Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get $30 of high-end beauty products for only $5!

SaveMore has an AMAZING deal going on today. They're selling $30 vouchers to Beauty of a Site for only $15! PLUS, if it's your first SaveMore purchase, you'll get an additional $10 off, making it only $5!

I looked through Beauty of a Site, and they have some of my favorite brands including Essie, OPI, China Glaze, Rene Furterer, etc! 

If you're interested on checking out this deal, you can find out more details here

Monday, November 28, 2011

Amazing Cyber Monday Deals!

I'm a huge discount shopper, so I've gone ahead and made a list of the best Cyber Monday deals I've found so far! I've listed the sales along with relevant discount codes. I've found great success through Ebates (my husband and I have already received almost 10% cash back), so I've also included the Ebates percentage the store is offering when applicable. To get the cash back (up to 20%!!), simply register for a free Ebates account and search for the store you're hoping to shop at on the Ebates store. Simply click the link and Ebates will direct you to the store and you'll received your cash back at the end of the quarter through check or PayPal! 

Please let me know if you find any other great deals, and I'll be sure to update the list with your suggestions!

Beauty Products

Sephora: While Sephora doesn't have specific items for sale, you can use the code MYSTERY to get a gift bag full of their most popular samples! PLUS, if you go to Sephora through Ebates, you can get 10% of your purchase price back in cash!

Ulta: Ulta has tons of sale items listed, plus you'll get a 14 piece bag of samples with any $35 purchase...PLUS, if you shop through Ebates, you can get 10% of your total purchase back in cash!

Julep: Julep has a gift set worth over $50 on sale for $25, and they're offering free worldwide shipping on all purchases! You can also get your first Julep Maven box for $5 (normally $19.99) with the code NOVEMBER5 . For more detailed pics/reviews of my Julep Maven experience, click here.

Bath and Body Works: In addition to their Buy 3, Get 3 Free Deal on Signature Body products and 2 for $20 Slatkin and Co candles, you can get 25% off your order with the code CYBERMONDAY25OFF . Go through Ebates, and you'll get an extra 9% cash back on your purchase!

The Body Shop- All items are 3 for $30 plus free shipping on any order! Also, you'll get 12% cash back through Ebates

Clinique: free Color Surge Eyeshadow Trio, mini High Impact Mascara and free shipping with any $25 purchase! Get an extra 12% cash back with Ebates

Origins: $10 off $25 purchase and free shipping with the code TENOFF + 12% cash back with Ebates

Giorgio Armani Beauty:  Use the code GAHOLIDAY1 to get  20% off any $75 order plus free 2nd day shipping or use the code GAHOLIDAY4 to get 20% off any $125 order, plus 6 free samples ($42 value), plus free 2nd day shipping! If you shop through Ebates, you'll also get 5% cash back!

Birchbox: Birchbox is offering bonus Birchbox points with all of their purchases- no code required!

Stila Cosmetics: Stila has their Warehouse Sale going on, where you can get products up to 80% off. If you shop through Ebates, you'll get 12% cash back!

Tarte Cosmetics$10 off $50, $20 off $75 or $30 off $100 plus a free full-size gift with the code CYBER. Shop through Ebates to get 8% cash back

Smashbox Cosmetics: 20% off any order with the code SBXFF11 plus get 12% cash back from Ebates!

ELF:You can get 50% off orders of $25+ with the code 50WIDE! Plus get 10% cash back when you shop through Ebates!

Philosophy: Free gift bag ($100 value) with any $85 purchase with the code HOLIDAYJOY + 10% cash back with Ebates has a ton of great gifts with purchase, including a free gift bag filled with products valued at $165 with any $100 purchase! You'll also get 12% cash back when you shop through Ebates! Beautybar has great upscale beauty brands! Get a free Philosophy gift set with any purchase! Plus, you can get 16% cash back when you shop through Ebates.

Folica: Get great hair and beauty products at Folica tomorrow, and you'll get $25 off any purchase of $75+ and free shipping with the code NOVEMBER25. Plus, when you shop through Ebates, you'll get 10% cash back!

