Ask Away...: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

I Organized My Closet!

On Friday, I posted on Twitter and Facebook asking you all how you go about organizing the clothing in your closet.  I got all types of responses including:
- Sleeve length
-Color
-Type

And that's where my problem was.  I had them organized somewhat but it wasn't working out.  I thought that organizing by sleeve length was okay but It was hard to see what I had in each section.  So I decided to change it to:
- Type
-Color
-Sleeve length






As you can see above, there really was no order.  It looked very uneven and junky.   So here it is afterwards


So I started with my work clothes and put them in sections of what kind (blouse, sweater, etc.)
Then I went on to tank tops and party wear and made sure they were organized by color.



What I ended up with was:
Work Clothes
Tank Tops
Button Up jackets
Zip up Jackets
Outerwear Jackets
Loungewear tops
Short Sleeve Tops
Half Sleeve Tops
Long Sleeve Tops

Each section is separate by a little gap of space so it's easier for me to see where it begins or ends.  I hope to be able to organize the hangers I use because that may make it even easier!!  Within each section, I organized by color and then within color, I did it by sleevelength.

It's much easier for me to organize by two major things

What it is
Color

Because...

Whenever I have an idea of what I want to wear, it's generally one of these few outfit choices
-Jeans and a regular top
-Jeans and a summer top with something over it
- leggings and a long dressy top

So this way I know what kind of top I'm looking for, and then it's easy for me to organize by color because I usually try to match up my pants to whatever top I'm wearing.

Am I rambling? Okay, I'm done I just had to share!!

Kindle Fire Giveaway




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PxSupply.com Review

I love PXsupply.com! They have a great selection of army and navy supplies like clothing and footwear.  I especially love their men's selection, as my boyfriend was in the Air Force so I know I could find stuff on here that he would love!!  He actually received Air Force Fleece Shorts which he loves and wears all the time!!

They are very comofortable and they look great and go with so many shirts! He loves them for just lounging around and even sleeps in them sometimes.  They are great quality and very durable!!    Plus I love the lace ties!  I will (and already have) be getting him quite a few things from PXSupply.com!

LeashLocket Review

The LeashLocket is not your typical retractable leash.  You see, with most retractable leashes, you hold on to them, but with LeashLocket, your dog actually gets to hold on to the leash.   It's a leash in a locket that dogs can carry along with their collar or harness.  So if you walk your dog to the park, then you want to let him run around, and then you want to get control of him real quick, you can simply just grab the leash and head on out.

This is a great safety feature since there are so many dangers out there if your dog breaks loose.  Not only are there cars out there, but people, animals, other dogs, and all kinds of distractions than can lead to even more danger.

I received a leash locket and I like to use it on Grace.  It's great because she still sticks around in the yard because she thinks she is still connected iwth a leash, when realistically she is running free. The LeashLocket is so lightweight and so easy to use. 

This would be a great gift for someone with a new fury addition to their family or for someone who needs a subtle hint that they should be more aware of their dog!

Invest in a LeashLocket today and you won't regret it!

Purusa Review *Giveaway* Ends 5/7

Sebastian Signs is a company that offers luxurious fragrances, soaps, and candles, to help you relax and make you feel pampered on a daily basis. One of their products is Purusa Pillow Spray which contains sandalwood, sage, and bergamot to help you relax at night or whenever you need it. You just spray it on your pillow and enjoy.

 I received Purusa Dream Extract and I use it on my pillows every night. It really is a relaxing scent that helps me settle in to bed. I fall asleep within minutes as opposed to about 20-30 from before. It was such a light and airy scent and it was not overpowering at all. One lucky winner will receive a bottle of Purusa Dream Extract of their own! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Haan MS30 Steam Mop Review & *Giveaway* {{$149.95}} Ends 5/6

Did you know that your health and happiness can be greatly affected by how clean your house is? Think about it…when you live in a cleaner environment, you can control your allergies more, and also you will feel a lot better when you have a clean, shiny, organized home. This is why I love Haan. They have great products such as steam machines to help keep your carpets and floors clean. They use Smart Steam Technology to expel 212 degree steam out to disinfect and clean your floors.


 I received the MS30 Multi Purpose Steam Cleaner from Haan and I absolutely love it. it’s perfect because we have several hard surfaces in our home.




 Assembly was very easy when I first opened it. The instructions are clear and concise. The pieces and parts snapped together so easily. I usually struggle with putting things so the fact that this one was simple says a lot.



It was easy to fill up the MS30 and very easy to attach the steam pad. I started using it and saw instant results.

