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TIME/CNN/People/Fortune 2010 White House Correspondents' Dinner Pre-Party


Chopard Celebrates 150 Years Of Excellence - Arrivals

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 a cardigan or wrap. Simple, easy, and cheap.


Gray and Comfy

Last night, the hubby and I met up with his sister and brother to watch our lovely Los Angeles Lakers. I wasn’t really in the mood to dress up or anything. I was in one of my good ol’ comfy moments. Seems like I’ve been in that kind of mood lately. By the way, I haven’t worn a denim jacket since I was a little girl! I got this gray one at Old Navy for $7!! It has a very worn and thrifted feel to it. I wish it was more fitted, I felt like my waist got lost in this outfit. And yes…the Lakers did win!!

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Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Dress: Ross
Sandals: Nine West
Necklace: Gift

I’m a simple outfit kind of girl!

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Jeans, cardigans, and I, we go way back. There’s nothing I love more than throwing on a comfy pair of jeans, a tank top, and a simple black cardigan. They make me a happy chica! Here are two casual outfits where accessories and shoes can make a difference. Outfit #1 was for a dinner and I wore outfit #2 to the Sassy City Chicks event. I am obsessed with the gladiator sandals. Love them!!

#1
Jeans: Paper Denim & Cloth
Cardigan: Target
Tank Top: Shade Clothing
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Forever 21

#2
Jeans: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Tank Top: Shade Clothing
Sandals: Nine West
Scarf: O’Neill

Summer Trends: Gladiator Sandals

Sandal Season is here!! Well, it is in L.A. Sorry, I don’t mean to brag. Some of you will get yours soon! Then you’ll want to try this trend, if you haven’t already.

This is another shoe style that I didn’t really love at first. That is until I tried it on and the gladiator sandal captured my heart. These go great with maxi dresses, capris, shorts, skirts, and even skinny jeans. If you have a wide foot, don’t worry…Torrid has us covered!

I just want to thank all those hunky Roman gladiators for bringing us this trend!

My golden rule: Make sure you try them on before buying them! I know this sounds like common sense, but the width can be tricky in these.

Need to make a statement?


Do you need to make a fashion statement? Why not grab a statement necklace! Make a boring outfit pop with a piece of jewelry that will wow your friends! I’m a sucker for a necklace that stands out! I love ALL of these! I think it’s time to go shopping!!

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 Renn

A 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 glamour.com}

An Eye on Faith 21

Hey there!

I just got back from a weekend road trip, not a happy one, but I did get out of L.A. I had the chance to meet up with a lot of family that I haven’t seen in a long time. It was a pretty exhausting weekend. Let me tell you…I was very happy to be back home. I love me some City of Angels!! And just to update you, I am still on a budget…kinda. Lol. I did do some shopping last week. I spent my birthday gift cards…Sorry I didn’t do a post about the stuff I bought. But, I am in the mood to get a little shopping done at Forever 21. Here is what I have my eye on:

Blogger Q&A: Jill

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Jill
Scranton, PA
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Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

My favorite fashion designer is Phillip Lim. I’ll be honest in that I don’t really follow designers all that much (mostly because I don’t have the budget to buy their clothes), but I do flip through various fashion magazines each month, and every time I like a piece and I look in the sidebar to see who it’s made by, it’s Phillip Lim. I think he just has a great mixture of amazing cuts, classic styles, sleekness and a little big of edge.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

I can not live without shoes! I’m like the sister in “In My Sister’s Shoes” that buys shoes and doesn’t wear them a lot, but keeps them in her closet “just in case.” Well, I have that problem. :)

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Good question.. I never thought about creating a beauty product, mostly because I can find whatever I want out there pretty much. I guess sometimes though, I can’t find the exact nail color I’m looking for, so it would be interesting to design colors for a nail polish company and develop a polish that tries SUPER fast!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

light weight, cotton knee length cami dress, with a pair of simple sandals or flats, a cardigan or light weight linen jacket (for if it gets cold), and a pair of sunglasses for Seneca Lake near Watkins, Glen NY.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. It’s always great to have a distinct style, but I find the most fun in trying something new for a day. Fashion is a great way to express yourself because sometimes you feel like a little bit country, and sometimes you feel a little bit rock n’ roll. Fashion is the easiest way to try on a new you!

Trends?

I was flipping through the pages of this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar and I came across the “Rules of Summer.” You know…the things you should be wearing this summer, according to HB. They listed “12 Easy Updates,” which include leather shorts and a white blazer.

I am so down for the white blazer, I think it would look great with almost anything. Very versatile. Shorts and a tank, a pair of jeans, or a summer dress would all look very chic. And it’s probably really easy to find one at a thrift or vintage store (sorry the brain is always on bargainista mode). This one below is by J.Jill.


Hmmm…I like the idea of leather shorts…but it doesn’t seem very practical when you live in L.A. where the temperature can reach into the 100′s during the summer. But, then I think, they look kinda cute. (FYI…these are by Juicy Couture and they are available up to a size 14). Then my mind starts thinking about the “what if’s?” What if they stick to my legs when it’s hot…or they make me sweat? Am I thinking too much into this?


What do you think?

Kate & Louis Vuitton

Killer Inside Me Hits NYC

Wowza!!
Love Love Love this Louis Vuitton poncho that Kate Hudson is wearing! She wore it to the Killer Inside Me premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, over her Louis Vuitton dress. Oh, the tedious lives celebrities live…….{I’m being sarcastic btw!}

Handbag Delight:: Straw & Woven

I am so ready for beach, sun, and fun! FYI…that’s the first thing I think of when I see a straw handbag. Of course, that’s not the only place to carry one of these cute bags. Oh…I really love the three bags below…they’re my fave.


Summer Trends: The White Dress

Keep yourself cool this summer with a chic white dress. The thing I love the most about this trend is you can definitely mix it up! It’s as easy as adding a colorful accessory, a short sleeved cardigan, flip flops, or whatever you want! Or simply just wear it by itself. It’s a no-brainer. Don’t you just love easy fashion?

My golden rule: Don’t mix up different shades of white, keep it simple.

Lingerie Update: Cosabella

Remember that lingerie survey, you curvy ladies so graciously filled out for me a couple of months ago? (Thanks btw) It was for the lingerie line Cosabella. I was extremely honored that they would ask for my help in their desire to create plus-size lingerie.

Cosabella even sent me a black lace thong to review. I am definitely a comfy cotton undie girl, but this thong is now my favorite undergarment! Not only was it SEXY, but it was very comfortable. It seemed to fit in all the right places. And since their line is designed here in the U.S., but is made in Italy, you know the lace and cotton was exquisite. I felt sexy all day! Lol.

Their project is definitely under way and they are very excited to create this line. With your help of course!!

Cosabella wants to know which of their items you’d like to see in plus-size.
Just visit their site and let me know!