Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glass Handbag Review & Giveaway!

Leg Warmers By Luxey Leg Candy
What happens when luxury meets practicality? Well, you have one amazing handbag by Glass Handbag!

I love a nice, deep handbag that can fit all of my life inside. However, I tend to have a hard time finding the items I need, especially at night. This is where Glass Handbag comes in with a revolutionary, luxury handbag with an integrated light system inside!  BRILLIANT!

This beauty is The Boss Lady Satchel, and I just LOVE it! Here are the bag's specifics:



  • Black leather top double handles with 7" drop 
  • Top zip closure with magnet flap switch 
  • Detachable and adjustable cross body shoulder strap, 18"-24½" drop 
  • Glass Handbag custom logo light silver jacquard lining 
  • Five Protective metal feet to protect bottom leather
  • Two outside zip pockets 
  • Two inside zip pockets
  • Two inside open multi-function / cell phone pockets
  • 14 " W X 12" H X 5" D 
  • All of our luxury leather handbags come with light inside.  Light turns on when you open the bag 
  • Comes with 2 AAA Batteries
  • Custom acrylic logo 
  • Care and use instructions for the lighted handbags 
  • Imported


Here are some additional photos of the handbag and my YouTube video review....and ok, ok, I guess a GIVEAWAY as well!!!! Make sure you watch the video to find out how you can WIN a Glass Handbag!
The box that contains your handbag

The back of the Glass Handbag box
The dust bag
The Boss Lady Satchel 
Light inside of your handbag
Find everything inside your bag! Brilliant!
***I recommend you change the video's quality to 1080p HD***

Friday, September 21, 2012

Footzyrolls Review

Click HERE for purchase info.
I am loving these roll-up ballet flats from Footzyrolls. I love wearing heels and I usually sacrifice comfort for the sake of fashion, so here is where Footzyrolls come in! They come folded up and in a cute little satin bag that you can throw in your purse, glove compartment, gym locker, or anywhere you want to stash a nice pair of comfy flats. 

Here is my YouTube video review and I hope you enjoy it!
(***I completely messed up the size chart. Here is the correct chart***)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

HP: Ultrabook™ Bag Contest

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Intel. Vote for your favorite bag design!


 So I'm pretty much a tech nerd and I'm not afraid to admit it. I don't know what I'd do without my laptop, tablet, video camera, phone and digital camera. I'm also a girly girl, so I'm always interested in seeing how the fashion world is transforming accessories into tech-friendly pieces.
That's what the talented people at Project Runway & HP decided to do with the HP Ultrabook™ Bag Contest. They've chosen 40 bag designs and you can VOTE for your favorite. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and an HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™, inspired by Intel. The top 5 will each receive an HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™, inspired by Intel. Not bad right?

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Above bag designed by Project Runway's Mondo Guerra
So what would I love in my perfect tech-friendly handbag? Oh I can think of lots of things, but definitely an interior protected compartment for my laptop or tablet. Probably for my tablet, since my laptop is rather large. I have to have a cell phone slot which thankfully most bags already have. One thing I would LOVE to have is some sort of power dock hidden inside of the bag. Like those wireless power pad things you may have heard about. I used to hate sitting through a 3 hour college lecture and having to get up to plug my laptop in. The wire would then become a trip hazard for anyone trying to pass by my seat.

I would love the bag to be as fashion forward as I dream I am, and include all the latest bag trends. I don't want people to know what I'm carrying around in my bag just by looking at it. Now if only one of those 40 designers can design my tech dream bag, I'd be all set! ;)

Make sure you check out all of the designs and VOTE for your favorite.

I can't wait to see who wins!  I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, September 17, 2012

DIY Princess Throne

I searched all over the internet for months trying to find the perfect princess throne for my daughter's birthday party. I found a couple of cute ones, but they were either sold out everywhere or they were $300-$400! 
I decided I would try to make one myself. I started asking on second hand facebook groups if anyone had an old chair that they wanted to sell. Finally someone tagged me in a post where a lady was selling a white wicker chair with a pink cushion for $15. Well I couldn't message her fast enough!
I picked up the chair and began the process of making it into a throne. Here is what I did:

