Julep St. Patrick’s Day Box And Style Inspiration With Molly!

Lucky You! If you have been waiting for the perfect time to become a Julep Maven, now is the time! The St. Patrick’s Day Welcome Box is FREE for new subscribers and it includes three “pinch proof” nail colors, a fan favorite beauty product and even a fun sheet of nail decals bringing the value of the box to $58 – just pay $2.99 shipping.

A Maven beauty box subscription is one of the best values going and as a Julep Maven subscriber, you get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month.

Julep Maven is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip – prepay for three months at a time and save $15).
Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
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Today’s style inspiration comes from Molly of the Still Being Molly blog. Molly is just a bright ray of sunshine! I love her classic style, her fabulous Stitch Fix reviews, and her monthly budget tips! Molly is also the founder of TriFABB, a organization that brings together bloggers in the triangle region of North Carolina .If you have not met Molly, you are missing out! She is a gem!

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Molly styled her plaid blanket scarf with a striped blazer. I typically pair my plaid accessories with plain sweaters, so I jumped at the chance to change things up a bit!

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You can check out more of Molly’s style boards here!

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My scarf is brown plaid and the only striped blazer I own is black and white. I decided to mix it up a bit and pair the scarf with a striped tee instead. That is what this series is all about – using inspiration from another blogger to create a look using pieces I already have hanging in my closet.





Molly and I are both wearing Nickle and Suede earrings. It is safe to say that we both are a bit enamored with these amazing earrings!



Thank you for the inspiration today Molly!! Have a blessed weekend and welcome March!!


Love, Yellow!


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I am a tad late in posting the December edition of Love Yellow, but better late than never! As soon as I saw Erin post this top, I knew that I had to have it! I love the sequin pocket, the fabulous shade of purple, and the fact that I can pair it with leggings. Couple those details with a fabric that feels like a pajama top, and I ordered immediately! Love, love, love this month’s picks!!


If you don’t know Erin, of the Living in Yellow blog, please stop by and visit her! She has great style, just finished remodeling a home worthy of HGTV, and her posts make me laugh out loud.


Along with the fabulous “feels like PJs” top, I received this gorgeous gold charm bracelet. I don’t have anything like it, so it was perfect to add to my collection! I love mixing it with my leather cuffs and bangles. I have two bracelets on in this photo. The Love, Yellow bangle is closest to my hand. The other gold bangle was a gift from my sweet daughter.





Thank you Erin and the ladies at Shop Miss Chic for making my wardrobe a bit more fashionable and fun!

I am not affiliated with Love, Yellow in any way (although I wish that I was!). I simply love this subscription and love to sharing it with you.


I think it is best to allow Erin to describe The Love Yellow box in her own words. Take it away Erin!

Interested in ordering yet? Good, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

A few things you should know—

1. Pricing is easy–it’s $42 for both pieces! Meant to be worn together as an outfit, or great separate as well!

2. As far as sizing goes, you can view the size chart here. I am typically a size small and am wearing a size small in this top.

3. You have several days to place your order. Limited quantities are available so you will want to order soon to ensure you receive your size!

4. Your order will be shipped within 3 business days of placing your order!

5. Remember that if you receive the items and aren’t happy with your order, you can ship all or part of it back! Instructions will be included in your order.

6. Spread the word about your Love, Yellow items! Tweet, Instagram, put it up on a billboard, whatever you feel is necessary ;) Please use the #LoveYellowLook hashtag so that I can be sure to send a thousand kissy faces your way for doing so!

7. Order now :)

Here are a few of my previous Love, Yellow pieces!






Baked Crock Pot Oatmeal!

I am changing things up here a bit today and posting a recipe! Everyone knows that I am anything but a whiz in the kitchen. So when I cook or bake something that people actually eat, I have to post it! That happens about twice a year! I am a stickler that Lucy eats breakfast every day, so that is the meal I enjoy cooking the most. I recently found a recipe for baked crock pot oatmeal in one of my cook books. It was very easy to put together and all three of us loved it!


