I can’t count how many times I have been told that Plus sized gals don’t belong in shorts. It’s the summer ya’all… and it’s way too hot so I’ll wear it if I have it. The fact is, I live in shorts if I can find a pair that suits the rest of my outfit and as many know who follow this blog – I’m a casual and laid back soul who loves to dress according to what makes me feel comfortable, not what others think I should wear. Before I became “plus sized” I actually wore a lot of shorts or lived most of my teenage life in a bikini, because I like to be cool and this is Hawaii, where most people are lightly clothed, lol. So, while my thighs are thick, I like them to be free and cool, so summer means either shorts or dresses. Today, I remind you all that plus size girls can wear shorts too… with a quick summer plus size casual outfit.
Earlier in the month I got a really cute ribbon crusher hat in white from Scala Pronto and thought that my casual, but functional look for the day would be the perfect marriage. Since the boys and I were out and about playing tourist on our island, I thought – why not strut my stuff in a fun hat with a comfy outfit to pair with it.
The #LC511 Hat is a wide brim hat that is lightweight. It includes a sewn-ribbon design and also provides SPF 50 protection which makes it perfect to pair with your summer outfits or year round. It has a pretty tie at the back with an interior swear band for all-day comfort while wearing and includes colors in white, black, turquoise, poppy and fuchsia. This is the ideal accessory for the pool and beach as well as a casual (like I’m wearing) or dress up style.
Tank: Carpe Diem Danskin Now Actives
Shorts: Torrid Denim
Hat: Scala Pronto available at Zappos
Flip Flops: Lisa Frank from Shoeminded.com
Watch: Invicta Angel
Sunglasses: Maui Jim Atoll
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “But, Honey – isn’t that a workout or active wear shirt?” Well, Yes and that is the whole reason I wore it today, hence the word “active wear”. Don’t you know that running after three kids is major cardio? Hahaha! I needed something I could move in because keeping up with the boys while they are on Summer break means I have to be ready in an instant and constantly on my toes… but, don’t worry about me, I digress! It’s cool and comfy but loose enough to allow me to really be active and have some fun with my littles. And, I happen to like the saying on it, who doesn’t like a cute graphic tank anyway?
Growing up in Hawaii, being a surfer girl and tomboy for most of my life has really allowed me to embrace the casual island living. I’m not gonna lie, you will catch me in a tank and shorts or a dress most of the year if I’m not rocking out a pair of jeans. I love it and I love that I can be comfortable and get down and dirty with my sons if the time calls for me to do so. While I’m not a size 7 like I used to be, I still use shorts and I think plus size gals like myself shouldn’t be ashamed to use shorts too. It’s comfortable and don’t we deserve to be comfy, especially during the summer?
So what about you? Do you find yourself rocking out a pair of shorts, graphic tank, flip flops and a cute hat this summer? Comment below and let me know what you’re wearing while out and about and playing tourist this summer?
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If you’ve been on my blog for a while, then it’s pretty obvious that you have read or seen that I have a love for shoes and handbags… actually, it could most be categorized as an addition – ssshhh… don’t tell the husband (lol – he already knows). As much as I love product to keep me in touch with fashion, I’m also a mom who’s realistic and knows that having a lot of shoes takes up much needed space. Last year I introduced you to ALTERRE 21-in-1 Shoes, a brand that literally takes a bunch of shoes and wraps them into one pair to keep on you. If you’re one of those ladies that need comfy footwear that is versatile, then these are for you. Today, I want to share with you a few details of ALTERRE and their Kickstarter campaign. Starting May 16th and running thrugh June 15th, ALTERRE is running on Kickstarter to help raise $15,000 or more to help fund new styles for next season. As someone who absolutely loves their footwear – I have a pair of my own, I just had to share.
ALTERRE shoes are designed in New York City but produced with fair labor in Brazil. In collaboration with shoe experts with more than 30 years experience both here in the US and there in Brazil, ALTERRE brings to you a shoe that is expertly crafted and made beautifully. ALTERRE also believes in producing shoes with fair labor so they visit the factory themselves to ensure that everyone there was happy and healthy while working.
ALTERRE is inspired by women and each shoe is named after women that the founders and designers admire. With the $15,000 or more that ALTERRE hopes to raise, they want to use this money to create two brand new looks and a high platform heel for next season. They plan to include sparkly sequined and metallic options as well – for those divas that are ready to shine. They have prototypes underway and I am excited to see some of the sneak peak photos they have coming soon.
Like I mentioned previously, I have my own pair of ALTERRE shoes that I absolutely love. I literally take my one pair and completely change it up so I can go from a day to evenly look in a matter of seconds. It’s convenient and expertly crafted footwear to provide comfort and quality. I can’t wait to pick up my next pair and I’m looking forward to checking out their new styles once they are released.
