Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lee National Denim Day October 3, 2014

Hello ladies! I want to talk to you all today about something that is so very important. I always try to do my part to make people more aware of Breast Cancer and how it has touched the lives of so many women and their families and I was extra excited when I was asked to help spread the word about Lee National Denim Day.



I know when I was working in an office job I always looked forward to casual Friday and my jeans! You can take October 3rd and casual Friday to a whole new level by taking part in something that will positively affect the lives of women and their families while they face breast cancer.


Lee National Denim Day 2014 kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, October 3. To Join the movement is very easy, you wear your jeans in exchange for $5 to help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary nonprofit health organization in the United States, which is passionately committed to finishing the fight against breast cancer and creating a world with more birthdays, is the program’s beneficiary.

Lee National Denim Day started in 1996 and its participants have raised more than $91 million for the fight against breast cancer. While that is totally awesome they can, with your help, add millions to that total in 2014. Join Lee National Denim Day by creating a team and donating $5, or more, at denimday.com. Thank you for your support!

The overall goal is ending breast cancer, but they also focus on helping  those living with breast cancer by making everyday life better for those with the disease, with things ranging from research, to treatments, to programs such as lodging for patients and caregivers. Isn't it fantastic to know that your Denim Day teams help women rise above breast cancer?

While I have your attention I want to introduce you to the Lee Denim Day Ambassadors Catherine Alpin, Beth Borden-Goodman and Laura Renegar. These three courageous and powerful women have all survived different forms of breast cancer.

Catherine Aplin’s survival story is unlike any other. At only 19 years old, she discovered a lump in her breast but was told by her doctor not to worry. Two years, and a second opinion later, it was discovered that at the young age of 21 and a senior in college, Catherine was diagnosed with the BRCA 2 gene and stage III ductal carcinoma. She was the first person in her family to have breast cancer. After the initial shock and disbelief, she went straight into survivor mode and started her fight against the disease. And although her body took a beating during the aggressive treatment, she put up a strong front and laughed through the pain with the support of her family and soon-to-be husband. She defeated cancer with a smile and against all odds became pregnant while participating in endocrine therapy. Her beautiful daughter was born healthy, and her family has been involved in spreading breast cancer awareness ever since.

Most know her as Beth Borden-Goodman; others know her as "The Pink Diva" or "sPrINKles." She came about these names after a decision to celebrate her faith-fight method of tackling breast cancer when she was diagnosed with in 2007. Rather than letting this disease hold her back, she embraced its destruction—dressing up for chemotherapy treatments and healing with humor while constantly sprinkling cheer to everyone around her. She became The Pink Diva, and Sprinkles was a term of endearment that encapsulated her joy, happiness and encouragement. As a cancer-free woman, she infectiously celebrates life every day by "surviving out loud" and continuing to sPrINKle. She inspires others by spreading awareness through motivational speaking opportunities in some shade of pink.

Laura Renegar, a mother and soon-to-be grandmother from Charlotte, North Carolina, first discovered a lump in her breast on Valentine’s Day, 2011 and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation. Having a mother who suffered silently through her fight with breast cancer 26 years before, Laura promised herself to be open and honest, no matter how raw the details were, in the hopes of helping even one other woman with her story. With the support of her family, friends and survivors involved with the American Cancer Society®, Laura beat the disease and started looking at the world differently. “I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to stop and realize what is important in my life… to truly learn how precious life is.” Laura continues to be extremely involved in the fight against breast cancer, supporting countless women and rallying individuals to join the movement.

When I was looking for something to wear on Denim Day I was immediately drawn to the new Curvy Fit jeans. The first reason was because Jackie had been raving about how nice hers fit and the second was because I have ALL of the issues the Curvy Fit line addresses! The New Curvy Fit is different to most jeans because they have a waistband that has a little stretch, which means no gaps and lots of comfort.

Even more than that I love the tilted rise. The front is a midrise and the back swoops up to add to give better fuller coverage. The leg construction allows for more room in the back, which extends through the hips, seat and thigh. What that means to you and me is you have room to breathe but your jeans fit like a glove in all the right places. These really are designed to flatter, even a curvy woman like me who has an odd issue with a nice round belly and stick legs!

