Monday, September 22, 2014

The Power of Make-Up!

Okay guys.
We moved this weekend.
And since I knew I would be busy this weekend, I thought it would be fun to re-post another one of the blog's most popular posts.
(IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN THE MAKE-UP POST, MAKE SURE YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM FOR SOME SALE INFORMATION!)

Back in April I was asked by Nordstrom to participate in their MOMS THAT WOW Campaign.
Let's just give that a minute to sink in.
Me. A wife and mama with a blog.
Asked to participate in a Nordstrom campaign.
Eeeeeeeeeek!
Apparently enough of you sweet ladies have mentioned "Pinterest Told Me To"when reviewing items online that some people at Nordstrom started wondering who or what the heck Pinterest Told Me To was.  So, thank you for that!  I've also received e-mails from new readers of the blog saying they found me after reading a review online.  So again, thank you!
Growing a blog is hard work, and you sweet girls are the ones helping me every step of the way.

So....all that to say...Nordstrom asked me to participate in their MOMS THAT WOW campaign!
Will I participate?
Um, yes.
Yes I will.

First of all, I was of course TOTALLY excited.
However, I immediately thought "Me?  WOW?  Um, prolly not."
Now, don't get me wrong, I know I have it in me to "WOW" and can definitely pull out all the stops and WOW on occasion!
However, on any given day, a WOW moment isn't always in the cards.
I mean WOWing takes effort.
Still, I wanted to participate in the campaign (because HELLO!  NORDSTROM!) and my post was supposed to be about make-up, which is a fun subject that I think I've only talked about on this blog a couple of times before.
And then I had a brainstorm one morning.
I was thinking about how much great feedback I got from my product post (found HERE) and I thought of a totally fun angle for me for this campaign.
So, here's what I did.
I called Northpark's Nordstrom, and I asked to be connected to somebody who could do my make-up, but didn't have an allegiance to any one particular brand.
I wanted somebody to do a make-over on me, pulling popular products from all
over the make-up department.  I basically wanted to be introduced to some FAN FAVORITES, no matter which department they were from.
FUN, RIGHT?

So, I did it, and I had a flipping blast!
You are going to get some of the pretty "after" pictures, but you are also going to get some before pictures. Yep, you heard me. I'm about to get real.
Like really REAL.
This is me.
No primer.  No powder. No eyeshadow. No lipstick. Not even gloss.
Nothing.
Zilch. Zippo.
No make-up.
Period.
I'm walking out the door to head to Northpark.  With no make-up.
I feel like I should have earned some sort of  girl-scout badge for that.
Because if you didn't hear me, I went to NORTHPARK. WITH NO MAKE-UP.

Caitlin (the Nordstrom beauty consultant) got right to work!
She started with my eyes, and she said she always starts with eyes.
(Oops.  I've always done my eyes last.)
Her reasoning for starting with the eyes?  If there are smudges or if eyeshadow drops onto the cheeks or anything, you can wipe the area clean and not disturb other freshly applied make-up.
Well, that makes perfect sense Caitlin.

So, let's just jump right into this.
First up, my eyebrows.
I've never used an eyebrow pencil before, and my eyebrows are seriously full, so I don't think I need one, but I thought the product was very cool and it seemed easy to use.  That little brush on the end did a very nice job of blending the color into my eyebrows.
If you read through the reviews, it seems as if it's a lifesaver for people that have very sparse eyebrows.   There are even a couple of reviews from people that are cancer survivors that say it's an amazing product, which is obviously a great endorsement!
Also, several reviews mentioned "no sharpening needed", which is awesome.

Click HERE for the Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper Pencil.
 It has 22 5 STAR Reviews. (Update:  Now it has 25 5 star reviews!)
Here's one of them:
5 out of 5

Great!!
Perfect color and glides on smoothly. Stays put all day. I like that no sharpening is needed and the other end of pencil is a brow brush. Easy to use and looks natural.