Head on over to Alterre Shoes Kickstarter Campaign and check out what they have going for them, the information behind the brand and designers and how you can help them make their goal. If you’re a woman that loves shoes as much as I do – I think you’ll be fascinated to see how much this company has grown in the little time since they have been open – but also, how great of a product they have to offer.
You can check out their Kickstarter Campaign at this link: http://kck.st/1VYuBwI
Disclaimer: This is an informational post. By writing about this and sharing information, I was not paid to promote or discuss this and all opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.
I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental. While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose. This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts. Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy. Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts. My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of. My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.
Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we? I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood. From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging. I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more. Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD). Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.
A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life. One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option. This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase. This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity. The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage. The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin. Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.
Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second? My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom. The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools. I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift. This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go. It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial. What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00. I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.
I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy. The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date. I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish. This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours. This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be. I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too. The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone. It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee. What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.
With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote. This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities. It’s available in three different colors: Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles. Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer. As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.
The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists. The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company. It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place. Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional. This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely. If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way. Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas. This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do. I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.
You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD. The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy. Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone. Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day. Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.
Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me. So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too. I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection. I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook. Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren. I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts. You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life. These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.
Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera. The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has. It’s compact and powerful. With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.
Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful. These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately. Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one. I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round. I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?
Disclaimer: Most of the products discussed, mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review and editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I have always loved dressing up and look forward to events so I was very excited to be invited to attend the Royal Order of King Kamehameha 150th Year Jubilee Ball. This beautiful event is held every so many years but this year, being the 150th Anniversary made for a huge event. The event took place at the beautiful Grand Wailea Resort in the Haleakala Ballroom and Garden on Saturday, April 9, 2016. My husband and I were quite excited and while it was last minute that we were invited to go, we were able to pull together our attire in time for the event.
The color for the event this year was red, so I chose to go with a red dress. I always love the way I look in red so it was an easy choice. Finding a dress for my plus sized self was not an easy task however, but I’m glad I found a beautiful dress last minute and it fit perfectly. The affair was a formal event which meant suit and tie for gentlemen and gown for ladies were required. Everyone was dressed up fancy and beautiful.
There was dinner and entertainment. For dinner we were served a sit down 5 course dinner which consisted of a fusion of Hawaiian and local cuisine. My husband and I really enjoyed the food and entertainment was wonderful as well.
Above is a video with my snapchat timeline from that evening. I was so busy having a grand time and enjoying the night that I didn’t have a chance to vlog or to take a lot of photos, but I tried to snap as much as possible. I did take photos of each course we enjoyed for dinner. Our 5 courses included the following:
Course 1 – Amuse Bouche, Ahi Poisson Cru with fresh Cilantro, Coconut Milk and Moloka’i Pa’akai.
Course 2 – Pohole Salad with housemade pipikaula, maui onion, dried shrimp, pea shoots and haiku tomato with Rolls and Lilikoi (passion fruit) butter
Course 3 – Roast Pork wrapped and baked in Ti- Leaf, served over ‘Uala (sweet potato), Lu’au, Inamona and Chicharron. Served with white rice family style
Course 4 – Lilikoi Haupia Brown Butter Cake with Haupia, Kula Strawberries and Chantilly
Course 5 – Friandise, Chocolate Truffles and Tea or Coffee
Of course, since we were in an ambient setting and the lighting was not the greatest, photos were not as clear as I would have liked… but I wanted to share this wonderful evening with all of you. I had a great time and it was such a special event. There are few events like this here on Maui so it was so nice to be able to attend.
I literally felt like I was going to prom. Everyone was dressed up and looked wonderful. It’s interesting because it literally was the adult version of a prom, but with a full service bar and adult conversations. I love that as we get older, the uncomfortable feeling we get around our peers tends to dwindle – which is quite different from how it was as we were teens. The event was beautiful, food a wonderful delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a wonderful way to finish our week of celebrations for my husband and I for our wedding anniversary. 15 years married and a wonderful ball – I say it was a grand time.
Disclaimer: It goes to say that none of this was sponsored and everything was paid out of pocket.
Since my family and I live in paradise, our world is our playground – literally. We like to spend our days trekking through the forest trails or lounging as a family at the beach. Because of this, traveling with essentials is always a must for us and making sure we have the right kind of gear to hold all of our essentials is a requirement. Recently, my family and I have been introduced to some awesome packs from Lewis N. Clark and I wanted to share them with you. With Spring and Summer months right around the bend, if you are anything like my family, you’re planning your next adventure and these awesome packs are worth the mention. The Lewis N. Clark Electrolight Backpacks are perfect for the world traveler or explorer and today I share them with you.
