JT Style File: Cool Prints For Hot Days

Hello Beautiful people,

Are you enjoying the summer?  It is already August and I even saw a school bus today with kids on it already. I pray you having fun and that it is not hot and humid where you are. It has rained and a few cloudy days this week, but all of the sudden we had a break from the heat. Today, on the other hand, felt like a hot stove out there and quite humid. I can not complain because I have so much to be thankful for.

Tips on keeping cool in the summer

  1. Natural fibers are great in a warm climate because the fabric is breathable and not slippery.  Breathable fabric wicks away moisture. Bold prints are fun to wear and elongates the body. You can see in the image below the print in the palazzo pants take center stage. I added my red Dooney and Bourke handbag for a color effect that accentuates the whole ensemble.
  2. Be Confident and bold.  God made you special, you have to remember that.
Perfect Prints

Perfect Prints

If you have been hesitant in years past about wearing prints, be bold and take a chance. Bright and cheery pants could bring a small to your face and change your whole attitude.

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For Moms: How to Survive Your Daughter’s Prom and Make it out the Other Side Alive!

Discover what you can do to help so your daughter can have the best prom possible.

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Sherri Hill

 

Moms, if you are reading this right, we would like to let you know how important you are. Not just to life itself of course, but to your daughter’s prom night. Being one of the most important nights in her life to date, you will play an essential role in making sure she feels and looks her best.

Not only this but part of the whole experience which makes prom so much fun is how moms are always an essential part of the process. Whether it’s shopping from a trusted store like Peaches Boutique in Chicago, IL, choosing and planning make-up ideas or giving honest yet loving feedback on things, no girl can do without her mom for prom.

So now you are fully aware of just how important you are to your daughter’s prom, let’s look at some important things you can do along the way.

When it comes to the prom night, you may have to save the day (more than once) and here’s how… 

  • The hair goes wrong! Here’s how to fix a BHD (Bad hair day): If you have booked in with the hairdressers and things aren’t going as planned, breathe and relax. You can ask the stylist for some tips on how to create the desired style if time is short. Make sure you have some curlers, bobby pins, fancy clips and a straightener at home if you have to clean up the mess.
  • Make sure the make-up is perfect: Make-up can either make or break the overall look of your daughter on prom. It’s good to emphasize from the start just is. This may cost more up-front but will cut down on costs when hiring beauticians. There are also plenty of cool YouTube tutorials from pros who can really help you create the look your daughter wants.
  • Make sure you buy all the essentials: Essentials can include anything from hairspray to foot gels to make heels that little bit more comfortable. It’s the small things that count and can make your daughters prom night go smoothly.
  • Think about the logistics: All girls get excited about their proms, so much so they may look past all-important elements such as how they are going to arrive to their prom. It might be a good idea then to help arrange the ride. Most chauffeur services will be in high demand around this time of year so ensure to get things booked well in advance. Also consider the numbers, the more people you and your daughter can get on board the cheaper the overall cost will be.
  • Think about any after-party: Will your home host the after-party? Does your daughter have any plans for when the prom is over? Thinking post-prom is also an area which may slip everyone’s mind but be important to finishing the night with a bang!

As you can see, you’re an essential part to the process, mom! Doing these things can really help your daughter enjoy her prom and look the part.

This article was written by Katrina Fernandez

Fashion Translations from the Four Seasons

Fashion intricate the use of complex ideas which blends color and artistic design themes to highlight an idea or inspiration, Fashion inspirations or influence come from different sources, may it be from movies, clubs, sports, different cultures, nature or even from the four seasons. It all comes to the designer from which he or she can draw inspiration from. A designer can make the best use of his or her creativity to translate and adopt such inspirations and give it an artistry to fit into the mainstream of making fashion apparel clothing dresses for women.

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The Fashion Inspirations
A varsity jacket for example can have the patch knit work with their specific team or college colors for the representation or the clubs or affiliations can choose their own colors or symbols to identify themselves based on certain qualities or attributes, such representations or the blend of colors have been interpreted and reinterpreted to showcase a unique style.

