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Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of Beauty 2012!

These were my top picks for 2012 for makeup & beauty items!

My best beauty finds in 2012! Products mentioned are listed below:

Best Lip Products:
- Dior lipstick Cherie Bow (
- Dior lipstick Pink Cherie (
- NARS Cruising (

- Dior Lip Gloss in #257
- Dior Lip Gloss in #576 Sari Pink
- Dior Lip Gloss in Nordstrom LE #582 Draped Lilac

- MAC Lipstick in Blankety
- MAC Lipstick in High Tea

- MAC Lip Glass in Nymphette
- MAC Lip Glass in Prrr
- MAC Lip Glass in Cultured

- NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in New Lover

Best Face Primer:
- Tarte Poreless Primer (

Best Foundation:
- Make Up For Ever Hd Foundation (

Best Face Powder:
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder in Fair (

Best Blush:
- Dior Blush in Strawberry Sorbet
- Dior Blush in Sugar & Spice

Best Tools & Applicators:
- Beauty Blender Sponge
- Sigma F80 brush
- Sigma E05 brush
- Sephora All Over Eyeshadow Brush

Best Eyeshadow:
- Urban Decay Sin, Urban Decay palette
- MAC palette

Best Mascara:
- Tarte Light's Camera Mascara
- Lancome Hypnose Drama

Best of Hair care:
- Bumble & Bumble De Mode Hair Spray

Best of Skin Care:
- Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion (Ulta)
- Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (Ulta)

Best Perfume:
- Marc Jacobs Daisy (

** I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. All opinions are my own, this was not a paid review.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas at our house!

We finished up Vlogmas at our house by vlogging Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Vlogging our Michigan trip!

So vlogging every day is a new thing for me, but it has been quite fun taking part in "Vlogmas" - vlogging every day on YouTube until Christmas (or the end of December - it seems to vary from person to person and we might actually just finish out the entire month)... Some of the videos I'm looking forward to having to look back on - to see how we decorated this year and that sort of thing, while I'm also thinking it will be great to have some firsts, like Natalie taking her first steps this month, on video to look back on as well.

We also vlogged our recent trip to Michigan - where we visited Somerset Collection mall, Great Lakes Crossing, downtown Rochester, and more. It was great to be back and sight see for a bit. Now we're back and with only one week left to go until the holidays are here... package wrapping and gearing up for the holiday festivities will be in full force!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 YouTube Year in Review

My YouTube Story and 2012 YouTube Year in Review... plus, a holiday Henri Bendel giveaway!!

I consider 2012 my "first" year on YouTube, even though I've had the account for a few years prior. I just started paying more attention to my YouTube account in the past year and steadily increased my uploads to where I now consistently upload 2-3 videos a week on my main channel. It has been an incredible experience and I never envisioned a year ago that could turn into what it has become!

I'm hosting a series of holiday giveaways on Bags4Bubbles' channel as a "thank you" for such a great first year on YouTube! Here's to a great second year in 2013 as well!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Louis Vuitton Gift Guide!

If all the things in my previous gift guide were under $150... then I guess it is fitting that all of the things in this gift guide are OVER $150! A fun little gift guide with some of my favorite Louis Vuitton items that I think would make great gifts this holiday season. Prices ranging from $155 to $1670.

All items available on
Louis Vuitton Bandeau - $155
Louis Vuitton Key Pouch in Vernis - $365
Louis Vuitton Pochette in Monogram - $440
Louis Vuitton Zippy Coin Purse Wallet in Vernis - $490
Louis Vuitton Business Card Holder in Vernis - $285
Louis Vuitton Sarah Wallet in Vernis - $790
Louis Vuitton Tivoli GM - $1670

** I am not affiliated with Louis Vuitton in any way. This is not a paid review. All items were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday gift guide for her - all gifts under $150!

A fun little gift guide for the lady in your life, whether it is an older teenager or young adult, like a niece or a friend - to an older adult like an aunt or mother... there are a number of ideas that might suit anyone for Christmas 2012. All gifts in this guide are under $150!

