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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks for Reading!

Dear friends in the blogosphere,


If any of you follow me on this space, you've probably noticed my silence over the last part of the year. That's because I decided to focus my blogging, social media, and other internet efforts on my music site, christinehand.com.

Since the venue shift, I've recorded a series of cover song videos, spent time in the studio working on a new album, and added all sorts of fun content to facebook and instagram.

I loved having "The Beautiful Extras" as a space to share all the fun, beautiful parts of my life that don't necessarily make sense on a music site. But I discovered that I was neglecting my music in the process. I learned a lot with this site about photography, design, and blogging basics, and it was a fun creative outlet during an otherwise dry time. Now it's time to take what I've learned and apply it to my musical endeavors.

So, I'll keep this site up for the archives, but I hope you'll follow me over at http://www.christinehand.com/blog-1. There, you'll find my musings on music and the creative process, you'll see videos and hear clips of new music, and you'll have an opportunity to join my mailing list. I do hope you'll keep in touch that way!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you'll keep enjoying the "beautiful extras" of life!



Friday, April 15, 2016

That Seventies' Spring


This spring, I've been enjoying all the seventies and bohemian-inspired clothes I've been seeing around, and I've been itching for summer to come so I can go full-on hippie. In the meantime, though, I've been working some of those seventies' styles into my work wardrobe. Here are three of my favorite seventies-inspired looks for work.


Look #1 features a vintage polyester top I found at a thrift store in Roswell. Say what you will about polyester -- but it retains its new look forever! To make a bold piece like this work for the office/classroom, I added slacks, a cardigan and heels for just a touch of the seventies.




Look #2 is based on these palazzo pants that I debuted here last spring. The belt, nice blouse, and pointy heels kept things sleek and pulled together. These pants were perfect for the warm, windy weather that day. I stayed cool without having to worry about a dress blowing up in ways that are less than appropriate for a professor. :)



 

The final piece is a pretty straightforward carryover from the 70s: the wrap dress. This one has a fun tribal-ish print and it's really comfortable. To make a wrap dress work for me, I always make sure to pin down the top (or wear a camisole underneath). And since this dress hits below my knees, the nude heels helped my legs look a little longer.




How about you guys? Are any of you planning on embracing the seventies trends this spring?



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Road Trip


One of my annual traditions is a Girls' Weekend right around the week of spring break. This year, we packed our bags and hit the road for Roswell, New Mexico, and we had a great time exploring antique stores and thrift shops, all sorts of alien and space paraphernalia, and wonderful local food and coffee. There was much laughter, late-night conversations, and carb-binging, and a lovely time was had by all. Here are a few pictures of the fun!


The UFO museum is cheesy, wonderful, not-to-be-missed fun!


Though there was a Starbucks in town, I got my coffee fix at Stellar Coffee. They made me an excellent cappuccino, which earned them an A in my book. When I tried one friend's blackberry mocha frappe and another friend's iced mango chai latte, they made it to A+ territory. Definitely check this place out if you are in Roswell. While you're downtown and you need refreshments, definitely eat at Big D's Downtown Dive. They have great sweet potato fries and this amazing cheese steak. I had a perfect green-chile burger.


Just one of many examples of alien-themed murals and other art adorning the streets of Roswell.




More fun in the UFO museum


All the ladies!

Between Easter, teaching at two schools with two different Spring Breaks, and this trip, March has been a little crazy for my schedule. I'm kicking off April with a different kind of crazy as I join friends and fellow artists for Opening Bell's tribute to David Bowie on Saturday, April 9. If you're in the Dallas area, we'd love to see you!



Monday, February 15, 2016

14x14 outfit remix part 3


Now it's time for the final 4 outfits of my 2016 14 pieces, 14 outfits for Feb. 14 challenge!









And here's a recap of all the outfits:


Wow. Putting all your outfits from the last 2 weeks on a chronological slide show can teach you some things -- like the fact that I wore my glasses 6 days in a row last week. I guess I've had some rushed mornings. Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and Valentine's Day, and I'm looking forward to this early spring we're enjoying here in Texas. Happy Monday, everyone!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

14x14 part 2


Here are the next 5 outfits in my 14x14 for Feb. 14 remix challenge. Tomorrow I'll share the last few outfits and all of them together.












See you tomorrow for the final outfits. And Happy Valentine's Day!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

14 pieces 14 outfits for Feb. 14


It's that time of year again -- time for my 14x14 for Feb. 14 clothing remix! Here are the players:


From left to right: gray dress, burgundy corduroy pants, boot-cut jeans, red slacks, black skirt, blush blouse, floral top, striped sweater, burgundy button-down, gray chambray button-down, blush pink cardigan, black floral cardigan, grey blazer, burgundy blazer

And now, here are the first 5 outfits:

Outfit 1:


Outfit 2:


Outfit 3


Outfit 4



Outfit 5