Recipes, crafts, and other sweet links for some fabulous weekend reading.

Bacon Roses, Fashion Films, and Other Sweet Links

Bacon roses, fashion films, and other sweet links for some fabulous weekend reading.

♥ Don’t know what to give your guy for Valentine’s Day? Two words: Bacon roses.

♥Fill your virtual bookshelf with 20 free fashion books to download from The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

♥ Too cold to go outside? Here are 40 Fashion Films & TV to Binge on Netflix This Winter.

♥ 18 Reasons 19th Century Men Have Ruined You For 21st Century Dudes.

Why It’s Important to Read Great Books. Love anything that talks about the importance of reading.

♥ How pretty are these Cake Batter Macarons?

♥ Love Corinne’s 8 weeks to Improve Your Blog series. So many great tips! I learn something new every week.

♥ Speaking of blogging, Jen’s Five Blogging Tools You Need Now is a great resource. I just started using PEEK User Testing, and it’s awesome.

♥ How to Get 1950s Girl Gang Style because we all want to look like extras in Grease.

♥ Elle’s solid perfume tutorial is on my to-do list. I have an EOS container just waiting to be used.

 Misty Copeland Recreates Iconic Paintings And It’s Absolutely Stunning.

♥ 8 Wardrobe Mysteries, Solved by Man Repeller. Love the zipper trick!

Buy 2,  get 1 free at Chloe + Isabel! Shop my boutique through 2/15 to take advantage of the sale. One of my personal favorites is the Crystal Pavé Hoop Earrings.

♥ Save 40% off women’s tops and men’s shirts at Express through 2/15.

♥ Take an additional 25% off all sale items at Free People through 2/14.

Shopbop is offering 25% off Calvin Klein underwear through 2/15.

P.S. In case you missed it, here are some things I’ve been blogging about lately: 5 Blush Worthy Pieces, A Downton Abbey Tea,  My Morning Skincare Routine, 7 Ways to Wear Hearts on Valentine’s Day, and  5 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects.

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I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like fudge brownies and naughty granny panties.

5 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special with some homemade love. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts.

5 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like fudge brownies and naughty granny panties.

1. DIY Quote Scarf 

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like this DIY quote scarf.

Wear your favorite romantic quotes close to your heart with this easy quote scarf. This pretty scarf is an easy way to update your everyday look for Valentine’s Day.

2. Fudge Brownies

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like fudge brownies.

Chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day, which means this weekend is the perfect time to whip up a batch of these fudge brownies.

3. Date Night Jar

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like this easy Date Night Jar.

Not just for bridal showers, a date night jar is a simple project that can keep romance alive long after February 14th.

4. Naughty Granny Panties

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like these naughty granny panties.

If you like to sew, why not make a pair of naughty granny panties for a playful addition to your Valentine’s Day look?

5. Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects from the archives just in time for you to whip up some last minute gifts like this easy Date Night Jar.

Shortbread is a treat year round, and a batch of these Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies will add a  little extra sweetness to your holiday.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

P.S. Looking for more ideas? Check out Valentine’s Day Love!

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From denim to black boots, here are things I wear all the time.

Things I Wear All the Time

I’ve been cleaning out my closet, and I’ve realized that I wear a lot of the same things over and over again. While I don’t think I would ever enjoy living with a minimalist wardrobe of, say, 10 pieces, I do think it is important to recognize the pieces you reach for most often and keep those pieces in mind when you shop. So, here’s a look at some of my go-to pieces.

Things I Wear All the Time

From cat eye glasses to black boots, here are things I wear all the time.

Cat eye glasses. I posted about these BonLook Dolled Up cat eye glasses when I bought them last year, and they pretty much live on my face. Sure, I wear contacts during the day, but I’m always relieved when I pop them out and put on these glasses.

From denim to black boots, here are things I wear all the time.

Denim and chambray. A few years ago I would have been horrified by the thought of wearing denim and chambray together, but now this is a go-to combination for me. Even if I’m not wearing them together, the Old Navy chambray shirt and Gap skinny jeans are worn at least once a week.

From joggers to black boots, here is a look at things I wear all the time.

