Monday, March 26, 2012

Dressipes: Orange Cream Vegan Dream

dress, collar, belt, underskirt: vintage | shoes: Charlotte Russe

I've been looking forward to this post for a very long time! Welcome to a new feature on The Joyful Fox: Dressipes.

This idea came to me while I was writing this post. I had discovered that I had a tendency to dress in the colors of some of my favorite foods, or I would find that I started to crave a food that corresponded to my outfit (like blueberry pie). Eventually I realized that I might as well start embracing it - and Dressipes was born! Each Dressipe post is going to have an outfit, but it's also going to have a little bonus: a recipe that coordinates to the outfit. It combines two of my favorite things - food and style. It's a fun challenge, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


This edition of Dressipes was kind of spur of the moment. (It's more fun that way, don't you think?) I bought a juicer a while back, and hadn't been using it nearly enough, so I bought a huge bag of oranges. My original plan was to make plain orange juice, but Chris and I kept throwing in more things, and...well, I'll just get to the recipe, shall I?

Orange Cream Vegan Dream

- 4 oranges
- 3 apples
- 2 carrots
- 1 banana
- almond milk

- juicer (or blender, strainer, and cheesecloth)

1. Peel the oranges and break them into fourths (it doesn't need to be exact). Juice them.

2. Remove the cores from the apples, slice, and juice them.

3. Juice the carrots, and then peel and juice the banana.

4. When all the fruits have been juiced, stir the juice to evenly distribute the flavors. Then, take the almond milk and stir it in until the juice achieves desired creaminess.

That's it!

- I know that not everyone has a juicer. If you don't, then of course I think you should get one (mine was cheap - only $35 at Aldi!) so you can enjoy fresh juice often - there's nothing like it. However, you should still be able to make this recipe in a normal blender. Just blend all the fruits together and then strain the pulp out (you may want to use layers of cheesecloth and squeeze to get the most out of it).

- You can play with the fruit ratio to get your desired flavor. 4:3:2:1 is delicious and easy to remember, but if you're missing one ingredient, it shouldn't be a big deal!

- This recipe would probably work with a different milk substitute, but I think the creaminess of the almond milk makes it a perfect fit. I used the Silk vanilla almond milk.

- I haven't tried this yet, but when it gets hot out again, I plan to freeze this to make creamsicles. Mmmm...

So there you have it - the first edition of Dressipes! If you try this out, I'd love to know how it works out for you. I hope you enjoy it! Do any of you out there have juicers? What's your favorite juice recipe?

photos by Chris

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Luck of the (almost) Irish

dress & underskirt: vintage | belt: thrifted | shoes: Forever 21

Well, I'm more than a couple days late...but here's what I wore for St. Patrick's Day! Unfortunately, when these photos were taken, I was in the midst of a 30-hour headache that had actually started the previous afternoon. So, no crazy parties for me - I couldn't even enjoy a celebratory beer because of the medicine. But I decided early on in the day that I wasn't going to let a headache ruin my mood...and I didn't! Chris and I took a nice long walk in the gorgeous weather and enjoyed fresh, homemade juice.

Since I couldn't do stereotypical St. Patrick's Day things, I made an effort to incorporate as much green into my day as I could. So I dug out this dress from my closet (it's so delicate, I'm afraid to wear it too often!), ate an avocado for breakfast, and, of course, took my outfit shots in front of the green door!

Next year, I'll have a lot more to celebrate on this holiday - my mom should have her Irish citizenship! Since her grandmother was born in Northern Ireland, she (and any descendants born after she gets the citizenship) will be eligible to be an Irish citizen. I must confess, I'm a little bit jealous that I can't get it for myself - but who knows, maybe there's a loophole I simply haven't discovered yet...

Did any of you do anything fun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


photos by Chris

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The script called for rain

dress (worn as top): ModCloth | cardigan, shoes: Forever 21 | belt: thrifted | skirt: Francesca's Collections | tights: GAP | umbrella: vintage

I had such great plans for this outfit. The weather would be perfectly warm, slightly breezy, with more than a hint of spring in the air - and it would be sunny. As you can see, mother nature had other plans...absolutely every time I had to be outside, it was not just raining, but pouring. And my shoes were completely inappropriate for the weather (cut-outs all over!) But of course, I was just crazy enough to try and make it work!

