Friday, August 30, 2013

Obsessed: around the web this week

Happy Friday and TGIF!  Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

1. I cannot wait for the Nate Berkus fall collection, out at Target September 15th. (

2. 100 inspirational quotes for a positive addition to your day. (

3. My grandma is still so stylish, and yes we talk about the ways women just aren't dressed the same anymore. (

4. Can't get enough smiles out of this video of jumping animals on trampolines. (

5. Table setting tips for a fail-proof dinner party. (

6. Great ideas for simple DIY accessories for around your home. (

7. Loving that the animal trend is still on this fall, and I'm thinking this Ann Taylor kissing fox sweater must get in my closet soon. (

8. This pumkin french toast bake has me crazing cozy fall weekend mornings. (

9. Never Settle- and other important lessons from LC herself. (

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Its the little things

< a newly silver sign I spray painted for my kitchen >

In life, it really is the little things that count: the little things that make you smile, laugh, bring your joy, or conjure up a wonderful memory.  I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many little wonderful things in life, and have the good man upstairs to thank for that each day.  Here's just a peek at some of the little things that have brought a certain amount of happiness into my recent days.  What are the little things in life that are making you smile now?

 < little bits of happiness shared on Instagram.  Find me @3Pprettyblog >

< a lovely little card for my BFF's upcoming wedding >

 < these necklaces- both totally convertible and can be worn in 3+ ways, each.  Get them here >

< this handsome horse, who currently greets me in the hallway >

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fall wish list

As the end of August approaches, even though summer weather is still heavy in the air on sunny days, I am dreaming of autumn and all the warm feelings that fall brings around each year.  On my wish list for the cooler days when golden leaves decorate the ground are cozy knits, aztec prints, burgundy and darker jewel tones for both fashion and beauty, and rich textures with a hint of gold.  It will probably be a few weeks before the weather cools down enough to wear any of this, but I just can't wait for those mystical fall days!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Styling a bookcase

Would you believe that this is an old bookcase from the '70's??  My man kindly painted this white for me, as I am loving the West Elm Parsons Towers, but wanted to have a more budget-friendly version in our space!  I went to town the other day sorting books by color and collecting little shelf decorations, and just love this new arrangement on this bookcase!  Styling a bookcase works like a charm when arrange your books by color, and include little decorative knick-knacks that are special to you!  Speaking of little decorations, I can't wait until this guy's new collection comes out this fall!

 < white books on the top shelf... and my favorite new-to-me pineapple bookends! >

 < colorful display with books laying on their sides and a touch of metallic from the candle holder (similar candle holder here and here) >

< books in my favorite color. with some clogs that remind me of my heritage and a cute little Ms. Owl (I think this sparkly friend should be her BFF) >

 < there's my gold lion, kickin' it next to books with black covers on a gold tray.  And the bottom shelf holds some festive colors that just automatically get you ready for a game of Tripoly! >

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

Happy Monday from this 3P girl! Starting off this busy week with a smile, and hope you have a happy grin on too!! This past weekend flew by- of course- but was filled with plenty of sunshine, delicious weekend breakfasts, enjoying new blooms in the yard, smiling at our sweet napping kitty, catching some tunes from a cute country singer, and spying on some hot rods and the like at a fairground full of cats. All that, plus some enjoyable time at home. Totally loving life these days!

Whatever you are facing this week, make it a great one, 3P style!

And congrats to the winner of the $25 Jamba Juice gift card... Stephanie G.! Email me at ParticularlyPracticallyPretty@gmail.comto collect your winnings! :-)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Obsessed: around the web this week

TGIF, 3P wonderfuls!  Friday is a great day to smile, laugh, and look forward to the weekend ahead!  Here are some links from around the web this week which I am obsessing over- hope they bring a bright spot to your day!  Have an amazing weekend, 3P style, and I will see you back here next week!

