Wishlist: Bright-On Beach

School's ALMOST out and this Mom is ready to hit the beach! Let's Go!

BRIGHT-ON Beach

 

Motel retro bikini
$60 - karmaloop.com

 

Soft Style summer wedge
$45 - zappos.com

 

 

Tory Burch beach tote bag
$285 - nordstrom.com

 

Neon jewelry
$20 - anthropologie.com

 

 

Long necklace
$45 - swellcaroline.com

 

Kate spade sunglasses
$128 - bloomingdales.com

 

H M beach hat
£13 - hm.com

 

ATUTTOTONDO Kikoy Towel
$85 - calypsostbarth.com

 

Swansea Beach Radio
$40 - anthropologie.com

 

 

 

Spring Style: Nice Neons

It's been eons since I wore NEON (hello 1984!). But after catching a rerun of

Desperately Seeking Susan this weekend… I am inspired! Here are some fun neon finds for spring… starting at $3.50.

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The Deets:

 

Knit poncho
$88 - nordstrom.com

 

Kate Spade flat shoes
$134 - nordstrom.com

 

GUESS high heels
$53 - macys.com

 

Melie Bianco messenger bag
$79 - nordstrom.com

 

Nine West stretch jewelry
$36 - macys.com

 

Rubber jewelry
$3.50 - delias.com

 

Silk scarve
$68 - anthropologie.com

 

Hair accessory
$6.50 - nordstrom.com

 

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip gloss
$23 - nordstrom.com

 

Tory Burch makeup travel bag
$55 - neimanmarcus.com

 

Essie nail polish
$8 - nordstrom.com

 

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3 Ways to Cover those Grays!

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vintage advertisement courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

So this isn't a craft project exactly, but it is a little like painting! I come from a long line of people with gray hair… or as I like to call them "silver foxes." My Aunt Mary went gray in her 20's and my Dad was totally silver by age 30. Let's just say I've been keeping the "gray at bay" for awhile now.

Standard root coverage practice means a visit to the hair salon every 4-6 weeks… BUT it's not always feasible or affordable to get the gray professionally covered. Here are a few ideas that work for me:

1. Mascara: When your mascara reaches retirement, get a little more out of it by using it to cover that  gray grow out. I usually use Maybelline Great Lash but of course– any kind of mascara will do. Even though my mascara is black and my hair is dark brown, it's not noticable. Works great in a pinch.

2. Identity Spray Pigment: This new product– Identity Spray Pigment, provides temporary spot color in a shade close to your own. You just use it like hairspray and it works like a charm. It easily washes out the next time you take a shower. There are lots of colors to choose from.

3. Clairol "Nice n' Easy" Root Touch Up: The Clairol "Nice n' Easy" Root Touch Up is a more "permanent" solution. According to the product website, it lasts 3 weeks. The kit comes with a easy-to-use brush for getting those roots and the box guarantees that it flawless matches ANY brand, even salon color. You can find this product at the drugstore and it's pretty affordable.

Of course, you could also scrap the coverage plan and embrace it– like gorgeous silver-stranded model Cindy Joseph who didn't start posing for the camera until she was 40!

Do you have a trick for taking care of your grays? I would love to hear about it!

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How to Incorporate Color into Your Look

Hi Friends, I get to write a post about "How to Incorporate Color Into Your Look." So let's pretend we get to take a weekend jaunt. Here's what I'd want to pack.

It's spring and that means pretty pastels like pink. A sweet pink top, a punchy scarve, some cute kicks and some dangly earrings are all great ways to add color to your look.

Visit the main post on BlogHer.com and join in the comments. And then don't forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

READY? LET'S GO!

How to Incorporate Color

                                                             

 

Life Well Lived: Your Beautiful Face

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 Hi Friends! This post is part of the BlogHer Life Well Lived series.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for framing and showing off your beautiful face?

1. Scarves: A pretty scarf adds a pop of color close to your face.

2. Boatneck Tees: This type of tee gives you a nice clean flattering line. Perfect for spring.

3. Headbands: Pull back the hair and show off that mug.

4. Turtlenecks: A simple style that puts the focus on you.

5. Smiles: EVERYONE looks better with a smile!

I think that smiling is the best possible way to show off your beautiful face– that and being genuinely interested and engaged in what you are doing and who you are talking to.

Everyone is beautiful when they do that!

 Visit the main post on BlogHer.com and join me you in the comments.

Don't Forget to Enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes! You could win a KINDLE FIRE… Good Luck!

