How Do You Tote Your Claireabella

31 May 2012

Recently I was introduced to Claireabella custom designed jute tote bags, and immediately thought they would be the perfect personalized beach bag. Claireabella which was made popular by UK celebs has made it's way in to the US and has been taking stardom by storm with their quirky doll like personalized caricatures.  Starting at just under $55 each bag gives you the option to choose hair, outfit, skin tone, eye color, personal message and more. I toted my colorful sample to the beach for a day in the sun, carrying all of my picnic & beach essentials in one large tote. 
Spotted With....
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Hair To - Easy Braided Double Headband

Wearing my hair the same way most of the time can get kind of dull, I get bored and then do crazy things like cut it, somewhere I've been leaning towards lately. However, there are subtle styles that can take your regular do and give it a touch of lovely, like simple braids crowning your head...How perfect are these braids for summer? 

See Video Tutorial Below...

 dress h&m, bag steve madden via marshall's, shoes shoemint, bangle jewelmint
Try These Other Sweet Summer Styles!
Stay Tuned For More Fun Summer Hair Tutorials! Xo
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What's In Stores : TJMaxx

30 May 2012

Last week I popped into my local TjMaxx in hopes of finding a new leather wallet, mine has just about had it. Not only did I find a huge selection of wallets (mostly leather) from designer's like DKNY, Kenneth Cole and even, Badgley Mischka for under $50. I also spotted great bags from Steve Madden for under $40, trendy hats, tops and dresses. Not to mention shoes that need to be added to my ever growing shoes collection, I think I have a problem (but I'm getting rid of some on my shop, that counts, right?check it out, free shipping!) 

What do you think?

Stop By Every Weds. At 5pm to see What's In Stores! 
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Simple Yet Sheer

I've been looking for the perfect sheer white blouse for quite some time now, I've actually come across a few that were perfect but not in my size, of course. But lately I've been branching out to new companies in hopes of finding my "lusted after" pieces, actually got lucky and found this blouse (under $35, more colors). Perfect for my summer separates, am I right?
 top oasap, shorts & sunnies fancy french cologne, shoes target, bag steve madden via marshall's
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Zig Zagging In Color

29 May 2012

I think it's safe to say I've been successfully turned in to a color lover, with that being said and paired with my obsession with prints I had a feeling this dress and I were going to be great friends! Snagged from Le Lapin D'or, the Zig Zag dress in Magenta $41 (also in B&W and Red & Navy) has quickly become a closet favorite for summer, even with the notably long billowy sleeves. Of course before it got too hot I had to try my luck with pairing it first with these boots that have been collecting a little bit of dust in my closet, I love how it turned out. You didn't expect that did you?

How would you wear this dress?

 dress c/o le lapin d'or, belt calvin klein, boots gianni bini, bag steve madden, necklaces vintage
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Sneak Peek: AUTUMN 2012 At H&M

28 May 2012

It's Memorial Day, and here I am wishing this summer heat would just turn to fall so I can enjoy leather, layering and new takes on peplum. The people at H&M were nice enough to send over their Autumn report, and It looks like I'll be doing a lot of shopping this fall, I love the sheer and the leather(ette?) take on peplum...

What's your favorite?

Video c/o Barracuda Film & TV for H&M
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Snoozer Loser & Giveaway

There's something about knowing that your piece of clothing was handmade and made to order, it gives a whole new perspective and respect for that item (and of course, the maker). So when I found out about Snoozer Loser NY's up and coming sustainable hand printed clothing company it was hard for me to stay away. It was even harder to choose just one piece from their array of prints, shapes and styles, but I finally was practical and went with the Mini Kachina's Hanna Pocket Top. It's the perfect addition to my slouchy tee collection with just enough flair with it's subtle prints and fun unexpected voile texture. My first and obvious choice was my trusty maxi dress, but I look forward to playing with high waisted shorts and even jeans for pairings. What do you think...Love it? Win your very own Snoozer Loser tote below!

Other noteworthy pieces to love - Karran Open Back Dress, Their Snoozeland Tees and most importantly their amazing Printed Cotton/Silk Scarves - I die!
 top c/o snoozer loser ny, wedges steve madden, bag and dress target, belt h&m, necklace carol duplaise

Enter To Win This Lovely Tote From Snoozer Loser!

Good Luck!
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Recipe: Watermelon Mint Cooler

27 May 2012

Being that I'm attending a Memorial Day party tomorrow, I thought since they're covered on food, it'd be fun to bring over a cooling refreshment to share that's appropriate for kids and adults. Since watermelon seems like the perfect fit for the holiday weekend, I took a stab at creating a Watermelon, Cucumber, Mint and Lemon cooler, which after concocting tasted somewhat like a refreshing watermelon lemonade. And of course, knowing me, I had no problem with this end result. What are treating yourself to tomorrow?
Watermelon Mint Cooler (Serves 2) 
1 1/2 Cups Watermelon Chunks
1/2 Cup Peeled and Quartered Cucumbers
1 Lemon - Juiced
2-3 Sprigs Of Mint Leaves (Extra for garnish)
Sugar to Taste (Optional - I didn't add sugar, but some might want to)

1. In a blender puree the watermelon and cucumber chunks, add a tablespoon of water if necessary . 
 2. Next add the mint leaves to the puree, blend and add lemon juice, and blend again (this is where you add sugar if you want).
3. Pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate until chilled, then stir (separation occurs) and serve, garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!
**For adult beverage add a dash of vodka!
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This Week...

26 May 2012

This week the blog got a little bit of a nip tuck making it more user friendly, check out the top right corner for emailing me, rss (email) subscriptions, facebook, twitter, pinterest, bloglovin and youtube!  I'm also cleaning out my closet to fill up my shop! Don't forget to check out my invites tab for invites and sale updates or use my search button to find something in particular on the blog. I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day!
 New Shades I snagged from Fancy French Cologne, I had to take advantage of their free shipping (ends May 28th)! I also snagged a leopard belt and white blouse from Oasap.
 Evan showed off his new molars, I'm guessing this new set of teeth means I won't be getting a 3 am wake up call anymore.
 Baby birds nest outside of our condo, so sweet.
 Neutrals and Pastels Mani feat. Julep Carrie and Whitney. (Get your first box for a penny with promo "Color2012")
 I snagged the fabulous cobalt sandals from Target for $6 (with bogo 50% coupon, here) & these amazing wedges from Shop Chameleon (I love their bags and shoes, great prices!).
Memorial Day Sales / Coupons
*35% Off at H&M with this In Store coupon
*30% Off At AnikaBurke.com w/ promo "FRUGALISTA"
*20% Off at Fabulous on A Dime w/ promo "FRUGAL"
*$10 off a $10 purchase at PLNDR with promo "JUMP10"(exp. 5/26 @11:59est) + Get a $10 Credit after your 1st purchase
*Loft has a $29 and under sale on select items + extra 50% off sale items
*Forever21 Sale Up To 80% Off + Free Shipping on orders over $50
*Nine West has BOGO 50% Off 
*Collage Boutique is offering 20% off with promo "memorial20" + enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate here
*Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale is going on for Women and Kid's - Always Free Shipping!
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