soon to be beach bum

| indie fashion

2011 swimwear
 
soon, i will live both by the sea and in the mountains. the idea to me is a little overwhelming, as i've always been several hours away from the water. i consider myself a mountain girl. i like the trails, the scenery and ever-flowing rivers. the idea that i could have all that plus sandy beaches, rolling waves,  and year round sunny weather has never occurred to me. needless to say, i've begun to wrap my brain around it and cannot wait to experience it. the problem? well, i've got all the hippie mountain clothes i need, but now i need to start gathering easy-beach, cottage-by-the-sea, sunny-weather items. for starters, i like these suits above. what do you think? i also need to find a good romper.. (any advice?)

fig. 1: undrest diagonal suit (tied for 2nd fav?)
fig. 2: sophia top (maybe my favorite)
fig. 3: floral rush
fig. 4: avellanas suit
fig. 5: volcum striped
fig. 6: modern triangle bikini (tied for 2nd fav?)
fig. 7: sailor streamed bikini
fig. 8: plunging halter maillot

lovely delphine: french decor

| home decor

french decor by delphine
 
L'atelier de madame M
 
french decor by delphinefrench decor by delphine
 
L'atelier de madame M
 
french decor by delphine
 
french decor by delphine
 
turns out i have a terrible memory. i spent a good chunk of this morning filing through yesterday's history to try to remember just exactly where i saw this (ever do that?), when i finally remembered that it was on this new-to-me blog, bloseom living! isn't it pretty? this home comes from the lovely delphine of l'atelier de madame m. (you can use this translator to read it in english). oh how i love this french home! the pops of color, the grey wall in her kitchen and that beautiful mirror are among my favorite elements. what are yours?

softspoken berets

| handmade

berets by softspoken
 
it's supposed to be sunny and warm here this week (yeah!), and i think these adorable berets from softspoken would be the perfect going-to-the-park accessory. a nice chill look for this getting warm but not quite spring weather, don't you think? what's the weather like in your town? softspoken

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Vanilla Frappuccino with Ashley Pahl

| handmade

Since Spring is just around the corner, it seems right to try out a frozen drink. Building off the Vanilla Bean Latte recipe is the Vanilla Frappuccino - a deliciously frozen blend of coffee, ice, and sweetness. Serves two.

ingredients

2 cups crushed ice

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vanilla syrup

6 oz chilled espresso for a bold flavor, or 1 cup chilled, double-strength coffee

directions

I find it helps to crush the ice in a blender, first. Next, add the milk, vanilla syrup, and coffee. Blend on low speed just until it's thoroughly mixed. Pour into two glasses, and top off with whipped cream, if you wish!

Want to try different flavors? Instead of milk, use 1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate silk (soy milk). For plain, coffee flavor with sweetness, switch the vanilla syrup for 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

cofee with indie pretty projects

ashley paul indie pretty projectAshley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titledEtsy shop.

diy: perfectly bound

| DIY projects

perfectly bound
 
well, today we close another week! friday's always creep up on me. did your week go by quickly? as i was browsing through the blogosphere earlier, i found this darling diy over at poppytalk, and thought you might like to embark on a craft this weekend. do you journal? occasionally i'll find myself jotting down ideas or notes, and sometimes i'll sketch little flowers or patterns out on a piece of paper. notebooks are the easiest way to do that.. and well, let's just admit it- they're pretty to have just sitting around. don't you think? head on over to poppytalk to to get the full diy instructions on how to make this perfectly bound journal.

i had so much fun here with you this week, and always love creating conversation and getting to know each of you better. here's a little wrap up of ghtr from this week and a few articles i think you might enjoy from around the web.

- learn how to put those big dreams into action with tara gentile's the art of action e-course.

- have a mac? check out omm writer and finally write in peace.

- download the ingredients to avoid pocket guide for body care products

- enter to win a seat in the 'do what you love e-course' - giveaway ends sunday!

- find out why you should be in love with fatty acids, and learn everything you need to know about cooking oils.

see you on monday!
xox, bonnie

reddoll fashion

| indie fashion

red doll fashion
 
red doll fashion
 
really? the talent i find in the handmade arena never ceases to completely amaze me. these gorgeous gowns are handmade by tatyana merenyuk- a new york based ukrainian designer.  aren't they stunning? some would be perfect for a big event (going to the red carpet, anyone?) while others are just sweet enough for a summer cocktail party. visit the reddoll shop to see more, or visit her website for the full collection.

inbox inquiry: organic hair care

| inbox inquiry | simple living

inbox inquiry
 
hello, lovelies! today we have an inbox inquiry from katie henderson about organic hair care products. see my advice below and share your own advice in the comments section!

inbox inquiry
 

answer:
hi katie! i have curly, frizzy hair as well. AH! i have a few recommendations for you (see below) but more than just guide you to a specific product, i wanted to share with you a list of ingredients that i avoid at all costs. that way, you can take the list with you into the store and find several different products that you can feel good about purchasing and using!

below you'll find my pocket resource guide for which ingredients to avoid. you will be able to find products that are free from these ingredients, you'll just have to look for them. you can try at your local store, but a better bet would be to head to a health food store. but remember, just because it's in a health food store, doesn't mean it's good for you! always double check the ingredients. you can click on the picture below to download a pdf format, with three different sizes in it choose from. i just keep a copy in my wallet for easy access at the store!
 
ingredients to avoid

click to download the "ingredients to avoid" pocket guide! (you'll have three sizes to choose from.)

now, the discussion on ingredients in general, is a whole different topic in itself (of which we won't go into today), but you can either take my word for it, or research the following links to learn more:

-skin deep- a great website where you can enter an ingredient to learn more about it. they also have a wonderful what not to buy, a must read!
-body care from mother love
-organic consumers association

some of the products that i've found to 'fit the bill' have come from the companies listed below. however, you still need to double check the ingredients, as not all of the products from these companies necessarily apply.

-earth science
-burt's bees
-say yes to carrots

the best rule of thumb is to only purchase products that contain ingredients that:
a) you can pronounce
b) you would eat (you know like grapeseed oil, root extract, etc)

do you have any favorite organic (or otherwise responsible) hair products you like? do share in the comments section!