Floral Favorites

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Has anyone else been as enamored as I’ve been over the current fashion flood of florals?!  It makes my floral-loving heart sing!  Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved pastels and florals.  And to see sooo much floral this spring and summer… well, can you have too much floral?  I’m not sure, but if so, I’m guilty.  I’ve been enjoying that “trend”, though (I don’t follow trends…to me, following trends is so hard anyways, not to mention it takes away a large part of personal style.  Ever since I discovered Dressing Your Truth several years ago, I’ve given up on trying to fit into the current trends.  And I’ve never felt like I’ve had more of my own personal style!  It’s great!).  But this is a trend that happens to be something I love and incorporate into my own style anyways.  Have you been a fan of the floral frenzy?

When Cleo Madison -a new-to-me brand, reached out to me this summer asking if I’d like to sample something from their shop… you can guess what I chose, right?  Something floral. 🙂  This Prague dress to be exact (which just happens to be on sale now, so click your way over pronto so you don’t miss out before it gets sold out).  Cleo Madison has a lot of great finds, and a great sale going on as well!

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The pastel and floral theme took me back a bit to my childhood, and of course, a side pony was the logical choice. 🙂  A 30-something can still wear them occasionally, right?! lol

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The dress is SO comfy, like wearing pajamas comfy!  It doesn’t seem to wrinkle easily, either, which is always a plus!

I was particularly liking my makeup the day I took these pictures, so I’ll share what I’m wearing:

Everyday Minerals foundation in a mix of Golden Fair and Ivory (I can wear either one, and I had a little bit of each left in their containers so I combined them into one).

Eye shadow is Bliss (outer lid) and Utopia (middle and inner lid) from Redeeming Beauty Minerals, which is just an amazing company with heart.  Also from Redeeming Beauty is the brow gel is Gentle.

Mascara is a coat of blackberry mascara from 100% Pure and a coat of brown from Real Purity (I like them both, and don’t have much left the 100% Pure, so just did 1 coat of that).

Blush is actually Silk Naturals Limbo (an eye color).  It’s a pretty pink (on the light side, with a nice shimmer, so it mostly left my cheeks with a glow instead of a strong color, which is fine to me).

Lips are Lipsense Kiss Me Kate (x2) and Bombshell (x1) with Glossy Gloss.  My friend, Cassie, is a Lipsense friend of mine, and here is her page if you’d like to try them out. (She also has a fun giveaway going on right now you don’t want to miss).  She is such a hoot and just a really sweet person!

I don’t know what the trends for fashion will be come spring, but you can bet I’ll still be flying with the florals!!

Wingz – Add Sleeves to Anything

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My apologies for the fairly silent second half of this summer…  Life got crazy crazy busy with some family things that came up, and the blog had to go on the back burner.  But I’m back, so expect a few catch-up posts and then a more consistent posting schedule.  Yay for the end of summer and start of fall.  How do you all feel about that?  I’m sure most of the moms are like, “Yessss!  School is starting!!” haha (unless it’s your first or your last, then you might have more of a mixed response).  Even though I’m not a mama, I still love that transition time from summer to fall.  And even though it’s not going to necessarily *feel* like fall for a little while yet, I still really appreciate the change in seasons.

Wingz review

 

One thing that is sometimes not fun, though, is that a common issue from summer to fall, fashion-wise, is how to transition between the two without looking like you’re still at the beach or like you are ready for fuzzy slippers and pumpkin pie.   I was recently sent this Wingz product to try out, specifically in the white lace 3/4 sleeve.  I think these would attract several people – those who prefer to cover their arms out of personal reasons (like they are self-conscious of their arms, or maybe for religious reasons), but also those who want to wear their summer dresses or sleeveless tops as the weather gets a tad cooler without having to layer a cardigan.  (I am a HUGE fan of cardigans… it might be a slight obsessions of mine, haha, but even I like the versatility).

Wingz review

The lace is soft and it was comfortable.  Sizing in my opinion is pretty generous, as it bunched up a bit on me (BUT I have short arms and my shoulders are on the narrow side), so I think if you’re debating between two sizes, go for the smaller one (I got the size 1 (us 10-14), but think I could’ve gotten the size 0 (us 4-8).  I think this white color would look so super pretty with a white dress, especially a white lace dress to give it that connected look and tie it together.  This was the only dress I had that had a good bit of white in it.  You could certainly wear it with any other color, just I personally didn’t like that look as much, as it really drew the attention to the arms, when my goal was to create a connected feel.  But that’s what’s great – they accommodate so many personal styles, and with all of the various options and fabrics and styles they offer, it really is a great option for expanding your seasonal wardrobe.

