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I am participating in this giveaway on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas.

Little House on the Prairie Giveaway

I grew up with Lit­tle House on the Prairie®.  We’d watch the show as a family – Laura Ingalls brings back memories.  My dad would even kid with us around the holidays when we were making our wish lists for Santa…I’d have a super long list of toys and he’d look at it and say, “Laura was happier than anything when she received her one wooden doll on Christmas morning”.

To cel­e­brate the launch of the offi­cial Lit­tle House on the Prairie® web­site, I have joined some of my fellow Bloggin’ Mamas to offer the Ulti­mate Prize Pack­age Giveaway (ARV $164).

The winner will receive Sea­son 1 Deluxe Remas­tered 6-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 2 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 3 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 4 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Pio­neer Girl Book and Tote Bag $39.95 Retail Value, “Lit­tle House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder $19.95 Retail Value

You can also enter a 2nd giveaway on the Little House on the Prairie website for a chance to win a second prize package.

This giveaway is running Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:01am PST through Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST It is open to US Residents age 18 and older. Enter via the rafflecopter form below.

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Dis­clo­sure: This giveaway is coordinated by Bloggin’ Mamas and is sponsored by Little House on the Prairie. I was not compensated for sharing this post.
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DailyLook Elite Reveal #2

“Babe, there’s ANOTHER box at the door for you.”

That was how my second DailyLook Elite box was greeted by my husband.  There was a time when I would get a few boxes a day delivered to my front door.  My dad and husband would joke that when we were building our home, we should have had them build a loading dock as well for all of the packages I receive.

It’s not that bad now (mind you, I didn’t think it was bad…it was exciting and fun and I loved it!).  It’s not that bad now because I am not working in Corporate America right now.  I am on my own, working from home, so I don’t need the variety of outfits that one would have for an office environment (although I still am in love with pencil skirts, sheath dresses and kitten heels).  BUT now I need a different wardrobe.  A more casual, relaxed set of clothes, and jewelry, and shoes.  KIDDING.

Back to my DailyLook Elite box…

Jack by BB Dakota Top

Jack by BB Dakota Cubbon Top: Although this blouse fit well, I have way too many similar tunic-like tops.

House of Harlow Leather and Crystal Bracelet

House of Harlow 1960 Leather and Pave Bangle: I am a big fan of House of Harlow and loved the combination of leather and pave crystals on this bangle.  The color is also a great pick for Springtime!

High Rise Skinny Jeans

Just Black High-Waisted Jeans: If you remember from my last DailyLook Elite box, I received the same exact pair of jeans BUT they were a tad too small.  The stylist remembered and sent me the next size up, which made for a perfect fit (and showed me that she was really paying attention to my notes).

Cultivated Collar Shirt

Cultivate Collar Top: A great fitting, navy silky sleeveless top, this looked great with my Rocksbox long necklace.  It was super comfy and a great price too!

Tyler Durden Winged Vegan Leather Tote

Melie Bianco Tyler Durden Winged Vegan Leather Tote: The shape of this tote was totally in-line with current trends and it wasn’t too big or too small.  The only downfall?  I have too many black bags that size (did I really admit to that?!)

Open Back Grid Top

Open Back Grid Top: I liked the print and the concept of an open-back BUT when I tried it on it reminded me way to much of a hospital gown.  It may have been because it was longer in the back, or that it really had little shape to it.

Overall, this was a great haul!  If you are interested in trying out DailyLook Elite, click HERE to get started!


It’s just a gorgeous material.  There is something about suede that makes me melt a bit.  It could be that it’s super soft.  Or that it looks and IS super comfortable, and soft.  I think you get the idea.  Suede is on trend now in a big way.  I searched high and low for some of my favorite suede pieces.  Tell me what you think.

Fashion Trend Suede

SHOES: It was VERY hard for me to narrow down my top picks. I have a mix of brands and styles. Flats and heels. All are under $150.

BAGS: I’ve noticed that a lot of the suede bags this season have fringe, another popular trend this season! I also tried to find a variety of shapes and styles – even the new round bag trend in the suede trend!

