Micadyn Nicole {Giveaway}

The maxi skirt.  Closet staple.  Girl’s best friend.  Always a good choice, regardless of the season.

Let me introduce you to some terrific maxi skirts and shorter skirts from Micadyn Nicole!

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Now what’s even more fantastic than a comfortable maxi skirt in a fantastic print and cut?  A MATCHING one for you and your daughter!  Check out these cute sets:

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I was tickled to work with Micadyn Nicole and review one of their skirts.  I had a hard time deciding, but was quickly drawn to this Aztec print.  I didn’t really embrace this print trend for a while, but lately I can’t get enough of it.  I’ve decided its just so vibrant and fun!

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Now I am often categorizing my closet by season and it bugs me that usually half my wardrobe isn’t really weather-appropriate for the temperature or the upcoming holiday.  The great thing about this skirt, in my opinion, is that it is very summery as WELL as being perfect for winter!  Think warm Arizona, and Norwegian Christmas, and it works for both.  I can’t wait to wear this all Christmas season!

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Now check out my video review showing how this drapes and moves:

Now here is an another side of Micadyn Nicole that you might not have known about.  They are closely involved with a program called Elenity, which is a site dedicated to making a difference.  Actually, Micadyn Nicole started the program, and they gather a variety of businesses (all made in the USA products) and set up a shop of these select products.  All products help those in need through their manufacturing process, such as handmade products that benefit women in a struggling country.  For every product you buy on Elenity.com, 50% of your purchase dollars go directly to a family or person in need.  This month, funds are going to support darling Delia (below) to improve her quality of life in Peru.  Micadyn Nicole is being featured as one of these select businesses this month, along with some jewelry and home decor.  Notice that you can purchase these Micadyn Nicole skirts for DRASTIC DISCOUNT PRICES!!  Shop through Elenity (and hurry, because this only lasts through April!) and help someone in need while you pick out a cute skirt for yourself.  Win-win.

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Remember that for every product you buy on Elenity.com, 50% of your purchase dollars go directly to a family or person in need.  Check out their shop HERE and help make a difference!  If you follow Elenity on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,  you will see new monthly featured causes, as well as other ways get involved and make a difference.

So have you picked a favorite skirt yet?!  Interested in winning one for yourself or for your daughter?

One winner will get to choose ANY item from Micadyn Nicole!

This includes women’s skirts, girl’s skirts, leggings, etc.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Kate & Levi {Review}

Sock puppets: the easiest way to put on a show with minimal materials, preparation, or creativity :)

MainAll you need is the sock off your foot, but if you REALLY want to impress your kids and put on the puppet show of a lifetime, you’ll visit Kate & Levi and pick out some of the most adorable sock puppets you’ve ever seen!

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Are these not the most amazing recycled creations you’ve seen?!  Don’t you want to start collecting EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them!?  Start saving up because there are 38 different styles, and chances are, you’ll want them all.

uniThis fantastic little Unicorn Puppet showed up on our doorstep and we all fell in love.  Look closely at this premium wool.  The front sweater-like fabric must have come straight off of a Norwegian wool parka.

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In fact, it might have!  Each product is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected.  All the materials are sourced as close to home (Toronto, Canada) as possible, which also cuts shipping costs and reduces their carbon footprint.  Last year alone, they saved over 20,000 pounds of sweaters from becoming waste.

uni1Rocket is best buds with this mystical creature.  Since every toy, stuffed animal, and puppet from Cate & Levi is created to be unique, each toy has a unique color combination.  How personal and exciting to be surprised as to what color combinations you will actually get!  This friend is 12″ tall, which fits well on toddler arms as well as adults.  The inside is roomy enough for an adult hand and arm to fit inside, while still being not too big or floppy for a child.

IMG_0469I love all the details!  These are VERY well made, with fine attention to details.  As far as hand puppets go, this is supreme, and quite indestructible.  No stringy hair to contain, no removable parts, and nothing scratchy or breakable.  Toys that will last a lifetime is what I’m all about.

