It’s a Kendra Scott Love Affair

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It’s no secret that I love shopping, champagne and my bloggy friends so when I’m invited to an event that involves all three, it’s a perfect morning (or a perfect storm for my bank account). Last Saturday I went to the soft opening of the Kendra Scott store in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and let me tell you it was gorgeous jewelry overload! If you follow my SnapChat (fASHionately Me) you got a sneak peak of some of my favorite pieces!

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If you missed the event (and my Instagram giveaway of a set of Ellie earrings) you definitely don’t want to miss the Kendra Scott shopping party THIS Friday, August 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This lovely evening event is hosted by Brittney of The Pretty Plus, Kelli of Big Hair Foodie Fare, Jaime and Kacey of Regally Soled and yours truly (aka ME!).

Why should you attend (other than hanging out with me, of course) well…

  1. If you’re reading this blog and mention that you follow the Indy bloggers you get 15% off your purchase.
  2. In honor of Kendra Scott launching their FIRST nail polish line on Friday, the first 20 people to spend $50 get a free nail polish. And let me tell you, what I’ve seen of this nail polish line is every bit of stunning.
  3. There will be free champagne, rosƩ, macaroons, and GLITTERED cupcakes. GLITTER.
  4. Everyone who spends $100 or more is entered to win a piece from the Color Bar. If you haven’t met the Color Bar, you can design your own piece (there are limits of course) in the store, and you get to leave with that piece in hand.

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So ladies, put on your favorite dress and join us for a wonderful evening! I can promise you, with this group there will be plenty of laughs!

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In store photos courtesy of Semi Rene Photography.

Bloggers in the large group photo from left to right: Indy Dressed, Me, Eclectic Kurves, Big Hair Foodie Fare, The Pretty Plus, Regally Soled, Bloom Bites Beauty, Regally Soled.

Creating a Moment

I have to be honest, I’ve never been a “give me flowers” kind of girl. In fact, a guy brought me flowers once on a date and I didn’t know what to do with them. Excuse me for a second while I climb up on my counter and see if I put a vase in one of these cabinets I can’t reach. Or I get flowers sent to me… I have to water them, add in some green Splenda (that’s what it looks like anyway) and eventually I end up killing them in roughly 72 hours.

All of that to say, Deluxe Flowerbox has changed my mind! Why? I’m so glad you asked…

  1. The floral arrangements are created in the CUTEST containers! The pink box on my desk in the last picture actually had flowers in it and now it’s literally decoration in my home.
  2. They contain a magical foam filter that requires no effort, mine sat alive and gorgeously for almost two weeks!
  3. They’re different. When you get a Deluxe Florwerbox you’re not just getting flowers, you’re getting a memory and a moment handed to you.

Next time you want to tell someone you love them, you’re sorry or just hi do it with a Deluxe Flowerbox. And if my next boyfriend is reading this, I’d like them sent to me on the regular.

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Brunch, Mimosas & a Romper

I love brunch. For so many reasons, it’s my favorite time of the day. Not only does it involve breakfast food, but I get to sleep in (proper brunch doesn’t happen until at least 10:00 am), and it’s socially acceptable to drink champagne in the morning. Brunch is just truly a magical time of the day, especially when it’s at a location like Rosie’s Place. So I was super excited when they invited us fashion bloggers to brunch at their Noblesville, Indiana location (they also have one in Zionsville). Rosie’s Place offers breakfast, lunch, baked goods and catering. As sometime who is gluten sensitive, I appreciate that they have seriously DELICIOUS gluten free options including pancakes – one of my absolute favorite foods.

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The second best part about brunch is having a reason to get all dolled up and meet up with your girlfriends. I adore all of these ladies, they’re not only incredibly stylish but just the sweetest group of gals. I absolutely love blogging, and how it has connected me to some amazing people. If you haven’t checked out The Pretty Plus, Big Hair and Foodie Fare, and Regally Soled you absolutely need too! Once you’re done reading this post, of course. šŸ˜‰

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Seriously though… this romper. I’m in love with it. If only I could fall in love with a guy as easily as I can with clothes. I fall in love with literally every piece at Beauty and the Boutique! Literally, ever one. Not only are their clothes incredibly trendy, but they’re affordable! AND each week they launch new pieces… it’s a serious addiction to look each week to see what’s new!

