Monday, June 30, 2014

OPI's My Pointe Exactly

I love grey nail polishes!  In fact, if you've been with me very long, you've heard me rave about Essie's Chinchilly, L'Oreal's Greycian Goddess, OPI's Tickle My France-y, and probably several others that fall into the grey-ish category.  I'm not quite certain what it is about that color, but I simply can't get enough of it.  Which is why it's probably not much of a surprise that I'm talking about yet another grey color today.

Where most greys are good for the fall and winter months, OPI's My Pointe Exactly is actually more suited for the warmer months - actually, even though we're at the tail end of spring around these parts, it would also be a really good spring color!  The reason I say that this is that it's not as opaque as the other greys I'm fond of.  Instead, it's a lighter, sheer grey that reminds one of a ballerina, which it was inspired by.

It's a lovely shade, and certainly buildable, but if you are one that will only wear opaque colors, this is not the one for you.  I'm not sure that I've ever gotten it to be completely opaque, though I don't suppose I've ever tried, either.  I rather like the gentle nature of a sheer polish during the summer!  What do you think, though?  Do you prefer light, pastel colors or bright colors?  What do you think about wearing a sheer grey this time of year?  Please do let me know in the comment section!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 27, 2014: Silent Auction Fundraiser

It's time for another daily vlog!  I haven't been very good about letting you lovely blog readers know when I've vlogged, but I have actually been doing really well, in that I've put up a video every day for over ten straight days!  Sure, this may not seem like that much, but as far as I'm concerned, it's amazing.  

It was a bit difficult to vlog much yesterday, since I was at work for most of the day, then ran off to a fundraising dinner and silent auction where I continued working!  The silent auction was a blast, though!  We had amazing food, incredible entertainment including a nyckelharpa player, and I even won my own little silent auction item!  I picked up a gift certificate for the eye clinic I go to, and a lovely pair of sunglasses!

I hope you're enjoying these daily snippets of my life, and if you are, please take a moment to subscribe to my vlog channel!  That way, you can know exactly when I put up a new video!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Favorite Summer Nail Polishes

My goodness!  This month has been an absolute rush, and it's not quite over, yet!  June is always a rather busy month for me, what with Father's Day, Joe's birthday, my grandpa's birthday and my mom's birthday (I hope I'm not forgetting anything!), and this month I've also decided to really hop back on the internets wagon again, especially with my Beauty and Fashion channel, and my new Daily Vlogging (which you should check out, and subscribe to, by the way!).


But, I digress.  My schedule is not the topic of this post.  Instead, let's talk about nail polish!  I, like many of you, am rather obsessed with my little nail polish collection, so I simply had to share some of my favorites for summer with you!  Personally, I'm drawn to the pastel colors for the most part, but summer is also all about experimenting with brighter colors!  So, in this video, I've included a nice little mix of both!  I hope you enjoy it, and please take a moment to subscribe to my channel if you do!

Now for the specifics!  If you are interested in purchasing any of these lovely gems for yourself, I've included links to where you can get your hands on them!

OPI's Live, Love, Carnaval
OPI's Can't Find My Czechbook
Essie's Blanc
Revlon's White Hot Sun Candy
Ciate's Poppet
Ciate's Chinchilla

Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo

A good dry shampoo, I feel, is simply a necessary item to have in your arsenal.  In fact, I actually went a few weeks without my favorite dry shampoo, the Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo, and can easily say that my hair had a difficult couple weeks.  Dry shampoo in general is nice, as it can tide you over when you're trying to wash your hair less, leaving it nice and clean, and adding volume to hair that may have otherwise gone flat.

I've used a few drugstore dry shampoos that promise to leave your hair nice and clean, and also to give it some volume (something I desperately need), but the Batiste Dry Shampoo is really the only one I've found that actually does exactly that, and I use it every single day I don't wash my hair!  I suppose this is why those few weeks I went without it were so difficult!