Denim jeans for example have been reinvented over the years to portray free spirit or willingness, thus it is now a popular fashion trend for the teenagers and have been modified with metal studs, rhinestones, torn up patterns and hand markings. The idea for certain fashion styles become eternal with the representation of an idea or a unique attribute.

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The idea of wearing a black leather jacket can personify dominance, red fit ‘n flare dresses can outline passion and sex appeal and bright colored tunic tops can showcase wittiness and chic personality. Even seasons help to compartmentalize fashion as designers focus on the elements of design with natural aesthetics, color patterns and print textures that translate fashion. Colorful floral embroidery designs by designer Nara Paz have been hugely adapted by fashion icons.

The Four Seasons
Each season can indicate a reference point to draw inspiration from and have an impact on the people, for example, summer is a season of bright colors and brings the thought of an idea for rain or gardens. Winter mostly showcase light dull colors in apparel wears, mostly white, light blue or pink and brings frosty images of snow and ice. Fall season articulate reflections of spring and spring on the other hand brings liveliness of print design patterns from the inspiration of different flowers which blossom during the entire season.

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These fashion timelines balances fashion choices for people and designers because each season that you experience, flows right for your fashion choices. Designers nowadays look for the real creativity and inspiration which does not necessarily change over time, the real creativity is how, when, where applied which is a creative act in itself.

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Girl Gadget: Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Watch

Hello Beautiful People,

It has been so hot this past weekend that getting outside has not been fun at all. My hubby’s edge trimmer battery quit working, so after church it was a smidgen cooler and we went old school. We used the paint scraper and a pair of scissors to remove the weeds from between the sidewalk and the front strips of the yard. The sidewalk and edges of the yard look just as good as if an electric trimmer did it, but took about 15 minutes longer.

When it is as hot as it is here in my area tracking your time outside is of the utmost importance. Taking breaks and drinking plenty of fluids is a must and being outside for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time is enough.

The Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen for Women 42mm – Leather watch is perfect for tracking time and looks ultra-sleek, all in one. I recently demoed this smart watch, thanks to my partnership with Verizon Wireless. For the past year, I have been trying out new gadgets that truly excites the techie inside of me. When wearing this Moto 360 watch, I received many compliments from my friends and co-workers. The band was at the right width wear even if someone has a smaller wrist it wouldn’t look overwhelming. The smart watch retails for $329.99 on the Verizon website.

Moto360 2nd Gen for Women 42mm - Leather

Moto360 2nd Gen for Women 42mm – Leather Verizon.com

Details:

  • Classic round design with edge-to-edge glass for maximum viewing area in minimal space. The size of the watch is perfect for me. I like my watch to have a large face, the bigger the better.
  • You can customize the watch’s face to meet your personality by downloading the app on my smart phone. I picked a flower design which was matched the flowers growing in our backyard.
  • Delivers updates from your compatible smartphone right to your wrist. It will let you know when you have a new email message, a Facebook notification or a weather update. It keeps the phone in your pocket or in your handbag without having to search for it or fumble for it. It will let me know if I received a missed a phone call it doesn’t answer calls.
  • Powered by Android Wear, works with Android™ 4.3 or later smartphones – compatible with smartphones that use Android 4.3 or higher, and select iPhones running iOS 8.2 or higher ( I was able to download the app on my iPhone 6Plus). The watch responds to your voice, serves as an activity tracker and has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness.
  • Hands-Free navigation — with the flick of my wrist to move back and forth I can wake up the watch and check my notifications.
  • Responds to your voice – ask for directions with saying “Hello Google.”
  • The watch connects with bluetooth thanks to wifi and cloud connect, so whether you have your phone or you left it at home I could get my notifications.
  • With the Moto Body Fitness Tracker feature, the watch will track your heart rate, calories burned, or steps taken. The watch will also send notifications about your activity, to push me farther. The watch is water resistant and you can exercise with it on.
  • The watch easily charges with the wireless charging dock. When charging, the watch displays the battery level. The battery should last about a day and half. I would wear the watch all day and still have battery power left over.

