Sunday, June 29, 2014
7 USES FOR HONEY

7 USES FOR HONEY

Sunday, June 29, 2014
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You know how life is super busy, but you think you have time to do everything that you want to do, everything that you need to do, and then write a week's worth of blogposts too? Yeah, that just happened. Somewhere between Friday and today everything else stacked up on me and boom.. five days past with no blogpost. The shame. Does this happen to you? Do you just run out of time to give your blog the attention that it needs sometimes? At any rate, I thought I would share seven beauty uses for honey that I really love and have found to be tremendously helpful!

|WASH YOUR HAIR WITH HONEY. Honey is actually a wonderful moisturizing hair cleanser that will leave your locks soft, smooth, and silky. Shampoo tends to strip your hair and scalp of oils that are protective. This can cause your hair to overproduce oil to recoup from the rough cleaning. Cleansing your hair with honey balances oil production, and it is pH balanced which promotes a healthy scalp. 

• Mix 3 tablespoon of warm water and 1 tablespoon of honey ( raw honey is the best ) to make the cleanser. Dampen your hair, then massage the honey cleanser into hair. You don't need to worry about working the cleanser all the way to the ends of your hair, though you certainly can if you want. Pull your hair up in a clip and let the honey cleanser sit on your hair for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse well. 

|CLEANSE YOUR FACE WITH HONEY. This is something that I do everyday. Honey cleanses your skin gently without stripping it. This, plus honey's antibacterial properties, make it a helpful cleanser for reducing acne. 

• As always, raw honey is best. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the honey and gently apply onto your face. Honey is quite sticky, obviously, so you might have to add a couple of drops of warm water to help with the consistency and make it easier to apply to your face. Let the honey hangout on your face for five to ten minutes and then rinse with warm water, followed by cool. 

|REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF SCARS. Honey can greatly fade and reduce the appearance of acne scars on the face. It has a natural bleaching effect, and when used regularly it can help you reclaim an even complexion. Using honey as a mask and letting it sit on your face for half an hour gleans the best results.

|LIGHTEN HAIR. The same bleaching effect that honey has on scars, it has on your hair, giving you lovely golden highlights. 

• Mix 6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice ( to kick it up a notch ) with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and apply to hair for one hour. This works even better if you apply heat to your hair, so break out the blowdryer if you want even greater results. I suggest this method of lightening twice a week to get the best results.

|CONDITION YOUR NAILS. As summer makes it's appearance we all want to have the perfect summer manicure. Those happy Essie colors call our name! For the best polish results, healthy strong nails are essential. Honey works well at softening your cuticles and strengthening your nails. 

• Mix 1 teaspoon of raw honey with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply to your cuticles and nails and let sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water.

|FADE DARK CIRCLES. Whether you're twenty or thirty-five and beyond, we all get dark circles under our eyes sometimes. Life is busy and can be tiring. Concealer does it's job well, but why not reduce the appearance of dark circles from the start! Honey is a natural remedy for dark under-eye circles. 

• Take 1 teaspoon of honey and apply under the eye over dark circles, and leave for twenty minutes. Rinse with warm water. Do this twice a week and watch your dark circles fade.

|LIP + BODY SCRUB. This is one of my absolute favorites uses for honey! A honey scrub leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft. Personally, I think it is a must for summer with shorts and racerback tanks out in full force.

• For body scrub: Combine 3 ( heaping ) teaspoons of light brown sugar ( I use a trusty spoon for this ) and 2 teaspoons of honey. It will form a soft, but slightly moldable paste. Of course, use of this scrub must be done while in the shower. Apply to your body in gentle circular motions and then rinse with warm water.

• For lip scrub: Combine 1 (small ) teaspoon of honey and 1 (small ) teaspoon of light brown sugar. Again, it will for a soft moldable paste. Apply to lips and leave for five minutes, then gently scrub and rinse.


 What about you, have you felt overwhelmed this week? What are some of your favorites uses for honey?





  


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Friday, June 27, 2014
GUEST POST | ASHLEY FROM A FAITHFUL PASSION

GUEST POST | ASHLEY FROM A FAITHFUL PASSION

Friday, June 27, 2014
​I'm excited to be guest posting today and taking over Boone & Owl! I enjoy Jen's sense of style and take pointers from every fashion/style post.

In a few more weeks I will be headed to New Orleans with some friends to see Beyonce' and Jay-Z perform LIVE! I'm super excited because this is my first REAL concert and to see both of them together is an extra treat! I've searched and found a few items that I think I want to buy but I would enjoy your guys opinion over it. Let me know what you think!