If you look above, the left eyebrow was natural, and the product had been used on the right brow.
Again, I didn't feel like I needed it (in fact, I think it made my brows a little too noticeable), but I do think this product could be amazing for somebody with less full brows.

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This next product was the one that probably surprised me the most!
 What was it? 
Eye base.
 I was like WHAT?  What is eye base?  Why does anybody need eye base?
Caitlin insisted that it was a must have product, but I didn't "get" it.
But you know me, I heard the words "must have", and I was intrigued!  :) 
On a regular day I wear eyeshadow, but nothing fancy, and I feel like the eyeshadow does it's job.
And then Caitlin put the eye base on one of my eyes and not the other, AND I GOT IT.
Click HERE for the Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials.

It has 82 5 Star Reviews.  (Update:  It now has 93 5 Star Reviews.)
Here are 2 of my favorites:
5 out of 5

Great as a layer or on its own
I bought this several months ago after a fantastic Nordstrom makeup artist used it on me. The "bare" color works great even though I have pinkish-white skin. I use it instead of eyeshadow for daytime. It helps lock in my eyeliner and also provides coverage of some discoloration I have on the inner corner of my lid. It gives me a brighter, more awake look. I'm hooked!
 
5 out of 5
will never be without!
I bought this at a Trish McEvoy counter for the first time about 3 yrs ago and I have been in love ever since! It evens out the color of your eyelid setting the stage for flawless eyeshadow application and phenomenal staying power!
Okay, so look above and see that the eye base has been applied to the eye on the left....but not to the eye on the right.  It evened out my skin, gave it a matte finish, and took out all of the redness.
It provided a perfect foundation for my eyeshadow, but I really do feel like I could have worn it without eyeshadow on top (and Caitlin says that many ladies do).
I'm now a believer in the power of a good eye base, and according to Caitlin (and the reviews) this is one of the best ones out there.
Click HERE for the Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials.
I feel like it's a total bargain at $25.
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All right, eyeshadow time!
Since Christmas I've been using my Bobbi Brown shimmer brick (20/22 5 star reviews) as my eyeshadow, and I've been loving it!  (Sometimes I apply it with an eyeshadow brush, but sometimes when I'm in a hurry I apply it with the same brush I use to apply it to my face, exact brush found HERE.)
However, I asked Caitlin to actually do more than just a cream color applied over the entire lid, so she used "wonder" (2nd from left on bottom) over the entire eye, and then applied "whim" (4th from left on bottom) in the crease of my eye  in a greater than sign pattern, you know....like this:  <.
The colors were all found HERE in the Stilla IN THE MOMENT eyeshadow palette.
And get this, the entire palette is only $39!!!
As you can see, it comes with 10 colors and an eyeliner pencil which makes it a great value!
She used LAURA MERCIER CREME EYELINER on my eyes.
I told her I use the Bobbi Brown product that is similar and that I love it (found HERE), but she used this on  me because she said her clients have better luck with this product not drying out.
Click HERE for this eyeliner in Noir.
Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush HERE.
I MUCH PREFER gel or cream eyeliner that's in a tub like this to a pencil or even a liquid liner.
I find it so much easier to apply (it goes on so smoothly), and I feel that it stays put much better.  I've been using a product like this for at least 8 years, and I can't imagine ever using anything else.
One tip:  make sure you clean off your eyeliner brush (just wipe it clean with a tissue or damp rag) after every application.
  If you don't, the brush will become caked with product, and nobody's got time for that. ;)
And Caitlin was so excited to tell me about this next product.
The Napoleon Perdis Eye Dust can be found HERE.
She just used her finger to dab it on the ball of my eyelid.
  It acted like a highlighter and just brightened my eyes.  It was fun!
To finish out my eyes she used the Lash Power Feathering Mascara by Clinique found HERE.
I felt like it did a nice job of both separating my lashes and making them look fuller.
It's got good reviews too!
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Okay, so once she was finished with my eyes, it was time to give some attention to my face.
I have very normal skin.  Not too oily, not too dry.
And except on the rare occasion, I tend to not have that many break-outs.
Please, let's all take a moment to knock on some wood after I made that last comment.
Seriously.  Knock on wood.  Please.
I do  have some discoloration (both redness and some brown spots that I've been battling on and off since having Carter).  So, although I don't have break-outs, I definitely have skin "issues".

Caitlin could not say enough great things about this next product.
 Click HERE for the Napoleon Perdis "Auto Pilot" Pre-Foundation Skin Primer.
 9/9 5 STAR reviews! (Update:  It now has 11/11 5 STAR reviews!)
And I have to agree, this is a FABULOUS product.
I told  her that I've been using the Smash Box primer (which I really like), and she told me lots of reasons (none of which I can remember, sorry) as to why she prefers THIS one.
5 out of 5

Auto pilot!
Not to prime is a crime!
It's the primer's motto and so true! This stuff is fab. Won't wear make up without it
5 out of 5
Best Primer Out There
I have tried many many primers as an aesthetician, and this one is the best. Smooths and hydrates skin, no silicone feel, luxurious feel. Perfect
5 out of 5
Amazing
This product is amazing!! It feels so amazing on, not greasy or sticky and makes my make up last for ever, two sweaty work shifts and a gym session, and it was still flawless. So quick and easy to use. Can not put my makeup on without it. LOVE!!

If you are somebody that goes to the gym in make-up, that last review should sell you on this!
I don't wear make-up to the gym.
Oh wait, I don't even go to the gym.

If you've never used a make-up primer, I highly encourage you to give it a try.
It's amazing what a difference it makes as far as the application goes for the other make-up products.
It just creates the perfect palette and it really makes the make-up last.
I was such a believer in this product after seeing how it looked on me, that it came home with me.
Again, click HERE for Caitlin's recommendation.
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After the primer, it was time for tinted moisturizer.
I told her I currently used THIS product from Bobbi Brown, which again, I like.
But the point of our time together was for her to show me her "BEST OF" products that she loved the most, so we used the NARS.
 Click HERE for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer 
 (with SPF 30).
59 5 STAR REVIEWS.  (Update:  It now has 75 5 STAR reviews!)
5 out of 5

Best Tinted Moisturizer
This is the best tinted moisturizer I have ever used and I have used many tinted moisturizers/BB creams/CC creams from many well-renowned lines. It is called pure radiant because it somehow makes your face appear bright and glowy without looking sparkly and highlighted. It also smells great because it has their signature orange scent in it. It works great as a sunscreen and provides just the right amount of coverage. I wear it during the day or even when I go out at night!

So, I liked the way this felt and looked so much, that even though I had like 1/3 or so of my bottle left of my other product, I went ahead and bought this.  
I can't even put into words why I love it so much, but I do.

When applying, you can apply it with a foundation brush if you'd like, but you can also just apply it with the pads of your fingers.  Caitlin recommends warming it up on your finger tips and then applying it on your face beginning in the middle and moving outward. 
I absolutely love how it looks on.
It's sheer, but it covers really well and just evens everything out.
I swear it made my skin look pretty dang near perfect, and I do not have perfect skin.
But if a product can make it look like it is, well then SIGN ME UP!
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 UPDATE
After the original post went live, a reader recommended a product to me that I have sense fallen in love with.
 THIS pink egg-shaped sponge.
If you remember, it's a make-up sponge that I now use to apply my NARS tinted moisturizer.

I accidentally left it at the ranch house a couple of weeks ago, and when I had to apply my make-up without it (like I had done my entire life up until about 6 weeks ago), I couldn't stand it!
Not only does the make-up go on so much smoother with this little beauty, but my hands stay much cleaner too!
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After the tinted moisturizer, she applied a bronzer.
Again, I told her what I was currently using, but she wanted me to try her favorite, so I did.
Only 1 review online:
5 out of 5

amaze glow!!!!
I use this all the time for just a little hint of warmth on my face and body. it looks great and goes on without turning orange - very natural. plus look how pretty it is!!!!

I agree with everything the above reviewer said.
I love that it gives me glow and warmth without making me sparkly.
I don't like the glitterly look. No ma'm.
The color is also very natural and not orange-y at all.
Caitlin also used her favorite bronzer brush, which is now my favorite bronzer brush too.
When applying, Caitlin started making a circle on the side of my forehead, and then basically drawing a 3 on each side of my face.  I hope that makes sense, but I fear that it doesn't.

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For blush, she used  NARS Orgasm blush found HERE.
She said it is the best universal color for everybody!
Seems as if everybody that uses it agrees, because it has 178 5 STAR REVIEWS!   
(Update:  It now has 210 5 STAR reviews.)
Also, the common theme between all the reviewers is that it not only a beautiful color, but that the formulation makes it long lasting. 

5 out of 5

doesn't disappoint!
I am a certified makeup junkie! I have every designer makeup except Nars and after reading reviews, I knew i NEEDED to start with Orgasm. It didn't disappoint! it has a light shimmer and looks good on any skin tone. Thanks NARS I will be ordering more colors!

 When I asked Caitlin about her favorite make-up brushes, she let me in on a little secret.
Don't tell Norstrom ;), but she absolutely loves these Real Techniques brushes that can be found at Ulta (and she couldn't remember...but she thinks that either Target or Wal-Mart carries them too)!
Brushes are sooooooo important, but they are also sooooooooooo expensive, so I loved this tip!
I bought the stippling brush for my blush, and she was right!  I love it so much!
The brush I bought was under $9!

The last thing to take care of was my lips.
 Click HERE for the Stila lipstick she used in "Sheri".
It went on smoothly and had a bit of a minty taste that was quite nice!
Click HERE for Mac Viva Glam lipgloss, already a favorite of mine and only $15!
Sooooo shiny and Soooooo pretty!

So...you wanna see a Before and After?
OF COURSE YOU DO, because who in the world doesn't LOVE a Before and After?
Nobody.
That's who.

So.....here's the big reveal......
BEFORE                  AFTER

Now, I've got to say, I could not have been happier with the final product.
The only thing I would do differently is that I probably wouldn't use the eyebrow liner.
Because let's be honest, mama has plenty of brows as it is.
I thought Caitlin did a great job on my eyes, and I loved the lip color and gloss.....
but my favorite products BY FAR were all of the products that created the foundation for my look:
1)  the eye base found HERE
2)  the primer found HERE
3)  the tinted moisturizer found HERE
4)  the bronzer brush found HERE
I think the combination of the above 4 products is what made my skin look luminous.
I know it's weird for me to say that about my own skin, but I'm telling you, it WAS luminous.
And here I am in a dressing room after getting my make-up done.
LOVING the make-up.
LOVING it.
I mean, LUMINOUS, right?
I'll take all the help I can get!!!!

So, thank you Caitlin for making me over!
It was so much fun hearing all of your favorite picks and getting to watch you work your magic!
It's nice to feel your best, and I feel like you totally made me feel like just the best version of me!
And a huge thank you to Nordstrom for inviting me to participate in the Women that Wow campaign!
I had a blast!
Especially because I had talked with the hubby before hand and let him know that new make-up would be the perfect Mother's Day gift for me.  :)
So I went ahead and made it easy on him (You're Welcome Babe!) and left with the 5 products I mentioned above as my favorites.

I thought some of you might like a round-up of all the products Caitlin used on me.
I put little hearts next to the products that I actually ended up buying for myself.
Just scroll up to find their exact links within the body of the post.


I hope this post was helpful to you!  I certainly had WAY TOO MUCH FUN doing it.
See you back here on Wednesday for a new Closet Confessions!!!!!
It's a good one!

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I will verify your e-mail address, and then send your names on for the gift card!
 Pixie pants are still $25 and everything is 25% OFF with the code LEAF.  Kids' is 15% OFF.
 Click HERE to see my Old Navy post in it's entirety.
Or just click HERE to shop.
And if you don't follow me on facebook (follow HERE), then you didn't know that the re-stocked the plaid flannel and the tweed puffer.
The flannel is still available in all sizes, but the puffer now only has L and XL left.
For size reference, I'm wearing a medium in the shirt and a small int he puffer.
ARE YOU DYING AT THE CUTENESS?!?
#somebodygetthepaddles
#clear
(that one was for you Cassie!)
 black tweed puffer vest HERE / plaid shirt HERE 
*Several of you e-mailed me saying you got the blue plaid and loved it too.  One reader even talked about how great it looked with leopard!  FUN!  
abalone earrings HERE, sanibel pendant HERE, similar jeans (just darker wash) HERE, and click HERE for a similar pair of jeans from Old Navy / Pillar Box red Hunter boots HERE
I couldn't love the outfit more if I wanted to.

And there's also a LOFT flash sale, click HERE to shop (ONLY UNTIL 10:00 A.M. EST so hurry!), 
for 50% OFF 100 new fall items with the code FLASH.
I'm totally digging THESE trouser jeans (I ordered them last time they were on sale and LOVE them!) and THIS striped sweatshirt tee (I can just see it with my cuffed jeans and TOMS booties or my new BP booties OR my converse!).
And THIS waterfall cardigan has perfect reviews!
And THIS basic cardi comes in 12 colors.  I have TONS of LOFT cardigans from over the years and love them. They are my GO TO for cardigans for sure.

All right, that's it girls!
xoxo,
Sheaffer :)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

The MOST POPULAR PTMT post EVER!!!!

 Well girls, a couple of weeks ago I was looking at my blog's analytics page on a Saturday morning (what, you don't do that on a lazy Saturday morning?) :) , and I saw that I was getting lots of traffic that very day from a particular pin on Pinterest.
 A pin from a post that was originally dated October 2013.
I was curious.
So, I dug into the archives (I always laugh when I say the word archives because it makes me feel important!)  :), and I found out that this same post was the most read post on the blog.
LIKE THE MOST READ BY A LONG SHOT.
For example, most of my posts have between like 8,000 and and 20,000 pageviews.
And this post I'm talking about....it has over 123,000 pageviews.
And y'all.  You're going to die when you hear what post it is!
Any guesses?
Bueller?  Bueller?

Drum roll please................
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!
Cue the applause!
Is it weird that I'm strangely proud of this?
I feel like together we might have played some small part in getting this VERY NECESSARY MESSAGE out to the masses!
Because y'all....let's all say it together.....
Leggings are NOT pants!

So, I went back to the original post and made a couple of changes.
If a link was no longer current, I found one that was.
I also added some commentary here and there as well as some new items at the bottom of this post;
items that compliment leggings nicely.  :)

So.....let's all take a minute to review this very important post together!
And make sure you read to the end....because you are also going to get to see an e-mail from a disgruntled reader.  Prepare to be at a loss for words.  :)

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LEGGINGS.
I love leggings.
Like I really love leggings.
Do you?
(FYI, I can almost hear my friend Andrea screaming "YES! YES I DO! I LOVE LEGGINGS!")
Because if I LOVE leggings, Andrea LOVES AND ADORES leggings.
Andrea is the legging's biggest fan.
And she should be.
She totally knows how to rock a pair of leggings.

If you like the idea of leggings, but don't know how to actually wear them, this post today is for you!
The collage below contains some great inspiration pictures, as well as the key to wearing leggings.

