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Spring Ready with Florals #CentsofStyle

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

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You know what I miss about living in Florida? The warmer weather. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching the snow fall, playing in it with my kids and the beautiful scenery it makes. And as far as Florida weather goes, I did hate that I broke a sweat just walking to the car, so the cooler weather is a nice change.

But what I miss the most about the warm weather is the ability to throw on a cute skirt and some sandals, and call it a day. Now I just layer and layer, while waiting for the first hint of warmer weather. I’m so ready for spring to arrive and while I may be ready, Mother Nature is not.

See the snow in that photo up there? There are remnants of last week’s snow in both NJ and across the river in NYC. It’s time to melt already! Even with snow on the ground and feeling like an icicle, I was determined to show Mother Nature how ready I am for warmer days to arrive. Come on Mama N, can we please move into spring?

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

While I not so patiently wait, I’m already getting my wardrobe spring ready. My first new wardrobe addition is just one of the most amazingly beautiful and comfortable floral pencil skirts from Cents of Style. I used to think of floral prints as something that only belonged on elaborate rugs and tapestries, but they’re so much more! Floral prints are everything and my recent wardrobe extensions attest to that.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

Just look at how gorgeous this print is! I chose this particular one because I love the classic black background and the warm colors of the flowers. This skirt has so many style options, from pairing with a variety of color combos to pattern mixing. Dressing up or dressing down. Paired with tights or worn bare legged. While rocking some sexy heels or taking it easy with simple sandals. The options are endless!

So how do I prefer to style this versatile floral pencil skirt? I like taking a dressed down, mom on the go kind of approach. I’m a busy working at home mom and most days have on a pair of jeans, a tank (and coat now that we live in the cold) and of course, rocking my mom bun.

Occasionally I like to trade in my jeans for a cute dress or skirt, but ones that are still practical for mom life. This floral pencil skirt is exactly that. It’s lightweight, stretchy and all around perfect for spring (whenever it gets here). Comfort is important to me as I run errands and chase my kids, and Cents of Style definitely delivers!

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

My perfect look starts with a little pattern mixing. I chose to pair the skirt with a black and white striped swing dress. Yes, stripes and florals are great compliments to each other. And yes, I’m pairing a dress with a skirt. Who would have thought, right?

I just knotted the front of the swing dress, giving the skirt a peek-a-boo effect in the front, while the back of the dress covers most of the back of the skirt. To finish off the look I have my trusty red Converse sneakers and my everyday go-to mom bun. I love it! It’s stylishly fashionable, but still practical for my everyday needs.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

The more I think about how much I love this skirt and how versatile it is, the more I think (okay, the more I know) I need to buy more prints. Give me all the floral skirts! Luckily for me (and you), they’re on sale for $19.95 this weekend with code FLORALSTORY. Plus shipping is free! Woohoo!

And for all you curvy girls, Cents of Style offers their floral skirts in sizes S-3X, so those of us who have sexy and voluptuous curves can enjoy them too.

Which floral print is your favorite? How will you style your skirt?

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*Thank you to Cents of Style for providing a floral skirt for styling and inspiring me to get spring ready. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

11 Hair Care Tips for Color Treated Hair

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair
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About a year ago I finally took the plunge and did something to my hair that I’d been wanting to do for years. I dyed it purple! I had seen photos of women who had this amazingly beautiful and vibrant purple hair and instantly fell in love. I just had to do it!

For career purposes, I had never been able to do fun and vibrant things with my hair so the dream was put on the back burner. But after becoming a stay at home mom a few years ago, it quickly moved to the top of my to-do list. To be frank, it was going to be a BIG change and I worried how the bleach and dye would affect my hair. Besides, I had absolutely no idea how to care for color treated hair.

How long would the color last?

Would I be spending hundreds of dollars every month just trying to maintain its vibrancy?

Would a color like this bleed all over my clothes and everything else it touched?

Do I need to use special hair care products?

