A Fashion Fiend // Lovely Blues with Ame & Lulu

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I had the pleasure to participate in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate this review.

An avid golfer, Amye Kurson founded Ame & Lulu™ in 2003 after her frustration with the stuffy, monotonous look of traditional activewear reached critical levels. She hungered for stylish accessories she could boast both on and off the course.

From the original Golf Head Covers and bestselling Tennis Backpack to a vast assortment of everyday totes, bags, travel accessories and more, the Ame & Lulu collection embraces a classic, feminine approach to all things active. And as they love to say, getting dressed up is half the fun!

As a blogger I always find myself out all day and night, often unable to get ready at home before my next event. I usually resort to hauling my goodies around with me, which is always a huge hassle! Now, thanks to Ame & Lulu’s classic and colorful accessories tailored for the active lifestyle, pulling this off is a breeze! The Easy Tote is huge, fitting all the stuff I need while zipping around town. I used the smaller Essentials Insert for makeup, and the Keyhole Pouch fits business cards perfectly! This bag literally saved me from lugging around an unreasonable amount of smaller totes. And since these items feature an All-American sophistication, captured in meticulous detail, authentic materials, and high-quality construction, I am never at a loss for style!

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Easy Tote, my bag of tricks: change of shoes, day planner, lotion, granola bar, pens, cards, goodies from shopping, and makeup

Featured in the classic blue Villa pattern, the Easy Tote, Essentials Insert, and Keyhole Pouch will pair well with any outfit. A Fashion Fiend readers are invited to use code love25 for 25% off of Ame & Lulu accessories!

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Essentials Insert held make up for reapplying before my event. Photo ready!

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Easy Tote: ℅ Ame & Lulu

Essentials Insert: ℅ Ame & Lulu

Keyhole Pouch: ℅ Ame & Lulu

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Use code love25 for 25% off Ame & Lulu accessories

A Fashion Fiend // The Kids of Summer

Had another amazing weekend with my best peeps poolside. I can’t believe summer is almost over, on the bright side, me and these cool kids are headed into High school!! Freshmen!! This summer has been so awesome with these guys and I am so happy I have such amazing people in my life.

~Taylor

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gal swimsuits: Cotton On

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**Special thanks to My Best Friends**

Valentine’s Day Style for your Sweetie with M PENNER

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I had a another great opportunity to pick some Valentine’s Day gifts for your guy with M PENNER. This store has it all, its masculine style and dapper charm makes it easy to find the perfect gift for your beau.

My favorite things from Stella and Dot

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Hi Lovelies! I was recently asked to pick some of my favorite items from the Houston Fashion Blogger, Stella and Dot online trunk show. This collection has so many super fun and cute pieces, it was so hard to narrow down my list! These are my absolute favorites and the prices are too good to pass up!
Oval Mom Charm – I love how personal charms are and this oval Mom charm is adorable. Its small enough to wear as everyday jewelry and has a whole lot of meaning! Another two toned piece so it matches your entire wardrobe!
Love Always Necklace –  I chose this necklace for my teen daughter from the Girls Collection. I love how dainty the necklace is, perfect for a young girl to wear!
Selby Fridge Earrings -Tassels are great embellishments that are easy to make your outfit look chic without trying to hard. Easy way to dress up a ballerina bun and hit the town! These earrings go with everything because of their silver and gold accents.
How Does She Do It & Hang On Travel Case, navy – This travel bag is perfect for the jet setter like me. It is great to use as a weekender bag or a carryon. The matching folding hanging travel case makes it easy to see and keep your toiletries organized. The resort style pattern is super cute!
Shop the entire Houston Fashion Bloggers Stella and Dot Trunk Show, http://www.stelladot.com/ts/0dzv5
Meet Stella and Dot founder tomorrow, 2/13/14!!
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Teen Style Tuesday-Snowboarding!!

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Hello friends!! Great to be back in Houston, I had an extended holiday and went snowboarding in Utah! Always a great time with my cousins but I unfortunately broke my wrist! Eeek! The worst! So I was in a cast for 4 weeks and now I’m in a brace for the next 2. I’ll be back to my normal routine soon but for now I’m going to enjoy my break from piano, violin and swim team!! Hope you’re all staying warm!

~Taylor

A Fashion Fiend’s Christmas List

As the years pass my Christmas list seems to get shorter and shorter, and as I get older I start to really get into the sprit of giving. This year, however, I was lucky enough to be invited to create my list for this holiday season for a couple different sites and wanted to share it with all of you!

My Christmas list choices this year are definitely items I have been eyeing for the past several months. Have a happy holiday and enjoy!