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**These items don't necessarily have to go together and I do plan on switching things up a little bit but to get an idea of what I'm going for these examples do the job!**

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These are clearly one pieces so choosing which one or two that I want is very hard! I love the simplicity of the outfits and the fact that I can put more emphasis on my makeup, hair, and accessories.

We plan on being in the N.O. for 3 days and 2 night so I'll need something to cover each day X 2 because you never know what'll happen, lol. What are your thoughts on my choices so far and if you have any recommendation PLEASE let me know in the comment box! :-)

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Friday, June 20, 2014
K.M. HUTTON SUMMER ESSENTIALS GIVEAWAY

K.M. HUTTON SUMMER ESSENTIALS GIVEAWAY

Friday, June 20, 2014
Summer Essentials giveaway, K.M. Hutton, summer giveaways, fold over clutches

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend has kicked off with a great start! Last Saturday I shared this Modern Summer Days with K.M. Hutton post ( which is one of my favorite posts to date! ) and I hope you enjoyed the modern cuteness as much as I did. Kate hand makes ALL of the pieces in her bag line and they are simply amazing! My Slate Grey Linen and Suede Fold Over Clutch is a fantastic bag for summer and I am enjoying toting it around so much! 

Kate is giving all of you the chance to tote one around yourself + you get some great no-fuss, summer essentials to take with you! One lucky reader ( that's you! ) will win:

 K.M. Hutton bag  | winner can choose any fold-over or oversized clutch |
 Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter
 Jane Iredale Blotting Papers and Compact
 Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume Roll-on
 Cyndibands Elastic Hair Ties
 Origins Smarty Plants™ CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector

How great is that! Kate's kind of awesome, don't ya think? As always, cross your fingers and toes, and do the electric slide, in hopes that you win a stylish new handbag and some lovely summer essentials!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
MODERN SUMMER DAYS WITH K.M. HUTTON

MODERN SUMMER DAYS WITH K.M. HUTTON

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Happy Saturday! It's seriously hot here in the ever humid South Carolina. Learning to withstand the heat and not completely melt is practically a right of passage. Naturally, jeans are still a staple then. I wholeheartedly believe that you can get away with wearing jeans during the summer if you cuff them. The cuff makes all jeans acceptable on warm days!  

I'm super excited about this post you guys! I adore fold over clutches, and Kate from K.M. Hutton  makes some of my favorites. Finding a unique piece to add to an outfit that brings a bit of your own flair is key! And that's one of the reasons that I love K.M. Hutton. The handbags are so modern, yet classic in their own right. They're seriously classy, but give you that little bit of edge. This particular clutch is a favorite because it can so easily go from day to evening! 

Who's with me on the easy transition pieces?

Before we get to the eye candy, let's just talk about quality for a minute. I've owned a lot of handbags/clutches and one thing that is at the top of the 'pros' is quality! Nothing grinds my gear like a poor quality handbag that wears out after a month. You know how they start to look dingy? That's awful! Kate knows what she's doing with her modern stitchery. The quality of her pieces is top notch. That alone would keep me coming back again and again. But it doesn't hurt that her handbags are so stylish either!

Kate's a doll! She's giving you, my stylish readers, 20% off in her entire shop! Just use promo code HUTTONPLUSBAO.

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 K. M. HUTTON  |  Facebook   |  Twitter  |   Instagram
Kate is an attorney who recently replanted in her hometown of Somers, Connecticut after nearly a decade in Boston! Together with her husband Jay, and their fur-baby Hurley, they balance a super creative, slightly chaotic life where making stuff and business are in constant intersection. 

K.M. Hutton was founded in the fall of 2012, and was born out of  Kate's desire to create high quality handmade accessories that are classic in construction, but modern in appeal. Originally Kate's line was comprised primarily of hand knit pieces. She carefully sources all of the materials, creates her own patterns, and personally knits each piece. This year, Kate has expanded her line to include handbags and clutches! The bag line includes classic bag shapes in unexpected fabrics and color combinations that seamlessly transition from season to season. Each bag is handmade by Kate and offers a stylish compliment to any outfit!


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
KENDRA THORNTON'S NIGHT OUT STYLE CHALLENGE

KENDRA THORNTON'S NIGHT OUT STYLE CHALLENGE

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
THE STYLE CHALLENGE. I love to travel and enjoy myself with friends. When I go out with friends, I always have the best time possible if I’m dressed to the nines. Soon, I’ll be enjoying a night of wining and dining in New York City. I’ve had a lot of fun choosing the venues for this excursion with the help of the friendly folks at Gogobot, an online booking site. Before I leave, I want to make sure that I have a great new look that will turn heads as I go out for a night in the city that never sleeps. - Kendra





                   
| I love a style challenge, and I love a style board. When Kendra asked me if I was interested in this style challenge I jumped on the chance. Creating style boards is so much fun. The fact that style boards are more inspiration boards gives you so much freedom to play around with each piece and create a look that has some pizzazz. Who doesn't love the perfect combination of fun and sophistication!

