Kids' Table

Jan 13, 2013

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There's nothing like a good ol' fashioned family party to make you feel all refreshed and exhausted at the same time. My mom threw at bash yesterday decked out with fancy cheeses, burgundy flowers snazzing up a dining room table, napkins that weren't bought at the dollar store, and a Polish food buffet.

Twenty-somethings and almost-twenty-somethings were sent to the kids' table (which we were totally fine with) and we teased each other about embarrassing memories from when we were rugrats and laughed into our pops, all the while filling our dinner plates with sides of cheesecakes rather than mashed potatoes.  We played board games and charades til two in the morning, and today i woke up at noon bleary and completely and totally happy. Sometimes you just have to get back down to your kid roots and all those pesky stresses just meeeelt away.

Dress (worn as shirt)- vintage, also seen HERE
Skirt- thrifted
Belt- J Crew
Tights- Marshalls
Booties- Macy's

PS. Do you know you can download photoshop for free...and legally?! Granted it's the older version, but it does the trick. If you want to try it out, download it here. And does anyone have any tips on where to get pretty and free actions? I downloaded a bunch, but they don't quite turn out as advertised :/ I'd appreciate any tips from you pros!


68 comments :

  1. that vintage dress as a top is gorgeous!! this whole outfit is, pretty and pastelly gorgeousness! the party sounds so much fun. theres something about being back with family that really outs me at ease... so good for the soul xx

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  2. Wow, really? Thanks for letting me know about the photoshop! I have Gimp which I use all the time for stuff, but learning photoshop would be really useful.

    I love big family get togethers with board games and such. We had one over Christmas playing '10 of a kind'. I know what you mean about kid memories. You might not always get on with family but all the shared memories can make you very close all the same.

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  3. What a lovely and ladylike outfit! And oh the kid's table is so much fun! I seem to have been magically graduated from it since I got married, but I still kind of prefer sitting at the kids table! :)

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  4. photoshop for FREE? what is this you speak of?!

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  5. Oh my gosh thanks for the tip! I had no idea! Totally downloading it now! I love fancy cheeses and family get-together! Sounds like you had so much fun, I love that you still get sent to the "kids table" :)
    That skirt is the perfect shade of pink, i love it! And your hair looks so pretty!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  6. This pink skirt is darling...it's fits you perfectly and just pairs so well with the green floral top!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  7. Wait, you can download photoshop?? I don't care if its old - I'd love to try it! Haha, and sorry, I have absolutely no tips...I have no clue on how to operate it.
    But anyway, love the pale pink skirt and those cool boots :)
    Btw, that's so cool your boyfriend is a mestiso too! Haha, does he know Tagalog? You'll love your trip here :) You've been to the Philippines before?

    Trendy Teal

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  8. Love the pink and green together! Makes me wish even harder for spring!

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  9. the kids table sounds fun, esp when it's full of ppl your age! haha and polish buffet sounds even better. love your spring color combo in winter, so fun!
    http://dusanabotswana.com

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  10. Love this skirt! Is it leather?
    I'm still regulated to the kids table, but now they call it the "kids and singles" table ... much better, muuuuuch muuuuuuuuuuuch better. ;P

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  11. I didn't know that about Photoshop! I love the color combination of our outfit, and sounds like a fun night at the kids table :)

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  12. So fun! I wish I had more family my age. And such a cute outfit!

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  13. That skirt is such a pretty shade of pink and I like those tan color booties (so casual, yet so cute)!All these Polish food parties your family throws seem like so much fun! I love cheescake and charades :D

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  14. I love this outfit! The brown and pink look so good together.

    -Violet

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  15. i love the vintage vibe of this outfit! And THANK YOU so much for sharing the free photoshop!

    www.darlingprepster.blogspot.com

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  16. love board games. so jelly you got to play them till 2 am! :) your outfit is sweet. i love that skirt~

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  17. My family still puts me at the kids table and I'm 27. My cousins and I joke around too! I like your outfit, you'd never be able to tell that's a dress! It makes a really cute shirt!

    Ergo-Blog

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  18. Love the boots, you have such a sweet style! :)

    www.kimgodschalk.com

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  19. I'm in the stone age when it comes to technology lol! It's so bad! I really need to learn/buy photoshop! Wish I could help. I always sit at the kids table and love it:)! The floral top look great with the velvet soft pink skirt! Dainty, feminine, and classic:)!

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  20. I really like the colour of your skirt! It's so cool that Adobe are offering that now, I downloaded Illustrator a couple of days ago, but I haven't quite got to grips with it yet. xxx

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  21. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog :) I just read your little blurb about your name - where are your parents from?

    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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  22. Hi there! Thanks again for leaving a comment on my blog :) I really like this look, I love green and pink together, I don't know why. Would you like to follow eachother? :) I'm following you now with GFC.

    Oh and about Photoshop - I've been photoshopping since I was 12 - maybe I can help? But I don't really know what you mean by actions? I've always used Paint Shop Pro, which is actually exactly the same as Photoshop, only it's not that famous.

    Maybe send me an email (mine is on my blog) if you need help, I'll be glad to :)
    xx

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  23. I love the floral print! Board games and charades sure sound like a fun night to me!

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  24. I just adore your style more and more as the days go by, the pink skirt is so sweet and feminine and thats a lovely blouse you've styled with it.

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  25. I have no idea how to download Photoshop legally (for free) but I hope you can find a source! Family get togethers are the best... I love reminiscing about embarrassing stories!

    p.s. Your outfit makes me super happy. I love that shade of pink!

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  26. Marlen! So, I have totally read your stuff on Flock Together and I really appreciate your sweet comment and coming by my blog! I can totally identify with this, also having immigrant parents, and crazy weird family gatherings as well. Yours sounds like an absolute blast.

