Ask Away...: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

1 Voice - A Beanie and Bluetooth Headphones in One!

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If you haven't heard, 191Unlimited just launched 1 Voice, a winter beanie and wireless Bluetooth headphones combined.   No more tangled, dangling wires while you exercise, snowboard, etc. while you listen to music.   

Yep, you can actually listen to music while staying warm, comfy, and stylish!    Your ear buds won't be obnoxiously falling out of your ears, or having your ears freeze off during a run in cold weather, because this tightly knitted double layered yarn beanie will keep you nice and toasty. 

And if you donate $40 to the Kickstarter Campaign you will be rewarded with 1 Voice Bluetooth Beanie which saves you $29.99 off the normal $69.99 price.  They will even make sure it's delivered by the holidays! 




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My Happiness Project: November - Keep A Contented Heart - COMPLETE!

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My Happiness Project for the month of November was to Keep a Contented Heart.

Ways I did this were:
1. Laugh More.
2. Be More Positive.
3.Be Selfish in a Good Way.

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1. Laugh more.
I embraced my sarcastic ways again, especially with my friends and coworkers and it made work days and even boring bad days so much more managable. I also tried to take things that frustrated me and make a joke out of it, even just to myself so that I wouldn't get so angry about what was going on!


2.  Be More Positive.

Instead of complaining, I would bite my tongue and remind myself why I'm lucky that I even have a problem. Long day at work? So what, some people don't have jobs!


3. Be Selfish in A Good Way.
I love myself so much now that I even caught myself pondering how much I would want to be my own friend if I were another person! I notice the good things about myself simply by taking compliments seriously and even by making myself compliment the mirror when I look in it. Hey, it worked didn't it?


Check back on Monday when I post a summary of all of my Happiness Projects from this year and How can you have your own  Happiness Project  in 2014!
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Color Me Monthly Review

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Attention all monthly subscription fans...here's a great one for you.... and this time it's for nail polish! Color Me Monthly delivers gorgeous, toxin and cruelty free nail polish to your door for just $7 a month. Rather than charging customers for a flashy package and design, they offer simple packaging with a higher quality product. This is also a great gift idea for a girlfriend or sister. Color Me Monthly's products are vegan and eco-friendly. They're also made in the USA and shipped for free!

I received a sample and it turned out to be a gorgeous deep red colored called Vintage! I love love love this color for winter and I love how smooth it went on and how quickly it dried. This is a great way to keep up on nail color trends, especially because I stress myself out too much picking colors out in the store so for someone to surprise me and do it all for me it's so much better!





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Own the #TopoftheMantel with Cardstore

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received complimentary cards and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


So I finally began sending out my Christmas cards this week and my friends and family have been super impressed.  They love how I took a photo from the summer and gave it a wintery holiday look!   Cardstore did a great job in their sturdy and high quality card stock.   Everyone said the cards looked so professional that they "had to be so expensive!"   But they weren't...   they are very affordable and you get exactly what you pay for...a high quality card. 

But why would I even want to send cards still when the internet makes it so much easier to just email a greeting, right?   Well, whether you are making everyone's favorite recipe, picking the best "Secret Santa" gift, or choosing the holiday card everyone looks forward to receiving, there is always a little bit of friendly competition during the holiday season.  For me, it's having a card that everyone makes a big deal out of... a personalized card that only I could send out.   So I used a photo of myself with my signature "4 chihuahuas" and I made an elegant classy card.   I want it to be front and center on everyone's mantel this year!! 

It already is front and center at my parent's house!

Isn't it so pretty up close?

So what are you waiting for? Take a few minutes to make a personalized card at Cardstore!  It's so easy and it takes the hassle out of mailing out cards yourself since you can choose the option to have Cardstore do that for you once you provide them with addresses.  And you can personalize your picture, message, and signature however you please...you have all the control and unlimited options! 


Ready to make your holiday cards? 

Well Cardstore is offering 50% off Holiday cards from through 12/1.  