While I love the functional changes the subtle details did not go unnoticed. If you love classic looks you will appreciate the back pocket “S curve that dates back to the 1940s. Plus the inside pockets give little boosts of confidence as a reminder of the gifts you offer the world.

Pair these awesome jeans (any jeans from Lee are awesome) with your favorite pink 'support the cause' top and you are ready for Denim Day. I always found a nice button up looks extra special for work and then you can dress it as up or down as your office needs are with scarfs and jewelry. I personally love pearls with denim! While I do favor classic, even faded denim, for a more dressy office dark jeans are a must. Clean, dark denim says classic and sophisticated. I always have at least one dark blue and one black pair on hand as well.

No matter how you decide to style your jeans, I do hope you will head over and sign up your team today! Here are a few more facts that can help you spread the word about just how important this cause is. Join me and Lee Jeans in making a difference.

Additional Breast Cancer Statistics:
• Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women (excluding skin cancer)
and second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women.
• Mammography can identify breast cancer at an early stage, usually before physical symptoms develop, when the disease is most treatable. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
• One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society urges all women to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Mammograms
are simple tests that take just a few minutes – just a few minutes that could save your life.
• This year, an estimated 232,670 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
• In 2014, about 40,000 women will die of breast cancer.
• There are currently more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Disclosure: Lee Provided me with the information needed to make this post as well as a pair a of the new Curvy Fir Jeans in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own and I truly support this important cause.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Style For You from Leisure Arts

Hello crafters! I think I might be ready to take the plunge into wardrobe pieces. By that I mean more fitted, customizable things like sweaters, jackets and shirts. I have been admiring the work of friends but up to now I have focused on one size pieces, mostly because I lacked confidence in my skills. However, now I am ready. That means it is time to go pattern shopping! 

I love pattern shopping and my favorite place to do it is Leisure Arts. They seriously have a book or pattern for my every design need, even beyond crochet. They are a craft pattern super store! This time I settled on Style For You! There are eight patterns in here that range from patterns for beginners to more challenging ones for when I cut my clothing making teeth.  

One thing I really love about these patterns is they have sizes that go all the way to 3X! Plus size crochet patterns are hard to come by and I don’t fit a size large, personally. As with all of the Leisure Arts books the instructions are well written and easy to follow, with pictures and extra instructions when needed. 

For my first project I am starting the Weekend Tunic, not only does it look adorable but it also looks comfy and it is marked easy as not to intimidate me. Have you ever made clothing before? Crochet, knitted, or sewn tell me about it! Just as a side note, I have tried sewing but it really didn't go well and my poor sewing machine collects more dust than my treadmill!
  
No matter what type of craft or pattern you are looking for, take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lip Factory August 2014

Hello lovelies. I wanted to pop in and tell you about my favorite beauty box, Lip Factory. For those who have been following a while you know this but for anyone new, Lip Factory is a monthly beauty box, with awesome full size, trendy makeup and beauty products, that has a strong focus on lips, as the name suggests. My August box just arrived and I can't wait to dive in with and talk about what was inside.


LASplash Mineral Blush in Beach Party ($15). I love mineral blushes and this one is a fabulous shade. It is very long lasting and has a lovely sheen to it. It is a lighter shade that acts more like a natural radiant glow and will go perfect with all of your daytime looks. This may well be my new favorite blush.

Also from LASplash was a Lip Lacquer ($9). This came in such a fun pink shade and is so very full of sparkles! You all know I am totally a pink type of girl so I really loved this bright, playful, sparkly pink. It is also infused with vanilla mint and has vitamin E and shea butter so your lips will feel as fabulous as they look.

From Medusa's Makeup was the Stick It Eye Primer ($8) You put a thin layer of this on your eyes before your shadow and it helps to keep your shadow just as you applied it all day long. It is colorless so this can be used no matter what skin tone you have.

