January 2016 - Doused in Pink - wearable everyday style, beauty & DIY home decor

Covered Perfectly Cascading Vest and Micro Modal Top

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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Review: CaseApp Laptop Skin & Giveaway!

Caseapp.com is a Swedish company that offers custom phone cases for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and skins for iPhone, iPad, Android and laptops. Back in October I shared my review on my customized CaseApp iPhone case. You can read about it here

I received a Macbook for my birthday and CaseApp came through for me again with a customized skin to protect it! Just like the phone case, the ordering process was easy. Select your device type and browse through their designs or upload your own photo(s) then add text, clipart or backgrounds to create a case or skin that is unique to you!



For my laptop skin, I opted to pick from one of their designs and kept it simple with this pink marble. The cost was reasonable at $29 and it was easy to apply. The skin has an adhesive back that you stick to the top of your laptop, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. 

With Valentines day right around the corner, CaseApp is a fun way to create a unique gift for someone special! 


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Style Tips for Traveling & Giveaway!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Working from home, my everyday uniform consists of jeans, sweaters and scarves but I need to take it up several notches when I travel for work. Most often, I'm up at 4:00 am and headed out the door at 5:00 am for the airport. Staying comfortable and stylish on a travel day is always a challenge, especially when going right from the airport to an all day meeting. Balancing comfort and professional is not always easy. You want to still look put-together when you arrive at your destination.



DIY Wine Station


I've been obsessing about having a bar cart in my dining room ever since I saw Carrie's back in November. It's not in my budget to purchase one, so I decided to make my own. I got the idea to use vintage suitcases here. I had two that once belonged to my grandparents that I had re-purposed as a nightstand in the guest room. I used the larger suitcase to create a wine station.

Winter Pastels

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

I picked up this sweater at Anthropologie during my birthday haul in November and have been wearing it every chance I get. The blush pink color is easy to pair with just about everything and and rose gold detailing on the collar and hem is a unique touch. I really love this look! It's casual yet put together and styled with the black jeans makes this perfect for the weekend or everyday! 

Reading Roundup

How was the first week of the new year for you? It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be getting back into a routine but I was definitely ready for a relaxing weekend! There's nothing better than spending a Saturday lost in a good book! I always set a goal of reading one book a month, but I usually end up reading them in spurts. The last few months of the year I read three fantastic books. Here's how I reviewed them on Goodreads! 

If you are looking for a quick, feel good book, read The Rosie Project! The story is narrated by a socially challenged genetics professor, Don Tillman who is on a quest to find the perfect wife. Don’s life is extremely regimented and his days are planned down to the minute. Never been on a second date but told he would make a good husband, he embarks on The Wife Project and creates a comprehensive questionnaire that will weed out any unsuitable partners with undesirable traits and help him find his true love. The perfect wife must be punctual, a moderate drinker, non-smoker, meat eater, dancer…the requirements are endless and to be a successful applicant, you must have a score of 100%!  Don’s only two friends, a colleague and his wife, suggest making minor tweaks to the questionnaire to attract more suitable applicants and the recounts of his dates are hilarious! 

The Wife Project is put on the back burner when Rosie enters his life. Rosie is unconventional and not a match based on the questionnaire…she smokes, can’t cook and works in a bar. But Don finds her attractive and enjoys her company so he decides to help conduct The Father Project to find her biological father. Don’s life goes into a tailspin while he is helping Rosie as he is introduced to new experiences, is spontaneous and finds he is having fun!

This is an entertaining read and you really connect with the characters. The story shows us that we are really all the same, we just view the world differently! 




Marie Laure lives with her father who is the master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.  Woodworking is his hobby and he surprises her often with little wooden puzzles that become more and more complex over the years. When she goes blind at age six, he builds her a miniature of the city so she can memorize it by touch and be self sufficient finding her way home. When the Nazi’s occupy Paris when Marie is 12, she and her father flee to the walled city of Saint Malo to live with her great uncle. With them they carry a special treasure from the museum.

Werner, a German orphan boy who has a talent for repairing electronics is chosen to attend one of Hitler’s brutal military schools. Werner learns quickly to conform but never really understands what he is fighting for and has to make choices that he would not have had to make if it was a different era. 

All the Light We Cannot See shifts back and forth through time and their paths eventually cross during late WWII in France. It was beautifully written and you can imagine the scenery like you are standing alongside the characters.




Three Wishes is another great read from Laine Moriarty. Triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma attract attention wherever they go and the story begins at a restaurant celebrating their 34th birthdays when a very dramatic argument breaks out. The story then goes back to the events leading up to that evening and told by multiple perspectives including random strangers that interact with the triplets. Each of their lives are turned upside down as they deal with miscarriage, domestic abuse and infidelity. The author does a good job buffering the intense issues with humor and while this is not a light and funny read, there are parts where you will laugh out loud. The characters each have distinct personalities that are relatable and whether you like them or not, you feel their joy, pain and frustration as they deal with their relationships and move through life.


What books have you read lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Trending - Elbow Patches

Welcome to the first Thursday Fashion Files of the new year! Carrie and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


I don't know what it is lately, but I'm drawn to anything that has an elbow patch on it! Elbow patches go way back to the WWI era where they were sewn on soldier's sweaters to help reinforce them. Then in the 1920's when college kids used them to prolong the life of their jackets. In the 1950's elbow patches were popular in women's sewing patterns coordinating with belts and headbands. Onto the 1970's where they were seen on tweed jackets and today where they are on just about everything. Patterned, suede, sequins, and more, elbow patches add a unique detail and some fun to an otherwise plain top. My elbow patch jacket has been a go-to layering piece and now I've found this grey long sleeve top with embroidered cats on the elbow, also from Romwe! The adorable cats on the elbow are the perfect detail to make this top special!



Beauty Box Reviews for the New Year

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous holiday! I'm excited to be back! If you've been reading for awhile, you know that I've subscribed to Ipsy for over a year and a half now. While I like the service, I know there are other subscription boxes out there and want to try something new. I tried Birchbox in the past, but wasn't a fan, so in  November I signed up for Beauty Box 5 and Beauty Fix. Read on to hear more about these beauty subscription services!

Beauty Fix
Subscription is $24.95 ($12.50 for your first box) and includes free shipping for 6 plus deluxe samples and/or full size products valued at $100 +.