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I am all about spoiling yourself on Valentine’s Day! Whether it be treating yourself to a solo cup of coffee (for all you moms out there), a spa day or a little retail therapy; I believe every girl deserves a little extra love at least one day out of the year. So, when Helen Ficalora reached out to give a lucky reader one of my favorite necklaces, I jumped up and down with excitement! Did you see the imprint? XOX, my favorite informal (or anytime) salutation. Because really, who doesn’t love a few extra hugs and kisses? Keep scrolling down to enter the giveaway and read about a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories.

shopHelen Ficalora ‘XOX’ Necklace (ENTER GIVEAWAY BELOW) / Stripe Button Down / ASOS Mom Jeans

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To be honest whenever I try an up-do, I end up looking more like a hot mess. (please tell me I am not alone on this).

Last week I was invited to attend FORM Hair Education with a few of my favorite Dallas blogger girls.  This event could not have come at a better time since Holiday parties are in full swing and I needed some ideas about how to switch it up from my normal, down and curled look.

FORM Hair Education was created by the extremely talented Whitney Haynes when she found that her passion was teaching others. FORM was created as a “community of hair professionals committed to the growth of [their] craft, creativity, and continuing education.” The best part is they teach their clients to style their hair like a pro in just a short amount of time.  Each of their classes are customized and try to have you leaving the course with the knowledge to repeat the look at home.  I loved how Whitney and the other stylist made a point to come over and give me tips on how to create the look for my texture and length of hair.

FORM Hair Education has four courses; Beautiful Blow Dry (I am going to be taking this one next!), Perfect Ponytail, Glamorous Curls, and Tousled Up-Do Style- this is the class we took last week which was perfect in time for those little LBD’s or low back dresses.

Here are a few things I learned (honestly, I was really nervous I was going to be terrible at this!)

1. We started with slightly curled hair. Especially if you have fine hair like me, you want to give it a little added texture for the hair pins and bobby pins. IE: the curls do not need to be perfect or pretty, so you can do this in under 5 minutes.

2. Create a Base: The most important thing we learned is you only really need a handful of pins to create a tousled look that will stay all night.  The base is created by sectioning your hair into sections. Take the back section and roll it up in your hand and secure with two long pins, then play with the sides to soften the look. The best tip we received is to only use pins to anchor your hair down. Hair pins (the ones that are open v shapes) should be used the rest of the time to create a more tousled, undone look.

3. Have fun: Playing around with the front pieces is key to creating a look that you love, but don’t pin down until you are done playing or else you will have to start from the beginning!

I cannot wait to take another course, especially the “beautiful blow-dry” class! I along with the other Dallas bloggers at the course loved our experience so much that we have teamed up with FORM Hair Education to give away one seat in the class of your choice! FORM Hair Education is currently only available in Dallas, but be sure to check out their website for more information,
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Day 4 of New Year, New You comes in the form of juice. I am all about jumpstarting a healthy habit and a juice cleanse, for me, is the perfect way to start eating healthy. This year one of my goals is to eat CLEAN foods, I am not saying I am never going to have a slice of pizza but I am trying to change the way I approach eating those types of food.  Side note: I am allergic to dairy but I LOVE cheese, ice cream, and pretty much everything else I am not supposed to eat. For some reason I cannot kick this habit.  I also have other issues that doctors suggested I stay away from gluten, but guys, pasta is my thing.  I would rather have a plain bowl of noodles than just about anything else in the world.  I know there are gluten-free alternatives out there and they have become substantially better than in the beginning, but I just can’t get passed the fact that I shouldn’t eat bread or pasta on a regular basis.

This is where the juice cleanse comes into play. A few months ago Garden of Flavor reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their juice cleanse.  I thought to myself  “3-days of only drinking juice,” is that worth it? After contemplating, I decided to try it. I really hate to fail, so I knew I was going to need some major will power in order to get through these three days. Long story short, it was not all that bad and the result, I felt light and energized at the end. It was a great kick-start to a healthy eating routine.

