Rolling in a 2015 Cadillac ATS

The 2015 Cadillac ATS
The 2015 Cadillac ATS

Please indulge me and excuse this new post, I know it is not beauty related but it did help me appreciate the beauty that is in my own backyard…so to speak.

I was contacted on behalf of GM and asked if I’d like to drive a car from their fleet for a few days. I would be given a full tank of gas and the keys to do as I chose and just enjoy the car. How could I say no to that? I picked this sexy beast of a car, the Cadillac ATS, and opted for a couple quick, local getaways instead of a long road trip.

Inside the 2015 Cadillac ATS
Inside the 2015 Cadillac ATS

Until a few months ago, I drove a 2005 Hyundai Accent that I abused horribly. I would probably still be driving it if I didn’t mind living with the anxiety that the car could die on me at any moment because let’s face it, not having a car payment is amazing…opens up the budget for more beauty products. 😉

Then I bought a 2009 Toyota Corolla and it seemed like the mother of all upgrades at the time. From manual windows to power windows and power locks, I felt like I was finally driving an adult car… That is until I got behind the wheel of the ATS, my mind was blown. It was fully loaded and jam packed with features I couldn’t even imagine wanting but now am longing to have again.

Steering Wheel and Dashboard of the Cadillac ATS
Steering Wheel and Dashboard of the Cadillac ATS
Center Console of the Cadillac ATS
Center Console of the Cadillac ATS

The features in this car amazing; the one I liked the most was the heads-up pop-up display on the windshield. I always knew how fast I was going or what song was playing on the radio. The easy Bluetooth integration was a breeze to setup and use. As I had a little time with this Cadillac, I decided to go on a few trips with it. I went north to Mount Vernon, WA to check out the Tulip Festival then east to check out Snoqualmie Falls, which I’m embarrassed to say was my first time there being a Seattle native. On each trip, the ATS handled amazingly well and was super comfortable for myself and the friends and family riding with me on each trip.

Tulips at Roozengaarde Farms
Tulips at Roozengaarde Farms in Mount Vernon, WA
Freeman Tulips at Roozengaarde Farms
Freeman Tulips at Roozengaarde Farms in Mount Vernon, WA

My first trip was to Mount Vernon, WA for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with my family. This festival is something I mean to do every year but always end up putting it off for one reason or another. With the warm winter we had, the tulips started blooming earlier than normal so we were right at the end of their life span but there was still plenty of gorgeous tulips to take in.

I had no idea there were so many different varieties of tulips. My favorite is the Freeman tulip, with its ruffled edges, it reminds me a peony but only with more vibrant color.

To stand in a field of tulips like this and take in all that vibrant color around you is just so uplifting. You can’t help but have a smile on your face.

Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls Park in Snoqualmie, WA

The next day we headed east and went to Snoqualmie Falls. As someone who was raised in Seattle, to not have visited the falls before is a bit of a travesty especially considering how close this is.

We started at the Snoqualmie Falls park and walked along the trail taking the view in. The falls are breathtaking and not even in full swing here, I’m definitely going back to see the falls in all their glory.

One thing I’m very grateful for is the curiosity my time with the Cadillac ATS has instilled in me. These getaways were quick and both about an hour outside of Seattle. What else have I missed out on that is right in my backyard? My Corolla and I will definitely find out and explore.

The Cadillac ATS and My Toyota Corolla
The Cadillac ATS and My Toyota Corolla – I will miss you, Cadillac ATS!

The Cadillac ATS drove like a dream. The way it handled on curves and at higher speeds was impressive. When I got the ATS on the freeway and really let her rip, I felt the power in the ATS immediately. She is just so powerful and you really feel that when you accelerate, it picks up and goes instantly. The ride is just so smooth.

It is also quite possibly the most comfortable car I have ever been in. As a driver, you are totally catered to with lumbar support and every feature right at your fingertips. The same is also true as a passenger. From individual temperature controls to the seats themselves, riding in the Cadillac ATS is like riding in your own personal cocoon. The seat just cradles you and wraps you up in it.

The Cadillac was picked up a week ago today and when I got back into my Corolla, I instantly missed the ATS and was almost disappointed in my car lack of cool features. It has definitely given me a lot of think about when the time to upgrade comes around…which may be a little sooner than previously planned now. 🙂

Everything Old Becomes New Again

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Let the planning of 2015 begin!

They say that if you hang on to a piece of clothing long enough, the old style will become new again. I’m thinking the same can be true for Product Girl in 2015. After a long absence from this blog, this year one of my resolutions is to get to basics and blog like I use to when I first started out almost ten years ago. Back when I blogged about the beauty products I was using simply because I loved them.

Somewhere along the way, I lost the excitement I once had for the beauty world. I use to be able to tell you what year a MAC lipstick was released and what collection it was part of. I could recall what shades were limited edition and what was a repromote. I was a die hard beauty fanatic, going to Nordstrom and Sephora to see what was new just for fun. At one point I would even have a sketch book with swatches of my eyeshadow and lipsticks for comparison. I was that serious about it.

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Casinos and Dressage: What should women wear?

You’d be hard pressed to find a woman who doesn’t want to look her best when going out for the evening. While casinos have long been depicted in movies as glamourous places at night, this isn’t always the case with today’s more modern casinos. Therefore, it is important that women know what’s expected of them whether the casino they will be attending has a strict dress code or no dress code at all. The safest choice if we don’t want to think about this is just try some casino online sites and try a few games like poker or blackjack.

If the casino you will be attending is an upper class affair, then you will want to make sure your clothing matches. For this kind of casino, a skirt and shirt combination would look great or even a dress. The dress doesn’t have to a full length formal. A knee length dress such as a cocktail dress would be perfect. Also, today’s popular maxi dress can work as well. However, most women prefer to dress this up a bit with accessories or a jacket.  Shoes should be dress shoes. Never wear flip-flops, beach sandals or athletic shoes to an upper class casino. This is a terrible fashion faux pas! Your bag should complement the overall outfit.  You may want to avoid bringing an oversized bag to the casino as he bulky nature just isn’t practical and won’t compliment the look you’re trying to achieve.

http://sovainmagazine.com/2012/10/08/what-to-wear-for-a-casino-or-casino-party/ On the other hand, if the casino is more informal, you can dress down considerably. Jeans in good repair and condition are perfectly acceptable. However, do not wear sweatpants or hoodies to a casino in the evening even if it is informal. This look simply isn’t appropriate. Women wearing this kind of outfit will feel out of place. http://casinogambling.about.com/od/casinoterms/a/What-To-Wear-To-The-Casino.htm

This information should serve as a guide to dress for the casino. However, you should always check with the casino you will be attending to determine what dress code they have, if any.

Versatile and Durable Leather Duffel Bags

Leather duffel bags put an elegant twist on traditional satchels. The unquestionable quality of workmanship and the unique designs available make this perfect business and casual accessory. With an extensive selection and numerous sizes to choose from, such as rolling duffels and those that meet carry-on requirements, it is truly the best friend of the professional traveler. Old world style and high-quality leather make each bag handsome and unique.

Multipurpose Functionality

When the occasion calls for packing light in something that will easily slide into the back seat of your car or that you can effortlessly sling comfortably over your shoulder, the versatility of a duffel bag stands out from the alternatives. Available in a vast array of designs, finding an unassuming, sleek, and contemporary bag is a snap. In addition, going old school with a slight touch of modern flair ensures that your duffel will always be in style.

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Five Great Yoga Poses for Beginners

There is a reason that yoga is becoming more and more popular, as there are new yoga classes seemingly springing up at any given moment. This is because yoga is a great way for people of any fitness level to become healthier and more grounded through this ancient art. Read on to find five great yoga poses that are the absolutely perfect way for you to get started. 

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

This pose is excellent for improving your posture while also enhancing the clarity of your mind and your sense of center. Most yoga poses, when done properly, serve as great breathing exercise as well.

To perform this pose, stand with your weight distributed evenly over your feet, which should be hip-width apart. Keeping your arms at your side, breathe evenly and with great depth while lifting your arms skyward.

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Must-Have Sportswear for Family Vacations

When families go away for holiday-trips, having the right lat sportswear to pack into suitcases will make a big difference. Arriving at the beach, at Grandma’s house, or at a cabin in the forest can be the perfect time to relax, as long as everyone has the right wardrobe. No one wants to be uncomfortable in the wrong wardrobe while they’re trying to rest, relax, and enjoy the ambiance of their vacation destinations.

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Rings, Rings, Rings!

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with collecting rings. I started with those stretchy rings, you know the kind, the one-size fits all type that are more clunky than functional. Then as I started losing some weight, I realized my fingers were becoming a little more slender as well. That’s when it became time to venture out into rings that were actually sized instead of hanging together with string… I’m a size 8, in case anyone is curious. 😉

These days my favorite type of rings are the stackable kind, collecting simple bands in different tones to put together. Maybe one has a small gem set in, maybe it is just a simple, plain rose gold band. I love the way the different metals, shapes and settings come together to create a unique, eclectic look. I’m also obsessed with rings that take on different geometric shapes, ones that appear to be cut out really have me at hello.

I appreciate different colored gemstones but for my taste, I’d rather keep it simple and go with more traditional gemstones than something bright and in your face… not to say that bright doesn’t have its time and place. Simple pieces in silver and yellow gold, those are more my style.

How about you? How do you rock your rings? One on each finger? A couple on each hand or none at all?

How to Achieve Bone Health and Strength

If you have weak or brittle bones, then you may be the victim of fractures, strains or sprains in your ankles. It’s more common than you might think, in fact; osteoporosis affects about 44 million people living in the United States and is the cause of about 2 million bone fractures annually. If you suffer from severe pain in your ankles due to injury then you may want to consider surgery as an option. If your injuries tend to be minor and not overly painful then there are many things you can do to increase your overall bone strength. Here is a guide to get you started.

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