And on Cyber Monday 12/2 they are offering .99 cent flat cards! 

If you want to have your cards arrive by Christmas Eve this year, make sure you place your order by December 16th! 








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Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Okay to Be Angry Young & Poor

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Punk fashion is always hip. It shows a counter-culture awareness and a lack of shame with oneself, which makes it great. Best of all, it's almost impossible to do wrong. The following are some of the staples of punk fashion, and they integrate cleanly into almost any pre-existing wardrobe. If someone tells you you're doing it wrong, that's not very punk rock, is it?

Patches are first up. Patches are great to show off your favorite bands, slogans, quotes, images and more. A patched-up jacket can communicate as much or as little of your identity as you want cleanly and in a hurry, making it a great little conversation starter.

Studded belts are a go-to. You can check out the coolest studded belts at AngryYoungandPoor.com for an idea of what they look like in the 21st century. Cheaper manufacturing and greater resources for do-it-yourselfing have made more stylish belts much easier to get.

Boots are always a good option. However, it's important to pick what kind carefully. A lot of people just think heavy boots mean punk, but what you really want is something practical for any situation. The best way to communicate self-reliance is through utility.

Punk fashion changes day-to-day and doesn't have any cleanly defined standard. It's nothing you can do wrong. That would defeat the point of punk! The internet makes for a great resource for looking at what others are doing and getting the tools you need to do what you want to do with your punk wardrobe.







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Embracing Your Military Background

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Do you come from a military family? Perhaps your grandfather served in one of the World Wars, or maybe your father served after that. Maybe you did a stint in the armed forces yourself, serving your country and making sure that everyone else can be free. If so, your military heritage is probably very special to you, and you do not want to let that go just because you are no longer in the military. 

A great way to hold onto it is to incorporate little aspects of it into your everyday life. For example, you could go to a store like Landing Zone and get military-style leather jackets. These are stylish, warm and durable, so they are great for civilian life, but they also have the military cut and fit that you have grown accustomed to. Everyone who sees you wearing it is going to know right away that the military has formed an important part of your life, and they will probably guess that you are a veteran. 

As you can see, you do not have to make a career our of being in the Army, Navy, or Air Force for it to be a part of your life. You can do whatever you desire - starting your own business or going back to school, for example - and still keep the military as part of the way that you dress and the way that you live. You can help to pass this heritage and respect on to your children.





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3 Tips to Care for Your Watercraft

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If you get a new boat lift, you need to make sure that you install it correctly so that it is fully functional and useful for your watercraft. Of course, the first step toward doing this is making sure that you get one that is large enough for your boat, that is rated for the right amount of weight. After you get it in place, though, these tips will help you install it. 

1. Put it close to the dock. 
You still want the lift to be close to your dock so that it is easy to get out to it. This also gives you a solid platform to stand on when you are manually raising or lowering the boat. 

2. Assume that it will settle. 
The lift is going to settle down into the soft bottom of the lake or river over time. Do not put it out so deep that it will be underwater, even when raised, after it settles. Always ere on the side of being in shallower water than you think is necessary. 

3. Use cushions on the posts. 
Just like you would on dock posts, you should use cushions or bumpers on the posts for the lift. This is most helpful when driving the boat back up unto it, as it can keep you from scratching the craft if you strike the lift. 

If you would like to learn more about lifts in general or to read more tips, please visit this site right now.





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How iStyle with Technology: Week 3 & an iPhone5 Case *Giveaway* Ends 12/6

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Welcome to Week 3 of the iStyle series. I've teamed up with Clique Shops to bring you a series called How iStyle with Technology. Clique strongly believes that their Fashion Cases can transform an iPhone info a fashion accessory simply by coordinating your case with your outfit. They have partnered with outfit designers around the world to give inspiring outfit ideas to their customers. Their cases are for iPhone 4 & 5 as well as the iPad and iPad mini. They also just started offering cases for Samsung S4, S3, and S4 Mini. Since I have an iPhone I'll be focusing on those.

