Product Review – Baliloca Handbags

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Hola chicas!  A few months ago I was contacted by David at Baliloca Handbags to try out this new product from a local Houston company.  I looked into the ‘purse with no limits’ and decided I would give it a whirl during some of my summer adventures.  I was planning a weekend to Lake Travis in Austin and of course the last thing I wanted to be concerned with was a purse…enter the Baliloca!  The bag was perfect to hold my keys, cell and a few other items like lip gloss, hair ties and gum – my lake essentials for a day of boating and a party.

The bag was perfection for a Lake Travis weekend just add a towel and a cooler and I was all set.

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Not going on a boat anytime soon but have a furry little friend?  The Baliloca is perfect for a day in the park with your doggy!  I’ve got this energetic NOT so little boxer named Buster who is more than a handful and a trip to the park requires my full attention so I grabbed my bag and walked around the park with ease.

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Overall I highly recommend this product for any event from boating, to walking the dogs to even a trip to an amusement park and $39.95 it is money well spent.  Plus let’s be honest who wants to carry a huge book bag and hopefully the Baliloca will mean the DEATH of the fanny pack once and for all!

Check out how to put on the bag here and you are all set!

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New Chapter, New Beginning, New Season

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Hola chicas it has been a LOOOONG time since the last consistent posts on Style to Envy and now is the time to refocus and commit.  Overall I’m a pretty private person and I’ve been experiencing a lot of changes in life over the past few months and while I have NO clue what the future has in store I’ve decided it’s time to stop being a hermit and get back into the swing of things.  For the next two weeks I’ll be doing a little recap of some events over the past few months so I’ll finally be sharing details about my epic trip to the Middle East, a few product reviews and fun fashion events.  I’m a work in progress and there is one thing I’ve learned for sure the only thing consistent in life is change so time to embrace it!

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Event Alert – ShoeDazzle & Langford Market

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Calling all shoe lovers…come out this Thursday, August 14th for an evening hosted by ShoeDazzle at Langford Market in Rice Village, 2517 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.  Come join me a member of ShoeDazzle’s Stiletto Society to view the current catalog and a few of my favorite ShoeDazzle pieces from the first monthly fashion service to bring a personalized boutique experience to shoe addicts and style fanatics everywhere.

During the event, current ShoeDazzle members and anyone that signs up during the event will receive 25% off any Langford Market purchase.  Every hour during the event anyone who signs up for ShoeDazzle, current members and anyone who joins the mailing list will be entered into the raffle for the chance to win a $50 gift card or ShoeDazzle item.

Plus see Style to Envy’s top picks and style tips!

Drinks and yummy treats will be provided too!

So spread the word and hope to see you all this Thursday!

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Guest Post: The Fab Factor

How do you know when you’re fab?

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You know, fab? As an fab-YOU-lous? We’re all fabulous because we define it but I believe it has some fundamentals.

My fab factor has four dimensions: Faith, Fitness, Friends, and Fashion.

FAITH

It first starts with sheer faith…faith in yourself and faith in someone/something bigger than you. I’m not going to preach what or whom but it’s the notion that you fundamentally believe you are worth it and that someone else is in charge of the bigger picture. When you ground yourself in faith…you have the foundation to build your own fab factor.

FITNESS

Fitness is not just about movement. Fitness is about what are you doing to take care of yourself. How do you eat? What do you eat? Are you sleeping enough? Are you managing the right pace? Are you fit to get up every day and do your best job? Emotional and physical fitness are very important to enable us to perform, period. If you are “inactive” in any of these areas, it’s time to get active. Do something. There was a day I couldn’t run a mile or even think about managing a global team in five geographies. But with consistency and a good regimen of nutrition, counseling and coaching, eating well, and exercise, I can and did move mountains (the physical and the emotional.) Meeting my needs meant I could be prepared for any career or personal opportunity, and so can you.

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FRIENDS

Friends also make up the fab factor. Let’s face it, you don’t get anywhere in this life without other people. Friends are those you choose to put in your village to support your journey. These can be family members, colleagues, people you read, follow online, or meet out in your normal course of work and life. Who are your friends? Who are the people who believe in you? Who is in your personal board of directors? How are you connecting to them? Why do they mean so much to you? What are you learning from them?

FASHION

Fashion is about style and presence. It’s not just about what you wear, but how you turn up. What do you say? How do you say it? What language do you use? How do you present yourself? What’s your platform and message? Oh sure, when we think of fashion, we think it’s for women. Nope…it’s for all of us. There was a time long ago when I weighed 275 pounds that I just wore black. It was my signature color. With time (and having lost nearly 150 lbs), I came to appreciate Hermes scarves and adding color to my presence. Now everyone knows me for my scarves. For some it is shoes, or for some of my male friends it’s ties. We all have something. What is your something? If you don’t have it, are you willing to discover it? Beyond the obvious, it’s also about how you move the room. Are you standing up tall? Are you smiling? Do you participate too much or not enough in a conversation? Do you ask good questions? Fashion is about the physical (what we see) and the emotional (what we don’t see) but how we feel around another person.

We all have the pieces we need to be FAB. We just have to find them. That’s why I’m kicking off something new…

It’s called the Fab Factor.

Like the remarkable series which features unique stories from people who are doing great things and learning about their work and life, I also want to bring in perspectives to help shape and form your definition of “fab”. Each week or every other I hope to have a Fab Factor piece. Next week I will feature style. It only seemed fitting because I’m headed to California which is a completely new space for me. I recently panicked too. What am I supposed to wear? California and Houston are not the same. This paradigm made me think…when we begin something new it’s important we bring elements of who we are with us and infuse those with our new space rather than trying to change our approach all together. It’s why I enlisted some help!

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So please give a warm welcome to my friend, Valerie Anderson.

An engineer brain child by day, Val is founder of the haute style blog, Style to Envy. After years of working in a male dominated industry and not expressing her authentic personal style at the work place, Valerie decided enough was enough. With a lifelong passion for fashion, she decided to jump into the blogosphere and started a personal style blog to satisfy her creative outlet. A faithful shopping date one afternoon provided to be a game changer and before you know it Style to Envy was born. What started as a blog quickly evolved and opportunities were endless. You might recognize her from ABC, LiveWell Network, Houstonia Magazine, HoustonPress, Houston Chronicle, and People StyleWatch Magazine.

I love Val’s philosophy, “Shop your own closet first, the options are usually endless and limitless”. She’s right. We all have so much within us to be fabulous, we just have to discover it.

Stay tuned for next week’s trip to the West Coast where I’ll be taking on the beaches and Silicon Valley with my own Fab-Factor, thanks to a little help from Val.

This article originally appeared on KatieMehnert.com
http://www.katiemehnert.com/2014/07/18/the-fab-factor/

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PopSugar Must Have Box Review

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Hola chicas  as cheers to the weekend and can you believe it’s almost JULY!  We are officially into Summer and I was lucky enough to get a June Must Have Box from my friends over at PopSugar. I’ve heard all about the Must Have Box but never tried one until now and let me just say I’m in love! From the Turkish beach towel, to the perfect beach reading material, discount on tech toys and so much more.  My absolute favorite item in the box is the SACHAJUAN citrus body lotion is light weight smells great and a perfect moisturizer on a warm summer day.

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I’ll be hitting the beach for the 4th and I’ll have some of these items in my bag for sure from the towel to the wipes, hair ties and of course the lotion the Must Have Box is full of summer essentials. There is still time to order one today and get a discount by using the details below:

Code: JUNESELECT10
Type: Save $10 on a 3-month subscription
Start Date: Today
End Date: 6/30/14

So what do you think of the PopSugar Must Have Box? If you have been waiting to try it order one today cause you won’t be disappointed!

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POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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