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Romper, Beauty and the Boutique | Necklace, Wish | Indiana Necklace, Amazon | Shoes, Just Fab (similar) | Clutch, Just Fab – Similar, Zappos | Photography by Kelli, Big Hair and Foodie Fare

A Simple Tip to Increase Workout Performance

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MyĀ #fASHionatelyFit series is back and today we’re talking performance! It’s been three years since I’ve run my last half marathon, and I am SO excited to be signing up for one this fall. Training for any type of physical race/competition requires a lot of time, and dedication. I work full time (which includes travel), I am fixingĀ up my new home, I writeĀ for my blog, and I attempt to have a social life. I always try to fit in a workout, but I sadly have a tendencyĀ to put my fitness goals on the back burner. ButĀ not anymore! I’m so focused and determined to make this my best half marathon yet, and I’m doing this with the help of EASĀ® 100% Whey Protein.

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I’m terrible at recovering from long runs. Previously I wasn’t stretchingĀ orĀ eating the proper nutrients post run to let my body recover. Not only did that make me feel sluggish, but it really affected the performance of my next run. So this is how I’m making a change to affect my running performance!

I headed to my local Walmart and purchased the EASĀ® 100% When Protein in Vanilla (Yummm!) You willĀ find the protein powder near the pharmacy, just look for the eye catching purple packaging.

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After my run, I made up a shake using theĀ recommended two scoops ofĀ protein powder, 1/2 cup blue berries, 1/2 cup spinach, water and ice. I wanted to not only get the protein my body needs to recover and allow me to have a stronger performance next run, but also get in a serving of fruit and veggies. When making your protein shake get creative. If you work out in the morning, add cold coffee for a caffeine kick. Or, make your protein shake your sweet treat and add some Almond Butter.

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From what I’ve read, you should drink your recovering drink within 30 minutes of a run. It’s so important thatĀ your body properly recovers so your performance can continue to increase. Just like a pair of shoes with a broken heal aren’t the best for walking in, your body without proper nutrients isn’t going to perform to its potential.

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EASĀ® 100% Whey Protein Powder contain 30 grams of protein which is the ideal amount for your body to recover, and each serving is only 160 calories. What I love most is that itĀ doesn’t use some “proprietary blend” of whey protein but it uses high-quality pure whey protein. It contains no fillers or added sugar, yet seriously tastes amazing. I’m not a fan of most protein shakes, or bars, they taste like chalk to me but I absolutely loved this one in theĀ vanilla flavor (it’s a new and improved version if you’ve ever tried it before).Ā 

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It’s an added bonusĀ that the lid holds the scoop. I get so annoyed when I have to dig through the powder to find it.Ā Purchase now and you’ll earn $3.00 when you purchase EASĀ® 100% Whey ProteinĀ or $1 when you purchase EASĀ® AdvantEdge Carb Control. I love saving money.

So let’s recap…

  1. Go to Walmart, buy your EASĀ® 100% Whey Protein.
  2. Go for a run (or your preferred workout routine).
  3. STRETCH!
  4. Within 30 minutes, make your protein shake using the ingredients of your choice.
  5. Enjoy the take of 30 grams of protein, and only 160 calories refueling your body. You’ll feel the difference in your performance during your next workout!

Don’t forget to tag #fASHionatelyFit in any of your workout posts!

#NaotGivesBackDonation Event

What’s better than shoe shopping? Shoe shopping for a cause! This Saturday, May 21st Naot Footwear is hosting the #NaotGivesBackDonation Event at Englin’s Fine Footwear located in Keytone Mall in Indianapolis. Simply by trying on a pair of shoes, Naot will donate a pair to someone in need at the Julian Center. If you buy a pair of shoes, Naot will donate two pair of shoes. You will be doing good for someone in need, and also you’ll also leave with a cute new pair of shoes!

The Julian CenterĀ  supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other life crises. Thanks to the Julian Center there has been a significant reduction in domestic violence and sexual assault through their counseling, education, housing support and other programs and services!

What a better way to spend your Saturday than to help support those suffering and be a part of breaking the cycle of abuse. Cinderella was given a pair of shoes that changed her life. Join me Saturday and give someone else a pair of shoes that could brighten their day!

