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The Under Armour Backpack All the Cool Kids Have is On Sale!

A lot of people are home shopping and a lot of retailers are aware of this fact, and as such, are offering deep discounts on beloved products.

This weekend, an email popped up on my screen from my affiliate partners Under armour alerting me that its very popular Under Armour UA Hustle 3.0 which normally retails for about $55 is almost half off for a limited time down to $27.99.

All the boys at my sons’ school sport this trendy bag from a beloved brand that was actually founded in our state, Maryland.

It’s the official athletic apparel company for their school’s team sports and Spring uniforms.

The bag is not just stylish and sleek and great for any gender, it is also durable with a sturdy reinforced shoulder strap, a rugged bottom panel to withstand the stress of being dropped on the ground, a top grab handle so it can be picked up and taken on the go and more.

It’s good for a student who carries a laptop as it has a sleeve for a laptop  but beware, it can only hold one that is 15″. If you or your child has a larger 17 or 18″ size laptop, it would be a tight squeeze or won’t fit at all! I’d recommend upgrading to the larger Storm Recruit backpack which isn’t on sale but runs just $64 regular price. Not bad for a durable bag that will last the test of time.

The bag is also good to use a sports bag. It has a gusseted front laundry bag inside at the bottom, meant for shoes to separate them from books or other items. It’s not too large so sons with huge feet may not be able to use this function.

Two side pockets can hold water bottles so hikers can use it to hold enough thirst quencher for a long trek.

There is also font water-repeellant part for valuables like mobile phones and wallets.

Overall, I think this bag is perfect to use as either a light weight back pack or a sports bag but not both.

Also, there is not enough room for heavy books and all the other stuff kids carry around. It’s only good for schools where the kids use lockers during the day to hold books, and for kids that go in and out of their lockers.

If you’re shopping now for Back to School or Summer sports training, consider getting one too!e 3.0 one for too!

I’m also gonna invest in a new runner’s cap. It’s sleek, pre-curved run cap is also on sale down to $15.99 from its original $19.99. I like that it’s super light and made of breathable mesh venitlation on the side and back panels…just in time for outdoor exercising and running this Summer.  Get it now before the sale expires.

20 Fabulous DIY Summer Nail Color and Designs To Try Out

If you’re like a lot of us, you may be totally over the global lockdown and stay home orders that require us to self-isolate from our friends and to avoid frequented sites and to social distance.

But if you’re like me and other fashionistas, you may be struggling with the idea of not being able to get your hair and nails done and having no where to wear all the frivolous outfits you’ve been buying online lately.

Hopefully, you check out my previous posts that show you how to do your own DIY spa with stuff in the fridge and pantry, how to get professional looking nails at home and how to enjoy a nice foot soak and pedicure.

Whether I’m flexing my designs in social media or at the grocery store, I often get remarks from store clerks and friends who believe my nails were done professionally. Now that’s a sign that they look good!

Now if you’re looking for nice colors or design ideas to experiment with at home, you can check out my DIY Nails board on Pinterest which has a nice following of about 10,000 users.

I’ve curated 20 from that board which has the source for the creatives who made or sported these looks:



Pastel Ombre



Almost Neon Blue Coffin Nails

 

The Joker

Jungle Boogie

 

Orange Apeal

Pretty in Pink

Unexpected Tips

Earl Gray

Natural Beauty

Neon Lights

 

Marble Skies

Baby Pink

Unicorn Love

Cosmic Beauty

Forrest v. Beach

Pink Stiletto

 



The Cosmopolitan

Moon and Stars

 



Shark’s Fin

 



Gardenia

How to Wear a Summer Scarf to Conceal Messy Quarantine Hair

Ready! Set! Summer!

Clearly, this upcoming warm season will be a challenge with all the restrictions in place. And because a lot of us cannot get our hair professionally done, a Summer scarf is the best way to accentuate a messy bun or hide growing roots.

Uncomplicate your Summer style by using one trendy trick to add fun and flare to your regular look: A scarf (or a twilly as it’s sometime called)

Weave a scarf in your braid, wear it as a wrap around a pixie or short cropped hair or tie it around a pony tail. The possibilities are numerous.

Go with a solid color to match an outfit with a print or pair a scarf with a bold print to liven up a plain dress or simple ensemble to make it summery.

Here’s a roundup of some fun Summer styles we peeped on PopSugar last Summer and a few of our faves.

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For my braidistas, I’m loving Naptural85‘s video showing 10 ways to wear a scarf on your head.  Personally, I think I’m going with a twist on one of these styles.  but then I found two more awesome videos for a total of 24 styles!!

Check them out:

Also, for Turban fans,

And finally,

3 ATHLEIUSURE BOTTOMS YOU CAN AND WORK OUT IN THE ENTIRE QUARANTINE

Everyone is in pajamas these days. And no one is washing clothes or doing laundry. A lot of us are relying on the same cycle of a few comfy leisure wear, old tees, comfy sweats or yoga pants.

I’m finding myself in and out of my fave workout pants. You know, the ones with the extra firm support that still feels snug and  cozy, and… you can go to sleep in if you want, then wake up and go for a quick run in!

Do you have a pair of pants like that? The brand and style I have is no longer on sale or in stock but I found three alternatives for you to consider investing in today. They’re mid range in price but worth it because they can stand the test of time of repeated wash and wear.

Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga  makes a pretty good pair of high waisted leggings they call the Moto Legging. They are stylish looking and comfy. BUY YOURS HERE!

BEYOND YOGA

Beyond Yoga Cozy Long Fleece Foldover Jogging Pant: If you want a jogger that is less baggy and comes in a slim fit style, then the Beyond Yoga jogger pant is for you. It’s made of breathable fleece and comes to the ankle. They are so comfortable and plush, you won’t want to take them off. You can wear the waist band up or down. They are super soft and they have front pockets!!!! Even though they are a slim fit, they are still relaxed and supple enough to not make you feel stuffed in them. BUY YOURS HERE!

TORY SPORT

 

Tory Sport Women’s Chevron Full Length Leggings are made of neoprene and are very comfortable to wear and they are breathable and made with wicking and COOLMAX tech that keeps you cool to when you work out. Consider getting a size up for a better fit. If you can afford it, consider getting them in more than one color.  BUY YOURS HERE!

Tory Sport is the performance luxury activewear for women by Tory Burch that seamlessly balances style and performance. Defined by classic American sportswear, Tory Sport offers a comprehensive range of stylish and wearable sports clothing and athletic wear for coming and going, running, studio, tennis and golf.

 

For other pieces you may need to restock into your wardrobe, here is a curated list of the top Athleisure wear brands to check out today:

ADAY

ADAY adopts a ‘less-is-more’ approach and a design ethos based on seasonless pieces and sustainability to offer everyday, athleisure-inspired clothes that are both performance-driven and stylish.

Every ADAY piece of clothing features novel technical material properties (sweat-wicking, quick-drying, UV- and chlorine-protected and wrinkle-free).

Tory Sport is the performance luxury activewear for women by Tory Burch

ALALA

Alala is a super trendy New York City-inspired luxury activewear brand.

IVY PARK

 

Beyoncé’ Ivy Park offers high-fashion meets high-tech performance wear. The collection of activewear is effortlessly cool and includes everything from sports bras to leggings, crop and oversized sweatshirts, bodysuits and more. She recently partnered with Adidas on a collection. SHOP THE BRAND

ATHLETA

Athleta (by Gap) The Gap-owned fitness brand Athleta offers stylish athleisure wear for women and girls for a variety of activities including yoga, running, swimming, and hiking.

FABLETICS

Kate Hudson’s fitness fashion brand Fabletics features a collection of comfortable workout and athleisure clothing. This American retailer sells sportswear, footwear and accessories.

