Inspired By Frozen

First of all, thank you for the thoughtful comments in response to The Blogging Slump.  I really appreciate the time you took to share your opinions on the state of blogging.  Blogging has been an important part of my life the last few years, and while I still enjoy it, I see changes happening that both frustrate and intrigue me.  At least it keeps life interesting.

Now on to something a little more enjoyable.  While I think everyone must be sick of talking about winter, I can’t help but mention how much I adore Frozen.  The story is sweet and takes a surprising twist when it comes to Disney romances.  The soundtrack is amazing.  If you’ve somehow missed “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel, you should take a minute and watch this clip.  Obviously, the most important part of a princess movie is the gown, and since Frozen features a queen and a princess, we get double glamour.  I think it is hard to resist Elsa in all her ice queen glory, but Anna’s green ballgown is charming.  There are several costume changes in this film, but those outfits will have to wait for another time.

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The Blogging Slump

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I’ve been blogging consistently since 2009, and I still enjoy blogging, but something has changed.  It’s not writer’s block.  I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t seem to be the only one in this slump.  This year there has been a lot of discussion about the death of blogging.  The blog is dead, long live the blog, from the Nieman Journalism Lab, discusses the rise of social media and mobile apps while IFB asks if blogging is dead or evolving.  Design Sponge’s State of the Blog Union breaks down changes in blogging, and just this morning, Tamara tweeted a link to Should I keep blogging? from Kiss My List.

My own priorities have changed a lot since I first started blogging.  In the beginning, I felt like I had to post at least five days a week.  This year my goal is to post three times a week.  A few years ago, joining blog networks was key to  driving traffic, but now social media is playing a larger role.  I, also, find myself spending more time on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest than I do on blogs.

I don’t think blogging is dead, but it is changing.  And, it needs to change.  Doing the same thing over and over again is boring after a while.  I now see my blog as home base, a headquarters for my other online activities.  While I am writing fewer posts, I’m trying to post more informative content and not just posting for posting’s sake.  I’m, also, thinking about vlogging again because I think it is a great way to discuss products and random bits of life.  While I am still finding my way, I am interested to hear about changes you’ve noticed in blogging and how you are adapting.  Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

What are your thoughts on the state of blogging?

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Books I’m Reading

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – This is the second book in the Robert Langdon series.  While I have not read the first book, Angels and Demons, I enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code.  The thriller is packed with art history, secret religions, and a hefty dose of intrigue.

Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope – This novel is part of a series for The Austen Project, which asks an author to re-imagine an Austen novel in a modern setting.  This new version of Sense & Sensibility will not take the place of the original, but it is a fun read for anyone who enjoys chick lit.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I devoured this book.  Part of me wants to live in this book, but that would mean going back to school, and to that I say, “No, thank you.”  I think a book about writing is always the best type of book, and a book about writing with a sweet romance is even better.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Disturbing is the best way to summarize this psychological thriller. Really disturbing. But, also, a fascinating story.  Did he or didn’t he?  And, what about her?  Oh, my.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – You know you are reading a great book when you get so angry with some of the characters that you have to stop reading.  The epistolary format works brilliantly and allows you to spy on the action as well as get inside the characters’ heads.  There is a lot going on in this story, but it ties together beautifully, and in the end, it makes you want to go to Antarctica.

Have you read any good books lately?

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Wherever Life Takes You

This post was supposed to happen yesterday, but yesterday was a crazy day.  It was a day full of car issues and family health scares and emergency shopping trips.  It was the kind of day you book an audition for a major motion picture only to find out you have less than 24 hours to prepare for it.  So, it was a day full of bad and good things, but I’m hoping it was a day setting up for more good things.

As you can see from the pictures below, we have been enjoying some very fine weather.  Well, that was before this morning when it snowed.

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Jacket: KUT from the cloth

Top: StyleMint

Jeans: Levi’s 524 Too Superlow Skinny

Ballet Flats: Gianni Bini

Scarf: FRAAS Dottie (c/o Lipton Publicity)

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)

Driving Gloves: Fratelli Orsini

I believe in dressing in layers.  You never know what the weather is going to be like or if the furnace/air conditioner will be at you ideal setting.  I like throwing on this moto jacket because it gives any outfit a sort of casual-cool vibe.  I wear it even though it attracts cat hair like it’s its job. (These are the cats responsible for my near constant furry state.)

