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Friday, November 21, 2014

Kiss InstaWave

I was recently given the opportunity through BrandBacker to try out the Kiss InstaWave curling iron. What makes the InstaWave special is that the ceramic ionic barrel revolves in both directions, grabbing your hair and curling it all on it's own.

For us heat styling tool challenge people, this iron is easy to use, doesn't hurt your wrists, or leave a little chunk of hair bent the wrong way at the end.

The learning curve wasn't too large, after a few tries I had it down, and the process is pretty quick. I just sectioned off my hair like normal and worked from back to front, to make sure I didn't miss any pieces.

At no point did the InstaWave get tangled in my hair (obviously my biggest concern) and it does automatically turn off after 90 minutes. (Anyone who's ever had those 'Did I forget to turn off the ____?' moments will appreciate that.)

My one issue with the InstaWave is that it emits a high-pitched noise when it's plugged it, that gets louder when you turn it on. I find this to be very bothersome, and contacted Kiss about it. They assured me it's not a safety issue, however, considering how close this tool is held to my ears, I do consider it a significant problem. Maybe I just have overly sensitive ears, but they are hurting from the noise.

Overall, I love the curls I was able to achieve and the ease of the product. You can purchase it for $59.99 at Target, Ulta and Amazon.

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You can also watch a little video of it in action.

This opportunity was provided to me by BrandBacker.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

P.S. I have nothing to wear

Leaves fall, temperatures fall, and suddenly the 90% of my closet that isn't denim seems completely unwearable. Literally overnight, mother nature made the switch from fall into winter, leaving me standing in front of my closet feeling baffled.

Tights. The key to transitioning into winter, and thankfully my recent package from Kushyfoot contained a brand new pair of both their shaping tights and their fleece lined trouser socks. I'm also a really big fan of their fleece lined tights, anything to take the edge of the biting cold helps.

Along with tights another one of my essentials is a short slip. I get the worst static cling ever and I'm not convinced any dryer sheet, coat hanger, or safety pin trick works. A very comfortable and inexpensive slip does the job perfectly and I wont say no to any extra layer either.

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The Rundown
Leopard Dress c/o Wallis
Knit Moto Jacket c/o Maurices similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Bag Linea Pelle "Astor" c/o Linger Rose
Tights c/o Kushyfoot
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Naomi Druzy Ring c/o Kendra Scott
Bar Rings c/o Kohl's
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie


Thanks to Lipton Publicity and Kushyfoot for providing the tights featured in this post.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just a little madness

Everything plaid just screams fall. I feel like to took me too long to finally pull this blazer out of the closet - these jeans too! It's been months since I've worn either piece, and while we are digging out neglected pieces, this sequined clutch is far too under utilized.

It isn't too often I want to forego practicality and carry a clutch during the day, however with the holiday season gearing up and my desire to add just a bit more sparkle to the look, I elected to use the sequined clutch.

Structurally speaking, this clutch is amazing. It's got zippered compartments, interior pockets, exterior pockets, magnetic closures... If only it had a detachable strap, we'd be golden.

Have you entered to win a $400 Gift Card to Nordstrom yet?

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The Rundown
Black Silk Shirt Joe Fresh for JCP similar
Plaid Blazer C.Wonder via TJMaxx similar, similar
Jeans J Brand thrifted similar
Studded Booties Guess via TJMaxx similar
Sequined Clutch Halston similar
Starburst Necklace c/o Kohl's
Gold Framed Monogram Ring c/o Onecklace
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Gold Open Ring c/o Lumo
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Soft place to land

Mind over matter. That is what I think when I reach for my favorite heels. Sure, things are great at first - I look cute, I feel sexy, strangers pay my adorable heels compliments. Everything is just perfect. For a few hours, anyway. Then I start walking slower, and standing leaves me fidgeting, shifting my weight from foot to foot for a momentary respite.

I know my heels and I know what I'm getting into. I try to plan accordingly, which to wear when I'm going for a marathon shopping day, which to wear when it's a car to restaurant kind of evening.

Though I can't plan for everything, and that's why I think Kushyfoot's Flats to Go are a clever backup plan. Foldable and compact, these shoes come to my rescue when my feet can no longer carry on in heels. I'm keeping them alongside the other emergency items in my car, and throwing them in my purse when I'm anticipating needing them.

The only draw back to the Flats to Go is that the soles are very thin and intended to be mostly worn indoors or outside on flat surfaces. However, at only $10 a pair, if they got destroyed, but saved my feet from a long walk home in heels, it would be worth it.

Have you entered to win a $400 Gift Card to Nordstrom yet?

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Grey Tee Gap similar
Fur Vest American Eagle via TJMaxx similar
Black Coated Jeans Joe's via TJMaxx
Heels "Reverse" Charles by Charles David via DSW
Flats to Go c/o Kushyfoot
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole c/o Linger Rose
Necklace "Greer V" Gorjana via Rocksbox
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye c/o Linger Rose
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Snake Ring Brilliant Imports
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie

Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Kushyfoot Flats to Go.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just another scarf in the crowd

Some trends I can only resist for so long, this fall I caved to the plaid blanket scarf. It's ridiculously big, and I still need to work on wearing it in such a way that it doesn't appear to swallow me whole, but at least it's quite cozy.

I also feel I need to give a nod to Alex, who's outfit I blatantly copied. It was just too perfect, my blanket scarf arrived in the mail, it was probably the last possible day for skipping out on tights, all the colors melded into the ideal fall outfit. Though completely unseen, I've also got my merino wool cardigan layered over the sleeveless dress.

Thanks for all your kind words on Friday. While I may never reach some perfect balance, I will just do my best, every day.

Have you entered to win a $400 Gift Card to Nordstrom yet?

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The Rundown
Scalloped Hem Dress Target similar
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Plaid Blanket Scarf Zara similar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Gold Open Ring c/o Lumo
Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie