New Popular Trend: Skater Skirts & Dresses

September 16th, 2015 Posted in Fashion | No Comments »

While this trend may not be for everyone, it’s certainly cute!  I adore Abercrombie & Fitch’s take on it!  I just placed an order for their high neck neoprene pleated dress with cut-out back in black…  I was inspired to by the beautiful Miss Kelly Ferguson (KellyLovesBeauty1 of You Tube).  Can’t wait to pair this with one of my more stylish stockings =), which sadly do not receive much wear ever (part of valuing your purchases includes using and enjoying them to the fullest).  What’s terrific about this dress is that it goes with just about any style shoe and can be dressed up or down: leather boots, ballet flats, sandals of all types, Converse sneakers, or even those recently popular slip-on leather sneakers.

P.S. A&F has become my favorite denim brand!  Their jeans fit me like a glove and better yet, no hemming needed despite the fact that I’m only 5’3.”  Also, yayyy to their awesome occasional discounts!  My favorite?  High-rise destroyed skinnys in either the dark or medium wash, though I just placed an order for a light wash since I have way too few of those and I needed to just step out of my comfort zone ;)

*Photocredit: Abercrombie & Fitch

Cleobella’s Mexicana

September 9th, 2015 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

For any of you who own anything from Cleobella’s famous Mexicana collection, I’d love to hear from you…  It looks like a lovely product to own and I can imagine a hardworking artisan lovingly pouring hours into its creation…  Please let me know your thoughts below.  XOXO

*Photocredit: Cleobella

Something to Marvel About…

May 19th, 2015 Posted in curiosities, Fashion, Special Projects, Style & Fashion | No Comments »

Made especially for sci-fi fiction gal fans…  Finally wears which are feminine and cute, if that’s what you’ve been looking for!  With all the hype surrounding the recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, I wanted to attend the viewing in style :)!

I’m not the biggest Black Widow fan so I suggested to Her Universe that a Maria Hill Shield jacket also be made.  I did receive some enthusiastic responses to this request but we’ll see what will come of it.  I’d definitely be the first in line for one!  This company also stocks Star Wars, Dr. Who, Transformers, Star Trek, and Nerdist products.

*Photocredit: Her Universe

Here are two of my Star Trek favorites!

The Midori Traveler

March 12th, 2015 Posted in Books, Filofax | No Comments »

Being that I’ve been a very big fan of paper-based planners, it is no surprise that I became enticed by the Midori Traveler.  I found out about it through one of Tracy Reinhardt’s a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom’s earlier You Tube posts.  While I don’t use this wonderful cowhide leather buildable notebook as a traditional organizer, I do use it as a field book of sorts dedicated to my hummingbird observations e.g. sketches, feeding times, and general behaviors.  I’ve gotten to know the principal characters of my garden fairly well.  The brown Midori comes in two sizes (medium and pocket-sized versions) and I believe they just released one with a navy blue leather cover.  You can also accessorize it to your liking (which I joyfully had done from day 1) :).  I ordered mine from The Journal Shop in Spring 2014 and found the staff to be very pleasant to work with…  I’m also very thankful for this since I had to rely on international purchase & shipping.

*Photocredit: Midori-Japan Company

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First Thoughts of Spring: The Sweetest Window-Mount Bird House!

March 10th, 2015 Posted in Home & Garden | No Comments »

A few months ago I purchased Kettle Moraine’s window-mount style bird house and can’t wait until Spring arrives, fairly soon too, to get a first glimpse of a feathered friend’s growing brood!  I have to admit that the initial placement wasn’t the best… huhhh lesson learned… and I must move it soon, that is, after the ice around it melts :(.  Before placing it outdoors and tethered on metal wiring (because I don’t exactly trust the grip of any little suction cups; even though there are three), I stained the cute wooden house a very light brown in hopes to extend its outdoor longevity.  Though I must scoot the house over to the other side, the spot seems otherwise perfect because I have a casual dining set up which will allow me to watch how the birds are doing while providing them enough shade and privacy (I have a vintage valance with small cut-out designs).   Fingers crossed, I hope my Carolina wren or chickadee mom will eventually take residence :)!  Should this fortunate happenstance occur, I will be sure to update all of you bird-lovers with photos…

*Photocredit: Kettle Moraine

The Glitter of Manhattan Portage…

March 10th, 2015 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

This time all that glitters is gold!  With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection.  I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit.   You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)…  Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below.  Had to snag that baby up!

