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?

retro travel accessories

  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!

 

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

 

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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

Team Tuesday: Meet Colette

November 12, 2014

It’s Tuesday, time to meet another member of the Lime Ricki team. Colette is one of the co-owners of Lime Ricki. In fact, Lime Ricki is her brain child. After a frustrating shopping experience with her 13-year old daughter,  Colette decided to take matters into her own hands and design some swimsuits. She knew she needed creative partners so she talked Jennifer and Nicole, her (younger) sisters, into joining the team. And that’s how Lime Ricki was born.

Team Tuesday // Meet Colette // limericki.com

 

Colette is probably the sweetest person you’ll meet. She is funny, engaging, thoughtful and kind. But don’t be fooled, she’s also spunky and driven. And she’s task oriented. She constantly reminds us in our meetings to have a “plan of action” and helps us stay on track. And she almost always has a snack in her purse, which comes in handy when we’re traveling or in long meetings.

She’s also a mother of 5, an excellent cook and pulls off themed parties like they are no big deal. She has a contagious laugh, a smile that lights up the room, and a compassionate streak that makes us all feel good. So, meet Colette!

 

 

 

 

Meet Colette // limericki.com

Fashion Friday

November 7, 2014

The holidays are here and if you’re like me, you can’t wait to book that trip to somewhere warm. Whether its a beach vacation or a cruise to somewhere tropical, Resort season is now upon us. I’ve taken my favorite Resort 2013 one-piece (its on sale!) and added a few products from some of my favorite shopping sites to create the perfect look. Time to pack your bags!

Style Board: leopard-onepiece // limericki.com

 

ASOS PASSPORT CASE // Who wouldn’t want to carry their passport in this sleek and classy passport case? The perfect sophisticated way to stay organized during your travels.

DEUX LUX BUCKET BAG // Whether poolside or out to dinner, this versatile purse is big enough to carry your essentials. I love the drawstring closure and gold embellishments.

QUAY CAT EYE SUNGLASSES // These cat eyes are chic and sophisticated, with a touch of fun. Exactly what I want to wear when I’m vacationing.

ST. TROPEZ DRY SELF TAN OIL //  Get that golden bronzed look without hitting the tanning beds. St. Tropez is my go-to brand for safe tanning. Just make sure you rub it in evenly to avoid splotches or spots.

RIVER ISLAND GOLD HARDWARE SANDAL // Sparkle in the sand in these toe loop slip-ons. They are a glamorous option for just about any outfit.

 

posted by Lyndsay

How to Completely Change Your Community Without Really Trying

November 5, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you really want to give back to your community, but you feel like you can’t fit another thing on your plate. Between school, work, taking care of the kiddos, and all your other responsibilities, it can be hard to even think about doing charity work.

I can definitely relate. That’s why I want to let you in on some of my secrets on how I make doing good a part of my daily life. It’s easier than you think!


change your world // limericki.com

Apps

Once you start looking around, there are quite a few apps out there that help you implement service into activities you already do every day!

Charity Miles // All you have to do is remember to turn on this app when you head out for a walk, jog, or even a bike ride! Charity Miles donates to an organization of your choice for every mile you exercise: 25¢ for running or walking, 10¢ for biking.

Donate a Photo // If you take at least one photo every day, you can share it using this app to have a dollar donated to a charity that you choose.

Check In for Good // Similar to foursquare, you can check in on this app when you arrive at certain businesses. Those businesses will then donate to a cause, and even give you coupons or offers to encourage you to come back.

Products

There are many products out there that give back with every purchase made – think about Toms or Target’s [RED] line. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing if you’re a shopaholic!

Lush: Charity Pot // This incredible hand and body lotion is one of my favorite things at Lush. Every time you buy it, 100% of the proceeds go toward a humanitarian, environmental, or animal rights cause.

Cotopaxi: Bangladesh Water Bottle // When you buy this water bottle, it provides clean water to a person in Bangladesh for about six months. Not to mention it’s a great buy – your water will stay cold all day, even if you leave it in a hot car!

Sevenly: Art Print // Every purchase you make from this website donates $7 to the current charity until the goal is met and another one is started. I especially love these cute art prints!

 

Time

Of course, there’s always the old fashioned way to give back – donating your time or money. These are the hard ones to fit in, but with these ideas, it will be much more convenient!

Donate old clothes // Here’s your excuse to clean out your closet and get all new clothes! Take the old ones to those in need by running them by your nearest Goodwill or Deseret Industries.

Charity dinner // If you search hard enough in your city, you should be able to find a few charity dinner events. You just pay a cover price to get in or register, and that money is then donated to the dinner’s cause. Make it a night out with the girls!

Volunteer // This is a great one to for your next day date with your man! Some of my favorite places to volunteer are animal shelters, special needs events, and soup kitchens.

 

So, are you going to try any of these suggestions? When you do, take a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #mermaidmovement! I can’t wait to see how you make a difference!

Posted by Nicole

5 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Actually Good

October 31, 2014

I’m no vegetarian, but I do enjoy eating a meatless meal every once in a while, especially when my vegetarian sister, (and fellow co-owner of Lime Ricki) Jennifer, comes over for a dinner party. The benefits of a vegetarian diet that motivate me to eat less meat include: maintaining a healthy heart, fitting into my skinny jeans, decreasing my chances of getting cancer, and supporting my love for animals (I love my cute Yorkie, Roxi!). Studies have proven that those who eat meat minimally are overall healthier than those who thrive off of carnivorous diets.

When I make a vegetarian meal, I want everyone in my family to enjoy it not only for the health benefits, but for the tastiness too. Just because a dinner is vegetarian, doesn’t mean it has to be disgusting! Over the years I have found that these five vegetarian recipes are pretty scrumptious, even for us omnivores.5 Vegetarian Recipes that are actually good // blog.limericki.com

Stuffed Bell Peppers // incredibly filling and hearty – filled with protein, veggies, and healthy grains. Not the mention it’s an absolute stunner on the table

Portabella Veggie Burger // satisfies any craving for a good meaty burger, it’s just a lot healthier. Just add some rosemary or sweet potato fries for a side, and your meal is done!

Lasagna Soup // warms the soul, this soup not only comforts but re-energizes your body after a long day of work and running errands

Grilled Pizza // combination of rich textures and smoky grilled vegetables, this gourmet pizza has my vegetarian sister coming back to my house for leftovers

Tomato Broccoli Pasta Casserole // delectably savory and so easy to switch out and replace existing ingredients with new ones, makes the recipe fresh and reusable

I hope you enjoy these vegetarian dishes as much as my family and I do! While you’re on the prowl for more vegetarian alternatives, try out these carrot fries that I also love!

Posted by Nicole