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

There were so many unknowns, but I gathered up enough courage to go through with it. You can read all about my day at the salon going from a natural red head to a sensational purple, here. But today I want to offer some tips I’ve learned over the past year, as to how to care for color treated hair.

1. Wait as long as possible to wash after dying.

The longer you wait to wash your hair after the initial dye, the better. This allows time for the color to really sink in, if you will. I was able to go five days after the initial dye before washing and found that, along with following these other tips, helped the color last longer.

2. Wash no more than twice a week.

The more often you wash your hair, the sooner the color treatment will disappear. I try not to wash mine more often than every four days.

3. Dry shampoo is your best friend.

Wondering how you’ll go so long between washes? If it isn’t already, dry shampoo will become your best friend. Dry shampoo assists in removing natural oils from your hair, eliminating that greasy, dirty look in between washes. At the same time it protects the color treatment because you’re not actually washing your hair. My favorite dry shampoo is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

4. Don’t wet your hair until you’re ready to wash it.

When it’s time to wash your hair, do everything else in your shower routine before wetting/washing your hair. If your hair is wet, it’s going to be more prone to bleeding and will result in more color coming out. This is especially the case the first couple of weeks after the initial dye.

5. Wash your hair in cold water.

It’s really important to wash your hair in cold water – as cold as you can stand it. Warm water opens the hair follicles/pores and releases the color, so washing in cold water helps maintain the color longer.

6. Use shampoo and conditioner meant for dyed hair.

For color treated hair, it’s better to use a shampoo and conditioner that will protect the color. It doesn’t have to be an expensive brand and you can usually find a variety available at any store that sells hair care products. I like to use Biotera Color Care shampoo and conditioner.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

7. Don’t rough dry with a towel.

In general it’s not good to be rough with your hair, so rather than roughly drying it with a towel, try wrapping it in an old t-shirt or loosely twist into a hair towel. This will also help prevent the inevitable color transfer to your favorite towels.

8. Avoid blow drying your hair.

Hair dye drastically dries out your hair, so adding heat just causes more damage. Blow dryer heat also has the same effect as washing with warm water, so to keep long-lasting color let your hair air dry.

9. Wrap your hair in a scarf to prevent dye transfer to your bedding.

It’s inevitable that at least the first couple of weeks (and maybe more) you’re going to experience color transfer. It’s going to get on your shirts, your bedding and any type of cloth/material your hair touches. I even had purple color along the top of my cream colored recliner.

Sometimes it will wash out and sometimes it may take a few washes or cleanings to get the color out of everything. To help prevent color transfer to your bedding, wrap it in a light scarf while you sleep. After a few weeks the color will stop transferring and you won’t need to wrap it anymore. I think I probably wrapped my hair for 3 weeks or so.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

10. Pale colors fade quicker.

Because pale colors fade quicker, they’ll take much more maintenance in terms of keeping the color, so be prepared to hit the salon much more often. My bright colors fade really well into pale colors and I can go about 2 months between salon visits.

11. Stay away from the pool!

Chlorine will disturb the freshly dyed color and can actually alter it. This was probably the hardest part for me when we lived in FL. My kids love the pool, as do I, so this was a struggle for a few weeks after a salon appointment. If you must go swimming, wearing a swim cap will help. I just wasn’t willing to take the risk.

If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be?

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A Perfect Valentine’s Day Look #itfitsitflatters

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I’m no fashion expert, but when it comes to piecing together an outfit that makes me feel beautiful, I have a few essentials to consider. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, I knew I needed to start planning my look sooner than later. And I love shopping, so if I decided I needed something new I could get a little retail therapy in the process.

1. Pretty Dress

If I had to choose only one thing that makes me feel beautiful, it would definitely be a pretty dress. I’m a tank and jeans kind of girl so it’s not often you see me in a dress. But I’m trying to change that and have been wearing dresses much more lately.

Right now floral prints are really popular and that’s the route I took. I chose a simple and lightweight sleeveless dress in a ravishing red and floral print. It couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day!

