NYE BOaFB 2015 ROUNDUP

12:34:00 PM
Wow! So 2015 is just going to come and go just like that huh? Well, this year definitely has been challenging, especially regarding my health, but it's also been a rewarding one! I compiled some of this years faves in this post as my farewell to a wonderful year! I hope that you guys had as much fun reading as I did creating these posts for you!

GUESS WHAT?

5:00:00 AM
The last month has been a little hectic!  I mentioned my mental exhaustion in PERFECTLY IMPERFECT and that feeling traveled along with me into the following week.  I don't know if you guys remember around November of last year in UNCERTAIN THOUGHTS: PT. II, I decided to quit my retail position at a bridal boutique because I needed to find "me".

HAIR | PINK BOB

5:00:00 AM
Oh, the joys of being a girl!  We have the power to switch it up in any way, shape and form.  If you know me, then you know that I'm real chameleon-like when it comes to my coils!  One day, I'm straight and the next could be curls, who knows!  This is the latest addition to my tresses collection.This gorgeous piece is from RPG Show and I am lucky enough to be one of the first people to try it out!  When I first saw this jeweled fuchsia,

BOAFB CLOSET COLLECTION NOVEMBER 2015

5:00:00 AM
November was my comeback month!  This was extremely fun coming back after a few months hiatus AND hitting it like I never left.  This was a month of out of the box choices and combining different weather scenarios as we are almost at Winter here in MI.  I thank you all for joining me on my return journey and here's to many more!  Let's take a look back at some faves from the month of November, with a hint of October!

CHRISTMAS 2015 WISHLIST

5:00:00 AM
By now, all of the deliciousness of Thanksgiving has settled (even though I'm going to keep going back for more), the dishes are all washed and my apartment is cleaned from the festivities, it's time to start thinking of this year's Christmas season! Of course, it's all about giving rather than receiving, however it never hurts to put together a wishlist. I like to do wishlists of things that I know I want so that I can 1.) keep account and 2.) prioritize my future purchases!
By now, all of the deliciousness of Thanksgiving has settled (even though I'm going to keep going back for more), the dishes are all washed and my apartment is cleaned from the festivities, it's time to start thinking of this year's Christmas season! Of course, it's all about giving rather than receiving, however it never hurts to put together a wishlist. I like to do wishlists of things that I know I want so that I can 1.) keep account and 2.) prioritize my future purchases!

This list consists of things that I plan on definitely buying, whether it's now or later. I know my big ticket items, ie camera and laptop, will be more of a future purchase because I cant see me dropping ALL of that money on myself right before the holidays. I also have to take into consideration that my husbands birthday is next week and my son's birthday is 3 days after Christmas. You can imagine what my wallet looks like in Nov., Dec. and Jan - it's screaming "why am I so empty?"! Nonetheless, I can still get a few goodies here and there until my list is complete!
HOLIDAY WISHLIST '15


Take a look by clicking on the photos above and see if there is something here that you like!
Happy Friday loves and hope you enjoy your weekend! ♥

NOV '15 | ROCKSBOX #RBITGIRL

7:36:00 AM
I'm pretty excited about this post today because I just received my first Rocksbox!!  What is Rocksbox you ask?  Well founder, Meaghan, grew tired of purchasing jewelry and only wearing it once or twice.  She wanted that luxury without the hassle, expense and clutter, thus Rocksbox is born!  It's a service that gives youaccess to wear unlimited designer jewelry, with the option to buy the pieces you love!  Not happy with one them, send it back!

FIRST SNOW

5:00:00 AM
Okay, so this makes WAY better sense than the 70+ degree weather we were having just a couple short weeks ago.  The skies opened up late Friday night/early Saturday morning and did not let up the entire day!  Some areas got around 6" of snow, while us lower Easterners in MI only got a few.  As pretty as it is and no matter how much Mr. Weatherman warned us, I totally wasn't ready for the first of what I'm sure will be many rounds of the cold, white stuff! 

CREATIVES UNIFORM

10:04:00 AM
Welcome to the weekend everyone! We made it! I started out the week completely exhausted, but knowing that is Friday gave me a pep in my step to create this black on black fit! You can never go wrong in all black, it's the hairstylist and makeup artist uniform! You think sexy and sultry donning the darkest neutral shade and it's the perfect transition color!

