Despite the snow flurries earlier this week, the trees are sprouting green buds and the sun is making an occasional appearance. While the spring weather is touch and go at the moment, I am busy planning my spring/summer wardrobe. Honestly, I am wasting too much time looking for clothes I will only wear a few months out of the year, but I cannot resist a good sundress, especially when that dress is made out of recycled or organic cotton. Brands from H&M to Eileen Fisher are offering eco-friendly pieces that allow you to be both stylish and eco-friendly. Recycled and organic cotton dresses can even be found at Modcloth and Yoox. Here are a few of my favorites…
1. Short Dress by People Tree (100% Organic cotton)
2. Perpetual Charm Dress in Brushstrokes by People Tree (100% Organic cotton)
3. Maisy Dress by prAna (body 100% organic cotton, trim 56% organic cotton, 44% polyester)
4. Effortless Charm Dress by Synergy (100% Organic cotton)
5. Come Full Cycle Dress from Modcloth (100% Recycled cotton)
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P.S. Follow me on Pinterest to see more eco-friendly styles.
Cookbooks are an expensive indulgence for me (hey, Pinterest is free!), so I jump when I get the chance to review a cookbook, especially when it is a cookbook I’ve been wanting to get. Written by four friends (Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock) who started a soup club to help with the nightly meal dilemma. Once a month, each friend would make a large batch of soup and drop off the extras at the other friends’ houses. I know from experience that soup can be a lot of work, so enjoying four different soups but only making one a month is a brilliant idea. The Soup Club Cookbook is the result of this awesome soup club.
The Cookbook explains how to start your own soup club with a group of friends and is, also, full of delicious looking soups and sides. I made the Filipino Healing Soup, which was delicious.
Because the soup recipes in the book are made for sharing (8 quarts), I halved the recipe, which was plenty. It was, also, a hit with the family, which was a relief since not everyone enjoys ginger, garlic, and soy.
Since I’ve been dealing with food allergies lately, I’ve only tried one recipe, but I have some other recipes tagged for when I’m ready to experiment again. Chestnut Soup. Chickpea, Roasted Squash, and Farro Soup. Beef Mole Chili. Maple Butter Carrots. Black Olive Shortbread. Doesn’t it all sound delicious?
My main complaint is the one I have with all cookbooks: Why doesn’t every recipe have a picture? Maybe Pinterest has spoiled me when it comes to food photography, but I like to see what I’m making. Otherwise, I think this is a fantastic cookbook for the soup lover. Now, I just need to find some friends who like to cook as much as I do…
I’ve posted a new vlog! I’ve joined the Top 5 Wednesday community and am planning on making more book related videos. This week’s theme is Books That Feature Traveling.
P.S. Is anyone interested in reading a post about what I’ve learned from doing an Elimination Diet? It’s been interesting trying to eat while juggling a list of no-nos, but I think cleaning up my diet has really helped me feel better.
A girl can never have too many shoes, and this girl is dreaming of adding more shoes to her closet. When I was a young teen, I had a pair of lavender, kitten heeled mules that I adored. I wore them with a purple tank and purple watercolor skirt from dELiA*s and felt incredibly stylish whenever I wore them. Sadly, the lavender mules are long gone, but I am so happy that mules are once again in style. After all, who doesn’t love a shoe that looks professional yet still has personality?
Here is how it works:
1) Link back and thank the person who nominated you
2) List 11 facts about yourself
3) Answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you
4) Nominate 11 blogs with 200 followers or less and give them 11 questions
5) Notify your nominees and give them a link back to your post
11 Facts About Me
I believe healthy eating means eating at least once piece of dark chocolate a day. Sometimes, when I’m feeling really healthy, I like to eat several pieces. For medicinal purposes only…
I would much rather email or text than talk on the phone.
I always look forward to the mail coming, even though most days I only get junk mail. Oh, the happy day when an unexpected check or package arrives!
I’m old enough to remember beepers, VHS tapes, dial up internet, and gas under a dollar.
My favorite color has always been purple.
I can’t stand the sound of squeaky shoes.
Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel.
Rage baking is my favorite way to unwind.
I try to read at least 52 books/plays/graphic novels a year.
People often mistake me for a teenager or, if I’m looking particularly old, a college student.
I’m the shortest person in my family.
Andrea’s Questions for Me
1) Who is your favorite singer or band and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite, but I like Adele, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Birdy, Aerosmith and the list goes on…
2) If you were a cup of coffee, what would your name be?
I don’t really drink coffee, although I don’t mind a little coffee mixed in with my cream and sugar. Maybe I would be called Not A Latte.
3) What is you favorite make-up item?
It’s a toss-up between lipstick and mascara. To feel put together, I need to leave the house wearing at least lipstick and mascara. But, I do love nail polish, too. I can’t pick a favorite. I like it all.
4) What does your ‘go to’ outfit consist of?
Sadly, it’s been a while since I’ve had a “go to” outfit. Obviously, that means it’s time to go shopping.