All items in this guide are under $150! I'm hoping to have a handbag & accessory specific gift guide up later this week! :)

Korres Lip Balm, from $12,
Chanel Polish, from $26, Saks Fifth Avenue
Dior Polish, from $23, Saks Fifth Avenue

Tarte Carried Away Palette, $54,
Sephora Fragrance Sampler, $50,
Henri Bendel Goddess Memory Keeper, $48,

Henri Bendel Bow Stud Earrings, $58,
Henri Bendel Heritage Buckle Bracelet, $148,
Tiffany & Co Cosmetic, $125,
Tiffany & Co Notes Necklace, $125,

* I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. This is not a sponsored video. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

2012 Toddler Girl Holiday Gift Guide!

It's that time of year to think of what gifts would be great to give for Christmas 2012, or other holidays that you may be celebrating this time of here! I put together a holiday gift guide for toddler girls (1 year old & 2 year olds), to give my opinion on what some of the best gift ideas out there this year may be!

Gifts under $20:
Melissa & Doug Puzzles, from $9.99: Target, Toys'R'Us, and other toy retailers
Book gift sets, from $12 - Barnes & Noble or your local book retailer
Holiday books, from 5.99 - Target, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers

Gifts for the young toddler:
Fisher Price Magical Music Vanity, $
Fisher Price Zoo Talkers Zoo, $
Fisher Price Zoo Talkers Animals, $3 & up:

Gifts for older toddlers:
Fisher Price My First Dollhouse, from $49:
Dollhouse accessories, from $7:

Joint Toddler Gifts:
Fisher Price Disney Princess Castle, from $39:
Fisher Price Disney Princess Gift set, $17.99:

Pretend Play:
Princess dresses, from $10:
Hand puppets, from $1.99:
Fabric food, from $6.99:

Stocking stuffers:
Fisher Price Wheelies, from $3:

** This is not a sponsored video. All opinions are my own, all items were purchased by the reviewer.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Memorable Gifts 2012 Holiday Guide

Check out this great gift giving guide by, for great personalized gifts for friends and family!

I reviewed a personalized heart ornament that was personalized with my girls' photo, with their names and year on the back. It makes a great keepsake and is an excellent gift idea for grandparents - or for your own tree!

These ornaments are of good quality and packaged nicely, ready to be given as a gift. They have a classic golden strand attached to be able to hang it on the tree and go nicely with any traditional decor Christmas tree!

Check out these great holiday items and more at:

* Items in this review were sent by the company for an independent review. This is not a paid product placement, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Louis Vuitton Multicolor Insolite Wallet Review

The Louis Vuitton Insolite wallet is a great large style wallet available from Louis Vuitton in monogram and multicolor prints. It also comes with a variety of interior options and is great to feel like you have a more "customized" wallet, rather than a plain colored one.

It opens up flat and holds 12 debit/credit or other cards - with two flat bill compartments, one interior coin area, and a large zippered area that is accessible without opening the rest of the wallet... Which is great for items you want quick access to!

So far, I'm really loving this wallet! It is easy to use and a great full-size wallet! The only cons I've found with the wallet so far is that is a lot more "exposed" than my previous Sarah style wallet, which felt more "private". The coin area on the Insolite also is not very user friendly and coins slide to one corner, which makes them hard to get to... a solution to that would be a separate coin change purse.

All in all, this wallet was a win for me and I'm enjoying it, and may even consider another one in the future!

* This is not a sponsored review. I am not affiliated with Louis Vuitton in any way, and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LUSH Giveaway!

I'm hosting a holiday giveaway series on my YouTube Channel, Bags4Bubbles - check out the giveaway that is going on now... for three great holiday products from LUSH Handmade Cosmetics!

There will be a series of holiday giveaways on my channel as a thank you for a great first year making videos on YouTube! Be sure to check them out! I am not affiliated with LUSH Handmade Cosmetics in any way, all products shown were purchased with my own money.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sephora VIB Sale Hauls!

Here is my collective haul from the Sephora VIB sale in November! It is the best time of year to stock up on the products you use most often and also a great time to try out new things as well - during this once yearly sale at Sephora.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sephora VIB Sale - 20% off

It's confirmed!

Sephora sale for VIBs starts November 8, 2012 through November 12, 2012 - use your email with barcode in your store for your 20% off or use code 'CELEBRATE' online during the VIB event.

There will also be a VIB in-store party on Thursday November 8, 2012 in the evening. Check your email for your invite!

Monday, November 5, 2012

What's in my purse makeup bag?

My purse makeup essentials!

- Sephora Mineral Makeup compact
- Too Faced Pink Leopard mini compact
- Too Faced Flat Kabuki Brush
- Dior Addict Gloss in Draped Lilac (Nordstrom LE)
- Too Faced Lipstick Lip of Luxury in Free Love
- Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Peek-a-Boo
- Tory Burch sunglasses fabric case
- Sephora hairband

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My 2012 Sephora Friends & Family Sale Wishlist!

Here are a few things that I have my eye on for the upcoming Sephora VIB/Friends & Family sale (what will this be called?) - and I'm hoping that it is announced soon before my list grows any longer!

Korres Radiance Revealed Wild Rose Brightening Duo:

At $48, this set is a steal! You basically buy the cream and get the wash for free. I've been enjoying my Wild Rose eye cream by Korres, so I'm looking forward to trying other items from the Wild Rose line!

Bobby Brown Creamy Concealer Kit:

I've been needing a replacement concealer for my now discontinued Sephora creamy concealer that I use under my eyes since I've almost run out - and this seems like it should do the trick!

Tarina Taratino Fuschia Brush set:

They're pretty! They're pink! They seem functional! Need I say anymore?

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Shimmering Plum:

I've been wanting a nice purple shade eyeliner for quite a bit, and this seems like it will be perfect!

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Antique Pink:

My favorite lipstick by Too Faced (Lip of Luxury in Free Love) has now been discontinued as well, so I'm on the hunt for a suitable new favorite. This may take some searching, but this Laura Mercier shade does look lovely.

Philosophy Full of Fortune Cookie Shower Gel:

My all time favorite Philosophy shower gel, which is limited edition and I'm just waiting for it be discontinued since I love it so much! I might have to get two just in anticipation of it no longer being available!

And that is the general gist of it! There always seems to be a few changes right before I submit my yearly sale order - but these are the things that I'm thinking about the most right now!

Friday, November 2, 2012

We take on IKEA!

Our shopping day at IKEA! We got some Christmas shopping done and got some cute finds!

Sephora VIB Friends & Family Sale - VIB 20% off!!

Well, with the confusion that was the Sephora October Friends & Family sale over... (Which was limited to "actual" friends and family this year, unlike previous years where it was a free for all and anyone could use a code...) VIBs are axiously checking their mail boxes and email inboxes for the rumored 20% off VIB sale (comparable to past public Sephora F&F sales that were held during this time of year) to begin...

It is rumored to start around November 8th for VIBs only and I'm not sure where that leaves regular Beauty Insiders this year, although as a VIB myself I do feel it would be nice to have our own reward or slightly higher percentage off like they have done in the past. (For instance VIBs 20%, regular BI 10-15%...)

I'll be sure to post here and on Facebook once the sale is officially announced, but fingers crossed that November 8th is the day - because I have a Sephora wishlist a mile long that is growing by the day!

Monday, October 29, 2012

My current obsession!

I mentioned in a recent YouTube video that I'm currently obsessed with Longchamp - I'm planning on it being my "go to" bag for inclement weather this winter... Right now, I'm thinking of the lovely Bilberry color!

I also am still obsessed with Tory Burch flats this year and I'm hoping to add to my Tory Burch shoe collection with another pair of Eddie flats:

And these gorgeous purple Revas:

I'm also still obsessed with Bond No. 9 frangrances (for a year and still going strong!) - I've decided that this will be the year! I'm finally breaking down and going for a Bond fragrance during Christmas time... I'm leaning towards Scent of Peace now.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Answers to your questions on You Tube!

You asked... I answered!

My answers to a few popular questions that I've gotten recently on my You Tube Channel, Bags4Bubbles...

Tips for buying Pre-owned, Authentic Designer Handbags & Accessories:

Top 5 Purse Styles and Designer Handbag Brands that are essential for any woman to own!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Pumpkin Patch Do-Over!

Since our first attempt at going to a pumpkin patch was a rain out, we had a pumpkin patch do-over day this weekend! It was lots of fun!

The girls got to see a lot of different activities, but I do believe the petting zoo was the favorite event!

It was a great day and we finally got to see some pumpkins in great Autumn weather!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Our rainy day at the pumpkin patch!

We attempted to check out a pumpkin patch this week... but unfortunately it was rained out. We were supposed to be meeting a mom's group there for a fun kids day and the day that was blocked out in our schedule happened to be the worst day weather wise to be outside! (Isn't that always the way?) I already had the kids loaded up in the car and ready to go - when the mom's group event was canceled... but I decided to still go over and check it out, to see if we should plan a family day there on a weekend when Daddy could go with us.

