Celebrate every Season with Wines of Provence.

Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing glass of rosé in the summertime? I’ve partnered with Wines of Provence to bring you to Provence, France to experience the birthplace of rosé with me!

Provence, France, produced 139 million bottles of rosé in 2017 alone—making Provence the home of 5% of rosé in the entire world!

I couldn’t wait to try this new rosé with my best girlfriends and with Kristin’s birthday coming up, we thought it would be the perfect occasion to celebrate Kristin, as well as Wines of Provence rosé coming to the U.S.A with a birthday barbecue!

Today, the girls and I had a nice picnic with fruit, cheese and crackers and antipasti. All of us thought that the rosé was really refreshing and the taste of it didn’t overwhelm our palette allowing us to enjoy everything we brought to our picnic.

The following weekend, Carl and I threw a little BBQ for our friends and family grilling steaks with hot dogs and hamburgers. What was great about our BBQ is that we didn’t have to limit our food options to accommodate the wine. Wines of Provence rosé goes with everything from meat and seafood to dessert!

As the sun went down and it started to get a little chilly, the rosé was still as refreshing as it was when we first opened the bottle which got me thinking that a nice glass of Wines of Provence rosé can be refreshing any time of year. I could picture our upcoming girls nights this winter and fall enjoying rosé around the fireplace or coming in from shoveling the snow to relax with a glass of rosé.

I highly recommend Wines of Provence’s rosé. It’s light, crisp and refreshing and when you close your eyes, you can picture the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea with every sip!

When do you like to enjoy a bottle of rosé?

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

How I overcame Bias in the workplace.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve partnered with Olay today to share how to overcome bias in the workplace. Olay is a brand that celebrates women and female pilots who break boundaries to rise above and live fearlessly. I’m thankful to share my story with you!

As a young business woman, I’ve always had to deal with bias in a workplace environment. Bias is everywhere, but most often affects women and younger employees. I was both of those things. I’ve gotten, “aren’t you a little too young for this?” more times than I can count.

I remember when I got my first promotion at my first job when I was in high school. I was the youngest employee promoted to customer service. The rest of my co-workers in customer service were in their mid-40’s to 50’s, and everyone seemed to question why I was promoted “so young.”

I would often experience helping a customer, providing them with all of the correct answers to their questions, and them watch them walk away and ask an older employee the same questions, just to make sure I had given them the correct information.

Later in life, before I became a full-time blogger, I worked in the real-estate industry. Luckily, I had a boss that truly believed in me and my abilities, and always stood up for me. She was my biggest advocate, and always reminded clients that they didn’t have to go to her for answers when “Tonya can answer all of your questions for you.” I really appreciate that. I believe that teamwork in a work environment is very important and I was lucky to have it for my last job, my others I wasn’t so lucky.

The biggest takeaway from my experience as a young woman in the workforce is that you can’t take things too personally. Naturally, people want their answers validated and will gravitate toward what they believe is an authority figure to get those answers validated. I always tried to be the best employee I possibly could, and when I didn’t know the answer to a question, I found out that answer for the customer.

Age is just a number. Just because you may be older or younger than someone, does not make you smarter or more equipped to do the job than they can. Focus on your strengths and build off of them. Everyone has different skill sets. Use them to your advantage!

Never let someone’s attitude effect yours, I could of easily been defeated in any of the situations where this happened over and over to me. BUT I didn’t – I stayed professional and proved myself, which I will always do. I know sometimes it’s easier said than done but in the end, not letting someone effect you, will make you stronger.

Have you had a similar experience? Share below! I would love to hear how you overcame it as well. We are learning more and more to stand up and speak for ourselves – I couldn’t be more proud.

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

New Beauty Weekly Recap!

I decided since I receive so many of the newest beauty products that I would start doing a weekly recap each week for you guys to let you know what just came out! So some of these below are NEW products on the market and also products I’m trying/seeing for the first time.

Nars, Fresh, It Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, Too Faced, Lancome, Urban Decay, Neutrogena, ColourPop, Bath & Body Works.

Urban Decay – NEW LO-FI Lip Mousse: Whipped to airy perfection, Lo-Fi Lip Mousse is a weightless, buildable, waterproof lip color. Lo-Fi provides high-impact color with a velvety soft finish that feels like you’re wearing nothing. I love that ultimately can use this as a blush and lipstick.