IVL COLLECTIVE

The Ivory Lane Collective, or IVL Collective for short, is fastly becoming a leader in women’s athleisure wear. Their activewear collection includes everything from cute leggings to tanks, tees, and jackets.

NIKE

One of the most successful and recognisable sportswear brands in the world, Nike offers everything from quality shorts and t-shirts to shoes and socks that are both fashionable and functional. The brand also sells a lot of high-quality gym gear for your home.

UNDER ARMOUR

Under Armour The American sportswear label Under Armour launched in 2016 Under Armour Sportswear (UAS), a premium athleisure range designed by Belgian designer Tim Coppens. UAS fuses high-performance sportswear designs with an elevated sartorial touch. They have really cute and sexy gym clothes on their website.  SHOP THE BRAND

FP MOVEMENT BY FREE PEOPLE

FP Movement is Free People’s active fashion line which triumphs both bohemian chic style and function. FP Movement by Free People

ADIDAS

Adidas is a sportswear powerhouse that combines quality and style to create modern, street-savvy active wear. The active wear brand’s signature three-stripe motif has gained iconic status in popular culture. (Image source)

No matter which you choose, have it your way!

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5 Must Have Spring Maternity Clothes

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If you will find yourself pregnant in the Spring, you can certainly look forward to looking chic in some cute warm weather outfits. After the long, harsh winter, a lot of fashionistas and preginistas a like look forward to sprucing up their wardrobe and adding color to their life.

Even in these difficult times, these days, you can always experiment with new clothes and ways to accentuate your growing bump.

Here is a list of Spring Staples that you might want to add to your Maternity Spring wardrobe:

  • Jumpsuit 

It is unconventional and different and something that you wouldn’t think to wear while pregnant given how hard it is to put on and take off, but a jumpsuit may be the fresh element to make your maternity look pop. Opt for one with side snaps or fixtures for ease of taking on and putting on during bathroom breaks. You can also repurpose a jumpsuit for the unofficial fourth trimester.

  • Accessories 

When it comes to accessorizing during pregnancy, it’s easy to get carried away by the numerous choices in stores. However, you can stick to the essential items that lift your mood. Consider also selecting a scarf in a soft and romantic or bold and geometric print. The beauty of investing in a quality scarf or shawls is that they are quite a great way to layer up and still look fashionable. Also, think about a bright belt to punctuate a solid-colored dress.  Instead of fastening it on the waist, you can do so just above the baby bump for an empire waist look.

  • Maternity leggings 

When you are shopping for maternity clothes, you mustn’t forget about maternity leggings. These pieces serve a dual purpose of putting your look together and as support for your aching legs and are a valuable addition to your wardrobe. Not only are they cozy, but they also offer a continuous fit throughout the pregnancy and into postpartum. If you get thick leggings, you can also easily wear them under layered tees or tops for a casual look.

  • Spring jacket 

While you’re pregnant, you know that you’ll get hot and cold as you experience rises and drops in your body temperature. For this reason, every maternity collection should include a nice light jacket. Get a jacket that can be dressed up or down, and worn at work, or at play, at a corporate meeting or while going for an evening walk on the weekend.  Consider one in a breathable material like cotton so you don’t get overheated and risk having to take it off and add it to your load of stuff you need to lug around.

  • Maternity tops & t-shirts 

As your bump starts to grow, you will need to swap out your smaller tops for larger sizes. You can start to invest some few maternity tops, t-shirts as well as tanks at this time. Get them in standard solid colors like pink, grey, white and black so you can easily mix and match and pair them with your maternity leggings, jeans, breathable yoga pants or shorts when you are at home or out and about running for errands. They also come in handy when you want to engage in some light bodywork exercise.

If you stick with these staples, you’ll find that they can carry you through your entire pregnancy, into the other seasons and during your post-partum days as well.

