Saturday, May 30, 2009
So with a twist on the infamous sentiment of Beyonce...All my single ladies...you don't need no stinkin' ring...you just need a fabulous pair of jeans to have all the fulfillment of the perfect relationship that you could never find before while residing in the "Single 'Hood." Who knew love could and would come in the form of a pair of jeans?
Image: YNQ jeans (under $25) courtesy of Veggie
Friday, May 29, 2009
Enter Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer. Once on my skin, I get immediate natural coverage and my coveted, awe-inspiring dewy glow. HALLELUJAH! It's a miracle! Added bonus: No concealer needed. Totally serious. Now I know what I've been missing. I've been "dewified" and there's no way I'm ever going back. It says it right there in the name: positively radiant. So what are you waiting for? Go get your glow on! Just dew it.
Image: $15 Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer in Medium and Fair to Light, courtesy of aveeno.com
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Good work, Detective Bex. Case closed.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Throw this one little piece on and you're done. Accessorize it to your little heart's content. Maybe you'll choose to throw on a few long necklaces to layer it up or define your waist by cinching on a belt; plop a cute, straw fedora atop your head and finish the look with a pair of sunglasses. There are no wrong answers here. Whatever shoe adorns your foot (be it a rugged motorcycle boot, a simple ballet flat or a buckled sandal) you can't go wrong. That's the beauty of it. Dress it up or dress it down, it's always going to turn out to be the perfect casual summer outfit. All the comfort without any of the effort. Now that's what I call Tee Time.
Image: T-shirt dress for $22.99; courtesy of gap.com
Friday, May 22, 2009
In the beauty section of the mag this month, there was a website that caught my gal's eye and she was gracious enough to share it with me. At lulus.com, after clicking through their vast array of the most adorable AND affordable of jewels, my little heart skipped a beat when I stopped on what I like to call "faux gages." Like the site says, "...no stretching required." *Phew* An answer to this mind-changing, commitment phobe of a Gemini's prayers. See my favorites below:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
After I get it home, clutching it tightly to my chest, I immediately put it down because I have to take a few moments just to stare at it, to breathe and soak it all in; I, of course, need to give it the utmost respect that it deserves and give it the proper time to revel in all its glorious greatness.
When I finally do open the cover, I literally treat each glossy page with gentle delicacy as not to rush it and possibly lead to a *gasp* tear on its angelic frame. I shudder at the thought. I only ever allow myself a few turns of the page during one sitting because any more would prove to be catastrophic if I came to the last page too naively and quickly (you think I'm kidding).
So, needless to say, you now know the reason behind it being my item of the day, everyday and I hope that my words will inspire you to pick it up (ever so carefully) and bring it home for yourself to study its contents when it comes to anything and everything involving beauty, decorating and shopping. I find it nothing but glamorously ironic that the title of this magazine is Lucky because I have no doubt that it is I (and hopefully) you that are truly the lucky ones for being able to read such utter perfection.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It's official. I've had my very first fashion request and I'm super giddy to report my findings here today. Someone very close to me e-mailed and asked what item they needed to add to their closet to have the quintessential summer wardrobe; I quickly put on my thinking cap, and within minutes, I came up with the answer: ESPADRILLES! Of course! So simple. Every fashionista knows that your wardrobe is never complete until your fabulous feet are donning a pair of shoes that you can wear with everything in your closet:
So with my fingers a-typin' and a-clickin'...my bargain-hunting search for the perfect pair(s) (Why limit yourself to just one?) was on! I was so excited to find that the choices in height and style were incredibly immense this season, from flats to the highest wedge, every style is represented at prices all of us "recessionistas" can afford. Scroll down to see the results of my findings:
Images Top to Bottom (l-r): $15 Old Navy Espadrille flats, $8 Newport News Floral Eyelet Espadrille, $10 Newport News Ribbon-Trim Flat, $15 Old Navy Knotted Espadrille Wedges, $20 Jersey Ankle-Tie Wedges, $24 Newport News Denim Mary Jane Espadrille
Monday, May 18, 2009
Ask any pharmacist (like my trusty white-coat wearing Harmon's experts) what an inexpensive Eczema treatment is and they'll utter two simple words before you even finish your sentence: Hydrocortisone Cream.
