South Florida Fair

*Disclosure: I partnered with the South Florida Fair and was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. #SoFlaFair
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“The Greatest Carnival in the World”

The mister and I went to the South Florida Fair last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram (do it!! @kirstinmarie), you got to see a sneak peak of our visit. It was opening weekend, so saying that it was packed is an understatement. With all of the bright lights, exciting rides, and entertaining performances it’s easy to see why the South Florida Fair is so very popular. As the mister and I walked around the fair grounds, the smell of delicious fair foods filled our noises while the enticing voices of carnival game attendants clamored in our ears. Our first stop was to the corn dog stand, where we enjoyed jumbo corn dogs. These babies were huge!! We walked along the maze of carnival rides, games, and food stands to locate the ride ticket booths and got our unlimited ride bracelets. These are an absolute must have when attending the fair. It’s completely worth the money, and end of saving you some money when you tally up the cost of each ride versus the unlimited ride bracelet. Next we decided to try the ever popular fried candy bars. He got a Snickers, I tried the Reeces Cups. Talk about fried deliciousness!

After having a tummy full of tasty fair food, we ventured to tackle the attractions. Starting first with the giant Ferris Wheel. It was so much fun! We didn’t wait too long in line to get onto the ride, and actually rode the ride for a good amount of time. The view from the top of the Ferris Wheel was awesome. It was exciting to see the entire fair, and plan out what attractions we wanted to go on next.

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Our next adventure was the Enterprise. That ride was definitely an adrenaline rush! We got onto the ride right away, and again spent a good amount of time on the ride. This is not a ride for the easily motion sick or those who handle momentum and gravitational effects poorly. The spinning force of this ride causes the cars to swing outward, and then the entire ride lifts and continues to circle through the air. I was dizzy when I got off, but I was excited!

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We finished our ride portion of the evening with the Crazy Cat Coaster and the Zombie Apocalypse. Both rides were a ton of fun. I loved how old fashioned the Crazy Cat Coaster was. It really made me appreciate all of the hard work that goes into the creation and operation of a roller coaster back before all of the new technology was put into place. To take a break from the fun rides, we walked through the classic car display, which was really neat. I love looking at classic cars, admiring the way cars have evolved over the decades in so many ways. On our way out, we grabbed a bag of cotton candy (so delish!) and caught some live music on the Community stage.

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Overall, we had a great evening at the South Florida Fair. Want to get in on the fun?? I’ve got a great giveaway for you thanks to the folks at the South Florida Fair! I’ve teamed up with the South Florida Fair to offer one lucky reader a chance to win FOUR FREE ADMISSION TICKETS to the South Florida Fair!!!This giveaway will start today, Friday, January 23, 2015 and will close at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. You must be 18 years old to enter.

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Get in on this awesome giveaway, and win a night of fun at the South Florida Fair!!

 

Sneak Peak: The GabiFresh for Swim Sexy 2015 Collection at Swimsuits for All

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With the weather so frightful in most of the US, I cannot help but be excited about this amazing new collection. The ‘GabiFresh Swim Sexy’ Swimsuits for All 2015 Collection launches tomorrow, January 9th!! It’s basically eternal summer down here in South Florida, and Gabi’s new collection screams to my inner Miami girl. Her collection is filled with fun prints, shapes, and fits while adding that great retro vibe.

Her collection features nine pieces in total: eight bikini’s and one one piece swim suit. The best part?? Each swimsuit is priced under $100!! The collection is available in a variety of sizes ranging from size 12 – 24.

Here are a few of my favorites from the collection:

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You can shop the collection tomorrow, January 9th at www.swimsuitsforall.com. Be sure to get in on this collection, and snap a photo of you rocking your new suit with #GabiFreshxSwimSexy!! I cannot wait to get my hands on a few of these great swimsuits and strut my stuff at the beach come Summer.

 

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Happy New Year!!!

Thank goodness it’s 2015. I was so ready for 2014 to be finished, ready to close the door and open up a new one. Last year wasn’t the best of years for me or my family. I’m really looking forward to this year, and hoping it will be the start to a new beginning for me and my family.

To ring in the new year right, I’ve teamed up with AMI Clubwear to offer one lucky ready a $50 gift card to go shopping! AMI Clubwear has some super cute straight and plus size fashion choices ranging from shoes and accessories to smoking hot dresses and more. I LOVE the over the knee lace up heeled boots I received courtesy of AMI Clubwear. If you follow me on Instagram (do you?? @kirstinmarie) you got a sneak peak of them.

Keep an eye out for those boots on the blog. I will be posting an outfit with them soon. Read on below on the giveaway information, and how to enter!

Prize: One $50 Gift Card to AMI Clubwear

Contest Dates: Friday, January 2, 2015 – Friday, January 16, 2015

Who can enter? US Residents only!

One winner will be chosen at random and shared on this post!

