Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE VERSATILITY OF A DUSTER!!!

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Happy Hump Day Sassy Peeps!

As you guys know I have an obsession for The Kimono. The more I think about it I have one for The Duster as well. When shopping I seem to be automatically drawn to both. It wasn't until recently that I figured out why? 

There are a few obvious reasons such as: 
  • Both garments are simply gorgeous and very versatile. 
  • They can take plan attire to a super chic level in a matter of seconds. 
  • They work well in warmer climates and are great for layering.

Then there is the not so obvious reason! At times I think back to when I was a little girl and my granny would be in the kitchen; cooking, washing dishes etc., wearing her knee length duster(s). Although she wore them solely for comfort, I love and wear them to quench my fashion thirst.

If is really funny how we take on the likes, dislikes, obsessions of family without even realizing.   

Duster - Forever21Necklace - Gifted, Braclets - Boutiques in SoFlo and Det, Earrings - Francesca's, Jeans - HSN, Mules - DSW


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 SPRING TIME FASHION TRENDS

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Hello Sassy Fashionista!!!!

Spring it here! Yeaaaaa! I know you may be thinking that there is not a big difference in the seasons when it comes to the south. However, I beg to differ. Although changes are not as drastic, there are noticeable differences that play a part in what we wear such as; layers, fabrics and colors.

The fall and winter are what I consider to be freedom months. Meaning we have the freedom to pull out sassy leather pieces, super cool riding boots, thicker jeans and darker colors. Same goes for the spring and summer. You put the thicker items back in hibernation and pull out the fun, bight and thinner pieces. 

Although I am usually never 100% on trend, I always work to incorporate a few trendy items into my not so trendy wardrobe. I put this outfit together with the mindset of being sassy yet comfy. It would have worked if the parking for the event I covered that evening wasn't 5 flights of stairs and 3 blocks away! Ugh!!! However, I am not going to complain too much because I did have a great time!!! :)
Kimono - Francesca's, Necklace & White Tee - Forever 21, Culottes - TJ Maxx, Strappy Heals - Boutique in SoFlo.
Now let's talk about some of the Spring Trends for 2015!!!!

  • The Kimono - As you guys know, I am the Kimono Queen. I love this beautiful yet versatile garment. It can be worn with anything giving you a cool, chic and effortless look all year around. 
  • Culottes - Ladies I love culotte style pants. These can also be worn with pretty much anything. On this day I decided to pair mine with a white tee, a kimono and strappy heels. However, if you are feeling edgy you can lose the kimono and just rock them with bold accessories and a tee. You can even pair them with a loose-fitting button up for a more relaxed fit.
  • Black and White - You cannot turn the corner without seeing a gorgeous black and white outfit. It doesn't matter if it's a basic look, has bold patterns or made of various textures the mixture of these two colors will classify the look as super chic.
  • Yellow - This color is trending heavily this season. I personally think anyone can pull of any shade of yellow. However, to ensure you feel comfortable figure out which works well with your skin tone/undertones. FYI..yellow pairs well with black and white; it makes for a great spring look.
  • Denim - Denim is and always has been a major staple in the fashion world. Currently, high-waisted and baggy seem to be trending major. 
  • Sneakers - Well, well, well! The Fashion Gods are finally looking out for our feet this season. I noticed that sneakers are being paired with maxi's, mini's, jeans, shorts and the list goes onnnnnn! #Comfort is key this season!

So peeps! Do you have a fav Spring Trend? If so, we would love to hear all about it!!!!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HAUTE HIPPIE FASHION SHOW - #SHUZZFUND2015

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Hello Sassy Fashionistas!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the super chic Haute Hippie Fashion Show in Boca Raton. The show was held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater benefiting the Shuzz Foundation. As soon as you entered the theater there was a noticeable change in the atmosphere. The super edgy Haute Hippie Fashionrhythmic head-bobbing music and Cirques Dreams flying and tumbling through the air kept the energy on level ten the entire night. This function was a great way to celebrate the amazing job the Non-Profit Organization is doing to help children all across the world. 


