Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last time my @angelodavidhair haircut was for @pantene #beautifullengths but this time it was just for ME! #TressesTuesday #Hair


When an invite to 'Get Gorgeous During NYFW (New York Fashion Week)' hits my inbox and it's from my favorite New York City Salon, I am definitely ALL over it. My love for Angelo David Salon and my Fave Stylist Ivy runs deep, I met them at Getting Gorgeous 2014, and a few months later I went to the salon for a very special haircut - I donated over 13 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths (PBL) for women with Cancer. Check out the current PBL #8or8 campaign - where you can either donate 8 inches of hair or donate $8 dollars to help the cause!

You know just how seriously this butterfly takes all cancer related charities! Stay tuned on a Special Luncheon I will be attending later this week.

I hit the Angelo David Salon in between Fashion Week Shows this year and while oddly my hair was super long (almost near my waist), I didn't have enough to donate because I was leaving it a bit longer than last time. The top two photos of the Photo Collage above are the current cut (with bangs), the two on the bottom are from 2014.

This naturally wavy with super thin hair knows better than to cut bangs in summer, so when I want bangs I do them for Fall and this year I decided it was time to re-visit bangs. I did Bangs and long graduated layers to give my hair a bit more volume.

Here is a compilation video of my hair cuts at Angelo David Salon:


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MY TAKE:

I definitely trust Ivy completely and it's super nice to be able to just sit back and relax at a Salon and not have to worry in any way. I love the bangs and graduated layers, I definitely needed the refresh, and wanted to break away from always copping out with ponytails, this will force me to do something with it everyday, and I am definitely all about that right now.

I am ready to toy with color and that will be focus of my next visit!

Readers Sound Off: How do you like wearing YOUR hair? Short? Long? Somewhere in Between? Have you tried the Angelo David Salon before? Are you 'hair adventurous' or do you stick to the same style each visit?

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FTC Disclosure: While this is NOT a Compensated Post, Angelo David Salon did provide my cut to facilitate my review for editorial purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. I can easily be lured out of my bat cave for 'pretty' time and bubbly! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My New York Fashion Week Pick for most fun show? @kyboeofficial #KYBOE #KYBOEStyle #NYFW

New York Fashion Week 2016 is in my rearview mirror, and I got to 'front row at the Fashion Show' for quite a few shows this year, but you know it is my custom to share the show I found most unique first.

This year's pick is definitely KYBOE! who offered a very 'timely' show. Pun definitely intended as they are a watch brand!

Want to see how does a 'timepiece' does Fashion Week?

Here are shots of mine in action:

From Left to Right: Three Bloggers Showing off their new KYBOE! Watches, I'm the one in the center, no surprise I picked Rose Gold right? (Notice the Rose Gold Ring). In shot two I'm checking the time, don't want to be late for the show, shot three - the BOWL neon sign is from Lucky Strike where the After Party for the Fashion Show was held (one of the After Parties anyway there were actually TWO) and the last shot was taken at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley pointing to a sign that reads: "Stay Out of The Gutter" - very cheeky!

A Quick Slideshow Video of the Show (using only my own photos) - there are WAY more photos and I promise a Pinterest Board will happen once I come up for air (when it does the words 'Pinterest Board' will actually be clickable)

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MY TAKE:

KYBOE! is definitely a brand to watch, their timepieces are fun, unique and fashionable and can easily take you from work to play with ease.

I still prefer a quality watch to checking my cellphone for the time, and I love that KYBOE! Watches come in a wide variety of colors and if you are feeling really fancy you can get the version of the watch that offers crystals around the dial. I also love the one touch button to light the watch up making it easier when you are checking the time in a dark room or out and about at night. (See photo four in the photo collage above - the shot on the far right shows the watch lit).

And aren't you proud of me butterflies? I veered away from selecting the typical 'NY Black' watch. (Honestly I was torn on colors - I also wanted the 'spearmint' color because I have a pair of sneakers in that color - but ultimately went with the White/Rose Gold Option because they match my favorite headphones - remember THESE? - I will take a shot of me with the watch and headphones on at the same time so you can see how cute they go together!)

Readers Sound Off: Check Out Their Site and Let Us Know Which Color Would YOU choose for your KYBOE! watch?

