Fashion by Fiancé

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My fiancé dressed me for a week…here’s what happened

by Alix Angelelli

Remember when you were little and your mom would set out your clothes? The perfect little put-together outfit for the school day. I am (and always have been) a slight control freak, so my mom quit doing that around second grade. But recently I’ve given up all control when it comes to my daily outfit choice.

I have given my fiancé… a MAN… complete control over what I wear for a week. He picks my outfit including shoes and accessories. He also gets to make suggestions when it comes to my hair and make-up (if I can accomplish that look). He has a few rules, 1) it has to be work appropriate and 2) he has to consider my day (i.e. if I have lots of running around I can’t be in my most uncomfortable shoes). So here it is a complete diary with photos on his outfit choices.

Day 1: We had a photo op with our Wine, Women and Shoes 2016 Committee, so I made note to opt for a solid color choice. I loved the outfit, it was comfy and put together. I thought it may be too casual for work but it ended up being perfect! I’ll definitely wear it again.

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Day 2: We are both Texas A&M grads, so I was not shocked by his maroon choice for day 2. This dress made me feel flirty and fun and like I can go straight to date night with him. He did a great job at piecing it together and making me feel cute and fun on a Wednesday.

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Day 3: Again he stuck with a dress, but it was patterned and he accessorized it a little more. I was really surprised with this whole outfit. He generally sticks with solids and doesn’t step outside of the box with patterns and materials (even in his own daily wear). But he brought it all together.

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Day 4: It was Friday at work, which means “casual wear.” I can say this is not my favorite of his choices. I mean it wasn’t bad, but it also was blah. He meant well…keeping it chill and loose and putting me in jeans. But I wanted something more.

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Day 5: All the Monday feels were gone when I slipped this on. He made me feel like I am ready for a night out in a coastal town. I feel put together. I feel confident. I feel like summer. I also enjoyed the natural hair recommendation… keeping together the beach babe vibe.

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Overall, I loved this experiment. Even on the days when I felt that he was not putting the time and effort into choosing my outfit for the day, he actually was. As a woman I often struggle seeing my own beauty and self worth. These past few days really allowed me to embrace every part of myself. Seeing what he loves and thinks is beautiful about me helped me see strengths and beauties within myself. What we should all keep in mind is that each one of us is beautiful inside and out, and this experiment opened my own eyes to that!



Stylizing Your ‘Me’ Time

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Making your ‘me’ time reflect your style

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by Erica Johnson

Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one out there who has a difficult time scheduling “Me” time! As women, I think we’re all accustom to constantly putting others first and forget about ourselves. Top it off with being in the work sector of non-profit for the majority of my life, this is even truer. Everything I do from the minute I wake up, until the final email or meal prep I do for the next day revolves around helping others/my family/etc., so I constantly have to remind myself to make me time…and for me, I love my spaces in life to be stylized (and on a budget!)

Within the past year, I’ve learned it’s the small things (even if it only is 5-10 minutes of me time) that can make a huge difference in my day. The thing I’ve learned to actually enjoy my me time, is to have my surroundings look beautiful/chic. I’m an organized/type-A/clutter free sort of gal, and when I get me time, I want my space to be stylized also…thus today’s post….stylizing your me time.

I LOVE all the perfect looking blog posts and magazine pictures that show a pretty coffee mug and a cute notebook to journal in, and I always (used to go) “I wish I had that picturesque stylized time for myself.” There’s something warm and welcoming that makes me desire those picture worthy settings.

About a year ago, I was drinking my luke-warm coffee out of my chipped mug that had a I gotten for free from a business expo and journaling in my so called “notebook” that had a beat up cover (if any cover at all). It was free, quick and easy, but it was also messy. My “me time” started feeling more like a chore than an inspirational time for myself.

I decided to take that picture perfect notebook and coffee mug look and turn it into my own. (And little did I know, I already owned a lot of the small things that made my “me time” feel pretty again.) I dusted off some plates and coffee cup that had been sitting in my cabinet and started using my ‘nice stuff’ on a daily basis…why shouldn’t I enjoy the gifts people have bought me and were collecting dust in my kitchen? Then I found this adorable notebook on clearance at Trina Turk and a beautiful orchid at my local grocery store. It was amazing how EXCITED I was to have my 5-10 minutes of “me-time” back again feeling so glam and chic.

