Dec 30, 2011

preserving your pants: how to move your wardrobe without destorying it - guest post by Ash

Hi Ocean Dreamers,

Today I'm off having fun with BK so
please enjoy yet another lovely guest post,
this time by my friend Ashley, who you have
seen guest post on my blog before! :)

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Preserving Your Pants: How to Move Your Wardrobe without Destroying It

There's a certain art to moving clothes without compromising their structure. You don't want to wrinkle your favorite tops and pants, and you don't want your jewelry to emerge in your new location as a tangled mass of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Check out these few tips for ensuring that your clothes arrive in a wearable state!
Keep Valuable Jewelry Close, Safe and Secure: Most movers actually won't even load your valuables onto the van without an insurance plan. Pack your jewelry away in a safe box. If you use a jewelry box for your items, you can simply pack the entire jewelry box. Grouping like items together with a tie and utilizing old ring or earring boxes to move small items can help cut down on the chances of losing or damaging your jewelry. Try to condense your jewelry down to one box, and keep it close to you during the move.
Use Luggage, Duffle Bags and Laundry Hampers: For clothes that typically live in a dresser drawer, you can utilize your luggage, duffle bags or even laundry hampers to make the move much easier. You can simply move the folded clothes directly from one location to the next. This tactic is especially great for items that aren't delicate, or if you don't care whether they emerge sporting a few wrinkles. Gym clothes, pajamas, underwear or lounge clothes are great candidates. Try to keep a smaller bag with a few changes of clothes, just in case you don't feel like tearing through all your boxes for fresh pajamas or a new outfit the following day.
Wardrobe Boxes: If you want to move your clothes easily and without them resembling those horrific pre-wrinkled shirts that were huge in the early 2000s, wardrobe boxes are your best bet. You can leave your clothes directly on the hanger and load them onto the bar in the box. They'll hang just like they do in your closet, so that delicate fabrics like silk will stay wrinkle free.
You can find wardrobe boxes in different sizes and heights. They’re usually available from your mover, office stores, or moving supply stores in your area. They are pretty affordable, hold a lot of clothes and are re-usable, making them great for someone who moves often. Pack like items together and label the boxes so you know where to find everything later.

No Shoe Left Behind: Everyone has felt the panic of unpacking shoes and thinking for a split second, "Did I lose one?" One shoe is no good without the other, so losing just the left or right really hurts. To avoid losing shoes, or even having a brief mix up, keep all your shoes together in one box for the move. Keeping it all together can be hard, but the closer proximity, the better. If you have shoeboxes, it's a great idea to pack shoes into them before packing them in a larger box. That way, you can easily keep pairs together and identity any singletons quickly.
If you are moving especially valuable items, be it clothes, shoes or jewelry, you might also consider moving insurance to guarantee that your items are covered in the event of loss or damage, especially if you're going a long distance. If you aren't going far, a reliable mover and safe packing should be enough to ensure that your clothes will arrive in tip-top shape!
Thanks Ash!

Oh gosh...I hope I don't have to move anytime soon, lol!
But...at least these great tips will help in the future!
Hope you all have a lovely day Ocean Dreamers!

Dec 26, 2011

holiday in Mauritius - guest post by Henri


 Hi Ocean Dreamers,

I hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday!
While I'm getting back into my working mode
here's a guest post from Henri.

I'll be back tomorrow to fill you in on my Christmas!

After reading this guest post I think we'll all want to go
on vacation to a tropical location!

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Finding the best resort spots for holidays in Mauritius


Who hasn’t dreamt of a holiday on the beach, frolicking among the gentle waves lapping at the soft white sand? If you fly to Mauritius, your holiday dream can be realised. A holiday in Mauritius is all about sea, sand and sun before everything else such as shopping, museums and restaurants. So it pays to choose resorts near the best beaches when deciding where you’ll be staying.
Getting there

As the island is situated off the east coast of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean, if you are from any continent, flying the is quickest and only way to reach shore. The only alternative is by boat and you will have to come from Reunion Island or Rodrigues. How then do you get to either island? By plane again!

