Valentine’s Day is Going to the Dogs

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and today on SnapGinger we have special guest Roxy modeling some great picks from the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart.

From the ruffle and great red color of the puppy love red dress, to her new favorite toy bone, there are tons of options to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Martha Stewart Pets!

Roxy loves to snuggle up with her new bear toy- really soft, squeaky and adorable. I wonder how long it will take her to rip his adorable Hug Me pillow! (maniac)

Don’t forget about fido this Valentine’s Day! Use the links below to shop the post!

Shop the Post:

Martha Stewart Pets® “LOVE” Tank Dress

Martha Stewart Pets® Valentine’s Bear Dog Toy – Squeaker

Martha Stewart Pets® Valentine’s Bone Dog Toy – Squeaker

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from Roxy and I!!

The Best Holiday Gift Idea for Sports Fans!

I know we’re getting down to the wire as far as Christmas shopping is concerned, but I just had to pop in to let all of you know where I got the amazing Rutgers “Ugly Sweater” in the photo above! I collaborated with Tipsy Elves to bring you this sweater, and the men’s version, which would both make amazing holiday gifts for the sports fans in your life!

The sweater is soft, high quality and is officially licensed. The colors are rich and vibrant and will surely impress anyone, whether unwrapping it under the tree, or wearing it to the next home game with pride!

I chose Rutgers, my Alma Mater, but Tipsy Elves carries shirts, pants and other items for every school I could think of. And, if you wanted and uglier ugly sweater, Tipsy Elves has those too, they are really awesome, and at a great price!!

Click on the links below to shop, and thanks Tipsy Elves!

Happy Holidays!!

Guest Post: What Shoes are Making a Splash on the Runway This Season?

Today I have another Guest Post from a talented freelancer, Brooke Chaplan. She recently contributed some great Guest Posts to SnapGinger.com, and she loves writing, running and hiking, so clearly we have tons in common! Want the skinny on this seasons hottest shoes? Brooke has all the details below for you!

Who doesn’t love a fabulous new pair of shoes? With the new Fall season coming up, it’s time fashionistas everywhere check out the hottest shoes trends walking down the runways. There are many stylish, fresh, and exciting shoe styles going on at the moment and you don’t want to miss out!

Stylish Sandals
Many of the shoes that have recently made positive impressions on the runways are sandals. Casual and comfortable sandals nowadays can be considered just as attractive and chic as more formal footwear options. Some examples of sandals that are popular at the moment include extreme gladiator styles and chunky wedge sandals. The heavy chunky sandal look seems to have revived from the 90’s and is having great success with many designers on the runway.
 

Gladiator Boots
If you’re looking for intensity and drama in your footwear, gladiator boots are a current shoe fashion you should definitely add to your closet. These cutout boots go up to the knees and are the perfect look for dressing up an otherwise undramatic outfit. The boots versus the sandals will better keep you warm and stay up all day.
 

Cutout Flats
If you’re all about pure simplicity and comfort in your daily footwear choices, then you’ll love the current style of classic cutout flats. These flats are ideal for daily wear. Not only do they make the feet feel comfortable and cozy, but are also easy to put on. With low heels, these slip on shoes are perfect for people who appreciate convenience. Cutout flats are also available in a vast assortment of colors and designs. Whether you like solid navy blue or exotic animal prints, you’ll be able to find the perfect pair to wear.
 

Leather Patchwork Boots
Fashionistas who adore looking effortlessly chic are sure to love the current footwear fashion of leather patchwork boots, complete with simplistic wooden heels. Not only do these boots look serious and no-nonsense, but also possess cozy patchwork designs that are inviting and familiar. If you want to look and feel a wonderful blend of comfort and runway-ready, then there’s no better fashion option in footwear for Fall. Denim designs have also been seen on runways from New York to Milan.
 

Leather and Wool Boots
Leather and wool boots are another attractive current footwear trend and a mainstay of classic looks. If you want your legs to feel warm and protected, these boots will have you grinning every time you wear them. If you want to buy inexpensive versions of these boots and other varieties of footwear, be sure to check out some of the great deals available from Discountrue which hosts brand names and great discounts and coupons for Kohl’s and other stores.

This Fall season make a splash with these runway approved footwear designs. Take a chance and try something you might not otherwise! 

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Guest Post: Raw Food Detox for Maintaining your Summer Body

Who else hates giving up their sleek summer physique, in exchange for lumpy, boxy and thicker winter skin? I def do, and so does my guest poster today, Roxana! She has guest posted on SnapGinger before, and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter! Here are her tips for a raw food detox!

