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Fancify with HMK and a Giveaway

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I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are certainly my own. 

Brown tee, white denim, red fringe purse, turquoise accessories

Brown tee, white denim, red fringe purse, turquoise accessories

Brown tee, white denim, red fringe purse, turquoise accessories


Brown tee, white denim, red fringe purse, turquoise accessories

When I was three, my family relocated from Logan, Utah to Kansas City for my Dad to take job with Hallmark Cards. He has worked there for the last 25 years as a greeting card artist and so Hallmark is a company that has always been near and dear to me. Take-your-child-to-work days with my dad at Hallmark are some of my favorite memories as a kid. So when Hallmark contacted me about checking out their new boutique store in Kansas City- I was more than willing to head on over.

HMK- a new boutique from Hallmark

I will say that as much as I love Hallmark- I rarely shop at their card stores. I buy Hallmark cards for birthdays and events, but most other things at their card shops don't fit my taste. I wasn't sure what to expect from HMK, but I can say that I was very pleasantly surprised and would love to shop there again.

HMK- a new boutique from Hallmark

The HMK stores are a mesh between a women's/baby boutique and a card store. They offer jewelry, home decor, accessories, books, journals, cards, wrapping services and more. They also offer a very wide range of personalization and monogramming. You can have silhouettes created in store or have almost any item monogrammed. They also offer personalized children's books.

HMK- a new boutique from Hallmark

I was really drawn to these initial necklaces and bright leather clutches that can be monogrammed. There were so many accessories that were exactly my style that it was hard to choose!

HMK- a new boutique from Hallmark

The wrapping paper was extraordinary. I couldn't get over the textures, prints and colors. You can have your HMK item gift wrapped in store, or bring in an item from another store just to have gift wrapped.

HMK- a new boutique from Hallmark

Like I said, I loved so many items in there. I was given a gift card to shop and I could have picked out so many items. I ended up purchasing this AMAZING suede fringe bag as an early birthday present to myself. It also came in turquoise, brown and tan.

Red fringe purse from HMK

There are only three HMK locations in the country right now, Kansas City, Dallas, and Denver- but if you live near one, I highly recommend stopping in. It is a beautiful store to browse and shop. I will say that it is a higher priced store than I normally shop in. The items are beautiful, but expensive. This store is somewhere I would shop to find the perfect gift or special occasion item.

And for you lucky readers that DO live near a store, I have a fabulous giveaway for you. Enter to win a $50 gift card to HMK below. The contest ends 8/1/14. US entries only. Good luck!


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// Outfit Details //
Top- Dana Leigh Apparel
Jeans- H&M
Shoes- Old Navy
Purse- HMK 
Sunnies- Dress Barn c/o
Earrings, Ring, Watch- Nickel & Suede (Watch coming this Fall)

What I Wore- Embroidered Tunic and Dark Denim

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embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

Well, I'm that girl this morning that somehow downloaded a bunch of virus-like pop up garbage last night and so my computer is now painful to work on. What will be even more painful is telling my husband about it. I tend to magically break all electronics and he gets stuck with fixing them. Add this one to the list this morning Soren.

Hope your day is starting better than mine!

// Outfit Details //
Top- TJ Maxx
Pants- Lucky Brand
Shoes- DSW
Clutch- Thrifted

Summer Beauty - Beach Waves for Short Hair Tutorial

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This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. #walgreensbeauty #collectivebias

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

With short hair, sometimes the most you have to play with is the texture when it comes to trying new hair styles. I love wearing my hair straight and in curly waves, but lately I've been looking for a more summer beauty alternative. I decided to give beach waves a try using some Garnier beach and surf products from Walgreens. 

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

The products I used for this tutorial are Garnier Fructis Hairspray, Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Beach Chic, and Garnier Fructis Surf Hair. You'll also need a spray bottle and about 15-20 bobby pins. I grabbed all of these at Walgreens along with a few other new products to try, including a nude Revlon Colorstay polish in Checkmate and Revlon Color Moisture Stain in London Posh.

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

I've got a video tutorial for you today. I hope this helps you see the whole process and repeat it as well!


Here is an up close photo of the twists as they dried.

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop
And the finished result!

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

I'll be honest when I say this wasn't my easiest tutorial to create. It takes practice and it will turn out a little different every time. In the video I mentioned a few fixes if it doesn't turn out just right so be sure to try those variations as well.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! Enjoy!

