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My Blue Suede Pumps

When Elvis made an entire song about his blue suede shoes, I didn’t understand the power they possessed. I have to say I really do LOVE my blue suede pumps by Ralph Lauren. The electric blue color pops against any outfit and they always grab attention. They are not to be messed with ;)

I have been battling a terrible sinus infection for the past two weeks, so Easter Sunday was not so easy for me to get up and dress all bright and floral- instead, I wanted to be warm, comfortable and well, presentable at mass. I opted for some comfy black leggings with faux leather accents, a dalmatian print blouse and a loose fitted trench jacket which I switch out the belt from a dress I had to add some gold.

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Trench Jacket: H&M 

Pants: TJMaxx

Watch: Michael Kors

Earrings: Rocksbox

Necklace: Jewelmint

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I accessorized with a chain link statement necklace (a favorite from jewel mint), lovely tassel earrings (Rocksbox), and a Michael Kors watch. I added an electric blue clutch bag and pumps to give the look a pop of color. Super simple but still chic.

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Clutch Bag: South Moon Under 

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Shoes: Ralph Lauren

Hope you enjoyed your Easter or Passover or whatever you celebrated (or if not, hope you had a happy sunday). I wasn’t feeling too well, but I am thankful to have spent the day with my beautiful little girl and my family. In the end, that’s what it’s all about, right?  Until the next post xoxo

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Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by Pure and Essential Minerals Review


With the seasons changing, I’ve been all about facials and scrubs lately. Dead winter skin isn’t pretty and it’s good to start getting that glow back now before you begin to wear lighter layers.
Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by Pure and Essential Minerals is made from organic ingredients. The product was created to help restore the natural vitality and radiance of your skin. Sound good, right? I thought so too, which is why I put it to the test.
Here’s how it works: As the mud mask gently dries on your face, it draws out excess oils, impurities & grime from your skin. At the same time your skin is infused with ancient Dead Sea minerals and essential oils.
The mask comes in a container. It’s texture is very soft, you can apply with your fingers. It feels very cool but does not burn or feel harsh on your skin. I left the mask on for about 20 minutes. As it dries, it hardens. To wash it off, I used warm water and used a circular motion. It takes a few minutes to get everything off. Once off, I noticed my skin was extremely glowing, almost oily. At first, I was scared the mask made me oily but after a few minutes, my skin was back to normal only it felt refreshed.

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Would I use it again? Yes, it acts as a great mask and being that it’s made from natural ingredients is a plus.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you want to use something natural on your skin and looking to keep your skin glowing you will like this mask.
What I didn’t love about this product: I wasn’t thrilled about the oiliness it left on my face after I washed off the mask but after a few minutes that was gone.

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Keeping Your Sassy Classy on Social

So you thought your days of worrying about your reputation were gone once you walked across the stage when you got your high school diploma. Well, think again, my friend. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, there is still someone out there trying to judge you by the things that you say and the choices that you make. And you know what? That’s okay! In the words of America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, “Haters gonna hate” but that doesn’t mean that you need to supply them with all the ammunition they could possibly want. From current employers, future employers, your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, to your grandmother, everyone is taking a peek at what you’re sharing online but don’t fret.

Being classy on social media doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sass.

The last thing you want to do is take the fun out of social and the good news is that you can still be awesome, have a ton of fun, engage your fan club, and still maintain an air of chic. Here’s how:

Smart is sexy: Spend a day and go through your online profiles, bios, and “About Me” pages. Even though space if often limited, it’s time to retire the online shorthand of “UR” “2” and “l8r”, use proper punctuation marks, remove the once popular all-lower-case or all-caps writing, and limit your use of  the ellipsis (…).

Age is beauty:  Stop living in the past and embrace your “now” you. Yes, your tan was amazing in the pic taken 5 years ago and you were at your perfect weight 3 years ago in that pic from Costa Rica, but everyone wants to see the real you; as you are now, in all your aging beauty. So update those pics and show the current beautiful you.

Everyone loves a good party: The food is to die for and the cocktails are flowing like water so why wouldn’t you want to share the fun with your followers? By all means, share away. But here’s a little trick. Post, share pics, tweet, and Instagram as much as you’d like….in the first hour. After that, put the phone away.  This is a great rule for two reasons: 1) it will prevent really embarrassing selfies and inappropriate status updates that you may not remember posting once the sun comes up. 2) It helps you actually enjoy the party and engage with the people around you as opposed to being on Facebook all night.

