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?