The Fluff Report: June 2015

June 29, 2015

Westwood Sunglasses: New Tribal Collection on Kickstarter!

Occupational Hazard: Having a huge collection of sunglasses in all different styles, shapes and sizes. I LOVE collecting sunglasses about as much as I do lip stick. I was excited to hear of Westwood Sunglasses. They were founded in Ogden, Utah from the need of a go anywhere, do anything type of frame made of eco-friendly natural woods. All frames have polarized lenses, flexible hinges and float. Polarized lenses are so important! They cut glare and improve your quality of what you're seeing. 

Next up for Westwood is making their Tribal Collection a reality. Westwood Sunglasses needed to raise $6,500 to fund initial manufacturing costs. The company hit their goal in their first day on Kickstarter!  For their support, backers receive wholesale pricing (50% discount), are the first to wear the new Tribal Collection, and become ambassadors of the brand. YOU can still get in on the deal! Head to the campaign HERE to pick out your frames. Choose from Tattoo, Tapestry, Temple, Tundra and Totem. 

Tattoo features tribal tattoos from the pacific islands and is made of ebony 
Tapestry features the textile arts of ancient Latin America and made of rosewood
Temple features the Henna patterns of India, is the most feminine pair, and made of cherry wood 
Tundra features the feather accessory of the Native American and made of layered skateboard
Totem features the wood carvings of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and made of walnut

The kickstarter campaign ends June 30th so HURRY and reserve your pair TODAY!! 

*Sponsored by Westwood Sunglasses but all opinions are 100% my own! 

June 22, 2015

Shop the Mint + [GIVEAWAY}


Everybody needs a brand spankin' new party dress for the Summer. Weddings, showers, graduation parties-there is always an occasion for a new dress! I have been pouring over the new arrivals at The Mint Julep Boutique. I love the different selection and the price point is amazing! This hot little number was under $50. As you know from my previous posts-I love a navy and black combo and this pattern is a very subtle mix of the two. I chose to belt it but it's a very forgiving swing type style-perfect for when you want to gorge on bacon wrapped scallops and not have to suck in your stomach the rest of the night. 

I've had a few comments wondering about my hair from my pic on Instagram! Thanks!  This style is so incredibly easy. I wish I had the time to make a tutorial. Since I am super busy, I will just direct you to where I saw it here on PopSugar Beauty

I'm so excited to be partnering up with The Mint Julep Boutique and giving away a $25 gift card! Enter below for your chance to win and be sure to check out the great finds. Not only do I love the dress I'm wearing, but this tank is PERFECT for 4th of July!! 

Open to US Residents only. The post was sponsored by The Mint Julep boutique but all opinions are my own! 

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June 18, 2015

Celebrating Father's Day with #NauticaforDad + Giveaway!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias

Father's Day is always a toughie for me. For one, I can never live down the year I chose to attend a play with my Mom, Carrie and Carrie's Mom. What? It was Wicked and only a matinee. Bob's day was hardly interrupted. Besides, I thought he'd enjoy taking care of his 1 and 3 year old toddlers. Father-son time, right? He claims he's gotten over it, but it mysteriously works it's way into every Father's Day agenda conversation. 

I never know what to get Bob. He seems to have everything while I on the other hand can never have enough. I'm very easy to please with either a  manicure, Sephora gift card or an hour with no childcare responsibilities. But Bob never seems to want for anything. Or maybe I should clarify and say he never seems to want for little, less expensive things. If I showed up with a huge backhoe or a trailer that could carry a fleet of farm equipment, he'd be very, very excited.  But I'm sorry to say that I'm a horrible wife and that will never happen. 

However,  this year is slightly more special. As I've already announced to basically anyone who will listen, Bob is the new Pittsford Mendon Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach. For those of you not local, this is one of two high schools in the town where we live and I like to think of this promotion as a very big deal. A very big deal because he's worked as a respected coach for the last 15 years (for the other town high school) and in my biased opinion, is extremely deserving. 

I've taken some time to brainstorm and share some extra special ways to celebrate the Father of my children...Feel free to steal some of these ideas and pass them off as your own. 

1. Allow Dad to play an 18 hole round of golf at any point of time during the special celebratory weekend. If his tee time is a 7 am, do not complain when you have to jolt out of bed to attend to the kids whining for waffles. 

2. Take on one chore that Dad normally does. For us, it's the "take out the garbage" chore. My husband understands this as the "kitchen" garbage. But I'm going to go above and beyond on his special day and empty the other 6 rooms with trash because I'm just that nice and they're overflowing with a month full of kleenex, q-tips, dryer sheets and hardened gum. 

3.  Let the Father of you children sleep in on Father's Day. For me, this won't be hard. Bob sleeps in every single Saturday and Sunday. EXCEPT on Mother's Day. That's the one day a year I refuse to jump out of bed first and have to lay there anxiously awaiting for him to just. get. up. 

