Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Sparkle

Dress - thanks to eShakti
Jacket - Vintage, thrifted {similar herehere, and here} {last seen here}
Heels - Miu Miu "Paillette Peep Toe Pump", thrifted {last seen here}
Clutch - Abas {last seen here}
Scarf - Target {last seen here}
Brooch - Vintage, hand me down
Bracelet - Vintage, belonged to my grandma
Ring - Vintage, family heirloom
Sunglasses - Tom Ford "Anouk" {similar here}
Nails - Gelish "Rose Garden" {try here}

Greetings, and Happy Holiday Season! Do you love a little sparkle in your holiday? I do! I was more than happy when eShakti (the online retailer who offers affordable, customizable clothing) contacted me again to review another garment and this time I chose this black stretch velvet with sash detail dress. By choosing the custom measurement option and also selecting the "above the knee" length, this has been the best fitting dress I've received from them so far. The velvet fabric has a wonderful "bouncy" quality - evident when walking but hard to capture in still pictures - and as usual, I love the pockets. I believe this is a lovely holiday party dress and I added a pair of sequin peep-toe heels and a velvet-trimmed vintage peplum jacket to complete the look. By perusing eShakti's website, you'll find tons of options - though it may be cutting it close for Christmas (turnaround time is usually about one to one and a half weeks), New Year's parties will be jivin' in no time! Cheers and have a wonderful week!

*Note - this product was sent to me for review, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Spray Paint Project



Happy Monday friends! I'm sharing a recent vintage find today - a Burwood brand fan wall decor (I have aways loved fans!) made out of plastic-type material. I spotted this is a small antique/junk shop in the Middle-Of-Nowhere, Georgia, over Thanksgiving break for only $25. Because it was Black Friday and my Mom is a "haggler," I got the fan for only $17! I have a lot of wall space in my condo that needs to be filled and I don't want to choose small 8x10 framed artwork. I need big stuff to fill the scale of the walls so I was very happy to find this for such a great price.

I don't spray paint very often, but I thought this piece would be perfect in a gloss white! Two cans of paint later, the original ivory and brown is gone, and a lacquered-look lacy fan hangs on my wall! My Dad helped with the painting and we covered it in about four coats. By the way, these fans are all over Etsy and Ebay and my friend bought one and had it shipped for under $30 total! Not sure on the year, but they seem very '60s or '70s.


Here is a shot of me carrying it to the car and spray painting the fan!

And lastly, the before picture:

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Leather and Crochet

Top - Ann Taylor {here, in limited sizes}
Leggings - Target {here}
Boots - Vince Camuto "Winchell" {here, in limited sizes}
Jacket - Vintage and thrifted {last seen here}
Scarf - crocheted by my friend's Polish "Babcia"
Purse - Rebecca Minkoff "Swing" {here, plain version}
Sunglasses - Tom Ford "Anouk" {similar here}
Nails - OPI "Wooden Shoe Like To Know" {here}

Happy Tuesday friends! Check out this huge scarf - my friend's Polish grandma (Babcia) who lives in Chicago crocheted this and sent it all the way to me in Atlanta! I was so excited to receive it; I can only imagine the hours she had to put into crocheting it and I love it. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and cheers to the upcoming holiday season. Thanks so much for dropping by today.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Angela Cosmai "Feel My Hair" Review

Hi friends! I want to tell you about a set of hair products - Angela Cosmai Feel My Hair. I was approached to review the Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner, Smoothing Spray Detangler, and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner - of course I said yes! My regular daily hair care routine is very low-maintenance. I wash and condition my hair every other night and sleep on it wet. Waking with natural wavy texture in the morning, I usually pull it back in a bun or pony tail. If I put any effort into it, I curl with with my straightening iron - it holds curl very well. Straightening, however, I don't usually waste time on, mainly because it never stays straight. If I tuck it behind my ears, I get a dent. If it's raining or humid, it gets frizzy.

So....enter Angela Cosmai's products and wow! My students told me my hair felt so soft and smooth, as did my Mom (who is now planning on trying my sample products). The products makes my hair very silky - almost too much with my natural texture, but it's perfect for straightening. In my last two blog posts, I washed and dried my hair, then straightened, all at one time. I was able to pull my hair back off my face repeatedly for two days and never had a dent! In the pictures below, I used all the products the night before, and woke up with my wavy, albeit silkier, texture. I straightened my hair for the pictures and it feels just as smooth as it did a few weeks ago for the previous blog entries.

The prices for the big bottles are expensive - $60 for a liter - more than what I usually spend on my hair. However, there are 2oz bottles that are perfect for traveling and sampling and they start at $8 (or try the sample pack for $35). The products are perfectly suited for color treated and natural hair. Made with natural botanicals, they are mild enough for every day use and produced cruelty-free. I definitely recommend trying them, especially if you have hair that can be difficult to smooth and straighten!

*This product was sent to me for review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Blush

Blouse - H&M, only $10 (not available online, check local stores)
Ponte Pants - Banana Republic {here}
Heels - Manolo Blahnik {here}
Clutch - Vintage
Earrings - LOFT {last seen here}
Necklaces - Made by me and thanks to oNecklace {here}
Bracelet - Made by me
Rings - thanks to Anjolee {here} and green quartz
Nails - OPI Can You Tapas This?

Happy Monday! I love pretty much anything with nude or blush satin and lace - reminds me of ballet! I found this top recently at H&M for only $10. For that cheap, I couldn't resist! Have a wonderful week, friends, and thanks so much for dropping by.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Black & White

Blouse - Ann Taylor {here, on sale in limited sizes - check local stores}
Ponte Pants - Banana Republic {here, petite length is perfect for me}
Jacket - Banana Republic {similar here}
Heels - Christian Louboutin "Decollete" {similar here}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Danielle {here}
Bracelet - Vintage
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - OPI Can You Tapas This? {seen here}

Happy Tuesday! I love this top I found on sale at Ann Taylor recently - I ordered my size online, however, the one they sent me was damaged. I had to exchanged it in store for one size larger. At least I got it for a great price. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by today!