Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Flannels and Wood Watches

Flannel: H&M | Jeans: Joe's Jeans | Bracelets: David Yurman, Gorjana, c/o Gorjana | Ring: David Yurman | Hat: Nordstrom | Watch: c/o Jord wood watches

My favorite accessory lately has been my wood watch from JORD watches. I'm completely obsessed! A watch is the one accessory I wear without fail every single day, and this one in particular is so special because it's got a bright turquoise face and is made of beautifully crafted wood. I get so many compliments on it, people always admire the beautiful face and ask to see the detail on the wood more closely. If you're looking for a unique watch, JORD watches will not disappoint.

These wood watches are so chic for stepping into fall. Just imagine cozying up in a super soft sweater, riding boots, and having your wood watch to keep you on time and stylish. I chose the Cora style in zebrawood with a turquoise face, and I love how the warm wood grains go beautifully with my brown boots and leopard print scarves. JORD watches offer so many different styles and choices of wood and face color too. There is definitely one that will work with your style, and they sell both women's and men's watches.

JORD watches also come in beautiful packaging, so they make excellent gifts for loved ones (or maybe they'll go on your birthday or Christmas list this year?) They come in a stunning wooden box on a cute little pillow - the perfect place to keep your watch safe when you aren't wearing it (so basically, you know, when you're sleeping.)

I'm also super excited because JORD watches is currently hosting a giveaway contest that you can enter here! The winner will receive $75 toward any JORD watch purchase and every entrant (who is not the $75 winner) will receive a $20 e-gift code just for entering! The contest ends 10/16 and you'll receive your e-code for entering then.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to enter the contest!

This post was sponsored by JORD wood watches

Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 5 Shampoos to Solve your Hair Problems

Happy Monday!! Today I'd like to introduce you to Miranda Hicks who is a guest blogger today on Maple and Mint! Miranda has some great hair care tips for us today so be sure to read on!


Hi guys. My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on hair straightening products, styling tips and more, check out my hair straightener reviews.

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Managing hair is a big concern for every woman. No woman wants to have to struggle with issues like hair fall, oily hair, dry hair, and dandruff. Every woman desires clean and well groomed hair. Maintaining the perfect hair is not easy and requires proper hair care including the application of the right shampoos to treat specific hair concerns.  For example, if you have oily hair, you need to use a certain type of shampoo that will treat your oily hair concerns. In this article, we will look at the top 5 shampoos from the Top hair care brands that treat various health care problems. Rest assured that by the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know exactly which brand of shampoo you’ll need to combat your hair care problems and flaunt beautifully shinny hair.

1. Dessert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo For Oily Hair

If you have oily hair, the Dessert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo is a great option as it contains the goodness of tea tree oils and lemons. This shampoo comes with natural ingredients such as organic Jojoba seed oil which helps to get rid of excess hair oil while the tea tree oil provides the antiseptic qualities that ensure your hair stays clean and amazingly manageable. Moreover, the shampoo contains the goodness of coconut oil and sugar cleansers which help to clean the scalp and provide grease-free hair.

2. Matrix Biolege Ultra Hydrating Shampoo for Dry Hair

If your hair is dull and dry, it needs adequate nourishment. This can be achieved by use of proper oiling treatment. The Matrix Biolege Ultra Hydrating Shampoo is specially formulated to replenish and treat dry, brittle hair. It blends the goodness of all the natural ingredients like algae, wheat germ oil extracts, lemongrass and sage leaf which helps to cleanse and moisturize your hair and make them super soft and silky.

3. L’Oreal Professional Series Expert Extreme Volume Shampoo for Limp Hair

If you have thin hair, and you desire to add volume to your tresses, then you should consider using the L’Oreal Professional Series Expert Extreme Volume Shampoo. This remarkable shampoo is designed to provide the required volume to your hair. Moreover, it contains rich ingredients like wheat protein and ceramides that not only add volume to your hair but also provide nourishment to the ends to make them silky and bouncy.

4. Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo for Split Hair

Get ready to say goodbye to the ever-recurring problem of split ends that makes your hair look messy and unmanageable. With the Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo you can virtually say good riddance to split ends. This shampoo contains amino Vitamin blends which serve to nourish split ends and make your hair shiny and beautiful. The goodness of blended vitamins nourished the roots of your hair and provides adequate nourishment to make hair healthy and shiny.

5. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Gentle Shampoo for Broken Hair

Suffering from broken hair? It’s time you switched to using the BUMBLE AND BUMBLE GENTLE SHAMPOO formulated for moisturizing and cleansing hair. It has got the goodness of Avocado oil and nettle extract that helps to nourish hair and make them soft and manageable. Moreover, even if you have colored hair, this shampoo provides adequate nourishment to them and rejuvenates them to make them beautiful and healthy.


Hair being the most treasured possession of a woman’s, needs to be kept health by oiling, shampooing and staying away from the excessive use of hot styling products. Thus, you need to choose the best shampoo for your hair that not only cleanses the hair but also caters to the specific requirements of your hair. It is relevant to buy the shampoo that is sulfate and paraben free and provides adequate nourishment to your tresses. By making use of the shampoos mentioned above you can ensure that your hair gets the best of Nature’s wonder house, and that you get the soft, silky and healthy hair you’ve always wanted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Everyday Makeup Tutorial! Affordable, Fast and Easy

Check out my video! I'm showing you how to do a very affordable (many of the items I use are from the drugstore!) and easy everyday look. It took me 25 minutes. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9 things only people with anxiety will understand

1. When something starts to hurt, you immediately jump to the worst conclusions.
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(That side-ache is appendicitis, your stomach ache is an ulcer, the mole you've had since you were 4 is cancerous, and your scab that's not healing- it's going to result in blood poisoning.)

2. When you hear a sound outside your window at night, you think you are going to be murdered in your sleep. 
(It's an axe-murderer! Definitely not a racoon or a cat!)

3. When you're home alone and get in the shower, you also think you are going to be murdered. 
(It's how it happens in all the movies!)

4. You can never remember if you locked the car door.
(But is it locked? Did I lock it? I don't remember it beeping... what if someone gets in my car and hotwires it and drives away? What if they run over someone while driving my car and commit a hit and run and then the police run the plates and then I go to jail for a crime I didn't commit?!)

5. You can never remember if you turned off the stove. 
(Is the stove on? Did I leave the stove on? Is there anything flammable near the stove? What if something falls on the stove and it catches fire and then the whole kitchen catches on fire and then the house burns down and then the neighbors' house catches fire too and the whole neighborhood goes up in flames?!)

6. If someone turns down plans to hang out with you... it's obviously because they hate you and think you are the weirdest person on the planet.
(What if they're laughing about the fact that I even invited them to that movie? Is that movie lame? Am I lame? Is it weird I invited them to that movie? Do they think I like them like them, even though I totally DON'T and now they are gonna be weird around me and tell all our mutual friends what I did and then none of them will want to be my friend and then I'm going to have no one?!)

7. You get a call from someone you haven't heard from in a while, and you freak out.
(What did I do.... Why are they calling me....)

8. You cook someone a meal and think you accidentally poisoned them. 
(Did I cook the meat all the way through? Did I wash the veggies before I cooked them? Did I wash my hands? Are they going to get salmonella from this chicken? What if they get salmonella from this chicken... Did I forget to wash the veggies... I think I forgot to wash the veggies. What if they're just eating cooked pesticides?!)

9. When you go to sleep, you lie awake knowing you're just going to go through this all again tomorrow.
(I can't sleep and now I'm only going to get 6.75 hours of sleep instead of the 9 I'm scientifically supposed to be getting to function at optimum levels.)


Do any of you ever struggle with anxiety?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pattern Play in Big Bear

Later in the day: 

Top is sold out, similar here | Similar jeans (that I'm obsessed with) here | Similar booties here | Army jacket | Ring (I wear it almost every day, it was a graduation gift when I finished my master's and I'm OBSESSED!) | Watch c/o Jord Wood Watches (blog post about this watch coming soon, I can't get enough of it, I'm in love) | Similar leopard scarf here for under $20! this is a MUST HAVE for fall and you can't beat the price!! | Bag I've been carrying like every day cuz I lah it

Good morning, happy Monday! I hope you all had a fab weekend! I'm writing this late on Sunday night, we got back from Big Bear today! Big Bear was awesome, I had never been before and it's absolutely gorgeous. David and I went with a huge group of like 30 people split between two cabins, or should I say cabin + woodland mansion? The second cabin (the party cabin, which we were not in because I am a grandma and like to go to bed by like 11 lol) was literally a mansion I don't even know how many bedrooms it had but it was gigantic and had it's own movie theater (whaaaat) and a huge kitchen and a porch with a hot tub, it was crazy. Our cabin was also very nice but much smaller (only slept like 6) and was very homey. I would love to have my own cabin someday!

