Give the Gift of Finding for Under $30!!!

 

 

I just found one of the most clever items that I’ve ever seen. We all have that one person in our life that is constantly miss placing things. Maybe it’s you?! I know I’m always looking for where I left my keys or my wallet. Or maybe you just want to have extra security on one of your personal items. Well, for under $30 you can easily solve all the above!!

I have partnered up with TILE to give the gift of FINDING. – What’s TILE

TILE can be used for so many different reasons. As I mentioned above, I am the person who is always forgetting where I put my keys and my wallet. I have now attached the TILE to my key chain so this problem won’t cost me anymore time out of my day!

My boyfriend has gotten back into photography and it’s one his favorite items. When we travel we now attach TILE to the camera strap. It’s a great and easy way to track where the camera is and to make sure when it’s in our luggage, it’s not going somewhere it’s not supposed to.

It also comes in 4 different designs.

I’m in love with the “Classy” look with the gold trim.

That one is MINE! The other two will be surprises for loved one this Christmas!

                

 

How It Works:

Find lost items with your phone. If your Tile is within the 100-foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.

Can’t find your phone? Double press your Tiles to make it ring, even if it’s on silent.

Keep your tile app running in the background and it will remember the last place and time you had your item.

The Tile app connects you to the world’s largest lost-and-found community, where friends and strangers work together using the Tile app to find everything that matters.

It’s incredible how technology can help us solve the daily issues we have with misplacing items. Bluetooth technology is our friend!

Click here to find out more about their holiday gift ideas, the technology behind it and to purchase.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Get Travel Ready with Samsonite Luggage!

Travel season is all year ’round! I’ve been traveling so much in the last two months that I need a vacation from my “vacations”. I have traveled from NYC- PITT-TOKYO-DC-PITT-NYC and now LA next week. Yes, that’s only in the last 8 weeks. I have been lucky enough to have luggage that keeps up with my jet setting and gives me the ability to travel in style! 

I am in love with my Samsonite luggage. My NEW Stryde Glider has SOLD out on their website but I did find it on another website and it’s 30% currently!! Direct link to purchase is HERE. It comes in two colors; Slate Blue (the one I have) and Charcoal.

Just to give you an idea on how much this suitcase can hold in a Woman’s world….when I flew over to Tokyo I brought 13 outfits, 5 pairs of shoes and 3 handbags. TRUE STORY. Maybe I’m a good packer? Maybe it’s the suitcase? I’m going with both, haha.

Product Details:

  • Exterior dimensions: 24.25″ x 24.2″ x 13.5″ (includes wheels)
  • Packing dimensions; 23.7″ x 22.25″ x 13″
  • Interior: multiple-pocket system with lining pockets, breathable mesh pockets and wet-pack pockets; double cross-straps; vertical mesh pocket

A few of other suitcases that my better half has his eyes on and would also be great for traveling:

SAMSONITE CENTRIC 28″ SPINNER

Comes in 5 colors.

It’s currently 25% off right now with code “SAVE25” – Direct link to purchase: HERE.

This deal is MIND blowing, I had to check twice. You can get this  SAMSONITE CENTRIC 3 PIECE SET for under $230!!! The normal price is almost $650. It’s a weekend deal, so don’t wait! Direct link to purchase is HERE. It also comes in 5 different colors.

I also travel with my laptop, it’s a necessity for me. With that being said, I needed a new bag that had a laptop comparment but also room to carry my normal purse necessities.

I picked out the SAMSONITE ZALIA ORGANIZED BAILHANDLE. Which does both of things and also has a SmartSleeve™ which is perfect. SmartSleeve™ is a feature where you can connect your bag to your suitcase. You don’t have to carry it or even watch it fall off when you’re strolling through the airport with your suitcase. Trying to balance your bag is no longer needed or an issue!

A few other great options they have and that I have on my “wish list”:

SAMSONITE KARISSA BIZ BACKPACK

SAMSONITE KARISSA BACKPACK 2 POCKETS

It’s currently 25% off and direct link to purchase is HERE.

I can’t wait for all the new places I get to travel coming up in 2018! It’s a blessing to be able to travel and I’m thankful for Samsonite for keeping my life packed up and organized while I do it.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How to Style a Jumpsuit for the Holiday Season with Esmara at Lidl by Heidi Klum

Tomorrow is December 1st which is MIND blowing. Time is flying by and that means less time for you to figure out what to wear to all the Holiday parties and events coming up. Luckily, I’m here to share yet again another favorite outfit of mine with you. Below I have styled one of the newest jumpsuits from Esmara by Heidi Klum!! This line will hit in Lidl stores on December 7th! One week from today.

