New Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York & Sketchers Giveaway for mom and daughter (giveaway ends 4/30/16)



Available now on DVD is the animated film Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York. It was also recently shown in theaters across the country.

It’s the last day of school and 14 year-old Grace (aka “Twinkle Toes”) has been dreaming of the ultimate summer vacation with her best friends, Sporty Shorty and Jordan.  But when Twinkle Toes’ Dad gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to direct a Broadway musical, Twinkle Toes is swept from her small-pond suburban life and thrown in the hustle and bustle of New York City for the summer.  As Twinkle Toes learns the ins-and-outs of the Big Apple and Broadway, she impresses the show’s choreographer and is invited to be a part of the show’s cast alongside the teenage starlet, Olivia Conners.  But when Twinkle Toes gets a taste of the Broadway limelight, the chance for stardom overwhelms Twinkle Toes and the show is ruined!  To make things right, Twinkle Toes must use all her creativity, smarts, and dancing skills to help her new friends and save the show!

Check out the film’s trailer.


It looks cute. We also live outside of New York City and visit it often, so anything to do with the city is of interest to me and my family (although my kids are a bit older than the film’s target demographic).

Look for the Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York where ever movies are sold.

Did you know that the popular shoe brand, Sketchers, makes Twinkle Toes shoes as well. They really twinkle!

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These are just two examples (above). You can find more awesome light up Twinkle Toes shoes by Sketchers HERE.

The shoe are available in a variety of colors, designs and sizes for both big girls and little girls.

They are pretty cool. I know my daughter would have loved a pair of shoes like these when she was younger. Even as an adult I think they are awesome. I’d love to see what they look like at night time.

For more information check out Sketchers online at www.Sketchers.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release, I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will receive a copy of the film, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York on DVD AND the winner’s choice of Sketchers Twinkle Toes shoes for their daughter/granddaughter (found here), as well as a pair for themselves (women’s Sketchers). The available women’s shoes can be found on the Originals and Burst pages.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Pinterest Colors of the Year with T.J.Maxx & Marshalls



Are you familiar with Pantone? Pantone is a company that releases the Color of the Year each year that designers draw upon for inspiration. The top color (or colors) are used to create fashion, home decor and more.

The Color of the Year for 2016, according to Pantone, is Rose Quartz and a color called Serenity.

According to the Pantone website;

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

The colors are found in the quote featured below.

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

This year a new contender is casting their vote on the Colors of the Year – Pinterest! Interesting…

Pinterest surfaced the top hues for 2016 for both women and men’s fashion, hair, beauty, and home, by analyzing the dominant color of each Pin.

According to Pinterest, the top colors for women fashion are Blush Pink (similar to Pantone’s Rose Quartz) and Mint Green, with grays taking over the home space.

Check out some lovely fashions from T.J.Maxx & Marshalls, in the latest on-trend colors – Blush Pink and Mint Green. You can find these fashions at unbeatable prices.

Blush Pink


Mint Green


I find these colors to be very soothing and relaxing. I do appreciate and enjoy pops of bright colors, but when it comes to decorating my home I tend to stick with more relaxing colors, like these. The same applies to the fashions I wear. I wear a lot of black and gray, as well as more muted color like the Blush Pink and Mint.

What do you think about these color palettes? Are they colors that you find yourself wearing a lot – or would you wear fashions and/or decorate you home in thee colors? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are your one-stop shops where you can get the latest on-trend designer home décor and fashions – and more!

To find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls location near you visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Link are found on their websites.



*I should be receiving a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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What the Top Spring Patterns Say About Your Personality



The Robin are back! Spring is finally here.

Whether or not it feels like it, spring is officially here! T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have surveyed women across the country to uncover the top spring patterns that women are most excited about and have partnered with renowned clothes-ologist, Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, to share what each pattern says about your personality.

The results are in! The most popular spring patterns ranked in order are: florals, plaid, stripes, tie dye/acid wash, paisley, animal print, Aztec, and geometric. Outlined below are Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner’s tips that provide insight into what each pattern says about you.

Personality Patterns by Clothes-ologist, Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner


Flaunt your femininity with florals: Women are romanticizing about floral prints this spring. In fact, according a recent survey from T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, this feminine, classic pattern ranked top of her list. That’s no surprise given that wearing florals means you are someone who is not afraid to accentuate your beauty and femininity. From abstract to traditional floral patterns, there are a wide range of styles to complement your inner beauty, which can be found at stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. Number one pattern for spring: FLORALS!


