Monday, August 30, 2010

Animal Magnetism

Animal print seems to be everywhere and for some of us having an entire outfit in animal print can be a bit much. Since animal prints can be a bit overwhelming why not try adding a few pieces into your wardrobe to gradually get you use to the idea. There are a lot of great shoes out this season that have tastefully incorporated the animal print concept Nine West has done a great job with there animal print collection and I'm sure there are countless others out there  waiting to be discovered. If you're the type who is not big on such drastic prints try small options like maybe a cell phone case or coffee mug, or try what I love to do, buy a scarf in animal print and tie it on the side of your handbag this adds instant chic and makes  a nice statement. I'm looking this fall to make my animal print statement  in shoes and a nice scarf to add to the side of my handbag(s). Take a look at a few things I put together to give you a few ideas on how you can add some animal magic to your style, hope you are inspired and remember just a little bit of animal print goes along way. Let me know how you get your animal print on!

wild thang

                         1. Heat Beyonce 2. Necklace Steel Paisley 3. L L.A.M.B Gwen Stefani 4.Both shoes Nine West 5.Cell ph cover

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friend Friday: Fall Fashion

It’s that time again yeeah! It’s Friday and you know what happens on Friday I answer question sent out by Katy of  Modly Chic on various topics it’s a way for bloggers to share and get to know each other all at the same time. This weeks questions are pertaining to fall fashion can you believe it?Fall will soon be here. Have you started thinking about your fall wardrobe yet ?

1. What new fashion trend are you looking forward to sporting this fall?

I’ve never been big on belts, however the fashion trends this year have show cased a lot of belts along with cardigan type sweaters and twin sets thinking on giving this look a try.

2. Which item in your closet is most likely to be your go-to transition piece?

I have to say my fitted denim jacket, I dress it up by maybe adding a huge flower pin, a scarf, I also pair it with pants, dresses, you name it my denim jacket has severe frequent flyer miles, I use it for everything it’s classic and never goes out of style.

3. What item from last year are you looking forward to reinventing this fall?

I have this green and tweed page boy style hat/cap It was an impulse buy that I ended up loving, looking forward to see what I can pair it with this fall for some great looks.

4. What is your favorite part about this time of the year?

Since I live in Florida first and foremost I would have to say the cooler temperatures (I hate the heat) really in my opinion we don’t have a lot of really cold days, it will be cold in the mornings but around noon you are taking off clothing, at least I am. Fashion wise I love, love, love boots so I’d have to say being able to incorporate more boots into my wardrobe. 

5. Will you be attending any fashion events this fall?

I don’t have any scheduled in my planner as of yet, however I am always on the look out for fashion shows/events. Last year I was invited to attend a fall fashion show but do to other obligations I was un able to attend if I’m given the same opportunity this year trust me I will be there camera in hand.

If you would like to participate in Friend Friday by all means contact Katy of Modly Chic for more details.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lemons anyone?


I love accessories all types, necklaces, rings, earrings, watches , pendants you name if it's an accent I can use to enhance an outfit or complete a look I will buy it and most definitely use it, accessories for me is like the icing on the cake. My latest obsession is the color yellow bold colors and patterns have been the trend for a lot of designers this year and when I came across this yellow Fossil watch and Nine West ring I had to have them. Long gone are the days when everything had to match, you can safely and fashionably go against the grain by picking an accessory or accessories that are in a completely different  color pallet than your outfit, scale and proportion now, are the key. Make it a point to look for watches and accessories outside of the typical silver or gold tones there are so many great style to choose from in every price range have fun, try them on and add a little color to that wrist, a little "POP" of color goes a long way. The next time you decide to pick up a  few accessories reach for a little color whether it be blue, green, purple or yellow let it express your extraordinary style. By the way my four year old daughter Leah couldn't resist as I was taking photos for this post she had to show off her lemon yellow sprinkle ring yes... Sprinkle ring, thanks Leah!

