what i want to wear for spring

It seems like it’s been a very long winter.  And even though we are officially in the midst of Spring, my wardrobe these days would prove otherwise.

And so, I dream.

I go into my closet and pull out the dresses and skirts that hold such fond memories of warmer days and sun kissed skin.

This dress and these pictures were taken last Spring, and my goal is that with the help of the sun and my Jergens Natural Glow experiment (which is definitely helping A LOT, it’s just the before/after isn’t showing up well in pictures), that I will be able to wear it again with confidence and include CURRENT pictures with the same dress in next months post.

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What about you guys?

What are you most excited to bust out wearing during Spring?

When you wear that perfect outfit, you look and feel radiant. With that in mind, Jergens Skincare has partnered with celebrated stylist Kate Young to create Pinterest boards of image inspiration.
 
Describe your style below for a chance to win $250 from Jergens to update your wardrobe!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

© 2013 “Le Musings of Moi”

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conscious box 3 month subscription giveaway!!!

Over on Her&I we are hosting a giveaway for a 3-month Conscious Box subscription – that’s a $59 value! (a one month subscription was offered in exchange for this giveaway)

AND they’re offering you guys a 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription.
Use code: LOVELIFE

Here’s why you NEED this giveaway, and why both Sarah and I have been desiring this subscription for oh SO long:

“Discover the best products on the planet… every month! 

Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet! Focusing on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products, each month Conscious Box will introduce you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life and for every member of your family. Discover the best natural products, earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and buy your favorites at incredible discounts! (Gluten free and vegan options also available!)

  • Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month!
  • From organic food to vegan beauty products, you’re sure to find new favorites!
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  • Get content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
  • Easily earn points you can apply to full size products for unbeatable discounts!”

For the giveaway, first off, you HAVE to be a subscriber to Her&I YouTube….and then:

  • Head to ConsciousBox.com and create a profile! This is totally free!
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  • Leave a comment on Her&I YouTube (mandatory!) letting us know you subscribed, and what kind of videos you want to see more of from us in April! 
  • We will announce the winners on our channel April 10th!

Comments are closed on this post so make sure to enter on Her&I YouTube!!!

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bottle tanning made easy!

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While I’m a girl who likes to be tan, I have to admit, I’ve always been a little afraid of self tanners. I guess because I’m more a fan of having the natural golden tan than the fake oompa loompa orange one. And when I think of “self tanning” that’s the exact image that pops into my brain.

So, given that I struggle with such a fear of turning my skin orange, I’ve just never ventured into the world of bottled tanning. (I am the ONE person who will screw it up!)  And yet, I am starting to see some pretty incredible golden glows going on around me in my circle of friends, and each of them promises me that times have changed and self tanners are so totally IN.
(They say this to me as they sweetly glance at my own glowing {white} skin. And I mean, blinding white.)

You guys, I am so pale that I can’t even swallow my pride enough to show you my true before picture. (although I will be showing you my progress next month as I test out the Jergens Natural Glow moisturizers…)

They promise it’s mistake free and that even a beginner like me can get it right. They even promise no orange and no nasty fake tan scent!

So over the next few months (gotta get bathing suit ready!) I’ll be sure to let you know how it’s going and possibly even feel secure enough to show off my new “from the bottle” golden glowing skin!

NEW Jergens® Natural Glow Moisturizer provides the same great, natural-looking color but without the sunless tanner odor!

So, now it’s your turn! Share your embarrassing tanning story for your chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

© 2013 “Le Musings of Moi”

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makeup forever free makeup school tour!!!

So next week Candace and I are heading out to take FULL advantage of this amazing tour Makeup Forever has set up.  And I think it’s something NONE of you should miss out on!!!
I mean, have you TRIED their products????
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May.
Jah.

{stay tuned for YouTube coverage for sure!}

Read below for all the information you could possibly need!!
And hopefully we’ll see you there!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER LAUNCHES MOBILE MAKE UP SCHOOL TO TEACH CONSUMERS HOW TO USE THE PRODUCTS THEY ALREADY OWN

Leading Professional Make Up Brand Brings Make Up Bag Remix Tour to Nine Cities Across the U.S. & Canada from February to April 2013

MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Paris based professional make up brand coveted by top industry artists, announces the launch of its first-ever mobile tour designed to bring education to consumers in an engaging way, teaching them how to actually do their own make up, not just have it applied. 

