Latherology Giveaway!

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Hair, hair, hair... As we sweat it out in the final days of summer this seems to be one of my most talked about, or I guess I should say griped about, topics. You see, it's a Wills family trait to have very, very (I'm talking abnormally) thick hair. Enough hair for several people thick. This is both a blessing and curse, but amidst all this humidity it's definitely been feeling like more of a curse as of late. In the heat, my hair gets dry, frizzy, and just completely massive.

In times like these, my hair requires some extra tender lovin'. It needs hydrated, it needs managed, and it needs to be cared for as gently and simply as possible. Less fuss = less frizz = a much happier me. Latherology-Giveaway-Shampoo-Conditioner-Formulas

So I was THRILLED to get the opportunity to try Latherology, a hair care company that believes in high-quality ingredients and a simple approach. Their Cleanse and Condition products are made with 100% essential oils, so they are extra nourishing, and are sulfate- and paraben-free, so your hair won't get weighed down with unnecessary build up. They are also non-toxic, cruelty-free, and contain no formeldahyde, lye, parabens, sulfates, phosphates, phthalates, SLS, or sodium chloride. Bottom line: it's what my hair wants and needs and nothing else.

But I haven't even told you the coolest part yet. When you order a Latherology set you get to create your own custom mix from start to finish! The first step is choosing a base, either one for natural or treated hair. I went with the latter to give my processed hair some extra nourishment, and because, like I said earlier, it is D-R-Y.

Next, you get to choose between five different carrier oils. These bad boys don't carry a scent, but each essential carrier oil provides unique nourishing benefits, so you can choose based on what your hair needs most. I knew I needed a lot of moisture, but I have also been feeling like my hair is just so heavy these days, so I inevitably chose grapeseed oil for it's conditioning properties but also because it is lightweight.

Finally, the part I found the most fun, choosing your scents! I spent more time than I'd like to admit happily making scent mixes. I finally decided on frankincense and eucalyptus because I wanted something meditative and relaxing, and I have no regrets. It smells really nice, but more than that, the scent makes me amaaaaazing. As in zoned-out, trip-to-the-spa, pure bliss amazing.

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I kind of knew what I wanted going into the mixing process: moisture, more moisture, and a calming scent combo. But if you want a little bit more of a guide, Latherology also has this really cool quiz tool to help you come up with some combinations for your own specific needs.

Would you like a chance to try a custom blend yourself? Well, good news! The kind folks at Latherology are offering a FREE custom blend to one lucky reader! Just hop on over to this post on Instagram and follow the super-simple entry rules for your chance to win! The giveaway will run until this Sunday (8/28) at 11:59 pm, so get tagging!

And if you just can't wait to try your own, you're also in luck! Latherology is offering readers $7 off their first order when you use the code SAVE$7FWS at checkout. Your hair will be so happy.

 

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Photos by Laurel Marie Photography.

Giveaway with Tanger Outlets and The Limited

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The Limited and L Brands were founded right here in Columbus, Ohio, and they're a MAJOR reason why Columbus is considered the third leading fashion city in the US. Obviously, I love any chance I get to work with and celebrate them, so I was thrilled when they reached out to me about The Limited Outlet, which recently opened up in Columbus' new Tanger Outlets. I loved my visit to the outlet and was pleasantly surprised with the selection (and ALL those discount tags!). The store was full of stylish finds and was merchandised and organized just like the standard store. Outlet shopping has really come along way!

But enough about my shopping trip, you want to hear about winning a spree of your own, am I right? Well, you're in luck! The Limited at Tanger Outlets has been kind enough to offer one reader a $100 gift card! Read on to find out how you can win!

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I really love the essence of The Limited brand in general, which, in my opinion, is to make the lives of busy women both stylish and easy. These pieces are classic and well-made, so you can get a lot of wear from them, and they're also the perfect choices for days that require you to wear your many hats, from career gal, to mom, to life of the party. The styles can help you feel polished and put together but also have enough comfort and ease to make them your everyday go-to looks. That's a combination that is pretty hard to beat!

I styled a few outfits with some of my favorite finds at The Limited Outlet.

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1. Bell of the Ball.  How great is this bell-sleeved boho top? And I'm crazy about those wide leg flares. Toss on that layered gold chain necklace and some chunky platforms and you've got a super stylish, easy look.

