Odds and Ends



1. After decades of declaring green my favorite color, I think yellow has taken over the top spot. What does it all mean, people?! Do you have a favorite? And does anyone really love brown the best?

2. I just watched Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday featuring Rob Bell and was really digging what he had to say. Have you read Bell’s latest book? Starting it this weekend.

3. OMG. This is exactly what bedtime with Wita is like. EXACTLY.

4. What do you think about this “adventure playground?” Also, honestly, I just skimmed that article because this is kind of how I feel right now.

5. I love Martha Beck something fierce. Heed her advice, worrywarts. (#2 and #6 are my downfalls.)

6. Soon you will be able to see who’s viewing who on Facebook. (Which basically means psssst stop looking at your ex-boyfriend’s profile. Like, right now.)


10 Universal Truths According to Whoorl



1. The smoke detector battery warning always starts beeping between the hours of 3am.

2. Children will come down with a nasty illness within 24 hours of one parent leaving town.

3. The pain of stepping on a Lego in the dark is indescribable. Rivaling the pain of stepping on an upturned plug, perhaps.

4. If you desperately need to stop for 5 seconds to send a quick text while driving, you will hit every. single. green. light. On the flip side, if you’re in a huge hurry, red lights all damn day.

5. Feeling super confident and cute while running errands? Ghost town. Quick run to Target at 8am in your pajamas, no bra, and morning breath? You’ll see around 43 people you know.

6. Prius owners are the slowest drivers on the planet.

7. Whatever you are searching for in your purse will be the last thing you find.

8. There is no panic like the panic you feel when you get your head or hand stuck in something. Well, maybe that moment when you’ve realized you’ve leaned back a little too far in your chair. (i.e. OMG I’M GOING TO DIE.)

9. Your TV/printer/iPhone/laptop will suddenly render itself unusable the second you desperately need to watch/print/call/email.

10. The next Bachelor rose ceremony will not be the most dramatic yet.

Care to add any to the list?

image: Daniel Eatock


Is Your iPhone Not Ringing? This Could Be Why


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I’m not a tech blogger, but I (FINALLY) figured out something last night that had been driving me crazy for the past several months. I thought it was just me, but after posting on my Facebook page, it seems many of you are/were having the same problem.

So, your iPhone. Does it ring when someone calls? No? Maybe only occasionally? What about text alerts? Do you pick up your phone only to see 10 missed text messages and calls? How can that be? It’s sitting within 5 feet of you! Must been crappy reception, right?

Well, that’s what I thought. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why my phone was only ringing a small percentage of the time. Little did I know that my Do Not Disturb feature was turned on – basically only allowing my list of “favorites” to audibly ring on my phone.

How do you know if the Do Not Disturb feature is turned on?

Look at your lock screen. (You can see mine in the above image.) Do you see that little moon icon on the top bar? Yep, it’s on. And muting your calls.

So, how do you turn that damn thing off? Two easy ways. First off, you can access the Do Not Disturb menu in Settings. Make sure to turn the manual slider to “off.” (Also you can see how mine was set to allow call from “favorites.” That’s why my iPhone was still ringing part of the time!)

The second way (and probably how I turned mine on in the first place) is to swipe up from the bottom while on your home screen, and the menu below will pop up. See that moon icon? Be sure it’s turned off.


There you have it. Now your iPhone can ring again and all will be right with the world. (On the flip side, though, if you only want to be alerted when your “favorites” call, then by all means keep it on!)


Everyday Look: Silk Blouses



What’s your everyday look? Although I attempt to keep things fresh (but seriously, when will I realize that day dresses are a personal pipe dream?), I do have a mainstay ensemble combination that gets me through most days.

Blazer + Silk(y) Blouse + Denim + Flats = Happy, Stylish, and Comfortable

This is my personal style equation, and I’m a huge fan because you can really change up the vibe with different items from your closet.

Today, let’s talk about silk blouses. (Or shall I say “silky” blouses. Do you think I’m going to wear dry clean only items all the livelong day? No thank you.) Although I do own a few 100% silk blouses, a lot of mine are actually made of rayon or polyester, which give them the silky look, but are machine washable. It’s a win-win, me thinks.

I love the way silky blouses drape on the body, and they are equally as lovely dressed up or down. Pair the blouses with pencil skirts, wide-leg trousers, or denim…the sky’s the limit, really. Here are some of my current favorites.


1. Silk Floral Tee, $112

2. Striped Studio Top, $99

3. Elephant Print Tank, $74

4. Peter Pan Collar Top, $49

5. Silk Petal Blouse, $128

6. Draped Pocket Tee, $34

7. Asymmetric Top, $69

8. Silk Paisley Tee, $112

9. Slit Neck Top, $27