Here's our day in the life, of pumpkin patches (sort of), and running errands!

Cupcake got to pick out some cute small pumpkins for Peanut and herself!

At least I got a few fun indoor pictures of their matching Halloween outfits!

A 2 year old version of "Cheese!"...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set Review!

I've enjoyed this collector's set from Tarte so much, that I had to review it and share my favorite parts of this set!

All around, it is just an incredibly great value - 24 shadows and 8 deluxe sample size glosses would be well worth the $54 retail price... but with the additional deluxe sample size blush, full sized face brush, deluxe sample mascara, deluxe sample finishing powder, & great travel bag that is included... It makes me feel fortunate that I paid as little for the set as I did!

There are a number of stand out shadows in the palette...

- From the purple quad: Boston Brick, Spanish sangria, & Napa grapes - beautiful and unique purple tones that blend nicely together

- From the top right quad: Pearl River - a gorgeous base color that looks great all over the lid and up to the brow; Seychelles Sand - a matte gray with a hint of taupe that is great for layering

- From the top left quad: snowfall in Paris - lovely cream with a hint of gold shimmer that is great as a base or highlight; pyramid gold - subtle gold tone tan that looks lovely on the lid

- From the bottom left quad: Iceland Air, Mystic Seaport, & concrete jungle - combine for a stunning blue tone look

The shadows have above average staying power - especially when combined with my NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow primer - and I'm happy with the pigmentation in all of my favorite shadows. There are one or two shadows that I feel aren't as wearable or maybe don't have much pigmentation - but honestly, for 20 out of the 24 shadows to be winners is an overall win in my book!

And in my opinion, all of the glosses are great... not too sticky, great consistency, and moderate staying power. My favorites are the colors with a bit of shimmer to them - but all of the colors have been winners to me. I especially like them over the Dior Addict lipstick, Pink Cherie.

Also with this set, you get three deluxe sample sized products: Smooth Operator finishing powder; Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara; and Adventurous Blush (shimmering rose).

The Tarte face brush included is a full size and decent quality - I've especially liked using it to apply the  blush from the set. The Adventurer bag that the set is housed in is pretty good quality and is laid out well for travel. It has a large mirror on the inside so that you could put everything you need to do your makeup in the bag and finish it while on the go!

I think this set would make a great gift for anyone that loves makeup and is perfect if you're wanting to try out multiple items from the Tarte brand. My final verdict: It is worth the money and a great value for all of the items that are included in the set! This will be one of my favorite beauty items for Fall & Winter!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Updated Britax B-Ready Stroller review!

Here's our updated review and final review showing the Britax B-ready with the infant carseat on the bottom. We've now ordered the second toddler seat for the bottom, and will be installing it this week. So the next follow-up review I do on the B-ready will have the two toddler seats!

This shows updated wear & tear on the stroller, as well as how it has held up with over a year of use:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Girls' First Fire Alarm!

"*The floor! The floor! The floor is on fire...* no really, we need to come check your dance room to make sure the floor isn't on fire!"

So the girls got to experience their first (thankfully false) fire alarm the other day, however the end scenario was kind of funny... so I thought I would share!

I do Zumba classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the girls go to child care in the building while I'm at class as well. Monday seemed like a normal day, until 15 minutes before class was to be over - the building fire alarms started going off. The instructor went to turn off the music (because in Zumba we get LOUUUUUD) - and everyone started looking at each other to figure out what was going on, a few seconds later someone finally asked if we should go out in the hallway to figure out what was happening... and asking which exit door we should use.

At that point, my Mommy instincts kicked in and without turning around to respond to anyone I scooped up my things (conveniently placed next to the room door - I think I may subconsciously take this spot in the room for exactly this reason - I dunno??) and was the first person out of the classroom door running towards the stairs to get up to child care. I could hear the instructor behind me saying, "Well, I guess we're going that way." (LOL... also funny after the fact!)

I wasn't necessarily in a panic, but I was on high alert - because we didn't know what the situation was and whether it was a false alarm yet or if something was in fact going on in the building that we needed to evacuate from. I high-tailed it to child care, where a number of parents were also there getting their kids - and workers were trying to figure out how many arms they had available to carry children out whose parent hadn't gotten up there yet. I scooped up Cupcake, who I spotted right away and happened to be right near the half wall near the entrance to the child care room...