                                    Riley Yellow Silicone Multifunction Watch (Fossil)  Ring (Nine West)  Kid's ring (Unknown)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday: Christian Louboutin, NOT!

Tea of the day:  Tetley Pomegranate Green Tea served up hot in my favorite initialed mug, yum!
 Christian Louboutin (SJP Sex in the City II)
                                                                                           Feet of:  SJP as Carrie Bradshaw Sex in the City II shoes by Christian Louboutin

Now I know most of you ladies out there would love to have a pair of Christian Louboutin's in your closet if you don't already (I don't, but one day) but really who has several hundred dollars to part with for one pair of shoes right now, in this economy please! but hold on a minute maybe you don't have several hundred lying around in your shoe fund but you sure do have ninety for those of you who fall in the latter category Steve Madden  has the answer. I love great shoes and I have grown to love this brand not only for the great styles but also for the comfortable fit. Yes, style is a big factor when buying shoes but nothing sells me more than a great fit. These shoes when I saw them took my breath away with their glittery,  sparkly, extraordinary, goodness not only can these shoes be worn  to a black tie event but really with just about any outfit if styled correctly imagine them with a great pair of jeans, a cute tee and blazer/jacket, or a cute wrap dress, I mean the possibilities are endless. I spotted these in Macy's a few months  ago for $98.00 and passed them up and I'm so glad I did because while school shopping with my daughter in Ross Dress for Less I stole them for a mere $25 I could not believe it and that freed up a few coins for a Chai tea at Starbucks now take that Carrie Bradshaw  LOL!!!!

                                                                                                       Steve Madden Black Glitter Sparkle Platform Sling back Pumps

Monday, August 23, 2010

Nothing Ordinary Find

I'm at it again this time though it's a find from South Carolina, that's right no matter where I go my eyes are always open for an extraordinary find. As I stated earlier in the previous post my husband and I went out of town for a quick weekend trip to visit his family, and like every other time I go out of town I took a little  time to get out, look around and do a little shopping, you know how we do, in hopes of finding something a little different you can't find at home. As my sister in law and I ventured out we stopped by South Carolina Thrift & Resale Store in Mt. Pleasant, I love to stop into thrift stores and consignments because you can find the best hidden treasures, and right when we were about to leave guess what I spotted on the counter this cute, mint condition cigar box tote it was just sitting there I picked it up, gave it a detailed look and in the check out line I went my total cost for this extraordinary find you ready?... $1.60 ! I was ready to go home after I found the deal of the day. Shopping!.....Check ! take me home no need to look any further. Let me know what's your best out of town thrift find?


                                   1. large pic front of tote  2.back of tote  3. interior of tote  4. tote w/items inside  5. closed tote

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friend Friday: Conspicuous Consumption


Wow another Friday has rolled around and this week Katy of Modly Chic has sent out an interesting set of questions concerning conspicuous consumption you know when you  buy expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth here is what I had to say about that.


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1. Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?

No, I don’t, I’m sure out there among the million of blogs there is a blog based solely on this but for the most part I think most fashion bloggers write about what that would normally purchase, what they desire to have or already own and that’s the beauty of the a blog being able to express your purchases, ideas, hobbies etc..with your readers.

2. As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc... ?

As far as having an obligation to disclose your personal financial history that’s based on the blogger. me personally I don’t feel an obligation to discuss how I obtain the things I purchase, however I often disclose if it was a gift, a splurge purchase ect. but this information is relative for the readers in case they are interested in purchasing items posted. If I were doing a blog on finance I would give details about debt (everyone should know their spending limits)  I don't, so I feel no need to go there. I feel my readers visit my blog for inspiration and ideas and that’s what I provide.

3. Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What's your reaction to this? (here you can reveal charities if you'd like.)

