Tips on How YOU Can Keep Your Style Fresh & Great #CarefreeChallenge Jewelry Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Carefree® #CarefreeChallenge, however all the opinions and musings are all my own.Fashion is an ever changing entity whose trends, innovations, and modifications we strive to follow. We buy and discard things when they go in and out of style without a thought….until we look at our bursting-at-our-seems closets and declare, “I have nothing to wear!” The truth is we’re just bored with whats in our closets and want new looks to revamp it. Thankfully there are things you can do to refresh your style and we’re sharing them today as part of the Carefree 30-Day Fresh Challenge, to help you return the “style spark” to your look. We hope that you’ve been enjoying and following all the great Carefree Challenge tips. We don’t want you to miss out on the great daily prizes or the $5,000 grand prize. So here goes:

Shop Your Closet

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When was the last time you saw the back of your closet? You’d be surprised the hidden gems you’ve forgotten about that are just waiting to be paired with more recent purchases. Especially as some fashion trends tend to repeat every few years. So dig in, don’t be afraid to be creative – give that old t-shirt some new life by pairing it with layered necklaces and slacks, rock that cool scarf as a belt, wear a long necklace as a bracelet, or layer your leather jacket over those old blazers you think are outdated; the possibilities are endless once you open those closet doors.

Shop Vintage and Thrift Shops

If your closet is bare and your budget is limited, try Thrifting. These money-saving shops are treasure troves of fashion goodness. One of my favorite times to thrift is during the yearly Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Sale. The sale raises money for charity (so it’s for a good cause), is held at every Buffalo Exchange location nationwide, and everything is only $1, that’s right $1. Available items for sale includes designer labels and ranges in everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. I’ve scored lots of designer labels from the sale, like Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Palley (see next tip), Versace, etc.

Re-purpose Your Shoes and Handbags

Give your shoes and handbags some new life with some new color. It works for cars, so why not your small leather goods and accessories. I recently gave the Rachel Palley shoes I got at the $1 Buffalo Exchange sale (see above) a new hue (I wanted to color them a neutral grey-taupe hue for fall) with a leather color dye kit. I chose and used Tarrago Color Dye Kit for Leather for their vast color assortment (they have more than 80 creme and metallic colors) and kit supplies, plus it works on leather, synthetic leather, and canvas goods. That small box you see has everything you need to change the color or restore your items.

DIY

If you’ve ever linked paperclips together to create a necklace, you can DIY jewelry. However, if you’ve never done it before and want to ease your way into it, there are amazing companies that help you get started by supplying you with everything you need to create great accessories. We love the boxes from Darby Smart, Whimsey Box, and Brit + Co for their great fashion and accessory kits. Whether you want to create new fashion or accessory looks or just want to spice up an item you haven’t worn in years, put those arts and crafts skills to work.

Forget the Rules

Remember the old adage about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Forget it, embrace and show off your personality with your style. If that means piling on the necklaces, scarves or bracelets, wearing mismatched prints together, or…egad….wearing white after Labor Day – just do it! Rule breakers usually end up being trendsetters, so don’t limit yourself, experiment with your style and if it works for you, then it works.

Stay Fresh All Day

Don’t forget to stay fresh all day with a Carefree Acti-fresh pantyliner. Be confident in knowing that these thinner, more absorbent liners lock away fluids and move with you as you go about your day. We always love to save, so don’t miss the chance to save $1.50 on your purchase with this Carefree Coupon.

Don’t forget you only have until Sept. 10th, 2014 to win a grand prize of $5,000 to renew and refresh your wardrobe. You can also enter to win today’s prize of a $100 gift card towards some great Jewelry. While we hope you enjoy and implement some or all of our tips, we’d love to hear some of yours. What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your style?

Love, Sweat, and Gears | BFX Studio’s Ride Republic Spin Class

We are the first to admit we can sometimes get lazy and compliant when it comes to working out. This is mostly due to the fact that we sit in-front of a computer for hours on end without much movement, except when it comes to reaching for a snack. We’ve gotten to the level of forcing ourselves up from the couch, desk, park bench, etc just to show our bodies that we’re not petrified objects, so when we get an opportunity to get active, we try to take advantage….because it’s something that is desperately needed. That is why we were ecstatic to receive an invitation to check out the BFX Studio in Chelsea (more locations are coming soon). We loved spinning but hadn’t participated in a few years……today we tested our endurance.