The Lewis N. Clark Electrolight Backpacks are compact bags that are collapsible. I remember as a kid, my dad had something similar to use for his surfing gear so immediately when I set my eyes on these – I knew they would be a great addition for us to use. The ElectroLight bags weigh in at just under three ounces and are made with durable silnylon and made to last. The collapsible backpacks (and duffles – they have those too) are compact and well-constructed for how tiny and lightweight they are. These cool packs are made in bright, sporty colors – which I love, because as a mother it not only helps me with keeping an eye on the kids (they literally stand out), but colors are trendy for the boys and really make these cool all on their own. The Lewis N. Clark bags are resistant to water and stains which is also a plus since stains are inevitable and this makes it perfect for days when exploring out and about and it starts to drizzle.
What I enjoy so much about these is the fact that they scrunch and fold into a small compact pouch which makes this not only great for storage and for keeping on hand (in the car, etc.) but perfect for travel. The size of the backpack is perfect to fit those little extra necessities or “last minute shopping buys while traveling” but also fits well in the overhead of the plane, on the floor below the seat or folds back into it’s little pouch for easy storage. These backpacks fit comfortably on the shoulders and distribute the weight nicely so that it sits comfortable on your back as well. My entire family has been loving these and we plan to pick up three more so each of us can have our own.
This backpack retails for $27.00 and like I mentioned previously, Lewis N. Clark also have a dufflebag that folds up small as well. The backpack is equipped with non-slip, adjustable straps which make it convenient for my 12 year old to take with him when he’s off to the beach or to the pool with his buds. It easily fits his towel, goggles or other swim gear, an average size bottle of water and a few odds and ends with ease. This backpack is a minimalist travel essential. This will be a great edition for our summer fun adventures because it’s perfect to hold everything you want to keep organized without the heavy feeling of a traditional backpack.
Whether you are using this backpack for travel, exploring, hiking or everything in between – you will have a backpack that is made with quality. Each of the Lewis N. Clark Electrolight Backpacks are:
Made with silnylon fabric that is water and stain resistant
Unfolds easy from a compact pouch to a full backpack
The clipped on pouch can be used as a separate ditty bag
Comes with non-slip, adjustable straps that feel comfortable on the shoulders
An internal pocket allows you to keep small valuables like a set of keys, etc.
17in x 13in x 6in
Are you a backpacker and love to explore and go on adventures? If so, do you think these packs would fit into your adventure lifestyle? If you’re interested in getting your own Lewis N. Clark Electrolight Backpack – you can check them out and the other colors available here. Don’t forget, they have dufflebags too.
Overall I’m not only impressed with the quality of these packs but I love that they are lightweight and versatile for my family. While these may not be holding school books or heavy items, they can hold up to a 60 lb. burst weight, though I do not suggest you carry anything that heavy in the pack. My sons love the colors they come in and I love that they give my family the option to carry some of the things we need for when we travel or go hiking without sacrificing comfort or storing anything huge when not in use. We are definitely picking up a few more so each of us can have our own.
Comment below and let me know if this is something you can utilize in your life?
Disclaimer: The products featured and discussed in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I am all about having a great pair of footwear for working out and today I wanted to share with all of you this pair of comfortable shoes that I’ve been loving lately. Let me introduce you to FITKICKS, an active lifestyle footwear that is lightweight and versatile for anyone on the go or looking for something to be comfortable with. They are the “Anywhere” shoe!
Let me start by saying that these are not traditional “workout” or “anywhere” type of shoes and when I first seen them I was both intrigued but also wondered how well they work. Since I have issues with my ankles, I’m always looking for something lightweight that I can use on the elliptical when working out or something at the gym that will not add any extra bulk or weight to my feet. At first glance, they remind me of reef shoes, which is something you see a lot here in Hawaii. But, once I got the pair in my hands and tried them on – I was instantly appeased and excited to give them a go.
The Fitkicks range in cost from about $19.99 – $24.00 and come in a variety of different colors and designs. I received the light grey with lavender trim which suits me since you know I love my purples. The pair I have retails for $19.99 and comes in four colors in this specific design. You can find them in a range of sizes from Small – Extra Large, I have the Large and normally use a size 8 1/2 shoe. They fit comfortably and easily slip on without any problems.
Fitkicks claim is that you can slip into these comfort kicks and use them for a variety of things… traveling, yoga, cruising, exercise, walking, at the beach, dancing, as high heel relief, running every day errands, water sports and just overall hanging out. These awesome little shoes take up very little room and are easy to fold and take with you – making them ideal for keeping in a gym bag, traveling with or in my case, keeping in my bag in the car for those days I want to go for a walk or run. They are made of durable flex form soles and are extra breathable which make them comfortable on hot days – I didn’t get sweaty at all, even after a long workout. They have great ergonomic comfort and are so easy to slip on and off.
