Labor Day White

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Dress: Gap | Heels: Steve Madden (on sale now for 40% off)| Bag: Prada  (love this affordable style)| Necklace: JCrew  (old, similar style at 40% off)| Watch: Kate Spade

Happy Labor Day everyone!

I can’t seem to get enough of wearing white lately, especially white dresses.  This is another dress that I snagged from the Gap’s clearance rack weeks ago!  I think you can wear white year round.  I can see my self wearing this dress again with a blazer or crop jacket for fall, my favorite time of the year.

The weather may begin to shift along in certain parts of the states or even countries, but not here on the west coast.  It’s been hot hot hot and this dress has been a savior….several times.  As the summer days slowly pass by I have to remind myself to take time off and just to enjoy and savor any time and moments I spend with my kids and hubby before I head out for an upcoming trip in a few days.

This was the case over the weekend.  In preparation for my upcoming trip to New York I stopped doing a lot of the routine stuff and simply spent time with them doing nothing but lounging around at the pool and eating out. Simply put, it was our “play” time…well, maybe mostly me.  I learned that allowing ourselves regular play time can relax us and thus helps us regain our equilibrium so that it can bring us back to who we truly are inherently.  I hope you can do the same for this coming weekend and many more.

Linking with these fabulous ladies:

Manic Monday with On the Daily Express and More Pieces of Me |Monday MingleStyle to InspireHow I Summer|All About YouThe Pleated Poppy | Because Shanna Said So | Mix and Match Fashion| Tres-Fashion Thursday Link Up | Treat Yo’ Self ThursdaySpotlight Link Up WeekdayI Feel Pretty | Three-fer Thursday LinkFashion InformantFashion Friday|Stylish Saturday | What Wives Wear

Amazingly Chic & Affordable: No. 15

Welcome to the weekly Amazingly Chic & Affordable series.  Each week I will share on-trend items that are chic and affordable.  These are items that look “expensive” and chic and are friendly to your wallet.  After perusing some online sites I found a handful of chic but affordable items which I think you will love as much as I do!

Have a fabulous and safe Labor Day weekend!

Every Child Is Worth Fighting For…

Hello everyone!  I have  a very special post today from Children’s Hospitals National Foundation.  The folks from this non-profit organization are working hard and tirelessly to raise funds to help the sick children.  Let’s join forces for a cause worth fighting for…..

Childrens Hospitals National FoundationIt’s that time of year again, back to school!  Every fall, parents flock to the bus stop to see their kids off to the classroom…for the very first time.  As they watch who was once their precious bundle board the bus, moms and dads may wonder about the challenges that lie ahead.

Tough teachers…fights with friends…none of these problems are easy, but many parents think this is as bad as it gets.  Unfortunately, others must face the unthinkable: their child is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

Imagine: as some families are setting a budget for school supplies, yours is trying to scrape together money for cancer treatments.  While another set of parents feels guilty that they can’t afford the latest lunchbox, you are crushed with helplessness when you realize the doctors can’t help you without insurance.

All parents want to ease their child’s pain, but what if you can’t?  Bandaging a cut is easy; watching your baby struggle to survive is not.  This is where we come in.  You don’t have to fight this battle alone!

Children’s Hospitals National Foundation raises money and awareness to help children with diseases.  This nonprofit, founded in 2012, organizes charity events and plans hospital visits for volunteers to cheer up patients.  We have also helped fund cancer research to prevent future diagnoses. Check out the Facebook page, where you can subscribe to receive more information daily.

Every little bit helps: from a cup of coffee sold at a fundraiser to a warm smile for a bedridden child, it doesn’t take much to give back!

It may only take a few minutes to read our mission and join the organization…but for our small soldiers, that time can make all the difference.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post. Mama in Heels is very passionate about this cause.

Date Night Style Series: Shirt Dress

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Dress: Loft  (on sale 50% off) | clutch: Zara (old, similar style) | Heels: Christian Louboutin (old, similar style)| Watch: Kate Spade

 Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to another week of Date Night Style series! Each week I select an item from my closet and style it for that special day or night.  This item can be old or new, trendy or classic.  Either way the goal is to transform the piece to a date night or day date look.

This week I selected another shirt dress for this series.  I spotted this dress a few weeks ago at Loft and immediately was drawn to it.  The color and the tiny floral pattern on the dress caught my eye.  I thought the dress would be great for work and date night simply not needing to do much.  This look is both appropriate for work and play.   It is also the perfect fall transition piece that I can mix, match and layer.  I can’t wait for fall!!!