2.  Legwear

If we had warmer weather, I definitely could make this dress work without any legwear. But because the average high has been in the 40’s, I need something to help keep my legs warm. Last month I introduced you to Berkshire and how they’ve completely changed my outlook on tights. So for my Valentine’s Day look, I knew right where to go for my legwear.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

Instead of full footed tights, this time I went with the Easy On! Ankle Length Tights which feature:

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Total coverage.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Comfy cuff at the ankle.

The thicker material did wonders for leg warmth and the color looks consistent throughout my whole leg. The fit is also great. One of the things that turned me off of tights years ago was how horribly the fit around my waist cut into me, but that’s not the case with Berkshire. I can wear Berkshire tights comfortably, with no tight waistband showing my pudge through my dress.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

Plus, the footless style will allow me to use these year round. I can’t wait until warmer weather arrives and I can wear these tights with a pair of sandals.

3. Shoes

Which leads me to my next outfit decision – what shoes to wear. The chilly weather immediately eliminated anything open toed, so I turned to my favorite pair of black booties. Ladies, you can’t go wrong with booties!

4. Accessories

When it comes to accessories, the first thing I determine is if I’ll need a belt. This particular dress is flowy and I wanted a bit more curvature to the fit, so I added a thin royal blue belt. Such an easy and oftentime forgotten accessory.

To finish my Valentine’s Day look, I raided my jewelry box. My go-to jewelry piece is a long necklace. I have them in just about every color you can imagine and am constantly growing my collection. For this particular look, I decided to go with a blue beaded necklace to compliment the royal blue belt, and completed the look with a pair of tear drop dangle silver earrings.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

What’s your favorite piece of this Valentine’s Day look?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to stay fashionable this Valentine’s Day.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Tights Are a Staple That Never Go Out of Style #itfitsitflatters

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I have a confession to make. I have never been a big fan of women’s hosiery. Am I the only one? I mean, I see so many women all the time wearing some type of hosiery and always thought it was the perfect finish to an outfit, but I just couldn’t ever get with it. And I honestly think it’s because I could never find ones that truly fit me. I’m considered a plus sized woman and even as a child, have had my fair share of tights and pantyhose that I couldn’t even get over my butt.

But just recently I got the opportunity to try some Berkshire tights and I really feel like I’ve been missing out for so long. I finally found a brand of hosiery that has sizing that works for me and I absolutely love the fit. Their sizing ranges from regular to curvy and they even have maternity options.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

The first thing I got to try from Berkshire is their Easy On! 40 Denier Plus Size Tights ($16 or 2/$26). It was love as soon as I put them on!

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Coverage and colors to love.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Easy on the toes.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

I love how just one pair of tights can add the finishing touch to so many different looks. It’s easy to take summery type outfits and make them winter ready. Just like every woman needs that rocking little black dress, every woman needs a good pair of black tights.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

In the past I never would have given red tights a second thought and most of my wardrobe consists of dark colors, like black. But I’ve recently started stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to add pops of color here and there, so I went for it. I am so glad I did! I took this all black look of mine and made it something special. I’ll definitely stand out in a crowd, but in a good way.

And I didn’t stop there! In addition to the tights, I received a pair of Berkshire’s Stretch Fishnet Pantyhose ($11). Most people tend to associate fishnet stockings with burlesque, but I’m here to tell you that they are so much more! I took the same outfit as above, with my red tights and just layered the fishnet stockings over the tights. One simple addition changed up the whole look!

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

Of all the outfits I put together with my new hosiery, this one was my favorite. Who would have thought a hosiery hating lady like myself would go from nothing, to this. All it took was finding ones that worked perfectly for me.

Berkshire, where have you been all my life?! I will never again go without tights in my wardrobe. They’re a staple that simply put, will never go out of style!

