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Stay in Shape This Holiday Weekend: The BEST FREE Workout App!

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Howdy friends!  Boy, I must admit, it’s been HARD for me to sit down and blog as of late.  Am I the only one?!  Spring represents my FAVORITE time of year in Missouri.  From outdoor festivals which I lOVE, to outdoor exercise– biking, hiking, jogging, walking…anything that involves sweat, sunshine and movement!  So, thanks for sticking with me!

As you know, Memorial Day is quickly approaching!  While Memorial Day is one of the special days in which we remember those who have so bravely served in our military, it also is the first major kickoff to the spring and summer-ish season…the pool opens…YAY (side note, I can’t swim for shit, but that’s a whole ‘nother story)!

Soooooo I’m here to help you stay on track while you’re out slopping down food at barbeques this weekend.  I wanted to share my absolute FAVORITE (free) exercise appSWORKIT!

This thing is pretty amazing! There is a huge variety of workouts for your pleasure, and you may set each workout for the amount of time you wish.  Let’s be honest, I highly doubt you can be physically fit in 5 minutes, and if you can, please tell me?!?!  So, I’m always going longer than that.  Butttttt, exercsising some is better than none!  The custom workout option is offered for pay, but really, I don’t see why on earth you would spend an additional penny when these workouts are so bomb on their own!

 

The workouts are very challenging, and for the days when you don’t feel like murdering yourself (similar to  Shaun T Insanity Workout-like), you can slow it down with some yoga (which is still equally as challenging).  What I also like about Sworkit is that each exercise provides a “live” illustration.

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For those that need to be reminded, there’s an option for this.  It sucks though, and would be the only downfall to this app.  It reminds me only after I’ve completed my workout, and it’s hard to snooze–it reminds me off and on several times, LOL!  BUT, once you finally get that sucker silenced…it’s worth it!

So how do you stay in shape?  What’s your favorite free fitness app?

XO,

Fashionably Meek

Organic Skincare for Sunny Spring Days

We know the drill–use sun protection, use sun protection, use sun protection!  So what could be better than a company that can provide us with organic suncare?  Winning the lottery?  Sure! Random, yes.  Since the odds are not ever in our favor for doing that, let’s take care of what we CAN control!

coola unscentedYou may have guessed that I’m a tad picky on scents (see previous post regarding DevaCurl products).  So, when I was sent 2 products from Coola Suncare for free in exchange for my honest review, I was super happy that one of them was unscented…yay me! 

The application of this product is great, it has a little bit of a sheen to it which I love but it isn’t greasy at all!  It is truly unscented–no super strong funky sunblock scent, yes the scent you can STILL smell with unscented sunblock (I guess maybe it’s the chemicals?!).  Well, no worries with this product.  Although I could smell that I applied SOMETHING to my skin, it wasn’t super strong, and it dissipated fairly quickly.  Also, big bonus, it didn’t turn my chocolate skin chalky/white!  Yes, I want to be protected from the sun, but I also don’t want to look like someone has thrown powder sugar all over me.  And, it has an SPF 50, which is well above the minimum recommendation.  This is important to me as I’m outside a lot this time of the year.  Winning!

Protect and boost your skin’s defense against aging caused by the sun with this 80 minute water resistant, Farm to Face® sourced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. This high performance and non-greasy lotion is unscented and contains 70%+ certified organic ingredients that protect and repair sun damaged skin. Organic Arnica Extract and Organic Linseed Oil, rich in Omegas 3 and 6, calms, tones, hydrates and aids in reducing redness. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates and rejuvenates as Organic Orange Water balances skin tone. Organic Avocado Oil, high in Vitamins A, B, E, and F, moisturizes, soothes and softens skin. Have your fun in the sun and then some with COOLA®!

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Ultra Water Resistant
  • Paraben Free
  • Ultra Sheer
  • Water Resistant (80 minutes)
  • No Nano-Sized Particles

 

coola coconut spray

Same great protection, a little less SPF, and in a spray form!  The coconut scent was light, and smelled great!  So if you’re outside, getting a little sweaty and want to sweeten your skin, this is a good choice!

Hurray for Spray!® Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, continuous spray in an all natural Tropical Coconut scent. Offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, this Farm to Face® sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen booster rich in Omega-3 and 6. Have your fun in the sun and then some with COOLA!

