Under the Hood with Barbara Terry

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Heading into spring cleaning season, there is no better time to consider tuning up your car by making sure you are equipped with everything you need to drive safely and maintain your vehicle’s condition over time. The words “expensive” and “stressful” are often top of mind when car owners think about servicing their vehicles. National automotive expert Barbara Terry says that doesn’t have to be the case. Barbara is partnered with Cars.com to provide the information people need to make confident decisions when it comes to dealing with their cars. Tips for women and their cars: Educate yourself. The more you know about your car, the better off you will be. Knowledge is power. Get to know your vehicle, so that you are familiar with it and the owner's manual, which will come in … [Read more...]

Share a Look. Share a Haircut.

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There was a time when I wore a lot of black and it was totally a depiction of what was going on inside was showing on the outside.  I changed my hair color a lot and never felt comfortable in my own skin.  I didn't feel confident in anything and so when someone started telling me what to wear and especially how I should never wear my hair, I didn't even blink. That's right.  The classic pony tail was never allowed to happen on my head.  Always down.  Never up.  It was a sure sign of subliminal defiance when I broke things off and wore a bun in my hair one spring day.  Years later, while the memories are still there they don't hold value or sway like they once did.  I revel in black and how powerful I feel when I wear it.  Or whatever I want on any day.  And that includes how I do my … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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One of my favorite pictures of my mother and I.  Coming out to support me at yet another race. Right between H's birthday and mine sits Mother's Day. I feel like if I don't get a jump on it while I'm planning his birthday then nothing will be available and no matter how wonderful or totally unique a gift is there won't be time to ship it to my own mother or his for Mother's Day. Which is May 10th this year in case you were also banking on having a lot more time just like me.  "I made these for you Mommy!"  While flowers are nice and will always work in a pinch I like to find something that is more personal, creative and offers value to the world and not just the recipient. Homemade wins hands down.  But what if you aren't the crafty sort? I found that just like I do over the … [Read more...]

#SpringItOn with MinuteClinic

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The rains came. For many when rain comes it is a welcome relief from the pollen and symptoms from allergies. For me, it is the total opposite. While I feel a minor itchiness or red, scratchy eyes on sunny days my real irritation is when the rain pours down and everything is being washed away. I totally thought that was the case this week when we had rainy day after rainy day. Turns out it was not allergies but a cold. Absolutely no fun. Except the first day I couldn't tell the difference. I loaded myself up on my "Allergy Arsenal" and was frustrated when I felt worse as the day dragged on. So how can you tell the difference between an allergy and a cold? I've teamed up with MinuteClinic to break it down for you as well as offer pointers on dealing with those pesky spring … [Read more...]

Skulls & A White Blazer

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I feel like it is a good omen for the day ahead when you wake up after a terrible nights sleep and already know what you want to wear. C. Wonder skull earrings always see me through When the whole house is tired, the day is full and even your Darth Vader mug full of coffee can't perk you up then it is time to pull out the tried and true.     SHOP THE LOOK Forever 21 Classic Woven Blazer/Old Navy Rockstar Distressed Denim/Mossimo White V-neck T-Shirt/xoxo Leopard Slip-On Sneakers (similar) (similar)/Forever 21 Sunglasses/C.Wonder Skull Earrings (similar)/ModCloth Full Course Load Bag in Cognac Jeans, a blazer and perfect t-shirt mixed with shoes that make you smile and a favorite accessory. It's how I get through my toughest days.  I recently mentioned to my … [Read more...]

To a T

*TMC is part of the True&Co. affiliate program.  Links included in posts are part of the affiliate network and compensation is received.  If there was ever a more perfect time for the classic jeans and a t-shirt look; it is spring. Pairing a favorite t-shirt with a blazer or even with a cute midi skirt is a great go-to look that can have you out the door fast.  So don't spoil that indestructible and effortlessly cool style with a bra that bulges and bulks out from under that T.   Cool Classic by victoriamason featuring a green jacket This is the part where reading a fashion blog on a regular basis comes in handy.  We like to research, test and tell about the products we work with like nobody else.  I willingly admit to being really suspect to True&Co. and their … [Read more...]

Sparkle & Shine

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Are you sufficiently styled for spring? I know I am still in planning and acquistion mode.  Actually, I might be in that mode 24/7.  And I'm always on the lookout for something that sparkles and shines its way into my heart. I'm like a bird that way, I suppose. I always have a few favored go-to places when I'm looking for seasonal items in everything from decor for my home or just something sparkly for me.  One of my first stops is always EleventhAvenue.com.  It is what used to be known as Groopdealz and I love it.  Need a fun statement bracelet or maxi dress?  You can find it at Eleventh Avenue.   They've got the best selection for fun footwear, cute clothing, and … [Read more...]

Sunny

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Sunny. There is really no other way to describe it.  The sun has been out for days, the weather is warmer and like my long dormant yard I'm feeling sunny and alive again.  That's what sleep, a consistent exercise regime and deciding to just no longer care so much and let things play out can do for you. And like I said before, I took no time over spring break to get fabulous outfit pics.  And really, do you want more painter jean pics?  I didn't think so. Because that's what I wore for days as I painted even more things around my house.  This place is an HGTV host's dream.  Instead, I give you what I got.  Easter. Fashion stops for no one kid.  Except maybe a DIY project or three. You are never going to get us all perfect and at the same time.  Truth. SHOP THE … [Read more...]

Skin Deep

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It's Monday.  Spring break has come and gone and the weather finally seems to have turned the corner.  Can I get an Amen?! How about a dose of sobering reality?   No filter.  No touch ups.  Pre-workout photo from last week.  In my in-need-of-a-makeover office. How about this one?   I was totally going to make my annual skin screening at my dermatologist, I swear.  Another mole was not playing nice. Except I just kept putting it off with lots of excuses.  It's a long drive, it sucks up work time and I can't find a sitter. Blah, blah, blah. All excuses. All the time.  Then the triple threat, as I am now calling it, appeared.  It doesn't look so bad in the photo, except that it was.  SO BAD.  It was painful, large and two days before so swollen I looked like I … [Read more...]

A Scarf Across the Pond: Swap it – Wear it!

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  Blogging can create some weird moments.  It creates real friendships that span the globe, business opportunities and some funny fashionable moments, like this scarf.  A scarf that went across the pond for swap it and wear it. See it peeking out underneath the rubber gloves? I received this ridiculously pretty and fun Christmas box from a blogging Secret Santa group I joined last year.  Turns out my Secret Santa was an actual friend and she sent this beautiful scarf from California with some other fabulous items.  It was such a joy and surprise to open up the box. Then, a new blog friend Angele The European Malteser in Germany asked if I wanted to swap and style an item together.  Absolutely!  I immediately styled the scarf my favorite way and sent it off to Angele for … [Read more...]