(Outfit details: lace under sleeve c/o Wingz; maxi floral dress on Zulily)

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Charise Noel Jewelry

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I’m so excited to share about this giveaway series – I’ve joined together with some other amazing bloggers and we will be having various giveaways over the next 12 days – each giveaway being open for 1 week, with the final giveaway ending on Christmas day!  Today’s giveaway is one I am super excited about because I am loving it and think so many of you will too, either for yourself or to gift to someone special in your life.

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I heard about Charise Noel from a friend, who heard about her from a friend,…  Her designs are just so pretty, classic, simple, and feminine, and I just love how easy they are to wear – no annoying tiny clasp that takes 18749 seconds to clasp.

Charise was kind enough to allow me to ask her some questions regarding her jewelry and her company:

Q: How did you get started with Charise Noel Jewelry? 

I never thought I would make jewelry as my passion and purpose in life.   Growing up I wasn’t interested in fashion.   I was interested in helping others.  However, I started making jewelry when I had both of my feet operated on at the same time and needed something to keep my hands busy since I couldn’t walk and was going crazy!  A friend gave me her tools and pearls because she thought she would make jewelry, but she found she never had the time.   As a 6th and 7th grade math and science teacher, I had put a mathematical equation together using the principals of the pulley system to eliminate the dainty clasp on delicate necklaces.  I had done this because my mom, who was a stage 4 breast cancer survivor, had lost dexterity in both hands and couldn’t wear her favorite jewelry any more.  I took the equation that I had already figured out and the tools and materials that my friend had given to me and thought I would see if my equation worked.  I sat and pieced the materials together and what I saw in my head I miraculously could make with my hands.  I made my first pearl necklace for my mom to try and the equation worked!

Q: Is there a creative process you go through to deciding what new designs are added to your collection?
Yes, I am a story teller with jewelry.  I make jewelry that is the easiest to wear and includes everyone.  The saying “the more the merrier” is a mantra for me.  I want everyone to be included in my jewelry, to find a necklace and say “this is me”.  If I have a purpose, a story, a cause, anything that is lovely and redemptive, then I get inspired from it and want to express that in my jewelry.  I draw inspiration for my jewelry designs from scripture and from people’s life stories, like my friend and actress Venda who has struggled with diabetes since childhood.  There are endless inspiring stories and causes.  I am blessed to be an artist who can portray the difficulties and hardships of life as beautiful jewelry.

I have needed a new creative perspective from time to time, like when ladies kept asking for a necklace that had charms.  And I would tell them “NO, I’m not a charm-y girl.”  I like individual charms, however when you put a cluster of charms together, it looks cluttered and makes noise . . . two things I don’t like.  So when I created my Magic line, it was my solution to the request of customers for charms.  I had to open my mind up to creating a charm necklace that I would like.  I don’t call them charms, though.  I call them Magic Endings, because they dangle off the ends but the individual endings are easily seen.  Now ladies get to collect Magic Endings that represent their favorite things in life, and I get to make a necklace that is elegant and simple.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about owning your own business? 

One word…Perseverance.  You make money and lose money, face obstacles and figure out solutions, and accept failures as graciously as you enjoy successes.  When you are building a business it can get messy.  There is no such thing as a perfectly happy story without mistakes and or tough lessons.  Although it is your own business, nobody can do it all on their own.  We need the help and support of others.  The decisions are yours and yours alone, because you have to be able to live with the outcome.  However, when there is a need, a calling, a purpose that is bigger than YOU, then you are not alone in it.  There is a need to work with others and allow God to do the impossible through you.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about owning your own business?

I am passionate about making jewelry that is the easiest you have ever used, regardless of your age or physical ability.  When I see a 3 year old who doesn’t know how to tie their own shoelaces, or a 93 year old with poor eyesight and trembling hands, easily put my necklace on and take it off by them self, my purpose is complete and that is success!  I just feel like screaming “SEE, YOU DID IT” but I don’t have to, because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is even more precious.  They look at me with wonder and say “I DID IT”!