*Photocredit: Manhattan Portage

My New Obsession: Athleta

February 18th, 2015 Posted in Fashion, Yoga | No Comments »

Between Black Friday, Cyber Friday, to Christmas 2014, I gladly took advantage of the generous sales and used eBates where I could (wish all stores participate in eBates).  Anyone who is aware of Athleta’s regular prices especially would understand why I did.  Athleta creates great quality fitwear, but most of the prices are really steep… I guess that could be said of designer sportswear in general.  Remember that you don’t have to necessarily pay full price for good clothing or to build your wardrobe.  I feel no shame to admit that I have accumulated some great casual pieces at Target too; many I wear for yoga or to the gym.  Yayyy to double discounts and free shipping; I was able to purchase the awesome hooded sweater featured below at a much better price than I could have imagined!

*Photocredit: Athleta

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FACE Stockholm

November 10th, 2014 Posted in Cosmetics | No Comments »

Years ago I was exploring as much of Soho as I could fit after work (yipeee for retail therapy!) and before having to go home to start dinner… my first of many Manhattan shopping adventures…  I found their cute little boutique sandwiched in-between Anya Hindmarch’s and Anna Sui’s.  I fell in love with their eyeshadows and one of their nude lipsticks (named Nouveau?) and for the first time did a continuous repurchase of that same color every time I ran out because the formula was so satiny smooth and this particular color was so flattering on me…  Totally unprecedented!  Since I feel that they are a great company largely overshadowed by some other cosmetic brands but well-deserving of special recognition, I’m featuring them on my blog today.

*Photocredit: FACE Stockholm


A Review of Ninjas Candles & Melts

November 10th, 2014 Posted in candles, Spa Retreat | No Comments »

You Tube’s Pookie Tanner did multiple in-depth reviews of this new company, Ninjas Candles & Melts, a few months ago and based on what I saw was encouraged to try a few of their products.  I’m so impressed with the quality of their 100% soy products (clean & fairly even burn, unique offerings, vibrant scent throw & scent endurance, attentive customer service, and thoughtful packaging).  So much pretty details that I can tell great pride has been put into every order =).  I highly recommend their products without hesitation and will probably put in another order once I get through with all the goodies from my initial one.  I received a gorgeous sterling silver 1.5″ 4 leaf clover mother-of-pearl pendant from one of their Fresh Bamboo Jewelry Candles (pictured below)!  Currently I’m enjoying a travel-sized candle in tin in the scent, Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper… yummy loveliness!  Go explore Ninjas ;)!

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

Obsessing Over Moleskine

November 6th, 2014 Posted in Filofax | No Comments »

The only products I ever bought from Moleskine before this time were blank unlined notebooks for The Sketchbook Project (Brooklyn).  I loved them for their simplicity, smooth pages, and light weight.  After watching You Tube Chrissstttiiine’s positive review of the Moleskine Month Weekly Planner/Diary, I decided to check out their Month Daily version.  Although it seems insane to be intentionally bombarded by new organizers all at once, I have been able to devise a plan of how I will use the lot in 2015 ;)!  I wish I could have had a neatly packed shelf full of identical planners from one year to the next but I’m a butterfly of sorts; the beauty is in new discoveries.  Yeahhh- a total commitment-phobe!..  Sanrio, Morning Glory, At-A-Glance, Kate Spade, Anya Hindmarch, Graphic Image, The Success Choice, Filofax, and who knows where inspiration will take me next???

*Photocredit: Moleskine

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