Monday, September 19, 2016

The essential baby girl clothes checklist from Carter's

This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Carters Essential Baby Girl Checklist



Carter's is a baby clothes brand that my family has known and loved for well over 30 years. This long-term relationship means my family and I appreciate Carter's and find their baby boy clothes and baby girl clothes to be some of the best quality and most affordable on the market. Baby fashion can be a fickle thing, but it certainly is more fun when staple items like The Original Bodysuit are easily paired with coordinating pants, tops, crib shoes, and other layering baby fashion items.

The sweet variety at their Baby stores makes it well worth a stop by, whether you are expecting or you are searching for a perfect baby shower gift (Click here for their Store Locator page)! You won't be disappointed. Look at this sweet Scottie dog set I was able to get! Isn't it so precious? That is a long-sleeve The Original Bodysuit, a coordinating pant and crib shoes that I paired all together.

If you're a parent, you may be wondering... 'what are the essentials for our child?' or as a friend or family member, you may think... 'I don't want to get them something they won't use... what do they really need?' And that's where Carter's comes in. For baby clothes, here is a great layette checklist, published by Carter's themselves. Also, newsflash, Carter's literally sells all of these items in store, online, and at their outlet locations:

You may be noticing the frequency or volume of the bodysuits listed. Carter's baby clothes staple is The Original Bodysuit. It's both handy and adaptable to any outfit. It is a wonderful layering piece and incredibly useful as they come in a variety of sizes and styles. The Original Bodysuit is sold in sleeveless, long-sleeve, and short sleeve. It can be purchased in plain white multi-packs, or in colors or patterns to coordinate with wardrobe pieces. All are 100% cotton. They come in side-snap and/or bottom-snap - all of which are reinforced. The breakdown for many of these bodysuits is that they are around a per-item cost of only $2.60 - 4.00 a piece (depending on style, sleeve, etc.). That's incredible savings when you look at the multi-pack prices! It makes diaper-changing a breeze, too. These options make them so ideal for every baby in your life!

What are some of my favorite Fall 2016 looks for baby girl clothes from Carter's? Check out these adorable little ones - and all of these items are in stores now, and part of the recommended clothes checklist from Carter's:

How can you not love each of those pieces and the little ones modeling?! Carter's loves their customers, new and long-term. They have two amazing opportunities to save you money.

One is a contest, which you may have seen on their online accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Called the Pin Baby Pin contest, it involves Pinterest. It runs until September 26th. When the contest period ends, 75 entrants will be randomly selected to win a $50 Carter's gift card! Entries require you to upload your favorite Carter's baby's first look at this link: https://api.curalate.com/v2/contests/379720520. Let me tell you, $50 can go FAR at Carter's! What an awesome prize!

Lastly, the other opportunity to save is a wonderful 25% off coupon. It only requires a purchase of $40 or more, and is valid through October 3, 2016. It is valid in store and online, but there are some minor exclusions. The online code is CARSEPB. A printable copy of the coupon is below:

What are your favorite baby girl clothes essentials?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sponsored post: How to choose a signature scent with Lubin parfums Paris and Elements of Carytown

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of In Your Element Commerce and Elements Beauty Shop. Links included in this post are not affiliate links.

Elements of Carytown and Elements Beauty Shop online are introducing a new parfum brand to RVA this Fall – the 18th c. French parfumeurs – Lubin of Paris! This fragrance house was founded in 1798 and captured the attention and admiration of French society, from Empress Joséphine to Queen Marie-Amélie, to the Incroyables and Merveilleuses. Like similar established fine fragrance brands Creed and Santa Maria Novella, Lubin has won over royalty all over Europe and further East. As the 19th c. French writer Guy de Maupassant stated, "He's the apostle for women, the apostle perfumed by Lubin." [Source: "History"]. Investing in a fragrance should be held in similar high regard as purchasing and investing in a fine handbag or designer heels.

A signature scent is something that carries you and defines you as an individual. It can become the way a person remembers you or recalls certain events. Romantically, some brides and grooms choose a signature scent for their wedding day, something new to define such a major occasion. Historically, many people have chosen a new signature scent due to a job promotion or reaching a certain personal highlight in their life. Even if a person is no longer a part of your life, you may come across their signature scent and it immediately transports you. For many, a person can enjoy collecting fragrances that have specific notes to them, so they have a signature note but maybe not a specific parfum that they are tied to. Here at WorthyStyle, you’ll often find me wearing a fragrance that has one or all of these elements: magnolia, jasmine, gardenia, or orange blossom flower.

To properly choose a signature scent you need a few things – 1. Time, 2. Coffee beans to neutralize your nose after each scent, 3. A good idea of your likes and dislikes (similar to people having likes/dislikes of food or wine notes). However, time is not the biggest thing here, knowing what you like is the most significant. A good sales person like the educated staff at Elements of Carytown can quickly direct you to a scent with some brief background questions. Another major element is the understanding that a scent may be marketed towards men or women, but don’t let that limit you in your options. One of my favorite summer scents is a unisex fragrance. Another scent I like it definitely seen as “male” but it’s very light and refreshing on my skin (and that’s another thing, scents may dry on you differently versus another person). For example, I do not enjoy ouds (a mold-reacting tree resin – yum!), orientals, woodsy, or incense scents in the summertime. However, in the cooler months, I do enjoy fragrances with some light lacing of one of these more intense notes as it helps the scent linger on my skin longer. Do you like citrus? How about florals? What about vanilla? Write down things you enjoy and share them with the sales staff. They will be able to steer you in the right direction!

