Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year New You....๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ



This is my favorite time of the year as we near the end!  There is so much power in looking back on the past year! Reviewing your successes and failures and also remembering key lessons we have learned!  On the blog I will go over several tips that you can make creating your New Years Resolutions a success! I have reviewed several of them on instastories but this is the more in depth version that has other useful tips!!

1. Declutter and Clear away distractions 
I recommend this step as it allows you to make space for new things to happen!  It doesn't necessarily mean only cleaning away physical things but also spiritually decluttering and also letting go of people and thoughts that no longer serve you and will allow you to be successful!! Gotta let it go and move on if you want to be successful out the new year!! New Year New You!!

2. Make a physical list of all of your achievements and lessons  from the past year!

This is meant to encourage you to review your past year and mainly for you to realize you have soo much to be thankful for! If you are having a hard time think about you have your health you have a job you have your mind and even the ability and motivation to make a change! Some people don't have that option!! So realize you have a lot to be thankful for!

3. Take 5 minutes out of your day everyday to relax and have prayer or meditation!
This is useful as it encourages self care and also for you to tune into what your higher purpose is! I highly encourage you to try it today and see how much of a difference it makes. I personally like short 5 minute mediation videos on YouTube as it allows me to really relax and understand what I really need and how I am feeling during stressful times! 
I actually use this one (https://youtu.be/wGFog-OuFDM) as it has bells to keep me on track when my attention goes elsewhere! After reviewing research so many successful people use meditation in the morning to stay focused and map out their day! Try it and see!!

4. Create a Vision Board of what you want to achieve for the upcoming year! I recommend a physical board with magazine cutouts but Pinterest will work as well!! *Create a handwritten list of your goals as well* There is so much power in a hand written list of goals!! 
5. Ask yourself what you can do TODAY to reach your goal and do it!! This can be anything that will help you achieve it! Maybe research gym memberships if you want to be more healthy. Maybe this means researching colleges and grad schools for admissions! No matter how small you gotta take that step to achieve your goal!


6. Actively work on incorporating positive habits and thinking to achieve your goals of success!!
If you can change your thinking you can change your life!! 
We all know that friend who is soo negative and no matter what happens she will always find something negative! There could be a rainbow outside and she would say its too bright!! 
In order to be successful there is a need to be proactive and positive!  In regards to your habits it's important as it will allow you to set yourself up with the best foundation for growth and also will curve any counterproductive habits you have that's causing you not to be successful! For example you may be staying up late watching tv and that's what's causing you to gain weight as you eat while you watch tv! But instead if you only watched tv before dinner and found another past time you would end up curbing that bad habit that's causing you not to live a healthy life! 


7. Make sure you check in throughout the year to check in on your progress!             Reward yourself for the hard work you have done to achieve this goal and also don't be discouraged if you aren't doing as good as you thought! One way to encourage growth is to have an accountability partner who wants the best for you and will encourage you along your journey!! Your inner circle is extremely important!
Jim Rohn  says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with! So choose wisely!!
Let me know what y'all think below of the post as I will have a check in post in March to see how the resolutions are going!!


Happy New Year everyone!! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚



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Friday, December 29, 2017

#dealsandsteals

#deals and steals after Christmas sale ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„





Today I stopped by JcPenney and was completed distracted by all of the deals. and also the fact there is Sephora inside Jcp so I'm not exactly setting myself up for success wth a budget going in there ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I found  some crazy good deals at the store and had to share them with everyone on my instastories! Be sure to check out my instastories with links provided to shop the looks!!



Also there are other hot retailers having sales you have to check out.  It seems like majority of the sales are on clearance and sale items! Which is a okay with me ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Jcp's in store sale was an additional 50% off clearance 
I bought several things like workout gear a cute jacket and ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ at Sephora with all of those deals

Honorable Mentions below:

Tory Burch is having 30% off on the site with code EXTRA30

Victoria's Secret is having THE Semi Annual Sale, yes that's exactly what's going on online!  
Haha nothing like lining up at 7am to get dibs on good deals lol

Bath and Body Works -  The Semi Annual Sale has been going on for about a week! Did somebody say $10 Candles ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

Coach has 50% off all sale items
Nike ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ  has 25% off sale with WINTER25
Urban Outfitters also has good deals
Macy's -20% off After Christmas Sale with code JOY

Let me know if you know if any other deals below ⬇️⬇️

Coming up soon is a post on New Years Eve outfits and tomorrow is a New Year New You post so stay tuned!

