Friday, May 31, 2013

Passion For Fashion #5 :: pattern & texture ::

Sunglasses: Old Navy // Shirt: Giant Tiger // Silver Jeans via Hautelook // Shoes: ModCloth

Every outfit needs a little something to turn it from okay to awesome, right?
Pattern & texture are perfect ways to do this!
I *could* have paired these jeans with a simple tee and flats and it would have been cute... but because I went with a bold pattern on the shirt and a crushed velvet texture of my shoes it became so much sassier!

linking up for Casual Friday

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Each Friday, Beth of Through The Eyes of the Mrs. & I will be hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup! 

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be! 

Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favorite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!
You can find my board HERE

Best part, there are no rules!
We only ask that you link back to us via text link or button:
Lena B, Actually
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Of course, it would be awesome if you would visit the other fashionistas that are linking up too!
Be you... Be an inspiration!  Style is everywhere!


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Awesomely Awkward Oufit Pics with Amber

Hey hey Lena B readers!
So happy to be here today. I'm Amber and I blog over at My Three Bittles. Today since Lena was nice enough to let me guest post, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite outfits with you guys!
(I'd feel just wrong doing ANY other kind of post on Lena's blog) 

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This one was for a shoe styling contest. My husband took it-I was pretty proud of him for it. Usually when he takes me outfit photos, they end up looking like this: 

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Or I end up with a bunch of shots of the tops of kids' heads or pictures of the dogs. He gets easily distracted and bored. So I do a lot of my outfit pics myself 

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See the clicker?! I'm a newbie. And just really have issues figuring out how far I can stand from the camera. It's entertaining to watch me even try. I'm thankful for my boring backyard. Although one time my neighbor did walk out and kind of look at me weird. They moved about a week or so later so I don't have to worry about that awkwardness for a while. Or at least until we get new neighbors. Sometimes I ask David to stand for me in front of the camera so I can get it to focus right. 

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He's a great helper let me tell ya *wink* Then he likes to be sneaky. I laughed when I was going through these later and saw this one 

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Sometimes my four year old, Maddie helps too! 

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Doesn't she just look thrilled?! I'm definitely not the best at these, but I sure have fun trying! *note the clicker in my hand again* 

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Come check out my kind of cool blog for more outfit pics along with lots and lots of random pictures of my cute kids, our crazy dogs and my goofy husband.

Thanks, Lena for letting me hog your blog!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wear :: Polka Dots ::

This outfit started from the bottom up.
I knew I wanted to wear my new shoes... which happened to be a a really cheap pair of $10 strappy sandals I found last weekend at our local box store that I am obsessed with!
Orange is my absolutely favorite color because it's just so quirky!  I love pairing shades of orange with blue.  I had this navy shirt dress hanging in my closet just begging for me to wear it, but it originally came with a brown belt. I happened to have an orange belt that I decided to go with instead.  I pulled it all together with a statement necklace by one of my favorite jewelry designers, Brittany Chavers, and voila!

When it doubt... wear polka dots!  It's a fun & classic print!  Spice it up with some bold colored accessories and you're good to go!

 Linking up for Dress For The Day, Style Sessions, WIWW,
Keeping It Casual & Rolled Up Pretty
& Look What I Got

Don't forget to come back on Friday for my new fashion-inspired linkup!

Lena B, Actually


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tattoo Tuesday :: his & hers ::

My husband and I have been wanting to get matching tattoos forever.
On a whim, and on a rare date day in March, we got skull finger tattoos.
His & Hers.
His has a little top hate, and mine has a bow.
 We love them.

What are your thoughts on getting matching tattoos?
Would you ever do it?

...also, would anyone be interested if I made this a weekly series?
I would feature my tattoos, my husband's... and maybe even yours!  Msg me if you'd be interested in being featured on Tattoo Tuesday!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

May Giveaway $105 of Awesomeness

Another month has come & gone.
Another month of my busy 9-5 gig, being a mom, photographer, etc, etc.
And, of course, blogger.
I couldn't hold down the fort here, and let's face it... my sidebar wouldn't be nearly as pretty, without the help, support & love of my beautiful sponsors!

They are here today with another fabulous giveaway just for YOU.


Amber of My Three Bittles is offering a month of large ad space
Ricki of The Rogue Baby is giving you a $15 shop credit
Joanna of Moda Mama is generously donating a super cool ad space
Jess of A Heart Full of Frost is offering a $15 ModCloth GC
and, last but not least
Ashley of Dinosaur Stew is giving away a $25 shop credit

Entries are monitored. Giveaway is open to everyone!
Good luck!

 

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blending In

 
 
 
 
This is my new dress from Maurices.
It actually came with a bright pink belt... which is cute.  But I wanted a more muted look.  It was a chilly day that felt more like Fall than Spring, so I paired it with my favorite brown boots, and a beige cardigan and I felt ready to take on the day.

It was only after I sat down to edit these photos that I realized just how much I blended in with my surroundings.

 Linking up for Sunday Style & Watch What I'm Wearing

Have you linked up for Passion For Fashion?  A new ''anything goes'' fashion linkup every Friday!
You can find the latest installment here!