Styling is all about mixing and matching, and when you style an accessory, you want to base the rest of your outfit off of it. So for these posts, I've started with the cell phone case, then based my outfit selections off of that.

So here are this weeks iStyle Looks! The theme of these looks is to use the case to compliment an outfit, even if the colors don't match.




The look above ALMOST matches, but the gold on the case, is actually different from the beige on the Sweater, which is from TJ Maxx. The sweater color and the phone case are more neutral, so I decided to play up the striped pattern of the sweater, with a polka dot pattern on my Target Skinn Jeans! I call this look Free Spirit and I used the Freedom iPhone5 case.



The second look is called Deep Girl, and I styled it with the Deep Pink iPhone5 Case. I decided to add some heart print pattern into this entire look with a blouse from Romwe and then used the flower theme of a green stem to choose the Old Navy green skinny jeans.

Do you want to win one of these 2? Here's the Giveaway!

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Outfit of the Day: Fall Colors and a Scarf

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If there's one thing I love about this cold weather it's the ability to wear a scarf and feel cozy. Oh, okay if there's two things than the second would be the colors. Just like this outfit, I love wearing two fall colors...like a royal purple cardigan with a yellow/gold skinny jeans. And a scarf just adds to the already cozy look.




Yellow Pants Outfit

Purple Cardigan Outfit

So What I Wore:
Necklace- That's Mine Boutique, Boots - JustFab, Cardigan- Old Navy, Skinny Jeans - Old Navy, Scarf - Gorjana Griffin Which I won from NYC Recessionista!




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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Deals from my Sponsors!

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Okay, it's time to get your lists ready.... Make sure you have everything planned out for what you want to do this year for Black Friday shopping and don't forget Cyber Monday!
Here's some deals I've rounded up from my sponsors for you! 



Summersox is offering buy 3 get 1 free on Shoe Liners which are great for layering in the winter, and they are AMAZING for flats!

The Trendy Boutique has 20% off on Black Friday with the code BLACKFRIDAY20 and 20% off on Cyber Monday with the code CYBERMONDAY20.



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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

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Keep this post because this is my official breakdown of deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday this year!



50 to 60% off retail
4 different  discount packages, a new one each day starting with Black Friday all the way through to CyberMonday
FREE shipping on every order
Quantities are limited, sale ends 12/2



Their pricing on bundles starts NOW at Dexas.com and you can get 50-60% off retail prices.... The Popware for Pets Bundle pictured above is $24.99!



LORAC Cosmetics
The beauty mavens have spoken! PRO Palette shade Pewter was voted by fans as their most loved eyeshadow. To celebrate, LORAC has created an exclusive Sephora.com and JC Penny set. The chic, cult-favorite hue retails for $10 (a $39 value) and includes a complimentary 3-in-1 Waterproof EyeLiner in Ultra Black. This is a great way to replenish your PRO Pewter shadow without splurging on LORAC's PRO Palette – so don't miss out! The offer is ONLY available on Black Friday (while supplies lasts). In addition, HauteLook, Nordstrom Rack and Ulta.com will offer The Stylist Paletteon Black Friday (in Platinum and Gold). This will retail for $15.

Modify Watches - Everything on their website is 30% off beginning Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. And every 10th order is given away for free.

Clique Accessories



That's right!!!! From Black Friday through Cyber Monday all cell phone skins at Clique are just $5.99 with promo code ASKAWAY! These are great stocking stuffers and gifts for in cards that you give to people!!! Why not get all your girlfriends a skin for their phone?!

11/29-12/2 Midnight


Dr. brandt Ceyeber Monday 40% online sale for Eye Creams
Also, if you spend over $150 you receive a full size BB or CC Cream!
12/2


Bath & Body Works is offering an exclusive limited edition VIP tote bag with a purchase of $40. It will include 7 of the brand's best-selling products!
11/29/13





Love Cars and Car related apparel?   
Check out the 50% off stuff at Eeffect Apparel!!
11/28-11/29 at midnight










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Clique iPhone Skin Giveaway-A-Day #CountdowntoBlackFriday Day 1

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So Ask Away has teamed up with Clique to countdown the days to Black Friday with a Skin Giveaway everyday! Today is Day 1! 6 days down, 1 more to go. 






