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Cover Girls

About a month and a half ago, our very good friend Fred Parry of Inside Columbia just casually mentioned that we were his choice for the December cover of his Prime Magazine.  We acted sauve, simply just as if magazine cover options are thrown at us on a regular basis.  (Hint: they aren’t).  Really, we were like this:


Because those peeps at Inside Columbia are always thinking, they scheduled the cover photo shoot on the same day as our Culinary Adventure pie-baking class.  I hadn’t even left the parking lot of Fred’s office before I texted my hair person – Shawna Houser of Bella Salon in Columbia – and worked out all the answers to my highlighting and hairstyling needs.  Priorities, people, priorities.

When the day arrived, we shopped, coiffed, and double checked our make-up.  The super awesome LG Patterson welcomed us to his studio (http://recessinc.com/).  At his request, we brought pies.  At our request, he promised to use Photoshop liberally.

We took a lot of fun pictures with LG ($5 says he didn’t notice that our mobility was limited by the layers of Spanx).  And then it was over and we taught our baking class.  A few days later, we did our interview for the story that would run in the cover photo issue.  It was all done before Halloween and we didn’t hear anything.  And we didn’t know if we should hear anything…like, do you get to see the pics before one shows up on a magazine?  Is there a chance to critique your smile, your hair, your shoe choice?  Would the magazine people meet with LG in a room and analyze all the options and try to figure out which picture made us look the youngest?

And then today.  Boom.

Magazine Cover

I’ve been looking at this pic for quite a while now and I’m still a little blown away.  It is completely surreal to see yourself in a completely different way than you see yourself in your head (does that make sense?).  Hey, LG, if you are reading this?  You are AH-MAZ-ING.  This cover turned out so much more than we could have hoped for it to be.

Not only do we have this pic, there is a story in the magazine to go along with it.  Written by Anita Neal Harrison, the story is pretty great (if we do say so ourselves):  http://www.primemagazineonline.com/article_1.php.

We are officially marking “Be A Cover Girl” off our bucket lists.  Thanks Fred, LG, and Anita for making us feel G-L-A-M-O-U-R-O-U-S.  We are keeping our schedules open, you just in case you have any last minute needs for wine-swilling, Spanx-wearing, Photoshop-endorsing cover girls.

Spanx Us Happy

OOOHHHHHHEEEMMMMMGEEEEEE…Contractor Steve called this morning and he has the architect plans in hand!  This is some news indeed because a few weeks ago, we were worried that finding a suitable architect would require one of us to mortgage our house (http://peggyjeans.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-would-mike-brady-do.html).  Then in a turn of good fortune, we found the awesome James Van Hooser at TVP Architects in St. Louis and because he completely understood that we were looking for plans for a 1,000 square foot box with no walls, he agreed to do plans for us for about $1,000 and two pies…which is do-able without mortgaging a house or selling a kidney on eBay (http://peggyjeans.blogspot.com/2013/10/elaine-benes-excited.html)

A few weeks and a few phone calls with James later, I received a FedEx tracking notice in my email that indicated two sets of plans were on their way to Columbia.  Contractor Steve worked some mysterious contractor magic that results in meeting him this afternoon at our proposed location with a whole cast of characters…an electrician, a plumber, a concrete person, a painter, and who knows else.  I imagine I’ll need a playbill to keep everyone straight in this game.
So, we hope to have a conversation about how to accomplish what we envision for our space and how/when/if that can happen by November 20th.  My main goal is to share my thoughts without grown men falling to the floor laughing about the timeline involved.  The contractor’s main goal is get some sort of number estimate on cost.  I honestly have no idea if he is going to say $10,000 or $50,000, but let’s all have a collective Internet moment and hope that number is completely reasonable and won’t result in us standing with a donation bucket in front of Wal-Mart.
On the ever present, elephant-in-the-room, won’t-leave-us topic of Kickstarter, we need $1730 to meet our goal in the next five days.  That is about $346 a day.  We thought we were pretty clever on Monday by offering three full pies and a baby to anyone who donated $314, but it ended up tanking.  We didn’t sway anyone to the $314 and since this blog is all about transparency, we are telling you now, our grand plans of woo-ing you in was totally anti-climatic.  Changing directions yesterday, we offered up a drawing for a CreativeChics apron to those who made a Kickstarer pledge through midnight last night.  This seemed more popular and we had a number of awesome pledges yesterday.
So what today?  Well, hold on to your chair because we have something that NO PERSON COULD DENY.  We are offering a $25 gift card to the Spanx Store.  Yep, you read that correctly…Spanx.  Why? Because we freaking love them and everyone should have a chance to be smoothed out by comfortable layers of restrictive material.  If that isn’t your thing, Spanx also offers some AH-MAZ-ING tights that will literally transform your wardrobe.
Here’s the deal:  pledge to Kickstarter through midnight tonight and be entered to win the gift card.  We won’t name you on the Facebook page or the blog because some things need to remain a secret.
Disclaimer:  Spanx doesn’t know us, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them.  Anything that makes you feel more awesome in an outfit is our sort of thing.  If you’ve never tried Spanx, pledge a few bucks and see if you win…what’s to lose?

Baking Under The Influence

Hi There…

Today we are actually together in the same space and we’ve done our hair and makeup and let me tell you, that is a trifecta of opportunity that rarely happens if shopping isn’t our main goal.  So what’s the deal?

We were contacted yesterday by the completely adorable Alex Engle, a senior journalism student from MU, who wanted to come to my house and film us baking and interview us about our Kickstarter project for KOMU television.  Let’s back up….last night…FOR TODAY.  So forget hair and makeup, let’s think for a hot second about how fast I could clean my house.  You would have seriously been impressed.

But, house clean, hair coiffed, and makeup done, we were ready for Alex.  We decided to bake a pumpkin pie and roll some dough.

I am pleased that all my hours of watching television cooking shows are now validated…notice that everything is in in a separate bowl and container?  Thank you, Food Network.  I don’t know if you’ve ever used Mason Jars to hold sugar and evaporated milk, but we knew enough not to pour it out of the can, and that is what is important.

Alex came over at 12 and brought her camera, microphones, a list of well researched equipment and a hairstyle that made me completely rethink my coiffure that had made me happy only moments before. Adorable, people, I am telling you this now.  When you see her on The Today Show in five years, remember you heard the hair bit here first.

She asked us a TON of questions.  We said “Kickstarter” a TON (back us now!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=search).  We also admitted to sometimes fighting with each other and then making each other laugh until we cry.  We shared some big pie plans, discussed our excitement, and then said “Kickstarter” 1,295,205 more times.  It looked a little like this:

And this blog would in no way be keeping it real unless we also confessed to our tradition of having a quick glass of wine while re-checking our eyeliner and having an in-depth discussion about our options for a logo.  I’ll have more on that adventure tomorrow, but just know that the logo experience has been crazy fun and picking has been one of the hardest chores we’ve had yet.  I would guess that when I snapped this pic, we were discussing typography, lip liner, Spanx, and the general cost of a dozen eggs.  If you want to hang with us, be prepared to change topics every 12.5 seconds.

Alex finished up around 2 this afternoon, leaving us with a whole pumpkin pie, some pie crust (rolled out dough, sliced into strips and baked in the oven…THE BEST), and mild headaches from prolonged Spanx wearing.  She will be in touch once she spends an obscene amount of time editing us and has a date when you can expect to see us on the news.

So, our first television media is in the bag and we had a lot of fun.  We are open and ready for Oprah, Andy Cohen, and/or The Food Network, so…we will…just be…waiting.  Call…us…