HAIR | NATURAL WAVES

7:50:00 AM

Happy mid week everyone!!  No fashion post today, but I do want to share with you my latest "baby" added to the collection.  If you guys have been with me for a while, then you know that my first love is my hair.  It's been my thing since about age 15, my love for creating different styles and pushing limits.  This unit has got to be one of the most diverse styles I've tried in a long time. The fact that I can straighten it or keep it in it's kinky state is a hair connoisseur's dream!

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

8:37:00 AM
MONDAYS!!!  Aghhhh!  I am normally totally fine with Monday, but today, I am SOOOOO tired, it's crazy!  The last week or so has been a complete whirlwind in my household and I believe that it's starting to catch up with me.  That's the reason this post is up so late, just tired!

BURGUNDY SUEDE

7:00:00 AM
See, I told you I would have something feisty for you guys in time for the weekend!  The last time I wore this camel colored combo, I was compared to Cookie Lyon from Empire, which I still find funny to this day. :)  The beautiful jeweled hue of this mock neck dress demanded I revisit the neutral shades in these pieces!  Burgundy is one of my favorite colors because I think it works really well with my skin tone, so that's why this beauty is in my closet!

SPEAKING OF BASIC

7:00:00 AM
It's funny that I'm posting this because in FALL TEMPS, I made mention that "if I'd styled [the last outfit] a different way, it would be basic!" and then there's this outfit!  Ever so often, we have our down days. But who's to say that you have to look like you don't wanna go out in the world?  When I shot these, it seems like everything was thrown at my way, preventing me from getting into the appropriate "mood" to shoot, so YES, basic it is!

FALL TEMPS

7:00:00 AM
Welcome MI Fall temperatures!  Last week, we had record breaking weather with temps in the 70's for most of the week!  Guess what, Mother Nature decided it was time to go back to normal, so cheers to breaking out the comfy knits for keeping warm and cozy!

HAIR NOURISHMENT | JUST FOR ME

3:00:00 AM
My daughter has become the "REAL" MVP in my book by finishing a 4 month stint with box braids, something that I could NEVER do.  Of course, they were refreshed around the 2 month mark, but they were in her head for 4 straight months.  Me, as a mother and someone who switches hairstyles like, well, you know, was itching at taking them out.  She, on the other hand, wouldn't let me until I convinced her that her hair would fall out if she didn't let me (bad mom, I know).  So over the weekend, we took them out and refreshed her hair with what I would say are some of the best products that I've used on her hair.  Come on in and take a look at these Just For Me products that resurrected her dry, dirty hair into something that we both could smile at!

CLEAN LINES

7:00:00 AM
I'm a firm believer of if I buy something, it's getting worn more than once.  I've been approached on many occasion like "I've seen you wear that before!" and my response is always "yeah, because I bought it!".  Where did the rule "if it's been worn or blogged that it can never see daylight again" come from?  That's not only silly, but also not economical.  I would live in the mall, always be broke and my husband would probably kill me!

BUFFALO PLAID

7:07:00 AM
This dress makes every fiber of my being tingle!  See, I don't think you understand, I want you guys to FEEL my excitement about this dress right here.  Let's go down the checklist.  Button down: check!  Whirly skirt: check!  Hi-lo hem: check!  Buffalo Plaid: check!  I could really go on and on about how much this dress makes me happy!

DENIM + SUEDE

9:30:00 AM
Happy Monday everyone!  Lately, I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone with my style. You know how you browse and you see items that you only dream of wearing but you know in the back of your mind that you would never look good in it?  Well, that was me with this denim shirt dress.  I've seen this on so many people and they look amazing in it but I just knew I would look like Nintendo Wii character!  I gave it a try anyway, and I am glad I did!

