Category: Fashion

Link Round-up: Cold Remedy, DIY Earring Organizer, Beauty Products, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a cold remedy, earring organizer, beauty products, and more.

I Heart Naptime shared a recipe for buckeye brownies.

Mind Body Green offered tips for talking to your kids about sex.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a spiced orange cold remedy.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together a puppy dog bento lunch.

Keeping It Simple Crafts showed us how to make cute car-related valentines.

Geniabeme shared her picks for the top 10 beauty products of 2014.

Tales of Me showed us how to make an earring organizer.

Photo credit: I Heart Naptime and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Round-up: Crazy Taco Faces, DIY Copper Cup Organizer, Creativity, and More

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has crazy taco faces, a pretty DIY copper cup organizer, a look at the creative process, and more.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to put together beautiful copper and leather cups that will help you stay organized.

Crafts by Amanda shared a look at her creative practice.

A Mom’s Take shared a color by number printable valentine.

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Kenarry showed us how to make crazy taco faces to make dinner more fun.

Thrifty Jinxy shared a fruit and vegetable smoothie recipe.

Mom 4 Real showed us how to make mason jar valentines.

Hello Little Home taught us how to put together a Taylor Swift outfit lookalike.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Melissa McCarthy Shows Off Weight Loss at People’s Choice Awards

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by 2 Comments

Melissa McCarthy, 44, is known for making people laugh. She’s also known as a person of size who has made it clear that she is happy with herself no matter what size she is.

Just last year she told Rolling Stone that she loves herself at any size, but admitted, “I could eat healthier, I could drink less.” This year when she accepted her People’s Choice Award, on January 7, in Los Angeles, it was clear she had done exactly that.

I’d heard she was losing weight, but this was my first time seeing her results.

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She stepped on to the Nokia Theatre stage to receive her 2015 People’s Choice award dressed in a fitted pair of black pants, with a top accented with bold leather panels which ran along the seams. She accessorized with a sleek clutch and Forevermark diamond jewelry.

The design offered a slimming effect, but it wasn’t all style tricks and slimming effects that gave her the amazing results. Her new look was the result of hard work and food choices. She’s about 45 pounds lighter.

According to a friend, she lost the weight following a low-carb diet and lots of protein. The source told Star magazine that “She’s been making small changes and seeing big results. It’s given her a real confidence boost.”

The same source said that Melissa’s motive was her health, and to be a good example to her children. Plus she’s looking ahead and wants to be around to be a grandma, too.

The actress won the first award of the night for Best Comedic Actress and had also been nominated for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Comedic TV Actress. She’s a good example of a confident woman at any weight.

I congratulate her on her award, and on her new look. Both take hard work and dedication that has paid off.

Photo credits: peopleschoice, SandraBullockBlog

Link Round-up: Better Makeup, Abs Challenge, Breakfast, and More

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has fashion and beauty advice, plus an abs challenge and a delicious breakfast recipe.

How Was Your Day? shared some tips on how to get better at applying makeup.

Pink Heels Pink Truck shared a recipe for maple bacon cinnamon rolls.

Blogilates shared a 30-day flat abs challenge.

Confessions of a Homeschooler showed us how to winterize our nails.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to turn a copper pipe into a clothing rack.

Pop Sugar showed us some winter accessories that are so cute, we almost won’t mind that it’s cold.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared her thoughts on the new 12-pan Tarte Tartlette eyeshadow palette.

Photo credit: How Was Your Day? and A Beautiful Mess

Finding Boots for Large Calves: It Can Be Done

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 by No Comments

Living with large calves can be a fashion challenge, especially if you’re looking for a pair of boots. In my case, it’s my daughter who calls her calves “freaskishly large.” If there was anything I could do to change her legs, I would, but I can’t.

With stylish boots in fashion now, she gave up looking at boots because she couldn’t find any that would fit her calves. As her mom, I took on the quest. I figured someone had to make boots with large-calved people in mind, and I was right.

Here are a few places for wide-calf fashionistas to find stylish boots that fit.

  • Zappos: Zappos offers a large selection of wide-calf boots including flat-soled, wedges, and heels. So they have something for everyone – even riding boots. Prices start at around $100.
  • Lane Bryant: Lane Bryant is well-known for their plus-size style and they don’t disappoint when it comes to wide-calf boots. Selection starts at around $70 and run as high as $250.
  • Just Fab: Just Fab actually has you create a profile to help stylists get to know you. Based on this profile you’ll get a personalized boutique with your own special selection of footwear.
  • Duo: Duo offers boots in styles with calf widths up to 49/50 cm (about 19 inches). They feature a catwalk-inspired collection of women’s wide calf boots, handcrafted in the finest Italian leathers.

