His New Favorite Scent

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Often times, we forget about the men in our lives when it comes to fashion and “beauty”. More times than not, they want to look nice and smell nice, just the same way we do. Andrew and I recently recieved Ralph Lauren’s Polo Blue Eau de Parfum to test thanks to Influenster. I’ve always been a fan of Polo Double Black for men so knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. And the consensus is, we both love this. The blend of fresh bergamot and rich vetiver is what draws me to the scent, those combinations create this manly sensual scent that my nose is really attracted to. Andrew likes the packaging since “it’s not overly fussy”, thinks it has a fresh scent, easy to wear every day (not just for special occasions) and also says it reminds him of something from when he was younger. No matter what we both pull from this we both love the intense and refined scent of Polo Blue Eau de Parfum, it may even be Andrew’s new scent.

Polo Blue is available at Macy’s and Sephora. We both highly recommend checking out this scent for any man in your life.

Outdoor Gear With A Cause

Outdoor Gear With A Cause

The holidays have come and gone once again, but our want to give back does not have to stop. There are great ways you can still make an impact even though it is not the holiday season, one being buying from a company that gives back. Cotopaxi is one of them. Cotopaxi creates innovative outdoor gear and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. You can read more about their giving model and global impact here !

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Cotopaxi offers a few unique and stylish  travel backpacks perfect for upcoming mountain getaways, the upcoming hiking season, and just for wanderlust. These backpacks would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for any outdoorsy or active person and they would also make great graduation gifts! I would look in to the Luna Del Dia pack due to it’s quality and uniqueness. The pack is extremely durable, packable and versatile. This bag is made in the Philippines by an employee who has total control over the color scheme of the bag, meaning no two bags are alike. Each bag is a surprise upon delivery. You can watch a video that explores the development of the bag, the way scrap materials are used and why people choose the color schemes they do here!

Cotopaxi has also created a page with great non-profits you can give too and ways you can give to your own community here!

The change starts with us, no matter how small that change is.

All You Need is a Scarf

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Sweater-Target (can get all sweaters 10% off with cartwheel app this week) // Scarf-c/o Dottie Q

It’s officially scarf season! And anyone who knows me, knows I love scarfs. I will wear them year round but love chunky knits for fall and winter. Yes, I love scarfs because they keep me warm, but I also love scarfs because they are easy to throw on with any outfit and take the outfit a little further. Throwing on a scarf over a sweater (chunky or not) makes the whole #ootd just a little more chic. With scarves you have endless possibilities. They come in different patterns, materials and most of them can be styled several different ways.

I have fallen in love with scarves from Dottie Q. Not only are they in beautiful knits, but the colors are just perfect. I love this grass color that I have since green is every where for Fall fashion. Of course you can get your regular style infinity scarf from Dottie Q but she offers something a little more exciting, a scarf necklace. This scarf (styled above) can be worn several different ways; we all know I love something that can be styled numerous ways. The scarf can be worn long with the wrap part at the nape of the neck or showing for a textural view. The scarf can be worn layered just like you would a necklace. You can take half of the scarf and loop it around your neck. Wearing the scarf long and layered actually allows for you to wear necklaces for an even more layered and textural look. Or you can double the whole scarf for a bundled up look. The possibilities are endless with this scarf.

Dottie Q scarves are all handmade and available on Etsy or on her website. She also offers boot socks and hand muffs. All of her pieces are as eco-friendly as possible, and she uses recycled mailing supplies. The best part of this shop; Dottie Q donates a percentage to Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis. You know that appealed to the cat lover in me!

Don’t forget to enter my Fall date night/ Spooky date night Giveaway!.

Fashion Forward With Spring

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If you are anything like me, you want to stay on top of the trends (yet still look timeless) and know all about the newest designers and trends. A newly designed app, Spring, allows you to peruse all the latest things in fashion in one simple place. It has top designers and new upcoming designers all in one place. The app is pretty much like Pinterest fashion boards and Instagram fashion pages had a baby, but the most exciting thing is you don’t have to go to several pages if something catches your eye. Yes, Spring has it made it simple enough if you scroll and find something you like, you can easily purchase the item there.

Scrolling through the feed you can find top names such as Baggu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander McQueen and American Apparel. But you can also find new names like Bing Bang Jewelry and Marissa Webb. Spring even has home goods.

Even if you aren’t purchasing from the app, you should download Spring as an inspirational guide for fashion. Scrolling through the pictures is a great way to try something new in your #ootd. When I was recently looking I saw that Marissa Webb had very neutral palette with pops of color. So when getting dressed I kept everything dark and simple and added a pop of color with a cotton blazer. Cotton blazers, vests and over coats were another thing I saw as a trend in designers on the app.

So if you love fashion, I highly recommend downloading Spring!.

Versona Comes to Asheville + Versona Gift Card Giveaway

Versona Comes to Asheville + Versona Gift Card Giveaway

 

Versona, an exclusive women’s boutique offering apparel and accessories at great everyday prices, is coming to Asheville! The newest location will be in the Asheville Market (across from the mall where the Whole Foods is) right next to DSW. Their grand opening will be on Thursday, August 27th! During the grand opening celebration the first 250 customers to make a $50.00 or more purchase will receive a Versona tote bag. I will be continuing the grand opening celebrations on Friday from 10am -11am for some shopping and mingling!

Thanks to Versona one lucky reader will be able to win a $25.00 gift card for some new Fall fashion! There are a few different ways you can enter this giveaway! For one entry you MUST follow me on Instagram, like my picture posted for the giveaway and tag 1 friend. For an additional entry you can repost my image by tagging me @stephf52 and using hashtag #versonaavl. For an additional entry you can also follow Versona on Instagram. Another way to enter is by leaving a comment below on what is the number one thing on your Fall fashion to buy list!

The contest is open to all US residents 18 years old and older (if under 18 you must get your parents permission). The giveaway will go until 12pm on Thursday August 27th and I will announce the winner later that evening. If you do not live in Asheville this is still open to you because you can always shop Versona ONLINE.

Good Luck! And I hope to see some of you lovelies on Friday, August 28!

This post is sponsored by Versona

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Versona Comes to Asheville + Versona Gift Card Giveaway

 

Versona, an exclusive women’s boutique offering apparel and accessories at great everyday prices, is coming to Asheville! The newest location will be in the Asheville Market (across from the mall where the Whole Foods is) right next to DSW. Their grand opening will be on Thursday, August 27th! During the grand opening celebration the first 250 customers to make a $50.00 or more purchase will receive a Versona tote bag. I will be continuing the grand opening celebrations on Friday from 10am -11am for some shopping and mingling!

Thanks to Versona one lucky reader will be able to win a $25.00 gift card for some new Fall fashion! There are a few different ways you can enter this giveaway! For one entry you MUST follow me on Instagram, like my picture posted for the giveaway and tag 1 friend. For an additional entry you can repost my image by tagging me @stephf52 and using hashtag #versonaavl. For an additional entry you can also follow Versona on Instagram. Another way to enter is by leaving a comment below on what is the number one thing on your Fall fashion to buy list!

The contest is open to all US residents 18 years old and older (if under 18 you must get your parents permission). The giveaway will begin today at 9am and will go until 12pm on Thursday August 27th and I will announce the winner later that evening. If you do not live in Asheville this is still open to you because you can always shop Versona ONLINE.

Good Luck! And I hope to see some of you lovelies on Friday, August 28!

This post is sponsored by Versona

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