Random Weekly Roundup #45

Wooooo- this week was busy. Every area of my life busier than normal. But also more awesome than normal, so no complaints here! :) And if you’re noticing the super-late time stamp, I’m writing this in the bewitching hour, so in the name of sweet zzzz’s I’m just going to get to it!

My favorite links of the week…

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1  I loved the Face the Foliage series when I first saw it on Justina Blakeney’s blog and now a fashion-focused version of the project has been featured on Vogue.com! Love the new fashion icon faces! (Justina Blakeney)  |  2  Isn’t this the cutest DIY project? Wait until you see the male counterpart to this bookend- love them! (Justina Blakeney again- apparently I’m obsessed.)

 

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3  I love this bohemian knotted braid and it seems simple enough to do in your bathroom mirror. (A Beautiful Mess)  |  4  And there’s a new fashion blogger taking over Instagram- Barbie! And just think for a moment about the fact that this is actually someone’s job. #heaven. (Who What Wear)

 

5  This isn’t new, but in case you haven’t seen this yet, get your tissues ready. She’s so amazing. I say Lupita for President 2020.

 

But wait! There’s more!…

Ob. Sessed. With. This. (The Timeline Project)

Do you know your unofficial state dessert? Ohioans get ready for a duh moment if you have to click to find out like I did. (Slate)

Interesting models for Gap’s ‘Dress Normal’ campaign. (The Imprint)

An awesome new Instagram feature. (Who What Wear)

And some last-minutes-of-summer uses for pineapple: a delicious-looking smoothie (Hummusapien) and some dried pinapple cake toppers (Lauren Conrad).

 

What links did you love this week?

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My Instalife 8.14

This is my first post in this series, which essentially wraps up what’s going on in my life in and outside of the blog. I really wanted to start this series to push myself to use Instagram more, because even though I like it, I have the hardest time remembering to do it everyday.

One thing in particular I’ve been loving is Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society’s #styleme challenge. I think it’s so fun to follow the prompts and see how other people around the world are styling the theme of the day. Here are a few of mine…

If you want to do the challenge along with me, you can find the prompt through the link above and just tag me in your first post so I know to keep an eye out for your style pics!

Also, this month I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool things and meet some incredible people.

Oh, and of course I got some new Stella & Dot goodies!

If you want some more info on any of the pics above, head to my Instagram account and let’s connect! Hope to see you for #stylemeseptember!

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Best of the Blogs: August Edition

This can be a funny time of year for fashion. The industry has been talking about 2014 fall fashion for what seems like 3 years now, and even though you’re starting your fall activities, it’s still hotter than ever. At least in the Midwest it is. We had the most strangely cool summer for months and then as soon as the time to start boot shopping and pumpkin spice latte guzzling is just around the corner, BOOM! It’s broiling outside.

So anyway, as riveting as all this weather talk is, the point here is that it’s time to start thinking about transitioning summer looks into fall looks even though the weather isn’t quite there yet. If you need some ideas on ways to do this, look no further than the most fashionable bloggers around…

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Why didn’t I think of this?! Simply tying a kimono is a genius way to update the look and somehow makes it feel more fall, doesn’t it? Picture it with jeans and boots- perfect! (Because Shanna Said So)

 

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A colorful and breezy summer ensemble paired with a traditional blue blazer that screams back-to-school makes for a brilliant (and adorable!) summer-to-fall combo. (Gal Meets Glam)

 

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And don’t start storing your pastels yet! Icy candied hues are going to be big this fall/winter and will look absolutely stunning with your winter whites. (Pink Peonies)

 

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An embellished pullover is the perfect comfy pairing to a flirty warm weather skirt. I might need to DIY a sweatshirt like this soon… (Atlantic-Pacific)

 

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And the same theory applies here with a graphic sweatshirt/tropical skirt combo that is everything a girl could want. (Happily Grey)

 
 

And this last one (also Happily Grey) has nothing to do with summer, but just please can I have this cardigan and live in it until June 2015?
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What looks are you loving?
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Local Love… Victoria’s Secret’s Incredible Sports Bra Launch with Alessandra Ambrosio

Sometimes blogging has its perks and last week those perks literally made my life more perky ;) . I was beyond excited to get invited to the Victoria’s Secret launch of their new Incredible Front-Close Sports bra last week. (Please excuse the phone pics while I explain why…)

For starters, I got to meet Alessandra Ambrosio.

