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Long lines, lots of people and unorganized shelves can turn an otherwise cheerful fashionista into fashionable grouch (which IS NOT cute ladies)! Why shop brick and mortar when you can go to one of the web’s best one stop shop for all things fabulous. In the beginning, I had qualms about shopping online but that was before I discovered Bluefly.com (special shout outs to Project Runway). Initially, I thought it was yet another over promoted,overly priced dot com site where the selections were bland and the items were bleak. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. I found some of the cutest items too!
 

For example, don’t you just love it when you find beautifully crafted pieces that allow you to have a little fun…or a little versatility with an ensemble? More importantly don’t you take notice and absolutely love the websites that feature such pieces? On Bluefly.com, I saw this C U T E convertible circle cardigan and instantly fell in-love.
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First of all it can be worn in 5 (count them….5) different looks, secondly it’s offered in all of my favorite colours (black, grey & purple) and it’s definitely pocket friendly (where else are you going to spend less than $160.00 on a new item that can be worn 5 different ways…)!

 
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Equally as amazing and just when I thought bluefly.com had topped itself, I found myself engulfed by the site once more as my eyes fell upon the most charming piece of jewelry I’d seen in a while!
Cutest Cocktail Ring by Kenneth Jay Lane
 
  
Instantly picturing the piece with more than a few items in my closet, I scurried to add the item to my bluefly shopping bag for immediate purchase!

Some of the other notable mentions also include
Chocolate fade slim sunglasses   By Cole Haan
 
 
style #309478001 chocolate fade slim rectangular sunglasses
Micheal Kors Vanilla Leather Studded belt bag   By Michael Kors
 
 
style #306522602 vanilla faux leather belt with studded belt bag
and my favorite and by Marc by Marc Jacobs………..

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Makes you excited doesn’t it?? I knoooooow!!   

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 Remember the days when the symbol of Mr/Mrs High Paid Executive was the black leather briefcase? Remember how the sound of it opening made you nervous, either causing an excitement in your belly (ie.. a promotion or raise letter) or a chill down your spine (ie.. pink slip or
…well a pink slip)?  Most importantly, remember how incredibly boring and just downright ugly they looked?
 
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Thank goodness for thinking outside of the box! To be exact thank goodness for the creative designers out there that believe in the accepting, the hugging and the embracing of all things colour-ful!! You’re off to a great start!!

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I wanted to share with you all a movie I saw over the summer. While out at the mall I ran across this independent director who was promoting a movie he made about bullying.  The movie (which also features the director), takes you into the lives of 3 young men, whose different set of circumstances cause them to cross paths. Their interactions explore how issues of abuse, divorce and even peer pressure can have an effect in their lives and how each plays a key role in the direction of each of their lives.

How can we as a society properly deal with and address the issue of bullying? The movie Big Boys Don’t Cry is the catalyst many of us are looking for.  The proverbial fork in the road is a real one and many are looking for someone to help them decide which way to go. A film such as this one can help those of us in positions of influence with the foundation to get the conversation started.

Seen the movie yet? What did you guys think of it?

 

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superbowlSo let me first start of by saying I am in no way shape or form an expert on anything football related. I do however, enjoy the energy that surrounds a good football game particularly when it comes to the  game of all games aka the Superbowl !!

My favorite part of it all  (after the wings) would have to be, the commercials.  Every year the best of the best look for ways to influence their target market’s (or their kids ala #JustinBieber) interest in their product. The formula usually goes like this…

Trend + talent + most watched commercial space = what “SHOULD” be a win for anyone looking to sell product.

But how often does it work?  Do you find that your more than likely to buy the product AFTER seeing the commercial during the Superbowl? This year’s Honda commercial  (with the talking yearbook pics) really resonated with me message-wise (#inspiration).

Considering there’s a new driver in my home and I’m in the market to buy…my interest is officially piqued!

What about any of my readers. What commercial left a buying impression on you? Did the half-time performance do anything for you?

Let me know!

 

 

If your like me, you’re about one purchase away from developing a hoarding addiction. Seriously, I swear I try to make use for everything in my home, so when I saw this I thought…..brilliant!

Let’s begin…..

Have you ever purchased one of these?

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I know I have but when I’ve used all the c.d’s I’m usually left with this.

1Of course the borderline packrat in me says “I can use this for something”

Then it hit me.

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My sewing machine! For months I’ve now I’ve found myself frustrated with the fact that the typical sewing spool just doesn’t seem to last through my many sewing projects and I couldn’t figure out how to remedy that until now!

In 3 easy steps here’s what you need….

