Labor Day Sales 2014

labor day salesThere are some great deals out there this Labor Day weekend. Check out some of my favorite Labor Day sales below, and let me know if you score something awesome!


Apricot Collection – Up to $70 off.

Downeast Basics- End of summer sale, additional 50% off.

Nau – End of season sale.

Midnight Velvet  – 20% off. Sale ends 9/1.

Gypsy 05 – 30% off. Use code: laborday30. Sale ends 9/2.

Pink Blush Maternity – Receive an additional 25% off your entire purchase plus free US shipping.

Oasap – Up to 90% off. Use code: Labor2014

Hourglass Boutique – 25% off sitewide. Use code: LaborDay25


Stella and Dot – Sale ends 9/3.

Vera Bradley -Up to 75 % off. Sale ends 8/31.
Nicole Lee – 30 % off storewide. Use code: LABORDAY14. Sale ends 9/1.

Jewelmint – Additional 50% off sale items.

e.l.f – Bye one get one 50% off. Use code BOGO50. Sale ends 9/1.

Easy Hairstyles for the Style-Challenged

My hair has always been a challenge. For most of my middle/high school years, the words frizzy, puffy and mushroom-shaped come to mind when remembering my hairstyles. Nobody, especially me, knew what to do with my curly hair. Fortunately, I've gained some knowledge about curly hair care over the years (do use curl cream, don't even touch a brush), and I am even learning to appreciate my natural texture.

Below are some of my go-to hairstyles for everyday. They are quick, easy and don't require fancy tools or hair accessories. For fun accents, tulle tied into a bow, a brooch, and some ribbon were added.

Before You Start

For each look, I started with a good wash. I used Head & Shoulders Green Apple from the Fresh Scent Technology Collection. This line smells great (not medicated at all), and keeps unfashionable flakes and red, itchy scalp away.


Next, I added curl cream to damp hair, scrunched and then dried with a diffuser. If your hair is naturally straight, try hot curlers to get big, loose waves. Finish with a smoothing cream.

Now that you're prepped, let's get to the fun part…

Three Easy Hairstyles


First up is the tucked side pony. This style looks complex, but is actually very simple.

  • Start by making a side pony at about temple height. Note – Placement is up to you, but this is where the brooch will be added at the end.
  • Right above the elastic (near your head), separate hair into two sections and tuck in the majority of your ponytail leaving only the ends showing.
  • Take a brooch, attach to a bobby pin, and insert into hair.

PBowCollage This next look features a pretty tulle bow attached to a bobby pin. To make bow:

  • Cut a 2.5 foot strip of tulle and fold it in half (lengthwise) twice.
  • Tie folded tulle into a bow and tuck in ends.
  • Finally, slide a bobby pin through the back of the bow and insert into hair.

PonyCollageIt doesn't get any easier then this ladies! Gather hair into a low pony and secure with an elastic. Wrap a ribbon around the elastic several times and finish with a bow. Adorable!

Meet Sophia Vergara – Exciting New Sweepstakes from Head and Shoulders

Head & Shoulders has been part of the Vergara family for over 20 years because of the surprising benefits. Now's your chance to meet Sofia Vergara and become #PartOfOurFamily. Head and Shoulders is offering one very lucky fan the opportunity to meet Sofia at an upcoming Head & Shoulders advertising shoot! I just love her glamourous style and exuberant personality; I think this would be so much fun!

To Enter: Between now and September 1, follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Fall Color with Monroe and Main

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

I haven't experienced fall in five years. Living in Hawaii and then Florida, the weather varied only slightly from hot to a little less hot. Next month, however, that will change. Having recently moved to Oregon, I am looking forward to immersing myself in all this season brings.

I always loved fall growing up: the crisp air, colorful leaves, not to mention all the fun autumnal clothing. How I adore knee high boots, leggings in deep purple and burnt orange, and, of course, cozy knitted sweaters. It is a fun time for fashion.

During this time of year, rich, saturated colors are always on trend, and this Monroe and Main croc organizer tote/laptop case in deep red will be a fall wardrobe staple for me – I knew from the moment I saw it. With its superbly organized coffee-colored interior with padded laptop section and authentic croc print, this tote has already taken the lead in my handbag collection.

croctote2acroctoteatote1 tote7 tote5a tote5 tote4I had so much fun with this photo shoot. Strolling around my hometown with the family. Stopping for, "just one more picture," every couple of minutes. They were very patient with me (especially my husband, aka the photographer), and it was a wonderful evening.


monroe and main

Does your fall wardrobe need a little boost? Wouldn't this gorgeous Monroe and Main Studded Tote be a perfect start? Fill out the form below for your chance to win! When you are done entering here, check out the list of bloggers at the end of this post. You will see more fall fashions plus each blog is hosting their own giveaway. That's 25 more chances to win! Enter Here:


Facebook Fan Appreciation


Welcome to the Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Organized by: Everything Mommyhood

As a child, I used to look forward to the beginning of a new school year. I always loved the preparation; shopping for the school supplies, clothing, etc. It was an exciting time. Of course, this can get a little expensive too. Because of this, Everything Mommyhood, myself and 9 other bloggers have teamed up to offer our readers a special giveaway. We LOVE our fans and wanted to show you how much you are appreciated! So we pooled our money to give you something that would really be helpful this time of year.

One winner will receive a $100 Cash via PayPal or $100 Amazon Gift Card.

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Nail Art Simplified: Turquoise and Orange Flowers

nail art

It truly amazes me the talent some people have for nail art. I love perusing the complicated and artistic designs on Pinterest (see my inspiration board here), pinning them away with the hope that someday I will develop the skill to recreate them.

This tutorial is for all you ladies who, like me, love nail art but lack the steady hand for the more complicated designs. Not only is this look simple, but you don't need any fancy tools to complete it.

Here is what you'll need:

  • Sewing pin with small head
  • pencil
  • three complimentary colors of nail polish

And here is how to do it:

Step 1

DSC04352Choose your three nail polish colors. For my mani, I selected L'Oreal's Wishful Pinking for the base coats, and Pure Ice's Really Rio and Home Run for the accent colors.

Step 2

nail artNext, you will need a dotting tool. You can either buy this tool or make one yourself by simply inserting a sewing pin into the eraser of a pencil (shown above).

Step 3

Paint your nails with two coats of your base color. My base is a very light pink, and I love the slightly enhanced yet natural look.

Step 4

Dip your dotting tool into one of the accent colors and use it to stamp dots into a crescent shape as shown below. After you are done, go back and add a dot in the center with the second accent color. Get creative with the colors and flower placement to really personalize your nail art design.


There you have it! A lovely and simple design perfect for any beginning nail artist. If you do this mani, I would LOVE to see what you come up with! Show me on the LW Facebook Page.