Sunday, April 29, 2012

little loves

No little loves last week so we have two weeks to catch up on. Last weekend my brother was here to visit from Florida so that was really fun! 

 Friday we went to Luigi's for dinner and I wore one of my new maxi's from Dillard's and switched my part to the middle (big deal). It only took about 3 days for me to get used to and now I love it!

EEP! Either my phone auto-corrected denim to a non existent word or my finger hit the wrong letter. Either way embarrassing! ;)
Saturday we stopped by my moms favorite guilty pleasure restaurant Save a Fish Burger Bar and I wore out my favorite jean jacket again, leopard print jeans, and my new Winks by Georgie falsies (that I love!).

While the brother was home we went through some old boxes and I stumbled upon this hilarious picture of me at 2 and half years old. Look at that hair, look at that horse!

Since my beautiful Kate Spade phone case broke not once but twice without even dropping it I finally found a case that was good enough for my cute standards via Should be here any day!

This weekend I met up with two of my good friends Sadie and Aaron at one of my favorite spots The Lockview. We had a great time, and great drinks! I recommend the Fall Firefly with Basil, and Mr. Right.

Saturday I woke up for my dear friends housewarming brunch a realized I completely forgot a gift and something to contribute for brunch (though they insisted we didn't need to bring anything, my mother taught me better). I obviously didn't have time to bake something, and I knew they would already have muffins and mimosas so I figured why not bring doughnuts?! Everyone loves doughnuts! I swung by Target first and got this cake stand (that doubles as a punch bowl too) for only $13 and then filled it with a dozen doughnuts for $7! A $20 housewarming gift and treat too? Sold! They loved that they got to keep the stand!

Hope you lovelies had a wonderful two weeks too!
p.s. I will be taking a little blogger break until next little loves.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

phsga room 9 boutique night

Back in October I posted about a really awesome event hosted by the Humane Society of Greater Akron called Boutique Night. Basically what they do is host special nights at selected boutiques in the area where guests pay a small $10 fee to shop for a cause (with exclusive one night only specials), mingle, snack on hors d' oeuvres, bid on some great raffles, get mini makeovers (courtesy of Emily Pollotta, owner of Studio1Eleven), and much more. 

You can't get this kind of entertainment for $10 anywhere. Even if you just snatch up a new pair of earrings, you can feel good every time you wear them because a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron.

The last boutique night was held at b.lux in Hudson but this time it will be held at a place I've never been but have been hearing some great things about, Room 9 Boutique in Cuyahoga Falls. One of the lovely ladies behind PHSGA's Boutique Nights, Tori sent me over some pictures of Room 9 and I am getting very excited! I'm pretty sure my shopping addiction could save every animal in the county (seriously how cute are those cross body bags, and all the items on the awesome ladder rack?!). 

On a serious note I am a big animal lover (vegetarian here!), and would love nothing more than to do what I can to help out some sweet animals in need. The greatest thing about this event is anyone is welcome! So hopefully I will see you there!

The Details:
Thursday May 3rd 6PM-9PM

Sunseekers + Room 9 Boutique
1602 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls Ohio 44221

Tickets $10
Includes entrance, hors d' oeuvres, mini make-overs, and more!

Raffle Items Include:
Sunseekers 6 month Tanning Package
Don Basch Jewelers  $50 Gift Card
Winking Lizard $25 Gift Card
Learned Owl $25 Gift Card
Jewelry by Jessica Gillespie, The Dark at Heart
Pet Basket worth $50
Knit Scarf/Shawl by Tori, Little Birdie Design Studio

Go HERE for more info, or HERE to RSVP on Facebook!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

noto presents:: the northside fashion show

It's that time of year again, time to snatch up one of the exclusive tickets for the one and only annual Noto Fashion Show. (For those of you who don't know about Noto, check out my post on my favorite boutique HERE.) Last year was my first ever Noto Fashion Show, and it was a total blast (check that post out HERE)!

