Monday, March 31, 2014

What I Bought - March 2014

It's time again to round up what I bought this month (no clothing, just lots of beauty products), here you go:
1. LORAC PRO Palette - $42 - $10 (coupon) = $32 - Elle over at ElleSees convinced me I needed this in my life and she was right!
2. Garnier Beach Chic texturizing spray - $3.49 This stuff is good!
3. Kate Spade nylon crossbody - $78 (on sale) - $50 gift card = $28  This style is sold out but here for similar.
4. CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner - $6.99
5. CoverGirl nail polish - $3 (on sale)
6. Essie nail polish - $8
7. Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights - $10.99
8. Maybelline Master Glaze - $7.99 - $3 (coupon) = $4.99
9. LUSH Caca Rouge henna - $25.95
10. Nike Studio Wrap - $36.99

Total spent out of pocket = $160.40

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends - Red

Another Spring 2014 color trend, red! It always makes a statement!  Here are my picks:

Check out the previous color trends - Black and WhiteOrange, Green and Purple!

Linking up with Lena and Rachel for Passion For Fashion

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Quick Announcement!


Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I'm now a contributor over at the SeeItFit blog!  If you aren't familiar with See It Fit, it's a site where you can upload a picture of yourself and virtually "try on" clothes from a bunch of major retailers.  It's really cool and very useful for creating outfits without stepping into a store.  I don't know about you, but I like to have a game plan for my shopping and this helps narrow down options.  Plus it's super fun, sign up and play around!  Check out my first post here!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

FabFitFun Spring Box Review

I must say I'm so glad I decided to subscribe to FitFabFun's seasonal boxes (this is my only subscription box), it's fun to get all these great goodies four times a year.  The Spring box came on Saturday and I'm thrilled!
Here's what was inside:
1. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray - $25 - tried this Saturday night and it's pretty good.  This Tresemme is my favorite (I've tried Aloxxi's too and didn't like it at all), this one was very light going on and dried quickly, has a faint lemon smell.  I'm not sure it's worth almost $20 more than the Tresemme version, but it's good.
2. Cult Gaia Turband - $48 - it's the cherry print item, this is a pretty cool product. It's basically a slim, long scarf with a wire inside that you can bend to secure.  I need to fiddle around with it more, but I'm thinking this might be a Summer staple!
These are YUM! and perfect with salsa! That's how I ate them!
Really light, easy to apply, not goopy or too "dry" feeling. I really liked the way it primed my face for makeup. And I love it has SPF 30!
5. Kai Perfume Oil - $48  Great for Spring! I'm not a huge floral perfume person, but I'm going to work this into my perfume rotation.
6. Merrithew Mini Stability Ball and DVD - $28.94  - I'm super excited to try this out!
Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but I'm intrigued.
These are fun and relaxing, with organic menthol and eucalyptus, I'm really pleased because this is not something I would have bought on my own.

For a grand total value of $217.91!

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

If you are interested, you can sign up through my referral link here (I get $10 off my next box) or without here.







Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RIP L'Wren Scott 1967-2014


My heart just broke yesterday when the news came in that L'Wren Scott was found dead.  You see, I absolutely adored her work, ADORED it.  She had that rare combination of creating clothes that were tailored yet fluid.  She understood a woman's body and a woman's needs.  Ladylike yet sexy, using beautiful fabrics, rich colors and intricate embellishment.  And my goodness she was tall, 6'3" to be exact.  I loved that she owned that height, no slouching for this girl!  I'm sad that most people didn't really know her work outside of red carpet gowns.  I'm angry that most of the news outlets identified her as only "Mick Jagger's girlfriend" which she was, but that did not define her or give her credit for her successful career.  Mostly I'm gutted that we lost such a great talent.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.  Here is a lovely tribute article by Sarah Mower at Vogue.com.

I'll leave you with one of my all time favorite L'Wren Scott gowns from Spring 2014.
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Images via Style.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends - Green

Another Spring 2014 color trend here.  This time it's green (perfect for St. Patrick's Day too)!  Green always feels "right" in Spring, especially the hues that mimic the new growth on the trees and flowers.  Here are my picks to add a little green to your closet.

Check out the previous color trends - Black and White and Orange

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends - Orange

It's time for another Spring 2014 color trend, this time let's tackle orange.  This one has been around for a while and will stick around into next fall.  So rest assured anything you pick up now in this color will stay relevant for the next couple of seasons!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends - Black and White

Let's go back in time, way back to September of last year, when I did my week long roundup of the trends for Spring 2014 fresh off the runway at NYFW.  Remember?  Well, the first post was about the color trends.  Now that it's (almost) Spring, let's revisit those color trend picks with some of my favorite finds available right now. Starting out with Black and White.
This is such a great trend because you most likely have black and white pieces in your wardrobe you can put on and roll.  Hello white jeans and a black tee!  But you can also pick up a great accessory to add a little oomph.  Here are some things that caught my eye (each under $100):

1. H&M Top / 2. Aldo bag  / 3. Kate Spade Saturday necklace / 4. J.Crew shorts 
5. J.Crew silk tee / 6. Old Navy flip flops / 7. Lodis Los Feliz iPhone case
8. A. J. Morgan sunglasses / 9. adidas sneakers (I have these and love them)
10. C. Wonder necklace / 11. Emperia tote / 12. J.Crew Factory owl tee
13. Sole Society hat / 14. Tommy Bahama cover up
15. Kate Spade umbrella 16. Jessica McClintock clutch

Another color trend tomorrow...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review - "DIY Dye" by Loren Lankford

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


I was kind of surprised when a PR rep for a publishing house reached out to me for a DIY hair dye book review, but then I remembered that this is one of my most read posts and well, I think I know why they contacted me - ha!  