 I'm assuming you looked at and loved all of the pictures above,
but did you also pay attention to the text?
Lean in and listen carefully to the following lesson.
When wearing leggings,
THROW ON SOME BOOTS AND PILE ON THE LAYERS.

If I could make the above statement flash and shoot streamers out of your computer,
please know that I would.
THAT my friends is the key to how to wear leggings.
At least for me.
BOOTS.
AND LAYERS.
Oh.
Wait.
There is one more very important key to wearing leggings.
Perhaps the most important.
If you hear nothing else I say for the rest of this post, hear this:
MAKE SURE YOUR CROTCH IS COVERED.

There.
I said it.
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS PEOPLE.
COVER YOUR CROTCH.
Needlepoint that on a pillow.
 Please feel free to take notes if you need to.

Layers can include several of the following:
a tank, a t-shirt, a tunic, a button up, a sweater, a cardigan, a scarf, boot socks, etc.
The list goes on and on.
LAYER IT ON PEOPLE
LAYER. IT. ON.

(FYI:  I took it upon myself to take the notes for you.)


Now before we get to the layering part, let's start out by talking about the actual leggings.
I have 3 pair (a grey, a black, and a "denim") and I love all of them.
But here's the thing, you MUST have a good quality legging.
There's nothing worse than a legging that is partially see-through, that bags in the knees after a couple of hours of wear, or that doesn't wash well.

So, if you are ready to rock a legging, here's what you need to do first:
Invest in a good pair of leggings.
(And by invest...I mean spend around $40 instead of around $20.  We're not talking about having to drop a lot of cash, so don't skimp.)
$20 makes all the different in the world when it comes to the quality of a legging.

And ladies...listen up!
I have searched HIGH and LOW, and I have found what I believe is
 THE VERY BEST pair of leggings.
I even named them a MUST HAVE.

Find the ultra-wide waist band MUST HAVE leggings HERE.
 I have the black and grey and seriously don't know how I lived the last 28 years of my life (ahem) without them.  Because I'm 29 (ahem).

And if you don't believe me that these leggings are a MUST HAVE, 
believe the over 752 5 STAR REVIEWS.
They aren't see thru AT ALL.
They hold their shape.
And even though I've already washed each pair lots and lots, they still look brand spankin' new.
But when you get down to it, it's the ultra wide waistband that really sets them apart from the rest of the leggings in the world.
The band sucks you in, but it still manages to be comfortable.
I'm telling you, your muffin top will love this ultra wide waistband.
Not that I would know (cough cough).
THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING.

Click HERE for the MUST HAVE leggings.
(For the record, let's just disregard my hair in this picture.  I'm just shaking my head.  
I have no words.)


Here are just some of my leggings looks from 2013.
(That sweater tunic in the middle pic is ON SALE for 40% OFF HERE!!!  I'm telling you, if you are throwing the leggings in your cart.... TRUST ME and throw one of  THESE  into your cart too.  At $39.90 you just can't go wrong.  Heck. Throw two of them in your cart.  You won't be sorry.)
For size reference, I'm wearing a regular small in the tunic that is on sale.




 All of you that own the leggings are JUST AS CRAZY about them as I am.
They really are a GAME CHANGER in the leggings world aren't they?!?
For size reference, I'm typically a size 4, and I wear 
a SMALL in these leggings.
They are wayyyyyyy too long for me to wear with flats, but for some reason I don't like wearing leggings with flats.  I only wear them with tall boots, so I just cuff them up and throw my boots on!
One of the most recent reviews follows:

5 out of 5
They are very comfortable, and the top is flattering to a mama's belly-- I feel sucked in but not suffocated. I ordered on the recommendation of the Pinterest Told Me To blog- these leggings are a cult favorite over there! They didn't disappoint.
Click HERE for the MUST HAVE leggings.
I love that they have a cult following!  :)
(And as always, thank you sooo much for mentioning the blog in your reviews girls!)