  • Easy Spray-On Application
  • 70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Infused with Anti-Aging Antioxidants
  • Naturally Scented
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No Nano-Sized Particles

 

CLICK HERE FOR COOLA!

So what products are you using to protect your skin this spring?  Cheers to fashionable, healthy skin!

Meek

 

Outside the Box: Hoochie-Mama Wedding Wear

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It’s spring and lovvvvvvvvve is in the air!  Two of my friends have upcoming nuptials this year and it got me to daydreaming and thinking…what if I was getting married on a beach somewhere?  Or somewhere casual where it’s hot and sunny and shorts would be the bizness?  Yes, yes, I’m already married.  My wedding was faboo and I wore a traditional gown which I loved!  But originally we wanted to get married in Florida on the beach…

 

Do any of you girls daydream like this and play the what if game? Oh, you don’t?  Well, you’re in luck–since I do, I’m going to share with you some of my recent findings!  Let’s play…Let’s Get Married (thank you Jagged Edge), spring, 2016!!!!

 

The Behind Bars Romper is super cute and casual!  Not too skanky for the faint at heart, but just the right amount of sexy pizzaz!

  • Draped Back with Caged Insert
  • Embroidered Armhole Detailing
  • Fully Lined
  • 100% Polyester

 

 

 

Oh, so you’re not a virgin you say?  No worries.  You don’t have to wear white.  Here’s a sexy little Ivory number entitled Summer Romance Romper for your viewing pleasure!  I like how this one tricks the eye into believing that it’s a skirt!  But low and behold, it’s shorts.  Werk!

Also available in Black and Yellow

  • V Neckline
  • Lace Top
  • Line Bottom
  • Crossed Back
  • 100% Nylon

 

 

Very simple, but with a sexy peek-a-boo midriff, the Dove-Like Romper would make a landing to remember!  Jazz it up with some strapy heels or if it’s beachy, flat, sparkly silver sandals.

  • Crochet Contrast
  • Zipper Back
  • Lined
  • 100% Polyester

 

 

You a member of the “I hate my legs crew” but still got a hot bod and like to flaunt it?  Then maybe the Neck Deep Jumpsuit is your choice of poison.  This sucker is unforgiving though, and you better make sure you’ve got some lineless undies!  Ijs!

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FASHION CURTEOUSY OF FASHION NOVA

So, what do you think ladies?  I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your trip down what-if-I-didn’t-wanna-wear-a-wedding-dress lane!  Have you ever purchased anything from this site?  They have a lot of amazing fashion!

Fashionably Meek,

XO

Spring 2016: Books for Rainy Day Reading

 

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Hello there, gorgeous!  Hope you’re hanging with me throughout my slight hiatus.  I have a confession…I have been spending all of my spare time….READING!  Now honestly, I don’t get much spare time. Between being a wife, mom and soaking up this spring sun exercising and playing outdoors, I don’t get much time for anything else!  Yes, fashion, beauty, makeup, hair and all that good stuff still tickle my fancy.  However, I’m a true book-lover at heart.  You may remember getting a sneak preview of that during one of my previous posts, Sexy Reads for Fall Snuggles.  And I’ve been spending every waking moment that I can (during my kid’s naps mostly) reading my ass off!  Here’s what I’ve marked off my book list lately:

no second chance

NO SECOND CHANCE

Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot twice, his wife has been murdered, and his six-month-old daughter has been kidnapped. When he gets the ransom note-he knows he has only one chance to get this right. But there is nowhere he can turn and no one he can trust.

 

This book was FAB! It has the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep your adrenaline pumping.  It kept me on the edge of my seat, and it started off with a bang, literally!  Are you in the market for a book that takes you on a virtual roller coaster ride? There were so many close calls that I think the book itself gave me anxiety and trust issues.  From start to finish, you’ll never guess how it turns out.