OFFICER BADESCO

7:00:00 AM
Happy Halloween Eve everyone! Typically I don't do cute Halloween. I am usually some kind of zombie or gory creature because I like to push myself to see what I am capable of creating. This year, I really didn't have enough prep time, so I opted for something a little more traditional. A cop! I decided that this years alter ego would be Officer Badesco and this name stuck in my head from an episode of Victorious where Tori (Victoria Justice) was in character as a cop who LOVED Raisin Bran. No Raisin Bran for me today, just straight copper!

BLUE AZTEC

7:00:00 AM
Happy Wednesday everyone!  Normally when someone says that they have the blues, great feelings are no where to be found.  I've had these gorgeous shoes from JustFab for the last few months now and I am completely gaga over them!  The crazy thing is I've never been into the color blue until this year.  I would always stray away until I styled this dress and it seems like my eyes were opened to a blue world I'd never seen before!

BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE

7:00:00 AM
Happy new week everyone!  Gosh, it's really been over 3 months since I've done an outfit post!  I never planned on staying away this long, but my body had other plans!  If you care to see what's been going on with me, click HERE and you'll be caught up to date!
  

LIFE | OCT. 2015

5:49:00 PM
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Hey everyone! Wow, it's been a while! Let me catch you guys up on life because life has thrown me a couple monkey wrenches. Back in July, I decided to convert my blog over to Wordpress. I put a lot of time (and money) into doing so. I am not going to say I didn't like it because WP has a lot of features that Blogger doesn't have. However, I believe that Blogger is the best platform for me. So that's why I decided to re-open this platform. It's much easier and just more user friendly. End of story with that!

HAIR | FRENCH BRAIDS ON A SEW IN

5:00:00 AM
Hey Guys!!  Sorry it's taken so long to get this up for those who were interested!  I actually filmed this a week and a half ago and then DELETED ALL of the footage!  FML!!  Anyways, this is really one of my favorite hairstyles to do right now simply because it's quick and easy while still stylish!  Interested in how I did it?  There's a link to my video below!  ♥ you guys!

CASUAL BLACK DRESS

7:00:00 AM
AHHH, the little black dress.  It can be dressed up or down and everything in between.  I love this dress because even though I have on heels, The ribbed texture of it doesn't make it too over the top.  One of my favorite pieces I own so expect this in high rotation.

FLEXIN'

4:09:00 PM
Flats!?  I know right.  Trust me, I most certainly don't wear heels everyday.  Actually, I'm almost ALWAYS in flats, especially in the summer.  This is one of the most comfiest outfits I put together. I've been wanting one of these jumpers for quite some time.  They've always looked super comfortable and I can say, it's soooo comfortable!

34 YEARS OLD

9:16:00 AM
I could sit here and write a paragraph about how I can't believe I'm 34 years old but truth be told, it was expected.  Only thing is I didn't expect it so soon, lol.  I still feel like I did yesterday or even 5 years ago.  I'm just another year older.  I have a feeling it will be a great day!

IT COSMETICS #VOTEITGIRL TOP 20 • UNBOXING

7:00:00 AM
OH MY GOSH guys! You can imagine my excitement, shock, humbleness, etc when I found out that I was one of the 20 finalists picked in the IT Cosmetics #VoteItGirl contest! I was totally overjoyed. As you may know (or may not know), they narrowed the pool down from 250 to 20, so I didn't think I would even be considered, but completely excited by what's up next! As a finalist, IT Cosmetics sent me another goodie box full of $800 worth of their products (♥) to play around in (which made me even more excited!). Come in and take a look at what I got!

BOaFB CLOSET COLLECTION // JUNE 2015

10:56:00 AM
Happy July everyone! Half of the year is already gone, my birthday is in 11 days and it's officially SUMMER!!! It seems like I always start the month off real strong with my #ootd posts and then life happens! June was a fun month, especially with the introduction of warmer weather! Let's take a walk back down Junes memory lane!

NEW THINGS // TARGET x SALLY'S x ULTA

7:00:00 AM
Today I did an unplanned beauty haul from a few of my favorite locations to shop at. Picked up a bunch of things that (in my mind) I needed, whether I've tried it before or not. This haul actually has a bunch of new items that I want to test out. I've noticed that over the last few years, my skin is becoming increasingly oily, which is becoming a nightmare in warmer weather and in general. Take a look inside to see what I added to the beauty bag!