For only $30 I got to dress up (as if that isn't good enough right there), mingle with Akron's in-crowd, sip on the signature Notini Martini, take away some awesome swag from tons of local businesses including the acclaimed MC Hair Consultants, a year long discount at Noto (and a tote I adore), and so so much more! I went with my bestie and had a great ladies night. 

The blogger girls at last years show

This year Noto is moving the show to the super posh Northside Lofts, which will be stunning! But that's not the only new thing this year! Noto has announced the show will start with a Featured Designer Challenge. What is that you ask? 

"Our Featured Designer Challenge will give local and regional fashionista the chance to deliver their goods on the runway. The winner will be invited to expo their collection in Noto all summer long. Judging relies on crowd participation and will be preformed by those in attendance who have a text-message enabled device."- Lauren Ward, Owner of Noto

How incredibly awesome is that going to be? Think Project Runway LIVE, and you are the judge! 

Once the Featured Designer Challenge is over attendees will get to watch all the latest Noto styles strut the runway, followed by mingling, and shopping of course! 

With the show just a hop-skip-jump away from two of my favorite local spots why not make a night of it and do Luigi's before for dinner, head to the show, and then end your night at The Northside Bar for drinks and live music! Make a ladies night of it, you won't regret it! Not to mention practically all of the 330 Bloggers will be in attendance!

The Details:
 Noto Northside Fashion Show
Saturday May 5th, 2012 @ 8PM

Northside Lofts
21 Furnace Street
Akron, OH 44308

Included with Ticket:
Fashion show access, drink tokens (ever had a Notini?!), exclusive Noto gift, live music, and so much more!

If you are interested you will want to get your ticket now because space is limited and this event is major in Akron. Get your tickets HERE and RSVP on Facebook!

See you there lovelies!

UPDATE** My friend and fellow blogger Sarah from Style Sarah is giving one lucky reader a pair of tickets to this awesome show! That's $60!! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

lovely little obsession

I first heard about One Love Organics when a fellow blogger friend of mine sent me a little sample size of their cleanser she received at an event. I was really intrigued, but used it only a few times before it disappeared into thin air. I've looked everywhere for it and still haven't found it! 

Fast forward to a few months down the road and I see that my favorite subscription service Birchbox would be sending out some OLO samples in their March boxes. I was convinced I would be getting some OLO, especially since in my beauty profile I indicate my interest in organic products. Then I remembered I opted for the Teen Vouge March BB in place of my usual box. While the Teen Vouge box didn't disappoint, I was so extremely disappointed I wouldn't be getting some OLO. 

I was so tempted to just log on and order some OLO but the price tag stopped me. Of course I'm not one to shy away from a price tag if I know the product is worth it, but I didn't know (yet). So what's a beauty blogger to do? Reach out to the company of course!

One Love Organics was so kind and sent me a little package of OLO products to try and I worked them into my routine immediately. 

In my lovely little One Love Care Package:

I was a bit hesitant since the Complexion Booster seemed very oily, as did the Beauty Balm but boy was I wrong! Every single morning I put a few drops of Morning Glory onto clean hands and buff it into my skin, then (using my hands still) I work Skin Savior all over my face and neck until it feels moisturized. I also use Skin Savior right after my shower at night as my moisturizer. After every application I take My New Best Friend Skin Shammy and just pat away any extra residue on my skin. 

I am going to go out on a limb and say something kinda crazy now... One Love Organics and my Clarisonic MIA dual-handedly changed my skin, in the best possible way. This is one of those moments where I am kicking myself for not taking some "before" pictures to show you how beautiful and fresh my skin looks since using OLO. 

One Love Organics says "Less really is more. One Love Organics proves that your skin craves a simpler approach just as much as the rest of you.". I could not agree more! Having sensitive skin I have really struggled with finding a skin care routine that worked, felt good, and made me look good. I realize now all my skin needed and wanted was something simple. Just read the ingredients on any OLO product and you'll probably fall out of your computer chair right now, they are that impressive and not a single word that makes your brain hurt trying to pronounce.

