INSTAX SQ10 REVIEW

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If you know me then you know I love to take photos! There’s a beauty in being able to capture a moment in time because I’m able to cherish it forever. Digital technology has made it easier to store my photos but arguably more difficult to go back and cherish them because of the sheer volume of photos I’ve got stored. On my recent trip to New York I wanted to make sure that I capture the highlights of my trip in a way that was easy to go back and look on and also share with others. The Fujifilm Instax SQ10 was the answer for me! The Instax SQ10 takes the old Fujifilm that many know and pairs it with modern technology to create the perfect travel companion. I got mine on Amazon. It was easy to use, travels well and is tons of fun.

Here are three things that set the Instax SQ10 apart:

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1)      It’s Digital

You can now see what you’re shooting from the screen, similar to shooting on a cell phone. It makes getting the image that you want faster and easier unlike its ancestor. You can store up to 50 photos at a time on the camera with an option for additional storage in the SD card slot

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2)      Editing

The Instax SQ10 allows you to play with the exposure and filters before, or after an image is taken. Modes like double exposure and slower shutter speed are all a part of the fun when you use a new camera. The SQ10 allows users to play the trial and error game so you can get the right shot, without wasting film paper!

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3)  To print? Or not to print?

My friends and I were just as excited to shoot and pose for photos as we normally would on our cell phones and cameras. You could feel the anticipation every time we pressed the print button and watched our photo develop before our eyes. The best part was that there were no fights over who got to keep the photo. The SQ10 is the first instant camera that allows multiple prints of the same image to be printed. Birthdays, Weddings and Holidays just got a lot easier because everybody will be able to get the photo they want by simply choosing it in the menu. This will definitely be a staple at my next Babes and Brunch event.

If you’re one for instant gratification, do not worry – there is a switch on the SQ10 that allows you to print photos automatically.

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In the future it would be nice if the SQ10 had wi-fi capabilities so the photos could be shared both digitally AND in print and it would even better to have more than 10 film in one pack. However, if you’re looking for a camera that will allow you to capture and share special moments simultaneously then this is the one for you.

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You can buy your SQ10 + Film bundle on Amazon. Click below to shop other Instax cameras from Fujifilmthat are more affordable and fun to use.

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post 


FALL FASHION With AMAZON

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Transitioning between seasons is always difficult and there are perhaps no two seasons that are more difficult to transition between than Summer and Fall. The sweater you leave the house wearing in the cool morning can feel like a sweaty straightjacket in the afternoon.

The key to successfully crossover between seasons are transitional pieces. Clothing that is, or can be layered so you're comfortable no matter the weather. The question is: How do I keep my closet in line with the weather without tiring my credit card out quickly? I have the same dilemma every season. It becomes a challenge to add pieces without maxing out my shopping budget.

The answer to this problem is Amazon

Amazon’s Private Label fashion brand offers a large range of clothing and accessory brands that Amazon has created themselves. The cashmere poncho that I am wearing today is from Lark & Ro and it's under $100.  Amazon's private label offers so many staples and on trend pieces for women and men.  Consider it seasonal shopping made easy without the hassle of going to a department store.  Everyone can update their wardrobe from the comfort of their computer.  

What transitional pieces are YOU investing in as we begin Fall? Let me know in the comments!

Shop some of my picks below

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Step into style with GEOX

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If I had to describe my wardrobe in two words they would be feminine and florals. I’m known to have a closet full of dresses however that does not mean that I do not value comfort. A trend that I’ve been eyeing all season long is the combination of dresses with sneakers. It stuck out to me because it is tiresome (and painful) to have to balance an outfit out with uncomfortable heels. I was determined to find a pair of sneakers that were comfortable and glamorous. My solution? Geox’s fall collection. Thanks to them I’ve now caught the sneaker bug.

Style is about balance and their Jaysen trainers add the right amount of lightness and comfort to any look. The soft champagne colour with black detailing makes it easier to pair with the darker fall shades. The extra cushioning makes it a lot more enjoyable for my feet when I’m running around the city all day. The build is flexible and the style can be paired with a dress (as it is here) or with jeans and joggers.

You can check out Geox’s Fall collection here.

What unusual pairings have YOU made work? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sweater: Forever 21, Skirt: Club Monaco, Sunglasses: Karen Walker: Sneakers: Geox

The Bright Side of September

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Hello, September! 

