Monthly Archives: May 2015

I am excited to share this ridiculously easy knotted updo tutorial with you today. For once it pays to have your hair all knotty because this hairstyle is done by actually tying it,

This knotted ‘do is perfect because it is one of those styles that can be worn with sunglasses and a pair of jeans during the day, or a little sequined dress and some heels in the evening. I am sure with everything we do all day, having a hairstyle that can transition from day to night is always a must-have in our beauty regimen. This hairstyle really does require a little bit of hairtying, but the back portion can be changed up to accommodate any type of knot or wrapped bun. Just play around a little bit and see how it works out for you. This can literally be worn nearly anywhere and is the perfect everyday hairstyle!

The Easy Knotted Updo Tutorial:

Step 1

Begin with a part on the right side, then separate off a square section of hair from the part down to eye level.

Step 2

Pick up a small section of hair next to the part and divide it into two halves.

Step 3

Cross the back half over the front so it creates a small space between the two strands.

Step 4

Wrap the tail through the hole created so the hair forms half a knot.

Step 5

Pull it tight so it lays against the head and pick up small sections of hair, adding them into each strand.

Step 6

Create a second knot by crossing the back strand over the front, then looping the end through the hole before pulling it tight again.

Step 7

Repeat step 6, bringing in hair and tying it into knots.

Step 8

Continue tying knots until it reaches the end of the strands, then tie it off with a clear elastic band and pin it against the back of the head.

Step 9

Pick up a two-inch section of hair at the center of the back of the head and wrap the strand around your fingers. Twist the fingers counter-clockwise so the hair forms a little knot.

Step 10

Secure the knot in place with hair pins.

Step 11

Next, pick up another two-inch section of hair to the right of the first knot in step 9.

Step 12

Wrap this hair into another knot and pin it in place.

Step 13

Next, pick up a section of hair below the second knot and create a third knot, securing it against the head with hair pins.

Step 14

Then take a section of hair to the left of the first knot and wrap it into another knot, securing it with hair pins.

Step 15

Finally, pick up the last section of hair and create one last knot, securing it with pins.




post written in collab with’s and  Melissa Cook.

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If you’ve ever attended a daytime wedding, you know that the overall look and feel tends to be more classy casual than the elegant formality of an evening black tie wedding. And if you aren’t familiar with this paradigm, no worries because Rent the Runway is!

Whether your closet consists of dresses that are simply too formal, or you’re just tired of wearing the same dress to every wedding you attend, you can rest assure that you’ll find the perfect dress for that daytime wedding at Rent the Runway.

If you’ve not yet rented from Rent the Runway, use code FIRSTRTR25X75X at checkout on rentals $75+ because you’ll get $25 off!

There are so many lovely designer dresses at Rent the Runway that are all perfect for a daytime wedding, so definitely take some time to browse their daytime wedding styles for yourself. Here are a few that I especially like:

Trina Turk Peach Dip Dye Dress

ERIN erin fetherston Pieridae Bow Dress

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It’s a pool party over at ModCloth, and you’re invited! With so many bikinis and one pieces to pick from, you’re bound to find a standout look that suits your style. And while you’re at it, check out ModCloth’s exploration of so-called “ideal” beach bodies in their new Swim-fographic! It’s an intriguing look at how arbitrarily beauty standards have changed over time. Of course, ModCloth knows that every body is a beach body — the only requirements are a beach, your bod, and a swimsuit you can’t wait to flaunt! 


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With Warby Parker’s New Summer Collection you’ll definitely see summer better! The shapes and shades in this collection will have you looking ready for every escapade the long, hot days might entail. Glasses and sunglasses feature frame hues that are inspired by all the things we love about the summer season – the beach, the ocean, lemonade, root beer, the moonlight and more.

Here’s a look at of some of the new optical glasses and sunglasses in Warby Parker’s new Summer Collection:

Winston - in Ginger Lemonade.

Jennings - in Striped Beach.

Stockton in Sea Green Crystal


Pick out your favorite Summer 2015 shades at!

If you didn’t win A Small Village’s
Everyday is Mother’s Day Giveaway, you are still in luck!
Enter the Forever Mothers Day Giveaways!

Forever Mom Bobee Giveaway

The Everyday is Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaways will continue to run through the end of May on A Small Village. There are 3 more bonus prizes which means 3 more winners! 

The first bonus prize is a Briefton’s Next-Gen Spiralizer from May 11 – 25th! ENTER NOW!

The second bonus prize is a set of Bobee’s Decorative Paper Lanterns from May 14 – 28th! ENTER NOW!

The third bonus prize is Artwork from Fulcrum Galery from May 17 – 31st

5 tips on decorating your tween girls bedroom

Check out A Small Village’s post 5 tips on Decorating your Tween Girls Bedroom!

On May 28th one winner will be chosen at random to win a set of 5 paper lanterns from Bobee. The Giveaway is open to US Resident’s 18+ only. 

