Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vintage Fringe Fall Style & Coupon Code

several years ago i made a friend with online clothing boutique owner of Vintage Fringe. along with my girlfriend we helped shoot and style images for her boutique. now, a few years later i am thrilled to be styling these pieces again! the online shop Vintage Fringe carries a wide variety of clothing from casual to dressy. there are gorgeous dresses, trendy tops, in the moment jackets and recently added are beautiful accessories! (be sure to visit the end of this post for a special deal!!)

today's post features two of the top jacket styles for fall - the fringe jacket and the military coat. i am one hundred percent obsessed with both. there is so much versatility with the military olive green - one of fall's hottest colors - and the fringe adds so much punch to your wardrobe.

i styled the fringe jacket, listed on the site as the Tiffany Fringe Jacket, with some distressed denim and a button-down top. i love a good white button down because it can be worn with everything. you need something a little less showy when pairing it with your fringe. the fringe jacket has so much movement and is seriously a show-stopper. i will definitely be bringing it with me in two weeks when i attend NYFW. 

the military coat, also known as the Makenzie Cotton Twill Jacket, was paired with my favorite gingham top with the peplum hem. i love the combination of olive, white and black. it just works. add some camel colored accents and you have yourself the perfect fall color palette. the waist on this jacket cinches for a little more shape if necessary and the fit is super comfortable for layering.

okay, here's the best part. right now Blushing Basics readers can use the code BLUSHING25 – it is an exclusive code for Blushing Basics followers that gives you $25 off any order over $100.  it is valid thru 9/8/15 and if you combine it with Sale items you can save up to 50% off! good news, the military jacket above is already on sale!!  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back To School Party With IZZE Sparkling Water

as a beauty and style blogger i think it is clear that i love aesthetics. i like to make things look pretty, to feature items in their best light and to find and create beauty from everyday things. it can be as simple as making lunch for my kids or putting together a special celebration for back to school. either way i am always on board for redecorating and styling to make moments feel special. one of my family's favorite drinks - IZZE - has just launched a new line of sparkling water beverages and i was excited to create a special back to school celebration including these delicious new drinks.

my kids' final days of summer are quickly winding down and tonight we are headed to the school to meet the teachers before school starts next week. i wanted to create a special family and friends party to get the school year off to a good start. i put together some sweet treats, some savory bites and creatively displayed the items for when we return home from our back to school night.

first was our savory tray. i like finding unique items to decorate with and this Washington State cutting board did the trick. i topped it with some of my favorite savory items: soft cheese, spicy jalepeno jelly, crackers, lunch meat and some grapes to balance out the savory. 

i put all of the new IZZE flavors as well as some cups, coasters and pitcher of water on a lucite tray. IZZE Sparkling Water is the latest from IZZE, it is a bold sparkling water with true-to-the-fruit flavors of Blackberry Pear, Mandarin Lime and Raspberry Watermelon. the water sparkles with flavor that to the triple-filtering of mountain spring water that eliminates any impurities for the cleanest, freshest sparkling taste. the new IZZE flavored waters are incredibly refreshing and satisfy that desire for a fizzy drink without the added calories and sugar. (don't be afraid to add some decorative elements to your serving trays - there's no rule that ONLY food is allowed on those trays!)

last i made a strawberry shortcake and displayed it on a cute cake stand - all of the glass elements of the bottles, the glasses, the serving tray and the jars help create a cohesive look. additionally i keep a jar of goodies that i recently filled with marshmallows for a quick sweet fix. i picked up some fresh flowers because fresh flowers always make everything better and then added some more IZZE Sparkling Water to the serving tray for an added pop of color.

i am definitely looking forward to celebrating tonight with my cute kiddos. the beginning of school is always so bittersweet. you are excited to see them growing up and at the same time it is a tough pill to swallow. i hope your school year starts off great. please share any ideas you have for making back to school special.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Levi's At Kohl's Plus $100 Gift Card Giveaway

i consider myself queen of casual wear. i am 33% style, 33% color, 33% fit and 100% comfort. okay, maybe that math doesn't add up but i love to look good i just prefer to be as comfortable as possible when doing so. i would say my wardrobe consists primarily of denim with the occasional tailored pant or dress mixed in. when Kohl's asked me to stock up on #LevisAtKohls i hopped on board. who doesn't love a good pair of Levi's?

my husband and i packed the kids into the car and headed to Kohl's where the entire family was outfitted in denim. Levi's for the kids, myself and my husband filled our cart. we finished the trip by picking up other back to school essentials including backpacks and tennis shoes. my husband was glad to see the khaki colored Levi's options that would work well with his 'work casual' wardrobe and my kids picked up a variety of bootcut, loose fit and skinny options.

personally, i picked up two pairs of skinny denim Levi's. i love a good skinny denim and lately i have been a big fan of self distressed denim and there are big plans for the two pairs i purchased. in the meantime i have styled my 'Wanderer' colored Levi's 535 Super Skinny Denim Leggings. they are oh so comfortable to wear, i love the fit and to be honest it was like they were made for my booty. trust me, you'll be seeing a lot more of these in the future.

