Fashion Swain http://fashionswain.com Flings with Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:50:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Why The Coach Mini Bennett Is The Perfect Addition To Your Mini Handbag Collection http://fashionswain.com/why-the-coach-mini-bennett-is-the-perfect-addition-to-your-mini-handbag-collection/ http://fashionswain.com/why-the-coach-mini-bennett-is-the-perfect-addition-to-your-mini-handbag-collection/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:50:22 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6539 I’m so happy to have fashionistas worldwide to share my happy dance with every time I find a great buy while keeping up with trends! If you’re a true handbag lover like I am, pay close attention cause I done good. Real good. If you’re on the internet looking for bags right now and you’re reading […]

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I’m so happy to have fashionistas worldwide to share my happy dance with every time I find a great buy while keeping up with trends! If you’re a true handbag lover like I am, pay close attention cause I done good. Real good.

If you’re on the internet looking for bags right now and you’re reading this article, you are probably well aware that mini bags have taken over the fashion world. If you’re searching for one more adorable mini to add to your collection, look no further. I have found the bag for you… the Coach Mini Bennett Satchel!

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Inside the Coach Mini Bennett Satchel bag

I think the part that excites me the most about the Mini Bennett is that it’s a quality bag that fits just about anyone’s budget. It’s not as small as a micro sized bag, but it’s still mini. I love it because I can fit so much stuff in it! Here’s the bag next to a bottle of lotion for size reference:

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I was lucky enough to find this bag at a Coach outlet. If you’re interested in buying one I would check your nearest outlet first. I did find some online too, but I actually paid less at the outlet then all of the ones being sold at online stores and most that are currently on eBay. They have a wide variety of colors, but I was looking specifically for a black one.

I’m such a huge fan of this bag and I just wanted to share for those of you who are on a budget and would like a nice quality bag that’s keeping up with the mini trend :)

Are you keeping up with the mini or micro bag trend? What kind do you have? What kind do you want? I would love to hear what’s on your wish list, or which one of your bags is your current favorite! Thanks so much for visiting!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

 

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VIDEO: Featured Fling! Vegan Soap Exchange! http://fashionswain.com/featured-fling-vegan-soap-exchange/ http://fashionswain.com/featured-fling-vegan-soap-exchange/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:49:19 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6527 I had a pretty neat surprise the other day! Chris called from work saying there was a soap vendor there that was selling all these different scents of soaps at really good prices, and was asking if I wanted to try any. The company is called the Vegan Soap Exchange and I was so excited about […]

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I had a pretty neat surprise the other day! Chris called from work saying there was a soap vendor there that was selling all these different scents of soaps at really good prices, and was asking if I wanted to try any.

The company is called the Vegan Soap Exchange and I was so excited about them I made a video showing you the scents I chose with all the details you need to know so you can purchase some as well!

Their website is linked above. I hope you’re all having a great week!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

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Accessory Fling! Combat Boots For Every Budget! http://fashionswain.com/accessory-fling-combat-boots-for-every-budget/ http://fashionswain.com/accessory-fling-combat-boots-for-every-budget/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:53:41 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6503 Here at Fashion Swain, we’ve always got our eye on the latest trends, and the 90’s are back baby! From velvet chokers (click here to spot mine around my neck in my latest haul video!) to combat boots, we’re ready to welcome every inch of it with open arms! Today you’ll get the 411 on where […]

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Here at Fashion Swain, we’ve always got our eye on the latest trends, and the 90’s are back baby! From velvet chokers (click here to spot mine around my neck in my latest haul video!) to combat boots, we’re ready to welcome every inch of it with open arms!

Today you’ll get the 411 on where to score these amazing combat boots without breaking the bank:

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These are the Madden Girl Landingg in Black Paris. They were originally $69.95, but I found them in the Steve Madden store in The Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall on the clearance rack. I paid $27.00 for them. They came with wider laces but I prefer the thinner ones so I found a pair at Payless for $1.99 and just swapped them out. The Landingg boot is also available online at Famous Footwear for $40 right now. There’s purple plaid lining on the inside in case you want to fold them over.

I prefer bargain shopping when it comes to trends. I feel like it just makes more sense to be a little more frugal with trends that are always changing, but maybe invest in classic pieces that will either last forever or can be sold for what you paid for them. For example, investing in a designer bag like Louis Vuitton or Chanel ensures you can always get your money back in the future should you choose to sell it, (or at least close to what you paid for it) or maybe go and splurge on that classic sweater that will never go out of style and won’t fall apart in the wash. I hope that makes sense!

