Saturday, November 30, 2013

Product Review: Cocktail Eau de Parfum

I was recently asked to try out the new fragrance by Gigi Gold called Cocktail
The packaging is cute, so I was already excited to break it out and try a new scent!

The fragrance is very flirty and fun and is described as a "Beautiful mix of Violet, Amber, and Jasmine, this new fragrance is a must have all year round".

I agree with the year round quote.

My first thought was I could wear this scent anytime of year! It's not too floral but a great mix of floral with a bit of the richer sent that I love wearing during the winter months. 
The best part for me was the scent is not overpowering. I did not get a headache but kept smelling my wrist over and over the first night I wore it. Anyone who knows me knows I get headaches very easily, but this scent is very calming actually.

Here is what it looks like:
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Cocktail Eau de Parfum: c/o Rad &Refined 

You can get your bottle for $56 at Rad & Refined.
It would make a perfect holiday gift for the lady in your life.
 Any lady in your life really as I feel this scent is also ageless.
I would have worn it in my 20's, I'm 34 and love it, and my mom is in her 50's and also loved the scent!

Are you in the market to change your scents?
What is your favorite fragrance?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Toddler Fashion: Cords & Dots

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When my son sat down to pick out his November Fab Kids outfit and he chose this one right away. 
"I don't have pants this color mom, and it's good for Thanksgiving I think."
He's a man who knows what he likes. And yes, he wore this outfit yesterday for Thanksgiving so he's also a man of his word! ;) 
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Top, Pants, & Socks (pack of 2): c/o Fab Kids // Belt: The Children's Place 

I just love the rust colored corduroy pants. They go with so many of his existing tops which means we will be getting a lot of use out of them over the winter season. 

Make sure you head over to Fab Kids today, their black Friday deals are AMAZING! 
Lots of great gifts for the little ladies and men in your life. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday- Cyber Monday Deals

First off, Happy Thanksgiving!!! 
I hope you day is filled with family, loved ones, and/or friends and LOTS of yummy food. 

Here is a run down of some of the great Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. Most black Friday deals go right through to Monday!

Small Business Saturday-Cyber Monday:

-Because I Shop Too MuchBecause They Grow Too Fast
You will be SHOCKED at how many items listed on these sites still have the tags on them!
Plus shop my closet and Kaitlyn's closet at a discounted rate.
Shop Jules:
  

Black Friday-Cyber Monday 

-House of Gemmes

PLUS! Free Shipping valid on all orders of $50 or more.
**AND the release of Kristin Hassan Signature Jewelry Collection!  $25 off all orders of $55 or more!
Last day of the sale is Sunday, December 1st.

-T+J Designs
30% off site-wide through Dec 2. PLUS sample sale (items as low as $6!)

-Just Fab
Free Wallets with orders over $65, Buy 2 bags for $49.95, 30% off jewelry, All denim is Buy 1 get 1 free! 

Shop 100's of items at 50% off

Up to 70% off 

8 Days of Deals. Ends Monday, a new deal each day (already going on!) 

-Madewell
25% off your entire purchase using code FEAST25

Sarah Aghili 
using code FridayBLACK to get 30% off Site-wide sale at(Great jewelry, clothes, and accessories)


-Express:
50% off everything through Monday

-Loft:
40% off everything site-wide

-Piperlime
site-wide sale

-Charm & Chain
20% off orders under $150 with code Thanksgiving20
25% off orders between $150-$400 using code Thanksgiving25
30% off orders over $400 using code Thanksgiving30

Gymboree:
50% off site-wide until Friday at 3:00pm

-Fogo de Chao, the recently opened Brazilian Steakhouse located across the street from the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, is offering shoppers a free dessert with their meal! 
After a long day spent holiday shopping at the outlets, shoppers can unwind and re-fuel at Fogo de Chao, and as a reward for your bargain-busting purchases the restaurant will throw in a free dessert!  

All shoppers must do to redeem their complimentary dessert is present a receipt of purchase from any of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago stores.

Happy Shopping everyone and again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Outfit: Dressing for a Cause

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One of my favorite things to wear is jeans and a tee then toss on a blazer and heels for an afternoon or night out. 
This tee is near and dear to me as it is from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation
The mission of the IS Foundation "aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures." 
There are so many great causes this foundation funds! Everything from environment, animals, youth, and many more. For more info and where the money is spent check out the ISF website

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Tee: ISF // Blazer: JC Penny // Scarf: Loft // Jeans: Express // Shoes: Just Fab // Love Ring, Double Ring, Chain Link Bracelet: T+J Designs // Chain Bracelet: House of Gemmes // Bangle: Willow House Jewelry // Watch & Belt: Fossil 

I have never worn my scarf in a bow around my neck, but I had a few meetings this day and decided it made the look a bit more professional, no? 

Do you like wearing graphic tees with blazers & heels?
Are you a fan of the great work Ian Somerhalder and his team do?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Outfit: I Love Layers & Jewelry That Spells LOVE

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I find myself very drawn to layers this season. Which is pretty normal for a Midwest gal and for the time of year. I find myself reaching for more preppy styles lately, but everyday I don't feel the same so why dress the same way everyday? 

A newer love of mine includes scooping up all jewelry that I can find that spells out the word LOVE on it. 
I found this ring on T+J Designs and got it right away and the LOVE bracelet was scooped up on Because I Shop Too Much the same day it was uploaded. ;) 
Maybe it's the time of year or maybe I just love LOVE. Either way, I just can't help myself! 

