May 28, 2015

FITNESS & NUTRITION | BERRY GREEN MORNING SMOOTHIE


I loved this healthy morning smoothie and thought I would share. It is full of antioxidants and a boost of energy. The perfect smoothie for busy mornings.

1 Cup spinach leaves
1/2 Cup frozen raspberries
1/2 Cup blueberries
1/4 Cup cut strawberries
1 Cut ripe banana
1/2 Cup milk (I prefer almond milk)
2 Tablespoons old fashioned oats
1 Tablespoon sugar (I prefer not to add sugar)

Combine spinach, blueberries,raspberries,strawberries, banana, milk, oats, sugar and 1 cup ice in blender and bend until smooth.

I also like to add flax seed & chia seeds to the mix.



May 20, 2015

STYLE | REBECCA MINKOFF SALE

I always get asked about the pink and gold Rebecca Minkoff wallet I have been posting in some of my photos lately. I snagged it on the last 70% off sale not that long ago. Rebecca is having an up to 50% off sale right now, so if you didn't get in on the last sale, now is a great time to purchase. Here are some of my favorites.






May 10, 2015

LIFESTYLE | ALICE & IVORY

My home office has been undergoing some changes lately. I am still getting organized, but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite shops for cute prints. I got this adorable print from Alice & Ivory. If you haven't been to their shop you can click here. There is a sale every Monday and Tuesday. Cute totes, mugs and apparel are also available on the website at an affordable price. I am in love with this print and I think it fits in perfectly.









May 8, 2015

BEAUTY | COVERGIRL'S NEW THE SUPER SIZER MASCARA


I was excited to be one of the first few selected by Covergirl and Influenster to test out this mascara before it had hit stores. I am still on the hunt for that perfect drugstore mascara.

THE SUPERSIZER DESCRIPTION-
What’s different and unique about this mascara? The brush! Instead of a traditional mascara brush, The SuperSizer is the only mascara with an exclusive Lash Styler.  The Lash Styler looks very different from traditional COVERGIRL brushes - designed specifically to allow the maximum mascara-to-lash contact.  With a narrow core and shorter bristles, lashes get direct access to the mascara, for explosive first stroke impact.  The volumizing formula stays flexible long enough to play, sculpt and style lashes for 400% bigger, corner to corner volume.

Super Sizer Styling Tips:

  • Start by placing the Lash Styler right at the base of the lashes, use the flat side at the base - you will get an immediate (even shocking!) drenching of mascara
  • Then comb the volume through from root to tip, by twirling or rotating as you go. This will allow the shorter bristles to deliver maximum mascara while the longer bristles comb it through.  
  • Create your own style and technique by continuing to sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume. "




 I loved the idea of the twirling of the brush as you apply the mascara. This mascara does a pretty good job of coating the lashes as you twirl the wand. I went over my lashes several times and it took a long time before it started to clump, so it is very buildable. I love how good of a job it does combing through the lashes. I have very light lashes, so I like mascara brushes to coat every lash. It does as it claims with the length also. However, I am not a fan of the wand being so flimsy. 


The SuperSizer does what it says it is suppose to do and is also buildable, but I have thin lashes, so I like a mascara to give me a bit more volume, not just length. This mascara isn't waterproof either and I prefer a waterproof mascara, especially in the summer. Unfortunetly I wouldn't repurchase this mascara, but if you have thick lashes or prefer a mascara to provide length, then this mascara would be worth a try.


This mascara is available in drugstores now. 

May 4, 2015

MY LITTLE | 4 MONTH UPDATE

MOMMY POST. It has been awhile since I did an update post on my little guy. He has been keeping us busy and we really couldn't imagine life without him. Little Phillip just turned 4 months old, and he has grown so much since I last posted! Mama and daddy are also happy to say we are getting about 8 full hours of sleep at night now (until teething starts).He is enjoying his tummy time a lot more now and just started scooting. We still have a few more months yet before he starts to crawl.







What happened to my little 6 lb baby? Now that spring has oficially sprung, we have been enjoying our time outside at the park and walks around the neighborhood. 




We have really been LOVING the diapers and wipes bundle from the Honest co. He has sensitive skin and these diapers have really worked the best. They do so good keeping him dry. I also purchased some other products from Honest, like their baby powder, lotion, shampoo and body wash. All work so wonderful for us, so I don't see us using anything but Honest with him. 


We just started feeding him cereal with a spoon, whitch was pretty exciting for us.

So much to look forward to! I am loving every minute of being a mommy!


