UKIES Pumps Giveaway Worth $199!

 

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A few weeks ago, I have introduced to you via a giveaway a brand new luxury brand of pumps called UKIES. If upon seeing them, you think there's really nothing special about them, then think again. UKIES are simple but classic and elegant. Best of all, it has technology that gives comfort probably no other shoe brand has.

Below are the 4 ways that UKIES' technology brings comfort in our shoes. I think these days women need not only be a stylish but also a smart dresser and by that I mean making the right choices in fashionable items that are not just trendy but also comfortable.

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The UKIES team is proud to offer another one of my readers a pair of your choice of UKIES pumps. They come in two styles and different colors so you have plenty to choose from. I also suggest visiting www.ukies.com to learn more about them.

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A Quick Note!

 

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Hey My Lovelies…just a quick note. I didn't want you to think that I have gone AWOL on you. Some of you may know this already but I am actually currently suffering from hives, thus the lack of outfit posts. I've never had hives before and never been allergic to anything. I think hives are from hell! Seriously though. It's like you don't know what caused it and they all of a sudden infest your body without notice. Boo!

Anyway, I don't want a sad story here. I'm hoping to recover soon. Benadryl and Claritin didn't help much so I'm sorting to natural cure. I don't want to go to the doctor and get steroids for it.  As soon as my face clears of rashes and make-up won't irritate my face, I'll be back to shooting. I have a ton of cute outfits to share with you all and I hope that in my absence, you will look forward to it, haha! I didn't think it was going to take this long. At the risk of scaring myself (why do we even do that?), I have googled about it and read that some had it for 6-8 weeks. For goodness sake, I can't afford that! I'm believing God for healing and I know that He is faithful and by faith, I'm already healed.

I would post reviews and other things but for the most part, the past few days, the meds knocked me out and all I wanted to do was sleep, like I have no life and no other things to do. I guess I needed rest!

By the way, how appropriate is the face of the baby above? That's exactly how I feel when I'm itching. Mostly at nights and my ears are often burning.

Thank you all for sticking around and know that I will be back soon!

 

xo,
Lynne

Hello Spring!

 

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
 

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1. TOBI Dress (Also check out other options below) | 2. Delavion Handbag | 3. Restricted Shoes (Use coupon code LG25 to receive discount) | 4. Amelia Rose Earrings | 5. FJord Necklace | 6. FJord Watch, Sole Society Bracelet (All c/o)

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Hello Spring!

I've spent so many cold winter days and nights without you. Oh how I've longed for this day! I thought I'd never see you again but I'm so glad now that you're finally here.

You know I love everything about you! I love the pastel flowers that you bring. I love your haze in the afternoons and the cooler weather that comes with it. The fashion that comes with you is another thing – the pinks, light blues, lilacs, and mint greens – in clothes, shoes, even in earrings. Yes, my dainty earrings from Amelia Rose!

I can't count the ways I love you but just know that I do. You make me smile, it's just what you do.

Oh by the way, I know we haven't talked awhile but I wanted to tell you about TOBI. They have so many great pieces. I feel that I should've been named Tobi, because everything about them is about me. If that even makes sense. I want to bring all their pieces in my closet. But alas, it's just a wish for now.

I hope you like today's outfit, Spring. I prepared for this day. I prepared this outfit for your official coming. Did you notice that my shoes from Restricted Footwear match my dress so well?

Your coming also marks my mom's birthday. Today she turns 64. That's why this day is pretty special. She's the thread that holds our family together – I love her so much. She's a very strong woman. Her strength in every season is unimaginable. I am grateful that she was chosen to be my mom. She's a tremendous gift! I love you mom! You make my blog possible. You make me look pretty. Thank you for turning my ideas into reality in every image. Thank you for cooperating with me…most of the time. Haha!

Anyway, happy birthday mom, and Spring, welcome! We're going to have an amazing three months. Wish it's longer though!

Lynne

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Royal Living at Royal Sonesta Houston

 

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Being that Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, you can expect to have so many choices of places to stay while you're here. I hope that in the past few months of taking staycations in my city, I was able to give a glimpse of what Houston has to offer (and this is for my out-of-town readers) in terms of top notch accommodations. If you're from Houston, well you know pretty much what we've got!

The Galleria area is one of the prominent areas in town. It's called The Galleria because of the upscale mall in Houston that houses famous designer brands such as Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and many more, along with department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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The area is sometimes mistaken as downtown too but it seems to me like it's more like a financial district. There are a bunch of restaurants, corporate buildings, upscale condominiums, townhouses, as well as 3 and 4 star hotels, one of them being Royal Sonesta where I had once again the privilege of spending overnight just to experience the royal service! You all know how I love taking staycations.

