Monday, August 26, 2013

vintage gems



With the combination of freshman move-in, college classes, and all the other new and exciting things that come along with being a first-year, I've been just a little busy.



Which is why (I'll take a second to apologize right now), I have yet to announce the two lucky giveaway winners...


(drumroll please)


Congratulations to Emilee and Taylor! These two lovely ladies will be receiving custom-made silver rings. (don't forget to send me your sizes!)


With that all said and done, this week's post goes along with the jewelry theme...


While my favorite jewels may not be custom made, they are equally as darling and delightful.


Let's give it up for VINTAGE!



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Back before the days of Charlotte Russe and Forever 21, jewelry was handcrafted and high quality. That same value today comes with a heavy price tag.


But who says you can't have both?


Here are some of my favorite spots for finding these treasures:
-thrift and consignment stores


-grandma's closet


-under the christmas tree (hand-me-down jewelry is such a special gift!)


Pearls for pennies? Sounds like my kind of shopping.




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And now for a sampling of my favorite vintage gems.
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A girl can never have enough pearls. I have almost every length, size, and color thanks to my grandma's jewelry box.BeFunky_null_1fghj





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I hope you enjoyed my favorite treasures, and have a beautiful day.


Ask away if you have any questions about jewelry thrifting!



xo, Maddie

Thursday, August 15, 2013

win it!

Who wants two handcrafted sterling silver rings?


FOR FREE


Sounds too good to be true, right?


There is a slight catch. Let me tell you how it works...


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As a fun way to promote Bits and Little Pieces, I will be giving two lucky people two free pieces (each!) from my sister's business, TheWave Creations.


To enter, you only have to do one of two little things:


1. follow the blog (by email in the top of the right sidebar)


OR


2. like the  Bits and Little Pieces facebook page


 Do both to double your entries!


Free rings for you, and more Bits and Little Pieces for everyone.


Sounds like a deal.


Have a beautiful day!


xo, Maddie


 (P.S. winners will be announced on the blog!)



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

sailing away

September 2nd is only about two weeks away.


And why, you ask, could this date possibly matter?
Because September 2nd is Labor Day, the time to say goodbye to all things summery and white.


This leaves us with exactly twenty days to wear white pants. My favorite pair happen to be of the sailor variety...


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This week also happens to be my very last week at home before I sail away to college and become a captain. (no pun intended, but this is REALLY my university's mascot!)


Could there possible be a better time to wear these pants?
I didn't think so.


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Let's start with the necklace.


Last Friday, I spotted this little gem in a gallery downtown. It has quickly became my favorite accessory! You can NEVER go wrong with vintage: tried and true blue is always a classic.

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Buttons are some of my favorite things, and the very best way to hold pants in place. On this little number I get three on each side: the more the merrier!


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Adding wedges to wide leg pants equals instant height. (which is always a good thing)sailing away


I hope that the remainder of August is filled sun, smiles, and LOTS of ice cream.


All the best wishes for smooth sailing into college, and have a beautiful day!


xo, Maddie

Sunday, August 11, 2013

corn, bacon, & peach salad

Last Friday, my mom came home from the farmer's market with armloads of fresh produce.


And I was starving.


This predicament just so happens to be the perfect storm for a concoction...


After digging through the bags (hungry girl gotta eat!), I found three of my favorite things in the whole entire world: corn on the cob, farm fresh bacon, and perfectly ripe peaches.


Did I mention they were all at the peak of perfection?


Here is the end result, and the perfect summer salad...


(aka heaven)


corn, bacon, and peach salad

Recipe


(makes 2 salads)


3 slices of bacon


1 ear of corn


1 medium, ripe, sliced peach


4 cups of mixed greens


2-4 tablespoons of honey balsamic dressing (see recipe below)


1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese (optional)


Step 1: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the corn and boil, covered, 4-5 minutes.


Remove the corn from the boiling water when done.


Step 2: While the corn is cooking, fry the bacon in a skillet over medium heat, cooking on both sides until crispy.


Step 3: Slice the corn off the cob and crumble the bacon


Step 4: Divide the lettuce onto two plates and add the sliced peaches. Top with the corn, crumbled bacon, and goat cheese (if desired). Drizzle each salad with 1-2 tablespoons of honey balsamic dressing.