April 25, 2015

STYLE | ROCKS BOX


 Today on the blog I wanted to share a monthly subscription box with you lovelies. It's called "Rocksbox". Have you heard of it? For $19, Rocksbox comes with 3 pieces of high quality designer jewelry . Every piece is selected by a stylist from items you place on your wish list (at the Rocksbox website.) You also fill out a survey, so that they get a better feel for your personal style. You can wear the jewelry as much as you like, and when you are tired of wearing it you just send it back for another box of new jewelry. I love this idea! You also have the option of purchasing any of the items from your box if you end up liking the jewelry you receive. You can also cancel at any time! Here is a peek into the box I received this month.







 How cute is the packaging? I loved everything I go this month. I really wanted the gold bar necklace. All of the pieces go together really well. 



A slip comes in each box with the name of each piece and the price of each. You can also go on the Rocks Box website and leave your feedback (like, love , dislike) so that each box gets better and better.

If you would like to try out Rocks Box you can use my code and get your first box FREE! Just use code "JACENDABFF" at checkout.



March 24, 2015

BEAUTY | L'OREAL BLOW DRY IT QUICK DRY PRIMER SPRAY

I was strolling through the beauty isles at Target a few months ago and spotted the new, "Blow dry it" line of products from L'oreal. I was really eager to try the "Quick Dry Primer Spray". It acts as a heat protecting spray, but it also promises to "cut dry time". Being a new mama I am all for anything that will allow me to get more done in the short amount of time I get to spend on myself everyday.  For only $3.99 I decided to give it a whirl.


It comes in a spray bottle (just like most shine or heat protecting sprays). The spray nozzle actually does pretty well. I usually hate drugstore quality spray nozzles, but this one has done a great job so far.





The first time I sprayed this in my hair I was really surprised at how lightweight it is. No sticky product either. I spray it on while my hair is damp and work it through. This also worked pretty well as a detangler for me.

My hair normaly takes fooorrrr eeevvveeerrr to blow dry. I did notice that this spray did cut dry time. In fact, it cut dry time in half for me. I love that it also gives my hair a bit of a shine to it also. If you are like me and will stop using a product just because it smells funny.  It has a pretty smell, almost a floral smell.


I took a few snaps of my hair after I blow dried it. The only product I used in my hair was the "Blow Dry It" spray.

I really loved this product! For only $3.99, I plan to repurchase it. Have you tried any of the products in this line? I would love to know your thoughts!




March 18, 2015

BEAUTY | MAKE UP FOR EVER MAT VELVET + FOUNDATION



On the blog today I am sharing my thoughts on Make Up For Ever- Mat Velvet +  Matifying Foundation. I have been wearing this foundation for almost 2 years now. This is one of my favorite foundations to wear in the spring and summer, and I will explain why in this post. 


In my opinion, Make Up For Ever did a fabulous job with the amount of shades to select from with this foundation. There are 16 shades, and these shade numbers can be found at the bottom of each bottle. I wear #40 "Natural Beige" in the spring, and a darker #50 "Sand" during the summer. For a full list and view of each of these shades Click here.

This foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a squeeze nozzle top. The cap screws on and off easily.  The packaging really is ideal for travel. I just wish it was a little larger.

 Product Description:
" A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation. Hides imperfections, evens out skintone, and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. Although this foundation provides full coverage, the end result is completely adjustable to fit your needs—a little goes a long way. "

My thoughts:
I would have to agree with the description from Make Up For Ever. I have sensitive skin, and in the spring and summer my skin can also be a little on the oily side . For this reason, I really love wearing this foundation during the warmer months. I have never had a problem with it irritating my skin or dealing with any breakouts. It really does control the oil very well. It also works very well with the heat and staying in place when you sweat. With that being said, I do not feel this foundation is best if you have really dry skin or for use in the winter months. 

I love the more dewy look I get when I apply with my beauty blender, but I normally apply this foundation with my Sigma- F80 Flat Kabuki brush. A little does go a long way and it dries pretty fast, so you have to work pretty quickly once you apply it to your skin. It never feels cakey or heavy, but you do get full coverage. However, I always have to touch up after about 4 / 5 hours after I apply it. Any shine is eliminated and you do end up with a mat finish as promised. I love how natural and flawless it looks after I am done. It photographs nicely too. 

You can purchase this foundation at Sephora & the Make Up For Ever website. 


March 16, 2015

STYLE | MY FAVORITE EVERYDAY ACCESSORIES


Today on the blog I thought I would put together my favorite high-end accessories for everyday. I love these kind of posts. Most of these items were gifted to me (that is why they are my favorites).




My favorite color just happens to be tiffany blue, and I am a sucker for Tiffany & Co. My husband always seems to remember what I had my eye on. One evening he brought them home to surprised me. These were not cheap, and we don't normally do big gifts like this out of the blue. It was really sweet of him. I LOVE them.



Next is my Tiffany necklace. No joke, I wear this necklace pretty much  e v e r y d a y.  It is the perfect size and goes with pretty much everything I love to wear.



I love my Michael Kor's watch and Tiffany bracelet together. I had been looking at this watch for almost 2 years! This one was pretty expensive, so I always put off purchasing it. It was placed in my hands, wrapped in pretty wrapping paper, from the mister (for our last anniversary). There are so many different Michael Kor's watch styles, so I can't believe he remembered the exact one. I would have honestly loved whatever he had given me though. 


These two Tiffany rings were given to me on Valentine's day a few years back. I love them not only for that reason, but I think they are also so cute for everyday.


I love these cute little earings because they are simple and comfortable to wear everyday. 


What is your favorite accessory to wear every day?


March 12, 2015

BEAUTY | HIGHLIGHTERS THAT I LOVE



I love a good everyday highlighter, which I'm sure is no surprise if you follow this blog. I am always trying new highlighters (especially around this time of year). I have a few "first impression" posts coming at a later date. Today though, I thought I would share a few of my top highlighters. If you have favorite highlighter please share in the comments.





Bobbi Brown Shimmer Braick [ Beige ]-


I pruchased a few Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks last spring. It was love at first sight, and it was like I had to collect them all. My favorite is obviously the, beige shimmer brick. I normally use this as a blush/highlighter in one, but you can also use these bricks as eyeshadows.

I have fair/medium tone skin and this fits me so well. It gives me a subtle gold dewy shine. I use this product to highlight the tops of my cheeks after contouring, to the inner corners of my eyes, and the middle T of my forehead. These shimmer bricks last forever too, so they are well worth the price tag.




Nars Copacabana Multiple- 

I love the Nars multiples. I purchased Copacabana from Sephora last summer as well. Sometimes highlighters can be too metallic and unreal looking. This one will if you apply to heavy - a small amount goes a long way. Copacabana is  most flattering on light/medium skin tones, but I feel if you were to apply lightly on warmer or darker skin tones, it will look beautiful also.  It is a soft and creamy texture that gives such a beautiful glow. I use both my fingers and a brush to apply. There is a slight shimmer, so if you do not like that, then is not the highlighter for you. 


MAC Soft and Gentle -

Soft and Gentle is a very popular highlighter, and for good reason. I love this on my skin tone, it gives me a beautiful subtle glow. I've been using this highighter for over two years now and just recently had to purchase a new one. It is perfect for spring/summer. I cannot recommend this enough and I have received so many compliments.  



What are your top highlighters?


March 8, 2015

FITNESS & NUTRITION | SPRING IN MY STEPS


We are finally seeing some sunny spring like weather here in Pittsburgh, and I couldn't be happier. I am really looking forward to doing more activities and workouts outdoors again. If it was just me I wouldn't mind going for a jog outside, but now I have an infant, and I really didn't want him outside in the cold weather so much. 

I stayed pretty active while I was pregnant, but I couldn't do as hard of a workout as I was used to before I was pregnant. Now that I am 2 months postpartum and my doctor gave me the OK to start running again. I am really looking forward to getting back to that. 

Having a new baby around the house and getting back to work can be exhausting, let alone finding time (and energy) for a workout. Right mamas??? Fitness is very important to me though, so I always try and make time and find ways to stay inspired.

Everyone has their own way of staying inspired to workout and stay healthy, here are mine.


I make up detox waters the night before my workout , and let them sit in the fridge overnight. These are so yummy and refreshing to have during a workout. My favorites are: Strawberry, lemon and blueberries +  lemon and cucumber. You can add mint also. Oranges and blueberries is another favorite.


Starting off the morning with a healthy breakfast always inspires me to jump right into a workout.


I love reading fitness and health magazines. They are great for finding new workouts and new yummy meal / snack ideas. Pinterest is another great way to find these things also.


Good music can get anyone inspired to workout. I love using the Pandora radio app. Here are some secret workout stations for whatever mood you are in: 80's Cardio,  Alternative endurance training, Classic rock power workout, Country fitness, Dance cardio, Electronic cardio,  Hard rock strength training, Pop and hip hop power workout, Pop fitness, Rap strength training, Yoga, Yoga workout.


I know that when I invest in a nice pair of running shoes or good quality workout attire it always inspires me to workout. I like to buy new workout attire when I hit a goal. It helps me to keep going. I have really been loving VS Sport and Fabletics. 

What inspires you to want to workout and stay healthy?