Demi Moore is one of the amazing celebrities that looks like she never ages. She claims that one of her secrets is her raw food diet and regular raw food detox. There are many people who do the same. Some people even report long periods of time eating raw and that it made them look and feel just perfect. Others don’t eat exclusively raw. But, if you want to keep your summer body, you can definitely use some tips and tricks of raw dieting. Here are some things that are worth remembering about raw food detox.

·         Fruits for Breakfast. Most of people didn’t find this change hard at all. Actually, this is one change to the raw diet that most people fully embraced. Use strawberries, flax seed, water and a little bit of almond milk. Simply blend them together and drink it up. Strawberries don’t have a lot of calories and they have vitamin C and fiber. Flax seed is very healthy and it will help digestion. Your options are limitless. Enjoy all the watermelon and citruses that you can. Those fruits and vegetables do wonders for detoxification.  

·         Nuts. You need to be very careful with nuts and seeds. As much as you love them, you need to make some choices because nuts are sometimes hard to digest. That slows down your detoxification process. Pick chia seeds instead of too much nuts. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ellie Goulding are known for using a lot of chia seeds in their recipes.

·         Green Smoothies. You can find thousands of green smoothie recipes online. Everybody just loves these. They are tasty and you can tell that you are doing something good for your body when you have them. My favorite one is very easy to make. I basically mix apple, romaine, cilantro and parsley. I use filtered water to make it, but for a little bit luxurious version, I add coconut water.

·         Better Choices. Detoxing doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live like a hermit. Avoid coffee, but enjoy your amazing and luxurious herbal tea. It tastes better, anyway. Since I moved to Sydney, all of my friends know that I have this habit of going raw from time to time. I love the fact that, I can just go online and order a huge box of fresh fruit from my friends over at IN2Fruit, and make my smoothies and fruit salads all week long. It’s very convenient, and I’m sure wherever you live there is similar options!

·         Forbidden Fruits. Forbidden fruits aren’t exactly fruits at all. It’s alcohol, coffee, fried and baked food and all sorts of highly processed food. You should also stay away from tofu, too much diary, chocolate and milk. Even a celebrity like Woody Harrelson puts some restraints on his diet. He even wrote a book on raw food that includes things to avoid.

You don’t have to change your lifestyle entirely.  Still, you could definitely use at least one week a month of eating raw. That would allow your body to recover from all the toxins that accumulate due to overly processed foods. For most people, occasional raw food detox works perfectly. It does wonders for your physical and mental health. Moreover, each time you undergo this type of detox, it gets easier and easier for you to do it.

Guest Post: The Bachelorette Weekend: Beach Edition

Today I have a Guest Post from Ron that covers a subject near and dear to my heart: The Bachelorette Party! Ron is taking a break from blogging over at The American Wedding Blog and sharing some great Beach Bachelorette ideas with you!
 


There are many appealing aspects of a summer wedding. Great weather, outdoor venues, destination weddings. However, not every bride and groom can afford to take their wedding party and all the guests to a costly exotic location.  
 
So, if the bride in your life is a beach bum, why not take the bachelorette party to the seaside for a weekend! This will be a great way for everyone to get away from all the wedding drama and have some fun in the sun.  
 
Once you have decided that you and the girls want to go on a weekend escape to the beach, the hard part is narrowing down exactly where the bachelorette weekend should take place. Here we have compiled a list of the top budget-friendly beach retreats:  
 

  • Culebra, Puerto Rico  

For bridal parties with a slightly larger budget, Puerto Rico serves as a great location for long weekend getaway. The Caribbean island definitely has a tropical feel, but, since it is a U.S. territory, you won’t need a passport to get here. Plus, your flight won’t break the bank, with rates usually under 200 dollars for a one-way ticket!  
 
With beautiful, uncrowded beaches, Culebra is a great spot to de-stress with your toes in the sand. Snorkel, kayak, and swim in the crystal clear waters. Explore local Puerto Rican food and enjoy a Pina Colada.  
 

  • South County, RI  

For seafood fanatics, the beaches of South County, Rhode Island are a New England favorite. With over 100 miles of serene coastline, with plenty of fishing, swimming, and nature explorations, South County is the perfect beach getaway for the active bridal party!   
 

  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater. FL  

Head to Florida’s west coast to enjoy the white sand beaches and plenty of sunshine that St. Petersburg-Clearwater has to offer. With a wide selection of beaches, and cheap day and night activities to do, this destination will be a crowd pleaser!  
 
Catch a Rays game, or enjoy one of the city’s many festivals when in town. Munch on cheap but tasty seafood, and then enjoy a night or two out with St. Petersburg’s extensive nightlife offerings.  
 

