Amazingly Chic & Affordable: No. 18

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Happy Friday 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 under $100 which I think you will love as much as I do!  Have a fabulous & safe weekend.  Until next week, I’ll see you on the blog!

Date Night Style Series: Stripes and Fringe

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Top: Oasis |  Skirt: Zara (similar style here & here) | Heels: Topshop | Bag: Juicy Couture (similar style here & here) | Necklace: Kate Spade  | Earrings: Baublebar

Happy Thursday everyone!  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 feather fringe skirt from Zara that I had purchased a few seasons ago.  Whenever I’m in a playful mood I tend to reach for this skirt.  This week has been pretty rough.  It all started with a clogged kitchen sink that turned into a major plumbing problem.  On the same day, our pool guy informed us that the motor stopped working and that by the way it was short circuiting the sprinkler system.  No wonder my garden was dead because it has not been getting any water for a whole week!  A day later, my laptop’s data was completely wiped out by a virus!  To add insult to injury, there was an outage from our internet service provider.  On that same night Dante was waking up in the middle of the night on multiple times crying because his nose was bleeding.  With that I didn’t get any sleep at all.

Things have finally calmed down a bit and gotten better yesterday.  When hubby asked if I wanted to go out and eat instead of cooking I didn’t even hesitate…I was ready to chill!  I was finally in a playful mood and I took this skirt with me to dine at one of our favorite restaurants down the street.  Who knew that a little stripes and fringe outfit kept me cool and chill during a heat wave on a date night.

Beauty Buzz: Want Softer, Smoother Skin After One Shower?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope you’ve been enjoying your week so far.  I started my week off with a major computer crash resulted in loosing a lot of my work, followed by an internet outage for an entire day.  Oh, did I mention we are still experiencing some major heatwave while all this was going on?   I can’t stand the heat!!!

On a lighter note, I”m excited about my latest collaboration with Dove,  I have always been a big fan of Dove and I did not hesitate when a #OneShowerChallenge for NEW Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture presented itself.  The new Dove Body Washes are setting a new standard in care.  They are milder and offer 10x more skin natural nourishment than other leading bod washes.  The new formula contains with almost 25% more Glycinate, an ultra-mild cleanser primarily found in premium face products.  This product would to leave your skin softer, smoother after one show.  So did this product deliver for me?  Read on a find out…

The Goods:

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The Claim:

  • Mild body wash formula has even more of the brand’s gentlest cleansers, Glyciante and DEFI, combined with NuriuMoisture Technology
  • Improved lather rinses cleanly and quickly
  • Provides softer, smoother skin after one shower
  • Has 10x more skin natural nourishment than other leading body washes

Mama’s Take:

I’m not shy about declaring my love for Dove.  To me they are my toiletry essentials that I can depend and count on to clean and smooth my skin from head to toe after every wash.  This latest darling, NEW Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture does just that if not more.  First, I love the pleasant smell of the body wash.  I also love how thick the liquid is and the rich lather it can create.  I really love the cap of the bottle because it is really easy to open, squeeze and close.  After just one wash I felt my skin was more clean and way smoother and softer than ever.

I could have written a review about this product after just one use but I really wanted to see if it would sustain its claim on a daily basis for at least a couple weeks.  Well, not surprisingly it sure did and I’m really happy that I took up this opportunity from Dove once again.  Overall, I feel Dove’s products are like the premium fashion brand at very affordable prices.  You can buy this product anywhere from food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers for $4.49 (12 fl. oz), $4.99 (14.5 fl. oz) or $6.99 (22 fl. oz).

Disclosure:  While Dove provided Mama in Heels with these items, all opinions are my own.

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Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts with Beauty Buzz Link Up.  Each week I co-host with Jo-Lynne of Musings of A Housewife, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Kristin of Mom Trends for some more beauty tips and tricks! Jo-Lynn is hosting this week’s link up so head on over toMusings of A Housewife, and link up your beauty posts.

Falling for Florals

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Dress: Oasis | Heels: Zara  (similar style)| Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Belt: Ann Taylor | Watch: Kate Spade | Bracelets: Forever21 | Lipstick: Stila Fiery |

Wow, I can’t believe we are in mid-September already.  Certain parts of the country are already experiencing the fall weather but we are experiencing some major heatwave here on the west coast.  Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season of the year.  So I’m really excited that September has begun and with it opportunities to update my wardrobes.  One of the items that I need to incorporate more into my closet for fall is long sleeve dresses.  I just love how uncomplicated they are.

