Monday, July 28, 2014

Look For Less - Victoria Beckham Tote

I'm a huge fan of Victoria Beckham and her designs, but us mere mortals can't really justify dropping $2000+ on a handbag.  So it's nice when you can find a similar look at a much lower price!  This tote from Boden is just chic for a whole lot less.
Victoria Beckham totes - left and right

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Having A Moment - Star Wars

This trend is so up my alley, it's not even funny.  Fall 2014 saw not one, but two designers (Rodarte and Preen) sending Star Wars themed looks down the runway.  Is it going to appeal to everyone?  No. But it's a great way to get ready for next year's new movie!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Having A Moment - SpongeBob SquarePants

Unless your name is Patrick and you live under a rock under the sea, you have to have noticed that SpongeBob SquarePants is having a bit of a moment.  Jeremy Scott sent a whole bunch of SpongeBob items down the runway for his debut at Moschino for Fall 2014.  The band AJR samples SpongeBob for their song "I'm Ready".  Here are some fun fashion picks if nautical nonsense be something you wish...
5. Loudmouth golf skort  / 6. Moschino bag

Now try not to sing the SpongeBob theme all day. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

FabFitFun Summer Box Review

It's a happy day when my seasonal FabFitFun box arrives, as always this box is chock full of goodies.  Let's dig in!

1. FabFitFun water infuser BPA-free water bottle - $15 - using this as I type.  I've been wanting to get one of these bottles and I was thrilled one was in the box.  I'm loving it!
2. Always Xtra protection long daily liners - $1.50 - Included as a sponsor, I use these so I was happy to have them included.
3. POPchips - $1.29 - So yummy!
4. Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch/Makeup bag - $35 (similar yet cheaper) - I have a Thursday Friday tote (I have the pink version that I can't find online) that I love so this will go nicely with it. They also included a $30 gift card to use at the online store too!
5.  Skintimate Shave Gel - $1.99 - also a sponsor - but who can't use shave gel?
6. Sonya Dakar Flash Facial - $95 - This. This was the product I couldn't wait to get my hands on.  It's nice, really nice.  I've used it one time and it really does make your skin feel nice. I want to give it time before I do a full review.
7. Zoya Nail Polish - $9 - Love their polishes and this is a perfect coral color for Summer.
8. Slimfast Have Your Cake... meal bar - $1 - another sponsored item, but I love trying different bars and this one is pretty darn good.
9. Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil - $25 - I haven't tried this out yet, but I'm always on the hunt for a good frizz fighter, so we'll see.
10. KISSTIXX lip balm - $5.99 - interesting concept you and your partner each try one flavor and when you kiss the flavors should mix nicely.  Not sure about all that, but I love a good lip balm.  I got the strawberry and chocolate flavors. 
11. pur-lisse pur-protect SPF 30 - $55 - Totally jazzed about getting this, I love a good moisturizer with SPF.  This won is very lightweight and I like it so far.

For a grand total value of $245.77!

Again, just like the Spring Box, I'm really happy with the variety, value and introducing items to me that I might not have sought out on my own.  

There are still some Summer boxes available (but they will go quickly) just head over to an enter code 5081804 for $15 off your first box (while supplies last)!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review - "Homemade Nail Polish: Create Unique Colors and Designs for Stunning Nails" by Allison Rose Spiekermann

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

I'm a color junkie, and my color preferences change rather frequently depending on my mood, the season, trends I see, etc.  And we all know that nail polish is a quick and easy way to hop on a trend without spending buckets of money.  But sometimes it's super hard to find just that right color that you are looking for.  Or maybe you are looking for one-of-a-kind nail art.  Have you ever just thought "I wish I could just make my own polish."?  If so, then this is the book you have been looking for.

To be honest, when I first scanned the book, I was a little intimidated, there's a lot of information and recipes with ingredients I'd never heard of.  But, when I started from the beginning and actually read the text, I relaxed.  The goldmine in this book is the first chapter, she really breaks down what ingredients are in polish and what you will need in order to create the looks you want.  Allison really takes something that seems super complicated and makes it simple.

While I didn't have time to tackle any recipes right now, I will in the near future (I didn't even want to go there with my 6 year old home with me for the Summer, this will be a project best attempted when she is out of the house).  I'm going to dip my toes in with the polishes made with eye shadow and then the holographic top coat.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is remotely interested in creating custom nail colors or just wants to be able to get a unique look that they can't find.  So much fun!

Monday, June 30, 2014

What I Bought - June 2014

Nothing.  Zip.  Nada.  I didn't buy one thing this month - seriously.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Review - "The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on The Classic Hairstyles" by Abby Smith

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago I was approached to do a review of "The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on The Classic Hairstyles".  I actually jumped at the chance because truth be told, I'm crap at hairstyles, braids in particular.  This fact was causing a major issue in my house because my 6 year old daughter is demanding braids and such.  I thought hey, I may learn a few things!
"The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on The Classic Hairstyles" by Abby Smith available at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback editions

When I received the book, I was pleasantly surprised to see it was by Abby from the blog Twist Me Pretty!  I've been following her on YouTube for a while now, so I knew I was in good hands, and I was right.  I flipped through and marked the ones I wanted to try out on my girl.

The one that was the biggest hit and was much easier than I thought it would be, was the Hair Bow:
 This was so easy, it literally took minutes and here's what the first try looked like:
Seriously, it took maybe 3 minutes.  It's not perfection but darn good for me!!  My girl LOVED this one, she asks for it all. the. time!
Here are the step by step instructions: 
Hair Bow
What girl doesn’t love bows? Seriously this hairstyle just makes me happy!

1–2. Brush your hair up into
a nice high bun. Make sure to leave out about 3 to 4 inches of the ends on the last pass.

3. Split the bun in half.

4. Clip one side of the bun to your head with a duckbill clip.

5. Get your large bobby pins ready.

6. Attach the bun to your head by sliding the bobby pins in vertically. Repeat on other the side.

7. Bring the tail up and forward.

8. Bobby pin the tail near the base of the bun. Spray any flyaways down and pull out some fringe in the front to complete the look!

Excerpted from The New Braiding Handbook (Ulysses Press) by Abby Smith

Here are a couple more styles that were so easy and took minutes:
She was such a happy girl!

Now a few of the styles take a bit more time and practice (I seriously may never master a French braid - but I will say her instructions got me closer than I have ever gotten before), but for the most part the pictures and instructions make attempting these seemingly complicated styles so much less intimidating.  I'm super impressed.  There is a lot of information in this book, it's a great reference (secret - it stays in my bathroom now).  I highly recommend it for those of us who need the step-by-step guide or feel intimidated by all this stuff.  Abby really makes you feel like a friend, cheering you on until you get the hang of it!

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