Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving week.

Time to pack up my computer and all possible distractions as I begin my move to my new apartment. Yay! New place! I'm so excited to move. I've had so many problems with my current residence, even though it is a beautiful apartment. I've lived here longer than any other place since living on my own, 16 months, and it's time to move on.

I got the keys yesterday and started bringing boxes over. Saturday is the final day, and I'll have friends helping with furniture. Until then it's be box after box, but at least I'm just walking down the stairs and across the street. Gosh, I have too much stuff. I'm thinking yard sale after I unpack!

The cats are loving all the boxes in my apartment. Isn't it funny how cats are drawn to boxes? Clem loves the Bud Light boxes and Stella's favorite is all the tissue and newspaper to rustle around in.

See you all after I unpack! WISH ME LUCK! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Etsy Review: Nothing New Treasures

While reviewing my Etsy feed a few weeks ago, I saw a shop called Nothing New Treasures favorited one of my dresses. I clicked on her cute little picture and absolutely loved her shop, especially her BBC dresses! I immediately emailed her and asked if she'd be interested in trading dress for dress. AND SHE WAS! I was so excited.

Trades are the best part about Etsy. While the main goal of being a seller on Etsy is to sell things, the barter system is pretty fantastic. I've traded many things on Etsy, and I'm rarely disappointed. This dress was even better once I got it on. I LOVE IT! You simply message someone and say, "Do you like what I make? I like what you make, let's trade."

The dress is made from a two pieces of clothing, a skirt and shirt, cut up and repurposed to create a new dress. And the lace applique was hand sewn and makes the whole dress. I wore it to work last Friday and everyone kept asking if I made it. It's so "me" that they couldn't believe it was made by someone else!

The designer, Brittany, lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her boyfriend and bunny where she runs the gift section of a bookstore and her etsy shop. She recently started sewing clothing and it's definitely something where she excels. In her shop you can also find cute market totes. I can't wait to see what new clothing she creates. And be on the lookout for a future guest post from Brittany.

Zeus helped out with my photo shoot. He kept thinking my little infrared remote was a small treat for him to eat. Sorry dog. Nope. My boyfriend was out of town all weekend so I have my hands full babysitting this big boy. The cats were not pleased.

Nothing New Treasures links:
-a cute market bag in her shop
-a similar dress to the one above


Monday, September 26, 2011

30 day no alcohol challenge!

Yesterday, my friend Jessica and I went out to brunch at a local bar, 1102. With bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's being the Sunday special at this restaurant bar, we cured our slight hangovers from the crazy late ladies night we had the night before. 

While sitting out on their patio, we watched 3,000 of people running down Broad Street, the main street of the downtown area, competing in the Iron Man competition. It was an eye-opening and inspiring. There we sat, two fit, healthy young women, eating unhealthy food and drinking alcohol, while productive active people are running past in the 70.3 mile triathlon. 

I've decided to embark on a 30 day without alcohol challenge. I want a clearer mind. I want a healthier body. I want to be able to run! While I work part time in a local bar during the week, it is difficult to say no to my favorite beer, Guinness. It's especially hard when it's free and I'm socializing and serving drinks to locals and friends. This is going to be a challenge for sure. But I can do it.

But did you know how bad alcohol is for your body? It stops the fat burning process when your liver converts alcohol to acetate in the bloodstream, replacing fat as fuel. As well as increasing one's appetite, a small portion of alcohol is converted to fat. I know I am starting to have a little beer tummy that crunches will not shrink! It also stops brain cells from being made, because even in my 20s, my brain is still growing.

Jessica and I are going to start training and running more. My goal: complete a 5K by the end of the year. I don't run well so this should be interesting. 

Want to take part with me? 30 days will fly by! Let's do it!

Helpful links:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shaved heads

My friend, Sandie, shaved her head the other day! She came into the bar to say hello, and at a first glance it looked like her hair was pulled back. As she got closer I realized her hair was completely gone, shaved! And oh my goodness, she looks beautiful! See the before and after picture of her below.

Read about the reasons Sandie shaved her head on her blog. I love that the title of that entry is "Be Bold, Be Bald, Be Brave". She is so full of life and I admire her positive outlook on everything. Be sure to watch the video below of the entire process.

