Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jamberry Nails + Giveaway!

Typically I'm not huge on doing my nails--especially not on my hands.  I'm a guitar player, and any guitar player knows that manicures + guitars + the callouses and finger-destroying characteristics that comes with it don't mix well.  I never want to paint my nails because I feel like they'll get ruined stat.

When Allison Parkey from Jamberry Nails contacted me to try some nail wraps, I told her that I never do my nails for those reasons.  BUT, if she thought I'd love them after trying, I was willing to give them a shot.  Besides, Easter was coming up, along with my brother's wedding, and I figured it'd be good to have some pretty nails for those events!

Allison sent me a few different designs to try, and while there are 300+ designs available (!!!) I was looking for some that I could wear to my brother's wedding.  

Once I got the hang of it, applying the wraps was REALLY easy.  It probably took me less than 30 seconds to apply each wrap, which is waaaaaay faster than painting nails!  There are written instructions and a helpful video on the site, but here's a quick breakdown of how it works:
One sheet includes 18 nail wraps, which should be enough for 2-3 applications.  And they last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 4 weeks on toes!

Benson asked me if I would use Jamberry Nails over painting my nails, and I said ABSOLUTELY!  Like I said, it only took me less than a minute to do each nail, and they last for a long time!  Plus I can get cool designs, which would take way way way longer to do if I painted my nails.  

I've already decided that these would make a great gift for some friends too!  

This week Allison's giving you a chance to win FOUR Jamberry nail wrap sheets of your own!  Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below.

Or if you don't want to wait, visit Allison's Jamberry Nails site and get some nail wraps pronto!

This post was sponsored by Allison from Jamberry Nails.  As always, all opinions are mine.  Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog.  :)  For more info on PMT's sponsorship philosophies see disclosure page.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring + Summer Wedding Attire - Reviews and Options

My brother's getting married this week! I've been keeping my eye out for bump-friendly dresses to wear for the wedding, whether found in the maternity section or not.  Preferably not, since it's always ideal to be able to wear clothes post-baby, but I'm up for anything that would fit over my bump!  Plus, we've got 3 more weddings this summer, so that's really put me on the lookout for dresses.

A while back I showed this dress on Instagram as the first dress I explored.  You can see all the colors of the maternity version here.  And here are links to two non-maternity versions of it: a) neutral colors and b) "fashion" colors.  (Sounds so silly!)

It's suuuuper roomy with lots of material to grow, though for some reason I don't have confidence that it'd be that flattering with a bigger bump. Even right now it looks a little wide on me, but it nips in nicely with a belt. (Forgot to take pics of that.)  I'd probably accessorize it with a simple metallic belt and cuffs.

Runs pretty large--I got it in XS. And the zipper gets stuck in a very annoying and frustrating way. Like, sometimes I'm worried I won't be able to get it unstuck. Otherwise, cute dress!

This second dress is this non-maternity mint dress from SheInside. It's got an empire waist and flowy skirt which fits nicely over the bump...at least at my bump's current size.  I know that I'll be able to wear it post-baby too, and it's suuuuper cheap.  (For sizing help, follow the detailed measurements on the product page.)

I'd pair this with different accessories of course...like probably that gold belt and blingin' statement necklace.  

Other Maternity Wedding Attire Options
After I posted the first Target dress on Insta, a few people recommended I check out ASOS.  I checked out H&M's maternity wear online too.  ASOS has a pretty large maternity section and while I didn't feel like any of the dresses were right for me there are some great options!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We're Invited to CAbi's B.i.G. Event!

Over the last year or so I’ve had several readers recommend to me a great line of women’s clothing called CAbi. Have you guys heard of them yet?

CAbi has some beautiful pieces, including a great mix of professional wear and casual everyday pieces, all of which are designed for the “real” woman. Love! I really love how you can browse by outfit on CAbi's site—so many styling ideas in one place!

What’s unique about CAbi is their consultant-based selling model—kind of like Mary Kay but for clothing.  So, you could either contact a consultant and have a CAbi clothing party with your friends (how fun does that sound?!), or you could become a consultant yourself with their simple business model that would allow you to balance a busy lifestyle.

