July 30, 2014

Fabulous Fall Fashion Preview from the SFP LookBook! SPOTLIGHT ON NICOLE MILLER

Nicole Miller's modern design aesthetic is known for its bright prints and patterns. Her Fall/Winter 2014 line doesn't disappoint! The colors are beautiful, and with peacock feathers, metallic colors, and bold graphics you will see something interesting at every turn.  

You'll see beadssequined embroiderymatte fabrics, and intricate tailoring throughout the collection. 

There isn't one single stitch in this entire collection that I wouldn't love to wear, but I'm happy to show you a few select pics of my favorite (absolutely TO DIE FOR) pieces!

July 28, 2014

Fabulous Fall Fashion Preview from the SFP LookBook! SPOTLIGHT ON ANNA SUI

When I received my review copy of this stunningly beautiful, almost 400 page, hard-cover book, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was. This book is even better than all of the September issues - combined!

Not only will I show you some of the top looks from the runway, but I'll share my favorites as well! You'll learn about trends that were seen across runways, colors to keep an eye out for and much, much more!

As I said in the Custo Barcelona spotlight post, one of the most recognizable trends for Fall/Winter 2014 include intricate prints, and Anna Sui has always been known for her bright and colorful prints!

Add in a few other fall trends like graphic furs, metallic colors, and an emphasis on comfort and you have Anna Sui!

July 26, 2014

Does Your Clothing Size Impact Your Self-Esteem? {Self-Care Saturday}

Since posting the runway images from the Fall LookBook, I've been thinking a lot about style and choices that people make when it comes to the way they look.

I want to make a few things completely clear. I  have said it before and I'll say it again! I never post fashion looks or items to make anyone think that they should conform to anyone else's style guidelines or that they are "less than" if they aren't wearing the very latest styles.

Fashion, to me, is a form of self-expression. It's a way to make yourself feel better about yourself and feel more confident! 

But what happens when your size begins to impact your self-esteem and you no longer feel confident when you get dressed? 

You're certainly not alone, but you might feel like you're the only one when you look at the runway models, magazine spreads that show skinny models looking oh so happy.

July 24, 2014

Fabulous Fall Fashion Preview from the SFP LookBook! SPOTLIGHT ON CUSTO BARCELONA

"Schiffer Fashion Press (SFP) presents the Fall/Winter 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week LookBook! With thousands of photos from eighty shows, SFP offers fresh looks from the industry's top designers - plus the best and brightest students from several fashion schools. "

When I received my review copy of this stunningly beautiful, almost 400 page, hard-cover book - I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was. This book is even better than all of the September issues - combined!

Not only will I show you some of the top looks from the runway, but I'll share my favorites as well! You'll learn about trends that were seen across runways, colors to keep an eye out for and much, much more!

July 19, 2014

What Are You Waiting For? Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life {Self-Care Saturday} BOOK REVIEW

Do you find yourself waiting for the right moment? The ideal relationship? The perfect job? Are you waiting for your “real” life to begin? Do think that the gifts of life are right around the corner? That one day you will arrive and everything will be okay? Do you endlessly search, yet never seem to find? 

Through the sharing of authentic personal stories and profound life lessons, Kristen Moeller explores our pervasive human tendency to wait for life and to look outside ourselves for answers. So we don’t try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretzky said, “You'll always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don't take!” Kristen Moeller's mission in life is to inspire you to get on the path, move forward and take the shot.

July 18, 2014

Mint Melon Mojito Smoothie {Recipe} from "365 Skinny Smoothies"

There is nothing more refreshing for an afternoon pick-me-up on a hot summer day than a watermelon smoothie. Add a bit of mint and lime and you are set! (Add a little rum and it's even better!)

Watermelon and mint are the perfect pairing and give this smoothie a luxurious flavor, while the lycopene and antioxidants in the watermelon help protect your skin from cancer.


July 16, 2014

Keep Your Pixie Perky!

A perfectly perky pixie can be a tough thing to maintain when it's hot and humid outside - especially for those of us with superfine hair. Thankfully, there are great products out there that can help!

My favorites products for short hair are:
GEL: Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel
POMADE: Rene Furterer Styling Wax
SALT SPRAY: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
HAIRSPRAY: Sexy Hair Shatter Finishing Spray

What are some of your favorite styling products for short hair? Let me know in the comments below!

July 14, 2014

It's 5:00 Somewhere! SQUEEZE THE MOST OUT OF SUMMER!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of STOLI® Vodka for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's a hot, humid day again here in Minneapolis and on a gorgeous summer afternoon like this, I just want to kick it back with a nice cold cocktail.

Nothing refreshes more than lemonade on a hot day, and nothing gives lemonade a kick like Stoli Vodka! When I was approached about joining in the Stoli "100 Days to Squeeze" campaign I totally jumped at the chance. Why? Because I know that my girls like a great recipe for a great cocktail!

With Stoli Lemondade, it's so easy! You can use any kind of lemonade you want and just add Stoli! But here's the best part - you can customize your cocktail a million different ways to "squeeze the most out of summer!"

July 10, 2014

The Dreaded Summer Cold: 10 Ways to Cope & How to Tell if it's Allergies Instead

The plugged ears, full sinuses, fever, body aches, drippy nose, sore throat, headache that won't stop... I can't take any more! I'm going on day 3 of the worst summer cold I can remember.

At first I thought it was just my body reacting to a Saturday night date at a casino to see "Purple Reign" - a Prince Tribute. (which by the way was AWESOME!) When I'm around smoke, I don't do well, and I had forgotten that you can still smoke in casinos here in Minnesota until I walked in the door and was greeted by a wall of smoke. Gross.

It didn't take long for me to know that what I have is something more. How do you know if you are having an allergic reaction or if you have a summer cold?  

July 8, 2014

Organizing in the Bathroom: Vanity Drawers

I was totally planning to do a different post today, BUT I'm interrupting the scheduled post to show you how completely organized our bathroom vanity drawers are now!

While grocery shopping at Target this morning, I wandered over to the organizing bins and picked up a set of interlocking drawer organizers. For just $10.99 I couldn't be happier with the end result!

Let me tell you - the drawers (mine on the left and his on the right) were a nasty, jumbled mess. You can see in the photos below just how hard it would be to find anything.

I organized our vanity drawers from start to finish in less than an hour - and so can you!