31 March 2011

My Dear Friends,

I subscribe to a lot of deal sites.  I love having an email message delivered straight to my Inbox which lets me know all the great, invite only sales that are going on that day!  You can save SO much money by joining the following sites:









The great thing about it is that every one of these sites are COMPLETELY FREE to join, and most of them even give you a $10-$15 credit towards your first purchase!

Pretty Little Things (Exremely Long Edition)

My Dear Friends,

I just couldn't help it.  I started right clicking and couldn't stop.  Here are some things I fell in ♥ with today....

30 March 2011

Pretty Little Things




Be A Bombshell! Try Stop Staring Clothing!

My Dear Friends,


Stop Staring! Clothing, the leading retailer in all things vintage, sent me the Ava Dress in Aqua to review.

Made of high quality aqua metallic stretch taffeta, the material looks just like silk dupioni.  Fitted from top to bottom, the bodice is a one shoulder style featuring an asymmetrical neckline.  A feature which is extremely flattering are the pleats that start at the left shoulder and continue down to the right bodice side seam, then trail down onto the skirt.  These pleats are perfect for camouflaging tummy flaws or fitting undergarments.  The back skirt has a kick pleat which allows for free movement. 


Stop Staring! carries a massive variety of stunning dresses which fit every shape and size.  Most items are in stock from XS to 4X!  You will never be disappointed in Stop Staring!  The size charts are perfect - you will get a fantastic fit every time.  The fabric quality is incredible as well, no see through or flimsy fabrics here!  Getting your dress in a timely manner is very important to their company, & their customer service is spectacular!


Here are some different ways that I plan on styling this fantastic dress:










The Ava Dress comes in three stunning colors - Aqua, Black & Red.  Kim Kardashian & Kristen Bauer were spotted recently wearing the Ava Dress in Red, while Adrienne Maloof was spotted in Aqua.  How will you wear your Ava Dress


*Stop Staring Clothing provided me this dress for review.  All ways-to-style, thoughts, & opinions are my own.  I received no compensation for this review.  A BIG Thank You To Stop Staring Clothing! :)  You're the best!



29 March 2011

snackTAXI is there when you need it! {GIVEAWAY}


My Dear Friends,

As you can tell from my other blog, {Itsy Bitsy Tiffy}, I am attempting to lose weight.  Living in a city where your primary food choices are of the fast food variety, this can be a daunting task to accomplish.  I like taking healthy snacks with me to work so I won't be tempted to hit up the gas station for a candy bar but I never have anything to carry them in.


snackTAXI changed all that.  snackTAXI was started as an alternative to carrying, then throwing away, zip-loc bags.  Since the snackTAXI is completely cleanable and reusable, there is zero waste!  Did you know that one reusable bag has the potential to eliminate over 1,000 bags over it's lifetime?  That's incredible, when you think about it!

snackTAXI makes many different varieties and sizes to accommodate your busy life.  They have many different design options & add new fabrics at the first of each month!  These are the different types of snackTAXI's:





Caring for your snackTAXI is simple & easy.  You can either wash it by hand or pop it in the washing machine!


The exterior of a snackTAXI is comprised of 100% cotton, and the interior is lined with polyurethane coated nylon. According to the most recent information from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's website (the CPSIA deals with the safety of items used by children), these materials have been found to be inherently free of lead of lead and phthalates, and therefore do not require testing.  The nylon has been tested, however, and confirmed to be lead, phthalate and BPA free!

People all over the world can enjoy the snackTAXI.  They now ship internationally so that everyone can benefit! 

I've been carrying my sandwich sack with me to work.  I bring fresh fruit in it to snack on throughout the day.  The snack sack is perfect for carrying crackers or nuts, so I bring that one on days I alternate my snacks.  Here's a picture of my snackTAXI's -

 I told you they were cute!


snackTAXI also participates in Fund-Raising efforts for schools.  For more information, please contact info@snacktaxi.com!

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28 March 2011

Charm Factory Winner!

My Dear Friends,

The winner of the Charm Factory Bracelet Giveaway is....



#14!

Congrats DISCOVERY WOMAN!  You were lucky #14!

