The Fluff Report: November 2014

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! There are so many things to be thankful for today and everyday. The Thanksgiving holiday is one day that reminds us to be grateful but I really try to "give thanks" in my head on a daily basis for all that I have. 
To my family: my family, especially my children, are my everything. I never take for granted their health and although they can drive me downright crazy at times-my life would be forever changed if they weren't a part of it. I've lost a few loved ones over the past few years so I know how important it is to cherish the time you have here on Earth with the family you have.
To my friends: I have friendships that have spanned decades now. (ok-I'm so old) But there is something to be said for tried and true friendships that last the years. We could chat everyday or speak once a month and things never change or feel awkward. These peeps know me and what I'm about and I love that. I've also made some newer friendships over that past few years that I am also so grateful for. Being a pretty social person (and a Gemini), making new friends is part of my make-up. I love getting to know new people and am thankful for these new friends in my life. 
To my co-workers: Do you know how many people hate their jobs? For some it's pure torture getting up every morning and going to work. Not for me. I absolutely love being an Optometrist but more importantly it's where I work and who I work with the brings my happiness. I won't say every day is sunshine and rainbows, but for the most part I have a wonderful job and what it makes it so great are the friendships of the people around me. 
To my career: Speaking of co-workers, my actual job is also a blessing. I celebrated my ten year anniversary last April, something that I never thought would happen. I can still remember my interview with my boss saying that I didn't know if I wanted to work at a hospital and him saying..."well, try it for a few years and if you don't like it, move on." And here we are 10 years later. Again, jobs have ups and downs, but I am always careful to remember that you have to take the good and the bad. One aspect of my job that I love is my patients! I have had so many great relationships bloom from my patients. I cherish them everyday and am so thankful for their loyalty. 

I could also be thankful for my house, my car, my wardrobe, but those are all material things. Today (and everyday)we should be thankful for the people around us, the relationships we cherish and build, old and new. To health and pure happiness. Hope you have a wonderful day, today and always! 

Cheers!
Becky


November 24, 2014

Midi Skirt + Midi Heels = Holiday Gorgeous!






[skirt: JOA c/o Paislee Boutique, top: Sugarlips c/o Paislee Boutique, shoes: SoleSociety(old), similar, earrings: J.crew]

I am so excited to be on Good Day Rochester this morning...on location! I'll be filming at Paislee Boutique highlighting some beautiful holiday dresses as well as some comfy but cute Thanksgiving attire. I am absolutely in love with everything so you'll have to watch. I'll be posting the video later in theday so check back if you don't catch it live! PS:Everything in the store will be 25% off on Black Friday. 

Midi skirts are all over the magazines, stores, and celebs. Paislee has a great selection and I love this beautiful black with intricate silver embroidery. This skirt is under $100 but looks and feels so much more expensive. I wanted the skirt to speak for itself so chose to pair it with a simple black top with delicate lace detailing at the shoulders. This blouse would be perfect for work or a holiday occasion. Originally I thought I'd pair it with black shoes but when I saw these aubergine calf midi heels in my closet, I knew they'd be the perfect contrast to the mostly dark outfit. 

Hope you all have a short work week like I do! Enjoy getting ready for Turkey Day!


November 21, 2014

Gold Glitter Gift Guide


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I love that the holidays are an excuse to sport some serious sparkle. And sparkle I will with all of these fun glittery choices. I'm usually a fan of skirts from Banana Republic and they did not disappoint this year with this glitzy gold pleated mini. 

How fun is this J.Crew "girls" sparkle tote? Sure it may be in the kids section but that hasn't stopped me before. Get out your tape measure: the dimensions are 8"Hx14"W with a handle drop of 3 3/4". 

Last year I went on a hunt for gold glitter heels to wear on New Years Eve. They were sold out almost everywhere so to get in on the trend I would suggest investing in them pronto. 

Kate Spade does it again (and again) with the gold sparkle studs and iphone case. The iphone case is another kids find at Gap for the Kate SpadexGap collaboration but I'm pretty positive they don't make kid sized iphones-so go for it. Who cares if the 13 year old teen has the same one? 

So I've tried gold glitter on my eyes once before. Let's just say it didn't work out so well. I was wiping glitter off my face for a week afterwards, HOWEVER, if you have a steady hand and a cosmetology degree-I say to do it. I love the dramatic feel of it. 

Watches are a fun gift to give and recieve during the holidays. I love the KS glitter band for when you feel saucy or the simple beige leather for conservative work days. 

And of course when there is a color you are obsessed with, there is always a matching nail polish. Try RGB's gilt-it's a 5 free polish so it doesn't contain some of the most harmful chemicals other polishes do. 

Cheers! 
~ Becky





November 19, 2014

Brr Baby...Get Your Fur Hooded Coat On!