It makes me miss my days as a baldie. Back when I was 20, the day after Thanksgiving, I shaved my head. I had been bleach blonde, and then went to an ash blonde. Too poor to maintain blonde since I was in college and sick of my dark roots, I decided away with it all. Why not?

Before: blonde. I had to dig through an old hard drive to find these pictures. The night before I shaved my head I cut some horrible bangs and bob for work. The next morning I cut a mohawk and mullet. It's so fun to just cut away hair knowing it will all be gone! By the time the clippers turned on, my hair was just a few inches. It still took a while to shave it since my hair is super thick. I wish I could do it again!

Unfortunately, my damaged hair could not be donated because of it's length and color, it was still so liberating. I have never felt so free! You quickly learn how people see you when you loose all your hair. My coworkers wanted me to wear a wig at work, afraid I'd scare off patrons, but it actually increased people's interest and business, tips especially.

I really want to shave my head again someday. Every woman should do it once in their lifetime. It feels great. I am currently on a mission to grow my hair really long, it's been close to 10 years since I've had long hair. For years I was super impulsive, bleaching my hair and shaving the other side. Shaving a strip on the back of my head and asymetrical bangs. Oh my college days were strange. I appear so normal now that I'm in my late 20s. Haha.

Have any of you ever shaved you head or seriously considered it?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I wore:: 9.21.11

I absolutely love Georgia in September! I can finally start to wear belted skirts again. When it's 100+ degrees outside in August, it's too hot and sweaty for anything that is lined, belted, or synthetic fabric. This outfit is all three and I have wanted to wear this skirt for so long. I believe it was a gift from my sister, Rachael.

And this is my current purse I can't stop wearing. I bought it for $1 at a local Catholic thrift shop. It's "Bag Bazaar". I have a ton of vintage purses from this company. I wonder what ever happened to them. I love this purse because it makes me feel like such a girl when I carry it. I tote it around my clenching the straps with my fingers or rest the straps on my inner elbow (below). Plus I can even fit my SLR inside of it, bonus!

Outfit details: 
Skirt: City Girl Petites, thrifted, gift. Shirt: Express, $10 on sale. 
Belt: leather, thrifted, $2. Shoes: Bakers, $40. 
Purse: Bag Bazaar, $1.

Sorry for the remote that shows in every shot. I took these in the extra minute I had before I ran out the door for work. God bless my tripod and it's functionality! This little remote is a lifesaver since I have no one to take my pictures most of the time. I can't wait to move in across the street and be able to take more outdoor shots. My new yard is beautiful!

What are some of your best thrift stores purse finds?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm moving!

And it's so very far, across the street, haha. I'm trading in my second floor, two bedroom apartment for a one bedroom apartment that is much larger. It is the old apartment a friend of mine occupied for the last three years, and he just took a teaching job in England. So sad to see him leave, but so glad to steal his apartment (thanks, Adam!)! This place has the most marvelous kitchen that looks like it should have it's own cooking show. And get this, the kitchen has two ovens! Thanksgiving at my place?..., I think so!

It's the Douglas Estate, built in the late 1890s. A beautiful old home with the renovations to it's natural state almost complete. There just needs to be a little bit of painting finished before I move in. And the color of the paint is only colors that would have been used during the time it was built. And while the home is broken up into apartments, it is still holds it's old, romantic feeling. 

The two living rooms are separated by two large wooden doors (above). There are three fireplaces, all closed off for restoration. Mostly wood floors, a large porch, french doors entering the kitchen, the original door bell that you turn, and so many more little details I just love! While old homes have certain "flaws" some would say, things aren't perfect in old homes, but the history and age make it so cozy and worthwhile. I will never live in a new home ever again.

I can't wait to make this second living room my bedroom, while the actual bedroom will be my workroom. Don't you just love those crystal sconces on the wall (above)?! With the large doors, I can separate the house when I have guests over, keeping them in the kitchen, living room, and dining area, shutting off my bedroom with these large doors. I feel like I'm in a Kiera Knightly movie. I move in next month! Yay! I can't wait. If only I can convince my friends to help me move all my junk across the street. I'm crossing my fingers. But overall, I'm so excited!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The A-Z of Sally

[With Jessica and Matt, on Sunday, at AITH. Photo source: AC's Spotted]

I've seen a ton of this on my Google blog reader lately so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Enjoy.

