Archive | February, 2013

From the New York Runaway Spring Hair Trends that work…

28 Feb

It seems like all my posts this week have been about spring…i think warmer weather is on my mind. So today, I thought I share some of the hair looks from the 2013 New York Fashion week.  So sometimes runway hairstyles are fun to look at but don’t necessarily translate well off the runway when you don’t have a team of stylists at the ready. lol.  Well..this season, there was no question that wearable looks had a major presence. Here are some examples from Bazaar & Glamour magazine’s Pinterest boards:

We saw new ways to wear your ponytail (think low and wide),

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braid your braid (try a crisscross direction),

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slick your part and tie a knot (tight!).

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And perhaps the most captivating trend this season and my favorite? Hair accessories inspired by everything from blossoming flowers to sporty bands to beekeeper’s headpieces, for when you want to just slip something on and make a statement.

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So what do you think?  Will you try any of these hair trends?  I know I will…they are very wearable.

Happy thursday folks!

 

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wiSww

27 Feb

So we are going off the beaten path a little bit in our link up with lindsey at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday.  Usually Carrie does the what i should wear wednesday.  and pick us out some fab finds under $50 from MiUS Collection…but today i get to doing the post so I am doing it  a little differently…Instead I am highlighting today outfits i am buying for spring from MiUS:

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Spring Cleaning begins

26 Feb

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I know it is not spring yet…but I do hear the birds outside and the days are getting longer. So I decided to begin my spring cleaning this week. Spring cleaning can seem overwhelmingly huge chore, so I like to take it in chunks at a time.  I also like to use a cleaning checklist it keeps on track and I like to check things off and feel accomplished!  I found a fabulous blog all about house keeping and more, fellow blogger, Kelly from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  She offers great tips on everything, but especially cleaning and i borrowed her checklist on her post about spring cleaning.

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up..
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.  Click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Clean Dishwasher.
  20. Dust light fixtures.
  21. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  22. Wash switch plates.
  23. Wash walls and trim.
  24. Wash doors and door knobs.
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor.
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

STAIRWELLS

  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.

REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

As she suggests on her blog, I take it room by room. I normally like to start with bedrooms as it gives us the chance to reorganize the closet, start to put away some of the winter wear and bring out the spring/summer clothing.  This week, I am beginning with an overdue chore of de-cluttering the kids rooms and closets! We normally have an annual toy donation clean up before Christmas, but somehow this past holiday season that tradition escaped us!  So wish me luck and Happy spring cleaning to all!! 🙂

Spring Break Checklist

25 Feb

March is a few days away and for many that means spring break season.  This picture sums up my Spring Break plans…

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Yes, sand and beaches!  After a winter of snow and cold, getting into warmer weather for spring break is like heaven.   So, I am starting to shop for my getaway pretties.

What’s in my bag so far?

Well…after a mani and pedi before leaving for vacay I like to keep my polish without chips on the trip.

#1  nail polish!

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I love Essie and all their bright colors and they are made in the USA.

#2 – I normally like to bring 2 to 3 swim suits.  I can switch on days. I found this site with affordable swimwear and made in the USA. http://www.venus.com

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I am tankini girl.   After two babies I do not feel comfortable bearing my midriff anymore.  But they have great looking bikinis and one pieces too.

#3 Flips – Not sure if you are familiar with these sandals, but Terox Footwear are made in the USA and offer so many fun colors.

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I am an apple green and blue fan!

#4 I have a few MiUS outfits picked out for the sunny days…here are some my picks:

Chain tank and tie dye maxi

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Just USA Boyfriend Denim 1048-1 and an array of tanks and flowy topsIMG_5497_1360953685IMG_1457_1359580624IMG_3866_1360369468out to dinner dress! IMG_4146_1357155105A must have denim jacket for cooler nights!

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So there you have it!  I think I am off to a good start right now.  I love packing for spring break.  It  is my pre-vacation fun!  Do you have any getaways planned?

My new love…

22 Feb

So I have to share my new love with you!!!!

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I have this obsession with our seamless tanks! I love them. I cannot get enough wear from them. I wear them under everything  and i sleep with them too! I now have hoarded 6 for myself and considering getting more in different colors.

Let me tell you the reasons why i am have such an infatuation:

#1 One Size Fits All! So no need to worry about sizing dilemmas they fit snug to your body so they cover imperfections under those sheer or cut out tops.  Oh and we have some “slimming” tanks available too if you have a little bulge to cover.