(DISCLAIMER!!! I am NOT a seamstress! I think I have used my sewing machine a total of 5 times since high school and I know I did things a little backwards when making the cushion, but it worked for me, so I'm ok with that lol).
1. The white wicker chair (minus the pink seat cushion).
2. I put a large piece of brown paper up against the back of the chair so I could trace and cut out the pattern for my back cushion. 
3. I cut out the pattern and laid it on top of some pink satin fabric. I cut out two pieces of satin for the front and back of the cushion.
4. I then ironed the fabric on a low/synthetic setting.
5. I matched the pieces together and sewed almost all the way around the fabric. Leaving a large enough opening for stuffing.
(I really should have done this with the wrong sides facing out so the stitch would have been in the inside of the cushion. I didn't care though because I was going to cover the stitching with a french gimp trim and that gave me an edge to attach the trim).
6. My cushion after filling with stuffing. ( I probably should have attached the buttons before stuffing, but I forgot...oh well lol) I stitched the hole closed at the bottom corner. 
7. I hand-sewed the buttons on and then I then hot glued (oh how I love my glue gun!) the gold french gimp all around the outside of the cushion.
8. The finished cushion.
9. I then attached the cushion to the back of the chair with hot glue.
10. The pink seat cushion came with the chair or I would have had to make a matching one (Praise the Lord I didn't have to do that! lol).
And finally, I bought an inexpensive pink tutu off amazon for $5, cut the back of it so it would open up and attached it to the front of the chair with hot glue.
I found a wooden crown on Etsy,  painted it, and added some "bling" :)
That's it...a throne fit for a princess and the whole thing only cost me around $30. 

I hope you like it! :) 

 



Friday, September 14, 2012

Pink Princess Party

Grace Olivia's Pink Princess Birthday Party





























My daughter and I share a very special day...our birthday. Grace was born on my 25th birthday and she is the best present I have or will ever receive. This year, on September 1st, she turned 5 and I turned 30 (eeeekkk!), so I wanted to host a birthday party for her that she would never forget. 
 Grace dresses up as some sort of princess almost every day, so what better than a pink princess party for her birthday? I started planning for the party back in May and got a little obsessed with every little detail of the party. I blame Pinterest really lol. I came across many many wonderful websites and Etsy shops and I wanted to be able to feature their items at the party for you all to see. I love checking out party websites like Kara's Party Ideas for party inspiration, and I am a bit obsessed with Pinterest and Etsy. I wanted to be able to show you all everything I had at the party and where you could purchase it all, or make it yourself. What took me months to compile, is all listed and linked below for you if you are interested in a similar party. 
The Dessert Buffet Table:

  1. Ruffled Shower Curtains for backdrop: Simply French Market
  2. Happy Birthday Banner Printable: Cupcake Express
  3. Cake: Friend of family Amy Ness
  4. Tiara on top of cake: Ebay
  5. Pink Marshmallow Pops: The Sugar Co.
  6. Chocolate Princess Star Wands: Fifi La Rue Chocolates
  7. Pink Princess Wands: Paula Wells Studio
  8. Cupcake Candy Jars: The Fakery Bakery Shop
  9. Gold Scoops: scoops-scoops.com
  10. Chocolate-covered Oreos: Never Dessert You
  11. Princess Treat Bags: The Party Bakery
  12. Pink Damask Frame: Posh Paper Decor
  13. Pink Polka Dot Candy Cups/Balloons: Snippy Lou's
  14. Pink Shabby Cottage Picture Frame (Grace's photo): Vintage Accents Studio
  15. Pink Royal Crown Cookies: Sweet Ambs
  16. Small Glass Apothecary Jars: Simple Life Vintage
  17. Pink Candlestick Pedestal Candy Jars: Gifts By Gaby
  18. Light pink fleur de lis vase, frame and jewelry box: Bea Unique Designs
  19. Pink French Macarons: LeBonbon LA
  20. Candy: CandyDirect.com
  21. Crown paper confetti: Heathers Blankets  
  22. Pink Polka Dot Scalloped Circles:Jaime Crafts

  1. Mason Jars: Giant Food Store
  2. Daisy Cut Jar Lids: Candlesoylutions.com
  3. Pink & White Striped Straws: The Tom Kat Studio
  4. Paper Chandelier: Perpetual Motion Decor
  5. Grace's princess ballgown: milanoo.com
  6. Pink frame: My Magnolia Bell 
  7. Water Bottle Labels (Not pictured): So Sweet Party Shop 
  1.  Princess Canopy: Made by me, blog post to follow (Fabric Banner attached to top of canopy: A Little Frayed)
  2. Princess Throne: Click HERE to see how I made it
  3. Princess Dress Up Costumes: Tootie Tots
  4. Pink & Purple Princess Capes: The Tree House Kid
  5. Princess Cheval Mirror: KidKraft