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Champray Top & Knit: JC Penny // Denim: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy's // Shoes: Just Fab // Rings: T+J Designs // Necklace: c/o House of Gemmes // Watch: Fossil // Earrings: c/o Sole Society // Love Bracelet: Because I Shop Too Much

Are you buying tons of LOVE jewelry too this season? 
Do you find your "style" changes on a day to day basis like mine?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

KidCourses.com

I recently learned about an amazing site where your kids can take live courses, play fun activities, play MathLibs, and listen to music. 
I think my favorite after snooping around on their site would have to be MathLibs. 
Who wouldn't want to laugh with their child while they are learning how to solve math problems?! 
KidCourses really has a way of making learning fun for your children.


Here is a bit of info about KidCourses.com
"Beginning in the 90s, kidCourses was NY-based and focused on running live courses in NY only. Our most popular course was the ABC Signs Program, a sign language program that was offered to Long Island preschoolers free of charge. When we tried to volunteer at a local library we were told “We don’t accept volunteers, we have to pay you” (generously). We then ran a mix of pro bono and paid courses. As a mom, it was great for Jessika to get paid for a gig where it was actually a plus to bring 2 little ones along. We were happy to offer live instruction to motivate children to be life long-learners, express their creativity, spread positivity, and just plain have fun. We had also established MathLibs® as a free online math resource. Now, with the kids all grown up and a westward move, we took a hiatus from delivering live courses (until now!) and started sharing our content online at (the new and improved) kidcourses.com." 

Make sure you head over to their site, there is so much to check out!


Also, make sure you follow them on FB and Twitter to get more information first hand! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Giveaway: Rosegal

I have teamed up with Rosegal and came up with some great clothing pieces that you can win as a little treat to yourself this holiday season. 
Here's a little bit about Rosegal:

"RoseGal was started by a group of friends who all share a deep and abiding passion for stunning clothing and fashion. Specifically, it is the intimate fusion of endless possibilities that vintage and modern apparel has to offer. We love vintage for its understated simplicity, always en vogue character and stylized elegance. But most of all, we see the vintage style as being a uniquely timeless fashion statement, effortlessly embodying and capturing the essence of classic fashion. This contrasts with the transformative, evolving nature of modern styles that capture the essence of urban energy and edgy lifescapes.

By seamlessly offering both styles of clothing, shoes and accessories, we aim not only to capture the imagination but also the hearts of our customers. Inspired by the natural charm and appeal of the vast spectrum of fashionable clothing, our goal is simple: to share our love for the best fashion with each and every one of you."


Here are the 5 items the winner will get to choose from:

To Enter: 
Head over to their website and copy & paste below your favorite item.

Leave me a comment below for each that you have done plus your email (so I can contact the winner).

Thats's it! 

Winner will be announced 12-24-13 at 7:00am. Good luck! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Outfit: Date Day with my Hubby, Day Two

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After sleeping in until 9:00am (which is unheard of!), we decided to get dressed up a bit and head to brunch at Redstone Grill. Can I just say YUM! 
We enjoyed mimosas and de-lish farmers breakfast. 
After, we headed to our local theater and saw the new Thor movie (which was also yummy ;) what can I say, I love me some Chris Hemsworth). The movie was really great too, but after 31 hours we missed our kids beyond belief. 
We quickly raced to pick them up and had a fun pizza night with the grandparents to boot! 
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Knit: Express // Trench Vest: Forever 21 // Scarf: Loft // Denim: 7 for all Mankind // Watch: Fossil // State Necklace: House of Gemmes // Double Ring &Love Ring: T+J Designs // Flower Ring: Lili Claspe

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Do you go out for brunch? 
We don't do it often but I think we may start (with the kids too of course) as it is so fun! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Outfit: Date Day with my Hubby

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Last weekend my hubby and I had a kid free 31 hours which meant we had ourselves a stay-cation! 
It's been 10 months since we've been kid fee this long so it was very much needed. We are blessed that our in-laws love having them over. ;) 

We dropped them off at 9:30am and went home and got dressed. We headed out for an early lunch at Wildfire since we had a gift card and love to eat for free! lol 
The food was amazing and it was very nice to be out locally during the day with just me and the hubby.

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Totally busted on my phone. It doesn't leave my hand much. ;)
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Jacket: JC Penny // Knit: Piperlime- sold out // Denim: Loft // Boots & Bag: c/o Just Fab // Love & Double Ring: T+J Designs // Middle Finger Ring: Lili Claspe // Watch: Fossil // Chain Bracelet: House of Gemmes 

Yes, this day we were the couple who asked the waiter to take our photo. We don't get out much! ;)
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Here's what the hubby wore:
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Coat: Gap // Shirt & Knit: JC Penny // Denim: 7 for all Mankind // Shoes: Sketchers 
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After lunch we walked around looking at the holiday lights then made our way home and took a NAP! Yes, I napped for the second time this year (my last nap was in Mexico in January). 
We watched a movie in our family room next to the Christmas tree and slept 12 hours this night. 15 hours of sleep that was very much needed was finally had. 
I feel like a new woman! lol

Check back tomorrow for what we did day two before we picked up the kids. 

What do you do on your kid free days?