 

 

 

the-juliette-societyTHE JULIETTE SOCIETY

Before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way. I want you to do three things for me.
One. Do not be offended by anything you read beyond this point.
Two. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
Three, and most important. Everything you see and hear from now on must remain between us.
Now, let me take you to a place you’ve never been before…

Sounds great right?  Lies!  This book SUCKED.  I was in the mood for something sex-ay!  I became pregnant after reading Fifty Shades of Grey (yes, it was that good, hunny), and I don’t think I’ve read anything that sexy since (thus the reason I only have one child at this point 🙂 ).  Welp, this one didn’t do it.  It was horribly written, and the main character had a lot of flashbacks and in-her-head weird moments that confused the mind and made you wonder what exactly you were reading.  It made the storyline jumpy, the sex scenes seemed to be written by a truck-driver or construction worker that needed to get his jollies and it was just overall TACKY.  FAIL.

 

the pretty oneTHE PRETTY ONE

All Megan Fletcher had wanted was to be like her sister Lucy: a beautiful, thin girl whom everyone at the Chesapeake School for Performing Arts worshipped and adored. While Lucy was a star actress with lots of fans, Megan had always been hiding behind the set designs that she and her best friend Simon had created, hoping that no one would notice her. And then one day, life as Megan knew it had changed forever. Megan was in an accident that disfigured her face and plastic surgeons had to restructure it very carefully. Only no one would have thought that when the bandages came off, Megan would be even more beautiful than Lucy.

Okay, you caught me!  I love to read books out of the juniors section…so what?!  I also buy clothes out of that section too, but that’s a confession for another day…

If you’re expecting deep, life-changing and profound, then this most certainly is NOT the book for you.  If, however, you have a busy and hectic life, get bombarded with real life ish, and want to take a break from all the madness with a no-brainer, then this is the book for you.  It’s unrealistic and childish at points, but with that being said, I lowkey LOVED it!  Ha!

 

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THE LYNBURG LEGACY

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

The above is the synopsis for book one.  If you’re into a good fantasy read, and you love series (and series are my FAVEEEEE) then give this one a try.  I have to say, I’m a pretty straight shooter…I don’t willingly do fantasy reads unless I hear tons of buzz  or I’m coerced.  I dug Twighlight and The Hunger Games–they were some of my faves!  So when my cousins let me borrow this series I was excited to read it, yet reluctant because this type of read isn’t my go-to.  Although it started off slow, I was quickly dedicated to this series and enjoyed every second of it!  The book had tons of dry humor which I adore, and it was a smooth read! 

 

 

Breathing Series

 THE BREATHING SERIES

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

I’m currently reading this one now, and I’m halfway through book 3.  This one is a stunner!!!  I didn’t expect it to be all that, I just grabbed it because I copped the entire series at once for a great price at Half-Price Books.  Have you ever read a book that you felt like once it was over, it had taken a piece of your soul with it?  Oh, it’s just me this happens to?  I haven’t even finished it yet, but it’s amazing!  It’s deep, multifaceted, overwhelming, emotional, sexy, sad, and at times humorous! Go go go!

 

So what’s on your book list?  Have you read any of the above, or had experience with any of these above authors?

 

Fashionably,

Meek

Spring Lookout: Beauty Items of Interest

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the snow is blowing…**record skips**.  Or, at least that’s what it was like in Kansas City, Missouri on Easter Sunday.  And yes, all of the above in one day!  Gotta love the Midwest! Hopefully, the weather will make up its mind and stick to the concept of spring!

Here are some beauty items of interest amuse you, entice you or to get your mojo up and running…

 

 

 

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These soft pastels are screaming for some willing tootsies!  I normally like a bit of a bolder color on my toes, but these are light enough to work well with many outfits!  What do you think?

like the sun, fashion burns hotter in Florida. the six shades in essie’s newest collection reflect the spirit of Spring in chic retreats like Palm Beach. striking the perfect balance between fashion forward and retro-glamour, this collection is bold, bright and up for anything.

**Essie is available in most drugstores, nail salons and favorites like Target.

 

 

Insert amusement here: Has anyone heard of Period Panteez?