TOPS: Suede can be a bit “heavy” when it comes to tops. Check out my picks below…some are faux suede which are a bit lighter in weight.

 

BOTTOMS: A mix of skirts and pants here…I can see myself sporting a cute suede skirt.

 

So now you may be thinking of adding suede to your wardrobe and you’re wondering how to care for it.  Below is some basic care:

Before you wear the bag/shoes/skirt for the first time, I would recommend spraying it with a waterproofing spray.  I recommend spraying a bit in an inconspicuous area, just to make sure it doesn’t change the color (just in case…it shouldn’t).  If you get a stain, use a suede eraser.  If you get the article wet, it should be OK, but there is a chance the water will leave a watermark (eeek).

So which pieces are you eyeing?

 

 

 

 

 


March Stitch Fix Reveal

I did not originally have a Stitch Fix scheduled for March, but I noticed on one of the Facebook groups dedicated to Stitch Fix that there were some openings for mid-March fixes.  How could I not check it out, right?  I love that I receive pieces that I truly would’ve walked past if I was perusing a store.

Soooooo…..here is what I received.  I am going to show you everything and you pick what you think I kept!

March Stitch Fix Picks

Here we go!  Let’s start with the tops.

March Stitch Fix Tops

  1. Skies are Blue Maia Embroidered Cotton Knit Top:  I could totally see this with a pair of ripped jeans and flats.  Although it was a nice top, I feel it wasn’t contemporary enough for my taste.  It did fit well though!
  2. Market & Spruce Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket:  I asked for a lightweight jacket and Patrice definitely delivered.  I was hoping for one in an olive color, as my old olive jacket doesn’t fit anymore.  :(  Either way, it was too big, even when I layered it on top of a sweater.
  3. Papermoon Jannit Lace Back Knit Top: I liked that the back was a different fabric and design from the front!  I tried it on and it looked “ok”.

On to the bottoms:

March Stitch Fix Bottoms

  1. Gilli Alina Maxi Skirt: I have two maxi skirts that I enjoy wearing when the weather gets a bit warmer.  The Gilli maxi was a cool print with nice colors.  The stylist told me to pair it with the Maia top, but when I tried them together I felt a bit Little House on the Prarie-ish.  I have nothing against the Ingalls…I grew up watching them.
  2. Brixton Ivy Lucille Crochet Skirt: What a gorgeous electric blue color!  I think I pair everything with a simple white tank or t-shirt.  Is that bad?

Which piece(s) do you think I kept?

Interested in trying Stitch Fix out?  Click here to get started!


*Please note I was sent a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes but all opinions are 100% my own.

He Wanted the Moon Book Review
I didn’t know what to expect, at first, when I requested He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird for review.  I understood that it was a true story about a very accomplished doctor who suffered from manic psychosis and how his daughter’s goal was to put the pieces together of his life.  I had just finished reading Me Before You which was a tear jerker, so I was hoping for something a bit different.

And He Wanted the Moon was different.  The first half of the book was mainly excerpts from Dr. Perry Baird’s manuscripts that Mimi pieced together; with snip-its from his medical files and asides by Mimi.  I couldn’t believe how terribly and archaic the mentally ill were treated in facilities like the ones he was sent to.  They were treated like criminals with barbaric means to try and “rid” the patient of their mental ailment.  None of which really seemed to work.  I feel like it only agitated the patients more and caused them to act out when they may not have done so under different circumstances.  To be somewhat fair, this was in the 1940’s and medical breakthroughs were not what they are today, but it sounded so inhuman.

The second half of the book was most exciting to me, as it told Dr. Baird’s life story from a different perspective than his own.  Mimi searched high and low to learn about the man she knew briefly as her father.  She interviewed old family friends, colleagues of Dr. Baird and family members.   I found this most interesting and hard to put the book down.  I wanted to know more and more about Dr. Baird.  I wanted Mimi to really know who her dad was and why she felt this strong connection to him.

It was a great book and definitely recommendable.  You can purchase the book by clicking on the cover image below!

You can also check out my review on Blogging for Books.