Remix & Restyle…

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 || Wearing: Target Floral Blazer (similar here), Fleur dress (similar here), Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar here), Kate Spade Necklace (similar here), JCrew earrings, Juicy Couture clutch||

…a Floral Blazer – Look #3

I’m delighted to share look #3 for the floral blazer with you today.  I wore this outfit to have dinner with a couple friends of mine last week.  One of them recognized my dress.  Yes, I bought this strapless babydoll silk dress 6 years ago at a sample sale for $25 and only wore it a few times.  Although I have not been wearing the dress as much as I like but it’s my LRD that I can practically take anywhere just like my LBD.

I purchased this blazer from Target for $10.97 months ago.  I did not anticipate this blazer to be this versatile.  I bought the blazer simply because I liked the cut and the material.  But the price sealed the deal!   I can’t wait to share look #4 with you next week so stay tuned!

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Floral Blazer LooksPhotography: Gabriel Burrafato

 

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You Light My Life!

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||Mama: Skechers Leopard Ballet Flats- thanks to Skechers!, Dante & Alexander: Skechers Boys Super Hot Lights Shoes – thanks to Skechers!||

I’m a high heeled kind of girl, always have and will always will be.  It’s a known fact that I love heels, hence the blog Mama in Heels.  There are days when my feet need a rest.  When those days came knocking I’d reach for my ballet flats or loafers, and sometimes slippers.  They are comfortable and stylish but I can’t really run and play rough with the boys while wearing them.

When Skechers contacted me to review their shoes I wasn’t sure if it would be the right fit.  I mean, I’m a yoga girl…not a hardcore athletic marathon runner, not even a beginner runner.  I was pleasantly surprise to learn that Skechers carries a great selection of stylish shoes in addition to their known athletic line.   They also carry colorful shoes for kids so I couldn’t resist and decided to take their shoes for a ride.

Last week we took the boys to one of their favorite stomping grounds, the Merry Go Around in the mall.  And did they ever stomp!  They stomped and playfully ran around the mall so much that their Skechers Super Hot Lights shoes even outshined the Merry Go Around! After such an enlightening experience the boys insisted on sleeping with their shoes on that same night…and I let them :)

These comfortable shoes gave me the energy to keep up with the boys all day long without putting any stress on my feet.  I now can wear these stylish shoes with any outfit my busy life as a mom of twins takes me!

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***Disclosure:  I received products from Skechers for this review but as always all opinions and experiences are my own.***

 

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Beauty Buzz: Bouffant Hairstyle

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Welcome to Beauty Buzz!  Each week I will be co-hosting the Beauty Buzz link up with Alison from Sassy Moms in the City, Nicole from Momtrends, and Lulu from Simply Lulu Style.  Alison is hosting this week’s Beauty Buzz link up so head over to Sassy Moms in the City and link up your beauty post!  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a year’s supply ($159 value) from Wink Cosmetics!!!

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One of the ways to achieve the half-up or pony tail bouffant hairstyle is using the right products.  On most days when I wake up I simply don’ t have the time to fuss with the blow-dryer, the curling iron or any products.  In this scenario then my go-to hairstyle would be a low messy bun or pony taiI.  And when I do I often amp up the roots to get that edgy look.  I’m not always successful but with a little help from the right products along with enough practice it gets easier and better each time.

On today’s post, I’d like to share which products I have been religiously reaching for to achieve such look.  To amp up the roots, I use a hair lifting spray, tease the crown and finish the style with the L’Oreal Elnett hairspray.  For months, I’ve been using the Root Boosting Volumizing Tonic from Nuance and really loving it.  When it was time to stock up, I decided to try another brand.  I chose Not Your Mother’s because I really like their sea salt texturizing spray, which I wrote a review about it here.

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You know what?  They are the same.  Both products build thickness and lift at the roots for that amplified, high impact volume look.  Although I prefer the spray nozzle on Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy thicking Hair Lifter but that’s not the deal breaker.  What I love is the difference in price.  Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy thicking Hair Lifter ($5.99 for 8 fl. oz.) is more cost effective than Nuance ($12.99 for 6 fl. oz).  Why pay more when I can achieve the same look just by using a similar product to take my roots to new heights with a much lower price.

