Brighter Sides

Life & Style blog of a Seattle artist, hairstylist, and social media pro

TILT – Things I Love Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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I feel like a lot has happened in the past couple weeks since my last TILT! I’ve definitely been busy. Here are just a few things that have put a smile on my face.

1. Last week there was a solar flare that made the Northern Lights visible to much more of the Northern Hemisphere than it normally is. A few of us made a trek out East to Rattlesnake Ledge to look at the lights by the lake. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much of a show, just a couple streaks of whitish light marked the sky. But it was still clear and the stars were beautiful, and it was still a lovely little trip with good company and good food and drinks. And now we know a great place for a sunset picnic before the weather gets too cold. Here’s what it didn’t look like, but I wish it had looked like, for those unfamiliar with the Northern Lights.

northern lights photo by Moyan BrennPhoto source: Moyan Brenn on Flickr

2. I started a new job and I really like it! I’m still working part time at the salon, but now I’m also working part time at a boutique that is a short walk from my house. It’s fun and everyone there is really great. I’ve never had a job that I could walk to before, and taking two hours off of my commute every day REALLY makes a big difference! I was sad to leave my other part time job at the antique mall, but the time and money I will save makes it worth it.

3. My boyfriend and I just booked a little cabin on the coast in La Push for a couple of days at the beginning of October and I am SO EXCITED to get out of town! I haven’t been able to travel since last Christmas when I went home to visit my family. As much as I am enamored of the ocean, this will also be my very first trip to the Olympic Peninsula. I found a great sitter for Bruno on Dog Vacay again (see my post about Dog Vacay here) – Unfortunately the lovely lady that he stayed with before was unavailable, but I think he’ll be very happy with this new sitter for a few days.

La Push beach photo by Pascal WeberPhoto source: Pascal Weber on Flickr

4. ModCloth is having another 70% off sale and just in time! Since starting this new job, I’ve felt that my wardrobe is very lacking and I was just about to place an order there when they marked down a ton of gorgeous stuff! Check out what I ended up buying!

5. One of my awesome sponsors, Bubble Cat is offering readers of Brighter Sides (that’s you) a 20% discount this month! Go check out all of their cute jewelry and other goodies (my favorite is this peeking cat keychain) and then use the code BRIGHTER (all caps) at checkout to get your discount!

Did you get to see the Northern Lights? Have you been cleaning up in the ModCloth sale? Tell me what you’ve been up to the past couple weeks in the comments!

By Kelsi Eldredge

ModCloth Is Having a 70% Off Sale!

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modcloth 70 off sale

Wow! After organizing my sad and barren little closet, I almost placed an order with ModCloth yesterday. And now I’m so glad that I put it off, because today they are having one of their infamous 70% off sales! I didn’t get to order anything in their last sale, but this time I was ready. I wanted to buy ALL THE DRESSES, but I saved some for you all! Here are the ones that I did snag.

dresses 70 off sale

Dramatic Sequins of Events Dress $97.99 $28.99
Bowl of Cheery Dress $59.99 $17.99
Soho Soiree Dress $64.99 $19.99
Checker Her Out! Dress $42.99 $12.99

Crazy cute stuff, right? I’m really excited to have some new things in my closet, especially after getting rid of so much stuff when I moved in June. Click here to shop the sale (and hurry, because three of the dresses I wanted sold out while they were in my shopping cart)! Are you buying anything? Let me know what you got, in the comments!

P.S. If you have never shopped at ModCloth, use this link to go there. You’ll get $15 off your order and I’ll get a $15 store credit for referring you. It’s win/win!

By Kelsi Eldredge

Window Shopping: Almost Autumn Outfit

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As I mentioned in my last Things I Love Thursday post, it’s almost Fall! Fall is my favorite season. I’m not dripping sweat all the time, and I can wear cozy layers, but I’m also not getting frost bitten. It’s not quite cool enough to start bundling up yet (though it is a little chilly in Seattle today, as I’m typing this) but we’re almost there! It’s that funny in-between time when I start thinking “Well, maybe I should bring a sweater with me…” and some days I can get away with wearing tights or a light scarf without completely regretting it.

