CLOSED :: My first video! And a giveaway!

YAYYY! So many fun things happening today!
First of all, it's my birthday! :)
And, I recorded my very first vlog (I think that's what this is called, who knows...) for YouTube!
It's a review of my most favorite Mary Kay beauty products 
AND! I'm giving away the complete set of all the products to 1 lucky winner! 
What better way to celebrate my birthday!

These are my favorite products and a great place to start for those 
who want to try Mary Kay but don't know what to begin with

What exactly is included in the giveaway?
Well, you gotta watch the video to find out!

*It's easier if you actually go to YouTube to watch because the description box 
below the video there includes lots of useful information! 

Giveaway Rules:
(please leave a comment)

You must be a follower of my blog through GFC and subscribe to my YouTube channel

Extra Entries:
(please leave a separate comment for each)

Register on my Mary Kay website

That's it!
Good luck everyone!
*giveaway ends on Monday September 17, 2012


{lookbook} via Instagram

Monday // what Southern girl doesn't wear flip flops with a dress and big jewels/hair?

Tuesday // got my new glasses & popped my collar

Wednesday // took my new safari vest out for the first time, 
had to add bows otherwise it felt too ugly

 Thursday // enjoying the last few weeks of summer
in my new favorite combination pink + black + white

Um, I wore a lot of stripes this week!

Follow along with me on Instagram @maebad for more of my daily style

What are y'all up to this weekend?
I'll be at a pageant all day tomorrow, my first time as a judge! Excited, but nervous
Then it's back to work on Sunday...I need a new system of organization for my office
it's getting to be a bit much keeping up with all these businesses!

hope you get lots of R&R,

the winner of the Protect Your Pumps giveaway is Camila!
congratulations! please email me

check back MONDAY for something I've never ever done before on the blog!
And one final huge giveaway to end my birthday month!


{fashion files} lusting for leather

Leather is one of my must-have essentials for Fall, well a caramel-colored leather jacket to be exact. 
But it got me thinking, there are so many other luxurious leather pieces I would love to add to my collection this season.  
Just a few, hand-selected items would really add a touch of edge and sophistication to my wardrobe.
Peplum and leggings are top of my list!

Isn't that leather peplum top amazing?! And the price...perfect!
What other leather items are you lusting after?



{fashion files} camo

Camo seems to be creeping up here and there lately. 
Is it making a come back? 
Was it ever really fashionable? 
I'm still undecided but gorgeous BEE sure does make it look stylish. 
(Although, I'm pretty sure we'd all agree she can make a burlap sack look good...)

Some other stylish fashionistas in camo

Will you be wearing camo this Fall?
I haven't made up my mind yet, I just bought a safari vest so gimme a minute
Baby steps ;)

hope it's a wonderful week!

still a few days left to enter the Protect Your Pumps giveaway!
your soles will thank you!

it's back to school time and that means Fall is almost here!
check out my sale for school essentials ;)
this week only

Linked: Monday Mingle


Quick Tips :: Closet Organizing

Don't you wish your closet looked like this?! 

In between one of the craziest weeks I started to organize my closet.  I know I always say it was a crazy week but seriously: I returned from Montreal late Monday evening. Straight into meetings all day Tuesday. And Wednesday was the most random day. I've often joked that I have multiple personalities....well, a careful review of the day's activities might just confirm that. Young professional meeting in the morning, lunch with the voice of our University's football program to review the upcoming season (YES!), afternoon coffee about the community's non-profit organizations, an invitation to be a judge at a pageant, and topped it all off with a Yanni concert.  Ran-dom. Just typing that out made me laugh, I love all the layers of my life. Anyway, all this to say that I had a lot going on but I still managed to go on a major organizing spree! No excuses ;)

Here are my quick tips for getting that closet in perfect shape for Fall!

What tips do you have for organizing your closet?
Please do share

hope your weekend is wonderful,

let's talk giveaways!
the winner of the Barbara necklace 
from my boutique is Michelle
congrats girl, I've sent you an email

don't forget to enter the Protect Your Pumps giveaway
such a fantastic style solution!


