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Coldwater Creek Is My Holy Grail

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Part of Finding My Fabulous has been to upgrade my wardrobe. Last year I met with a personal shopper at Nordstrom. It was a fantastic experience and I feel much more confident with my personal style and selecting outfits and pieces.

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My sister recently turned me on to Coldwater Creek. It’s a perfect blend of style and color. It’s definitely on the mature end of things, which I enjoy. I accidentally wandered into Forever 21 and I felt like a cranky octogenarian. I may or may not have plugged my ears, closed my eyes and slowly backed out of the store.

Back to Coldwater Creek. The clothes are classic and timeless, but also on-trend. The prices are moderate, about what you would expect to find at Nordstrom. However, Coldwater Creek has AMAZING sales you won’t find at any department store. Several times a year they have 40% off the entire store! This brings things right down to my price range! In May I snapped up a bunch of tank tops with lace trim for only $10.

Like I said, the style tends toward the mature, but not frumpy. To me, Chico’s is well suited to sassy grandmas in their upper 60s. I think Coldwater Creek is for women in their 30s and up who like a classic, business-casual vibe.

That might seem expensive compared to a Target sale, but these clothes are really well made, the colors don’t fade and they wash well. Read the care instructions because I narrowly avoided some Hand Wash Only items. I can barely keep up with my regular laundry, let alone hand washing and gentle cycle. If I can’t wash with like colors, it just ain’t gonna happen.

They often run sales online, too, so if you find something you like and you can bide your time, chances are good it will go on sale. As in 30% off, 40% off or even 50% off.

Today I found my holy grail…the Coldwater Creek outlet! There is only one in Washington state, up in Marysville. This was my first visit so I don’t know what the prices are usually like, but today was awesome. The entire fall line was 30% off. So a lovely teal blue sweater was originally priced at $85.99, marked down to $69.99 at the outlet. My final price was under $20 with all the markdowns and because they were giving an additional 10% off for teachers. Woot! Woot!

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They have entire racks of sweaters, blouses, tanks, pants, cropped pants, and more.

All accessories were 70% off so I got a lovely statement necklace for under $5 and a pretty pair of earrings for $5.95, normally well over $60 each.

I sort of hate bargain shopping. Looking for clothes at Marshal’s makes my head explode. Not so at the Coldwater Creek outlet. The deeply discounted clothes were organized by type (sweaters with sweaters, blouses with blouses, etc.) then by size, then by color. It was really simple to scan through. But they also had a large selection of clothes like you would expect to find at a typical store. Each dressing room had a complete outfit hanging on each door, including jewelry. All the sales people were really friendly, too.

I know some of the clothes are late season items that have been moved out of the regular stores. I spotted a pair of my Capri pants I bought in May. But I think some of the clothes are made just for the outlets. A few tags said “compare to” or something. Plus a sales lady told me how happy they are with the new buyer.

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A couple of notes: I think the sizes at Coldwater Creek tend to run large. I normally wear a large and in several pieces, I ended up purchasing medium. That means they run large, right?

I’ve always wanted to have one store or one brand that was my go-to for my wardrobe. That way I would know everything went with everything, I would know what size I should buy, etc. I think I’ve found what I was looking for at Coldwater Creek!

Have you found a brand or store that completely fits your style? That personifies your signature look? Please share below!

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Hurry! Stylish Surprise from ModCloth

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I am totally into Subscription Boxes right now. Pay a little bit, get some surprises worth more than you pay. Fantastic!

ModCloth is offering something similar, but it’s one time only and it’s right now!!! I hear they sell out quickly.

Direct from ModCloth:

My, what a Stylish Surprise! For just $15, you might get anything from a terrific top or sassy skirt, to a dazzling dress or cute coat. There’s a beautiful bevy of mystery items with retail values from $29.99 to $299.99! Ready for some fashion fun? Simply select your size, then add a chic secret to your shopping bag. Hurry – supplies are limited, so snag a Stylish Surprise while you still can!

ModCloth’s Famous Stylish Surprise 
And don’t forget ModCloth always has FREE US shipping on orders $50+.

I just bought one, so I’ll let you know what I get. I should have ordered several to get free shipping, but for $4, I’ll take my chances!


Zooey Deschanel Sporting a Stylish ModCloth Dress on The New Girl!

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I just found out that Zooey Deschanel will be wearing this lovely frock from ModCloth on tonight’s episode of the New Girl!