Don’t forget to enter the other two bonus giveaways! Click HERE to join A Small Village Giveaway Group.

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SelectSpecs Savannah Designer Sunglasses Giveaway

Sponsored by: SelectSpecs

Written by: Jessica @ The Frugal Mrs. Jones

Savannah Designer Sunglasses


Are you prepared for the Summer sun? SelectSpecs carries a great selection of designer sunglasses – there’s a design or color for everyone! Check out Jessica’s opinion on the Savannah designer Sunglasses here.

Would you like to win a pair of Savannah Designer Sunglasses from SelectSpecs? This giveaway will run through 5/28 and end at 10pm CST. It is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn.



Disclosure: I received complimentary product(s) to facilitate my honest review. The Frugal Mrs. Jones and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

SoapBox Soaps Giveaway

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: SoapBox SoapsSoapBox Soaps Giveaway May 12 - 26

When it comes to getting clean – we want to leave behind dirt, grime and chemicals!  SoapBox Soaps is a socially aware company that brings that to the forefront with high-quality soaps, bath products and more!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had a chance to try out some of their newest soap products and loved them!  Be sure to check out her full review!

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See summer in a whole new way with Warby Parker’s just-in “See Summer Better” collection. Two cheerful new shades in this collection, Sea Green Crystal and Ginger Crystal, round out some oldie-but-goody favorites, including Root Beer, Moonstone, and other hues inspired by the fun-loving summer season. Existing shapes Haskell and Chamberlain are lightened up in Crystal, and a cluster of current silhouettes are being reintroduced with new color selections.

New optical eyewear shapes Stockton, Clark, Orson, Oxley, and June are designed to mimic those cherished summertime elements and activities: water, sand, cocktails on the patio .. you get the picture. Warby Parker is also especially excited to introduce new sunglasses Bates and Buckley. Each are noticeably distinct in their own way with undersized titanium rim frames and acetate brow.

Here’s a glimpse of some of Warby Parker’s new Summer Collection:

June - in Moonstone.

Bates - in Striped Pacific.

Oxley in Cognac Tortoise

Pick out your favorite See Summer Better shades at Warby Parker!

Since last July  I have been interviewing small businesses as they launch/ expand their brands through kickstarter

In each interview I would always end with the same question “Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to start a business?”

I have now compiled all of the answers into one  advice post for anyone thinking about starting a new business

small biz advice

Take a good, hard look at that impostor syndrome. You’re more capable than you think, and your ideas and dreams are worthy. Don’t be afraid to do things differently, fight like a girl, or stand your ground. -Fourth Wave 

Don’t be afraid to try to branch out on your own!- Ellie Grace Couture 

Be persistent! You will hear a lot of people say no before you hear a yes but don’t give up.-Changeable Chewables 

Get advice from people outside your friends and family. They may be scared for you to leave a “sure thing” (whatever that is). Spend time with people who leave you feeling energized, full of energy and most importantly, most like yourself.-QCut Jeans 

Just do it! Don’t wait for the perfect, most revolutionary idea that is going to change the world. Just pick something you feel strongly about and start experimenting. It will take on a life of its own.-Jessy & Jack

Two things that have helped us along the way is a belief in what we’re doing and who we’re serving.- Litographs

Passion drives the business, you have to love the product you make! If you believe in it, you can make it happen.-Hoodsbee

Starting a business is certainly a very rewarding experience. But before you jump right into it, do a fair bit of research to understand if there’s a market for it. Send a survey out to your friends, collect data, do research on the internet, and analyse if there’s a need and how big is the market.Once you’ve done your basic research, find talented people that  you would like to work with. Finally, be prepared to juggle a lot of different responsibilities and work really hard! -Saffron Fix

I always say, just start. You are the only one standing in your way. Nothing has to be perfect to start, but if you don’t start you’ll never refine your ideas or product. You can think and think and plan and plan for ages, but it’s more helpful to iterate once you’re already in the marketplace and getting feedback.-Wildly Co.

Build something that would benefit people. Profit is good but the feeling of contributing to something important is a better feeling.-Padkix

Rebecca: Get yourself a partner. A really super awesome amazing partner. That’s all I got. Eva: Ditto – they keep you going and hold you up when you think you can’t do it. And stay positive, not just about your own work but about those doing similar things.-Princess Awesome



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BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

For the entire month of May, BuyCostumes is running their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with costumes up to 90% off! Now is the perfect time to stock-up on fun costumes for the kiddos… even yourself! Here are a few ideas on how to take advantage of this sale:

  1. Gear up the kids for summer fun! Kids will love dressing up as their favorite character or superhero.
  2. Do you have a family reunion or summer camping trip? Find some funny costumes or props to make the party more lively.
  3. If you’re participating in a mud run or fun run, find a super cool wig or costume accessory to wear.
  4. Shop early for Halloween!

Click here to shop now >> Semi-Annual Clearance Sale – Up to 90% off!