March Wish List: Stripes

Stripes tops and dresses will get you in the mood for spring.

It’s snowing. I don’t want to be a downer, but it’s the end of March, and it’s snowing. While it may not be time to pack away all of my winter things, I am ready for spring to come at least to my closet. Stripes make me think of sunshine and days spent on the beach, which is why I want to fill my closet with stripey pieces.

Striped tops pair well with jeans for a casual chic look. The Amour Vert ‘Francoise’ Nautical Long Sleeve Top and the J.Crew Metallic Stripe Three-Quarter Sleeve Tee are perfect for transitioning into warmer weather. On a sunny day, the EXPRESS Womens Barcelona Cami would look cute with a denim skirt and strappy sandals.

I have a weak spot for dresses, and the Old Navy Womens Jersey Shift and the SUNDRY Striped Stretch Cotton Jersey Dress have me dreaming of summer.  Plus, the dresses can be worn with tights and a cardigan should the day be chilly.

What’s on your wish list?

P.S. If you’re looking for a quick weekend project, take a look at this Easy DIY Charm Bracelet

Letters and Pen Pals

If you want a letter, you need to write a letter. Get a pen pal!

I love getting letters in the mail, but you know what they say: The best way to get a letter is to write one. Enter International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club, a website dedicated to all things geeky. Every month, IGGPPC matches pen pals based on their interests, age, and gender. IGGPPC, also, hosts monthly swaps for things like tea, socks, stickers, and greeting cards.

If you’re more interested in receiving mail rather than in corresponding with someone, Postcrossing is the place to go to mail and receive postcards from around the world. Postcrossing, also, lets you keep track of who has sent you postcards as wells as postcards you have sent. You can even keep track of postcards you’ve received by uploading pictures of them to your postcard wall.

Finally, The World Needs More Love Letters is a fantastic way to spread some letter love. The movement encourages people to leave random love letters where people can find them. You can, also, nominate someone to receive a love letter bundle as well as write to those requesting love letters.

While receiving a letter in the mail from a pen pal is always a delight, shopping for supplies is pretty fun, too.

From stickers to cards, here are some pen pal supplies to get you started.

Notecards are my jam, especially when they come in a boxed set. The Botani-call or Write Stationery Set and All-Occasion Notecard Set will give you plenty of options to get started. Make your letters extra special with the Emoji Sticker Set and Happy Stamper Wax Seal Kit in Mind. Don’t forget a way to keep all of the lovely cards you will receive. The Metal Photo Clip String Set would be an awesome way to display them.

Do you have a pen pal?

P.S. Are you looking for a gentle skincare line? If so, don’t miss my review of Lindi Skin! Plus, learn how you can save 25% off your purchase.

Lindi Skin Review and Promo Code

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Lindi Skin is the first complete skincare line designed specifically for people undergoing cancer treatment. Safe and gentle, these products are ideal for anyone with compromised skin including winter skin, older skin, and allergy-prone skin.

Living in the Midwest, winter skin is a major issue for me, so I jumped at the chance to review a selection of products from Lindi Skin. I was sent the following products: Lindi Face WashLindi Eye HydratorLindi Citrus Face Serum, and Lindi Lip Balm.

I found all of the products very soothing, and I love the way they keep my skin hydrated. The products range in price from $10 to $40 and feature ingredients that have been carefully researched and sourced. The Face Wash works to achieve the optimal PH balance while the Serum is full of antioxidants and vitamins. The Eye Hydrator reduces puffiness, and the Lip Balm is very moisturizing.

For more thoughts on Lindi Skin, watch the video…

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Lipton Publicity sent me a selection of Lindi Skin products in exchange for an honest review.

What do you look for in skincare products?

Sweet Links

I hope everyone had a great week. I went to see Cinderella, which was very sweet. The costumes are exquisite. I want to steal everything Cate Blanchett wore. This evening, I went to Bad Art Night at the library. A group of adults armed with glue, scissors, and paint makes for a very interesting time. Here is my awful masterpiece. Have a great weekend!

Sweet links for weekend reading.

I’m a fan of natural looking makeup, so Nudestix’s creamy lip, eye, and face pencils are on my wish list.

This podcast about people’s obsession with the PDX carpet is so interesting.

Life would be so much better If Stanley Tucci Were Your Boyfriend

I keep watching the trailer for The Age of Adaline.

If you’ve ever wanted to road trip through all 48 continuous states, this is for you.

This Coconut Lemon Layer Cake looks perfect for Easter.

If you are in your thirties, here is your wardrobe checklist.

I want to make this crochet cupcake garland.

Send a card to someone who really needs one.

In case you were wondering, here is How To Tell If You Are In A High Fantasy Novel.

Just Add Watercolor

Just Add Watercolor is the perfect book for artists looking for inspiration and new techniques.

As a child, I spent many hours painting with watercolor. Childish landscapes and portraits of my cat were my specialties. Flipping through Helen Birch’s delightful book, Just Add Watercolor, brought back many sweet memories and made me wish I knew where my old watercolor supplies ended up. Packed with beautiful pictures and tips on techniques, Just Add Watercolor is full of inspiration for the watercolor artist. Each painting includes information on the technique used, and the paintings are divided into six sections: Traditional watercolor, Gouache, Digital, Mixed media, Other water-based media, and Non-paper media. There is a visual index, too, which makes finding a specific painting easy. The book, also, features a brief overview of watercolor fundamentals. This is not a how-to book, so some experience with watercolor is helpful. However, even if you don’t paint, the pictures alone make the book worth adding to a visual inspiration collection.

To learn more about Helen Birch, visit her blog, Draw Draw Draw, or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Find watercolor inspiration in these dresses, paintings, and even a cheeseboard.