Red Cherry False Lashes ($2.50). I am still a newbie when it comes to false lashes but when I do manage to get them on right I just love the way they look, especially since I have thin almost nonexistent lashes. The lashes included are very natural looking, not too long or flashy, so they will be perfect for everyday wear to plump out your natural look.

Pink Powder Parlor Lipstick #301 ($10). This is another fun pink shade which I loved and it glides on so very smooth. It has a pretty good lasting time and also Vitamin E so that your lips get some nourishment while you wear it.

Cult Nails Lacquer in Devious Nature ($12). This is a raspberry type shade and I put it on instantly as my nails just happened to be naked. I just love that their polishes are all vegan friendly and are also free from DBP, Toulene, Formaldehyde, Camphor, and Formaldehyde Resin because who wants that nastiness in their polish? I was able to get a perfect shade in two coats and so far have no chips or splits.      

There was nearly $60 worth of goodies in the August 2014 Lip Factory. The cost of this fabulous box is only $22/month for U.S. subscribers and no charge for shipping. If you are in Canada it is $26/month which includes a $4 shipping charge. Plus $32/month for all other international subscribers which includes $10 shipping charge.

Plus, you can really feel good about purchasing from them because they donate a percentage of each box sold to the Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach. To sign up and get full details please visit the Lip Factory site. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Personalized Jewelry with Luxe Design

By now I am sure you know that I love personalized jewelry. There is just something so special about a piece of jewelry that is customized just to fit you. I found an awesome website recently and I can't wait to share them with you! Luxe Design specializes in custom pieces of jewelry for every occasion or desire. 


Though you can completely create a piece that is one-of-a-kind and completely made by you, I decided to take a pre-made necklace and tweak it to my liking. I chose the Sterling Silver Personalized Open Heart Graduation Necklace. The necklace originally comes with the open heart charm with a name, a four leaf clover charm, two gemstone charms, and an oval year charm to indicate the year of graduation. 


Since I graduated some five years ago, I didn't want a graduation necklace. However, I loved the way the necklace hung and the combination of charms. For my necklace, I replaced the year charm with a Leo charm since I am an August baby. Being Irish, I kept the four leaf clover (everyone can use a little good luck) and chose the same green stone for both of my gemstome charms. I love the way my necklace came together and have been wearing it everyday since I got it. The 18 inch chain is also great for everyday wear since it isn't too long to get in the way or too short to be uncomfortable.


The options are truly endless with Luxe Design. You can personalize any piece or create your very own from scratch so you end up with a truly special piece. I absolutely love mine and I know anyone can create something that they, or their special someone, will just adore. Head over to the Luxe Design website to see what kind of piece you come up with. Also, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to never miss any news or new pieces!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Snuggle Scent Boosters

You may have noticed in my Snuggle birthday post, which you should check out right away because there is a fabulous giveaway there that ends September 18, there was a pack of Snuggle Scent boosters. I was sent the new scent boosters in Lavender Joy to try and tell you all about!

The first thing I must mention is it is so very easy to use. They are in little single-use dissolving pods, that you just toss in the washer. After that, you wash your clothes as usual and enjoy the extra boost of lavender. I am an admitted laundry sniffer and avid Snuggle fan so I just knew when I pulled out my wash it would be awesome. After a good sniff, I was not disappointed.

One of the best parts is that days after you have washed your laundry, it still smells like lavender, and that is where the joy in the name comes from for me! I have read that some people experienced issues with the product dissolving but being a warm/hot washer as a rule I saw no issues at all. If you like to wash in cold or have a low water washer you might want to run a test load with some cleaning rags just to make sure you don’t have an issues either. I like to err on the side of better safe than sorry.

When you are looking for a way to make your clothes softer and sweeter smelling there is no brand I trust more than Snuggle and the new scent boosters are a fabulous edition to the Snuggle family.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Memebox - Superbox #41

I am sure you guys know what Memebox is by now, but as a refresher: Memebox (pronounced me-me) is a beauty box provider that brings the most loved and trusted Korean beauty products right to your door!


