Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Support your friends week: Elaina from Lularoe

Hey guys,

I would like to introduce you to Elaina. My gorgeous sister-in-law from the islands! Here she is discussing why Lularoe, how she started, and why it's special.


" So Lularoe came to me at a time when I really needed something more in my life. Sure hey have amazing, soft, flattering clothes. It's so much more than that. When women put on Lularoe something magical happens. I don't know how to explain it, but their self confidence rises. They smile, they feel beautiful. I love seeing that, and I love working with other women and building new friendships. Lularoe has been one of the most amazing things to happen to me and I just want to share it with the world.
  What makes Lularoe unique? All styles and prints created are exclusive to Lularoe and can't be found anywhere else. On top of that, each print is only produced in limited quantities and divided among thousands of consultants make each piece rare. When you find something you love, snag it as quick as you can!"


Doesn't that sound amazing! You won't have to worry about walking into a party and have the same dress on as another girl! I have two maxi skirts from Lularoe and I need to update my stash! I am always browsing Elaina's shop, when I see something I know to now act quickly!

You can shop her items here.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Support your friends week: Usborne Books

Hey Guys,

Books!! You can never have too many. Aria has so many books, and we will continue to add to that collection. My sweet sister in law Caitie is an Usborne consultant and we love every book we order! I can easily say we have over 50 Usborne books. They are cute, fun and inexpensive.

They have an amazing program for damaged books. If for any reason your book is damaged, you can get a replacement for a discounted price, no questions asked. You don't get that service from Barnes and Noble.

Caitie also donates books to an amazing project my mother in law started. Free books are sent to local NICU's. You can read about that project here. My MIL also has started a fantastic book blog if your interested. She reviews and discusses all kinds of books, from every genre and age group. It's a fantastic read and because of her Aria has her own personal library of great reads!

You can order from Caitie here, and join her Facebook here.

You can also book Usborne parties to earn free books for your sweet little ones. They have so many cute books. They make great gifts, and stocking stuffers. There are books for every age and personality. I love the touch and feel books, and the "That's no my.." collection. I really feel they have helped significantly with Aria's coordination.

Reasons why I prefer Usborne books:

-They are cute stories!
-They have a huge selection of books for babies and toddlers that help with coordination, and stimulation.
- Most are inexpensive
-They are well made and sturdy for toddlers who aren't yet gentle with books
- They have great warranties, and damage replacement programs
-You can buy them online, or at parties
- Kids love them and adults love them
- There are books for every age group

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fall is coming!

pink for fall

pink for fall

pink for fall

pink for fall

More from Tobi: Dresses

Hey Guys,

Fall is quickly creeping upon us. Time for coats, sweaters, ponchos, jackets and sweaters. My favorite style season! I am a jacket junkie. I have had so many questions from so many people asking how to incorporate color into fall/winter fashion. I had a girl mention how she hated all the cold, dark colors. She wants to wear color all year round no matter the season. Well ladies you don't have to wear fall or winter "colors". You can wear whatever color you want.

This pink coat is perfect to bring color to the cold months ahead. It's over sized, its beautiful and it is very warm! I took these pics in 98 degree weather. I was dying!! Why wear a coat in 98 degree weather? I want you to get the jump on coat shopping. Fashion sales a season ahead. So go grab those coats while you can get them for a great price. Like this one, if you are a new shopper to Tobi you can get your first order 50% off! So stock up on all those fall staples now.

I wanted to style this baby pink with baby blue. These two colors belong together! I love the softness and the brightness it brings to the dreary cold, dark weather ahead of us. How cute would this be with a pair of baby pink hunters? I really need to hop on that band wagon!

Coats with color can really bring a lot more to your outfit. An all black outfit with a cute pink coat can take an outfit from dark and dreary to bright and happy. It adds a pop to any monochromatic outfit, it can be used as a contrast to accessories, or just an addition to interest. This would also look amazing with a baby blue dress. Really girls go and get a bright, happy color for your fall/winter wardrobe.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The last of blue and white

blue and white

blue and white

blue and white

blue and white

blue and white

Hey Guys,

College football season is just about to begin. A sport I am very passionate about. I am a huge Utes fan, so when the season starts all my blue has to be put away. BYU are our sworn enemies, so anything blue and white is sacrilegious. Just for the season, because blue is my my absolute favorite color to wear. I just cant wear it with white during the season, especially on game days, especially when we play each other!

Now onto the outfit. This gorgeous blue draped top is stunning! The color speaks for itself, but the way it looks and falls along the curve of the body! This is a piece that boosts confidence, it is the shirt you grab when your in a hurry and you know it will look good with anything. I am so excited to have this piece in my collection.

This skirt I have talked about before. It highlights the gorgeous color of the top. The texture and lines style so well against the soft draping of the top. The way it skims across the waist extenuating all the beautiful parts of a woman's body. I am in love with the outfit from head to toe. I might have to break my no blue and white rule for this combo!

I went back and forth between two pairs of shoes for this outfit and decided this was the pair best suited for the job. Since I lack jewelry (they are all packed) I grabbed a shoe that had sparkle. These shoes were an anniversary gift from the hubby. He picked them out and I cannot express my love for these babies enough. They are actually very comfortable!

How do you style your blue? What college teams do you root for?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fast clean up tips, for last minute showings.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias

I never realized how hard selling a home would be. After recently putting our home on the market, I learned quickly how difficult it was. There is so much you have to do. Keeping the house clean is always a challenge with animals and a toddler. You have to live in a museum, because you never know when someone would call requesting to see your home on a moments notice. We had our home on the market for a little less than a month. It felt like an eternity.