Sally's Beauty Supply: Tons of sales + Save 25% on orders of $50 + free shipping with the code 555924 + 7% back through Ebates

Clothing and Accessories

Jewelmint: Jewelmint is one of my go-to shops for unique jewelry pieces. For pictures/reviews of some of my favorite Jewelmint pieces, go here or here.  Each piece is normally $29.99 (and they're totally worth it!), but today only use the code CYBER999 to get any piece for only $9.99!

Victoria's Secret: Victoria's Secret has a TON of offers, so I listed them all below. Be sure to go through Ebates, and you'll earn 4% cash back on your order!
-Get free shipping on orders over $25with the code 25FREESHIP 
Get $15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250 or $150 off $500 with the code FALL11 
Free slippers with any pajamas purchase, no code required
- 20% off a single clothing item with code CLOTHING20
- Buy one get one half off bras with the code DOUBLEUP

JCrew: Get 25% off plus free shipping with the code SURPRISE. Plus get 10% cash back when you shop  at JCrew through Ebates!

Madewell: Extra 30% of sale items and free shipping with the code ENJOY plus 8% cash back through Ebates

American Eagle Outfitters: Extra 25% off of all items + free shipping with the code 49827101 plus 5% cash back through Ebates!

Aerie: 25 % off your purchase + free shipping with the code 49827101 plus 5% cash back with Ebates

Express: Express is having an online sale for 30% off plus free shipping- no code required! Go through Ebates to earn an extra 5% cash back!

JCPenney: Free shipping on orders of $25+ with the code SHIP25 plus 6% cash back through Ebates

Lord & Taylor: Extra 25% off your purchase with the code CYBER and free shipping on $99+ orders + 8 % cash back with Ebates

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 40% plus great gifts with purchase on beauty brands +10% cash back through Ebates

Land's End: 30% off your order + free shipping- no coupon required! Plus get 6% cash back through Ebates!

Last Call Neiman Marcus: Extra 30% off of your purchase + free shipping on $75+ orders with the code 75NOVLC and 5% cash back with Ebates!

Neiman Marcus: Get a $50 gift card with your $200 purchase with the code GC4YOU

Forever 21: Up to 80% off + free shipping with the code CYBERMO 20% off your purchase with the code CYBER + 8% cash back through Ebates

Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy: 30% off your order with the code HUGECYBER, plus 7% cash back from Ebates!

PacSun: 30% off of all orders of $50+ and 10% cash back with Ebates

Macy's: Extra 25-40% off of clearance prices + free shipping on $75+ orders with the code CYBER + 10% cash back from Ebates!

Piperlime: 20% off your order + free shipping with the code HUGECYBER, and you'll get 2% back if you shop through Ebates

The Limited: 50% off original prices of products + free shipping with the code CYBER  + 5% cash back through Ebates

Kohl's: Extra 20% off of everything + free shipping with the code CYBER20 and get 6% back through Ebates

New York & Company: 50% off sitewide except clearance + free shipping with the code 2129 + 5% cash back through Ebates

Ann Taylor: 50% off sitewide + free shipping with the code MONDAY. Get 2.5% cash back through Ebates

Ann Taylor LOFT: 50% off sitewide + free shipping with the code SHOP50 + 6% cash back with Ebates

White House Black Market: 30% off your purchase + free shipping with the code 10823 + 4% cash back from Ebates

DSW:  Get $15 off $75, $30 off $149, or $50 off $199 with the code CYBER or free shipping on orders of $35+ with the code SHIPR. Get 4% back through Ebates

Juicy Couture: 30% off sitewide- no code required! Plus get 6% cash back through Ebates!

Kate Spade: Up to 75% off sitewide- no code required! Plus 7% cash back from Ebates

Nine West60% off on all party shoes- no code required. Plus 7% cash back from Ebates!

Steve Madden: 30% off your order with the code STUFFING plus 8% cash back with Ebates 

Bloomingdales: Take $50 off $250 purchase + free shipping on any order with the code FREESHIP11 plus 6% cash back through Ebates

Vera Bradley: Vera has their Large Duffel on sale for $49.99 (normally $84), their Hipster bag on sale for $29.99 (usually $58), and their bookbag on sale for $39.99 (normally $92), plus you'll get 6% cash back when you shop through Ebates!

