Gifting As The Pinterest Woman

WOW, what a week! This Christmas was absolutely wonderful – I had a TON of extended and immediate family time, loads of auntie time with the cutest little nephew a woman could have (and there is still more to come!) and nommmmmmmed on some of my FAVORITE treats, meals and snacks…I’m left feeling loved, content and FULL! 😉 Unfortunately while prepping for the holidays with a few The Pinterest Woman (TPW) recipes, I cooked my phone…whoops…so I lost a ton of photos that I hoped to blog about this week…so come with me on this journey and please excuse me for not having step by step photos!

As for this post, I want to focus on GIFT GIVING!

Gift giving was so much fun this year…not only was I more confident in purchasing gifts for people, I also had a nice time scanning Pinterest Wishlists for a few surprise gifts for people. I also received a few gifts off of my own wishlist – that was pretty cool ;-). Makes you realize who actually visits your boards! ha! As for being more confident in my purchasing of gifts, I always stress out when I need to purchase someone clothes. It is tough to know what is someone’s style when maybe it isn’t your style. As you may remember from my shopping posts with Carrie and Charlotte, Carrie LOVES to redo her look. SO, I had so much fun shopping for her gift this year.

Knowing she is a fan of AnnTaylor LOFT AND that she has loads of pants which she purchased during our most recent holiday trip, I headed to the LOFT for top options! Carrie also loves advice on how to put things together, but since my own personal style needs Pinterest, I figured, I’d pin a few ideas for her and put it with her gift…enter REAL LIFE PINNING!

Through Microsoft Paint, I made three TIP pages of the same size and put together a little three page book (sorry, I lost the final photo in the accidental cooking of my phone)

Through Microsoft Paint, I made three TIP pages of the same size and put together a little three page book (sorry, I lost the final photo in the accidental cooking of my phone)

I purchased the maroon sweater with a dark pink top (see top right photo) and gold and purple bracelet set. I then snapped a few shots of the sweater on display in store AND pinned a photo of the top online – with a few additional tips for how to pair the coordinating top with her cute new pants, this gift was a HUGE hit! While I don’t recommend gifting clothes with tips on how to wear it for everyone, it is a fun way to gift someone clothes who ASKS for the advice or tips ;-).

HAPPY DRESSING…and gifting dear readers!

XOXO, Karen

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Pinterest Saved My Sterling Silver Jewelry

Recently, I pinned a tip for cleaning sterling silver before the holidays and today my colleague sent me the following email with the instructions tweaked for JEWELRY! Her email:

“Totally random but I have been trying to clean my sterling silver jewelry lately and nothing seems to really work.  Tried a home remedy last night (many of you may already be aware but I’d never tried it) and it was amazing. Everything looks like new.

  • Line a glass or plastic dish in aluminum foil, shiny side up.
  • Heat some water to simmering/low boil and pour into the dish.
  • Add any silver pieces you need to clean, each one should be touching the foil and water should cover all pieces completely.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda.

The tarnish literally just peels off.  I did it about 3-5 times for REALLY badly tarnished pieces but for those that just needed a polish, just did it once.  Remove, rinse and rub with soft jewelry cloth. Not recommended for any pieces with stones.  I only tried on straight silver.”

She then followed up the email with:

“Seriously unreal.  I did it prob 3-5 times on some of the pieces that were like black just to keep going until nothing else was coming off but I was impressed even after the first time.  SO pumped bc thought some of my pieces were ruined.  You’re going to love it.”

OH I am SO going to love this and I had to share it because I thought you might enjoy it too! I have a particular bracelet in mind that Jose gave me for my high school graduation (see below). The nooks and crannies make it almost impossible to clean so this will be the true test – I will be sure to take before and after photos for you.

Such a sweet graduation gift!

Such a sweet graduation gift!

Happy cleaning dear readers! I cannot WAIT to sport my new shiny jewelry this holiday season!!

-Karen

“Fancy” Gift Guide For the Weekend Traveler: Gifts Under $250

This morning I was tasked with the fun job of coming up with a few gift ideas for one of our favorite clients and I immediately went to Pinterest. I had so much fun searching for ideas – and found some GREAT gifts! I figured, why not write up my own gift guide for you!? SO, if you are looking for a nice gift for a weekend traveler in your life, I’ve included a few fun ideas below (many of these had multiple Pins and Likes. WARNING: I had a cushy budget of $100-$250).

