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FRENCH SOLE FALL 2015 SHOE PREVIEW 

3 May

French Sole invited me to their Fall 2015 shoe preview. The boutique is located on the Upper East Side in NY. They have a fabulous collection of ballet flats ranging from animal print to their own exclusive, exquisite materials. Leather, suede, calfskin, haircalf, snake print, you name it they have it. If you like a print in a round toe it can be transferred to a pointy toe shoe. Sizes range from 4-12 but can go up to some 13’s as well. 

I immediately was drawn to the PEPPY-LEOPARD HAIRCALF shoe. Love the flat pointy toe. The PYRO in NAVY SUEDE was gorgeous. I also loved the burgundy too which is also a flat. There was a Broze Lace/Black Satin wedge shoe called OCEAN. And even though it’s a wedge it’s still looks and feel like a flat. This is a great dressy shoe but your feet will thank you and you can go from office to a girls night out or date night with this. The OUTLAW in Velvet comes in black or wine and has chains that would look great with a military jacket or peacoat. 

  
   
  

  

 More favorites were the leopard print suede slip-on sneaker called OUTDOORS. Also available in zebra print suede. These are a must have. I could walk around in these all day. Also, the OASIS slip on sneaker in blk/white snake. These prints are amazing!!  As a New Yorker who is on her feet all day, everyday I could appreciate these comfortable, trendy sneakers. 

   
 The JIGSAW flat in a scalloped shape came in metal, lizard print or velvet. Colors were pewter, bronze, wine, navy and black. 

  
The pair that were given to those who attended were called ZEPPA. There were 3 colors to choose from. Coral, Navy and Turquoise. I chose Coral because I loved the color and it looks great with my skin tone and reminded me how fast I want the summer to get here. I couldn’t wait to wear them that I actually did and they were great! Comfortable all day and has a small wedge. I received lots of compliments and didn’t want to take them off. They suggested we get a size bigger than what we normally wear but depending on the shoe I went with a 10 which fit perfect. I tried them on before I left. These are Italian shoes so if you already own the brand or Italian shoes than you should know your size. If not and you are in NY stop in and try a pair on. 

French Sole: 985 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10021 at 71st. (212) 737-1116.  www.frenchsoleshoes.com

  
There are so many shoes to choose from you might be there for hours. I enjoyed reviewing the collection and my shoes and will be posting more pics of my shoes on social media. Thank you French Sole for the invite and the shoes. Can’t wait for the collection!!

   
         Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a pair of shoes to review . Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

@Bearpawshoes THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING IN NY AND BEYOND!!

20 Mar

It’s official that I totally need a walk in closet for my shoes/boots. It’s also official that I am a BEARPAW BRAND AMBASSADOR. I was so honored that BearPaw picked me as one of their ambassador’s. I have always been a huge fan and always made sure I owned a pair of their comfy, stylish, warm boots. I even love the way the boots look on my daughter, and she approves. There’s so many to choose from like wedges, booties, knits and also slippers. Bearpaw also made sure to have a men’s and kids collection and casual footwear. From hikers, slip on’s, all weather, you name it. Sheepskin naturally regulates body temperature so feet stay cooler and drier in the heat and warmer in the cold. This is why my feet are warm all winter and why I appreciate a good pair of boots. 

It didn’t take me long to pick out a few of my favorites. The pictures below will show you what I like. The three I picked are: 

Tigris: 5.5″ tall pull on with rabbit fur collar. Color is Hickory. They run big so get your true size or even a size smaller. DO NOT order a size bigger. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on these. I like wearing them with skinny jeans. 

Emma: 10″ medium height soft suede. These can be worn with skirts, sweats, jeans, leggings, etc. Lining is very cushioned and cozy sometimes I just want to wear them without socks. These you need to order one size up. I also got these in Hickory.

Isabella: I recommend these 100%. I love these in the cold, rain and snow. They kept my feet very dry and warm and are very lightweight and waterproof.  Rubber toe cap and outsole. I should have had these a long time ago. Better late than never. I loved these with jeans or leggings. I just love the color Hickory so I also got these in that color as well. I got these in my true size. 

All of these are extremely comfortable and I will do my best to keep these boots looking fresh year after year. I will never get rid of my BEARPAWS. 

