:My French Connection Cravings:

Have you guys ever heard of French Connection? I  hadn’t, until recently. Their stuff is so luxurious, classy and feminine.

I would love to get my hands on some of their pieces! Take a browse around their site—–tell me your not drooling!?!

If I was to get an outfit from them right now, I would get—

~For pants–

~Diamond Denim Leggings- $148.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+pants/74CAC/Diamond+Denim+Leggings.htm

These are just basic black denim leggings but their structured look is gorgeous.The ankle zip detail really adds some spunk.

Diamond-Denim-Leggings

~Or I would get —-

~Killacroc Leggings — $128.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+pants/74CAT/Killacroc+Leggings.htm

These are black leather looking, ‘croc effect’ textured leggings… I really have been wanting some ‘leather’ leggings so these would be awesome to have….

Killacroc-Leggings

~Pair these with—-

Winter Fluff Knitted Cardigan —$188.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+best+sellers/78CBJ/Winter+Fluff+Knitted+Cardigan.htm

The very feminine, soft, light grey color is gorgeous. Pair it with the leather or the black leggins and it adds just the amount of edge to the feminine.

Winter-Fluff-Knitted-Cardigan

~Under the Cardigan I would need a shirt-

Atty Lace Top –$88.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+tops/76CCO/Atty+Lace+Top.htm

This is a gorgeous creamy white blouse with black lace detail on the shoulders (if I wanted to take the cardigan off to show off the top). It looks silky in the picture and the silky of this combined with the fluffy cardigan would be a great texture combination!

Atty-Lace-Top

~OR pair the Cardi with a graphic tee-

Queenie Tee Top — $68.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+tops/76CPO/Queenie+Tee+Top.htm

This is a white Tee with a black silhouette of a Queen with her crown. Graphic tees are one of my faves for casual wear.

Queenie-Tee-Top

And I would obviously need a jacket since it’s cold here in Massachusetts-

These jackets are To Die For-

“Soft to the touch and with a faux fur-lined hood, the Autumn Vhari Hooded Cardigan makes the perfect cosy cover-up for Autumn / Winter.”

This is a white wool blend jacket with a grey faux fur lined hood. Zip detail in the front to show off my top underneath, and clean lines. Comes to hip level.
Autumn-Vhari-Faux-Fur-Hooded-Cardigan
But I really love this for more winter-y weather-

Freda Blizzard Hooded Parka — $398.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+best+sellers/70CBS/Freda+Blizzard+Hooded+Parka.htm

“Be ready for whatever winter throws at you in our ultra-durable Freda Parka. A faux fur-trimmed hood adds a touch of luxe texture.”

This is a jet-black, GORGEOUS, grey fur trimmed (real fur! Sorry PETA), parka with lots of detail from shiny panels in the front to pockets…

Freda-Blizzard-Hooded-ParkaHow gorgeous is this parka?!?

I will  probably never know what it’s like to own something on this list though… not for a while anyway. I shouldn’t say never but just not til I finish school and get a ‘real’ job!

What would you get from French Connection?

What do you think of my choices?

Have a great rest of the week!

(all photos are from French Connection and are only used to help you get an idea of my outfit! Not my photos!)

Runtastic :: Week of Weightloss:: My Weightloss

A few weeks ago, I let you know that I started using the Runtastic Orbit to help motivate me to be more active and lose some of my baby weight. Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve since lost 10 lbs. and have been walking every day! (except for the rainy week we just had!) Even if it’s just a quick 20 minute walk to get outside, it’s still activity! Any activity is better than none!

To push myself a little further, I’ve decided to participate in Runtastic’s Week of Weight Loss that Started this Sunday (yesterday) through next Saturday. The company is celebrating its 5th birthday and has asked users and fans to show their support and to join the week long fun. The goal is to shed a few pounds, develop new (healthy) habits, and have fun along the way. Sounds good, right?

