February 26, 2015

Favorite Wears: Winter Colorblocking Outfit

Cherry lips, skirt and checks for the end of Kansas City's winter.  And it's a long end... as I mentioned yesterday, Cabin Fever.  But the one thing I do like about cooler weather is the extra interest you can add to your outfit through layers. With just a blue button down tucked into the red skirt, this outfit would not have been as impactful. 

The stripe blazer really pulls the look together, adds a pop of pattern over the blocked colors and calls upon a more playful tone that's still suitable for work.  That's not something I could wear or do as easily come warmer temps... except for once inside my overly air conditioned office space!  So, here's to looking on the positive side the remainder of this icky time of year!

In the comments below, share with me some ways you love dressing in the winter!

{Outfit Details:  Camel Coat - Old Navy, a knock-off version of this one (on sale); Blazer - old, similar; Blue Button Down - old from Gap, similar; Skirt, in Scuba Material; Booties; Bucket Bag; Thick Gold Bracelet (actually holds my Fitbit!); Thin Gold Bracelet (on sale!); Lipstick}

HUGE thank you to my blogging buddy, Lisa for Peridot Skys, for snapping these pics for me and then sending them to me several times (until they fully made it through - hah!).

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February 25, 2015

4 Smell-Good Cures for the Common Cabin Fever!

It's that time of year when huddling inside, cozied up by the fireplace and sipping on hot cocoa is SO LAST MONTH! Over it.  I'm ready to whip open my windows, let the fresh air revive my home and get outside to play, jog, walk (anything) in the sunshine. And the bad news is, we still have a few more weeks (a month?) of this... depending on where you live of course.

I've partnered with P&G Unstopables to bring you 4 ways to get out of that 'Cabin Fever' rut and through the next few, cold weeks!  Unstopables is a collection of air, home and fabric products with breakthrough technology for longer lasting scents that will elevate your everyday! Iconic fragrance developer, Carlos Huber says that "scent tells a story in a language all of it's own." 

He also says that "when selecting the details to create the atmosphere of a beautiful room, it's very important to consider how scents will contribute."  We can create our own spring inside our homes with just a few products in the scent(s) that evoke happy, summer memories, just as that beach-vacation photo can do!  Here are four ways I'm making my own spring:

1. So, to get me through these last few weeks, and because I can't open my windows to get out the winter musk, I'm using P&G Unstopables Air Refresher (my favorite is the "Fresh" scent) to help me freshen up the smell of my home (and Nora's room, especially... because diapers). This probably smells even better than fresh air anyways!

2.  Wash all your bedsheets and towels. Ok, hopefully you do this on a semi-regularly basis (for me, emphasis on the semi...), but there is nothing better than climbing into a bed of freshly laundered sheets or out of the shower to wrap yourself in a perfectly clean towel.  Even better, washing those linens with Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster to increase the smell-good factor.

3.  Open all the blinds at the sunniest part of the day, or when the sun hits your home or a room just right. Soak in the light with a warm throw sprayed with Unstopables' Fabric Refresher and favorite reads (maybe a beach read?!).

4. And when you are working your tush off, don't forget to freshen the air your breathin' then, too! I love having candles by my bedside, in the bathroom around my living spaces - but I forget about my desk and office space!  So, I put the Unstopable Fresh scented candle to the test and am lovin' it!
How are you curing your cabin fever this winter?

This is a great place to start...

{Books - Domino & Gossip According to Chanel; Black and White Blanket - Happy Habitat; Geo-Metric Phone Case - Ampersand Design Studio; Beach Photo (on desk) - Gray Malin; Computer - c/o HP Sprout}

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February 24, 2015

Learning the Art of Floral Arranging

I love nothing more than to learn new things. I am constantly listening to a webinar or podcast while I work, asking way too many questions to other professionals of whom I respect, and attending any conference I can. I love watching and learning from those I admire and pushing myself to try new things. Blogging, in one way, has been a big push for me to continue to learn and grow and try.  Through blogging, I've not only had to keep learning, but I've also met some amazingly smart and skilled women from whom I've learned from.

When my blogging friend and fellow chair member of KC Blogger Meetup, Emily, invited me to join her at the very first class of The Bloom Academy, I jumped at the chance. We'd joked before at the skills I lacked around artfully arranging flowers (I used to just plop my store bought bundle of flowers into a vase), and I couldn't wait to learn from Emily.  She has 7 years of experience, and it showed. She was so knowledgable and I felt like I learned a ton. Well, you can be the judge of that based on my final products at the bottom of this post!

Emily provides recipes and steps to building a beautiful (and professional) floral arrangement with every-day grocery store type flowers!  And this class was my favorite kind of schooling out there...with wine, appetizers, a beautiful space and fabulous new friends. But, you don't have to live in Kansas City to benefit from her new venture... The Bloom Academy offers online classes and resources, too.

See below a few pics from the event at the River Market Event Place, which was catered by Moxie.  The photos marked were taken by Morgan of Cornerstone Photography, and the rest are mine.

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