Betty Veronica Dan DeCarlo Fashion

Betty & Veronica Fashion Friday

Betty Veronica Dan DeCarlo Fashion

Betty and Veronica as drawn by Dan DeCarlo, circa 1960s.

It’s no secret I love Archie Comics and Betty and Veronica. I especially enjoy the ’60s-era Dan DeCarlo renditions of my favorite frenemies–particularly the clothes. If you look at any of DeCarlo’s comics and pinups, it’s immediately clear that he really researched the clothes of the era, and that he had definitive ideas of how Betty and Veronica should dress (for example, Betty generally wears full skirts, while Veronica–that hussy–opts for pencil skirts).

I’ve always aspired to dress like the ladies–so classic! So graphic! So I decided to have a little fun and create my own interpretation of one of their looks. I even went so far as to select affordable clothing for Betty (Nordstrom Rack!) and designer for dear Ronnie (Dolce & Gabbana!).

So how did I do?

Betty & Veronica Fashion Friday #1

 

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Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos

Happy Tuesday! Comics, Comics, Comics

Betty and Veronica Adam Hughes

Betty and Veronica, by Adam Hughes. Image from Bleeding Cool.

Hey all! How was your weekend? I took a crazy one-day trip to Emerald City Comicon to chat with people about GeekCraft Expo PDX and to see some friends. It was awesome–more so because two friends hitched a ride with me. It is infinitely preferable to spend two to three hours talking about movies, TV, and childhood experiences while driving to Seattle. Woo!

So as you can imagine, I’ve got lots of comics news:

Comics

The proofs of the Fight Club 2 hardcover are here, and it is gorgeous (I got a peek because my husband, Scott Allie, edited the book). Chuck Palahniuk wrote a beautiful little tribute to the creative team, and hinted about what’s coming next. Gosh, what could it be . . . ?

Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos

Jessica Jones by Michael Gaydos. Image courtesy Michael Perlman.

It’s like my favorite comic book publishers are trying to make all my dreams come true! One example: there’s going to be a new Jessica Jones series by the original creative team, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and David Mack. Brian Michael Bendis is, of course, the choice for the writer, but I’m so please that Gaydos is returning. His take on Jessica is so distinctive and definitive–I love it. And David Mack is perfection. If you haven’t already, check out the original series, Alias, and the followup, The Pulse.

But wait! There’s more! Archie Comics’ new Adam Hughes Betty and Veronica series, which was announced last May, will hit comic shops in July. Adam Hughes’ “good girl” art is legendary, and the prospect of him doing interior art in addition to covers? This is a can’t-miss series. I’m also looking forward to the variant covers by Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, and Chip Zdarsky.

“But enough of these johnny-come lately artists,” you say? Fear not: longtime Archie writer/artist Dan Parent is debuting Life With Kevin with J. Bone this June, starring an adult Kevin. This will be a digital-first series, but I’m happy to see the Archie “house” style alive and well in any format!

Picnics

Well that was a change of topic! But relevant to my life. Sid has joined a baseball team and has two games per week–one on the weekend in the morning, one during a weekday evening. During the dinner hour. So I’m taking this as an opportunity to make fun picnics!

Up first: this salami caprese pasta salad, with grilled asparagus and corn muffins (pro tip: these are all leftovers). I have seven more to plan–I’ll take pics and post recipes in case you need ideas this summer.

Books

I am overloaded with books. Seriously. I have like eight library books right now, because I put titles on hold online on a whim, and then they all arrive at the Belmont branch willy nilly. However! I highly recommend reading Sex and Shopping: Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl, the autobiography of Scruples author Judith Krantz, because it is a delightful look into a certain kind of liberated woman I had no idea existed in the late ’40s-early ’50s. Really. Plus, I discovered how many of her bonkers books came right from her real life. I mean, this is a woman who rubbed shoulders with Richard Avedon and Barbara Walters before (and while) they were stars!

That’s all I have for today. Reader, you have no idea what else I’m up to! But you will. Very soon. (Those last three lines were a tribute to dear Judith.)

Zucchini

Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Zucchini

This tray is huge, some of those zucchini are more than a foot long!

Happy Monday! Oh my god guys, it is so hot here in Portland. It is miserable. I believe we just reached 100 degrees yesterday–thank god for the AC in our bedrooms–so I am unashamedly enjoying the much cooler morning temperatures in a bra and shorts. Keep in mind that the shorts are too big and it’s a nursing bra, so no fantasy material here!

Sid’s at BPRD day camp at Trackers this week, so I’m hoping to get a lot of stuff done, including prepping for our camping/beach vacation next week. The highs are 65 in Astoria and Lincoln City, and I cannot wait. I want to wear a sweatshirt!