Love ya ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Karen B๐Ÿ’‹
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Showstoppers ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Leopard Showstopper Statement Pieces๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Leopard is one on my favorite prints! I feel like nowadays it can be paired as if it is it's own color scheme.  I always pair the leopards print with neutrals, creams, brown and black. As the print alone is classy as well.
As most of the pieces are showstoppers there is an importance on making sure they pop! In order to havr that affect I recommend pairing with more muted or black tones so that all of the print pops ๐Ÿ’ฅ and it's the center of your wardrobe!

For example a Little Black dress and then hot leopard booties is placing emphasis on the boots! Even doing an all black ensemble with a leopard scarf or leopard jacket makes a great classy statement as well!
Linked below I have several of my fav Showstoppers๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Let me know below if you have any other tips to show off leopard print!




     
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ways to Give Back this๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„Season

Top 5 ways to give back this Christmas Season ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„
  1. Donate your time at a local soup kitchen or food bank
Here is a directory of local soup kitchens in Texas(bit.ly/2BHos1F)

  1. Toys for Tots which allows you to give toys to children. It's an annual drive with the Marine Corps Reserve. Majority of the sponsors are local toy stores.
  2. bit.ly/T4tots
  1. Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. (sampur.se/2CPaQ3U) I actually did this one as a teen. It's where you fill up a shoe box and put little trinkets. The boxes are sent overseas and help needy children! Even though it's just a small box it can make a difference.
  2. Salvation Army bell ringers. They are all over the malls and WalMarts this organization helps the homeless and even children one of the best charities! 
  3. Angel Tree with Salvation Army
I personally find this to be the most fulfilling as I actually used to be one of those angels growing up! As my birthday ad Christmas are only 2 days apart I usually didn't receive many presents during the holiday season when my family was hit hardest financially. I was so blessed to be able to be gifted by so many  giving people when I was younger.

These are just my top 5 ways and there are so many ways to give this season. It just takes one person to make a difference in the life of others!

  1. Make cookies ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿชfor your local postman, massage therapist, nail salon technician,  hairstylist, children teacher and professor! People you deal with daily that also may have stressful lives!
  2. Pay for someone's coffee or food behind you! ☕️ 
  3. Babysit for a relative  with children! Give them a night off they will appreciate it! ๐Ÿ‘ถ 
  4. Call your parents and tell them how much you love them!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ
  5. Hug a loved one a little longer and tell them you appreciate them!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Monday, December 18, 2017

๐Ÿ’„Makeup Monday ๐Ÿ’„

Today on the blog I have reviewed the #maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation.

 I received this complimentary via Influenster and absolutely love it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ the color is fantastic and I would say it's pretty great compared to Mac and Estรฉe Lauder!


I received the package today and had to try it right away. The color is almost spot on and looked great as I always contour first before I put on the foundation and so I was able to brighten up it a shade. As my skin color changes with the seasons I plan on purchasing the shade lighter than the one I purchased. The color that I used was called Mocha! 

This had great full coverage and did not feel heavy or anything and blender perfectly!! 
I highly recommend ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œand think it is as great of quality as Estรฉe Lauder and Mac which are the two I currently use!!  
This should be coming out soon if not out currently in your area!

I plan on eventually doing product reviews on the blog soon! So stay tuned! 

Let me know in the comments what you think of the review and if you have any questions!
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fashion Forward Friday

Men's Shopping Guide Tips



Man is it just me or are  men so hard to shop for!! 

I have included a list below of several suggestions for that special man in your life and even your dad or brother! If you saw my story on Instagram you have seen my top 5 Choices and also below are several more suggestions!!