Discovery Woman said...
Like Charm Factory on Facebook as Laura Gonchar Here's my permalink to msg on their wall for verification: http://www.facebook.com/CharmFactory?sk=wall#!/CharmFactory/posts/149277865135911 discovery4 AT mac DOT com
A HUGE THANK YOU TO CHARM FACTORY FOR PROVIDING THE 
PRIZE FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!  THANK YOU!

24 March 2011

Easy Decorating Ideas

My Dear Friends,

I love to decorate, but it can get expensive.  I put together some ideas to help your brighten your space without breaking your bank.  Here we go....

CREATE DEPTH

-Prop framed pictures or mirrors against a wall, letting them slightly overlap.  This adds layer & demension.

-Place a stack of colorfully bound books on a table & add a fun knick-knack on top.
-Drape a patterned blanket or throw over the arm or back of a chair.

MIRRORS
-Check your local thrift store.  Chances are you will find a mirror that is in good condition but the frame might need a little TLC.  Spray paint the frame for an instant new look.
-Mirrors add natural light.  Grab one big mirror or create a cluster of small mirrors on the wall (the frames don't even have to match) for an instant light catching collage.

SHELVES
-Organize books by color.  Leave some upright and stack others.  Place small decorative objects between them that could be used as bookends. 
Paint the inside of a bookshelf (but not the outside) or covering the shelves with fun wallpaper (Using wrapping paper & Mod Podge works too!) creates a simple lift.

BATHROOM
-Attempt to contain bathroom clutter.  Try putting your Q-Tips, Cotton Balls, etc in hurricane glasses or using a cute tray as a catch-all.

FURNITURE
-A coat rack is an effective way to fill up corner space in your home.  Hang up coats, robes, hats...whatever you'd normally drop on the floor. 
-Revamp your lamp.  Repaint the base or get a new lampshade for a quick, easy update.

WALL DECOR
-Relocate your art work.  People tend to stop noticing things that have been in the same place for a while.

STORAGE
-Storage bins, baskets or boxes make a room look more pulled together and help contain clutter. 
-Putting a serving tray on your coffee table will help accessorize your remotes and mail.

KITCHEN
-A kitchen backsplash (the area between your lower & upper cabinets) is a great untapped decorative resource.  Hang small trays, trivets or tiles to boost the decor. 

ENTRYWAY
-Since it is the first thing you (& your guests) see when they enter your home, dress it up!  Get a floor runner, umbrella holder, or a small bench that could be used for decoration & as a focal point.  Use accessories that coordinate with your focal point & you'll be set!

CURTAINS
-Hang curtains near the ceiling instead of above the window trim to create the illusion of height.

RUGS
-Area rugs are often used to pull a room together.  Grab one in a coordinating color or style to your area.  If you have a 'busy' house with lots of decor and knick knacks, opt for a solid color rug while if you are low on accessories, grab one with an interesting pattern. 

BEDDING
-Swapping out your bedding every once in a while refreshes the style of your room.  Have a couple different bed sets to interchange when you get the urge for something fresh.

23 March 2011

Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Movie Star

My Dear Friends,

Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning.  Having been enamored with her since I was a little girl, I can't help but feel a little sadness today.  I remember watching National Velvet & thinking "My god, she's just completely stunning."  Did you know that she was born with a double set of eyelashes?  It's considered a genetic mutation but was one that made her violet eyes stand out remarkably.






No one could throw shade like Elizabeth Taylor.  You knew when she was displeased.  She had that "look" that she threw that made you want to back off.  She was picturesque, flawless in every photo she took.  She had an old Hollywood glamour that is not seen these days.
She had a much publicized private life, including eight marriages (Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky) and several near death experiences.  Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.


Elizabeth Taylor

Here are some great articles & photo galleries of the late, great Elizabeth:



"Damn right I survived, I've been through it all. 
I'm Mother Courage. 
I'll be dragging my sable coat behind me into old age."
-Elizabeth Taylor 

22 March 2011

Save $ Today

My Dear Friends,

Get FREE SHIPPING today only at Bath & Body Works with code "W5rbKFTzEC48qm"You could use this opportunity to take advantage of:
•$6 Wallflowers 2-pack refills
•Buy 3 Get 2 Free Signature Collection
•4/$15 or 6/$20 Antibacterial Hand Soap

Get FREE SHIPPING with a $25 purchase at Delia*s using code "WOW25".

