Thursday, February 11, 2016

Albion Fit Giveaway

i have been a fan of Albion for a long time now. i love the quality of their clothes, the flexible fits, the designs made to make exercise more comfortable, the patterns, the colors - i could go on and on. i was so excited to partner with them on this Instagram giveaway to feature their leggings (i am wearing the Antigua Leggings) and offer TWO lucky readers the chance to win a pair of their choice.

when i needed to photograph these cute leggings i naturally called up my favorite photographer Danielle Torres Photography. she is so much fun to work with and really captures a moment. highlighting clothing can be tricky and it gets even trickier when we have all of our kiddos along for the shoot! no matter the circumstances we always have a lot of fun the photos always turn out amazing. (scroll down to the bottom for an outtake from this photoshoot - i.e. our kids going cray)

Albion clothing is designed to be fashionable and unique but also practical and technical. it is designed by women for women and it is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. i am a huge fan of athleisure wear and these clothes perfectly fit the bill. they are great for working out or transition comfortably for lounging or running errands.

at the bottom of this post is the link to my Instagram post where you can enter to win one of TWO PAIRS of leggings. follow the entry instructions and the winner will be announce February 14th. good luck!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More PowHERful With Affinitas

a few weeks ago my family took a vacation and on that vacation i read the book 'Yes, Please' by Amy Poehler. reading that book was such a refreshing reminder that women are powerful. we experience emotion differently, we react to situations differently, our fears are different and our dreams are different however we are equal in our purposes and goals.

when Tman and i were first married i was at a point in life where i was still working on finishing school, had no real career and no exact direction. on the other hand he had already graduated medical school and set his career in motion. a career that takes many years to work towards and many hours of dedication. i was happy to support him in these dreams and goals however i couldn't help but feel a little unfilled with my own direction. i was a wife and i was a mother but i didn't have anything that was filling the void of accomplishment. it was about 6 years ago that a good friend of mine suggested i begin blogging about about hair and makeup, something i had been doing along with a photographer friend.

what started as a hobby quickly changed once i realized i how fulfilling it was to connect with readers, to build a platform with my own voice and create a space where i could dream, accomplish and succeed. each new subscriber, view, engagement or follow was a victory and still is. i am incredibly appreciative that i have the opportunity to write and create content that other people enjoy reading, watching and following.

i realized that working to strengthen my mind, body and soul helped me to find balance which led to increased happiness. the feeling of empowerment from accomplishing goals, earning my own income and learning new skills was incredible which is why i fully support the #morepowHERful campaign by Affinitas

Affinitas has created the #morepowHERful campaign to empower women and educate them on modern feminism through pop art imagery. Affinitas recognizes issues that women still face today such as derogatory name calling, sexual violence, and lack of freedom of lifestyle. they believe women deserve much better. they want to show women that they have a powerful voice, can make powerful choices, and are ultimately #morepowHERful.

right now, customers can visit a selected lingerie boutique to take the #morepowHERful pledge, which enters them in a $500 shopping spree hosted by Affinitas and Parfait's social media platforms. pictured below is my pledge on why i feel #morepowHERful. i believe that my goals have given me a confidence and have empowered me to accomplish things i never thought possible. from learning computer programming to attending Fashion Week as an accredited media outlet, these are all things i  have been able to accomplish and i look forward to more achievements.

i love being a wife and mother i enjoy finding myself and increasing my knowledge and abilities. i am really honored to be a part of this campaign and encourage you to look for ways you can empower yourself.

in the meantime i am pleased to offer you a lingerie set of your choice from the Affinitas Charlize collection. follow the rafflecopter instructions below to enter.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sweet As Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

just in time for Valentine's Day. everyone could use some soft, sweet lips to kiss their Valentine and this scrub will do just the trick! it is so simple to make and a lip scrub will keep your lips moisturized, soft and kissably sweet.


the ingredients are simple:

2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp coconut oil
1 drop or 2 of Vanilla

mix all ingredients together and store in a small container near your toothbrush. it will be an easy reminder to 'scrub' a time or two this week to get your lips in shape for smooching.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Five Ways To Wear Rose Quartz

the Pantone color(s) of the year include Rose Quartz. for those of you who read my blog you already know that blush is a big favorite of mine. i like the versatility it has as a neutral and i love wearing it through every season. today i have partnered with some of my favorite bloggers to show you how to style the Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz.

one of my favorite ways to style Rose Quartz is to pair it with other neutrals. grey, white, black and camel all look gorgeous paired with Rose Quartz. in this instance i chose black and white as my coordinating colors. i like the black leather jacket paired with the soft tulle of the skirt. speaking of the skirt, this skirt feels like you are walking on a cloud. it has just the right amount of billow when you walk to give it great movement.

the jewelry i accessories with were some of my favorite Kendra Scott pieces including items from last year's spring collection as well as items from this year's collection. i appreciate that they have some continuity from season to season to make the pieces work well together.

be sure to scroll to the end of the post for shopping information on all items featured, including links to my blogger babes other posts.


Monday, February 1, 2016

$600 PayPal Giveaway

It's almost Valentines Day! We thought we'd make yours sweeter with a $600 Pay Pal Cash Giveaway!


Valentines Day. Either you love it or hate it. We're hoping that this one will be a day to remember. So, we're giving you the chance to win $600 in Pay Pal cash. If you win, you can share it with your sweetie or buy some awesome gifts. Don't have a significant other this holiday? No worries. Spoil yourself. Either way you'll have $600 in cold hard cash. Wouldn't that be sweet?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Get Ready For Your Big Event With Crest

we had the opportunity to attend the wedding of the year #CraytonAnnie just a few weeks ago and i put together this video to share with you how i prepared for this big event. getting yourself ready for events like these is typically a little bit of a process. there are several steps i like to cover including hair, nails, teeth whitening, etc. to make sure i look and feel my best.

check out the video below to see what steps i took to prepare myself for this fun and memorable day:

please sound off below if you have any tips for preparing for big events such as weddings, etc.


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

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Secret To Sea Salt Spray

i just received the latest shampoo, conditioner and sea salt spray offered by the Drybar. i love the Drybar products because they really know how to 'do' hair. i was particularly pumped to give the sea salt spray a try because tousled, beach hair is not only super hot right now, it is my go-to look for summer.

the question is, how do you use sea salt spray (without ending up with a frizzy, hot mess on your head)? here's my tips for getting the most out of your sea salt spray.

first you are going to begin with blow-dried hair. it may sound backwards but if your hair is anything like mine, when it air dries it dries into pure frizz. i don't care hair much serum you put on this mop, the natural kink takes over and frizz city pops up. i want my beached out hair to look 'perfectly tousled' which actually takes a little bit of work. so please, blow dry away.

second, you are going to add your sea salt spray. i am using the sea salt spray by Drybar. it smells amazing, adds just the right amount of texture and coarseness to your hair and leaves you look tousled without the frizz. add your spray until hair is damp.

next you are going to scrunch the heck out of that hair. don't be shy. take your hands and scrunch till you can't scrunch anymore.

last, let the remaining moisture evaporate and you are left with textured, wavy, beach-y, gorgeous hair.


ps. here's your 'pinnable' image if you're interested: