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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2014

November 27, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Hope your day has been filled with family, good food and fabulous drinks like this Cranberry Moscow Mule! Below are some of the pictures I snapped with my family and our feast. Such a good day except for the fact that the hubs was MIA due to work.

Now, it’s time to get your shop on! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 deals for you below. Cheers to some great deals and good luck out there!

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Amazon: Lightening deals will be amazing all day long! Different deals go live every 10 minutes.

Anthropologie: Huge sale sitewide.

athleta: 20% off cute workout apparel with code fit20.

Banana Republic: 50% off 1 full-priced item and 40% off everything else with code BRFORTY

Express: 50% off until noon on Friday

Gap: 50% off site-wide with code BLKFRIDAY at checkout

Gus Mayer: 50% off all sale markdowns

J. Crew: 30% off full-price and extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code THANKS.

Kate Spade Secret Sale: up to 75% off bags, shoes, clothing and jewelry. see my favorites here.

Loft: 50% off everything with code TREAT on Thanksgiving.

Nordstrom: Nordstrom…I mean…cute booties, makeup, killer outfits. What more could you want? Up to 40% off.

Piperlime: 25% off sitewide with code THANKFUL25

Shop Bop: Up to an extra 25% off with code GOBIG14 through Cyber Monday.

SOCA: Between 9-10 am get piko tops for $15 in store, 40% off Frye boots, and up to 70% off sale items
Sole Society: 30% off select shoes on Thanksgiving.

Target: Free shipping online plus deals throughout stores and online.

The Pants Store: First 300 at each location at opening get $25 free Pants bucks to spend that day, many discounts throughout the store.

by Heather

Cranberry Moscow Mule

November 26, 2014 in Recipes by Heather

Cranberry Moscow MuleI’m excited to welcome Amy from MyScoop to share a holiday delight. I have a feeling this drink recipe will be very popular with you guys. Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on this Cranberry Moscow Mule!

It was love at first sip, my relationship with the Moscow Mule that is. The combination of vodka and ginger beer is like Christmas for your taste buds. So with the holidays upon us I thought what about giving it a seasonal twist by adding cranberries. The result is a delicious drink that is also a beautiful pink hue. Cheers and happy holidays!

Cranberry Mule
 
Ingredients
  • Vodka
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Ice
  • Limes
  • Cranberry Jam
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
Instructions
  1. Cook your cranberry mixture together until it is the consistency of jam.
  2. Fill a copper mug with ice. Pour in 2 shots of vodka.
  3. Pour in ginger beer until the mug is about ¾ full.
  4. Squeeze half of a lime and add lime juice to mug.
  5. Zest half of the lime and stir in drink.
  6. Take a dollop (about 1 Tbsp) of cranberry mixture and stir in mug all together.

What’s your favorite holiday drink?

by Heather

Auburn Iron Bowl Style

November 25, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Casual Winter StyleIf you live in the state of Alabama, you know it’s Iron Bowl Week! And that means The Style Gathering and I are back and ready to style you in all things Orange and Blue & Crimson and White. It’s time to find your warm and fashionably chic gameday gear to kick your look up for a perfect evening of tailgating, chanting War Eagle, and enjoying a hopefully great game!

I went back to The Pants Store again before the Auburn/Samford game and picked out this outfit to wear to the game. The only difference? I accidentally left off the necklace in the photo shoot with Magen that I wore to the game and in the last Auburn game day post I did…shoot!

I wanted something warm, understated and items I’d wear day in and day out, gameday or not! This outfit has become a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe. I love the vibrant blue of that vest and the sweater is so comfy and loose. I threw on a few orange details in the Lily & Laura bracelets and the Target special bangle and called it a day.

I have become a believer in The Pants Store. I don’t know why I had never been before this fall, but I am incredibly glad I’ve found this affordable option for everything from accessories to vests to jeans. You can find The Pants Store at several locations around the state: Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, and Tuscaloosa. If you don’t live near one of their locations, you can always shop online though!

There’s no need to overthink your game day outfit! My only word of caution? Unless you’re 6 foot 4, 20, and tee-niny, skip the white printed leggings with game day colors. It’s just too much. I so wanted them to work but after I saw them on girl after girl in Auburn, I’m convinced it’s a tough look to pull off. If you’ve got the confidence to do it, by all means, go girl, but that’s one trend I’ll have to skip.

Relaxed Winter Look

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Shop the Look: Booties: OTBT (Pants Store) // Jeans: Joe’s Vintage Reserve 1971 The Skinny (Pants Store) // Sweater: Pants Store Label (similar) // Vest: Swoon brand at Pants Store  (similar) // Earrings: J Crew // Bracelets: Lily & Laura from Pants Store & Target

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Now, let’s hope that this game ends up like the last time Auburn went up against #1 Alabama! (:01 of glory is all we need) “They’re not gonna keep them off the field tonight!” (image: ESPN)

In case you missed our last Auburn/Alabama game day ideas, make sure you check that out here! *All photos via Magen Davis Photography.

So, who are you rooting for? Auburn or Alabama?

by Heather

No Bake Cookie Butter Cookies

November 23, 2014 in Recipes by Heather

No Bake Cookie Butter Cookies

I am giving you fair warning that this no bake cookie butter cookies recipe is dangerous to have on hand. Why? Because it comes together really quickly and you most likely already have all the ingredients on hand! If you haven’t tasted the wonder of cookie butter yet, DON’T do it!! It is WAY too good and too hard to resist. However, if you already know how addictive it is, then by all means indulge yourself with these cookies for a cookie swap or as a quick change up for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

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No Bake Cookie Butter CookiesIn fact, with Black Friday coming up, these could be a fun cookie to have on hand to fuel your shopping!! Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter can be shipped to your door via Amazon (affiliate link) or you can pick up different brands at your local grocery store. These FANTASTIC no bake cookie butter cookies are well worth every single calorie. The hubs and I liked them because they weren’t too sweet and had a good texture with the oats.

Confession: These are so good that by the time I was writing this post, the cookies were long gone but I had to get a teaspoon full of cookie butter to satiate my craving!

Cookie Butter Cookies
Serves: 12 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 6 T butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup cookie butter
  • wax paper
Instructions
  1. In a small saucpan, bring the butter, milk and vanilla to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in rolled oats and cookie butter.
  3. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  4. Cool before eating.

What’s your favorite quick and easy dessert?

by Heather

Hair Dare

November 18, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather


It’s all about hair this week on My Life Well Loved! If you missed yesterday’s post, make sure you check out how you can nourish your hair from the inside out. I’m not very daring when it comes to my hair color or style really. You’d think I had lost a finger when I lose more than 2 inches of hair. BUT, with all the beautiful dark shades of brunette that are trendy right now, I’m thinking I just might go bold and add some more depth to this dark brunette hair of mine. Here’s some of the looks I’ve been day dreaming about that you can find pinned to my “Get my Hair Did” Pinterest board:

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These buttery rich hues of brunette make me want to add some different shades and more dimension to my flat color. What do you think? To get my hair silky smooth and looking picture ready recently, I have been trying out Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil Collection. I’m hoping if I get my hair nice and silky smooth looking that it will inspire me to take the next step…color!

Dove Silky Hair Dare

So far, I’ve been pretty impressed. It has definitely left my hair feeling softer after just a few washes. I’ve only been trying it for a couple of weeks now, but so far, so good! I like that this product is meant to hydrate without making your hair greasy…cuz we all know this girl doesn’t like to wash her hair very often! ;)

I really like the smell and feel of the African Macademia Oil, seems like a great quality at a fraction of the price of the Moroccan Oil!

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post. Try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection today!

Dove doesn’t just want me to try this stuff, though. They want you to try it too — with their Dove Hair Silky Hair Dare. What does that mean? A few things:

So, that is all kinds of fabulous!  Basically, if you purchase anything between now and Dec. 31st — it’s risk-free AND you may win something totally fabulous. Call it a day!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your hair?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

by Heather

Foods for Healthy Hair

November 15, 2014 in Healthy Living, Lifestyle by Heather

As women, if there’s one thing we all want it’s healthy and beautiful hair. It always seems like whatever you don’t have is what you want. I have curly hair, but I’d love to have wavy or straight hair and I’m sure some of you straight haired girls wished you had curls.

Above is a classic picture of me trying to straighten my hair but then thinking it looks thin and stringy in the back. Pictures like this made me start doing research to see what I could do to make my hair healthier.

Luckily, we can help the health of our hair by ingesting proper nutrients though so that whether you are curling your hair or straightening it, you can rest assured your hair can take the heat both literally and figuratively.

Here’s some of the best foods for healthy hair:

Salmon: This fish is rich in protein and Vitamin D as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. All these ingredients are keys to strong hair.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin are all full of beta carotene which your body turns into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps protect the oils that keep your scalp healthy.

Eggs: Eggs are a strong source of protein, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Just another reason to boil up some eggs to have on hand for breakfast or a snack.

Spinach: Spinach is full of some of the nutrients we’ve already talked about like iron, beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C. This helps keep hair follicles healthy.

Supplements: If you don’t think your hair is strong enough on it’s own or you are trying to grow your hair out, you should try taking a supplement like Hairfinity. Hairfinity works from the inside out giving your hair the nutrients it needs to look its healthiest. The exclusive Capilsana complex provides a special sulfur and 18 amino acids that encourage healthy hair growth.

Hairfinity is a nutritional supplement formulated with essential nutrients for healthy hair.  This hair specific formula contains Vitamins A, C, and D, a B-Vitamin Complex, Biotin, MSM, and more.  Hairfinity is clinically proven to increase the hair growth rate by 155% while decreasing shedding.  Two capsules are taken per day, and each bottle contains a one-month supply.

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About a year ago, I felt like I was shedding more than normal and my hair was just feeling fine and thin, so I was excited to see that starting to take supplements has helped my hair feel thicker. I started out using drugstore hair, skin, and nails vitamins and was excited to try Hairfinity as well.

You can see an example of the before and after below:

Since I’ve been using these products, it seems like there’s less hair in the drain in the shower and I’m excited to see my hair look more full even at the bottom. If you haven’t tried a supplement to help nourish your hair from the inside out, I’d highly recommend it! What are your favorite foods for healthy hair or healthy living?

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by Heather

Beauty Bits: Blue Eyes

November 13, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

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I’m really excited to team up with The Style Gathering & Style Briefs to bring you Beauty Bits, our new “column” to make sure you’ve got all the latest and greatest beauty finds. First up on my end? This daring Covergirl ink it! aquamarine eye liner. At first, it seems like a lot of effort, a little too crazy, and just a bit out there. ’80′s reminiscent anyone? However, after seeing my ever so stylish friend Claire try it out, I decided “Why the heck not?” And…I’m so glad I did!

blue eyelinerIf I can pull this off, you can too. Instead of thinking of this as an extra step to try out in your makeup routine, let it simplify your go-to day look. Using blue eye liner has actually cut down on my morning prep time. Instead of feeling like I have to put on a whole eye look, instead I just swipe on this blue on the bottom lash line or if I want to dress it up more, I put it on the upper lash line as well. Using this blue eye liner gives my eyes that extra pop without taking the time to apply multiple colors of eyeshadow for the crease, lid, and highlighter.

Get the CoverGirl Ink It Eyeliner-Aquamarine Ink from Amazon or from your local drugstore. It glides on easily, lasts several hours without wear and is super easy to apply. I can even apply it in the car on the way to work…but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Make sure you stop by Birmingham girls’ blogs The Style Gathering and Style Briefs to see what their favorite Beauty Bit is!

What is your favorite beauty product of the moment?

by Heather

Birthday Wish List

November 12, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

Birthday WishlistYesterday was my birthday, and I have to tell you I felt SO incredibly overwhelmed with love, support, and blessings. Every email, text, phone call, voicemail and hug was such a joy to receive. It really was such a perfect day! I slept in until 9:30 and enjoyed reading messages from those I love in bed for about an hour via social media and my phone, went to a Pure Barre class at noon, picked up lunch at Zoe’s and took it to my mom and Nanna to eat with them and then went to get my nails done and was surprised with steaming vanilla latte from a friend. That night, I went to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of B Metro at Cantina with some dear friends and followed up with dinner and drinks at Jinsei. The whole day was just such a treat. I feel rejuvenated, inspired, and uplifted. The Lord has blessed me abundantly with uplifting friends and family members and I am eternally grateful.

Since I compiled a birthday wish list that my mom requested and Christmas is right around the corner, I wanted to share some of my picks with you in hopes that it will help you get some of your Christmas shopping done. See below what’s on my birthday and Christmas wish list and I’ll keep showcasing unique ideas over the coming weeks as the holidays draw closer!

 Leopard Loafers: I see leopard everywhere and I’m dying to add it to my shoe collection! I’d love some leopard flats, leopard heels, and some loafers, please and thank you!

Apple Iphone 6 4.7 Inch 16GB Unlocked (T-Mobile) Silver: My Iphone 5C has run out of storage, hasn’t been backed up in months, and takes bad pictures. It’s time for me to upgrade!

#Girlboss: Everyone I know who has read this has said it’s a must.

Cardigan with Fringe: This one from my friend Molly’s boutique is so cute on her and I’d like to add it to my weekly rotation of favorite outerwear pieces.

Piko Women’s Long Sleeve Top: I treasure the comfort of my short sleeve pikos and know that their winter counterpart would like to come reside in my closet as well. These t’s are the perfect length, soft and a go-to for the boots and leggings look.

