Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tons of Totes!

It's been a while since I wrote a shopping post, and as I was perusing one of my favorite sites, Etsy, the other night looking for the perfect birthday gift for one of my dear friends, I realized I have a TON of tote bags on my favorites list! Do I need more tote bags?? My husband would tell you I REALLY don't. But I love them, and I'm always excited when I see one that says something out of the ordinary. I mean, who doesn't need a tote bag???

So here are a few of the ones that stand out off my dream list.

 Jane Eyre Tote on Etsy

I had to start with a book tote! If you've been a reader for a while, you'll know that Jane Eyre is my favorite classic book. I'm also a fan of the storiarts shop on Etsy. So when I saw that they now do book totes, I actually squealed! The book spine ends, the shape of the tote, everything about this bag makes me happy. You can find it at storiarts for $34

 tequila tote bag on etsy

Okay, how could I not put this bag on the list?? It's talking about tequila!! This is the perfect grocery tote, and is guaranteed to make people smile as you're walking around the store. It probably won't look as pretty as this stylized photo from the shop, but I don't see how it could NOT make your toilet paper look a little bit cooler. You can find it at TheTraveledLane for $24

 Caffeine and Anger Tote on Etsy

If I say I thought of my daughter when I saw this tote bag, would you think badly of me? Because this tote is zippered, it opens up so many more usage options! You could use this as a gym bag, a diaper bag, that bag you throw in your car with all of your crap when you're super busy. It's really another one that makes me laugh. It's sold by SheSquatsClothing for $16.99+

 Yarn Tote Bag on Etsy

Feel free to tell me that I have an incredibly inappropriate sense of humor, you wouldn't be the first person. I doubt I'll grow out of it, since I'm in my forties. I saw this bag, and I fantasized about the older lady who crochets during my Weight Watchers meetings carrying around this bad boy, and how all of the other older ladies would snicker when they read it. And then I smile. Naughty yarn enthusiasts everywhere can find this at CraftingPastBedtime for $26.87

 Wordsworth Tote on Etsy

Another literary tote, that I think I love so much because it's not white. It really stood out among the sea of plain canvas. The beautiful floral bag has this quote by William Wordsworth on it, "That voice of unpretending harmony."...so fancy. And it has POCKETS! Even fancier. You can find this at ObviousState for $24

 French Tote on Etsy

I might be the only person who likes this, but as an avid Francophile, this one warms the cockles of my heart. It's says everything sounds better in french, doesn't it? I think it's funny, mainly because I'll buy just about anything with a french saying...or a french scene on it. I mean, y'all have seen my office in videos before! So to have a bag that basically says, I bought this sucker just because the writing was french, would make me laugh. And I would want to fill it with wine and baguettes. This is from the shop TheParisPrintShop, and sells for $24, on sale for $12 as I'm writing this. 

 Introvert Tote on Etsy

Okay, I probably don't need to say this, but I am not an introvert. If you self-identify as one, pretty please buy this tote bag, and send me a picture of your gorgeous self out shopping or something carrying this beautiful bag. It has bold flowers, and a pretty font! You can find it at ColorMyEveryday for $22

 Organic Food Tote on Etsy

This is one for all of my wino friends! We can walk around the grocery store pretending our tote bag is filled with organic produce and healthy goodies, when really it's breaking our arms filled with wine. I see nothing wrong with this. This pretty tote is sold by MyPrettyPrint for $28

 NonPlastic Tote on Etsy
This bag is really just telling it like it is. I rarely remember my cloth bags, and feel terrible about it every time. But there's always that smug person with their arms full of cloth, who looks at you...and you know what they're thinking. Maybe if I had this bag, I'd stop forgetting all the time. You can have this snark for $18.97 at BlackTypographic

 Coffee Tote on Etsy

And for our last tote, I have a black one...and it's ZIPPERED! Once again, the uses for this bag are numerous. The swimming pool, the beach, the library, the gym...anywhere you need a little more space. I know way too many people who will read this tote bag, and say AMEN. This one goes for $15 at StillRadClothing

Just for fun, I thought I'd throw one last piece of shopping goodness in here that isn't a tote bag. I spend way too much time on Etsy. 

 Sassy Mug on Etsy

You know I love a naughty coffee cup! My husband already thinks I own too many coffee mugs, and my daughter has a collection on the bookshelf in her bedroom. I know others have a worse addiction than I...so here's another one! I am completely enamored with the coffee cups in the Mugsby shop, and this particular one made me laugh. It goes for $12.99+

So there ya go!! I hope you like this shopping guide. I always have so much fun making these. As always, I hope you have a fabulous week. *All photos from the individual Etsy shops and owners. Affiliate Links Included in Post. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How Cool is Candace Cameron Bure??

I am a big ole Candace Cameron Bure fangirl. My initial rough draft of this blog post just says "fangirl" in a lot of random spots on a blank sheet. And I'm struggling to tell you what made me originally start paying attention to her. I, of course, watched Full House some when it was on back in the day...but it wasn't something I was REALLY into. I think I stumbled upon her book Reshaping It All around the time that she was on Dancing with the Stars, and she just stood out to me...for so many different reasons. And I'm one of those women who gets a little obsessive about people I like. I don't mean that in a freaky-bad way, don't get me wrong. I tend to find someone I like. Someone who intrigues me. Someone whose special something connects with me, and then I want to devour everything they have created. Every book they've written. Every song they've made. Every movie in their catalog. I want to KNOW them. 