I took a plain black jumpsuit, added the faux fur stole that is also from Esmara tied it around my shoulder to totally change the look and feel of this jumpsuit. The faux fur also comes in blush. It’s only $9.99!!

I’m all about finding staple pieces for my closet that I can easily add some flashy accessories to and be ready to go! A great thing about this jumpsuit is you can easily put on a denim jacket and rock a pair of sneakers too. Each piece of the new Let’s Celebrate collection can be worn in so many different way.

Can you believe this jumpsuit is only $14.99?!?

You can get the jumpsuit and fax fur stole for under $30!!

The second jumpsuit it sleeveless and I will be sharing that and more looks soon on the blog and on my social media. Keep your eye out on my channels and if you’re near a Lidl make sure you mark your calendar for this launch. Her items sell out so quickly! You can do an entire outfit for under $50. You can’t do that very much these days.

If you have any questions on sizing or outfit pairings, feel free to send me a message. I would be glad to help you put together a Holiday outfit. If you’re local to Manasas, VA I will be at that Lidl location December 7th when the doors open for the big reveal. Come meet me and get your Holiday outfit needs done!

xx, Tonya Michelle

 

This post is sponsored by Lidl, all thoughts, opinions and my love for fashion is my own.

 

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy With Westfield Montgomery Mall

This holiday season I’m spending my time shopping at Westfield Montgomery Mall! I have partnered up with them to show you some of my favorite stores and best holiday items to give.  Scroll below and let me help you find the perfect item for yourself or a loved one.

My first stop at the mall was ALDO, their sales for the holidays are great and you can’t beat their normal prices either. Their handbags are one of my favorite things about them. You can find a dupe handbag for an amazing price. I found one! Below you will see mine and how I styled it. I purchased for under $50!

Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m obsessed. Thanks Aldo for a great find!

Next stop was Stuart Weitzman – I’m in LOVE with some of their new designs. Below you’ll find my top picks I found at Westfield Montgomery!

These Overcoat Booties are to DIE for, make a true statement right?!? These are on my wish list. Dear Santa, I promise I’ve been good this year. Size 9 please and thank you.

The Decor Sneaker below comes in 4 different colors and they are SO cute. An easy way to jazz up a simple pair of jeans and t-shirt. Who needs accessories when you can have them on your sneakers!!

My third stop was at Nordstrom! It’s like heaven right now. So many gift options and they go above and beyond to help you find the perfect item. In their beauty section you can find endless possibilities. Below are some of my favorites!

The MAC counter — display is not only on point but makes you wanna buy everything!

I had to pick up this case from Sonix for my iPhone X that will be arriving soon. 

Rebecca Minkoff bags!!!! Can we talk about these details?! To die for. Their selection of handbags are unreal and stunning. A great way to add to your collection or someones.

Need Dry Bar at home?! Nordstrom has it covered!!! Whether it’s a blow dryer or an entire gift set. Bring that blowout home.

One of my favorite beauty brands has the cutest and greatest gift sets. Clinque is killing it! Nordstrom has a huge selection of their items as well as their beauty counter. 

Victoria Secret was having a killer sale and I had to make sure I stopped someone for Carl, right? haha. They also had the cutest gift sets as well. I think I’m truly a sucker for a good gift set. Their matching PJ sets are also a good idea for your girlfriends. You can have a fun sleepover and all relax in your new pjs, at least that’s something I find fun!!

My next stop was to Michael Kors! I love how Westfield has all types of stores, everything from household stores, high end department stores, to budget friendly stores as well. It’s a great one-stop shop for everything you need for Holiday shopping.

I walked into Michael Kors and was blown away by their presentation of everything. Not only was everything stunning, I wanted to try on each piece of clothing. If you’re looking for a Holiday dress, outfit or jacket, you HAVE to head to Michael Kors. Below I’ll show you what I walked away with….

This dress is GORGEOUS. I saw it, and had to bring it home. I’m wearing a size small! I’ve linked the dress HERE incase you don’t have a store near you!

I wanted to hit up every store but my last stop for the day was Kiehl’s!

