Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hot-Ass Shoes Part. 1: Betsey Betsey Betsey!

In my last blog I talked about the convenience of the Amazon Universal Wish List button that you can use to put practically anything on one list, from any store on the internet. I forgot to mention that part of the reason why it's so great is not just so others know what you want for Christmas or your birthday or any other occasion, it's also great to wish and hope and dream about things you'd like to purchase yourself! I used to be the kid who got excited when my mother would buy the Sunday paper so I could go through the sale papers and circle things I wanted, even if I never got them, it was fun to dream, wasn't it?

Well I've done just that while looking at shoes on the internet, on sites such as Zappos, Karmaloop, Target, Aldo and even Amazon itself. Now, if you've been reading my blog lately, you know how I am obsessed with Betsey Johnson, so much so that I named my acoustic guitar after her!

This is basically my "Betsey Johnson shoes are awesome" blog post! All of these pictures of shoes are ones that I wish I could afford, and if I could, I would have a special closet just for the shoes themselves!

And links to the sites I use to find these shoes:
Betsey Johnson's site

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Let the Shopping Begin!!!

With Thanksgiving down, now we have Christmas coming up, and I've found myself trying to decide what I want for Christmas. It's hard, as a mom of 3 girls, to figure out exactly what I want when I'm constantly buying mostly toys and clothes for little kids. But in all seriousness, I know what I like, so I created an Amazon Universal wish list. If you have an Amazon account, you can add the Universal Wish List button to your toolbar so when you find things that you want to add to your wish list from other sites, just hit that button. With some sites, such as the website, it automatically adds the price of the item you're adding. With other sites, you have to add the price yourself, but it's so worth it. It keeps you organized if you create a wish list of things you want to buy others, or if you just want people to know what you want for Christmas. So instead of paper, pen, and a lost wish list you tear the house up to find, just use the Amazon Universal Wish list. You don't even have to add things from Amazon to it! That's the beauty of it! And works for practically anything you find!

And just for fun, I'm going to put pictures of some of my faves that I would love to get for Christmas this year that is absolutely on my wish list! Did I also mention that you can e-mail your wish list to your friends and family? Or you can post a link to your wish list on your Twitter account or Facebook. And add your address, so if a friend wants to buy you a gift, and they're out of town, they can have it sent to you automatically, based on the address you have listed with Amazon! I used it last year, actually, and this year I'm making my husband create one so I'm not trying to figure out everything he wants. It's so much easier than just asking!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Make-up Introduction

For those of you who do not know, I am make-up obsessed. I really am! Many times, my husband has complained about the amount of make-up I bought all at once, but at the same time, it does go to good use. My excuse to him is the fact that it can be tax deductible, as I'm an actress and I need make-up all the time! Nevertheless, I find myself overwhelmed any time I am in the MAC make-up store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Recently, I went there with two friends of mine and my husband, who walked in, then walked back out. I only bought two eye shadows to complete my color palette, but I do plan to go back soon to buy more!

So I got to speaking with my mother about what she can do simply every day just to enhance her look, that wouldn't take too long to do every morning before leaving the house. Some women seem to think that in order to wear make-up regularly, they need to wake up earlier than usual and go through a make-up artists' step-by-step instructions to achieve the look they want. Now, if you're going to a wedding or something special like that, then yes, you probably should wake up early and take the time to prepare yourself, but if you want just a simple enhancement to boost your confidence, then it doesn't take too much.

I started doing my make-up the way I do it by watching tutorials on YouTube. There are so many, how do you know which ones would be the most helpful? Just watch how you search on YouTube and put in the search bar exactly what you're searching for. If you really want a simple, easy everyday look, search for that, don't just put "make up tips" in the search bar. Your results are going to lead to way more than you could even have time to watch. I subscribed to Michelle Phan's YouTube channel. She's an excellent make-up artist who is starting to garner worldwide attention and she's an amazing teacher. She's taught me a lot. Check her out:

Michelle Phan's YouTube Channel

I think over time, I will delve more into my love for make-up and how I do certain things. I might do a few make-up tutorials, actually, as I'm also a filmmaker (Scenestealer Productions represent! Lol). I should probably write a blog about my two main make-up loves, Mary Kay and MAC and how Maybelline and Covergirl foundations (any of them) just don't cut it! But that's another blog for another day!

Coming up soon, I'm working on blogs about thrift store finds and the time and effort you have to put into that to find something amazing, I also have some opinions about hair, how black women view our hair and how I think of hair as just an accessory, like a bracelet. Like when I got so much crap from so many people when I cut my long hair short (it's just hair people!) and then when I went to braids (it's just hair...), and then to extensions (HAIR!) and then back to my overly curly natural hair (seriously?) and then back to extensions (I was bored).


Friday, November 5, 2010

When you Wish Upon a Handbag...

