All Things Pretty Linkup 3/28


One thing about we sisters, we love a good party so we decided to have one of our own! Drumroll….Welcome to the launch of All Things Pretty Thursday! A fab, fun, and pretty party hosted by My Fashion Forward Blog and Sparkles And A Stove! Link up anything pretty that you’ve made or written about- fashion, style, photography, decor, crafts, or food. If it’s pretty, it’s on your blog and you made it, it goes! Party in the house! As part of the party please like us on facebook so you can be the first to arrive next week. Also by joining you are giving us permission to use your image in a featured post.

House Rules:

1. Please only link up your own work (nothing from your own party (but invite us, we’ll be glad to attend!), no giveaways, nothing in your Etsy shop.

2. Grab a party favor because it’s pretty and link back either from your party page or your linked post. Only linked back posts will be featured. (Text links are acceptable for the minimalists ūüôā )

3. Please link to your specific post and not to your home page.

4. Mingle! Please visit at least 2 other links. We kindly suggest make one of them the one next to you so everyone gets a little party love.

Oh, and here’s a few party announcements:

We will be giving away an Amazon Kindle in April (ah-some!) and have a few spots left to participate. The last two giveaways had over 3000 entries at a value of 1 each so great exposure! You can sign up here.

And just for fun Sparkles and a Stove is hosting a Cards and Cookies Mixer! Open to readers and bloggers alike, you and your partner will exchange a card and a cookie recipe and make a new friend! If you want to join in the fun you can sign up here.

Now on to the party!

Thanks for linking up! Lots of chances to be featured as we will have 2 categories: one for the foodies and crafties and one for fashion, photography and lifestyle!



Venley by Youth Monument and A Giveaway Link


In an effort to find the best options for budget friendly style, I am always on the look out for great new places to shop.  In one of the networks that I belong to I came across a great new site that I wanted to take the time to share with you.The site came to me via USA Lovelist and introduced me to a great American design team. Venley by Youth Monument is an affordable option for some of those elusive quality basics that we are always searching for and a great option for all of those looking to keep their wardrobe dollars here in the U.S. Youth Monument is vertically integrated in downtown Los Angeles and has some great fashion forward options for your casual wardrobe.  Here I found some great quality pieces that would work with any budget for both myself as well as the hubby.  My favorite piece is a 3/4 sleeve baseball raglan in charcoal grey. The top is shown with a denim cutoff short, but it would also work well with a distressed capri for casual days with the kiddos.  If you are one of those couples who likes to match on occasion, there is a matching version for him.  As an added bonus, the company is also sponsoring a great giveaway with over $500 in prizes as well. The intent of the contest is to help fuel the occupation of your closet with Made in America products. You enter the giveaway by sending a tweet with the hashtag #occupyyourcloset explaining why Made in the USA is important to you. The contest will run until the end of April with a total of 20 winners and every tweet will qualify as an entry so tweet away. I hope you like the designer as much as I do, and I will continue to bring you up and coming designers as I find them.  Once you check out the site, circle back and let me know what your favorite piece was.

Choosing Colors For Family Photos

If you are like most families at one point or another, you will get the brilliant idea that what your family really needs is a family portrait that will capture your family memories in a single snap. Several years back I realized that the time had come to wrangle my family into participating in that time honored ritual since the twins were ten and the last time we had a portrait made was on their first birthday.  Once we decided it was time for family portraits, then it was time to choose the color scheme for the event. We were including extended family in the photo, so in total we would have eight people in our picture. During the process, I discovered that there is a skill to coordinating that many people in one setting. There are a important factors to consider when you are choosing colors for family photos.

Choosing Family Photos

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The Fashion Forward Formula

Creating fashion forward style is about mastering four basic style elements and creating variations of those elements using pieces that you either currently own or are about to purchase. The four elements that you need to create any look with fashion forward style are a basic piece, an interest piece, a finishing piece and a statement accessory. Before your next big shopping spree decide which of these elements you are in dire need of and work from there. If you keep those thoughts in mind as you shop, you will avoid squandering those valuable wardrobe dollars.

The Fashion Forward Formula

Styling Colored Lace

One of the trickiest style combinations to pull off is an outfit styled with colored lace.  There are a couple of challenging factors to consider as you are building your wardrobe to include colored lace.Styling Colored Lace
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