 The deal we are counting down to is that you can get any skin from Clique for just $5.99 with the code ASKAWAY from 12:01 am on Black Friday  until 12:01 AM on Monday! 


Each day a 24 hour giveaway will be held and the winner gets the skin of their choice! 

So here's today's giveaway entry form!    Good luck!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Before You RSVP for a Christmas Party...

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Before you RSVP yes to all those Holiday Parties this year make sure you have a dress to wear!!   That's where Dress First comes in handy.  You can find a wide variety of classy cocktail dresses, chic evening dresses, and even wedding dresses!   

You should never break the bank for a dress that will only be worn once or twice a year so the number one rule is to always look for an affordable dress that will actually be an investment in your wardrobe. 

Vibrant colors are one thing to look for as well as appropriate length so that you can stay warm when entering and leaving your party.   

Also make sure you have all the right accessories like a chic clutch and a cute shrug or cardigan so you can stay warm. 

If you get invited to a lot of holiday parties every year it's probably a good idea to choose two evening dresses so you don't have to wear the same thing to each party.   That's what I always try to stick to when it comes to the rules of Holiday apparel! 








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Introducing the 2014 Mazda CX-9

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Meet the beautiful, classy, and versatile 2014 Mazda CX-9. When this shiny blue SUV showed up I was already impressed.






On the outside the CX-9 has 20-inch Aluminum Alloy wheels, a power open/close lift gate, and heated power mirrors. Modern and sleek, the front end grins with Xenon headlights, fog lights, and LED daytime running lights.



With the size of an SUV, it's still got a more compact look, almost as if the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is crouching down to stay out of the way!





Inside the 2014 Mazda CX-9 there's 7 passenger seating, that's right..7! Plenty of space for a road trip with friends, a family vacation, or just everyday use for a big family that likes to stay on the go. Storage wise, the 3rd row seats fold down and so do the 2nd row. Plenty of space left for hauling a Christmas tree, furniture, moving boxes, and luggage! There's also a Climate Control Command Center for the passengers in the 2nd row, and both rows fold down easy. The second row even slides forward with such ease, no more frustrating grunts as you break nails trying to get the seats to slide so you can let the kids in!




Getting into more specifics, the 2014 Mazda CX-9 has some other great details inside that offer space, convenience, and comfort. There's power front and rear windows of course as well as power lumbar with 3 position memory so you can drive in comvfort and luxury. Also, the front seats are heated which is fantastic in the winter. The mirror is auto-dimming and there's a 3 zone climate control in the 2014 Mazda CX-9.





This SUV is great when it comes to technology.... with a USB audio input, bluetooth capabilities, 6 speakers to enjoy your favorite music, and a 5.8" color display. There's also a rear camera so you don't have to crane your neck when parking and of course there is keyless entry and a start up system that just needs a knob turned. Keep your keys in your purse ladies!







So what's under the hood? Plenty of power and a 3.2 Liter V6 DOHC 24-valve Engine. For handling, there is independent front Macpherson struts with rear multi-link suspension. Can I also tell you how cool the 6 speed sport feature is! And the active torque AWD split AWD! That's right, you don't have to worry about bad weather because you will grip the road and endure the conditions.






And of course...the safety features. Well, let's see where to start... how about ABS with Brake Assist and blind spot monitoring system so you have an extra set of eyes to look out for you. There are 3-row side air curtains with roll-over protection which is essential for SUVs. There's also rear cross-traffic alerts and roll stability control as well as a Traction Control System. For added safety of course there are dual front and side impact air bags as well as side-impact door beams. The front and rear have crumple zones and this vehicle is equipped with an anti-theft engine immobilizer and an anti-theft alarm. The 2014 Mazda CX-9 comes with a 36 month/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as a 60 month/ 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.



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