Today’s link round-up has a tulle circle skirt DIY, house paint recommendation, a no-bake s’mores cheesecake recipe, and more.
The Gracious Wife shared a recipe for a no-bake s’mores cheesecake.
Aunt Peaches told us about the best house paint she’s ever used.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a cookies and cream cake recipe.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a tulle circle skirt.
Create Craft Love shared a Father’s Day gift idea.
Makeup and Beauty Blog brought a couple of hair removers to our attention that may be great for summertime.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared simple detox bath recipes.
Photo credit: The Gracious Wife and A Beautiful Mess
People have picked on Hillary Clinton’s sense of style since the first time her husband was running for the White House. Back then it was mostly her hairstyle and she changed it.
To this day, I am fascinated as she changes hairstyles when she’s running for office because her hair is much like mine. Same cowlicks and limp fine texture. And while I don’t think it is really important to her, she knows it matters to some of those voters she hopes to draw to the polls.
I try to tell myself that I don’t care what she is wearing or how she styles her hair, but I often look at her style choices and say to myself, “That’s not a good choice for you.” In my opinion, she looks great in bright spring colors and a hairstyle with bangs. But with her cowlick, I can tell you from personal experience, bangs aren’t easy to maintain.
While I’d like to think none of us would vote or not vote based on how someone looks or dresses, but a recent poll conducted by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation which published non-partisan research on female candidates says “You have to be seen not only as qualified, but also likeable. That link doesn’t exist for men.”
For women, they connect charm with appearance, so if you wanted to be likeable then I guess how you look does matter…if you are a woman.
Unfortunately for Clinton, we have decades of history with her in the limelight and her style hasn’t ever been easy to ignore and it has been highly scrutinized from people on both sides of the aisle.
So what does she need to wear to “look” powerful and presidential and yet exude that down-to-earth feel? Her biggest criticism has been that she is not likeable. Maybe finding the right wardrobe could help, but it’s important that she stays true to herself.
I remember seeing Mitt Romney in jeans with his hair perfect and a button down shirt and feeling like he was trying to hard to “look casual and down to earth.” She doesn’t need that. She needs to be real.
Photo credits: Rethink Fashion
It used to be few celebs who dared to wear sheer dresses but now that we have products like “Butt Glue” used to hold pageant swimsuits and other garments in place, and now sheer dresses have become more and more daring with less chance of a wardrobe malfunction.
Did you see Jennifer Lopez’s sheer number on the American Idol finale as she joined fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Junior on stage? It was stunning in all its sheerness with shiny fabric strategically placed to create sparkle, sexiness, and style.
It showed even more skin than the sheer red Versace number she donned for this year’s Met Gala. But truthfully, Lopez is no stranger to sheer dresses. She wore won to the Oscar after party this year, and a gold sheer dress for an Idol promotion; and this is only May.
It’s worth mentioning other notables wearing sheer at the Met Gala this year included Beyonce and Kim Kardashian.
This year at the Cannes Film Festival, Michelle Rodriguez rocked a sheer cut-out black embellished detail dress from Zuhair Murad’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. She seemed to have a little trouble with the long skirt around the steps, but other than that she had it all under control. It certainly showed off her slender waistline!
Another sheer number that drew attention at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival was worn by former Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes. The tight, side split Atelier Versace gown used a sheer cutout from him to shoulder to accent the flow of the design of the gown and to show a little skin, too. It was one of those looks only a model can pull off.
These days we have a lot of red carpet events, and they provide a runway experience for everyone who walks them. While those wearing these sheer daring dresses are few, there are certainly more than there used to be. And it pays off for them because those dresses do create a buzz around those who wear them.
If you could pull it off, would you wear one of these peek-a-boo gowns?
Photo credits: Futra Music
Today’s link round-up has recipes, a detox for bladder health, ways to connect with your partner, and more.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared information about a cranberry juice detox water for bladder health.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the beauty advice she has for her daughter.
Idealist Mom offered a few ways to connect with your partner.
A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a spring roll salad with spicy peanut dressing.
Mind Body Green shared why facials and massages aren’t just for pampering yourself.
The Spring Mount 6 Pack told us how to treat bee stings.
Peas and Crayons shared a recipe for cheesy chicken and broccoli stuffed peppers.
Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has patriotic desserts, tips for getting the most out of your workout, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make strawberry cheesecake dip.
Quirky Inspired shared a shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe.
Idealist Mom offered tips for stopping your kids’ whining.
Kenarry shared a recipe for patriotic parfaits.
Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to wear cute patterned playsuits.
Mind Body Green shared tips for getting the most out of your workouts.
Spaceships and Laser Beams shared nautical themed BBQ ideas.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry
This year’s theme at the Met Gala in NYC was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” The Costume Institute Benefit Gala brought out the celebs in their finest as they paraded along the red carpet amid a bombardment of camera flashes.
