Friday, June 29, 2018

My Free Warby Parker Glasses

I first heard about Warby Parker on the train during New York Fashion Week 2011 when I was working for Betsey Johnson. Oh what a week that was!!! We jumped out of our cab with all of our colorful dresses because we were literally stuck in traffic for about 10-15 minutes in the same place and needed to be at the Soho after party within about 30 minutes. This was like a scene from Sex in the City.

I found a seat on the train next to this guy with these super cool glasses on fairly larger frames. I asked him where did he get them and he said Warby Parker and they were only $100 bucks. What!!! I had been on the search for new eyeglasses for about 3 months. Unfortunately, I'm not able to put contact lenses in my eyes. It takes me forever, like 2 hours and by then my eyes are runny and red. Fast forward, I go to the Warby Parker website and complete the Home Try-On  for free for 5 frames. Back then, they only had the Flagship store in New York. I was so thrilled when they opened up two stores here in Atlanta, one at The Shoppes at Buckhead and the other at Westside Provision District. The Home Try-On was great and I chose my very first pair, the Thacker. I had my prescription from a previous eye exam and they were able to use that. This was such a relief and made me so happy. I found some frames that were hip, stylish and I did not have to break the bank.

The pair I just recently purchased last year were actually sunglasses turned into frames. I am very selective about my glasses and I'm overall a slow shopper anyway. I love my new frames. I've had them for almost a year. The team at WestSide Provision suggested my new frames and was very helpful. They are the Tilley frames in the Grapefruit Soda color. The frames are a classic cat-eye frame with slightly oversized proportions and old-school glamour.

So how did I get them for free?

If your vision insurance includes an out-of-network benefit, you can apply for a full or partial reimbursement for eyewear purchases and eye exams. All you have to do is complete a out-of-network claim form, and attach your receipt. Submit your form and receipt to your vision insurance company. And as the WP Team would say a "Optional Bonus Step: Smile, exhale, and await sweet, sweet reimbursement". The Tilley's were completely free, including the eye exam and the frames. You can't beat that!

I cannot wait to share my new Warby Parker Prescription Sunglasses I will be getting next. It's such a hassle to switch from sunglasses to glasses throughout the summer, especially during summer outdoor activities.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Birthday Freebies and Deals

Happy Birthday!!

Have you ever been on a budget for your Birthday?! Well I have and guess what I've found out over the years you can still have TONS of fun! I believe I'm the Queen of Fun! My Birthday was last month but I wanted to share some of the festivities and treats I enjoy yearly.

1. Free entry into the Georgia Aquarium. You receive access to all of the galleries and shows. Entry is only for the day of your Birthday, Georgia Residents only.

2. Receive 50% off the entire month of your Birthday at Kendra Scott. (This is one of my Favorites)

3. Receive 20% off the entire month at Fabrik Boutiques here in Georgia. (Fav locations P'tree City & Vinings)

4. Enjoy a Free Medium Firehouse Subs on or 6 days following your Birthday. Sign up for Firehouse rewards before your actual birthday.

5. Get a Free Burrito on Your Birthday every year at Moe's. Super easy just download the Moe's app.

6. $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate to enjoy the entire month of your birthday. Only valid when joining the Chef's table.

7. DSW gives you $5 off Birthday Certificate when you become a free VIP of their loyalty program.

So start your day off at the Aquarium, grab lunch at Moe's or Firehouse Subs whatever your feeling, go past Fabrik and grab an outfit, then go to Kendra Scott to grab some accessories, DSW for shoes and end with dinner at Benihana's.

Lastly I try to sit and reflect over my past year. Did I accomplish the goals I set forth for myself last year? Lessons that I learned, and things I'm grateful for. You see every year I try to start my day off with renewing my mind and putting things into the proper perspective and appreciate life. Every year is truly different but I love to envision and pray about my year ahead. I love doing this because I've noticed how faithful God has truly been. 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Influencer Q & A with Chastity Garner

Body Positivity
Yesterday's Q&A with Chastity of Garner Style was inspiring and educational held at the AmericasMart/Apparel Mart.

The conversation was for women size 0 to size 20.  Chastity started off as a blogger, and stylist for plus sized women. She spoke to us about blogging, styling, and catering to your curvy girl for the retailers in the audience. If you carried curvy lines, how you could reinforce the opportunity in your messaging, merchandising looks of all sizes, and strategies you can use to help clients feel confident in shopping in your store.

Moving plus size forward has always been her mission.  She feels that the curvy customer should be served better. As a stylist, she mentions "You take the work out of finding clothes."  Blogging advice..."Consistency is Key, showing up week to week"! Chastity also mentions that neon colors are on trend for the fall. We had a blast during the Q&A, later that evening she styled and presented for the Signature Event, sponsored by Matisse Footwear. The Kick Off Party featured live model demonstrations, signature cocktails, and custom giveaways. 

