Protect Your Eyes — Facts You Might Not Know About Sunglasses

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Far too many people think of sunglasses just as an accessory. They do not think about the facts or why you need to wear them. This means that when they leave a pair behind, they are not overly concerned or focused on picking up another pair right away. When I was offered a couple of amazing pairs of Simply Vera by Vera Wang sunglasses I could not help but get excited. Sunglasses are perhaps my favorite accessory and the one thing that I try to never leave home without. In fact, I usually have a pair in each of my bags and in my car so that I can always have them close enough to make sure that they are on.

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Prevent Macular Degeneration

One of the things that I love about wearing sunglasses is knowing that I am really doing something great for my eyes for the long term. Macular degeneration can occur when your eyes are exposed to violet or blue portions of the lights that are in the solar spectrum. Many people do not realize how damaging these types of rays are to their eyes. By wearing sunglasses when you are outside, you are reducing your chance of having macular degeneration.

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Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

It is so important for you to be able to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. Not only can the UV rays cause harmful cataracts, but it can also cause there to be growths on your eyes or for you to suffer from painful photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is the condition of temporary blindness which causes you to have a small sunburn on your eyes. This heals quickly which is why you can see but it can cause headaches or long lasting damages. Wearing stylish sunglasses like these awesome Cassi Aviator Sunglasses from Simply Vera by Vera Wang, can help you to make sure that you are avoiding harmful damage from UV rays to your eyes.

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Keep Skin Cancer Away


Another thing that many people do not realize is that the sensitive skin around your eyes is one of the most common places for you to get skin cancer. Because these tissues are more delicate, it is more likely that they are going to have skin cancer. It does not matter if you are driving, working, or playing outside; you will want to keep your sunglasses on. There are so many great styles from Simply Vera by Vera Wang that you will be able to find one that is perfectly suited for you. Personally I love that the Cassi comes in different colors. I was so excited to be able to check out the Shiny Brown. These are the perfect understated sunglasses for every day. Plus when I am wearing them, I am going to be reducing my chances of having skin cancer.

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Make Driving at Night Easier

Did you know that being outside in direct sunlight can actually cause you to have problems with the darker times of day? We travel a lot as a family. Many times we are traveling all day long and then driving throughout the night as well. Wearing sunglasses during the day means that my eyes are better equipped to be able to handle driving at night. So, the drives are safer for my family.

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I love learning new things and was excited to learn about all of these ways that wearing sunglasses can make my life just a little bit better. I love that I can take my family on vacation and know that I am better equipped to handle driving conditions. I also love knowing that my eyes are healthier and that I am preventing certain types of skin cancer just by wearing my favorite accessory

Accessorize Your Fall with Simply Vera by Vera Wang

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

One of my weaknesses is accessories.  This has actually been a life long weakness of mine.  I can remember getting so excited to save up my money for the latest handbag trend or necklace.  These two items in particular are items that I seriously go crazy over.  So imagine my shocked face as I opened up this amazing box of fall accessories from the Simply Vera by Vera Wang line that is featured at Kohls.  (That’s right you can buy each item that I am going to show you at your local Kohls store or online!!!)

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It’s All in the Bag!

I was surprised by three amazing handbags that are sure to take me everywhere that I am going this fall.  I have a bit of an obsession for bags and am going to share with you just how I would use each of these great bags this fall.  In all honesty my mom and grandma both recently called and asked me for advice on picking out a fall handbag so I am going to surprise each one of them with a bag and keep the one bag that is my new fall obsession!

Alicia Pleated Hobo $69

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The Alicia Pleated Hobo is an adorable everyday bag.  In fact it is one of those bags that you could easily carry out to dinner and to the grocery store.  It is a small but roomy size and perfect for those who do not have to carry too many things with them.  I really thought that this bag was cute and have found it to be one of the top trending shapes.  I love the pleats and think that it is perfect for so many styles and outfits because you can dress up or down with it!

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All of the extra details with this bag make it unique and something that you can really appreciate.

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Plus all of the Vera bags have great pockets and organizing features hidden inside making them great to use!

Morocco Domed Satchel $99

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The Morocco Domed Satchel is one of those bags that really looks elegant for moms to carry around.  It also has a feeling of profession when you see it so you can imagine a professional carrying this bag everywhere that they would go.  It is a cute bag that has plenty of room for the essentials and then some.  If you are a fan of large sized wallets or need a little extra room in your bag then this is one choice that you will certainly appreciate.

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Again with all of the great pockets that will help you make sure that things do not get lost!  Plus this one features a convenient three section design.