Ladies, do you wear tights?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to step up my fashion.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Who Needs to Go Shopping When You Can Have Your Own Trendy Butler #GiftIdea

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~This post is sponsored by Trendy Butler and contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Product was provided for review, but opinions are still 100% my own.~

My boyfriend is by far the hardest person on my holiday shopping list to buy for. For starters, he doesn’t ever ask for anything (not that this is a bad thing) and on top of that is fairly picky about his style. Anytime I purchase him a shirt or pair of pants, I never know if he’ll really like them until I see his reaction.

Starting right now, I don’t have to worry about this anymore. I’ve decided to get him a Trendy Butler so he can have his own personal Stylist to pick and choose new outfits for him, and then have his very own Butler deliver them directly to the door every month.

Sounds amazing, right? I think I want one too! So how exactly does Trendy Butler work and how do you get one? I’ve got all the answers!

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is an exclusive monthly subscription service for men (sorry ladies) that delivers two pieces of clothing to your door every month. And not just any pieces, but only the most fashionable pieces from today’s highly influential and trendsetting brands. And get this – both pieces are worth a combined $150+!

Since Trendy Butler is like having your own personal fashion consultant, you’re probably wondering how they determine what to send each month. It’s actually very easy. Just have him fill out an online style profile which consists of choosing his favorite looks, and provide sizing and measurements where appropriate, then Trendy Butler will do the rest. Using the style profile, a Stylist will pick and choose pieces that best fit his style. He may not receive a full outfit each month, but the pieces are meant to help him build a fashionable wardrobe.

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

If there’s ever a time where he may have a special request for a particular piece, for example, say he has a special event coming up and is looking for a great new jacket. He can simply submit a special request and his Stylist and Butler will work their magic.

On the flip side, if he receives a piece that he just doesn’t love or perhaps the fit is a little off, he can return it for free and get a replacement piece delivered in next month’s package, along with the new month’s pieces.

Who knew it could be so easy to have a high end closet with no effort at all?

Here’s a peak at what my boyfriend’s Stylist picked out for him this month.

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

He received a Thomas Payne short-sleeved button up shirt in a red and blue plaid design, and a black pair of Union Brigade chino pants. Of course in his casual as ever style, he modeled his new threads with his shirt untucked. That’s so him! And I never would have picked out this shirt for him, but he really likes it.

The fit of the shirt was perfect, but the pants were a little long. That’s an easy fix, though. Or he could exchange them with Trendy Butler and request the same, or a similar, pair of pants with a shorter inseam.

It just goes to prove how great Trendy Butler really is. This is unlike anything I would ever buy for him, but it still fits his own style preferences and both pieces are so versatile, making them great additions to his wardrobe.

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Want to join me and mark that hard to buy for, special guy off your holiday shopping list? Visit Trendy Butler and sign him up today for just $65/month. This may seem a little steep, but don’t forget that he’ll be getting $150+ worth of clothing every single month.

In fact, the two pieces that came in my boyfriend’s most recent Trendy Butler package were worth a whopping $200 combined. That’s a 67% savings because the package was only $65!

And to make the deal even sweeter, you can save an extra $15 off your first delivery by using promo code STYLIST15!

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Is there a guy on your holiday shopping list who could use his own Trendy Butler?

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*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I also received a sample free of charge.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Dresses Are for Cold Weather Too

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid
~ Thank you to Jxstar for providing product for my review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

As the weather changes, many of us tend to turn to pants and sweats, especially when it comes to our children. We want to keep our kids warm in the cold and rightfully so. For little girls that typically means goodbye cute and adorable dresses. But not all dresses are made equal!

All your little one needs during this cold season is a Baby Girls’ Long Sleeve Cotton Ruffle Top Dress from Jxstar. It’s just so stinking cute AND helps keep your little one warm.

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid

The dress comes in sizes ranging from 6 months to 4 years and I would say it fits very true to size. This isn’t a dress you can buy in a store, but is available online, and I know how hard it is to really know the true size of clothing when ordering online. I’ve had my share of many ill-fitting items bought online, but was very pleased with the sizing of this dress for my daughter.