So, if you’re sick of wearing brands like Tampax, Kotex and the like, and want to be a trendsetter, buy yourself some slick bloomers/biking shorts/period girdles that I quote from their website gives you the hug you need  during your period.  Everyone loves hugs, right?  Just when you think you’ve seen a jogger in jogging shorts….guess what?  They may really be Period Panteez with a crop top!  Period Panteez are said to provide the following:

  • a soft, natural, moisturie wicking inner layer for ultimate comfort
  • an innermost, leak-resistant pad shaped layer for protection
  • a stretchy outer layer that acts as shapwear and helps cramps (bish, wear?!)
  • a plush, extra soft waistband for extra comfort and support
I’m sure you’d rather spend $42.00 (currently on sale for $28) on these sexy numbers instead of boring ole Victoria Secret!
  • The Original, Patented Period Panty
  • Soft, moisture wicking inner layer
  • Innermost, leak-resistant pad-shaped layer for protection
  • Stretchy outer layer that acts as shapewear and helps cramps!
  • Plush, extra soft waistband
  • Provide maximum coverage and support
  • Machine washable, Eco-friendly
  • 100% Money-back Guarantee!
  • Hassle-free exchanges & returns
  • As Seen in Martha Stewart Living
  • As Seen in Health Magazine
  • Prevent pad displacement and no-chafing
  • Engineered to relieve cramps and bloating
  • Breathable, Made in the USA from hand-picked, fine quality fabrics
  • Prevent sleepless nights, costly accidents, and period nightmares
  • Boost confidence and peace of mind
  • Save money and embarrassment
  • Superior quality; Will last for years
  • Don’t settle for cheap imitations
  • Give you just the hug you need
  • As Seen on The Real Talk Show
  • As Seen in Martha Stewart Weddings
elf glow lip tint
I thought E.L.F. Gotta Glow Lip Tint was pretty cool for you pretty in pink girls!
This innovative lip tint reacts with the chemistry of your lips to deliver a personalized, perfect shade of pink! The ethereal hue gives a sheer flush of color that enhances the natural beauty of your lips. The gel based formula glides on smoothly and is infused with Shea Butter to moisturize and nourish.
urban decay
Urban Decay has a new Essentials Eye Kit that looks pretty snazzy!

Nail a range of looks with Urban Essentials Eye Kit—loaded with three shades of our iconic Eyeshadow and three creamy, waterproof 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (all full size). There’s even a deluxe sample of Eyeshadow Primer Potion!

With a set this versatile (in a mix of neutrals and purples), the possibilities are endless. For longer wear, start with Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Where you go from there is up to you. These cult-favorite shades work on any skin tone, so you can’t go wrong. Create neutral daytime looks, smoky nighttime looks and everything in between.

This kit is filled with iconic products that really deliver. Eyeshadow Primer Potion incorporates space-age polymer technology that fills in any imperfections on the skin’s surface, prepping your lids for all-day shadow. Each shade of Eyeshadow features our Pigment Infusion System™, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives the formula its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability. And the waterproof 24/7 Eye Pencils deliver long-lasting color with a dreamy, creamy feel.

Rather than placing all these products in a boring box, we created a mini version of one of our coveted vault sets. The result? A collector’s set that’s worthy of display on your vanity. The outer sleeve features rich, prismatic artwork in purples, pinks and neutrals. Inside, an elegant black box with an inner tray and a magnetic closure keeps all the products in place.

loreal root cover upAre your gray hairs telling all of your business?  Maybe it’s time to use L’Oréal’s Root Cover Up.  Spray this concoction on your roots in between dye jobs to silence them up!  It comes in 6 different shades to match your crown in all its glory! As of now, I only have about 4 gray hairs (knocks on wood).  However, I’d likely be terrified to use this, remember when I tried Jerome Russell’s Temr’y spray and spent 50 years on the potty?  Click Here for Previous Post
Our New Root Cover Up conceals grays in seconds for flawless roots. Get seamless coverage with a lightweight, no smudging or sticky residue when dry, that’s ammonia and peroxide free. Perfect for in between color or salon visits. Lasts until your next shampoo.
 What do you think, have you tried any of these, or are you interested in doing so?
Fashionably Meek
xo
 

Staying Fashionable with Tara Lynn’s Boutique

 

Have you heard of Tara Lynn’s Boutique?  I first became aware of them on Instagram.  They have some amazing, unique pieces, some of which I want to share with you today!  One must always have bomb clothes to go with cute makeup, right? I received the opportunity to wear these in exchange for my honest review, so be looking for that post in the upcoming months!  However, because it’s currently cold as heck in Missouri, I can’t sport the clothing now…waaaa!

