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Here’s How To Get Those Corkscrew Curls #Giveaway

It never fails, if you have curly hair, you usually want straight hair and if you have straight hair, you want it to be curly. I guess that is why hair styling tools are a big business. We are all familiar with hair straighteners and curling irons but have you heard of the Chopstick wand?

The Lee Stafford CHoPstick Styler is a ceramic Curling Wand. It comes with a heat-resistant glove and I would suggest watching some YouTube videos to see how to use it for best results. I can share some very important things you should not do.

Of course, I learned the hard way that no matter what, do not attempt to brush your hair after curling it.  The results will cause you to immediately jump in the shower and wash your hair. Seriously, don’t do it! You will also want to wear the glove on the hand that is wrapping the hair because the want is very hot. Don’t try to do without it.

My first time was a disaster!  I watched some videos and tried again and it was better but it still made my hair look sort of frizzy and strange. I think I will give it another go and try using a product before curling it.

It does heat up to a high temperature very fast and it definitely does curl hair. You can find this CHoPstick STYLER on Amazon. If you would like a chance to win one, just enter the giveaway below. Good Luck!!!

 

I did receive this product in order to facilitate my post as a blogger working with the Review Directory. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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Do You Really Need a Pot Filler in Your Kitchen?

If you are designing a new kitchen, you probably know all about pot fillers. You might be wondering how we lived all these years filling our pots at the kitchen sink and carrying them over to the stove. Maybe you are thinking, it makes no sense because you still have to carry that pot of boiling hot water over to the sink to drain or empty at some point. There is also a point to be made that it is  another source of a potential leak, problem and of course expense in what already is a very expensive project. So, let’s take a look at the reasons why they are becoming so popular.

Less Strain on Your Body

Water has a weight of about 8 pounds per gallon. If you are filling up a large stock pot with water at the sink it can put a strain on your back as you carry it. However I don’t sit my pot in my sink and fill it, I usually set it up at counter height and fill it with my extended spray arm. If you are setting a large pot down in a deep sink and then hoisting it up and out, that could strain your back, especially if you have issues. However, most people have been doing this for years and are just fine.

Saves Time

The other point that is made to the advantage of a pot filler is that it saves time. I like to save time and work more efficiently but really, I doubt I am saving that much time to really make a difference. It is true you can turn it on and fill your pot on the stove and then go back to your sink to wash veggies or prep other foods. That could save you a few minutes, as long as you remember to keep watching the pot and run over and turn the water off before it overflows. I can see the advantage that you can easily be sauteing or cooking another part of the meal while you have a pot filling up on the stove. Not sure if this really is enough of a reason to convince people they need a pot filler.

Adds Style

I think this is the biggest reason you see them in more new kitchens today. It adds a touch of style and sophistication to your kitchen. I think many would say it adds a certain status to your project. I was speaking with a woman a couple of weeks ago and she was telling me about her son and how well he was doing. She went on to describe his house and said, “You know he even has one of those pot fillers in his kitchen.”

 

The facts remain that you need to carry that pot of water back to the stove which can strain your back as can hoisting it and pouring over a colander to drain pasta or other foods. That kind of negates the first reason. Sure, it may save a few seconds to minutes but does that truly justify the additional cost and of course potential source of a problem like a leak? I think the reason people put them in is based heavily on the third reason. Pot fillers look nice and they add a wow factor to your kitchen.

Some other cons are that they collect grease from cooking and it is another thing to clean. Cleaning the pot filler is something you would not have to do if you did not have one. Cleaning the pot filler will actually take longer than the time you saved in filling the pots on the stove. For those that like clean lines, having a pot filler extending from the backsplash may be an eyesore. There are deck mounted pot fillers as well but that is another permanent fixture protruding from your counter top.

I am still deciding if I am going to put one in my new kitchen. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.

 


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See What’s Trending In Fashion This Fall-#FrontRow

Fashion Week is such an exciting time! I am thrilled to be attending Macy’s Fashion Front Row next Saturday, September 26th at 2 pm. Macy’s is getting set to throw the she shopping party of the season complete with the hottest looks from popular designers. Following the fabulous presentation, the pros are sticking around to dispense style advice.  We can even get an expert mini makeover to get look and feel our best as we go forward into Fall!

