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Big Bloggy News + A Delightful Dozen

Whew! It’s been a while, but don’t worry, I’ve been busy doing all sorts of prep work for today’s post! No, it hasn’t taken me months to find 12 things that I love! I’ve been hard at work getting ready for the announcement of…

wait for it…

My new blog!

How to be Fancy is all about Fashion, Makeup and inspiration to kick start both. If you’d like to take a peek, you can see the first of MANY posts to come here. I’d love to hear what you think so please leave me loads of comments!

I may still post a few things here that just don’t fit into the overall focus, so if there is something you’d like to see, just let me know!!

I’ll leave you today with some goodness that has gotten me through this week, for sure – the Delightful Dozen!

delightful dozen

#1 Batiste Dry Shampoo. When it’s cold outside, I just can’t bring myself to wash my hair daily, much less use a blowdryer on my static-filled hair.

#2 Origins Cleansing Oil. This stuff is magical on most skintypes. Don’t know how I’ve made it through a winter without this before!

#3 MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow in Dalliance. If you haven’t seen the Peacocky collection from MAC, do yourself a favor and PLEASE purchase this color. It will instantly open your eyes, I swear!

#4 Free Audio Books Online. This is the find of the year so far for me. I’m currently “reading” Virginia Wolf while I crochet every night. FABULOUS!!

#5 Dolce Vita. I have a serious love affair with all things DV. Finally purchased my first pair (from Hautelook) and they just came this week!

#6 Keurig Coffee Maker. This little dreamboat was a Christmas gift from my parents and I have fallen head over heels. The best gift ever!

#7 Lovely Yarn. I got a whole new batch of yarn in the post to start all of my new knits. So exciting!

#8 This Video by the Noisettes. Heart!

#9 Vintage Dishes. We recently gave away all our incomplete (and now discontinued) wedding dishes in favor of an adorable hodgepodge of vintage pyrex we’ve been collecting!

#10 WARM SOCKS. My feet have been so COLD!!

#11 This little Irish Blog is absolutely wonderful! Please check it out!

#12 Finally, a big thanks to Goodwill for taking my boxes and boxes of…stuff…! And Hooray for a clutter-free house!




ps I’ll be doing more posts like this over on HTBF, so be sure to check it out there!



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It’s Raining Brides!

Holy pin curls! This summer flying by faster than a flock of Canadian geese on their way to a Mexican pool party!

On top of working on a super-secret, I-can’t-wait-to-share-it surprise,  it seems like every friend I have on the planet is getting married this fall. Which means only one thing, of course. Wedding Showers! And being the crafty friend I am, my little fingers are working their prints off getting these soirees dolled up and ready to party! Here’s a peek at the first DIY shower in line. As you can see, it was all about the monogram! Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of the Bride (and groom who was there for gift opening support). I was on guest table and tissue paper folding duty!

What DIY Projects are you working on this summer?



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Well, hello there! Just wanted you to have a heads up that some good things are coming this way. I’ll give you all the deets really soon!

(Image Source: Bagitarian )

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A Day at the Zoo

Today we spent the afternoon with friends at the zoo! I love the zoo. Even thought it’s only a few miles from our house I haven’t been in almost 8 years! Absurd, considering my love for all things furry and four-legged! Some of my favorites of the day were:

This guy:

His name is Bixby. He’s a goat.

I could watch these guys all day. Quite the entertainers!

And finally, nothing gets cuter than this little doll! This isn’t the actual OKC red panda but my goodness he’s a sweetheart!

What did you do on this lovely Memorial Day?



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Artists I Love: Pamela Michelle

Located in a small studio in Dallas, TX, Pamela Michelle creates and designs original artwork in wood, on canvas and on paper that you can wear, hang, love and enjoy. Pamela and I have both been vendors in a few shows around the Midwest and let me tell you, she’s a sweetheart. Along with her main man, Dylan (a.k.a. Dowdy Studio), these two make a fabulous team!

I own this little Foxy Fox!

The Crafty Duo at Renegade

Visit Pamela Michelle to find some of the most darling, thoughtful illustration for miles!


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Nail Goodies

I’ve recently succumbed to an obsession with Japanese  nail art – it’s so beautiful and unique. So, after spending hours on eBay searching away, I finally broke down and placed my order. Here is a bit of my new swag! I have more things on the way…I’ll show them off when they arrive!

I tried the tiny dried flowers out last night. They’re a bit difficult to use, but I think they’re pretty cute!

My haul includes: silver and gold nail striping, teeny tiny fimo fruits and a wheel full of the ittiest dried flowers.


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Renegade Favorite: Kevin Tong

When the boy and I laid eyes on this vendor’s designs, we knew we’d be taking one home with us. Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator based out of Los Angeles – and he’s major. At first we noticed his humble demeanor but one look at his art and you’ll see that this fellow knows his stuff. Check out his blog to find out more and make plans to visit Kevin at an upcoming show!

We couldn’t pass up the Cake poster, but Kevin very kindly let us choose another one to take as well (we went for a mystery pack that included the Beck print)!


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Sneak Peak: Renegade Austin

Well now, I am a lucky duck. When we planned out trip to Austin we were only thinking that the weekend worked for us. Happily, it was also the date for the first ever Renegade Craft Fair in the city. I had such a good time today! Free magazines, cool artists and some of the funnest kitschy crafts you’ll ever find. I even met etsy celebs like Daniellexo.

