Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shop Hope's Rep: What Does It Mean?

When I say I am a Shop Hope's rep, people don't really know what that means. Now that I've had the amazing opportunity to work for this company for almost 8 months now, I wanted to share a little about what I've learned not only about myself, but the company and the people that make up this team.

When I first applied to be a Hope's rep, I viewed it as a resume builder. It would be a great way to get marketing experience and, hey, you never know what can happen. It took me just a few weeks to realize that:

A) Hope's is much more than a boutique with a business plan.
B) I was surrounded by some very, very amazing women.

In a few weeks, I realized I loved Hope's because the company is built on honesty, kindness, and hard work. I wasn't only impressed with the clothing, customer service, and super fast shipping, but the kind-hearted people who keep everything running. I am so incredibly lucky to work for a company with such strong values. That is why I believe Hope's is so successful -- the boutique is innovative, collaborative, creative, hard-working, and always driven. Carrying yourself with class and kindness is valued over any sale with this company. And for that, I am truly grateful.

I urge you all to visit Hope's and see everything we offer. With new arrivals at noon and 5pm EST M-F, plus free shipping, AND an additional 10% off with the code LYSSLIFEREP, you can't go wrong. For updates on their amazing inventory, follow on Instagram (@ShopHopes) and Twitter (@ShopHopes319).

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Season Transitions + $50 TJ Maxx/Marshalls Gift Card

Happy Monday! If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that in addition to writing my own blog, I am also a contributing writer for The Budget Babe. TBB is a blog for all women looking to shop on a budget. I was lucky enough to become a part of the team a little over a year ago, and the opportunities I have been presented with have changed the way I blog. In fact, Dianna was a huge inspiration when it came time to get serious with Life with Lyss. Today's post is for both LYL and TBB readers -- a special collaboration with Marshalls/TJ Maxx to help you transition into fall without breaking the bank. Plus, a special giveaway at the end!

I believe the perfect way to transition into fall is to start mixing summer brights with fall tones. It allows you to still wear some of your favorite summer staples, but also make a smooth transition into the cooler fall tones we all love. For this challenge, I styled this navy designer bag from Marshalls and these bright jewels from TJ Maxx. I think mixing the two very different colors makes for a fun color pallet. TJ Maxx/Marshalls have a wide range of bags and jewelry for way under retail value. Paired with neutral booties and jacket, I think this outfit has just the right pops of color.

TJ Maxx/Marshalls have offered to give one reader $50 to spend at their local store!

To enter, post your favorite TJ Maxx/Marshalls find on Twitter/Instagram  and hashtag #BBMarshallsTJMaxx. Enter as often as you would like!

Giveway is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced September 2. Good luck! xo

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 Minute Beach Waves (first YouTube video?!)

Hey, everyone! So I did a little sneak peek on my Instagram (@lifewithlyssxo) earlier this week, but here is my first YouTube vide on how to get be achy waves/curls in under 10 minutes. It's so super easy and I hope you like it :) Take it easy on me because it was my first video and I'm still pretty awkward in front of the camera.. But enjoy and let me know if it works for you! Be sure to subscribe to see future videos xo

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Edgy Leather

As many of you may know, I am an extremely feminine person. Like, lots of neons (especially pink), lots of florals, and lots of lace. However, I've made it a mission of mine to step outside these very safe   boundaries and explore other color pallets and textures. I am starting here, with this leather skirt and gold sequin top!

It's pretty rare you'll ever find me in anything even remotely edgy. I am always in head-to-toe girly frills, or head-to-toe in comfortable loungewear like leggings and oversize t-shirts. This particular outfit it something I would wear out with my friends or possibly a dinner date downtown. One thing I do love about this skirt is that it can be a great transition piece into fall, paired with some leggings or tights and some booties. 

For now, though, I am focusing on the warmer weather with this gold sequin tank, strappy heels, and beautiful Derng necklace. I kept the entire pallet neutral with a touch of glam. What do you think of looks like this opposed to my normal go-to outfits?

Hopefully you had a chance to enter the $500 ASOS Giveaway. If not, please do! I'd LOVE to see one of my readers win. Best of luck! xo

SKIRT, TOP, HEELS c/o Deb Shops // NECKLACE c/o Derng via LWB PR // BAG (old, similar in black) c/o Charlotte Russe

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Monday, August 18, 2014

$500 to ASOS Giveaway!

Happy Monday! Today I am thrilled to be teaming up with Kiss Me DarlingStyle Elixir and many other amazing bloggers to bring you a $500 ASOS Gift Card Giveaway! When it comes to online shopping, it can be hard to find a website that caters to all different kinds of styles and trends, while still giving you items with great quality and a great price. ASOS has it all!

One lucky reader will win a $500 ASOS Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories. I don't know about you, but I could spend hours on their site picking out adorable tops, bottoms, bags, you name it!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, August 25th and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to visit and say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Perfect Floral Kimono

Good morning :) Today I am featuring this gorgeous floral kimono and distressed jeans from Deb Shops! I absolutely love pair florals with pastels, especially with heels. It's been cooling down a little up here, so I am trying to enjoy all the warm days we have left. I love how these jeans can be worn skinny or rolled. Any time I can get two different looks with one piece, I'm sold!

HEELS {thrifted} CLUTCH c/o Charlotte Russe

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sharp Pink & Navy

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may recognize this dress! However, looking back on the original post featuring this gorgeous striped number, I felt like I didn't really style it. Every time I see it in my closet, I feel the need to re-style it.. so I am :) I decided to pair it with a sharp navy blazer, wedges, and statement necklace. I absolutely love pink and navy together and am I glad I was able to really style this in a way I love. While this dress is (now) a little older, you can re-create the look with some simple pieces. Links below! Have a wonderful Sunday xo

BLAZER c/o Charlotte Russe DRESS (not currently available) re-create with this skirt WEDGES (old) try these wedges

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friday Favorites: Look book, fall finds, & more

TGIF, friends! :) I am doing a little Friday Favorites today because there's lots of exciting stuff happening AND I have discovered lots of fun things since the last time I did one of these :)

1. Shop Hope's FIRST video lookbook "Chasing Sunlight" will be available to be viewed TODAY at 11:30 AM with all clothes available for purchase at noon. Visit Shop Hope's for the look book, along with free shipping and 10% discount with my rep code, LYSSLIFEREP.

2. If you're here from my Instagram, here's the link to this gorgeous Derng necklace. It's one of my new favorites! Definitely look out for it more on the blog :)

3. Debating between these two neutral shoes... which one do you like more?

4. I am loving all these flats from J Crew! I have a ton of summer flats, but definitely need to invest in some fall-tone flats for transition pieces. Any suggestions?

5. Seriously thinking of investing in this "Oh my chic" sweater.. so obsessed!

Comment below with any of your fashion finds! I'm on the look out for any (and all) fall trends. Check back tomorrow for another outfit post! xo

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Low Bow

I love wearing maxis in the summer and have been wearing as many as possible while I still can! We have had a pretty rainy summer here in Ohio, so I always wear a maxi (on the weekends) if it's not raining. I absolutely love this low-back maxi from Deb (it's only $10 right now!!). Pair it with a bandeau or silicon bra (available here, discount code on my sidebar!). As you can maybe tell, it was even pretty dreary when I took these photos. Definitely missing the sunshine!

Hope you love this dress as much as I do! xo

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