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Boyfriend jeans are the perfect spring pant. You can dress them up, dress them down and they remain on-trend with the spring 2014 styles. Finding a pair that fits you well is key, as the perfect boyfriend is an easy fit that remains close to your body… often a fine line to balance.

Boyfriend jeans are great on all body types

I love how a cuffed boyfriend jean is a great figure equalizer. Whereas gazelle model types can rock a skinny jean admittedly better than a regular gal such as myself, any lady can look bodacious in a boyfriend jean. The most important fit factor is a boyfriend that fits you sleekly in the hips and booty, and provides an easy leg without leaving your calves and thighs swimming in denim.

Affordable and chic

While I had previously subscribed to the idea that expensive jeans are a necessary evil to get a good fit, I was pleased to discover a new, affordable boyfriend jean that completely rocks! dENiZEN from the Levi’s brandavailable at Target, makes a beautiful boyfriend jean — the dENiZEN Straight Leg Crop — that is priced for a mere $27.99.

I found that dENiZEN jeans (available in sizes 2-18) naturally run a bit big, so you do not need to size up to get that slouchy-but-not-sloppy look. The dENiZEN Straight Leg Crop gave great fit with a mid-rise, fitted seat, and lots of stretch for relaxed but polished legs.

I styled my pair of dENiZEN jeans two different “outfit of the day #ootd” ways to show you how a size 10, 5’7, mom of three can wear these jeans in real life. With a mixture of high and low, dressy and casual pieces, these jeans work well for both work and play.

Business casual boyfriend jeans
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Target Merona black/white striped blazer ~ Ralph Lauren Blue Label Super Slim-Fit button downdENiZEN from the Levis brand Modern Straight Crop jean, Tribute wash ~ Gap braided belt  ~ Ferragamo brown/cream pumps ~ Tiffany & Co. Twist earrings ~ TopShop ring

This is how I would wear the boyfriend jeans for a business casual meeting or professional daytime event this spring. The key elements for dressing up your boyfriend jeans are a sleek, heeled shoe and keeping all the other items in your outfit more formal than the jeans themselves. I am long-waisted, so I like to tuck in my shirt and belt the jeans to give the illusion of a longer leg.

Everyday errands boyfriend jeans

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Peter Pilotto for Target cardigan ~ dENiZEN from the Levis brand Modern Straight Crop jean, Tribute wash ~ Gap essential rib tank ~ Fossil stitched jean belt ~ Macy’s Heart of Haiti black/white horn bracelet ~ Stunner of the Month sunnies ~ Charles by Charles David wedges

As a freelance writer, admittedly I have more opportunities to wear my boyfriends in a relaxed fashion. This is how I would style them for meeting friends, volunteering at my kids’ school or dashing around town. To keep the look less overtly soccer mom, I still think you need a bit of a heel for your shoe when wearing a boyfriend jean. Although TOMS, canvas sneaks or flat sandals look great with other spring pants, a heel really balances the slouch of the boyfriend for a more flattering line. I am a fan of a wedge-heeled sandal for comfort and cuteness.

But enough about me: How would YOU style these dENiZEN boyfriend jeans?

Thanks to dENiZEN by the Levi’s brand for Target for providing the writer with a pair of jeans for review. 

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I know it’s not nice and warm all over the world, but for the majority of us the sun has finally began to shine and we’re finally enjoying spring. With the new season always comes new trends and styles as well.

New, fresh spring makeup look.

For me, somehow after making it through a gloomy winter (lots of rain for us!) I want lighter, softer and brighter colors. This goes for everything including my makeup. I like to keep it simple, fresh and clean.

Here’s a simple sprig makeup look that anyone can do!

simple and Fresh spring makeup look

I’ll walk you through it real quick, you’ll see it’s very easy. it’s actually what I use almost everyday!

  • Start with the eyes! This way the powder doesn’t fall down onto your face after you’ve done your foundation.
  • Two colors is all it takes. A cream all over your lid and a muted brown/tan in the creases. Blend with the same cream you started with & you’re done!
  • Regular brown pencil eye liner starting on the inside of your eye line on the inner corner all the way out. Then the outside corner but only half way in. Keep the inside corners of your eyes clean & bright!
  • Concealer (if you need it, I know I do!) under eyes and if you have any blemishes to cover up.
  • Foundation all over.
  • For blush try using a bronzer on your cheek bones and up onto your hairline. This definitely helps warm up your face for sure.
  • Finish it all off with a sheer, pinkish gloss!

Fresh spring face

These look like a bunch of bad mug shots… at least they got better as they progressed. I’m sobering up!

  1. Here I have no foundation or face makeup on, just the eyes.
  2. Added eye liner and mascara. And now you have seen proof why I should never leave the house without these two.
  3. Concealer mainly under the eye and some blemishes below my cheek bones.
  4. Done! See the difference between 3 and 4? I mean, I know the 3 is an ‘in progress’ pic but you can see how much the bronzer adds and how these simple steps can take me from zombie to presentable!
Do you make any chances with your makeup routine when seasons change?

What are your tips for a fresh spring makeup look? I’d love to hear them!
Have a great day!

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Aahhhh the maxi dress. The way moms can still kinda-sorta wear yoga pants but all the while look like they’re dressed up. They are, after all, crotchless yoga pants you know. Some very brilliant woman was like, “I want to be comfortable like I’m wearing yoga pants but not actually be wearing yoga pants.” And the maxi skirt was born.

They really are perfect and can be worn a ton of ways. Today I am going to show you how to wear a maxi skirt three different ways.

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Casual everyday Look

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Let’s start with the obvious maxi look — the everyday black maxi that goes with just about anything, old Beatles tank top and some casual kicks that you can’t see. A pair of Converse here would work just fine. You’re comfy, cute and still wearing a skirt. You could even throw on a ball cap and head to your kid’s game, it’s that versatile!

Dressed Up

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I just realized you can see my son in the reflection taking this picture. So funny! I wonder what he’s gonna think in a couple years about taking pictures of his mom’s outfits…. Anyway! This is a little more dressed up. The material of the skirt is still very comfortable but I paired it with a nicer top that scoops low in the back and a pair of strappy sandals. I love the thin yellow belt to tie it all together. And just like that you’re ready for a summer wedding.

As a Dress

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This has to be one of my favorites. I actually wore this to church today. This maxi skirt is a little on the shorter side for me (I’m 6 ft tall), so instead of giving it the boot, I just pulled it all the way up, slapped a belt on and BAM I have a super cute dress! It is even somewhat of a high-low dress because of the way you pull it up. This can easily be paired with a cute jean jacket or light sweater. I like my booties with it because they match the belt, but you could also pair it with sandals as well.

So there you have it! Three ways to wear a maxi skirt. Like I mentioned, there are a ton of other options for sure, this is just to get you started.

What are your favorite ways to wear a maxi skirt?

 

 

 

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Did you know that it’s wedding season coming up? I know, it’s crazy that we’re nearly half way through April!! Now is about the time we start hitting all the bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and such. And really, they are so much fun. There’s nothing like celebrating with people during the happiest moments of their lives. So today I thought I’d share some outfits that will be perfect for the next wedding you’re attending. Whether it’s casual or fancy, I’ve gotcha covered.

Colorful
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My husband’s family is Bahamian. Bahamians like bright colors. You should have seen them all at our wedding, it was fantastic. Blues, pinks, turquoise, fuchsia, orange, it was amazing. Wearing bright colors can always been fun specially to an evening summer wedding.

 Garden Party Style
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We all know (hopefully) that it’s inappropriate to wear white to a wedding. Let the bride have her moment! But pale blushes and pretty lace is definitely okay. Paired with some beautiful accessories you’ll be ready to go. I think these looks would be perfect for a garden party wedding or even a bridal/baby shower.

Jumpsuit
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Wait – don’t stop reading! I promise they can be beautiful. See here paired with a bunch of fun pinks and golds. It’s fabulous. It’s also perfect for those ladies who might not feel very comfortable in a dress or skirt but don’t want to be too casual. I would suggest pairing it with a belt for sure to make sure it doesn’t look like you’re wearing pajamas.

Formal
Holiday Dress

Formal is probably the most fun, for me anyway. I love a reason to get all dressed up with the hubs. It’s probably the least likely as well. But heck, it’s good to be prepared! And really, who needs a reason to wear sequins? Just say the word and I’m there! So although this one might be a little unrealistic, it’s still hecka cute and I’m gonna be begging for a formal wedding invite just to rock it! Personally, it seems like I’m in the more ‘baby shower’ stage of my life than weddings. That’s why it’s good a lot of these can work for both!