Then I realized that Peanut was still in one of the swings in the baby area! One of the workers behind the wall was going over to get her out right as I was coming into the room - and I pointed to Peanut as she pulled her out of the swing, letting the worker know she was mine & I would take Peanut as well to  free up her arms to gather up other children. All in all, it probably took less than 2 minutes to get up to the child care and get the girls out of the building... so I think that it went well as an alarm for preparedness.

I grabbed our stroller that was parked right outside of the child care - while holding both girls- and wobbly pushed everything & everyone outside, thankful for other kind gym members that were holding the exit doors open for people carrying children out.

We stood outside for a minute, I helped the girls get their jackets on and stowed them away in the stroller... after only a few minutes it was determined it was a false alarm and we could go back inside. After getting back into child care, I waited for a minute because I knew they would want to do a head count to make sure all of the kids were accounted for - and gauged the girls' reaction to the alarm... (The visual alarm system was still going off, but the noise part was silenced.) They both seemed fairly disinterested in the whole alarm thing and more preoccupied with getting back to playing with toys and/or getting back to their swing. So I re-signed them in and went back to class to finish up the end of class.

After being back in class for only a few minutes into the first song, maintenance arrived with a ladder and plunked it down in the middle of the room! (While we are still dancing.) He started fanning the fire alarm in the ceiling, and shook his head saying, "Yep." As he got down off of the ladder, he jokingly told the instructor to take it easy on us - because it was OUR ROOM that set the fire alarm off!

Apparently, a combination of the heat from the room and dust in the fire alarm vent had triggered the alarm and they had to get up there and clean it out during the class following ours. So I guess the Zumba ladies are so hot... we set the fire alarm off!

Hope you enjoyed our little anecdote from Monday... thanks to my hubby for telling me I should share - it is kind of a funny scenario for the girls' first fire alarm!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Playing a bit of catch up!

Well, things have been busy, busy, busy!! We've been swapping out cars, going to lessons, and getting things done around the house... all this has not left a lot of time for blogging unfortunately! I have continued to do videos for Stay at Home Mom September on my You Tube channel, beingmommywithstyle. I've also posted a few fun videos on Bags4Bubbles as well.

As a part of SAHM September, I have added additional videos on Finding Mommy Time & a Gymboree Clothing Haul!

On Bags4Bubbles, I've shared my new favorite item to collect... and a favorite makeup look.

I'm hoping things will get a bit more back to "normal" soon, as it seems like we've been so busy lately - I've hardly had time to even assess what we've been up to! I have been enjoying my additional Zumba classes at the gym and addtional activities for the girls.

In bag related news, I haven't had a wishlist for the longest time... and I think I finally have one forming! So as I think on it a bit more, I'll have to do an updated post, with what I *think* my wishlist for the future is going to be!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Independent Play Time - SAHM September

Independent play time is an important part of our schedule that we've worked on since the girls were around 6 months old. It starts in the play pen (or play yard) with a few toys and for a minimal amount of time - a great chance to clear out dishes from the sink or Swiffer the kitchen floor. Slowly the time amount builds and what started out as 10 or 15 minutes can grow to 30 minutes or even longer.

When they are younger, I found that I could be in an adjacent room where I could still see the play yard and my daughter would still play independently. This was important to me to not only let her gain the independence, but also get more comfortable with the idea myself. As she lengthened the time where she could play in the play yard, I could continue to add to chores that I could get done during the time that she was playing independently - and eventually it could even turn into a long enough period of time that you could get something essential done like take a shower.

For us, starting independent play time (IPT) early on really helped, because it eased the transition into the next phase of IPT once your child becomes a toddler... room time. Room time is a challenge all its own, as your child grows, they begin to explore their surroundings and want to expand their boundaries. Making sure their room is child proofed and a safe surrounding to have your toddler in for short periods of time independently is the foundation, once that is completed... you can begin your transition from IPT in the play yard, to independent play time in your child's room - or as we call it around our house, "room time".

Room time for us started early, before Cupcake's 2nd birthday actually... she was well adept at keeping herself entertained for up to a 45 minute period for IPT and was ready to drop her first nap. (When I had been taking my shower.) At this point, we decided to transition to toddler room time during her original first nap time and it has worked out great as far as time of day for us.