You will first land at the only airport of the island in the south-east, at Plaisance. If you fly from Europe, your plane will reach the island from the north-west and will cross it all the way diagonally to the south-east in just a few minutes. Pay attention outside as you will get a great opportunity to see the whole island from above with its green tapestry of sugarcane fields and turquoise blue lagoon like a ring around it.
As your plane reaches the airport, it will turn around to approach it from the sea and start landing while still above the water. You will see the blue sea fast approaching you and even small waves, giving the impression that the plane will fall into the water. Not for those afraid of flying!

From the airport

Once you land at the airport, you will take the motorway towards one of the many plush hotels or villas dotted all around the coast of Mauritius.
There are several luxury hotels on the east coast, namely Le Touessrok and St Geran, 2 very famous, very luxurious and very expensive resorts. You will need to leave the motorway early for that or you may continue to the west or north coast. This is because most of the hotels are concentrated close to the best beaches, many of which are found on the west and north coasts.

On the east coast, you will find the 6 km long public beach of Belle Mare and Palmar next to each other. The East coast is relatively quiet compared to the west and north coast and this is probably due to the south east trade winds which makes it more windy than usual on the beaches on this side of the island. Those who seek peace and quiet will more than likely find it here. Let’s not forget Blue Bay beach in the south east corner. This beach is packed with tourists and locals however, maybe because it is truly stunning. It’s also not very far from the airport.
Finally, we need to mention the south coast if we are to mention quiet beaches. The south is the wild part of the island, ignored by tourists and locals because there are few beaches and the sea is rough. So if you come for a beach holiday, there’ll be nothing for you there. However, if you like golf, then the award-winning Telfair Golf & Spa Resort in the area should be of interest to you.

Grand-Bay

Standing out from all the possible destinations over the island, including the capital Port-Louis, is Grand-Bay, the foremost destination for tourists seeking sea, sun and sand but also entertainment. Sure, you might enjoy an isolated beach for yourself but would you be OK to spend your 2 or 3 weeks of holidays on this desolate beach by yourself? Not many would be inclined to do so. Grand Bay brings the best of both worlds then.
Grand-Bay has some of the best beaches of Mauritius in close proximity. Try Mont-Choisy, a few kilometres before Grand-Bay as you head north from the motorway. Mont-Choisy has arguably the longest white sandy beach of the whole island. Sometimes, you may find a very attractive beach, only to be disappointed in the shallow sea when going for a swim. Mont Choisy has nothing like that. The turquoise sea water beckons you and when you dip into the warm waters, you will find plenty of depth to practise your swim stroke. If you manage to swim up and down the whole of this beach, then you are without doubt of athletic ability. Le Cannonier Hotel is just nearby.

Flic en Flac

If Grand Bay represents the north, then Flic en Flac is the west. This small fishing village in the 60s dominated by a marsh has been transformed into the Grand Bay of the west today. The long sandy beach has helped without a doubt. You will find shopping centres, banks, restaurants and Casela, a bird and animal park, all nearby. From Villas Caroline to La Pirogue, the Sugar Beach Resort and the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, you are spoilt for choice. Find reviews on the Sugar Beach Resort and La Pirogue here.
Mauritius with its hot tropical weather and sandy coral lagoons has what many holidaymakers seek to make their trip memorable. So grab your sun lotion, your swimwear and get a flight ticket to this island. As with all holiday trips, preparation is the key so get all you need to know at mauritiusholidaystips.com before you go. If you have any hotels to share with us, why not submit a travel guest post?

Bio: Henri loves island travel: there is nothing
better than spending some time
on the beach under the sun.
Keep an eye out for more of his experience.

Thanks so much for the guest post Henri!

Dec 21, 2011

Outfit Post: new BCBG dress and beige lace shorts

Two days I went to Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood and went shopping there for about four hours while BK met with a client and measured up a property. I have to say I love Melrose Avenue not only for their diversity of shops, but because it's in West Hollywood and I truly feel like I'm in the heart of a fashionable city. Melrose Avenue is where many stars go to find pieces of clothing and accessories that you won't find anywhere else.

Whenever I go shopping on Melrose Avenue I know I'm going to spend at least $100 or more. There's just so many unique shops, vintage clothing, and more that I adore.

I'm only going to show you two items of clothing in this post that I purchased, but I'll be back with more pictures soon. I had fun on Photoshop with this collage and played around with the lighting and filters.
The pink dress is a BCBG dress and it was originally priced at $150 when it was first released during the fall of 2010. The store I went to sold it to me for only $16! I love the details including the pleats and it fits me so well. It's made out of the type of material that "puffs" out at the bottom so you have an automatic bounce to it without having to wear tulle underneath.

The second item of clothing I bought was a pair of lace shorts. I love them and they are so super cute! I decided to pair them with a lacy black top and a pair of black leggings underneath for the winter time. Plus black is just very slimming overall paired with light colored shorts, in my opinion.

I can't wait to wear both of these outfits soon!

I'll be back with another post showing you what else I found! :)

Dec 19, 2011

New Year Ethical Fashion Looks - Guest Post by Emma


Hi Ocean Dreamers, 


First I'd like to announce the 
pink wreath Treetopia Giveaway winner
and it's Ashley from Sloanbook!!
Congrats Ashley, I'll be sending you an e-mail shortly!

While I'm enjoying well needed time with BK
soaking up some ocean dreams,
I hope you enjoy another guest post. 

Thanks Emma for your guest post!

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With the holiday season fast approaching, time to plan the all-important New Year’s Eve outfit is quickly running out. With so much to think about, the last thing on your mind is whether your outfit is ethical. But in the name of good karma why not make a positive start to 2012 by wearing something from one of the many eco fashion brands that are available.

Ethical or sustainable fashion can still have a bit of a reputation for being ‘hippie’ but it’s not all hemp shirts and flowing skirts, in fact, it’s hardly like that at all. New niche ethical labels are cropping up all the time and more and more mainstream fashion brands are bringing out sub ranges with a conscience, so there is plenty of ethical party wear around if you go looking for it.

People Tree is the most established ethical fashion brand in the UK, and they ship all over the world. They support Fair Trade and work with artisan communities to produce beautiful garments and accessories. The Grace dress is a classic LBD with hand embroidered gold detailing for that extra special New Year’s sparkle. Produced in Bangladesh it is made from a cotton/silk blend and costs £145. 

C.Marchuska is a clothing brand which manufactures in the heart of New York City. They produce sophisticated, sustainable and affordable fashion for the socially conscious woman. C.Marchuska has a range of party dresses priced from $100-$160 like the bright blue Erin dress which is made from bamboo (could be a good talking point). 
Of course, being sustainable or ethical doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy something new. You could wear vintage for that party and be right on trend. Or you could customise something yourself using fashion blogs to find inspiration and keep up-to-date with trends on the cheap. Maybe sew sequins onto a tired, plain dress, add lace edging to sleeves and hems or tie bows from ribbon for added embellishment.  When money’s running low and you’re all partied out why not host a customising party in the run up to New Year’s Eve, now that’s an idea!

Emma Waight is a PhD researcher and freelance fashion and style writer for www.clothes.org.uk.


Dec 16, 2011

Find Your Special Pink Wedding Shoes - Sponsored Guest Post

Hi Ocean Dreamers,

I'm still enjoying my staycation in CA and have a few more guest posts
coming your way before I update you on what I've been up to!

If you are getting married anytime soon or think there's a wedding
beyond the horizon (I'm secretly hoping for me,) 
you should check out this {sponsored} guest post, written by Dave:

Wedding shoes play a crucial role in creating a statement look for the most important day of your life, as you walk down the aisle to get into the unison of holy matrimony. The wedding day is also hectic and can be taxing for your feet. It is very important to have a pair of wedding shoes to keep your feet happy, while you bask into the glory of a beautiful bride or an impeccable groom and shake hands to accept the best wishes. 
The wedding shoes must be coordinated with the entire wedding ensemble. For bridal wedding shoes, it is important that you choose them carefully as per the length of your dress. With every fashion season the trend of wedding shoes also changes, but for brides stilettos never go out of fashion. High heels add up to your posture and grace in your walk. Whatever is the style of the wedding shoes, attention to the detailing is what makes it special and unique. The silhouette and fabric of the wedding shoes make a huge difference in the over all look and feel of the shoes. 

For 2011-12, the latest trend for weddings is the Vintage Hollywood Glamour. It’s high on crystal, pearls and floral pattern. High heels shoes or platforms with pearl detailing in a floral pattern also make the statement pair for wedding shoes this season Vintage lace is also trendy this season and you can opt for a vintage lace detailing for your bridal shoes as well. Wedding shoes are heavily into the crystal adorned patters and detailing for a red carpet chic wedding or you can also opt for a pair of flat peep toes, soft hued wedding shoes with floral detailing and vintage feel to match your gorgeous tea length vintage wedding dress. For grooms, the era of 1920s is trend inspiring this season. The wedding shoes are suave and classy wingtip shoes in glossy or matte black or white. 

I think I would love having pink wedding shoes...
wouldn't you ocean dreamers?!


Dec 7, 2011

delicious lace shorts


Happy Wednesday!

Thanks to everyone who has entered into the BeKnown GIVEAWAY.
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Thanks for reading all about the Giveaways above.
Now on to the post!
Lately I've been seeing lovely and delicious lace shorts.
I hope this trend sticks around for a long time.
I happen to love lace so I think these shorts are adorable.
They provide the perfect amount of girlie and feminine.
However, I'm not sure I could pull off these shorts
during the winter without some leggings.
Aaaand...I need to work out more too, ha ha.

I'm especially loving the pink shorts.
Head on over to Charlotte Russe to snag
a pair of affordable lace shorts. 

 I haven't bought a pair yet
but I am certainly tempted!

Are you loving these lace shorts too?!
Pictures are from my Pinterest and Tumblr

Are you loving lace shorts as much as I am?

Dec 2, 2011

tips for taking dreamy ocean photos - guest post by Lauren

Happy weekend Ocean Dreamers!

There's no secret that I love photography of the ocean, so when Lauren asked to guest post I couldn't wait to read all about her tips! I'm headed to CA in a few weeks and I can't wait to apply these tips and take some of my own photos.

Thanks Lauren!
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The ocean seems like an obvious place to take gorgeous pictures, but this natural setting can present challenges for some photographers. Bright light, flat scenery and crowded beaches can make it difficult to get the shot you want. However, there are some tips you can follow to increase your chances of taking great ocean photographs every time. Read on to find out what those tips are:

-         So often, people become distracted by the wide shot beauty of the shoreline and water, they forget that the beach and ocean contains hundreds of tight shot opportunities. Take up close pictures of the rocks, shells, flora, fauna, crabs, seagulls, boats, sand castles that are all around you. Even the ocean water crashing onto and ebbing away from the shoreline makes great photo opportunities. Also, don’t ignore the people on the beach. Action shots of people sunbathing, swimming, building sandcastles, walking or playing make for great photographs.
-          If you are taking a shot with the horizon in it, make sure that the horizon is straight (unless you want it to be at an angle). You can achieve this by having a steady hand or by using a tripod.


-         Shoot at sunrise or sunset for optimum lighting. When the sun is high in the sky, your photos will appear too bright and washed out. Shooting in the early morning or evening opens up opportunities for beautiful sunrise or sunset photos, softer lighting for photos of people and objects and less glare. Another great time to take photos on the beach (and anytime, really) is when the sky is partly cloudy. Again, the lighting created by partly cloudy skies is not as bright, so the colors in your photos will be rich and less washed out.

-          If you want to capture splashing water or crashing waves, use a tripod and a long zoom SLR camera. Set your tripod up away from the splashing water and use your camera to zoom in on the subject. In order to capture the water perfectly, use a slower shutter speed and a smaller aperture setting. This may require you to take several test shots to get it right.

-          If you are still having trouble with over exposed photos or you want to shoot in midday, use a polarizing lens to filter out light. A polarizing filter reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces and makes colors appear richer and more saturated. It can be used for both color and black and white photography.

-          If you want to take underwater photos, you will have to purchase a camera that can be used with an underwater housing unit. These can range in price, but one of the best low-range cameras that can go underwater is the Canon G12. The camera goes for $500, and the underwater housing kit sells for $240.00. You would use the same camera techniques underwater as you would above water; except you will need to use force flash when shooting photos underwater. An external strobe will help you take even better photos underwater. Also, if you are having trouble getting focused shots, try using the automatic underwater setting on your camera. Lastly, it is best to get as close to your subject as possible when taking underwater photos.

Bio: Lauren Phillips has been a professional event photographer for 16 years and also owns the site Photography Degrees. She likes to write articles about everything photography.

Nov 28, 2011

Are vitamins good or bad for you? Clearing up the myths

Happy Monday, or not, depending on your mood, ha ha.

I admit it's hard to get back into working mode...
but the good news is that Christmas 
will be here before we know it! 

In follow up to the guest health post by Heather, 
I've been thinking a lot about vitamins and 
how important it is to take care of your body in general.
I admit I've been a bit of a slacker when it comes to taking vitamins. 
But, I'm here to remind you that's important to take care of your
body because it's the only one you have. 

Did you know that you might be lacking essential vitamins such as zinc,
calcium, iron, or even supplements such as 5htp and chondroitin?

You may not think of it now if you are in your twenties like me, 
but we will age and it will be harder to 
take care of our body as we age (losing weight, etc.)
Forming good habits now will help you (and me) maintain good
habits or form habits as you age and you'll remember to exercise,
eat the right foods, and take the right vitamins.

By the way, as I sit here typing this out to you
I'm snacking on chips. Yes, I know. 
This is a bit ironic since I'm talking about health.
But...don't judge because we all need 
to make improvements.

The question that has been on my mind for quite
sometime is: are vitamins good or bad for me?
I 've heard both opinions and I never know if
I should be loading up on vitamins or relying on
my daily food intake.

So I did a little research and discovered that taking
vitamins are actually good for you, in moderation of course.
Sometimes your body is deficient in different areas, such as 
calcium. A while ago I was actually told that I was deficient in calcium 
because I'm allergic to dairy. You can get blood work done
and they can tell you what you're deficient in.
Since then I've been taking calcium supplements.

I also discovered that Utah, during the winter time,
does not give you as much Vitamin D as you should have
since it snows more and there is less light. So - I've also
been taking Vitamin D when I'm in UT and not CA.

Different vitamins provide different benefits, 
but combining a good diet rich (good foods are sooo important!)
with the right vitamins and minerals
keeps you strong, energetic, and healthy.
They are essential for the body to function properly 
and without adequate vitamins you may encounter
health problems down the road.

So why does our culture say vitamins are bad for us?
Well, some people may be taking too many vitamins
or don't know the appropriate vitamins to take.
Or, they may be relying on vitamins for all of their nutrition
instead of taking the time to eat
their fruits, veggies, protein, and more.

If you're ever in doubt consult a nutritionist or 
ask your doctor. Or...head to a vitamin shop and quiz
the people there. I've learned so much just by asking questions!

So...have you heard people say that vitamins are bad
when they are actually good for you?

Do you take vitamins? 

I hope this cleared up some of the myths for you!
Happy vitamin taking! :)

Nov 26, 2011

I dream of eating healthy and enjoying it! - guest post by Heather


Hi Ocean Dreamers - I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Since it's that time of year to eat lots of tasty food, I think this guest post by Heather is available for us to read at good time. It's been hard for me to eat healthy lately - there's chocolate and tasty holiday treats everywhere! Not to mention I'm sure most of us are stuffed from Thanksgiving food. 

But, I'm going to try harder with eating healthy and these tips are going to help me (and hopefully you!)

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If you’re wishing healthy eating were easier and more satisfying, you’re not alone. However, there are certain healthy foods that will make you feel downright fabulous. The key is to find healthful foods that appeal to your sense of indulgence and to learn how to prepare and serve healthy foods such that you feel like eating them is a privilege, not a chore.

Get Personal
The key to developing a successful healthy eating regimen is to tailor your menu to your specific taste. Perform an inventory of your favorite foods, listing everything you adore to eat (even the unhealthy stuff). From that list, come up with lists of comfort foods, daily dishes, special occasion dishes, and snacks.

Now identify what you love so much about each of these lists. Do you turn to salty, crunchy foods for snacks? Do you like bready foods when needing comforts? Do you love soups? Casseroles? Meat? Potatoes?


Get Practical
Now cross off everything on the list that is “bad for you”, and identify the foods you love that are healthy. Make sure those foods make the grocery list at least once a month. I like to use this list as my foundational list for every-week shopping. These items are my easy go-to healthy foods. They’re familiar and easy to remember to eat.

Invest in a Set of Excellent Cookbooks
To successfully switch your habits, you’re going to need some new recipes. Buy yourself several “healthy” recipe books that look tantalizing to you.

Now get out a cookbook and search for healthy alternative to the “bad” stuff on your list. You love crème brule? Search for a healthy alternative that will be sweet, creamy, and feel indulgent. Commit to trying these healthier recipes until you’ve successfully replaced most of the “bad” stuff on your list with “better” stuff.

Accessorize Extravagantly
Half of what makes a gourmet meal so luxurious is the presentation and description. The chef has prepared harivot verts (green beans) and truffles (mushrooms) on a bed of risotto (rice). Get the point? If you present your meals (and snacks) on smaller plates, with pretty garnishes and delectable drizzles of sauces or toppings, you’ll appreciate your healthy food more. Invest your time in decorating your food and then take your time appreciating it as you eat it. 

C’est Magnifique!
When you do decide to indulge in a “naughty” food, think like the Europeans do. Americans are notoriously into supersizing portions, whereas Europeans indulge in small portions of rich foods, eating more slowly than we do and savoring each bite. This is why the French can eat croissants, brie, and chocolate and still be rail thin.

Invest in teensy tiny desert and serving dishes (find beautiful pieces to make this work even better) and serve beautiful (but small) servings of rich foods. Dress them up so they look gorgeous, and enjoy the entire experience. Smell your food before you taste it. Let it sit in your mouth, and chew slowly. Pause between bites, and enjoy the mingling, changing flavors. Scrape every bit from the dish (perhaps with your finger!) and fully enjoy the experience.
If you get the right attitude about food, even healthy food can be indulgent. Bon appétit!  

Bio:
Born and raised in North Carolina, Heather Green has worked as a fashion and beauty consultant as well as freelancing for various wedding, fashion, and health publications. She currently acts as the resident blogger for Online Nursing Degrees where she’s been researching online health care admin degrees as well as online medical transcription degrees.

Nov 19, 2011

Improve your loved one's style via holiday shopping - guest post by Ash

Enjoy a guest post from the lovely Ash - here are some great gift ideas for the holidays!

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With the holidays fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about shopping for family members. Most people shirk their shopping responsibility by buying lame gifts that serve no purpose, but not the fashionista! If you are someone who loves to be stylish at all costs (pun intended), then read on for ways to share your love of haute couture with those who are a fashion faux pas in the making.  


My Mom Dresses Too Frumpy!
If you're anything like me, your mom undoubtedly has a wardrobe full of mom-jeans, tacky sweatshirts, and other questionable attire. After all, these were all the rage when she bought them, and we all know that fashions recycle themselves, right? Wrong! If your mom dresses like …well … a mom, then it's high time to break her out of her fashion rut. Buy her a few timeless classics, such as a chic turtleneck dress or a snazzy pair of knee-high boots, or stuff her stocking with a jewelry item that will encourage her to upgrade her wardrobe. After all, you can't very well wear a light-up reindeer sweatshirt with a glittering bauble, can you?  

My Dad is Stuck in the Seventies!
Does your dad still wear Wrangler jeans and wide ties? Bring him into the 21st century with a few stylish items, such as a leather jacket or a trendy shirt and tie combo. If your dad has a vast collection of ugly sweaters, replace them with a smart suit that would make any dad dapper. Finally, don't forget accessories! Whether you are looking for cuff links to go with his new suit, or a snazzy pair of aviator glasses, your dad will be sure to welcome an artistic touch to his wardrobe.  

My Sister Dresses Too Young for Her Age!
So, your sister is thirty, but dresses like she's twenty. Sound familiar? If you're tired of gazing at your sibling's cleavage, or want to show her that it's possible to be sexy while still maintaining her dignity, go for a wrap dress and a pair of heels, or a pencil skirt paired with a cashmere sweater. Alternately, you can buy her a soft wool shawl that will cover her up while still making her feel feminine. It is possible to cover every inch of skin while revealing every luscious curve, so be creative and teach your sister how!  

My Man Still Dresses Like He's in College!
If your man is perfect in every way, shape and form aside from his atrocious wardrobe, help him go from college boy to debonair man with a few thoughtful purchases. Swap his hoodies and T-shirts for a sharp sweater vest and button-down. If he is violently opposed to the preppy look, go casual with skinny cords and a hooded sweater. Is he all about comfort? Invest in a new pair of Converse sneakers, which — believe it or not — can still be worn with most casual outfits. If you are feeling particularly brave, or have a bad boy on your hands, look for anything black leather (jacket, boots, even some man-friendly accessories). Show him how suave he can look, and he'll be more likely to take you out for a night on the town!  


And What About Me?
Too often, you buy, buy, buy for your loved ones, only to receive paltry gifts from them. Why take the chance? While you're shopping for others, take the time to pamper yourself with a few necessities. Splurge on a new handbag, or buy those peep-toed pumps you've had your eye on. If you're feeling super indulgent, invest in a few luxurious wardrobe additions, such as a new sweater dress or velvet slacks (perfect for holiday parties).

As you can see, it's possible to improve your loved one's style impairments while satiating your desire to shop. The key is to know your family members' wants and needs, and to buy according to their taste, but also according to what is fashionable at the time. Don't give up on them, and they'll thank you for it!

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Have a great weekend Ocean Dreamers!


Oct 23, 2011

preparing for your winter wedding - guest post by Vera

I can't believe that fall time is here and that means winter is even closer. I know some bloggers are currently planning a wedding and after reading this post I am almost tempted to get married {one day} during the winter! It all sounds very romantic, warm, and charming. Read Vera's guest post and let me know what season you want your wedding to be in. ;)

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Preparing for Your Winter Wedding
Winter weddings can create a wonderland of magic and beauty for a bride and groom and their guests. Events in December and January can use Mother Nature’s own decorations to make this special day one to remember. Preparing for winter nuptials can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! 

Location
One of the most important decisions a bride and groom can make regarding a wedding is the location. For a winter wedding, it's a charming to pick a nice cottage, inn or lodge. These locations often offer a warming ambiance and are prefect during the winter months. One thing to consider is heating. How will your guests stay warm and toasting before, during and after the ceremony? Some cottages, inns or lodges are old and don’t have sufficient heating for large groups. Check with any venue you’re looking into for your wintery wedding and ensure your guests will be comfortable.  

Brides and grooms should be prepared that the location of their dreams may not be available on their big day. Many large parties and events are held during the holiday season, so make sure to book your event well in advance. Weddings are now becoming more popular on Fridays, so don’t rule that option out if your location isn’t available when you want. 

Décor 
Winter nuptials before Christmas may mean that locations are decorated for the holidays. If this isn't in your color palette you’ll want to ask if decorations can be removed for the evening. Flower choices for winter weddings can be limited because of the time of year as well. Different flowers are available depending on the area and while flowers can be shipped in from out of State, storms and icy roads could potentially delay these deliveries on the big day. Silk flowers are always a stand in for basically any flower. 

Food and Beverages
Incorporating the foods and beverages of the season can make a winter wedding stand out from all the others. Meals can include foods that are a bit more hearty and will fill guests up like soups, stews and steaks. Beverages after dinner can include hot chocolate, coffee and even egg nog. A festive menu can be cheery for all!

Remember Traveling Guests
When it's time to mail out invitations remember to include information for guests that will prepare them for any potential travel delays or problems. December and January are very busy months for travel as people make their way home for the holidays. Suggest that any out of town guests plan accordingly by making travel plans a good deal ahead of time and also book their hotel early too. Allowing for a few extra days in town can also prevent guests from missing the wedding if a storm hits and there are flight or road delays. These are just a few of the ways you can plan now for your wintery wedding.  

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About the Author

Vera is an active freelance writer and is currently planning her winter wedding. She also writes at Tungsten World tungsten wedding bands.

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Thanks for the guest post Vera, a wintery wedding sounds very magical!



Oct 17, 2011

cool makeup tricks for hot fall fashion

Wow - Monday already?!  
I'm back in Utah and it's cold and raining.
I would say fall has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods.

Well, I'm still sick with this stupid cold so I thought I'd let someone else entertain you since I'm not feeling all too inspiring. I am however finding inspiration on all of your blogs that I've been catching up on while I sniffled away! ;) Pray that this cold leaves me alone...I'm such a big baby when I'm sick and I don't feel like doing a thing.

Sigh. Fall fashion. My friend Ashley is back to give us the scoop on some amazing makeup tricks for the fall fashion ahead. I'm loving the "kiss me" crimson red lips idea! ;)

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Cool Makeup Tricks for Hot Fall Fashion

Fall means jewel tones and jewel tones mean BRIGHT RICH colors. It's such a comfort that as the air gets chilly your wardrobe pallet can heat-up. The make-up you wear should complement your fall color favorites without becoming too matchy-matchy. Fall is striking and there is no better time to try out some bold and beautiful make-up techniques that will keep you hot as the weather cools down.

Jewel tones are the standard with fall wear, but the way to present them adjusts each year. This year, cameos by faux fur and animal prints make for a bundled up old luxury feel. Color blocking has come back, which makes for a great opportunity to pick those hues up in your make-up pallet. Fall is generally bold, so it's important that your make-up doesn't compete. Softer and more blended colors should be worn around the office, while smart pops of color can make a look bolder. It's not wise to completely buy up a trend, but securing some good deals on vivid accessories can give you the same current style without spending all your cash.

Colorful Smoke
The smoky eye is always in, but in fall you should forget a boring black and apply a pop of color. Pick up a secondary color in your outfit; maybe the piping of your bag or blazer, or an element of your print. Apply the color lightly, you should be hinting at the hue not dying your eyelid. Before going out, apply another coat of the same or a deeper shade for a more dramatic take on your delicate day look.
Kiss Me
Red lips are now. It can take a few steps to get the perfect red lips, but once your crimson kiss is set no one will be able to look away. The key to ruby lips is picking the perfect red. Very few women can wear the fire engine shade we all think of first, and you may have to enlist a make-up counter to find your pucker-perfect version. Using a red that is slightly orange, maroon or pink can be the difference between out of sight and out of place.

Bashful Babe
Depending on where you live, Fall doesn't always mean there is a chill in the air. But regardless, if it's still warm enough for you to sun bathe, the season calls for a slight rosy cheek. Don't go red here; pink, peachy and even slightly metallic hues keep you blushing but gentle. Apply on the apples of your cheeks and blend your cute little life away.

Lengthy Lashes
Leaves won't be the only thing fluttering around this season. Clothes with high collars, chunky scarves and generally layered necks frame a face dramatically. Either false eyelashes or an extra coat of mascara can help to really trap someone's gaze into yours.

Nearly Naked
 
Nude would have probably happened on its own, but Kate Middleton definitely didn't hurt bringing this light neutral into the spot light. Lip color doesn't have to be drastic and with office wear your lip color should certainly be an understudy to your eyes. Use a nude shade that's a few degrees warmer and richer than your skin tone. This delicate color can even be matched with your blush for an all around natural look. The duchess would be proud.

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Oh wow I can't wait to experiment with all of these makeup looks! So gorgeous! All pictures that I included in Ash's guest post are from Pinterest, so if you click on the link it will go to the source. Thanks Ash for another marvelous guest post! 

I'll be back soon Ocean Dreamers with a post on my Pumpkin Patch adventure with Selma! xo!

P.S. Thanks for your honest responses on my last post. I know it was an intense post so thanks for reading.