5.28.2014

Daring + Lookie Lous Giveaway!

"A woman who dares to dream, has ambition, 
and is smart. That's sexy."
Fred Harrison

My husband and I have been married for close to 22 years. We were fresh out of college when we first met. He was an aspiring sound engineer, and I, the artsy, whimsical, lover of fashion. And interesting pair, but for some strange reason, it was a great match.

After many years of marriage and raising our teenage sons (12 & 16), sometimes I feel rather...well, let's just say that sometimes I feel less than desirable. I feel like I'm a Mom, and less like a woman that one would be attracted too. Do some of you understand what I mean? Am I alone with this feeling? It's not that I don't feel attractive physically, but sometimes I feel as if I've lost my mojo. In these instances, I'll find myself going into my coquettish mode, and I work a little harder at removing the stigma often associated with being a middle-aged mother of two...I go daring.

I have discovered that, for my life, I have to have several different wardrobes to pull from. Which wardrobe I select from depends largely on what I'm trying to accomplish. There is, of course, my wardrobe for having fun with my family; social events; outfits for religious services and occasions, etc, etc. And then there is the wardrobe for alone time with my husband. These pieces usually consist of items that step outside the "I'm a conservative Mom" box and into the "I'm bold and I'm daring" box. Today's look is a perfect example of the latter. Enjoy!


Today's look: Double Side Slit Dress: Tango Rose on Balboa Island for $15, Shoes by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Hat: Eric Javitz (old but similar HERE), Stacked cuff: from Mexico (similar on Amazon), Polish is Devil's Advocate by essie.



When I tried this dress on, I stepped out of the dressing room and said to my husband, "I'll have to sew up the side slits a bit." He looked puzzled and said, "Why?" Needless to say, I left the slits alone. This look definitely takes me out of the stereotype zone. I feel va va voom, and yet, with the added touches of femininity and classic details, I haven't loss sight of Glenda. Which is important: (tweet this) When trying a new look, go for it, but still keep pieces of you in the overall look. And no, it isn't your imagination, my legs are a shade or two lighter. I need some sun on them.




During our quiet conversations, my husband will often remind me what attracted him to me. He often states, "A woman who dares to dream, has ambition, and is smart. That is sexy. That is you." Friends, now you know why he's a keeper{wink}

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Photos by Freddy

And now, a product review from an innovative company called lookie lous!
This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

I have always been impressed when I learn about a woman who has an idea, and then works towards making that idea a reality. Such is the case for Kelly Coty, the creator of the revolutionary eyewear called lookie lous. When approached by the company to do a product review and give-away, I was excited to do just that.

lookie lous and their decorative pouch.
My lookie lous arrived in an adorable orange, white and gray decorative pouch, which doubles as a handy carrier for stashing them away. I was impressed with the quirky pouch design and the creative product name. The stand alone unique feature of lookie lous is the fact that you won't have to worry about misplacing your eye glasses any longer because they can be worn as a headband for your hair! Inventor and mother of two teenage daughters, Kelly Coty, designed lookie lous when she became frustrated with misplacing several of her ordinary readers. The idea came to light after spending a day cleaning up and organizing her daughters large quantities of hair accessories which were scattered around the house. After finishing cleaning, Kelly settled into her home office, ready to review some documents, she reached for the readers she'd begun wearing on her head and realized she was still wearing one of her daughter's plastic hairbands. From that poignant moment, the work on lookie lous began.

Me in my transparent lookie lous.
The lookie lous revolutionary design is perfect for the woman with long hair since they can double as a hairband. Being that I wear my hear short, this feature isn't important for me, but it was nice to know that I could simply swipe them on top of my head without the worries of them bending and breaking. I did find that the quality of the vision prescription was spot on at +2.0. (the other magnifications include +1.0 and +1.5). The lightweight lookie lous are scratch resistant and UV rated to protect the full scope of your eyes. Though the lookie lous featured in this review are transparent, they do offer four (4) other colors to choose from, which include: Los Angeles Sand, Paris Pink, London Gray and New York Black.

While wearing the lookie lous for some time I did find that the fit did begin to feel uncomfortable on the bridge of my nose and behind my ears. Two areas that I am very sensitive. However, when my husband tried them on, he found the fit quite comfortable in both areas. I came to the conclusion that the shape of our heads is most likely the determining factor in the comfort. While my head is more narrow and oval, Fred's head shape is fuller and round.

Fred in the transparent lookie lous.
A great plus for the lookie lous is that they are very easy to care for - Simply clean them with a soft cloth. If you need to remove hair product or oils, eyeglass cleaners or a 50/50 mix of water and alcohol can be used. It's that simple!

