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Friday Faves – Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale


The famous Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here! Someone asked me the other day where my favorite place to shop is and Nordstrom was the first store that came to mind… they just have everything! Plus, I must admit I love their returns policy… I always like the comfort of knowing if I change my mind, I can get a refund. Do you guys think the same about this too?

So I’ve been hunting through the sale and wanted to share a few of my top picks with you. Be sure to check out all the homewares, beauty and clothing!  Oh and the menswear on sale is great too, surprise him with a little ‘just because’ gift. It’s the perfect time to snap up some designer pieces for your wardrobe, I always look for handbags, shoes and watches, after all they’re the pieces that really elevate a simple outfit. Get in quick to snap up the best pieces before they sell out, happy shopping!

 

Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

 

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: 1. KUT From The Cloth Boyfriend Denim Shorts (under $50!)   |    2. Kate Spade Metro Grand Quilted Watch    |   3. Feyonce Pillow (such a great gift idea!)    |    4. Lancome Flash Bronzer    |    5.  GHD Classic Styler (I’ve had these for 10 years, best flat irons ever)    |    6.  Steve Madden Bestii Sandals    |    7.  Tory Burch Marion Quilted Shoulder Bag

 

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Friday Faves – Holy Grail Beauty Products You Need To Know About


I’m excited to share my holy grail beauty products with you! I often receive emails from people asking about what makeup and beauty products I love, so here they are…

When it comes to choosing what I use, I am incredibly picky. I read countless reviews online before I buy anything, so these are all vetted and loved by hundreds of other people too!

One of the best products ever is this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, it has over 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s ridiculously cheap, under $10 and works wonders on spots and drawing impurities from your skin.

This Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara is also a product I can’t say enough good things about. It makes your lashes look incredible and lasts all day (there’s nothing worse than mascara’s that wear off on your eye lids!). It adds length, volume and doesn’t clump. The first time I used it, I actually couldn’t believe how good it was!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these and how you found them? Do you have any holy grail beauty products? Please leave a comment and share, I always love discovering amazing products to try.

Oh and I’m also super excited because the next Blogging For A Living Course starts on Monday! I’m taking final sign-up’s this weekend – you can choose to do the three week or full six week course and it’s priced under $23 per week (the six week course is just $19.50 per week!). When you sign up to the full six week Complete Pro Blogger Course, you receive access to weekly live group video chat sessions with me, plus access to our members-only forum.

One of the hardest things about blogging can be feeling isolated from fellow bloggers who understand the world of blogging and actually know what you’re talking about! This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your network, develop partnerships and create authentic, supportive relationships – very important aspects and key to success in blogging. You can find more about the blog course here.

Holy Grail Beauty Products

 

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Holy Grail Beauty Products:  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup (my color is Ivory Beige #3N1)    |    2. NARS Blush in Deep Throat   |     3. Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss in #131 Mica    |    4. M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer    |    5. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer    |    6. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay    |    7. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara    |   8. Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mineral Mud Soap

 

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Friday Faves – The Hottest Blogger Fashion Finds You Need Right Now


I’m breaking down blogger fashion favorites that have been everywhere lately! Each season there are a few styles that reach cult status and when they’re this gorgeous, you know you have to have them.

One of the most major trends right now, believe it or not, is pom poms. I just bought this gorgeous caftan with cute pom poms and this cute beach bag is everything. However, the pom pom piece that started it all? You need these Elina Linardaki Gladiator Sandals in your life! They are so fun to wear and guaranteed to earn you a zillion compliments. You’ll find more fun sandals here too!

A crisp white dress is essential and this Wayf Blouson Midi Dress has been seen everywhere, it looks gorgeous! Perfect to dress up with heels or wear during the day with those gorgeous gladiator pom pom sandals. Oh and we can’t forget the Eugenia Kim Sunny Hat, it’s this summer’s vacation must-have!

Oh and I’m also super excited to announce the next Blogging For A Living Course starts on May 23! You can choose to do the three week or full six week course and it’s priced under $23 per week (the six week course is just $19.50 per week!). When you sign up to the full six week Complete Pro Blogger Course, you receive access to weekly live group video chat sessions with me, plus access to our members-only forum.

One of the hardest things about blogging can be feeling isolated from fellow bloggers who understand the world of blogging and actually know what you’re talking about! This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your network, develop partnerships and create authentic, supportive relationships – very important aspects and key to success in blogging. You can find more about the blog course here.

The Hottest Blogger Fashion Finds

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blogger fashion favorites gigi new york clutch white off the shoulder top emily gemma the sweetest thing blog ray ban sunglasses j crew statement necklace Hottest Blogger Fashion Finds:  1. Elina Linardaki Gladiator Sandals    |    2. Wayf Blouson Midi Dress (this is a best seller)    |    3.  Eugenia Kim Sunny Hat    |    4. J.Crew Midnight Floral Necklace    |    5. Bauble Bar Mason X Ring    |    6. Rebecca Minkoff Celestine Off The Shoulder Top    |    7. BaubleBar Snowball Pearl Double Ring    |    8. Ray Ban Pink Mirrored Aviators as seen on Emily from The Sweetest Thing    |    9.  GiGi New York All In One Bag in Magenta (love the monogram!)

 

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Friday Faves – Slendertone Connect Abs Review


I am so excited to be heading off on vacation next week! We’re flying to Sydney (Australia) and doing a 12 night cruise through New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu… guys, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

When I booked the trip months ago, it felt aaages away – now I can’t believe it’s almost here! I’ll be posting lots of photos on Instagram, so be sure to join me for the adventure.

In the lead up to my vacay, I have been sharing some things I’ve bought (a girl needs a fresh vacation wardrobe, obv!) and am waiting on a few final arrivals. I’m really excited about this embroidered pom pom caftan, it’s the final item and due to arrive on Monday (yes, I stalk my post like a crazy person… please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?).

