4 Ways To Wear a Scarf – Inspired by the HP x360

This post was sponsored by HP and Meghan Trainor. All ideas and opinions are my own.
This month, HP sent me their new Pavilion x360 to try out and use for Brighter Sides! The x360 isn’t just a regular laptop. It has a touch-screen and can actually be used in 4 different positions or “modes”, which makes it easy to “bend the rules” and use it anywhere.

HP x360 and Brighter SidesOf course there is standard laptop mode, but you can also bend the keyboard back and use it in stand mode, so you can stream movies and shows without worrying about the keyboard being in the way.

HP x360 and Brighter SidesOr flip it over, and use it in tent mode – the mode I’ve been using the most. This mode takes up the least space, so it’s super convenient for referencing a tutorial/recipe, or streaming videos while keeping your desk space free to work other projects. I like to catch up on TV shows while I price and package vintage jewelry for my shop!

HP x360 and Brighter SidesAnd you can bend the keyboard all the way back to use it in tablet mode, which is great for reading in bed or playing games. (Bruno is checking Twitter for me.)

HP x360 and Brighter SidesLiving in a teeny-tiny apartment in the city, I’m a big fan of things that are multi-functional. The 4 modes of the HP x360 got me thinking about one of my favorite articles of clothing, which is super versatile – the scarf! In my last outfit post I wore this big scarf classically wrapped once around my neck, but there are so many other ways to wear it! Here are 4 quick and easy ways.

4 Ways To Wear A Scarf - InfinityThe Infinity. You can wear a regular, rectangular scarf like an infinity or loop scarf. This is my go-to.
– Grab opposite corners of your scarf.
– Tie the corners in a double knot.
– Put the loop over your head.
– Twist and loop again. Repeat.

4 Ways To Wear A Scarf - SkirtThe Skirt. This is super easy and I love wearing big scarves like this as skirts. You could also fold it in half for a shorter skirt, or tie under your armpits for a dress.
– Just hold the scarf lengthwise at your waist.
– Tie the top two corners in a single knot and pull it tight.
– Knot it again, and you’re done!

4 Ways To Wear A Scarf - HeadwrapHead wrap. There are a lot of beautiful ways to wear a head wrap, but this one is quick and easy! You can wear your hair up like mine, or down. (Don’t mind Bruno wandering around at my feet. He got worried that I was going to leave because I was standing near the door.)
– Fold your scarf in half lengthwise.
– Drape it over your head with the ends in back.
– Cross the ends in back and pull them forward.
– Cross again in front, and pull back.
– Tie a double knot in back. Ta-da!

4 Ways To Wear A Scarf - VestThe vest. This is a new one to me, and I think it’s so smart! You can also cross the front when you’re done and belt it to wear it as a dress!
– Fold your scarf in half widthwise.
– Fold in half again (like you’re folding a towel) and tie the corners together.
– Open it up and you should have two loops.
– Turn it around so the knot is in back and slip your arms through the loops.

I hope you liked these ideas for wearing a scarf, inspired by the HP x360. HP is on the road right now with Meghan Trainor, creating a series of behind-the-scenes videos of her first tour! If you are a MT fan, be sure to check out the series and follow @HP for updates! You can even submit your own photos and video from Meghan’s tour stops to be included in the documentary.

What’s your favorite way to wear a scarf? Share your tips with me in the comments!
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P.S. You might also like these posts!
How To Wear Marsala – Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year
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Outfit Of The Day: Pattern Mixing

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Outfit Of The Day: Pattern Mixing and Blogger Meetup

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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Hilary and Jenn, a couple of other Seattle area bloggers. We met up and took each other’s photos, had lunch at Jhan Jay (such yummy vegetarian Thai food!) and talked shop! It was really fun to connect with other people doing the same thing as I am, and be able to chat about the blogging world.