If you need help deciding what to get here is Bearpaw’s description of the collections:

The Classic Collection leads the pack with comfortable styles featuring sheepskin linings and classic detailing.

The Boutique Collection features eye-catching silhouettes in stunning shapes and exotic materials.

The Campus Collection was designed for a “laid back” atmosphere in mind… quick, easy, and most important, comfortable.

The Tahoe Collection was inspired by those ski trips and hanging out in the lodge. Combining a more traditional, rugged outsole with the highest quality materials to deliver style and comfort.


The Slipper Collection is summed up by stating “…these aren’t your parent’s house shoes.” This collection offers unprecedented comfort with all-around functionality.

Disclosure: I am a BEARPAW Brand Ambassador and I receive boots, etc to review. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are always mine 100%. 

What’s your favorite pair?

Enjoy the pictures and check out BEARPAW on their web: http://www.bearpaw.com and on Twitter: @bearpawshoes and on Instagram: @bearpawstyle 

Stay tuned for more posts to come with boots that I will review.

As BEARPAW would say: Comfortably yours!! 

   

   


DOVE DRY SPRAY ANTIPERSPIRANT REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY #TRYDRY 

6 Mar

Dove recently introduced their new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant at their Friendship Suite and I was invited to check it out. Dove partnered with Rocksbox, the innovative jewelry subscription company that was created out of the practice of sharing the latest fashion finds with friends. They asked you to bring your best girlfriend to take part in celebrating friendship. There were beauty makeovers, style trends to learn about and giveaways. 

The new Dove Dry Spray is the latest beauty trend and I see why. If there’s one thing I hate about deodorant it’s clumps under my arm that dried up. It provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection and is formulated with 1/4 moisturizers that offers all the care of Dove in a antiperspirant that goes on instantly dry for a cleaner feel. The scents are amazing. There are so many to choose from.  

Here are a few:

Nourished Beauty: A floral, powdery fragrance with notes of jasmine and rose.

Cool Essentials: A blend of cucumber and green tea.

Revive: A pomegranate, lemon verbena scent. 

These are just 3 of 6. The other 3 are Beauty Finish, Skin Renew and Sensitive. These can be found now at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. SRP $5.49 (3.8 oz) can. 

I tried the Nourished a Beauty and loved it! No more clumps and when I feel under my arms it’s so smooth and the fragrance was still there hours later. The 48 hour protection really worked. I will be packing this for my cruise. Dove didn’t forget the men. I found it in Target for my boys. It’s called Dove Men Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Clean Comfort which also smells amazing. They love it too!

I had my makeover which I loved and consulted with a Rocksbox stylist about their gorgeous jewelry and how the subscription works. They were kind enough to offer my readers a free one- month subscription to try unlimited jewelry. For more info and to try your free month head to Rocksbox.com and enter promo code: DoveBFFs 

Go to dove.us and @Dove on Twitter for more info. 

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away 3 Dove Dry Sprays to 3 winners. Choose from Nourished Beauty, Cool Essentials or Revive. Comment below and tell me which one you want to try. Open to US residents only. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received free samples. I was excited to receive these new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant from the Dove Team. I also received a necklace from Rocksbox. 





@AnnaCodorniu_US RAISE YOUR GLASS TO SPARKLING WINE FROM SPAIN

2 Feb

There’s one thing that always stand out at my parties and it’s called Anna de Codorniu. Sparkling wine is my favorite. This sparkling wine is from Spain and I see why I love it so being that I’m Spaniard (father from Spain). My guests always ask where can they buy a bottle because the taste is great. Brut and Brut Rose are a must have. At an outstanding price people don’t believe how inexpensive it is.

I really don’t need an occasion to enjoy Anna De Codorniu sparkling wine because it’s so good you will want a glass all the time. It’s good to keep a few bottles in stock for any occasion though whether it be an Oscar party, 4th of July, New Year’s Eve or just a romantic night in.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and don’t forget Mother’s Day. Head over to Twitter @AnnaCodorniu_US @AveniuBrands and the website http://www.aveniubrands.com and see what catches your eye. There’s so many to choose from I’m ready for a few new bottles myself.