My next test for One Love Organics is the travel test. If you know me, my skin and traveling do not go well together. Even a vacation becomes dreadful and annoying because my skin hates traveling! Word in the blog world is that these products are practically super heroes when it comes to traveling and skin care. And I don't doubt it one bit seeing how much they have already improved my skin.

If you want to test out these amazing products but are hesitant like me One Love Organics has introduced their "A Little Love, The Essentials Sample Pack" for only $4 and FREE SHIPPING! I'm ordering a few of those and keeping the sample sizes in my purse for emergency moments. You also might want to follow their blog, Facebook, or Twitter for some pretty awesome promotions they have going on right now. If you're ready to take a little more of a splurge I'd recommend going for the Little Luxuries or Essentials To go Kit.

ps. you can also use Skin Savior mixed with mineral powder for a great foundation, on cuticles, to tame flyways, eyebrows, and so much more!

So what do you think? Have you tried One Love Organics? Are you interested? Are you going to snatch up that awesome sample package like me?

Monday, April 23, 2012

april bloom beauty ambassador

For those of you who missed my first post on this you can check it out HERE. I have gotten the amazing opportunity to be a Beauty Ambassador for an amazing site called Bloom. Bloom is basically an online mega-store with every brand from Stila to Almay and everything in between. Not online do the carry awesome brands, and constantly run promotions, they also have an amazing beauty community, recommendations, and cash back rewards! 

Anyway back to my April Ambassador kit, this month was all about eye lashes! Which is wonderful because I love eyelashes! We got an amazing product I have wanted to try for a while now, Lash Food. While I can't quite show you the progress on this yet because I just got it last week and there isn't noticeable progress yet, you can bet I will be showing you in another week or so, the before and after shots. I have heard so many amazing things about Lash Food, I am sure it won't disappoint.

Onto the next product in my kit, Winks by Georgie. I was so intrigued by these! I had never seen lashes like them! The compact was so nice and the lashes were just beautiful, you could tell they were of very good quality too. I am typically used to individual lashes so applying a whole line of them made me a bit nervous.

I was a bit surprised when the glue came out white, because I am typically used to clear or black but it dried perfectly clear (or at least seemed too). I learned a trick a while ago to apply a drop of lash glue to the back of one hand and let it get "tacky" for a moment. After I did that I used my opposite pointer finger to apply the glue to the lashes (I used very little). Using a pair of tweezers to help apply more precisely I just simply stuck them on. I used the tweezers to nudge them down a little lower closer to my natural lash line, and they looked really great! 

I might cut off just the teeniest bit of the inner-most part of the lash line... not 100% sure I want them to go in so far. Other than that I was very impressed with these and want to buy the 2 other styles on Bloom, I am wearing Style No. 2.

What do you think, would you buy some of these high-end lashes? 

Head on over to Bloom's Facebook page on Tuesday April 24th for a Winks by Georgie event (one at 11AM EST, and one at 7PM EST). The Winks by Georgie owners will be there to answer questions (along with Bloom Ambassadors) on falsies, how to best apply, and more! There will also be 25 pairs of Winks to win (ps. I'll be at the 7PM event)!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

blog birthday giveaway winners

Congrats to the Prtty Peaushun winners!

Brianna McGraw

Vidya Marie

Ashley K

Please e-mail me (by May 1st) at with color choice and shipping info :)

Congrats to the Truffle Truffle winners!

Jules/ Julia McCrank

Kae Anne

Kirsten Sapphire/ Kirsten Perez

Each of you will be receiving a custom assortment of treats at your doorstep! 

Please e-mail me (by April 30th) at with your shipping info :)

Thanks to all you lovelies who entered! Don't let not winning stop you from trying some of thier amazing treats! 

