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Monday, February 8, 2016

@JennyCraig 5 day weight loss starter kit available exclusively at @Walmart #JennyCraigKit #spon

Jenny Craig's new weight loss starter kits being sold exclusively at Walmart

If you checked out Friday's Instagram and Blog Post Teaser, then you know I am going to spill the tea today on Jenny Craig's new weight loss kits being sold exclusively at Walmart in participating stores. (right now in store only)

Last year I entered a blog contest over at The Chatty Momma for one month of Jenny Craig which included weekly one-on-one consultations with a dedicated consultant who would help identify challenges, map out goals and track my progress as well as a one month supply of food. Shout out to Tonia for the amazing giveaway, it really helped me get a good running start to re-vamping my Lifestyle Choices when it comes to meals and portion control.

That was my first ever intro to Jenny Craig, I had never tried a program like this prior to this experience and I am happy to report I was successful at losing weight with the program - Members following the Jenny Craig program on average lose 1-2 lbs. a week.

Out of the four weeks, I had only one 'un-successful' week and it is because I didn't stick with it, I was away from the meals most of that week because of my insane schedule - that is the only week I gained, not much, but it proved without a shadow of a doubt that if you stick to it, the program really does yield results. I wasn't just 'out and about' I was traveling so I couldn't take the food with me, if only this kit had been available then, I could have just purchased one when I landed!

As promised, I am going to prove to you that this average sized box actually contains 3 meals a day PLUS a snack for FIVE days (here is the kit 'un-boxed'):

Jenny Craig's new weight loss starter kits being sold exclusively at Walmart un-boxed to show contents


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Five healthy Breakfasts! (Very Left with the Yellow Labels)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Five Healthy Lunches! (Second to Left with Orange Coded Labels)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Five Healthy Dinners! (Second to Right with Green Labels)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Five Tasty Snacks! (Far Right with Purple Labels - a little salty and a little sampling of sweet - because sometimes you want chocolate other times chips!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - One month free consultation at any Jenny Craig Center or Jenny Craig Anywhere

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - ***Special $50 food savings when you join a Jenny Craig Center***

The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit is available exclusively at Walmart - right now in store only - there are also three day kits available (the three day kits retail for $44.98) - those kits have the chocolate dream shakes in them which I highly recommend! (If you buy both kits you'll have the weekend covered too! PERK)

For the truly observant you may notice my kit accidentally contained 4 dinners and 6 lunches but if that happens to you don't worry you can substitute - I just used one of the lunches for dinner.

and one of the things I love about the program is that you can add a salad to any lunch or dinner - now just remember, it's NOT the salad that does folks in, it's the dressing - the plan comes with a pre-portioned balsamic dressing that I really love. They also offer 'anytime' items. 



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The fact that this kit does NOT require refrigeration and can be stored at room temp makes it perfect for my 'cubicle chicks' - no worries about stuff disappearing from the office fridge. (In my younger days I worked on a Trading Floor and lunches constantly disappeared from the Fridge - not cool, especially in winter!) - Just store them in your desk and you have all your meals literally at your fingertips. And with having the dinners with you, if you work late, you are covered and don't have to worry about being starved by the time you get home.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Hate meal planning? - BOOM, this kit plans for you - it literally doesn't get easier than that.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Hate shopping for a ton of ingredients you don't end up using or having food go bad? Not going to happen with this kit. With me being a single gal in the city with no kids I don't want to prepare elaborate meals just for me - lunches especially - I don't have time for it, so this is absolutely perfect for me. I also tend to skip breakfast if left to my own devices, this system helps me start my day with something in my system making me less likely to snack before lunch and give me more energy. PERK!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Even as a SOHO (small office/home office) I love that I can always have something portion controlled, healthy and TASTY at my disposal. They are super fast to prepare which is perfect and some of the lunches that don't even require heating like the salad kits (chicken or tuna salad with whole wheat crackers and apple sauce) can be tucked into your purse for a meal on the go so you are less likely to cheat while out.

