30 June 2012

Welcome To Summer Sizzle!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Summer Sizzle Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mom With A Dot Com!  Over 65 bloggers have come together to give you a chance to win some incredible prizes that will keep you entertained throughout your summer!

Summer Sizzle will begin on 6/24 and end on 6/30.  As you hop from blog to blog, I hope that you'll find some awesome prizes that you'll love --- maybe you'll even win one or two!  Each giveaway will have a prize package valued at $25 or more!

Our prize is a Luster 1-Hour White At Home Tooth Whitening Light System!  What's better for Summer than a sizzling white smile?  This kit retails for $39.99 and is available at all major drugstores.

Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  Good luck everyone!

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Don't forget to enter all the other great giveaways below!

*Summer Sizzle & all participating bloggers, including Fashion In The Forest, are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their obligations.  We will give it our best effort to make sure the winners get their prizes.  All opinions are my own & no money exchanged hands.

29 June 2012

The Fairy Hobmother Visits!

My Dear Friends,

I've read about the Fairy Hobmother through various blogs but never in my wildest dreams did I think he'd ever visit me!  I was sitting here, checking my email like I do every morning, and lo & behold, there it was....an email, just for me.  My little blog, recognized by the blogworld famous Fairy Hobmother! 

I can tell you one thing, it made my day!  Here's a little back story, in case you are unfamiliar with the Fairy Hobmother.  He flies all around the interwebs, visiting bloggers and their websites to grant them with surprise.  Imagine, someone out there spreading random acts of kindness, just because they can.  How wonderful is that?

Other than the amazing work he does for bloggers, he also has a day job at Appliances Online, selling freezers & other appliances like washers, ovens...and hobs!  I thought to myself, why the name "Fairy Hobmother"?  I looked it up and a hob has two meanings:
hob n
  1. {Cookery} the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners
  2. {Folklore} fairies that are somewhat mischievous

You learn something new every day!   Would you like the Fairy Hobmother to visit you as well? 
All you have to do is leave a comment below.  He reads them, you know, and he might just come visit you!

*I received compensation for this post (a $40 Amazon.com gift card) in 
exchange for mentioning the Fairy Hobmother.  All opinions are my own.  
Thank you, Fairy Hobmother & Appliances Online.

Review: FunBites

My Dear Friends,

One of my childhood memories with my dad was ordering pizza when it was his weekend to have me.  He used to take a pair of scissors and cut up each slice into kid-sized pieces, and for me, that was the coolest thing.  Looking back on it, I bet it was a pain to clean those things, make sure they're sanitized, etc.  Scissors get used for a lot of things, and I realize now that it probably wasn't the best idea, although it sure made eating more fun.

Well, thank goodness for FunBites.  They're a great idea for the little ones in your life.  Perfect for picky eaters, FunBites cuts food into cool shaped, bite-sized pieces.  They're made of the strongest plastic material avaiable and are super sturdy & durable.  Oh, did I mention that they're dishwasher safe, too? 

I given the opportunity to review the "Cube It" FunBites, which creates 12 bite-size pieces.  Unlike the average sandwich cutter, FunBites comes with two pieces, one piece that is a curved blade to cut the sandwich & the other piece is the popper topper, which helps pop the food out within seconds.   It's perfect for pizza, pancakes, cheese, sandwiches, tortillas....just use your imagination and I bet you'll find all sorts of uses for it!  A wonderful feature of the FunBites is that they're kid-friendly!  Children love that feeling of being able to do big kid things on their own, and this product safely enables them to do just that!  

FunBites can be purchased online through their website and also at Tiny Wiggles.   FunBites is campaigning to be sold at Wal-Mart, and you can help by clicking this link and voting on them to "Get On The Shelf"!

Connect With FunBites

I am thrilled to announce that FunBites is one of our amazing sponsors for the Made In America Giveaway Event!  One lucky winner will get their very own FunBites!  This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents:)  The Made In America Giveaway Event will run from July 4th to July 18th!  Make sure to come back and enter to win!

