Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oh! You Pretty Things

who doesn't love a good summer read? Oh! You Pretty Things is a new release by Shanna Mahin that chronicles the life of a young 20 something finding her way in L.A., the land of movie stars and gluten free diets. third generation Hollywood Jess Dunn cooks her way into the lives of rich music producers and famous Hollywood clientele. juggling the stress of pressure from a failed Hollywood actress mother and demanding clientele sends Jess' life into a tailspin.

the books' sarcastic humor and insightful wit make it a pleasure to read. take an inside look at the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, along with its darker side.

here is a summary found on Good Reads:
Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she’s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she’s a dead girl walking.
Enter Jess’s mother—a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter’s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade.
As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess’s workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles’s celebrity buffet.
When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she’s all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships.
All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she’s been running from all her life. 
Oh! You Pretty Things is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day Giveaway with JTV

in honor of Mother's Day i have collaborated with JTV jewelry to bring you a gem of a giveaway. (see what i did there?) JTV has generously offered to give this gorgeous ring to one lucky Blushing Basics reader. i am also a lucky recipient of this ring and i can tell you that these pictures do not do it justice. it is gorgeous, shines so bright and i love the blush and rose gold color combination. naturally blush would be a favorite color of mine, right?!

to celebrate Mother's Day i also get to share one of these rings with my mother. while she doesn't know it yet (or maybe she will after reading this post!) i am sending one of these rings to my Mother-In-Law. my Mother-In-Law has a gorgeous collection of jewelry but i am especially in love with her ring collection. she has beautiful hands and nails and her jewelry accents that feature perfectly. i imagine this rose gold will look great against her olive skin tone and integrate well with her current ring situation.

my Mother-In-Law is one of the best mother's i know. she always puts her children first and has dedicated her life to serving them and helping them to become the best people they can be. my husband and his siblings are some of the nicest and most generous people you will ever meet. i think that is a great compliment to my Mother-In-Law. 

if you are in the market for a Mother's Day gift be sure to check out JTV's ring collection to find a ring that would suit your mother. 

head to the bottom of this post for your chance to win one of these gorgeous rings as well!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Fashion Friday on Monday

after a whirlwind weekend with our family i am so excited to post this casual wear outfit. one of my main reasons for being so excited about this outfit is that i finally have a chance to rave about this denim. these jeans are on repeat for days. they are comfortable, easy to wear and look great with everything. definitely a must buy for spring, summer, winter and fall!

the top is a basic tee from J.Crew. i love the softness of their basic tees and the variety of colors. they are usually always on point with their color selection and an easy grab and go for everyday. the necklace is a new favorite from Nordstrom. it is such a fun summer accessory. the color variation makes it extremely versatile and the style is pairs perfectly with summer trends.

of course the outfit is finished off with my favorite shoe/bag combo. works with everythang. check out he end of the post for links on where to shop these items.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums

this post is sponsored by Lunchbox however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

discover the healing power of Vaseline®
Vaseline® is introducing their first ever moisturizing body serums with 10X the healing power to reverse dry skin damage. serums are known for their advanced benefits in face and hair care and are now available for all over body moisture.
Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums are formulated with superior, highly concentrated healing ingredients and come in three different non-greasy variants. i gave the Advanced Relief Healing Serum a try. living in such a dry climate my skin just screams for moisture and this Advanced Relief Healing Serum did just the trick. 
one of the perks of my job is that i get to work with amazing companies and feature the clothing they sell. this particular photoshoot is to feature the gorgeous summery white dress from Maude Boutique. they are a boutique based in Arkansas but you can purchase their products online. stocked in the boutique you will find trendy, flirty and fun clothing that are seasonally appropriate and affordable. this white dress is darling and i loved featuring it. 
having good skin for this photoshoot was essential. the perfect white dress needs glowing skin to compliment it and this Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum did just the trick. want to know my favorite thing about recommending products? it is when i can recommend a product that is effective, affordable and easy to find. you can pick up these Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums at your local Walmart.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Product Review & Beachwave Tutorial

this post is sponsored by Lunchbox however all opinions and thoughts are my own. xo

get style that makes waves.
the new TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done collection is a line of soft styling products that are infused with Sea Kelp Extract and create a variety of effortless, undone and wavy hairstyles. perfect up to 3 different wave styles with just 6 products and get weightless hold that lasts all day without looking overly styled. 
take the “What wavy girl are you?” quiz to see which waves match your personality. visit the TRESemmé at Walmart site to find out if you should try Hollywood Waves, Boho Waves, or Beachy Waves – or unleash your inner stylist and try them all! you can now easily achieve a fashionable wavy look for less with help from TRESemmé and Walmart.
be sure to check your 5/17 Sunday paper to get $2 off any TRESemmé Wash & Care or styling product.
i decided to find out what my wavy girl profile was and it was no surprise to find out i am a Beachy Waves kind of girl. i put together this tutorial below to show you how i achieved my own Perfectly (Un)Done look thanks to TRESemmé:

the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Collection:
Weightless Silicone-Free Shampoo & Conditioner create the perfect base with this lightweight silicone-free formula that nourishes hair but never weighs it down.

Wave Creation Sea Foam
this ultra-light Sea Foam helps create soft, natural-looking waves.

Sea Salt Spray
this non-sticky formula helps you create tousled, textured beach waves.

Waves Perfecting Gelee
this lightweight Gelee helps define and control waves without being heavy, greasy, or sticky so you can achieve waves that move naturally and stay defined.

Ultra-Brushable Hairspray 
this hairspray provides ultra-fine control that lasts and is easily brushable without flaking, stiffness or stickiness while providing your waves protection from frizz.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion Friday Springtime Boho

summertime is the time for fun prints, bright colors and strappy sandals. this outfit embraces all of those things! the shoes have been a hot commodity on my instagram along with the tote. 'Huarache' sandals were a staple of the 70's and they are still a staple today. this particular Steve Madden pair is not only affordable but relatively comfortable. for a four inch heel that says a lot. the bag is Sam Edelman for summer with a great tribal print with beaded turquoise details and fringed poms that hang from the handles. it is very colorful and goes with everything.

remember a few weeks ago when i was raving about my high-waisted denim? i loved them so much i bought another pair in a different wash. high-waisted denim has been given a modern twist and it is much more wearable without looking too mom-ish. the top is my other recent double purchase. i loved this top in blush i knew that i had to have it in white for versatility.

these gorgeous spring blooms won't be hear for long and i am soaking up every minute with them. be sure to visit the end of the post for shopping details.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Enter To Win A PicturesOnGold Locket for Mother's Day

one of my favorite jewelry items is one i was gifted last Christmas which is a sterling silver locket with my initials on the front and a picture of my kids on the inside. not only is it a chic piece of jewelry it has sentimental value. my kids love that i wear a picture of them in a locket and i love that i have them close to my heart.

for this reason i am SUPER excited to be hosting a giveaway for a locket! is holding a Giveaway of a Sterling Silver 2 Photo Heart locket with a Sterling Silver 18 inch Role chain for  Mother’s Day.   1 Winner from Blushing Basics will receive the Locket, with options for a Mother’s Day clip art on the front , 2 permanently engraved photos – in either color or black & white, on the left & right sides, and a message on the reverse side. The item is $170.90 + Free Shipping. 

Please use this link to review the process:  Build Your Own Sterling Silver 2 Photo Heart Locket . It is very simple to go through. Just be sure to use the Mother’s Day Clip Art for the front of the locket, add a photo on the right, and one on the left, and write a message for the reverse side.

see giveaway widget at the end of this post to see how to enter.


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