More about SHUZZ Fund:

SHUZZ Fund is a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide new shoes to poverty-stricken children throughout the United States and in developing countries. 100 percent of public donations to SHUZZ support their ongoing programs: Back-2-SchoolYouth AthleticsInternational Relief,Disaster Relief and Medical Procedure Sponsorship. SHUZZ has been recognized for facilitating relief missions to donate shoes in impoverished communities across the globe. The Fund seeks to provide new shoes to 10 million children in poverty stricken areas around the world over the next 10 years. For more Information, visit: www.shuzz.org or connect via Twitter and Facebook.


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*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

LINDI SKIN EYE HYDRATOR & LIP BALM REVIEW

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It is very important to maintain your health and skin by doing and using the products that work for you as an individual. Since moving to Florida I've had to changed my skin regimen completely. It has taken almost 4 years of trial and error for me to finally find products that have effected my skin in a positive matter.

When I heard the story behind the Lindi Line I was both intrigued and inspired. Lindy Snider, Founder and CEO, developed Lindi Skin after watching the toll that cancer treatments took on her close friends bodies and skin. She recognized there was not a brand on the market that supported their needs so she decided to create her own. 

I simply love the Eye Hydrator and Lip Balm. Since starting to use both products I've noticed a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, hyper-pigmentation in the eye area and dry skin on the lips. They are now apart of my daily regimen. Currently, there are twelve items available to consumers. Retail prices range between $10-$40, and can be purchased at lindiskin.com or select drug/cosmetic stores and medical centers. 

The Lindi Eye Hydrator (retail $30), "is a unique, silky gel that absorbs into the skin quickly for maximum benefits and comforts without rubbing or irritation". It glides on smoothly and smells great! 
The Lindi Lip Balm (retail $10), "is rich in Vitamin E and natural extracts to help soothe and provide a protective layer to parched lips. This non-greasy formula works double-duty to help keep nails and cuticles healthy and intact." #loveit!!!!!
I would definitely recommend these products to both men and women! The company is offering free shipping and 25% off all products to my readers now through May 31, 2015. At the time of purchase use the code is BLOG25 and the 25% will be deducted instantly. As an added bonus, Lindi has committed to making a donation to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program for every purchase made through this date.

More About Lindi Skin/Lindi Products LLC (Philadelphia, Pa): The Lindi Skin brand was created by Lindy Snider in 2003 as the first complete skincare line designed specifically for the unique needs of people undergoing cancer treatment. It's safe, gentle, clinically-proven line of skincare is perfect for anyone with compromised skin. Lindi Skin's soothing, spa like packaging and product range is engaging more and more savvy health and beauty conscious consumers seeking the best products for their skin. The line is produced in the USA under strict scrutiny and is endorsed by many in the medical community. Studies are available upon request as well as a list of the medical advisory board members.

Noteworthy--The Face Wash was presented the Mass Skin Care product award by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) at the sixth annual (2009) CITY Awards for Cosmetic Innovators of The Year in New York City.


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*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

WHAT I WORE TO THE 13TH ANNUAL BOCA BACCHANAL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

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Hello Sassy Peeps:

The 13th Annual Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival was held for the first time at the Boca Raton Airport Hangar and despite the rain it was a complete success. A total of 1500 guests came out to walk the red carpet, enjoy wine and food pairing, chat with cool celebs and join in on the charity event.   

As soon as I accepted the invite my inner fashionista looked up from her vogue mag and asked me what I would be wearing? Lol!!!! After much thought, I decided on a vintage dress my aunt purchased at a store called Gantos in the 80's. She gave me this timeless piece about 15 years ago and I always love when I have the chance to sport the garment. 
Vintage Dress - Gantos (OOB), Necklace - Taudrey, Necklace - Gifted, Bracelets - Boutique in Detroit, Mules - T.J. Maxx, Jessica Simpson Clutch - Drawing a blank
Although it was raining the night of the event I had a great time. I got a chance to support a worthy cause, mingle with friends, eat and drink delicious food/wine and meet Kathy Lee Gifford. #Yeaaaa!!!! She is such a cool lady. I am glad I finally got a chance to meet her after enjoying her on tv for several years.