    Also, I applaud you for actually DOING your New Year's Resolutions! Good for you girl! Like everyone says, you're young, you might be broke after, but it will be totally worth it. India is...well brace yourself. Now I have to ask, where are you headed? My dad is from south India, but we usually travel allll over, so I'm very curious what your plans are. Or maybe that's another blog post? I'll be back.

    perfectly priya

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  27. I love how the colors you are wearing could be worn in any season, but you made them "wintery" with the white tights. SO cute!

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  28. You rock these midi skirts so well! I wish I had more kids table experiences recently! Since I don't live close to my family, there are not many opportunities, but I remember it fondly. Thanks for the info on the booties too!
    I didn't know I could download photoshop for free! I use GIMP usually, which is a program like photoshop that you can download for free too, but I really want to learn actual photoshop as well!

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  29. I didn't know you could dowload photoshop for free, great tip!

    I really like this blouse, it's got a nice look to it, and your description of the kid's table made me laugh. Sounds like a fun place to be. :)

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  30. Love those Macy's booties. And did not know about that free software. Will check it out.

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  31. You are TOO CUTE! Oh my word... and you stole my heart with your cowardly lion comment in a previous post (I'm a HUGE Oz fan)! Good to connect with you... :)

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  32. OH EM GEE, Marlen!! Haha you are amazing for sharing free photoshop!! I've just been thinking about paying for lightroom or a different program, but as a new photographer- I'll definitely try this out first! I'll let you know if I find some pretty actions :)

    Also - when you get the chance, my fellow blogger friend and I are giving away a $50 Target gift card on our new facebook page :) Please check us out as we'd love to have you "like" our page :)
    More details in my latest blog post: electriceunice.blogspot.com

    Cheers! :)

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  33. This is such a pretty outfit - love that blouse on you! Sounds like you had fun at the party...the kids table can be a blast :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  34. i really like the print of your shirt/dress! and the family party sounds so lovely! :-) x

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  35. I have enjoyed your blog - your style is so cute!

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  36. This blouse is sooo pretty. Speaking of pretty, your hair has been looking especially lovely lately. Also, kids table is way more fun than the adult table. Always.

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  37. i love sitting at kids' tables. they're always more fun anyway :)

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  38. I think you look completely adorable! Those colors look gorgeous on you!

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  39. This outfit is ADORABLE! love it. And I am so gonna download that! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Really pretty! Didn't know there was a free photoshop version.. I use the latest so I don't know if the actions are different from your version :\

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  41. Aww, I always love a good reunion. Teasing the younger cousins are always fun, although they're getting a bit older now and are more likely to hit you in the face with sassy replies ... so I should probably stop the teasing.

    And I most certainly did not know about free photoshop! THAT IS AWESOME.

    ... am downloading as we speak.

    x
    C
    http://raincloudforrent.blogspot.com

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  42. ahh love your outfit super cute!! i love that floral print blouse and your adorable suede booties!!

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  43. loving the print of the dress! so cute with the skirt <3

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  44. Sounds like such a good time! I could so go for a side of cheesecake right about now haha

    And sorry, no advice on free actions. I should know by now, but I always just wind up using picmonkey.com

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  45. Exhausted and refreshed- you've totally summed up how I feel after big family dinners! ;) I'm 29, and being the oldest of all the cousins, have been the senior member of the kids table for many years now. I feel when I was a teenager I tried to graduate to the grown-ups table and quickly found it wasn't nearly as fun! :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  46. CUUUTEEEE! Clicking over to see that vintage dress ASAP!

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  47. marlen, you're wearing those boots i like. oh your family party sounds so much fun. i want to eat cheesecake and play games all night. :)

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  48. I like your pink skirt with white tights! also, I am coveting your booties, they are adorable.
    floral&fudge

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  49. Love the print of that dress! I don't use actions but from memory I think you can find them on deviantart, if you haven't looked there yet.

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  50. haha yeah it is tough laying off the sweet i have a killer sweet tooth! how cool that you are moving to WA! i do live in seattle and i have been here several months but it really hasn't rained all that much! are you moving to seattle? if so hit me up when you get here! it also sounds like such a fun time you had spending with family, they can be crazy huh!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

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  51. I love your outfit, your skirt is so cute. Gatherings are so much fun, and I'm glad to hear you had a good time :)
    Wow, I didn't even know that about Photoshop, I have one and (ehhh) wasn't worth it. But Photoshop is great, also there is Gimp, which works just as good! xx

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  52. I love playing board games/laughing/etc until 2 in the morning it just makes everything brighter.
    and free photoshop!!! WHHHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT need.

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  53. that shirt/dress! I love it love it love it.

    and I love the story about being at the kids table. totally feel as if I belong there as well.

    thanks for the heads-up about photoshop! it makes me a little crazy, like being in math class, but the end result is so worth it.

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  54. Wow, sounds like your mom really knows how to party. Really like the booties you're wearing here

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  55. Those boots are great! Love them! I use deviantart for photoshop actions - theres loads on there & the comments let you know if they're worth downloading :)

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  56. I'm still at the kid table! But usually taking care of kids

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  57. Hattitude Style Blog
    marlen! it's been so long since i caught up on your blog. love love this blouse! and this post. ah to be at the kids table again! ha i don't think we have a kids table anymore...no more kids...now it's just the young adult table? haha

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Style Blog

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  58. I love, taht 20 somethings at the kids table. That's where all of the fun is anyway. I think I'm in need of one of these nights! Thanks for the link to photoshop. I'd love to learn to use it.

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  59. What?! Now you have to share all your tips and tricks!

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  60. Board games are the best! Thanks for the photoshop bit too

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  61. Oh how fun!

    The light pink with that pattern looks very well too.

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  62. You look beautiful in your pictures.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post... Chic in Valentino.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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