I encourage every one to find your own style. It doesn’t have to be glam and chic (that’s just my personal style). Maybe you love urban rustic or boho-chic…whatever it is, take a few minutes and a few dollars to truly enjoy and stylize your “me time”. We all get so very few minutes in a day that we should enjoy the small things…even if it’s as simple as a chip-free coffee mug! Make it an inspiring, dazzling and empowering week!



Presenting Sponsor and Designers of Wine Women & Shoes Announced

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is pleased to announce that EXIT Lone Star Realty will be the presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes Houston. This is the second consecutive year that EXIT Lone Star Realty is the presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes, returning on September 29, 2016 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

“We’re very fortunate to have EXIT Lone Star Realty back as our presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “Just as breast cancer has touched each of us, it has directly touched them as well, and we appreciate their passion for helping to educate and empower women to prevent and survive breast cancer.”

“EXIT Lone Star Realty is excited to be the presenting sponsor again for Wine Women & Shoes. It touches home even more that both my niece as well as a dear friend/client (both breast cancer survivors) will be modeling in the runway show as survivors,” said Susan Mack, Owner/Broker of EXIT Lone Star Realty. “BCCA is such a worthy cause and it is wonderful to see how the event is growing. It’s going to be even more fabulous than last year if that’s possible!”

The New York-Style Runway Show will be spotlighting the night this year with local and name-brand designers. For the third annual event, Dillard’s will be the Exclusive Fashion Show Sponsor, showcasing their newest fall fashions; Kendra Scott will be the Exclusive Jewelry Sponsor as well as hosts of the popular ‘Sip & Sparkle’ station; Uptown Park’s custom shoe designer, LUCHO, is back as the Exclusive Shoe Sponsor and will be displaying their fabulous stilettos. Other marketplace vendors are Rhinestone Leopard, Magnolia Mey, Armarillo de la Bella, and Marmi, who will all be selling their new fall lines.

This year, Wine Women & Shoes is honoring those touched by breast cancer in a very special way. All of the runway models will be women who have been affected in some way by breast cancer: survivors, family members, medical personnel and more will be showcasing every look and sharing their inspiring stories of hope.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now. VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  orwww.iGoPink.org

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is grateful for all of their event sponsors, which include: Maserati, CHLOE Wine, Tiff’s Treats, H-E-B, Dr. Lind Plastic Surgery, Stephens Gatewood & Associates Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy, Pinnacle Insurance, Avanti Senior Living, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Massage Heights Panther Creek & Spring Creek, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Shag Salon, Style Revival, DJ Hollywood Steve, Mindy Harmon, My Wallet My Style, Tara Flannery Photography, J Stacy Photography, Woodlands Photo Co., AGB Videography, SpeedPro Imaging, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Home, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/reviewit.Flair.Vida Social Magazines, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, FOX 26, and KSTAR Country Radio.



Kate Spade Staples and Sales

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Happy Wednesday!

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Obsessed with this makeup bag

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I’ve had this for 2 years and it still looks new

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Mug, notebook, and pink pillow all Kate Spade!

Hi hi hi! I’ve mentioned before that I am not humpday’s biggest fan. I have no idea why, but I just get in a mid-week slump. To pump myself up for the weekend and finish the work week strong, I lean on a few of my favorite things: Starbucks, Stranger Things (have y’all seen this on Netflix? I’m addicted), and sales.

I am a frequent online shopper because there’s really nothing better than opening a package you forgot you even bought. It’s like Christmas every other week! This week, my online search took me to Kate Spade. While it’s not currently time for their next surprise sale (those things get me every single time), they maintain a pretty great selection year round. Right now there’s bags, phone cases, scarves, and so much more on sale. I’ve forever been a fan of my girl Kate, so this week I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things.

I don’t know about you, but my mind immediately goes to purses when I think of Kate Spade, even though there is so much more to offer! I received my green purse a few years ago as a gift, and I love that 1) it never goes out of style (this particular purse is still one of their most popular), 2) it shows no wear and tear (and I am not kind on my bags), and 3) it adds a pop of color to my usual neutral color scheme.

Another purse I got during the last surprise sale is the black and pale pink cross body (sold out, similar here). It’s a good bag for going out or to dinner when I don’t want something bulky. I purchased this makeup case during that sale, and it was one of the best impulse buys I’ve ever made! It’s such a good size and holds the essentials for when you’re on the go. They don’t have this specific pattern anymore, but this one is similar and on sale!