First, I chose this Zara checked studio cape because of the current plaid trend. I am a huge fan and love the shape a cape gives over an outfit. Instead of the same coat, cape style outerwear still provides warmth but makes your ensemble so chic.

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I am finally spending time in the snow and saw these winter white boots while browsing Polyvore.com and knew they would be perfect. They are a snug, comfortable fit but don’t look like your typical snow boots. The classic black/white color combo looks amazing against the snowy mountain scenery, and they match almost all of my cold weather gear.

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These tees are made from local Arizona designer, Greg Kerr. His clothing line, Miles To Go, lends a creative print to clothing t-shirts, bags, and belts. His inspirations are from works like The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, Moby Dick, the Buddha, and movies. The tees are made from 100% cotton and are ridiculously soft. I asked for these two new styles.

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The Urban Decay Naked3 is perfect for a girl like me that doesn’t wear a lot of makeup regularly. The rosy hues in this palette are perfect for shimmering up your eye area but still looking natural. The colors are easily blended and layered for deeper shade. It can be dressed up by adding some eyeliner and a few coats of volumizing mascara! Perfect for New Years!

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The final item on my Christmas list is really the most important, because it has to do with keeping my body healthy. Switching to clean eating has truly made a huge difference in the way that I feel. I have more energy, a slimmer waist, and clear skin. All major pluses in my book! I usually shy away from any type of dieting to keep my meal options open. I like to cook, so generally I am able to make pretty healthy meals. After following recipes I found on the internet, this cookbook came highly recommended from people that follow a clean eating lifestyle. You are what you eat so keep it clean!

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Teen Style Tuesday- Gift Guide

Hey friends!!!

I can’t believe it’s already the Holiday season. With finals coming up, I started getting my gift list in order and I thought I would share my top picks. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, getting these gifts at a great price is going to be easy peasy!

For Sisters or BFF’s– Love this lip color from Catbird. It can jazz up any boring outfit and looks so good on everyone!

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For Mom and Grandmom’s– For the mature ladies in my life, I choose these super soft, cashmere lined gloves. They are on sale and compatible for tech savvy Grandmom’s that take way too many iPad photos. (Love you, MomMom)

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For Him-I saw these custom hats and knew they were the perfect gift. You can add your guys favorite colors and letter. Super personal and from the heart.

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Hope this helps a bit with your holiday gift guide! Let me know if you need any other personal shopping advice! I’d love to hear from you! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so grateful for you all!

~Taylor

The Groves

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A Fashion Fiend: Dress- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Guess, Necklace- Forever 21, Bracelet- (Not To) Worry Beads, Makeup- MAC
Jadapa: Top and Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- Jessica Simpson, Makeup and Hair- Dolce Salon and Spa

Spring Break was wonderful as usual in Arizona!!! The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and the orange blossoms were in full bloom. One of Jadapa’s friends is a local photographer and offered an impromptu shoot one day while I was in town. We journeyed over to The Groves in Mesa, where acres of orange trees reminded us of our frequent trips to the area while growing up. The weather was perfect and the trees provided the perfect backdrop for the pictures. Thank you to Monica Johnson Photography!

Versatile Blogger Award

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Missed you all! So much has been going on behind the scenes, and so much exciting news!! Thank you to Vera, creator of the blog Avec Veritas, a blog about Vera’s beauty advice that documents the marvelous places she travels to; we have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!! Thanks to this honor, A Fashion Fiend has been contacted by and collaborating with many different brands and gaining tons of followers in Houston! Lots coming up so stay tuned!

The rules, so that I can officially be called a Versatile Blogger:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My nominations for their Versatile Blogger Award are:

* Kenya L Fashion Blog

* Just kink in it

* Neo Soul Sistahs

* Cristina Martinez

* Fashion and a Fellow

* Style for Breakfast

* The Fashion Reign

* Sylvie’s Fashion Secrets

* Wear and Paperback

* The Do not Enter Diaries

* Beauty and the Booty

* Beaus and Bows

* The Black Cape

* Petite Daughter

* Inside the Mind of a Ghetto Genius

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT US:

1. We have 3 completely different styles.

2. A Fashion Fiend is 6 inches taller than Jadapa and Mootz Mouth (same parents!).

3. Mootz Mouth loves animals and has 4 dogs and 2 cats (it’s ridiculous).

4. We have an older brother and 3 younger siblings (big family).

5. “I didn’t choose thug life. Thug life chose me.” – A Fashion Fiend

6. We’ve been called the three witches, on more than one occasion…

7. We love, love, love our grandparents!

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Thank you again, Vera, for nominating A Fashion Fiend. It’s an honor and we are so very grateful.

HAPPY EASTER!