As well as sorting out a fab vacation wardrobe, I’ve also been trying to tone up a little – it’s almost bikini season and as I mentioned, this trip has come up really fast! I’ve had so many blog projects and lot’s of website / blog design work lately, which is ahhhmazing… but makes it a little tricky to hit my regular spin and pump classes. Around a month ago, I couldn’t believe the fortuitous timing when Slendertone contacted me about their new Connect Abs device and asked if I wanted to try it… ummm, YES! I couldn’t respond fast enough.

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I’m super selective about what I share with you… honestly, I spend hours on my posts, along with testing, trying and experiencing all the products I recommend. Before I buy anything I always (always!) read reviews online first and because I rely on them so much, I equally ensure anything I share is something I genuinely think is a great product.

I was looking forward to testing the Slendertone Connect Abs thoroughly to see if it really lived up to all the hype before sharing it with you… especially as sometimes products like this can be hit and miss. But, I’m so pleased to report I have been really eager to write this post because I personally found it to be a quality product – and even one Chris has been constantly hounding me to use too!

Probably one of my favorite things has been how super convenient and easy it… as I’m sitting here typing this, I actually have it on. Because my work, especially website and blog design projects, is all quite sedentary and involves long hours at a computer, it can be hard some days to give my muscles a workout. I’m very aware how important your core ab muscles are, particularly when it comes to posture and as one of my new years resolutions was to improve my posture this year, it’s an area I have been focused on.

What I’ve loved most about using the Slendertone Connect Abs, I can just put it on and let it work away, while I get stuck into my own work!

Basically, to break it down the Slendertone Connect Abs works using electrical muscle stimulation, technology physio’s have used for years. I remember back when I played sport competitively in high school, I would suffer knee injuries and the physio often put current pads on as part of the therapy treatment. This is basically the same thing and embraces that technology to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Based on my own searches online, from what I understand, the electrical pulses mimic actions from the central nervous system and cause the muscles to contract.

Slendertone Review Connect Abs

I was quite intrigued to see how this technology had been used in the Slendertone Connect Abs. When I opened the box, I saw the kit comes with the adjustable belt and controller, reusable adhesive gel pads, the USB charging cable and a little carry bag to keep it all in.

The user manual was really thorough and simple to follow; it steps through the set-up instructions easily. To get started, all I had to do was plug the controller into my computer and charge it via the USB cable (which took around 30 minutes and it beeped to alert the battery was fully charged). Once that was done, I popped it into the belt and turned it on. The intensity can be adjusted using the plus and minus buttons on the controller.

I started on the lowest intensity and it felt like a tingling sensation. Then, I gradually raised the intensity until I could feel my abs contracting. The intensity range is 0 – 100, so subsequently each time I used the Connect Abs I raised the intensity a little more than my previous session. At first it’s an unusual sensation to get use to, probably because I’ve never really given my abs such a good workout, but I quickly became familiar and comfortable with it. The company explains 30 minutes using Slendertone Connect Abs is like doing 202 sit-ups… this is so much easier than doing hundreds of sit-ups!

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Slendertone Connect Abs further embraces the power of technology with a handy app. I love a good app! You can easily download the Slendertone Connect app to your smartphone and use it to run the personal toning program. It is a fully interactive environment, with workout programs, weekly targets and tracking tools to help achieve the results you want. Depending on what your individual goals are, the app has five different six week programs including increasing your physical performance, getting back in shape after pregnancy, staying in shape and toning muscles.

It is recommended you use the product for 6 – 8 weeks to see the best results, I am only half way through my journey but have been genuinely impressed and happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I’m also feeling a lot more comfortable getting into a bikini on my vacation next week than I would have otherwise! So thank you to Slendertone for sending me the Connect Abs to try. I’m excited to continue using it and seeing even more results… we all know how much food is on a cruise, so after serious over-indulgence, I’ll definitely need to get back into my Slendertone Connect Abs program when I return!

If you’re interested to find out more, check out the Slendertone website and Instagram too.

 

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What To Pack For A Beach Vacation


I am so excited, it’s less than two weeks until I go on my cruise vacation to New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for lots of sandy beach and crystal clear blue water pics! One of the hardest things is figuring out what to pack for a beach vacation, so today I’m breaking down my must-haves.

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But before we get into that, I just had to quickly mention Beyoncé‘s Lemonade album… have you listened to it yet? I’ve heard bits and pieces here and there, but plan to dive right in over the weekend. From what I have heard, wow… intense… and also utterly amazing. The lyrics are powerful. I must admit, it’s kept me quite entertained this week as everyone’s been really getting into the debate of who “Becky with the good hair” is?

If you’ve seen and heard Beyoncé‘s Lemonade album, what did you think? Please share, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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So, back to talking vacay style… I’ve been madly hunting for the perfect vacation wardrobe and wanted to share my finds. Hopefully if you’ve got some fun trips planned, or just want to get some new spring and summer looks, this round up of my fave finds helps you. I wanted to give a special mention to this white lace fit and flare dress, I think it’s an essential… it also has over 300 five-star reviews and comes in tons of colors! I also looove this white long sleeve dress.

What To Pack For A Beach Vacation

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What to Pack for a Beach Vacation:  1.  Chanel Soleil Tan Cream Bronzer Makeup  (the best, just wear on it’s own for a gorgeous natural look)    |    2. Ray Ban Mirrored Aviators (currently on sale)    |    3.  Lace Fit and Flare Dress (comes in lots of colors, has over 300 five-star reviews!)   |    4. Eugenia Kim ‘Do Not Disturb’ Straw Hat   |   5. Sole Society Odette Sandals    |    6. Straw Studios ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Sun’ Tote

 

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