Play up traditionalism in plaid: If you’re mad about plaid, you may be a true traditionalist at heart. Plaid was once limited to domestic woolen textiles, but has made its way into our everyday wardrobes, becoming one of the most versatile styles today. What does all this say about you? It means that you value stability and endurance in yourself and others. Make your fashion trademark by choosing a signature plaid top in soft hues and pairing it with your best denim to achieve an effortless yet fashionable look. Or take a more subtle approach by introducing the pattern into your wardrobe via accessories like a designer neutral handbag. Number two pattern for spring: PLAID!


Stripes for life! Stripes are a standard choice for all types of everyday settings and activities from suiting to sporting. If you like to wear stripes, you are as practical as you are stylish, and confident by nature. Crisp, clean and classic, stripes channel your inner drive and show you are a true go-getter. Stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls carry an amazing assortment of designer fashion from dresses, to nautical-inspired shorts and even activewear that infuse both vertical and horizontal stripes to allow you to easily mix and match pieces. Number three pattern for spring: STRIPES!


Never say bye to tie dye: Tie dye and acid wash are making a comeback in a big way. If you choose to wear these patterns it means that you are someone who tends to break boundaries and are keen on charting your own course. With its blurred lines and soft edges, tie dye and acid wash both boasts colorful, unique prints that are perfect for a casual look. Throw on a tie dye t-shirt or an acid wash button down top to truly embody this playful style. Number four pattern for spring: TIE DYE AND ACID WASH!


Paint the town paisley: Are you an adventure seeker who dreams of exotic and faraway places? If so, you probably admire the whimsical pattern, paisley. The lover of this print has a heart full of adventure and an appreciation of mystery. Paisley asserts a feeling of movement, helping to unleash your inner passion for journey and discovering the wonders of life. Rock a bright paisley dress this spring and book your summer getaway. Number five pattern for spring: PAISLEY (tied in 5th place with animal print)!


Channel your inner cheetah! Tied with paisley, animal print is an equally important pattern that        women are excited to wear this spring. The woman who wears animal print possesses ambition and craves success, from the boardroom to the dressing room. You exude sheer strength and are an unstoppable force no matter what life throws at you. Channel your spirit animal at stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls where you can add a touch of your favorite prints such as leopard, zebra, cheetah and more at incredible prices. Number five pattern for spring: ANIMAL PRINT (tied in 5th place with paisley)!


Look fant-Aztec! Inspired by ancient spiritual symbols, Aztec represents a connection to the natural world. If Aztec is your pattern of choice, you tend to focus on meaning, depth and a greater power. You embrace the world and all its nature and glory. As one of the biggest trends this season, this is the perfect print to flaunt your inner ancient goddess. Try an Aztec printed bag or a Navajo style fringe cardigan for a stylish, easy look. Number six pattern for spring: AZTEC!


Fashion as geometry: With an eye on the future, the lover of geometric patterns has a great appreciation for its attention grabbing shapes and bold, sharp lines. Even if you didn’t ace geometry in school, you can understand the perfect blend of science and art that forms your favorite pattern, which is a direct correlation to the balance you strive for in life. Stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have a large selection of quality fashion and accessories in geometric prints such as designer skirts, blouses and accessories like clutches and scarves at prices that can’t be beat! Number seven pattern for spring: GEOMETRIC!

What is YOUR favorite fashion style? Is it listed here? If so, do you think the description describes your personality?

I don’t think I have a particular fashion style. I like florals, animals prints and geometric prints the most. I don’t usually wear stripes only because some stripes make you look “bigger.” As a plus size women I don’t want to look bigger than I actually am.

To find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls location near you visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Link are found on their websites.



*I have partnered with TJ Maxx and Marshalls to bring you this information. I will receive a store gift card in exchange for my participation. 

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A Full House Fashion Flashback


Full House


Are you a fan of the series Full House? Did you know that the Tanner family is back with a re-boot called Fuller House? Fuller House premieres on Netflix this Friday and will air exclusively on Netflix. As a brand ambassador for Netflix I have access to the premiere episode ahead of time. I just haven’t had a chance to watch it – yet.

Full House debuted in September 1987. I graduated high school the year before.

It’s fun to watch the show from time to time and look at how far we’ve come not only with technology, but also with fashion, make up and hairstyles. Candice Cameron Bure (DJ) always had the big hair going on. And Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) loved to wear that half ponytail.

Me and my best friends (86') rocking some big hair. LOL!

Me and my best friends (86′) rocking some big hair. LOL! I’m the blonde with the red sunglasses.

I really like seeing fashion from the 80’s. Not everyone wore neon colors and leg warmers.

In honor of the Fuller House premiere, T.J. Maxx & Marshalls thought it would be fun to put together some look from the 8o’ and 9o’s based on the Full House characters from the original series. T.J. Maxx & Marshalls has on-trend designer fashions – from fringe and florals, to denim and more denim – to help you capture the iconic looks from the show and buzzed about cast members.

Check out some of the fashion looks T.J. Maxx & Marshalls created.

D.J. Tanner: All Black Everything


D.J. Tanner: Denim-on-Denim


Stephanie Tanner: Hippie Culture & Coachella Vibes


Kimmy Gibbler: Flower Power in Peppy, Printed Rompers

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Kimmy Gibbler: Animalistic in “Kimmy Gibbler Blue”


D.J. Tanner: Preppy in Plaid


Kimmy Gibbler: Monochromatic

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I tend to wear a lot of black, similar to D.J. Tanner. I also wore a lot of floral and rompers, similar to Kimmy Gibbler.

Whose style did you resemble  when you were growing up?

I wonder how the stars of the show are going to dress in Fuller House? I wonder if their fashion has matured along with their characters? I have a feeling Kimmy’s fashion style is going to be a bit quirky – just like she is.

If you would like to find a T.J. Maxx and/or Marshalls near you so that you can create your own memorable wardrobe visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Links can be found on their website.

Don’t forget to catch the series premiere of Fuller House this Friday on Netflix.com.



*I have partnered with both brands to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Winter Styling Tips from Celebrity Stylist Denise Caldwell


It's cold outside!

It’s cold outside!

We have been fortunate that winter hasn’t been that bad lately. We only saw a light dusting of snow up until two weeks ago when we saw 17″ of the white, fluffy stuff. We also have some yesterday morning – causing local schools to close for the day. By dinner time all the fresh snow had melted.

It’s hard to keep up with the weather this time of year. One day it’s in the 50’s, the next day is bitterly cold. Some days I can leave our home wearing only a sweat jacket. Other days I am bundled up in a heavy coat with gloves and a scarf (I’m not a hat person).

Trying to dress for crazy weather is not an easy task. That is why I opt to wear layers on most days. That way I an take off articles of clothing, or put more pieces on, to match the temperature both inside and out.

My new favorite thing to wear is an infinity scarf. Not only does it keep my neck warm outside, it also adds a “pop” of color to whatever I am wearing.

I am a big fan of wearing tank tops. I wear them under my clothing as well as part of my look (under a cardigan or a buttoned up blouse). In fact, its one of the tips shared by celebrity stylist Denise Caldwell. Check out her great tips for styling in style during the winter months.

Denise Caldwell

Denise Caldwell

As the temperatures begin to drop, the time for piling on clothes and shelving our cute outfits in favor of boring fleece and bulky winter boots arrives. But fear not – just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean we have to give up on style. To help conquer the cold, Fruit of the Loom has teamed up with celebrity stylist, Denise Caldwell, to share personal fashion tips and tricks. Some of her tricks to keep you looking stylish and chic all season long, include:

Choose slimming layers: The key to slimming layers is to choose transitional pieces like the Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom lightweight microfiber tank top, paired with a cardigan and structured pant.

Accessorize to upgrade any outfit: The must have jewelry pieces for the winter are pieces that you can stack and layer. It’s all about making a statement above the waist.

I have some Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom tank tops and underwear.

The Ladies Fit for Me Microfiber tank comes in a 3-pack. The one I have came with black, white and “nude.” All three colors go perfectly with my wardrobe. I can mix and match them with the various outfits that I own.

Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom Microfiber Tanks

I especially like the “nude” one. I have a few blouses that are a bit too “low cut.” I sometimes close up the blouse with a safety pin. Wearing the “nude” Fit for Me Microfiber tank I can wear those blouses without relying on a safety pin. It keeps me covered and gives the illusion of bare skin – so I can be sexy and modest at the same time.

Sizes rum from 1X – 4X. As a plus size woman I appreciate that they are available in my size. They fit well and are very comfortable to wear. They wash nicely too.

The Fit for Me Microfiber Tank retails for $12.44 for the 3 pack.

I also have Fit for Me underwear. They are available in different varieties – Microfiber, Beyond Soft and Cotton.

