Monthly Archives: January 2013

Purple Panic

purple panicDespite my efforts I could not get an accurate picture of this nail color. Because Purple Panic (PP) likes to change colors depending on the lighting, I really couldn’t capture the purple hue very accurately, but you all get the gist of it! Lol…Funny how lighting can completely change the appearance of nail polish…

Anywhoo, I’ve had this in my nail polish stash for quite some time, and I have no idea why I haven’t been wearing it, but I am glad I rediscovered it. Although it is a pain in the butt to capture on camera it is gorge in person. The only thing I do not like about PP is that it dries to a matte finish…I hate matte nail polish BTW. Luckily, all I had to do was add a glossy top coat (I used Out The Door) to get rid of that matte look. Let me also say that this is one of the first polishes I bought when I first began getting into nail polish (at least 2 years ago) and I am pleasantly surprised to see that it has held up very well. The formula was smooth and easy to work with, and the color pay off is amazeballs. Opaque in 2 coats!

As you can see I am really into reds, blues, greens, and pinks at the moment. Every now and then I rock a neutral color, but I don’t stray too far away from those colors. I am waiting on China Glaze’s new Avant Garden collection to come out. There are some gorge colors in the collection and I need a few of them in my life.

What nail polish are wearing today? What color family do you stick to when it comes to nail polish? Are you all ready for February?? Talk to you soon! xx

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Style Icon: First Lady, Michelle Obama

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Have you ever seen a first lady more classy, more regal, than Michelle Obama? Not only is the woman practically a genius, she is gorge. A lot of people have been obsessed with her style since the first inauguration 4 years ago, but over this past year or so  I have really begun to take notice of how her style is evolving.

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While Michelle always looks professional, she often likes to play with color. How beautiful is she in this lavendar number she’s wearing here? Definitely, not anything like the average suit you will find on Capital Hill. I imagine that her wardrobe is full of beautiful hues like this one.

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I don’t know about you but I have never looked at any of our previous First Ladies and said to myself, “I would rock that”…Well, once again Mrs. O does not cease to amaze me with these beautiful ball gowns. Showing off those toned shoulders…Her body is looking better than mine! Lol

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And have you noticed that homegirl has a bit of a wild side? Every now and then Michelle adds a bit of edge to her wardrobe and I am in love with all of it. Although we are used to seeing her with the “side part-swoosh” hair style, I am really digging her new bangs. I think it makes her look youthful and a tad bit more hip.

BTW, look at how quickly Sasha and Malia are growing up?! I’m sure they will be little fashionistas as well. I hope you enjoyed this post. Talk to you soon! xx

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Try This: Beyonce’s Inauguration Mani

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I see that Bey is becoming quite a trendsetter when it comes to nail polish. When I saw her wearing Baker Street from Nails Inc. I had to have it. And here is another must have color that I need in my life. While she sang the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony here in DC earlier this week, I couldn’t help but notice her gorgeous redish-tangerine nails!

As I have said a million times in the past couple of weeks, red is my thing right now, and Bey is giving me life with this color in “I’m With The Band” from NCLA, a LA based nail polish line that is infamous for their bold nail polishes and even bolder nail wraps. You can find out more about this color as well as the brand at www.shopncla.com.

But you know I found a duplicate for this color, right? In actuality, when I googled “I’m With The Band,” the swatches didn’t quite look as bright as the color looks in the picture above. Well, I also follow Color Club on Facebook, and they have a similar color, which I think is a bit brighter (and much more afforadable) than “I’m With The Band.” The colors aren’t exactly the same, but I think Color Club’s Lava Lamp is more my type of color. But depending on your taste, you may like one more than the other…I think either option is gorge!

So what do you think of Bey’s manicure? Would you try this color? Are there any other celeb manis that you would like to duplicate?

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Haulin’!

Check out my haul video that includes recent purchases from Nordstrom, Sephora, Target and Rite Aid!!

Here are the swatches of each nail polish mentioned in the video:

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From left to right: Revlon Colorstay in Wild Strawberry, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed, Mint Sorbet, Coral Reef, and Sinful Colors in Faceted and Super Star.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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Mean Girls is still my favorite movie of all time! I’m not even sure that I haven’t named one of my posts after this mantra from the movie already, but we are just gonna go with it for now. Continuing with my red-ish nail polish obsession, today I wanted to show you guys this gorgeous pinky-red cream color from Zoya. I can’t decide whether this color belongs in the pink or red family so you can decide for yourself. All I know is that it is simply gorge…

Ali is a color that I recently rediscovered in my nail polish collection. Do you guys do that? Rediscover things that you loved once but forgot about…but then you fall in love with it again once you take the time to notice it. Okay, maybe that’s just a Leo thing…Lol

Anywhoo, this baby is opaque in one coat, but in the pictures above I used two as well as a top coat. The formula is very easy to manipulate as it is very smooth and creamy. Zoya has quickly become one of my favorite nail polish brands. Did any of you participate in their recent promotion? I decided not to because I want to try a few colors from the Spring 2013 Lovely collection (Blu, Jacqueline and Neely), which weren’t included in the promotion. Nonetheless, $10 for 3 Zoya polishes is a great deal since they are normally $8 a pop. They are always offering promotions so I’m sure I’ll catch the next one!

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Jewelry Rut…

Has anyone else been in a jewelry rut?? Perhaps its just me…I used to be able to find cute costume jewelry but recently it has been really difficult. A few weeks ago I purchased a silver and gold spike bracelet from Nordstrom (here) but it tarnished after I had it for one week. A week?! Where they do that at?? The same thing happened when I purchased this Michael Kors bracelet, and I was pissed because that thing was like sixty bucks! What a waste of my duckets!