Monroe Shopper $99 — My Fall IT Bag

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The Simply Vera by Vera Wang Monroe Shopper is my it bag!  I love this bag especially in this fun metallic color.  I think that it is fun creative and a great bag for everyone!!   I can fit everything that I need in it and it still has that fun slouchy appearance that makes me fall in love.  It is a nice classic choice with a bit of a less traditional style that really amps it up and makes it a nice solid choice.  I simply can not say enough great things about this amazing bag.

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Plus I LOVE that it features the organizing pockets that I NEED because I am often an unorganized mess!

Dress Up Your Neck in Style

My personal favorite accessories of all time are that can be worn on my neck.  I love necklaces and scarves and Simply Vera offers you some of the best that you can find.

Ombre Twisted Stripes Sheer Oblong Scarf $32

I really LOVE this scarf and can not say enough amazing things about it and how it is going to work for fall.  It is perfect to keep you warm while offering you an amazing amount of style that you might not see with every scarf that you try on.

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Bead and Mesh Multi Strand Necklace $34

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I have to admit that this necklace is my personal favorite so I am very excited that I was sent two of these in different colors.  They are simply beautiful and look great with more casual outfits for a day to day look and those outfits that are bit more dressed up.

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Since my personal style includes a ton of neutral colors, I love the clear and gray beads on this necklace.

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I also received it in blue colors that are absolutely breathtaking.

Beaded Collar Necklace $34

The Beaded Collar Necklace is unique and stunning.  It is even more beautiful in person that what you can see in pictures.  I love this one and think that it is going to look amazing and necklines come up for the fall season.

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Marquise Swag Necklace $34

The Marquise Swag Necklace is one that I would probably not have picked out on my own, especially if I was shopping online.  That being said it is definitely one that I will be wearing a lot this fall.  It is a really gorgeous necklace that will give you something extra to really love.

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Find the Perfect Bracelet to Enhance Your Look

Bracelets are another huge obsession of mine.  I find myself always reaching for a bracelet.  Another recent wrist candy that I have is a popular exercise tracking band.  Since I don’t love how it looks I did show off in one picture how a bracelet can make it look better.

Beaded Stretch Bracelet Set $30 (That’s Right Just $10 EACH!!)

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There are many things that I love about these bracelets.  One is that they come to you in a set of 3.  Another is that they are great to pair together or even wear separately!  This means that you can easily wear just one of these at a time or wear them all.

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They even make my fitness brand look better!

Bead Stretch Bracelet $34

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This bracelet is so fun!!  I have gotten tons of compliments and tons of offers for friends and family to take this one off of my hands for me.  This is a great choice and is super cute so I plan on keeping it around for a very long time.

Get Some Dazzle in Your Ears

Earrings are not something that I often wear.  That being said, my friends and family wear earrings all of the time so I am always giving them away as gifts or just because.  I can tell you that these adorable eight pairs of earrings are going to get a lot of wear from my friends and family!

Bead Kite Earrings $22

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I LOVE these earrings.  They fit perfectly with my boho chic style and are beautiful when worn.  I only wish that I wore earrings more since I love these so much!

Simulated Crystal Dome Button Stud Earrings $12

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These are very elegant and beautiful.  I was shocked to discover that they only cost $12 as they were so shockingly pretty!!  I know that these are going to be a great way to feel extra pretty and dressed up on an otherwise dreary day!

Bead Cluster Drop Earrings $18

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I think that these are absolutely gorgeous and I am sure that they would look great with a variety of the fall fashions that you see!

Square Drop Earrings $14

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These are gorgeous earrings that have a sparkle and a shine that you will not see elsewhere. They are sure to be a pair of earrings that you are going to be able to love for years to come.

Bead Drop Earrings $14

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These earrings are another pair that I can really see looking great with a number of fall outfits.  I think that they would be a great way to feel special with jeans and a t-shirt or that they’d look great with work clothes.

Hoop Drop Earrings $14

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These Hoop Drop Earrings are so cute.  They are another pair that I was shocked to discover the price of.  They are cute and really unique.  I have not really seen anything else like them!

Marquise Drop Earrings $18

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These earrings are so elegant that they are perfect for dressing up.  They are another pair that look classy and elegant that you would never guess their real price.  This makes them a wonderful choice because everyone is going to think that you spent a lot more than you did.

Bead Hoop Earrings $18

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These earrings are another pair of my favorite!  They are fun and cute.  They also are multi-functional and would fit with most of fall’s great looks!

