Thursday, June 30, 2011

Guest Post: Sprinkles on Everything

Hi everyone! I'm Emmy from Sprinkles on Everything and I am so excited to be guest posting today for Kristin! I have been following this blog for a while and always look forward to her fun and enthusiastic posts on everything from interiors to fashion to even sharing bits of her daily life. Thanks for having me Kristin!
Summer is by far my favorite season. I look forward to it every year and try to get the most out of it that I can. Whether I am spending time at my families lake house in New Hampshire, weekends at friends Cape houses or even hanging out on a roof top bar, I always take advantage of the warm weather. Even though I love being tan, I understand the risks and make sure to always stay protected! I have a few summer essentials that I always use, wear or have with me. Check them out below!
Summer Essentials
1. Jergens Natural Glow for the face - $3.99. I swear by this all year along but go a shade darker in the summer. It protects your face with SPF 20 while gradually giving you a summer glow!
2. Toms Classic Crochet - $58.99. It is no secret that I LOVE Toms Shoes. I couldn't help but snatch up these perfect-for-summer pair!
3. Sea Bags Recycled Sail Tote - $245. I love this bag. It is perfect for summer and being made out of recycled sails, it is not only green, but can hold up to all summer elements!
4. Kate Spade Flower Studs - $68. Kate Spade jewelry is my go to for any occasion. I prefer studs in the summer and these bright flowers will go perfect with every outfit!
5. Victorias Secret Bathing Suit. My bathing suits seem to only last one year. They fade quickly from all the lake/pool/ocean water and Victorias Secret always has cute ones for cheap! I love this one since it has the removable strap, no tan lines!
6. Chanel Wayfer - $255. Sunglasses are essential to me all year-long. I have super sensitive eyes and a weird condition that makes me sneeze when in bright light. I just purchased these sunnies and couldn't be happier!
7. J Crew Classic V-neck - $29.99. This shirt is super light and comes in every color which makes it perfect for summer days. I think I own over 10 of them, yes, ten.
8. J Crew Straw Hat - $35. I bought this hat before my trip to St. John earlier this year. It is perfect to wear while laying out in the sun. It protects your face from sun exposure and provides just enough shade to read in the sunlight!
9. Lacrosse Jersey - FREE! I love wearing a lacrosse jersey as my cover up. It does not absorb water and keeps you very cool. I may or may not have stolen mine from a friend in college who played lacrosse, not sure if he knows...ask before taking yours!
10. 7 for all Mankind Jean Shorts - 148. Jean shorts or jorts are the perfect summer bottom. They can be dressed up or down and go with practically everything!
11. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray - $23. For some reason in the summer I feel like it is okay to wash my hair as much (it's not). I love the after swimming look and this spray can give those beach waves even when sitting in the office.

Thanks, Kristin, for having me share my summer essentials with all your lovely readers!
Things that make me happy today:
1. Fresh manicure
2. Mangos
3. New England Sports

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guest Post: Small City Big Mouth

Right now I am feeling a little like the beginning of the infamous Sir Mix Alot song. We all know how it goes. "OH. MY. GOD. Becky, look at that butt". However, I'm not looking at any rap guys girlfriend's butts. I am writing my first ever guest post! Cue the - "Oh my God, Becky, Look at that post, she must be some new-timer blogger".

Yup! That's me! I have to say that I am here all thanks to my dear friend, Kristin, who has inspired me to get off my butt and start writing again via blog. Kristin, who I have known for 14 years now, has just attended my bridal shower in Boston and is now in China doing her fashion thing. AND she has asked little old me to do a guest post! I am super nervous to be writing on such an awesome blog and this is already more writing than Kris would probably like; I have a tendency to ramble when I am nervous, so let me get to the point.