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FTC Disclosure: I attended New York Fashion Week as Media and was a guest of the show, while no monetary compensation has been received to share this post, I was provided with a Watch for Editorial Consideration. Always Remember: This Luxe loving Lifestyle Editor can be bribed in custom made fashion, handbags, shoes, boots and electronics. I'm a very *simple* girl. LOL All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. Ascending Butterfly partners with brands that would be of interest and offer values to our readers. See our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for full information.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl - A Not so #WordlessWednesday Production (#Photos)

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine
Ah! It's that time of year again, summer is fading into Fall and New York Fashion Week madness will soon take over the City!

I have had a very challenging summer, but at least a few of those stresses are starting to normalize - I will share more about that tomorrow, as I have had no working computer for most of the summer, I haven't been able to do full blog posts about the events I have been attending, but if you follow us via Instagram and Twitter you have probably seen some photos there! But what good are great photos that don't share the entire story?

Sorry but I don't have the patience for three paragraph photo captions on Instagram! (Bless you millennials born with long pointy texting fingers! LOL)

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine, Christina Founder of Your Elu
I'm sure by now founder of Your Elu, Christina probably thinks I forgot all about her, definitely not so! You guys know I've been in publishing in some form (TV, Newspapers, Magazines) for so long that Fashion Week doesn't quite hold the same magic for me as it does to someone new to it. I have the luxury of being at a point in my career where I am picking the Fashion Shows and Fashion Related Events that I attend and I always select those that have a unique back story. (Being a Human Interest Reporter never has truly left me. I like real stories.)

I think something has always had to 'resonate truly' for me to cover it, and this event was certainly right up my alley on many levels and for so many reasons!

Your Elu - Beauty to Measure - offers 'custom' made-to-order apparel for ALL women but was totally founded with the Curvy/Plus lady in mind.

Butterflies, tailored clothes plain and simple fall better, look better, and I guarantee that everyone carries themselves with more confidence when they know their look is on point.

I'm always straight-forward, 'made-to-order' is never cheap - but my ideology on the matter is this: Have less clothes in your closet. Yes that's right, I did say 'less' and use the word 'clothes'. Have a wardrobe of apparel that is custom and fits you to perfection, instead of a closet of full of cheap options that still have you saying 'I have nothing to wear today'.

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine, Fried Calamari
We had an opportunity to get measured at the event, and while folks were being measured there were some nice noshes (check out the fried calamari in the photo above) and some great Rosé Wine. The theme was carried through with lovely Roses everywhere too!

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine, Christina Founder of Your Elu
Christina showed us some of the current styles available, and it was great getting a chance to feel the weight of the fabric and see the styles up close. And one great trick for us curvies that I have been using since forever is a good statement necklace, check out the one above being displayed with a Your Elu Little Black Dress, can I get a YAS!!!!???

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine, Christina Founder of Your Elu
Putting an event together takes a great team and it was fun meeting the Your Elu team!

My Take:

Made-to-Measure has been available for men in the retail space for ages now, and I truly love seeing custom made apparel for all sizes that also focuses on FASHION for women coming to the forefront. When you are a size that is not on the rack in many trendy retailers it is easy to feel less confident, what better solution than a brand with a fashion focus that does not turn any size away? A brand that wants to empower at all sizes. I say Kudos to Your Elu and I will be keeping an eye on them, they are my 'ones-to-watch' and I hope I get the chance to try out a custom made creation by Your Elu! You know for research purposes, so I can tell you about the comfort and fit! (wink) (wink)

Roses and Rosé #Fashion Event with @YourEluGirl, Roses, Rosé Wine

I wish everyday could be 'Roses and Rosé'

Readers Sound Off: Do you own Custom Made Apparel? If so, who is your designer? Have you/Will you consider trying Your Elu? Tag us on social with your custom made apparel on! @Tracy_Iglesias via Twitter and @Ascending1 via Instagram.

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I attended a Press Event and no monetary compensation has been received. But for the sake of honesty I can be bribed in custom made fashion, handbags, shoes, boots and electronics. I'm a very *simple* girl. LOL All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. Ascending Butterfly partners with brands that would be of interest and offer values to our readers. See our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for full information.

