Farewell Friends! It’s Been a Fun Run!

Dear Readers,

I started Live Free and Fashionable as a summer project. I wanted something fun to do to keep me busy while I was off of work as a teacher for the summer. Now that the summer is over I have other priorities I need to attend to and I simply can not continue to update Live Free and Fashionable regularly.

As a result I will no longer be posting. I would like to thank you all for reading my blog and leaving such positive comments on every post. I wish you all the best and I’m sure you’ll see me popping up in the comments of your blogs from time to time. I still plan to read others.

Lastly… ashameless plug… I am also starting a side-venture selling crochet patterns (and possibly crocheted items in the future) in my Etsy shop MinuetCrochet. If you crochet please check them out. If not please pass them on to any friends you have that crochet!

I wish you all the best and I will see you out in the blogosphere! 🙂

Sincerely,

Mindy

Lavender and Crochet

Check out my favorite new body lotion and the reason I need it so much!

 Lotion: Avalon Organics

 I am absolutely obsessed with this lotion. It is an organic lotion with no harsh chemicals. My acupuncturist introduced me to this when I was having some trouble with my skin. She explained that many of the popular lotions with perfumes and strong chemicals can actually do our skin more harm than good. She told me to check out Avalon Organics.

They sell a wide variety of products including lotion, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. I have only tried the lotions and body wash so far. My two favorite scents are Lavender and Peppermint.

The other great thing about this lotion is that it absorbs into your skin really well. After using the lotion there is none of that slimy “I have oil all over my hands” feeling. It simply leaves my skin soft and smooth.

I highly recommend checking them out. There is even a place on the website where you can find stores that sell their products. That way you can check out the scents first hand.

I also thought I would share my big crochet project with all of you today. (One of the big reasons I keep this lotion on hand all day). This afghan is about the size of a twin comforter. It took about a month to make from start to finish, but I have to say, it was worth all of the dry skin, broken nails and aching fingers!

Now you’ll all get a glimpse of my geeky side! I saw a Tetris afghan on Pinterest made by artist Loretta Grayson; which she had posted on her blog. I thought it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen. I used to love playing Tetris as a kid and thought it would be great crochet project to try myself. My design is quite different from hers but I had to give her credit for the inspiration.

Do you have a craft or hobby that wreaks havoc on your hands? Do you have a go-to lotion to help prevent the damage?

Mindy

Today Only Sale Alert! Victoria’s Secret!

I know we all love saving money so I thought I would share a free shipping opportunity!!

Today only online at Victoria’s Secret there is free shipping on orders over $25!! Clearance included!! If you haven’t bought clothes from Victoria’s Secret yet I highly recommend checking them out. Their bathing suits are also my favorite!

Happy shopping! 🙂

Free Shipping Alert for all my fellow Bargainista’s!

I think I just coined a new word, “bargainista”, meaning bargain loving fashionista! I just got an email alerting me to a short free shipping promotion over on Forever21’s website. From 6pm-9pm PST (9pm-12am for my fellow east coasters!) you can get free shipping on everything! All you have to do is enter the code EXCLUSIVE21 at the checkout!

Also, they are running a buy one get one free program on quite a few items. There is a BOGO link on the home page.

I love shopping online but I try to be really careful about not spending a fortune on shipping. It starts to add up. I know I’ll be putting in an order! Hopefully I’ll find lots of great new pieces to share on the blog.

Happy shopping!!

Mindy

Blog Face Lift!!

Hello beautiful readers!

I decided to look into a different theme for the blog. I am incredibly indecisive sometimes so it may go through a few changes before I settle on a look. My posts won’t be any different! It will still the same Live Free and Fashionable content. I just might switch up the look a bit until I find something I feel really matches my style!

Thank you for your understanding while I make-up my mind! Don’t forget to follow me on bloglovin’ and/or Facebook so you won’t miss my new posts!

Thanks so much!

Mindy

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

First, thank you all for your help picking out my birthday outfit yesterday! Option 1 was the fan favorite so that is what I wore. I am waiting to see if my friends got some decent photos at my party. Unfortunately we were outdoors and my camera decided not to cooperate in the dark. If I can find a photo I will post it for you all! I had a fabulous birthday and a great time visiting with friends!

