VDAY DAMMIT GIVEAWAY

Thursday, January 29, 2015 3 ,

Dylan's Candy Bar, Dammit Doll, and Latisse Giveaway ℅ Lisa Tufano, creator of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog

VDAY DAMMIT GIVEAWAY

There are people who absolutely love Valentine’s Day, and then there are others that loathe it. Wherever you land on the spectrum of teddy bears burnt at the stake and satiny boxes of chocolate, I thought we could at least take the edge off with a fun giveaway thanks to some of my generous brand partners and sponsors. Indulge your sweet tooth, vent your commercial holiday outrage, and enjoy a full-sized sample of Latisse because this holiday will come and go in the blink of an eye.

Winner will receive each of the following items pictured above:

3ml Latisse kit

Dylan’s Candy Bar Valentine’s Day Tackle Box

A full-sized red and white polka dot Dammit Doll

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Even if you don’t win my V-Day giveaway, I highly recommend that you check out this special edition P-U! LOVE STINKS! GIFT SET from Dylan’s Candy Bar. For just $21, you can send your single girlfriends a hunky, edible Ryan Gosling made of milk chocolate (come on, it looks just like him, amiright?), a bag of Gummy Ex-Boyfriends, and a little cuddly skunk.

Love Stinks Valentine's Day Kit


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest begins on Friday 1/30/15 at 6am and ends on Thursday 2/5/15 at midnight PST. Must be a legal US resident and 18+ years old to win. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Latisse is a prescription treatment, therefore recipient is responsible for consulting with a licensed physician prior to use of Latisse. Prize recipient releases Lisa Tufano from any and all liability as a result of failure to consult with a physician prior to use of Latisse. Sweepstakes winners will be determined at random, and odds of winning will depend on total number of sweepstakes entries. Value of prize is ~$150. Prize will be mailed within 2 weeks of sweepstakes’ end. Void where prohibited.

Listen to Your Heart – A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day and Cute Heart Themed Gifts, curated by Lisa Tufano, creator of the THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog

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“Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn’t fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”

- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & the City

Finding Your Flow in 2015 with Mahilani Akiona

Mahilani Akiona Guest Blog for THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, created by Lisa Tufano

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again: I have been really lucky to meet amazingly adventurous and ambitious women. I can’t help but think that we get drawn together by magnetic boss lady forces, a force field of mutual curiosity and awe for discovering the world and taking personal risks. These women are not fearless, but they are courageous, and that’s what really matters.

One of the most recent additions to my social circle happened just a little over a year ago in the form of Mahilani Akiona, but I will let her tell you how she came to be in Los Angeles. All I can say is that she is the embodiment of boss lady spirit, and my conversations with her actually fueled the creation of the TLABL blog in the first place.

Having just returned from an epic trip to SE Asia over the new year, Mahilani has passport stamps and spiritual mileage in spades. The last 12+ months of her life have been transformative and eye-opening in a way that only a journey into the unknown can lead to the deepest self-discovery. So who better to provide some inspiration for finding your personal flow in the new year ahead?


 

Mahilani Akiona Guest Blog for THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, created by Lisa Tufano

Finding Your Flow in 2015

by Mahilani Akiona

I moved to sunny LA just over a year ago from the blustery yet heartfelt, windy city of Chicago. The impetus for the cross continental journey? A deep seated, fiery need to recreate myself.

I left the comforts of a relationship, family, my best friends, a killer apartment, an inspiring yoga studio, a foodies’ mecca, a kush job, and an ever dynamic mover-shaker social life. Why did I do this? I did it in pursuit of the uncomfortable, anxiety laden, joy seeking, exhilarating art of change.

Super Role Model T-shirt

Super Role Model t-shirt inspired by Missguided and Super Chixx Supermodel T-shirt (formerly Claudia, Naomi, Cindy and Kate) -- designed by Lisa Tufano of Think Like a Boss Lady


Audrey Hepburn | Coretta Scott King | Sally Ride | Margaret Thatcher

Super Rolemodel t-shirt inspired by Missguided and Super Chixx Supermodel T-shirt (formerly Claudia, Naomi, Cindy and Kate) -- designed by Lisa Tufano of Think Like a Boss Lady
There is a t-shirt design trending right now in the blogger and fashion community. It comes in a couple of variations, but ultimately it highlights the first names of several supermodels.

