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Links à la Mode: May 29

May 31st, 2014

This was a nice surprise for my 27th birthday! Thank you, thank you, thank you IFB for choosing one of my posts on your weekly blogroll.  Please do check out other cool topics from the list of posts below!

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Style Secrets Revealed

There are so many “secrets” in the style industry. It’s all smoke and mirrors, or so they say. We’re here to put an end to that. As bloggers, we like to share those secrets often whispered between friends. No, not who you kissed at the party last night! What to pack on your trip, how to get your sunglasses fitted, what are the best pairs of black tights around, and heck, even compare your wardrobe to that of a woman living in the 1930’s.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: East Dane Coupon, Trendy shoes, Ferragamo, & Weitzman, Mcpherson, True Religion, THVM, Spiritual Gangster, Koret, Versace & DKNY

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Thank you, Independent Fashion Bloggers for the feature! Check out some of the fun posts from other IFB members below.

RANDOM QUESTION: Who among you follow a certain faith (non-Hindu) and practice yoga? Has yoga affected your faith in any way?

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Summer is Coming

For those of us who love summer… getting ready for the vacations, the travel, the cut-off shorts… is almost just as fun as the actual summer months. This week we have a fantastic roundup of everything you need to know to get ready for summer. Purging your closet, getting festival ready, getting your nails all done and so much more. So grab your iced coffee and cozy up, these links are fantastic!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: East Dane Sale Salvatore, C of H Man, Maxi Dresses, & Belts, SoulCycle, Men’s Raybans, 11Paris, Svensson, Yumi Kim, DWP & thom browne

I may have gone to school for IT and have made websites and computer graphics since I was 11 years old, but believe it or not, I am pretty low tech gadget-wise. I don’t really care much for them. The irony!

Let’s label the techy people shall we? There’s the code nerd, video game geek, web guru, social network savvy… and then there’s Mr. (or Ms.) Gadget. So from above, I’d be more in the web guru category. How about you? Do neat gadgets fascinate you and drive you to own the latest and greatest technology?

I for one do not have the slightest interest in hardware or upgrading it. That’s why my gadgets, though dressed up in some stylish way, are falling apart.  Software people like myself seem to be wired differently (pun intended!). I do not care about new phones, new tablets, new cars, but I like to entertain people who do like to talk about their new toys. It’s a good way to practice patience!

The Mr. Gadgets in my life do not seem to handle staring at codes for too long. Not that I like staring at computer jargon, but I do have the capacity to understand and be patient with it unlike some. So I believe it’s probably because a lot of gadget geeks I know like quick and easy solutions done for them by technology, which is not a bad trait at all. After all, technology is there to serve us.

So to give you a rundown on what “gadgets” I currently own, here they are:

1. My laptop, which I am dependent on for work online, such as blogging or on Etsy

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2. My iPhone 4S. I just paid the $1 upgrade for the 8gb because I didn’t think I needed all that double space… which later I regretted, because I take a ton of photos of food, clothes, and selfies (ahem). Add me as @alamodest or @modernlifesurvivalist on Instagram I would’ve totally been on a bare bones Android phone if not for the insisting of my husband to be on Apple. My favorite phone ever was still my tiny LG flip phone that had a mirror in front of it.

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3. My camera, which was for the longest time a point-and-shoot camera that conked out on me, but now I was lent a Canon DSLR. I do not technically own this, however I use it like I own it so it’s going on this list! Below is an example of my before and after DSLR photos.

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4. My tablet. It’s a red and super cheap 8gb tablet, which I just got recently around 40 bucks! I would’ve never gotten a tablet if not for this website called www.tmart.com which I recently discovered. I knew I wanted an eBook reader to take along with me, but I also wanted to be able to do stuff for my business or review my yoga videos on the road. So, the solution was to get an affordable Tmart Tablet PC. I was a bit skeptical at first, because it was a Chinese supplier. I get my clothes and accessories from China sometimes, but the electronics I thought were a bit more risky. Anyway, I got it in the mail faster than expected from an overseas store and works just fine!

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Are you a gadget geek? What do you currently own?

 

Thank you for IFB for picking my post for this week! So who’s stuck at home once again with this snow? Yesterday though Rob and I had a chance to just lay out on top of a hill with sunshine on our faces and nothing but a light jacket on! We managed to take a nap before we had to work on errands that evening—and before it got windy and therefore cold. I want to just lay outside again and take a nap OUTDOORS on a nice, sunny day. When was the last time you’ve done that? It feels so good to just connect with the earth, sun on our skin, wind in our hair. For us folks in the east coast, we need to take time to enjoy that whenever it happens in the winter!

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Fashion Kaleidoscope

Style is made of so many pieces it’s hard to focus on just one element. The beauty is the collective whole of random bits and pieces from our lives makes for an abstract pattern. What? Ok, maybe that’s a bit philosophical, then again, so are a couple of the posts in this week’s roundup. From a close look at Emilio Pucci’s outrageous prints, to dissecting the underrepresentation of lesbians in the fashion world, and decoding childhood memories influence on design, there’s a lot to look at even more closely than whether or not an outfit works.