A. Age: 26
B. Bed size: Queen. 
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning out my fridge. Scary stuff in there sometimes. 
D. Dogs: I don't have any. I borrow my boyfriend's Great Dane once in a while, but he just makes my cats furious and drools everywhere.
E. Essential start to your day: A long hot shower and a glass of chocolate milk.
F. Favorite color: brown, grey, green
G. Gold or Silver: gold! Definitely, gold.
H. Height: 5'8"
I. Instruments you play: I used to play violin and have dabbled with piano, bass and guitar. I wish I spent more time playing music; I have a little hand drum on my living room mantle I play with when no one's around.
J. Job title: designer, seamstress, bartender, blogger.
K. Kids: Two cats. Clementine and Stella. 
L. Live: Augusta, Georgia.
M. Mother’s name: Roxanne.
N. Nicknames: Sal.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Not that I can recall. Maybe for my tonsils when I was a kid.
P. Pet peeves: people that don't use coasters! NOOO RIIING MARKS! (like I'm saying "No wire hangers" haha)
Q. Quote from a movie: "Don't give me that guff!" Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum, from The Royal Tenenbaums.
R. Right or left handed: Left handed.
S. Siblings: Three. Older sister and brother, Sarah and Mark. Younger sister, Rachael.
U. Underwear: no comment. none of your business, survey!
V. Vegetable you hate: Avocado, until recently. Otherwise I love my veggies!
W. What makes you run late: I'm always early. Being on time is being late. Sometimes, I am in a rush because I do too many things at once, but never late
X. X-Rays you’ve had: dental. 
Y. Yummy food that you make: My late step-dad's famous apple crisp. Blueberry-lemon pie. Cranberry-cherry pie. Pecan pie!
Z. Zoo animal: I love primates but hate seeing them in the zoo. It makes me sad.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend getaway!

Matt and I spent a few lazy days this past weekend in Myrtle Beach with our friends, Kat and Kevin. I took off work on Friday, and we drove four hours to the ocean. While the weather wasn't ideal, we all really needed to get away from Augusta for the weekend! Enjoy some photos from our trip..

The view from our 12th floor hotel room. This is the pier I fished from last year when I came for the weekend! I caught a fish and a shark. Too bad we didn't have time to fish this year.

Myself, Katie, her husband, Kevin, and my boyfriend, Matt. They were impressed with my tripod and infrared remote that I brought along. I had the remote in my hand, and they're exclaiming "you don't have to use the timer?" It comes in very handy for my blogging since I live alone and I am my own photographer.

The reason I toted along my tripod. I wanted to try out some night photography. But it was so overcast all weekend, and we didn't see any stars. I read up on some new techniques in night beach photography. Maybe next time...

Cocktails and bombs at a local bar! We asked a server at dinner where local people go for beer. Molly Darcy's was a great time. It was "Shag week" in Myrtle Beach, which means a lot of old people and a week of dancing. Being that we stayed in North Myrtle Beach, it's safe to say we were the youngest vacationers.

From our balcony, the hot tub and lazy river below. Saturday morning, Matt and I fixed some Bloody Mary's and went down to the hot tub bright and early. Oh how I love vacations and Bloody Mary's. It was about 65 degrees outside, very cold for us, so the pool was out of the question! We swam in the pool later in the day after jumping in the chilly ocean. Matt and I got our daily workout in with laps and sit ups in the pool.

A picture of Matt taking a picture. Our view was amazing. It was so great waking up to the sound of the ocean each day. Our hotel suite was huge, Kat and Kevin were in the front of the room, and Matt and I in the back with the balcony. A full kitchen and bathroom in the middle allowed us to hang out and relax all weekend.

Kat and I went down to the beach while the boys watched football, and had a little photo shoot. I brought some floppy hats that were intended to shade us from the sun while we laid out in our suits, but it was too cold for that, unfortunately, and we ended up wearing jeans all weekend.

Candid shot.

