I like every other shoe obsessed girl have been tempted to try all of those monthly shoe clubs but I’ve never actually gone through with it. One of the main reasons why I’ve never actually gone through with it was because I didn’t want the monthly commitment of buying a pair of shoes without seeing the actually quality. I’m known to like a bargain and have no problem buying affordable shoes but to pay and join a monthly shoe club scares me because it’s a year long commitment. So, when Guilty Soles offered me the chance to try out their
I narrowed it down to three pairs the Press Tour Black, Summer romance White and the Premier Blue heels. The Premier Blue heels jumped out at me the most because of the bold blue and animal print heel so I went with those. I got the shoes within 3 days and the packaging was so pretty! The gold box made it look like a Christmas gift and inside was a handy duster bag to keep the shoes. I was really impressed without even trying them on. When I went to try on the shoes I did panic a bit because for some reason I didn’t notice the heel zipper online. My feet have never fit well with heel zippers and I’ve always had to return any I bought. Not the case with these at all – they fit perfectly! The shoes all in all were exactly as I expected and more. They’re well made, impeccable details and pretty comfy considering they’ve got 5 inch heels. They’re a pair of shoes that are worth adding to my collection. Guilty Soles in my opinion is definitely worth the $49.95 member ship fee. Even if you end up only buying just one pair for $19.95 it’s worth it! I can’t wait to order my next pair!
Details on joining Guilty Soles:
One year membership for $49.95 and get unlimited access to all their shoes for only $19.95. Judging from the pair I was just sent they look way more expensive than $19.95. For more info on Guilty Soles visit
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Guilty Soles sent me the shoes to review but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Guilty Soles.
It’s that time of year when I start thinking of what types of boots to wear for fall. Below are some style that I’m currently eyeing under $100.
I’ve gotten my share of
The first thing I did was test out the waxing strip on my legs and it worked great on spots with thicker hair. I did notice that rubbing the strips several times until you actually feel the wax warming helped out quite a bit. Overall, not much pain but like I said I’m never in serious need of a shave/wax.
After waxing I gave the body moisturizer and hair inhibitor a try and the first thing I noticed was how yummy it smelled! The moisturizer is exactly how I prefer moisturizers to be – light weight and without a greasy feeling. I used it every night after showering for one week and what did I notice? Extremely moisturized skin and my normal once a week leg shave was no longer needed – awesome!
After I cleared up a nasty break out on my face I decided to try out the facial strips. This made me a little nervous because my skin is so sensitive. I’ve had some pretty bad reactions to facial strips and have been using Sally Hansen Hair Removal Creme religiously for about 10 years. I applied the wax and strips on the sides of my face where my sideburns grow and rubbed until I felt the wax warm. I then closed my eyes, pulled the strip off and waited. Result? Clear smooth skin – love it!
I didn’t give the bikini bump blaster or the cooling spray a try but from the looks of it I’m sure they’re just as great. My favorite was the moisturizing hair inhibitor – it’s a nice treat after a long day on the beach. I definitely recommend giving any of these four products a try (especially during summer). Click
I don’t know about you but I’ve had my fair share of occasions where I was in deperate need of a quick shave – especially now during the summer when anytime is beach time. Gilette has done it once again and created another genius product: The
The video below features Tessa Violet who’s helping spread the word on The Venus Snap with the catchy Venus Snap song. The adorable video blogger’s jingle is about a collection of oops-moments we all have and why the Gillete Venus Snap is an essential must have in any girls beauty survival kit. If it were up to me this baby would come as a bonus gift with swimsuits, travel kits and even in gym bags – I’d buy it! Follow all the fun on all of their social pages (see links below).
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Gillette, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gillette
When I was little, every time I saw my mom put on a strand of pearls I immediately thought she was going somewhere fancy. I always thought it was a bummer that something so pretty had to be saved for a special night and her response was always the same, “what do I need pearls for when I’m in jeans running errands every day?” That pretty much shaped what I thought of pearls for most of my adult life – pearls are too fancy for every day use.
That’s definitely not the case anymore. In the past couple of months the pearl has been popping up everywhere in a much edgier way. Chanel debuted its choker with massive sized pearls and Christian Dior came out with gorgeous double sided pearl studs. Looking to add some pearls to your every day looks? Look for styles with more details like studs and chains. Pair them with your favorite jeans and tees or stick to a little black dress and add the updated strand of pearl.