Royal Sonesta has 485 bedrooms and 13 of which are suites – all of those rooms are non-smoking. Hooray! Sorry for those who are smokers. I don't smoke and I despise the smell of smoke. It's great to know that the rooms at Royal Sonesta are smoke-free and are very clean!

So when I got to the hotel, one thing I immediately noticed is its corporate vibe. I guess because they do have conference and meeting room facilities as well and because of the area. The reception is simple, there's not much decorations going on. It's quite minimalist.

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Across the reception area is the Axis Lounge and Bar which a friend and I went to have dinner that same night and there will be a separate post on that. But can I rave a little bit? Man, they have amazing food! That's all I can say for now. The Axis Lounge it is actually a part of the lobby area but they serve drinks and food there as well.

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It looks like they have a couple of lobbies. This part right here is the lobby for the conference and meeting rooms. If I am not mistaken, sometimes they use this area for some functions as well.

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This sitting area is right next to the Axis Lounge.

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The second lobby has a higher ceiling and part of the wall has this and thought it's pretty neat.

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Royal Sonesta has 3 dining options – ARA Restaurant, Axis Lounge, and this one below is called Launch which I believe serves breakfast and snacks. There's complimentary coffee being served during breakfast hours. They also have room service.

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The elevator area on my floor feels like home!

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I like that the hallways are light and bright!

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And here's my room! If I remember it correctly, I was on the 17th floor and had a great view of the highway and some buildings in the area. The room is quite minimalist as kind of expected from what I have seen on the lobby. I love it because it's bright and simple. Very easy on the eyes. The artwork is limited on the work/desk station. They do offer free wi-fi by the way but it has a certain speed. If you want the speed to be faster, you have to upgrade. The room has a flat screen TV and….Keurig!!! Yes! Ha.

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Just a snapshot of the bathroom.

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A couple of things worth mentioning:  1. I noticed that instead of those travel size toiletries, they have the shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel in dispensers instead in an effort to be environment-friendly. Thought that's pretty neat!

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2. When I was heading out in the morning to snap some photos, I saw a newspaper on the floor by my door. Although I really don't read hard copy newspapers, I know that there are people that still do, especially the corporate people, so this is quite a nice service!

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I got to check out their fitness center which has a heated outdoor pool. It's a pretty small area compared to the size of the hotel but I guess not too many people work out while on vacation or work travel anyways.

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There is a small portion dedicated for yoga and pilates.

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I really enjoyed my stay at Royal Sonesta – it's really one of my nicest staycation! With the exception of  my room not ready when I got there and had to wait for a good 45 mins (thankfully, I'm a bit patient), everything was smooth. I'm pretty easy! I hardly call for service. I slept in till almost 10 AM since I stayed up late with friends hanging at the Axis Lounge. I normally ask for a late check-out because hey, what's a staycation if I have to wake up at 7 AM?

Like I said earlier, the hotel is a good fit for business travelers because of the corporate vibe and avid shoppers who would thoroughly enjoy the shopping and dining scenario at the Galleria. It's not much for family with kids who are looking for some recreation at the hotel because they don't have such amenities. That doesn't mean to say though that family with kids can't stay there. There is a lot of activities however in the area and a few minutes drive that kids will enjoy.

The hotel offers valet parking and they have a huge parking garage that has plenty of parking spots for everyone!

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary stay at Royal Sonesta to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Royal Sonesta.

Leon Max $1,000 Online Shopping Spree Giveaway

 

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Who could use a closet overhaul for Spring? I sure can! Well how about a $1,000 online shopping spree from Leon Max? Hey, why not? Leon Max is giving away a $1,000 gift card that you can redeem at their website maxstudio.com. The giveaway runs from March 16 through March 27. In order to enter, you must go to their Facebook page or website and enter a valid email address. 

Oh how I wish I could join! I love love love their pieces. It's chic, sporty and somewhat laid back. Their pieces are very wearable and will make a great street style! It's mostly solid colors but those that are with prints or embellishments are still subtle which still make it great for work wear. It's also great all year round! The light colors and light materials are great for Spring and Summer while they can also be used for layering and mixing with Fall and Winter pieces. Their designs have a very California feel to it but it's still something that Houstonians and New Yorkers would want to wear! I also like that it's very effortlessly feminine!

If you're not familiar with Leon Max, it's a brand worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, January Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker and Olivia Wilde.

What are you waiting for? Head over to their website or Facebook page and I also suggest following them on Twitter so you can be updated with any promotions and giveaways they have going on.

