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The Red Carpet Issue

It’s definitely a Monday. So blah when I woke up…so uninspired…until I turned on my television.

If you have “On Demand” go over to the Sundance Channel and watch the documentary “The Red Carpet Issue.” It’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the red carpet, fashion, designers, and celebrities come together to form this mega-money making business. It’s pretty interesting. It’ s broken down here in 4-part previews. Enjoy!


Pretty in Paisley

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Sometimes, I like to dress a little girlie. When this feminine mood strikes, I throw on a skirt and a frilly top. Believe me when I say it doesn’t happen very often. But, it does happen. Today, was one of those days. I am in love with this paisley skirt! I found it at Macy’s for only $7.99! I told you I’m a bargainista! This is my first time wearing it. It makes me feel like a hippie! (That’s a good thing.) I was going to try and add this pretty violet belt, but I HATE to over accessorize. It’s one of my pet peeves. So, I went without it. A great outfit for a beautiful spring day in L.A.!

{tank top: old navy}
{skirt: macy’s}
{sandals: ross}
{necklace: pacsun?}

Do you dare?

I love shoes.
I love pretty shoes.
I love interesting and creative shoes.
I love eye-catching shoes.

I am not loving these shoes.

I’m sorry shoes.


Bargainista Finds II

Yes…this chick went on a little shopping excursion yesterday. I finally made it out to the “Bargainista” shopping center. You know…the one with Marshalls, Ross, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack. I didn’t make it to Nordstrom Rack…booooo!

This (left) is what I wore, but I think I look yuck…so I played with the pic a little bit. Anywhoodles…

I had been in the market for a simple black cross body handbag, but I didn’t want to pay too much for one. Considering I go through handbags like crazy. This Nine West bag is perfect and it was only $22!

The shoes were a steal…the peep toe Madden Girl’s were on clearance for $20 and the tan gladiator wedge was $14.99. I can’t wait to wear them!

I also picked up two tee’s on clearance at Old Navy. My work is never done!

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Beauty Buzz: Free Sephora Skincare Consultations

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Whoever say’s they don’t like anything free is out of their mind! Free is good…no…it’s great! Take that glowing or not-so-glowing skin of yours to Sephora for a free in-store Skincare Consultation. Your face will thank you for stopping by!

Straw Fedora Comeback?

Are you a hat lover? I admire those who can pull off a hat. Especially, a fedora…how about a straw fedora? Also known as the Panama Hat, this could be spring’s hottest hat…or will it just hit the ground face first? I love them! I think they are very chic, but some think otherwise. I would take any one of the hats below. I want to know what you think. Yes or No?

Wish List: Nordstrom

As an ex-Nordies sales gal…I know and adore this retail empire.
Here are a few things I am loving right now.

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Calling all Marina Rinaldi fans!

Starting tomorrow, Thursday 3/25, ideeli.com will have Marina Rinaldi sportswear and dresses starting at $49 and up! But, you have to be a member to get the exclusive savings. That’s up to 69% off retail prices!

Hurry!! The sale begins at 12noon for 1st row members and 2pm for 2nd row members. Go to ideeli.com to sign up.

*If you’re not a member, use promotion code “marina” to access this sale and many others.

Curvy Girl Travels: Sun, Fun, and Baseball

I’m baaaaack! You didn’t know I was gone? I took a road trip this weekend to Arizona. My hubby bought us tickets to see a Los Angeles Dodger’s spring training game versus the Angels. Since my mother-in-law lives out there we decided to make it a family weekend. Read more

Really? …….. Really?

I’m as surprised as you are…

Research: Plus-size models lower self-esteem

Advertisements with “plus-size” models are unlikely to positively impact their target audience, according to the findings of a new study from Arizona State University, as well as , the University of Cologne in Germany and Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Ads like Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty” actually lowered enthusiasm in both overweight and normal-weight consumers, according to Naomi Mandel, a marketing professor at Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business. In fact, overweight consumers’ self esteem and enthusiasm for purchasing products was depleted when they saw ads with any size model.

The findings are significant to Ms. Mandel because companies like Dove and magazines that feature models of all sizes are often praised. But while the approach may be popular, it may not be effective.

Ms. Mandel conducted the study because she wanted to see if looking at skinny models had a link to consumer self esteem or even eating disorders. The professors examined respondent attitudes about their own body size before viewing the ads. They were then asked if they considered themselves similar or different to the models in the ads.

Some of the findings surprised Ms. Mandel. Although thin models did deflate most women’s self esteem, the biggest correlation wasn’t the model’s size – it was the relative difference between the consumer’s size and the model’s size. Normal-weight respondents had the most easily influenced reaction. They identified with both the thin and plus-size models, the study showed, yo-yoing between feeling confident and pondering a diet. The overweight respondents’ reactions were the same, regardless of the size of the models

“Overweight respondents didn’t like any of the models, regardless of size,” Ms. Mandel says. “They didn’t seem to like what was reflected at them.” .

Dove hasn’t responded, but Ms. Mandel says she would like to work with them for future research. The findings will be published in the April issue of the “Journal of Consumer Research.”

{Article found here}

My Hubby the Photographer

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This blurry nonsense is what happens when I ask the hubby to be my photographer.
I’m definitely going to stick to the self-portraits. At least he was making me laugh.

Handbag Gallery: Denim

You all know denim is a hot spring trend…what about your handbag?
Are you daring enough to whip one out while the birds are chirping and flowers are blooming?


Beauty Buzz: Korres Mango Butter Lipstick

After watching this video, I have decided to try a natural lipstick. Watch it…you will understand.

Normally, I wouldn’t pay $18 for a lipstick, but I had a Sephora gift card from Christmas. So, I splurged.

I bought the Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in Coral. I must say that I loooooooove it.

It leaves my lips soft and I love the fact that it has an SPF of 10. If you go to their web site and fill out the survey, they give you $10 off your purchase and a free tote!