Airport Fashion: What to Wear

December 19, 2014

With the holidays approaching, it’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to go on one vacation or another! I’m definitely looking forward to taking a few trips in the coming year, but what I’m not looking forward to is the process of traveling to my destination!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m spending a lot of time wandering around the airport and sitting on a plane, I want to look cute but still be comfy! Achieving that balance can be difficult, so I want to share my go-to items for when I’m boarding planes and standing in the line at Cinnabon (right?).

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1. BDG Woven Wool Sweater Tote Bag // I love this bag because it’s the perfect size to fit my laptop while still not being too bulky, so it’s just right for a carry-on. Plus, the colors and geometric pattern are to die for!

2. Banana Republic Faux-Leather Front Legging // Leggings are the ideal option for a trip because they’re fashionable without being uncomfortable. The faux-leather on these take it up a notch to look a little more classy, while still being fitted and comfy since the detail is only on the front.

3. Lululemon Yogi Crew Sweater // Travelling in Lululemon is my favorite because all their clothes are super breathable yet cozy. This sweater comes in a few different styles and colors, and all of them will keep you warm on the plane, but not too hot when you arrive at your sunny destination.

4. Forever 21 Faux-Leather Braid Headband // If you’re like me and you don’t want to mess with your hair while you’re rushing through security, this headband is the perfect way to keep it in line. The gold and leather tie in impeccably with the rest of the outfit!

5. Ban.do It Girl Cuff & Sweet Talk Bangle // I absolutely love everything from ban.do and these bracelets are no exception! They might not be the most practical for the airport, but I couldn’t resist adding them in. You’ve got to add a little sparkle, right?

6. Emma Metallic Suede Ballet Flats // These are the perfect mix of comfortable and stylish! With the main pieces of this outfit being grey and black, I had to add a splash of gold. You can just never go wrong with that!

With all this inspiration, I’m almost excited to spend some time in airports! Leave a comment and tell me where you’re spending your holidays!

Posted by Nicole

Gifts that Give Back

December 12, 2014

The Christmas count-down is on! It’s hard to believe that the big day is less than two weeks away. We have a lot of family traditions that we still need to squeeze in. We love baking holiday treats, putting together gifts for our neighbors, watching holiday movies, and listening to our favorite Christmas music. It’s also an important time to remind my family of the true meaning of Christmas and giving back to those in need in meaningful ways.

The past several years, our family has “adopted” a few less fortunate kids whose families aren’t able to provide Christmas gifts. We have been able to spend a morning shopping with these sweet kids and helping them pick out their own Christmas presents. It’s become an important and heart-warming experience for our family, and we look forward to it each year.

I really want my kids to understand that they can make a difference in the world around them, not only during the holiday season but all year round. I know it’s not always possible for everyone to take time out of their busy lives to go do service or participate in an all-night event, but there are ways you can give back, all while getting your necessary Christmas shopping done! A lot of stores participate in “one-for-one” programs, which means they donate an item to someone in need every time you purchase an item! It’s a win-win situation, for you and yours seemingly never-ending Christmas shopping list and for others who can’t afford new things.

To double the giving this Christmas, here is a list of gifts, big and small, that give back! Happy holiday shopping!


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  1. United by Blue // United By Blue is a company focused on ocean and waterway conservation. Starting back in 2010, for every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans/waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups.
  2. Hand in Hand // By directly tying charitable donations to the sale of an everyday product, Hand in Hand is able to give soap to those in need and save lives without depending on a single donation.  For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to save a life.
  3. KITE // Did you know that 13 million kids in the US don’t have access to the most  basic school supplies? Imagine how many kids are lacking school supplies WORLDWIDE.  KITE empowers consumers to help those in need by turning basic, instruments of learning into weapons of change. Every time you purchase school supplies, KITE donates a set to someone in need.
  4. Warby Parker // when you buy a pair of glasses, Warby Parker gives a pair. So far, they’ve been able to donate over one million pairs of glasses to people in need!
  5. Krochet Kids // An online clothing website that provides careers, education and mentorship to women in Northern Uganda and Peru in an effort to take their families out of poverty. Every product purchased allows the site to continue creating a sustainable product.
  6. West Elm // West Elm collaborates with over 20 artisan groups in over 15 different countries with committing to pay $35 million directly back to artisans. If you click on the “handcrafted” tab at the top of their site, each of these items are made by artisans who “are women who are learning new skills, supporting their families, and empowering themselves through the work they’re doing.”
  7. fashionABLE // any purchase of a fashionABLE product creates sustainable businesses in Africa. Not only does fashionABLE work with African women to help them start small businesses, but they also require manufacturers to employ women with fair wages and hiring practices.
  8. TOMS // in alignment with their “One for One” campaign, for every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in need.

