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On the 5th Day of Christmas...

My True Love Gave to Me...





Five Gold Rings!

Well I'm still sick, so I'm kinda lagging on these posts. But here is my five gold rings... well not all gold, hehe. I wore my gold waitress dress as a blouse and a new amazing skirt from Anthropologie that I purchased with a gift card from my sis. I love it! I wore this to Kevin's cousin's new house warming party, but we didn't stay long because I am sick. And oh don't you love the booties I got? I bought them with xmas money and UO's super sale.


I still have one present that is awesome that I need to share with you guys!!


And as you can see there is construction equipment in the background. They tore down another house on my block. Now it's three that have been torn down in the past two years. Eventually the entire block will be condos and they've been tearing down the houses as they fall apart instead of putting money into them to fix them. It's sad, I really feel like we need to get out of this neighborhood before something happens to our house that the landlords (slumlords) won't fix. Anyway... I still love our neighborhood, it's filled with great friends, and I don't want to leave just yet.




12 Days of Christmas
December 26th, a Partridge in a Pear Tree
December 27th, Two Turtle Doves
December 28th, Three French Hens
December 29th, Four Calling Birds
December 30th, Five Gold Rings
December 31st, Six geese a laying
January 1s, Seven swans a swimming
January 2nd, Eight maids a milking
January 3rd, Nine ladies dancing
January 4th, Ten lords a leaping
January 5th, Eleven pipers piping
January 6th, Twelve drummers drumming

} Materials Used
  Dress as a Shirt } Vintage
  Skirt } Anthropologie
  Belt } Mom's
  Booties } UO

Cat's 5 Gold Rings!


Huggles,
Lauren
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On the 4th Day of Christmas...

My True Love Gave to Me...



Four Calling Birds!

Ok so yeah that's right you guys get one picture and a detail shot. My camera battery died right after and the charger was at work and then I was really sick. I think I have the flu or something so I ended up spending most of the day in my pjs sleeping. So yeah I wore this for a few hours before going to bed.



The dress as you can see has birds all over it. And I thought the sundress over it would be a great touch, like a birdies belly.

After I slept most all the day I pulled myself together to go to an appointment at Macy's Bridal Boutique... They were having a Lazaro trunk show... and man! Those dresses were gorgeous and it as the first time I ever tried on a wedding dress. Sadly they didn't let Jen and I take pictures and even sadder is the fact that there is noooo way I could ever afford them. But it was fun to play dress up!

Here's what I tried on.

Lazaro 3062. I love the sheer corset top and the low back but the skirt was a little too overwhelming.



Lazaro 3962... I liked this the best on me.

Purdy.

That's all time for sicky girls bedtime.


12 Days of Christmas
December 26th, a Partridge in a Pear Tree
December 27th, Two Turtle Doves
December 28th, Three French Hens
December 29th, Four Calling Birds
December 30th, Five Gold Rings
December 31st, Six geese a laying
January 1s, Seven swans a swimming
January 2nd, Eight maids a milking
January 3rd, Nine ladies dancing
January 4th, Ten lords a leaping
January 5th, Eleven pipers piping
January 6th, Twelve drummers drumming

} Materials Used
Dress } H&M
Over Dress } Target
Tights } Target
Books } Kohls
Hat } Target

Cat's 4 Calling Birds! Here's one but she has three other looks on her blog!

Cat Bird } Midwest Mayhem


Huggles,
Lauren
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On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

My True Love Gave to Me...






Three French Hens!



I really don't know what French Hens are nor did I know how to dress like them, haha! So I came up with this. I think it would be something a French college girl or young lady would wear in the 50's. The dress is homemade vintage and I love the pattern on the fabric. Isn't it like a French country side?


And look I have French Braids and am wearing a beret!

Ok, ok. Cheese. Too much.

12 Days of Christmas
December 26th, a Partridge in a Pear Tree
December 27th, Two Turtle Doves
December 28th, Three French Hens
December 29th, Four Calling Birds
December 30th, Five Gold Rings
December 31st, Six geese a laying
January 1s, Seven swans a swimming
January 2nd, Eight maids a milking
January 3rd, Nine ladies dancing
January 4th, Ten lords a leaping
January 5th, Eleven pipers piping
January 6th, Twelve drummers drumming


} Materials Used
Dress } Vintage from Kevin
Sweater } Incognito
Tights } Target
Oxfords } UO

Other French Hens!

Cat Bird } Midwest Mayhem (more french hens on her blog!)


Huggles,
Lauren
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On the 2nd Day of Christmas...

My True Love gave to me...



Two Turtle Doves.




