A Window That Won’t Leave Me Feeling Cold

Recently, I was contacted by Canopi for an awesome opportunity. Fathead® was looking for 25 bloggers to review their very own Fathead® of choice, for LARGER THAN LIFE, FOR REAL.™. I always saw ads for Fathead® while watching sports with Mr. B and recently learned they do MORE than “just sports”. Intrigued by this concept, and knowing I already received countless compliments on a similar piece I have in my living room, I applied and was accepted as one of the 25 bloggers. Excellent!

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When I first applied I was hoping to review one of the “create your own” decals. I was planning to make something with my logo for my computer or the wall space near my desk. After being selected I was asked to review a piece from their Art & Decor : Home Decor Graphics line. Wondering what in the world I would select, the answer came to me when I noticed the home decor wall decals include instant windows. Finally, after nearly 2 years at my office I was getting a window! And I would NEVER need to worry about washing it or getting drafty in the winter!

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Looking at the amazing selection I was drawn to many of the mountain or lake pieces. Especially after my time in Portland. Since Fathead® graphics are easily applied and removed and are reusable I also toyed with the idea of getting holiday themed pieces. Eventually, I decided on the giraffes since I am OBSESSED with them and knew I would love the piece no matter what for that reason alone.

Some of the other bloggers took pictures and wrote about the installation processes. Mother nature was against that idea for me. My window arrived in a long triangle cardboard protection device, and it was hard core raining. I opened the box and brought the piece out to keep from getting wet. Apparently in my haste I didn’t notice the device to help install and tossed all the extra pieces out. After a few days the rain stopped and I took my decal to the office. A few coworkers offered to help and two of us placed it on the wall, while a third directed us where to place.

Now I have a great window, and my clients have something better to look at than paint peeling off the wall and a few rusty nails. I love the idea of a wall decal because it is more cost effective and more attractive than art work of its size, it doesn’t damaged the wall, and there’s little risk of it falling down and hurting anyone or breaking. Since installing it a few weeks ago I have had at least 3 different staff members and 2-3 clients write down the Fathead® website and information to buy their own windows or other decals.

Some info, in case you do not know about Fathead®:

Fathead LLC is the industry leader of graphics products for large & small spaces – led by authentic, officially licensed sports & entertainment graphics. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to feel passion For Real by bringing their favorite inspiration to life. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Fathead manufactures all products in the USA and Canada for purchase worldwide. Fathead carries thousands of images and maintains over 500 license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues.

Also, if you want to see up close and personal how another blogger chose and displayed their piece, check that out over with Karen at Just Me & My Running Shoes.

For those who hate clicking new windows, here is a graphic provided by Canopi of a collage of several bloggers’ displays. I loved seeing this, because it shows how unique everyone can be with their Fathead® and how there is certainly a design to fit your wants or needs. Also, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m about to move in with Adventures of a Misfit Librarian. Or at least steal her bike pillows and amazing style sense. Coincidentally, she’s also the blogger who is linking to me today.

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What do you think? Will you be heading over to the site and making or ordering a piece of your own? Make sure to snap a picture and share it if you do!

#JingleInJuly with Lilly Pulitzer

Last night I attended a kickoff event for Cleveland’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk which will take place Sunday December 8th, 2013 up at Legacy Village. If you register before Labor Day the cost is only $20, and let’s be honest for a good race with a fun theme, that’s a steal these days! BTW if you’re not local to Cleveland, don’t run away just yet! Head over to their main page and search for one near you because JBRs are all over!

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Pulled from their site:

Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. A 1 mile route is also available.

I was honored to be asked by Alicia aka Poise in Parma (who is organizing this event) to be one of the bloggers to help promote the event. In return I will receive a complimentary registration. As part of my helpful blogger duties I attended the kick off event at Lilly Pulitzer at Legacy Village. Don’t worry, life as a promoter is far from all work and no play. In fact it’s more like all play and then a little more play!

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Lilly was kind enough to open their doors from 5-8 PM and help by donating 10% of sales during this time frame. Guests could shop, chat, or eat and drink holiday themed party favors. At 630 PM those present were also treated to a preview of the upcoming fall fashion line!

