a mild obsession....

A few know me well enough to know that I have a minor mild major obsession with Victoria's Secret. I have been a cardholder since I was able to - and every season I look forward to those "mystery rewards cards" in hopes of one day, receiving one worth more than a whopping $10.

With that said, my obsession has promoted me to the "Forever Angel" status.
*hangs head in shame*
That status comes with lots of perks (free gifts) and increased Angel Rewards (store credit). It also comes with admittance into this "Angels Forever Panel" which is an online community of fellow obsessed gals like myself.

Each month they have an "Angel of the Month" - - -I was chosen for February. And yes, that's the closest I'll ever get to being a VS Angel.....

That was my little blurb & head shot that they featured about moi'.

So another notable thing is that I now have the opportunity to try out products for FREE. Yup! FREE. No 5 finger discount, just straight up free.

I got the invitation to try out the new T Shirt bra (in the color of my choosing). I was super stoked....who doesn't love free product!? 



So I was super skeptical of this bra and really thought I would hate it.

Surprisingly, it's actually a keeper! It's super comfortable, minimal padding, and feels really light. You forget you're wearing it. Plus it fits great underneath your more casual clothing....like t shirts's ;)

If you have been intrigued about trying out this bra since seeing it's debut - DO IT.
At least go try it on in the store.

the spring fashionista giveaway event - - a Stella & Dot giveaway!!!!


As many of you know, I'm a stylist for the fabulous company, Stella & Dot. I have been one for nearly a year & a half now, and absolutely love it! It's been a superb compliment to blogging, being a mommy, and working full time. 

And I LOVE sharing the style with you!!!!

If you're unfamiliar with the brand, here's a quick little list of key points you definitely NEED TO KNOW!
  1. Stella & Dot is an accessories company for women & little girls. Purses, jewelry, scarves, you name it! 
  2. Over half the line is UNDER $50!!!
  3. The design office is in the SOHO district of NYC, the corporate office is in San Fran, & there are several distribution centers in the US where product is shipped from. 
  4. This brand is NOT sold in stores, but rather through stylists, like yours truly....via online or through in home trunk shows!
  5. Corporate LOVES giving away product....seriously! We have a fabulous rewards system for anyone wanting to "share the style"! (Free product credit & items at HALF OFF!)
  6. This is not your great Aunt Jane's Tupperware company. 


So for this awesome event, I am giving away a statement necklace that you are totally going to fall in love with. It is going to carry you from spring to summer so chicly!

It's the Dot Bloom necklace!!!


This necklace retails for $198 and features hand painted enamel flowers!
It was inspired by vintage brooches, and the flowers are accented with 
Czech stones. 
18" in length with a 3" extender
Lead & nickel safe


Here it is paired with cobalt...


Now here's your chance to win this gorgeous necklace! Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Email me with any questions!




So what is this "Spring Fashionista event???
The SPRING Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from  Modly Chichttp://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!


Covered Perfectly is providing Spring Fashionista Events Grand Prizes (Enter the Grand Prize here: http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2014/03/spring-fashionista-events-2014-covered-perfectly/  )  2 Grand Prize winners will receive 12 tops, 1/month over the course of a year, valued at approx. $600/winner! Isn’t that stunning? Covered Perfectly makes flattering tops (misses and plus sizes) comprised of a full collection of super-soft MicroModal tops in a variety of colors and the cute patterns.  www.coveredperfectlyplus.com  US Shipping is FREE and they also now ship worldwide.



Now go check out all the other blogs in this amazing event & enter their giveaways!!!



LEGAL Stuff: 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 48 hours to respond once contacted. Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. If product is damaged during shipping, there is no returns / exchanges. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway received a sample for this review. Compensation was not provided. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook. Happy Entering!

something BIG is coming.....


It took place in the fall, & now it's back for spring! And you are going to FLIP over what I'm giving away!!!

So be sure to check back here on March 6th to start entering!!!

Want to see a teaser of other prizes to come? Check out Sherry's blog

spring trend report, pt. 3

Catch up on part 1 here, and part 2 here

Let's chat about the Floral Rocker trend to try this spring!



Aren't those necklaces stunners!?!

Watch this video if you get a second to hear more on how to wear the trend. 

Here's a great "bang for your buck" piece....a statement necklace under $100!



I wore this necklace layered with another...


Here it's layered with the Somervell



I like to add some "edge" via my arm party....


Like so...

Bracelets top to bottom:
1, 2, 3




So what do you think? Will you try the floral rocker trend???

spring trend report, pt. 2

Here is Part 2 of the Spring Trend Report. Catch up on part 1, HERE.

The 2nd trend for spring is GILDED FRINGE



This is one of my favorite trends! It's like a mix of boho & chic.

Here are some images I have come across from NYFW....







Here's some accessories to incorporate the trend.....










So what are your thoughts? Will you be trying out the "fringe" trend?

spring trend report, pt. 1

The spring trend report is out and I want to make sure you are fully made aware of what trends you should be trying this spring! (For those of you snowed in, perhaps this will bring you "warm" thoughts!)



