2.22.2018

Amazon Favorites

Happy FriYAY! TGIF! We made it! I'm so excited for this weekend because we are celebrating my sweet grandmother's 80th birthday and she is in for a bunch of surprises. I can't wait to celebrate with my entire family. It's going to be an absolute blast. What do you have planned this weekend?

Now let's talk Amazon. Honestly, I don't know how I survived life without Amazon Prime. I order EVERYTHING on Amazon and with Amazon Prime it arrives in two days or less.

We use Amazon around here to order stuff for the kids and our home all of the time but recently I've been buying myself more things on Amazon and some of the things I purchased are so good I just had to share them with you. This list of items is pretty random but I can honestly tell you that I use a majority of these things daily.




Vanity Mirror - My favorite part of this vanity mirror is that it is battery operated. I can properly apply my make up anywhere.

Curling Wand - I love this wand! It curls my hair quickly and you can adjust the temperature. I usually set mine to the highest temperature and I can curl my hair in 10 minutes.

Basic Tees - Two for $20 and they come in a variety of color combos.

Ear Crawlers  - These are so fun and for the price they are worth trying out.

Coconut Oil - This is my favorite coconut oil and I've tried a few different brands. I use coconut oil for skin care but mostly I like it because it gently but effectively removes eye make up.

Steamer - This steamer is affordable, small and definitely does the trick. It's a great size for travel too.

Marble Macbook Case & Keyboard Cover - The marble pattern is so in right now. I've had this case for about a month and absolutely love it. It's already survived an accident where I may or may not have dropped my macbook from the kitchen counter. Yikes!





AppleWatch Band - Every time I wear this band people ask me what kind of watch I am wearing, it really dresses up my AppleWatch.

Crew Neck Knit Sweater - I love a good knit sweater. This one is good on the wallet. Make sure you size up one size for an over-sized fit.

Off The Shoulder Sweater - I'm an off the shoulder or off one shoulder kind of girl so this sweater is my jam. This sweater and the Free People Bralette are perfect together.

iPhone 7 Plus Case - This case is an Otterbox Symmetry case so it's cute and you know you're phone is protected.

10 Count Black Chokers - 10 Chokers for this price, can you even go wrong? I've had mine for over a year and they are great.

Rose Water - Smells amazing and is so refreshing. I always spray it in my hair when I use dry shampoo and I also use it as a primer before I apply my make-up.

I'll continue to blog about my Amazon purchases so make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out on future posts.  I have a bunch of great baby, kid and teen stuff I'll be sharing soon. Thank you for stopping by Life By Meli and have a fabulous weekend!

2.16.2018

Shiseido: My Essential Energy Event in Los Angeles

It's not every Wednesday that this mama of three gets to go out to a fabulous event in Hollywood so when Attract Magazine asked me to attend an event for the launch of Shiseido's new line I was all in.


Shiseido hosted a fabulous dinner party in Los Angeles for the launch of their Essential Energy line properly named My Essential Energy. The moment you entered the prestigious estate where this event took place you could smell the refreshing scent of the new products.

Dinner was served outside under the stars during an unusually warm winter night. The top beauty and fashion influencers dined on a Japanese style cuisine. Dinner was followed by a presentation of the Essential Energy line and a party to celebrate the product launch. 

In a beautifully lit up room the products were displayed on white pedestals for sampling. The Essential Energy line consists of a Day Cream, Moisturizing Gel Cream and a Moisturizing Cream. While sampling the products I met Jennifer Jeng (PR for Shiseido) and she explained to me how these new products use ReNeura Technology inspired by neuroscience to re-awaken the skin's sensors therefore making the skin more responsive to your daily skincare regimen. We also discussed the main ingredients of the product, the Ashitaba plant and Citrus Unshiu peel extract. Both are Japanese plant and fruit that have healing and rejuvenating powers and give off a calming scent.

In a room filled with balloons and Instagram worthy lighting there were small viles suspended from the ceiling containing the aroma of the product. This room smelled heavenly and was a big hit at the party.

At the end of the night Shiseido provided each guest with a swag bag filled with Essential Energy products. Thank you Shiseido for the great swag bag and for hosting an unforgettable event.



The even invitation called for a warm chic dress code: Sweater, Pants 


You can shop the Essential Energy line below by clicking directly on each picture.



