Nov 26, 2014

Gift Guide : For The Fashionista & Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!

Can anyone else believe that Black Friday is in a few days? It's a great weekend to get started on your Christmas/Holiday lists, so here's a little something to get you started. I have so many people to shop for this year, and I always get so excited to pick out the perfect thing for everyone on my list. I love shopping (especially for the kiddos) and I already know what kind of bones & toys I'm getting Oliver. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my favorite gift guides for all of the important people in your life.

These are some of the items on my wishlist this year. My birthday creeps up in just a week and I can't help but make a secret (not so secret) wishlist. Are you guys crushing on anything this year? What are you going to be buying on Black Friday & Cyber Monday?

Here are some awesome sales going on around the web for the next few days:

Black Friday- Huge sale, most items 50% Off
Cyber Monday- Free Shipping on Any Orders!

Black Friday- 30% Off with code : TGIBF
Cyber Monday- 30% Off

Bauble Bar
Black Friday- 15% Off 2 items with code: Friday15
35% off 4items+ with code: Friday35
Cyber Monday- 20% off with code: Cyber20

Urban Outfitters
Black Friday- Take 25% off online, 50% off in stores
Cyber Monday- $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150

Black Friday- 25% off with code: Thankful25

Old Navy
Most items 50% off for both days!

40% off select items throughout the weekend

Free People
Black Friday- 50% off select items
Cyber Monday- 25% off sale

50% off new items!

Hope you all are having a great week, and I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2014

A Letter To My Beautiful Head Of Hair

We all have a love/hate relationship with our hair, here's my story..

Dear Hair,
It's been a long road, with you and I. We've had some great times, and some awful times. Most of the times I would like to remember, but there are some I don't mind forgetting. As I sit here and reminisce about our relationship, I want to remind you that I will never go back to 16-year old Maria ever again. I'll never bleach you, or get highlights that are orange-red. I will never dye you a black-maroon color ever again because my punk rock emo days are over. I also will never be cutting straight across bangs again, because we both know it just didn't work for either of us.

I know you've been feeling quite flat lately and I have the perfect solution for us! L'Oreal Advanced Haircare is going to be a huge life changer for both of us.  I know we normally don't like trying new things, but this is different! Their volume filler line makes hair feel fuller instantly. We always wanted something this great to come into our lives, and it's finally here. Their thickening shampoo & conditioner have become my new favorites, and I know you feel the difference too. You feel voluminous and beautiful, and better than ever. I also love their filler fiber amplifying concentrate.  This way, the volume will never leave, and we can feel glamorous together, forever!

I've cut you short, and I have kept you long. The great thing is, the good days are finally here to stay. We've been better then we've ever been before, and I know it's only going to get better between us. 


"We ladies know that not all locks are created equal, and so does L’OrĂ©al Paris. With the Advanced Haircare line, Glam girls have the power to pick their shampoo, conditioner and treatment based on their specific strand needs, taking their tresses to luxurious levels. Beautiful hair has never been more personal.”

Compensation was provided by L’Oreal’s Advanced Hair Care via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal.

Nov 21, 2014

Velvet Dreams

Velvet reminds me of being a little girl. The dresses that my Mom used to make me wear for church in the early 90's were either velvet, or covered in lace. Either way, it's a great memory to have and this outfit made me feel like a little kid again.Velvet also makes me reminiscent of the holidays for some reason. I think it's because this material used to be used in so many things, and now it isn't used as often so it gives me that vintage-y feel. 

It's not even Thanksgiving yet and this weekend we're decorating for Christmas, finally! It seems so early this year, and I guess that's how it's felt for the past few years. Every year I say the same thing, and every year it creeps up on me. Starting next week I want to get most of my holiday shopping done (even though I know I will be last minute).

Black Friday & Cyber Monday are always so fun because I always love getting the emails and notifications from my favorite shops having sales. I will be doing some round ups next week and some gift guides of my favorite things, so stay tuned! I also will be unveiling some youtube videos hopefully next week! It's been so hectic but I have so many ideas to share, and if there were 10 of me, things would happen a lot faster!

Have you started holiday shopping yet? 

Fun Fact About Me: I hate opening presents in front of people, it makes me really nervous!

Details: Dress & Clutch (similar) / Marshalls c/o , Booties (similar) / BCBG 
Socks / Urban Outfitters , Necklace / Bauble Bar

Nov 20, 2014

Apricot & Brie Grilled Cheese

Hey guys! Happy Thursday. Today I am so excited to team up with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® and give you my spin on the classic grilled cheese. This sandwich and I have a longstanding history together. One of my favorite breweries in New Jersey (Triumph Brewery in Princeton) used to make this sandwich and keep it on their menu. It was slightly different than how I made it, but the main ingredients were the same. I used to visit this brewery constantly, just because of this sandwich. Unfortunately the grilled cheese was taken off the menu, so I had to figure out a way to make it myself.

Using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® brings a whole new flavor into this grilled cheese, and the best part is? It's good for you too! Their new recipe is offered in light, and olive oil varieties too. They use NON-GMO sourced ingredients that are all simple and plant based. If you try it out for yourself, make sure you visit their website ( and leave your own personal review. I actually really enjoy making this spin on the classic grilled cheese, and I know you will too!

Here's what you'll need: 
Apricot Spread or Preserves
Brie Cheese
Marble Rye Bread

I was lucky enough to have access to a panini press while making this grilled cheese, but any simple stove top pan will do. 

First, you'll want to used the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread and butter up your bread! 
Then, spread your apricot preserves on top of the butter spread.
Next, you'll want to cut your cheese up in slices and place it all on top.
Finally, either press, or place into a pan that's coated with non stick spray. 

 Easy peasy right? 

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