Well, you know what they say about critics (lol) I don’t give that much thought there is always going to be someone to criticize what you should be doing but the truth of the matter is most of the blogs I follow, the bloggers thrift shop (which I do as well from time to time) or simply comment on the latest fashions and designs by showing images from the web or magazines. I personally donate things to charity such as the Goodwill and to my church but I did this before I blogged. I guess the people who collect model airplanes which can be a pricey hobby) could donate that money they were saving for those new propellers to charity too, hum!  (*side eye*)

4. Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products?

No, not really a lot of the things I post are things that I just ran across while out shopping or was looking to buy anyway. I do research more before I make certain purchases now, and if it’s something I really have my eyes on I drop a lot of hints to the family especially the to the hubs or I save towards them neglecting those Starbucks chai tea’s here and there really adds up.

5. Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about

My family and my faith top my list of what life is all about as long as I have these two things everything else will be just find. My family loves and supports me and my faith sustains and strengthens me so no matter what I may face or how much or little I may have I will be okay, what more could a girl ask for.

If you  would like to participate in Friend Friday contact Katy @ Modly Chic for more details.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Low Country Style

This past weekend my husband and I went to South Carolina for a quick weekend visit with  his family. Now anytime I go out of town for a quick weekend trip no matter how short, I always try to make time for a little shopping even if I'm on a budget, I simply enjoy getting out there amongst the locals and seeing what's available in the various shops and what's on trend in the area, and this trip was no different. While browsing around in the beautiful city of Mt. Pleasant with my sister in law Trina, she suggested we stop by this hair salon/accessories boutique. Now you know what I was thinking right, hair salon? but I'm so glad she did Bev's Hair Supplies & Beauty Salon is much more than your ordinary hair salon they offer way more than hair care products and hair styling services but also specialize in beautiful unique  accessories such as rings, bracelets, earring/necklace sets, delicate clutch bags and much more they have accessories for every budget and price range. I was like a kid in a candy store so you know I did not leave empty handed, but left with a gorgeous necklace and earring set (so happy☺). So the next time you’re visiting South Carolina’s Low Country make sure you make your way to Mt. Pleasant and stop by Bev’s Hair Supplies & Beauty Salon located Hwy 17 North in Mt. Pleasant hours: M-F 10 am- 7 pm and Sat:8:30 am – 7 pm or contact directly @ 843/881-2787. (Sorry they don’t have a website yet) Thanks Bev and much success !

sc collage                                                                                                                     

      The necklace and earring set pictured top pic w/earrings shown off neck & bottom middle pic same necklace shown on neck .

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Watch out there now!

It goes without saying that I love watches I mean, I think having a nice timepiece speaks volumes about ones style , so needless to say I own several watches from all different price ranges. I choose watches based on how they look and how well they are made, and I rarely  leave home regardless of where I'm going without a watch. When I'm looking for a watch or choosing to purchase a  watch, of course a comfortable fit is high on the priority list but I did not think I would be lusting over another watch this soon. Last year I pestered my husband to the brink of death for a ceramic watch and  as always he came through with flying colors but when I ran across this watch from Tag Heuer my heart melted it's their  Formula 1 ceramic and diamond watch. I want this watch in a major way it is absolutely beautiful, BEAUTIFUL ! and it would look so lovely on my wrist, If I only had $1,500.00 to blow, because if I did this this timepiece would be well worth it. I love this watch and I would be happy to answer anyone asking, What time is it?                                                                                                                      Tag watch

