Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DIY: The Crown Princess of Potpourri

Flower headdresses are everywhere, and as spring approaches I predict we’ll see more and more of them. Luckily, they’re spectacularly easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • about a dozen cloth roses—buy them or, if you’re feeling ambitious, craft them
  • a plain, plastic headband
  • scissors
  • a glue gun





Ta-da! You’re ready for the debutante ball.



Sunday, March 17, 2013

{Vintage} Fashion: Who’s Your Mommy?

I get some of my style sense and most of my wacky theatrics from my mom Carolyn. She’s an incredible writer, a junior Italian chef, a budding painter, and the ultimate “mom’s mom,” showering me and all my friends with love, advice, and more pasta than we could eat in a week!

She’s also found me a sampling of her signature looks from decades past . If anyone’s wondering where I get that big hair…

Carrie and Joe Kozlowski

The obligatory embarrassing prom shot with my future godfather Joe. That fabulous beehive puts us in the early 1960s.

'75 Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, California circa 1975

She’s also a talented seamstress and imaginative costume maker. When I was a kid, we had an unbelievable collection of dress-up clothes, and I’m lending friends capes, kimonos, and corsets to this day.


My Fair Lady, 1980


Aye, mamacita!


The bar wench, 1981

She was a costume designer, props mistress, and all-around “stage mom” during all of my high school (and a few of my college) productions. She’s now sewing for Stockton Civic Theater in her spare time, and hopes to someday step up to the stage.

Mama Carolina, you’ll always be a star.


1988 Amabile Family Reunion. I think I’m a bun in the oven!