 A WEEKEND TRAVELER ACCORDING TO THE PINTEREST WOMAN – Someone who regularly takes short trips, has family far enough away that they would stay the night, but close enough that they visit often, and/or is a business traveler. My client is all of these things – in fact, she had 9, count them, NINE weddings this year. GURL TRAVELS A TON! So, I knew I wanted to get her something for her travels…and since these are “weekend” travels and not LONG, more extensive trips, I pinpointed three gift ideas:

 GIFT IDEA #1 – Overnight bag

  • Longchamp ‘Le Pliage‘ Travel Bag ($195)– I personally love the shape of the Le Pliage travel bag, but I have never seen it in person, so I don’t know how big it is. Have you seen it? I still think it would work though!

Cute right!

GIFT IDEA #2 – A Wristlet

I love a wristlet – I own MANY. I love them because they are not only convenient, especially for business travel, BUT you can throw them in your larger purse and then pull out for those quick errands. I love them for travel because I can get away with using them as my wallet, but as a clutch when going out to client dinners – I don’t want to lug my laptop with me everywhere!

  • Hobo ($128) – I was exposed to Hobo a few years ago because one of their sales members attends a sample sale here in San Francisco every December. Although their bags can be an investment, now that I’ve owned a few (at a fraction of the cost), I would definitely consider investing in one, particularly their wristlets. They are basically wallets with great sections for cards, phones, lipstick, etc. but slim and sleek. I love the look of the older ones. If you are interested in buying a gift for someone but don’t mind if they can’t return, there are quite a few Hobo Wristlets on ebay. Here is one of my favorites on Etsy.
  • Alexander Wang (I LOVE the size of this one – OH MAN, now I want this!) ($195): My sister has one about this size and she says it is GREAT for a new mom because you can easily tuck it into a diaper bag, and grab it if you just want something small.

    LOVE THIS ONE!

  • ToryBurch is also a good option, especially if you want to gift your weekend traveler with a more recognizable brand ($155).
  • KateSpade Wristlet – Another recognizable brand, but only $100 (In black).

GIFT IDEA #3 – Laptop Bag – Especially for a business traveler, a nice laptop bag goes a long way…and for someone like myself, I would wear it with pride as I travel through those boring airport terminals. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I regularly travel to NYC and the majority of the time, when I step off the airplane, I feel like the most unfashionable mess ever. A fancy laptop bag might ease that stress 😉

  • ToryBurch Felt Ella Tote ($250) – Although not listed as a laptop bag, I love a bag that I can not only put my laptop in, BUT I can throw a bottle of water, files for my trip and a book or other personal items (ahem, airplane snacks) for the long trip. This bag is PERFECT!

It has water bottle holders inside!

  • I was so pleased with this find that I have NO other laptop bags to share 😉

OK, I realize this was a pricey post, but I had so much fun utilizing Pinterest for this that I had to share…typically I am stressed out about the gifts for clients.

XOXO, ME

P.S. I pictured my favorite options from each section…for what it is worth 😉

My Personal Stylist Goes By The Name “Pinterest”

This afternoon I had lunch with Charlotte and she complimented me on my “Pinterest” outfits. Why am I bringing this up? Well, because I NEVER received compliments on my outfits until Pinterest. I always had dreams of going to Nordies (aka Nordstroms) and having one of their personal shoppers help me out – I used a personal shopper ONCE in college for a special dance event but it was a bad experience.*

PINTEREST has helped me avoid anything like that again and has been working out for me…and at no cost! I have been meaning to share a few slides to show my take on outfits and have FINALLY had a chance to put them all together…SO, here are a few of my favorite Pinterest inspired outfits from the last few weeks/days when I was getting ready for my Fleet Week Party, tuning into the Giants Game after work and, well, TODAY:

What do you think?!

Anyhoo, that is just a sampling, but fun all the same! Maybe I should give Pinterest a real name so when I refer to him/her as my stylist you all know who I’m talking about…hmmm…MISS P – like Miss J from “Americas Next Top Model!”

