Friday, February 21, 2014

Leslie Loves...{1.07}

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom because there's an opportunity to win a gift card to one of my new favorite boutiques!

Michael Kors Leg Shine

This is one of the products that encouraged the birth of this little blog. The Michael Kors Leg Shine was a B.I.G. hit amongst my bridesmaids. I've been saving this "love" for awhile now, just waiting for the sun to shine and the weather to warm up a bit. Although I'm hearing it may turn cold again next week {vomit!}, I'll celebrate the current warm stint by sharing this product that your soon-t0-be bare legs will love!
product review
Michael Kors Leg Shine is a bronzing shimmer stick that gives your skin a subtle hint of color and a slight glow...and it smells heavenly {like the signature Michael Kors fragrance, my go-to perfume}. It definitely isn't a self-tanner, as it's only intended to leave a sun-kissed glow. Shaped like a deodorant stick, the Michael Kors Leg Shine is super easy to apply...and it goes on very smooth {no clumps or streaks} and doesn't feel sticky. I also use it on my arms and shoulders if I'm wearing a tank or strapless dress. You can order the full-size version here for $32 or the small, travel-size version here for $10.

Spring Sweaters {links are in photos}

While I'm complaining about the weather, let me go ahead and whine about how much I'm dreading the "What am I going to wear?!!?" battle that I'll have with myself every.single.morning from about mid-March through early-May {wait...I have this battle every day of the year. I guess it's just more intense during transitional-weather months}. When it's chilly in the mornings but down-right hot by afternoon, it becomes quite the challenge to find "weather appropriate" attire. I discovered {what I refer to as} "spring sweaters" last year, and these light-weight but still-a-little-cozy tops made the 30-40 degree temperature fluctuations a little more tolerable.

I'm slightly obsessed with ombre! I already own the first two sweaters shown below if that tells you anything.  {They're both from the cutest little boutique I found on Facebook a few weeks ago, The Mint Julep.} You can see me in the orange one here {although Baby Nais is the best part of that photo}, and I just happen to be wearing the black/beige one today.  When it's frigid outside, I just layer the sweaters over a long-sleeved t-shirt {Victoria's Secret Essential Tees are my favorite, available here, and on sale 2 for $40}...and then when it's warmer, I will pair it with a cami or tank.  

Mint Julep Boutique
Ombre Tunic Sweater, Orange
$44.00 at The Mint Julep Boutique

The Mint Julep Boutique
Fade Away Sweater, Blk/Beige
$58.00 at The Mint Julep Boutique

Told you I'm wearing the Fade Away Sweater today!
The ombre fade in mine is a bit different than the listing...
I guess every sweater is unique! I kinda LOVE that!
{Lily thinks I'm crazy for taking selfies over my lunch hour!}

The following "spring sweaters" have not yet taken residence in my closet, but I expect that may change {sooner rather than later!}...

Halogen Three-Quarter Sleeve Sweater
$59.00 at Nordstrom
Available in 15 colors

Trouve Side Slit Tunic Sweater
$68.00 at Nordstrom
Available in 8 colors

Spring Sweater
Gap Luxlight Sweater
$39.95 {30% off with code EARLY--ends today!}
Available in 10 colors

"Spring sweaters" can be worn throughout the summer too {is anyone else's office freeeeeeezing cold in the middle of July?!!?}. 

And now for the {really} fun stuff...

When I emailed The Mint Julep to tell them I was including a couple of their sweaters in my "Leslie Loves..." blog post, they responded with an offer to give one of my readers a $15 gift card!  SO.MANY.CUTE.THINGS {maxi dress anyone???} All you have to do to enter to win the gift card is leave a comment on this blog post.  Make sure I have access to your email address {either through a link in your name or by including it in the comment} because that is how I'll notify the winner.  The winner will be randomly selected {hmm...guess I better figure out how to do that randomizer thing} on Tuesday morning, February 25.  What are you waiting for? Get to commenting NOW...who wouldn't want $15 to put toward something bright and fun from The Mint Julep

And now for the kinda boring stuff that probably only matters to me...

It's important to me that you know the items I include in my "Leslie Loves..." posts are things I genuinely L.O.V.E.  I have not been paid or given any free products to include in these posts. That's not to say that I wouldn't jump up and down like a kid on Christmas morning if I was offered free "stuff" to review on this little blog, but if that should happen {let's all say a little prayer that it does!}, I promise I'll disclose that information. {Hey, I work in finance...disclosure is pretty much my middle addition to the multiple middle names I already legally have!And I double-promise that I'll always give my 100% honest opinion. If I don't absolutely love a product, it obviously won't show up in a "Leslie Loves..." post. {Maybe I'll have to figure out titles for "Leslie kinda likes..." or "Leslie suggests avoiding..." products.} Anyway, I just wanted to make sure that you understand that I really do take pride in sharing my "loves" with you. Please know that I'll never make you question whether I really do love a product or if I got paid/received the product for free so I'd give it a good review. "Leslie loves..." is legit. Too legit to quit.


...and that fabulous product that I mentioned at the end of last week's post?  Yeah, it's STILL sold out! I've been checking on it daily...but I have high hopes that it will be available in time for next week's "Leslie Loves..." post. And as I noted last week, it really is worth the wait!