Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Treat Yo Self: Valentine's Pin-to-Win

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 On your own or with loved ones, Valentine's Day is the perfect day for self-love, so TREAT YO SELF! Have a donut for breakfast, buy yourself a bouquet at Trader Joe's, or take a super long bath. Whatever you like! The cherry on top? You could win a sweet prize pack from Fleur d'Elise!

There are 3 prizes!

1st Prize: A Ban.do Party Banner Necklace & neon pink flower pin & Benefit's Watt's Up Face Highlighter

2nd Place: One of my newest notecard sets! You get 6 cards & envelopes featuring happy pastels & platinum ampersands. 

3rd Place: It's a surprise!!

 This giveaway is a little more involved than my most recent giveaways, but don't worry! It's gonna be fun! You get to be a little creative :) The main part of entering involves creating a pinboard! Pin one of the images from this post and then go crazy! What would you not normally buy for yourself? How do you treat yourself? Pin that! My favorite board will win first place! For inspiration, visit my pinboard.

Second & Third place will be chosen by Rafflecopter.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Look of the Day: Moss & Cashmere

I want to apologize in advance for how badly these photos might look on your own computer. The lighting in my neighborhood is atrocious this time of year, and my computer's colors seem to be off. I finally (finally) got a new computer to replace my sad, old laptop, but I think it needs to have it's colors calibrated or whatever. Stuff that looks fine to me, looks really weird on any other screen. Feedback would be appreciated! Do they look hecka yellow?

 Enough tech talk. I'd been lusting after these moss green pants at Anthroplogie for a few months, and happened to find my size in the after-Christmas sales. Thank goodness Anthropologie always carries a million of each thing.

I'm so glad green is back "in style". It's always been one of my favorite colors, and now stores are finally carrying it again! Green accessories have been on Spring wishlists in years past, but it's been nearly impossible to actually find the color. Filling up my closet and my jewelry box as we speak! The malachite pendant is vintage, but you can still get the faux malachite cuff from Madewell

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Look of the Day: Wardrobe Staples

I'll be honest, the outfits I usually feature on the blog are not always my everyday outfits. It's not like I dress drastically different from the blog, but in the past few years I've definitely become a staple dresser. Partly, I'm inspired by my husband who is the type of guy who buys 3 of anything he likes. Even jackets! Jackets are his jam. He had to put some in storage, because his closet rod was bowing. You get what I'm saying.

If it's in your budget, I highly recommend buying things you love and wear regularly in multiples. You never know when mustard might happen! Or even worse, the store discontinues them! That is the case with my favorite BDG pants, and the inspiration for this post.

These first ones are kind of all "Duhs".
- Scarf: you probably have 75 of them. They're warm and colorful.
- Black coat: sleek, goes with everything.
- Striped shirt: I honest-to-god have 11 different Breton striped shirts. My go-to-staple. Goes with almost everything and I feel good in them. Perfect for mornings where I set my alarm for 7am instead of 6:30 and have no time.
- White Sneakers: Find a good pair of cheap ones and buy 5 pairs! You will always have fresh, white kicks! I found these on clearance at JCP for $14 and bought 2 pairs, since that's all they had.

My other wardrobe staples are as follows:

- Fake Frames: Or, if you need them, real ones! They're perfect for puffy-eye days. Distracts from my bloodshot allergy face! Get a god pair, like the Madewell ones I'm wearing. They have UV protection built in and they're nice enough to have real lenses put in when my eyesight finally goes.

- Red Lips: Ok, duh. Another thing I have at least 5 of. My favorite is an called orangey-red from Revlon called Siren.

- Denim Jacket: This classic piece should be in everyone's closet! Plus, it's fun hunting for vintage denim! Find a rare one and you could get rich!

- Neutral Knits: If you live in a warm climate, this doesn't really apply. If not, then you know you need at least 2 good neutral sweaters! Look for good, vintage wool at your local thrift store. It won't pill as badly as new stuff. My favorite is a heather gray men's sweater by Blumarine that I wear probably too often. The one I'm wearing above is from GAP, and it's majorly on sale right now.

- High Waist Pants: I've sung the praises of high waist pants before. They're so much more comfortable than the crap the kids are wearing right now. You don't have to pull them up every 5 seconds! My all-time favorites are BDGs that have been discontinued in the past year. I've been on the hunt for replacements and I think these GAP high rise skinnies are it. 

- Fun Flats: For me, I can't wear anything else. Dumb feet. When I find a pair my feet actually like, I buy as many as possible. Easier said than done, of course.

Little Extras: A wear-with-all watch and a classic bag!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: InstaNatural Argan Oil Products

Hello! How is your 2015 so far? Mine has been fabulous. I've been super-motivated to get my apartment in shape. It's been driving me bonkers, so a new year felt like the perfect reason to refresh my living conditions, my wardrobe and my personal health! I bought some new jams (Sam Smith & Nicki Minaj) and I've been cleaning up old projects & organizing closets; I took a bags of stuff to Value Village and Buffalo Exchange, and now I'm focusing on inner and outer health.

 As always, I'm a huge proponent of organic beauty products. The more natural, the better! This latest Brand Backer campaign I've signed up for involves some generously-sized samples from InstaNatural

Over the summer, I fell in love with Josie Maran Argan Oil, but at $48 for 1.7oz., her product is not something I can afford to buy all the time. While InstaNatural's Argan Oil isn't as glam as something from Sephora (I got it through Amazon), it's just as naturally good for your skin, and the earth, as any other brand. (Or so the site claims). It's certified organic and you get 4oz for $19! That's a crazy-good deal.