I fell in love with this floral mixed with birds pattern at Oasis the second the page stopped loading.  I thought the combination was quite bold but feminine.  I wore this look a few days ago (during the heatwave) and was surprisingly comfortable and forgiving even after a full meal.  I can see myself wearing this dress again with my booties and long cardigan the minute the temperature drops to a more tolerable state.

 

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 FashionTres-Fashion Thursday Link Up | Treat Yo’ Self ThursdaySpotlight Link Up WeekdayI Feel Pretty | Three-fer Thursday LinkFashion InformantFashion Friday|Stylish Saturday | What Wives Wear

How to Travel to NYC for Less Than $165 A Day…

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“It’s so expensive to visit NYC.”  I keep hearing this phrase over and over again from friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances.  Yes, it is VERY expensive to visit NYC because after all, this city falls within the top 10 most cosmopolitan cities in the world.  So by default, this city is very expensive to live let alone to visit.  I’ve been to NYC before so I did the touristy thing already.  For this visit I wanted to eat, feel and live like a local.  For that I was able to experience NYC under $165 a day and that included staying in a 4 star hotel, fine dining and exciting entertainment.  So what was my secret?  Read on and find out.

  1. Sightseeing ($0):  To optimize my 4 days and 3 nights visit I segmented my geographic visits by splitting them in different quadrants.  We visited Tribecca, Lower East Side, West Village, Meatpacking District, Upper East Side and Upper West Side.
  2. Airfare ($0) :  I was able to use my airline credit to purchase an entire ticket for free.  I was supposed to travel to NYC back in October of last year but had to cancel.  Note: for most airlines you have 24 hours to cancel your travel ticket without paying any penalty fee and also get your refund.  However, if you forget (like I did!) then you are required to pay the $150 penalty fee and the net will be applied to your travel credit bank, if there’s any left!
  3. Hotel ($347):  Hotels in NYC vary in terms of prices.  They go from $67 to over $600+ a night whether you want to slum it or go all out.  My recommendation is to find a four star hotel that is reasonably priced and also located in an ideal location.  I was able to locate a four star hotel in Tribecca for less than $200 a night thanks to Travelzoo (I highly recommend subscribing and bookmarking this site for travel bargains throughout the world and it’s free).  Including taxes and fees we paid $695 for 3 nights at the Tribeca Blu Hotel.  I shared a room with my sister so we split the bill.
  4. NYC Transportation ($39):  Instead of taking the cab I booked a round trip ticket with NYC Airporter for $29.  They take you straight from the airport to either Grand Central or Penn Station.  We stopped at the Grand Central and bought our Metro card for $10.  For $2.50 we were able to get to our hotel in 15 minutes during rush hour.  Be prepared to walk up and down the stairs to the subway stations because there are no escalators!
  5. Dining ($267):  For less than $300 I was able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner for 4 days/3 nights.

Total Spent: $653 for the entire trip.  Here’s how I lived it up in NYC!

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“A big THANK YOU You to Skechers for these fabulous and stylish shoes that kept our feet comfortable for the entire trip”.

Day 1 ($68.45 including in flight food):  It was a travel day.  Our flight arrived at the airport at 3:30pm but the shuttle didn’t leave until 4pm.  Due to rush hour we didn’t get to Grand Central until 90 minutes later.  We got lost at the Grand Central (it was so big and grand it took us a while to locate the subway access point).   Once found we hopped onto the subway for the hotel.  After checking in, we walked over to Shigure for dinner.  The meal was $58 per person!  It was a bit pricey for the portion but we were really hungry so we ordered a lot of food!

Jean Georges Pri-Fix Lunch

Jean Georges Pri-Fix Lunch

Day 2 ($107.25):  The target was Upper East Side and Upper West Side.  Oh, did I mention we slept in the entire trip?  Our plan was to explore the city first thing in the morning but we were too tired to get up.  Grabbed a Chai latte and some pastries ($8.25) at Starbucks for breakfast and then took the subway to Central Park.  Walked around the park a bit then headed over to Jean Georges for lunch.  It’s located inside the Trump Tower not inside the park per Google Map!  Their pre-fix lunch was $38 and it was the best meal ever.

We walked over to the Dakota building (John Lennon’s former apartment and also where he was shot and killed) between on 72nd and Central Park West.  From there we walked over to Levain Bakery on 74th & Amsterdam.  After wolfing down their famous $4 cookie (SO GOOD!) and water ($2) we walked back to Central Park West and strolled through the park for some shopping at Madison Avenue.  That’s where I got my Pigalle!!!