CLOSED // {GIVEAWAY} Protect Your Pumps

I'm so excited to be offering another fantastic birthday month giveaway, this time from Protect Your Pumps. Not only is this a genius idea, but the owner, Kathryn, is a girl after my own heart....lawyer turned entrepreneur! Yay for successful women business owners! She's also based in Chicago so I'm pretty sure we would be BFF if I was back in the city.  We're kindred spirits and I'm so thrilled that she's giving away one three pair of Protect Your Pumps! 
Read on for what these things actually do and how you can enter!

Protect Your Pumps is the new, easy, and effective way to protect the soles of your high heel shoes. How annoying is it when you buy a new pair of beautiful heels and after only one wear the soles get so damaged it looks like you've had them for ten years. It doesn't matter if you got a super bargain on a pair of killer heels or splurged on some designer pumps, Protect Your Pumps will help keep them looking new. It will also increase the life of the shoe, avoiding the cost to have them resoled. The adhesive is easy to apply and will need to be changed after several wears. Many customers have gotten up to 8 wears out of one pair! This new product is a must have for all shoe lovers! 

The rules:

Be a follower of my blog through GFC

To Enter:
{please leave a separate comment for each entry}

Also, Protect Your Pumps was kind enough to offer a 
15% DISCOUNT for all my lovely readers!
Just enter the code MAE at checkout for your discount!

Good luck loves,

Giveaway ends Wednesday 22 August at Midnight
Winner will be chosen using random.org

We're continuing the month of giveaways on my Facebook page
Be sure to connect with me over there so you don't miss out 
on exclusive giveaways only offered on my Facebook page!


Fall Fashion Essentials {Part Two}

Hello dears! 
I'm en route back from Montreal but I wanted to share part two of my Fall Fashion essentials list. 
So without further ado, here are my last 5 must-haves for the season!

The vest is a similar concept to the blazer, it covers! Plus it's another layer of interest in your outfit. Play with textures and make sure to pick up one of the season's hottest styles: either safari or faux fur.
{My picks} safari style + faux fur style

Nothing says Fall like soft buttery leather in a creamy caramel color.  The neutral palette can be worn dressy or casual and works well with all skin tones.

In case you haven't heard yet, leopard is the new neutral. Seriously. Gone are the days of tacky leopard, instead it's being worn by the most stylish of ladies. Leopard loafers add instant glamour and style. The next time you think to reach for a pair of black flats, slip these on instead. You won't regret it.

Cardigans have gotten a bad reputation over the years for being boring. These inspiration photos show, they are anything but. Use them to add a pop of color, pattern and warmth. You can even throw on a belt over a buttoned cardigan for extra style.

I remember when the denim shirt was popular when I was in Junior High School. I'm so happy this style staple is back! It's great for Fall, and can replace your basic white button-up shirt. Layer it under your cardigan or over leggings.
{My picks} this + this + this

And finally, a couple simple style tips for dressing in any season. Most importantly, know your body. It doesn't matter what's the latest trend is, one should focus on dressing in silhouettes that work well for your body shape. Secondly, accessorize! A pair of statement earrings or a bold necklace can turn even the most basic of outfits into a dazzler. Accessories also ensure that the pieces in your wardrobe get more mileage and wear. Throw on a jean jacket over a black dress for daytime and then swap it out for layers of pearls for evening. Next, don't be afraid to mix patterns. This can be tricky so start simple with stripes and leopard or floral and stripes. Try the same color family, small scale prints and keep them as far away from each other as possible. (for example, a shirt and shoes) And finally, strategize so you don't have to spend a fortune to look good. Invest in classic items that will last longer and then look to trendy stores to fill in with the season's hot new styles. 

I hope these style essentials have inspired you!
Happy {almost} Fall! xx

In case you haven't heard already it's my birthday month and the blog is full of giveaways!
But I've got some exclusive, Facebook-only giveaways happening
so be sure to connect with me over there


Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend my dears! I'm off to Montreal for a few days of R&R and catching up with some of my favorite people. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling growing up, but surprisingly I've never been to Montreal. So thrilled to explore this beautiful city. Have you been to Montreal? Where's your favorite place you've ever traveled to?

Here are a few of my favorites from this week:

I wish I was wearing this outfit on my trip this weekend
Or actually this one
I'm requesting this for my birthday cake!
Call me crazy, but this sounds delicious
I don't know how I am just now seeing this spread, but it is absolutely stunning. I love her.

