How to Travel Fashionably Light

I’m super excited to have received a complimentary item from Karina Dresses – I know you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have!

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”… Albert Einstein. I love this quote, and I think it’s perfect for the post I’m writing here today. Until a few years ago, I hadn’t led an especially exciting life. I started working in retail at 15, moved up the ladder into management and fashion merchandising – then into some other sales positions. I worked hard, played hard, and was content enough. But things felt so….. Ordinary. Then – things changed dramatically in just a few short months. Suddenly I found myself with a new baby, a full time college course load, unemployed, then jumping into the world of working for myself, online. But all that craziness was worth it – I now have so much more independence. I get to travel all over the country, see new places, meet new people. Before blogging, I’d only flown on a plane twice. Now it’s surprising to fly only twice in a month sometimes.

Karina Dresses - Be a Frockstar!

So – I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling light. And, along the way, I’ve also learned a thing or two about confidence. And Karina Dresses is totally related to both of those! Karina Dresses believes that everyone woman is a Frockstar – meaning that, we should all own our life. Be confident in our body, no matter what shape – while also finding the beauty in everyone else too. That life is about celebrating all of our different roles, connecting with others and the world, and valuing quality – whether that’s in a relationship, experience, or product that we purchase. Read the Frockstar Manifesto to learn more about their mission. And as you can see above – Karina Dresses definitely make ME feel confident!

Karina Penelope Dress with Pockets

The dress I’m wearing is the Penelope, in Coral Dots {although it’s more pink than coral in person.} This was my first Karina Dress, and I really wasn’t sure about ordering it… If you look at my closet, it’s organized my “color” – black, gray, dark gray, denim, white, then a tiny section with a few colorful cardigans and tops. So wearing such a bright dress made me a little nervous. I wear black for a reason – what I used to call baby weight has just turned into permanent new curves that I’d rather hide. But Karina dresses are brilliant in the way they’re made, to flatter everyone’s figure. Check it out:

Finding your perfect fit in a dress

Karina Dresses has a dress for every-body! Check out their “Best Fit” section online for more detailed info, but here’s a basic idea:

Triangle ~ fuller hips, smaller top
Inverted Triangle ~ broader shoulders or fuller bust with smaller hips
Rectangle ~ hips, bust and waist are similar size
Oval ~ waist and bust are same size with smaller hips
Hourglass ~ curvaceous , full hips and bust

All dresses are made in the US too. And let me tell ya – these dresses are like magic. For reals. They’re made from a special microfiber fabric that you can machine wash, then just hang up to dry. And they never – never, ever, ever – need to be ironed. Which is why they’re perfect for travel. You could literally squish ‘em up in a ball and throw one in your bag, and when you pull it out later to wear it is going to look like it’s brand new. And it holds up amazing to being worn and washed a million times. {I know this, because I wear this baby constantly.}

Plus, when I travel, especially to a blogging conference, I’m so crazy-busy I often am in the same outfit from 6am to 2am. I need something that’s comfy that let’s me move freely all day {and ohmyheck, the Penelope style has POCKETS. I’ve never had a dress with pockets.} Something that gets me through hours walking around in a crowded expo hall meeting brands….

Then more walking in the super humid heat in San Jose, for silly party photo opps. The fabric is super light and stretches with you, which was awesome. The easy cut and light pleats in the front hide everything you want hidden, while the neckline and waistband flatter the good parts. And yes, that’s another Karina Dresses that you see in the middle there too :)

And here’s the same dress, still going strong at midnight, while visiting all of the hotel suite parties with some bloggy best buddies. After 12 hours in the same dress, it’s still wrinkle-free, still feels comfy and fresh, and I got more compliments on this dress than any other that I’ve worn in years. I am now addicted, and must have more of these.

