Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wearing Vintage Fur

Fabulous Fur Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe

This week, let's talk about wearing fur. I'm not talking about real vs. faux fur, or whether wearing fur is "right" or "wrong," I'm talking about how to rock a vintage piece of fur clothing in your everyday wardrobe. There is no doubt that fur can be warm. With these chilling temperatures, I've noticed a lot more fur trim on sweaters, jackets and hats, and that got my fashion thoughts churning.

I am lucky enough to have inherited a few fur collars and a couple fur hats from my grandmother. I dug them out the other day, with the plan to see if I could incorporate them into my wardrobe. Vintage is all the rage - right? For this week's post, I started with an easy one. It's a vintage faux-jaguar fur collar. It attaches easily with pins.

I decided to keep it low-key and classic, with a simple black cashmere v-neck sweater and skinny jeans. I loved the funky casual look and felt very chic. The collar definitely added interest to a plain black sweater. I chose not to wear a necklace with the collar . . .less is more sometimes. I think I would have liked this look with some gold jewelry . . .like a vintage chunky gold charm bracelet and small link choker.

Here's how it came together:

Basic Black Sweater Styled with a Vintage Fur Collar
Jeans - Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Jeans
Sweater - Eddie Bauer Cashmere (old)
Collar - Vintage Fur from Grandmom's Collection
Boots - Aerosoles (old - they have been re-heeled once)
Bracelets - Alex and Ani and Tiffany
Earrings - Kate Spade

I have a more luxurious one to try next, but I'm not sure what to style it 

Vintage Fur Collar Styled for Everyday Wear

Do you wear fur?

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This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On. Check them out for even more outfit ideas and inspiration.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My 7 Favorite Beauty Products to Try Right Now

The 7 fabulous beauty products to try right now!

If you are like me, you may be suffering a little from the winter blahs. It's been grey and cold here, there's snow/ice on the ground, you need so many layers to go outside, it's not even worth the effort. I'm over it. But when I took a long look in the mirror the other day (yikes!), I noticed that my hair and my skin look like they are over it as well, and that's not good.

So I took a long look at the products I was using, and am sharing some of my favorites, that are giving me great results right now and getting my hair and skin through this awful winter weather. (Some links you see may be affiliate links, so thanks for clicking!)

Shampoo and Conditioner - Winter weather can be really hard on your hair. I recently had a great cut (long overdue) and I love the way my hair feels so silky after a new hair cut. A while ago, I had the opportunity to sample some Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner from Fekkai and I fell in love! When I use it, my hair looks like I just went to the salon - no lie. It's pricy, but I only wash my hair every 2-3 days, so it goes a long way.


Frankincense - I have been incorporating essential oils into my daily life for the last several months. Part of that incorporation, includes exploring ways to use them in my everyday beauty routines. This little miracle bottle is fantastic for your skin. Once a week, I mix a drop or 2 with some coconut oil, and use that in place of my regular nighttime moisturizer. It's made a difference in the tone and clarity of my skin.

Blush - Banish your dull skin once and for all! I'm not a fan of "blush", ever since I discovered this shimmer brick from Bobbi Brown. First of all, you can use it all over your face - not just along your cheekbones. Secondly, it has just a bit of shimmer to add some light and a healthy glow to your skin. It lasts a long time, and has made a world of difference in my daily beauty routine. I even wear it year-round!

Lip Balm - Do your lips feel like they may crack and flake right off your mouth? I hate that feeling! But what I hate worse is waxy or gloppy lip goo. You can taste and smell it, so I get really particular about what I use. My friend Jessica, from Eat.Sleep.Be made this AMAZING lip balm as a giveaway at one of her essential oil classes. I LOVED it. I used every single bit of it from the little pot and then I needed to make my own. What - make your own lip balm?? Yes AND it's totally easy!

Brush - I know, a brush may not seem like an important beauty product, but discovering this brush has been life-changing. I am blessed with thick hair. But that blessing comes with the curse of a long blow-dry time. To cut down on my blow drying, I use this brush to remove extra moisture, thus not drying out my hair as much. Sometimes it really is the simple things!