 There was no messy back spray and nothing spilled when I moved the machine. It was so exciting to use this. The MS30 glides so easily across hard surfaces and the steam comes out evenly without any need to go over the same spot twice. It was amazing how there were no doggy prints or foot prints after I used this. Completely shiny and clean, so much so that I was nervous I might slip on that shiny reflection I saw! If you love cleaning like I do, you definitely need this!

One winner will get an MS30 like I did! That’s an ARV of $149.95. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Panty By Post Review

How cool would it be to have a new pair of underwear sent to you each month for a very low cost?  This means you could get all different styles, colors, and patterns, and you get the bonus of opening it from a really cool package shipped directly to you!

Well, that's exactly what Panty by Post does.  And I got to receive one from them.  And let me tell you I really enjoyed the thrill of getting a super cute package in the mail.

It was wrapped in the cutest tissue paper.

And Voila! What a cute pair of panties!!

This can really help curb a shopping addiction especially to an expensive lingerie store.  With Panty By Post you get something new each month but you aren't spending a ton of money, plus you get a variety of styles.

And if you get the wrong size, you can return it, and if you don't like it, that's fine too.  They work for YOUR satisfaction.  The whole process of selecting a size and style is super simple.

Definitely invsest in this little program ASAP!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Go Free Pants Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/4

Go Free Pants redefine comfort when it comes to being free in your clothing. They design pants that you can wear without any undergarments. They have a nice discreet cotton liner to help keep you dry and feeling good. And…A portion of the sales from their pants go to help support programs such as hospice and cancer research.

I received the Melanie Tropical Blend Capri in Black. This is great because I can wear them for business or casual! I tried them on, with much discretion because I am very picky about stuff like this and much to my surprise I loved them! So comfy, I basically forgot I was wearing pants and totally forgot I wasn’t wearing anything underneath. They don’t rub you the wrong way and they are very easy to move around in. These are so great! One winner will receive a pair of pants of their choice! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, April 26, 2012

DENY Designs Shower Curtain Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/3

I love being fashionable and glamorous around the home, and when I discovered DENY Designs I realized they would make it so much easier.  DENY Designs has a beautiful selection of items for the home.  They use designs by actual artists to decorate their items.  I love the duvet covers, but I especially love the shower curtains.  They are machine washable and gorgeous!!!!!  Very high quality.  

I received the Valentina Rose Elephant Curtain. I love it!! Not only does it brighten up my entire bathroom but it seriously is so soft and everyone comments on it.  It helps start a theme for my bathroom now.  I really love the intricate detail in the elephant's body.  I often find myself just staring at it. It's so cool how the little circles and designs come together!!!

One lucky winner will get a shower curtain of their choice from DENY Designs!

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Custom Made Suits for Men

Tis the season for weddings and formal events...and if you are looking for custom made suits for your man, look no further. LS Men's Clothing has a fine selection of custom shirts, tuxedos, sport coats, and pants to choose from.  This is great because there are a lot of weddings in the Spring, whether it's to attend one, or to be in one, your man will need some nice, formal, attire. 

The selection is classy and affordable, and no matter how picky your guy, I bet you he can find something he likes from here! I like the details in the descriptions of items as it's very helpful.  These items are obviously customized to fit your man so you won't have to worry if he's sensitive to comfort with the materials, as it will all be made to SUIT his needs.  Get it?  Check it out today!

Week One of Daily Workouts

Today marks one week from when I started my new workout routine.  It goes as follows:
Work out everyday except Friday!!!
And man am I tired.  Not only is my body exhausted, but my mind is gone!

Here's what I did over the past 7 days:
Thursday - Jillian Michaels Buns & Thighs Level 1
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 6 Week 6 Pack Level 1
Sunday - 30 Day Shred Level 1
Monday - 6 Week 6 Pack Level 2
Tuesday - Buns & Thighs Level 1
Wednesday - 6 Week 6 Pack Level 1
Thursday (Today) - Buns & Thighs Level 1

I must say I am seeing great results. Up to this point I have been working out maybe 3-4 times a week but now I am making it a priority to do it everyday.

My Audience

Benefits I've Seen
I have done Buns & Thighs for a total of 3 times and honestly, my legs are tighter, stronger, and they don't rub together as much, and yes you know exactly what I mean by that!! Unfortunately I had some major knee problems, just as others had with the Buns & Thighs so I modified it to skip two moves that caused the pain for days afterwards.

I have more energy physically when it comes to getting things done.  It's great. 