Weigh in! What do you like to wear to weddings?
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6pm.com has clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and more to help you master one of the hottest looks of Spring 2014: Feminine Flair. Take a selfie sporting your own interpretation of the style for the chance to win $150 to shop 6pm.com!

Classic styles are hot

Maybe I have watched a little too much Mad Men, but I am so excited about the old-school femininity that is dominating spring and summer 2014 style. High heels with pointed toes, dangling earrings, structured handbags, lace details and dresses, dresses, dresses all embody femininity and classic prettiness. And they look great on everyone!

I was tasked with the ridiculously fun job of personally styling a few looks from 6pm.com that showcase spring’s feminine flair. If you have not yet shopped this incredible online outlet store that features the coolest brands and latest trends, you are in for a treat. At 6pm.com you will find your favorite designers, sexy shoes, hot handbags and more for up to 75 percent off.

Dresses are a favorite

I am a dress gal. One easy piece that highlights my curves and flatters my figure is my go-to outfit anchor for spring and summer. 6pm.com has oodles of classic, gorgeous dresses by one of my favorite frock designers: Calvin Klein. My first dress choice at 6pm.com is the Calvin Klein black and white dolman sleeve dress. It is so versatile — I can wear it for day or night, for work or going out. Although it is not covered in chintz, the tailoring of the dress is ladylike and is a perfect foil for the awesomely aggressively feminine black bow-bedecked platform sandals from Isola.

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These shoes are adorable, no? I love the bows and the platform lengthens the legs. To complete the look I added gold chandelier earrings by Sparkling Sage. I love how these three simple pieces — plus softly girly hair and makeup — make for a pulled-together feminine flair look.

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Another easy feminine flair look I styled with 6pm.com embraces more color…the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, that is! Again I fell for a dress by Calvin, this silky shirt dress. A spring staple, a shirt dress always looks both professional and pretty. If you have spring or summer trips planned, this dress is a great pick — it traveled crazy well. I just flew cross-country for a weekend conference and though I crumpled it in my carry-on, it survived without a wrinkle or the need to steam in the hotel bathroom. I paired it with Franco Sarto wedge heeled sandals that are so comfy I walked around Disneyland in them. Seriously.

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Thanks for making it through my feminine flair selfies. I am sure you can take better ones and style even more fabulously feminine looks for spring. And that is exactly what the folks at 6pm.com would like you to do!

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You might win $150 gift certificate to shop 6pm.com!
Just make sure you post them before the contest ends on Tuesday April 22, 2014.
I cannot wait to see your styles!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and thank you for your support in our effort to bring you exciting giveaways.

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It is officially spring, and it’s time to talk about the fashion must haves of the season! Spring is all about renewal and starting fresh, and it’s always exciting to put away those coats and scarves and pull out the warmer weather skirts and cute floral dresses! I’ve put together a few spring fashion must haves that should be found in every wardrobe this season.

spring fashion must haves

1. Stripe fit and flare dress, Gap, $60
2. Floppy hat, Nordstrom, $56
3. Floral kimono, Urban Outfitters, $79
4. Essie “Mint Candy Apple,” Ulta, $9
5. Essie “French Affair,” Amazon, $5
6. Maxi dress, Nordstrom, $198
7. Dolce Vita ankle boots, Nordstrom, $151
8. Free People lace dress, Nordstrom, $128

Stripes are always in

Stripes are pretty much the perfect pattern for spring. They just exude boating and lazy days by the water. Stripes are always classic and always in, but especially when the weather warms up a bit, and they can be paired with bare legs and a cute floppy brimmed hat. Throw on a jean jacket and you’re ready for a day in the sun.

Florals and Kimonos are the perfect spring pairing

What better time to wear floral than when the flowers themselves are in full bloom?! I say, embrace your surroundings and go all out with whatever flower is your favorite. We’re seeing a lot of daisies and roses all over the place for spring this year, and loving it! Another favorite trend this year is the kimono- a pretty, feminine topping to any outfit. It’s the perfect cover-up for a beautiful spring day, and adds a layer without adding too much warmth. Time to put the wool sweaters away and stock up on some gorgeous kimonos! Knock out two must haves in one by rocking a floral kimono.