Cooking

Sid is carpooling to camp this week with his friend Ernie and stepbrother Zach, so I have a houseful of boys to make breakfast for this week, yay! I plan to use part of our zucchini crop to make this Lemon Zucchini Bread my Mom brought to my attention. Yum!

I’m trying to do the impossible with our upcoming three-day camping trip: I don’t want to bring too much food. I know, have you met me?!? I’ll write it out if my meal plan is successful. Meanwhile, I might make this Sausage and Bean One-Pot Stew to bring with us. Fortunately, we’re renting a house with a kitchen immediately after camping, so any leftover food will be eaten there.

Comics and Books

I was able to get a sneak peek at the finale of Archie vs. Predator, and it was great. There’s something super satisfying about gore and decapitations in that classic “Archie” house style. If you’re not into floppies (individual comics), there’s an Archie vs. Predator hardcover coming out this fall–if you pre-order, you’ll save 20%.

If I haven’t said it before, I am loving the library. Our library is awesome. I’m currently reading The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber, an excellent look at the present and future of the “farm-to-table” movement, and Style, by Kate Spade. Style was a bit of a disappointment–lots of lists of things without any context (20 artists, a dozen books, etc.)–but still fun.

Fashion (and TMI)

In keeping with the TMI of my opening paragraph, I wanted to let you know that you should buy my underwear. Well, not my actual underwear, but Nordstrom is having a sale on Hanky Pankys. I buy eight every year during their Anniversary Sale (a savings of $52 this time) and they are the best. I heard about them a decade ago from my mom, who heard about them from Oprah, so–clearly well vetted. They’re cute, they’re comfortable (more TMI–I wore them my entire pregnancy), they’re practically invisible under clothes, and if you hang them to dry they’ll last for years. Get the low-rise unless you’re really tall.

Murder, She Wrote

I couldn’t resist this “How Would You Die on Murder, She Wrote?” quiz. Although there’s no skiing in Cabot Cove, BuzzFeed!

Archie #1 Reboot

Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Archie #1 Reboot

Archie #1, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Wonderful!

Happy Monday! I survived a bittersweet weekend, as I missed San Diego Comic-Con for the second year in a row–it’s not a place for babies. While it was nice to not stand in a booth for 8+ hours per day, I do regret not being in the thick of things and seeing my friends. Boo.

Comics

However, my husband (Dark Horse Comics’ Editor-in-Chief) kept me up to date, and even a little ahead of the loop–I knew to watch for the eruption of excitement when Joss Whedon announced his new comic book series, Twist, about a steampunk female superhero! I even have a vote in for who the artist should be–I’ll let you know if my choice wins out. So while I didn’t get to see my husband on stage in Hall H, I did have a little insider info to keep me warm. Sigh.

The other big release from SDCC was the Star Wars behind-the-scenes reel. It. Is. AWESOME. The practical effects are going to be WONDERFUL. I’m going against AP Style and using all caps, people!

Something I’m going to write a full post on is the much-anticipated (and a little feared, by me), reboot of Archie. That’s right, after 70+ years, Archie Andrews got a major makeover. After the full-body cringes inspired by the Archie New Look Series (shudder), I was worried the new series would be like when your Mom starts saying things like, “Raise the roof!” But it was wonderful. I’ll write more soon.

Survival

Well this is a new section for this blog! NPR told us that the Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake and created an app so that Oregonians can get an idea of when services and power would be restored after a 9.0 quake. But even if you’re not in Oregon, there’s a lot of good advice on disaster prep here.

Fashion

I’ve been trying to buy fewer clothes and stick to my 10-Item Wardrobe, but I’ve been dealing with one problem: I’m actually 10 pounds below my pre-baby weight due to breastfeeding, and my shorts are falling off my body. I look like I have baggy elephant butt. So I bought this pair of chino shorts in navy at (of course) J. Crew Factory this weekend!

Books

So we started to go to the library for Book Babies for Sarah, but I have been loving it for myself! I used to spend hours in the library every week when I was growing up, but it’s been years since I’ve gone regularly. I just finished As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes (the actor who played Westley) and it was wonderful. Now, The Princess Bride was my favorite movie in junior high and high school (I made a pirate shirt for my boyfriend–for prom), but I admit I had seen it so many times, I was a little sick of it. No more! This was a delightful read that reignited my love for the movie, and even stranger–there was no bitterness! No scandal! It was as sweet and lovely as the movie–and still interesting!

In other news, we’re going camping in about two weeks. Anyone have any camping food tips?

Murder She Blogged

Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Hydrangea Flower Arrangement

I made a flower arrangement. Deal with it!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had great weekends. Ours was packed: birthday/housewarming of one of my best friends, brunch with Sid’s mom, partner, and kids, and then a barbecue with my folks, brother, and girlfriend. A lot of cooking. And I’ve got a lot of cooking ahead of me in the next two weeks (two dinner parties and a brunch). I’m taking a break after the Fourth of July, I swear!

