In Theory...The Cozy Little Cape Coat

Friday, December 23, 2016

      Cape Coats are my current obsession.  Not only are they toasty warm and so darn chic... they are the epitome of cloaked glamour!  You can guarantee no basic girl is wearing one of these! 

   My all black look consists of a wool-cashmere blend cape by Theory, a ribbed turtleneck and faux leather leggings.  I had planned on wearing my over the knee suedes.. but decided on leopard lace ups for a little bit of attitude;)

An AWESOME alternative to the pricey Theory cape...

Forever 21 Wool-Blend Cape, $49

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The Love Your Melon Giveaway!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

   As I was brainstorming an idea for my next Bliss Blog Giveaway…I knew that I wanted to give something from a social good company, something fashionable… something that everyone was trying to get their hands on.   Well, Merry Christmas! The Bliss Blog has scored a love your melon beanie(which, I might add.. is currently sold out) for our Christmas giveaway! 
   Love Your Melon was created by college friends Zach and Brian with the idea of making sure every child with cancer had a hat to cover their heads.  With every hat that you purchase for yourself, 50% of the sales goes to Pinky Swear Foundation and Cure Search. For each Love Your Melon hat that you buy, an identical one is given to a child battling cancer. The companys cyber Monday sales alone generated more than $414,095 in donations! How awesome is that?!


  If you have been on social media lately then you have most likely seen the Love Your Melon  beanies. They are one of the hottest fashion accessories on the market!  Don’t believe me?  Head over to the Love Your Melon website! Most new hat designs sell out within days of being introduced!

-Follow my Instagram @mp_deer
-Like the Instagram Love your melon Giveaway post
-Comment on Instagram #loveyourmelon #theblissblog and tag 2 friends  
 *for an additional entry... leave a comment at the end of this   blog post:)


Contest Ends 11PM CST December 24th. Must be a US citizen to participate. Winner will be announced on Instagram @mp_deer and on The Bliss Blog. 

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Winter’s Wardrobe MVP

Friday, December 9, 2016

  I’m officially naming the black turtleneck this Winters wardrobe MVP. Every year when winter rolls around, I can’t wait to dig in my closet and pull out out those cozy knits. You can dress them up, dress them down, wear them in or out. You probably have a black turtleneck in your closet—but if not, add one now. It’s one truly timeless piece that never goes out of style. 

I like to Balance the turtleneck’s clean, simple lines with a  busy print, like these geo print pants from H&M. H&M is one of the few stores you can shop till' you drop without ever feeling guilty.

My AMAZING Photographer, Andrew Swindle Photography

  A black turtleneck can make a woman feel confident and comfortable and look elegant all at the same time.  Here are a few of our most admired celebrity women who wore it well, proving this classic wardrobe essential has never, and will never, go out of style.

Jaqueline Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe

Audrey Hepburn

Lady Diana

Gwenyth Paltrow

Charlize Theron

Jennifer Aniston

“Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering, too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a black turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like.” -Designer, Halston


Monday, December 5, 2016

   There’s nothing better on a cold, rainy December day than a pair of flannel pajamas! I don’t know about all of you, but I am getting so excited to cozy up by the fire in my soft Christmas jammies, sip hot chocolate, and watch Christmas movies! 

  Snooze in style with a pair of  monogrammed flannel PJs from target! Target has tons of ADORABLE Christmas flannel pajamas to choose from and they are as soft as any high end pair that Ive seen. You will LOVE! 

Here are a few of my pj favorites… 

     Need something to keep you busy on a cold and rainy day?! I had so much fun making Christmas gift tags! I love to give beautifully wrapped boxes as much as the gift itself. I think its so special when someone takes a little extra time to wrap a thoughtful gift...*brownie points for your gift giving creds, girlfriend!   

1 cup of corn starch
2 cups of baking soda
1.25 cups of cold water

Combine ingredients in bowl and stir until smooth.

  Cook over low-medium flame, stirring constantly, until mixture resembles mashed potatoes.

      Remove from heat and let cool in a separate container, either covered with a damp towel or mostly covered with a plate or lid.

   When dough has cooled… pretend you are the pizza man and throw the dough a few times(this is totally optional). 

Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters.

Punch a small hole near the top of each tag to hang.

Let dry for a couple of days... 
or bake @200 degrees for 2 hours. 

   You can choose to leave the surface of your dough smooth, or you can make impressions in the dough with clean rubber stamps, small objects, pine branches, your children's hands... just about anything that will leave a clean impression.

   For the Gingerbread Garland- add 2 tsp of molasses to the ingredients before cooking to mash potato stage. Sprinkle with cinnamon before baking.