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

 

 

Tunics for Thanksgiving

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Couture Cottage || Jeans: Urban Hippie || Boots: Similar || Bracelets: Centered Jewelry || Earrings: Kendra Scott || Necklace: Similar ||

 

Once Halloween hits time seems to go into warp speed.  It is crazy to think that we are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving!  I absolutely love the holidays and gathering with friends and family.  I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, because it is the beginning of the Holiday shopping.  On Thanksgiving, after we eat dinner, we gather around the table with our black Friday ads.  Everyone is making lists and plotting out the next day’s course.  We do not go out on Thanksgiving, but get up before dawn to shop on Friday.

 

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Couture Cottage.  This posts contains affiliate links.

 

 

Of course with the Holidays comes Holiday Looks!  I already have this year’s thanksgiving look picked out. Since our Thanksgiving is usually casual I tend to go towards looks that are comfy.  They need to make it through multiple meals and stops.  This Floral Dress from Couture Cottage was an easy choice for this year’s look!  This dress is flowy and definitely forgiving with all the deserts I plan to consume!  This one can definitely be paired with leggings or denim depending on your mood.  I love this floppy hat, but find that I feel a bit awkward wearing it out and about.  My family expects me to be a tad over the top so I don’t feel overdressed wearing it around them.

 

 

 

I had such a hard time choosing just one thing from Couture Cottage.  I also ended up picking up this dress too.  If you are local they are located at Jefferson Pointe.  If you aren’t local you are in luck!  Just follow them on Instagram and comment sold, and fill out the Social Shop form on their site to get items shipped to you.

 

 

In looking towards Christmas and New Year’s Eve I have already began outfit planning.  I have a few pieces that I have ordered and cannot wait to style!  What is your go to looks for the holidays?

 

 

 

 

Flirting With Fall

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Meli Mei || Necklace: Meli Mei || Booties: Toms via Nordstrom || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft ||

I absolutely love everything about fall!  I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons, sitting around a fire and roasting marshmallows, and watching football on tv.  Not to mention all the apples and pumpkin desserts!!!!  I may or may not have a countdown for the release of Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Most of all though I love fall fashion!  Once school begins, I start dreaming of boots, scarves, and cozy layers.  Unfortunately, in Indiana we have quite awhile before we are ready for all those layers I am dreaming of!

 

To satisfy my fall fashion cravings I have began to flirt around with fall styles!  With the temps still warm I am pulling in fall inspiration with rich tones.  I tend to gravitate towards mustard yellow, burgundy, navy, and olive green.  These colors are in abundance in my closet and what I gravitate towards when shopping.

A sweet friend of mine introduced me to the owner of a fabulous new boutique in town.  I was excited to be invited to the soft opening of Meli Mei, which is located in a trendy area in downtown Fort Wayne in the City Exchange.  Fall was in full effect at Meli Mei.  My fall fashion loving heart was happy!

This dress caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try it on!  The rich fall colors along with the fun floral pattern drew me.  The fun and flirty ruffle along the neckline was a unique touch that made this dress stand out to me.  I knew I wanted to pair it with my new Tom’s Peep Toe Booties I had picked up at the Nordstrom Sale.  I love the fun and flirty vibe from the entire look!   It was one of those looks that had me feeling confident from the moment I stepped out the door!

 

I added a natural stone necklace that I couldn’t resist from Meli Mei.  It was just enough to add a touch of detail to the entire look.  As I have been drawn to my Centered Jewelry bracelets lately those were a definite must to finish off this entire look.  If you are local you need to stop and check out Meli Mei this weekend for their grand opening.  If you are from out of town check out their Instagram page.  You will not be disappointed.  I cannot wait to make a trip back to visit again soon!

 

Stripes and Florals

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Simple Addiction || Skirt: c/o Simple Addiction || Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace:  Kendra Scott || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft || Bag:  c/o Vera Bradley

You know how I said last week I didn’t have any cold shoulder items.  Well as of this week this item #3!  Do you ever find yourself not sure about a trend, and then decide you love it and buy everything that you can? Well, that is me and I find myself doing it all the time!  I’ve decided that summer cold shoulder tops are now my favorite thing!  I am still not sure about wearing them in the winter though.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Simple Addiction and contains affiliate links.  Use code MANDY15 for 15% off.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To say I am obsessed with florals and stripes is an understatement!  They are two of my favorite patterns and are the perfect patterns to pattern mix together.  I have a huge section of my closet dedicated to these two patterns.  This dreaming of floral top from Simple Addiction was a must have with new obsession with cold shoulder tops.  This top has so many perfect details.  From the criss cross top, the feminine cold shoulder, down to the flowiness at the bottom.

 

I have been looking for a striped cotton skirt for a while.  I found this one from Simple Addiction, and I love it!  For sizing purposes this is a medium.  I could have sized up to a large for a slouchier fit.  This one works perfectly though for a more polished look!  I decided to knot the top to give the silhouette of this top a more defined outline.  These two pieces I consider closet staples.  They can be worn with so many other looks, and into other seasons!

 

Since the humidity has been high in Indiana, I decided to keep my accessories simple.  I decided the colors in my bracelet stack from Centered Jewelry helped enhance the look versus make it even busier.  When pattern mixing, it is a delicate balance to make everything work.  I also added my Elisa Necklace that I won from Tiff and Nicole’s giveaway on Bright on a Budget and What Nicole Wore.  It is the perfect layering piece, but is also one of my favorites to wear on its own.

 

Simple Addiction is one of the first site’s I found after joining Instagram.  I loved their trendy, but reasonably priced items.  Everything I have ever ordered or received from them have been of the highest quality.  Currently Simple Addiction is having their Anniversary Sale.  There are so many fabulous items on sale and for great prices.  The sale is July 15-24.  You can also use code MANDY15 for an additional 15% off.  What are your favorite pieces?