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Plaid body con

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Plaid body con dress (on sale!! – c/o Deb Shops) | Cat eye sunglasses (old) | Faux leather hooded jacket (c/o Deb Shops) |Black pumps  (c/o Deb Shops) | Heart pendant necklace (old)

Give me plaid any day. I absolutely adore it. I can’t get enough of it. Plaid is perfect any day of the year, but is mostly desired during the winter and over the holidays. There’s just something about it that makes people go gaga for plaid in November and December. I’ve had this dress in my studio for just a little over a month now, just waiting for the right time to rock it. Thankfully, work is winding down, holiday break is coming up, and things are sort of speeding up and slowing down at the same time. Going back to things that I love always help me to feel grounded and anchored. Thankfully, this little plaid number was here to save the day for me today.

South Florida: Meet Oasis 7

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I’ve always had an appreciation for many talents, whether it be music, writing, athleticism, knowledge…the list goes on. A very close friend of mine, heck, practically part of my family, has a very exciting venture that I could not wait to share with all of you. His name is RJ, and he is an incredibly talented glass blower, amongst many, many other talents. He has been working tirelessly collaborating with some of the best glass blowers in the state, making intricate creations for his brick and mortar shop, Oasis 7. After much time, I’m proud to say that Oasis 7 has finally opened its doors to the public. This is hard work at its’ best. A dream realized and put into action. I had the honor of interviewing my friend (O7), and an incredible well-known glass artist, Mike Clark (MC).

 

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Mike Clark glass blowing at Oasis 7 studio.

Q. What got you into glass blowing? O7: I’ve always been a glass collector, and I like to work with my hands. I wanted to open a shop that was filled with quality work, so I wanted to learn how to glass blow. I’ve always appreciated the art behind it. MC: I’m a natural sculptor, and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate that into life. I’ve worked with whatever I could find. Glass was a great material that sold well and was loved.

Q. How long have you been blowing glass? O7: Two years. MC: 20 years.

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Inversion piece created by  Oasis 7

Q. What are your favorite things to create? O7: Implosions – putting a flower or swirls inside the glass. I have fun making pendants as well.   MC: Anything but a pipe. I feel like I scored a littler victory every time I make something more than that.

Q. What are your inspirations? O7: Everyone around me. The world around me – I make things influenced by whats going on around me. I like to put emotion into glass. The local artists have a major impact too. MC: Sci-fi, and Dale Chihuli – a famous glass blower.

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Oasis 7 original skull pendant featured in this post

Q. What are some of your future goals? O7: I want to be the collaboration central where artists can come, meet, work and create together. MC: To stay relevant, continue to pioneer, and define old techniques in the glass world.

Q. What is your biggest accomplishment so far? O7: Getting where I am today. I started in my garage and now I have my own shop. MC: I trained from the ground up. Now I am a professional glass blower.

Q. Where can we find your work? O7: Aside from my shop (Address below), you can find my work on Instagram (@oasisseven), and on Facebook. MC: Heisers in MI has a great collection. The Laughing Llama in FL have been instrumental as collectors, and now Oasis 7. You can also find my work on Instagram (@mikeclarkistheboss).

Mike Clark Chandelier on Kirstin Marie    Chandelier created by Mike Clark. 

I’d like to thank RJ and Mike Clark for their time, and I really hope you enjoyed this interview!!!

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You can check out Oasis 7 on Facebook, Instagram, or by visiting their shop. If you have an idea you’d like to talk to Oasis 7 about or you just want to say hello you can email them too!

Oasis 7: 972 South Deerfield Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL.

Remember to support your local small businesses!! 

What to wear for the Holidays

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IGIGI Lakshmi Gown in Merlot (c/o) | Lane Bryant Lace Necklace (similar) (c/o) | Deb Shops Heels (c/o)

Holiday parties, New Years Eve Parties, dinner parties….all of these fun and exciting events all just around the corner. Trying to find something to wear to these various types of soiree’s can be difficult, depending on the attire requirements. For a more formal event, this gorgeous IGIGI Lakshmi gown is a great example of what to wear for the holidays.  What makes this gown a winner for me is the stunning necklace, the almost off the shoulder sleeves, and the intricately detailed embroidery tulle fabric skirt. This dress sparkles subtly in the light, with romantic merlot tones and beautiful flower embroidery. This gown speaks for itself and needs very littler accessorizing, which makes this a perfect piece for that fancy holiday gala. A delicate necklace, a vintage inspired up-do, and a smoky eye pull this look together for a flawless finish.

Monroe and Main Holiday 2014 Day to Night

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Going from day to night with some great key pieces is the perfect way to simplify your life and your wardrobe this holiday season. With the help of a great satin lapel blazer and a sparkly statement necklace from Monroe and Main, my day to night transition was easy as pie.