I linked these particular boots above if you’re interested in buying a pair for yourself. Here are some others if you don’t see your size or just want to browse a little more:

The Keira boot from Aldo – $150

Doc Martens from Journeys (large selection scroll whole page) $125 – $170

Madden Girl Eloisee from Macy’s – $38.71

Mossimo Combat Boot from Target – $34.99

Mudd Knit-Cuff Boots from Khols – $74.99

The Vintage Nirvana Combat Boot from DSW (scroll whole page to view these and others) – $49.95

Well I certainly hope this was helpful to those of you who are jumping on the combat boot trend! If you’ve recently picked up a pair already for yourself feel free to share where you got them in the comments! Happy shopping!

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Haul Fling! Express Haul & Other Goodies! http://fashionswain.com/haul-fling-express-haul-other-goodies/ http://fashionswain.com/haul-fling-express-haul-other-goodies/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:00:08 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6496 I haven’t done a haul video in FOREVS…but I do intend to do more in the future. Chris bought me some new lighting as part of my birthday gift so now I have an excuse to do videos! I apologize in advance for the lighting in this video. I’m working on what works best and […]

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I haven’t done a haul video in FOREVS…but I do intend to do more in the future. Chris bought me some new lighting as part of my birthday gift so now I have an excuse to do videos! I apologize in advance for the lighting in this video. I’m working on what works best and ordering a backdrop to make my videos look clean and polished :)

So check out my Express haul and other goodies, and the links to the items from Express are in the description box below the video. I saved a TON of money!

The life changing t-shirt from Five Below isn’t listed on their website, so if you want one for yourself, I would say call your nearest location. Enjoy and I’ll ttys!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

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DIY Fling! How To Build Your Own Home Music Studio! http://fashionswain.com/diy-fling-how-to-build-your-own-home-music-studio/ http://fashionswain.com/diy-fling-how-to-build-your-own-home-music-studio/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:42:20 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6458 This past weekend I started voice lessons! I’m so happy to get back into singing again. I took lessons about 15 years or so ago, but it was only for a few months. If you read my 2016 Goals blog post, I spoke about reassessing my goals for the new year. I really want to focus […]

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This past weekend I started voice lessons! I’m so happy to get back into singing again. I took lessons about 15 years or so ago, but it was only for a few months. If you read my 2016 Goals blog post, I spoke about reassessing my goals for the new year. I really want to focus on all the things I dreamed of doing growing up but never gave myself the chance to do. Singing lessons are first on my list!

My first lesson went great! My instructor said I have a very nice sound and a great range. We also talked about proper breathing, stretching, the importance of being properly hydrated, and what type of music I’m interested in performing. I’ve always been such a fan of pop and dance music since I was little, so pop and dance it shall be! I have a few friends in the DJ/production business, so who knows what could happen in the future!

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With the help of my tech savvy husband (thanks Chris!) I now have my own little studio in my office to practice in between lessons. For those of you are interested in getting into singing, I wanted to show you my setup in case you want to learn how to build your own home music studio. I’ll show you each individual piece and what it does. Everything came from either Amazon or the Guitar Center. This setup works perfectly for a beginner like me. I use GarageBand for Mac so I can sing along to my favorite artists and record myself.

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We’ll start with my microphone and Reflexion Filter. My mic is an MXL 770 Microphone with shock mount. We purchased it on Amazon. I’m not seeing this particular bundle available on their website now, but they do sell them each separately or you can choose from a few different bundles. The half-moon shaped piece behind the mic is The Reflexion Filter. Mine is the sE Electronics Reflexion Filter X. It’s a sound shield that eliminates echoes. This is especially important in my case because we currently live in a condo, and when you live in such close quarters with other people it’s best to be considerate when it comes to noise. I’ve gotten to know my neighbor’s schedules by now, so I know the best times to practice :)

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This circular shaped screen is a pop filter. We purchased the Sterling Audio PF2 Professional Mesh Pop Filter at Guitar Center. It’s placed in front of the mic to eliminate distortions and noise from your recording.

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My headphones are the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones. We found these on Amazon. These are used used to hear both the music you’re singing along to and yourself while recording.

Icicle USB Mic Converter

This is an Icicle USB Mic Converter. It takes your mic signal and converts it to USB so your computer can record it. We found it on Amazon along with the headphones.

I had some equipment prior to this setup to experiment with singing again and see if it was something I definitely wanted to pursue. When I decided I definitely wanted to go back to taking voice lessons we just had to swap out a couple pieces of equipment and add the filter. I’m looking forward to improving my technique and possibly recording a track one day!