If any of you are interested in joining me, you can check out Runtastic’s Week of Weight Loss Tumblr page. It will be updated each day with:

runtasticwow.tumblr.com

~YouTube Videos from Runtastic’s Fitness Coach Lunden explaining how to do each exercise.

~Delicious and nutritious recipe suggestions from MyFitnessPal.

~Tips and tricks for successfully losing weight.

~Tools to motivate you to get active and hopefully have fun while doing it!

Runtastic Week of Weight Loss calendar

Runtastic encourages all who participate to show their support across social channels by using the hashtag #RuntasticWOW.

Here’s a brief overview of the apps and hardware you can use to track your activities:

Runtastic Orbit: The new 24-hour tracking device allows users to track their daily movements, fitness activities and sleep. Created for a diverse audience – from fitness enthusiasts to workaholics to busy moms – Orbit has been designed to help users improve their daily lives.
Runtastic: The flagship app maps workouts in real-time with built-in GPS and automatically records duration, distance, calories burned, speed and elevation so you can track, monitor and analyze your activities. Try to beat your best time with the Challenge a Run feature, receive an instantaneous post-activity hydration recommendation, and listen to your favorite tunes through the built-in music player. (<~~My favorite part)
MyFitnessPal: The best way to lose weight and keep it off forever is to simply keep track of the foods you eat. Gimmicky machines and fad diets don’t work, so MyFitnessPal designed a free website and mobile app that makes calorie counting and food tracking easy.
Six Pack App: The app offers targeted core workouts to help users flatten and strengthen their core. Lifelike avatars guide users through pre-built workouts – like the 7-Minute Workout which is included in the Week of Weight Loss – or custom workouts that can be built using Runtastic’s catalogue of exercises.
Nutrition Quiz: A fun and interactive app that offers important facts and busts common myths about nutrition and healthy weight loss.

Will you be joining me?

Runtastic:: Week of Weightloss

I wanted to let you guys know that Runtastic just launched a Week of Weight Loss (started Sunday) to help participants shed a few pounds, develop new healthier habits, and have fun along the way. They put together a calendar of exercises, featuring recipe suggestions from MyFitnessPal.

Runtastic and MyFitnessPal will also be posting fun content, YouTube videos, nutrition info, music mixes and more throughout the entire week on the Runtastic Week of Weight Loss Tumblr page: runtasticwow.tumblr.com

Im trying to get a pic of the calendar and some more info up so stay tuned!

I am so in love with my Runtastic Orbit and all the Runtastic Apps I’ve tried. I love their music mixes when I exercise! I love seeing the quality of my sleep (or lack of). The six pack abs app is awesome! The nutrition quiz app was pretty cool but I already knew most of it from nursing school but for those of you who didn’t take nutrition already it would be great.

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What’s been shaking? Me and my Runtastic Orbit that’s what!

Now that the really hot weather has passed I’ve been wanting to start walking every day again. And, in theory, that will lead to jogging, cardio, weight training, etc. I know what I should be doing- getting up and doing it is my problem!

It’s not like I’m totally overweight but I’m enough overweight to be uncomfortable in my own skin. I can’t use the excuse “I just had a baby” anymore because my “baby” is a 16 month old toddler now! I’m actually heavier now than when I had her in may of 2013!

About a month ago I started wanting a wireless activity tracker to see how much (or little) I do everyday. At first I wanted a Fitbit (real bad). Then I did some research online… The top 3 I wanted were- a fitbit flex, garmin vivofit, a jawbone up24… I love swimming laps in the summer so waterproof was a big thing for me so that narrowed down my search a lot. I then came across the misfit shine which was super cool looking and water proof but then I read bad things so forget it… I had also come across the Runtastic Orbit. This was waterproof, tracked calories, distance, sleep, etc. It also was one of the first companies to offer fitness apps. and that was basically what they started doing before they offered actual fitness products. I read a lot of great things about them.