The Perfect Fit

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I blog a lot about fashion but the only thing that I have yet to talk about is what I wear underneath these outfits on these posts and on my day-to-day routine.  I’m talking about undergarment, specifically bras.  A good fitting bra is a must to look and feel fabulous with your outfit.  Since having my twins my bra size has changed…yup, I’m now 1 cup smaller.  I didn’t do any professional bra fitting to determine the right size.  Instead I just ordered a size smaller for the past few years.  I have a few bras that fit fine but most are hiking up in the back while some are buckling in the center.  These two issues indicate that I’ve been wearing the wrong bra size!!!

Thanks to Kohl’s online bra fit calculator I now found the perfect fit for my bra in 2 easy steps!

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Once you have the size from the tool you can shop at the store or online from these styles:

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I did my measurement online and took this info with me to Kohl’s to try on my new size in ALL the styles they have to offer.   I’m happy to report that they all fit me and I no longer wear the wrong bra size!  What do you think of these?

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Thanks to Kohl’s for sponsoring this post.

 

Beauty Buzz Link Up: Extending the Life of Your Hair Color

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to the Beauty Buzz series!

My hair grows fast…exceptionally fast according to my hairstylist.  So I color my hair A LOT…at least once a month!  One can argue that my hair is at least 40% gray.    So it’s no surprise that 2 weeks after coloring my hair the color starts to fade and lose its shine.  When Rita Hazan contacted me to review their Ultimate Shine Color Gloss Collection I raised my eyebrows.  Will this require a lot of my time and most importantly,  will it work?    Read on to find out what my take is with this product.

 The Goods:

Ultimate Shine Color Gloss in Brown

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Key ingredients include: Coconut fatty acid provides hair detangling and softening effects.  Panthenol and Pro Vitamin B5 provides moisturizing and conditioning. Silk protein in silk amino acid add moisture to the hair and boosts shine.   Formulated without parabens, sulfates and alcohol.

The Claim:

Prevents hair color fading and dullness.  Simple to use, lightweight, mess-free.  Can be used immediately following professional color treatment.  It basically restores richness and depth while preventing color fading.

Mama’s Take:

The instructions are super easy to follow.  After shampoo, pump a handful of foaming gloss into your palm and massage through hair.  Leave on 3-5  minute and rinse thoroughly.  Follow with your conditioner.  I use the gloss whenever I shampoo my hair, which is 2 to 3 times a week as recommended for best results.

I’ve been using this product for over 2 weeks now and after the first use I immediately noticed the difference.  My hair feels like I had a conditioning treatment and color done at once.  It makes my hair super shiny and smooth and surprisingly reduced a little bit of frizz.  The only thing that this product doesn’t do is covering my grays.  Well, this product is not designed to do that but I think I may try their Gray Root spray to see what that’s like.  Overall, I really really love this product and highly recommended.  A 5 oz. bottle costs $26 which I think isn’t so bad.  You can purchase it at RitaHazan.com, Sephora oUlta.

Disclosure:  Although the product was given to me for review my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

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Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts for this week’s Beauty Buzz link up.  Join me along with Nicole, Nicole of MomTrends Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Jo-Lynne of Muisngs of A Housewife to connect, share and sparkle!  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the Phyto Intense Volume Mousse gift certficate from Skin1.com.  We are looking for 5 winners this month!

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Craving Santorini…

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Dress: Gap (sold out, similar style) | Heels: Steve Madden | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (on sale here) | Watch: Kate Spade | Bracelet Bangle: Ann Taylor | Lipstick: YSL #12

Happy Monday everyone!  Yes, August is almost over, and I have no doubt amazing things in September await us all, especially Fall!  Until then,  I find myself craving for Santorini…walking barefoot on the white sand and through the white homes on the cliff over looking the clear blue sea.  I think it’s the summer heat that’s been getting to me.  If you’ve been to Santorini then you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t it is a must see destination.  To satisfy that craving, hubby took me and the boys to a Greek restaurant yesterday for lunch instead of our usual Italian deli, and I wore this white ensemble with a touch of blue to pay homage to Santorini.

Speaking of this outfit, I’ve been living in this dress for the past few weeks.  A few weeks ago I picked up this dress and another one (will feature on an upcoming post next week) at the Gap.  I found these two dresses on the clearance rack and also received an additional 50% off.  Not that I needed any more white dresses since I already found the one!  In total I paid $30 for two dresses!!!  This dress looked plain and frumpy on the rack but not so when tried on.

In case you’re wondering about the bag….I recently bought this from the Rebecca Minkoff Endless Summer Sale which I also shared the special access link with you on Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter.  I’ve been looking for a white satchel bag for a while now (o.k. I already have a Marc Jacob white bag but that darn thing is so heavy that I couldn’t take with me anywhere!) and when I saw this marked to 70% off I couldn’t resist.  It was the best bag EVER!  It’s not too big and not too small.  The pebble leather is very light and soft, and can hold a lot of stuff.  What I love most about it is that it can be worn as a crossbody as well.  Hey sometimes you need both of your hands to hold your little ones when crossing the street while looking stylish.  This bag can’t be more perfect and I want this in every color!!!

To walk away two hours later from a casual lunch at an unexpected place was absolutely delightful.  Wearing this outfit combined with the food and the music at the restaurant definitely satisfied my Santorini craving.  I now await for Fall that’s inching closer each day.

Linking with these fabulous ladies:

 Visible Monday |Monday Mingle ,DC Instyle| Manic Monday with On the Daily Express and More Pieces of Me | Style to InspireHow I Summer|All About YouThe Pleated Poppy | Because Shanna Said So | Mix and Match Fashion| Tres-Fashion Thursday Link Up | Treat Yo’ Self Thursday| Spotlight Link Up Weekday| I Feel Pretty | Three-fer Thursday Link| Fashion Informant| Fashion Friday|Stylish Saturday | What Wives Wear

Amazingly Chic & Affordable: No. 14

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the weekly Amazingly Chic & Affordable series.  Each week I will share on-trend items that are chic and affordable.  These are items that look “expensive” and chic and are friendly to your wallet.  After perusing some online sites I found a handful of chic but affordable items which I think you will love!

Tori Amos Unrepentant Geraldines Giveaway

“Years go by, will I be waiting
For somebody else to understand
Years go by, if I’m stripped of my beauty
And the orange clouds raining in my head…” or how about

“…Hangin’ with the raisin girls
She’s gone to the other side
Givin’ us a yo heave ho
Things are gettin’ kind of gross
And I go at sleepy time…”

Yup…If you’re one of the 90s child then you may have heard Silent All These Years & Cornflake Girl songs played in the Top 40 Songs back in the 90s..A LOT.  I was one of those girls (not a child but a grown up young lady) who first heard Silent All These Years on the radio while driving to my college classes and never stopped listening to these songs plus her other hit singles since then.  That talented artist was none other than Tori Amos, one of my favorite alternative rock performers.  Tori Amos has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and she has been nominated for and won several awards in different genres, ranging from MTV VMAs to most recent Echo award in classical music.  Tori has not only been successful with her music endeavors since the early 1980’s but also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.

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When Universal Music Classics reached out to me to collaborate on giving away Tori Amos’ recently released album, Tori Amos Unrepentant Geraldines, I was more than happy to partner up.  You see…I LOVE Tori and this is a no brainer and I would be more than happy to promote this for them.

Tori’s recently released album, Unrepentant Geraldines, features a duet and accompanying music video with her daughter, Tash, performing their unique song called “Promise” in this moving and heartfelt video.  I just wanna say that she looks more beautiful and younger than ever (she’s 50 btw).  Seeing her as a mom performing together with her daughter just took my breath away!!!

Unrepentant Geraldines is being embraced around the world, with additional high album chart debuts in the UK (#13), the Netherlands (#10) and Germany (#15).  The record also hit iTunes Top 10 overall charts in over 20 markets including the U.S. Canada, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and Austria.  Tori recently launched her worldwoide, 80-city tour in July and has graced North American stages since then.

Now Universal Music is generously giving away the Unrepentant Geraldines album to 2 lucky winners!  Scroll down below to enter on the Rafflecopter for a chance to win this Top Ten Album!  Entries open worldwide!!!

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***This is not a sponsored post.***

Date Night Style Series: Monochromatic

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Top: Loft | Bottom: DL1961 | Heels: Manolo Blahnik (old, similar style) | Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar style) | Necklace: Kate Spade | Bracelets: Forever21 | Lipstick: YSL #12

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the Date Night Style series! Each week I select an item from my closet and style it for that special day or night.  This item can be old or new, trendy or classic.  Either way the goal is to transform the piece to a date night or day date look.

This week I selected the silver camo sweater and paired with a silver moto jean to create a monochromatic look in silver.  I love silver because of its sleek high-tech, modern, industrial look.  The silver color is also seen as a glamorous, sophisticated color related to female energy, modernity and prosperity.  When I spotted this camo sweater at LOFT (it is prettier in person than in pictures) it was love at first sight.  When I see the camouflage pattern I think of the color green so I had to do a double take when I first laid my eyes on it.  I love how the silver thread glitters whenever the light shines at a certain angle.  It is such a bold yet feminine color to wear for a date night! 

Link with these fabulous ladies: What Wives WearMix Max Fashion, Penniless Socialite, I Feel Pretty and Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday.