attractions courtesy of RoadsideAmerica.com

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1. Wigwam Village Motel 2, Cave City, Kentucky
This one is hands down one of my favs...Not only is it only 3 hours & 50 minutes away from my home town, it's a freakin' motel made out of concrete tee pees!!! I have a feeling this would be A LOT like camping and a lot LESS like the hilton, but whatever...worth a try once.

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2. Henry's Ra66it Ranch, Staunton, Illinois
Aside from rabbits being my favorite animals...and this guy being AWESOME...Perhaps my most favorite thing about this place is, "The Tale of Ears, a graveyard complete with tiny tombstones for the Ranch's 30+ former residents. Rich keeps track of which bunnies bonded in life so that they eventually can be buried together. A Tomb of the Unknown Bunny, still a work in progress, is for wild rabbits that become Route 66 casualties." - See more here 

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3. Tina Turner Museum, Brownsville, Tennessee
It's Tina TURNER! How could you drive past this!? Apparently, it's located in the one room school house that she attended as a child...It really can't be that big, but it's still kick ass.

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4. The National Museum of Funeral History, Houston, Texas
This one's for Jen... Not only can you hold your corporate events and parties there (I would TOTALLY throw the raddest company Halloween Party...Just sayin')...BUT you can see a crab casket and they have a Deaths of the Popes Gallery.

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5. Living Ghost Town - Burros and Gunfights, Oatman, Arizona  
This looks like beautiful and unbridled organized chaos like you've never seen it before...Basically a daily reenactment of the Wild West...in the middle of nowhere....This looks like something I HAVE to experience at some point.

There you have it! My top five CRAZY awesome must see spots!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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5.20.2015

#OWWWA: Coles Phillips

OWWWA: Coles Phillips
shoes - Converse / (invisible) jeans - Target / shirt - King Diamond / bracelet - FitBit

This week's #OnWednesdayWeWearArt feature is on American artist and illustrator Coles Phillips. He is known for images commonly referred to as "fadeaway girls," where the background merges with the foreground and the negative space created completes (or incompletes?) the picture.

My shoddy Photoshop skills have been put to use to re-create my own version of a fadeaway girl for my OOTD (outfit of the day) photos. See below for the original.

OWWWA: Coles Phillips
Illusion, 1912

Phillips owned his own advertising agency, and one of his employees was a young Edward Hopper (of Nighthawks fame)!

OWWWA: Coles Phillips

Here is my original photo. I decided to forgo the idea of dressing "as" a painting or artistic style, and instead just emulate the fadeaway style using Photoshop as an after effect. I took photos using two backgrounds: the brick wall, and my garage door. I think that the brick wall was the more successful of the two, but I have an example of the garage door image if you scroll further down.

OWWWA: Coles Phillips
A Young Man's Fancy, 1911
Phillips painted using watercolors, which also happens to be one of my favorite mediums at the moment. His wife, Teresa, was frequently his model during his early years.

OWWWA: Coles Phillips

See? I told you my Photoshop is sub-par. Now that I'm trying to edit this effect, the smart girl would have taken a photo of just the background, and then with me in front. That would have made this entire task SO much easier. Sheesh. Live and learn.

Original photo below:

OWWWA: Coles Phillips

OWWWA: Coles Phillips

Phillips created many covers for magazines, most famously Life and Good Housekeeping. An unexpected benefit of Phillips' technique was that less colors were needed to print the covers (as opposed to full-color printing), and therefore the cost to print the magazines were less, which the publishers very much liked!

OWWWA: Coles Phillips
Net Results, 1911

I love this spiderweb image above! You can tell that this is an early image, as it is signed "C. Coles Phillips," as opposed to just "Coles Phillips" (his first name was Clarence). Phillips died of tuberculosis of the kidneys when he was only forty-seven.

OWWWA: Coles Phillips

As far as my actual outfit for the day, this is pretty typical of how I'm dressing lately. I'm loving stretchy jeans rolled to a crop with gym shoes: Vans or flats, or these awesome new Converse hi-tops with Black Sabbath's Paranoid on them! (Link is to these shoes on eBay; however, I found these for $34.99 at my local outlet mall Converse store!)

I'm also finally at a place where my L/XL girly concert shirts are fitting again, so I'm getting into wearing those a lot. My favorite ones are this King Diamond shirt, and my Ghost shirt. This is good summer wear! I only have a couple weeks left, and then it's summer vacation! I'm free!