Pictured from left to right: Day Cream, Moisturizing Gel Cream & Moisturizing Cream

Photography: Sandie Alvarez

2.14.2018

Valentine's Day/Birthday Post: 35 things I've learned in my 35 years

Disneyland circa 1986

Happy Valentine's Day! I get to celebrate Valentine's Day & my birthday together every year and it's so much fun.

I've always been one to reflect on life on my birthday. Some years I freaked out because I felt like I wasn't where I needed to be in life at that certain age and some years I was just freaked out about getting older. I swore that I would do something crazy every single day in the last entire month in my 20's. By day 3 I was too tired to go anywhere and do anything crazy after work. Who was I kidding?

Life has a funny way of just passing you by as you get older. It's nice and sometimes necessary to look back and reflect on what life has taught you throughout the years and today I am sharing with you 35 things I've learned in my 35 years of life. Whether you are 15 or 75 some of the things I am sharing may just spark something in you.

Before I share my list I would like to share a little bit of love on this Valentine's Day. I created a donation page where you can donate to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. My baby is a patient of CHLA and although we dread visiting this place it will always hold a special place in my heart. No parent should ever have to visit this place with their sick child but many do and many are in need of financial help. If you can donate even just a dollar it makes a difference. The donations made to this page will go directly to the hospital. I am also working on building a team which will help spread the word about donating to CHLA. If you are interested in helping me please e-mail me and I will get you more information. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Maybe you won't get through all 35 of the things I've learned but if you read even a couple of them YOU'RE AWESOME!

In my 35 years I have learned...

1. My past definitely does not define me.
2. People's opinions are just opinions. I've learned to care a lot less about what people think of me.
3. Everything definitely happens for a reason.
4. I've learned to be open minded but I've also learned to accept those that are not.
5. I've learned to slow down. I really rushed things from the age of about 17 into my early 20's and if only I knew this then I would have saved myself a lot of grief. Things happen when they need to happen. No need to rush.
6. Time heals all and I mean ALL! What feels like total devastation today won't feel that way once time has passed.
7. It's okay to not to have it together at all times. This one is a hard one for me but I'm learning because I can be my biggest critic at times.
8. I've learned to smile more! Sometimes when I'm having a bad day I take a minute and try to smile more and laugh more and it helps. I will even smile at strangers to get that reaction back and it just like that it helps my bad day. Might seem silly but try it out!
9. I've learned that being true to myself about how I am feeling makes me the happiest.
10. Looking back I've learned that it's hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18 or 19 so it's okay to try different career paths. It's OKAY! It does not mean you are a failure. Therefore...
11. Don't be afraid to start over! In your career, in your relationships and so on.
12. I've learned to do what I love.
13. I've learned to never ever ever settle.
14. I've learned that if I get up mid-meal I get hiccups and this happens to my mom too! LOL I had to share something not so deep with you.
15. This go back to learning that time heals all but I've also learned that it will always be okay.
16. I am a total worry wart but after having Reed and going through him having medical procedures I have learned what is really worth worrying about and what is not.
17. I've learned to be kind to everyone because you never know what someone could be dealing with privately.
18. I've learned that just about anything can be resolved.
19. I've learned that when something doesn't feel right I need to go with my gut feeling.
20. Prepare for your future. Save the money, make the plans and set the goals.
21. Live in the moment. We often have ten things going on at once but it's very important to stop and live in the moment or life just passes you by.
22. I have learned that I am a control freak and I don't like it but that is who I am.
23. I've learned that I am afraid to fly because I am a control freak and can't just get off the plane when I want. Crazy...I know!
24. I've learned that I have always been a shy person and I might always be and that's okay.
25. I've learned that I was born to be a mom and there is nothing that I love more.
26. I've learned that with age you appreciate family more and more.
27. I've learned that loyalty is everything to me.
28. I've learned that it's important to know how and when to apologize when I am wrong.
29. I've learned that I will always put my family's needs before mine but it's also important to take care of myself.
30. I've learned that my kids will only be as happy as I am.
31. I've learned that not everything deserves a reaction.
32. I've learned that there is no such thing as asking a dumb question.
33. I've learned that I really know how to read people's character and I should always trust that.
34. I've learned to stand up for myself...finally! I wish I knew how to do this ages ago.
35. Last but most definitely not least, I've learned and I am still learning how to love myself. Self love is so important!


