Monday, December 26, 2011

christmas duds

Ryan and I spent christmas with his family this year, as a married couple we've taken to switching holidays between our respective families. So this year we spent Thanksgiving in Colorado with my family and Christmas in Kansas with his family. We had a beautiful fun-filled and festive day. I always wonder how it is that sitting around opening gifts, chatting and catching up and eating copious amounts of food can be so darn exhausting??? we were all wiped by the end of the night!

This year we decided to dress up for our christmas dinner. So, I found this vintage dress a few weeks ago while thrifting and although it needed some altering (it was HUGE! and had crazy baggy sleeves), it was just the perfect Christmas red, so I bought it. In the end I wasn't totally happy with its shape but it worked..... and after I threw on my favorite christmas coat and some textured tights I felt super festive! (again, I wish I could wear my coats all day, sometimes they just make an outfit!)

I snapped this picture of a pretty christmas sunset last night while walking my puppy. The sky is always amazingly beautiful out in the Kansas countryside!

outfit details: dress, coat: thrifted, tights: Forever 21, shoes: Dillards

Sunday, December 25, 2011

merry christmas

have a happy happy day!

*here's a cute tutorial on how to make these festive pom-poms!*

Friday, December 23, 2011

christmas elf

Several people have called me a christmas elf today! I think it is a combination of my little green dress and that I have been passing out christmas goodies today!!

do you see a little puppy watching from the back door?! so cute!

I made some Christmas goodies for some friends at work! these little boxes were full of cookies and just so cute with their tiny, felt tree ornaments! (and they match my dress!

outfit details: dress: H&M, boots: Broadway shoes, sweater: thrifted, coat: Forever 21

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Civilization-spurns-the leopard!

Civilization — spurns — the Leopard!
Was the Leopard — bold?
Deserts — never rebuked her Satin –
Ethiop — her Gold –
Tawny — her Customs –
She was Conscious –
Spotted — her Dun Gown –
This was the Leopard’s nature — Signor –
Need — a keeper — frown?
Pity — the Pard — that left her Asia –
Memories — of Palm –
Cannot be stifled — with Narcotic –
Nor suppressed — with Balm –
by Emily Dickinson

outfit details: sweater: Target, skirt, hat and jacket: Forever 21, boots:old

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Cards!

This year I asked my oh-so-talented cousin-in-law (thats a mouth full of hyphens,eh?!) to take some festive photos of me and the Hubby for our Christmas card. She not only took beautiful photos, but she brought us fun props to make them super festive and sweet! Here are a few of my favorites!

It was so hard to choose just one for our card.. but we used this "Merry" one below.

and, did I mention that we got to throw confetti?! cause we did! it was awesome!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

sniffles and fountains

Do not let these sunny photos fool you! in all honest grossness I must admit... I have been sitting in approximately the exact same spot for the past three days, suffering from a severe cold! My trusty puppy, Patrick, has been my constant companion, along with an ever growing pile of tissues...its been fairly pathetic. But in all my sickly boredom (spent trolling Pinterest, watching a "Hell on Wheels" marathon and sleeping) I unearthed these sunny, happy, snot-free photos that my mom took while she was visiting me a few months ago!

Did you know that Kansas City has the nations most fountains?! It is in fact the "City of Fountains."

This particular fountain is a beauty! It is right in the heart of our 'Plaza' and there are always people around it having their photos taken (wedding parties especially) and enjoying all of its grandeur!

Alas, now the fountain is most likely empty and full of fallen leaves and I am condemned to sniffling on the couch wishing for healthier and sunnier days.

outfit details: dress, jacket and belt: thrifted, boots:Target

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

flea-market festivities!

I visited one of my favorite flea-markets recently with my pal Alexis. All of the Christmas-y displays were so festive and inspiring!! I am trying to not spend $ on myself... and only on others... as befits the holiday season, but man-oh-man, is it hard to resist sometimes!!

I love looking through all of the piles and piles of vintage treasures! I really could spend all day wandering around a flea-market.