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So I got a Runtastic Orbit. I was happy because it came with 2 sturdy bands (black, and a pretty bright blue) plus another little clip that can go on your pants, belt, bra, etc. They sell extra bands in 2 different batches of  colors for $29.99. I wish they just sold them separately because I like only 1-2 of the colors of each batch and I, not going to pay $60 for all of them. The Orbit is actually a little square/rectangle piece of ‘plastic’ comparable to a USB stick and you stick that into the actual bands. When you want to charge it (which has been every 3-4 days for me so far) you take it out of your band at attach it to the USB charger that it came with. The charger seemed kinda scary because it has two little “dots” (pegs) that stick into the Orbit. I say scary because if anything bumps them or messes with them I’ll be out a charger (I’m just assuming this and have not had any issues. So it is probably fine.)

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Here are some of the highlights from the Runtastic site:

~24 hour tracking: Tracks your activities, fitness & sleep cycles

~Versatile usability: Wear it on your wrist, belt or a more discreet location

~See your Steps & Distance, Calories Burned, Sleep Duration & Cycles plus much more (ummm I only see duration I have nit yet figure out sleep cycles…)

~Set & reach personal goals, use vibration alarms & notifications & monitor your daily progress (I love the vibration alarms!)

~Integrates with the Runtastic Me app & your Runtastic GPS app for running, biking & othe r fitness activities

(they also have extra apps like push-ups, situps, nutrition quiz)

~Waterproof up to 300 feet (awesome)

~Also, it has an ambient light sensor which if they want to add apps at some point for adding sunscreen or something else, what I’m not sure.

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(The box with info, 2 bands, 1 clip and the actual Orbit piece)

A LED display shows the time, your latest step count, calories burned, and total time active. It’s all pretty common stats among the popular wearables and digital pedometers. But connecting to Runtastic Pro will show you your average pace, average speed, and maximum speed during runs, hikes and bike rides. It’s a nice to be able to see those stats and could win over some people when choosing between the Orbit and flashy or fancier alternatives.

It’s been 5.5 days since I got it. I only remembered to sync with the apps at the end if the day 3 times. I also forgot to put it into sleep mode once. I’m still figuring a couple things out (like the sleep cycle thing that I read about). I also noticed that if I talk with my hands a lot, it thinks I’m jogging! Lol (which is not good because I pick the baby up a lot and I think it’s is messing with my stats)

Here’s a screenshot if the Runtastic Me app-

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I was thinking of doing a few posts about my nutrition and fitness journey- maybe it will help some people (maybe it will bore some) … Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

This was just a little “quickie” post and I want to do a more structured overview of the Orbit and the 2 apps I’ve been using with it (Runtastic flagship app and Runtastic me, along with a post on the sit-ups, push-ups, nutrition quiz, pedometer, apps etc.) Let me know what you think or if you have an activity tracker and which one/what you think of it. (I’m kinda jealous of the fitbit still because I heard that you can track weight lost and stuff like that… but I could connect to the MyfitnessPal app and just do that there I think…).

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty- Fall Calendar

Just a quickie post to remind you that ulta’s 21 days of beauty starts next Monday!

I had totally forgotten til I saw it just now.

I have $8 in “points” but that won’t get me far.

heres a pic of their first 2 weeks….

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Here’s the direct link for the calendar

http://www.ulta.com/21days/#image-1

so what will you be getting? I’m on the hunt for some Tarte foundation, bronzer and blush,,,,I also want to try the melted lippies.

got to go for now, off to a carnival/fair with the family!

3 FabFitFun $15 Off Coupons & Late “Review” of Summer 2014 Box

I was super busy this summer and I totally didn’t blog as much as I should have. For Mother’s Day I had asked for the Summer FabFitFun box. Well I got it. But I never did the review…I currently do not have all of the products but I will run down the list and tell you how I liked them.

 

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The first item that I want to mention is the Sonya Dakar flash facial (retail $95). OMG amazing-ness! It said to spread a thin layer all over your face but since I have a similar product I knew to keep away from eyebrows/hairy areas. This was one of the spoilers and the main reason I got the box. Who doesn’t want skin like Gwyneth Paltrow? Tip: if you do get this do NOT use all over face as suggested, only use in small areas or it takes forever to take off and kinda hurts!

