Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Art & Sole: Glam Book

A very pretty coffee table book! Art & Soul by Jane Gershon Weitzman is 
just spectacular eye candy! Jane is the wife of 
shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and she helped launch
their first shoe boutique in New York City.  
She also oversaw the window displays which
featured fantasy shoes made by artists from all over the world. 
 This book is a collection of those delightfully designed
 shoes that appeared in  stores over the years.

As you can see, there are some amazing shoe designs! 
I definitely recommend this book for any fashionista or shoe lover alike! 
It is a perfect conversation piece for a coffee table.

xoxo -Taj

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pretty Things


Just a few pretty things I've gotten lately...

These Indian pillows were gorgeous, I could not leave the store without them!

I found this fabulous Shabby Chic bed at a yard sale!

I turned this Ikea lantern into a pastel tissue pom light for 
Glam Doll's room.

Printed this out and added it to my bathroom vanity for
daily inspiration!

Hope you are having a great week!

xo -Taj

Monday, August 25, 2014

L.A. Looks Model Search and Giveaway w/Gorgeous Glam!


Start Searching your selfies-- L.A. Looks has just kicked off its annual Model Search contest! The brand is asking its Facebook fans to submit a photos with their best "L.A. Look" for a chance
to win a trip to L.A. for a professional photo shoot and a surprise VIP experience.  
I know you babes have plenty of selfies to choose from and can come up
with a great look to win this!
Head over to www.lalooks.com or Facebook.com/LALooks to enter!


To get your creative juices flowing, I am hosting an L.A. Looks gift basket filled
with lots of product goodies! All you have to do is enter
the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 
 xo -Taj


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dinner is Big, Bold and Tasty!

 Disclosure: Thank you to Bellisio Foods for sponsoring today's post and keeping my meals tasty &
bold. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible.



The Director and I love going to Happy hour at Chili's every now and then. (If we 
happen to steal a date night away from baby glam!)
So when I heard about this new line of Chili's® at Home frozen foods which was 
inspired by some of the restaurant's most popular dishes, I was all in.  


As a working mom, running my own business and managing a 2 year old, I need
a few dinner ideas every now and then that won't take hours to make.  
I love how Chili's® Big Bold & Tasty meal  is exactly just that! 
The dish I chose was Nacho Potatoes with Beef and Bacon.
It had delicious Fire Roasted Peppers which I absolutely loved!  The zesty, bold
taste is great paired with a nice big salad. 
The dish was super easy to prepare, just pop it in a skillet and 
let the wonderful flavors cook.  Within minutes, a delicious 
 meal, that doesn't taste like a frozen meal!


 One easy, happy meal for my family, makes me a happy mom and wife! Hope you 
will give Chili's® at Home a try too!

Head over to Chili's At Home Website for details on all the bold frozen food meals they offer
+ a $1 off Coupon!


What would you pair your Chili's At Home Frozen Meal with?



Friday, August 22, 2014

Magic Eraser


This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mr. Clean®. 
I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my
 review and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

 A little inside scoop on me, is that I'm a clean freak.  But with a toddler, a husband 
and 3 dogs, it canbe a little tricky to keep my sanity.  
One of my secrets is  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  
So you can imagine, I've got sticky fingers rubbing random things on walls, 
and dogs playing tug of war with their toys and getting grime here and there!  
For a quick fix, I can bust out the little white sponge and
get the business handled! 
Mr. Clean has a million uses, from stained cookie sheets and
 cloudy shower doors to keeping hair irons free of product buildup. 
 Because it's safe on a wide variety of household surfaces,
it's nice to have one simple product to go to for tough jobs.

One of my go-to uses is keeping the glam dolls tennis shoes clean and white!
Before: lots of action at the park!

After: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser leaves her shoes looking sparkling like new! 

My Top 5 Uses for Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser:
1. Removes dirt and scuffs from tennis shoes
2. Removes hair dye stains from bathroom surfaces
3.  Keeps flip flops looking like brand new by removing stains
4.  Toddlers kicking the back of front car seat? No problem, removes the scuffs
5.  Removes stains on walls (My fav!) 

Check out this video on the Magic Eraser and your flip flops!






If you haven’t had a chance to try out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, well now is your chance! 
I’m happy to be able to offer you a chance to win a variety pack of Magic Erasers! 
I know you will love them as much as I do! Just go ahead and enter the
Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be 
notified by me via email.
Make sure to visit the Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser Website / Twitter    / Facebook 
for a lot more ideas for cleaning!

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

No More Tangles


*Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with 
JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® and Latina Bloggers Connect. 
As always, all opinions are my own. I only work with 
companies/brands I truly support and love.




I have always loved getting ready for back to school!  Now that 
my glam doll is old enough for some school time, if only for a few hours, I am 
getting her hooked up with all the essentials that make our lives easy.
First things first, is a great bathtime and getting this chicas' hair combed out!
She has really difficult hair just like her mama! So she needs a little extra help
 with Johnson's ® No More Tangles products that nourish and detangle without
all the fuss.  A happy girl is also a happy mom! 



.My little gal is a girlie-girl, and she loves wearing bows and headbands so I
thought it would be fun to share her everyday looks, (we like to keep it simple
and glam around here!) Her hair has doubled in thickness in the last few months
and I've really enjoyed finally being able to make a little braid in her hair! 
Johnson's ® No More Tangles Leave -In -Conditioner has really been a big help
in that department. It smooths her curls and makes braiding a cinch.  It's 
the funnest part of being a mom, getting to do her hair and dress her!


The first everyday look is an easy mini-side braid and high ponytail.

JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® three step hair care regimen: 
(1) Use the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES 2-1 Shampoo for curly or thin hair 
(2) When brushing the hair, use the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES
 leave in conditioner. 
(3) Spray the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES 
detangler to stubborn tangles and style hair as desired.

We love headbands around here! They add instant glamour and are the
easiest hairdo ever! 

Last, is my favorite, a high-side ponytail.  It's up out of her face and 
stress free in minutes!

These looks are really about being easy and stress free. As a mom on the go, I don't have time
for a difficult hairdo, but I want my girl to look fab and be functional.  I am super
happy that Jonson's ® No More Tangles allows us to achieve that glam look!



Do you want to send your dolls back to school looking fabulous? With JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® Shampoo, Leave-in-Conditioner, and Detangling Spray, you can be sure that your child’s healthy, tangle-free hair will make a statement. In fact, you might just have to show it off! Take a picture of your tiny tots back-to-school hair style and share it via Instagram using the hashtags #NoMoreTangles and #Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win $5,000! Check out contest details here!

xoxo -Taj

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chair Makeover -DIY


This past weekend I finally decided to tackle re-upholstering this chair.  
It was a thrift store find for less than $10!


This was my first time re-upholstering a chair  of this sort.  I have re-upholstered dining chairs,
 but they are much easier to do since you basically just pop the seat out and recover them.  I 
read lots of advice on how easy it was to transform a chair, so I thought
I would share my experience with you guys and encourage you
to try it out too!

I prepped and primed the chair by removing all the fabric and trim. Scissors 
came in handy for this step.

Then I lightly sanded the frame with a low grade sandpaper.

Next I spray painted the frame a bright glossy white. I used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint & Primer. I love this paint and highly recommend it
 for these kind of projects.  I let it dry over night.


I kept all the panels from the chair to use as a pattern guide for my new fabric.

I gave myself about and extra inch just to be safe.


Next, I ironed my cut out pieces so that they were nice and crisp.  Depending 
on the fabric you choose, you may not need to do this.

Basically, the only tools you will need for this project are: a heavy duty
stapler  and staples,  a glue gun, lots of glue sticks, scissors, 2 yards of trim 
and your fabric.

I started by stapling the fabric all around the bottom edges.  Make sure you line
up your fabric beforehand and step back so you can get a good 
picture of how it will look.  
The only really tricky part is the corners.  You've got to pull it real taught and
get the right fold over of the fabric.  It just takes a few tries and you'll get the hang of it.
It's kind of like folding in the bottom corners of a bed sheet.  

Once you've got all your fabric stapled on, then you start adding the trim.
I used a 2 inch trim but, I would have preferred a 3 inch.  It still looked great, but
I think it would have been easier.

This part for me was the most nerving at times.  I would
suggest beginning in an area you won't see as much like the back. That way 
you can get a a good idea of the glue and trim and how to lay it down best.

Go easy with the glue otherwise you'll have glue popping thru the trim.  

I did a double layer in some areas like the arm rests and the back.  I though it
just looked nicer that way and it needed it to cover all the fabric.
My advice on this, is to keep telling yourself that it doesn't have to 
be perfect and to just do your best.  The first time doing this, there are 
going to be little mistakes that no one but you will even notice! 

I didn't like how one of the arm rests turned out, (being a perfectionist!) so I ripped it off
and started over.  This is where I had first started out and by the time I was done with the chair
and had gotten the hang of it, I felt I could redo it and make it look much better, so I did. This is
why I suggest starting in the back of the chair! 



Overall, it took me about 3 hours to re-upholster the chair.
I wouldn't say it was "super" easy, but it is definitely something one can
get better at as you go along.  I enjoyed the project and am very
happy with the results!   I have a beautiful, expensive looking chair for less than $20!

Here's my finished chair! Now I have a perfect little nook to sit and read 
and drink my tea!
I hope you will give re-upholstering a try!
There are so many great fabrics to choose from and that is really half the fun!
xo-Taj

Friday, August 15, 2014

#Combos4Success Old Spice Successful Combinations + Coupons



                                       This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. 
I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


There is something I really adore about my husband, and that is 
how he likes to layer his scents! I can always count on him to smell
 good.  I've always loved that Old Spice smell, my Abuelo wore it all 
the time and it is a little nostalgic for me you could say.  It just brings
 back a rush of good memories for me.   So when I saw that my husband
 had their Swagger body wash it made me smile.  He wants to smell
 good for me!! Great smelling deodorant and body wash, I mean 
this combination is working ladies!  The man is on to 
something here, he knows how much I love it!