CAbi’s B.i.G. Event – We’re Invited!
This season CAbi is hosting their B.i.G. Event, which we are ALL invited to! It’s a live broadcast that you can either watch from the comfort of your own home or you can watch at one of CAbi’s 30 viewing locations around the US.

Engage with their incredible (and fun!) CAbi Community, hear from CEO Lynne Cote and President Kimberly Inskeep about being a woman “on purpose”, see a sneak peek of their unreleased St. Barth’s Collection, learn how to make a meaningful impact through The Heart of CAbi Foundation and explore how a business CAbi will allow you to call your own shots by putting first things first.

If you go to a viewing location you’ll get to enjoy some light refreshments, meet some new people, and see some great clothes up close! If you watch at home, you get to be comfy in your pajamas with a bowl of ice cream. Both sound like a great time in my book. ;)

Time: Tuesday, April 29th @ 9a-11:30a PST
Click here to RSVP and get more info!

I was compensated for this post by CAbi, but as always, all opinions are mine.  Thanks for supporting the companies that support this blog! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shopping Help: Maxi Skirts

Clearly I've had maxi-length stuff on the brain this past week.  But, whatcha gonna do about it...I'm pregnant and maxi stuff is a favorable alternative to jeans!

I've been asked a few times where I get my maxi skirts (Target and Old Navy mostly, and I've seen some affordable and colorful ones from Windsor...) but more than anything I've been asked about maxi dresses/skirts for petite and tall women.  I feel SO unfamiliar with either of those sizing groups, though both Target and Old Navy carry some things in petites and ON carries tall sizes.

If you know of other stores for petite or tall maxi skirts/dresses please comment below!  Thanks on behalf of the petites/talls looking for help!

*If the option has an asterisk next to it, then there's a petite or tall version too.


*Option 1 (Target)  |  Petite Version Here - Great basic jersey cotton maxi skirt.  Sooooo comfy!  Comes in blue, maroon, and black.  

Option 2 (JCPenney) - This is a cool twist (no pun intended!) on a solid, soft knit maxi skirt.  Gives it some interest without needing a pattern or print.

Option 3 (Target) - I love when maxi skirts have elastic waists, and this one's got one!  Also comes in a grey, navy, and a sort of muted green/teal thing.  <-- That's the technical term, in case you're wondering.

*Option 4 (Target)  |  Petite Version Here - Another elastic waist option with a fuller, flouncier skirt.  Really pretty and feminine, if you're looking for something with a little more draping than option 1.  Comes in light grey and black.

A little pattern goes a long way.  Just throw a plain tee or tank on with one of these, add a simple pendant necklace, and you're good to go!  

*Option 5 (Old Navy)  |  Petite and Tall - I own and love this one!  It's thicker than other maxi skirts I've tried and has an elastic waistband.  Also comes in black, grey, red, and cobalt, plus a cute coral-y red paisley print.

Option 6 (Windsor) - Comes in mint/white, black/white, and other variations too!  

Option 7 (Target) - A fun variation of a normal striped maxi--chevron!  Makes it a little more interesting while still being far from over the top.  If I didn't already have a navy striped maxi skirt I'd totally consider this one.  I'm imagining it with bright solids like coral, yellow, or kelly green.  How fun!

Option 8 (BonTon) - Small chevron stripes!  Also comes in black/white.  I like this one as a lighter neutral striped skirt.  You could pair this with bright solids like coral too!

I've already got solid and striped maxi skirts, so next on the radar is PRINTS!  I love each of these skirts, so it's going to be hard to choose which prints to go for!  

Option 9 (Dillard's) - I love the colors!  You can pick any color from the print and match it with a t-shirt in that color.  This is an effortless way to look chic--the print is so present that you let the print do all the work for you!

Option 10 (Charlotte Russe) - I'm not sure what it is, but there's something about this floral pattern that I adore.  It's also jersey knit, so it's that soft and comfy material but with a great print.

Option 11 (Target) - Really pretty floral pattern made even prettier with the flounciness of the skirt!  How cute would this be with a tank and a sun hat?  Also comes in a cool "spotty animal" print.

Option 12 (Dillard's) - Fun tribal print in a neutral color palette!  

What kind of maxi skirt would you add to your wardrobe next?  

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