I also got Pur~Lisse Pur~protect SPF 30 ($55)—- I literally have like 6 of these from all my different beauty boxes. I sold a few on ebay and gave some to my Mom. So I was happy to get one but I kinda wish it was something better. I have been using this in the summer as SPF and have been pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t make me breakout.

I also really enjoyed the Kisstixx lip balm ($5.99)—-these were fun to use with my daughter, unfortunately I never got to use them with my boyfriend. He probably wouldn’t of using with me anyways because he probably would’ve thought they were silly. Two different flavors came in one box (one sweet, one sour) and you and your partner are supposed to put it on your lips and then kiss to mix the flavors. I like the flavor separately and I like them mixed together. My daughter thought it was hilarious to put a flavor on her and then give mom a smooch to make a new flavor. An even bigger benefit of these lip balms is that they’re high in SPF so we used everyday at the pool.

 

My next favorite product was the Thursday Friday Away Mini clutch/makeup bag ($35). I was really hoping to get the feather print or the lips but I got the white purse print. (Actually I just saw a gorgeous one on blogofboxes) Mine still is cute, it just wasn’t my first choice. I actually have it up for swap or sale if you’re interested. I was surprised at how well made these were! 

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Front and Back

(this also came with a $30 coupon to use at Thursday Friday)

I also got a FabFitFun water infuser water bottle (which I gave away as a gift) ($15)- this had the FFF logo on it and is BPA free. You can add your favorite fruit flavors to your water. They suggested trying cucumber and mint or strawberry and lime for a super refreshing drink. I’m not too much into the whole fruit water. I like fruit2O but homemade fruit water doesn’t sound sweet enough for me.

Next is the Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil- which retails for $25. To be honest I haven’t tried this yet because I have super thin hair and I’m afraid that this is just going to make it greasy and weigh it down like other frizz serums. I also have this on my swap or sale board, if interested let me know. This has a blend of argan, jojoba, and tamanu oils to control flyaways and nourish hair. I am tempted to try it!

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I also got a Zoya nail polish ($9) I can’t tell you the name of it at the moment but it’s a bright coral color. I have one other Zoya that I got from Ipsy that I love. This one, I just wasn’t a fan.

 So those were the “big” products worth describing. This season we actually got some extra, “sponsored” products. But hey, extra is fine with me!  I’ll briefly list the last items.

popchips- really good! (Not sponsored)

Skintimates Shave Gel (sponsored)- can always use this and I’d rather get it as an extra than have to go buy it!

Always Xtra Protection long daily liners (sponsored)- ehhhh…. I guess this is ok…didn’t try it yet.

Slimfast Have Your Cake….Meal Bar (sponsored)— I actually loved this! I had been wanting to try one. It didn’t do too much for appetite control but it made a great snack. If I was working and didn’t have time for breakfast or lunch, this would’ve came in super-handy! Tasted great too!

 

~That was the entire contents of my summer 2014 FabFitFun Box~

sorry no Unboxing pictures!

the coupon I have is for a summer box just like this one- 

the number is

1743968

I’m telling you that the Sonya Dakar alone is worth it! This box is normally $49 and you’ll get $15 off. I was informed the other day that there are still a few summer boxes left. So if you want it, hurry up because I’m sure they’re going quickly especially with the $15 off!

if you use my coupon please leave a comment that way I know how many are used or how many are left.

i will also provide my regular link for people that don’t want a summer box because the fall box should be out in mid October.

 

 

Diamond Candles Huge $30 Sale!

I have about 20 Diamond Candles and 3 have been real rings!

I just got an email saying that if you buy three candles from the summer collection that you can use a coupon code for $30 off!

