today’s golden age

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this guest post is inspired by royalty and high fashion. the duchess, kate middleton has been quite the conversation. she encompassed grace and elegance on her wedding day, and still throughout her current pregnancy. there’s something captivating and romantic about the formal wear of queens and princesses. we pretend to be one as little girls. as grown women, maybe even fantasize about feeling like cinderella.

there’s plenty of disney animated films, movies, television shows and even spanish soap operas to inspire our inner princess diana. read up on the trend which has made an appearance on-screen and the runway. you can incorporate the allure and sophistication into your wardrobe too. laura diaz shows how us to translate this majestic look for the average woman. no need to be prince charming’s wife or know the catwalk to feel regal.

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recipes & ideas for a superbowl XLVII party

SuperBowl Party Recipes and Ideas
this posting comes (way) too late. however you know what they say, “better late than never”, right? please don’t judge me–i’m not rooting for a particular team. this is the sad reality of an artsy-unathletic girl. i’m not a sports gal but i do love the superbowl. it’s an excuse to eat casual,comfort food and watch the most amazing commercials. so i put together an inspiration board of my favorites. below are a list recipes and party ideas which make for a great game time, regardless who you’re a fan of (or not).


1. individual seven-layer dips — the girl who ate everything
2. beer candied bacon — tide & thyme
3. chocolate covered footballs — domestic fits
4. easy football field party table — a night owl
5. citrus spicy wings with cilantro dip– life is still sweet
6. chili bar — celebrations at home blog
7. chili in glass jar (plus other decorating ideas) — hostess with the mostess
8. football spicy-sweet deviled eggs — my recipes
9. watermelon football helmet — national watermelen promotion board
what does your superbowl spread consist of?

raquel

a ladylike winter

if you don’t already know, this isn’t my favorite season. my attempts to bundle up usually consists of lots of layers and a pouty face. apart from christmas, i haven’t had the opportunity to play dress-up this winter. i keep on saying i’m going to have a date night with the hubs, but we usually just end up staying in. which i’m totally okay with most of the time, but my dresses might have cobwebs by now. if you’re a girly-girl like me, then you’d understand too. heck, if you’re a mom then i’m just preaching to the choir right about now.

the whole dressing up/date night situation is one of my new years resolutions. i’ll quote #8 down the list of things i wish to accomplish in 2013: “go out on hot dates night with my mani haven’t used my heels in…umm, yeah i can’t even remember the last time.” <— gosh, that’s sad!

i toke the woolite dream winter outfit challenge, ’cause i’m getting psyched for going out on the town. hopefully, sooner than later. i could use some practice and a little inspiration. people who know about fashion, know that woolite is a trusted detergent. it promises to take care of your favorite clothes so you can continue making great memories and great fashion statements. with that in mind, i put together this outfit that i would want to keep looking its best.

a ladylike winter

Poem print top
$87 – oliverbonas.com

Moschino wool shirt
stylebop.com

Military fashion
yumidirect.co.uk

Wool mini skirt
chicwish.com

Tulle clothing
modcloth.com

Rag & bone high heels
mytheresa.com

Jigsaw knit beret
$62 – jigsaw-online.com




this pretty combination is a  little bit classy and a little bit fun too. there’s no need for a necklace with this moschino wool shirt.  it’s the epitome of femininity, which features an elegant bow. the a-line floral skirt gives the assemble a retro 50’s look, which i love. in order to avoid it being too matchy-matchy, i added a second pattern with the use of cardigan. delicate birds add that perfect touch of whimsy, which also gives this outfit an avant-garde edge. the mustard yellow military coat balances the girly elements with a touch of masculine detailing in the buttons. each of the accessories picks up a rich color and completes this very ladylike attire. it’s a perfect for dressing up while still keeping warm during this cold weather.

what are your thoughts?

raquel