Fashion Maven... Mommy


Monday, December 5, 2016

I've been a makeup addict since i could remember.  In fact, when i got my first paycheck at 16, i headed straight to the MAC counter at my local mall and bought what would eventually become staples in my makeup repertoire (i'm looking at you Nylon shadow)! As the years progressed, i stocked my caboodle (i'm totally dating myself here... eeek) to the brim with makeup.  One thing that never made it to my caboodle however, was foundation.  This rang true for many many years!  I suppose i had pretty decent skin in my 20's and therefore never really felt the need for it.  Truth be told, foundation intimidated me!  I never really knew exactly how to find the right shade so omitting it from my makeup routine seemed like the best thing to do.  As i got older, i noticed some changes in my skin.  I developed a decent amount of redness and my skin tone became overall quite noticeably uneven.  So.... it was time!  

The process wasn't exactly fun and it took several tries before i found a shade and formula that seemed to work for me.  Fast forward to now, thanks to wonderful technology (and the beauty Gods of course), finding a great foundation or shade matching has become way easier than back in my 20's! Recently, i discovered a new way to shop for foundation that has made my shade matching situation  a million times easier!  MatchCo is a foundation that is customized to your exact skin tone using the corresponding app (download it here) to facilitate the process.  This hyper-intelligent technology takes five skin scans, analyzes your skin tone, and then blends a perfectly matched all-in-one foundation just for you!  Each bottle is personalized with your name and the date that it was created.

Once i completed my face scan using the app on my iphone, i placed my order.  The foundation arrived just a few short days later and was packaged beautifully.  There are many things i immediately loved.  First, this bottle is customized with your name on it... i mean, if that right there doesn't make you feel special i don't know what will! Second, it's a pump which i personally feel is the most sanitary method of releasing product!  Lastly, this oil-free foundation is incredibly lightweight and wears beautifully all day!  I was beyond impressed with the quality and effectiveness of this product!  Sure, great packaging is important, but pair that with an amazing formula and you have yourself the perfect product! 

This medium coverage foundation blends like a dream.  It works for all skin types.  Most importantly, it's formulated with anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients like peptides, Green tea extracts and Vitamin E.  It also has skin-conditioning and hydrating ingredients such as ceramides, Bisabolol (Chamomile flower) and Lilum candidum flower extract (White Lily flower).  It's paraben, sulfate and phthalates free, cruelty free (phew), non-comedogenic and dermatologist reviewed.  Overall, this is seriously one of the greatest technologies in makeup right now!  You must give this amazing foundation a try!  It's easy, fun and exciting to own a makeup product that is customized for you! Best part?  It won't break the bank so download the app and step to it girlfriend!  Oh and be sure to come back and tell me all about your experience!  I have no doubt you'll love it as much as i have!  Pssst... i have a special coupon code that will save you save 25% off your purchase!   Be sure to enter code FRIENDS&FAMILY at checkout!  Yay!!!

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

A Personal Gift

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In the spirit of holiday gift giving, i wanted to highlight some sweet little gifts for those that matter most in your life!  Onecklace is a site I've used before to purchase personalized jewelry for family and friends.  They're affordable and ship relatively quickly which is so important this time of year! 
The necklace featured in this photo is very dear to me.  You see, it carries the initials of my twin girls Mia and Olivia.  I wear it proudly and lovingly because every time i gather a glimpse of this beautiful piece, I'm reminded of just how blessed i am.  This necklace is 18" long with two 24K gold plated initials which of course can be customized to fit your needs.  It's a gorgeous, sturdy piece that will please that special person in your life!  

Another piece I'm absolutely smitten with is this 24K Gold Plated Heart ring! I felt that these two  pieces together were simply perfection!  After all, my daughters obviously have my heart!  I actually think this is a wonderful gift to share with your daughters or mother.  You can each wear matching rings in honor of each other! I love that idea so much!  This ring is such a delicate piece that is simple yet makes the perfect statement.  You can also stack this ring with a few others for an 'on trend' situation!  Give this little gift of love to the special ladies in your life and i promise it will not disappoint! 

When you order from Onecklace, your selected pieces will arrive adorned in a pretty little box ready to be gifted!  Simply place the box under the tree or in a stocking and watch the smiles unfold on Christmas day!  These pieces also make a wonderful Hanukkah gift.  I mean, i personally don't need an occasion to gift or receive jewelry because it's always a good time for pretty little treasures!  

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

Instagram Round Up Plus MAJOR DEALS!

Monday, November 28, 2016

I've been having so much fun playing dress up lately!  If you follow me on Instagram then you already know!  My favorite part has been stocking up on major deals happening right now!  This is probably one of the best weeks of the year to shop so I'm happy to say that i have officially checked everyone off of my Christmas list all from the comfort of my own home! I don't think i could brave the crowds at the stores... besides who could be bothered with all the insane online deals happening right now.  Thought I'd share  some of my current faves... oh and happy to report that most are on SALE right now! FYI Target is taking 15% off everything right now and if you use your Target Red Card you'll save an additional 5% off!  The sweater in the first picture is from Target and is so well priced already! Also check out my Cyber Week Deals post for more coupon codes! Shop my instagram below... xoxo, Carla - FMM

Cyber Week DEALS!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

There is no better time to shop for the holidays (and even sneak in a few good things for yourself girlfriend because why not!), so i've narrowed down all the best deals and coupon codes to help you out!  So get out your shopping list and SAVE!  I'm crossing everyone off my list this week so that i could just enjoy the holiday season without the stress of trying to find last minute gifts!  Hope this helps you do the same!  

Amazon  - Amazon Devices started at $29.99 and 30% off clothing, shoes and jewelry!
American Eagle // 40% off
DATE: 11/21 – 11/29
Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store 
CODE: celebrate
ASOS // 20% off Sitewide and In Store 
// 30% off Sitewide and In Store 
DATE: 11/24-11/29
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide
DATE: 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store) 
// 50% off Sitewide and In Store 
DATE: 11/27-1/28
BaubleBar // 30% off purchases 
DATE: 11/25 – 11/27 
// 25% off 1 item 
// 35% off 2 items or more 
DATE: 11/27-11/29 
BergdorfGoodman // 40% off Sitewide
BirchBox // Sales starting at 10% off
Bloomingdale’s // Extra 25% off a large selection of items Sitewide
DATE: 11/27-11/28
//  Take $25 off of every $200 you spend Sitewide + save up to 50% on select items
// Loyalists get triple points when you use your Bloomingdale’s Credit Card online
// Save 30% on select regular-price handbags, wallets, wristlets and more 
DATE: 11/18-11/23
// Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items 
DATE: 11/24-11/26
// Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off online
DATE: 11/27-11/28
Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns
Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide 
DATE: 11/25 – 11/28 
Coach // 30% Off select styles
DATE: 11/18 Early Access; 11/19-11/27 
// 50% off the Edie handbag
DATE: 11/24
// Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives
DATE: 11/28
Express // 50% off everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping 
DATE: 11/22-11/25 
// 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping 
DATE: 11/28 - 25% off orders over $50 plus free gift with purchase (perfum atomizer) use code, "BCTR6
Francesca’s // 30% off Sitewide
JCrew  - 40% off your purchase
DATE: 11/14-11/27
LOFT // 40% off Sitwide
Macy’s // 20% off Sitewide
ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+
DATE: 11/23-11/27 
// 30% off sitewide
DATE: 11/27-11/30
Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items
DATE: 11/24- 11/28
DATE: 11/28
·         25-34% off Beauty Tools
·         MAC Look-in-a-Box (Natural Flare) for $56.50 (value of $140.00)
·         Bobbi Brown Art Stick (Dusty Pink) + High Shimmer Lip Gloss (Spun Gold) for               $28.00 (value of $54.00)
·         Beauty Blender Set of 2 Beauty Blender Pro Sponges for $32.00 (value of $40.00)
·         DryBar I Heart Road-trips Set for $25.00 (value of $47.00)
·         Philosophy Purity Made Simple Duo (Home & Away Set) for $15.00 (value of $27.00)
·         GHD Nordstrom Exclusive Bundle – Platinum & Copper Luxe Set for $299.99 (value          of $388.00)
·         Neulash DUO – Cyber Monday DUO for $150.00 (value of $245.00)
·         Mario Badescu Home & Away Facial Spray Duo for $17.00 (value of $33.00)
Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off
Sephora: 11/25
·         Tarte Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set – $10 ($39 value)
·         Ole Henriksen Try Us, Love Us! On-the-Glow Essentials Gift Set – $15 ($29 value)
·         Make Up For Ever Arist Palette Vol 2 in Artistic – $25 ($136 value)
·         Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio Ornament – $10 ($24 value)
·         Sephora Collection The Delicate Eyeshadow Palette – $10
·         Nest Eau de Parfum Travel Spray Trio – $12 ($47 value)
·         Living Proof Style Lab Kit – $10 ($18 value)
·         Milk Makeup Headliner Makeup Set – $25
·         Philosophy Purity Made Simple 12 oz. – $15
·         Too Faced Better Than Sex Lash On & Melt Off Set – $10 ($22 value)
·         Sephora Collection Essential Rose Skin Trio – $10 ($18 value)
·         Origins Cult Faves – $18
·         Tocca Simply Chic Set – $10 ($23 value)
·         Alterna Haircare Caviar Volume Trio Kit – $10
·         Cover FX Radiant Skin Duo – $10 ($16 value – online only)
·         bareMinerals You’re Brilliant All Over Face Color & Brush Duo – $10 ($32 value)
·         Clinique Take It All Off Duo – $10
·         Buxom License to Chill 3 Piece Eye & Lip Collection – $10
·         First Aid Beauty FAB Holiday Trio – $20 ($32.50 value)
·         Devacurl Ultra Moisture Sampler Kit – $12 ($24 value)
·         Kack Black Clean Start – $15
·         Sephora Collection Perfect & Cleanse: Sponge Trio and Cleaner Set – $15 ($34 value)
·         Murad Bright Beginning Environmental Shield – $20
     Philosophy The Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel – $15
·         Josie Maran Infinite Argan Enlightenment Duo – $12 ($23 value – online only)
·         Urban Decay Makeup Lockdown Travel Duo – $19 (online only)
·         Tarte Pretty Little Lippies Set – $10 ($20 value – online only)
·         Clarisonic Radiance Renewing Duo – $15 (online only)
·         Murad Polish, Plump and Protect Collection – $20 ($36 value – online only)
·         Philosophy Amazing Grace & Pure Grace Mini Travel Set – $20 ($32 value – online           only)
·         Urban Decay After Dark Travel Pencil Kit – $19 (online only)
·         Clean Rollerball Layering Trio – $10 ($24 value – online only)

Shopbop// Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off
DATE: 11/22-11/28
SoleSociety // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories
DATE: 11/25-11/27
// 30% off Sitewide
DATE: 11/28
Steve Madden // 30% off + 30% off clearance
DATE: 11/26
// 35% off + 30% off clearance
DATE: 11/28
Target  offers more opportunities to save in the days leading up to Black Friday. Starting on Nov. 19, Target brings back its 10 Days of Deals promotion, with daily discounts on products in some of the store’s most popular categories. The specials are available in-store and online, with free shipping.  Here’s the deal schedule:

  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 30% off toys.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 10% off electronics and entertainment.
  • Monday, Nov. 21: 20% off kitchen purchases.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: 25% off beauty products.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Buy one, get one free frozen pizza.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: Shop Black Friday doorbuster deals on TVs, electronics and more.
  • Friday, Nov. 25: Doorbusters: 30% off apparel, accessories and shoes for the family.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Save $50 when you spend $100 in Target’s new curated holiday section, Wondershop.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Nov. 28: During Thanksgiving Week, Target will announce surprise deals featured on the last days of the promotion
TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items
DATE: 11/23-11/28
TrinaTurk // 30% Off Sitewide
DATE: 11/23-11/28
ULTA Beauty // 11-28
·         50% off Bare Minerals face & eye kits for $10
·         50% off Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
·         Urban Decay Primer Potion $8
·         Real Techniques Brush Set $12.50
·         Laura Geller NY Collection Set $18
·         Clarisonic 20% off
UrbanOutfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel

DATE: 11/23-11/25

Want to earn cash back on most purchases?  Sign up for Ebates today and watch your money accumulate!  Hope my list helped you check everyone off of your list!  Thank you so much for reading! xoxo, Carla - FMM

Nordstrom BLACK FRIDAY Deals start NOW!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nordstrom BLACK FRIDAY Deals start NOW!

I'm on high alert for all the upcoming deals and promise to keep you posted so that you could get your shopping on! Nordstrom just released some incredible deals so i picked out some of the items I'm currently obsessing over!  Oh and two of the coats i bought during the anniversary sale are currently on sale again!  I'll be sure to list them down below!  The Hunter boots are such a good deal and make a wonderful gift  for a special lady in your life!  Off the shoulder sweaters are all the rage this season and this one has the prettiest lace embellishment!  I'm loving the poncho scarf because it will keep you warm yet looking sharp!  The Tory Burch cross body is so well priced and camel tone is such a gorgeous neutral!  These pieces are wonderful additions to any wardrobe but also make great gifts!  One of the reasons i love to shop at Nordstrom is the free shipping/returns any time.  Their customer service is amazing and they never give me a hard time when i have to return or exchange something!  Take advantage of these amazing deals while they last!  Be sure to check back for more amazing finds!  

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


My Day With Tanger Outlets and People Style Watch Magazine!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Let's chat about the BEST DAY EVER shall we?  First, i have my sweet blogger friend Katie McBroom of Martinis and Mascara to thank for this amazing day!  Sadly Katie couldn't make the event but the kind people at Tanger and People Style Watch Magazine allowed me to bring a plus one.  I wound up bringing my sister because her birthday was the following day so i knew this would absolutely make her day even more special!  We drove into Manhattan for a light breakfast and meeting at the Times Inc. building.  This event was sponsored by Tanger Outlets and a variety of magazines (People Style Watch, InStyle, Real Simple, Southern Living and People).  We met with the fashion editors for each magazine and chatted about looks they wanted to see from the bloggers at the event.  We were then bussed into Tanger Outlets in Deer Park, NY for our day of shopping fun! Once we arrived, we were paired up with a magazine (i couldn't be happier to have been paired with Kami fashion editor for People Style Watch Magazine - one of my faves) for my shopping mission!  Kami gave us some key words of looks they were going for.  Ours were 'chic', 'budget friend' (mostly items under $100) and 'street style'.  We were given a Tanger gift card for $250 and a Saks Off 5th gift card in the amount of $100 to shop for some fun pieces to showcase keeping our key words in mind!

This is what i wore to the event...

I knew exactly what i wanted!  I had envisioned a red JCrew coat with a black and white stripe top and a plaid scarf!  When i walked into JCrew, the red coat was the first thing i spotted... it was seriously meant to be!  Funny enough, i showed up at this even wearing a current season JCrew yellow coat and left wearing a red one!  What can i say, I'm certainly not afraid of color!  Besides, a great pop of color is always so fun!  Lets just say that i spent my entire Tanger gift card at the JCrew Factory store!  That store has one of the best selections and everything was 50% off their already discounted prices!  Ahhhhh!!!!  So what did i purchase you ask???  The red coat of course, a black and white stripe top, a gorgeous plaid scarf, leopard print flats (hey, this Jersey girl's gotta represent)! The staff at JCrew were so sweet and let me use their fitting room to put on all of my new clothes!

My breakfast and gift bag!

My beautiful sister and I on our way to Tanger! Check out her awesome blog at Happy Girl's Guide To Life!

 Walking out of JCrew.. how gorgeous is that Christmas Tree?!!!

We headed to a few other stores.  I picked up a pair of caramel UGGS because i needed a new pair. Lastly we headed to Saks Off 5th for some more shopping adventures!  There were camera crews and photographers on hand documenting the day.  They shot some footage of me walking into the store and browsing the racks of clothing!  That was fun!  I needed a hat and gloves to complete my look so i picked up a grey hat with a pom pom on top along with faux fur lined fingerless gloves to match.  I still had money left over but we were all out of time.

On my way to Saks Off 5th!

Back at the Style Lounge

My final look!

My contest submission!  What do you think?!  Fingers crossed!

At this point, my sister took some pictures of me in my new outfit.  We then headed over to the media lounge that was set up for us.  Each blogger submitted a photo wearing their purchases using an indicated hashtag to enter for a chance to win a $2,500 gift card to Tanger.  This would be SO AMAZING to win because I've had to rebuild my entire wardrobe after losing 70lbs so fingers crossed!  We then headed back to the Times Inc. building and said our goodbyes.  We had an amazing day!  I'm so thankful for this amazing opportunity!  Thank you Tanger, Style Watch Magazine and Katie for such a wonderful day!  I will never ever forget it!

Looking for some incredible deals?  Look no further than Tanger Outlets!  Seriously, i was shocked at some of the prices of designer clothing and shoes that i spotted!  I am planning another day with more time to do some serious holiday damage! #ad #sponsored


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

Sea Bottle Natural Hand Wash in Coastal Lavender

Friday, November 18, 2016

NEW!!! Sea Bottle's Coastal Lavender Natural Hand Wash allows you to soothe and moisturize your hands with an enticing formulation of organic aloe, pure argan oil, and refreshing botanicals, while you luxuriate in the elements of calming lavender essential oils.  Housed in a unisex, frosted, 100% degradable glass bottle, the product's sleek appearance on the outside is just as divine as the ingredients inside.

The Company, started in 2016, by Co-Founders Jaeson Plon and Bradd Kern, provides premium, natural products - free of harsh chemicals like sulfates, phthalates, and parabens.  Packaged in sustainable, recyclable materials, Sea Bottle continues to support the environment by donating a portion of every sale directly to non-profit groups committed to protecting marine life through education and research.

Personal note... there is nothing more soothing to me than the smell of pure lavender!  A few breaths in and I'm instantly taken away to a much calmer more grounded place.  When i first tried this amazing soap, i immediately fell in love with this deliciously relaxing scent!  I love it so much that i find myself washing my hands way more often than necessary because... well, i just can't get enough of this amazing lavender goodness!  I love that it's gentle and non drying! Soaps can be quite harsh on skin, particularly this time of year.  This one will leave your hands feeling clean and never dehydrated!  Follow with your favorite hand cream and you're all set!  You can purchase yours here 

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM  (Press Sample - all opinions my own.)