April 17, 2014

Business

Hey Dolls!!

Do you have that one blazer that makes you feel like you mean BUSINESS?  That is what this blazer does for me.  I had been looking for this classic piece for a while and when I found it I knew it was a good buy.  This is a classic piece that will be in my wardrobe forever.  Trust me!
For today's look, I paired it with some textured solids from different color families that play well together.  This combination of Navy, Nude, Yellow and Oxblood played very well together without being too busy.  Even the extra edge in my leopard print peep toes fit in nicely. 
What I'm Wearing:  Ralph Lauren Blazer/Forever 21 Shirt/Thrifted Silk Pants/Jessica Simpson Peep Toes/Betsey Johnson Purse/Burlington Coat Factory Earrings & Ring and High School Class Ring
Do you Dolls have a power blazer? What does it look like? Is it classic, patterned edgy?  Weigh in Dolls.

April 14, 2014

Sporty Chic

Hey Dolls!!

Question for you...how often do you follow fashion trends?  Often? Never? Sometimes? Randomly?  Well, I can't say its easy for me to answer that question. If I had to answer I'd say it depends on how that trend works for me.  Its probably obvious why I asked that question.  If its not so obvious, I'm asking because I'm rocking the "Sporty Chic" trend today.

The Sporty Chic trend has been going hard for about a year now.  I think last year the trend was more focused on dressing up traditionally athletic pieces and mixing them in with office and weekend casual looks and girly heels. This year I think the trend totally leans more towards statement jackets and coats with more traditional clothes and a bold statement with a more athletic shoe. I've seen the Nike Air Max worn a lot these days.
I have to say I am here for the Sporty Chic trend no matter how its served up unless they bring back tennis shoe heels and I'm done.  I mean, I've gotta draw the line somewhere Dolls!  But I guess you can say in today's look I'm rocking more of last year's trend, but to me it still works.
What I'm Wearing:  H&M Hoodie/Target Denim Shirt and Tank/I Heart Ronson Skirt/Forever 21 Heels and Earrings/BCBG and Target Bracelets
Like I said Dolls, I'm here for this trend because I am truly a girly tomboy (when it comes to style) at heart.  So the Sporty Chic trend is like music to my ears. Bring on the jerseys, leather baseball caps, letterman jackets, embellished sweatshirts and Air Max and let's continue to make them chic Dolls!

March 28, 2014

Finance Friday - Couponing with Niesha

Hey Dolls!!

We're gonna do a first for Finance Friday this week.  Today's post will be a semi-guest post if you can imagine that, LOL!!  I say "semi" because all the credit for this post belongs to my Best Friend Niesha
Niesha has become a couponer and she has been getting fabulous deals all over the place.  This picture is a picture of one Sunday worth of Niesha's coupons. 
I asked Niesha to share her favorite coupon haul (so far) with my readers because you know we are all about being smart with money around these parts.  So here we go.  Niesha breaks it down for us on what she scored on her best haul to date. 

Here's one of my favorite hauls. 21 items for only $11.67!!! Breakdown: 

1. (1) Madison Pine Tree marked down from $39.00 to $9.75 (no coupon used).

2. (6) Gillette Gift Sets (includes razor, shaving cream and cartridge). Marked down from $9.88 to $2.47. Used six $3.00/1 coupons making it a $0.53 money maker in each.

3. (4) Packages of Christmas Napkins marked down from $0.97 to $0.24 (no coupon used).

4. (6) Twin Packages of Febreeze Noticables marked down from $9.47 to $2.36. Used six $2.00/1 coupons bringing them to $0.36 each.

5. (2) Packages of Rayovac Batteries regularly priced $0.97 used two $1.00/1 coupons making it a $0.03 money maker on both. *my daughter put them in her favorite flashlights* cashier forgot to scan the coupons so they're not on the receipt, was given my $2.00 when after checkout.

6. (2) Bags of Milk Duds marked down to $0.50.

