Saturday, March 12, 2011

This, That, and the Other Thing (OOTD)

Happy weekend, everyone! It's Saturday!!! Wheeeee!!! was a long week. I'm a bit punchy these days.

And to be honest, I still have some work left to do. But there's something about Saturdays that just make me feel free and giddy with the possibilities of free-ness.

Yep, that's right. Free-ness. Take that, Shakespeare.

(Yeah, I know. Punchy. Just a teensy bit.)

Rowan (who's 5 years old) has recently discovered and has become slightly obsessed with the iCarly show on Nickelodeon. In the past week, I've watched more episodes of it than I care to say, and aside from Miranda Cosgrove's often shrill delivery, I find myself actually enjoying the show. And in the interests of full disclosure, I'll also admit to really loving The Backyardigans (and was a little sad when Rowan announced that he'd outgrown them), and that I occasionally quote directly from The Wonderpets.

Don't worry, it's not all TV in my household. ^_^ We read a lot too. And draw. And build things with blocks. And glue dried pasta to paper. And glue paper to the dining table. And go for tricycle rides to the neighborhood park. 

But yes, getting back to the iCarly show. It's about three kids - two girls and a boy - and their webshow, iCarly. What do you think? Kathryn? You and me? A webshow? iCarolKat?

I kid, I kid (she's gonna kill me. Not to mention we're not 13. More's the pity.)

Here's outfit #2, featuring the Dace Iris Blouse that I got from Future:Standard:

Skirt: Mimetic Skirt, Anthropologie (similar here, here, and here)
Tights: Frenchi tights, Nordstrom (similar here and here)
Shoes: Indigo by Clarks (similar here and here)

I think this silhouette would have been more successful with a slightly shorter skirt, but I didn't hate this length, so I went ahead and wore it. Still, maybe for future iterations, I'll keep an eye out for something black, full, and shorter (not too much, just an inch or two less).

I'm currently re-reading this fantastic four (or seven, depending on the edition you buy) volume set of graphic novels by renowned manga artist and film director, Hayao Miyazaki. He's best known in the United States for his work with Studio Ghibli (now being dubbed and distributed by Disney) on films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and most recently, Ponyo (which my kids both love). For you Pixar fans, Miyazaki is one of John Lasseter's personal heros, and when you watch his films, you may start to see why.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was one of Miyazaki's earliest works, and the manga (Japanese term for graphic novel/comic book) was the basis for his film by the same title (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) . It's an amazing scifi/fantasy/adventure story featuring one of my favorite heroines of all time, Nausicaa. In this first volume, you'll be introduced to this clear-eyed, idealistic, strong, and courageous young woman and her post-apocalyptic world and its struggle - both human and otherwise - for survival. I can't wait 'til Kate's old enough for me to share this character with her - it's a fantastic, complex, and often, surprising story. I highly recommend it and the film as well.

And here's one last photo for good measure, taken recently at Anthropologie:

Kate, sporting the Striped Grass Fedora. (She loves hats.)

Thanks for reading!


  1. Pictures of your kids always make me smile. Kate looks like a mini-you, especially her expressions. Also, I love your outfit today, very gamine.

  2. Awesome, do a web show, but please please please please promise you won't scream as much as Carly does. I feel as though the devil himself is chasing me when I hear her voice.

    Love your outfit and congrats on your blog anniversary.

  3. We adore Studio Ghibli in our household! "Howls Moving Castle" is one of my kid's (and mine) favorites to watch.

  4. very totoro cat is named Ghibli...I think I almost squealed when I saw his cameo in Toy Story 3!

    Nausicaa is a favorite, and we recently found the last missing volume in the manga set- the illustrations are beautiful.

    Love the neutral tones here- the mimetic skirt is such a sweet, simple yet luxurious piece, and the drape is lovely with the blouse!

  5. Oh my gosh, your little girl is just the cutest thing ever! SHe is such a mini-you! Love your cute outfit...perfection!

  6. Cute munchkin! And your outfit is very sleek. We live with a lot of nickjr. here, too. Dora, Diego, Dino Dan, she loves them all. Wonder pets gets kind of grating though, as does, fresh beat band, and it feels like those shows are always on if we put on the tv.

  7. Love your outfit! And could Kate be any sweeter?!?

  8. You and your daughter are the epitome of cuteness!

    My niece loves watching iCarly too and so my husband and I have learned to like it. I'm hoping that one day when she's older she'll return the favour and watch Project Runway, Anthony Bourdain and the Amazing Race with me. :)

  9. That is hilarious, my Harrison watches iCarly all the time, and I keep telling him it's a show for tweens! TWEEN GIRLS! But he doesn't care, I just insist we change it on the kissy-kissy episodes. You know what show cracks me up the most? Suite Life. London Tipton makes my sides hurt from laughing.

    You are adorable, and I hope you soak in some free-ness this weekend! LOVE that Kate!

  10. Kate is definitely ur mini me! Soo adorable!!!! Precious!

  11. Kate is so adorable as usual. Made me smile :)

  12. Kate is adorable! So is how you continue to style the dace blouse.