Cute! Cute! Cute!

It’s five in the morning and I’m really sleepy, but can’t go to bed because I want to write something; however, the creative side of my brain has already gone to sleep. So, I’m going to show you some things I think are really cute and you can click on the link to find out where to buy them. How does that sound? Here goes:

Terry Cloth Elephant ($60)

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Kitchen Towels ($8.50)

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Couture Stationary

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Diaper Cake ($80) 

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My favorite accessory designer, Tarina Tarantino, items

Flower Bobby Pin ($15)

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Pink Head Earrings ($88)

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The Stylish Organizer

When I worked in the corporate world, I was considered a pretty organized individual, but something strange happened a year or two after I quit: I seem to have lost those skills. It’s an interesting phenomenon. My husband swears I have no concept of time and insists I buy a watch. I think my lack of time management may be a contributing factor to my non-organizational abilities. I can’t explain it!

Are you one of those people who can painstakingly look through clothes on a sales rack? Not me, I can’t stand the fact that the clothes aren’t organized into proper categories. Seriously, I become overwhelmed by the whole experience and will pass up the extra savings because it. My cousin, Lorena, is the same way minus the lack of organizational skills. What do you make of this? Humph! It’s bizarre! You would think that I would thrive in this type of environment, but the truth is I’m really not at ease with the disorganization I face on day to day basis in my home either.  

Everyday, I swear that I’m going to become more organized, especially when I look in my pantry, linen closet, make-up drawer, or that growing pile of papers on my desk; the idea of tackling that mess alone dumbfounds me. So…I must take baby steps to accomplish this goal, but…don’t hold your breath.

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In the meantime, let me share a tip with all of you who seem to transport your entire life in a bag and the paper and file carrying working girls. The Aubrey bag, a cross between a tote bag and a file box, is the perfect tool to help you look like a fashionably, organized individual.These lovely bags come in a matte white or glossy black and your choice of four leather handles. These are so adorable, and are available at Russell and Hazel, $48 for the expandable five file tote and $60 for the eight file. It’s so fashiolicious! 


Mixed Emotions

…You’re not the only one with mixed emotions, you’re not the only ship adrift this ocean. This coming and going is driving me nuts, this to-ing and fro-ing is hurting my guts, so get off the fence it’s creasing your butt, life is a party lets get out and strut…

This song, Mixed Emotions, by the Rolling Stones is so befitting because we as women often display such a wide range of emotions. For many, it’s the weight of the world on their shoulders, for some, the circumstances of life, while others were simply born moody. Fortunately, we know how to work what the universe has dealt out to us, turning it into something fierce and sassy, meaning distinctively smart and stylish.

body_cream_creme_brulletnnew.jpgNeedless to say why I love the concept behind Mixed Emotions’ products. The products go right along with however you’re feeling when you wake up in the morning. If you are in a lovable mood; there is the Kiss Me line, including a body butter, scrub, and shower gel. Then, there is the Bite Me collection for those times when you feel like sucker punching the next person that asks you a stupid question. Of course, they have the confident diva in mind with their Bee Me products.

Mixed Emotions also offers an all in one soap & sponge ($12.50) that is good for cleansing and exfoliating, and it will last for about 15 showers.

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Budget Fashionistas

Still on the look out for those after Christmas deals?

Eva’s Runway is having a great sale. Save up to 55% on all your favorite premium denim from Antik to Chip & Pepper.

J. Ransom, an upscale clothing store on La Brea in Hollywood, is also having a blowout sale. You can save 25% to 75% off original prices. 

You can save 30% to 80% on designer duds at Revolve Clothing.

Happy shopping! 


Living In Style

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When I purchased this Capiz lamp in white from West Elm; I was really excited because, as you can see, the lamp is very unique with its cascading natural shells. It took my husband two hours to unwrap those delicate suckers, but it was well worth it. The lamp is absolutely adorable!

West Elm carries some of the most stylish furniture and accents for your home.

Of course, I have to tell you that EQ3 has gorgeous furniture too.  This store is so much better than Ikea with an unparalleled quality and reasonable prices. I love the fact that their sofas are made to order and they have a large selection of fabrics to choose from that will add spunk to any room.

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When I saw this picture on Domino’s website, I quickly clicked to subscribe to this home decor magazine. It’s so me and so cute! Although it will probably take me awhile, I’m looking to transform my living space into something c’est magnifique! And, I think this magazine will serve as a great resource for ideas.


The Art Of Jewelry

One of my favorite past-times is attending wine and art festivals. I like the idea of several artists and various vendors being gathered in one place surrounded by great food and live music. But what I love most about these festivals is; I’m often able to find unique pieces of jewelry, like my Wearable Phantasy necklace. I never fail to receive at least one compliment whenever I wear this gorgeous piece of jewelry, and when I tell people that it’s made of recycled computer parts, they usually remark with disbelief.

Jewelry-makers are amazing artist. Equivalent to painters, who are able to transform a blank canvas into something beautifully unrecognizable from its original state, jewelry-makers alter metal, precious stones, and glass, turning them into pieces of awesome wearable art.

handmade-necklace-18.jpgWell, I didn’t have to go to a festival to find Holly of Kincaid Designs; she came to me…sort of. You see, she left a comment for me with a link to her website, which is filled with a vast selection of exquisite must-have handmade jewelry for all women, including adorable bracelets for baby fashionistas. As soon as I pulled up her site, I immediately fell in love.

Holly is an amazing glass artist who flameworks her beads individually before using them along with semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, and pearls to create magical pieces of jewelry constructed on a sterling silver or gold filled wire. She offers everything from bridal jewelry to wine charms. 

bridal-necklace-01.jpgI can definitely see myself wearing the drop necklace pictured above and this mother of pearl flower pendant necklace. I will definitely be placing these items on my wishlist.

So after you’ve had a chance to view her site, tell me what you think. I’m sure you’ll agree!


Everybody Should Love Sumbody

Don’t you hate it when things don’t work out as planned? It is an aspect of life that is quite frustrating for me, especially when I’ve been planning for several months. In 2005, shortly after I returned home from a trip to Vegas, I was looking forward to returning again in July of ’06 for the Girlfriend’s Birthday Celebration. Since I live miles apart from my friends, celebrating our birthdays together is a great way to stay connected.

The plan for this weekend getaway was to stay at the Venetian, shop, and enjoy a few hours at The Bathhouse Spa for some much needed rest and relaxation. When I received the travel information via email from Nanora, I immediately booked my flight on Southwest. Later I emailed Nicole, informing her of my spa treatment selection. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to this trip.

To make a long story short, my plans were derailed because of the complications I developed as a result of my pregnancy. It was very upsetting because I knew that I would not be able to meet up with them again until 2008. Why you ask? Because Mademoiselle Ori will still be nursing.

One day, I took a wrong turn down an unfamaliar street filled with stores and restaurants. So I drove slow to check things out, and that’s when I discovered a store called Sumbody. Of course, I had to stop and take a look.

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Sumbody’s Bonbon Salt Scrubs come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate orange and rasberries and cream. They are the perfect solution for exfoliating dry skin. And, that’s why everybody should love Sumbody.  

Now, you’re probably wondering how Sumbody’s bonbons relate to my foiled trip to Vegas? Well…I was planning on giving these blissful body treats to my friends as party favors.  

$3.50 at Sumbody.com