Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Side by Side Challenge: Spring Denim

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The ladies of 2 Girls in 2 Cities are at it again and this month they wanted us to showcase how we style our denim for spring. (See previous side by side challenge posts here & here.)

This month Jill of Hot Pink Style and Julien of It's Julien joined in the fun to show us their spring styling too. Make sure you head over to their blogs, as well as 2 Girls in 2 Cities, to see their full posts today as well! ;) 

Here is my spring denim look: 
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I love wearing light denim in the spring. 
I bought these boyfriend jeans back in December when Express had their 50% off sale and couldn't be happier to finally be wearing them! 

Nothing says spring to me like light denim, cute sandals, a bright colored blouse, and a great hat! 
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Top: Loft // Jeans: Express // Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Bag: Swap w/ Kaitlyn (Just Fab) // Bracelet: c/o House of Gemmes // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Hat: Charming Charlie // Necklace: Ax+Apple // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules 

How do you style your denim in spring? 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning: Crawl Space

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We are taking spring cleaning to a new level over at our house this year. 
When myself and my husband moved into our home back in 2006 we never cleaned out the crawl space and attic from the previous owners (also Fergus family members). 
Fast forward 8 years and 2 kids later and we decided we needed to FINALLY clean house! 
Up first, the crawl space. This thing was jammed packed with wood, metal, destroyed furniture, broken doors, glass, old paint, and other random garbage from the 60's, 70's, & the 80's. 

Here are some of the things we found:
Yep, 3 tons of items that had to be brought to the dump. That's 7,000 pounds of trash that has been under my home! To me, this is insane. Sadly, the furniture was all water damaged but we did manage to save a vintage typewriter, record player & records, bongos, and a few other small gems. 

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A shopping cart? This bad boy was so heavy! They used to make everything better back in the day, no? ;) 

And here is the finished product: 

Now that's a usable crawl space! 

Are you spring cleaning in your home?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest Post: Lindsay of Linzeelu Thank You

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Hello again Stilettos and Diaper Bags readers! I am back for more :) 
And this time I am shining a spotlight on a popular trend this Spring: Flower Power! Tis the season to decorate and dress up with all the beautiful blooms that abound this time of year!
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Spruce up your space or clear out room in your closet for a bright & vibrant spring trend! And if all else fails, fresh flowers at home will do the trick! Flower Power | Fresh Flowers | Linzeelu Thank You 

 How do you feature flowers this spring? 
Visit me at my main spot & share your thoughts! xx, Linzeelu Thank You

I just love this post. Thank you so much Lindsay for helping me out while I'm away at Disney with my family! Make sure you all head over to Lindsay's blog and show her some love! 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Winner Announced: Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening System

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The winner of the Smile Brilliant system is: #13 
Congrats Jamie C! You will be contacted in the next 48 hours for your shipping info of where to send you new teeth whitening system. 

Thank you to Smile Brilliant for hosting this giveaway and a big thank you to all who entered!  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Guest Post: Jessica & Jill of Jess + Jill

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Gloomy Days, Bright Attire 
Hello! To those that may not know us, we're Jess & Jill - two blogger besties who eat, drink, and dress up together! And lately we've had one thing on our mind... warmer weather. So Mother Nature, listen up.
When it comes to spring, outside of the flowers and allergens (hello, itchy eyes!), our minds go straight to rainy weather. While we absolutely love staying dry inside with a Netflix marathon and comfy pajamas, at some point we have to leave our house. But who says the weather has to cramp your style?
We can't get enough of a fun rain boot and funky umbrella, since they make a unique statement on a gloomy day. If wet jeans aren't your thing - because really, who enjoys that - a rolled up pair takes care of the problem and gives off an effortlessly fashionable look. Plus, a distressed design helps hide any raindrops! And there's no excuse to pull out that poncho you paid an arm and a leg for at Disney. These coats will keep you dry without looking like a tourist, because that's never chic.
1. Pocket Umbrella ($26.50) - J.Crew, 2. Tapered Boyfriend ($194.00) - Henry & Belle, 3. Umbrella ($38.00) - kate spade new york, 4. Longchamp Le Pliage Tote ($145.00) - Bloomingdale's, 5. Rainy Day Necklace ($25.00) - Emily Elizabeth Jewelry, 6. Double Breasted Raincoat ($139.00) - Zara, 7. Ted Baker 'Atiri' ($150.00) - Zappos, 8. Rainy Day Earrings ($22.00) - red truck designs, 9. Daisy Lace Plastic Mac ($96.00) - Topshop, 10. Spring 13 Rainboot ($39.00) - Marc by Marc Jacobs, 11. Coincidence & Chance Cutest Rain Slicker Jacket ($79.00) - Urban Outfitters, 12. Hunter Original Rain Boots ($140.00) - Akira, 13. Gold Circle Bracelet ($20.00) - Pura Vida Bracelets.
Who couldn't smile at these little accessories? Facing this weather is looking a whole lot better already! And if you haven't had your fill of weather complaints, you can vent about it to us on Twitter

