Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shadow Palette

Image via Our Mismatched Life

Everyone knows how much I LOVE makeup! I enjoy wearing it and love how it can change your look with just a color of an eyeshadow. I also really like putting on makeup, it's a very therapeutic routine for me. I remember when I was younger, taking a few of my mom's eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks to play dress up. I always ended up looking a clown but it was one of my favorite things to do and still is. As a lot of girls out there, I have quite a bit of a collection of eyeshadow colors from all sorts of brands and I just keep adding more and more. I can never have enough that's why I especially love makeup palettes. You can get so much makeup in just one case from eyeshadow, lipsticks to blushes. I like to change up my eye shadow colors as often as possible and this great palette from Nordstrom I received as a gift definitely gives me a good selection to choose from. 

Image via Our Mismatched Life

Not only are the colors really great but the texture and durability is a plus. I quite particular when it comes to how well eye shadows blend and how long they will stay throughout the day. Let me tell you this is probably one of the most long lasting eyeshadow palettes I've used and trust me I've been thru a lot. I really recommend this Nordstrom palette, it's my one stop shop for my makeup needs. Check out the other palettes from Nordstrom


Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Dannijo

I recently came across this line of jewelry via the Man Repeller and now I'm completely obsessed. Made and designed in New York by sisters, Danielle and Jodi, all the pieces are simply divine. Though most of the pieces are out of my budget, its time to DIY. Check out some of my favorite Dannijo pieces below.

Friday, July 27, 2012

THE PEAKS...and the pits.

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Girls Day:
Looking forward to a day of fun on the road with the girls, getting some sun and enjoying good food. -Rebecca
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert:
Staying at home sick wasn't so bad when watching this. I LOVED this movie. Have anyone of you seen it? BTW, I will never look at ping pong balls the same. - Andrea 

...and the pits.
 Sugar Overload:
Having too much sugar and being so hyper that coming down from the rush makes you just want to fall asleep. -Rebecca
I loathe insects of any kind. Especially when they bite me all down my back! - Andrea

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yummy Pancake

You know, sometimes you just crave a pancake. Not a whole batch, just 1. Notice that pancake is not plural. Yes, thanks to Joy the Baker's recipe, I was able to make just one pancake. Let me tell you, it was amazing. I think I'll do this more often and immediately after go to the gym.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My Travel Diary: Sweden Fashion

While on my vacation, I couldn't help but keep an eye out on the fashion in Sweden. European style is very unique and very trendsetting for sure. It was great to see what people were wearing and to take some inspiration from their style. Not only were the women rocking unique styles but the men were really giving the women a run for their money. I really feel like the men were much more fashionable and really were setting some great trends which I hope filter to the states. 


Starting with my observations of women's fashions, what seems to be a popular trend are long & short dresses paired with tennis shoes specifically converses in all different colors. Another trend I noticed was a lot of neon accessories such as scarfs, shoes and jewelry. I love the style of tennis shoes mixed with a feminine dress, it balances it with a very androgynous look. I think it also may have to do with comfort too since the majority of the people in Sweden walk everywhere. I really loved this look and was totally inspired to dust off my converse shoes. 
Below are some pictures of the style I observed on the women in Sweden. 

Maxi dress paired with light blue aqua colored converse tennis shoes...
Short dress with red high top converse tennis shoes...

Long maxi dress with tennis shoes...
Long dress with bright neon orange tennis shoes...
Skinny pants with bright yellow tennis shoes...

Now for the men's fashions which I really loved and hope it will makes it way to the states, it will have the ladies swooning over them. I saw a repeating trend of mixing formal with casual by pairing blazers with either colored jeans or pants along with tennis shoes, work boots or even loafers. It felt like preppy meets hipster which totally worked and had me doing double takes. Another trend I observed were form fitting skinny shorts with a slight roll at the ends topped with a crisp linen or plaid button down dress shirts. I even caught a glimpse of men rocking a tied sweater over their shoulders giving it more of a preppy polo look. There was also a hipster feel with guys rocking skinny pants with work boots and smooth leather jackets, great look! I did a triple take on that look. I was pleasantly surprised how fashionable the men were in Sweden, they definitely take the award on fashion trendsetters in my book. 
Check out some pictures of the fashionable men of Sweden.

Rustic orange colored pants paired with a beige blazer...
Skinny jeans with a plaid dress button down shirt and loafers...
Rolled shorts with a long sleeve and button down dress shirt & converse high tops...
Loafer shoes paired with shorts or cropped skinny pants...
My triple take picture of skinny pants and leather jackets with converse and work boots...

One more tidbit about the footwear fashion in Sweden, one of the most popular types of shoes are clogs. They have them in all colors and designs, they their most comfortable form of footwear for lounging, biking or casual outings. I was very tempted to get the skull clogs because I love skulls so much!

**All images via Our Mismatched Life**

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Picnic Inspiration

While planning a picnic at the beach with some friends, I got to thinking how I could make the picnic extra special. While researching, below are some of the cool items I came across. It's always nice to take something like a plain picnic and make it special with new and refreshing things. The links to the items are in the description below.

