The Fluff Report: May 2014

May 30, 2014

Peek A Boo

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[denim: cropped reid @ j.crew, top: Veronica M via Ruffles boutique, clutch: Free People (came with this bag), heels: Nine West, Bracelets: Emerson & Oliver/Chloe + Isabel, bralet: Honeydew via Devil May Care]

I wanted a new pair of white jeans for the season and had such a difficult time finding ones I felt really comfortable in. Lets face it, white skinny denim is not the most forgiving cut and color. Then I found this new fit at J.Crew, the cropped Reid. It is of course not cropped on me, but I found the length to be perfect for a straight slim cut.It has just the perfect amount of stretch without losing it's shape. 

Even more exciting was this fantastic shirt I found at a local boutique, Ruffles. I love the ikat pattern in the navy/mint combo. Be on the lookout for this color power couple! 

Cut outs are a trend that I admire when I see on someone that has no rolls. So there goes that one for me…However, this little peek a boo slit in the back is fun and sexy while also being tasteful. Honeydew intimates has some colorful designs that are comfortable as well. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'll be celebrating my 3xth birthday by trying out a new local restaurant and hanging with the fam. XO


May 29, 2014

Trends for Summer!



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Me with Ginger, owner of Ruffles boutique. 
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BeautyCounter display
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Loving the perforated details of the large totes
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Thanks to my sister-in-law, Tracy, for coming to support and listen to me dish on the latest trends!

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Everyone needs a LBD for wedding season! I love the delicate lacey details on this.
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White denim and pink checks? Perfect prep for the season!
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This cute coral dress has a tasteful back cutout. Love the bright color!
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Last night I had the chance to take part in a wonderful night of philanthropy and fashion. The Super Fun Philanthropic Chicks of Rochester gathered to support Strings for Success. The event was hosted at Country Club of Rochester and I teamed up with Ginger, owner of Ruffles, to present exciting WEARABLE trends for Spring and Summer. I have a new supply of Fluff cosmetic bags for sale and sampled out some the new safe BeautyCounter Protect spf 30 sunscreen for face.  Enjoy the recap! XO


May 27, 2014

Super Fun Chicks

Calling all local girls!! I want to let you in on a super fun event happening in Rochester tomorrow night. Started by pediatric ER doc, Elizabeth Murray, SFPC is a group of women that meet once a month for a different event to help raise money for charity. Often times I want to give back to the community but have a hard time donating large amounts at once. This group is great because you give a little bit each month and the charity changes each time. I was ecstatic when asked to help with May's event at Country Club of Rochester. Working with Ginger, owner of Ruffles Boutique, I will be the emcee at a fantastic fashion show highlighting Spring and Summer trends with clothes from Ruffles. Read below for more information and I do hope you join me! If not, next month's event is at Black Button Distillary and it's co-ed. Support local. Be charitable. Have fun while doing it. 

Well, it appears that Spring (and maybe even Summer) has finally sprung! So of course, the only logical question now is what do we wear?!?!?!
Join us for an evening of fashion stars and trend-setters. Our own Ginger Northrup (from Ruffles Boutique) will be teaming up with Rochester Fashion Blogger (and doctor) Becky Nally from theFluff Report to present a fashion show and tips to help you transition into this all too brief season in Upstate NY.

What's the plan?

Who: As always, any Super Chick is welcome. All must register prior to the event.
What: Fashion show and inspiration from the amazing duo of Ginger Northrup and Becky Nally
Why: To help support Strings for Success
When: May 28th, 7-9pm
Where: The Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Avenue in Brighton (It is actually best to enter the Club off of Elmwood Avenue. There is a large entrance from the 3600 block of Elmwood Avenue.
How: Register here. As always, the PASSWORD IS "SUPER". The cost for the event is $35 (fee covers desserts, coffee, tea, a drink ticket for wine or soda and a donation to Strings for Success)

Tell me more

The Fluff Report
Optometrist by day, fashion and beauty blogger by night! Becky Nally started her style blog, The Fluff Report, in 2012 to inspire professional women who are juggling careers and family but want to look great while doing it! The Fluff Report delivers ideas to incorporate current trends into your wardrobe, beauty tricks and product recommendations as well as wellness tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Becky is also on a mission to get healthy skincare products into the hands of everyone by consulting for organic skincare line, BeautyCounter. Find her online atwww.thefluffreport.com and www.beckynally.beautycounter.com
ruffles
Owner Ginger Northrop established her personal style while growing up in Connecticut. After graduating from Colgate University, she learned about the fashion world while working as a buyer for Ralph Lauren's corporate offices. With this great experience to help her, she was thrilled to open Ruffles Boutique when she moved to Rochester. Seeing a need for a boutique focused on the young professional woman's needs, Ginger brought her dream to life with this store. She attends frequent buy trips to NYC to ensure the latest styles are represented at Ruffles.