Since I suffer from Eczema, I've had to regrettably give up any hope of being able to wear any of the scented lotions, body butters and creams that waft through my senses each and every time I set foot in Bath & Body Works...until I met CO BIGELOW and its Dr. Hiosous QUINCE hand lotion, No. 007. I hesitantly rubbed in the sample onto my itchy, red hands, and as I was admiring the other products in my eyesight, I looked down and noticed that my hands had returned to their normal state; all dryness had disappeared! It was nothing short of a miracle! So, not only could I wear this beautiful, lemon-scented hand lotion without worry of Eczema showing up, but I no longer had to admire the scents from afar...I could wear them too! Not to mention that it held true to its name (No. 007) since it really did act just like the secret agent known as James Bond would have when facing his own enemy! This is a bit of a beauty splurge at $15.00, but for this gal, it's worth every penny and lasts forever! (I've had mine well over 6 months now and counting)
So...for all of you fellow Eczema sufferers out there...suffer no more! There is hope for you in these two products and I hope that you can enjoy an itch-free summer too!
Friday, May 15, 2009
- Take your index finger and place on top of your selected lipstick and swipe.
- Take said index finger and dab and blot color on to lips (No need for perfection here: the messier, the better)
- After you have as much or as little of your new stain on your lips that you desire, take your favorite lip gloss (I'm partial to good old Vaseline) and gently smooth it over (with that trusty index finger) your stained lips for the finished look.
Voila! Now you have the perfect lip stain ... and all for a bargain, budget-friendly price: FREE!!
There's only one word left to say to that:
Image courtesy of: Mary Engelbreit
in your hair
or as a garland around your neck
...put those petals on and come join me in this floral frenzy as we smell, er, wear the roses!
Images courtesy of: forever21.com
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
My lashes have long been the bane of my existence. I was born with what some may call "lash envy" and I'm not afraid to admit it. I have tried every lengthening, thickening plumper out there and have always been left unsatisfied. Until now.
Insomniacs, unite! This little pencil that you see to your right has saved me more times than I can even begin to remember; one application of Wet 'N' Wild's white eyeliner pencil #656A to the inner, bottom rim of each eye and you have bigger, brighter compliment-inducing peepers. And that's not even the best part. This little miracle-working gem will only set you back pocket change; it doesn't even break a dollar. Now that's what I call a bargain!
Friday, May 8, 2009
This man has been there for me, waiting patiently in the background ever since I can remember: every mistake I've ever made, he's forgiven and erased with his touch...every tear-smudged eye of mine, he has wiped clean and every morning he tickles my ear as he whispers sweet nothings to me.
I can't imagine having to live one second more without him. So, with baited breath and fingers crossed, I ask: Mr. Q-Tip, will you marry me?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I recently noticed this when I had a "clean your closet" session with my personal assistant, Veggie. Yes, Veggie. That's the name I've bestowed upon her since she is our resident vegetarian. We had a fantastic system going on where I plopped myself on the bed while she stood at the closet and would lift each item up individually for my approval or dismissal; each and every time a pair of my shoes (or as I like to fondly refer to them, "my babies") made their way into the "give away" bag, my heart sunk a wee little bit, but Veggie quickly reminded me that it really is quite unnecessary to have more than one style of a shoe in the exact same color and it was time to let go. After I said my final farewell to my babies and wished for them to find good, fashion-loving homes, it was my turn.
As Veggie and I switched places (she sitting comfortably on the bed now) and I now stood in front of my closet...it was my turn to finish the task alone and organize my closet the way I saw most fit: by color. But by doing so, I came to an abrupt realization. Now that I am older, I noticed that the majority of my closet consists of the very basic and dark: black, blue and grey with white thrown in occasionally for some semblance of brightness. Is this what happens as we grow older? We think that dressing "adult" means taking out all color from our wardrobes? Do we lose our sense of style whimsy and fear splashes of color and pattern?
After my color coding task was finished, I took a step back and couldn't believe what my big eyes saw. I have no doubt it was my subconscious trying desperately to remind me to be carefree and happy again and to embrace color because the section that I first lay my eyes upon each and every time I open my closet doors is where I hung the minute, tiny color section of my closet (as evidenced in the picture above.) My subconscious was (and is) telling me that it's okay to reintroduce color into my little life.
So, I encourage all of you to go peek through your closets and see what your subconscious is trying to tell you. When you have your own "closet epiphanies," please come, report back and tell me (us): What's in your closet?