by Alix

Jun

30

Bold floral kimono for summer!

June 30, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, parenting, portraits, Uncategorized by Alix

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

When it comes to my wardrobe I am a big fan of statement pieces. I mean, we only live once so why not go for it!? One phrase that I have never quite understood is “I could never pull that off.” When a women says, “I love your [insert with "bold lipstick", "bright jacket", etc.], but I could never pull it off!” I’m like, why not? What determines if one is capable of wearing a florescent pink lip color? Is there a committee somewhere making these decisions? Because if there is I want to create a glitter-ridden poster and protest on their doorstep. If I can pull off a floral kimono for summer, you totally can pull it off too!

Also, a little note on motherhood: praise be to fashionable flats! I love a comfortable and stylish flat shoe. Heels used to be my jam, but as a mom I am on my feet all day long, every day. Isn’t it funny how motherhood blankets every part of your life? I think it is so very important that moms find things that define them beyond motherhood, but those little babes are always a part of me. That’s why I refuse to give up style. I’m still me, but my kiddos just make life better!

floral kimono | detail ring | bold neon flats | gold ring stacks

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  silver honeycomb ring

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

 

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Also! Cents of Style is offering some pretty hot summer deals right now!

Check out the 4th of July stars and stripes scarf for only $7.95 + free shipping with the code FREEDOMSCARF!

And my favorite circle skirt is 50% off + & free shipping with the code SUMMERSKIRT.

x0 Alix

by Alix

Jun

17

A Ruffled Life Reader Survey! + a giveaway!

June 17, 2015 in blogging, giveaway, Uncategorized by Alix

Giant-Dreamcatcher

A Ruffled Life is about to undergo some major renovations (and isn’t it about time!?) so things have been a little slow moving here on the blog. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about these changes! Very very excited!

And also, I have been thinking more about what I share on A Ruffled Life and I think we can improve / mix things up a bit. I have lots of exciting ideas in store for this little website of mine, but what I really, really, really want to know is…what do you want to see on A Ruffled Life? What have you enjoyed? What have you not-so-much enjoyed? So please, if you don’t mind, and it will be sincerely appreciated if you do, take my reader survey!

 

>>>>>>  Take READER SURVEY!  <<<<<<

 

Bonus! If you do take the reader survey, continue below and enter my $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Whoop Whoop! (Must be 18+ to enter. Survey ends June 24th at 12:00PM MST. Party on.)

 

by Alix

Jun

9

Disneyland is even better than the pictures

June 9, 2015 in Charlotte, family, Husband, Liam, love, marriage, summer, travel, vacation by Alix

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I am a huge fan of cinema in general. Music buffs may collect songs, records, and show of their music trivia knowledge. Meanwhile I’m buying the soundtrack to Rio 2 and quoting Guardians of the Galaxy. I love movies and all the magic that surrounds them. Disney/Pixar movies…action movies…nerd movies…chick-flicks. All of the movies. (But not scary movies because…why???). I mean I am freaking out about the new Star Wars! Ah!

So with a love of the cinematic magic, there was a good chance that I was going to love all that Disneyland and California Adventures had to offer. But guys, Disneyland is even better than the pictures. It was pure magic. I know this may sound weird, but one of my favorite parts was the coordination of music, sound, smell, and visual. The timing was spot-on on every ride. It was one production after another and I was in heaven. Plus I’m a sucker for scary rides so we sprinted from ride to ride like maniacs (“walk please”).

Seriously, I can’t freaking wait to go back to Disneyland (I campaign for a Disney trip every day and we only got home a week ago. Clint thinks I’m over dramatic about it). And despite the fact that my family is frowning in most pictures (I must be the only one who gives a flip about pictures), they all had a really good time too. Like I said, Disneyland is even better than the pictures!

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by Alix

Jun

1

Summer Fashion: Cute Sandals for Summer

June 1, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, hair, portraits, shop, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

Images by Sam | Location at The Chocolate in West Jordan
Is it March that comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb? Because that is more what our May felt like around here. Just this week the rain finally subsided and we dared put on a pair of shorts. For weeks I have been trying to will the sun to listen to me by incorporating cute sandals for summer into my wardrobe. I may be sporting summer jackets into May, but my feet will be sending a different message: it’s summer and it’s time to play!
Plus I think a mixture of sandals, jackets, and jogger pants can say that you are ready to take on the day with casual class. A mixture of slouchy pants, metallic sandals, and a tailored jackets make a bold statement. Like I’m making big decisions, and I’m comfortable while I’m doing it! Or I changing diapers like it’s my job! Oh wait, it is. ;)
I mostly just like my fashion to be a conjunction of practical, fitted, and stylin’. Cents of Style really helps me make that a reality by adding intentionally bold pieces to my existing wardrobe.
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

by Alix

May

25

Wire star art!

May 25, 2015 in Craft, DIY, For The Love Of, Home, house, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Easy DIY wire star art

It’s a holiday (Happy Memorial Day! by the way) so I will just pop in real quick, say hello, give you a DIY idea, and be on my merry little way! We are now officially entering the sandal-wearing, sun-soaking, Popsicle stain summer days of the year. I’m so happy it finally came!