So for you lovelies, Garden of Nature is offering one lucky winner their very own One Day Juice Cleanse (6 juices).  Unlike some juice cleanses, Garden of Nature juices taste great. My favorites are the Gogi Pineapple, Appleade and the White Night.  Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below for your chance to win.  

Don’t forget to enter the Fusion Fitness Dream Body DVD Set Giveaway and Tata Harper Winter Essential Set Giveaway, there is one more day left!
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* Garden of Nature can be found a participating Whole Foods markets and you can purchase from their website too.  

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One of my goals for 2014 is to start a skincare routine, but more importantly to use all natural products. The second I turned 25; I started noticing wrinkles on my forehead, around my eyes, and mouth. I know you might laugh but it seriously was the instant I looked in the mirror on my 25th birthday.  At that moment I realized how important a regular beauty routine really is for your skin’s health. Honestly, until now I have never taken wonderful care of my skin and face. I have been blessed with a pretty clear face my entire life so using soap and store brand face lotion tended to be my daily routine.  When I realized that these products were just not cutting it anymore (my face started to peel and those ugly lines started to show), my mom suggested I find a skincare line that will help nourish my dry skin.  After reading a ton of articles and reviews on different skincare lines, I found Tata Harper.

I wish I had started using these products 10 years ago, because as Tata says, “it is never to early to start focusing on your skin’s health”.  Being from Columbia, skincare was always important to Tata. When she was old enough and could not find any products that were 100% natural she decided to create her own. In order to learn more about the 100% natural skincare line, I was fortunate to speak with someone on Tata’s staff.  Clare answered all of my questions about the benefits of using an all-natural skincare regimen.  It was astonishing how much I did not know about the importance of skincare and skin health.

Being somewhat of a health freak, I really limit the amount of medicine and chemicals that go into my body (another one of my goals this year is to eat CLEAN), so why would I allow those chemicals to be soaking into my skin everyday? Most (a scary number of) drug store and department store beauty brands contain fillers. If you don’t know what filler is, it is a useless ingredient that either makes a product creamy, smell better, or contains preservatives to increase the life of the product.  GUYS, FILLERS ARE SO BAD! Tata’s philosophy is to use the least amount of fillers as possible, so only the most potent and active ingredients (between 9 and 29) are used on your skin.  They also make all of their products at their beautiful Vermont laboratory; someday I hope I can go visit this marvelous place.  Tata is completely hands on when it comes to creating, researching, and producing her products.

So here it is, for you guys to start the new year off on the right track Tata Harper is offering one LUCKY reader their Winter Moisturizing Essentials set.  These five daily essentials will keep your skin looking silky smooth and moisturized during these long winter days (especially this extreme cold that I know most of you are experiencing).

Step 1: Refreshing Cleanser: This product cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin while leaving it soft with no film layer like most normal soaps do. I am a huge fan of the smell of this cleanser which is made from the essential oils that are created at the Tata Laboratory in Vermont.

Step 2: Reparative Moisturizer *my favorite product*: use two pumps over your face and neck to keep your skin hydrated all day and night. Made with 28 natural humectants, it hydrates your skin without using any fillers.

Step 3: Replenishing Nutrient Complex: Perfect for blemishes, red spots, and those unwanted little lines (we all have them). This multivitamin is a weightless serum that protects the skin from the everyday environmental wear and tear and boots the skins renewal process at night.

Step 4: Be Fierce: Talk about hydration, this lip treatment hydrates and nourishes lips all day b using Green Tea and Acai Oils. It is perfect for those super cold, dry days.

Step 5: Revitalizing Body Oil: This anti-aging treatment delivers complete rejuvenation to the entire body making it look smoother and visibly healthier.  Don’t forget your hands! This is a great product to keep your hands looking young and wrinkle- free.