#2 They are soft! These tanks are AA grade yarn (very best yarn made in the USA) creates ultra soft, matt finish that smoother than a babies butt!!!

#3 They are warm! These tanks are made with Nylon 6.6…that’s right…you may not know what that is… So let’s explain…Type 6.6 nylon has a tighter molecular structure that allows for greater heat absorbtion making it better fit for your body!

#4 It is proudly made right here in the USA

#5 the price…

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Do you have any seamless tanks?  What do you think?  Are you in love too?

If you are not lucky enough to have them I think you should definitely check out our selection at MiUS.  I am sure you will fall in love too! 🙂

Have a great friday!

Seasons of Change by Corine

21 Feb

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Based on the groundhog’s prediction earlier this month, the new, spring season should be right around the corner.

I am very excited for this change of seasons for many reasons. Of course, the warmer weather and longer days topped my list but there is much more.

For the last three years I have worked on my website My Art to Inspire and freelance design work from home. During that time, I created a simple, casual, yet comfortable style.

My simple winter style consists of dark colored, cashmere sweater dresses, black leggings, and boots. This works even when I have meetings outside of my home. I usually add a necklace, tall boots, or stylish booties to make the look more business casual. Maybe still too casual but it seems to work.

Recently my workload has grown and I have to expand. I need to find a new workspace. So, next month I move to a shared workspace in an office instead of my home. Now my comfortable style and wardrobe definitely needs to be updated.

Lately, I have taken some time to peruse the on-line world of fashion. I checked out the latest trends from the MiUS Collection and other on-line stores for a sense the latest and greatest in spring fashion.

It seems that my daily ensemble of black colored sweater dresses, leggings, and boots need to be replaced by bright, colored pants matched with some colorful floral or patterned blouses and dresses. Hopefully, accessorized by some new bright colored flats or pumps, necklaces or bracelets.

I can’t wait for all of these new beginnings. I am ready to get out of the winter blues and into colorful spring floral designs.

Now where should I begin?

MiUS suggests the following cute little frocks:

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Daily Deal for the holidays!

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About our Guest Blogger today:

Corine Dehghanpisheh ATR-BC, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. She has worked with children who have been sexually abused, women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, and adults who live with mental illness.

Ms. Dehghanpisheh is an advocate for the creative arts in therapy and education. She believes that the creative arts help people to express themselves, communicate, and learn. It was this belief that led her to form the My Art to Inspire website in September 2011. Ms. Dehghanpisheh’s creative spirit and her passion for the creative arts inspire her daily work, writing, and illustrations.

Her debut children’s book, Can We Play Again? was published on March 29, 2012. The book is about Chloe, a young girl whose experiences with sadness and depression are told through the eyes of her dog Buddy. Chloe’s parents, teachers, and Buddy become concerned when Chloe doesn’t want to play anymore but are relieved when Chloe finds help and healing with the assistance of an art therapist. Can We Play Again? is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient.

You can find Corine and other artists in her website and blog: http://www.myarttoinspire.com

wiSww

20 Feb

so i am going off the beaten path here a little bit in my link up with lindsey at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday.  usually i do what i should wear wednesday.  and i pick us out some fab finds under $50 from MiUS Collection…but today i am doing my post a little differently…

we had our second trunk show this past sunday.  it was at my parents house with a little under 20 people.  it was great for it to be so small.  it was so nice to be able to intereact with people, and because of that i saw some great merchandise!  actually worn on people!  that is the hard thing about internet shopping…you are not quite sure how something will look or fit until you try it on (but remember that MiUS has free returns!).  but man, MiUS has some great dresses that i want to show you today.  you can wear them to a party, to a wedding, to a garden party, graduation, first communion…the list is endless.

here are some of my favs that were tried on by different people (aka body types)

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multi zig zag dress $49.99

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colorful floral print dress $49.99

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surplice dress – curvy $29.99 (this runs small and looked nice on “non” curvy people too)

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turtleneck dress $39.99

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chevron print black & ivory dress $39.99

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geometric print shirt dress $45.99

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charcoal print black zig zag dress $84.99

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katie dress with belt $199.99

note: while this model is tall and skinny…you do NOT have to have that body type to pull off this dress!  some girls with a little big of curves tried it on and it looked awesome!!!  and was very soft.