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Tea Dress

Happy Monday everyone!

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||Wearing: Abbie Tea Dress – thanks to Darling Clothes!, Schutz Lace Shoes, Ann Taylor Necklace (similar here)||

I have a huge weakness for dresses.  Although I don’t wear them as often as I like but I tend to gravitate toward dresses first whenever I shop.  There is something inherently cheerful about the addition of dresses to my wardrobe.  When I was given an opportunity to choose an item for review from Darling Clothes, I was immediately drawn to this tea dress after the first few seconds of perusing.  I don’t know if it was the sunshine yellow, the embroidered raindrops pattern or the ladylike silhouette of the dress that I was drawn to.  Whatever the case, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the dress.  Quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect just like my other internet purchases.   Other than the price, the quality of the material is the most important thing that I look for when it comes to online shopping because I can’t touch the material physically.

Luckily, this dress was more than what I had expected when it arrived.  The color of the dress somehow appears richer in person than the photo.  The fabric has a little stiffness to it but it is of great quality, which allows the skirt to stay poofed.  The cut is very flatering and it is right on trend for spring.  The first time I tried this dress on I felt like a little girl and all I wanted to do was to have a cup of tea and water my roses in my garden.

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Photography:  Gabriel Burrafato

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This week I’m linking with the following ladies:

The Style Record

Plane Pretty

Still Being Molly

Monday Mingle

DC Instyle

Manic Monday

#AllAboutYou

Trend Spin Linkup

Style Elixir

The Pleated Poppy

Transatlantic Blond

Because Shanna Said So

Mix and Match Fashion

Spotlight Link Up Weekday

Tres-Fashion Thursday Link Up

Penniless Socialite

Three-fer Thursday Link

The Stitch…Guest Post

Hello everyone!  We have a very special guest post today from Matt Pipkin, Founder of SpeakYourSilence.Org.  Please read his heartfelt story and let’s support this great cause.

Take it away Matt…

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We all enjoy being fashionable. We also have big hearts to support causes that are dear to us.  But typically, the two don’t mix well. That is, until now.

Just a few years ago, I shared a story with my family and friends that I never told a soul in twenty years. The story: A trusted family friend sexually abused me when I was just six years old.  I grew up believing I was at fault for what happened to me. I carried guilt, shame, and immense fear, which also poured heavily into my sense of self-worth as an adult.  But when I shared my story, I found overwhelming love and support from everyone. I began to see a counselor… and my life was completely changed.  I discovered a sense of value and freedom I’d never felt before.

My story is one that too many of us can relate to. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused prior to the age of 18. On top of that, the issue is taboo, and thus, children continue to experience it, while those who have already experienced it live on in silence, as I did for so long.  I wanted to change this.

 In late 2012, I founded Speak Your Silence, a nonprofit with a mission to conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse. And, just a couple weeks back, we launched our big idea – it’s called The Stitch.  The Stitch is a simple thread that can be sewn onto clothing and apparel, and its zigzag shape is a physical embodiment of voice frequency. So, by wearing The Stitch on your shirt or bag, you’re literally wearing your voice.

The Stitch merges our sense of fashion with our big hearts, creating a community of people who show support for the cause in a stylish and inspiring way. It further creates an uplifting atmosphere where loved ones know that they are supported in sharing their stories.  Had I seen my friends and family wearing The Stitch as I was growing up, I would have felt so much safer sharing my story sooner.  Amazing, the power of a little thread.

 We’re so excited to see how lives are transformed by The Stitch, and encourage you to show a simple, outward expression of support—whether you’ve been directly affected by the issue or not.  And really, what better way to change lives than by doing it in style?

The Stitch is currently available at www.speakyoursilence.org, and 100% of profits go directly toward providing free counseling for individuals personally affected by child sexual abuse.

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Remix & Restyle…

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…a Floral Blazer: Look #2

Welcome to April’s Remix & Restyle series.  Each month I choose an item from my closet and restyle it for different looks for the month.  For April, I chose the floral blazer because the pattern is right on-trend this season.  For the second look, I chose to restyle this floral blazer with a white romper.  I am slightly obsessed with the jumper/romper trend right now.  I think they are classy, versatile and chic.  You won’t find me in a mini skirt but you sure will catch me in a romper.  This look can take you from brunch to dinner effortlessly.

