DIY July

I love summer.  The days are longer and with all that extra sunlight my artistic gene kicks in to high gear.

DIY July BannerAnd it looks like So-En, Japan’s first fashion magazine (started in 1936,) also has the bug.  The July Edition is aptly named, “DIY GIRL.” It is jam packed with tons of do it yourself inspiration and how-to examples.

The July 2012 Edition of So-En MagazineOne spread is dedicated to a bib-front, tuxedo style shirt. Looks a bit complicated, but love the sassy style.  The model is wearing the blouse with a simple pair of shorts and a chunky pair of shoes which keep the look from being too serious.

DIY How To Examples

If the blouse is too ambitious, check out the article, “Tokyo Reworkers.” I have been clipping articles like this from Japanese Magazines for years.  One day I will have to pull the Lacoste remake from my archives – still my most favorite remake ever. But anyway, if you have intermediate crafting skills than this is the article for you.  I am noodling over the jeweled collar.  They are even showing up in U.S. magazines now, so I am long overdue to try one myself.

So En make your own ribbon necklaceOr if you are looking for a quick project, check out the “everyday ribbon” article. Very simple and very sweet ribbon necklaces that can be whipped up out of pretty much anything.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri




P.S. I have been saving up some of my own DIY projects.  So look for the following to make an appearance here on L.S.E. in the coming days (*^^*)

Do It Yourself Sneak Preview

Pearls: The World Is Your Oyster

Miracles!  Mon Petit Choux Choux found a second pearl this week!!  It is simply incredible.  The first was found while we were visiting Cape Cod.  Today he picked up a dozen oysters from our local H-Mart and voilà.  It defies statistics.  So amazing.

beautiful fresh pearls found in oysters

Of course this means I am going to want to eat oysters everyday now for the rest of my life (^_-)☆

Summer Holiday in Cape Cod

Hi!  Just returned from a lovely getaway to Cape Cod.  I was much in need of some R&R and a change of scenery to get the creative juices flowing again.

While my better half has visited many times, it was my first.  The Cape does seem to be sort of locked in time; or at least that is my impression.  Small cedar shingled cottages and campgrounds look pretty much like they must have back in the 1950’s and Victorian’s even farther back to the turn of the century.  I couldn’t help but think of the holiday camp from Dirty Dancing as we explored (but as I recall Kellerman’s was in the Catskills.)

Collage of fun things to see and do in Cape Cod

  1. We purchased 2 dozen oysters pretty much everyday.  How could one resist.  On a sunny afternoon, while my beau was shucking them for a happy hour snack, he discovered a pearl!!!  What an incredible surprise!
  2. Lobsters, lobsters, and more lobsters.  It is the Cape after-all.
  3. Yes, yes I did bring lolita with me.  But went easy on the locals with a low-key country-loli look.  I made the dress last summer.  Had been inspired by a very sweet Mary Magdalene piece with a three-tier skirt.
  4. Lobster rolls at the Raw Bar in Mashpee.  Steamers and stuffed quahogs were streaming out of the kitchen.
  5. One of many windmills; this one located in a cottage resort in Dennisport.
  6. Antiques, antiques, and more antiques.  Isn’t this carousel horse adorable.  His price tag was a bit shocking, but a photo was free.
  7. I can’t even begin to explain how impressed I was with all the flora and fauna.  It was peak season for hydrangeas.  The garden shops were overflowing with them if you have a green thumb.
  8. The real reason one comes to the Cape – for the beach.  Nothing like enjoying the sunset and listening to the waves gently rolling in.
  9. No trip is complete with out stocking up on a few bags of namesake chips as a treat for the return trip home.

The natural color palette in Cape Cod.A parting thought, as we packed the car to head back, it struck me that Cape Cod has a very distinct color palette.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri







Finally a Phone Strap for iPhone

I love my iPhone.  But its one shortcoming has always been that it lacks the lovely little feature of allowing a phone strap to be attached.  Admittedly, the ability to add adorable cases and screen protectors did make up for it… that is until now.  Found the greatest accessory this weekend.  A phone strap that fits into the earphone jack!

iphone phone strap

A simple snap and viola, up’d the kawaii of my sweet little phone!  And yes, yes I do have the world’s oldest iPhone.  It still does its job and I am not complaining.

ice cream phone charm

And better yet, there is room on the ring to add more charms!!  The Rilakkuma phone cover has seen some major wear-and-tear now for a couple of years.  Picked up the matching macaron charm on my last visit to San Francisco.  Had no idea that I would someday be able to put the two together.

rilakkuma sweets phone case and charm

Pick up your own earphone jack accessories at

Sweet Dreams, Sheri





Back to School

Yawn.  Got up really early.  Very excited.  I start back to school today – yay!  Japanese 2! Must confess that I slacked off between the end of last session to now.  A little thing called work distracted me.  But excited just the same to see Aizawa-sensei and my classmates.  My book bag is packed and ready to go.