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I purchased sun washed, summertime, and tropical retreat. I wanted the kiwi splash one too! So after I put the 3 in my cart I entered my coupon code and it went from….$74.85 (free shipping since it’s over $45 which is something new since I last purchased. It used to be like $5-9 per candle!) after I used my $30 coupon it went down to $44.85!!!!! And I believe if you use my invitation link you get another 20% off!

http://my.cndl.es/x/1DTTig  (my link)

If it doesn’t give you the 20% off the sale then you will get it off a full priced candle for sure. But try doing it on the sale and let me know if it works.  I’m going to try to test it with a dummy-email to see if it works.

The coupon code that I got for the $30 is-

NTLUFZCT7KY

That’s my extra code I’m not sure if it’s a one time use or what, so first come first serve.

Have you gotten any diamond candles? Did you get real rings?

I really love a company that I found on Facebook/YouTube called Sweet Smells and Trinkets. They have all real rings that are at least sterling silver.

 

One Direction Makeup Collection Info

How’s your summer been going? Mine has been super busy with two kiddos home from school.
My daughter answered the door the other day when my mailman had brought a huge surprise- a One Direction makeup set. I like One Direction. Yes, I’m 30. I like how they’re not the cookie-cutter, squeaky clean boys that we usually see. I’m not a super fan, I don’t even know all their names. But since I’m a makeup lover and music/pop-culture lover, it made me want to check the kits out.
I have to admit that I was super impressed! And you all know it takes a lot to impress me! First, it came packaged really nicely in a tin. Once the makeups gone you could reuse for concert tickets, keep sakes etc. I am really intrigued by the black light activated lip gloss! Unfortunately, I don’t have a black light to test it out but I’m sure someone out there will! I’m hoping it works! I like the colors I got- blue, teals for eyes and nails and bright pinks for lips.
There are 3 Limited Edition sets. I got the Up All Night collection (blue, teals, pinks). There are also the “Take Me Home” and “Midnight Memories” sets. The Midnight Memories collection looks awesome- it’s got red lip products and black/grey nail and eye products.
Each set comes with a black light activated lipgloss, a lip stick, a mascara, an eye/body crayon, an eyeshadow quad, nailpolish, and a stencil set. I’m not sure if all the stencils in each kit are different but mine has arrows, gems, triangles, and lightening. There are 4 eyeshadows and a bold glitter creme shadow with a eyeshadow applicator and brush.
They’re saying that they are going to be at affordable prices too. I received mine complimentary for my review so I had to look up pricing. Also, this has not been released to the public yet so calm down! Don’t go hunting it down just yet! They will be available worldwide starting in the U.S. mid-August of 2014!
US RELEASE DATES
Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

If you are interested in winning before you can buy there a many giveaways going on different beauty blogs that I have seen. (There was one from Brandbacker but it is over now so I’ll update this if I find more.)

Here is the FB page for this makeup launch-

https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Here are some photos of the Up all Night collection-

photo(29)A view of the whole set- looks awesome!

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photo(31)Here are the different stencils and products

photo(32)Swatches of the eyeshadows- the lighter ones didn’t show up too bright but I didn’t use primer. The felt super velvety smooth.

ond direction makeupThe whole kit and outside of the tin.

(Photo from One Direction Makeup/Branbacker Campaign info)

So will you be getting a set when they’re released? I wish I had more pricing info but all I am told is ‘affordable’. I think they know a lot of their fan base is teenagers so hopefully they kept that in mind. But with Christmas coming they might be thinking $30-50 range, just a guess.

Free Sample of Urban Decay’s New Perversion Mascara!

Hey ladies- I just got an email saying that we can be the first to get a sample of Urban Decays’s new mascara called Perversion.

ill post the link below

https://www.udperversion.com/perversionsample

 

All you have to do is tell them in 3 words, no more, no less, about why you deserve the sample and them send the tweet. The link I provided will walk you through it. Then you give your name and address.

it is unclear to me if they’re picking everyone that tweets while supplies last or just the tweets that are good….. I’ll have to try to read the fine print somewhere.

but I wanted to give you guys a heads up.

good luck!

