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Say Hi to Summer Thighs #Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by Coolsculpting®.

 58 days from the day this post is published, I will be near a beach in Costa Rica.  It will be my first real trip out of the country (walking across the border to Mexico during Spring Break in 2001 does not count as international travel).

I am excitedly exercising my booty off to make sure that I am in the best shape that I can possibly be in for this retreat.

Since 2007, I have gained and lost at least 100 lbs in pregnancy weight with my two boys (who will not be accompanying me on this vacation) so I am well versed in the art of reclaiming my body.  But, the funny thing is that while I might do and eat (and NOT eat) all the right things–certain areas *cough* saddlebags *cough* are extremely stubborn.  I am not alone in this, according to a study conducted by Coolsculpting®, I’m in the 54% of women who wants to improve their thigh area in order to be “bikini ready”.  This is one of the reasons why I’ve done what I can to rehab the image of skirted swimwear (like the 25% of women who buy specific bathing suits to hide their thighs).

ColdSculpting_Infographic(1)If you’re near your ideal body weight with stubborn fat that hasn’t responded to diet and exercise, locate a coolsculpting® doctor.  Learn more at Coolsculpting®, like them on facebook, and follow them on twitter.

Don’t get it twisted–there is absolutely no surgical or non-surgical treatment that rivals the effects of positive body image and self-confidence.

Are you ready for the coolest [pun intended] giveaway to ever grace the pages of Charmed Valerie?

Enter below for a chance to win TWO CoolSculpting® thigh treatments and a $500 shopping spree!


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Colorful Preppy Outfit #ootd

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I’ve been in love with preppy style for as long as I can remember but these days when I do preppy–I need it to be bold, funky, and feminine all at once.
Colorful Preppy Outfit #ootd

Colorful Preppy #ootd

Colorful Preppy Outfit #ootd

Is this necklace everything or is it EVVVERYTHING?!
Colorful Preppy Outfit #ootd

Colorful Preppy #ootd

Colorful Preppy Outfit #ootd

{ SHOP THE LOOK: shirt* Target // Adelaide Hoops Stella & Dot // Fanella Statement Necklace Stella & Dot // shorts** Anthropologie // lace cardigan (old) Target // Chelsea Tech Wallet Stella & Dot // shoes }

*I bought this shirt recently from a Target store but am unable  to find the exact shirt online.  I’m pretty sure it’s this style but the print isn’t available online or something.

** This color of Pilcro Stet roll-up shorts from Anthropologie is no longer available but this style is my fave.

For more Outfit of the Day inspiration, check out my What I Wore posts.  Linking up with What I Wore Wednesday.


Camo Skinnies #ootd

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{ SHOP THE LOOK: Long & Lean Tank Target // Green Sutton Necklace Stella & Dot // Adelaide Hoops Stella & Dot // Clover Camo Jegging – CAbi Spring 2014 similar // Chelsea Tech Wallet Stella & Dot // Sanuk ‘Ibiza Gypsy’ Flip Flops here or here } This is one of those occasions when…

BeautiFALL Me Fall 2014 CAbi Outfit Ideas #CAbiScoop

BeautiFALL Me CAbi Fall 2014 Outfit Ideas

On July 18th, I had the pleasure of attending my second CAbi Scoop event at the Colorado Convention Center.  In case you are unfamiliar, CAbi is a beautiful collection of women’s apparel created by Carol Anderson (formerly a designer for Nordstrom). Designed for real women who live real lives, the line includes an affordable mix…

Maxi Style #OOTD

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This outfit is the ultimate lazy/easy/breezy summer outfit, perfect for traveling or vacation or just wanting to feel like you’re wearing pajamas ALLLLL day long.  It does not get much easier than this…. This dress + hat + jewels formula works with all of those simple, inexpensive sundresses that are available in abundance in stores…

My First StitchFix Review – July 2014

This weekend after waiting for what felt like FOREVER (2 months + 2 days from when I signed up), I received my very first “Fix” from StitchFIx.  Now, I might be a little late to the StitchFix party but I was hesitant to try it.  See I, really really enjoy shopping for/styling myself and didn’t…

Casual Chic “Going Out” Outfit #OOTD

Here’s an outfit perfect for those occasions when you want to kick it up a notch–date night, mom’s night out, etc.  You could also swap the heels for a flat sandal (earlier in the day I wore this with my Target flip flops). {Shop the Look: Norah Jean Jacket c/o CAbi // Coy Cami (Spring…

Lace Tank + Cut-off Jorts #ootd

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Last Thursday, on one of Denver’s hottest days of summer so far, I had a meeting with some fellow MOPS leadership ladies in addition to chauffeuring my children to their summer activities.  I wanted to wear something stylish yet “easy on the fabric” ifyouknowwhatImean. Shop the Look: Target Oversized Floral Sunglasses // Stella & Dot…

Fourth of July 2014 Outfit + Makeup + Nail Ideas

4th of july outfit ideas

Time to bust out the red, white, blue, and barbeque to celebrate our great nation!  That’s right–it’s 4th of July again and I can’t help but decorate myself from head to toe.  Here are a few outfit ideas (things I plan to wear on July third and fourth), patriotic nails, and a simple beauty look…

Breakup with Your Makeup + Sweepstakes

Break Up with Your Makeup

With summertime in full swing I am enjoying fun in the sun, pool parties, vacation, and outdoor activities with my family.  Wearing makeup has taken a backseat to playing, splashing, getting sweaty, and doing everything else that I’m supposed to be doing during the glorious lazy days of summer. As I’ve grown, my beauty routine…

May 2014 Favorites

May 2014 Favorites

Here are the beauty, fashion, food, tech, music, book, and mommy products that rocked my world in May 2014. These faves are guaranteed to keep you pretty, smart, stylish, groovin’, fed, and entertained.

How To Have Your Best Beauty Makeover

How to have your best beauty makeover at any makeup store.

Learn my savvy shopping makeover tips and how you can have your make-up done by a make-up artist for free.

Don’t Throw Away That “Empty” Mascara Yet!

Don't throw away that "empty" mascara yet!

A handy beauty tutorial to help you get every last drop out of your mascara bottle.

April (& March) 2014 Favorites

April 2014 favorites

I can hardly believe that it is already MAY!  My oldest child is almost done with his first year of Kindergarten and we’ve lived in Denver for about 10+ months.  With that being said, it’s time for yet another round of monthly favorites. Since I didn’t do a March favorites post (I didn’t think I…

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