Outfit details:
Hat: St. John's Bay, thrifted, $4. Sweater: Forever 21, $15. 
Shirt: Alexander Wang, garage sale, $5. 
Jeans: BCBG Max Azria, $50 (on sale from $120!).
Belt: thrifted, $1. 

(We didn't really build this, but found it abandoned.)


Jumping sand castles!

Toes in the sand. My most favorite thing ever!

Late Saturday afternoon, a beach wedding! I stepped out on the balcony and quickly grabbed my camera to capture this picture. I love that people just kept walking on by and kids kept searching for sea shells. Someday I'd love to get married on the beach. Preferably Lake Michigan.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cribbledy Goodness

While I will not be a vendor at this year's Arts In The Heart*, my close friend, Sarah Adams Craig will be. She repurposes jewelry and accessories. Cribbledy Goodness is her line of 100% recycled jewelry. She deconstructs vintage jewelry and recreates beautiful modern pieces that retain a lovely vintage feel.

Sarah makes everything, all kinds of accessories. Earrings, necklaces, pins, book thongs, headbands, ID badge holders, and even garlands for little girls. The name, "Cribbledy Goodness" comes from an old nickname Sarah used to have. Cribbles, and then came Cribbledy, and the goodness is what she makes.

Here are a few photos of her jewelry from a photo shoot last year. Wow my hair has grown! I am usually Sarah's jewelry model. I love wearing long earring since I took the gauges out of my ears; they used to be a 00, and still droop a little.

Be sure to check out the festival this weekend. If you are reading this from far away, support local artists! Those that attend AITH this weekend, ask the council, "Hey! Where's Sally Ann?" (See * below) ...

Earrings made from two different necklaces. Similar pair, $15.

Necklace and earring set, pendant on necklace made from clip-on earrings. 
Other beads came from 1950s jewelry. Vintage chain. Sold, but similar set, $30.

Necklace. 100% recycled. Repurposed chain, glass chandelier prism,vintage black glass beads. 
Still available, $25.

Earrings. Made from an old chandelier and vintage chain. Pearl bead from vintage necklace. 
Still available, $20.

Necklace and earring set. See description above.

Cribbledy Goodness links:
-Facebook page
-Etsy shop (will return after the festival)

Sarah and I at First Friday, May 2010.

Social Canvas, May 2011.

Paddlefest, August 2011.

As you can see from above, Sarah and I always do craft shows together. I'm sad we won't be doing this one together, but there's always next time. To see more of Sarah's Cribbledy Goodness, click on the tag "Sarah Adams" or "craft shows" to see past blog entries with her work.

*The Arts Council of Augusta and I had it out a few months ago. While last year they personally asked me to participate in the festival, this year I got a rejection email (the only rejection I've ever received besides cheerleading in the 7th grade, and that was obvious). As a full-time local designer and it's a local three day festival, I was beyond shocked! The Arts Council is a bunch of jerks that told me (through email, because they couldn't pick up the phone) my juried entry was denied because I "repurpose things". I didn't know I had to cut things out from patterns for it to count as handmade! (I think they're secretly scared of my stuff being lingerie. The South it too conservative!) 

It's funny they denied my application because of the "repurposing" argument, when a girl with two booths this year repurposes things as well. They also said space was limited, but she has two booths. Best of luck to her and all other vendors. Make lots of money, and f*** the council.

They were terrible to me and extremely rude, going to such lengths as calling me a tailor to a local reporter, saying I didn't belong in their festival. Without a huge tirade (ha! too late!), I'll just say I'm boycotting the festival and all Arts Council events from now on. Matt and I are going to Myrtle beach with another couple for the weekend. My toes will be in the sand in a matter of hours! I can't wait. Fall is coming and it's our last chance for the beach this year. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet Alexz of Bird Trouble.

Sally Ann: How and why did you start Bird Trouble? 

Bird Trouble: When I was living in San Francisco a few years back, I was really tight on money and didn't know many people since I was new. I did it as a creative outlet and another source of income. I don't know why I didn't think about starting a business before then! I made a wallet for myself and figured, "Hey, I can make a bunch of these." So I did.

SA: Tell us one quirky thing you do when you sew? 