Trying New Things & My Wrinkles and Acne Routine

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How’s everyone’s week going? Good I hope. I’m so busy, I feel like I don’t know which way is up or whatever…. I have a sub box review that’s just sitting on my table and I have 2 more reviews just waiting to be typed. Having a Tarzan Monkey child is really hard. I don’t want to say I get no help because no help isn’t correct. Hubs works 2nd shift so his sleep schedule is different so I don’t get much help.

Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with my issues! I’ve never done a ‘favorites’ post of any kind. I was leaving a comment on a blogger friend’s blog last night when I realized that there’s blog posts out there about acne treatments/products and there’s ones about wrinkle/aging products but not usually don’t together. I am one of those “fortunate” individuals that has been blessed with wrinkles at a pretty early age (from smoking and sun damage) and I also get breakouts on the sides of my mouth/chin area. Anytime I wear makeup, which you know is quite a bit, I breakout worse or it starts a breakout. I shouldn’t say just makeup, because it’s not all makeup, it’s mostly foundations, CC creams etc. It’s just face makeup that will mess me up.

I’m going to warn you now that this is where the post gets LONG but interesting, so stick around! Here is my list of products that I’ve found really work for my aging and breakout prone skin. I’ll tell you how long I’ve been using them too.

One of my most favorite products is Peter Thomas Roth- Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. It’s a great foaming cleanser and it has Salicylic Acid in it which is great for breakouts and treating wrinkles. I’ve been using this for about six months and have not found a better cleanser yet, and I’ve tried quite a bit! I got it as a deluxe sample and loved it and continue to buy it from Ebay because I can’t afford Peter’s prices!

I had been using the cleanser with a Konjac sponge. I am in LOVE with my black charcoal Konjac sponge from Japanese Konjac Sponge company. That is one of the reviews that’s actually waiting to be done. I received a couple types of Konjac sponges and just love them. They make my skin so smooth. I mean really smooth. I say had been using because I did pick up a new toy lately- one of those battery powered facial cleansers (like Clarisonic Mia but generic). I bought the CVS brand for about $19 and had a $5 coupon. When I use it, it does take up some time. I love it though. It’s so relaxing! This also makes my skin feel amazing.

Once I’m cleansed I use a toner. Actually, I’m a freak and have been using 2 toners, one for acne on my chin and Tzone and one for wrinkles on my forehead. I like, but don’t love and a still searching for better, Neautrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control triple-Action Toner. I use a deluxe sample of La Prairie, from the La Prairie Glossybox, on my forehead.

Next is my wrinkle cream step which I’m also still looking for a better one but I’ve been using Roc for about six months also and it works pretty good on my forehead and awesome on my neck! I use Roc Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum which doesn’t do much for my forehead but makes the wrinkles on my neck look amazing! I don’t know why it works in one and not the other. I also just added Roc Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Filler which also could be better on my deep wrinkles but it’s the best I’ve found so far. I was using a deluxe sample of Murad for a while and loved it, I had the age spot fader and some kind of wrinkle/age corrector and both were great.

That’s pretty much it for my face. After the Roc I don’t feel I need a moisturizer.

At this point I would like to mention a few more things that I’ve added within the last month and totally love.

I just added Colgates new toothbrush that has the white it pen- Colgate Optic White. It’s amazing. It has stain removing pads on the toothbrush and the whitening pen is great. Then I use Crest 3D White Luxe- Glamorous White mouthwash. These two products make your teeth so, so white you won’t even believe it. The Toothbrush from Colgate is like $12-18 and cheapest at Walmart.  I won the Toothbrush in a giveaway but I did go thru the whitening pen pretty fast. It says to use one click for all the etch but I use at least one on top then another on the bottom.

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I hope this post wasn’t too long for most of you!  Like I said, I’ve never done a ‘Favorites’ post before so I apologize if it’s not up to par.

Also, don’t forget to enter (or daily entry) into my current giveaway for Valleau Apparel. The winner gets a sports bra of their choice! They stay out and are really cute!