Independence Day is my favorite holiday. There is so much rich history with it (we are so fortunate to have our independence!) and as a musician I love all of the fantastic music it inspired. Here in New England a big tradition is watching “Pop’s Goes the Fourth”, a performance on the Esplanade in Boston. The Boston Pops perform a magnificent show with celebrity features. My favorite is always the 1812 Overture complete with canon’s and culminating the in the fireworks display over the harbor.

I always wear my red, white and blue to celebrate, however, I refuse to deck myself out head to toe in flags. There are far better ways to look patriotic!

This is what I threw together on Polyvore for the occasion. I wish I had these items in my closet!

Glam July Fourth Picnic

What will you be wearing on The Fourth? Do you make a point of wearing red, white and blue? How will you be celebrating?

Welcome to Live Free and Fashionable!

Kid at heart!

This is me swinging in style! I may be a grown up now but I’m still a kid a heart and can’t resist a set of swings! Even in heels!

Hello my fellow fashionistas and welcome to Live Free and Fashionable!! This initial post is a bit long so you can get to know me and my plans for Live Free and Fashionable. Leave me a hello at the bottom! I’d love to get to know my readers too so I can cater to your fashion interests as well!

The inspiration for the title Live Free and Fashionable comes from my state’s motto, “Live Free or Die”. I am a life-long New Hampshire resident. I absolutely love where I live. The four New England seasons are beautiful. Having four seasons gives me an excuse to explore as many styles as possible. Spring calls for comfy jeans, a light top and cute ballet flats. Summer calls for sundresses, flowing skirt and adorable tank tops. Fall calls for jeans, boots, and cozy sweaters. And winter calls for bundling up under as many layers as possible. The four seasons mean I never fall into a fashion rut. Every season change there is an excuse for me to go find more items for my wardrobe!

With my love of fashion comes a love of shopping. With my love of shopping comes a love for finding great deals! I am a very budget conscious shopper. As awesome as it would be, my reality is that I do not have a endless bank account. I am a compulsive online window shopper. Even if I cannot buy the clothes I am looking at I window shop to check out what stores are putting on the racks. I love to hop on polyvore and experiment with different looks. I will be sharing plenty of my polyvore creations on the blog. This is the best way I can think of to share my style

I will also feature individual items I love! While window shopping I often fall head over heels for specific items. I am always dying to share my finds with others. Live Free and Fashionable will be the perfect venue for me to do that! Each time I come across and item I love I will share my styling ideas for the item as well as a link to the item in case you want to check it out yourself!

As Live Free and Fashionable evolves you will see my style is quite eclectic. There are times where I prefer a straightforward, classic look and there are times where I jump out into another style for the fun of it. I believe fashion should be exciting and enjoyable. If I see something I like in a different style I’m always willing to give it a try!

Another part of fashion is of course, hair, nails and make-up. My make-up style is a simple natural look with a focus on the eyes. I do not believe in covering up a woman’s beauty with make-up. I believe in enhancing a woman’s beauty with make-up. I also love to do my own nails. It is fun to get a manicure and pedicure every once in a while, but I find it therapeutic to sit down, zone out, and get creative with my nail polish looks. Lastly, I plan to throw in some hair tid-bits. Clean, beautiful and presentable hair can really pull a look together. I will share my favorite hair styling tips, ideas and products with all of you.

As part of Live Free and Fashionable, I plan to share links to items I’m blogging about. The links will have three price ranges: “Bargain”, “Treat” and “Only in my dreams!” “Bargain” will be the item in a very low price range, essentially, the least expensive version of the item that is still a quality item. “Treat” is a slightly more expensive version of the item. “Only in my dreams!” is exactly what it sounds like, a fantastic version of the item that is simply soaring out of my price range!

My goal with Live Free and Fashionable is to share wearable fashions with other women. Many fashion blogs show very beautiful and fascinating fashions, however, many of them are not wearable for the everyday woman. My hope is that my posts will be practical, while still exciting, fashion inspiration for my readers!

Through Live Free and Fashionable I am looking forward to sharing all of my favorite clothing items. I can’t wait to hear all of your thoughts too! Weigh in on my fashion picks and share yours as well! Give me a quick hello in the comments! I hope I inspire you all to come back and check out my posts!