Our Mission

About the Super Chicks

Inspired by the Super Fun Philanthropic Chicks of Scottsdale, our mission is to have fun and make a difference! Rochester has a long history of great philanthropy. However, with the changing economy, many of our amazing founding companies have been lost. While new leaders have started to rise to the occasion, there is still much to be done.
I wanted to create a fun group of like minded women in Rochester dedicated to getting together once a month for networking, field trips and most of all philanthropy. We will have speakers from various non-profits and together we can help raise awareness and funds for these groups. We will all contribute a small donation each month of about $20- $30 to the non-profit of the month and there may be other expenses depending on our venue. (Each location will vary). I hope to build life long friendships for all of us.
In case you missed it, our first event landed us a "Thumbs Up" by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Nice work ladies!
SAVE THE DATE!
Our June event is scheduled for June 27th at the Black Button Distillery. The guys are feeling a little left out, so just this once, we will have a coed event.


May 21, 2014

My Best Friend's Closet: Hangin' Poolside



Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. I am praying for warm, warm weather and hopefully a day (or two) hanging at Carrie's pool. Which made me wonder what she absolutely has to have when spending the day in the sun. We've been having A LOT of conversations about protecting our skin from the nasty UV rays, but it's hard. We are the generation of tanning beds, darker is better, burn quickly so it will turn into tan and reluctantly using something with an SPF in it (4 max!). As we get older, we've gotten wiser. Our SPF has gotten higher and we no longer feel the need to burn baby burn. We appreciate wide brim hats and love a good cover up. These options from J.Crew will definitely have you covered in style. And speaking of that SPF, we've both been loving Jessica Alba's "green" product biz, The Honest Company.

One of our FAVE authors, Emily Giffin, just released her latest novel yesterday! If you haven't read any of her books, you may have caught the movie Something Borrowed, based on her first novel (starring Kate Hudson). She is the epitome of chic lit coolness and her stories have a way of capturing your attention and heart.

Of course if you have a pool, you have a bikini (or 10 or 12). Old Navy has the BEST mix and match bikinis. The quality is perfect as well as the price! I love my neon stripe ruffle and Carrie has an adorable purple chevron. Mix with a solid top or bottom in contrasting color and suddenly you are a girl with options. 

I hope wherever you are, you have some gorgeous, warm weather for this holiday weekend! 

May 19, 2014

Wedding Season Style: Bright Dresses + Neutral Accessories

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PHOTOS// Mr. Fluff

[dress: Banana Republic, necklace: Chloe+Isabel, shoes: Nine West, clutch: old, sunnies: RayBan ]

Wedding season is upon us. A LBD is classic but I always lean towards something bright and cheery. It is a day of celebration after all! It's no surprise that I was drawn to this pink dress from Banana Republic. Some people hate it, but I can't help it-I'm always been a fan of the color. Even if you aren't thinking pink-there are so many other colors to pick from. The choice is yours. 

Dressing for a special occasion doesn't have to be difficult or stress inducing. Start with the dress and build around it. 
Pair brights with subtle neutral peep toes and a straw or raffia clutch that works perfect for the season. No doubt you'll look amazing tearing up the dance floor with your best Electric Slide. 




May 14, 2014

Hungry Girl Comes to Rochester!

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Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl, when she visited Pittsford Wegmans in Rochester. She's a New York Times best selling author and has written eight books. Not to mention she was adorable and completely down to Earth! Her latest publication is The Hungry Girl Diet. It touts big portions and big results and maps out a guide to lose 10 pounds in one month and jump start your weight loss. Even if I thought I didn't have to lose ten pounds, I think this book is incredibly helpful! It incorporates a ton of helpful how-tos and time saving tips, which in my life is essential. The recipes are easy and sound delish! They each have the calorie, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars and protein amount for every recipe. She offers solutions if you are a carb craver, chocolate craver or both! I'm especially looking forward to making the Cannoli Bites, when I'm in need of a dessert fix. So simple to make, I had to share it with you!


Cannoli Bites
97 calories, 3g fat, 147mg sodium, 14g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 4.5g protein

2 1/2 tablespoons light/low-fat ricotta cheese
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1 drop vanilla extract
1 teaspoon mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 caramel flavored mini rice cakes

In a medium bowl, mix ricotta, sweetener, and vanilla extract until uniform. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread mixture onto rice cakes. Eat! 

I could go on and on about this book, but I promise you will want a copy of your own because there are so many helpful tips that you will continue to reference. Head over to Amazon to pick up a copy! 


May 12, 2014

Think You Can Do…A Crop Top + Fedora?