Take a time out: I know you really want to vent about your boss or reply to that nasty post by your crazy cousin but who is going to look bad in the end? YOU. Take a time out before hitting “post” and revisit that it when your stress level isn’t so high. 9 out of 10 times you will decide against that public engagement and that’s a very wise move.

Always remember, “A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous.” ~Coco Chanel 

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Michele Lawson

About the Author:

Michele Lawson is a public speaker, social media consultant, and the author of the upcoming book Unleash Your Networking Mojo. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and pup, Little Dude. Michele can be found at www.michelelawson.com, on Twitter @chelelawson, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michelejolawson

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Remy’s Latest Deal: Free Cup of Soup


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emy woke up with a smile on her face and pep in her step. Not because she had a good night sleep…her husband’s snoring  was driving her to the brink of insanity. But because she was excited to get lunch from SJ Holistic Health in Westfield.

Just like Bradley Cooper’s smile, delicious food made Remy happy. And Remy was overjoyed to have discovered SJ Holistic Health, the yummy, new vegetarian and organic food spot in the area.

With a moto “Goodness To Go”, SJ Holistic Health prepared the most healthy and flavorful food Remy had tasted in a long time. From their cauliflower tabouli salad and red lentil thai chili to their kale matzah ball soup, smoky macaroni stuffed sweat potato and vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, everything was super delish and good for you prepared with minimal oils and no soy.

Remy loved how they emailed you their menu the night before so you could text them your order. It was like having your own personal chef (take that Oprah). But you could also walk in and get what you wanted, stay there and eat or take it to go.
And their homemade sunflower bread that came with each order was beyond.

Even better SJ Holistic Health was offering everyone a FREE CUP OF SOUP!!

It was going to be a SOUPER dooper day!

Interested in the free cup of soup coupon? Email us at [email protected] with your name & we’ll send it your way!

Who is Remy? She is the fictional character in Stories and Savings, a Facebook  page that intertwines an ongoing, sassy story about Remy’s life with great deals from local NJ businesses in Union, Essex and Warren counties. Like us for deals, dish and fun!!

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Jet, Set, Go!

I live in New Jersey and though my part may not get as much as others, I have never seen so much snow. Ever. Almost every week if not snow, ice or insanely low temperatures. There is a good amount of maybe six to ten inches on the ground. And just when it began to melt, another snow storm. As you can imagine, I am sick of it. Even my 9 year old is “so over the snow” as she puts it. The snow has damaged my car, my front steps, brings salt into my house, and because there is so much- I have to get into my car through the passengers side! Snow stinks and it has truly overstayed it’s welcome.

Now that I’m done ranting, I can tell you what this post is about. Basically, to lift my spirits, I thought creating a board of what I would pack to get away from this ice palace would be fun. I’ve been looking at pictures of tropical views and looking back at outfit posts from last summer. Forget spring, I am dreaming of summer.

To begin, you will need a nice little luggage. I prefer one with wheels you can roll through the airport. Some comfy shoes for getting around easy. I like flats like the ones pictured below. They’re great for when you get to security. You just slip them on and off. It’s always best to travel light so bag check and security can be faster and less of a hassle.

I call this the jet set look. I always travel with a scarf and sunnies. It gets cold on planes and you want to protect your neck especially to prevent from catching a cold. And sunnies conceal your tired eyes, of course. I am not a fan of flying, so I tend to not sleep before a flight so that I can fall asleep on the flight. So, make up isn’t really worth putting on. I go with a good brow and some lipgloss (one that moisturizes). For spring, a trench is perfect but depending on where you’re headed, I’d maybe pack a warm hooded sweatshirt you can layer underneath.

For this look, I went with a simple striped tee and boyfriend jeans. The beanie is great to keep warm, too. This is a casual comfy look but still stylish. For the flight, I like to pack gum for take off, some good headphones, magazines and a good book. And a watch to make sure I’m on time for my flight.

 

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If I could choose a destination right now, I would go for the Bahamas. And this is most likely all I would pack. (Not true! At least a few more things! haha) I imagine laying out all day on a beach sipping on pina coladas and listening to island tunes and the waves of the ocean. Nothing else.

I love this swimsuit from TopShop. It has a retro style and is flattering at the waist. I added a floral lace cover up and an oversized hat for laying low. The bag and flip flops have polka dots and stripes. I love mixing patterns. Everything in this combination gives off a retro feel. And we mustn’t forget the SPF- lip balm and sunblock are essentials when on vacation.

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Going away soon? What are your favorite things to pack?

