Feb 27, 2014

Spring into Fashion with Leggings

For as long as I can remember I've always loved wearing leggings. The reason why is because not only do they happen to go with everything, they're super comfortable, flattering, and you can wear them during any season. My mom always thinks they'd be too warm to wear, but if you get cotton leggings they're breathable and actually keep you pretty cool. 

There are many other reasons I love leggings that I'm about to delve into, and it just so happens that rue21 has a wide variety of leggings that I adore. Let's take a look at the leggings they have available that I want stat and I'll explain even more reasons why I adore leggings. I happen to think that they're the perfect item of clothing to wear throughout spring:

Fun Patterns

Fun patterns make an outfit really pop, which is why I love trendy leggings like these stencil striped leggings pictured below. I would love to wear these leggings with a basic grey or pink dress and a pair of wedges. This outfit would also look lovely for spring because of the fun colors and they would really stand out. What's more, they're definitely colors that I would love to wear during the spring time and beyond. Printed leggings that come with beautiful prints and patterns are always fun to add to any outfit. 

Rue21.com also has a variety of other leggings, from tribal leggings to baroque leggings. They're great if you need some extra pizazz added to your outfit or just happen to prefer a lot of fun patterns. 

Don't Sacrifice Comfort for Fashion

Going back to comfort, comfortable fashion has always been a big deal to me. If something isn't comfortable I have a hard time wearing it. I'm not one of those girls who will sacrifice comfort for fashion, which means I hardly ever wear really high heels, tight pants that show every inch of my body, or a really low top just because it's "fashionable". I'd much rather be comfortable and feel okay with what I am wearing, which is why leggings are perfect. They don't "show too much skin" and they're also still really trendy and comfy, especially if they're made of cotton or spandex. Some can be really tight, but that's why it's perfect to wear a lose shirt up top or a dress, that way you're more covered up top but your leggings will still stand out.

Anyway, not to go off on a tangent about sacrificing comfort for fashion, but I am a firm believe that any fashionista can indeed find fashionable clothing that she can be comfortable in. It's just so much easier to feel comfortable in your own skin while wearing comfy clothing that lasts!  


Feb 21, 2014

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Family Photographs

Everyone needs a  beautiful and special family portrait that incorporates your past, your present and your future...

The wedding day is always extremely important for a couple. Basically every bride and groom chooses to have a really good photographer to capture their special moments. If you look at the San Francisco City Hall wedding photos, you will see so many white dresses, black groom suits and happy families. There are weddings happening all across the country and the world, everyone is celebrating the magical event. From Alaska to California, every day someone says yes and some photographer captures that “I will be with you forever” look.

Family photographs are absolutely necessary when it comes to celebrating the wedding. It is that special and at the same time it is also a regular photograph that is going to hang on your wall and make you feel like your family is always next to you.

Life is just too short and when there are such powerful events like the wedding happening, we need to have our family and friends surrounding us. It's nice creating memories during a wedding and special occasion and capturing these moments on camera. Just imagine your very cute grandmother with a pink hat, standing right next to you and your man! Isn’t that a photograph you really need and want?!

Family is everything and when you are getting married you are not only forming a new one you are also extending what your grandmother and grandfather started. If you have the possibility to bring all your cousins, uncles, aunts and parents in one photograph, you should definitely do it, because this is what life is about and also this is what a wedding is supposed to look like in photographs.

The wedding pictures, which can show how the family supports the decision of the couple to form a new family, are simply beautiful. One dad’s smile and one mother’s tear of joy, at their daughter’s wedding are the perfect ingredients in creating that special family photograph.

Bring your relatives closer to you in front of the camera, be happy and smile because you are so lucky to have a family that loves and helps you when you are getting married. Wedding family photographs are special, important and simply beautiful because they have the power to incorporate your past, your present and your future.

Why I Crave Yoga & Working Out

Ever since I tried Yoga several years back I haven't stopped loving it. There was something about it that captivated me and I loved that I could just go to a studio, challenge my body in ways I never had before, and relax during a challenging yet invigorating class. Not to mention I've always loved finding Yoga pants and other athletic clothing that makes me feel beautiful and comfortable while I'm at a Yoga or cardio class. 

Yoga and cardio classes have become a refuge to me when life gets busy, and that's why I'd really like for it to be a bigger part of my life again, which means me being more consistent. Since my life has been so crazy busy with me moving, spending time with my family and new puppy Candy, I need to find a way to incorporate it again as well as working out regularly. Unfortunately my time to workout has disappeared, and that needs to change. Here's what I have in mind to change that:

Wearing Sassy Activewear

Since I've always looked to fashionable activewear to motivate me to head to workout classes and Yoga, I got excited when I recently came across the site Sweaty Betty. They have excellent Yoga wear that I can't wait to wear. In particular I am loving their Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. These leggings come in an attractive offshore print. What's more they are made with flattering flatlocked seams and a deep elasticated waistband, which I think will be helpful for hiding those problem areas. ;) I can't wait to get a pair of these Yoga pants and other active wear because they will be ideal as an added style statement during my Yoga practice.

Ask Friends to Keep Me Accountable

I think for me I need some sort of accountability, which will help me stay on track. It's easy for me to stray and use life as an excuse not to workout, but the truth is I love staying active and going to Yoga, and it's up to me to make it happen. I think that friends can help me stay accountable by giving me a gentle reminder that I need to make time to workout because it's something that improves my life in a positive way. I already have a few friends in mind that I'm going to ask to help keep me accountable.

Make a Schedule

Last week I told my brother I had a workout schedule (my brother is a trainer), but I have yet to follow through with it. Starting next week (or sooner!) I am going to follow through with this schedule. My schedule so far includes going to two cardio classes a week and hopefully one Yoga class a week as well. The other two days a week I will be doing my Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD and taking Candy for a half an hour walk. This means I will be working out four days a week and also working on my diet! I certainly have my work cut out for me lol. I'm just happy that I'll have friends, a schedule, and attractive workout apparel to keep me motivated. This plan of action will help me follow through with my goals and remember just how much I love Yoga, and my other workout classes. 


Feb 19, 2014

Curb Appeal: Three Ideas for Outdoor Storage

It can be difficult enough to plan out storage solutions for in the house and garage. When it comes to the outdoors, many people don’t know what great solutions are available to them to keep their homes, yards, docks, and other outdoor spaces organized. When you add up all the minutes of the week you spend looking for something you need, it becomes clear that it’s well worth it to invest in some organizational and storage solutions to save those minutes in the long run, and eliminate the frustration of not being able to find what you need. Here are a few great solutions for outdoor storage.

If you have some yard space, having an outdoor shed is a fantastic solution to keep organized. You can store tools, gardening tools, hoses, shovels, rakes, and anything else you might need to keep the space tidy without wasting precious garage space. Keep the yard stuff in the yard. Storage sheds often offer the space you need to organize everything well. Invest in some brackets to hang things along the walls, and use the shed for seasonal storage for tomato cages, flower pots, or even holiday decorations that only come out once a year.

Deck Boxes
Deck boxes are a great solution for tools and utilities you use on a deck, or even for boat supplies on a dock. You’ll want to invest in container door locks to keep your belongings safe, especially if your dock or deck sit far away from your home, and you live in a high traffic or vacation area. Fishing poles, beach towels, lawn chairs, grilling equipment, and even tools to start up that boat motor at the beginning of the year, are all great items to keep stored in a deck box.
Garage Cabinet Systems
If you don’t live in an area where you can easily set up outdoor storage solutions, many companies make incredible garage cabinet systems that keep everything you need tidy and easy to locate. Choose from wall hanging mounts, cupboards, peg board, garden tool storage, and many other features in your garage cabinet system. Depending on the weather where you live, it may even be possible to install a garage storage system along the side of your house or in your backyard if the garage doesn’t offer enough space. It will make your life easier.

About the Author: Jasmine is a writer who loves to stay organized and she knows that with convenient outdoor storage this is possible.

Feb 3, 2014

An Eastern Mediterranean Voyage - Welcome to the Greek Islands

If your idea of the perfect vacation involves spending time relaxing on sun kissed golden beaches and dreaming as you gaze out over sparkling oceans, there are some wonderful destinations for you right here in this country. You could even spend several blissful vacations just discovering all the different beaches of California—each with its own distinct flavor and personality! However, if your feet are itching to travel further afield and you long to discover the historic sites, exotic dishes and distinctive atmosphere of far-flung shores, you may already be considering the possibility of taking in the sights on a cruise vacation. If cruising appeals to you, your choices are many and varied. Who could resist the glamor of dazzling white Hawaiian beaches, the swaying palm trees that await you on a Caribbean vacation or the lush rainforests to be seen on a journey around the Panama Canal? However, for beach lovers who also long to make a connection with the ancient past, the islands around Greece hold a very special allure. Not only are there beautiful and unspoiled destinations to visit and delicious local wines and dishes to tempt your taste buds, but these are also places that are steeped in the fascinating and mysterious history of the ancient world.

When to Visit the Greek Islands

A lot of people choose to take their Mediterranean cruises during the summer months, in particular the months of July and August. If they are parents, they may need to consider school vacation times and plan their trips accordingly. However, if your schedule is more flexible, perhaps the ideal times to visit the eastern Mediterranean region is during the spring or fall months. During those periods, you can still expect warm and sunny weather during your vacation, although perhaps not the blazing heat to be encountered at the height of summer. As you are traveling outside of the most popular season for vacations, you are likely to find that the places you visit are a little less crowded. You may even find that some special offers are available that could save you money on the cost of a cruise vacation. Another reason for taking your vacation just before or just after the busy season of the summer months is that many Europeans also take their own vacations during that time, so you may even be disappointed to find some of the restaurants, bars and other attractions are closed while their owners are away.

No Two Islands Are the Same…

One of the advantages of a cruise is that calling at various locations during your trip allows you to visit many fantastic ports, which means that if you yearn to spend your vacation exploring the Greek islands, you will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of such islands as Corfu, Santorini, Patmos, Samos and Mykonos. While all the islands have wonderful beaches and tourist resorts and may, at first glance appear quite similar to one another, each has its own distinct character—much as the beaches of California do! It is worth reading a guide book before your vacation in order to fully appreciate the unique appeal of each island. The Corfu Trail which allows you to walk from one end of the island to the other while taking in the beauty of its olive groves and other plant life make it an ideal spot for hikers. In Santorini, don’t forget your camera as there is a wealth of opportunities to do some sightseeing and to explore the island’s picturesque villages. As well as its exquisite beaches, Patmos is also home to a famous monastery. Samos is perhaps the richest in historic sites, while Mykonos enjoys a reputation as a party island, offering its visitors a vibrant and exciting nightlife.

Other Locations to Visit in the Eastern Mediterranean

If you take a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, it is more than likely that you will also have the chance to stop off at other ports, such as Piraeus in Athens, Greece, Istanbul in Turkey and Venice in Italy. All of these destinations give you an opportunity to explore the wide variety of sights, foods and wines particular to that region and to enjoy the faster pace of Mediterranean city life as well as the tranquility of its beaches.

Feb 2, 2014

Black Diamonds = Elegant Head Turners

When you think of certain kinds of jewelry, it is the typical and the usual that comes to mind. For instance, when you say "ring" you think of engagement ring and that most commonly means a diamond. A simple, white diamond, often with other diamonds surrounding it or encircling the band is the most common symbol of eternal love.

But, there are other options for everything from engagement rings to cocktail rings and pendants, with colored stones like the Front Jewelers gemstone engagement ring (which made a huge leap into the hearts of many jewelry collectors recently). And, among those colored stones is the dramatic, and highly unexpected, black diamond.

Why We Love the Diamond

Diamonds have been mined and used for a variety of uses for more than three thousand years. The word itself comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means unconquerable. The diamond is said to be one of the hardest materials in the world. The black diamond is actually an enhanced diamond and if you look very closely, you will see that most, if not all, are actually a very deep green color rather than a true black. There are some naturally occurring black diamonds but those are very rare, indeed.

Black Diamond Pieces and What To Wear Them With


There are more than a few, very famous black diamond pieces. Most use the black diamond as an accent to the more common white diamond; however, in some of the pieces, the black stone is the central focal point. Actress, dancer and model Carmen Electra was once spotted with an exquisite black diamond ring, created from a black diamond that was more than ten carats in size. That stone was surrounded by smaller, white diamonds on an 18 carat, white gold band. Dramatic and showy, the ring was often the only jewelry that Electra wore on that hand because she wanted it to be the star. A sliver thin, black diamond bracelet might be a nice piece to wear with it on a very special occasion.

Another, very famous black diamond became part of the plot line of the movie, Sex and the City 2. When Carrie Bradshaw was given her engagement ring, it was a stunning, five carat black diamond. But rings are not the only option for black diamonds. A gorgeous pendant was created in the design of a single die. The large piece, meant to be worn by a man, features white diamonds with all of the numbers represented by black diamonds. It would be a perfect piece for all of the high rollers in your life.

Choosing a Black Diamond Piece


There are some people who might be intimidated by a black diamond, thinking that they are just too dramatic or even too Gothic in nature. But, there are many pieces that are simple and elegant, without being too much. If you don't want a ring, a pretty necklace, bracelet or even a small pin can be a perfect way to ease into wearing colored stones.

The Collectionary

I don't really care what time of year it is, I always have loved the Nightmare Before Christmas! So when Josh from the Collectionary asked if he could guest post about their collection of  the Nightmare Before Christmas products, how could I say no?! Enjoy!


What inspired The Collectionary into existence?

The Collectionary was built because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect.   There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items.  Whether it's the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.   

What made you coin it The Collectionary? 

Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary.  A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand. 

Why is your site devoted solely to Nightmare Before Christmas memorabilia?

No, the Nightmare Before Christmas Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join.  We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add new and cool items to the site.  In fact, we would love to have more Nightmare Before Christmas moderators willing to help out :). 

What's the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site?

We hope visitors to our site will enjoy browsing all the amazing collectibles ever created.  Looking at many of the nostalgic items on the site we hope it brings back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life.  We also want people to learn about Collectibles and find out where those items are for sale as we point to the different places on the internet the items are for sale. 

Anything unusual worth noting about your site? Nightmare Before Christmas? 

Our site would love to have more moderators helping us out.  I'm sure you will find many unusual and never before seen Nightmare Before Christmas items here. 

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