In all seriousness though, I wanted to get something for Bob that would have some meaning to his newest change and promotion. Nautica Voyage symbolizes the man on a journey and boy what a journey we've had together over the last 9 years of marriage! It speaks to the man who seeks the extraordinary in the everyday and takes chances and challenges head on. Nautica itself is inspired by the water and nature, something that Bob loves and cherishes. 

Find the Nautica Voyage Father's Day gift set at Macy's! 

Want to purchase the Nautica Voyage gift set for the Dad in your life? Order here online @ Macy's
I always love reading blogs so check out how other bloggers shared their #NauticaforDad Father's Day stories HERE.

I'm so excited to share the Nautica Giveaway. It doesn't specifically say it in the details, but you have to promise to take me on the cruise if you win.

Enter Here: Nautica for Dad
  • Details:
    • 1 Grand Prize Winner will win a $4,000 Cruise Vacation Package
    • 5 Second Place Winners will win a Nautica Men's Fragrance Gift Package
  • Winners must be 18+

June 16, 2015

Good Day Rochester: Beauty Products with SPF

Have you seen my latest segment on Good Day Rochester? If you missed it-click on the link below to find out some great beauty and fashion finds that protect you from the sun! CLICK HERE

June 12, 2015

Beauty Buzz: Au Naturale Cosmetics: Organic Beauty for the Consciously Chic™

Au Naturale Cosmetics

Let me tell you today about a green, organic, vegan cosmetic line that is modern and beautiful. Au Naturale cosmetics was founded by Ashley Prange out of necessity for an organic, principled makeup line in a beauty industry dominated by cheap, toxic laden ingredients. These professional grade cosmetics are elegant and clean and Ashley personally produces each product and oversees the production in Green Bay, WI.

I was so fortunate to sample some of their products and I love the deep pigments and rich creamy textures. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the cream concealer but I found it to be easy to blend and spread and seemed to be a nice universal shade although it comes in five others as well. The White Quartz shadow is a perfect white. I love dabbing it under eyebrows and in the corners of my eyes for highlighting purposes. I've been using the Bliss cream shadow for an all over lid color. It's such a beautiful color for creating a natural, beachy, fresh faced look. Many cream shadows can crease over time but not this one! It stayed put and lasted all day. 

The first couple days I applied the highlighter stick, I had different people comment on how my skin was glowing. I never get tired of that compliment! I always apply the highlighter on my cheeks bones and down the center of my nose and then blend with a brush. Take a peek at my IG pic showing just that HERE

The lip colors I tried were two rich colors-Sangria, a deep bold pink with a hint of shimmer and African Affair, a deep purple-pink. See Sangria when I wore it on the news this week! To watch the segment, click on this LINK. The gloss in Orchid is a vivid plum with a soft shimmer . Of course, all glosses are 100% vegan and gluten free, non-nano, and paraben free. For $15-this is a great product to try if you aren't sure you are ready to dive in head first into organic, all natural, vegan products. (although I'm not sure why you wouldn't) 

Three cheers to Au Naturale for making a commitment to produce healthy, safe, gorgeous products that work, last and are healthy for our environment. 

June 1, 2015

Beauty Highlight// Monat Haircare System

I've had the opportunity to try the great line of natural hair products from a new company-MONAT. Thanks to Jenny Sanzo of The Flower City Fashionista for introducing me to them and doling out the samples! She knows I'm a natural product lover and this would be right up my alley. 

To explain a little about MONAT, I took a bite from their website explaining the science behind the product. 

"MONAT’s ingredients are naturally-based, safe, pure and sustainable. But with other brands recognizing the power of botanical oils, how is MONAT any different? The answer lies in our rich formulations that make these naturally-based ingredients work in harmony with each other, combining and reacting to pump up their natural properties to take MONAT to the next level."

There are two main lines of products: VOLUME and BALANCE. I originally thought the volume would be to va-va-voom, but it actually became my favorite of the two. It made my hair bouncy, shiny and gave it an extremely healthy look and feel. Not only does the volume line make your hair look healthy, but it also has been shown to increase follicle strength and promote hair growth! Yeah baby! I'll get that long-to the middle of my back hair in no time. With the volume shampoo and conditioner, I also tried the reshape root lifter which also helped give my hair some shine and made styling so easy. 

Raise your hand if you judge a shampoo by it's smell? Aaaand...all the hands can go down now! As if it somehow works better if the smell is to die for. Have no fear, this product line smells divine. 

If I didn't love MONAT yet, I had hearts in my eyes when I saw this on their website: 

I recently shared on my Facebook page an article on the dangers of "fragrance". I was happy to see MONAT does not use any harmful fragrances in their products. I try to avoid them at all costs! 

If you want luscious, beautiful locks-try MONAT products by visiting Jenny's website HERE. There is even a line for Men. Perfect Father's day present!