Joggers. At first I didn’t like the look of joggers, but now they are the pants I wear when I want to wear sweats but don’t want to look that lazy. I’m not sure that joggers look that much more put together than sweat pants, but I tell myself they do. These Gap joggers are usually paired with a plaid shirt or the above mentioned chambray shirt.

From cat eye glasses to black boots, here is a look at things I wear all the time.

Black boots. I love boots, especially in winter, and I naturally gravitate to black. For years, my go-to winter shoes have been Ugg boots, but when my last pair ripped next to the seam (not on the seam, which would have been an easy fix), I decided to try a new brand and landed on the Kirkland Shearling Buckle Boot. Trying on shoes at Costco is far from a luxury experience, but $30 for sheepskin boots is hard to beat. These boots have found a home on my feet.

I, also, wear the Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties (c/o Shopbop) a lot. These booties are the ones I usually grab for auditions and nights out. I like the height they give me and how they look great with pants and skirts.

From cat eye glasses to black boots, here are things I wear all the time.

Bucket bag. I love Rebecca Minkoff bags, and the Dexter Bucket Bag (c/o Shopbop) has gotten a lot of wear and still looks great. Unlike the usual bucket bag with a drawstring closure, this bag simply snaps shut. Plus, it has plenty of pockets.

What are the things you wear all the time?

P.S. Here’s what I’m currently up to!

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Currently filling my month with good things like cozy cardigan coats and new music.

Currently: Sweater Coat Edition

Currently filling my month with good things like cozy cardigan coats and new music.

Anticipating: Glass Sword. The second book in the Red Queen series is being released Tuesday, and I can’t wait for my Amazon box to get here.

Opening: Pen pal mail. The wonderful Rae from Insolence + Wine sent me the sweetest package of books and Jane Austen goodies. How adorable is Goodnight Mr. Darcy?

Watching: The West Wing. I watched the show when it originally aired, but with this year being an election year, I’ve been craving a re-watch of this fantastic political drama. #JedBartletForPresident

Currently filling my month with good things like a cozy cardigan sweater coat and new music.

Listening to: Hamilton. I’m obsessed with the soundtrack to the hottest musical on Broadway. Even if you don’t normally like musicals, I recommend giving this soundtrack a chance. It’s not what you’d expect.

Pinning: Valentine’s Day Love! My holiday board is filling up with recipes and crafts packed with love and sugar.

Currently filling my month with good things like a cozy cardigan sweater coat and new music.

Wearing: EXPRESS Red Southwestern Print Aztec Cardigan Sweater Coat c/o Express (similar), Polly & Esther Plaid Hoodie Shirt (similar),  American Eagle H-Rise Jeggings, Rebecca Minkoff Dexter Bucket Bag c/o Shopbop (similar), Chloe + Isabel Crystal Pavé Hoop EarringsRag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties c/o Shopbop.

Sharing: Links à la Mode. My Morning Skincare Routine was included in this week’s IFB roundup! I’m so happy to be included with this wonderful group of bloggers

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What are you wearing Valentine's Day? If you need ideas, here are 7 ways to wear hearts!

7 Ways to Wear Hearts on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if pink and red just aren’t your thing or you want to change things up, here are 7 unexpected ways to wear hearts on Valentine’s Day!

Don't know what to wear for Valentine's Day? Here are 7 unexpected ways to wear hearts!1. Topshop Embroidered Heart Sweater 2. Kate Spade New York ‘love list’ heart & arrow mismatched stud earrings 3. Kate Spade New York ‘love list’ heart & arrow rings 4. BP. Heart Shaped 58mm Sunglasses 5. Marc Jacobs Heart Cross Body Bag 6. Keds Taylor Swift’s Champion Hearts Women’s Dress Flat Shoes 7. Mrs. President & Co. The Golden Heart Barrette

Give a nod to romance’s favorite holiday with twinkling heart jewelry or keep it cool with heart sunglasses. Add a touch of sweetness to your everyday look with a heart barrette or a heart cross body bag. If you’re keeping it casual, throw on an embroidered heart sweater or grab a pair of heart print sneakers. Now you’re feeling the love!

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

P.S. Looking for some fun things to do this month? Here are 10 ways to make February awesome!

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