Whisk 4 cups of skim milk, 3/4 cup of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups of oats into your crock pot and pour the liquid mixture on top. Be sure to spray your crock pot with Pam before adding the oats, as this recipe is sticky! Bake for 7-8 hours on low.


Top your baked oatmeal with chocolate chips, dried fruit, berries, bananas, coconut brown sugar, or nuts. Lucy made strawberry chocolate chip oatmeal! You can add a bit of milk when you serve the oatmeal if you prefer a thinner consistency.


This recipe makes two servings. Simply double or triple the recipe if you have more people in your family. My husband topped his breakfast with pecans. This is a simple meal you can put together in minutes, ensuring that your family has a healthy start to the day!



Style Inspiration – Oxblood, Camel, and Black!

To keep myself from getting bored with my winter clothing, I have been incorporating a new series into my blog called Style Inspiration. I have been taking looks I love on other bloggers and using my own clothing items to recreate the styles. It has been a great way to shop my closet and meet other blog friends. Today, I am taking a look from my friend Shanna of Because Shanna Said So. I don’t try to be as beautiful or as stylish, or even the same as, my inspirations. Instead, I focus on being the best I can be. I fell in love with Shanna’s style mix of oxblood, camel, and black!


I used similar pieces I had in my closet and created my own look!







Thanks for inspiring me daily Because Shanna Said So! Which bloggers inspire your style? The winner of the Firmoo glasses is C. Carson! Congratulations! I e mailed you the voucher code!


Double Turtlenecks!

I was known as the turtleneck queen when I was in college. The fact that I wore a turtleneck every day to class while I was a nursing student at Ohio State stemmed from the fact that I had to walk to clinical rotations during the winter, I had no money for nice clothing, and I had zero sense of style. I donated all of those old college turtlenecks several years ago and banned that item of clothing from my closet. But I recently scored this amazing jersey striped turtleneck at Old Navy and added it to my turtleneckless (is that a word) closet. I am excited to be back in the world of warm necks! I had forgotten how good it feels not to have the wind and snow blow down the back of your coat!



I have had this red sweater dress from Banana Republic for 7 or 8 years. That is a record for me, because I throw almost everything away or donate it after a year. I like to keep things fresh. But, I have hung on to this piece because it really is timeless and it is perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I layered it with my new striped top for extra warmth and a fun new style twist – old turtleneck meet new turtleneck. I was so warm and cozy and I was excited to style an old piece of clothing in a new way! My clutch was hand made by my friend Sarah of SewSarahR.


I have created a collection of turtleneck tops, sweaters, tunics, and dresses for you today! I am considering adding a tunic to my collection soon! Do you have turtlenecks in your wardrobe? Have you ever styled them together or is this new for you? I hope you have a blessed and warm week!



Athleta red dress

Vince Camuto turtleneck sweater
$37 - nordstrom.com

Halogen turtleneck sweater
$31 - nordstrom.com

Topshop flutter top
$42 - nordstrom.com

Gap top

Loft top

Hallhuber turtleneck shirt
$29 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Old navy turtleneck

Athleta clothing

Old Navy clothing


Firmoo Glasses Give Away!

I have worn glasses since the fifth grade. They are a necessary accessory for me, so I love changing my eye wear frequently. But, I have never owned a nice pair of sunglasses. I typically pick up a $10 pair at the grocery store in the spring, and then sit on them or lose them, a few weeks later. My husband bought Lucy a pair of Oakleys for her birthday last year, because he wanted her eyes to be protected from harmful UV rays. She spends so much time in the sun during the summer. It made me start to think that it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of sunglasses that would not only protect my eyes, but look stylish too.

When I received an e mail from Firmoo.com last year, it seemed as if it was meant to be. A representative from Firmoo asked if I would be willing to style a pair of their glasses on my blog, and I jumped at the chance! I would finally own a pair of sunglasses that would protect my vision and look chic!

