Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Blog Challenge

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to tell you that Amber of Brunch with Amber and I are hosting a blog challenge! Everyone's tired of winter and ready for spring, so we thought we would welcome spring with a Link Up Challenge. We hope you'll play along.

If you've never done one before, let us explain! It's super easy and super fun

For the challenge, you answer the question each day on your blog, then you come back here and link your entry to the link-up. Then, you can see who else has linked up, what fun outfits they're wearing, products they're suggesting, and travel plans they're making. It's a fun way to find new blogs and have other bloggers find you! Plus, we really love the questions! ;) 

We'll start March 21st, the first full day of spring (plus this will give you time to schedule your posts during the weekend), and it'll last 5 days!
Here are the questions:

1. What do you look forward to most about spring and what about winter are you going to miss? 
(March 21)

2. What's your favorite spring outfit {or two}?
(March 22)

3. Where are you/would you be headed for spring break this year (real or ideal)?
(March 23)

4. What are some recommendations for products you'll be using this spring as you're headed outdoors more?
(March 24)

5. What recipe or food do you look forward to most during the springtime?
(March 25)

If you're planning on participating, we would love for you to post the button in your sidebar to help us spread the word and get more bloggers to participate. The more people that participate the more blogs you'll find to read and fun comments you'll receive! Thank you so much for doing this! (If you don't know how to do it, just email us!)

We're so excited about this! We hope you'll play along! 

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Anne Hathaway's Oscars

I enjoy watching the Oscar's not because I care so much who wins the awards but more to see who wears what. Last night on the red carpet there were quite a few amazing looks, including the hair of Reese Witherspoon, Mila Kunis's violet Elie Saab number, the feather donned Gucci gown of Hilary Swank, and Sandra Bullock's fiery red Vera Wang dress. My favorite dresses to see, however, were those of host Anne Hathaway. While I sat nervously watching the performance of she and James Franco, I was awed every single time her dress and hair changed. I, personally, thought she looked stunning in every single look in which she appeared. Here's a rundown.
 Her red carpet look was Valentino, and it was my favorite of the night.
Her entry look was Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci dress with Tiffany jewels. This is when I was the most nervous, as was she as she continuously rubbed the texturing on the front of her dress.
 I love how feminine she made this menswear look seem with her Brian Atwood heels and Tiffany jewelry. Of course the fact that it was custom by Lanvin didn't hurt at all either.
 This Vivienne Westwood corseted couture gown was my least favorite of the night, but if this is your worst look I think you're doing pretty well.
 I loved the silver tassels of this Oscar de la Renta number, and she seemed to love it herself. I thought her swinging and dancing around in it was so cute, and it seemed to be an honest and unscripted moment.
 This look was flawless. Her hair, makeup, and Atelier Versace dress were all breath-taking.
 I liked this look, although my boyfriend had a different opinion. Was this a Man Repelling look, or no? It is Giorgio Armani Prive.
This look was one of Tom Ford's first Oscar dresses, as he only recently began a women's line. 

I'll take any of them. Which was your favorite? What other looks topped your list?

I've added to my bucket list the need to have my hair done 8 different ways in one night with less than 5 minute transitions.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

the color purple

Purple is my favorite color (can you tell from my blog?). I love these rooms and would love to have them in my house someday. I just wonder how a guy would feel about having a purple room or purple accents. Oh well, they're gorgeous...

Source: via meghan on Pinterest
Source: via Blanca on Pinterest

What's your favorite color? Is it a color that easily meshes in interior decorating? Could I pull off the last one one day as a guest bedroom in my future house?
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

wearable versus what the heck

New York Fashion Week ended a bit ago, and I loved some of what the designers had to share. Sometimes, though, I'm baffled as to how I'm even supposed to imagine a wearable outfit out of a runway look. I love Marc Jacobs just as much as the next girl, but the choice to have runway models wear stewardess/alien hats threw me for a loop. I would like to see someone pull this look off:
But, as I was browsing blogs today, I read several posts by Blonde Salad, a style blogger, at Milan Fashion Week. Their looks seems so much more imaginable and wearable. A few favorites included
 Gianfranco Ferré
images above via The Blonde Salad
Emilio Pucci
Bottega Veneta
Above images {via}

Clearly I don't have the trained eye to see fashion, but a lot of times on runways I swear I wonder what the designers were thinking. These pieces that came down the runway in Milan, however, seemed different to me. I still don't dream of having a closet filled with designer items; I might like to own a piece or two by Tory Burch one day (see below image), but overall I appreciate the influences that J.Crew, Anthropologie, H&M, and Forever 21 take from these designers. And what I appreciate the most is how they tone it all down to be attractive and wearable.
What do you think about fashion weeks and runway shows? Do you see what I mean about those later pieces being more wearable? I don't know a lot of designers, but I do have a couple of favorites from the ones I do know. Who are yours?

