Thursday, October 31, 2013

Show Your Team Spirit with Jamberry Nails!

Hello friends! How about them Niners!? Their lookin' good right. :)
If you know me, or have been following my blog a while, you know I am a 49ers fan.
Each year I try to do at least one fun 49ers themed mani, (As well as a eye look) to show my team spirit.
This year I was pleased to have the help of Jamberry Nail Shields to create my team spirit mani!
Seriously, how CUTE are these football nail wraps? They look amazing, and totally make my mani complete. What's great about these clear nail wraps is they can go over any other color Jamberry nail wraps, or if you are careful you can add them over your nail polish also. Or you can keep them clear like I did, and do your favorite team colors on the rest of your nails!
This was only my 2nd time ever using Jamberry Nail Wraps. I love that they are super easy to use, long lasting and give a perfect looking mani! I received my Jamberry nail wraps c/o Jamberry Nail Independent Consultant, Emily Pearson! You can connect with her on her blogfacebook group, and pinterest!
If you are new to Jamberry Nails... Here is a little info:

Jamberry Nails is salon quality nail decor that can be easily applied in just 15 minutes at home. These designer nail wraps are made to last up to 2-3 weeks on fingers and 6-8 weeks on toes. Unlike traditional nail polish, they wont chip and require no drying time. It's so easy to achieve a professional salon look at a fraction of the cost! They are made in the USA from non-toxic, non-allergenic materials. They are gluten, latex, and formaldehyde free, Nail shields can be worn on short or long nails.

There are over 300 nail designs to choose from such as, black and white, numerous designs, bridal, neutrals, tribal, floral, sparkly or solid colors, and many more. A sheet of Jamberry Nails shields is ONLY $15.00 and can do between 2-4 sets of fingers or toes!
You will say goodbye to nail polish and hello to today's hottest trends!

Much Love & Hugs,
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Beauty Favorites Giveaway!

Hey friends! Hope youre doing well!
Today I am sharing a great giveaway I am a part of!
It ends very soon, so dont delay on entering.

Each photo shows the blogger, and their favorite item!
Each of these favorite items will be sent to ONE lucky lady, who wins this giveaway!
Violet from Blythe Ponytail Parades | Elise from Sunday Charm



Colleen from Paisley Blvd. | Dani from Love Me, Dani Marie

Karissa from Karissa & Company | Joyce from Joyful Outfits

Heather from Glitter & Gloss | Amy from Sweet Home Santa Barbara

Tori from Eye Candy | Karly from Good Enough to Read

Maria from Agape Love Designs | Allison from Modern Memo

Open to US only. Sorry!

Much Love & Hugs,
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101 Dalmatian's Villain: Cruella De Vil Inspired Makeup

Hello and happy Makeup Monday to you!
Makeup Monday is a fun linky party dedicated to all things beauty. ♥

As you all know I host this linky part with Andrea, and we decided to also team up for a fun collab! Each Monday we will share a new Disney Villain Inspired Makeup Look! And we invite YOU to also join in on the fun. At the end of this post (before the linky) you will find the schedule, we would LOVE to see your Disney Villain inspired looks!!

This week is Cruella De Vil, the Villain from 101 Dalmatians! I had SO much fun with this look. Even though the color scheme is simple, black/white/red... I was still able to get creative! I used MBA's Foiling Serum mixed with their eye shadow to create "dalmatian" spots!  I had this idea in mind for a long time, and wasnt quote sure how it would turn out, but I am thrilled with how it came out. ♥ Let me know what you think, here is my look inspired by Cruella De Vil:

Here is a video of this look:

For this look I used My Beauty Addiction Mineral Eye Shadows in:
Matte Black
Red Hot

To create the spots and red liner I used MBA's Foiling Serum.

On my lips: 
My Beauty Addiction's Color Rich Lipstick in 'Red Hot' and 'Miss Monroe', 
over that I added their cosmetic glitter in 'Scorn'
You can see video of my lips (here).

