Saturday, January 30, 2010

SJP carries Louboutin

I am in love with this Christian Louboutin bag Sarah Jessica Parker is carrying. Of course it's complimentary for her since she's carrying it during the filming of Sex and the City the movie 2. Did you know she's the president and chief creative officer for Halston Heritage? Back to the bag; the size of this bag is bananas! I've always been a the-bigger-the-better advocate!

Friday, January 29, 2010

I want a clutch bag

An Envelope Clutch or Oversized Clutch, but fun enough to wear out for evening. Now these are out of my price range for an evening bag, but a similar look i.e. knockoff would make me happy.

1.Perlina  2.Stuart Weitzman  3.Alexander McQueen  4.Marc by Marc Jacobs  5.Giuseppe Zanotti  6.Halston

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Bachelor recap week 4

Oh my goodness what an episode! After only four weeks this season is ranked up there as one of the top bachelor seasons in my opinion. We start with host Chris Harrison arriving at the remaining nine girls' house telling them there will be one one-on-one date, one group date, and one two-on-one date meaning from this last date one of the girls will definitely be leaving that night. He then tells the girls, "everything is about to change". The girls run outside to discover two RVs which will be their new quarters. Then Ella makes some comments that made me think, is she really this country? Anyway, the girls get in the RVs to start the week's road trip. RV1 resides Ali, Tenley, Jessie, Kathryn, and Ella. RV2 contains Vienna, Gia, Corrie, and Ashleigh. Ali and Tenley are super excited that they are not in the same RV as Vienna, and the feeling is mutual. The girls then start fantasizing that the two-on-one date will belong to Ali and Vienna, which to Gia is equivalent to a Tyson/Holyfield match.

As the RVs drive up the California coast the scene is gorgeous. They arrive to a vineyard in Santa Ynez where Jake is standing there waiting. Jake says hi and later leaves for his tent, but before he leaves he hands Gia a date card and tells her to read it after he's long gone. Gia reads the card to everyone revealing she is the lucky girl who gets the one-on-one date. She's contemplating how to dress for a date on camp grounds. To stiletto or not to stiletto. Jake arrives to pick Gia and her Louis bag up on his motorcycle then they play hide-n-seek in the middle of the vineyard. After the childish game is over they head to a picnic where cheese, wine and intimate conversation are waiting for them. To continue with the childish games they play spin-the-bottle with the empty wine bottle. His idea after Gia told him a childhood story. Way to get a first kiss from your potential wife. At sundown Jake starts a fire and makes Gia hotdogs and roasted marshmallows. Then Gia tells Jake she wants to have a long engagement, is willing to move to Texas (where he lives) and wants children including through adoption. Jake and Gia seemed to have good chemistry on the camping date, which led to him offering her the rose to which she accepts. During the acceptance kiss the background music is a piano cover of Jeffrey Osborne's On The Wings Of Love, yeah seriously. Back at the RV the group date card arrives telling us that Jessie, Ashleigh, Tenley, Ali, Vienna, and Corrie do not have to worry about going on the two-on-Jake date. Who's left? Kathryn and Ella. Huh, but he's been on a one-on-one date already with Ella. Why did he choose her again for this date? She's pretty shocked and seems upset knowing that she could go home early.

The next day the RV ventures up the coast to destination Pismo Beach. On the way RV1 goes on and on about how much they disapprove Vienna's continuance in Jake's selection. I'm still not sure what this girl has done to them for them to hate her so much. Jake takes the six girls to the beach where dune buggies await. They fight over who is going to drive one and who is going to be Jake's passenger. Ali wins as Jake's passenger and Vienna says to us that she's fine with her being his passenger now because she's going to be his wife later. After that activity they head over for sand surfing. Jake ends up rolling around in the sand with Tenley and the girls stared with envy. During sunset they head over to a table with fruit and wine then he says to the girls, "lets roll down the sand hill. Corrie was the only one to jump up and join him and got some alone time with him.

They later arrive at an Inn for dinner where the girls could get cleaned up and beautified. He takes each girl for a private conversation, which Ashleigh was up first. Ashleigh was practically throwing herself at him. Her head was tilted and up in his face the whole time just begging to be kissed, which she was... on the cheek. There was no conversation, just awkward silence and her caressing his leg and hip. She tells us she doesn't want to come off and desperate, but guess what... she did. Jake tells us he thinks Ashleigh is hot but is not feeling any chemistry with her. Up next he asks Vienna, but she declines. She tells him she wants to talk to him last. He is taken aback but then asked Ali talk with him, which goes well. Tenley is up next and he seems really relaxed with her. So much so that he lies his head in her lap. They later makeout. They don't show him talk to Jessie, I guess uneventful. Last is Vienna at her request. He tells her that she brings on the drama she's receiving from the other women. She played dumb and only get a peck from him. He later gives the group rose to Tenley. Vienna's "go last" plan completely backfired. What was she thinking?

The two-on-one date card comes from Chris Harrison reminding them that one of the girls will be going home that night. The next day the RVs get going back up the California coast to Big Sur. As the ladies sit around outside waiting for Ella and Kathryn to leave for their date with Jake, Tenley laughs that she doesn't know what to say when there's a 50% chance one of the them is leaving. The other girls stare at Tenley in disgust wondering why she's laughing. Ella and Kathryn arrive at Jake's cabin for dinner. The date is going pretty tense and serious. Ella asks Jake what he's looking for in a relationship and a wife, then Jake asks her the same question. Ella is going on and on and Kathryn is feeling left out. To add fuel to the fire he asks Ella outside for some privacy. Ella proclaims to Jake that she's the whole package. He then reveals that he asked her on this second date because he wants to know as soon as possible if she's the one so that if she's not he can send her home to be back with her son. Honorable I suppose. He finally gets some private time with Kathryn where she spends most of it complaining that she feels invisible around him at all times. She came off as too harsh revealing too much of her frustration at the wrong time. He's a gentleman so he apologized for making her feel that way and called her beautiful like five times. Jake takes time alone then heads back to the table with the two girls together. He asks Ella again to join him outside alone and ends it with her. He tells her his feelings for some of the other girls are stronger than for her. She told him to be wise and he walks her to the limo. Bye-bye country bumpkin. Back to the table where Kathryn is waiting and smiling, Jake dumps her too! He tells her his heart says he's not the guy for her. She tells him he's making a mistake and gets walked to another limo. Back at the RV the girls notice that Ella's belongings are taken by the show's goons, which they are sad about... But hold on, Kathryn's bags are removed too! The remaining girls can't believe it. This man means business, but why did he have to throw the ungiven rose into the fire and watch it burn?!

This turn of events leaves only one girl who has to leave at the rose ceremony. The girls sit in the RV guessing who that one girl leaving will be. Of course they're hoping it'll be Vienna, and with her behavior at the Inn their wish may come true. At the cocktail party Corrie takes him aside and tries to open up. She asked him if she makes him feel nervous. After saying no Jake tried to clean it up by saying he wants her to like him. Corrie is annoying me this week. Ali tells Jake that she is falling for him during their private time. They makeout. The producers finally show Jake and Jessie's private time because it's all consumed with her telling Jake that Vienna is not the one for him. He's confused as to why. Jessie tells him that Vienna is spoiled and selfish and Jake will end up being a "daddy" to Vienna. Jake thanked her and gave her a friendzone hug. Vienna is up next and doing most of the talking, i.e. trying to dig herself out of a grave. Again they are talking about what the other girls are saying to him about her. He reassures her that he forms his own opinions, but she leaves him nervous and unconfident.

Lets distribute the roses! Gia and Tenley already have one. Ali is the first name he calls, no surprise. Then Corrie - boo. Two roses three girls. He angrily grabs a rose from the plate and stares down at the floor and side to side, then the background music stops! "Ladies I need just a minute", Jake says and he puts the rose back and leaves the set! The girls are staring at each other in confusion. The unsteady camera follows Jake to a woman talking into her headset to find Chris Harrison because Jake needs to talk to him. She leads Jake out a door to Chris Harrison where Jake asks for his advice. Jake says to Chris there is one woman he knows he does not want to be with and maybe two, and asked if he has to give out the remaining two roses. Chris Harrison tells him if that's what he wants they will take one rose away and Jake only has to hand out one more rose, which means two women will be going home. And the final rose of the night goes to..... VIENNA! Of course the remaining four girls are shocked and upset that he chose her. Jake tells Jessie that he appreciates what she told him about Vienna and tells Ashleigh that the chemistry wasn't quite there. Ashleigh storms out and walks out to the street. Where is she going? Maybe Kathryn got her limo since that dumping was unexpected.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Boyfriend Cardigan