XO

Malia

So Fetching: The Thank You Cards Shop

Hi Friends! I have found the most fetching spot to purchase lovingly designed thank you cards and notes:

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Amy Lowry of Vancouver, Canada, is the talent behind these darling designs from The Thank You Cards ShopAirmailBrights

The products below are part of their new "Airmail Brights" line, inspired by travel:

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Aren't they sweet? Being the daughter of a printer myself, I am a little picky when it comes to cards, notes and stationary. The quality of the paper Amy uses is nice and thick (not not too thick) and the colors of the ink are lovely and fresh. 

Amy sent me the Plane Cards (first card shown here) and the Anchor Thank You Cards to try out. She kindly personalized the Plane Cards for me and now I am so looking forward to writing my next thank you note!

Before you write your next thank you note, visit Amy and her cute shop. I think you'll be as delighted as I am.

Find the Thank You Cards Shop in these fun places:

Shop: Thank You Cards Shop

Blog: Check out the Thank You Cards Shop Blog for wonderful ideas and freebies. Like REALLY amazing freebies like this:

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Facebook: Join the Thank You Cards Shop on Facebook to learn about their newest cards, great contests and suprise discounts.

GO visit the Thank You Cards Shop!

XO

Malia

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. But I truly do love these products.

Life Well Lived: My 6 Favorite Beauty Tools

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn

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 Hi Friends! This post is part of the BlogHer Life Well Lived series. I get to write about my favorite beauty tools. Woo Hoo! When it comes to beauty, I'm drugstore with a dash of department store.

Here are my 6 Favorite Beauty Tools:

1)Cetaphil: It's not flashy… but it's not irritating either. I wash my face with good old Cetaphil at least 2x a day. It's very gentle and paired a good washcloth– it gets the job done!

2)Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Lotion: Acne? Check. Wrinkles? Check. I need a face lotion that won't make my situation "worse" LOL. This lotion does the trick.

3)MAC Makeup: I've been using MAC since the early 1990's. When I worked at the local CBS TV station, it's what all the female anchors used. Even though I couldn't really afford it– I felt like good makeup was worth the money. I've been a fan ever since. Current favorite product: MAC Cremesheen Glass in "Over Indulgence." It's a light browny-peach color and works great for running around and ferrying kids. Just enough color to show I made an effort.

4)Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Cheap. Effective. Preppy pink and green packaging. Love it.

5)A FlatIron: My hair is really wavy. Depending on how much time I have in the morning (and whether or not it's raining– in which case, there's no point) I will straighten my hair. This was a drugstore purchase.

6)A Sense of Humor: I'm in my 40's. I don't look 20 and I'm ok with that. I like to tell myself that as my skin has thinned out my "dimple" (ok it's more like a cheek crease) has gotten deeper. That sums up my feeling about the aging process. 

 Visit the main post on BlogHer and join me in the comments. More beauty tool favorites on this post. Don't forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes! GOOD LUCK!

 

My Fall Must Have Fashion Picks: Mad About Plaid

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I am crazy about everything "fall"– the brightly hued leaves, the fun drinks (salted caramel hot chocolate… yes please!), even the nip in the air is a lovely part of autumn. But more than anything… I'm mad for plaid!

This post is part of the BlogHer Live Well Lived Initiative. Share your opinion AND enter to win $250! More info below.

Here are some of my fall fashion picks (mostly on sale even!) 

Blazer

Country Blazer by Frenchi

PlaidShorts

 Plaid Shorts from Nolita

Cape

Plaid Cape by Tahari

FPSkirt

  Plaid Cabin Woods Skirt by Free People. I own this and I love it!

Vest

Faux Shearling Lined Vest from Jolt

Rainboot

 Fun colors brighten up this Plaid Rainboot by Chooka (a MUST have here in drizzly Seattle)

Scarf

Vanderbilt Scarf from Jessica Simpson

What are your fall fashion picks? Join me in leaving a comment on the BlogHer's Must Have Looks for Fall Post… AND Enter Current the $250 Life Well Lived Sweepstakes.

 

 

 

Scarf Them Up: 5 Scarves to Make Now

I'm loving these lovely scarves…

ScarfSweetVerbena

Lace Infinity scarf from My Sweet Verbena

ScarvesMethodHome

This stylish beauty only takes an hour to make… from Method Home

ScarveTidyMom

Tee-shirt scarf from Tidy Mom. I'm digging the punchy colors.

DyeDipScarvesHenry

Dip Dyed Scarf from Henry Happened

Freezer-paper-scarf

Freezer paper stenciled scarf– cool giraffe print–  from How About Orange

Thank you My Sweet Verneba, Henry Happened, Method Home, Tidy Mom and How About Orange.

XO

Malia