Monday, October 31, 2011

30 Days of Beauty at Ma Nouvelle Mode

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited!! So excited you guys!!

The month of November is going to be the Month of Beauty over here at Ma Nouvelle Mode.  I have so much in store for you guys.  And it is going to be very practical stuff.  And lots of stuff you can use for the holidays! Just in time, right?

Here is a little preview of the things to come...
Makeup tips like smokey eyes:
Holiday Hair ideas like this one here...

Outfit challenges, skin care tips, accessory tips, and lots and lots of giveaways!!  Like I mentioned before, I am making the giveaways really easy to enter.  Sometimes giveaways have so many ways to enter, I just don't enter at all.  Sorry.  So I thought, let's make it easy!  An idea of what I'll be giving away has to do with the tutorials I am doing.  Seriously, can't wait.  So fun!

I am having  made a button for this beautiful month.  It would be super wonderful if you would spread the news!  If you have any suggestions on what kind of tutorials you want to see, please either e-mail me or put it in the comments!  I always love suggestions. 

Party starts tomorrow, folks!!  Get those curling irons and makeup brushes ready! :)

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Easy Pork Chops recipe

Do you love to cook?  Or does 5 o'clock roll around and you're wondering what the heck you are gonna feed the monsters currently crying and pulling your pants down.  I happen to fall into the latter category, not so much becaue I don't like to cook, I happen to enjoy it.  But because  my husband is so boring when it comes to food, I don't really have the freedom to create in the kitchen.  I told him he was so complicated he responded with "I'm not complicated.  I just so simple it bugs you."  Ha got me on that one.

So anyway, I try to find/create recipes that are yummy (read: everyone eats them) and easy.  We have meat with.every.meal. (remember, feeding monsters here), so it gets costly as well.  Here is a simple easy maybe 20 minute recipe ~ Apricot Porkchops.
Through your pork chops into a baking dish and season.  I just use salt, pepper, and Lawry's.  Gotta have Lawry's in this house.
The recipe calls for breadcrumbs and I would love to just buy them, but they don't sell breadcrumbs in France.  Go figure.  So I make my own.  And you know what, I think it's better that way.
So here's how you do it:  Take some apricot jam or preserves and slather it on the seasoned chops.  cover the jam with the bread crumbs and voila, you have prepared dinner.  I know you are loving me now!
Pop them in the oven on broil for 15-18 minutes, make sure you are checking so they don't over cook, pork chops have a tendency to do that.  So I suggest setting it low and checking it.
This is the chops heading into the tuperware for leftovers.  When my family gets hungry around here, chaos ensues.  But that is another post for another time.  Just me.

So there you have it!  A super easy recipe that the kids will actually eat, because the jam adds sweetness to it, but works for the whole family!  You're welcome!

What do ya think?  Will you give it a try?

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Launch of With Love, Design!!

We would like to preface with a thank you to Natalia for giving us this great opportunity 
to do a little blog post about the launch of our interior design company!

We are three creative ladies who have come together to form one company.  
With Love, Design is the name. Interior Design is our game.  But, seriously. So to make a long story short, we met at the lovely Oklahoma State University where we studied interior design. We have always been a dynamic team - with our style, attention to detail and work ethic we might just attempt to take over the world! We believe interior design is a great way to showcase a client's individualism and style. We are constantly in search of inspiration to create the space to make you feel at your best.  

Individually, we have a unique passion for all facets of design and want to 
bring something new and fresh to the great world of interior design. All in all, we love what we do and we could not be more excited for the launch of our business!

Meet your With Love, Design team:Photobucket

{We would love for you all to visit our splash page: Click here.  Additionally, we would be thrilled if you "liked"us on our Facebook Page.  Oh! and "follow" us on Twitter to see what we are up to & for current promos! }


The good news is... We are having a **Giveaway right now!
We are offering three lucky winners each one FREE consultation and 10% off any of
our design services listed on our website!  Be sure to get your entries on before Friday evening!!
Visit our tumblr for more information:

Oh, and just in case you were wondering who created our logo...

Our logo and business cards were designed by the fabulous Hey, Sweet Pea team.  Seriously do not know what we would do without them!

It was such a pleasure to introduce our biz with you on Natalia's amazing blog!  We hope you all enjoyed it!  Be sure to contact us with any questions // inquiries:


Thank you ladies!! I am turning comments off so you can go check them out!!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Fashion & a Hair Tutorial!

It is most definitely beginning to look a lot like fall in France!  If you are new here and wondering why I live in France, check out my c'est moi page.  It'll get ya up to speed real quick!

The weather here has been fantastic.  It has been cool, but not too cold, a little rain but not too much.  No snow yet, just perfect.  Thank you fall in France, for being just what you're supposed to be!

Today was a nothing day.  We sat around the house, played games, ate {because that is what my boys do. Like} and relaxed.  I enjoyed it.  But even on days like these I try to get out of my jammies and create a cute outfit.  Actually it is sometimes easier on days like these, with no rush to be anywhere.
I'll start from the top. Headband ~ I think Charlotte Russe... Scarf ~ gift; Shirt ~ gift; Bracelets ~ Target; Shorts ~ H&M; tights ~ who knows; Leg warmers ~ made by me!; Boots ~ Carlos Santana
I am l.o.v.e. lovin' the boots socks I made today in like 5 minutes.  I have wanted some for a while, but then these were free and took no time at all.  Done and done.

I also did a little fall style hair do.  I liked it because it is classy and simple, nice enough for a night out or a day with the kids.  Super easy too.