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amazing zig zag $84.99

note: i am going to say this is definately a dress one should wear leggings under….it is not for the faint at heart or ultra conservatives…it is quite short….

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perfect party dress -curvy/plus $54.99

i loved all the dresses at the trunk show.  they looked great on people and they were soft and comfortable and of course all made in the usa…oh…and look…six of them fit my “under $50” criteria!  hmmmm….

happy shopping!  you can find these and other goodies at our site http://www.miuscollection.com

our second trunk show

19 Feb

on sunday we had our second trunk show.  and while my parent’s house is not as swanky as the medina location was, it was a huge hit!  my mom made a bunch of food and invited friends and friends of friends.  my dad helped us to bring stuff in and “entertain” the ladies as they arrived.  my father is very entertaining.  we did very good in sales and it was nice and intimate.  so nice that millie got to mingle with the clients and tell them more about MiUS.  it was also great because she is so good with fashion pairings and could answer everyone’s questions.

what i like about the trunk show is it is not a direct sales party.  yes, we do something nice for the hostess but you don’t need to feel obligated to buy anything.  what the trunk show does is give women the opportunity to touch and feel the clothing and accessories.  it is nice to know that buying “made in the usa” fashion can be affordable and have quality.  it is nice to have a different piece than other people have.  and it is really nice to be able to shop with friends…while sipping wine or sangria and eating yummy food.

remember…even if you don’t make it to one of our trunk shows…all MiUS merchandise has free returns.  so you can order on line…and when it gets delivered, grab a snack and some wine (just please don’t get any on your MiUS goodies) and try on in the comfort of your own home.  if it doesn’t fit or you don’t love it you can send it back.  if you have questions on what will look good with it…send an email to millie@miuscollection.com – she is good with fashion questions and loves to help.

okay…here are some happy photos from our trunk show!

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the store

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the food

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the trunk show was a lot of fun.  if you are local to the cleveland area and want to have some friends over and host a trunk show for a different “girls” activity, please let us know!  we would be more than happy to set something up.  again, this is not direct sales, but it is fun and we appreciate our hostesses!!  contact carrie@miuscollection.com if you would like more information on trunk shows.

And the WINNER is…

18 Feb

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So the drawing for the $50 MiUS Collection gift certificate winner is… (Drum roll please!)…

Ms. Stacey Bruce

Congratulations Stacey! You will receive an email with gift information. Have fun shopping!!!

Here are a few new arrivals you might want to consider 🙂

Peach / Sky Blue chevron print

Peach / Sky Blue chevron print

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Have fun shopping!

What Sofia Vergara & I have in common.

15 Feb

Hi, my name is Millie and I am a jewelry addict! I admit to being a “jewelry-holic”. I am completely obsessed with costume jewelry. I cannot pass up a jewelry sale at Target or Macys or wherever…i see it…i love it and I must have it! My love for jewelry was comically described by “Modern Family” actress, Sofia Vergara when she told Instyle magazine “I love jewelry -rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it. If my stylist didn’t stop me, I’d go out looking like a Christmas tree,” she said. I have to say…I can completely relate to her!!! Although I do not have a personal stylists, I do have children and they are an abundance of sincere (and sometimes blunt) comments…lol. So I do hold myself back from looking like a Christmas tree in July 😉

So what’s my latest obsession in accessorizing…Stacked wrists!!!

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love the look…cannot get enough of it!   Perhaps its a trend that feeds my inner Christmas tree appeal 🙂   But you can take this look any way you like.   You can go from very mod minimalist to over the top glam on the wrists.

Let me give you some ideas on pictures from Pinterest.

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With a minimalist look you keep all your bracelets in the same tone (Gold or silver tone – just one color).

You can go for a bohemian chic look:

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This includes mixes of textures and colors (leathers, metals, etc).  Fun to pull off.

You can go punk:

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So these are just a few ideas, but you can really use your style to guide the look you want to go for with your stacked wrists.

do you love the look but afraid to pull it off?? Well MiUS has LaMer watches that provide you with that accessorized wrist look all in one packet.  And these watches are Made in the USA 😉

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What do you think of the stacked wrists trend?   Let us know!

Oh, and don’t forget today is the last day to enter!

GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13 – TODAY!) 

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook . If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then share our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com), or get one friend to “like” MiUS.

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing. That easy! Good luck!

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