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Friday, May 24, 2013

Passion For Fashion #4 :: fashion for a cause ::


As a proud autism mama, I snatched up this tee as fast as I could!
Memphis was diagnosed on the spectrum just over a little over a year ago and since then I have tried to raise awareness & acceptance for my son & so many others like him.
A cute tee with this message, that I can wear loud & proud, is proof that fashion can be *important* too!

Sevenly.org is a fabulous organization.
Every week they spotlight a new campaign where customers can purchase products, of which $7 is donated to that week's charity.
 Obviously, I purchased my tee during their autism campaign, but they focus on so many other important ones as well!
Follow them on FACEBOOK to keep in the know!

linking up here for Casual Friday

p.s. I got those lightning bolt shoes up there on Ebay for a steal... they're hot, right?

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Each Friday, Beth of Through The Eyes of the Mrs. & I will be hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup! 

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be! 

Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favorite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!

Best part, there are no rules!
We only ask that you link back to us via text link or button:
Lena B, Actually
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.lenabactually.com/" title="Lena B, Actually"><img src="http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p226/bairdlaroche/PassionForFashion.jpg" alt="Lena B, Actually" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Of course, it would be awesome if you would visit the other fashionistas that are linking up too!
Be you... Be an inspiration!  Style is everywhere!


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stylish Surprise


Every now & then, ModCloth offers these super awesome "Stylish Surprise" deals... for $15 you purchase a "surprise" in your size and hope for the best!  I've done this 2 or 3 times now and I've been pretty successful.  THIS dress was my last surprise... isn't it the cutest!?

It's so retro & vintage and it's easy to wear.  No accessories needed really... the dress IS the statement piece.  I was a bit nervous to wear it... I wasn't sure *where* this would fit in... truth is, it doesn't.  Not really.  But what the heck, I wore it to the office today!

Have you gotten lucky with a stylish surprise of your own!?

Follow me on instagram for more daily outfits!
Check out THIS post to meet some great ladies & enter a great giveaway!
And come back tomorrow for Passion For Fashion... anything fashion goes!

Linking up today here & here!
** favorite fashion friday **

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chocolate Silk Pie


My husband whipped this up the other day and it was delicious... sinfully so!
He started with a homemade crust that his mother made... and it was so yummy!
You can make your own crust or buy one.  This recipe is ALL about the filling!


Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2oz baker's unsweetened chocolate
1tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Directions

First, break the chocolate into small pieces for easier melting in a double boiler on low/medium heat.
Once chocolate is melted, add the sugar (let the sugar melt into the chocolate) & then add the vanilla.
Let cool.

Whip your hair back & forth the butter gently until it has a creamy texture.  While still mixing the butter (once creamy) add the chocolate mixture to it.  Mix at medium speed for 5 minutes.
 Then add 1 egg & continue mixing for another 5 minutes.  Add the last egg and, again, mix for 5 minutes.

Scoop it all into an already cooked pie shell and add a few chocolate shavings to make it pretty!

That's it!
Enjoy

linking up here, here & here


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Meet A Newbie... or Two!

It's meet a newbie day on Lena B, Actually!
It's quickly becoming my absolute favorite feature that I do...
I hope you are enjoying it too!

As a "bigger" blogger (and I use that term loosely), I'm always happy to help out a newer blogger by answering questions, swapping buttons, etc.... But I've always hoped to do a little more.

I put the word out a few months ago that I was looking to feature blogs that were under 200 GFC followers.  The past few months, I've already been able to bring 5 "smaller" bloggers into the limelight, and today I'm back with 2 more!

shannon1
 I'm Shannon, aka Mommy!
I'm a 28 year young... Mommy of two... wife to one!
Living my life the only way I know how... with a smile on my face:)I believe that being happy makes you live longer and that the only way to be happy is to be thankful! and boy do I have a lot to be thankful for. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Dave and have the two coolest kiddos in the entire world, Jonathon and Bella. Seriously, they are AWESOME!!!
I love being creative, decorating, crafting, and having fun with my family... And I love to share all of those things on my blog! I started Bella Caiden as a way to share and document our crazy life! From turning our house into a home... to our homemade holiday decor, and everything in between!! Life is one big adventure... thanks for coming along for the ride!

Hello there! I'm Rachael and I blog at The Growing Tree! I am an Instagram-obsessed soon-to-be Momma of two! I love my kids, husband, furbabies, jewelery, nail polish and fashion. My blog is about life, love, and our (growing) family tree! We have a crazy life, but it is ours and we love it! I would love to meet you, so please do stop by and say hi!
Blog  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

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I've known Rachael for a while and she has been on my sibebar off & on for quite some time... I adore her.  She's very sweet, genuine and I have no doubt we'd be great friends in real life. Shannon is a newer friend... I'm sad I haven't take the chance to reach out to her and to know her better soon.  Such amazing women...
I do want to ask that you take the moment to really get to know these ladies.  Take a peek at their "about" sections, scroll through a couple posts, send a sweet message or tweet, maybe contact them about swapping blog buttons OR offer them a promo code for ad space on your blog!


Because they rock, they're also giving YOU something!
Shannon is giving you the opportunity to win a personalized bulap pillow from her shop and Rachael will be sending someone a bottle of her favorite nail polish, and giving up her blog for a day for you to guest post!  Not too shabby, right?


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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