The Fluff Report: November 2013

November 29, 2013

Black Friday Shopping Spotlight: Modify Watches

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I'm always looking for different gift ideas each holiday season. I love the concept of Modify Watches. Modify lets you customize and curate your own unisex design by choosing your face style and band colors. Pick classic or mini for your face size. I love the chunky oversize feel so I'm wearing the classic in rose gold chevron. Black glitter or sea foam strap colors can take my watch through all the seasons. It's great to see so many companies giving back and Modify is one of them! 20 dollars from every sale of the "Together" watch will be donated towards the non-profit Young Survival Coalition

Take a peek at their holiday guide. Ideas for everybody!

Head over to Modify Watches HERE to get 30% off your entire purchase and every 10th order if FREE! [I hope it's YOU] Use code EVERY10FABB. 

November 27, 2013

Holiday Glam, Tan & Giving

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[top: J.Crew Factory, skirt/tights: Gap, shoes:Target
necklaces: Factory, similar, earrings: F21, similar]

Hair up? Hair down? I'm sure you've found yourself deliberating this same question, asking everyone you encounter which way they like better? note to self...the Target clerk, mailman and your kid's bus driver do not care. My hair is getting long enough for those cute ponies so I've been experimenting again with pulling it back. I've also been experimenting with crimping, curling, straightening, air drying, mousse, flattening balm, pomade and hairspray. Yes folks, the winter blahs are starting but the holiday season is just beginning. 

As I get ready to finalize my holiday look,  I've noticed my tan has completely faded from Summer. I plan on perking up with some sunless tanning this season. Sun Tan City is where I'll be headed. They give me just enough glow to round out my perfect go-to holiday party outfit. Stop in to your local Sun Tan City soon. Do you realize they are offering $5 SUNLESS VISITS from November 29th-December 1st?! For you locals, there are 6 locations around the area. 

I love a business that gives back and Sun Tan City is accepting donations for Toys For Tots all month long right at the counter. They are also giving $1 of the sunless visits to Toys For Tots. It's really important to realize that giving just a little can make a huge impact in a child's life. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Stop by your local Sun Tan City today and help us support a great cause this holiday season. Restrictions may apply. Offer valid November 29-Dec 1 at all Sun Tan City locations.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sun Tan City as a part of the Style Squad program. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sun Tan City.

November 25, 2013

Fluff on TV: 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

11/25 - Fluff Report Holiday Gift Guide - 13WHAM - News This Morning
This morning I was on our local CW TV station to dish on some of the latest and greatest gifts for the upcoming holiday season! Every item mentioned is able to be bought through this post without having to deal with the crowds of Black Friday. I even added in a few extras that I thought would be fun to gift (or receive!) Happy shopping! 

Tune in if you are local at 8:45 am to hear more about these amazing products! 

November 22, 2013

Leather and Tights

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[top: Madewell, skirt: piperlime, necklace: prima donna c/o, earrings: jcrew (old), tights: DiscoverPique, shoes: BCBG (old), similar]

Colder weather is equivocal to tight wearing weather. It's one of those items that I never seem to have enough pairs. I usually wait until the last minute and then all of a sudden I'm having the GAP in Indiana send me their last pair of fair isle sweater tights because I needed them that badly. This year my type A has kicked into full gear and I'm way ahead of the calendar. I love these nude dotties I found on an online tights company: Discover Pique. It's a subscription service for tights! They have such unique pairs that I bought 5 different patterns for my first order. 

It seems I'm incorporating a lot of leather pieces into my wardrobe lately. If you didn't see the leather leggings I scored from Zara, take a look here. I love mixing leather with a modern chambray and fun statement necklace. This necklace was a great surprise in my LuckyFABB swag bag. I love PrimaDonna's affordable jewelry. If you are looking for some super cute midi rings, check out this rose gold chevron one. You'll love the price!

Have a fantastic weekend! I'll be preparing for the big turkey feast that's happening next week! 

November 21, 2013

The Thrill of "The Hunt"

Jack has Plants vs. Zombies. Trev has Temple Run. Bob has Deer Hunter. It's time I had an app game that I was addicted to. And now I do. When I was at the Lucky magazine blogger conference last month, I heard about a new fashion app for the iPhone called The Hunt. It's basically what I like to do for all of my friends (or anyone who will ask). Say you see an article of clothing or an entire outfit for that matter on Pinterest and you want it and you want it badly. Start a "hunt" with the picture and label if you want the "exact" or "similar" with a price point. The hunt is on and people will post a "find" with the link on where to buy it. Collect gems when people think you've done a good job. [Don't mind if I do] My most popular finds have been the triple chevron necklace, black and white aztec leggings, and the RAD sweater. And I've got the Gems to prove it. 

The official launch of the app is TODAY and it has a new look and feel to it. Oh and it's a freebie so of course you have to download it now and follow me so I can go on a hunt just for you! Lace pencil skirt? Eiffel Tower Earrings? Turquoise Coach Bag? No Problem. I'd like nothing better than to find it for you so you can cure your outfit envy. 