Tommy Hilfiger: 40% off sitewide + free shipping with the code EBATESCM40 + 7% cash back through Ebates

Tory Burch: Free tote bag with $150 purchase + 20% off $250/25% of $500/30% off $750 with the code GETGIFTS plush 7% cash back through Ebates

Gift Ideas

Minted:  If you follow this link to sign up for a free Minted account,  you'll get $25 off your order of at least $30! PLUS, today only you can get free backers and free shipping on flat holiday cards using the code CYBER2011 or get free shipping on all holiday orders with the code CYBERSHIP11 . After you sign up for Minted from this link and get your free $25 credit, you can go through to Ebates to Minted and get 5% cash back!

Snapfish: Photo albums, printed pictures, and photo books make fabulous Christmas presents! Today you can get up to 500 4x6 photo prints from Snapfish for 1 cent each using the code PENNYNOV. You can also use the code CYBER50 to get 50% sitewide! Use the code FSNOV25 for free shipping on orders of $25+! Also, be sure to go through Ebates, you'll get 20% cash back on your order!

Tiny Prints: If you still haven't ordered your Christmas cards, now is the perfect time! Use the code CYBER20 to get 15% off $75 order or 20% off $149+ and free shipping

Crate and Barrel: 15% off plus free shipping with the code SAVE15 + 6% cash back through Ebates

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tiny Prints Christmas Cards + Coupon Codes!

Even though Thanksgiving is tomorrow, my mind is already focused on Christmas! It's my favorite holiday, and I love every aspect of the decorating and planning leading up to the big day. One of my favorite parts of the season is selecting my Christmas cards, and I have found some of the most adorable cards I've ever seen at Tiny Prints!
So far, this is my frontrunner...but I'm so tempted by nearly all of their styles! I'm really loving the tri-fold and circular cards this year! 


If you're interested in getting your holiday cards from Tiny Prints this year, I have some coupon codes for you to use!

For Free Shipping and an extra 20% off of order of $75+ or 25% off orders of $175+,
use the code BFHOL25 (expires 11/26/11)

If you're on the fence about ordering from Tiny Prints, you can use the code 5HOLIDAY to get 5 free holiday card samples!

I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones 
and a very successful shopping trip on Black Friday :)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rachel Bilson's Shoemint Launching Soon!

You girls already know that I'm over the moon about Jewelmint, as witnessed here and here, and you know how excited I was about Beautymint (look for a review this week!), as shown here. Well, they've done it again with Shoemint- the ideal combination of three of my obsessions: shoes, monthly subscription services, and Rachel Bilson!


Perfection- and she's wearing her ADORABLE Shoemint heels! I need these in my life as soon as possible. Rachel has teamed up with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez and Steve Madden for Beachmint, and I'm just ridiculously excited to get my first pair on Black Friday during the official launch!

In honor of the official launch, Shoemint is holding a pre-launch giveaway. The prizes include a year supply of Shoemint, plus you can earn additional entries for referring your friends! Also, when you refer 2-4 friends, you'll automatically get $25 off your first pair of shoes! The contest ends on Wednesday, November 23rd, so head on over to Shoemint right away!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tiny Prints Talent Search Contest!

 Would you like to win $1,000 cash AND a $500 Tiny Prints gift certificate AND be featured in Tiny Prints' 2012 marketing campaign? If you answered yes (and who wouldn't!!), I have the perfect contest for you! 

Tiny Prints make some of the cutest paper products around. Need some proof? Just look at these ADORABLE cards!


   Tiny Prints Talent Search Contest is looking for the cutest photos in the following categories:

Cutest Baby (From ages of 0-24 months)
    Cutest Kid (From ages of 25 months - 10 years old)
Cutest Family
Cutest Couple
 Cutest Pet & Owner

Submit your entry between now and November 21 because voting will start on November 22nd! To find out more about the contest, rules, and prize, please visit Tiny Print's Facebook or website! To see the official rules, click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mederma Winner! you want to know which one of my three statements was the lie?