Cons: (these are actually not 'bad' - totally personal preference stuff)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - In the beginning it takes getting used to the smaller sizes, especially for the snacks. Re-training my brain can be hard, especially when I am up late at night trying to meet deadlines - that is my snacktime danger zone. I know enough to know it can be exhaustion from working solid so many hours coupled with de-hydration from not taking enough breaks that make me crave the bad for me snacks. I wish the snack portion sizing were a bit bigger but that's the point - not to cut out snacking completely, just learn to cut back. By the way, while it was not included in this kit - the triple chocolate cheesecake from Jenny Craig's is addictive and rivals any of my favorite cheesecakes hands down. A pro and a con indeed! Delicious - total pro, the fact that I want to eat at least four of them in one sitting a con! LOL

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I am a grab and go if at all Breakfast person - the chocolate dream shake is PERFECT, but it is not included in this particular kit (I am at an advantage and dis-advantage that I am familiar with the entire range of meals offered and have my favorites!) I do wish this five day kit included the shakes as the shakes can also be used for a boost mid-day if you are craving something and are far from your next meal time, the shakes are considered 'anytime' items (as well as many of the bars like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Anytime Bar). Nothing to count, just follow along the menu plan and it outlines how to incorporate anytime items into your day.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Now I don't know if all the kits are like that, but I wish mine hadn't repeated meals more than once, and had given me total variety with something different each day but I have a feeling that most of the other meals are ones that require refrigeration so that is why they weren't included.

Now I know what you are thinking butterflies, "but butterfly if the program worked for you, why didn't you stay on it longer than the trial month?"

Good Question, simply put the weekly meetings were really hard to fit into my schedule. I am a Life Coach, Social Media Consultant, Freelance Writer and Blogger and commuting to the city as there is no branch closer to me just for the consultations got harder and harder to schedule, now that the kits can be picked up at MY convenience I can see myself picking it up again to jump start my way into Spring and get myself back on track eating wise and portion control wise. Also, with the beverages, hauling the food from the branch to my home as someone who does not drive and was taking public transportation was also a challenge for me, this kit is way lighter and much more compact and can be picked up during a regular shopping trip closer to home so it's a total win/win in my book.

For those of you who decide to become full members after trying the weight loss kit, here are my personal food faves from the Jenny Craig Menu:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Breakfast Faves: Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito, Florentine Breakfast Pizzas (Whole Wheat Crust, Scrambled Egg White, Spinach and a blend of cheeses and BACON, yes Bacon!) and for me I used the Chocolate Dream Shakes often for Breakfast as well.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lunch Faves: Baja Style Chicken Quesadilla, Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder, Stuffed Pizza Bites, White Bean Chicken Chili (this one is included in the kit! PERK!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dinner Faves: Turkey Chili, Chicken Carbonara (which has BACON!), Chicken Fettucini, White Fish and Mushroom Risotto

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Snack Faves: Bruschetta Veggie Chips, Black Bean Taco Chips, Chocolate Lava Cake and Gold Stars to the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake!

When following the program, I lost just under 2 pounds per week each week, so I hope that the new kits at Walmart will also be made available soon at because having it delivered right to my door would definitely make an already good thing - that much better!

What say YOU? Do you shop at Walmart? Will you be making a bee line for the diet/weight loss aisle to try the new Jenny Craig 5 day Weight Loss Starter Kit exclusively at Walmart? The Ground hog says Spring is coming early and you know what that means - summer isn't far behind!

***NOTE: $50 Food Discount to be used in $10 increments with minimum food purchase of $90 (US) $95 (CAN), plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Membership is required to redeem the $50 Food Discount. Enrollment fees and monthly fees may be required and vary by location. Valid at participating centers, Jenny Craig Anywhere and - Valid for food purchase only;  may NOT be used for shipping costs. No Cash Value. Not Transferable. Restrictions Apply.***

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FTC Disclosure:  This is a sponsored/compensated Post in conjunction with Acorn Influence and Walmart, however all opinions are 100% my own! The Weight Loss and The Love Is Real Folks - Portion Control really is KING. 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. Check with your Doctor before starting this or any weight loss program. Some meal/snack items contain tree nuts, read ingredient labels carefully before purchasing.

Monday, August 17, 2015

@worldmarket is opening a store in New York City and I've got the Scoop AND some #discounts! #WorldMarketNYC #ad

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Cost Plus World Market Logo
A little something for everyone? I would say so:

 Home Decor
 Global Food

With over 270 retail locations (in 33 states) and a strong online presence, Cost Plus World Market is already known for their broad and unique assortment of home goods (and MORE including over 500 international wines!), as a New York City girl I am super stoked to share with you that Cost Plus is coming to NYC! They have a location in Livingston, New Jersey, but that one is a bit too far for me so the fact that one is coming to New York City couldn't make me happier!