[Coat: Gap, Leggings: Gap, Camp Socks: J.Crew (mens), Boots: Sorel (similar), Sunnies: Maui Jim, Tee: Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls, Necklace: c/o Backwood Beads]

Brr...I can't believe our temps today were in the teens! I thought I'd be needing my Sorels soon but not necessarily this early into the season. I originally bought this coat when looking for a "raincoat" to wear to my boy's soccer games. What I didn't realize was this could not only survive a rain storm, but a decent blizzard as well. The hood weighs about 10 lbs. but it has fur on it and so I fell for it. On the plus side it has enough pockets to hold your gloves, wallet, phone, lipstick, a box of tissues, and your child's lego collection (because what Mom doesn't always find legos in their pockets?!)

A huge thank you to my friend and sorority sis Stacey for sending me one of her Backwood Beads necklace. They are locally made in Rocky Mount, NC which just happens to be close to my alma mater-East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) Once I get my hands on some more, I plan on layering these babies up! I would love for you to show this new business some support by liking their FB page and/or following them on IG and if you are local to NC-be sure to find them at at these locations: 

Southern Swank (Nashville, NC)
Totally You (Rocky Mount, NC)
Belle and Co. (Wilson, NC)
Cottontails (kids collection)(Wilson, NC)
DeWayne's (Selma and Smith area, NC)

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November 17, 2014

How To Get Great Hair Everyday With Perfect Curls From The Conair® Curl Secret®!

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


I try hard to curl my hair every morning before work. I also try to gulp down one cup of coffee when I'm getting ready, but it's impossible to curl my hair and drink coffee at the same time. I'm an amazing multi-tasker but even I have limits. And then enters some amazing tools: the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q Brushless Motor Dryer and the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret®. The curl secret draws the hair up into the chamber and then works its' magic. You can set the heat to high or low as well as the time for how long you want it to hold your hair (8, 10, or 12 seconds). Get loose or tight curls depending on the time and heat.

I started by using the Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer and I couldn't believe how quiet it was! It also cut down my dry time which anything to shave off minutes in the morning is a huge bonus to me. After brushing out my hair and clipping up the top section, I took a 1 inch piece and placed it into the curl secret. Pressing down, the hair is drawn into the chamber. I will tell you there is a learning curve to using this. One side of the curl secret says in big bold letters to keep "this side towards head". I would listen to it if I were you or you may end up with some tangles. Once you get past the awkwardness of holding your hands the right way, it will be easy! Short beeps occur until the curling is over. Gently pull out the curl and let it cool before combing or separating with your fingers. Keep it down or add a bobby to pull back loose curls! Perfect curls in 10 minutes or less!



Wanting one for yourself? Head over to WalMart to pick up these beautifying tools!

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November 13, 2014

Gift Guide: Made in the USA




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This is absolutely one of my favorite posts I've put together in awhile. Over the past 6 months I've really become focused on buying more of everything that's made in the good 'ol US of A. A chance meeting at a friend's neighborhood barbecue this past Summer was the catalyst. I met an amazing American couple who lived in China with their 3 boys. Working in a corporate world, I was fascinated with their description of the culture and tales of BIG city living. (think NYC x 100). They loved their experience and yet they still said they tell everyone to NOT buy anything "made in china". I was completely taken aback by their recommendation due to their fond memories and love of Asian culture. But they saw first hand of how jobs in America are being outsourced for cheaper, faster labor. Their message resonated with me and I continue to think back to that conversation when I research new items I want. I'm no extremist but if I can purchase something made in the USA over something made in China, why wouldn't I? 

I'm hoping for some of you this will open your eyes to being more conscious of purchasing American made. Seeing how I want 2 of everything on this gift list-I don't think it will be a problem buying stateside this holiday season! 




November 5, 2014

Splurge vs Save

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I've made it a habit of patrolling the internet for deals and steals. If I see something in a magazine that I love, but don't have the bucks to splurge, I'll almost always search for a more inexpensive version online (and find it-yeah baby!!). Lately, I've been doing a lot of virtual window shopping as I try to cut back on spending and really think about what I need [aka.nothing] and what I will get good use out of [aka. nothing because I don't need anything]. Sure I want the beautiful tartan poncho that I posted on my Instagram account HERE. Plus it's only $60.00 which is definitely a save, but honestly, when am I wearing this? I've bought 3 coats in the past 2 months. Do I really need this cape? Because I already know the answer, I continue on my journey of shopping for others and that is how this post came about. 

These are all fun finds that will get you through the next month whether you are looking for a fun pair of distressed black jeans to dress up or down, a faux fur coat that can be thrown on for a night out or over a holiday dress, a woven bag that mixes well with a basic palette, a classic tartan scarf to keep you warm and on trend or sparkly starburst earrings. Go for the splurge-I'm sure you deserve it, or stick with the save. I've found that the most expensive things I own aren't always the most comfortable, flattering or my favorite.