DIY DYE by Loren Lankford $14.95 (also available at Amazon in hardcover and kindle editions)

But seriously, I've been dying my hair at home off and on for over 20 years. And boy, I wish there was a book like this when I first entertained the thought of dying my hair.  The book is written by Loren Lankford who is a freelance writer who has worked on magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, Cosmopolitan,  Entertainment Weekly, and Jane. She has an Etsy shop called Southern Dropout.  And yes, she still colors her own hair!


There's nothing crazy in depth here, I mean you aren't going to graduate cosmetology school by reading this, but you will have a better idea about what your options are for at home color, the steps you should take and what will work for you and your comfort level.  It's a guidebook more than a textbook, written in easy to understand steps and language.  And don't think she just covers "crazy" colors, she covers every color!  



I was so pleased that she covered henna, because I started out my color journey with henna and black coffee and have been toying with the idea of dying it with henna again (taking a break from the box color).  And with the information from this book, I'm going to do it!

She also covered dying with Kool-Aid!  My bestie did this in college and we could have used the wisdom in this book for a better method.  Trust me. our method of getting that color in her hair was ugly.  Let's not even talk about how much I would have used this book in college.



I was surprised how much I loved this book and how much new information I got from it.  I feel like there are more options and methods that I want to experiment with.  Hair chalk being one, I was a little intimidated and now I'm going to try it out.  After I get that henna on my hair - I just ordered this and will report back on my results. 

I highly recommend this book if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about DIY color options.  It's a great resource!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bigs And Littles Blogging Network


I'm a few days late with this post, but I wanted to share my experience with the Bigs and Littles Blogging Network.  I was a paired up with the lovely Jessica over at Afternoon Style.   We emailed back and forth a few times, I asked a ton of questions, she gave me some valuable advice.  This is my second round with the network, my first time I really connected with my partner Sheryl, we seemed to have more in common - in fact we touch base quite a bit even now!  Not that Jessica and I didn't connect, but I feel like we didn't have much in common (and let's admit, I'm just a wee bit older *ahem*).  And we just got busy, that's what happens sometimes!  Overall, I highly recommend the network, it's allowed me to "meet" some lovely ladies and discover a bit more about this sometimes very confusing life of a blogger!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review - MeUndies

Disclosure: I received items for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Back in December I got a $20 gift card in my FabFitFun Winter box for MeUndies.  Well, I finally decided to use my card and get myself the briefs.  They also (after seeing my FabFitFun box review) generously offered to throw in a few extra goodies with my order for a review (thanks guys!).  Here's what I bought/was sent:
3. Women's Socks - $12 each

First of all, I must say the packaging is so fun!  Secondly, the quality of each product is outstanding!  The briefs are a very fine knit that is silky soft.  The fit is true to sizing and they are extremely comfortable.  My one complaint is that, while I do love these, I wish they had a style with a bit more coverage in the back. Somewhere between granny panties and bikini.  They have thongs too, but I hate a thong.  So just a thought guys ;o).

The V-Neck tee is wonderful, I love how soft it is. Since it's a men's product, it's a bit slouchy on me, but I actually like that sort of fit for casual around-the-house/errands times.  And it's made in the USA!

Now the big surprise was how much I LOVE the socks.  Like LOVE.  The Lowrise ones are perfect!
Here they are on.  They are just right in every way.  They have a thicker bottom for more cushion, a tighter knit around the arch to help with support and the elastic isn't too tight around the ankle part. These may be the perfect sock (solid color, no logo). I'm quite smitten - all this for $5?! These will be bought again (they come in black too)!  Yet another made in the USA item as well.

The patterned socks are great too.  I love a fun sock and these fit the bill.  They just got some new patterns on the website and they are so cool (the Pink Lemonade especially)!

So overall, I would recommend checking MeUndies out - they offer free shipping in the US and Canada.  They have new prints and colors coming out all the time which are so much fun!  Another plus is that everyone there is really nice and easy to deal with, you can tell they are really proud of the company and are working towards making it grow and offering quality products! 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review - Everlane Sweatshirt and Tee


After I put up my "What I Bought" post last Friday, I got a lot of questions/comments/etc about this sweatshirt.  So I'm going to pop in with a quick little review about Everlane.  I've been interested in trying out the products for a while.  Well, I was not disappointed, the quality is fabulous!  I've been on the hunt for a short sleeved sweatshirt and this one is just about perfect. It's hefty without being heavy.  The inside isn't the brushed usual sweatshirt inside, it's the unbrushed loops, which I prefer.  I wanted a bit of a slouchy look so I sized up. But that's just personal preference.  I'm eyeballing the black version as well.  I've washed and dried it several times and it hasn't pilled or stretched/twisted.  The best part is that it's made in the USA!

I also ordered this tee.  For the price ($15) the quality can't be beat, it's a very fine knit with great hand and drape.  The V is a little too deep for my liking, but I can work around that with a cami or tank underneath.  I wish they just had a crewneck in this same cut.  That would be ideal.  Again, it's made in the USA!

Overall, I would highly recommend Everlane for basics like this. At these prices the quality can't be beat - trust me.  I can't stress how much I love the sweatshirt, it is one of my favorite recent buys.  I wear it at least once a week.  So I give them two thumbs way up!

*I wasn't sent anything, I just wanted to share my thoughts about these purchases.


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