XOXO, Karen

PS. I know I’ve talked a lot about my Fiesta and have not shared much of substance yet. BUT we sent out a thank you note via my Paperless Post invitation today with a link to a Shutterfly Share site I created for photo sharing SO I hope to get photos soon!

*My personal shopping experience took place years ago at the Macy’s in San Diego. The woman brought me a shapeless white suit (like a work suit that was $500) so I walked out. But really!?! I was on a college student budget, I was going to a special dance/party and I WAS IN COLLEGE – who wears suits to stuff like that? Maybe the sexy, shaping ones, but not a boxy suit!

Giants & Sailors & Readers OH MY! – Friday Inspiration

The weather is changing RAPIDLY here in San Francisco – we had a heat wave this week and now it is getting back to normal (65 degrees). WELCOME TO SF’s SUMMER MONTHS (aka. October). Why am I bringing this up?! Because weeks like this stress me out style-wise – I even reverted to my old self this week: keeping myself up at night, worried about what I was going to wear the following day! So, the other night, while Mr. Darcy was at class, I spent HOURS Pinning Fall/Warm & Cool outfits for the next few days – I have to look fabulous for Birthday Week/PLAYOFFS/Fleet Week!!! 😉

I THINK THIS MIGHT BE MY FLEET WEEK OUTFIT:

Speaking of style, look at this ADORABLE headband my girlfriend loaned me for my Fiesta :

OH YEAH, TOTALLY ROCKING THIS FOR MY 30th!!!

With that said, this weekend will be full of exciting activities – Fleet Week/Playoff parties, meeting up with old and new friends to celebrate all that is taking place in SF and prepping for the Fiesta! With my favorite sports team, friends and life in general to celebrate this weekend, I thought this sign, found in my Facebook news feed  was appropriate for a Friday post!

You may be small in numbers, but thank you to my dear readers who come back regularly and indulge me as The Pinterest Woman. You are helping me fulfill a fun goal (write a blog) as well as inspiring me to keep bettering myself. If I didn’t have you, I might not force myself to try new recipes, try and try again on my home DIY projects (I’m painting my garage door this weekend – stay tuned) and simply trying to be more outwardly thoughtful (I always have the best intentions for colleague’s birthdays, special holiday treats for friends, little ways of showing I care and yet, I feel like I never get around to it or simply don’t have a good way of doing this…YOU and Pinterest are helping). Happy Friday dear friends! I hope you have a fulfilling and relaxing/fun weekend.

GOOO GIANTS!!!

-Karen

P.S. Today’s outfit was inspired by PINTEREST – I’m loving that my new skinny black pants easily tuck into my boots (NOTE: I do not have a full length mirror at my disposal right now so I had to do this random leg-up-on-sink pose to get my full outfit in, hahaha…here’s to doing Yoga this weekend so this pose won’t hurt again, ha!)

HAIR…Flow it, show it, Long as God can grow it…My hair

Today was just one of those mornings. I hit snooze more times than I’m willing to admit and my guilty conscious prioritized taking our little one on a walk over getting snazzy for work (something I’m now regretting since I just had a meeting with my boss and he kept looking at my head – I will explain below- AND I’m meeting Charlotte for lunch in downtown SF). Anyhoo, I thought it was a good idea this morning so I decided I would just throw my hair up into a ponytail and FINALLY experiment with the sock bun. WHAT?! You haven’t heard of the sock bun!? Hahaha, j/k. WELL…

This Summer Mr. Darcy and I had the pleasure of going to Maui, Hawaii and I was set on finding no fuss hair styles and easy makeup solutions. My girlfriend told me about the SOCK BUN look and I Pinned it for later. I never had a chance to try it in Hawaii because I didn’t bring socks with me (flip flops and cute sandals for this lady) and Mr. Darcy wasn’t willing to let me cut up his socks – darn him! BUT, after surfing PINTEREST (part of my morning routine) I decided I would throw my hair in the sock bun and pull it out as soon as I got to work…

SOCK BUN TUTORIAL:

Here is how mine turned out…

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My Sock Bun

Well at least now I can do the Princess Leia look if I need a Halloween costume idea!

