Monday, July 29, 2013

New in Skincare...evande! + Giveaway!

I was recently introduced to a new skincare line called evande.  I was unfamiliar with this line until I was approached by the fabulous people at evande to try it and review it.  The evande slogan "Feel the Natural Elegance" coincides with their use of natural ingredients such as passion fruit, aloe, lemon, almond, shea butter and fig in their products.

The evande skincare regimen consists of a 3-step system:

Gentle Facial Cleanser & Makeup Remover:    Consisting of cell renewing AHA rich fruit extracts, skin softening aloe and passion fruit, and pore cleansing amla fruit.  It is non-drying and soap free.

Alcohol-Free Pore Minimizing Toner:    Consisting of a purifying blend of natural pore-minimizing anti-oxidant botanicals, skin clarifying lemon and bilberry, and Ph balancing elder flower.  It is non-drying and non-stingy (alcohol free).

Oil-Free Face & Neck Moisturizer:    Consisting of a hydrating and brightening silk protein and vitamins complex with shea and almond butter, collagen boosting silk amino acids, fig and ginkgo biloba.  It is non-greasy.

My review:

My overall impression of the results after using this system for two weeks is a noticeable improvement in my skin's texture and brightness.  I am always trying to achieve that J Lo. glow without makeup.  This has dramatically helped in that area.  An individual product breakdown:

Cleanser:    I was impressed with the hydrating nature of the cleanser.  I usually rely on moisturizers and other products for the hydration factor, but the cleanser provides significant hydration.  My only drawback in the cleanser is that I needed to use a separate cleanser around the eye area because the directions state to avoid the eyes.

Toner:   I have not used an individual toner product in years, but wow, it really minimize the pores which I had recently started noticing.  Yes, it is an extra step, but well worth the results.

Moisturizer:   This product is the icing on the cake.  The immediate and long lasting skin hydration and brightening effects are breathtaking.  I'm feeling the J Lo. glow :)

Now for the giveaway...

I have teamed up with evande to give one (1) of my readers the exact same full size 3-piece set (6.8 iz each).  Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends end of day Sunday, August 4th.  Go visit evande  here to find out more information on this nature inspired skincare system. 


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekly Style Inspirations

Here in Houston we are "enjoying" (no) Thunderstorm Day 10 with limited outdoor activity, so we need some summer fashion inspiration!  Here we go...a new round of summer style inspiration from the blogger world.  Take a look and share your thoughts...

Kristina from KAYTURE
Blair from Atlantic-Pacific
Sandra from 5 inch and up
Annabelle from VIVALUXURY
Dimitri from dimitri salon artfact
Helena from Brooklyn Blonde
Kier from Fashion Addict
Sirma from Sirma Markova
Cara from CARA LOREN

Maegan from Maegan

As always, be sure to click on the links for more style inspiration from these amazing bloggers!

Have a wonderful start to the week :)


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bebe July 2013 Collection: California Sentiment

A confession:  I am a Bebe girl!  Soooo, I get excited when a new collection arrives.  Sometimes Bebe gets a bad rap as a "clubbing" brand.  Although there are many sexy, fitted pieces in the collections, many pieces are classy and work appropriate as well.  Much of my work wardrobe consists of classic Bebe pieces, and I regularly receive compliments on my looks.  The new collection is a little more summer sexy weekend and evening.  Tribal prints and bright reds/yellows are key.   Here is a preview of a couple of my favorite pieces from the new collection.

The collection will be available starting tomorrow, July 18th.  Online ordering is available now.
Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Time Capsule

I recently read a blogging article about how to make your blog material timeless.  While that is definitely an option, there is something to be said for creating a time capsule with your blog posts.  I enjoy taking a look back at my blog's history and seeing the fashion highlights.  It reminds me of poring over vintage fashion magazines and feeling that sense of nostalgia.  Adding to my future fashion retrospective are these looks and likes that are of the moment.

Summer 2013 "It" Pieces... 
The Asymmetrical Skort
From Brussels, with love ♥   , Karolina Kurkova
Zara Mini Skort  ($49.90) Available in Geranium, Ecru, or Black

The Peplum Belt

 Asos Peplum Plate Detail Waist Belt  ($37.33)

Black and White Striped Pants
These pants paired well with black leather jackets and sweaters in early spring.  Now they look fresh with white and color for summer...
  Balmain S/S 2013
Nicole Richie
Bebe Spring 2013
Victoria's Secret
Bloggers in Shorts and Heels...
Annabelle from VIVALUXURY 
Jen from  Belle de Couture  
Pink Sunnies...

Christian RothGucci , Ralph Lauren   

The Fendi Lycra Studded Bag...

In Style Magazine (June 2013) photo shoot with Selena Gomez

#1 Pick of the Week: Crochet Maxi Dress

LC Lauren Conrad Lace Maxi Dress  for Kohl's ($51) Orig. $68 

What does your time capsule look like this week?
Happy weekend!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weekly Style Inspirations...

It's been awhile since I have published a fashion blogger style inspiration post.  A few of my favorite bloggers have outdone themselves with an abundance of amazing summer looks.  I am loving the mix of bright colors and neutrals this season...

Kristina  from  KAYTURE
Blair from Atlantic-Pacific
Shanna from Because Shanna Said So
Kier from Fashion Addict
Annabelle from VIVALUXURY
Helena from Brooklyn Blonde
Maegan from Maegan

How gorgeous is that black leather/gold metal plate belt that Blair is wearing?!
Be sure to click on the links to check out more fabulous fashion from these blogger girls :)


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th!

In honor of the holiday, here is some inspiration for the day...

Whether you are spending the day at the beach, a picnic, or at evening fireworks, here are some inspirational looks to celebrate in style.  Striped looks and red, white, and blue are summer fashion favorites for my international readers too :)

                       (Images via Pinterest, Google, and Polyvore)

Have a fabulous Fourth of July!