Hello friends, I trust you had a wonderful weekend, the first full one of Autumn 2016. Mine was very busy with the KaleidoscopeDE Cocktails and Comedy show on Friday night and then the Cancer Conference on Saturday. I can’t wait to tell you all about it, which I hope to have written and posted on Friday. Use the hashtag#KaleidoscopeDE on Google to learn more and see some of the highlights.
It’s also time for my annual Fall Fragrance Giveaway and this year it will be a 1.7 fl oz bottle of So Very Sofía Eau de Parfum Spray and 6.7 fl oz So Very Sofía Body Lotion and Shower Gel.
Avon’s passionate new scent is as vivacious as Sofía Vergara herself whom I love on Modern Family, it isan essence of the unexpected.
So Very Sofia is a playful blend of tropical passion fruit, exotic Flor de Mayo Orchid and bright golden patchouli.
You can enter for a chance to win via Rafflecopter by leaving a comment with your favorite Fall fragrance or scent. You will also need to head over to Delaware Black Awards to vote my blog as the BEST BLOG which will increase your chance to win this So Very Sofía 3 piece set.
This Giveaway contest ends on Sunday, October 2nd, so hurry and enter, then tell and friend and share this post. Oh and don’t forget to listen to my Podcasts on AAU Teen Talk Radio Sunday at 6:00.
Hello friends, I trust you have been enjoying these beautifully longer days and the nice warmer evenings. I am so glad to be able to put away the tights and boots in exchange for the bare legs and sandals, so this week’s outfit was perfect for these two contenders.
(Note at the time of this writing it was warm, however, Sunday there was a blast of cold and strong winter-like winds!)
If you have followed my advice and checked out a recent Avon Catalog then you would know that this dress and beige sandals are both Avon products – look out for an upcoming Avon Spring Fragrance Giveway coming soon!
I love the look of this outfit and am wearing it just as advertised in the Avon Catalog, hubby said it was too short to wear without the leggings but I am not sure if I totally agree.
However, there’s nothing worse than trying to sit in a too short dress or skirt and having to pull it down to keep the thighs covered. I have watched Wendy Williams try and fail at her many attempts.
The necklace and matching bracelet are also from Avon – they have some of the nicest accessories and being a Rep keeps my profits low but my jewelry box full.
The Black Sandals are Christian Siriano for Payless and are also cute and comfy. #dontsleeponPayless
The White House Black Market purse was thrifted from Goodwill and can be worn as a clutch or as a Crossbody bag which I prefer when heading to work.
Oh by the way, the leggings were also thrifted new from Goodwill.
Thank you all for your comments and compliments on last month’s You Choose the Shoes episode, I am glad that you have enjoyed the series. Speaking of which, the most popular shoe were the blue ones, even though it was almost a tie.
Okay, now, which pair would you have worn with this Casual Friday outfit?
Hubby and I are still working out together every morning in the basement and in trying to keep up with these early morning workouts I have found that if I “dress the part” I will “act the part” . So check out my latest look in this ActiveWear outfit from Avon.
This two piece ActiveWear outfit can be found in the Avon Catalog Campaign #4 and if you remember this post I am preparing myself to attend a Yoga class in town this Spring.
This Sienna Ridge Active Top and Pant are perfect for a basement workout or for wearing to a local gym or club. Made of Polyester and Spandex each piece is machine washable and dry. The Claremont Active Tote Bundle comes with a tote bag and a 22 oz water bottle.
The bag measures 10.5 H x 14” D x 8.5 W and has a double handle and detachable shoulder strap with a top zip closure. There is also a zippered lower compartment to carry your sneakers. The 22 oz water bottle is aluminum with a rubber top.
These Vista Memory Foam Performance Sneakers have a cool print and bright neon laces. They are flexible, lightweight and treaded for great traction. Memory foam footbed with leatherlike and mesh uppers makes these sneakers for the gym or for running around town worn with jeans.
I think this is a great look for in and outdoor Activewear, what do you think?
To see more great ActiveWear, accessories or beauty products from Avon, click here.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and if you celebrated Christmas you and yours had a very merry one. Can you believe that in less than a week, we will be entering a New Year – 2016!
I can’t remember the last time that hubby and I went out on New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to wear a little bling to ring it in and of course have a glass of bubbly too.
There are, however, a few other New Year’s Eve traditions that I have which include:
making sure all the clothes in the house are clean;
Collard Greens and Black Eye Peas are cooking on the stove;
Fried Chicken Wings are prepared but most importantly;
at midnight we are all on our knees in prayer.
Since I am home and not out partying I’m usually wearing a big comfy sweater with leggings, both of which provide great comfort while eating and drinking and of course watching The Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy channel.
This year along with these comfy clothes I will also be accessorizing my outfit with a few Pretty Party Pick pieces from Avon.
item # 476-461
Band Ring (size 8)
item # 477-157
I also bought the Ear Cuff earrings, item #476-476 which I will most likely wear to church on Sunday.
