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Kid Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 31, 2013


It’s Fashion Friday! For this week, I want to talk about something that we will all deal with at some point or another. Something that is inevitable for all parents. That moment when your child develops their own fashion. It seems like it happens in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, your child doesn’t want to wear what mommy picked out. They want to put on everything BUT what planned. In these moments, I want to share with you my advice on what to do when you encounter kid fashion for the first time and beyond, too.

My dad and me

My dad and me

I think there is a lot to say for a child who is ready to dress themselves. A child has reached the point that they can start making decisions for themselves. They also start sharing their own personalities and opinions and it shows in everything- including what they choose to wear. My advice to you, and the best advice that I can give myself, is to allow your child to embrace who they are. At this moment in their life, it’s the last time to tell them no. The last time to make them dress how you expect at all times. Granted, there will be times when there are exceptions and times they need to wear a certain outfit you’ve picked out for them, however, most times you can bend. Most times you can allow them a choice in the matter. I encourage you to allow your kids to learn to be themselves. If they can’t learn to be themselves with you at an early age, who will they learn to be themselves with later?

Emma being Emma

Emma being Emma

Here are the only exceptions I think apply to this rule:

  • When your child tries to dress themselves in a way that doesn’t honor themselves and/or God. This works as a perfect teaching opportunity for you and your child.
  • When you have something specific planned. For example, if you have family pictures and everyone has coordinating outfits. I would encourage you to allow your child the opportunity to work with you in deciding their outfit if they are old enough.
  • When your child is being defiant. If you’ve clearly told them to wear something and they say no or wear something else. There is a fine line between allowing them to be themselves and them being disobedient.

Today marks one year with Embracing Everything! I want to thank each of you for your support throughout this year- whether you’re new or you’ve been here the whole year. I’m grateful for you and look forward to being here for another year! Be sure to join me on Monday as I share our very first review and giveaway. See you there!



Jewelry- Fashion Friday Series May 24, 2013


A huge part of fashion, and one that I greatly enjoy, is jewelry. I have always been a fan of it, even at an early age. I remember dressing up in costume jewelry as well as some of my mom’s older pieces. I do the same with Emma. Train them up! Anyways, today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to get jewelry. Join me!

Forever 21- this my absolute favorite place to buy jewelry, especially when I’m wanting it versus saving up for it. You can go in with $20 and come out with 10 or more new pieces. I love that. It is costume jewelry and some pieces are more than others but in my experience it holds up well and resells well, too, at yard sales and consignment sales. They have a lot of unique pieces so keep that in mind.

Premier Jewelry- as some of you know, I use to sell Premier Jewelry. I still have a quite a few of my premier pieces from when I sold and a few from having shows since then. It really holds up well and they have a great return policy, too. This jewelry is more expensive but it holds up better than costume jewelry, too. If you’re interested in having a show and getting some of their jewelry for FREE, let me know and I can get you in touch with my premier mom, Melissa. She’s awesome!

Boutiques- whenever we pass a little boutique, whether local or out of town, I stop. Sometimes the stuff is way too overpriced but sometimes it’s perfect! Mom and I went to a store when we were on vacation last year and found some really cute jewelry for buy one, get one half off. We were excited to say the least! I also like stores that are local, like Vagabond Traders in Abingdon. They sell one of my favorite brands, Good Works. A portion of what you pay is going to charitable donations. I really love that!

Thrift Stores- whether it be a thrift store we find or a goodwill, I love to go through the jewelry they have available. Sometimes there is nothing I like but other times, there are a TON of things! I have been known to get myself jewelry there but also jewelry for Emma. It makes great play jewelry and I don’t feel bad with it being $1 or less!

Hand-Me-Downs- these may fall into my top place to get them. Anytime my mom, grandmother, or other relative gifts me something of theirs, it’s something I hold near and dear to my heart. Knowing that someone else has loved me enough to share what is theirs and trusts me enough to keep it makes me smile. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are those that were given to me.


A few tips:

*Long earrings make your face look slimmer because it elongates it. True fact!

*Having bracelets on BOTH hands make you look slimmer, too!  They’re in your expressive zone so any attention drawer there helps.

*The recommended amount of worn accessories is 6 and you’ve gone too far if you reach 11 (this includes all jewelry and scarves).

*You can mix together long and short necklaces to add more to your outfit. This is one of my favorite tips!

What is YOUR favorite place to get jewelry? What is your favorite piece of jewelry?


Summer Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 17, 2013

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I’m going to be honest with you all here. Summer is my least favorite season. I know, I know- that’s crazy. I don’t HATE summer, I just don’t prefer extremely hot weather. On the other hand, I LOVE summer attire. Outside of boots, it’s one of my favorite styles of clothing. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite things to wear during the summer.

Photo by College Magazine

Photo by College Magazine

Sandals. I love sandals! I live in them from the moment Easter comes until Labor Day (or later). I prefer sandals that have some support to them versus cheap plastic ones. I had foot problems one year so I try to stick to ones that offer me support. My absolute favorites are my Rainbows and Tevas. I’ve heard of several good brands, these are just the ones I have and my personal favorites.