Living Room Vignette at Cost Plus World Market
The 5,000 square feet wonderland of shopping nirvana will be housed in the eclectic Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and will showcase lifestyle vignettes that serve to provide inspiration on how to design your space, and even better still: NEW YORK area customers will have the opportunity to see in person select 'online-only' offerings (don't you just love an exclusive?).

The Manhattan Store is located in Chelsea at 620 Sixth Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets and the official store Grand Opening begins on Thursday, August 20th 2015 at 8:00 am. The first 100 customers through the doors from Thursday, August 20th through Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 will receive a re-usable canvas tote bag, NOTE: Each day 10 totes will contain a $50 World Market Gift Card (which can be used in store AND online at, but wait there's MORE!

Living Room Vignette with Chair at Cost Plus World Market
DISCOUNT: During Grand Opening Weekend Only shoppers will receive a 20% discount on all purchases made in the Chelsea Store! You can nab the coupon HERE!

Check out the cool video for the NYC store:

Remember how the title of this post talks about 'scoop'? If you are not already following Cost Plus World Market on their social channels, you want to be sure to stop and take a moment to do that right NOW because on Thursday, August 20th there will be special surprises around the city in conjunction with the opening weekend, and the only way to find out WHERE these surprises are going down and when is by following Cost Plus World Market carefully on their social media channels, be sure you are following me too, I will be keeping you abreast of all the happenings on my channels as well, and I will be hitting the Press/Media Preview so I'll get to see the store before it opens and will be posting on my social channels as well!

Bedroom Vignette at Cost Plus World Market

Be sure to follow and use the #WorldMarketNYC hashtag to keep track of all the fab happenings and the special surprises around the city on 8/20 (and get glimpses from the Press Preview by following me as I will be posting on Tuesday evening 8/18).

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Cost Plus World Market on FACEBOOK
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Follow Cost Plus World Market on  TWITTER
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Follow Cost Plus World Market on INSTAGRAM


Anytime I can shop globally but do so LOCALLY I am all for it. I like to march to the beat of my own drummer and I want my space to be unique and eclectic, finding items that aren't 'cookie-cutter' and be bought anywhere just appeals to me greatly, always has, always will. I am looking forward to having Cost Plus World Market accessible to me locally, as much as I love shopping online, there are just certain purchases where I need to see, touch/feel and now I have the opportunity to do just that.

Have you ever shopped at Cost Plus World Market? What room in your home most needs a makeover?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a compensated/sponsored post in conjunction with Cost Plus World Market, and all my opinions are 100% 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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#ad: If you can't get enough #MarchMadness like this @BestBuyWOLF let @BestBuy help you #CatchItAll

#ad: Ascending Butterfly is a member of Best Buy's WOLF Blogger Program and this is a Sponsored Post. Compensation in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or product/services at no or reduced cost has been exchanged, as always, all opinions are my own!

Catch it All, #CatchItAll, Best Buy

Who is your team, and how are they doing? Even if you don't have a bracket and don't follow College Basketball, there are few television shows now that don't flash 'hashtag's during their programming so you can share your thoughts on twitter in real time and connect with the show and other fans. I constantly find myself doing it and may have even snuck my smartphone or tablet in the bathroom with me a time or two (or three) so I don't miss a moment! Don't judge me!

With 68 teams all trying to win College Basketball's biggest prize, our friends at Best Buy want to make sure that you don't miss a moment of the action! Staying current on the tournament and brackets, checking scores and maybe even some playback all at once certainly requires multiple screens, and even with a Smart TV you sometimes need an additional device on hand. (Le Sigh. Even watching Television requires multi-tasking now a days!)

Best Buy can you help you stay connected to the excitement and #CatchItAll with the devices and connectivity that make it all possible all at super competitive prices! What's NOT to love?

I am so ready to upgrade my home theater system, and a new Smart HDTV is top on my list! My current TV is not quite as smart as I like and I've been researching replacements, this Sharp is top on my list (you can press on it's picture to go straight to Best Buy where you can purchase it directly):

Sharp AQUOS LC-90LE657U LED HDTV - Available at Magnolia at Best Buy!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Screen Size 90" (swoons and drools!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - LED Flat-Panel

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Vertical Resolution 1080p

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Screen Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Instant Content: Netflix, Pandora, Skye, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - HDMI Inputs: 4 (insert choir of Television Angels here!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - USB Port & Input + Ethernet Port

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Component Video Input

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 Composite Inputs

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And because you know how important Audio is for me: there are THREE speakers and a 35W Speaker Power Output!

