December 30, 2013

2014 Resolutions

Like everyone else, I have really began thinking about my New Year's resolutions for 2014.  Of course getting fit and eating healthy are among the list, but I have been really focusing more on those activities and goals that I have worked on over this past year but did not achieve.

1.  Photo-A-Day:  I have been posting pictures sporadically on Instagram, following along the Clickin Moms #cmglimpse photo-a-day challenge.  This is a fun challenge because there is such a variety  of skill level photographers that participate.  The images are very inspirational and motivating.  This year's goal will be to complete one full month MINIMUM.  Once I can master one month, the bar will be raised to 365 days.

2.  Book Club:  Many years ago I participated in a book club, and really enjoyed the discussions we had around the books.  Mom and I decided we would read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls as our first book.  Amazon seems to have the best price, at only $9.12 for the Kindle.

My oldest son is also interested in this book, so we will have a "mini" book club for January.

Starting in February, we will be joining A Bowl Full of Lemons in her monthly book club.  More information can be found here:

3.  Cross Stitch:  A close friend and I have decided to complete the 2014 Once Upon A Time Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. After seeing so many great pictures on Instagram of other's completing the 2013 Autumn Sampler, this just had to be added to the "To-Do List".

The 2014 Once Upon a time Sampler only cost $19.95 for a full year of patterns.  All the fun begins on January 10th, but of course you can start later if you so choose.  Each month you will receive the next pattern to work on.

I would love to hear your goals for the new year!  Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you will be working on, and if you plan to participate in any of these challenges!  I look forward to hearing from all of you!

December 13, 2013

Meet Namaste! The Perfect "Go-To" Handbags and Accessories

Meet Namaste.

  • We believe in being more friendly to your wallet
  • We believe that style and function can be best friends
  • We believe that everyone deserves coordinated organization
  • We believe that Zen can exist in your handbag
  • We believe that life's too short to sweat the small stuff
  • We believe in being kind to the earth and it's creatures
  • We believe in gratitude
  • We believe in karma
  • We believe in fun
- namaste

A couple years ago I shared with you one of my most favorite handbags, Namaste.  Today I am happy to share them with you again!  Namaste bags are well known in the fiber community because they are great travel bags for your knitting and crochet projects.  Of course that is what I use my Namaste bag for. . . since I don't ever leave home without a project to work on.  Namaste bags are also fabulous for almost anything you might need to haul around.  These bags are very stylish, and would make a perfect fit for the Momma-On-The-Go!

Namaste bags come in six different styles, and all come in a variety of colors such as Canary Yellow, Caribbean Blue, Eggplant, and Red (shown above).  The styles include a messenger bag, back pack, and a variety of totes and are made of durable and animal friendly materials.  Bags are priced from $79 - $97.50.

Our fave style this season is the Harlow, shown here.  The interior lining is a soft micro-suede.

There are lots of storage pockets on the inside and out which are great for helping keep track of your needles, scissors, and anything else you might need to take.

The collection also includes a variety of different wallets, needle and accessory cases to coordinate with the handbags.  

Namaste bags and accessories are available online and at participating retailers. Click here to find a location near you:

November 27, 2013

Winter Moisturizer Best!

There are two products that I cannot live without. I swear by them, use them each and every day and am TOTALLY addicted.  These are great products that can benefit the whole family this winter season.

1. Chapstick.  Birchbox included the new ChapStick 8 hour hydration lock moisturizer in the October mailing.  I honestly wasn't a big chapstick user in the past. I always preferred Vaseline (and applied it constantly) but I must admit having a lip product that lasts up to 8 hours is a huge plus!  And at $2.99, what's not to love?? Apply this before applying your lipstick or lipgloss to add extra moisture and protection to your lips during these cold and dry months.

