Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Nadine West 3rd Shipment

Hello, lovelies. Today we will be checking out my 3rd shipment from Nadine West. I've been looking forward to this since last month. I love fashion and clothes, but I generally don't buy clothes for myself except for band shirts or something (which I am obsessed with.)

It is so much fun to be able to get a personalized wardrobe sent to me every month. (Actually, I changed it to every 2 weeks, because I love it so much.) I am getting real women's clothing. Tops that are not t-shirts, and pants that are not just cheap athletic leggings. This makes me feel so stylish and mature.

So, lets see all the awesome goodies I got this time. Like I said last time, I think this shipment is even better than the previous one. They just keep getting better.

These clothes are totally my style. There are a couple that are not something I would choose, but I still love them. But others are exactly me, as if I picked them myself. Like this shirt. I love it!

And these stretch jeggings. They are so good. And they will go great with everything.

So that brings us to this adorable striped shirt. I love the cut. The little "tie" in the front just makes it look much more stylish. Being chubby, I wish I could pull it off a little better, but that is not the shirt's fault. I love the sleeves, they help to hide my flabby arms.

I also got a smaller, more fitted shirt and a sheer short sleeved cardigan style shirt. These are the two that I would never think to pick for myself, but they are super cute, and probably the most "girly" of this shipment.

Those will both go great with the light blue-gray capris that I got. They have stretch, too. Casual, but sleek. I like them.

And I got a 3rd pair of bottoms this time (I got a dress n the past 2 shipments.) ANd the other pair of bottoms is so completely me. They are stretchy like leggings, but they have real pockets and cute zippers. They give me such an emo vibe (which I love.)

They look so good with my favorite shirt from this shipment.

And last, but not least, the jewelry. That black corded bracelet works so well with this outfit, too. And I really like the long necklace. It's all so pretty and works so well with the outfits.

And of course, seeing the flat lays is great, but it's hard to tell how clothes will look on a real, live, lumpy, person. So here is how my favorite outfit looks on me. I am still not happy with my body yet, but I love this outfit and it fits perfectly.

If you have not tried Nadine West yet, you really should. There is no styling fee or membership fee. You only pay for whatever fabulous items you keep. And the pieces are so affordable. The most expensive ones in my box were $26.99. The black jeggings are only $19.99. Some of the jewelry is priced even lower than that. It really is such a great value.

I am already consumed with anticipation for my next shipment. I am loving this. If you decide to try Nadine West, I would love to check out some of your looks, feel free to tag me. Ciao for now, lovelies.

*Although I received this shipment at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back To School With TVStore Online

It's that time of year again. Back To School. It's always bittersweet, and it always seems to usher in the "end of year rush", in which we get slammed with a million activities and holidays. But right now, I am trying to ignore all that and just focus on all the Back To School madness.

One of the most important parts of Back To School is new clothes. Supplies are important, too, of course, but those are mostly just following a list, the same as every other student in the school. The clothes are how my kids can really express themselves.

For my daughter, it is more difficult, because she has to wear uniforms. Thankfully, shoes and hoodies can be mostly whatever she wants. So we are sure to do something special for those. Like this adorable Soft Kitty Hoodie from TVStore Online.

It is so cute! It has ears, and a tail, and even detachable "paw" mittens. This style only comes in adult sizes, so it's a little big on her. But that's okay. She can grow into it and use it for longer. She loves cats and everything cat themed, so she is over the moon.

And of course, I couldn't leave my son out. He doesn't have to wear uniforms. He is much less of a "diva" when it comes to style. He doesn't care much at all. I often choose for him. I chose this super cool "Married With Children" Al Bundy Polk High Jersey.

I love "old school" pop culture. You rarely see "Married With Children" merchandise, so I flipped when I saw this. My son likes it and next school year, when he gets new clothes, I'm gonna steal this, because I love it.

TVStore Online has so many other amazing Pop Culture designs, too. It is like the holy grail for a nerd like me. We will definitely be getting more items from them soon. If you have not checked them out, be sure to do so.