Links à la Mode: March 13

  1. Adorned in Armor: Lupita: A Cinderella Story
  2. A La Modest: Emilio Pucci: Kaleidoscope Patterns & Sci Fi Uniforms
  3. Al-Balsam Life: Fashion Fever Paris Fashion Week Edition
  4. A Tale of Two Shoes: Do we really read blogs?
  5. Attire Club: Les Sapeurs: The Dapper Men of The Congo
  6. Fashioned by Love: 5 Minutes with Nadia Vodianova
  7. Happy Pretty Sweet: A Brief History of Jeans
  8. Hunting in Heels: Mary Katranzou and the Death of the Digital Print
  9. Lara Lizard: 9 Blogger Pet Peeves
  10. Lollieshopping: 90’s Fashion I Don’t Miss
  11. Madame Ostrich: Let’s Hear if For the Girls: The Issue With Lesbian Underrepresentation In Fashion
  12. Miss Monet: Fashion Wearabouts at Paris Fashion Week
  13. Style Curated: Interviewing the Interviewer: Kinvara Balfour
  14. Style Vanity: 10 Tips to Get a Job in Fashion (No Matter Where You Live)
  15. Tangles & Chains: 3 Jewelry Wearing Mistakes to Avoid When Going on a Date
  16. The Sassy Girl: Splurge vs Steal: Spring 2014 Fashion
  17. The Style Lineup: 4 Easy Steps to Make Your Jewelry Fit
  18. Trend Survivor: Milan Fashion Week Decoded
  19. We Are Ready Made: W.A.R.M. is in the Mood for Childhood Memories
  20. Wild Beauty World: Marilyn Minter’s Subversive Beauty

 

Handy Dandy Ring Size Converter

February 13th, 2014

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Above: Vintage 1927  article

I am so glad that there are online calculators for useful conversions, don’t you? Google has a built in converter for units, for example. So for a recipe you want to know, “how many ounces are there in 5 cups.” Their converter app will show up on the very top of the page before all of the search listings. I’m also quite happy about accurate bra size calculators I find online! I don’t mind going to stores to get fitted at all, but for those who are shy, a calculator will do just fine.

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You know what else is out there? A ring size converter! This might be especially useful for those who are getting ready to be married or if you’re already married, just  a quick way to have your ring readjusted without having to walk in a store.

Below you’ll find a calculator to convert your true ring size. Clicking the image below will go directly to the download of the no-install application made by Jewelry Kind (I love standalone files). It is the same company that sells the gorgeous rings posted above. They pride themselves in inexpensive sterling silver jewelry that anyone can afford, and I do think their prices are not bad at all! This may be the perfect place to get a post-Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone—including your mom and yourself!


© Developed by: http://www.JewelryKind.com

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Do you know what your ring size is?

Links à la Mode

January 30th, 2014

Thank you, IFB for picking one of my posts this week! Come check out new items added on my Etsy! Donations going to Philippine typhoon victims from each sale from my Etsy shop will end tomorrow. Do something to help those in need and keep something for yourself as well!

I am currently working on my AFAA and Les Mills certifications this week, so I will be gone for a bit trying to harness my concentration powers! Any other fitness professionals out there active in the fashion community?

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The New Casual

Sneakers at Chanel Couture? Evening dresses to a picnic? Is there really any appropriate occasion to wear anything? Not anymore! Dress it up, dress it down, if you can make it work, all the better! This week we have a great roundup of news from Couture, Stockholm and Mens fashion week, as well as some style tips to put the new trends in action. So kick of your sneakers and pull up your chair, it’s going to be a great roundup this week!

Links à la Mode: January 30th

SPONSOR: East Dane Tumi, MM6, Zac Zac, Mr Kim, Adidas, Men’s Carven, LuliFama, Clothing, Red Ear, Jean Machine

Links à la Mode

January 2nd, 2014

For three weeks straight, thank you again IFB for including me in your list! Happy New Year to everyone! To all the Johnnies, be good. To all the Janes, be insane (-ly good). Over and out. Don’t forget to check out my store! New things are added DAILY. Need to catch up on blog commenting. I am very slow at that. I will surely return comments!

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Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2014. Don’t you love the start of a New Year? Imagining all that will happen over the next 12 months. Sure, you can think about the next 12 months any time, but something is special once the calendars reset to a new year. So… what’s in store for you? Who knows! But one thing we can do is show you some links to help you make the best, with DIY projects, fashion tips, and a few bits of inspiration just for you!

Links à la Mode: January 2nd

SPONSOR: East Dane Lisa Perry, De La Renta,
Ellery, Melillo, Ruddick,
Banjo Matilda,
Black Pointe,
Steven Alan
, 30%, Ostwald Helgason

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