Beauty Buzz: Summer Essentials

As I make my way into the weekend for some much needed sun, fun, shopping, and relaxation-I can’t help but pass on what I think are summer essentials. In Monique language, that means beauty products your face, skin, nails, and hair will need to survive the harsh sun…and a few extras…of course. Besides, the sun also causes wrinkles!! That’s enough to convince me!Sunscreen: I can not stress how important it is to wear sunscreen. Come on! It’s your skin we’re talking about. The higher the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) the better. SPF is defined as a number assigned to a…

Birds and Paradise

Summer has just crept upon us! I know huh? Well, you know what that means…right? Luaus!! Pull out your tropical bird and floral prints. Don’t have any? No worries, I found a few for you. You’re going to be sitting there looking all cute, drinking out of a coconut, and eating BBQ. I love summer!SimplyBeLane BryantFaith 21Dorothy PerkinsTorrid

Alisi Swimwear=Love

I never thought it would be possible for me to fall in love with swimwear. I mean, I’ve always HATED my body in a bathing suit. Well, I guess Alisi Swimwear has given me a reason to LOVE again. I’m head-over-heels for these swimsuits! Gorgeous! They come in Australian sizes 12-24. That averages to US sizes of 10-22 (make sure you check out the size chart).I would wear any one of them proudly in all of my curvy glory! Alisi is an Australian company, but they do ship internationally. You can even find them on these US and UK web…

Beach Chic on a Budget

I’ve definitely been craving a day at the beach. I just want to grab my favorite magazine and a book and just lounge! When I was packing for San Diego last week, I realized that my entire beach outfit cost less than $35! That’s swimsuit, sun hat, and flip flops.Well, you must know I’m a budgeting master. And just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t look chic on the beach, right? Well, the entire look I put together (below) was only $95.83! This is definitely a look that will carry you through the entire summer.Sandals by Forever…

Hurry up Simply Be!

Will UK’s Simply Be please hurry and come to the U.S. already! I’m drooling over here! I know they will be here this summer, but this shopaholic is getting impatient.Look at this Simply Yours swim wear! I can’t stop staring at the Panache (polka dots) Swimsuit. I am looking for a cover-up too. Something that isn’t boring and a waste of money. Why is it always so hard to find a decent swimsuit?Have you found your summer swimsuit yet? Panache SwimsuitBeach2Beach SwimsuitSimply Yours Bikini SetBeach2Beach Bikini SetJoe Browns Cover-UpJoe Browns Beach DressJoe Browns Beach DRess

Brighten it Up!

These lovely ladies have definitely inspired me to get some color back into my wardrobe! Jessica Simpson and Gabourey Sidibe simply glowed at the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune 2010 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Pre-Party. While Christina Ricci made me green with envy at Chopard Celebrates 150 Years Of Excellence party. But, you’re not going to find me running around L.A. in a cocktail dress or fancy gown. Sorry. I’m going to stay closer to my price range…like Old Navy! One of my favorite stores to shop at. Here are three spring/summer alternatives, all under $40! And if the weather gets chilly, throw on…

New Glamour Cover!!

The new cover for Glamour magazine’s June 2010 issue is out! You’ve heard the hype over this issue! It features three beautiful women: Crystal Renn, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Brooklyn Decker.They are wearing the summer’s hottest swimsuits and share their “confindence-boosting tips.”I can’t wait to get my issue! I still haven’t found my swimsuit, maybe this will help me. {fingers crossed}”Women will accept themselves when they see more [body] types…. This is the new normal.” -Crystal RennA gorgeous cover indeed. Some say Crystal is losing her curves? Does it really matter?What do you think of the lovely ladies?{all images are from…


I’m not going to let the looming L.A. rain discourage me from dreaming of warmer days ahead.Yes, I love the rain, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a clear warm day every-now-and-then!Those are the days I love to throw on a tank top with a pair of jeans or a skirt.Today’s tanks come from Delias. I know they are geared toward non-curvy teens…BUT…these come up to a 2X!Loving this one (left)…it’s called firecracker!