Are you ready for a new you? Or at least better skin? Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below for your chance to win this Tata Harper Winter Moisturizing Essentials Set ($95 value!).  The winner will be announced on Friday.  Good Luck!
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Yesterday was all about looking good, but today is all about “shocking your body” as the fusionistas like to say. If you are from Kansas City then it would be hard not to hear about Fusion Fitness. If you are not from Kansas City and have not heard of Fusion, it is your lucky day. Fusion changed my life and my approach to working out.  Created by the ever talented, Darby Brender, she developed a system that transforms your body by elongating your muscles, decreasing body fat, improving cardiovascular endurance as well as increasing flexibility. I didn’t believe it at first, but Fusion actually changed the shape of my body.

Here is a little back story: I started going to Fusion Fitness over a year ago when I lived in Kansas City. It was the first work out class I was actually excited to go to every night. After being a dancer for 18+ years, I could never find a workout that I truly enjoyed. Running is not my thing (I do it, but I don’t like it), I get bored with Yoga, and kickboxing got old after 5 days in a row. When my friend introduced me to Fusion, I was instantly hooked. For months I would go at least 5 times a week and would be mad at myself if I missed a class.  With over 30 different classes and counting, you never felt like you were doing the same thing twice.  The music is the best, the instructors are top notch, and for me it was a community.  When I decided to move away from Kansas City 6 months ago, I knew I was going to have a hard time leaving Fusion for more reasons than one, but I decided to not let it get the best of me.  This is when I bought by first Fusion Fitness DVD set. Since moving, I have a little piece of Fusion with me in Ohio. I can do it in front of my TV every night and still get the same workout experience, minus all of the people around.  I have to push myself harder than before but I am still seeing the results.

So for today’s installment of the New Year, New You series, one lucky reader will receive their very own Fusion Fitness Dream Body DVD sets to start “Shocking Their Body”.  The two 5 disc sets contain some of my favorite workouts of all time. Bata Bar and Bikini Bootcamp are my favorites in the Cardio series and Fusion Mix and Tabata and Toning are my favorite in the original Dream Body series.

I want to hear from you, what is your favorite way to stay in shape? Follow the Rafflecopter below to enter, the giveaway will end on Friday, January 10th! So get moving!
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The number one resolution for most people is kicking their workout routine into gear year after year.  For me, if I am feeling good while working out, I work out harder.  This may seem a little superficial but it works for me. I recently came across this new to me brand called Albion Fit, a company that strives on making quality, stylish workout wear.  It is the type of workout wear that you can be caught in all day long and not be embarrassed when you run into people at the grocery store.

To kick off the New Year, New You week, Albion Fit is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky winner to start their year of working out on the right tract. Who says you can’t look good but still work hard!

Some of my favorites are the Retreat Tees (for the winter months and yoga), the Love Racer, these capris (love the girly touches), and this adorable tennis skirt. Albion fit is known for their attention to detail when it comes to workout wear. Let’s just say they know how to make a girl look good.

Follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway, the winner will be announced on Friday, January 10th.

Since this week is all about starting off the new year in the right direction, Albion Fit is offering all ADOD readers 10% Off any purchase with code dashdetails10 at checkout (exp.1/9/2014). So start shopping, because there is no time like the present to start feeling good and looking good :)
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Wear sequins, party all night or stay in your sweats and drink by the fire?  Are you the party girl or like to stay in with friends for New Years Eve? This year my plans involve the later. We will be spending the New Year up in the mountains.  After skiing all day the last thing I want to do is throw on a pretty party dress and heels.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cocktail dress, but this year is all about starting the new year off Relaxed & Rested (okay, let’s be honest it will actually start on Jan. 2nd because this girl loves her bubbles and I am sure I will have at least a few glasses by the fire).

If you are headed to a friend’s house to ring in the New Year; instead of bringing a bottle of champagne try a thoughtful gift that everyone will enjoy. I have teamed up with the folks at Sesame to launch their new CELEBRATE gift set. This “Party in a Box” is the perfect gift to bring to a party or even to buy for yourself. The box is filled with all of the essentials you would need for any NYE party.

