Gym Bag Essentials

We all know that I love to work out. A good workout ends on an even better note when you finish it off with the right mix of products, especially when you are short on time. Some of my favorite items to pack are ones I consider my gym bag essentials and are all listed all right here.   Gym Bag Favorites by victoriamason  1. L'Occitane Shea Butter Soothing Fluid- so light yet full of anti-inflammatories and great for sensitive skin. 2. Batiste Dry Shampoo- a must to soak up sweat and refresh that 'do/Hair Elastics/Mason Pearson Rake Comb 3. Burt's Bees Lip Balm with a hint of color to match your now rosy cheeks. 4. Nike 'Victory' Metallic Gym Duffel Bag/Tri-Coastal Design Cosmetic Case because sometimes all you have time for is 20 minutes and that's OK./Kate Spade Glass … [Read more...]

Why You Should Spoil Yourself This Valentine’s Day

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If you think you need to wait around for someone special in your life to buy you something gorgeous this Valentine’s Day, you’re wrong! Give some love to yourself this year - you deserve it. Here are some fantastic ideas for self-pampering and why you SHOULD spoil yourself this Valentine's Day. Get a Makeover Being a mom is a full-time job that doesn’t leave much time for you to spend on beauty and skincare. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to do it. Ask yourself what makes you feel special when it comes to beauty: is it getting a makeover that boosts your self-confidence, getting a fab new haircut that makes you feel beautiful, or buying yourself a luxurious skincare product? Once you know, go out and do it for yourself! Caring for yourself and looking your best is really … [Read more...]

Workout Wear Wednesday: Fabletics Review

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Last week it was all about 'Work Wear Wednesday' for Whatcha Wearing Wednesday.  Join me this week for the link up as it becomes another mouthful to say with 'Workout Wear Wednesday': Fabletics Review! January usually has us more fitness-minded but this year I'm motivated times FOUR.  It's a big year birthday that has me wanting my newest decade to be just as fit, if not more, than the last one.  I'm training for a 10-mile race in April. I need more strength and have to run on a very regular schedule.  That's something I haven't done in years.  I want to include more fitness fashion on the regular too. Fabulous Fabletics?  I have been intrigued with Fabletics ever since I first heard about them a few years ago. I just couldn't wrap my brain around the idea of buying a full set of … [Read more...]

Cold Weather Skin Remedies with Masque Bar Masks

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Source: Victoria Mason Now that January has come and gone we realize oh wait, there is still more winter.  That means dry skin and the need for cold weather skin remedies with Masque Bar Masks. I'm a little obsessed with sheet masks, I'll admit it.  It's cool.  It's not like I have a problem or anything.  I only hoard them like most parent horde Halloween candy.  So I was super excited when Look Beauty sent me two packs, with three masks per pack of their Lemon Sheet Mask and their Honey Sheet Mask. Each one goes on your clean skin for 20-30 minutes and then is easily peeled off revealing their individual results. Both the lemon and the honey are great for dull or dry winter skin.  Though I believe if you have sensitive skin the lemon sheet mask might be a tad too strong. The scent … [Read more...]

Work Wear Wednesday: Styling Black Pants

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I have said it before and I will say it again and again.  You can never go wrong with basics.  This month I am all about them and keeping life simple and that starts with styling black pants. The 'basics rule' is never more practical and easy to follow than with work wear.  Whether you are starting out your work wardrobe, need to simplify it or freshen it up, the basics are where it is at, and no piece is more versatile than a pair of black pants. First, find the style that is most flattering on you. It may be a pair of ankle pants or a wide-leg cut. If you are like me then it depends on the season and the mood. I like a slim cigarette style cut for all year and a wide-leg trouser cut for the colder months when I want to wear heeled boots and change things up. This week I'm … [Read more...]

2016 Nissan Maxima SR

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima SR is not your average sedan. It's combination of sleek lines, normal and sport drive mode with a V6 engine (3.5-Liter DHOC 24-Valve) and sport-tuned suspension make it a sportier more fun version of the typical family sedan. Who doesn't want a little more of that in their world? Source: Nissan USA First Impressions I learned to drive on a Nissan Maxima but the white with gold rims and tinted windows 1989 version with its talking computer was vastly different in styling than the SR I drove for a week.  The only thing these two cars had in common was the newly redesigned 2016 Maxima can still turn heads (It no longer looks so much like the more sedate Altima!) and the 'Deep Pearl Blue' color on mine mixed with its curving lines on the hood and sides certainly … [Read more...]

Striped Shirt Worn Two Ways

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Last week I talked about getting back to basics.  This week it is all about my go-to piece, the striped shirt worn two ways. I find myself grabbing this SheIn White Black Striped Loose T-shirt often.  It isn't just ridiculously cute but so comfortable to wear. It is so soft and long and it works with almost everything in my closet.  I'm in love with it.  No surprise. It's a striped shirt, after all. I love this look for days when I'm working from home and running around town with the kids.  I can add leather leggings and jeweled pumps for a date night look too. SHOP THE LOOK SheIn White Black Striped Loose T-Shirt/Spanx Leggings/Charles by Charles David Black Riding Boots/Statement Necklace (old-similar) Adding ankle booties and opaque tights with a pencil skirt in a … [Read more...]

2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

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Source: Victoria Mason When I found out I was reviewing the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription, I was elated.  My first car was a 1984 Volvo 240 DL and I loved it like you love any first car.  I drove that brown 4-door sedan through college until I could not get her to move anymore.  It was a sad day when I had to move on even if it was to a brand new vehicle.  The Volvo was my baby and I never forgot her. Fast forward to 2016 and I was excited but apprehensive about this latest Volvo. The last few years as I have eyed Volvo with a tinge of disappointment.  The interiors never got it right.  They were too plastic and frugal to really run in the luxury crowd.  That's all changed.  Make way for a new time for Volvo and one that will have us seeing some very beautiful and exciting things in the … [Read more...]

Back to Basics

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January, it is not my best month.  It's gray, rainy, cold and I just want to hibernate and wear thick over-sized sweaters, boots and jeans.  I loathe being cold.  This month always sends me back to basics, which brings me to this latest look. Classic white button down shirt, flared denim, suede black booties and a black cashmere sweater. All items that belong in your closet because they work in all seasons, sizes and activities. Cold, windy and starting to rain. Let's go home! SHOP THE LOOK Daily Look White Button Down (similar)/Lands End Cashmere Crewneck Sweater/Forever 21 Flare Leg Denim/Sam Edelman 'Petty' Suede Black Booties/Onyx Ring (vintage old-similar)/Black Pearl Earrings (similar)/Sunnies Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style … [Read more...]

Great Winter Reads

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The cold weather and unusually long series of cloud-filled days has driven us all inside this month. That means we are finding more time to take a seat and find some great winter reads.  Here's what we're reading in our house right now. Do you have a kid obsessed with Stampy Cat in your house?  I have three of them! They spent more than one day of winter break watching his videos. Stampy's Lovely Book by Joseph Garrett (aka Stampy Cat) shares the essence of Stampy’s engaging personality and contagious enthusiasm. Kids are invited to join Stampy on his adventures which includes games, activities, tips, jokes and exclusive information about Stampy and his friends. It's the perfect way to keep them reading while fighting the winter doldrums too. Looking for a little adventure with a … [Read more...]