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Fashion Friday: Custom Monogram Jewelry Under $20

You’ve been following all your favorite bloggers and trying the same fashion, interior design and DIY projects but they just never seem to give that total overall look. What are you missing? Personalization! Monograming is a clean and sophisticated manor. Anyone can have sheets, but to have monogram sheets? Now you stand out. Fashion and jewelry is no different and you’ll notice all the custom monogram pieces out there ranging from $80-$300 - ouch! I was recently approached by a company who does it better at a price point that can’t be beat - under $20 for custom monograms!!!! Impulse Letters is a small family business (my favorite kind) putting together great monogram jewelry and key chain pieces at an even better price point. 

I received 4 necklaces to review from the company with my honest opinions. They are fabulous and cut very similarly to the ones you find in the local department stores. Some even had unique backgrounds that showed through the clear material giving them an added punch not replicated in the existing competitors. I initially thought I would like these just for the kids, but I love them too - especially the Texas state necklace. We Texans love our state pride. 

This first, lower case “a” made a wonderful gift to my young niece for a birthday compliment to her shiny new Wizard of Oz Toms.

Impulse Letters and monogram necklaces with glitter red tom shoes for girls

Miss Tiffany was enchanted by the swirls and curves of this capital “A” with its own pink and white swirls, 

Impulse letters pink monogram a with chanel j12 watch in white

My favorite was to pair the fun spring patterned lower case “a” with the Texas necklace complete with blue heart charm! These pieces are great for pairing 2-3 together.

Hello! Texas and monogram A custom necklaces by impulse letters

The one downside I found with these necklaces was that the chains were not a fine metal like gold, silver or even silver plate, but they were built strong. Seeing as I break every dainty chain I have, this is a major plus in my household. I do not mind the inexpensive chain at all given the price point. And better still, there is very little difference between Impulse Letters in appearance and durability. 

You can find Impulse Letters on Facebook and Instagram

Looking for fashionable monograms to compliment your wardrobe?

Looking for exciting and classy monograms to compliment your interior design scheme for your home?

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What is your item to have monogramed? Let us know in the comments below!

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My 4 Must Have Tea Beverages

For those that know me well, you know that I am pretty obsessed with hot tea. And sweet tea; you can’t live in the south and not love some sun brewed cane sugar ice cold sweet tea. I’ve put together a small compilation of my favorite teas of the moment. I say of the moment because I am always searching out the next sweet tea spot - no particular order:

1. Rischi Organic Mint Green Tea

TEXAS WOMEN BLOGGERS MUG OF rischi vanilla chai tea latte

I buy this stuff by the pound on Amazon. It is my go to daily drink and I try to use it as a replacement to my Coke Cola habit. The mint is subtle and served hot can be more relaxing than a Xanax. It comes loose leaf and can be a pain to heat the water, steep in a metal ball I load myself - but worth it, I make it by the large pot and often have leftovers that I pour into a container and chill for ice tea, The health benefits of green tea are spectacular…total added benefit.

2. Starbucks Venti Chai Tea Latte

Starbucks coffee is dallas texas

Mainly for convenience and second because I just can’t learn to replicate the perfect chai tea at home complete with foam. Don’t judge my addiction. 

3. Organic TeaNow Black Green Tea by Karma Kisses

teanow instant tea

TeaNow is my go to tea on the go. It is an organic, water-soluble instant powder from Karma Kisses that is just so easy. It’s loaded with super antioxidants that will keep you feeling and looking fresher and younger.  Each glass is like drinking 5 normal tea cups. Green tea antioxidants have a lot of research-backed benefits, including boosting your metabolism. If you're looking for a more serious dose of green tea antioxidants fast, for weight loss or fighting diseases. TeaNow can really save you a lot of time. TeaNow adds simply to any water bottle or hot cup of water. As I mentioned above, tea can be cumbersome to make, I just drop this in my water bottle while in the carpool lane at the kids’ school. TeaNow has a natural sweet taste but is sugar-free.