As a mom of two young children, the seasons are not yet marked by school and activities, but by whether or not it is warm enough to get out of the house. And I could use some time outside. Liam has taken to emptying every toy container in his room daily, which gives his room a nice ransacked look. Like the set of an apocalypse movie…charming. Charlotte also enjoys the outdoors for the motor workout: grass to touch, leaves to eat, birds to glare at (it is bright and sunny after all).

But I know for many of you dear friends, the sun is refusing to make an appearance (what a diva) so may I offer you a craft of sympathy? This wire star art DIY is the perfect craft for the season too! I hang up my wire star art every summer to signify the time for summer fun has begun! You can hope on over to For The Love Of to get a full tutorial on how to make some wire star art of your own…and it will look fabulous, I just know it.

Easy DIY wire star art

PS: Don’t forget to tag any DIYs you find and make on A Ruffled Life: #ARuffledLifeMakes (because I just have to see them!)

PPS (for summer fun!): A sprinkler “kid wash” that is a total hit. Fruit drinks stirrers that refuse to be only a beverage or only a drink. And one of my top 5 favorite posts of all time…sprinkle-dipped ice cream cones!

xo Alix

by Alix

May

21

DIY Unicorn Bust

May 21, 2015 in Craft, DIY, Home, house, Uncategorized by Alix

This DIY unicorn bust is the perfect whimsical detail

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company and me!

My enthusiasm for interior design is broad. In a style diagnostic, my preferences ranged from whimsical farmhouse to bohemian mid century modern. If you can pin point what that looks like, you are welcome to come to my home and make all my difficult design decisions (like how to arrange a beloved ceramic deer head with vintage tea towels and a garden gnome). Did I mention I have a blue couch? The couch is not the point. The point is, I have a deep appreciation for many styles one might find in an interior (or exterior really). And whimsical unicorn style is definitely not out of the question. In fact, this DIY unicorn bust is the star of my little Charlotte’s room! (You can see more of Charlotte’s room here, here, and here). It’s a DIY that was definitely a labor of love, but I am delighted by how it turned out!

Wanna make your own DIY unicorn bust? Um k!


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by Alix

May

20

DIY Geometric Necklace

May 20, 2015 in beauty, Craft, DIY, fashion, For The Love Of, gifts by Alix

Such an cool and simple DIY geometric necklace

Every single time I wear this necklace, someone always complements me on it! They inevitably ask if I made it and I confess to the deed. The truth is, this DIY geometric necklace that I crafted for the blog For The Love Of is one of my wardrobe staples. I love it. As a person who crafts daily (or is at least trying to craft/create daily), I rarely create things that integrate into my daily life so effortlessly. Perhaps it is the simplicity of this DIY geometric necklace that draws me in. Honestly I can’t wear giant dream catchers and 37 succulent varieties
around my neck without being institutionalized, so a handmade geo necklaces will have to do the trick.

Anyways, people were asking where the tutorial was at and I can’t ignore what the people want! You can find how to make DIY geometric necklace here.

And because this seems like too short a post to hit publish on, I will now brief you in what I did today: fed a baby yams for the first time (she looked at me like I was, in fact, insane), changed poopy underwear…and then a bath ensued, watched last nights Younger (new obsession), made mac n’ cheese to the absolute perfect creaminess (and you thought I couldn’t cook), read a chapter from this book (it’s in my top 10 books of all time. I really really love it), more diapers, and then brunch with Michelle Obama, and I’m off to an evening of girl time with the cast of Golden Girls! (I may be lying about those last two).

Such an cool and simple DIY geometric necklace

I also love to wear my DIY leather swoop necklace and in case you want to dress it up: my top 5 lipsticks of all time!

Images by the fabulous Sam.

xo Alix

 

by Alix

May

19

Miss Charlotte turns 5/6 months.

May 19, 2015 in Adams, baby, Charlotte, family, Nugget, parenting, Uncategorized by Alix

Charlotte2

Earlier this week I found out that the name Charlotte was in the top 5 baby names of Utah County for 2014. I’m at least 95% positive that is why Will and Kate assigned this namesake to their second born. I like to picture them sipping tea (Benedict Cumberbatch is there, naturally) reading some local Utah County newspaper when Kate suddenly (but delicately) places her tea cup on it’s matching spit-shined saucer. “I got it!” She exclaims in the most British of British accents. “Charlotte shall be her name! That is what the people of Utah County found good enough, and so do I!” Will And Benny (as I affectionately call Benedict…because “Dict” just doesn’t seem as kind) jump for joy and applaud the Princess for having such excellent taste in names.

Other versions of this scenario play out in my head, but most of them involve the royal family being frequent readers of my blog and that would just be ridiculous.

My Charlotte just so happens to be the best Charlotte, of all time, in all universes, forever and ever. I’m biased of course. But when someone grows another someone inside of themselves, they tend to be pretty obsessed with the “outcome” (too literal? Sorry). Our Miss Charlotte is pudging up real nicely, and I felt an update on her developmental (and sass) progress was in order.