Honey Balsamic Dressing


1/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette (Newman's own is the BEST)


2 teaspoons of honey


1 teaspoon of dijon mustard


Step 1: (the first, last, and only step) Whisk all ingredients together and enjoy!


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some other bits


-try grilling the peaches and corn for a delicious, smoky flavor


-add grilled chicken for more protein


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My concoction turned out to be wonderfully delicious AND super healthy at the same time (a little bacon doesn't hurt)!


Do you have any salad recipes that scream summer? Feel free to comment and share! (:


Have a fabulous Sunday!


xo, Maddie

Saturday, August 3, 2013

the little red dress

The little black dress had been a classic since the days of Coco Chanel. With limitless versatility and flattering qualities, it seems almost impossible to go wrong in choosing it for any event. Unless that little dress is red.


I like to say that red is the new black.


With a pop of color, the red dress instantly lights up a room. And since red is a power color, what better hue to wear to a job interview?


I found this little red dress for $12.


Let me repeat that for you: $12.


(you can find some amazing deals by keeping an eye on American Eagle clearance)


Since that incredible purchase last winter, this dress has traveled to both coasts of the United States. It has been worn to piano recitals and job interviews, and has even graced the font of the local section in the city newspaper.


Let's just say I like it. A lot.


Let's go from head to toe.


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I styled this little red gem with my favorite accessory: pearls (and lots of them!).


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The flutter sleeves give a darling, feminine touch.


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A small, red, tie front sash cinches the waist for a finished look.


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These Mary-Jane style heels (from Target!) are my very favorite dress-up shoes. They give the whole outfit a charmingly vintage vibe.


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I styled this particular outfit for an interview, but it could easily be worn for almost any occasion. When the weather gets colder, I like to add black tights for a Christmas-party perfect look.


Enjoy your last few weeks of summer (it's gone by WAY too fast), have a beautiful day, and check out American Eagle clearance (it's all 50% off right now, and you're bound to get lucky like I did)!


xo, Maddie

Thursday, August 1, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 10 {memory wall}

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I'm not the kind of girl who looks up her monthly horoscope, strays away from black cats, or avoids cracks in the sidewalk. Despite this lack of superstition, a certain quote really stood out to me.  


The number 10 in a dream represents starting over or a new beginning.   Something has ended in the way you think or in your life. It represents a fresh start or doing something differently.


10 is a very special number.


College is a fresh start. It is something new and totally different than anything you have ever experienced. I can't think of a better way to describe this new chapter of life, or a better time to do so (on day 10!).


Your dorm room is the very beginning of the change; you new home base, command center, and safe heaven. While you may not be dreaming about your dorm, you will soon be dreaming in it!


Without further ado, here is the 10th and final post in 10 Days of Dorm, and a way to remember all the special people that fill your life back home.


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At my graduation party in June, I wanted to have something for all my friends, family members, and loved ones to sign. With all the hustle and bustle of the big week, buying this special thing completely slipped my mind until about 3:55 pm. My graduation party started at 4.  I grabbed the first thing I saw that would hold a pen, taped it up on the kitchen wall, and bounced over to the door where the bell had begun to ring profusely. This item happened to be a long strip of butcher paper.


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To my surprise, this plain white strip became quite a hit. There always seemed to be a line of people waiting to write their special message in brightly colored magic marker.


After the party, I leaned up against the counter and gazed at my new favorite thing until every single  signature and message was read. This poster was displayed on the kitchen wall until about two weeks ago (and graduation was on June 5th!) , just because we all loved it so much.


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You obviously can't do this at your graduation party (unless it's at the end of the summer), but it would be perfect for a going away celebration, or even something to have up as your friends and family visit before the big day!


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I'm bringing mine to college to decorate the inside of my closet door. Getting dressed every morning will come with extra added color and a whole lot of memories.


I hope that 10 Days of Dorm has given you lots of ideas about how to make your dorm darling without spending a pretty penny! Have a beautiful day; and may all your dreams come true.


xo, Maddie