2. Cerave Moisturizing Cream. I was first introduced to Cerave by my dermatologist. He recommended that I use the lotion, but that was during the summer time.  Now that the weather is changing, I have switched to the cream.  I not only use the cream on my face, but on my whole body.  The unique, patented MVE Delivery technology releases moisture throughout the day. The cream is fragrance-free, non-irritating, and noncomedogenic. Unlike some creams that cause your skin to have a white veil, CeraVe goes on smooth and invisible.  CeraVe products are available online, CVS drug stores, Target, and Costco.  If you happen to shop at Costco, their prices are most reasonable and you can get a container for under $15.

November 14, 2013

Holiday Dress: Shoe Style for the Littles

With just a couple weeks till Thanksgiving, it's not too early to begin thinking about your little's holiday style!  In fact, it's the best time to start pulling those outfits together since the stores and online shops are fully stocked with lots of options to choose from and the sizes you might need. 

Don't forget to complete the holiday outfits with the right shoes.  Famous Footwear has some great styles for boys and girls this year and their prices can't be beat!  Whether you are attending holiday parties, church, or have photo shoots planned, Famous Footwear has you covered.

Here are a couple of our fave styles for girls:
Unlisted - Kids New View $24.99
Buster Brown - Kids Layla $34.99
And a few fave boys styles: 
Buster Brown - Logan Wide $29.99
 Buster Brown - Kids Bryce II $24.99
 Buster Brown - Kids Jason $19.99

 Head over to Famous Footwear's website to find more great styles for the family, locate a store, and sign up for their email and you can receive $5 off your next purchase

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a SAFE and Happy Halloween! I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures on Instagram!  Be sure to follow me at @onestylishmomma.

October 16, 2013

Naya Shoes: Apollonia Boot Review

"Naya brings together a relaxed and sophisticated style with comfort in shoes that leave a softer footprint on the environment."

I am thrilled to share Naya Shoes with you today! Naya Shoes is a women's shoe brand that cares about the environment.  They use eco-friendly materials whenever possible.  

The Naya fall shoe collection includes Refined Flats, Go West, Statement Studs and Tough Luxe.  The styles range from slip on and lace up flats to a variety of height boots in so many different styles that it would be hard not to find something to fall in love with.  Check out the website Naya Shoes and take a look at their full fall line.

The Naya Apollonia boots (shown above) are one of my absolute favorites! These boots look great when paired up with a pair of skinny jeans, a nice top and scarf; leggings and a chunky sweater or even a knee length skirt.  The wardrobe options are endless.  Just be sure not to cover up the beautiful lace up backing!

The Apollonia boots are made with well oiled suede and tumbled leather.  They are SUPER STYLISH and COMFORTABLE to wear, making them a great option for anyone on their feet.  An eco-friendly boot that is stylish and comfortable? What more could a girl ask for! 

The Apollonia boot featured retails for $239.99 and are available in Brown/Wine leather (as shown above), Green/Brown leather, Black leather, and a two tone Taupe leather.

Naya Shoes can be purchased online at Naturalizer, Zappos, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Amazon.

October 2, 2013

Clickin Mom's Walk 2013: Baltimore, MD

This past weekend Mom and I ventured out on our first photography walk.  We found out about the Clickin Mom's Walk 2013 on Instagram, and were very excited that there were two walks taking place near us.  We decided to join the Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD walk since it was earlier in the day and not a bad drive to get there.

Although I grew up just 30 minutes outside of the Baltimore area, this was my first time going to Fell's Point.  I always related Fell's Point as the place to go if you wanted to hit the bars or night clubs, and well since that really isn't my scene I guess I never had any desire to go there. Little did I know that this section of Baltimore really does have a lot to offer.

The walk began at the Daily Grind.  We arrived early and were able to sit and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee before the walk.  

Maryland is known for the blue crab, and it is one of my favorites! Too bad we didn't have time to stop and enjoy a fresh crab cake.

As we were beginning our walk, the Pirate Ship was heading out on a tour. I would put this at the top of the family "must do" list next time we are in the area.

I can't say that I have ever seen potted flowers in a beer keg, but thought it added a nice touch!

This image was shot looking into a store. I had aimed to capture the light post behind me, but was actually quite pleased with the coloring too.

Bright and colorful chairs above the ice cream shop.

Saturday morning's there is a Farmer's Market in the center of Fell's Point.  There are many vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade soaps, and cupcakes. 

Fell's Point,was a wonderful place to photograph.  I highly recommend anyone in the area, that maybe hasn't ever visited to add it to your list of places to see. There are many shops and sights to see, I am sure you won't be disappointed!

September 23, 2013

Pieces of Me: Booz and Bangs

Last week I began a new photography class called Radiate.  This is the second class I have taken with Beryl Young.  She is a phenomenal photography teacher!  If you haven't checked out her website, she can be found at  Beryl Young sends out regular emails with great tips, so make sure you sign up for her Momtographer Tips and Tricks Guide.

Our first week of Radiate begins with Pieces of Me. We have been given several questions to consider.  Everyone has a story to tell, and here is a little bit of my story.

Growing up, my mother was the most important person to me.  She is still one of THE most important people in my life and that will never change.  My mother and I moved away from my biological father when I was five years old.  I guess that means I am from a broken home.  Moving away was one of the best things we could have done.  My father was an alcoholic, among other things. Even after we left he did not try to know me or be involved in my life until sometime in my high school years.  And those few moments when he tried to be a father were short lived.

I don't drink. I don't have a problem if other's drink, but I just don't feel that it is my way of life.  I am glad for that. I do believe that alcoholism is hereditary, and I would hate to have to fight that ugly battle or damage in any way all that I have become.

I don't have many memories of my father, but I do remember cutting off ALL my bangs.  I was about 4 1/2 at the time, my mother was working, and my father was passed out on the couch.  My mom thought I looked just lovely until she realized what I had done.  The only picture we have with my very own haircut is my Kindergarten class photo.

There was a male figure in my life, but not a father figure. The only person I had to confide in, the only person I had to look out for me was my mother.  She is the ONE that has helped mold me into the person I am today.  I am thankful for having such a great mother.

September 13, 2013

Curls for a Cure - Ouidad Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Ouidad Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
365 Days a Year

Ouidad has donated over $443,781 to Breast Cancer Awareness

Ouidad, a renowned hair stylist, salon owner, global educator, curl expert, mother, and industry icon is a breast cancer survivor.  She was diagnosed at the same age as her mother, who lost the battle against the disease.  Ouidad realized that she was in a unique position to apply both personal experience and passion to a remarkable cause and took action against this aggressive killer.  While she commends other brands for debuting limited edition, pastel pink products to raise funds for this important cause, Ouidad has chosen to pursue a higher level of involvement by supporting breast cancer awareness 365 days a year.

Fortunate enough to make a full recovery, Ouidad started a crusade against breast cancer, vowing to make a difference in the lives of other women.  She founded Curls for a Cure in 2005 to raise funds year round for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Curls for a Cure is a donation program on that welcomes visitors to make a donation of their choosing toward Breast Cancer research.  Taking her commitment a step further, Ouidad matches any amount donated, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000!

With her own difficult hair loss experience, Ouidad is able to comfort troubled clients in an entirely personal way, and is truly honored to provide support both financially and emotionally.  Below are a few helpful tips from Ouidad on how to look good and feel good during this difficult time.

  • Skin will have a yellow tint from chemotherapy – use a bronzer with a pink tint to balance skin color
  • Hair tends to lose pigmentation, often growing in gray and curly; wait at least six months post chemotherapy for color to prevent damage of new growth
  • Visually prepare for hair loss by cutting hair shorter to minimize the drastic effect of losing hair
  • With new hair growth, do deep treatments every two weeks to feed and strengthen hair; frequent deep conditioning is necessary to replenish nutrients, allowing each strand to regain its internal weight and body

September 10, 2013

the Bobbi + Katie Collection

Have you heard the latest news in the beauty industry? Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown recently joined together to create a capsule collection designed for modern on-the-go women like themselves.   Katie Holmes is the FIRST EVER celebrity face to work with Bobbi Brown. 