Shorts. I love to wear shorts. I cannot stand for my legs to be sticky from the heat and they often get that way with jeans. I’ve got almost all my shorts at consignment stores and GOOD brands. Early this spring I went to one in Gray and found two pairs of Chico shorts for $6. I was beyond excited. They are a longer style short (Bermuda I suppose) soc completely appropriate for work.

Photo by Dresses Style

Photo by Dresses Style

Dresses. I love dresses. They are definitely a comfortable solution to hot summer days. My favorite ones are the strapless dresses . They always have really cute and appropriate ones at Forever 21– for cheap! These are at the top of my list. I wear them with different covers so they remain appropriate for almost all situations. At the beach and other locations, no cover at all. It’s too stinkin’ hot!

These are my three favorite summer attire items that I get to wear this time of year. Going up to the attic is definitely a joyous occasion and I admit, I usually get a little sad having to back them up come fall.

What are your favorite items to wear during summer?


Husband Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 10, 2013

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about men and fashion, it’s this: men have their own fashion just like women do. It’s hard to believe sometimes, but yes, men DO have fashion. Just because it’s different than ours doesn’t mean it’s not fashion. Today, I want to share how to support your husband in his fashion.

*Allow your husband to shop for himself. I really cannot stand it when a man doesn’t ever pick out anything he wears. Now, there’s a difference between buying clothes for your husband because he wants you to and shopping for your husband because you don’t like what he likes. I try to think about how I’d feel if the shoe was on the other foot. Would you want your husband picking out your wardrobe? I’m saying men don’t have bad taste, but I am saying it’s more than likely different than yours, just like yours is different than his.

*Allow your husband to have his own style and not feel bad for it. Seriously. You’re husband shouldn’t feel like every time he comes in with his clothes on that he’s going to be given a hard time for it. The great thing about supporting your husband here is that when he knows that you support him, he will more than likely ask for your advice on what he’s wearing. This would be the moments that it would be ok to interject and offer your opinion.

*Know when and how to speak up. At our house, JR wears pretty much whatever he wants and he really doesn’t have bad style. I like pretty much everything he wears. At the same time, I really like for us to look pulled together and have a certain style for family pictures and important events. At this time, we work together picking out what we’re ALL going to wear. That’s right, JR can vote on my outfit and I can vote on his. Most of the time he’s good me picking whatever but it’s always open for discussion.

*Be fair with your clothing budget. More than likely, your husband will run a smaller budget on clothing. In the same regard, keep in mind when you go and spend money on clothes and your husband asks for a new shirt, be generous. Consider buying less for you so you can buy more for him. Every once in awhile, we find a good sale and I make a point to take JR shopping so he can pick out some new things. He really likes to get new clothes but rarely, if ever, asks for them. Even more reason to bless him.

So here are some tips from me about hubby fashion. What tips do you have?


Hop into Spring with Over the Rainbowtique May 7, 2013

Today, we’re going to take a hop into spring. Sure, it’s cold and dreary outside with all this rain but just think about what lies ahead! Hot days and time spent outside in the sun. For us, that usually means Emma’s hair needs some help. It’s long, thick, and curly and bows are a lifesaver in the warm weather. As many of you know, my favorite place to purchase my bows is from Over the Rainbowtique. Today I want to introduce you to some of my new ones and give you a special discount so you can find bows for your little ones, too!


Lilo & Stitch- we’re big fans here at the Linkous house. We’re planning a trip back to Disney this year and have already reserved our breakfast at ‘Ohana’s for breakfast with Lilo & Stitch themselves! We thought it would be appropriate to have a bow to represent them during our visit. Now we’re ready!


Sock Monkey. It goes as no surprise at all that we LOVE sock monkeys here. We have dressed Emma up in them and collected them since the day she was born, and actually a little before, too. Our friend, Rachel, made her the cutest dress EVER and we were able to use her bows as accessories on the straps and this one in her hair. Love me some sock monkeys!


Chevron Pattern. The chevron pattern was big last year and has seemed to keep up. And with Emma it doesn’t really matter because she’s cute anyways! Noel used really light colors on this bow which makes it absolutely perfect for spring. This one is quite possibly my favorite far.

The great thing about Noel is she is willing to work with you and your needs. She makes great products that last, no matter how many times Emma someone pulls on the bows. She is offering a special for my readers for 20% off their order from now until May 21st by using the code: bowsale20. Visit the site today and place your order!


Shoes, Shoes, and Shoes- Fashion Friday Series May 3, 2013

Photo by In Fashion Rehab

Photo by In Fashion Rehab

Welcome back to Fashion Friday! Today we have something wonderful to talk about today- SHOES! Yes, I love shoes of all kind and rarely find a pair that I don’t like. The only problem comes when you’re trying to decide which shoes to wear with what outfit. Today I want to help you figure it out. Let’s go!