Codorníu has been regarded as a world leader in prestige sparkling wine since 1872 when Josep Raventós, great grandfather to the present generation of family owners, introduced the Traditional Method in Spain, creating a wine that is known today as cava.

One of Spain’s first wine families, Codorníu has for more than 450 years produced some of the country’s finest wines. Codorníu owes its leadership position to an unrelenting focus on innovation and quality.
The winery enjoys a storied past. A royal supplier to the Spanish Crown since 1897, Codorníu’s unique winery and aging cellars are a protected Historical Artistic Monument.

Please enjoy responsibly.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

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CAPTURE AMAZING HOLIDAY PHOTOS WITH #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason @BestBuy @CanonUSAImaging

8 Dec

If there’s one thing I love about blogging it’s the pictures I post. Whether it’s of my family, celebrities or food I have to get that perfect shot. I won’t call myself a professional photographer but I’ve gotten quite a few compliments from my pictures that I capture. I wouldn’t mind taking a few photography classes and upgrading to a DSLR camera. I watch how the professionals do it and it doesn’t look hard at all.

I remember taking my oldest son to purchase his first expensive DSLR camera and he was so happy. He saved his money and knew what he wanted. I was so proud he wanted to dabble into photography. My second oldest also want to go in that direction. Since I haven’t gotten around to purchasing one yet I make sure my phone has a good camera until I make my purchase. I know for sure Best Buy has some great cameras and great deals. I’ve been doing my research. There are so many to choose from and I don’t want anything too complicated so I have a few favorites.

The description below tells you about one of my choices.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
• Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
• Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
• Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
• The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Does this sound like a great camera or what? Come on,18.0 megapixel and Hollywood caliber full HD video. This is what I’ve been waiting for. My pictures look good now but with this camera I know my pictures will come to life. I want the best for my blog and my career. I want to take it to the next level and I also want my younger kids to learn how to use a DSLR and not just a phone camera. I hope someone reading this will see what I want and make me happy for the New Year to come.

Take a look at the gorgeous pictures below and let me know your thoughts.
Here’s a great deal: “Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20”

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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ALL MIGHTY PAC STAINLIFTERS WITH OXI (SAY GOODBYE TO GREASE STAINS)

3 Dec

I don’t mind doing loads and loads of laundry, but when it comes to grease stains that’s when it gets frustrating. I don’t like any kind of stains in my clothing or linens. I have pre-treated grease stains, Nothing. Tried tricks that people swear gets the grease out and Nada. So what happens? I wind up throwing out clothes or covering up linen with props so the stain doesn’t show. I even get grease burns on my skin but that’s another topic. Is there a detergent strong enough for my clothes and linens that will actually do the job? The answer is yes!!
All Mighty Pacs Stainlifters are the answer to my prayers.
According to All Holiday Stain Report:

Heading into the heaviest cooking and baking time of the year, you spend your time worrying about over cooking casseroles and undercooking holiday turkeys. That being said ‘all laundry recognizes that with all of this time in the kitchen and at the dinner table it is primetime for tough holiday stains.

* Grease and oil top the list of food stains during the holiday season. Making holiday gravy a major culprit.
* With lasagna and meatballs being very prevalent winter dishes, tomato-based sauces and condiments are some of the most frequent and toughest food stains.
* Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato sauce and ketchup are the worst offenders.
* When it comes to baking, a majority of people experience stains from snack bars, baked goods and sweets.
* However, All laundry has this covered because when it comes to the difficulty of removal and their frequency, both are generally low.

To help families with one less thing to worry about this holiday season, try ‘All laundry’s full line of tough cleaning products and combat holiday stains.

There are so many varieties to choose from and Oxi is included in some of the detergents. Check out the full line at http://www.all-laundry.com

I don’t purposely put grease stains or any other stains in my clothes or linens but if there happen to be a stain it’s good to know All is there for me to lift the stain as if it was never there.

Disclosure: I received samples if the mighty Pacs and detergent to test out on grease stains and other stains from clothing and linens. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

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I’VE GOT A SECRET I CANT WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU #secretextensions

25 Sep

The Secret Extensions Media Event was recently held at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa 171 E 65th St in NYC. If you don’t know what Secret Extensions are well it’s a secret so I can’t tell you but you can go on their website and find out more info. http://www.secretextensions.com

Okay I’ll tell you what it is but I still want you to check out the website.
How many of you know actress /tv personality Daisy Fuentes? She’s the face behind Secret Extensions the patented headband which is completely invisible with hair attached. Thicker, fuller, longer hair in seconds. Secret Extensions are made of an all new keratin conditioned fiber that moves like, feels like, and looks like the real thing! The best part is, Secret Extensions are available in 11 different colors to perfectly blend in with your hair!

