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Daydreaming Of Spring Fashion

I am so incredibly over winter. I long for warm weather, a light breeze, and the sun on my skin. Cold temperatures not only affect my fibromyalgia (I like being able to move upon waking thank you very much) but it definitely affects my moods. I won’t go as far as self-diagnosed SAD (season affective disorder) but shorter daylight hours and being trapped indoors definitely brings me down. Since the time has changed this past weekend which has allowed us to enjoy the extra daylight outside, I definitely feel more relaxed and have more of a pep in my step. Sunshine is a beautiful thing!

In addition to making over my mood, I am beyond ready for spring to make over my wardrobe! Be gone sweaters and heavy jackets and hello t-shirts and airy dresses!

Today I am sharing a couple looks that have been created in my recent spring fashion dreams:

 

Edgy In Spring

I’m not sure what it is but I love stripes for warm weather. I know you can wear them all year round if you wish but I just dig it for spring and summer! I adore these pants but I’m not sure I have the confidence to pull them off. I already have the Skillet “Sick Of It” tank in my wardrobe because a) I absolutely love the song and b) it goes along with this year’s Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness theme! Should I try the stripes?

 

 

SIMPLY SPRING

There is nothing that I love more in the warm months than adding crisp white pieces to my wardrobe. Its classic glam that can take you in any direction you want to go. I love adding a great statement necklace for spring as they can often be too hot and heavy for summer. Add a pop of color and you are good to go!

 

Sweet & Simple

You always need to have casual and comfortable staples in your closet and I just love this mermaid graphic t-shirt to celebrate warmer temperatures! Throw it on with some comfy jeans and sneakers and you are set for any springtime adventure!

 

Easter Vintage Glam

If someone could please deliver this outfit to my closet for Easter, I would be greatly appreciative! I love a beautiful vintage vibe and this mint dress has me drooling! It feels glamorous and feminine yet there is still the element of spunk and sass.

 

Are you as excited for spring as I am? What changes are you ready to make to your wardrobe as the warmer weather sets in?

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Five Friday Favorites – July 25 2014

Five Friday Favorites - A New Kind of Normal

 

I have been trying to come up with some new ideas for A New Kind of Normal and as I’ve been combing through the blogosphere and the land of YouTube, I discovered how much I love Favorites posts or videos. I cannot begin to count how many products/recipes/ideas I have fallen in love with after checking out a favorites post or video by one of my favorite bloggers or YouTubers.

Out of this concept came Five Friday Favorites.

Every Friday I will be sharing my weekly favorites in the following categories: Beauty Product Love, Fashion Find, Gluten-Free Goodness, Pin I’ve Completed, and Most Awesome Blog Post. Of course there is an optional “bonus” favorite because who knows when there may be the need to share a sixth favorite?

Let’s kick off the inaugural Five Friday Favorites:

Beauty Product Love

I cannot begin to put into words my love of the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I use the brightening shade under my eyes and the fair shade to help cover redness on my cheeks and the center of my forehead. This product is amazing. If I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup, I can pair this concealer up with a BB cream and a little powder and can have a nice, even skin tone without wearing a lot of product. I always thought I had to wear a full coverage foundation in order to cover the redness until now. Hands down this is my holy grail concealer and a must-have in my makeup bag!
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

source: Maybelline

Fashion Find

I am almost always wearing flats as the combination of fibromyalgia and being less than graceful doesn’t usually mix well with heels. The problem is that I love heels. I love the way heels look. I love the way I feel in heels. I feel more feminine and more spunky. I just love it so I hate that I can’t wear them on a regular basis. Abby and I were out shopping one afternoon at Kmart (yes, I live in the sticks and still shop at Kmart) and we happened to walk by the shoe section and I spotted these Jaclyn Smith Arial Wedges.

Jaclyn Smith Arial Wedge Sandals

source: Kmart

I loved the color options and the heel height looked somewhat manageable so I tried them on. The wedge was the perfect height and they were so comfortable! I was actually shocked by how great they felt. I scooped them up in red but I may have to check back to see if they have the green still available!

Gluten-Free Goodness

When I was visiting my parents in Virginia, their Food Lion had just put in a new and well-stocked gluten-free section so I got excited thinking that I may have similar luck at our Food Lion in town. Its kind of out of the way but I thought if I could find some great gluten-free products, it would be worth it. Nope. I couldn’t even get the store manager to understand what “gluten-free” meant. He kept referring to gluten-free as “diabetic food.” I can only assume that he was having a hard time distinguishing gluten-free from sugar-free but I would think at this day in age and as the store manager of a national grocery store chain, you would be a little more aware as Celiac disease is becoming more recognized and as following a gluten-free diet has become “trendy.” Don’t get me started on that one but hey, if it means more product options, I’ll take it. Anyways, I walked out of Food Lion empty-handed but went straight to my regular grocery store and was excited to find that they had actually expanded their gluten-free products! I think I’ll be sticking with them! Sorry about the side story but onto the good stuff.

My awesome find of the week: Immaculate Double Chocolate Cookie Dough. I had previously tried the Chocolate Chunk cookies by the same company (also amazing!) so I was excited to try this out! All in the name of gluten-free research of course 🙂 These cookies turned out as good as they sounded and will most definitely be repurchased in the future. Abby & I had a special mommy-daughter day yesterday that included a trip to the pool, tie-dying t-shirts, and baking cookies and all three were a success! Immaculate Baking Company offers gluten-free break apart cookies in Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, and Fudge Brownie. Convenience, gluten-free, and delicious? Count me in!
Immaculate Baking Co Fudge Brownie Cookies

source: Immaculate Baking Co

Pin I’ve Completed

This may sound dumb for this week but my success on Pinterest this week has actually been going back to Pinterest and focusing on utilizing the wealth of information available to breathe some new life into A New Kind of Normal and my life in general. I’ve been floating adrift for . . . well . . . too long. I’m finally beginning to feel anchored again so I am excited to be able to share steps forward I’ll be able to make from this point on. I am feeling more energized and passionate and I feel like I have a refreshed spirit and purpose so I am really pumped about the future of A New Kind of Normal. New things are on the horizon!

Most Awesome Blog Post

One of first YouTube channels I have ever followed and one of most favorite is Vintageortacky. Cora is hilarious and amazingly talented so I recommend you check her channel out! One of the first things you may notice is her fabulous hair. I am a bit partial to lovely ladies with awesome hair color 🙂 I have been on a quest to find the perfect shade of purple (I am getting close! Blog post to come) so while I’ve been on the hunt, Cora’s tips and tutorials have been extremely helpful! Her post this week Dye Another Day: How to Dye Your Hair Vibrant Pink, Purple, and Black is a great resource if you are considering trying out a vibrant hair color or are already rockin’ it and just looking for some tips.

 

There are a few of my favorite things for this week! I would love to hear about your favorites so let me know in the comments if you guys would be interested in making this a weekly linkup!

Do you have any favorites this week that I need to check out? 

chronic styleproduct review

Counting Down to Spring: eShakti

I don’t know about you but I am dying for spring to arrive. I am over cold weather, jackets, and needing layers. I am ready for lots of sunshine, airy fabrics, and my toes getting out of socks and into flip-flops! Last year I had the opportunity to review eShakti’s beautiful clothing lines (remember this adorable green shirtdress?) and when they contacted me about the launch of their new spring collection, I gladly agreed!

It was so hard to choose from all of the cute options but I ultimately chose this cute little number:

eShakti-Review

I love dresses for spring but I typically stick to solid colors (especially black) so I took a leap of faith and went completely out of my comfort zone with this print but it totally paid off! I am in love! I feel sassy and beautiful! I feel like it fits my body in all the right places! One of my favorite things about this company is just about every piece is customizable! Not only do they make each item specifically for you using your measurements, you can also alter the sleeves, length, and add (or remove) pockets to meet your specific needs. I’m not a huge fan of my arms so I prefer to have them covered so I was able to add cap sleeves as well as adjust the length of the dress so I can feel completely comfortable and beautiful in my new dress!

eShakti-Review

Some of my other favorites include this illusion mesh print dress and anchor print dress! I think I am now hooked on prints!

Definitely head over to eShakti and check out their Spring line! If you find something you love, you can use the code NEWKNDFNRM to save 20% off your order through March 20th!

What is your favorite piece?

***Disclosure: I was provided this dress from eShakti to facilitate this review but as always opinions are completely 100% my own***