2. Easily PerSUEDEd.  I love the rich tone on this teal faux-suede shift dress. From a work presentation to a wedding toast, this dress could go anywhere with you in any season. I added coral, white, and gold accessories to give it a fresher, more summery feel.

3. Skirting the Issues.  More faux-suede, this time in the perfect ballerina pink, paired with a fun fringe skirt and denim shirt. You could wear this look with sneakers and a top knot for a cool daytime look or throw on the marble stone necklace and some heels for a dressed-up, downtown vibe.

4. Fringe Benefits.  The picture doesn't do this fringed knit top justice. It's got some texture, some stretch, some metallic, and is basically my dream shirt. Teamed up with a pair of very on-trend destructed-hem denim and a coordinating tassel necklace and bag, this look has so much fringe and yet is still so chic.

 

ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

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The winner will be announced next Friday, August 5th.

 

Good luck!

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Recap + Winner Announced!

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Whew! What a gorgeous month it has been on Instagram! I want to give a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who participated in the first ever #FWSBeautyChallenge. It has been so much fun to see how you all have been experimenting with your beauty routines each day.

 

Doing the challenge all month has certainly helped me get out of my beauty rut. My biggest takeaway was that my routine I had gotten into wasn't really the final say in speed and efficiency. The 15 minutes I was using for my same old go-to's could easily be used to try a new braid (or three) or put on a standout lipstick. I think I needed a reminder that creativity doesn't necessarily take more time or effort. It really got me excited about experimenting with my style again!

Thank you to everyone who didn't tap unfollow after being subjected to an entire month of pictures of me making the exact same face. I've got one and only one, friends, and I'm sticking with it!

I am thrilled to be sending the winner, @lindsayestelle, her brand new beauty bag filled with gorgeous goodies from two of my favorites, Stella & Dot and Mary Kay!

I need to take August as a little break, but I'm already excited about hosting another challenge in months to come! I'm thinking of a broader theme, focused on art/design/crafting/overall creativity. A set of prompts geared at finding creative inspiration in your daily life...?

Fellow IG Challengers- let me know what you think of this idea! I am very open to your thoughts and ideas!

Oh, and in case I haven't made it clear...

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 And if you missed out on all the fun because you are not yet following me on Instagram, well here's where I shamelessly self-promote and ask you to do so now.

But seriously, you all are the best! Happy weekend, friends! :)

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Recap and Week 4 Inspiration

 

I LOVE seeing these beautiful pics every day! Way to keep it up, ladies! I'll be so happy to announce one of you as the winner of the ultimate Beauty Bag Giveaway next week!

 

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If you still haven't joined in but want your chance to win, don't fret! There are still seven more days and that means seven more chances to enter! You can download the prompt calendar here and simply tag your daily photos using the hashtag #FWSBeautyChallenge and voila! You've earned your entry for the day! (Tag me @freewillsstudio, too, so I can like and share your pics!) That's over $200 in free goodies for one lucky IGer, so don't forget to tag!

There are absolutely no “rules” in this challenge. Just check out the daily prompt and post a pic that shows off your own personal take on that day’s themes. The goal with this project is to feel free to express yourself and add some fun to your beauty routine, so let your imagination run wild!

If you, however, are one of those people that prefers a little more structure, I've put together a few fun pics to help clarify the prompts and help get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. Use this or don't- it's totally up to you! :)

 

Saturday, July 25: High Shine Metallic

Is there anything better than a glimmering bronze, silver, or gold? I think not. Unless, of course, we're talking rose gold. Then we've got a dialogue. ;)

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Sunday, July 26: Pastel Perfection

I love a pretty pastel hue, especially because pastels can be so surprisingly versatile. They can be ultra-feminine and delicate or unexpectedly edgy. How do you rock your candy colors?

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Monday, July 27: Graphic Mani

Graphic designs are my favorite way to wear nail art right now. They can be very simple or very intricate, but in my opinion, they always look chic. Inspire us with your own graphic works of art.

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Tuesday, July 28: Eye Liner Love

What's your favorite way to line your lids? Do you go bright or smoldering? Maybe you've got a brand or product you're raving about? Whatever your take, show us the tricks and tools you use to make your eyes pop!

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Wednesday, July 29: Budget Beauty

Who doesn't love a good bargain? Especially when it means stocking up on great beauty supplies! Show us your favorite drugstore finds and check the hashtag for some new recommendations to add to your list!