Links!

First up: I was graciously invited to guest on Ask Me About My Draculas, a vampire-themed Google hangout-podcast hosted by Ma’at Crook and Kel McDonald. This week, they introduced me to the hilarious New Zealand comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

Food/Cooking:

So I am the official birthday cake baker for most of my friends, but the above-mentioned birthday girl is paleo, which offers certain challenges. Fortunately! Said friend is also fantastic at picking recipes that are delicious, so I’ve made her this Lemon Meringue Cake the past two years. It looks like a cake, it feels like a cake (nice and spring-y), and it is delicious. Bonus: you’ll end up with about a pint of leftover lemon curd.

Another paleo winner (for the same party) is this Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad by PaleOMG.

I finally discovered (and used) the mini food processor attachment to my Cuisinart Hand Blender–it only took me three years of owning it. I was making a little baby food on the fly. Anyway, this sucker consistently impresses me (and it was a wedding gift from the birthday girl!). If you’re looking for a good immersion blender or are just building your kitchen and want one tool that can be a blender, hand mixer, smoothie maker, and food processor, I recommend it highly.

Household:

Ugh, it is warm and we have a lot of fruit, so a bunch of fruit flies cropped up this weekend. This apple cider fruit fly trap worked wonders.

Comics:

Archie vs PredatorI read the first three issues of Archie vs. Predator this weekend, and it was a total blast–in the vein of Afterlife With Archie, it is not for small children. The Predator crashes the kids’ jungle vacation and then hitches a ride to Riverdale, and the results are incredibly gory. Writer Alex de Campi (Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight) balances the traditional “Archie” tone with the darker material, and artist Fernando Ruiz (Life With Archie) handles the character moments and action superbly. The final issue is due out 7/22.

Murder, She Wrote:

My favorite Murder, She Wrote blog, Murder, She Blogged, is recapping my very favorite episode: “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.” This season five finale was originally going to be the series finale (before Angela Lansbury agreed to continue) so it is extra! Dramatic! Seth!

Got anything to share? Post it below. I’ll just leave this here from Murder, She Blogged.

Murder She Blogged

SETH HAZLITT STOP MAKING JB CRY YOU BASTARD.

10-Item Wardrobe

My Summer 2015 10-Item Wardrobe

I want you to know that I will be mercilessly mocked by my friend Caroline for writing about my Summer 10-Item Wardrobe–she contends, quite vigorously, that I am not qualified to write about fashion. And she’s probably right. I vividly remember the summer I moved East to Martha’s Vineyard when I was 26, with one suitcase and one pair of shorts, and she outfitted me in her and her sisters’ junior high-age summer things … from the ’80s. It was 2001. The Derrig girls are all much taller than me. I loved them all (the clothes and the girls).

But! My stats don’t lie: my dorky fashion posts are the most-read articles on this silly blog. So I continue.

But yes, as I feel compelled to say whenever I write about this: I am not the most fashion-forward person. In fact, when I find clothes I like, I try to make them last forever–I’ve had at least a third of my items for years. But that’s why having a limited, capsule wardrobe works so well for me. I have my favorite clothes, and then I buy more clothes to go with them. So I end up with a wardrobe that all goes together, that all feels right to me, and that I’ll put the extra work into (mending, hanging certain things to dry) so they’ll last.

So below I have my 10 items, as well as my T-shirts–I follow Jennifer L. Scott’s (of the Daily Connoisseur blog and Madame Chic books) philosophy of 10 main items, augmented by a handful of casual tops. Shoes, accessories, underwear, evening wear, and outerwear not included!

So without further ado: my 10-Item Summer Wardrobe for 2015. NOTE: I did a little shopping to pick up new T-shirts, etc., and I think I made one mistake. Look and see if you can figure out which piece it is.

10-Item Wardrobe

J Crew Factory chambray shirt.


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J Crew Factory navy-striped top–like the chambray, a holdover from winter.


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A new item! Orange chiffon top from White House Black Market (and my Mom).


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Another new item: J Crew Factory “fruit salad” T-shirt.


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J Crew Factory mint-green “airspun” cardigan.


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Floral dress, made by me maybe four or five years ago? Pattern by Amy Butler.


10-Item Wardrobe

J Crew Factory striped dress. I love this dress. I wore it until I was eight months pregnant last year and it still looks great.


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Gap navy cargo shorts. They actually roll down about two inches. I swear they don’t look as short on, Mom!


10-Item Wardrobe

Light aqua shorts from (can you guess?) J Crew Factory. What can I say, I do most of my shopping at outlet malls!


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Gap cropped white jeans.

So: clearly lots of stripes (of course), and lots of orange and navy or blue. The mistake? Unfortunately, I think the mint cardigan was a misfire. I actually took a picture of my current wardrobe all spread out to take with me while I was shopping, but . . . I was seduced by the cool, beachy color that doesn’t go with either of my dresses or some of my tops. Whoops. So I might take it back. I’d love to find a loose-weave, cream-colored cable-knit cardigan instead. Wish me luck!

