Dove / The Sleeveless Summer Challenge

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of  Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

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Summer is here and as you may know, I’m taking some much needed time off at the coast to unwind and soak up some sun.  I’ll be sharing more from my trip soon, but I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on a review coming soon to Lost & Fawned.

When I return home I will get the chance to try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant and share my experience with you.  I will also be sharing a stick with my friend, who is a soon-to-be bride, as we all know if there is any day you want to be dry and odor free it’s your wedding day.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provide smoother and softer skin in just 3 days, which is super important in a summer of sleeveless styles.

In the mean time, you can enter to win a trip to New York City Fashion Week and a VIP styling session with A-list Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh from Dove by ditching your sleeves this summer.  To enter and read the official rules head over here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay tuned for more about this review in the coming weeks!

Projecteo / Mini Instagram Projector

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It’s wedding and shower season!  If you have a creative couple on your list that has it all, you’ll be on the hunt for something they haven’t seen before.  Projecteo could be it.  The team let me try it for myself this month and I’m smitten.

Projecteo is a mini projector that uses teeny tiny 35mm slide wheels that each hold 9 Instagram photos.  Check out their FAQ for specific information.  The projector itself is adorable.  It’s tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand or display it on a shelf full of trinkets.

Shower or wedding to attend?  Need something special for your person on your anniversary?  Give them a gift code so they can capture their favorite photos from a vacation, their favorite wedding photos or a collection of photos that tells their love story.  They can add reels to their collection as the years go by.
Projecteo - Mini Photo Projector
Want to try it yourself?  Get $5 off when your purchase Projecteo with the discount code FRIEND0D3O.  Treat yourself!  be sure to stop back and let me know what you think!

Summer Wedding Shower Favors / with MY M&M’S

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Teal and Yellow Wedding Shower Favors on Lost & Fawned

A few weeks ago I shared some of my plans for my sister-in-law’s wedding shower next month.  The invitations went out yesterday and everything is coming together beautifully!  Some of the specifics have changed a little, but the overall palette has remained the same.  We are using a base of yellow and teal and adding navy, green and white.  The flowers will be whatever is in season and available at the local farmer’s market that week.  

Teal & Yellow Wedding Shower on Lost & Fawned

The most exciting package so far has been the favors!  Our custom candy from MY M&M’S arrived super fast and were packed on ice (just in case they had to sit on the porch for awhile).  We ordered two 4-pound bags in teal and yellow with a custom monogram featuring the happy couple’s initials.  I will admit I sampled them, and they are classic and nostalgic, everything you would expect from M&M’S.  I couldn’t be more pleased. 

I have lots of extra, so I will be putting them in vintage bowls on all the tables for guests to snack on while they play a couple of shower games.  I love the color and texture they add to the “tablescape”. 

M&M Wedding Shower Favors for a Summer Wedding

I ordered some really simple cello bags for super cheap and designed a 2″ round sticker (it was all really inexpensive.  For 50 bags and stickers I probably spent $15).  Putting them together was fast and easy and they make great custom favor for our shower guests to take home.

MY M&M’S offers a number of favor packaging options as well, including cello bags, lace favor bags and adorable round tins.  You could easily add a sticker or ribbon with a tag to dress them up and make them your own. 

I’m getting so excited for the shower now.  I have some more really fun details to share later including decorations and food.  I even tackled the nearly-impossible task of finding non-lame shower games.  A huge thank you to MY M&M’S for letting me try out their custom favor services.  It’s been so much fun.  If you have any questions about ordering or design tips, please post a comment and I’d be happy to lend a hand. 

Review / Whish Shave Cream & Hair Inhibiting Gel

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review.”

Which Shave Collection in Lavender

A couple of weeks ago, I made the transition in my closet from boots and sweaters to skirts and sundresses.  Spring is finally in full swing (it seemed to take forever to get here this year) and between gardening, historic walking tours and trips to the outdoor market, my skin is loving the fresh air and sunshine.

Bare legs also means I need to ramp up my shaving routine though.  Like many, I have sensitive skin.  When you are dragging a set of blades across a wide expanse of skin it’s especially important to pay attention to your products.  When at all possible I try to stay away from harsh chemicals and irritating dyes.  This is why I was super excited to try Whish products this week.  I have come across them at Nordstrom and they have always intrigued me.

Hair Inhibiting Gel from Whish

I have grown accustomed to a condition I call “Day 1 Skin”.  When I use regular soap or conventional shaving creams I have razor bumps and itchy skin the first day.  My legs are hair free, but my skin is irritated for a good 24 hours.

This week I used Whish Shave Cream and Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel, both in Lavender.  Whish has some awesome tips to get the best results out of your shaving routine.  I was so pleased.  When I was done shaving and moisturized with the Hair Inhibiting Gel I didn’t have “Day 1 Skin” at all.  There were no bumps, my skin was smooth, comfortable AND hair free.  It’s now 4 days later and I’m only starting to get some regrowth.  Needless to say, I’m pleased.

