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

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Bring on Fall!!

Check out the new wrist warmers and boot cuffs I made myself for fall! Pinterest has been loaded with outfit pins featuring infinity scarves, boot cuffs and wrist warmers. I thought it would be fun to try and make some of my own. Once the cool weather gets here I am sure you will see me with my skinny jeans, knee high boots and boot cuffs on every day.

 

Wine Wrist Warmers (Please excuse my unpolished nails :/ )

Ivory Boot Cuffs

Living in New Hampshire is great because we have all 4 seasons. Spring is always lovely with the blooming flowers, Winter is beautiful with the snowfall, and how can you not love a warm summer day by the pool? But Fall is my absolute favorite season.

Fall brings the stunning fiery red, orange and gold foliage over the sprawling mountainsides. It means there is a crispness in the air that makes the temperature just right for cozy chunky knit sweaters and knee high boots. Fall is simply picturesque here in New Hampshire.

What is your favorite season? Are you excited for fall or are you sad for summer to end?

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

Gel Manicure Update

Happy Friday!!

I have a not so good update on my at home gel manicure. It is already chipping. However, I am not quite ready to swear off this product all together.

The top picture shows the chips in my at home gel manicure. The second picture shows me crocheting.

Why? Because I think that is what brought on the chipping. Crocheting may not seem like it would do much damage, however, I have been working on a significant crocheting project the past week. When I am working on the squares I am frequently using my nails to pull and tighten the yarn. The chipping is exclusive the fingers I am using most to crochet.

So ultimately, I think this at home gel manicure has the potential to hold up for a week or more with normal wear and tear. I just think it’s not quite strong enough to stand up to direct abuse. For the $5 I spent on the kit I don’t mind.

If you go easy on your nails I think the at home gel manicure will hold up well for you!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mindy