When it’s hot and humid out I like to keep things simple. I want my summer beauty products to be able to be long lasting and portable because my Summer’s are busy and fun. Below are some of my must have items all under $20. I didn’t include amoisturizer on purpose, I have extremely oily skin and have yet to find one that doesn’t make me break out so right now I’m just using the Clarins Double Serum that I was sent to review (read about it here) it leaves my face incredibly soft and so far I have not broken out or really needed any moisturizer.
1. Here in Florida sunscreen is a year round must have and I always carry Neutrogena’s pure & free baby sunscreen for me and my kids. $8.99 available at
2. I do not lay out and tan so I love me a good self tanner. This one from avon gives the best sunkissed glow, smells so yummy and leaves my skin SO SO soft and it’s on sale for only $4.99 right now. Great price to stock up! Sale price $4.99 at
3. Self tanners and skin scrubs go hand in hand. They will give you smooth skin and help ensure a even tan from your tanning lotion. This one from Victoria Secret is hands down one of the best I’ve tried it’s $18 but one bottle can last all summer. Smoothing Scrub – $18 at
4. I’m a lip balm addict and have a ton of them on hand all of the time but the one that gets the most use is eos. eos lip balm $3.29 at
5. I use Nivea’s cherry lip balm under the eos for a pretty pink lip and at night I wear it under lip gloss – love it! $2.99 at
6. Creme eye shadows are the best for summer! These creme eye shadows fro Mary Kay last ALL day even in Florida heat. Plae Blush and Taupe are my favorite colors for a simple smoky eye. Mary Kay creme eye shadows – $14 at
7. Finishing dust is an absolute must. This one has a slight yellow tint, so it offsets redness and dark circles! On a good day I can skip my foundation it’s amazing. $14 at
8. Just enough color and not too much shimmer. Photo Ready Bronzing Powder – $10.97 at
9. My go to mascara – Cover Girl Lash Blast – $7.98 at
10. On those days where I can’t manage a mani I dab a little cuticle oil on my cuticle and throw on some clear polish. L’occitane cuticle oil – $18 at
Just a few pairs of shoes that will be in heavy rotation this summer. 🙂
I wanted a pair of strappy sandals but I find them a tad uncomfortable. These heels (on the left) by Dolce Vita are a perfect replacement. They lace up the front but still give me the support I need. They’re by far one of my favorite! The Steven wedges are amazing! They go with everything and look amazing with a little black dress. The metallic wedge give them a little glitz and the tan color keeps them casual – love them!
As much as I love my heels I need to be realistic. I can’t always run around with heels while I’m with the baby. For those busy days I have my Yosi Samra sandals in white with animal print. SO comfy! In my purse I usually carry around my London Sole ballerina flats. They go with everything anytime of the year!
For days at the playground I’ve also got some sneaks. I bought these keds like sneaks from a street vendor in NY for only $5 each. Nothing beats shopping those NY street vendors – nothing! I miss NY 🙁
Looking to spruce your summer shoe game? Tomorrow Shopbop.com is having a great sale beginning Tuesday June 24 at 7am EST. You can get 25% extra off all items already on sale! What are your go to shoes during the summer?
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Ballerina Flats: c/o
Sneaks: Knickerbocker St. vendor in Brooklyn
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When you live in Florida sandals are part of your wardrobe 365 days a year and I’m constantly looking for a new style. Because I’m always shopping for a new pair I’m more often than not searching for an affordable pair. Now if they’re a classic style that won’t go out of style I spend a little more but for the most part I try to stick under $50. Below I picked some of my favortie pairs under $50.
I have a love hate thing with this style. I can appreciate long gladiators sandals like Kourtney Kardashian is constantly seen wearing but they’re just not for me. I stick to platforms, wedges and flats but I’ve included a little bit of everything below. These are perfect to wear with a romper or some summer lace.
Triple Threat Gladiator Sandals – $20 at
Slit Strap Gladiators – $30 at
Sweet Life Gladiator Sandals – $40 at
Gladiator Wedges – $42 at
Pop of Color
Easy to incorporate and easy to find on the cheap! Pair with your summer whites and all of your denim shorts.
Dreaming On The Dock Sandal – $30 at
Yellow Sandals – $30 at
Volcom Crazy Hot Sandal – $27 at
Care Free – $30 at
A classic style that qualify as an investment. Feel free to shop for a more expensive pair but pick them in neutral hues to ensure that you get the most wear out of them. Think whites and tan that go beautifully with a tan.
T-Strap Flip Flops – $12 at
Braided T-Strap Sandal – $30 at
Ankle T-Strap – $25 at
Like a pair of colorful sandals a patterned pair will give your summer tanks and shorts a playful touch.
Chevron – $19.90 at
Kendall & Kylie Karizma Sandal – $43 at
Neon Striped Sandal – $12.50 at
The hippie style sandals are back with a vengeance! I say buy the real thing – they’re SO worth it and get better with each and every wear but if you’re on a limited budget you can easily find a good replica.
Muk Luks Turf Sandals – $30 at
Robyn Flat Slides – $14.99 at
Summer is all about ease and metallic sandals (especially flat ones) will give any dressy evening look a more laid back feel without sacrificing the glam factor.
Metallic Aldo Shoes Sandals – $40 at
Metallic Clog Slide – $49 at
I’m not one to wear tons and tons of makeup. My makeup routine is pretty simple: a dusting of powder foundation, a dab of bronzing powder and lots of mascara. But I noticed after having Joseph that my makeup routine was not cutting it – my skin was dull and just overall blah due to all the pregnancy hormones. In addition to replacing all those cups of coffee with water, I’ve been looking for a product that would allow my skin to breathe and shine on its own. Which is why I was super excited to be offered the 30 of beautiful challenge and try the new Clarins Double Serum! I’ve been a fan of Clarins for many many years and I’ve heard amazing stuff about the Double Serum.
Clarins Double Serum is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules—Double Serum’s innovative, dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions and promising results in just 4 weeks. I wanted to give this product a really fair shot so I went without makeup and moisturizer during the 30 days (only during my days at home) and let the product really do its thing.
I religiously applied it after washing my face in the morning and at night. One of my favorite things about the double serum is the smell – it’s divine and exactly like you’d expect any Clarins products to smell – rich ! I gave it a couple of days before I started to analyze my skin but I could literally feel it working. My skin immediately felt more plump and softer. Within 2 weeks it was noticeably brighter to the point where I was able to skip my foundation and that’s when I was hooked! After the full 30 days my pores and small fine lines were less noticeable. And it didn’t aggravate my sensitive oily skin which is a HUGE plus for me.
I realize that no amount of makeup or beauty product will ever match natural beauty but there comes a time in life when you need a little help, and Clarins Double Serum definitely does the trick and then some! So glad I tried this out – it has inspired me to keep up my new skin regiment and wear even less makeup.
Don’t forget you still have time to enter Clarins
“Clarins combines two age-defying formulas into one ground breaking serum that firms skin, reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone and minimizes pores. 90% of women find it more effective that their current serum. Proven for all skin types, all ages, and all ethnicities.”
“Compensation was provided by Clarins USA. via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clarins USA.”
Updated & Closed: Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win A Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani’s New Boundless Heart Collection
The winner is Leah with the comment: with the cupids heart charm bangle http://www.alexandani.com/bangles/cupid-s-heart-expandable-wire-bangle.html
I was introduced to Alex and Ani back when I first started Fashiongrail and I’ve been hooked ever since! A company with eco-friendly products that are made in the USA and represent positive energy is always something I stand behind and it doesn’t hurt that their bangles are to die for! Back in the day I was gifted a set of their expandable bangles and this time in honor of Mother’s Day I was given the Alex and Ani Because I Love You Charm Bangle to add to my collection AND a extra bangle to giveaway!
Alex and Ani’s new Boundless Love Collection is all about honoring moms and all of the mother figures in your life. If not a gift to someone special, any fan of Alex and Ani needs to add their latest army candy to their collection. Trust me once you have an Alex and Ani bangle you will need to have more! The charms on the bangles are both personal and stylish making them perfect to collect or make a gifting tradition. To see the Boundless Love Collection visit
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