Since FITKICKS offers such a unique design and ergonomic fit, you get full movement potential with your shoes. The Durable FlexForm sole naturally contours your feet for free range of motion making it the perfect active wear shoe. Since our lives keep us on the go I love that these make it so convenient to keep your “workout gear” with you – no bulky shoes to lug around. They are the perfect fold-and-go portable shoe. And, with technology that is specifically engineered to provide a natural contour, the FITKICKS are comfortable.
The FITKICKS also has a protective toe guard that prevents dragging and excessive wear points which make it perfect for anyone to use. And, these awesome things are washable and dry-able, hello genius!
Women Shoe Size: Small (5 – 6 1/2), Medium (7-8), Large (8 1/2 – 9 1/2), X Large (10-11)
After having these for a few weeks, I’m absolutely loving them. As I mentioned before, they are very comfortable and lightweight which makes it ideal for me when working out and are my go-to shoes for when I am on the elliptical. FITKICKS offers so many other designs and footwear that I have a list of a few that my eyes are set on like the Energy Sidekicks Foldable Flats, FITKICKS in Black/Grey, and a pair for each of my sons (since they have FITKICKS Kids and a pair for my husband (yay for Men’s sizes too). I’m not only impressed with how well these fit, how comfy they are, but also the fact that they are reasonably priced and offer you so much versatility for use. As a mother of three very active boys, these shoes allow me to keep on my toes while chasing after them and I can use them at a variety of locations. I love that they offer light support and are really cool.
If you are someone who works out and is looking for some new footwear, I highly suggest checking these babies out. You can find them at: http://www.fitkicks.us/. Check them out and see if you can find a pair (or two) for you or someone you love. I have my eyes on a few more and one specifically to wear around the house, so I’ll be heading over to the site soon too.
Have you tried anything like this before or have you heard of FITKICKS? If so – what are your thoughts? If not, comment below and tell me, would you rock them out?
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to feature or discuss these products on my site, but affiliate links are posted through out.
Are you still on the hunt for that special Gal-entine’s Day gift or special surprise for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? There are so many options available when shopping, but why not make a statement with what you choose to gift this year or anytime? Today I wanted to share with you a gorgeous piece from CAROLEE – just in time for Valentine’s Day or a special gift of “just because”. If you are anything like my husband and I, celebrating love is a daily occasion and doesn’t need a special holiday so you can elect to get some from CAROLEE anytime of the year.
While all the pieces CAROLEE offers are stunning and gorgeous, I decided on the Candy Colors Dramatic Necklace ($130.00) that comes ready for gifting in a gorgeous gift box. This beautiful statement piece is the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and jewels. It comes with multi-color acrylic stone in a gold-tone setting and has a lobster claw closure. It has an 18-20 inch adjustable chain and great weight to it offering a chic and sophisticated look.
This classic design is one that will go with just about anything. Use this necklace with a pair of jeans and a cute top or dress it up for a night on the town. I love that it is filled with gorgeous colors that will be perfect for any occasion and you can use this as your statement piece to your entire outfit. Since the necklace features several different colors it would be a great Spring or Summer necklace (not just for Valentine’s Day).
If you have your eyes set on this necklace, like with any other jewelry make sure to wipe the necklace down prior to storage and if at all possible store in an air tight bag to keep the dust away. This will help to prolong your necklace so you can get lots of use out of it. This gorgeous piece makes such a great gift for someone you love or a nice piece to add to your own collection. I’m not only impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship but also with the overall appearance and look. It’s beautiful and would make a fantastic gift.
CAROLEE offers a variety of jewelry pieces to choose from, made from the finest materials that meet the highest standards in workmanship. They ship worldwide and offer a worldwide lifetime guarantee which is spectacular. While I don’t live in the Continental U.S., I’m happy to say that CAROLEE offers free Standard Shipping on any purchase within the Continental U.S. (awesome) and the products available are drool worthy. Take your time to go through the site and see what else they have to offer. There are a few pieces I have my sights set on and a plethora of gorgeous jewels in their Sale section to choose from as well.
Be sure to stop by the site and see what CAROLEE has to offer. You can shop the online store here: https://www.carolee.com/.
Have you heard of CAROLEE before? Are you a fan of getting jewelry as a gift for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year? Comment below and let me know.
Disclaimer: The product(s) discussed or featured in this post were sent to me for consideration and editorial purposes. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year. To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another. You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.
“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso
My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways. Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another. Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection. Watches are so significant to each of us. To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.
“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)
This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple. This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it. It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day. For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.
While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have. As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change. Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love. Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.
Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you. With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible. Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.
I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code. Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below. You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from). Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!
Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC. Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because. Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo
I am aware that I’m a bit late with sharing my Rocksbox from November, but this month literally got away from me and I’m trying to catch up on everything. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my November Rocksbox and the goodies I got inside. I’ll be honest, when I first was contacted by Rocksbox, I didn’t think that it was for me – but after giving it a try I can honestly say that I’m enjoying this subscription.