Karina Dresses DRESSES FOR EVERY BODY

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How to Pack a “Potty Bag” for Potty Training On-The-Go

Thanks to Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean* Wipes new stylish baby wipes for sponsoring today’s discussion about how to pack a “potty bag” for potty training while traveling or on-the-go…

Recently I shared some tips on how to potty train when traveling – or just on-the-go during the busy summer months. Abby has got this whole potty training thing down pretty darn good, finally. But long car rides or flights, unfamiliar locations, and changes in routine can throw even the most consistent kids off track. So, even for just a day of running errands or an afternoon at the park for play dates – we pack a “potty bag.” Here are a few of my absolute must-haves {including some new super stylish baby wipes!} for a day on-the-go with a toddler or preschooler – and be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments too.

timi and leslie diaper bag - works as a stylish bag for mom, or "potty bag" for on-the-go potty training! [Read more...]

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How to Look Trendy in the Kitchen

I love aprons. I have way too big of a collection of pretty aprons, especially considering that The Mister does most of the cooking around here. But, I’m just a sucker for a good lookin’ apron. I feel all clever and domestic and in-control of my kitchen when I’m baking and wearing one of my favorite aprons – even though I’m not a kitchen pro. And we entertain a ton, especially in the summer, and a pretty apron makes me look more put-together when guests show up early than when I’m wearing sweatpants covered in flour-y hand prints :) And my very favorites come from Flirty Aprons. Check out this new one that I am dying over right now:

Blue striped spring apron [Read more...]

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Get First Lady Style on a Budget

In honor of current First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday today, I wanted to share some fun information about First Lady style through the years. From Jackie O’s chic statement scarves to Hilary Clinton’s controversial power suits, to the current mix of affordable and unique fashions showcased by Michelle Obama – these women have made a big impact on fashion trends in the US. Check out this great infographic filled with interesting facts, a history of first lady fashion, and some tips on how to borrow Michelle Obama’s favorite styles, and get a First Lady look on a budget… [Read more...]

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Black Friday Deal: Free $250 Handbag with Purchase

Ohmyheck ladies – this is sah-weeeet! Starting at midnight on 11/28, through 11:59 on 11/29/13, when you buy a handbag worth at least $49, you’ll get another FREE handbag, worth up to $250, for FREE!! Whaaaaat? I know. Amazingsauce. This is on a site that’s long been a fave of mine for scoring crazy-good deals on purses, accessories, and make up. It’s called Little Black Bag. Watch the video to see how it works, then keep reading to learn how this freakin’ crazy good deal works, for one day only:

Awesome, right? You just browse the site, find your fave bag, and get loads of cool freebies. After shopping online for so many years, it’s almost hard for me to buy stuff in a store. All I can think is… “I bet I could find a better deal/earn free cash back/get bonus goodies – if I was buying this online…” Lol. So I love sites like this – they combine rockin’ products, amazing deals, and super sweet freebies into one cool way to shop. Love-love. But, let’s get to the extra-awesome Black Friday special deal that will totally rock your socks, right?

Little Black Bag - Holiday deals on purses [Read more...]

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Hip Scarves Bring Fashion & Fun to Dance Workouts

This is not a sponsored post. No compensation was given. I just absolutely love these scarves and know you will too!

“I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.” – Devin McDonald Vinson, 37, Portland, OR… I found this quote online recently, and LOVE it. And I love that it’s from another Pacific Northwest-er like me. {I’m right above Oregon, in Central Washington.} As many of you lovely ladies know – I had started on a major weight-loss mission a couple of months ago. And - one of the things that I’ve been doing a ton of lately is dancing. Whether it’s playing Just Dance on the Wii, going to classes at the gym, impromptu dance parties while my 3-year old and I make dinner, or trying out my Zumba and dance aerobics videos in the living room – dancing is an awesome to get rid of stress, get in shape, and have fun while doing it. And my little girl loves joining me!

Jinglies belly dancing scarves - dance class must-haves [Read more...]

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How to Create Nail Art Inspired by Spring Runway Trends

A smile is the best fashion statement – and nothing makes me smile more these days then the arrival of spring! I love the way mother nature kind of “wakes up” – shaking off the dull dreariness of winter, and brightening up with freshness and color. I totally take inspiration from mother nature this time of year – I want to throw my windows open and freshen up the house, and I’m ready to check out the spring runways to brighten up my life with fashions that are full of sparkle and color…

spring sparkle inspired fashion [Read more...]

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