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Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica
~I received an Ottica site credit to help facilitate my review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




Since the weather has warmed up, we’ve been getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine so much more. And whether we’re playing at the park, going for a walk, or enjoying city views, I always have sunglasses on.

Can I just tell you how much I love sunglasses? I wear them year-round. Suns out? Sunglasses on! Snow on the ground? Sunglasses on! Leaves starting to fall off the trees? Sunglasses on! Not only do they protect my eyes and keep color in focus, but they are one of my favorite accessories. I feel more put together (even if I’m really not) when I wear sunglasses.

There’s a good chance my sunglasses obsession is getting out of control, but I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. In fact, I recently got the opportunity to check out Ottica.com and get a new designer pair!

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

Right from the start I knew I’d be able to find an amazing new pair of sunglasses. Ottica offers sunglasses for both men and women, and has a variety of brands, sizes, styles, colors and materials. Brands include Ray-Ban, Versace, Coach, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Carolina Lemke and Burberry, and there are 113 pairs of women’s sunglasses to choose from, alone!

How did I find my perfect pair? Well, it was hard mostly because I wanted to get every single pair, but I eventually narrowed it down by trying them on. You’re probably like, trying them on? How did you try on sunglasses if you’re ordering online?

It just so happens that Ottica has a feature where I can upload a photo of myself and virtually try on different frames. How cool is that?! Here are a couple of pairs I “tried on.”

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica
I’m thinking about going back and ordering these!

 

Once I found my perfect pair, which was a pair of blue tortoise Michael Kors sunglasses, I simply added them to my cart and checked out. I first tried paying my balance via PayPal, but it wouldn’t process for some reason. After switching to a credit card payment, my order went through just fine, though.

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica
Just look at these beauties! Each pair ordered comes with its own carrying case and lenses cleaning wipe, too!

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

If you require a prescription, Ottica has you covered too. It’s still the same process, with a few extra added steps. I personally don’t need glasses, so I didn’t have to go through those few extra steps, but it looks pretty easy to do.

Pick your frames, choose what type of lenses you need, upload your prescription and voila! And Ottica not only offers sunglasses, but you can also get your everyday prescription glasses too.

After making my purchase, I received email updates every step of the way. From a purchase confirmation, to notification of when my sunglasses were sent to production, to notification of when the production process was complete, I was received updates about it all. And before I knew it, my sunglasses had arrived in the mail!

Now all that’s left is for me to enjoy my new sunglasses and explore the concrete jungle this summer!

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

Spring is in full swing and summer will officially be here in just a few short weeks, so if you need a new pair of sunglasses, head over to Ottica.com. I promise you’ll find the perfect pair to protect your eyes this summer and still stay fashionable.

Shipping is free, returns are free and if you require prescription lenses, you can get 50% off your first pair by joining the Ottica Club (just click the brown banner at the top of the site that says “Get 50% off all lenses.”)

What is your favorite pair of sunglasses at Ottica?

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*I received an Ottica site credit to help facilitate my review. My opinions are still 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.

Summer Style with the Shibajuku Girls #SummerFun

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun
~Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shibajuku Girls doll for review. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase.~

Allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our family and the newest member of the Shibajuku Girls – Miki. Miki is quite the trendsetter and loves staying active, with dreams of one day starring in the Olympics and even traveling the world.

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

Anyone who wants to travel the world is one after my own heart. And any gal who loves sports and staying active is cool in my daughter’s eyes. So this makes Miki the perfect personality for the ladies in the house.

I wish I could describe just how much excitement my daughter had when she saw Miki. I mean she was squealing with delight. I couldn’t get Miki out of her box fast enough!

What are Shibajuku Girls?

Shibajuku Girls are fashion-savvy dolls inspired by Japanese culture. The dolls are known for internationality, as each one embraces a mix of eclectic Japanese culture and Harajuku fashion, which features fun, original and fashion-forward styles.

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

With a variety of fun and vibrant hair colors, accessories and outfits, each Shibajuku girl has her own personality and style. All you have to do is pick the perfect match for the little fashionista in your life and let the fun begin. My daughter has been having a great time using Miki’s hair clips herself and sharing Miki’s quirky, sporty style!

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun
These two clips of Miki’s are my daughter’s favorites.

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

Meet the Other Shibajuku Girls

Miki was introduced in Series 2 of the Shibajuku girls, but Koe, Yoko, Suki and Shizuka were introduced in Series 1. This time around, though, the girls have got new outfits to fit their unique personalities and qualities.

Koe – An animal lover with electric blue hair, her love for furry friends is written all over her outfits and accessories. Koe is always rocking some kind of animal print and wants to own a zoo one day. How fun?!

Yoko – With a love for the color black and accessories suited for a rockstar, Yoko loves to look as edgy as she can. She is a superstar guitar player who dreams of one day becoming a writer. In her spare time she loves watching spooky movies and especially those with spiders. Eeeeek!

Suki – Suki is what I call a girly girl. With hair almost as colorful as her outfits, Suki rocks purple, blue and pink locks. When it comes to accessories, no amount is too much, and her earmuffs make her extra unique. Did I mention she loves rainbows and her favorite food is cupcakes? Yum!