As part of the Make Up Bag Remix concept, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s team of professional artists will take a look inside consumers’ make up bags and teach them how to properly use what they already own, regardless of the brand, as well as overhaul products that are the wrong shade or texture. MAKE UP FOR EVER is bringing the same techniques used by wardrobe stylists in the closet to style consumers’ make up bags at their innovative mobile Make Up School. The idea is to make your make up bag work harder for you.

The mobile tour will travel to the following cities in early 2013: 
Los Angeles, CA: February 1st – 3rd 
San Francisco, CA: February 9th – 10th
Las Vegas, NV: February 16th – 17th
Dallas, TX: February 23rd – 24th
Miami, FL: March 2nd – 3rd
New York, NY: March 9th – 10th
Boston, MA: March 23rd – 24th Chicago, IL: April 6th – 7th
Toronto, ON: April 13th – 14th

Consumers are invited to book appointments for 30 minute one-on-one make up bag evaluations inside the Make Up School, where a professional artist will go through their bag, provide an interactive, hands-on lesson explaining how to apply their products, and show them how to supplement what they already own to create their most flattering look. 

Each client will walk away with a new make up bag, a custom face chart detailing how to use the products they brought, and a list of any additional products recommended by the artist to round out their look. A professional photographer will also be on-site to capture each client’s “after” look, which will be uploaded to an album on the MAKE UP FOR EVER USA Facebook page.

For those on-the-go with limited time, MAKE UP FOR EVER will have make up stations dedicated to quick lip and complexion touch ups featuring Pro Finish, the brand’s innovative new multi-use compact foundation launching in 2013.

Consumers can book appointments to secure a Make Up Bag Remix session beginning January 23rd by visiting www.facebook.com/MAKEUPFOREVERUSA

Sessions are available from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 7:00pm on Sunday.

About MAKE UP FOR EVER:
In 1984, Paris native Dany Sanz responded to the wishes of the fashion and entertainment industries by creating MAKE UP FOR EVER. MAKE UP FOR EVER brought to life products, textures, and colors previously only dreamed of. Dany Sanz, an artist and sculptor, succeeded in putting together an extensive palette, allowing make up artists to unleash their imagination and bring the fashion and theater world to new heights. Keeping in mind the fast-paced nature of backstage, the products are easy to use and long lasting, two benefits that are a necessity not only to make up artists but to women everywhere. From the most delicate look to the most powerful statement, welcome to the world of MAKE UP FOR EVER.

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM
Takes Adventure To New Lengths With Magical Moments
From Disney’s Newest Fairytales and a Timeless Classic
COMING TO THE SAN DIEGO, JANUARY 23-27, 2013

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WHAT: Join a celebration of royal proportions when Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella star in the all-new ice skating production of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Relive memorable moments from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella as a cast of world-class skaters brings the romance, humor and adventure of the films to life in this contemporary skating spectacular. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.
Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to San Diego!
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23 – Sunday, January 27, 2013
o Wednesday, January 23 – 7:00pm
o Thursday, January 24 7:00pm
o Friday, January 25 – 7:00pm
o Saturday, January 26 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
o Sunday, January 27 – 11:00am, 3:00pm*& 7:00pm *Spanish Language Performance
WHERE: Valley View Casino Center (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena)
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego CA 92110
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $17, $24, $40 (VIP) and $60 (Front Row)*
Opening Night discount tickets available for only $10 each (not valid for premium seating)
All seats are reserved and available at the venue Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com or
charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
Download press materials and hi-res images at www.FeldEntertainment.com/DareToDream/
To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
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(this is a sponsored post, tickets were provided in exchange and I kind of can’t wait!!!)

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the get in shape resolution: dailey method

Let me just confess that I am most definitely jumping on the bandwagon of getting in shape for 2013.  Me and the rest of the world, right?

Only, I’m a little different because this is my first official year where I’ve made it an actual resolution.  And of course it would come at a time when I’m now officially in my mid 30’s and my metabolism is slowing down.

Suddenly mac n cheese, pb&j’s and pizza just are doing it for me anymore if I want to ever wear a bathing suit again.

Sigh.

Some things really aren’t fair.

Another thing making me a little different is that I didn’t actually wait until January 1st to start my goals.  In fact, I actually started on Dec 1 when I turned 34.

Somehow over the last year, I fell far far away from my fitness and health ways.
I tried to jump start things by getting licensed to teach Zumba, but then my injuries (arthritis/plantar fasciitis) prevented me from going too far with it.
So, instead I moped around saddened at the news, and then sat on my booty and ordered pizza for comfort.

And then that booty grew.
It grew and it grew and it grew….
{i’ll love you forever, i’ll like you for always….}
But, I figured it was ok because it’s just the trendy Kardashian way.