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There have been only a handful of jewelry pieces that have been giving me life lately. My gold Michael Kors watches have been on repeat for a couple of weeks now. I have other watches, but these two are my favorites at the moment.

As for earrings, it has been either studs or hoops. I have a new found appreciation for stud earrings, and I have been wearing these two a lot. Both I purchased at Nordstrom. The spiked ones are from the Nordstrom brand, and the blinged out skulls are from Betsey Johnson. Although I am known for my big ridiculous earrings I haven’t really been feeling them as of late. However, if I am not wearing a stud I am definitely wearing a hoop. These gold hoops are my fav, but I love any variation of big gold hoops.

When it comes to bracelets, I am in love with this shamballa bracelet. There are so many variations of shamballa bracelets, I am tempted to get more than one. I bought this black one from My Bella Couture. It’s a little different than the traditional ones I’ve seen, which is part of the reason why I like it so much. My other bracelet is one that I purchased a while ago when I used to work at Taxco Sterling, a sterling silver jewelry store in Washington, D.C. I love it because it is inspired by the David Yurman cuff bracelets.

Did you notice that most of this jewelry is gold? Yes, I have to admit that I am becoming a bit of a gold fanatic. I LOVE gold right now. We’ll see how long this lasts phase lasts…What do you prefer? Silver or gold? And do you find that even expensive costume jewelry turns way too fast??

BTW, I have my eyes on a few of the Pandora bracelets (black triple /double wrap and oxidized). Do any of you own one? If so, how do you like? The charms you can buy to go on them are super cute.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Talk to you all soon. xx

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Journals & Things…

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At the beginning of every new year, I buy a new journal and a new calendar. So last week my Mom (hey Wanda!) and I went to Barnes and Noble and found some calendars for 50% off. So I grabbed the turquoise one pictured above, which has both the monthly and daily calendars in it. I don’t like my personal calendar to be too big or too small, so I thought this one was a nice balance. Can’t beat that for $7.50!

Luckily, a few of my girlfriends bought me journals for my birthday last year so I didn’t have to go out and buy any. I’m glad that I’ve finally finished writing in my peacock journal (finished on Saturday), and I am trying to decide between these other two journals. Both have messages that resonate with me and are quite symbolic considering that it is a new year and I am embarking upon a new journey. A new beginning in addition to believing that any and everything is possible are both messages that I plan to take with me throughout the year…

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This particular journal is super cute because it has the most adorable messages throughout. Every couple of pages has a cute little quote…While I love fashion, my first love is writing. Journaling has really helped me to not only record my growth as an individual but it has also helped me to express my emotions in a positive way.

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Okay, so which journal do you guys think I should start writing in first? Do you keep a journal?

I hope you all enjoyed this post…xoxo

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What’s In My Wang

I know what you’re thinking…Kel, I thought you said you weren’t going to buy that Alexander Wang bag?! Well, my friends, I saw this puppy in Nordstroms (Tysons Corner, VA.) and I had to have it. Ya’ll know how I do. Lol…I originally wanted the one with the rose gold hardware, but I am so glad I opted for the matte black hardware instead. This bag is everything! I mean, look at that leather, honey!! I am so in love with it…

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Alexander Wang Rocco

But since carrying this satchel, I have had to adjust the amount of junk I normally carry. The studs make this bag just a little heavy, so piling a bunch of stuff in here is a big no-no. I reduced the size of my wallet (I had been carrying the big leopard print Halogen one). I pulled out this old Juicy Couture one that I hardly ever use and fell back in love with it. Although its quite compact, I can fit all of my essentials in it.

Below are some other things I’ve been carrying in my satchel recently. As you can see I am usually only concerned about my eyes, lips, and hands. Lol…These TB sunnies have been a staple piece in my 2012 ensemble (I didn’t take them out of the case because you guys have probably seen them a million times since I bought them in July) and I carry them everywhere I go now.

As for the lippies, although I am usually a gloss girl, I have been loving Mac’s matte red lipstick in Ruby Woo. But let me tell you, that stuff is super DRYING! I’ve also been loving this cream lip stain from Sephora because it reminds me a lot of Ruby Woo, but it is also DRYING! I mean, maybe it’s me…Maybe I just have dry lips but sheesh! Therefore, I have to carry this Sugar lip treatment with me at all times. Whenever I go red I have to have some chapstick or something at the ready! I’ve never been a lipstick wearer but red lips are just sexy to me…Despite the hassle…(BTW if you know of a similar color that isn’t drying, please let a sistah in on the secret!)

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As for my glosses, Smashbox’s Pulse is my number 1 most worn lip gloss in 2012. This is my second one and I have been wearing it to death! I’ve also been wearing this Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Firefly. If you like shimmer, you will love this one. I like layering it over sheer or nude gloss.

To keep my hands moisturized during this winter, I’ve been using Soap & Glory’s Hand Food. This stuff smells like heaven on your hands. Makes your hands super soft and moisturized without making them greasy. And when my cuticles are looking rough, I always reach for Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. If you like lemons, you will love this stuff as well.

Last but not least, I’ve been carrying this customized business card holder I received from an old boss some years ago. Since one of my goals this year is to network more at blogging events (and in general), I’ve been carrying my blog business cards with me in case I meet anyone who may be interested in Clutchez.

I do carry a little more than this in my handbag, but these are my most recent essentials. I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I hope you all have  a blessed weekend! xx

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Cheers To A New Year!!

Toast to another year!!!

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I am so grateful for everyone who has and continues to support my blog. Whether it was a comment, a tweet or an email I really appreciate those of your have hung in there with me. You all actually make blogging fun for me, and I hope to continue to overload you with accessories and outfits in 2013. I hope you all have a blessed, healthy and prosperous year!! I’m excited for what’s in store for 2013!!

BTW: Be sure to set some realistic goals for yourself this year! xx