Fashion Maven... Mommy


Friday, March 17, 2017

I don't know what it is about black and white stripes but i find myself reaching for them more and more!  So when i spotted this top with the darling sheer bell sleeves i simply could not leave it behind!  Bell sleeves are a major Spring trend and i love that these are sweet yet not overwhelming as some can be.  They add just the right touch of whimsy and fun.  I love the versatility too... after all, you can dress it up with a pair of dressy slacks or a skirt or dress it down as i have here with a favorite pair of jeans!  In this case, i opted for a distressed pair because i felt that it balanced the outfit and made it more casual yet still dressy enough for a date night when combined with the right accessories.

I purchased this coat last year during Nordstrom's Anniversary sale and i love the color and style! I feel that it adds the perfect punch of color and contrast against the black and white stripes.  Besides, how chic does it look when you simply drape it on your shoulders?!  I'm not sure if you can truly tell how gorgeous this necklace is but it has a metal collar that slips on behind your neck leaving the necklace strand to drape down the front.... obsessed! The sunnies were also a great purchase because i'm loving mirrored lenses and the rose gold totally sold me.  Besides, it doesn't hurt that they only cost $12!  Oh and i also picked up these and these!  Lastly, i've had this Chanel bag for years but rarely pull it out of its dust bag... not sure why but i really need to wear it more often don't you think? Check out these great discounted options!

Hope you enjoyed another ootd post!  Can't wait to bring you more!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla


IT's All About Your Favorites! March TSV

Thursday, March 16, 2017

To celebrate you and all that you do, IT Cosmetics has put together some of your most-loved, best-selling products including one in a limited-edition super size, and one in a gorgeous new shade! While Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ is your only step for your skin but better, Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to deliver your most flawless application. You'll also discover you lip-transforming Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment in a new Rose color, plus Superhero Mascara for super volume, super length and super elastic stretch!

This gorgeous set is valued at $185 but you can pre-order it today for $59.94 as a pre-sale for the one day only event happening on Saturday, March 18th on QVC as a TSV.  Be sure to take advantage if you love these products as much as i do.  The CC cream in itself is an amazing value!  It will seriously last you  for quite some time!  I'm a HUGE fan of the Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment so i LOVE that it's now tinted!  Yes!!!!  I can see myself tossing this in my beach bag because it will keep my lips moisturized while adding a flush of color!  Love this so much!  The brush is insanely good as are ALL IT brushes!  And of course, the Superhero mascara will have your lashes looking on point! You can purchase the set here!  #ITsAllAboutYourFavorites

Thank you so much for reading IT Girls!  Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own.

It's a 10!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I was first introduced to It's a 10 a couple of years ago when i was in LA shooting the It Cosmetics Commercial!  I visited Nigel's (essentially a beauty lover's dream) and picked up the It's a 10 cult favorite leave in conditioner spray!  I loved it so much that it became a staple in my haircare routine!  However, I'd never really tried any other products from the collection because truth be told, i didn't realize there was more to the collection than just the conditioning spray!  Well, i recently had a chance to try a few more products and let me just tell you, run... don't walk to your nearest It's a 10 retailer because WOW!

For those of you who've followed my blog, you know i have thick, frizzy, wavy/curly color treated hair.  In fact, my hair can be quite a diva when it comes to products that work.  I immediately know if a product is effective by the way it feels when applied.  Personally, i look for products that are hydrating and smoothing.  I dislike the feeling of product overload in my hair!  I much prefer  feeling soft, manageable locks when i run my fingers through my hair. Needless to say, when these products arrived at my doorstep, i quickly put them to the test!

The It's a 10 Miracle Dry Oil Spray is uhhhmazing!  A few quick spritzes on my dry hair leaves my hair looking and feeling soft, shiny and healthy.  I love that while it's a dry oil, it does not weigh down my hair at all!  I  begin by spraying in from the middle to the tips of my hair avoiding the root area.  Honestly, this is definitely a product i will replenish because it makes quite a difference in the overall look and texture of the hair!

The It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Potion Plus Keratin leaves hair sleek and smooth while protecting it from heat and styling.  It works on all hair types by preserving straight styles while separating curls and safeguarding against heat styling, and resisting humidity.  I use this product on my wet hair and it instantly smooths it making it easier to blow dry and style.

The It's a 10 Silk Express Miracle Soothing Balm is a great product to use if you want to straighten your hair with a flat iron.  I don't like to do this often because of heat damage but when i do, this is the product to help me achieve the perfect blowout.  I simply work one or two pumps and distribute through my hair.  I notice my hair blow dries a bit faster too which is a nice bonus!  Lastly, i seal the product in with a flat iron and the results are smooth, silky and shiny hair that lasts several days!

I'm so glad I've had a chance to try a few more products from this brand!  So far i will say that i have yet to meet one that i don't love!  I just ordered a shampoo and conditioner from It's a 10 so let's see if they hold up as well as their styling products!  If they're as good then I'm in for a real treat!  I will certainly keep you posted! You can shop these products here!

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

Jane Iredale Spring Collection

Monday, March 13, 2017

Made with clean, pure minerals and skin-loving botanicals, Jane Iredale is launching two new PurePressed Eye Shadow Triples (Pink Quartz and Soft Kiss) to create an all-day sunrise on your eyes; two new Pure Moist Lipsticks in Susan and Lisa to quench lips with gorgeous, go-anywhere shades; a new In Touch Cream Blush in Candid to create a radiant, lit-from-within hue; and a Peaches & Cream Bronzer to tie it all together with a sunny glow.

I've been a Jane Iredale fan for a few years now!  I find her products to be of impeccable quality, pigmented, gentle on my skin and truly timeless.  This collection is absolute perfection for creating a soft glow.  The shadows are gorgeous and the pigment is amazing.  One swipe is all you need for perfection!  The lippies are so comfortable and i truly feel the shades compliment most skin tones. Come Spring and Summer, i love to reach for cream cheek products.  The Cream Blush in this collection is such a beautiful, natural shade that gives you a gorgeous flush of color without overpowering your natural beauty.  The Bronzer is so fun to play with!  You can swirl it all to create a beautiful sun-kissed look or wear each shade individually.  It's a wonderful multi-tasking product as you can easily wear it as a highlighter or shadow in addition to wearing it on your cheeks!

From elegant to edgy, these silky, richly-pigmented, long-lasting and easily blended eye shadows can create any look.
·         Crease-resistant and long-lasting
·         Gentle and safe for sensitive eyes
·         Can be used wet or dry and as a brow filler, blush or lip stain
·         Key Ingredients: Boron Nitride helps shadow adhere and glide while diffusing light, Pine Bark Extract protects skin and calms inflammation
New Shades:
·         Soft Kiss—a matte, warm mauve, shimmery port wine and shimmery smoky brown
·         Pink Quartz—a matte light pink, shimmery soft pink and shimmery, cool plum

Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and fruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.
·         Proven soothing properties of Moringa Butter saturate the lips with vitamins A and C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection
·         Orange Peel Wax, plus ultra-moisturizing Avocado and
·         Sunflower Seed Oils, protect the delicate lip area and give a luxurious, conditioned and quenched feeling to the lips
·         The organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Extracts are unique luscious flavors that stimulate the senses
New Shades:
·         Lisa—a creamy rose beige
·         Susan—a soft cool pink

Swatch above (bottom swatch)

Glide on this moist, cream-to-powder blush stick for soft, dewy and completely natural looking radiance.
·         Wear alone, under powder blush for a natural look or over top for more drama
·         Can also be used on eyes and lips
·         Easy to use stick for touch-ups on the go
·         Provides a radiant, lit-from-within glow
·         Key Ingredients: Macadamia Esters hydrate and soothe, Beeswax gives antimicrobial protection
New Shade:
·         Candid—a warm, rosy neutral

 Top swatch is a mix of all the shades swirled together

For a sunny glow, this bronzer contains four hues that can be mixed and matched for an all-over sun-kissed look.
·         Sweep across eyes, lips and cheeks for contouring, highlighting or all-over radiance
·         Apply dry or mix with moisturizer or hair gel for dramatic effect on the body and hair
·         Pair with our sleek refillable compact, sold separately for $18
·         Key Ingredients: Mica for glide, Pink Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract for antioxidant protection
New Shade:
·         Peaches & Cream—four luxurious, warm peachy and pink hues with shimmer

You can purchase these products here!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

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

Hello Rose!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Pixi has been on fire with their new launches!  While i have yet to get my hands on some of their new products, (Target run asap) i did fall in love with this sweet little trio!  I've been all about glowy skin lately.  Pixi's Glow Booster in Pink Pearl is simply perfection!  You can use it to prime your skin or simply for a sheer flush of sheen.  The Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold is insanely GORGEOUS! The highlight will have you glowing for miles and the rosy pink tone adds the sweetest flush of color to your cheeks conveniently packaged in one 'travel friendly' compact.  Lastly, i love the formula of the LipLift Max in Sheer Rose.  It wears comfortably and has a minty flavor which i personally enjoy.

 From left to right... glow booster, lippie, blush duo

This sweet little kit provides you will all you need for glowy flushed skin.  So perfect for Spring don't you think?  You can purchase it here or here!

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


Ruffle Detail

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ruffles have been all the rage lately in fashion!  We've seen this feminine look translated in so many different ways and personally,  I'm all over this trend!  The wonderful thing about ruffles is that you can choose to go bold or simply stated depending on your personality. I'm currently loving this emerald green sweater because of the gorgeous cold shoulder ruffles that translate beautifully into a soft, feminine look.  This style would probably look insanely gorgeous in just about any color really, but i feel like this shade of green offers a great punch of color, while keeping this silhouette's integrity. Oh and it's $14!!!!  You're welcome!!!

I like to pair this sweater with a great pair of jeans!  I mean, jeans are the best neutral to any top.... you can dress them up, dress them down, etc.  Another trend i've been spotting lately is the round metal handle on a variety of handbag styles!  Many options i'm finding are quite pricey so when i spotted this way more affordable version (i also got this one because i'm obsessed with crossbody bags) i knew it had to be mine!  Lastly, i'm a Jersey girl and Jersey girls gotta represent am i right? Naturally, i threw on a pair of leopard kitten heels for another element of fun to complete this look! These are so comfy and instantly add a certain little flair to your look.  Kind. of. obsessed!

You can shop this look below!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Spa Pampering Skincare at Home!

I was introduced to Golden Door Spa products a few months ago and so far I've loved their luxurious feel!  While I have yet to visit the spa in California (bucket list), I'm loving the fact that i can bring some of this amazing spa's goodness to my doorstep.  I've recently added a few products to my skincare regimen to test out for a month and am excited to share them with you!  I'm quite picky with my skincare and typically, i can tell within a week or so if a product is going to work long term for me.  With the products I'm going to introduce to you in this post, I'd say that it was more of a 'love at first try' situation.

First steps first... I'm always excited to try new cleansers because this is one of the most important steps in skincare.  You can't do anything if you don't properly cleanse your skin!  I know we all fall victim of the 'I'm just too tired to take my makeup off'' excuse but honestly, you are doing yourself and your skin a major disservice by skipping this crucial step!  Golden Doors Hydrating Cleansing Milk is so gentle on my skin!  It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean not stripped which is so important!  Lastly, it is truly that... hydrating!  I love that when i cleanse my skin with this product, my skin feels incredibly soft.  It truly is gentle, efficient and one that will continue to be a part of my skincare regimen for sure!

Interesting enough, i love toning my skin!  I think other than a cleanser, toner was one of my first skincare purchases because i love the way they make my skin feel balanced and prepped for the rest of my products! While i currently have a toner i'm obsessed with, i think i've found a close competitor!  Wow, the Golden Door Hydrating Toner is amazing!  A few spritzes will give you a beautiful glow while balancing your skin's ph levels.  I also love to set my makeup with this product. I find that it gently set everything nicely which is very important to my sensitive skin.

The Golden Door Daily Renewal Treatment is another product i've decided i'm making a permanent fixture to my skincare regimen.  Let's face it, i'm no spring chicken here so caring for my skin with quality ingredients is my number one priority!  Rich in all-natural Alpha Hydroxy, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Tartaric Acids, this cutting-edge serum smooths and soothes my sensitive skin (though note this product is good for all skin types).  Dead surface skin cells and pollutants are gently removed reducing the appearance of fine lines (hullo... thank you Golden Door!), discoloration and pore size resulting in radiant, clear complexion!  Basically, yes, yes and YES!

If you're looking for quality skincare, look no further than Golden Door Spa products.  Your skin will love them!  You can purchase these and more here.  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

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