Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Baby Sister!



Today, my baby sister turns 28.  She is my best friend.  Without a doubt the one person I can always (ALWAYS!) count on.  She is a beautiful, smart & successful woman with an amazing family of her own. She has given me the gift of 2 beautiful nieces, and my own kids have been known to call her "Mommy #2."  To know that there is someone out there who has seen me at my worst, and still loves me no matter what means more to me than she will ever know.

Even though there is a ton of things we don't share a fondness for... like her love of hunting, fishing & drinking beer (ha!), and the fact that she hates shopping with me & is constantly rolling her eyes at all the selfies I post, I still love her!

Amanda, happy birthday!  I hope you have a wonderful day and just want you to know how much you mean to me!  I am so happy to be your big sister, and even though I may be 7 years older... I'm definitely no wiser.  You are amazing.  Don't ever forget that!!

Love ya!


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Polka Dot Dress

Dress: Bootlegger // Cardi: Walmart (old) // Belt: old // Shoes: Madden Girl

Who doesn't love polka dots!? And who cares if I already have half a dozen polka dot dresses in my closet... they're all a little different, I promise.  I LOVE this dress! I got it on sale recently and decided to wear it with a cropped black cardigan & pumps on a unusually cool day this week.  I actually got an extra discount on this dress when I bought it because it was missing the belt that goes with it.  No worries! I have tons of fun, colored skinny belts I knew could wear with it!  You can't really tell in these photos, but the belt matches my lipstick almost perfectly! Even hubby commented on how well I pulled this look together!

And because I thought I should give credit where credit is due, I have to give props to my kids who have been helping me out with outfit photos recently. I need a new battery for my remote, so in the meantime, these cuties are doing all the dirty work!  It also goes to show what actually goes on behind the scenes at a Lena B photoshoot! ;)


They're so awesome.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meet Rhea for a "Coffee Date" + Starbucks Giveaway


Hello! My name is Rhea and I blog over at RheaEtcetera.com. I love pretty feminine things (although pink isn't a favorite color -- purple is!), trying out new food and delicacy, and traveling - whether visiting another US state (I'm from California!) or another country. My blog documents my adventures in fashion, food, and travel. I'm honored to be able to introduce myself to Lena's readers... I've been a longtime participant of Passion for Fashion weekly link up and I adore discovering new blogs through link ups! This is what I love most about blogging -- the connections we make and meeting fellow bloggers from all over the world with the same interest! 

So, as a "get-to-know" you type of thing and to invite you over to my blog, I'd love to treat you to a virtual coffee date. I'm giving away a $10 Starbucks e-card to treat you to a drink + pastry of your choice for $10! Or if you want to treat your friend to your own coffee date -- all up to you! :)

So if you have Starbucks at your location that accepts e-cards, why don't you join the giveaway below? Hope you check out my blog and leave me a comment so I can check out your blog, too! 

Lastly, don't forget to link up with Lena and Rachel for Passion for Fashion every Friday!

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Isn't she great?  I just love Rhea, and I'm sure you will too!
Giveaway will run for a week! Good luck!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Piper Perabo's Wedding Dress

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I was shocked & very pleasantly surprised when I logged onto the computer Sunday afternoon and caught a glimpse of Piper Perabo's wedding dress.  It literally took my breath away.
Her entire look was gorgeous, unique and fun.

The metallic dress & yellow veil were unconventional choices, but in my opinion... perfection.  I wish I would have been THIS fashion-forward at my own wedding.

What do you think if Piper's dress?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vest Remix

Sunglasses & Dress: Forever 21 // Shoes & Vest: Walmart

Same vest. Different dress.
This denim vest is my favorite way to finish off an outfit these days.  I always keep my outfits pretty simple... and I love fit & flare dresses like this one.  I was going to wear just the dress... but then I remembered how cute this look was and went with the vest... again.

Is there a piece in your closet lately that you just can't stop wearing!?

There is still lots of time to link for this week's Passion For Fashion linkup. Anything goes!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Passion For Fashion #63 : Back To Reality


Happy Friday, friends!
Isn't the first week back from holidays the worst? I don't know about you, but I have a hard time actually just ''relaxing'' so by the time I get into a real ''vacation mode'' it's time to go back to work!

I definitely have to figure out a way to be able to afford to take the whole summer off.  Of course, I'd have to talk my boss into letting me take all that time off too that ain't never happening!  I'm definitely proud to be a working mama, but summertime really makes me wish I could be home with my kids all day... day trips, adventures, ice cream, beaches, afternoon naps, staying up late, camping... Although, maybe after a few weeks of that, I'd be ready to go back to work! ;)

enter hashtag #grassisalwaysgreener here

A little about today's outfit...
Dress was on sale for $11! And that bracelet was a gift from my in-laws who just returned from a trip toTurkey!
The shoes are old, but they make me feel like a funky little librarian and you can't see my earrings, but they're little kitty face studs from Forever 21! The whole look cost less than $20!
  
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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!
Every Friday Rachel & I will be co-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!


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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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Green Day


I scored this great green dress for $10. A friend was cleaning out her closet, and this one still had the price tag on it! Score!  Its a tad big, especially in the "bust" area... I would have sized down if I could have, but I decided to just got with it & threw on a cute bandeau top with a fun tropical print.  I finished it off with a long necklace and a my favorite pair of leopard wedges! Ta da!

Did I mention it was ten bucks!?
I was lucky to get 2 other adorable dresses from her too!  They will undoubtedly be featured on the blog soon!  The only thing better than new dresses are CHEAP new dresses!

Be sure to come back on Friday to share your style posts with us! Anything fashion goes! #PassionForFashion


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Page Girls + a giveaway

The Page Girls (www.thepagegirls.com) is a new online mag with an emphasis on books, cocktails, and female friendships. Each week, they publish a themed issue containing short stories, book reviews, personal and funny essays, videos, cocktail recipes, and more. Some sample issues include The Craziest Thing I Did For Love and LYLAS (Love You Like a Sister).  I'm a new subscriber and fan... their online magazine is refreshing, thought provoking and really inspiring.  From July 21-25, The Page Girls is celebrating its first official “birthday week,” which means a giveaway every day plus other goodies!  

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Sign up for The Page Girls’ weekly newsletter to get notified about new issues, and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

As I mentioned before, The Page Girls are hosting a week long celebration & giveaways... including one RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.  I was given the opportunity to "choose" a prize for my readers and I chose to give away an ebook copy of 
Normal is the Watchword by Jasmine Tru.

As a hobby photographer myself and the fact that I read a review that this book was "a blend of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars" I knew this book was a perfect fit!  The giveaway will run for 7 days!  Good luck!



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