While I don’t want to hate on anyone’s livelihood and must admit that Nikki from Bedazzles After Dark is rocking the Super Chixxx version from Lulu’s, I still can’t help but feel like this t-shirt is leaving so much on the table.

Supermodels may be beautiful and tall and skinny, allegedly representing the perfect body type for displaying various cuts and colors of fabric. But that’s it. They are human clothes hangers.

Super Rolemodel t-shirt inspired by Missguided and Super Chixx Supermodel T-shirt (formerly Claudia, Naomi, Cindy and Kate) -- designed by Lisa Tufano of Think Like a Boss Lady
With rare exception, supermodels aren’t typically healthy role models for other women. They are not often celebrated for their inner beauty, their intelligence, their kindness (even if they possess these traits). Instead their bodies are exploited as living canvases for a host of products; their images are manipulated digitally to make them even less human and recognizable, and yet we take one look at that Photoshopped image and can’t help but feel at least a little shame or disappointment in ourselves and our inability to achieve this manufactured ideal.

So while I respect that supermodels, and models in general, probably suffer the most under this constant and unforgiving societal microscope that provides them with a paycheck, what I cannot pretend to do is endorse their status as something aspirational or something material to the improvement of the world around us, or of ourselves.

That’s why I recently created my own version of the Supermodels t-shirt. But this version celebrates the Super Role Models that have impacted the course of history. Let’s celebrate and aspire to be like the women whose courage has toppled social inequity, broken records, heralded scientific breakthroughs, brought clean drinking water to remote villages throughout the world, and generally empowered the rest of humanity to want better, do better, be better. And not just on the outside. And not just in order to fit into a size 2 pair of jeans.

 


“Good Hair Day” Cropped Faux Fur Jacket: Lulu’s
Super Role Models Tank Top: Add yourself to my Pre-order mailing list
Faux Leather Pants: Similar here
Rhinestone Necklace: Windsor
Faux Leather Clutch: H&M, similar here and here
Lips: Tarte Power Pigment for lips in “Tipsy”
Shoes: Similar here

Planning a Trip to Prague, Czech Republic

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 2 , ,

Best Value Honeymoon and Vacation Destination: Spotlight on Prague, Czech Republic. What to see, why to go, and more! | thinklikeabosslady.com

Visit Prague Like a Boss Lady

Prague is sometimes referred to as the “Paris of the East” and it’s easy to see why. Aside from their mini-Eiffel Tower tv station antenna, the city offers stunning scenery, architecture, great food and a rich history. Plus it’s not nearly as expensive as Paris, so you get the luxury of a champagne honeymoon or vacation on a beer budget, which is befitting of the place that invented Pilsner beer and where more beer is consumed per capita than in any other country.

Having spent the last two winters visiting the marvelously preserved medieval city of Prague, I can vouch for its guileless charm and its affordability relative to much of western Europe. In my opinion, Prague should be a top contender as a choice for the best honeymoon destination, and it’s just a stone’s throw from Vienna, Budapest, and quite a few other central European cities.

Prague is the largest major city in the Czech Republic, and also the historical capital of Bohemia (the OG source for “boho chic” trends, mmmkay?). Unlike some less fortunate cities in Europe, Prague’s architecture and beauty were mostly unharmed by the violence and destruction of Europe’s World Wars and the post-war Communist era. To this day, the Czech people take immense pride in their capital city, and it boasts cleanliness and friendliness uncommon of a travel destination its size.

Happy New Year from TLABL & Nicole Lapin

2014 NYE Countdown with THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY and Nicole Lapin

The new year always marks a time of celebration and renewal. It symbolizes the end of one life chapter and the beginning of a fresh one — both occasions worthy of reflection and perhaps a champagne toast.

As we count down the minutes to 2015, I will be raising my own glass of bubbly and sipping in fond remembrance of the last 12 months and wishing for the year ahead to bring prosperity to us all. May we each be blessed with the unique richness that we seek, be that in mind, body, spirit, family, love, or wallet. Perhaps it’s a combination of all of the above!

 

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While we’ve touched upon many of those topics in the last 8 months, it’s probably obvious that my biggest mission is to empower my readers both in their minds and their pocketbooks. To that end, I’ve invited fellow boss lady and highly accomplished journalist and author, Nicole Lapin, to share some practical tips to get organized and mentally prepare you for financial prosperity in 2015. Nicole has the distinction of having been the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then later CNBC, and in 2011 she founded a charity called Lost Girls to provide young women with mentorship and gently-worn career attire.

Instead of focusing on nickel-and-diming yourself, Nicole’s advice focuses on investing in yourself so you don’t have to stress over the little things. But, in order to do that you have to be able to speak the language of money. After all, money is a language like anything else, and the sooner you can join the conversation, the sooner you can live the life you want.

As you’ll see, Nicole is kind of a big deal, yet she has an accessible communication style and is truly one of the only finance experts you don’t need a dictionary to understand (which is saying a lot)!

If you like what you see here, you can pre-order her book, Rich Bitch, on Amazon — it’s due out at the end of February 2015.


 

7 Ways to Boost Your Finances for Under $7

by Nicole Lapin

Nicole Lapin, guest contributor to THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, created by Lisa Tufano

Holiday Wrap Up + Bodum Giveaway!

Happy Holidays from Lisa Tufano and THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog


Fleas Navidad and Happy Pawlidays

from our fur family to yours!


Charlie and Julius, the shih poo fur babies of blogger Lisa Tufano

Christmas Sweater: Windsor
Gold Statement Necklace: Windsor
Faux Fur Throw: TJ Maxx, similar here
Mongolian Lamb Fur Pillow: West Elm, similar here
Holiday Pillows: TJ Maxx

It’s December and I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by! So much has happened in my life both personally and professionally, and you have no idea how grateful I am to have been able to grow the THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog as much as I have since the May launch earlier this year.

2014 has certainly provided a twisting and turning journey full of lessons, humbling reminders, and quite a few fabulous memories. After ringing in the new year in Prague, I continued my self-imposed hiatus from full-time work and tried to focus on my own growth and interests. I learned that corporate burn out is no joke, and my path to decompression entailed a road trip to Austin, a visit overseas to tour Vietnam and Cambodia with my mom, my very first snowboarding adventure up in Big Bear (and subsequent back injury), various consulting gigs, the launch of my blog, my 3-year anniversary with Xavier, countless marriages and births (none my own!), the destruction of my car by a drunk driver, and the 3rd birthday of our two amazing shih poo fur babies.

In October I began working full-time again as the President of Sales for a tech company here in LA, which is a fantastic development for me professionally. And when this post goes live I’ll be on my way to Paris to welcome the new year all over again.

Overall, I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store, and I look forward to sharing more boss lady profiles, life hacks, savings opportunities, and inspiration in general. Here’s to doing 2015 #likeabosslady, whatever that means to each of us!

While I’m en route to the City of Lights, I thought we should celebrate some of this year’s successes with a boss lady giveaway! One lucky reader will win this classic copper French coffee press by Bodum. Bonne chance, mes amis!


BODUM GIVEAWAY

If you’ve been admiring my copper French press from Bodum
on Instagram, now is your chance to win one!

Bodum Copper French Coffee Press styled by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

Sweet Tooth Sugar Bowl available on Amazon | DIY engraved tea spoon via Darby Smart


ENTER BELOW — it’s free!

It is free to enter (using the Rafflecopter links provided) and your entries still qualify even if you already follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Just be sure to click the entry options and officially submit your entries using the “Enter” button.

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Bodum Copper French Coffee Press styled by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

 “CHAMBORD is a true original – the classic French press coffee maker designed in the fifties. And we still produce it with the same painstaking craftsmanship we used way back when with the original. The frame and lid, made of steel, undergo several chrome plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use.”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest begins on Friday 12/26/14 at 9am and ends on 1/12/15 at midnight PST. Must be a legal US resident and 18+ years old to win. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes winners will be determined at random, and odds of winning will depend on total number of sweepstakes entries. Value of prize is ~$50. Prize will be mailed within 2 weeks of sweepstakes’ end.

