Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hug those women in your life who have made your world a better place today! #‎WomensFriendshipDay‬

























Today is Women's Friendship Day and I want you take a moment to thank those women who have been your 'tribe', your 'network' and your safety net.

To those women who have empowered you.

Who have your back.

Who uplift you in prayer.

Who support your dreams, even when you are not strong enough yourself to see that you can do it.

Who share - their time, their support and friendship with you.




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Check out my latest #bulubox Review! #Health #bulugan



















While the lovely folks at Bulu Box are very much on schedule, I of course am not! I am about a box behind, so this month you will see two Bulu reviews instead of one so I can catch up.

With August being a flurry of travel, events, conferences and always being on the Go, the products curated in this box were absolutely right on time!

The August 2014 Bulu Box was curated by Laryssa Didio, Celebrity Trainer, Fitness Expert and Developer of 'Strogation'. Strogation is a combination of Yoga, Meditation and Target Stretching. The 5, 15 or 20 minute program where Laryssa guides you through a stretching routine helps to ease aches, increase your flexibility and diffuse stress.  It also allows your body to detox which aids in speeding up weight loss results, increases energy, improves circulation, regulates digestion, reduces inflammation and allows the body to heal itself. (Stay tuned below for a discount code if you'd like to try this out for yourself!) - So I may be just a bit jelly as this is all stuff I was already doing, isn't this making you want to slap your forehead and say "DOH!" just like Homer Simpson?

Let's dive into this box!

The August 2014 Bulu Box Included:


























Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NutriLux Bubble Vitamins - Who says vitamins have to stop being fun when you become an adult? I had to feature this first, as this product wins as my box favorite for this month just for the sheer fun factor. When it's FUN and still gets the job done you know it's a winning combination. And this is just EVERYTHING - A VITAMIN BUBBLE! YES PLEASE! You simply chew on a bubble (they recommend 3 times a day) and it's absorbed immediately into the body upon bursting, giving you max nutrient absorption in a truly fun, easy and portable way to remember to take your vitamins! The fact that they also help build strong hair, skin and nails with age-defying collagen, is the icing on the cake. SCORE! I will reach out to them directly and find out if they want to do something fun for Ascending Butterfly Readers as I just think these are the smartest things ever!






















Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Kratos Natural Beef Bar - To fuel muscle you need protein, these 100% lean beef bars contain 15g of protein, is low cal and gluten free. Great for post workout, also great to have in your desk for the 'mid-day hump' when you are feeling peckish and sluggish. I say stash a few everywhere, your purse, gym bag and desk!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Forgiven - While I don't think drinking to excess is a great idea, it happens to the best of us, so in case you find yourself with a case of 'kissing the porcelain God' and a ton of regret, try Forgiven instead! They call it 'Hangover Absolution' but in a nutshell it fuels the metabolism to process alcohol and clears the harmful toxins so you can wake up refreshed, but please drink responsibly butterflies! If you or someone you love has a drinking problem, Reach out to Alcoholics Anonymous and get help! Remember:





Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - EBOOST Energy Shot with Coconut Water Berry-Melon Flavor - With 74 seaweed derived trace minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, green tea and coffee bean extracts plus the power of coconut water, what's NOT to love? I tend to rely on Energy Boost enhancers during conferences as those tend to come with back to back days that are about 10-12 hours long. And I have been on a coconut water kick lately, so this definitely combines the best of both worlds!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Simple Being Daily Personal Vitamin Gummies - More fun vitamin goodness, with these you will never have to have to deal with swallowing a large pill ever again! But don't think it's all fun and games butterflies, this little gummy bear gives you your daily dose of Vitamin D, B-6, and B-12 too!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dream Water - About 30 minutes before you turn in, take some dream water, brush your teeth, take a warm shower, put on some smooth jazz and then let the melatonin get to work on your internal clock and regulate your sleep cycle. They are definitely not new to me, I am a total insomniac, always have been and prefer a natural solution to a drug based one. In fact, on my last press trip on the Atlantic City Party Bus, we were handed slippers and Dream Water on the way off the bus, which totally made me smile. Dream Water and I are definitely good friends!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Zestra - A botanical blend arousal oil that is applied topically, it increases arousal as well as offering a deeper more pleasurable experience overall. This was the Bonus Sample in the August Box.

