Many of you know from following my blog recently, that I’ve been doing some major updates on my house. I just finished a kitchen remodel this last fall and am currently in the process of remodeling the powder room. I’ve also completely redesigned my bedroom and have actually just began applying the finishing touches on my living room (after purchasing some new couches and rugs). So I was thrilled when Christy Linens, a beautiful, stylish, and sophisticated English home decor company, reached out to me to review some of their fabulous products!
If you haven’t visited ChristyLinens.com yet, you absolutely should! You will find such a fabulous selection of home decor, such as bed linens: throw pillows, duvets, throws, sheets, and more. You can also find a lovely selection of towels, mats, and rugs for your bathroom too! You can even get luxurious bath robes and candles from Christy Linens as well!
I already knew what color scheme I had in mind when checking out the throw pillows for my living room, so I went right to the gorgeous ombre white and gray Sumatra Throw Pillow in Charcoal. Gray is all the rage for 2015, I’m seeing it everywhere. I have to admit, I’ve been following this trend too, by just putting in new gray luxury vinyl flooring in my main level. I also plan on doing a pretty gray accent wall in my office behind some white lucite open book shelves.
For my living room, I already had the white couches and a big gray rug for the center of the room. I’m still in the process of updating my old wood coffee table and getting some pretty art that would tie in navy blue, white and gray, so I knew I wanted to stick with color theme when choosing pretty accent throw pillows for my couch.
This lovely ombre throw pillow from Christy Linens was perfect! I knew that would be a great start to bringing in the colors I wanted to play with in my living room. The Sumatra throw pillow is a pretty rectangular pillow that looks gorgeous layered with your bed linens or as a pretty stand-out throw pillow for your couch, like I did.The material feels luxurious and the pretty eye-catching ombre effect of the pillow makes it a great accent pillow to direct the eyes, especially in a sea of white like with this big white couch.
To provide a pretty accent in the same color scheme, I also chose a super luxurious candle from Christy Linens. The candle is amazing! Not only does the color go fabulous with my living room decor, but the scent is to die for! Christy Linens has three lovely scents to choose from. I went with the Christy Candle No 3., which is a sensual and lovely blend of rose pepper, fresh citrus, and a note of bergamot, with base notes of vanilla and precious woods.
The candle brings such a lovely, rich scent to the whole room. You notice it as soon as you walk in. I love the rich precious wood and vanilla notes you pick up on right away, but the lovely citrus, bergamot, and rose scents, really transcend you to a beautiful patch of flowers nestled in the woods. It is the perfect fall/winter scent as it brings a sense of warmth when you breathe it in.
Christy uses only the best ingredients and high quality wax for their candles, so you can expect your candle to not only look fabulous as part of your decor, but to burn long and clean, truly giving you your moneys worth, every time you light it!
All Christy products are proudly designed and made in England, since 1850!
I’ve tried many hair straighteners over the years and while a lot will do a good job, there are only a few that stand out as truly exceptional. You know, the irons that not only give you the ultimate straight hair, but also leave your hair looking healthier and shinier than before you started!
I know, it’s rare to find these irons out there, but I recently got my hands on one of those amazing little flat irons and I’m so excited to share my experience with you as well as my how-to’s for getting super straight hair every time!
I had heard lots of good things about Karmin flat irons for quite some time now, so you can bet I was dying to get my hands on one and try it out for myself! I was thrilled when I got asked to review the super cute pink Karmin Salon Pro G3 professional styling iron.
This amazing iron has a temperature control for all types of hair, so you can find the temp that works best for you! I have pretty dry, course, super thick, long hair, so I went with a hotter setting (you can go all the way up to a super hot 460 degrees!), but you may choose to go with something a bit cooler if you have fine hair. The iron also heats up and is ready to use with seconds, and I love the super long tangle-free cord that comes on this iron, so I can move around my bathroom freely while styling my hair!