I’ve never worn extensions, wigs, or weaves but knew I wanted to give this a try just to see how you can go from limp or thin hair to a full head within seconds. It is very light weight which I loved and the colors match your hair color perfectly unless you want to go lighter or darker or even wear 2 colors at the same time. The extensions are 16″ long. If you want it shorter it can be cut. You can wash it, brush it with a soft bristle flat brush and use a curler or straightener. The string is not replaceable but with the special offer of Buy 1 get the 2nd for $29.99 I’d say it’s worth it to just buy more.

I tried the dark brown and brown black because I have those natural colors in my hair. I might try the light red brown the next time. What I also like is I didn’t have to dye my hair in a salon or get any type of weave or wig and be upset if it wasn’t what I expected. This is easy. Just put on like a headband if I like the color it stays on, if I don’t it’s not a problem just easily take off. No damage done.

I received two different hairstyles at the event and when I got home I tried out a few more. What a difference hair makes. Someone said I looked like a princess. I felt like Rapunzel. I love it and will be sporting my new look with pride. My favorite look is what I tried out which is the side pony. I also love braids. I don’t know how to make a fishbraid but I will have someone make one for me.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a swag bag with goodies and hair extensions of course. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

BEFORE!!

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AFTER!!

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WHAT I CREATED AT HOME!!

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AT SALON!!

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VIRGINIA FROM @LovelyVirginia AND I HAPPY WITH OUR RESULTS!!

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ORIENTAL TRADING PARTY SUPPLIES FOR ALL OCCASIONS AND EVENTS

18 Jun

My second-born graduated from High School and we were all excited and proud to see him walk down that aisle after all his hard work and dedication. I want to thank him for sticking with it till the end. Some kids give up and it’s not as easy now as it was when I was in school. I graduated from high school, my oldest son graduated and I have two more to go. I love graduations, knowing that everyone is proud of you and you don’t have to go back to school. Of course there’s college for some, work for others, or traveling. Whatever it is you do just continue to shine and make your parents proud.

I love throwing parties , cooking and party planning. I also love buying in bulk when I know I have lots of guests coming over. That’s where Oriental Trading comes in. They have all of my party supplies and decorations I need. I don’t have to leave my house I just order online and wait for my packages to be delivered. Prices are amazing.

I reached out to Oriental Trading and ordered party supplies and decorations for my graduating senior. They had everything I needed. Tablecloths, plates, signs, cups, straws, gifts, party favors, candy. I loved it!!

My two younger kids got promoted as well so the things I ordered came in handy for everyone.

My graduation party supply list is affordable and just right for any graduation celebration. Take a look at the pictures below and see how I decorated for the party. Some items are from Oriental Trading and OhJoy for Target.

Visit http://www.orientaltrading.com for all of your party needs and prices.
Twitter: @OrientalTrading
Stock up on your 4th of July party favors and decorations now.
My kids also want to sell lemonade this summer so I will be stocking up on more supplies they will need.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Party supplies were sent to me to review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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MADAME ALEXANDER “FAVORITE FRIENDS DOLL” IS A FAVORITE IN OUR HOUSE #momadvisoryboard

11 Apr

There’s nothing like seeing the look on your kids faces when they receive gifts. When I was chosen to be on the “Mom Advisory Board” for Madame Alexander my daughter “Taylinn” was going to be blessed with the best dolls. She loves dolls and I couldn’t pass this up.

My daughter received the “Favorite Friends Madame Alexander Loves NYC 18 inch Play Doll.” Her face was priceless when she came home from school and saw her doll waiting for her. Taylinn immediately named her doll “Ashley.”
She couldn’t wait to play with “Ashley” and introduce her to her other dolls. My daughter likes to style her dolls in different outfits, give them makeovers and have them cook in her kitchen. Taylinn also uses her hair accessories to give her dolls the ultimate hair styles as well. She hasn’t put “Ashley” down yet and plays with her everyday.

