Amazingly Chic & Affordable: All Under $100

Happy Friday everyone!

This week’s Amazingly Chic & Affordable items all under $100..

 Have a fabulous weekend.  Until next week, I will see you on the blog!

 

Guest Post: Favorite Fall Fashion Item – The Scarf

We begin with fashion. Fashion for me is a form of both expression and transformation. I express myself through fashion, and seek a certain level of respect amongst the gorgeous women of DC. I love to put my special clothing pieces together and inspire you. I often use it as a tool to transform from one role to another. From professional, to mom, to city outings, I strive to feel my best at all times (even after those long nights tending to baby.)
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I begin with the perfect accessory item: the Scarf. This item is THE item. It adds pop to any outfit. From lazy weekend jeans, to classy fitted suits, the scarf adds that perfect amount of flavor.
In the summer, a silk scarf serves as a friend during convertible, top-down rides around town. It also protects your hair’s color and highlights from harsh rays while basking in the sun at the pool.
During chillier months, it’s a form of protection. Traditional Chinese Medicine actually names an illness the “Wind Cold,” where wind creates disharmony within the body and manifests itself as a cold. A favorite of mine is the cowl neck scarf. You can pick one up almost anywhere these days. It fits perfectly around the neck, keeps you warm, and you can even place part of it on your head to cover your hair from rain and snow!
Another type of scarf I love is the traditional classic Pashmina. Many ethnic women wear this piece draped across their bodies. It oozes class and stature, and can be found at almost any shopping mall. Tip: there’s not any one way to wear the Pashmina. Search online to find new, creative ways to show off this treasured item.
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Last, but not least, is the statement scarf. It’s that designer monogrammed shawl, that animal print stole, and the pop, bright-colored square. Any of these allows you to express your mood, and bring your outfit to the next level. Happy accessorizing and I look forward to seeing you on my blog!
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This article is written by Naureen from Chai Diva.  Once a socialite Diva living in DC, she’s now reconciling her new role as Mommy in the Burbs. she strives to enjoy both worlds and empower women to find their optimal level of happiness. Loving all aspects of life that are spicy and glam, she shares her tips on fashion, food, and daily life. She practices human rights law and hope you enjoy reading about what has helped shape the woman she is today.

Inspiration: The Woman I Wanted to Be

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Diane von Furstenberg is no doubt one of my favorite designers.  Renowned for her signature wrap dress that skyrocketed to fame in the 70s, Diane von Furstenberg has become a global luxury lifestyle brand.  From a very young age she knew exactly the woman she wanted to be, which in her own words “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.”  She sounds exactly like my grandmother (god rest her soul!).

In her new book “The Woman I Wanted to Be” being released on October 28th, Diane takes readers back through her childhood in Brussels and along her journey to becoming the global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family.  An inspirational woman that we all want to be!

Beauty Buzz: Sexy for Less!

As a woman, what do you find sexy?  I recently came across this poll while flipping through Instyle’s November issue.  Their poll from their readers (mostly women) suggested that 75% women think wearing a backless dress is more sexy than a deep v.  Also, stilettos are the hottest thing a woman can wear.  When it comes to makeup 45% of women think red lips plus winged liner is way more sexy than nude gloss plus smoky shadow.  Do you agree?  I personally think the red lips plus winged liner look will never go out of style because it is classic and timeless.  It is also bold and sexy on any woman.  You can pull off any outfit with that magnetic combination.

NYX-1 I love my Stila ‘fiery’ lipstick.  I feel sexy and fearless whenever I wear it.  The price is a bit steep but if you’re looking for a more affordable version may I suggest NYX Mega Lip Shine in Plush Red for $5.99 at Target.  It doesn’t last that long but the color is almost identical without the matte look. Beauty_BUZZ_NEW-1 Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts with Beauty Buzz Link Up.  Each week I co-host with Jo-Lynne of Jolynne Shane, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Kristin of Mom Trends for some more beauty tips and tricks! Jo-lynne is hosting this week’s link up so head on over to Jolynne Shane  and link up your beauty posts.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win $90 worth of L’Oreal Paris products!!!