Monday, August 22, 2016

In the Mail Monday: Check out the Goodies inside my @InfluensterVox #BonitaVoxBox #Health #Beauty #Lifestyle #spon

Disclosure: Influenster Vox has provided products for Editorial Consideration free of charge. All opinions however are exclusively my own.

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Nothing better than an 'In The Mail Monday' when it's a box overflowing with health and beauty goodness!
 
I have to admit two of the items are regular favorites of mine that I purchase regularly, so lets start there!
 
Dickinson's Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Hydrating Toner - On the label it mentions that this product is 'Self Approved' but I think its a way higher honor, that it's 'great-grandma approved'! My Great Grandma loved this Witch Hazel and now I use it regularly too! This newest formulation has hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E to help Hydrate your skin in addition to removing impurities, reducing pore size and leaving skin fresh and clean without tightness. I have always found it scary that even after washing my face or using a makeup remover how much stuff shows on a cottonball after I use this toner! And I also say they get kudos for giving a FULL size sample in the Vox Box!
 
Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownie - I got to sample these awhile ago and it was love at first bite! I keep these regularly stocked in my pantry so I was happy to see a sample pack included in my Influenster #BonitaVoxBox I had no idea there was an ice cream with this flavor but I will be on the lookout for it during my next shopping trip. If you haven't tried these yet, give them a go! They are perfect to stash in your desk, car and purse to always have one handy in case of a sweet tooth snack attack!
 
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color + Super Lustrous Lipstick - This was on a piece of paper, much like a magazine tester and I have never once tried lipstick this way before. I think Revlon could have sprung for putting in a full size sample of each color. Not even going to link to them, why should I do the work for a piece of paper? Sorry guys but this was a 'fail' in my book. I am not game for swiping cardboard across my lips.
 
Sinful Colors Nail Polish - I recieved a Limited Edition Porcelain Matte in a color called We're All Matte Here from Kylie Jenner's Sinful Colors Nail Collection. It didn't really photograph true to color for some reason, it's a 'coral/pink' with great pigment, it's not a muted of soft pink, it's got body and I really like it! And again, Kudos for Full Size Product! (ahem Revlon!) I have been really wanting to try her lipsticks and this definitely makes me want to give them a go! You know I am all about a signature red lip so I am going to check out her reds and report back to you once I've tried them! Sorry, no mani shot with this one yet, but I will post once my nails are 'photo ready' (trust when I tell you that you really don't want to see them right now!)
 
Madam CJ. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Deep Conditioning Mask - I wish they would have put full size product in the Vox Box (I have super long hair right now so I hope the packet will cover it - not to mention trying to rip open foil packets in the shower always proves to be quite the challenge doesn't it?), but props for also including their Dream Come True Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment.

My Take:

'Bonita' is the Spanish Word for 'Pretty' - I love that Influenster named this the 'Bonita' Vox Box! I already love Dickinson's Witch Hazel so I loved getting to try their newest 'hydrating' formulation. Fiber One already has a permanent home in my pantry but I would like to branch out and try a few other flavors as well as their ice cream. This introduction to Sinful Colors will definitely have me checking out other colors in the line and I also want to check out Kylie's lip kits which I hope are as nicely pigmented as the nail colors are! (If any of you have tried them already, let me know what you think!)
 
Readers Sound Off: Which Product in the Influenster #BonitaVoxBox would you most like to try and why?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own and do not reflect those of Influenster or it's sponsor brands. Ascending Butterfly partners with brands that would be of interest and offer values to our readers. See our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for full information.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Find out why #MOMSLOVEAMWELL and I do too! #Sponsored by @Amwell - nab a discount to try it yourself!

DisclosureCompensation was provided by Amwell via MomTrends Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends.


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With a bed this inviting, who wants to get out? Need Bedside Healthcare? Find out why American Well (Amwell) is becoming the 'Amazon of Healthcare'

Regular readers know that this butterfly originally aspired to become a Doctor and while life had other plans for me, I am still fascinated with Science and Medicine and even held the title of Science Editor for a Newspaper early on in my writing career.

The healthcare industry continues to change and evolve and intersects with technology in fascinating ways. Telemedicine is having it's day and with people wearing devices that monitor their fitness, blood pressure, rest/sleep and more it's clear that people are more interested in taking charge of their well-being/wellness in both traditional and non-traditional ways.

American Well (Amwell) is positioning itself to be ‘the Amazon of health care’ and was recently featured in the Medical section of the Wall Street Journal!

Amwell is:

  • Created by doctors
  • The most popular consumer Telehealth app worldwide in 2014 according to App Annie
  • The first Telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association
  • The first Telehealth platform to integrate with Apple’s Health App
  • The only service that allows you to select the doctor you want to see for an on-demand visit

Check out this Video on how it works:



Two summers ago I got a bug bite that immediately made my arm swell. I of course panicked, because it happened after hours (and I can never leave a voicemail with my primary so I have to call during office hours to get a human on the phone) - I can tell you I wish I had access to this service that day! Thankfully my local pharmacist pinch hit for me that day and I avoided an emergency room visit. (Which as you know isn't as easy to get covered by most insurance providers anymore - many want you to call them in advance to get the ER visit approved. Literally the LAST thing anyone cares about in the midst of an actual emergency!)

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You can connect with Amwell on your Desktop, Laptop, IPhone, Android Device, Tablet from literally anywhere!
Things never seem to happen during office hours do they? Amwell brings healthcare home and their Doctors are available 24/7 on a wide variety of platforms - your computer, tablet, smartphone - iPhone or Android!

I also see this service as an extra added re-assurance when I travel (I am 'sweet meat' for mosquitos! At home and abroad apparently.) and for those of you with children heading off to live in a dorm, make sure to have them install this app on their phones!

And if you are currently between jobs or for some reason you are currently un-insured, Amwell is a cost effective way to get access to needed healthcare services.

DISCOUNT:

Want to try out Amwell for yourself? Ascending Butterfly Readers can nab a $1 Visit (in conjunction with your healthcare  insurance, a little more without insurance but literally less than half the cost of  a co-pay with many carriers for a primary visit) using the code: TELEVISIT13

MY TAKE:

I wouldn't hesitate to use the service again as the need arises (like every time I get a bug bite! LOL) and I definitely recommend trying it out for yourself (that discount code would the perfect way to try it out!).

Readers Sound Off:

Tell me butterflies, have you already tried out a Telehealth service? Would you do it again? If you haven't tried it yet, what would you encourage you to do so?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a paid campaign and sponsored post. All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own and do not reflect those of Amwell or MomTrends. Ascending Butterfly partners with brands that would be of interest and offer values to our readers. If you are unsure of any medical issue you are experiencing you should seek out a Medical Doctor - be it Telehealth or In Person. This post does not make Medical Claims or Assertions. See our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for full information.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This Lifelong #Insomniac is taking back the night thanks to @ZzzQuil and @Influenster #Zzzquil #SleepLovers #Zzzquilvoxbox

#ad: This is not a compensated campaign, however an Influenster #Zzzquilvoxbox was sent to us for editorial consideration. Full Disclosure Below.


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I am a lifelong insomniac. I have tried everything, hot baths, turning off digital and the TV, meditation, you name it I have probably tried it.

While I was much younger it was great, I could read, get more studying done, cram for exams, write reports, etc.

As I got older and entered the workforce, my insomnia would let me work into the night, moving me ahead quicker. And working in International Corporations this proved useful as conference calls needed to happen in the time zone that was best for the client. Often times wee hours of the morning here in NYC.

As a blogger, most of my writing is done during 'graveyard' hours when most of the world is asleep. (Not that the noise level goes down very much in New York City, but it dies down enough to concentrate a bit better late at night).

I have to say all these sleepless nights are starting to catch up with me. They affect my mood during the day, and I tend to graze more to keep my body fueled as I am not quite giving it the rest it wants, needs and deserves.

Perhaps all my late night insomnia tweets got noticed because when I found out I qualified for an Influenster #ZzzquilVoxBox I definitely jumped at the chance. Was someone reading my tweets and reading my mind?

So tonight I am going to try these. I will report back to you all later, I have been secretly testing various 'natural, non-habit forming' supplements (on my own dime by the way with the exception of these) and have one other thing I want to test and then will come back to you guys with a full even-handed recap of my progress and results with getting a better night's sleep!

