Mississippi College Scholarship Dinner

On Tuesday night, Bobby and I had the privilege of attending the annual spring scholarship dinner at our alma mater, Mississippi College. A friend of ours had a table at the event, and invited us to come as guests. We never get to go to anything fancy like this, so it was a real treat. So much so, that I actually curled my hair and put on more than just mascara and concealer!

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I may have had to use a half bottle of hair spray, but it stayed put! (My thick thick hair does not like to curl. The curls fall out instantly, especially here in the humid south, but I was determined!)

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I admittedly had not been back to campus in about seven years, and as soon as we walked across the quad, all the memories came flooding back and I got super nostalgic. I can’t believe I graduated NINE years ago this spring. I vividly remember wanting so badly to be out of college so I could be a “real adult”, and now I would give my right arm to go back to those glorious days of no worries. After buying Modafinil it helped increase my test scores dramatically.

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The dinner was very nice, we had salad, steak and potatoes, as well as cheesecake.

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We had a very special treat, because not only was the governor, Phil Bryant at the event, but he introduced the keynote speaker, who was none other than Rudy Giuliani.

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Rudy was such a great speaker, and the time flew by (he talked for well over an hour) but I could have listened to his stories all night.

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He is hilarious, and gave his opinions on the presidential election madness, as well as gave us some words of wisdom on leadership and vision, and what our country needs.

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He told stories from September 11th, and about his time as mayor. I truly enjoyed the evening, and am so glad I was able to go and hear someone like Rudy speak (and sit right up in the front, too!)

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One funny side note, his phone rang while he was speaking, and his ringtone was the music for the song “Bad to the Bone.” I die. We just couldn’t get over how hilarious that was.

QOTD: Have you ever heard someone of political notoriety speak in person? I would love to hear who! I’m a total history and government nerd!

Disney Park Map Leggings Giveaway

Good morning my friends! I have a fun giveaway for you today! I was shopping around on Etsy like I tend to do (It’s a time suck!) and I stumbled across these AMAZING clothing pieces from Rainbow Rules. I knew I had to have the leggings, and I decided to try a tank top as well. I got my items in the mail, and they are seriously a Disney lovers dream. Any Disney lover can spot the oh so familiar park map design a mile away. So unique and fun for pants!

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First up I ordered the Magic Kingdom Park Map Capris (also come in full length, and also come in fleece lined). These capris are thin but very stretchy and so adorable. (Note, you can’t wear your leopard print under things, but they look just fine with a neutral color underneath.) I can’t wait to wear these bad boys to WDW. They are really comfy and stretchy, and I have been asked a million times already where I got them.

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Next up I decided to try one of the tank tops, and went with the Disneyland design. It is made of the same material as the capris, so it’s really light and soft/stretchy.

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Yall, this is just the beginning. She also sells, shower curtains, dresses, skirts, clutches, scarves, cosmetics cases, etc. all with different park maps! I have been eyeing up the pillow cushion and door mat, how adorable!

The best thing about this stuff is her prices are great. Please note, turnaround time is about three weeks, so if you are wanting some park map leggings to wear to the Princess half, you need to order NOW! Also, you are in luck, because I have a discount code for you to use that is good for 10% off orders over $25 through the end of February. Simply enter the code LOOKINGGLASS at checkout.

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Be sure to check out all the other cool items in her shop, too.

Now for the giveaway. One lucky reader will get their choice of park map leggings from Rainbow Rules. Please follow the directions in the rafflecoptor widget below:

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Disclosure: I was given product to review, however all opinions are my own. 

NFL for the Holidays

Football is one of my favorite things, so it only makes sense for me to consider NFL related gifts for my wish list/gift guide. Even if your team isn’t doing as well as expected (like mine), any loyal fan would love to have some game day gear under the tree. There’s always next season, right?

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The best part about NFL gear, is that it is super easy to purchase on NFLshop.com. They have a huge variety of clothing from shirts to sweaters to pants and even dresses. The site is easy to navigate, and there are tons of great options.

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I love how there are so many different women’s styles to choose from, and I can dress my game gear up for a fun party, or even wear it as an everyday outfit. (By the way, the sweater I am wearing in the below picture is SO COMFORTABLE. Go buy it. now.)

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Personally, I got lucky that my favorite team has the great colors of black and gold. I can dress up my outfit with gold jewelry, and I can wear black pants, a skirt, or jacket to complete my outfit.

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Do you have any NFL fan gear under your Christmas tree? If you could pick something, what would it be?

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If you are looking for a gift for a football loving spouse, friend, family member, or coworker, there are tons of adorable outfits and stocking stuffers on NFLshop.com that any NFL fan would be excited to have. (Yes yes, even for a Saints fan like me. Who Dat for life!)

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It’s almost Christmas! That means it’s almost time for the PLAYOFFS! Who are you rooting for? Me? I’m still undecided.

