Monday, March 26, 2012

Dandelion Winner

Winner of the cutest little baby announcement is:

Bonnie Hawkes

who said
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liked both!!

and was chosen by a random number generator.

Congrats girl- I hope I get to see one of these soon! Email us at to claim your prize.

Hungry for Jennifer Lawrence

I've been MIA.
I have a good excuse (a beautiful 6 pound baby boy named Grey!)
...but my husband was still mad that we couldn't make it to the opening day of The Hunger Games movie. Alas, checking out Jennifer Lawrence's fashion choices while promoting her epic movie will have to hold me over until I can get out of my house again.

Ralph Lauren

Prabal Gurung--should we forgive her for wearing two practically identical dresses to back-to-back premieres?

Prabal Gurung--loving her smokey eyes. But the bangs are weird!

Tom Ford--flawless.

Calvin Klein--love the color. But again, what's with the bangs?

Marchesa (with Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab). Are we SO sad that Peeta is 3 feet shorter than Katniss?

Who saw the movie?
Will I still be team Peeta after I see it?
(Don't get H and I started on the Gale vs. Peeta debate.)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

WW: pleather

Birthday month has been good to me. What? You only celebrate one day? Boooring. Try a birthmonth celebration- promise it's super fun!
We took a trip up to Omaha, did some fun things with the kiddos (the zoo there is fan.freaking.tastic) and did loads of shopping {!}. We tried out one of the "Diners Drive-ins and Dives" restaurants and I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't tell you about it. Next time you find yourself in Nebraska, scout out the California Taco and you won't be disappointed.

Anyway...back to the reason for this post...

Shirt: Old Navy
Leather(ish) Leggings: Charlotte Russe
or my friend & fellow fashion blogger Amber found some great ones at Windsor
Teal Necklace: J Crew and/or Ebay
Gold Necklace: Etsy
Gold Earrings: By Boe
Patent Leather Flats: Jessica Simpson

*Don't forget to enter the giveaway below! Time is ticking and the odds are in your favor!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baby, it's a giveaway

is it just me,- or the fact that i just had a baby and am now noticing- that eeeeveryone is pregnant these days? And if you aren't, I'm sure you know someone who is , which is why we are hosting a giveaway a la District nine Design. We are giving away this {great shower gift!} template collection.
Dandalion Dreams Collection

To Enter:
Like: The Beauty Mark here.
Like: District Nine Design here.
Leave a comment telling us you did so.

*For an extra entry you may blog, tweet, or post about this giveaway. (include the link!)and leave an additional comment for each.

Oh! And guess what? Everyone's a winner because if you "Like" DistrictNineDesign on FB, you can instantly download three Facebook timeline banners which are absolutely darling! See it for yourself!

ends Sunday at 5 pm
Winner announced Monday March 26th

These announcements are just...beyond. Why can't I send out a couple dozen?
Check out all of her talent on her ETSY site, here.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Olay Body Wash and $50

Time to give a big shout-out to a product that has changed my life. It's the simple things, right? Well this body wash has simply been a life-changer! Like most women, it seems I have a cream for every part of my body -- a daytime moisturizer, a primer, a toner, an eye cream, night cream, you get the idea, the list goes on. I am all about saving a little time and energy where I can, especially since I need to cater to a newborn and busy two-year-old these days! Well, OlayÆ Ultra Moisture Body Wash certainly helps save time! The people of Olay brilliantly added a jar of moisturizer into every. single. bottle. So glad someone finally had that "ah ha!" moment. It's so nice to skip extra moisturizing, which allows me more time for the more important things in life. I just love how this body wash makes my skin feel. So smooth, soft and moisturized. Can you say creamy? Usually I get out of the shower feeling parched and my skin feels thirsty. Especially in the winter it feels super dry and almost itchy! I always attributed that to my 120-degree water, but this body wash has seriously revolutionized my daily routine. I also love how it lathers. It's a dream. A little goes a long way for sure. Not only is it economical (you save on moisturizer and it lasts forever) but it also smells wonderful. My two-year-old likes it too. She says "Mommy, I smell yummy!" So cute and so right. Can't get over how soft and smooth this makes my skin. Seriously a must, people! Let's talk about how much I love saving time on my beauty routine. Do I sound like a broken record? It's pretty much a must these days.