I have a very strong feeling that winning the Lotto, Mega Millions or Powerball would go a very long way in helping me sleep better at night! OK Universe, are you listening? Let's put THIS theory to the test ASAP! LOL

In the meantime folks #TheStruggleIsReal

And as always, another (NON) Wordless Wednesday was had by all.

Bloggers you can drop your Wordless Wednesday Link in the comments, but absolutely, positively NO Giveaway links allowed. I will check. And if you do not comply a black Escalade with tinted windows will pull up to your house. :) (joking, not joking).

Giveaway Alert: Don't forget to check out our latest giveaways! Want to win a $100 Gift Card for YOUR choice of TinyPrints or Shutterfly? Then enter to win HERE quick!

Butterflies/Readers: What helps YOU to get a good night's rest?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a paid campaign, no monetary compensation has been offered. Ascending Butterfly is a member of Influenster and Influenster boxes are randomly sent to members (bloggers as well as non-bloggers) for editorial consideration and our honest opinions of the products. All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. See our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for full information.

Monday, July 11, 2016

One of my favorite moments from #TheMakeupShow NYC w/ @JVincentmakeup & @thebodyshopusa #MakeupMonday #MotivationMonday

Happy Summer Butterflies! Have you entered our first giveaway in our "Summer of Memories" promotion yet? No? Then get on that NOW!

My summer has been a mixed bag of *ish to be honest. Some Major Appliances decided to ALL die on me at once including my air conditioner in the middle of a heat wave (No Bueno), My Washer AND my Refrigerator. Not sure how I am going to magically replace all three of them. Let's see I'm already wearing three hats - Life/Career Coach, Social Media Consultant and Writing, I may have to take on a FOURTH job, LOL!

And life has had the nerve to get in the way of my normally daily blogging routine.

So there it is! Those are just part of the challenges I have been facing and it's been making it super hard to get focused, back into my writing and concentrate.

I have attended some amazing events whose recaps are long overdue. But I am sure if I hustle to put everything I experienced into one post in an effort to get them covered and keep it moving, that important things will slip through the cracks.

And with some major shows where so much ground gets covered that is all to easy to do.

That being said I decided to cut up my recaps into smaller bits and poignant moments.


This the 11th year of the show and they always host a blogger preview night that is hosted by the amazing James Vincent - he goes through which trends we should be looking for during the show and concludes by going through each item in the Blogger Swag Bag (a Bag which I promise will get a post of it's own). There are some amazing beauty brands that come through each year, so when James dissects the bag and what's in it and WHY, there are always a ton of 'oohs and aaahs' - this year he presented a brand that made the room literally go quiet. It wasn't 'silent awe'. Attendees weren't awestruck. I think they were a bit 'under-whelmed' to be frank. It's an ugly side of blogging I don't like to be honest. A bit of the 'bougies' is what it was.

And that made James decide to give us all some history on how he began to work with the brand and what he admires about them like their "The Body Shop Foundation" which supports a wide variety of causes including Animal Protection, Human Rights and Environmental Protection.

MY TAKE:

I love that James supported The Body Shop. The Makeup Show is about real MUA sharing real tips and tricks. A good bag has a wide variety of products in a wide variety of price ranges.

That "Keep it Real folks moment" was my personal favorite from the preview night. One of many I plan to feature (slowly but surely as my schedule permits).

And by the way I am totally digging The Body Shop MORINGA Softening Body Butter that was included in The Makeup Show Blogger Swag Bag. It offers 24 hour Intense Moisture for Dry Skin with Seed Oil from Hand-Picked Moringa. I love the light floral scent and rich intense hydration, especially on my hands which seems to soak up everything I use on them in an instant.

Remember blogging buddies, it's not the amount of the swag or the amount the swag costs, it's the *usefulness* of it!

This Body Butter has a familiar scent I can't place, if any of you out there have already tried it and can place what this is reminding me of, please let me know with a comment here or tagging me via social. (I swear it's been driving me nuts that I can't figure out what this smells like to me). I am picking up a white floral scent but it reminds me of something and I can't figure out what.

More Show Highlights, Makeup and the Swag I was blessed to receive, either in swag bags or at vendor booths to come.

Happy #MakeupMonday to my Beauty Babes out there and Happy #MotivationMonday  too!

What is your favorite 'budget friendly' Beauty Find?