I've really only tried the Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo, because it smells absolutely amazing.  It has a slightly oriental scent that is slightly erotic, but is still nice and light.  However, if the Wild version does not suit your sense of smell, you can certainly try one of their other scents,which include a Blush one that is a bit more floral, a Tropical one, Cherry, and several others - it seems that there's a scent to suit just about everyone!  If you've tried this dry shampoo before, I would love to know what you thought about it, so please do let me know in the comment section!  Also, what is your favorite scent?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cabled Keyhole Wrap

You've no idea how excited I've been to share June's sweater with you!  Well, technically, this is a simple wrap instead of a sweater, but when I saw the pattern on Vogue Knitting (I get almost all my patterns from Vogue Knitting), I fell in love with it, and simply had to make it.  I even knew exactly which yarn I wanted to use, which never happens!

Most of the time, I simply go through my yarn stash to find something I can use up, but it's really rather exciting when I can purchase new yarn for a specific project.  So, I'm sure now you're wondering what fiber I actually chose to make this lovely little wrap.  It's Lion Brand's Heartland yarn in Acadia, which is a really pretty creamy color, and super incredibly soft.  Oh yes, and it's machine washable and dryable, which is always a good thing.

The wrap itself is gorgeous, too!  I adore cabling on essentially any knit item (plus it keeps me entertained while knitting), so I love the fact this wrap stays closed via a cabled keyhole.  I truly love this sweater, and can't wait to wear it on evening summer walks with Joe - really, what could be more romantic?

As with most of my other sweaters, I do plan on putting together an outfit with this wrap, so please check back Friday to see what I've come up with!  Really, if you feel so inclined, you can certainly just follow this blog, so that you know every single time I post!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 20, 2014: Wooden Guest Book

Can you believe I've been vlogging almost an entire week now? I've been wanting to do this for ages, and I can't believe I'm finally letting you folks in to see just a bit of my life! True, I probably don't live the most interesting life in the world, but it's relaxing and comfortable - just the way I like it.

I'm clearly still learning the art of all of this, but I do think I'm getting a bit better, and today (err, yesterday?) I even caught my future father-in-law on film cutting some black walnut for Joe and I to use for our wedding guest book! It's absolutely gorgeous, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did! Also, if you're a bit behind on my blogs, I have set up a playlist for this month's vlogs, which you can see here, and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe!

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme

As I sit here, thinking about how to begin this post, it strikes me that you can probably already guess why I like this product a lot – especially if you’ve been with me for any length of time. First off, I love the scent, flavor, etc., of almond. So naturally, I would like something that calls itself almond scented. I adore the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, because I love how the milk in the moisturizer feels, and how instantaneously your skin feels better when it comes into contact with it. Hence, I love that this is almond milk. Finally, I’m always looking for a new moisturizer, lotion, hand crème, etc., so of course I would like an almond milk hand crème.

So, since it has basically won its way into my heart based on its name alone, am I as in love with it as I thought I would be when I picked it up? Oh, yes! It smells absolutely amazing, and works phenomenally. It is a bit greasier than I typically like my daytime hand crèmes to be, so it’s certainly not something I would keep with me at work, but it is such a nice, calming product to use when I want to pamper myself a bit.

The other nice thing about this particular hand crème is that it continues to moisturize your hands for quite a while after you use it. If I were to critique one aspect of this product, though, I would caution that it does not do well in heat. It tends to melt a bit, but every other bit is phenomenal, so it’s certainly worth it in my mind!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Best Tumbler Ever

It may seem a little weird to devote an entire post to a simple thermos, but I figured (rather selfishly, I might add) that this is my blog, and therefore, if I find something absolutely incredibly amazing, I should be able to talk about it for as long as I desire.  Therefore, allow me to introduce you to my fabulous little tumbler, which has been in my possession for only a few weeks.

This little beauty caught my eye immediately when I was at a store called Typo at the Mall of America, simply because it had a cute vintage picture of Minnie Mouse on it.  When I was little, I had a ton of Minnie Mouse things, including a lunch box and thermos when I was in kindergarten, so I suppose it's a little nostalgic for me to use it.  But then, when I picked it up, and looked inside (why I looked inside, I couldn't tell you), I found the most incredible invention ever.

There was a little tea infuser inside!  For loose leaf tea!  On the go!  Honestly, that one little feature took me from, "That's really cute, but we don't have room for it, and I don't need another mug" to, "I need this in my life forever" in about 0.005 seconds or so.  Needless to say, it came home with me.