1. I have lived in Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles. TRUE! I've lived in all three cities :)

2. I'm not a natural blonde. LIE! While I do highlight my hair, my natural hair color is a medium blonde!

3. I helped break the world record for the largest amount of tap dancers in one spot. TRUE! When I was 9, my Dad and I completed a tap routine to "Puttin' on the RItz"  in front of the Macy's on 34th street in NYC and helped beat the world record for the largest amount of tap dancers in one spot!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Mederma giveaway, and thanks again to Mederma for sponsoring such an amazing giveaway! 

And the winner chosen via  is...Lindsey Lee! I'll be emailing you more info tonight!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mederma's Stretch the Truth Game, Coupon & Giveaway!

I've always loved the game Two Truths and a Lie- where you tell your friends three statements, including two truths and one lie. Your friends then have to guess which statement is untrue. It's always a fun icebreaker and party game, and Mederma has come up with a similar "Stretch the Truth" game on their Facebook page. After entering your three statements, your Facebook friends can guess which one is a lie! 

Wanna guess mine?

1. I have lived in Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles.
2. I'm not a natural blonde.
3. I helped break the world record for the largest amount of tap dancers in one spot.

Mederma's products are really great, and I've been using their products since childhood to reduce the appearance of a scar on my leg. Several of my family members have also had great success with Mederma after having moles or pre-cancerous skin patches removed. Mederma also has a line of creams for the reduction of stretch marks. If you'd like to try Mederma for yourself, click here to print a $6 coupon off of Mederma's stretch mark cream!

Mederma has generously offered to giveaway some of their products to a lucky Ashley Brooke reader. The winner will receive four full-size products, including Mederma's Scar Gel, Scar Cream + SPF30, Mederma for Kids Scar Cream, and Stretch Marks Therapy Cream. This prize is valued at $97!

+1 Entry: Leave a comment letting me know which of my statements you think is a lie
+1 Entry: Follow Ashley Brooke on GFC
+3 Entries: Like Mederma on Facebook
+1 Entry: Follow Mederma on Twitter
+1 Entry: Follow Ashley Brooke on Twitter
+1 Entry: Like Ashley Brooke on Facebook
+3 Entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway with a direct link to this post
+1 Entry (Daily): Tweet about this giveaway with a direct link to this blog post

This giveaway will end at 12:01am on November 17th, 2011. US Entries only this time!

Giveaway winner will be announced on November 17th and will have 72 hours to claim their prize.  
I may be compensated for this giveaway. US Entries only.  One entry per household please.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mont Bleu Swarovski Makeup Mirror and Nail File

I recently had the opportunity to try out some of Mont Bleu's swarovski crystal-adorned beauty accessories, and I've been using both the mirror and nail file non-stop. I'm the first one to admit that I am a mega girly-girl, and anything with Swarovski crystals immediately peaks my interest. And let's face it, it's more fun to use things that are sparkly and pretty!

Top of the Makeup Mirror (Sorry for the reflection of my camera in the picture- it's SO shiny!)

Here's a view of the inside of the makeup mirror

This makeup mirror has been a lifesaver for me lately. While it's super shiny and looks like metal, it's actually plastic. My purse is already so heavy with my laptop, wallet, textbooks, etc, so it's nice to have a sturdy lightweight makeup mirror for on the go touch-ups! This is the "Comets" design, and it features clear, grey, and black Swarovski crystals! I think the design is understated and classy, and the variety of colors allows this to match with any outfit. Mont Bleu features lots of different designs for their makeup mirrors here. I think that these would make absolutely adorable bridesmaid gifts or stocking stuffers! 

Close-up of the gorgeous Swarovski crystals

I'm a big fan of glass nail files because they last forever. I feel like I can shape my nails more precisely as well. Mont Bleu's glass nail files are even better because they have Swarovski crystals! The design featured above is the "Bubbles Clear" style, and it features clear and grey Swarovski crystals. It's such a good match for my makeup mirror.

Both Mont Bleu products have become staples in my makeup bag. They're great for on-the-go touch-ups, and both are lightweight and great quality! I think Mont Bleu products would be amazing bridesmaid gifts or stocking stuffers. They feature so many designs and colors, and they have amazing products in addition to their makeup mirrors and nail files. 

Be sure to check out Mont Bleu's website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information on their products!

FTC Disclaimer: Products were provided for review.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Introducing Beautymint + National Breast Cancer Foundation Donation

As you all know from my post here and here, I have a bit of a Jewelmint obsession. I was so excited to hear that the Jewelmint family is expanding! The lovely Jessica Simpson has teamed up with skin care expert Nerida Joy to create Beautymint, a new service geared toward skin care and beauty products! Members will take Nerida's online skin care consultation questionnaire, so Beautymint products will be custom-picked for your skin care needs!

Beautymint officially launches on the 31st of October; however, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Beautymint will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation from every Beautymint registration up until the 31st! I have been SO thrilled with my Jewelmint experience, so I urge you to consider joining Beautymint! The products sound amazing, and you'd be helping raise money for breast cancer research!

Be sure to check out Beautymint's website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information!

Fabulous Fall Accessory + Jewelmint Discount Code!

1. Jewelmint Savoy Bracelet I can't stop wearing this gorgeous bracelet. This gold-plated bracelet with pave type stones has a toggle closure, and the design is surprisingly classic and fashion-forward at the same time. It's lightweight and looks great with jeans and a t-shirt or a fancy cocktail dress. Look forward to seeing this in MANY future outfits of the day! It's my new go-to piece. Use the code listed below to get 50% off of your Jewelmint order!
2. Rachel Zoe Demi in Bordeaux Suede As Rachel would say, I die for these shoes. The bordeaux color is so beautiful for fall outfits, and I can never resist a 5 1/2" platform heel. I think these shoes could be paired with casual or dressy outfits.
3. Timex Originals Easy Reader I'm not usually a watch person, but there's something about the classic design of this watch that draws me in. I love the large face of the watch, and the leather band and gold detailing make this watch look much more expensive than it actually is.
4. Spun by Subtle Luxury Large Soft Plaid Scarf in Natural The soft plaid pattern in this scarf is slightly reminiscent of Burberry's classic print, and it's the perfect addition to any fall outfit.  
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Lil Ukita in Creme Marc Jacobs bags are always on point, but I'm especially enamored with this style and color! I love that the roomy design always for a lot of storage without looking bulky or masculine. 
6. Jewelmint Versailles Earrings These earrings are unbelievable. About 2.5" in length, they're the perfect size to add some bling and sparkle to your outfit without appearing over-the-top. Wear them with loose waves to add some fun to a casual work outfit or with a tight chignon for a fun cocktail look. Use the code listed below to get 50% off of your Jewelmint order!

Jewelmint was kind enough to offer Ashley Brooke readers 50% off your first Jewelmint order with the code BOCT50 . This code will expire on October 31st.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and a HUGE thank you to TanTowel (like them on FB, follow them on Twitter) and China Glaze (like them on FB, follow them on Twitter) for being amazing sponsors!

Tan Towel Giveaway 
Congratulations to Nora, selected by Rafflecopter

China Glaze Giveaway
Congratulations to Jenn, selected by

Winners have been notified by email. Look forward to lots of reviews and giveaways this week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tan Towel + Giveaway! {closed}

I don't know about you all, but my summer tan has already faded. While I use self-tanning products throughout the year, I definitely use it more often during the colder months to maintain a slightly sun- kissed look. I recently had the opportunity to try Tan Towel products, and I am SO impressed. 

The Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelettes come in boxes of 10. The towelettes are similar to anti-bacterial wet wipes, and they make the tanning process so much easier. Each towelette covers half of your body, and the large size of the towel makes application extremely quick and easy. It took me about a minute to cover my entire body and face with the product, and the color-free formula dried almost instantly with no mess- it didn't stain my clothes at all! I didn't have any streaking and was left with natural, non-orange tan about a shade darker than I had previously been. There was the normal self-tanner smell, but the convenience and color make this self-tanner a standout product. I also used the towelettes on my face, and I didn't experience any breakouts.

I used Tan Towel's Daily Body Moisturizer to help maintain my tan from the towelettes. The lotion was extremely light and absorbed quickly into my skin, and the gradual self-tanner didn't cause any streaking and didn't have a significant smell. I really love this product for everyday use. It won't significantly darken your tan, but it will definitely help to prolong your tan!


Tan Towel has generously offered to giveaway a box of 10 Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelettes for Face and Body (normally $20) in addition to a Daily Face Moisturizer with Retinol (normally $10) to one lucky Ashley Brooke reader! To enter, simply fill out your information with Rafflecopter below. I'm trying it out for the first time, so let me know what you think!