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Charise sent me a Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) as well as a Solitaire Magic Necklace with Magic Endings to review, and I am over the moon about them.  I have worn both, and they are so versatile.  Surprisingly, even though the Teresa has a pink/peach hue to it, it goes with so many outfits and has a beautiful mother of pearl/iridescent quality to it.  Here is the story behind the Teresa: “The Teresa necklace was designed for my Aunt who has crippling  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for her to wear a dainty necklace every day that she can quickly do herself.  The pink color is for joy and the coin pearls lay flat because she is dear to my heart.”  Isn’t that just lovely?  I love hearing the inspiration behind the creations – makes them more meaningful.

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The Solitaire Magic Necklace is also so very versatile.  Because of the design, it can be worn in more ways – as a simple necklace without using any Magic Endings.  Or you can put it on just like the Classic Beauty necklaces, and then attach the Magic Endings of your choice to the magnets and get such a variety of looks.  Her Magic Endings also are used in her Magic Earrings, so even more functionality and swapability there!

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Would you like to win your own Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) AND a Magic Necklace with 2 sets of Magic Endings?!?! Your Magic Set will come with the Solitaire Magic Necklace plus the pearl drop Magic Endings and an angel wing with blue gray bead Magic Endings, which equals 3 different necklaces plus the Teresa (plus who says you have to wear both the pearls or both the wings together – you could do one of each for a fourth look). Just enter the giveaway below for a chance to win big!  🙂  (here are pics of the actual Teresa necklace you will win, as well as the Angel Wings Magic Endings, the Solitaire Magic Necklace by itself, and the Pearl Magic Endings.)

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Also, as if Charise hasn’t been  generous enough, she has graciously given a code – LeafyNotBeefy – that is good for 72 hours from now for 50% off everything in her shop!!!  Yes, 50% off!!  These would make great gifts!

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Summer Loving

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What happened to spring?  I am not sure, but did it fly by faster than usual or is it just me?  And now we’re already into the final third of June?!

Bring on the sunshine!

sunshine (Loving my new Plexus super lightweight hoodie for chilly days this spring/summer)

 

A little while ago, I had to get some new glasses, and Firmoo reached out to me offering me a pair to review.  So that was super fun!  I decided to go the trendy route and try out a pair of these larger glasses – they are so not me, but it was fun to try something new.  I LOVE that there are so many online options these days for eyewear, and provided you get the correct measurements and have your prescription, it’s really not that difficult to get glasses that are just right for you!  I have a low-to-mid strength prescription (-1 and -1.5 or something like that, I forget off the top of my head), but I have a super strong astigmatism (-3 or -4 or something like that in each eye).  But the glasses came in a reasonable timeframe and the prescription is spot on.  Super clear and crisp.  I have never had a pair of glasses that didn’t have the nose pieces, so that is something I had to get used to with these – they are acetate, which I also never had.  These won’t be my everyday glasses just because I’m not super crazy about this trendy look on me, but they are a nice backup pair.  If I could suggest one thing to Firmoo it would be to increase the selection of non-acetate smaller framed glasses, maybe even more feminine detailed options.

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But I have been overall very pleased with Firmoo, and will definitely consider them for my next pair of eye glasses!

Q: Are you enjoying the start of summer?  Anything fun coming up?

A: I have an annual family reunion coming up that I’m excited about – great to see relatives you haven’t seen in a little while (and thankful I have a family reunion that I don’t dread going to – I know a lot of people could care less or don’t go to family reunions because family is divided and can’t find a commonality, which is sad but the case for many.)

Wrap Me Up in Blues and Pinks and Call me Summertime

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I very much love fashion and style, but I am by no means a fashion blogger, nor do I really keep up with all the current trends or colors. But one thing I do know – I love pastels, floral prints, romantic notions, detailed touches, and anything remotely feminine and girly.

If I could, I’d take one of nearly everything Joe Browns sells.  It’s about that time again – Joe Browns Summer Sale -when they have a great sale – lots of half offs and great savings. They are located in England, but they ship to United States in a very timely manner, and I’ve always been more than thrilled with their customer service and their clothing. Drool.I.Am. #swoonalert

So here is a collage of a FEW of my favorite items that will be going on sale (and seriously, I had to limit myself – but there are a ton more that I really like).  I noticed a trend with the pieces that I was loving the most – blues and pinks/peaches.

Joe Browns Summer Sale

Top row: Peggy Sue Dress; Perfect Pointelle Cardigan; Distressed Floral T-shirt with Scarf; Crochet Cover Up; Capri Trousers.

Bottom row: Vintage Dress; Santorini Top; Vintage Hitch Halter Dress.

Have you anything from Joe Browns?  Is my style your style?  If you like a little less over-the-top romantic, they have plenty of different styles to suit everyone’s whims, so still check them out.