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I was a little star struck- I mean, she’s a real-life supermodel. An actual Victoria’s Secret Angel! And let me tell you guys, if you ever have the chance to get a selfie with an Angel, just wave the white flag and do it. Will you feel like a tree stump? Yeah, most likely. Will you be the star of the shot? Absolutely not. But if you share it you will get to feel a little insta-famous for a day, so there is that. ;)

But seriously, she was super nice and much more low-maintenance than I had anticipated. We talked really briefly about fall fashion and she told me she mainly just lives in jeans, naming vintage Levi’s and REDUN as her top choices.

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But of course, the whole purpose of the event was the Incredible Sports Bra.

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I tried on the bra while I was there, and while I can’t speak for the smaller chested girls of the world, if you’re a C-cup and above, this is as close as it gets to living the sports bra dream. I ABSOLUTELY HATE jamming and shimmying myself into a standard sports bra and usually end up having to wear two bras- an underwire and a sports bra- to work out. And honestly, it’s hard enough to want to work out without the added annoyance of changing into two different bras.

But the Incredible offers a solution to both of these problems by featuring both a concealed underwire and a zip-front closure.

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It also has light padding, adjustable straps, and a sweat-wicking liner. Can I get an amen?!

Oh, and it comes in 150,000 different colors and prints.

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Just kidding, but there are a lot of options.

You can check out the Incredible bra here or go into your local Victoria’s Secret to get a proper fitting. I honestly never wanted to get fitted for a bra in my life, but I succumbed to it during my visit, and it was so much more pleasant than I had imagined. Partly because of the most flattering fitting room lighting I’ve ever seen and also because of the really nice and knowledgeable staff (Brittany at Easton is the bomb! :) ). Plus I got some added coupons and samples, so I’d highly recommend that route.

As for Alessandra and myself, please follow me on Instagram to see our new best friendship unfold. Just kidding again, but in all sincerity, I do owe her a thank you for being so lovely as well as a big thank you to Victoria’s Secret corporate and the wonderful girls working in the store. Thanks for adding another great moment to my blogging adventure!

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Random Weekly Roundup #44

Well I won’t talk much as I assume you’re all pretty invested in the VMA’s right about now. I myself am not watching because I refuse to pay for cable, but I will hopefully be caught up with all the cray by tomorrow. I did see a couple of the red carpet looks and thought Gwen Stefani looked awesome (as usual). Whose look are you loving/hating? Please share in the comments because I love to talk red carpet. :)

 

And onto some other water cooler-worthy topics this week…

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1  How beautiful is this look from H&M Studio? And the rest of collection is just as good. (Dust Jacket Attic)  |  2  You’ll never guess who owns the chic and masterfully decorated Soho loft. (Because I’m Addicted)

 

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3  My favorite story I’ve read in a long time: 99-year-old Lillian Weber sews a dress a day for girls in need and is hoping to reach 1,000 by her 100th birthday. I LOVE her. (Bored Panda)  |  4  This beautiful Vogue Australia editorial is what happens when the most perfectly retro fashions meet the most perfectly 60s-looking model. (Visual Optimism)

 

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5  Russian style chameleon, Oksana On, might be the most fashionable person in the world. See what I mean after the jump. (Honestly WTF)  |  6  I adore Angela Deane’s Ghost Photographs, brilliantly made using acrylic paint over old photographs. Aren’t they oddly adorable? (Angela Deane)

 

7  And I’m sure we’ve all seen this video of ice bucket fails by now, but does it really ever get old? The answer is no. No it does not.