For the record, even though I swear by the above leggings, I have received many e-mails about the Zella Live In Leggings also.  You can find them HERE.
You might want to check them out too.  Supposedly they are a better length for flats.
Thanks for the recommendation Kim.  :)
FYI:  They have 1,468 5 STAR REVIEWS.

Okay.
So now that we've gone over MY personal MUST HAVE leggings as well as the Zella option...
Let's really look at an example of how to layer with your leggings!

I LOVE THIS COZY LOOK!
Original source not found for this outfit.  If you know it, please leave it in the comments so I can give credit!


 Check out the graphic I put together!
(Remember, if you ever want to pin an image from the blog to Pinterest, just hover over the picture until the red Pinterest "P" graphic pops up.  Click on it and then pin!)

 Want to get the look for yourself?  
I've got some current links for you!
MUST HAVE leggings HERE, denim shirt HERE, open cardigan HERE, infinity scarf HERE, cognac boots HERE, twisted yarn over the knee socks HERE

I mean really.  You can't get more cozy than the above look!

Wait a second....you actually could get more cozy.
How?  Bueller?  Bueller?
 If you added the blardigan! ;)
The MUST HAVE blardigan is HERE.


Listen,
To own the blardigan is to love the blardigan.
And I just didn't feel right about dedicating a post to leggings without also giving a shout out to the blardigan.
For those of you that are super new to the blog and have no idea what a blardigan is....
it's simple.
A blardigan is part blanket and part cardigan.
And it's a little piece of heaven right here on earth.
And all of us that have one are cuckoo for it.


Do you want something that you can wear at home for an entire weekend at home in your pajamas, with a sick kid, and then throw it on and wear it to work or to a night out?
Not that I've ever done that. ;)
Well, if that is something you're looking for,
the blardigan is for you.

I probably have received over 200 e-mails (and I promise you that I'm not exaggerating) about this MUST HAVE.
My favorite is from the reader who said she wants to try to figure out how to shower in it.  ;)

And fyi, this past week they added new colors at Nordstrom!
That's opal on the left and white/pewter ombre on the right.  Click HERE.

Look at one of the most recent reviews (I have no idea why I can't center it, sorry!).  I love that she says it "melts" around her!  

5 out of 5
I'm in love with this wrap!
I bought this after reading many reviews on a blog I follow. I should have spent the money sooner! It is so worth the price! The material is so soft and cozy, it just melts around you. I cannot wait to wear it this Fall. I went to the mountains of NC this weekend and it was cool enough to wear in the evenings. It is awesome! I may have to order the cocoa color next or ask for it as a gift. Great lightweight wrap that fits well. I am 5'3" and it is not too long for me. No issues with tight sleeves, as I had read that on others. Buy this and love it with the rest of us Blardigan owners!


And just this past weekend Emily Henderson (a sweet reader) put a message on the PTMT facebook wall, and it sparked quite the conversation!
Click HERE to read it.
I love that so many of you are just as passionate about it as I am!  
You are my people!  :)

So, let's review what we learned today ladies:
* a good quality legging is of utmost importance
* the ultra wide waistband leggings will change your life
*cover your crotchal area
*pile on the layers
*blardigans are awesome

And again, the most important lesson for today.
 Please commit this to memory.

And because I feel like there is still a lot to be learned with this subject matter, we are going to have another very important post not this coming Friday, but next (September 26th).
Mark your calendars girls!
I had a post last November entitled OPERATION COVER YOUR CROTCHAL AREA.
I'm going to update this post with new tunic options for you ladies on September 26th;
Tunics that properly and adequately cover your crotchal area.
In order to prepare (in the post you will get to see me in all of them), I ordered the following 8 tunics.
Yes.
8.
I ordered 8.
(I won't keep all of them, only my favorite 1....let's be honest....probably my favorite 2.)

a) belted french terry jacket HERE
b) black and white tunic dress HERE
c) denim popover HERE
d) pale pink snood pullover sweatshirt HERE
e)  recessed late sweatshirt HERE
 f) jersey v-neck top HERE
g) free people cowl neck pullover HERE
h) striped high low tunic HERE

So ladies.
Help me spread the word!
I would love it if you would pin an image from this post onto one of your Pinterest boards!