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[crop top: Target, fedora: Bennali's, pants: H&M (old), shoes: BCBG , necklace: charm:SD, similar, chain: own, earrings: Chloe+Isabel(sold out), similar, lips: Beautycounter Lipshine in Petal]

When I think crop top, I think 20-something, 6 foot model. I definitely do not think 30-something 5 foot Mom. But when I saw this top, it was too cute to pass up. I thought there has to be a way to incorporate this trend into my wardrobe! The secret to pulling off the crop top is to pair it with high waisted pants. Maybe try a wide leg bohemian denim or a more menswear inspired pant. The top is cropped but you will not see my belly (and I think we're all a little thankful for that!). 

Everyone needs a good summer hat. This fedora was found at an adorable boutique in Hilton Head with rows and rows of hat. It was hard to narrow it down, but I had to pick something neutral that can easily blend into any outfit. 

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry is this simple gemini charm hung on my Mom's gold chain. If you read anything about a Gemini-it will pretty much describe me to a tee. Adaptable, versatile and enthusiastic are some positive traits and with positive there are of course negative. Gemini's tend to be indecisive, have a lack of focus and tend to bite off more than they can chew. Who me? 

Here's to a happy Monday and fantastic week! XO





May 9, 2014

Spotlight with BeautyCounter: Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

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I could not be more excited to talk about today's beauty spotlight: Beautycounter. I enlisted the help from Erin Smith, a consultant for BC to tell us more about the environmentally aware company that is changing the way we view skincare by making beautiful products that are safe. I was absolutely floored when using these products! I have the Countertime line, face oil #2 and the lip shine in twig and petal. 

I am so in love with this mission that I signed on to be a consultant as well! I am the only one in Rochester so if you are local and interested in learning more about this amazing company, please let me know! As I've gotten older, I've really felt the pull to be more socially and environmentally responsible and I couldn't think of a better place to start than with the beauty industry! Take a peek at the gorgeous product line here: 




Q&A:

1. What is BeautyCounter?
Beautycounter is revolutionizing the way we look at skincare (and beauty) products.  It's the first in it's class to create a completely safe skincare regimen that produces proven results, all bottled into chic packaging that looks as luxurious as it feels. 
The company stands for being completely transparent, meaning there are no hidden ingredients, fragrances, or dyes in any of the products.  Our ingredient selection process is the strictest in the industry.  The European Union bans 1300 ingredients in all personal care products.  The U.S. bans 11.  (shocking, right?!)  At Beautycounter we ban the same 1300 ingredients as the E.U. and the 11 ingredients banned in the U.S.  In addition to that, we exclude another 100+ ingredients, resulting in over 1500 chemicals that will never make their way into our products.  

2. How did you first hear about it?
I was introduced to Beautycounter by a friend who had recently joined the company.  She is also a mom of small children and I saw how easily this worked into her daily schedule.  Plus I kept hearing buzz about the mission of the company and how amazing the products were!  
  
3. How long have you been a consultant?
I started in January of this year.  I never imagined that my business could grow as quickly as it has.  It has been such a fun and exciting year so far!

4. Home parties? Do you feel there is a certain stigma about this type of selling and if so-how do you overcome it?
That's a good question!  If I'm being completely honest, I (somewhat) agree that there can be a stigma attached to home parties.  In no way would I group Beautycounter into the same lump as some of the traditional social selling companies though.  There's something so effortless and simple about BC that people are drawn to.  One of the things that stands out to me the most is that it's appealing to such a wide range of people - the yoga instructor, the country club type, the attorney, the soccer mom.... I mean if Gwyneth Paltrow is raving about it, we all want to know about it right?! ;) Selling these amazing products is important but the overall goal of Beautycounter is much bigger - it's to change the industry standard - to get to Washington and have laws passed to create safer products.  
The CEO, Gregg Renfrew, started Beautycounter after she saw a void in the market for safe personal care products that actually produced results, and that were gorgeous to look at.  She's a die hard entrepreneur that has developed companies such as Martha Stewart Weddings and The Honest Company, to name a few.  She could have had this line anywhere - Neimans, Saks, Target, etc., but she knew that social selling was the way to go because it would spread the message and the mission of the company a lot faster than it would, sitting on a shelf at a beauty store. 
With that being said, what I love about this company is that home parties aren't the only way to purchase products.  Anyone can go to the website and place an order.  Meeting a friend for coffee and introducing them to Beautycounter is a great way to spread the word too! 

5. How is Beautycounter different than other organic product lines?
Unfortunately the word "organic" means nothing in the cosmetics industry.  Unlike the food industry, a federal law has not been passed, governing the cosmetics industry since 1938!!  This means that any company can choose to slap the word "organic" on their product.
 
6. What is your favorite product?
That's a hard one!!  I'm cheating and picking 2!  I would have to say that the lustro face oils are at the top of my list.  They are so silky and hydrating, but not at all greasy!  I also love the Radiance Firming Complex.  In my opinion, it's what takes the Countertime Collection to the next level.

