Fashion Maven... Mommy

The Perfect Scent!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What better way to kick off the new year than with a new fragrance! They say fragrance can transport you through time and memories which is why i love to start each year with a signature fragrance. I'm currently loving Coach New York Eau De Parfum so much that i thought i'd share it with you! This fragrance is sensual and feminine!  A few spritzes on my wrists and neck inspire a spontaneous energy of downtown NYC style! It's fun yet slightly edgy.  It opens with bright, sparkling raspberry, which gives way to creamy Turkish roses, before dying down to a sensual suede musk base note.  I find myself reaching for this beauty daily because it simply makes me feel beautiful!  This fragrance is so perfect for this time of year!  It lasts all day yet doesn't give me a headache like many stronger fragrances tend to do.  Phew!

Check out this gorgeous fragrance and more here!  You definitely need to try it!  What's your current go-to fragrance?

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*editorial sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style

Monday, January 16, 2017

I have a major thing for subscription boxes!  After all, it's like getting a present in the mail every month or in this case every season!  Needless to say, when style goddess Rachel Zoe launched the Box o Style, i simply could not resist!  Every season, i look forward to checking out all the amazing products and accessories that Rachel curates for me (ok for all that subscribe though i like to think she creates each and every item in this box for meeeee)!!!  The Winter box arrived at my doorstep on Christmas Eve (perfect timing don't you agree?)  Every item in the box comes individually wrapped in tissue paper which is fantastic because you have time to enjoy each little surprise rather than seeing it all at once.  The Winter box did not disappoint!  With each box, there is usually one hero item though i have to say, for me personally there were quite a few!  The Sunday Riley TIDAL Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is uhhhhhmazing!   I'm obsessed with the deep berry CLINIQUE lippie and the candle is so luxurious and smells incredible!  Oh, the winter hat came in three colors... white, black and burgundy.  The one i received in my box was burgundy and actually matches a scarf that my mom made me for Christmas beautifully!  The leather card case is so sleek and matches my Philip Lim Pashli bag impeccably. Lastly, the sparkly necklace (hero item) is a real show stopper!  It's truly a standout item! The overall value of the Winter box is about $450!  This is certainly a deal considering the box costs $100.  Pssst you can actually get $10 off of your first box so take advantage and purchase it here!  There are still some Winter boxes left.  Besides, aren't you the least bit curious to know what Rachel has in store for Spring?  I die.... or as Rachel might say... it's gonna be BANANAS!   Purchase your box here!

Note: The book shown in my photos is not included in the box.  This box was purchased by me.

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla -FMM

New Year, New Confidence In Your Skin!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This exclusive four-piece collection features two of your IT Girl™ skincare must-haves, plus two new game-changing innovations that deliver life-changing, skin-transforming results! While new Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream™ is your solution for a smoother, brighter-looking eye area, Confidence in a Cream™ intensely hydrates and is perfect for all skin types! Also included is your new Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+, which features all the benefits of your best-selling cream—infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen for all-day complexion perfection. Use your new Heavenly Skin™ Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for flawlessly even application and get compliments on your skin, not your makeup!

Personal Experience with these products - As a beauty blogger, i'm very fortunate to be able to try out lots of amazing products.  On that note, it's also quite difficult to ever finish a product completely because i am only one person.  Having said that, i'm on my second Confidence in a Cream and when i tell you is scooped up every last ounce of product off of the first container!  It's that good!  My skin responded so well to this moisturizer!  In fact, i have combination skin and during the Winter months, i have a tendence to get a few dry patches.  Well, i'm happy to say that i have yet to have any dry patches since using Confidence in a Cream (or as i like to call it MAGIC in a cream)!  Another product i've been using religiously for the past two months is Bye Bye Under Eye Cream.  This cream is so gentle on the delicate skin under my eyes yet is such a powerhouse product!  Combined with Confidence in a Cream, these two products are miracle workers!  Now let's chat about the new Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50!  My first impression.... WOW!  I don't know why but i was expecting a cushion foundation of sorts but it's SO MUCH BETTER than that!  It's an anti-aging solid serum foundation infused with pure color pigments and SPF 50 broad-spectrum sun protection. The application process is mess-free and seamless.  One of the factors that i was majorly impressed with is how light-weight it felt on my skin yet covered beautifully!  I could see myself reaching for this quite often because of the ease of application and effectiveness!  Like all IT Cosmetics brushes, the Heavenly Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush blurs the product flawlessly into the skin leaving you with an airbrushed, smooth look.  

This beautiful four-piece set will be available today only on QVC for a very special price!  Don't miss out on this great deal!  Your skin will thank you for it! Thank you so much for reading! 

Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.

Chicksticks by Flirt Cosmetics

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chicksticks... the latest launch from Flirt Cosmetics was love at first swipe for me personally!  These beauties deliver rich, intense color with a bit of a matte finish that feels nothing but uhhhmazing on my lips! The color payoff is on point but most importantly they're such a comfortable wear!  Fun fact... Chicksticks were created by Amber Rose so you know they're automatically fierce AF! In fact, Franky (extreme deep plum) and Pauly (cool, hot pink) were named after her pups!  Don't you just love that?!  While i love Pauly and Franky (both the shades and the puppies of course), i'm also obsessed with Double Tap (powerful cool pink) and Swipe Right (fierce, pink coral)! Oh and the packaging... the PACKAGING!  If you love your beauty products dressed in fun and flirty (pun intended) attire, these are soooo going to be your jam!  You really can't go wrong with these cuties! Toss them in your bag and let your lips do the talking and smooching! You can purchase these here!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product.

Snow Day Essentials!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Oh the weather outside is frightful!  No really... as i sit here writing this post, it's snowing up a storm outside.  I don't know about you but when it's cold and snowy, i love nothing more than to be in my pj's cozied up under a faux fur blanket with a hot cup of coffee by the fire watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls!  That is seriously my perfect day!  This weather has me thinking of my favorite 'snow day essentials'! First, you'll need some cozy pajamas!  I've rounded up my favorite (and most affordable) options for the perfect snow day!  Wanna take a little afternoon nap?  One can only dream of such luxuries... but hypothetically speaking, if my twins would only quiet down for a few i may actually be able to indulge in an afternoon zzzz session!  However, i can't sleep unless there is complete darkness!  the SLIP pure silk sleep mask is quite possibly one of the most comfortable sleep masks i currently own!  It comes in a variety of colors but i think black is perfect for mid-day naps, especially if you're wearing makeup!  Oh and be sure to take this along on your next flight... it comes in so handy for naps on the plane! Lastly, you'll need the perfect mug.  If you're anything like me, mugs must meet a certain criteria.  I mean, shape is super important and of course cuteness factor (hullo, very important)!  I've selected a few of my favorite options for your favorite hot beverage on a snow day!

So wherever you may be snowed in this winter, be sure to be armed with the right essentials to make your snow day as cozy as can be!

*slip mask - press sample... all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product!

Thank you so much for reading! Stay Warm! Xo, Carla - FMM

A New Year... A New Beginning!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Photo by Deanna Ryan

Wow what a year it's been!  As i reflect on all that 2016 has brought my way, i can't help but be incredible thankful for it all.  This past year has given me my life back... i have found myself once again and i can't begin to tell you what an amazing feeling that is.  My VSG surgery essentially changed my life!  I can't help but feel immense gratitude that life brought me to make a decision that could have such a tremendously positive impact on all aspects of my life.  It is such a liberating feeling to look in the mirror and see you!  For years i didn't recognize the person staring back at me.  I felt depressed and embarrassed.  Now, while i recognize that i am not super skinny or super this or super that, i am just happy being me again.  I'm excited to see what 2017 brings my way!  While i try to make a bunch of crazy New Year's resolutions, i do think it's important to reflect on the previous year and think about how you can improve upon anything you feel could use a little tweaking.  Or perhaps just setting aside some simple goals.  It's always nice to start the year with a clear focus of where you'd like to see it go. Truthfully, the universe is going to do its thing and you can't change that.  What you can change however is your perception and your attitude of the world around you.  I truly feel that you attract what you put out into the universe!  So start the year on the right foot... with a positive attitude.  This is a new chapter, and a new opportunity for a new journey.... enjoy the ride!

For this year, I've set out a few goals.... one major dream of mine is to be in a fashion magazine! I don't really care what form... just a picture or something of that nature.  Who knows!  Maybe this is my year!  You just never know right?  I'd love to grow my social media presence, incorporate a lot more fashion posts and perhaps collab with a brand.  OK not perhaps, that would be a DREAM COME TRUE!  I mean, sometimes you dream of something and think 'oh gosh that could never happen to me'.  But why not?!  From now on i will think 'when it happens' versus 'it will never happen' and let's see where my attitude and perception take me!  

I wish you all an amazing 2017!  I love each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my blog.  I'm asking for your patience as i take a couple of weeks off (maybe less) as i prepare some awesome posts for you!  I feel it's important to refresh my blog and keep the posts relevant versus just posting for the sake of posting.  I want my reading material to be interesting and fun!  I will continue to be very active on social media and in the meantime, be sure to enter my FMM Turns FIVE GIVEAWAY!  Xo, Carla - FMM



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Photo by Deanna Ryan

    Wow.... where have the past five years gone?  I still remember the day i sat down at my computer to write my first post.  It was a moment filled with excitement, hope and essentially a sense of relief.  I'd searched for a creative outlet for so long and it was truly an amazing feeling to finally find a means to share my love of all things beauty and fashion.  Over the years I've established a wonderfully devoted audience who've shown me so much love and support and for that, I'm eternally grateful!   Thank you to each and everyone of you who take the time to read my blog and comment here and on my social media channels!  You've walked with me on this uhhhmazing journey and i can't wait to see where it leads us in 2017!  I realize that I'm not always consisting in my posting simply because i work full time and i am a mommy of twins.  Some weeks i struggle to get a post out to you because I'm just overwhelmed with life.  Yet, there isn't a moment where i feel like I'm done here.  Writing about my passion is something i don't ever see myself letting go of.  So while i can't promise that I'll always be consistent in my posting (i strive for three times per week), i can promise that i will always be here in one way or another.  FMM fulfills me and i hope that you enjoy reading as much as i love sharing.  Having said that, i'm taking a little time off to jumpstart the blog for 2017.  I have a ton of content to prepare and haven't had much time to get it out to you so i'm taking a little time to get it all ready to post. I'll still be very active on social media so be sure you're following along!  In the meantime, enjoy this AMAZING GIVEAWAY!


To mark this momentous occasion, after all 5 is my lucky number... i wanted to give back to my devoted readers!  You all know that I'm an IT Girl first and foremost!  Some of my holy grail products are IT Cosmetics products so i wanted to share the IT love!  I teamed up with IT Cosmetics to give away some of my products!  The products pictured above are on constant rotation on my vanity and i thought you might enjoy them as much as i do!  OK so here are the deets!  ONE lucky FMM reader will receive the following:

Bye Bye Pores Primer
Bye Bye Under Eye (Eye Cream)
Bye Bye Pores
Bye Bye Lines Serum
Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment
City Chic Brush Set
Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette

This giveaway is valued at over $300! To enter you must be a US resident and you must enter using the Rafflecopter Widget.  The winner will be selected via the widget and all entries WILL BE VERIFIED!  Please be sure you are following the required entries or your entry will be disqualified. Winner will be announced and posted after January 12th via the Rafflecopter Widget.  Thank you so much for entering and GOOD LUCK!

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