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Hosting Parties to Remember

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I just moved in to a new house and it has been a whirlwind of painting, cleaning and renovations. FINALLY after painting almost every wall, door, and baseboard I am finally ready to start having people over! I’m so excited to finally host gatherings, and I’m super excited to share with you a game that I’ll be playing at my house warming party later this month.

First stop, Market District to stock up on supplies and at the top of my list is Diet CokeĀ®. If you live near Carmel, Indiana you must stop by this store! Any store where I can get a facial, tackle my grocery list and drop off my dry cleaning is a win for this busy girl.

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Okay, back to my Diet Coke.I love the new Share a Song Share a Song campaign Coca-Cola is doing. Every can has a song lyric on it, so of course my game involves that. Before dinner, place all Diet Cokes in a container and have everyone gather around. I placed mine on the kitchen table in this adorable tray. Each person goes to grab their drink for dinner, but before they can get their dinner plate, they have to sing or hum the song that’s on their can. The first person to guess their song, is up next!

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One of my favorite things to do when setting up for a party is try to make every drink and food item a decor. So I made a mini beverage bar for the Diet Coke when we weren’t using it for playing the game.

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My family and I practiced this over the weekend, and let me tell you it caused a lot of laughs. Not everyone in my family is vocally blessed, luckily I had Shazaam downloaded on my phone (available on iPhone, Android, iPod and other devices) to help me figure out just what song being sung. Such great memories!

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Would you be able to think of the songs the lyrics on these Diet Coke cans belong to when you’re hangry and ready to get your food plate?

Short Hair (don’t care) Braid Tutorial

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Lately, every time I get my hair cut I seem to cut it shorter and shorter. I love how effortlessly easy short hair is, I have literally cut my “getting ready” time in half. It’s amazing! However, when you have short hair it’s a little more difficult to find unique ways to style it (we just don’t have that much hair to work with). So, that being said… I HAVE A CUTE WAY TO STYLE YOUR SHORT HAIR. Sorry, I got a little shouty. I’m just excited!

Braid Tutorial for Short Hair

Step 1: Part your hair to the side, making your part slightly more dramatic than normal. Take the hair at the base of your part, pulling your towards the back of your head, braid hair with a basic three section braid. Tip: Always braid hair in the direction you want the braid to lie. If you braid the hair straight down, but try to pin it towards the back of your head it’ll bubble. No one wants bubbles!

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Step 2: Pull a section of your that’s not braiding up, and use a bobby pin to secure your braid. Then cover the bobby pin with the hair you pulled up.

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Step 3: Start a second braid towards the end of your first braid.

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Step 4: Secure the second braid with a bobby pin hiding it under a section of hair, just as you did in step 2.

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Step 5: Run your hands through your hair and “fluff” it using your fingers to tease it and give it volume. Ensure all your bobby pins are hidden under hair. Admire your adorable creation!

Final Look

WAIT. I’m not done talking yet. šŸ™‚ Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about my BFF John Frieda?

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Well, I’ve been using the Brilliant BrunetteĀ® Visibly Deeperā„¢ Products for over two weeks now and I am SO happy with the results! Without having to go to the salon, my hair has remained a deep, dark brown all while being in the sun! You can purchase the John Frieda Brilliant BrunetteĀ® Visibly Deeperā„¢ Colour DeepeningĀ  Products at your local Walmart or if you can’t find them in stores you can purchase at Walmart.com. I use the Visibly Deeperā„¢ Shampoo, Visibly Deeperā„¢ Conditioner, and Visibly Deeperā„¢ Treatment. Check out my original post for additional product details.

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A Simple Way to Add Sass

Have you noticed that guys have really stepped up their sock game? They’ll wear a simple grey suit then reveal these eye catching paisley socks underneath. Up to this point I’ve been jealous, but not any more! Why you ask? That’s a great question, it’s because I found Chrissy’s Knee High Socks.

Chrissy’s socks are super adorable and super affordable! I love when I can use those words together! They have simple socks with stripes, or more fun socks with unicorns (hello, dream socks). I love wearing mine underneath my winter booths, around the house on a Saturday morning or with my favorite pair of workout shorts. They also have thigh high socks available that will sass up any skirt. I’m obsessed with my White/Teal Tube Knee Socks and Bubble Gum Pink Tube Knee Socks. Socks are the easiest way to add sass to any outfit!