Sandals. These are my absolute favorite summer shoes. They come in all shapes and zies and can be worn dressy or casual. You can get them for $1 or more than $50. The options are endless. The great thing about sandals is you can wear them with anything, depending on what they look like. I like to wear them with dresses in the summer because they seem to make them less dressy. You can modify your sandal to a wedge which is like a sandal with a heel included. Rainbows are my favorite sandal but Tevas are starting to become a close second.

Flats. I am a love-hate relationship with flats. I cannot stand the way they look on me with long pants, mainly jeans. I just don’t they look flattering on me where I’m so short. I will wear them with dresses, skirts, shorts, and short pants. My current favorite pair are my Toms. I love that I have cute shoes and they support a good cause. You can’t go wrong there! These are a good boot alternative during summer months.

Heels. I’ll be honest here: since I entered motherhood, heels have somewhat become a thing of the past. I’ve never been great at walking in them and felt like mommyhood took a toll of me and gave me an extra amount of clumsiness. If I wear heels, I prefer them to have support to help out. A couple times a year I’m caught in heels but they’re few and far between. The great thing about them is they can dress up an outfit in a huge way and they’re a good alternative for boots if you want a heel but not full leg coverage.

Boots. These are my favorite shoes EVER. Boots rock my face off. During the winter it is seriously all I wear. Sometimes I can’t believe how long I wear them and how many weeks go by that they are the only shoe I wear. Boots can be worn with ANYTHING. I have yet to find an outfit that I don’t wear with boots. Buy a pair, even if they’re cheap. Best. Shoe. Ever.

Active Wear Shoes. These can range from tennis shoes to hiking boots and more. I have a pair of Keens that I would put in this category. I really like them and bought Emma a pair that should fit her this fall just in time for us to go to Disneyworld. I don’t wear active shoes a whole lot, unless we’re going to be walking a lot or hiking. They’re just not my thing, however, they look great with most all pants, shorts, and capris.

There are many other types of shoes but these are definitely in my favorites. What is YOUR favorite type of shoe?


Dressing Thin During Weight Loss April 26, 2013

Photo by Chef Julie Yoon

Photo by Chef Julie Yoon

I love the feeling of losing weight. People ask, you notice, and your clothes get bigger. Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Obviously, you want your clothes to get bigger. The down side is when you’re on your way down and not at your goal and clothes aren’t fitting. You don’t want to buy all new clothes but you also can’t go to work with your pants at your knees. Then you won’t have a job to have money to buy new clothes once you get to your goal. Bummer! Today I want to share some tips on how to use what you’ve got (and a maybe a few essentials to get, too). Join me!

You’ve got to start looking at your wardrobe like you never have before. There are three categories to put them in:

*What won’t work. These are the things that will never fit again and you have no problem parting with, EVER. They are also the things that can’t be used in any way during weight loss. Put these in a pile to donate or sell at your local consignment sale.

*What will work later. If you have plans on becoming pregnant, some of these outfits may work for maternity attire on you. Keep in mind that you don’t jump from your size to prego belly in a day so you’ll need some clothes to help you through that jump. Some clothes that fit you a few pounds heavier would be a good idea. The only time this wouldn’t work is if you’re doing a drastic weight loss (I would say 50 pounds+), then you probably wouldn’t fit in them prego, either. Just put those back in the “what won’t work” pile.

*What will work now. During your transition, some of your clothes WILL work now. Start looking at your clothes and thinking about what shirts can now be worn as tunics, what pants/dresses can be belted, and what loose attire could fit you on the way down (ie: dresses, stretch-y pants, etc). Hold onto those because they will be your best friends as you move down the chart.

The key to losing weight is really similar to gaining weight during pregnancy. You are trying to use what you’ve got because you’re not at the ultimate goal (ie: completely lost weight; had the baby), so your body now is not the final result. You are only “borrowing” that look for a short time. Here are outfits I’ve opted for during my weight loss:

*Leggings- I love them. I know people have a love/hate relationship with them but I’m on the love end. Unless people wear them like pants. NO ONE should wear them like pants. Leggings help in the process because they help make long shirts/tunics able to be worn without pants. These are usually too short to wear alone or with tights so leggings bridge the gap.

*Dresses- I love a good dress. I wear them a lot of the winter with legging and boots and then in the summer bare-legged and with sandals or flats. As I lose weight, I belt them. Dresses are definitely forgiving as you’re on the way down and don’t show off anything you don’t want seen. I love dresses! A lot of mine will be usable when I’m at my final destination or as maternity wear the next time around.

*Skirts- not much to say here other than they fit in a similar category as dresses. I love a good skirt and they are great to wear on the way down, too. The reasons are similar to that of dresses so I’m going to leave here and go to the next place.

*Shorts/pants/capris- I am careful here. Very, very careful. I try to get things with some elastic in them so I know they can stretch some. I know they’ll fit through a few different sizes so I get more use out of them than something that’s fitted.

*Loose shirts/tops- I try to find shirts I’ve worn before that have the ability to stretch a little and be a little longer with added weight gone. These tops usually make great tunics in the mean time and work well with leggings. What a great way to make something old new!

Here are some tips on how I do it. I hope it helps you!

What is your favorite item to wear during the midst of weight loss?




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