Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featuring Anya from ShoeDazzle.com

When Anya reached out to me from ShoeDazzle.com, I had already been on their email list and seen what they were all about so I couldn't say no to a guest post from them. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to order anything from them yet but they have really cute, trendy shoes and accessories for reasonable prices! Has anyone used them before and if so, what are your thoughts on the products?

Without further ado, here is what Anya wanted to share on how fashion can boost confidence:

Using Fashion to Feel Good
Looking good means feeling good inside and out. Experts have shown that beauty is therapeutic and can lift women’s spirits. When we look good we feel good; when we feel good we feel confident! Fashion has always been a component in beauty. Women can put on a new dress or a pair of women’s shoes and feel like a million dollars. Fashion is has truly become a stylized expression of one’s self.

How Can Fashion Help Me Feel Better?
Many people are skeptical about how something as simple as fashion can help improve their health, but who doesn’t feel better after they shop? When women are confident in their appearance, they tend to have a more positive outlook on life. Believe it or not, even major celebrities sometimes need a confidence boost, and sometimes so do you! Fashion allows you to showcase your style and express yourself through your clothing and accessories. Dare to be bold this summer season and play with color—pair teal colored jeans with a floral print wedge, neutral hue silk top, and gold jewelry accents for the perfect beat the heat look. 

image provided by ShoeDazzle

Consider How Fashion Can Help
Fashion can provide the confidence necessary. One of my favorite looks for summer is the must-have maxi dress. There are so many styles, textures, and patterns out there, but the maxi really is a universally flattering style that works on all body types and can be dressed up or down in a matter of minutes! A summer inspired maxi dress paired with a bold patterned peep toe pump is not the cure all, but it can help the person remain in good spirits while looking stylish as ever in the summer season!

Feeling beautiful in your own skin and confidence are must have accessories this summer! Strut your stuff with you friends and don’t be afraid to be the chic fashionista you want to be! 

image provided by ShoeDazzle

Taken from the ShoeDazzle website, here is some more information about how they work:

ShoeDazzle Membership Is Free & Effortless...
As a ShoeDazzle client, you enjoy a personalized showroom as well as access to our exclusive boutiques, trends and style advice. Our stylists are here to make you look and feel beautiful, and spoil you with perks like free shipping and simple exchanges and returns. There's no commitment, obligation or monthly fees, so you can focus on the fun and fashion.
No Commitment & No Fees
You'll receive a new set of personalized recommendations every month, but you're never obligated to place an order. You'll also never be charged a monthly fee; the only time we'll charge your card is when you make a purchase.
Free Shipping
Orders shipped within the contiguous United States are delivered for free with our Classic Pink shipping method, and will arrive 5–10 business days after being placed. Expedited delivery is available for a small additional charge.
Easy Exchanges & Returns
If your order doesn't fit, or you choose not to keep it for any reason, simply exchange it for another item or size within 30 days of delivery in new, unused condition. You can also exchange for a credit to use later free of charge. Returns for refunds are subject to a $5.95 restocking fee. Return shipping is free* for orders within the contiguous United States.
Cancel Anytime
You can cancel your account with ShoeDazzle at any time, free of charge and without penalty. If you wish to cancel, please call Client Services Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. (PST), at 1-888-508-1888.

Sign up for ShoeDazzle today!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award and A Purple Summery Dress

I have recently been nominated for the Liebster blog award by With Each Passing Day. Thank you so much for this recognition...it totally made my day when I found out! I really appreciate all the love and support from everyone. 
The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things About Myself

1. My friends call me a social butterfly and I love meeting new people. 
2. I've definitely caught the travel bug and have been to over 10 different countries.
3. I lived in Sydney, Australia for a year with my boyfriend just to work and travel. 
4. My favorite band has been and always will be, Hanson (since '97)!
5. I love to eat and enjoy trying new restaurants/cuisines whenever possible.
6. I have an allergy to mosquito and other bug bites.
7. I only recently succumbed to getting a smart phone in March.
8. I have a major sweet tooth and can never turn down dessert. 
9. I tend to be a perfectionist and strive to do my best in everything.
10. I have 2 younger sisters who I adore and love shopping with.
11. I had straight cut bangs as a 10 year old and here I am today with a similar hair style.

With Each Passing Day's Questions

1. If you were given the chance to meet your favorite blogger, who would it be and why? Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook because I feel like we would hit it off and she's just so incredibly stylish.
2. What is your favorite movie? Hard to pick one but I loved the Harry Potter series. 
3. What is the one thing you cannot live without? My boyfriend (and sleep)! 
4. Do you speak another language? I speak Cantonese and a little bit of French.
5. What country have you visited or would like to visit? Just to name a few: UK, France, Indonesia, Japan but would also love to visit a country in South America or Africa someday.
6. If you could have any person's wardrobe collection, who would it be? Diane Kruger and Olivia Palermo both have pretty amazing clothes.
7. Have you ever done anything spontaneous? Hm, does quitting my job and moving to Australia count?
8. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? To be a better cook because I love to eat! =P
9. What is one word that would describe your personality? Outgoing
10.What was the best advice your mom ever gave you? Never give up and be yourself.
11. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose to be? Katniss from the Hunger Games 

My Questions

1. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
2. What is your biggest fear?
3. Who is your favorite music artist/band?
4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
5. Do you have a special talent and if so, what is it?
6. What is your favorite dessert? 
7. Do you have any siblings? How many?
8. What is one thing you want to accomplish or try before you die?
9. Night owl or morning person?
10. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
11. What is your current favorite piece of clothing?

My Nominations

I'm passing this onto the following bloggers to spread the love, give support to new and upcoming blogs, or just showcase a couple of blogs that I love! (all have less than 200 followers).
2 Petite
A Petite Treat
For the love of fashion
Chartreuse Amour
Pocket Sized
City Girl
Fashion Girl Eats
S(e)oul and P(f)assion

Summer brings my dresses out of hiding! They are just so easy to throw on and look great with heels or flats.  I have been reaching for them when I don't want to think about what to wear. Wearing a chambray knotted at the front instead of a cardigan makes the look more casual and effortless. 
Old Navy western chambray (similar) -- purple dress from Ross (similar and love this one) -- Banana Republic strappy wedges (similar) -- H&M cross body messenger bag (similar)
I adore matching these wedges with my dresses!
Accessories: H&M braided bracelet (similar in a different color) -- thrifted 'knot' bangle (similar) -- faux pearl bracelet made by my sister (similar and on sale here) -- F21 woven ring (similar in silver)
Close-up of my wedges

Feel free to answer my questions above even if I didn't tag you. Even though I don't have many, I appreciate each and every one of my readers!