 You will have buyers that want to stop by on a moments notice, there will be some that are 45 minutes early, some that run late, it is all a hectic schedule. I am so glad this part of our life is over. Selling a home is exhausting, frustrating, heart breaking, and exciting. I would love to help aid in making this long process a little easier for you.

-Take a day to really deep clean and de-clutter. I used the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge (the green one) for all my pots, pans, oven racks, microwave rack, and sink. It cleans tough messes 50% faster than any of my other sponges. I donated any clothes, towels, or toys my family hasn't used.

-Keep sinks and counters clear of messes. We did our dishes right after every meal. I used the Scotch-Brite®Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand (the green one) to keep my cookware clean. It is really important to keep surfaces clear of dishes and messes.

-Counter tops are the things most touched and observed by buyers. Keep them clean and clear of messes. With granite counter tops I needed a gentle sponge that would scratch my surfaces. The Scotch-Brite®Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (the blue one), is perfect for all my quick wipe down jobs. They are perfect for counters, cook tops, tubs, shower tile, and windows. Target often has great sales on Scotch-Brite products, so check your Cartwheel often!

-Have a caddy full of cleaning products, and sponges so you can easily grab and clean quickly. You can make one for yourself or you can make one like mine. I have just the basics, all purpose cleaners, some dusting rags,etc. I added lemon oil to all my cleaners to give everything a fresh smell, instead of an over powering bleach or cleanser smell.

-Make sure beds are always made. I cannot stress to you how important this part is. A messy bed is a huge pet peeves of buyers. You want your home to feel warm and welcome, and tidy.

-Hide any laundry, throw it in the washer or dryer, throw it in the back of your vehicle, keep it out of sight. We sometimes hid our laundry under our pillows, it fluffed the pillows and hid our clothes all at the same time. We only did that for last minute showings.

-Hide garbage cans. Empty them often, it helps keep your home smelling fresh. We placed ours in the garage on our way out.

-Make sure toilet lids are down and free of dust, or hair. Buyers want to see a well taken care of, clean area.

-Mop as much as you can. Buyers don't want to stick to your floor.

-Dust your blinds! Buyers often look out the windows and they can see if you have an inch of dust hanging out on your blinds.

- Clean your cook top, buyers look at the oven to see what kind of house keeper you are. If the oven and cook top is clean they know the house is probably well maintained.

-Have windows cleaned, professionally or DIY. It lets more light in.

I hope these tips make selling your home a little easier. It is not easy to go through the process. You will get through it!

You can find these Scotch Brite Products and more at your local Target.

How to you quickly clean your home for guests? For more ideas on how use your Scotch-Brite products visit here.

Friday, August 19, 2016

InstaNatural Vitamin C Cleanser.

Hey Guys,

As many of you know I have been clearing out my skincare and makeup supply. Ridding my collection of anything that is tested on animals. At the start it was hard to find replacements, but as companies move to more natural ingredients and laws becoming stricter on animal testing, it is becoming a lot easier. Enter InstaNaturals.

It has been hard to find a cleanser that removes everything without stripping my skin of nutrients. When InstaNatural contacted me, I was a little apprehensive at first. I have never heard of this company, I have never seen their products, so I researched a bit. I had to make sure they were cruelty free, and I had to check the ingredients. They passed both with flying colors.

The Vitamin C cleanser smells amazing, it's so gentle on my sensitive skin but it does a pretty good job at cleansing my face. It is free of mineral oils, parabens and artificial dyes.Vitamin C is proven to brighten up the skin giving a more youthful glow. It is so hydrating for my dry skin, I love what it has done for my pores.

 Now, it is not a makeup remover, so what I do is I use face wipes to remove most of my makeup, then go in with the cleanser to finish off the job. So far my skin has had no issues, no redness or sensitivities. I absolutely love companies that go more natural, and are not tested on our furry friends.

As a fashion blogger I need my skin to be on point. I am so excited to add this to my skin regiment.

If you would like to try this cleanser for yourself click here for a free sample. Please let me know what you think of the cleanser if you try it out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Style like Blair

Hey Guys,

I have restarted Gossip Girl for probably the 6th time. I absolutely love this show. I absolutely love the clothing and music in the show. I wish I could pull off the things Blair wears. I want her stylist to live in my closet. The mixture of colors, textiles,fabrics is just impeccable.

Here are some of my favorite Blair outfits and options so you can recreate them for yourself.

This outfit is one of my absolute favorites. I would love to have this coat someday. It is absolutely gorgeous. It is perfectly paired with polka dots, and yellow.  I love poncho coats, they are the perfect fall coat. Every female should have one in her closet.

Houndstooth. The perfect pattern for pretty much any occasion. I had a hard time finding an "affordable" alternative. I love the way the houndstooth fabric is styled against the chevron tights. The pencil skirt is off course a great style piece. This outfit would also look fantastic with high waisted trousers. 

This is the perfect spring summer outfit. I died when  I saw the yellows, and the oranges once again perfectly paired together. This is why I adore her style. The colors that are pulled from the fabrics all just mesh together. The skirt I found as an alternative is absolutely gorgeous and affordable. I am in love. I would have never paired yellow and tangerine, until I saw this. 

The best Blair outfit goes to her Ellie Saab gown. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this dress. It's modest, elegant, classy and beautiful. If I won the lottery I would renew my vows in this dress, let's be honest I would live in this dress. Every time I see it I drool!

There are no alternatives for this dress, how could anything replace this?

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