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Ultra Casual

 

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1. Velvet Heart Button-Down Shirt (Sold out but similar style here) | 2. Hanes Leggings | 3. George, Gina, and Lucy Handbag | 4. Clark's Loafers  | 5. Outrage Fashion Earrings | 6. Honey Love Necklace (Use code LYNNE20 to receive discount) | 7. Caroline Swell Spade Bangle, Bezel Box Bracelet (All c/o)

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Let's be real ladies and gents…in everyday situation, we really don't glam up, right? When running errands, do you really wear heels and wear a puffy skater dress? Honestly, I chuckle when I see some women walking in the mall like a baby calf, in platform 6 inches high heels. I hurt for them!

So today's outfit is basically a laid-back everyday style. It's not uncommon and nothing really special about it but just the comfort of a casual outfit to get your tasks done during the day. A simple button down shirt with 3/4 sleeves like this one from Velvet Heart has become a staple in my closet. I like tops that are easy to wear. I paired it with my "denim" style leggings from Hanes but there are a couple more ways you can style this button down for Spring – think a pair of distressed denim shorts for a getaway or festival look, or style it with a white skater skirt and gladiator sandals. Ahhh! At the beach, you can also use it as a cover up.

Because of its dainty print, I would say that it's also safe to wear for work. I love versatile casual pieces like this. Unfortunately, it's sold out. However, I found a similar style, still from Velvet Heart and I provided the link on the Outfit Recap.

What's your everyday go-to style?

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

 

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1. Eliza J. Dress via Nordstrom (Also check out other options below)| 2. Ivanka Trump Heels via DNA Footwear | 3. Solenn Rachael Earrings | 4. Lemon Drop Necklace | 5. Boohoo Quilted Box Clutch | 6. Armed and Readi Bracelet, Oh So Fancy Bracelet (All c/o)

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Happy St. Patrick's Day my friends! I have never really done any St. Patrick's outfit before but thought this Eliza J. Dress is very appropriate for the occasion. It may not be solid green but hey, black and green still works and works well!

You already know how much I love Eliza J. and her dresses. She's definitely one of my favorite contemporary designers and her pieces are available at stores like Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor. Considering the quality, the prices are still reasonable. They aren't all the way up there.

I actually wore this dress to my post-birthday dinner at Prohibition Houston. If you missed that post, click here. It was a fun night!

Anyway, this dress is still available (direct link above) and you should also check out the other fun and flirty Eliza J. dresses I provided for you below.

Oh before I forget…here's my St. Patrick's Day wish for you:

"For every day that you spend there, may it be colored with happiness and full of care. For every day that you see come true, may your life shine bright and may good things come to you! Blessings on St. Patrick's Day and always!"
 

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Spring Break 2015!

 

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1. Amanda Uprichard Maxi Dress (Sold out, check out other options below) | 2. Barrington Gifts St. Anne's Tote | 3. Venus Bow Slippers (Sold Out, check out other options below) (Also LOVE this) | 4. Ray-Ban Aviators via Sunglasses Shop | 5. Gryphon Laine Earrings | 6. Gryphone Laine Necklace | In Addition: Dynamic Asia Wide Brim Hat (All c/o)

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It's the week of Spring Break! Woohoo! I'm so excited for all the students and teachers. I'm sure it's a much-needed break. I wish it's officially holiday for everyone in all sector. Ha! Can you imagine the whole nation shut down, no one is working cuz it's spring break? Okay, it might not be a good idea after all. Chaos it will be.

On to the outfit. My mom and I had a little trip to Galveston Beach last week and thought we'd snap some photos. It's not the prettiest beach but it's the only beach we have down here in the South. It's about an hour away from me. It's really not that bad of a drive without traffic.

Anyway, I've had this maxi dress from Amanda Uprichard for the longest time – it's so pretty that I didn't even wanna use it because I didn't want it to get old. Well…whenever we go to Galveston, we enjoy feeding the seagulls. So we fed the little guys and guess what? They pooped on my dress! So I have to take the beautiful dress to the dry cleaner. So much for wanting to preserve the dress.

And I finally got to wear my pink Ray-Ban aviators! Aren't they so cool?! I'm headed to Austin in a few days with my family to enjoy the lake and sunny weather. I can't wait for that.

Hope y'all are having some sunny weather by now! We sure had a lovely sunny weekend here in Houston.

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How to Secure Your Personal and Family Information

 

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With the news last year of financial institutions and major retailer's systems being compromised, it is unimaginable how easy it is for the hackers to hack our computers, most especially if it is vulnerable. Meaning, your device does not have any anti-virus protection.

