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Upgrade To Clearer Vision With Xperio UV Protection Lenses

November 19th, 2015 by Christen

Growing up, I’ve always had crisp and clear 20/20 vision.  Ironically, I was also the kid that desperately wanted to wear glasses since I was in the 4th grade.  Back then, there was something so studious and chic about wearing glasses and even though I didn’t need them, I wanted to wear glasses bad.  Fast forward 20 years later, after starting the blog and spending 10-12 hours staring at a computer screen, I noticed my eyesight wasn’t what it used to be.  I needed glasses, and I needed them fast.



After years of wearing a variety of prescription reading glasses and sunglasses I thought I experienced the pinnacle of clear vision should be. That is, until I learned about Xperio UV polarized prescription lenses.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses virtually eliminate blinding glare so you can see the outside world with sharper color and greater depth.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses aren’t just ordinary sun lenses either. They help you see more no matter if you’re staring at a computer screen in the office all day or playing sports outside, providing excellent clarity of vision all while protecting your eyes with a superior quality lens.


glasses collage


Recently, I got the chance to ship off a pair of designer prescription sunglasses for the Xperio UV polarized lens treatment.  After a few weeks, my sunglasses were returned with a certificate of authenticity & guide on caring for my new and improved shades.  Not only were the polarized lenses a complete upgraded vision experience but they also eliminate 100% of blinding reflective glare, they’re practically scratch resistant and offer maximum UV (SPF 50) eye protection.



xperio uv



If you need an upgraded vision experience, check with your optometrist today.  Your Eyecare Professional offers a wide range of sun lenses, but Xperio UV lenses offer maximum UV protection, scratch resistance and cleanability, while delivering superior vision indoors and out. Want to learn more?  Connect with Xperio UV on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube today or visit them online at online.


This post has been sponsored by Xperio UV however, all opinions are my own.

Freshen & Extend Your Wardrobe From One Season To The Next With Dryel

August 24th, 2015 by Christen

From the holiday season to summer and even in preparation for the most stylish season of them all – Fall!  Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner has been my secret to sustaining my wardrobe from one season to the next and now I’m sharing my secret to saving money on dry cleaning and how to freshen your wardrobe from one season to the next with you!


Reason #1 for using Dryel – it saves me hundreds in dry cleaning bills every month!  The average dry cleaning bill for three dresses is $60+ a month – compared to Dryel, a few bucks a month goes a long way!


Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer.  The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle!  From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes.  Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.


Must Read: Keeping My Holiday Style Chic Without Breaking The Bank With Dryel


Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner


Dryel is definitely my secret for keeping my looks fabulous all season long. The starter kit (MSRP: $6.99) cleans up to 10 garments while the refill (MSRP $8.99) cleans up to 30 garments – cleaning my favorite sequin and satin frocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical dry cleaner.


Dryel Summer 2


Reason #2 for using Dryel – it’s tough on stains but easy on sequin, satins and other delicate fabrics.


Dryel Summer



Not only do I use Dryel to clean and freshen up hard to clean frocks, but it works wonders on eliminating wrinkles in hard to iron pleated skirts/dresses and livening compacted clothes fresh out my suitcase too!


Dryel Summer 3


Reason #3 for using Dryel – it’s travel friendly!  No matter what city or hotel, I find myself in I can alway count on dry cleaner quality service at “Do-It-Yourself” pricing with Dryel!


Dryel Summer cleaning


Must Read: Succeed At Last-Minute Style This Winter With Dryel At-Home Cleaner


Dryel is easy to use, cost effective and it extends the life of your closet – what more could you ask for? Clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching.  You’ve seen how I keep my winter, spring and summer style chic without breaking the bank with Dryel, now how about you?  You can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target or get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.



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New Look From Balmain + HM Collaboration REVEALED! #HMBalmaination

August 20th, 2015 by Christen

If there’s any hi-lo collection worth saving coins for, it’s undoubtedly the Balmain H&M collaboration arriving this Fall!

Who’s ready for a swoon-worthy fashion collection unlike anything we’ve seen before?  News first broke of the collaboration back in May when Kendall Jenner and Jordan Dunn both rocked pieces from the upcoming collection on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards. (Since we’re kinda over the Kardashian hype, we failed to acknowledge the hype…. until today!)  We haven’t heard much about the line (set to launch November 5), since then but it looks like today is our lucky day. This morning, Elle released a new photo from the collection and it was worth the wait.


