Fave posts this month! May 2013

Hey lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a lovely May! I thought it was high time to return to doing an occasional roundup of blog posts and articles I’ve loved recently, so you guys can find some fun new beauty reviews, fashion posts, recipes, reads, whatever–maybe you’ll even find some cool new bloggers to follow in the process. :) Since it’s been just about forever since I did one of these posts I’ve got a roundup of links from the whole month of May, but hopefully in the future I’ll do these posts more often!

In no particular order, here are some posts I really liked this month!

On my recipe radar: this sparkling berry limeade from Beauty & Truth (wouldn’t this be a perfect summer patio beverage?) and a recipe for vegan almond butter cups from FitSugar. Since deciding to give up milk chocolate I’ve really missed Reeses Cups; I really do prefer dark chocolate, but that particular candy bar has always been a big weak spot for me! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe to make my own at home.

Also for those interested in the cruelty-free lifestyle: you might be interested in joining Bleat, a new social media site geared towards vegetarians and vegans. Find out more about Bleat courtesy of The Glambulance. And if organic beauty is a big deal to you, then you need to read Sugarpuffish‘s post on picking truly organic skincare. With all of the confusing labels out there saying things like “natural” “organic” and “green”, it’s important to know how to weed through the fakers to find the truly pure and natural products.

Wants some outfit inspiration? The Serena Saga posts some of the most awesome outfits ever, and this bright skirt and top combo is no exception. (She’s one of my favorite fashion bloggers!) C Michelle Styles posted this great mashup of neon, sequins, and cream (another great fashion blogger to follow, especially if you’re on a budget). And Andystyle has the cutest draped skirt here–I like that she paired it with an equally drapey top but kept things defined with the belt and ladylike pumps! Finally, Beauty By Arielle has me itching to go thrifting again with this pretty haul of prints and colors from Plato’s Closet.

If you want some cool new nail art ideas, check out this cute and easy marbling idea (using plastic wrap instead of water!) courtesy of Pretty Making. Or, if you’re into stamping, check out this tone on tone matte mani from RainySunRayNails–it’s such a pretty twist on traditional matte manicures!

I’ve had the itch to rearrange and redecorate in my home lately, so I got some fun design inspiration with these peeks into the homes of artist Anahata Katkin and musician Florence Welch from Bohemian Treehouse. Also in the home department: it was super-fun scrolling through the linkups for “My Dream Home” via Random Thursday, but I think the best of all was Katrin’s tower library (Land of Candy Canes). I’ve decided to just go be the ghost that lives up there and watches over all of the books, because how awesome would that be?

Beauty By Arielle pretty much summed up all of my frustrations with BB creams in this video. I’m giving her huge bonus points for referencing Grumpy Cat along the way! Pretty Squared picked out seven of their favorite drugstore blushes for summer and I’m psyched to see that five are cruelty-free options–and all so pretty, too! Beauty Redfined By Pang posts tons and tons of great reviews and swatches all the time, but one post that really caught my eye this month was her roundup of emerald green makeup. I love this color but finding true shades in the drugstore can be tricky, so I appreciated the picks and swatches from brands like Nyx and Milani.

If you want some non-beauty or fashion-related reading, Green Eyed Monster has been doing the same two Blog Every Day in May challenges that I’ve been struggling through completing–so if you’ve been having fun reading up on those topics, go check out her posts too! If you’re a cat lover or just love funny pet videos, you must watch this cat video as recommended by You’re Meaghan Me Crazy–it’s so true to life!

Finally, Dancing Branflakes is one of my favorite blogs that doesn’t focus specifically on style–you’ll find a variety of posts here on dance, beauty, fashion, food, decorating, relationships, and more, but also lots of inspirational posts and some that are just pure pretty photography. This series of photos from a trail in Virgina is so pretty, and the accompanying story is pretty sweet, too.

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