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Be sure to follow @NFLfanstyle on social media to see what other folks are wearing for the holidays to cheer on their favorite team.

QOTD: Who are you rooting for? Is there any NFL gear under your tree?

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

Five Things Friday IV

Friday again? Already? This week flew by! We are insanely boring so we have no plans for the weekend but football and church, however the next three weekends will be crazy so this will be a nice rest before the madness! Here are this week’s five things Friday:

1.) I went back to the outlet mall with a friend yesterday thanks to a huge sale at Banana Republic and bought another pair of jeans. I need more than one pair, right? I may or may not have also bought some other things….but 70% off, come on!

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The shorts we $4.50. Seriously.

2.) Today we are taking Emma Kate’s one year old pictures. It’s our same sweet friend that took her 6 month photos, I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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3.) LSU was supposed to play South Carolina at SC this weekend, but due to the recent hurricane madness the game will be played in Baton Rouge. The LSU band decided they wanted to learn to play the SC Alma Mater and fight song so they could play it at the came since the SC band cannot come. Love my Tigers.

4.) Bella got a haircut yesterday. It was getting bad, poor girl couldn’t even see her hair was getting so long. I love that she doesn’t shed, but wow grooming is definitely expensive. It’s a good thing I get my hair cut maybe once a year to offset the cost. I’m hair-low maintenance like that.

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5.) Two weeks from today until we start the trek to Disney for my mom’s girls trip for her 60th birthday. I’m glad her one birthday request included me. Excited for the surprises I have planned for her while we are there.

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QOTD: How often do you get your hair cut? Do you shop at outlet malls?

My Go-To Look for Game Day

I am a die hard football fan (shocker, I know). I have posted many times in the past about my love for the game, even when my team isn’t doing so well….like right now. But I think that is what makes a TRUE fan right? My parents both grew up in New Orleans, and I was raised in the area as well. As you can very well guess, I am a tried and true, in my blood, New Orleans Saints fan. Oh, we have had some bad years, but that doesn’t stop me from cheering for my boys in black and gold, or from wearing my favorite Saints gear all over town.

Believe it or not, I don’t always wear running clothes and yoga pants, and that is particularly true on game day.

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I remember in the not so distant past when women were forced to wear men’s game day gear, or be forced to shop in the kids section (guilty!) Adorable women’s football gear did not exist, but thankfully that isn’t the case anymore! NFLshop.com has a great selection of fan gear, from dressed down, to heading out on the town, to going to a game day party or tailgate. They have a huge stylish women’s selection which I loved browsing through.

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Sometimes we watch the game alone at home (I think I embarrass my husband in public with my screaming and ranting), and sometimes we go to a family members home, a party, or a sports bar. We have been on vacation many times and had to seek out the nearest sports bar just so I could watch the game.

Of course, no girl wants to wear the same outfits over and over, so having a closet full of gear to wear no matter the weather or how dressed up or dressed down the occasion is very important. For instance, the year the Saints won the Super bowl everyone wore their game day gear to church. It was hysterical but also so much fun. I of course dressed up my outfit that day! It’s fun to take things up a notch instead of just wearing jeans and a t-shirt on game day. I love to pair a typically dressed-down shirt with a skirt and heels to jazz things up a bit.

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Another fun thing to do is to take a more decorative or “statement” shirt, and pair it with jeans and heels. I am all about cute wedges! In New Orleans, bling, glitter, and gold are all very important and can be found on a lot of clothing, so an adorable shirt like the one below doesn’t need something fancy on bottom to take away from it, so skinny jeans work great to dress it down a bit.

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I LOVE the laces on the v-neck of the this shirt, it’s so fun and perfect for game day. What, you don’t think I can grill?

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We still have a lot more football to play my friends. So what if the Saints are 0-3, we can still come back, right?

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If you are looking for great gear to support your favorite team, be sure to check out the stylish selection for the next game day at NFLshop.com.

QOTD: What is your favorite thing to wear to watch football? How is your team doing?

Where’s Gel-y (ASICS Giveaway Info!)

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some teaser photos over the past week highlighting ASICS’s newest running shoe: The Gel Quantum 360.

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This is a neutral shoe with 360 degrees of gel cushion for a super comfortable and smooth ride. You can find out more shoe specifics on the website, because today I am here to chat about a really fun contest.

“Where’s GEL-y” is a one-day event that includes a series of 3 photo challenges to set you on the path to “GEL-y.

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Each of the 300 participating retailers have 2 pairs of ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 shoes to give away randomly to those who successfully follow the course.

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How to participate? see below:

On July 17-18, visit a PARTICIPATING STORE or their website,  to discover 3 photo challenges.

On July 18, complete the 3 photo challenges and bring the images to the PARTICIPATING STORE.

