Category Archives: Monday Must-Have

New Items in my Etsy Store ~ Holiday Promo Code!

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Visit lamb + wolf on Etsy!

 

Just in time for the holiday season, I’ve added several new listings to my Etsy shop: lamb + wolf

There are sets of dish/wash cloths, trivets, and a few baskets. All are eco-friendly, machine washable, and made from 100% cotton. They will brighten up any room in your house!

Use Promo Code: HOLIDAY2013 to receive 15% off your purchase. All items are great for gift ideas!

xo Katie

Monday Must-Haves! Purses, Handbags, Satchels…

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Whatever you call it, I don’t think I know a single woman who doesn’t own at least one handbag… let alone several. I have at least a few, but always one main one. Not only do I carry this thing everywhere, but it carries everything! I like a purse that can hold not just my wallet + cell phone, but my camera, nail polish, snacks (definitely a pregnancy addition to the load), pens, my kindle + the occasional small shopping bag. I’m clearly not  a clutch kind of girl!

I’ve officially worn out my current favorite bag. It is a lovely light grey bag by Diesel that my best friend gave me a few years ago. The leather is starting to crack + I’m pretty sure my last trip to the nail salon ended in nail polish leaking on the inside. Like I said, a bag that gets used + abused, not put in the closet enclosed in a satin case at the end of every day. I searched through some local shops over the weekend + realized that choosing a new bag is such a tricky job.

That being said… while I continue my search, here are some bags I found online that have caught my eye as far as style, shape + color goes. However, not sure I’d break the bank for any of these considering I like to throw my bag on the floor!

Diesel “Lock It In Colors” Charactery in Black

Cole Haan Cornelia Jayne Tote in Pacific

Dodo Toronto Small Pink Leather Foldover Zipper Clutch

Sam Edelman Farrow in Cobalt

Fossil Jules Wristlet in Ash Grey

Modcloth Golden Hits Bag

Kipling USA Creativity Small Pouch in Mitchelle Blue

~Katie

Monday Must-Haves: Home Reminders

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I haven’t lived in Vermont for over 9 years, but I still call it home. The majority of my family remains there, as does Husby’s. Looking back, it seems hard to believe that I spent the first 20 years of my life there because the memories seem so faded + distant. I feel as though I can’t navigate my way around there anymore without a GPS, which seems insane to me because I used to drive all over the state aimlessly, when I got my first car, without ever getting lost.

Vermont brings a lot of great memories: playing in the woods, camping, walking everywhere, dirt roads, mountains, swimming in rivers, fresh air, college… the list goes on.

Now, living about 18 hours away (driving), there are a few things that we like to keep around the house to remind us of home:

 

Woodchuck Cider (photo via Pinterest) ~ a nice cold cider on a hot summer day is simply amazing! I’m not a beer drinker, but also great Vermont brews include: Magic Hat, Long Trail + Otter Creek

Vermont State Flag ~ Husby has the VT state flag hanging in our garage. Such a simple design, but it represents Vermont the best.

Vermont Maple Syrup ~ there is nothing better than 100% pure Vermont maple syrup on your pancakes or waffles… or on everything!

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (photo via Pinterest) ~ a freezer isn’t complete without B&J ice cream. With soo many different flavors, I don’t think I can have just one favorite… but among them are: Creme Brulee, Late Night Snack + Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch.

Cabot Cheese (Image Source) ~ hands down, the best cheddar cheese there is out there!

What reminds you of home?

~katie

Monday Must-Haves: Nursery Edition

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Our nursery decorating is at a standstill. We painted quite some time ago + that is where it ended. The nursery has been more of a “dump all the baby stuff here” station, rather than an actual nursery. However over the weekend we finally decided on a crib + ordered it. I’m sure once it gets here it will be a little more “real” + decorating will pick right back up.