7. What has been a best seller?
We have had such a great response with so many of the products!  In my experience, the day, night, and eye creams (both the Essentials Line and Countertime) are big sellers, as well as the Kidscounter (kids shampoo, wash, conditioner).  Since we're starting to see temperatures rise and showing off more skin, I expect the Sugar Scrub and the Kidscounter SPF to be in high demand.
 
8. If you host a party, do you receive discounts?
Yes, of course!  Depending on the amount of sales from the party, you will receive "x" amount of products at 50% off.  Reach $500 in sales and you will also receive a free lustro #2 face oil (Jasmine).

 
9. What is Beautycounter's return policy?
We have a 30 return policy and a 60 day exchange policy.  Purchase whatever you want and if for some reason you're not completely satisfied, just send them back.

10. Do you see them expanding their product line to include more beauty products?
Absolutely!  We are all so excited for the full cosmetics line to launch in the fall!  As the company continues to grow, I'm sure we'll see more products being introduced.  If you (the client) have a particular item in mind that you'd like to see, let us know through the "contact us" tab - we love to hear from our customers!



May 7, 2014

POPSUGAR MUSTHAVE SNACKS BY NATUREBOX!

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I'm always on the hunt for healthy snacks. Especially now that I'm back on track and exercising (for a whole 3 days-look out!), I'm way more hungry after working out. It's easy to take a wrong turn and gorge on whatever is in plain sight so I was so excited that POPSUGAR (my favorite lifestyle websites) chose me to review their new collaboration with NatureBox on a home delivered box of healthy snacks that comes right to my doorstep. In the box, I was given 5 different snacks to review. I recruited some friends to have a tasting party and honestly we loved them all! In the box came: 


1. Lemon Pucker Pistachios
2. Blueberry Almond Bites
3. Seaweed Pops 
4. Trail Mix
5. Dried Peaches


1. Nuts are a great snack to incorporate into your day. They pack some protein so can be filling and satisfying. These pistachios were LEMON-Y! Such a unique combo but I really enjoyed them.  Grade: B+

2. The blueberry almond squares were my favorite. These bite sized goodies had just the right amount of granola and fruit taste. They were light and refreshing and I almost ate the whole bag in one sitting. Grade: A+

3. The seaweed poppers surprised me. I wasn't sure seaweed would be appetizing even though I've heard the benefits of it. They are a cute little poppable bite with the perfect crunch and sesame-like flavor. I could see these being a huge hit on a bar cart with cocktails. Grade: A

4. This was an interesting combo for trail mix. It has almonds, soybeans, corn, pumpkin kernels, wild rice sticks and cranberries. A little bit salty and a little bit sweet-it has a great crunch for sure. 
Grade: B

5. Dried peaches: I'm not a big fan of dried fruit but my friend Gina thought these were great. Sweet and chewy and I love what I saw when I looked at the ingredient list: Peaches. period. 

What I love most about NatureBox is that no matter the snack, the ingredients are pure. What you won't find in their products: 
NO Artificial Flavoring
NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
NO Artificial Sweetners
NO Partially hydrogenated oils

They have Registered Dietitians on staff to help develop these naturally delicious snacks. 

Have a health concern? They've got you covered, offering snacks that are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, etc. 

With all the overwhelming information floating around about "natural" and "organic", it's nice that NatureBox's website has it all explained for you. I can appreciate that in a company as I myself am more concerned these days as to what chemicals I'm putting on and in my body. 

What's more exciting? For a limited time the POPSUGAR MustHave Snacks by NatureBox is 50% off! Follow this LINK to order yours and feel good about the food you are putting in your body! 

Happy Snacking! 





POPSUGAR and NatureBox provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own, and POPSUGAR and NatureBox did not tell me what to say or how to say it.




May 5, 2014

Spring Mix: White + Chambray

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PHOTOS//MR. FLUFF

[scarf/clutch: Stella&Dot, tee: HM (old), similar, jeans J.Brand (old), similar, shoes: GAP, bracelet/earrings: Chloe+Isabel, lipcolor: beautycounter lipshine in petal]

Time to start whipping out the white jeans. I'm in the market for a new pair but still love my cropped J.Brands. They are a more casual look and I love the nautical look paired with the shoes. 

I think we all know how much I love slip on sneakers for Spring. I had to pick up these chambray ones the day I saw them. Chambray is a huge trend for the season and you can incorporate it easily into your wardrobe. Loving it in the shirt dresses that I've been seeing everywhere, like this one!

If you haven't checked out Stella & Dot's new arrivals, you should. The raffia aztec clutch is the perfect size and thin enough to put in a larger bag during the day but easy to pull out as your evening clutch for after work. The inside has designated spots for your credit cards to keep you organized. The Moroccan print scarf is beautiful for Spring on the more chilly days but take it into the Summer to use as a beach cover up. 

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!!