Two lucky participants will win a NEW pair of ASICS Gel-Quantum 360 in a random drawing IN-STORE on July 18.

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That’s right, each retailer will be giving away two pair, so go to the ASICS website and see if your closest retailer is participating. This is a fun way to integrate social media and running, so I of course absolutely love it! Be sure to tag your photos with #WheresGely and #Gelquantum360 and of course #ASICS to join in the fun. I can’t wait to see those great shots!

QOTD: Have you ever participated in a photo challenge like this before?

Disclosure: ASICS provided me with shoes to help spread the word about the new product. However, all opinions are my own, and these are the most comfortable running shoes I have ever worn!

What I’m Loving Lately: June 2015 (Rodan + Fields)

Hello my friends! Summer is here so I thought it was time for another WILL post. Before you dive in to some of my new faves, I just wanted to take a quick second to make sure you all are aware of something. Do I get paid to write sponsored content on my blog? Yes. Do I take product that goes along with some of these opportunities? Yes. A big fat HOWEVER…I would never promote something to you that I myself have not tried (yes companies will try to get me to write content about products I have never even laid eyes on!) and wouldn’t recommend or use myself. Hear me when I say I turn down A TON of opportunities because I just don’t believe in them and they don’t fit my brand. That being said, a lot of things that I write about in my WILL posts have nothing to do with sponsored content and are just things I have found that I love! Ok, just wanted to make sure we were on the same page there. On we go!

1.) Fabletics:

I first was introduced to Fabletics right after I had Emma Kate. I wanted to try it out but waited into I could actually fit in workout clothes my size again. The first set of clothes I got were not my favorites, but everything since then has been amazing and I get tons of compliments on the cute prints. I told them I was looking for a new high impact sports bra and they recommended the Sintra Bra which I now absolutely love!! (pictured below). It has adjustable straps which are amazing for people like me who don’t fit exactly fit into just a small, medium, or large.

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Their capris are super comfy and don’t fall off of me when I run, and how adorable is this new floral print?

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Digging this cute new top as well. They come out with adorable new stuff every month so there is always something new. I like some months way more than others, but that’s why I think it’s great they come out with new product so frequently.

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2.) Soul Shred:

My friend and fellow blogger Bobbi who is always hosting amazing shreds wrote this book that combines a devotional with workouts and help with clean eating. I just started at the beginning of June but love it so far. It’s quick and easy to read, perfect for those without a ton of time. She has video pairings to go with the book as well which I love!

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3.) Quest bars:

Lately I have been all about Quest bars! Chocolate chip cookie dough is by far my favorite. They are packed with protein but have a delicious flavor (seriously, I feel like I am eating a candy bar). Perfect to keep in my purse. Plus, as an Amazon Prime member I get free two day shipping.

4.) Rodan + Fields:

I have been using Rodan + Fields products for just over a month, but am already seeing great results! When I was pregnant, my skin was awesome and clear. I never wore makeup because I didn’t need any! Once the baby came, my skin quickly returned to it’s old oily acne prone ways and as a woman approaching 30 I found this ridiculous. I finally took the plunge into using and selling the products and I have been SO impressed with the results so far. I started with Unblemish for acne prone skin, and have been working in Redefine into the mix for wrinkle prevention and to reduce the appearance of fine lines. My face is So much smoother, no acne, no red marks, and my lines have softened too.

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In the “before” photo above, you can see the acne, plus check out all the bumps under my skin on my forehead (they drove me NUTS!) They are all gone. In the photo on the right, I am wearing ZERO MAKEUP except for maybe some remnants of yesterday’s mascara from church. No redness, no oil, it’s awesome!

In the photo below you can see the crows feet around my eyes when I smile. In just a month they have been drastically reduced. I am very pleased!

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I truly believe in these products and would use them even if I wasn’t also selling them. If you would like to talk about purchasing or sellingt R+F for yourself, please email me at [email protected] and we can chat. I hate how I used to be embarrassed by my skin and I don’t want anyone to have to go through that any longer! (Or you can just order directly from my site here).

New Hair and a Texting Question

Good morning my friends and happy hump day. (Said the camel way, of course). Yesterday I did something some would consider drastic….I chopped off my hair. COLLECTIVE GASP! I know, right? It was seriously time. My hair told me it was time. (What, your hair doesn’t talk to you?) Anyway, I had a ponytail holder break on me, and since I haven’t had a haircut in oh…8 months…back when I was pregnant….I knew it was time. I know, I know. I hang my head in shame.

Something you may or may not know about me…I am THE most low maintenance hair person. It’s in a ponytail nine times out of ten because well…I’m lazy, and can think of 100 other things to do with my time besides straighten my long thick hair. I don’t even own a blow dryer. I’m not even kidding. My last one broke a year or two ago and I just never replaced it. Anyway, I was hoping by chopping my hair off, the summer heat would be more bearable for running and, maybe I would take the time to actually straighten it if it wasn’t halfway down my back. We will see. Don’t hold your breathe.

