fashion

Reader Discount – Whooga Uggs!

What could be more comfy [for your feet] than boots that feel as warm and cozy as slippers? Actually, they are warmer and cozier than slippers – and you can wear them outside!  I’m talking about Whooga Ugg Boots.  [Not to be confused with the UGG (all caps) brand ... ugg is a style ... read more here.]  Made from sheepskin and lined with Thermofleece, the boots conform to the shape of your foot, keep your feet warm, don’t get smelly, and even help increase circulation.  Can your slipper or boot do all of that?

To be completely honest, I never really liked ugg boots.  But now you can find all kinds of styles and colors and I think if you pair them with leggings and and a long sweater, anyone can rock an ugg.

If you sign up for Whooga’s newsletter, you get entered in their monthly drawing for FREE BOOTS!  You can also follow them on Twitter, where their latest giveaway asked fans what was their favorite Whooga Ugg color and why.  What are you waiting for?!

In addition to all the giveaways, Whooga is offering a special discount for Furious Shirley readers – 10% off your orders for the next week!  Just visit Whooga Ugg Boots and use code 963FURIOUS !  XO

cooking

Rachael Ray Makes Bacon

Well, Rachael Ray has really outdone herself with this one … a recipe for Late Night Bacon.

Ingredients – Bacon.  Directions – “Place 2 sheets of paper towel on a microwave safe plate, lay the bacon out on the paper towel not over lapping the slices. Place 2 more sheets of paper towel on top. Place in the microwave on high for 6 to 13 minutes.”

(photo courtesy of naomi stelrose)

Wow.  Even more hilarious than the fact that this recipe is listed on Food Network’s site are all of the comments ….

Hi Rachel Ray,
I have a huge dilemma. I love, love, love bacon and your recipe sounds DELICIOUS! But I’m just can’t stay up until “late nite”. What do I do???!!! Can you please urgently post a morning or preferably a mid to late morning bacon recipe? Thanks!
(from petersf)

“Rachel, would you PLEASE post this recipe in other languages? I feel it needs to be shared with other cultures. I also think you should bring this to the United Nations and conduct a workshop or something. You’re really onto something here. I know that some people think you look and sound like a waitress at a truck stop, but I don’t agree with that AT ALL!” (from angie)

“I was really hoping to combine this scrumptious recipe with some toast, but I can’t find the recipe anywhere on the Food Network. Rachel, please help me…if you know how.” (from teacher105)

And there are many many more.  Worth a read for a good laugh.

fashion

Cutest Little Black Dress

How cute is this little black dress?!  Soooo cute, right?  You can find it at lola [on Etsy] … and be sure to browse through the shop – she has some really amazing dresses.

And if you don’t want to wait until next spring to wear this little number, just throw on some tights, boots, and a chunky cardigan – like this one from lamixx [also found on Etsy] – looks so cozy and comfortable, doesn’t it?

baby / tots

Fun & Funky Crayons!

What kid doesn’t love crayons?  Sitting down to color with Ava is one of my favorite times of the day … even if she only wants me to draw smiley faces.  The other night I came across these naked statue crayons [The COLOURS] made by designer, Heli Heitala and was inspired to find more cool and funky crayon sets.

These recolored alphabet crayons are made from broken crayon pieces by Niklyn Designs.  I love the imprints in each of them, not to mention how pretty they are!

Niklyn Designs also makes owls, turkeys, stars, and lots of other cute shapes – these would make excellent party favors!

Soooo adorable – kitty egg crayons from Kitty Baby Love!

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creativity

Windy Days

It’s been quite windy here in the Windy City and I’ve been trying my best to remain indoors [wouldn't want Ava to blow away -wink].  Here is some blustery inspiration so you can enjoy the beauty of the wind without it mussing up your hair.  :-)

Sarah Pigeon

Martin Neuhof

Zoe Cohen

Beatriz AG

StoriesDivinations

creativity fashion

DIY Jewelry Organization

In our old apartment, I had most of my jewelry in vintage boxes and my necklaces hung from two large hooks on the bathroom wall.  Since we moved, it’s all still in a box because I haven’t figured out how I want to organize it yet.  I started looking around for some good ideas and thought I would share some of the best.

Lori from Paisley Wallpaper stores her jewelry in these cute little molds.  Great idea if you have the drawer space!

I love the way an old frame and a piece of screen were used for an earring display.  Check out the full tutorial at Restored Style [she also has some other great jewelry storage ideas, so be sure to look around].

Or if DIY is not your thing, you can buy one that someone else made by hand.  This earring frame was built from weathered barn wood by Paradise Hill Designs.

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Uncategorized

Natural Flavor?

I’ve been too busy unpacking and dealing with incompetent utility companies to have time to find things to blog about, but my Cousin Val sent me this photo I thought was so funny I had to share it.

Natural Flavor with OTHER Natural Flavor????  C’mon, Triscuits.  Seriously??  Just too funny.

baby / tots life

Baby’s First Dim Sum

After what has seemed like forever, we are finally all moved into our new place.  I still have plenty of boxes left to unpack, artwork to hang, and knick-knacks to arrange, but for me that is the fun part of moving.  [Pictures coming soon!]  Our loft is located in the South Loop, pretty close to Chinatown.  Yesterday we took Ava for her first dim sum [think Chinese brunch].

We brought along the training chopsticks Mike bought her [by Combi from ThinkGeek], which she was actually able to pick up food with [but enjoyed just poking holes in it more].  Her favorite part of the meal was the green tea – she loved holding her little tea cup and sipping warm tea.  So mature.  :-)  XO

wedding

Let Them Eat Wedding Cake

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we opted for our favorites – Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting, German Chocolate Cake, and plenty of cookies and candies.

We used biodegradable plates and bamboo veneerware forks from Branch for serving up the sweets.

The ribbons behind the table are part of a curtain I found at a thrift shop and worked perfectly with the gingham table cloth.

I also enlisted the help of my Aunt Karen and Cousin Val to make some of those great Ice Cream Party Favors from The City Cradle.  The kids LOVED them!

Good times were had by all!  XO!

creativity

Photos Around Town

I like to take pictures of things I find strangely beautiful.  Like this building renovation …

… and graffiti, the carwash, bus stop stencils, and a hair salon …

… jeremiah’s love nest and a bug eaten leaf …

Pretty things are everywhere.

All photos taken by me.  Please give credit if you’re using.  See more here.

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