If you click the catalog below you can see the additional Pretty Party Pieces available in this set, including a Collar Necklace and Necklace and Earring Gift Set, all available in Campaign #1.
There are also some comfy clothes, including that grey Serene Lounge Set that I wore last week which will be available in Campaign 2.
What are a few of your New Year’s Eve traditions?☺
Disclosure: I am an Independent Sales Representative for Avon and if you place an order via this link, www.youravon.com/ablake48 I will receive a small commission but it will not increase your cost.
I am loving this unseasonably warm weather because we all know that it’s just a matter of time, a few weeks from now when the first snow flakes will begin to descend, but until then, I am wearing short sleeves!
This outfit is a recent Avon Insider purchase and it will be available in Campaign 2, next month in 2016. Wow, 2016…where did the year go?The Serene Lounge Set is a relaxed-fit lounge outfit with ribbed collar and kangaroo pocket. The comfy pants have drawstring and an elastic waistband, as well as pockets. Made of Polyester/viscose/and spandex, is machine washable and dry and is $39.99.This 2 piece set is perfect to not only lounge around the house after church as seen here or for a casual weekend run-around-town outfit. It would also be great to wear while you’re traveling whether it’s by train, plane or automobile. It can be dressed it up with a pair of booties and oversized jewelry or just kept comfy with simple jewelry and sneakers.On Sunday, hubby felt well enough to take these pictures so I took full advantage of it and decided to play around with this “in style” with “InStyle” photo shoot. I just love seeing Viola Davis on the cover of the January issue, do you watch her in “How to Get Away with Murder?”
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Believe it or not, I haven’t even started, but my sons are older and don’t really need anything so I can hit the stores this weekend to pick up a few “stocking stuffers”.
Although it’s too late to order and have it shipped to arrive by Christmas, take a look at the latest Avon catalog for fresh looks in makeup, jewelry and more for the New Year.
DISCLOSURE: I am an Independent Sales Rep for Avon so if you place an order via this link, I will receive a percentage of the sale but it will not increase your cost.
Avon Accessories – ‘this is not your grandmother’s Avon’
If you read this post that I wrote back in 2013 but still haven’t seen an Avon Catalog lately, then may I once again suggest that you go online at www.youravon.com/ablake to check out some of the wonderful clothes and accessories now available at Avon.
If I heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times, “I didn’t know Avon sold dresses and shoes”. Well they do and as an Avon Independent Sales Rep for over 10 years, it still amazes me how Avon evolves to keep current with the times even after 125 years. Yes, Avon has been in business for over 125 years! Now that’s a track record you don’t normally hear about, especially in today’s economy.
Anywho, I wanted to show you just a few items that are available in the Avon catalogs and why it pays for you to check it out. This black dress, goldtone tote, wristlet, watch, ring necklace, bracelet and watch are all from Avon!
With the upcoming holidays, now is the perfect time to start shopping for gifts for your family and friends. Avon has everything from Halloween decorations to Hanukkah Dreidels and you can shop 24 hours 7 days per week from the comfort of your home!
Check out the lastest catalog at www.youravon.com/ablake48
Oh and by the way, if you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Avon Rep, please send me your email address and I’ll submit a “REFER A FRIEND”request directly to Avon.
It’s a great way to earn a little extra cash every month and add some cute accessories to your wardrobe, AND you can sell online – so there’s no “Ding Dong Avon calling” door knocking required. There’s only a one time investment fee of $15.00, so why not become an Avon Rep today?
Now that the heat of the summer is over and the temps are getting cooler, it’s time to snuggle a little closer to our loved ones. I want to make that snuggle a little bit sweeter with an AVON Fall Fragrance Giveaway for men.
You can enter this Rafflecopter giveaway below and also get extra points for sharing this post and leaving a comment as to what your favorite fall fragrance is for men. To see more AVON fragrances click the catalog pic below.
LUCK FOR HIM
A bold fusion of fresh mandarin and cool spices blended effortlessly with intoxicating woods.
2.5 fl oz $29.00 value
LUCK FOR HIM HAIR AND BODY WASH
6.7 fl oz
LUCK FOR HIM AFTER SHAVE CONDITIONER
3.4 fl oz
This Rafflecopter Giveaway is open to USA residents only and will end on October 5, 2015 ~ Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Okay, I know this is a shameless plug, but when you find clothing and accessories at a reasonable price AND you don’t need to leave your home to purchase them it’s a win win – so here we go again with another outfit from Avon!
One thing that I love about shopping Avon is that their clothing is true to size. I have gained several pounds over the last few years thanks to menopause and red wine, but I have yet to purchase a dress that didn’t fit and flatter my figure better than one from Avon.
This particular style is very flattering to every figure because of the lace in the front and back as it gives an illusion of being smaller than you are. The animal print purse from Mark/Avon can be worn over the shoulder with the strap attached or as a clutch with the strap placed inside.