This was also the first time in almost a year and a half that I’d done an outfit photo. The last time I did, was when I met Jessa on my drive from Oklahoma to Washington and we took photos together. When I moved, I got rid of most of my clothes (and other possessions), so my wardrobe has been really limited, and since I’ve gained a little weight, a lot of what I do have doesn’t fit very well. That coupled with the fact that I no longer have someone on hand to take photos on a whim, just stopped me from documenting outfits altogether. But it was fun when I did do it, and I would like to more often!

Kelsi's Outfit Of The Day
For this shoot, I wore one of my favorite go-to dresses, this striped fit-and-flare knee length one with a slight hi-lo hem. It’s so easy to throw a cardigan (or in this case, my cropped knit motorcycle jacket) and a scarf on over it and feel stylish and comfortable all day.

I wear these boots almost every day, to work, going out, everywhere. Unfortunately, I think they’re not long for this world. I really love them, so I’m hoping to find another pair (they’re these ones from Target, but they don’t have black ones online anymore!) If I can’t get ahold of them in the store, I might go with these or these.


Outfit details:
Dress from Target (similar) (similar)
Jacket from H&M (similar) (similar)
Scarf from Yazdi (similar) (similar)
Tights from ModCloth (similar) (similar)
Boots from Target (similar) (similar)

Photos by Hilary

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine's Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day! Today is February 13th, and it’s Leslie Knope’s favorite day of the year. While I wanted to make glass shard mosaics and 500-word essays for each and every one of you, I just didn’t have time to pull it all together this year. But I want you to know that I appreciate you. So right now I’m offering a whopping 60% off all ad space on my blog! This is the biggest sale that I’ve ever done, and it’s only going to run today and tomorrow! Head over to my Sponsor Info page now, choose the ad size you’d like, and use promo code GALENTINE for your 60% discount!

There are a limited number of each size ad space available, so hurry and nab the one you want! As a bonus, I’ve also just increased the size of all of the available ads, so you’ll get a bigger ad space than ever before, no matter what size you choose!

Remember, space is limited and the sale ends tomorrow, so head over to my Sponsor Info page now and get your Galentine gift!

ovaries before broveries

Also, how cute are these Galentine’s Day cards from TurtleSoup on Etsy? I’m loving all the cards and buttons in this store!

uteruses before duderuses

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Free Printable Motivational Watercolor Art!

Lately I’ve been trying to concentrate a lot more on blogging, freelance writing, illustrations, my Etsy shops, and anything else I can do that will allow me the flexibility to work from home, and moreover, to travel. If there is one thing I can think of that I am really excited about (besides eating…), it’s traveling. Going places that I haven’t been and seeing and experiencing things that I wouldn’t be able to if I stayed in one place.

I’ve always loved to travel, but not long ago, it became a lot clearer to me that this was a very important part of my life. In 2012 I left my home in Seattle and drove with one of my best friends, Rachael, halfway across the country to Oklahoma City. I lived with her there for a year and then in 2013, drove back from OKC to Seattle (#OKCtoSEA on Instagram if you want to see some pictures!). The whole thing was an exceptional experience, and really opened my eyes to the fact that I want to travel more. A lot more. And the (3 week long!) road trip by myself was the best thing I’ve ever done. I stopped at all of the places I wanted to stop (The Grand Canyon! Ventura! Yosemite National Park! The secluded beaches of Crescent City! The giant redwoods of Klamath National Forest!) and did all of the things that I felt like doing there, at my own pace. It was so freeing and so gratifying. My mom calls me “the vagabond”, and I must admit, I have dreams of just hitting the road full time and traveling from place to place.