1) Empty CD thingy (I believe it’s called a spindle)

2) A tall spool of thread (your choice of colour)

3) Your sewing machine (I’m pretty sure this works with all brands)

Step 1

Place your spool of thread on the empty CD spindle.

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Step 2

Position your spindle (with your thread on it) where you want. I put mine on top of my sewing case.

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Step 3

Thread your machine as normal 3

…..sew as normal and let the efficiency begin!

Pocket friendly, cost-effective and you’ve saved yourself time with your projects (eliminating delays having to re-thread your machine)!!!

Perfect right?!!!

Happy Sewing!

It’s interesting how life inspires creativity, I’m sitting here watching this Teen Beach movie with my niece and of course I’m mentally transported to the fashion in the 60’s.

Wait did this girl just pull a Kleenex out her bra to give to her crying “bro”?

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Yep, she sure did.

Anyway, it’s a fun little movie and it reminded me of how simple fashion was. In a time when so much emphasis is place on extra low, tight and revealing, I remember a time when it was cool (or trendy) to wear shirts without darts, pants you didn’t have to constantly tug on and dresses with absolutely no peek-a-boo factor. Don’t misunderstand me, the clothes were still adorable and men and women were still beautiful, there just (I don’t know) seemed to be more of an effortless beauty during that time than there is today.

I miss that.

Get it?!?

Check out the movie when you can I enjoyed it and you will too.

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It’s probably the only thing more challenging than trucking  through the snow.  Buying snow tires, purchasing thermal underwear, chopping extra wood… many of us do our best to prepare for the fluffy goodness that is snow. Anticipating everything that could possibly go wrong so that we aren’t caught off guard is something many of us have learned over time right?

Then why is it every year almost all of us are disappointed when we find that perfect boot, ( you know the one that goes perfectly with that beautiful coat-scarf-hat combo you couldn’t wait to pull out of your closet ) ONLY to realize it absolutely, positively, WILL NOT fit around your calves!!! I mean, designers make shoes in a variety of colors, sizes and styles why don’t they consider “hey since our customers ALSO come in a variety of sizes, why not accommodate them as well”??

Too much like right I guess……

The good news is,  after a little finagling, I was able to find a couple of spots that offered a “wider” yet incredibly stylish selection of footwear that was just perfect for this years wintery season.

I found the cutest boot at Shoe Carnival. The brand was called NorthSide LTD . If you go online you will see the black and gray ones I went in the store and found a cute tan colored pair.  They have a padded collar with faux fur trim with just enough Nordic knit fabric to accent. Perfect for the snow, I can’t wait to pull these bad baby’s out.

My next stop was Rue 21 and while their selection of calf-friendly footwear was a little scarce, I did manage to find a gem in the middle of their incredibly huge selection of boots I personally couldn’t squeeze my grown a** calves in. Identified as a “Double Buckle Quilted Boot” this pair has a zipper on each side (one for decoration, the other for practicality) and had just the right amount of charm to convince me to add it to my closet. I believe you can find these on their website too.

Finally, I hit up my local Payless shoe store an found a simple almost knee length riding boot that will work out just fine for me!! Despite all the slack the store gets, they can always be counted on to offer the special sizes for those of us who are well…..special! LOL

And that’s just fine by me !!!

Happy shopping Winteresses!!  Large calves rule !!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Well it’s been a few seasons hasn’t it?  When momma Gump said “Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get”…she had no idea! One thing is for sure, I sure did miss you guys!!

Enough of that.

Who’s ready for Winter? Not me!  Nonetheless it sure is coming so we might as well go with the flow, stock up on the thermals and get to steppin’!!

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See ya soon!!

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Staying current with what’s trending, and I can’t help but notice the fascination with wearing see-through garments. Showing a little skin here a little skin there, fashionistas all over the world subscribe to the DARE TO BARE mentality and are showing off some of their greatest assets. Obviously sexy, but managing the art of “keeping ’em guessing”, the ones that stand out in particular would have to be Beyonce in Roberto Cavalli,Image

Paris Hilton in Albert Andrada

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and Beyonce again in Project Runway alumni Michael Costello

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Even Adrienne Bailon  got in on the action (also wearing Micheal Costello @MCCOSTELLO31)

AdrienneBailon slipped into a MCCOSTELLO31 white lace gown for the Effy Jewelry 35th Anniversary Party. Hot! or Hmm...

 

 

 

 

 

 

All  in all, the “peek-a-boo” was all the rage on the red carpet and as you can see when done right in all the right places, it’s vastly becoming a favorite trend of mine to watch!