We had a choice between the following classes: BFX Build (Eli Ingram and Amanda Butler), Classic Ride (Josh Taylor), BFX Barre (Michelle Demus and Colin Turek), and Fusion Ride (Juan Hidalgo), but because we haven’t worked out in quite a while, we decided to start with an easier class…..or so we thought. Securing a position and an in-breed Spinner® Blade Ion bike for the Classic Ride with Josh Taylor, we were mentally ready for the high-energy spin class…..physically ready was a different story.

The classicRIDE is spinning as it was meant to be – high-energy, motivational instructor, great music, and a heart-pounding experience. We recommend first-time spinners, and those who haven’t attended spin classes in a while (like we haven’t) begin with this one. For those of you who are more advanced than we are or prefer something more challenging, we present the following:

ultraRIDE – more enhanced than the classicRIDE, ultraRIDE offers extreme physical challenges on the bike with a rotating theme. No fear of stagnation in this 45 min class

epicRIDE – love spinning to specific themes and music? Then the epicRIDE spin classes are for you. Every class has a visually and musically supported theme and can go on for 1-2 hours. Epic indeed!

FUSIONRIDE – if you want to experience a workout both on and off the bike, this two-part spin class is right up your alley. Get ready to spend part of the class riding, and the other part off the bike, in athletic conditioning and functional training. The result is a high-cardio burn that will maximize your agility, stamina, power, and core strength. Fusion offers three ride/training Time option: 30 min/30 min, 45 min/15 min, and 45 min/45 min.

The class was intense and we loved it…..even while thinking we were going to pass out. Our hearts were pounding, our energy was up, and we burned lots of calories. What more could you ask for, except for a refreshing drink, which we enjoyed post workout at the launch festivities which also included personalized mini training sessions, spa treatments courtesy of Mio, Sakara treats, and BFX Studio’s state of the art Fit3D body scan.

BFX Studio has a t-shirt that says pretty hurts, it really does but it hurts so good. We invite anyone who wants to add spinning to their fitness regime to check out BFX Studio, located at 555 Sixth Avenue (between 15th and 16th St) in NYC. We kinda want to work there now.

GIVEAWAY: We Need Fashionable Healing | Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi

We once again had the pleasure of attending a launch event for one of our favorite fashion designers, Isaac Mizrahi and the expansion of his lifestyle brand with the launch of his Band-Aid Collection by Isaac Mizrahi. The very fashionable band-aids are inspired by Isaac’s past and present collections and captures the colorful and adventurous spirit and fashion aesthetic Isaac is known and loved for. We love them so much, we want to share it with you. We have a few boxes to give away, so check out the end of this post for details.

This is the second designer collection for the Band-Aid brand, and the first for Isaac Mizrahi, who previously launched a fantastic beauty tools collection with Tweezerman. Here is Isaac below introduces the collection:

The collection features 14 fun designs including watercolors, hearts, stripes, camouflage, and roses that both kids and adults can enjoy while they protect their cuts and bruises as they heal. Each box of Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi contains 20 assorted bandages (10 – 3/4 in x 3 in and 10 – 5/8 in x 2 1/4).

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Isaac (thanks to my Contributing Writer, Laura, for conducting the interview while I filmed) for some one-on-one about the collection:

The Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi are available now at Walgreens and Walgreens.com, for $2.99 per box. As stated at the beginning, we want to share these fashionable band-aids with you. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry methods below:

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Try These #CarefreeChallenge Tips to Keep Your Beauty Routine Fresh & Win

This post is sponsored by Carefree® #CarefreeChallenge, however all opinions are all my own.

