Friday, June 29, 2012

Wanna sponsor?

I cannot thank my readers & sponsors enough for all the love you show! 
Do you have a have a business or blog? I'd love to support you and help you grow too!

Want to join in on the fun and sponsor?! Yes? Awesome! Go HERE for more info & rates!
Here's the most up-to-date run down on Simply Bold:
428 GFC followers
573 Google Reader and Bloglovin followers
304 Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest followers

That's 1,300+ followers!

10,950 average monthly page views
And 2,500+ unique visitors monthly

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Wanna know more? Check HERE for details & rates and you can always email me! There's still some spots open for July!

Don't miss out on the Anna Delores Giveaway that ends TONIGHT! Emily is an amazingly talented photographer and has some killer works of art up for grabs! Psst don't forget about her 50% off discount code! Yes, 50% off!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

thursday latelies

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How goes your Thursday?

Check out Bex for more lovelies.

Hey are you Jill? You just won the Three Bird Nest Giveaway! Congrats! Send me an email :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

cornfields & weddings

Dress  |  AE belt {similar}  |  JCrew necklace {similar}  |  watch  |  DIY bracelet  |  clutch

This weekend my cousin said her vows in a teeny tiny church in a teeny tiny town surrounded by the labyrinth of cornfields. Let me elaborate. I drove, and drove some more, down a county road to a "town" with a railroad and 5 gravel roads {first through fifth street} and made several turns between rows of never ending cornfields and there...sat a church. 

Don't let me misrepresent myself: I grew up in a farm town. where people lived. and the human to cow ratio was slightly higher. Jake on the other hand starts to get sweaty palms when we don't pass a gas station every 5 miles. But I must say, it was such a sweet and beautiful ceremony and being there did momentarily {only momentarily} make me miss my roots. My issue: I still get freaked out by Children of the Corn and I've never cared for banjos. You know they're not high on your priority list either.

Did you enter the Anna Delores Photography Giveaway? You know that blank wall you've been wanting to show some love? Now's a good time to win some beauties and there's a 50% off code! You won't want to miss her stunning artwork!

Friday, June 22, 2012

friday giveaway - Anna Delores {CLOSED}

This week I get the privilege to introduce you all to Emily! This girl has quickly become one of my favorite friends here in blog world...and for good reason! Can I just say how jealous I am for a moment? Not only has she traveled the world over but she's reflected that wanderlust in some stunning photography {I tend to come home from vacay with pics chocked full of awkward blurry faces and the inside of my purse}. Em can see the beauty all around her and in every day life. Her photography is just that and makes you see how alluring life is. 

Meet Emily of Anna Delores Photography:

The name "Anna Delores" comes from my maternal great-grandmother (Anna) and my paternal grandmother (Delores) in a salute to my heritage and appreciation of the influence of ancestry in my identity as an artist. I love vintage-inspired imagery and strive to integrate vintage elements in each and every one of my photographs.  My photographic subjects range from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to antique objects in Los Angeles flea markets; I produce creatively-inspired images to make a connection with people, whether by recalling memories of a past trip abroad or summoning the human emotional connection to everyday objects.  I also photograph weddings and families; check out the Anna Delores Photography website ( if you're looking for a photographer!  :) 

Emily is giving away $50 credit to her shop! 

How to enter:

1) Be a follower of Simply Bold with Google Friend Connect! (mandatory)
2) Visit Anna Delores Photography and comment below on your favorite piece!

Extra entries:
(1 entry for each! Make each entry in separate comments to count!)

Follow her blog with GFC HERE
Follow her on Twitter HERE
Like her on Facebook HERE
Heart/add her shop to your favorites HERE
Follow her on Pinterest HERE

Follow me on Twitter HERE
Follow me on Bloglovin HERE
Follow me on Instagram HERE
Follow me on Pinterest HERE

Tweet, Facebook, or blog about this giveaway & comment for each

Don't want to wait?:

How about 50% off for Simply Bold readers? Yes, 50% off! Use code "BLOG1" at checkout!

Giveaway is open to all Simply Bold readers! Closes on Friday, June 29th at midnight CST! I'll announce the winner the following week!

P.S. Three Bird Nest Giveaway ends tonight! Chocked full of charming & girlie accessories to transform any outfit into something stunning! Don't miss it!

P.P.S. Are you Brittany of Itsy Bitty Things? You are? Sweet...this is your cue to jump up and down and run around the room screaming because you just won everything in my Birthday Giveaway! Congratulations girlie, send me an email!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY mason jar string lights

We spend a lot of time outside during the summers, especially summer evenings. I've been wanting to put up lights around our deck for awhile now. We wanted a calming, soft glow instead of a harsh spotlight. I was flipping through a wedding magazine and in the background of a photo there it was! The perfect mix between rustic simplicity and uniqueness. I knew I could whip these's how:

What you'll need:

Pop the lid out the band. Discard the lid. Use the hammer and nail to create matching holes on opposite sides of the band.