The DIY That Started It All + a Giveaway

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Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT

Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT

Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT
Shirt - GAP, Shorts - GAP, Shoes - GAP, Belt - ONE little BELT

When we were first married and living in Seattle in 2009, it was a rough time of life. What should have been our first great adventure out of college - starting Soren's career - was actually not at all what we expected. We were living far away from all of our family in a dark and gloomy place, and we were not getting along. I was depressed and couldn't find a job that related to my major. Soren did not enjoy his job, and neither of us was very happy. It was inexplicably hard on us both. 

Well, eventually I ended up taking a job at GAP Kids, and that job was a sanity saver for me. Our first son Easton was also born. Easton really saved Soren and I both. We loved being parents and that Easton was really our first common interest. Our second common interest came close behind him. 

Because I worked at GAP Kids, I had stocked baby Easton up on tiny jeans, cute onesies, and shoes. When he was about six weeks old, we were getting ready for a church party, and I dressed him in little 0-3 month denim for the first time. It was adorable, but when my husband saw him, his first question was, "Where's his belt?" His little baby jeans had belt loops, and his was onesie tucked in to his pants, which made his waistband look awfully empty. Soren, being the DIY guy that he is, grabbed a brown leather skinny belt from my closet and took some scissors and a drill to it. In just a few minutes, we had our first little belt. And holy cow was it cute! We left for the party and no one, including us, could get over how cute it was to see such a tiny baby in a belt. 



That unexpected little project set in motion the idea for ONE little BELT. I pushed Soren a little bit to go to the leather store in downtown Seattle with me to see if we could learn how to make more tiny belts. That first trip led to countless more trips to the leather store and many, many evenings cutting leather on our apartment kitchen linoleum and pounding rivets on the wet cement of our front porch. We learned a lot in those first few years, and honestly starting that Etsy shop is where all of this began. I started this blog because of OLB, and we wouldn't have Nickel & Suede either without those first lessons in leather. We eventually left Seattle to live near my family here in Kansas City and things have only improved since then.

ONE little BELT was our first venture into being entrepreneurs, and it is still going strong. We still love hand making belts for babies and toddlers. Now that we are self-employed, I can't wait to grow this business and really make it THE place to find the highest quality and best looking baby, toddler, and children's leather belts.
With back-to-school starting and family photos just around the corner, I have a great giveaway for you today. You can win a $60 credit to ONE little BELT! And not only that - I have a coupon for you as well. Use code FIRSTBELT to get 15% off your order and grab a few belts for school uniforms, back-to-school clothes, an upcoming wedding, baby gifts, or just to hold up your toddler's pants.

Enter the giveaway below. Giveaway ends 7/28. Domestic and international entries are welcome. Good luck!

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Sunday Style - Quick

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Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges


Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Just a quick post today. I was asked to start teaching the three year olds' class at church, and my lesson prep is calling. I'm so glad to be teaching Kesler's class because three is such a fun age. There is a very wide range of personalities in the class, and I think I'll learn a thing or two from them all.

One thing I've been thinking about lately is how quick kids are to adapt, to forgive, and to be happy. Sometimes I feel like I get stuck feeling bummed out, sad, mad, or annoyed. When Soren and I were first married and we would get in a fight, I would stay mad for hours or even days. I didn't even know myself how to get out of my anger.  But since having kids, I'm amazed at how quickly their attitudes can change. Their worst day can change to the best day ever within minutes. They forgive so easily and are so much quicker to love than I am. It's amazing what little ones can teach us if we pay attention.

What have the kids in your life taught you lately?


// Outfit Details //
Shirt -Target
Vest - DIY here
Skirt - Thrifted
Shoes - Thrifted (Target)
Cuff, Earrings - Nickel & Suede




Fall Is Coming - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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You know I'm a big thrifter and clearance shopper, but when it comes to wardrobe staples, I like quality (at a discount of course!). I'm sure you know the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is happening right now, but today is the first day it is open to non-card holders (that's me!). I found quite a few favorites that are either just the right look, just the right price, or both. This sale is the perfect time to buy items that will get you mileage now and in the fall. I scooped up this must have for fall, and I also have my eye on this and this. You can see the rest of my picks below.






















Have you shopped the sale? What do you have your eye on?