1. I am so adoring my gold pineapple bookends- find a similar set (on sale!) here. (Other stylish options: a gold pig and a pair of bunnies)

2. Josh Duhamel, hamming it up in this interview with a little advice on friendship too. (

3. I will definitely try this simple look for fall once the weather cools down- and am eying similar skirts herehere, and here. (

4. Must memorize this great workout for a busy day or a week on the road. (

5. Next time I get in a DIY mood, I might try my hand at this glitter state DIY- they will be beautiful framed in any home, and will make for a great gift! (

6. For a fun retro updo, I will try to rock this beehive with a loofa! (

7. So appreciative for the outfit inspiration from the Glitter Guide's feature on denim vests for fall- I may use a gift card for this Old Navy vest. (

8. After reading this great article, meeting Aliza Licht (aka DKNY PR girl) is definitely on my wish list! (

9. Office redecorating is on my mind, and I am secretly hoping for this office chair during the redo.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My August Birchbox

Beauty really is on the inside... for every individual and every single Birchbox box!  This month's shipment was full of treats that I absolutely love!  A fabulous red lipstick that is going to be a new staple for sure, some shimmering new eye shadows to try, an exfoliant that I am expecting to leave my skin shiny-brand-new, and even a bag of tea that smells amazing!  If you haven't tried Birchbox yet, or have just been waiting to sign up, go here and get it done!  The time is now, ladies and gentlemen (yes, they even have a great gift box program for guys)! 

 < This month's projects were about the finishing look- I loved the desktop on this card and have been reminding myself of what finishing school felt like once I 'finished' college! >

 < This stay all day liquid lipstick from Stila is amaaaaazing- I have never had a red match so well with my skin tone, and the 'stay' factor is truly serious.  It is definitely going to be my red-lipstick-kind-of-day bestie.  My 'perfect' smoky eyeshadow arrived crushed!  I am going to see if it is still usable... >

< During days filled with summer heat, a refreshing facial mist is this girl's dream... enter MIYU beauty essence, which is going to make a great addition to my purse for the rest of summer.  And there's that bag of tea I mentioned that smells amazing!  When the mornings cool down well enough for some hot tea to be enjoyed, I will surely be brewing up this concoction!

< Fresh feet wipes... for an exit from the beach or after a day of wearing open-toed shoes!  I am looking forward to treating myself to a mini facial with these WEI buffing beads- all you have to do is add this packet to a quarter-sized dollop of your regular facial cleanser! >

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Green suede shoes, three ways

Sometimes slipping on your favorite pair of shoes can make any day, event or moment that much more fun.  And really, when we are wearing something that we love, it shows in our demeanor and level of confidence, right?  Lately I have totally been loving my green suede shoes from Target- the heel is a nice height, they are so comfortable to wear, and the metallic cap toe is such a nice feature.  These are sold out now, but you can find a similar pair here.  I just love mixing, matching, and reusing items from my closet- don't you?

 < Outfit 1: floral dress and green suede heels >
Occasion: work day
Tank: BR (contemplating this teal option)
Purse: Nine West (other options here and here)
Heels: Target
Jewelry: BR (necklace; loving this one); gifted, F21, Tiffany (bracelets)

< Outfit 2: boyfriend jeans and green suede heels >
Occasion: weekend errands
Shirt: Lucky Brand (eying these sale t's: 1, 2, 3)
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Hat: H&M (other options here, here, and great for fall)
Bag: ON
Heels: Target (love this one)

< Outfit 3: geometric lines and green suede shoes >
Occasion: luncheon
Dress: Cynthia Rowley (other options here, here, and dream option)
Purse: Tommy Hilfiger (loving this one)
Heels: Target
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Juniper necklaceJulep bangles, and  Serenity small stone drops; Ross (watch)

Looking for some green suede heels of your own?  Click through some of the options below!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crushing on weekend getaway bags

Although the past few weekends at home have been so nice, there are a few weekend getaway treks coming up.  I love to plan and pack appropriately, but as a somewhat chronic overpacker I tend to lug a few extra things along with me, just in case. As my current weekend/overnight bags have pretty much seen their heyday, I am on the hunt for a new, sturdy, large-enough getaway bag.  Here are some of my current favorites, a few of which I am majorly crushing on.  Which are your favorites from this selection, or do you have other weekend bags you are eying?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

< spied some swirly brackets that I will love for an upcoming projects >

Happy Monday, 3P pretties!  It is hot and muggy outside as I write this, so I am especially thankful to be indoors today with great air conditioning!  This past weekend was like a domestic dream- as the road has been my destination so much this year, it feels like a treat to enjoy a full weekend at home.  The man and I worked on projects around our beloved house and both felt uber productive and appreciative of each other's work.  Some little treats were enjoyed too- hey, it's the little things that count!  And this unending summer heat has both of us dreaming of cool fall days... me especially, now that all the September issues are out in abundance!