Aside from purses, Kate Spade always has the cutest accessories. I’m personally obsessed with their office supplies and anything for the home. I have quite a random assortment of mugs, staplers, pillows and more in my collection.

Have a great Wednesday, even if that means treating yourself to Starbs and sales!

PS – this is on my wish list! Patiently waiting for that next sale to add this pretty pink babe to my collection…

xoxo,
Tori Carruth

 



One In A Melon

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my favorite watermelon accessory…and only $8!

by Tori Carruth

Happy hump day, and more importantly happy national watermelon day! I feel like lately the pineapple has really had a moment. I personally have two of the cutest Tommy Bahama pineapple lamps in my room, so I’m speaking from experience here. One fruit (vegetable?) that gets overlooked in both cuteness and tastiness is the watermelon. It’s perfect for hot summer days and is super good for you. It’s high in fiber, vitamins A & C, and a great source of potassium.

Fun fact about watermelons: in both China and Japan, it’s a popular gift to bring to a host! I think I’d prefer wine, but that’s just me.

Here are some of my favorite watermelon items.

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And here is a fun recipe to try by one of my favorite bloggers, The Skinny Confidential!

Happy national watermelon day!



On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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Wednesday We Wear Pink Accessories

By Erica Johnson

Part of the iGoPinkLife’s new concept is a total lifestyle overview. If you’re any type of a girly-girl like we are, we all love fashion in some way shape and form. AND if you couldn’t guess, the favorite color of the iGoPinkLife team is…(drumroll please), PINK! To us, it’s more than a color, it’s a statement…a bold statement not only of fashion but a statement that brings unity to women supporting women; a color that stands for survivorship and a color that evokes happiness.

Each month you’ll be seeing us cap off the month with our “On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink” segment (but to be quite honest, we wear pink nearly 7 days a week around here.) I’m excited to kick off this segment with one of my key secrets to fashionably add pink your lifestyle.

You guessed it, accessories. I’m an accessory nut—from shoes to handbags, jewelry to scarves. There is SO much you can do with accessories without breaking the bank too. Try some of these simple secrets to make your wardrobe pop with a flash of pink:

  • Jewelry – there are so many fantastic costume jewelry places out there these days. One of my fav’s is Charming Charlie…tons of great looks that fit any budget. A pop of color or a fun necklace can completely change the look of a simple outfit.
  • Handbags – I’m not a fan of changing out purses (I’ll pack one purse and not change it for months) however, when I’m going to a luncheon or out and want to keep basic but add some fun to my outfit, a handbag is a simple way to do it.
  • Shoes – my poor husband, thank goodness he understands my love for shoes. These here are some that I constantly get stopped for all the time. They’re made by Guess and from Macy’s (a few years back though). Super comfy, constantly a show stopper and with your Macy’s card, even more on sale!
  • Scarves – in Texas it’s a bit too hot to be accessorizing this time of year with scarves, however, it’s one of my Fall staples. Go on Youtube to find some tutorials on how to knot scarves and you’ll be amazed what fun you can do with a piece of fabric!
  • Lipstick – I call it an accessory because it really can be. Smiling can be one of life’s greatest accessories. Shine those pearly whites and dawn them with a fabulous bold color too!

So as we roll out our on Wednesday’s we wear pink segments, we’d love to see what ways you incorporate pink (or color) into your wardrobe! Get creative…it’s amazing how far a few pieces can change your look!



A Prayer to the Cardio Gods

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By Tori Carruth

When I was in high school, I ran on the cross country and track team, spent a few seasons cheerleading, and played soccer all four years. I basically chose every sport that included miles of running as a “warm up”. As a result, after high school I pretty much swore off running as much as I swore off wearing Ugg boots with skirts (not my best look).

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Once I got to college, I realized that my metabolism wasn’t what it once was, and I could no longer eat McDonalds for 2 out of 3 meals a day. After a few years of “working out” (I put quotes around this because, let’s be honest, I went to the Rec Center to gossip), I finally have decided to take up running again. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers; I’m not kidding.