They have some of my favorite lotion and skin care products. I had to make a stop to see what great gift giving ideas they had. I found the cutest Mickey Mouse themed items which also teamed up with Feed America. What’s better than buying a great gift for someone but also giving back to a great cause at the same time!

If you’re local to the DMV area – You need to stop by Westfield Montgomery Mall for all your Holiday shopping needs. You can even bring the kids by to see Santa!! One stop shop.

Follow @westfieldmontgomery on Instagram!

Here is a direct link to their website, you can see all their deals, events, stores and more.

xx, Tonya Michelle

This post was sponsored by Westfield Montgomery Mall but the fun experience all the good deals I found is 110% my idea and my opinion. 😉 

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Instant Bedroom Upgrade – Lighting by LAMPSPLUS

 

Carl and I having been adding final touches to our Master Bedroom and one of the most important ones is….you guessed it, LIGHTING! I was thrilled when Lamps Plus wanted to get collaborate on this project with me. I’ve been looking all over for gorgeous pieces that were affordable. Honestly, I was having a hard time until I went to LampsPlus.com — No joke, I found the lamps I wanted, needed and could afford instantly. I think it took me less than 5 mins. You know how it is, when you find something you love, you just know!

This lamp is called the “Possini Euro Cadence Glass Column Table Lamp” it’s currently on sale for under $120! We put it on my dresser in our Master. It’s great because not only does it fit my style, it had a two pull chain so we can control how much lighting we need. We use this a lot at night when we just want something on in the room that isn’t too bright.

I then needed to find two lamps for our nightstands, Carl is super picky so I was nervous how this was going to go. He didn’t want anything “too girly” — Soon as I showed these to him, he loved them! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! He’s finally understanding that I can put things together and to trust the process, haha. Anyone else in my shoes? Let’s just say — they completed our Master!!

The lamps we used for our nightstands are called Quad Stacked Crystal Table Lamps. They come in a set of two for under $130. You can’t beat finding high quality lighting for these prices.

I was so pleased with how they arrived, packaged properly and the quality of the lamps were amazing.  We will now be looking for lighting to complete our spare bedrooms and offices! Can’t wait to give you guys a complete tour.

Also! Don’t forget to head over to @lampsplus Instagram account to enter to win a $200 gift card to shop! The direct link to their account is here. All rules and regulations can be found in the link in their bio on Instagram. Good Luck!!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Charlotte Tilbury – Holiday Limited Edition Sets.

Charlotte Tilbury is known for her incredible skincare, makeup, perfume and gorgeous limited edition Holiday gift items! Whether you’re looking for something of your friends, significant other or even yourself take a look at some of these special items that would be amazing to receive.

Below are four of my favorite Holiday Sets, descriptions and links!

Lip Set, Naughty And Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar,

Lip Set

– Click here for direct link –

Contains:

THE PERFECT ENGLISH BEAUTY LIP

Matte Revolution Lipstick in English Beauty is a pretty, naturally nude pink lipstick in best-selling matte formula.

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk is the iconic lip liner shade in a barely-there nude pink to reshape your lips.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Seduction is a gorgeous creamy nude lip gloss to add a high shine finish to your pout.

THE PERFECT AMERICAN SWEETHEART LIP

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in American Sweetheart is a naturally tawny pink shade in the classic moisturizing formula.

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus is a warm peachy coral shade to help your lipstick last all night long.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Portobello Girl is the perfect sheer pink shade to give your pout a 3-dimensional finish.

THE PERFECT SHANGHAI NIGHTS RED LIP

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Shanghai Nights is a beautiful lucky red shade that will turn heads wherever you go!

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose is a warm rosy red lip liner so you can cheat a fuller looking pout before applying lipstick.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen is a luscious vibrant red lip gloss for amped up glamour to any lip look!

Naughty And Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar

-Click here for direct link-

Contains:

Colour Chameleon in Mesmerising Mink, a full-size purple-toned brown glitter eyeshadow pencil. Fill: 1.6g.

Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean, a full-size champagne pink eyeshadow cream. Fill: 7ml.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Unleash Me is a full-size deep plum shade with a high gloss lacquer finish. Fill: 3.5ml.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame, a gorgeous full-sized berry rose shade with a matte finish. Fill: 3.5g.

Mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black, your 5-in-1 smudge-proof mascara. Fill: 3.04g.