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Front AND Back – DANG look at those deep wrinkles in my forehead. By posting this photo to my blog, I’m telling you that I love you, dear readers, more than you know.

JUST in case my hour prep and commute time was not enough to give me those beautiful curls, I decided to try and copy a look* from Pinterest that featured a bun – see below:

Pinned this look because I thought it was so preppy, cute and simple!

Well, apparently you DO need to sleep on this look so this is what I look like today (hence why my boss could not stop looking at my head):

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My best Breakfast At Tiffany’s interpretation

Well, as I embark on a trip into the City and a long day in the office, I will just embrace it and pretend I’m Kim Kardashian, or some other celebrity that can throw their hair into God knows what style and pull it off. I promise to photograph the after shot once I pull it out…something tells me, mine is not going to turn out in flowing curls like the girls in the video…hmmm.

XOXO, Karen

*This look came from this website: http://prettystuff.tumblr.com/post/17574412207/hautemamasfaves-perfect

HAPPY MONDAY – Weekend recap: SHOPPING SPREE

What a wonderful weekend! It felt long, I enjoyed lots of QT with friends and family AND projects actually happened around the house.

This Monday I have to move my “Front Hump” Day post up because I’m SO excited about a weekend shopping spree that is helping with my internal stylist self. My cousins (let’s call them Charlotte and Carrie – C&C) and I went shopping…and by shopping, I mean SHOPPING. We headed out to the outlets in Napa, CA and did some damage at the Gap, JCREW and Ann Taylor (sorry Banana Republic, LOFT, etc., by the time we arrived at your doors, we had spent WAY too much money – we didn’t even go in). We didn’t forget about the kiddos – we checked out GAP Kids and Gymboree as well. Charlotte purchased something for her hubby and my Goddaughter (her daughter 😉 ) and Carrie scored adorable stuff for her daughter as well, but I, well, I only purchased things for myself…whoops.

Before approaching the trip, I consulted my Pinterest Board titled “envious styles, clothes, accessories” and created a list – it was long. C&C agreed. I threw on a Pinterest inspired outfit for easy changing room activity (see below) and grabbed my list and we were off.

Now, I pin Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon quite often and repin a ton of ideas from two particular friends I’m following – SO FUN! Their styles are pretty simple (t-shirt and jeans with a scarf or jeans, jacket and fun top) but so put together at the same time. So my purchases were really focused on getting the basics – nice white t’s, jeans, and a few colorful items to plus up my wardrobe. VERY excited to wear THIS:


INSPIRED BY THIS (the vibrant blue is so gorgeous and I had it on my Birthday WISH LIST Pinterest Board but I simply could not wait):

Street Style! Real Celeb Looks Straight Off the Street! | Posh24.com


TIP: As Fall approaches, I’m seeing a TON of pinning activity around scarves. One VERY helpful repin I did this weekend was to this “6 Ways to Tie a Scarf” http://pleasantriesandpitbulls.com/2011/09/01/6-ways-to-tie-a-scarf/ I LOVE #6!

I am sure I will have MANY more “Front Hump” posts to share STARRING my newest wardrobe additions, but for now, I’d love to end this post with a quote from my Godmom who told me “You should always dress like you are going to meet the man/woman of your dreams that day.” This can even be applied to workout gear – no need for makeup ladies – the man of your dreams will eventually have to see you sans makeup, but it is so easy to look put together with today’s workout wardrobes.

CONFESSION – If you read my post on Friday, I never had the chance to bake the lemon pull apart bread – it was a bit more involved than I had thought (NOTE/CHALLENGE to self – Take on a few more baking challenges. Tackle lemon pull apart bread in a few months – definitely by the holidays). Tonight, I will bake SELF.com’s Baked Beef Taquitos from their DROP 10 Diet plan. Although baked and healthier for you, they taste like you are indulging and Mr. Darcy even approves! A fun tip I learned from them – Swap *Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream – DELISH! (NOTE: You have to sign up to get the recipe, but here is a free Self.com recipe that you could swap lean ground beef in for the black bean- cornmeal mash: http://www.self.com/fooddiet/recipes/2012/04/black-bean-tacos-corn-salsa).
*For other fun Greek Yogurt cooking ideas check out VOSKOS or Oikos Pinterest Boards!