My Take:

I love that Best Buy offers such a wide variety of Electronics at some of the most competitve prices out there! I recently had a Magnolia Home Theater experience at a Best Buy retail location and it made me realize just how much I need to update my Home Theater. I'd love to bring the 3D Experience into my home, and would love a Smart TV so I can run my favorite apps and watch movies on the big screen instead of my portable devices all the time. I don't have a coupon to share this time around, but wanted to remind you that Audio Fest is coming to a close soon and the prices on Audio Products at Best Buy during this promotional period are definitely worth jumping on. And all my bargain hunters should always hit the "Shops & Deals" Tab where you can peruse the Deal of the Day, Clearance, Hottest Deals and more. And if you prefer making the investment in store, using the website first to get an idea of pricing will help you keep to your budget.

What device keeps you at your multi-tasking best butterfly?

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day! + My #Fashion Picks from today's #LaborDaySales

Graphic Courtesy of funscrape!

Hard to resist that graphic since it had butterflies in it! I hope all my butterflies are having a fun Labor Day holiday weekend! I'm hoping for an Indian Summer this month as the weather this summer was super weird in New York City.

For all my butterflies thinking about today's Labor Day Sales I thought I'd share a few of my stand-out picks from today's sales:

Our friends at IGIGI are offering 30% on select styles, there is a link on their site which shows you which styles or you can just press HERE, use coupon code: LABORDAY13 at checkout!
Two of my dress picks included in the sale are:

IGIGI Milan Dress
IGIGI Milan Dress

I love this dress for the Fall days ahead, and she is wearing it like I would, great boots, fantastic Fall handbag, what's not to love? The regular price on this dress is $122.00 and you can nab it today for $112.99

IGIGI Ippolita Plus Size Dress in Papaya
IGIGI Ippolita Plus Size Dress in Papaya

As I'm trying to mix up my wardrobe and avoid all black again for another season, this Papaya color dress from IGIGI is scoring high points. It's a super versatile dress that can take you from work to evening by simply swapping out the accessories and touching up your makeup for evening. (Although you do need some black, so my black dress selection above still stands!)

IGIGI designs are made with the curvy/Plus-Sized Woman in mind, and so far I haven't tried a style from them that I didn't like!

Our friends at In Bloom by Jonquil are also having a great style, and it's the perfect time to pick up styles from the summer season that are going on sale as they transition to fall, some standouts that are on sale today include:

In Bloom by Jonquil Asian Butterfly Pleated Chemise
In Bloom by Jonquil Asian Butterfly Pleated Chemise

From $56, it's down to $37.52! And don't forget to add its matching robe:

In Bloom by Jonquil Asian Butterfly Wrap
In Bloom by Jonquil Asian Butterfly Wrap

I have this set as it combines two of my personal favorites, butterflies and Asian inspired Art! It's as feminine as it looks, but I can tell you from personal experience that In Bloom lingerie washes well and lasts a very long time! You just can't go wrong with any of their pieces! The robe is regularly priced at $58 and is on sale today for $38.86.  They are also offering $7 Flat Rate Shipping and Free Shipping on orders over $100, so if you hadn't tried them from our previous reviews (which means you've missed out on the exclusive discount codes just for Ascending Butterfly readers) you'd be remiss in not trying them today!

A third pick that is much more winter than summer, that you can nab for a steal today is:

In Bloom by Jonquil Emilia Velvet Robe

At a regular price of $198, picking this one up today for the Special Price of $118.00 should definitely be a no brainer! There is just something so 'Old Hollywood Glam' about this Black Velvet Robe!
Our friends at Wilson's don't need a holiday to share a great sale, they have a Clearance link on their site, year round and each time we work with them I'm always pointing that out! I could probably list amazing deals on their site today all day, so I'll stick to 2 and let you check out the rest!