Mini Goddess Skin Clay Mask is a nourishing clay mask for dewy skin. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Magic Cream Moisturizer  is the ICONIC moisturizer with anti-aging ingredients. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Balm & Mask to deep cleanse your skin, leaving it baby-soft. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eyeliner in Amber Moon is a limited edition amber bronze kohl eyeliner. Fill: 0.8g.

Mini Supermodel Body is a soothing, slimming hydrating body shimmer to firm & sculpt. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover is an oil-based two-toned eye makeup remover. Fill: 30ml.

Mini Wonderglow Face Primer is a light-reflecting face primer with soft focus ceramic microspheres. Fill: 15ml.

The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit

-Click here for direct link-

Contains:

Travel GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK tube 15ml

Travel MAGIC CREAM pot 15ml

Travel WONDERGLOW tube 15ml

Mini Lipsticks Charms in Hot Lip Gift Set

-Click here for direct link-

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Must Have -The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette by Clarins – Get The Perfect Holiday Look.

Getting outfits ready for the Holiday season is just one step of getting your look complete! I will be completing my glam look with the NEW Essentials Eye Makeup Palette by Clarins. I have to be honest, when I first saw this palette I was a little intimidated by the colors. I’m the woman who used to always play is safe with the colors I would use on my eyes. BUT I can now say that I am so glad to have switched it up because they have opened my eyes (pun intended) to how amazing the array of blues and silvers and how they look beautiful when on. I want to rock this look daily!!!

CLARINS never fails when it comes to any of their new releases. These 10 colors can get you through the entire Fall and Winter seasons by creating soft or bold looks! It comes with 5 sparkling shades, 1 icy diamond shade, 3 satin shades and 1 matte shade. They also include a dual-brush eyeshadow applicator which helps guide you to have expert results — something we all want!

Below you can see the palette comes with a clear guide to help you learn where to apply each color. Which is such a brilliant idea! A guide is always helpful. 

Also, if you go to their website and click “product details” it will help show you how to also create three different looks easily; Natural Eyes using colors #2 & #3, Party Eyes using colors #5, #9 & #10 and also Smokey Eyes using #3, #7 and #8. Click HERE for a link to how to create these looks.

I had so much fun playing with this palette that I called my makeup guru friend Brittany from @brilliantb_makeup to come over and play with it as well! She dived right in wanting to create this soft hue of blue and silver to go with my holiday dress. A light smokey eye that would be perfect for day or night.

We used #2 the matte Taupe Gray as a base for my lids. Mixed #3 satiny Pale Blue and #4 Light Sparkling Silver to the inner and outer corners of my eyes and also my lower lid as well. Then added a small hint of #8 satiny Sapphire Blue just above the upper lid for a soft smokey finish.

We could of easily went into a dark smokey look by adding more of #9 and #10 to the crease of my lids. I love how simple it can be to achieve a night time look by only adding one color.

Clarins has also made sure they are doing their responsibility to help make this product eco friendly. You can easily reuse this palette when you’re finished. How? Simply pull the tab up and the insert will remove itself. You can then use as a holder for some of your makeup brushes or even pencils and pens. Whatever you use it as, it’s a great way to keep using the packaging after you’re finished.

They are also partnering with PUR Projet – Since 2013 they have planted 33,801 trees!

I can truly say how I love their products and how they also care about our environment. Every little step towards a cleaner planet helps us all. Make sure to fill out the form on the bottom of their page after purchasing and receiving you palette. In the top right hand corner you will see “CODE: —-” once you enter that code, your email and full name it will plant a tree! You will also receive a confirmation and certificate via your email. — Amazing right? I think so!

In collaboration with Clarins, all opinions are my own.

Tonya Michelle

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Stocking Stuffer Beauty Event With Kroger!

The Holidays is just around the corner! I swear it was just August. Right? Time sure does fly when it’s warm outside! haha.  Today I’ve teamed up with Kroger to share their Beauty Event and how I’m using it to my advantage to purchase some great stocking stuffer must haves for my girlfriends. Below you will find a sneak peek at what my girlfriends will be receiving as gifts. I’m lucky that my friends also appreciate a killer sale and beauty products!! It’s a win-win!