And because I am super awesome like that, I made a quick little video.  It shows you can do this style in less than 10 minutes.  Um... Yes, please!!

Thanks for watching!! I hope it was helpful!

If you are stopping by from Casey, Illy, Danielle, or Jess's place then hello!! Nice to meet you!  I love meeting new people, so make sure you say hi!  You can peruse some hair tutorials, or some of my outfits.  You can also read about my life here in France!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Liked it, Did it, Pinned #4

Okay, so it's Thursday and we're back for the Pinterest inspired Linky party!!  This week we have an awesome co-host and I am so excited about it!! Cami from All things Lovely and I have teamed up to bring you one big Pinterest party!!  Great idea, right?  We thought so.  You can go show her some love, and if you link up here or there, it all shows up in the same place!  We're making things easier on you.  You're welcome. :)

I can't wait to see what ya'll did!  I made (and thoroughly enjoyed) these...

Mine didn't look a thing like this picture.  As a matter of fact, I may or may not have remembered to add the baking powder.  And baking soda.  But I made sure the cream cheese with powdered sugar filling got in there!!  And they still tasted delicious. {check out for lots of great recipes!}

Here are the features from last week:
Braided Headbands from Natalie at NS Pottery

Whiteney from Davenport Developments shared this cute outfit & a yummy pie! Fashion and food? Yes, please!

And lastly, but most certainly not least, is my co-host, Cami from All Things Lovely!  She put together some really cute outfits inspired from Pinterest.

Okay, you're turn!! Whatcha got?

Here are some guidelines ....

1.) Make sure you know where the picture for inspiration is coming from. It is someone's work and you should ask permission to use it in the blog post and give credit where it is due!
2.) Link the post URL, not your blog's.
3.) Add the linky button somewhere in the blog post and in your linky bar.  Parties are more fun with more people!
4.) No link and leaves!  Check out at least two other posts that catch your eye and share some comment love!
5.) I would love if you were following me!  (totally don't have to, but I love new friends!)

Here's the button:

Ma Nouvelle Mode

Now link up!!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Can you believe it?  It's almost here! November?  So crazy, time is flying.  I know some of you are thinking 'what the heck is she talking about November for?  We're still waiting on Halloween!"  Well, since it is coming fast and they don't celebrate Halloween here, I'm gonna be ahead of the game.  I am gonna talk about sponsors for November.

I want to do something different.  We all know that sidebar ads isn't the real money maker in blogging.  So I am gonna forgo (sp?) any kind of payment for some other options.
The month of November is going to be a 'month of beauty' over here at Ma Nouvelle Mode.  I am really excited I have so many awesome hair and makeup tutorials and lots of fashion stuff too.  I am doing a giveaway each week and making it really simple to enter and win.  It should be fun.  I bet you're wondering what this has to do with sponsors.  Hear me out...

I was thinking instead of charging cash, I would love to do an exchange.  I will open up 3 large sponsor spots and here is how you can be a part of it:

1.) If you have an Etsy shop, send me one of your items & I can incorporate it into the month of beauty. You can, but don't have to, hold a giveaway as well.  This can include jewelry, hair accessories, clothes, etc. You get the picture. :)
2.) You could write a post (or I could write it) about my little month of beauty on your own blog to help get the word out. Don't have to have an Etsy shop for his one! (certain criteria for his one.)
3.) Have something from your Etsy shop, beauty related, that you would like to contribute to a giveaway.

What do you think?  Anyone interested?  Please shoot me an e-mail at manouvellemode{at}  If you have another idea that doesn't fit into these three, I would still love to hear it!!

I will also be taking medium sponsors.  Email if you are interested and we will work something out!  

Yay! I hope this fits some of you and I can't wait for November!

I'm linking up this outfit here:

pleated poppyMomma Go Round

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf

I was going to make my own video on how to tie a scarf, but then I saw this one on youtube and thought, there's just no way I can top that.  So instead I would love to share this wonderfully crafted YouTube video with you all on how to tie a scarf.  It is from Wendy's Lookbook.  You can check out her YouTube channel or go to her blog.  She does quite a bit of fashion and is so great at it.

I want to make sure everyone knows, I had nothing to do with this video and am in no way taking credit for anything.  I just thought it was completely awesome and couldn't be topped, so I wanted to share it with you!!

Have a great Tuesday!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Quick & Easy Turban Headband

Since I started my hair challenge for myself a while back, I have really tried to not wear my hair in a pony tail or messy bun.  It's like I fee guilty or something.  When really all I have to do is snap a picture, slap it on the blog and then I can throw it up in a messy bun.  It's just the pictures that matter, right?

Well I was kinda proud of myself with this one.  I had messy hair but didn't want to wash it.  Or brush it, for that matter.  I had thrown on some clothes to take the hubs to practice and didn't know what to do with my hair.  I remembered this belt and voila!  Cute hair!

It was raining and Tae didn't want to come outside. Silly boy, didn't want to stand outside in the cold, wet, rain to take mommy's pictures??  Where are his priorities?  So I braved it all alone.

Then later that night, I thought it would be nice to have a quick easy tutorial for it.  I think it's less than four minutes.  You're welcome.  My son is in the bath behind me, it's called multitasking.  Don't worry, I am a good mother.  I promise.

I have some exciting things coming for the month of November!!  I have decided to do a month of beauty covering everything from red lips, fake eye lashes, and lots of holiday hair tutorials!!  And I am going to have a giveaway each week.  Like really cool giveaways that you'll want to win, promise.

Any hair styles you want to see in the month of beauty?  How do you wear your hair for holiday dinners or work get-togethers?  Hopefully this next month will give you some good ideas!

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