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Do you chop off your hair as the seasons change? Just curious. I stood my ground though and said no to bangs. EVERY TIME I cut my bangs I immediately, like as in ten minutes later, regret it. You should have to sign a mental health waiver to get bangs cut. It’s that traumatizing. Let’s move on shall we?

I was chatting with a friend the other day about texting, and realized something pretty funny. I am the type of person that texts back IMMEDIATELY. I always have my phone next to me or in my hand, so I will reply as long as I’m not on the phone or changing a diaper or something fun like that. Seriously, if you text me and I don’t respond within ten minutes, call the cops, because I may be dead. I have friends that I text with daily, and some are like me and respond instantly (and I in turn get worried if I don’t hear back within a few minutes), and then I have some that may go hours or even days without texting me back. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!? Someone please help me. Is this a blogger/social media thing? Because I am always on social media due to the nature of my work, am I just more prone to responding quickly to texts?

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It’s honestly something I never really thought about until now. Someone please enlighten me? Am I a freak? (Bobby, you are not allowed to answer, k thanks.) I’m not saying there is anything wrong with any particular way or timeframe, I just find it fascinating.

Oh, on that note, my husband will be sitting on the couch and get a text and just ignore it. I’m all like AREN’T YOU GOING TO READ THAT? It seriously makes me twitch. Ok, so maybe I do have a problem. Also, don’t leave me a voicemail. There is a good chance you will never hear from me. If you call and I don’t answer, text me and tell me what you want me to do (call you back, etc.) I’m not sure why but I really dislike listening to voicemail. Oh, also if I don’t have your number in my phone and you call me, I probably won’t answer. I refuse to talk to solicitors and that’s usually who the no-name calls are from. So now that you know ALL of my “phone quirks,” I think it’s time for me to be quiet before you never come back to my blog again. if you need me, text, don’t call. Smile

QOTD: What is your texting style? Do you like voicemail? How often do you cut your hair?

Freshly Picked Review and Giveaway

Hi friends! I have a GREAT giveaway today for those with wee ones. So I know Emma Kate can’t walk yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have adorable little moccasins! Freshly Picked is having me not only review these on my site, but I will be giving a pair away as well!

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Emma Kate was way more excited about the cute packaging than the shoes themselves.

If I have to pick my favorite thing about Freshly Picked, It would be that they have SO many colors to choose from. I had a really hard time deciding! The baby wears a ton of pink so I thought these adorable neon pink ones fit her perfectly.

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I also ordered them a size bigger than needed so she could wear them for longer.

If I hadn’t gone with the pink, my next choice would have been Heirloom in cream and gold or the birch ones.

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The moccasins are made of genuine leather, and have elastic at the opening making them easy to get on squirmy babies, and stay on them! I also love that these items are made right here in the USA. You may have heard of them before from the ABC hit show Shark Tank, as well.

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I love how cute they are and can’t wait to add to EK’s collection soon!

Who wants to win a free pair of baby moccasins? Simply follow the Rafflecoptor instructions below.

*Please note if you have won a giveaway or a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the past 60 days you are not eligible to win. US addresses only.

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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Giveaway

As a new mom, I drink a fair bit of coffee (and wine) to keep my sanity. This is good for me mentally, but not so good for my teeth. When Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their teeth whitening kit, I was really excited, especially since I couldn’t whiten my teeth while I was pregnant.

They mailed me the kit right away, and I was to make a mold of my top and bottom teeth to send off to have my custom trays made.

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The directions were very easy to follow and the whole thing took about ten minutes. Getting custom fitted trays made really adds to how well the treatments work!

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They even sent me back my molds (which they don’t typically do) just so I could show yall how much work and precision goes into making your custom trays.

 

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I used the trays about 8-9 times (you use until you stop noticing a difference) and my teeth are definitely whiter than they were before! Please note that the kit is designed to remove surface stains to restore your teeth to their natural color. It doesn’t actually bleach your teeth. You can continue to use the product once a month for maintenance. Everyone has a natural tooth color, but stains over time cause the teeth to turn more yellow. This product helps remove those pesky stains to restore your natural smile.

I put the trays in for 45 minutes – one hour each time, and hardly noticed they were there. Well worth the effort if you ask me!

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After:

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This picture was after drinking coffee…and they are still whiter!

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***How would you like to win $139.95 in store credit which is equal to the Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the Teeth whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes? All you have to do is enter here. It’s really easy and takes about ten seconds.

Additionally, my readers can get 5% off the entire product list at Smile Brilliant. Just use coupon code “lookingglass5” when you checkout through this link. This discount is good through February 28!

QOTD: Have you ever used teeth whitening products before? Did they work?