- Charlotte sometimes gets really quite pissed at us. She takes to spitting when this happens, and I am not exaggerating, she starts blowing spit bubbles that are only interrupted by chastising yells. She get mad, spits, and yells. It’s all very adorable.

- Miss Charlotte sits up like the proper lady ought to. She actually has been sitting up for over a month now, but I allot that success to the fact that she has a very broad base when sitting on top of those gloriously fat thighs. They are soooo glorious.

- Speaking of sitting up, she also transitions from a sitting up position to an on-all-fours position, but very cautiously. She will rock in transition until she finally works up the gumption to lunge forward. Sometimes face plants (and tears) result, but she’s got a quick recovery time.

- I swear she can say “mamma” and Clint swears she can say “dada” but both probably translate in baby talk to some variation of: “feed me more food”.

- Liam is Miss Charlotte’s favorite. He always has been, and I find it funny that he can sit on top of her, bring her to tears, and she is still excited to see him. Maybe we should call her Saint Charlotte instead.

Charlotte1

xo Alix

by Alix

May

18

A Tubby Todd baby wash giveaway!

May 18, 2015 in baby, beauty, family, Favorites, giveaway, hair, parenting, Uncategorized by Alix

Wonderful all-natural kids bubble bath, shampoo, and lotion

As a mom, and a person who is trying to do there best in the environmentally-conscious sort of way, I am constantly trying to balance being the kind of mom that feed her kids hot dogs for every meal with being the kind of mom that grows her or soy beans for tofu (and is affectionately know by the neighbors as “that health-freak lady”). I like to think I fall somewhere in the middle between these two. One thing I maintain a strict perspective on, however, is my belief in all natural baby products. I’m lucky enough to have access to all natural, chemical free, hypoallergenic baby baths and lotions…so I definitely take advantage of such products for my sweet little ones.

Both Liam and Charlotte have very sensitive skin. What’s more, all baby’s skin is extremely porous. This is why I carefully select baby wash for those fun bubble baths. Out of the dozen or so baby washes I have tried, Tubby Todd is my favorite!

First, I love the smell of Tubby Todd. It’s lavender and rosemary fragrances are subtle and gentle, but still leave your baby smelling fresh. Some all-natural baby soaps are scent-free or have a weird sent, which usually means my baby just kind of smells like a potato after bath time…mmmmm yum.

I also love how sudsy the soap it! I can scrub those pudgy baby tummies and rolls all nice and clean with less than a teaspoon of soap, which means that one bottle lasts me a good few months of scrubbing!

Partnering with Tubby Todd is really a no-brainer for me…so today I will be hosting a  Tubby Todd baby wash giveaway on my Instagram! You could win a Love Lake gift set (about 4 months worth baby wash and lotion!). This Tubby Todd baby wash giveaway is very very easy to enter.

Just head on over to Instagram to enter the Tubby Todd baby wash giveaway!!!

Wonderful all-natural kids bubble bath, shampoo, and lotion

Wonderful all-natural kids bubble bath, shampoo, and lotion

Wonderful all-natural kids bubble bath, shampoo, and lotion

Wonderful all-natural kids bubble bath, shampoo, and lotion

Some more mommy posts if you are in the mood:

Miss Charlotte’s birth storySir William turns 2!…and why going out to lunch with kids is the worst.

xo Alix

by Alix

May

14

Watercolor Graphic Business Cards

May 14, 2015 in blogging, Craft, DIY, Uncategorized by Alix

Bright colored watercolor business cards with a brush lettering logo

Images and styling by Sam and Me :)

My blog and branding have needed a makeover for some time now. Blogs tend to be a reflection of their owner/founder/CEO??? and for some time now I have felt like mine is a bit out-dated. We still employ glitter and spunk plenty around here, but not in such ample proportions. Also, I’m gravitating to more rich and substantial colors (but don’t tell that to Hot Pink. She can be a real diva I hear). The new site will not launch for a couple months, but I wanted to let you know that it is definitely in the process of happening. It’s on the brain daily :)

And to get you a little excited, I wanted to share with you some of my watercolor graphic business cards that are the jumping-off point for the whole website makeover. They were designed by the ever-so-talented Tosha of Hello Tosha! She is really a talented designer and calligrapher. I highly recommend her and her Instagram account is one of my favorites.

I got a hold of Tosha when I was in a pinch for a blog makeover and she helped with all the branding details that are in my head, but I don’t quite have the skills to materialize them. Well, let me just say she is skilled and I am delighted about the direction things are heading. I really love how the watercolor fills in the details of the flowers, but not in a too precise way. As you can see, “Alix Adams” is becoming a bigger part of my brand to make mental room for me to expand into other business ventures. All in all, these watercolor graphic business cards are the perfect start to a fresh face for “Alix Adams: A Ruffled Life”!

As for business cards, you know me…the more impaction (and even gaudy) the better ;) . You can see my previous business cards here, here, and here!

Bright colored watercolor business cards with a brush lettering logo

Bright colored watercolor business cards with a brush lettering logo

Bright colored watercolor business cards with a brush lettering logo

Bright colored watercolor business cards with a brush lettering logo

xo Alix