Quick Reader Poll!

A quick poll for you! I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a “food” category where I would post vegetarian/vegan food recipes, and possibly other food-related stuff (I’m not sure what, yet.) but I wanted to get your opinion first!

Would you like it if I added recipes to my rotation of blog topics, or do you think I should continue to just write about the topics at left (style, hair, life/travel, makeup/beauty, how-to, blogging, things I love Thursday)? Please take this super quick poll so I can see how you all feel!

Would you like it if I added vegetarian/vegan recipe posts to Brighter Sides?



Also, if there are any blog topics I’m already writing about that you really enjoy and wish I would cover more, any that you don’t like, or if there’s anything else you’d like to share, please use the comment field below this post and let me know! I want to make sure what I’m writing about is not only fun for me, but also relevant to your interests! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your responses!





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Free “Hustle” Printable Art

I’ve been having fun making some art prints and printables for my shops on Society6 and Etsy lately, so I thought I’d share one of them with you!

Download a free, printable version of my “hustle” motivational art in inky black. You can print this out from your home computer (if you have a nice printer) or have it printed at your favorite local shop. Hang it up in your home or office as a reminder to stay motivated!

–Click here to download–

Hustle - free printable art from brightersides.com

If you’d like to buy a framed or ready-to-frame print, you can get it in my Society6 shop.
I also have the same art available in gold faux foil, as a print, coffee mug, pillow, t-shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, etc at Society6. Or if you’d like the gold printable, you can get it on Etsy!

hustle gold iphone case and coffee mug by Kelsi Eldredge

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.

You CAN NOT:
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

Do you love it? Are you gonna download it? Leave me a comment and let me know so I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! And then get back to hustling!






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Outfit Of The Day: Still Sweater Weather

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Outfit Of The Day: Still Sweater Weather

Outfit Of The Day: Still Sweater Weather

Outfit Of The Day: Still Sweater Weather

Outfit Details:
Sweater: Le Tote (similar)
Scarf: Target (similar)(similar)
Jeans: Nudies High Kai Skinny Jeans
Boots: Dr. Martens 1460 Boots

Makeup:
Concealer: MAC Select MoistureCover in Light
Powder: MAC ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish in Natural
Eyeliner: Maybelline Ultra Waterproof Liquid Liner
Mascara: Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Mascara in Extreme Black

The weather in Seattle can’t make up its mind. A couple of days ago, it was sunny and warm and I could get away with just wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Today I’m huddled up in a blanket and looking out the window of my apartment at the grayness. There’s no going outside today without a coat, and possibly an umbrella.

It doesn’t really ever decide to be summer here until after 4th of July, so while I’m eager to pack away my sweaters, it’s a good idea to keep a couple in the closet for another couple of months. You never know what to expect.

This particular sweater is from my Le Tote subscription, which I wrote about here. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you can use my referral link for $25 off your first month! I really love the “marsala” color, it’s one of my favorites to wear. I like decorating with bright colors like coral and aqua, but I don’t think I can pull them off, clothing-wise. I’m always drawn to darker, more saturated colors.

Also, I LOVE these jeans. They’re the only pair I own now. They are raw, selvage denim by Nudie (the cut is called High Kai), and they’re the only pair I’ve ever had that fit so well. I’ve always had trouble getting a pair of jeans to fit properly, because so many of them are pre-washed, and pre-broken in. Since this pair is raw denim, I was able to break them in myself (it does take some patience) and now they actually fit and they’re super comfortable! I threw out (donated) my other pairs of jeans, and I don’t think I’ll ever waste money on non-raw denim again.

How is your wardrobe faring this spring? Is it time to break out the sandals and sleeveless shirts, or are you still clinging to your favorite sweaters, too?

P.S. You might also like these posts:
Outfit Of The Day: Le Tote Review & $25 Off!
Marsala – Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year
Outfit Of The Day: Trying New Things

Photos by Aaron Shay



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Happy National Small Business Week, and a Giveaway!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SmallBizSalute #CollectiveBias

Happy National Small Business Week, my fellow bloggers, Etsians, and other small business owners! You probably already know that small businesses are vitally important to our economy and make up a huge part of our workforce. Where I live, in Washington State, small businesses make up a whopping 98.1% of all employers, and small businesses create more than 65% of America’s new jobs. Yay, us!

