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summer 2013

Hey dolls! Exactly two weeks ago, I embarked on Nivea’s #DareToBare Firming Hydration Challenge. For two weeks, I only used the Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 that was provided to me through Nivea.


NIVEA Skin Firming Body Lotion, formulated with Co-Enzyme Q10 Complex and Hydra-IQ, is proven to provide firmer more toned skin within two weeks.

  • firmer, more toned skin
  • more resilient skin
  • softer, smoother skin texture
  • 24 hour moisturization
Twelfth Night by Cynthia Vincent courtesy of ShopBob

Dress: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent courtesy of ShopBob

My Thoughts

I absolutely adore this lotion. It came right in time for the summer. The weather has been a little whacky, but shorts and mini skirt season is definitely on its way. The harsh winter took a toll on my skin. I would use other Nivea products that I loved throughout the winter, but this lotion is perfect for the spring and summer because it is light weight. Now I won’t say stop going to the gym or doing your lunges and other leg exercises, but I will say my thighs and butt look and feel more firm, skin wise, not muscle wise. My is a lot smoother especially the normal dry areas like your knees, heels of your feet, and elbows. I applied the lotion in the morning and in the evening and my skin retained the moisture throughout the day.

Smooth legs :)

Smooth legs 🙂 and Aldo Shoes

Would I recommend this product?

I would definitely recommend this product if you want a great light weight lotion that leaves your skin feeling soft, silky, and smooth. It is relatively inexpensive and that’s always a great thing.


You have a chance to win this product by tweeting or instagramming a photo of what you would rock with smoother, firmer skin using the hashtag #DareToBare. This is the last week to enter so hurry!


With Summer right around the corner we must make sure that our manis and pedis are on point! So check out Essie’s Summer 2013 Collection Naughty Nautical!



Last week I featured Solange Knowles and Eve for a Style Files Post (click here to read) Well Kim asked for a look for less post with items similar to what Solange and Eve rocked. Instead of showcasing two or three looks I have over 100 items Under $100 that you can add to your wardrobe to achieve the looks of Solange and Eve.

So here are my tips for rocking neon and bright colors for the summer

1. Color block! Sometimes color blocking can be over done, but not when it comes to the summer. Pair complimentary colors that don’t over power each other. So rock a purple crop top, royal blue jeans, and a pink handbag.

2. Pair a solid top with printed bottoms. So if you aren’t a pro at color blocking, try working with a printed bottom. Whether it is a pair of printed pants or shorts, pair with a solid top in one of the colors in the prints. I would pair with the least dominant color to make it pop.

3. Shoes, shoes, shoes! So if you aren’t fond of rocking bold color apparel then gold bold with your shoes! Whether you are rocking a wedge, ballet flats, sandals, or pumps try a pair in hot pink, lime green, or neon orange to brighten up your look.

4. Accessorize! You can rock this trend in simple ways like with your handbag, sunglasses, and jewelry. I love the look of a white tank and white jeans with neon shoes and accessories. It’s perfect for the summer and spring.

5. Be confident! This is the most important tip! You will attract a lot of attention rocking these bright colors so own your look!

Here are over $100 items of apparel, shoes, and accessories…happy shopping!



*Singing* Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind”

Today will be 80 degrees in New York City and that just means we are headed toward my absolute favorite time of the year, SUMMER! I mean I look forward to the summertime because well, I have two months off from work. So who wouldn’t love that?

Last year's summer vacation with my main girls!! Always a good time with them!

Last year’s summer vacation with my main girls!! Always a good time with them!

The summer allows me to get out of hibernation. Sometimes in the Fall and Winter I do not have the energy to hangout, but the warm summer nights, day parties, beach parties, picnics, brunches, street fairs, pool parties, outdoor concerts and happy hours with my friends will definitely be something to remember.

This summer I will officially be heading back to school *womp womp* but the semester is only five weeks so I will still be able to have a little bit of fun. I am looking forward to my trip to Miami (Wet Willy’s and Fat Tuesdays anyone?) My summer will be pretty low-key until August then we will “Turn Up” as the cool kids say.

To kick off the summer a little early Smirnoff Sorbet is hosting the Stir Up Your Summer Soiree and I am super excited to attend. This will be the perfect girls night out and introduction to all of the summer fun! Stay tuned for the deets on that!

Are you excited for summer? What are your plans?


Brand Statement

The deliciously light taste of sorbet now comes in a bottle. Introducing Smirnoff Sorbet Light. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Made With Smirnoff Vodka Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol.
Per 1.5oz serving: Calories 78, Carbohydrates 1.3g, Fat 0g, Protein 0g.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Smirnoff via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smirnoff.”