Apr 13, 2014

Calling All Writers

As I sit here, enjoying my morning coffee and planning out blog posts for the remainder of the year, I realized I have stopped having guest writers. Total accident, my bad, but I would love to get back to the days where I promote you all and the amazing things you have to say and do! 

So here's what I am looking for: 

1. 1-2 guest blogs a month
2. Any topic is up for discussion, as long as it does not go against what nature of my blog
3. Anyone. You do not have to be a blogger, you can be someone who just loves to create, owns a shop, has a few style tips or beauty tips & tricks, makes delicious meals...etc. This is also a time I would love to provide to anyone who is thinking about starting a blog. But if you are a blogger, this could be a great opportunity to re-publish a past post or tryout something new on a different audience. 
4. All I ask for is well-written content & quality photos
5. I promise I am not too picky! Remember Polkadotted Chaos is a lifestyle blog, so the posts truly reflect people's lifestyles. 

So if you are interested in doing a guest post between May - December, please email me and let me know your idea and what month you are interested in! 


Can't wait to hear from you! 

Apr 9, 2014

Book Review: Looking for Alaska

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope you are having the same beautiful weather we are having here in Oklahoma. Today on Polkdadotted Chaos you will be hearing from the lovely Katy Fabrie. I have known Katy for a few years. Katy and I went to college together, she in fact married one of my childhood friends from Bakersfield. I know you are going to love hearing from her. She will be sharing with you some books she has come across and grown to love. Hope you enjoy.

Everyone Meet Katy!

Hello there, my name is Katy Fabrie and I’m a redheaded book lover with a crazy sweet-tooth and deep love of all things Gwen Stefani. I’m super excited to be a part of Polkadotted Chaos and even more excited to recommend a really fabulous book to all you. Taylor has discussed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green on here, which is not only a heartbreakingly beautiful book, but it has also made John Green even more popular.  So on that note, I thought I would give y’all one more John Green book to love.  

Trust me, I’m a professional John Green fan.

Looking for Alaska is a YA (Young Adult) book, but let me tell you the story is so powerful it transcends generations.  Green inserts his stereotypical humor coupled with those difficult moments everyone can relate to—that horribly awkward first kiss (blech!), finding a friend who finally gets you, experiencing death for the first time.  The story charts the summer of Miles "Pudge" Halter who longs for the “Great Perhaps.”  This dream comes to fruition when he convinces his parents to ship him off to Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets a cast of crazy peers.  Alaska Young, the impulsive, beautiful, morbid girl bursts into Pudge’s life and completely leaves her mark.  Pudge and Alaska’s interactions sparked both cries of anger and literal cries (sorry, now tear-stained book).  Although there is a relationship component, the book is anything but expected and reminds readers of all ages what it feels like to love for the first time and long for that certain something more.

Looking for Alaska might be considered a YA book, but there is a reason more adults than teens are rocking this genre currently—these books are good.  So if you’re looking to add yet another thing to your to do list—trust me, this is much more fun than grocery shopping or spin class—then this is your book.

Thanks Katy, I know I am going to be downloading that book this weekend!

Apr 3, 2014

Pin There, Pin That

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Recently I went to my Pinterest boards and cleared them out and started fresh...really it's true. Have you done this? Trust me it was hard, but it allowed me to clean it up and really identify the types on pins I want sticking around. I had some meals that I would never cook, style pins that I would never replicate and projects that I would never try to conquer in my wildest dreams. So starting over really allowed me to think about what I wanted hanging around for inspiration.

So of course, I have started the new boards: Style: Biz, Style: Casual, Spaces: Office, PR/Social Media Tips (Hint: I work in PR and am a social media guru). My new boards are truly tools I use for my blog, life and in fact my job.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite pins from Style: Biz. I have noticed a strong trend of women being bold with their print choices. I am loving this trend. Just because you have to dress professional, does not mean you have to wear the ugly and boring two piece matching suit. As a young twenty-something I try to still show a little style in my work wardrobe. I will admit that I do wear a lot of black, but I have been trying to add more bold color pieces to my work wardrobe.

Are you a risk taker with bold prints? Or do you stick to the black and white color scheme...no judging here, I am currently wearing a black dress, black blazer and black boots :)

You Can Follow My Pins Here.

Mar 29, 2014

From the ballet bar to the yoga mat

Photos taken by Komorebi Photography

As many of you know, I once spent my days in a room covered with hardwood floors and mirrors. Turning, jumping and stretching my body on a daily basis - I loved it, it was all I knew and made my days growing up wonderful and meaningful. I was lucky to find something at a young age that I was so passionate about. Dance truly helped me become the disciplined, goal-oriented and at times perfectionist I am today. 

Now that my days are no longer spent at the ballet bar, I have had to find new passions and new ways to stay fit. I will admit, I went and still go through times where working out is my last priority. But I always remember how good it feels to work out and work up a sweat. 

As much as I would love to be able to just go out and run a few miles a week, my body is no longer capable of doing that. My hips took a beating growing up and the cartilage is just not there to help support my hips and joints like it is suppose to. 

All of this being said, I am happy that I found yoga. It is not the same as ballet, but there are many similarities. Balance, concentration, posture and stamina are all necessities in both ballet and yoga. I am no where close to being "good" but I do enjoy it. There are many times my body remembers poses and the muscle memory comes back. 

When I first started I purchased a cheap mat and even though it "worked," my hands slipped and at times the mat felt too thin. All this changed when I started using my optimistic elephant mat. It not only is beautiful, but great quality. Having a good yoga mat, makes me want to do yoga more. 

All of their mats are designed and printed with sustainable UV cured and printed with solvent free inks. 

If you are in the market for a beautiful and latex free yoga mat, I recommend checking out optimistic elephant

Yoga is a great workout and even though I do not make classes as much as I would like, I love that it is something I can just pick back up when I have time to myself. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange of a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.