Happy Hunting Fluffies! 

disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Hunt. All opinions are 100% my own. I attest to the fact that I am completely addicted to this app. Sponsor or no sponsor. 

November 19, 2013

MBFC November 2013: Holiday Gift Guide

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Carrie and her Mom go shopping together every year on Black Friday. They've done it since I've been friends with her and I'm positive Carrie will keep the tradition going with her daughter Sadie. It's a tradition that I come to expect, even though I take absolutely no part in it. I prefer to be snuggled up, cozy and warm in my bed at the time they are hustling and bustling and attacking those sales. I'm much more of a Cyber Monday shopper than Black Friday. You? 

Since Carrie has a knack for finding the cutest, trendiest gifts, I asked her to find some picks that she'll be giving this year. Each gift has a little golden sparkle to it-perfect for the holidays. I've already forwarded some items on as gift ideas for myself {how can you NOT want that adorable jewelry tray} And I'm sure they'll find a way into her stocking or under her tree as well! 

Just as an aside...The nail polish Carrie chose was a gel color and I can't find it for purchase, BUT Sephora has a special right now: Sephora OPI NailColors: 3 for $10.00! Wowza! That includes the jewelry top coats. 


November 15, 2013

Think You Can Do...Leopard Pants

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{pants: BR (sold out), top: FP (so many colors!), shoes: Jessica Simpson (old), similar, bag: Melie Bianco c/o, rose gold cuff: Kendra Phillip c/o, DIA bracelets: Emerson&Oliver}

I may have a thing for leopard pants. I last took my 90s leopard bootcuts and had my wizard of a tailor turn them into slim fitting ankle pants seen here. And even though I think those are amazing, I really wanted to bring leopard into the work place with something more office appropriate. Some may think they are too loud, but there's nothing better than a little leopard to punch up a white labcoat! And you know what? The day I wear these pants the compliments start a'comin'. To keep it in my safe zone, I paired it with this beautiful top from Free People. It's casual enough to wear with leggings or dressy enough to wear for a night out. And it comes in a plethora of colors! PS...Since LuckyFABB I've been in love with the jewelry line from Kendra Phillip. I scored this beautiful rose gold cuff and can't wait to add more pieces to my collection. 

Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for reading! 

November 13, 2013

Style Spotlight: Free People

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The stylish ladies of FP: Gina, Mary, Kimmi and Taylor

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Love my friend Mary. PS she is also one half of Emerson & Oliver seen in this post
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I had so much fun the other night at the local Couture and Cocktails event celebrating the opening of our new Von Maur store and benefitting Golisano's Children Hospital. I was asked to help style people at one of my FAVORITE stores--Free People. I loved helping women pick out some goodies and spotted some beauties for myself, like the entire getup I was wearing. The sequin tux jeans were amazing and a huge hit! I personally loved the high neck lack tee I had on. I'm not a fan of my belly region so it had enough flow to make me feel comfortable and was fitted up top to still be flattering. *NEW MOM ALERT: You should probably buy this shirt if you have almost hit your pre-baby weight but need a little more coverage on the tummy* I made it easy for you to shop some of the gems that caught my eye but if you're local, go in and take a look for yourself! 

November 11, 2013

What's Your [Brush] IQ?

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I am a collector. It wasn't enough for me to have 1 Cabbage Patch Kid as a child. I had to have 8 of them [2 regulars, World Traveler, twin boys, preemie, baby and the Koosa] I guess you could say I picked that trait up from my Dad. I inherited his Weekly Reader collection from the '50s, his stamp collection and my basement is filled with bins of beer steins that he collected throughout his adult life. Boxes and paperwork included-of course. My sons are the same way. We don't just have a handful of Skylanders...we have 52 of them. I know this because Trevor lined them up and counted them the other day. But my question is....Is being a collector a genetic trait that gets passed down from generation to generation? It certainly seems so in my family. And while I've packed the CPKs away, my collections are now mostly beauty and fashion related. Which brings me to my current post [finally, you say?] I have quite a collection of make up brushes, each serving a different purpose. I think cosmetic brushes make my holiday list every year because in my collector's mind, you can never have too many!

One of my favorite tips for applying foundation is to do so with a brush. It glides on the foundation and gives a smooth, even finish. Plus I hate feeling foundation on my fingers. {sensory issue-are those inherited too?} The kabuki brush for bronzer is a short tight bristle brush that allows for even application in small areas. Please, we don't need a bunch of "tan moms" running around. I've been using Laura Mercier highlighting powder and apply it lightly to the tops of my cheekbones with my Bobbi Brown face blender brush. On my cheekbones, I use an angled blush brush. If you want to add a few extras to your make up kit, tame your brows with a spooley brush  or buy it simply because you love saying the word spooley. Trying to achieve a richly colored lip look? A lip brush can give you a lot when only a little is needed. Last but not least...clean those brushes with a quick spray from Sephora's professional line. The small bottle is only $7.00.