want to win a $100 Gift Card to Kohl's to pick up your favorite Levi's? enter the #LevisAtKohlsGiveaway below:


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tide Pods 4-in-1 Keeps Clothes Bright

this post is in collaboration with Socialstars and Tide however all opinions, style and thoughts are my own. #TideThat

let's talk practical for one minute. i am a style and beauty blogger and a large part of my income is invested in purchasing more style and beauty items. these items need to be able to photograph well, i need to keep them in good working order and i want people to see them in their best light. if you were a carpenter you would own a plethora of power tools to get the job done right, effectively and successfully. my power tools happen to be cleaning agents, like the new Tide Pods 4-in-1. my clothes need to be well taken care of without looking dingy or dull and the Tide Pods do just that and more!

the Tide Pods Plus Febreze make laundry easier. they have the combined benefits of detergent plus a stain remover plus a brightener and of course the fresh scent of Febreze. with my busy schedule i love that i can through one of these pods in the wash instead of measuring out each individual item tediously as i prepare my laundry. in return i can quickly tackle the task i don't savor (laundry) and get to the task i adore (style blogging!). 

my favorite washable fashion includes this white t-shirt. i have posted it for weeks on Instagram and it seems to be a favorite by viewers as well. every time i post this top it gets a lot of love which means repeat posts for this favorite white tee. however, in order to keep this white t-shirt looking fresh, crisp and bright i have my Tide Pods to do the job right.

A photo posted by B L U S H I N G B A S I C S (@blushingbasics) on  

the photo above was pictured a month before taking the photo below. as you can see from the images the brightness of this white tee has not dimmed at all. the quality of this top has not been compromised from the large volume of washes it has seen since the first photo (i'm not kidding, i wear it at least once a week). it continues to be a bright staple in my style arsenal. thank you Tide Pods!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Get A Perfect Crease

struggling to learn how to get that perfect crease every time? the answer is simple, tilt back. tilting your head back while applying your making helps stretch out the surface of your eyelid allowing you to apply the details of your eyeshadow more carefully. applying your shadow while your head is upright compresses the surface of your lid making accuracy more difficult.

additionally, you tend to apply the color lower than it should be applied when your head is upright. when your head is tilted back you apply the color directly to the shadowed part of your brow bone which is the perfect location. WARNING: applying your crease color too low can actually make your eyes appear smaller. your lid surface will look wider and bigger when your crease color is applied correctly.

getting the perfect crease every time has never been easier.


Friday, August 14, 2015


with September just around the corner summer is winding down and my skin and hair are in need of some serious repair. to help combat the dry, rough skin of summer i taking some serious measures to treat my skin right! these M-61 products by Bluemercury are taking my skin to 11.

the Vitablast Eye Cream is gentle on my eyes while providing visible results. it moisturizers the eye area helping to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles (yeah, i'm 34 and those babies are popping up!). the A & C vitamins help to nourish the skin while also protecting it from environmental factors. antioxidants help to brighten the skin and there are also ingredients to help soothe and calm skin. for my sensitive eye area this is like a tall glass of water.

the SuperSoothe E Microdermabrasion Scrub provides the benefits of microdermabrasion without the cost. this conditioning scrub helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin leaving your skin looking revitalized and refreshed. i love using this product because it leaves my skin so smooth and soft - you would never have guessed i spent a summer abusing my skin with sun, water and wind! it is a great product to use on a weekly basis to help give your skin an extra boost. 

using both products combined has left me all smiles this August. i love a little pampering and being able to get salon results in my own home is an added bonus. three kids makes little time for extras but thankfully i can get those 'extras' from great products. 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Drybar Hydrating Hair Products

drybar has just introduced a new line of hydrating hair products that is hands down, one of my favorites. i live in a very dry climate and i have very dry hair thanks to the chemical processing that goes into highlights! i'm not willing to give up my blonde or my location so i am always looking for products that are going to give me amazing hydration and i am so excited to have found some.

the new drybar line includes products called Mudslide which is a nourishing hair mask, Bay Breeze - a four pack of hydrating conditioning shots and last but not least, Sake Bomb which is of course a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. all items can be purchased in specialty salons or online and they are worth hunting down. 

i love the way drybar shampoos and conditioners leave my hair feeling so smooth and soft, not to mention the scent. there's nothing better than snuggling with my little Ollie (who's 4) and getting a whiff of her freshly washed locks and i can recognize the drybar scent anywhere! the products are fantastic for hydrating and nourishing hair.

the real winner of the collection is the Mudslide nourishing hair mask. it brings moisture and strength back into your dry hair and helps restore over processed hair. i like that it is so easy to use. simply shampoo and then leave this moisturizing mask in for several minutes while your shave your legs, wash your face, etc. and then rinse. the final result is smooth, soft hair.

the Bay Breeze hydrating shots are miracle workers. for hair that is really dry and damaged this are going to bring life back into your locks. these are a little more labor intensive as you shampoo and condition as normal and then spray this into your wet hair and let sit for several minutes. give it a good rinse and then you are ready for a blow dry and styling. at the end of the summer season this is just what the doctor ordered to help revitalize your sun-damaged summer hair.

drybar really lives up to its claim of the perfect blowout. what's your favorite product?