Since I quit doing hair in December, I’ve been in slight panic mode all of the time, trying to figure out what I want to DO with my life, and I just keep coming back to “travel”. So, as I mentioned, I’m concentrating on things I can do, which will afford me the flexibility to go places, and not be tied to one physical spot (just to my laptop!). I’m not making much money at it right now, but I feel like if I keep at it, maybe I can. As anyone who works for themself knows, it requires a lot of work, every day. Pretty much nonstop. And it can be hard to stay on track, and hard to stay motivated. And it’s hard to do your best every time. Sometimes you just want to phone it in. But I figured, if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth putting in your best effort and doing it right. Something I keep telling myself is “Don’t half-ass this. Use your WHOLE ass.” So I created these two little “Use your whole ass” and “hustle” pieces to hang up, so I can look at them and remind myself.

Free Printable "Hustle" and "Use Your Whole Ass" Motivational Watercolor Art from brightersides.com

I thought you all might like these, so I want to offer them to you as well! Hang these little motivational art prints next to your desk in your office, or wherever you need the most inspiration. Obviously, these sentiments don’t JUST apply to entrepreneurship, they can apply to anything that you want to do. I often have to remind myself not to do a half-assed job when folding laundry or vacuuming, too. If you want a spiffy, ready-made art print, you can order one on Etsy. But, if you want to download the printable version and do it yourself, you can get a high quality (300dpi) 8×10 right here! If you’d like to purchase a different color, just let me know and I’ll make it happen!

I’m offering a “pay what you want” or “name your own price” format here. If you think these are delightful and useful and you can afford to be generous, I encourage you to pay whatever they are worth to you! (Payments are secure, via PayPal)

Now that you’ve paid (THANK YOU!), just click the links below to download!
Download “Use Your Whole Ass”!
Download “Hustle”!

If you’re counting your pennies and struggling to make rent every month, like me, and you really want these, you can also download them for free using the above links link. I want you to have them!

P.S. These files are for personal use only. Here are some things you can and can’t do with these files.

You CAN:
Print them and hang them up at home, in your office, wherever.
Use them as a background for your phone, etc.
Print them and give the prints to someone as a gift.
Pin the picture above with a link back to this blog post so other people can enjoy.
Talk about these printables on your blog, website or social media, with a link back to this post.

Print them and sell the prints.
Make money in any way from these files.
Send the files to someone else.
Offer the files for download on your own blog or anywhere else in any format, even for free.
Modify the design or create derivative works.

If you’re unsure, shoot me an email at kelsibsides @ gmail dot com or tweet @KelsiBSides

I hope you enjoy these. Now get back to work!

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Wear Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year – Affordable Marsala Clothing and Makeup

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marsala 2015 Pantone Color Of The YearImage via Pantone.com

Pantone, the generally agreed upon authority on color, recently announced that the 2015 color of the year would be Marsala. Pantone describes Marsala as “a naturally earthy wine red”, hence it’s name. Upon first seeing the color swatch, it felt a little dated to me, like the shade of lipstick that every celebrity was wearing in the early 90s. But the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. And heaven knows I like it better than last year’s color, which I ranted about here, and am still not over.

Marsala does seem a lot more versatile. I could see it working for interior decorating, nails, clothing, makeup… Pantone and Sephora even teamed up to create an exclusive makeup collection inspired by the the color, and it looks like it would be complimentary on all skin tones.

Marsala 2015 Pantone Color of The YearImage via Pantone.com

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles which show photos of celebrities like Beyonce and Taylor Swift wearing Marsala, but let’s get real – how many of us can go out and drop a few grand on a Reem Acra dress and Jimmy Choo shoes? I’ve put together a little collage of some of my picks for more budget-friendly everyday wear in Marsala, so that we, too, can wear the color of the year! And without having to plan a small chain of bank robberies, because orange is not the new Marsala.

Marsala Clothing and Accessory Options

1. Shared Laughter Dress // 2. Plated Faux Leather Tote // 3. Teaching Classy Dress // 4. Charter School Cardigan // 5. I Love Your Dress // 6. Wedge-Heeled Boots // 7. Faux Rose Headband

How are you feeling about the color of the year? Are you going to try wearing a Marsala dress or some new blush? Share your raves and rants in the comments!

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