I hope this helps those of you who want to get into singing and design your own little space to practice. 2016 will be my year to explore all the things that I’ve always wanted to do and make me feel good!! Have you decided to pursue any of your dreams recently? I would love to hear from you! Here’s to a great start to your week, and the beginning of an amazing year!!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

 

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Taking Time Off, Our Trip To Florida & 2016 Goals! http://fashionswain.com/taking-time-off-our-trip-to-florida-2016-goals/ http://fashionswain.com/taking-time-off-our-trip-to-florida-2016-goals/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:54:59 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6437 Hello Everyone! Happy New Year! How were all of your holidays? I took some time off until the new year to spend some quality time with Chris and Cassie and visit my dad in Florida for Christmas. We decided to drive because it would be too stressful for Cassie Mae to be on a plane. […]

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Hello Everyone! Happy New Year!

How were all of your holidays? I took some time off until the new year to spend some quality time with Chris and Cassie and visit my dad in Florida for Christmas. We decided to drive because it would be too stressful for Cassie Mae to be on a plane. It was a long trip, but definitely well worth it. I haven’t seen my dad in over 2 years, and I actually haven’t spent Christmas day with him since I was a teenager. I also had the privilege of spending time with relatives that I haven’t seen in 20 years!

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Chris took this picture of my dad and I in the back yard. Yes, my dad is wearing shorts! I have to say, it’s really something to experience 80 degree weather on Christmas Day! It didn’t really feel like Christmas at all, but I didn’t mind. I found it to be refreshing. Winter weather is not exactly on my favorites list :(

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Here’s little Cassie Mae in her Christmas Dress. What a little peanut. She loved being out on the lanai. We all did actually. Every morning after we all woke up we would sit around the table there and just talk and enjoy the smells of the warm air and sights of nearby neighbors leaving and returning from errands or stepping outside to grab their morning paper. The breeze was so refreshing. You could smell the rain from the occasional shower coming through. I really miss the peaceful mornings there.

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Here’s a nice picture of my father with Chris. My dad was so funny, he would tell Chris “you’re my favorite son-in-law in Florida!” LOL My dad has a great sense of humor.

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I took this quick little family photo with my selfie stick. We couldn’t get Cassie to look at the camera. I guess she was feeling a little shy that day ;)

I’m so happy I took this time off and made the trip out to Florida. It was the perfect opportunity to sort of rejuvenate and reassess my goals for 2016. I can’t wait to share all of the things I’ve decided to do this year with you all. I’ll be writing some details about my birthday, which is actually tomorrow the 5th (yikes!), I’ll be starting voice lessons again after about 10 years (SO exciting!), making beauty tutorial and haul videos, and stepping into some different modeling roles.

It’s going to be a new and exciting year here at Fashion Swain. What are some of your goals for 2016? I would love your comments below! May you all be blessed with great health and much happiness!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

 

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Featured Fling! Dina’s 12 Tips To Christmas By Dina Manzo! http://fashionswain.com/featured-fling-dinas-12-tips-to-christmas-by-dina-manzo/ http://fashionswain.com/featured-fling-dinas-12-tips-to-christmas-by-dina-manzo/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:49:42 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6416 I just watched the cutest video that Dina Manzo made! In case you’re not familiar with Dina, she has appeared on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and created Project Ladybug, a non profit organization that has raised over a million dollars to help children with cancer and their families. If you follow Dina like I do, […]

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I just watched the cutest video that Dina Manzo made! In case you’re not familiar with Dina, she has appeared on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and created Project Ladybug, a non profit organization that has raised over a million dollars to help children with cancer and their families.

If you follow Dina like I do, you know that she also has an amazing eye for home decor and interior design. She started posting a series of fun holiday tips on her YouTube channel and website called Dina’s 12 Tips to Christmas. This video I’m about to share with you is absolutely adorable! If you celebrate Christmas and need a little decor inspiration that’s easy to create this tip is definitely for you!

This video is just #4 out of her 12 tip series. I had to share this with you all because it’s so easy to do… and very inexpensive! I can’t wait to watch the rest of her series.

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I actually met Dina in person last year and she’s amazing. I brought her my vision board that I shared with you last year and she signed it! We discussed my life goals and she looked over every image on my board and had such encouraging words for me. Thanks so much for your support Dina!

I linked her YouTube channel and website above so make sure to check them out. I also created a fun little DIY holiday arrangement that you can view here in case you missed it! Do any of you have anyone that you love to follow for home decor inspiration? I would love to hear all about them and the things they share in the comments below. Wishing you all much love and positivity this holiday season.