I am a huge dork. This dorkiness has led me to read more than my fair share of books. My dear friend Maggie and I often discuss the fact that no relationship ever lives up to our expectations (except for the one I have that I am making forever in 2 months). We also attribute this to the unrealistic relationships we grew up idolizing through our complete and utter dorkiness. Here are a few books, throughout my ages that made me believe in complete and total unrestricted L-O-V-E. I am in love, so I don't mean to sound critical, but I am talking about believing in the kind of love that does not actually exist. Let's start with the earliest:

BabySitters Club
While I totally wish I could identify with trendy Claudia or laid back California girl Dawn, I simply don't. I always was Mary Anne. Always. Strict parent and therefore a rule follower. That was Mary Anne and that was/is me. However, the one thing that she had that made me hopeful about my future: LOGAN BRUNO. They have the perfect relationship; they both love babysitting, he has an awesome accent, they even get to go to a dance together! However, Logan starts being a little controlling. Out of nowhere, Mary Anne has the balls to put him in his place and BAM. Back to the normal, amazing high school sweetheart relationship they always had.

Made me believe many things, first and foremost - your boyfriend will have the same interests you have. This includes the girliest of interest. At this point in my life it made me believe that my future boyfriend would enjoy the following: a) playing Mall Madness b) gossiping c) making crazy cakes in the shape of fish bowls d) memorizing Disney movies to reenact e) singing show tunes

Looking back, I completely understand that at the ages 8- 10, I may have been looking for a gay boyfriend, but those were the things that were important to me. BSC was not the only piece of literature that made me not understand what a boyfriend, fiance, or husband would be like in the real world. There is quite a list. It was just the first. A quick recap of books that had me longing for a more straight (in retrospect) partner were/are:

Summer Sisters
- relationships are all about sex
Great Gatsby - it doesn't matter if the person you are in love with is married; you are meant to be together
Jane Eyre - your true love will hear you calling them from a different continent

If you made it this far with all of my rambling, thank you! I love Kristin and I am so honored that she trusted me enough to do a guest post! Thanks for all of your wedding help, Krissy!

Small City, Big Mouth

Monday, June 27, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Guest Post: Strong Sense of Style

I'm flattered that Kristin asked me to guest blog for Ten Scenic Drive.  We started our blogs about the same time and she has been a great resource as I've navigated my way through the blogosphere.  I'm thrilled to be able to help her out while she travels abroad.
I decided to put together my dream beach bag for summer and have pulled many of these items from my ongoing (and everlasting) list of "things I want."  The Calypso for Target floppy topper is no longer available but fortunately I ordered one online before they flew out of the store.

Stop on over to Strong Sense of Style when you have a chance!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Guest Post: A Blonde Ambition {Festival Style}

Hey, beauties! So honored to be blogging over here at Kristin’s place today!
Summer is already in full swing here in Arkansas, (hello 95 degree heat!), and I’m positively giddy about bustin’ out my summer clothes. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that during the warmer months, practically anything goes in terms of style. 
I’d describe my personal summer look as a mish-mash of bohemian chic and vintage edge. I guess one could call it Festival Glam : )
Think Kate Hudson a ‘la Almost Famous

Even if you didn’t catch Coachella or Bonnaroo this year, there’s still time to channel your inner hippy chick. Our friends at Topshop never fail us and, once again this season, have come up with some incredible pieces sure to make you the most stylish honey at the venue:

Easy Breezy Babe
This white sundress from Topshop paired with this Moto Denim jacket, satchel and crochet gladiators is just the ticket to a daytime or nighttime show. The jacket is small enough to roll up and store in the bag during the day and the sandals allow your feet to breathe. 
White Crochet Neck Sundress, Moto Bleach Wash Denim JacketHIPPO Multi Swirl Sandal, Navy Washed Leather Duffle Bag

Glam Gypsy Rocker
I LOVE this leopard print maxi dress as a flowy, feminine alternative to leather and chains, which we’re so used to seeing at rock shows. Pair the dress with a fab whipstitch bag and bright coral red lip for added drama. Then watch the boys gather ‘round…


Hot pants? Check. Tight fitting baby tee? Check. Sky-high espadrilles? Check and check. This outfit provides all the ingredients for creating a super sexy music fest look. This outfit is probably most appropriate for a nighttime show. Don’t forget to stick a pair of ballet flats or sandals in your bag, since these shoes are could be a quick ticket to blister city : ) But hey, beauty is pain, right?

The off-white skinny jeans, exotic printed cami and tasty orange cross-body bag make this the most modern of the outfits (and probably the most comfortable.) This outfit can go easily from day to night with a smoky eye and stiletto heel, perfect for those concert after parties.

