Fraas Scarves- Are You Ready For Spring 2013?

Spring 2013. I’m so glad it’s actually here. Our winter was loooong this year, ad there towards the end I was going a bit batty. It makes me so glad to be breaking out warm weather clothes and swapping pretty spring colors for the darks of winter.

Fraas has a beautiful line of scarves that are perfect for accessorizing any outfit (when doesn’t Fraas come out with something great?? lol) whether you are dressing up or down, they have the perfect scarf. Thank you to Lipton Publicity Inc., as I got to try a GORGEOUS scarf from the Fraas Mystical Coast Line. It’s oversized so it can be worn as a cape, loose or  belted for a nice office look or around the neck for a casual day of…shopping! I could even use this as a sarong if I wanted. Or whatever :-) The colors are muted sherbet shades, corals, mints, sheer blues, peaches, and a soft muave  in a lovely water color abstract print. I’m loving it!

There are lots of style options available for Fraas scarves. They come in different fabrics, including cotton, silk, tropical-weight wool, and acrylic, and different patterns, including solid, stripes, dots, plaid, sea, fruit, and abstract patterns. Some are textured, some are gauzy and sheer, and some are classic. Infinity scarves are available (and who doesn’t love infinity scarves??) and there are even some unisex options if you want to get one for the man in your life.

All in all another win from Fraas. If you are ready to get one of your own you can go to or Amazon and find something beautiful!

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?

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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

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December 20 – Overnight

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


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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Black Alexa Duffle Studded Calfskin Leather Bag- The Gotta Have It Handbag

My post title pretty much says it all. One look at this bag and “Gotta Have It!” began flashing through my mind. I am a purse freak. As much as I love shoes, I have an even bigger weakness for handbags, purses, clutches, satchels, hobos, duffels and totes–you name it. Since I’m not rich, I have to keep my desires in check price-wise, and I am always looking for the most bang for my buck. So, for me, finding a site like is like being a kid at Disneyland. It’s where magic happens. Masses of designer-inspired bags at real-people prices! YAY!

When I first visited their site, I saw a tab titled “Top 25 Most Coveted Bags”  and after browsing through the list it’s plain to see why it’s titled that way.Take a look at these two bags off the Top 25 list:

The Essential  Grace Leather Bag in Pink.  Isn’t that lovely??


And this one is too stunning. A statement piece. The Kellia Snakeskin Leather Tote in Blue.


You would think the prices would be out of reach, but the Grace is just $149.00- for an all-leather bag. Awesomeness. The Kellia is even better- $89.00.  You can shop at BagInc with search filters like: must have, color, trends, genuine leather, best sellers and more. They also have a navigation tool so you can “shop under”- for example, “shop under” $10.00 or “shop under” $40.00–which is a neat feature to help keep you on budget.They have a great selection of wallets, scarves, belts and jewelry too.

I chose the BagInc Alexa Duffle Studded Calfskin Leather Bag. It just popped out at me right way. At first I was going to go with the violet one because it’s so pretty, and I thought  it would look nice with my hair (really, because I have a violet wash going on right now) but then after going back and forth, I decided on black. I often buy colored purses, but thought this bag really stands out in black because of the designer shape and stud accents. Shipping was fast, and it arrived well-packaged. It came in a cloth sack with drawstrings, for storage. 

When I’m shopping for bags I want soft leather, on-trend styling, and functionality, and this gem has all that in spades. I ADORE THIS BAG!!!!  The pictures really can’t convey how super soft and supple the pebbled leather is. It’s luscious. The type of softness you just keep touching.


It’s beautifully lined and the seams (pet peeve of mine–seams indicate quality, and I want them strong, straight and symmetrical) are wonderful. There are hidden pockets on the outside of the bag, as well as an inner zipped pocket, plus two more open pockets opposite. The zippers are also strong and sturdy. Plenty of room inside. It’s an oversize bag, but not by too much. I put down a pillowcase so you could see the detail better. My duvet cover is lavender/black and the first few pics were hard to see. Yeah, poor hub has to sleep on pink sheets! LOL



With the studded detail on the bottom, it’s just a striking looking bag.The studs aren’t just decorative though, they’ll keep you from scuffing the bottom of your purse. Pretty and smart. A good combination. The Alexa comes with an optional  shoulder strap. While I usually carry my bags hooked over my arm, I want the shoulder strap because after a long day in town, I want to be able to just throw the strap over my shoulder since I have shopping bags or whatnot. This is my new go-to bag; it can be an everyday handbag or a dressed-up bag. It works either way.

 Behind my smile I’m thinking “MINE, MINE, MINE!”

If you are shopping for a new handbag (and when aren’t we?) I can highly recommend The quality and prices are terrific, and the selection is huge! 

As a special treat for you, right now you can win the same bag I received for my review! Click through the link to enter and GOOD LUCK!!  *CLICK HERE ALEXA DUFFLE GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE*


Howard House: 2012 Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event October 11-17

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It’s back!! The Fall Fashionista Event Oct. 11-17 , hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS  and Modly Chic , with co-host K Squared Glamour  All Fashion! Only FASHION event. The Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $20,000+ in prizes, 118 participating blogs and 1/2 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!


Grand Prize(s) for Entrants –$1200 Retail Louis Vuitton Red Epi Speedy 25 Purse Bag from Bella Bag ($795 from Bella Bag)   Bella Bag is one of the most regarded spots on the web for buying, selling and authenticating pre-loved, vintage, rare, and limited-edition designer handbags and accessories.


Howard House has a lovely prize package valued at $149.oo!

Here is what you get if you win:

Black Chain Bag. Stud details. Roomy. So Pretty!






Next we have a Lime Green Bling Lipstick Case with mirror and gift sacky. You know, to carry in your new Chain Bag.




Hot pink with neon yellow  trim and stitching, a Marika Tek Dry Wik Performance Tee.




And finally, a pair of black KushyFoot Flats To Go in size 7/8. Works for 6.5 up to 8. Not pictured.


Make sure you go through the Linky and hit all the blogs partcipating. I hope you win!

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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.

jeweled clip on bra straps

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.

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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.