Black: Tour Through Blogland

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Blazer: Altuzurra for Target | Top: Vintage Lace  (similar style)| Bottom: BCBGMaxAzria Leather Pants (old, similar style) | Shoes: Miu Miu (similar style from Steve Madden) | Clutch: Neiman Marcus 30% off| Earrings: Tarina Tarantino (old, similar style) | Bracelet: Forever21 | Sunnies: Target | Lipstick: Stila ‘Fiery’

Happy Monday everyone!

Last week I was nominated by Caryl at Thirty Something Fashion as one of her 3 favorite fashionistas to follow on Instagram for her Tour Through Blogland feature.  I was really flattered because I’ve been admiring Caryl’s style for quite some time now.  I met her through her weekly Monday Mingle link up and it wasn’t just her pretty face that I took notice but her fabulous style as well.  Not only is she a busy mom but also a personal stylist/consultant.  So, if you think you need some fashion advice she’s a great source to go to.  FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM HERE!  For this fun game I was asked to nominate my 3 favorite Instagram fashionistas and answer 4 questions.  There are so many to choose and some of my favorite fashionistas are not on Instagram yet!!!

1. What am I working on?

I’m currently working on balancing my full-time job, spending more time with my kids/hubby, carve out time for my friends and maintaining the blog without losing much sleep.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I don’t think I’m unique in any way.  I know a lot of bloggers who work full-time during the day and blog at night as well as bloggers who are full time moms during the day and blogging at night.  I think we all share the same common interest and passion—blogging about things we love and sharing with the world.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I love fashion ever since I was a kid.  I’m cursed with an expensive taste so I tend to buy items that look expensive but affordable and also do a lot of bargain hunting.  I love sharing my finds with my family and friends and also with my readers!  I believe every woman have the ability to look and feel fabulous no matter their age or status without spending a lot of money.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

I write with my heart and not with my head, which gets me in trouble a lot.  I work on a week’s posts the weekend before, usually after 9pm when the boys are in bed, by storm writing.  I then edit the posts the night before they go live.   I love doing my outfit posts but they are probably the most time consuming of all.  Although it takes me less than 10 minutes to get dressed and out the door, there are many more steps involved in completing a post.  This includes snapping the photos, which usually takes 5 minutes the most.  We don’t waste time when it comes to photo shoot because we both have to watch the twins while snapping away.  Their safety is more important than anything.  Once the pictures are taken I spend roughly 20 minutes using Lightroom to delete photos I can’t use and keep only 4 to 6 for editing.  I only know how to lighten or darken the pictures as well as adding colors if needed and that’s it!  So I rely a lot on natural lighting.  If you are a pro at using Lightroom please contact me because I can use some advice on using other features!!!

Here are my 3 favorite Instagram fashionistas!

1. April from Knocked Up Fabulous

Hey there!  I’m April from Knocked Up Fabulous!!  I started fashion blogging as a way to motivate myself to get dressed while I was pregnant with my second kid.  I had such an out-of-body experience with my first…and I didn’t want to see myself ending up in my husband’s sweatpants and t-shirts again.  Though I’m not knocked up any more, I still enjoy showcasing my work and “momiform” outfits.  I love incorporating vintage pieces with current trends, wearing a bold colored lipstick, and helping other moms get out of their style ruts.

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I absolutely love April’s style.  She’s gorgeous and has an amazing talent in mixing vintage pieces with current trends.   I’m constantly inspired by her.  FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM HERE!

2. Rhea from Rhea Etcetera

My name is Rhea and I blog over at RheaEtcetera.com. I am a marketing professional by day, and I fashion blogger anytime I can squeeze in between. I am married to my best friend/favorite guy and we have a two-year-old Shih Tzu and Yorkie mix named Mochi. Outside from blogging, I spend my free time exploring Los Angeles where my husband and I live… from hiking the mountains, hanging out at the beach, trying out different kinds of food, visiting parks, museums, and checking out various LA events. I enjoy shopping and putting clothes together and seeing how they come together in harmony. What started out as #ootd posts and sharing my bargain finds on Instagram evolved to what is now my blog, and I love it so. Aside from sharing my personal style, what I love best about blogging is meeting and making blog friends and being inspired by their individual style.

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Rhea is such a girly girl.  I can always rely on Rhea for my daily dose of outfit inspirations.  If you’re a working girl and need some work-inspired outfits Rhea is your go-to girl! FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM HERE!