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I was offered the opportunity to demo this product for a month and returned item to Verizon. All opinions are strictly bubblingwitheleganceandgrace.com and are honest.
Bubbingwitheleganceandgrace.com was not compensated or given a product for this review.

Weekender Giveaway

Hi Beautiful People,

It’s a hot summer in the city. Many families are making plans for the summer. Maybe a staycation, or a vacation before school starts or maybe looking for pokemons across the country to capture. I know when I travel with my hubby, the number one thing I need is a smart bag that fits everything I need to take with me. It needs to be comfortable at the same time and not feel like a heavy weight. People, myself included, do not like to carry a lot of luggage, especially if they are traveling on an airplane.

This weekender bag that is part of this Giveaway is essential for summer travels and all of your year-long needs.
Why you say?
1. Weekend Getaway bag – You can carry your clothes, shoes, makeup and toiletries .
2. Travel bag – The bag is big enough for what you need, but small of enough to fit into the overhead compartment on the airplane.
3. Exercise bag – Carry your workout gear, towel and water with you after the office and also include a change of clothes.
4. Diaper bag – Perfect bag for the mom, aunt or nanny to carry extra diapers and things they need with them for the baby.
5. And you can also include your iPad, iPadPro, Kindle or your favorite electronic device with you as well.
The ideas are endless and fun rolled into one beautiful bag.

One winner will receive this wonderful weekender bag and $60 cash ( or Amazon gift code, winners choice)

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The cash prize is provided by Katherine , Roz and our wonderful co hostesses.

The weekender bag is provided by La Bella Vita Cucina and Katherines Corner.

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Weekender Giveaway hostesses

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Bible Verse of the Day: John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

Hello Wonderful People!

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Anyone knows John 3:16. It is probably the most widely known scripture in the Bible and is the the foundation of our Christian faith. You see it everywhere: on billboards, on business cards and at baseball games. But have you taken the time to read and study the scripture to know what it says. When you meditate on these words, you understand know how powerful God’s love for you really is. Yes, God loves you so much and that He loves the World so much that He gave us His son Jesus, to die on the cross. If we believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, we shall have everlasting life. What an awesome thing!

When most people talk about John 3:16, they do not include verse 17 with it. But for me, I believe that verse 17 is just as important as verse 16. In verse 17, we learn that Jesus came into the save us and to bring us back into right standing with God. The story of Jesus and HIs ministry on the Earth was not here to condemn us or persecute us in any kind of way. Many people think that God does not love us if we have sinned against Him. But to the contrary, Jesus came into this World for everyone. Everyone has sinned in one way or another; and in need of redemption.

If you ever think that God does not love you for any reason, then all you need to do is meditate on John 3:16 and 17. Spend time in the presence of God and think about His love. Think about all that He has done for you. Think about His Son Jesus and the power of redemption through Him. Think and Know that God is Love. Jesus is Love. And God is for you.

Girl Gadgets:The Kate Spade New York Slim Portable Charger

Hi Beautiful People,

Hope you are having a lovely day and getting out there enjoying the summer.
I find that I always need to keep in my purse my battery charger because I never know when I may need it.
If you are traveling or at the office, it is always good to have your techie gadgets fully charged at all times. Whether you need to keep your phone charged to keep track of the road for GPS purposes or to keep the cell phone fully charged to make phone calls, a portable charger is a good item to have in your arsenal.
The kate spade New York slim portable charger is a battery on the go that’s stylish and can fit in your purse or handbag.  If your cell phone is running low, you can use the charger and instantly plug the cable that’s attached into your phone and start charging immediately.

kate spade New York Charger

kate spade New York Slim portable charger Verizon.com

Features
* The style is a slim design gold stripe signature style of kate spade designs – pulling this out of your purse, people would not know if it was a charger or a compact case.
* Over 8 hours of additional talk, text and surf time
* Quick Charging time
* Integrated Lightning connector and Hidden Captive charging cable – when the cable is not in use you can tuck it back into to the resin compartment.