After having it for a while, and using it, I've just fallen more in love with it.  It keeps drinks nice and hot for a long time, while still giving your hands that nice warming sensation a nice cup of coffee or tea does.  It's amazing, and I can't imagine my life without it.  Speaking of which, if I've caught your attention with this thermos, and you're interested in picking one up for yourself, I did find that they're available at Cotton On for $16.95.  I didn't see my Minnie Mouse one, but they do still have some fun designs!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 18, 2014: Wedding Tasting

We're getting so close to our wedding day, I can't believe it!  We even went to our wedding tasting last night, and although I didn't vlog actually eating or anything, I did get a little video of the venue itself, and fell in love with it all over again!

I love the old fashioned style of this building, and that it doesn't have the "Northwoods" vibe that a lot of places around our area have.  It's absolutely stunning, and I hope you love it as much as we do!

My Purse Collection

Today, I'm inviting you to take a little sneak peek of one area of my closet, and showing you my entire purse collection!  Personally, I quite like the size of my little collection.  It's a nice mix of designer and lower end purses, with enough variety to keep me entertained, but not too big where it's overwhelming!

If you have a favorite purse, please let me know!  I'd love to know what you think of my little bags!  Also, if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel, Megan and Pearls!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 17, 2014: Haystacks and Gardening

You may not know this, but I've started vlogging!  I've vlogged a total of four days, now, trying to do better each and every day, and I must say that I'm quite pleased with how this particular one turned out!

If taking a peek into my daily, every day life, please make sure to hop on over to my blog channel, Behind the Lace Curtain, and make sure to subscribe!  I will do my very best to post daily, and if you and I both enjoy these videos, I may even look into getting a better camera than the one on my phone!

Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set

I believe I've mentioned before that my hands tend to get very dry, so every once in a while, I like to pamper them a little, whether it be through DIY treatments (I will try to write a post on my recipe sometime soon!), or through this set from Mary Kay which I was introduced to through a friend a few Christmases ago, and still absolutely adore!

I will mention quickly that this is not the original packaging for this set.  While the hand softener and hand cream are still in their original containers, the Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub is not.  Some of you may know that Joe and I own a Bengal cat named Cricket, and he is a very rambunctious little animal that likes knocking things over - like the original Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub.  Long story short, it broke, so I replaced it with this mercury glass soap dispenser I found at Target a while back.

I don't use this set extremely often, but when I do, I'm always absolutely amazed, and try to remind myself to use it more.  There really is an instant difference in my hands, and I will spend the rest of the day rubbing my hands together, simply because they feel that nice.  As you can see, it comes with three products: the Hand Softener which is used first, and preps your skin for exfoliation, the Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub which is my favorite of the three as it obliterates any dead skin lurking about, and the Hand Cream which locks moisture in, and keeps your hands nice and soft.

I personally have the Fragrance-free version, which does have a very light, clean scent, though it's by no means potent and fades very quickly.  I doing a bit more research, though, I've found that there is also a peach version that I think would be absolutely lovely.  In fact, I do believe that when this runs out, I will have to pick that scent up to try!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Ah, Marilyn.  You knew one of her movies would make an appearance on my blog, didn't you?  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was actually the first film I'd watched starring Marilyn Monroe, and it remains one of my favorites even now.  This is also the film that contains that famous musical number, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, where she wears that iconic pink dress, making it a perfect film to talk about on a girly blog.

However, this film is not actually all about Marilyn.  It is actually about two showgirls who are best friends, but tend to see things a bit differently.  Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe), is especially inclined to marry a wealthy husband, and is in fact engaged to a wealthy, though nerdy gentleman named Gus Esmond, while her best friend, Dorothy Shaw (played by Jane Russell) is more attracted to handsome, fit men - regardless of their income level.

Gus's father disapproves of his son's relationship with Lorelei, though, and consistently tries to stop them from marrying.  So, when Lorelei and Gus decide to travel to Paris via ship, not only so that Lorelei and Dorothy can perform, but so that Lorelei and Gus can finally get married, it is not surprising when Gus's father intervenes and keeps Gus from traveling with them.  Lorelei and Dorothy still must go, of course, and though Lorelei is warned to behave, she still gets into a bit of trouble chasing after diamonds, getting caught by a private investigator hired by Gus's father.