Now the Internet is abuzz with talk about Beyoncé’s sheer Givenchy dress versus Kim K’s sheer white feathered Roberto Cavalli frock and debating which is sheerer. Then there’s the pic of Kim K walking beside J Lo in her own sheer Donatella Versace and comparing whose booty is more curvaceous.
I hate to say it but it looked like she was trying to play Viking princess as she dragged the heavy train behind her. I think it was the weight of the fabric combined with that fur trim. At least her dress was designed by a Chinese couturier Guo Pei in keeping with the theme.
When Lady Gaga showed up, I didn’t even recognize her exaggerated black brows and jet black hair pulled back and topped with a beaded peacock headdress. She wore a Balenciaga ensemble comprised of a lattice fence cloak worn over a black jumpsuit featuring a subtle braless neckline and fitted, sequined trousers paired with platform wedges. The quirky ensemble was designed by Alexander Wang for Balenciaga.
With all the risqué fashion walking the red carpet getting a lot of buzz, Amal Clooney’s stunning John Galliano for Maison Margiela gown stirred some buzz of its own for other reasons.
Amal, 37, is a British-Lebanese activist and she chose disgraced designer John Galliano who got himself into hot water with an anti-Semitic rant about four years ago. While the dress looked great, not everyone on social media was happy with her choice of designers.
Since Kensington Palace announced the birth of the new Princess, the world waited for that first glimpse of the new baby. We waited to learn her name and of course we all hungered to see what Kate would look like.
Media and everyday folk camped outside St. Mary’s hospital in London, and as per usual, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge did not disappoint. Speculation on the baby’s name circulated, the two favorites were Alice and Charlotte.
I was rooting for Charlotte, and if I were a betting woman I would have won. The new royal will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, but her complete name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Shortly after Kate stepped outside, Packham posted a picture of the radiant parents on Instagram with a message saying “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter. The Duchess wears a bespoke silk shift dress with buttercup print. JP x.”
The Duke and Duchess smiled and waved to their well-wishing onlookers, and disappeared back into the hospital where they placed little Charlotte her car seat. They walked back out and climbed into their vehicle with cameras following them from above like they were O.J. Simpson running from the law!
The Duke and Duchess looked happy, and I couldn’t help but think of all Kate had been through and there she was standing there holding her new baby and looking so all together.
Yes, I’m sure she has a ton of people helping her pull it off, but she looked out at the crowd of well wishers with a genuine smile. The way she looked down a the baby in her arms revealed that connection between mother and child, and the way she looked at her husband showed me that they know each other well enough to speak in non-verbal code.
I wish them all the best and hope they have some private time to spend together outside of the scrutiny of inquiring eyes.
Photo credits: Global News
Today’s link round-up has jewelry storage ideas, a DIY facial, a teacher appreciation gift, and more.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to do a DIY lavender facial.
Kenarry shared five creative ideas to spruce up your porch.
Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to make homemade nachos.
Frog Prince Paperie shared a cookie jar teacher appreciation gift idea.
A Beautiful Mess shared 10 quirky jewelry storage ideas.
I Dig Pinterest showed us how to make Snickers peanut butter brownie bites.
Spaceships and Laser Beams shared 16 free Mother’s Day printables.
Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess
I’m a fan of all the Marvel superhero spinoffs. One of my new favorites on TV is Agent Carter, but on the big screen The Marvel’s The Avengers brought together favorites like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and introduced characters including the Black Window (Natasha Romanoff) played by Scarlett Johansson.
What a surprisingly strong female character who knows how to kick butt with the best of the super heroes and yet show vulnerability on a base level. Now with The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in theaters on May 1, we’re getting snips of the movie and peeks of the super heroes making red carpet appearances in real life.
At the recent premier in London, Johansson looked absolutely stunning.
If you haven’t seen her lately, she’s been wearing her hair short and blond, and every time she makes an appearance it is with impeccable style. You can’t even tell she’s had a baby in the last year, either.
For the premiere, she stepped out on the red carpet wearing what looked like a multi-colored patterned gown that turned out to actually be a very wide-legged Balmain jumpsuit. The jumpsuit, it turns out, was from the Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Johansson accessorized with Saint Laurent heels and unpretentious Balgari earrings, and her hair had grown long enough to be worn up.
While she looked great, it does make me wonder if jumpsuits are making a comeback. If you remember, we saw several of them at the Grammy Awards this year.
I don’t know why, but mentally part of me doesn’t want to see this fashion style resurrected. Not that they don’t look great on people with small waistlines, but many of us don’t fit that category.
What do you think? Are you ready to add a jumpsuit to your wardrobe, or are you keeping your fingers crossed that this is a passing fad?
Photo credits: XX