 

So tell me, what are your favorite family Christmas traditions that involve giving back?!

PS – if you’re ever looking for easy ways to give back all year round, check out this post about getting involved in your community without really trying!

Posted by Nicole

Lyndsay visits Mexico City

December 9, 2014

Last month, our designer Lyndsay, visited Mexico City to check on our production at our factory there. This is her report from her visit.

Off to my happy Place…Mexico City!

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

First stop, Tepeji! 30 miles north of the city lies a charming, little town called Tepeji. This is where Lime Ricki’s sewing and cutting facility resides. I love my production family.  Our cutting facility is a sight to behold, and comes complete with a Lucha Libre fighter named the “Dark Knight”. (True story.)

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

Next, off to the sewing facility. Jared is the plant manager, with a truly heartwarming story. As a child he spent days playing among the rows of machines while his mother worked. As he grew, so did his responsibilities.  He managed to work his way up the ladder, from working odd-jobs to becoming the boss.

After a long day, the team meets up for dinner.  I cannot begin to describe the adventures I’ve had at the dinner table. Every time my amigos trick me into eating something “interesting.” Grasshoppers, Mescal worms (nicknamed the “King’s Dish”, ant eggs (which I call “Mexican Caviar”), snails, bone marrow. If it’s an insect, I’ve probably eaten it. Mexico is full of fresh juice stands.  I’ve recently discovered a lime with cucumber juice, and it is heaven!  However too much Mexican juice=the entire week in the restroom.

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

I am obsessed with the different types of architecture and design Mexico City has to offer, and as a result, I am constantly snapping pics.  There’s this crazy mash-up of early Spanish Colonial, Art Deco, and Modern architecture, to only name a few.  I am happiest while sitting in Frida Kahlo’s courtyard patio among the lush greenery and abundant history. (I’m going to have someone secretly spill my ashes there.)

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

posted by Lyndsay

The Best Places to Buy Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

December 4, 2014

The Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s the time of year when I get invited to holiday parties almost every weekend. And it seems like I always have to have an ugly Christmas sweater to get in the door!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reusing the same ugly sweater for the past few years and I’m itching for a new one to show off! I’ve been doing some research, and I think I’ve found five of the best places to buy one. Now I just have to choose the ugliest!

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Kohls // A perfect mix of cute and uncomely, Kohls’ Christmas sweaters cater to every style and party. I love all the different reindeer and penguin designs!

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UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com // If you’re looking for a classic, quintessential ugly Christmas sweater – the kind that wasn’t actually designed to be ugly, but is – this website is a gold mine. You’ll definitely win best sweater of the party with one of these.

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Tipsy Elves // Made famous by their appearance on Shark Tank, this online shop has every Christmas sweater you can imagine. They’re going fast, so get one before they’re gone!

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Amazon // As with everything else, Amazon is the perfect compilation of ugly sweaters. Since they have products from so many different shops, you’re almost guaranteed to find a winner. Plus, with a Prime membership, you can get it in just 2 days!

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Target // Of course, you can always head over to your nearest Target for a great selection of bargain priced sweaters. I’m tempted to browse through the men’s section for small sizes because they have some incredible choices!

Now that you have ideas, it’s time to share your ugliest sweaters with us! Post a photo on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #LRsweaters so we can see them!

Posted by Nicole

Retro Accessories for Your Next Weekend Getaway

November 26, 2014

Whenever I plan a vacation, whether it’s to the beach, a mountain cabin, or just a neighboring city, I always want to make sure I have all the accessories to make it successful – both utility-wise and fashion-wise. And of course, everything needs to match my favorite Lime Ricki suit!

These retro themed accessories are definitely on my wish list for the next weekend away with my family… what about you?

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  1.  Modcloth In The Backyard Handbag // With its bright patterns and airplane charm, this bag is perfect for a flight carry-on, or even a diaper bag if you need it! Plus, when you peek inside, you’re surprised by yet another fun, vintage pattern.
  2. Condé Nast Mademoiselle Straw Hat Towel // A day at the pool in your Lime Ricki suit wouldn’t be complete without a classic, throwback beach towel to lay on while you watch the kids swim. I love the timelessness and French influence of this one!
  3.  Quay Kittie Cat Eye Sunglasses // Every retro girl’s staple accessory should be a pair of cat eye sunglasses. These ones come in several colors that you can match to your style – and your swimming suit!
  4.  FreeForme Yellow Chevron Polka Dot Watch // This adorable Etsy shop sells all kinds of handmade watches, and many of them give off the retro vibe! I liked this one because of the bright colors on the face and band, but you should definitely check out the rest.
  5.  Anthropologie Sunny Life Beach Radio // If you’re headed to the beach, you need your jams with you. This vintage boombox is water, salt, and sandy baby resistant, and plays right from your MP3 player!
  6.  Handmade Monogrammed Phone Case // I love having a phone case personalized to my style, and what’s more personal than your own monogram? Even better, the polka dots give it that retro feel, so it will match the rest of your classic fashion statements!
  7.  Modcloth Girl Meets Voyage Travel Wallet // A passport case is a must on any vacation, but why keep track of that plus your wallet? This cute travel pocketbook combines it all into one and even has space for spare change and a pen!

 

Now that you have ideas for all the accessories you need, check out our new resort line and start planning your next tropical getaway to escape this frightful weather!

Posted by Nicole

Top 10 Picks for your Winter Reading

November 26, 2014

The holidays are coming up and that means you’ll have a little extra down time to curl up with your favorite blanket and warm fuzzy socks and get lost in a book. These are our top ten picks for your winter reading. I hope you enjoy these reads as much as I did!


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  1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso// Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal, unveils how she created an e-commerce empire. I love her realness and her conversational style of writing – it’s both refreshing and uplifting!
  2. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger// Maybe you’ve already seen the movie, but nothing compares to the book. It’s an unconventional love story that unites a time traveling husband with the woman of his dreams.
  3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand// A true story of an olympic runner turned airman during World War II. It’s an inspirational book that illustrates the endurance of the human’s spirit.
  4. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin// A novel about about a man with a tough past, and a little girl, who has cancer and a doubtful future. Together, they share a journey about healing both of their hearts, figuratively and literally. One of my favorite heartwarming stories.
  5. The Maze Runner [series] by James Dashners// A thrilling novel of a boy who wakes up devoid of memory in a giant and seemingly unsolvable maze. This first part in Dashners series tells a remarkable story of self discovery.
  6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed// A memoir of a woman who turns her “mess” of a life around by enduring a 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail. What she learns about life, love, and survival while on her journey is nothing short but inspiring. One of my faves (also featured on Oprah’s book club list)!
  7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave// A story of young Nigerian refugee who finds hope even in the darkest of circumstances. It’s a powerful story of compassion and wit. Once I started, I just couldn’t put it down!
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Hartt// A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph about survival and self-invention. So well-written and so moving!
  9. Design Brooklyn by Anne Hellman// The perfect coffee-table book. This would be a great gift for a friend, or even yourself. I love the ingenuity of the interior design of both public and private spaces in Brooklyn, New York.
  10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr// “An instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” A tender story of friendship and love.

 

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out this list from this past fall! What are some of your favorite reads? We always love a good recommendation, so share them with us in the comments below :)

 

Posted by Nicole

 

#TeamTuesday: Meet Alacia

November 26, 2014

Meet Alacia, Lime Ricki manager

It’s late on a Tuesday evening, but it’s still Tuesday, and I don’t want to let the day end without introducing you to our amazing warehouse and Salt Lake store manager, Alacia! As you can see from her picture, her smile lights up the room. She is warm, engaging and her “get it done” attitude keeps everything running smoothly and efficiently. She genuinely cares about people. Whether you’re talking to her on the phone or she’s helping you in the store, she will do whatever she can to help you and make sure you’re satisfied.

A few other things about Alacia: her handwriting is the envy of us all (see below). She leaves thoughtful notes and gifts for her co-workers. Lucky us! She’s also a student finishing up her degree in interior design, and recently put her skills to the test painting and decorating the cute house that she and her darling husband just bought. One thing that makes us love her even more? She’s a huge Hansen fan. MmmBop!