My overall impression of lookie lous: First, I would like to offer my congratulations to the creator, Kelly Coty, for inventing such a unique and inventive product. Like a stated previously, I am always impressed by daring women who have the guts and guile to make things happen and come to life. For the low price of $39.99, I do believe that the product is a worthwhile purchase. The only issue I had was with the sensitivity on the bridge of my nose and behind my ears. This may not be a concern for you.

Here's your chance to WIN a new pair of lookie lous in your prescription strength and in your chosen color. All you have to do is enter below. Good Luck!
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I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

64 comments:

  1. Wow! That is what I call a gorgeous look! It is elegant and sexy on you, and the hat adds an extra touch of femininity to your outfit!
    I understand well what you say about being a mother and a woman...I have no children but somethimes think in a similar way!

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    1. Thanks Dan! I'm really happy with the way this look turned out. I wish I could always feel vivacious, but reality is I often don't.

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  2. Gorgeous dress and just perfect for warm summer weather!

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  3. You look fabulous. I love the Dress and you combined it pefectly !! <3

    Mundo from www.theeche.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the dress :)

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  4. That black and white dress was made for you! You look lovely, Glenda. And I love that hat! Great product review too! :-)

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Whitney!

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  5. This is a very nice maxi dress and you look great...we are in our 24th year of marriage is it's fun keeping things hot hot hot!

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    1. Yes it is. I completely agree and thank you!

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  6. The dress is splendid on you. I think the split is very tasteful, Glenda. I am glad you decided not to sew it up some. It is just a very classy maxi. I just love that print. Black and white is so eye-catching. The Lookie Lous eyewear seems like a win-win for some. Your review is very detailed which I always appreciate when I am learning about a product. Great post, as usual.

    Sharon
    http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I'm glad I didn't sew them up either. I feel great in the dress! I'm glad you like the review. I tried to be as honest and thorough as possible.

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  7. Bold and sexy but still incredibly classy! Love this look on you! Trust me you aren't the only one who feels that way, I think it's something after having children. They are the best blessing but not always the best on our body image. Trust me when I say I think you look incredible!

    xx Cara

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    1. Thank you Cara. Yes, they are truly blessings.

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  8. My dear Glenda you are bold and sexy. I'm sure Fred thought just that 22 yrs ago. Looking forward to more. . .

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  9. You look gorgeous in that dress! Your husband is right-no need to sew up the slits when you have such lovely legs! Yes, as a woman of 47 with an adult son, I have been through my share of those times when I just felt like anything but a sexy woman. I think that was more when I was in my thirties and had a small child though. I was fully into mum mode and at a time when I was still young I felt frumpy. I remember looking at myself in the mirror and saying to my then husband "I look like somebody's mum." He said, "You are somebody's mum."
    Those glasses are quite a creative concept! Like you I can be very sensitive behind the ears and also I have crooked ears, with one a bit lower than the other so my glasses have to be adjusted to accommodate that. Fred looks great in them. On a man they remind me of Geordie in Star Trek TNG-the very sexy LeVar Burton!

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    1. I felt the same way in my 30s, but for some reason, it didn't matter as much. Now, in my late 40s, it matters. Probably because my sons are older and less needy. So, I feel like there isn't an excuse for me to look like...well, you get the picture.
      I'm glad you like the dress. It's fun to wear!

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  10. Love the dress! It looks fabulous on you! I am not sure I would be able to pull that look off at 5'3" with out heels but you look like a sexy Mama!! (y)

    The glasses are indeed a creative piece of work!! I am always putting my prescription glasses on top of my head when I am not reading or after driving and they stretch out. What a great idea this would be if we could get prescription glass like these!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I actually felt like a sexy Mama. Would you believe I'm only 5'2"

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  11. You look fabulous, Glenda! Always right on point! Love the black and white (no surprise ;) ) and the slits add an understated sexy combined with those amazing sandals, that is hard to beat!

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    1. I'm glad I took my husband advice and didn't sew up the slits. I feel fantastic in this sexy number ;)

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  12. You look va va voom Glenda and you look Glenda_ish. I am totally in love with the dress and the look on you. Have I to say more? GORGEOUS in capital letters honey!
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Lenya! I was afraid I might not look Glenda-ish :)

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  13. Okay Glenda, the first thing I saw when I looked at my BlogLovin' email was you in this dress - just fabulous. I love, love, love it and you definitely don't fall into the stereotypical middle-aged mom category.

