DIY Halloween Costume

By Abby

Witchy WomanHere at Abby and Elle, we don’t like to purchase Halloween costumes if we don’t have to. We would much rather assemble a fitting outfit and turn it into a Halloween costume by adding a few simple accessories. (Obviously I grew up in a cash-strapped household.)

As you can see in the photo, I paired a witch hat fascinator with a purple blouse, and bam! I was ready for that Halloween party. Conversely, I could remove the fascinator and not look like I’m doing anything related to Halloween.

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It started with the tights

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This whole ensemble started with the tights, which I dug out of the closet because 1) the weather is getting a little nippy, and 2) I needed to hide a blooming bruise on my shin related to moving 1,000 bricks — 1,000 of 6,000, made in Poland! — that my beloved had delivered onto our driveway. (Actually you can see some of them in the photos.) Did I mention that he bought 6,000? But that’s another story.

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How to install a hardwood floor: part 1 (aka prequel)


Me, buffing our new maple/cherry hardwood dining room floor. Working a buffer is akin to riding a bull. (I know, I make it look easy.)

By Elle

Replacing the carpeting in our dining room with a hardwood floor wasn’t something that was on our renovation short list. But one day, in a fit of insanity, we tore out all the carpeting. Not sure what we expected to find beneath, but it was neither beautiful hardwood nor a buried treasure. Continue reading

Sexy Fashion Trend: Bralette

By Abby

yoins-braletteSo our sex lives can get a little crazy from time to time, and by crazy I mean it disappears. So whether you are experiencing a natural decrease┬áin those helpful reproductive hormones or have kids that just suck the life out of you…sex can be challenging.

We keep our eyes open for things that might give our sex lives a boost. Lucky for us one of this year’s fashion trends happens to be very sexy and practical. The bralette is a bra, lingerie, and a crop top all in one.

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Perfect picnic pants

By Elle
Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design

I’ve been waiting all summer to have a picnic just so I could wear these Ralph Lauren cropped gingham pants. I love picnics, and it’s been our family tradition — at least three generation’s worth — to picnic every summer, usually at the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation.

When I was a girl, I loved walking the creek that ran alongside the picnic area. I’d secretly pretend I was an Indian being hunted by the white man (aka my brother and his two annoying friends). In bare feet, I’d jump from rock to rock as quietly as I could. I’d slip behind trees and wait until they passed. If I returned to my tribe (aka family members engrossed in a game of pinochle) without the white man spotting me, the day was a success and I’d celebrate with an extra helping of mom’s most excellent potato salad. Continue reading

People are not property

Shopping_Cart-592b_web_largeBy Abby and Elle

There seems to be no shortage of charities designed to help people — mostly women — around the world achieve economic independence, and there are several whose goal is to help women escape or avoid sex slavery. No one could argue with that, especially people like us — aka moms of daughters.

Sudara is one of those companies, and they produce a beautiful line of clothing, called PUNJAMMIES, made by women in India, a country with one of the highest incidences of sex trafficking in the world.
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