Congrats to the winner of the beautiful necklace from Toony Jewelry!

Suburban Sweetheart
(Who had 4 entires total!)

Please e-mail me at with your shipping info :)

Once again thank you to all who entered and don't forget to enter my 2 other giveaways ending this week! You can also snatch up some peice of Toony Jewelry in pesron at the 330 Swap'N'Shop next month!

Congrats to the winner of the GORGEOUS necklace from Phul Effect!

Katie Gillespie

Please email me at with your shipping info :)

And thank you to all who entered, it was so hard drawing the name for this cause I wanted all of you to win! Remember that Phul Effect offers FREE SHIPPING + 15% OFF with the code LOVELY15. Go shop!

Congrats to the lovely ladies who have won $20 to spend as they'd like on
I am so super jealous and expect all of you to let me know what you end up getting :)







Please email me at with the email address you 
used to create your account with.

Thank you to ALL who entered and be sure to enter the 4 other Blog Birthday 
giveaways that are currently running!

Also be sure to check back on April 27th because if I do not hear back from original 
winners your name might be drawn in round two!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

lovely little obsession + giveaway

I first heard about the magic lotion, Prtty Peaushun on the beauty blogs I follow and was instantly intrigued. I mean how can you not be when you see names like Rihanna, Lea Michele, Paula Patton, Molly Sims, Pink, Gwyneth Paltrow, and so many more are using it? Every time you see a celebrity all dolled up on the red carpet how do they get that glow and sparkle? Even the fair skinned celebs have this amazing dewy, sun-kissed, glow about them, and it was like I had finally been let in on the secret, and it didn't cost an arm or a leg!

Bethany Karlyn is the celebrity make-up artist who created Prtty Peaushun for her clients and once I got her email and started learning even more about it I was quickly becoming anxious to try out such an AMAZING product. Bethany had this to say about some of the basics of Prtty Peaushun and it's secrets...

"To give you a bit of background, Prtty Peaushun is fabulous for women of all shades, all shapes, and all ages. The visual effect of PP is lengthening and slimming and it creates a subtle glow... think glimmer, not glitter. Imperfections are diffused and uneven tones are softened."

"Hand crafted organic plant extracts lift, tighten, and firm the skin giving a lightly pulled in feeling and helps diminish the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and varicose veins, as well as minimizing bruising and sore muscles.The formula is natural with 92% raw ingredients and fragrance free. Grapefruit gives it a light citrus scent."

"My secret to a flawless face, I start every day with Prtty Peaushun. If you don't normally wear foundation, wear PP alone for flawless skin. For a touch more coverage, add a drop of your favorite liquid foundation to a drop of PP and blend to create a glorious tinted moisturizer. For more coverage, apply foundation over PP. The glow peeks through giving a gorgeous dewy "lit from within" effect."

Once I received my very own Prtty Peaushun to try I was immediately hooked. It was like liquid gold pouring into my hand and it smelled amazing Just the right amount of a clean scent, nothing heavy. The thing I loved most about it was that it had the most incredible way of making you glow without glitter. I wouldn't even say there was shimmer, it just glowed. I showed my mom and she instantly became addicted. Especially at her age it did wonders for her legs and arms, evening out her sun spots and hiding fine lines. She already ordered the next shade up then what I had. I tried out her shade "dark" and it looked great on me too. It gave me more of a sun tanned glow vs. the natural glow the "medium" gave me. Both are awesome and I honestly think this does as good of a job as a spray tan does, which I adore. I also used it on days I didn't feel like putting full foundation on, as a nice tint and it really gave my complexion that extra "umph". The possibilities of this are endless!