In the end, I'm glad it rained. I think it's the rainy days that need bright colors moreso than the sunny ones.

This skirt is one of my new favorite pieces of clothing, I think. I bought it last week when I had a day off from work. Unfortunately, for my day off, I picked the coldest day in recent weeks (I woke up to a covering of snow everywhere, which seems hard to believe right now). But despite the cold, I had a perfect day. Chris and I share an interest in food and nutrition, so we visited a local health food store, which was expensive but delightful. We spent a long time just wandering the aisles, looking at all the tea and spices and  unusual grains and things we'd never heard of. I think I could've spent days (and a small fortune) there.

After running some other errands, we went out to the mall to see a movie. I don't really like malls, but we had some time to kill before the showtime, so I ended up buying this skirt and a yellow dress (how unlike me!) Anyway, we saw The Artist and it's definitely one of my new favorites. Not surprising, since I adore the 1920's, but it was sincerely well done and very moving.

How wonderful it is to have a day off. I wish those days weren't so few and far between! How would you spend a perfect day off?

photos by Chris - and didn't that last one turn out awesome? That's what happens when you take photos in the pouring rain!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cabin fever

cardigan, scarf: vintage | tank top: Target | shorts: ModCloth | oxfords: Charlotte Russe

You know how a lot of style bloggers plan out their outfits to fit with a certain theme? Well, I definitely do that sometimes - but it kind of happened in the reverse this time around. After I put this on, I realized that it would be a perfect outfit for cozying up in front of a fireplace in a cabin in the woods. And ever since then, I haven't been able to get that fantasy out of my head. (I would need more practical shoes, though.) 

It's cabin fever, I guess you could say, but not the kind that usually strikes this time of year. I am looking forward to the warmer weather - which we're actually getting in spades here - but I will really miss the endless possibility of warm layers.

This outfit was kind of a happy accident. I had been trying to figure out different ways to style these shorts (this is how I normally wear them, and actually how I had been wearing them earlier this day). I had been toying with the idea of pairing them with this the other day when I got home from work, I took off the red cardigan I had been wearing and I just started throwing on whatever I saw first. I ended up really liking how it turned out.

When will I learn that it's often the spontaneous inspiration that makes the best outfits?

I enjoy how in the above picture I really look like I'm all serious and posing, but I'm really just trying to get that strand of hair out of my mouth. It's funny how photos can look one way, when the actual event was quite different. It reminds me of a photoshoot I was doing for my mom's vintage wedding dress business a couple years ago...we had been taking photos all morning and I hadn't eaten, and so in order to get a wistful look on my face, I thought about waffles. 

And you know what? It worked. That photo ended up being one of the best photos of the day. Lesson learned: in order to get great expressions in photos, think of food, or getting that annoying strand of hair out of your mouth, or really anything other than the fact that you're getting your picture taken.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Scenes from a Saturday Soiree

Last Saturday, I participated in a vintage soiree organized by Lily of Love Charles Vintage. It was only my second time being a seller in such an event it went much better this time than last! I actually sold a few things, but beyond that, it was just a fun atmosphere.

The last sale I did was more general, but this time it was specifically vintage. And I have to say, the vintage crowd in Grand Rapids is pretty awesome - in case you couldn't tell from their displays. Sadly, I completely forgot to take a photo of my own display, but these photos should give you an idea what the others were like!

chalk art by Drew Melton

Despite my best efforts to remind myself that I was there to sell, not to buy, I did come away with a few new treasures - including a deep-red velvet dress - but they'll be making their blog debut another day...

I was completely smitten with Joelle's awesome display. Luckily, she was right across from us, so I got to sneak lots of photos without seeming too terribly creepy!


Though Chris and I mostly watched our display, we (of course) made some time for the photo booth...and I think that might just become a new tradition for us!