At Elements of Carytown and Elements Beauty Shop, they are carrying nine of the Lubin eau de parfums in store and online. These include: Black Jade, Grisette, Upper Ten for Her, Galaad, Idole, Upper Ten, Akkad, Korrigan, and Gin Fizz

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Black Jade

  • Top notes: Galbanum, bergamot and cardamom
  • Middle notes: Rose, jasmine heart, incense and cinnamon
  • Base notes: Amber, exotic woods, Indian sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla and Tonga bean

Grisette

  • Top notes: Citrus, grapefruit, bergamot, rose concrete
  • Middle notes: Iris, incense
  • Base notes: Musk, amber, woody cedar, Madagascan vanilla absolute

Upper Ten for Her

  • Top notes: Isabella grape and bergamot, elemi and artemisia
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, raspberry liqueur and Sichuan pepper
  • Base notes: Wood, amber, frankincense and dark chocolate

Galaad

  • Top notes: Cardamom, cypress and rosemary
  • Middle notes: Myrrh, honey and copahu balm
  • Base notes: Agarwood (oud), atlas cedar, cypriol oil or nagarmotha and blond Burley tobacco

Idole

  • Top notes: Rum Absolute, Saffron, Black Cumin, Bitter Orange Peel
  • Middle notes: Doum Palm, Rock Rose, Smoked Ebony, Frankincense, Sugar Cane
  • Base notes: Leather, Red Sandalwood, Amber

Upper Ten

  • Top notes: Italian bergamot, Bay Rose, Saffron, Juniper berry
  • Middle notes: Cinnamon, Essence of Cardamom, Peach, Orange blossom, Geranium
  • Base notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Leather, Patchouli, White musk, Dry amber

Akkad

  • Top notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Clary Sage
  • Middle notes: Cardamom, Elemi, Frankincense, Styrax
  • Base notes: Amber, Cistus-Labdanum, Vanilla, Patchouli

Korrigan

  • Top notes: Juniper berry, saffron, cognac
  • Middle notes: Lavender, ambrette, whiskey distillate
  • Base notes: Cedar, oudh, leather, vetiver, musk

Gin Fizz

  • Top notes: bergamot, sicilian lemon and mandarin
  • Middle notes: iris, orange blossom, rose absolute and Turkish jasmine
  • Base notes: vetiver, oak moss and lily

Consider stopping by local woman-owned business Elements of Carytown to have them assist you in choosing your own signature fragrance. Or, shop their site at ElementsBeautyShop.com to learn more about Lubin Paris fragrances and their awesome store that carries beauty products/brands that have no animal testing. If you do make a purchase, know that online purchases count towards a cash-redemption loyalty program, and both in-store purchases and your first online purchase can help you by saving 10% using code WORTHYSTYLE at checkout. When you get home, tag your online or in-store purchases with #ElementsBeautyHaul on social media to enter to win a $50 gift card to the store – they do the drawing monthly! They offer so many amazing ways to reward their customers. Interested in more of my favorite Elements Beauty Shop products? Check out my sponsored Pinterest board here.

Do you have a signature fragrance? What is it?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sponsored post: WorthyStyle loves Sun Basket

This review was made possible by Sun Basket. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

I was recently given the opportunity to test out two weeks of Sun Basket, a meal kit service similar to other major brands out there with a HUGE difference: they offer gluten free, Paleo, dairy free, vegetarian and soy free options for people of all diet restrictions. As many of you know, I have Celiac disease and for what it's worth - I've never had a negative reaction to the Sun Basket gluten free dishes. It's so wonderful to get 11 meal options to pick from each week, of which EIGHT are gluten free. No other meal service gives me so many options. We have loved this service so much, that we actually pay for the "family" plan just so we get to enjoy 3 bigger-portioned meals and have plenty of leftovers for the remainder of the week.

Gluten free groceries are REALLY expensive if you're buying gluten free breads, etc., but these meals have never included a single bread or pasta dish... and to be honest neither me nor my carb-loving husband have missed them a bit. Each has had enough portions to even have leftovers of the sides, and the proteins (fish, beef, turkey, pork, cod, chicken and salmon) have all been 5-6 ounces per serving, which is more than enough. These meals also help ensure I get all the fruits and vegetables I need which is so important for my diet.

As if all of these options weren't already amazing, they also source the majority of their ingredients to be organic, non-GMO and hormone-free. Not many 'meal order' brands can say that. Occasionally an ingredient may not be organic, but it's good to know they attempt to do all of the above a majority of the time. Sun Basket also sends you your order in boxes and containers with mostly recyclable items (plastic or compostable containers), recyclable/compostable cotton and film, and you can return to them some insulation or freezer packs with the enclosed stickers they include in your shipment box.

You may be wondering, what dishes have we been able to enjoy from Sun Basket so far?

  • Pan-roasted pork loin with peach tomato salad (Gluten Free, Paleo)
  • Grilled steak with roasted poblanos and New Mexican chile sauce (Gluten free, Paleo)
  • Mediterranean beef kebabs with mint-pistachio relish (Gluten free, Paleo)
  • Vietnamese cod with rice noodles and mango salad (Gluten free)
  • Steaks with artichoke butter and summer vegetables (Gluten free)
  • Moroccan-spiced chicken breasts with melon-cucumber salad (Gluten free/Paleo)

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