Sunday, February 23, 2014

Little Mistress Style

As a member of etailPR Blogger Network, I occasionally receive an invitation to participate in styling competitions.  


The latest competition comes from Little Mistress.  From the catwalk to the board room, Little Mistress designs all pieces in-house with a strong brand signature.  Collections are feminine, chic, affordable, and wearable.  Styles are designed to flatter the all figures with lush layered textures, exquisite embellished detailing, and unique prints.  Whether you are a trend-setter or prefer a unique twist on classic designs, Little Mistress has a look perfect for you.




Perusing www.littlemistress.com I was pleased to see the varied collections.  There is also a collection for curvy women.  All of these pieces can be worn day into night for any social occasion.  These items are my top choices for my WishList.


Little Mistress Cream & Black Floral Lace Panel Peplum Top


Paper Dolls Black Textured Button Detail Tapered Trousers
Little Mistress Cream & Navy Lace Panel Bodycon Dress
Paper Dolls Black Pleated Front Lace Detail Bodycon Dress
Little Mistress Floral Print Bar Belt Detail Chiffon Bandeau Maxi Dress

These are only a few of the lovely pieces available.  Tell me what you think of my choices. Why not take a stroll through Little Mistress and see what strikes your fancy.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valentine's Old School Blogging

This month Elaine and Tamara decided to Old School Blog with a Love/Valentine's Day theme.  Here are my answers to their always thought provoking questions.

How do you typically celebrate Valentine's Day?   In the past I'd always receive 1 dozen red roses, chocolates and a Hallmark card.  Since meeting My Love that has all changed.  Each year, it began with our first Valentine's Day, I receive a handmade card.  For me, there is no better gift.  Usually My Love will cook a delicious dinner for the 2 of us.



This year's card.
Do you like to get A) chocolates B) flowers C) a sweet card  or D) all of the above?  See above question.

Would you consider yourself a "cuddler"?  If not would you at least cuddle on Valentine's Day?  I am a cuddler to a certain degree.  Watching a show on tv cuddling is fine.  Just before I fall asleep in bed is fine.  But after a little bit I like to have my space back.

What is your favorite movie about love or with a love story?  50 First Dates.  The way Henry woos Lucy and gives her life back to her is charming.  



Do you believe in "love at first sight"?  Did it happen to you?  I believe in "like" at first sight.  And, yes, it has happened to me many times.

Do you believe love can conquer all things?  Absolutely.

What is one of the main things you love about your S.O.?  I am a true Type A person.  My Love is my Margaritaville.  He is my calm happy place.  



If you could have the perfect  Valentine Date what would you and your loved one do?  Head over to Sanibel Island.  Fishing for My Love.  Shelling for me.  Then dinner at the Bubble Room Restaurant.


A photo from our first Sanibel vacation.
Tell me about your first crush!  His name was Scott and we were in Kindergarten.  I saw him again as an adult and I was too timid to go up to him and say hello.  

Do you have any embarrassing or horror dating stories?  I wish I could say no, but unfortunately I have to say yes.  In my 20's as a favor for my then best friend I doubled with his best friend.  He did not drive, he was drunk the entire date, he passed out and drooled on himself and then wanted a kiss goodnight.  I couldn't get away fast enough.  Horror Story and thank goodness my only one.  

Favorite Flower?  Daisy

What's the first type of chocolate you hope for when you reach into a box of chocolates?  Coconut cups.  

Favorite Love song?  A little know song by Toby Keith called Rock You Baby.

What is the best break up song?  Don't Know What You Got (Til it's Gone) by Cinderella



Favorite celebrity couple?  Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.  I know...but sorry I just don't see longevity in any present couples.  



Overall, are you pro- or anti- Valentine's Day?  I am anti-.  I don't think we should have a day where men are pushed to spend money on the woman they love because the media says so.  It's much to commercialized for me and I don't think it's necessary.  I believe we should show our love in non-monetary ways.  For instance, a hug.  It doesn't cost a cent, but the rewards are stupendous.

If someone did that "Say Anything" boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it or call the police?  Ahhh...In Your Eyes, and John Cusak.  At that age I would be into it.  Today, I'd call the police.  

First thing you notice about the objects of you affection?  Eyes...the eyes tell the whole story.  There is no hiding from the eyes.

What's the best thing you've ever gotten for Valentine's Day?  See first question.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Should you Argan?

If you haven't already begun to Argan, I think I can convince you to give it a try.  Moroccan Argan Oil is packed with restorative omega fatty acids and antioxidants to intensely hydrate and replenish.  This is a simple, yet immensely powerful tool to have in your arsenal against ageing hair and skin.


I received MASTEY - Color Protection Color Correcting Leave-In Oil Treatment in my November Glossy Box.  Before using this product my hair was VERY dry and lacked strength.  Since using this product once a week I have noticed a dramatic change in the condition of my hair. It is smoother and stronger.  No, it is not the hair of my 20's, I'll never have that back again, but my hair has regained a bit of its luster and silkiness.  


This leave-in oil treatment is a combination of certified argan oil from Morocco, olive oil. and grape seed extract.  These three ingredients in combination with Mastey's vegetable based natural moisturizing factor, rice amino acids for reconstruction, and Vitamins E and B5, make is the perfect solution for damaged hair.  

I received Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum in my February Must Have Pop Sugar Box.    Join with this code  http://popsu.gr/kKYS.   In a previous post I wrote about another serum that I love.  I began using this new serum about 1 week ago.  It has a fantastic scent and sinks into my skin immediately.  The fact that is is 100% Natural USDA-Certified Organic is a Huge plus.  Since it is an oil I have been using it only at night, so it won't disturb my makeup.  My skin seems to love this product.  No break-outs, no irritations and no complaints.  
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum is a highly concentrated treatment designed to deeply hydrate skin and reveal smoother, softer and more supple skin with improved tone.  Enriched with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to regenerate skin and visibly reduce signs of stress and fatigue.

So, Yes, you should argan.  What argan have you tried?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cook'n Recipe Organizer Review & Giveaway

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

And I am thrilled that I was able to take part in this review for Cook'n.  

After the simple installation, I took the Cook'n tutorial.  I advise you to take advantage of this simply because there is So much that Cook'n has to offer.  I know that if I tried to manage my way around the site without it, I would have missed much of what the program has to offer.  

For me the best aspect of Cook'n is I am able to have all my Pinterest recipes n My Cookbook Library.  The process to create and capture  my Pinterest Cookbook took a few minutes, but was worth it.  

The next best thing is that I am able to access Cook'n on my pc, my ChromeBook and my Android smart phone.  This make shopping a snap.

For more information on Cook'n and the opportunity to win a Cook'n Recipe Organizer keep reading.  Good Luck and keep Cook'n.





Cook'n  Recipe Organizer v.11
Cook'n is the #1 Best-Selling Recipe Organizer and is the ultimate kitchen companion.

Cook'n is the Only Recipe Software that lets you:
      - Easily Enter your Personal Recipes

  • - Get Ideas for What to Make for Dinner
    - See a Visual Menu Planner
    - Auto-Generate Shopping Lists
    - Capture Recipes From Favorite Websites
    - Calculate Nutrition of Your Recipes
    - Capture & Sync Pinterest Recipes - Demo
    - Scan Printed Recipes - Demo
    - Discover New Recipes w/Live Feed - Demo
    - Print Themed Recipes - Demo
    - Use Snip-It to Capture Blog Recipes - Demo
    - Import recipes from Word - Demo
    - Share Recipes with Social Media - Demo
    - and much more!


Use Cook'n to Organize all your recipes. Cook'n is the perfect solution to organize your personal recipes. When you have entered your personal recipes into Cook'n you can:
  • - Create a family Cookbook
    - Share your recipes easily
    - Create menus and meal plans
    - Enhance the recipe by adding photos and stories
    - Get the nutritional facts for your recipes
    - and much more!
Enjoy the all new Visual Menu Planner. With the Visual Menu Planner you can create custom menus and meal plans.  Reasearch shows that those who use and effective menu planner are mor likely to:
  • - Save time by making less trips and by staying organized on what's for dinner
    - Save money by eating-out less beacuse they are prepared to make delicious home-cooked meals.
    - Eat healthier by planning healthy menus and meal plans. And avaoiding convenient foods rather than nutritional foods.
    - Save gas by making less trips to the store and on fast-food pickups.
Analyze Recipe Nutrition using Cook'n. Stop guessing what nutrients are in the foods you are eating. Use Cook'n to help you stay organized in your dieting! Analyze the nutritional elements of recipes and menus (even the ones you add!) Cook'n makes it simple to calculate the nutrients your body is receiving. After typing in a recipe or importing one from the internet, simply click a button for the information you need. Save you a ton of time by analyzing nutrition in seconds!
 
Save Time and Money with the Cook'n Shopping List Generator.  Cook'n also calculates the approximate cost of your shopping list. Cook'n automatically combines the food on your menus and makes a grocery shopping list. It even converts tablespoons of tomato paste to 8 oz. cans! Cook'n organizes your shopping list by aisle to save you time at the store.With the Grocery Shopping Assistant you can:
  • - Organizes grocery shopping list items by aisle
    - Compiles your family's grocery shopping list automatically
    - Calculates your grocery cost
    - Converts to package sizes (ie; tablespoon tomato paste to 8 oz. cans)
    Organize your Pinterest Recipes in Cook'n. Cook'n will Automatically import all of your Pinterest recipeswith one click and synchronize the two so any new recipes that you Pin will automatically appear in Cook'n! It's not magic... but it's pretty close to it!
    Once your Pinterest recipes are in Cook'n you can:

    • - Create Menu & Meal Plans
      - Share them with Friends
      - Generate a Shopping List
      - Sync them to your Phone
      - Analyze nutritional values
      - and much more!