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Being Fabulous is…

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…Getting Your Jewelry Organized!

I love having my closet organized because an organized closet is equivalent to an organized life.  Given my busy schedule this is not often the case, especially when it comes to my jewelry.  For the past few months my jewelry station was a tangled mess of bracelets, necklaces and orphaned earrings.  I needed to take control of the chaos and organize the trinkets stylishly!

While shopping for a jewelry/accessory organizer, Belle Dangles contacted me to review their products.  It was the perfect fit because they turned out to be the only organizers of its size that hold a combination of necklaces, both stud and dangle earrings, bracelets, and rings plus hair accessories, scarves, belts and handbags.  I chose the Classic Jewelry Organizer in white because it would go well with my closet’s color scheme.  When the unit arrived I immediately had it installed.  It fits perfectly above my drawer and most of my jewelry are now organized on the Belle Dangle.  I now can see every accessory clearly and can accessorize my outfits in seconds.  Thanks to Bell Dangles I now have an organized jewelry station that I can easily access whenever I put my outfits together.

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***Disclosure: I received free products from Belle Dangles in exchange for providing my own opinions. This review represents my honest opinions, findings, and/or experiences, and not swayed by the sponsor or any outside sources.***

 

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Beauty Buzz: Beauty Tips

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Welcome to Beauty Buzz!  Each week I will be co-hosting the Beauty Buzz link up with Alison from Sassy Moms in the City, Nicole from Momtrends, and Lulu from Simply Lulu Style.  Lulu is hosting this week’s Beauty Buzz link up so head over to Simply Lulu Style and link up your beauty post!  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a year’s supply ($159 value) from Wink Cosmetics!!!

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This week I was planning to share my beauty review on hair root lifting sprays with you but when I picked up Red Book Magazine’s May issue I knew I had to share their Beauty School section with you instead.  This section consists of real life beauties/bloggers where they share their signature beauty secrets from dewy skin to shiny hair with their readers.  After all, I made the cut for this section for the Easy Updo, which I will share a post about the how-to’s with you later :)

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Old Parie!

Happy Monday everyone!

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||Wearing: Zara blazer, Ann Taylor shirt, JBrand denim, JCrew necklace, Topshop shoes, Rossano handbag-thanks to Maxwell Scott!||

While waiting to get my hair done I flipped through some hair and fashion magazines.  I came across some photos of Old Parie in all its magical glory.  I can still remember my first time arriving in Paris twelve years ago and was immediately mesmerized by the beauty, food and love from the city.  Since then I long to go back to be awaken with French windows that open over wrought iron balconies and enjoying the morning Parisian air.  I also long to shop their local, fresh markets, dining at length with wine, and just wander around the streets and make resting stops at their café shops.

The memories inspired me to convince hubby to dine at a French bistro for our recent date night outing.  To get in touch with my Parisian visit I suggested we sit by the window quietly and chat over a glass of wine.   While doing so I spotted my high school friend whom I had not seen in years.  We both recognized each other right away.  We chatted a bit and I invited him and his family over for our sons’ birthday party, which will be held later this month.  He later told me that he normally doesn’t walk by this street but for some reason he decided to do so that night after work.  The magic of Parie works in mysterious ways.

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 Photography:  Gabriel Burrafato

 

This week I’m linking with the following ladies:

The Style Record

Not Dead Yet Style

Still Being Molly

Monday Mingle

DC Instyle

#AllAboutYou

Trend Spin Linkup

Style Elixir

The Pleated Poppy

Transatlantic Blond

Mix and Match Fashion

Spotlight Link Up Weekday

Tres-Fashion Thursday Link Up

Penniless Socialite

Three-fer Thursday Link

Fashion Friday

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Amazingly Chic & Affordable: No. 3

Welcome to the Amazingly Chic & Affordable series.  Every other week I will share on-trend items that are chic and affordable.  These are items that look “expensive” and chic and fit into the budget.  After perusing some online sites I found a handful of items that I absolutely love!

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||Blazer, Leather Tote, Playsuit, Necklace, Blouse, Dress, Earrings, Pants, Leather Crossbody Satchel, Set of 3 Bracelets, Shoes||

 

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