  1. Antique Gold Lace Crown: Love Crush Bowtique
  2. Makeup Kits: Amazon.com
  3. Crown Hair Clip: Masterpieces Of Fun Art
  4. My dress: Dorothy Perkins
  5. My bubble necklace: Ebay
  6. Table Cloth & Chair Covers: Tableclothsfactory.com
  7. Pink Clutch Purses: Kye Bags
  8. Personalized Princess Bracelets: Star Gazing Lily
  9. Crown Pony Tail Holders: Princess Hair Bling
  10. Pink Jeweled Clip-on Earrings: My Princess Couture
  11. Princess Crown Necklace: Sugar Lane Shoppe
  12. Princess Bling Ring: The Doll House Couture
  13. Small Lace Crown: Adam's Blankie
  14. Personalized Princess Makeup Mirrors: Whimsy Woodcrafts

  1. Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) Dress: Amazon.com
  2. Princess Aurora's Crown: Couture Princess Wigs 
  3. Pinkalicious Book: Amazon.com
  4. Princess Aurora: Kara Jester (Thank you so very much Kara!)  

***I want to thank the fabulous websites and shops who graciously donated their items! I also want to thank Shores Photography for taking all of the photos! The party was a huge success because of each and every one of you! ***
I hope you enjoyed this party, and I hope it inspires you for your future party planning.


Here is a slideshow of all of the individual images (set to music) if you wanted to see all of them with a little more detail:

(I would recommend changing the video quality to 720p HD)

If you have any questions about any items or if I left anything out, please leave me a comment in the comment section below and I'll get back to you asap!




















  • Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Hidden Treasure Candles Review & Giveaway!

    Fall is just about here and what better than the smell of pumpkin pie filling our homes with its yummy goodness? I am a huge fall/pumpkin fan. I honestly love everything about the time of year and all the yummy pumpkin flavors and scents that surround me.

    Hidden Treasure Candles (The soy candles that have a necklace hidden in every candle) have come up with a fabulous Pumpkin Pie candle, and boy is it yummy! They were nice enough to send me a candle to review and also one that I could give away to my lovely readers!

    Here is my YouTube video review for Hidden Treasure Candles and also the GIVEAWAY information. I hope you enjoy it and good luck!


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    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Eggo Bread Pudding

    Photo via leggomyeggo.com
    So I've always wanted to make bread pudding, especially since I am a huge Food Network's Chopped fan and it seems to be a favorite for the dessert round. I also buy lots of Rice Milk ever since my daughter had a year where she couldn't have any dairy. I've continued to give her and my twin boys rice milk ever since.

    On the back of the vanilla flavored rice milk is a bread pudding recipe that I have wanted to try for years now. I decided today was the day, however, I only had a quarter of a loaf of bread in my pantry, and the recipe calls for a pound of (french) bread. What I did have, however, is the Sam's Club size box of Eggo waffles(Can you tell I'm a mom? LOL). I figured Eggos are pretty much a sweeter version of bread, so I decided to use them instead of bread for the recipe.

    I followed the recipe on the back of the rice milk carton and substituted with the Eggos, said a small prayer and threw it into my oven. While the bead pudding was cooking, I made a quick maple syrup sauce to pour over the bread pudding as a topping.

    Here is the finished product:

     Can you say OH MY YUMMY?!?!?!?!
    The consistency was perfect, the taste was a wonderful compilation of sweet vanilla, cinnamon and sugar, bread and buttery goodness! I also loved the raisins in it as well. 
    The maple syrup topping sealed the deal with an extra pop of sweet and buttery flavors.

    You certainly don't have to use Rice Milk if you don't want to. You can use milk, half and half, cream, whatever. I would make sure to add some vanilla though if you don't use the vanilla-flavored rice milk.