I have a better appetite and am not hungry 24/7.  I have been watching what I eat so much and I track everything with My Fitness Pal.  I am currently eating about 1,200 calories a day, after my exercise, etc.     Also... I lost 2 pounds!! 

My reward of cheese cubes last night..... (My boyfriend cut them and arranged them to say I <3 U! KEEPER!!)

I have one month left till I go to the beach, so I want to be super proud of my body that I worked so hard for!!!  Thanks for the support from everyone and I'll keep you updated!!



Sharp Shirter iPhone Case Giveaway Ends 5/3

At Sharp Shirter, there are so many unique designs of tops, hoodies, and even phone cases that will make you smirk and chuckle.  The illustrations on them are pretty entertaining.  They are images of animals getting revenge on humans, but kind of in a sarcastic way.  And there are some of humans duking it out with animals. 



These are just things that will make people look twice.  Plus they are really unique!
There is also clothing that has nothing to do with the above and instead has some unique and beautiful designs.  I really like the selection and all the option on Sharp Shirter's website!

One winner will receive an iPhone case of their choice!

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AntoniaBee Review


AntoniaBee is stocked full of gorgeous and one-of-a-kind accessories to help give you the best look around! They have great bold jewelry that really makes a great fashion statement and they have such a huge selection to choose from.  Their shop suits many different needs.


I received the Linked Together Bracelet from AntoniaBee and I love it.  First of all, it is super comfortable and easy to wear.  It may look like it would be clunky but it actually isn’t a burden at all.  It looks great with A LOT of different outfits and it gives a nice edgy look to finish my outfit off.   I love how it hangs and I also love the clasp. It’s easy to put on by myself, but it doesn’t just disconnect and fall off in the middle of the day.

My Advice: If you need some fashion statement jewelry, look no further because AntoniaBee will have it!

I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Importance of Exercise

Exercise is such a great form of therapy.  How so? Well, did you ever have a really bad day at work and you just need some time to collect your thoughts? That’s exactly what you do during a workout or a run.  It helps get some energy out and sweating can be therapeutic and comparable to the hormones you release in your tears when you cry. 

I used to get really upset over things at work and I would come home and just lay on the couch.  It didn’t help me much.  Now, I workout 6 days a week and I see such a change in my mood.  I also am less irritable with my boyfriend and I am happier overall.  I fall asleep more easily at night and I can get up more easily in the morning.  Even though I am tired right after work, I get a second wind after I work out.  The hardest part is the transition from being tired into starting your workout but as long as you push through, go change into your gear, and get started you will be okay.

Honestly, if you don't exercise now, you should start.  The benefits are endless and it's hard to argue against something that makes you feel so good and has such great physical results.  Also, you will feel better about yourself when you accomplish a great feat like this!

I do Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack, 30 Day Shred, and Buns & Thighs throughout the week.  I get bored easily so I find if I switch it up it keeps my attention.  If I am bored I will lose motivation to work out so to keep it interesting I switch it up that way I don't get too used to something and my muscles don't get too used to it either.  I love Jillian Michaels because she gives me an all over workout.  I have friends that do P90X and Insanity and they have said great things about those as well.

 Sometimes it's overwhelming when you don't know what kind of exercise to start or how to even start it.  At Fitness Alliance they have a great Extreme Body Workout which is great if you really want a body and lifestyle makeover.  And since Summer is coming, there's a Beach Body system just for you! Also, Check out the 90 Day Review!
This is a guest post provided by Fitness Alliance.

Global Eyeglasses

Times are tough and everyone is looking to cut back on expenses.  Healthcare is no different and the worst part with healthcare is the expensive price for eyeglasses.  So if you are looking for cheap eyeglasses there ARE sites out there, such as Global Eyeglasses which will ship to the US and Canada for reasonable prices.  Global Eyeglasses is a discount eyeglasses site that has quality prescription glasses from as low as $19 with free single vision lenses!

It's hard to find cheap prescription sunglasses these days and Global Eyeglasses has a great selection of those as well.  They have been around since 2005 and have been shipping thousands of eyeglasses worldwide since then.    Their site is very easy to browse through and I was so impressed by the vast selection of styles.  Everyone has a different preference in frames so this is great that there are so many options.  Also, when I first visited the site there was some promotions on the left hand side.  It's always good when a site runs promotions from time to time.

Also, the frames they have are pretty hip and trendy.  I've seen similar ones on celebrities and in the press lately so it's great that they keep up with the latest trends. 