Balmain H&M


We’re huge fans of the hi/lo designer partnership trends… I mean hello? Our closets are still filled with pieces from Versace/H&M, Jason Wu/Target collections and more.  Unlike some designer collaborations we’ve seen in the past, none of the brand’s super glamorous aesthetic seems to be lost this diffusion line. The long-sleeved, embellished dress looks just like what you might find on the runway at a Balmain fashion show. We’re betting the pieces from this Balmain H&M collection aren’t going to quite as budget-friendly as the rest of H&M’s merchandise, but if everything looks as good as this we’re definitely up for a splurge.

H&M does a great job with their collaboration collections and by the looks of things, we’re in for a great collection reveal soon!

What are you hoping to find in the Balmain H&M collection? Share with us in the comments below. 

These Smart Jeans Aren’t Just Stylish, They’ll Charge Your Smartphone Too!

August 5th, 2015 by Christen

“Hey! Are those iPhone charging jeans you’re wearing?” Sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like those Bugle Boy jeans commercials from back in the day, but these new smart jeans may just be the newest addition that you’ll want to add to your closet asap.

smart jeans

A new denim line from Joe’s Jeans, called the #Hello jean, tries to solve both the problem of charging your iPhone and stylish jeans that’ll fit your iPhone at once. The jeans, which don’t come cheap for $189, have a special opening above the traditional back pocket for a battery pack, which charges your iPhone 5, 5S or 6 in another special pocket alongside the charger opening.

smart jeans

The charging pocket works with the help of a USB cord hidden along the seams and connects to a small portable battery pack, which is an additional $49. Meanwhile, the iPhone fits into the back pocket and can fuel up on battery power (hopefully, without someone noticing — or snatching it away). Just remember to remove both components before throwing the jeans in the wash.

smart jeans

Although the premise is a nice idea, don’t think you’ll get to leave your chunky portable chargers at home ladies.  The charger with the new #Hello jean will barely charge the iPhone 5 and 5S up to 85%, and charges the iPhone 6 up to 70%.


What do you think?  Is rocking a new pair of phone charging smart jeans for $189 in your immediate future? Share in the comments section below!

Discover The Easiest Way To Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

June 16th, 2015 by Fashion Staff

The Best Sunglasses For Your Face


It’s Summer!  There’s no better time to invest in a great pair of shades than now.  But which style is right for you?  Different sunglasses look better on different faces. Sure, you could try them all out until you find one that works, but if you need a little help, here’s an infographic that’ll help narrow it down for you.

It’s simple: first, you determine your face shape by tracing it in a mirror and comparing it to the shapes on the infographic. Then refer to the second half, which lists your face shape and the sunglass styles that match. (It even explains why those sunglasses are a good fit for you, which is good to remember if you’re ever out without the guide on hand.) Finding the best sunglasses for your face doesn’t have to be rocket science, once you found which style/shape flatters your face best, then you no longer have to be in the dark when it comes to sunnies that suit you best!

Check out the infographic and discover the best sunglasses for your face shape below!

The Best Sunglasses For Your Face chart


Now that you’ve found a guide that’ll help put your best shadiest face forward, which pair of shades are you looking forward to buying first?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


Silver, Liquid Metals And Bling (These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things) #OOTD

May 21st, 2015 by Christen


Over the years, I’ve realized that my style can’t be narrowed down to one or two categories. In fact, it’s usually an eccentric mix of feminine meets biker-chic or preppy meets athletic, moments. I’m always looking for small elements or details that’ll make my look standout (without looking like I’m thirsty for attention).


As a matter of fact, to know me means that you understand my love for individuality without seeking spotlight. (Maybe that’s a weird introvert characteristic, but I digress..) One of my favorite looks that experiment with multiple elements of style is this sneaker glam ensemble – where bling is king!



By pairing a sweatshirt/sneakers with a glam gown/chandelier earrings, I managed to create a look suitable for… well, I cover what this look was intended for below.


Earrings: Pearl/Silver drop chandelier (Charming Charlie)

Top: “Jeweled” cropped sweatshirt (H&M)

Dress: Vintage

Shoes: Liquid Metal Sky Hi Dunks (Nike)

I’d love to say that this was a well-planned “outfit of the day” ensemble – but I’ll admit that it was really a “I’m late for church & wanna be comfy” look instead. (LOL!)




What do you think of my mix of sneakers and glam? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 


Style Files: Say Hello And Color Me Happy In Heels #OOTD

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

Target style


Hello Friday!  There’s no happier time of week that the day that we welcome the weekend! As the days get longer, my dresses get shorter (Hey, I’m pre-gaming for summer!) With my favorite mid-Spring (not-quite-summer) frock and sneakers, I’m ready to take on the weekend in style!

Check out a few of my favorite shots from this week’s shoot with the Fiat 500 L below!


Target style

Covered in Happiness from head-to-toe.

I love easy style! Chances are you’ll find me in everyday wear that easy to throw on and go!  Since I’m a tall curvy girl, it’s important that my style feels chic and confident no matter what.  So pairing a short and sleek shirt dress with wedge sneakers was just the style and comfort I needed!

Can you believe that on my way to another shoot location, I just happened to come across this colorfully graphic wall and said, This is it! The similarities between my shirt dress and this mural were uncanny – so of course an impromptu photo shoot was meant to be!

Target Style

Shirt dress: Prabal Gurung x Target (Sold Out)

Nike sky hi premium

Shoes: Nike x Undercover Dunks (Sold Out)

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Steppin to the beat of my own drum…

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


For more on the 2015 Fiat 500 L visit soon!

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Hello Weekend, is that you?  I’ve been waiting on you (at the door) all week long!

Cheers to the weekend & I’ll see you all next week!

Style Files: Spring Fling To The Max With The 2015 @Toyota Highlander

May 12th, 2015 by Christen

There’s nothing I love more than a nice drive paired with beautiful weather, and when you add a flowing maxi dress to the mix – you’ve got the perfect combination for an amazing Spring day.  Recently, I purchased this beautiful chiffon frock and I must admit, I’m in love!

For me, Spring is all about flow and coverage – many Spring days can get rather warm, while the evening temps require a light sweater or jacket.  Because of this, wearing a long-sleeve chiffon-style dress is totally worth it as it covers and protects without being too hot and heavy.

Check out a breakdown of my Spring look below:


Toyota Style



H&M – CONSCIOUS. Long, V-neck chiffon dress with a printed pattern. Buttons at front and at cuffs. Tie belt at waist. Lined. Made partly from recycled polyester. ($49.95)



Earrings & Necklace – Charming Charlie

Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators ($170)


[Must Read: Bring On Spring In The 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited]


Toyota Style


Steve Madden sandals


 Toyota Style

Want to learn more?  Discover more Toyota Highlander colors, trims and options by visiting and get social by connecting with Toyota on TwitterFacebook and Instagram today!

The Versatile Vacation Dress That Every Girl Must Own

March 10th, 2015 by Christen

In preparation for a Caribbean getaway with Strength of Nature,  I found myself in search of a versatile dress that could take me from day to night.  Surprisingly, I discovered the dress of my dreams inside the windows of a store that I rarely (if ever) shopped in before… Discover where I found my new favorite vacation dress below…


Vacation dress


Clearly, I am still too ticked that I found this fabulous Bedrock maxi dress from Loft.  The spaghetti straps and bold prints drew me in, but the flowing silhouette and super sexy split made me a believer!




Available in stores and Loft and – don’t be fooled, this Bedrock dress may appear to be black and white, but it’s actually a deep navy blue hue.  (Don’t worry, it can easily pass for black and white while worn with practically anything!)


The Bedrock maxi dress accompanies bold prints with a sexy/strappy silhouette.  The elastic waist will cinch you in, while the elongated 42″ (from waist to ankle) dress flows and moves with your every step.  I loved wearing this dress during a catamaran ride in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect dress for any vacation!


When you’re on vacation, you need a versatile dress that makes you feel confident, feel sexy and make you want to let loose dance!  This Bedrock Maxi dress from Loft is definitely it!

If you hurry, you can catch a sale at on the dress plus a great assortment of transitional seasonal pieces today.

For more details on pricing, sizing and more, click here.

Succeed At Last-Minute Style This Winter With Dryel At-Home Cleaner

February 14th, 2015 by Christen





During a recent trip to California, I was invited to attend the NAACP Awards and after glow and had no idea what to wear.  I had only packed for two other events and didn’t have time to go shopping (let alone find a dry cleaners in the area.)  With no time left, I needed to find a laundry mat with a dryer and find one fast! As a Dryel Ambassador, I always pack cleansing cloths and a dryer bag with me at all times.  Not only does it come in handy when you need it, the bag also doubles as a soiled laundry bag that you can use when you’re on the go.





With one spin of the dryer, Dryel’s quick steam cleaning made my dress look and feel fresher than ever.  Without any fading or fraying the gentile cleaning technique was comparable to a dry cleaning PLUS it was quicker and cheaper than a typical dry cleaning bill!  Thanks to Dryel, this all day look took me from a mid-day LA brunch to the NAACP Awards Show and after-party all night long.




Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
Not only is Dryel is easy to use, it’s also cost effective and is necessary for the last-minute style moments.  Repeating styles on clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. It’s an absolute must-have for any traveling girl on the go and you can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target today!  Want to learn more about how others use Dryel to save the day? Get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.



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