GET SOCIAL:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Bulu Box on Facebook
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DISCOUNT:

I have two discounts for you this time Butterflies!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Get 20% off "STROGATION" with Promo Code: STROGATION2014

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Join the Bulugan Nation, Nab a box at a 50% discount by entering code:  BULUGAN707 - or pressing on the banner ad below directly!



MY TAKE:

I really enjoyed this box, so far they have all been a hit. And the NutriLux Vitamin Bubbles were my pick as my favorite from this box!

Have you tried Bulu Box? If you have, do you have a favorite product that you learned about via Bulu? If you haven't tried them yet, which of the products in this box featured above would you most like to try?

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FTC DisclosureNo monetary compensation has been received. A Bulu Box has been provided to Ascending Butterfly for Editorial Consideration. As always, all 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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enter to win the @FabFitFun Reader Appreciation #SubscriptionBox #Giveaway via Ascending Butterfly! #FabFitFun

FabFitFun Summer 2014 Summer Subscription Box
FabFitFun Summer 2014 Summer Subscription Box


As you know I am a Fab Fit Fun VIP Blogger, which means I get to try out the new boxes when they are released, this time around my Summer Fab Fit Fun Box never arrived so the lovely folks at Fab Fit Fun quickly sent out a replacement and within 2 days I somehow ended up getting two of them. I normally would have passed the extra one along to a family member or friend, but I am all about Paying it Forward and I thought I would instead use the second box as a Reader Appreciation Giveaway as a way to say Thank You to all my butterflies (other folks would say readers, but you are all butterflies to me).

This is the summer 2014 box but in my opinion all these items are fantastic year round. Let's take a peek inside the box shall we?

Fab Fit Fun Summer 2014 Subscription Box Includes:

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sonya Dakar Flash Facial - Developed by Gwyneth Paltrow's famed facialist, in just 60 seconds this little wonder will help you reveal softer, plumper, younger looking skin and is packed with antioxidants, and hyaluronic and lactic acids to give you smooth and radiant skin. Retail Value of $95 - TOTAL SCORE!

pur ~ lisse pur ~ protect SPF 30


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - pur ~ lisse pur ~ protect SPF 30 - This was featured by Vogue as the Editor's Favorite Summer Product. Remember butterflies you need SPF protection YEAR ROUND, NOT just in summer! I lost one of my Aunt's to skin cancer and cannot stress this enough. Retail Value of $55

Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch Lips Pattern


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch - Tired of the same old same makeup bag? Pimp your cosmetics bag with these Tres-Trendy super cute designs, canvas exteriors, with a nylon interior, metal zip closure and adorable prints. (Note: I received mine in a watercolor pattern, the winner of this giveaway will receive the lips pattern as shown above). By the way the box also includes a $30 Gift Card so you can take $30 off your next purchase at www.thufri.com! How cool is that? You get to try it out yourself and then you nab another one for yourself in another design or a bigger bag (they have more than just cosmetics cases and clutches, they have larger profile totes too) or you could give the gift card to a friend so they can try Thursday Friday too! (Pay it forward my friends!) Retail Value of $35

Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil - With a blend of argan, jojoba and tamanu oils this helps fight flyaways, tame frizzies and nourish your hair. I have tried quite a few products from this line and I am never disappointed! Retail Value of $25

FabFitFun Water Infuser BPA-free Water Bottle


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - FabFitFun Water Infuser BPA-free Water Bottle - They want to encourage us to "Grab Life by the Excercise Balls" and stay inspired while we perspire. This BPA-free bottle has a built in infuser so you can add your favorite flavors to your water. (Watermelon Not Included) Retail Value of $15

Zoya Nail Polish in Elodie


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Zoya Nail Polish - Vegan Friendly, safe to use even during pregnancy and long wearing, what's NOT to love? The color shown is called 'Elodie' Retail Value $9

KISSTIXX Lip Balm in Chocolate Strawberry Combo Pack Flavor


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - KISSTIXX Lip Balm - This 'Makeout' Make-over in a tube will help couples enhance their chemistry with these complimentary flavored lip balms! You keep one, give your partner the other and then kiss each other to mix the flavors up! I received Chocolate/Strawberry and the winner of the giveaway will get the Peaches and Cream Combo. Retail Value $5.99

