Target Designer Launch – Altuzarra

Target will be launching an all new line of ready-to-wear and accessories just in time for Fall 2014.  Altuzarra, Target’s latest design partner, is known for his sophisticated clothing with a sexy feel.  At the ripe old age of 31 (!!!), he has boosted his label and reputation year after year.

On September 14, you will be able to purchase any of the over 50 Altuzarra items from this special collaborative line.  Prices will range from $17.99 – $89.99; definitely an affordable way to add to your Fall wardrobe.  Below are some of my favorites from the line.

I am obsessed with this Romanian dress and belt.  The dress is only $54.99, the belt a mere $29.99!

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This pencil skirt is a staple for any wardrobe and at $34.99 – a great deal!

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I love these ankle boots…I don’t think I could walk in them, but if I could, they would be in my closet stat!  $59.99

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Trench coats have been in style since I can last remember.  This version is both classy and cool in the gorgeous green color (also comes in black)!  $89.99…worth the tiny investment.

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Uh oh…the belt I like in black above comes in brown (smooth though).  I may need both.  $29.99

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I love the plunging neckline of this maxi dress, and the orchid print makes the look! $69.99

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This black dress is perfect for work!  $49.99

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Bringing in some color and embroidery…$54.99  and then add a little wrap dress to the mix $39.99

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On to the lingerie, this cami set is super sexy and the mask comes with it!  $34.99

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There’s so much more…check out the lookbook online and get ready for September 14th! Which pieces are you going to grab?

 

 

Fall Fashion – Part One

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I love this time of year.  I open my mailbox and it is stuffed with super fat, awesome Fall Fashion magazines.  I remember when I was growing up I would look forward to going through the pages of Vogue, dog earring everything I wanted.  There’s something about these specific editions of the magazines that make me so happy.  It could be because I love clothing and accessories and I love to shop…swoon.

The Fall 2014 trends are interesting.  Below are three, more to come!

PLAID: This trend reminds me a little bit of my high school days…I feel like I wore a lot of plaid, flannel, and way-too-big-for-me button downs back then.  Well, the plaid trend is back.  Will I partake, probably not – BUT I found a few cute pieces that may change my mind.

CHUNKY KNITS: Even though I live in a state where Winter is defined as just another season we really don’t experience, I still LOVE sweaters (and boots and jackets…you should see my guest bedroom closet).  Chunky knits are some of my favorite too…they are so cuddly and warm.

CUTOUT HEELS: I need to get my back better because I am loving the cutout heels that I am seeing this season.  There are cutout flats out there, but they just aren’t as sexy.

Stay tuned as I check out more of the Fall fashion trends.  What do you think of the three trends above?

 

 

 

 

 

There’s an App For That…or a Website

I’m always on the lookout for a cool app or website to make life a bit easier or more fun.  Below are my latest findings.

thyme kitchen app

My husband is the chef of the household.  He is a natural when it comes to cooking – something I am NOT.  I can cook, and I do like to, but I am the type of person that needs a recipe (at least for the first time around with a dish) and needs to have everything timed out perfectly.  In the past I would use the timer on the oven as well as the timer on the microwave.  The microwave in our new house for some reason doesn’t have a timer – or at least one that I can find.  So odd.  This is where Thyme comes in perfectly!

Pick the burner on the app that you are cooking on, set the timer.  Pick the second burner you are using – do the same.  So simple, so great!  It’s available on both iTunes and Google Play.  $0.99

GoodMouth toothbrushes You know how it is important to change out your toothbrush every few months – even more if you have gotten over a cold, etc.?  I just read about this great subscription, called GoodMouth, that takes the task of reminding to refresh your toothbrushes!  For a family of 4, it costs $13.95 (free shipping) to receive new brushes every 3 months, and with every subscription they donate 2 brushes to someone in need through Giving Goodness.  You complete a simple survey, asking basic questions and you’re all set!  I ordered my first set and can’t wait to get them!  Check out GoodMouth… you can update or cancel at any time.