"Form meets function in the creative duo’s new palette for eyes, cheeks and lips. Combined with a brush set and cosmetic case perfectly sized for your purse, it’s everything you need for beauty on-the-go. "

The color palette includes 8 eye shadows, 2 pot rouges, and a mini eye pencil.  The color collection was inspired by Katie's favorite journal and her classic fashion design sensibility.  The color palette retails for $68.

The mini makeup brush kit includes a face blender brush, eye shadow brush, eye sweep brush, and an eye liner brush in a small brown cosmetic bag.  The makeup brush kit retails for $65.  

Both items are perfectly sized to fit in your purse, giving you everything you need it the most.

These are Limited Edition, so make sure to pick yours up quickly.

The Bobbi + Katie Collection is available at all Bobbi Brown Cosmetic counters and online at

Photographing Your Town Challenge

Last night I finally sat down to to read the latest Click magazine, and found a great article about how to photograph a city.  Although the article highlighted a few key ideas, it really got me thinking.  We live in a nice small town in Northern Virginia, about an hour from either Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, MD.  Our small town would make a great starting point for capturing and photographing our town and sharing it with all of you! There are  several neighboring towns and cities that have so much to explore and share as well.

So in the future I look forward to visiting these towns and sharing with you all the things that make them special.

What is your town/city known for? What attracts people to visit? Are there tourist destinations, or locals  area's that might intrigue others?  I would like to have you share the sights, smells, tastes, and people in your region. Be sure to comment and leave a link to your posts!

If you haven't visited the Clickin' Mom's website, be sure to pop over and check out the many free resources, online classes, and store.  They are also the creators of Click Magazine, a photography magazine published every couple months.  The magazine is available for download through iTunes or you can order print copies.  The magazine has many great resources of information and inspiration.

September 9, 2013

Day 1: The Little Mermaid Photo A Day Challenge {RED}

Yesterday I stumbled upon a one week challenge being hosted by Fat Mum Slim.  Fat Mum Slim has a monthly photo a day challenge that can be found on Facebook with almost 10,000 followers or on Instagram (#fmsphotoaday). I was drawn to the Little Mermaid Photo A Day Challenge for several reasons.  Disney princesses! Who doesn't love them? If you didn't know, The Little Mermaid movie is coming out on DVD and Blue Ray on September 11th!

Prizes!  There are 5 chances to win! Check out Fat Mum Slim's website for details.

The biggest reason motivating me to participate in this challenge would be my little Emma.  She is a girly-girl who LOVES to pose for the camera, which is a great thing for me since I enjoy photography.  And, a short photography challenge! Yay! The photography challenges are a great way to find inspiration, and to share with other's.

Each day I will share my photo with you here on the blog, as well as Instagram (

Day #1 is {RED}.

September 8, 2013

Week in Review - Kindergarten and Soccer

Last Tuesday was our first day of school.  I think we were the last county in our region to start back, and I can honestly say that I like that summer break doesn't end until after Labor Day. I hear there is talk of it possibly changing in the years to come, which is really unfortunate for the children.

Here are a few photo's I was able to grab before Emma headed off on her first day of Kindergarten.  Since she is baby #4, and the last to start school, Momma was a hot mess that day!  It didn't really hit me until I found myself looking out the door every minute watching for the bus to come up the hill.  Once it dawned on me what I was doing, the tears started rolling.  If I had the patience to home school, I would probably be tempted to keep her home.

Saturday marked the start of our fall soccer season, and Emma's first "official" soccer game.  I think she will be following in her brother's footsteps. She seems to have more of an interest in soccer than cheerleading, which seems odd considering how she is such a girly-girl.  Mommy and Daddy don't mind though.  We encourage our children to participate in team sports, but prefer to let them decide which sport they enjoy more.