How to Wear Yellow This Spring



When I need to lift my spirit, I wear yellow especially this time of the year when the days are getting longer and the sun is out more. Yellow is an energetic color. It represents change and is definitely the color to rock this month — and in any shade, sunflower, neon, tangerine, lemon. Have it your way!

And if you’re expecting, there are ways for you to accommodate such a bold, vibrant and attention-getting color in your wardrobe in a more subtle way! Check out a post on incorporating yellow in your wardrobe when expecting here!

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Get Blue Ivy’s NBA Courtside Look

 

Before the NBA (and many other major American sports leagues) could cancel the season because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Blue Ivy Carter and her dad Jay Z got to sit court side at an Los Angeles Lakers versus the Los Angeles Clippers this week.

The stylish tot showed up to the Staples Center in a custom personalized denim jacket, a grey cropped ruffle sleeve short sleeve shirt, with black leggings and a chic pair of on trend lug-sole combat boots with a sock-style upper. She wore her hair in individual braids that were curled at the very ends

Blue’s boots were from Fendi Kids, its FF logo boots, which feature a lace-up design and a rounded toe, and retails for $714 and you can get over at Farfetch.com.

[Get a less expensive look with a $49.99 H&M Jacket , a pair of Daria Girl Combat Boots by Madden Girl for $49.99,  a pair of high waisted pants by Zella Girl for $35 and a simple grey short sleeve ruffle sleeve graphic tee from like H&M for $15.]

 

After the game, she was shy about starstruck over seeing All-Star LeBron James and seemed hesitant to ask him something.

“If you want it, you gotta tell him,” Jay-Z can be heard telling his daughter in a videotaped encounter of the 8-year old asking for an autographed baskedtabll. “You almost got it out. Yeah, just do it.”

She eventually made her request and James responded: “You want a ball from me?… By the time you get out of school on Monday, you’ll have it.”

Blue, who was born on Jan. 7, 2012, is the first child of Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z. The couple also share twins Rumi and Sir, who are 2.

 

Get this Sports Girl Under Armour Look for Under $100!

My family is an Under Armour family.

My boys attend a college prep school that has a reputation for excelling in academics, music and especially sports. They swim, and compete with the cross country and outdoor track teams and wear Under Armour uniforms.

That’s why I was excited to join as an affiliate partner with the brand and today, I would like to tell you that you US and Canadian customers can get an additional 25% off any order of $100 or more using the code Fit25 at check out.

That means you can cop this entire UA outfit my daughter wor her soccer skills e tocamp this week for $100!  While the exact half zip top UA Tech long sleeve shirt isn’t available, a similar style, in a different design is for just $25.99. 

It comes in grey with an orange sleeve and logo or black with white stripe along the sleeve and logo. Add it to your cart. 

Nab a pair of cold gear black jeggings for winter weather wear, made of dual-layer fabric with material that wicks sweat and dries super fast. There is an anti-odor tech that prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes. These pants have an extra wide waistband, inspired by yoga pants and sits right on her hips

Get a pair for $31.99  It comes in youth sizes 7 to 16 and you can get them in black with pitch grey light heather stripe down the side.

While she isn’t wearing UA sneakers in this photo. (her brothers own them), in order to get the 25% off discount, you need to check out $100 worth of items. Pick up a pair of UA Bandit shoes that usually cost $65 for just $48.99

Add them to your cart to get the discount! Don’t forget to enter the code FIT5 at check out for the discount to apply.

 

The One Piece Of Jewelry Every Woman Needs to Wear, especially New Moms



If you’re expecting or a new mom, chances are a lot of your income will be going to the cost of raising your baby.

Expectant and new moms who are used to wearing fine jewelry may have to table their urge to splurge but there are other options: silver jewelry is one!

I personally prefer silver jewelry to gold and other more expensive metals anyway.  