Portable backup has a rechargeable 1500 mph lithium polymer battery for Micro USB devices meaning you can plug the charging cable into your Mac Air or Mac desktop and you can recharge the battery. The battery charger is user friendly and not difficult to use. I had to make sure that the charger is fully charged before I put it in my purse. After my phone or other techie device is fully charged, I removed the charging cable and have it ready for the next use.

kate spade New York Slim portable charger

kate spade New York Slim portable charger

The charger is compatible with  iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6,iPhone 6 Plus,  iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch (5 generation). I used the charger with my own iPhone 6 Plus. Check with Verizon.com if you have any questions about compatibility.
The retail price is $49.99 which is a very good price. Everyone one should have a charger because you never want to have the battery in your phone to go low and you have no resources  available to get more talk time on your phone when you need it.

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I was offered the opportunity to demo this product for a month and returned item to Verizon. All opinions are strictly bubblingwitheleganceandgrace.com and are honest.
Bubbingwitheleganceandgrace.com was not compensated or given a product for this review.

THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN: A FEW QUICK TIPS!

When you are about to get married, you want everything to be just right. A major part of it includes the way you look on your wedding day. You want to be the most beautiful girl in the room. So, here are a few tips to make you look your best on your big day;

Go to skin care parlor
Wouldn’t you want to have the perfect glowing skin before your walk down the aisle? Book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Get skin massages, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy. Drink plenty of water and snack on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon. Other super foods for your skin include grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.

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A facial will do wonders for your skin.

Get the perfect hair-do
No bad hair day allowed! If you want to get a hair cut or a color done, do it at least a month before the wedding day. Keep it washed and conditioned regularly. If you’re wearing your hair up, then wash and blow dry your hair the evening before. This will enable more grip and will hold up hair well. And if you are wearing your hair down, wash and style it on the morning of your wedding. To get shiny, healthy looking hair, try shine sprays to give that finished look.

Get a manicure and pedicure
It is important that you start preparing your nails and feet at least a month before the big day to ensure they are looking their best. Moisturize them daily with a good quality creams, packed with vitamins and minerals to solve any problem dryness and ensure hands are silky smooth. Pay extra attention to your hands and nails, as there would be a lot of close up picture, and everyone is going to want to see that bling on your finger.

Hire A Stylist
It’s your big day! And you should totally get yourself pampered. Consider hiring a personal stylist for your wedding. They’ll be able to fix your make up, your hair, and they might even go dress shopping with you. You can start planning the type of look that you want for your wedding, the color and the make-up you might wear.

Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress
Find your perfect wedding gown, depending on your body type and what you’re comfortable in. Pick out cuts and colors that you love.While you might not feel at ease off-shoulder ones, you could feel fab in the same print, just with some more broader straps. There is always a great halfway point between covering up completely and flashing a bit of skin. Make sure you look at a few different boutiques before committing to a final decision. You could also get your get your dress stitched if you want to!

Get the perfect hair-do
The jewelries you wear, must compliment your wedding gown naturally. Do not go for too heavy ones or execs of it as less the newest trend! Do not stress out- Its it very common for anyone to panic right before their wedding. Try diverting your mind away from the stress and indulge in something more relaxing. Go for a body spa along with your partner or your girlfriends. You could also consider storing all of your fashion accessories, ceremony décor and reception items in separate baskets or bins, for your honeymoon. This has done wonders for my stress levels!

And when you get the jitters, simply divert your mind. You could read a magazine or play some free bingo online. Whatever it is, don’t ever panic or get too worked up. Everything will be fine.

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JT Beauty Bag: New York Biology Vitamin C Serum

Hello Beautiful People,

The weather is hot and sticky so when it comes to skincare it needs to work and absorb into my skin.A very important part of my skincare includes Vitamin c. And if you are over 30  Vitamin C is a great for skin suppleness and rejuvenation.