Also, if I'm totally missing the point of runway shows, please enlighten me. I hope there is something more to they create the wearable pieces based on the shows?

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I have been so excited over the last couple of weeks to have received a handful of awards. I appreciate it so much, and it really means a lot of me that these ladies have chosen me to receive their awards. There is a lot of text below, so pick an award or two to read. There is probably more about me here than you ever wanted to know!

To show my appreciation for all of my new followers, I'm going to give the awards to you specifically!

The first one I received from both April and Jen.
That award is the Versatile Blogger Award
For this award, there are 10 questions to answer:

1. Why did you start this blog?
I started this blog because I had unsuccessfully attempted to write a young professional's personal finance blog twice in the past couple of years. I realized I didn't want to narrow my focus so much and instead wanted to be able to write about whatever I felt at the time. I occasionally write about personal finance on here now, but more often I'll write about life, style, and other things of the more general nature.
2. What kind of blogs do you follow?
I follow blogs that include pictures in most every post. I like people who have similar interests to me; I love blogs that share tips, show outfits, suggest new styles, share pictures, and overall have a happy note to them. I also look at the design of the blog.
3. Favorite make-up brand?
Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier
4.  Favorite Clothing Brand?
J.Crew, LOFT, Anthropologie (although they aren't their own brand...)
5. Indespensable make-up product?
I don't wear makeup everyday, but I think mascara makes a huge difference.
6. Favorite Color?
7. Favorite perfume?
Stella by Tocca
8. Favorite film?
I don't have one.
9. What country would you like to visit and why?
If the world wasn't falling apart I would want to visit Greece. Since that's not the best choice at the time, I think going to China would be my next choice. I've never been to Asia.
10. Would you rather forget to put mascara on one eye or blush on one side of the face?
Blush on one side of my face.

The next award I got from Erin. She's a new blogger who has a fun blog!
For this one, there is another set of questions:

1. Who/What inspires you?
My dad inspires me, knowing that I can really make a difference inspires me, and wanting to be successful for myself and my future family inspires me.
2. What is your favorite season and why? I love Fall. I like wearing cardigans and pants and leggings and boots without being freezing. I like a chill in the air.3. What are you looking most forward to this year? I'm looking forward to a lot of things. There's one big thing I'm hoping happens this year, but I don't want to say it out loud for fear that it won't happen. When/If it does, I'll be sure to let you know...4. If you could write a book about anything, what would it be about? 
Transitioning from life in college to life as an adult with all of the things to consider as you go into the world on your own.
5. What is your greatest passion? Teaching others. I'm a teacher, and I love teaching my students. But I am referring to all aspects of life. I love helping and teaching people anything that I know about and can share with them.
6. If you could change one thing about your life or yourself, what would it be. 
I would be more organized, more interested in keeping things neat and orderly, and more motivated to go to the gym7. Lastly, what is your favorite novel? 
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. This is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. It's long, and I would read until my eyes hurt and then I would take breaks after each page to rest my eyes. I would recommend it to anyone; it is so much better than the movie.

The next award I got is from Katie. I found her blog after she followed me during my CSN giveaway. I was excited to find her colorful and always interest blog. It's one that I read everyday.

This award is the
I just give 7 facts about myself that you may not know.

1. I moved to Tampa without knowing anyone almost three years ago for the purpose of taking the job I'm currently at. I'm very happy I did, as it has turned out to be a wonderful decision because of the life I'm making for myself.
2. I drive a Honda Accord and almost got suckered in to buying the Honda Element six months ago with one of those dealer incentive flyers. Thankfully one of my friends talked some sense into me.
3. My boyfriend also drives a Honda Accord. He bought his after me.
4. We both had Jeep Grand Cherokees before we traded for the Accords.
5. I LOVE throwing pottery. I'll post some pictures on here one day with some of the pots that I've done. I was taking a class a year ago and had made a pitcher and a casserole. A car hit the building one night and it was declared structurally unsound; classes were cancelled and I never went back to get my pots after they reopened the building a few months later.
6. My favorite foods in the whole world are sushi and Mexican. I could without a doubt eat only those two things for the rest of my life and be okay with it.
7. I love blankets. I need to have a blanket on me all the time when I'm at home, so I hate when it's hot in the house.

