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Jul 30, 2014

Summer's Not Over Yet: Eight Great Beach Towels That Will Keep Your Summer Going Strong

While it may feel like summer is winding down, we still have plenty of hot days ahead of us. Why not spent them by the pool or sunning in your backyard with a tasty cocktail? The best way to do that is with a bright, lively beach towel. And hey, many of these fun options are on sale!

Jul 29, 2014

Homemade Mango Slurpees with a Kick

Earlier this summer I discovered the Mango with a Kick Slurpee™ at my neighborhood 7-Eleven. I love mango and I love Slurpees, so it was right up my alley. Unfortunately, the flavor was only available for a limited time. As it was intensely hot this past weekend in STL, I decided to make my own version. Only, instead of mango flavoring I used actual mangoes! Ready to find out how you can make one for yourself?

Jul 28, 2014

Scarab Beetle Mania

Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a fascination with scarab beetle jewelry. Growing up, I went through an Egyptology phase that never quite wore off. According to Wikipedia, "scarab beetle" refers to Scarabaeus sacer, the dung beetle species worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Images of the scarab can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics, pottery, and of course, jewelry.

Scarab imagery can still be found in clothing, home goods and jewelry. Here are a few of my favorite scarab finds you can buy today:

Jul 25, 2014

Road Test: Makeup Brush Cleaner vs Shampoo

I have been needing to clean out my cosmetic brushes for quite some time, but hey, I've been busy. This week when I finally got around to doing it, I realized how many brushes I have and how little brush soap was left in my bottle. Needless to say I was in no mood to run to the mall just for a little brush cleanser. Then I remembered that a friend working in the cosmetics industry told me I could use shampoo to clean out my makeup brushes. I thought it would be a perfect chance to test the shampoo against my remaining cleanser.

Jul 24, 2014

Still Putting a Bird On It

I'm a Portlandia fan, so whenever I see bird-related decor or accessories, immediately I think, "Put a Bird on it!" The zenith of putting a bird on things is probably a few years behind us, but lately I've been seeing a bit of a resurgence. As a person who never shies away from a good print or animal motif, I love it, especially since the birds most in favor right now have more of a colorful, tropical vibe than in the past. Here are a few standouts that caught my eye.

Jul 23, 2014

Fashion Inspiration: Lizzie Caplan as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex"

Showtime's "Masters of Sex" has begun it's second season, which means viewers are in for lots of drama, great 50's style, and of course, sex. And while the sex can definitely be inspirational, today we are focusing on the style. Specifically that of lead character Virginia Johnson, played by Mean Girls and Party Down alum Lizzie Caplan.

Jul 22, 2014

Quick and Easy DIY: Painted Flower Pots

I had to make a trip to Walmart over the weekend, a place I only go whenever I need such a variety of things that no other store will likely have them all. Because I don't shop at Walmart very often, I like to make it count by visiting every department when I do go. On this occasion, a stop at the garden center revealed a real steal: clay terra cotta pots for a dollar. The rims of the pots were a little scratched up, but I'd been looking for a way to use some Pantone Radiant Orchid paint my husband bought for me a while back. I thought a radiant orchid rim would really pop against the terra cotta. I also had some letter stencils left over from Samantha's baby shower that I could use to personalize the pots for a few friends. Just like that an idea for a DIY was born. All together I spent less than five dollars and two hours to complete this project, and I think the pots turned out super cute!

Jul 21, 2014

Fall Fantasy: Swacket Dressing

It hasn't been the hottest summer on record, or even close, but I still find myself fantasizing about my fall wardrobe. My favorite fall essential has to be the oversize cardigan sweater, or "swacket." While I was doing some online window shopping (it's my fashion equivalent of fantasy baseball), I discovered  LUISVIAROMA, a luxury online retailer.

Jul 18, 2014

Tee Shirt Dresses: Comfortably Chic

There are very few items of clothing more comfortable than a tee-shirt dress. In fact I can't think of any. Lately comfort has been a priority in my attire, not to mention washability and easy access. To me the tee-shirt dress embodies all three of these qualities in a neat, no-frills package. Every gal should have one. Or five. Here are nine of my favorites you can buy now:

Jul 17, 2014

Summer Bargain Bin

It's mid-July, and that means it's time for some sizzlin' summer sales. There's a lot of great stuff out there right now, so much that I couldn't fit it all in one collage!