So what is Rocksbox anyway? It is a subscription service that includes an unlimited jewelry rental from top designer brands including Kendra Scott (one of my favorites, Gorjana and so much more. Each box is personalized for you and curated by a team of stylists. I decided this would be the perfect time to share my November box with you because this would make a great gift for the Holidays. You can wear your jewelry on loan as much as you want and then swap anytime when you are ready to refresh. Simply return your set in the original packaging with the prepaid label, leave your stylist feedback online and your next set will be on it’s way shortly. I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy using jewelry that had been returned and worn, but I was so impressed with not only the packaging for each piece, but the care and instructions included and the quality of each item. The pieces are gorgeous, well maintained and kept and I loved each one I received this month.
Special discounts and member rewards are given towards purchases and you keep and purchase at a discounted rate the pieces you want to keep and return those you don’t. Rocksbox also offers Free prepaid shipping both ways which makes this subscription service a fab choice. The attention to detail in the packaging is wonderful. My box came a tad bit crushed, but it didn’t bother me because everything was well packaged and nothing was damaged upon receipt. There is a wonderful theme through out the packaging – down to the stickers and tissue paper and I was very impressed with what I opened even before I seen the jewelry pieces inside. Let’s dig deeper and see what I got, shall we?
I received three gorgeous gold toned items. I love gold and use it often so I was impressed at how nice each piece was. The first piece I received was the Melinda Maria Cade Pave Ring (Insider’s Price $46). This ring is gorgeous. It is a tad bit too small for me to use like a regular ring on my ring finger but makes a great accent ring or even midi ring for any of my fingers as a great accent. Each little crystal is set in place and this offers a beautiful statement without being too over powering.
The second piece I received was the Kendra Scott Jamie Bracelet in Irridescent Drusy (Insider’s Price $52). If you have been following me a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Kendra Scott jewelry and own a few pieces from the line. I immediately fell in love with this bracelet because I’m also a huge fan of gemstones and drusy cut stones that I knew this would make a great piece in my collection. This is the item I decided to keep.
The third and last piece I received was the Gorjana Cresent Pendant Necklace (Insider’s Price $56). This piece was probably my least favorite out of the three I received. It is funny though, because I had this necklace added to my wishlist but when I received it I realized that while the style is something I would wear – the length of it was just too long for me to love. My Rocksbox stylist saw that I added this necklace to my wishlist and built the cohesive set I received around it – so it still is a great find and a gorgeous piece but I really would prefer something with a shorter chain. I love it nonetheless, but not enough to keep it. This necklace would make a great piece to pair with a casual outfit like jeans with a top or dressed up for your business suit or a dress.
For just $19 a month you get three pieces to wear on loan and you swap your set anytime you want. If you fall in love with the pieces or a piece – you get a $10 monthly shine spend to apply towards your purchase. There is zero effort and no commitment on your end. Prepaid shipping allows you to simply put the items back in the mailbox and wait for your next set to arrive. It’s simple and easy and while this is my first time experiencing Rocksbox, I am loving it.
Each item I received was wrapped well and each came in their own little pouch to keep them secure and protected. Instructions also came with the box on caring for each piece so that they would last and keep looking great. Each piece you receive, while Costume or Fashion jewelry are well made pieces from awesome designers giving you the opportunity to try new ones each time you get a box. Like I mentioned previously, I think this would make a fabulous gift for anyone who loves jewelry. I am beyond impressed with this subscription box.
“If loving jewelry is a crime, we plead guilty.”
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So have you been hearing about Rocksbox lately? Is this something you wouldn’t mind getting as a gift? What about the pieces, do you think I made the right choice in choosing the drusy bracelet to keep?
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to feature these products or this service here and affiliate links are posted throughout.
Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year because it allows things to cool off here in Hawaii and I can wear my cozy and warm fashion favorites that I love so much. Besides scarves and slouchy sweaters, another favorite for me is hats or beanies. Let’s face it – anything that will keep my full head of hair in place without sacrificing style is a plus and I’m all about keeping the ears warm as the months get colder. Today I share with you a simple plus sized outfit featuring a beret from Scala Pronto. If you love Fall fashion as much as I do, hopefully I can introduce you to some really cool ideas for this season’s wardrobe.
This slouchy beret from Scala Pronto is fashionable, chic and totally flattering. I have a larger head size than most people and found that this beret fits easy and comfortably as well. The collection is affordable, retailing for $32 and available in grey or oatmeal (what I’m wearing). Slouchy hats just scream Fall and Winter and are so fashion forward. It’s one of those accessories that has literally stood the changes in trend and attire over the years and paired with your favorite Fall outfit, you will be ready to take on your day.