After dropping so much $$$ I needed a drink so we walked over to the Met for their Roof Garden.  By the way, we had a few minutes of disagreement with the museum attendants there regarding the rooftop bar.  We said it was a bar but they kept saying it was a Museum and we’re the 3rd or 4th person saying that…you think???  Admission is required but you don’t have to pay a full $25 admission fee as the recommended price. You can pay whatever you can afford.  Since our intention was visiting the Rooftop Garden ( we’ve been to the Met a few times before) we paid $2 for the entrance fee.  After enjoying the spectacular view and sunset of the NYC skyline we walked over to Sojurn for dinner.  The food was really good and for $53 (sangria included) per person that’s a great deal.

John Lennon's Apartment

John Lennon’s Apartment

Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery

Day 3 ($73):  I received a party invitation from one of the sponsors after I had booked my trip.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  Before hitting the party at 3pm we wanted to do some shopping.  I’ve been wanting to visit Pixie Market (that’s where I got this dress!) in the Lower East Side because I absolutely adore their clothes.  We walked from Tribecca to the store after having our breakfast and lunch at Dunkin Donuts ($20).  Yes, we slept in again and woke up at 11:30!!! After visiting the store and other stores nearby we walked back to Soho to do more shopping.  Time flies when you are having fun shopping.  Had a cup of organic juice (Skin Helper – $5) before heading back to the hotel at 4:15 pm to get ready for the party.

Half an hour later we jumped on the subway heading to the Empire State Building…yes, next time I need to pay close attention to the invite because I screwed up this one big time.  It was 15 minutes past 5 when we realized we were at the wrong place..it was at the Empire Hotel in Upper West Side!!!  So we hoped back on the subway but we missed our train stop on the way again.  Anyhow, we made it to the party 15 minutes before they ended LOL!  Afterward, we took the subway heading to the West Village area to visit Carrie’s apartment.  After snapping some photos, we then headed to Gallo Nero Wine Bar & Grill down the street for dinner.  They have a dinner pre-fixe menu for $19.95 but you need to pay extra few bucks to have chicken or shrimp added. The meal was $48 per person and that included a glass of wine.

Carrie's Apartment

Carrie’s Apartment

Day 4 ($18.43 including in flight food): We had to catch a flight so there was no sightseeing or anything.  We had coffee & croissants near the shuttle stop.

Overall, I had a blast even though I missed hubby and the kids terribly.  I brought $300 in cash with me and had some money left over to buy toys for my kids.  Even though spending $653 (excluding airfare) for a trip is considered expensive for a lot of us but for NYC that’s not too shabby.  Hopefully, I can save even more on my next trip and experience other parts of the city that I have yet to discover!  Have a fabulous and safe weekend everyone and see you on the blog next week!!!

Mama in Heels is Featured Again at IFB

Hello everyone!  I’m beyond excited to learn that Mama in Heels is featured again at IFB’s Links a La Mode !  Each week, IFB editors curate the 20 best links of the week and I am more than thrilled to have made the cut once again!

Here’s a roundup of the 20 best links for your reading pleasure:

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This week had so many great links, it was super hard to decide which ones to pick. Like a wardrobe filled with amazing clothing, sometimes it’s just overwhelming to chose the best among greats. I know, #firstworldproblems. Leave it to us to find a way to complain about being so lucky. This week, it’s all about having fun, enjoying life and getting on top of things. You know, striking the perfect balance. Sure, the perfect balance doesn’t exist, but it’s sure as heck worth trying!

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Date Night Style Series: White Lace

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Hello everyone.  Today marks the 13th anniversary of al Qaeda crashing the World Trade Centre’s twin towers.  Thousands died and our lives have never been the same.  On a lighter note, today is another week of Date Night Style series on Mama in Heels.  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 white lace dress ($49) that I purchased from my recent NYC trip.  I fell in love with the pattern and the texture the minute I laid my eyes on it.  Although it’s a bit short I thought it would be the perfect dress for date night!  I paired this dress with my new heels (yes, got it from a little place that sells mostly shoes with red soles!).  I’ve been wanting to purchase the Pigalle (they run small so order 1/2 a size up) for a while now.  This style is always sold out online so when I saw them at the store I knew it was meant to be.

I wore this look last night because it was hot and it called for something breezy and crisp.  I know I know…it’s after labor day and you shouldn’t wear white.  Well, I don’t follow any rules let alone fashion so I wear white whenever I feel like it.  I never let fashion rules dictate me, especially for a date night look.  As long as I feel confident and sexy and also put a smile on hubby’s face, that’s all that matters.

Linking with these fabulous ladies:

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. 17

Happy Wednesday everyone and 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 under $100 which I think you will love as much as I do!