1. Favorite Cologne (make sure you smell it and approve as you will have to smell it and want to love it ๐Ÿ˜)(Bit.ly/ysllanuit)
2. Gift card to his favorite Restaurant as he will appreciate the gesture! You're taking him out for dinner ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ(Omaha Steaks has a really good set of steaks for under $75-(bit.ly/omahasteakspk)
3. Sports Souvenirs- Of his favorite team as this is a great idea if he watches sports as a hobby if he is not into sports see if you can purchase tools that he can use practically to do the hobby! (Bit.ly/dezBryantdc)
4. Tickets- Any kind of tickets to a place that he likes to go to for entertainment! (stubhub is great for sports tickets!)
5. Comfortable Shoes he will thank you if he works on his feet all day and even at his desk they will make a difference!
On insta I have a link to a pair of Kenneth Cole boots that are perfect for work for him and also are comfortable!) bit.ly/kcoleboots
   


* One of my best  clues on a good gift for Michael was by looking at his hobbies and spending habits! Also I  plan on using special touches that will make an inexpensive option still special for us!  Good luck to everyone purchasing a gift for your special someone! May the odds be in your favor if not make sure you keep that recipt!! 


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Midweek Motivation

๐Ÿ’ŽMidweek Motivation ๐Ÿ’Ž


This is so powerful and so empowering! We must believe that we are destined for great life and what's more important is that we Believe we are worthy of a big life!! One of my good friends sent this to me as a motivational quote and it's super uplifting during the weekly grind! 

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#powerful

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#positivity #womenempoweringwomen #brightlysoo #scsisterlove #entreprenuers #lawofattraction #grind #success #bloggerlife #bloggerbabes #instaquote #lifestyleblogger #namaste #texasblogger #browngirlblogger #likeforlike  #fashionblogger #quoteoftheday #womenentrepreneurs #lifestyleblogger #model #womenempowerment

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Makeup Beauty Gift Guide


2017 Makeup Christmas Guide with Top Picks from the Year
This is a  well researched list of top products from local bloggers, fashionistas and consumers from all over the U.S. MAjority of the picks are from influenster and are highly rated among the beauty community!

My Top 5 Picks  are:

1. Gucci Makeup Bag is a big splurge but is well worth it as I love floral and would feel totally gorg every time I put on my makeup.
2. I can't live without my Burt's Bees as it keeps my lips soft and smells like peppermint ahhmazing!!
3. The Estee Lauder foundation is a new find for me this year and I love it as I actually contour with a Anastasia dupe kit that is more heavily pigmented for my dark skin called RubyKiss found on Amazon for under $10 its a steal and a must have for my skin color! Love it!
4. Makeup Brushes by Mikasa are a must have as well as you can use my discount code for 25% off (BRIGHTLYSOO25)
5. All of the nail colors are my favorite for a pedicure! I couldnt pick just one!!

Let me know in the comments what you think of the list and if you have any other suggestions!!
So excited for the upcoming week! Alos its crazy beause Christmas is exactly 2 weeks from today!

Stay tuned as a Men's Gift Guide is coming up this week!




        

        
        
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Monday, December 4, 2017

๐Ÿ’„Makeup Monday๐Ÿ’„



Today I am reviewing the OMG face mask! And I must say I love it! There are several steps to doing it correctly and ensuring you get the best results.

First step is I took off all of my makeup with my Garnier micellar water and wipe. On the package it says you can use it with or without makeup.
The next step is the white detox bubble mask and I was at first intimidated by it as it bubbles and I have sensitive skin and was unsure if I would have a reaction. But I love it!
It's pretty cool how fast it bubbles up to!
The next step is to put the peel off mask on your face. I only used half of it and I'll probably save some of it for another time!

Beware it is bright bright pink and also it dried pretty fast and your face tightens lol.
I was not expecting it to be as fast which is great it says it can take 30 minutes to dry but it was faster!

Then remove the PEEL off mask!! I needed help with this and Michael got a thrill like he was riping off my face ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
And then use the serum pad to remove any residue and it smooths out your skin!