Kroger is the perfect one stop shop. I pick up my grocery needs and then I’m also able to shop their wide variety​ ​of​ ​beauty products. I’m able to find all the brands that I love and need! In my most recent trip I was able to save some extra money because of their coupons. Over $20 in savings with the digital coupon you can download! (Coupons are a one time use.)

I grabbed 3 of each product:

Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Spray 

Nexxus​ ​-​ ​Save​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Nexxus​ ​Hair​ ​product​ ​(excluding​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes)

Purchased the Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Spray – perfect hold for your Holiday get togethers!

Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation 

Revlon​ ​-​ Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation,​ ​Concealer,​ ​or​ ​Primer.

I purchased the Revlon Youth FX foundation. My girlfriends and I have been wanting to try these!

Jergens Lotion 

Jergens​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Jergens®​ ​Moisturizer​ ​10​ ​oz.​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​(Excludes Jergens®​ ​Natural​ ​Glow®​ ​Products​ ​and​ ​Trial​ ​&​ ​Travel​ ​Sizes)

I purchased the Skin Firming, Hydrating Coconut and Soothing Aloe.

CoverGirl 

CoverGirl​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​CoverGirl​ ​Mascara​ ​or​ ​Eyeliner​ ​Product

I purchased 3 of my favorite liners – Perfect Point Plus in Black.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​facial​ ​cleansing​ ​towelette!

I purchased the Cucumber & Sage, Peach & Willow Bark and Pink Grapefruit. 

All of the products and coupons you can shop: Nexxus​ ​-​ ​Save​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Nexxus​ ​Hair​ ​product​ ​(excluding​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes) ● Noxzema​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Noxzema​ ​product​ ​(excludes​ ​trial​ ​and​ ​travel sizes) ● Suave​ ​Hair​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Suave​ ​Professionals​ ​Shampoo​ ​or​ ​Conditioner 12.6oz​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​OR​ ​Suave​ ​Treatment​ ​product​ ​(excludes​ ​trial​ ​&​ ​travel​ ​sizes) ● Vaseline​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​any​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Vaseline​ ​Intensive​ ​Care​ ​Lotion​ ​(excluding​ ​trial and​ ​travel​ ​sizes) ● Revlon​ ​-​ Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Revlon​ ​Youth​ ​Fx​ ​Foundation,​ ​Concealer,​ ​or​ ​Primer ● CoverGirl​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$3.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​CoverGirl​ ​Mascara​ ​or​ ​Eyeliner​ ​Product ● Garnier​ ​Nutrisse​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Garnier​ ​Nutrisse​ ​Hair​ ​Color​ ​Product ● Schwarzkopf​ -​ ​Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Schwarzkopf®​ ​Hair​ ​Product​ ​(including​ ​got2b®, Keratin​ ​Color​ ​and​ ​GLISS®) ● Jergens​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Jergens®​ ​Moisturizer​ ​10​ ​oz.​ ​or​ ​larger​ ​(Excludes Jergens®​ ​Natural​ ​Glow®​ ​Products​ ​and​ ​Trial​ ​&​ ​Travel​ ​Sizes) ● Live​ ​Clean​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$0.75​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Live​ ​Clean®​ ​Shampoo​ ​or​ ​Conditioner​ ​(any​ ​size, any​ ​variety) ● Shea​ ​Moisture​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$2.00​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​SheaMoisture​ ​Product ● Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​-​ ​Save​ ​$1.50​ ​when​ ​you​ ​buy​ ​ONE​ ​(1)​ ​Burt’s​ ​Bees​ ​facial​ ​cleansing​ ​towelette!

Stockings are now stuffed and my wallet is too! haha Thank you Kroger for a great sale!! I hope you find something perfect for the person your making a stocking for. Make sure to use this offer before it ends on 12/30!!! It’s always a great day when you’re able to accomplish some Holiday shopping and save some money as well.

xx, Tonya Michelle.

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Carl and I Took A Gaylord National Harbor Resort Staycation!

Carl and I had the BEST staycation last weekend at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort. Sometimes you just need to pack a bag and take a trip. Even if it’s only 45 mins away! Who else agrees?! *Raises Hand*

I first want to share this amazing view to you. Inside the Gaylord National is incredible. You have a “mini town” like feel inside with this view — I wanted to pack another bag and stay longer. Our room had a balcony with a chair, a great place to sit in the morning and watch the sunrise.