You may be surprised that flat irons can do a lot more than just straighten hair! You can also use them to add curls, waves, and/or volume! When you use an extremely innovative iron like the Karmin, you not only get the perfect style, but you will get some serious added shine to your hair too! I was beyond impressed with what this iron did to my hair as you will see below!
The Karmin uses ion field technology to seal in natural oils found in the hair. This is what makes your hair actually look healthier and shinier after use! The negative ions and infrared heat work together in this iron to remove static (you won’t get frizz with this handy tool, even in the dry cold winter!) and will also give you that silky shiny texture. The Karmin has advanced tourmaline ceramic plates and uses professional grade heating which is why it heats up within seconds! It also has automatic sleep mode and will shut off after 1 hour! This baby also comes with an impressed 3 year warranty!
As you can see, this iron couldn’t be more amazing! When I put it to the test, I found that my hair stayed frizz-free even when going out in the super freezing cold, and my hair looked and felt incredibly soft and healthy after using my Karmin flat iron! I always add shine spray to every look and found that this is the first styling tool I’ve EVER used used where I didn’t even need the shine spray! My hair looked just as shiny after using the Karmin, BEFORE I applied the shine spray! I can usually notice a big difference after adding shine spray to my hair, but not after using my Karmin! This flat iron left my hair amazingly shiny all on its own! Even my dry split ends look healthier! The shine spray added absolutely no more shine to my already super shiny hair!
Well, now that we’ve discussed the best tool to use for your hair EVER, let’s talk about how to get a super straight style!
I have naturally wavy hair (especially in the back) and if I don’t use a strong enough flat iron you can tell. My hair will go a little wavy in some spots, especially in the back, underneath part of my hair.
Here are the steps to get amazing super straight hair!
1. Make sure you add a heat safe product to your hair before blow-drying and styling with your Karmin flat iron. (Here I used straightening cream in each section, to get even straighter hair.) Then blow-dry your hair in sections with a brush. Some ladies prefer a round brush. My thick hair tends to get tangled so I stick with a regular flat boar bristle brush. Tip: Don’t use your fingers as this will add oil to your hair and will only shorten the life of your hairstyle.
Divide your hair into sections and blow dry each section. I start at the bottom and work my way up. Clip your hair up and out of the way and remove a little at a time and keep blow drying until dry, until you get all of your hair dried. Use your brush to pull down on your hair, straightening it as you blow dry. Pay close attention to areas where you naturally get super tight curl or wave.
2. Grab your Karmin and start straightening! Straighten in small sections again to make sure that you get every piece of hair straight. I start at the bottom the same way I do blowdrying. I straighten those bottom pieces and clip the rest of my hair up. Then slowly let down more pieces to straighten. I go in a straight line from left to write and work my way up from my neck until I get to the top of my head. *The trick to super straight hair is taking your time and working only a few pieces at a time until you’ve covered all of your hair with the flat iron!
3. Once straightened, add shine spray You may find like me you don’t even need it after using the Karmin Salon Pro G3 Flat Iron) and voila! That’s it! You’ve got a super straight look that will last until your next wash
As you can tell from these pictures, my hair looks as shiny with the Karmin as it does after applying shine spray!
I’m super impressed and in love with my Karmin flat iron, and you can bet I won’t be putting this iron away anytime soon! My Karmin flat iron really left my hair soft, shiny, and looking incredibly healthy! My hair looks so much better after using my Karmin flat iron than it does all on its own without any use of heating tools!
If you would like to learn more about Karmin and their amazing line of hair styling tools, be sure to check them out today at KarminHairTools.com today!
* I was given this product for the purpose of review, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers, I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.
I know it’s rare for me. I usually get some cute off-the-wall wallet that people will comment on as a wallet but I wouldn’t dream of dressing it up and taking it out for a night on the town. I love to go all out with a super glamorous clutch or a beautiful luxurious brightly colored clutch that will be the focus of my outfit (Well that and the shoes of course!)
