Sunday, June 30, 2013

Keep Up With Me!


As most of you know, Google Reader is leaving us as of tomorrow (July 1st)... Take a minute to follow me via Bloglovin', will ya?  It's my favorite way to keep up with my favorite blogs! 

Did you know you can import all the blogs you already follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin'?
It's easy... just follow this tutorial!

Of course I update Twitter, Instagram & Facebook pretty regularly too!  So you can follow along there as well.  Hope to see you on the "B" side!

Mwah!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Passion For Fashion #9 : Pencil Me In:

Last day to enter the June Group Giveaway!
low entries, but really great prizes!!

Ruby: ''Ooh, Mommy... you look very officey!''

I would love if you could all go over and show Beth lots of love.
Today is her last official day as 'co-host' of the Passion For Fashion linkup.
She is beautiful, caring and amazing... I'm happy to have her a blog friend and although I'm sad to see her step down from Passion For Fashion, I was lucky to have had her as a co-host in the first place!

That being said, with Beth's departure comes a newly opened co-host spot!
If you're interested, please send me an email!

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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!
(this linkup is very NEW we would love for you to help us spread the word!)
 
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, June 27, 2013

Nail of The Day : Glowstick :


I am totally digging this shade of green, guys.  It's not quite lime & it's not quite neon... it's ''glowstick.''  It's  from the Fergie Summer Collection for Wet n' Wild and I love it!

Wet n' Wild is one of my favorite brands of polish... especially for the gal on a budget!  With a good top coat, the polish lasts forever and it's so easy to apply!  A bonus is it dries pretty fast too!

What sassy color of polish are you sporting lately?

Linking up for Loves on a Thursday



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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Shopping on a Budget

I love clothes, and I love shopping
Thing is... I love a good deal even more!


Summer is a fab time to shop... and I do most of mine online.

The trick is to sign up for newsletters from your favorite shops.  This way you know exactly when a good sale or promotion is happening.  Most shops also offer incentives for "signing up."  Heck, 10% or 20% off your first order can save you a ton of cash in the long run... especially if you put it towards items already on sale.

Patience is key.  If you have your eye on something, but you can't justify spending your hard earned money on it, keep an eye on it!  There's a good chance it will go on sale!

Here are some adorable summer "must haves" I've found or have my eye on from some of my favorite online shops!
Supper Powers Dress via ModCloth $35.99
Matilda dress via Emerging Thoughts $75 + use code SUMMER for 30% storewide!
X Marks the Spot Tank in Coral via Kintage $20
Mix & Match swimwear via ASOS - FREE worldwide shipping!


Metallic shorts via Forever 21 $10
Colored skinnys via Gracie B $24.95 + FREE SHIPPING until the end of the month
When it comes to shipping, since I live in Canada, I can't always benefit from the free shipping promotions... so I figure, if I'm going to have to pay for shipping, I'm going to make it worth my while!

Don't forget to scour the sale & clearance sections of your favorite shops... don't even look at the full price items!

Thrift stores & Ebay can be FULL of great finds too!  If you have the time to really browse either of these options, you can definitely leave with a few treasures!  Great thing about thrift shopping is you'll walk away with something totally unique!

So, in a nutshell... this is how I do my online shopping:

Log in in to my favorite shop
Go directly to the sale or clearance section
if possible narrow my selection by size (so I'm not disappointed if I find something I love... but can't buy)
Filter by prize (low to high)
Do a quick online search for any usable coupon codes
Add to cart!!

Happy Summer Shopping!

Be sure to enter the June Group Giveaway while you're here!

linking up here


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Monday, June 24, 2013

My Most Pinned Pic & June Giveaway

(Pinterest Source, Original Source)

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to photograph a baseball-themed engagement session... the photos turned out great (you can see a few on my photo blog here)... and I'm excited to say it's one of my most pinned/repinned photo in my Pinterest Boards!

I'm not on Pinterest a whole lot, but you should check me out anyway!

Now... for some really fun stuff!
3 of my lovely sponsors are here today with an awesome giveaway.  Not only are they very adorable, they're generous too!


The prizes are:
$15 "Buddy Holly" Ad Space from White Lights on Wednesday
$25 Shop Credit to Dinosaur Stew
$10 Starbucks Gift Card from Shop.School.Sleep

Be sure to say "hi" to these lovely ladies & thank them for the giveaway!
$50 worth of goodies up for grabs and it could all be yours!!

We're doing this old school!
Leave a separate comment for each entry:

Entries
1. Must be a Bloglovin' follower of Lena B, Actually
2. Follow Shop.School.Sleep on Bloglovin'
3. Follow Dinosaur Stew on Twitter
4. Follow White Lights on Wednesday on Twitter

5. Leave a comment with your email address AND the answer to this skill testing question:
(2x2) + (5-3) =
6. Follow Shop.School.Sleep on Twitter
7.  Follow Dinosaur Stew on Facebook
8. Follow White Lights on Wednesday on Pinterest

9. Tweet about this giveaway "Great group giveaway over at @lenabactually! Hope I win! #adspace#GC#shopcredits"

Giveaway ends Friday, June 28th at midnight (EST)

No purchase necessary.  Winner must complete a skill testing question.
Giveaway is open to everyone 18 years & over.

Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize!
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Social: Fashion, Fashion, Fashion!

 I just had to link up this week for Sunday Social... it's all about fashion!  One of my absolute favorite things!

1. What is your favorite store to shop at?
Online, I'm addicted to ModCloth... "in real life" I always find cute stuff at Old Navy! 

2. If you could afford anything and everything, which designer brand would you covet?
I love everything Betsey Johnson! 

3. What is your must have closet staple?
A cute dress with a wacky pattern! 

4. What is your favorite kind of shoes? (brand or style)
I love a cute wedge... but I'm a sucker for Steve Madden boots!

Modcloth "Airplane" Dress // Steve Madden "Granny" Boots
 5.  What is the best clothing deal you've ever gotten? (sale or amazing find)
I've gotten soooo many good deals... most recently, I got this dress as part of a $15 stylish surprise from ModCloth!

 

6. What is a style you'd love to try?
Hmmm... what have I not tried!?
I'd love to do a more a bohemian princess look eventually... lots of beads & fringe & layers.  Longer hair, too ;)

Sunday Social

  Don't forget to link up your fashion post for Passion For Fashion... every Friday, anything fashion goes!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Passion For Fashion #8 : green & yellow :

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I really love bright colors and the green & yellow combo has really been growing on me.  It's so fresh & alive.  Very simple & sophisticated colors that look good on everyone!
Pinterest is full of this lemon & lime inspiration... have you tried it yet?

 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!
(this linkup is very NEW we would love for you to help us spread the word!)
 
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, June 20, 2013

Always a Wedding Guest : meet Kat :

Hi! I'm Kathrin, or "Kat" and I blog atShop.School.Sleep. I'm a married teacher and mom to 2 fur babies, my cats: Kors and Spade. I love fashion, hence the names Kors after Michael Kors and Spade after Kate Spade. I blog about a mix of different things: fashion (although not necessarily a fashion blogger...I try:) haha), my teaching life, finishing grad school for a Master's in English Literature !! I love Raven Football, but I was raised in sunny Southern Cali. I generally share my random thoughts and general life happenings on my blog and always happy to meet new friends :)

Since it is wedding season, I decided to write about my experiences as a wedding attendee.
Some things I have learned:
  1. A good DJ is a must!! the best weddings were the ones I danced at non-stop.
  2. Wedding fashion is fun...don't necessarily recommend plain white, but white with patterns/prints is fun and the black dress is totally fine...just dress up the black with jewelry and shoes :)
  3. It's always okay to recycle dresses!! If you love the dress wear it as often as you can hahaha
  4. I always cry my eyes out at 3 parts: when the bride walks down the aisle, the first kiss and father-daughter dance....waterworks every time!!
Kat Fun Fact #1: Ever since Matt (my husband) and I started dating 8years ago we have attended at least 1-2 weddings a year, including our own wedding...with the exception last year where our friends took a break....that's 16 weddings in 8 years!!

So i'm taking a trip down memory lane with past weddings....(I think they're in order...and I'm missing a picture or two)

2006:
Summer 2006: Our first wedding for Matt's friend Jen

Summer 2006: 2nd wedding for his friend Ian
Fall 2006: My friend Kelly's wedding

2007: Winter 2007 was Matt's brother's wedding. It was a very low key wedding and I just can't find a picture!!

2008:
Spring 2008: My friend Julie's wedding

As seen above if I like a dress I will wear again and again!!

Blurry sorry!! Fall 2008? Matt's friend Breeze's wedding
This was a Vegas wedding and I forgot my dress because we came right after I finished work/teaching and had like an hour to shop Forever 21 for a dress and accessories..I brought my own heels hahaha
Winter 2008? (or maybe this was in 2007?): my friend Andy's wedding

2009:
Spring/Summer 2009: My friend Candice's wedding

Summer/Fall 2009: My friend Jennie's wedding

Winter? 2009: My friend Tricia's wedding
2010:
Winter 2010: my friend Amy's wedding...I'm making a weird face and Matt skipped out on this wedding because it was our own wedding year!! Also see...again this dress!!

Spring 2010: Matt's friend Benno's wedding...Matt was a groomsman so I went with other friends until Matt could join me
Summer (one month before my wedding) 2010: my friend Michele's wedding...our F-U crew...tecaher insider joke...F for grade and U for citizenship hahahaha

Our wedding!!
2011:
Fall 2011: my friend Nikki's wedding and my 1st time being a bridesmaid!!
2012:
Took a break!!! No weddings for 2012!!

2013:
Spring 2013: My friend Kassie's wedding

May 2013: My friend Ashley's wedding
I have 3 weddings scheduled for 2014 and I think they are all going to be back-to-back in terms of months...so excited for them!!
How about you? Do you go to a lot of weddings or have been to as many weddings or more?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sneaky Sneakers


At first glance you might think this is just a really bright, loud & obnoxious floral pattern, but it's even BETTER than that... it's a bunch of sneakers!  If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for a fun print!

Dress ModCloth Shoes Maurices

I wonder if this will land me on that board again...
  Linking up for Dress For The Day & What I Wore Wednesday


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