I Absolutely love it!
I bought the headband and several masks as they offered a signup discount!! To purchase your own mask this is the link for purchase. http://bit.ly/PinkOmg

Also make sure you don't put the mask on your eyebrows or where there is hair as that will hurt quite a bit! Don't make that mistake!
Let me know in the comments what you think!

Also linked below are some of my favorite beauty essentials and don't forget if you are looking for makeup brushes you can use my discount code BRIGHTLYSOO25 for 25% off from Mikasa Brushes.



Love & Peace,


Karen B๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


       

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Versatile Fall/Winter Pieces ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚



The key to making these pieces work for the seasonal shift everyday is layering! I have included a list of several layering essentials and favorites of mine!

Patagonia Vest
Great over a long sleeve sweater and also a key essential for workouts. I have this exact one and bought it 3 years ago and is great quality!!

Tunic-Splurge- from Tory Burch! Been crushing on this tunic for awhile as it's great quality and sparkles like no other ✨

๐Ÿ’•Leggings๐Ÿ’•
*Super versatile* 
Can be worn layered or by themselves and is a great deal!

Suede Moto Jacket
This style is perfect for layering ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Œ need I say more!!

CozyChic Barefoot Dreams Cardigan comes in 5 colors
Favorite Lux Brand of Cardigans  is by Barefoot Dreams as I love the texture and can be layered when it gets cold!!
Also the classic Barefoot Dreams cardigan comes in grey and cream

B.B. Dakota Jacket
I currently own a brown similar style and it's perfect for a movie night as it keeps me warm but not too hot! On sale at Bloomingdales with code friends

*Bonus Essentials* 
Classic Black Cardigan from Target is only 27.99 and I love the style as it can be formal or casual.

Lightweight Grey Sweater- from Nordstrom 

Another Easy Circle Pink or Grey Sweater option



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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Deals

I have linked several of my top picks for the Cyber Monday sale.
These are some of my favorite retailers I personally shop at and can't believe the deals!!

Bath and Body Works-40% off
I love the 3 sick candle deals as they are usually apart of buy 2 deals but  today they are 40% off.
My favorite fragrance is Bergamot Waters- (http://bit.ly/BergamotH20) And Cactus Blossom (http://bit.ly/CactusBlossomcdle)

They also have some fabulous holiday candles  today too!!

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถAmazon Dot only $29.99- http://amzn.to/2zKUb4c

I have wanted a dot since one of my best friends had Alexia installed in their apartment. They were able to control the weather and play music which is great for any get together!!

Target Over the Knees Boots๐Ÿ‘ข
http://shopstyle.it/l/o2FY 
Another 15% off favorite deal!! These Stuart Wiseman dupes are on sale at Target crazy crazy good deal!!!


Also Tory Burch is having a great sale with the coupon code THANKS for 30% off $250

These boots are showstoppers and I love the floral bag as the design is sooo pretty!๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ’•Victoria's Secret - Everyone who knows me knows this is one of my favorite stores as I have the credit card from them lol๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
But the bras are on sale for $35!!! #steal

Dream Angels Pushup Bra Angel http://shopstyle.it/l/o1QD

Bustier - http://shopstyle.it/l/o1Sm

Forever 21-21% off Everything CYBER21
I like this store as you can find basic essentials at the fraction of the price of regular retailers. As I like high low fashion this is a key place I like to shop at as well!

Tie Back Sweater- http://shopstyle.it/l/o13l

Nordstrom Nike Leggings๐Ÿ‘Ÿ http://shopstyle.it/l/o15b
These are on sale for $39 regularly  $100.
Nordstrom has extra savings for today as well!

Let me know in the comments below what you think and if you know of any other deals and steals!!
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

These are some of my favorite pieces that I had for inspiration for my outfit for Thanksgiving! 

Sequin Skirt- #fav holiday look paired with those black booties!!!