And, because they are so epic, they have been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive any (in-stock) hoodie or T-shirt of their choice from TVStore Online. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

*Although I received these at no cost, to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6 Tips For Your New Home Search

Are you searching for a new home? If so, I have six tips for your new home search! I used these during my home search and they definitely helped me out significantly. Let’s jump right in. Here are the tips that you will want to know before buying a home:

Know Your Price Range

First and foremost, know your price range. If you do not know your price range, then you should not be house hunting and you cannot purchase a home, so it really is just wasting everyone’s time. That’s why before you start house hunting, you absolutely need to get pre-approved so that you can learn your budget and price range. When you decide that it is time to house hunt after becoming pre-approved, let your real estate agent know your price range and make sure to only look at homes under that price range. You definitely do not want to fall in love with something you cannot have! In addition, please make sure that you know what you can truly afford. If you get approved for $550,000, that does not mean that you should buy a home at the top of your budget. Maybe search for homes within the $400-450,000 range instead so that you have enough money for home improvements and fixes as they come up. You definitely do not want to end up becoming “house broke.”

Pay Attention To The Things You Cannot Easily Change

Things such as paint colors, countertop styles, and current decor in the home definitely show off the house in a great or bad way, but try to look past all of it and instead, focus on the things that you cannot easily change such as the layout of the home, or the location. You obviously cannot change where the house is located, so make sure it is convenient to your daily activities. Also, consider the community of the neighborhood that you are looking in. Are you looking for an active community? If so, make sure the neighborhood has it for you because that is something that you cannot change (most likely).

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Consider The Size

When it comes to the size of the home, consider your lifestyle and needs right now, but do not forget to think about your future needs, as well. Are you planning to have children of your own? Are you about to become empty nesters? Is it just you and your dog or cat? All of these things come into play and you want to make sure you are buying a home that will not only suit your needs and wants now, but in the future, as well.

Is It A Good Investment?

One thing that you need to consider is if your home will be a good investment, or not. You need to make sure you are looking for a home that will grow in value over time. Research the history of home values and businesses in the area - are the values rising and increasing? If so, those are great signs! Is your potential new neighborhood up and coming? Is there a college nearby? Was it popular back in the day, but now it is worn? These are all things that you should consider when purchasing a home.

Ask Questions

The time you have viewing a home (and before you close on a home) is the perfect time to ask all of the questions - and yes, I mean all of them. Asking a ton of questions while touring a home is a great way to make sure it really is your ideal home and the best fit for yourself and your family. Questions such as: how old is the roof? When were the appliances last updated? What is included in the sale (appliances, light fixtures, etc.), have there ever been any leaks? What about pest infestations? There are many questions that you can ask - and you should.

Find A Great Agent That Knows The Area

Last but not least, if you are a buyer or a home seller, you need to make sure you find a great agent that knows the area well. He or she will help steer you in the right direction when it comes to buying a home. Erin King Jax Historic Realty is your go-to real estate agent in the Jacksonville, Florida area. He specializes in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods and enjoys sharing his deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes with his clients. This Best of Zillow Realtor knows how to accurately price homes (especially in historic districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill and San Marco), pays close attention to detail, and responds quickly to clients. Erin has also put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.

“Erin, who was featured as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Jacksonville Real Producers Magazine, lives in a 1924 Avondale home that he restored with his partner, David. When he isn’t enjoying recreational sports, Erin can be seen strolling the streets of Avondale with his dog, Saedi, often chatting with past clients and neighbors seeking advice about their historic home renovations.”

When you have a great agent that knows the area, such as Erin E. King with Jax Historic Realty, you are able to take all of their knowledge and use it to your advantage when purchasing a home.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Nadine West - 2nd Shipment

My 2nd Nadine West Shipment has arrived! I was so excited to dive in and see the items I was matched up with this time. I think I like this one better than the first one. I got a dress, two pairs of pants and several shirts, plus jewelry, of course. Check it out.

These are all great, right? I love how well the olive pants go with the olive floral shirt. And the fabrics even "fit" too. Super cute.

And I didn't even show you my favorite item yet. These awesome jeggings. I mean, they are more like jeans with stretch and no zipper than jeggings, but I could not think of a better description. They fit so well. Super comfortable, but they totally look like real jeans. And, of course, they go with everything!

And last but not least, the jewelry. I got a bracelet and a necklace again this time. (I opted out of too many earrings, because on of my holes is closed.) And again, they are trendy and fun without being too gaudy or cheap looking.

