May 29, 2015

Have a Fun Weekend!

Last lacrosse game of the season... last game of high school... It was Senior Night last night and boy did they have fun! The coach made sure seniors started and finished the game regardless. Then he really got wild and let them play different positions. Even the ref was laughing. It was so fun! We have the lacrosse banquet to attend, so we'll get to see these girls one more time. 

And this weekend is prom! Thankfully we won't have to worry about weather (fingers crossed). We've had two nights of thunder showers that had us wondering if last night's game might be called off. But, the sun came out and the game only had to be pushed back 30 minutes.

I hope you have something fun planned to do this weekend. In the meantime, here are some links you may enjoy.

Build your best workout look. And try these outfits too.

Get a jump-start shopping for dad.

Wash wrinkles away.

Could you live in a tiny house?

7 Foods that help fight headaches.

The meaning of trees.

Jaws 40th Anniversary. Go watch it (near) where it happened!

May 28, 2015

Decorating Lesson: Keep it White

When it comes to bathrooms... keep it white. I'm talking about a white tub, sink, and commode. You can change paint colors, hardware and other fixtures, even decorations. But if you choose, say ANY OTHER COLOR,  you will be sorry. I grew up in the 70s, so I have first-hand knowledge when it comes to the use of flamboyantly ugly colors. Harvest gold and olive green kitchens, blue and pink bathrooms... my stomach rolls every time I think about it. Don't get caught up in fads. Fads come and go, and if you want acid green fixtures in your bathroom (this year), go for it. But there's a reason why it's called a fad. You will grow tired of the look.

Why start with white? Because we associate the color with cleanliness and purity. White offers you a clean background to create a bathroom as unique as you are.  However, you don't want the room to come off cold and boring either. The key to working with white is to pay attention to the materials used—specifically to their texture and sheen. Play up the room with interesting accessories, since the hue is a terrific blank canvas for just about anything. Consider injecting some wood elements or warm neutral tones to counteract its coolness. And a black a white bathroom will never go out of style.

Domino has some good advice about creating a beautiful white marble bath. Read it here.

May 27, 2015

Have You Heard of Fabletics?

Fabletics is a athletic-wear company co-founded by Kate Hudson. It's stylish and comfortable clothing for working out or just moving around. My Kate found this company about a year ago and she's collected some fabulous outfits. Amanda has also reaped the rewards of her sister's account, and now it's my turn.

You start off by choosing a complete outfit for only $25 plus free shipping! (And they're always having sales.) You then sign on to purchase an outfit each month as a VIP member, but only if you want to. (If you're a forgetful person, set an alarm!) Each month, you can choose to decline the outfit and wait until the next month. OR, simply buy when you're ready. The VIP membership has lots of perks. See how it works.

I'm loving Kate's picks right now. And they just came out with a men's line. Guess who the spokesperson is? Her brother, Oliver. Follow Fabletics on Instagram and other social media, and be sure to check out their blog.

Happy moving!


May 26, 2015

Prom Hair: Take One

Amanda's prom is this Saturday, so this past Sunday, Kate tried out different make-up looks on her, while I tried hairstyles. I knew what she wanted from photos she has been sending me for some time, but I really wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. We bought a Con Air bun accessory (used instead of a sock bun) and as I separated her hair (she has a LOT of hair), I tried my best to duplicate the bun. After a few failed attempts, Kate looked it up. Here is a great tutorial on how to really do it. Forget the instructions on the package.

After separating her hair from the bottom up, I started the foundation of the style with the bun. I made a part at her crown (just above her ears) and created the low bun you can see on the bottom. Then I decided three layers of curls should do it. The first would disguise the bun, the second would start to look like the style, and the third would finish it off. I used a 2-1/2" curling iron and wrapped 2" sections of hair around the barrel (don't use the clamp, just use the barrel) and wrapped the hair away from her face.

Once that was done, I started to pin pieces of hair around, above, and below the bun. It looks pretty messy at this point. I also used a lot of bobby pins. Don't worry about seeing the pins as you work on the first layer. Taking down another section, I just repeated what I did and building up the hair as I went.

When it's time for the final layer, I made sure to hide any remaining visible bobby pins and I made sure any new pins were completely hidden. This is the final result.

And here is the top. I made her walk around and bob her head a bit so we were all certain nothing would fall out. From start to finish, it took me 1 hour and 20 minutes!

Watch for the real thing next week!

May 22, 2015

Have a Wonderful (Long) Weekend!