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Hello Spring : Free Printable

Can you believe it’s March already? Time sure flies! In case you haven’t guessed, that means it’s freebie Friday! In only a few weeks it will officially be Spring so I decided this month’s free printable would be all about spring.Print it out, frame it and put it on your desk or dresser with a lovely floral arrangement next to it to lift your spirits and get you thinking about spring. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wait to look out my window and say hello Spring!

What’s a printable? It’s a unique little piece of digital art which you can print out and frame. You can put it in your office, home or give as a gift. Hope you guys like it and remember, sharing is caring so share this post with all your loved ones :)

Click here to download: spring printable

 

About this printable:

5×7 PDF file

Best when printed on card stock

Love printables? Visit my Esty shop here.

 

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Planning an Art Party

I can’t believe my little girl just turned 9. Have I really been a mom for 9 years? How did the chubby little baby with the prettiest smile I used to hold get so big? It’s really just mind boggling to me how life works. These questions run through my mind every birthday. If you’re a mom, you probably get it.

Besides all the emotions, my favorite thing to do for her is plan awesome birthday parties. This year, she asked for something smaller. We’re used to having over 25 kids but she was new at school this year and most of her cousins are in the tween ages making them a bit old and boring to join us. So we decided on an all girls painting and…juice party. We had a group of eight girls which was perfect. And the party was held at a new local art studio nearby.

The first thing we had to do was invite her guests. An art party, I thought. What type of invites would go with this theme? I searched online and found nothing. So, I decided to print out a picture of a paint tray and create my own. I knew this was something Liana would love since it required being crafty.

First, I printed the image and cut it out. Then, with a pencil, I lightly traced the art trays onto a white poster board. I made extra just in case I made a mistake. I then cut all of them out. I’d say this was the most tedious part. After that, it was a breeze!

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Next, we erased the pencil outlines and painted on the colors. Five big circles to look like paint in the trays. And with colorful markers, we wrote in the info. We also splatted some more paint onto the invites and finished off by spraying glitter onto the invites.

 

 

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For party favors, we put together little art goody bags. Most of the items I purchased at A.C. Moore. A mini canvas, some paint in a mini paint can, a brush and jolly ranchers. I didn’t want to give out a ton of candy since I know most parents don’t like to overdo it with the sweets. Aside from the goody bags, we gave each girl their own personal mason cup and a cake pop. They were a hit! Even the ladies at the studio were in awe. They took lots of pictures, too.

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Liana’s favorite painting is Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night so we requested to paint that and the studio owner was very accommodating to our request. Turns out, it was a popular painting many customers also wanted to paint! I found her the perfect skirt online a few weeks earlier with Starry Night printed on, too. It was all too cute :)

The best thing of all was the happy birthday girl and her little friends. They all had a great time and couldn’t believe they recreated Van Gogh’s master piece. Here’s a collage of her special day. (yes, the cake was also artsy! It’s ice cream, too!)

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Reflectors: the Magic Tool to Enhance Your Natural Light Photography

I love shooting outdoors. Aside from being a fashion blogger, I am also a photographer for work. I get a lot of questions on lighting so I wanted to share this neat little trick with you.

Combining my subjects with beautiful open natural outdoor space is definitely one of my favorite things. Natural light is amazing to capture but sometimes it can be tricky and can use a boost. That’s when I pull out my magic trick: the reflector.

Here’s an example of an image shot using the reflector:

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Notice how this little boy’s eyes light up and the pretty skin tones? That’s that magical reflector working.

For my beginers, here is some basic info on reflectors.

What does a reflector do?

Well, it reflects light. It enhances those pretty catch lights in your subject’s eyes and fill in shadows on the face.

What size reflector should I have? 

Reflectors come in many shapes and sizes. They are light and usually collapsible. I like to carry a small 24 inch one for children or headshots. For bigger groups, a larger reflector is key- or it won’t work on everyone. If you can’t afford one yet, I know many photographers who have taken a poster board and simply laid aluminum foil onto it.

What color reflector do I need? 

Reflectors normally come with a few different colors depending on which you buy. Most have silver, gold, white and black. I usually use the silver for general stuff. However, if you want a warm glow, use the gold. Also, go by the person’s skin-  person who has olive tones- use the gold. If the person is more pale and has pink tones- use silver or white.

Here’s an inexpensive one I like:

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Etekcity® 24″ (60cm) 5 in 1 Portable Round Collapsible Multi Disc Photography Studio Photo Camera Light Reflector Diffuser Kit, Great for Photo Shoots and Taking Pictures in Accurate Lighting

Do you use reflectors? Why or why not?

 

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