Sunday, March 29, 2015

Look of the Day: Striped Sun Dress & A Picnic Basket


The day I took these photos it was 70 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. I had the day off and it was just heavenly! I got my hair did, went thrift shopping, then had a "picnic" at Whole Foods. When Trevor comes home for a visit, I'm gonna pack up my new picnic basket (it fits wine bottles perfectly) and drag him to Golden Gardens. That is, if this weather sticks around!


 I've been so bummed out this past year, but I'm finally feeling like myself again. My vitamin D & magnesium levels were low, so I'm fixing that with supplements and more time outside. My doctor also has me on a low dose of anti-depressants for heart palpitations. Scary right?? The doctor took one look at me, though, and was like "I can tell you, it's not your heart. It's anxiety." They did an EKG anyway and it was totally normal. I'll take anxiety over a heart problem any day! Now I need to focus on self-care. 

Yoga & Exercise
Sunshine
Veggies & Fruit
More laughing!

I'm hoping to be done with doctor visits for a while. It's Spring and it's time for adventure!




H&M Cardigan - Old Navy Dress - Vintage American Optical Sunglasses - Vintage Xhilaration Sandals - Vintage Straw Basket

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Look of the Day: Double Denim & A Hat!

 Well, I think this is the last time I'll wear these mom jeans. They're too big, which is a pain. It takes so much work to find pants and jeans that fit me the right way. Maybe if I just track down a smaller size, but they're vintage so that's easier said than done.

I've been getting sick a lot. I feel like I go to the doctor once a week. It's more obnoxious than anything, though. Lordy, I need a vacation! Trevor and I are thinking Palm Springs in June. Have you been? Also, I'll probably go visit Trevor in the Bay Area at the beginning of next month. I can't wait!

 The top is courtesy of Oasap. I love the little white polka dots!

Vintage hat - Oasap Polka Dot Blouse - Vintage belt & bag - Thrifted mom jeans - Vintage American Optic Sunglasses

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fleur d'Elise At Home: Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils


Here in Seattle, the trees have been in bloom for weeks, and on sunny days, it almost feels like Spring. For at least an hour, you can have windows open or wear short sleeves without experience goosebumps. Call me old fashioned, but it's almost enough inspiration to do some spring cleaning!

Thanks to BrandBacker I got to partner with Insta Natural again to test out their peppermint & lemon essential oils. In return, I wrote two reviews on Amazon and this blog post.


First things first: the bottles are huge! Four ounces is a lifetime supply of peppermint oil! The dropper makes it easy to count out drops, but the rubber at the top doesn't prevent the potent peppermint smell from seeping out. It got a little overwhelming so I have to store it in a hallway closet

Tips for Use:

Home: Peppermint oil is said to be antibacterial and is a natural pest-deterrent. When cleaning window sills, add several drops to a mix of water & vinegar to deter mildew and bugs!

Health: Peppermint oil is great for sore muscles, but make sure it's well diluted before use! If used in baths, add to the water after you've filled the tub & gotten in.

Aromatherapy: To freshen up your home, I really love plug-in aromatherapy diffusers. Natural home fragrance without the risk of fire! My favorite combination is peppermint & bergamot.

The lemon oil comes in the same 4 oz. size, but I use so much of it, I don't think it will last as long as the peppermint. It smells so delicious!

Tips for use:

Home: Lemon oil is another great one for cleaning! Add it to all-purpose natural cleaners or apply drops directly to furniture to ward of insects. It can also be a great deterrent if you're trying to keep your pets off the furniture! Just make sure you put it in inconspicuous places, because it can stain.

Health: Combine 2 drops lemon oil and 6 drops argan oil for a leave-in scalp treatment. I usually massage it in at night and then wash it out in the morning.

Aromatherapy: Apply 3 drops lemon, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops chamomile oil to a plug-in diffuser for a Spring scented home!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Look of the Day: Polka Dots & Peacock Silk

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Big news! Well, at least for me! My husband landed a new job in San Francisco! It's only temporary, though, so I won't be moving. But it does mean more traveling for me! He'll be there till November and I plan on flying down once a month. I'm thrilled about the adventuring, but not so much about all the time apart. How have you handled a long-distance relationship? I know people do it all the time, so I'd love to hear any tips you might have!

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About the outfit. I've been wearing this pretty regularly, except with one change: the top. I have two very similar silk blouses, but one is a tad greener. Since they're so similar, I've decided to sell one; the nicer one! It's from Classiques for Nordstrom, and if you're interested, you can find more info about it here!

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Nordstrom Silk Top - H&M Cardigan - GAP highwaisted pants - thrifted belt & bag - Madewell cuff - American Deadstock sunglasses

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Look of the Day: Oasap Plaid & Printed Luck Clutch

 Hey guys! Winter is finally truly fading away! I can't complain much, since we've had the most mild winter, but truthfully, EVERY TIME I HAVE A DAY OFF IT RAINS! It makes it so hard to shoot anything for the blog. Ugh.

So today, I made sure to shoot three different outfits! It was a little chilly for this one, but maybe I can wear it later in the Spring. Printed Luck sent me the hand-printed pouch. Caroline is the wonderful local artist who runs the site and carves her own designs out of linoleum. She has way more patience then me. Linoleum is so hard to carve! The succulent design is so cute and goes perfectly with the new succulent cards I've been working on.

 The other new item is the plaid shirt I'm wearing. Oasap sent it to me to review. It's ok. I love the pattern and the colors, but the fabric wrinkles very easily and the sleeves run so small. Go for a size up if you end up ordering it. 



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

And the winner is...

First off...
Thank you so much to everyone who entered! There were so many cute pinboards, it was almost impossible to choose. I narrowed it down and the winner is...

Danielle N.

Danielle's pinboard won me over with it's adorable accessories and color-coordinated self-indulgences.

The winners of the 2nd and 3rd place drawings are:

Miranda G. and Barbara R.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!



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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How to enter:
1. Create a Pinterest Board titled 'Treat Yo Self' (Required)
2. Follow my Pinterest! (Required)


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Open to US/Canada Only.
Ends February 14th, 2015
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