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As far as my general time at the store? I’ll be honest, I am far from fashionable. We all know my idea of “matching socks” means I’m wearing a sock on each foot. However, I love how blogging and my friends have given me opportunities to step into a world I normally only see in movies or magazines.

Lilly is the type of clothing I imagined I would wear when I “grew up” and become “a real adult”. I also used think I’d be a lawyer or politician or something else “powerful” One of the pieces I saw last night was a wonderful set of blue pants and a blue/white woven type blazer I absolutely LOVED. However, the truth of the matter is most of the clothing in there would be entirely inappropriate to wear to my current job. It would create an immense barrier between myself and my clients, and I don’t attend many dress-up functions. Alas this doesn’t mean I couldn’t look and pretend and tell all of YOU how fabulous it all is though!

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Lilly’s theme for the year is Life’s a party, dress like it! Their fall theme is Fall with Abandon.

We kicked off the show with a short movie, introducing us to themes and concepts, pulled from the runway and pop culture. I loved how the simplest concept could be molded into a unique statement. Cocktail dresses with fringe as a nod to The Great Gatsby, but without the dated look. Loose fitting blouses with bold pink pomegranates as a sign of sensuality and decadence. Who knew?

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The above photo is Alicia introducing Lilly and the fall line is next to her. Note I made a huge blogger fail and barely have any pictures of this line. Apparently getting caught up in the moment means forgetting how to push down on the camera button. Forgive? However, I did find a video on YouTube of a girl flipping through the Fall 2013 Lookbook. Oh, and I remember them emphasizing the idea of fall romance and bringing butterflies from spring into fall.

At the end of night, I didn’t leave with anything. Partially because we weren’t allowed to buy the fall line. Haha. Although I was tempted to buy things from their current line, including a 4th of July type dress which supposedly picked up sunlight and somehow was illuminated all night long? The red was a little too orange for me though.

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I also spotted a zodiac themed dress, but the back was open and I wasn’t sure what type of bra I would need and additional effort of dressing myself is out of the question. Since I didn’t snap a picture I was able to find a write up on this random person’s blog.

Throughout the night I enjoyed learning more about Lilly, looking at clothing with friends and catching up with their lives. Thanks goes out to Alicia for the following pic/collage of some blogger friends and the fall finds.

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I also had a chance to learn about the race and the foundation it benefits and am super pleased to be partnering with them and helping to raise funds for the cause.

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And don’t forget…Cleveland’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk will take place Sunday December 8th, 2013 up at Legacy Village. If you register before Labor Day the cost is only $20! If you’re not local to Cleveland search for one near you because JBRs are all over!

Spring Fever VoxBox from Influenster

Once again I have qualified for and was sent a lovely box from Influenster to explore and promote. For round #3 I have been sent the wonderful Spring Fever VoxBox and it honestly may be my favorite one so far!

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Included in the box: A new deodorant to try, which is good because I’ve been in the market for one since they discontinued my favorite kind several years ago. First world problems are hard, right? A hair style product where I dust it onto my hair for separation and hold. Not sure how I’ll use that since I never style my hair other than a ponytail, ha. Broadway nails where the glue is built into a tab on the nail itself. Since having my nails done last week at the ELLE event, I’ve been wanting to make them look pretty again, so this is perfect timing. I used to use Broadway nail products all the time in HS. Lip gloss. Honestly I read the ingredients and I probably won’t be using this since my kips would be too sensitive, but love the concept and think it is super cute. Finally the Tastykake treat. When I read it was Hershey’s chocolate and kale I was over the moon excited. Then I saw the 2nd or 3rd ingredient is palm oil. WHY! Frick. So this will be taste tested by a friend instead. Sadness. Here’s how to reach out to all the brands on Twitter, and stay tuned for my final review.

Secret Outlast Clear Gel
Antiperspirant/Deodorant
@SecretDeodorant / #WhiteMarksFail

Schwarzkopf Professional
@SchwarzkopfUSA / #OSiSLove

NYC New Yorkk Color Applelicious
Glossy Lip Balm
@NYCNewYorkColor/
#Applelicious

Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes
@TastyKake / #TastyKake

Broadway Nails imPRESS
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@BwayNails / #imPressRevolution