Here are my top two sales picks on Wilson's today (picked because I love the item, not because of the percentage that it's marked off):

Wilsons Leather Plus Size Smooth Lamb Trench w/Thinsulate Lining

As you can tell Leather is making a comeback big time this fall! One of the things I have always loved about Wilson's Leather is that they carry a plus size range, they carry a very wide variety of sizing for both men and women and have something for everyone. A good trench is literally a wardrobe staple, and a leather trench is not just trendy but it's also timeless! I have a few of Wilson's Leather styles with the Thinsulate Linings and they keep you very warm! This style is regularly $449 and is on sale today for $179.95. The style above is from the everyday clearance rack at 60% off!

Wilsons Leather Plus Size Black Rivet Moto Lamb Jacket

This jacket is included in today's 70% OFF Labor Day Sale! It regularly retails for $550 and can be nabbed for a literal STEAL today at $165.00.  And again they have a full range of sizing, I'm featuring the Plus Sized Styles because I'm a curvy Latina! (And proud of it!)
And because I can't walk away from any Fashion post without talking handbags, I thought I'd check out some picks from our friends at Elliott Lucca:

Elliott Lucca Bali '89 FLap Satchel in Aztec White

If you absolutely refuse to do white after labor day, nab this one on sale and tuck it away for next summer! This bag retails for $168 regularly and is on sale today for $117.60 - SCORE! (They also have it in aztec black and aztec camel).

Elliott Lucca Cordoba Flap Tote in 'Teal Exotic'

This bag retails for $268, and it's on sale today for $201. For those of you with a very keen eye and good memory you will say this bag looks very familiar, and it does because we have featured it before, check out here for the original review. (You will see a picture of me carrying it as well!) I love this bag! It is roomy enough to get my tablet in there and camera and has great organizational compartments and a divider inside that is perfect if you bringing work home with you. They also have it in Black and White exotic and Sage Exotic, and you can't go wrong with any of the colors!

Happy Shopping Butterflies! Come back here and tell us what you nabbed on sale today! (Especially if it's one of the picks above!)

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wanna be @Covrdperfectly? Sure you do! Learn about how this #Butterfly loving designer solves your 'Nothing to Wear' Dilemma

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We are welcoming a very Special Guest Contributer Today, so butterflies please give Pauline Durban, President/Founder of Covered Perfectly a very warm butterfly welcome. (You will want to read this post through for some special goodies for you and a fun Q&A too)

Pauline Durban, President, Founder, Covered Perfectly, Tops, Blouses, Fashion
Special Guest Contributer: Pauline Durban, President/Founder of Covered Perfectly

"You know the feeling. You are looking for something to wear to a party, and nothing works. Standing in front of the mirror, with a pile of clothes on the bed, can be the most frustrating experience. But believe me…it’s not you, it’s your clothes!" ~Pauline Durban

I was frustrated because the sleeves were too short to cover that part of my arms that I’d rather not reveal, or the body wasn’t long enough to cover my tummy. It seemed that no one designed clothes for me.

Everyone assured me that I looked great, but ultimately it came down to how I felt about my own body. I wanted clothes that made me feel beautiful and empowered, but it was impossible to find women’s tops that would do the job.

When I discussed this with my friends, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one with this challenge. They were all facing the exact same issues. In fact, I can almost see you nodding your head! I know that you can relate. No doubt, you have had a hard time finding comfortable, stylish clothes as well.

Why should I settle on the dismal styles available? Taking matters into my own hands I began to design a collection of tops made of delicious fabrics, in flattering silhouettes and lovely colors, and of course, featuring pieces that provided perfect coverage.

Covered Perfectly, Tops, Blouses, Fashion, Gathered Front Micromodal, Blue
Gathered Front soft luxurious Micromodal Top in Blue

After researching numerous fabrics and blends, my search led me to MicroModal, a natural fabric made from the fiber of the European Beechwood. Breathable, and luxuriously soft, MicroModal is a fabric that will keep you cool, and not just when the weather is warm! Once you feel it on your skin, you will know why this is the main fabric used.

It also was important to me that my designs be made in the USA, and I’m proud to say they are. My line is cut, sewn and beautifully put together for you in sunny Los Angeles!

Covered Perfectly launched in May 2013, offering a dozen designs for every occasion, for every time of day and for every month of the year. At 57, I have started a company that I can be proud of. I’m excited to get my fabulous tops onto all the real women over 40 who also want to be Covered Perfectly!