The driving gloves were a Christmas present from my mom, and I adore them.  They are cherry red and so sassy.  It’s a shame that gloves are no longer considered a necessary accessory.

Lipton Publicity sent me this pretty, turquoise scarf from FRAAS.  The scarf, also, comes in yellow, pink, green, and taupe.  It’s the type of scarf you want to take on vacation since it makes a lovely wrap as well. And, did I mention this scarf has the cutest name?  It’s called “Dottie”.

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Pride and Prejudice Movie Marathon

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time.  In my teens, my mom introduced me to Jane Austen, but I have my cousins to thank for introducing me to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.  Whenever I am having a bad day, in goes P&P.  If I don’t have all day to spend watching the BBC version, there is Joe Wright’s beautiful film with Keira Knightley.  If I need a laugh, Bride & Prejudice is the answer.  While there are more versions out there, these are my top three.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

For me, this is the one that started it all.  If you’ve never read the book, this series is the place to start.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Everything about this film is beautiful.

Bride & Prejudice 

This musical is like one great big party.

Do you have a favorite version of Pride and Prejudice?

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Spring Nail Polish Swap

I love a good blogger swap, so when I saw the Spring Nail Polish Swap (hosted by The Real Housewife of Caroline CountyMrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, and Mrs. AOK, A Work in Progress) I knew I had to participate.  I was partnered with Nikki from PS Style & Grace, and she sent me the cutest card and two great colors from Beauty Concepts.

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 The pink is bright and cheerful and perfect for spring.

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 Of course, I’m a sucker for sparkle and this glitter really catches the light.

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Thanks Nikki!

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DIY Art Journal Scrapbook

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I recently stumbled across this video on YouTube and immediately fell in love with the idea of making something similar.  The art journal I created is on a much smaller scale, but that makes it perfect for a quick and easy project.

Supplies

  • Paper bags or craft paper
  • Journal
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper such as newspaper or tissue paper
  • Stapler or needle and thread
  • Washi tape

Directions

  1. With the journal open, trace the outline of the journal onto your craft paper.  The journal should be the size you want your scrapbook. Remember to open the journal to the middle when you trace, so that you get the right size.
  2. Cut six sheets.
  3. Fold the pages in half. These pages should be the size of your original journal.
  4. Now, you can slip in bits of other types of paper.  I used newspaper and tissue paper cut down to my journal’s size.  Then, I added smaller pieces of card stock.  Make sure all the pages line up on the center fold.
  5. For the binding, I used my sewing machine to sew a straight stitch down the center.  You could, also, hand sew the pages together or staple them.
  6. Decorate with washi tape.

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Now, you are ready to fill up your new journal with your adventures!

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April Wish List

Spring is slowly making its way to me. Small buds on the trees give me hope that it will be here soon.  As I wait, I feel like decking myself out in springtime paraphernalia.  Wouldn’t it be nice to wear a tiny cherry blossom on your finger or on your wrist wear a watch that looks like a butterfly under a magnifying glass? While I already have a couple copies of Pride and Prejudice, I find this pulp cover highly amusing.  Perhaps spring will come while I am reading.

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What are you wishing for this month?

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Floral Friday: Flower As Art

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It seems impossible to ignore that festival season is upon us.  Modcloth’s selection of festival ready clothing and accessories has me ready to plan a trip to the nearest music fest, where I can stylishly groove to the latest and greatest hits.  Since your festival attire is not complete without a floral crown, I dug through my archives to bring you this easy DIY flower crown tutorial.  All you need are some silk flowers, pipe cleaners, and scissors, and soon you will have a fantastic piece of wearable art.

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Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog.com) for next month’s theme.

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Why Don’t You…?

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Learn to waltz?

Make a donation to UNICEF?

Celebrate Fish Fingers and Custard Day?

Send a care package to a friend?

Start an art journal?

Buy a new dress for spring?

Prepare for April showers with a new umbrella?

Fill your rooms with fresh flowers?

Dye eggs for Easter?

Make your own Cadbury-style creme eggs?

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