Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bermuda Shorts & Button Ups

 I said I wasn't going to do it.

"Bermuda shorts aren't flattering on me."

Well, once again I've proven to myself that sometimes it's about the cut, make and fit, over the style or trend. And so the story goes while I was out shopping holiday sales with my MIL. We popped into Lucky and quickly found cute tops to try on. However, I was in a dress and would need some bottoms. Of course, this is where the Bermuda shorts come into play.  My choices were the shorty shorts or these. I grabbed these with no expectation to like them.

So, welcome to today's post featuring the Bermuda shorts that I wasn't supposed to like, as well as my latest top from H&M. And since my MIL tried on these same short, I thought she should make another guest appearance on the blog.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

5 Reasons To Ditch Plastic Razors

Hello! To say that I'm excited about today's post would be an understatement, for currently tucked away in its new home, is the coolest, prettiest razor I've ever owned. It's shiny, feels fabulous in my hands, and is metal! Have you ever considered using a metal razor? Metal from top to bottom? I haven't. Aren't those for guys? Beyond finding a razor made from recycled plastic, I didn't consider other options. 

However, when a friend shared about her personal experience with Leaf Shave, a plastic-free, sustainable shave, I was intrigued. Why? Simply stated, I strongly dislike purchasing costly razor head refills and my husband was past time for another set (I kept forgetting to pick them up!). In addition to refills, I thought about sustainability. However, this friend also mentioned that plastic razor strips were laden with toxins. Toxins, which are more easily absorbed under the arms, where the lymphatic system hangs out, and hot water is opening our pores! This made me think beyond my husband. What about me? 

So I reached out to Leaf Shave and was rewarded with the opportunity to review a razor essential set for him AND for me! I hope you enjoy today's post and will consider other shaving options. For a quick summary of "Five Reasons To Ditch Plastic Razors" scroll to the end. ;) 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Preparing for Spring/Summer Shopping & Link Up

This week's fashion post is a simple throwback to a few looks from last spring and summer. I love to do this before I make any purchases for the new season. Comparing what was trending to what is trending helps me see how I did on purchase decisions. It also helps me get organized and determine if I need to refresh shoes, shorts, etc. With stores beginning to open in our area, I'm prepared for what will feel like an amazing privilege - instore shopping! I love the convenience of shopping online, but I miss the people watching, the soft lighting in the Lucky Brand Store fitting room, and the time alone I get when I shop (no one in my family wants to go along!).

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

LadyBossBlogger: The Course I Wish I Had 5 Years Ago

I created Granola & Grace blog in 2013 and began my Instagram account soon after.  Both of these ventures started off with no direction. I like to wing it. Of course, there's nothing wrong with spontaneity if my plan was to blog as a hobby. However, my hope was to create content that brought value to cyberspace, which would then in turn open opportunities to develop relationships with my favorite brands. In short, I wanted to create a side gig and not a hobby.

After more struggle than success, I began to question my unorganized approach. I purchased a couple of books, started listening to other successful influencers, and took a free crash course. Though there have been significant improvements in the last two years, something is still missing. The free gigs and the tips from influencer pages had brought me as far as I could go.

Applying what I had learned, I focus on quality content.  Aside from that, wasn't I already doing all that I could do? So when LadyBossBlogger reached out, I was doubtful. Again, I've read the books, listened to some podcasts, etc.

Can I just say that I wish the LadyBossBlogger course had come across my path 5 years ago? After nodding along through the first couple of courses I stopped. New information.

"I hadn't heard that!" 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Classic Meets Boho With Denim & Tassels

Vintage embroidery, soft cotton denim, a tassel party and perfectly placed pockets makes this Caite & Kyla dress a wonderful closet addtion. I chose to lean into the boho vibes for today's post by adding a fringe kimono, but I could see this dress styled with a white jacket and flats for a more classic feel. Or how about sneakers and a ball cap like Jill at Doused in Pink sported last week with her Caite & Kyla dress?  I look forward to uncovering the fabulous versatility of this striped beauty, but until then...

How are you? As pockets of the country begin to open up are you venturing out or staying in? My oldest is back to work this week, running the drive through at Starbucks so we took our dog for a "puppaccino". Only employees are allowed in the cafe so our firstborn met us out front with Dolly's cup of whipped cream. Ethan gets a kick out of her frantically lapping up her treat while spraying the rest of us with flecks of cream.

I also enjoyed breakfast seated outside my new favorite cafe. Savoring the sunshine and the breeze, I ate my avocado toast slowly. Located in a small town, the cafe vibe was calm and peaceful. I'll be returning there soon!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Tilda Dress by Caite & Kyla

Hello and welcome May! Does this month look different for you than last month? Not too much has changed over here. Wait. That isn't true. I'm changing. Some of what I valued before seems trivial now. I'm rediscovering the joys of the granola lifestyle with basic health principles such as: more greens, less processed foods, less sugar, no substitutes, vegetable oil, dyes and the list goes on.

In addition, I'm soaking up the sun whenever I can. I walk the dog, sit out in the back, and ride my bike through the neighborhood looking for photo spots. What must the neighbors think of this crazy family of six...
  • My two older boys have the craziest head of curly hair going on. No eyes to be seen!
  • My eldest takes out his long board and has the dog pull him down the road at full dog speed. It really is a sight to see!
  • My twins ride willy-nilly on their scooters, bare foot without a care.
  • My hubby, the most normal, makes frequent visits to the pond to fish. 
And to leave no question in their minds in regards to our weirdness, today my youngest road down the street on his scooter while I trekked along on my bicycle heavy laden with shoes, hats and other accessories. Once we found the perfect spot I began to set up the outdoor studio. Meanwhile some neighbors worked in their yard while others walked their dog.

"Hi. Just snapping some photos for the blog. Again. Twirling in my dress for effect, you know?" 

"Oh, no. You go on ahead. We still have a few more photos to take. Cute dog by the way."

And so on my friends. And so on... Life is short. Let's get our pictures and enjoy our dresses - or whatever clothes you're sporting this week!

Today's spotlight is on another lovely piece sent from Caite & Kyla. It's feminine, flowy, and features a one of a kind floral print. I love the tiered style along with the embroidery details across the front. I'm sharing ways I might wear this dress for mother's day. Let me know you favorite in the comments below!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday Favorites: Goodbye April

Goodbye April. You were interesting to say the least. I won't share half of what April entailed for me because Friday favorites are meant to be light and fun. And since I have a good dose of sunshine to share that's what I'll focus on - for now. Wink Wink. I'm excited so let's dive right in!

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