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Thursday, July 30: Hollywood Icon Beauty

Whose iconic style are you always trying to emulate? Maybe you've always wanted to try Sophia Loren's glam cat eye, Brigitte Bardot's sexy hair, or Ali MacGraw's au natural beauty. Whoever inspires you, now is your time to show us how you incorporate their classic style.

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Friday, July 31: Summer Fun!

You made it! Take today to have some fun in the sun, snap a pic showing us your summer style, and congratulate yourselves on a very beautiful July!

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Which prompt are you looking forward to most this week?

 

See you on IG, beauties!

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Recap and Week 3 Inspiration

What a bunch of gorgeous faces!! Thank you all so much for participating this week!

If you haven't joined in yet but think you might want to, it's not too late! We're only halfway through the month which means there are still plenty of prompts to take part in!

You can download and save the daily prompt calendar here and don't forget- every pic you post with the hashtag #FWSBeautyChallenge is an automatic entry in the Beauty Bag Giveaway! One lucky IGer will score this adorable Stella & Dot pineapple print beauty bag filled with some of my favorite products!

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That's over $200 in gorgeous goodies so get tagging! :)

There are no real "rules" to the challenge. Just check out the daily prompt and post a pic that shows off your own personal take on that day's themes. I want you to feel VERY free to interpret the prompts however your beautiful heart desires. I do, however, often get questions on the prompts and/or asked for ideas, so for all of those playing along at home, here's a little inspiration for the week ahead...

 

Friday, July 17: Go Bold or Go Home

To me, this prompt is all about taking any aspect of your beauty routine and giving it that extra little push to really make a statement. Whether that's a little extra va-va-voom in your hair, a daring winged eyeliner, or some knockout neon on your nails, it's all about going bold! Hereare a few of my favorite bold looks. How will you put your spin on this theme?

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Saturday, July 18: Lady is a Vamp

This is the prompt I'm probably most excited about. It's a great excuse to get in touch with your dark side and try out the glam goth trends. I'm pretty excited to try the dark lipstick trend, but if going full on vamp isn't your thing, get creative with something less in-your-face, like a simple, chic black negative space mani.

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Sunday, July 19: Beach Babe

There are so many directions you could go with this regardless of your proximity to an actual beach. Mermaid waves, boho braids, sun-kissed skin, HAC/strobing, bronze lids, your newest sunglasses- anything goes!

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Monday, July 20: Accessory Must-Have

Showcase an accessory that makes you feel beautiful and helps pull together your look. Whether it's a vintage keepsake, a statement piece, or a favorite that you wear day after day, this prompt is all about the extra toppings that help you express your personal style.

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Tuesday, July 21: Animal Instincts

Go wild with inspiration from the animal kingdom. From cat-eye liner to a fishtail braid to a snake print nails. How can you incorporate some of Mother Nature's greatest designs into your own look?

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Wednesday, July 22: My Go-to Hairstyle

This one's pretty self-explanatory. The fun part about these "go-to" prompts is that by the time something is your standby, you've probably got the technique down and know the perfect products and tools to recreate it. Feel free to share your "go-to" hair styling tips and tricks with us!

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Thursday, July 23: Orange Crush

Isn't orange just the most summery color of all time? And in my opinion, it's much easier to wear than most people think. Here are a few of my favorite orange looks- how will you rock yours?

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I can't wait to see what you all come up with on Instagram this week!

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Weekend Reading Vol. 5

Happy 4th of July, friends! I will be spending the day celebrating my grandpa's 90th birthday! It's also my dad's birthday (yes, him and his dad were both born on the 4th). Then we'll be celebrating my favorite nephew's birthday the next day! I'm trying to really stay in the present this weekend and soak in all the great family love! Is there anything better?!

Speaking of good things, here are some of my favorite internet finds this week. Enjoy!

 
1  Bring these adorable pop rock ice cream sandwiches to any outdoor event this summer and you'll quickly become a favorite with the kid's table. (Studio DIY)  |  2  I loved this peek into Constance Zimmer's home. Her style is eclectic and well-curated, but still laid-back and "normal" enough to incorporate in your own home. (My Domaine)  

3  I hadn't heard of "Beach Hut Sophisticated" as a style for interiors, but this post is SO gorgeous that I'm already convinced. (SF Girl by Bay)  |  4  This DIY Instagram collage is such a cool and simple way to make a big impact on your wall. (Poppy Talk)

 

5  The American Ballet Theatre announced this week that Misty Copeland would become the company's first African-American principle dancer. To honor this, I thought I'd share one of my favorite videos- her "I Will What I Want" collaboration with Under Armour from last year. The way she moves is magical!

