Take 3: Dotted and Spotted

July 25, 2012

I thought maybe my polka dot fever would subside, but frankly, it has bubbled over after seeing these J. Crew numbers. Can you believe the cuteness?
Hope this brightens your mid week!

Jewelry Storage and Accessory Organization Part 2

July 24, 2012

As I showed you in in the first accessory organization post, I store my big chunky necklaces in a dish, and scarves on a DIY hanger. The finer ones I hang on a Jewelry Tree Stand (you can find these at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10) to keep them from tangling. I love having other baubles in dishes, which makes for a fun display.
(More images after the jump!)

I am such a sucker for organization posts and tips so if you have any posts on this topic, let me know! Would love to see them:)
You can see additional photos to this Jewelry Storage post in my flickr stream.

Real Chat: Hear and Now

July 23, 2012

This past week was crazy to say the least. So much happened….all unrelated, but each impacted me strongly. So instead of my normal outfit post, I decided it was time for some Real Chat. This is just me, keeping my promise of keeping it real πŸ™‚

My children got back to back viruses this past week and a half. If you are a mother, you know that when that happens, you get weary physically and emotionally …very quickly. I don’t know how I would have made it through without Gabe being home so we were able to tag team it. (Hats of to you single mothers!) My little one still is recovering from one as we speak. As I watched her struggle to breathe last night, the tears flowed. It was a realization that my heart is completely intertwined with my children’s.  When they suffer… I suffer. Despite how difficult the long nights have been, I came out of it with gratitude believe it or not. Gratitude that they are in my life. That I can even know a love so deep that I would die for them. I would take their sickness in a heartbeat so they wouldn’t have to suffer. It reminded me that its just a taste of God’s love for me. I now understand more clearly how He must hurt when we hurt….

which brings me to the next impacting moment of the week – the Aurora shooting. I heard about it on the radio driving back from Alabama. I know these kinds of tragedies have happened before but for some reason this one keeps weighing on my mind. Something so common…going to see a movie, and suddenly your life is over. What if I had been in that theatre on a normal date with my husband? How would have I reacted? Thinking these questions through, I really have come to be more convicted that our NOW is more important than our past or future. Our actions today and now is all we have. We have only today, so love more, love greater, even in the small things. It brought that quote to mind: “What we do in this life, echoes in eternity.” Sometimes, its tragedies like these that allow me re-focus my life. Answering all the unread emails may not be as important as being present to my husband after a long day at work…. Or getting that amazing dress I have been dreaming about is no longer as important, if I can use that money to donate to the crisis pregnancy center. So many ways to make the most of the here and now. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. How has this event affected you? 

Last impacting moment – I traveled to Alabama with my good friend Rose, the founder of Radiant Magazine. We got to make a tv appearance as Publisher and Designer team, and share the purpose of Radiant, and why we are so passionate about it. Doing the show was a surreal experience. It was a moment that Rose and I were getting to share something near and dear to us. I realized I was given the gift to do something I love for God’s glory. I couldn’t ask for more. Now more than ever, young girls have a dying need to feel loved, know their purpose, and know that they are important in this life. After the show, we have had an overwhelming response to the magazine, and the subscriptions have skyrocketed! You can watch the tv show here if you like (Be forewarned -there is Catholic content;)) and actually see how I talk in real life…in my serious mode.

(live on set)

All these unrelated events have left deep and lasting impressions on me. Sometimes the extraordinary and ordinary can be equally life changing. It just challenges me to keep my head looking up, so I don’t miss the moments that could be opportunites to make something more out of my life.

Applaud if you made it to the end of this post! Have you had any moments like this recently? Please share! 

P.S. Its the last day to enter the Jack and White Giveaway!!

Happy weekend + Links!

July 20, 2012

(Geronimo Studio via I Art U)
Anyone else want to live in this studio? Geronimo Balloon Company’s amazing space shot by the talented Jennifer of I ART U.
It was an exciting week that completely flew by. Will share more details soon.
How was your week? Looking forward to catching up with some of your blogs!

Couldn’t enter the weekend without sharing some fun links for you:

Jess LC has a new lookbook curated by bloggers you love!

Dying to try these stuffed caprese bites.

This brand wins in my book for successful package design.

A few favorite DIY’s of the week: Painted leather keychains, outdoor candle stakes, and Hannah’s version of the linen clutch.

Excited that Allegra re-opened her etsy shop!

Cupcake tops in your ice cream? Take me there.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Hairspray: Believe in the Bun

July 18, 2012

{Source 1 / 2 (original source anyone?) / 3 / 4 / 5}
As you know, I am a huge fan of the messy bun, and after this collection, I am on to the top knot art form;) Its the easiest way to do and be done, add some class or sass, and be creative. Hope you all enjoy the round up!

Giveaway: Jack and White – Undercover + Free Downloads!

July 17, 2012

I don’t know about you all, but I have a soundtrack playing to my life at all times… I have playlists on itunes that gets me through my week. One to rock out design projects to, one that motivates me to go running, one to cook dinner to, and of course one that my kids and I have dance parties too. I can tell you that Jack and White fits perfectly into these mixes. I have been a fan of Brooke since American Idol, so when I heard about her duo band, I immediately downloaded the albums.

(Enjoy the vid – preview of your free download!)

So thrilled that Jack and White is offering TWO readers their latest CD – Undercover. (The even do a cover for Third Eye Blind’s Hows It Going to Be – LOVE!) Enter easily via Rafflecopter below!!

And even better… they are offering IHOD readers TWO FREE DOWNLOADS of my personal faves from their WINTER album! Head over to the sidebar here on the blog, enter your email, and the download link will be sent to you:) So thankful to these guys for being so fun to work with! Hope you all enjoy!

True Beauty Files: Day to Evening Summer Edition

July 16, 2012

Day to Night - SummerYellow Pops

Summer - Day to Night

{Top: H&M, Jeans: ON, Necklace: Ebay (similar), Bracelet: H&M, Watch: Aldo, Shoes: Dress Up Boutique (similar here or here), Tote: Mimi Boutique}
This look is another easy day to evening outfit I wore to dinner on the hill in St. Louis. Wear the top with jeans and flats during the day, add heels and fun statement necklace to dress it up for evening:)
Note the veil of frizz on my hair due to the humidity. Delightful. 

Last day to enter Abbey’s giveaway for her favorite things package πŸ™‚
Have a great start to your week friends! 

P.S. I almost always answer your comment questions directly via email, but in the past few weeks with traveling I have been unable. Please don’t be discouraged from doing so. Always love hearing from you!

The True Beauty Files
A lookbook for the modern modeste.
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” 
~ Audrey Hepburn
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