Category Archives: accessories

Fashion At Fourteen (And Twelve…And Eleven): {Fashion Friday}

In honor of our gradually cooling temperatures, I wanted to offer a fresh feature for relevant, trendy, age-appropriate fashion options for adolescents!  

Here are some outfits that my girls put together themselves 🙂
The key to keeping it funky is in the details: layered accessories, plaids paired with florals and dynamic color punches.
(…actually, this is true at any age 🙂

Emilie has a very retro/indie hipster vibe, so the sheer floral combines with the leather moccasins seamlessly!
The freedom to express personality in fashion is key to keeping teenagers aligned with the expectations of parents.

Larken is a no-nonsense kind of girl, so built-in textures and simple color schemes make more sense for her.
The lace skirt and heart-y tights communicate, “yes, I’m a girl” while the rugged boots simultaneously say, “but I’ll still beat you to the swings!”

Ms. Alayna Kate is the most organized, professional 11-year-old you’ll ever meet, so her style tends to be more matchy-matchy than her kitschy sisters.
She likes to coordinate in a more controlled and predictable way, so her colors are consistent and her accessories are kept minimal.

This is my fashion inspiration for you (and your daughters) this week!  

  Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness!


Day 14: Accessorizing {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Fourteen: Accessorizing Your Looks
Skill To Learn: How and When To Utilize Scarves, Ribbons, Clips, Headbands, Etc…
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes (depending on core style)
What You Need: Fun Assortment of Colored and Textured Accessories

It’s Day Fourteen of 30 Days, 30 Ways and that means that you [hopefully] haven’t repeated a hairstyle in two weeks!  Are you as excited about that as I am?!?  Hopefully, in the last fourteen days you have begun to master the skills I’ve been teaching and have found the freedom to break out of the blowdry-flat iron rut and express yourself in fresh new ways!  I know, too, that you have discovered how much of your morning time you can recapture since wet styling truly is so much quicker than heat styling.  Plus, your hair thanks you for giving it a respite from the damage caused by all of those heated styling tools.     Read the rest of this entry

Seven WaysTo Wear Skirts In The Winter {Fashion Friday}

Despite the plunging temperatures outside, I prefer to wear skirts and tights during the winter.  (There is no reason that we must pack away our feminine and flirty summer wardrobe in lieu of a bulky and boring pants repertoire!)  With some funky tights, warm boots and strategic layering, you can transition more of those skirts than you think!  Here is how I put it all together. 


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Fashion at Fourteen: A Study In Pink {Fashion Friday}

There are so many completely inappropriate fashion trends right now for adolescent girls. 

They grew up watching Hannah Montana turn into Miley Cyrus, and as mothers, we have to work especially hard to make sure our daughters have age-appropriate alternatives in their wardrobe that allow them to be expressive and trendy, but not suggestive or immodest. Read the rest of this entry

Seven Things You Should Find Time To Do {For Yourself}

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy

You change diapers, build science projects, fold forever laundry (the kind we have at our house where both the washer and the dryer have perpetual occupancy), memorize and maintain the schedules of everyone in your family and yet still have a color-balanced, budget-conscious dinner on the table every night.  Right? 

And if you’re anything like me, you feel a little run down sometimes. 

A little more like this…                                             instead of this…

Well, I have discovered seven things that are worth my time and money. 
Seven things that make me feel beautiful and strong and empowered 
And if Mama’s happy, then everyone is happy.  Read the rest of this entry

My Version of the Kitschy Hair Clips

This week I set out to make some of those kitschy hair clips and headbands with the ribbon-rolled rosettes.  Here is what I started with:  Read the rest of this entry

Repurposing Tealights for Everyday Organization

I spotted this tealight candle holder on a TJMaxx clearance shelf and knew that it was coming home with me.  Uh… rainbow colors AND organization?!  Yes, please.  Here is how I’m using it: Read the rest of this entry

Organizing Your Winter Wear

With a family of six, our collection of scarves, mittens and hats had simply become a big basket of mess!  So this year as the temperatures began to drop, I came up with a practical (and texturally decorative!) solution.   Near our side entrance, I mounted a curtain rod that the scarves can be easily tossed over and then individually hung the hats overhead.  It allows everyone to see and access all of the winter wear they forgot they had!  I left the mittens in a small basket, but it would be fitting to hang a second rod and clip the mittens across with clothespins.  Just a thought!

Newsprint Nails

This fun variation on nail art is surprisingly easy to do, and the supplies are likely right at your fingertips (haha… aren’t I witty?) 

What you need:

a base nail polish (lighter is better)

a clear top coat

rubbing alcohol, poured into a small container (shot glass seems fitting)

scrap newspaper

Paint your nails with your standard base coat and then two coats of your color polish.  Then dip your finger in the alcohol long enough to evenly soak it (5 seconds should do it…) and lay the newspaper across it.  (If I were you I would make sure the article you’re imprinting on your nails isn’t about last weekend’s homocide, but that’s just me.)  Smooth the paper down and then lift back off.  When all nails are done, finish up with a shiny clear topcoat

Coolness factor:  pretty nifty!

First color: OPI Heart Throb; Second color: OPI My Chihuahua Bites

Repurposing My Wedding Fabric

These kitschy flowerets were easy to make and these specifically are special to me since I made them with the silk shantung left over from the hem trim of my wedding dress.  When I wear them, even just with jeans and a sweater, it puts an especially graceful spring in my step!