Nars 7 Deadly Sins – Coming soon! Hasn’t hit stores yet. It’s perfect for traveling when you might need options and don’t feel like bringing 7+ lipsticks with you!

It Cosmetics – I’ve been a huge fan of this brand for a few years. If you’re looking for a light weight Matte foundation – this is a must. I love how their products don’t CLOG your pores, I’ve had a lot of foundations in the past really end up hurting my skin.

Bath & Body Works –  Lovely Dreamer is one of their newest scents and I LOVE IT. Caroline was like “where is this from” and she couldn’t believe it! Right now it’s BUY 3 and get TWO free or BUY 2 and get 1 FREE. It’s a blend of fluffy musk, clean woods, white iris & fresh bergamot.

Fresh – Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence -fights pollution and signs of aging while increasing moisture and luminosity for a lustrous complexion.

Too Faced – When these first arrived I thought they would be too “metallic” to wear day to day, but after swatching them I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. These would easily work for any look. I would love some more color options!

ColourPop – 9 colors in this eye palette: New Digs: matte pastel peach, Anthem: metallic bright pinky copper, Dynamite: matte burnt orange, Hotel: metallic vivid copper, Motel: satin hot pinky coral, B+B: metallic pinky gold, Floaties: bright metallic orange, OOO: hot orange coral, Unwind: matte rich terracotta.

Neutrogena – I dived into this body gel this weekend – the smell is amazing! Left my skin feeling soft and not dry. I get super dry after showering, even in the Summer. I hope to try their other scents after I finish this one. I’ve always been a huge fan of their makeup wipes so I’m glad they are expanding their body line.

Lacome- L’ABSOLU LACQUER GLOSS – These are the perfect buildable lipglosses – I personally love these because it depends on how much color you’d like you can apply more.

Bite Beauty – Lip Crayons. This brand is one that I tried years ago and have been a fan of their formulas! I personally like the lip crayons better than regular lipsticks cause of travel and I like the sleekness of it.

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

My top 6 money saving apps!

With all of the anniversary and semi-annual sales going on, you’ll need to save some money to pay for all the fun new clothes you’ll be getting! And who doesn’t love saving money, especially if it’s so easy!

I’ve compiled all of my favorite apps and Google Chrome plug-ins that will save you money while you shop and make every day purchases!

Drop

This is a newer app that I discovered and one I love. Drop syncs your credit and debit cards that you use every day and asks you to pick five places that you use your cards at consistently. I picked Uber, Lyft, Chipotle, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. Whenever you use your cards at those locations, you can redeem your points for gift cards! I just got a $5 gift card to use at Starbucks just by using my cards like I normally do!

Honey

This one is for all of my online shopping addicts. Caroline showed me this Google Chrome plug-in and I don’t know how I lived without it before! When online shopping, Honey automatically searches for coupons in the background, and applies them when you go to check out! I have saved SO much money using Honey, and I almost always find a coupon code to use!

Acorns

THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!! For those that have a hard time saving money, this one’s for you. Acorns syncs to your credit and debit cards and automatically rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests it for you! I have over $4,000 in mine and it’s been almost 2 years. It’s forced savings for those who are bad at saving money and it’s so easy to use! You’ll feel good about saving too. Get $5 when you use my invite link: CLICK HERE 

Gas Buddy

This is another app that Caroline recommended to me. Gas Buddy is an app that tracks your location to show you the lowest gas prices in your area. It syncs to your checking account when you order a Gas Buddy “debit card” and will save you 15 cents per gallon the first time you use it, and 10 cents per gallon every time after that! I haven’t filled up my gas tank without Gas Buddy since!

Cartwheel for Target

For all of my Target addicts! Cartwheel is an awesome app that will show you all of the deals going on at your local Target. Simply add the deals you want to use to your “shopping cart” within the app and pull it up in store when you check out to use all of your coupons!

Shopkick

Shopkick is another app for shopping addicts looking to save money. Tell Shopkick your favorite stores and whenever you go into those stores, all you have to do is “check-in” and you get points that you can redeem for gift cards! I recently redeemed my points to get a gift card for Home Goods! It’s that easy!

Do you have a favorite money saving app?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

Add a Graphic T-Shirt to your Day and share a laugh!

This summer, graphic T-shirts have been my go-to outfit to pair with jeans, shorts, or even workout leggings. I love being able to express myself when it comes to fashion, and graphic tees make it so simple and fun to share a laugh with friends and family or even a stranger walking by that yells out “I love your shirt!”