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FTC Disclosure:  This is NOT a compensated Post, and as always ALL opinions are 100% my own! Press Passes to The Makeup Show New York were provided for Editorial Consideration. A Swag Bag was provided and this product was in that bag. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Join the #SummerOfMemories #Giveaway Campaign! #AscendingButterfly wants to 'pimp your summer'

It is officially Summa Time, Summa Time, Sum Sum Summa Time!

We want you out there making memories this summer and thought the most fun way to support you would be with a summer of giveaway fun that encourages making memories.

Today we are launching our Summer of Memories Giveaway Campaign - it's a giveaway promotion that will grow all summer!

Our first brand up is Tiny Prints and Shutterfly. Read more about my love for them HERE. They are offering YOUR choice of a $100 Gift Card to Tiny Prints or Shutterfly!

The giveaway page will be automatically updated with new giveaways so check the home-page of the blog to find out who the next giveaway brand will be! If the widget gets stuck, refresh your page and then hit the words "a Rafflecopter Giveaway" and follow the prompts to enter. (Unless noted, all giveaways end 09/01/2016 - check each giveaways launch page to double check!)

What is YOUR Favorite Summer Memory? (Yes it can be a past summer if you are still working on summer memories for this summer)

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#AscendingButterfly is opening our #SummerOfMemories #Giveaway Campaign with @Tinyprints & @Shutterfly

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It is officially Summa Time, Summa Time, Sum Sum Summa Time!

We want you out there making memories this summer and thought the most fun way to support you would be with a summer of giveaway fun that encourages making memories.

Today we are launching our Summer of Memories Giveaway Campaign - it's a giveaway promotion that will grow all summer!

Our first brand up is Tiny Prints and Shutterfly.

You guys already know how obsessed I am with Tiny Prints as I only use them for my business cards, you can check out past posts (remember if you look back on a giveaway post that giveaway is now closed so be sure to enter the new one under our Summer of Memories promotion!) the love is real folks as evidenced in past posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

In fact, we have a 'twofer' for you! You can get 30% off at Tiny Prints using the coupon below:

Tiny Prints - Flash Sale

and in our Summer of Memories Giveaway we are hosting a Giveaway of $100 to YOUR choice of Tiny Prints of Shutterfly! So whether it's creating beautiful invitations, photo gifts, photo collages or amaze balls Business Cards, we've got you covered!

My Cards:

Tiny Prints Ascending Butterfly Business Card Front
My business card is a folded card, this is how I present it when I hand it to someone


Tiny Prints Ascending Butterfly Business Card Inside
When the person takes it they can tell it opens, this is the 'inside' of the actual card (I blanked out my phone number, sorry guys! LOL)

Tiny Prints Ascending Butterfly Business Card Back
The back of the card has room for notes, and even though the surface of the card is 'pearlized' you can write on it easily! 

MY TAKE:

Tiny Prints has certainly solved 'my one year itch' when it comes to re-designing my Business Cards. I am long standing customer of both Shutterfly and Tiny Prints, and nothing makes me happier than being able to have my personal likes reflected on my blog and partnering with brands that are already a part of my life!

What would you select if you were picked as the winner - A $100 Gift Card to Shutterfly or Tiny Prints?

(And no worries, they won't get offended if you pick one over the other as they are affiliated! LOL)

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FTC Disclosure: Tiny Prints/Shutterfly provided business cards for Editorial Consideration. The Summer of Memories Giveaway Promotion is a Sponsored Promotion - products and compensation have been provided. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. Neither Ascending Butterfly nor contest sponsor will be held responsible for lost or mis-directed mail. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. All opinions are 100% my own!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

{#WordlessWednesday} Spirits, #Wine, and Daffodils in the Garden! {#WineWednesday}


Remember when I posted about Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend happening on Earth Day Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden? If you forgot, here is a link to the original post.

The event was as awesome as I knew it would be and I thought Wordless Wednesday would be a perfect opportunity to share the photo highlights.

I will never be totally 'Wordless' on Wordless Wednesday (unless I just don't post!), but since this is the day to showcase our Photography Skills I promise this post won't disappoint.

What I got experience, in no particular order:

Above: I had to start with the Daffodils. They were the star of the show!  The Daffodils were so pretty, and signs of Spring were much needed at that point. Winters can feel never-ending around here!