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Where to get the best ice cream in your state. (Ohioans, this one might surprise you.)

Excited about this local bakery.

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And my favorite look of the week.

 

Happy food, family, and fireworks!

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Inspiration: Fresh Beauty Ideas to Try This Week

Yesterday officially kicked off the #FWSBeautyChallenge! I had been pushing myself lately to bring the fun back into my daily routine. I wanted to get more creative with it all. Try some of the looks I'm always pinning instead of just sticking with the quickest and easiest. And thus the challenge was born!

If you're thinking of joining in (and you totally should!), you can pick any days from the calendar prompts- you can do as little or as much as you choose- and just put your own personal spin on the theme!

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Then simply post your pics to Instagram and tag me (@freewillsstudio) plus use the hashtag #FWSBeautyChallenge to be automatically entered in this awesome giveaway!

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Every day you post is a new entry so the more you post, the more likely you are to win!

And now for the REALLY fun part! I've been getting a few questions about the prompts, so I thought I'd give a more in depth look at the ideas behind the daily themes and help get all the inspirational/creative juices flowing!

*Sidebar: These are just my own personal ideas in case you would like some more clarification or feel stuck on any one prompt. Please know I want anyone participating to FEEL FREE to take as much liberty with the themes as their hearts desire. There are no "rules" to this challenge.
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Friday, 7/3: My Go-To Lip Color

I think this one's pretty self-explanatory. I want to see your standby shade! It's a fun way to see everyone's favorites and maybe get some new ideas for yourself. Like virtual shopping with your BFFs! You can simply show us your pucker or the lip color itself- get creative with it!

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Saturday, 7/4: Red, White, or Blue

Pick one or sport all three! Show us how you're rocking your patriotic spirit!

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Sunday, 7/4: Laid Back Sunday Vibes

Is there anything better than perfectly undone hair or glowing barely-there makeup? Not in my book. Show us how you do casual cool.

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Monday, 7/6: Beauty Bag Favorites

The IG equivalent of looking in someone's medicine cabinet. Show us your favorites and we'll show you ours. (Tip for product image newbies: if you don't have a visually appealing surface to take photos on, a white board or even a large piece of white paper can serve as a great crisp backdrop.)

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Tuesday, 7/7: Tropical Color Mani

This will be a fun one for me because I always tend to go for the moody nail color choices and this will push me to go with something bright and summery. Pick your favorite bright color or go full-on nail art- it's up to you!

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Wednesday, 7/8: Go for the Gold

Gold is my all-time favorite color and the possibilities for this prompt are really endless. Show us how you shine!

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Thursday, 7/9: How I Rock a Top Knot

Top knots are my favorite hair trend to come out in the past couple of years. Show us your favorite top knot variation or try something completely new. There are so many different top knot ideas out there.

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I hope this helped inspire those of you taking part in the #FWSBeautyChallenge. And if you're deciding whether or not you'd like to give it a try, it's never too late to jump in and give it a try!

Follow me on Instagram to see my takes on this week's prompts!

 

I hope to see you there! :)

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The #FWSBeautyChallenge is HERE!! Plus a BEAUTIFUL Giveaway for YOU!

There are only two days left in June, which seems crazy to me. I mean, it just absolutely flew by, didn't it? I always look forward to a new month, though, and especially when it's looking as good as July! I'm excited for so many things coming up, but one in particular is topping my list right now...

The introduction of my first Instagram challenge!

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I had such a fun time challenging myself to try new beauty looks this month and get out of the- shall we say- "industrial" beauty phase I was heading towards with all the apartment moving going on. It was such a boost to my routine that I now want to pass the baton on to all of you!

 I'm basically challenging you to simply put a little extra thought this month into feeling beautiful. Whether it's trying a cute summer braid or trying a green smoky eye, it's all about taking pleasure in the process and celebrating feeling beautiful!

Not sold yet? Here's why I think you should absolutely join in...

1. You'll feel awesome. Is there anything better than feeling "done" and ready for the day? I'm not talking Hollywood hair and makeup teams here or anything, but I really believe something as simple as investing an extra five minutes in your style can do wonders for your self-confidence, don't you?