This is why, when I stumbled upon the gorgeous new brightly colored, high-quality wallet collection from Forett Handbags, I lost it! I wanted this wallet so bad because I knew that that is exactly what it would do for me! It would organize all of my cards, cash, ID, etc, but would also be the perfect glamorous clutch for a night out, thanks to its beautiful brightly colored two-tone shades in Moonlight blue and Hot Pink, with beautiful, luxurious leather, and elegant stitching details.
When you hold this wallet in your hand, it feels like you’ve paid big bucks for it! I’ve held a lot of super high end designer wallets before (usually just in the store- I wish I had a wallet collection like that!) and the Aline wallet from Forett Handbags totally rivals those uber-expensive wallets! But you can breathe easy knowing you can save yourself lots of money by buying a luxurious Forett Wallet instead, but without sacrificing style! (See below for a fabulous savings on this wallet, or any other wallet and handbag from Forett!)
I’m a huge organization nerd. I love to organize and I go crazy in those container stores for that very reason, so you can bet the organization of this wallet was super huge to me! When I opened it up, I loved seeing that It had plenty of space for all my cards! In fact, you can put up to 12 cards in this wallet! I also really love the middle zip pocket for storing cash and some spare change. This wallet is also big enough (yet still totally small enough to tote around in your evening dress as you can see here) I even had room for my checkbook. My massive iPhone 6 Plus also fits perfectly in here too, so as you can see, this really makes the most ideal clutch for a night out possible, or if you just like to keep it light during the day while you’re out running errands and you don’t want to tote around that heavy handbag! You can fit absolutely everything you need right in this gorgeous wallet!
Well, I can go on and on about this amazing Wallet, but as any fashionista knows, you just have to see it! See how I styled my beautiful Aline wallet here:
In this day and age, there truly is an app for everything! In fact, thanks to a new FREE fabulous style app, called WeStyle, by the makers of FittingRoom, you can get fashion advice directly from other fashion lovers! I love some good fashion apps, but I’ve found this one by far to be the most addicting not to mention the most interactive.
Wondering how it works? It’s super fun, you just build your own profile (takes seconds) then post your looks either for inspiration or fashion advice from other WeStyle App users. Posting couldn’t be easier either! Just choose a photo from your device, pick the format for your photo (you can choose different style boards if you have several different looks for the outfit, such as a close up on the bag, shoes, etc). Then just ask your question if you want advice, it just has to be in Yes or No format. If you don’t want advice on your look but simply want to share it with the community, you just simply select the “Inspire” star, and then post and that’s it! You also have the option to block out your face when posting looks if you would rather keep your privacy.
I posted looks from my blog, but you can post anything you like, whether it be a selfie in the mirror or an outfit lying on your bed, you’re wondering wether looks good together or not. I’ve also seen other users post several different looks and ask the community which one they should wear, and to vote yes on that look.
If you’re not into getting fashion advice or sharing your inspiring looks for other, you can browse the looks other users have posted and put in your 2 cents!
At first I thought I would just post some looks and get some input and not worry so much about voting yes or no on other looks, but once I started scrolling through the looks and outfits, I found it quite addictive to vote and let other fellow We-Stylers know what I thought of their look. (And don’t worry when voting, your vote is kept private). You can also comment on looks which I found myself doing a bunch because I was absolutely impressed and stunned by a lot of looks I saw on the app! In fact, if you are a little hesitant about style and not sure what goes together, besides getting input from other users, this app and the other users looks are incredibly inspiring! I found a ton of fabulous looks I wanted to imitate!
To give you an idea of what the app looks like, here is a picture of my profile page. As you can see you can upload a picture, so I used my blog profile picture. If you’re a fellow blogger, you have the option to add your blog so your fellow WeStyle users know where to find your fabulous site and hopefully you can get some more follows and hits to your blog this way too!
Below my picture you can see I have posted 7 looks and have made 31 votes. You can also follow other users so their posts show up in your feed. Otherwise you can just scroll the “Discovery Section” of the app to see all recent style posts to the app.