Friday, March 27, 2015

Fashion Friday: Madewell's spring collection



The denim! The crisp whites! The prints! As if we weren't already ecstatic for spring's long-overdue arrival, Madewell has managed to capture the season perfectly with these easy, breezy styles.

"This collection was a resounding nod to the optimism that comes with spring," Madewell's Head of Design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, told Fashionista. "The pulling out of all the things you love and packed away — your favorite jeans , a classic tee, a trench — we looked to all those things, tweaked and updated them to feel fresh and new."





I can smell that fresh air already and those spring flowers, can't you, friends? Check out more of their awesome spring style, and share your favorite looks in the comments! xoxo

P.S. Friday link love is coming up! :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tip: Write a personal manifesto

Speaking of balance, it can be so easy to get stressed these days, can't it? Sometimes, it seems like all you have to do is breathe and all that crazy stress just fills your lungs. Appointments, obligations, family, work, those never-ending to-do lists, even a headache that's been nagging me for the last couple of days -- they all compete for our attention.

I'm always on the hunt for ways to dial back the stress, even if it's only a little (every little bit helps, right?), and sometimes, I've found, just writing things down...just...gets...it...off...my...chest.

Enter: The manifesto.

Think of it as a playbook or a road map for your journey ahead. What do you want to accomplish? What steps do you have to take to get there? What's your action plan going to be? They can even be little rules that you want to follow to enrich your life. 99U, the Web hub that helps you makes your ideas a reality, perfectly explains the power of manifestos...
"Manifestos are a powerful catalyst. By publicly stating your views and intentions, you create a pact for taking action. If you want to change the world, even in just a small way, creating a personal or business manifesto is a great place to start. Needless to say, developing a set of principles that you believe in and constantly strive to stand by is an invaluable tool."
The article also lists the personal manifestos of some famous -- and successful! -- folks, like Frank Lloyd Wright ("An honest ego in a healthy body"), Seth Godin ("The greatest bloggers blog for their readers, not for themselves"), Leo Tolstoy ("Get up early -- five o’clock") and Apple ("We have the self-honesty to admit when we’re wrong and the courage to change").

I'm a big fan of outlining. Whether you're thinking of changing careers, moving to a new city or merely trying to add more vegetables to your diet, articulating your vision and ideas is a solid first step. A few things on my personal manifesto...

*Give your heart in all you do. It could make all the difference in the world.
*People want to help. Let them in.
*Trust your instinct and stick to your guns.
*Develop a routine and make sure you follow it.
*Family comes first, no matter what.
*Don't be afraid to blog exactly how you're feeling. Honesty and vulnerability is a beautiful thing.
*Sing like nobody's listening and fangirl to your heart's content.
*Smile like it could move mountains.
*Be the friend you'd like to have.
*Kindness is a gift. Give it often.
So, friends, have you ever written a personal manifesto? What are some things you'd include on your list? Have your goals/ideas changed over the years? Do you think they'll change in the future? I'd love to hear what's on your manifesto now, so be sure to share in the comments! Let's inspire each other, shall we? xoxo

[Photos via We Heart It]

In The Pursuit of Happiness: Sarah Jessica Parker on finding balance

I first fell in love with Sarah Jessica Parker long before she slipped on those Manolo Blahnik and strutted the streets of New York City as Carrie Bradshaw. It was even before she made being a witch ultra chic in Hocus Pocus. I was around 10, and it was a little film called Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (fun fact: A young Helen Hunt also stars in the movie!). Parker played a wide-eyed teen with dreams of becoming a regular on a cable TV dance show. I must have seen the movie -- and memorized all of the dance numbers -- about 55126512 times.

See? My girl crush goes wayyyyy back.

I've admired so much about her over the years, from her trailblazing fashion sense to her strong sense of self, so I suppose it's only fitting that I share a great Parker-ism in honor of her 50th birthday yesterday. She spoke to Woman's Day in 2007, where she shared her thoughts on that elusive "B" word -- balance...
"As a woman, I have an inherent need to be all things to all people, to make certain everybody's taken care of. I know I can't sustain that level all the time, so I'm finding the proper balance and it's made me infinitely happier."
How refreshing is that? So often, we look at other people -- not just other women -- and it seems like they have everything all figured out. And sometimes, we even start to wonder if we're doing it all wrong or why no one sent us the memo on finding that perfect balance. But, thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker, I feel a little less alone in my plight, which makes all the difference in the world.
How have you been finding balance lately, friends? What tricks have worked for you? Do you find that some aspects of your life are more balanced than others? Let's chat! xoxo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.





