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{Zara Elbow Patch Blazer (similar), Old Navy Tweed Puffer Vest, Gap Corduroy Dress, J. Crew Boots}

We’ve been having gorgeous weather this fall, so I’ve been jumping at every opportunity to head outside and soak up nature.  Eric and I took a trip to Dutchess County and spent the day petting goats, meandering through vineyards, and visiting antique shops. There may have been a wine tasting thrown in there too. For our little excursion, I went with classic fall basics: a tweed blazer, down vest, corduroy dress, and comfy boots. The temperature fluctuated throughout the day, so I’m glad that I was able to add and remove layers as needed.

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Hello, Lovelies!

I generally don’t do much with my tresses, but it seems like I’ve been on a roll lately with the hair product reviews.  Today, I’m featuring two new gadgets that I’m very excited to share with you. I don’t know if you give much thought to your hairbrushes, but trust me, you will after reading this post.

First up is this sort of wacky-looking contraption that I previewed on Instagram over the weekend. It’s the Goody Quikstyle paddle brush, and it features microfiber bristles that claim to help dry your hair 30% faster. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was actually quite shocked at how effective it was.

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I have very coily, kinky hair that loves to get tangled, so I always part my hair into 4 sections before washing to make things easier. I used the same shampoo and conditioner that I reviewed in this post, and finger-detangled my hair in the shower while it was still full of conditioner. After rinsing my hair, I went through my hair section-by-section with the Quikstyle brush. I try to minimize the amount of heat I put in my hair, so I was quite pleased that I barely even had to use my blow dryer afterwards.

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Next up is Goody’s Tanglefix brush. My hair was pretty much detangled at this point, but I had very specific plans for this styling tool…

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I only straighten my hair a few times per year. But whenever I do, I love using the “chase” method.  I usually see it done with a small-toothed comb, but I found the TangleFix to be much more effective. Basically, you place the brush in-front of the flat iron to provide tension that will help stretch your hair while you straighten it. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s smooth sailing once you get the coordination down.  I love straightening my hair this way because it allows me to get my hair pretty smooth with just one pass of the flat iron. Afterwards, I just gave each section a quick twirl at the ends for bouncy curls throughout my mane.

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And there you have it folks. My total styling time was about 40 minutes (enough time to catch up on the last episode of How to Get Away With Murder). I’ll maintain this style throughout the week by using my satin covered sponge rollers at night and fluffing it out a bit in the morning.

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If you’re interested in trying these products for yourself, Walgreens is offering a fantastic Buy One, Get One promotion valid on all Goody products (including both the Quikstyle and TangleFix brushes). You must use your Walgreens Balance Rewards card to get the promotional BOGO offer, and you can sign up in store if you are not a member already. The offer ends on 11/01/2014 and is available while supplies last.

And because I believe in sharing the wealth, I purchased an extra set of brushes out of my own pocket to give away to one lucky reader.  You can enter for a chance to win by choosing one or both of the options listed below.

Good luck!

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Hi Guys,

Just a quick update.  I’m completely in love with my new sweatshirt dress from Gap, and I just found out it’s on sale for 40% off with code SHOPI couldn’t help but share with you all, and I’m hoping to snag one in blue this weekend!

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{Gap Sweatshirt Dress (40% off with code ‘SHOP’) , H&M Hat, Burberry Sneakers}

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{Ralph Lauren Shetland Wool Sweater, Old Navy Quilted Tweed Vest,  Paige Premium Denim Jeans, Bass ‘Weejun’ Loafers}

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and as part of the festivities, Eric and I took a boat cruise up the Hudson River to celebrate Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain.  Words can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the scenery was as we watched the trees burst with color while sailing along the Palisades.  It was an experience I won’t soon forget, and I’m so glad we got to share it together.  You guys know that I’m a city girl at heart, but I always enjoy these little rustic escapes from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.  I’m not much of a beer drinker, but even I couldn’t resist the allure of a huge stein of ice cold cider to help wash down all those brats and potato pancakes.

We lucked out with the most perfect crisp and cool fall weather, and I was as cozy as a pumpkin in my shetland wool sweater and puffer vest. I’ve climbed to the top of Bear Mountain in the past, but I left my hiking boots at home this time around in favor of comfy loafers that suited me just fine for meandering around the base of the mountain and around the lake.

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Anyone who knows me is well aware that I’m a chronic bargain-hunter who’s always on the lookout for a great deal.  That’s why I was stoked when I checked my email  and found out about the Shopbop Friends and Family Sale! For a limited time, you can shop your favorite designers for 25% off using code FAMILY25.

Below are some of my top picks. Just click on any image to shop. The sale ends tomorrow, so be sure to get in while the gettin’s good!

Happy Saving!


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