ModCloth Neyla Dress worn on Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
 Don’t know much about ModCloth? ModCloth is an American online retailer specializing in vintage, vintage-inspired and indie clothing, accessories and decor.They also have a fantastic Nerd section!


Modern Family Event at Joss and Main

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Modern Family Event at Joss and Main

Joss and Main is one of my favorite shopping sites and they have just launched a Modern Family Event. Each family has their own collection!

Dunphys

Fairington+Pillow+-+Set+of+2

Look at this gorgeous Fairington Indoor/Outdoor pillow! The colors are amazing and it comes in a set of 2 for $39.95.

Cybil Table Lamp

 

The blue of this Calera Lamp is called Marine Blue. It seems like a perfect deep blue/green color. It also comes in a set of two for $153.95.

Courtyard+Accent+Chair

 

What DON’T I love about this Courtyard Accent chair? The patters, the rolled back, the stunning legs…there are even casters on the front! So beautiful! The price was originally $766.80 and it is now selling for $280.95. To be honest, I don’t know where the original price comes from, but that is a great price for this accent chair!

Tucker-Pritchetts

Puebla+Convertible+SofaThe Puebla Convertible Sofa says it “seats, reclines, or sleeps 2 comfortably.” I’m not totally sure what that means and the website doesn’t have any converting photos. Even without pics, I LOVE the color (could it be an exact match for the lamps above?) and the modern lines are lovely. It looks compact, but it’s actually 87.5 inches long. Perhaps due to it’s lower back it , takes up less visual space? Did I mention the price? It’s only $415.95. WHAT? That is a phenomenal price for a sofa, but for a sleeper sofa? Amaze-balls!

Brazza+Vase

This Brazza Vase is adorable and from the set of Modern Family! It’s hand painted and 10 inches tall. I think it would be lovely next to the sofa above! It’s $93.95, which seems a little pricey to me, especially for a vase that can’t even hold flowers. However, I think it would make a wonderful gift! **Hint Hint Hubby**

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The beauty of this collection really is in it’s mix rather than in the individual pieces. Check out these combinations:

Leather+Tufted+Sofa

 

This Leather Tufted Sofa could not be any more classic and traditional, right? Some might even say boring. But when you pair it with this swoon-worthy piece?

 

 

 

Cosmopolitan+Accent+Chest

Wow. Just wow. Now that is a sense of style…unique, gorgeous, and blending two totally different sensibilities. This is the Cosmopolitan Accent Chest, made with wood, mirrored glass and cut crystal hardware. At $481.95, this just might be the statement piece you’ve been looking for!

This Modern Family event only lasts 12 more days and one thing to be aware of with Joss & Main is that things do sell out, especially the popular items. Check it out now!

 

What do you think? What’s your favorite piece? Do you think the collection represents the individual families on Modern Family?

 

PS-This post does indeed include affiliate links. That means if you click on one of the links above and purchase something from Joss and Main, I’ll get a small percentage of your purchase to keep MissMouthy up and running. And maybe I’ll buy a latte. Just sayin’.

 


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Facebook and Family – 1 Rule and 10 Guidelines for Your Teen on Facebook

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Do kids and Facebook mix? Should you allow your child to be on Facebook? Is your child already on Facebook and you don’t even know it? No matter how you look at it, Facebook and Family intersect, especially with a teen in the house.

Facebook Rules

First of all, Facebook has some very specific rules regarding kids. Here’s the big one:

How old do you have to be to sign up for Facebook?

In order to be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.

According to Facebook Rules, I wouldn’t set up an account for a child under 13. Not only is it a rule, I think 13 is an appropriate age when kids are very social, but able to *mostly* understand the implications and consequences of social networks like Facebook.

A family I know held fast to this rule, and opening a Facebook page was the best birthday present their 13 year old daughter ever received!

Facebook Guidelines

Every family should have some guidelines for Facebook. Carefully consider guidelines that work for your family, and especially your child. You might consider writing up your guidelines as a contract, with spots for parents and kids to sign. Pick and choose what you like, but here’s what I would recommend:

Parents Have the Password

You have complete access to every nook and cranny of your child’s Facebook account. You must have the password so you can check it at any time. Make sure your kid knows you’ll periodically be checking in. Then actually check in and let your child know what you saw. Do not save this for a time when you suspect something is wrong, make it a part of your weekly or monthly routine. Better yet, make it random and unexpected.