Macy's Front Row

I cannot wait to see all the new trends and throwbacks for this season. I am really loving the ponchos that are hot again. They are a real blast from my past and I think they are perfect for Fall!  I also like the Western Bootie and the East West Bag. I also am a huge fan of some of the Peasant collection pieces, especially the blouse.

poncho black white

western black bootie

kate spade black bag

Peasant Blouse

Did you know you can attend a Macy’s Fashion Front Row  near you and it’s a free event! Check out the locations, dates and tmes below to see if there is an event near you: 

 

  • Macy’s Ross Park (Pittsburgh, PA) – 9/24, 6pm, hosted by TV Host and Lifestyle Expert, Anji Corley!
  • Macy’s DT Boston (Boston, MA) – 9/24, 5:30pm
  • Macy’s Boca Raton (Boca, FL) – 9/24, 6pm, with a surprise celebrity host!
  • Macy’s West County (St. Louis, MO) – 9/25, 5:30pm, performance by Macy’s iHeart Rising Star Winner & The Voice finalist, Christina Grimmie!
  • Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta, GA) – 9/25, 7pm, hosted by On-Air Radio Personality Stacii Jae with live performances by Nichelle Paris and Trinity K. Bonet!
  • Macy’s Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ) – 9/26, 2pm, hosted by media maven and entrepreneur, Karen Civil and Fashion Bomb Daily’s Claire Sulmers!
  • Macy’s Christiana (Newark, DE) – 9/26, 2pm, enjoy a special Front Row Runway Show!
  • Macy’s Crossgates (Albany, NY) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Queens Center Mall (Flushing, NY) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Easton – (Columbus, OH) – 9/26, 2pm, hosted by fashion blogger Natalie Suarez from Natalie Off Duty!
  • Macy’s Castleton (Indianapolis, IN) – 9/26, 2pm, hosted by TV personality and fashion blogger, Courtney Kerr of What Courtney Wore!
  • Macy’s Millenia (Orlando, FL) – 9/26, 6pm
  • Macy’s Woodlands (Woodlands, TX) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Ala Moana (Honolulu, HI) – 9/26, 2pm, hosted by style expert Crystal PanciPanci!
  • Macy’s Fashion Valley (San Diego, CA) – 9/26, 2pm, hosted by San Diego style experts Gina Ybarra of Hunt For Styles and Maria Von Losch of Savvynista!
  • Macy’s Northpark (Dallas, TX) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Bellevue (Bellevue, WA) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Valley Fair (Santa Clara) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Fresno Fashion Fair (Fresno, CA) – 9/26, 2pm
  • Macy’s Roseville (Roseville, CA) – 9/26, 2pm
For more information on each event, visit macys.com/frontrow 
So did you check out the great new Fall fashion at Macy’s? What are your favorites for Fall?  Are you attending a Fashion Front Row at a Macy’s near you this weekend? Please let me know in the comments. Maybe I will see you there!

 

 

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“


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See The Hottest Spring Trends on Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout!!! #SpringAtKohls

“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”

#SpringAtKohls

Kohl’s is my go to department store.  I love the brands they carry, the low prices and the super Kohl’s sales and stackable coupon codes they offer.  Whether I am shopping online or in store I know I am getting the best prices on high quality merchandise.

Spring is officially here even though in most parts of the country it still feels like winter.  If you are wondering about new spring fashion trends, styles and colors; Kohl’s has got you covered!  Take a few minutes to check out the video on the Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout to find out the fashion scoop.

I will give you a hint, pink is red-hot this spring.  Whether you use it as an accent or a bold statement, pinks are what’s in.  I think pairing pink with some of the denim is the perfect way to incorporate it in my wardrobe. I also love these Pink Lauren Conrad Cutout Ballet Flats.

#SpringAtKohls

 

So check out Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout and let me know what you think.  What styles and trends appeal to you the most.  Let’s talk spring style together!


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