Alright, so I refuse to do a whole blog post on the fashions of K-Mart. I thought about it over the past week and realized that there really isn’t much to report on. Selena Gomez has a line of clothing there that is cute, but that’s about it. There is a good amount of flowery house-dresses (the kind your grandmother wears), so I can give you a recommendation to go there for one of those (for your grandmother). Other than that, there’s nothing hip or happening about K-mart fashions. I could possibly suggest the kids section if you’re a mother looking for a bargain, however, why waste your time when you can go to Wal-Mart or Target, where you can also pick up something for yourself?

With that being said, I wanted to take this time to make a point. I’m not writing this blog to convince people to have the same tastes as me. I’m very particular. I’m a mom who sometimes has to get dressed quickly, so I’ll throw my hair in a ponytail and slip on old ballet slippers to take the kiddies to school. Yes, I would prefer to wear heels all the time, but truthfully, most of the time I have to go with what is most convenient. But just for fun, sometimes I will put on a pair of heels just to go grocery shopping!

I also would prefer to wear nothing but high fashion designers, like Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson and Calvin Klein. I am not rich, yet. I don’t have the type of job that pays me like that, yet. I’m working on that. The point I’m trying to make through this blog is that fashion is fun. Sometimes it’s nice to dream about the things that you like and what you want. It sucks if you want a $500 bag, but can only afford a $50 one, but at the same time, it’s nice to dream. It’s nice to look. And sometimes, it’s nice to save to get to your goal. I have my eyes set on one or two things, and then I add them to an Amazon wish list, then figure out how I’m going to get them.

Other than that, I have many opinions on what some people shouldn’t wear! I started a topic today on Twitter about what you hate to see other people dress in. I got responses and added my own thoughts, such as boots with short shorts (on women) or boots with shorts period (on men!), something my husband has been guilty of doing in the past (which he knows better about now after years of ridicule!)

But most days, I’m happy wearing a comfortable dress and black socks to lounge around the house in, like I’m doing now.

I have many more topics coming in the next weeks that I’m working on, including ideas about accessories, and where to shop online for cute homemade accessories. Also, as some of you may know, I am setting up my own online shop for my tote bags and children’s designs. More info on that to come! Thanks to those of you who have read and followed my blog so far!

Target of my most-shopped places!

In my last blog, I talked about discount store fashion and if it's even worth buying clothes from stores like Wal-Mart, Target and K-Mart. I also mentioned that the only thing I get from Wal-Mart, really, are things like tank tops and t-shirts for layering, but I also forgot to mention accessories. Though I'm not crazy about the jewelry, you can get a cute functional watch from Wal-Mart for something around $10. Nothing too fancy, but I've bought watches there over the years for work or school.

Also, I love how Wal-Mart had these Michael Jackson fedoras last year, not too long after the King of Pop's death. I bought a black one and it came with a Michael Jackson button on the side. They also have cutesy totes and messenger bags, which aren't too expensive, and are wonderful if you like hearts and stars all over everything, or if you want to buy something for a younger girl.

With that being said, yes, you can get cute accessories at Wal-Mart, but you can get even cuter accessories at Target! The bags there, though they are not a major design brand, are quite trendy-looking and a steal for under $30.

The main reason I like shopping at Target is the brands. Merona and Mossimo have the best fashions, from everyday wear, to frilly dresses, to business attire. The fabrics are good quality and will last you a while also. Over the summer, I bought 3 different dresses that were about $25 dollars each. I really like dresses, short and long, and that's all I really wore all summer.

Also, I have to mention, as a mom of 3 little girls, I can't help but to find my way over to the kids' section and I love dressing my little girls. Here is my issue, not so much with Target, but with many stores and designers...when was it okay to dress our little girls like little adults? No one should look at my 3 year old and go "she looks like a miniature woman". Why is it okay for the fashions that we are putting on ourselves to also be put on our daughters? I'm a strong believer in the old adage that one day, they will be adults and they have plenty of time to wear hoochie skirts and bikinis and make-up! With that being said, my little girls stick to Hello Kitty and Disney Princesses! I want my little girls to look like little girls while they're little girls! I like the bargains on the clearance racks, which is usually out-of-season clothing, such as at the end of summer, you can find shorts and tank tops for very cheap. Once, I went into Target and spent very little for a bunch! I got my girls things that were only a little over a dollar! And because they're close in age, I could get them matching or similar outfits.

So, in conclusion, I think Target honestly has the best fashion out of the 3 main discount stores, with Wal-Mart a close second and K-Mart very far behind, but that's my next blog!

(Image is of a Merona dress at the Target website currently for $8! I bought it at the beginning of the summer for more than twice that! LOL...just goes to show you how much they drop prices at the end of the season on certain things)

Here's the link:

Target Merona dress