Your Kid is Responsible for What’s on Their Timeline

Your child is responsible for what he or she posts, of course, but they are also responsible for what appears on their Timeline. If a friend posts something icky, they just need to hover over the post and a small arrow will appear on the right-hand side of the post. Click on that and a drop-down menu appears. Click “Hide…” From there, you can hide the post, that specific friend, or the app the post comes from. Perhaps you can have a family rule that if a friend creates inappropriate posts more than 3 times (or whatever), they must be unfriended.

Include Parents on Every Friend List

On Facebook, users can have multiple Friend Lists. You can have a list for close friends, work friends, friends from your hometown, kids on your soccer team, students in your biology class, etc. You can have all sort of friends lists. When you create a post or put up a picture, you can select which friend list(s) to sent it to. You can also exclude users. As a parent, you must be on every friend list they have. Period.

Facebook is Forever

Whatever is posted on Facebook (or a blog, or Twitter) is Forever. You might delete a post, but it’s already on Friends’ Timelines. It’s out there.

A good way to show this is to get out a paper plate and a tube of toothpaste. Have them squeeze out a couple inches of toothpaste. Explain that the toothpaste represents Facebook posts. Now tell them one of those posts was a rude comment about a teacher, or a mean comment about a friend, or an embarrassing picture. Let them attempt to get the toothpaste back in the tube. They might be able to get some of it back in there, but it’s impossible to put it all back. That’s just like Facebook. You can even use this as a code word if your child is considering something that might be inflammatory. “Is that a toothpaste comment?”

Facebook and Your Future

One impact of the “Facebook is Forever” is that fact that Facebook can have an impact on your future. Help your child consider who might look at their Facebook posts in the future… employers, colleges, spouses, in-laws…children! Will your teen totally understand this concept? Probably not…looking deep into the future is not generally the forte of the young.

Restrict What You Share

Remind your child that no matter what sort of security settings you set up, the change of Facebook information getting “out there” is very real. Never, ever, ever give out your address, phone number, or school. You might want to be cautious about sharing your hometown. Someone could use this information to track them down, to advertise to them, or just to scam them.

Friends Must Be Friends IRL (In Real Life)

A Facebook Friend count can be a powerful tool! Teens might accept Friend request from anyone, just to add to their number. Make a solid rule that any Facebook Friends must be Friend In Real Life (IRL).

Set Privacy Together

I’m not even going to go over all the privacy setting here, because it’s very extensive and it changes all the time. Just do a quick Google search for “Facebook Privacy Settings.” Just make sure what you are looking at is recent.

Set Consequences if Rules are Broken

As part of your guidelines, I highly recommend consequences if any of these rules are broken…starting with restricting Facebook use. A friend of mine even created a post on her daughter’s timeline explaining what rule she broke and how long she would be off Facebook. Smart!

Don’t Parent Online

I suppose this is kind of contrary to the guideline above, but don’t parent online. Don’t remind your kids they have shores to complete, or remind them a post isn’t appropriate while on Facebook. Talk to them offline, or in real life, about issues.

The information in this post is accurate at the time written. Facebook changes often!


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How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

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How to Use Pinterest for Beginners  
Have you been hearing whispers about Pinterst? Or maybe one of your friends no longer leaves the house due to a Pinterest obsession? What’s the big deal about Pinterest?

You’d like to get in on this, but you don’t want your friends to know you don’t know. Here’s your secret spot to get the inside scoop on How to Use Pinterest. 

Pinterest is like a virtual pinboard where you can “pin” images, websites and blog posts on to your own personal pin boards. You can also follow other pinners and repin their great ideas.

Pinboards are based on a specific topic you set, such as Christmas Decorating, Organizing Projects, Funny Stuff, Inspirational Quotes, or Travel. The Pinboard ideas are endless.

Follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll be TEACHING others How to Use Pinterest in no time!

How To Use Pinterest

Step 1-Set Up Your Pinterest Account

Just go to Pinterest.com and click on the “Join Pinterest” button, currently located on the top of the page (things change sometimes, you know!).

You’ll then be prompted to select a user name. It’s totally up to you if you’d like to use your real name or not. I do suggest you try to match it with your other social media names to make it easier for people to find and follow you.

Next, add an image. This can be an actual picture of you, which is the most popular option, or it can be any image you choose! Fill out your profile as completely as you’d like, with or without a description.