Olay and BlogHer have teamed up to give a $50 VISA gift card to one of our lucky readers! For a chance to win, tell us: What are some of the ways you simplify your routine?


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

hair trend

we have it on bangles stacked to our elbows. it is your new Michael Kors watch.

what is it?

Rose Gold

and now it's made it's way into my hair color stash.
So tell me this, should I buy it in bulk? Help me out here!

Here it is as an accent highlight on dark hair.
a subtle rose gold tone on blonde hair:
golden/coppery hue with a tide of red. tots adrobs.

Accent highlight on dark brown hair.
rose gold lowlights on a blonde

Rose gold highlight on a brunette.
ombre accent slice on a blonde.
So tell me, is this a trend that you would try?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

tie- {I} dye

Trend Watch Tuesday

the tied button down.

I'm obsessed.

Now I know what you're thinking...

images circa 1999 coming to mind. We're not talking B Spears here.

look how chic (and modest) a tied chambray shirt can be!

Your daily dose of J Crew:

And Forever 21:
And Madewell.
(not tied but it would totally work with this outfit)
on that note. WHY do I not own a chambray button down? Illegal.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fashion Tip Friday: Floral Jeans

April showers bring May flowers!!...or something.

Let's talk about floral prints: They're not just for yo' gramma's bed spread anymore.

Although florals are in for all aspects of our wardrobe this season, today we're talking jeans. As in, floral jeans.

Have you guys seen this everywhere? Cause I have. And I can't not mention it.

Floral bottoms are a fun way to introduce another hit trend this season: mixing prints!

Verdict: Once I lose the baby weight (maybe I should focus on actually having the baby first), I will be sporting this trend. BUT don't expect me to show up in the designer version. I'm all about the cheap when it comes to fleeting trends such as this one.
Also, I like how these are super understated. Not everyone can pull off what Jessica Alba's got goin' on in the picture up there...

F21 $27

What do you think? Will you be floralizing yourself?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

a girl's gotta eat

Living in Nebraska has afforded me the opportunity to do a lot of pinterest-ing.
i've been doing a LOT of cooking/baking/EATING.
i've weeded out the good from the bad and
you can thank Nebraska weather for this post.

The best of Pinterest food begins now.

Healthy Licks:

My Review: SO GOOD. And surprisingly filling! A great breakfast or' tweener. (snack between meals)

My Everyday Smoothie

1 cup Almond milk
1 Banana
1/2 Cup frozen Mango
1/2 Cup frozen Pineapple
handfuls of spinach
2 T. flaxseed {milled}
My Review: my everyday smoothie...I'd say it's pretty much the

Breakfast Time:

My Review: Delish. And healthy. (a must if you've just had a baby...that bran helps keep things moving) Did I say too much?

My Review: I LOVE the blueberry sauce for this and it couldn't be easier. However, just put it on steel cut oats and regular oatmeal with a little almond milk and Slenda.

Keeping it Real with Quinoa {keen-wa} :

Review: This salad is SO SO good. It's not the quickest salad around but I could eat it for days. Want to steal the show? Bring this goody to the next book club.

Review: SO scrumptious (and it has veggies!!) Again, it's not the quickest meal but it is SO worth the time.

Pretty PASTA:

Review: We love this recipe. Hint: Trader Joe's Ravioli put it over the top. (We got the 3 Cheese and Lobster)
Review: It had me at bacon.

Review: This yum-o soup makes a mountain. Invite friends!


Review: The BEST home-made pizza I have ever had. MMMmm...

Review: Made this little ditty with Famous Daves' Rich and Sassy BBQ sauce. My hubby almost died. So good.

Appetizing Appetizer:

Review: Made this to try and fix my Oregano's craving. Have you had their Boom Dip? Salivating. It was a great imitation.

Comfort Food:

Review: Made with some brown rice and had a happy family. I LOVE using my crockpot- anything to save a little time in the kitchen!

Review: Oh yum. And easy!

have you found a knockout recipe that we need to know about? don't be shy. tell us!