SATURDAY IN THE PARK x L♥VE WITH FOOD

5:53:00 PM
Today my June Love With Food box came and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  It didn't register to me to show you my May box (not sure why), but I definitely wanted to share this month's goodies.  To be honest, I wasn't too impressed with most of the products in the May box, which made me skeptical about this one.  As it turns out, this one is so on point! I'm in love again! 

*updated 6.20 with my reviews for each product below*

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES #VOTEITGIRL

7:11:00 PM
I usually don't enter into too many contests. I NEVER win and then I'm all disappointed! Call it the big kid in me, lol. But I took a chance and entered into the first phase of IT Cosmetics #VoteITGirl contest and I was actually picked! I was one of 250 lucky people to receive $200 worth of IT Cosmetics! YAY me! Come in and take a peek at all of the luscious goodies!

BEAUTY + THE BEAST

7:00:00 AM
You ever have those moments where you want to put something beautiful in not so beautiful surroundings? (see what I did there, lol) I find that some of the greatest shooting locations are the most unexpected ones. I've passed by these meters daily for years and the other day it just clicked.  Why not shoot some photos here? And not just any ol' regular pics.  The outfit has to be GREAT!

SATURDAY MORNING

7:00:00 AM
I wish I lived near a prairie or farm because that would've been the perfect backdrop for this outfit. The ease and flow of it reminds me of summer days running through fields of flowers with the sun shining down.  Or sitting for a picnic drinking either lemonade or sweet tea from a Mason jar.  Just an "easy like Saturday morning" feel.

DENIM x SEQUINS x STRAPS // AMI CLUB WEAR

7:00:00 AM
This has got to be one of my faves this year so far!  I've been really embracing 2 pc. sets (even though my body hasn't, smh), so I set out to find more that were reasonably priced, but still, with great quality!  It's so many to choose from out these days, so I really try to pick one based on what I haven't seen.  I think I hit the nail on the head with AMI Club Wear!

5 YEARS // YOU MAY ENTER/BOaFB

7:00:00 AM
All kinds of birthdays going on this month.  This one's dedicated to my little blog that turns 5 years old today. My content has changed, themes and templates have changed (SO many times) and the latest change has been the introduction of fashion to the lineup!  The name of my blog, for a long time, was YOU MAY ENTER (for those of you who's been with me for a while, you remember) and oh MY, how the photography has changed!

6.5.43

2:31:00 PM
I've been sitting here looking at my computer screen, then keyboard, then back to the screen trying to fight back tears with writing this.  I know this is the only therapy that I can take right now regarding this.  As much as it hurts right now to even think about today, I know I have to recognize it.  It wouldn't be right.

"I'M FEELING MYSELF" NICKI MINAJ HAIR + MAKEUP

7:00:00 AM
"I'm feeling myself, I'm feeling myself, I'm feeling, feeling my...!"  Everyone has done a tutorial on Nicki Minaj's' + Beyonce 's looks in their video and I decided to jump on that bandwagon!  I am NO WAY, in ANY form, a makeup artist and I'll admit, I struggled with Nicki's look.  Once complete, it clicked as to what I did wrong.  The contour of her eye makeup was higher and more pronounced than I did and mine was TOO blended.  But I am proud that I did this and can't wait to do more!

BOaFB'S CLOSET COLLECTION // APRIL + MAY 2015

7:00:00 AM
I never do round ups of my favorite posts, so I figured I would start recapping either all the fits for the month or my favorites.  This Closet Collection will be for the months of April + May since there aren't as many for this month alone.  Over the last few weeks, the weather has changed for the better which enabled me to get out and get more outfits shot in the elements!  Being outdoors in beautiful weather always takes me to my happy place.  I don't understand how I've lived in Michigan all my life with our bipolar weather cycles.  Anyways, on to the April/May closet!