POPchips Sour Cream & Onion


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - POPchips - POPchips are NEVER fried and are only 100-130 per single-serving bag! If you are like me and need something for the 'mid-day hump' these are definitely just the trick! Retail Value $1.29

Skintimate Shave Gel


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Skintimate Shave Gel - With Signature Scents and Skin Therapy Formulas you can keep your legs smooth and beautiful with each shave! Retail Value of $1.99



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Always Xtra Protection Long Daily Liners - Not just for summer, perfect for those super long days, followed by the Gym or just plain anytime you want to feel fresh and confident. Consider it an everyday essential. Retail Value of $1.50

Slimfast Have Your Cake Meal Bar


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Slimfast Have Your Cake Meal Bar - Protein Meal Bar with flavors of Vanilla Cake and Frosting with sprinkles has only 180 calories per bar so you can late night snack with a lot less guilt! (Note: You will receive one individually wrapped bar, not the box). Retail Value $1

My Take:

I absolutely adore being a Fab Fit Fun VIP Blogger, I love Subscription Boxes and I think they make great gifts. No one will have a 'been there done that' reaction to it. I have yet to open one box from Fab Fit Fun that felt like a let down. It's not just a matter of the retail value of the products being higher than what you pay, it's a matter of all those items being well curated and USEFUL - be it for yourself or the gift recipient. This has been one of my most fun Ambassadorships to date and the fact that I actually got to meet Giuliana Rancic in person is the icing on the cake.

Win It:

It's been awhile since awhile since I have hosted a pure Reader Appreciation Giveaway that is being fulfilled solely by me, and I am super happy to do something fun for all my butterflies, I hope you enjoy Fab Fit Fun as much as I do! Please note the prize is the box as shown above with any exception being noted in the box subscription, the prize is this specific box, not a full subscription.

Use the Rafflecopter Widget Below to enter this giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Which item in this Fab Fit Fun Box is your personal fave or which one would you most like to try Butterfly? Can't wait to try the box and can't wait to find out if you won? I have three codes for $15 off a box, Tweet me @Ascending1 and tell me you want to 'try it and  buy it' - 3 butterflies will be selected at random to get a code for $15 off their next FabFitFun Box Purchase!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post, Ascending Butterfly is fulfilling this giveaway to one winner directly. I am a Fab Fit Fun VIP Blogger and subscription boxes are sent to us for editorial consideration. 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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{#WordlessWednesday} @mallatbayplaza #RetailTherapy {#Photo}



The Mall at Bay Plaza in Bronx New York went from completely open air to partially enclosed with some stores still open air outside of it, thought I'd share a picture of the new look for Wordless Wednesday!

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies! Could you use some retail therapy right now?

(Bloggers feel free to link us to your photos, but no giveaways here please!)

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post. 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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

@Staples Back-to-School 2014 + check out @TeenVogue Collection for Staples! #StaplesBTS






































Did you just realize you forgot a few things for Back-to-School? Never fear our friends at Staples are here to save the day! With their 20 deals under $20, last minute shopping doesn't have to cost you a fortune!

Staples always offers fun exclusive collections and when I got to check out a press preview in advance of Back-to-School, Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine introduced us to the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples.

Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine introduces us to the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples
Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine introduces us to the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples



















Staplers from Teen Vogue Collection for Staples
Staplers from the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples

















Teen Vogue Collection for Staples
Teen Vogue Collection for Staples, Super Fashion Forward!
















Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine introduced us to the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples
Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine introduced us to the Teen Vogue Collection for Staples


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Folders? Check, #Whatevs Notebook? Check Ladybug Binders? Check!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Folders? Check, #Whatevs Notebook? Check Ladybug Binders? Check!

































My Take:

The Fashion-inspired binders, notebooks, pens and more are all affordably  priced between 65 cents and $8.99 - your kids can still be cool, and you can totally adhere to your budget!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post, Ascending Butterfly was invited to a Back-to-School Preview Press Event. 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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fall Fashion Wardrobe Staples 2014

Fall Fashion Wardrobe Staples 2014

Check out my Fall Fashion Wardrobe Staples 2014 Polyvore Board by tiglesia featuring ostrich handbags and a Jewelry Scarf! If you are a Polyvore Member, please give this board a like!