I am obsessed these days with the boyfriend cardigan. Although big and baggy, it's still delectable and feminine the way she wears it. It's a cute and fun alternative to the boyfriend jacket, which at times can be too dressy for certain occasions.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Bachelor recap week 3

I'm still coming off the high from the show dumping Rozlyn for her transgressions, and Chris (the host) suspects the remaining 12 girls are too. He comes to the house and talks about everyone moving on and telling them there will be two one-on-one dates and one group date. The first date belongs to Vienna all by her lonesome. Loon Michelle tells us that she thinks Vienna is ugly. Ali tells us that choosing to go on a date with Vienna is surprising to her. Jake and Vienna ride off on his motorcycle as the girls watch from the door. As they sit and wait, a helicopter comes to pick them up in which Jake tells Vienna their destination is a surprise. Back at the girls' house poolside they talk about how Vienna is such a bad match for Jake and if he likes her there is no way he's going to like any of the remaining girls. What has this girl done to make them feel and talk this way? On the helicopter ride it looks as if Jake is not feeling her. He's looking out the opposite window from where Vienna is sitting, his arms are folded, there was even a moment when he put his hand to his chin like he was bored or distraught. Then he reveals that he really isn't enjoying the helicopter ride. Wow, does this mean he already knows she's not the one? But hold on, he then admits they are going bungy jumping and he is very very afraid of heights. A pilot afraid of heights? That's comforting. As they are getting wrapped up with the bungy cord Jake is literally having a nervous breakdown. He's shaking, crying, looking up to the sky. Geesh I'm scared for him, but they jump. Their bodies just-ah jerking all around from the cord. Man that does not look fun. Then with the blood rushing to their heads from hanging upside down they kiss - their first kiss. After all the excitement they have a calm night with food, wine, conversation, and kissing.

Back at the girls' house the group date card arrives stating that tomorrow's date will consist of Corrie, Elizabeth, Ali, Tenley, Ashleigh, Jessie, Kathryn, and loon Michelle. They begin talking again about how much of a bad person and match Vienna is and how surprised they all will be to see her come back to the house with a rose. Of course on the date Vienna and Jake get into the hot tub for more making out, which leads to her getting the rose. She annoys me for some reason, but they do seem to be getting along nicely. She walks into the house holding the rose proud. The girls are sitting around when she arrives and asks her how the date was. She goes into plenty of detail about the date, which sounded a lot like bragging but I suppose that's understandable since it is a competition.

The eight girls arrive to Universal City to meet Jake for the group date. They head to a comedy club where Jon Lovitz tells them that they will be going on stage and doing an individual set in front of an audience. The girls are terrified, which I would be too but Ashleigh is sobbing. Tears really? Finally back at the house the date box comes revealing who is getting the other one-on-one date with Jake this week. It's Ella leaving Gia and Valishia kicked to the curb. At the comedy club Jon Lovitz calls each girl one at a time to come to the stage to do her comedy set. Elizabeth gets on stage where every third word out of her mouth was bleeped. Jake raised a suspicious eyebrow to that since she acted like a prude the week before. Jon Lovitz calls Ashleigh to come to the stage and she didn't move from her chair. Guess she's not going to participate. Michelle was weird as usual and the crowd all but booed her off the stage. The seven girls all seem to get a kick out of Corrie's performance the most especially since she was mostly dogging out Vienna. Jake noticed the girls were cracking up and was so confused about it. Jon Lovitz again calls Ashleigh to the stage and she comes out this time and does a good job with some blond jokes. Was that so hard drama queen?

The after-party is at the Roosevelt where the champagne was flowing. Tenley took him away for some alone time to tell him she used to be married and the marriage ended because her husband left her for another woman. She was really upset while telling Jake, which was really heartfelt. Jake seemed sensitive to it then planted a kiss on her. Ashleigh got some alone time with Jake and told him that if he likes Vienna then he most likely will not like her because she has nothing in common with Vienna. Pretty bold move on Ashleigh's part. Of course Jake wanted an explanation and was surprised by how much no one likes Vienna. Cut to the three girls at the house not on the group date yelling at Vienna. Vienna then barks that all the girls in the house are fake and storms off. Back at the party Ali got some alone time with Jake and talked about how much fun they had on their one-on-one date. She too told Jake how she disapproved of Jake giving Vienna a rose. I really like Ali. So far I think she's a top two contender. The seven girls had a toast to Corrie exposing Vienna. The eighth girl loon Michelle, not so much. She said she wants to focus all her time and energy on Jake. The loon continued to tell us that she's ready to get married and have a baby because everyone in her family told her she's ready and it's her turn. We now know the source to her fragile state of mind. Elizabeth notices that loon Michelle doesn't need a husband, she needs a therapist. I couldn't agree more.