Today I said goodbye to a Grandfather, whose services were in the same mausoleum as my Step-Father, which reminded me of my real Father. All of who were Veterans. So a BIG THANK YOU to all those that have served our country today and always! XO

November 8, 2013

J.Crew Factory: I Want It All!

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I've been searching for a simple black top to wear with some of my new party skirt purchases. I started searching on and ended up wanting everything so badly that I had to take a trip to my local store. I did end up finding that black shirt and somehow #6 ended up in my bag. [it was 50% off] I love the variety of sequins, plaids and practical finds with a twist. i.e. tech gloves that let you keep on texting in the cold, classic black pants with polkies, simple tights with adorable bows and a scarf that is soft, cuddly fur. Happy Weekend Shopping! 

November 6, 2013

Bundle Up in Black, Blue & Leather

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[coat: Betsey Johnson. scarf: c/o gentlefawn, sweater: H&M(old), leggings: ZARA, heels: Target [on sale now for $20!], bag: Old Navy, keyring poof: c/o Thursday Friday, watch: c/o Modify watches, ring: Old Navy]

Why YES I am wearing a parka in this post on November 6th. It's 30 degrees out here in upstate NY. [Or as I described it to someone recently-"Canada-Upstate] We are only a couple hours from the border so you can't get more upstate than that. I had the pleasure of working with the amazing photographer, Janice Mix on this one and I think she did a great job! Thanks J!

If you think you can't pull of leather leggings, It's your cheerleader here to tell you that yes you can! And I will do a toe touch to prove it. Pair it with an oversized sweater to tone them down and if you want to pull them off in a more casual setting, use tall flat knee high boots or even flats and a blazer to prep 'em up a bit. Three of my favorite gifts c/o the swag bag from the Lucky FABB conference are my 1. over-oversized Modify watch. You can custom design the watch by mixing and matching the face and strap. I love how chunky it is! Here is your $10 off coupon2. my poofy key chain from Thursday Friday. What an easy way to glam up a 30 dollar bag from Old Navy. This bag by the way is an amazing find! Love it in the burgundy too. 3. my gentlefawn scarf. perfect length to do my "celebrity knot" that I demonstrated on my CW segment. 

Convinced you can pull off the leather leggings? Give me an L! [L] Give me an E! [E] Give me a...ok fine you get where I'm going with this...

November 4, 2013

Sweater Weather

It's sweater time, baby! And pretty soon in my neck of the woods it'll be floor length puffer coat, hats, gloves and face mask time. I've been on the hunt for an oversized cable knit in cream and I've seen plenty but just can't find the perfect one. While I'm sorting all my sweater love, I took a look back and compiled some of my favorite warm and fuzzy posts of yesteryear. 

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If you're on the hunt for a perfect sweater like me, take a look at some of these beauties!

November 1, 2013

Take Your Boyfriend Jeans From Day to Night!

DAY// Jeans: LOFT, Tee: ON, Plaid: Gap, Jacket: BBDakota-old, similar, love this one, Flats: NW-old, similar, Bag: c/o Melie Bianco, similar, Sunnies: RayBan, Bracelets: DIA by Emerson&Oliver, Necklace: Viola Rossi via Paislee Boutique
NIGHT// Coat: TIBI, Necklace: c/o Capwell & Co, Heels: Sam Edelman, similar

My Mom always comments when I wear my hair curled. The typical conversation goes something like this..
MOM: I love your hair straight. You should wear you hair straight more often.
ME: Thanks Mom, but I like it curled. Don't you like it? I hate my hair straight. It looks awful.
MOM: I do like it curled, I just like it straight

And so you get the gist. Well, FINALLY Mom and Daughter had an epiphany while in NYC together. And it went something like this...

MOM: I love your hair straight. You should wear you hair straight more often.
ME: I don't think you realize how many times you tell me that you like my hair straight. I'm beginning to think you hate my hair curled but just don't want to come out and tell me!
MOM: Probably the reason why I like you hair straight is because I wish mine was straight. I've always wanted straight hair. 

It finally dawned on me. It wasn't that my Mom hated my hair. She just has always had to deal with curly hair {since I was born..damn hormones} and she loved and missed her straight hair of yesteryear. And I on the other hand have always disliked my stringy straight, fine locks so I gravitate towards a style with a little more bounce. Once we figured it out, I stopped taking her comments so personally. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that you never know where someone comes from or what they've dealt with, when talking about hair or topics even more serious. So let's all be compassionate, nice and supportive. [climbing down from soap box]

And in other news...It's been quite the boyfriend jean week over here at TFR. If you saw yesterday's post, I deconstructed Lily Collin's outfit which included none other than the beau denims themselves. I love the comfy, slouchy feel of the pair I have from LOFT but to be honest, I favor the dressier look. 

Hope you all have a fab weekend!! Thanks for reading! XO