Wedge Sneakers Fashion Trend

I’ve never really been a fan of wedge shoes. Sure they look great on other people, but they just aren’t my style. They’ve always been a popular type of shoe so I was not surprised by the recent wedge sneakers fashion trend.

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When I first saw the Upere Aster wedge sneakers, I wasn’t convinced they were for me. I showed them to my daughter and she feel in love. She told me she had to have them.

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When they arrived I was impressed with the quality of the shoes and by how cute I thought they actually are. My daughter says they are extremely comfortable and she wears them all day at school. The 2 inch hidden heels didn’t seem to bother her, I was a little worried that they would, but the shoe itself and the soft suede leather it’s made from keep her feet comfy and cool.

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I love that they are such a versatile shoe and can be paired with most anything from dresses and skirts to jeans, shorts or leggings. They are super cute shoes and I love them for my daughter, I’m now wishing I would have gotten a pair for myself.

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The shoes fit true to size, the website has an easy to read shoe size conversion chart that helped me figure out what size to order. Overall we both love the shoes! You can find these an many other cute wedge shoes on the Upere website. You may use the code “UPERE” to get 15% off your purchase of wedge sneakers. You can connect with Upere on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too.

2013 Makeup Fashion Trends and Classic Colors

Every year there are new and different makeup fashion trends. There are also those classic colors that are timeless in the fashion world. While I like to stay up on the new fashion trends don’t always follow them, unless of course I like them. I like to do my own thing and wear what I like. It just so happens that two of the main fashion color trends for 2013 are my favorite colors; emerald green and purple. These fashion colors apply to clothing, hair, makeup…anything.

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2013 Makeup Color Trends

As I was scoping out the the make up and color selection of Blast Make Up, I totally fell for their varying shades of purple. I recently had purple highlights put in my hair, so obviously I’ve been on a purple kick, lately. I ended up choosing their Sensation shade of eye shadow along with their Plum eyeliner and Portal lip gloss:

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Eye Shadow and Liner

The light shimmer of the sensation eye shadow is perfect, it is exactly what I was going for. It blends easily and works well for an all over lid color. I like to use this color and add a darker purple in the crease of my eyelid. It’s also a nice shade to use for highlighting the brow bone.

Lip Color

The Blast Lip Gloss is my absolute favorite. While it is a little more sheer and not as bold as I was hoping for it is very moisturizing and not sticky at all.  It adds a nice tint to the lips.

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Before I move on the next color I wanted to show you a shot of my purple hair highlights:

2013 hair color trends

Classic Makeup Colors

Just as red lips will forever be a classic look, so will shades of tawny. I’ve never had a lot of luck with blushes, they’re either too dark or too pink or just too not right for me. When I saw the Tawny Peach blush by Blast, I knew it was one that I wanted to try. See, I have dark hair, but pretty light/fair skin, especially in the winter, so I kind of get that vampire look going on at times without trying to. Tawny, Peach, Apricot and Coral colors are all classic colors for the fair skin toned. The Tawny Peach blush paired with the Apricot Toast lipstick make for a great combo and timeless look.

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This blush works really well for me and my coloring. For the first time ever I’ve found a blush that I am happy with.

Blast Makeup Swatch

What fashion trends are you love loving this year?

Buy it:

You can purchase Blast Cosmetics online.

Win it:

You can enter to win an eyeliner in brown, an eye shadow in voyage and winner’s choice of lipstick in either apricot toast or crimson shades.  The giveaway will run from 3/4 – 3/15, enter using the Rafflecopter form directly below:

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Lane Bryant GC Winners + “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party Info

Lane Bryant GC Winners

First I want to thank everyone who entered our Lane Bryant contest, you all pinned some stylish looks and nice outfits! Our 2 winners were selected using the Random Number Generator. The owners of the corresponding comments were the winners!

Congratulations to our winners! You’ve both been emailed and will each receive a $30 Lane Bryant Gift Card.

There are still more chances to win at the Lane Bryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party

Do you need a little fashion inspiration for a holiday party? We’ll be discussing tips on how to keep your look fresh and stylish this season with our friends at Lane Bryant! So join the @LaneBryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party this Monday, 12/17 at noon PT/3pm ET! Fab prizes! RSVP to win prizes, including $30 Lane Bryant gift cards! RSVP:

The Details:

What:Lane Bryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party

When:Mon 12/17 noon PT/3pm ET

Where: On Twitter! CleverTweets:

Follow: Hashtag #LBHoliday @CleverGirlsColl @LaneBryant

RSVP here:

Prizes: 18 – $30 Lane Bryant gift cards

Also don’t forget that Lane Bryant’s 12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises is still going on now until December 16! You can unlock a new surprise offer every day on the Lane Bryant Facebook page. It’s the perfect way to get your favorite must-have fashion items for the holiday season, at great prices.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Lane Bryant: Trendy Plus Size Outfits for the Holidays

Being a curvy woman or a plus size lady does not mean style has to be compromised. There are a lot of stylish and trendy plus size outfits out there and Lane Bryant carries a lot of them. When I shop for clothes my number one priority is comfort. Yes, I want to look great and fashionable, but I also want to be comfortable. And it is possible to find trendy clothing that is comfortable and the clothing from Lane Bryant ensures that you feel good and look good.