Loon Michelle finally gets her alone time with Jake where she informs him that she's been crying. She tells him she's not over-emotional or dramatic that she's just here for love, but as she's telling him this she's coming off as over-emotional and dramatic. Then she violates woman's rule #3: she tells him that she "really, really, really wants a husband. His response, "I believe you"! I'm dying of laughter at this point! Then (insert inappropriate time) she asks for a kiss. He obliges with a long peck. Her mouth open his not at all. She tells him to give her a little more than that, but he tells her he wants this night to be over. She tells him she can't stay because not being able to kiss him the way she really wants hurts her. BUT, she'll stay if he wants her too. Why do women play such games? Well she loses the game and he tells her it's best if she leaves. OMG the loon is gone! After walking her out Jake tells the seven women that he won't wait for a rose ceremony if he knows immediately that someone is not the one for him. Then he told them he's not giving out a rose tonight and left.

Time for Ella's one-on-one date. Jake comes to the house and picks her up in a helicopter which heads to Sea World. They sit down on park bench and Ella's son comes running up to her. Surprise! Jake's birthday present to her, reminiscent of The Bachelor season 13 with Jason. The three of them look to have a good time at the park, it was really cute to see. Ella learned how Jake would interact with her son and Jake learned that Ella wants more kids. After some alone time he gives her the rose.

Time for the rose ceremony cocktail party. Jake takes Elizabeth first for alone time where she gets touchy feely and flirty. He called her the queen of mixed signals, then they were interrupted by Vienna which made Elizabeth pissed since the conversation between she and Jake turned serious. She ran off and cried to some of the girls about Jake calling her a tease and how she couldn't defend herself because of Vienna's interruption. Meanwhile Vienna, who already has a rose, wants to talk to Jake about what the girls in the house have been saying to him about her. He told her not to worry about it and stay focused, which made her feel better. Ali went to Vienna and scolded her for taking up alone time when she already has a rose. Elizabeth finally got to talk to him again about his thoughts that she's a tease and the confusion she has bestowed upon him. The writing is on the wall - say goodbye.

Time to give out roses. Since loon Michelle is gone, two girls now have to be sent home. He indicated to the two women who will be sent home that the decision was difficult. And now the rose distribution leaves Elizabeth and Valishia going home. Not at all surprising, although I wish he would have kept Valishia and dumped Jessie. Valishia's so pretty, but he didn't spend anytime with her. Elizabeth was surprised though. She approached him with a "what happened?" What do you think dummy.

Best pose ever

Sophia ThomallaI love this pose. It shows you looking fun and feminine while showing off your shoes. I do this for almost every pic I take!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Bachelor recap week 2

This week's episode Jake has selected the 15 girls who he has decided to "get to know better". Chris Harrison, the host, came in to explain the process to the girls and to advise them to take advantage of the time they get with Jake because not everyone will get a date with him each week. I don't understand why everyone doesn't get to go on at least a group date every week; talk about set up for failure.

The first group date consisted of Gia, Rozlyn, Valishia, Corrie, Christina, and Ashleigh. Jake showed up to the house and escorted them via Cadillac limo to a hotel in Santa Monica. There they met Hal, the fashion director for InStyle magazine, who tells them that they are going to be photographed individually and featured in the magazine. You can imagine the squeals that followed the revelation. The girls were then set up in full clothes, hair, and makeup. Rozlyn was first to shoot and when she lifted up her leg her who-ha was blurred out! The remaining girls were uneventful, except Jake had to coddle Christina due to her discomfort. On to the wrap party where one rose sits awaiting an owner. Ashleigh is the first one to steal Jake away and also the first one to bare a bikini. Meanwhile back at the girls' house a date box comes revealing that one of the girls will have a one-on-one date with him, and during that date she'll get to wear a crazy gorgeous diamond necklace. It's later revealed that Ali gets the real date. At the wrap pool party Rozlyn seems to be getting most of Jake's attention. In the pool she's practically sitting on his lap, then she steals him away and plants her tongue down his throat. The slob-down led to the group date rose being given to her.