Marroon Earrings These are great statement makers with a black or cream top!!✨✨

http://shopstyle.it/l/orNn

Black Velour Skirt This skirt is a great essential for the whole fall and winter season. Can be dressed up or down! Under $15 great deal!! http://shopstyle.it/l/or5S

Sequin Top
This is great for a holiday look✨✨!! I would pare it down with black jeans and booties or  a pair of blue jeans and even sneaks for a super casual look!
http://shopstyle.it/l/or7D

Black Booties
These booties are so cute and can snazz up any outfit! They are from target and will be on sale this weekend!

http://bit.ly/2zdAEoF

White Sweater Dress
This is a great sweater dress Option for a more low key vibe! It can be paired with leggings or a floral shawl! http://bit.ly/2hYgNqk

Shawl with Neutral colors!

Goes well with the white sweater dress and also "chics" up blue jeans and a black sweater combo!๐Ÿ’ฅhttp://shopstyle.it/l/ouIR

Extras!!

Maroon Cutout  Top -#fav goes with any top! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•http://shopstyle.it/l/or5d

Chenille  Sweater- Cute with white slacks for work and also paired down with blue ๐Ÿ‘– 
http://shopstyle.it/l/or5x

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Monday, November 20, 2017

๐Ÿ’„Makeup Monday ๐Ÿ’„

Today's Makeup Monday is based on all of my great finds I got from ipsy this month! The CC cream from  IT cosmetics is my favorite of the bunch as its the perfect concealer color! ๐Ÿ’•

FYI I used my new Mikasa Brushes for the perfect application of it! 
I have a personalized discount code BRIGHTLYSOO25 for 25% off these amazing brushes as well!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
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CC cream in deep by it Cosmetics-
Very good spot on color for a color corrector. I use it under my foundation with a mix of my concealer. 

The white Company Lavendar Lotion- this is a body lotion and smells really good!
Nomad Cosmetics mini eyeshadow palette- The design is cute just not my favorite colors as I like brown  natural eyeshadows more.
Tarted cosmetics blush- I liked the pigment for the color of this blush.
Jonteblu lipliner- I actually am trying something new with a lipliner as I have fill lipsa already and I think it would be great to try something new! That's the beauty of ipsy it allows you to try something new you wouldn't normally try.
Ipsy makeup bag- Such a bright golden color!

Mikasa Brush-blush style brush! I purchased the entire set for under $100 and they are definetly worth the money. My makeup looks better as the bristles are soft and durable as well. One of the best beauty essentials to have is quality makeup brushes!!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Midweek Motivation

๐Ÿ’ŽMidweek Motivation๐Ÿ’Ž

Don't dig up in doubt what you have planted in faith! Have faith hold tight. Everything will work out the way it's supposed to!! This gem inspires me to keep going and not giving up. I got some disappointing news today but the reality is I gotta keep going. No doesn't always mean no  forever ut just not right now!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

I'm excited for the future and will be posting a workout Wednesday tonight as well. Life has been so crazy since the engagement announcement but overall it's very exciting!!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

๐Ÿ’„Makeup Monday ๐Ÿ’„

I have decided to do a new weekly post based on fashion tips and deals! This week is focusing on a crazy deal I couldn't pass up. @Dilliards is having an amazing gift offer for @Estรฉe Lauder. If you spend $35 in store  or online you have the option to buy a $455 gift set for $65!  At my local Dillard's I pre-signed up and it's such a good deal! Every beauty fashionista should check it out๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ!!

In the photo it's a portrait of the double wear which is one of my favs. I am currently wearing this color in a mocha and alao started mixing it with the Camo Fuller Coverage option in Sandalwood. I decided to buy it as the sale is going on and it's about $45 and worth it as the extra gift is available which has so many other deals in the box. There is a Advanced Night Repair Cream that's full size that's worth $65 so the entire set is worth it!!!
I am excited to start a weekly blog post on makeup and beauty deals and finds! This past weekend I spent way too much time watching beauty vlogs and can't believe  how much I learned on technique and skills from several talented YouTube stars!  Who knows maybe I'll do a video one day on my makeup routine! ๐Ÿ“ธ
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fall Jacket Post




