playCHIC Fahion Show

12 Nov 2014 Permalink

playCHIC Fahion Show | @MaryCouzin #playchic

One of my favorite shows to watch on T.V. is Project Runway.  Sadly, it’s nearly the only show that I watch…unless you count the endless hours of Thomas the Train and Dora the Explorer that get played on our tube.  I’m so hooked on PR because I love watching the designers work through the week’s challenge while trying to stay true to their own aesthetic.

So last year when Alison invited me to the playCHIC Fashion Show, I knew I had to go.  playCHIC is basically an innovative runway show that combines fashion with top toys.  It’s like Project Runway, but the Chicago Toy & Game Fair edition!  (If you are a Project Runway fan too, you probably remember Peach Carr.  She was one of the presenting designers last year!  She’ll be back again this year, and I’m pretty sure she’s teamed up with the Rainbow Loom company for her design!!)

This year’s annual show is right around the corner.  And if it’s anything like last year’s, I know it’s not going to disappoint!  Laura Robinson (co-inventor of the classic, best-selling board game, Balderdash) will host this year’s play-inspired fashion show.  I’ll be there as a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador to witness the unexpected and creative designs.  Fancy title, I know!  Trying not to let it get to my head.  I also have an extra ticket if any of you local friends want to join me…or keep reading on how to purchase your own.

GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY!  Hosted at Alhambra Palace {1240 W Randoph Street}, Chicago’s most creative and unforgettable fashion experience will kick off with cocktails at 7 p.m. and a runway show following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $45, and for more information, visit http://playchicfashion.com/attend.

playCHIC Fahion Show | @MaryCouzin #playchic

I was selected to be a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador and received complimentary event tickets. All content and opinions expressed here are honest and all my own.

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style

10 Nov 2014 Permalink

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style @FabKids

Casual Outfits For Fall | Mom And Son Style @FabKids

As the temps continue to drop, all I want to wear are jeans and sweaters.  A great pair of skinnys and a big cozy knit are just too perfect for cooler days.  And as much as I love this pair of distressed jeans, I think I might have to retire them for the season.  I’m all about fashion, but holes in pants on cold days is not the way to go.  But thank goodness for this thick, blue sweater!  It kept me nice and toasty!!

And this little kid loves his graphic tees…especially ones with fire trucks or guitars.  Ivan’s rock out shirt is too cute!  I’m obsessed with his cargo camo pants though.  One, because they match nearly everything in his closet…and two, the print helps hide any visible dirt.  Which if you have kids, anything that helps them appear cleaner is definitely a bonus…at least in my book!!

sweater, jeans – thrifted // sneakers – Van’s // Ivan’s t-shirt and pants – c/o FabKids // Ivan’s vest and Converse – thrifted

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MADISON REED

05 Nov 2014 Permalink

I'm loving this mail-order hair coloring system from @MadisonReedllb!  It's so convenient...plus, there's no chemical odor!! #betterforyou

I know I’m not the only one who has been cutting out those beauty supplies that contain tons of chemicals in them.  Luckily, we live in a time when companies are realizing that we consumers are looking for better for us products.

Madison Reed is one of those companies.  They are a mail-order hair-coloring brand who offer ammonia, resorcinol, and PPD-free, products with no parabens added.  No wonder they’ve been featured in publications like Elle, Vogue, and Good Housekeeping!!

I'm loving this mail-order hair coloring system from @MadisonReedllb!  It's so convenient...plus, there's no chemical odor!! #betterforyou

I don’t dye my hair.  This red is natural, baby!  But when I was asked to be a part of the Madison Reed #BetterForYou campaign, I knew I had to see what the hype was all about.  And thankfully my lovely mom volunteered to help me out!!

My mom easily picked her color through the Madison Reed site.  (She went with Milano Brown 5NAC.)  They have a color advisor online, but also offer email and phone consults as well.  In about a week, her dye arrived and we were ready to get started with the coloring.

I'm loving this mail-order hair coloring system from @MadisonReedllb!  It's so convenient...plus, there's no chemical odor!! #betterforyou

The supplies came in a very organized box!  The directions were very clear and easy to follow, too.  And for someone who hasn’t messed with hair dye since high school (ask Mom about when I came home with pink hair!!) I had no problems applying the product on my mom.

One thing we both noticed right away was the smell.  This coloring kit does NOT smell like your typical home/salon coloring system.  My mom, who usually colors her hair at home, said that she typically needs to open a window or walk around during her coloring treatments because the chemical odor is too powerful.  Not with the Madison Reed products.  We smelled nothing!  Actually, I’ll take that back. We smelled a faint lavender scent…it was very pleasant.  And very surprising!

I'm loving this mail-order hair coloring system from @MadisonReedllb!  It's so convenient...plus, there's no chemical odor!! #betterforyou

You can tell that the product did a nice job of covering up my mom’s grays.  And she was very happy with the results!  Mostly, she loved that there was no smell (meaning no headache for her) throughout the whole process!!

Interested in ditching the chemicals for your next hair coloring treatment?  Madison Reed is offering 50% off of your first purchase with code BETTERCOLOR.  Make sure to click here when you order so they know I sent you!

This post was sponsored by Madison Reed as part of their #BetterForYou Campaign.  All opinions are my own.

Sweater Weather | Cleaning Your Closet From One Season To The Next

03 Nov 2014 Permalink

Sweater Weather | Cleaning Your Closet From One Season To The Next

Sweater Weather | Cleaning Your Closet From One Season To The Next

Over the weekend I finally had the chance to pack up my summer clothes and unpack my bins of winter gear.  It was kinda refreshing to change out my closet.  I even went the extra step and really purged out things I haven’t worn in a while.

I used to be indecisive about what to toss and what to keep.  Now I’m a little more realistic.  I know that if I haven’t worn something in a while, chances are I’m not going to wear it.  Between cleaning out my closet and the kids’ drawers, I dropped off 5 bags of clothes to get donated.  It felt good to clean out the clutter!!

If you’re looking for tips on cleaning out your clothes, here’s a few good reads from around the web:

7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet from The Everygirl is like having your best friend there with you while you’re purging out your clothes.

This Spring Cleaning Your Closet article from Elle was written with the spring in mind, but it totally applies to anytime you’re in the cleaning mood.

7 Signs It’s Time to Clean Out Your Closet from WhoWhatWear addresses  7 common closet issues and easy ways to address them.

What about you??  When was the last time you really cleaned out your closet?  Got any tips for making the process not so painful?  Feel free to share in the comments!

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