5) What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t try to please everyone. It’s impossible. Just be yourself. People who don’t like you for you will never like you no matter who you become.
6) Where is your favorite place to be?
I like to be by the water. Being on the beach, whether it’s by an ocean or large lake, is so soothing. Unfortunately, I don’t live near the water anymore, but I do like bookstores, too. I guess my dream place is a bookstore by the ocean. Oo, that sounds kind of magical.
7) What is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate. Should I be more specific? Chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Chocolate malts. Chocolate muffins. Chocolate covered strawberries. Brownies.
9) If you were on a deserted island, what 3 items would you want with you?
A solar powered cellphone with good reception and plenty of ebooks. A tarp. A multi-tool.
10) What is the best gift you have ever given?
I have no idea. Now, I feel like a bad gift giver. I will have to ask around.
11) What advice would you give to fellow new bloggers?
I’m not really a new blogger, but I would tell new bloggers to keep at it. Post every week and make sure you connect with other bloggers. I’m always surprised when friends start blogs but they refuse to read and comment on other blogs. Blogging is about community. If you want people to read your blog, you need to connect with other people.
Why does this section always feel so awkward? I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I, also, know that not everyone enjoys doing these types of posts. So, I’m going to randomly highlight a few amazing blogs from my Bloglovin’ feed. Also, if I’ve nominated you, and you don’t want to participate, that’s cool, too. (Also, I’m totally disregarding the rules about 11 bloggers and 200 followers or less. I know. I’m such a rule breaker.) And, since I’m crunched for time, I’m asking you the same questions Andrea asked me. They were good questions after all.
Is librarian chic a thing? I hope so because sweater weather brings out my inner librarian or perhaps I should say Librarian…
While I’m rarely called upon to rescue priceless relics or fight the forces of evil, I like to think that if I were called I would arrive suitably dressed. Take this gray dress for instance. The no-nonsense color and conservative skirt length look polished whether one is running errands or running for one’s life.
Alright, my life is nothing like The Librarian, and that’s probably a good thing since one can only handle so much cheesy action in a day. But, you never know. Something exciting could always happen…
The grass is finally green! The last week has had its share of stormy weather, but the good news is it’s starting to feel like spring. Yesterday, I even saw some daffodils in bloom. Speaking of spring weather, pineapple is one of those things that immediately makes me think of warm weather and tropical beaches, so when ModCloth posted a picture of these pineapple nails on Instagram last week, I knew I had to try my own version. This pineapple nail art is easy to do because it’s mainly a bunch of squiggly lines in different colors. I used dotting tools for most of the steps, but nail art pens work, too.
Pineapple Nail Art Tutorial
I started with one coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat.
Next, make crisscrosses with a gold color such as OPI Bling Dynasty.
Make a few more crisscrosses with black. The Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black is easy to use.
Add a little dimension with a few squiggles in a pearly white like OPI Kyoto Pearl.
Add some leaves on top with OPI Don’t Mess with OPI.
Finish with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. Then clean up your edges.
P.S. for more pineapple love, check out these adorable, pineapple socks available at ModCloth!
The last few weeks I’ve been really stressed. At first, I blamed it on the winter blues, but when my hair suddenly started to resemble the greasy locks of Severus Snape, I knew something else was going on. (It was bad, people. Really. Bad.)
Turns out, my doctor thinks I may be dealing with a food allergy, so for the next few weeks, I am on an elimination diet, while I try to figure out which food is the culprit. The good news? I’m starting to feel better and my hair is almost back to its happy self. All of this to say, I think it’s time for a little celebration of the good things in life.
One of spring’s hottest fashion trends is the 70’s, and this makes me incredibly happy. With festival looks becoming mainstream, it was only a matter of time before subtle 70’s influences started seeping into our wardrobes, too. The key to this modern revival is “subtle”. There’s no need to turn your closet into the Mary Tyler Moore Show, although I wouldn’t hold it against you if you did.
Buying new nail polish is one of my guilty pleasures. While my nail polish drawer is full of more colors than a rainbow, I can’t help but indulge in a new shade now and then. One of my favorite brands is ZOYA because the formula is 5 free (no Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor), long-lasting, and available in so many different colors and finishes.
Here’s a look at some of my Manicure Monday favorites…
When I think of spring, one of the first colors that comes to mind is emerald green. After a long winter of gray and brown, it’s always a delight to look out my window and finally see a world that has turned green. And, what better way to celebrate spring than with a pretty, green dress? While I’ve been slow to embrace the crop top, this two piece dress from Black Halo shows just enough skin to be sexy without being trashy. Emerald green looks extra special paired with gold accessories such as hoop earrings, aviators, and a crossybody bag. Strappy beige sandals will elongate your legs while a neutral pink nail polish will elongate the shape of your hands. Finish off the look with a nude lipstick. This look is sure to put a spring in your step!
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P.S. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so the doctor is putting me on a no dairy/egg/gluten/nut/fish diet, and I need meal ideas(!) If you have any recipes or meal suggestions, I’d love to hear them… Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!