August 29, 2014

A New Look at Vera Bradley! You'll FALL for New Styles!

Fall Vera Bradley ad appearing in InStyle,
Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle!
Do you think you know Vera Bradley? Think again. The new fall collection is like nothing I've seen from them before. When I think of a Vera Bradley bag, I think colorful, I think quilting, I think paisley!

For the new fall line (being launched as we speak!) you can count on colorful, that's for sure! But they've added bags in solid colors that are perfectly on trend for fall - like raisin, cobalt, and fuchsia.

You can still find  loads of products in their signature prints, but the sleek faux-leather bags that are being released are incredible!

Keep reading to see some of my favorite bags, including the cobalt satchel, and the triple zip hipster in raisin... and find out how you can save BIG MONEY this weekend on Vera Bradley!

August 27, 2014

Mid-Century Table Re-Make! Total Makeover for a Table That Just Doesn't Work!

You might remember a post I did last year when I "rescued" this mid-century modern corner table. I was thrilled to have found it for just $5 and I lovingly restored it to beauty!

Fast forward through the last year, including a new puppy, totally rearranged furniture when we added an antique printers cabinet to the mix, and the table just didn't fit in our room any longer. We just didn't have a corner to put the corner table into!

However, a square coffee table was just EXACTLY what we needed, so another makeover was in order. I was totally inspired when I saw this picture on Pinterest and thought I could copy the design to re-do the top on my table.

August 25, 2014

Fall Closet CLEAN OUT! Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life!

Do you remember last Friday's post when I mentioned the new book that was coming out on August 19th called "Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can't Go Naked? by George Brescia?

Since then, I've gone back to the book and I'm now attempting to tackle some of the projects that Brescia recommends... like clearing your closet.

He advises that NOTHING in your closet should be less than a "10". Meaning on a scale from 1 to 10 - not even an 8 or a 9 should stay. I spent quite a lot of time in my closet this weekend and I can tell you... there aren't very many things left! A few pair of jeans, a few sweaters, even fewer tees that weren't stained or stretched out. I have a few awesome suits, but I work at home and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to dress up in a suit every day! 

August 22, 2014

Short Pixie Hair With Hats? Yes You Can Rock a FEDORA!

When I wear a hat, I always think that I look like a little boy. (from the neck up, anyhow) I think it's just me, though, because I love the look of a hat with short hair.

With fall just around the corner, I thought I'd do a little research and share some fabulous looks with my readers of beautiful women with short hair rocking some awesome hats!

Whether its a fedora, a beanie, a floppy 70's inspired hat, or a baseball style cap, these images are definitely inspiring me to keep an eye out for some new hats to add to my accessory collection for this fall and winter.

August 19, 2014

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT {Book Review & Herbes de Provence Recipe}

I'm sure you've figured out by now if you're a regular reader of A Beautiful Little Life that I LOVE good food! When I was given the opportunity to review a new book called "International Night" by a father/daughter team, Mark and Talia Kurlansky, I jumped at the chance. Greek food, Moroccan food, Italian food - so yummy! But what about foods from Kazakhstan or Senegal? Belgium or Nicaragua?

August 16, 2014

The Do-Nothing Day {Self-Care Saturday}

Today is going to be a do-nothing day. My husband has a rare Saturday off and so far our morning has been full of coffee, magazine reading, and Shark Week!

We have chatted over toasted english muffins and juice about the things that we should do today; pick up a new furnace filter because we've been running the A/C a lot, and while we're at the hardware store get some black spray paint for the bench we bought at an estate sale last Sunday...

Our neighbors are all out mowing their lawn on this hot, humid, hazy day - we can hear them working away as we lounge in our nice, cool living room.

August 15, 2014

Happy Friday! {Do More of What Makes You Happy} Yogalosophy, Wild Rice Hotdish, Bittersweet, Change Your Clothes-Change Your Life, and Antique Shows

Happy Friday! It's been a super busy week and there's a lot happening around here. Isn't this a busy time of year for everyone? I've always sort of loved and sort of hated the month of August.

