Hot Spots

31 October 2011

It feels like it's been ages since I last wore this skirt, so what better way to bring it back than pairing it with a cozy button up and this fabulous print bag.

And it would also seem that it's Halloween, I may or may not be rocking some spots this evening while trick or tricking with the kids...stay tuned. Xo

 skirt diy/banana republic, shirt old navy, bag c/o baciami, sunnies rayban, bangle jewelmint
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5 Things To Love From Agar Fashion

30 October 2011

"5 Things To Love" posts have become one of my favorites here on TFD, and there's so many reasons why, aside from discovering new sites to find pieces that you guys (hopefully) love, it gives brand new companies a chance to shine, and Agar Fashion is no exception. 

The 'newbie' on the store front has so much to offer whether you're looking for some edgier pieces for fall or something vintage to add to your closet, they have it, that and a few pairs of shoes. And though Agar's pricing ranges, it's safe to say that the majority of the pieces are budget friendly. Stay tuned for later in the week Agar Fashion is giving one lucky reader a few pieces from their site!

Here Are My 5 Favorite From Agar Fashion
(under $60)
 Gimo Top, $35
Aspire, $54
(I actually just got this, and the 'dress form' doesn't do it a bit of justice, it's a gorgeous 'cape' fit and is perfect paired with skinnies and booties, stay tuned to see how I wore it)

What are your favorite pieces?
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Butter Pecan Turtle Bars

It's starting to lean toward the holiday season which means it's time to start baking rich, indulgent, guilt inducing treats. Right? So when I found out that "Turtle Bars" and Pecan Pie were one of the easiest recipes out there, I could not resist. I mean who can resist, carmel, chocolate and pecans all rolled into one buttery crust? I didn't think so, and that's why they lasted about 48 hours in our house...

Butter Pecan Turtle Bars
Crust -
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
1 1/2 Cups Pecan Halves
"Filling"-
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
2/3 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips
1. Combine flour, 3/4 C Brown Sugar and 1/2 Cup butter, mix until crumbly. 
2. Pat mixture firmly onto bottom of un-greased 9x13 baking pan.
3. Sprinkle pecan halves over unbaked crust. Set aside
4. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins boil. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. 
5.Drizzle hot caramel mixture over pecans and crust. Bake at 350˚ for 18-20 minutes or until caramel layer is bubbly and crust is light brown.
6. Remove from oven, immediately sprinkling chocolate chips over pecan caramel mixture. 
Let cool before cutting into squares and enjoying.
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10 Last Minute, Quick and Easy Halloween Costume Ideas From Your Closet

29 October 2011

It's the weekend before Halloween, which means the parties have begun but you haven't had time to put a costume together between your busy work week and everything else, don't fret, just go to your closet and I guarantee you'll find tonight's costume!

Here's 10 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas From My Closet
1. Holly Golightly 
Get your LBD, Pearls and Sock Bun for this classic number...
2. Carrie Bradshaw
Our other favorite fashionista, get your tutu and your fiercest shoes...Don't forget your mole!
3. Studio 54 Diva
Break out the sequins and heavy eye makeup for a blast from the past, you're bound to get noticed with all that shimmer!
 4. Undercover/Spy
We all have a trench coat, and this is the perfect undercover gear, don't forget the oversized sunglasses for effect.
5. Zookeeper
LOL! Enough Said...
 6. Minnie Mouse
Have a polka dot dress? This one's for you, give yourself some bun 'pigtails', whiskers and red lips and voila! you're Mickey's Special Friend.
 7. Risky Business
 Well this one is from your Boyfriend or Hubby's Closet - Oversized Button Up and White Tube Socks, Add the wayfarers and broom for the full touch!
 8. Parisian
We all have stripes, so it's the easiest in the book!
 9. Mad Men Character
Slip into something vintage, throw up a beehive and have a little Mad Men fun...
10. Hippie
Let's be real being a hippie isn't really dressing up that much given our current trends, but it makes it a heck of a lot easier. Flares + Fringe + Headscarf = Easy Halloween Costume.


Be Creative and Have Fun :D

Last Year's Costumes (DIY)  & Ideas (DIY)
...Now I just need to make 4 costumes for Halloween, Wish me luck
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StriVectin Review and Giveaway

28 October 2011

I've been using StriVectin products since July now, and it's been an eye opening experience that has made it's way into my daily routine, even taking the place of my moisturizer. 
StriVectin's SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles has become my favorite cream, at first when I received it I intended to use it for some of the stretch marks I acquired during my last pregnancy but when I started using it I began substituting it for my moisturizer and I haven't gone back since. Within the first couple of weeks I noticed a lot of the fine lines that I'd acquired in my early 20's were starting to diminish and later noticed that a lot of the redness on my face was disappearing more and more by the day.

As far as the stretch marks go they're barely visible and still have about 2 oz of cream left. The cream itself runs for about $135 (varying with retailers) for 5 oz, which is about on target with other wrinkle creams like ROC and Olay that are $30 for 1oz. I also tried the SD Eye Concentrate ($59 1oz) but after a week or so I started getting a little irritation under my eyes, which is normal for me because I have extremely sensitive skin, but it's funny how I wasn't even effected by the other cream. So far it's been 4 months, and I've been sold on StriVectin and have no plans on switching back...

And since I'm all about sharing I'm giving away one of my gifted Holiday Blockbuster Kits ($218 Value) to one lucky reader. The Holiday Kit includes 6 products and a fabulous cosmetic bag, contents include SD Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkle - 60 mL, Eye Cream - 7mL, New Replenishing Cleanser - 30mL, Sensitive Skin Intensive Concentrate fro Stretch Marks and Wrinkles - 22mL, NEW Tightening Neck Cream - 30 mL, NEW Tightening Face Serum - 7mL

Here's How To Enter (1 Entry Per Person)

1. Follow TFD Via GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment telling us where you're following!

That's it, GoodLuck! All Must be done By November 4th at 11am EST.


*disclosure I was given products for the purpose of this review and as always my opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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Scarfed

It's Friday and what better way to celebrate the upcoming weekend than with a ruffled scarf, maxi dress and a sock bun (tutorial here)? Perfect for the Farmer's Market, which I've been frequenting lately ;).
 Fraas Wrap c/o Lipton Publicity, Maxi Dress Target, Vest Old Navy, Necklace Vintage
Happy Weekend! Xo

Don't forget it's Fashion Friday At Blonde Episodes - Link UP :D
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Megan Makes: Sparkled Button Up DIY

27 October 2011

Lately it's been a glitterevolution in the blogger world, where we're DIYing all things glitter infused and what better way to make something old shine than with a touch of glitter, or in my case, a handful or two. It's a great update for well under $10, $4 for the glue and $1 for the glitter!

It's got me thinking I might need to add my midas touch to all my button downs, particularly my new finds from old navy, here and here

Here's What You Need...
Here's How To Make It
 Mix 2 Parts Glitter with 1 Part Glue in a bowl
Next with a ruler trace a line with a pencil where you'd like your glitter to be, measure and do the same for the other side, so it's even.
 Put paper or cardboard between the shirt, depending on how 'heavy' the shirt is so the glue doesn't seep through. 
 Paint on the glitter glue in thick coats to save from having to go back over and over, adding more glitter to the glue can help from doing tons of coats.
 Let dry....before adding another coat.
While waiting for it to dry, start another glitter project, boots maybe?
Apply another coat 
and let dry...
 Voila!
Have fun! See what I mean about adding it to my new tops - 

I'm linking up with Kimberly at A Little Bit Of This for Old To New in October!
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