Her doll has sparkly blue eyes that open and close and long blond hair. She has the cutest outfit showing how Madame Alexander loves New York City since (1923). I love the outfit too since we are New Yorkers as well. I need to find a matching outfit for my daughter so when she takes her out they will be twins. I also have to purchase more outfits for “Ashely” as well.

Taylinn said: “I love my doll Ashley and can’t wait to get more.” She also said “I am going to take a picture of all of my dolls when they come.”

I had a neighbor who collected dolls and I would visit and ask about her enormous collection. Every time I ran into her she told me to come look at the new doll she just received, and would tell me all about the doll and where she purchased it from. I loved sitting with her and getting to know her dolls. She had over 500 dolls. I don’t know how she remembered all those dolls names. She was dedicated and took very good care of her dolls. My daughter wasn’t born yet but she would have loved her collection. My neighbor eventually moved and took her collection with her. Now I get the chance to have a collection for my daughter. Madame Alexander made this possible. I don’t know about collecting 500 dolls because I would probably need storage but we will have a nice amount.

I can’t wait to see what doll my daughter receives next. She deserves it. Thank you Madame Alexander!!!

This doll is available on the website for $59.95 and is for ages 3 and up. http://www.madamealexander.com and check out their Facebook page : https:// http://www.facebook.com/Alexanderdolls
Here’s a link to the Favorite Friends dolls : http:// bit.ly/1bvNzPR
Their Twitter handle is @AlexanderDollCo

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am on the Mom Advisory Board and receive dolls for my daughter and I to review. These opinions expressed are 100% mine and my daughter.

Which “Favorite Friends” doll would you like for you daughter? Are you a doll collector? How many dolls does your daughter own? Do you keep them in the box or let your kids play with them?

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COFFEE LOVERS CHECK OUT #LIFEISGOOD #DOWHATYOULIKE #spon #coffee

9 Mar

On March 6, 2014, Penn Station in NYC was packed full of coffee lovers for the #LifeIsGood event. Commuters were greeted by staff with coupons for $1 off coffee purchases and of course free coffee in a variety of flavors. There was also live music, and giveaways. Bloggers and media got to sit down in the Life Is Good lounge and relax to the music and enjoy the delicious flavors of coffee. It felt like I was just sitting in my living room on my couch enjoying good cups of coffee. I tried the S’more to Love coffee first which is a rich campfire classic and you are sure to taste the melty chocolate graham cracker and fluffy marshmallow flavors. The next flavor I tried was their Dark and Daring. For those coffee drinkers who love dark brewed, bold flavor then this will certainly knock your socks off. Happy Medium was also being given out for coffee lovers who enjoy an Arabica blend with a compromise of light and dark roasts. Surround yourself with its positive energy and savor an all-around at-ease coffee experience.

I will use my coupons to purchase all the flavors and especially the Banana Bread Bliss which sounds amazing. My favorite at Penn Station was the S’more to Love. My kitchen cabinets will be stocked with Life Is Good coffee.

Life is Good, the popular apparel company with a positive purpose has partnered with Smucker’s to bring delicious, premium coffee to consumers, while staying committed to spreading the power of optimism and helping kids in need.

Life is good Coffee is positively delicious and comes in five flavors:
* Light Hearted, a light roast ground coffee
* Happy Medium, a medium roast ground coffee
* Dark & Daring, a dark roast ground coffee
* S’more to Love, a s’more flavored ground coffee
* Banana Bread Bliss, a banana bread flavored ground coffee

Life is good donates 10 percent of its net profits – including from Life is good Coffee – to help kids in need through The Life is good Kids Foundation. To date, Life is good has raised $11 million for The Life is good Kids Foundation through Life is good products and community fundraising efforts.

Check out this amazing company online http://www.lifeisgood.com
Twitter @Lifeisgood
Facebook.com/LifeIsGood
Instagram.com/LifeIsGoodCO

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are 100% mine.

Giveaway: I am giving one of my readers a Life Is Good Coffee gift bag filled with coffee items and apparel.
Mandatory: Follow Life Is Good on Twitter, and leave a comment below telling me which flavor you would love to try and why.
Winner will be picked March 30, 2014.

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