Yes, a bucket bath. Do you ever think of something and before you know it, your mind has gone down a very long rabbit hole? I know you have. Everyone has. I can think of what I need to do tomorrow and in 60 seconds, my mind goes to laundry and then the money I found in my husband’s pocket, then the craft project supplies I can buy with said money, then my very long craft to-do list created from browsing Pinterest, then the red Roman shade I want to make for my kitchen, then that pretty red lollipop I saw at the store, then how awesome that lollipop would be for a photo shoot. Just like a bucket bath leads to a major life change.
“Mom, what’s for lunch?” It’s someone getting my attention that snaps me back to reality and makes me realize that I did that rabbit hole thing again. It’s very similar to the way this “I want to travel the world” thing was birthed.
I was sitting in high school English class. Who knows what was being discussed. The only thing I remember is one of my classmates saying that they had never been to … >> find out more...
Hear the word “travel,” and our minds have a tendency to wander off to warm places where sun-kissed toes can sink into soft beach sand and the drinks come with a ring of brightly colored salt and a straw-hatted waiter. Not so much icy locales requiring cold weather goods like sweaters and mittens.
I blame the Polar Vortex and all its nose hair-freezing nonsense.
Because, if you think about it, there are so many places where fresh white snow and crisp winter air laced with earthy wood smoke make for one unforgettable calling card. Places where dog sleds and ice hotels and ski slopes leave us pining for more cold weather adventure and the coziness that comes with them. Not to mention the buttery hot drinks.
Knowing what to pack can be tricky since bulky coats take up a lot of suitcase space, and camera equipment (guilty) and toiletries oftentimes take up the rest.
The key to keeping winter looks warm yet wildly stylish when traveling is dressing in pretty, fuss-free layers that mix the best parts of functionality and fabulosity. (That means no ironing and mostly machine washable).
You’ll want to pick all of these up immediately:
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Is it better to blend in or stand out? You can do both when sporting one of my favorite fall trends that has been continuing into spring: I’m loving the camouflage fashion trend. What used to be considered “hunting attire” is actually a pretty hot look with lots of versatility. Stay with me and I’ll show you how to wear camo. You can, I promise.
Camouflage is good in small quantities. You will definitely look like you’re ready for a weekend in the mountains if you try and pull off too many pieces at once! Opt for a cute camouflage tee with feminine details paired with skinny jeans and converse sneakers. Top a pair of camo pants with a striped top, or even add a pair of feminine camouflage-print flats to black skinny jeans and a chunky grey sweater. These options all have a splash of the trend but don’t overdo it. You can also go with a fun button down camo shirt with boyfriend jeans and booties similar to my look here. The rolled cuffs and chunky necklace keep the look fresh. Watch for slightly feminine fits and avoid anything too boxy.
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Let’s talk red lipstick. It is no secret that I love lip color. The brighter, the bolder, the better! Don’t have time to do your makeup? Slap on some powder and bright lipstick and BAM you’re glamorous! Now, red used to be my absolute favorite, but there’s a new color in town and I think that orange just may be the new red in my life.
Think orange is a little too far out there for a lip color? Just go ahead and search “orange lipstick trend” and see all the images that come up. I really can’t find one that doesn’t look nice! Today I’m gonna chat a little about the oranges I own and some you might want to try.
From right to left above: Revlon Super Lustrous in Lover’s Coral, Revlon ColorBurst in Tutti Frutti, and Maybelline ColorSensational in Vibrant Mandarin.
Let’s start with the best way to ease into this trend. Going with a lighter, sheer orange makes it easier to start rocking a somewhat funky color without putting it all out there at first.
Revlon Super Lustrous in Lover’s Coral is the perfect place to start. It goes on super smooth and … >> find out more...
World renowned portrait photographers Wendy and Tyler Whitacre of Blue Lily Photography have announced their world tour dates for 2014, and guys, you want to get on that train. Wendy photographed my little family on a hot August day last summer on a leg of their 2013 world tour and they’re some of my favorite family photos we’ve ever taken.
They’re all about getting the real stuff, none of the canned studio photography nonsense my family won’t sit still for.
As is clearly evidenced by my little wild man, who is notoriously naughty during photos. Wendy didn’t bat an eyelash, shooting away while both children whacked each other with sticks and threatened to throw deer poo at one another from the ground in the orchard.
Still, amidst my naughty babies, greatness was captured. I love what Wendy shot. The photos she took are actually representative of my family and everyone’s
special spirit individuality. I didn’t feel stressed, sweating over the photographer being mad while said poo throwing occurred. Wendy rolled with it, and the kids visibly relaxed when they realized she was a mom / photographer not easily riled.
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I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years. Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here. And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot. Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.
What does that look like for you guys? For me, my Life List changes every year. I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List) I made in 2010 and change it up all the time. Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now. So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.
For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list. The last few years of my health have been pretty awful. What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really. Well, a month ago I … >> find out more...
Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day. Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank. Who’s your girl?
Me, that would be me.
Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal. It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it. The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere. Maybe. I hope. If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.
How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:
- 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
- large knife to cut lettuce
- stamp pads + / or craft paint
- paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
- card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice
How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:
This is the really easy part.
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- Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
- Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
- Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
Let’s talk boots. I have been dying to get a great pair of boots for years. Literally, years. The first problem I found was calf size. It took me a couple of years to realize that wide calf boots exist. That was a game changer. I started ordering boots online because finding them in stores is next to impossible. Despite multiple purchases (and returns) I still haven’t found a pair that fits. Why? Simple.
Most boots are made so that as the shoe size increases, the boot shaft also increases in width. I’m short, so most boot styles that fit my 6 1/2 sized foot aren’t wide enough for my calf. If you have a larger foot you won’t have this problem. But, if you’ve got small feet like me, you’ll have to hunt a little harder.
To determine how wide you need the boot shaft to be simply measure around the widest part of your calf. Then, look at the boot’s specs online. They will list how wide the shaft is at it’s widest, and which shoe size has that width. It’s a gamble to order them online, but it’s really the only option for a great selection.