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Apr 30, 2010

Made in the Shade

I scored a cheapo pair ($9.99) of sunglasses at Walgreens yesterday that I can't get enough of. They have some really horrible shades there, but I think these ones are an exception! I built this week's outfit around my bargain bin find. I started with a 1970's Seafarer Skirt from Dear Golden Vintage. Next I paired it with a neutral gray tank with a pleated v-neck (to be worn tucked in) from Banana Republic and amazing pair of Mia Cristina Platform Wedges. Last up is cute pair of vintage clip on earrings from Smelly Shoes Vintage. Made in the ShadeI was just able to add the followers gadget (to the right) last week so please don't forget to follow my blog! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!Pin It

Apr 27, 2010

Around the House

I've been trying to come up with some recurring blog topics to cover here and I have a new one I'm pretty excited about. 'Around the House' will give you a peek inside my home one little corner and nook at a time. First up is this tiny little shelf in my kitchen. I've got a resilient succulent in a pretty blue ceramic pot from Trader Joe's next to a friendly little owl. The owl was originally purchased for a Vivi Dot booth display when I had a forest theme going on. He was perched in my earring tree, but now he permanantly resides here where he oversees one of the busiest rooms in the house. The perfect little mushroom isn't normally there, but he's what prompted the photo of this little corner in the first place. Have anything in particular you'd like to hear about here? If you have any ideas for reoccurring or one time posts please let me know in the comments.Pin It

Apr 23, 2010

Day Trippin

This week's Decked Out look is inspired by my desire to go on a springy daytime adventure. It's a comfy, easy going outfit suitable for a day in Golden Gate Park or a trip to Urban Ore. I built this outfit around an awesome vintage Boy Scout button up from Bleubird Vintage. I paired it with some relaxed Trouser Jean Cut Offs from The GAP and some awesome Heyday sneakers from Moxsie. Throw on some Multicolored Aztec Print Earrings and you'll be ready for a day outdoors.Pin It

Dot Girl Blog Make Over

It's been a long time coming so I'm so excited that the Dot Girl Blog make over is finally complete! I was locked into an old Blogger template that limited what I could do and making changes was tedious. Once my URL update was finished a little over a week ago I was finally able to update my layout and design. And here it is! A fresh start feels great especially because I can update it whenever I want now.

I am just now able to display the followers gadget on the right so please follow me so I can start filling up that lonely square over there. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions of what you'd like to see more of here in the future. Thanks for stopping by!If you use Blogger make sure to check out their new template designer in draft. It's awesome!Pin It

Apr 22, 2010

Update Happening Tonight

Please excuse the mess- I am currently in the process of upgrading my template including a blog redesign. There are some things that have to be updated before the redesign happens so it may get ugly here tonight before it gets pretty.Pin It

Apr 21, 2010

Sunday Dinner

Our farmers market dinner on Sunday was the perfect way to finish an amazing weekend. Duncan and Scott had been out skating all day and they picked up the last of the needed ingredients on the way home. I got a kick out of picturing the two of them on their truffle oil and creme fraiche run to Molly Stones. It's definitely not what most people would have envisioned them buying.
Duncan rolled out our Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough while I sliced up the farmers market mushrooms and grated our Cowgirl Creamery Cheese. We brushed the pizza dough with truffle oil and salt and pepper and let it cook up for about 5 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Next we covered it in mushrooms and cheese (I'm pretty sure it's the Wagon Wheel cheese they mention here). We baked it for another 10-15 minutes until the crust was browned and the cheese bubbled up. mushroom pizzaWe finished it with our farmers market arugula tossed with just a tiny bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. We served our gourmet pizza with our freshly roasted beets, goat cheese, and greens. Yum!
sunday dinner
For dessert I sliced up these beautiful strawberries in the Cuisinart.strawberries I made a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water over a medium heat until it was clear. Next I added about 1/4 of a cup of balsamic vinegar and poured that over the berries. I let them marinate in the fridge for a few hours and served them up with a dollop of creme friache. So simple and delicious!Pin It

Apr 19, 2010

My Colorful Weekend

my colorful weekendWhat a weekend! I was able to take a nice break from Vivi Dot production and ended up packing in quite a few exciting outings. I have a lot of photos to share so I think I'll break it into a few posts over the next few days.
Duncan and I took our first trip to the Ferry Building Farmers Market and played tourist for the day. SF arrowWe stocked up on a all sorts of goodies including fresh pasta, cowgirl creamery cheese, mushrooms, strawberries, pears, flowers, and ridiculous number of beets. farmers market lootI can't get over these gorgeous poppies. They're so vibrant and delicate that I could have been convinced they were made with tissue paper. farmers market fleursWe got a little carried away with beets. We bought a bunch of red beets at our first stop and later found pink and white beets we couldn't pass up. beetsRoasting beets is super simple. All you have to do is:
  • Cut off the ends
  • Rinse them off and pat them dry
  • Wrap them in foil
  • Place them on a baking sheet
  • Roast them at 375 degrees for 1 hour (a little longer for the big ones)
roasting beetsYou can then drizzle them with olive oil and eat them on their own or incorporate them into lots of deliscious recipes. We've been eating beet salad with goat cheese and greens all weekend. We also plan to make some goat cheese and beet grilled cheese sandwiches before they're gone. You just can't beat the the beautiful colors! roasted beetsPin It

Apr 16, 2010

Decked Out!

I love vintage dresses! I have a quite a few in my closet that I adore and even more that need some alterations in order to work just right. I hope to post about those projects here soon, but in the meantime I've decided to do a weekly post called decked out. A lot of the accessories I make work well with vintage clothing because the fabric covered buttons have a throw back feel to them. Here I'll piece together some fun outfits that incorporate some awesome vintage finds that can be swept up online, mixed in with new items from both the Vivi Dot Shop and elsewhere.

It's a sunny day here in San Francisco so I'm feeling some bright colors. This look was built around this amazing hot pink dress from Fluffy Vintage. I've accessorized it with some vibrant shoes from Mod Cloth as well as my Mad For Polka Dots Watch Necklace that ties it all together. decked out
If you're on Twitter I've found a lot of great vintage shops that tweet their new items. You can follow that list here.Pin It

Apr 14, 2010

It's a Robot Blog Party!

There's a blog party going on over at Polkadot Robot! Hop on over for a bunch of guest posts, giveaways and other robot fun.Pin It

Apr 13, 2010

Aniela Loves Vivi Dot!

Look at what Aniela got for her anniversary! A watch necklace! Have a photo of yourself wearing a Vivi Dot item? I'd love to see! Send them to me at info (at) vividotonline.com and you may just end on my blog too (with your permission of course).Pin It

New Blog URL

New Blog URL: http://blog.vividotonline.com

I'm in the process of updating my blog including a new URL. The URL change is forced by Google/Blogger because they are no longer able to support the way my blog is set up. Though I'm not too happy about the needed URL change I'm looking on the bright side as it will open up a lot of other plug in options that weren't available to me before. Please update your bookmarks and/or RSS feeds and keep following!

Sorry for the multiple posts about this as well. This one's from me and the other was automated during the switch. You will see this post even if you're on the new and correct URL. Sorry for any confusion this may cause!Pin It

Apr 12, 2010

This blog has moved

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Apr 6, 2010

Pool Trade Show Booth Display

I posted a video that Duncan put together after we returned from the POOL Trade Show back in February, but I just realized I never shared anything else. I put a lot of thought and sweat equity into my booth display this year so I'll start by filling you in on that.
I had a vision to turn the cork covered table that is supplied for all Cash and Carry exhibitors into an upholstered masterpiece that resembled a booth at a swanky bar or a headboard in a well designed bedroom. I was a bit nervous about executing this big idea since I would have to ship the supplies straight to Las Vegas and roll with the punches once I was there with no practice run. I ordered some black vinyl that I was really happy with as it was mistaken for leather a few times and it held up well to the abuse I ended up putting it through. I also ordered a huge rectangle of upholstery foam, a heavy duty staple gun and a bunch of upholstery nails. I tried to think through the process as much as possible beforehand, but knew it was just going to take throwing myself into the project and that's exactly what I did.
Set up day was Monday. Duncan didn't arrive until the first day of the show on Tuesday so I headed out to the Las Vegas Convention Center from my sister's house on my own. Here's how the cork table looked before the project began. I started by attaching the massive piece of foam to the cork board with my trusty staple gun. The foam was much thicker than I anticipated so this step was much more difficult than I imagined it would be, but it was eventually secured. I shaped the the edges with scissors so there would be a a nice smooth edge where the table top attached to the front of the display. Next up I marked up the foam to plan where the buttons would be. I stapled these areas in hoping that the indentation in the foam would take some of the pressure off of the upholstery nails. Again, this was not very easy with the thick foam so by this time I was breaking a sweat and giving myself a staple gun blister. I was making progress though so I was still very hopeful at this point. I laid the black vinyl over the table and weighted it down from above to see how this was all going to pan out. I knew pretty quickly that the upholstery nails that I had attached Vivi Dot buttons to weren't going to come close to cutting it so I headed to Ace Hardware. I grabbed an electric screw driver, screws and washers and headed back for round two. I decided to put a washer between the foam and the vinyl and another in front of the vinyl to do the job the button covered nails would have done. I quickly realized that my dinky electric screwdriver was not going to cut it and borrowed a hand held to put my muscles and blistered hand to use instead.
It was impossible to get the screw through the foam because it would just wind up and unwind after I took the screw driver away. I ended up having to pull out all of my staples and cut holes in the foam where the screws needed to go. Lining this up wasn't easy, but it all ended up working out with just a few unwanted tears that were covered by the washers. Each screw took at least three tries before I could get it to catch and remain secure. I didn't think it was going to come together at this point, but people started to walk by and compliment my progress so that gave me a little bit of hope. I was never able to get the very middle screw in as far as the others. It just wouldn't catch, but it wasn't that noticeable and not worth risking ripping the vinyl to try it again and again. At this point I was more than happy to live with it as is. I glued a black ribbon to the edge of the vinyl that would cover the top and my hours of labor finally felt worth it. The silver washers weren't as polished as my pretty Vivi Dot Button Nails would have been, but overall I think it turned out really well. Here's how it looked with the products present.I really wish I could have salvaged the whole thing and transformed it into a headboard, but that just wasn't in the cards. I do plan to use this experience to do it again for a more permanent piece for my house some day.I had to rearrange the contents of my luggage on the way home because one was over the weight limit and one was way under. I needed two pounds out of the heavy bag and Duncan instantly suggested the staple gun. I found it and sure enough, it was just over two pounds. I said to the lovely Virgina America employee that a staple gun really is a must have for all travelers. She said she wasn't there to judge, but I'm sure she thought we were crazy.Pin It

Apr 5, 2010

Unexpected Inspiration

On a dog walk from Ocean Beach up to Sutro Park I happened upon some unexpected inspiration. There's a lot of graffiti along the pathway that's constantly changing and these two images really stuck out.
I love them both!Pin It