What am I wearing
Beret – Scala Pronto Beret in Oatmeal
Scarf – Plaid Tartan Scarf / Wrap from Amazon
Top – Black Plus Size Scoop Neck Tee from Torrid
Pants – YMI Jeans Plus Luxe Skinny
Footwear – Steve Madden Heaven Leopard Ballet Flats
Sunglasses – Kenneth Cole New York Metal Frame Rectangular Frame Aviators
Watch – Invicta Silver & Gold Divers
I chose to wear my Tartan Scarf like a wrap – but they go wear if wrapped around the neck like an infinity scarf or swooped around once and hanging long. While I chose to wear flats today (it’s still too warm for boots), my normal choice in footwear would be a pair of boots – it’s a staple for me this time of year. Pair this look with fun accessories like your favorite bracelets or necklaces and you have a showstopping outfit. There is nothing wrong with a casual look – this is mine.
Makeup of the day
Eye shadow – ColourPop Desert, Strength, XO and Bravery
Eye liner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Mally Evercolor Eyeliner in Midnight
Lips – ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tulle
When it comes to Fall fashion – I literally live in cozy and comfy. Let’s face it, I live in Hawaii where the weather is warm year round, so I look forward to the cool, crisp Fall air. I practically live in Skinny Jeans and slouchy sweaters and I love pairing those key elements in my wardrobe with fun accessories that make a statement. Slouchy looks are so on trend for Fall and Winter and Scala Pronto has satisfied that with their well made Beret. I can’t wait to get my hands on the grey one and rock that out too.
Scala Pronto berets come in a wide assortment of colors and knit stitches. Find your favorite in a variety of highly decorated versions.
Purchase your Scala Pronto beret here at villagehatshop.com and check out the other products available for purchase to add to your fall looks. Pack your beach wear away and pull out your favorite knits, plaid and all the fun warm and cozies you have hiding in your closet and enjoy the season.
What are your favorite digs for Fall season?
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent to me for review and consideration and some products were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I absolutely love how universal and stylish footwear is and how it can change a look in a matter of seconds with a switch of the shoes. But, sometimes – using high heels can be uncomfortable on my ankle injuries and a little massage can go a long way. Today I’m sharing with you some goodies from Kushyfoot, a brand I have been introduced to that helps to massage your feet with every step you take. With a wide selection of products for your every need – your feet can be pampered and comfy for any footwear your choose to use.
Kushyfoot is a brand that offers a selection of different foot massaging cover-ups that help your feet to feel comfortable in any type of footwear. They also have Flats to Go! which are there to help you on those days that you need to give your feet a little break from your heels. They are comfy and come in an array of sizes or one size fits all. With each step you get a little massage that helps standing on your feet all day or wearing your favorite pair of shoes comfy and cozy.
The Flats to Go! are fold-able ballerina flats that come in four different patterns (I got Leopard) and retail for $9.99 – $11.99. They are perfect for those days where you may be on your feet longer than expected and are so easy to travel with, they fit right in your purse. I received size 9-10 which was a bit too big for me, so it doesn’t stay on my feet and slides off, but I’m sure with a size smaller, they will be perfect. I keep them in my car or in my purse and love that I can use my heels and then switch out as my feet become achy. They are so convenient and stylish.
The Sheer Anklets are perfect with pumps and come in nude and black. They have a zig zag sole to help protect the ball of your foot, are super stretchy and fit every foot shape and size. They retail for $11.97 and you get 3 pairs which is not only a time saver but a money saver too. I love how comfy these are and they make slipping on your favorite pumps and heels easy and really comfortable to wear.
The Peep Toe with Heel Grip Foot Covers are fun and perfect for those peep toe pumps you love. They retail for $11.97 and include three pairs. Available in Nude & Black and easy to put on and take off. These feel so comfortable on that it makes me want to use my peep toe heels all the time. This foot cover features cut outs for your toes and heel grip that keep them in place for you all day. You can use these with pumps if you would like, but they are meant for your peep toe or open toe heels and work wonders. I love how comfy my feet feel when wearing these inside of my favorite shoes.
The Lace Top Toe Covers are my favorite from Kushy Foot. They are so flirty and girly and very feminine. These cute toe covers come in two colors – black and nude (nude pictured). These retail for $23.97 and include 6 pairs. Each toe cover has a sweet lace top that covers the toe area and a clear elastic band that hooks around the heel. It’s a lot more comfy then they look and once they are on – they feel like you are wearing nothing at all. These go great in your favorite open back or sling back sandal or pumps. I just love how feminine these are and add a little extra something to your outfit, even if they are hidden beneath your favorite shoe.