If  you’d love to get your hands on one of these charming, upcycled, colorful handpuppets, visit Kate & Levi and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

What to Buy Mom for Mother’s Day at Brylane Home {Review}

I’ve always thought Mother’s Day was so perfectly timed with the arrival of spring, when flowers are at their best, everyone is in a good mood, and spring-cleaning is on many minds.  At this time of the year, I’m usually in the mood for a big DIY home improvement project and a big, new change.  Projects and change usually involve some shopping and a few big purchases, and Brylane Home is a great place to start if you’re looking to twist your man’s arm into a fresh, new Spring look (inside or out) in the name of getting something new for Mother’s Day!

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You can find thousands and thousands of items that mothers will love at Brylane Home, from kitchen appliances to new bedding sets, and here are some fabulous ideas for you, your wife, or your mom for Mother’s Day!

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Now, the popular thing here in Boston seems to be hard wood floors throughout entire apartments everywhere.  This makes for beautiful spaces, but everything feels a little cold and hard, especially for crawling babies, so finding good rugs and mats is a must.  I was sent this Sunset Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug to review, and it is perfect for our current space!

rugSo here’s why I love Indoor/Outdoor rugs.  They are very very durable and they hold up better to stains and fading.  They might be a little rougher on bare feet, but sometimes durability comes before appearance when you live with little kids.  Though it is intended for a patio, for now, its chillin in our kitchen.

rug2This rug measures 5′ by 7′, but it feels SO much larger!  Perhaps the stripes help elongate it.

All you need to clean this beauty is a little mild detergent, and vacuum regularly to maintain it.  You could even take it outside and rinse it off with a hose and let it dry on your porch.  Naturally, reducing exposure to rain and moisture will prolong the life of the rug, so I’m happy to keep this indoors for good.

rug1I really love the colors and the modern stripes!  The tans and reds really warm up the room without being too loud and obnoxious.  Earth tones are great for any space.  This will be fantastic for keeping the (rental) wood floor well-maintained while toys are still being chucked across the room.

rug3The boys have been playing on this since I unrolled it!  Comfy, “Little Brother”?

Would I love this rug for Mother’s Day?  Absolutely.  In fact, I’ll call this my Mother’s Day gift this year.  Thanks so much, Brylane Home!

Check out all the other useful (and very affordable) Mother’s Day gifts at Brylane Home and follow along to keep up on new items and coupons!

Be sure to follow Brylane Home on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Rica Jewels {Giveaway}

Don’t you love stumbling across an authentic treasure?  Or something that is go genuinely original, you bask in the wonder of holding something so precious and unique?  Just like the feeling of coming home with treasures from a overseas excursion, I’ve found a beautiful and authentic shop called Rica Jewels, whose earrings, beads, and pendants embody the same feelings of high-end precious jewelry!

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As I was working with the owner, she literally said, “I am on my way to Istanbul to work on our new collection…”  You can’t get more cool than that.  I’d LOVE to say my work or materials came hand-picked from Istanbul!  Check out these jewels:

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and diamond-studded (or atleast cubic zirconia-studded) earrings are just as close!  These, my friends, are the Turkish Emerald Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings.

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They are a little less than 2″ from top to bottom, and filled with emerald and cubic zirconia stones.

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I’m really surprised by how much I love these.  I didn’t think they were really my style from the get-go, but holding them in my hands makes me love them more than I thought.  They really gleam, and I wish these pictures could show how much they reflect line in the jewels.  What treasures for only $42!

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Take a moment to browse all the beautiful things from Rica Jewels, and keep in mind that you can get free shipping on orders over $35 with the coupon code FREESHIPPING.  You can also get a combined 5% off when you apply the coupon LIKEFACEBOOK after following Rica Jewels on Etsy and liking them on facebook.  Below are their social media sites so you can do just that!

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Now one lucky winner will receive the Emerald Pendant that matches these earrings!

Sold for $34, and that birthstone is perfect for anyone with a birthday next month!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 12th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

FoodWorks Ice Pop Molds {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I can think of nothing else besides all the fun things we have planned for this summer.  We’re moving next month to a new apartment right by the beach (!) and I go to sleep at night thinking of all the beach parties, lazy afternoons, and snacks on the beach we’re going have.  These Ice Pop Molds from FoodWorks are going to get a LOT of use this summer!

IMG_0531Remember how I’m such a big fan of anything silicone?  I love how light the material is while still being microwaveable, oven-safe, freezable, and dishwasher-safe.  I tell you, in a few years, everything in the kitchen is going to be made out of silicone.  These do have a 100% Money Back Lifetime Guarantee, after all.

moldThese are SO easy to use.  You could go extremely basic by just pouring juice inside.  We froze apple juice, and the kids thought they were the tastiest things every created.  You don’t have to stick to juice–you could fill these with all sorts of creations.  Purees, fruit, berries, yogurt, sherbet, ice cream, etc.  You don’t even have to freeze them.  They work great as cute little holders, as in you could fill them with candy or treats to take out.  I think these would be great for parties!

IMG_0545Regular plastic popsicle wrappers usually irritating my mouth with their roughly cut edges, and they can be terribly drippy.  These flexible molds are so smooth around the rim, and they do a great job at holding up their shape in little toddler hands.  Its also nice to know these are BPA-safe, and that there is a lid to save any leftovers!  Just toss it back in the freezer and enjoy the rest later.

IMG_0549Obviously, these were a hit.  “Popsicle” is the new favorite word around here.

You can find these FoodWorks (Set of Six) Silicone Ice Pop Molds on Amazon HERE for $10.95!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

For Elyse {Giveaway}

Has this not been the most horrible winter of all time?!  Do I say something to the effect of “I hate winter” in almost every review I write lately?  Well, for good reason, because it has left me a meaner person.  Here’s to hoping the Spring will soften my cold heart a little.  I know what would help :)

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A new spring wardrobe from For Elyse!  Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous, happy, stylish, SPRINGY outfits!

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And then we’ve got shoes…

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…and shorts and skirts!  Are you pulling out your credit card?

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I really love For Elyse’s collection of maxi skirts, specifically.  I think these flowy breathable skirts are the perfect item for Spring when days might be unexpectedly chilly, or unexpectedly too warm.  My favorite is the Ombre Maxi, sold for $32.99 and available in Gray or Mint.

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Clearly, I chose the Mint, and I’m so happy with it!  The material feels a little thin, but I think that is the nature of most long knit skirts so that it does not become too heavy that it falls off your waist.  The ombre is a fun and trendy look, and in this long length, I think it really helps to elongate my short 5’2 stature.

IMG_0312For some reason, I was told by two different people how “elegant” I looked in this outfit.  I think this skirt, and particularly this style and color, is easy to dress up or down depending on your accessories and styling.  I went a little more dressy for church, but you could pair this with a tank top and sandals and be all set for the beach.  My only qualm (besides the thin fabric) is the direction to “hand wash”.  I’ll probably forget that note and toss it in the machine, but I think it will hold up fine.  Perhaps remember to line dry this 95% rayon, 5% spandex blend.

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If you love the look, and want one for yourself, enter below!

Only winner will receive ANY maxi skirt of your choice from For Elyse!

(with the exception of the Lucy Love brand skirts)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Apr 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

butter LONDON {Review}

You guys.  I just had the most incredible weekend!!  It was a 10-year-reunion of sorts for my college acappella group.  Think “Pitch Perfect” and you’ve got it exactly right.  You can actually find my name in the book “Pitch Perfect”, which the movie was based off of.  We were Noteworthy, the first all-female accapella group to win ICCA!!  We met up again to put on a 10-year reunion show and celebrate our new CD release.

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As you can see, there was a LOT of lime green and hot pink going on!  As I was gathering all my old Noteworthy clothes to recreate my performance outfit, I decided I HAD to have a hot pink nail polish to match!

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Thank you, butter LONDON, for having the perfect shade of hot pink I was looking for.  This is Cakehole.  It was PERFECT for last weekend.