How is all of your holiday shopping going?? I still have lots to do, but at least the house is decorated and the christmas cards have been sent out! That's two things I can cross off my list!

...and I just had to share this funny, creepy doll head light with you all! its just so random and awesome!

night moves!

Remember those crazy purple and gold unitards that I made for a music video recently? well, after all of those lovely ladies wore some of that velour lycra they wanted MORE! thats right some of those super cute hip gals commissioned me to make some other unitards and such for them! I've been inspired by their requests and I have even made some for myself!

here I am wearing a pair of high-waisted black velvet leggings that I made for myself ( I basically wear them everyday now!)

my friend Sarah is a drummer for a band The Devil and she asked me to make this awesome long sleeved black velour unitard with fringe on the sleeves! she looks amazing in it and you should of seen her drum in it! fringe was flying!

my pal Caitlin requested this leopard print unitard and I was pleased to oblige! Check out this awesome cloak that I received from a dear family friend! Sooooo Magical!
All of the gals who have been requesting unitards have been super inspiring and I am really loving making them unique/ crazy/ awesome outfits!

Friday, December 2, 2011

day time glam

I've been experimenting with bright lipstick lately... and loving it! especially on those days when I am wearing practical subdued colors for the theater. Speaking of the theater... I'm off to go work at the 1st Nutcracker performance of the season! only 23 more to go!

outfit details: jeans: American Apparel, boots and sweater: Forever 21

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

its GOLD!

About a month ago I made a dozen purple and gold unitards to be used in this amazing music video for MINDEN (a great local, KC band!) It was a great collaborative event (local yoga/biking/beautiful gals dancing, sweet tunes and lots of creative and hardworking peeps!) I love projects like this! (and its lead to some other great projects for me!) hope you enjoy the video!!

Minden - Gold Standard from Heuback on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

mustard and stripes

Every November my life becomes a bit strange... my work schedule changes to accomodate Nutcracker maddness at the ballet so I work Wednesday-Sunday. As a result I feel a bit off. I can't hang with my friends on the weekend eve's and no one else wants to go out with me on a Monday.... so this becomes a time of nesting and reading (a LOT of reading!) for me. I am currently switching between The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the A Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin. I just love to curl up with a cup of tea and a book when it is cold and dark out! What are you reading? Any suggestions?

In other news I got this new skirt at Forever 21 (I seriously have a problem! I can't stop shopping there!). Anywho...Obviously, I am seriously obsessed with this mid length style skirt (its all I wear lately! and the color on this one is too perfect!

AND did I mention it's a great skirt to twirl in!
outfit details: skirt and boots: Forever 21, top: American Apparel, tights: Capezio

Friday, October 14, 2011


Here is a little sneak peak of what I've been working on.... the Kansas City Ballet's World Premiere of Tom Sawyer, a Ballet in 3 Acts!

Tonight is the World Premiere of this amazing all American ballet. We have been working on building these costumes, designed by Holly Hynes, since July, and I am so excited to finally see them in action, and on stage!

The other exciting aspect of this big event is that we are performing in the brand new, world class Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts

I snapped these photos of the theater yesterday on my way to rehersal

this is a costumers dream, a full rack of finished costumes!

JEWELS! even a ballet set in the 1800's needs some bling!

some swirly goblin hats! that I've whetted your Tom Sawyer appetite you should all come to the show and see the costumes, beautiful sets, and amazing dancers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

green meanie.

I've recently gotten into the impulsive habit of cutting my dresses into skirts! No joke, this is the 2nd thrifted dress that Ive cut the bodice off this week, all so I could have a sweet mid-calf length skirt (I'm obsessed with this skirt length)...and I never wore this dress, it was in my pile of stuff to be altered (it had long flowy sleeves and rows of ruffles on the chest!) and was definitely not my style

pretty colors and textures!


outfit details: sweater: Forever 21, skirt: former dress, thrifted, belt: my moms closet, purse: LA market, shoes: BC shoes (gift), necklace: science store