For my Fellow New York Based Editors/Bloggers - How is Fashion Week Treating you?

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FTC Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but it is a contest entry for a Polyvore Contest!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back-to-School Style with @jcpenney #BTS #Fashion #jcpstyle

@jcpenney #BTS #Fashion #jcpstyle Framed Signage


Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies! Just thought I'd share some pictures of Back-to-School Fashions for kids of all ages that I got to preview earlier in the year at a JCPenney Press Event:

@jcpenney #BTS #jcpstyle Dorm Room Style
JCPenney knows it's important to keep your student organized!


@jcpenney #BTS #jcpstyle Dorm Room Style, Bedding, Dorm, Dorms, College Student
Send them off to their Dorm Room in style!


@jcpenney #BTS #jcpstyle Dorm Room Style, Dorm Room Appliances
Appliances that will fit easily into a cramped Dorm Room!


Casual wear by City Streets via JCPenney
Casual wear by City Streets via JCPenney


Casual wear for girls by XERSION via JCPenney
Casual wear for girls by XERSION via JCPenney


Casual wear for boys by XERSION via JCPenney
Casual wear for boys by XERSION via JCPenney


Athletic Footwear on display at JCPenney 2014 Back to School Press Preview
Athletic Footwear on display at JCPenney 2014 Back to School Press Preview


Boys Back to School Fashion on display at JCPenney 2014 Press Preview
Boys Back to School Fashion on display at JCPenney 2014 Press Preview


Boys Back to School Fashion on display at JCPenney 2014 Press Preview, Camo for Boys
Boys Back to School Fashion on display at JCPenney 2014 Press Preview


Zoo York via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Zoo York via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Boys Footwear via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview, Footwear, Shoes, mens footwear
Boys Footwear via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Arizona Jeans for Boys via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview, boys clothing, Arizona Jeans for Men
Arizona Jeans for Boys via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Teen Girl Style via JCPenney Back to School 2014 Press Preview Event
Love the crop top skirt combo in the feminine print contrasted with the jacket!


Trendy Blah Blah Blah Tshirt
Check out the trendy Blah Blah Blah Tshirt!


JCPenney teen girl look back to school 2014 fashion press preview event, statement necklace
More sophisticated teen girl look


Frilly skirt/Sporty Jacket Combo, fashion for teen girls
What do you think of the Frilly skirt/Sporty Jacket Combo? 


Graphic tee, camo shorts, hoodie look for boys for back to school, Boys Fashion, Boys Clothes
Graphic tee, camo shorts, hoodie look for boys for back to school


Little Girls Back to School Fashions from JCPenney
Notice how the girls jacket has the matching heart from the dress?


Arizona Jeans for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Arizona Jeans for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Girls Footwear via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview, Shoes, Girls, Fashion Footwear
Girls Footwear via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Okie Dokie for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview, Girls Fashion Clothing
Okie Dokie for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Nerdy cute with this Dog wearing eyeglasses graphic tee cardi combo!
Nerdy cute with this Dog wearing eyeglasses graphic tee cardi combo!


Little Girls Back to School Clothing Fashion JCPenney Back to School 2014
Isn't this the sassiest mannequin ever? LOL


Stylish Backpacks/Book Bags and shoes/boots for Back to School via JCPenney
Stylish Backpacks/Book Bags and shoes/boots for Back to School via JCPenney


Backpacks/Book Bags and shoes/boots for Back to School via JCPenney
Had to get a close up of those heels, tres sophisticated!


Decree for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Decree for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


urban footwear looks and animal print backpack
Love the urban footwear looks and animal print backpack!


Olsenboye for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Olsenboye for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


L'Amour for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
L'Amour for Girls looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Levis for Boys looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Levis for Boys looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview


Arizona Jeans Boys looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview
Arizona Jeans Boys looks via JCPenney 2014 Back-to-School Press Preview

Which of the photos looks most like your kid's Back-to-School Style?

(Bloggers you are welcome to post a link to your WW post so we can visit and check out your photos too, but please do not post giveaway links here!)

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post, Ascending Butterfly was invited to a Back-to-School Preview Press Event. 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.
 
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