This is going to be a busy but great week, and even on Monday I will work to stay positive.  Whatever you are facing this week, make it a great one, 3P style!

< hers and his Jamba Juice in the sunshine >

< September issues on a Saturday morning?  Perfection! >

< sweet fox socks that I love, from my stylish grandma >

< ice cream treats because... well, its still summer! >

Pssst!  Have you entered my $25 Jamba Juice gift card giveaway?  Details here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Obsessed: around the web this week

So happy that Friday is here! This has been a week that has gone by both slowly and quickly- you know what I mean?  Some days have flown by but the week has been slow, or vice versa.  I am looking forward to a quiet weekend at home and some time with great friends- it will be just what I need to recharge for next week!  Here are a few things I am loving this week- hope they bring you a nice moment on your Friday, or some laughter and smiles through the weekend.  Hope you all have a great weekend, 3P style, and have fun kicking off the second half of August!  I will see you back here next week!

1. The talent this singing sensation portrays is amazing- her impressions are right on the money! (

2. I am really getting into nail polishes (see how mine are stored here), and I am totally loving Deborah Lippmann's new shades for fall!

3.  If only one could eat all these gluttonous calories and be as slim and attractive as the Gilmore girls! (

4. I have been on the hunt for python print heels for a while, and these snakeskin heels might have to find a place in my closet! (

5. Some office reorganization has been on my mind lately, and these clear acrylic stacking boxes leave me wanting a whole acrylic desktop organization set. (

6. An outdoor dining terrace like this would definitely be my kind of dream backyard. (

7. Time to renew my Lucky magazine subscription! Eva Chen is adding a great new excitement as editor! (

8. Even though these captionless cartoons might only bring a smile, I laughed after looking at most of them. (

9. Any morning will start of better with a tasty and healthy treat like these strawberry parfaits. (

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jamba Juice on the loose!

< bag full of Jamba Juice treats for the summer months >

One fun program I am loving being a part of is the Jamba Juice Ambassador team!  I get some fun little treats a few times a year, and am able to bring the delight of Jamba Juice smoothie samples to all kinds of people around my town.  On a hot day, what kind of treat beats a nice cold, healthy fruit smoothie from Jamba Juice?  Nothing in my book these days, my friends!

I few weeks ago I had the treat to attend the Junior Olympics water polo tournament, and got to cheer on my nephew's team and share some Jamba Juice all in the same weekend!  All of the water polo kids and attendees that sampled the new Jamba Energy Drinks loved them, and I even had a few people come back for seconds.  And when I shared these Jamba Energy Drinks with my nephew's team after a day full of three water polo games, they all appreciated them and gobbled the drinks up!

Scroll through for your chance to win a $25 Jamba Juice gift card!

< another little treat in the summer Jamba Juice bag... haven't seen one of these around since the 4th grade days! >

 < water-hued entrance to the Junior Olympics >

 < Jamba Juice cooler sharing the love with the USA Water Polo booth >

< had so much fun handing out these energy drinks and seeing everyone smile! >

< a few of the happy samplers and a glimpse at all the fun I had at the Junior Olympics! >

I have a giveaway I am happy to share with you... a $25 Jamba Juice gift card!  Simply follow me on Bloglovin', Facebook, and Instagram, then leave a comment on this post and let me know that you are following on all three sites.  Contest will be open through next Friday, August 23rd, and the winner will be announced on the blog the following Monday!  Contest open to those with U.S. mailing addresses only.  Good luck and thanks for following!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer arm parties

A few sparkly, bright, or beloved bangles on my wrist seem to make any day better- they just add a simple little something that brings a spot of wonderful anytime I see them!  This summer I have loved stacking on metallic, neon, and neutral hues, all of which have made my arm parties these past few months totally summer-themed.  And when the wrist soiree totally compliments the handbag of the day?  Home run, ladies!