That's exactly what I went for with this challenge. Fun + Sophisticated. Kendra said to create an inspiration board with my own personal creative style. And well. I love color.

But y'all know this already!

Details that stand out without being over the top is something that I think we all love. Yes?
Kendra's night out is described below so you guys can get in on the deets. With a lot or most style boards you never really know where the pieces come from, or if you do, they're usually way too expensive to ever really be donned. With that in mind, I chose pieces with a girl on a budget mindset. So if this outfit just speaks to you, you can acquire it!

If you hate this outfit, I understand and I still love you.

Since no outfit is complete without properly painted nails, I've popped a pretty Essie polish into the mix as well! Do you ever add an accent nail? Is that even still in? I don't know, but I do it anyway! I have a stash of Essie nail decals to add an accent to any color polish imaginable.

Okay, so check out the deets below and what Kendra will be up to on her night out!
             
                  

NEW YORK CITY FLAIR. During our stay in New York City, my friends and I will be visiting one of the best hotels in NYC, The Standard High Line Hotel, a posh establishment in the Meatpacking District. I simply must have the perfect outfit for this occasion. One evening, we’ll be enjoying food and entertainment at The Top of the Standard. Located on one of the top floors of the hotel, and the floor-to-ceiling windows feature spectacular views of the city, especially at sundown and after dark. We’ll enjoy live jazz along with delectable small plates. Cocktail attire is required, and I want to make sure that my attire meets approving looks all evening long! 

Few cities in the world have the flair and influence on the world’s trends that New York City has. Although I try to look my best all the time, looking great is even more important when visiting the Big Apple. That’s why I’m turning to you for style tips. I can't wait to see what you recommend for my night in Manhattan. 





T O P S H O PSET IN STONE DIAMANTE SHIFT DRESS
D S WBCBGENERATION ARABELLA HIGH MAINTENANCE CLUTCH
D S WGUESS WINNA PLATFORM PUMP
F O R E V E R 2 1FILIGREE DROP EARRINGS
F O R E V E R 2 1FAUX STONE & RHINESTONE BRACELET
E S S I EURBAN JUNGLE

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
PINTEREST FAVORITES | GYPSY STYLE

PINTEREST FAVORITES | GYPSY STYLE

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Boone  and Owl Pinspiration: Gypsy Style, The Freckled Fox, Tom Hiddleston quotes, bean stew recipe, kate spade tights

Hey guys! I know I haven't done a Pinterest Favorites post in a while. I also know that I'm supposed to put up Pinterest Favorites posts on the weekend. But I'm a rebel! So here ya go. Happily a quote from Tom Hiddleston made it into this post. Ha! You're welcome.

On a completely different note: I posted on twitter to see how y'all felt about a Pinspiration Wednesday Linkup, and I got some good feedback. The idea is that the linkup would be about finding pinspiration, for your blog, and your daily life. Linkup what inspired you that week and discover new inspiration. The linkup would have the general layout of a Pinterest Favorites post ( nine Pin grid + descriptions and links ) with a linkup under the post. In order to make the linkup happen I need co-hosts! I'm still working out some of the little details, but if you're interested in being a permanent co-host shoot me an email!!  | booneandowl@gmail.com | I need lovely ladies to join in and bring the linkup to a broader audience.

On to the Pin worthy goodness!


FESTIVAL HAIR: GYPSY STYLE. I know this isn't necessarily practical outside of, well, a festival. But Emily did such a fantastic job creating this look! It totally speaks to me. I need someone to rock this look with. Any takers!? We'll go shopping, drink coffee, and look bohemian gypsy cool.

SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUTS. For my fellow sweet tooth's out there. You might have to do 200 extra ab exercises, but it will be so worth it.. right?

HOW TO: PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS + PHONE. If you're like me, your iPhone is your constant companion. Almost all of my photos are taken with my iPhone. Taking decent looking photos isn't always that easy, so this post was helpful!

LATE ANYWAY. I search and search for this exact watch, but came up empty handed. It's perfect though. Time is really abstract to me. "Whatever, I'm late anyway" should be my tag line.

KATE SPADE GOLD DOT TIGHTS. These are the best thing ever! I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to my love of gold + dots. So these make my heart way happy. How cute would these be with the right dress!

PINEAPPLE PRINT. Who knew pineapple's could be so lovely. It makes the perfect lock screen! Such a lovely delight to look at.

FREE SCROLL TO TOP BUTTONS. I need to add one of these to the ole blog. Do you have a scroll to top button? These are really fun and can be added in a snap.