Which Shave Cream on Lost and Fawned

If you want to treat your legs and give Whish a try, visit your local Nordstrom store or Nordstrom.com.  I would categorize Whish products as an affordable luxury.  Instead of picking up bath bombs or getting a spa this month, why not pick up some products from the Whish line?

For more information visit and follow Whish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  A huge thanks to Whish for letting me give their products a try!  Happy sundress season!

Spring 2014 Book Duo

Spring 2014 Book Duo via Lost and FawnedLooking for something new to read?  So was I.  I was feeling overwhelmed by my choices so I consulted the experts and asked a local librarian.  I told her the titles of the last 3 books I loved and she gave me a short list of recommendations.  I’m a quarter of the way through my first pick and I’m so pleased.  The librarian nailed it.

Both of these harken back to classics.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950-60’s Iceland and Scotland.  Even though I know what should happen next, I’ve been plowing through it.  Next on my list is Longbourn, which tells the imagined tales of the servants working for the Bennet family.  Kind of a mash-up of Austin with Downton Abbey.

If neither of these peek your interest, visit your library branch and chat with a librarian.  I’d love to know what they recommend for you!  Hopefully soon the weather will be nice enough to take my new books to the park and read in the fresh, spring air.

 

Review & Giveaway // Dog City & Co.

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We love our dogs.  I’m not sure of a better feeling than coming home to the joy and unconditional love they give.  Logan and Finn make us laugh every day.  That’s why I’m ecstatic to share Dog City & Co. with you today.  Dog City & Co. makes adorable graphic dog inspired goods like pillows, t-shirts, printed wall art, mugs, tanks and more.  Not only are their products adorable, but they also help raise money for underfunded shelters by partnering them to create their own branded products.  Additionally, a portion of every sale is donated to shelters and rescues.

Dog City & Co. contacted me after seeing us blog about our two handsome boys and wanted me to try out and share a couple of their products with you.

When I saw this Rules of the House Pillow I knew it needed to be in our new armchair (which Finn has already declared is his when we watch movies in the living room).  It’s beautifully made and totally chronicles how we ended up at this point.  I selected the 10″ version since I already have a lot of 16″ pillows.

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House Rules Pillow by Dog City and Co.

While I was taking these photos, this was happening on the sofa behind me…

Our dogs rule the house

The dogs rule our house.  Clearly this pillow is made for us.

We also got to try out one of their signature word totes.  Since both of our boys are mutts, I went for the all encompassing Dog Tote instead of one of the adorable breed specific totes.  This tote is huge!  Logan (reluctantly sitting in for a size comparison) is a big boy and this tote carries everything they need for a weekend at the babysitters and more.  I used it all weekend while running errands to the used book sale, library and market.  Plus, it’s beautifully constructed.  It’s made of nice high quality canvas and strong cotton straps.

Dog CIty and Co Tote

Logan loves our Dog CIty and Co tote bag

Dog City and Co Bag

One of their coolest features is their Custom Options.  If you have a mutt or an unusual breed, you can send them a photo, describe your dogs personality, pick a color scheme and they will custom design a product just for you or your loved one!

Win a Dog City and Co. ToteThanks to Dog City & Co. you can win your own tote!  The winner will get to pick their favorite tote.  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, please click here to visit the post).

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The giveaway will end on Friday, October 18th.  Remember you can tweet the giveaway once per day for additional entries!  Good luck!

I was provided with sample product from Dog City & Co. to provide you with a thorough and honest review.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are truthful and my own.

Book Review // I Promise Not to Suffer

Review of I Promise Not to Suffer

2,663 miles. That is the length of the full Pacific Crest Trail. It stretches all the way from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Every year, hundreds of people start the trek in spring in hopes that they will make it to Canada before winter. Could you spend 6 months in the wilderness, hiking 20+ miles per day and living off of only what you could carry on your back? Would you do it if it was your significant other’s dream? Gail Storey did, and she survived to tell her tale in I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.

I’ll preface this by saying this isn’t my usual book genre of choice.  I’m usually more of a classics or historic fiction girl (with the occasional biography thrown in). But, we love to backpack and one of my siblings has been planning on hiking the PCT so I Promise Not to Suffer was immediately appealing to me. It’s the perfect length for a plane ride or road trip (about 200 pages of actual story and about 10 pages of reference and equipment lists at the end). Perfect if you are planning a 3 day weekend for Labor Day.

I Promise Not to Suffer is about backpacking. But I found it to be just as much about love, marriage, inner strength, growth, discovery and the power of nature.  Jared is not much of a reader himself, but I found myself updating him at the dinner table on their progress along the trail as if they were a close friend. I rooted for Gail when she questioned herself, and found myself wondering if I would be strong enough (physically and emotionally) to thru-hike the PCT myself.

I Promise Not to Suffer - A Review

By the end I wasn’t sure if I was ready to sell everything and head west to do the PCT or if the idea of it terrified me (maybe a little of both).  Whether you are an experienced hiker or someone who has never set foot outside of a city, you can probably relate to Gail at some point during the book.  She wasn’t always so keen on backpacking.  I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this book and share it with you.  I have a feeling this wont stay on my shelf long, I can think of a few people I would like to pass it to so they can enjoy it.