Kushyfoot also offers a variety of different ankle and knee high sheers for you to use under your favorite mary janes or other footwear and I absolutely love the Sport Foot Covers under my Under Armour Tennis Shoes as they have a ventilated mesh top, arch support and stay put and in place even through my most aggressive run. Each of their products feel so comfortable and cool and I notice that I don’t have a sweaty feeling when I remove them. Kushyfoot also offers socks for men which make it great for shopping when you are looking for something for you – you can buy something for the man in your life too. After using these over the last few months, my feet don’t hurt as much as they normally do without Kushyfoot – which is a big deal for my injured ankles. I love how versatile these can be and how easy they are to use. They are priced reasonably and you have a plethora of options.
Have you heard of Kushyfoot before or have you used or seen any of the styles I have shared with you today? Is this something you could see adding to your footwear needs? What are your favorite heels to wear and will Kushyfoot be a good match for you?
I’m all about saving a buck and finding things on sale or at a discounted price but finding clothes that fits this voluptuous body of mine can be a struggle and a challenge. A few years back I was introduced to 599Fashion.com and have been a fan of the site since. While I was sent these items for review and feature from 599Fashion.com – I have purchased from the site a lot over the years and I wanted to share the newest threads I acquired this time around.
So what is 599Fashion.com? This is a website that offers you a variety of clothing and accessories that cost $5.99 or less. Now, over the years they have added other items like footwear that do cost a tad bit more – but for the most part, nothing is over $8.00 from what I can see. You can find everything from regular sized clothing for women and plus sizes too (woohoo for me) but there is also a lot of accessories from jewelry to handbags and other fun items all at reasonable and affordable costs. What I enjoy about 599fashion.com is that they not only ship to Hawaii, but shipping costs are not outrageous like other sites can be.
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I am all about comfy and casual clothes but I also love lace so I’m always excited to see lace on the site. The top I’m using in the photo above is a ribbed racerback style tank that has lace down the back and is comfy and cool. This top is just $5.99 and was available in several different colors.
Since I tend to find lace on the site often, I’m always picking up something with a little lace detailing. The top in the photo above is a black round neck top with lace illusion back and sleeves. I love it. Made of a cotton and spandex blend, it’s comfy and cozy and again – just $5.99. It is also available in a variety of colors too.
I think the tops that are offered on the site – especially those for plus sized gals like me are fun and flirty and you simply can’t beat the price tag. After years of shopping on 599fashion.com I have found a variety of maxi dresses, tops and even cute flip flops that I have loved. The only downfall about the site or company is that due to the demand, supply and the affordability the products on the site can sell out quickly. One day it can be there and the next it is completely gone. Because of this you want to ensure that you get it when you see it or it may not be there the next time you come back.
Now let’s talk about the ease of shopping on the site. It’s simple really! You can search or select your size to make shopping easier or simply browse the site. It’s updated consistently and new things are added each week. I love the fact that when I order something, I can see the sizes available and know that I’ll get the product if I ordered it. My experience with shopping on 599fashion.com is always seamless and there are never any issues.
The quality of clothing that I have purchased and received over the years are actually not bad. Considering the price point, you are getting the same kind of quality as you would from stores like RAVE, Jeans Warehouse (Hawaii), Forever21 and even Charlotte Russe. I examine all of the clothing when they arrive to ensure they are not ripped or damaged and I have NEVER had an issue. I have personally ordered from this site at least 10 times and have never had a piece of clothing arrive damaged. I especially love the maxi dresses from this site because they fit well and are so comfy for dressy days or lounging.
If you are looking for something affordable or to get a great buy for your money, I suggest checking out the site and seeing if there is something you may want. While I was sent these products for review and feature, I have been and continue to be a customer of the site. Another thing I enjoy picking up is little toys and trinkets for my sons – which are also available. Stop by and check it all out.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned or featured in this post were sent to me for review and consideration however all thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. My thoughts in this post are based solely on my own experience only. I was not paid or monetarily compensated to feature these products or brand on my site.
If you watch any of my videos or follow me on Instagram, you know that I practically live in sunglasses and polarized ones are my absolute favorites. I believe that if a great pair of sunnies are worth the cost, I’ll buy it – hence the reason for my large Maui Jim collection. Call me a sunglasses snob, I want a certain look, feel and quality of lens when it comes to sunglasses and prefer the best. Recently I was sent a pair of sunglasses from Westwood and I immediately fell in love with it. There are not many sunglasses with similar shapes to these that I have enjoyed in the past so I am truly enjoying this pair and I wanted to share them with you.
Since I have a love for expensive shades, I also know too well that in one moment you can either shatter or lose a great pair of sunglasses without notice. I can attest for many sunglasses being lost in the ocean, in a pond or stream or even in the sand so I was interested to see what Westwood would offer. Each handcrafted pair of Westwood Sunglasses is made entirely of wood. They each weigh 0.8 ounces and are so light that they float in water. I have been using these in place of my Maui Jims to enjoy my summer festivities because they have been durable and also protect my eyes from UV rays. Most importantly, these are polarized which allow me to see the World as I am used to – in complete clarity and bright gorgeous color.