IMG_0370If you haven’t tried butter LONDON lacquer, you’ve got to put it on your priority list.  The mixture is strong and neither too drippy or too thick.  The bottles are heavy and sturdy, and I like the two layers of containment (one rectangular lid and a small round one inside).  Last weekend:

pink2I got lots of compliments about how it looked like a fresh coat, or a brand new nail job, even though it had been a few days.  That, my friends, is the difference between quality polish and not.  Avoiding the daily upkeep and constant chipped repairs is really a nice break.

Lucky me, I also got to pick out this creamy mint color, called Fiver.  Both favorites.  This fresh mint color is perfect for spring!  I think it could be a great winter color too.  Hey, look at that high quality brush!  No stray hairs, long and strong, and easy to maneuver.

fiverThis is currently my favorite, favorite nail polish brand.  They carry dozens and dozens of fun and gorgeous colors.  112 to be exact!  I’m especially loving the 2014 Summer Collection of brights!!

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Check in with butterLONDON and pick up some new colors!  Follow them below and keep up on new colors and sales:

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Hapari Swimwear {Giveaway}

Ahhh, swimsuit season.  The phrase that can strike fear into exhausted mothers everywhere (especially me) who wish they hit the gym a few more times than they actually did.  But don’t get me wrong, we’re going to hit up the beach nearly every day this summer if I can help it, so I plan on feeling completely comfortable in what I’m wearing, lest I spend the summer in something too small/revealing/uncomfortable.  Ladies, I have found a dream suit, and I have Hapari to thank.

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First, however, have you seen their line up this season??  CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!

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These are modest, attractive, stylish, colorful, and affordable.  Can’t you see yourself in one of these?  This Palm Desert collection is full of such fun colors and prints!

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Now being a big-chested girl with a lot of post-baby tummy fluff to keep under control, I was really intrigued by these swim dresses.  I figured the long length would keep the fabric from creeping up my waist like tankinis do, and the side ruching would be extremely forgiving.  True on both accounts.  This is a VERY friendly and flattering cut, in my opinion, especially for curvy women.

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I ordered the Black Seaside Tankini and Swimdress ($59) and the Red Tummy Tuk Swim Shorts ($35), again, opting for comfort and containment :)

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Now pardon my camera phone pictures.  I wasn’t about to take the DSLR to the public pool.  Would you?  My opinion of both these pieces is only complimentary.  The 80% nylon/20% spandex blend is both comfortable and thick enough to feel substantial.  You can even machine wash this if you wanted.  Btw, this top is also available in Plus Size.  The shorts are fantastic.  They are exactly what I was hoping for in terms of something high-waisted that would hold in my guts.  Perhaps an inch shorter on the inseam would make them a little less “motherly” and more trendy, but I couldn’y care less.  They are comfortable, supportive, and bright with an excellent fit.

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Notice that I wore an extra black bikini top underneath my suit for a little added support, so the straps look much thicker than what is actually attached to the suit.  By the way, these straps are removable and interchangeable so that you can wear this as a halter, criss-cross or tank.  You could also let out the drawstring and wear this as a longer bandeau dress for, you know, when you get back on your cruise boat and want to hit up the buffet after your swim on the beach.  And now…

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Its true!

One lucky winner will receive a $100 giftcard to spend at Hapari.com!!

Its going to be a beautiful summer!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 30th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Spring Things for the Home by Brylane Home {Review}