Covered Perfectly, Tops, Blouses, Fashion, Gathered Front Micromodal, Simple Comfort Micromodal, Gray, Animal Print
Left: Simple Comfort Micromodal Top in Gray Right: Gathered Front Micromodal Top in Animal Print

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: (5 Minutes with Pauline and a Peek Behind the Brand!)

(1) Ascending Butterfly is an empowerment community, throughout the years we have queried readers about what butterflies mean to them, I noticed immediately you use a butterfly on your site and in your logo (which of course I love) why a butterfly? What do they represent to you?

Answer: It was important that my logo reflected the idea that women truly become more beautiful with age. The butterfly is a symbol of metamorphosis that represents both maturity and magnificence. Age isn’t just about wisdom…it’s about beauty on every level! ~Pauline Durban

(2) Your tops definitely take away that 'I have nothing to wear' factor, so what about pants or dresses?

Answer: It’s wonderful that my designs are working for so many women! I absolutely see dresses in the very near future. We have a few designs in the works that could be introduced as early as Christmas. We are also designing a couple of really fun wraps for the colder weather. As far as pants go, I would love to design a really great legging that has the proper thickness and support. Most leggings fall short, and tend not to be an option for the more mature woman. I’m still thinking on that one!

(3) As a relatively new line, what has been your biggest challenges so far? How have you overcome them?

Answer: Starting an online business is like opening a store in the middle of a desert…no one knows it’s there! Finding the right places to promote my line has been the greatest challenge. I’ve worked very hard to find companies that truly care about the business, and see the big picture. In the process, I have met some amazing women who will continue to be a part of this journey. As a result, we have been able to provide a wonderful product, and make it available to the right demographic. It’s a great feeling to have repeat customers…and we have quite a few. It makes it very clear that we are giving women what they want!

(4) In that vein, Fashion and Accessories go hand in hand, any plan to offer Accessories that you design down the line?

Answer: I agree…accessories are very important. As my business continues to grow, anything is possible. For now, I am putting my effort into designing more clothing. It is important for me to be very “hands-on” in developing pieces that really work, and this takes time and care. So, accessories may have to wait for a bit!

(5) Will we see Covered Perfectly in retail stores anytime soon?

Answer: At this time, I have no plans of introducing my line into retail stores, primarily because keeping the prices down for my customers is extremely important to me. By designing, manufacturing and selling directly, I am able to do this. I have been approached by boutique retailers who would like to carry my line, however, for now I’m saying no, but…never say never!

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -Follow @Covrdperfectly via Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -"Like"  The Covered Perfectly Facebook Page
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pin with Covered Perfectly via Pinterest too!

Nab a Discount:

Ascending Butterfly subscribers can receive a 20% discount off of their first purchase. Plus, shipping is FREE, both ways. Just use AB20 at checkout at:

Additional Ways to Score: Join the Covered Perfectly Rewards Program + there is a current special for those buying two tops on Facebook, so use the get social section to head over to Covered Perfectly's Facebook Page for more information. So including the exclusive code for Ascending Butterfly you currently have 3 different ways to update your wardrobe at a price that certainly won't break the bank!

What are you waiting for Butterflies, Go nab the softest, coziest Blouse you'll ever wear (Yes I'm wearing them now and will have a full review for you soon!), at a GREAT price, from a woman-owned small business owner, the fact that she loves butterflies like we do, is just a bonus!


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FTC Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Guest Post by a Contributor, Ascending Butterfly enjoys profiling and supporting woman owned businesses. And anyone who loves butterflies as much as we do, is OK with us! See our Full Giveaway & Disclosure Page for full policy information.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I can finally fuel my designer #handbag obsession & get great prices, seriously folks there is #MoreatSears than meets the eye!

#Sponsored: This is a Sponsored Post written by Ascending Butterfly on behalf of Sears via the Niche Mommy Network & Conference


It's no surprise to long time followers that I have a handbag obsession. I will never own enough handbags. If there were a support group, I'd be it's President. Since 2009 we have featured a 'Featured Monthly Handbag in the Spotlight' on Ascending Butterfly, it's included both established and emerging brands /designers and probably just about every color of handbag under the sun.

I recently found out a handbag I have been coveting by a major designer is being dis-continued (I know right GASP!) so I went on an online hunt to see who still had it (My top three favorite Manhattan Department Stores were already sold out, UM serious LE SIGH!), and after scrolling was super surprised to find out Sears actually has it, so I skipped off to my nearest store, and they didn't have it. NOT COOL (My city is in the midst of a major heatwave, zapping me of any desire to be outside, walking or moving in general.)