It was pretty hot in Big Bear during the day. It didn't really feel like fall until the sun went down. I even tried paddle boarding for the first time on the lake (and I didn't fall in!!!) That was awesome, trying it has been on my bucketlist for like the last year at least!

Ok so when we shot most of these it was super sunny and hot out, and then we shot a couple more when the sun went down. I'm all about pattern play for fall, and mixing stripes and leopard with army green is SO cute I think, don't you?

Anyway that was my weekend, Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Lots of love!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wrap Choker

Choker: DIY (stay tuned for tutorial!) | Top: Similar here | Sunnies: Similar here | Hat: Similar here | Bag: Exact here and it's now 50% off!!! | Lip: Wearing "almost nude" | Booties: Similar here

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Crave or Save?

Hey friends! It's time for a Crave of Save post! It's been a minute!

Over-the-knee boots are a must have for fall and these (on the SAVE side of this post) are on major sale this weekend!! They are 40% off!! I've also been obsessed with wrap chokers lately (check out the one I made on Instagram @mapleandmint). They can run into the hundreds of dollars (crazy right?!) but you can save on this one pictured above. It's only $3.99 right now because it's on sale. Wee! Also-- velvet. I love it, I need it, I gotta have it. These amazing blue crush velvet boots that are pretty much exact dupes for the $995 designer ones on the left.

Anyway I hope you enjoy these picks. Would you like to see more of these crave or save posts? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great long weekend <3 br="">

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

5 Lovely Links

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1. I have been on a baking craze lately and this is my favorite zucchini bread recipe to date. A must-try for fall!!

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2. Has anyone else been feeling the urge to purge (your closet) lately?! I've been re-organizing my closet and wardrobe since summer has come to an end and fall is upon us, and honestly I've just been feeling like I have too much stuff that I don't want or need! This is a helpful guide to figure out what to keep and what to toss/donate/sell etc. Originally from here.

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3. The Best Street Style Pics from Stockholm Fashion Week - here.

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4. How Celebs Do Burning Man (hint: they look amazing) - check it out here!

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5. 7 Healing Crystals for the Total Beginner

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Sales You Cannot Miss!

Nordstrom (up to 40% off!)
You need this biker jacket and this tunic (only $27 and sells out super quickly!)
Also hello gorgeous OTK boots 40% off (you're lucky if they have your size, mine is sold out)

Baublebar (up to 75% off + 20% off all sale)
I'm obsessed with e v e r y t h i n g. 

Love Always Couture (20% off sitewide with code LABORDAY20)
Including this gorgeous monogram necklace every girl should own

Lulu & Georgia (up to 25% off sitewide)
Including this famous rug!!

Express (40% off everything!)

Asos (15% off everything with code LASTHURRAH)

Gigi New York (15% off sitewide + free personalization + free shipping in U.S)
Hello beautiful french tote

Loft (60% off all sale items!)
Perfect for picking up must-have work wear items

Saturday, September 3, 2016

19 Things to Do to Relax and Recharge

It's a holiday weekend and what better time to reflect on your life and evaluate whether you are spending your time the way you would like to. Are you feeling depleted or energized? Happy or sad? Calm or stressed? I suggest taking some time to yourself this weekend to indulge in some quality relaxation and recharging.

Consider these 19 things to do by yourself to help you relax and recharge:

Tweeze your eyebrows

Rub lotion all over your body

Walk around your house, apartment or room, naked

Make a healthy smoothie

Use a face mask



Listen to your favorite podcast

Listen to a chill playlist

Re-read your favorite classic

Stay in your pajamas all day (without feeling bad about it)

Just eat the cookies

Put on nose strips

Drink your favorite cup of tea

Write a letter to your younger self

Write down all the things that are stressing you out or worrying you, crumple up the piece of paper and throw it away. (Maybe even rip it up for good measure)

Take a nap

Sit in the sun

Go for a walk

Give yourself the gift of some alone time this fall. Give yourself permission to relax and recharge. Find some peaceful, relaxing time on your own and your body and mind will thank you.

Watch Sale!



 Hey guys! I just had to let you know that there are so many cute watches on sale right now! A nice looking watch is such a wardrobe staple. Now is a great time to invest in one. Have a great day! Enjoy the long weekend!

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