Most of these graphic tees are under $40 and SO cute I’m about to get rid of all of my graphic tees just so I can buy these ones! I swear these make my day! Which is your favorite?

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – The first of our picks!

It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my favorite shopping days of the year, besides Black Friday of course!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts next week, July 12, if you’re a Nordstrom card holder and July 20 for non-card holders. My personal assistant, Caroline, and I have compiled a FEW of our favorite picks to make your Anniversary Sale shopping experience fun and easy! We will pushing out more posts as the sale goes on!

Caroline’s Picks:

Rompers/Jumpsuits

I love rompers and jumpsuits in the summer time. Nordstrom sells some of my favorite brands that give off a summer-beachy vibe which is definitely my kind of style.

Tops

Most of the tops in my closet are going-out tops, but you can never have too many right?

Shoes

I’m not a big shoe girl, so I usually opt for the comfy ones because I get such bad blisters. I loved these picks I found.

Bags

I’m also not a purse kind of girl either! But recently, I’ve learned to love them. These were my non-purse girl approved picks.

Sunglasses

I usually splurge on sunglasses, but I also like to switch it up every now and then with a fun, cheap pair!

Dresses

Whenever I shop for dresses, I usually stick to neutral colors so I can match them with fun accessories I have!

Fall Inspo

Last but not least, these are my top picks for fall!

Tonya’s Picks

Rompers:

Shoes:

Bags:

Sunnies:

Dresses:

Fall Inspo:

 

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading

Creating our Wedding Registry with Crate & Barrel made easy with The Knot.

One of the most fun parts about wedding planning is creating your wedding registry. I have partnered with The Knot and Crate & Barrel to share my Wedding Registry Journey with you. The Knot makes creating yours simple by having everything you could ever need in one spot. From fun honeymoon excursions to small kitchen appliances, everything on your post-wedding “to do” list can be accomplished by just sharing your registry link with your guests, that’s it!

Carl and I are super excited to have our registry with Crate & Barrel! Their collection of houseware and furniture is so unique that everything feels custom-made just for you. When Carl and I moved in together five years ago, we joined together all of our existing household items such as pots and pans and dishes, so everything in our kitchen is mismatched! So, dinnerware, silverware, pots and pans and other dishware are at the top of our list from Crate & Barrel.

Crate & Barrel also has so many perks of registering with them, including a “thank you for registering with us” gift of stemless wine glasses in an embroidered linen bag, how cute! Additionally, you receive a 10% discount in stores for 6 months after your wedding to get anything you may have left off your registry. And for your friends and family, free shipping on any items in your registry over $99!

Besides the obvious kitchen appliances, my registry also includes fun excursions Carl and I want to do on our honeymoon to Italy. Unlike a relaxing beach vacation, Italy has so many amazing opportunities to explore the country and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I didn’t want to leave Italy after our honeymoon feeling like we haven’t done everything we wanted to do, so I started making a registry on The Knot which made it not only so easy, but so much fun as well.

They also have a section when you walk in called “Gifts We Love” with some of their top picks if you’re looking for a gift. I actually saw these salt and pepper shakers and added a similar kind to our registry after seeing them.

The Knot also has the option for you to choose a charity of your choice in addition to the items you place on your registry. With each qualified gift purchase, The Knot will automatically donate 3% of your purchase to the charity you chose!

Additionally, The Knot provides a helpful “gift tally” on your registry, where guests who like to know where their money is going can easily see how much a dining set would cost or small kitchen appliances.

Working with The Knot and Crate & Barrel has gotten me so excited for our upcoming wedding, especially because of how easy and fun they make the hassle of creating a wedding registry!

Want to check out what we added to our registry? Click HERE.

Continue Reading

How to dress festive yet stylish for the 4th of July! + Most Deals Under $40!!

I love being festival for holidays, not only because it’s fun but it brings us all together! I picked some of my favorite deals you can find in store and online for Wednesday’s fun Fourth of July.

My outfit above: 

Skirt is Ashley Mason (sold at Nordstrom Rack and Walmart, but they are sold out) I’ve linked some others below:

Shoes:

Fanny Packs: (Mine was sent to me from It Cosmetics)

Some other adorable pieces you can wear for the 4th of July or add into your daily wardrobe:

Hope everyone has a fun filled Fourth of July and maybe even found something fun to wear!

xx, Tonya Michelle

Continue Reading