Remember how I was telling you yesterday that the blogging Gods & the Universe have been sending me all kinds of signals? When this info hit my email inbox I have to admit it made me laugh. Not in a bad way, just in a not surprised way because I actually inadvertently discovered this revelation on my own, and I'm more than happy to let you guys in on the secret.

As a curvy Latina one of my biggest pet peeves is finding a super sweet outfit in the store, (or go looking for a coveted handbag), and then find out someone else snatched up the last one. To resolve this very issue, Sears has expanded its website. In fact, the Sears website is now WAY larger than the stores. carries more sizes and colors than you can find at your local Sears. And for last minute shoppers, have no fear you can buy it online, schedule an in store pickup and Sears guarantees that they will have your item ready in 5 minutes or less, if they don't, you'll get a $5 in store coupon. (Um, even those pizza folks make you wait 30 minutes before making it up to you for the slow service! Just Saying!)

Aside from having more colors and sizes on the website, carries more brands and styles online than they do in store. They really have 'stepped up their retail game' with brands like Ray Ban, Michael Kors, DeWalt Tools, Steve Madden, Nike, Vince Camuto, and one I've been obsessed with for a long time, Tory Burch. (You can't tell me that Capital T Logo of theirs didn't have ME in mind!)

Check out the Newest Arrivals at Sears Market Place!

Screen Capture of Front Loader Washers - New Arrivals!

I don't know about you, but this mercury retrograde has been wreaking havoc on my appliances and electronics so I am researching a few major purchases (for after the retrograde dust clears of course) including a new Washer/Dryer, Refrigerator, and hoping somewhere in there I can squeeze in that handbag I'm lusting after, before it totally sells out!

What will YOU buy at today?

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FTC DisclosureThis is a Sponsored Post written by Ascending Butterfly on behalf of Sears via the Niche Mommy Network & Conference, however all opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. See our Full Disclosure Policy for additional information.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Have I got a 'shoportunity' for YOU

Did you know there were 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions last year?

Are you an athlete? Do you know one? Love one? Are you raising a future or aspiring athlete? If so, there are ways you can help Dick’s Sporting Goods fund concussion testing!

Ways to help: From August 2 to September 12, Dick’s Sporting Goods will donate $1 every time you:

1) Share about the PACE campaign with your friends and Dick’s will donate a $1 to PACE - Like them on Facebook or tweet using  #DSGPACE (you should also be following them on Twitter too @DICKS)

2) Buy athletic shoes in store or online by September 12, and Dick's Sporting Goods will donate a $1 to PACE

3) Use Facebook Places or Foursquare to check in at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores


PACE (Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education), is the nation’s largest baseline concussion screening initiative.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Give schools nationwide access to free educational materials about concussions

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Supply up to 3,335 schools with ImPACT Test Packages (each provides baseline tests for up to 300 athletes)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Aim to screen one million young athletes

Check out Jerome Bettis getting the word out on PACE:

Dick's Sporting Goods has teamed up with ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), the first, most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Eligible schools that are new to the ImPACT program will receive its software free (a $500 value) to test young athletes for one year.

ImPACT is an invaluable tool for neuropsychologists, certified athletic trainers and other licensed healthcare professionals to assist them in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.

I personally witnessed an athlete head injury during a game back in College, and I'm thinking how helpful this would have been then!

Many of us are already shopping for athletic shoes for Back to School, why not purchase them at Dicks Sporting Goods? This way by doing something you were going to do anyway, you can help schools get much needed equipment and support young athletes! Perhaps even your own childs school could benefit by doing something so simple, shopping with a conscious. Making an active decision to have your dollars count for something! By the way if you are ordering online Dick's Sporting Goods is offering Free Shipping in a Back to School promo that includes Footwear, Backpacks and Athletic Apparel! (You're Welcome!)

Remember to use your shopping dollars wisely, and shop corporations with a conscience!

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FTC Disclosure: I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. I am a member of @Klout Perks Program, while this is not a sponsored post, I have received an @Klout Perk in conjunction with this campaign. I am a blog with integrity blogger and this post poses no conflict of interest. I really do believe it's important to support corporations with a conscience!