It's a very amusing film, with a number of incredible songs - even the first, I'm Just a Little Girl From Little Rock, is one that I would recognize anywhere solely from the first few notes.  It's definitely worth a view!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Teavana Fume Tea Set

I have wanted a tea set for just about as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I inherited a little teapot from work (you may have seen it on Instagram!), that I decided it was time to finally bite the bullet and get an actual, full tea set of my own. After quite a bit of searching, I finally found one that I thought fit our house and personality quite well, and have been using it every single day for my morning tea, so naturally, I had to tell you about it.

I found this lovely Japanese stoneware set from Teavana, and though I don’t actually drink the tea from there (I much prefer my Yogi tea), I adore the set itself! All of the pieces are unique, thanks to a reactive glaze that changes when the kiln comes into contact with it, creating an amazing mix of white, black, grey, and red. They are truly beautiful, and I feel so chic every time I use it.

The teapot itself is rather small, holding only about 2 cups of water, which certainly works fine for me, as I’m the only one in our house that drinks tea, and the cups did take me a bit of getting used to, as they don’t have handles like the teacups I’m used to. Having said that, I certainly don’t regret this purchase though, and certainly wouldn’t trade it in at this point!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pink Elephant Cocktail

It seems that there are a number of girls nowadays that enjoy getting together and drinking wine as a sort of fun, girls' night out even (as long as you're of age!), and I must say that my friends and I are no different.  Though, we also quite enjoy our cocktails, so when my mom introduced me to a pink, fruity cocktail that makes use of a Moscato, I knew I had to share the recipe with you.

I do want to add a quick disclaimer, though, and mention that my mom found the original recipe on Pinterest, so I'm not sure who came up with it, or what it's original name might have been.  I simply decided to name it a Pink Elephant Cocktail, because I love elephants, and it has a lovely pink color.  Oh yes, and I love the joke behind it.  If you don't know what I'm talking about as far as the joke goes, simply google "Seeing pink elephants", and then watch Dumbo.  You'll never watch that movie the same way again.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, my mom found the original recipe on Pinterest, which I've included in this post, but I did have to put my own spin on it.  I truly love both versions, so if you are of legal age, try both out, and tell me which you like better (no hard feelings if you like the original, more!)!

Original Recipe:
2/3 bottle Moscato wine
6 cups lemonade
1/4 bottle of strawberry vodka

My Version:
2/3 bottle Pink Moscato Champagne (I like the Barefoot Bubbly)
6 cups pink lemonade
1/4 bottle of grapefruit vodka
splash of Sprite, Club Soda, or Grapefruit La Croix

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

I've been meaning to writ about the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains for such a long time, but for some reason, about the time that I started using and loving these, I went through a phase where I just didn't want to write any posts at all (circa December-March 2014).  However, now I think it's safe to say that I am fully back in the swing of things as far as my blog goes, so I need to express my love for these things!

First of all, they're packaged as twist-up crayons, and maybe it's just me, but every time I use one, I think of that I Love Lucy episode, where she tries to learn French, and learns the sentence, "Le crayon est sur le table" or "The pencil is on the table".  So, then I have to sit in front of the mirror a while, trying to imitate Lucille Ball saying, "le plume" and "le crayon".

I do quite like the packaging, though.  They're easy to apply, but you don't have to worry about carrying a pencil sharpener or anything around, and at least the ones that I own are all nicely opaque and also have a lovely shine to them.  Oh, and did I mention that they come in a bunch of colors?  I myself have three of them: Romantic (red with just a hint of tangerine), Darling (a light lilac that I have yet to wear outside the house), and my favorite, Honey (a light pink with a hint of tan).

If you're already interested, just wait!  They're also moisturizing, which I love, and they also have a subtle scent of mint, which leaves your lips feeling nice and refreshed after application.  These babies have been out in stores for a while already, but if you haven't checked them out, yet, please do!  If you have tried them before, let me know what you think of them, and what your favorite color is!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Target Haul: Summer 2014

It's haul time!  Yesterday, I got to go shopping - mostly for my wedding coming up in October! - but I did get to run off to Target for a little while, and picked up a few more things than I'd intended.  Being a girl from the middle of nowhere that really doesn't get to Target very often, I figured this little splurge was okay, though.

