Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cold weather lip favorites

It seems that I am becoming smarter as the years in MN pass by.  Like gearing up and being prepared for colder weather and winter with my favorite go-to lip favs.  I might do some more of these, but for now let's start with the smacker.

First.  I have bought scrubs, but you can make them for cheaper and IMO, they can taste better. You need to exfoliate your lips.  For this I use:

An empty chapstick tube (I emptied it)




Next grab your:

 



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I have no recipe.  Get a bowl and spoon.  Maybe start with a teaspoon of each.
 I use more sugar than oil.  The coconut oil goes a long way.  
Mix it in a bowl and then fill the tube with the mixture.  
Voala! It's a great scrub and  you can just lick it off. 



Another staple around here is good 'old Aquaphor.  We mostly use this on our lips.
But it's good for any cracked or chapped skin.  I heart Aquaphor.




I also have 6 (because E told me) of these.  But I buy them on sale here.  
And you don't pronounce the L in Salve. But I d...;)




And good ole Bag Balm.  Yes, that's a cow utter on it.  But I use it for my lips.  Moooooo.


What are you favorite lip products for winter? 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fill in the blank

Can I first show you what a friend made me?  The letter K with the wood behind it?  I am in love and thought everyone should enjoy it's awesomeness.  Thanks T!



I saw this over here and thought it was a fun idea. Here we go with what's going on.  Let's enjoy the excitement. I have been:
Making : Cowls like crazy
Cooking : loving soup right now 
Drinking : Coffee/chai/water        
Reading: I'm trying to do more. Right now I'm reading #Girlboss.            
Wanting: more Alex and Ani bangles
Looking: for peace                                                         
Playing: Sam Smith
Wasting: time worrying about things I can't control
Sewing: I have a pile of clothes that need sewing done on them.  Aka "Katie's Hackshop"       Wishing: every space in my home was organized
Enjoying: this weather. I love fall
Waiting: for Scandal to be on
Liking: this face spray
Wondering: if I will ever live in the city
Loving: listening to Old Strawberry Shortcake stories being read to me
Hoping: I can see my family and far-away friends soon
Marvelling: off to google "marvell"
Needing: to sleep in
Smelling: chlorine on E's skin
Wearing: way over-sized sweaters, dresses, boots and leggings
Following: every cast member of Scandal on IG
Noticing: my hair is growing really slowly
Knowing: winter is near and I'm nervous
Thinking: about Anniversary date night 
Feeling: balanced
Bookmarking: diy gift ideas on Pinterest
Opening: I still love opening mail
Giggling: at E trying to be sassy with her hands

Give me a few of your!  This took way longer than I thought! Lol


Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY-Frame a bag

I was walking around a craft store the other day.  That sounds like a joke.
I took a little turn down the clearance aisle and found this cute little bag.  I knew what I was going to do with it right when I got it...for .90.  Scrore!

  
 

I cut it to fit inside this frame and now have a little cute new picture!



That's the kind of DIY I like!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Team cowls!

Go team!  Here are some options for you to wear to your favorite sporting event...even it you are just watching tv.  I thought I would make it a little bonus cowl.  You pic the color (any available but here are a few local favs) and you get an accent of shabby flowers to go on it!.  You can wear it alone, with the flowers or just wear the flowers on something.  I think it's such a fun idea!  I hope you do too!

First up to batt (just kidding!) is the Packers.  Let's be real, we know who rules the house I live in. ;) The cowl is yellow with an emerald green bunch of flowers to attach.


U of M.  That's the University of MN for those of you in Michigan who are confused.  This is maroon-ish red cowl that comes with a mustard yellow bunch of flowers to attach.
 


The vikings.  Eh.  ;)  I have 2 options.  
The deeper purple above that comes with a mustard yellow bunch of flowers to attach.


The vikings also have a yellow cowl with a brighter purple bunch of flowers to attach.


So what do you think?  
Let me know what sports teams colors you would like to wear 
and I will make something sporty for ya!





Monday, September 8, 2014

Time for fall outfit ides!

It's almost time for my very favorite season: fall.  Cozy sweaters, leggings and boots are basically my uniform in the fall and winter.  I can't get enough.  Pair that with coffee and a snugly blanket.  You can find me on the couch for months. (that sounds kinda hermit-ish doesn't it?)

Fall might only last about a week here in MN before you know what comes.  I thought it would be fun to put together some outfit ideas to pair with your Trixiegirl accessories.  These are just ideas.  Just like that Pinterest folder you never go back to.  I really need to look at those!

Weekend Outfit
Everyone has or lives with someone that has a flannel shirt.  I really should have saved the 35 flannels that I had in college.  Pair a flannel/plaid shirt with some comfy jeans, a cream cowl and some booties and you will be comfortable and cute!
Trixiegirl cowl, dailylook shirt, jcrew jeans, ae booties


Dinner Date 
I would wear this any time, but if you are a yoga pants girl (I think that means everyone), this is just a step up.  If you don't want to wear leggings, just wear some stretchy black pants or tights with a black tunic.   Put a long, warm sweater on, pull on some tall boots and top it off with some earrings. Totes Cute. (It's funnier when I say it outloud. Or if I was 9.)
Trixiegirl earrings, Free People sweater, Frye boots, Hue Leggings


Ball Game
I think I'm speaking to 99% of my friends with this one.  If I can't get a hold of a friend, I should just go look at the ball field.  Early morning comfort is key for those girls. I love this coat (my wallet doesn't), cute pants, shoes and the hat all of my friends love to wear.  
I'm so thankful their kids play sports!
Trixiegirl hat, Lululemon jacket, Target pants, New Balance shoes

Casual Outfit
I love this outfit.  I love an army green coat or vest with anything.  It makes boring basic pieces, become a little more interesting.  Pair it with some earrings or a clip and some boots and 
you're good to go!
Anthropologie outfit, Trixiegirl earrings and clip, Frye boots
.So, maybe you aren't ready for fall, but this will get your mind moving!

