Summer Fun and Fashion 2017

Enjoy Summer to the Fullest with Fashion and Fun

It might look like summer has reached the halfway point, but there are still plenty of hot days to enjoy. Here in the land of 20,000 lakes we can’t get enough of the water, whether it’s swimming, boating, or just walking by the shore. I’m fortunate enough to live a few blocks from a beautiful lake. I love to walk by the lake and dip my feet in if I can. Minnesotans love to get outdoors and soak up all the summer fun while we can.

To get the most out of summer you will need some good shoes and sandals. Not to mention products for summer nights as well. I put together an assortment of summer footwear and evening fun from Heartland America. When you find something you like get it while you can. Supplies are limited so the faster you order the better. ūüôā

Splash into summer fun with these stylish sandals.

Splash into summer with stylish and comfortable sandals and shoes.
Realtree Blue Women’s Sandals, Realtree Gray/Mint Women’s Sandals, Bearpaw Women’s Sandals, Women’s New Balance Revive Thongs,¬†Rocsoc Women’s Land & Water Shoes

Spending time outdoors demands quality, stylish sandals. The strap sandals from Realtree are built for comfort and durability. The bright blue goes well with jeans and the subtle branch camouflage pattern gives them outdoor style.

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4th of July Flair: DIY American Flag Infinity Scarf

Happy (nearly) 4th of July! This year it’s a little odd that the 4th is on a Tuesday. But it certainly doesn’t damper Independence Day activities; it just makes the fun last longer. ūüėÄ I’m looking forward to the fun, food, and fireworks. There are some fantastic fireworks displays around Minnesota. The ones on and around the lakes are especially beautiful. There’s nothing quite like picnicking with your family and having a great time while waiting for the fireworks to start. As we head out to the festivities this year, I wanted to add a patriotic flair to my outfit. I love scarves, but the middle of summer is not the time to add something warm around your neck. So I created a light infinity scarf with jersey knit fabric that looks adorable. It turned out so well I wanted you to be able to make your own Independence Day accessory too.

American Flag Infinity Scarf DIY

Since this light knit fabric is prevalent in most summer fashion, it makes a perfect scarf during the already hot days. The only sewing on this scarf is to attach the adorable buttons. In one afternoon, you can create your own fun infinity scarf for your Independence Day celebrations.

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Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages – Repurposed DIY

Good day all! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was excellent and so very fun. I love spending time with my family. Now that Valentine’s is over it feels like things will get back to normal again…at least until Easter. I had wanted to share this DIY project with you back in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. With life returning to it’s usual level of busyness, this repurposed vintage book planner keeps things¬†organized fabulously.

Repurposed Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages

I love that this repurposed project is completely customizable. You can make a one of a kind creation with a thrifted book, scrapbooking supplies and your imagination. Also I have designed some pages you can print out to fill your planner and keep your schedule organized year after year.

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Gift Ideas for Everyone this Valentine’s Day

Happy Thursday everyone! It is the end of January,¬†which¬†means spring is coming! Here in Minnesota snow, ice, and winter in general gets old very fast. But there are still a couple months before spring. In the meantime, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast.

Valentine’s Day is just under three weeks away. This is the perfect time to order gifts for all your loved ones. This week I have compiled great gift ideas from Heartland America for all the wonderful people in your life.

For mothers, sisters, best friends, or if you need to drop him a hint here are some great jewelry ideas.

Because jewelry always makes someone feel extra special, especially if received from a loved one.

Perfect Valentine's jewelry ideas to show that special lady in your life just how much you care.
Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Necklace, Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Earrings, Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace, White Gold and Cultured Pearl Necklace with Diamonds, Sterling Silver Heart and Pearl Earrings and Necklace Set

If you aren’t sure which style to choose, the clean, contemporary style of the circular sterling silver necklace is just right. The understated elegance of this necklace goes with any outfit for the office to a romantic dinner. Matching earring are also available. So you make it a brilliant set that any woman would enjoy.

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Stay Cozy and Arm Knit this Polar Fleece Scarf

Oh boy, it’s cold outside! There have been¬†subzero temperatures and snowstorms here in Minnesota. I’m constantly having to bundle up to venture out to get necessities like milk and coffee. I would¬†rather stay inside and make things: particularly on those blizzardy days. For the DIY this week, I decided to make something soft that’s also great for braving the chilly outdoors. This polar fleece scarf is arm knit to create big, fluffy loops of coziness.

Arm Knit Polar Fleece Scarf DIY

Arm knitting is really easy to do and creates a quick, chunky scarf. The “yarn” is made out of polar fleece which won’t fray or pill. The polar fleece makes a super soft scarf to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

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Gift Ideas for Your Christmas List

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day with family and friends. While you enjoy delicious food, you might already be planning your Christmas shopping. I try to avoid the crazy crowds on Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving is not an option. That’s why I enjoy online shopping so much. No near crashes or parking lot mayhem. Heartland America is a great place to start your online shopping. While I was planning my list, I put together some gift ideas for your Christmas list.