3. Lulu from Simply Lulu Style

I always had an eye for fashion (Seventeen was a regular reading source).  Through school and college I decided to go a safe route.  After getting married, having the nuggets (boy/girl twins), I wanted to have an escape for my creative side.  Simply Lulu Style grew out of originally wanting to showcase some jewelry collections I had created.  I found I liked the fashion more than creating the jewelry!  My hope is to help other woman through all stages, the young professional woman, ladies just married, pregnant woman, and moms to look and FEEL beautiful.

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Lulu is also a working mom of twins.  She has impeccable taste in clothing and home decor.  Every outfit post is closely edited and well put-together.  I want to raid her closet!   FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM HERE!

Linking with these fabulous ladies this week

Manic Monday with On the Daily Express and More Pieces of Me |Monday MingleStyle to InspireHow I Fall|DC InstyleAll About YouReal Mom Street StyleThe Pleated Poppy |  Mix and Match FashionTres-Fashion Thursday Link Up | Spotlight Link Up WeekdayThree-fer Thursday LinkFashion InformantFashion Friday|Stylish Saturday | What Wives Wear

Amazingly Chic & Affordable: All Under $100

Happy Friday everyone!

This week’s Amazingly Chic & Affordable items all under $100..

Have a fabulous weekend.  Until next week, I will see you on the blog!

A New Smile to Boost Your Self Confidence

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If you’ve been following my blog then you know that one of my constant obsessions is my teeth.  I take pride in maintaining the health of my teeth because I believe your confidence shines through when you are comfortable with your smile.  I have never had braces even though I needed them.  My parents were not able to afford braces for me & my siblings.  After the tooth fairy took away all my baby teeth, crooked ones started making appearances, which I carried for a very long time.  Once I was able to afford braces my Orthodontist told me they were unnecessary and a customized retainer would do the trick.

Getting my teeth straightened was the 2nd best lifelong investment on my personal self.  The first was getting lasik done on my eyes when I was nearly going blind.  With clearer vision and mostly straightened healthy teeth I was unstoppable.  It gave me so much confidence that I felt like I could do anything in the world.  I co-founded a software company and also opened a boutique.

Do you think your smile is holding you back?  Did you know Invisalign® is a discreet alternative to braces that allows you to perfect your smile without sacrificing your busy life? One of the key benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners is that it can discreetly straighten teeth while providing the confidence of a great smile from the first day of treatment.  Invisalign® is a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners made of lightweight plastic that gradually move teeth over time.  The benefits include no food restrictions, ability to easily maitain healthy dental brushing habits, and the freedom to smile without most people knowing you are in treatment.  You can visit the Invisalign® website for more information about the clear alternative to braces.

Are you ready to get started?  Check out the Invisalign® Countdown to Confidence Sweepstakes, which is awarding one winner $100 each day for 60 days plus a chance to win the grand prize: free Invisalign® treatment and $1,000!  Enter daily to increase your chances of winning!

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Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Decor Inspiration: Bedroom + Blanket Giveaway ($170 ARP)

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The bedroom above is my dream master bedroom…well pretty close to it.  Our current master bedroom is half this size and given that our wooden bed is less than 3 years old it is not due for a Cleo Bed replacement anytime soon.  But hey, a girl can dream because dreaming is free and sometimes dreams do come true.  Until that happens, I do my best in making our bedroom relaxing and cozy.  It is still a work in progress.  Here’s how our current bedroom looks.

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Although it is far from my dream bedroom it is a sanctuary I look forward to every night for relaxing and cuddling with hubby.  I did my best to decorate the bed and its surroundings by adding accents like pillows and more recently, the Softest Blanket Ever from Baby Jak.  I have not heard of Baby Jak until a few weeks ago and decided to do a review and offer my opinion about their product.  Wow, they are the softest blanket. EVER!  This blanket is versatile and stylish.  Not only have we’ve been using this blanket in the bedroom but also in the family room whenever we have movie nights.  The boys can’t get enough of it because of its warmth and softness.

And we have one just for you because Baby Jak is generously giving away $170 worth of Softest Blanket Ever.  All you need to do is visit here and comment which Softest Blanket Ever you would like to win.  Entries open to U.S only and end 10/24!  You can also purchase the blanket with a discount code “heels” for 25% off.

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Disclosure: Although I was given the Softest Blanket Ever from Baby Jak in exchange for a review plus a giveaway, all opinions are my own.