The one downside is that it has a weird smell. It's cold pressed and unrefined, so you're getting pure argan funk. The smell doesn't last, though, and with use, I'm getting accustomed to it. I use it all the time. It's perfect for my sensitive skin, so I wear it under my make up. I also use it as a hair conditioner, pre-blowdry hair smoother, body lotion, bath oil, etc. etc. And I have so much of it, I don't mind sharing anymore!

The company also sent me a giant tub of their Argan Oil Hair Mask. It's super thick and smells like orange creamsicles. You're supposed to leave it in for 5-15 minutes, but I rarely have that much time in the shower, so I reserve it for my weekend baths. My hair has certainly felt softer and has been very shiny. I just have to be careful to thoroughly rinse everything, or else I'm left with hair that's a touch too shiny, if you get my drift. I wouldn't recommend it for fine hair, unless it's processed (permed or bleached). It doesn't seem to strip the color from my hair, which is another plus, but the product description doesn't say anything about it being color-safe, so be careful if you color yours.

A clean apartment, soft, healthy hair, some new accessories and new (thrifted) duds, and I'm ready to take on the rest of 2015!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year in Review

What a year. There were many happy moments; moments full of pride, excitement and contentment, but it was also full of struggle. Everything was rather overshadowed by the death of my one-and-only-Frida, and health problems never make anything easy. I'm looking forward to 2015, though. I have lots of goals and am excited for the chance to do it all over again. It's the next round. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

My Goals for 2015:

Get my apartment into shape!

Finally have some letterpress plates made!

Walk my dog more often.

And now for some of my favorite shots from the blog...

We said goodbye to Frida, in February.

I wore lots of white & blue.

 On May Day, we added Otto to our home.

A trip to New York and a photoshoot for Redbook finished off my 29th year in the most magical way! And I got to meet Maria!

I went all out for my 30th Birthday. I still can't get over this invitation I made myself, haha

 More blue and white!

 September took me to the ocean.

 Fall brought rain and a tour of the Filson headquarters.

And here we are. Back at December. As I write this, the little tree still sits atop my credenza. I will probably take it down tomorrow. Bye, bye little tree. Bye, bye 2014.

Hello, 2015!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Joyeux Noel: Fleur d'Elise at Home

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My husband and I have lived in our apartment for nearly five years now, and you know what? We've never had a tree! Every year I say I'm going to get one, but we never host our families for the holiday, so in the end I usually go without. Also, I just can't bring myself to buy a little tree I'm just going to throw in the garbage come January 1st. It seems like a waste of money and a waste of tree. So this year I set out to buy a fake tree and found the perfect one! 

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As much as I wanted a silver or white one, this tree was the best choice, because it will still be sensible when I'm over my kooky Christmas colors phase (it's a phase, right?). It looks so lovely atop our new mid-century credenza (Say it outloud. It makes you feel fancy). This is honestly the prettiest, tidiest corner in our apartment.

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I'm having a lot of fun with the colors and concept for my gift wrap this year. I wasn't sure it would all work together, but so far I really like it. Silver looks so good with neons and greens!

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 LEFT: The little bear ornament is just hanging out till he's ready to go to a new home. If you'd like to own him, he's still available on my Etsy! RIGHT: I'm happy I'm finally getting my insect collection displayed where I can enjoy it! The butterflies were a gift from my dad. I believe he bought them in Covent Garden. They're pretty old. The beetle below them is a Pine Sawyer. It's the biggest beetle on the west coast and the only one I've ever seen. I found her outside Petco in Gig Harbor (I grew up there). I tried to keep her as a pet, but she died :(

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 LEFT: One of my gem stone art prints and the most expensive beetle I've ever purchased. He's a jewel scarab. RIGHT: I'm so happy I finally get to use my ornaments! 

Do you decorate for the holidays? What's your favorite tradition?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Look of the Day & a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! What a crazy month it's been. I've had some health issues, so I've been resting a lot. Finally getting back into the normal swing of things, and am making sense of a much-needed diet change. Obviously, the blog has been neglected. I'm back, though. I swear!

What I'm wearing:
Long sleeve shirt & track pants from Target, thrifted wool jacket, vintage Coach bag, vintage flats, vintage coral necklace, and a  necklace from some little store at the Olympia Mall.

Anyway, a month ago, I signed up on BrandBacker  to review an eye shadow palette from Paula Dorf. While I've heard of the brand, I don't think I've ever tried it, so I jumped at the chance! They sent me this gorgeous set of sun-drenched colors called Aztec City. I love the blue, but have never been able to pull off this shade, so it goes untouched. Maybe I'll get brave and try it tomorrow. I've tried all the other colors, though! The white and soft mauve are perfect for brightening the inner corner of your lid. The baked clay shade is great for shading the whole lid, and the dark brown is ideal for lining and creating a warm, smokey eye. 

The only disappointment is that they're a little powdery, even when I use my good shadow brush. My fix is to not apply my under-eye make-up till after I've done my shadow. If I apply it before I just end up wiping away all my concealer when I'm cleaning up loose powder.

I finished off the look with concealer, brown liquid liner, mascara, and brow tint.

Now for the giveaway part!
 One lucky reader will win this Paul Dorf mascara and a little holiday surprise from Fleur d'Elise! The mascara is a rich teal color that compliments any eye color! It's also water resistant and safe for contact lense wearers.

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