2. You'll get the creative vibes flowing. It's really easy to get into a less-than-exciting routine with our looks. It's like, "This worked last week, let's just do it again every day this week!" Am I right? This is why I love style prompts so much. They give a perfect little nudge towards trying the things we're always pinning and not actually doing. You might just remember how great you look in a dark lipstick or discover a hidden talent for DIY manis. Whatever it is, it's sure to add a fresh pick-me-up to your routine.

3. You'll make it your own. Not sure you want to commit to a 31-day Instagram challenge? Great! Don't! Stick with the challenge for all 31 days or just do a couple of days- it's totally up to you! And so are the prompts for that matter. Feel free to put your own spin on everything. This is not about rules or signing a contract. However, for every post you do put on Instagram...

4. You could win big! Tag your pics #FWSBEAUTYCHALLENGE (and tag me, @freewillsstudio, so I can comment and share!) and each day's post will act as an entry for this gorgeous prize pack, valued at over $200!

Feast your beautiful eyes on all this!...

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See! July's starting to look especially beautiful, isn't it?!

Here is the official challenge calendar. Please let me know in the comments if you would like any explanations or ideas for any of the prompts! But do also keep in mind that they are really what you make of them! Let your imagination run wild! :)

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Get a head start on your giveaway entries simply by sharing this calendar on your Instagram account with the tags #FWSBEAUTYCHALLENGE and @freewillsstudio! You can even earn MORE giveaway entries (up to five) for each of your friends that you tag to take part with you!

I'll of course be taking part, too. I'm looking forward to sharing styling ideas on the blog each week and sharing some of your pics along the way! I can't wait to see all the awesome looks you come up with!

Here's to a beautiful summer! :)

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Five Minute Friday: Taking the Time to Feel Beautiful (plus a New Instagram Beauty Challenge!)

One of the goals I made for myself this month involved fixing my hair and doing my makeup everyday. I see how that might sound completely silly, but between a lot of work-at-home days and being a horrible sweaty monster moving into a new apartment, these things had really become last priority. And I was feeling much less than my most beautiful self.

The thing about it is, I truly love beauty: hair, makeup, nails, whatever. It's just fun, right?! So I set this goal to kind of challenge myself to bring the fun back into it, and it definitely has!

 

Whether it was trying a darker lip color, a fun mani, or an easy braid, I was really only spending a couple of minutes more than in my regular routine but it was a whole lot more inspiring!

I liked it so much, in fact, that I created a beauty-related Instagram challenge for July to keep the fun going!

I'll be going into more detail on Monday's post, but here's a sneak peek for now...

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I hope you'll join in and tag your pictures with #fwsbeautychallenge! There are so many reasons I'd love for you to take part (one of which is a PRIZE!!!). But like I said, more on that Monday. ;)

In the meantime, why not head on over to my Instagram and make sure you're following? July is already starting to look so much more beautiful!

 

Happy weekend, friends!

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$100 Giveaway with DiscountGlasses.com!

Glasses are such an important end note to a look. Whether it's the sunglasses you throw on as you're heading out the door or your everyday eyeglasses, a great pair that reflects your personal style is the ultimate way to complete an outfit. Much to my dismay, I'm the only one of my siblings who has never needed glasses. So when DiscountGlasses.com reached out to me about reviewing a pair of frames, I was thrilled. Not only do they have an assortment of frames for prescription lenses, but you also have the option to go with "fashion frames." This is your chance, I thought to myself. I could finally get those (faux) glasses I've always wanted! My mind whirred with all the cute style possibilities.

I could go with a cat-eye like the Rampage R178...

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...or maybe go full New Girl/Buddy Holly with a thick retro pair like the Go Green GG50.

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So what pair did I choose? (Drumroll please!...)

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Sunglasses?! Yes, I guess when it came down to it, this tiger couldn't change her stripes. I went back and forth a dozen times over it and at the end of the day I just felt it more authentic (if less accessorized and infinitely less interesting) to remain glasses free. I think I'm going to wait until I actually need glasses (come on 60!) so I can have the real thing. (And, yes, that is Zach in the reflection, begrudgingly taking my picture at 7am. #amateurs)

I love these frames, aptly called Gatsby, for their vintage-inspired shape, unexpected gold detailing, and go-with-everything tortoise pattern.