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SO! What makes running fun? So far, literally nothing, except maybe new shoes. If you’re a runner, a casual walker, or you just want to rock your leggings and 5 year old sorority t-shirt on your weekly Target run (no judgement, girl), check out these cute shoes that will at least be fun to look at when you’re already stopping to walk on mile one. Just me?

I got my shoes on sale and can’t seem to find them anywhere now L However, I’ve linked some similar and some other pink shoes that I love! Happy running!

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Splurge or Save: Swimsuit Edition

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iGoPink Summer Swimsuit Buying Guide

By Tori Carruth

It’s officially summer! I grew up a lover of the water. Whether I was on my parent’s boat, at my grandparent’s pool, or taking my siblings to the country club, I was surrounded by water. However, I am terrified of the ocean—weird, I know, but there’s just so much OPEN water. Anyone else?

I’ve always been a fan of summertime style. It’s one of the few times where it’s acceptable to rock a swimsuit, flowy dress, fresh face, and natural hair 24/7. In Texas, it’s almost recommended that this be your summer uniform. Anything more and you might end up melting!

Swimsuits are one of those things that you can save or splurge on, and nobody has a clue what you spent but you and the Nordstrom gal (who may or may not be judging you for spending half your paycheck on something that covers half your body). I have a swimsuit from Target that I’ve had for two to three summers, and I still get compliments on it. Whether you’re splurging on that Triangle bikini or splashing around in a bargain-buy, here’s a guide to our favorites this summer!

 

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National Pink Day is June 23rd!

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What?! There’s a National PINK Day?!?! There sure is! National Pink Day falls every year on June 23rd – which happens to be on a Thursday in 2016 – and is a celebration for the color pink PLUS everything it represents!

We would be honored for you to get involved and celebrate this special day with us!

How to Get Involved:

1. Plan to go PINK! Start planning with your family, friends, co-workers, and/or teammates to join together and all wear PINK on Thursday, June 23rd.

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2. Share a Photo! Take a photo (group picture, selfie, etc) when you are wearing pink! Submit your photo to us by sharing online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #iGoPink, and tag our page (FB: The Breast Cancer Charities of America OR TW: @igopink IG: @_igopink)

Share online and vote daily HERE or below for your favorite #iGoPink photos! If you share a photo with #iGoPink and tag @iGoPink, you will have the chance to WIN iGoPink gear (t-shirts, waterbottles, pink ribbons, bling bracelets, etc)! Winners will be announced on June 23 and June 24.

Enter and vote below:

You can also submit and vote for photos daily on Facebook at http://bit.ly/PinkDayPhoto

3. Create A Fundraiser. Spread awareness and raise funds for women who are still struggling with breast cancer! It’s quick and easy to start your own fundraiser OR join together and raise funds with a team: CLICK HERE to get started!

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Create your fundraiser today at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

4. Make a Donation. Honor a cancer survivor or a loved one with a PERSONALIZED eCard when you donate to help breast cancer patients. Your donation today and on June 23rd makes a difference. CLICK HERE to donate today

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Thank you for joining with us to celebrate National Pink Day on Thursday, June 23rd! With your help, together we can spread awareness about breast cancer and continue to make a difference in the lives of women who are battling breast cancer.

Donate TODAY at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

 



Feeling Beautiful Again Program Serves Patients with Beauty & Hope

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is serving women across the nation through their Feeling Beautiful Again program. This service provides women who are battling breast cancer with a beauty bag of hope. If you or someone you know is battling breast cancer, request a free Feeling Beautiful Again bag!

The Feeling Beautiful Again kit, which comes in a reusable pink tote, is full of beauty products to make a woman feel feminine and beautiful again. Amongst the lip gloss, blanket, nail polish, and more, women will also find education information on breast cancer, a step-by-step workbook and the organization as a whole.

“We often hear that after losing a breast(s), eyelashes, hair and dealing with the skin changes that come with cancer treatments, a woman feels less feminine and less like herself,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “With these Feeling Beautiful Again bags, we hope to help remind a woman that she is beautiful and strengthen her self-image.”

This little act of kindness can brighten a woman’s day and give someone struggling through the emotional and side effects of breast cancer a new lift on life.  If you or your company may be interested in setting up a ‘Beauty Drive’ to assist with collecting the items put into these bags, or if you know of someone who may appreciate or be in need of a Feeling Beautiful Again bag, please visit www.iGoPink.org/FeelingBeautifulAgain or call us (936)231-8460.