Step 2-Set Up a Few Pinboards

Think about what kind of things you like and set up your first 3 to 5 Pinboards. Go to the top right hand corner, near your image, and click on “Add +.” Then you’ll have 3 choices…add a pin, upload a pin, and create a board. Click on “Create a Board.” Enter a name for your board. You may be as specific as you’d like. I have a board called “Travel.” However, if you l-o-v-e travel, you might want “European Travel” and “Austrailia” and “Camping.” Keep in mind, you can always add new boards and edit the names of your current boards. If you’d like, you can add a description of your board. This will help people find your board and know why they should follow this particular board. Then, just click “Create Board.”

Step 3-Pin, Pin, Pin a Day Away

This is where the real fun begins. Scroll through the images and when you see what you like, click on it. You’ll now see a larger version of that image and the description. When you hover over the image, you’ll see two buttons at the top. One says “Like” which just means you “like” that image. However, most people click the other button that says “Repin.” At that point, you can select which of your pinboards you’d like to pin it on, or you can scroll to the bottom of that list to make a new pinboard ( I currently have 83 boards). You’ll also see the description the original pinner used. You can keep that or change it. It’s totally up to you. Then you just click “Pin In.” PS-Some people “Pin First, Read Later” while some people “Read First, Pin Later.” It’s totally your preference.

Step 4-Find Friends

You will be ah-MAZED at how many people you already know who are on Pinterest. You might even been a tiny bit mad…why didn’t anyone tell me about this? Why am I the last to know? Anyhow, when you get started on Pinterest, it uses your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts to find people you already know. You’ll see their picture, name, and a “Follow” button. If you are just starting out, click follow for anyone you want. At that point, all of their pins and boards will show up on your Pinterest. If you’re a little picky, click on their name and check out what kind things they pin. You can choose to “Follow All” or just click on an individual board and follow just that board. The more people you follow, the more pins you see. At the height of my obsession, I was refreshing every 3 minutes, hoping for something new. If nothing new showed up, I knew it was time to follow more folks!

Step 5-Use the Pinterest Search Bar

If you have a particular topic you’re interested in, go up to the top left side and write the topic in the search box and click enter. At the top of your results, you’ll see 3 choices…Pins, Boards, or Pinners. If you are looking for specific pins, click that. If you are looking for entire boards to follow, click boards. If you are looking for Pinners, just click that. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Any Questions on How to Use Pinterest?

I’m working on a post with Pinterest Tips for “Just Beyond Beginners” or “Pinterest for Mediums.” Well, no, that sounds like it’s for people with ESP. Maybe “Pinterest 102.” So come back often for more information. I’d love for you to write your question in the comment box and I’ll be sure to answer them in my next post.

Until then,
Happy Pinning!

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See How I Tripled My Blog Traffic Using Pinterest

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Earlier this week I set a goal of 100 blog visitors per day. I was averaging 30-40 a day with a high of 57, so it was a pretty big goal. My traffic the last 3 days have been 136, 287, and 319 visits per day. Yep, that’s an average of 247 in the last 3 days. And as you can see from the graph below, it’s steadily on the rise!

How did I triple my traffic with Pinterest? Actually it more than quintupled, but that just seems like a weird title.

Nearly all my new traffic came from Pinterst. And guess what? It wasn’t even from things I pinned this week! It was from a few select pins I put up a few weeks ago. I poured over my stats to figure out what went RIGHT and here’s what I found:

My secret Pinterest Traffic Tips!

Image is Everything

Pinterest is a visual medium. You MUST have an eye catching image. You can easily make your own image using a free, simple program, like Paint or even Publisher. I highly recommend you include a caption on your photo. You can also create a meme, if it works with your blog post. Your images don’t have to be perfect, but they do need to catch interest.

Make it Short and Sweet

Pinterest users have notoriously short attention spans. On occasion, pinners will read long blog posts, but typically, they like and share information that’s short and sweet.

Consider Your Audience

Do the people you follow and people who follow you enjoy DIY tips? Organization ideas? Recipes? If you can, target your blog posts to the types of pins your audience likes.

Post a Wide Variety of Pins

However, do not become a one pin-wonder. Pin on a variety of topics. You can often draw in a wider audience that way. Most people will “follow all” when they choose to follow your boards. That way, they are following your DIY pins, for example, then they will also follow the pins that promote your business.

