GlitterThistle

Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle, and Opinions on Everything and Nothing.


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Fixing the Bangs

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a post together, but I stumbled upon this great video and it inspired me to share.

For the ladies out there with fringes, here’s how to tame the bang in no time flat. Fool proof!

Check it out here.

Beauty: Christmas treats

 

I’ve really been enjoying Sali Hughes’ videos. Sali, if you haven’t heard of her, is a fashion guru of epic proportions with a treasure trove of accessible tutorials and product reviews. I recently subscribed to her youtube channel and it’s a gold mine…

 


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Kauai

So I recently spent a week in Kauai.  A group of us went for a friend’s wedding, and it was wonderful!

We spent a lot of time just relaxing, but we did run around a bit, so below are my favorite Kauai highlights. We really didn’t do a lot of touring or exploring so this is definitely an incomplete list.

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The basics: it is is the fourth largest of the primary Hawaiian Islands, and geologically the oldest. With an area of 562 square miles, Kauai is the 21st largest island in the United States. The Garden Isle, as it is also called,  is situated 105 miles northwest of Oahu.

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Hanalei Bay is a great beach for relaxing. Not the spot for surfing as the orientation of the Bay keeps the water very calm. Perfect if you have small humans with your group. We had 3 little tykes along and of course there was an adult with each of them at all times, but it was great knowing the water was so peaceful. The bottom is sandy all the way out, the slope very gradual, and you can walk out surprisingly far and still only be waist deep. The Bay was 2 blocks from our rental house and the view from the water was just as good as the view from the shore… mountains with waterfalls. Beautiful.

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We took a boat and snorkel tour of the Nepali Coast. Fantastic. They took it slow on the way out, lots of history and general information on the various beaches and waterfalls as we went. We saw Dolphins and Sea Turtles, took the boat into sea caves, super fun. Then we snorkeled for an hour or so. It was nice, but not as impressive as the Caribbean. The ride back was great– fast and against the waves. It was a pretty wild ride and we got soaked, but we’d been warned and I loved it. I did lose my hat though, so am now in the market for a new fedora.

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Friends took a helicopter tour of the island (totally reminded me of T.C. from Magnum P.I.) and LOVED it. Tunnels and Ke’e beaches have fantastic snorkeling. And the wedding was held at Kahiliholo Falls. The reception was nearby at Common Ground, a local “field to table,” organic cafe.

There was so much we didn’t get around to seeing or doing, as we were busy with our group or in a blissed out state of quiet relaxation.  For more Kauai info check out Trip Advisor or Fodor’s, and Go Hawaii.

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Have you taken any trips lately? What’s your best travel advice?


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2 Thumbs up for Anthro!

So right before I went on vacation, I bought a pair of jeans with my Birthday Discount at Anthropologie. I asked two different staff members if the jeans would shrink, they both said “No way!” The jeans shrank. And I had no time to take them back. So, I ordered the next size up online, planning to return the originals when I got back.

AG's Tomboy Relaxed Straight Leg - (my new jeans).

AG’s Tomboy Relaxed Straight Leg – my new jeans.

Today I went in to accomplish this task. The return was a breeze, even after I told her I’d washed them. Then, figuring “What do I have to lose?” I asked if she could apply my birthday discount to the replacement jeans (I’d brought the shipping form from that purchase). She said, “I think so, let me ask my manager.” The manager, after hearing the request explanation said, “Of course!” with a big smile.

So as the sales person is punching away at her computer for this bit of awesome customer service, she told me the jeans are now 50% off on the website. I asked if she could give them to me for that price and she looked hesitant but after a bit of friendly chatting up, she went for it. To ice the cake, I asked for the birthday discount on this. She balked for a minute, but agreed to that too. So I not only got the jeans I’d wanted, I got them for a third the price I’d originally paid.

Level 99 Sailor Wide-Legs - my new trousers.

Level 99 Sailor Wide-Legs – my new trousers.

Now, if I were smart, I’d have gone home cackling in triumph. Instead I found a pair of casual-glam linen blend slacks on sale. I was super happy checking out because I’d still saved ~ $45. The parking ticket was exactly that. Sigh.

So my takeaway today is threefold:

  1. Anthropologie provides FANTASTIC customer service.
  2. Don’t be afraid to return things, or ask for further discounts.
  3. Keep track of how much time you have left on your meter!

Anybody have any shopping triumphs they’d like to share?


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Chevron Skirt

I’m crushed out on chevron (fun trend, glad it’s still hot).

And I’m (obviously) in love with Kate Spade.

So clearly I adore this skirt–even though they didn’t match the waist band pattern up with the skirt’s:

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Kate Spade’s Robbie Skirt, $198 at Piperlime.

But it’s pricey. And I’m trying to budget (bummer, but I want a HOUSE, so I’m on board).

Target has a couple cute (and honestly more comfy) options:

Merona® Women's Elastic Waist Knit Skirt, $15 at Target.

Merona® Women’s Elastic Waist Knit Skirt, $15 at Target.

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MB Refined Pencil Skirt, $20 at Target.

They’re more casual but WAY cheaper and honestly look great on.

Have you found any great designer look-alike deals lately?


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Beach Bound

I can’t stop thinking about the beach. I’m obsessively planning what I’ll take with me…

Target has some really cute suits right now. I believe we all need at least one black, and one blue swim suit. And I’m convinced it’s not often worth paying more than $50 for a swim suit, as the sun, chlorine, and/or salt water will wear them out quickly regardless of the quality.

Each piece available at Target, $15 - $20.

Each piece available at Target, $15 – $20.

Obviously I’ll need a bag to carry my book and lotion and sarong… I like them roomy, and casual enough I won’t worry about it getting sandy and wet.

Gap - $40, Target - $20, Kate Spade - $248, Target - $20, L.L. Bean - up to $33, Marudas - $23

Gap – $40, Target – $20, Kate Spade – $248, Target – $20, L.L. Bean – up to $33, Marudas – $23

Sarongs are an absolute necessity. I love the versatility: it’s a towel, it’s a ground cover, it’s a skirt/dress/etc. This is a nice sampling of styles and colors available. I usually get mine from TJ Maxx or beach shops while travelling… TJ’s is cheaper but sometimes it’s nice to have one from a trip… great memories every time you use it!

The one on the left is $55 from Piperlime (Roberta Roller Rabbit). The others are all ~ $20 from 1worldsarongs.com, rakuten.com, and sassysarongs.com.

The one on the left is $55 from Piperlime (Roberta Roller Rabbit). The others are all ~ $20 from 1worldsarongs.com, rakuten.com, and sassysarongs.com.

What are your beach essentials?


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Infused Olive Oil

We bought a pour-top bottle recently, in which to keep olive oil on the kitchen counter. We, like most people, cook daily with olive oil, and it was a cheap, attractive, convenient storage and dispensing solution. I love the look of it. Silly? Probably. But why not?

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I then thought how nice it would be to make our own herb infused olive oil to drizzle on crusty bread or over roasted veggies. Luckily I checked online for instructions first. Apparently, if you don’t use preserved or thoroughly dehydrated ingredients, you can end up preparing a lovely media for the growth of botulism. (!)

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I then found several methods of preparing SAFE home herbed oil. It’s attractive and tasty, and I love that I made it myself. I’m going to enjoy using my fancy homemade herbed oil, but next time I’ll buy the pre-made. The threat of botulism dampers my enjoyment… buzzkill!

Have you ever regretted a project? What was it?