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.

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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).

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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!! 

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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.

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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!

 

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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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White + Denim

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(All items c/o Deb Shops) White Button Down Blouse (similar) | Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans | Black Pumps | Brown Tote | Chanel Inspired Choker

We’ve finally started to settle back in to our “new” home in South Florida. It’s been a rough ride, but we are getting there. I’m working on designing two shows in the next few weeks on top of battling some crazy cold/flu like illness. Due to my new hectic schedule and being sick, I missed out on some awesome events and catching up with my Miami Fashion Blogger boos. This past week my friend Ria invited me to head to Nespresso with her to grab some lunch, a tasty coffee, and some catch up time.

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I’ve always been thankful that I connected with Ria a few years ago, but now even moreso. She’s a great, fun, and real friend – not to mention she is uber talented. For our lunch date I threw on this classic white and denim outfit and headed out. After trying Nespresso for the first time – I’m hooked. It’s delish!

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Win a Disney Gift Card!

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I’ve got a major giveaway for you, my lovely readers. I’ve partnered with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you such an amazing prize: a $1,000 Disney Gift Card! Everyone deserves a vacation, and how fun would a holiday vacation to Disney be? With all of the fun festivities that Disney puts on during this time of year, this is the perfect trip for the entire family. Read on below to see the giveaway restrictions, conditions, and how to enter. Good luck!!

One winner will receive a $1,000 Disney Gift Card.

Giveaway ends November 18th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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Swiffer + ASPCA


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Swiffer to the rescue! Having two pups (that shed – A LOT) in an all tile house can be trying. I’ve had shedding dogs my entire life (from Golden Retrievers to Beagles), and one thing is absolutely certain – the amount of hair that a dog sheds is insane. It gets everywhere, and it so difficult to pick up, let alone keep things hair free. It’s really difficult to find a good product or products to keep my house clean, and that are safe to use around my babies. I’ve tried so many different ways – traditional sweeping, vacuum cleaners, dust mops – nothing really picks up all the pet hair and dander that is left from my precious pups. Enter this amazing big green box of pet friendly #SwifferEffect products. These products have literally saved me and my little family time and kept our home clean, safe, and healthy for all of us to live and love in. It’s really easy for me to use the Swiffer Sweeper on my floors. The best part is it’s basically an all in one tool – it picks up the hair and other particles on the floor with the sweeper clothes. Than I can finish the job by using a Swiffer Sweeper Wet cloth to mop the floors and everything is clean and all of these products are safe for my pups, which is major. Did you know that most American’s don’t get a pet because they are worried about the hair and shedding?

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Swiffer products are a pet owners other “best friend” – they are safe for pets and actually make cleaning up after your pets quick and efficient so you can spend more time playing with your pet on the floor versus cleaning them. That’s the #SwifferEffect. Additionally, Swiffer® is supporting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (#ASPCA) in a year-long effort to help find homes for animals in need and help make the challenges of cleaning up after a pet less of a concern after adoption. How awesome is that?

I wanted to share the big green box of goodies with a friend, and I did just that! I surprised my closest friends RJ and Tina, who are momma and poppa to four pups (Check out how adorable they are!).

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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