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I, myself have owned and worked for several small businesses. My first job ever was as the “shop girl” in a tattoo shop. After that, I went on to work for a friend’s retail store, and a vegetarian cafe before going to to cosmetology school and working for myself. I spent 10 years as a self-employed hairstylist, managing the tiny, 2-chair salon that I worked in.

During the year that I lived in Oklahoma City, I spent time working as a Social Media Manager for several small businesses, and some of you may remember The Salvage Room, the brick-and-mortar store that I co-owned, where we sold vintage home decor and oddities.

The Salvage RoomSome of my insect illustrations, next to real framed insects at The Salvage Room.

Currently, I own three small businesses! I run my blog (thanks for reading!), and I have two Etsy shops – Trash Treasury Vintage, and Art by Kelsi Eldredge.

As you can tell, small businesses are very close to my heart. And running a business is tough! So I’m always thrilled to see people supporting small businesses and I’m happy to be working with The UPS Store this month on their Small Biz Salute campaign, which celebrates small business owners.

Earlier this week, I attended a networking happy hour at the gorgeous Osteria La Spiga in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. I got to make connections with other local small business owners (including some awesome fellow bloggers!) listen to a presentation from local experts, and learn more about the ways that The UPS store is supporting small businesses.

SmallBizSaluteKelly Clay, speaker at the event.

smallbizsaluteAmazing Tiramisu at Osteria La Spiga.

Small Biz SaluteI dragged Aaron into the photo booth with me.

The UPS Store locations, themselves, are locally owned and operated. They are run by small business owners, and they are there to help support local entrepreneurs solve problems and grow their businesses, whether it be with packing and shipping, printing (they even do 3D printing!), mailboxes, or other solutions.

The UPS Store wants to help you make your small business succeed, so they’ve generously offered to give away a $50 gift card to 2 readers of Brighter Sides. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Open only to residents of the United States.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can help show some small business love on social media by using the hashtag #SmallBizSalute and sharing one of our favorite local businesses with us! Sadly, 80% of small businesses close their doors within the first couple years, so please, remember to patronize your favorite businesses and help support them if you want them to stick around!

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e.l.f. Lip Stain Review

elf lip stain reviewThis post contains some affiliate links. I earn a small amount of money if purchases are made after clicking links, which helps to keep the blog running!

elf lip stain review:
I decided to try out e.l.f. Essential Lip Stain after it was recommended to me by a friend. For only $2, the price is right, and the fact that all of e.l.f.’s products are vegan and cruelty-free makes it a conscientious choice as well.

I bought e.l.f. lip stain in the color Crimson Crush, which is a very dark, sort of cranberry red. The applicator is a marker tip, and very pointy, which helps with precision – you can use the side of the marker for quicker coverage. One quick layer gives you a nice, rich swash of color, or you can build it up for more drama.

The formula dries very quickly, and I recommend exfoliating your lips before applying, as it has a tendency to stick to dry skin more and appear darker. I follow up with chapstick, but I imagine you could use any sort of clear balm as a top coat for moisture.

The color really stays! It passed the kiss test and the food test and doesn’t leave a mark on glasses or mugs. I did notice that when I drank coffee, the color started to become a little runny and come off of the inner part of my lips – I think the acidity of the coffee breaks it down. So if you’re an avid coffee drinker, like me, use a straw or keep in mind that you may need to reapply for even coverage.

I liked the Crimson Crush so much that I went back and bought Nude Nectar for more subtle every-day wear. It’s a little dark to be considered a “nude”, in my opinion, but I also do a couple of layers. I wear this color a lot and I always get compliments when I do!

All in all, I totally recommend e.l.f. lip stain. They have several colors that I haven’t tried out yet, but would like to soon! At $2 a pop, what do you have to lose, really?

P.S. You might also like these posts:
e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner Review
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer Review
My Skincare Routine



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