- Month: January 2014 -

Cheap Date Ideas

Gorgeous photograph from Lauren Larsen Photography I love a fun traditional dinner and movie date as much as the next girl, but sometimes I want to shake things up a bit. These ten cheap, unique date ideas will mix things up and add a fun new element to your relationship! I came up with things that are way out of my normal comfort zone that would be fun to experience with a significant other. Watch a Movie "On Location" Bring a laptop or a portable DVD player to a themed location depending on the movie selection. For example, if you chose a scary movie, it would be spooky to spread out a blanket and watch it on a wooded trail or in an old building (if available). If you chose a romantic comedy a…

Maximize the Space In a Small Apartment

Today we have Naomi Shaw with us on Progression by Design. Naomi  is a stay at home mom in Southern California. She enjoys blogging about DIY crafts and mommy tips, etc. She's here today to tell you all about maximizing the space that you have in your apartment and turning it into a functional space that you can enjoy living in! Living in a small apartment can be both a blessing and a curse. Your apartment can be a cozy sanctuary that requires very little dusting, or it can feel like a cramped and misused storage closet. How can you maximize a small space to your advantage, so that instead of living in a cluttered mess, you can take pride in your beautiful abode? Here are four essential tips and tricks for maximizing all…

Five Apps That I Can’t Live Without

I love learning about all of the different app options out there! With new ones created almost daily, there really is an app for every need in your life! However with that being said, I try to keep my phone uncluttered. I stick to the basic necessities that I use on a daily basis. { POSHMARK }  Poshmark is a free shopping app that allows you to list and sell your gently used clothing items just sitting around in your closet. You can  browse and purchase   from other people's closets and share listings that you love with your friends! I love to just lay  in bed and browse all of the wonderful finds on this app. I have added so many great brands to my closet from  Poshmark such as Kate Spade, Tory…

Pin Me

With an addiction to Pinterest like mine, you know my pin boards are gonna good... Check out my Pinterest Page and make sure to follow me before you browse around! I like to think that I'm a pretty well rounded type of girl, and you can be certain my boards reflect that. With boards dedicated to healthy eating, gift wrapping, makeup tips, home decor and interior design, and of course fashion, there's something for everyone! Be sure to comment on a few so I can go check out your Pinterest and follow you!

Pantone Color of the Year 2014- Radiant Orchid

Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid is 2014's color of the year mid December. When I first heard the news, I wasn't sure how I felt about this color. I'm not a big pink/purple kind of girl, and when I am, I like darker shades of them. So needless to say, it took me a minute to process my feelings. Now that I have seen so many of the amazing things that are out there in Radiant Orchid, I must say that I like the color. It's bold and unique, but soft and inviting. According to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Logically, this…

I See the Vest in You

|Oxford, J Crew Factory (similar) | Vest, J Crew | Boots, Sperry Topsider (similar) | Purse, Vieta| I kept it simple and comfy today. I love these Sperry Topsider rain boots. They're surprisingly warm and comfy, and one of my favorite go to boot pairs!

Style Bite: Collars Are Accessories Too

I've been loving all of the attention that collars have been getting recently! Jeweled statement collars are in along with statement earrings, necklaces, sweaters... Basically anything that packs a chic "statement" punch. Abby over at Belle of the Ball, added a fun spin to the trendy statement collar. She attached stud earrings to the tips of her collar for a fun, additional outfit detail. This is an inexpensive, toned down approach to the bold jeweled collar trend that someone  could easily incorporate into their own wardrobe! Be sure and check out Abby's blog and Instagram for more fashion ideas and inspiration! What other fashion ideas and trends have you been loving lately?  

Introducing Alexandra and Marie

My close friend Alexandra and I finally decided to stop all of the talk and speculation and put our ideas into action! We created a youtube channel, Alexandra Marie, to share our love of fashion and design with the world. I thought that these videos would be a fun accompaniment to my existing blog posts! Here is our first video! At first we were planning on fully editing it, but then after we watched it we had the idea of basically leaving it unedited. We thought that this would really express our true nature and personality to our first time viewers, and give an accurate insight into our friendship. Be sure to thumbs up our video, and of course comment and subscribe! MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO IN HD!!  

Neutral and Feminine

Fashion and interior design have always had quite a happy marriage. Always learning and inspiring from one another, these cultural components just might make the perfect couple! Both components reflect the personality and style of the inhabitant/model and paint an accurate picture of who they are. Runway and couture fashion largely impact mass market fashion and home decor trends and styles. Is chartreuse walking the runway this season? You better believe you're going to see interior design magazines and spreads featuring chartreuse! This intricate and largely symbiotic relationship fascinates me.  I want to study this relationship and select an interior and style an outfit around it. Whom will inspire whom? What ideas and inspiration will be created? |Interior,  Style at Home | Purse, Zara | Shoes, Kate Spade | Earrings, Kate Spade | Lipstick, Revlon…

Let’s Do This- New Years Resolutions 2014

"The time has for change has come. A new dawn is rising. Shit's getting real this year. I really will do it this time. I'm going to make this my best year yet." We often tell ourselves these things at the beginning of a new year. But can you really blame us? The new year is like a blank slate. It gives us a reprieve from the failures and unfinished goals that have plagued us over the last 12 months. The new year is like someone handing you a blank journal and a pen; the words aren't on the page yet. They remain a possibility- ready to be written. Contrary to previous years, I'm treating 2014 as an epic year. It will be a year of immense personal growth and accomplishment for me. I…