How To Make a Treasure Lei

How to Make a Treasure Lei

Even though I wrote about summer to fall fashion yesterday, I’m happy that summer is still in full swing. In fact, I’m so happy about it that I’m dedicating the entire month of August to the theme of celebrations! (I know, I’m a day early…I told you I was excited.)

To kick it off, I’m over at You Are My Fave today showing you how to make a highly personalized party favor for your favorite people. It’s my take on the traditional Hawaiian lei.

Head on over to You Are My Fave for all the sweet details.

P.S. Another DIY on making an unraveling treasure ball.

Indulge Your Summer Skin (and a Giveaway!): CLOSED

Frock Files | Nivea Indulgence Giveaway
The change in the seasons makes my skin crazy. Throughout the winter, my skin gets dry and flaky everywhere – especially on my cheeks, my elbows, and my legs. And while summer offers a reprieve, I still find that I need to get into a routine to get my skin looking healthy. Participating in the Nivea Indulgence challenge for two weeks gave me just the push I needed. Here’s how I’m taking care of my skin this summer:

Eliminate: One of the things I neglect is exfoliation, so when Nivea sent me their Touch of Renewal lathering body scrub I was excited to see how much of a difference it made. The changes weren’t just in the rough spots, but also in areas where my skin had become a little congested, like my back. I’ve also begun to exfoliate the skin on my face using a glycolic serum once every three days.

Get Oily: As someone with an oily T-zone, I thought it was totally crazy the first time an aesthetician suggested that I try cleansing with oil. But it turns out that she was absolutely right! Check out my post on how I began cleansing with Jojoba oil, which I’ll continue to do all year long.

Find Balance: Because of the humidity and heat in the summertime, a lot of people forget to moisturize – I’m guilty of doing the same. But sweating takes a lot of moisture from your body and so does the sun, so it’s important to get some moisturizer into your routine. Once I started using Nivea’s Touch of Smoothness moisturizing body wash, I found that my elbows got smooth and no longer required extra moisturizer to keep from becoming ashy in appearance, and I switched to a lighter moisturizer for my legs.

Hydrate: Drink. More. Water. It’s so much easier to drink water when it’s warm out, so make use of this time to get your skin glowing! The more hydration you can bring your skin during the warm months, the better off you’ll be when it gets chilly again.

To help you get your summer skin glowing, Nivea is inviting you to join in on the indulgence. They’re offering one Frock Files reader a gift box containing the two Nivea products mentioned above, a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, and a cloudlike, fluffy robe.

Entrants must live in the U.S. and be at least 18 years of age. To enter, let me know what you’re indulging in this summer in the comment section below, and don’t forget to log your entry in the Rafflecopter! This giveaway closes on Sunday, June 30th at midnight and the winner will be contacted by email.

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A Care Package for Mom

Frock Files | Mother's Day Care Package

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I got to work picking out a few things for my mom. She’s such fun to shop for because we’re essentially the same person! I’m actually turning into my mom and that’s a good thing.

It all started out with this bamboo cookbook stand, which I fell in love with because I’m always bringing my iPad into the kitchen — and I knew my mom would love it too. And so would James’ mom. (Yes, I bought three.) But then it looked so lonely that I just had to buy a cook book. The Momofuku cookbook is filled with so many scrumptious things, many of them gluten-free, which is just up my mom’s alley.

Frock Files | Mother's Day Care Package

It’s from my mom that I inherited my love of pretty things and paper. These Kate Spade note cards are beyond perfection. Don’t you just want to frame them – or wear them? I love the attention to detail, with the black and white stripe inside the envelope. Every detail is just right.

Frock Files | Mother's Day Care Package

Growing up, my mom always loved grapefruit soap and she once told me she wished The Body Shop would create a grapefruit perfume. Every weekend, I submitted a request in their comment box at our local store. So when I saw that Jo Malone carries a grapefruit scent I nabbed a sample. Who knows if she still wants it? The tiny vial will do until we find out.

I hope she likes it! What are you getting your mom for mother’s day? Is she near or far? For all you moms out there, any Mother’s Day wishes?

P.S. I’ve asked my mom not to look at my blog until after Mother’s Day. It’s a good thing she and my dad are in Napa celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary! Mom (and Dad), when you do read this, happy anniversary!

A Care Package From Paris!

 

For a Francophile who loves snail mail, few things are better than a cute package from Paris. When My Little Paris approached me to contribute to their magazine, I tried to be Parisian-girl cool but instead let out a giddy, Oui! To welcome me to their team, the ladies sent over a My Little Box containing all kinds of beautiful (and beautifully packaged) gifts. Here’s to adding a little bit of Parisian flair to your day!

See the other care package posts here!

Trouble with playing the video here? You can watch it over at Vimeo.

How to Assemble a Care Package for Baby

Frock Files | Care Package for Baby

One of my oldest friends just gave birth to a little boy, so I put together a care package for him. Is there anything better than shopping for baby things? I’m completely unprepared to be a mother, but I would love to be a baby stylist. Luckily, there are more and more wee ones in my life to send goodies to.

Whenever I’m shopping for kids, I worry first about texture. The Jellycat stuffed animals are the softest, and they’re so, so cute — and kid approved! I gave one to one of my favorite kids and now her little sister drags it around behind her, Linus style. I also consider items that parents will be entertained by, too, like this book. If you haven’t read it, you have to get your hands on it soon. It’s so funny and well done! And those teensy tiny shoes? I mean, come on.

Frock Files | Care Package for Baby

What kinds of things do you love to send for newborns?

Book: Barnes + Noble
Zebra: Anthropologie (Not available online at Anthro but you can get it at Diapers.com)
Onesie: Gap Baby
Pants: Target
Shoes: Target

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