Lemon Water - Drinking water throughout the day is good for us. We all know that, but few of us actually drink enough. Water can help improve the look and health of our skin and our hair. It can also help suppress our appetites if we're trying to maintain or even lose a little weight. I confess, I do not drink enough water. One way I can encourage myself to drink more water, is to set up a glass pitcher each morning, and add four drops of my favorite citrus essential oil. You can use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange . . .whatever may suit your tastes.

Hand Cream - This is one of my favorite products, and after looking at my hands, I've determined that I need to get back in the habit of using it! It has a wonderful scent, doesn't leave your hands greasy, and takes years off the skin on the backs of your hands. Your face and body can look fantastic, so don't let your hands give away your age!

So there you have it. My 7 must-haves right now for keeping my skin and hair looking great!

What is your favorite beauty product right now?

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Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - 2015 Week 9

Ready for another weekly meal plan? If this is your first time, each week, I share my real-life weekly meal plan with you. This is what I intend to make my family for dinner all week - no tricks, no fancy stuff that no one would really make, only real ideas for real meals for real families.

Last week we had three hits on our weekly meal plan, with the Chili over Baked Potatoes, a new recipe for Garlic Roasted Chicken Thighs and our favorite mini meatloaves. This week we are pretty busy, and I was out all day Sunday (my weekly get organized day). So this week, my organization and meal planning was quick and not very inspired.

Here's what we have on our plan for this week:

Monday - Vegetable Soup, Challah Bread and Salad
Tuesday - Ranch Pork Tenderloin, Green Vegetable
Wednesday - Chicken Quesadillas with Guacamole and Sour Cream
Thursday -  Boys Night Out - I'm going to a Philadelphia Flower Show Preview
Friday - Easy Greek Fritatta
Saturday - Leftover Buffet
Sunday - Pioneer Woman's Pasta Carbonnara

What's for dinner at your house this week?

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday. Be sure to check it out for even more ideas and inspiration for your own family meal planning.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Family Fun - The Harlem Globetrotters {Family 4 Pack Ticket Giveaway}

Did you know that the Harlem Globetrotters have been playing basketball for more than 85 years? It's true. The franchise got their start in 1926, playing as the Savoy Big Five. If you aren't familiar with the Harlem Globetrotters, they are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy. It's great family entertainment, even if you aren't a sports-fan.

Family 4 Pack of Tickets to see The Harlem Globetrotters at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

We saw our first game last year, and the kids loved it. It's non-stop action, with plenty of up-beat music, audience interaction, jokes and pranks. The talent that these players show is truly amazing. Globetrotters can make basketballs do tricks I couldn't even imagine.

If you are looking to chase the winter blues, the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Wells-Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 8th for 2 shows. And thanks to the great people at the Wells Fargo Center, My Scraps readers have the chance to win a Family 4-pack of Tickets.

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Good luck!

Family Fun - The Harlem Globetrotters at The Wells Fargo Center

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Please note, you must be a US resident, within travel distance to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Other restrictions apply, and all ticket administration is handled by the Wells Fargo Center. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get Lucky With These Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day is not a big holiday around our house. Even though we have some Irish blood, it's just never been part of our family celebrations. But that lack of past celebration doesn't mean I don't want to have a little fun with the kids for St. Patrick's Day.

Perfect for St. Patrick's Day - Green Velvet Cupcakes with Lucky Charms

I figured why not make festive green cupcakes. I searched around for recipes, and determined that this was the easiest method for me:

What You Need:
1 boxed White Cake Mix (or your favorite recipe for white cake)
2 oz of semi-sweet chocolate (chips, baking chocolate, etc)
Green Food Coloring (boxed, natural, etc)
Vanilla, Buttercream, Whipped Cream or Cream Cheese Icing (canned or your favorite recipe)
Lucky Charms

What You Do:
Make Cake Mix according to package directions or your favorite recipe for 24 cupcakes.

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and stir into cake batter.

Drop in green food coloring until desired shade is achieved.

Spoon mixture into prepared baking cups, bake according to package or recipe directions.

Let cupcakes cool completely prior to icing.

Green Velvet Cupcakes Ready for Icing

Ice your cupcakes with your favorite icing.

Generously sprinkle your cupcakes with Lucky Charms, allowing them to fall playfully on to your plate or cake stand. Add some gold coins (chocolate works) for luck!

Festive Green Velvet Cupcakes with Lucky Charms, Perfect for St. Patrick's Day


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