Same thing with shoes from Avon, I wear a comfortable size 9 and their shoes are definitely true to size. However, if you wear a half size it is suggested you order a size up. I purchased these two-tone pumps before the dress but it’s a perfect match – what do you think?
As far as accessories are concerned, Avon definitely shines in this area, everything from earrings, necklaces to bracelets, rings and watches, including this cute ring/bracelet set.
I have a drawer full of accessories that I have yet to wear, but love the style and keep them for one of those “just in case” moments. I wore this outfit to work last week and felt cute all day, I almost went out after work but hubby wasn’t feeling too well.
Anywho, this outfit will definitely be back in rotation before the winter winds set in.
If you thought dressing through a flash was bad, wait until you see what the Delaware humidity did to my hair! These past few days have been filled with lots of rain, heat and the dreaded humidity. If you are an allergy sufferer, stop reading now because between the flora and the wild child hair you are going to be sneezing your head off!
If you are following me on Instagram (hint hint) – www.instagram.com/ablake48 then you would have seen this lovely floral arrangement that hubby gave me for our anniversary. Not only are they gorgeous in color but they are also very fragrant so much so that when I wake up I feel refreshed with a heightened sense of smell. At first I thought I was smelling an incense stick burning, but as the day wore on the fragrance became less powerful and much more soothing.
Wednesday morning was another uncomfortable day of dressing but it wasn’t that bad at least not until I stepped out of the door and “poof” my hair went into overdrive. It was definitely too hot to keep the curling iron on for more than a few minutes, so what you see is how I wore my hair to work!
I am wearing a thrifted “pool blue” tank and you just don’t know how much strength it took me to not call in to work and stay home pool side. Unfortunately, I am using my days off for more important matters so that wasn’t an option. That is the number one perk that I miss now that I have a position that doesn’t allow “work from home” days, so if you are fortunate enough to have them…take full advantage because you will miss them if/when they are gone.
This too shall pass…mark my words!
The tank was perfect for the busy skirt from CitiTrends and the two-tone sandals also complemented the outfit – what do you think?
The purse is Mark from Avon, and if you haven’t checked out the latest catalog please click this link. Once there, check out some of the clothing and accessories including those statement necklaces that were featured in last week’s giveaway.
By the way, thank you all for entering the Rafflecopter for a chance to win, and I’d like to once again say, “congratulations”to Whitney Nic James, winner of the Avon Statement Necklace Giveaway. Stay tuned for a “Fall Fragrance” Giveawaycoming in September!
Speaking of statement necklaces, this particular oneis from Walmart #yesWalmart and the stackable rings are also an Avon item – check them out here.
My hair is wild, but the flora was sweet and that made for a very good day (in my Ice Cube voice) – speaking of which, are you going to check out the movie Straight outta Compton – I know it’s going to be a mega hit!
Hey ladies, have you seen the latest fall fashion necklaces from Avon? If not, take a look at a few of these beauties and if you wish to see more, click on the link or picture to be taken to the website www.youravon.com/ablake48
Below you will also find a handy chart showing the perfect necklace length and style for every neckline. Don’t forget you can double up to get the most from your necklace collection.
GREEN SCENE COLLECTION
Cord necklace with goldtone and hematite castings embellished with faux stones. 16 1/2″ L with a 3 1/2″ extender.
Druzy-like goldtone accents and rhinestone embellishment make a major statement.
NATURAL ELEMENTS COLLECTION
Pierced drops, 1 1/2″ L.
Brochure: intro special $12.99
Will be $19.99
16 1/2″ L with a 3 1/2″ extender.
Sizes: 6, 8, 10
Brochure: intro special $9.99
Will be $19.99
Modern Romance Statement Chain Necklace
Multi-layered goldtone box-chain design embellished with rhinestones. 16 1/2″ L with a 3 1/2″ extender.
GREEN SCENE COLLECTION
StyleSwap™ Necklace Set
Base necklace, 18″ L with a 3 1/2″ extender.
Brochure: intro special $19.99 the set
Will be $29.99
SPARKLING LINKS COLLECTION
Extra long to wear as a single strand or doubled. 36″ L with a 3 1/2″ extender.
Brochure: intro special $9.99 each
Will be $19.99
Sterling silver pendant and chain with an inspirational message. 19″ L.
Brochure: intro special $19.99 each
Will be $39.99
Did you make this DIY necklace holder, if not, it would be the perfect time to keep your jewelry neat and easily accessible.
WARNING – THERE’S SNOW IN SOME SCENES!
Hey, do you want a chance to win one of these great necklaces?
Enter the Rafflecopter Sweepstakes below after clicking here to check out the latest Avon catalog. Share this post with your friends and leave a comment as to which one you would love for your fall wardrobe.
Contest open to US residents only and ends on August 11th.