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Camilla Olson: The Bubble Dress

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Fashion | 2 comments

Hello Bubbly Readers,

It’s Holy Week and Easter (Resurrection Sunday). It is time for me to take a moment to meditate on what Jesus did for me and the world.

The Camilla Olson team recently contacted me about collaborating on a product review one of the items from the designer’s current collection. After looking through the assortment of wardrobe-building pieces, I selected the Bubble dress to sample and to write a honest review.

Camilla’s Designs:
Fashion for Busy Women | 30 Looks from 9 Washable Pieces
“While I love to look at the latest fashion designs and styling tips, I never thought they spoke to me, and my life. We are designing for busy women, who understand the need to dress well, effortlessly, and whom fashion designers and retailers generally ignore. Our designs are appropriate for both work and social situations. Pieces are easy to care for and can be grouped so 9 pieces will give 30 looks. Rather than providing basics, we focus on luscious fabrics, flattering design, and interesting details. All our work is sewn in California using both domestic and imported fabrics.”   Camilla Olson on www.CamillaOlson.com

Camilla is a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I have also taken few classes from the Academy in the Fashion Merchandising program.  Camilla graduated with a MFA in Fashion and Textile Design.  Her designs have been shown at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. She started her own company in 2011 and has not looked back. She is a very talented lady.

The bubble dress that I sampled is 65% Rayon, 23% Polyester and 12% Spandex.  The pointe dress has 3/4′ length sleeves, perfect for showing off bracelets.
The Care for the dress is Machine wash cold. Lay flat to dry.
The dress is made in 
America! Gotta love that!

Camilla Olson Bubble Dress

JT styling the dress with her potay necklace

The dress has a bubble hem. The structure and detail of the dress flatters my figure very well. The fabric of the dress is a substantial weight. However, I prefer wearing a slip shaper underneath for a smooth line.

The dress would be a work horse in your closet and a chameleon because it can be worn with so many different pieces.

In the picture below, I have styled the dress with my own ivory leather jacket and pink boucle jacket. I could wear these looks to church, the office or to a special event. The options are mine.

The Bubble dress styles with a leather jacket and Boucle jacket.

The Bubble dress styled with a leather jacket (left) and a Boucle jacket (right).

Wearing the dress alone is a treat as well.  Here is another picture of  how I styled the dress with my potay necklace and Coach magenta purse.
Effortless and easy going dressing for a night out with the hubby.

The Bubble Dress

The Bubble Dress retails for $155.00. I know at that price point that it would be an investment purchase for many people. However, Camilla is giving my readers a 20% discount.
When placing your order on Camilla Olson’s website, please include this promo code: <BLOGGERLOVE> to receive your discount.

I received this dress as a sample. After I styled it and finished this review, I mailed it back to Camilla Olson.

Stay tuned for a post about the Designer, Camilla Olson. I think you enjoy learning more about her.

I have to share a couple cute pics of my doggies. They are always on the photo shoot with me.

Gio and Vinny on the set

Gio and Vinny on the set

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Try the DCN Rules for Getting and Staying in Shape

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Fitness | 0 comments

Training Day

Military fitness trainer and inventor of Strength Stack 52 fitness cards,  Sergeant Michael Volkin, has only three main rules for staying in shape. He refers to all three of these rules as the DCNs of fitness. “If you use my rules of DCN, you will have a killer body and be healthier than ever” he claims. So what is DCN? We wanted to know too, so we asked Sergeant Volkin.

Question: Sergeant Volkin, you have said the DCNs of fitness encompass everything you need to get and stay in shape, can you tell us what DCN stands for and why it’s so important?

Sergeant Volkin:  DCN is an acronym that stands for diversity, consistency and nutrition.

Diversity is important because your body has an amazing ability to adapt to exercises. But people don’t realize that. I see the same people in the gym month after month doing the same exercises. I call those “zombie workouts”. They are just going through the motions. What they don’t realize is after a while (about 4-6 weeks typically) your workouts start to become less and less effective.  If you spend about 15 minutes a day planning to make your workout the following day a bit different, the difference it would make in your workout is enormous.  Major changes aren’t needed, you could plan to do a new exercise or even change the speed at which you perform your normal routine.  That’s one of the biggest benefits to Strength Stack 52. These fitness cards allow you to constantly introduce new exercises into your routine.