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Want to get free prints of your favorite smartphone shots?  Introducing an app that will send you up to 85 free 4×6 prints per month.  You do have to pay for shipping and handling, which ranges from $1.99 – $9.99 depending on the size of the order.  I haven’t tried it just yet, but the app is downloaded on my phone.  I just need to get some time to actually pick out which pictures to print!

Are you a magazine junkie like me?  Enter Next Issue - an app/website that offers unlimited access to over 140 magazines for a small monthly fee.  You can try it out for free for the first 30 days and cancel at any time.  There are two membership levels – one is $9.99/month and the other is $14.99/mont which includes weeklies.  I still like to hold the physical magazine, turn the pages, rip out the ones with items I am interested in or articles that peek my interest.  Check it out….tell me what you think.

 

 

learn a new language

I am so excited for this next website – Duolingo.  You can learn a bunch of different languages FOR FREE!  Choose the language you want to learn, create a profile and voila!  You can work along with friends via Facebook too!  Although I have Rosetta Stone for Spanish and have yet to use it (bad me…it is on my bucket list for this year and the year is not yet over!), I am going to try Duolingo for Spanish and see how it goes!  What language do you want to learn?  If you sign up, tell me and we can watch each other’s progress!

 

Five for Friday – August 8

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I totally missed last Friday’s Five for Friday and I am so sad about that.  I hope this one makes up for it!

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It’s hot – very hot – and on hot days I love to cool down with ice cream or popsicles BUT most store-bought popsicles are filled with sugar.  If you have ever seen my little one on a sugar high, you will know why I am adamant about trying my darnedest to remove this attitude-changing, crazy-making item from his life.  Now I know that fruits contain sugars, but by making my own frozen treats, I can manage how much sugar is actually in them.

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I subscribe to the Blogilates Youtube channel.  I love Cassie’s enthusiasm…and now I am actually doing her videos (it took me a year, but better late than never!)  Check out her video below entitled Lower Belly Flattener and tell me what you think!

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I was so surprised when I found out that Twizzlers have gluten in them – boo.  BUT when I came across this article, it made my day.  6 Surprising Foods You Never Knew Were Gluten-Free!  Love you French Macarons!

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I really enjoyed reading and connected with the author of Maxed Out: Moms on the Brink.  I think my review of the book says it all!

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If you are a fellow blogger, you may like this article on 5 Facebook mistakes that can cause your blog traffic.  I learned some great tidbits and hope they are helpful for you too!

I hope you have a great weekend! What are your plans?

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink – Book Review


I started reading Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink as part of a book club; one of which I (sadly) infrequent due to life getting in the way.  I still like to read the books along with the other members, even if I can’t join in the post-reading festivities of food, wine, gossip and eventual chat about the designated book.

Unlike other books I have read in the past, I was compelled to highlight certain sections of the book, feeling that I needed to share these tidbits with you.  Please note that I am one of the fortunate ones whom works for a company that embraces career enhancement along with family life and flexibility.  It just amazes me that there are companies out there in this day and age that are so NOT like that.

Ever hear of the “Mommy Track”?  Coined by Felice Schwartz, a career consultant, the mommy track is defined in a New York Times article as:

…a phenomenon in which women with family responsibilities are shunted into dead end, lower paying jobs.

Schwartz recommended that companies separate their female employees into two groups.  Group 1 would be composed of the female employees that were willing to work the longer hours, have the flexibility to travel whenever needed – basically not letting anything personal get “in the way” of their career.  Group 2 would be the female employees who are OK with taking the lower-end, less paying jobs in exchange for flexibility when they needed to take an impromptu day off should their child get sick, etc.  Do you find this fair and “modern”?  Thankfully, I as do a lot of my working moms are employed by companies that are flexible and supportive of our career track.  This mommy track just threw me for a loop.

In an interview with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, she stated that all of the years that mothers spend raising their children help them in the future with interpersonal and diplomacy skills.  I completely agree!  Think about it…all of the times you had to be the referee in a confrontation between your kids – pointing out key points of the argument and how to come to an agreement.  I believe that alone has helped me with working with my teams, along with the interpersonal skills of knowing how to work with different personalities.  BTW – Pelosi was a stay-at-home mom to 5 children before running for Congress.

