Be back soon, my loves. I hate to leave my blog hanging but…life, ya know? I am currently processing through some hiccups and between that and being just a tad bit overworked, some things have to be put on the back burner.

Posts will resume in a few days.


Best Buy Gift Giving Made Easier – Techies Unite!

Best Buy gifts

This sponsored post is brought to you by Best Buy.

As you fine people know, I am about all things tech. I’ve been this way since I got my first Palm Pilot when I was 10 years old. The obsession didn’t end and I also married a man who loves tech, too. Between the both of us, we always feel like we have to have the latest and greatest in the tech world. Within reason, of course. Techie parents raising a techie kid means that Elle is more familiar with using a iPad to call a relative than she is with using a standard phone. I’m not sure if I should be proud or disturbed. Ha! 

With baby girl’s birthday coming up, mama’s business going to different levels and the holidays rolling around, I’ve got my eye on techie gadgets now more than ever. Somehow, I managed to move about 3 minutes away from a Best Buy so when I’m not caught casually staring at techie things, you can find me on adding items to my Wish List. Oh, you didn’t know their site had a Wish List Maker? Where have you been, babe?

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Back To School Finds For Those Not Going Back To School – Thanks

‘Tis the back to school season, y’all! I’m trying to navigate my way around this time of year because although Elle isn’t quite yet 3, in a few years, I’ll be joining the rush of parents who are tackling e-sites and stores to get the best deals. I was totally oblivious to all of this before I was a parent, but now it’s like a secret club that I’ve been drug into. I’m not doing much shopping for Elle, but I do like to keep an eye out on spectacular deals for my younger relatives and friends with littles. I like being a part of a village and help where I can. I’ve partnered up with to share with you some of the pretty sweet offerings that Sears has around this time.

I’ve talked about before and while they’ve got thousands of coupons for many retailers, Sears is really giving the love because right now they have over 30 coupons available AND 8% cashback.

Sears Coupons

What does this mean?

Not only are you able to rack in on the savings from purchases, but you will also get an additional 8% off! Nice, right?

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Stylish Fits for the Pregnant Chicks – Thanks Sears!

I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. With Elle, I didn’t need to buy any maternity clothes. I gained very little weight and had such a small bump. This time around, I had to invest in maternity clothes at about 5 months. Crazy, right? I’ve had to attend a wedding, funeral, speaking engagement and conference all while rockin’ a bump so maternity style has been such a big deal for me these days. Luckily Sears has me covered in that department! Not only do they have fantastic deals for little kids and big kids who are headed back to school, but they’ve also got stellar deals for us maternity chicks who may be heading back to school – be it college or the boardroom. There’s a little something for all of us and I’ve found several pieces that I’m thinking fellow waddling women will love. 

Sleeve Open Shrug

Shrugs rock whether you’re pregnant or not because they are incredibly practical. Perfect for the season, I love layering these on early in the morning while dropping Elle of to school and they are ideal in my super cold office. Comfy and accommodating to the bump, a good shrug is a staple for a pregnant gal.

Printed and Pretty

Just because we’re pregnant doesn’t mean we can’t be fly. So many dresses and shirts come in stripes and I always love seeing different prints and designs. This dress would be perfect either on the go and I’d love to pair it with a nice blazer to wear into work. You can also dress it down with a pair of strappy sandals. 

Basic and Beautiful

Sometimes you need to keep it simple and there isn’t anything more simple than a basic tee that you can style up. I love wearing it with a blazer, cardigan or solo on days that are sweltering. They’re comfortable and stretchy for a growing bump and I am such a fan of accessorizing simple shirts like these.

Multi Purpose Style

I haaaate frumpy maternity wear so I always try to pick items that I’d likely want to wear if I didn’t have a bump. A flowing tunic is so up my alley and I can’t get enough of this one. Nicely fitted for a bump, I can see myself rocking this shirt even while NOT pregnant. Yeah girl, I’m not ashamed.


While maybe a bit too fancy for any back to school events, this formal dress is perfect for a wedding, gala or party. I’ve had to attend a wedding while pregnant and I so wish I would have seen this. The material highlights the bump beautifully but it still comfortable enough for pregnant mamas to get their boogie down on the dance floor.