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Is this a strange/awkward picture of me and the definition of a bad photo? You bet your bottom dollar it is! But sometimes, like for example when it is 8 degrees outside and your photographer is "getting frostbite," you take what you can get.

 And speaking of what you can get, I was so excited when I got my frames in the mail. I'm a girl who does her sunglasses shopping pretty much exclusively at Target, so opening up these Gatsby frames (which came with a hard shell case) really felt much more special. The frames themselves also look and feel more substantial and overall more durable, even though the price is relatively the same as a pair at Target.

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My favorite go-to sunglasses are usually the classic aviator shape, but I find the little metal extras to be frustrating, always getting tangled up in my hair. These Gatsby frames are really the perfect solution because they've got that classic shape I love and still have the metal details, but in a sleeker (read: without nose pads) design that lets me push them on top of my head when needed and yet remain tangle free.

But why I am a telling you all of this when you can find out for yourself?! That's right, thanks to the friendly folks at DiscountGlasses.com, one lucky winner will receive a $100 product credit that you can use as your heart desires. Want the exact pair I'm showing here? Or maybe you need to update your prescription frames? Perhaps you want to live out my childhood dreams and try some faux glasses? It's up to you!

 

TO ENTER:

1. If you haven't already, subscribe to this blog (follow by email or through Bloglovin', both in the sidebar)

2. Check out DiscountGlasses.com and pick out your favorite frames.

3. Follow me (@ash_styleonhigh) on Instagram.

4. Look for this post on my Instagram and comment with your favorite pair. (Feel free to tag friends, too!)

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Giveaway will run for one week from today, 2/13, through Friday, 2/20, at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be announced on the Instagram post as pictured above on Saturday, 2/21. All applicants must be US residents and over the age of 18.

 

Happy shopping! :)

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Local Love... All'asta Giveaway!

Happy Monday internet friends! I've got a great one for you today- a giveaway with the exciting Columbus-based company, All'Asta! If you haven't heard of the company yet, they have a really unique take on the direct sales concept. The name (pronounced al-AH-sta) literally means "auction" in Italian and that's exactly what they do. Hostesses and guests of All'asta shows bring 1-3 items of their own for silent auction and then can put the commission from those items towards other auction pieces or to get new items from the brand's own product line.

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And let's talk about this product line for a minute because it's really good! I love the style of the line, which has a very global, vintage, flea-market chic feel. They have everything from home decor...

 

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To kitchenware...

 

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To jewelry and accessories...

 

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And an amazing assortment of gifts and other goodies...

 

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You can see their entire product line here, but in the meantime, why not snag a little something for yourself totally free?! All'asta was not only nice enough to give me a personalized Market Bag, but they want you to have one, too! And let me tell you, this bag is awesome! First of all it's huge- I seriously can fit all of my groceries in just this one bag. Also, the leather handles and trim are not only super sturdy but also look great. And the inside is laminated for easy cleaning (and it also just feels really good). :)

 

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I got the bicycle version with Columbus, OH on it (I love my city!), but this design can be personalized with pretty much any wording of your choice up to 12 characters. The top right bags can be personalized with an initial and the white blossom bag comes without personalization. (You can see more about the personalization options on page 49 of the catalog here).

Enter below for your chance to win your own Market Bag. A winner will be chosen at midnight this Sunday, 8/24. This contest is open to US residents only.

 

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Thank you, All'asta! I love my bag and can't wait for a lucky reader to get their own, too!

So now it's time for the big decision- which one would you choose? :)

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Life and Other Things...

Sorry I've been a little out of touch this week. I feel like I'm working four different jobs lately and, even though I feel lucky to have such a full schedule, it hasn't left me much time to blog. And today's not really different. But I just wanted to send out a hello and remind you all to enter my Stella & Dot giveaway that ends tonight at midnight! And I'll get back to the regularly scheduled programming this week, but in the meantime, here is a pic of the man of the day, my dad! He's pretty awesome, so we've got lots to celebrate. :) 

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I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Come back tomorrow to find out who won the giveaway!

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Top 10 Tuesday... Stella & Dot + A Giveaway!

I recently made a decision that I'm really excited to tell you all about: I became a stylist with Stella & Dot! I went back and forth a lot on whether or not sharing this on the blog was the right thing to do. It was a tough decision because of a tug-of-war between two main points.

