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Archive for the month “February, 2010”

clothing swap party!

It’s the middle of winter and there is little to no sign of spring. Perhaps you are broke, or don’t want to spend any money on new clothes. What do you do? Throw a clothing swap party, of course!

There is no better way to kick those assiduous winter blues to the curb and gain a new wardrobe (or at least some cool, functional pieces) while you’re at it, than to gather a group of your favorite ladies and throw a soirée to trade clothes with each other! Why is it that everyone else’s clothes always looks better than your own? Consider this your own economic stimulus package, paid by means of clothing. Shoes, and accessories such as purses, scarves and jewelry can also be swapped at this party. For those of us who are impluse/trend shoppers (aka. moi at times), this is also a great way to deaccession your wardrobe and g e t  r i d  o f  t h i n g s that you only wear once or… not at all (i.e. the tag is still on there!). The key is to be picky and not try to re-accession your way back to a crowded closet again.

The best way to host one of these parties is to have everyone bring gently used or good condition clothes, shoes and accessories to trade with other guests. Some items are definitely more forgiving than others. Divide the clothes in different sections, such as shirts, sweaters, jackets/coats, pants, dresses, shoes and misc. accessories. If you have a small group and competition isn’t fierce, then introduce the pieces (the former owner can also give their “sales pitch” during this time) before diving into the various selections. Donate the unwanted/rejected items to your local charity, laugh and have a lot of fun.

But wait, let’s not forget to feed our generous guests and enlarge their waistlines while we’re at it. An quality clothing swap party consists of mouth-watering appetizers, both sweet and savory, desserts, veggies and dip and your choice of water, red or white vino and coffee/tea. Enjoy those treats after the big clothing swap. You’ll leave with brilliant (new to you) items. What’s not to love about that?

FYI: I participated in my first clothing swap party tonight, got rid of a decent assortment of clothes, and can’t wait for the next one. This could get addictive…


standin* on the edge of myself…

Just a really quick shout-out (for those who don’t know… yet) that my favorite singer/songwriter of all time, Jennifer Knapp, is BACK recording songs and rockin’ out on stage again. Last fall, a friend forwarded an online article to me about her return and I was absolutely thrilled. The video above shows Jen playing a beautifully “stripped-down from it’s rock roots” acoustic version of one of her new songs, entitled “Dive In” at a gig in Nashville this past weekend. She looks just about the same the last time I saw her in concert during the summer of 2002, yet has matured so much both musically and lyrically. Jen will be touring with what I like to call “post-CCM” artists Amy Courts and Derek Webb this spring, and I will be seeing her at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on International Women’s Day, 8 Marzo 2010. The excitement is brewing… I simply can’t wait!

Perhaps one day I’ll enlighten you with stories of how her music and lyrics have empowered my life journey and how I earned the nickname “Lil’ Knappster Junkie” — but for now, I will simply share this piercing and emotional performance with you all. The lyrics definitely resonate with me at this point in my life. Wow.

I love that 7 years ago, I was a giddy college student, sporting J. Knapp t-shirts and holding up signs to request my favorite songs at many large Christian music festivals. Two weeks from now, I will be cheering on the comeback of my all-time favorite artist, birra in hand (forse) and hopefully documenting the performance photographically. Oh, how times have changed.

time to revive an old passion?

So, I’m a horrible blogger. And yes, I like to use the excuse that “life gets in the way.” But, since we have just started the season of Lent, which is somewhat all about developing positive {new} habits and letting the negative {old} habits die off, I’ve been thinking about blogging again — perhaps on a weekly basis — at least throughout the next 40 (now 38 or so days) so see what happens. I can’t overcommit, but I would like to dabble in the world of sharing thoughts and pictures again to see where it takes me. Also, several friends of mine have also recently jumped back on the blogger trampoline and have been bouncing off the walls with thought provoking and insightful posts. As one of my friends recently stated, “Now, blogs are no longer in vogue, and the preferred way to keep people abreast of events in life is constrained to 140 characters.” Yes, Facebook and Twitter have taken up the majority of my life. But hey, it will get me *writing* and that’s what I desperately need at the moment.

The purpose of this post is to start somewhere. And for you, the readers, to hold me accountable. I have an unusually busy weekend coming up, so I will need to sign off for now yet promise to post my thoughts regarding the first week of Lent by the end of this weekend. Until then, I will leave you with a pic of what I made for Mardi Gras on Tuesday (yes, the blog might be heavily focused on food, simply because!):

Spirali alla Grappa (senza Grappa, con lampone e zucchero)

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