What say you? Are you a fan of maternity wear? 

Matching Heels to Your Outfit

High heels

Please enjoy this post from a Clumps of Mascara Contributor who has a passion for shoes!

It’s pretty fair to say that no outfit is perfect unless you get the shoes right. Whether you’re going to work, have a date or you’re just spending the day shopping, you need to match your shoes to your outfit and this will always include choosing the right heel height. How do you match your heel to your outfit? Take a look at these tips.

How to know which height is best

You will naturally feel more comfortable with a certain heel height, depending on whether you have a high or a low arch and it’s best to go with this height wherever possible. However, some outfits demand a different heel height. If you are wearing pants then your main consideration is making sure your heels are high enough to keep the pant legs off the floor. Other than that you can go as high or low as you like. However, when wearing a short skirt or shorts it is better to choose a lower heel. Strappy sandals go with just about everything, pair platforms or mules with trousers or throw on a pair of wedges with your dress for an effortless summer look.

What to do when you can’t try them on

Choosing the right pair is much more difficult when you buy shoes online, retailers like Tesco have hundreds of options and you can’t try them on with your outfit first. Take into consideration the length of your skirt/dress/trousers and the style of your outfit. If you get really stuck with choosing the right height then the classic 3-inch heel is the best way to go.

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Thing I’ve Been Loving – August 2015 Edition

Technically this is a July 2015 edition since August is still brand spanking new but roll with me on this one, okay? I feel like I am really becoming more of a lifestyle blogger because as much as I love all things beauty, it’s non-beauty things that are peaking my interest these days. Am I outgrowing beauty stuff, y’all? Naw, never that. I still geek out over makeup and lovingly pet the nail polishes in my collection. But come on – there’s so much more to life and I am HEREEEE for it. 

Most of these pictures are coming from my Instagram stream so if you follow me there, sorry for the reposting of things you’ve already seen. You still love me though, right? 

First up…



I love food. I’m grateful that I can actually eat it. The first 4 months of pregnancy means I pretty much die and don’t eat. In fact, smelling food makes me sick. Now that I’m over that hump, GIVE ME EVERYTHING. In moderation, of course. I’ve been fighting most cravings but then I give into quite a bit, too. I try to even it out by consuming my fair share of veggies and getting a good 90 oz of water down each day. It makes up for my forgetting to take my prenatal pills almost every day. Or so I hope. I’m also into food styling which is so random because who cares? Just eat! But noooo, when I go out or I’m preparing something, I’m thinking about the area and lighting and all kinds of effects. I could be a food blogger! Just kidding.

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What blush are you loving these days?

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Today we’re talking about brows! But before that, check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

we heart this – what do you call a skincare product that normalizes oily skin, balances combination skin and moisturizes dry skin? We’d call it magical.

Beautygeeks – Still on the fence about the newest Rebecca Minkoff-for-Essie nail shades? Here’s your complete ManiGeek guide to the Essie Fall 2015 collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get the scoop on the best summer body washes we’ve been using in the Beauty Junkies’ household this season. (Warning: yummy fragrances ahead!)

Clumps of Mascara – We take skincare seriously here in Florida. Right now we’re loving these all-natural skincare items that are perfect for those dog days of summer.

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa – Love on a Plate

Delicious pineapple salsa

I’ve been trying to be a good pregnant woman and eat healthily. Not gonna lie. It’s not easy. The cravings are out of control  and many times, I don’t even try to control them. I just give in. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and it’ll likely never go away but what I’m trying to do is get my sweets in via fruits and veggies. These are far better picks than the crème brûlée I could eat daily, right? Also, we’re trying to provide more diverse food options in Elle’s diet. For once in her picky toddler life, she is actually open to at least TASTING some new things. So we’re running with this one. Which is why this pineapple salsa is such a fabulous idea.

Pineapple salsa dish

Full of color, nutrients and texture, enjoying this is easy because you can put it on anything. A chip? A cracker? As a side dish? In a salad? It works for so many scenarios and it’s addition makes the entire plate or bowl just that much more appetizing.

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