Archive for December, 2011

MADE Holidays

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The holidays may be coming to a close, but the amazing selection of gifts at MADE certainly aren’t.

The Downtown Women’s Center and MADE have big goals for 2012. Make sure you’re part of something great. Get coffee, treats and gifts that give. 100 percent of all proceeds benefit the DWC.

Corporate greed is out. Social enterprises are in. Now that is change we can believe in.

How will you make a difference in 2012? Remember, the world is supposed to end soon. Make sure you’ve earned some good karma!

♥ BB


SOHO Beauty

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Looking to get organized in 2012? Look no further than SOHO Beauty for your makeup, product, travel and organizational needs.

I met Tori of SOHO Beauty at the 2011 Snowball, where she introduced me to her cases and bags. SOHO Beauty Cases are fashionable choices for girls (and guys) on-the-go. They not only look great, but make organization a breeze. SOHO gave bloggers their choice of one product. With my beauty product graveyard, what better way to clean things up than the cosmetic case set?

My set came with four cases, which I designated skincare, haircare, makeup and miscellaneous products. Cleaning and arranging my drawer took only a matter of minutes, and instantly transformed my bathroom feng shui. Best of all? Packing for Seattle was a cinch. Grabbed my two cases to go.

This year clear out clutter. Get organized with SOHO Beauty Cases. Besides, if you don’t get rid of the old, how can you buy the new? ^_^

♥ BB


Alpaugh Christmas 2011

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

We have fun. Love you all.

♥ BB


imPRESS by Broadway Nails

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

You’re flying home, nails are a mess and the attendant said you can’t use polish in flight. What’s a girl to do? Thanks to Broadway Nails’ imPRESS Press-On Manicure, nasty nails and smudged polish are a thing of the past.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure is the salon-perfect gels you can do yourself, in a matter of minutes. I did mine flying home for Christmas. Simply pull off the sticky adhesive and apply. For even better results, I filed my natural nails down and pushed back cuticles. There is no drying time and no mess. Perfect for gals on the go.

Removal of nails is easy. Simply soak your hands in hot soapy water, then pull from the sides. No damage to nails like acrylics.

imPRESS comes in 18 colors and 18 patterns, and is sold at your local Rite-Aid, CVS and WalGreens. imPRESS retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns.

The verdict? I am hooked on the imPRESS mani. It’s easy, looks pro and the nails hold up well. My mom instantly commented on my nails. “Those look great,” she said, “I must get a pair.” Similar comments flowed like booze all Christmas weekend.

I only have two minor issues with the imPRESS Press-On Manicure. First, when I run my fingers through my hair, the nails at the cuticle sometimes lift up, making for a weird feeling. Also, after a weekend of errands, cleaning, cooking, etc. my patterns started to fade. Both “problems” are avoidable though. I carried a brush and painted over my patterns for another fun look. Crises avoided.

How would you like to win two sets of imPRESS nails? Cake walk! Simply leave a comment saying what you would do in 2012 with your imPRESS nails, then retweet for a chance to win. One lucky lady (or gent) will take home the two sets of nails featured above. Hurry, contest ends Friday!

With gels and nail art all the rage, you too can have happy hands without spending a fortune. Now go to the nearest store and snag a set. Your New Year’s Eve kiss will love them.

♥ BB

*Update: I just put on my second pair of imPRESS nails. After holding the nails on longer and keeping them closer to the cuticle, I’m happy to report the hair-snagging issue has been resolved!


You’re So Vain

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

You probably think this post is about you.

Well it’s not. I’ve been on an oldies bender as of late, thanks to my Fleetwood Mac station on Pandora. Creedence Clearwater. Carly Simon. The Beatles. The Eagles. Journey. Tom Petty. I’m reliving decades past through music.

You’re So Vain came on tonight, which led me to Googling Carly Simon, which led me to these photos. Timeless.

Where can I get those tie up sandals with a side of James Taylor circa ’69?

♥ BB

Now Playing: You’re So Vain