Our computers, cellphones, and tablets contain mostly important information about our daily transactions – whether it's online shopping, social networks, reading news portals, or watching Netflix, our activities are being recorded through cookies. Our credit cards are usually stored on retail websites where we usually purchase from and we sometimes perform our banking business through online banking.

It is crucial that our devices are protected, most especially during tax season. It is pretty scary to think that you are transmitting some important information about yourself and your family through the vast cyberspace and you don't know exactly how secure the transmission is. The only thing you can do is pretty much do what you can from your end, if that makes sense and that is to make sure that your devices have protection.

Thankfully, you can protect your digital presence with Norton Security and Norton Security with Backup. Norton offers a solution on all devices for all your family's needs. Below is a comparison chart of the different products they offer so you can see which one fits your needs. With Norton Security, you get a specialized protection for each device you use. Think about your precious photos and contacts in your mobile or tablet. You may be able to replace your lost credit information but you can't replace memories captured in photos. Norton Security backs these up in a remote location and you can easily restore them.

From my experience, Norton is way better than its competition. If you're ready to try it out, check out Coupons.com Norton coupon codes for additional savings.

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Instanatural Argan Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Review

 

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I have been into using natural products lately – especially for anything skin, face, and hair. I had the opportunity to try some Instanatural Products and I have been using these particular 3 Argan Oil products for a couple of months now. Chances are you've already heard about Argan Oil and its benefits for your hair but let's discuss a little bit more details about it.

In order to give you more information about the product and not just review, I have read about Argan Oil. I've always wondered what the difference is between Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil. Since this article isn't really about Moroccan Oil, I won't get into the differences. However, I know that both of them are from Morocco.

The oil comes from a tree in Morocco called Argania spinosa L.  Supposedly the tree lives to about 200 years old and it doesn't produce fruit until it's 25 or 30 years old. See, aging has some benefits! *Wink* The extraction process seems tedious. There were some claims that some producers actually get the oil from goat droppings which eat the fruits of the Argan tree. Hmmm, I am not sure about that really. I'd hate to think that the oil I'm putting in my face, skin, and hair is from goat droppings. I don't see the point but it's pretty amusing. I'd like to believe that the oil is actually extracted from the pulp of the Argan nut. Yeah, that's more like it.

I don't know how Instanatural Products produce their Argan Oil but they do offer a LIFETIME money- back guarantee if you're not satisfied. You can't beat that!

So here are the products that I have been using so far…(Click on the product name to purchase.)

100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil for Face, Skin, Hair, and Nails

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This 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil is by far my favorite. I use it mostly for my face and my hands as a moisturizer and it has kept my skin sane during the dry winter season. You can also use it for your hair and nails. I don't always use it for my hair to tame the frizz because I feel it's a \little heavy but I feel that if I put too little, it's not doing its job. However, I would put it in my scalp overnight, as some sort of "hot oil". It makes my hair softer and shinier after rinsing it off.

My mom also uses this for her face. She has very sensitive skin and has mild rosacea so she's very picky with anything she puts on her face, otherwise, it will get triggered. She loves this Argan Oil and uses it regularly without complaints of her rosacea acting up.

This is currently on sale for $17.97 from $45! I used to use Moroccan Oil brand and I'd pay $17 for a small bottle! This is 120 ML and with regular use, I am not even halfway with it.

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The first time I used this product, I thought I was a little disappointed because it weighed my hair down. I had a shoot that day and my hair was a little limp. But I realized that it could be that I didn't rinse it well or used a little too much because it said in the container that you can even use it as a conditioner everyday, although I wouldn't probably recommend. I stopped using it for a few weeks then used it again and left it much longer in my hair while in the shower. I put a hair cap on and as a result, my hair was softer afterwards. I'm hooked since then. I use it now at least once a week. I wish I used it more frequently throughout the duration of winter since the season really dried out my hair. If you use this mask right, it will be your best friend. You just kinda have to figure out what works for your hair – frequency, amount, etc.

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Vitamin C serum is good for the skin – especially as an anti-aging. This Vitamin C serum from Instanatural, although not a pure Argan oil product, it does contain Argan Oil along with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, feralic acid, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip oil, plan stem oil, and pomegranate. I use this every other day, morning and night, with Argan Oil. Although the bottle indication said it can be used everyday, I prefer not to have my skin get used to it. When used with the Argan Oil above, it gives your skin a nice glow. It makes your skin look well-hydrated. You will probably see its anti-aging effects in the long run. If you're young, it's good to take care of your skin early with Vitamin C serum and Argan Oil.

The key to a young-looking skin is keeping it always hydrated and moisturized. I highly recommend Instanatural now that I've tried their products and have been using it for a couple of months now. Like I said above, they offer a lifetime money-back guarantee and that really says a lot.

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