Makeover Monday

I have been debating a blog makeover for a little while but haven't been able to quite decide on how I wanted the new space to look.  I get bored fairly easy with the look of my blog and find I must really show some self control not to change it as frequently as I would like.  What can I say?  I love designing blogs!  So why not take advantage of the fact that I do have a design shop?

So here is my new look!  It is a new design from my instant download section called Simply Dawn.  And just for fun I have decided to give one copy of it away this month!

So if you love the new design and want your own, here's how to get it!

What: Simply Dawn Blogger Template
Who: Worldwide
When: Giveaway is open until 5/05
How -  Leave a comment stating why you visit Caked Blog and what you may like to see more of in the future.  (Be sure to leave a way to contact you should you win)

Additional Ways To Enter:
(Be sure to leave separate comments per entry to increase your odds)

Good Luck!

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Akimbo Giveaway

Located here, in California, near the beaches of Monterey is the darling shop called Akimbo.

These pieces are referred to as "subtle stunners" as they are just that.  They are simply stunning and made from the loveliest of minerals to ensure you have a naturally beautiful piece of jewelry you are sure to cherish.

Ready for the best part?  The lovely Jenny & Kim, the hearts behind these beautiful pieces, are offering you all a chance to win an item from Akimbo!

Here's how to enter:

What: Any piece valued up to $18
Who: US & Canada
When: Giveaway is open until 5/08

In the mean time be sure to take advantage of 15% off that favorite item of yours with

Good Luck!
Love & Lollies...

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Continued Learning

 I am currently preparing to re-enroll in school.  This is something I have debated for quite some time.  It's not that I do not favor continued learning, but more that I struggle in finding a major worthy of committing (not only years), but possibly my life too.  There has never been a single prospect so appealing that I have found contentment in the possibility of spending my life's work in such a field.  It's a big decision and one that has eluded me for quite some time.

With fall semester not too far away I am expected to commit to a reevaluation of my abilities in the form of numerous tests.  That was yesterday and with every test score it became more and more apparent as to what information I continually use since my college departure.  I excelled in writing, favorable in reading, and horrid in math!  It's funny how they make it seem as though all of these elements of education are automatically vital in the ability to perform the skill you seek.

Hmmm... not seeing the need for math so much, as I work in my field everyday!   Now ask me what a dress on clearance, with an additional 35% off, would cost me and I am all over that!  Or if you were to ask me how to convert a cupcake recipe from cups to ounces, you've got it!  This is what I use... this is what I know and I am surviving just fine!  Luckily my math scores do not seem to be as much of a concern seeing as the majority of my general education is already complete.

Only a few more hoops to jump through before I can actually start registering for the classes I actually want to take.  I am excited and nervous all rolled into jumbled ball of emotions.  Here's to hoping I am not too rusty in my knowledge of PC's.  Unfortunately, they don't have a bring your own Mac ability for my course.

Dress :: Forever 21 // Shirt :: Vintage // Shoes :: Jellypop // Necklace :: c/o Amourx Handmade

PS  Don't forget to enter the Amourx Handmade Giveaway!

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Savvy Styling :: Canary Cardigan

I often feel so awkward creating style posts.  Like I never know what to say about the items I am wearing.  "Hey, here are my clothes!" doesn't really seem to justify a whole paragraph let alone a whole post.  So typically I will just ramble on and on about what is happening in my life, but what do you do when even that doesn't quite justify a whole post?

So I figured why not share some of my most recent shopping scores and how I've paired them for some savvy styling.  

Dress - Forever21 $8 on sale // Cardigan - New York & Co $1 thrift store clearance // Sandals - ModCloth $10 Sale

$19 Outfit!  

Have you found any awesome finds lately?

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Photo Session :: The Morgans

Recently I traveled down the state to visit an old high school friend. With a new addition to their family I couldn't resist the opportunity to take some photos of the happy family and their newest member.

Their story is such a tender one of finding love and welcoming Brendan into their live's through adoption.  It's a beautiful sight to see a family made whole and they were such much fun to shot with.

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Amourx Handmade Giveaway CLOSED

One of my favorite accessory shops has to be Amourx Handmade.  I love all their darling trinkets, especially, their nature wood made darlings.  There is so much detail in each piece, making them so hard to resist, and so easy to collect each and every set.

Today you all get the chance to get a head start at your collection and win this lovely set of real birch wood button earrings from Amourx Handmade!

Here is the dealio!

What: One Pair of natural birch wood button earrings
Who: Worldwide
When: Giveaway is open until 4/30
How -  Visit Amourx Handmade and come back here to leave a comment telling us which piece is your favorite.  Please be sure to provide a way for us to get in touch with you if you win.
"Like" your favorite Amourx Handmade piece on Facebook by clicking the "Like" share option below the item details

Additional Ways To Enter:
(Be sure to leave separate comments per entry to increase your odds)
  • Like Amourx Handmade on Facebook
  • Be a follower of Caked Blog
  • Tweet about the giveaway such as-  Win a pair of birch wood button earrings from on @cakedvintage blog  (Feel free to use the example!)
  • Follow Amourx Handmade on Instagram

Congratulations Annie!

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New Hair

I did not realize how much work would go into having a more pastel hue!  They are tricky to say the least.  I have spent the last few weeks trying to perfect my shade with help from Carol of Bellisimo Brides.  Typically a color swap is only a two day process of stripping the color and then applying the new shade, but with pastels the hair has to be so perfectly white before application.  It has made it even more difficult to transform my naturally ebony hair into a more unnatural color.

I still haven't decided if pastels are for me, but until then I am enjoying my new color.  Now if I could only figure out what to call it?

Love & Lollies...

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March Sponsors & $75 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway

March has been a month of hardships and heartache. I do not wish to talk about it much, as it is still very fresh on my heart, but even though I was not around too much in March I still had the loveliest batch of sponsors!


I decided since I wasn't around to use the moneys to supply you all with fun DIY's or tasty treats, I would give it away to someone who would!  So enter below for a chance to win a $75 Etsy Gift Card from my sponsors!

Giveaway is open worldwide and you have until the 16th to enter.  Good Luck and Happy April!

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