Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Ways to Add Patriotic Flair to Any Outfit

Original photo from cvsflags.com

1. Hair accessories are a great way to add color and fun to your look. My favorite statement piece is a headband! They come in so many styles and colors and are perfect to hold your hair back on a hot summer day. So I'm absolutely psyched about the awesome headband I'm wearing this weekend. I bought it from the LaLa Nala Etsy shop and I'm so in love with it! By the way, did I mention that it also lights up at night!? How fun!

2. It's summertime which means sunny skies and outdoor BBQs, so awesome sunglasses are a must. Check out this pair of American Flag sunglasses that I found at Spencers! If you don't like wearing a patriotic pattern, pick up a solid pair in red, white or blue. These are just enough to bring your whole outfit together.

3. Even though the weather's hot, don't discount a great scarf! There are so many scarves made out of lightweight material that look and feel perfect with a tank top. Find one that fits the theme and you're good to go!
Photo credit from left to right: Etsy and Obaz

4. Whether your an expert nail artist or prefer a more simple (and easy) look, adding a patriotic pop to your hands is always a good idea! Need some nail inspiration? Take a look at these amazing nail designs from PopSugar. Here's a few of my absolute favorites. Don't forget to be creative with your nail art!!

5. Earlier this year, I did a post on Memorial Day makeup that is totally easy and festive. All I did was add some blue colored mascara and a touch of red lipstick to my usual makeup routine! Easy and fun is definitely the way to go with your holiday makeup. Plus, how often can you rock blue mascara and look fabulous?!

How do you plan on spicing up your Labor Day look?!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

20 Awesome Subscription Boxes You've Never Heard Of

Subscription boxes are an amazing idea. All you have to do is pay a fee and you get the boxes delivered straight to your door. So perfect for your fast pace lifestyle! There are so many different kinds and while the big named boxes, like Birchbox and Dollar Shave Club, are great, sometimes you need something a little more unique and exciting. So here's a list of fun and practical subscription boxes that you've probably never even heard of:




HEALTH & BEAUTY

Bulu Box: The best way to discover health, nutrition and weight loss products. Each monthly sample box is filled with 4 to 5 premium products selected to help you feel your best.  

Color Me Monthly: Delivers beautiful, boutique-quality nail polish to your door. 

Hammock Pack: A monthly surprise pack filled with everything you need to take a much needed getaway without even leaving your home. Each pack is filled with a mix of food, bath products, housewares and accessories you'll only find while visiting each city. 

Starbox: Full size, pro-quality, fashion forecasted cosmetics delivered to your door!

Lip Factory: An exclusive, affordable, makeup subscription service. New brands and color palettes are delivered to your door each month. 

Mugler Addict: Receive Deluxe and Trial Sizes of Thierry Mugler must-haves and new fragrance creations delivered to your doorstep. 


FOR YOUR GUY


Manpacks: A subscription service for men's underwear, socks, razors and more. Manpacks delivers manly essentials right to your door. 

Svbscription: A service for men that delivers luxury, curated products and experiences to your door. 

TackleGrabs: Get a box of baits delivered to your door every month.


FOOD & DRINK


MixCups: A monthly subscription service that sends you a curation of newly-released, seasonal, and classic single-serve coffee pods.  

Julibox: Each month, you will discover two great cocktails, curated by our world class mixologists and designed especially for easy home preparation. 

Love with Food: The organic or all-natural snack box that helps fight hunger in America. 

Ground For Change: Fair Trade, Organic, Shade Grown, Carbon Free coffee.  

Graze: From pure fruit, to wholesome treats and dips & dippers - a huge variety means there's always something different to try so you'll never be left standing at the vending machine feeling glum again!


FILLED WITH FUN


Piccolo: Your photos, made and mailed each month.

Loot Crate: Get a box full of fun and unexpected gamer gear every month. 

Nerd Block: Mystery boxes full of themed nerd gear. 

Box Me Mommy: Mommy and baby essentials monthly, packaged with 100% love!

Whimseybox: The best DIY craft kits, craft supplies, and craft projects directly to your door. 

Good Day Dog: Cute dog collars for equally cute dogs and their loving owners. 

What boxes do you subscribe to?!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I Caught the Creative Bug; Have you?!



I love being creative and making things. Whether it's party decorations, custom gifts for loved ones or practical home decor, crafts are fun! But oh, they can be so time consuming. Between thinking of an idea, gathering the materials, trying to make something from a concept in my head, and usually messing it up (you've all seen some great Pinterest fails, I'm sure) crafting can take hours! So that's why I was really excited to try out a 30 day subscription to Creative Bug!
Creative Bug is a website that offers a variety of creative video workshops. Categories range from accessories, entertaining and home decor to ceramics, embellishments, upcycling and everything in between! The best part is that the videos not only give verbal instructions on how to complete the craft, but the instructor actually demonstrates it for you. So in the time you watch the clip, you can actually complete your very own craft!

I watched a couple of videos on Creative Bug but my absolute favorite were the holiday themed crafts! The Valentine's Day video gave a ton of cute ideas for drawing your own words and designs on ceramic dinnerware and making it permanent. I thought they were all so cute and great ideas for any occasion. But the Halloween video was my far the best! The hour and 15 minutes were split up into different clips, each showing how to create a unique, but easy, Halloween decoration. My favorite crafts from the Halloween video were the spooky rosettes, the unconventional wreaths and the mummy surprise balls. 


Check out one of the rosettes that I made just while watching the instructional video. What I love about them is how versatile they are; you can really make them for any season or occasion! Aren't they unique and totally festive? Not to mention, they're a great craft for kids too!

Creative Bug has given me some awesome inspiration, ideas and actual demonstration of really cool crafts! This site satisfies my creativity without taking hours to create one item. With all of these fun, new tutorials that I've seen and tried, I can't wait until this year's annual Halloween party!


How do you get your creative juices flowing?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Celebrate August with a Cash Giveaway!

Hey, ladies. I'm back! Sorry for being so MIA but after a weekend of music and camping, I came down with the flu for the better part of the week. Not so fun! So to make up for my absence and to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Ask Away Blog, myself and a bunch of awesome bloggers have teamed up to give you an awesome giveaway... $80 IN PAYPAL CASH!

GOOD LUCK!


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To celebrate Ask Away's 4th Blogiversary I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you a CASH GIVEAWAY!



In order to claim the cash prize, you MUST have a PayPal account.  



Enter in the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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What would you do with an extra $80 in your pocket?!