1. I know that if you read this you either really support fashion or really support me, so you'd likely be happy about the news either way. But...

2. I never want this space to feel like something I'm selling or shoving down anyone's throat. I've actually turned down some opportunities and free products in the past few months because I really want to make sure that anything I'm telling you is something I 100% believe.

But underneath my feelings against self-promotion, I realized that this is something I really believe in so I had to share!

First of all, I love direct sales. It will allow for me to continue building a freelance career but help ease the months on/months off stress of an irregular paycheck. It's also a fun and supportive community that has already given me such a positive welcome. But most of all, I'm just a million percent obsessed with the Stella & Dot brand. It's bold, fashion-forward, and high-quality. I loved it all online, but as soon as I saw it in person, I was a goner. I want every single piece!

But until I can dominate the entire collection one by one, I've put together my Top 10 Stella & Dot wishlist items. Enjoy!

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 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

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6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10

 

And as a supreme thank you to my lovely readers, I'm offering an exciting giveaway of my absolute favorite piece of the moment, the Rory Necklace.

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I keep telling people that I gasped out loud when I got my shipment in the mail and I'm telling you, if you think it's pretty online, it's literally breath-taking in person.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen at random at midnight on Sunday, June 15th. (And it's not a requirement, but please feel free to subscribe to make sure you don't miss future giveaways! :) )

Alos, if you have any questions about Stella & Dot, any interest in hosting a trunk show or even becoming a stylist, please email me. You can also shop  the entire collection and order online here.

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And (as if I'm not throwing enough at you) there's a new feature to the blog today. My friend Miche from Buttons and Birdcages had an inspiring idea to start a linkup focused on saying the positive things about others that you might otherwise keep to yourself. (She's pretty awesome.)

So here's my Weekly Love...

I admire my future sister-in-law (it's her birthday today!) because she's always pushing herself to go outside of her comfort zone, putting herself out there and trying new things. It's really inspiring!

My Stella & Dot mentor (and new friend) has a really busy schedule, but every time I've seen her she looks so cute and perfectly put together.

Pretty much every time I think about my mom, I laugh about something she recently said or did. And I think that's about the best quality a person can have.

My grandma has the absolute prettiest skin. Every time I see her, she looks so lovely that she literally glows. It's kind of amazing.

And I could go on and on and on about all of my family, friends, and coworkers, but I'll save some for next week! :)

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**Update** Congratulations, Amanda! I know it will look beautiful on you!

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Local Love: Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway!

Last month I had the opportunity of touring the headquarters of Thirty-One Gifts, and it was such a cool experience! I was so impressed with the companies' focus on their core values and how it bred an overwhelmingly positive environment!

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In case you're not familiar with the company or the brand, here are a couple of fun facts:

1. Thirty-One was started by Cindy Monroe in her home 10 years ago as a way to empower women by offering them a chance to own their own business.

2. Since then, the company has grown exponentially. The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) ranked Thirty-One Gifts #1 on their annual 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies list after reaching an amazing $760 billion in in revenues in 2013.

3. Their home office, which employs over 1,200 people and growing, is located right here in Columbus!

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I have been familiar with Thirty-One for a while. My sister, Brooke, is a consultant and I use so many Thirty-One products in my own life. My favorite thing about the line is that it offers brilliant solutions for organization, making day-to-day functions easier and more efficient. Everything also comes in fun, colorful prints on fabrics that are super-durable.

The home office had so many fun wall displays, including this one, which featured all of their past prints on cork, and the thread wall below...

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I keep telling you how awesome Thirty-One is, but it's probably better if you just find out for yourself with this awesome giveaway of not one, but two great pieces: the Easy Breezy Tote and the Soft Eyeglass Case! The products are shown here but the winner of the giveaway gets to choose their favorite pattern and personalization options.

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To enter, simply do one or all of the prompts below. The more you do, the more entries you earn!

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Giveaway Rules: I love my International readers, but unfortunately this contest is only open to readers with a US shipping address. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN GIVEAWAYS. A PURCHASE WON’T IMPROVE AN INDIVIDUAL’S CHANCE OF WINNING. 

And if you're interested in finding out more about Thirty-One Gifts, hosting your own show, or even becoming a consultant, shoot an email to Brooke (my sis!) or visit her website and she'll help you to earn free products while having a great time with friends!

Good luck! :)

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