Firmoo.com is the world’s most popular online eyeglasses store. They offer varieties of prescription eye wear in high quality, yet affordable prices. I have worn glasses or contacts for more than 30 years, so I am no stranger to shopping for well fitting eye wear. I have owned more than 50 pairs of glasses, and probably over 100 pairs of sunglasses, in my lifetime. I am very selective about eye wear. This time, Firmoo is giving a pair of glasses to one of my lucky readers! Keep reading and you can enter to win a pair of Firmoo Glasses for yourself!


I requested these Blue Tortoise sunglasses and I am thrilled with them! They have maintained their shape well and I have not sat on them yet! Firmoo offers their customers the option to upload a personal photo so you can virtually “try on” their products to see how they will fit your face. They also have stock photos on line. You can select the photo that is most suited to your face shape to see how the glasses will fit your face. These are two of the stock photos.




Firmoo offers several options to add to your sunglasses. You can add your eye prescription to the lens, or you can add two levels of polarization. I added the 1.50 polarization for a cost of $30.00. Thirty bucks is a drop in the bucket to guarantee eye protection in the sun. They have add on features for their eye glasses as well, so you can customize them for your specific needs!


When the glasses arrived, they fit a bit loose on my face. I have an oval face shape, so I have this issue with all of my eye wear. I took them to my eye doctor, and he adjusted them to fit my face properly at no charge.


I can not believe the difference that the polarization made with the sun glare! I will never buy another pair of grocery store sunglasses again!


My new sunglasses fit my face shape, offer excellent protection from UV rays, and are half the cost of the other designer glasses I have been coveting!



I have teamed up with Firmoo.com to give away a pair of glasses to one lucky reader. The winner will select one pair of glasses, including the frame and standard 1.50 single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add ons (like polarization) will be charged an extra fee. I would never recommend a product that I did not love. I am a stickler for stylish, quality eye wear that does not break the bank. I live in a small town where shopping is super limited, so a company that delivers quality eye wear to my door step is fabulous! To enter the give away, simply complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced on Friday February 20! Good luck!






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Valentine Jamberry Manicure And A Giveaway!

As a nurse, I missed out on the fun of getting a manicure for many years. I no longer work in a hospital setting, but I still can’t justify the cost of a professional manicure more than a couple of times a year. Enter Jamberry Nails. I am completely in love with these nail wraps! I have posted my Jamberry manicures before, and today I am sharing the cutest Valentine manis ever!


Jamberry is retiring several of its most popular wraps at the end of the month. These orchid skinny stripe and floral wraps are on my wish list!


And how perfect is this pink combo for spring?!


Although I don’t have time for professional manicures, and they don’t fit into my budget often, I still feel better when my nails are done. I love to paint my nails, but my polish tends to chip after a few days. I can’t tell you how much I love Jamberry wraps. They are so simple to apply, and my manicures last between seven and ten days! I received the Jamberry heater for Christmas and it makes application so simple! Invest in one if you apply wraps frequently! I wore my wraps to our Disney vacation in November and they lasted all week without a chip!

I am hosting an online Jamberry Nails party this month! You can order your very own nails wraps for yourself, or as a gift for someone you love, by clicking here, and selecting the Susan Jeffries party when placing your order. And this month, if you order three sheets, you will get another sheet for FREE! That means two for yourself and two as gifts – so no guilt! Keep reading to see how you can be entered to win a free sheet of wraps too!

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Last month I signed up for the Jamberry Style Box. At $25, it fit nicely into my budget and saved me the cost of going to a salon for my manicures. With the Jamberry Style Box, you receive exclusive Jamberry products to compliment your signature style delivered right to your door. The cost is $25 per month and you receive at least $30 in product. Each box includes nail products, a nail file, an orange stick, and a monthly style guide, as well a surprise or two. To sign up, you simply click on Style Box at the top of the page, take the style quiz, register, and select how many months you want to receive the style box. If you don’t like the box for a particular month, you can skip it or gift it to a friend. I signed up for a three month subscription, so I will be sharing my Style Box goodies in March and April too!