Today only (3/22), J.C. Penney is having a mystery sale! Click here to start shopping, once your finished, use the coupon code "UGOTMAIL" at checkout to discover what your discount is! Some restrictions apply.

New York & Company is offering either $30 off a $75 purchase or $70 off a $150 purchase on orders placed now through 3/24! Click here to print your in store coupon. If you don't have time to shop in store, you can get the same deal through their website! Be sure to use the coupon code "1750" (for the $30 off $75) and the coupon code "1671" (for the $70 off $150)!

21 March 2011

Grab Them Quick!

My Dear Friends,

Sorry I've been M.I.A. all weekend....long story...but I'm back now!  Let's get to the deals!

For four days only, get 30% off your in store purchase at all Old Navy stores in the U.S. and Canada! Click here to print your coupon. In addition to this coupon, Old Navy Canada is also offering 30% off your online purchase when you use the coupon code "ONCAN30" at checkout!

Stop by Stein Mart through March 31st and can save either $10 on a $50 purchase or $20 on a $100 purchase! These coupon are valid through March 31st! Click here to to print your coupon!

This week, JCPenney is offering $10 off a $25 purchase of all MNG by Mango products! Click here to print you in store coupon or use the coupon code "YOURMNG" at checkout to receive this discount. This offer is valid through March 26th!

18 March 2011

Urban Decay Re-Launch

My Dear Friends,

Urban Decay is proud to announce the re-launch of their website, UrbanDecay.Com!  In celebration of the new website, they are offering FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10! 


Urban Decay has long been one of my favorite cosmetics companies.  They offer excellent pigmentation on all their cosmetics and I appreciate that they are long-wear & do not fade throughout the day.  Some of my favorite products are:


Eyeshadow - Brightly & highly pigmented, these shadows are my standard go-to when I need a pop of color.  Available in a whopping 56 different shades, you won't have a hard time finding colors you like.  (My favorites are Acid Rain, Shattered, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again & Sin)


24/7 Glide On Pencils - These are PERFECT if you don't want raccoon eyes (who does?) and will last all day without smudging.  Available in 23 shades.  (Zero, a basic black, is my must have black eyeliner)

Loose Pigment - I use loose pigments when I want a bright, bold eye color because the color is so concentrated that you don't need to use much to create the look you want.  Available in 10 colors.

Eyeshadow Primer Potion - I always use this after I apply my foundation but before I apply eyeshadow.  The primer potion helps your eyeshadow stick all day long. 

24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil - I have a small upper lip.  I hate it - so I use the lip liners to flush out the top of my lip line.  "Ozone" is perfect for creating a clear line, while I use "Wallflower" with almost everything due to the nude color perfectly matching my lips.  These are available in 10 colors. 

Summer Of Love Nail Kit - 7 mini bottles of nail polish that I use in rotation.  Highly pigmented & long lasting.  I have to say, though, that the bright neon orange is my favorite.

Sustainable Eye Shadow Box - I carry this with me when I travel.  It has 10 shadows in all the colors I love plus a brush & primer potion which is packaged in an eco friendly wood box.

17 March 2011

Discounts & Deals

My Dear Friends,

I subscribe to a lot of deal sites.  I love having an email message delivered straight to my Inbox which lets me know all the great, invite only sales that are going on that day!  You can save SO much money by joining the following sites:
 


 
 

 

 




The great thing about it is that every one of these sites are COMPLETELY FREE to join, and most of them even give you a $10-$15 credit towards your first purchase! 

16 March 2011

Swimsuits That Flatter "Real" Bodies.

My Dear Friends,


Nothing is more stressful (and depressing) than trying on swimsuits. Swimsuits always look so good in the magazines, but so … awkward … in the dressing room. It has probably happened to you—you pick out the perfect suit, one that is flirty, fashionable and totally amazing in every way, but when you actually put it on, it sags in all the wrong places and shows all the things you would rather keep hidden—like love handles.

Many women resign themselves to a sad future of awkward swimsuits, thinking that they have no other choice, but that doesn’t have to be you. You can look just as amazing in your swimsuit as the girls in the beauty pageant if you know how to pick the right swimsuit, and here are some tips to help make that happen.

