The Glamour Girl Shop Has Launched!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!  This girl is a lot less stressed today.  Actually for the past week and a half my stress level has been at an all time low compared to this past year.  I don’t do well with stress, I try to eliminate it in every way possible and somehow I manage to do so with very little in my life.  Not this past year,  I (Mark & I) chose to do 80 things at once.  This is not a rare thing for us, but when one is living in a renovation and it doesn’t feel like home yet there is no escape from the chaos.  We can’t complain one bit though since the stress was brought on by everything we wanted to do.  I am very grateful to be in the position to do all of these amazing things, and I don’t take it for granted.

There were a few things leading up to this past week that brought me back to me being me, but one exciting venture that I want to share with you is the launch of “the glamour girl shop.” 

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After starting Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan in downtown Chicago at the beginning of 2011, Riane knew she wanted to expand the business to a retail boutique as well.  While starting off small, she eventually grew the business so it was recognized as a boutique as well as an airbrush tanning business.
“Where Airbrush Tanning Meets One Chic Boutique”
As people would ask for items to be shipped, an online shop was always at the back of her mind.  She is a true believer in timing.  Everything will come when the time is right.  Well, October 2014 was the right time and “the glamour girl shop” was formed.  Although it will start out small as she says “my business grows organically,” she hopes to add new, fun items weekly.  From clothing to jewelry to skin care, candles and home decor, there will be something for every glamour girl.  Inspiration in what to carry comes through many outlets and Riane hopes to provide a unique shop.
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As with everything, I had a vision of how I wanted the website to be and life changed it a bit, but that is OK.  For example, I used to think when I saw a website with the owner modeling the clothing it didn’t look as professional.  It looked like a beginner/starter website.  I always visioned others modeling the clothing, while I styled them and took the pictures.  How have things changed when I had to do it myself.  Who did I think was going to be modeling for me at 10:00pm at night when I had “free time” to work on it or on Sunday morning right when the natural light would look best with our little pop up studio.  Did I think these girls were going to work for free?   I have not made a dollar from the site yet, and I know you have to spend money to make money, but I needed to spend those dollars in inventory not models.  So you see, the look of my website is everything I had not envisioned and yet I think it’s the perfect start.
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I could have never done this without my better half, my husband Mark.  Behind everything I do, he is right there in the grind of things helping me too.  Who do you think was taking all of those pictures with my head chopped off?  He is also the quiet half, the smarter half, and the person who kept me together while I did the website.  I did not shed any tears, but there was a Sunday I came close.  I thought who am I kidding for thinking I can do this and he was right there making sure I knew I could do this.
To the rest of my family, friends, and you faithful readers out there who are the reason I keep this little blog going for the time being, thank you for being my biggest cheerleaders.  I know who you are and I sincerely thank you from the bottom my heart. xxR
Take a peak and let me know what you think!    www.theglamourgirlshop.com
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Home Tour: A Charming Wauwatosa Home

My dear friends Greg and Jamie, live in a beautiful home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with their son Liam.  I look forward to the warmth, coziness, and charming character this home has every time I visit.  It is filled with love, family pictures, artwork, music, everything this family conveys.

10685423_10152841241415871_1750804151851599407_nGrab some hot chocolate and take a peak into their lovely home.

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Do you match your home?

Does the style of your home match your wardrobe or vice versa?  Is your home and wardrobe full of neutrals?  Or are you colorful and full of pattern like your home?  Chances are you are drawn to some similarities in both your wardrobe and home decor even if you didn’t realize it.  However, your wardrobe could be a mix of style as well as your home, making you truly unique.  Whatever the case is, take a look at the similarities between the spaces and outfits.

great textures and patterns
This is so different than I would usually pick, but I'm trying to be more adventurous...
 Street Style | damsel in dior
navy and black bedroom - Google SearchDelusions of Grandeur: Mustard, tan and stripesInterior shot from the new H & M Home range, slate wall with blue velvet sofa
 Adorable outfit • black mini skirt • black high boots • leather jacket • black scarf • dotted black tights • blue skimpy top •
 כתום - לאהוב אותו, לשנוא אותו, לעצב איתו, לאכול אותו
Formal
 perfect chair, flawless ottoman. le sigh.
 I kind of love this.  J Crew vest and Hunter boots.Scott Sanders designs a "Man Room" by using oxblood couches
 Perfect winter outfit. Love the massive scarf. - c/o Chloe Morello find more women fashion on www.misspool.com
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Vegetable Stew

Post Today by Guest Blogger Heather
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Winter feels like it’s right around the corner!  Yesterday, I was in the mood for some warm comfort soup so I searched Google hoping to find something good and easy to make.  I’m definitely spoiled.  Since I work late at Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan, my husband does all the cooking. (It’s great, especially since he’s pretty good at it.)  I thought I would surprise him by doing the cooking for him for once!
What I found was a crock pot recipe under the title- EASY slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew. I read the ingredients and thought this is perfect!   I ran to the store in the cold windy weather thinking maybe I should just pick up soup already made but I stuck to my original plan and got what I needed.
I got this recipe from chow.com, so it’s not mine.  I figured I would change it a bit, but I ended up sticking to the recipe besides adding some Parmesan Cheese.  I did cheat by getting what I could pre-cut.
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions- cut up in larger pieces
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold (about 3 large), cut up in large chunks
  • 1 pound Carrots (about 4-5 medium) peeled and cut in large chunks
  • 1 pound Parsnips (about 4 medium, peeled and cut in large chunks
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I used chicken broth)
  • 1 Butternut Squash peeled,seeded, and cut in large chunks
  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut in large chunks
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 bunch spinach, trimmed and washed (about 4 cups loosely packed)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, more if needed

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Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook over medium heat about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the ginger, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cayenne, and a pinch of pepper and cook for about a minute.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker.  Add the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and broth. Season it with salt and pepper and stir. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Add the squash, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and raisins.  Season again with salt and stir. Cover and continue to cook on high until a fork easily goes in the vegetable.  It’s about two hours more, stir after 1 hour.  Add the spinach and gently mix (do not over mix).  Let it sit until wilted. gently stir in the vinegar, taste it, and season it with more salt, pepper, and vinegar as needed.
  5. It’s done!  I added some Parmesan cheese, since I love cheese and bought a fresh loaf of french bread to eat with it.

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I couldn’t wait to eat, it smelled so good!!  I had a few doubts, but thought I did buy Pat’s favorite Jacks Pizza so worst comes to worse I can throw that on the pizza pizzazz….yes we have one of those- my husband swears by it!  Haha but-No Pizza! The stew was exactly what we needed for our chilly Tuesday night!
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Faux Fur Love

Faux Fur Love
Faux or Real, whatever your choice is, it’s the time of year to get out your furs.  I just feel a little more put together and girly when I wear any fur.
Although I would wear any of the faux fur sets above, I am feeling the bottom left today.
Which one are you feeling?
Wishing you some fashion inspiration!
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