*I received the green cube funbites in exchange for an honest review. 
 No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

28 June 2012

Review: Glasses USA

My Dear Friends,

I've worn glasses since I was a little girl.  I think I got my first pair in 4th grade.  I distinctly remember they were these big round frames that were purple on top that graduated into pink near the bottom.  I kind of cringe when I think of the memory, but at the time, I was styling!

Thankfully eyeglasses have evolved in style and the awkward, goofy frames are a thing of the past.  I typically buy my glasses online these days, as they're very affordable and there are many excellent styles to choose from.  A great place to pick out frames is GlassesUSA.com.

The easy to navigate website features many different designs, brands and styles to choose from.  It's super easy to narrow down to which pair of prescription glasses you like best, too.

An awesome feature is the virtual mirror, which allows you to 'see' what the glasses frames look like on your particular face shape.  You can even send the photos to your friends, so they can help you decide! 


Once you decide on a style, you can either fax, scan or enter your prescription online.  It is then verified and your order is made & shipped.  That's it!  Most of the time, you even get your glasses from GlassesUSA.com in less than a week!

Connect With GlassesUSA

Right now, you can take 15% off your entire order over $50 plus get free shipping!  Just use code "FS15" to get the deal.  If your order is under %40, use code "BLOG10" to get a 10% discount! 

*I received $10 via PayPal from GlassesUSA.com in exchange for this post.
  All opinions are my own.

27 June 2012

Tune In Alert: Daman Chronicles

My Dear Friends,

Tune into Cambio to watch the premiere episode of “The Daman Chronicles” where you can see famed “Gossip Girl” and “Carrie Diaries” costume designer stuck in a fashion bind.  He needs to style a shoot for Swarovski, but his “Gossip Girl” closet, aka the mother ship of the most fabulous looks, is closed for summer hiatus.  Eric, being the well-connected fashion guru that he is, turns to his good friend Alexis Morgan at Lucky magazine to tap their robust closet for summer’s hottest looks and makes style magic happen with the help of a Lucky assistant. 

Share your favorite part of episode 1 today on Twitter with hashtag #SwarovskiStyle and you could win Swarovski’s Rainbow Pendant and Seasons 1-4 of “Gossip Girl” on DVD!

Download Photos from “The Daman Chronicles” Premiere Event

Relive “The Daman Chronicles” Premiere Event on Livestream

Review: Luichiny Shoes

My Dear Friends,

My obsession with shoes is not exactly a secret.  I like them bright, fun, colorful & tall.  The more interesting the better, actually.  When I discovered Luichiny Shoes, it was love at first sight. 

The catchphrase of Luichiny is "From our heart to your sole", which is the perfect slogan, in my opinion.  They offer unique heels, materials & ornaments for a look that singles you out from the crowd.

The newest addition to the Bronx/DIBA family of shoes, Luichiny caters to the fast-paced, ever changing lifestyles of the women who wear them.  Their designers have travelled all over the globe to uncover the latest fashion trends.  

Luichiny was purchased by Demand Shoes, LLC. in December 2005 and began distribution in April 2006.  Now featured in shops in exotic locales like Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland & Finland, the Luichiny brand continues to flourish!  Sporting on trend heels, leathers, patterns, and textiles, these shoes are sure to become a featured pair in your closet!

I was fortunate enough to be able to review the gorgeous La Tee Da sandal in "lipstick".  These shoes are comprised of a multi-color patterned fabric with a textured, cleat-like heel.  They are 4" high, yet surprisingly very comfortable.  They retail for $99 and are from the Bronx Line of shoes.  

Aren't these gorgeous?!

I picked these because of the versatility.  These could easily be worn with a cute dress for a day out shopping, out on a date or partying with friends.    I have worn these around for a while now, and let me tell you, they are SO comfortable.  Do yourself a favor and check out Luichiny today!

