Basic Invite

As many of you know my blog is almost solely fashion and clothing.  Every now and again, I love to bring products that are useful  and fun!  That being said I was really excited when Basic Invite contacted me to do a review on their products.   I love personalized birthday invitations and with my boys’ birthdays coming up I thought I would give them a try!  I love the ease of printing out party invites.  There are so many options when it comes to the variety of photo cards.

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Basic Invite.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Another great quality of basic invite is that you can order custom samples.   Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as we are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to your envelopes so that they can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

If you are needing invitations for a big event I love how Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses.  These address will then  be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.  I wish this option would have been available when I had gotten married.  It would have made the process of addressing cards so much easier!

I cannot wait to check out their Christmas cards next year!  Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

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Sarahghae

As I have gotten older, I have realized how important it is to have a sink care routine.  I have not always been the best at keeping to one.  With getting closer to the age of 40 I decided it was time to become a little more serious about my skin.  When Saranghae, a Korean company, contacted me about reviewing the product I jumped at the change.  I was excited that it was a 5 step routine and that everything was laid out for me.  I also love their philosophy that, “There is no such thing as an overnight miracle”, but establishing a nightly routine is crucial to obtain beautiful skin. Saranghae’s natural ingredients simply make this process easier.”

When I received the products in the mail I was anxious to get started.  In 2017, I was not using products consistently, and At that time I wasn’t using anything other than facial wipes to remove my makeup.  With the 5 Step Routine these are the products that I received:

1. The Saranghae Moisturizing oil + Foam Cleanser (formulated with Truffle extract and GOLD), which both hydrates and nourishes your skin while removing your make up.

When I first used this product I wasn’t sure about how dry my skin felt afterwards.  Once though I used the next two products though I changed my mind!  The cleanser made my face feel super clean.

2. The Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence+ Serum: Provides nutrients (antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins) to your skin for healing and regeneration.

3. The Saranghae Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream: Which helps diminish age spots, decrease redness and visible signs of aging.

These two products are absolutely wonderful!  I love the way that they feel when I use them.  They are lightweight and leave my skin feeling extremely soft and smooth.  There is no gunky feeling like some moistures can make your skin feel.  I love that when I put my foundation on afterwards it makes my skin look extremely smooth and blemish free.

4. The Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream: Helps restore vitality, diminish wrinkles, lifts and firms the skin, and lessons the appearance of dark circles.

This is probably my favorite product out of all of them!  I hate the dark circles that I constantly have no matter how much sleep that I get in a night. This I felt has helped reduced the appearance of the dark circles, and are easier covered by concealer.

5. The Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask: Helps reduce existing pigmentation over time for radiant skin.

The mask is perfect excuse to slip away and relax with some mommy time!

 

This post was done in collaboration with Saranghae.  All opinions are my own.  For more information www.lovesaranghae.com

 

 

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Loving My Closet Again

Happy New Years!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and Santa brought you everything you wanted under your tree.  Hubby was very good to me this year, and spoiled me beyond what I deserved.  As I was putting away all of my lovely items I yet again came to the conclusion that I have too many clothes.  My closet is bursting at the seams and I cannot seem to fit anything else.  Every time I do a closet clean out or switch for the seasons I tell myself I am going to do better with my shopping.  I do really well for the first month or so, and then I fall of the bandwagon.

I’ve decided to try something new this year and to Love My Closet Again.  I want to get my closet down to the pieces that I absolutely love and cannot live without.  I decided that I am going to choose 10 items that I will wear over the next month.  If I don’t wear the item or don’t love it when I wear it I am going to let it go.  Kinda like the HGTV show Love it or List it, but with clothes.  I will decided if I love the item or if it goes.

If I decide that I love all ten items for that month then I am not allowed to shop.  If I decide that I don’t love an item and let it go, then I can shop that next month.  The caveat though is that I can only purchase the number of items that I get rid of.  I am hoping this helps curb my shopping since I feel it has gotten a bit out of control.  Just because I get rid of items though doesn’t mean I am going to run out and buy something new.  I am going to try to limit my shopping to pieces that are a must and will help enhance my closet.

In choosing the ten pieces I went with different types of clothing.  I decided to go with four sweaters since it was winter, a top, two dresses, one tunic, and two skirts. All of these items I got last year, and have only worn once.  I wanted to decide if they deserved a permanent spot in my closet.

I would love if you all joined in with me to start loving your closet again!  Share on IGusing #lovingmyclosetagain or share on my Facebook page what items you are working with this month.  I would also love to see how you style pieces so make sure to use the tag above or again share on my Facebook page.  Hopefully together we will start to love our closets again!  What are your ten pieces for the month of January?

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Last Minute Outfit Inspiration

This morning, I woke up early and couldn’t fall back asleep.  Since the rest of the family is still sound asleep, I decided to write a last-minute post.  The last few weeks I have been bringing in holiday style into my daily looks.  I have loved playing with the colors red and green!  Here are a few of my looks over the last few weeks.  If you are looking for some outfit inspiration for the next few days hopefully you can find some here!  There are may different looks from casual to dressy.  Most of our gatherings are casual so I will be leaning more towards those looks.  It is always fun though to dress up a casual look with a little bling!  What will you be wearing for your holiday gatherings?

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Cardigan: c/o Outer Grace Boutique

 

 

 

 

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Work Wear Wednesday 11.18.17: Buffalo Plaid

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Shein || Scarf: Similar || Leggings: Loft || Boots: Amazon || Earrings:  Kendra Scott ||

 

This holiday season I seem to be drawn to red and green!  I have looked back at my Instagram feed over the last few weeks, and it is all I have worn!  I think this is the first holiday season I have worn these colors as much as I have!  In keeping with my red theme I decided to see if I could style this buffalo plaid dress from Shein for work.  Nothing says Christmas more as buffalo plaid!

 

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Shein and contain affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

I absolutely fell in love with this dress when I received it from Shein.  The fabric is thicker which is perfect for our cold winter.  The quality of this dress is really well done, and the fit is perfect.  For reference I got a medium in this dress.

 

To mix up the look of this dress I decided to try some pattern mixing.  I could have gone with my normal mix of leopard and buffalo plaid, but I decided to try mixing two different plaids.  I liked how the larger window pane pattern mixed with the smaller buffalo plaid.  What made this work was the difference size of patterns and colors.  The black tied the whole look together, but the white helped make it stand out.  I cut this scarf in half to make sure that it did not feel so overwhelming.  You can read here how I cut my blanket scarves.

To finish off this look, I wanted to wear these fun boots by Same Edelman that I got last year.  I love the fun pattern on the back along with the studded design.  It helps create an edge to any look, plus they always get me so many compliments!  I have also received a few snide remarks if they are used as a weapon.

I definitely want to try this dress again with leopard pieces since it is such an easy way to pattern mix.  How would you wear this dress?

 

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