If you have struggled to find boots to fit your wide calves, don’t give up. If you’re trying to camouflage the size of your calves, choose a lower vamp and pointier toe on the boot and it will give your leg a longer slimmer look. And if you’re going with heels, a mid-height heel gives the illusion of a long and lean leg, too.

My daughter is thrilled to own a pair of fashionable boots that fit her leg, and as a mom, when she is happy, I am, too.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: DIY Projects, a Workout, and More

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has workouts, DIY projects, and more.

Aunt Peaches taught us how to make gorgeous painted gift bags.

Fitnessista shared a holiday barre blast workout.

Tone It Up shared some easy DIY gifts everyone will love.

I Love to Create showed us how to make a beautiful glitter ring.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make your own photo soap.

Scary Mommy took a look at the types of teachers you’ll find in every elementary school.

Confessions of a Homeschooler showed us how to make Christmas pillow buddies.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Upcycling, Thanksgiving Dishes, Gingerbread Rice Krispies Treats, and More

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by 4 Comments

Today’s link round-up has upcycling, delicious Thanksgiving dishes, gingerbread Rice Krispies treats, and DIY gifts in jars.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make slow cooker mashed potatoes.

Our Secondhand House showed us how to upcycle pajama pants into scarves.

Homemaking Hacks shared 22 slow cooker recipes that call for five ingredients or less.

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Tomfo shared a free calendar to help the kids count down the days until Christmas.

This Mama Loves shared a recipe for gingerbread Rice Krispies treats.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared tips for making the most of the crunchy and the smooth times during the holidays.

Domestic Mommyhood shared ideas for DIY gifts in jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Tomfo

Easy Christmas Nail Art

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by 2 Comments

It can be fun to celebrate the holidays right down to our fingertips. For the Fourth of July I got together with a bunch of girlfriends and their daughters and we did pedicures with red, white, and blue.

Now I’ve started to gather some easy Christmas nail art for a party in December. We break into twos and do each other’s nails after we pick the nail art we want. I learned it’s best to keep it less complicated since the kids take part in the effort.

Here are a few ideas I think are winners:

Santa Hats

This Santa hat pattern is very easy.

  1. Just cross two pieces of clear tape over your finger nails, leaving a space the shape of a triangle.
  2. Paint a protective clear coat over the exposed triangle.
  3. When it’s dry paint with red. Wait 30 seconds and peel the tape off carefully. This creates a red triangle with even edges.
  4. With a large dotting tool, create a white pom-pom at the point of the triangle. With a smaller dotting tool, create a row of connected white dots at the bottom of the hat. Add a second row above it. When dry, apply a fast drying clear top coat.

Christmas Tree Nails

You can use the same triangle art to create Christmas tree nail art. Start by painting the nail with a background color like gold. When it is dry, tape off the fingernail and paint a green triangle.

You can use glitter polish, or a matte green and then decorate with white, red and gold dots for ornaments using the dotting tool. Top the tree with a star nail decal or just add a red large red dot with the large dotting tool. When dry add a fast drying clear top coat.

Christmas Nail Art

For something even easier, you can just paint your nails in Christmas colors and then add nail art from snowflakes to Christmas trees or Santa. This is a really quick way to get that festive look.

Photo credits: Amazon

Size 10 Is Plus Size – Really?

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by No Comments

I know that the fashion industry promotes thin, but when Calvin Klein kicked off its new “Perfectly Fit” campaign with model Myla Dalbesio I was stunned to find she was labeled as a size 10 plus size beauty.

You heard me right. Size 10, according to fashion industry standards is plus size.

Size 10 might be plus size for really short people, but Dalbesio actually looks healthy and fit. In an interview with Elle.com, the 27-year-old model admitted, “It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.”

However, once she found herself at the center of a controversy she defended Calvin Klein when she appeared on the Today Show. She told co-host Savannah Guthrie, “It’s really unfortunate because Calvin Klein has done something that’s really groundbreaking. There’s not a lot of spots for us to fit in the fashion industry. They released the campaign with me right alongside all of the other girls of varying shapes and sizes, and didn’t make a fuss about it.”

In defense of Calvin Klein, they aren’t the ones who used the label “plus size” for this campaign. They were actually trying to be inclusive and just concentrate on the women as a group.

The Perfectly Fit line is intended to cater to the needs of different women, and it was actually the article written by Elle where the plus size label came up. So I do applaud Calvin Kline for trying to do the right thing.

I can’t help but wonder why a size 10 girl is considered so big that she is an exception to the rule if she is in the fashion industry. Why not have everyone represented. Let’s face it, those of us who buy the clothes off the rack come in a variety of sizes including 10 and up.

Dalbesio is proud that she has become an inspiration to others. She told Guthrie, “I’m getting these emails from 15-year-old girls in the middle of America that are saying, Thank you so much, I’ve never seen myself represented in this way before.”

Photo credits. AUMediaGallery