ADORE ME HAUL // MAY 2015

7:00:00 AM
Adore Me has easily became my all time favorite online shop to get undergarments from.  Not only can you find an array of sexiness, it's also very reasonably priced! :) Here are my latest additions into my Adore Me collection! Nothing short of lacy goodness! (is this even a phrase? lol)

REVIEW // BEST LACE WIGS

7:00:00 AM
Hey guys!  A little while has passed since I've done a wig post and a VERY long time since I've done a wig review for a company other than RPG Show!  I made a video a long time ago explaining why I was restricting the amount of companies I would work with for reviews, but now I am trying to release the reigns a little to give my YouTube and Blogger viewers more options (and my honest opinion)!

NEW THINGS // MISS A HAUL

7:00:00 AM
It's been a while since I've done a haul from a site like Miss A.  It's kind of one of those sites that you can get (almost) all of your beauty items from at once and the great thing is that everything is $1! You really can't beat that.  I got tons of things from a couple jewels for me to a jewel for my phone! 

NEON + STRIPES

10:20:00 AM
Happy Monday + Memorial Day Loves!  Went out this past weekend and shot pics of this beautiful dress. I'd been eyeing this one at JustFab for a while but I didn't realize that it had tiny horizontal stripes on it! Silly me, lol.  I actually thought it was a heather grey or grey of some sort, so it was a surprise when it arrived. Luckily a pleasant one.  Taking one for the (my) team for not reading before leaping.

CASUAL FRIDAYS // COLLAB WITH INHERHEELS.COM

7:00:00 AM
Happy Friday everyone!  Today, I am teaming up with Toya from In Her Heels to bring you guys some style inspo for those oh so Casual Fridays!  Toyas' look is jean chic, while mine is coffee-house glam (I totally made that up!  I just need my Mocha Frap), but as you can see, we both are still stylish while keeping it comfortable!  Come in and take a more in-depth look at our Casual Friday!

RECIPE CORNER | BAKED GARLIC PARMESAN POTATO WEDGES (PINTEREST FIND)

12:45:00 PM
One of the foods on this Earth that I probably couldn't live with out are potatoes!!  They can be dressed up, dressed down, whipped, chopped, wedged, etc into so many different dishes!  While doing my daily Pinterest rounds, I came across this recipe + thought "It sounds fairly simple to make + oh, so delicious, let me give it a try!!"

DRESSING ROOM CHRONICLES // JUSTICE GIRLS + CHILDREN'S PLACE (IPHONE PHOTOS)

3:54:00 PM
What better way to spend a Saturday morning that hubby has to work than trying on new clothes! Caryss + I went to the mall this morning to shop for HER (not I) some warm weather clothing! This child is growing so fast that she has pretty my sprouted out of ALL of her summer gear, so time to start replenishing!

WORKOUT WEAR FOR GOING OUT?

7:00:00 AM
You know how you see women out and about running errands in their workout clothing?  I used to be one of those people that DESPISED that until I started working out and almost have the same amount of workout gear as regular clothing!  What's funny is the evolution of "the workout wardrobe" and how it's been revamped to wear in social situations without anyone knowing.

NEW THINGS // JUSTFAB

1:56:00 PM
The days here in Michigan have been quite pleasant, temperature-wise.  We've had our mix of sun & rain, along with a few 80 degree days, which has been so much fun to be out in!  I am a warm-natured person all around and once the weather starts breaking, it brings me to my happy place.  Also, it means it's time to spring up my closet a little with a few new pieces!

RECIPE CORNER | VIRGIN SANGRIA MOCKTAIL (PINTEREST FIND)

7:00:00 AM
Happy May everyone!!  Back with another installment of Pinned & Did!  I am lucky enough to be a Brand Ambassador with Fabletics and as a challenge, we were inspired to make up a "mock"tail for Cinco de Mayo this month.  I headed straight to Pinterest because I don't drink, so I wouldn't even know how to make an actual cocktail, let alone a "mock"tail.  As soon as I searched "mocktails", the first one to come up was this Virgin Sangria.  It looked delish, so I had to try it!  I'm glad I did!

RECIPE CORNER | EASY PESTO PIZZA (PINTEREST FIND)

1:43:00 PM
I am an avid Pinterest-er AND we all know about my ups & downs when it comes to my healthy meals.  I have a pin board on my Pinterest page dedicated to new recipes for the different seasons and dedicated to healthier eating since that is where my knowledge lacks.  

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