Feb 7, 2018

Pink for a Relaxed Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  Do you have plans for a romantic date with your special someone?  Or maybe you are celebrating Galentine's Day with your best girlfriends?  Will you be spreading the love at work since the holiday falls on a Wednesday?

In any case, it's fun to have something special to wear for Valentine's Day!  My boyfriend and I will be going to a nice restaurant for dinner, but I will be teaching during the day on February 14th.  For work, I'll be wearing something like this!

Pink makes for a festive Valentine's Day outfit plus the wubby material of this vest will keep me warm, comfortable and happy all day long!

What I'm Wearing:
Vest: Francesca's (exact)
Top: LOFT (signature soft tops)
Jeans: American Eagle (exact)
Sneakers: Ked's (exact)

What will you be wearing for Valentine's Day?  Link-up your looks below!

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Feb 5, 2018

TBB Asks: All About Love

Enjoying a post-Thanksgiving dinner walk in Colorado Springs.

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today with another round of The Blended Blog Asks.  And since it's the month of Valentine's Day, our questions are all about love.  To make my post just a little bit cheesier, I'm peppering it with my favorite picks of my handsome guy and me!

Kisses or Hugs? Hmmm, well I do love both, but I will have to go with hugs!  Whether it be from my boyfriend, my best friend or my mom, a good hug will always help me to feel just a little bit better about life!

Candy or Flowers? Again with the tough questions!  I'm a sucker for romantic gestures and enjoy either kind of gift, but my cat will eat any flowers that come into our home and I do love a sweet treat now and again.  So candy!

Baking or Cooking?  My boyfriend and I both enjoy cooking over baking.  One of our go-to meals to cook together is breakfast burritos!  We have them for dinner every Tuesday night.

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Feb 1, 2018

Redecorating Our Bedroom with PHOTOWALL

Last summer, my handsome guy and I decided to move in together.  Since then, we've had five lovely months of board game nights, cooking breakfast for dinner, and "honey I'm home" hugs after work every evening.

We've also spent a lot of time moving my furniture into his home, sorting our belongings, and finding inspiration for decorating a home in our style instead of mine or his.  Since we are in the throes of redecorating, I jumped at the chance to choose a piece of artwork from PHOTOWALL when they offered a canvas in exchange for a blog review.

PHOTOWALL offers a wide variety of wall murals and canvases.  You can search for artwork by themes like Typography or Cities.  They can also use pictures you've taken and turn them into a quality canvas to hang on your wall!

I chose this lovely canvas featuring a quote by e.e. cummings for our bedroom.  The quote evokes the romance and peaceful vibe I want for this space.  I wish I had pictures of our completely decorated bedroom, but you will have to wait for that since we are still picking the perfect furniture.  In the meantime, you do get a sneak peek at the paint color (his) and bedspread (mine) we're using.

I'm so pleased at the quality of this canvas from PHOTOWALL.  It was also really fun to put together!  It came delivered with the fabric rolled into a tube, four strips of wood, and super easy-to-follow instructions (believe me, I'm not crafty).  I felt so accomplished when it all came together!

If you don't believe me about the quality, check-out the strength of the canvas!

My little bud, Izzo, wanted in on the photo shoot action!

If you are interested in freshening-up your décor with a mural or canvas from PHOTOWALL, they are offering Whitney à la mode readers 20% off any purchase with the code WALMCampaign2018. The code will be good until March 10th!  Check-out their selection and let me know which pieces you love!
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Jan 29, 2018

5 Reasons to Plan a Monthly Hike

On the first of January last year, my best friend, Nicole, and I went on a brisk, refreshing winter hike. It was the perfect way to start the new year.  We inhaled the cool, fresh air and talked about what we wanted for the coming year.  We decided that one of these things we wanted was to make our hike together a monthly ritual.

Some of my Blended Bloggers and I are talking about Fashion, Food, Friendship and Fitness Goals today, so I've decided to share five reasons why you should make the friendship goal to hike together monthly.

Reason #1: The most rewarding part of hiking every month with Nicole was the peaceful, quality time we got to spend together.  In spite of our hectic schedules, we made sure to carve-out time for each other once a month.  While hiking, we had great conversation without the distractions of everyday life.

Reason #2: Hiking is free!  So many social gatherings require you to spend your hard-earned cash.  It was so refreshing to have a regular friend get-together where I knew I wouldn't have to spend any money.

Reason #3: Hiking doesn't involve consuming food or drinks.  To go along with the inexpensive nature of, well, nature, hiking also doesn't involve eating big restaurant meals or guzzling lots of wine.  While I do love eating and drinking, so much of what's on my calendar involves going to restaurants with friends.  My stomach and my wallet thanked me for getting out of the house and not consuming a gigantic plate of pasta.

Reason #4: Since we hiked once a month, Nicole and I experienced our local nature during all kinds of weather.  We found that, even when hiking in the rain, there was something beautiful to be appreciated during every season.

Reason #5: Hiking is a fun and stress-free way to move your body.  Our monthly hikes didn't feel like a work-out but it did feel good to stretch my legs and raise my step-count for the day.