I picked up a bunch of fun items, so I wanted to share them with you!  I hope you guys like this video, and make sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven't already!  I love talking to you guys, and subscribing gives you an easy way to get back here and hang out with me again!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Revlon Sun Candy Nail Polish

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I reviewed one of the Revlon Nail Art polishes, and wasn't particularly enthusiastic about it.  I honestly don't know where that post went, and am therefore unable to direct you to it, were you interested in the details, but suffice it to say that I did not care for it.  However, when I did my first Everyday Princess videos on Elsa's Hair and Makeup from Frozen, I happened to take notice of a new kind of Nail Art from Revlon: their Sun Candy polishes.

In those videos, I wore the color Northern Lights from this particular line, and absolutely loved it (apparently some of you loved it too, as I got a lot of questions as to what it was)!  The color is so incredibly sparkly, which is not being translated via camera as well as I would care for, and it is actually very versatile.  Back when I did those videos, I was going for a look that was cold and icy - something wintery.  But, thanks to the light coloring of these polishes, they transition well into these warmer months, as well, and I absolutely adore wearing White Hot as a unique way to wear white polish during the summer!

They must have fixed the formulation of these polishes since the last time I used them as well.  The last polishes I'd used were very streaky, and dried oddly on my nails, but these ones are opaque very quickly, and have a nice, shiny finish.  Much, much better than before.  I would definitely give these my seal of approval!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pistchio and Gold Studded Mani

Surprise! I’ve written a post on a Saturday! At least in the past – even before my rather long absence a few months ago – I actually tried to keep to a strictly Monday-Friday schedule, but since I’m really going at this blog strongly (don’t tell anyone, but I actually have an agenda for the posts I want to do!), I’ve found that sometimes there’s just not enough time in a week. So, every once in a while, I may just decide to surprise you guys and put up a post on a Saturday! No word on Sunday, yet, as I believe that should be a day of rest, but who knows what will happen in the future?

Enough talk about schedules, though. What I truly wanted to tell you about today was a new, rather simple manicure that I just did for myself that I’m absolutely in love with. It’s a rather minimalistic design using Ciate’s Sweet Pea on the majority of my nails, and adding a little gold stud at the base of all those nails, then painting my ring finger with OPI’s lovely gold shade, Glitzerland. This was actually the first time I’d ever used studs, having only had rhinestones before (which are also gorgeous), but I think I may be hooked. They give a girly design a nice little edge without being too tough!

I love how it looks so nice and classic on your hands, without being too dramatic, though it’s not too subtle, either! Personally, I think it looks very summer-resort chic, and I fully intend to head outside and enjoy some sunshine with a nice floppy black hat, pretending I’m an old Hollywood movie star. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Marian the Librarian

I recently read The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen, which is about a house full of knitters (you can find out what I thought about it in my recent Shimmerature - there's a giveaway involved here!), and one of the characters in particular, Aubrey, is not only an avid knitter, but also works as a librarian.  She was quite possibly my favorite character in the book, and the inspiration behind this cozy outfit!

Since I was going for a look that was a little geekier, and less put together while still maintaining my own bit of style, I figured it would be alright to pair this beautiful red lace dress I'd gotten from Kohl's well over a year ago that has since gotten a bit short from washing with a pair of my favorite jeans.  I used to do this all the time, and I'm fairly certain I've seen other people do it, so I'm not sure if it's a Midwestern thing, or a "Megan thing" as I've been told by others, but I quite like it!

To dress it up a bit, I added the Anisette Cardigan that I knit as a catch up March Sweater for my Year of Sweaters goal, then paired it with some pearls and silver bangles.  To keep the look laid back, I wore my casual Dry Goods bag that I love wearing in the summer (if you want a closer look at it, check out this video where I hauled it!)

It is the coziest little outfit that is still cool enough for Spring, and I absolutely love it!  What do you think?  Please do let me know in the comment section!  Oh, and for those of you wondering what The Wishing Thread has to do with the title of this post, it doesn't.  It's a song from The Music Man that was stuck in my head while writing it!

The Details
Cardigan: Vogue Knitting
Dress: Lauren Conrad at Kohl's
Jeans: Skinny Flare from American Eagle
Pearls: Forever 21
Bangles: White House Black Market
Shoes: were a gift from a friend
Purse: Dry Goods

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Shimmerature: The Wishing Thread

It's been quite a while since my last Shimmerature, but I'm back with a new one!  This particular Shimmerature is about the novel, The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen.  This book is truly a knitter's dream, but it's also a good novel on its own, as well!

I'll let the video tell you about the book itself, but because I love you guys so much, I wanted to let you know that I'm doing a giveaway along with this book!  It's being held over on my YouTube channel, so make sure to head over there for the chance to win my own personal copy of this book!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nume Lustrum Curling Wand

Wow.  That's all I can say about this curling wand.  I've had it for quite some time, now, and though I should be used to how amazing it is, I don't believe that I am.  It's simply too incredible to get used to.  To begin with, it has five interchangeable barrels: three sizes of regular barrels (I like using the medium one best), a reverse one, and one...let's just call it by its correct name...pearl barrel.  We're too proper here to draw attention to the fact that the pearl barrel does look rather naughty.

The wand and barrels all come in a nice carrying case, so you don't have to worry about losing the barrels, and as far as functionality goes, it's really quite incredible.  It heats up very fast to 410°F, which is almost a little too hot for my taste, but it creates the same curls in half the time of my previous curling wand (a Remmington Pearl Ceramic wand).  Really, the only issues that I have with it is that first, it doesn't allow you to change the temperature of the wand, and second, the wand itself doesn't tell you how hot it is.  However, the benefits far outweigh these downsides, and I barely use any of my other curling wands anymore.

As I mentioned earlier, my favorite barrel to use is the mid-size barrel (25mm).  This is the one I use to style my hair in almost of all my YouTube videos where I have my hair curled (as well as in the picture above), and if I haven't used that particular barrel, I've likely used the larger one (32mm).  I don't use the others quite as much as those two, but I do intend on using the pearl one more now that the weather is getting warmer.  Rather than the classic romantic curls you can achieve with a regular barrel, the pearl one creates wild, more exotic curls, perfect for the season!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What's in My Purse?

Well, it's Tuesday, which means it's time for another video!  I've a new purse that I adore, that although some of my YouTube viewers may not have seen it, you lovely gems may have!  This fetching bag is the Deux Lux Dottie Duffle Bag, and I found it on, and I debuted it in my May Flowers Outfit of the Day post!

If you're interested in what I keep in this lovely bag, then this video is certainly up your alley!  I do hope you like it, and let me know if there's anything else I should keep in it!  It's still a bit bigger than I'm used to, so I'd love to fill it up!  Also, make sure to subscribe to my channel so that you know when my videos go live!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Anisette Cardigan

I sense a love affair with cardigans coming on, as this is the second sweater in a row where I've decided it necessary to knit a cardigan.  However, I did learn my lesson after my Cabled Cardigan with Flowers, and have opted for one that has short sleeves and is in a cream color so that it is actually suited for these warmer months!  I actually even used Bernat Baby Sport in white, which is a lighter weight!  The pattern I used was yet another Vogue Knitting Pattern, the Anisette Cardigan (and you can find the pattern here).

At least around here, cardigans are amazing.  In the Midwest, the temperature fluctuates a lot during a day, so you never really know how to dress, which means it's nice to have something you can put on and take off at a moment's notice that still looks nice and polished.  Of course, I will admit to you that I'm also a bit self-conscious about my arms, as I can never seem to get the skin there under control, so a cardigan helps me at least feel a little more covered up.

Of course, I do love this particular cardigan more than just because it's summer appropriate and makes me feel a little more covered.  I also love the cables on it, as well (really, I love cables on any type of knitwear), and the little lacy eyelets are such a nice little detail!  I has a nice, casual summer look to it, but still looks nice and classy.  I would love to know what you think of it, though, so please do let me know in the comment section, and come back Friday to see it used in an Outfit of the Day!