They offer three kinds of boxes: Memeboxes, Superboxes, and Luckyboxes. Memeboxes contain 4-8 full sized products and deluxe sized samples with no set theme. Super boxes contain the same amount and have themes to the products included that target a certain beauty concern. Luckyboxes contain products that were loved from previous boxes and are making a comeback! I love that you are able to pick and choose which boxes you want. There is even a store on their site where you can purchase individual products that you liked or want to try!


Superbox #41's theme is My Cute Wishlist which means this box is jam packed with adorable Korean beauty products. The first item I grabbed for was the Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick. I got the flavor Sour Lemon Candy and even though this looks like a little candy cane, it is actually a lip balm. Full of bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, and lemon extracts this lip balm not only looks and tastes good, but keeps your lips soft and moisturized. 


The second items I picked up were these adorable Neco Punch Point Pads by Pure Smile. There was two packs of 10 sheets in two different varieties: Hibiscus and Lemon Grass. These little sheets are enriched with  vitamin E, collagen, hyaluronic acid, arbutin, and hibiscus/lemon grass extracts. You leave them on your problem areas for 5-10 minutes to help control sebum secretion and moisturize your skin.


Three little boxes from A;T Fox caught my attention next. The orange cupcake is the Moisturizing Gel Cream Gyoolpy Tea and it contains vitamin C to moisturize your skin. The pink cupcake is the Lifting Cream Black Tea to help reverse sagging, bagging, creasing, and wrinkling. The final purple cupcake is the Whitening Capsule Cream Jasoyup Herb Tea that is used to moisturize and brighten uneven, dark spots. Also from Pure Smile, there was a Muddy Girl mask. This mask has clay, mud, and charcoal and leaves your face feeling super clean and purified.


Quite possibly the cutest item in this Superbox is the Missing U Hand Cream by Etude. I got the Baby Powder scent that comes in an adorable little penguin container. It has organic olive oil and shea butter in it and does not contain parabens, sulfates, ethanol, or artificial coloring. This cream not only smells really good, but it also leaves your hands so soft an silky and not greasy whatsoever!


The Split End Therapy from Kocostar contains 8 kinds of amino acid complexes to help prevent hair breakage and static electricity. My hair is a little too short for this right now but the instructions say to tie your hair in a ponytail, slide your pony into the wrap and tie it with the elastic provided, fasten it with the polka-dotted hair band, massage your hair with the wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes. Oddly enough, it also says you don't have to rinse your hair afterwards. I am really excited to try this once my hair grows a little.


By far my favorite item included was the Snow White Special Edition Season 2 eyeliner set by Beauty People. Included is five glimmer eyeliners in the colors black, brown, bronze, gold, and beige. The most impressive thing about these is the staying power. When I went to take these off after swatching them they didn't budge. No joke, I rubbed them as hard as I could with my fingers and a baby wipe and they didn't move. I am so impressed with these and I really want to try more Korean makeup now!

As always, I love my Memebox and I am left wanting more! Be sure to follow Memebox on Facebook to never miss an upcoming box! Also, check out their website to get your Korean beauty fix!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet from Leisure Arts

When it comes to thinking about crochet projects, I think Afghans will always be my true love. There is something so special about giving and receiving something as epic as a well made blanket. As soon as you cover with it, you are instantly wrapped in the love of the creator. If you have ever made one you know it is a true labor of love. 

The hardest part for me about finding a project to start is finding that perfect pattern that matches the person you are making it for. There are thousands of blanket patterns that all look sort of similar but I love finding that one that stands out, one that every one will look at and think wow! Many pattern books have one like that, but Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet has 40 that are all top notch designs. 

With 40 patterns written in easy to follow directions that are designed for all levels from beginner to more challenging, the only struggle I have now is picking which one to do first! With the holiday season fast approaching I will be using this pattern book over and over and I know my gift recipients will all be happy with the awesome creations.  

A few that rise to the top for me are the Starlight, because it reminds me of peppermints, the Christmas, and the Woven Scraps because I have never seen one like that before and it is adorable. Do you make afghans for gifts? What is your favorite type of project? 

No matter what type of craft or pattern you are looking for, take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.