My O.O.P. (out of pocket) for regular retail would've been $161.92.  Holiday mark downs total $41.93 but my total after coupons was $13.67 minus the $2.00 the cashier owed for the missed coupons so $11.67!!!! That's 21 items for roughly $0.55 for each item not bad...not bad at all!

I'm continuously amazed at all the deals Niesha manages to get.  She is fairly new to the game but she's well on her way to quickly becoming a "Master Couponer" with her little organized binder and all.  I tease her all the time but what she's doing pays off.  Not only is she saving money for her family, but she also donates items she coupons to the homeless and the less fortunate.  Talk about paying it forward!

As you can see there is kind of a skill set required for the art of couponing.  If you'd like to know more about couponing check out Niesha's recommended sites below:


Also, Social Media is your friend when it comes to couponing.  There are groups you can join on Facebook, Couponers to Follow on Instagram, and Hashtags you can search on Twitter and Instagram for helpful tips from some of the top couponers out there and don't forget about Google and Youtube.

Well Dolls, I hope this information helps.  As usual, you know I want to hear from you.  Are any of my lovely readers couponers?  I know I have some fabulous thrifting fashionistas out there, but what about couponers?  Let me know!

March 26, 2014

Flawless!

Hey Dolls!!



I wanted to share something with you that I thought was really cool.  I love when Fashion and Wardrobe Stylists give you the raw details of how they do what they do.  A few days ago I came across this video of Beyonce’s current style team Ty Hunter and Raquel.


In this video they both go into explaining that Beyonce first shares with them her vision of what she wants the clothes to convey and their responsibility is to bring her vision to life with clothes and costumes. 
I love the fact that there is an array of designers that contributed to the fashionable looks for The Mrs. Carter Tour. The viewers are taken through each major piece used on the tour.  The stylists also show how they go about reaching out to various designers and collaborate with them to create the looks that embody Beyonce’s vision.  They start by sending sketches before the look is approved and turned into clothing.  Nothing is done without her approval.

Some of the designers include Givenchy, Versace, Vrettos, Stuart Weitzman, Michael Costello, The Blondes, and David Koma.  Some of my favorite looks from the Mrs. Carter Tour are the Versace designed “Bow Down Jacket” and the "Givenchy look" that was created to depict the look she wore in the “Bow Down” video but upscale and enhanced for the stage.  I was also amazed at the Versace gown she wears that took 300 hours to make.  
Well enough of my yammering on and on about it, take a look for yourselves Dolls!!  Enjoy!
 
                      
 
Photo Credits:  Stills from Beyonce's 'Behind The Scenes: Wardrobe' video.
Beyonce's YouTube Channel via style.mtv.com

March 23, 2014

Fashion and Fun!


Hey Dolls!!


Quick post on this fabulous Sunday!  I wore this look actually last Sunday when my Mother and Cousin were still in town visiting me.  We were out and about a bit that day and ended the night at a comedy show to see a funny Florida comic Benji Brown.  If you don't know who he is, you can look him up on Youtube, he is hilarious.  One of my favorite skits and routines for him to do is his character KiKi.
Anyhoo, I posted a picture of me on Instagram wearing this look and I got a few inbox inquiries on the outfit details so I decided post them here for everyone on the blog.  These pictures were taken with my camera phone so don't kill me for the quality guys, LOL!
What I'm Wearing:  L'Amour by Nanette Lepore Top/Olsenboye Pants/Faux Leather Baseball Cap via JCPenney/H&M Earrings/Ann Taylor Booties/Gifted Necklace/Zipper Bracelet via Burlington Coat Factory/Gifted Beaded Bracelet

Carla's Wearing:  Tank via Nordstrom Rack/Joe Fresh Jeans/Sam Edelman Booties

Mama's Wearing:  Thrifted Blouse/Thrifted Pants/Thrifted Shoes/Forever21 Earrings/JCPenney Bracelets

We really enjoyed ourselves during their visit.  I always enjoy it when family comes in town.  For you Dolls who want to see more of funny man Benji Brown take a look at the video below.  LOL!!!  Fashionable Funnies indeed.