Even if you’re not artistically inclined, you can still enjoy the look of watercolor. Sundresses like the Water Color Illusions Tunic DressMeadow Merriment Dress in Watercolor, and Portrait of Panache Dress are wearable pieces of art. Add a cheerful splash of color to your walls with framed, ballerina prints from Target. Finally, a whimsical cheese platter is sure to steal the show at your next dinner party.

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This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

How to Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Bring out your green! With St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, the pressure is on to find a way to wear green without looking like you’re covered in clover. However, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is easy when you mix greens with neutrals like this casual outfit.

Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is easy when you mix greens with neutrals like this casual outfit.

A simple white tee from the Gap acts as a canvas for splashes of green. The Cozy Buffalo Checkered Scarf and Band Of Outsiders Cargo Miniskirt provide enough green to keep pinchers away while Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish and a Diamond Accent Four-Leaf Clover Ring add playful touches. Finish the look with Quilted Faux Leather Slip-Ons that will save your feet should you find yourself doing a pub crawl.

Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

P.S. Somehow I blinked and Wednesday turned into Monday, so I’ve fallen behind on visiting blogs. I’ll be playing catch up today and tomorrow, and hopefully, the rest of the week, I’ll be back on schedule. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad designs clothes celebrating Disney's Cinderella. A tulle skirt and a sweater with a glass slipper applique capture the spirit of the movie.

The celebration of Disney’s new Cinderella continues with Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s. I’m a sucker for movie merchandising, especially when it comes to clothes, so it wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with the dreamy Glass Slipper Sweater and frothy Tulle Skirt from Lauren Conrad. There are dresses and t-shirts, too, so you can channel Cinderella no matter the occasion.

Forgive me if I’m a little Disney obsessed, but I love a happy ending, especially when it involves shoes. Other Cinderella collaborations that have me drooling can be found at Hot Topic (I am convinced I need this dress) and MAC (I need everything).

P.S. Disney is planning a live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Dan Stevens as Beast. I’m excited, obviously.

Do you have a favorite Disney movie?

Cinderella Shoes: The Modern Girl’s Glass Slipper

With Disney’s live action Cinderella coming out this week, it’s only natural that thoughts of glass slippers should be dancing in my head. Rhinestones. Glitter. Mirrored leather. I’m not sure what my version of Cinderella shoes would look like, but I’m fairly certain they would not be made of glass. A modern Cinderella needs a wearable glass slipper. Whether you are looking for something sparkly or shiny, these five designer shoes are sure to please.

Five pairs of sparkly, shiny pumps that are the modern Cinderella's glass slipper.

Betsey Johnson’s Star d’Orsay pumps pack a punch with rhinestone embellished platforms while the Abel mirrored-leather pumps from Jimmy Choo make a flashy statement. If you think a girl can never have too much glitter, Miu Miu’s glitter-finished leather pumps and Kate Spade New York’s Charm glitter and leather slingback pumps are for you. Finally, the Swan embellished satin pumps from Manolo Blahnik elegantly pay tribute to times past.

P.S. Disney tapped nine designers to create Cinderella-inspired shoes to celebrate the new movie, and the gorgeous creations will be on display at the NYC Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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Fashion Shades of Grey by: Kristen Philipkoski

Fashion month has come and gone. What have we learned? IFB bloggers found celebrations of motherhood, diversity, and technology, as well as fear of empty spaces (!) on the runway. OK maybe that last one’s not a celebration, but interesting nonetheless. We also celebrated our amazing mothers, color trends for spring, wedding inspiration, and more. Peruse the best of the week below!

Links à la Mode: March 5

  1. A Handful of Stories: The Definitive Guide to Spring ’15 Color Trends
  2. Al-Balsam Life: Dolce & Gabbana Celebrates Motherhood
  3. A Sparkle Factor: How to Dress Like House of Cards’ Carrie Underwood
  4. Attire Club: Men and the Color Pink: a Cultural History
  5. Cat Eyes + Skinny Jeans: Spring Break Beauty Survival Guide
  6. Happy. Pretty. Sweet: Inspired by: Downton Abbey Weddings
  7. Kremb de la Kremb: Going Grey
  8. Modavracha’s Spot: The Benefits of Using Engageya Widgets
  9. Ms. Fabulous: Badass Models on the FTL Moda Runway
  10. Omnia Vitae: 12 Staples Every Girl Should Own
  11. Purushu Arie: A Technologic Upgrade in Fashion
  12. Save. Spend. Splurge: How to Know if a Chanel Tweed Suit Is Real
  13. State of Cate: 5 Classic Novels You Must Read
  14. Storybook Apothecary: Horrible Films I Loved as a Kid
  15. Style Destino: 5 Vegan Lipstick Must-Haves
  16. Stylist Diva: 12 Things Morning Habits for Successful At-Home Entrepreneurs
  17. Style Inked: The Art of Block Printing
  18. That Paki Blog: How VFiles Is Changing Fashion
  19. We Are Ready Made: Horror Vacui
  20. The Fashion Junki: How to Get Rid of Winter Blues

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Life on Instagram

A collection of fun, quirky pictures from an ordinary girl's Instagram.

This week, everything has been topsy-turvy since I’m battling a flu cold, no doubt the result of not using my humidifier for a few days when I lost its cap. Being sick has left me with the creative blahs, so now is a wonderful excuse to plug my Instagram. I use Instagram like a virtual scrapbook, so I am the queen of random pictures. Warning: Nails and cats are frequent subjects. Follow me, and comment below with your username so I can follow you, too. And, since we’re on the topic, who are your favorite Instagramers?

P.S. Yes, I am eating ice cream in the middle of winter. Freezing temperatures aren’t going to keep me from my vanilla-chocolate-twist waffle cone. No way.