Japanese for Busy People & Kinokuniya Book Bag

Summer Must Have – Flatforms

Thank you Anthropologie for having an entire line of summer Flatforms!  I have no idea who came up with the term flatforms, but I hope the trend sticks around for good. I outright refuse to wear high heels, but these are great.  All the comfort of a flat plus fun lift.  Mind you, I am 5’8.5″ so don’t need the boost unlike some of my vertically challenged friends.

Can’t decide between these 2 pairs.  Super pop coral or subtle silver?  Can just imagine how stunning a big splash of orange would look with a nice summer wrap dress say in a cool blue and white print.  The silver can go with just about anything!

Two of Anthropologies' lovely summer flatform shoes.

Asos also has a good size collection of flatforms this year too.  Not exactly as pulled together as Anthro, but still have some pretty decent cousins.

asos and prada flatforms

I wasn’t quick enough to snap up a pair of Prada creepers last year. Still sad over that one.  Would give anything for a pair in blue and black. And eBay hasn’t yielded any fruitful results. ( ̄へ ̄)I am not giving up though.  Have a pair in size 39 you are willing to let go of?

Sweet Dreams, Sheri







Happy Memorial Day Weekend

happy memorial day weekend

Hoping you are having a smashing holiday weekend!!

We are making homemade pizza, working on the house, planting geraniums in the window boxes, and soaking in the lovely sunshine.  What are you up to this fine weekend?

Photoshop Freebies + Macaron Skirt

In a random Google search for macaron clipart came upon the most awesome Photoshop and graphic design freebies by Pugly Pixel.

lace, macaroons, and cute skirts

First up, a free download of the macaron PNG files collection.  Exactly what I was looking for to have a little puri kura fun.  Finished alterations on a Bodyline macaron skirt this morning.   That is what lead to having macarons on the brain.  After downloading and playing with the PNG files figured I would see what else was there.

Pugly Pixel has a ton of Photoshop brushes, textures, and more.  My download folder is full of a lot of goodies yet to be unziped.  They also had a link out to Nadine Pau’s Lace Brushes.  As you must know by now, I love to sew.  So finding adorable lace brushes stuffed my download folder further.

All of that was then blended with a sweet little free app called Xiamen Meitu Technology Co. It has a few kawaii frames and filters.  Put all of the above together and here is the result:

purikura photos and photoshop fun

So if you are looking for a little design bling to spice up your photos or blog – I HIGHLY recommend Pugly Pixel.  Check em out!!



Not Your Grandmother’s Wedgwood

Stumbled upon this shop down in Soho, NYC.  Checked out the site and had a good laugh over these anthropomorphic plates.

fine china with animals in victorian clothing

Growing up my Gramy’s everyday china was an elegant Wedgwood set with a grape design.  These precious pieces were not saved for special occasions.  Their beauty was enjoyed everyday.  Her philosophy was if you take good care of things why wouldn’t you use them.  And amazing enough I don’t remember a single one breaking during my childhood.  Would have loved to slip a couple of these into the mix for a chuckle.

I knew there was a proper term for “animals in human clothing”, or rather when human characteristics are applied to animals, and so in my Google search to learn “anthropomorphism” also came across these fetching Victorian inspired prints by Hot Digital Dog on Etsy.

vintage photos of animals in victorian clothing

If you want to take it to extremes, how about clothing with animals in clothing on it?  My personal favorite, is Emily Temple Cute’s print of rabbit ballerina’s – soooo cute!

emily temple cute rabbit ballerinas

Sweet Dreams, Sheri






Oilily & Spring’s Gingham Trend

oilily logoThe brand and the story behind Oilily is so charming.  As a reaction to the miniaturized and dull clothing for children in the early 1960’s this Dutch fashion house made its start.  Their incredible patchwork collage of bright colors and fairy tale prints and details was a stark contrast to a palette of black, white and grays which were the norm at the time.

Fast forward a few decades and their high quality fabrics and craftsmanship coupled with a sense of humor keeps the brand fresh.  For me it is the punchy pinks and bright colors.  And even more impressive the timeless quality.  With their mix of fabrics and materials they are able to successfully mix a dash of vintage, with some whimsy, while still staying modern and unfussy.

I have several pieces in the vast expanse that is my closet.  Admittedly, they are not items that I can wear everyday to my gig in the financial industry, but instead are go-to favorites when I want to liven things up and brighten the day.

oilily women's kila cardigan

In their current spring/summer collection this mix-and-match cardigan is a knock out.  It is right on trend with its gingham checker fabric for the front body.  But unlike Miu Miu, Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs take on the trend, Oilily’s departure incorporates two different color sleeves and a random selection of buttons to make the trend their own.

2012 spring summer gingham trend

Mind you, I actually like how all of the fashion houses have reinterpreted gingham and taken a country staple and made it seriously contemporary and chic.

So now we can take this classic print from picnics in the park to the executive board room.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri




Credits: Oilily logo and Kila Cardigan photos from; Miu Miu shoes from; Jil Sander dress from; Marc Jacobs dress from


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