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    1. Thank you Steph! It's wonderful when an inexpensive purchase can be such a striking look.

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  14. Oh wow the dress looks wonderful the side slits are perfect! + 22 years of marriage that's awesome! Great review glasses that double as a headband great idea.

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  15. Damn...you look hot!!! Love the total look!

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    1. Darlene, that is what my hubby said! Thank you

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  16. Oh Glenda, trust me, you are looking VERY desirable here! And I love that your hubby and you have been together for so long! I've been with my boyfriend for 13 years now and as you know I'm still (kinda...) young, so I love hearing stories about other couples that met young and stayed together, happily.

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    1. Melissa, you are so young. You must have been a child when you and your boyfriend first came together!

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  17. Love , Love , Love the dress Glenda! Nice product review also. Thanks for the post. Women ask me all the time how I manage to stay married for 26 years. At the top of my list of keeping a marriage fresh is giving my husband a new girlfriend at least once or twice a year. lol.. Funny but true.... I do this by changing not only my look, but my routine, and also our home. You'll be surprised at what changing the position of your bedroom furniture can do. Woop Woop!

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    1. That is awesome Kina!!! I didn't realize you'd been married so long. Congrats.

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  18. What a sweet story behind this dress! Your husband seems to be a wonderful and complementary part of your life and he makes feel you good, comfortable, as a woman and sexy! In July my husband and I will celebrate 25 years wedding anniversary and I will not miss a minute of it!
    My husband supports me very much and do my self-esteem very good.
    Your dress is awesome! Perfect you have not sewn to the slots!! Very nice pictures in the sun.

    have a wonderful day
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Dana, we are very fortunate to have such loving and supportive husbands.

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  19. Glenda, you are a true diva! You look like Audrey Hepburn in this lovely, feminine, sexy, elegant outfit! It is my new favorite of yours!! I think I understand what you mean. It's not that after years the fire is gone - but we feel a bit tired (or a lot tired). Such a dress is a great tool to repair our tired soul again. :) xxxx

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    1. Funny you mention the lovely Ms. Hepburn. When I purchased the hat, I was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany. This was over 20 years ago. Now, when I wear it, I always think of her. She was such an inspiration.

      Thank you for all the kind words. I truly do love this outfit. It made me feel good about myself!

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  20. Super pretty dress, showing off great legs! Yeah, I think most of us middle aged gals can relate to feeling less than hot sometimes. But we still got it, Guuurl!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad others could relate to what I was saying. And yes, we still have it. Thanks Lucy!!

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  21. Fantastic dress and you look great, Glenda.
    fashionfascinate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! My husband likes it too ;)

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  23. Yes, he is definitely a keeper! I can so relate to every word you wrote and thank you for sharing this with us. In my eyes, you always have your "Glenda" on and I look forward to each and every one of your posts. Your fashion sense is always so inspiring.

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    1. Wow, Trina, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is so touching. I am flattered!

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  24. Fabulous dress, and what a sweet husband : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

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  25. Congrats on 22 years - I can totally see why you've been married so long! You look gorgeous in that dress - I know what you mean about feeling like a mom all the time, and wanting to show off your sexy side. Those glasses are very interesting - what a great idea!

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    1. Thank you for commenting Lana, and thank you for being so kind!

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  26. Completely gorgeous on you, Glenda. Such a lovely maxi ... they can go schlumpy pretty fast, but not a hint of it here! Modest, but daring. Quite a summery tour de force, as so many of your combinations and choices are!
    Congrats on 22 years. He has excellent taste, as it seems you do!

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    1. You are a lady of beautiful words. Thank you Jan!

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  27. Beautiful post! You are quite the stylish lady and that dress is just one example! Be Blessed!
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. Thank you Robin and many blessings to you as well.

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  28. Wow, Glenda, I love this look on you and it is refreshing to see this side of you. Hubby is one lucky man, not just for this bit because of your true essence. Your vitality,deletion of a mom,and such a savvy fashion guru... Lucky indeed, you two!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  29. Oh dear, I truly am vexed by my typing. I meant devotion and not deletion and think an old time shrink would have a heyday with that, but it is just clumsy fingers and aging eyes !
    So sorry!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  30. I love the dress, you look amazing! The lookie lous glasses are very unique.

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  31. Beautiful dress. And your husband is such a honey to not understand why you wanted to sew the slits.
    Amazing that is was only $ 15.
    You definitely are desirable and not mumsy in this dress.
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks. Men are funny. Aren't they? It's amazing what can be found at bargain prices at the beach community boutiques.

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