I welcome this time of year with open arms because it symbolizes new beginnings; A new school year for some, our favourite television shows, and most importantly fashion. I like to give my closet a bit of a reset and I am really looking forward to seeing the influence New York fashion week has. Until then I am focused on adding transitional pieces and mixing textures in my outfits as we move from summer to fall. The beauty of layering for autumn is that your outfit isn’t hiding under a heavy coat. For today's look, I traded in my lighter floral pieces for a darker one. This dress from Free People fits like a glove. These colors are the trend for the season and the weight of the fabric is a little heavier than most of the maxi dresses in my closet which allows me to wear it during the day and into the evening with a leather jacket when the temperature begins to drop.  

What are you go to transitional pieces for fall to autumn? Let me know in the comments below

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Dress: Free People , Bag: Chanel 

September Reset with Amazon

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September is fast approaching and that means back to school for some. For others, I like to think of this time as a reset. The season changes and so do our wardrobes. It's time to start the school year off on a fashionable foot. 


Although it is sad to leave our carefree summer days behind us. I always find something exciting about gearing up for a new year.. If you are like me, then you stocking up on essentials are key to help get you going for the school year. Today I have teamed up with Amazon to share some my favorites items that I've listed below:


Burt's Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set
Cleansed and nourished skin is essential to your well-being. Get amazing skin naturally with the Essential Burt’s Bees Kit.

 

 

 

 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash infused with potent tea tree oil, cleanses blemished skin with each use. A cooling lather removes impurities and excess oil, leaving skin feeling refreshed and purified.

 

 

 

 

 

ORIBE Hair Care Dry Texturizing Spray
Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. 

 

 

 

 

 


adidas Originals Women's 3 Stripes Leggings
A style built to flatter, these tight-fitting women's leggings are crafted in stretchy cotton single jersey. Extra comfortable, they feature 3-Stripes down the legs and a Trefoil logo on the hip so you can show your style.


 

 

 

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. 

Party Prep with Paperless Post

Planning a party involves many details that are often overlooked. Food and entertainment are the main focus however the invitation creates the first impression for your guests. Today I will be sharing ideas on how to create your invitations and plan outfits for any occasions this summer. 

Invitations are important because they set the tone for the event ahead. Guests often can get a feel for the event they're attending when they see the invitation. Make sure that whoever is opening your invite understands the tone of your soiree while giving them all the details they need. 

Paper or Phone? - It's important to decide if your invitation will be paper or digital. In the past year, I have come to love the electronic invitation for events. It helps the environment and they're a lot harder to lose because I am able to pull the details up on my phone instantly. 

Design - The invitations that you design should reflect the theme of your event. Here are a list things to check off your list.  I created mine with Paperless Post. They are user-friendly and will help make your party a must be at event. 

Essentials 

Who: Clearly state the reason for celebrating. It could be a birthday, baby shower or bachelorette

Where: Let your guest know where they need to be. A good host or hostess will also provide additional instructions like parking and access codes if necessary. 

When: Be sure to include the date, start and end times and when your guests should RSVP by. 

Lastly, if the invitation doesn't have a dress code - ask! For me, a comfortable maxi is pretty much foolproof for any occasion.  

Create your own lovely invitation today. 

Thank you Paperless Post for sponsoring this post,

How to save while you splurge with Saks Off 5th

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Saks Off 5th is one of my favorite places to shop for designer goods but sometimes it can be tricky and overwhelming to navigate through all the deals and discounts.  Today I'm going to show you how I get through it while also providing you my best tips to take advantage of these prices.


Make a list
Plan ahead! Whether you're looking for a gorgeous summer clutch or the perfect Prada pumps you should enter Saks Off 5th with an idea of what you are looking. Have a look in your closet to see what you really need vs. what you want.  Planning ahead can be the difference between leaving with a great steal or leaving empty handed. 


Get a More Card
This card gives you special access to sales and exclusive discounts. I love when there is a sale and I get additional savings on top on it. The dress that I am wearing today was on sale with an additional 40% off. Also, the More Card also lets you know about new arrivals and the best part of all? It's free!

Sales People
I am a pretty low key shopper because a pushy sales person can drive me nuts but a knowledgeable and helpful one can be invaluable. The best ones I've encountered know everything that's one the racks and can direct you to items you may have overlooked. You know you've found a good ome when it feels like they are looking out for you. Once they know your preferences that can let you know when something new comes in stock thats just right for you. 

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Dress: Keepsake (at Saks off 5th), Bag: Cult Gaia ,  Shoes: Steve Madden

Thank you Saks Off 5th for sponsoring this post

HAPPY PRIME DAY

I'm ready to start celebrating my version of Christmas in July!

Prime Day on Amazon is exactly that to me, a day full of deals and new sales happening every 5 minutes. You won't want to miss a thing! Below is everything you need to know and some items I have my eye on. Happy Shopping! 