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Thanks to the Simply Vera by Vera Wang collection for fall it is going to be a stylish season.  It is going to be one of those years where others stop me and ask me where I got something at.  I have already had this happen four times in the last two days of wearing a few of these accessories.


Creating Great Winter Looks with Your Favorite Summer Pieces

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

I will admit that I sometimes become a little attached to my clothes.  There are certain pieces that I fall in love with and I do not want to retire them just because the season is wrong.  I want to keep wearing them year round because they are such great pieces.  Towards the end of the summer I was sent a package from Vera Wang with some great pieces from the Simply Vera and Princess by Vera Wang collections from the summer lines.  I loved the pieces so much that I wanted to be able to keep wearing them year round.  So I decided to put together a blog where I featured the pieces and the great fall/winter looks that I would create with these wonderful pieces to keep them in my wardrobe year round.  Plus I challenged myself to find all of the coordinating pieces from Vera Wang lines that are currently in your Kohls store.

Tips to Take Your Favorite Summer Pieces into the Winter Months

Learn How to Layer Right

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Layering can be hard.  If you layer the wrong pieces together you chance looking frumpy but with the right pieces layering can be a fashionistas best friend year round.  I love this great white shirt that i received from the Simply Vera Collection.

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I wanted to find the right way to wear it year round and I love it with a black pair of slim fit pants like the Skinny Ponte Pants (which I personally own and wear all of the time!!) and the Marled Lurex Cardigan.

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I also think that the Tall Boots would complete this trendy look perfectly!

Moving Your Favorite Sundress into Cooler Weather

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I LOVE this adorable Simply Vera sundress that I received.  I think that it is adorable and a great dress to be able to wear year round.  That being said, you would probably be pretty cold if you wore this dress in the wintertime without the right additional clothing choices.

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The first thing that you should do to make sure that you are warm enough when wearing a sundress is grab a great pair of leggings.  I love this pair of brown leggings from Simply Vera. This brown Flyaway Cardigan is also great.  It would pair well with the fun colors that are in the dress.

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These ankle boots would pair well with the outfit and would look great and fun throughout the fall and winter.

Use Your Favorite Tank for Work

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I fell in love with this adorable Princess by Vera Wang tank top with ruffles.  This tank is perfect for more than just the teens that it was marketed to.  I think that it would look especially nice for work when paired with the right pieces.

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The Simply Vera Baby Bootcut Ponte Pants and the Pointelle Flyaway Cardigan would be the perfect pieces to take this playful tank to the office.

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The Embellished Smoking Flats would be great for this outfit and are also perfect for the office.

Learn How to Create a Look for A Night on The Town

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I love how this tank has a unique high/low hemline that is fun and funky.  This makes it the perfect tank top to fair with some fun pieces for going out for a great night on the town.

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I love this tank with the Leatherette Leggings and the Long Flyaway Cardigan would pair with this.

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Plus the Over the Knee High Heal Boots are the PERFECT boots for those nights when you want to go out on the town!

Creating the Perfect Casual Look

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Finally I received this adorable fun and funky t-shirt.  I love the print and how fun it is!!  I wanted to be able to pair with a casual outfit that would be something that I would wear out.

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I would personally choose the Simply Vera Bootcut Jeans in a dark wash and the Quilted Cropped Bomber Jacket with this longer length t-shirt because the outfit would be so cute.

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Finally I would top it off with the Zipper Ankle Boots.

As you can see it is easy to take your favorite summer pieces like mine from Simply Vera and Princess by Vera Wang into the winter months with additional pieces from the lines that you can find at Kohls.


Get a Designer Purse on a Budget with Simply Vera

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There are few things in life that I love more than purses….aside from my family I can’t think of much.  I love being able to switch purses, have the perfect purse for each outfit, and really explore the world of purses that are available for me.  The saddest thing for me is that since I am a full time stay at home mom of four I often do not get to purchase the designer purses that I want.  I just can not afford to spend hundreds of dollars on one purse which often makes me so sad.  Every once in a while I will make the splurge but then I am always mad at myself for not carrying it more often.

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Well with Vera Wang’s Simply Vera Collection for Kohls I do not have to feel guilty purchasing a designer purse and I do not have to carry it all of the time because I am able to find it for a great price.  So I thought that I would share my tips for choosing a “designer” handbag while shopping on a budget.

Tips to Find a Great Designer Handbag on a Budget

Look at Designer Labels for Department Stores

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One of the things that I love most about shopping at Kohls is that they offer you a wide selection of designer brands that create more affordable labels.  My favorite of these is the Simply Vera Collection from famed designer Vera Wang.  I love the handbags that she offers from this collection as they are everything that you want from a handbag and more.  The Sidekick Satchel is on trend with this season’s hottest looks, comes in the season’s most popular colors and costs just $69 regular price (currently on sale for $39.99).  Yes a hot handbag that is not going to break the bank is what every woman wants!

Choose Neutral Colors

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I know in the past one of my weaknesses with handbags has been purchasing handbags that are a trendy color.  This does not really work for you when you are trying to save money for a few reasons.  One is that you can not carry a seasonal color year round and the other is that seasonal colors are always changing.  This means that you will not want to carry it in future years.  Choosing neutral colors is the best way to get around this, unless you happen to find a purse in your favorite color which of course you would carry if it was trendy or not.  I love the neutral beige color of the Simply Vera handbag that I received for this review.

Find Styles that Meet Your Needs

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I am always tempted by cute barrel bags or adorable handbags that are carried by hand but with four kids I know better than to think that I would ever be able to use one of these.  I have to have my hands free so I either have to find a bag with a shoulder strap like this Canberra Convertible Satchel (which I am currently in LOVE with by the way!) or a crossbody style like the handbag that I received.

Go for Handbags that Fit Your Personal Style

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Since I have a mostly bohemian chic style about me I tend to choose bags that would fit best into that style.  I love the Saphia Convertible Tote that is also currently available from the collection.  The best thing about this one is that it has that slouchy fun look that I love but since it is from a high quality designer it is going to be structured enough to hold up to long term use.

Find One Classic Style that Will Last for Years to Come

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Some of the most popular handbags in the world are popular because they have classic style and appeal and will be popular for many years.  Some of these handbag designers never change a thing aside from offering a few seasonal colors or different materials.  A classic style like the Phoenix Convertible Satchel is a style that everyone will love and something that they are going to be able to enjoy for the long term.

Choosing a great handbag that is going to last for years to come and offer you designer style on a budget is simple when you follow these easy tips!  Kohls and the Simply Vera collection make it possible for you to get all of your designer handbag needs met while living on a budget.

Why You Still Need Sunglasses in the Winter Months

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Have you ever wondered why people wear sunglasses when it is cold outside?  Do you hang up your shades when summer is over?  Well you shouldn’t!  There are so many reasons that sunglasses are important for you regardless of the season that you are in.  Recently I received two adorable pairs of sunglasses from the Simply Vera by Vera Wang for Kohls.  Not only are these sunglasses cute on but they also are the perfect for meeting your needs for the winter months.  Most people just do not realize how important it is to wear sunglasses during the winter and sadly many stores are not selling them either.

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Everything You Needed to Know to Protect Your Eyes this Winter

Sunglasses are no longer just a fun summertime accessory that you wear when the weather is nice.  They are so much more and something that you need year round to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun that are still apparent even in the winter months.

**Reduce the Glare of the Sun

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One of the things that I personally hate the most during the winter is the glare of the sun on the snow.  Not only is this painful, many times I end up with headaches when I go back indoors, but it is also harmful to your eyes.  Plus it can be dangerous if you are driving or riding a bike as you might not see something in your path.

**Protection from Damaging UV Rays

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We all know how harmful the damaging UV rays of the sun can be.  Most people wear sunscreen and sunglasses during the summer.  Did you realize that the UV rays are just as strong during the winter?  It is actually possible for you to have just as much damage to your eyes and skin in the winter months as it is during the summer months.

**Protection from Debris

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When you are wearing sunglasses your eyes are also protected from many damaging things in the environment.  You can protect them from wind, sleet, hail, snow, debris, dust, and many other elements that are present year round.

**Improve Vision

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Even sunglasses that are not prescription are able to improve your vision.  Our eyes actually have a specific amount of light that is best for seeing.  If you have too much light or too little than your eyes are strained.  This means that using sunglasses when it is bright out, even on a winter day, will help to improve your natural vision.

**Reduce Headaches from Straining

When your eyes are strained it is common to have bad headaches and even neck pain.  If you wear sunglasses you are going to reduce the amount of neck pain and headaches that you have.

I am a HUGE sunglasses fan but as a mom of four I can not afford to purchase a lot of expensive pairs and my kids are hard on sunglasses.  They are constantly breaking them.  I love the Vera Wang Simply Vera Collection of sunglasses that are available for you at Kohls.  These sunglasses are really a great quality (out of the three pairs that I owned this summer my kids only broke one!!) and I love how each of the styles looked on.  I had a pair that showed old Hollywood glam, a pair that were the perfect aviators, and a pair that were a great larger square lens that was very flattering.