#OnWednesdaysWeWearArt is a feature originally created by Courtney over at My Friend Court. Please be sure to stop by to see what's going on in her #OWWWA world!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.18.2015

Gadgets + Accessories for Tech-Savvy Girls

tech gadgets + accessories

I was having one of those weeks where I could not come up with a good blog post... I was messing around on my phone, and I got the less-than 20% battery alert. I reached into my bag of tech stuff to find a cord, and I thought, "Hey! I have a lot of cute girly/creative tech gadgets that I should be sharing!" and thus this post was born. Of course, my proclamation of "girly" does not mean that guys can't enjoy them, too, just that I'm a girl and I think that they're pretty darn awesome.

Since a low battery was my original post inspiration, I'll start with some charging options:

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The battery pack with the hearts on it is from Ban.do. You charge the pack ahead of time via your computer (and a separate cord), and then you stash it in your tech bag. When your phone is getting low, you plug the pack into the phone. This will slowly charge your device back up, even if you're using your phone at the same time. Ban.do actually offers several different designs on these packs. They cost $30 each, and are for iPhone 5/5S/5C/6/6 Plus.

The long black and white charger is from the Target dollar spot! I think it only cost me $3? Maybe $5. Not sure. But this charger uses two AA batteries! I think it's a great idea for travel when you're stuck on a plane/train/bus or in the car and you can't recharge your battery pack. Just hit up a convenience store, grab a couple of batteries, and you're all charged up and ready to go! The end of this charger has a USB port, so you'll need your charger cable in addition to this battery pack to make it work.

Speaking of cables and USBs...

tech gadgets + accessories: USB connectors

My laptop never has enough USB ports. I found this really cool lightning bolt USB via Kikkerland. Looks like they don't have this version on their site anymore, but they do have a super cute cloud version!

During the holiday season of 2013, the CDFA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) partnered up with eBay and a bunch of designers to sell these magnetized "tech" bracelets that act as cords to connect your devices to your laptop (it comes with several adapters for the end). It sounded really cool, so I bought one.

tech gadgets + accessories: bracelet

I was excited to get the leopard-printed Rachel Zoe design. Although it looks cool, I kept knocking the magnet (and thus my bracelet off) and I was worried that I'd lose it. So I stash it in my tech bag, and don't really wear it as an actual bracelet. Great idea, though!

tech gadgets + accessories: USB drives

Cute USB flash drives are very inexpensive and pretty easy to find nowadays. The moustache drive was a gift from Steph, and the cute little rainbow guy is from MimoBot. (Side note: Mimoco also sells "Power Tubes" (like my dollar spot version above) and "Power Bots," which are external rechargeable power sources.) I love Mimobots because the designs are so cute - they have Hello Kitty, Tokidoki, and Adventure Time designs, and more!

tech gadgets + accessories: stylus

I'm kind of a newbie at making art on my iPad/iPhone, but I love playing around! I have two different stylus options that I really love: The first is my Adonit Jot Pro stylus (I have an older model), which has a clear disc at the tip that allows you to see exactly where you're drawing.

My second fun drawing tool for mobile devices is the Sensu Solo Paintbrush. For $24.99, I get the tactile experience of painting with a brush, but with digital results! These brushes come in really fun colors, too. You can see it in action on my Instagram here.

tech gadgets + accessories: decals

You've probably seen laptop and iPad decals before, but I just love digging through Etsy to see all of the creative options out there! I chose this Virgin Mary design for my laptop. My previous laptop model had a sugar skull decal. And I've always loved this wood-grain design for iPad.

tech gadgets + accessories: cases + speaker

Not in the mood for a decal on your mobile device? There are literally a zillion options for phone and iPad cases out there. I like to look at my local TJMaxx/HomeGoods/Ross stores for cute designs at low prices. That's where my black/white heart iPad case came from.

My iPhone case is my own personal artwork! I drew myself as a LEGO minifigure (it's an assignment that I do with 6th grade art classes), and had my artwork put onto a phone case via our Artsonia gallery and store. It's a cool digital art gallery/digital portfolio service for K-12 schools, and I get to have my own gallery a a teacher. I'd never taken advantage of the store before to purchase printed items, but I'm so glad that I finally did! This is too cute!

The other important item in the pic above is my Ban.do gem speaker! It's great for playing music from your laptop or mobile device, as well as an awesome decorative piece for your desk! (Pro tip: I like to bring this speaker into the bathroom for some tunes when I'm doing my hair and makeup in the morning!)

tech gadgets + accessories: cord winder

When I saw this donut earphone winder at Mochi Things, I couldn't not snap it up! They have a bunch of super cute earphone winders on their site for purchase.

This zipper pouch with glasses motif was a Michael's find from way back when, but it's my main tech bag for all of my gadgets - it's so easy to toss into my backpack, luggage, or work bag so that I have all of my essentials when I'm on the go! I love zipper pouches, and always have my eye out for cute ones to add to my collection. A good source for cute inexpensive zipper pouches is Forever 21.