If you are not familiar with Sesame, it is a boutique gift shop in your pocket and makes thoughtful gifting effortless for anyone on the go.  Each gift set is expertly curated and themed to deliver a beautifully unique gifting experience.  You can download SESAME GIFTS for iPhone here or browse gifts online here.  Sesame is giving ADOD readers not one, but THREE lucky winners their very own CELEBRATE Gift Set just in time to ring in the new year. The iPod speaker is my personal favorite, see the rest of what is inside below. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance to win.  The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve (December 24th) to make sure the gift sets are delivered before December 31st!

Thanks to Sesame, they are offering ALL A Dash of Details readers $5 off any gift set of your choice, just use the code dashofdetails here to redeem your discount. Happy Shopping!


6 Champagne Coupes / Celebrate Table Topics To Go / A Set of Party Beads / Confetti and Blow Horns (for midnight) / iPhone Silicon Speaker / Advil and Altoids (for the next day)

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* This post is sponsored by Sesame Gifts, but all opinions of their amazing gift sets are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make A Dash of Details possible!



We all have those Mondays (especially during the holiday season) where the start of the week comes just a little too soon. Maybe you’re still feeling the side effects of that Holiday party last night or just didn’t get quite enough sleep the entire weekend.  Thankfully my friends from Nespresso are here to help with the Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) blues. So too beat those tired eyes one lucky winner will receive a Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and an Aeorcino Milk Frother.

With snow filled mornings, coffee is essential for those early wake up calls (my day normally starts before 6:00am). I know I am not alone when I say that being busy during the holidays is an understatement, so when the folks at Nespresso sent me the Pixie to try, I was so excited to share with you their amazing 21 flavors of Grand Cru coffee. I can make a “better than the coffee shop” espresso in less than a minute, which is key for rushed mornings.

In order to take a deep breath during the Holiday season, one of our favorite things is to have a relaxing Sunday morning in bed. Sleeping in, cuddling with our two Goldendoodles (Molly and Zoey) and breakfast in bed are a few of our favorite things. It is so nice to enjoy some quiet time before the hustle and bustle of shopping for last minute holiday gifts.

So whether you are rushing around or just need a moment of peace, Nespresso and I want you to enjoy a Tasteful Holiday season.  All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter below to win a Nespresso Pixie for you (or even to give as a gift!).  The giveaway ends next Monday, so be sure to enter!
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Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and Aerocino Milk Frother / Anthropologie Initial Mug / Anthropologie Bowls (one sale!) / Napkin Set (on sale!) / Essie Lollipop Nailpolish / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Cable Sweater from Chicwish (c/o)

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This post is sponsored by Nespresso, but all opinions are my own about this amazing product. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible!


A little secret about me, I love eu de parfum. But the funny thing is, I have never found one I truely love until I was recently in New York and tried my cousin’s lust-worthy Diptyque eu de parfum.  Naturally, I knew I would love it because let’s be honest, they are the best smelling candles on the market, but I never thought to try the fragrance.  I stopped into the store and tried a bunch of different scents, but ended up with L’Ombre dans l’Eau. It is my absolute favorite scent I have tried so far. Since fragrances are so personal, what are your favortie scents? 

PS: Today is the last day to enter the John Ruvin Giveaway, the winner will be announced tomorrow! 

Here are a some other scents I love: 

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Minted Holiday Card Giveaway

It’s almost the time of the season when everyone’s mailboxes are filled with Holiday Cards and those awful full page letters about each of their kids. For people like me, I cringe at a bad designed Christmas card or the stock Happy Holiday cards from Walgreens. Now there is a great solution to the standard card and the best part is that it is affordable. EVERYONE meet, the best solution for a custom, well designed holiday card. I love that you can choose your design, upload your best picture from the year, pick and choose your fonts and colors, and the end- you end with a perfect card! 

Thanks to Minted, it’s your chance to win a $100 Minted gift card for your favorite custom Holiday Cards.

To Enter:

Like A Dash of Details on Facebook (The winner will be announced first on Facebook) 

Like Minted on Facebook 

Leave a comment below with your favorite design from Minted’s Holiday card collection and your favorite Holiday tradition. 


The giveaway ends next Thursday, November 30th at 5:00pm CT and the winner will be announced the next day! Good luck! 


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