The next day Ali, the diamond necklace, and Jake take a motorcycle to a small airplane where he takes her up and flies over L.A. to Palm Springs while, brace yourself, On The Wings Of Love by Jeffrey Osborne plays in the background. At dinner Ali reveals that all of her ex-boyfriends have names that start with the letter J. She looked at it as fate. Fate that she'll be dumped by another guy whose name starts with the letter J! She got the date rose and kisses, then off to a private concert featuring old-school band Chicago. Another date box comes back at the girls' house to state that Elizabeth, Jessie, Kathryn, Ashley, and Vienna will be the second group date for the week revealing that Michelle, Ella, and Tenley will not have a date with Jake.

The second group date arrives at Six Flags amusement park where the park is closed to the public and they ride roller coaster after roller coaster. Elizabeth later tells Jake not to kiss her until he only wants to kiss her and no one else, and guess what she got the group rose. While Jake enjoys his time with the five girls, Michelle is back at the house packing up threatening to leave because she hasn't had anytime with Jake. Crazy loon isn't going anywhere.

At the rose ceremony cocktail party Michelle divulged to Jake that she was about to voluntarily leave. He didn't seem too broken up about it. I thought she was going to lose it though when Kathryn stole him from their conversation. Later on Chris, the host, asks to speak to Rozlyn alone. OMG! Chris nervously says to Rozlyn that he knows she had a relationship with a staffer of the show upon arriving here. The staffer is no longer working on the show (fired!) and Rozlyn also can no longer continue on the show and must leave immediately. OMG! Chris then goes and pulls Jake aside to tell him the severity of the issue. Jake looked sincerely hurt from the news. Meanwhile the camera and some goon is upstairs in the bedroom as Rozlyn packs up her stuff... Awkward! Chris and Jake talk to the remaining women and explain what happened with Rozlyn. Jake asked the women to speak now if they feel they are having any concerns about continuing. Of course crazy Michelle had to chime in blah blah blah. Lucky for them now only two women have to go home tonight instead of three. Good bye Christina and Ashley.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gym aesthetic

Do you look pretty (or at least try to) when going to workout at the gym? I was at the gym, as a lot of us are these days thanks to it being January, and saw many women looking cute. One woman had on a dazzling little matching shorts set. Another showing off her figure in yoga pants and just a sports bra. I even saw lip gloss and big hoop earrings on another woman. Me? I wear my hair brushed back, lose fitting yoga pants and a t-shirt that could probably fit most of my guy friends. No jewelry not even a watch. Oh and no, none of it matches! I know everyone is checking out everyone at the gym so maybe I should try harder, and by try harder I mean just try. My workout attire is so comfortable, and there's no way I'm putting on makeup just to sweat it off. But even an older lady had on a fun headband! Okay starting today I'll at least put on eyeliner and wear fitted pants! Matching will have to come slowly.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010


I forgot to tell you guys, I bought myself some rainboots! You don't know how excited I am to have them because I have been on a rainboot mission for a while now. We get so much rain here in NC, and it's not just any kind of rain it's rain that makes you wonder if you're living in Brazil. I know rainboots are everywhere and easy to find, but my quandary was finding a rainboot under $35 (after-tax) and still cute and feminine. Aldo has a pair I like but they are selling them for $45. I have a budget to stick to people. But then StylishMe and I ventured over to an outlet mall where an Aldo resides. Wouldn't you know, they have my rainboot for $30!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Ooh LaLa

Seychelles Marguerite shoe sold at Urban Outfitters for $98

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Egyptian goodie

My girlfriend went to Egypt for the holidays and brought me back this authentic handmade glass bowl. Isn't it gorgeous!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Bachelor est de retour

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premiered its 14th season this past Monday with commercial pilot Jake Pavelka as the latest bait. As usual, the network chose a guy who was dumped from a previous Bachelorette show who won over fans across the country. I must admit that I find him pretty cute and charming. The premier episode focused on Jake meeting 25 woman who are vying for his attention and affection. Only a few of the girls were really pretty; most of them looked like your typical banker or teacher. But I will say that there were some standout dresses this season. Every time I chose the best dressed girl, another one would pop out to make me recant my decision. Good job ABC.