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The Shopping Diaries: Shopping Discrimination Continues…

Update: On 12/22/11 I spoke with the manager on duty at this Macy’s location. I explained my experience. He was very kind, understanding, and sincerely apologized. We chatted a bit about it and he said he would definitely speak with the associate. I hope he does and she learns from the incident. There’s no room for size/shopping discrimination. I’ll let my $$$ speak for me from here on out.

I’ve worked many years in the retail world. I know what great customer service is and I can spot crappy customer service from a mile away. As a sales associate, I knew that a smile and hello went a long way. And I would never discriminate against a shopper looking to spend their money in my store.

It sucks, but shopping discrimination happens a lot and is never really spoken about. It’s uncalled for and I don’t understand it.  Why would you want to stop someone from buying something in your store? And why would you try to make them feel like they don’t belong there?

Today, I was doing my Christmas shopping and I walked into Macy’s. I was looking to buy a coat for my mother-in-law. I came across a beautiful purple one with gold buttons, but I really wanted it in red. So, I asked the sales associate, who was standing behind the register, if they had one in that color.

She looked up at me and said, “Yes, but not in your size.”

Now, I will honestly tell you, I’m not a super sensitive person. But, this really irritated me. Not once did I say the coat was for me. I told her it was for my mother-in-law and I walked away. I didn’t buy anything there and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever shop at that location again.

I have no idea what that sales associate thinks about women who are my size. And maybe she didn’t “mean it that way.” I couldn’t tell you what ran through her mind as those words were spoken.

I will tell you I’ve been shopping at Macy’s for years and never once experienced anything like this. But, I have heard stories from women who have experienced it at other retailers. I just never thought it would happen to me.

In case you’re wondering, I decided to address Macy’s here for one reason only. I want them and other retailers to know that words like these can be hurtful. Whether it’s about size, race, age, or physical appearance-discrimination is discrimination. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to spend my hard earned money in places that treat me like this.

I’m curious to know if any of you have experienced anything like this. What was your reaction?

Get “Dress”ed with Ashley Stewart

Hey ladies! When was the last time you took a second to shop for dresses at Ashley Stewart?

 I was just in there the other day and if I wasn’t in such a big hurry I definitely would’ve tried some of them on. I already own their navy blue 10-way dress, but I’m secretly coveting this red one below. I’m a sucker for a red dress. This is a reminder to wear this color more often. It’s such an eye catcher. Some of the dresses below are “web exclusives” and are on sale. Take a second to shop what’s new & hot at Ashley Stewart.

I don’t know about you but, this Christmas season definitely has me in a shopping mood. Am I the only one? LOL?

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Torrid and my Sequin Obsession

Will the obsession ever end? Really? Yes, more sequins and lots of sparkle. I wore this outfit for my dad’s 60th birthday party and I felt sassy. LOL! I did!

Torrid’s Black Mesh Sequin Front Tank Top immediately caught my eye and I had to have it. The front is sheer, but adorned with sequins and beading. I love this top! I will admit this is my second time wearing it. I wore it to the Jay-Z and Kanye concert.

I’m also wearing Torrid’s Boom Boom Jeans. These stretch trousers are an internet exclusive. They’re comfy and have a little stretch to them. I ordered my size and these felt a little big. I would definitely order one size down and be careful with closure on the waist. It’s just a little button and I think it needs a little reinforcement. Besides that, I know I’ll be wearing these a lot. And the sequin obsession continues…

Do you love sequins too? 

Disclosure: Torrid provided these clothes for reviewing purposes. I was NOT compensated for this post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

‘All I want for Christmas’ is Rachel Roy Jewelry

Surprise, Surprise…I still haven’t done any Christmas shopping. I’m going to be hating myself in a few days.

But, for now, I will continue to think about what I need to add to my gift list. Like, this jewelry from the Rachel Roy line.

I’ve written about her before and I will admit some of the designs are “hit or a miss.” The pieces below are a definite hit in my book. I can see myself wearing all of it (hint hint).

Are you a Rachel Roy fan? 

ASOS Curve and The Collar

As a child, I was enrolled in an elementary school with a strict dress code. Girls could only wear skirts and dresses (no shorter than your knees of course) with collars or a collared shirt. I did this from kindergarten until the 5th grade. So, when I noticed ASOS Curve’s love for collars, I immediately had flashbacks. LOL…OK it’s not that bad.

I did notice their mini-obsession with the collar. Which you can find embellished, Peter Pan style, scalloped, and even color blocked.

I’m curious…are you a collar fan? 

Shoe Fever: On a Sequin Kick

You all know my love for things that sparkle, hence the love for sequins. Well, I just bought my first pair of sequin pumps from Baker’s. And I love them!! They are so sparkly and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them. Especially during this time of the year! Sooooo…now I’m on some kind of sequin kick. If you love sequins too, then you’re probably going to love some of the pairs I picked out below. Read more

‘All I Want for Christmas’ is my Favorite Victoria’s Secret Fragrance

Can you believe there are only 12 days until Christmas?!? I am not ready. At all.

I’m going to be doing some major shopping this week. I’m putting together my gift list and all I can think about is what I want. LOL! Of course!

The first thing on my wish list would be ‘Bombshell’, it’s one of my favorite fragrances from Victoria’s Secret. I was lucky enough to get a complimentary bottle a few months ago at an event and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I always get tons of compliments when I wear it too! You can’t go wrong with that.