Headline Shirts Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/2

Headline Shirts is a great place to get cute, witty, and stylish shirts, whether it’s for lounging around or for going out and about in town! Not only do they have women’s shirts but they also have men’s shirts and children’s shirts.

 I received a green shirt that has a cute sloth on it with the phrase “Hang in there”. I thought it was super cute and witty.


I also love the sloth design and I think it is of great quality. It fits great and I loved the length, it was perfect for me because I hate when my back or stomach peeks out if I bend over. I also love the fit and I love the lightweight feel of this shirt. Be sure to check out their Facebook to sign up for their newsletter  and get a $5 coupon. It’s also an entry method for the giveaway below! Also keep up to date by following them on Twitter.

 One lucky winner will get a shirt of their choice!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Possible New Trend: Alphabet Earrings (As Seen On Kim Kardashian)

Okay, I know that everyone has their opinion when it comes to Kim Kardashian, especially with her and Kanye West dating now, but I just had to point out this possible new trend.  Last week she was photorgraphed with these earrings that basically are Kanye's initials: K and W.


 So how cool is that?  I have 3 holes in each of my ears and I never know what to put in the 2nd and 3rd hole.  Plus, they are flat so they won't catch on things and aren't too bulky!  It actually looks pretty cool on her and I'm sure you could find some cheap lettering jewelry if you look around on the internet.  Anyone ever see this before or even have any alphabet earrings of their own?

Clothing Makes Me So Happy!

If you think about it, fashion is such a great way to express yourself.  If you want to do something as simple as make a stranger smile, all you have to do is wear a silly shirt with a witty saying.  One thing that makes me laugh, and I have seen it in public before, is this shirt.... 


I saw it on Slingshot Tshirts' website but seriously all it does is remind me of how hilarious The Hangover was!! So next time you want to make someone laugh, just wear a silly shirt!

My Favorite Spring Color



Currently, one of my favorite colors for Spring, especially with handbags, is teal.  Teal can be very versatile since it's bright and can be complemented by other colors.  And one of my favorite handbags in teal, is the Melie Bianco Reese bag from Silvia's Handbags! This bag is nice too because you can just swing it over your shoulder, or drape it over your forearm as you strut yourself down the street!  What's your favorite Spring color?

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Pink Dahlia....



I konw there's a movie called The Black Dahlia...but I prefer the pink dahlia...as in the ring from The Trendy Boutique. Actually there are so many cute rings with roses on them, that I can't pick my favorite. These go great with elegant spring dresses and tunics, and can help complete your look with just a simple accessory! 

BTB Sunglasses Review

Be The Ball Sunglasses is a great place to find running sunglasses and even golf sunglasses, depending on what you are in to.


What my man said:

Be The Ball Sunglasses are the sport and recreational sunglasses you
want to get.  BTB is the best company out there when it comes to getting
actual high quality sunglasses at an economical price. Prior to trying
BTB sunglasses, I was skeptical like most when hearing about pristine
shades at an affordable price.  Well once I received the BTB-G-250 and
tested them out, I couldn't be more wrong about a stellar product.  The
BTB-G-250's not only provided a great look but not once I did notice any
discomfort from hours of wear.  The innovative nose and temple piece
formed to my nose and ears like you would expect high-end sunglasses to
do.  The lenses provide a crisp and clear outlook to the world and when
I am outside doing any activity, the BTB-G-250's are always there for
me.  The key factors for me were no longer getting pains on the top of
my ears and headaches from extended use.  Be The Ball has made a great
name for themselves and I cannot wait to get another pair in the near
future!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vamped Boutique Review


Vamped Boutique is a great place to find trendy and edgy outfits and accessories.  They keep up with the latest celebrity trends and offer adorable pieces at a great price.  There are so many of their pieces that struck my interest as I could see them  being worn a variety of different ways.


I received the Pink Studded Top by Sugarlips. I love the oversized sleeves, they made it so comfortable and roomy.  The studs are adorable and help give this an edgy look without taking away from the class factor. 

I definitely wear this when I go out for drinks but I can also wear it to a lunch or a more casual event, where I want to spice things up just a little bit.  The fit was great, and I love how it slouched a bit on my neckline.



I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Favorites

Here are some Friday Favorites to sum up my week:

1. The My Fitness Pal App
If you don't have it you should get it.  it's a great way to keep track of calories and weight loss and it basically runs my life now in an easy way.  I log what I eat, and it tells me what I have left. If I want to be able to eat a higher calorie meal later than I have to do some physical activity to burn calories so I do, and I log it.  It's great! If you get it, look for me: ellenr886.  You can access it on your phone or on their website.