Shizuka – She’s the quiet one. Smart and super shy, but you’d never know just from looking at her outfits. Shizuka is dressed from head-to-toe in hot pink, including her hair. And guess what? She’s super unique with one blue eye and one green eye! Watch out fashion world, Shizuka’s working on her fashion designs and they’ll be hitting the runway before you know it!

Namika (Series 1) – Namika is an earth-friendly gal. She loves learning, especially if it involves science, and enjoys hunting outside for bugs. Her favorite place to visit is the Great Barrier Reef. She’s a great friend and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone.

What makes Shibajuku Girls unique?

Aside from the different personalities, qualities and fashion styles that each Shibajuku Girl possesses, the dolls themselves are unique in their make. Each doll is 13” tall and has a fully posable body.

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

I’ve been playing around with Miki myself, and love how flexible she is as a doll. Like a real person, Shibajuku Girls have flexible joints not only at the neck, shoulder and hips (like typical dolls feature), but also at the elbows, wrists and knees.

I never had anything like this in a doll when I was growing up!

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun

It’s funny to watch my daughter sit and wave at Miki, as I bend her elbows and hand as though she’s waving to her.

On top of that, the eyes are made of glass, giving a more realistic look. I didn’t even notice this at first, but I love the overall attention to detail!

Get a Shibajuku Girl: Shibajuku girls are starting to take over some of my favorite retailers, including Target ($24.99) and Amazon (Series 1 – $29.99)!

Which Shibajuku Girl complements the little fashionista in your life?

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*Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shiabjuku Girls doll for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Shine Bright or Lay Low But Always BE YOU #BeStory

The new "Be Series" graphic tees from Cents of Style is everything we need to aspire to be what we want. Me? I'm choosing to just be me with my new "Be You" tee and hopefully I can inspire you to do just that, BE YOU! #CentsofStyle #BeSeries #BeStory #fashion #womensfashion
~Thank you to Cents of Style for providing a “Be Series” graphic tee for styling. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase.~

You’ve probably seen the memes and graphics that say “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a mermaid. Then always be a mermaid.” Now, I like mermaids, but I like myself even better!

All I’m trying to be is me. I may not be the perfect mom (who is?). Or cook dinner every day (take out please!). Or clean the house daily (this home is lived in). Or put myself together with full makeup every day (ain’t nobody got time for that). Or even get out of my PJ’s for that matter.

But that’s me. Take it or leave it.

And while I may not be or do these things every day, I AM a loving and caring mom, my kids are ALWAYS fed, and the messes around the house show how much FUN my kids have. As for wearing PJ’s all day, let’s just say I’m a SELFLESS person who puts others’ needs before mine.

The new "Be Series" graphic tees from Cents of Style is everything we need to aspire to be what we want. Me? I'm choosing to just be me with my new "Be You" tee and hopefully I can inspire you to do just that, BE YOU! #CentsofStyle #BeSeries #BeStory #fashion #womensfashion

All of this makes me super awesome! I just hope the world can handle all this awesomeness because I’m not changing me for anything.

And ya know, I think you should “Be You” too. Besides, there’s only one YOU! No imitation or duplication available!

This is why I love my new “Be You” graphic tee from the Cents of StyleBe Series.” I wear it proud and hope that when you see me in the streets (or in the grocery store, haha) you’ll remember to stay true to yourself and make life easier by just being you. Whether you shine bright or lay low, always BE YOU!

Speaking of the new “Be Series” at Cents of Style, there are so many other inspirational graphic tees to choose from.

  • Be You
  • Be Kind
  • Be True
  • Be Happy
  • Be Weird
  • Be Brave
  • Be Still
  • Just Be
  • Let it Be
  • Be Uncommon
  • Be Bold
  • Be Strong
  • Be the Good

This weekend only (4/28-4/30), these tees are just $15.95 with promo code BESTORY, and as always shipping is free!

What will you be?

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*Thank you to Cents of Style for providing a “Be Series” graphic tee for styling and inspiring me to be me. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will 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.

Enhance Your Spring Wardrobe with eShakti {$25 off}

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe
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Last week I shared with you some cute Easter outfit options for kids, but what about the adults in the family? Today, I’ll share one of my favorite sites for women’s dresses (and other clothes) – eShakti.

With endless styles, colors and even the ability to customize, eShakti has it ALL! So how about a little spring wardrobe update or a new Easter dress for mom or your teen? One peek and you’ll want to buy the whole site. I do!

There are so many great benefits to shopping at eShakti. Not only is the selection AH-MAZING, but just about everything is customizable. Sizes range from 0-36 and you can customize the neckline, sleeves and length to your liking. It’s like designing your own wardrobe!

And of course, you know my money saving nature is always shining through, so how about $25 off and free customization on your first purchase?! Simply register as a new customer at eShakti and the savings are all yours!

Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll come across while browsing the site. These are just a few of the dresses I’d love to add to my own wardrobe and would all make a perfect Easter dress.