You can see all of these arm parties and the outfits with which they were debuted, here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

DIY Daydreams

< adorable recovered and repurposed shoe boxes >

Craftiness feelings are sneaking up on me once more- it is time to infuse my life with some DIY projects again!  If you are feeling this way too, check out this board for some inspiration, and grab your hot glue and paint, people!

Looking for some more easy DIY ideas?  Check out my DIY projects!

< a super fun sparkly belt- ribbon and gemstones would do this up right! >

< save those old frappuccino glass bottles to make some adorable painted vases >

 < add some classic campaign details to turn a plain dresser from blah to brilliant! >

 < work those paint skills to make some fun colorful coasters! >

All above images via

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

< Enticed by the blue-hue of these bold blooms >

Happy Monday, 3P pretties!  This past weekend was fairly low-key but still full of fun times, and was our first full weekend at home pretty much all summer.  It was so nice to be home with my man, get a few of those suburban projects out of the way, and celebrate with our awesome friends.  This is going to be a busy week, but I am looking forward to it being a great one and hope you are too. Whew, can you believe that the middle of August is fast approaching?? 

 < Love perusing through this style guide for stylish inspiration >

 < Jack, our long-legged kitten all tuckered out from chasing everything in his sight! >

< The most creative prize packages from an awesome friend's Casino game night! >

< Fresh fruit and veggies... some of my favorites of the summer! >

PS- The winner of the Mystery Hostess Giveaway has been contacted.  Thank you to all who entered!  You can always shop the amazing Stella & Dot line on my website.  These items make for the best kinds of gifts, too!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Daily Dressing

I am definitely still enjoying summer and all of the bright, cheery colors that are totally appropriate to wear this season.  Although, the past few mornings have been nice and cool, so a light sweater was required (hooray for the hint of fall!)  This week seems to be creeping by for me, so I hope this outfit post provides you with a nice spot of sunshine and some great fashion inspiration this week!

And remember to vote for your favorites in this week's Weekly Wardrobe Win!

< Outfit 1: crimson and cream >
Occasion: work
Shirt: The Limited
Skirt: H&M
Purse: Coach
Heels: Nine West
Sunnies: BR
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Serenity stone drops (earrings) and Lucia necklace (worn as bracelet)

< Outfit 2: sunshine and toughness >
Occasion: work
Dress: Taylor
Tank: ON
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Purse: BR
Heels: Simply Vera Wang
Sunnies: ON
Jewelry: Nine West (earrings); The Limited (necklace); Reaction (watch); Stella & Dot Renegade (bracelet)

< Outfit 3: blue stripes and olive vest >
Occasion: coffee date
Dress: ON
Vest: Kohl's
Heels: Guess
Bag: Liz Claiborne
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Target (necklace), vintage, ON (bangles), Lucky Brand (ring)

 < Outfit 4: grey scales >
Occasion: work
Dress: BCBG
Bag: BR
Heels: Simply Vera Wang
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Target (earrings and wrap bracelet); Ross (watch), Stella & Dot Renegade (bracelet)

< Outfit 5: neutral tribe vibe >
Occasion: casual Friday
Tank: old (unknown)
Jeans and belt: BR
Heels: BCBG
Purse: H&M
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson
Jewelry: Target, Cookie Lee (bracelets); Lucky Brand (ring); Target (earrings)

< Outfit 6: date dress >
Occasion: dinner date
Dress: Kohl's
Belt and wedges: BR
Clutch: The Limited
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Christina Link and Somervell (necklaces); Cookie Lee, Stella & Dot Renegade, gifted (bracelets)

< Outfit 7: color party >
Occasion: church
Dress: Kohl's
Cardigan: BR
Heels: Guess
Purse: Nine West
Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
Jewelry: Stella & Dot necklace (old; similar); Tiffany (ring and bracelet); (Loft bracelet)

< Outfit 8: neon brights >
Occasion: weekend errands
Shirt: old, unknown
Boyfriend jeans: Gap
Belt: BR
Heels: Target
Purse: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Christina Link and Somervell (necklaces); BR, F21 (bangles); Stella & Dot Renegade (bracelet)

Weekly Wardrobe Win