Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites & Link-Up

Happy Friday! And happy almost 4th of July! Can you believe it's July already? Get ready for barbecues, days on the beach, fireworks, and warm summer nights. This is everything that reminds me of this momentous holiday- Independence Day! 

So, in honor of the holiday- and long weekend- I'm sharing my weekly top 5 collection, all-American style. Here's my round-up of my favorite 4th of July styles!

I love color blocking and fit & flair silhouettes, so naturally I love this dress! It's adorable and I love how it's all navy with a few thick stripes. That's so chic! 

This is such a cute tank! I love the vintage star pattern and the red bow on the back is such a cute, unique touch.

Bright colored blazers are so fun for the office! This red WHBM blazer is absolutely gorgeous. I love the 3/4 sleeves on a blazer and the structure is so elegant and flattering! 

These red, white, and blue striped flats are perfect for the holiday! I love how the fabric and colors have a vintage Americana look. You can get away with wearing these year-round!

Rompers are all the rage right now and I'm loving it! I've really had my eye on the floral-print ones, particularly this dark blue romper. I love that it has a collar and belt!

What are your favorites of the moment? Do you have anything fun planned for the long holiday weekend?


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blogger Spotlight Featuring Kim Bettasso

For this month's Blogger Spotlight, I'm featuring Kim from her self-titled blog, Kim Bettasso! As an entrepreneur and mom, Kim has a unique perspective on blogging and like most of us- it's all about passion! Kim is passionate about crafting, so you can expect a ton of fun and exciting DIY projects on her blog. Aside from the unique creativity, my favorite thing about the Kim Bettasso blog is her writing style! Kim is a very talented writer and as someone that also really loves to write, I can really appreciate that. So without further ado... Meet Kim!

Christie: Where are you from and how has that affected your style?
Kim: Well, I was raised in the Northeast but live in the Midwest, so I feel there are elements of my style that have been influenced by the people and places of both regions. I also travel a lot, so I think I may have picked up a few stylistic habits that do not necessarily belong to one region or another. 

Christie: Tell me about your blog.
Kim: My blog covers a lot of topics, but it is mostly about the DIY projects I take on and how they ultimately turn out. I have a lot of fun along the way, and I just love telling the stories of how a project may transform from beginning to end.

Christie: What’s the story behind your blog?
Kim: I really wanted a space to share all of my thoughts and ideas on crafting and DIY projects. So many of my friends and colleagues would ask how I made something or how I came up with the idea for a certain project, so I just felt it would be more convenient to put all of the information in one place where everyone could see it whenever they wanted. It doesn't hurt that my friends love hearing the stories of the silly mistakes I so frequently make, and I certainly don't mind telling a self-deprecating story every now and then. 

Christie: Blogging is huge right now! What about you and your blog is unique compared to other bloggers? 
Kim: I think what makes me unique is the fact that I am still relatively new to all of this. I grew up doing lots of arts and crafts projects, but it was only recently that I began taking it very seriously in terms of the time and effort I was putting in. Because of this, my perspective is one of a skilled beginner, and I feel that perspective is helpful in showing others how something that looks really complicated is actually quite simple. 

Christie: Are you working on any exciting projects that we can expect to see up on the blog soon?
Kim: Yes, I have a lot of things in the works! I have been obsessed with planters lately, and I just finished repurposing some interesting items for use as planters inside and outside of my house. I should have it up on the blog pretty soon.

Christie: What Pinterest board do you pin to the most?
Kim: There are so many good ones that I pin to, but I don’t want to slight any of them by forgetting to mention their board. I will say, however, that I find myself pinning to the dessert-oriented boards a little too frequently due to my sweet tooth!

This or That:
Instagram or Twitter? Instagram for sure! Pictures make all the difference when telling a story, and Instagram is just set up so perfectly for photos and editing. 

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Can I say both? I love both and am a sucker for a good soft-serve swirl. 

Sweet or Salty? Sorry for my apparent indecisiveness, but I have to say both again! I just polished off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack (it has chocolate-covered potato chip chunks!), so I guess I just like having the best of both worlds. 

Sun or Snow? While I do enjoy waking up to the first snowfall of the year, there is nothing better than relaxing in the sun on a lazy afternoon.

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