|December 28, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Fashion & Style||
Long lasting lip wear, totally smudge proof and kiss proof too! Exactly what this teacher and busy mom of two needs- something I can put on and then forget about. Upkeep? No thanks. Check out my thoughts on this fabulous new product and find out where to grab a set of your own.
Mulled Wine LipSense Lipstick
After I head out for the day OR night I tend to not want to worry about my look-as I do not have time for that- and with LipSense I actually do not have to look in a mirror to know that it still looks like what it did right when I applied it.
Love my Lips
Mulled Wine & Gloss
Mulled Wine LipSense Set- Layer the color on three times, set with gloss, and BAM you are good to go.
LipSense OOPS Remover
You can tell I have used the OOPS Remover… I’m working on my lipstick game… but this takes the color right off… and is the only thing that will. HONESTLY.
Love my Lips- Mulled Wine Set
Mulled Wine makes my heart happy. I do not know what it is about putting on lipstick-but it makes me full pulled together. LOVE that feeling.
You definitely want to try this product and scroll through the color combinations that Ashley wears on her Instagram-I have to see a color worn on a REAL person before I use it and she definitely helps you figure out the perfect colors to try for the look you are going for.
What beauty product do you LOVE?
I need some new recommendations as we head into the New Year!
|December 21, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Party, Recipe|
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyHoliday #CollectiveBias
The season for being thankful is upon us. As the year ends I love to surround myself with the kind souls I hold most dear. Girls’ Brunches are a fabulous way to get together, eat WAY too many pastries, orange juice concoctions, and of course no need to wake-up early- IT IS BRUNCH. Everyone wins. Check out my Girls Brunch Ideas and fabulous Simply Orange Mocktail.
Girls Brunch Ideas
Planning a Tablescape
I love starting with a theme for the party I am hosting. I typically shy away from bright colors and tend to thrive within a neutral pallet. When thinking about options I knew that I wanted earth tones as the base and to use winter whites with pops of gray and silver. Star plates with a sparkly silver center plate were the focal points of the seating arrangements. I stopped into my local Albertsons to grab all of the food, flowers, and of course drinks.
Brunch Eats & Drinks
-Decadent Caramel Apples
-Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake Bread
-Orange Cranberry Bread
-Simply Orange Juice
-Bag of Ice
-Fizzy Flavored Water
When styling the table I tend to use mix-matched plates in the same color and texture. I love the layering effect that it creates and just enough of a difference helps create a unique tablescape.
Layering the Look
Simply Orange Mocktail
-Chilled Carbonated Water- Raspberry Flavor
-Fresh Strawberries & Cantaloupe
Start by filling the glass 2/3rds full with Simply Orange, add in the Raspberry Fizz, and plop a piece of strawberry and cantaloupe- I think the MORE the MERRIER when it comes to fresh fruit in my drinks- so add in more if you are like-minded. (High-Five Fruit Lovers of the World!)
Simply Orange- Delicious taste-Never sweetened-Never frozen-Not-from-concentrate!
Decadent Caramel Apples
Brunch So Hard
Cheers to Friendship
Love being able to hear the echoes of new and old friends alike. Life moves so fast at the holidays with To Do Lists and family activities. I find that if I don’t make the time to see those I hold most dear, and plans aren’t made, then before you know it the New Year is here and we are off to the races.
So MAKE plans, head to Albertsons, and gather around with those that matter most this season of life. Family is important but friends choose to love you and be there for you. Make sure you see those dear to you before the New Year hits. Make time.
What are your favorite Brunch Recipes?
What is a good mocktail recipe?
Would love to hear from you!
|November 27, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Fashion & Style||
As the weather cools down I thought I’d share my favorite Fall and Winter Outfits. As a busy mom of two and teacher I need to be comfortable. Another key is that the staples I pick up this season need to be able to go from Day to Night for when I attend events. I love being able to throw on a pair of heels, some chunky jewelry and feel instantly ready- completely key when time is of the essence.
Love mixing and matching some favorite pieces! A new favorite is a pair of plush velvet pants that are my favorite color… purple. I love what I love and am enjoying the weather finally cooling off in the Valley of the Sun.
What fashion trend are you loving this Fall?
Would love to hear from you.
To wear a choker or to not wear a choker?!? That is the REAL question right now.
What is your go-to holiday style? Current trend you are loving?
|November 14, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Fashion & Style||
As the holidays rapidly approach and my to-do list becomes packed with shopping for the family, baking, and attending those notable soirees I like to be prepared. As a busy mother and teacher, shopping for myself is never on the top of the list, nor is it a priority. Finding styles that can work throughout the busy holiday season is a MUST. Can’t wait to style this fabulous White House Black Market number for holiday parties, Christmas, and of course work events.
Holiday Dress Style
After taking a little bit of my lunch hour last week I scoured some of my favorite sites for ideas on a dress that could be worn the entire season. A BUNCH of favorites were found at my local White House Black Market.
Black Lace Sheath Dress
The Black Lace Sheath Dress is double layered and incredibly comfortable. I loved how the lines helped accentuate my shape and the fact that while worn at a cooler evening event that the long sleeve dress kept me warm. For size reference- I am 5’7”, 120lbs and wearing a 2. Love the length and fit. Dress fit true to size.
I wore the dress to a dinner event for work with closed toe pumps and simple gold jewelry. For different occasions I plan on wearing my strappy, black heels, chunky jewelry, and my hair up. The fabulous women working when I tried on the dresses at White House Black Market mentioned wearing a red heel with the dress and I think that might just have to happen this holiday season.
Grab this dress while you can- the sizes are being sold out– and goodness is it the perfect dress for the season.
Can’t wait to share some of my other favorite dress styles later this week. Loved this number from Elizabeth James– definitely one of my favorite designers.
Chalkboard Wall calling your name?!? It is WORTH the weekend project. All details for my DIY Chalkboard Wall- HERE.
What is your go-to holiday style? Current trend you are loving?
|October 28, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Body After Baby|
Shopping for healthy options to keep this tired teaching going is key to my survival. Grateful for buying in bulk and for meal planning. I prep all of our meals for the week ahead of time and the fridge is stocked with healthy essentials that keep this show on the road. Check out this awesome event coming to a Costco near you. AND check out a fabulous shake option.
Mom Hour – the holiday shopping event of the season is fast-approaching and will be even more exciting and enticing than last year. Have you ever wished Costco opened a bit earlier? Join City Mom Blog Network and Costco and shop at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 4, BEFORE Costco opens its doors to all of its members!
I attended last year and thought that it should DEFINITELY be an every month tradition. LOVED it.
Moms appreciate convenience when it comes to their nutrition. We’re excited for you to share about Premier Protein’s Hormone Free Chocolate and Vanilla Shakes – grab n go convenience without sacrificing flavor OR nutrition. Grab these convenient ready to drink shakes at Costco! HERE & HERE
1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake
1¼ cup of raspberries
1¼ cup of blueberries
1½ cup of granola
11 cup of ice cubes
DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
I am working on myself, for myself, by myself. Ensuring that I have the proper nutrition to keep my body going is key. Love buying in bulk at Costco and saving a ton of money in the process.
Click to RSVP and shop with the City Moms Blog Network during Costco Mom Hour, Friday, November 4, at 9 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, samples and giveaways. Register now. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join. >>> HERE
What are your favorite healthy finds at Costco?
Thank you to Costco for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are always 100% my own. #premierprotein #costco