Follow Others and Repin Often

This is a little bit controversial, but I think it’s best if you actually get into Pinterest…follow other pinners, pin their pins, plus add plenty of your own pins that aren’t related to your product or business. Just like Facebook, if you flood your boards with only marketing pins, you won’t have any followers. I suggest a 1:4 ratio of marketing pins to “other” pins.

Once you Find a Pin that Works, Replicate It!

The one pin that went pretty big (for me at least), was about Money Saving Tips at the Great Wolf Lodge.  This pin is about saving money, family vacations, and a well known place people are searching for. Guess what I’ll be blogging about in the future? Saving money, family vacations, and a well known place people are searching for! Like all internet marketing and traffic strategies, there is a luck factor to it, being in the right place at the right time, having one or two influential pinners pin your item. But, if you follow these steps, you’ll be much more likely to hit that sweet spot and you too can Triple, Quadruple  and Quintuple your traffic for FREE!

What advice do you have to market you business on Pinterest? Please share your ideas in the comments section below!

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Are You a Dog Person or a Cat Person

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Are you a dog person or a cat person?
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I’m decidedly a dog person. I like cats, especially kittens. However, I just like dogs better. I think my personality is more like a dog, too:

Regardless of if you are a dog person or a cat person, I think you’ll love this video! There is a part about 2 minutes in that almost makes me pee my pants!

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Funniest Blogs on the Internet – Explain This Image

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Ya’ll know I love to laugh, right? Well, this website, ExplainThisImage.com is pretty stinkin’ funny. It’s not all family friendly, but I would consider it mostly safe for work.

ExplainThisImage has funny pictures. It just does. I’m so curious…why does this hamster have a fillet knife taped to his back?

As a site visitor, you can rate each image on a 1-5 scale and you can sort them by most popular.

What’s up with this dog? The funniest part is the user-generated captions. You can vote on those, too.   Each of the images has some of the suggested captions below.

Shhh!!! I’m thinking outside the bun!
Oh, si… The mustard… she feels so good in my toes…
Word from MissMouthy…I think this dog might be a good candidate for Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves

Because water balloon fights are just that intense.

The balloon is a diversion so you do not notice that his eyeglasses are holding in his eyeballs.

I’m telling you, Officers, a guy with a tux and a sewing machine told me it was all right to park here.

Never try to sew on your corsage while driving.

Frogman has no need for public transportation.

CIA (Clowns In Action) – searching for nuclear weapons
“Okay, one of us is going to have to create a distraction . . .”
At least the French finally decided to help!

 

This was so much cooler in my head…
Okay guys….bring the ladder back! …. GUYS?
Darn these cheap Go Go Gadget limbs
Horoscope For Today: You will experience challenges…
So, what do you think? Do you like Explain This Image? What’s your favorite part…the images? the captions? What?

Funniest Blog on the Internet-Regretsy

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WARNING-I am breaking my own rules. What I’m featuring here is certainly safe for work, but if you go to the website Regretsy, you might need eye bleach…and something to block your screen. Parts of this website are N-A-S-T-Y! You are bound to see some crafty body parts, just so you know. Here you go:

Last week, I featured Pinstrosity, which highlights items people attempted from Pinterest, but that didn’t go so well. Those are submitted by the actual people who tried and failed and some crafty craft. Regretsy is similar, except the editors select items from Etsy. The items are hideous. The downside is the “artists” are usually pretty upset their items are featured here. But seriously? $150 for a peach pit that looks like pooh? Check it out and see what you think:

Admit it. At first glance, this looks like pooh. Who would sell pooh for $145? Read closer. It’s a jewel encrusted peach pit! Again I ask, who would sell a peach pit for $145?

This headband, or “floral fascinator” looks simply fetching. But why is the model sitting on the toilet? It appears to be a lovely bathroom with a 4 inch sink, but really?

I’m speechless. Seriously. This is hand edited by the artist. Wow. I can see where this could be legitimate art. But the price of $150 is what puts me over the edge on this one. A picture of a stranger with a golden, glittery horse is not worth $150.

A couple of the features I love on Regresty are:

Compare and Save-They say it’s handmade, but it’s totally not!

Let’s Play a Game-Etsy or Regretsy-Items are featured and you guess if they are actual items on Etsy or if they are hoax items on Regretsy. You will be surprised, I guarantee it!

What do you think? Is Regretsy too harsh on the artists? Or is it fair fun-making considering the price and quality of these items?