  • Huntington Beach, CA

Rounding out the list of beach getaways is Surf City USA! Surf the waves of 10-mile-long uninterrupted beaches and get a taste of the Southern California lifestyle.  
 
There are plenty of shopping, art & culture tours, and sports activities to fill your itinerary.  
 
No matter which beach destination you chose for your perfect bachelorette weekend spot, your group is sure to have a blast! Soak up as much sun as you can and surf the waves of these budget friendly favorites.  
 

About The American Wedding 
The American Wedding has been a family-owned business since 1919. For over 95 years, they have strived to meet your high standards of quality and value. As a USA-based company with a brick and mortar facility in Peru, Indiana, you can expect the hardworking staff to create error-free processing according to your specific needs. Visit The American Wedding for all your wedding invitation, stationery, tableware, party favors, and more! 

Guest Post: 2015 Fall Fashions: Are Skinny Jeans Finally Being Shelved?

Today I have another Guest Post from a talented freelancer, Brooke Chaplan. She recently contributed a great style post to SnapGinger.com, and she loves writing, running and hiking, so clearly we have tons in common! Read on to see if we’re {finally} going to be able to stash our skinny jeans!

While there’s a certain undeniable magnetic draw to slipping on that curve-hugging little black dress that teases just above the knees, the classic pair of jeans has never gone out of style when the situation calls for something a bit more casual. For many ladies, nothing beats pulling those favorite, fits-like-a-glove, denim jeans and accenting them with a vintage tee or a slightly more adventurous, dressy top. The fashion staple that evolved from dungarees into the blue jeans we know and love today is a wardrobe essential that can be dressed up or down, for day or night, and continues to endure in a myriad of styles.

As we examine the 2015 fall fashion trends, many industry insiders have reported that the long reign of the skinny jean fad is coming to an end. In fact, more than a few sources have cited celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jennifer Lopez trading in their skinnies for a more flaring denim, recalling a time when bell-bottoms ruled the runway.

For those with a keen memory, there was an attempted resurgence of sorts for this fashion expression in the ‘90s when boot-cut jeans made an appearance, and a rather rapid exit. 

Is this really the death of skinny jeans, and where does this all fit in to the 2015 fall fashion landscape?

From Cropped “Denim Pants” to the Endurance of Distressed Jeans: Looking Into the Fall 2015 Fashion Kaleidoscope
Depending on your location, the fall season brings memories of hay rides, gorgeous orange and red leaves, Halloween parties, and that unmistakable aroma in the air signaling the temperature changing. It’s time to get back into those denims.

The upcoming Autumn season is bringing with it some trend-changing styles in the casual department, including cropped/culottes ¾ length denim pants from the likes of Atos Lombardini, 6397, Marc Jacobs, Paul & Joe and Natali Leskova. Grey denim and asphalt-colored jeans from Chanel, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Vanessa Seward and more. High-waist denim pants with a silhouette that harkens back to vintage 1970s styles from collections belonging to Vetements, Guy Laroche, Each x Other and more and distressed and ripped jeans guaranteed to make one feel like a real rock star.

So…if Skinny Jeans Aren’t Really “In” This Season, What Is?
The closest we’re going to get to the skinny jean feel this fall and winter is the boyfriend cut, which is expected to endure for everyday wear; other than that, expect to see flared and boot-cut jeans – but in styles rudimentarily evolved from the 90s look. We are also seeing unique pieces like the $1,450 upcycled jeans from Vetements. The shearling-lined denim jacket, navel-gazing flares, and polished patchwork cape from Chloe. Dark denim dress from Karen Walker, and 6397’s Loose Skinny jeans, bridging the gap between the old skinnies and what’s in this fall.

In considering all the codes of the street, it’s denim that remains an absolute staple in how we dress every day. As we enter 2015 and beyond, the denim aspect is getting flipped on its ear by many designers, but there’s still no denying the draw of a great-fitting pair of jeans, a fashion icon that greets us like an old friend when we pull them out of the dresser. They instill a sense of familiarity more formal, ensemble pieces can’t. When shopping for the perfect denim look this fall and winter, keep your eyes peeled for special offers like discountrue.com coupon codes for kohls.com and other big name brand retailers. You’ll be sure to find the perfect pair in no time! 

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Guest Post: Six Secrets For Keeping Your Skin Smooth

Today I have another Guest Post from a talented freelancer, Brooke Chaplan. She recently contributed a great style post to SnapGinger.com, and she loves writing, running and hiking, so clearly we have tons in common! Without further ado, here are Brooke’s smooth skin tips!