FTC Disclaimer: I received these products for review and giveaway; however, my opinion is 100% honest and genuine as always.

Friday, September 30, 2011

China Glaze Giveaway! {closed}

China Glaze is one of my favorite nail polish brands. I love the color selection and smooth application their brand offers. One of my all-time favorite nail polishes is China Glaze's For Audrey- a perfect Tiffany blue, so you know that I was super excited when China Glaze offered to giveaway their Crackle collection for my lovely readers!

Photo credit to China Glaze
Colors (Clockwise): Fault Line, Broken Hearted, Crushed Candy, Crackled Concrete, Black Mesh, Lightning Bolt

One lucky Ashley Brooke reader will win all of the shades featured above! All of the shades are gorgeous and perfect for fall! Crackle polish is definitely a fun addition to any nail polish collection.

To Enter (Mandatory):
Become a follower of Ashley Brooke on GFC and let me know in a comment what your all-time favorite nail polish is! Please leave your email address in your comment.

Additional Entries:
+1 entry (each): Follow me on Twitter, Follow China Glaze on Twitter, Like China Glaze on Facebook, Let me know your favorite China Glaze polish, Tweet about this giveaway once per day including a link to this page 
+2 Entries: Add this giveaway to your sidebar (please include url in your comment)
+4 Entries: Blog about this giveaway (please include url in your comment)

This giveaway will end on Thursday, October 20th at 11:59pm

Thanks to China Glaze for sponsoring this fun giveaway and good luck to you all!


FTC Disclaimer: China Glaze kindly offered to sponsor this giveaway. I am not being compensated, and I am not affiliated with China Glaze. All opinions stated are 100% honest and genuine.

Monday, September 26, 2011

My First Julep Maven Box!

So, do you remember when I signed up for Julep Maven last month? Well, I received my first box from the style "Classic with a Twist" last week, and I could not be more thrilled! I opened my box and found these beauties. The nail colors are gorgeous and are completely opaque in 2 coats. They applied really well and lasted around 2 days before they started chipping.

Full-Size Nail Polish in Carrie(Normally $14), Full Size Nail Polish in Alfre (Normally $14), Full-Size Facial for Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub(Normally $32), Full-Size Nail Strengthener (Usually sold in a set with another product for $46, so probably worth at least $15-20), and sample packets of Glycolic Hand Scrub and SPF 30 Hand Cream

Julep Polish in Alfre                             Julep Polish in Carrie

I received all of these gorgeous products that normally retail for somewhere around $75 for only $10! I'm actually jealous of anyone who's interested in starting this month because with the code FB you can get your introductory Julep Maven box plus free shipping for only $5.00, which is a ridiculously amazing deal considering how many full-size products I got! Even if you don't think you'll continue with the membership, getting over $70 worth of products for $5 is a fab deal in my opinion! I'm actually thinking of getting another one as a birthday gift for my friend! I also really like that Julep Maven shows you what's going to be in your box next month, so you can decide if you want to continue with your order, send it to a friend, skip a month, or ask for a new box selection.

Have any of you tried Julep Maven yet? Let me know if you've received your box- I'd love to see what the other style profiles recevied!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New URL/In search of blog designer!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I'm the process of transitioning to new my domain name. In the meantime, my blog url has been changed to

Also, who do you recommend for blog design? There are SO many options on the web, and I'd love to hear your opinion and experiences!

I hope you're having a FANTASTIC weekend and look forward to a ton of great new posts and giveaways this week :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Summer Secrets Winner

I'm happy to announce that the winner of the Hollywood Fashion Summer Secrets giveaway is...

#18 aka Arianne Cruz

A huge thank you to Hollywood Fashion Secrets for hosting this amazing giveaway! Be sure to check out their fabulous products on their website, Facebook, and Twitter! Congratulations Arianne, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Inspiration for the Weekend

This is one of my favorite quotes. Every time I read it I get a little volt of inspiration for the week, so I thought I'd share it with my blog friends! Enjoy your Friday, girls :)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? 

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

 And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{closed} Hollywood Fashion Secrets Summer Secrets Giveaway!