On one side of the cable place a ferrule (metal slide with 2 holes side by side). Insert the cable into one hole. Create a loop and stick the end of cable in the other hole. Clamp shut by using the hammer to flatten the ferrule.

Slide the open end of the cable through each lid. Place enough lids on the cable to have 1 lid/foot. Now loop & close the other end of cable like you did before. Hang the wire using the loops. Space out the lids and screw on a jar where you want the jar to hang. The jar and lid will clamp the wire once screwed together so the jar won't slide around.

Drop a tea light into each jar. Enjoy your dreamy glow in the warm summer air. I love this idea for a wedding too and hanging from the bottom branches of trees...gorgeous.

The total cost was around $32 for 36' and took less than 30 minutes! Feel free to !

Have you entered the Three Bird Nest giveaway yet? Loving all her charming & girlie accessories! Check it out before it ends!

Friday, June 15, 2012

friday giveaway - three bird nest {CLOSED}

I'm SO excited to share this week's giveaway with you! Alicia (and her shop) are amazing! Her beautiful designs are perfection...everything from headbands to jewelry, you'll find some of the most stunning accessories! Some of my favorite outfits have come from simple pieces topped with unique's the best way to keep things fresh! Three Bird Nest is filled to the brim with girly and vintage inspired accessories, perfect to make any outfit more charming!

Meet Alicia of Three Bird Nest:

hi. i'm alicia + i like to design pretty much everything. i started three bird nest (named for my 3 kiddos) on a whim when i couldn't find headbands that i loved for my boutique. my etsy shop has now become my more-than-full-time job which i am so excited about. in my designs i try to focus on details, fabrics and simplistic but beautiful designs with a nod to vintage style. i love the 70's, the 20's twisted into modern style. i am SO grateful to my amazing customers. i am so blessed to have this opportunity to design and make items i love + can't wait to bring you more.

Alicia is giving away your choice of any headwrap or headband from her shop! 

How to enter:

1) Be a follower of Simply Bold with Google Friend Connect! (mandatory)
2) Visit Three Bird Nest and comment below on your favorite piece!

Extra entries:
(1 entry for each! Make each entry in separate comments to count!)

Like her on Facebook HERE
Heart/add her shop to your favorites HERE

Follow me on Twitter HERE
Follow me on Bloglovin HERE

Tweet, Facebook, or blog about this giveaway

Don't want to wait?:

Use code "SIMPLYBOLD" at checkout for FREE SHIPPING at Three Bird Nest!

Also, every Wednesday, Alicia offers up one of her amazing items at a MAJOR discount...make sure to check out her Facebook page every Wednesday to find out what the Weds Deal of the week is!

Giveaway is open to all Simply Bold readers! Closes on Friday, June 22nd at midnight! I'll announce the winner the following week!

Did you enter my HUGE birthday giveaway yet? There's tons of goodies up for grabs from some seriously amazing ladies & winner takes all! Don't miss it...ends tonight!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

thursday latelies

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Happy birthday to my Daddy! I could not have asked for a more kind-hearted, caring dad. Thank you for always being so proud of me, helping me figure out who I am, and not letting me forget where I've come from.

1) Picked up this Madewell skirt for $21 in store! I'm totally sold on Madewell...check it out if you haven't yet!

2) Michael Kors Bradshaw watch. perfection. love the menswear inspiration.

3) THIS is the print I got from Anna Delores Photography! Thanks again Emily! I'll show it off once I buy out her shop for my gallery wall :)

Have you voted for me in the Junk Food Clothing Blogger Project?! It's easy! Just repin this pic of how I styled up my JF Tee on Pinterest! Make sure to follow Junk Food on Pinterest too...if you pick the winning look, you'll get to add that tee to your closet! Score!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

a little love

ASOS blouse {similar HERE or ebay HERE)  |  shorts  |  watch  |  flatforms

I had an amazing birthday week...thank you all SO much for all the love! Here's some more love for ya:

Heart blouses
A beautiful watch inside a lovingly wrapped box...
Having a guy who knows my taste in jewelry
Around 40 of my closest friends and family in my house for a BBQ
My house still being intact and clean after said soiree
Perfect weather for tans and cookouts
Birthday candles...and cake...and anything else with the word birthday in it
Love from family and friends
Flatforms that seem to go with everything
Shopping trips with birthday money
Finding THE dress for an upcoming wedding for 66% off
Doing my happy dance in the middle of JCrew after looking at the price tag
Margaritas in the sunshine
Having a DIY turn out just as expected...stay tuned
Having 7 out of 8 days off during my first week of being 26
Yes I'm 26

Also the voting is live for the Junk Food Clothing Blogger Project! You can vote for me by repining this pin on how I styled my Junk Food Tee! I would love to have your support!
Annnnnd 5 lucky fans who had repinned the winning looks will be selected at random by Junk Food to win the t-shirt from the photo! Just make you follow Junk Food on Pinterest to be in the running to win!

Did you enter my HUGE birthday giveaway yet? Trust don't want to miss out on this one!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Birthday Giveaway! {Closed}

Today is my birthday and I thought...
what better way to celebrate than to do a HUGE giveaway! 
Who says the birthday girl is the only one who gets presents?! 

I could not be more excited to show off these lovely and oh-so-generous ladies to help me celebrate! 
Good Luck...I'm going to go blow out my candles now!

Blog  |  Shop  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
Sara of Twillypop has $25 of Shop Credit up for grabs!

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Tokara of LoveSexton is giving away a pair of Neon Aztec Earrings "Pastel Candy Color Collection" ($20 value)!
Don't wanna wait?! Use SIMPLYBOLD10 for 10% off her shop!

Blog  |  Shop  |  Twitter  |  Instagram
Katrina of Calikatrina has 5 Bows of the Winners Choice (That's a $40 value!) up for grabs!

Blog  |  Shop  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Pinterest
Emily of Anna Delores Photography is giving away an 8x10 of the Winner's Choice (valued up to $30!)...her work is b.e.a.utiful!

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Erika of Rouge & Whimsy is giving away $15 shop Credit!

Blog  |  Shop  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
Laura of Along for the Ride has $15 Shop Credit up for grabs!
Don't wanna wait? Use BOLD15 for 15% off her shop!

Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
Leigh-Ellen of Little Waterlily in a Big Pond is giving up 1 Month of Large Ad Space to the winner!

Blog  |  Shop  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
Liz of Craft to the Radio is giving away $25 Shop Credit!

How to enter:

Be a public follower of this blog with Google Friend Connect! (mandatory)

Extra entries:
(1 entry for each! Make each entry in separate comments to count!)

Follow me on Twitter HERE
Follow me on Bloglovin HERE

Follow, Visit, Like, or Heart any of the links above -- comment for each!

Tweet, Facebook, or blog about this giveaway

Winner Takes All so start clicking those links and visiting these ah-mazing ladies!
AND thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday! Now get don't wanna miss out!

P.S. Are you Brigid of Small Town Fabulous? You just won the LAB giveaway!
Send me an email!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

little did you know...

Tee c/o Junk Food Clothing  |  shorts  |  sandals  |  watch  |  DIY chain bracelet

Yes, I can longboard. Let's just say my center of gravity is more compatible with one than a skateboard. It gets messy real quick when I'm on a normal board...and when I wear platforms while riding, hence the bare tootsies. These pictures would have turned out much better on a pier with a glistening ocean in the background but low and behold I live in the midwest and a pier is not so much an option. Longboarding is as close as we get to surfing out here. At least we have plenty of hills with little traffic (and walking trails).

I can't believe I forgot how comfy a tee and jean shorts are! Hello, next best thing to pjs! Especially this tee. It's now the softest, comfiest one in my closet. It reminds me of one of my mom's old concert tee's that I wore until it was literally too thin to survive another washing. and then I wore it one more time. So when Junk Food Clothing asked me to participate in their first blogger project and potentially win a whole mess of their tees I jumped at the chance! Well, I squealed, ran around the room, and then jumped. They're letting their fans vote on which blogger styled look is their favorite then they'll be showering the winning blogger in Junk Food heaven! Sounds like a refreshing shower no? I'll keep you posted when the voting goes live and I'd love to have your support!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

nerd with a mini top knot

J. Crew tee {similar}  |  skirt  |  Warby Parker glasses  |  UO belt  |  J. Crew giraffe necklace  |  flatforms  | watch 

Yes, I actually wear glasses. Not the fake ones. When ordering them, I got a wonderful little memo sharing with me that my lenses would't fit into my beautiful new frames without the use of a shrink ray to allow my coke bottles to be a manageable weight. Because what good are glasses that are so heavy you can't lift your head to see. no good. that's what. So here's a BIG thank you to the maker of the high index lens! I couldn't be happier with my new glasses....there's something about a tortoise retro frame. ahhh. I guess I'll always be a nerd at heart.

On another note, I've finally attempted a top knot again after having my locks detached, at least that's what it feels like. I like to refer to it as a mini knot. I'm two seconds away from chopping up a sock to fill in my bun...yeah sock bun. Necessities come in all different forms.

Friday, June 1, 2012

socks are accessories too

pullover: gap {similar}  |  belt  |  shorts  |  socks: jcrew  |  flatforms  |  watch  |  giraffe necklace: jcrew  |  DIY chain bracelet  |  lips: nars in schiap

So I know you've all been wondering what I wear to get dog My mistake. Well, for those of you who were curious, here you go! I actually had no intentions of taking outfit pics today but the fact that I put on lipstick to head to PetSmart must have thrown Jake for a loop because he grabbed the camera on the way out the door. Now, I couldn't go and pass up an outfit photo opt, could I? No.

Just before heading out the door, I glanced in the mirror and thought ugh...more color, definitely need more color. Hence the socks. So there you have it, socks are now banked in my accessory list. Along with fuchsia lipstick, giraffe necklaces, and hippie headbands. Just to name a few.

The LAB giveaway for a truly stunning brass peter pan collar ends TONIGHT! Get scooting if you haven't already!