Sassy peeps if you didn't get a chance to make it, no worries, there is always next year!!! For those of you who did come out to enjoy the festivities what did you like most about the event? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!! :) 
Kathy Lee and I (Not the best pic, but wanted to post anyway! :))


About Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M)The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future. Now in its 42nd year, the BRHS&M actively promotes historic preservation and heritage education through its archival services, guided tours and educational programs. 39,300 people in the Boca Raton community enjoyed the programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum in 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from Boca Bacchanal go to support the BRHS&M education and preservation programs and new City of Boca Raton Welcome Center. For more information or to become a member, visit www.bocahistory.org.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

THE ECOBOOST CHALLENGE...COMPARATIVE SHOPPING AT ITS FINEST!!!!!!

When it comes to automobiles, what are some of the key features consumers look for? Hmmmmm...Good question. I guess it would depend on the buyer...right??

Vehicles are made to fit the lifestyle of each individual. A feature that is fabulous and a must have for one person may be irrelevant or not as important to another. I can almost guarantee that a college student verses a couple with a new born, or a family of five are in the market for something totally different. 

In the EcoBoost Challenge, Ford offers consumers an opportunity to not only get behind the wheel of their automobiles but the automobiles of their competitors. This is comparative shopping at its finest!!!! The challenge offers you a first-hand experience and proves why Ford is and will always be "America's most popular brand".

Although the challenge was held in SoFlo in the early part of March it may be coming to your city in the near future. It is presented in 13 cities and still has quite a few left. To ensure you have not missed this great opportunity click here.
Florida Ecoboost Challenge www.simplysassysstyle.com
As you guys know I am a fashionista at heart and any time I purchase a fabulous accessory; especially one as fabulous as a Ford, I always consider the exterior. Don't get me wrong, specs are extremely important as well, but for a girl like me so is the appearance.

Now let's look at some of the automobiles offered in Ford's sleek and sexy 2015 Line Up to see which vehicle the EcoBoost Challenge inspired me to choose. 

F-150As you might know, there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding the new 2015 F-150. This year’s model shed 700lbs by using military-grade aluminum in the frame. The introduction of the new 2015 was a success, that’s why the name “The Breakthrough Star” is perfect for this tough yet sexy vehicle. 

I can see myself; or any young lady who likes to get Ford Tough, driving this beast wearing a pair of Levi's, a white tee, Timberlands and a statement necklace. Pardon me; it's my inner fashionista speaking! :)
Mustang – "The Classic Beauty" The mustang is a classic, and most people love it. 
Edge – "The Socialite Extraordinaire" The 2015 Edge is designed to carry an entire family (or all of your friends!) and is loaded with technology, like MyFord Touch which provides hands-free access to your phone! The Edge keeps your connected.
Fiesta ST – "The Best Use of Color" is known for utilizing bright colors to appeal to a younger crowd such as; Blue Candy, Race Red and Green Envy.
Focus ST – "The Performance Star" is fun to drive with an improved driver experience.
"The Travel Accessory" aka The Expedition has tons of cargo space and great handling making it a first choice for those fashionistas with wanderlust.
Fusion Hybrid – "The Urban Excellence" is environmentally friendly, making it great for use in urban cities.
If this were the Oscars of Automobiles my choice would be the Head Turning, Heart Pounding 2015 Ruby Red Tinted Clearcoat Metallic Mustang Shelby GT350 also known as the "Classic Beauty". Yep! That's one classic beauty that makes my heart skip a beat or two or three or four. HA! You get the picture. :) 

Do you or have you owned a Ford? Are you thinking of purchasing one really soon? If you answered yes to any of these questions tell me what would be your Oscars of Automobiles choice? 

More About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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Photo credit for all pictures goes to Ford Motor Company

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE'S NEW SAVORY SPRING MENU IS SIMPLY DELICIOUS!!!!!