Here’s a preview of my haul today!

A long Coveted Bunny Tee from Gnome Enterprises!


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Burn, Baby, Burn!

As you may recall, last month’s focus was all about healthy eating and counting calories. As important as nutrition is, it’s only half of the equation when it comes to a healthy and fit body. The other half, of course, is exercise. Weight loss only occurs when you are burning more calories than you are taking in, therefore you can cut calories, do the Special K diet, drink Slim Fast and order $1,000 worth of that vile Nutrisystem food (if you can really call it “food”), but if you aren’t incorporating fitness, you are only reaching half of your weight loss potential.

Tone Up to Trim Up

Dieting alone will shed some pounds, but the result will be the dreaded “skinnyfat”. Ya know, the chick who might look small, but is all mush? Without exercise, there is no muscle being built. No muscle means no tone, no flat tummy and no tight booty. So not only does exercise dramatically increase your weight loss potential, it firms up the flab. Just the existence of muscle burns up the fat around it and speeds up your metabolism. If you are considerably overweight, obviously focus on cardio to burn the optimal amount of calories, but also incorporate weight lifting to firm up even more as you go.

No gym? No Problem.

Unfortunately, a gym membership is a luxury that not everyone can afford or has time for. On the other hand, we live in the day of technology where any information that we want is at our fingertips, which makes working out at home easier than ever. Want to know how to shed those bat wings? Google  tricep workouts! Want to reshape that mombutt? Look up some glute workouts! Many at-home workouts require no equipment at all, although a couple of inexpensive dumbbells or some resistance tubes are necessary to tone the upper body. A set of 5 and 10 pound dumbells should suffice. Now, what to do with those dumbbells? The best site that I have come across for at-home workouts is They have hundreds of free, full-length workout videos that you can follow along with on your computer. From weight training, to yoga, to aerobics, to abs, to Bootylicious Buns (my personal fav!), the site has a workout that is right for everyone.


In addition to utilizing the World Wide Web to whip you into shape, get outside! Push your kids in the stroller (the added resistance is an amazing workout), do some lunges in your backyard, do calf raises while you water the lawn, wog around the block (“wog” = a combo of walking and jogging). Do something! If the weather is bad, be creative and find ways to get moving inside your house! Jumping jacks, crunches, push-ups, run your stairs, etc. Sometimes the most basic moves are the most beneficial. Your body will tell you if you are doing enough. If you are sore the next day, you are doing something right and a better you is just around the corner!

The Challenge

Try this simple leg/butt workout today and see if your lower body isn’t feeling the burn! Do it three times a week to start seeing quick results. Add weights and more reps as you get stronger.

Walking lunges – 6 sets of 10

Calf raises – 3 sets of 50

Kick Backs – 3 sets of 20, per leg

Squats – 3 sets of 15

Remember, the old saying “No pain, no gain” still rings true, but I prefer the newer and sassier “What doesn’t kill me, makes me hotter!”


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Personality 101: Developing Your Sense of Style

be yourself

can’t count the number of times people have said things to me like, “you have such a unique style” or “I wish I could pull off what you do” or, my favorite, “How can you afford to wear something different all the time?” It’s as if I’m some kind of strange fashion anomaly that people can’t quite put their finger on. Most days, I choose to take their comments as a compliment but then there are the moments when those words cause me to second guess myself.

The fact is I’m a fairly shy person. I work hard every day to maintain a strong sense of who I am and who I want to be. Courage and fearlessness aren’t qualities I was born with; they’re things I have to cultivate and protect in my life. And hurt feelings are something I refuse to have. So when people say things that could be off-putting, I choose to toss them up on a high shelf and move along. Or, even better, find good in their words and use them to strengthen who I am.

There is one thing that gets to me, however. It may sound a bit silly, but I wish people could truly understand the value in developing their own sense of style. It bothers me that we have become a society which in one way or other demands people conform to what is “normal”. For some, that means always having to wear designer labels and surround themselves with elite circles of friends. For others, it is the exact opposite. They adopt an almost “holier than thou” mentality and wouldn’t step foot into a 5th Avenue shop if only to visit the ladies room. In my opinion, both extremes stem from fear and insecurity. And in both cases there is a sense of self-discovery that is lost.

Personal style is exactly that. Personal. That means not everyone has to love what you wear or how you wear it. But you do. And if you feel the most you when you’re wearing 3 inch heels then I say go for it. That’s you. But if you’re only wearing those heels because that’s what you think people expect from you, then it may be time to re-evaluate.

I wear what I wear because I truly love and appreciate those things. They’re the things that look best on me and that I can most be myself in. They are the things that allow me to forget about being self-conscious and worry about being others-focused. They don’t cost much – I enjoy being thrifty – but they do mean something to me. They’re a means of showing other women that they can enjoy being who they are. They don’t have to worry about “pulling off a look” – they can simply be themselves.

Today’s Mission:

Honestly evaluate your personal style. Are you being true on the outside to who you really are or want to be? What are the things you most appreciate about your look/style? What are the things you admire most about the style of others? Have you told them?



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