Below you can see the “mini town” feel I was speaking of. They have restaurants and a coffee bar you can enjoy without having to leave! Harbor Marketplace, The Cocoa Bean, Belvedere Lobby Bar, Pose Rooftop Lounge, National Pastime Sports Bar And Grill (We stopped here for apps before exploring the National Harbor), Pienza Marketplace (we had breakfast here), Old Hickory Steakhouse.

Our room was cozy and had such a nice home feel to it. I loved how spacious the room was, Carl is 6’4″ — he needs it, haha. We walked in and we had to force ourselves to go explore. The tv’s have Netflix — Don’t threaten us with a good time. We almost stayed in at 4pm and turned it on…but we didn’t! We went exploring to the Capital Wheel!

All dressed up for our night out! (He’s acting like he doesn’t like his photo taken…haha)

We walked hand and hand (cute as ever –right?) down to the Capital Wheel! It’s the first time for both of us to ride the wheel and I was beyond nervous. I’m afraid of heights and of course he was fine. It took me 2-3 times around at first to relax. After that, I was in awe of the view. We lucked out and perfectly planned our ride. Sunset!!!

 

It was like going on a first date all over again. Sometimes you have to act that way. Do spontaneous trips, stay-cations or date nights! We really had a great time on the Capital Wheel. Add it to your list of things to do when you’re in the area or if you’re local!

That smile is a smile of conquering my fear of heights!! I’m so glad I gave it shot, the view is incredible and I’m proud of doing something I normally would be too afraid to do.

After the Capital Wheel adventure we walked on over to do a little shopping. Stopped at the PEEPS store as well as Charming Charlie’s to kill some time before dinner at The Walrus – Oyster & Ale House. Dinner at The Walrus was mouth watering! Below I’ll share our dinner with you, but beware — You might be hungry after this portion of my post.

(Photo above is a great shot during the day! I got it from their website, wanted to give a better idea of how open and the atmosphere can be killer during lunch, happy hour or evening!)

We decided to start with some appetizers! Crispy Calamari for Carl, I had Shrimp and Hushpuppies! I was lucky to get any good photos during this meal. We both couldn’t wait to dive into the food. Everything looked AMAZING, it tasted even fresher than we thought it would. The Shrimp was my favorite, I usually love peel -n- eat shrimp when it’s boiled and hot. I was wondering how I would like this since it’s on ice. They spice the shrimp, go over it quickly with a flame to sear the top and then ice it. Honestly — It was better than anything I’ve had! Again, so glad to try something new.

We then ordered our main courses, let’s just say I love food and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. ha-ha. I ordered the Bell & Evans Half Roasted Chicken, it takes 25 mins to slow cook but we had our wine refilled and didn’t mind waiting for the meal! It’s a herb citrus marinade, sautéed curly spinach, roasted fingerlings, red wine butter chicken gravy. YUMMMMYYYY!!

Carl got the Land & Sea! Half pound Shenandoah Valley ribeye, Maryland jumbo lump crab cake with butter sauce, grilled broccolini, mashed potatoes. He didn’t talk much when it came out so you know he was happy. He ate all of his meal and then half of mine! ha-ha.

I was SO FULL at this moment but if you’re anything like me, there is ALWAYS room for desert – right? I decided to go for the homemade apple pie and ice cream. It’s made to order. You guys, it was incredible, I mean …. Just look at it:

I will NOT be showing an after photo – we went to town! haha. I’m so thankful to The Walrus for hosting us. We had an incredible dinner and we truly enjoyed the atmosphere. We’ve been talking about when we will go next! We heard on Mondays they have the best fried chicken anyone could ever ask for. We’re gonna have to put that to the test here soon!

We headed back to the room after dinner to find a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers waiting for us. We decided to stay in, enjoy those and watch Stranger Things 2!!! (We binge watched and finished the next day haha) The next morning we woke up and had walked downstairs to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Pienza.

 

 

 

 

We explored the Relâche Spa & Salon after breakfast!

It was time to get pampered before heading back home.

I got a 80 minute facial and Carl got a 60 min massage. We both needed some extra love after our crazy schedules lately with work. Make sure to always take time for yourself and also as a couple.

They have a gorgeous couple massage room — we will def be having this next time. Look at that view!!

Also you can enjoy their separate Men’s & Women’s Lounges with tea, water and light snacks. A steam room and pool which you can see below. We def should of planned for more time there. We will be making sure that happens next time.

Their spa offers different lines of products, you can even purchase! Which is nice to be able to try certain products during your facial first and then decide which you love to bring home.

The service list they offer is impressive; Body scrub, Body wrap, Couple’s Massage, Eye Treatments, Facials, Foot bath, Hair & scalp treatments, Kids Services, Lip Treatments, Makeup Services, Manicures/pedicures, Massage lessons, Massages, Men’s services, Paraffin hand treatments and Waxing! You can truly go there and get all your needs handled.

We left our stay at the Gaylord National Harbor feeling refreshed and closer. Whether you’re in town for a conference, vacation or even live here I highly recommend you spend your time there. They treat you like royalty and all the options they have between restaurants and things to do in the area is incredible. It’s convenient and accessible! Always remember, take time for yourself and enjoy it.

Thank you to the Gaylord National Harbor for hosting us during our stay, you made it such a wonderful experience for the both of us. Thank you also to The Walrus – our dinner was delicious. You both forever has a customer in us and we can’t wait to come back.

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xx, Tonya Michelle

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Day 1 Shu Uemura Art Of Hair x Gallery Of Style Tokyorama

I was honored to travel to Tokyo with Shu Uemura Art of Hair for their Gallery Of Style Tokyorama finalist contest. I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words this amazing experience. Can I be honest? It’s hard! Learning about Shu Uemura, meeting with the team & the finalists, exploring Tokyo was incredible. Below I will go through some of my favorite moments, products and explain a little background about the legend himself on DAY 1! Day 2 and 3 will be separate blog posts – more in depth on the Gallery Of Style completion and their designs, so keep your eye out and enjoy!!!!

Waking up this view didn’t get old. Tokyo reminds me of NYC but bigger and calmer. haha – Not kidding. I only heard one horn being blown during our entire stay. Can’t lie, I appreciated it.

Day 1: We toured the city, 100% acted like tourist and we had a blast. Below you will find our photos from the Senso-Ji Temple, Ueno Toshogu Autumn Dahlia Garden and us enjoying sukiyaki!!

The entrance to the Ueno Toshogu Autumn Dahlia Garden, one of our favorite places! It was such a gorgeous experience. Some of the dahlias were taller than me, no joke!! I wish I could of taken some with me.

Had to stop and take a stunning photo of a few Shu Uemura products! The morning we left for our day I used cleansing oil shampoo gentle radiance cleanser for normal hair and scalp and after blow drying, I added a dime size of their essence absolute nourishing protective oil. I then used my straightener and my hair stayed straight ALL day. No joke. I got so much feedback and questions when I posted on my insta-stories. It’s true. I’m officially hooked. You need to add this to your “must have” list for hair products. Trust me! Nothing worse than your hair curling or getting frizzy when you’re trying to have silky smooth hair.

We then started to walk to the Senso-Ji Temple. When we first arrived it wasn’t busy and I was able to truly just take a minute to appreciate my surroundings. I even called my grandma (3am EST) and luckily she was awake! I was able to share some of this experience with her which was a great feeling.

It’s almost like playing “Wheres Waldo?” but “Wheres Tonya?” — it was packed within 5 mins! People of all cultures and backgrounds swarmed the area, taking photos, all wanting to feel the history. Being around so much culture and history made me realize how small we each are in such a bigger picture. It’s life changing.

By now we’re all starving and sukiyaki is calling our name! Luckily, Carl and I aren’t strangers to this. Our neighbors made it for us before and we loved it. Below you can view the process and after. Yum!

Day 1 was amazing — as you can see. We had a blast enjoying Tokyo. Day 2 and 3 will be coming this week on my blog. Stay tuned for some amazing hair creations and my top 5 products!!!

Mr. Shu Uemura himself, the legend.

“Mr. Shu Uemura is recognized around the world as a true master of contemporary beauty. He took a revolutionary path to polarize the art of makeup. With an unwavering passion, he has built a global brand synonymous with artistic expression, purity and quality. In August 2007, Shu Uemura Art of Hair was launched in the United States, expanding Mr. Shu Uemura’s mastery of beauty from face to now include hair. Today, Mr. Shu Uemura’s unique vision of eastern beauty combined with the sophistication of western glamour continues to inspire professionals around the globe.”  – Shu Uemura The Art of Hair 

Top 10 Shu Uemura haircare products – click HERE.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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