Brio Tuscan Grilles New Savory Spring Menu www.simplysassysstyle.com
Happy Sunday Sassy Peeps!!!!

Hope everyone's day is going well....I must admit I was having a really great day until I started writing this post. These food pics are bringing back tons of tasty memories, and they are making it hard for me to concentrate! LOL!

The first time I ate at this Italian eatery was a few years ago when a co-worker and I traveled to Columbus, OH for business. It was amazingly tasty then and it is amazingly tasty now. Tracy, from 2 Forks and A Cork invited me out a few weeks ago to sample their new Savory Spring Menu and I am still wondering why it took me so long to return. 

I started with a Cucumber Gimlet made w/Hendricks Gin. Hendricks is not for everyone, but I love the deliciously peculiar flavor. I sipped on the drink and chatted with my girl while we indulged on a dish called Bruschetta Quattro. There were samples of four different bruschettas all flavored to perfection. We had our choice of: Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta, Applewood Bacon and Tomato Jam Bruschetta, Sliced Steak Bruschetta and Spicy Shrimp and Fontina Cheese Bruschetta. #Yummy!!!!! They were all very tasty and paired well with my Gimlet.
Me feeding my face! LOL!
Next, we were served; what I consider to be the best of the evening, the Lobster and Shrimp Raviloi made w/ a spicy black pepper cream sauce, spinach and grape tomatoes. This is an incredible dish and I will be recommending it to all of my friends and family!
My next entree was the delicious Grilled Chicken and Roasted Balsamic peppers made w/ Farro, quinoa, tomatoes, asparagus, almonds, Feta, pesto vinaigrette, balsamic glaze. When I took the first bite it literally melted in my mouth! Tracy let me sample her Crab and Shrimp Crusted Salmon which lay atop a bed of roasted vegetables, farro, quinoa, drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette and that was equally as good. 
Last but not least came their scrumptious desserts. They offered a very nice selection, but after much thought I went with the award-winning Warm Chocolate Torta topped w/ Vanilla Bean Gelato!!!!! OMG! I am still drooling!!! 

Tracy and I had a great time! Their food is speculator and when you go I can almost guarantee you will feel the same!!!! So tell me...which items have you tried or are you looking forward to trying? I would love to hear all about your experience.

For more information about this amazing restaurant, please visit: 
BOCA RATON| BRIO THE SHOPS AT BOCA CENTER
5050 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486
(561) 392-3777
Mon-Th: 11:30am-10pm 
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm 
Sun 11:30am -9pm
www.brioitalian.com  

Thank you Tracy for inviting me and Brio Tuscan Grille for an amazing experience! Can't wait to return!!!!!!

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*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

Monday, March 23, 2015

DESSANGE PARIS OLEO MIRACLE COLLECTION PRODUCT REVIEW - #JAdoreDessange

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Hello Sassy People:

I recently received the Dessange VOXBOX from Influenster and boy was I excitedAlthough the company informs you that you have made the cut and will be getting a BOX, you never really know exactly when or what you will be receiving. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the mailbox one evening and the Dessange Box had arrived. I couldn't wait to open it to see what goodies were inside. I was really impressed that there were 3 full sized products awaiting my review.

Let's take a look at the cool items I received....

1. Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Shampoo ($9.99 for 8.5fl oz/250ml):

  • The oleo miracle system helps bring your overprocessed and damaged hair back to vitality with shine this formula with 3 precious oils of argan camellia and pracaxi nourishes and brings out your hair's natural beauty while both protecting from aggressors and detangling your hair for magical hair results discover the entire oleo miracle replenishing system replenishing shampoo conditioner and
  • Oil for healthylooking hair nourish with the replenishing oil each day as the perfect finishing touch for healthylooking hair nourish with the replenishing oil each day


  • Replenishing Conditioner Overprocessed and Damaged Hair

3. Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil ($11.99 for 3.4fl oz/100ml):

  • Overprocessed and Damaged Hair Leave-in Treatment

I love all 3 products! They smell really nice and feel really good while massaging your scalp. After using I noticed that my hair had a really nice shine and felt very soft. A few things that stood out most about these product were that they are sold in Target; making them easy to find and although I am a natural girl the products still worked well on my hair #Ilovedessange!!!!! 