Here is an outfit idea for the time in-between seasons, moving in to Fall. I styled it around this comfy, quilted dress that I bought at Target this week.

what to wear between summer and fall

1. Prolific Poet Scarf – ModCloth
2. Junior’s Quilted Fit & Flare Dress – Target
3. Mint Green Tote Bag – Dorothy Perkins
4. Baxter Ti Eyeglasses – Warby Parker
5. Follow the Fashionista Boot – ModCloth
6. City Chic Bangle Set – Forever21
7. Tights For Every Occasion – ModCloth

As I mentioned, I bought the dress the other day, but I haven’t worn it yet. I already own the pictured mustard colored tights (and I love them). The other accessories are just wishful thinking right now, though the glasses are similar to mine. I don’t normally wear any shoes other than flats, but I would make an exception for those ankle boots by Blowfish, because Blowfish makes suuuuuuch comfortable shoes. I own several pairs by them, and none of them pinch or wear out my feet the way a lot of other footwear does.

Have you started looking for new accessories to incorporate into your fall wardrobe? Or have you started unpacking last year’s sweaters and jackets (while gleefully dancing)? How would you style this dress? Let me know in the comments!

If you liked this post, you might like these other posts from my Window Shopping series:
Window Shopping: Fashionable Workwear
Window Shopping: Luna Moth Inspired Outfit
Window Shopping: All On Black
Window Shopping: Free Karl
Window Shopping: Skulls & Spikes

By Kelsi Eldredge

TILT – Things I Love Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Wow, I am long overdue on making a TILT post. It’s been a hectic few months. Fortunately, I think the good has outweighed the bad. You probably know how this works, I’m just going to cut to the chase. Here are a few little things that have made me smile and/or squee lately.

1. IT’S FALL! Okay, it’s not technically Fall until September 22nd, but it feels like Fall. I needed a jacket the other day – a jacket! Can you believe it?! The high temperature today is supposed to be 75, and I can only hope this weather stays for a while (like for the next 12 months).

fall leaves
Photo source: life_is_good_pete on Flickr

2. Speaking of jackets… um, hello. I might have to save my pennies for this skull printed denim jacket from ModCloth. And it’s only $59.99 – that’s not bad for a jacket of such awesomeness.

skull printed denim jacket from modcloth

3. Speaking of awesomeness, I was painted! I’m honored to play muse again to dear friend Erin Cooper (a.k.a. Pippin & Pearl), and I love, love, love this painting. In addition to shows she’s been doing in Oklahoma City, she recently re-opened her Etsy store. So if you’re aching for some brilliant art to adorn your walls, head over there and check out her work.

Kelsi watercolor portrait by Erin Cooper/Pippin & Pearl

4. And speaking of brilliant art, (Do you like my segways here?) this video of Aaron J. Shay (a.k.a. my boyfriend) performing one of his songs on a mountaintop in Montana totally made my heart pitter-patter. He usually plays it on Banjo, but I think the ukulele version is equally charming and wonderful. If you think this is great and you want more (hint: you do.), he has loads of things on his website to satiate your appetite for music, and this song will be featured on his next release!

5. Aaaaand… speaking of… satiating your appetite? I don’t know, I’m out of segways really. Sorry to let you down. Hey.. speaking of letting you down… (I don’t know. I’ll stop.) THIS. Just, here. This. This is going on my bucket list. More old-timey circus goodness on my Pinterest board, here.

vintage circus elephant
The only source I could find for this was a tumblr blog, if you know the original source please let me know so I can link to it.

Well, I hope that’s enough to hold you over through the weekend. What’s something you’ve been excited about in the past week? Fall? Is it Fall? It’s Fall, isn’t it? Also, if you TILT, be sure to leave a link in the comments and share the love!