Sometimes a humid summer day or a dry, stuffy office can completely ruin your makeup, so it’s important to take preventative steps keep your beauty looking, and remaining fresh. Just as Carefree® Acti-Fresh Liners keeps you fresh and confident every day with their comfortable absorbency and discreet 8-hour protection, we’re sharing tips for you to try for 30 days on how you can keep your makeup fresh and flawless.

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Are you ready for the Carefree Challenge? Are you ready to try their beauty, style, lifestyle, and idea tips for 30 days of freshness? If you answered yes, then we challenge you to try the following beauty tips that has served us well in keeping our beauty routine fresh.

  • Exfoliate Your Skin – simply washing your face doesn’t get rid of all the buildup that gets trapped in your pores. A gentle exfoliant will ensure your face is a clean canvas. Don’t forget to moisturize.
  • Prime Your Makeup – whether in lotion or spray form (we prefer a primer spray because its super light, won’t clog your pores, and applies in seconds), a makeup primer is a great base to smooth makeup application that lasts longer without caking….that includes lips and eyes
  • Set Your Makeup – just as important as using a primer, topping off your stunning face canvas with a makeup finishing spray is a must to prevent makeup fading and meltdown….yes again, even on lipstick. The result is a fresher look for longer.
  • Chill Out – sometimes your stuffy office or overly humid weather can dry out your skin and make you look tired, keep a hydrating facial mist in your refrigerator (yes at work too) and mist whenever your skin needs refreshing or you need a pick me up (its great for those boring meetings).
  • Beat the 3PM Slump – an alternative if your skin feels really dried out or tired and a cool mist just won’t do, take a few minutes to wash your face; let your skin breathe and reapply your makeup (you will find yourself using less makeup) for a midday pick-me-up
  • Gloss It Up – believe it or not, lip gloss can go beyond the lips. A quick swipe on the eyelids and cheeks give you a fresh dewy look. Everyone will think you just came from the spa. A creme blush works just as well.
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – water is essential for flushing out the impurities that can pollute the skin. try mixing it up by adding slices of fresh fruit to your water (go beyond cucumber and try ginger, oranges and/or strawberries). Another alternative is drinking tea such as Burdock root, Sassafras, and Red Clover, they’re all great skin clearing teas.
  • Blot it Out – blotting sheets are a staple in my beauty bag. Sometimes you can’t escape the shine of your t-zone. A few pats and the extra shine is gone. The key is to look dewy, not shiny.
  • Full Steam Ahead – a little steam goes a long way to opening up your pores for products to be more effective, especially after a long day outside surrounded with dust, dirt and grime. after you wash your face, turn your facet to hot and massage (quick taps with your fingers) your face.
  • Sanitize Your Brushes – one of the most important rules in makeup is having a clean brush. Why wouldn’t you want a clean face free from unwanted bacteria? You can use your facial cleanser or a brush cleaner, as long as the result is a clean brush.
  • Have a Carefree Day – Carefree Acti-Fresh Liners boasts an 8-hour odor control system that keeps you fresh and confident. Challenge yourself to wear one every day for all-day protection.  It’s so thin, you won’t even notice you’re wearing it. Save $1.50 towards your next Carefree® product with this Carefree Coupon.

Implementing a few or all of these tips into your daily routine and committing to it for 30 days as part of Carefree’s 30-Day Freshness Challenge gives you the chance to win prizes daily, and of course get some great tips.

Join Carefree® between Aug.12th, 2014 – Sept. 10th, 2014 at #CarefreeChallenge for tips and ideas on how to stay fresh longer. To join, click on the above link and enter to win a grand prize of $5,000 to renew and refresh your wardrobe. You can also enter to win a $100 gift card for a makeover at a top beauty retailer. Good luck and feel free to share your own beauty tips with us.

Tech Accessories You Shouldn’t Live Without from Logitech

We find there are several things that get us excited but none other than tech toys. We love checking out and sharing our experiences with new tech products or just highlighting cool gadgets, especially if there is a fashion aspect to it. We had the pleasure of attending a Logitech event to preview what’s coming for the holiday season and what tech accessories you shouldn’t live without, and we can’t wait to show you some of the amazing giftable gadgets Logitech has to offer. These make great gifts for back-to-school, birthdays, and the holiday season. Today we will be highlighting the small gifts that make everyday life a bit easier and fun.