Beauty Buzz: Bee Panacea

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Have you heard of Bee Panacea?  Not me…until now.  Apparently, Bee Panacea is a quantum longevity formula, in the natural orgnaic raw for, never processed, pasteurized, or mechanically modified. Believe me I turned down A LOT of edible items for review because they were not organic primarily.  However, with Virgin Raw Foods, I said yes after they educated me about their Bee Panacea product.  It’s organic, raw, no preservatives and non-GMO.  It is also gluten free, soy free, diary free and nut free.  Enuf said..send me the goods!

So what is Bee Panacea?  In plain English “it’s a superfood dietary supplement”.  This dietary supplement is a blend of bee honey, pollen, super-foods such as spirulina and chlorella and macs root, and Chinese herbs such as goji berries as well as reishi (a form of mushrooms). The concoction can create glowing skin, strengthening the immune system and detoxifying the body.  I’ve been ingesting this 1 tsp a day for the past couple weeks and here’s my take on it:

The Product:

Bee Panacea

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The Claim:

Bee Panacea has been created with the intention of supporting the body in the process of removal yeast, candida (fungus), mucus, toxins and heavy metals – main contributors of any inflammation.  In depth, here’s what it claims to do:

  • Increased mental clarity, focus, and energy levels
  • Provides lasting strength and stamina throughout day
  • Contains essential adaptogenic herbs for the bod to improve stamina
  • Detoxifies body and optimizes digestion
  • May improve vitals such as hair, eyes, and skin

Mama’s Take:

Please be warn that even though the Bee Panacea tastes like dark chocolate it may be too potent for you because it contains Chinese herbs that may not be familiar to your taste buds.  For me I LOVE dark chocolate and since I grew up with lots and lots of Chinese herbs, ingesting Bee Pancea for me was not an issue at all.  I didn’t mix the paste with tea or other juices.  Instead I took it straight from the jar with a spoon!

Since I have only been taken this for a little over 2 weeks I can’t really be certain that this product has improved my vision, skin or hair.  I probably need to ingest more than 2 weeks to attest to that.  But, I can tell you that after ingesting 1 tsp of Bee Panacea after a sleepless night (twins woke up a few times in different times last week) incident I was full of energy and was able to function and perform my daily routines.  This actually happened twice in 2 weeks and I was pretty convinced that Bee Panacea came through for me.  I can see why this is Victoria Beckham’s new thing…she’s a busy mom too!

Let’s talk about price.  Yes, it’s a bit steep…2.5 oz ($29.95), 5 oz ($45.95) and 10 oz ($69.95) and we don’t have deep pockets like VB but why not give it a try?.  After all, where else can you get raw honey plus 20 superfoods in just 1 little teaspoon that can boost your energy?

Disclosure:  Although I was given products to review from Virgin Raw Foods, 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! Alison is hosting this week’s link up so head on over to Sassy Moms in the City  and link up your beauty posts.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win $90 worth of L’Oreal Paris products!!!

Simple and Easy

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Blazer: Altuzarra for Target | Top: leather box top via TJMaxx (old, similar style) | Bottom: 7FAMK | Shoes: Topshop | Bag: Bottega Veneta (similar style at Gap) | Necklace: JCrew (old, similar style @ 50% Off) | Watch: Kate Spade

Happy Columbus Day everyone!

Now this is my kind of outfit – simple and easily worn for day or a casual evening out.  This blazer is the second item from Altuzarra for Target that I purchased online during the launch.  Target (stores only) just marked down their Altuzarra items over the weekend so go and check them out if you want to snatch up some bargains.  I bought 3 more items (will share with you soon) for less than $80…a steal!

You can swap out the jeans for a pencil skirt or high waisted trouser as the options are endless. This is the type of outfit that I don’t think about once I’ve slipped on because I know I look my best and that in turn I feel my best.

Linking with these fabulous ladies this week

Manic Monday with On the Daily Express and More Pieces of Me |Monday MingleStyle to InspireHow I Fall|All About YouReal Mom Street StyleThe Pleated Poppy |  Mix and Match FashionTres-Fashion Thursday Link Up | Spotlight Link Up WeekdayThree-fer Thursday LinkFashion InformantFashion Friday|Stylish Saturday | What Wives Wear