SPICY GREENS + PARMESAN BEAN STEW. Food is just so so good.  I think the addition of tasty greens with a delicious bean stew would be amazing! Don't you?

I GUESS WHEN YOU SMILE IT'S JUST JOY COMING OUT OF YOU. Why yes, Tom, I think so too. This is a reminder quote to be joyful and smile! You'll feel better, those around you will fell better. If you're joyful, others will be too. 


What are your favorites this week?

Don't forget, if you're interested in co-hosting a Pinspiration Wednesday linkup shoot me an email! 







  


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Monday, June 9, 2014
SPONSOR LOVE |  FOUND LOVE. NOW WHAT?

SPONSOR LOVE | FOUND LOVE. NOW WHAT?

Monday, June 9, 2014
Very happy Monday girls! I'm terribly happy to share a fellow blogger with you today! Belinda from Found Love. Now What?. She loves coffee, and dancing, and snuggles with her fur baby Freddy! Who doesn't love their Starbucks fix, dancing ( anywhere and everywhere!), and snuggles with their fur baby? Belinda took over the blog recently and shared her biggest blogging tip. It was a great reminder to write about what you love! Get to know Belinda a little better below and definitely check out her fun space!



HOW DID YOU GET INTO BLOGGING?
When I picked up my life and moved from Seattle to North Wales to be with my husband.  At first, I started blogging to stay in touch with everyone back home.  Then over time, I found that blogging helped me to track my growth as an expat in a new country.  

TELL US SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU!
I am a sucker for listening to musicals, specifically Wicked, while making dinner. 

WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST?
Although a bit cliche, I have to say my darling and loving husband Neal.  He has the patience of a saint, the most generous heart and a beyond love of life.  I have to say that he inspires me to live life with a bigger heart.

THREE THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.. GO!
A stocked playlist with Mumford & Sons and Macklemore, a blank journal with a perfect ballpoint pen and an endless supply of non-fat vanilla lattes.

ON A SCALE FROM ONE TO TEN HOW MUCH TO YOU LOVE FROYO!?
When I am in America, about a 4. Here in the UK, 9. Froyo isn't popular here in the UK, I guess what you want what you can't have!  


WHERE TO BEGINHello Happiness  |  What's Your Blogging Passion?  |  5 Ah Ha Moments I Learned In Paris


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
FOREVERLY LEOPARD DRESS + $50 ANTHROPOLOGIE GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY

FOREVERLY LEOPARD DRESS + $50 ANTHROPOLOGIE GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Hey! So I posted a sneak peak on Instagram of this fun + colorful outfit post! I'm super excited about it. I received this leopard dress in a nifty little package, from FOREVERLY , and absolutely fell in love with it! It's so light and airy and it adds a pop of pattern all while being a neutral. Leopard is a neutral, no ifs, ands, or buts! Naturally then, a pop of color was in order. I know it's basically summer and all, but I love a good pair of tights. Especially red tights. They're so sassy and classy at the same time. The evenings are still cool and breezy, so consider this a date night outfit!

Truly, I love me some red tights and lace up wedge booties! Who's with me? I'm really curious how you guys would style a leopard dress. Would you go for heels or flats? Maybe throw on a belt.. ooh or a scarf! Perhaps add a nice blazer. Let me know in the comments how you would make this leopard dress your own!

AND make sure you enter the giveaway below for a chance to win $50 to spend on anything you want from Anthrolplogie!

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DRESS: C/O F O R E V E R L Y  |  SHOES: C L A R K S  |  TIGHTS: B E L K  | NECKLACE: L O F T  |  HANDBAG: B E L K
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leopard is a neutral, leopard dress, clarks wedges, jessica simpson handbags, white handbags, red tights, loft accessories, loft dresses , shop formerly, foreverly
leopard is a neutral, leopard dress, clarks wedges, jessica simpson handbags, white handbags, red tights, loft accessories, loft dresses , shop formerly, foreverly

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Foreverly is a daily deal site with boutique and handmade items at up to 70% off. They know the path to my heart! Foreverly has a full range of women’s and children’s style, accessories, household items, and they're at large discounts from their regular prices. Each sale lasts for three days, and then it’s gone forever! Foreverly was conceived out of a passion for fashion and beauty and tethered to a deep commitment to help others. Foreverly gives back 15% of their profits to charities that help with initiatives like clean water, and human trafficking prevention. Each month, they will feature and donate to a different charity. This allows you and me to work together with Foreverly to help change someone else’s world, just by shopping for things we already want and need. How awesome is that!

On to more goodness! The lovelies behind Foreverly are giving away a $50 Giftcard to Anthropolgie. Anthro is awesome! So many unique pieces to choose from. Now get your Rafflecopter on! Good luck my people!

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