Here are some items + DIY ideas that I’m thinking are a must for our little girl’s nursery:

This adorable DIY Baby Stats Subway Art is from The Winthrop Chronicals ~ the colors she has done here even match our color scheme

Seriously, this Retro Kitchen Set via Amazon is simply adorable! I wish I had something like this when I was a little girl.

Planter Wall Storage via Centsational Girl ~ I believe this was pulled from BHG, but what a great way to store larger items, but still keep them in view for easy access.

ABC Printables via The Handmade Home ~ another cute wall hanging! Easy to print off at home on some card stock + put up in a matter of minutes. You could just as easily use these as flash cards.

Cloud Shelf via Shop Littles ~ what a great idea!

I have a million more ideas floating through my head + it is hard to narrow it down to a theme. So far I’ve just got a color guideline… time to figure out one direction and go with it!

What was your nursery inspiration?

~katie

Monday Must-Haves! Hair Skin Nails

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I believe that every woman + girl has at least one beauty product that they swear by + just can’t live without. I was a late bloomer when it comes to makeup or even putting an effort into doing my hair. When you live in a place that has a Mud Season… it is more important to get your car dug out from a mud pit on a dirt road, than looking cute in high heels + perfect makeup. The full extent of my makeup routine in high school was black eyeliner + some mascara… on a good day.

It wasn’t until I was in my early 20′s that I developed an appreciate for makeup + putting an effort into what my hair looked like. After I obtained my nail license, I began working at Beau Totale Salon + Spa where my entire outlook changed. The great group of girls that worked there with me at the time (some of them are still working there!) taught me what it meant to actually “style” your hair + about correct makeup application.

Since those days I feel like I’ve tried a million different products; some good + some bad. Here are a few that have stuck with me that I use on a daily basis today:

  1. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette ~ this palette comes with 100 colors in everything from muted shades to bright pops of color. It is great for everyday use, no matter what you’re wearing, without spending a lot on 100 separate pots of shadow {it’s only $10!}
  2. Essence Multi Action False Lashes Mascarayou can get the false eyelash look without the hassle of accidentally gluing your eyeball shut {you know you’ve done it too!}
  3. e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick in Spotlight ~ perfect for adding some shimmer + glow to your eyes, lips + face. I use this product mostly when I don’t feel like applying bronzer, but want a dewy glow to my skin.
  4. NYX Glitter Powder ~  I have several of these pots of glitter in various colors. I add it on top of eye shadow or use it on it’s own. A trick I use is applying a thin layer of Vaseline to the area I want the glitter to stick prior to applying the glitter. This works great if you want a solid area of glitter instead of just a dusting.
  5. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light ~ this is my go-to bronzer. It isn’t too light or too dark, just the perfect shade of sun-kissed skin. One thing I will say, if you do bronzer all-over your face, like I do, make sure you hit your ears + blend it down into your neck. Nothing worse than seeing someone with a mask of bronzer than ends at the jaw line.
  6. L’Oreal Eye Defense ~ I have yet to find an eye cream I like that actually delivers the results they promise. I am plagued with dark circles that make me look tired. This eye cream is the one I’m currently trying out. Still up in the air on this one.
  7. AG Hair Cosmetics Waxx Gloss Pomade ~ probably the most expensive hair product I use, but a little goes a long way, making it last forever. It isn’t sticky, it doesn’t dry hard… it adds just he right amount of texture that is great for my choppy asymmetrical bob.
  8. amika Oil Treatment ~ I know I didn’t spend $40 on this product, but can’t seem to find a cheaper price online. Add this to your hair while still damp before heat styling to keep the moisture in.
  9. Aveda Intensive Hyrdrating Masque ~ my all-time favorite Aveda product! Not only is it great on your face, but also works on hands + feet, or really any dry patches of skin. I recommend it to everyone.
  10. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ~ I blow through these like wild fire. In the morning, at night + even after I’ve already washed my face in the shower to get rid of mascara that just didn’t come off.
  11. Palmer’s Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks ~ I’ve always loved Palmer’s products, but especially this tummy butter since becoming pregnant. It’s rich, creamy texture seems to really keep the moisture in + curbs any itchy skin. No sign of stretch marks, yet… but I still have a few months to go.
  12. Orange Wood Sticks ~ these are great for pushing cuticles or wrapping in cotton to use for cleaning up nail polish mistakes. For around $5 for over 100 of them, they make for cheap, useful tools.
  13. e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer + Pearl ~ keeps your eyeshadow on like glue!
  14. NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink ~ just a dab or two of this hot pink cream blush gives you the perfect flushed glow.
  15. Cutie Animal Lens Case in Hippo ~ I don’t wear contact lenses, but I have a few pairs of theatrical cosmetic contacts + wear better to store them than this cute lens case?
  16. Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Treatment ~ my hair is really dry from color processing + heat styling. I use this alternating every other day with a regular conditioner to keep my hair soft + healthy.
  17. e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in Sand ~ I usually go for a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation, until I found this. It has great coverage while still staying light + breathable on your skin. It has a semi-matte finish + stays put all day. Added bonus, SPF 15!
  18. Bobby Pins + Wave Clips ~ since my hair is growing out + still fairly short, I don’t have much use for a  lot of hair accessories. Wave clips are great for holding hair up while heat styling + clipping bangs out of your face while you apply makeup. Bobby pins are my go-to hair accessory for putting my hair up as best I can when it is too hot for even leaving the small amount of length I have down.