Have you used these products before? If so, would love to hear your experience!!!!!

Thanks Influenster for the amazingly cool box! I really had fun with it! 

*Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own*. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY TRIP TO PHOENIX ARIZONA - #FORDEDGE!!!

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Happy Sassy Sunday Everyone!!!! :)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the product launch for the 2015 All-New Ford Edge in Scottsdale, AZ. This was my first time visiting Arizona so I really didn't know what to expect. Friends and family provided some insight, and of course I did the Google thing but until I actually experienced it for myself there was a lot of speculation. A few days before departing I was really excited and very nervous! This would not only be my first time visiting AZ; it was also my first time covering an event out of state. After I got tired of late night visits from Mr. Anxiety I decided to Put My Big Girl Panties On and rolled with it! Lol! 
When I arrived at the airport, there was a car waiting, and we headed to the beautiful W Scottsdale. After checking in and finding out that media would be on their own until dinner I decided to explore both the hotel and the city.

The W is very stylish and an excellent choice to host events. The rooms are super cozy, the pool and gym are exceptional, and the food and staff are amazing. It is located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale so just about everything is in walking distance. This location is idea for someone such as me because when I am in different parts of the world I make it a point to wander. 

While making my rounds I came across a large open area in the hotel that focused solely on the Edge. Each wall was painted with extremely enlarged images of the vehicle; including descriptions of the interior/exterior. Later that evening, in the same space, the program team responsible for the crossovers development held a background session followed by Q&A. During that time everyone had the chance to ask the SME's (Subject Matter Experts) tons of questions and to mingle/enjoy each other's company. 
As mentioned above, before leaving for my trip I received several warnings that the weather in AZ is stifling! Although I kept this in mind it wasn't going to stop me from hitting the streets of Scottsdale, and to my surprise it was nothing like I expected. 

I am sure the weather can be very unpleasant during certain times of the year, but the event was held during winter so my time spent was anything but stifling. The sun was out; and shining brightly I must add, but mid 80's with no humidity makes for a very comfortable and pleasant day. As you guys know, your girl can find a mall just about anywhere and that's exactly what happened. Once I found out that the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall is only about 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel I started on my journey. I was pleasantly surprised that all of the stores I love are located in this mall. I people watched and hung out a few hours then headed back to get ready for the evening events. 
The next morning I met up with my driving buddies and took part in the perpendicular and parallel park assist functions exercise. Once completed, we headed to the beautiful countryside of Phoenix to test drive the spectacular crossover. Our group consisted of three so we all took turns driving and navigating. I enjoyed the entire 4 hour experience! The vehicle is gorgeous, it rides and drives exceptional, the scenery is intoxidating and the company was great! I don't think it could have gotten any better! 

Along the way we stopped at a few different points to take pictures and just enjoy the view. The two stops that stood out to me most were "Jakes Corner Bar" and "Inspiration Point & Theodore Roosevelt Dam". Jakes Corner Bar/Store reminds me something right off "American Pickers". It is located in a very rural area and looks like a place where Mike and Franky would love to go and possibly do some pickin'. :) My all time favorite stop was Inspiration Point & TR Dam. If you have never had the opportunity to see this place up close and personal I suggest you start packing your bags. The only word that comes to mind when describing the beauty that radiates from it is picturesque! #Nowordstodescribe! #Godswork! I am looking forward to the day I return to this gorgeous place!  #Wow!!!!!
After we made our way back to the hotel, we said our goodbyes and headed to the airport. My time spent in AZ was great, and I just want to give a special shout out to Ford and to the W Scottsdale for making this a very memorable and wonderful experience!!!!! 

For more information about the 2015 Ford Edge click Here.
For more information about the W Scottsdale click Here.

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*Disclosure: All Hotel and travel services were provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*

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