 

And some more can’t-miss links…

This home rocks my brain into a gentle zen-like state. (Desire to Inspire)

And this guest bedroom has some seriously genius DIY ideas. (A Beautiful Mess)

20 Awkward Bridesmaid Photos- just… you’re welcome. (Loverly)

Your body will thank you for following the best trainers of Instagram. (Refinery29)

Arm party tips and tricks from the big dawgs. (Lauren Conrad)

Mom- this t-shirt save animals, so feel free to buy it for me. And you ;). (Who What Wear)

And for my local gals…

Thrift and Shout’s second-hand scores are now available via Instagram. (Thrift and Shout)

Some inspirational thoughts on being present. (Buttons & Birdcages)

And tickets are officially on sale for Rowe’s 2014 fashion show- I can’t wait! (Capital Style)

 

What links are on your radar?

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Pinspired: The Ultimate Last Days of Summer Party

If Labor Day has you itching for a final summer soiree, then I have the post for you! (This is not an infomercial, I swear.) But what better way to send off the season than with a Last Days of Summer party celebrating the most summery of summer things?! Hawaiian burgers, and grilled watermelon in the daytime followed by fireside s’mores and sparklers when the sun goes down? Getting the last wear out of your favorite summer maxi and sipping a glass of the greatest summertime drink ever- Pimm’s? It all sounds pretty awesome to me.

Here are my favorite things from the wonderful world of Pinterest to inspire an a fabulous Ultimate Last Days of Summer Party. Now just don’t forget to send me an invite. ;)

But now for the real issue: what songs make the playlist? Tell me your ultimate summer party jam in the comments!

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5 Ways to DIY It… Embellished Denim

I got a really great response to the last installment of 5 Ways to DIY It and was so excited to give it a second go! And what’s a girl to wear when the weather is still hot but you’re itching for fall fashion? The one all-season standard, of course- jeans!

If you saw my Top 10 on Tuesday, you know I’ve been pretty excited about the Old Navy denim sale, so here I’ve got 5 different and super-easy ways to take advantage of those awesome prices and upgrade your basic denim into designer-inspired statement jeans.

Let your legs do the talking for a fraction of the price! ;)

Give them a little sparkle with some glue-on rhinestones…

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…or some shine with metallic fabric paint.

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For a modern minimalist take, just add some faux-leather panels with glue (or thread)…

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…or use the same process on some nostalgic patches for both some edge and charm.

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Or take the basic up a notch with a bright white tuxedo stripe. Just tape off and spray!

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What do you think? Would you ever DIY your denim?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Old Navy + Shoe Cult

Today is indeed wrapping up but I wanted to squeeze in this post for Top 10 Tuesday because there are two things in the shopping world that I’m really excited about this week and wanted to share…

1. Old Navy’s denim sale. Fancy denim brands have never been too appealing to me because I love, love, LOVE my Old Navy jeans. I can get the straighter fit and longer hem length that I need without special ordering, and season after season, without fail, I can order my size in whatever new styles have come out and they always fit the same. And as great as those points are, we all know the real deal-sealer here is the price. While they are always priced low, right now you get some super-stylish pairs for as low as $19! I’ve got my eye on the Rockstar Zip Pocket Super Skinny Jeans (#9)- with moto-style knee seams and a charcoal wash, they’re a total steal at $34.

2. Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal. Nasty Gal is one of my favorite brands- super-trendy with a distinct style and totally reasonable prices- but I don’t actually shop there because a lot of the styles are too young/edgy/unrealistic for my actual life. Cue Shoe Cult, the brand’s own shoe label, for the perfect way to incorporate some major statement-making style into your look without feeling or looking like you raided Miley’s closet. I’m LOVING the styles below, all of which come in under $100!

 

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1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10

 

Which budget duo are you feeling?

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Local Love… All’asta Giveaway!

Happy Monday internet friends! I’ve got a great one for you today- a giveaway with the exciting Columbus-based company, All’Asta! If you haven’t heard of the company yet, they have a really unique take on the direct sales concept. The name (pronounced al-AH-sta) literally means “auction” in Italian and that’s exactly what they do. Hostesses and guests of All’asta shows bring 1-3 items of their own for silent auction and then can put the commission from those items towards other auction pieces or to get new items from the brand’s own product line.

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And let’s talk about this product line for a minute because it’s really good! I love the style of the line, which has a very global, vintage, flea-market chic feel. They have everything from home decor…

 

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To kitchenware…

 

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To jewelry and accessories…

 

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And an amazing assortment of gifts and other goodies…

 

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You can see their entire product line here, but in the meantime, why not snag a little something for yourself totally free?! All’asta was not only nice enough to give me a personalized Market Bag, but they want you to have one, too! And let me tell you, this bag is awesome! First of all it’s huge- I seriously can fit all of my groceries in just this one bag. Also, the leather handles and trim are not only super sturdy but also look great. And the inside is laminated for easy cleaning (and it also just feels really good). :)

 

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I got the bicycle version with Columbus, OH on it (I love my city!), but this design can be personalized with pretty much any wording of your choice up to 12 characters. The top right bags can be personalized with an initial and the white blossom bag comes without personalization. (You can see more about the personalization options on page 49 of the catalog here).

Enter below for your chance to win your own Market Bag. A winner will be chosen at midnight this Sunday, 8/24. This contest is open to US residents only.

 

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Thank you, All’asta! I love my bag and can’t wait for a lucky reader to get their own, too!

So now it’s time for the big decision- which one would you choose? :)

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Random Weekly Roundup #43

Anyone who knows me would tell you that I’m incredibly sports-savvy. Maybe even the greatest athlete they’ve ever known.

Hahahahahahaha. I’m pretty sure my use of the word “savvy” in that sentence gave me away, but anyway, who cares? Just because my knowledge of baseball players is directly related to how many actresses they’ve dated doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good sports story. And it definitely doesn’t mean I’m not completely impressed with Mo’ne Davis.

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I’m going to safely assume since you’re reading this that your first thought when you hear the word “diamond” has nothing to do with dirt, and therefore it’s possible that you might have missed the story of this awesome 13-year-old girl. You can read more about Mo’ne Davis here and here (and pretty much everywhere else), but basically she caught everyone’s attention Friday when she became the first girl to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, she is apparently even better at basketball and dreams about playing in the WNBA. Talk about taking #likeagirl to a whole new level!

 

Some more things I’m impressed with this week…

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1  Do you ever wish that a day at the museum involved way more high-fashion product placement? Then you are kind of weird (me too) and must immediately follow Chris Rellas (aka @copylab), whose combination of all things Art History and It Girl make for one entertaining Instagram account. (HonestlyWTF)  |  2  Erin Wasson’s home is amazing. So are her boots… and her tattoos… and her hair… (Because I’m Addicted)

 

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3  I’m dying to take a weekend trip to Nashville and local blogger, Lindsey, has a great guide for where to stay, eat, and, of course, shop! (Thrift and Shout)  |  4  Lauren Bacall was the definition of Old Hollywood glamour and this collection of her most iconic photos is stunning. (Harper’s Bazaar)

 

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5  These paint and marker portraits by artist Antoine Cadet are sad in the most beautiful and amazing way. (The Jealous Curator)  |  6  And finally, the weirdness of both 3-D printing and hermit crabs have combined in a project that you just have to see for yourself. (Bored Panda)

 

Some more…

Sweet god- somebody get me these Spanx jeans. (WhoWhatWear)

Looking at these literally makes my mouth water. (A Beautiful Mess)

The refrigerator of my dreams. (Desire to Inspire)

Did you know you can wear your phone pics? (…Love Maegan)

Whoops! 10 Organization Habits You Need to Establish Before 30. (Domaine)

Some adorable outfits involving a pair of overalls. (Alisa Burke)

Local blogger, Allison, has written a book about harnessing the powers of introversion- brilliant! (Be Up & Doing)

And on that topic, a very cute map of the introvert’s heart. (Society 6)

What links are loving this week?

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