Remix & Restyle…

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||Wearing: Target Floral Blazer (similar here), A/X Wrap Blouse (similar here), 7FAM Waxed Skinny Jean, Topshop Mules, Rossano Bag – thanks to Maxwell Scott!, Gold Bar Necklace – thanks to A Common Thread!, Paved Dipped Leaf Statement Necklace – thanks to Zoetick!, Rivka Friedman Cuff||

 

…a Floral Blazer – Look #4

Welcome to the Remix & Restyle series.  Each month, I choose an item from my closet and restyle it into an outfit for each week to make it fun and stylish again.  For the month of April, I chose the floral blazer that I had purchased from Target for $10.97.  So far, I have restyled this blazer with a boyfriend jean, a playsuit and a cocktail dress.

This week, I’d like to share another floral blazer look with you.  Inspired by the blue berries that we recently planted in our garden and also Shari’s Berries #Sweetstyle, I chose the cobalt blue skinnies and paired them with the floral blazer.  I finished the look with the mules because I wanted to give the look some edge.  This is my typical uniform that I reach for that last minute dinner outing or meeting up friends.  I can’t wait to share my next Remix & Restyle item for the month of May.  It will be just as versatile and fun as this floral blazer!

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Photography: Gabriel Burrafato

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Beauty Buzz: Glycolic Facial Cleanser Review

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Each Tuesday I co-host the Beauty Buzz Link Up with the fabulous Nicole from Mom Trends, Lulu from Simply Lulu Style and Alison from Sassy Moms in the City.  This week I’m hosting and sharing my take on Derma E’s glycolic facial cleanser.  So come and join us and share your beauty posts by linking up below.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of Wink Cosmetics!

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You may have heard about Glycolic Acid and the benefits that it can give your skin.  Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane that is known for exfoliating skin, improving texture and revealing a fresh, smooth, more youthful complexion.  It basically safely removes outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which will bring fresh new skin to the surface.  Glycolic Acid can also help lighten discoloration of the skin, such as sun spots or age spots.  It comes in many different skincare products.

I knew about the serums, moisturizers, eye cream and face peels.  But not until recently that I learned about the facial cleansers during my usual drugstore run a few weeks ago.  I spotted this glycolic facial cleanser from Derma e and was intrigued.  Thanks to the internet that’s readily available on mobile phones I was able to look up its info and reviews.  After reading its positive reviews I decided to purchase this cleanser for $15.99 and give it a try.

The Product:

Derma E Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Marine Plant Extract.

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 The Claim:

Derma E Glycolic Facial Cleanser with marine plant extracts is an exceptionally gentle and natural way to thoroughly deep-cleanse and rejuvenate all types of skin. It is oil-free, fragrance-free, water-rinseable, and will not strip your skin or dry it out. Glycolic acid helps to shed old, dull cells, unclog pores, and make your skin more receptive to your applied moisturizer.

Mama’s Take:

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using this on my face as a cleanser in lieu of the baby shampoo.  The liquid is soft and not grainy at all.  I have to say that this product leaves my skin feeling smooth but not taut or dry.  My face feels soft and supple after each wash.  The only drawback for me is that it does not remove my makeup completely.  I have to remove my makeup first and then cleanse my skin with this product after.

Just a few days ago, I went back to CVS to stock up but unfortunately they were out of stock.  So I purchased the cleanser from Nuance instead because I needed a glycolic acid cleanser immediately.  I also purchased the Microdermasion Scrub from Derma e.  I guess you can say that I’m now a glycolic acid addict – LOL!  I just started using the Nuance cleanser and will share my take with you in a couple weeks.  So stay tuned!

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

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Mama’s Gone Lob!

Happy Monday everyone!

No usual outfit post today.  I’m still recovering from my kids’ birthday party over the weekend.  ITS. A LOT. OF. WORK!  It took a village to pull off a birthday party…who knew!  Stay tuned for a post about this venue!

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Just a quick hello to share with you that I recently chopped my hair into a Lob (aka the long bob).  I’ve been contemplating about this hair cut for a while.  I have sported the short and medium bob several times since my 20s, and the last bob hairstyle during my pregnancy was a disaster.  Besides, I’ve been told on numerous occasions from several people that I looked better with longer hair.  But I just couldn’t shake the image of Camilla Belle’s layered bob.  It’s sassy and sweet yet feminine and elegant.  She’s been sporting this hairstyle for a while but I just stumbled on her new do a few weeks ago.  It was this picture that inspired me to just do it! camilla belle

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So last week I decided to try something new and exciting by cutting 5 inches off my hair.  It felt liberated and fresh.  My hair now grazes on the nape of my neck but short enough that is low in maintenance.  I guess you can say that I couldn’t make up my mind whether to go short or long.  As much as I wanted to go short like Camilla’s I was not ready to commit to a super short’do that I may not be ready for.

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Amazingly Chic & Affordable: No. 4

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 pastel items that I absolutely love for this spring!

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 ||Peplum Blazer – $96, Midi Skirt – $92, Dress – $92, Cuff-$38, Choker - $24.99, Crossbody - $145, T-Bar Strap Sandal - $95, Sandal - $68, Midi Pumps – $90||

 

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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 these fabulous ladies:

The Style RecordPlane PrettyStill Being MollyMonday MingleDC InstyleManic Monday#AllAboutYouTrend Spin LinkupStyle ElixirThe Pleated PoppyTransatlantic BlondBecause Shanna Said SoMix and Match FashionSpotlight Link Up WeekdayTres-Fashion Thursday Link UpPenniless SocialiteThree-fer Thursday LinkFashion Informant, I Feel Pretty Challenged, Fashion Friday

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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