Friday, December 18, 2009

Gingerbread boys and girls | The Fashion Dungjen

I wanted to make some seriously stylish gingerbread boys and girls today. I tried. I did not conquer. It's a lot harder to pipe on the clothes than I thought. Here are some of the results:

Here's Suzi, a little fashionista with a blue bow and matching belt.

My sister made this one. She says it's a tourist. That red blob is supposed to be a hat.

My sister made this one too. He's a "fellow in yellow."

Kasey made this Santa.

Kasey made this old lady, Dorothy.

She also made this "nerd."

This is Kasey's "ho" cookie.

Men in bow ties. Cute.

Fred the corporate amputee.


Kasey's bride. We were also watching Platinum Weddings while decorating. It might have been her inspiration.

The unsatisfied business man.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas cookies | The Fashion Dungjen

I bought a cookie press today. It's so excellent. So, to break it in, I made some Christmas tree spritzer cookies. They're delicious. And very buttery.

I brushed them with egg whites and added red, green and white sprinkles.

I wish I could share them with you all. Since I can't, I'll share this picture with you instead. Enjoy!

Bows, bows, bows! | The Fashion Dungjen

I'm not sure when it started, but lately I've had a thing for anything with a bow. Maybe it's because there's an almost really cute pair of white gold diamond bow earrings at work (I'd prefer them in yellow gold and without diamonds.) that turned me on to them. Maybe it was an old picture I'd seen of myself (high school) with a big coral bow in my hair. I wish I knew where that was.

Whatever it was, I'm obsessed. Here are some of my favorite bow accessories I found on Etsy.

a- Headband, $39
b- Red bow pin, $20
c- Three-bow pin, $55
d-Bow necklace, $12
e- Studded bow necklace, $34
f- Vintage pearl and bow necklace, $70
g- bow cuff, $42
h- bow and lace necklace, $27
i-coral bow pin, $32
j- huge bow, $10
k- floral bow necklace, $10
l- turquoise bow, $30
m- hair bow, $8.99
n- gloves, $28
o- hair pin, $8
p- bow and chain, $30

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I want more | The Fashion Dungjen

a - key necklace, This sold before I could post it.
b - bow earrings, $5.50
c - elephant necklace, This sold before I could post it.
d - fork and spoon necklace, $9
e - dandelion pillow, $28
f - dress, $124
g - question mark necklace, $40
h - Esmeralda worry doll, $6
i - octopus necklace, $14
j - letter necklace, $32 (I would want a 't.')
k - floral collar pin, $45
l - rainy necklace, $24
m - satchel, I can't find where I found this. :(

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pantyhose fail | The Fashion Dungjen

Whoever thought these waistband-free pantyhose were a good idea was obviously delusional. I accidentally bought a couple of this particular style a couple weeks ago when I needed them for work. I didn't realize they weren't my usual type until I needed to wear them. The box boasts them as being "roll resistant" which, for the record, is not true. I've never had so many issues with a pair of pantyhose. Maybe they're roll resistant if the person wearing them stands straight with little to no movement for the duration of wear.

I say these pantyhose are a fail.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I want ... | The Fashion Dungjen

I need one of three things:
a) A lot of money.
b) People with money who want to buy me things.
c) Someone to give me their money so I can buy me things.

My most current desire, aside from anything to furnish an apartment, is a satchel. Mmm.

And scarves.
Bigger really is better.

I first thought this was listed on Etsy as 'The accidental cow.' Oops. The accidental cowl.

Circle cowl scarf in lemongrass.

And anything to keep me warm.
Owl fingerless gloves.Take a bow ear warmer.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Guest Blogger: Skip the splurge

I’m Jessica, but my friends call me Jess, and even people who aren’t my friends call me Jess. I grew up living in closer proximity to cows and cornfields than any establishment that could be considered a mall. An admitted sucker for accessories, I’m also a firm believer that there is nothing wrong with wearing black on any occasion. My favorite things include quotes and YouTube videos. The quickest way to my heart is through a John Mayer song or a great pair of shoes.

I have been cursed with an infatuation with designer fashion. This obsession was much easier to satisfy when Hollister qualified as “designer” and my parents still thought it was their parental duty to buy me clothes. I soon realized SoCal hoodies wouldn’t feed the hunger forever.

In high school I found myself with a lot of spare time (like every day during physics and calculus), which only encouraged my addiction to reading fashion magazines. Thanks to Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, my eyes opened to the real world of designer fashion.

I began referring to Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs by first name, as if we were old friends. (Too bad we weren’t actually old friends; maybe I could have scored a discount.) While this fashion rebirth was occurring, something else happened. My parents stopped thinking it was fun to buy all my clothes. Now, as a first-year student at the University of Cincinnati, I have come to an unfortunate but inevitable realization: I have no (OK, very little) money.

Still, to a die-hard fashionista, being poor is only a minor setback. Thankfully, the design gods came to my rescue. Many of my dear, name-brand friends began creating more affordable guest lines for major retailers. The emergence satisfies the need to experience the bliss of wearing a beautiful, well-made garment, while keeping me far from over-drafting my bank account or maxing out my AmEx. I’ll even let you in on the best thing to happen to fashion since Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress. Here are my current top five favorite designer guest lines:

1. Jimmy Choo for H&M – The lust-worthy stilettos and handbags arrived just in time for the holiday party season! Every girl should own a pair of Jimmy Choos and now we can. Let’s all smile as we torture our feet in the name of fashion, knowing that we didn’t torture our bank accounts.

2. Jemma Kidd for Target – Her line is always on trend with the hottest color palettes and most wearable makeup. The fun cosmetic products are long lasting and an affordable luxury. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to go to Target?

3. Miley Cyrus and Max Azria for Wal-Mart – At first, the thought of this collaboration made me a bit nervous. Actually, it made me cringe. But I must admit, there are some insanely cute pieces in this collection and with everything priced at $20.00 or less, you can try out several of the rock star-inspired garments.

4. Christian Siriano for Payless – Project Runway fans: rejoice! The designer lends his talent and impeccable fashion sense to this collaborative line of shoes and handbags. With edgy zipper details and gold accents the Elisa Sandal and Carolina Pump are, dare I say it, fierce.

5. Vera Wang for Kohl’s – The sophistication of Vera is now available to the masses. The collection is perfect worn in individual pieces or as an entire outfit. Plus, Vera offers apparel, shoes and handbags to make any wardrobe complete and completely affordable.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dillards discount for UC students

Hey University of Cincinnati students,

Black Friday is over but the deals and savings are not. I just got a heads up about a special deal for you. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 2, if you present your UC ID, you can receive a 20 percent discount on your purchase ONLY at the Kenwood location. That could be some serious savings if you need to pick up something for your holiday party outfits or a gift for someone else.

Happy shopping, friends!