Two sets of pink wraps were included in the January box! Just in time for Valentine’s Day!


For extra fun, Katie is giving away one sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps to one lucky lady who places an order here with my party this month! In order to be entered to win the sheet of wraps simply place your order with my party and leave a comment telling me which wraps you selected! So, what are you waiting for? You will fall in love with these fabulous, easy to apply nail wraps!

The application process is simple. The steps are as follows:
1. Clean the nail bed with an alcohol wipe and press back your cuticles.
2. Select a nail wrap that best fits your nail.
3. Peel the wrap and warm it for 10-15 seconds with a hair dryer, or your Jamberry Heater ( I recommend the heater), until it is soft and flexible.
4. Apply the nail wrap to the wrap. Apply firm pressure around the edges and use a rubber cuticle presser to seal the base of the cuticle.
5. Trim the excess off the top with scissors and file off the remaining excess, using a downward motion, with a nail file.
6. Apply heat and pressure to the nail to bond the wrap.

The winner of the Mint Julep gift card is Carrie!! I have sent you an e mail Carrie! Congratulations!


Styling A Sweater Cape!

I have seen so many fashion bloggers style the sweater cape this winter and I love it! I took the plunge and purchased this Loft cape from ThreadUp last month for less than $10! I paired it with my favorite striped turtleneck from Old Navy and the leopard clutch my mom bought me for Christmas.



I loved the look, and have added a longer cape to my wish list. I like being able to layer this piece, but I want one I can pair with leggings!



You can receive $10 off your first ThreadUp purchase here!


Do you own a sweater cape? How do you style yours? Be blessed today!


Mint Julep Boutique And A Give Away!

Saturday is Valentine’s Day and I am so excited to share my Valentine outfit with you today! I have been a fan of the Mint Julep Boutique for quite some time now. When they contacted me to style one of their pieces, I was thrilled! I selected this fabulous I’ll Be There dress in black.

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The I’ll Be There Dress is the perfect mix of stripes and lace detailing on the shoulders and chest pocket. The dress also comes in cream with black lace.



I added red accessories for Valentine’s Day! I plan to wear this dress with pink or cobalt flats in the spring! It has just the right amount of stretch so you can look stylish, and maintain comfort, all day!


You can follow the Mint Julep Boutique on social media via the following links:

Instagram: @shopthemint

Twitter: @themintjulepbtq

Pinterest: The Mint Julep Boutique

Facebook: The Mint Julep Boutique

Wanelo: The Mint Julep Boutique



The lovely ladies at the Mint Julep Boutique are giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky Charming Lucy reader this week! Simply use the Rafflecopter below to enter. All entries will be verified, so please play nicely. And please remember to leave your e mail address in the comment section so we can notify the winner! The winner will be announced here on the Charming Lucy blog on Friday February 13, 2015! Good luck, and be charmed today!


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Inspired Style – Navy and Green!

Around this time of the year, I find myself growing tired of black, gray, and brown shades. I am ready for spring and bright colors, but the weather here still says “winter”. So, I incorporate brighter hues into my wardrobe to help me fight the winter blahs. I found this fabulous color collaboration on Shaeffer’s blog several weeks ago and could not wait to try it myself! Since I am still working my budget and not purchasing any new winter clothing items, I was excited that I already have pieces in my closet to help me recreate this look! These two photos are from Shaeffer’s blog, Pinterest Told Me To. Navy and green in the winter – YES PLEASE!



I purchased this navy and white plaid top from an IG friend last year. The J Crew Factory Charley sweater is one of my favorite pieces. I own it in three colors and have styled it for all four seasons! I plan to add the marled camel and sea green colors to my closet for spring! It is a must have piece!



Add a statement necklace, some denim, and your favorite boots and you are bringing color back to winter!



Thank you for the style inspiration Shaeffer! What shades do you love during these cold, dreary months? Please share! I hope you enjoy a bright and sunshiny day today!



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