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Monday, July 28

Inspired Summer #36: Spend the week saying yes (or no)

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Are you the person that everyone asks to help them on projects because they know you will always say yes? Do your kids know they can get anything they want because you are a people pleaser and will always agree to their demands? On the flip side, are you someone whose first response is “no”? Is it difficult for you to go with the flow or turn on a dime because you are so set in your ways that not wanting to do something is your default? If either of these scenarios sound like you, then for a week I want you to try and do the opposite of what you normally would choose.

I am a just say no kind of girl. If my husband comes to me unexpectedly with a new idea, my first instinct is to say no. The kids want something? No way. Of course after I say no I then give it some thought, and most of the time the idea is a good one or the thing the kid wants is fine for them to have and I change my mind. This is not a good thing. First of all it makes me look wishy-washy, like I can’t make up my mind. Secondly I hate it when I am ‘mean’ just because that is my instinct. So I have been actively trying to not say anything at all until I have given whatever situation I am faced with some thought. Because this goes against my nature, it is not easy. Often times I can hear the word ‘no’ coming out of my mouth and I quickly say, “oops, sorry. Let me give it a moment to think about your request and get back to you”. 

Saying yes all the time can also be problematic. When you say yes to things you really don’t want to do you become resentful. You end up pleasing everyone but yourself. Take a minute to look deep inside and figure out if you are either a yes or no person. Then spend the week going against your nature and see what happens. You just might find that making decisions out of intention is better than just saying yes or no out of habit. 

Sunday, July 27

8 Steps To The Perfect Vintage Wardrobe

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A few years ago I came out with my Vintage 101 series. I wanted to explain how I created a vintage wardrobe and how you can do it as well. In the past few years I have moved away from specifically vintage clothing into a more ‘classic’ silhouette, so the last two articles are about the difference between a vintage and classic look and then the definition of more classic styles. I have now added a few new definitions to my classic styles which is something I am sharing in the new book I am writing! There will even be a quiz so you can figure out which category you fit into. In the meanwhile, feel free to peruse my vintage wardrobe advice because I think a lot of it can be inspiring for any woman who wants to look and feel beautiful in their day to day lives. 

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Here is the introduction into changing your clothing into a vintage inspired wardrobe. It includes a checklist of vintage basics you will need.

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In order to dress more retro, you need to understand the simple silhouettes of each time period. Here are the basic breakdowns of the looks from the 40s through the 60s. 

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dress in a vintage style. Though the garments shown are a few years old, you can see the looks are timeless.

summer essentials

This expands on the basics for summer.

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This explains what you will need for your Fall/Winter wardrobe. The items shown are old, but the information is still useful.

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In this video I show you how to put together some of your basics to create multiple looks for different occasions.

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Ever wondered what the difference was between vintage and classic style? This article attempts to discuss the similarities and differences.

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Which kind of classic woman are you

Saturday, July 26

Quinoa Salad with Mango & Blueberries

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I can’t believe that only a few short years ago quinoa was a fancy new ingredient that nobody had heard of before. Well nobody in the United States. These days I would consider this fun little seed/grain a staple! I serve quinoa salads all the time because they are a fun way to add a pop of flavor to my meal. I was serving a Mexican inspired meal the other day and needed something light and refreshing to go along side the vegetarian enchiladas I was serving. I decided a fruit salad would be nice but I wanted to elevate it. I turned to my trusty Pinterest boards and found this salad that I thought was a good starting point for what I ended up creating. I changed the dressing up a bit, and ended up switching to mint from basil, and the final dish was a total hit with my guests. Everyone wanted the recipe so I told them I would blog it! 

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Quinoa Salad with Mango & Blueberries with a Lemon Mint Dressing
Serves 6
A refreshing take on a fruit salad by mixing together mangoes and blueberries with quinoa and tossing in a mint lemon dressing.
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Salad
  1. 1 cup of dried quinoa
  2. 1 pint fresh blueberries
  3. 1 mango peeled and diced
  4. 2 Persian cucumbers peeled and diced
Dressing
  1. 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  2. 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (about 1 large lemon)
  3. 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  4. 1 tsp sugar or honey
  5. 6 Tbsp oil. I used a combo of canola and olive oil
  6. Pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. 1-2 Tbsp minced mint
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. Let cool.
  2. In the meanwhile, dice up your fruit and veggies.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. You can make this up to a day ahead and let sit in the fridge.
  4. To make the dressing, in a jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake. Pour over salad and toss before serving.
  5. If you want to make the dressing ahead of time, wait to add the mint because the leaves turn black after a few hours.
Adapted from Veggie Belly
Adapted from Veggie Belly
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Friday, July 25

Dear Diary

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 I’ve been writing The Glamorous House for five years and it has been the five best years of my life! It has really brought me so much joy to write about becoming a glamorous housewife, and every time I read one of your comments it fills my heart up with love. With the exception of my fabulous writing contributors, this has been a one woman show. I write almost all of the posts, pick photographs, format, do all the social media, back end boring things, all the video shooting and editing. If you name it I am probably in charge of it. 

With the potential TV show, and the book being written, and designing a new house from the ground up, I found my time was getting to be very scarce. So to alleviate some of the stress, I have hired a personal assistant to help me with the blog! Her name is Talita and she is amazing! I’ve spent the week teaching her the ins and outs of blogging, which has reminded me of how much time and effort goes into this thing. Writing a blog post is like second nature to me, but when you teach someone else how to do it the details really stand out and I am straight up proud that I have come so far. Ok, I know that is totally bragging, but I think we as women often times downplay our skills and every now and again it is ok to toot your own horn. As the quote above says, life won’t sparkle unless you do, and this girl wants to shine like a red carpet ball gown on Oscar night!

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Inspired By…

That’s Music to My Ears: Alex Pangman

Why Don’t You…

Why I Don’t Blog About Parenting

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What’s In Store?

Every week I go through my sponsor’s stores and pick my favorite items. Here are my choices for this week:

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1950′s Vintage Lace Ball Gown (HERE)

Kinny&Howie

Parisian Rose Pin Up Dress (HERE)

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Katharine Jumpsuit (HERE) 

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Chiffon Vintage Robe (HERE)

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1940′s Floral Vintage Playsuit (HERE)

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1940′s Knox Ladies Straw Hat (HERE

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Vintage German Souvenir Pins (HERE)

Friday, July 25

Inspired Summer #35: Eat Something Decadent

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Food. I really love food. Ever since I was a little girl I adored food and was always somewhat of a gourmand. I was fortunate enough to have parents who also relished in a good meal, and would take my brothers and sister out to restaurants fairly often. Usually about once a week. I grew up in Santa Monica, and there were a myriad of decently priced places to eat with fresh food cooked in what we now call “California style cuisine”. So my palate was introduced to ‘farm to table’ foods from a young age. This is something I have continued to love and going out to dinner is one of my favorite activities. Actually, I wish I did it more often!

One of my favorite parts about dining out was trying something decadent. Usually it came in the form of dessert. Maybe it was a new pastry that I had never tried before, or an old dessert cooked in a new way. Other times it was savory, like an amazing cheese platter, or oysters, or caviar. Sometimes I liked it and others I would only have to try once (I’m looking at you oysters and caviar. Yuck!). So this weekend, if you happen to go out to dinner, I want you try something decadent that you have never eaten before. Because we only live once, so why not try something new that might end up becoming your favorite.

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