Well I know I know, the two birds on my belt are sparrows, but come on, it's two birds! Haha. Anyway this outfit is mainly based on the coloring of turtle doves, which I think are glorified pigeons. Just sayin' they look the same. Kinda tan with a little bit of blue in their feathers. I really liked this look but not my overall appearance. I think I look tired. Oh well. Maybe makeup would have helped, hua hua.






12 Days of Christmas
December 26th, a Partridge in a Pear Tree
December 27th, Two Turtle Doves
December 28th, Three French Hens
December 29th, Four Calling Birds
December 30th, Five Gold Rings
December 31st, Six geese a laying
January 1s, Seven swans a swimming
January 2nd, Eight maids a milking
January 3rd, Nine ladies dancing
January 4th, Ten lords a leaping
January 5th, Eleven pipers piping
January 6th, Twelve drummers drumming

} Materials Used
  Dress } Vintage
  Chambray Shirt } Mom's from AE
  Sweater } H&M
  Tights } Kohls
  Shoes } Target, years ago
  Belt } UO

Other Turtle Doves!

Cat Bird } Midwest Mayhem


Huggles,
Lauren
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On the 1st Day of Christmas...

My True Love gave to me...

A Partridge in a Pear Tree.


My fav picture.

Sorry for the day late on this post. I was originally going to go all out on this idea and take crazy pictures. But I really don't have the time :( So I'm doing everyday outfits inspired by the twelve days of Christmas.




So here is the 1st Day of Christmas December 26th (some people start on the 25th), sorry I'm late on posting but I was having computer problems last night :(. I have a little bird on my vest and am in a tree! Yes it's a honey suckle bush, but there are grape vines in it too! Kinda like pears. I went for very natural colors in homage to the Partridge but added some spice with the pop of blue.



And I am wearing a dress and a skirt in honor of Dressember, which I may post the days I missed on the blog at a later time.


Proof of Dress underneath



I got a lot of snow in my shoes...

And here are some other Partridges in Pear Trees! If you have an image please link it in the comments and I will add it to the post!


Cat Bird } Midwest Mayhem



} Materials Used
  Vest } Anthropologie, sale!
  Dress } UO, sale!
  Skirt } Old, don't know where
  Belt } UO, sale!
  Tights } Kohls, Vera Wang
  Shoes } Target, old

Huggles,
Lauren

The 27th is Two Turtle Doves!!!
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YAYAYAY!


Right now Kevin and I are probably driving back to Detroit from Dayton (that's right driving distances on Christmas day is actually very easy, no one is on the road). But I just wanted to say Merry Christmas or happy Saturday!!! I can't wait to open my presents! :D I can't wait to share what we did over our couple days off! See you in a few!

Huggles,
Lauren
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To Blog or Not to Blog

Well this is it, 200 posts on this here blog. Originally this was meant to be a personal blog for Kevin and I, and by originally I mean like 2 years ago. But it never took a footing. I actually first got this name, sparrow & urchin and the domain for it for a school project in 2007. I made little dolls of urchin children being attacked by sparrows inspired by a newspaper article in the NY Times in 1886.

You can see my girl Urchin doll beside a little painting. (more of my art on my art blog > http://laurenmoyer.blogspot.com)

And I felt after that it suited me and kevin. See I'm the Urchin, I've been homeless and moved around, and can be kinda sharp, and kevin can sing and is pretty happy where he's at. It also incorporated both of our loves, birds and ocean life.

Around the fall last year I was having one of the worst times in my life, I didn't know where my future was or who was going to be in it. I've always loved street style looks and fashion illustration so on my long days of nothing (worked very very part time, and for the first time lived somewhat alone and on peoples couches) and trying not feel sorry for myself I putzed around the internet where I found Weardrobe and Jessica's blog, What I Wore. It gave me an escape and helped me find myself in my clothes. I know you should find yourself in ways not using consumerism, but sometimes when you are so lost small things can save you and make you feel better. I've always like wearing pretty clothes and vintage things but never really had the courage to wear what I wanted. I was too afraid of people thinking I was weird for wearing dresses all the time and what not, here in the midwest people DO NOT wear heels or dress nicely (often). So as I explored more blogs I decided to start taking care of myself in the realm of what I wore and how I visually portrayed myself. I felt that if I started feeling better with how I looked it would in turn help me mend myself inside. It did, it gave me the courage to apply for a really good job, and I dressed for success. Unfortunately I didn't get it but a couple weeks later Tim, my boss, called me up and offered me the job as Gallery Director. And it couldn't have been better.

Now it's January 2010 and I decide I'm going to try this take a picture of your clothes thing and made a weardrobe account. I felt I needed to really explore myself in my new fulltime job (and my other part time job). I didn't really start this blog until March/Easter time and I put a full back posts up and deleted all the old posts from years ago. So here I am at 200 posts and I will say a year in blogging come March.