So, obviously, this stiff is cute in flat lays, but what about on? Especially on a woman who is not thin. Well, I'm no prize, but I think they look pretty flattering. Here is on of the looks.

So, I am positively thrilled with my 2nd shipment, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for me next time. If you have not tried Nadine West yet, you really should. There is no styling fees and you only pay for the items you keep. Plus, they are very affordable at about $10-$30 per item.

*Although I received my shipment at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Florida Business Profile: Who is Irvin, Inc.?

Living in Florida, I absolutely love supporting local Florida businesses and I figured that a great way to do so would be highlighting specific businesses around the area. To start off this new segment, I want to introduce you to a company that has made a name for itself servicing the largest and most respected powerhouses in outdoor advertising. Let’s talk all about Irvin, Inc. today!

Who is Irvin, Inc.? Well, Irvin, Inc. (Irvin) has been a trusted leader in billboard supplies for more than two decades. Irvin was founded more than two decades ago and like I mentioned above, they made a name for themselves by servicing the largest and most respected powerhouses in outdoor advertising. Irvin is family-owned and operated and dedicated to the mission of offering quality solutions at fair prices, grounded in integrity and commitment. While Irvin, Inc. continues to grow each day with Denise Irvin Cannon as the president, they always stand by their original mission and promise to work with integrity in all that they do.

Over the years, Irvin has worked extremely hard paving the way for growth that would position Irvin as a top supplier within the outdoor advertising industry. “More recently, Irvin was instrumental in the market introduction of the best-selling billboard light in the United States. This unprecedented success paved the way for more lighting endeavors, as quality manufacturers sought partnerships to continue their ventures in expanded markets. Then, in 2017, Irvin partnered with Lightking to offer the industry’s most revolutionary high resolution digital billboards and displays. These new products are 50% lighter, with LEDs that outperform leading competitors on all major benchmarks.” Now, Irvin, Inc. collaborated with outdoor companies, sign shops, independent electrical contractors, and other related enterprises to take their businesses to the next level. Here are a few services that Irvin, Inc. has to offer:

LED & Solar Lighting

One service that Irvin, Inc. offers is LED and solar lighting options for you and your business. Irvin’s LED and solar lighting is not only green and sustainable, but your investment will pay for itself quickly with the money you will save on lighting. You can feel good using Irvin’s lighting products knowing that your carbon footprint will be low, and you will have very high-quality products. Whether you need lighting for a billboard, sign, sporting event, parking lot, or whatever other lighting needs your business has, Irvin has something to help make your business better and brighter.


“Digitals” refers to the awesome digital billboards and signs that you see these days. Using Irvin for your digitals has so many benefits - they offer digital billboards and signs that are significantly (50%!) lighter in weight, have less wind-load, have sharper and brighter lighting, reduce heat and are more eco-friendly, are easy to install, and look like the best digitals out there. These digitals are part of a series that they call their “Air Series,” and are the best and newest technology of digitals out there! If you are in search of a company to help up your digital billboard game, Irvin is the one for you.

Billboard Supplies

Billboard supplies is a cornerstone of Irvin’s business. They say, “Irvin is a full-service outdoor advertising supply house, proudly servicing billboard companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. We also work with a number of on-premise signage companies and electrical contractors. Through strategic alliances with manufacturing partners, we offer quality solutions and products to meet and often exceed the expectations of our clients.”

Irvin, Inc. offers the lightest, brightest, and sharpest LED billboards and displays on the market, but the best thing about their business is the fact that they truly care about their clients. When you work with Irvin, you are not just a number or another customer. They extend their family-owned and operated mindset to you, as well by treating you like family and giving you many perks such as 24/7 technical support that is personalized when you need it the most. Irvin, Inc. has two decades worth of experience when it comes to partnering with respected manufacturers to provide the most reliable, advanced, and innovative solutions on the market and they are proud to be the preferred supplier and one-stop shop for LED lighting, solar lighting, digitals, billboard supplies, and more.

There you have it - all about Irvin, Inc. I hope you loved this segment and love the continued segments to come in this series about Florida Businesses. Do you have a business that you would like for me to showcase on my blog? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great day, everyone!