Nicole and I are proud that we completed our goal of hiking once per month during 2017!  We got so much out of the experience and are planning hiking dates into our friendship again this year.

So what do you say? Would you make a hiking goal this year?  You have a few more days to squeeze in your January hike!

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Jan 26, 2018

Let's Hear it from the Girls

Do you have an anecdote you want to share?

An experience to relate?

A funny tale?

A life's obstacle you want to unload?

Something on your heart?

None of the above but something still burning to be in print?

Yes please.


With my Blended Blog besties, we're launching a fun new series and I'd love for you to be part of the conversation. Each week we will have a different post topic for you to write about and submit to one of our blogs as a guest poster. If you’re feeling extra wordy, feel free to submit posts for more than one theme.

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2018- Fostering Strength

Today until February 9: Call for submissions on blog and by email.
February 12-16: A Portrait of Love: Talk about what love looks like to you.  Be creative. Here are 3 examples of very different versions of the post- you can really go anywhere with this.
February 19-24: Watch Embrace (rentable on iTunes- Documentary, Gravitas Ventures, $4.99) and create a post using one or some of the questions in the discussion guide (here)- tell us what you took from this film.


February 26- March 2: Affirmations and self-talk: share your tips, what do you do to build up your confidance? Life hack survival tips: What do you do well that helps you get through life? See an example of a post here.

March 5-10: I’m *insert your age here* and I tried it : any fun trends you want to share that you’ve tried? Or that you’ve been dying to try and just need that little push ? Have you accomplished something that you are really proud of? Here’s an example of what Abbie tried at 35.
March 12-16: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 somethings.  Talk about this period in your life and what you’re going through.   Here are a few examples: JodiRenee
March 18-23: A woman you admire : tell us about the strong women in your life.
March 26: Last week: closure and introduction to the April and May topics on our blogs.

*DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is at least a week before the post is to be published.*

Our goal is to reach out to our reader community because we know there are some great voices out there with stories to be told.  Please pick a couple of topics that interest you, let me know that you are interested and prepare a guest post.  

In your guest post, I will include a bio of your awesomeness and your words. I'm sorry to say that I'm not paid so you won't be either, but I would love to promote your links and send you free hugs.

You don't have to be a blogger to participate!

You in?

Email whitneyalamode@gmail.com if you've got a great idea or an already formulated post!

P.S. Thank you, Deena, for putting this introduction together for us!
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Jan 24, 2018

What is Wubby?

So I've noticed a new trend recently.  A trend that I'm very much on board with, considering all I want to wear these days are cozy, comfy clothes.  I'm in love with all things wubby!

What is wubby, you say?  Wubby is wearing a cloud instead of a top.  Wubby is feeling like you are wrapped in a hug all.day.long.  Wubby is the softest, plushiest material I think I've ever felt and it's popping-up everywhere!  I've found jackets, vests and even an MSU wubby pullover that I can wear to cheer-on my Spartans!

In case you want some wubby in your life (and believe me, you do), here are a few of my favorite finds!  I recently ordered this vest and I never want to take it off!

maternity cardigan     /     blush jacket
drapey vest     /     pullover
plaid vest     /     blush vest

Have you tried wubby yet?

And don't forget to link-up with The Blended Blog Style this week!

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Jan 17, 2018

How to Wear a Fur Vest After the Holidays

Well hello, lovelies!  As I'm getting back into the groove with outfit photos and blogging, I've been looking to The Blended Blog for some inspiration.  We're starting to add themes to our Wednesday style posts and this week we're talking about vests.

After years of wanting the perfect (faux) fur vest, I finally found one this December.  It isn't too over-the-top, came in the color I wanted and has a sweater-back instead of fur all over.  I'm telling you, this is the fur vest of my dreams.  Not to mention it was a total steal at $35 instead of the usual $70+ that I see for fur vests.  And good news!  It is still on sale and comes in multiple, fun colors (I think I need to add the red one to my closet now).  If you've been looking for the perfect fur vest, definitely check this one out!

Faux fur (because I would never wear real), to me, seems so perfect for the holidays!  The material exudes warmth and a little bit of glam.  I had fun wearing this vest to Christmas get-togethers but when December ended, I wasn't quite ready to hang it up until next year.

Now, I'm normally not one to prescribe to style "rules."  I generally think that you should wear what makes you happy, but that doesn't mean that I don't feel a little self-conscious sometimes when I think I'm wearing something out of the ordinary.

So, I've come-up with three ideas to help you transition your fur pieces to the new year:

1.  Wear fur with neutrals.  I think bold colors add to the festive feel of the holidays so I stuck with shades of brown and blue to calm the fur down in the new year.

2.  Dress-down the fur.  I also think that wearing fur with a dress makes for a pretty fancy ensemble.  Wearing it with jeans and a tee feels more "everyday" to me.

3.  Own it.  Sometimes you just gotta step outside your comfort zone and wear what you want to wear!

What I'm Wearing:
Striped Tee: Boden (exact)
Vest: Macy's (exact)
Jeans: American Eagle (exact)
Ankle Boots: Nordstrom (exact)

Don't forget to link-up your favorite looks with The Blended Blog below!

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