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

 

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Style Fling! My Black & White Getup…And 70 Degree Days In NJ?? http://fashionswain.com/style-fling-my-black-white-getup-and-70-degree-days-in-nj/ http://fashionswain.com/style-fling-my-black-white-getup-and-70-degree-days-in-nj/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:08:20 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6399 We’ve been having such an unusually warm winter this season here in New Jersey, and it actually reached 70 degrees yesterday! 70 degrees in New Jersey?? In December?? I’ll take it! Weather permitting, I totally rocked this white and black getup, and you can too! Just grab some white distressed skinnies and team them up with […]

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We’ve been having such an unusually warm winter this season here in New Jersey, and it actually reached 70 degrees yesterday! 70 degrees in New Jersey?? In December?? I’ll take it!

Weather permitting, I totally rocked this white and black getup, and you can too!

Fashion Swain how to rock a black and white outfit

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Just grab some white distressed skinnies and team them up with a white graphic tank or tee (for colder temps, you can use a white long sleeve shirt or even a sweater) to build a base for your look. Tuck in the front to maintain a laid back style. Add a cute little black belt and some black ankle booties. Keep your moto jacket close by in case you catch a little bit of a chill. A bomber jacket would work for this look too. Finally, add some silver accessories like an oversized watch and some bangles to complete your look.

There you have it, fashionistas! A trendy outfit idea that’s perfect for so many occasions: date night, concerts, parties, a casual dinner, etc. Hopefully this warm December month is an indication of a mild winter to come. I’m hoping that’s the case! Either way, I’ll be whipping up some more looks to keep inspiring you :) Wishing you a fantastic Monday!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

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Fashion Swain Boutique: Pre-loved Mini Crossbody Bags – $8.00 http://fashionswain.com/fashion-swain-boutique-pre-loved-mini-crossbody-bags-8-00/ http://fashionswain.com/fashion-swain-boutique-pre-loved-mini-crossbody-bags-8-00/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:35:02 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6390 The next items for sale at the Fashion Swain Boutique are these cute mini crossbody bags: They were never used with tags still attached. Purchased for $10.99 each. Fashion Swain Price: $8.00 each + shipping, or both for $15.00 + shipping Great gift for the holidays! If interested in purchasing, please email Cara at caraz@fashionswain.com to be invoiced […]

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The next items for sale at the Fashion Swain Boutique are these cute mini crossbody bags:

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They were never used with tags still attached. Purchased for $10.99 each.

Fashion Swain Price: $8.00 each + shipping, or both for $15.00 + shipping

Great gift for the holidays!

If interested in purchasing, please email Cara at caraz@fashionswain.com to be invoiced through Paypal.

Happy Shopping!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

 

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Healthy Fling! Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water + Electrolytes! http://fashionswain.com/healthy-fling-trader-joes-alkaline-water-electrolytes/ http://fashionswain.com/healthy-fling-trader-joes-alkaline-water-electrolytes/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 22:46:56 +0000 http://fashionswain.com/?p=6371 Recently I joined Retro Fitness to step up my fitness game. I walked/jogged basically all spring and summer, but from speaking with professionals in the field, I learned that the best way to stay fit is to rebuild the muscle that we lose as we age. I signed up for a personal trainer as well, to […]

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Recently I joined Retro Fitness to step up my fitness game. I walked/jogged basically all spring and summer, but from speaking with professionals in the field, I learned that the best way to stay fit is to rebuild the muscle that we lose as we age. I signed up for a personal trainer as well, to teach me how to target each muscle group, and make sure I was getting the proper nutrition I needed to get the most effective results from our sessions.

I’ve been hearing so much lately about the alkaline diet and it’s benefits, especially for digestive issues. The pH balance in your body is so crucial to it’s functionality and some believe that an alkaline approach can successfully treat cancer. A pH balanced body can help heal different conditions through nutrition. 

I came across Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water + Electrolytes just a few days ago and I wanted to give it a try:Trader Joe's Alkaline + Electrolyte WaterAlkaline water as part of an alkaline diet

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I just incorporated this water into my nutrition plan and so far I can tell you it tastes great! Just like a high quality spring water would taste. I figure I have nothing to lose by trying it right? I’m very curious to see if it will help my acid reflux and indigestion issues most of all.

Overall, I’m feeling great from my training sessions and I’m eating better than ever. I have an article coming up shortly all about my actual fitness routine with my trainer and what kind of exercises we do.

How many of you follow some type of pH balanced diet? Do you think it’s effective in keeping your body healthy? Are you a skeptic? Do you have any advice you can share if you are an alkaline enthusiast? Please leave your opinions below in the comments. Wishing you all great health and so much happiness!

Fashion Swain Cara Zamorski

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