Do you remember when I professed my love for Hollywood Fashion Secrets here? Well, I am so excited to announce that Hollywood Fashion Secrets has generously offered to provide a Summer Secrets tote bag valued around $100 that's filled with AMAZING Hollywood Fashion Secrets products (including my beloved Fashion Tape) to one lucky Ashley Brooke reader! I received one of these tote bags to try out myself, and let me tell you, whoever wins is one extremely lucky girl.

The winner will receive a hot pink beach towel, Fashion Tape, Bra Converting Clip, No-Show Concealers, Garment Shields, Accessory Dots, Oil Blotting Tissues, and Silicone Cover-ups all packed into a super cute tote bag!

To Enter (Mandatory):
After becoming a public follower of Ashley Brooke, leave a comment with your email address and what Hollywood Fashion Secrets product you're most excited to try! US subscribers only this time :)

Extra Entries:
+1 Entry (Each):  Like Hollywood Fashion Secrets on Facebook, Follow Hollywood Fashion Secrets on Twitter, Follow Ashley Brooke on Twitter, Tweet about this giveaway (once daily)
+2 Entries: Add this giveaway to your sidebar
+4 Entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 11:59pm

Thanks again to Hollywood Fashion Secrets for sponsoring this fun giveaway! Be sure to check out their website for more information on the brand and their other products.

FTC Disclaimer: I received products for review and Hollywood Fashion Secrets is providing the giveaway prize. I am not affiliated with Hollywood Fashion Secrets, and all opinions expressed are honest and genuine.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day with their family and friends! 

Here are winners to this week's giveaways:

Montagne Jeunesse Masks Giveaway

# 12 Meg from {henninglove}

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Giveaway

#16 Susie from Hillcrest Acres

Vineyard Vines Clutch Giveaway

#107 Stephanie from Confessions of A Bookworm

Congratulations girls! I will be emailing you all today with additional information. Thanks again to Vineyard Vines, Liz Earle, and Montagne Jeunesse for generously offering to sponsor these giveaways! 

If you didn't win this week's giveaways, please don't worry! Be on the lookout for giveaways from China Glaze, Me! Bath, and TanTowel this week :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Wedding: Before the Ceremony

No matter how many weeks, months, or years you've spent planning each and every detail of your wedding, there are so many things that remain out of your control- traffic, weather, other people, etc. I had made a decision early on in my wedding planning that no matter what happened on my wedding day, I would remain calm, happy, and peaceful so that I could enjoy every minute of the day. Yes, I could have stressed out that it was raining the entire day of my wedding with no signs of clearing up, but I just chose to smile and believe that everything happens for a reason. I really felt bad because my entire wedding party was in a state of panic about the rain because I was genuinely not concerned about the rain. I just knew that it was going to clear up. I just felt like everything was going to be perfect.

15 minutes before the ceremony began, I saw this through the window. 

The weather had cleared up, and it was PERFECT. Not only had the rain stopped, but it had dropped the sizzling Florida heat to a more manageable level and cleared all of the footprints from the sand.

Gorgeous, right?

My beautiful bouquet

Closeup of my bouquet

In my family, it's traditional for the bride to carry the family Bible down the aisle along with the bouquet. My grandfather brought this Bible from Jerusalem for my mother, and it's now been passed on to me. I think it's so beautiful, and I can't wait to pass it down to my daughter.

My beautiful bridesmaids, me, and my gorgeous mom!

Let me tell you, this girl- my GORGEOUS cousin Michelle- was my rock the entire week of the wedding. She helped me finish so many last-minute tasks and kept me calm and smiling the whole week! I love her so much, and I wish she didn't live so far away in Canada. Be on the lookout for Michelle's new blog! She's a fashion/beauty/shopping genius, so I'll be sure to post a link as soon as it's up and running :)

My mom helping me with the final touches!

Finally ready to get married!

All of the photography featured above is from the lovely Emily at Emily E Martin Photography. If you're planning a Florida wedding, I cannot recommend her services highly enough. Be sure to check out her website (Ryan and I are the first picture!), blog, and Facebook for more information. I can't wait to share the rest of my wedding day with you all! Let me know what you're interested in seeing- ceremony, reception, and details?