In other clothing she wears sizes ranging from 12 months to 2T, depending on fit. So for this Jxstar dress I chose to go with size 18 months-24 months to be on the safe side and it was the perfect fit. The sleeves did need rolling up just a tad and the length itself was longer than other dresses she has, but I love it! And even as fast as babies grow, she’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this dress in the coming months.

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid

We visited a local park a few days ago for a little fun time and Sadee got to wear her new dress, layered over some floral leggings. It was pretty chilly so I added a sweater and hat as well, but the additional layers over the long sleeves of the dress helped keep her warm. Nonetheless, Sadee had a great time and looked super cute!

Will you put your little one in a dress this cold season?

Shop this dress ($16.99)

*Thank you to Jxstar for providing this dress and inspiring me to continue dressing my daughter in cute clothes throughout the cold season. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Just a Girl and Her Shoes

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

There’s no doubt women (or men for that matter – I live with a sneaker head) can have a special bond with their shoes. I know I have a few pairs (okay maybe more than a few) that I just could never live without. Whether our personal preference is comfort or style, some shoes just hold a special place in our hearts.

Not only that, but think about the shoes you put on this morning. What do they say about you? Are you wearing a comfortable pair of sneakers that have good traction? I might guess you’re athletic, are going for a run, or simply just want to be comfortable. Are you wearing a high pair of sexy pumps? I might guess you’ve got a really hot date or are headed to have lunch with the girls or a girls’ night out. You get my point, right?

Our shoes say so much about us personally and even give others an indication of what type of mood we’re in. On any given day you can find me wearing a pair of sandals or flats. I’m usually in full on mom mode with the messy bun, leggings and kids in tow. I need something simple, quick and easy, and that’s what sandals and flats are to me. But get me on a day where I’m going to take on the world and you’ll find me wearing some of my hottest pumps or wedges. And watch out because here I come and nothing is going to bring me down!

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

I like to think the same goes for my kids. My daughter has recently started learning to walk and just like the rest of the family (mom, dad and brother included), she loves getting new shoes. She sees that little shoe box and knows exactly what’s in store. She’s a true shoe lover in the making.

Her newest addition is a pair of Stride Rite Kellen Soft Motion shoes. What exactly do THESE shoes say about her? Everything you’d expect of a toddler who’s learning to walk. She’s ready to get up and go, but needs gentle comfort because it’s all so new to her.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

Soft Motion Features:

  • Rounded soles for improved balance.
  • Flexibility for natural movement.
  • Oversized openings for easy on/off.
  • Memory foam interior footbeds for comfort.
  • Secure closures to keep shoes on.

The new Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes have quickly become my daughter’s favorite pair. Once she took them out of the box, being the little independent kid she is, tried to put them on herself and she hasn’t wanted to take them off. Every time I tried to take them off she’d grab my hand and put the strap back down. She’s making time to explore the world of walking, with or without mom.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As a parent, my favorite thing about Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes is that they are soft and flexible, but still durable enough to protect my daughter’s little feet. Not to mention, they are THE easiest shoes to put on. I remember having such a tough time trying to get shoes on my son’s feet when he was smaller, simply because of how they’re made, but Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes, or at least the Kellen style, slide right on with no fuss.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

What’s your favorite feature of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes?

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*Thank you to Stride Rite for inspiring my toddler to learn to walk in comfort. I received a pair of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes compliments of Stride Rite and BzzAgent. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

I love my son to death, but I have to admit – it is so much fun having a daughter to dress up.  I love putting her in dresses and cute little girly outfits and headbands and bows and frilly socks and cute shoes and – well, you get my point.

It amazes me at the fashion options available for little ones now.  While there are still very baby appropriate options, there are also some very fashionable ones.  I’m sure you’ve seen ads or even just photos of child models (and some who aren’t models) wearing some of the most fashionable clothes available and styles that adults would wear.  And though some of those styles aren’t appropriate for all occasions as far as a child goes, they are still very cute on babies and young children.

