Category: Fashion

Link Round-up: Creative Denim Ideas, Easter Bunny Cones, Gym Bag Essentials, and More

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up offers up creative denim ideas, Easter bunny cones, fitness bag gym essentials, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for single serving chocolate cheesecake brownie baked oatmeal.

A Pumpkin and a Princess shared 40 creative denim ideas.

Almost Supermom showed us how to make Easter bunny cones.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Despicable Me minion cupcakes.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to turn a dress into a skirt, no sewing necessary.

Pink Heels Pink Truck shared her gym bag essentials.

Mommypotamus shared the secret to strong, shiny hair: gelatin hair masks.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Round-up: Spring Trends, Sleepover Snacks, DIY Photo Candles, and More

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has spring trends, sleepover snacks, DIY photo candles, and more.

Kenarry shared a recipe for s’mores fudge cake.

Almost Supermom showed us how to make a one-skillet chicken burrito dip.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make fruit-stuffed French toast breakfast bowls.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make photo candles.

Mommypotamus taught us how to grow elderberries from cuttings.

Pink Heels Pink Truck gave us a look at spring jacket trends.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gave us a few easy and fun sleepover snack ideas.

Photo credit: Kenarry and A Beautiful Mess

Latest Trends in Bathroom Décor

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 by No Comments

It’s time for us to redo our master bath. We weren’t happy with it when we moved in and that was more than eight years ago, so the time has come to get rid of the white vanities and tile.

I was ready to totally give the bathroom a new look, but I had no idea what I wanted. I started looking at some of the current trends in bathroom décor to get ideas, and it confirmed it is time for a change.

It turns out that stark white bathrooms are “cold and outdated.” I was happy to hear that, but what designers are recommending are moody grades of paint that add character. It’s no longer supposed to be just a utilitarian room. It’s supposed to be a retreat.

I’m one of those practical, literal firstborns and for me “moody grades” didn’t really offer me enough information. Am I alone in this? I do like the idea of it being a retreat, if I can carve out enough time to enjoy it in that way.

So along with moody grades of paint, the type of trends I’m seeing include geometric 3-D tile designs. It does look cool, and I do want a tiled shower enclosure, so all I have to do is decide on which geometric combinations and colors work. It seems ovals are all the rage.

I had thought about getting a rain shower head and found out that those are already considered outdated, and I never even owned one!

Instead, they suggest getting a big, deep, freestanding tub. We were already planning to replace our garden tub with a free standing vintage-looking tub, but I also have a stand-alone shower. I might just go with the rain shower head anyway.

The thing that is really changing with bathrooms in 2015 is that they incorporate natural woods and stone. I like that.

The addition I’m not so sure about is adding media and music. If I did that, it really will be like a retreat, and there are some days I could be lost in there.

As for the “moody grades” they recommend a subtle gray. I’m not sold on that yet, but I’m liking the idea of a heated floor and towel racks. Not that I’ll be able to afford them, but I sure do like the idea.

Today, if you redo your bathroom with a fresh feeling that reflects the homeowner’s personality, it can actually add value to your home. In fact, some economists are saying you add more value by redoing your bathroom than by updating your kitchen.

Times have certainly changed.

Photo credits: pixabay

Kate Middleton Shows Off New Updo

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 by No Comments

On Friday, March 13, Kate Middleton joined her husband, Prince William, his brother, Prince Harry, and others in a somber service that marked the end of the UK’s 13-year combat operations in Afghanistan.

Both William and Harry were dressed in their uniforms embellished with military regalia. The Queen led the service, and others attending included Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

But I have to say, all eyes were on Kate, her baby bump, and stylish updo.

It had been a busy week for Middleton with a London service in honor of Commonwealth Day on Monday, a visit to the Turner Art Gallery in Margate on Tuesday, and fan-girled on the London set of Downton Abbey on Thursday, and then this service on Friday.

That’s quite a schedule for someone in her last month of pregnancy, and truthfully, I’m amazed she can still wear heels to these events.

After all the fuss about her wearing pink earlier in the week, this time the Duchess of Cambridge wore a navy blue Beulah “Chiara” wool coat, paired with a bow-topped hat and blue suede heels.

She looked as stunning as ever, but it seems the real buzz centered around her stylish updo — a twisted chignon, pinned at the nape of her neck. I won’t be surprised to see more how-to videos all over YouTube for this elegant looking style.

I have to confess, my hair is long enough that I’ve tried some of these Kate-inspired updos from time to time, but not with much success. I get turned around trying to watch what I’m doing in the mirror.

However, I have found the answer. Remember when you were a kid and you and your friends would play around with each other’s hair? We’ll a couple of friends and myself, decided to get together and try out hand at a Kate up-do for a mom’s night out.

My hair actually turned out. I loved it. The only problem was that I went home, went to bed, and in the morning, it was a mess. I’m guessing here, but I bet Kate Middleton has someone help her with those updos.

Photo credits: 333dil

Link Round-up: Chocolate Superfood Breakfast, Easter Muddy Buddies, Brow Tips, and More

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a chocolate superfood breakfast bowl, Easter muddy buddies, tips for saving money on food, brow tips, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make a tulip pen for spring.

Tone It Up taught us how to make a quick and easy superfood-filled chocolate breakfast bowl.

Create Craft Love shared a recipe for Easter muddy buddies.

Mommypotamus shared tips for saving money on real food.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for sweet potato bacon hash.

Cupcakes and Cashmere gave us the breakdown on how to get beautiful brows.

Makeup and Beauty Blog sang the praises of the Old Navy Rockstar mid-rise skinny jeans.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Drink Ideas, St. Patrick’s Day, Calligraphy Tips, a Rubber Band Car, and More

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has drink ideas, corned beef and cabbage rolls, calligraphy tips, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a rubber band car.

Frog Prince Paperie showed us how to address invitations with calligraphy and shared some tips for getting it perfect.

Homemade Interest shared a recipe for corned beef cabbage rolls.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a lavender latte milkshake.

Tried and Tasty showed us how to make minty lime water (aka a virgin, no-sugar-added mojito).

Cupcakes and Cashmere reflected on the things she’s learned about defining her style since turning 30.

Pink Heels Pink Truck shared a girls’ night out makeup tutorial.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Video: Color of #TheDress Solved

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 by No Comments

Is it blue and black? Is it white and gold? Well, we know the answer now. But why did we debate it at all? Daily News’ Beth Stebner gets to the bottom of this dress dispute.

Video: Get the Look: 3 Ways to Wear a Jumpsuit

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 by No Comments

The jumpsuit is a chic wardrobe staple that is easy to style for any occasion. Stephanie from Honey & Silk shows you three ways to wear the jumpsuit: for work, for the weekend, and for a night out.

Video: Gwenyth Paltrow Partners with Organic Beauty Brand

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 by No Comments

Juice Beauty has just gained a new Creative Director… Gwenyth Paltrow! Gwen is stepping away from being just the face of beauty endorsements, and going behind the scenes instead. Juice Beauty, with Gwenyth’s help, is launching a big makeup line this year, and we can’t wait to try it! Get excited here!