Lulu Avenue – Spring Bling

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I am always happy to see spring arrive. Sunshine, spring breezes, blooming flowers and the smell of freshly cut grass delight my senses and often give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Even better than the world around me in bloom, is the knowledge that warm weather brings special events in abundance. Weddings, parties and fundraisers fill my calendar. Shopping for the outfits to dazzle my social circle is fun, but finding the right accessories used to be a challenge. As we all know, accessories can make or break an outfit.

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Lucky for me I discovered Lulu Avenue. They have a terrific assortment of jewelry that is affordably priced, always trendy and Lulu Avenue features core pieces as well as dramatic indulgences to take any outfit from nice to head turning.
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Jump Into Spring with the New Reebok Skyscape

Disclosure- I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
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Spring has sprung, and many of us are taking the time to refresh our wardrobes (and having fun doing so).  It’s always fun to get new shoes as well- nothing to make me feel pretty like a cute pair of shoes.  That includes sneakers.  I have a pair that I wear to the gym, and a pair I use for daily use.  I love the new Reebok Skyscape for daily wear, they are very comfortable, lightweight, and even machine washable.  (Right?  How great is that.)

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Like many of you, I do a lot of running around in my daily life.  I also do a lot of walking in my traveling, and these shoes are both cute to wear and comfortable for the whole day.  I don’t usually wear them with socks, and so far, no issues with blisters or rubbing on the heels or toes or anything like that.  I got them in the bright pink color, because I have a “thing” with pink sneakers.  It started out with a pair my son bought me for a present, now pretty much all my sneakers are pink.  Strange how things happen, ay? But I love the color, and that the laces are the same color.  I also love the black and pink ones- if my store had carried those, I might have gotten them.
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Win $100 to Kohls and 1 Dress 3 Ways

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I will soon be leaving on a cruise, and I am loving the  Kohl’s Collection from Peter Som for Design Nation. The items will be perfect to take with me as I travel and visit several islands.  Inspired by St. Barths, the clothing will be right at home (and make me feel so as well).

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Peter Som’s clothing is simple and pretty. I love the mix of classic lines and feminine colors for a fun, fresh look. As you can guess, I did end up buying that black and white dress- I regretted not getting it that night, and ordered it online as soon as it was available.  (They are going to go fast, get yours soon.)
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Peter Som For Kohl’s And WIN $100

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It is finally spring! The chance to bust out my spring and summer wardrobe is here. I have been admiring the 2014 spring line of several designers, plotting my new additions and I have fallen in love with a few items in Kohl’s Spring Collection from Peter Som for Design Nation. I love that each piece was designed with the confident and elegant woman in mind.

Peter Som’s sketches are no nonsense and can be made into a stunning yet simple dress. I love that he mixes classic lines and feminine colors for a fresh look that reminds me of a sunny carefree day.

I have had my eye on this fit and flare dress. It is elegant, classy and modest. I am a sucker for stripes… if you didn’t catch that already, and I love that I could wear sandals or heels with this dress depending upon the occasion.  Yes, I totally bought it at the presale.  If you check out my last post, you can see some photos of me in my new, fun, colorful dress.  (It’s now available, buy it online or in stores.)
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Hanging Out With Peter Som

Disclosure- I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

WP_20140402_18_14_01_ProAs you know, Kohl’s is now working with Peter Som to bring the fashion of the islands to you.  With all of Peter’s pieces under $88, it is more affordable then some other brands.  As a frequent traveler, I was looking forward to the event and checking out the new styles.  I love this time of year- you know, when winter bites the big one?  Spring and summer fashions are a breath of fresh air to most of us, especially after this especially brutal winter.

WP_20140402_18_54_15_ProIt was fun talking with Peter Som and stylist Mary Alice Stephenson (a friend of Peter’s, who supported him by wearing his clothes from head to toe).  He explained to us his inspiration, and that he wanted to make fashion that made all women look beautiful.  Mary Alice took the time to swap out pieces of outfits that ladies in the room created to show how they can better show off certain aspects of the clothing or the body, or even just brighten up the outfit.  They both told everyone in the room not to be so “matchy-matchy” with colors and prints- they don’t need to be exact matches, and to try to have more fun with clothing.
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2 Dresses, 6 Looks

Disclosure- This post about the new Peter Som line for Kohl’s is sponsored.  I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards and sample pieces to facilitate my posts and as a thank you for participating.  All opinions are my own and honest.

Spring is here, and with it comes the promise of warm weather and getting to (finally) put the horrible winter coats and clunky, awful snow boots away.  Like much of the country (and Canada), we have had a terrible winter, exceptionally cold and snowy, and I am ready for pretty colors, light fabrics, and open toed sandals.

Recently, I headed over to Kohl’s for some Spring shopping.  I picked out two dresses that I could use for a few different occasions.  Kohl’s is a great place to find dresses for women.

scooby and kohls 037Everything here is from Apt 9.   I thought this would be a nice, easy to wear outfit for spring, good for going out to dinner, a show, or a night on the town.  The coin necklace in silver and gold paired with the larger coin bracelet was fun, and I love the gold metallic flat.
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Open Hearts Jewelry by Jane Seymour

It can be hard to find the perfect piece of jewelry, one that will go with just about any outfit and matches with many things easily.  Statement pieces are one thing- they are big and bold, and go with just a few outfits, but some people like to have a special something they can wear every day.

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One necklace that can fit the bill is from the Open Hearts collection by Jane Seymour, from Kay Jewelers.  I know Jane Seymour best from the late 90’s show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” that I loved.  I know, but it was the 90’s.  And it was a good show, shut your faces.   I’m not the only one, there were 2 movies made after the show was off the air- take that, Sex and the City!  Yeah, that’s right.  OK, moving on.  Back to the subject at hand.

Any meow.  The collection includes necklaces, rings, bracelets, charms, pendants, earrings, and more. It was created by Jane Seymour herself, and discovered by Kay accidentally.  Want to know more?  Mmmmk, never say I didn’t tell you anything good.

The Open Heart Philosophy: This philosophy was passed to Jane by her mom who believed that if we keep an open heart, love will find its way in. Jane carried this philosophy with her throughout trying times in her life. The philosophy eventually translated to Jane’s paintings and the iconic Open Heart symbol was born. From there, Jane had the first Open Heart necklace made for herself to wear and enjoy. Her personal philosophy and design made its way to the public after she was seated (coincidentally!) next to Kay Jewelers execs at an awards dinner. They noticed her necklace, asked who made it and the rest is history! The Open Heart Waves Collection is an extension of the Open Heart philosophy. It represents the idea that life is life a wave – building, cresting and releasing – allowing for continuous growth and revival.”
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Seven Secrets to Wedding Dress Shopping

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Going on a shopping trip for The Dress is like treasure hunting – it’s fun, but it can also bring you a lot of stress if you go overboard. It’s important to know what style works best for you that still goes well with the theme you have in mind. Bridal store specialists and sales consultants will know the style that would fit your body type and suits your preferences, and designers like Isabelle Armstrong have exquisite collections you can choose your dress from.

If you’re all set to sail to find that perfect wedding dress, here are seven tips to get you going!

Do your research.Browse through magazines and websites so you can have an idea of what you’re drawn to, especially the feel, shape, and overall style. Save the photos on your phone or print them out so you can show these to the bridal salon on your appointment. Shop around, but visit no more than three stores in a day or you’ll have a difficult time remembering—and eventually deciding on—which dress you’ve tried on.

Bring a friend. One or two friends, or your mom and your maid of honor, are the best companions on a wedding dress shopping trip. Your trusty companions must be able to look at dresses objectively and have your best interests at heart. A couple of honest, level-headed people is better than a whole entourage making you try on a whole slew of dresses you don’t really like.
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