2015 Chrysler 300C AWD


Source: Chrysler.com The day the 'Velvet Red Pearl' coat Chrysler 300C AWD pulled into my driveway my oldest daughter was home sick from school. She declared it to be "the prettiest color car" I've ever reviewed.  The fleet driver laughed and agreed, it was his favorite too.  The striking color, intense lines and presence of the 300C continuously provided me with comments from others the entire week that I drove it, including that it was a "hot red car" making my friend even more excited about our Friday night movie plans. Source: Chrysler.com The thing I loved most about the 300C was its style.  It is a head turner in any color.  Inside and out the car beckons you to take in its lines and details.  From the classic Chrysler clock on the centerstack and the quilted leather lining the … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Holiday Travel


Whether you are like me, a total planner, or someone who waits until the last minute to figure out what to wear and pack for holiday travel the key is to be both comfortable and stylish.   I am a total non-supporter of sweat pants on the plane.  Maybe some cute joggers but looking sloppy or traveling in your pj's over the age of five is not on my to-do list. Ever. Especially when wearing something as cute and comfy as this is an option. I wore this little look last week and loved it so much.  Perfect for travel days too. SHOP THE LOOK Old Navy Striped Top (old-similar/similar)/Burgundy scarf/Old Navy Open-Front Poncho/Merona Riding Pants /Forever 21 Lace Cut Out Slip-On Sneakers (similar)/Cole Haan Rockland Hobo Bag (old-similar)   I'll be wearing this this on a travel … [Read more...]

Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale


It’s time for Shopbop's biggest sale of the year, the Buy More, Save More Sale!  And guess what?! The more you buy THE MORE YOU SAVE! So get together with your BFF's and family too and start collaborating and shopping it up! The sale will begin at 7am EASTERN TIME Tuesday November 24th and will end at 11:59pm PACIFIC TIME on November 30th. Brand exclusion may apply. See terms and conditions. While you are at it take a look at some of Shopbop's great looks that I think are just perfect for traveling this holiday season. Jeans and oxfords for traipsing through airports and a layered look to stay warm when it gets chilly on the plane.   Love the bag for carry-on essentials, the watch to make sure you arrive and depart on time and comfy white kicks create a casual … [Read more...]

Drive-By Etiquette


It's that time of year again.  Lots of us will be hitting the highways and with it comes traffic, frustration and sometimes the occasional bout of bad behavior.  Here's some tips from Ford  and the Emily Post Institute on how to survive holiday travel this year and be nicer for it. DYK: Last Thanksgiving, AAA predicted that 46.3 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles from home – the greatest distance in nearly a decade. Enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years, AAA estimates that 90 percent of Americans will celebrate this year’s holiday with a road trip. Black Friday Week Sale - Use code: BLACKFRIWEEK - Up to 50% Off + 15% Off All Orders - Starts: 11/20/2015 Expires: 11/26/2015 11:59 PM … [Read more...]

cozyUP This Season


It got windy and cold fast here in the last few days.  It took the last remaining leaves right off the trees and sent us all indoors for a few days.  Perfect weather for getting cozy and doing things like drinking endless mugs of chai tea, baking ginger pumpkin cupcakes and curling up with a good book. Feeling cozy translates to what we are wearing too.  Whether you love flannel pajamas or comfy slippers lined with fur you feel nestled, warm and safe.  That means a lot these days.  Soft, fuzzy sweaters and booties pair well in this kind of world and weather.  Right now I'm loving nothing more than this look. I picked up the red denim jeans from Old Navy at thredUP a few weeks back.  I had been on the search for a decent pair since last winter!  I wanted just right shade of bright … [Read more...]

Just Eat It


  Just Eat It by victoriamason  I probably say those exact words more than once a day when I'm dealing with my kids.  While I like to cook I often dread making family meals because in a family five with three kids under ten years old you just can't please everyone. And when this time of year rolls around with extra holiday activities and festivities I find that we eat out more and more.  Finding a place that satisfies us all is our next hurdle. Where to Go Source: ElCactus Facebook page We break it down into a category and go from there.  Am I meeting a friend for a girls night?  Then Bistro Du Coin is a good spot.  Is it date night? Mintwood Place offers up some deliciously good American fare that is sure to please both H and I.  Maybe we are meeting a group and kids may or … [Read more...]

2016 Fiat 500X Lounge AWD


Source: Victoria Mason "It's so cute!" I heard that phrase again and again as I posted pictures of the Fiat 500X Lounge on social media or when entering or exiting the SUV.  Yes, it is considered an SUV, but a subcompact one.  No one expected me to tell them that about this tiny car but it is larger than the you would think while still looking pint-sized and stylish. All new for 2016 the Fiat 500X Lounge AWD arrived at my door in all its 'Bianco Gelato' glory.  That's White Clear Coat for the rest of us but the Italian style must be mentioned and used. It's more fun to call the color 'Bianco Gelato', don't you think?  I loved its look instantly.  The smart black and red interior accents stirred up all sorts of excitement with anyone and everyone who got a look inside.  I loved the … [Read more...]

Saturday Nights in the ‘Hood


When we moved into our new home a few months ago it was the dead of winter. Sure, we liked the looks of the neighborhood but what about the people who lived in all those pretty houses?  We had no clue and hoped for the best. Fast forward through spring when a neighbor brought us cookies, many hours spent at the pool meeting new faces and doing something that is so rare for me- joining a committee, the neighborhood social committee (gasp! avert your introvert eyes!) and suddenly we were making friends and falling in love with a community and not just a group of houses joined together by a set of property lines.  Our latest get together was a Saturday night Cornhole tournament, something I've never done, but had a lot of fun helping set up and then playing. And by the way, what do you wear … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Staying Motivated Exercising Indoors


I woke up to temperatures in the mid-thirties this morning and I just wasn't prepared. My outdoor run turned into an indoor sweat session.  It's totally perfect for today's guest post by fitness expert Amy Dixon who is offering up tips to motivate your own indoor work out. So what are those super tips for staying motivated – and fit – indoors? Set a goal (but be realistic) - Studies have shown that having a ‘prize to shoot’ for help us achieve better results.  What’s your prize?  Looking good for your wedding?  High School reunion?  Bikini season?  Setting a goal is the first step toward reaching it.  So what are the characteristics of a great fitness goal to set? Pick a buddy – Few things are more motivating than that pal that kicks us in the butt and keeps us going, even … [Read more...]

Talking with Very Busy Mama


Today I would like to introduce to María José from Very Busy Mama.  She's an IRL friend and bilingual blogger, spokesperson and actress with a killer sense of style and humor.  To say she is authentic or real doesn't do her justice.  Her videos are informative, funny and honest.  Once you read her you won't be able to stop.  She's the newest person in TMC's interview series. 1. Your blog, Very Busy Mama, focuses on motherhood, fashion, beauty, and family all with a dose of humor.  Is there one section that you wish you could focus on more?  Videos! With videos I can show more of my personality and I truly enjoy the creative process. On the flip side, it helps with my acting as I'm starting to write a web-series.  2.  What is the hardest part for you when it comes to keeping up … [Read more...]