    Here are the recipes for the bread pudding and maple syrup sauce:

    Bread Pudding (Made with Eggos):
    Serves 8-12

    12 Homestyle Eggos. (I microwaved them until soft and tore them into 1 inch pieces)
     4 eggs, beaten
    2 egg yolks, beaten
    3 tablespoons butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups sugar (I used white, you could probably use brown if you wanted)
    1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    3 cups cold Rice Dream Vania rice milk
    1/2 cup raisins

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with non stick vegetable oil. Tear Eggos (bread) into 1 inch pieces and place in baking dish. Mix beaten eggs, yolks, butter and 1 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl. Put remaining 1/4 cup sugar aside. Add nutmeg, cinnamon and rice milk to mixture, whisking until well blended. Stir in raisins. Pour mixture over Eggos and then pat Eggos and raisins gently into mixture to coat and prevent burning. Let set for 10 minutes so Eggos can absorb mixture. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake 35 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining sugar (and I also added some extra cinnamon). Bake uncovered for another 30-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and pudding puffs (This was about 35 min for me). Take the pudding out and let it set for about 20 minutes and serve warm. 

    Maple Syrup Sauce:

    1 cup maple syrup
    2 tablespoons heavy cream (I used 4 tablespoons of half and half because that's all I had lol)
    3 tablespoons butter

    Place the syrup in a small, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, and cook it over medium-high heat until reduced to 3/4 cup. Remove from heat and whisk in cream (half and half) and finish by slowing whisking in butter. Keep sauce warm. Pour over bread pudding just before serving. 

    Bon Appetit! 






    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Amy Kathryn Handbags Review & Giveaway!

    Photos from AmyKathryn.com
    Ladies, ladies, do I have another fabulous handbag for you! This beauty is the new Amy Kathryn Calality Cherry Carry-all Tote.
    Isn't she lovely?!?!?!

    The talented designer for Amy Katheryn Handbags, Amy Hall, was so nice to send me this beautiful handbag to review and she also threw in the diaper changing pad as well!

    This bag (Valued at $99!!!) is a must for moms! I wish I had this earlier, because it would have been my go-to diaper bag for sure! More room than you can imagine, and I love that you can use those outside pockets for bottles, sippy cups, or anything else you need to grab quickly.




















    So make sure you check out my video review so you can see how you can enter to WIN a Calalily Cherry Tote! Please do me a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel as well and I thank you, thank you!

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    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    My Current Hair Products

    I've received a few emails and comments from some of you lovely ladies who wanted to know what products I use to style my hair.

    Here is the rundown of the products that I use to style my current, long, pixie cut.

    Now I am definitely not a professional hair stylist so please, find what works best for your hair and use it. These are just my favorite hair products and why I love them so much!

    I hope you enjoy the video and please, if you like the video, if you would be so kind to give it a "thumbs up" and also subscribe. I do appreciate the love! Leave me any questions or comments you have below and I'll be sure to get back to you!

    List of products with links:
    1. NuMe Hydro-Punch Hydrating Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask 
    2. Bed Head (TIGI) Small Talk Thickening Cream
    3. Bed Head (TIGI) After Party Smoothing Cream
    4. Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Spray
    5. NuMe Miracle Shine Spray
    6. Bed Head (TIGI) Manipulator
    7. Big Sexy Hair (Sexy Hair) Powder Play
    8. Matrix Mega Dust
    9. Short Sexy Hair (Sexy Hair) Play Dirty
    10. CHI Helmet Head Hair Spray

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Kisstixx Review & Giveaway!

    Photo from kisstixx.com
    I have a fun & flirty review and giveaway for you all that I'm excited to share with you.

    Kisstixx are yummy lip balms that come in two complimenting flavors in each pack. Flavors include: Peaches & Cream, Raspberry & Lemonade, Pina Colada & Strawberry Daiquiri, Fire & Ice, Strawberry & Chocolate, and Sweet & Sour.

    They are $5.99 for each pack of two and I just love them! The good people at Kisstixx were so kind to let me try their top four flavor combinations and I decided to do a YouTube video review for you and also offer a GIVEAWAY!!!

    Check out the video on how you can WIN 4 packs of Kisstixx for yourself so you can have some pretty amazing kissing experiences!

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    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Pink Taffy Designs Giveaway Event

    Pink Taffy Designs asked if I would like to be involved in a fabulous giveaway that they are sponsoring and of course I love giveaways so I said yes. They offer pretty much everything you would want for your baby, and they have the most adorable wall letters in all sorts of colors and prints. Check it out and make sure you enter!

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    Welcome to the Pink Taffy Designs Giveaway Event! Pink Taffy Designs, an adorable baby boutique, will be giving away one of their most popular products - Wall Letters.

    This giveaway will last for two weeks starting September 3rd and running until midnight, September 16th. You'll enter by using the Rafflecopter below to enter. We wish you the best of luck! And make sure give the form a minute to load :)



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