September 6, 2013

Products We Love: Ouidad Color Sense Collection

After years and years of having my hair highlighted, I decided to try something new.  My natural hair color is a darker brown, so I thought the Ombre' look would be a great way to darken my hair up while still keeping some blonde.  One of my biggest concerns is prolonging the life of the dark hair color.  Often times we get our hair colored and a few weeks later the nice color we started with has faded to something totally different.  My other concern was that the blonde portion tends to look more dried out and frizzy.

I am happy to share Ouidad hair care products with you!  Ouidad has an excellent hair care system that helps to preserve your hair color, allowing your color to last longer before fading.  Now, I am sure your thinking the same thing I thought, isn't Ouidad for curly hair? Let me tell you, my hair is as straight as it gets and this line works amazing!  Of course, Ouidad will still work wonders on curly hair.

Here are before and after pictures (sorry about the lighting). You can see a difference just from using the products one time.  The Color Sense Collection removes product build up that can leave your hair looking dull and lackluster, brightens, and smoothes.  The frizziness on the ends look much smoother and softer, blending together much more naturally than they had in the Before picture.

To properly use these products, allow the conditioner to set for about 3 minutes before rinsing.  Once a week, follow up with the Shine Boosting Color Extender.  Allow the Extender to set for about 10 minutes before rinsing, then style as usual.

Color Preserving Shampoo
  • Key Benefits
      • Gently removes mineral deposits and product buildup that can strip color
      • Provides a shield against fading from UV exposure and styling
      • Hair is instantly hydrated, healthy and vibrant
      • Sulfate free
    • Ingredient Benefits
      • Proprietary Color Lock Complex, including Beta Carotene and Lycopene, contains broad spectrum, plant based sun filters which help affix color to the hair fibers and shield against fading due to UV exposure and styling
      • Weightless layer of antioxidants protects against dehydration for healthy looking, radiant curls
    • Directions
      • Gently massage through wet hair
      • Never bunch or scrub hair while shampooing as this weakens hair, leading to frizz
      • Rinse thoroughly and follow with Color Sense™ Color Preserving Conditioner
    • Price
      • $20 for 8.5 fl. oz.

    Color Preserving Conditioner
    • Key Benefits
      • Protective Color Lock complex affixes color to hair fibers and provides a shield against fading from UV exposure and styling
      • Nourishes and replenishes hydration to help keep hair healthy looking and soft
      • Sulfate free and silicone free
    • Ingredient Benefits
      • Lycopene - provides natural UV protection in addition to fighting free radical damage and preserving healthy hair cells
      • Beta Carotene – a component of Vitamin A that improves hair health by activating cell renewal that keeps scalp healthy and enables the growth of thicker, fuller hair 
      • A blend of Apricot Oil and Honey replenish moisture and strengthen hair, both are rich in antioxidants to protect hair color from free radical and environmental damage
    • Directions
      • Apply in sections.  Comb through clean, wet hair using a wide tooth comb, starting at the ends of hair and working toward the scalp
      • Leave in hair for 3 minutes, then rinse
    • Price
      • $22 for 8.5 fl. oz.

    Shine Boosting Color Extender
    • Key Benefits
      • Instantly creates a high gloss finish that lasts for days
      • Extends life of hair color
      • Protects from UV and styling damage
      • Sulfate-free and silicone free
    • Ingredient Benefits
      • Proprietary blend of Crambe Abyssinica and Apricot Seed Oils protects and extends the life of color while creating a lightweight, high gloss finish
      • Color Lock Complex, composed of broad spectrum, plant based sun filters, seals in color and shield from damaging UV exposure
    • Directions
      • Apply to wet hair, distributing evenly from roots to ends
      • Leave on for 10 minutes
      • Rinse completely and style as usual
      • Use once per week for optimal color preservation and shine
    • Price
      • $26 for 5 fl. oz.
    Ouidad products can be purchased online at, Ouidad Flagship stores, and local Ulta beauty stores.