"We found wonderland...You and I got lost in it..." --Taylor Swift

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Olive Yew Name Bar Necklace Giveaway!



Today's giveaway is from Angela of Olive Yew, an amazing jewelry line and one of So About What I Said's long-time sponsors. Each piece is made by hand and with care in her small workshop in North Carolina, and is, as Angela says, "sophisticated, timeless and designed to make every woman and girl feel beautiful." I love that!

Angela is giving this personalized name bar necklace to one lucky reader. You can choose a word up to 10 characters in silver, gold-filled or rose-gold filled and any length up to 20 inches. Wouldn't it make a nice Mother's Day gift (hint, hint)?

For your chance to win, simply visit Olive Yew, and leave a comment below, telling us how you'd customize your special necklace if you won. For additional entries, you can (please leave a separate comment for each entry)...

*Fan Olive Yew on Facebook
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A winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday, March 31st, so you've got a whole week to enter! Good luck, friends! xoxo

My heart "tattoo"

OK, so this might win the prize for the Most Random Post EVER on So About What I Said, but is it just me or is that in the shape of a heart? Conclusion: Even my eczema is a hopeless romantic... xoxo

Monday, March 23, 2015

Video Q&A: Send me your questions!

I'm always brainstorming fun ways to make the blog more interactive (I mean, my favorite part of blogging is chatting with you, after all, friends!), and one of the ways I love doing that is through Video Hellos! As I was falling asleep last night (go figure!), I realized that it's been a couple years since we've done a proper Q&A around these parts. And that made me sad. Very, very sad.

So now's your chance to send in your most burning questions. There are three ways to submit your questions...


*Leave your questions in the comments below

*Send them to me at mellow1422@aol.com

*Tweet them using #AskMelissaB

Remember, just like in the past, anything and everything is fair game, so don't hold back. What have you always wanted to know? Anything from love to my disability to my obsession with Jurassic Park and Back To The Future -- go wild and ask away! I'll be answering the questions in an upcoming Video Hello! Can't wait to hear from you, friends! xoxo

[Top photo via We Heart It]

Etsy Love: Motivational pencil sets




Etsy shop HarvestCo really hit the jackpot with their pick-me-up pencils, don't you think? They're perfect for those Mondays (like today...) when you need just an extra dose of motivation -- or, at the very least, an extra dose of caffeine! Where were these pencils when I was in college? It would be like having your own personal cheerleader as you're writing! xoxo

Man Candy Monday.

Good morning, friends! How are you on this lovely day? Apparently, spring never got the memo because it's supposed to snow today! Ugh! Well, on to happier things. Today's guy is quite the British import. He's oh-so-very humble. And his sheer talent sends his sexiness factor to the moon and beyond...

EDDIE REDMAYNE!!!!!!!!!!*





"When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars.f"

*Yes, I know Mr. Redmayne has graced Man Candy before, but he's just so awesome, I thought he deserved his own post!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Have a sunny weekend

Happy first day of spring, friends! I love how Friday and the beginning of spring are on the same day this year -- it's like a double dose of sweetness! Any exciting plans this weekend? Full disclosure: I'll be watching this movie from my childhood since it's leaving Netflix at the end of the month. Priorities, people! I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Fashion Do or Don't: Retro striped knits for spring.

Goodbye, Internet Explorer.

This Cinderella-inspired makeup from MAC is so romantic and whimsical.

Hidden Smiles.

Picky eaters of the world, unite!

Where are they now: The casts of MTV's The Real World.

A behind-the-scenes look at Catfish, one of my fave guilty pleasures!

This dramatic video shows the first and final frames of 55 iconic movies.

5 unexpected places for great decor.

A secret fruit salad ingredient that is oh-so-sweet.

Dream Home: The return of baby blue.

Where do you stand on this onesie debate?

Do you know the three S's of blogging?

FYI, beware of these 24-hour diners.

Your new Sunday mantra. You're welcome.

31 times celebrities gave the best responses to sexist questions.

Turns out, my cat obsession is healthy.

Exhaustion is not a status symbol.

Great travel pins just in time for warm weather!

"It seems that once a person dies, the things they teach you suddenly become more deeply rooted. It's a feeling I can't quite explain except to say it's almost as if when they're gone, you get the complete picture of their lives because they've lived it from beginning to end." --Tiffany on what her mother taught her. Beautiful.

**Don't forget to enter the Swankee Yankee and FMJ Creation giveaways! You've got until next week, and there are lots of chances to win!

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo
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