I have been scouring the internet for really good deals on jackets and several of the jackets I have listed below are on sale.
Each jacket has its own style and is best for certain occasions! Comment below which one is your fav and don't forget to use the discount codes on each retailer.They all are having really good sales basically pre-Black Friday.
A. Lavender Wool Jacket!! Absolute Fav! Its on sale and it is a splurge at $150 but its shows topping color of lavender is beyond gorgeous! -๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅhttp://shopstyle.it/l/mXYw
B. Red Peacoat Jacket: This is a classic and is on sale for less than $40 @ Nordstrom. There are 6 colors available.http://shopstyle.it/l/mXTi
Similar style from Old Navy for $30!-http://shopstyle.it/l/mXZH 
C. Belted Hooded Skirted Coat- I have a similar jacket in the same color! Very timeless! http://shopstyle.it/l/mXYq
D. Colorblock Chic Cape: This cape is perfect for a office party and a little black dress. Very chic! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ :http://bit.ly/2zri7sq
E. Red Moto Jacket: This jacket is perfect for a casual fall day! Goes great with a white top and dark denim and boots!
F. Tweed grey and black jacket goes with jeans and everything!

Also check out this Target Parka-Comes in 6 colors and is on sale for $35! Target is having a sale on outerwear for almost 20% off online only! -http://bit.ly/2hntf2q
Make sure you stay warm during this chilly season!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekend Surprise๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

Instagram Recap

So this happened this weekend!!!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ I am not able to express in words how surprised I was by Michael's ingenuity and stealthy skills to pull off the perfect engagement for me. I ruined the first two options of course and almost didn't open the room service door in time for him to unveil this special gift. Me and Michael have been on an amazing journey and I feel so blessed that we get such a special chance a second chance at this love thing lol. I've been crying for a couple days and just digesting it all. So excited for the future!!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Fyi Michael proposed with the song 1,2,3,4 by Plain White T's๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽผ  which is the first song we said I love you to 7 years ago!!! He's sooo romantic ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

This is from my post from Instagram and Facebook!  I have worked with many brides on picking out their dream ring and even more men picking it out for they're special lady but when it came my part I didn't think I would respond the way I did. A in tears B. Speechless C. Thought about my nails lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

But oh how worth it the whole ordeal was. So when Michael proposed he had originally set it up where he would propose at Pete's Piano Bar which was about 5 minutes from our hotel and they would perform our song. But somehow someway I messed up the plans because I was enjoying myself at the wedding. Lol. I kept pushing back the time for leaving as I wanted to celebrate some of the key moments with my family. (The post recapping the wedding and Austin trip is coming up this week btw) so what ended up happening is that we didn't get back to the hotel til 9:50 and we needed to be there by 9:30. So he ended up improvising. He said  he needed a drink from the bar downstairs and so I ended up taking a nap not knowing what he was setting it up! 

So in order to cover his tracks he came back and told  met the bar was TOO full so he couldn't order( this should have been a clue) and so instead we ordered quesadillas. Not even 2 minutes later they arrived with the "cake" and that's when I knew lol something was up. And then he proposed!!! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

I was so shocked I couldn't speak and started crying! It was perfect as I like intimate moments and I am not so big into a big bar scene se for that time of occasion and so glad everything worked out the way it did ! 7 years later! We will be saying I do a second time 5 years after the first time we got married.

To me our love is very special and I keep it very close to heart. We are trying something very different that most people don't usually get a second chance to do. To marry their first love let alone marry a second time lol. Except for maybe Elizabeth Taylor.  But that's the thing that kept us going is that our love is based on a solid friendship and respect for each other that we definetly cherish so much!! 

Once again I am so excited for the year ahead and  going to enjoy and not take for granted any moments!!


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Friday, November 3, 2017

๐Ÿ’•Fashion Forward Friday ๐Ÿ’•


๐Ÿ’ŽNew Arm Candy Alert๐Ÿ’Ž
I just joined switch this month and I absolutely hands down love it!! I saw on a fellow Style Collective sister's blog about this amazing company and I had to join.  Basically what you can do is rent luxury jewelry at a subscription price per month and have free shipping between switching your pieces. 