These underwear are true to size and are probably the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn. They don’t ride up and the elastic doesn’t roll down. I haven’t had any “wedgie” issues either.

I was worried that these would shrink or lose their shape once washed, but that has not been the case at all. They wash up beautifully.

No matter what type of “bottom” I am wearing, these underwear stay up and feel so comfortable that it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all.

I love that they are available in plus sizes.

FOTL Underwear

Ladies’ Fit for Me Cotton

  • Silhouettes: Brief, Hi-cut, Boxer Brief
  • Price: $9.96/5 pack; Boxer Brief available in 4 pack
  • Sizes: 9-13

Ladies’ Fit for Me Microfiber

  • Silhouettes: Brief, Hi-cut
  • Price: $12.44/5 pack
  • Sizes: 9-13

Ladies’ Fit for Me Beyond Soft

  • Silhouettes: Brief/5 pack
  • Price: $12.44
  • Sizes: 9-13

All of these Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom products are available at your local Walmart, as well as online at Walmart.com.

Have you tried Fit for Me products?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Style


New Years Eve

There’s only a few weeks until Christmas, and you know what that means—New Year’s is right on its tail! You’ve likely got most of your Christmas planning and shopping done, but don’t let this year’s countdown to midnight sneak up on you. Get your New Year’s Eve outfit necessities ahead of time and really turn some heads as we jump into 2016.

The Party is Jumpin’

The jumpsuit is here and it is fierce. This one-piece wonder harkens back to 1970s divas, and finding the right fit can be a bit of a difficult task. If you do succeed, though, you’re sure to blow some minds at whatever New Year’s party or event you attend. Long sleeved jumpsuits can help you battle cooler temperatures, and sleeveless options bring a bit more sass to your outfit. Check out this number from CiChic or this elegant option from Nordstrom.

A Little Sparkle Never Hurt Nobody

New Year’s Eve is the one night a year you can wear as many sequins as you want without fear of judgment, so take advantage this as we head into 2016. You can go as loud and proud as you want with this daring look, and your options are many. From fully sequined dresses to muted sequined skirts, it’s easy to add a little glamour to your party outfit. One note of caution: sequined sleeves can get really itchy and if you don’t pick discerningly, your skin will pay the price, so always try on sequined options in the store if possible, or give yourself enough time to return if you get in online.

Make it Sumptuous

Velvet isn’t for little kids anymore, and many of the top brands and fashion runways across the world are reflecting this trend. Pair some burgundy velvet shorts with a black bodysuit and a pair of heels, or try out this stunner velvet dress from American Apparel—as long as you’re willing to rock a deep cut. Try pairing this sumptuous fabric with leather to bring a little edge to a soft look and create a cool and effortlessly chic look in no time at all.


Metallic Mama

If sequins scream party, then metallic softly bellows the same. Pull those metallic dresses out of the back of your closet for a sheen that will translate easily from Christmas party to New Year’s celebrations. If you don’t have any metallic in your life yet, now’s the time to start collecting. I’m really digging this metallic romper from Revolve, and it’s just the right amount of fancy and casual to work for any type of event.

Top it Off

No New Year’s Eve outfit is complete without the right accessories. Emitations.com has the perfect pieces to complement your new look, plus they’re hypoallergenic for all of us who struggle with that allergic reaction to jewelry. A wishbone necklace is perfect for New Year’s wishes, and gorgeous rings will set off that new dress perfectly—without breaking the bank. Make sure you complement, and don’t offset. Statement jewelry pieces will work well with a plain dress, but not so much with the sequined 8th wonder of the world.

The Little Black Original

There’s a reason the little black dress is a classic. It’s versatile, flattering, and can be dressed up or down. If you’d like a more demure but just as head-turning look for your New Year’s Eve festivities, pull out your favorite black number or grab a new one like this lacey little number from MissGuided or this from Zara. You can always add pops of color with bright heels, vibrant scarves, or even head pieces like headbands or bows.

Fight the Chill

New Year’s is always a bit chilly depending on where you live, and when picking the components of your outfit you need to plan for cold weather. What’s classier than a winter coat, and what’s sassier than a shedding of said coat for a gorgeous reveal of your New Year’s outfit underneath? Drape coats and pea coats can both do the trick of keeping you warm while simultaneously improving your fashion game. Be sure to protect your legs against those cold breezes with some thick leggings or sexy stockings, use a wool scarf worn during transportation to keep you toasty warm and ready to party the night away no matter what the thermometer reads.

New Years Eve

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