So, I read Reshaping It All, and connected to her story of the struggles she had with food and her body. But her voice really intrigued me. I was fairly new to reading Christian books at the time, and a lot of them didn't quite hit the mark to my personal convictions, but everything that Candace said (and I'm so calling her Candace in this post, because I'm not writing all three out everytime, and I hate writing authors last names in this context, it always feels so impersonal and odd to me) felt right to me. 

I started looking at her online, and doing my normal thing of finding interviews and seeking out what she has said/done etc...and the more I read, the more I watched, the more I felt she would be a fabulous role model/mentor. 

You see, I personally feel that even as adults we can still use good role models. People who help influence us, even if it's just in our style. When I asked during my giveaway, who you all looked to for style inspiration, Candace Cameron Bure is a big one for me. This is a woman who is a year younger than me, and she looks AMAZING! If you knew how often I have gone on Pinterest looking at actresses who were within a year or two of my age, to see what they were wearing...not their red carpet looks necessarily, but candids...you would laugh. Now, there are other women on my list...but she is one who I make note of regularly. But I think role models are fabulous, and you can do worse than Ms. Bure. 

So now, I consider myself a fangirl. I follow her on Instagram, and admire her for the genuine candidness and sincerity she has in everything that she does. She really puts herself out there for her fans to see, and as far as I can tell, she is who she says she is. She gets a lot of flack for her religious beliefs, but if people listened to her...and didn't assume they knew her stance without questioning, they would see that she is more open and accepting than they think. I have watched Fuller House...by myself...and enjoyed it. It is popcorn television that makes me laugh, and I spent most of the time paying attention to Candace's hair and wardrobe. The only thing I haven't done is watch her Hallmark Movies. 

Why am I writing a blog post talking about how cool Candace Cameron Bure is?? Well...it's mainly because I just finished reading two of her books, and figured instead of writing two separate posts, I'd combine the two and write about how great she is along with reviews! 

The first book, Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style and Attitude is touted as a behind the scenes look into her personal style, and the rules she follows when it comes to beauty, clothing, etc. 
This is a gorgeous book, filled with clean and pretty pictures that were definitely inspiring when it comes to the whole self-care, present yourself well thing. 

I love that she says she dresses modest "for her", and I've seen people give her crap for not dressing their version of modest on Instagram...and it always kills me. She talks about only wanting to show skin on one area, so if she's wearing her shorter shorts, she'll cover-up on top, or vice-a-versa. She loves her shoulders and her legs, so tends to wear things that show off those features. I started thinking about what I like in my body, and how I could maybe dress to show off those features better. She also includes what she considers to be clothing basics everyone should have, which is always fun to see. 

Did I glean any good info out of this book? Sure, I picked a couple nuggets up, and enjoyed seeing pics of her cute outfits. But while I was reading it, I mainly thought how much I wanted my daughter to read it. A young woman just starting to put together her first "adult wardrobe", trying to suss out what a good skincare routine would be, and how to fit self-care into her busy life. That is who I think would truly get the most of out this book. So while I enjoyed it, I'd like to pass my copy on to her...and hope she'll give it a read when she has a chance. As I said up above...not a bad role model. 

The second book of hers I read is Kind is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously. I honestly can't say enough good things about this book. I will be re-reading it, and this time with a highlighter close by so I can properly dissect what I'm ingesting because this one will be up there as a favorite read for the year. 

I will preface with the note that this is definitely a Christian-based book. Staying Stylish...not so much, although it's always referred to in some way because it's such a part of who she is. But if you don't want to read a book that talks about God or includes scripture, you're probably not going to enjoy Kind is the New Classy, although I'd say give it a read anyway and see what you think because it was that good. 

This book has stopped me yelling at cars in traffic (or at least, I'm trying SO HARD). It has got me thinking about who I really am, and what is truly important to me. It has made me think a little more before responding to my husband when I'm tired, cranky or in pain (like I unfortunately am at the moment). And it has really helped me to think harder about how that scripture I read fits into my everyday life, which is so vital to me. 

Candace gives examples of how she tries to live her life with kindness and grace, keeping God as the most important thing in her life. She gives examples of how she tries to rise above, and do the unexpected. She also gives examples of times she has royally messed up, hurt friend's feelings...got in unnecessary fights with her husband, etc. Is her life different than mine? Yes. But is the advice still applicable to the life I'm currently living? Wholeheartedly. 

I felt so good reading this book. If I had more money in the bank I'd have bought copies for all of my friends. Our world feels so messed up right now. I think a book talking about being a little more kind, a little more gracious, giving thanks, being grateful, staying grounded, and living a life that is true to your beliefs can't be a bad thing. I can't recommend it enough. The signed copy I bought will live in my nightstand. 

So there ya go, two reviews in one!! If you're on Instagram, follow Candace Cameron Bure even if you only ever watch her Stories. She posts workouts, her big ole dog Boris, candid car talks about things you wouldn't expect (the last one was about period issues while working out, and peeing during jump roping), reading the Bible, fun red carpet events, and just cool stuff that always makes my heart happy. 

I hope everyone is having a great week, and that you'll join me for my LIVE on FB tomorrow to discuss Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (such a departure from these reviews! LOL)! I'm having a rough week, but I'm going to try to do the live anyway...I just may not last an hour. OH, and Happy National Tequila Day!!