Monday, May 24, 2010

Between a Rock and a Cheesecake...

I missed Maylani Monday last week and have only two photos for this week. So hopefully it will be back next Monday for the holiday!

This past week has been all about Mocha. Our nearly 8 year old female GSP (German Shorthair Pointer), who swallowed a rock - not sure how or exactly when, but sometime last weekend and ended up having to have surgery this past Monday to remove it. She also had a small bump removed from her neck which thankfully tested benign, and developed one other minor side effect that created a busy and stressful week cleaning up almost constantly after her, and hoping she would get all better soon. She's definitely on a full mend now, but since she's still a feisty dog with puppy-like tendencies even at her age - that I'm sure we'll be in for more adventures with her in the future! More expensive adventures!!

Doesn't she look so peaceful! lol Wish she were like this all the time. Well...without the cone preferably!

She still has one week before going back to the vet to get some staples removed from her surgery and she has to wear one of those lovely (not!) Cones of Shame (as a friend called it) - which though we are keeping clean enough - makes her a bit dangerous to be around, as she doesn't mind ramming into things with. She's definitely not tentative or depressed in it, though she really is not happy about it at all!

Mocha watching for daddy and her two sisters to come back from their daily evening walk.

So this past weekend and this week is going to be all about catching up on business and since I had started revamping some shops and outlining some new business ideas, I'm even further behind than I normally run. :-)

But I'm hoping this past week has given me a better perspective on what is important to me and what I want to focus on with my shops and in my personal life. That is the hope anyway, as life always interferes with my best laid plans. ;-)

Oh! And it was also my 38th birthday last Thursday. :-) We didn't get a chance to go out to dinner, but my husband did eventually pick me up a cheesecake on Saturday, which I had high hopes of eating in entirety all by myself...but of course that is not realistic and so my husband is doing his best to help me out! Good thing the cheesecake keeps in the fridge for 5 days!

Here's a fun low-calorie "cheesecake" option that I'll probably end up choosing next year for my birthday! ;-)

Cheesecake Soap by

Happy Creating!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Maylani Monday - Birthday Girl!

My niece! She turned 19 on Wednesday May 5!

Happy Birthday!!

The photos above show the pics she sent me of her outfits for last week.

1. Cute and sporty in red Vans, black shorts from Old Navy and a bohemian style shirt from TJ Maxx, a denim shirt vest made from an old shirt of her mom's and a cute vintage thrift store red belt.

2. The vintage belt makes another appearance in an adorable outfit with some moccasin wedges, folded jeans, a tiny floral print shirt, and a cardigan.

3. One of the two birthday girl outfits! Isn't the tiara adorable?! Bright pink tights and a fun leopard print cardigan worn with her prom dress and a lovely set of faux pearls.

4. Another birthday girl outfit - actually what she wore to college and work that day. The fun leopard print cardigan, plus a black tank and gorgeous dark teal short skirt! I love the patterned tights and thrift store ankle boots.

I really love her style! :-)

See this previous post for an introduction to my niece and why I chose to do these weekly post.

Happy Creating!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Maylani Monday - Thrifty Style!

Let me introduce you to my niece, Stephanie, above. She likes to go by different names and I've chosen Maylani to be the title for my (hopefully) weekly posts regarding her and her fun and thrifty style of dressing.

She will be 19 in less than 2 days. Happy Birthday Steph! (oops, Maylani)

When she was very young, she would wear the thrift store clothes her mom bought for her, but most of the family spoiled her and since I worked at a large retail store in a mall back then as well, she got lots of fun, but mostly "new" clothes. Then in high school she was into Aeropostle and Vans and other expensive brands and totally loved the mall!

I think she still enjoys going to the mall, but her style has become slightly different, with a more bohemian influence and she loves the 80's and now shopping at thrift stores once again, as well as outlet stores, and other more "thriftily" priced places.

Above are some of her recent outfits which she sent me pics of (she's in CA and I'm in AZ, so we don't see each other in person often, but I love getting text messages and phone pics from the family).

Pic 1: A thrift store dress in silky satin with cream background and black polka dots. Worn with black leggings and some boots from

Pic 2: A totally awesome Hello Kitty sweater dress in teal with Hello Kitty face outline from H&M. Again with leggings and some tall black boots from the thrift store!

Pic 3: A lovely white long-sleeved peasant shirt with waist tie and some dark jeans, and some adorable dark brown suede look fringe boots from the thrift store - the boots were only $4.98! What a deal!!

I'll try to do more close-ups of each individual piece in future posts, but thought I'd do a quick introduction as I hope this will be my weekly Monday post! Well, as long as my niece sends me pics to share. ;-)

Happy creating!