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head: I’ve adored my Clarisonic but I’ve worn the poor dear out. She needs some new head gear.

Agate Coasters: Just. SO. Pretty.

OTBT Women’s Sandpiper Boot: Comfortable and chic. They look like flats but have a wedge built in. You can see how I styled the ones I had on loan from The Pants Store here

PS Don’t forget that for my birthday week, I’ve teamed up with SOCA on Instagram to offer you guys a fun giveaway. Go HERE and follow me to enter to win!

by Heather

Washing the Day Away

November 9, 2014 in Healthy Living, Lifestyle by Heather

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At this time of year, my skin tends to freak out. Not only is the fall and holiday season fun and jam-packed but that usually results in a little bit of stress and late nights to get it all done. If there’s one thing I do every night before bed, it’s wash my face. I have always done this because my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts. Even if you have great skin and don’t have to worry about breakouts, it’s still so important to remove your makeup.

I know at the end of the day, when you’re tired, you just want to fall into bed, but the benefits of taking the extra few moments to wash your face can really add up. Washing your face can actually make your skin more radiant as well as help eliminate larger pores, blackheads, and pimples. During the day, your face builds up a layer of dead skin cells, oil, bacteria and sweat. Then adding make up on top of that, creates a prime environment for clogged, dilated pores, dull skin, and breakouts.

I’m even trying to force myself to start using wipes to wipe down my chest, back and shoulders after workouts to prevent further clogged pores in those areas. Another issue I run into this time of year is dry skin in certain areas of my face due to being in the indoor heat and the temperature change.

A new product I’m trying to help me with these issues is POND’S cold cream cleaner paired a few times a week with my Clarisonic. It is hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, and won’t clog pores, not to mention it gets off ALL the makeup which is important for that healthy, glowing skin we were just talking about. Ha!

In anticipation of the 2014 holiday season, POND’S, the classic beauty brand trusted by generations of loyal followers, is teaming up with the Rockettes, the legendary precision dance company, to encourage women to kick off an effective, Rockettes-approved skincare routine and enter for a chance to go behind the curtain at Radio City Music Hall this December.

One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a two-day Manhattan getaway to meet the Rockettes and attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular this December.

Entering the contest is easy.

• Visit the contest page here: POND’S Contest Page

• Scroll down and fill out the sweepstakes form

Take a look at the POND’S Rockettes video to see how they use POND’S backstage.

All of the POND’S makeup removing products are available at your favorite drugstore or mass retailers now.

What’s your favorite skin care tip?

Thanks to POND’S for sponsoring today’s discussion. Please help support this blog by checking out POND’S here.

by Heather

Fit Chic: Electric

November 5, 2014 in Fashion, Healthy Living by Heather

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Fit Chic: Fashion in Fitness is one of my favorite posts to feature here on My Life Well Loved. Just because you’re working out, doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous! No need to schlep around in baggy sweat pants and t-shirts if you don’t want to. Dress it up and enjoy transitional pieces that help you go from your yoga class to running errands.

It has been too long since I’ve had time to get together a fun Fit Chic post. This outfit is one of my go-to’s right now while the Alabama weather decides what to do. I wear this for tennis, running, walking or Pure Barre. Even though you typically think of these kind of bright colors as summer colors, many fashion designers brought all shades of brights out to play for fall 2014/winter 2015. Brands like Monique Lhuillier, Altuzarra and Alexander Wang collections showcased all kinds of bright hues.

The moment I saw this hot pink Splits 59 tank on Instagram, I knew it had to be mine. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the most vibrant shades of pink like fuchsia! And while there’s less of it in my wardrobe now, I still like to have the girly playfulness come out for my workouts and the occasional blouse.

The hot hued blue sports bra screamed my name from a sales bin at Victoria’s Secret months ago and when I found I could make the sizing just barely work for $15, I was a happy camper! I like the pink detailing in the back as well but honestly wish it was just all the solid electric blue.

Finally, those metallic spattered capris are my jam. I’m not sure if I love them so much because they bring back memories of our trip to New York City where I bought them or if it’s the unique design, but either way, I’m sold. Those pants always get comments and let me just tell you, making a statement in your workout wear is motivation enough to keep you coming back for more.

What workout attire have you splurged on lately?

Shop the Look: Tank: Splits 59 purchased at Pure Barre (on sale) | Capris: athleta chatarunga (on sale) | Sports Bra: Victoria’s Secret Women’s Sport Bra Blue (similar)