This is exactly how I feel about this floral three piece girl’s outfit from Leiwo.  Sadee gets so many compliments every time she wears it.  I mean, just look at how cute!  Florals are very in right now so that adds to it’s stylishness.

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

The set comes with floral print pants and a matching headband, and a simple black tank top.  Sadee is now 9 months and I ordered this a little over a month ago.  I ordered size 9-12 months and the fit is absolutely perfect.

The headband is a little tight and I would prefer that it be just a tad (and I mean a tad) looser, just so that it doesn’t cut into the back of her head after wearing it for so long.  But because it’s snug, it stays in place and she’s not able to pull it off.

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

My little chunky monkey is going to soon be too big for the outfit, so I kind of wish I had sized up to 12-18 months.  I could have easily rolled the pants legs up a little bit if I needed to.  So I would definitely suggest sizing up one size if you want to get more wear out of it because babies grow just so darn fast.  But as I said, it fits very true to size if that’s what you’re looking for.  Available sizes start at 9-12 months and go all the way up to 5-6 years.

The best part?  The outfit is only $12.99!  Yes, you read that right – $12.99!!!  To shop this outfit go here.

I’m actually thinking about ordering a larger size for when she gets a little bigger and is walking.  I can only imagine how cute she’d be walking around in it.

Do you keep your little one dressed in the latest fashions?

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Making Time for Mom: A Jamtastic Mother’s Day Gift

A Jamberry Mother's Day gift set is all mom ever wanted!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I want to share one of my personal favorite gifts – Jamberry nail wraps!  First, let me tell you a short story.

My mom has always been a woman with her nails done and has always done them herself.  She has all of the supplies needed to apply acrylic and over the past 20+ years has become pretty good at it.  The problem, at least in my opinion, is that she has been wearing the same exact brick red color for those 20+ years.  I guess it’s become her signature.  If at any time I see her without her nails done, I know something is wrong because it’s so out of her character.  But I mean, can we PLEASE try a different color, or pattern, or something?!

Making Time for Mom: A Jamtastic Mother's Day Gift

I, myself, have always been a nail biter and have never been able to keep pretty nails – ever.  But after trying Jamberry, that changed.  Whenever I have my Jamberry nail wraps on, I avoid messing with my nails because they’re just so amazingly awesome and I get compliments on them ALL the time.

There are over 300 designs to choose from and I want to try them all!  Now, if only I could get my mom on board.  I have to get her away from the usual brick red color and open her eyes to the wonderful world of Jamberry.  In doing so, I’d like to share what a wonderful Mother’s Day gift Jamberry would make!

Making Time for Mom: A Jamtastic Mother's Day Gift

Obviously, since I’ve mentioned it, Jamberry’s primary product is nail wraps.  What sets them apart is the use of a simple heat application technique, which allows them to adhere to the nail much better and last much longer than other brands.  I’ve tried other brands and some didn’t even last 24 hours.  But with Jamberry, my nail wraps stay on for 2+ weeks.

Quite frankly, I get so impatient after about a week and sometimes take my wraps off anyways, just so I can try a new design!

Jamberry Mommy & Me Wraps are a perfect Mother's Day gift!

I also can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to apply the wraps to her nails.  Jamberry not only has Jamberry Juniors wraps for small hands, but they also carry Mommy & Me matching sets!  So much fun!  I’m that mom that has the matching leggings and headbands and dresses and so on, so you know I’m going to be all over the Mommy & Me nail wraps just as soon as my daughter’s little fingers and nails are ready.

I mean, how perfect are these for Mother’s Day?

A Jamberry Mother's Day gift set is everything mom has always wanted.
Right now, Jamberry is also offering three different special Mother’s Day box sets that include different nail wraps.  They’re super special because each set includes limited edition designs that are only available in the gift sets.