Connect With Luichiny

*I received the shoes mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  
All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands.  Thank you, Luichiny!

26 June 2012

Tuesday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

Here are the great steals & deals going on now!

Bath & Body Works: Use code RMNBBWSAS to take $10 off a $40 purchase.  Don't forget to shop the Semi-Annual Sale while you're there for added markdowns.
The Limited: Up to 70% off + take an extra 40% off new markdowns online only (prices as marked; no code needed), 50% of select full-price styles + free shipping with $75 purchase
ASOS: Up to 50% off select summer shoes (prices as marked) thru 6/25 + free express shipping using code 4JULYEXPRESS
Madewell: 25% off sale styles + free shipping on orders of $100 using code WHYNOT thru 6/26
Ann Taylor: Select crop pants & capris $39.50, select knit dresses $49.50, $100 off wedding gowns & $50 off bridesmaids dresses + free shipping on orders of $175 or more
Old Navy: 20% off adult styles using code ONBIG (online only; excludes jeans) thru 6/26, up to 30% off select summer items in stores & online thru 6/27 + free shipping on orders over $50
New York & Company: Up to 80% off everything while supplies last (excludes new arrivals) + free shipping on orders of $100 or more (no code needed)
Gap: Up to 50% off select styles in stores & online (prices as marked; no code needed) + free shipping on orders over $50
Kohl's: Extra 30, 20 or 15% off when you use your Kohl's charge thru 6/30, 40% off select swimwear, 40-50% off select women's apparel, get $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend thru 6/30 + free shipping with $75 purchase
Lands' End Canvas: Extra 25% off everything using code PRIVATE and pin# 2530 + free shipping when you spend $50 or more, 25% off select classified items while supplies last (shop the sale here)
ALDO: Extra 30% off sale sandals & handbags, extra 30% off all clearance shoes & sandals + free shipping on orders over $75
LOFT: 40% off select full-price styles, extra 40% off sale styles in stores & online (no code needed) + free shipping on orders of $125 or more
Banana Republic: Extra 20% off already reduced styles online only using code BRSALE20, up to 40% off select styles + free shipping on orders over $50
Victoria's Secret: Semi-annual clearance sale ~ extra 20% off clearance clothing & shoes using code 20STOCKUP (ends 6/27), 25-40% off select swimwear, $29.50 & up select dresses, up to 50% off select apparel + extra 20% off swim clearance using code 20SUMMER + free shipping on orders of $100 using code SHIPVS12
Bed, Bath & Beyond: New items just added to the Clearance section!
Macy's: 25-40% off select swimwear, 40% off + 40% off lingerie & free shipping on $60 lingerie purchases (online only) using code SALE60, 20-50% off select shoes, 50% off select women's dresses, take $20 off your wedding registry purchase of $100 using code GIFT thru 6/30 (print in-store pass here) + free shipping on orders of $99 or more
Nine West: Up to 60% off select styles, B1G1 50% off (some exclusions apply) + free standard shipping on any purchase
Last Call Neiman Marcus: Extra 30% off everything in stores & online thru 6/26 (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders of $75 or more using code LCJUN75
Talbots: Up to 65% off red hanger clearance items + get an extra 5% off red hanger with your Talbots card
Express: B1G1 50% off select denim, take an extra 30% off clearance
ULTA: 20% off any one item using code 75873 (print in-store coupon here) thru 6/30 + 3 free samples with every purchase & free shipping on orders over $50
Lord & Taylor: Extra 20% off regular, sale & clearance in stores & online using code SAVE (print in-store savings pass here) thru 6/26, 25%  off maxi dresses, 25-40% off select swimwear, 25% off summer separates, buy 3 or more pairs of sandals & get 40% off each, buy 2 pairs of sandals & get 35% off each, buy 1 pair of sandals, get 30% off + free shipping on orders of $99 or more
White House Black Market: Summer sale in stores & online now - items starting at $29.99 (shop the sale here)

25 June 2012

Winner Winner

My Dear Friends,

Did you all have a good weekend?  The boy & I had a double-feature movie day yesterday where we saw Brave & Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.  Brave was excellent (and totally hilarious), while Mr. Lincoln's movie was a little too gory for my tastes.

I do want to thank all of you who entered the contests.  You readers are the ones who makes these giveaways possible, so thank you!  Now, we have some business to attend to.  We need to announce some winners!

Sunsational Summer - Betsy Barnes

1,000 Places...(book) - Cris Casados, Kathy S. & Sherry Strode

Summer Solstice - Brittany Chelette

Congratulations everyone!  If you didn't win this time around, don't be discouraged!  There's the Summer Sizzle Giveaway going on right now, plus there are plenty more giveaways coming soon!

24 June 2012

Summer Solstice Giveaway Event

My Dear Friends,

The Summer Solstice Giveaway Event, hosted by MamaNYC, is here!  There will still be a separate winner for each prize and those of you who have already entered today have been entered into this master list as well:)

Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win and then see the list below for other great giveaways!

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(*Please note that per the event hosts I had to make some changes and put all the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form.  Oops!)

Check out all these other great giveaways!

*Please note that the Summer Solstice bloggers are not responsible for prizes undelivered by the sponsors. We will make every effort to make sure winners get their prizes, though. No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

23 June 2012

1,000 Places To See Before You Die (Review & Giveaway)

My Dear Friends,

Travel season is here!  Everywhere you look there are cars upon cars on the road, traveling to see friends or family, going on vacation, or simply out on an adventure.  What better to do while you're traveling (unless, you're driving, of course!) than to read a book?  

A great one to read is 1,000 Places To See Before You Die.  This book is in stunning full color and filled to the brim with amazing photographs and places to see.  The author, Patricia Schultz, also wrote(now with over 3 million copies in print and translated into 25 languages) 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die.  With the success of the original 1,000 Places To See Before You Die having sold over 3 million copies and having been translated into 25 languages, Mrs. Schultz is back with 1,000 Places To See Before You Die: The New Full Color Second Edition!  

She has re-researched, re-traveled, and re-written this book with over 200 new entries & pages, 28 additional countries, and more than 600 full-color photographs!  There's even an iPad app for that!   How amazing would it be to visit all these incredible places around the world, trying the delicacies of the land, taking countless photographs, and snatching up souvenirs?!  Oh, I can only imagine!  What's great about this book is that there are quite a lot of incredible things to see just in the US alone! This book is quite affordable with the paperback retailing at $19.95 and the hardcover at $32.95.

"1,000 Places To See Before You Die, The New Full-
Color Second Edition once again pushes the
boundaries of the travel category, revealing why the
book —though often imitated—remains the most
comprehensive, inspiring, and trusted travel guide
available. It unequivocally provides readers with an
arsenal of ways to broaden their horizons—both
metaphorically and literally!" -per Press Release

Learn More:

We are delighted to be giving away three copies of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, courtesy of EMG!  This giveaway will run until June 24th at 12:00 a.m.  

This giveaway is part of Fashionista Events, coordinated by The Chief Blonde 
of Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy Rose of ModlyChic.
Disclaimer:  I was provided the book described above in exchange for an honest 
review.  All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands.

20 June 2012

Welcome To Sunsational Summer!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Sunsational Summer Giveaway Event. This event is hosted by Blog It Forward, My Mommy's World, Taking Time For MommyAnd The Little Ones Too, and Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink. This event features giveaways with a value of $25 or more at each of the participating blogs! Be sure to visit each blog from the linky below and enter for your chance to win! This event will close on the first day of summer, June 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck and have a Sunsational Summer!

We are thrilled to be giving away a $25 gift card to Glass Dharma, a summer bracelet trio from the FITF Etsy & a 4-pack sampler box from Dale & Thomas Popcorn! This giveaway retails at over $100!


To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now don't forget to enter all the other amazing giveaways!

