2016 - Doused in Pink - wearable everyday style, beauty & DIY home decor

Glossybox 2016 Holiday Edition

GLOSSYBOX beauty subscription offers monthly boxes along with a few limited edition boxes throughout the year. The Holiday Edition comes with six full size items valued over $180. The cost is $40 ($30 for subscribers). 



The GLOSSYBOX 2016 Holiday Edition features superhero skin care products along with a lipstick, eyeshadow and brow definer to get you winter and holiday party ready! I'm excited to share what was inside and my review!

Guest Bedroom Update with Minted Artwork

One of the drawbacks of renting is not being able to make any major changes to your home. The biggest one for me is paint. I love bold and bright walls, but for now, I'm locked-in with white. The easiest way to contest this is to have interesting art on your walls. Art pulls together a room and is one of the little finishing touches that personalizes your home. 


Holiday Casual & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

This will be the last Thursday Fashion Files linkup of 2016. I have a few posts lined up for you on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and then I'm taking a short break from blogging until the new year. The linkup will be back on Thursday, January 5th!


Holiday 2016 Home Tour

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Almost every room in the house is decorated and I'm excited to share my home tour with you today. Here we go!


Holiday Sparkle

Today is week two of our Holiday Style series! If you missed last week, you can see how we each get Holiday Red-y HERE. Today we are talking about how we add sparkle to our style for the holidays. Since New Year's Eve and sparkle go hand in hand, I'm styling a laid back NYE outfit with plenty of shine!

Wrap Dress (Worn as a Duster) & TFF Linkup!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Holiday Red-y | Vintage Bucket Ornament DIY

I'm excited today to be joining a few of my blogging friends to launch a special holiday series! Today's theme is Holiday Red-y! Stop by all of our blogs for holiday red-y outfits, DIY and home decor! 

Every year my family hosts a holiday craft day. It's a fun and relaxing way to spend extra time with them. The best part is that they leave it up to me to plan what we are going to make. I got the idea for this cute and rustic holiday bucket ornament when I saw somthing similar on a larger scale browsing Christmas decorations recently. We also made THIS wreath and THIS ornament. 

7 Easy Ways to Add More Veggies into your Diet

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyWayToVeg #CollectiveBias


I love eating out and trying new food, but while sometimes it may seem to be the easiest option, it's not always the healthiest option. After a long day, there never seems to be extra time to devote to a good home cooked meal. 
A quick and easy meal is a must, but it also needs to be flavorful, delicious and fit into my families healthy lifestyle.

Olive + Burgundy and TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System - 30 Day Review

How was your weekend, and for my US readers, Thanksgiving? Did you score any great Black Friday deals? I've taken my daughter and her friend Black Friday shopping the since they were in middle school. Even though I would rather sleep in instead of getting up at 4:30 am, its a fun tradition! Other than that, I had a relaxing 4-day weekend where I completely unplugged from the blog and social media. I'm looking forward to getting caught up this week on comments and visiting my favorite bloggers! 


I've been using the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System for 30 days and as promised wanted to share my follow-up review with you. Inspired by devices and treatments only available in med-spas, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System utilizes isometric compression and low sonic frequency vibrations to tone dull and aged looking skin. Essentially it's a gentle vacuum that lifts and releases your skin while the low sonic vibrations give your skin a massage. This action stimulates the skin by carrying more oxygen to the surface, which in turn boosts circulation. You can read my first impressions on the device HERE

Six Dresses for Every Holiday Party

Arthur S. Levine has been known for his upscale quality looks in the fashion world for decades. About 15 years ago he partnered with Elie Tahari, also known for luxury ready to wear, to create the Tahari ASL line. The ASL line of suits and separates is designed for high end professionals but they also offer a stunning line of dresses that are timeless and elegant with quality design, fit and style. 


Want, Need, Wear, Read & The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Today I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals for her fun Show and Tell Tuesday series. I've been reading posts in this series all year but this will be my first time joining the fun. Today's prompt is Four Gifts I'd Like to Receive: Want, Need, Wear, Read. And in honor of Black Friday, I also have a holiday gift roundup for everyone on your list! 


What I want to receive...


A pair of pink ghost chairs for my office have been on my wishlist for ages. Fingers crossed!

How to Save This Holiday Season Like a Boss

Black Friday kicks off the official holiday shopping season and I wanted to share a must-have site that will help save you time and money! I do most of my shopping online and I recently discovered Shoptagr, a cool online tool that takes shopping for the best deal to a new level! 


Casual Thanksgiving Outfit & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


DIY Sprayed Gold Leaf Placecards


With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a simple DIY project with you today. Is your backyard covered in fall leaves like ours is? What better way to put them to use than turning them into gold leaf placecards for Thanksgiving. I think they would also be great as a unique gift tag for Christmas!

Classic Style & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

The Best of Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale

It's crazy how fast this year has gone. Ashley just gave me a reality check that there are only eight more Saturday's until Christmas! Tis the season for gift guides and to kick it off, today I'm sharing the best of the Nordstrom fall clearance sale. All of these items are 40% off and are not only great gift ideas but are must have staple pieces for your closet! Tomorrow is my birthday and hopefully, if the Hub's is reading, one of these beauties will be mine!

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Edgy Boho Outfit & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Metrostyle Lace Trim Tunic

Fall is in full swing and so is sweater weather! No matter whether cute and cozy, classic or trendy, sweaters are always fall's #1 staple.


Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System - First Impressions

My parents blessed me with their youthful genes I've always been grateful that I look much younger than my age. But, I've had a stressful year and I can see the toll it has taken on my skin. I'm all for aging gracefully but if I can slow down the process, I'm all for that!

Olive Lace-Up Blouse & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


Pedestal Table Makeover

I picked up this table from a resale shop when we moved into our current home a year and a half ago. The robin egg blue needed to go, plus the table top was stained and discolored. I had all intentions of refinishing it right away but it never happened. Finally, over the summer I got motivated and got it done! 


Suede Dress - Workwear to Weekend

In the late 80's, long before online shopping, I loved catalog shopping. I remember the excitement when a new catalog came in the mail from retailers like Chadwicks of Boston. It was fun flipping through and shopping the catalog. They offered everything I needed at the time starting off in my career - quality pieces in classic styles at amazing prices.

I was recently re-introduced to Chadwicks of Boston and was happy to hear that they are still bringing you affordable clothing from workwear to trends to try. They offer timeless and versatile looks in sizes ranging from misses to petite, as well as tall and plus size all pictured together. 



Floral Print Strappy Dress & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

 

Glossybox Review - September 2016

Have you heard of Glossybox? It's a beauty subscription service similar to Ipsy and Sephora Play that gives you five luxury sized samples of makeup, hair and skincare products from niche, high-end and emerging brands. The cost is $21/month and the curated products come in an unique, reusable keepsake box. They also have 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions making the cost even less. Glossybox sent me the September box to try. Let's see what was inside!

The Most Comfy Booties

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


Fall 2016 Home Tour

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I finally got to meet Carrie in person on Saturday! She was in town for the Chicago marathon and we had a fun afternoon at brunch and then shopping! Carrie is so sweet and it was just like we've know each other for ages! 

My post today is long overdue! I love everything about fall from the fashion to the beautiful colors we see outdoors to everything pumpkin! I brought out my fall decor over Labor Day weekend and haven't had an opportunity to take photos until now. 

I usually incorporate Halloween decor during the month of October, but this year, with so much going on, I decided to kept it to a fall scheme. So without further ado, here we go! Starting with the front porch...


How to Find the Perfect Fitting Coat & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month | I Am 1 in 8

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's a time to celebrate survivors and join the fight against breast cancer. While I normally don't get too personal in this space, today I'm going to get real. I felt it was important to share my story with you to help raise awareness.

Sweetflexx & Thursday Fashion Files Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - September

I love trying new subscription boxes. Not only are they are fun to get in the mail, they introduce me to new brands and items I may not come across in the store or online. I just received my first Pop Sugar Must Have Box over the weekend. If your not familiar, the Pop Sugar Must Have Box is a monthly lifestyle subscription box of must have products covering beauty, fashion, home, fitness and more! Each box is curated with the best innovative brands and full size samples worth over $100!


POPSUGAR sent me this #MustHaveBox to try...#sponsored. Here's what was inside!

Pops of Pink

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!


Currently {September 2016}


My last Currently post was right around the first day of summer. With the first day of fall approaching this week, it seemed timely to share what's been going on with me the past new months! 

Gingham + Printed Shorts & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Cajun Chicken Pasta Salad


Cajun chicken pasta salad is one of my go-to recipes for a busy weeknight. It's a nice change from a standard pasta dish, packs a little spice and is easy to make. 

Bandana Print Maxi Dress & TFF Linkup

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom and I are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us!

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Sephora Play Review - August

Hey everyone! Did you enjoy the long holiday weekend? Mine was low key and relaxing which was the perfect way to end summer! I even decided to take an extra day off work today so my weekend continues! I've had Sephora Play for four months now, and I have to say, I'm loving this subscription box! Nothing has been thrown into a drawer and all of my samples get used up every month. The one thing I have not taken advantage of is the free in store 1:1 tutorial and I need to make it a point to start scheduling it!