I have been a fan of the classic Hermes clic bracelets but I was always unsure of A. What color I would want and B. What size would work for me. So when I heard of Switch I knew this was the perfect opportunity to try one of my dream bracelets. So once I saw the bracelet in a turquoise I knew it was for me!! Then in a snap after ordering it seriously took only 2 days before it was in my hands!
So you may be wondering how much does is subscription cost per month?? 


The subscription starts at only $29/month for one piece and $49 for 2 pieces and there is also a 3 piece option plan available as well.
Say what!! Yass honey๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘  you've gotta check it out! 


If you're down check out my code & you can get $10 OFF your first month!!

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My tips are to be careful as it is a rental and you would be responsible for any damages so keep it in a safe place.
Also if you have other luxury jewelry to not stack them on top of each other as they could scratch. I personally have a Cartier love bracelet that is made of 18kt gold so I have not stacked them on top of each so that neither bracelet is affected! 
Also don't clean with them on so that they are not affected by any possible cleaning chemicals! 
My expertise is based on 5 years working in the luxury jewelry industry.
If you have any other questions or comments and if you join ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพcomment below!⬇⬇⬇ or shoot me an email @ brightlysoo@gmail.com!!
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall Workout Essentials๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

I have been running for several years and the season that I have the most difficult with is winter and portions of fall because of the cold temperature.  So I  have compiled a couple of running essentials that will make a big difference in your working out routine. Besides having a good sweatshirt and headphones these other essentials are a good idea to check out!
*I just joined Shopstyle so the links are affiliate links fyi.* Would love it if you checked out the list below!

A. Victoria Secret Hoody http://shopstyle.it/l/mduZ
This sweatshirt is soft and comfy and good for cooler degrees. If it's super cold I recommend layering this hoody with a vest.

B.Nike Black Leggings
http://shopstyle.it/l/mdvV
These are great for any season.

C. Tennis Shoes -Nike Flyknits 
 http://shopstyle.it/l/mdue
Favorite running shoes! ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ I have 2 pair of this style in 2 different colors.

D. Bluetooth Blue Hat 

This hat is perfect for running and by far the best invention  and investment for runners. It even comes in a headband version The only con is that you have to be careful of getting the hat wet.


E. North Face Vest- Red Vest
I have this same vest in White and also the Patagonia version which is a light weight version.

F. Bluetooth tracker
http://bit.ly/2Adj31b
This is a good tracker for all of your daily steps and is not expensive at all.

Check out this Ultra Repair Cream (http://shopstyle.it/l/meMz)
to help with chapped skin. I got it from my ipsy bag last month and love it!  Also Burt's Bees is good for chapped lips.

I love to run and these are some of my favorite running essentials as I hate the cold and all of these suggestions work marvelously!

Let me know in the comments what you think!⬇⬇⬇
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Recap๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ

I had so much over this whole week of celebrating Halloween. Seriously seems like I celebrated Halloween for about a week lol.

We went to a Halloween party I'm Saturday as Princess Peach ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ and Michael was Super Mario! This was fitting for us since I played Mario Cart as a kid on the Nintendo 64 ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎwith my little bros!

On "actual" Halloween we worked and have out candy to the truck or treaters in the mall. There was 100s of kids in the cutest costumes and some creepy ones too...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
I was dressed as an angel ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡which was one of the easiest costumes I have ever done!

Also did a copycat Dior Ad. The famous Dior Cherie balloon ad lol. Let me know what you think in the comments below!⬇⬇
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

๐ŸŒปFall Florals๐ŸŒป

                                     
I had so much putting this post together!  I love florals๐ŸŒผ⚘ and to find styles for cooler weather was a bit of a hunt but worth it!
I had a great weekend with the Halloween parties I went to! Me and my guy dressed up as Super Mario and Princess Peach!๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ We had way too much fun Lol!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and has a good week!


Links below for this cute fall floral styles!