Only, it’s not my way….and I knew it.

So, when I had the chance to take on a 30 day challenge with The Dailey Method here in my area, I totally jumped on it.
I was so excited to be pushed to work out again, and finally get back into the fitness groove.

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And it so totally worked….

You know, I mean after I finally recovered from that first workout where I felt as though I may never be able to walk or laugh again without pain…

And when they recommended at least 3 times a week, I committed to 4 or 5.
I was determined!
{I dream of having the owner’s body one day.  Talk about motivation.}
I may have been the one with the reddest cheeks and definitely the least flexible, but I showed up every single time I could.
And every time I went, it was awesome.

I think I may have even mastered the C curve.
And that’s kind of a big deal.

Now that my month is done, I still have a ways to go to complete my health and fitness goals, but I owe The Dailey Method for getting me off my butt and giving me the motivation I knew I needed.

I most definitely will not give up now.
I did not shake to my core in those classes to walk away and plop down on the couch.
Oh no I didn’t.

And I highly suggest that if one of your resolutions is to get in shape but you just don’t know how…and you definitely need the push of some incredible instructors to get you there….then get on this offer now!

The New Year is the perfect time to approach life with a new attitude, and 
we have the best workout that can focus your mind, build a healthier, stronger
body and instill confidence and change – from the inside out!  Based on kinesiology and core alignment principles The Dailey Method will strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body to produce quick physical results and balance in the body.  All you have to do is find 60 minutes for yourself, three to four times per week, and our highly trained instructors will lead you through an amazing journey!

To help you jump start your New Year, we are offering the following two specials:

New Students: $100 for 6 weeks (an additional 2 weeks for FREE)

New and Existing Students: $140 for 10 pack (a $40 savings)
-available online or at the studio until January 21st
-packages must be completed within 6 months of the purchase date
-limit one per student
-cannot be extended or transferred

Can’t wait to share more about our goals and help each other get closer to healthier bodies and lives!

*huge thank you to Stephanie and Melissa for allowing me this fab opportunity!  best month ever!*

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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sheknows personalized gift guide

It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us already!  (Not that the stores haven’t been letting us know that for months now!!!  My word!)
I’ve already been super busy putting together a gift guide for you guys while also shopping for my near and dear, and I haven’t experienced Thanksgiving yet!
“And this is crazy…”
And since I know I’m not the only one crazy enough to have already begun shopping for the holiday season, I wanted to share the awesome new tool that SheKnows has launched that helps shoppers find gifts for friends and family! What makes it so amazeballs is that it connects to all your friends facebook interests and likes, and then personalizes a list for you! It’s so genius because it will definitely save you all time and worry, and allow you to simply relax and enjoy the holiday season.
So here’s how it works:

Get personalized gift suggestions for all your friends!

Take the guesswork out of gift shopping and let SheKnows Gift Picks help you!

  • 1:  Login with your Facebook account. (they have a link to click!)
  • 2:  Select friends you want to shop for.
  • 3:  Get personalized gift ideas based on their Facebook profiles.
  • 4:  Be voted Best Gift Giver at the holiday party.

So, for example, I want to get Chloe’s preschool teacher something and I want it to be more creative than the usual Starbucks gift card.  So, I picked her name from my friends list and based on her profile and likes, I got a list of fun ideas such as:

Funny Gifts for the Clean Freak
Stocking Stuffers for the Hair and Makeup Fanatic
10 gifts that Pamper the Important Women in your Life

And that was just a few!
There were so many options based on all the things she’s into, and it was great because it hit many price points and interests so I could pick and choose what worked best for me.

Like, I said, amazeballs.

You guys gotta go check it out and spread the word!
And make sure to let me know what you think!

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”

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cirque du soleil: dralion

Each time I get the chance to experience a Cirque performance, it feels like the first time and I never ever want it to end….It’s just so incredibly amazing.
I literally gasp out loud and forget to close my mouth, and actually at the last one we went to in L.A., the guests sitting in front of us not so politely instructed us to shush.
We were moved to new (and better) seats after the intermission.
Whoops.
So, if you’re looking for something to do with out of town guests this week, or are just like me and desperately need a night out away from laundry and kids, you should absolutely check out the latest Cirque du Soleil to hit the town, Dralion.
More info below….
 
cirque du soleil to PRESENT DRALION
in SAn DIEGO
sIX performances only from November 15–18

