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September 23, 2011

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


  • 1.
    elise said…

    I’m usually pretty pleased with j.crew & Gap’s skinny jeans – and Gap has some fun colors this season too. good luck & thanks for the packing link! xo. e

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My thought was that I’d go try the Gap ones (have heard good things) and then order a pair from JCrew (no store close to me) if none of the ones from the Gap work. Cool to hear you liked both those!

  • 2.
    Kate said…

    Really liked the Todd Henry link. Makes a lot of sense. I know I have unconsciously done this at times and always felt better for it. Maybe it’s time to give it a little conscious effort.
    Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  • 3.
    Cheryl T. said…

    I don’t normally wear skinny jeans either but I just bought a pair from Abercrombie & Fitch that fit me like a glove. I’m sure with your height and slim figure you’ll look great in them. The cutting also makes your butt look pretty good…just in case you wanted to know…lol!

  • 4.
    Deb J said…

    Ali, I really liked the Todd Henry link. I also really like the list by Tsh. I don’t do as much traveling as I used to but I’m good at getting everything into one carry on.

  • 5.
    Kristyn G said…

    I am partial to American Eagle jeans. they have a really good selection in different lengths also.
    But, you know you can never go wrong with a good pair of Levi’s :)

    • ….
      Teri said…

      I agree on the AE skinnies. I love mine, and they are reasonably well- priced.

  • 6.
    kmarr said…

    I love my ann taylor loft jeans… fit awesome, but I am petite length! and reasonable price!

  • 7.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love the quote!! Your mom is a remarkable woman!!

    Good Luck with the skinny jeans

  • 8.
    Jenni said…

    I LOVE Gap’s skinny jeans. I bought my first pair last fall to wear tucked into my fake uggs. So glad that it is cooling off again so that I can pull them out of the drawer.

  • 9.
    Amy said…

    For jeans, I love Levis “Skinny”–can wear them tucked into boots or cuffed with flats. I also love anything from Lands End Canvas. The packing list is almost identical to what I took to Europe for a 2 week trip last year. Everything fit in 1/2 of a Rick Steves backpack which offered 2 bonuses: carry-on, since the bag fits in overhead and no worries about lost luggage and plenty of room for take home goodies.

  • 10.
    Tracy J said…

    American Eagle for sure. I LIVE in jeans and AE is the only way to go.

    Ali, You are very inspiring. You and your family is in my prayers.

  • 11.
    SaraE said…

    Believe it or not, Target has great jeans right now – and only $25! I like Mossimo premium denim skinny (fit 4). They have some stretch and the waist isn’t too low. The waist does stretch more as you wear them, so be sure they are not too big to begin with. I am so happy with them, I’ve bought 3 pairs!

    • ….
      Marti Richards said…

      I have to agree! I just got a great pair of skinny jeans from there. They are my new favorite pair!

  • 12.

    I want to die empty too. Such an amazing concept. And the tips for a self-portrait were insightful! I NEVER know how to do that.
    My Blog

  • 13.
    Donna c said…

    Great post! I think if I looked like Elsie, I’d do a bazillion self-portraits too!;) She is so stinkin’ cute and super cool. ONe of the most inspiring blogs out there. :)

  • 14.
    MichelleB said…

    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!

  • 15.
    K said…

    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.

  • 16.
    Jolynn said…

    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!


  • 17.
    marlee said…

    Another vote for Gap skinny jeans…

  • 18.
    Dawaila said…

    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.

  • 19.
    Jane said…

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

  • 20.
    Suz said…

    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!

  • 21.
    Linda Woods said…

    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!

  • 22.
    Linn said…

    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!

  • 23.
    Liz said…

    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!

  • 24.
    Joyce Doenges said…

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

  • 25.
    Joy said…

    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!

  • 26.
    Jen D said…

    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….

  • 27.
    Meghann said…

    Thanks for those posts! The articles are really good!

  • 28.
    dawn said…

    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.

  • 29.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

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

  • 30.
    Terri said…

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

  • 31.
    Sandie said…

    I love this – beautiful – thanks for sharing!

  • 32.
    CindyM said…

    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.”

  • 33.
    Lisa said…

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

  • 34.
    JMF said…

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

  • 35.

    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

  • 36.
    Jo E said…

    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.

  • 37.
    liz said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Liz – I found some at Gap – felt and fit good :) .

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