Making Time for Mom: A Jamtastic Mother's Day Gift

Oh, and I can’t forget the amazing Disney Collection nail wraps!  The current Disney designs that are available (a variety of designs featuring Minnie Mouse, Ariel, Aurora) will be retiring on May 3rd.  So if mom is a Disney-loving woman, you’d better hurry before these particular ones are gone and never to be seen again!

Making Time for Mom: A Jamtastic Mother's Day Gift

If mom isn’t a nail wrap kind of lady, Jamberry has other products that might better suit her.  Other products include 5 Free Lacquers (free of 5 harsh chemicals), the TruShine Gel Enamel System (everything needed to have amazing gel nails at home), and even simple hand and nail care items like the Indulgence Hand Care Set and the Deluxe Tool Kit.

When it comes to beautiful nails, there is just so much to love at Jamberry!  I know I love Jamberry and love getting new nail wraps for Mother’s Day!

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Making Time for Me: New Hairstyle

Making Time for Me: New Hairstyle

You can probably imagine  how crunched time can be when you’re a working-at-home-mom (well, maybe some of you can).  Between caring for the kids all day, trying to squeeze at least an hour or two of actual paid work in at some point (usually while the baby naps), making sure my son gets to soccer three days a week, and doing housework and cooking, there’s absolutely NO time for me.

But last month, I took it upon myself to MAKE time for me.  I took a day off from everything, or at least a few hours off.  Daddy stayed home with the kids and I headed to Atma Beauty in Miami Beach for some me time.

One week before my hair appointment.
One week before my hair appointment.

It was at that point I made a drastic beauty change.  I got rid of my long locks and went for a long bob kind of cut and also dyed my hair purple.  Yeap – that’s pretty drastic if you ask me.  But I absolutely love it!

The cut is something I’ve done before so that wasn’t really a major change, but going purple is not something I’ve ever done.  I have had my hair professionally dyed in the past, but it was really only a richer red color and nothing as crazy as purple.

My amazing stylist, Diana, was very patient with me as we spent hours working on my new look.  She started with the cut and then went straight into my first process.  Before going purple, Diana had to bleach my hair.  Otherwise, the purple color I was trying to achieve wouldn’t have taken very well.

Had to bleach my hair first. You couldn't pay me to keep my hair this color! Not a good look for me, haha.
Had to bleach my hair first. You couldn’t pay me to keep my hair this color! Not a good look for me. Pretty scary if you ask me, haha.

I wasn’t too nervous because I knew I was in good hands and knew this wasn’t the end of my hair makeover journey.  And thankfully so!  There is no way in hell I could ever be a blonde.  I am just way too pale with tons of freckles, so once that bleach hit my hair there was no turning back!

Purple dye was the final phase.
Purple dye was the final phase. Just look how purple it is!

After the bleaching process, Diana mixed my purple color and continued with my change.  Talk about purple!  Along with that she added in some hints of a pinkish orchid to give it some dimension and after about 4-5 hours my hair makeover was done.  I was instantly in love!

Making Time for Me: New Hairstyle
I am in love with my new hair! Diana exceeded my expectations twofold.

I will say it took some getting used to all the stares I was getting.  If I wasn’t turning heads before, I certainly was now.  But after receiving a handful of compliments from complete strangers  in the first few days, I just assumed everyone who stared was simply admiring my amazing hair!  So admirers, go ahead and stare.  I don’t mind.  I know I look fabulous!  Haha!

Making Time for Me: New Hairstyle
Admirers, go ahead and stare. I know my hair looks fabulous!

Now I can’t wait until my next appointment with Diana for a touch up, which I’m definitely due for any time now.  Just have to make some more time for me.

And if you’re in the Miami area, I highly recommend visiting Diana at Atma Beauty.  She’ll walk you through and explain everything, and as you can see, she does an absolutely amazing job!  Connect with her on social media below to see some of the work she’s done.  I know you’ll be blown away.

Making Time for Me: New Hairstyle
My roots are showing and color is fading, so I’ll be visiting Diana very soon for a touch up.

Do you admire my new hairstyle?  Have you/would you do something so out of your norm?

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