We started the transition over Christmas break while my husband was here to help with it. Once you begin the transition, it is like "starting all over again" - starting out with a short amount of time and slowly adding to it. We started out sitting in the room with her for the first week, then trialed room time for a short 5-10 minute period in the beginning - with one of us sitting outside of the door. That went well, so we slowly started adding to it and could move to other areas in the house on the second level. (Her baby monitor would be left on in the room of course, to hear the activity that was going on... and you could also use a video monitor during this time if you had one as well.)

Eventually, room time turned into the time on our schedule when Mommy was able to go take a shower, and also conveniently lines up with Peanut's morning nap time. (See my post on daily schedules for more about lining up a baby and toddler schedule together.

I'm very glad to have found out about the concept of independent play time and room time through our Babywise groups... these have worked out great for us and are an important part of our schedule each day. Do you do IPT or room time at your house?

Here's the link to the SAHM September video on Independent Play Time:

Friday, September 7, 2012

More SAHM September!

Stay at home mom September continues... with my thoughts on a weekly cleaning schedule and when to fit it in a day. What cleaning chores do you find yourself doing daily? And do you like to do certain cleaning chores on particular days of the week?

See the downloadable schedule HERE

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stay at Home Mom September!

I started a new video series on beingmommywithstyle called "Stay at Home Mom September" to address a number of SAHM issue videos that I had been thinking of doing for a while now! I'm excited for this new series, because I think it will be a great way to start dialogue on different SAHM issues and also help me develop on these topics as well.

Some ideas I'm planning on addressing in the series are SAHM cleaning routines, daytime schedules, independent play time, activities with babies & toddlers (at home or outside of the house), and more! Please let me know if you have any specific questions you'd like me to address during this September video series! I hope to have a new video posted every few days during the month of September, depending on what time allows me to film.

Here is the introduction video to the series, on SAHM daytime schedules around the house:

I've found that schedules really help us to stay focused and happy throughout the day. Both the kids and myself know what is coming up next in the schedule and it keeps our day moving.

Our sample schedule is posted here in Google Documents and you're welcome to peruse it, just please note back its origin to Mom's Got a Brand New Bag or beingmommywithstyle if you use it elsewhere... Thanks!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Giveaway Earrings from The Fashion Minx!!

Last week was a fabulous week, not only was I awarded custom thumbnails on my Bags4Bubbles You Tube Channel (and have now also received them on beingmommywithstyle!) - but I won a blog giveaway on The Fashion Minx!!

Julie, aka The Fashion Minx, is a native New Yorker that has a passion for fashion and shares it with her readers on The Fashion Minx. She shops in a variety of places to show that fashion doesn't have to mean pricey. By mixing high end and low end items, she has a unique fashion sense that is fun to follow on The Fashion Minx!

In August, The Fashion Minx hosted a blog giveaway of an adorable pair of rose gold colored earrings from the Bauble Bar - which I was fortunate enough to have won!!

They are super cute and I love how dainty and girly they are:

I've also found this adorable rose gold tone bracelet on The Bauble Bar that I believe I will need to add to my jewelry collection in the near future to go with my adorable new earrings...

Rose Glam Bead Bracelet,, $32

Thanks so much to The Fashion Minx for this awesome giveaway! Learn more about The Fashion Minx HERE and be sure to follow her great take on fashion at:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Coat Closet Reorganization

I quickly realized while looking in my coat closet the other day, that something was going to have to be done to make getting out the door now that we would have four people needing space in the coat closet, and all of the winter items that go along with that!

My before didn't really have much organization, some gloves and scarves were tossed into a basket - many of which were not the correct size or were not items we use the most often. I had hats stowed away in the girls' closets upstairs... which is not a convenient place when I'm trying to get out the door and have to run back upstairs for a hat to match their outfit. And we also had a number of just miscellaneous items stowed away in the closet, since it is our main area of extra storage on the first level of the house.

So I took to the closet, of making the winter items more accessible, and also shaping up the functionality of the closet.

Here's my before and after:

I really like the way it turned out! Each member of the family has their own separate bin, which helps to quickly find the size you need to find - and also I like that there is a place for boot storage on the bottom. I was finally able to fit our upright Dyson vacuum cleaner into a spot in one of our closets... and all of the cleaning supplies fits more neatly as well.

Now, baby, toddler, and adult hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves can be found in a matter of seconds - and I'm hoping it will help things go back into their spot when we are done using them as well!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Zoya Nail Polish - Buy One, Get One!!

It is Zoya BOGO time again! They are featuring a Back to School special where you can receive up to three nail polishes FREE and get FREE shipping too!!

Buy Two, Get Two Free -> $16
Buy Three, Get Three Free -> $24

So it is basically $4 per bottle of polish! Such a great deal!

You know I heart my Zoya!!

Stock up now at Check out all of their details on the promotion at their BLOG here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Chicago Shopping Vlog & Haul!

We had a great time shopping Michigan Avenue in Chicago! I did just a brief mini vlog of the day... not much time for filming between the shopping and keeping up with babies! I did get a few cute shots though, Bella was especially excited about the horses and the stickers...

Mini Vlog:

Shopping Haul!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our week of adventures!

This is a fairly week for us, going from one adventure to the next! This past Sunday, we visited Thomas the Tank Engine at the Illinois Railway Musuem in Union, Illinois! It was a great time, and Cupcake thought it was the coolest. (Peanut was pretty fond of the train ride as well!) The girls took their first train right, and it was a fun day.

We also did a quick vlog during the day to recap our visit:

Tomorrow we are headed into Chicago, our first shopping adventure in the city! We've been to the museums downtown, but this will be our first time hitting Michigan Avenue while we meet some friends that are visiting from Michigan. (The state!)

Wish us luck, I feel like at least for parking... I will need it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Writing break, upcoming fun, & more!

Well, as you may have noticed... I've taken a bit of a writing break in August. I needed a bit of refocusing time, to refresh, and figure out how to redirect the blog for the rest of the year. I like to keep the blog a fine balance of personal and product oriented, but at times it seems to swing more one way than the other... At that point, I like to refocus and assess whether my balance is fine as it is, or whether I need to adjust my writing on the blog to include additional elements that I would like to be here!

I haven't blogged about family or the girls in quite some time, so coming up in September I would like to bring some more blogs about what has been going on with us around the house. Not that anything too exciting is happening... but I do like to look back on my blogs to see what the girls were up to from time to time as well.

Also, I do have some exciting projects coming up that I've been working on for the blog and You Tube - there will be a giveaway at the end of August, I started a series on my Bags4Bubbles You Tube channel today of handbag wear & tear/maintenance videos that have been highly requested as of late, and I also just completed a "day in the life" video that should be posted on beingmommywithstyle by the end of the week! I will be sharing those on the blog in the next week, and the giveaway will be live by the end of August!

So we've been keeping busy! Looking forward to sharing more of what we've been busy doing with you!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pre-Fall Fav Look #3!

I've dubbed this one the "Dior look"....

Makeup products used:
- Bare Escentuals Foundation & Mineral Veil
- Bare Escentuals Foundation & Full Face Brushes
- Dior Awakening Blush
- Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzer
- Too Faced Candlelight highlighter
- Dior Golden Savannah eyeshadow palette
- Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow
- Dior Wild lipstick
- Dior Addict Gloss #157
- Diorshow Mascara
- Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara
- Ulta Charcoal eyeliner

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Favorite Pre-Fall Makeup Looks #1 & #2

Two of my favorite looks for the early months of Fall 2012!

Look #1 includes items from MAC Cosmetics, Dior, & Too Faced:

Full product list:
- Prime Time Primer
- Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 110
- Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil to set
- NARS Mata Hari blush
- Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzer
- MAC eyeshadows: Vanilla, Naked Lunch, Era, & Satin Taupe
- Dior Extreme Addict Lipstick in Bow Cherie
- Dior Addict Gloss in 157
- Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara

Look #2 includes items from Urban Decay, MAC Cosmetics, & Chanel:

Full product list:
- Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer
- Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in Beige Rose 22
- Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
- MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium
- Bare Escentuals Full Face Brush
- Too Faced 'Who's your Poppy?' blush
- Sonia Kashuk blush brush
- Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzer
- Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair blush brush
- Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter
- Sephora fan brush
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette: Bootycall, Suspect, Tease, & Snakebite
- Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow brush
- Urban Decay lid primer
- MAC Cosmetics lipstick in Patissiere
- MAC Cosmetics lip glass in Evolution Revolution