These shades are made of good quality and are half the price or less of big brand shades that you can get on the market. I also love that they come with flexible temples which make wearing them comfortable and easy to fit my big head and they are made of bamboo which makes them lightweight and doesn’t cause me any headaches like heavier sunglasses can do. The pair I received – Westwood Classic Smoke, retails for $80 on the site and considering I have put this pair through the ringer as I would normally for any other pair I own, it has held up, taken a beating and I really enjoy it.
The style of the sunglasses is a classic. They remind me of a style I rocked out in the 80s that is timeless and I know it won’t go anywhere. They are just fun overall to use and I really enjoy them. Each pair of sunglasses comes with a soft carrying case and a cleaning cloth which make the sunglasses easy to take with you, store and clean. They are fun and funky and I’m enjoying the pair that I have.
Have you heard of Westwood sunglasses? If not, would these be a pair you would be interested in? What brand of sunglasses are you rocking this summer?
Disclaimer: The product discussed in this post was sent to me for review and consideration. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. While I did receive free product, I was not monetarily compensated to provide my thoughts. This is a part of a Brandbacker campaign.
I can’t believe summer is here already and that means that I’ll do anything to beat the heat. That also means that while I love to be stylish, I also want to be cool and comfortable. It’s a rare occasion that I add any heat products to my hair and during the summer, that is especially true. I love wearing my hair down but with the heat some products and styles can cause me to feel sticky and yuck so I try to keep it all as simple as possible. I have used many products over the years to create that beachy boho curls look without the fuss of a lot of products or tools and TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done has definitely been a great addition to my style this season. I wanted to share with you an easy style that is not only effortless, it requires absolutely no tools. I hope you enjoy this little tutorial I have for you!
I’m so excited at how easy it is to achieve a quick, sweet and fashionable wavy look for less with help from Walmart and the new TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done collection – a line of soft styling products that are infused with Sea Kelp extract to create a variety of effortless, wavy hairstyles. Perfect up to 3 different styles with just 6 products and get weightless hold that lasts all day without looking overly styled.
Take the “Which wavy style should you try at your next special event?” quiz to see which look will be perfect for your next wedding, brunch, or girl’s night out. Wherever you’re going there’s a fabulous wavy look that’s right for you! I got Boho Waves and I was so excited to share an easy and effortless look that you can use all day during the summer months. TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done products make it simple for you to do and my short tutorial is great for those on the go.
All You need are 4 products and no heat tools to create this look:
TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Shampoo
TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Conditioner
TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Salt Spray
TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee
Now for the steps you need to create these Beachy boho waves. I have naturally curly hair, but find that the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done products add soft hold for all day and give me that beachy sea salt hair that looks like I was playing in the ocean all day. If you have straight hair, I suggest using a styling tool like a curling wand or flat iron – however, I also find that wrapping your hair around your finger or scrunching while adding product will give you a great look with soft beachy waves as well.
Start with washing your hair with the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Shampoo & Conditioner. Dry your hair but not completely. I like my hair to be wet a bit when I apply the other products so that my curls are more defined, but damp and slightly dry hair works best.
When your hair reaches that point of almost dry but still damp I like to spray in the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Salt Spray. I like to spray from my roots, through the mid length of my hair and then finish at the ends. Be sure that if you do not have much volume on the top of your head, do not add too much product so that you do not weigh your hair down. Once you have applied the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Salt Spray – scrunch your hair to give it texture.
If you have naturally curly hair like I do – then I suggest using the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee to lightly hold your curls in place. This product will allow you to have movement in your hair, but still offer a light hold to keep your curls defined. If you have straight hair, as you are applying the Gelee, you want to scrunch your hair to give it texture and activate your natural waves. If you have really straight hair, you may need to use the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Brushable Hold Hairspray instead of the Gelee and wrap strands of your hair around your fingers to create soft waves. You can do this with the Gelee as well but it may not hold as great as the Hairspray does.
Finish the look off with a fun headband. I originally thought about using a floral crown, but was feeling something a little simpler and this stretchy band with iridescent beads was fun, flirty and gave the look a boho feel.
Now your very easy hairstyle is complete so get your beach gear or favorite pool party fashions to style and profile! I like to finish my boho waves and curls with a cute wrap, sarong or pareo and a cute pair of flip flops.
Want to try the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done product line for yourself? Check your local paper for a coupon and check out this awesome line. I’m loving the Sea Salt Spray and I can honestly say I may not go back to my highend brand again… lol.
Visit TRESemmé at Walmart to find out if you should try Hollywood Waves, Boho Waves, or Beachy Waves – or you can unleash your inner stylist and try them all!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done at Walmart via Lunchbox. All opinions and thoughts are 100% honest & unbiased.