I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail Storey is available on Amazon and in most (if not all) e-reader formats (including Kindle and in the Ipad iBook store).

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Read / Watch / Listen

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Here come some new media recommendations.  Whether you prefer to read, watch or listen (or all three!), I have some new recommendations for you.

  • READ  //  The White Princess by Philipa Gregory  –  Philipa Gregory’s historic fiction novels have been my guilty pleasure books for awhile.  Recently I finished The White Queen and HAD to know what happened next.  Lucky for me, she already had a sequel on the way.  It just came out and it’s next in my stack.  I know I won’t be disappointed.
  • WATCH  //  Orange is the New Black on Netflix  –  We don’t have cable so I’ve been really happy to see Netflix turning out some original content (Yay Arrested Development!!).  Their newest series, Orange is the New Black has been a winner for us.  We loved Weeds, so we didn’t need much convincing to try this series.  We are only a few episodes in but we’re already hooked.  And since it’s on Netflix, you get a whole season at once to watch at your own pace!  It’s not for kids for sure, so make sure they are tucked into bed.
  • LISTEN  //  The Lumineers  –  The perfect album to wrap up my summer.  Their self titled album is a light blend of folk/rock/indie.  It’s one of my go-to albums for summer drives and for cleaning the house with the windows open.

Any recommendations for me?  Have you tried any of these?  Love?  Hate?

 

My Blissful Moment with Neuro BLISS

Neuro BLISS and Tell

It’s been a stressful year.  Probably the most stressful so far.  On top of dealing with a lot of personal struggles, I’ve been super busy.  If at all possible, I try to find at least 15 minutes a day (in the evening before bed, in the afternoon after work, or in the morning on weekends before the boys wake up) to do something just for me.  Maybe I spend the night in and put on a soothing skin mask, watch one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies (I’m looking at you The Devil Wears Prada) and give myself a pedicure.  Or just spend 15 minutes on the sofa with a dog and a good book or new magazine.

Instead of reaching for a comfort food, this week I gave something new a try.  neuro BLISS is a deliciously fruity beverage.  It’s a blend of citrus and tropical lychee and is lightly carbonated.  It also contains a smart blend of chamomile, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea which has been found to reduce stress, produce relaxation and enhance focus.  Neuro drinks contain no artificial colors or flavors and are a guilt-free 35 calories per bottle.

My Blissful Moment

Enjoying my Blissful Moment

Recently neuro did a study of a large chunk of consumers.  More than half revealed they spend at least half their daily lives feeling stressed out.  Additionally about 89% said a night out did NOT help relieve their stress.  Check out some of the other data collected in the infograph below…

NeuroBLISS Stress Study

Give neuro BLISS a try and take $1 off!  Print the coupon by using the widget below to print your coupon and visiting Target, Walgreens, 7-11, Safeway or using this store locator to find your nearest distributor of neuro drinks.

Then share your BLISSful moment on instagram or twitter and enter to win a $10,000 dream vacation!  For more details on how to enter and official rules visit neuro BLISS.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My #UndercoverColor with Hanes

Undercover Color with Hanes

Hanes is turning up the volume this season with vibrant new colors and patterns!  I adore color and love to mix unexpected pops of color into my outfits.  A great way to do that, is through Hanes bras, panties and tees!

Hanes is asking women, like you, what their #underovercolor is.  Add a pop of color to your outfit that only you (and perhaps another lucky person) know about.  Who says your undies have to match your outfit?  Why not sport purple polka dot panties under your work attire?  Or a neon blue bandini bra while you work out?  How about some pretty pink boy shorts under a date night look?

Pink is my Hanes Undercover Color

Pink

My Hanes panty #Undercovercolor is pink!  Flirty, feminine and fierce!  Find out what your undercover color is and share it with the #undercovercolor hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Undercover Color with Hanes - Purple

Hanes has been tried, true and trusted for years and you know you are going to get great quality and comfort, and now you can get it in brilliant new color!  There is a size and fit for every woman’s mood and occasion.  They come in super affordable packs that leave you feeling guilt free.  Their collection of patterns and colors is nearly endless!

Hanes Bandini Bras

I’m in love with the Bandini Bra.  I wear it as a bandeau with strappy sundresses or with the straps while working out or under a tee.  They give the right amount of support and shape but dont pinch or poke.  The foam padded Bandini smooths everything out without looking overly padded.  I want one of these in every color!  I love the neons.  I even let the straps show a little under a slouchy sweater while running errands.

Hanes Undercover Color - Pink

A girl can never have too many colorful and comfortable tees.  They are great to pair with jeans, to work out in or a flirty patterned skirt with a bold necklace.  The Live.Love.Color Tee from Hanes is perfect all year long.

So be bold with Hanes and share your #UndercoverColor with the world!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.