Please understand that Blog It Forward, along with the "Sunsational Summer Event" bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. However, we are responsible for contacting our sponsors regarding the winner's prize at the close of the giveaway. We expect that our sponsors will fulfill their prize agreement and ship them to the winners in a timely manner.

19 June 2012

Long List of WINNERS!

My Dear Friends,

Since I've already emailed the winners to the following contests, it's time to announce the winners!

Savory Summer - Melissa L.

eShakti - Marie

May Buffet - Miz Vickik

Coming Soon: $200 Amazon Blast Giveaway

My Dear Friends,

There's an amazing giveaway coming soon!  I present to you....the Amazon Blast Giveaway!

The event will begin on July 15th, 2012 and run one whole month, ending on August 15th.  The contest is open worldwide and one lucky winner will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card!  I ♥ Giveaways & The Coffee Chic are still taking sign-ups, so click here if you want to participate!

18 June 2012

Wholesale Costume Club Review: Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque (Giveaway)

My Dear Friends,

Oooh la la!  I recently had the opportunity to review the Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque costume from Wholesale Costume Club and...you guys, I think this may be my favorite one yet!

The Women's Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque Costume is modeled after a sexy dancer from the turn of the century.  The costume itself is two pieces:  a fuchsia corset top with black lace overlay featuring a sequin front with button details; the skirt is made of layers of black tulle and feathers with some fringe on the front and a very short hem.  I love that the feather and tulle create a bustle & train in the back.

I always love costumes that can be worn many ways and so this one is right up my alley.  Below are some mood boards that I've created to show the different ways this costume may be interpreted.

Can-Can Dancer - Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque Costume
Burlesque - Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque Costume
Moulin Rouge - Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque Costume

The Sexy Lady Carmen Burlesque Costume (#F68822) is one size fits most (up to a 14/16) and retails for $29.98 for non-members and $26.96 for members of the Wholesale Costume Club.   By the way, have you seen the new for 2012 costumes?  They're awesome!

Connect With Wholesale Costume Club
Website - Twitter - Facebook 

We are giving away a $25 Gift Certificate courtesy of Wholesale Costume Club as part of the Summer Solstice Giveaway Event!  The event runs from June 18th to the 24th!

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands.

16 June 2012

EcoVessel (Giveaway)

My Dear Friends,

The Eco Vessel Insulated Steel Straw Bottle is a unique creation.  This bottle is perfect for those of you constantly on the go.  Like their other bottles, this Eco Vessel will keep your beverages cold for hours.  The new straw top makes drinking easier so you can drink from the bottle without unscrewing the cap or tipping the bottle back.

Due to its specially designed handle, the straw won't open accidentally in your car, lunchbox, or bag.  The detachable silicone straw makes cleaning the bottle easier, too.  As always, the Eco Vessel Insulated Straw bottles are made from the highest quality, premium grade #304 Stainless Steel, are 100% recyclable, and of course, BPA Free.  Rest assured knowing that your bottle was crafted safety, ease of use, and convenience in mind. 

-Insulated to maintain cold for hours
-Made from #304, 18/8 Food Grade stainless steel
-Straw top for easy sipping
-Removable straw top for easy cleaning
-One-piece top includes a strong carrying loop
-Slim design is easy to hold while you run or workout
-100% Recyclable, BPA Free
-Bottle Dimensions: 3 inches wide at base, 9.5 inches tall

"Eco Vessel is based in Boulder, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. We are dedicated to developing products from safe, sturdy, sustainable materials while offering innovation and practicality. Our complete product line provides options for both children and adults with all of these in mind.  You can feel secure knowing that our 100% recyclable, BPA Free products are made of high quality, non-leaching materials and are designed for your safety, ease of use and convenience. Using plastic water bottles is expensive, wasteful and unnecessary. Sadly, more than 80% of these bottles are not even recycled but simply thrown away, which creates more than a million tons of waste each year. Treat yourself and your family to our good looking, Eco-friendly products while you help heal our planet."
-per website

Connect With Eco Vessel
One lucky winner will receive a 17oz Insulated Straw Bottle in Pink, courtesy of Eco Vessel, as part of the Summer Solstice Giveaway Event!  The event runs from June 18th to the 24th at midnight! 