First of all, I’m sure you have some kids of all age who have electronics on their wishlist.
Playtek Quadcopter Drone with WiFi and Camera, Dell Duo-Core 14″ Laptop Computer, iLive DVD Player/Boombox, Bell+Howell Cinema HD Digital Camcorder, Fisher 37″ Surround Sound Bar

Remote control drones are still a hot gadget, and they keep getting better and better. This quadcopter from Playtek comes with a control to plug a smartphone into. So you can experience the flight right from your iPhone¬ģ or Android¬ģ.

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Warm and Cozy Products for the Coming Winter Chill

October just flew past, and it’s nearly November. It has officially turned chilly out. Perhaps more than chilly as the weather heads toward the frigid cold of Minnesota winter. Frankly it’s more frightening that winter is nearly here than the fact that Halloween is just a few days away. While I’m prepared for Halloween, I’m not as prepared for winter. Here in Minnesota you do have to actually prepare for winter. Blizzards are not uncommon on Halloween, so I checked out¬†Heartland America to put together a great assortment of products to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

A winter coat is an essential in style and warmth when the cold weather hits.

Coats and Jackets to Keep You Nice and Warm
Women’s Leather Coat, Men’s Remington Peacoat, Hawke & CO Black Down Puffer Jacket, Hawke & CO Navy Blue Down Puffer Jacket, Hawke & CO Loden Green Down Puffer Jacket, Women’s Genuine Tan Suede Leather Coat, Men’s Sherpa Lined Denim Jacket

There is nothing more classic than leather coat. This Black Leather Coat by Vintage Leather is tailored from fine napa leather. It also has diamond quilted lining for warmth and comfort. You should have at least one leather coat, and this one is stylish and cozy.

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Repurpose DIY: T-Shirt Pillow

Are you ready for fall yet? I¬†can’t wait! I’m kinda over summer.¬†If you have a student going into college, they are experiencing a¬†mixture of excitement and nerves. The thought of living in the dorms is especially fun and a bit scary. When I was in college, my roommate and I made our room one of the cutest on that floor. Making the dorm room a comfy oasis is a must for students that are away from home. But that can get expensive, so this week I decided to do a budget decor DIY for any dorm room or bedroom.

T-Shirt Pillow DIY

These pillows can be made very cheaply or even free. You can customize these t-shirt pillows for anyone with the right shirt. I am currently on a t-shirt pillow making spree, as you can see. They are fun to make, and you can make your own in less than an hour.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just a little over a week away! You know what that means…shopping! I love shopping for and giving gifts. Finding that perfect gift¬†that you know the other person will love is such a thrill. I can’t wait to find that special something that will make my mom’s face light up.

Heartland has a great selection of products that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

I decided to put together a few boards to help me decide what would be best for my mom. I hope these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for your mother. Or if you are a mother, you can direct your loved ones to these great gift ideas.

 

Jewelry is always a lovely gift¬†for any mother. Here are some great ideas to add some sparkle and bling to your mom’s special day.
Mother's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas
Diamond Tennis Bracelet, Pearl Necklace, Trillion Amethyst Earring & Necklace Set, Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace, White/Black/Grey Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, Earring Set, Sterling Silver Pearl Set

Diamonds always make a breathtaking gift. This ¬ľ carat diamond tennis bracelet is a beautiful gift that will bring out a¬†sparkle in¬†your mom’s eyes.

If your mother is more traditional, there is nothing more lovely and timeless than a pearl necklace. It will add an elegant touch to any wardrobe.

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ReStyle: Turn an Old Book into a Makeup Bag

I can’t believe it’s already the end of February. It feels like it was just Valentine’s Day although right now it feels like spring with wonderfully warm unseasonable temps here in Minnesota. I long to put away my winter boots and heavy coats and bring out cuter jackets, but it’s really not an option yet since you never know what the weather is going to do here.

With Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and the Oscars all happening in the month of February, I’ve been feeling like I need to work on my personal style. But I don’t want to shell out major money for a new wardrobe, I’d rather use what I have on hand and make something unique and very me.

I enjoy vintage looks, and I’m an avid reader. (I’ve been known to¬†stay up till 3am to finish the book I started that evening. That’s why I don’t start a book on a weekday.) I also have a collection of vintage books that I just like the look of,¬†and although they look great sitting on my coffee table I’m starting to get a surplus of vintage but not interesting books. The book purses that I’ve seen online are adorable, but I carry around¬†too much to fit into one of those. I realized that everything doesn’t have to fit into one,¬†but it can¬†make a charming makeup bag.

It turned out so well I wanted to share it with you so that you can make one for yourself. Because smart is the new sexy. ūüėČ

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