Friday, February 12, 2016

Activewear Anywhere

Wear your activewear anywhere and everywhere when you step up your athletic style game with these fabulous key pieces. Many items are currently on sale, to sweeten the deal for you!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Tutorial: Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party

A group of friends will join me for a GALentine's Day Tea on Saturday at my house. As a special treat, I decided to make heart-shaped sugar cubes to sweeten the tea.

You can easily make heart-shaped sugar cubes at home for a special treat for your Valentine's Day celebration. Wouldn't this be an adorable touch for your morning tea?

Heart-shaped ice cube trays are the perfect size for the sugar cubes. Candy molds also work well.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party

To make the sugar cubes, you only need two ingredients, sugar and water! I measured 1/4 cup sugar and added 1/2 teaspoon of water. The mixture looked like sand.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Using a spoon, I packed the sugar and water mixture into the silicone mold.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Let the mixture harden for several hours. The sugar cubes pop right out of the mold.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Perfect Date Night Outfits

What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year?

It's a whirlwind of weekend of activity here at Casa Pink and Green. Friday, the girls perform at a basketball game. On Saturday, a group of friends will join me at home for a GALentine's Day Tea Party. More details on that in an upcoming post!

But since Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday, John and I will keep things simple with a casual dinner at a local downtown restaurant while Natalia and Alexia babysit as a fundraiser for a service trip with the youth group at church.

No matter what your plans entail, these options offer style and flair: The Five Star Restaurant, Dinner and a Movie, and A Night By the Fire. Although I prefer any color palette for Valentine's Day, I usually include a pop of pink or red.

The Five Star Restaurant

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Dinner and a Movie

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A Night By the Fire

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fat Tuesday + Ice + Sale

Happy Fat Tuesday! Where I live in Maryland, there is a strong German influence and we always celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating fried dough called fastnacht . Luckily, I picked mine up before the snow hit us last night.

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This past weekend, I admired dozens of ice sculptures at Fire in Ice, a popular annual event in the historic district of Frederick. Crowds of people viewed the sculptures in front of local businesses, restaurants, and churches. Ice sculpture demonstrations and dancing added extra flair to the event. The event was highly publicized this year and thousands of people attended. We ate dinner at La Paz after a wait of about an hour and a half. Luckily the pager that we received had a range of several blocks, allowing us to walk and explore while we waited.

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Kate Spade currently offers some fantastic items in a Surprise Sale. I love this hot air balloon wristlet.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Casual Weekend Style

After a busy work week, I enjoy wearing basic essentials in an effortless, casual way. Although the Essential Cotton Shirt, made from prima pima cotton, works well for work, it's also a winner for the weekend. Even work tucked "out" the shirt looks elegant and refined.

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The soft gray check printed shirt pairs perfectly with gray travel pants, elevating the oxford and leggings to a new high. The minimalist style is just right for shopping, errands, or anything that your weekend activities entail, without being overly casual.

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garnet hill essential cotton shirt lilly pulitzer travel pant sperry heels blogger fashion after 40

garnet hill essential cotton shirt lilly pulitzer travel pant sperry heels blogger fashion after 40

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blue + White Ginger Jar Chinoiserie Pillow

Blue and white ginger jars are a favorite motif for home decor. The rich blue and white watercolor print on this quilt set the stage for elegance in any bedroom. Bold blue stripes on the reverse side add contrast.

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The accent pillows work well in the bedroom or as an accent piece in any room. I plan to pick up a few of these for several rooms in my house. The blue and white chinoiserie ginger jar pillow matches almost anything. The 18" square pillow is delicately embroidered with a ginger jar scroll work motif. 

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Elephants also top my list of favorite motifs, so this complementary blue embroidered elephant pillow to the ensemble is an added bonus. I love the detailed embroidery of the elephant's blanket on this square pillow.
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Right now, these gorgeous pillows and the bedding collection is on sale for 50% off the original price. Take an extra 15% off the already reduced price with the code WKND. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pink Puffer Vest

Finally! Yesterday we were finally able to get out of our house after the blizzard, but travel was not easy. In our neighborhood, every road that we encountered had only one travel lane for 2-way traffic. This led to some interesting maneuvering on my part, backing up to the next cross street, or dodging into an open plowed parking space. Major state and county roads didn't offer much better options. One transit lane on multi-lane roads seemed to be the rule. To be honest, I was shocked at the conditions. I had hoped to be able to return to school, but my heart sank a little bit when I realized that buses couldn't possibly navigate the narrow drive lane on most streets. Hopefully the crews can make some progress today.

I went to the post office to mail several packages that I had. Surprisingly, I felt comfortable in a warm puffer vest and layers; no heavy parka needed! The Isabelle Puffer Vest is feminine and fitted, offering a flattering shape. Gold tone buttons and accents add style to this stunning piece. I sized up in this to a medium.

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Vest (some colors on sale here!) /  Scarf (old)  /  Shirt  /  Jeans  /  Boots

Hope that you have a fantastic day!


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