 

Meet Alacia, Lime Ricki Manager

 

Posted by Nicole

Four Different Boots and How to Wear Them

November 19, 2014

I have mixed feelings about summer being over. Transitioning into fall and winter is hard for me. But one of the best parts is changing up my wardrobe and shoes. I love getting out my cozy sweaters and scarfs, and taking my boots of the top shelf of my closet where they stay hidden all summer.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I walk into the shoe department or shop online. There are so many styles and colors, and that my mind shuts down and I can’t decide what I like. Do you feel that way too? I have to take a deep breath and remind myself to start with the basics, and think about the clothes I’ll be wearing them with. Here are four of my favorite types and a few of the ways I love to style them!

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Some of my favorite booties can be found here:

 

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Calf length boots are so versatile! Here are a few of my favorites right now:

 

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Combat boots can be hard to style, but I love making unique pairings between hard and soft accessories. Here are a few of my faves:

 

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Knee high boots are perfect for keeping your feet dry when you’re wading through heaps of snow and staying fashionable! These are my top choices:

 

Now that you have 16 new ways to wear your boots, it’s time to try some of them out! Post pictures of how you style yours on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #LRboots!

Posted by Nicole

Fashion Friday: Flamingo Zippered One-piece

November 14, 2014

Last summer’s Lime Ricki collection featured graphic black and white prints with a punch of pink. As the Resort season nears I’ve decided to accent my Flamingo Zippered One-Piece with some “Retro/Sporty” additions. Early 90’s fashion is back, featuring lots of logos and old-school, gym-inspired silhouettes.
Zipper flamingo One-piece style board // blog.limericki.com
DELANO MATTE BLACK SUNGLASSES // Streamlined sunglasses from my favorite eye-wear company, Smith. Complete with a life-time warranty.
ADIDAS RITA ORA BOYFRIEND TEE //  Classic tee with a funky twist. I’m channeling my inner J-Lo with this one.
ADIDAS ADILETTE SLIDES // The cousin of the Birkenstock, and I’m not afraid to rock these at the pool! Bonus is they’re extremely comfortable and  waterproof.
KOMONO WATCH -JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT // I am in love with Komono watches. This Belgian watch company features minimal watch faces paired with amazing printed bands. I’ll take one of each.
WITHOUT WALLS 3′ SHORT // Without Walls is Urban Outfitters sister-brand. This site takes active-wear to the next level; featuring bright colors and prints, fashion-forward designs and silhouettes.
posted by Lyndsay

DIY Wrapping Paper for the Holidays

November 14, 2014

It’s never too early to get started on your Christmas shopping. I’ve actually heard that the earlier you shop, the less you spend! Some say that the longer you procrastinate holiday shopping for your friends and family, the guiltier you feel, resulting in spending more money per gift. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap – get your shopping done before December 1st! Plus, if you get all your shopping done earlier, you’ll have more time to personalize each Christmas present with homemade wrapping paper! Ditch the overpriced store bought wrapping paper this year, and make some of your own.

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Have a fun craft night with your kids or your best girlfriends and spend an evening clipping, stamping, and gluing away. These wrapping papers are to-die-for cute, yet so simple to make!

1. The Signature // Practice your cursive on brown or white butcher table. You can even keep to the spirit of christmas and doodle your favorite christmas carol on the paper. No doodle could ever look bad when it’s wrapped around a giftbox! Top each gift off with a colorful bow or small ornament.

2. The Cupcakin’ Topper // I’ve got a collection of cupcake liners in the cupboard at my house. For some reason, I can never pass up a cute printed cupcake liner. I’m so happy I’ve finally found a craft that will allow me to use liners for something other than muffins and cupcakes!

3. The Lights // Get your kids pumped up for the holiday season and help them make string of Christmas lights using their cute thumbprints. Sentimental grandparents will adore the gift wrap more than the gift itself!

4. The Tagged // If you still a have tons of wrapping left over from last year – go ahead and use it! Just add gift tags to each of your presents for that extra personalized touch.

5. The Rudolph Nose // So easy, but so darling! Find a reindeer stamp at your local craft store and hot glue pom poms to each of the reindeers noses. It’s about time Rudolph got admired for his “nose so bright.”

6. The Cookie Cutter // I love when certain products can have more than one use! Dip your winter and holiday cookie cutters into some paint and “stamp” rolls of paper. You can even recycle paper, and use brown paper grocery bags instead!


Share your favorite DIY wrapping papers with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest account for more holiday inspiration ideas!

 

Posted by Nicole