February 28, 2015

"When It Rains It Pours" But Why Does It Have to Pour? {Self-Care Saturday}

art by Erik Otto
You know the sayings. Bad things happen in threes... When it rains, it pours... When it happens to you, it can be hard to see any sort of silver lining in the clouds.

In the last week, we have had:

Clogged drains that caused our laundry tub in the basement to overflow and the carpet to get SOAKED, requiring some pretty major clean up and an expensive visit from the drain cleaning company.

My husband had a serious car accident on his way home from work Thursday night. This was after he worked 12+ hour days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday was his "day off" and he only worked around 8 hours. Thankfully he wasn't seriously injured - just stiff and sore - but our car was a total loss.

February 26, 2015

6 Things You MUST Avoid When Styling Short Hair!

"Short hair is so much easier than long hair!" What a crock! Anyone who has a pixie cut can tell you that it's a lot more work than a longer hairstyle that you can simply pull up into a ponytail. You wake up with major bed-head instead of smooth locks, you have to commit to more frequent trims, and it can be tough to style without looking like your aunt. (or worse... your uncle!)

Anyone who has a cute pixie cut can also tell you that it's worth the extra effort to look super chic and sport that unique style that only the uber-confident can pull off. You do have to know what you're doing, though! Here are the things to DEFINITELY NOT do when you have short hair. The rest is up to you!

February 23, 2015

Sunny Skies on Sanibel Island, Florida

A few years ago, my sisters and I visited Sanibel Island, Florida for a rather huge milestone birthday - the big FIVE-OH - that one of us was celebrating. Though some of them had been to Sanibel many times, it was not only my first visit to Sanibel, but my first Florida beach experience. I always considered myself a WEST COAST kind of gal, but I learned that there are a lot things to love about the beaches in Florida!

February 20, 2015

Guide to Winter Reading: Curl Up With My Favorite Reads!

It seems like we're NEVER going to get out of this deep freeze! It's hard to believe that the first day of spring is just a month away.

But what better time to curl up with a good book? I've read SO many amazing books lately, and I'm confident that you'll love them too.

Have you read anything lately that you'd like to share? Please leave a comment so we can all check out your favorite reads!

February 19, 2015

Decorating Risks That You Should Take! DIY Unexpected Wall Art

Boho Driftwood: source
Don't always play by the rules! You can take a few risks when it comes to decorating by making your own unexpected wall art!

Most of the time you can use items that you already have. If not, check your local thrift shop or garage sale. You could even throw a crafty art party and invite friends to bring their cast-off items to swap!

February 18, 2015

Spring 2015 Style Trend: White on White on White!

Michael Kors Spring 2015
We're all stuck in the deep freeze, but my thoughts are turning to spring. I'm getting so tired of my standard uniform of sweaters, leggings, and boots. Bring on the skirts and sandals!

I love the style forecast for spring this year. Big, soft, gingham checks, a 1970's remix, sporty sportswear that you can wear to work, and soft suede in soft colors. There's a big focus on strong shoulders, but not quite as dramatic as the 80's, thank god!

My favorite trend is wearing head to toe white. It's definitely not about waiting until after labor day, but instead about combining different shades of white, different textures, and layering lots of different pieces. It's pretty white dresses, warm white wool sweaters, and white culottes!

Here are some of my favorite looks from the runway, and some great, affordable pieces that you can add to your wardrobe for spring!

February 15, 2015

10 Ways to Spread the Love of Valentine's Day EVERY DAY!

Valentine's Day is awesome. What could possibly be better than a special day for celebrating those that you love? Kids look forward to their class parties at school. Lovers look forward to a special night together. Girlfriends might celebrate GALentine's Day instead, but they certainly celebrate! (Most of the time there's chocolate involved in Valentine's Day too, so there's a BONUS!)

The next morning - BAM! Everything is back to normal and Valentine's Day is over for another year. 
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could make EVERY DAY a day to celebrate love? How would it feel if you felt cherished, adored, and LOVED every single day? How would your loved ones react if you made them feel special every day of the year?

February 12, 2015

Altoids Tin Valentine DIY Inspiration

I ALWAYS save my empty Altoids tins for crafting because you can make the most fabulous things with them... (and because I'm a bit of a hoarder)

As I was checking out some of the fantastic altered Altoids tins that Pinterest users have made for Valentine's Day, I was totally inspired to get my mod podge out and make a special Valentine for my man.

You'll see my altered tin on the left, but scroll down for some of the incredible tins that inspired me!

February 11, 2015

Do You Need A Bra Upgrade?

How do I know that you might need to upgrade your bra? Just a guess... because I'm sitting here in one that has definitely seen better days myself! I have one or two good bras that are pretty. You know - date night bras! But most days I wear cotton granny panties and a he-man-she-needs-it support bra that looks like a sports bra but it's not. It's a full coverage, seam across the front, hideous bra that I bought a few years ago on clearance. It fits me perfectly and is super comfortable, but my poor husband! Ugh!

Valentine's day is later this week and it has me looking at my lingerie drawer in disgust. How did I let it get in such a dire state? It's time to get some new bras that fit, that are comfortable, AND THAT ARE PRETTY! I'm on a mission to find something - keep reading to join me!

February 10, 2015

13 Dresses UNDER $50 That Are Guaranteed to Fit You Like A GLOVE! Size 0-36W and Custom!

Dresses priced under $50 that are guaranteed to fit! Sound too good to be true? It's not!

When you register for the first time at eShakti.com, you will receive a $40 gift coupon that you can use within 7 days to purchase ANYTHING on their site! Don't wait - the offer is only good until the end of the day on February 11!

Not only that, but when you order using the links in this post, you'll receive FREE CUSTOMIZATION on your first order (a $7.50 value) When you select a dress that you like, pick "CUSTOM SIZE" instead of "STANDARD SIZE" and enter your measurements. The dress will be made to your exact measurements!

February 7, 2015

It's About Creating Yourself! {Self-Care Saturday}

"Reinvent Yourself in a 3D Virtual World and Then Explore. Try it Now! Customizable avatars · Become anyone or anything"

If you google the words "create yourself" you'll see the words above at the top of the list of search results. It's an advertisement for an online game called Second Life. Second Life is an online, virtual world that was launched over 10 years ago and still has about a million regular users. It's a 3 dimensional, virtual world where you can socialize and connect with others. Everything that you see is created by other players of the game. Other PEOPLE who have created a virtual character to represent themselves and who choose to live in an alternate world.

I've always been a firm believer in people's power to reinvent themselves. Maybe it's the Scorpio in me. Maybe I've seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" too many times. And maybe I've been through it enough to know that anyone can do it!

February 6, 2015

Print It & Frame It // Free Printable Art for Your Home from NYPL

Our National Game
You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate your home. Did you know that there are literally HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of pieces of digital art that you can download and print - absolutely free?

The New York Public Library Digital Collections website has an incredible online database of images that they are adding to every single day. It's a bit overwhelming when you start to see all of the beautiful images, but it's SO VERY worth it to take some time and play around on the website.

To help make it easier for you, I'll walk you through what I learned about finding the images that you want. Just keep reading!

February 3, 2015

Reinvent Yourself With A Fab New Pixie Haircut for Spring 2015!

Nothing makes you feel like a new woman like a new 'do! The pixie cut is all new for Spring 2015. It has lots of fun layers, some funky colors, and a fresh, fabulous look!

Here are some of the freshest looks I've found. If you're looking to reinvent yourself this spring, you'll definitely be inspired!