All of the shadows were used with Shadow Poxy, and can be found at My Beauty Addiction:

 Here is the Disney Villains Schedule if you would like to participate:

Now its your turn to share YOUR beauty posts!!
Please be kind and visit/comment one or two (or more) other links. 
This link up is for makeup/beauty related posts only!
This includes but not limited to beauty reviews, how-to's, hauls, giveaways, mani's, and look inspirations.
If you do not have a blog, but showcase beauty elsewhere like instagram or flicker,
you are still welcome to link up as well, please just link to a specific photo, though, not your whole account! :) 

Also, be sure to Subscribe to the Makeup Monday newsletter if you want to stay up to date about the link up, features, challenges and giveaways! 
RULES:  1. Link to a specific Blog Post, not your entire blog 
If you do not have a blog, feel free to link to an instagram or flicker photo! 
2. Please grab a button to add to your blog/blog post or link back to Makeup Monday 
3.* Follow your hosts Agape Love Designs & Wink for Pink    
4.* Tweet about this linky using hashtag #MakeupMonday and Tag @mariagridley
*Not Mandatory but appreciated

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Some Personal Confessions...

 Hello, hello, and happy Friday sweet friends!
Welcome back to this bi-weekly series I'm doing with Michelle of Let it Shine.
This series is called "I Confess" and we will be doing just that, fessing up!
And the awesome thing about this series, is it is a linky party too!
So YOU can join in on the fun, so go ahead... Get stuff off your chest...Fess up.

I confess... This photo has nothing to do with this post. But I think all posts need at least one picture. So here it is. These grapes were monstrously huge!

I confess... I am writing this on Thursday morning, and I am a little distracted. I leave tomorrow (today for those of you reading this Friday morning) to Women of Faith... And I honestly cannot wait for this getaway! It will be a fun road trip with my sister! A slumber party in a sweet hotel suite along with my bloggy bestie, and a couple other gals. Some great worship, and hopefully a lot of learning, growing closer to God. I am truly excited, and like I said... A little distracted from all I am trying to get done here on my blog to keep it running while I am away.

I confess... I have been very emotional lately. I tend to over think, over stress and get overwhelmed easily. I'm working on it. And its been hard. I am hoping this WOF getaway to relax and refocus, will be a big help.

I confess... I recently started taking plexus slim to help give my weight loss a boost! I know I may get some flack for that.... I normally wouldn't want to take or use any kind of weight loss supplements. But I have come so far on my own, Im currently working my butt off harder and harder and am frustrated by this weight loss plateau I'm still at. After talking with a bloggy friend who has used and now sells Plexus, I decided to give it a try. I will be updating you after a month of use, and let you know how it goes. I will also continue my regular workout routine and such. I have not given up the hard work of my weight loss. :) I'm just trying this to hopefully give myself a boost!

Speaking of my weight loss... Here is something else I have not talked about yet...

I confess... I am seriously considering cosmetic surgery... A sort of "mommy makeover" if you will.
I know... Some of you may think I am crazy or ridiculous. I have been nervous to mention this on the blog at all. Not that I even have to mention it at all if I DO get surgery.... BUT I like to be honest and open about my weight loss journey with you. So I hope I am not judged too harshly (or at all). Thing is, as I said already, I have worked so hard to get to where I am in my weight loss. I am STILL working hard, and I dont plan on changing that. It really is a lifestyle change. I love my gym time. I love being active, and I plan to stay active. HOWEVER... I know there is only so much I can do in the gym to re-shape and re-form my body. But because of how heavy I was, I will always have some sagging skin in various places. Plus, lets get real... I'm a mom of 3! I breast fed, and though working out has perked "the girls" up... They are not what they once were. One of the first things I said about this weight loss was that I wanted to look good naked. And feel confident naked. Not just for me, but for my husband as well. (Not that he is complaining, he says he loves my body.) So ANYWAYS... A lift and tuck is something I am looking into. I dont know if I will actually go through with it or not. Its just something I am considering.

Alright... I think I will leave it at that. Those are my confessions this week, what are yours?
Ok friends, your turn...Link up YOUR confessions!
There are no rules for this linky, except that the post you link up be a confessions post!
ALSO it would be fabulous if you could link back to one of us!
If you want, you can save the Confession photo above to use in your post if you want, only if you want. ;)

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pretty Things #39

Pretty things Im lovin' this week.
#love #prettythings #coffee #fashion #Halloween #jewelry #buyme #getinmycloset #getfit #want

Body is a Temple Tank / / Coffee & Jesus Necklace / / Friends Pivot Mug

Red Bow Clutch / /  Chevron Ruffled Scarf / / Run Now Wine Later Tank

Silver & Black Hoop Earrings / / Halloween Nail Decals / / Leopard Print Bow Bag

Heart Shaped Puzzle Necklace(s) / / Petite Lip Paints Collection / / Follow Your Heart Tote          

What Pretty things are you loving this week?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Get 10% off your J.Renee Order And Fight Breast Cancer At The Same Time!