Some items I will be purchasing today are:

Avocado Slice 

Avocado Slice 

Fujifilm Instax 9

Fujifilm Instax 9

Cat-Eye Sunglasses 

Cat-Eye Sunglasses 

Air Hammock

Air Hammock

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

FitBit Limited Edition Lavendar

FitBit Limited Edition Lavendar

PRIMP and SHINE with AMAZON PRIME

When it comes to my beauty routine, hair is at the top of my list. Especially since frequenting go to salons can definitely set you back a few pennies. I do my best to take good care of my mane in between visits. From shampoos to oils, I am giving you a inside look into what I use. Whether you can looking to update your tresses, or try something new. The following products are tried and true. Best news is they are all available on Amazon! IF you are a Amazon Prime member even better because Prime Day is happening on Monday July 10th at 9PM ET for 30 hours. With new sales happening every 5 minutes, you won't want to miss out on anything. I'll be doing a round up of the best items to buy next week.  But for now, keep scrolling to see what I am obsessing over and what my locks can't live without.  

ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging Bodybuilding Volume Shampoo and Conditioner 

This sulfate free cleanser builds up my hairs thickness while protecting my color. The marine plumping complex that contains omega-3 and seasilk strengthens my hair with ever wash. My hair is full, fabulous and ready for it's close up. 

 

 

 

 

Verb Ghost Oil

I love that this product is cruelty free. The transparent oil prevents colour change in your air and naturally smooths any frizz and leaves a beautiful shine

 

 

 

.Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray

This is on the pricer side of hair sprays, but it has totally transfoms my hair. The wave and shine spray give my hair that perfect tousled look.  Use it when it your hair is looking a little flat or for a night on the town and you want a little extra shine. Best part is you can run your fingers through your hair no problem and it smells amazing! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wet Brush

This brush feels like magic, it glides through my hair with ease as it detangles after getting out of the shower. Bonus, I've been told that a detangling brush will help prevent breakage and split ends. 

 

 

 

 

Conair Hot Clips Hot Rollers

I often get asked about my bouncy curls /waves. The secret is out, these hot rollers from Conair are my go to every time.  I love them because they are so easy. I roll them up, get dressed, unroll and go. 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Proof Moisture Mask

Treating my hair to a mask once in a while is a great way to lock in moisture. Start using this one every couple of weeks and you'll see an improvement in strength, softness and shine. 

 

 

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. 

PARTY PLANNING WITH AMAZON

If you read my last post about celebrating, you would know that I enjoy attending large parties however there is something special about an intimate gathering with your girlfriends that really is like nothing else.  To kick off the summer season I invited a few of the best babes I know for a little brunch in the sun.  Planning a get together can seem daunting with the number of tasks that need to get checked off. But with the help of Amazon, I was able to pull this event off much easier. Below are some tips on how you can do the same. 

1. Location, Location, Location. 

The first step should be the venue. When choosing the venue be sure to consider the time of year. Where you choose to have your soiree will help dictate your theme and everything else that follows. (number of guests, food, and dress code) Since it's summer, I chose a rooftop restaurant which helped set the tone for this summer brunch.

2.  Table Setting

Creating a comfortable atmosphere goes beyond music and a warm welcome -- You want your guests to truly enjoy themselves.  Extending the feelings to your table setting is a key part of this. I dressed the table with a cinema light box  that said #babes&brunch to help set the tone, that today was all about celebrating us and our friendship. Remember that as long as your guests are comfortable they will leave feeling happy. 

3.  Thank You Cards and Takeaways

You can call me old fashioned but I have always believed that thank you cards are a great way to show your gratitude. In today's digital world where most of us communicate in about 140 characters or less, a hand written note is refreshing and personal. With that being said, the weight of the paper is reflective on how important the message is. When writing the letter you don't have to write a lot - just make reference what you are giving thanks for. An example on one of my cards said "Brunch is always a good idea, Thank for you coming and making this one special" 

Takeaways are not necessary,  although it is a nice touch! For me, I wanted my guests to leave happy and with something to remind them of this occasion. Sticking with the theme, I went with flamingo drink floaters that everyone can use throughout the summer. They are simple, easy to use and fun! 

Lastly, remember that hosting a party should be enjoyable for the host or hostess too. Once everyone has arrived, be sure to enjoy yourself with them. Clean up and maintenance can be done at a later time. Being in the moment of good company, ambiance and delicious food is why everyone gets together. 

Click to shop some of my party must haves and picks below.

 

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Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post.