Beauty Buzz: Does This Lipstick Really Stay All Day?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’ve been meaning to write up this review for a while now.  Today, I’d like to share my take on my latest makeup discovery, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery.  This lipstick is not your usual lipstick.  Read on to find out why.

The Goods:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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The Claim:

A creamy-matte, full-coverage lip color that delivers bold, long-lasting color and will not bleed or transfer for up to 6 hours of continuous wear.

Mama’s Take:

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I was uber excited when I read what this lipstick can do “stay all day lipstick that does not bleed or transfer up to 6 hrs!”  Really?  Is this too good to be true?  So I bought one from Sephora and put it to the test.  It goes on like lip gloss and dries very fast to a matte finish.  So make sure you have steady hands! The staying power was pretty good and it didn’t have any weird fading/clumping/peeling!

I’ve been wearing this lipstick non-stop for the past couple weeks for over 10 hours almost everyday.  This is THE ONLY lipstick that truly lasts all day!  Although this liquid lipstick is enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil to hydrate and soften your lips, it can still dry up your lips due to the matte coverage.  Make sure your lips are super moist and hydrated before applying this liquid lipstick.  You can also get around the dryness by applying a lip balm over it which will give that moist plump look on your lips.

One of the most annoying things about deep color lipstick (red!) is that it tends to get on your teeth after the application.  This lipstick is MAGIC!  It does not do that at all.  In fact, after applying the lipstick for over 6 hours + I only had to re-apply a very small part of my lips once.  VERY IMPRESSIVE!  I now want to buy every color from this collection!  Well done Stila!!!

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post!

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Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts with Beauty Buzz Link Up.  Each week I co-host with Jo-Lynne of Musings of A Housewife, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Nicole of Mom Trends for some more beauty tips and tricks! Alison is hosting this week’s link up so head over to Sassy Moms in the City to link up your beauty posts.

Stylish Packing for an NYC Trip

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Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know that I was in NYC for the past few days.  I can’t wait to share the chronicles of my trip and how I traveled to NYC in style on a budget (stay tuned for an upcoming post) with you.  I also visited a small boutique full of shoes with red-lacquered soles and walked out with something :)  Until then I just wanted to share what I had packed for my trip to stay looking stylish while stomping the grounds of the Big Apple non-stop for those few days.  There are 3 basic rules that I always follow whenever I travel for 2 to 3 days or 2 to 3 weeks.

1. Keep it Simple:  I usually pack a couple blouses, a couple t-shirts, a couple pairs of denim and a dress.

2. Keep it Neutral:  I always stick with one neutral color and it’s either grey, black or white.  My accessories and shoes can add personality and colors to a neutral outfit.

3. Keep it Light:  I tend to travel with a pair of heels, a pair of ballet flats or boat shoes and my Havaianas sandals.

The trick is to pack light but smart so that not only can you mix and match with endless outfits but also have some room for shopping!  For my 4 days and 3 nights NYC trip, I wanted to stay stylish but also staying true to my packing philosophy by taking these items with me.

1.  Shoes:  First and foremost, DO NOT WEAR TENNIS/RUNNING SHOES under any circumstances when you don’t want to look like a tourist (unless you want to!).  I packed a pair of Steve Madden heels for parties and dinners, Skechers boat shoes for walking while looking stylish and a pair of Havaianas for the flight.

2.  Dress:  I packed a sleeveless shirt dress that I can transition from day to night merely by switching out my shoes.

3. Denim:  I packed 2 pairs of skinny jeans;  one perforated light denim for fun and the other in a dark solid color for dinners and parties.

4. Tops:  I packed 2 long sleeve shirts in linen & floral silk and a v-neck t-shirt.   I could mix and match 6 outfits with these 3 tops and 2 pairs of jeans in the event that I had to stay a little longer.  I also brought a light jacket just in case the weather changes and also to keep me warm on the flight.

5.  Handbags:   I brought along my latest obsession, Rebecca Minkoff Satchel Jules to serve as a satchel and a crossbody…very functional not to mention very light!  I always bring a clutch so that I can use it for parties/dinners as well as a storage bag for makeup and toiletries.  This time I left my clutch at home!  You forget things once you get older and also having kids.

Anyhow, I was able to stash these items along with my jewelry and beauty products in one small carry-on luggage. To make more room, I wore the v-neck, skinny jeans and my Havaianas for the flight.  I came home with a few more items and was able to fit them all in without having to check my luggage! I was really happy with my packing list because I was able to enjoy the city in style!  Do you have any tips and tricks for smart packing?