4. Jasmine Pearls from the White Dragon Tearoom in Durango

Jasmine pearls from the white dragon tearoom in durango colorado

My husband brought these home to me from a ski trip and it was love. Costly, but special, these are reserved for special guests, PMS days and times you want to crawl into a ball and announce that you can no longer adult. Smooth, clean, a hint of sweetness without bitterness or a perfume smell. No honey necessary and low caffeine. 

What is your favorite tea? Let us know in the comments below!

*****I received compensation in exchange for writing this blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. I seriously love tea - if you have any questions or recommendations - please let me know!!! *****

Below is a chart that shows in living color TeaNow being 500% stronger

5 shades of green tea

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A New Black Card Makes a Splash in Dallas

Val Black Card in Dallas to launch party at infamous Montaigne club

Last year I was receiving an invitation a month to trade up to the new Chase Black Card in stainless steel. Before that, there were the whispers of the coveted Black American Express Card with no limit. But what if you are happy with your existing accounts and just want a serious upgrade? This is where I discovered VALT.

Imagine receiving an actual custom metal VALT card that is tied to your existing credit card plus a full service concierge, exclusive member events in Dallas and shopping perks, gifts discounts etc. to high-end retailers all across town? They have my attention. Specific to the Dallas and Fort Worth area is my favorite. The Amex concierge is great but the big events that they offer to hook me up with can be in far flung cities like NYC. With 3 kids, just no time for that. 

It was hard for me to grasp at first, but VALT is not a credit card company. Your membership is not based on your credit score. VALT will take your existing credit or debit card and transfer the information onto your custom VALT card. You will be able to use your VALT card as you would any credit card and continue to receive any points or miles as you would if you were your original credit/debit card.

So What are they Looking for in Membership?

As with anything Dallas, there has to be membership and exclusivity. VALT is the new exclusive club to join in town. I would love to be able to peep behind the velvet curtain to see how they decide who is in,,,and who is out. Like the velvet ropes at Candleroom or the must get three sponsors hurdle of Junior League and Salesmanship Club….knowing is half the battle.

There is a fabulous launch party planned for Saturday, June 20th at the infamous Montaigne Club in Uptown that i am hoping to receive an invite to attend.  You and anyone can RSVP on their website, but Members and applicants are guaranteed a reservation. Enjoy Open Bar, Hors D'oeuvres, Live DJs and Special Guest Appearances. Their is a Facebook invite as well to add to you calender.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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I kinda want to go to this party! What perks do you look for in a membership like this? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dallas Fashion for Men: Texas Makes Menswear

The J Wingfield Company weaves into its shirts the experience of four generations of American textile engineers

I love small businesses, especially when they are stamped in Texas. This men's line of button down shirts is manufactured right here in the lone star state. America is characterized by acceptance of this nation's opportunities for accomplishment regardless of social class or circumstance of birth. The founder of the company, Angus, a poor southern boy who took up that challenge, understood that textiles were a bedrock staple in our country's pursuit of that opportunity, and sought to weave into his family's history the achievement of this quest. His legacy of insistence on excellence is defined in J Wingfield shirts

J Wingfield shirts - We proudly manufacture our products in the USA and invite you to join us by weaving our shirts into your own American dream

The company engineered its fabrics to be comfortable, breathable, stain-resistant, and strong enough to last through multiple industrial washes. With this experience, the company soon realized that the same philosophy could be carried through into making a well-designed, high-quality and fashionable sport shirt

Find them on Facebook and Instagram

What is your favorite piece a clothing in a man's closet? Let us know in the comments below!

*****I received compensation in exchange for writing this blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.*****

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Sorority Makeover From Start to Finish with Video How-To

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In the summer of 2013, the recently graduated Miss Megan decided that she would rush at a very large southern university with a highly competitive sorority rush. Over 1000 girls are to participate. Problem is, most girls start prepping for this rush back in November 2012! Megan is a recent high school graduate from a small school (less that 60 in the graduating class) in a small town. She is competing for the top sororities against urban sophisticates with legacy backgrounds. What is a sister to do? Makeover!!! And we documented the journey for your view and educational pleasure.

Episode #1 shows you what I am working with; my blank canvas.

