Feb 19, 2018

Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Blouses have always been something easy for me to have around.  I have always liked them.  I used to only wear blouses with collars, but lately I have picked some collarless ones.

Blouses for women can be dressed up or down.  That's why I love them!  Let me share with you some of my favorite place to get them and how I like to wear them.

Ways to wear blouses
Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you have longer blouses then they can be worn with leggings.  If they aren't then I would stick with skirts, cropped pants, cuffed pants, leather pants, and skinny jeans.  I don't usually wear my blouses with my sneakers, just because they aren't THAT casual.  I usually wear them with booties, boots, flats, heels, or sandals (but not usually flip flops, again because that tends to be too causal).  I want to mention that if you are doing a small wardrobe it is best to pick blouses that are short sleeved.  That way you can layer during the colder months, but still wear them during the warmer months.  

Places to purchase blouses for women
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Downeast
Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
There are so many cute blouses here!  Seriously you will have a hard time just choosing two. 

Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Free shipping all the time!  That is one reason I love shopping here.  There are also a lot of choices and almost all the choices have many different colors to choose from. 

Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "blouse" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Blouses for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Feb 12, 2018

Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Women's leggings outfits are pretty controversial.  Some people think they are VERY appropriate while others think they are VERY inappropriate.  There are people that fall in the middle, but people tend to be passionate about each side.  Although I tend to be in the middle I can feel quite awkward because I don't know what others think around me. 

I try not to care, but I also don't want others to feel uncomfortable.  So enough about that.  I still think they are a must in every wardrobe.  They can be pretty versatile if you have the right shirts in your closet.  

Ways to wear leggings
Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
My number one rule is that the shirt needs to be longer.  I don't have a TON of long shirts so I reserve my leggings for select shirts.  I wear my leggings with boots, booties, and my flats.  So the shoes I wear are pretty versatile.  They might even go well with sneakers, but my leggings and sneakers completely clash.  So for me they don't work together. 

Places to purchase women's ankle booties
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Cents of Style
Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I think these leggings are pretty awesome.  The other awesome thing about Cents of Style is you get FREE SHIPPING!  

Walmart
Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
You can get leggings almost anywhere.  I even got some at Walmart at one point.  The last two pairs I have purchased have been from the two below places below.



Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "leggings" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women's Leggings Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Feb 5, 2018

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart​​‎​‌​​‌‌​‌​​​‎‌​​​‎​​‎‌‌​‎‌‎‌​​‌‎‎​​‎‌‎‎‎​​‎‎‎‌​‎​‎​‌​‎​‌​​‌​‌‌‎​​‌ (Plus a giveaway)

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart​​‎​‌​​‌‌​‌​​​‎‌​​​‎​​‎‌‌​‎‌‎‌​​‌‎‎​​‎‌‎‎‎​​‎‎‎‌​‎​‎​‌​‎​‌​​‌​‌‌‎​​‌
How many of you have been to Disney on Ice?  I took Hannelore in November of 2016.  Then we went to Disneyland in April of 2017.  Ever since Hannelore has wanted to go to Disney on Ice again (and Disneyland).  She said it is magical.  

This time we are going to Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart!  It is March 8-11 in Salt Lake City playing at the Vivint Smart Home Arena (301 S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84101).  Here is a break down of the show times:
  
Thursday, March 8               7:00 PM
Friday, March 9                     7:00 PM
Saturday, March 10              11:30 AM3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 11                 11:00 AM2:30 PM & 6:30 PM
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The tickets start at just $15 each!  AND THERE ARE DISCOUNT OPENING NIGHT TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR AS LOW AS $10 EACH (not valid for VIP/Front Row premium levels)!  Tickets now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Vivint Smart Home Arena Box Office.

So...have you heard what this show is about?  My daughter is beyond excited because she is in love with the different emotions from Inside Out.  She loves to tell me which emotion is strongest at certain times.  It's quite funny and I love it. 
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart​​‎​‌​​‌‌​‌​​​‎‌​​​‎​​‎‌‌​‎‌‎‌​​‌‎‎​​‎‌‎‎‎​​‎‎‎‌​‎​‎​‌​‎​‌​​‌​‌‌‎​​‌
Here is the description of the show: 

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game.

Venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. 
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My 5 year year old is most excited about Inside Out, Frozen, and the princesses.  Isla (my two year old) LOVES Dory and Nemo so she will love that scene, but she has become fascinated with Frozen lately (in addition to her infatuation with Moana of course).  

I loved going with Hannelore and seeing the magic in her eyes.  I loved hearing her belt out the songs and watching her throughout the show.  It was so fun and something we will treasure forever!  This time I am excited to see the magic through both their eyes.  I can't wait. 
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NOW I'M SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE I GET TO GIVE AWAY 4 TICKETS TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!  HONESTLY, I AM SO EXCITED TO BE DOING THIS!  THE TICKETS ARE FOR THE MARCH 8TH SHOW AT 7:00 PM.  PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW TO ENTER!  ALSO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE!


Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Sometimes adding a women's military jacket to your wardrobe can seem a little extreme, but you would be surprised with everything it goes with.
I was really nervous about having a military inspired jacket being part of my 36 pieces.  I honestly didn't know if I would wear it enough to make it worth being one of the items.  If you only have 36 articles of clothing and shoes then you want each piece to count. 

I have been so surprised with how often I wear this jacket.  I just got a new one.  I had a anorak style before and I wore it often.  Now I have a bomber style jacket and I wear it just as much.  AND it is much warmer than my one I had before.  I have been pleasantly surprised with this piece in my wardrobe.  
Sometimes adding a women's military jacket to your wardrobe can seem a little extreme, but you would be surprised with everything it goes with.

Ways to wear a military jacket

I wear mine with anything and everything.  Both of the styles I had were more casual so I never wore them when I wanted to dress up.  However, there are military inspired jackets that fit more like a blazer.  So you could completely be dressed up with the jacket if you had more that style.  With my anorak style jacket I wore any shirt underneath.  Now that I have a bomber style it is much shorter, so I wear shirts that come at the length of the jacket or above the length.  I feel it looks much better that way. 

Places to purchase women's ankle booties
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I found quite a few for a great deal here!  It is always worth a shot.

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Are you kidding me you guys!?  I think I want this one!

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Yes!  I was just as surprised as you are at finding some really cute ones here.  If you are on a budget then don't hate. 

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Of course they have some cute ones!

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "military jacket" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women's Military Jacket (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jan 25, 2018

Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids
As a little girl I LOVED having tea parties.  I had a TON of small glass tea sets and I loved them all.  I never thought I would have girls.  (Girls don't run in my husband's family)  So I never thought I would have the opportunity to through a tea party.  

However, I have two girls and I am so excited to be throwing a Valentine's tea party for kids.  They are inviting all their cousins.  I am including the boy cousins as well.  It will be more feminine of course, but hopefully the boys won't mind.  

Although I am not doing it for a couple more weeks I still put together a mock party to show you what it will look like.  My girls and I are so excited!  I want to do a tea party yearly and I thought what better holiday to do it around than Valentine's Day!  I will probably switch it up different years, but this year it will all be about love. 

I have mentioned this so many times this year, but this year has been a very hectic year...basically since June.  I feel like I can't catch my breath, but I still LOVE throwing parties.  So I don't want to stop doing something I love.  However, I did have to make it simple just to keep my sanity. 
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids
I was provided product from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

So I bet you can't guess where I went first to look for supplies to make this more simple?  Yep!  Oriental Trading.  They make it simple and still so fun and not lacking in the happy department.  

I made my invitations and got them sent out about 3 weeks before the date.  I feel this is a great timeline because it isn't too far in advance to forget, but at the same time there is time to get it scheduled in before something else comes up.  
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids
I loved how the invitations turned out.  I cut it out on my electric cutter.  It was SO SIMPLE.  I have a TON of scrapbook paper so it didn't cost a thing...other than ink. 