By Kelsi Eldredge

Product Review: e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner

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I have another makeup review for you! Though I have my tried-and-true makeup favorites, I still like to try out inexpensive alternatives when I have the chance. I was running a little low on liquid eyeliner, so when I was at Target last week (when am I not at Target? They’re going to start charging me rent soon.) I picked up some of e.l.f.’s Liquid Eyeliner for a mere $1.00 and went home with fantasies that it could replace my current fave and save me a whopping $5.00 every time I buy eyeliner (though, if you want to split hairs, the e.l.f. liner is .15oz, and the Maybelline is .25oz. So really I’d be saving a little over $4.00). Anyway, here is my review.

e.l.f. liquid eyeliner review
Yes. It was, indeed, a fantasy. I was, shall we say, underwhelmed with the performance of the e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner. That’s especially disappointing to me, since I am smitten with their Brightening Eye Liner which I actually use to fill in my eyebrows, as it’s the only pencil I’ve found that even remotely comes close to my natural color. I liked the brush that came with Liquid Eyeliner – it was stiff enough to make a precision line and get really close close to my lashes, but had enough give to to create a really nice curve. Unfortunately the formula of the liquid was watery and showed up rather translucent. I let it dry and went over it again, which didn’t seem to help much. After going over it another time with the same results, I finally gave up and went over all of it with the Maybelline Ultra Liner that I had left, which gave opaque coverage in one coat, as it always does.

I guess it was worth a shot for a dollar, but it lives in the garbage now, and I’m definitely going to keep using Maybelline Ultra Liner, which has served me well for years. I would recommend the e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner if you plan on using it ONLY for for tightlining and don’t want anything dramatic. However if you’re like me and you want a lot of definition, and to be able to create a thicker line or a cat eye, go with the Maybelline Ultra Liner, which is the best liquid eyeliner I have found.

Have you used either of these products? What did you think? Did you find this review helpful? Be sure to check out my 10 favorite makeup products and the products I use in my skincare routine!

By Kelsi Eldredge

Happy 4th Birthday, Blog!

Brighter Sides lifestyle blog 4th birthday/blogiversary

Well, today marks my blog’s 4th birthday! In some ways, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all, but at the same time, it kind of feels like something that I’ve “always” done. Granted, I’ve been “blogging” since the days of Livejournal and maybe even before. But I didn’t become serious about it until four years ago. A lot of you have been with me from near the beginning, and may remember that Brighter Sides, in it’s current incarnation has only been around for a couple of years. Before that, it was Kelsi Does Hair, but after I grew tired of such a specific niche, I rebranded. Though my hair-articles still seem to be the most read, I feel like rebranding as a lifestyle blog was the right choice for me. Sometimes I write about hair (which has been my career for the past decade) but often I find joy in writing about other things.

It’s been somewhat of a slow year for me, blog-wise, because I’ve had so much else going on. Three moves, one of which was across the country, starting up new businesses, a new relationship, getting a dog, turning 30, my first grown-up apartment. I wish I had shared more of it here on my blog, but you know how life gets in the way. Here are five of my favorite posts from the past year. I’d love it if you would leave a comment here and let me know what post was your favorite, or what types of posts you hope I’ll do in the future.

1. DogVacay Review and Our Lovely Mini Vacay
2. Window Shopping: Luna Moth Inspired Outfit
3. Tutorial: How To Make Glitter In Photoshop
4. Window Shopping: All On Black
5. Yosemite Nat’l Park with Jessa from Caked Vintage

To celebrate, I’m offering 50% off all ad spaces on my blog. Just use the code 4YEARS at checkout and nab up some great spots to advertise your blog or business!

Happy Birthday, blog! It’s been a good run. Here’s to many more :)

If you haven’t yet, now would be an excellent time to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

photo credit Elana’s Pantry

By Kelsi Eldredge