Return of the Little Red Dress

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5 , , ,

Red Glitter Cowl Back Dress from Windsor, modeled by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog

This little red dress from Windsor is totally budget friendly at just under $40, and the stretchy shimmer fabric would look equally phenomenal under the mistletoe or during the New Year’s Eve countdown.

I paired mine with some gold accessories and a little faux fox fur. For boss ladies on a budget, this look is right on the money and it’s a red hot steal for the holidays.

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Red Glitter Cowl Back Dress from Windsor, modeled by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog Red Glitter Cowl Back Dress from Windsor, modeled by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog


Red Glitter Cowl Back Dress: ℅ Windsor
Faux Fur Cape: Luv Warrior via Etsy
Gem Box Clutch Purse: LuLu’s
Quartz Bracelet: LuLu’s
Lips: NYX Cosmetics “Snow White”
Nails: Essie “Good as Gold”

 

Host Brunch Like a Boss Lady

Monday, December 22, 2014 5 , , , ,

Christmas Pajama Girls-Only Brunch by Natalie Wong ℅ Lisa Tufano

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably had a sneak peek of the fabulous Christmas Pajama-themed Brunch that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I will be the first to admit that I LOVE themed parties and dressing in costume, especially if it means I get to break out my officially licensed, Aunt Clara-approved pink bunny suit pajamas from A Christmas Story.

This wonderful holiday event was hosted by my friend and fabulous fellow boss lady, Natalie Wong, at her apartment here in Los Angeles. As you’ll see from the photos, her brunch was intimate, cozy, and perfectly staged for maximum comfort and getting into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Pajama Girls-Only Brunch by Natalie Wong ℅ Lisa Tufano

DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2 , ,

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Today I’m featuring an easy but super chic DIY project from Darby Smart:

Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

For $19, they ship you this adorable turquoise box with all of the materials and instructions you’ll need to complete the full DIY project. For this project, the standard box contents include:

  • 4 Wooden Napkin Rings
  • 4 Agate Stone Shards (typically in a blue, yellow, pink, purple)
  • 1 Gold Sakura Paint Pen
  • 1 Tube of Super Glue

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

I love how mine turned out, and I’m looking forward to gifting these kits to other boss ladies in the future. This is one of the more luxury-inspired DIY projects on the Darby Smart website. There is something for everyone, so you’ll just have to peruse their ever-evolving library of projects for the one that is perfect for you!


Boss Lady Tip: Use code HOWDYDARBY for a $10 gift card on your first purchase!

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Viktoria Modesta “Prototype” – Bionic Boss Lady

You might want to be sitting down for the “Prototype” video premiere by Viktoria Modesta… because I guarantee that even the most devoted shoe lover has never seen a woman rock a pair of stilettos like this before.

Forget what you know about disability…

Viktoria Modesta is a 26-year-old Latvian born pop artist, DJ, model and revolutionary. After over a dozen operations and finally a voluntarily amputation at the age of 20, Viktoria has reinvented herself in British pop culture and her artistic mission challenges the ways in which we view disability. Prepare to have your mind blown by her avant garde style and her uncanny ability to make a bespoke prosthetic leg look downright sexy. As you will see, there is nothing “disabled” about this woman or her tenacity.

Canned Heat in My Heels Tonight, Baby

Friday, December 12, 2014 3 , , , ,

Gaga Gold Heel Condoms

STOP! JUST TAKE MY MONEY!

 

Boss ladies, is this not brilliant??? This genius and affordable shoe accessory gives you a high fashion look instantly without the designer price tag. Just slip a pair of one-size-fits-all heel condoms over your plain heels, wedges, or flats and get ready to strut your stuff to the admiring gazes of your fellow boss ladies.

Heel Condoms Fall-Winter 2014. Photographer: Josh Anton | MUA: Rafael Rivera | Models: Mindy Heinsohn and Adriana Arce

Photographer: Josh Anton | MUA: Rafael Rivera | Models: Mindy Heinsohn and Adriana Arce