What is your favorite thing to wear in the fall?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Just dye it!

Yup. I dyed my bathing suit. 

I ordered the most beautiful bathing suit for a vacation coming up. This is her.


A little hard to see but it is a beautiful rose color. Also an almost exact match to the color of my skin. Not that my skin is a beautiful rose color. 

That's not good. It just looked like I had ruffled skin.

Oh and it was final sale.
So I googled how to dye a bathing suit. And I'm not the only one!! There was a ton of info on how to fix a screw-up!

Joann's sells this gem called iDye Poly You can't dye polyester. Just doesn't happen. The item just laughs the dye off. Unless you buy this. And I bought 2. 


Follow the simple directions, cross your fingers, and just hope this hot mess idea works. 

It did!


It came out a beautiful hunter green.  Now to get rid of the plastic dye smell. But let's just pretend it smells like the rose color it used to look like. :)
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

New cowls are here!

I know you don't want to face it, but it's better to be prepared for the seasons ahead.  Here in MN, it's no joke.  The weather can be brutal.  And long.  And cold.  But before that comes fall and time to prepare and feel cute before the "I don't care what I look like phase as long as I'm warm" starts.

Here is the return of the cowl. They are easy.  A circular scarf with no figuring out.  You just pull it over your head and go.  They are super soft and washable. 

Please be gentle with the model.  People like to see what these look like on.  You're welcome.;)

Here are the colors for this year!
This is a beautiful deep brick red. 


 The green is a nice gentle green.  
Not bright, but soft.

 It is a beautiful blue with hints of grey to tone it down.  
This is not a navy. 

  
Magenta is one of my favs this year.  
So deep and rich.

 Light lime green is how this is best described.  
Soft. Not overwhelming

 Didn't think I would love cream as much as I do.  
It's very princess-like.

The camera doesn't do this one justice.  
One of the colors that looks good on everyone.  
Deep deep teal.


These cowls are croched by me.  Not a machine.  By my hands.  Thank you for always supporting me!  And they are $2 cheaper this year.  ;)

Here is the link.  Don't wait until it's too cold....;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teeny tiny heart earrings

Why is it that tiny things are always so cute?  Let's not beat around the bush.  

I have a new little earring in the shop.  
These little earrings are kind of the perfect earring.  
Tiny, cute, colorful, handmade.  Uh, adorable.  
I'm biased.
They come in a bunch of colors.  And if you don't see the color you want, I can still make it.
It was hard to decide what colors to carry because decisions are hard!



Magenta


Yellow


Teal


Hunter Green

Grey

Black

You can find these little heart earrings in the shop now.  
Pick a pair, give one to a friend knowing they were made with love.
They are 2 pair for $10. 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world 
cannot be seen or even touched. 
They must be felt with the heart."
Helen Keller





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Treat

Ok.  So let's talk.  You may or may not (but should) know, that Trixiegirl has a new product coming out on September 1.  I'll give you a minute to go put it in your calendar.  In pen. 

I got to thinking about some things the other day.  I have some amazing customers.  They keep coming back.  Which is so crazy to me!  They have watched this brand evolve and become better than it was yesterday. But they do and I like to thank them.  I think about little notes, making each package that gets mailed a little more special. 

This is when I learned about Treat. You can personalize your cards and make them your own on the computer or my fav the app!  I thought this would be a perfect addition for some of my long-time customers.  I can let them know how much I appreciate them but sticking a little thank you in their package.

I ordered some stationary and want to keep them for me!!!!  (Maybe I'll just write myself some little love notes).  So maybe you won't see them in your package after all.  ;)



Go check out Treat, get your calendar and get some cards ordered!  Ah-maz-ing. So many fun options and super cute cards

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My new tattoo and the story of us

Three years ago we lost my grandma.  I think about her every day.
That sounds so cliche.
Which is weird because when she was here, I didn't.  I took for granted that she was here.  But man do I miss her.  In fact, I think I miss her more than is normal. 
But who can gauge that? And since when do I care about normal? 

About a year ago, I started to think about it getting a new tattoo in memory of her.  I wanted one of memory, beauty and the comfort of closeness.  Maybe something that just we shared. 

She always called me Angel Katie.  And I'd always say "you just think what you want Grandma" or "if you only knew".  She'd just laugh and say you always will be my Angel. 

That's what it would be. The word Angel.  In her handwriting. 

But I couldn't find that in writing anywhere. 

Grandma always wrote very detailed descriptions on the back of photographs.  Name, date, age, description of the even.  Sometimes she would even write it on the front of the picture, if it was a long time ago. 

But I was missing a box of pictures. 
I couldn't find it anywhere and I knew it was in this house. 
I knew I could piece the word together, but wanted the whole word. 
Angel.

So I stared looking anywhere that had greeting cards.  I know where most things are in the house, but couldn't find that box.
Inside Ella's box of baby cards was one random card.  Angel Katie it said inside.  I started crying so hard.  Like it was just in there for a reason. 

So here we are.  Close at last.  



My all-time favorite picture of her.