15 June 2012

Rudi's Organic Bakery (Review & Giveaway)

My Dear Friends,

I don't have kids yet, but my friends do.  I notice every time I visit them that there's artwork hanging on the refrigerator.  They're so excited to show you what they drew!  Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to cherish your kiddos precious artwork a little bit longer?  

Well, now you can - thanks to Rudi's Organic Bakery
Through the new Let’s Doodle Lunch Facebook campaign, Rudi’s Organic Bakery is inviting parents to upload their kid’s artwork through Facebook to get a FREE sandwich box with that art on top of the lid from May 1 – June 30.  Rudy's Organic Bakery don’t think there’s ever been anything like this before and they  hope you’ll join in on the fun! 

But wait...there’s more Let’s Doodle Lunch coming throughout the rest of the summer!  Those who submit their work on Facebook will be eligible to have their artwork become the Rudi’s Organic Official Sandwich Box!   In the meantime, you can learn more by supporting our charitable partner, The Lunch Box, which helps transition K-12 lunchrooms from processed foods to healthy made-from-scratch meals, by texting “LUNCH” to 50555.

Did you know that Rudi's Organic Bakery just launched Sandwich and Bagel Flatz which are the perfect, nutritious and delicious addition to any lunch box?  You can also visit their website to grab some valuable, money saving coupons!  

Rudi's Organic Bakery will be giving away an art-inspired kit that includes the following: 1 art kit complete with paints, crayons, markers, etc., 1 sketch pad for doodling, 1 black beret for creative inspiration, a reusable Rudi’s Organic bag and 2 free coupons good for any Rudi’s Organic product as part of the Summer Solstice Giveaway Event!  The event runs from June 18th to the 24th at midnight!

Connect With Rudi's Organic Bakery:

*Disclaimer - I received some coupons from Rudi's Organic Bakery in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands. 

13 June 2012

My First Birchbox!

My Dear Friends,

I finally broke down and subscribed to Birchbox.  If you aren't familiar with Birchbox, let me explain.  Birchbox is the best way to discover new grooming, beauty and lifestyle products.  Each month you'll receive top product samples from high-end brands, get expert advice, buy new favorites and earn points with every purchase.  Each box is a curated offering of supplies that will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch.

Each month, you'll receive a selection of samples that the co-founders have tried themselves.  They source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup to fun non-beauty extras.  The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories.

The Birchbox website content helps you get the most out of your samples. Here you'll find a source of inspiration, advice, and information.  They'll show you how to master techniques and upgrade your daily routine with articles, expert interviews, and videos.  Check out the Birchbox Magazine and explore the The Guide for more great information.

The coolest thing about Birchbox, besides the amazing box itself, is that you can purchase full size versions of the products directly from the Birchbox Shop.  There's an awesome loyalty program too!  Earn rewards every time you shop, refer friends, and give feedback on what you thought about your monthly samples.  The points you earn can be used to save on full-size or gift purchases!
Oh, and did I mention that Birchbox only costs $10 a month?!  That, my friends, is an incredible deal.

Since this was my first box, I wasn't sure what to expect.  The theme for June is "Jet Set".  This month is all about inspiring your inner jet-setter!  Did I mention that not everyone gets the same items in their box?  What I get may not be what you get, but there seems to be a really good selection of products - I doubt you'll be disappointed!

My products were:

Ada Cosmetics Bronzer -
This dermatologist approved powder is shimmery and talc-free.  It comes in one color that is designed to flatter every skin tone.  The full size retails for $12.45.

Likewise Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant SPF 50 (Normal To Dry) -
This zinc-infused cream soothes parched skin while deflecting harmful UV rays.  The full size retails for $44.