Day

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Monroe and Main Gala Tux Jacket (c/o) | Deb Shops White Button Down (c/o) | Monroe and Main Teardrop Necklace (c/o) | Deb Shops Patent Nude Pumps (c/o) | Deb Shops Cuffed Distressed Jeans (similar) (c/o)

When I am not working, I spend my days running errands, working from home, and getting together for coffee dates. I like to wear something that is versatile, easy, and can handle the swiftly changing South Florida weather. I adore how clean and fresh a white button down blouse and a pair of distressed cuffed jeans look together. I tied together my perfect day time look with a well fitting blazer, some nude pumps, and a great statement necklace.

Night

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Deb Shops Nude Patent Pumps (c/o) | Monroe and Main Gala Tux Jacket (c/o) | ASOS T-Shirt Dress (via Gwynnie Bee) | Monroe and Main Teardrop Necklace (c/o)

For my night time look, I chose to pair up my key pieces with a fitted dress with a subtle but feminine print. I love how the blazer and statement necklace really make my dress pop.  This look is perfect for a night out with the girls, date night, or a fun holiday party. Monroe and Main have some really great tips on their blog on how to broaden your wardrobe. It’s definitely a must read!

The Giveaway

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Monroe and Main is offering up this perfect Holiday Accessories Prize Bundle valued at $104! Due to issues with Rafflecopter, I am testing out a new entry form. Click the link below to enter via Gleam!

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Plaid

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Quilted Crop Top (similar – on sale!), Plaid Skater Skirt (similar), Heart Shaped Sunglasses (similar) (c/o) | Black Booties | Bow Tights (c/o)

Plaid is my all time favorite print to wear, pretty much all year round. I have a slew of plaid button downs that are in a constant rotation. True to my style, I had to mix prints and pair this plaid skirt with these adorable bow print tights from UK Tights. It’s definitely not Winter weather in South Florida (despite the mini cold fronts we’ve had lately), but I am so ready to wear my winter wardrobe. My winter wardrobe generally consists of a vintage or vintage style dresses, tights, and cute shoes. These key pieces are my absolute go-to pieces in general, but the warmer temperatures are sans tights.

I apologize for my lack of activity for the past few weeks. I have been a busy bee with work (I just completed designing three productions in the past three weeks – my brain is creatively fried), friendly get togethers on the weekends, and trying to organize life with the holidays approaching fast. Let’s talk work for a minute. If you have been reading for a while, you already are aware that I am a theatrical lighting designer. I’ve been in the industry for 12 going on 13 years now. Despite that I am extremely left brained and logical, lighting design (and writing, of course), is where I let go of logic. It’s an incredible passion of mine. When I design, I put my heart, soul, tears, and life into it. I want to breathe life into the production I’m working on through creative, artistic, and unique lighting choices. It’s thrilling, stressful, rewarding, exciting, and exhausting all at the same time. Each design takes a piece of me with it, a piece of me that I rebuild and grow from with each new production I work on. It’s my absolute favorite experience, something I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t have it in my life. That said, this was the first time in my life having to design three (!!) productions at the same time. I have been mentally and physically drained from the experience, and needed time to recuperate. I do plan on getting back to some sense of normalcy when it comes to posting on a regular basis. For the time being, please excuse my fleeting presence & enjoy Cyber Monday shopping!

 

Massage Envy Spa South Florida

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With the holidays literally just around the corner, stress levels are at a high. There are so many dinners to plan, gifts to purchase and wrap, decorations to put up, gatherings to plan, and more. Feeling relaxed is a must. Thanks to Massage Envy Spa South Florida, getting yourself a one hour massage to help that relaxation kick in and relieve your stress has never been easier. To kick off the holiday season, Massage Envy Spa South Florida locations will be offering a special incentive to guests and customers who purchase gift cards beginning November 14th. When guests purchase three gift cards valued at $75, they will receive a complimentary one-hour massage gift card valid until March 31, 2015. Gifts that give back or gifts with benefits are definitely a good thing!

To really get things started, I’ve teamed up with Massage Envy Spa South Florida to offer one lucky South Florida reader a gift card good for a one hour massage!! Read on below on how to enter!

Prize: One Gift Card for a One-Hour Massage from Massage Envy Spa South Florida (a $50 value!!)

Who’s Eligible: South Florida Readers (FL, USA)

Giveaway Dates: Open November 16, 2014 – November 30, 2014

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Win an iPhone 6 Case!

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Check out these adorable cases! Redbubble is seriously a game changer when it comes to fun and festive phone cases. With the release of the iPhone 6, a new case is a must have to protect that glorious phone (and all the $$ it cost to get it into your hands). I’ve teamed up with Redbubble to offer one lucky reader a brand new case! Read on below to see how you can enter to win one of the five designs featured in the image above.

Prize: One of the five designs featured in the image above iPhone 6 cases from Redbubble!

Giveaway Dates: November 4, 2014 – November 13, 2014

Open to: ALL READERS!!

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