I am in FULL Spring-mode!  Out with the dreary, in with the sunshine!!  I’ve been taking down our thick drapes and putting up light and flowing fabrics, putting away our scarves and gloves, boxing up the winter coats…its a good feeling, and its about time.  Are you ready to freshen up your home for Spring?  Have you seen all the fresh textiles and new items from Brylane Home that could help you transform your living space?
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One of my favorite parts of the seasonal changes is rotating the linens.  All the quilts and blankets get a good washing and rotation.  Why not freshen up your bedroom for Spring with some of these new and refreshing comforters and quilts?
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Out with the old, and in with this charming Florence 2 Tone Bedspread Collection from Brylane Home!  This king-size quilt is sold as a comforter, but we’re going to use it as a living room snuggle quilt, especially because it matches our blue walls and wainscoting so well!!
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I can’t get over how beautifully this is stitched.  It looks like it took hours and hours by hand.  What a breathtaking work of art.  It truly looks feels like a handcrafted heirloom.  Its brand-new, and it already looks like a timeless treasure we’ve had for decades–in a good way!  It has an excellent heavy weight that feels great on top of you if you were to use this as a bedspread through the cold winter months.  It is warm, soft, thick, and the detail is remarkable.IMG_0345
Now check out these matching king-size shams.  The scallop trim around the edges is a lovely touch.  I love all the little details that have been put into this set, like the contrasting color trim and these ties on the back of the pillow shams.
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Perfect for cuddling.  Actually, this blanket is so big and strong, it has become an essential component of every fort, tower, airplane, boat, or rocket ship these boys can put together.  I guarantee we will be cuddling up as a family underneath this blanket for movie nights for years and years and years to come!
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This Florence 2 Tone Bedspread is available in four color varieties and is sold for $79.99-$109.99, depending on the size, Twin through King.
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Freshen up your home for Spring and start at Brylane Home!
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Mika Yoga Wear {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!  Take the next two weeks to sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you!  At the bottom of this post, be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the linky below, and just maybe the Grand Prize of a Shark® Lift Away Vacuum, from Brylane Home, will get someone in the Spring Cleaning mood!  You can enter the Grand Prize here.

So ladies!  Don’t cute workout clothes fuel the fire to hit the gym?!  I can’t believe how much more excited I am about sweatin’ it out on the elliptical when I’m wearing something slick and far from frumpy, which would accurately describe the huge majority of my current gym clothes collection.mika_sponser_uspdfReady to see some of the greatest yoga wear I’ve come across in a long time?  Hello, Mika Yoga Wear.

Untitled-2Gorgeous colors, beautiful styles, unique features, and premium fabrics.  If you’re a yoga-nut or into pole-fitness, hit this place up!  Though Mika was some superbly unique tops that flatter and support, I want to show off a really excellent pair of pants, capris, and shorts.

IMG_0075I was sent the Sofia Short ($44), Aerial Capri ($52), and Kaya Legging ($54).  Each of them are winners, and worth every penny.

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Let’s start with these leggings.  I generally don’t like to feel squeezed inside my leggings, so I got a size L/XL, and they feel great.  Still form-fitting, but plenty long and not biting into the chub around my waist.  The support is great and the fabric is smooth and moisture-wicking.  These have four-way stretch and a 28 1/2″ inseam.  If you’re a shorty like me, you can see how comfortably these can wrap around your heels.  What’s also great about these leggings is that you could wear these outside the gym with a pair of boots like regular leggings.  They aren’t shiny and they don’t scream “workout gear”, so they’re only more versatile than you thought.

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Next up are these beautiful aerial capris.  This blackberry/lemon combination is so pretty!  I chose size M/L, and I kind of wish I went up a size again, because the only thing on my wish list regarding these capris is that the waistband was a little higher/wider, but this is coming from the girl with miles of extra sagging stomach skin and no abdominals to keep them in there :).  They fall at a great place below the knee, and as with all Mika Yoga Wear items, there are flat seams that don’t rub or irritate you while you’re moving around every direction.

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And now my FAVORITE shorts of all time!  I really click with these Sofia Shorts.  First of all, the colors (Peacock/Goddess) are beautiful, but the cut is really what I love.  The way the hem dips really accentuates any leg muscles, or making even stick legs look amazing.  I’d love to wear these biking or boating.  Ooo, these would be great for white water rafting so the tops of your thighs don’t get sunburned!

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The double-lined 4 1/2″ waistband provides excellent midsection support.  Love my stretch marks?

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blue9I’m so happy with these.  I’ve been wearing nothing but my Mika wear for weeks now, and they hold up great through multiple washes.  Check out their store and follow them below:

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And now…for a giveaway prize!

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Mika Yoga Wear!

 

 

Now its time hop along!
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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Apr 29th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

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