Above: This Artisan Cabernet Savignon was a pleasant surprise. You guys know I am still getting my feet wet when it comes to reds, but this one was very well balanced.

Above: Artisan's offerings were actually all pretty well balanced, but for me finding a red I like is rare, so when I hit tastings I always make it a point to take a 'stand out' shot so I can have it for reference. This way when I am shopping and preparing for parties - whether I am hosting or looking for a hostess gift for a party I am attending I can refer to my stand out shots to find the perfect wine for any occasion.

Above: OK, back to white, this 2015 'Cayuga White' Premium White Wine by Brimstone Hill was another standout. (Pretty sweet shot right?)

Above: Couldn't resist nabbing a shot of the tasting menu from Brotherhood Winery.

Above:  There wasn't a bad one in the bunch and I am thinking of the summer nights ahead that their Sangria would be perfect for! (Remember never wonder what to do with stray fruit, chop it up and put in a pitcher with your sangria! LOL) - and remember the best life hack ever - freeze your grapes and use those in your wine instead of ice cubes. YAS!!!!

Above: I love 'miniatures' and I was living for this mini wine barrel - I so wanted it as a souvenir!

Above: This Brotherhood Riesling was definitely their standout for me. I love how patiently all the winery reps posed for my 'standout wine' photos and for my famous 'pour shots'.

While poking around their site I just noticed they have an ice wine, I am going to have to try that one next time. I LOVE Ice Wines!

Above: Yep, had to get that pour shot! Are you starting to feel like you were there?

Above: Got to capture another pour in action by City Winery! (By the way I am linking you to their NYC site, you can press on the upper left where it reads 'Change Your City' if you are not based here)

Above: My City Winery tasting standouts were: The 2015 'Local R' California Rose and the 2014 'sohovignon blanc' (noticed what they do there, SOHOvignon instead of sauvignon!) I love their hashtag #DrinkLocal

Above: This year's tastings have really expanded my palate, and my two standouts from Palaia Winery were actually their Meads! 'Smead' and 'Magical Mead' were my two standouts. Go figure, the two things that don't really use Grapes, the Magical Mead is a honey wine, made from honey with no Grapes at all and the Smead is a Strawberry Mead made with the Mead and Strawberries.

Above: Had to get my pour shot! I enjoyed tasting through with Palaia but was very surprised to have my standouts be the ones that didn't use Grapes. That's a new one on me. And it's really fun to find something that's unique and different.

Above: If you remember my press trip to BrandyWine Valley I made several surprising discoveries - an apple wine I really enjoyed and I discovered a 'Bourbon Street Margarita' Signature Drink that amped up my Margarita game, I had no idea that what my Margaritas were missing was a splash of bourbon in addition to the Tequila. I know right? Well when Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery whipped out the Black Dirt Distillery Apple Jack it was quite a surprise! They were actually smart and brought an assortment of spirits, not just wine which was great and needless to say the men folk were gravitating here! (Too bad I didn't find any single ones! #LeSigh) This bourbon was really, really, really GOOD!

Above: My dry palate was obviously off that day as I was digging stuff way sweeter than my normal! The American Fruits Apple Liquer and Black Current Cordial were also standouts for me. And that my butterflies, surprised even ME!

Above: I would be remiss not to include Warwick Gin which was another pleasant surprise to find at a wine tasting!

Above: And another perfect pour shot with Whitecliff Vineyards!

Above: If the backdrop of a Botanical Garden isn't enough for a stellar wine tasting experience, there was live music by performed by Milton.  (Bluegrass and Folk Tunes)

MY TAKE:

The New York Botanical Garden turns 125 years old in 2016 and to celebrate that milestone they began an expansion of the Narcissus plants at Daffodil Hill in November 2015, the goal is one million daffodils and they are looking for donations to help make that happen, you can learn more about the initiative and ways to help HERE.

The Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend was a great way to spend Earth Day Weekend, outdoors with perfect weather with great company listening to music and sampling great wine, life just doesn't get much better than this.

Readers Sound Off: Which of my tasting finds appeal to you most? Which one would you want to try first?

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FTC Disclosure:  This is NOT a compensated Post, and as always ALL opinions are 100% my own! Press Passes were provided for Editorial Consideration. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.