Sorority makeover facial, desperate times call for desperate measures

The Beauty Facial when Damage has been Done

Phase one was just getting Megan's face polished and ready to be seen bright and dewey. I used all my favorite products with the critical component being a great clay mask to draw out impurities. 

Manicure and pedicure DIY tips

Manicures and Pedicures with Gel Polish

In Episode #3 of Sorority Makeover, we focus on Miss Megan’s digits. Luckily, her hands and feet aren’t too torn up; they just have never been maintained or groomed. The first part of the video covers the very easy steps on how to maintain and repair your hands and feet at home. The second part shows her experience at the salon getting a full blown manicure & pedicure complete with gel nail polish prior to heading out to orientation.

A Note on gel nail polish: LOVE! Like really love. I stopped getting manicures because the polish just chipped so quickly and the salon wasn’t doing much I couldn’t do at home with my Instant Manicure and Extreme Hand Creme. But gel nail polish changed my tune. In the video, you will see Miss Megan’s polish after 20 days and it is flawless. I am ashamed to admit this, but I have not had my standard pedicure from my favorite nail salon,  Romy’s Nails, since the very end of April  and aside from having grown out, the polish is still in perfect condition. These are not like the acrylic nails that damage your real nails and the nail bed. Gel polish can come off with acetone just like regular nail polish and will not harm your natural nails unless you peel it off. Don’t peel it off. I did that once and will not be doing it again. Totally worth the extra $10.

Tame the Mane! Best #hairrollers to get #dallasfashion look #sororitymakeover

Taming the Main! Ditch the Ponytail is Step #1

The video below lies! This is Episode #4 (not #1), It is all about the hair! Megan's hair gets a makeover using some inexpensive but GREAT rollers and a little polish. 

To see all the videos in the Sorority Makeover Series, visit our YouTube Playlist

Disclaimer: To maintain full blogger/reader trust, I used to sell BeautiControl products….sort of. I loved the products so much that I signed up to sell them more or less for the outstanding discount! I am horrible at sales. As of today, May 22th, 2015, I am no longer an Independent Consultant for BeautiControl and have not been for a couple of years now. I have been thinking about signing up again for the discount, and if I do, I’ll change the links to go to my personal BeautiPage. No tricks, I just really love the products and feel like certain BeautiControl products (definitely not all) out beautify the competitors on results, quality, ingredients at their respective comparative price points. 

Are you rushing a sorority or considering rush? What are your concerns?

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What happens when you schedule tea on a rainy weekend? A lot of fun walking back through the arboretum! Soaked

#dallasarboretum #soaked #texasrain #barefootintherain #louboutin #chanel #michaelkors

What happens when you schedule tea on a rainy weekend? A lot of fun walking back through the arboretum! Soaked #dallasarboretum #soaked #texasrain #barefootintherain #louboutin #chanel #michaelkors

Math has done more for my family than I could have ever imagined. Thank goodness for the best math instructors. 
#TXWB #mathematics #numerology #oldguysaresmart

Math has done more for my family than I could have ever imagined. Thank goodness for the best math instructors. #TXWB #mathematics #numerology #oldguysaresmart

Rain Rain Rain and More Rain. âï¸âï¸âï¸ #rainydays #vince #monogrameverything #hello #TXWB

Rain Rain Rain and More Rain. âï¸âï¸âï¸ #rainydays #vince #monogrameverything #hello #TXWB

Feeling this one at the moment...just telling myself to breathe

#keepcalm #keepcalmandfreakout #breathe #quote

Feeling this one at the moment...just telling myself to breathe #keepcalm #keepcalmandfreakout #breathe #quote

A is for Apgar. Jon and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary today with Tea at the Arboretum and walking back getting drenched. Cute little monogram necklace by Impulse Letters
@dallasarboretum @impulseletters #dallasarboretum #monogram #chanel #A

A is for Apgar. Jon and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary today with Tea at the Arboretum and walking back getting drenched. Cute little monogram necklace by Impulse Letters @dallasarboretum @impulseletters #dallasarboretum #monogram #chanel #A

Pretty Sure Dr. Seuss was a genius

#drseuss #genius #TXWB

Pretty Sure Dr. Seuss was a genius #drseuss #genius #TXWB

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