Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Hey Paint the Gown Red readers! I’m Delores from Wandering Past with a quick costume idea to turn you in to an everyday guardian of love and justice. If you’re anything like me, you may have waited a little last minute to finish your Halloween costume. But have no fear, this costume is sure to be cute, comfortable, and affordable. Jamie and I are swapping blogs today to share simple costume ideas with items you probably already have in your closet. Head over to Wandering Past to see Jamie’s adorable idea and read on for mine.

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Usagi Tsukino (or Serena) from “Sailor Moon” has a wardrobe of adorable items to pull inspiration from and since I identify so much with this crybaby, meat-ball head, this outfit was a perfect choice! For my costume I built it all around one casual outfit seen in Episode 12 of the first season. This particular pink skirt was one I bought forever ago and somehow always gets neglected in my wardrobe. I paired it with my trusty oxfords and then planned for all the other items to buy. Since all the pieces are solid colored items, it’s pretty easy to find a denim jacket, green button up, and pink skirt to start making this costume. I bought most of my pieces new because of the time crunch, but there’s a good chance you already have an alternative in your closet or you can head over to your local thrift store to find these pieces. If you can’t find the time to do that and still want to go second-hand, you can always try sites like eBay, Etsy, or even an app like Vinted.

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Now, you don’t have to be a natural blonde with ridiculously long hair to dress up like Usagi and you don’t even need to buy a wig if you so desire. If you do go the route of a wig though, keep in mind these particular wigs can get messy easily and have the tendency to tangle. But if you don’t care about all that, buy a Luna plush and rock whatever buns you can manage with your own hair. You can even just pick one of the other sailor soldiers’ everyday outfits as well. So if you have long dark hair, maybe try sporting a casual Makoto/Sailor Jupiter or Rei/Sailor Mars. In looking to this series for inspiration, you’re bound to find some adorable items that are already in your wardrobe and finally have the motivation to buy the pieces you wish were in your closet already. Now go forth and punish everyone evil in the name of the moon!

Thank you all for letting me share some Halloween costume ideas for you today and a huge shout out to Jamie for sharing her blog with me. Have an awesome Halloween!

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Costumes From Your Closet with Wandering Past- Paint the Gown Red

Wig Amazon, Shirt Amazon, Book bag Forever 21, Denim Jacket Amazon, Pleated Skirt Vintage, Socks Amazon, Shoes ShoeCafe24, Luna Plush Amazon

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Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat- Paint the Gown Red

Today I’m thrilled to introduce my newest obsession, eShakti- an ecommerce company that’s revolutionizing style and fit. When shopping for clothes, I tend to have this problem, now tell me if you’ve heard this story before. I rock a smaller chest with a fuller bottom half, average torso and I’m somewhat short. More often than not, I’ll find things that sort of fit. Maybe a dress will fit perfectly at the waist but be humongous in the chest. Story of my life. Apparently there isn’t one universal body type out there. Say what?! This can be super frustrating when shopping for clothes, especially online. Enter eShakti.

Scaredy Cat- Paint the Gown Red

eShakti honors the fact that each and every one of us is unique. That’s why they offer style and fit customization to all women sizes 0-36. Yes. You can actually have a dress made for you- to your exact measurements. And It won’t cost an arm and a leg! You can even alter parts of the dress like the neckline, sleeve length and skirt length. The dress I’m wearing today was custom tailored to my measurements, and it really feels that way. I was also able to shorten the skirt so it wasn’t too long, eliminating another common problem I face with regular sizes. Is that not the coolest thing you’ve ever heard? Wait. It gets better. I've got a Halloween treat for you! Use the code PAINTTHEGOWNRED to get 10% OFF unlimited purchases between now and 11/28/2014. That’s on top of a $25 coupon they’ll give you just for signing up. Ok. I’m done. I just get a little excited when I find someone doing something so awesome in the fashion industry. There is no such thing as a standard size. Finally, a company that gets it.

Scaredy Cat- Paint the Gown Red

Scaredy Cat- Paint the Gown Red

Dress c/o eShakti, Wedges B.A.I.T Coat Vintage, Purse Lauren Merkin, Cat Hat Jessicozy for Dear Creatures, Belt Vintage

Madonna Inn's Carrot Cake

Madonna Inn's Carrot Cake- Paint the Gown Red

Remember our trip to the Madonna Inn last year? It's not a place you forget- famous for it's gaudy architecture, amazing themed rooms and colorful goblets. Goblets that began my now booming collection! Well on top of all that, the Madonna Inn is famous for their cake. So when a recipe for their Pineapple Carrot Cake surfaced in the LA Times, I jumped at it! Any excuse to bring the Madonna Inn to me, really.

Madonna Inn's Carrot Cake- Paint the Gown Red

This was my very first carrot cake, and I think I nailed it. Moist and with the perfect amount of cream cheese frosting, it was truly delish. I'm really happy with how it looks now, but it's vastly different then I had envisioned it. Cake decorating involves a bit of improvisation. You have to meet your cake and frosting, see how they look land behave, before you can figure out what to do with them. In my mind I had these grand plans of beautifully decorating a smooth cake with colorful carrots and flowers. That turned out to be a pipe dream. The frosting was too thin and lumpy- deliciously lumpy- but lumpy nonetheless. So I had to rethink my design and this is what emerged from the depths of my mind! Whaddayathink?

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (5 ounces) whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 plus 3 tablespoons (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • About ¾ cup (6 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3½ cups grated carrots, from about 7 carrots
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

For the Icing

  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7 ounces) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure Bourbon vanilla

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two round cake tins and line the bottoms with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wheat and all-purpose flours, salt, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon. In another bowl beat the eggs. With the mixer running, beat in the sugars and combine thoroughly. Slowly beat in the vegetable oil. Beat in the dry ingredients until fully combined. Do not to overmix. Fold in the carrot and pineapple by hand. Divide the mixture evenly between the two pans and bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and cool the cakes on a rack. Frost. Serve and enjoy!

For the Icing: Cream together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar in three stages. Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl several times to make sure all lumps are creamed. Do not overwhip the icing. Blend in the pineapple and vanilla completely. This makes a generous 4 cups of frosting. (Original)

October on Instagram

Man. October is almost over! I’m pretty excited about it because that means it’s almost Halloween! Though that also means it’s almost November. I’m not so sure how to feel about that. That’s a little unsettling. Is summer so officially doneso that we’re starting to set the table for Thanksgiving? I guess so. This month was so jam packed with photoshoots, feasts, collaborations and DIYs it just flew on by. Just look at all those projects! Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see the madness live.

This month I really tried to step up my game and bring you exciting relevant content, and I wanna know how you feel about it! Do you like the Holiday themed treats and crafts? How about the collabs with awesome like-minded bloggers? Finally, is there anything you wish you were seeing more of here? Lemme know! You’re the best readers a gal could ask for and I want to make sure to bring you the best possible content. Ok? Yay!

Fave Five: Pet Costumes

There is nothing cuter then babies in costume, and that applies to animal babies. These dolled up pups and cats are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! They make me want to find an outfit for Puddle and Toaster, right meow! It’s a little crazy that I don’t have one already, I know. I’m really not sure what happened there. Obviously kitten costumes are the most important costumes on Halloween! Perhaps I’ll fashion a tiny flower crown for P and a fedora for T so they can match our Oktoberfest outfits. I wonder how they’ll appreciate this- kittens first costume! I bet they’ll LOVE it. Har.

Fave Five: Pet Costumes- Paint the Gown Red

Lovely Indeed