 

What are your favorite beauty products? I’d love suggestions, as I always like to try new things!

~katie

Monday Must-Haves! Chevron

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It seems like chevron is everywhere these days + why wouldn’t it be? It is so simple, modern + clean. In the past few weeks, I’ve run across these great finds, check them out:

24″ Ottoman Pouf Floor Pillow via aletafae ~ this would be such a great addition to our baby’s room

50×63 Ash Gray + White Custom Curtains via Castle Creek Designs ~ can you tell I love the gray + white combo?

The Annabelle Chevron Maxi via Dainty Button ~ the colors are light + fun; perfect for summer!

Little Guy Necktie via Petite Peanut ~ these little boy ties are adorable!

Chevron Multi Metal Necklace via Scarlett Garnet ~ if a maxi skirt is too much chevron for you, try it out with accessories

Chevron Vinyl Wall Decals via Holly ~ maybe you love this look + why not cover your walls with it?

Owls + Chevron Crayon Holder via Kate W Designs ~ I recently posted about the owl crazy going on lately, this one adds chevron to it for a 2-in-1 bang!

Chevron Stripe Personalized Stationary via Row House 14 ~ I miss personal handwritten note cards, must make an effort to write to friends more often

That’s it for this week’s must-haves. Do you have a favorite chevron item that you are dying to have?

~katie

Monday Must-Haves! Bathing Suits

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It never really got cold enough here to not wear a bathing suit, but now that the grass is turning from brown to green, spring + warmer weather is sure to be here in no time. I love bathing suits, but have had a hard time finding a good one in the last few years. I’ve been wearing the same Victoria’s Secret bathing suit for at least 6 years now.

I’m dreading having to find a maternity swim suit + am pretty sure I will just stick with a regular bikini. I say if you don’t want to see a pregnant woman in a bikini, you should stay away from the beach!

Here are some cute finds from Etsy:

Classic Navy High Wasited Retro Bikini via BeBops ~ I love the retro look + the cute little star button!

 

Tuxedo One Piece Bathing Suit via PutOnThatDress ~ This is definitely one classy step up from the tuxedo t-shirt.

 

Ruffle Bikini via LoveLucyBea ~ The ruffles give this a really cute, sexy feel.

 

Miss White Cream Bikini via EleonoraEsposito ~ I love the idea of a crochet bikini… but does it actually hold up when swimming?

 

Skulls Teeny Bikini via SoCalBabyClothing ~ Cute little skull bikini to bring your little girl to the beach with you

 

~ katie