    Scan your printed recipes or Shoot a Photo of them.  With the new Scan-It feature, it's easy to get all of your printed recipes into Cook'n without having to type any of them!  Importing recipes you clipped from magazines and newspapers is easy... just scan them! Or, take a picture with your mobile phone. Use the Scan-it feature to translate scanned recipes to text and use the Snip-It tool to copy & paste the text into Cook'n with just a few clicks!

     
    Capturing Recipes from blogs and other unformatted websites is easy with the new Snip-It Tool.
    Most of the time, you can capture internet recipes with just one click. However, this doesn't work with web pages that are not formatted properly (like the recipes posted on many blogs). Enter Cook'n Version 11.
    When Cook'n Version 11 detects web pages that are not marked up properly, it will automatically split the screen and display the Snip-It toolbar in the middle. Simply highlight the recipe directions and click the Directions button. Highlight the recipe ingredients and click the Ingredients button. With the new Snip-It Tool capturing recipes from your favorite blogs is a snap!
    Let the World's Best Recipes Come to You!  Looking for recipe inspiration? Rather than browsing allrecipes.com, foodnetwork.com and other recipe websites, just launch Cook'n! As soon as a new recipe is posted on the web, it will appear in the Cook'n Live Recipe Feed. Customize your recipe feed and follow your favorite websites easily. Click the recipe to see more or simply drag & drop it to save it in your personal cookbook.

    Print your recipes on beautiful themed 3x5, 4x6 and full page printouts. The themes in Cook'n are great! And, they're getting better all the time! Now, with Cook'n 11, your printed recipes can look just as fantastic as they do on the computer! In Cook'n 11, the print preview window is embedded inside Cook'n. And, the new printing tool is capable of printing themed recipes in all formats (3x5, 4x6, and full page). Add pizzazz to your recipes and share them in style with Cook'n 11!
    Cook'n makes sharing your favorite recipes a snap! Post your favorite recipes on Facebook or pin your recipes on Pinterest with just one click! Print a family cookbook and give a gift that everyone will treasure or simply e-mail a recipe to a friend. Tweet your recipes, embed your recipes in your web pages, and link to them. Sharing your favorite recipes with Cook'n has never been so fun!
    Share your recipes on:
    • - Pinterest
      - Facebook
      - Twitter
      - Google+
      - Email
      - Text
      - Printed Cards
      - PDFs
      - Blogs
      - Websites

     
    Sync to the Cook'n Cloud.  The Cook'n Cloud provides an off-site backup of your valuable recipe collection to keep your recipes safe and to protect against viruses, computer system failures, hard disk corruptions, and data-loss. The Cook'n Cloud also makes it easier than ever to synchronize recipes between all of your Cook'n apps. For example, recipes entered into Cook'n on your PC will automatically appear on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, and other PC's.
     



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    Sunday, February 9, 2014

    2 Great Things Happened this Week


    1.  On Friday the 7th I wrote a guest post for a fashion blogger Leslie McCain at 
    myfashionforwardblog.com.  I have been writing guest posts for Leslie for almost a year.  You should go and visit her blog.  The place where budget and style meet.


    Here is the link to read my post about St. Valentine's Day.  Let me know what you would choose for yourself.



    2.  This Sunday morning the 9th I am being featured on the 


    I had a lot of fun with Janene and Christine.  It was like talking to 2 old friends.  I hope you'll take a moment to visit via the link below.  


    I'd like to thank all the lovely folks who have made the time to get to know me and my blog.  It is a constant work in progress.  

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Two Winter-Skin Secrets

    With two more months of Winter still to come it's not too late to re-think how you're treating your skin.  Specifically your face. 

    Let me introduce you to two products that have been invaluable to me in keeping my winter-skin in tip-top condition.  Super nourishing, both these products sink in quickly, melting into the skin layers that need the most attention and repair.  

    I am using these two products every other night alternating with my Retin-A and hydroquinone regime.  Because Retin-A has a drying effect, especially in the winter months, this Two-Step secret has kept my skin from showing any signs of dryness, chapping or peeling.  I am Loving how my skin looks and feels.  


    1.  Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum with Power Cell Complex*  $28






    Rose-hip seed oil, a natural source of Vitamins A & C, improves skin clarity and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and post-acne scar marks.  Green coffee bean oil promotes cell turnover while ultra-hydrating Malvaceae Lipid Extract* works to rebuild skin structure from the inside out.

    This age-defying, antioxidant-rich serum works rapidly to reveal smooth, radiant-looking skin.  

    2.  fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex*  $42




    *Super 7 Complex is an age-defying, hydrating, and radiance-boosting blend of 7 super-charged extracts and ingredients:  Lotus flower, blue-green algae, hibiscus fruit, fig fruit extracts, Vitamins C and E, and vegetable glycerol.

    A universal daily age-defying moisturizer proven to provide 24 hours of significant moisture. It is formulated with a proprietary Super 7 Complex* and maca root extract, noted for enhancing luminosity and cell turnover.

    How are you treating your skin this icy, stormy winter?