This post will focus on the trend of BRILLIANT BRIGHTS.

Nothing says spring like some bold, bright colors. This trend can be easily incorporated now, in winter, and carry you through to spring.

I love this blurb on Pantone's site regarding color trends for spring 2014.....
Three very adaptable pastels sit on one end of the palette, and, because we are so accustomed to seeing them as nature's background, they can be creatively combined with any other color in the spectrum. Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness, while Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that's very different from the greens of recent seasons. Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.
Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance. Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.
Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. A tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia's warmth and energy help set the stage for Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue. Pair Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for a captivating vision, much like the setting summer sun.
The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, andDazzling Blue,a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue. Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors.

And this little video explains the trend as well...



So, here are some examples.....
 


Cobalt



Greens....




Red...



Citrine...




You can see all of these pieces & more HERE

Which color will you be trying out!?!

style watching & spotting, week of 1/20

Apparently our new spring line has been an absolute HIT with fashion editors, stylists, and celebrities! Here's what I've spotted this week!

If you ever spot a piece email me


There were several spotted on GMA this week....

Lara Spencer was wearing our new Sardinia pendant necklace on Monday!



And then Catherine (with her boo Sean) wore it Wednesday!



...with the matching bracelet!




Lara rocked our gorgeous Fleurette necklace today, over brown!!! Love this piece!



In the glossies, Real Simple boasted the Nancy Studs as a "real steal" of a deal!



And for all you 24 fans out there, Mary Lynn Rajskub was recently spotted wearing our Selby Fringe Earrings & Milana Tassel bracelet while announcing the return of the show at a Television Critics Association panel in LA!


One of the most favorite parts of my job is being able to boast these style spottings & publications!

add some perf to your accessories

Perf as in perforations!

I got to listen in to the design inspiration & design techniques used for our spring line. The spring line has some beautiful pieces that I can not wait to share with you - so I thought I'd dedicate a post each week to the design behind pieces from this new collection.

Today, it's our perforated pieces. Normally the perforation technique is reserved for high end couture because of it's requirement to detail & it's tedious handwork. The following pieces were designed after our Avalon necklace.

Our design team took this pattern & hand stamped it onto a tote & a clutch.

The Avalon Tote......



This Avalon tote comes with a detachable linen pouch. Here are some inside shots of the bag....





The Shift tote also features this fabulous perforation.....

An extra cool detail here is that the front pocket detaches! 
It is a CLUTCH!!!
Last but not least, this technique is also featured on the Double Clutch....




This clutch is awesome. It boasts 2 zippered pockets, with one that includes credit card slots.
It snaps closed & when you open, you are greeted with a little mirror and "Hello Gorgeous"!

Here's a quick inside peek....




For all the design behind these pieces, they are at an affordable price!

Which one is your favorite!?



new year, new you, new me

I love that every year is the chance to start a new 365 page book (with the occasional extra page thrown in every 4 years).

While this post is on the 14th of the month - not the first - I'd still like to take the time to relish in the fact that it is a NEW year.

We rung in the New Year with our 'chosen family' - a term we so lovingly use to refer to our friends. A night of pajamas & games & babies. Gone are the years of those glamorous New Year's Eve events.....

Wait. When did that ever happen???

So to make it official, I'm sharing with YOU my 10 goals for the year....

1. A monthly date night with my MattyB
2. A promotion with my company (I've been thisclose for 6 months....it's going to happen!)
3. De-cluttering my house - - why on earth do we have 6 suitcases when we really only ever use 2???
4. Standing up for myself & my family of 3 - if you are poison to us, sorry but you're "outta here"
5. Potty training Mr. Beau.....ugh, kinda dreading this one!
6. Praying MORE - my first step was getting this book - I'm ashamed to admit my prayer life is lacking
7. Ridding my house of processed food - - MattyB & I did this back in 2011 & it was amazing. Between then & now, we of course have backslidden & now it's time to crack the whip!
8. Saying 'no' to more of the things that really don't matter, and 'yes' to more of the things that do! (Amen?)
9. Getting happy & positive - such a weird one, I know, but am I the only one that finds that it takes a million nice things/compliments to elicit happiness and one negative person/comment to steal all the joy?
10. Running again. I miss it. I miss the medals. It's time.

Have a tip? Word of encouragement? Want to share yours??
Please leave a comment & do so!
Happy New Year! Make it your BEST yet!!!
xo


POPSUGAR must have box....

I succumbed & indulged with a box this month. I don't know why I am so addicted to box subscriptions....probably because my love of surprises, and gifts!

So here, goes....the December installment!





To hold my champs!








Will probably be gifting these.... 







I haven't tried this yet - but I'll report back. 
I'm addicted to my Covergirl Lash Blast, so this should be interesting!















Truth be told, I'm really excited about these!!
I am such a fan of nail art. Especially when it lasts longer than polish!







The bracelet is cute.
I'll pair it with my others :)





And I'm really excited for this too! I LOVE gift wrapping!



Don't miss out on January's box! Check out more information HERE.
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