The last award that I received is from another Katie. I enjoy reading Katie's blog, as she always sounds super smart in what she's saying. She is also fun to connect with on twitter.
This award is fun because I tell you five facts and only one of them is true. So, which do you think is true?
1. Even though I don't teach English, my college major was English literature.
2. I knit while I watch my reality tv shows.
3. One of my favorite things in the whole world is receiving snail mail.
4. I hate surprises.
5. I have trouble sleeping many nights; I like afternoon naps.

So, because I'm overwhelmed about who to give these to, but also because I'm so thankful for all of my new followers, I want to give these to anyone who has started following me in the last week! So, pick one or two and tell me that you did it. I want to come read your entry!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

dollar-less day

I always see people playing with the Fill in the Blank Friday, but today's questions seemed like the most fun set I've seen in a while. I want to play! Head over here to link up with Lauren.

1.   I am currently obsessed with       nail polishes; I keep buying them and then wanting to change colors. It's a new sensation for me, as I've not always been concerned with the look of my fingernails (although have gotten a pedicure every 2-3 weeks since I can remember) .

2.  Today I am    happy     because,    I don't have any plans this weekend that require a lot of effort. I love relaxing weekends at home; plus, Tim has the rare Saturday off and we get to hang out together   .

3.  The age I am is    25     and the age I feel is    75 after work, because I'm so incredibly tired after a three day week. How is that possible? But really, most days I feel 25, and I love realizing how young that really is and how much time I have to make and accomplish my grand plans  .

4.  My favorite place is     my couch at my house. It means I can relax, read, watch tv, and blog. My favorite place to repeat visit is either Las Vegas or NYC, and my favorite place in the world is Africa; I love it because of my studies from college and the two trips I've made there.

5.  Something I have been procrastinating is     cleaning. laundry. losing weight (that's the biggest one that I keep promising myself will happen but continues to not) .

6.  The last thing I purchased was        the BBQ chicken pizza we had for dinner last night (see previous question), which means today was a day with no money spent! Woohoo .

7.  The thing I love most about my home is      the kitchen that I stock fully with all of my favorite cooking utensils and supplies. I couldn't live without a useable and fully stocked kitchen  .

Don't forget about my fun favorites giveaway of a Stella & Dot statement necklace as well as a $25 gift card to DD or Target!


I'll be back later with a post, but in case you didn't hear the good news...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

big purchase after long savings

I'm thrilled with the reception of my giveaway, I'm thankful for the new followers, and I deeply appreciate the comments after my post yesterday. One of the things I love about blogging is forming a community of friends, and I'm really starting to feel like I'm developing friends out there.

Since I was a bit quiet yesterday, I wanted to share with you some exciting news for me! I got the new Macbook Pro today!
I've been waiting for many months to get one, as my boyfriend kept reminding me that they would be "coming out with a new one soon". Isn't apple always coming out with a new one soon? It isn't one second after you've bought something that rumors spread about a new version coming out. Well, I'm okay with that. I've been saving for this for a VERY long time, I needed a personal computer as I've been using my work one for personal stuff for the last couple of years, and I have some exciting plans related to my quote yesterday that will make this mac worthwhile. I'll save those plans for a rainy day.

Random question: do you write your posts and then post them or write a bunch ahead of time and then schedule them? I've been telling myself I would schedule for a while, bit I've yet to do it.

Just as random, do you tweet? Follow me on twitter and tell me your name! I'm loving it since I started back into it a month or so ago.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

just thinking

I worry a lot. If you knew me you would know that may be the understatement of the century. I'm having a night of worry over a lot of unnecessary things, so I don't have a lot to say. I did, however, want to give you this quote that I found today that really lifted my spirits.
Source: via meghan on Pinterest

What are some things at which you're afraid of failing? What are some dreams that you have that you could start actively planning in the next short period of time? I think we all have so much inside of us that can make us each truly great in our own way. This quote reminds me of another ingenious quote that has motivated me in the past, "what would you do if you weren't afraid?"

So, what would you do? Start a business? Try your hand at a new art? Try selling something you're afraid no on would like? Start your own blog?

I hope you do...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Celebrating 100!

When I started blogging I had no idea how much pleasure it would give me to do this everyday. I love getting comment emails, finding new blogs to follow, and interacting with bloggers on a regular basis. It's just so much fun.

I've hit two exciting blogger milestones. I hit 100 followers a few weeks ago, and this is my 100th blog post! I'm celebrating by hosting a giveaway of two things that will tell you a little bit more about me!