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San Diego, CA – Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that Dralion will be performing in San Diego from Novermber 15-18, 2012 at Valley View Casino Center for seven performances only.
Advance discounted tickets for Dralion will be available online exclusively to Cirque Club members until August 9. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.
Tickets for the general public will be available starting August 10 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.
In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.
Show Schedule (November 15-18, 2012):
  • Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Ticket Information:
  • Adults: From $35 to $85
  • Children (12 & under): From $28 to $69
  • Military, Seniors & Students: From $31.50 to $72
A limited number of Front Row and Premium tickets are also available for all performances.
{I was provided tickets to see this incredible show in exchange for a post to help spread the word…}
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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brands & bloggers: my advice

When I created my blog, I never ever knew there was a business behind it.  I simply desired to write and share what was my life and loves, in hopes to connect with other women and moms out there.
Crazily, within weeks I was being sent pitch after pitch offering me products and opportunities, if only I’d share about them with my readers.
At first, I got caught up in the “What?!? Free awesome stuff???  Yes please!!!”  And I started reviewing water filters, shampoos, and other random items for FREE.  And suddenly I had so much “stuff” and so many reviews to write, that the lure of it all became less appealing.
Thankfully with time, I have learned so much about this blogging world and how it really all works behind the scenes.
(okay, well kind of.)
(actually, I only know what Mama Kat teaches me when we get together.)

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And while I may not be the expert of all things blogging, I do know as a writer and as an “influencer,” how I want to work with brands.  And especially how I want brands to work with me.
So if I had a chance to give brands advice on how to work with bloggers, here’s what I would offer:
(Just one moment, while I grab my soap box…)
#1: Know who you are working with.  My name?  It’s Summer.  Not blogger.  Not Blog.  Not even Le Musings.  It’s Summer.  And I get super happy when I hear people use my actual name, so know you can get much further with me by doing that.
#2: Know my brand.  I am a lifestyle blog.  Sometimes I blog about fashion.  Sometimes beauty.  Sometimes parenting, and sometimes about my personal life.  For example, I do NOT blog about loving to cook and especially not on how to grow male body parts in 15 minutes…  If I’m going to take on a project with a brand, it’s because I LOVE what it is or what it’s about, and I can’t wait to share it with my readers who I know will likely feel the same way.
#3:  Know my readers, because they are like my best friends.  Without them, I wouldn’t have anyone to share your products with.  Plus, they’re kind of amazing and totally worth getting to know.
#4:  Value my time and realize that blogging is more than a hobby.  I am passionate about what I do, so much so, that I take time and effort to make it the best it can be.  And that includes whatever I do when working with you.  Promise.
#5:  Stick around.  Relationships only getting better with time, and if things go well in the beginning, a beautiful bond has potential to grow.  There are many brands I have such a love and loyalty to because of how well we’ve worked together AS well as I love their products.
If you’re a brand looking to work with online influencers, learn more about BlogFrog’s Brand Solutions here.
As a part of the BlogFrog Influencer Circle, I have the chance to create meaningful, authentic content for brands I love.  If you’re a blogger interested in new opportunities, join BlogFrog’s Influencer Circle and check out some of the top brands already working with BlogFrog.
Now, I’m curious. What do you love most about blogs and blogging?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogFrog.
The opinions and text are all mine.
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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old hollywood glam look: out and about

A trend I’m slightly in love with this fall is the Old Hollywood
Glamour look. I love it in fashion, in home decor, hair and of
course makeup styles. (remember the Mary Kay tutorial I did
recently?)

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This is when I wore a version of that look (before I went dark) one
night out with my man. It’s such an easy look to pull together by
just using neutral shades on the eyes and pairing that with a bold
red lip. It’s totally chic & sophisticated, yet still muy caliente.
(since I teach Zumba now, I get to throw out Spanish words here
and there)
Also? I’ve been kind of pinning like a mad women other versions
of this style in all areas on my Pinterest page.
Like I said. Slightly obsessed.
What about you guys? What fall trends are you pinning away?
If you want to see more makeover looks check out the Mary Kay®
Hollywood Dreams Makeover Contest.
When was the last time you checked out Mary Kay?
Visit marykay.com/whatsnew to find your new look for Fall.
To get a look like mine, and purchase the products I used, contact
your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant or connect with
one at marykay.com.
Ten of my lucky readers will receive a Mary Kay® NouriShine
Plus™ Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red(ARV $14) and a Mary Kay®
Lash Love® Mascara, I ♥ black (ARV $15) gift set from Mary
Kay just for telling me your beauty must-have’s this fall! Reply
below to let me know!

 

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