Ok, so technically not a "tech" gadget, but:

tech gadgets + accessories: binder clips

Binder clips are a must for my tech bag! They're a great way to keep my cords together and free from tangles. My favorite source for cute binder clips right now is Target!

tech gadgets + accessories: DIY cords

Speaking of cords, once upon a time, I posted on the blog about a DIY project to personalize your earbud cords, with the added bonus of non-tangle-ability! (Is that a word? Well, it is now!) See the details on how here.

tech gadgets + accessories: ringly

One last thought: I heard about this new gadget called Ringly and I am dying to get my hands on one! This one pictured here, called Dive Bar, is my favorite.

Well, I hope that you've discovered at least one (maybe more) new tech gadget or accessory to add to your arsenal! I've always got my eye out for new cute stuff, and if you've got anything fun to add to my list, please let me know!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.15.2015

Need Something to Do This Weekend!?

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If you are bored this weekend and live in the Chicago area, here are a couple of things that will keep you busy! If you enjoy REAL country music, every Friday at the Empty Bottle the Hoyle Brothers start playing at 5:30pm and THIS Friday they invited me to sing a few songs with them around 6:40pm (OR I'm being PUNK'D!) ;) I'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity! These guys are awesome musicians and will definitely keep you entertained!...Keep your fingers crossed for me! ;)
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EVERY Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Hardcore Honky Tonk Happy Hour. The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Ave, Chicago. Free!  photo 10310630_535304726581727_6365293317185004946_n_zpsstu0kn2d.png
Vintage Garage is this weekend too!

May 17 – Mid Century Modern
In addition to all varieties of vintage, dealers bring all the great mid century items they’ve been hoarding just for this show.
INFO:
5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
The Garage is on the east side of Broadway between Foster & Argyle
$5 admission opens at 10AM!

Until next time! 
~Steph @ Calamity Layne 
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5.13.2015

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren
dress - Hell Bunny (thrifted!) / shoes - Swedish Hasbeens / hair flowers - Hell Razor

It's Wednesday... and you know what happens then! #OnWednesdayWeWearArt! Today's artist theme is very near and dear to my heart: pin-up artist Gil Elvgren! He is an American illustrator who studied at the American Academy of Art right here in Chicago. He actively worked from the 1930's through the 1970's, and specialized in pin-up style "pretty girl" illustrations.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

I wrote a post a few weeks back about my official "pin-up" photo shoot here, if you're interested. For my OOTD photos here, though, I stuck with a pin-up-inspired look, rather than going full-blown pin-up clothing and poses.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

I found this Hell Bunny dress at the thrift store for $9.99! And I had a coupon! Every once in a while I really luck out, and seeing as I had sold my other Hell Bunny dresses, it's awesome to now have one for the summer that fits! Woo hoo!

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

Fun fact: I learned that Gil Elvgren worked for a while in Winnetka, IL! His illustration clients included Coca-Cola, Sealy mattresses, and General Electric.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

I just love the fashion of Gil Elvgren's models. The sweet retro dresses and perfectly coiffed hair are so good! Side note: I'm super self-conscious when I take photos outside. The lighting is great, but there's usually one or more neighbors outside or I've convinced myself that they're laughing watching me from their windows. Yeah, that's my own problem to get over, but for now if you're wondering why my poses aren't more "pin-up"-y... well there you have it. I'm weird about posing outside.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren


It's super easy to spot an Elvgren because he always signed his name in cursive in the same way near the bottom of all of his paintings. So although there are many pin-up artists out there, there's no question about which works are his.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

Here's a close-up of the skull pattern on my dress. Very Dia de los Muertos! And my sandals are Swedish Hasbeens. Courtney posted a photo on instagram of her purple Hasbeens many weeks ago, and I became obsessed with finding a pair of my own at a decent price. Amazon finally came through on this, although I'm still in the breaking-in process. If anyone has any tips on expediting this process, please share!

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

I couldn't pass up this Elvgren image since she's an artist. And she's wearing a flower in her hair.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

That's a pretty good shot of my arm and all of my tattoos so far. I do have plans for more, eventually, but only time will tell as far as when that'll all come to fruition.

#OWWWA: Gil Elvgren

These flowers are ones that I make by hand and sell in the Hell Razor etsy shop! In fact you can purchase these exact two flowers, here and here. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I'm working on bleaching a chunk of hair in my bangs, but for now it's just a copper-y color until I can grow more out.

#OnWednesdaysWeWearArt is a feature originally created by Courtney over at My Friend Court. Please be sure to stop by to see what's going on in her #OWWWA world!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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