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Aug 21, 2014

The Bag That Goes With Everything

I've been searching for a new casual purse for fall, once again on the hunt for the elusive bag that goes with everything. Sure, sometimes it's fun to plan out an outfit with carefully matched accessories, but most of the time when I'm getting ready to go out I'm running around like there's a fire that needs to be put out and I really don't want to spend an extra couple of minutes transferring all my stuff from one purse to another. The thing is, I've already found the perfect bag. It's black and white with brown faux leather accents, can be worn multiple ways, and is in my price range. Unfortunately, my sister already owns it. Rather than blatantly copying her and buying the same thing (though I have done that before), I've been on the hunt for a black and brown, goes-with-everything bag of my own.

The bag that inspired this post from Sole Society.

Aug 20, 2014

Spotlight: Cream Eyeshadow

Having a seven week old baby has made me seriously rethink my makeup routine. Right now I am still at home on maternity leave, so most days I go without makeup entirely. Let me just tell you this does not do wonders for my self esteem. I find that when I force myself to eek out a moment to do just a little something, I feel a thousand times better about my appearance and that has a positive effect on the rest of my day. Needless to say, this does not involve a full face of makeup, not even a half-face, really. Aint nobody got time for that. What I need is a quick fix that offers dramatic results in 30 seconds or less. Enter cream eyeshadow.

Aug 19, 2014

St. Louis Cragslist Finds

It's the time of year when students are heading back to college, which reminds me of how I used to struggle with decorating a new dorm room or apartment on a very limited budget whenever I was still in school. All vintage furniture lovers are are in luck in STL because the Craigslist pickings are far from meagre in our city. Check out some of my recent decor and furniture finds below.

Aug 18, 2014

Metal Head

Like a raccoon I am attracted to anything shiny, and right now I am craving fun pieces that add interest to my summer-to-fall looks. Luckily, I can add fun pieces to my wardrobe and get my shimmer fix at the same time with these great metallic finds. Try adding metallics to your wardrobe to transition those great summer pieces into fall. I know I will.

Aug 15, 2014

Aug 14, 2014

Jeni's Honeyed Peanut Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Freckles (a.k.a The Buckeye State Ice Cream)

I have a confession to make: I'm not above sucking up to my boss on occasion. I recently attended a work potluck, and knowing that my boss is from Ohio, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make this ice cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Not only is Ohio nicknamed The Buckeye State, the Buckeyes are also the team of The Ohio State University, which happens to be my boss's alma matter. Most importantly, a buckeye is a confection made of peanut butter coated in chocolate, the same magical flavor combination employed in this ice cream. But is it good enough to inspire a promotion? You'll have to try it for yourself to find out.

Aug 13, 2014

BombPop DIY: Mercury Gold Candle Holders

We are so excited to have local Artisan and bride-to-be Carolyn Shaw join us to share this clever DIY for mercury gold votive holders, a gorgeous addition to any table setting. Read on to find out how you can make these pretty centerpieces at home! 

Aug 12, 2014

Weekend Getway: Giant City

This past weekend the husband and I met up with some family for a fun weekend getaway at Giant City State Park, just south of Carbondale, IL. We had such a wonderful time that I thought I would share some photos in case anyone out there is looking for a place to go for a quick break from the city before the summer ends.

Aug 11, 2014

James' Arugula Pesto

In addition to being an incredibly loving and patient partner and the best father a baby girl could ask for, my husband James is also a terrific cook. I have won the lottery of husbands, I know. One of my favorite dishes he makes is an arugula pesto. It's perfect on crostini, an excellent addition to grilled chicken breast, or tossed with your favorite pasta. I have been wanting to post about this dish for a while, and last night James was kind enough to give me the recipe, which I am now giving to you.

Aug 8, 2014

Color Crush: Navy

Navy is just one of those great colors that never goes out of style. Wear it as a neutral to offset a brighter color, or go monochrome with navy from head to toe. Me, I like to mix it with black pieces for a tonal look thats subtle and unexpected. Here are nine great navy pieces you can add to your wardrobe today: