Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween and Happy Friday lovies!  Today is a going to be a good one!  I took the day off from work to watch Taylor’s Halloween parade at school and go trick or treating!  I love Halloween so so much!  Getting dressed up and eating candy is RIGHT up this girl’s alley!  Here are my weekly faves:

ONE:  I got to attend a fabulous  InStyle Magazine event earlier in the week with the beautiful B from the Sequin Notebook.  We had a blast together scoping out the hot products for this holiday season!  I am going to do a full post next week but I will give you guys a little sneak peak now.  One of the things I was super excited about was a Tory Burch Fitbit necklace!  I need this in my life!

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TWO:  I am going to a Halloween party tomorrow night with the hubby.  We dress up every year. This year we are vampires and I just got these sick contacts!  They are called Manson and I pretty much want to wear them every day.                                                                                                                                                    2014-10-27 20.20.22 (1)THREE:  I am hosting a fabulous giveaway right now for a gift card to one of my favorite shops, Bluetique Cheap Chic.  You can enter using this Rafflecopter widget!  Good luck! 

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FOUR:  The cat is out of the bag!  (Pun intended!). I’d like to introduce you guys to Jeter!  He is a Lilac Point Balinese kitten and he will be joining our family on 11/15!  We are so excited!

imageFIVE:  My bestie sent me the funniest card!  It totally made my day!

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Rent the Runway Review

I have always been intrigued by Rent the Runway.  I think the concept is genius.  I cant tell you how many dresses I have in my closet that I bought for an event and have only worn once. Renting is a great plan.  I have visited the website, scoped out dresses and found promotional codes but in the end I just couldn’t pull the trigger.  I pictured myself the day of an event, too short/tight/big/long dress in hand, sobbing and I just couldn’t take the risk.  I am tall (5’10” to be exact) and I have big boobs.  I need to try things on.  

Recently I was invited to an event for InStyle Magazine.  I was confused on how to dress though.  It was being held at a nice space in NYC but it was on a Tuesday night from 6-9.  Then I looked more into it and I saw that there were bloggers and vendors flying in from California and Texas to attend.  Plus, it is InStyle Magazine so I needed to be fashionable.  I couldn’t get a handle on how fancy/trendy I should be though.  

I learned soon after that that Rent the Runway now has two stores in New York City and saw this as the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I made my appointment for the day before my event at the location in the Flatiron District.  

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 In order to visit the store you must pay $25 at the time you make your appointment.  This is non-refundable.  It is to secure your reservation and also for a stylist that will work with you one on one for 45 minutes.  I was okay with that fee as I was still so unsure about how fancy I wanted to go and I figured a stylist could help me.  

When I arrived at RTR my stylist greeted me and brought me to a changing room in the back.  I explained to her my concerns, gave her information on what I was looking for and described the event I was attending.  She left to go pull dresses for me and I went into the front showroom to pick dresses myself.  There is not a huge amount of merchandise in the store.  I consider that one of the biggest drawbacks.  Also, there are not a lot of sizes.  I would find a lot of dresses and show them to my stylist and she would advise that that was the only one they had in stock and since it was too big or small I had to put it back.  I found that disappointing.    

I didn’t love any of the items that my stylist pulled.  Not even one.  I don’t think we had great chemistry or similar taste.  I wound up finding three dresses myself that fit and I chose one of them for the event.  I was also not blown away by the whole experience.  It might have just been an off day or if I had a different stylist I might have liked it better.  I’m not sure.  I am not faulting her and actually I found her to be very nice but I did leave the store feeling disappointed.  

I should note that my husband and daughter adore the dress that I did pick and cant understand my hesitation.  

Here were my three top choices.  I am not going to tell you what I chose.  You will have to wait and see but I am interested in hearing your thoughts.  Which one is your favorite and also have any of you ever rented a dress from RTR?  What was your experience like?

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Bluetique Cheap Chic {+ a GIVEAWAY!!}

Bluetique Cheap Chic Review A Little GlitterGood morning dolls!  Today I would like to introduce you to Bluetique Cheap Chic.  I am pretty much obsessed with this store.  They sent me the dress I am wearing above and it is one of my favorites.You may recall that I wore it to the Tylenol event I attended last month.  I got so many compliments on it!2014-09-17-12.45.39 Photobooth-two

 I also have worn it on date night with my hubby and he is a FAN.  

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It is currently available here (ON SALE for $35.99) but in case they don’t have any more in your size I am also drooling over this, this and this!  

 The amazing team at Bluetique has offered to give a $20 gift card to one lucky ALG reader.  You can enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.  Good luck!  xo 

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Weekending!

You know you had a busy weekend when you are relieved to get to work on Monday and just sit down.  Life has been GO GO GO for the past few days.  (All good things but hectic nonetheless.) On Saturday morning I woke up and headed into the East Village to meet up some NYC blogging gals for brunch.  The lovely B & M from the Sequin Notebook organized it and their attention to detail astounds me.  When we arrived they presented us with adorable mini-champagne bottles with personalized, embossed tags and NYC taxi cookies.  It was such a thoughtful gift.  I was really blown away!  The restaurant they chose had unlimited Prosecco and some delish pizza.  I was a happy girl!  It was so nice to meet up and share ideas and ask questions of people that share the same hobby.  My real life girlfriends don’t blog.  They don’t even always read my blog and that’s okay.  I’m sure they get enough of me IRL.

Here is a pic of my outfit – I don’t know what is up with my expression.  I’m not mad.  I think I just have a case of resting bitch face.Outfit

I was loving my hair so I had to stop and take a selfie!

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 I got to enjoy this beautiful view on my way into NYC.

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 How cute are these favors from the Sequin Notebook?

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This pizza was so yummy!

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 Here are the girls!  You should go check out their blogs as well!  They are the Kari Diaries, La Dolce Vita, the Sequin Notebook and Your Beauty Fix.

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After spending a few hours chatting, drinking and laughing we went over to the Park Central Hotel for the Simply Stylist Conference.  On the way we noticed a ton of Christmas decorations so I ran across to find out what was going on (apparently they were shooting a Jeep commercial) and had Santa take a selfie with me.  Rest assured – he advised that I’ve been a very good girl this year.  

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Once at the Simply Stylist Convention we mingled with some great vendors and other bloggers and got a giant swag bag.  I cant believe all of the awesome stuff that was packed in there!

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 I also got a chance to talk to Rebecca of Harper Hallam jewelry.  I was blown away by her gorgeous pieces!  Those hot pink earrings need to be on my ears yesterday!  

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How cute are these headbands from that Madonna Girl?  Coachella here I come!

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 So much fun was had on Saturday and another blogger brunch is needed in the very near future!

Sunday morning started off bright and early with a makeup game for Taylor’s soccer team.  It was at a field right near the beach and the wind was whipping.  I froze my butt off.

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 After the game ended we went home and freshened up.  T did some homework and we ate lunch.  Then, we went over to Coney Island!  We take Taylor there every year and she was finally tall enough to ride the Cyclone!  We weren’t able to make it to the park sooner and yesterday was it’s final day of the season.  

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 All in all it was a fabulous weekend!  I am linking up with Biana for weekending!  If you get a chance, swing by BLovedBoston and check her out.  

Happy Friday!

FridayHappy Friday chicas!  Woo hoo!  I am so looking forward to this weekend.  I have two fun things planned for Saturday!  One is a brunch and the other is a fashion event and both are with the fabulous ladies from THE SEQUIN NOTEBOOK!   So exciting to have some NYC blogger friends to hang out with!  I will report back with pictures and details of all the fun on Monday!  Here are my five favorites for the week:

1.  Autumn Affair.  Speaking of the Sequin Notebook, I was able to meet up with B & M earlier in the week for a fun event called the Autumn Affair.  It was hosted by Your Beauty Fix Mag.  We got manis with beautiful nail charms, drank wine and learned all about nail polish production (which is actually quite interesting).  

2.  eff.Y.bee.  I was able to check out some of these gorgeous bracelets and I bought a sparkly pink one for Taylor.  I am also OBSESSED with this Turquoise Harper Statement Necklace!

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3. Blake Lively.  I have always been a big Blake fan but now that she has been able to pull off being the hottest pregnant woman alive I am even more impressed with her.

1D274907043479-141021-blake-01.blocks_desktop_large4.  Baked By Melissa.  My friend’s son came in to our job to visit so I picked some Baked By Melissa cupcakes.  For him.  Definitely for him and not for me at all.  (Wink wink.)  Have you guys had these?  They are the size of a quarter and only 40 calories each.  This way you dont have to have just one flavor.  You can eat a few different cupcakes and still only ingest a minimal amount of calories.  It is pure genius!

2014-10-21 13.08.155.  Maroon 5 – Animals.  I have been playing this on repeat.  Love.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I am participating in a few link-ups this week.  If you get a chance you should swing by and show some love to LaurenAmanda and Natasha. Thanks for hosting ladies!   

Link Love!

Pioneer WomanGood morning gals!  There has been so much pumpkin happening lately that I figured I should throw my favorite recipe into the ring as well.  I made the Pioneer Woman’s Pumpkin Cream Pie last Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit.  I am preparing one this year as well.  I remember reading that some of you aren’t in love with pumpkin and this might be a great option for you.  It is creamy with and has a less intense pumpkin flavor.

Some of the other links I am loving this week are:

- Next time my girls are over we are definitely playing the Barefoot Contessa drinking game;

- Here is a great list of DIY Halloween costumes (just in case you don’t have yours lined up yet);

- Now that the temps are dropping I am thinking that I NEED A VACATION!  Here is a great Beach Vacations Bucket List compiled by Travel & Leisure;

- 20 Genius Concealer Hacks brought to you by Cosmo.

Holiday Link Up!

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Oh boy – I just realized that we are ten days out from Halloween!  How fun!  Dressing up, visiting neighbors and eating candy is so my speed.  Today I am joining Lisa for the Holiday Link-Up.  At first, I was not sure what to write about but then I got some cute pictures of T in her costume for this year and decided to take you guys on a little trip down memory lane…
 
It all started in 2005 when my baby was four months old and I put her in a ridiculous Lion costume (which she hated).  We packed her into her stroller and went along with some friends and their kids for her first Halloween.
 
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In 2006 I put her in a super uncomfortable lady bug costume (which she also despised – poor kid).  It was freezing the day I took the following pic and my little girl was already feisty.  Getting her to look at the camera proved problematic.  She just wanted to run into the neighbor’s garden and pick her flowers.  The picture below was the best I could muster that year.  I had to give up before she got pneumonia.
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2007 was cute and filled with accessories for my little mermaid.  She loved this costume and kept her wig on the whole time we trick or treated! 
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By 2008 she was old enough to choose her own costume and (of course) she picked Dorothy (since she was obsessed with her at that time).
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In 2009 Taylor decided to be Cinderella and dressed her baby to coordinate.  That baby doll was called Baby Pam Swensen (my maiden name).  She took it everywhere with her and she called it by it’s full name at all times.  
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2010 brought a few different costumes.  For a Halloween party we held for Taylor’s friends she was a cat.  For her Halloween party at school she was an angel.  
 
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In 2011 my little lady decided to dress as Sherlock Holmes.  Her American Girl, Alexis, was a genie.  
 
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Sadly, I have no picture for 2012.  Hurricane Sandy had just hit and our area experienced mass devastation.  We had no electricity, my Mother in Law’s house had been wiped out completely (it was filled with water and Halloween was the first day we could get in to sort through her muddy and salt-water soaked belongings).   
 
By 2013 things were okay again.  My Mother in Law’s house was totally rebuilt and brand new and Taylor chose a rainbow unicorn costume for Halloween.
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That brings us to 2014.  I may have shown you a glimpse in past posts but here is the official 2014 costume choice…BATGIRL!
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Have your kiddos made their costume choices yet? 
 

Weekend Recap!

Weekend Wrap UpGood morning girls!  I hope you are feeling motivated and ready to start your week!  I had a pretty packed weekend but it was all good stuff so it’s okay.

I left work early on Friday to head over to T’s school for movie night.  It was so cute to see her sitting with her girls watching the movie.  They seemed so mature.  

We did a lot of running around this weekend.  I got my hair done (I am obsessed with the way it came out).  Taylor had a soccer game (they lost but she still had fun).  We had a sushi date (yummo).  I got my girl a new trumpet for band (she is super excited to play) and we got mani/pedis.  I tried a new purply nail color and sometimes I love it but other times I look down and want to take it off.  I am such a creature of habit when it comes to nail colors.  

It was go go go the last few days but we had a lot of fun together.

How about you guys?  Anything awesome happen this weekend?

I am linking up with Biana for Weekending.  If you get a chance, head on over and visit her!

Happy Friday!

b8599ee458c687e6d2382c307d10ca35Happy Friday!  Today is a short day for me.  I am leaving early to head over to Taylor’s school for movie night.  This has been a rough week.  Little things are getting to me and even though I keep trying to focus on the good things, (like my health, beautiful family and hilarious friends) I still feel a bit short tempered.  It will do me some good to be with my little one and regroup this weekend.  Here are my five favorites from this past week:

1.  Kreativ Case.  I am working with Cindy (who is the sweetest) to bring you guys a giveaway from her shop, Kreativ Case!  She sent me the cutest phone case and I am obsessed with it.  Enter to win your own below. 

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2.  Girl’s Trip.  My two besties and I just booked a weekend getaway at Foxwoods for December. After we got the room we discovered that JERRY SEINFELD was performing there and we were able to get tickets!  Yay!  Seeing Seinfeld live is on my bucket list.  Cant wait!

seinfeld-meme-generator-oh-really-now-7646be3.  Blonde.  I am getting my hair done tomorrow.  I know now is the time I should be doing ombre or a darker color but I’m not.  I love my blonde and I’m keeping it.  

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 4.  Cute Gym Clothes.  How fab are these?  I am totally obsessed with both pairs.

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5.  Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer.  I have been using this for about three weeks now and I am in love.  It is totally non-greasy and doesn’t make me break out at all.  After I apply it my face just sucks it right up.  No residue.  Love.

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I am participating in a few link-ups this week.  If you get a chance you should swing by and show some love to LaurenAmanda and Natasha. Thanks for hosting ladies!   

Kreativ Case {+ a GIVEAWAY!!}

Kreativ Case Giveaway A Little GlitterHappy Thursday Guys!  Sorry I was MIA yesterday but I figured maybe I could make up for it by hooking you up with the chance to win an awesome phone case from Kreativ Case.  Cindy was kind enough to reach out and offer to collaborate with me and I had the most difficult time picking my favorite item from her shop.  A few that I loved were:

This beautiful leopard one…il_fullxfull.651575031_p6ne

 This gorgeous colorful one:il_fullxfull.657650016_gb4h

This custom photo one…

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Or this Christmas one….il_fullxfull.651432254_a4o6

In the end I wound up going with this beautiful Aztec and wood plank design.  I adore it! Kreativ Cases 2Enter below for a chance to win one of your very own using the Rafflecopter widget.  The lucky winner can choose whichever case from the Kreativ Case shop they like best.  There are even cases for the new iPhone 6!

Good luck!  xo

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