I love the feeling of a fresh start in the fall. I think it goes back to me as a child organizing my school supplies... wondering who my teacher would be... worrying if I'd have any of my friends in my classes.

What's there to hate? Well, here in Minneapolis, we have what I call "GARBAGE BEES" and this time of year they are everywhere. They're just wasps, but they always swarm around trash cans. It also tends to get super hot and humid, although this week has been wonderful.

Anyhow, back to what made me happy this week! So many great things - where should I start?

August 12, 2014

Sensational Mid-Century Modern Home

The photos of this incredible home first appeared in Philly Mag and as soon as I saw them I couldn't wait to share.

I love all of the beautiful wood, the clean lines, the modern, vintage furniture. So beautiful. But I think that the rugs and pillows really pull it all together.

Do you ever feel like perhaps you were born in the wrong era? I know that I should have lived during the 60's and 70's.

The only thing missing from this Philly home is a little macramé!

August 9, 2014

Creating Beauty Around You {Self-Care Saturday}

Let's face it. Most days we're lucky if our homes aren't completely TRASHED! From kids to pets, laundry to dirty dishes - it's hard to keep up.

It's important to make sure that you have at least one place in your home where you can relax and not be overwhelmed by your never ending demands. It can be anywhere in your home, but try to make it the room where you spend the bulk of your leisure time.

August 8, 2014

Happy Friday! {Do More of What Makes You Happy}

Let me start this Friday's post by saying one thing that makes me EXTREMELY happy - and that is that the amazing artist Geninne granted me permission to use her artwork on my blog so many months ago.

Her beautiful birds and flowers bring me so much joy. Her art has helped my blog have just the look and feel to it that I wanted- and for that I am extremely grateful!

If you'd like to see more of her work, you can find her blog at, her original art at, and her etsy store where she sells reprints at

What else made me happy this week? LOTS!

August 7, 2014

22 Summer Pleasures for the KID IN YOU!

Because we had such a cold & wet spring, our summer this year is especially short, so it's going to be important to squeeze in as much fun as possible over the next month or so!

Unplug, unwind, relax-before you forget how! Here's a list of 22 simple, last minute activities to help you enjoy what's left of the glorious summer months.

August 5, 2014

Fabulous Fall Fashion Preview! SPOTLIGHT ON EILEEN FISHER

Eileen Fisher is known for using the most sumptuous natural fabrics available. She drapes those fabrics beautifully to express her own simple, tasteful style.

Some might say that these easy, slouchy styles resemble a long lost aunt of the Olson Twins, but her 2014 Fall/Winter line is full of beautiful and practical items that all seem to work together to make dressing as easy as possible. Sounds good to me!

This fall collection, at heart, embodies the concept that comfort is the underpinning of true style. Eileen Fisher quotes, "I want to feel as comfortable when I work, and when I'm out as I do when I'm home with my kids. That's why I design clothes that have ease, that move with the body. Clothes to live in."

August 2, 2014

Living A Beautiful Little Life {Self-Care Saturday}

Some evenings, my husband and I get caught up in one of those investigative journalism TV shows. The 20/20, 48 Hours, or our favorite, Dateline. What would we do without a little Keith Morrison in our week? Dave does a perfect imitation. "What happened that night on Phoenix Lane? Was it a dinner invitation? Or something else entirely?"  Sadly, the show almost always ends with a husband killing a wife, a child killing their parent, or some other shocking, sick conclusion.

Almost every week we say to each other, "I sure love our Beautiful Little Life." It's actually how this blog got it's name! Watching TV programs like this reinforces what we've known all along. The more you HAVE in life, the more complicated your life becomes.

August 1, 2014

Happy Friday! {Do More of What Makes You Happy}

I usually post a recipe on Friday's but I'm going to switch things up a bit and make each Friday just a little more special.

Why not make Friday the day when you look back at your week and list the top things that made you happy?

It seems to me that spending just a few minutes thinking about good things might just spread a little more joy around in this sometimes weary world.

So - What things made you happy this week? Share them in the "comments" and your happy moment might get featured next week!

Here are some of my happy moments from this week: