Blonde vs. Brunette – Independence Day Challenge

July 4th Celebrations are right around the corner!  Whether you’re going to watch fireworks with a special someone, partying with a group of friends, or cooking out with your family, the 4th of July is the perfect time to play around with fresh and fun outfit ideas.

LOOK #1 – USA All Day

This a comfy outfit that can be worn all day in the blistering sun and be comfy for the cool summer night.  Look at the maxi dress more like a skirt by wearing a cropped shirt over it.  Also try a chambray shirt as fall and cooler weather approaches.  Because this is an all day outfit, I paired a metal detail sandal that is both comfy and chic.

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Forever21 – $13.80

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Forever21 – $7.80

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Target – $22.99

LOOK #2 – ONE OF THE GOOD OLE’ BOYS

This is a casual cookout look.  Nothing beats a good pair of chuck taylor converse and the white are perfect for the summer (if you can keep them clean).  This tank may be in the men’s section but I like the fact that it would be a little bigger in the arm hole.  Grab a red zip up because a good cookout always goes long after the sun goes down.

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ASOS – $13.58

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Target – 19.99

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Modells – $44.99

LOOK #3 – BABY YOU’RE A FIREWORK

This suit is AWESOME.  The retro shape and contrasting lines will be the perfect silhouette for all body types.  And the belt hits at the smallest part of a women’s waist and will create an amazing shape.  This suit is so fierce throw on a floppy hat, sexy wedges, some big sunglasses and work it!

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ASOS – $47.52

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Target – $14.99

ALEX – THE BRUNETTE

LOOK #1 – BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE

The theme of this look is tough chick patriotism .  It’s a different take on the usual red-white-n-blue theme, but still shows your love for the good ‘ol USA.  I would wear something like this to a cookout with family and friends.

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Crossbody Bag, Camo Jeans, American Flag Horse Tank, Lace-Up Boot 

LOOK #2 – PEACE, LOVE & AMERICA 

Cue Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix music, now please.  This outfit is my modern take on Woodstock meets Fourth of July.  The flower crown doesn’t have to be for the bold and daring; the small flowers are simple and not overwhelming.  I love the look of a high waisted midi skirt and a tube top or bralette; very feminine and fun.  Finish the look off with a pair of comfortable wedges and you’ve got yourself a perfect outfit to wear for your honey while you enjoy the fireworks!

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Flower Crown, Midi Skirt, Bandeau Bra Top, Midi-Wedge

LOOK #3 – American Woman

This look is for all of us wild women out there who just like to have a damn good time and look cool while doing it.  The graphic tee is so freaking fantastic and perfect for this edgy, rock ‘n roll vibe.  Aviators will always be badass and the bright red ankle boots are killerrrrrr.  To keep it not-so-costumey I’d go with a pair of sweet embroidered shorts, to contrast the hardness of the rest of the outfit.  Rock on, America.

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Peace Bones Tee, Embroidered Shorts, AviatorsAnkle Boot

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Framed Poster Collage

My nephew’s first birthday was in April, so my sister went ALL OUT for his first birthday bash.  For the main decoration she created a simple and modern photo collage of all his first, super important events that took place during the past year: first happy bath, first photoshoot, first wedgie, etc.

She went to Walmart.com, photo section, and selected the poster option.  Then, followed the simple uploading instructions-you can select up to 30 photos!  

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 The poster allows for a caption to be displayed on the poster, as you see here “Miles’ Year of Firsts”.  

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Once she uploaded the photos (she had HUNDREDS to choose from) and got the poster printed at Walmart, she simply wrote a short caption next to each photo using a Sharpie pen.

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The end product was a hit!  She included both sentimental events and silly ones: first ride in the car, first photo with his Great Grammy, first wedgie, first photo with Santa (he was scared for his life). 

This project can be used for any special event; wedding, milestone birthday, graduation.  The frame was $12.99 at Walmart and the poster cost less than $13.  If you’re really trying to be frugal, get a poster board from a craft store and attach printed photos using a tape runner.

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Wine/Champagne: A Gift For Any Occasion

No matter what time of year, something big is going on with someone you know: bachelorette party, engagement, new house, plain old dinner party, etc.  And no one likes to show up empty handed.  And a simple bottle of wine or champagne is great for any occasion.  From previous posts, you can tell that I love a great theme.  So why not show up with a tricked out bottle?  Here a few ideas of how you can pimp out your wine or champagne bottle.

Holiday Party

I know we may be a ways away from Christmas or Thanksgiving; but, it will be here before you know it.  So, I simply cut the sleeve off a sweater that had a hole in it.  This left a tube like shape.  I then sewed straight across the line I had just cut.  And finished it off with a knot at the top.  You could change this to a different holiday by cutting the sleeve off a different shirt, maybe a sleeve from a button front shirt for Father’s day.

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Housewarming or dinner party

Can you have to many cute aprons?  Well, I guess you can but another really cute one won’t hurt.  So, I wrapped the bottle in an adorable damask apron and tied it off with ribbon.  After tying the bow, I then added the rubber spatula as an added gift.  This will be a hit at the party and everyone will wonder where you came up with such a great idea.  Don’t want to use an apron because it is too bulky?  Try a holiday hand towel or something that will match their kitchen/bathroom décor.

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Engagement

A lot of people I know are getting engaged and what could be better than for the newly engaged couple that to pop a bottle of champagne?  I found a bride shirt and wrapped that around the bottle and topped off with a inexpensive garter.  A better gift??  Add two fun champagne flutes.  Check out the second hand store they always have a variety for next to nothing.

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Bachelorette Party

This needed to be sexy.  So, why not some thigh highs for the bride to keep.  I carefully slide the bottle into one thigh high at a time and ruched it to get a nice dark black.  I then wrapped it with a silky black ribbon and finished it off with pearls.  This is something the bride can enjoy with her new husband!

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Fashionable Fitness – Part 1

This year I’ve been focused on being healthier and happier; better diet, more sleep, and exercising several times a week.  Sounds annoying right?  Eating better and getting more sleep comes easier for me than getting pumped up for an intense workout.  The one thing that does give me that extra motivation to workout is simple and undoubtedbly pretty pathetic; cute workout gear. 

It seems silly, but for those of us who love fashion, looking good and feeling good does not stop at the gym or inside your own home.  My current workout routine consists of popping in the Insanity DVDs 5-7 days a week.  This means I am in the comfort of my own personal space, free to wear whatever I want!

This week I went on an online hunt for fun and functional sports bras, sure to make you look and feel like a true fitness fashionista. 

1. The “FunkMaster Flex Those Biceps” Sports Bra

Tie Dye Sports Bra $19.98 - Macy's

Tie Dye Sports Bra $19.98 – Macy’s

I love a good modern and chic take of a tie dye print and this one nails it!   

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2. The “Not-So-Mellow Yellow” Sports Bra

Adidas Faster Bra $25.00 - Adidas

Adidas Faster Bra $25.00 – Adidas

This bra screams summertime!  I love the bright color and the strap on the back is unique and fun. 

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3. The “Pretty in Patterns” Sports Bra

Unit-Y 'Be Nimble' Sports Bra $20.00 - Nordstrom

Unit-Y ‘Be Nimble’ Sports Bra $20.00 – Nordstrom

This flirty bra is perfect for the girly girl who wants to get her sweat on.

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4. The “Jumping Jacks in Geometrics” Sports Bra

Hurley Pivot Sports Bra $29.99 - Pac Sun

This bra is a must-have!  The pattern is reminiscent of the 80’s with the geometric shapes and bold pattern.  I would even consider doubling it up as a crop top and pairing it with a high waisted maxi skirt.

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5. The “Strappy-Sexy” Sports Bra

Strappy Crossback Sports Bra $12.80 - FOREVER 21

Strappy Crossback Sports Bra $12.80 – FOREVER 21

What’s not to appreciate about this crossback sports bra?  The back details are unique but still functional.

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6. The “Ready to Destroy this Workout” Sports Bra   

Yoga Sports Bra Top $7.99 - Urban Outfitters

Yoga Sports Bra Top $7.99 – Urban Outfitters

This is definitely my personal favorite!  I am really into camo right now so you better believe I will be rocking this sports bra at any chance I can get!

 

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DIY Organization Bin

I have been meaning to get a basket or bin for my laundry room since I moved in.  I needed something to keep all small things together.  I’m recently bought the all-in-one tablets and have gotten quite a few free samples of other products and wanted to have them well contained within something.  So, when I finished off my laundry detergent today, I knew that I could use that.

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You will need:

  • plastic container with handle (milk, laundry detergent, etc.)
  • knife
  • scissors
  • permanent marker

Before starting, be sure to get any excess detergent out.  You will have another opportunity to thoroughly clean the inside later in the project if you forget.

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Use the permanent marker to mark off where you want to cut.  I marked mine off lower in the front (side opposite of the handle) because I am putting smaller things in the bin and want to be able to see everything.  If you plan on putting coloring books or magazine, you may not want to cut it as low.

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Use the knife to create a cut.  Make it about an inch or two long.  This is where you will start cutting with the scissors.

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Now use the scissors to cut the remainder.

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Here is mine in action.

This could also be used to keep under the sink organized or you could keep something to keep the kids occupied (i.e. crayons and a coloring book).

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The remaining part, it can be used as a funnel.

Blonde vs. Brunette Challenge – Ft. Shoedazzle.com

         I think Cinderella proved that one shoe can make a difference.  But, if you ask us, so can a bag and some great accessories.  But, not every one is great at picking the perfect piece to play up their wardrobe.  This is where the amazing site, ShoeDazzle comes in.  It is like a free stylist at your fingertips.  When you arrive at the site, they have a free style quiz.  This helps them get to know your fashion sense.  After the style quiz, you are directed to a custom “shoe closet,” or as they refer to, a showroom, for you to pick from.  Perk: FREE shipping on first order and always free return shipping.

So stop by ShoeDazzle and take their free quiz.  We have included the names of the shoes and accessories.  If they don’t appear in your showroom, you can do a simple search and locate any of the items and the prices.  After checking out your showroom, be sure to check into their VIP membership.  As a VIP, you get 10%-25% off everything on the site!

We both visited ShoeDazzle and completed the style quiz for today’s challenge.  We picked out a pair of shoes and matching accessory for all different summer occasions.  Everything we have shown today is under $50!!

Kristin – THE BLONDE

Work it Out –

Karisya

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These are amazing.  I love the trendy thick ankle strap with the buckle.  The chunky heel makes these perfect for a day at the office, wherever that may be.  And furthermore,  this amazing cross print is unique and funky, but, classic with the use of cream and black.

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Time it Right

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I may not necessarily wear this watch with those shoes, but, this watch is gorgeous and looks really expensive.  And I have been really into the tortoise color watches lately.

Chillin’ & Relaxin’ –

Chelan in Yellow

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These menswear inspired flats are even cooler with the tribal, geometric print.  The yellow is a great color for summer and fall and these would be great with a pair of comfy pair of coral shorts.

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   Ruston

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Backpack inspired purses/bags are awesome.  They are very versatile and would be great for a Brunch with the girls or sightseeing/vacation.

Miss Independent – (order soon to ensure you have it for the Fourth)

Betsy

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Ohh my goodness.  This is my inner Bettie Page trying to get out.  These retro inspired, star wedges are beyond.. I just want a pair to lay around the house and feel like a Vargas girl (sigh.. living in the wrong decade).

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Eagle Eye

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This eagle on this ring is screaming AMERICA!! This ring would be a fun piece to add to an outfit for any occasion but a MUST for the Fourth.

Going to the Chapel –

Andrea

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Prepare to get tons of compliments on these.  They have great lines and a good mix of metallic and neutral.  These could easily be paired with a number of dresses, shorts, or pants.  These would also be a great shoe for a bride or bridesmaid.)

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Braid the Way

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This bracelet is fun and a simple touch.  I am not a huge jewelry person; so, I look for pieces that are overly obnoxious and won’t get in the way or feel like I’m wearing jewelry (if that makes sense).  This braided chain bracelet is just that and it can easily be worked into different outfits for a variety of occasions.

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Selia

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I am obsessed with nude shoes.  They elongate your legs and they are just the prettiest color.  The height of the heel on these paired with the open toe make for a perfect combination in my book.  Simple and classic yet somehow sexy.

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Melton, Terang

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This wristlet is the right amount of rock-n-roll for me.  It would contrast perfectly with the nude pumps above.  Just the right amount of edge against the femininity of the heels.  And this wristlet could double as a pouch in your purse and help transcend your outfit from day to night.

Alex – THE BRUNETTE

Dressed to Thrill –

Sahara

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Though I’m not a fan of kitten heels, I would make an exception for this pair.  It’s a perfect combo of classy meets rock n roll.  I love the studs and the pointy toe.  I’d pair these with destroyed jeans and a tank for a casual look or rev up a work outfit and wear them with slacks.

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Chains of Time

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This feaux tortoiseshell watch is a great match for these wild heels.  The sophistication of the watch balances out the daring and edgy heel.

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Office Space – 

Zabel

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This pointed-toe pump can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up for a work outfit.  I love the snake skin print is done with subtley and not too over-the-top.  I especially love the strap across the top of the foot, very cute!

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Wisner

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The Wisner bag is gorgeous and goes well with the Zabel pumps.  The cream color that pops from the snak skin print will pop even more when paired with this shoulder bag.

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Opposites Attract – 

Haven

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This gladiator wedge sandal screams “summer date night”!  They are definitely a statement pair of sandals so I’d keep the rest of the outfit and accessories simple and chic so the focus can be on these beauties.

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Love Connection

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This bracelet is classic.  It would be a nice contrast to the gladiator sandal.  Finish this outfit with a solid maxi dress and you’re ready to go!

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Playtime – 

Kayla

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These peep-toe slingbacks are killer.  This is a great way to wear a white heel-might as well be bold about it!  I would pair these unique slingbacks with a maxi skirt or dress for a night out with my girls.

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Come and Sea 

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Because I am a lover of the sea, I was immediately drawn to this necklace.  I would definitely pair this with these slingbacks and a maxi skirt and simple white tank.  It gives the whole look a  beachy, airy vibe.

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Queen of Pop –

Sabina

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I thought the Kayla’s above were bold, but these pumps take that to another level.  The color is bold, the structure is sleek, and the stone accent is a great way to make these stand out even more.  Again, since these will be the focal point of your ensemble, be sure to make sure your toes are in tip top shape 🙂

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Braid the Way

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This chainlink bracelet would go perfectly with these bold pumps.  The gold in the bracelet would no doubt bring out the gold in the accent piece of the pump.

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Summer 2013 Bathing Suits – $50 and Under

I’m currently on the hunt for a couple inexpensive swimsuits for the summer.  I don’t like spending a lot of money on my suits because I tend to be over them the following year.  Swim suits can be tricky to shop for online; I recommend trying on in a store or knowing exactly which sizes you are if possible.  If you’re like me however, online shopping is your best friend, even when it comes to swimsuits.

Today’s post shows 5 very different styled bikinis–fit for various body types and figures.

The One-Piece Wonder

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Nylon Tricot Halter One-Piece $50 – Americanapparel.com
I NEED. I WANT. NOW. This halter one-piece would look gorgeous on any body type.  However, it may be most comfortable on those of us with smaller chests.  It comes in a variety of bright, unique colors.  Pair it with a maxi skirt and this bathing suit transforms into a sexy halter top.

The Classic Floral Print

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Tropical Flower Bikini Top and Bottoms $26.60 – Forever21.com

I love the shape of this triangle top.  It provides fill coverage with a small lift.  This classic flower print has so many colors that you could easily pair the top with a solid print bottom or vice versa.

The Flirty Bandeau

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Ruffle Bandeau Top and Tie Bottoms $36.50 – victoriassecret.com
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of ruffles-unless it’s on a bikini.  This cantaloupe color would be amazing against a darker complexion.  The ruffles give it a feminine vibe without being too girly.

The Mix and Match Bikini

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Lime Longline Bikini Top and Plait Bikini Pants $46.00 – topshop.com
This bikini top provides major coverage and has a vintage vibe that I love!  The bright color keeps it modern-especially if you pair it with the olive colored bottoms. This color combo is edgy but there were also other colors available on the website.

The Funky Fresh Bikini

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Petrol Patterned Bikini $9.90 – Hm.com
Tie dye?! And fringe?! For less than $10?! SOLD.

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