A. Showstopper Dark Floral Dress perfect for a wedding ( http://bit.ly/2lkdrio)
B.Yellow Floral Top only $15( http://bit.ly/2i8IPeU) cute with rolled up white pants
C.Calico Kimono goes with everything! (http://bit.ly/2hcjmBl)
D. Black Floral Long Sleeve Dress ( http://bit.ly/2gMyCbh) cute for date night๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹
E. Maroon Floral Dress( http://bit.ly/2ll1KaS) cute with tan booties ๐Ÿ‘ข

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Power of Positivity

๐Ÿ’ŽMidweek Motivation Gem๐Ÿ’Ž

Positivity and optimism can make a world of difference in regards to any situation that we face. I personally have been working on staying mpre positive and always seeing the good in every situation as taking life as it goes and not how I think it should be. Once you go with the flow with a positive mindset success is definetly possible!!
๐Ÿ’•Power of Positivity ๐Ÿ’•

This week has been crazy as I had a big goal to meet yesterday and it's crazy how things work out.  I was able to meet mu goal and then some.  Leading up to this deadline I have been very positive and wow what a difference it made in my attitude and overall day to day life. I encourage everyone to try to be more positive for 7 days and see how much of a difference it makes!!!
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mules for Days!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ‘ Tuesday Shoesday!!๐Ÿ‘ 

Today's #ootd is focused on my new mules! I got these cute black studded mules the other day and they are perfect for fall. They can be paired with rolled up jeans or even a great fall maxi dress!!

A.Steven Valente Leopard Mules ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†(http://bit.ly/2y4Lo7n)
B.Gorgeous Pink Floral ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒทMules(http://bit.ly/2iwsuEB)
C. Beige & Classy Michael Kors ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸพMules(http://bit.ly/2yLcHWg)
D. Black Studded Mules ๐Ÿ’ซ(http://bit.ly/2xlkZCK)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

1k Giveaway

๐Ÿ’ซ 1k Giveaway ๐Ÿ’ซ
Hey Ladies & Gents to celebrate hitting 1k I'm hosting a giveaway to Victoria's Secret.๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› Gift set is valued at $100 with $75 Giftcard included! To enter 
Follow me & tag 2 friends who you think would enjoy my blog. Each friend is an entry(max of 7 entries). Type done when completed  ✔✔. Winner will be announced on Sunday October 22nd at 8 PM CST. 

Thank you to everyone for all of the support for my blog and allowing me to pursue my passion as a fashion blogger! I have learned so much this year & appreciate all of the ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•!

To officially participate be sure to follow me on Instagram @KarenLeisha
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fashion Forward Friday Recap

๐Ÿ’•Fashion Forward Friday๐Ÿ’•

I found these gorgeous pink booties at TJMaxx๐Ÿ› you guessed it for under $40 and I had to have them! I usually go for a bright pink but this mauve pink is perfect for fall! I have linked similar boots๐Ÿ‘ข๐Ÿ‘ข on the blog as well!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! I am excited for tonight as I will be working behind the scenes of a fashion show with @curlsandcappuchinos &@hercommonthread! So excited!!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ
Booties Option #1 http://bit.ly/2z8jSH3(Charolotte Rusee under $25 -Peep Toe Perforated Booties)
Booties Option #2-http://bit.ly/2z8jSH3(Steve Madden Booties under $100)
Booties #3 http://bit.ly/2zgzpVp(Qupid $11 ^Great deal-Gold Toe Booties)
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall Giveaway

Fall Loop Giveaway all deets on Insta Page!

๐ŸFall GIVEAWAY Time๐Ÿ I've teamed up with 10 of my @stylecollective #bossbabes to gift one lucky follower a $275 gift card to ๐ŸŽฏ@target ๐ŸŽฏ and make A L L their shopping dreams come true!
This giveaway closes October 15th at 6PM CST. Winner will be announced on October 15th after 8PM CST ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram or the brands in the image. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age,  you release Instagram of any/all responsibility & you agree to Instagram's terms of use. No purchase necessary. Disclaimer - Void where prohibited.
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