I visited their website in hopes of finding a nice holiday outfit and this is what I put together:
Top:Sequin Front Peplum Top
Pants: Black Skinny Velvet Pant
Shoes:Glitter Ballet Flat with Bow
Bracelets:Thread and Bead Bangle Bracelet Set

Their website is extremely organized and easy to navigate making it easy to find and browse what you are looking for. Today (December 7th) they have a couple of surprise offers:

>>Any black pant/jean $25 (In stores and online)
>>Sassy cotton panty – 6 for $32 (In stores and online)

Giveaway Time!!

Win 1 of 2 $30 Lane Bryant Gift Cards!!

What is your idea of the perfect Holiday Outfit?

Pin your favorite Lane Bryant looks to a board on your Pinterest account, using the #LB12Days tag. Once you’ve done that leave the link to your pin in the comments section below to be eligible to win one of (2) $30 Lane Bryant GC. The giveaway will run from Dec 7 – Dec 16 12:01amEST. Good Luck!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Gifts for Women: Maggie Bags Made with Up Cycled Seat Belts

Maggie Bags are purses, totes and bags made from up cycled seatbelts…you read that right, pretty impressive, no? This company re-purposes seat belt webbing to keep it out of landfills and create the gorgeous and stylish bags like the one you see below.

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This particular bag is the Cicily Tote, it measures 12″ L x 5″ W x 7″ H, making it the perfect size for me. I don’t carry a whole lot of stuff in my purse, just the necessities, so I don’t need a huge bag. Oversized bags are actually quite a pain for me. I love the signature purple satin lining of the bags. The inside zipper pockets are a convenient place to keep pens or a cell phone. The outside is sturdy and thick, I can see this bag holding up and withstanding wear and tear for years to come… it is made from seatbelt material after all.

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Maggie Bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, visit their website to see all the beautiful totes and bags they have available. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

These bags would make a great and unique and eco-friendly gift for any woman. There is still plenty of time to order and you can also save 25% with the coupon code below.

Holiday Cut-Off Shipping Dates:

December 13 – Standard Shipping

December 18 – 3-Day Shipping

December 19 – 2-Day Shipping

December 20 – Overnight

Discount Code: Save 25% off Maggie Bags Premier Line until Dec. 31, 2012 using code: HowardGivingGreen


No nonsense Fall Fashion

Typically I’m a jeans kind of gal, but this Fall I wanted to step up my fashion game and incorporate some leggings and tights to change the look and feel of my usual outfits. I received a pair of camel corduroy leggings and a pair of black fishnet tights from No nonsense to help me do this. I’ve never worn corduroy leggings or fishnets, to be honest, so this was both fun and challenging to put outfits together with these leggings and tights.

I first paired the camel corduroy leggings with a black irregular hemline open shoulder top, leopard print scarf and a pair of black boots.

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Top from Oasap
Leggings by No nonsense
Scarf by FRAAS

I love the neutral camel color that can be paired with most any color or combination of colors. Below I am wearing a cowl neck sweater tunic top in shades of teal with the same corduroy leggings and black boots. The leggings are so soft, comfortable and warm making them the perfect leggings for Fall attire. I absolutely love these corduroy leggings and will be getting more in different colors. 

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I’ve had a blue and leopard print top for about a month now that I haven’t worn yet because I didn’t want to wear it with just any pair of jeans. I decided to pair that top with the fishnets and black shorts. I also wore the fishnets with my long sleeve purple v-neck dress. Fishnets are a great way to add some flair to any outfit. These fishnet tights are actually very comfortable, too.

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Blue/Leopard Top from Oasap
Purple Dress from Oasap
Tights from No nonsense

No nonsense tights and leggings are very affordable and can be found at most food and drug stores as well as mass retail stores. You can connect with No nonsense on Facebook and Twitter.


I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.