Come on ladies, we can’t let the guys beat us on the sock game! Also, they offer free shipping on purchases over $50, so stock up!

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For All You Brunette Bombshells

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Life is full of big decisions. Should I marry him? Should I accept this job? Should I buy a house? Should I cut or color my hair?

Seriously, that last one is a STRESSFUL decision. It’s been almost a year since I made the decision to cut my hair. I went from hair halfway down my back (okay, okay I had some help from extensions) to my hair now, which I don’t like being long enough to touch my shoulders. It was a huge decision to cut my hair, and I have loved it every day since. I spent so much time blowing drying, curling, teasing, etc. that styling my hair would take me a solid hour. Not mention I was also getting it colored and highlighted so much that I was draining my bank and my hair’s health. So I made the decision to stop with the fuss, and start letting my hair be natural! Ahhh, the freedom!

I love my naturally dark, hair color and now that summer is approaching I want to protect it from naturally fading in the sun without having to color it and I have found a way to do just that! Let me introduce to you my hair BFF, John Frieda. I’ve always used John Frieda hair products to protect my color and now I’m using his new Brilliant BrunetteĀ® Visibly Deeperā„¢ Colour Deepening Shampoo,Ā Brilliant BrunetteĀ® Visibly Deeperā„¢ Colour Deepening Conditioner andĀ Brilliant BrunetteĀ® Visibly Deeperā„¢ Colour Deepening Treament to deepen and enhance my natural color! When you use the Visibly Deeperā„¢ Shampoo, Visibly Deeperā„¢ Conditioner and Visibly Deeperā„¢ Treatment together it will gradually deepen your beautiful brunette hair! TheĀ Visibly Deeperā„¢ Shampoo andĀ Visibly Deeperā„¢ Conditioner are formulated with cocoa and evening primrose oil which is what I swear makes it smell so yummy! TheĀ Visibly Deeperā„¢ Treatment instantly deepens and darkens brunette color up to one shade, and infuses hair with a boost of color without the damage of traditional hair color. All products are safe to use on natural or color treated hair AND there is a line for you blonde bombshells as well!

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You can buy all the products at Walmart in the Health and Beauty section, or order them at Walmart.com. The Visibly Deeperā„¢ Treatment isn’t always available in stores, but it is definitely available online! I found the John Frieda products on one of the bottom shelves, and in some Walmarts you’ll find them on an end-cap display! I’m seriously anticipating the arrival of my Visibly Deeperā„¢ Treatment. Every day I wait for the UPS guy to arrive like a child waiting for Santa.

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When you are shopping, look for these gorgeous beauties!

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I’m so excited to watch my hair color deepen, and stay dark over the summer! Here is my hair color now, I’ll post a picture in a couple weeks and show you how my color has changed!

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When you try the new John Frieda lines, tag me in your photos so I can see your gorgeous color!

Spring Pattern Mixing

I’m baaaaack! If you didn’t notice, I had to take a brief hiatus from blogging (hopefully you’ve still been following my fashion on Instagram). You see, what had happened was… I BOUGHT A HOUSE! It’s been so exciting but suuuuuper stressful! Let’s just say, I learned my lesson and will never hire a service provider without reading reviews first. Long story short, for a month I was confined to only living in my bedroom (stupid floors, who needs them). So I’m finally done being grounded (HA!) and can focus on my blogging again.

It’s now the time of the year when you leave home wearing a parka and drive home from work half naked from being too hot. So until mother nature decides to fully embrace spring, now is the season for layers! I layered my camo jacket over this rose colored shirt and paired it with a floral clutch to soften up the camo. My style is usually pretty feminine, but it doesn’t mean I don’t wear pieces that are more edgy. Get crazy ladies, pair patterns together that feel “outside the box”. It’s not 2005 anymore, you don’t only wear camo with black.

Happy Spring Friends!

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A special thank you to my friends Kacie and JaimeĀ  at Regally Soled for letting me crash their lunch time and taking my photos! If you’re not following them yet, well, you’re welcome!

Jacket Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt Forever 21 (similar)| Jeans Miss Me | Cutch Just Fab | Shoes Just Fab | Necklace Forever 21 (similar)