Monday, June 23, 2014

Sugarhill Boutique Must-Haves

What fun!  Just in time for Summer, Sugarhill Boutique and etailPR Blogger Network are sponsoring a campaign encouraging affiliate members to create a holiday must-have wishlist.  

A little background first.  Sugarhill Boutique is a brand established in 2006, on the British seaside in bustling Brighton.  Sugarhill products are rich in detail and offer high quality, lovingly designed clothing at affordable prices.  Focusing on exclusively designed prints and embellished garments inspired by classic styles.  By adding modern twists and finishes a fun feminine but unfussy look is created.  

In creating my must-have wishlist I took into consideration a holiday trip.  And what pieces I would Love to have in my closet.  These pieces would cover all my holiday needs while also allowing me the option to mix-and-match as I see fit.  The colors and fabrics all manage to complement one another without being too pretentious.

Tell me what you think of my choices and which items would you pair together?

Sugarhill Boutique Must-Haves Botanical Dress Seahorse Top  Dahlia Skirt  Lottie Top Pretty in Pink Skirt Zig-Zag Sweater Kara Pants

Take a peek at and create a must-have wishlist for yourself. 

Right now is offering free shipping to the US on orders of $150 or more.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hair Everywhere...What Style is Your Style?

Do you dread having your hair cut?  

Are you wary of sitting in the stylist's chair facing yourself looking like a drowned cat? 

Is it difficult to explain what you're looking for in a new cut or style?

No matter how much you say you want a change, do you usually walk away with the same hair cut, just a bit shorter?

If you answered Yes to any or all of these questions it's time to arm yourself with the tools that will impact your next visit with your stylist.  All in the name of Change.

What shape face do you have?  

The correct cut can soften a square jaw, slenderize a full, round face or balance a sharp chin and broad forehead.  The guide below shows different face shapes along with celebrities that share them.  By studying the changing hair styles of the woman you most relate with, you may be able to find a style that suits you.  The choices will be unlimited.  

How much time are you willing to spend on your hair? 

Even the best cut won't make you happy if you don't have the time  to properly style it. Some cuts are wash and go while others require more intense styling efforts.  There are also styles that can be pinned up for daily wear and let down for dressier events.

Do you have the proper tools to style your hair?  

Combs, brushes, rollers, flat irons?  Root lifter, heat protectant spray, gels, mousse, argan oil, hair spray (light, medium, strong), and the list can go on and on.  Yes, a proper hair cut is the first step, but without the proper styling tools you'll never achieve the look you want. Although your stylist is your best resource for product knowledge, they are also known to up-sell products for extra commission.  With that said, have an honest conversation with your stylist and be honest about how much you can spend on products.  You should be pleasantly surprised when he/she recommends products that will fit your budget.

Overall, with a bit of research and time, Yes you can have hair you'll Love.

Are you satisfied with your hair?  What would you change if you could?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Simple Way to Save Your Hair Biotin Review

Because I keep my hair shoulder length and it is brunette I notice the strands of hair lying around more than someone with shorter, lighter color hair.  Over the past few years, since entering peri-menopause the strands are falling out more and more.  The drain in the shower contains so much hair it stops the water from going down the drain.  My love wonders why I still have hair on my head.  I wonder too, but am thankful that I still do.  

I'd read numerous articles stating that adding a daily Biotin supplement would help with hair, eyelash, or eyebrow loss as well as with brittle nails that break easily.  Having all of the above it was my thought to begin taking this supplement.  But it easily slid away in my mind and I never bought any.  

As a member of Sverve I have opportunities to partner with brands that are beneficial to women. invited me to review their Biotin vitamin for hair growth. produces all their products in the U.S.A.  Each production batch is meticulously analyzed to strict F.D.A. standards by a cGMP certified laboratory.  I was thrilled and immediately accepted their generous offer.

Biotin is a building block for cell production.  By adding a Biotin supplement to your diet you will be giving your body essential nutrition that will encourage new skin, hair and nails.  This will lead to more hair growth, stronger nails, and clearer, healthier skin.  

I began taking 1 capsule every morning along with my other supplements.  After about 2 weeks I noticed that I was losing less hair.  The strands were not scattered around me as usual.  The drain in the shower was less clogged.  After taking Biotin for nearly 4 weeks I had an appointment for a hair cut yesterday.  My stylist commented on how long my hair had grown and that there was not much damage on the ends.  I can assure you this has Never happened before.  I am confident it is because of taking the Biotin supplement.  

I am so appreciative of Eu Natural for their trust in me and my opinion.  I truly love this product and Yes, it is working for me.  I will continue to use this supplement regularly on a daily basis.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

insta natural Facial Aids Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Are you tired of using high dollar overrated skin care products?  I have discovered a new brand of facial skin care products by insta natural that I love.  Their products are made in the USA in an FDA certified facility.  insta natural offers a 1--% ~ 100 day Satisfaction Guarantee on all their products.  

I began using 2 insta natural facial products together about 2 weeks ago.  

Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer
with Alpha hydroxy Acid.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.  Provides firm, even, bright skin and ultimate hydration for a radiant complexion.

After cleansing I would apply this AHA lotion to my face, neck, and decollete.  I also applied to my under eye area.  

Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C + Vitamin E & Green Tea
Absolute Moisturizing Serum
These antioxidants provide extra hydration and help with dryness, flakiness, patchiness and uneveness.  It will also increase firmness, elasticity and skin strength.  

After applying the AHA lotion, I would then follow with this Serum to all the same areas.  

The reason for applying these products the way I did is because the AHA lotion tends to be drying, at least for me.  Since the serum is so hydrating it helped to keep my skin from drying out and peeling.  

After using this combination for 2 weeks I have noticed a smoothness to my skin.  The most amazing thing is the reduction of the fine lines above my lips.  I do believe the AHA lotion is the reason for this along with the antioxidant serum.  The skin is plumper and virtually line free!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

5:2 Diet The Fast Diet

 How would you feel if you could eat WHATEVER you wanted 5 days a week?  BUT, 2 days a week you could only consume 500 calories?  Initially, this sounds like a dream come true. French fries, ice cream, doughnuts, margarita's, and on and on and on.  

Okay, not really whatever, but your normal diet.  Real foods.  Yes, you can have all your goodies, but it's not a free for all.  If you over-eat for 5 days a week, NO you will NOT lose weight.  If you fast 2 days a week and eat, for example, a Mediterranean based diet, fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and olive oil, you will lose about 1-2 pounds a week. Adding in a glass or 2 of wine is okay too.  

If you study the food pyramid, you can see there are a lot of food choices.  Good, healthy food choices.  

The suggested days to fast (eat 500 calories only) are Mondays and Thursdays.  You should NOT do back to back days of fasting.  Exercise on fasting days should be minimal.  

I did my first 500 calorie day this Thursday.  Here is what I ate:

Breakfast ~ 4 egg whites scrambled with 1 whole chopped tomato
Lunch ~ 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 1 cup of strawberries
Dinner ~ 8 oz of Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness with 4 oz of water
Snack ~ 10 almonds

Total calories 596.  I will admit that it was a bit difficult, especially in the evening, when my cravings usually surface.  But I stayed the course and was significantly rewarded.

I weighed myself on Thursday morning and then again on Friday morning.  
Weight loss 3 lbs!!!

I know the 3 pounds I lost was not body fat, but you get the idea!

Fortunately, with healthy eating on Friday I woke up today with a .6 lb deficit.  


My next fast day is Monday.  I must admit I am looking forward to fasting.  I am hopeful that this is the eating plan that I will be able to follow and live with.  I have tried just about everything to lose weight and while I usually begin with a bang, by the 3rd or 4th week I am bored with it all.  

In the next few weeks I'll share the ups and downs of the 5:2 Fast Diet.  

What do you think about this sort of eating plan?  Crazy or no?