Other fun Facts:
Hairdressers all over Hollywood are using PP in the hair to tame frizz and infuse a subtle glow.
(I tried this and LOVED IT, all day people kept saying, "your hair is so beautiful", "your hair looks like silk" ... seriously LOVE!)
Prtty Peaushun is vegan and is approved by PETA and Green America.
The packaging is "anti-packaging", designed to take up minimal space in landfill. Exceptionally lightweight without secondary packaging helps to leave as light a carbon footprint as possible. 
And a video from Joyus I found...

1 of 3 Prtty Peaushun Packages in your shade choice
Valued over $45

Contest Rules:
-Follow PP on Facebook, Twitter, and blog.
- Leave a comment below and include usernames.
- Contest ends at April 24TH, 2012 at 11.59 PM EST.
- Winners will be chosen by random and announced on April 25TH, 2012 on this blog (NOT BY EMAIL).
- New winners will be chosen if I do not hear back from original winners by May 1ST.
- Giveaway only open to the continental US. Sorry :(
- One entry per person please

One additional entry for each of the following:

- Following a lovely little blog on Twitter
Make sure to include your Twitter handle in your comment below

- LIKING a lovely little blog on Facebook
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below

Monday, April 16, 2012

lovely little find + giveaway

I have been totally smitten with Truffle Truffle for quite a while now. I believe (but could be wrong) that I first heard about them through my favorite wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes. I have been a big fan of their amazing Gourmet Smore's since I ordered them years ago! I featured them once HERE and then again HERE. They are so amazing, delicious, and positively adorable! Good packaging always gets me too.

I was beyond thrilled with I got the opportunity to work with Truffle Truffle and the owner Nicole. I asked Nicole to give me a little information on Truffle Truffle and she had this to say.

"Truffle Truffle is a handcrafted chocolates and confections company, with a passion for customization! We specialize in combining artisan confectionery techniques with hand-finished packaging to create gourmet gifts that are designed to spark a smile, as well as customized “sweet support” for special events of any size and budget. We handcraft every detail to appeal to the eye as much as the palate, guaranteeing a truly “perfect bite” every time."

 "Our handcrafted treats are recreations of “the classics”, but with a delicious twist, so that they appeal not only to your palate, but also to your nostalgic sensibilities. We strive to evoke a sense of whimsy and simple delight with every bite, and are constantly experimenting with new flavors and ingredients to achieve that desired balance between the familiar and the novel, and to reinvent some of our own childhood favorites."
"Truffle Truffle is also a premiere source for customized event support, offering creative design services for everything from take-home favors for your guests to full-scale themed dessert tables abundant with delicious treats and custom finishings, and anything in between.   Regardless of your budget, theme, or personal style, our design team will work with you to perfect every sweet detail."

  "All of our treats are handmade and hand-wrapped, and we feel that this dedication to quality, direct connection to the product, and old-fashioned production style make for treats that are unrivaled in their authenticity, flavor and quality."

Truffle Truffle is a truly one-of-a-kind business that treats every customer like their number one customer. They think of every detail and are completely delicious! I have been a big fan and will continue to be for a long time. Who knows, maybe one day they will be designing treats for my wedding, shower, etc. Nicole and the rest of Truffle Truffle were so very kind to offer up 3 CUSTOM assortments for you lovelies to win. I am SO JEALOUS! 


1 OF 3 
Custom Assortment of Sweets from Truffle Truffle's Signature + Custom Creations 
Valued at $45

Contest Rules:
- Head on over to Truffle Truffle and let me know what treat you'd most like to try.
- Leave a comment below and tell me your choice.
- Contest ends at April 23RD, 2012 at 11.59 PM EST.
- Winners will be chosen by random and announced on April 24TH, 2012 on this blog (NOT BY EMAIL).
- New winners will be chosen if I do not hear back from original winners by April 30TH.
- Giveaway only open to the continental US. Sorry :(
- One entry per person please

One additional entry for each of the following:

- LIKING Truffle Truffle on Facebook
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below

- Following a lovely little blog on Twitter
Make sure to include your Twitter handle in your comment below

- LIKING a lovely little blog on Facebook
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below