We all want to have smooth and soft skin. The best way to keep your skin smooth and looking great is to have a proper skincare regimen. Below is a list of essential tips for incorporating into your current schedule.

Cleanse Your Skin

Cleansing your skin will keep it smooth by removing impurities. A dermatologist in Austin recommends you wash your skin twice a day. If you wear makeup, then you want to make sure that you remove it before you go to sleep since makeup can clog your pores and attract acne-causing bacteria.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation helps remove flaky, dead skin from the surface and will help it stay smooth and soft. Exfoliation also helps generate more collagen, which is a protein that helps maintain smooth texture. Once a week is sufficient since exfoliating too often can cause dryness.

Moisturize
Moisturizing your skin will not only help keep it hydrated, but will also keep it soft and smooth. It essential to use a high-quality moisturizer with sun protection factor, or SPF. Avoid using moisturizers that have harsh ingredients or too much scent.

Healthy Diet

The food you eat not only affects your weight, but can also affect your skin. Omega 3 fatty acids and lean protein help your skin retain moisture. Antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A, C and E can help repair damaged skin. Salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds and leafy green vegetables are examples of some of the foods that will help keep your skin healthy.

Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects your skin from sunburn and can keep it healthy. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause your skin to age faster with wrinkles and sun damage which is why it is important to you to apply sunscreen before going outside.

Drink Plenty Of Water
There are a number of ways you can benefit from drinking water. Smoother, healthier skin is one of those benefits. Skin is more elastic and smooth when it is well-hydrated.

A healthy lifestyle will help keep your skin smooth and looking great. You will need to have a good skincare regimen, which includes moisturizing, exfoliating, and cleansing. You will also need to drink plenty of water and eat healthy. Don’t forget to use sunscreen regularly and take care of yourself physically.

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School Supplies for Grown Ups

While we may not go “Back to School” per se, Fall marks the end of the summer vacation season. So, as Grown Ups, we are “Back to Work,” so why shouldn’t we get some shiny new supplies to make our days better and brighter?! Shop my picks below, through my Amazon Affiliate links!

First up, some special treats for your morning coffee, or water fix!

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Next, some beauty care essentials to boost your mood and make you feel glamorous!

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Get ready for your own arts & crafts session with these crafty options!

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Don’t feel like you did enough summer reading? Have a Fall reading parties, or start a book club! Also, if you didn’t read the first books from both Jenny Lawson and Mindy Kahling, you must, right now!!

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Lastly, why not spruce up your desk just in time to get back to work? I love some of these playful, colorful and glittery options!

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What’s on your “Back to School” shopping list?!

Easy Guide to Mornings

I detest waking up in the morning- I mean, how good does your bed feel right after your alarm goes off? It’s almost like it took you the entire night to find the most comfortable spot and you’re forced to leave it as soon as you do. Follow my tips and tricks to get that Sunday Morning feeling every day, and always start off on the right side of the bed!

Easy Guide to Mornings

Stretch, meditate or get moving first thing! I like to take time for an early run, or a restorative yoga class in the morning. There is nothing more invigorating than waking up and getting active, and it is relaxing knowing that your workout is out of the way for the day! I am also trying to get into a routing of morning meditation, I think there is so much value in waking up and grounding yourself, focusing in your goals and being thankful for all that is good in your life! Life is good!

Place 2 spoons in the freezer when you wake up. After you brush your teeth, wash your face and make your coffee, grab the spoons and place them over your eyes. The cooling sensation will wake you up, depuff under eye bags and refresh your delicate under eye skin!

Speaking of coffee, make your coffee! Set a timer the night before if you have a fancy schmancy programmable coffee maker, or ask your honey to do it if he/she is up first! Make sure to have lots of healthy coffee additives (trying to kick the creamer habit right here) and try soy milk, coconut milk and sweetener made from stevia or another natural plant.

Also try to drink a glass of water upon waking up. I keep water on my bedside table so it’s ready for me to drink in the am. I also wash down my vitamins and biotin with some water in the am. I’ve heard great things about adding lemon to your morning water also, why not try it?

For extra hydration, spritz your face with a refreshing facial spray after your morning shower and prior to putting on your makeup for that wide awake and lots of sleep feeling!

Now that you’re hydrated and refreshed, have your 5 minute makeup routine queued up and ready to roll! Here is my routine, and a few gems from my fave YouTube Beauty Vloggers!

Make a quick and healthy breakfast, or prepare something in advance, like overnight oats! Here are 10 of my favorites! Avocado toast for life!!!!

I hope you got some great ideas and make better habits for your easy mornings from my guide! What are some of your favorite morning tips?