1. The first item is The Medina Bib from Stella & Dot. It's the most popular item of the spring line so far!
I'm a Stella & Dot stylist, and I absolutely love Africa and African inspired jewelry (such as this).

2. A $25 gift card to Dunkin Donuts or Target (your choice if you win)!
If you've been reading my blog a while, you know I'm obsessed with Dunkin Donuts. I love Target almost as much. I know if you're like me $25 to Target will only get you half of what you end up purchasing.

The giveaway will close in two weeks. March 8th at midnight will be the last day to enter, and then I'll announce the two winners March 9th!

Here's how to enter. Leave a separate comment for each entry:
1. Follow my blog with GFC and leave a comment telling me you do! (1 entry)
2. Follow me on twitter @lttlegrlbigwrld and leave me your twitter name (2 entries)
3. Tweet about the giveaway with a link to this post. (2 entries)
You can use this if you want:
@lttlegrlbigwrld is having a fun favorites giveaway!
4. Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to the post (5 entries)
5. Put this button in your sidebar until the drawing (10 entries)

Yay! Can't wait to pick two winners in two weeks!

Monday, February 21, 2011

What I would wear tomorrow

Tomorrow is back to work for an In-Service day. They're casual, and it's nice to have a more relaxed outfit in which to work. If I owned any of these pieces, this is what I would wear tomorrow. I really want some of the large flare leg jeans like Cheetah is the New Black wears, and I want a striped shirt like Chelsea Lately has on her commercial. This is how I'll tie it all together.
What I would wear tomorrow
*If you clock on the items it will take you to polyvore and you can see where it all came from.

Book Review

I finished read Hunger Games this morning before I went to the grocery store. I started it yesterday at about 3 PM. It's around 375 pages. I'm not saying this to tell you I'm a fast reader (because I'm really not), but to tell you that the book was good. Here's my review:
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a quick read. The plot starts immediately, and it requires no "getting into it" time. When you begin, you learn of Katniss, the lead character, and her responsibility in taking care of her family by hunting for food since the death of her father in a coal mine explosion. They live in the 12th District in a country that has replaced a fallen North America. The author doesn't give a specific year; she only talks of the history they learn in school and the fact that District 12 is in former Appalachia. 

Every year each district chooses a boy and girl at random to participate in the Hunger Games, a bloody battle to the death between the 24 participants. The last one alive after surviving the scenario in which they are placed emerges victorious and goes back to their district a hero. While there is no lack of killing and death in the book, the author describes it in an appropriate way for the intended young adult audience.

A love story begins to develop between Katniss and Peeta, the boy from disctrict 12, before they enter the arena. This love story becomes somewhat of a strategy, and while there is some sense that Peeta truly feels strongly for Katniss, the feeling is more of a show from Katniss. While in the arena and living day to day in hopes of surviving until the end, Katniss spends much of her time ensuring that she acts in a way that the audience will approve of, as the entire event is televised and required viewing in all of the districts. The way Katniss acts is very curious, as she disapproves of the event but works for approval from viewers the entire time. 

The purpose of the Hunger Games is to remind all of the people who live in the districts that they must live in accordance with the rules of The Capitol. If they choose to rise up in rebellion as they once did, they will be crushed into oblivion as was done to the no longer existent 13th district. Each year The Capitol shows they have all the power and control over the districts. It is the author's eerie prediction of what the world will be like in the future: people in the capitol seeking perfection, speaking strangely, painting their bodies different colors, and controlling the country like a maniacal dictator.

It is a strange and amazing book, and I would highly recommend it to you or anyone you know above the age of 12 or 13. It follows in the genre of The Giver or Farenheit 451, and while not an utterly untold story, it is told with a new voice. Also, it's coming out as a movie next year.

Have you read it? Would you agree? Where does you opinion diverge or align with mine?

*I mentioned this was post 98 because I'm doing a giveaway at post 100*

Sunday, February 20, 2011

excuse me while i step onto my soap box

I am a grammar, spelling, and punctuation nut. I'm not always perfect, but I try really hard. Obviously in the world of blogging and twitter there is room for errors, but in letters, important emails, and serious writing I really think people should think about what they're writing. Too is not the same as to. Their, they're, and there are also not the same. I found the below image in pinterest, and it made me laugh. Placement of commas can really change the meaning of a sentence.

It's true, punctuation (and spelling and grammar) can save a person's life. We wouldn't want to be eating grandpa now would we?

Okay, getting off the soapbox now.
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