February of 2010

What have I learned?

I know that I personally do feel better about myself with the help of wearing clothes that I enjoy but I still am not quite there internally. Which I think is fine. Everyone has hard times. Sometimes I get annoyed with the blogger-dom and I know even though I'm making more money then I ever have my wallet has gotten punched a few times by this blog. But I don't regret it.

I've met amazing people and have a best friend because of this blog. If I didn't start this blog I would have never met Sara and I would have something missing from my life. She is my best friend and confidant and will be one of my bridesmaids. And Cat has been amazing even though we don't see eachother often. And meeting Katie, and Maria was amazing. I've made online friends, even though I don't have as much time as I'd like to get to know them, I still feel like they are a part of my life and I theirs, I'm talking to you Ebony, Chloe, Alyson, Paige, Meg, Caitlin, Victoria, Stephanie, and Tess and everyone else!

But really, I do appreciate who reads this little blog about what I wear to work and sometimes for fun. Thank you so much, you've helped a little sad artist, become a not so sad, adult artist. It means the world to me seeing people out there who care about even if they've never met me. It shows the humanity that people have. And for me recently graduating and many of my college friends moving on, it's a wonderful new base of friends that I have common interests with.

So yeah, here are some of my favorite times from the pas 200 posts. and some other of my favorite things.


Holland, MI Tulip Festival. May


First time with Kevin behind the camera! May


Me starting to try with pictures. May


Sara and mine second time hanging out. May


I was featured on Chictopia's front page and their twitter. June


First time meeting up with Cat, Katie, and Maria. June


I feature my gallery. June.


Sara and I swap clothes! July.

100th Post. August


Getting engaged in Central Park. Oct.

I've had a lot of fun for 200 posts.

Huggles,
Lauren
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Rochester City Lights





Yesterday Kevin, Kyle, Sara and I drove up to Rochester to view their city lights display. It's pretty cool, they have lights coating the entire building fronts down main street. So yeah it was fun. Lights are pretty, and it put me in the holiday spirit.






We then went to the Rochester Brewing Co (I think that's the name) and enjoyed a nice meal and some beers with an awesome coupon Kyle found online. Yay for being thrifty!







Other than that yesterday at work was miserable. I decided to take it upon myself to take physical inventory of our artwork which hasn't been done in I don't know how long. And I decided we need to have good pictures of all this work. Let me put this in a perspective. We have over a thousand pieces of artwork. I don't know what I'm getting myself into, but it is something that has to absolutely be done. So my first thing is, take pictures of everything and write down the info in a notebook. Then edit photos and save them under their SKU's and organize them in our HD. Then print off images of each piece and make a backup cd of the jpegs, these print offs I am then putting in binders so that clients can look at work that may be in storage. Then filing begins. Wipe out inventory in computers and input new physical noted inventory. Organize consignment sheets and redo hand written inventory sheets. File away stuff under current and previous... Oh and also get a handle on the art that is out on loan.

So yeah can you see why I have been looking frazzled. After this we are transferring our email and then I have to work on the website... then start promotional crap for our January sale. The next month is going to be tough.

Oh and get this, tomorrow is MY 200TH POST (on this blog)! Nothing special planned but a look back to why, what, when about my blogging experiences.

ALSO...

12 Days of Christmas
I am starting this on the 26th, so if you guys want to involve yourselves please do so!! Email me (sparrowandurchin@gmail.com) your pictures! You don't have to do everyday but I'd love to see your posts. I will be posting my inspired pictures in the evening of that day (around 10pm) so you have until then to send me your pic to be in that days post.

SO again here is the concept.

Create an outfit or look inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas. Here are the days for each gift.
December 26th, a Partridge in a Pear Tree
December 27th, Two Turtle Doves
December 28th, Three French Hens
December 29th, Four Calling Birds
December 30th, Five Gold Rings
December 31st, Six geese a laying
January 1s, Seven swans a swimming
January 2nd,  Eight maids a milking
January 3rd, Nine ladies dancing
January 4th, Ten lords a leaping
January 5th, Eleven pipers piping
January 6th, Twelve drummers drumming

Then I think I'm going to do a special post on January 7th or 8th because I think I'm going to try to have a 12th night party! We will see!!

} Materials Used
  Dress } Fletcher by Lyell from UO, on sale with giftcard!
  Blouse } Vintage, gma's
  Sweater } UO, on sale of course, from the spring
  Tights } Target, there are two pairs
  Boots } Candies from Kohls

Huggles,
Lauren