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Move Over LBD. The Little White Dress Has Arrived!

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With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, I'm oozing with excitement to unofficially welcome summer! Move over LBD, it's all about the Little White Dress this season! The little white dress is your perfect summer staple and we've put together an eclectic collection that will take you from a casual and relaxed outing to an elegant cocktail event!


Blush & Marble: A Stunning Color Combo in Home Decor!


We're having fun with blush and marble today! Polyvore is having a contest where over 1,000 stylists are creating their vision of the cool color combo in home decor. All you have to do to enter is create a set using whatever inspires you! You can find the contests, here.

If you've never used Polyvore before, it is also a great way to get design ideas out of your mind and onto "paper." Sometimes when I'm not sure if a piece will look quite right in a certain space in my home, I try to re-create it in Polyvore. It has been helpful more often than not.   

Become The Best Version of Yourself!

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and LifeReimagined®. All opinions are my own.

When my daughter left for college last fall, it was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I was never the type of mom who cried when my children had their first day of kindergarten or when they graduated from elementary school. Heck, I didn't even cry at their high school graduations! I thought I would, but I was too busy worrying about my daughter making it through her yearbook dedication speech or my son tripping in his new dress shoes that he wasn't accustomed to wearing. But when my baby left the nest...Oh. My. Goodness. It was as if a part of me left with her. I soon realized that I had entered a new phase in my life that I didn't like at all. 


As the months went by it did get easier, but I still felt something was missing from my life. Then I discovered a program that changed the way I view my life. If you watch Dr. Phil, you may have heard about it...

DIY: Ombre Painted Mason Jars!



I am super stoked to have spring in full swing. The kids and I are spending more time outside, enjoying this gorgeous weather. One thing we love to do during summer break is lots of craft projects. Now that the kids are older, they are able to help create our crafts. I was looking for a craft that would make a pretty centerpiece. I am obsessed with mason jars, so painting them and adding my favorite flowers was an inexpensive project we could complete in a few hours. These ombre painted mason jars are so lovely and they cost less than $15 (including the artificial flowers!) You cannot get any better than that, right?!

Beauty Products Will Work Better When You Do This First!


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Before you splurge on expensive beauty products and cosmetics for younger looking skin, let's focus on the basics first! After all, clean, smooth skin will give us the flawless finish that we crave, and cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin are the first steps to beautiful skin. Serums and creams are NOT going to work well unless you remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores! Even foundation will go on smoother with proper exfoliation.


How to Get a Healthy Glow Fast!


A beautiful, healthy tan is always a hot fashion accessory in spring and summer. There's something about a natural glow that makes us not only look better, but feel better too! It seems every year around this time, I find that applying blush just doesn't give me the dose of color that my skin desperately needs. That was until a few weeks ago, when I discovered a beautiful way to illuminate my skin. Meet Vita Liberata...  




"The Vita Liberata team are passionate experts in luxury tanning. From our Irish base we created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and our unique Odour Remove™ technology is now present in all of our self and spray tans. In 2011, we became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand. This led to Vita Liberata being listed in the world's top spas including George V Paris, St Regis, Viceroy, Ritz-Carlton and Burj Al Arab to name but a few."

Vita Liberata sent me two amazing products that provide a healthy, natural glow without the harmful effects of the sun.

The first product I tried was Vita Liberata's Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals. It's a world-first bronzer and self tanner all in one, and oh...my...I love the results! Trystal3 technology allows tanning to work in a crystallized form and it far exceeded my expectations. It gave me a natural-looking glow in seconds! Instant gratification in a snap! 



7 Tricks to Make Your Bathroom Appear Larger!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WETSTYLE. The opinions and text are all mine.

Is a small bathroom cramping your style? We've rounded up some tips and tricks to make your small bathroom appear larger! 

1. Add depth with mirrors. Mirrors instantly make a bath feel larger. Place mirrors strategically across from a window to reflect light and visually open the space in your bathroom. In my daughter's bathroom, I placed a mirror above her vanity to reflect the outdoors. It is hard to see the outdoor reflection in the photo (below), but she can see it when she is sitting at her vanity. 



A New Wedding Trend That Will Save You Money!

 


When planning a wedding, many couples are looking for ways to save money, while still having the wedding of their dreams. One of the most popular new wedding trends is to have a brunch reception instead of a dinner affair. By serving guests a light meal, you can save money on food and drinks. Eliminating alcoholic drinks or limiting which alcoholic drinks will be offered to your guests, is another cost-saving approach. I personally feel sparkling mimosas add a beautiful and festive touch to a wedding brunch. 

The potential savings are quite remarkable when you have a brunch reception. It is estimated that couples can save 30-40% by hosting a brunch celebration during the day versus an evening reception. Whether you have a small or large wedding, the savings can be significant. 


Brunch Can Be a Delicious Choice!

When it comes to choosing brunch over other types of foods to serve, you want to ensure that you select a menu that everyone in the banquet hall will find appetizing. Offer a tantalizing selection of delicious food and don't be afraid to sample something different than what you’re normally accustomed to, prior to setting the menu.

A brunch is traditionally served between breakfast and lunch, so providing your guests with an enjoyable meal without feeling overly full, is key. An early reception can be ideal for everyone involved and you can plan the perfect brunch menu for you and your guests with a catering company that understands your needs and knows how a wedding brunch should be presented.

Your wedding should be a showcase to remember. Imagine you and your guests relishing a delicious meal enveloped by a lovely and romantic setting. Choosing a wedding venue that can bring your wedding day vision to life is very important.

For the best options in catering, banquets and unforgettable personalized service, visit Anoush.com. Anoush's banquet halls in Glendale, California provide sophisticated settings and award-winning catering.

Slip Into Comfort with PeachSkinSheets!


I have been playing catch up this week after spending some time on the west coast last week.  Hubby had a seminar to attend in Phoenix and I decided to go along and look for a winter haven home. Still looking!

While in Phoenix we stayed at a very nice resort, however, I had trouble sleeping and kept waking up in the middle of the night feeling extremely hot. I would toss aside the covers and wake up freezing in the morning. This would happen every night that we were there, so I would have to assume the bedding didn't breathe. Well, I couldn't wait to get home and sleep in my own bed. I have the most comfy bed ever and since I've received my PeachSkinSheets a few weeks ago, it's been pure luxury! Their sheets feature thermal control and moisture management properties to keep me cozy! I sleep through the night and I can't wait for Saturday mornings, just so I can stay in bed longer!



5 Essential Summer Fashion Pieces


With summer well on its way, I am so eager to see what trends will pop up on both the runway and in store-fronts. I love summer for its endless possibilities in materials, cuts, and colors. Textiles like linen, for instance, become ideal to wear for its comfort-factor during days of higher temperatures. I’m all about mixing and matching pieces and using every one of my clothing items to its full potential. All year long, I make the conscious effort to purchase pieces that are versatile and could be used to create different outfits for different occasions. This technique actually makes my wardrobe seem double its actual size.


I rounded up my essential pieces for the upcoming season. I spend a lot of my summer evenings dining out and spending time with friends and family. This year, I made sure to pick up pieces that would help build various looks so that I would always stay appropriate for whatever event I’d be attending. For me, it’s all about transitioning and taking your ensemble from “daytime-casual” to “evening-radiant.” Here’s what I’ve recently picked up: 

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