Sexy today. Sexy tomorrow. Sexy forever.™ A glamorous blend of purple passion fruit, Shangri-la yellow peony and vanilla orchid.

Is there a fragrance on your Christmas wish list? 


Adding some Sparkle to My Night

Finally an outfit post! I know I’ve been slacking when it comes to these. Sorry my loves!

Last week I was invited to a holiday event at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

I was clueless as to what I was going to wear. This is totally a last minute outfit. There wasn’t a dress code or anything, so I figured I’d go with a casual look but with some much needed sparkle.

I’ve had this beautiful Nordstrom Sejour sequin blazer for a while now and haven’t had a chance to wear it. Like a dummy, I kind of lost in the back of my closet.

I paired it with a basic black camisole underneath, Torrid Denim Curvy Skinny Jean,Torrid Black Patent Leather Heel . Forever 21 necklace, various bracelets, and a thrifted clutch.

It’s such a comfortable piece and I can’t wait to wear it again. I’m already thinking of the different ways I can style this blazer.

I’m curious as to how you’d style this sequin blazer. 

Dare to Try a Bold Eye?

Thanks to L’Oreal for sponsoring my post about my favorite beauty looks, tips and tricks! Check out for beauty advice from the experts.

My name is Monique and sometimes I’m kind of a makeup wimp. I’ve always been a simple kind of girl, never stepping out my box. I’ve always stayed with neutral safe colors when it comes to eye shadow. Actually, I just started using eyeliner a few months ago. I know…I know. I’ve never claimed to be a make-up guru, just a girl experimenting.

With the holiday season upon us, I know I’m going to be going out a lot. So, I really want to try a bold eye. Now, a bold eye for me may be a simple eye for you. LOL. As soon as I got my hands on some L’Oreal Paris goodies, I knew they would be perfect for experimenting.

I dared to try out L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner in Eggplant, Double Extend Eye Illuminator eyeliner in Black Crystal, Studio Secrets eyeshadow in Landscape, and Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in black.

I was really excited to try their HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner (on the upper lid), the eggplant color is so pretty. And because it’s a cream, it went on really smooth and easily with the liner brush that’s included. I’m also in love with the Double Extend Eye Illuminator. One side is the black eyeliner, which I used on the outside bottom lid, and the crystal side on the inner side of the bottom lid. It adds a touch of brightness to my eye.

Like I said earlier, this is a bold daring look for me and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Now I’m looking forward to my next bold look. Oh Oh…I might have unleashed a beauty monster! Maybe next time I’ll try brighter colors. What would your recommend?

When you dare to try a new look, what do you concentrate on? Eyes, lips, or hair?

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I can see youuuuuuuu! I’m wearing my brand new eye glasses courtesy of These frames are sleek, lightweight, and super stylish.

I was able to browse through the different frame styles, shapes, and colors; all while using their “Virtual Mirror.” You get to “try on” the prescription glasses virtually and even send the photo to your friends.

I filled my prescription, chose the lens, and what coatings I wanted so easily. I will say that you do have to search for the exact dimensions of your glasses. Not every frame comes in your size. For example a few of the frames I liked weren’t available in my bridge or temple size. But after some searching, I found these.

And with shipping and handling, I only paid $82.95! They even offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

You’re probably going to ask yourself why you’ve never heard of them…I did the same thing. So, if you’re looking to buy glasses head on over and check out You can take advantage of their  generous refer-a-friend program too (You can get $30 for each first purchase a referred friend makes – and use the $30 towards your next pair of glasses)!

You’ll find tons of deals on the Glasses USA Sales and Coupons page!! 

Disclosure: I was NOT compensated for this post. I did receive a gift card towards the purchase of these glassess, courtesy of Glasses USA. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Melt Away the Winter Blues with Playtex Secrets® Bra Giveaway

Printed bras are greatly underrated. There’s something about knowing you have a bra with a fun design underneath your clothes. Like, when I wore this new Playtex Secrets® Cotton Shaping Underwire bra ($34) in the Mini Grape Zebra print. I felt a little sassy! It’s a great way to add a burst of color to your day and melt away your winter blues. And not only was it cute, but it was comfy and it fit. You know I’m a big fan of that! We all know that finding a bra that fits us the right way is a challenge.

Just take a look at the lightly padded cups that offer shaping and support, there’s a hint of lace for added playfulness and I’m loving the convertible straps.The bra is available in following sizes: In Basic Colors: 36 – 42 B; 36-44 C, D, DD and in Fashion Colors: 36 – 44 C, D, DD. I’m actually wearing the bra right now! Is that a little too much information? LOL!

And to help add some sassy to your day, Playtex wants to give one my readers their own Playtex Secrets Cotton Shaping Underwire bra! To enter, watch this episode of  Playtex Makeover Bra Series Season 2 and come back and answer the giveaway question below.

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Beauty Buzz: Holiday Gift Sets

Are you looking for a gift for the beauty addict in your life? I really don’t think you can go wrong with a beauty set. You can pretty much find a set for anything-makeup, fragrances, body and skin care, and nail polish. And you can find them everywhere, so no excuses. I found a lot of great sets below. If you’re wondering, I’ll take any of them below. Click on your favorite and cross another person off your gift list.