 I think Old Spice may have figured out how to get the manly man 
into smelling amazing all the time.   They recently conducted a
 poll of 18-35 year old men to find out their most cherished
 combinations. Favorite beer accompaniment? Favorite combination
 of food if you were stranded on a desert island?
 Best combo if you want to relive your childhood?

Here's the polls results!


The latest, hilarious Old Spice campaign informs guys that 
when they use Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, 
body wash + 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner together,
 they smell so clean that even a man who is not entirely a man 
smells like the best smelling man ever. And, yes, they have
 the mandroid to prove it. See all the spots on



                     Also, be sure to get your man covered from head to toe, by 
getting him a Old Spice successful combination, and you 
can do so when you use these coupons, hurry because 
the coupons will expire on 9/30!

Definitely check out my favorite body wash Swagger!!



Visit Old Spice for  more fun!

Do you have any Old Spice memories? xo -Taj

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Favorites



This summer I have been to the beach and pool nonstop.  I made it a priority this year to take more advantage of living so close to so many beautiful beaches here in California.
So I have a few essentials I've been loving this summer. These are mostly hair and body products and I may do a makeup favs too.

First up is Lilly Pulitzer's perfume Beachy.  Omgee it smells so tropical and heavenly.  I love the packaging too. it looks so pretty on my vanity.

Next is Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment  and also Spritz Styling Finishing Spray.
I can't live without this little bottle of oil for my hair! It smells so good! I like to apply it to my
hair after I shower and pop it up into a high bun for the beach.  Then I spray the finishing spray over it to hold it in place.

I've been loving this rose gold bottle Balance Hydration Spray by Jane Iredale. I take this in my beach bag and apply several times! It's so refreshing and cooling.  It's made with 100% natural ingredients. It has aloe and chamomile and green tea to name a few! Is great for travel too.

One of my favorite finds this summer is BB Plus Illumination by Gerard Cosmetics.  It's sun glow in a bottle.  And I don't mean a tan I mean glowy, pretty skin. I add it to my CC creams and foundations for
a beautiful glowy look.

Beyond the Zone Beach Head Surf Shake is a sea salt texturizing spray that gives me the perfect
California beach hair! It gives me texture and body for big wavy hair.  I like to spray this in my hair  when it's not wet but damp and scrunch it.

Cell-U-Plex Pure Plant Extracts Hairspray has been great for creating my perfect updo on hot humid days we've been having lately.  It's not sticky or flaky and leaves my hair really full and thick.  I like to make really high full buns and this works perfect.

Bath & Body Works Mini Anti-Bacterial hand Gel in Malibu Sunset.  Smells so good and I always need this wherever I go!

EmerginC Scientific Organics Coconut-Argan Body Oil Spray.  Heaven in a bottle! I'm obsessed with Oil Sprays and this one is a must! Right out of the shower I spray it all over and it is so hydrating and the best part it's 100% natural!

LaBella Super Shine Serum controls my frizzy hair.  There's no way around it, I have the frizzies all the time! It drives me crazy, but I apply this to my updo's and it really makes a difference in keeping the frizz at bay.

I love anything lemon scent. It isn't that easy to find as one would think! This Limoncello Lip Butter is amazing!!  It's natural and it smells like happiness! It's by the Soap & Paper Factory.

I swim a lot, you can't beat the workout results.  But that means Chlorine, so I use Swim Spray which removes it from your hair and skin with natural ingredients. Love.

Fake Bake Golden Faux Glo Shimmer is great for my legs.  You have to apply it with gloves, but it leaves my legs dark and lovely.  It has a light vanilla scent to it, so it doesn't smell awful.  You have to apply it when you have a few hours to kill at home so that it sets well.

My face sunscreen is from RiteAid! It Renewal Solar Advantage Face in 100!! Yep 100! I am not taking any chances and it doesn't make be break out so I'm happy.

Lastly, is Alba Coconut Milk leave-in conditioning mist.  Trust me, you need this! If you are a coconut lover you will go crazy over this smell. I spray this in my hair, wet, dry, all the time! Totally obsessed.


Hope you try a few out! Let me know what your favs for summer are! I tag you! xo -Taj

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tribal and Crochet





There is a lot of crop topping going on this summer!
Unless you are perfectly fit or under 30 it may not be
the most flattering top of choice. However, I think 
they are so cute and actually quite slimming
if worn the proper way.  A high-waisted skirt or shorts/pants
looks best and keeps everything in place! 
This white crochet crop is so ladylike and 
I decided to really jazz it up with the
vintage earrings that my auntie gave me years ago!
What about you? Are you trying out the crop top this
summer? 
xoxo -Taj



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