BT: Try sewing in your underwear! It's liberating and it's so easy to try on what you're making. haha! Other than that, I like to blast music or movies in the background from another room. That way, I get the noise I need but I don't get the visual distraction in my studio.

SA: What kind of sewing machine do you have and where did you get it? 

BT: I have a vintage, heavy, piece of Kenmore metal that I call my beloved sewing machine. It was given to me as a gift by a friend's mom a few years back and I've been hauling it everywhere I go. We have a pretty great relationship. With tune-ups and gentle cleaning, you'd be surprised how long sewing machines can last! 

SA: When did you start sewing and what was the first thing you made? 

BT: I started sewing as a hobby at the beginning of high school. I would cut up my band shirts and sew them into something different (a shirt, a skirt, a patch). I just wanted to be as different as I could from everyone at my school and in my town. I joined fashion class and quickly advanced to open class, so I could sew whatever I wanted. My amazing and easy-going teacher taught me how to work and draft patterns.

SA: Who is your favorite fashion designer? 

BT: I recently discovered a local Chicago designer, Jennifer Beeman, who I've gained inspiration from: HOUND. Her blog and her clothing lines are so great! I can't wait to see what she comes up with for the fall. As for big names, I've always been a sucker for Marc Jacobs and, of course, Alexander McQueen.

SA: Where is your favorite place in Chicago? 

BT: Ah! There's so many great places here and many that I haven't even been to. I'm more of a homebody, I like to adventure out to parts that don't feel like a big city deal. There are these old train tracks that run across my part of the city that I love to ride my bike on. I love Montrose beach and Wilson dog park. Bleeding Heart Bakery just opened up a HUGE location near my house that looks like a giant 50's diner. You know the kind where you can go on a date and sip on a root beer float? I know for a fact I will be a regular there.

SA: You certainly have many tattoos. Which one is your favorite? 

BT: This one is so hard. I love all of my tattoos but my favorite one is probably my sewing machine on my forearm. I know, it's cliche, being that I sew, but my tattoo artist is the fricken' best. The way he shaded it and added pops of color, and all the small attention to detail, makes it my favorite. He made it fit to my personality perfectly. 

SA: What is your favorite thing to sew? 

BT: Bags, definitely. My collection is all one of a kind items, and making a bag from start to finish is the most creative outlet I can get from one item. I normally start with a shape I want, but my fabric and accessories to it all come with the process of just pulling things from my drawers and going "OH! That would look awesome." 

SA: What do you do when you are not sewing? 

BT: I work full-time at a hair salon as a receptionist. So if I'm not mingling with clients or doing little "graphic design" work for my boss, I'm out in the world. I like to go thrifting. I like to explore new parts of the city on my bicycle with my lover man, James. We take our dog for walks around our neighborhood and walk through every alley way... you never know what you can find in an alley way!

SA: Any advice for aspiring artists?

BT: MAKE STUFF. Anything! Even if you're stuck on inspiration, just get in front of some tools and show us what you got. You can't get anywhere if you don't make anything. Also, patience is very good and will save your sanity. I tell myself that and to just :::breathe::: so many times!

Links to Bird Trouble:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Etsy Review: Bird Trouble

Isn't this skirt just so perfect? It's one of my favorite purchases on Etsy. It's called Wear Your Heart on the Outside from Bird Trouble. I love that the hearts are pockets! 


I have been following Alexz at Bird Trouble for a while, reading her blog and drooling over her purses. She makes everything in her apartment in Chicago. When I saw these skirts go up in her shop, I had to have one! Now, if only I can decide on which purse I want to buy next.

And I love how from the front it just looks like a skirt with pockets. 
Then, when you turn to the side, BAM, hearts. So lovely. 

How I wore it yesterday. With my "new" Calvin Klein skinny jeans and as a tube top. I bought these jeans at a resale from for $20 and the $159 tag was still attached. Great find, eh?! I turned the skirt slightly to the side so the heart was more visible. Maybe next I'll wear it with some high waisted shorts and as a top again. I think I can squeeze a few more wears out of it before chillier weather arrives here in Georgia. 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, I'll be posting an interview with Alexz of Bird Trouble! Yay!