NewYorkBiology.com

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New York Biology The Ultimate cosmeceuticals  Super Vitamin C ascorbic Acid (L) revolutionary anti aging antioxidant formula is a product that I have absorbic been using for about month. The packaging is excellent when it arrived, the stopper was packed separately in the box wrapped in bubble wrap.
New York Biology says that this is the worlds most effective serum, driven by 10% L- ascorbic acid, 3% Magnesium Ascrobyl Phosphate, 0.9% tetrahexyldecyl Ascobate and Tocopheryl Acetate (D-Alpha). Using Triple C technology, the formula has immediate effect, and such effect is long and extensive. It brightens skin , catches free radicals, and helps collagen formation.  The serum really doesn’t have a scent and can be used once or twice daily. Directions: Apply drop  or two of the Vitamin C serum to the face and neck with your fingertips as it absorbs into the skin.
Highlights of some of the other ingredients in the serum
Aqua, Witch Hazel,Vanilla Planifolia fruit oil,orange peel oil, jasmine oil, sandalwood oil, Rosa Damascena flower oil, soybean oil,  Lavender oil and xantham gum. Two ingredients I see a lot in skincare and beauty products in general are Caprylyl glycol and phenoxyethanol. Not two of my favorites but they are at the bottom of the ingredients list so its the least amount on the serum.

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum

The vitamin C serum contains certified organic ingredients. Really important to me that the serum is made in the USA.  It’s not tested on animals.
I cannot really tell if a product is good for me or not in a week. I have been using it every morning and a little goes a long way. I really like how the serum goes on smoothly and makes my face look radiant. I make sure that I put SPF on because its Vitamin C and you never should go out the house without it because its protection for your skin.

If you are allergic to any of the oils or ingredients that were listed you may be able to use a small, however please check with you doctor first.

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What’s the Best Size for Diamond Stud Earrings?

When looking for diamond studs, knowing which size works well is important, and this article will help you know which sizes are best.

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Image by cmweldon via Flicker

Having a beautiful pair of diamond earrings in your jewellery box is often viewed as a must for every woman. They pretty much go with any occasion and can totally transform the simplest and most elegant of outfits. When you want to add that extra bit of sparkle, wearing your favourite pair of diamond studded earrings can go down a treat.

It can be tricky when it comes to choosing which size to get however. There’s no right or wrong when it comes down to picking the right size of diamond as it really should be considered as a whole. When you think holistically in terms of the Four C’s (the Cut, Clarity, carat weight and colour) as a whole, this really should make your mind up about a purchase. If you want to view a range of diamond stud earrings to get an idea of the sizes available, check out the classy diamond earrings at Serendipity Diamonds.

However, knowing which sizes are available and considering your own features and which sizes suit certain occasions better will really help. This is what we will now discuss. Firstly, let’s briefly look at how the size. The price is affected by the diamonds size.

How the size of a diamond stud affects price
The size of a diamond is essentially decided by how many carats it contains (its overall weight). It works out that 1 carat = 0.02g if you wanted to get down to the finer details. You will find in your search of diamond studs that the bigger they are, the higher price they will fetch. This is usually because the bigger diamonds are particularly unique as mining them is very tricky.

Here’s what to look out for when considering the best size for you…

  • Knowing what they’ll be used for: This really comes down to which occasions you’ll wear them and which outfits you will pair the studs with. Larger studs work well in dressier settings such as balls or formal dinners whereas more subtle sizes (anything below 2 carats in weight) are good for dinners with friends and parties.
  • Knowing your body type: your body shape will dictate which sizes look better on you then others. For example, smaller sizes will suit slender shapes whereas the bigger size stud will stand out more on a fuller figure.
  • Knowing your face shape also counts as smaller and narrower face shapes seem to lend themselves nicely to a lighter carat weight.
  • The choice of setting will impact how big the stud is too. Whether you go for a prong setting or a bezel, it will really help set the stone nicely. If you want to create the perspective your diamond is bigger than it actually is, a bezel setting works wonders!

Now you know a few ways to choose the right diamond size for your needs, you will definitely walk away with a winning pair.

This article is contributed by Katrina Fernandez.

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