Maternity leave – a very heated topic amongst Americans today.  Did you know that the United States is one of the handful of countries that doesn’t have paid maternity leave?  What are your thoughts on that?  I can dedicate an entire post to that topic alone.

A great tip I took from the book was that sometimes you need to create a project plan for your family life, just as you would for a new project at work.  I know it sounds very sterile, but to me it is very helpful!  There may come a time that there are so many things going on at once – whether it is after school sports, play dates, household chores, coupled with work events – that a project plan, or something as simple as a list, will clear your mind and help you prioritize and conquer everything sanely.

Ever hear of Results-Only Work Environments (ROWE)?  It is new to me, but I found it quite interesting.  Basically employees are evaluated by their work and not by the number of hours they work or the amount of face time.  Its the theory that as long as you get your work done, and it is completed to the expected standards that are initially set forth, then you are adhering to the ROWE and can have “unlimited paid time off”.  This puts the project ownership, accountability and full responsibility on the employee.  A company that has implemented ROWE, Gap Inc., has reported that quality and productivity has increased, while turnover has decreased by 50%.  Nice!

Ever wonder why, at times, we are super stressed and not as happy as we remember our moms were?  Alcorn points out that

Our lives have changed dramatically since the ’60s, but the institutions around us – government, workplace and marriage – have not kept up.  Mothers today are on the front lines of a deep dysfunction in society, trying to make up for the fact that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that is now expected of us.

Makes a lot of sense, right?

Above are just a few points that resonated with me – there was a lot of great reading going on with this book.  I highly recommend it for my working mama readers as well as my stay-at-home mamas – I feel that you all may assimilate with what the author is saying.  Here’s an Amazon link to grab a copy (digital or print):

Please note that the opinions in this review are 100% my own.  I was not asked to review this book but thought it was interesting and a good read for you!

 

 

 

Five for Friday – July 25

 

fiveforfridayT-minus three days until my birthday…another year older and another Five for Friday under my belt!  We are jam packed with plans this weekend, how about you?

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When I used to shop for wine, I would base my purchase on the bottle’s label.  Now that I have learned a lot about wine I base my decision on different elements, but I do love to look at the cool labels.  These beautifully labeled wine bottles would definitely catch my eye in any store!

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While on my 1st annual Sister’s Weekend, we stumbled across a really cool store – Aritzia.  I purchased my first pair of soft pants (didn’t even know they were called that until my sister enlightened me…they are soft!) there and could have spent a lot more time checking out the goods had we not had limited time to hit the rest that W Broadway had to offer.  Aritzia is having a huge sale online…I’d recommend checking it out!

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Yes, the 50 Shades of Grey trailer is out…do I want to see the movie?  I’m not 100% sure yet.  The trailer shows some steamy-ness…I have until February to decide, right?

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Here’s another cute video entitle Yoga for Wine Lovers…super cute :)

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Last but not least, this is for all of the DIYers out there…10 homemade hair treatments.  Some sound very yummy!

 

 

 

A Summer Pairing: Necklaces and Necklines!

A sunny day and a road trip in a convertible, lazy afternoons and a shady hammock… some pairings are just obvious, but when it comes to fashion, trying to find the right style, as well as add your own personal touch, gets a little more complicated. Check out the summer style suggestions from the stylists at Stella & Dot, where pairing the right necklace and neckline is fun! Meeting your boyfriend’s parents for brunch on Sunday? What about that navy strapless sundress with the Stella & Dot Sardinia Pendant ?

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Sardinia Necklace

Heading out to the summer concert series in your spaghetti tank? Rock it out with the Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace.

Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace

Bangles, bracelets and bold earrings… whatever your style, and with all of your summer wear, Stella & Dot has put together everything to make sure that you are the hottest thing out there this summer.

**I am an affiliate for Stella & Dot.  I love their jewelry!  If you purchase something through one of my links, I may receive a small commission.