Graphic Print Pleat Empire Georgette Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Surplice Dupioni Gown – $67.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Bow-Tie Mixed Media Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


One-Shoulder Floral Print Georgette Maxi Dress – $53.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Rose Print Crepe Banded Empire Dress – $58.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Riley Dress – $44.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe

Which dress is your favorite?

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Easter Looks for Less

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

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Easter is just about a month away, so it’s time to start thinking activities and outfits. When I was a child, my mom made all of my Easter dresses. I’m talking my mom went all out, from tulle underneath the dress, to the apron that was worn over the top of the dress.

I kind of wish I had the time and skill to do the same for my own daughter. Well, in all honesty, I could make the time to do it and while I’m certainly no professional seamstress, I do have a little skill.

But since I’m being honest here, on the other hand, there are so many cute and affordable options in stores these day, too. The time it would take to make one and the cost of the materials just isn’t much worth it.

Stores like Gymboree or Janie and Jack have some of the most adorable clothing options for kids, including Easter outfits. In fact, Gymboree has 50% off sitewide today (3/17) through Sunday (3/19). It’s the perfect time to get my kids their Easter outfits!

I’ve been browsing the website and pieced together two options for both my son and daughter. Take a look and tell me which one’s you think I should get!


Son Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Vest – $18.48 | Plaid Shirt – $14.98 | Linen Pants – $16.48 | Dressy Tie – $6.48 | Wingtip Shoes – $18.48


Son Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Shirt – $14.98 | Belted Twill Shorts – $14.98 | Bow Tie – $6.48 | Chambray Suspenders – $9.98 | Seersucker Cap – $9.98


Daughter Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Floral Eyelet Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Flower Sandals – $16.48 | Floral Eyelet Headband – $6.48


Daughter Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Rosette Headband – $4.48 | 1-Shoulder Floral Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Scalloped Sandals – $18.48 | Eyelet Purse – $12.48


Which outfits do you like the best?

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Beauty Box 5 is a Makeup Lovers Dream Box

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

~Thank you to Beauty Box 5 for providing my first box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Have you always wanted to try the hottest and most glam makeup products and trends, but don’t know where to start? This is exactly how I feel about makeup and beauty in general.

I haven’t looked through the latest fashion magazines, but that doesn’t matter because I’m not a makeup guru and have no idea how to get the glam looks anyways. Besides, I haven’t a clue as to what shades will work for me, but that doesn’t matter either because I have no time to get to the store to even buy any beauty products.

So what is a girl like me to do? Get myself a Beauty Box 5 subscription, that’s what!

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

I just got my first box delivered last month and was amazed at everything that was included. February’s theme was “The Kiss Kit” and the box included nothing but lip products. Pucker up baby, my lip game is about to be on point!

  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner
  • So Susan Colour Hybrid
  • Style Essentials Lip Glow

Every month, with a Beauty Box 5 subscription you’ll receive 5 beauty must-haves delivered to your door. Some products are full-size and others are samples. In “The Kiss Kit,” 4 products were full-size! The only one that was a “sample” was the Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. It’s sold as a pack of 5 and the box contained just 1.

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup
If you haven’t had a good laugh today, here it is! This is the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. Looks funny, but is a pretty neat little item.

 

Each month the products you get are worth a combined $35+. The total value of “The Kiss Kit?” – $38.50. How much is the subscription? – As low as $9/mth (depending on which plan you choose)!

  • Pay monthly – $12/mth
  • Pay quarterly (every 3 months) – $10/mth (This is my favorite option!)
  • Pay annually – $9/mth

I’ve already told you I’m no makeup guru and to be honest, I’m pretty much making things up as I go. But that’s okay! When I find something that works, I stick with it until I master something else. And I’ve realized that I don’t have to get all fancied up to wear makeup. Even the simplest of days deserve a little mascara and lip color!


What I like about Beauty Box 5 is that I get new products or shades that I would never pick up in the store (when I do actually get there) and sometimes find that I love them. That’s what happened last month with “The Kiss Kit.”

It came with a Tint Unicorn Liner and Lippie in the Fairytale shade. I pulled them out of their little black boxes and immediately thought there was no way this color would look good on me. It looked Barbie pink at first glance and I tend to wear darker colors. But I tried them anyways. Low and behold, I really like the color! Never in my life would I have chosen this pink shade while shopping myself, but now that I’ve tried it, I find it to be a perfect color for spring and summer, and one that I can pull off.

Subscribe & Save

Ready to get your own Beauty Box 5? Head over to BB5 and choose which subscription plan works best for you. Then sit back and wait for the mailman. Mail surprises are the best, aren’t they?! By the way, when you subscribe now, you’ll receive a free gift in your first box – an Elizabeth Mott Glitterati Liquid Eyeliner!

OH! And if you want February’s “The Kiss Kit” you can still get it, too, for $15! Get it here. I can’t wait to see what this month’s box holds!

What product would you like to see featured in the next Beauty Box 5? Anything you’ve been dying to try?

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*Thank you to Beauty Box 5 for providing my first box for review. 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.

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.