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Crazy About The Essie x BaubleBar Collabo

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This morning, I became a believer in the goodness that is BaubleBar.com. I was familiar with the site but pretty much wrote it off as a Stella & Dot type of site. And, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with S&D, but I was confused by it. Someone compared S&D to the Avon or Mary Kay of the jewelry world, which still doesn’t really explain anything. But, I digress.

Anyways, I joined BaubleBar this morning and after lots of “oohs” and “aahs,” I stumbled across an image promoting a new collaboration between the site and Essie Nail Polish. Shut up. I love Essie colors. In full disclosure, only recently have I developed an obsession with nail polish, polka dot manis, and ombré glitter nails. Blame Pinterest.

What REALLY sold me on the collaboration was the fact that I could build a set using Butler Please (aka that amazing blue color below) as my polish. This color gives me wings. I’ve been in love with it for months and now I don’t have any excuse not to purchase it.

If blue isn’t really your thing, don’t worry. There are five other shades that you can choose from.

Head on over to BaubleBar.com to put together your custom nail polish + bangle set NOW. Did I mention that it’s only $50 for everything? Mm hmm. Yes. $50. Excited, yet? You should be.

What color polish are you eyeing?

-kb

What Do I Tweet About? [Infographic]

KB's Journey, Not Necessarily Charity

I just “met” Michele from Scraps of my Geek Life and she’s already influencing me! On her blog, she shared an infographic detailing her Twitter activity and it was so cool that I had to head over to Visual.ly and create my own. Check it out below. I love all the data but the picture of me is my favorite part. I just made it the background on my work desktop! 

It’s kind of weird that four of my followers made it into my topics section, as though I tweeted about them often. Aside from that, I love that four of my topics/words are girl, wish, love, and happy. Oh, and it picked up on my love affair with the smiley face. *smiles*

If you make one, can you share the link in my comments section? I’m curious to see what other ones look like!

-kb

I’m Not My Hair…Until I Am

Beauty & Style, Not Necessarily Charity

Selita Eubanks, Cassie, and (sister in my head) Solange Knowles were recently named as the new faces of Carol’s Daughter hair and skincare line. I’m a fan of Carol’s Daughter body products but have never tried the hair products even with all the rave reviews. As the summer time gets here and I go back to rocking the wash ‘n go curly style, I’m sure that I will be all about the conditioners and hair cremes.

The three ladies recently sat down and discussed their personal relationships with their hair. I loved the openness in the video and am looking forward to the rest of the videos in the series! They all look gorgeous…Check it out below.

P.S. If you head on over to the Carol’s Daughter website, you can purchase a 2oz container of the I’m Power Shea Souffle for $10 and support The Foundation for the Advancement of Women (FFAWN).

-kb

Who Knew Breathing Was So Beneficial?

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In...Out...

Just wanted to update you all on my Choose You personal challenge. Last week, the Choose You bloggers decided to focus on the importance of stress reduction in our lives. I was all for it because this is definitely one of my top goals.

Last week, I used my post to share one of my favorite breathing techniques from DrWeil.com. It’s called the 4-7-8 exercise and can be done ANYWHERE! The basic details are below:

Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

* Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

* Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

* Hold your breath for a count of seven.

* Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

* This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Simple, right? I probably do this exercise 4-5 times a day! Sometimes, there’s nothing we can do but just breathe. Inhale, exhale…Feeling any better?

To keep up with us Choose You gals, head on over to Blog.ChooseYou.com and read about our adventures to live healthier lifestyles!

-kb

Happy Monday!

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Chicago Ice

Hey, everyone…Hope you had a great weekend! It was absolutely too doggone cold in Chicago to do ANYTHING! For the most part, I spent the weekend in bed and surfing the internet. I was able to find a few jobs to apply for, and research some topics for the blog/Examiner.

Also, I got a chance to watch some episodes of “Real Chance of Love” for the first time! Woooowwwww…That’s all I can say about that show. For real, Real?!?!? *shaking my head* Anyways, I hope you enjoy this week’s posts…I’m off to work on some cover letters 🙂

-kb