I spy a few items I must pick up asap! ;) Thank you so much for helping me out with a guest post ladies! Make sure you all head over to their blog and show them some love! xo

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Ideas for Ham Leftovers

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Last week I did a post on ham recipes and this week I wanted to follow up with what you can do with the leftovers! 
Here are a few suggestions:

Ham & Wild Rice Soup 
I found this recipe over on Lake House Lyn

Super yummy, super simple, and it is done is a slow cooker which makes it less work for you!

Cheesy Ham & Hash Brown Casserole
(source)

This one is great because it can be made for breakfast and is super easy and quick!

Diced Ham Omelets
This is something you can make with leftovers or do what I did and just buy Hormel Cure 81 diced boneless ham!

Again, super easy and the something the entire family will enjoy!

What do you do with your leftover ham?


*I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Stilettos and Diaper Bags are my own.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Product Review & Giveaway: Rodan & Fields

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I was recently asked to try out the Rodan & Fields Microdermabrasion paste, capsule of Night renewing serum, and capsule of lip serum by Laura Stern (a Rodan & Fields consultant).

I LOVED it all! 
The microdermabrasion paste smelled a bit like citrus (orange maybe) and after 60 seconds of rubbing it all over my face, I was left with smoother more shinny looking skin. 
The lip serum had a vanilla smell to it and felt a bit oil based which is just what my lips needed after all this crazy weather we have had here in the Midwest. 
The night renewing serum was almost like a photo finish. It went on smooth, and my skin looked immediately better. The morning after, I was hooked. This stuff is amazing! 

Here is Laura's 3 month before & after using the Reverse regimen, I think it's pretty stellar!!

Rodan & Fields wants you to use products that are best for their skincare concerns and regimens so that have a "Solution Tool" where you can find out what's best for you!   


Giveaway items: 
- mini facial which includes our bestsellers: microdermabrasion paste, capsule of Night renewing serum and capsule of lip serum
- full size Body Micro-dermabrasion  
 - full sized Foaming Sunless Tanner  

Here is Laura's before and after using the tanning foam on her legs, no orange color.  "It can be used on the face as well...which is my fave since it's so lightweight."

To Enter:

For information about joining as a consultant, click here - Laura is offering cash incentives to people joining with the $696 package and higher!

Good luck! Winner will be announced 1 week from today! 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Outfit: Well Hello Spring!

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The Midwest has finally warmed up! (insert happy dance)
It was 78 and sunny this day and I decided to wear a simple floral dress and add just a few accessories.

This gold hammered necklace is beyond! You will be seeing this beauty a lot in coming outfit post. What can I say, when you find a great piece of jewelry you should wear it! ;)
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Dress: Because I Shop Too Much (Forever 21) // Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Sunnies: Prada // Watch: Fossil // Necklace: c/o Sole Society 

I finished the look off with a wedge sandal, a few rings, and a watch and that was it!
And obviously I needed to do some twirling. Warm weather and a great dress? Twirl ladies, twirl!

What do you think of this look?
Is it finally warming up were you are from?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Outfit: Watermelon Shorts? Yes Please!

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I was recently gifted a pair of watermelon shorts from Vineyard Vines and to say I am obsessed is an understatement!

They are cute enough to be dressed up with a blouse and heels like I did or can even be dressed down with a tank & flats for a casual picnic on the weekend.  I am looking forward to styling them again and again this spring/summer. ;)

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Top: Thirty Something Fashion Box Service  // Shorts: c/o Vineyard Vines // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Necklace: XO Veronika // Chain Bracelet: Victoria's Secret 

To play off the watermelon colors I added a dark pink blouse, coral heel, and nude bag.

What do you think of this look?
Would you rock watermelon shorts?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Outfit: Mid Week Morning Meet-Up

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I generally spend my kid-free time working, cleaning, doing laundry, etc. so it was a super nice change of pace to hang out with a friend and catch up over a great meal! 

I kept the look super simple by pairing my boyfriend jeans with a bright plaid, simple jewelry, and a super chic neutral bag.
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Top & Jeans: Express // Shoes: Dolce Vita // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Watch: Fossil // Necklace: Castellammare Jewelry // Chain Pave Bracelet: Sole Society // Sunnies: American Eagle (my hubby's) // Rings: Shop Jules 

Do you ever meet up with friends mid-week for a meal out?
What do you think of this outfit pairing?