So here’s a little backstory on them:

It all started with a little too much online shopping and a love for fashion.  Growing up in the great state of Louisiana, I was raised with Southern values which are prominent in my everyday life.

 With the ever growing expenses of raising children, I wanted to do something to help out.  Laying in bed one night, I came up with what I thought was the perfect solution.  With lots of prayers, I suggested the idea to my husband.  To my surprise he agreed to indulge my “crazy idea” of an online boutique.

 Within months the boutique became a huge success and continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Now my friends shop at my site, instead of my closet.

 Tara Lynn’s offers quality clothing at affordable prices.  We strive to be the place that every woman thinks to check for the latest trends.  We are always designing new items for the ever changing fashion trends. 

Now to the good stuff! Let’s take a look.  I want to spotlight skirts/dresses because I’m obsessed with them and hope it makes spring and summer come even faster!  🙂

black and white striped skirt 1black and white striped skirt 2 I love this striped skirt, and it looks great paired with this denim shirt.  I find this skirt so versatile, you could dress it up with heals or wear it casually with some flats and a red tee!  It would even be cute with some ankle boots and tights for winter.

 

tulle midiHave you tried a tulle midi yet?  I have not, I tried on a tulle skirt a while back and I didn’t think it was flattering on my figure.  However, I may revisit one, and I do love the look of them!  This one comes in navy, red and black–so cute!  And reasonably priced!  I’d like to pair this with a tank and a cropped jean jacket!

 

unique skirt 2unique skirt I wanted to share this for the sheer uniqueness of this piece.  I love!  I like the way this Pops of Color skirt looks with this striped top and I would probably wear it with a simple tight hot pink V-neck and maybe some gladiator sandals?  What do you think, are you bold enough to wear this?

 

bohemian maxibohemian maxi 2  Another unique piece, this Bohemian Maxi has such a pretty color combination.  It also comes in an additional shade, but this one is my favorite.  I think the wide-cut neck makes this a sexy number, without showing too much!  I haven’t worn anything like this personally, and it would be stepping outside of my comfort zone due to the pattern and length. But it’s SO pretty and sophisticated, at least it is on the model! Ha!  And, it’s currently sold-out, so it must be pretty popular.  What do you think?

 

chevronchevron 2This Chevron Maxi is more my speed.  The pockets look great and  I love the way that it’s cinched in the waist–flattering and makes for a good ole hour-glass shape!  The mint is my favorite color, but it comes in coral (shown) as well as black, gray/mint, which is also SUPER cute as well as gray.

 

 

Click Here for Tara Lynn’s Boutique

Do you think you’ll be trying anything from this company?  Some of the clothing is on the pricey side, but it’s good quality and they also have some items on the lower-end of the spectrum.  Do you like what you see?

Fashionably,

Meek

XO

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Beauty Trends for Normal folk or Nah?

We all know that celebrities and the like can get away with some fashion and makeup choices that you and I would be ostracized for!  LOL! I stumbled upon these upcoming spring trends while browsing around in magazines.  And, it is my civic duty to ensure you guys are in the know!  Are these all runway and/or celebrity looks?  Or, is this something you would try?

 

A similar colorblock eyeshadow look was featured in a spring 2016 show by Alexis MabilleThrowing what we have all learned regarding blending out the window, this highly pigmented splat of color in several places is sure to catch some attention.  Good attention though?  I think I’ll be skipping right past this one…

 

 

This gold lipstick was a big deal in Prada’s spring 2016 runway (I couldn’t make it due to prior obligations).  It’s funny how everything resurfaces, because I’ve rocked my fair share of golds throughout the years.  I don’t think I own a shade of gold quite this pure, but I do have a silver, does that count?  I think this look would be a yes for me, I’m a fan of a bold lip and I like the way it translates well on really fair as well as very dark skin tones.  Is this gold for you?

 

starburst eyeliner

This starburst eyeliner on the bottom lash line is giving me life without parole!  I wonder is it just as cute with her eyes open?  I’m really thinking of trying this, even if I have to keep my eyes closed all day long!  Will you?

 

So, you MUST try one from this list, or face a life where you can no longer wear makeup, EVER!  Which will you choose? ☺

Have a fashionable Friday,

 

Meek!