Fun Facts about Chastity

Favorite Place to have Photo Shoots- The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Fashion Icon- Solange Knowles
Everyday Outfit- Athleisure
Power Color- Electric Blue

*Moderator was Kesha Henderson of Funky Flair Boutique.*

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fall 2018 Trends (Atlanta Apparel)

I met some amazing people this morning as I visited the Mart to view the new and upcoming Fall Fashion Trends and Must Haves. According to the Apparel Mart and what I viewed from various vendors the Vignette is as follows:

                                                Must Have Hues                                                

Key Items
*Trench Coat (Especially Distressed Denim)
*Longlined Belts
*Oversized Knit Sweaters
*Plaid Blazers
*Two-Piece Set (These sets in plaid as well)
*Wide Leg Trousers (Yas! One of My Fav & some highwaist)
*Shearling Parka

*Anything Corduroy (Yes Corduroy!)
*Tailored Suiting
*Lounge Sets 
*Animal Prints
*Colored Fur
*Vintage Floral
*Puffer Coats
*Rainbow Stripes
*Longlined Layers
*Piping & Racer Stripes

Fabrications Worth Feeling
*Tweed *Leather*Corduroy*Silk*Cashmere*Velvet

Happy Black BabyWearing Week

 Black BabyWearing Week 

This Dad aka my husband just loves carrying our son Ian in the ErgoBaby more than I do. We have absolutely used this carrier from inside the house, traveling and outdoor activities. I asked him why he enjoys using the carrier so much and he said because it's:
*And he loves the fact that he can place our son front face so he can view everything.

We received the Ergobaby Omni 360 bundle as a part of our baby registry and we cannot wait to try more of their products! One of the best gifts off our registry.

Our Omni 360 Bundle Included:
*Nursing Pillow (For a first time mom nursing, this was helpful for me)
*Teething Pad
*Omni 360 Baby Carrier (all babies/all carrying positions)

Visit Black Baby Wearing Week for more info and to be apart of the wearing community! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Are you Ready for Fathers Day?!

I just realized Fathers Day was around the corner. An opportunity to show Father's our appreciation and the love we have for them. A day to celebrate every Dad! This Father Day is special to me because it will be my husbands first Fathers Day! The pressure is on! Yikes. I love giving gifts, I put a lot of thought and usually time into the gifts I give. I love to make them very personal and unique.

A few years ago I went to one of the Art festivals in the city where my long time creative friend Marcus Ryan was exhibiting and fell in love with some of his travel photographs but really didn't have wall space in my home for them since I love to travel. He mentioned he could make them into coasters. I was beyond thrilled! Yes, please and thank you! I've had my coaster in my living room for almost 3 years and they look just as new and fresh as when I brought them. We pretty much use them every day. Each coaster is made of 4"x4" Travertine tile, photos on acid-free paper, cork backed and an industrial coating to protect the images.

So I've partnered with Marcus Ryan of Marcus Ryan Studios and Coaster Love for our very own Giveaway!!!!! You must follow @crunchybougie on Instagram and Facebook for the details. Good Luck!

For Father's Day we are Giving Away a Set of 4 Personalized Coasters. Go to our Instagram and Facebook pages for details.


Friday, June 1, 2018

National Donut Day!!!

June 1, National Donut Day with Five Daughters Bakery

All week we had been planning to go to Five Daughters Bakery, Grand Opening here in Atlanta GA at Ponce City Market to try their donuts. The anticipation was building!!! We thought early afternoon would be great and we would get to meet the Daughters. Yay yay!!  .

With so much excitement, we arrive at about 2pm and they were SOLD OUT completely of donuts but remaining was some treats, The Quinn which I never had as well as the GF cookies. Whelp give me what cha got!! Might I just say The Quinn was delicious!!! I actually desired another but the way my postpartum belly is, umh no thanks. Ha! The gals were super cute, the whole dang family...take a look....

Five Daughters are known for their:
*100 layer donuts that takes up to three days to craft. 
*Paleo Crushers (donuts free of grains, gluten, diary and sugars)
*Vegan Donuts (donuts with no egg or diary)
*Stuffed Happy Donuts (stuffed with jams, custards, and creams)

They also carry other sweet treats such as
*"The Quinn" (light croissant pastry with a buttery caramelized crisp)
*Gluten Free Cookies
*I love that all there boxes has the scripture 1st Cor 13:13. 

Have you ever been? If so what's your favorite? Never been, check out their locations here Five Daugthers Bakery.