Summer Fashion (AKA I want to buy all the things)

color me monday: chartruese and magenta from www

I’m often a late adopter when it comes to things I deem trendy. That was certainly true of the jumpsuit, until my eyes were opened via a twitter conversation with a very fashionable lady friend. I get it now, and I like it. I intend to fully embrace that modern, minimal bohemian thing that seems to be so popular for summer. Everything about this looks so easy. Add a little bit of texture and a pop of color for visual interest, and you’re out the door. What do you think, does this look do it for you? What are you wearing this summer?

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need supply co. spring collection

need supply co. spring collection from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

I’ve always admired Need Supply Co., they make well crafted and timeless pieces. It’s a great place to shop for wardrobe basics that will last for years to come, but also special seasonal items and accessories. I think they’re having a really bright moment in the sun with this year’s spring/summer collection. That cream colored dress below makes my heart sing, and those necklaces by cave collective fill me with glee. Happy shopping, happy weekend, and happy mother’s day!

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spring shopping wish list

spring fashion trends: a wish list from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

I finally did our taxes on Monday, and we’re getting a modest refund (YAY)! Keeping close track of my expenses from 2013 and that old child tax credit really paid off. So now with a little bonus coin in my pocket, I need to go shopping, right? (Dear husband: if you are reading this, I’m just kidding, mostly). I’d love to look as easy, casual, and put together as the imaginary chick above. I have always wanted a bomber-style leatherjacket, and I love the idea of a bronzer that will even work for my freaky-pale complexion. What’s on your spring wish list, and what are you craving from mine?

Have the happiest of weekends, and happy easter (to those of you who celebrate)! I’ll be reporting live from Oklahoma next week. I plan to stick to my usual blogging schedule,but we’ll see what the week brings….

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water casting jewelry

Ashley Gilreath Enameled Water Cast Earrings from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Until recently, I had never heard of this technique, and I am completely mesmerized. When I think of “casting,” I imagine a sculptor carefully pouring plaster or molten metal into an intricately carved mold. The artist (in my imagination) has tested and edited this shape countless times, and can envision exactly what the final product will look like.

The process of water casting couldn’t be any more different than the picture I’ve painted for you. A jeweler can use this technique to make something lovely from scraps of silver of gold, the shape being formed quite organically as the metal cools, in water. I love it when my assumptions of a process are challenged, especially when it results in something SO beautiful!
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custom travel w/ kate spade saturday

kate spade saturday travel bags from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’m getting really excited about a trip I’ll be taking at the end of March. I’ll be traveling to San Fran to spend some time with two of my best college buds. I’ve been online browsing travel bags in anticipation, and spotted these stunners over at Kate Spade Saturday. I am obsessed with the design a weekender tool, thats my pick above. But, obviously any of these chic totes are welcome to join me on my trip…

kate spade saturday travel bags from blog.cleanlinestudio.com kate spade saturday travel bags from blog.cleanlinestudio.com kate spade saturday travel bags from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

 Which one would you choose?

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zara’s spring collection…

zara's spring collection via blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’ve always been a big Zara fan girl. I think they’re great for sophisticated basics, with clean lines, and pitch-perfect textile choices. When they do a pattern or texture, it’s really purposeful and special. This spring line is hitting all the right notes for me. If I could possibly be any more excited for spring, I am now. Watch out Zara, I’m coming for you! Have a nice weekend, lovely readers!

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zara's spring collection…

zara's spring collection via blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com spring fashion from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’ve always been a big Zara fan girl. I think they’re great for sophisticated basics, with clean lines, and pitch-perfect textile choices. When they do a pattern or texture, it’s really purposeful and special. This spring line is hitting all the right notes for me. If I could possibly be any more excited for spring, I am now. Watch out Zara, I’m coming for you! Have a nice weekend, lovely readers!

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remedies for sad winter skin

winter skin remedies from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’m not going to complain about the weather anymore, but in years past, these icy temps have really done a number on my skin. Dry noses and chapped hands were kind of my specialty, but I’m done with all that foolishness. I’m going to share a quick rundown of my favorite products that have kept my skin baby soft through this especially horrific winter…

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
I use this product on my face before bedtime, and it has really seemed to improve the moisture level of my skin in these frigid months. I have crazy sensitive skin, and this is one of the few moisturizers I’ve used that works as promised, and also doesn’t cause me to break out. It’s on the heavy side, so I prefer using it before bed.

Seventh Generation Boost Hydrating Skin Serum
Before using this, I always shied away from any facial products described as serums or oils (again, in fear that they would wreak havoc on my super sensitive skin). I use a few pumps of this serum on top of the clinique moisturizer at night, and really notice a profound difference. It seems to allow my moisturizer to do it’s job, it’s very gentle, and smells great too. You can also use this product on it’s own. I sometimes do before applying makeup.

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion
Everyone in my house uses this lotion. It really does wonders on sad winter hands. I used this most nights before bed, and put it on Eva’s hands before she goes to sleep at night. It’s super thick and has a very mild husband and child friendly scent.

Volta Organics Whipped Shea Body Butter
You may remember this company from the giveaway we did with them last year. I still swear by their products, and the vanilla black pepper body butter is one of my favorites. I keep this in my bag, and slather it on throughout the day. This scent in particular smells AMAZING. It’s a lot lighter than then Gold Bond lotion, so I prefer it for daytime use year-round.

I hope this round-up alleviates your winter skin woes! If there are any additional products you swear by, I’d love to know about them. Just leave a comment below, and have a fantastic weekend!

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fashion inspiration: the full, pleated skirt

full pleated skirt from blog.cleanlinestudio.com full pleated skirt from blog.cleanlinestudio.com full pleated skirt from blog.cleanlinestudio.com The weather is once again in the teens today (according to the weather man it feels more like single digits), so please forgive me while I daydream about fashions that involve tights and bare legs, definitely not appropriate for this under armour weather. If you live somewhere warm, you probably have no idea what under armour is and are wearing a skirt just like this, so damn you!!

To be honest, I don’t have a skirt quite like these. The ones that really do it for me hit just below the knee, and flare out to be roughly twice as wide at the bottom as they are at the waist. I especially like how these hit just below the knee, showing a bit of leg in the most ladylike of ways. This shape could be appropriate for summer, spring, or fall (definitely not the middle of Philadelphia winter), just choose the right fabric weight and accessorize accordingly. This shape makes just about any waist look teensy tiny, don’t you think?

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feelin' all sorts of polka dotty

feelin' polka dotty from blog.cleanlinestudio.com feelin' polka dotty from blog.cleanlinestudio.com feelin' polka dotty from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m having a brief love affair with this pattern right now. Whatever you want to call it; a random dot pattern, irregular polka dots, ditzy dots, it’s totally my jam for the time being.

So much so that I chose this pattern in black and white for the curtains I’m sewing for Eva’s room. I feel like this look has been stalking my pinterest feed, and I’m totally not complaining. Are you smitten like me?

I had similar feelings about tassels over the summer….read about it here

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