The C in DCN is the hardest for most people to accomplish.  This stands for consistency. You must exercise consistently to get the results you want. Too many people get motivated sign-up for a gym membership then stop after about a month. Have you ever been to a gym in January? It’s a zoo! New people flood the gym every year because of new year’s resolutions, but by February the newbie’s are nowhere to be found.  The best way to exercise consistently is to plan time for your workouts. If you block off an hour a day 7 days a week to work out, you are much more likely to complete your workout. Yes, you should plan for 7 days a week because a couple days out of your week something is going to cause you to cancel your workout. If you plan for 7 and do 5 workouts, that would a fantastic accomplishment. It’s important that you do whatever you can to not schedule anything over your workout time.

The N stands for nutrition. Yes, working out alone could make you fit, but proper nutrition only accelerates that process. I could write a book about how to supplement an exercise program with nutrition, in fact, I have a product soon to be launched called Weight Loss Stack 52 that does just that.  But my advice to you is stop with the fad diets. You don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight, you don’t need to avoid all carbs or go on celebrity diets, simply make smart eating decisions. If you’re hungry, eat something, just instead of eating a bagel; eat something healthier, like a piece of fruit.

Combining those three elements, diversity, consistency and nutrition, you will become as healthy as you want to be.  Most importantly, accomplishing these three elements won’t change your life.  With a little bit of preparation and smart decision making you could make incredible health improvements.

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St. Louis Fashion Week VIP Blogger Lounge Recap

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Blogging / Technology, Fashion | 2 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

On Thursday evening, I went to an exclusive St. Louis Fashion Week VIP Blogger Lounge at the Scape Restaurant in the Central West End. My hubby, co-contributor, Jay really did not know what to expect because this was our first time being at a local blogger event. 15 vendors and 50 bloggers were invited to attend this exclusive event.  This was a chance for hubby and I to get to know some of the brands in our local community and get a feel for how they envision their business by collaborating with bloggers.

At events like this I always make sure I have plenty of business cards and press kits handy.

Doors opened at 6pm. Jay and I were a little early so we checked in. I had time to take a picture of this awesome Chihuly artwork that was located in the lobby of the restaurant.  We then walked around for a little bit and then we went back upstairs to attend the event.

Chihuly artwork

Bellestyle
The first vendor that we talked to was Heather Krako of Bellestyle. Heather is a jewelry designer who has designed jewelry for Los Angeles fashion week, St. Louis Fashion Week, Good Morning America, Glamour and many more. She beautiful pieces are in high demand.  She was very informative about her inspirations and how it truly is a joy for her to create because she is a talented artist.  Please look at her jewelry pieces on www.bellestyle.com.

BelleStyle.com

She was so kind that she gave each blogger a free bracelet and a 40% discount on a purchase of any of her items.  I chose this one that has a crown charm as my free bracelet.
I purchase a Arizona Turquoise and  silver necklace that is beautiful and elegant, but oh so chic.

Bellestyle.com

Dimvaloo

Next we talked with Kate Duryea, the owner of the newly opened Dimvaloo Active Living. In her store, she exclusively carries Australia’s Premier Activewear label. I was able to talk to her about the creator of the activewear Lorna Jane and how the fabric doesn’t pill, durable and last for years.

Dimvaloo top and pants to my left

I will definitely look into this line because its a plus to find activewear that is good quality and sustainable.  She was very kind and informative and I am interested in trying out the active wear.

Tank

Dimvaloo.com

Soft Surroundings

We stopped at the Soft Surroundings booth and was given coupons and a sample of the Aya Blu fragrance.
I had a my iPad with me so I could show them how I styled a recent post with two skirts from Soft Surroundings. Thank the Lord for having a hotspot it helped so much with showing my blog. They didn’t have any of their clothes at the event, however the latest catalog was available for the taking. 

Soft Surroundings ayablu

Soft Surroundings ayablu

Triflare

This company has the American dream written all over it. Andrea Robertson, CEO of Triflare created a company that designs active wear for Triathletes. She recently landed a contract to design the swimsuits for the synchronized swimmers at the 2016 Olympic Games.  She was award a $50,000 arch grant to start up her company and Alive magazine wrote an article about her and her company.  She was so informative about her line and that the company is eighteen months old, so everything write now is so exciting.

Her designs are so cool. When my hubby and I talked with her, she discussed how she works with another designer that use to work at Boeing and specialized in mapping .  Her expertise balances out the designs in a swimsuit. This important part of Triflare can make you look slimmer or give you curves, if you need them, it’s all in mapping. This designer tidbit works across the board to give the illusion of looking slimmer of adding curves if you need them.

TriFlare

Triflare suits

 I work out and would love to get one of this suit. Robertson is working on moving her business to St. Louis and I can’t wait.  I know she is designing mainly for triathletes; but I can see a work out collection in the horizon.

TriFlare bag She gave me and the other bloggers who stopped by her display a great bag with a bold pattern, just like her suits.

This post will be in two parts, so stay tuned.

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