After I sent out the invitations I got started on the party favors.  I loved filling the bags from Oriental Trading with candy from them as well.  So simple and the kids will love it.  What better party favor from a tea party than sweet treats?
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids
I must mention here that after the kids eat they will make "Valentine's Cookie Magnets" that I also got from Oriental Trading.  Then they can slip their finished craft into the same favor bag that the treats are in.  
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids
I like to have an activity going at the beginning of the party while everyone waits for the guests to arrive.  I am doing this color by number that will be really fun.  Even the young kids that don't get this entirely can still have fun coloring.
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

I am going to have the kids play Valentines Bingo in addition to the craft as activities after they eat. I am not going to have any prizes with the bingo game so that way no one feels left out.  Everyone will leave with a party favor.  

The great thing about a lot of the decor is it can be put up weeks in advance because they hang from the ceiling.  So they aren't in anyone's way.  I wanted it to be totally kid friendly.  So I set it up in my girl's playroom.

The paper lanterns, the tissue paper poms, and the "LOVE" burlap banner went up weeks before the party.

I put a neutral table cloth under the plastic pink table cloth since the pink is so see through.  Next I added the burlap runner to the table.  Then I started adding the details.  I love how the gold heart plates look stacked on top of the pink circle plates.  I wanted the kids to have water as one drink option and then I made a punch for the "tea".  I will put the punch in their straw tea cups.  I thought this was best since we had some toddlers coming to the party.  Once they are older we can be a little more fancy.  Positive to using these cups: the kids get to take them home as a party favor too!
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

For the food I am keeping it really light.  I am making heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I am having strawberries drizzled in chocolate.  Then of course there will be heart shaped sugar cookies and cake pops.  And don't forget the drinks!
Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

Valentine's Day Tea Party for Kids

It will be a fun memory for these cousins to remember.  I am excited to be throwing it and enjoying watching them be kids.  That is what Valentine's is all about right?  Making memories and being with the ones you love?

Jan 22, 2018

Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I remember when booties became popular and I did not know if I could ever be on board with them.  I laugh at myself when I think back to that!  Women's ankle booties are a staple in my closet. 

They should be one in yours as well.  They are so fun.  They are simple to pair with many styles of pants, dresses, and skirts.  You need some if you don't have any.  

Ways to wear ankle booties
Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
It depends on how fancy or casual your booties are, but I like to look for ones that can be dressed up or dressed down.  ESPECIALLY if you are doing a small wardrobe like this one.  That way I can still wear them with skirts and dresses.  

I also wear mine with my leather pants, my cuffed pants, my skinny jeans, my cropped pants, and my leggings.    

Places to purchase women's ankle booties

Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Nordstrom
Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Nordstrom has so many options!  You will not be wondering where to find some, you will be wondering which one to get. 

Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Just like Nordstrom there will be PLENTY of options for you to choose from.


Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "booties" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women's Ankle Booties (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jan 15, 2018

Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

This category is also a must.  If you live somewhere cold you NEED a nice coat.  Not a skiing coat, but a nice one.  One that you can wear causally as well as dressed up.  

A women's pea coat or fur coat can do just those things.  I tell people to pick which one fits your style the most.  I tend to be more of a pea coat person.  So that is what I have.  I have a black and white one that goes with anything and everything.

Ways to a pea coat or a fur coat
Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
There are so many ways to wear these coats, like I mentioned above.  Just like the skinny jeans, it would be easier to name ways NOT to wear one of these coats.  I wouldn't suggest working out in them.  That might get disgusting fast.  These are not coats you want to throw in the washing machine often.  MOST of the time there are special care instructions on them.  

You also wouldn't want to wear these skiing or snowmobiling or snow shoeing...really any outdoor activities other then MAYBE ice skating outside.  There are much warmer options for extreme outdoor activities.  

Places to purchase pea coats or fur coats

Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Venus
Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I was actually surprised with how many fur coats I liked on here.  If you are wanting to try one then this might be a great place to look.  They are faux fur though.  Macy's has some that are really pricey if you want that. 

Kohl's 
Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
This is actually where I got my pea coat.  They had so many options.  I had been looking everywhere for a pea coat I liked and in this one store I had to pick between 3-4 that I loved.  

Macy's
Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
They have many fur and pea coat options!  I think it would be hard to not find something you love here. 


Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "pea coat" or "fur coat" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women's Pea Coat or Fur Coat (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

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