Logitech® case+wallet – turn your phone case into a slim, stylish wallet to keep your Credit and/or Bank cards, Metrocard, Membership Rewards Cards, Cash and Business Cards, etc safe and cash at your fingertips. The +wallet boasts an instant magnetic coupling that instantly unites your phone and wallet into one pocket-friendly design with its Magnashield technology, which protects the contents of your wallet by creating a barrier to prevent demagnetization.

Logitech protection+ Case – bring extra protection and convenience to your Samsung Galaxy S®5 or Apple iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s with these slim, yet ultra-protective, outer shell phone cases with hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner and impact-absorbent channels. These cases also exceed the U.S. Military drop-test standard, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high.

Logitech® +drive – make hands-free driving easy, and keep your phone secure and visible at the same time with the Logitech® case+drive. Mount the +drive to your windshield or dashboard and remove it with a flick of your wrist when you need it. Instant and magnetically adhere it to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s +Case for quick accessibility and visibility as you drive.

Logitech +trip – compatible with the +case with a hidden metal plate, the +trip quickly clips to any air vent in your car thanks to a magnet that securely holds your smartphone secure and in view.

Bemo Social Camera – stay in the moment as you capture it right from the palm of your hand and with one touch. Each camera is rugged, water-resistant, portable (clip it on your anywhere, hang it on a lanyard, or slip it easily into your pocket) and comes in three fun-loving colors.

We’re so excited to try the Bemo Social Camera, especially as NYFW is coming up next month. Who knows what exciting things we’ll capture on this little device. We’re also looking forward to showing you more from Logitech.

Party for FREE w/ Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR at the Finale Celebration Party

Who wants to party with Kiehl’s and celebrate the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR “motorcycling philanthropists” when they finish their multi-state ride in New York? Inspired by Kiehl’s history with motorcycles, spirit of adventure, and philanthropic heritage, the company embarks on the fifth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR aka #LifeRide5, an 11-day, multi-stop charity motorcycle ride taking place from August 2 – 12, 2014. With the help of Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals, and FIJI Water, the riders are making their way from Milwaukee to New York City, with the mission to continue to heighten AIDS awareness and raise funds for amfAR. There’s nothing sexier than a hot man on a hot bike raising money and awareness for a great cause….I mean Tyson Beckford straddling a motorcycle (huge cheers to the two female rides as well).

Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR CEO leads the #LifeRide5 motorcycle enthusiasts who are fighting against HIV/AIDS. This year marks the fifth for this amazing charity event’s riders include:

  • Tyson Beckford, model
  • Ben Cohen, World Cup Rugby Champion
  • Jay Ellis, actor
  • Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR
  • Conrad Leach, artist
  • Vanessa Marcil, actor
  • Gilles Marini, actor
  • Scott Niemeyer, producer
  • Grant Reynolds, actor
  • Katee Sackhoff, actor
  • Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA
  • Teddy Sears, actor
  • Jesse Lee Soffer, actor
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor

On August 12th, the day after the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR’s Dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the riders will be making three stops in New York ending with a finale celebration party in the Meatpacking District

Stop 1: Kiehl’s at Macy’s Herald Square – 11:30am – 12:30pm
Stop 2: Kiehl’s Rally: Kiehl’s Flagship Store, 109 3rd Avenue – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Stop 3: Finale Celebration: 22 Little West 12th Street – 6:30pm – 9:30pm (see above flyer)

 Kiehl’s will offer a Celebration Discount of 15% off all purchases at each LifeRide stop store for two days: the day it is hosting an event and either the day before or after (check with each store for details.) In addition, Kiehl’s will offer the 15% Celebration Discount at remaining Kiehl’s retail stores nationwide, and Kiehls.com, Aug. 9th and Aug. 10th. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% difference to amfAR, up to the $125,000 total donation. If you can’t attend a ride event, you can join the fight against HIV/AIDS:

  • Follow Kiehl’s to support amfAR! Kiehl’s will donate $1 to amfAR for every follow they receive on their @Kiehls Twitter account (up to $15,000).
  •  Use your hands to find a cure! Follow Kiehl’s on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to play. Tag your image #HandsOn #contest and they will donate $1 for every participant (up to $10,000 of the overall donation). Rules on how to play can be found on our social media platforms.
  • Or make a purchase of a Limited Edition product to benefit amfAR. A Limited Edition Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo size of the company’s classic formula and customer favorite, is available for $28.50 at Kiehl’s retail stores and specialty store partners nationwide, and Kiehls.com with 100% sale profits, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve will be available in a specially designed 7.8.oz size, and features a red cap.

YOU’RE INVITED: Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR’s Dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt

In 1987, Cleve Jones and friends came up with the idea for a memorial in memory of those who had died of AIDS so they will not be forgotten. This memorial is known as The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Twenty-seven years later and this extraordinary memorial, which includes more than 48,000 panels from every US State and over 28 countries, continues to be an uncommon and uplifting dedication to those who have lost their lives to AIDS. Now for the first time in nearly two decades, New York City will host The AIDS Memorial Quilt, with a display on Governor’s Island, thanks to Kiehl’s.

You are invited to join the riders of Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR at the open-to-the-public dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt on Monday, August 11th at 4:30 pm hosted by The NAMES Project Foundation CEO, Julie Rhoad. The event will feature a special Unfolding Ceremony and Reading of Names. The event also invites you to volunteer your time if you want to get involved at the dedication; please contact The NAMES Project Foundation at (404)688-5500 ext. 224 or volunteer@aidsquilt.org.

For those of who who can’t make it to this event on August 11th, The Quilt will still be on display on Tuesday, August 12th from 10am – 4pm.

The Soda Report | The Four All-Natural Ingredients of DRY Soda

When it comes to getting and being healthy, we have to give up a lot of our favorite foods and drinks, much to our displeasure. One of the biggest things people give up is soda because of its high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and calorie content. As someone who sometimes needs a soda every now and then, it’s very difficult to give it up. Because of this, we’re always looking for new ways of enjoying the bad-for-you beverage, while remaining healthy. That’s where DRY Soda and it’s delicious four all-natural ingredients come in. You read that correctly, there are only FOUR ingredients in these sodas, created by Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus.
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So what exactly are these ingredients that make up this groundbreaking range of sodas? DRY Soda’s four all-natural ingredients include purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors extracted from fruits, flowers or herbs (see flavors below), and a clean preservative. That’s all! These four ingredients make DRY Soda a less sweet, lightly carbonated, craft soda. A special formulation that is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free, which allows the brand’s unique soda flavors (of which there are eleven) to stand out. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar of traditional soda, 11-19 grams of sugar to be more precise. In fact, did you know the word DRY means less sugar in wine-lingo? Hence the name. DRY Sodas also only have 45-70 calories (depending on the flavor, and as shown on each can and bottle).

The eleven flavors of dry were developed to pair beautifully with the flavors of foods and spirits, making DRY the perfect soda to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into signature cocktails. The flavors include: Lavender, Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cucumber, Pear, Apple, Ginger, and Cherry. Discovering each of the flavors is surprising, every time you think you may have found your favorite, another one delights you. So far our top favorites include Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Apple and Pear.

Two of DRY’s flavors, Cherry and Pear, are in their new Discovery Pack, a curated selection of DRY’s best-selling flavors which contains tasting and pairing notes and recipes, and were developed by former “Top Chef” and restaurateur Richard Blais – you may remember him as the runner-up from season 4 and winner of Top Chef: All-Stars, season 8. This Discovery Pack is similar to the variety packs made popular by craft beer makers which highlight seasonal favorite flavors.

You can purchase DRY Soda’s amazing flavors at select retailers such as Whole Foods, Krogers, Fairway, Balducci’s, etc  and online on www.drysoda.com. A 12-pk of DRY Soda’s slim aluminum Cans retails for $15.00 and 24-pk of DRY Soda Bottles retails for $32.00.