Finally, my T-shirts:

10-Item Wardrobe

Caslon orange striped shirt. Another holdover from my winter wardrobe, but I just noticed two tiny pinprick holes at the hem in the middle front. Is that from zippers?!? How do I stop that? Going to try to darn them.


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Halogen black T-shirt.


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J Crew Factory gray T-shirt. I love these shirts–they’re light and drapey.


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Same as above, in white! May need to get some other colors.


10-Item Wardrobe

I’ve had and worn this shirt for two years, but . . . everyone loves Archie!


10-Item Wardrobe

I’ve cut down on buying comics-related T-shirts, but Scott got me this and I love it: Spidey having what looks like a Stitch and Bitch (he’s “knitting” with webbing) with nemeses Rhino, Shocker, Electro, and Venom.

So there you have it! Throw in a couple of tank tops, and I have a wardrobe that can do anything from work out in the garden to go out at night, or even attend a daytime summer wedding. Plus, it mostly all goes together . . . except for that mint-green cardigan. Grr! I have some shoes and accessories to share, too, but this post is long enough: we’ll get to that another day.

What do you think? Do you have a 10-item wardrobe? Post your comments below!

Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

RevivalHello, everyone! How were your weekends? I hope you had the same gorgeous weather we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest!

We scooted out of town (skipping Free Comic Book Day, which was really weird for me) to the Oregon coast with my folks. My plans were set: get a bunch of writing done, since my parents would be enjoying extra time with their granddaughter and Scott and Sid would be hitting the bike trails.

The reality? Scott came down with a cold, which was bad. But then my poor Mom woke up Saturday morning with what I had (and she nursed me through) last week–much, much worse. She didn’t leave her room in our gorgeous rental house in Manzanita and we all felt very bad for her.

However, my Dad and I did go on a bike ride with Sid (and Scott did a couple times as well), and I’ve got to say–I forgot how fun it was! And it was incredible for us to see Sid riding like he’s been doing it for years (it’s been just two weeks). My Dad got lots of Sarah time in the early morning, since she’s decided to start sleeping through the night–yay!–but wake up at 5 am or so–nooo!

Scotty was sweet enough to get up with her this morning so he could catch Mad Men before work, and I got to sleep in until the lovely hour of . . . 7:30 am. It really did feel luxurious. Having a baby changes frickin’ everything, amirite?!?

But enough about me: here are some links to entertain you this Monday morning:

Did you miss out on Free Comic Book Day? Not to worry: Things From Another World is extending FCBD through Friday! Not only will you save 20-50% on almost everything online, but you’ll get two special FCBD comics, free, with any in-stock purchase made by May 8 (while supplies last). Pro tip: since TFAW is the sister company of Dark Horse Comics, there’s a better-than-average chance that you’ll get the exclusive Fight Club 2 prequel!

Unsure of what to purchase? I have some suggestions:

  • Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton is a fantastic choice if you’re a fan of small-town horror, The Walking Dead, and strong female characters. One day in a tiny Wisconsin town, the dead come back to life–not as zombies per se, but it’s still unsettling. As the outside world desperately tries to get in–is it the rapture?–Officer Dana Cypress must deal with getting to the bottom of the mystery, while the secrets and shadows of her small town threaten to boil over. The characters and storylines are tight, and Norton’s gorgeous, gory art makes this a must-read.
  • Abe Sapien by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and Dave Stewart. Full disclosure: I am married to Scott Allie (and, um, friends with Tim and Mike above), but I can stand behind this book without bias! If you’ve seen the Hellboy movies, you know something about the character of Abe Sapien, fish man. But he is so much more. In this series, he’s on the run from his former cohorts from the B.P.R.D., wandering an America that has been destroyed by monsters while trying to determine–is he one of them? And what will he become? It reads like one part parable, one part Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.
  • The Art of Archie: The Covers. Everyone loves Archie–no, really. They do. This is an exquisitely produced book showcasing decades of classic art in a premium format, and it’s 40% off right now. This would be a great gift at any age. So get it!

In non-comics linkage, it’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Here’s an easy taco filling recipe from Martha Stewart, and I’ll post my taco salad recipe this week to deal with the leftovers.

Finally, in nostalgia: I’ve really, really been missing my favorite soap, All My Children, so I’ve been watching old clips on YouTube. Here’s a classic clip of Erica Kane, world’s shortest supermodel, out-weirding a crazy homeless lady as she attempts to deliver a ransom to Billy Clyde Tuggle for her presumed-dead (eaten by sharks!) husband, Adam Chandler. There’s also a great bit by Christine Baranski (The Good Wife).

See you later this week!