The Perfect White Dress

Ah, summer.  You've been a whirlwind. But not so crazy that I didn't have time to find myself the perfect white dress. Meet Ali & Jay 'Kiss Me in the Candlelight', my perfect white dress. It comes in white or black. Both are fabulous.  The dress hugs me in all the right places and I can't wait to wear it for a date night or even dinner out while at the beach.  I love the tassels and the length is short but not too short for my over 40 self. Take a look at the straw bags I included that are all UNDER $50. Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog Link Up/Hello Monday Link Up An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

Brighten Your Day: Beauty Tips to Start Your Day

The alarm sounds, and we are off and running before our feet even hit the ground. Mornings tend to be so chaotic and rushed when what really need is time to set our mindset and mentally prepare for a good day. With a few easy steps, it’s easy to look and feel your best and be ready to tackle what the day has in store for you. Exercise  Starting your day with some light exercise is an excellent way to get your muscles loosened up, work out any aches and kinks from the night before, ignite your metabolism, and clear your mind.  Whether it’s a simple morning yoga practice, a brisk walk, or an easy run, getting a workout done in the morning is an excellent way to invigorate the start to your day, strengthen and tone your muscles, and improve endurance and flexibility. It also serves as a … [Read more...]

Summer Dresses & Finds

While I know many of us have gone through a shopping frenzy that last week with the Nordstrom Anniversary (Access to the general public begins Friday July 21st, and the NSale is over Sunday August 6th) sale, I purchased a Caslon blazer and Lush blouse because tried and true classics are always a steal. But then I went on a bender of sorts at SheIn.  I haven't shopped there in here so long and with an upcoming beach weekend looming I wanted some cute, fun items that wouldn't break the bank.   SheIn Summer Finds by victoriamason featuring a drawstring waist dress Striped Curved Hem Tshirt Dress/Green Puff Sleeve Split Chiffon Blouse/Square Neck Drawstring Waist Dress With Fringe/Blackish Green Mock Neck Sleeveless T-shirt Dress/Gingham Open Shoulder Frill Trim … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Get Swimsuit Ready

*This is a sponsored guest post provided by a local cosmetic surgeon. When it comes to get swimsuit ready each season I prefer to be ahead of the game.  I like to eat right, workout and be ready all year round.  As I get older though I wonder if maybe surgery might be an option.  I've had laser treatments done for age spots already.  So why not remove some saddlebags or get a bit of a lift, if I can.  The choice is yours and if that makes you feel ready to rock the swimsuit then go for it. Make a Splash at the Beach This Summer – Seven Cosmetic Procedures That Will Get You Swimsuit Ready Swimsuit season can be a reason to show off the body in an itsy bitsy bikini or grab the terrycloth cover-up.  Suddenly, those spider veins, bulges and sagging body parts that have been hiding … [Read more...]

Fierce Summer Activewear

Summertime sweat sessions are some of my favorite times to workout. I love getting up before everyone else and getting a good workout in. The only problem is half the time I end up at the pool for the kids swim practice afterwards and I'm still in my summer activewear. I need some fierce summer activewear so to speak to keep my motivation high and to help me continue working out all summer long and look good while doing it. The Nike Free TR7 Cross Trainers offer both stability and flexibility both of which I need when I'm doing my routines. I love the summery blue hues with the yellow streaking through the sole and sides. Add in the lemon tank labeled 'fierce' that makes me feel lighting fast ( I can dream, right?) and I feel fresh and ready to tackle the most challenging work out my … [Read more...]

TRY SHORTER, INTENSE WORKOUTS = GREAT RESULTS

Who wants spend hours in a gym in the summer?  Not me! I like to get up, get a workout in and go! That's why I asked nutritionist and personal trainer, Sloane Davis to share her short and effective workouts which will give you more time to relax and enjoy summer. Sloane is a mother of two and her story goes a little something like this- Throughout her 30’s and 40's she starved herself so that the scale read a certain number. Hungry, unhappy and deprived, in her 40’s she decided to end the obsession with food, intense cardio and on transition her mind and body – and did it work! See her profile in PEOPLE.com and RECENT TV http://pancakesandpush-ups.com/. Straight from Sloane Herself I'm not a fan of spending hours in the gym especially when it is summertime.  I have other things I … [Read more...]

Travel with the Kate Spade New York Harbor Crossbody

When I went to Alaska last month I knew that my clothing options needed to be more functional versus fashionable. I didn't want to feel weighed down either whether I was running between my three flights there and back or running around the town of Juneau. I needed a lightweight bag that wouldn't allow me to cram piles of stuff into it. The Kate Spade New York Harbor Crossbody made perfect sense. It's elegant, versatile and unlike some bags with chains on the strap, it wasn't heavy or uncomfortable to tote around. I loved using it while traveling through the six airports I had to go through as much as I like using it now on a daily basis. It never stops getting compliments either. Inside there are two pockets to store things. I put my keys in there and my phone in another. … [Read more...]

Creative Gift Ideas for the Working Moms

There are few things more challenging in life than being a working mom. They tackle each day trying to juggle the balance of childrearing, maintaining the home front, meeting deadlines and closing deals, all while dealing with the guilt of being a working mom wondering if either the kids, her husband, or her job are suffering. Moms are without a doubt the hardest-working people there are.  When it comes to Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or commemorating a special occasion, they deserve only the best.  The challenge here is knowing what to give them that they’ll really appreciate and enjoy!  Here are ten great ideas sure to please any working mom. Commuting music - if the working mom in your life has a long commute, consider buying her a boxed CD set of her favorite … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Fashion Finds

It's that time again. Time to break out the red, white and blue! The Fourth of July is coming up and fashion is all about seeing the stars and stripes for the long weekend.  No matter what your plans are there is certainly something you can wear this year. And if you are like me you can just take from your closet staples and build from there.  But who can resist those cute wedge sandals? This year my 'Fourth Finds' include:   Fourth Finds 2017 by victoriamason featuring a white tote bag Topshop Mini Star Hoop Earrings/Gentle Monster Round Sunglasses/Red, White, Blue Off the Shoulder Dress/Women's Splendid Venice Stripe Off the Shoulder Top/Star Mela Myra Embroidered Tote/Solid Stripe The Diana Swimsuit/American Striped Watercolor Swimsuit/Popsicle Pool Float/Skechers … [Read more...]

Brains On Podcast is Fun for the Whole Family

Do you listen to podcasts?  Have you heard of Brains On? Piling the whole family into the car and setting out on a road trip is an American tradition, especially in the warm summer months.  I know we have at least three planned before school is back in session. Podcast-loving parents, such as myself, have a new family-friendly resource called Brains On! Think Radio Lab for the younger set. And this summer, the science podcast for kids from American Public Media is dedicating all five of its June episodes to cars! YAY!!!  You know I love it! Brains On! episodes offer variety: each program mixes science facts, expert interviews, experts interviewed by kids, funny skits, guessing games, and original songs. On June 9, 16, 20, 23 and 30, the car and road trip series will enthrall the … [Read more...]