Last night, we were invaded by 17 teenage girls. We hosted Amanda's first LAX team dinner (they've had a breakfast and a lunch) and I didn't have to do a thing. They tie-dyed T-shirts, started a campfire, made a spaghetti dinner, and devoured all of the food each of them brought. Once things we're wrapping up, some of them decided to attempt to make a pyramid. After four tries, they finally did it! Tonight is their first (and only) game under the lights, so we'll be heading out later to cheer the team on.
Tomorrow, we're attending my mother-in-laws 80th birthday party, hopefully going to a movie on the way home, breaking out the grill for a BBQ, and you know there'll be ice cream involved.
I hope you have a fun Memorial Day weekend! Let summer begin! Enjoy!
David Letterman says good-bye.
What's your personality type?
James Patterson teaches writing.
Start your summer reading lists. Get 20% off this weekend at B&N. Enter code X1K7UQDAWZANA at checkout.
How about a movie? Rent one, get one free with this promo 5MZWVZM6 now through Sunday.
Kate gives Loving Tan two big thumbs up. And she looks great!
The answer to "what am I going to read this summer?" can be found on these lists here, here, and here.

May 21, 2015

Meaningful Color: Purple Love

The lilacs are in full bloom! My husband keeps surprising me with bouquets from other people's gardens(!) so I don't have to cut mine, but I couldn't resist bringing in a few blooms to brighten my home. I'm on a huge purple kick these dayjust bought a purple work-out shirt, snagged a deep purple bracelet, and placed a lilac-scented candle in the living room.

What I've learned over the years about color psychology is that we're usually drawn to a particular color when we're in need of the traits in represents. So what does purple mean?

Purple (violet) is contemplative, meditative, spiritual, soul-searching, intuitive, mysterious, and enchanting. In ancient times, purple (the spectrum's darkest color) was only affordable by the church and royalty due to the difficult and costly process it takes to create the color, In fact, purple was 20 times more valuable than gold! Purple embodies the balance of red's stimulation and blue's calm. The dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point it takes on the characteristics of its undertone. Purple encourages emotional depth and personal growth.

Well, I guess I'm in for a little soul-searching time. Maybe those shifting sands I mentioned a while ago will allow me to steady myself.

Color Inspiration
BM 1403 French Lilac, SW 6832 Impulsive Purple, BM 1419 Persian Violet, BM 1389 Wishing Well

May 20, 2015

Berries and Chocolate!

I have several containers of berries in my refrigerator right now, and I've been stuffing Amanda's lunch with sliced strawberries every day for weeks. I absolutely love it when berries come in season. I can't get enough. I pile them on oatmeal, yogurt, or blend them to create delicious fruit shakes. However, I think I'm the only one in my family that actually likes the combination of berries and chocolate.

Between all of the graduation celebrations, father's day, birthdays... this beauty of a dessert can certainly be duped. Simply buy your favorite prepared chocolate dessert and layer on the berries. Or you can make these Mini Chocolate Berry Cakes from The Kitchen McCabe.


May 19, 2015

Summer Reading List

On our way home from Boston a couple of weeks ago, we decided to check out some books. The girls and I are putting together our summer reading lists. Typically, we'll scan the shelves and pull out titles and authors that interest us, and then take pictures as a reminder. We're visual people, so this helps a lot. The girls have a pretty good collection already. I'm kind of in a rut. I have about five books ready to go, but sadly, none of my favorite authors have written anything new. When I'm on vacation, I like to mix it upfiction, non-fictionbut I also want fun, light-hearted stories that won't bring me down. I found these two titles while I was browsing.

Adulting: I think this will be more suited for Kate in a few years. Although I don't think she'll need it. This is certainly light-hearted.

Whatever... Love is Love: I am a fan of Maria Bello's work, but I didn't read her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family" in the New York Times. This is still on my list.

I took a peek at the Times best seller list on B&N, and then I found this list on PopSugar they've dubbed the "98 of the Sexiest, Sweetest Books of 2015 (so far)". I guess they couldn't find two more to make it an even 100. I'll be scanning this list more closely.

So if you're currently getting your summer reading list together, I'd love to hear some recommendations.


May 18, 2015

Maxi Dresses: Yeah or Neah?

Back in the 90s, I wore long dresses with Ked sneakers. And if I dressed up, I'd wear sandals. The difference in style was that the dresses I wore usually buttoned the full length of the dress. So, it's little wonder that I give maxi dresses a thumbs up. Dresses are so versatile. You can dress them up or down, accessorize or not, and you don't have to coordinate a darn thing. (Except maybe your shoes.)

When I started searching for maxi dresses, I found a lot of different variations. From the large mu mu styles (lots of fabric, no waist) to these lovelies with full skirts with lots of swing and just enough nip in the waist to keep them from looking like circus tents. The colors, fabrics, and patterns were just as varied. Here are a few of my favorites.

Fit and Flare maxi in Lime Zest from Land's End. Loved their sleeveless in black, too!  // Mango Floral Hem from Asos. // Blue Floral from Victoria's Secret.