By way of background, sterling silver, which is an alloy of silver is used to make most of the available silver jewelry. On its own, silver is too brittle and malleable to be formed into anything.

That may be why thicker pieces like Bangles are are faves and is being worn by men even.

Here are a few other factorsto keep in mind when buying silver bangles.

Need proper care and maintenance

Silver bangles for women need proper care and maintenance.

The best form of caring for your silver bangles is by wearing them often. When you wear your bangles, oils from your skin helps protect them from reacting with air to form another layer on the silver surface.

When not on your wrist, it is important that you keep your silver bangles locked up.

Put them in an airtight container. Ensure that it is clean and well shut.

Also, ensure that your bangles do not touch other jewelry to avoid rusting.

Proper maintenance ensures that your silver bangles will last long and keep their shine for a long time.

About the health benefits

It is believed that sterling silver has numerous health benefits.

Sterling silver is an effective anti-fungal and sterilization product that has been used for this purpose for thousands of years. Research is still ongoing but it is also believed silver bangles help reduce and cure the effects of arthritis.

Can be worn with other types of bracelets

When you wear silver bangles, you do not have to wear them on their own. If you have other types of bangles, say gold, you can wear them together with the silver bangles.

A mix of bangles is stylish and ensures that your jewelry stands out when worn.

Its hypoallergenic

This means that it is safe to be worn. There are people who often have allergic reactions to different types of jewelry material. Sterling silver that makes silver jewelry is safe and will not lead to allergic reactions on the wearer.

Available in numerous designs

Due to its malleability, sterling silver is easy to mold into different shapes and designs. You can therefore find silver bangles that have unique shapes and designs on them. You can also have your bangles custom made with unique engravings on them.

Verswatility

Silver jewelry is highly versatile. It is accepted in numerous social situations. It can be worn to work and to numerous social events. It can be worn to the beach and to church and other social occasions.

Ensure its a right fit

When wearing your silver bangles, ensure that they are a right fit for you. Measure your hand to ensure that your bangle will fit perfectly. When measuring your hand, measure at the the tips of your fingers while your thumb touches your pinkie finger. This ensures that it will be easy to wear and it will fit perfectly.

When you wear a large bangle, it will be uncomfortable as you will always feel as if it is falling off. It will distract you and lead to you getting some undue attention. Further, like every other bangle, ensure that it is not too tight.

Great gifts to give

Silver bangles for women are also quite appropriate as gifts. A silver bangle can be offered as a gift to a significant other or to a work colleague or a friend.

Silver jewelry is durable and beautiful. It will therefore be appreciated by the one who accepts the gift. It is also easy to use the gifts of silver bangles to create a collection of jewelry.

2020 Golden Globes Red Carpet, Winners and Speeches Recap



Last night’s Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California was memorable for historic wins after long absences (Renee Zelleger for and Brad Pitt for after a 16- and 24-year lapse since each last one, respectively) and for notable as speeches (Michelle Williams about female empowerment, SNL‘s Kate McKinnon’s presentation to Ellen DeGeneres of the Carol Burnett Award role in making it easier for a lesbian TV star to shine and Joaquin Phoenix about climate change and the Australian wildfires)

Among the moms featured and “bump watched” before on the blog, Beyonce was nominated for Best Original Song for “Spirit” on The Lion King (and got roasted by a few Twitter for being the only one to not give Phoenix a standing ovation for his win); Christina Applegate for Best Actress in Dead to Me and Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show in the Best Actress in a Television Series-Drama category, and Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture for Hustlers.

Fashion was classic and on point.

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino

Scarlett Johannson in Vera Wang

Salma Hayek in Gucci

 

Rachel Bilson in Brock Collection

Reese Witherspoon in wearing a custom Roland Mouret

Sienna Miller in Gucci

Sofia Vergara in Dolce & Gabbana

Molly Sims in Marchesa

Christina Applegate in Pamella Roland

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

Kerry Washington in Altuzurra