Hello sweet friends, I just wanted to pop in again today to tell you about a lovely site, with a discount for you and wonderful promotion to help breast cancer research....
Do you love shoes and hate breast cancer? Let me introduce you to J.Reneé Shoes! From exotic prints and leathers to bold color and detail, J.Reneé provides footwear for confident and sophisticated women who dress to impress from head to toe. For two more weeks, each J.Reneé shoe purchase will help bring millions of men and women one step closer to the cure by donating 10% of October proceeds to breast cancer research! How wonderful is that!?

Not only that, but J.Reneé has provided a 10% discount for Agape Love readers as well. ♥ So if you would like to treat yourself to some new shoes while also donating to a great cause, please use code "JRENEEBCA" for 10% off your order, through the month of October. ♥

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Currently... Fall Fancy.


 loving // This scarf! How gorgeous is it!? Nikki makes the most beautiful scarves.

 reading // Made to Craveits a bible study with a different look on weight loss. Learning that we were made to crave, GOD - Not food. Its a great book and study!

watching // The Walking Dead is back on!! Anyone else watching?

anticipating  //Women of Faith!! Friday my sister, Mona, and I will be heading to Sacramento for Women of Faith! ANNNND we will be meeting up with my bloggy bestie Andee! I am so super excited for this trip.

listening to //Wake Me up, by Avicii. We learned a new dance to this song in Zumba, recently. I love the dance, and even more, I love the song! Not sure what it is about it, I just really like it. Ive been listening to it on repeat when I am working out. 

eating //Ive been trying my best to eat a lot of fruits and veggies lately! I am slowly working my way to one of my 30 by 30 goals of only eating fresh or raw foods. Right now I am loving peas and grapes!

working on // My Youtube Channel! Ive got the header done, and I need to figure some things out... But soon, I will have a beauty channel, and I am so excited. ♥ Head on over and subscribe to me. ♥

wishing // For more peace and quiet time.

Feeling // Very fancy in this beautiful fall outfit! I am also feeling generous... So here is a Sponsor discount code, just because!

Whats up with you currently?

What I'm wearing:
Top: Maurices
Blazer: Maurices
Jeans: Old Navy
Heels: Forever21
Bracelet: Maurices

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Classy, Chic, Comfortable, Versatile, and Effortless....

What Im Wearing:
Dress c/o: Shabby Apple
Belt: Maurices
Necklace: Maurices
Shoes: Payless

There is something I am LOVING about black and white lately. Ive been wearing a lot of that "color" combo lately. I recently received this dress c/o Shabby Apple (For more Vintage Clothing, connect with them via Facebook & Instagram!) and I LOVE how easy it is to style, plus how gorgeous are the ruffles? I admit I have a thing for ruffles. ♥ I love that you can keep it monochromatic and its not overkill. Or if I wanted I can add a pop of color somewhere, with some statement jewelry or bright shoes and it would still look super classy and chic. 

I am a huge fan of clothing items that versatile and dont take much effort to style. I am a BUSY momma (what mom isn't, right?), and though I love to take my time to get ready.... Sometimes that is just not possible. Still, that doesn't mean I want to LOOK a mess! So, any items to help me look put together with little effort gets an A+ in my book. Bonus points for being comfy... And this dress is. ♥ I'm loving to soft tee material of the top, and the knee length of this dress as well. Classy, Chic, Comfortable, Versatile, and Effortless.... Check, Check, Check, Check and Check! ♥ 

(Loved this dress so much, I already wore it twice this month! Styled differently. See... Versatile!)

This is me and my daughter, Kiah, I loved that our outfits happened to match.
2nd Outfit // What Im Wearing:
Dress c/o: Shabby Apple
Belt: Maurices
Shoes: Maurices
Necklace: Maurices

Much Love & Hugs,
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