Tips for Festival Syling
-Wear comfortable shoes. A music fest is a guarantee that you’ll probably be standing for hours, so be kind to your tootsies and go with flats. Gladiator sandals and crochet ballet flats are all the rage this summer.
-Don’t get all matchy-matchy. This rule of thumb applies to styling for any type of event in my opinion, but especially at a music fest. Don’t be afraid to mix contrasting colors and patterns. A vintage tee pairs beautifully with a feminine blazer. A pretty sundress looks amazing with distressed oxfords. Dare to be bold in your choices, girls.
- Go easy on the make-up. Clown face is never cool, particularly in the summer when you’re face is bound to melt off by noon anyway. I love a good tinted moisturizer, waterproof mascara and simple gloss when I’m outside all day. You’ll look pulled together, but won’t run the risk of looking like The Joker when you start to sweat : )

So go forth, you music loving vixens, and conquer!
Be blessed, lovelies-

Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest Post: The Pink and Blue Blog

Hi Everyone! My name is Ms. Pink from The Pink and Blue Blog and I am so thrilled to be here today. Summer is my favorite time of year so when Kristin asked me to come over to guest blog, I knew instantly that my topic would have to be about all things summer! Iv’e always said my blog is a “love letter” to the life I live with my husband Mr. Blue, so I thought I’d give the Ten Scenic Drive readers a glimpse into some of our summer essentials. 

1. Outdoor Parties. Hopefully wherever you are, you’re fortunate enough to have great summer weather! I live in Southern California, so when summer comes along it’s a rarity that we eat any meals indoors. There is nothing like dressing up your backyard, cooking a gorgeous meal and eating under the stars. 
2. Camping Trips. I should clarify that I don’t really “camp” (much to my husbands disappointment) I glamp- where glamour meets camping! It’s my version of “compromising”... he gets to make a tent and roast marshmallows, but I get my air mattress, running water and *fingers crossed* a bathroom (I mean that’s not too much to ask, right?!)
3. Beach Breaks. I live a few blocks from the beach, so dipping my toes in the water isn’t always a “special occasion” but it never fails to make my day. I think no summer could be complete without beating the heat in some form of body of water. 

4. Bikinis. From the months of June-September you wont find me without a at least one bathing suit in my bag/car/or even under my everyday clothes. 


5. Pizza. I mean. Come on. Pizza is good anytime of year, but its especially spectacular during the summer season, I don’t know why- but I am pretty sure there is something scientific about it. ;)
I hope you enjoyed some of my summer faves, feel free to stop over and say “hi” to me over at The Pink and Blue Blog to see my other daily inspirations about food, fashion, design and fun things that fascinate! 

Ms. Pink

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daddy's Girl

. Happy Father's Day to the best Dad out there!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Leaving On a Jet Plane

Happy Weekend!!!
I am setting off on quite an adventure this weekend! First a quick stop in Boston (which I feel like has become my second home over the past few months) to celebrate my friend Caroline's bridal shower and hit the town with the bridal party Saturday night. (Any good Boston recommendations)? Then Sunday I am off to China and Taiwan for a business trip for two weeks!

Aside from the amazing food and shopping that awaits on the other side of the world, what I am really looking forward to is the 15 hour flight to Beijing Sunday morning. No that is not a joke, I seriously cannot wait. I  have flown to Asia quite a bit over the past few years for my job and I absolutely LOVE it. A perk of traveling for work is flying business class which = unlimited champagne, a personal tv and a seat that flattens out into a bed. Pretty much 15 hours where I have no choice but to veg out in front of the tv 6 inch movie screen watching movie after movie, indulging in a giant stack of magazines, napping and getting my fill of a free open bar. 

Since I will be getting my work on in Asia over the next two weeks, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers. These ladies have created some seriously awesome guest posts and I cannot wait to share them with you! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making Waves

I often miss my pre-teen days when Summer meant spending full days outside at our family beach house in Long Beach Island. A bathing suit was the daily uniform and sunscreen was the only part of my beauty regiment since I was much more concerned with perfecting the perfect cannon ball over the perfect beach 'do and bikini bod. I took for granted the unending sunshine, golden glow that lasted deep into October and the awesome waves that came from salt-water soaked hair and beach breezes. Ahhhh the good old days!
I have tried with little success to re-create beach hair in my adult summer days which instead of sun and salt-water consists of outrageously overpriced hair products falsely promising to give that perfect beach look (I'm talking to you Bumble & Bumble). And my hair is just not having it. So I am living vicariously through these ladies and their fabulous beach locks!

 And turning to the "experts" for a little hair-spiration when I'm feeling really ambitious.
Lauren Conrad has started a new beauty blog and it is pretty fantastic. Even though I was always team Kristin back in the Laguna Beach days, I must say her new gig is quickly making its way to the top of my favorites. is a witty, entertaining, girly guide to all things beauty with some great tutorials and gorgeous photos. Check it out!
Her beach wave tutorial is certainly no replacement for the real thing, but definitely worth a shot!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotted: Gossip Girl Gone Retro

She's got a new man and a new 'do and is looking absolutely stunning in this vintage shoot featured in this month's Glamour. I have always been a fan of Blake Lively (and I guess I can forgive her for stealing my teen-age crush, Leo, even though I'm pretty sure he is destined to someday be with Kate Winslet - Jack and Rose reunion anyone?). This editorial is perfectly styled, and I am loving those lavender lace shorts, mustard platform pumps and that hair! What does a girl need to do to get some volume like that?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Industrial Glam

I recently saw pictures of a friends new home that they converted from an old warehouse into a gorgeous modern loft and I was absolutely in love (and only a teeny bit jealous of their sweet new digs). They kept the original brick walls and flooring in tact, adding in modern touches like garage-style glass patio doors, amazing pieces of art and a kitchen that would make any chef drool. I love the combination of exposed brick, rustic wood flooring and a little glitz and glam. These photos  are some inspiration fore the perfect tension that is created when you add some luxurious fabrics, tufted velvet furniture, and gorgeous chandeliers to an unfinished space.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Lazy Sunday

Happy Sunday! Today I had an incredibly productive morning. By 10am I had taken Bromley to the groomer, gone grocery shopping and stopped in at Barnes & Noble for some Starbucks and to pick up a new book I've been wanting "In Defense of Food." There is a great feeling of accomplishment when you get so much done before noon, but it sure is a far cry from sleeping in, a delicious, food-coma inducing breakfast and lounging in front of the tv until noon.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Splendid Jeni

Yesterday was just one of those days. I ended up stuck in the black hole that is Pinterest for far too long and the creative juices were just not flowing. The perfect distraction for my lack of inspiration was a late night treat so Nick, Bromley and I went for a nice little stroll down the street to one of my most favorite places in Columbus, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. Now all of you ice cream lovers out there, this is not your typical ice cream shop next door; quite far from it actually. Your standard chocolate, vanilla and strawberry have no business here and are replaced by ridiculous flavor combinations like Queen City Cayenne (chocolate ice cream infused with hot pepper), Goat Cheese with sweet berries, Poached Pear Riesling sorbet and my two personal favorites Salty Caramel and Backyard Mint. You can taste as many flavors are your heart desires and when you finally decide on one (or two, or three) it is seriously the best little party in your mouth. A perfect cure for a case of the Tuesday's.
Images via Jeni's Blog Salty Caramel

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

White Hot Summer

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, it is now fashionably acceptable to break out all of your white dresses and pants! (Although I definitely do not abide by this rule and have been sneaking in white jeans for the past few months). But anywho, quite the contrast to all of the super bright colors everywhere, white is incredibly airy and refreshing - superskinny or wideleg jeans or the perfect little white dress - all great for those summer backyard bbq's, beach days and patio happy hours. Accessorizing is the name of the game and a little white provides a great canvas for some colorful jewels, neon nails, a preppy navy blazer or that bronzed summer glow!

Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Monday, June 6, 2011

{Warrior Dash} Weekend in photos

We had such a blast at the Warrior Dash this weekend! From the race itself and the ridiculous costumes to the delicious eats and great music, it was a perfect day hanging out with friends and enjoying the sunshine. The dash itself was so much fun and definitely muddier and crazier then expected. But Ashley and I held our own and crossed the finish line free of injury, mud-soaked tutu's and all! 

One of the best rewards after crossing the finish line was all of the delicious food! The perfectly seasoned corn on the cob and the giant turkey legs were amazing! (A bit barbaric, but my oh my they were delicious)! And now for the obligatory photo montage:
 "Who ate it best?!"

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