Link Love | Happy Stuff

Just a couple links to send you on your way this weekend. Big thanks for all your kindness and love these past couple of weeks - I'm so thankful for your support.

Martha Halloween | I love Halloween. Last year my brother and sister and their families were here for Halloween and they are all planning to come here again - this is awesome since they both live in other states. We all have young kids and the neighborhood we live in does Halloween really well. Martha's always got cool ideas. In her special Halloween issue there's a cool costume I think I might try this year - kind of a bride of Frankenstein look.

Glitter Paper from My Mind's Eye | When I was at Creative Escape last month I picked up a bunch of their glitter paper. I've got a layout on in-progress on my table right now. Love that pre-glittered paper. It's kinda hard to tell when you look at the images online where the glitter is, but it's there and it's cool. I especially like this one, this one, and this one.

Why I Hope To Die Empty by Todd Henry

What To Wear When You Travel via Simple Mom. I tweeted this one this morning - a nice reminder to pack less for my upcoming trip. I'm going out today to try on some skinny jeans - this will be my first pair and I love the look of them tucked into boots. Hoping to find something that looks and feels good. Any recommendations?

Five Tips For Better Self Portraits via Elsie Larson at A Beautiful Mess.

And a really great quote my Mom sent me this morning:

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: Ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner

38 thoughts

  1. MichelleB

    2011-09-23 15:47:53 -0400

    I love my skinny Jeans from the GAP. Actually I want another pair - as they are my go to jeans these days. Inspired by the lovely Lisa Leonard I love to put them under a belted dress! Add some boots! And scarf and a cardi! Super cute!

  2. K

    2011-09-23 16:03:14 -0400

    I like the slim-straight jeans from EB. Not a true skinny, I don't think, but I'm a little late to the trend anyway. Still fits in a boot, but I like to roll up the hems (one big wide fold) and wear them with flip-flops--love that you can still wear flops in the fall.

  3. Jolynn

    2011-09-23 17:08:48 -0400

    Five Tips For Better Self Portraits via Elsie Larson at A Beautiful Mess. Thank you for sharing this post. Her site is alot of fun. Love the quote your mom sent. I hope you find a great pair of skinny jeans - that you love!


  4. marlee

    2011-09-23 17:24:01 -0400

    Another vote for Gap skinny jeans...

  5. Dawaila

    2011-09-23 17:31:16 -0400

    Love good old Levis, they have a style called pencil cut. They are my favorites right now and JC Penny's usually has great prices.

  6. Jane

    2011-09-23 18:14:35 -0400

    I was going to try that same costume this year!!

  7. Suz

    2011-09-23 18:32:40 -0400

    I love my AE and Forever 21 skinnies are super comfy!

    Also, love the quote from your mom. May have to put that up in the header of my blog since it's entitled: ;)

    Have a beautiful weekend!

  8. Linda Woods

    2011-09-23 18:52:34 -0400

    I don't have a recommendation for skinny jeans but I can recommend really good shoes for walking all over Europe without looking too dorky- anything from Naot. The are pricey but you can find deals online. I suggest trying them on in the store first then try to find a good deal. Have a good trip!

  9. Linn

    2011-09-23 18:54:07 -0400

    I love my Old Navy skinny jeans (cheaper than Gap but just as good for my body type), which I bought in a 'short' so that I can wear them folded up a tiny bit as capris, or straight down and they'll be perfect for boots. Good luck!

  10. Liz

    2011-09-23 19:04:18 -0400

    For look and feel for a regular woman...I'd recommend the true straight leg, not the actual skinny, although they certainly fit like gloves and into boots. I like both Paige's "Skyline" and Citizen's of Humanity's "Ava". And I highly recommend Steve's Jeans in Northwest Portland for service (Steve himself will actually fit your body to a jean) and selection. Good luck and have fun Ali girl!

  11. Joyce Doenges

    2011-09-23 20:04:53 -0400

    My favorite skinny jeans come from Loft. Love the fit and they survive millions of washings and still hold their shape.

  12. Joy

    2011-09-23 20:15:56 -0400

    I saw a gal at Target this afternoon that totally rocked the skinny jeans- they were even cropped- almost capris- and the cut on her was amazing. She wasn't a size 0 or anything like that either- it totally blew my mind and now I am curious. I really think it has to do with the cut- because I've seen them on others and it just looks awful. I was SO tempted to ask her what brand they were. She looked awesome!

  13. Jen D

    2011-09-23 22:27:55 -0400

    Love that quote from your Mom. So glad that you have such a supportive family! Been thinking about you a lot lately- I look forward to reading your blog every day and love creating my projects along with you. You are so inspiring to me, and I am so sad that you are going through a hard time. Sending good thoughts your way....

  14. Meghann

    2011-09-24 00:44:57 -0400

    Thanks for those posts! The articles are really good!

  15. dawn

    2011-09-24 05:34:46 -0400

    Thanks for showing us some love links Ali, the paper is gorgeous. I need new jeans too since losing weight so thanks for all the tips ladies. I just bought Sam's costume for Halloween and my teen girls are I think too old to go this year so trying to make other plans for them. Love this time of year.

    Happy Fall Weekend everybody.

  16. Sherry Eckblad

    2011-09-24 07:17:58 -0400

    This is absolutely beautiful and I have always wanted to make one of my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Terri

    2011-09-24 10:18:15 -0400

    Enjoy your trip, Ali. And thanks for the Todd Henry link. Lots to think about as I clean the house today.

  18. Sandie

    2011-09-24 11:13:57 -0400

    I love this - beautiful - thanks for sharing!

  19. CindyM

    2011-09-24 12:01:50 -0400

    Furthering your link love, Carrie Newcomer has a beautiful song about the holiness in ordinary things. The song is called Holy As the Day is Spent. My favorite line: "Holy is the place I stand to give whatever small good I can."

  20. Lisa

    2011-09-25 02:14:10 -0400

    I saw this post on Mary Ann Moss' blog & though you would like the poem.

  21. JMF

    2011-09-25 02:44:24 -0400

    Another great giveaway-so much fun, thank you!!!!

  22. Sharon Dryjanski

    2011-09-25 21:31:55 -0400

    Hi Ali, Love the Todd Henry and your mom is so amazing...hugs to all of you I dont have recommend on skinny jeans because I have embraced my chubby self (LOL) anyway I know my Christa, who is close to your build buys J.Crew but she also has gotten some at Target...your in my prayers and blessings to all of you...
    Sharon from Phoenix AZ

  23. Jo E

    2011-09-26 04:16:41 -0400

    I'm currently loving 7 for All Mankind High Waisted Skinny jeans as I find most skinny jeans too low waisted for me. The denim is thinner than some jeans, they have a lovely stretch which means they are not skin tight and they are really comfortable.

  24. liz

    2011-09-27 15:37:55 -0400

    Did you get your skinny jeans yet? American Eagle has pretty decent ones at a great price. If you're in the mood to splurge, i absolutely love Diesel's skinny jeans (the style is LIVY). I've also heard J Brand skinny jeans are awesome.

    Safe travels and have a wonderful trip!

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