2. Organizing a Closet with Dollar Tree baskets
If you go to the Dollar Tree or any other store like that, you can pick up little bins and baskets in the storage aisle that oyu can use to put towels, washclothes, etc. in to organize your linen closet. I am doing a lot of organizing this weekend so I will have lots of posts and pictures next week!


3. Guess Handbags
I'm looking for a new one over the next couple of weeks.  Probably won't buy it, but I like to look! I just love the styles and embellishments on Guess bags!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

For the Sporty Gals



It's that time of year, and if you are looking for a surfing bikini then it's important to look for one that is easy to wear and will not be uncomfortable.  You also want appropriate coverage so you don't have any mishaps while you are surfing or doing any other activities this Summer.

Body Glove is a great place for the above kind of swimwear.  And they have very fair prices that will make it very possible for you to have some extra cash on hand for activities this Summer. Body Glove has swimwear for every kind of water experience and they understand the kinds of needs you have when you need a bikini for more than just laying on the beach.

You can only do your best when you are playing a sport if you can feel confident about what you are wearing and that it won't let you slip out of it so it's important to search for the right bikini for yourself.  It's very easy to browse the selection of bikinis at Body Glove.  They have nice bright colors and prints and many different styles to choose from.

So before you spend an insane amount of money elsewhere, check out the great selection from Body Glove.

Every Woman Needs A Great Dress

If you are looking for a sexy party dress, look no further, because I found so many great dresses from Fancy LA.  These dresses are great because they hug your curves in the most flattering way, without being too uncomfortable.  They are sexy enough to wear on a hot date, but comfortable enough to wear to a classy evening event.  Every woman needs a dress that when she gets an invitation to an event, she doesn't even have to stress for a second about what to wear, because she already knows exactly what it is. 

These dresses are really affordably priced as well so you won't break the bank. It's foolish to spend a lot of money on a dress you might wear once a year or even once every couple of years.  A dress should be a reasonable investment.  And by that, I mean something that can be worn on multiple occassions, looks good, and is very fairly priced.

There are plenty of styles to choose from depending on your body type, so no one needs to feel left out and there are great options in design and color.  Plus, the models look fabulous in these dresses! Check it out today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why I Love Dolphins

I have always been fascinated with dolphins, even as a child.  They are so compassionate and gentle and such intelligent creatures.  It's such a shame to learn every year of all the horrible ways they are abused, slaughtered, and taken advantage of.  I love animals so much and I love representing them in any way possible, which is why I love Arm the Animals


When I wear my Arm the Animals Dolphin Tshirt that I reviewed in early April, I feel like I am representing the hardships they go through and raising awareness to that, and other animals in need.  Check out their website and learn how they help give back to animals in need! And support their cause by purchasing a shirt! There are plenty to choose from!

MPG Apparel Review & *Giveaway* Ends 4/25 (& 25% off code)

Let me start off by saying that MPG is my FAVORITE brand of workout gear and I really love their Spring Collection.  How can anyone enjoy working out if they don't look and feel great while doing it?  Feel great? Yea, because it's so easy to feel great while you are working your buns off...but you can feel great in a stylish way still... just check out the gear I got from MPG.


The Simha Capri Tight is sooo comfortable.  It really helps hold me together but it still lets me breathe.  I love that these capris didn't keep slipping off my rear end. It made it so much easier to focus while running.  I think they are so stylish and I just love the little wrapping V shape! 

I am very self conscious of how my body looks and these pants help so much because they help suck me in a little bit.  I really love them and I always have an extra boost of confidence in them when I wear them while running or working out.

After my work outs I like to chill for a little and unwind before I hop in the shower.  It's not so comfortable to do that in a sports bra, which is why I love the Bolero.  You can just throw it on over anything and lounge around in it. It's still very stylish but it is also very comfortable.

I love the baggy loose feel to it and I love how it hangs off one shoulder. It definitely makes you feel sexy! And the front pocket is great for my phone or just to rest my hands in.

MPG is great because they also have a charitable side to their company.  Mondetta Gives Back is a charity that gives back to those in Africa that are suffering and trying to recover from devastating problems like AIDS and poverty. Such a great cause!

My Advice: Wearing fashionable and comfortable workout apparel really helps keep you motivated! 

Also - MPG is giving my readers 25% off through May 25th with the coupon code: ellenrosslovesmpg

One lucky winner will receive an item of their choice from the MPG website, with the exception of outwear!



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