Wednesday, February 27, 2013

floral + lace

Have you heard about The Messy Project? If not, read about it now and you're welcome. It's one of the most genius ideas I've seen around the blogosphere. It's become so popular that Kelly created The Mini Messy Project so that more people can get in on the action. (She also just announced that The Messy Project will now be held twice a month!!)

So what is the MINI project you ask?! Well if you haven't guessed it yet, it's all about the mini parts of fashion - accessories! Just like clothes, accessories are also worn differently by each person depending on their style, shape, look etc. Accessories are not limited to just jewelry. They can be tights, hats, sunglasses, headbands, bows, scarfs, shoes, belts, gloves.... and in this case, leggings!

So here's the deal:
1 accessory
4 girls
4 different styles
1 major blog day

Four girls were given a pair of floral leggings to style in our own way.

Here's what I did with them...

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Photography by: Jared Taylor // Top: Victoria's Secret (similar) // Leggings: Forever 21 via The Mini Messy Project // Sunglasses: Southern Made Hollywood Paid // Necklace: HandM (gift) // Earrings: Tiffany and Co. // Bracelets: gifts, HandM (gift), LinzGutz, See Jewelry // Shoes: BCBG

arm candy

bcbg wedge heels

lace and floral

bcbg sandals

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floral leggings

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To be honest, these leggings were really out of my comfort zone. But that's what I love the most about this project - it pushes or fashion boundaries and let's us make it our own. So to make this outfit a little less scary for me, I paired it with a color that makes me comfortable - black! I used a black see-through lace top (I usually use it as a bathing suit cover-up) that has a slouchy fit, put it over a black tank, and then accessorized with some "edgy" jewelry and shoes. I thought the overall look would match well with an urban background so I asked my personal photographer (aka my husband ;)) to shoot these photos with the graffiti art as a backdrop.

So what do you think? How did I do?

Check out what the other ladies did with their leggings!

Wanna be part of the fun? Visit MessyDirtyHair!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

manoa falls: part 1

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manoa falls hike

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manoa falls trail

As you may know, Jared gave me a new camera for Valentine's Day. I have a lot to learn about the camera and photography in general, but it's something that I'm really excited about. I've always had a love for photography since I was a little girl. This is my first "big girl" camera and with the beautiful setting of Hawaii, I've definitely been putting it to good use. 
Consider this a warning in advance - there will be lots and lots of pictures to come.
I'm still trying to get the focus and colors just right. Any tips are welcome!

I took about a million pictures on this little hike. Stay tuned for more!


Monday, February 25, 2013

my three bittles

Surprise! I'm taking a break today while Amber takes over! Y'all show her some love!

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I'm Amber.
I blog at My Three Bittles.
I'm 27.
I live in Ft Benning, Georgia.
I just spent 3 years living in Ft Wainwright, Alaska.  Yes, Alaska!
I have three small babies.
Fin is 5.
Miss Maddie is 4.
Owen aka Ollie Pollie, Ollie Pollie pants, Pollie pants, handsome pants, Ollie, fat baby, chunker munk just turned One in November.

He's in the army.
Has been for almost 10 years.
(wow! That's crazy that it's been that long)

We have two cats. Roscoe P. Cole Train.  And Bella.
We have Bo the dog.

So let me just highlight a few posts for you.
My 52 weeks of kindness project.
My list of  "Rules" of blogland.
That mini series I did about loving your mom body.
Check them out. For realz.
(post coming soon about the actual journey)
There was that day that 306 almost got the best of me. That one was..... I'm glad it's over.
I talk about military life a little bit.
That time I told women to stop being trashy bitches.
Oh and that time I felt like Cinderella.

I highly suggest you just skim through all of those and then the labels at the bottom of the page.
My favs are the rants and raves, and the I keeps it real posts.

Oh and my rambles are pretty good too.  Just throwing that out there.

This is Fin:
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This is Maddie:
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This is Baby O:
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This is David:

This is me:
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Anyway.... that's me. That's my life.
I'm pretty boring really.
But I make cute kids.
Oh and I offer awesome giveaways.
I'm offering one of you lucky ducks a $25 giftcard to my FAVORITE store ever!
And it's NOT target.
It's FOREVER 21!!
Can I get a "what what"?!
Okay... went a little overboard with the "what what" thing. I got excited.
Please refer to the Rafflecopter form for complete terms and conditions.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

weekly roundup | february 23, 2013

Here are this week's picks from around the web!


+ 12 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid
How To: Create Your Elevator Pitch - something that all bloggers and business owners should learn!
+ I really love these thoughts on blogging. What do you think?
+ Tips on creating the perfect media kit for your blog

+ 6 tech skills you need if you want a gig in marketing
Organizing Your Business Day - something that many of us (especially those who work from home) struggle with
Advice for your first job

+ Map + Corkboard  - I've always wanted to do this!

+ Check out this month's Messy Project. These girls rocked it!


+ The People You Choose - I love this post by Jenni and can relate to it all too well. 

+ Enter to win a $15 Target gift card

Oh.. and there's this little bitty giveaway too...

If you don't know Kelly, you're missing out! She's become a dear friend to me inside and outside of blog land and her blog, MessyDirtyHair, is a daily inspiration to me.

Today, I've teamed up with some fabulous ladies to help Kelly celebrate MessyDirtyHair's 1st Birthday!

We're giving TWO of you a $200 Visa Gift Card! Enter using the Rafflecopter forms below.


Friday, February 22, 2013

restaurant review: boston's pizza manoa

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Pizza holds a dear place in my heart. It's a type of comfort food, I guess. It wasn't until my early 20's that I realized that all pizza is not created equal. While living in NYC, this became even more evident. Nothing compares to New York pizza, right?

Wrong. Well, kind of. Let's put it this way.. if pizza in NYC ranks a 10 out of 10, Boston's Pizza Manoa ranks an 8. That's pretty high, y'all. Especially for Hawaii where the food sucks isn't particularly above average. 

If you order a "slice", they'll hand over a quarter of a pizza for roughly $5. Selections vary daily but you can always find the classics.

Try it out and let me know what you think!