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Elephants, Dachshunds and Stegosauruses

Last week after an unfortunate “diapie incident”, I put Sagan in one of his blue body suits from Precious Firsts by Carter’s.

Sagan - August 31 - In Onesie
Sagan in his Onesie

It was a white onesie with a pattern of grey stars and three different species of vertebrates:

  • Blue Elephants
    Sagan's Onesie - Elephant
  • Light Blue Dogs (Perhaps a Dachshund/Beagle Mix)
    Sagan's Onesie - Daschund
  • Green Stegosauruses
    Sagan's Onesie - Stegosaurus

Well goodness, you can’t sneak anything past the scrutiny of a science blogger. Ryan instantly noted that the onesie combined two contemporary mammals with a species that went extinct 150 million years ago.

Perhaps it shows that the only TV program Ryan and I have seen since Sagan’s birth has been season nine of Project Runway.  When Ryan chose to critique Sagan’s wardrobe, he did so through a mighty fine Michael Kors impression:

Michael Kors on Sagan's Onesie
Michael Kors Critiques Sagan’s Onesie

Don’t fret if you aren’t a baby and you want to wear your own recombination of geologic periods. You can find unlikely pairings in adult clothing as well. For example, Jesus riding a T-Rex, available at Urban Outfitters. 🙂

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Photo by GmanViz

September 7, 2011 at 1:00 am 3 comments

Trail Days 2008 – Fashion

Recently Mo Rocca invited Project Runway mentor, Tim Gunn, to evaluate the ladies of the Yearning for Zion Ranch and critique their styles. If you haven’t seen it, the video is below:


Tim Gunn’s take on the “Prairie Dress”.

The fashions on display at Trail Days were definitely more eclectic than you see at YFZ. The Trail Days designs made use of bright colors, combined influences from multiple cultures into a single look, and adopted accessories as a core component of the vision. Looking at my pictures and reflecting back, I wonder– What would Tim Gunn’s opinion be?

Even though Penn declared me to be the fourth most famous hiker in the world, I’m yet to be famous enough to hear from Tim Gunn. But, I could hear from you!

So, without further adieu, here is a sampling of the many fashions of Damascus Trail Days:


Harmless Hiker wearing a Santa hat and what appears to be tie-dyed long underwear


Denim jumpsuit, a tie and an askew Malboro baseball cap.


Talent show performer in gold hat, black boa, New Orleans beads and multi-colored striped shirt, all accessorized by a plastic water pistol


Crocs may be hot now, but the future trend is undoubtedly Worn Out Crocs.


Trail Day attendee in umbrella hat, skull sunglasses, multicolored lei, suspenders and pink and green spandex.


On left, the “Bill Bryson is a Candy Ass” look leaves the designer’s point of view ambigious. On the right, the classic “Multiple Tie” look.


Two hikers in the parade wearing dresses. How about those silhouettes?

I’m sparing you the men in Speedos (that’s right, men, plural).

May 18, 2008 at 11:57 pm 4 comments

Recycled Dresses

Packing for Mark and Denise’s Wedding, I went through my closet and tried to find an appropriate dress. I could go down the line and cite a family wedding (Adam, Carolyn, Andrew) or another family event for each dress… except for two. One was Stacy‘s groomsman dress, which didn’t seem fitting to wear again so soon. The other one was a dress that I wore in 1999 at Brian and Jodi‘s wedding. No family was there. It still fit, so there we go!

I show up at the wedding and my sister also recycled a dress. Her selection criteria was apparently more liberal than mine. She did wear a dress people had seen before– the dress she wore to her own wedding! 🙂


Me recycling a dress from 1999, Carolyn recycling a dress from 2000

With over fifty people in our extended family, and a number of unmarried cousins, I suspect this is just the very beginning of our recycling effort.

January 9, 2008 at 12:35 am 5 comments

Girlie Stuff on my Groomsman Stint

Katie requested a photo of me in my groomsman dress, so here’s a shot I had taken with her specifically in mind:


Me outside of church

I’m not sure what is going on with my posture in that shot above, but I’m certain my belly dancing teacher would not be pleased.  My mother thinks I’m trying too hard to suck my belly in.  I think it is more likely I’m trying too hard to stick my chest OUT.  🙂

Luckily, Casey and Matt snagged some shots of the dress in motion, which I fancy more!


This is my bridesmaid, Jenn, and me walking her down the aisle.  In the background you can see the Catholic priest who is undoubtedly displeased with our joint departure. 


Me and Jenn from the back.  Like many groomsman, I’m glad I was taller than my bridesmaid. 


Bridesmaid Gemma, me, Groomsman Matt and Bridesmaid Jenn


Booyah!!! There was dancing!  The dress in motion as I dance with CarolynClint is in the background also shooting the spectacle.


And MORE dancing!!!!


Okay not much of the dress in this shot, but I still love it.

Dress
The dress was After Six Style #6257 in New Garnet Renaissance Satin. 

Hair 
I got my hair done at a place called Sophisticuts in Woodbridge, Virginia.  The resilence of that up-do was amazing.  Not only did it survive all that dancing, but that evening when I got home, I fell asleep on the couch for three hours.  I woke up and the hair was still in place!  Their effort took 43 bobby pins and a lot of hair spray.

Makeup
I wish I could say for Stacy and Louise I did something special with makeup that day, but I didn’t.  It was the same old Revlon Colorstay Active (with SPF 25 protection!), L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner and Maybelline Great Lash mascara I typically wear to work.  I would share the brand names of my blush and eye shadow too, but you see, they are so old, the labels wore away long ago.  🙂 

Underwear
Hahaha, you can put the hiker in a dress, but you can’t squelch the outdoors spirit.  Underneath that beautiful fancy dress… I was wearing camouflage underwear. 

November 13, 2007 at 7:59 pm 14 comments


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