Just hover over your favorite image on this post until the little Pinterest "p" graphic pops up....
then click it...and pin it!
I want to see how many more people we can reach with this "Leggings Are Not Pants" message. :)
In two weeks I will report back and let you know how many more views the post has received.
Come on!  It will be fun!
Plus, we will be helping people.  :)
Let's all spread the super important LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS message to the world!

Have a great weekend everybody!
It's moving weekend for us, so wish us luck!!!

xoxo,
Sheaffer :) 



p.s.
For those of you who are new around these parts, I thought you might enjoy hearing about the drama that this post created the first time I put it out there.
Read the following (from a previous post), and prepare to be amazed....

You know, now is as good a time as any to discuss a blog comment that I received ...a good 2 months after this original post went live.
If you know me personally you know that I try to avoid controversy and that I'm a pleaser by nature, but this was too good not to share. 
I do need to preface this next picture by saying  if you are easily offended by foul language, you might want to scroll down just a bit (even though the curse words are covered).  To say this woman PASSIONATELY disagrees with me and my stance on leggings  would be an understatement. 
My friend Andrea blurred out all of the curse words....and yes, there were lots of them.
Told you she was passionate.
Here's what my anonymous (surprise, surprise) commenter had to say about my original Leggings are Not Pants Post. 



I think it's a nice touch that Andrea used my horrendous face to block out the nasty words,
don't you?  And at the very last minute last night...I put hearts over the code word that Andrea had used to disguise the real word that the commenter had left about what she wanted to throw in my face.  I didn't want to run the risk of anybody being offended (even by the code word). 
I MEAN.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
I have to say, this level of passion was a bit unexpected.  :)
And I have one question, is it weird that thing I WAS MOST OFFENDED by the fact that she called me old?
That was just mean.
:)

I would like to tell the anonymous commenter that I'm going to go ahead and stand by my original position that leggings are in fact NOT pants. 
I guess we're just going to have to AGREE TO DISAGREE.

And for the record, Ryan is still on my side.  He is loyal to a fault.  

Only one of the many reasons I love him so.

Once again, graphic created by my genius friend Andrea.

p.p.s.
If you didn't catch my post yesterday (since I don't normally post on Thursday), click HERE.
You simply cannot miss the highlighted FALL sale items or the 1st Santa Alert!
AND it's triple points at Nordstrom!
Basically, it's time to shop, because if you didn't hear me the first time...
IT'S TRIPLE POINTS!!!!

I can't help myself, so I'm going to go ahead and post some of the highlights here:
links below collage...

twill moto jacket HERE - 40% OFF
halogen cognac bag HERE - 50% OFF
*****caslon tunic HERE - 40% OFF*****
Comes in tons of colors and look amazing with the MUST HAVE LEGGINGS!
hooded cargo jacket HERE - 40% OFF
comes in grey, green, and flax
Franco Sarto leather bootie HERE - 33% OFF
Rockport suede wedge boot HERE - 25% OFF
Clark's moccasins HERE - 25% OFF
MK large runway watch HERE -  33% OFF
Michael Kors boots HERE - 35% OFF

p.p.p.s.
Have you entered the Old Navy contest yet?  Click HERE to enter!
And two things about the Old Navy:
*
the pixie pants are still $25!!!
*
 if you spend $75 right now, you get $25 off, click HERE to shop

CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED THE SALE EARLIER THIS WEEK AND WANT TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE RIGHT NOW (but need to review my finds before you do so)!!!!

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AND LAST THING GIRLS.....
IF YOU HAVE THE LEGGINGS, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT SAYING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THEM!!!!


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