Masqueology Brightening Mask -
This sheet mask evens our your skin tone with the help of arbutin & mulberry root.  The full size box features 3 masks for $24.

theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen - 
This two-in-one lip and cheek stain is made up of a sheer gel formula that creates a subtle yet long wearing flush.  The full size retails for $17.

Cynthia Rowley Dress Up Band-Aids
This product was my Lifestyle Extra (aka my full size product for the month).  These designer bandages come in many different patterns, like rainbow sequins and jewelry inspired prints.  A pack of 20 retails for $15.

If you are already a Birchbox subscriber, did you like what you got this month?  If you're not yet a subscriber, would you like an invite

The Daman Chronicles

My Dear Friends,

Have you ever thought about that the life of a costume designer must be like?  I can only imagine the incredible fashion that those eyes come across on a daily basis!  I know I'd be swooning all over the place if I was surrounded by the most beautiful things that the fashion world has to offer.  

Eric Daman, costume designer for “Gossip Girl” and the much-anticipated “Carrie Diaries,” has teamed up with Swarovski and Cambio for “The Daman Chronicles", which is a reality web series that follows Eric as he gallivants around New York City prepping for a shoot, researching for upcoming television seasons and meeting with his influential fashionista friends.

The web series will be exclusively distributed on Cambio this summer with the first episode premiering June 19 following a live-streamed kickoff event at Swarovski’s Lincoln Road boutique in Miami.  

Leading up to “The Daman Chronicles” premiere, Swarovski and Cambio are inviting fashion fans to tap into their own costume design abilities through participating in the Dress As Your Favorite “Gossip Girl” contest.  Simply upload photos of yourself dressed as your favorite “Gossip Girl” character(s) to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #swarovskistyle

Eric Daman will scour through the entries, looking for what he believes is the best interpretation of a character’s overall look.  The lucky winner will snag a Rocket Necklace from Swarovski’s summer jewelry collection and Seasons 1-4 of “Gossip Girl” on DVD, making the grand prize more than a $550 value! 

Check out "The Daman Chronicles" trailer below:

12 June 2012

Freebies @ Urban Decay!

My Dear Friends,

Make a $40 purchase at Urban Decay & you'll receive three deluxe samples along with your order!  You'll snap up a Supercurl Curling Mascara, a 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil (random color) & a Stardust Eyeshadow in Bobby Dazzle!  Get them while you can!

07 June 2012

Review: Carissa Rose

My Dear Friends,

I know that there are many of you out there who don't like to wear button up shirts because of what I like to call "The Gaping Hole Factor" - meaning that there's a spot, right in the bust area that usually leaves a gaping hole because the material is too tight across the chest.  I've shied away from button up shirts for years because of this problem, but no more!  Not since I discovered Carissa Rose.

The clothing designs at Carissa Rose are designed to flatter a larger bust line, making it easier for chesty women to have well fitting clothes. With two fits to choose from (Well Endowed or "WE" or Really Endowed or "RE"), you take the guesswork out of finding the best fit.  Carissa Rose shirts are designed with extra bust room to prevent gaping along blouse buttons.

I was fortunate enough to get to review two lovely button up shirts.  The first is the Vanessa Banker Blouse, which shows off the semi-fitted silhouette nicely. There is a remarkable attention to detail and an excellent fabric quality.  The shirt itself features French blue vertical stripes with white contrast cuffs & collar.  The hidden front zipper and shapely cut make for a very comfortable fit.  The material is cotton/lycra.  This blouse retails for $120.
Here are a few ways I styled this shirt:


The second shirt I tried was the Quintana Tuxedo Shirt, which is a relaxed tailored fit.  It features a tonal stripe front panel and cocktail style cuffs.  It has a hidden hook-and-eye front entry and is made of cotton/polyester/cotton poplin/spandex sateen.  This blouse retails for $125.
Here are a few ways I styled this shirt:


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