1: Picnic blanket 2: Fun sunglasses 3: Not-your-average plates 4: Personalized cutlery 5: Tear-away napkins 6: A very cool ice chest 7: A old school radio for some tunes

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Travel Diary: Sweden

Today I'm going to bring you pictures from my trip to Sweden which was such a fun trip! I had such an amazing trip and am so grateful for the experience to visit such a beautiful country. I took so many great pictures and was able to visit so many interesting parts of the country. I'm going to break my trip down for you over a couple of days showing you different aspects of the country from sight seeing, fashion and food. I wish I could share all of my pictures with you but for now I'm showing you some of my favorites as I show you the places we visited. 


-Walking to the beach in Skanor, summer sun doesn't set until around 11pm. It was a beautiful walk and view!-

-Beach view in Skanor, white sand and cool water-

-Squares in the city of Malmo, amazing buildings and so much history there-

-Walking around in the square in Malmo-

-Bike ride to the beach to catch the view, thick fog but it was still a nice ride-

-Taking off by train to visit Stockholm-

-Stockholm's beautiful islands surrounded by water, the view was amazing it almost doesn't look real-

-View of the buildings from our boat tour to see several islands-

-The hustle and bustle on the busy streets of Stockholm-
-On our way to the farm in Linkoping-

-Beautiful farm land and the acres of land with the big lake. So amazing!-

-On the farmland enjoying a nice walk!-

Friday, July 20, 2012

THE PEAKS...and the pits

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Home sweet Home:
Receiving such a warm welcome back from friends and family upon my arrival back from my vacation! Feels good to be home! -Rebecca
Good People:
Getting a free meal at a restaurant because they ran late with the food. Even though we didn't complain, they comped our meal and gave us a free one to come back. - Andrea  

...and the pits.
Restless Legs:
Sitting on an airplane while experiencing some restless legs and not being able to shake it off. It was a long flight home. -Rebecca
The July Blues:
Rain and humidity do nothing for my wardrobe choices. - Andrea

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY: Spread the Love

I'm on this kick right now with making some jewelry out of wire. I took some inspiration from the seeing cute wire rings made with words such as "love", "hope" or "wish". So with my latest DIY I wanted to make a love ring. It was very simple I just took a long enough piece of wire and began twisting the wire to the shape of the letters and worked my way until the end. I would measure in between to make sure it was still within the size of my finger to ensure it would fit nicely. Below is picture of my inspiration and then my creation to spread the love. 


Inspiration: Image via Macys

My Creation: Image via Our Mismatched life

Image via Our Mismatched Life

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

To spend or to save?

I've been eying these Dolce Vita sandals for a quite sometime now, but while cruising the local Target the other day I came across these bad boys. Minus the small heel, backing and gold toe, they are a pretty close match. I do love the more expensive version, that's always my problem. Do I spend or save? That is the question.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Going home...

Image via Flickr

Today is my final day on my trip, I am currently flying thru the skies to come back home from my amazing trip to Sweden. Although I am happy to be coming back home, I am sad to leave such a great country with some amazing people. I can't wait to share my experience with you all and post some great pictures so stay tuned. Happy Tuesday Everyone! 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Orange-lime Margaritas

Last week I received my copy of the much anticipated, Cupcakes and Cashmere book! Having been a fan of Emily's for quite some time, I knew that her book would be nothing short of fabulous. While hanging by the pool this yesterday, I thought it would be the perfect time to try out her Orange-Lime Margaritas. Paired with some homemade guacamole, these bad boys did not disappoint. I loved the citrus-y taste and how there isn't so much sugar in them. Try them out. Trust, you will love them.

*all images via Andrea for ourmismatchedlife.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Word of Mouth: Mendocino Farms

I'm late to the game on this one, but still wanted to try it. I have to say, right when you walk into the restaurant, it's a little overwhelming! The menu is pretty big and I felt pressured to hurry up and make a choice because the waiters are all up in your face. Thankfully, I made a good choice. My friend on the other hand would probably make a better decision on her next visit. Check out the goods below.

This picture doesn't do it justice. Such a great alternative to very much friend chicken sandwich. Highly recommend.
"Not So Fried" Chicken         

 Eh. This was just lacking some flavor. Thank god for the jalapeno relish. Just pour a whole bunch of that stuff on anything and it will be amazing.
A Sandwich Study of Heat (Turkey Avocado)
Don't Worry, Eat Happy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hats off to Summer

Image via Forever 21

With the sun in your eyes sometimes you need more than just sunglasses to help block those sunshine rays and hats are just the right accessory. I recently purchased the fedora hat shown above from Forever 21 which I'm dying to wear while out in the sun. It didn't make it on my trip Sweden but I'm so looking forward to rocking it once I get back home. Another reason I love hats is for the days were your hair is just not cooperating and the only thing to make you feel some what better is to wear a hat. It works wonders to cover up your bad hair or lazy hair days. I would like to expand my hat collection and so far I've seen some really cute ones out there, below are a couple I'm into for the summer. 


Image via Nordstrom

Image via Old Navy