See ya back here next week for 
part 2 of Fall fashion essentials + another giveaway!

But don't forget to enter the current giveaway for a gorgeous necklace from my Boutique!

hope you have a fabulous weekend

the giveaways are already happening on my Facebook page!
be sure to connect with me over there for a chance to win!


CLOSED :: {GIVEAWAY} My Boutique!

Hello my dears! As promised, I'm kicking off my birthday month with a giveaway! This is the first of many, so be sure to keep checking back all month long for more fun! Today, I'm giving one lucky winner their choice of color in the Barbara necklace

The rules to enter:
Be a follower of my blog through GFC
then leave me a comment letting me know what color you'd choose
that's it!

Extra entries, so many ways to win!
please leave a separate comment for each:

Like my Facebook page
Follow me on Twitter
Follow me on Pinterest
Browse my boutique and let me know your favorite piece
Follow me on Instagram (@maebad)
Browse my new Mary Kay website & register to receive the monthly Beaut-E News!

There are tons of other goodies over at my boutique and the best part EVERYTHING is on SALE!
New pieces from my Fall line are arriving daily! So stock up on the summer pieces before they're gone!

Good luck loves,

Giveaway ends Wednesday August 15 at midnight

be sure to connect with me on Facebook
I'm doing exclusive giveaways there too! x


Fall Fashion Essentials {Part One}

In case you haven't heard me say it a million times before, Fall is my favorite time of year! And it's on the way! I couldn't be more grateful because I am seriously miserable in this heat. The best part (besides the obvious crisp nights, hot apple cider, pumpkins and crunching leaves) is Fall fashion! Cool tones that add a richness to any skin tone and thicker fabrics that hide a multitude of sins...dressing for cooler temperatures is way easier (and more flattering) than a skimpy summer wardrobe. Plus, the inevitable layering of pieces can actually make one appear more slender if done correctly. This is the first in a two part series covering my top 10 fashion picks for Fall 2012, including inspiration photos and some practical pieces I rounded up from around the Internet. Let's get started!

Start off Fall with a fun pattern! I'm the first to admit that I used to feel a bit childish, but as these inspiration photos show, these two patterns are classic, chic and timeless. Feeling bold? Mix them together for a perfect pattern pairing. 

Besides obviously keeping you warm, this is an accessory essential for Fall. Brightens up any outfit and adds an extra touch to even a simple white t-shirt. Tie it any way you like, just make sure you've got one!
{My picks}  this scarf + this scarf + this scarf

I was a bit hesitant when I saw this silouhette popping up in magazines and on the runway. But, let me assure you peplum is flattering on almost anyone because it comes in at your narrowest part, the waist, and flows away from the body hiding areas you'd rather not anyone see. Peplum is perfect.

If you're like me and tend to shy away from color in the Fall and Winter months, do yourself a favor and invest in a colorful blazer. You'll be surprised at how much it lifts your mood on those gloomy days, brings light to your face and gives you an hour-glass shape due to its structure.
{My picks} pink blazer + yellow blazer

Play up your pearls by picking more non-traditional pieces. Layer longer pearl necklaces with shorts gold chains or brightly colored baubles. They dress up a t-shirt or an evening gown and truly are a must-have for every fashionista's closet.
{My picks} this + this

Do you agree with my picks so far?
We'll finish the round-up next week
See ya soon!

Here's a look at my picks for Fall 2011
Isn't it fun to look back and see what's changed over the past year?

be sure to connect with me on Facebook
I'm starting my month of giveaways over there!
I don't want you to miss out on the Facebook-only exclusive giveaways!
The party continues...

Linked: Monday Mingle


Happy Weekend!

Is it too early to be dreaming of wearing this outfit? I know it's just barely August, but September cannot get here fast enough! What a great week it's been. Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I'm styling a fashion show next week so most of my time has been spent getting ready for that and my little holiday. Lots of prep going on! I did trials with the models this week...so fun

Here's a look at some things I loved this week:

Speaking of perfect outfits for Fall: hello + nice to meet ya
How amazing is the view and this nook?!
This year's style mantra
While I'm not a huge fan of red, I'm in love with this top
Oh and one more perfect Fall outfit!

hope you have a stylish + glamorous weekend

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