There you have it. If you need me I'll be over here eating birthday cake all day long! Happy Valentine's Day friends!

2.11.2018

Old Navy 30% Sale


Old Navy has become one of my favorite retailers lately. As I am sure you can tell. They are having a 30% sale online with code: HURRY. Today is also the last day to user your Old Navy cash.

If you're shopping for spring they have the prettiest florals and cutes graphic tees. I've linked some of my favorites below. Happy Shopping!



2.07.2018

Target: Universal Thread

Happy Wednesday! I finally made it to Target yesterday to check out their new Universal Thread line and I was pleasantly surprised. I would describe Universal Thread as comfort meets style with a Madewell vibe going on to it.

Universal Thread  is supposed to be a collection of women's clothing and accessories that has a little bit of something for everyone universally and I really love that. I found a ton of wardrobe basics at affordable prices.

Maybe I am biased because handbags are my jam but I literally want every one of their bags. Love love love! I linked my favorites first but there are plenty to choose from.

You can click on the images to shop each piece and don't forget to keep clicking to the right to see everything I linked!

BAGS



CLOTHES

SHOES

I didn't like these shoes online but loved them in person


JEWELRY

2.02.2018

February Friday Favorites


The first few items pictured below I own and are my favorite recent finds. In the month of February I am going to round up all of my recent favorites for you on the blog every Friday. Especially all the ones I find on sale!

I purchased this Free People top yesterday in grey because I've had my eye on it for a long time and it just went on major sale. I am sure this top will sell out so hurry!

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this Free People bralette. I bought it in white and now I need it in black. It is lined but not padded. I find that it has enough support and I can wear it with t-shirts and sweaters.

Last month I purchased this L.L. Bean stripped hoodie (also pictured below) at 25% off. I didn't want to share anything about it until I wore it. It is hands down the best lightweight hoodie. It's so classic looking and versatile. I will keep on eye on it in case it goes on sale again and I will let you know.

The copper (rose gold) Birkenstocks have been popping up again on different sites. They sold out fast last year when I bought them. They are definitely my go to sandals and I wore them all summer long last year.

Everything else pictured below is on my wish list. I've heard amazing things about all the pants and even the set of overalls I've included. Most of the other shoes pictured below are from Target and you aren't going to believe the prices! Click on the images below to go directly to each website and shop the specific item you are interested in. Happy Friday and happy shopping!




2.01.2018

Unique Men's Watch & The Perfect Gift for Valentine's Day ft. JORD

JORD Watches

It isn't very often that I come across something and instantly know that my husband will love it. My husband has impeccable taste and likes things that are unique and carefully crafted. In other words, he is very difficult to shop for. I took one look at the Conway Watch in Kosso & Midnight Blue by JORD and knew that I had to get him this unique watch for Valentine's Day.

In researching the watch I learned that JORD watches are handcrafted from wood sourced from around the world. The midnight blue face of the Conway Watch that caught my eye displays the hour, minute, seconds and the date. The glass on the face is made of sapphire crystal and the hands are luminescent. JORD offers custom sizing for an additional $10 and watch engraving on the backplate for $35. My husband was set to receive this unique watch that not only fit perfectly but would also be personalized with engraving.

JORD Watches


The watch arrived carefully packaged in a Cedar box that is almost as beautiful as the watch itself. I immediately noticed JORD's attention to detail. Enclosed with the Cedar box was a microfiber cleaning cloth and JORD preserve which is basically everything you need to care for your watch. It was very helpful to provide sizing information because when the watch arrived it fit my husband's wrist perfectly.

JORD Watches

JORD Watches


If you're struggling to find that special man in your life a Valentine's Day gift look no further. JORD has a variety of styles to choose from but every single watch is excellent. JORD watches are also budget friendly and you get free shipping world wide on any order.

JORD was kind enough to offer my readers a chance to win a $100 Coupon Code towards a watch of their choice. Enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below.
Giveaway Link: https://www.jordwatches.com/g/lifebymeli

The giveaway will close February 9th at 11:59pm. As a reminder, winner receives $100 Coupon Code. All other entrants receive a 10% off Coupon Code. The $100 off Coupon Codes will expire February 23rd.

***Please note the giveaway is not for a watch but $100 credit towards a watch of your choice.***
JORD Watches

As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. A big thank you to JORD for sponsoring this post.

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