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Sunday
Mar022014

121 - gray is great

Happy Sunday!

I'm always looking for simple and classic pieces, that have interesting details, for my gray wardrobe. Here is a cute spring outfit that I've put on my wish list.

Savant Swing Dress - I'm sure this dress would be a bit longer on myself since I don't have long legs like the model, LOL. I love how versatile this gray dress is moving from winter to spring. It can be worn with leggings or tights on cooler days.

Lady Grey Lucid Ring - The geometric lines of this ring with fractured bismuth crystals makes a bold statement.

Janie Laser Cut Clutch - Cement Grey - Spring's must have trend in handbags are intricate laser cut patterns. This laser cut clutch is perfect!

ASOS PHOTOSHOOT Pointed High Heels - I love an ankle strap shoe! So sexy and classy.

ONLY 18 DAY 'TIL SPRING!

Thursday
Feb272014

Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean

When I lived in Kansas City, one of my favorite shops I'd love to visit is Donna's Dress shop. The store is filled with vintage trinkets and new items with a vintage flare. When I shared Donna's story on my blog back in April 2010, she had her new storefront open for almost one year and it's been a Kansas City hotspot ever since.

I've been keeping up with Donna and the shop on Instagram. Let's see what she's up today!

Donna Foulk, Donna's Dress Shop
MAIN CRAFT:
vintage curator
WEB SITE: DonnasDressShop.com
FACEBOOK: donnasdressshop
TWITTER: @DonnaDressShop
INSTAGRAM: @DonnaDressShop
LOCATION: shop, 1410 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111
Donna, Kansas City, MO

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Donna's Dress Shop is growing and it is still a full-time job for Donna.

"The shop is a lot busier than it was in 2010. I have a lot more help than I did four years ago! I've hired a full-time manager to help with inventory and social media, and a visual display artist who does the in-store displays, windows, and event flyers."

Besides Donna's impeccable buying taste, one of the reasons' Donna's Dress Shop has done so well is because of her theme store events.

"For a little over a year, 39th Street has hosted “3rd Friday” events, where shops on West 39th Street are open late and have live music and local art. Each month Donna’s Dress Shop has a new event on 3rd Friday. In January, we had “Something Old, Something New,” our wedding event, where we debut our wedding collection. We saved all the vintage wedding dresses that we acquired all year, and put them out on this special day. This year our wedding event was bigger than last, and it was such a special and exciting day!

One of our favorite events last year was “Frida Friday,” in celebration of the “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico" exhibit at The Nelson. We had Frida-inspired fashions, flower crowns, hand-embroidered dresses and tops from Mexico and vintage Mexican dresses for sale, as well as drinks and snacks. We also had renowned wood sculptor Kathy Ruth Neal's "Frida Series" on display, on loan from The Mattie Rhodes Center. It was a fun event!

Our next February event was a trunk show featuring local jewelry designer, Kira Terrey.

One of our biggest events will be our Garden Party, on Sunday March 9th. We will showcase the best of the best of our spring vintage, and have lots of new spring collections, including our spring shoes from Bait Footwear! We transform the shop into a garden, complete with astroturf, a fountain, and lots and lots of live plants and flowers!"

Donna is super happy with her store's growth. Due to hard work and commitment she's exactly where she wants to be.

"I’ve reached a point where I don’t work 24/7 like I did before (hiring a manager and visual display artist has helped a lot), but I still work a lot more than 40 hours a week.

My goal is just to continue to grow as a shop, and spread the good word of vintage as much as we can. Facebook and Instagram have made a huge difference in helping us grow. We post new arrivals on there every day, and let everyone know about our upcoming events and new collections. We have new customers every day, many who have found us through Facebook and some who were just driving by. We want to continue to do events and keep the shop fun and exciting for our customers!"

Here are some my Donna's Dress Shop purchases. She sure has me looking like a classy lady!

Be sure to read Donna's story of how she became a vintage diva. And you can catch up with other inspirational stories like Donna's on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.

Tuesday
Feb252014

gluten-free tofu chocolate & pecan cookies

I haven't baked homemade cookies in ages! I received a bag of Hershe's Kisses from Influenster, so I decided to make my favorite vegan chocolate cookie recipe with them.

This time I decided to make the recipe gluten-free by adding my gluten-free flour blend and coconut flour. I also added coconut sugar and coconut oil to the mix.

Here is the recipe:

. 2 cup flour (I used 1 cup gluten-free flour blend + 1 cup coconut flour.)
. 1 tsp baking powder (If you like your cookies more flat use 1/2 tsp.)
. 1/2 tsp baking soda
. 1/2 tsp salt
. 5 TBS soy margarine
. 1/2 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
. 1 TBS vanilla
. 1/3 cup soft tofu
. 4 TBS canola oil (I melted coconut oil and let it cool before adding to the mixture.)
. 3 TBS soy milk (I used almond milk.)
. 1/2 cup rolled oats (opt). (I didn't use oats this time)
. 1 cup pecans (I used a 1/2 a cup.)
. 1 bag chocolate chips (I used 42 Hershey Kisses, chopped. You can you caraob chips too.)

Cream together margarine, sugars, tofu. Add vanilla, milk & oil. In separate bowl, sift together flower, baking powder & soda, & salt. Gradually add to wet mix. Once combined add nuts, chips & oats.

Place tablespoon scoops of batter on a cookie sheet. Bake @ 375 degrees for 10-12 min.

Cool on a rack before serving or storing.  

The creamy milk chocolate of the Hershey's Kisses were a great addition to the cookies! Thanks for the inspiration Influenster. And I hope everyone enjoyed this recipe.

 

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I received Hershey's Kisses product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Thursday
Feb202014

Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean

I'm totally a secret admirer of Jess Constable. I discovered Jess in 2010 and I was totally in love with her message of “designing a life with intention.” In May 2010 followed her steps to makeunder my life. And I've been following Jess' business transform over the years, while I transformed my own business and life too.

When I interviewed Jess in August 2010, she was thriving her in Jess LC jewelry business while fulfilling her purpose: helping others makeunder their lives. Jess LC grew into jewelry, bags, iPad cases, posters, stationery, totes, scarves, and trays selling to over 100 stores in North America and online sales reaching Paris, Singapore, Japan, and South Africa. And yet, in 2012 Jess closed the Jess LC Shop to be in the business of helping others full time. Let's see what Jess has been up to!

Jess Constable
MAIN CRAFT
: writer, teacher, and speaker helping people to approach life from an intention-based perspective
SITE:
with-intention.com
BLOG:
jesslively.com
TWITTER:
@JessCLively
INSTAGRAM:
jessclively
FACEBOOK:
JessLovelycom
PINTEREST:
jesslively.com
LOCATION:
from Rochester, MI currently living in Chicago, IL

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I'm always amazed by Jess' BIG heart and all of the business information and personal fulfilment inspiration she provides on various platforms.

Of course, Jess' blog is filled with entrepreneurial and personal life inspiration and tips from Jess herself. She is always so open and personal while giving attainable things to do.

You can get intention in your inbox when you sign up for her newsletter (see the sidebar on her blog). I really like receiving Jess' emails because I never have time to check my feedly blog reader anymore. When I receive Jess' messages in my email they usually the exact thing I need to hear at the moment!

This month Jess launched a new podcast called The Lively Show. It's little 45-minute conversations Jess has with business bloggers talking about topics on personal habits, relationships, and career. It's great to listen to in the background while working. 

I was so happy that Jess asked me to review her Business with Intention Workshop At Home. Jess's workshop includes a series of seven videos from eight successful business owners. I love that these videos are included with a workbook. The videos brings the information to life with Jess' casual couch conversations.

Another new project Jess is working on is a new live online class called Life with Intention Online. The 1st session is March 11-18.

"During this week long online class, I will teach you an entirely new way to approach your possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career by using one universally true and refreshingly peaceful intention-based process."

As you see Jess has totally dived into the business of helping others full time!

"Switching to business consulting, from something that was successful and going really well, to the life side of things, has been a bit leap of faith. But I felt called to do it (literally I asked my gut what to do). So lately I've been living in that patient and faithful way as people were sad about my jewelry business services closing to focus on this next chapter.

I had no idea that my life would take the path specifically that it has. But on the other hand, I did know I always wanted to help people live intentionally. So though I never would have imagined "how" it would come to pass, this destination is not all that surprising from a larger perspective.

I don't like to think about goals too much, but I do have dreams! It would be lovely to teach the Life with Intention process to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. I would love to do a TED talk. I'd love to write a book."

Not only has Jess' business life changed, her personal life too.

"Since my last interview I met my husband, dated, and got married! We now have the sweetest Westie, (Ben) Franklin, and live in a lovely apartment. I'm also designing a hotel lobby - something I never would have expected to be doing a few years ago!"

So inspiring. Thanks Jess!

You can catch up with other inspirational stories like Jess' on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.

Tuesday
Feb182014

36 - too cute Tuesday

Temps are already reaching 79 degrees here in Miami. So it's time to start thinking about this year's swimsuits. I found these scuba inspired rubberized black bikinis that are faux leather sexy and just too cute!

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Byron Bay rubberized neoprene bandeau bikini

Trestles racer-back rubberized neoprene bikini

Lisa Marie Fernandez Rubber Neoprene Zip Bikini

Rincon rubberized neoprene bandeau bikini