 • Less isn’t more – Some swimsuit trends seem to be going skimpier and more revealing than would be decent even one year ago, but string bikinis don’t do a lot to cover your problem areas. This is especially true for plus size swimwear. Look for longer tankini's to hide stomach flab, and make sure the suit is made of good quality materials.  The thinner and cheaper the fabric, the more your rolls will show through, but if you get a thicker material, your tankini top will act like more of a shirt, even when wet.

 • Support is a good thing – Swimsuits that have underwires or some sort of support can do a lot for your figure. Find swimwear that will highlight your good points and hide your problem areas. If you have a little extra baby fat, look for tankini bottoms that control your midsection. Swimsuits that offer shaping will go a long ways toward making you feel more comfortable in your skin.


• Get the right size – Some people are so concerned about being a particular size that they buy a suit that doesn’t fit them properly. They insist that they are a Medium, even if the Large looks better. Many women have the same stigma against buying jeans in the right size. No one will know what size is printed on the tag, so buy the suit that fits well without squeezing your body into an unnatural shape.


Buying a swimsuit doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. If you know the tips and tricks, you can find the right suit for your body that also fits in with the trends—rather than resigning yourself to forever wearing an unflattering swimsuit.
 

This guest post was written by a friend of Fashion In The Forest — Hapari Swimwear — Providing swimwear for real women that looks good not only on the website, but on you too!

15 March 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!

My Dear Friends,

Congrats to CHRISTY who won the Cover Your Hair Giveaway!
The winner was picked via Random.Org. 
Christi said...
I follow you on Twitter! Username cl2w

14 March 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

My Dear Friends,

I changed the name of my other blog.  It was "Measuring Myself" but I never liked it, really.  So....I impulse changed it to "itsy bitsy tiffy", which (this may be the fatigue talking) I like a lot better.  So...yeah....that's where my other blog went to.


Friend Makin Monday

My Dear Friends,




If you've taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you're new, please take a moment to answer this week's question on your own blog then add a link at the bottom of this post so we can all see your post. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts.

FMM: We Heart Surveys! 


1) What's your favorite brand of make-up? Are you loyal to one brand?  I really love Urban Decay.  Smashbox, Tokidoki, Clinique, & Sephora are faves as well.

2) What is the last thing you drank? Water...(with one of those Crystal Light Peach Tee Powder things in it)

3) What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie? I love Trefoils & Dulce De Leche.  I've always wanted to try the Shout Outs, Lemonades & Thanks-A-Lots, but they aren't available in my area.

4) French Fries or Onion Rings? French Fries FTW 

5) Share something you've done in the last week that makes you proud of yourself. I helped build a house for Habitat For Humanity.  I also helped K move into her new apartment.

6) What is your favorite inexpesive indulgence? Probably ice cream.

7) Are you currently reading a book? If so, which one? I'm reading "The Weird Sisters" in print and "Alice I Have Been" on my Kindle.

8) Do you prefer to text or talk? I like all modes of communication.  Texting over the phone, talking in person.

9) Have you ever performed on stage? I used to dance in pageants & recitals when I was little.

10) Are you more likely to pick truth or dare? I suppose I'd pick truth because I'm more likely to talk something out than do something daring. :)


Now it's your turn to answer the questions!  Post your link @ alltheweigh.com!

Truth.

Save While You Spend!

My Dear Friends,

I subscribe to a lot of deal sites.  I love having an email message delivered straight to my Inbox which lets me know all the great, invite only sales that are going on that day!  You can save SO much money by joining the following sites:
 

 
 


 




The great thing about it is that every one of these sites are COMPLETELY FREE to join, and most of them even give you a $10-$15 credit towards your first purchase! 

11 March 2011

Fashion Friday Hop

My Dear Friends,

I joined the Mom Of Two Boys Fashion Friday Hop today.  It's the inaugural hop....join up today!

Do Some Good.

My Dear Friends,

Nothing else matters right now.

Help, if you can.

The World Needs You.

 Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

10 March 2011

Obsession: Mara Hoffman

My Dear Friends,

I've been wanting to do a Mara Hoffman post for some time now.  I'm quite obsessed with her colors & patterns.  Each dress looks amazing in it's own right.  I wish I could afford some of her dresses, but alas...not right now.  Enjoy the following pictures of her amazing designs.....you'll hopefully see why I am in love.