Giving Green: Maggie Bags Giveaway 11/12-11/26


Welcome to Giving Green: The Green Gift Giveaway. We are giving away this Maggie Bags Campus Tote in black. Maggie Bags are unique purses and totes made from up-cycled seat belts! Our review will be coming soon but in the mean time you can learn more about Maggie Bags here.


Discount CodeHowardGivingGreen  gives 25% off Maggie Bags Premier Line until Dec. 31, 2012!!

 Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents and will run from 11/12-11/26! Good Luck!

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Dress Up any Top with Strappys Decorative Bra Straps

Have you ever had a cute top that you never wore because the cut made your bra straps visible. Or maybe you wear a strapless bra but it’s not comfortable or you have to constantly rearrange and readjust it. I know I’ve been in those predicaments. Strappys has the solution, pretty straps to attach to your convertible bra’s.

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I received a pair of adjustable black bra straps adorned with rhinestones attached to a double row of fabric. The jewels on the straps are smooth and flat to prevent them from snagging on clothing. All straps come packaged in a pretty pink jewelry box that’s great for gift giving.

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I first wore the Strappys with a black tube top that I’ve had for a while and just love, but don’t were that often (because of issues mentioned above). The straps are comfortable and looked like part of the top they fit so well. They really jazzed up the top too.

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Strappys has a lot or different styles of straps available, some, like the braided fabric straps are as low as $12 whiles others, including the Large Faceted Stone Bra Straps sell for $44.95. Visit their website, sign up for a free bra charm and receive a coupon to use on the site.

You can also find Strappys online at:
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fairisle Infinity Scarf- A Great Transition Accesory

If you have been in business for 130 years, chances are,  you know your customer. FRAAS does… and keeps bringing us beautiful pieces! FRAAS has another pretty but functional scarf that everyone will want, to make that transition between Autumn and Winter. The FairIsle Infinity scarf is the perfect accessory to take your warm weather tops a little further into the colder season. I happen to be addicted to scarves, all sizes, colors, weights and lengths. I can use a scarf to take a so-so outfit up a notch and make it special, or use it to bring together items in my wardrobe that I couldn’t normally wear as a finished look.  This pic is of me wearing the  Fairisle Infinity, made of a super soft blend of  acrylic, nylon and a bit of wool. It is so lightweight and airy, but has that little touch of warmth that I want this time of year. It is such a great  transition item, that perfect balance between warm, cool and cold. It loops easily and requires no tying which is one of the genius things about an infinity scarf. Not only will it dress up and function with outerwear, it will look great with a sweater, dress or blouse, and as an accent accessory. Colors include navy/turquoise, camel/ivory, rose/petal, and black/grey.  Of course I chose the black/grey because I think grey is one of the truly beautiful neutrals that goes with anything! This particular item retails in most stores for about $40.

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I always appreciate working with Lipton Publicity. Many thanks to them for providing this beautiful scarf for my review.

soleRebels Shoes Review and Giveaway, 2 winners

I totally support green, eco-friendly companies who try to make a positive difference in our world.  SoleRebels is a great company with with an amazing founder, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. She was recently on the Women to Watch list in of Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2012. soleRebels is proudly the planets only World Fair Trade Organization [WFTO] FAIR TRADE certified footwear company.

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Now that you know a little bit about this wonderful company, let me tell you about the shoes I received. I had been wanting and looking all over for a comfy pair of slip on shoes, not ballet flats though, I have a ton of those. I wanted something comfortable that would stay on my feet, a pair that I could slip on with a pair of jeans and wear socks with. I looked here and there in different stores with no luck. Then, I remembered seeing the type of slips on shoes I had in mind on the soleRebels website. These are the shoes I chose, the PureLove homegrown:

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Note the soles made from recycled tires and the craftsmanship of the stitching. I slipped these shoes on and was astounded at how comfortable they were.

They are easily one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned.


I finally experienced the companies slogan “walk naked” for myself…it’s as if my feet are naked when I have these shoes on…only better because they are protected and the soles provide such good support.

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I highly recommend using their sizing chart, it is extremely accurate and will help you determine what size you should get. I normally wear a size 9 or 10 (yes, I have large feet), depending on the shoe, I always have to try shoes on when I am buying to ensure a comfortable fit. In this case, I printed out their sizing chart to measure my foot, it was a little bit past the 9.5 mark, so I decided to order a 10 and they fit wonderfully.

Buy It: You can purchase soleRebles online from their website, they have slip ons, sandals, lace ups, boots, flats and more.

Win It: We have teamed up with soleRebels to offer our readers the chance to win the pair of shoes of their choice and a soleRebels Walk Naked T-shirt. There will be 2 winners! This giveaway will run until September 30 and is open Worldwide. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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