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nothing Ordinary Finds

I am thrilled as can be to share with you my latest find. I  mean this is the best find I've come across so far this summer and trust me when I tell you, I literally walked right to it. (sweeeeeeeeet) On the way back home from vacation last week we passed  a new Thrift shop. I'm sorry because I can't remember the name (forgive me) I will go back again so you will have a chance to get the name, but anyway as I was saying we were coming back home when we passed this new Thrift shop, I pleaded with my husband to stop and thank goodness he did because I walked right in to find this AWESOME! Steve Madden bag in excellent condition. It screams fun, party, summer, you name it this bag has it and to top it off , I already have countless  shoes to match this bag. It is truly at the top of my list for the best find this summer and you know I hate anything what ?.... Ordinary and this bag is definitely not Ordinary. I hope you will take the time and check out your local Thrift shops, I'm telling you, you will be amazed at what you find and Oh, I almost forgot I paid..... drum roll please $2.49! Out the door this is a older Steve Madden bag therefore I could not find it on the web however similar Steve Madden bags cost between $59- $108 Now that's a way to end a great vacation until next time make it your business to hunt for your Nothing Ordinary find.
            Lg photo: Whole purse, pic 1. side of purse, pic 2. bottom of purse, pic 3. interior inside label under zip change pocket.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friend Friday: Privacy in the Blogosphere


It's Friday and by now you are familiar with the Friend Friday questions sent out by fellow blogger Katy of Modly Chic this week it's all about privacy.

1. Do you think privacy is something we should worry about as bloggers?

No, not really because it’s up to you to decide how much you want to release to your audience therefore I feel you can control how much or how little you reveal about yourself.

2. Do you use your real name or a pen name? What was behind that decision?

I use my real name most of the time

3. How much personal information do you reveal about your life beyond the blog?

I pretty much keep it relative to my blog but this is not to say that if I felt lead to share something other than the norm I would not share something more, for me when I sit down to drop a post it depends on a few things and the way I’m feeling at the moment plays a big part in the tone of the post, so if I’m feeling a bit sentimental, excited or however I feel it would determine what and how I post.

4. What will you never reveal?

Believe it or not this is a hard question but the first thing that comes to mind is my kids, we have two daughters and I will never give up much information about them.

5. As bloggers, we have to an extent made ourselves 'public' figures. But still there are things that are intimate to each of us that does not need to be known by anyone that stumbles across our blog. How do you determine what is appropriate for public consumption and what is private to you?

Since I have yet to really post a lot of pics of myself in my blog (which I will be doing in the upcoming months) I really haven’t given this much thought, but as I stated earlier my children are really the only thing I will not give much detail on. I give great consideration before posting on my family as well, my husband is very supportive of my blog but I would be very cautious about posting content concerning my family.

If you would like to participate in Friend Friday head on over to Modly Chic for further details.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nothing Ordinary Finds

Nothing makes me happier more than finding a great fashion treasure. I mean when I luck up and find a great vintage piece or a great find in a consignment shop, Goodwill or anywhere else for that matter, I feel like I just pulled off a heart surgery without any complications, It totally makes my day and I feel Greeeeat! My latest finds I have to say are extraordinary for two reasons one I paid less than $8.00 for both pieces yeaaah! And two they are in mint condition. The first find is a black shoulder/clutch evening bag I found in my local Goodwill it was just hanging there waiting for me. It’s in mint condition and can be worn on the shoulder or as a clutch by inserting the chain strap on the inside pocket of the bag (I will utilize as a clutch) this bag is perfect for any of your after five dresses or evening formal attire, just a great bag to add to your handbag collection and I paid….drum roll please $2.14 taxes included I’m so happy can’t you tell? 

The second item I'm also thrilled about because if you don’t know by now I love anything that’s unusual and unordinary and this Burberry inspired cookie jar stole my heart literally. I mean what else could you possibly need if you are a fashion lover who lives for all things style than a Burberry inspired cookie jar right? That’s what I thought to0, and I picked this up at none other than ROSS, I could not believe my eyes and it was on the clearance counter for are you ready for this? $3.99 I’m telling you God was smiling on me this day.

Two great items, two great prices what else could a girl ask for. Take your time and stop into places you wouldn’t ordinarily shop and you may walk in on some great items, when it comes to the shopping game no place for me is off limits and it’s on those days I find my greatest treasures for the best price. What’s your latest find?



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