Lace with ankle boots combines feminine and edgy

Another gorgeous spring trend is lace. Whether you wear your lace in a dress or skirt or cute little shorts, it is a must-have this season! I’m partial to white lace, as it can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Plus, warmer weather calls for lighter colors! Pair your ultra femme lace with some edgy ankle boots to really knock it out of the park.

Pastels make for the perfect accessory

Springtime just screams pastel colors, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s the influx of Easter decorations, which all seem to have pastel everything, but I always get the urge to pack away my dark colors and reach for my baby blues and light pinks in the spring. I’m loving a pretty pastel nail for spring- the perfect accessory to any outfit!

Maxis combine comfort and cuteness

Okay, so it’s not quite summer, and we’re still getting a few April showers, so what better “in between” garment than a maxi? It’s cool enough to allow a breeze if the weather’s warmer, but it covers your legs so you have something to protect from the slight chill in the air that is still lingering from winter. It is the perfect wardrobe essential for moms chasing little ones, as there is no possibility of flashing! Bonus! And it feels like you’re wearing pajamas, but you look super cute! You simply can’t go wrong with the maxi- in either skirt or dress form.

Which spring fashion must haves are you going to try out this year? What’s the one spring trend you simply can’t live without?
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This winter was a tough one, wasn’t it? I mean, I wouldn’t really know because I wasn’t in the middle of it. But judging from the #chiberia hashtag & all the Instagram photos of people’s iPhone weather apps, it was a rough one.

Spring colors are here!

The good thing is that spring is finally here. And it’s ushering in it’s beautiful colors along with it. Does that just make you happy? Outfits are getting brighter, skirts are being busted out and yep — break out your bright pink nail polish because ladies, it’s time.

I actually think it’s kinda funny how colors change with the seasons. Why can’t I wear bright pink in the dead of winter? But I’m gonna go with it. I’m gonna share my favorite spring nail colors.

spring nail colors

Aren’t they all so gorgeous? It’s a really pretty break from the reds and plums & blacks. I love it.

The “it” thing is pastels

This season pastels are a thing. And if I’m being quite honest with you, pastels just aren’t my thing. I like a good bold color. The brighter the better. But I actually have liked the pastel trend on my nails! My personal favorite is mint green, salmon or white. I actually tried the white last summer and fell in love.

Polish doesn’t have to be expensive

My favorite brand of nail polish is Wet n Wild which you can buy at your local drug store for less than $2. Awesome, right? I picked one up on a whim once and have loved it ever since. It has a thick brush and lasts for days — longer than any other nail polish I’ve tried. Which goes to show you do not have a spend a ton of money to get a good manicure.

Here are a few tips for an at home mani:

  • Bottom/top coats matter — try a few out and find what works for you.
  • Let your nails dry a decent amount of time in between coats.
  • Have a pointed Q-tip handy with a cap half full of nail polish remover for mistakes.
  • Get a helping hand! If your right (or left) hand is always looking like a 2-year-old painted it, ask someone to do it for you. If you have a willing husband (or 2-year-old) you might get a better job done!

So are you going to try the pastel color trend on your nails this season? Or are you always a bright and bold fan? Either way, it’s fun to mix it up and try new colors!

And personally, I’m digging the pastels!

 

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Facts Up Front program.

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The importance of nutrition labels

No one can dispute the importance of nutrition labels. Consumers are more careful about the food we put into our bodies. Information like calories per serving and saturated fat content make a difference in the food we choose while shopping.

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Why Facts Up Front matters

Traditional nutrition labels are generally on the back or the side of products, meaning you have to physically pick up and turn the box or container around to read the label. This doesn’t seem like a big deal — until you’re shopping with a four-year old. Shopping with my son means pushing an unwieldy, oversized car cart around the grocery store. That cart takes up more than my share of many aisles, and I try my hardest not to impede anyone else’s progress through the store by lingering over cereal boxes.

Facts Up Front displays key nutrition information — like calories, saturated fat, and fiber — on the front of product packages. Saturated fat, sugar, and sodium are always displayed on the Facts Up Front label, because those nutrients are recommended to be limited in a healthful diet. The labeling, now prevalent in many grocery stores, helps me make more informed choices while shopping.

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Use Facts Up Front to improve your nutrition IQ

Facts Up Front is more than a label. The Facts Up Front website is filled with tools, information, and resources to help you use the information you can find on labels to make more informed decisions about what you’re eating.

The Facts Up Front Nutrition Calculator lets you see the actual numbers you need to eat in order to maintain your weight. Want to lose or gain weight? Take the suggested numbers up or down. The calculator takes into account your age, current weight, height, and activity level. I plugged in my numbers and calculated my own recommendations.

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One of the most helpful parts of the Nutrition Calculator, besides the numbers themselves, is the interactive nature of the results. When you hover over the different numbers, information pops up about sources for different vitamins and nutritional categories. So if you don’t know what to eat to meet your Vitamin A requirements? The Nutrition Calculator can help you find foods to help.

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Let Facts Up Front help you make healthful choices

Facts Up Front — the label and the website resources — can change the way you grocery shop and meal plan for your family. Check out their Shopping and Meal Planning Tips the next time you’re making your family’s grocery list. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate their tips with the labels displayed on the front of the packages!

Do you read nutrition labels when you shop? Do you love the way Facts Up Front help bring nutritional information to the front of the packages?

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Facts Up Front program.

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Easter is right around the corner as I’m sure you’ve seen if you’re ever on Pinterest! (April 20th if you were wondering!) Personally, I truly love this holiday for what it represents, the beautiful spring weather that is making itself known, and time when the whole family comes together.

However, when holidays like this come around, I’m usually stuck getting things together last minute, I don’t have time to decide on something to wear. I usually throw something on I’ve worn a million times before and my hair goes into a ‘messy bun.’ Whoever brought messy back — THANK YOU.

This time I am not going to get caught off guard. I’ve prepared three outfits to share with you today and I’m gonna rock one of them. I’m also pretty certain that no matter how you celebrate this holiday, one of these will work for you.

Coral me Happy! (Casual Easter Outfit)

Casual Easter sunday outfit

If church isn’t your vibe and you’d rather have a lovely brunch with friends, this is your outfit. Boyfriend jeans are adorably cute and super comfortable. Throw some coral/pink/yellow/lavender and you’ve got yourself an Easter outfit! Love the tank top and the clutch!

 Pretty in Pink

pink Easter sunday outfit

Beautiful, right? Can I have an excuse to wear this every day please? It’s the perfect pretty in pink to wear to church, family gathering, dinner, you name it! You could also switch out the heels to flats to rock that Easter egg hunt. We all know tea length skirts are in - let’s rock ‘em!

Easter Sunday

The perfect easter sunday outfit

Somehow this represents the perfect Easter Sunday outfit to me. If you do happen to go to church on Easter Sunday, this is perfect. It’s bright and colorful to match the season. It’s pretty and put together and modest and feminine. Sounds like a winning combo to me! That dress is gorgeous.

So there you have it! These are my three choices for Easter Sunday.

So tell me, which category do you think you’d fall into?
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Whether you’re hosting Easter brunch or headed off to another house, be sure to make a pitcher of this kid-friendly Easter punch. Filled with fresh fruit, various juices and ginger ale, it will be a hit with kids and adults alike.

kid-friendly easter punch

Since this kid-friendly Easter punch contains fresh fruit, it’s best to make it one or two hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld and make the punch taste even better. If you know you’ll be short on time the day of Easter, it can also be made the night before. That is, if you can keep the kids from drinking it when you’re not looking.

kid-friendly easter punch recipe

Kid-friendly Easter punch

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
  • 1 to 2 blood oranges cut into small wedges
  • 1-1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice (should be 4 to 5 oranges)
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 16 ounces ginger ale (try Fever Tree ginger ale)
  • Optional: Soda water or club soda

Directions:

  1. Add fresh cut fruit to a pitcher.
  2. Pour in the blood orange juice, pineapple juice and pomegranate juice.
  3. Slowly pour in the ginger ale and stir the punch.
  4. Cover the pitcher and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, pour the kid-friendly Easter punch into small glasses along with a little of the fresh fruit. If the kids find it a little too strong on the ginger, top with soda water or club soda.

Served with your favorite brunch foods, this kid-friendly Easter punch is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you’re serving a lot of people, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled although you’ll want to put it in a punch bowl instead of a pitcher. Enjoy and happy Easter!

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