October 21, 2010

I Am In Quotes!

Maybe I am a huge dork for getting so extremely excited about this, but Jess from Make Under My Life just quoted part of my Ambassador post! I feel as if my name is in lights! Okay, maybe it's not that huge, but it still makes me happy. And, although I didn't win the giveaway she was hosting, I feel like a winner seeing something of mine in quotes, on another blog, no less!

Thanks, Jess!

October 19, 2010

A Jess LC Ambassador!

I am so very pleased to announce that I am now an ambassador for Jess LC! With such an overabundance of companies today, handmade or not, it is very difficult for me to find a few that I truly admire. But, Jess LC is one that I do admire, and for many different reasons.

Although I personally do not own any Jess LC jewelry (yet), I can vouch for the fact that each piece is made with a ton of love and passion. The Diversey collection is Jess's newest creation, and I am definitely a fan. Also, I really adore her Franklin collection, as it speaks volumes! With necklaces touting phrases such as 'Be Brave', 'Dream Bigger', and 'Be Thankful', one is inspired to stay positive. But, the most special part of the necklaces is that the phrases are written in Braille. Who, other than Jess, would think of something like that? She has several other collections available, as well, so be sure to check them out.

The biggest reason I wanted to become an ambassador for Jess LC is the person behind it. Jess is such a huge inspiration, as you can read in my previous post about her. And when she started her blog, Make Under My Life, back in 2009, she really helped me to see things in a different, more positive, and 'I can do it' light. And for that, I am extending my thanks to her by becoming an ambassador for her and Jess LC.

October 18, 2010

Westfield Style Tour with Stacy London!

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to participate in the Westfield Style Tour held at the Westfield Mall in Annapolis. It was an event that occurred all weekend, but yesterday was special because Stacy London, from TLC's What Not To Wear, made an appearance. I went to the event only knowing that she was going to be there and that there were also free beauty and style consultations. It sounded like fun to me, and it definitely was!

I had no idea what Stacy's appearance was going to involve, but I was pleasantly surprised when she had a small fashion show showcasing some of this season's trends, including animal prints, monochromatic looks, camel colored coats, nude shoes, and sparkle. After the fashion show, she offered an opportunity for us in the audience to ask her some questions. I must say, I was really impressed with her! She noticed absolutely everything, including various outfits, small details on some outfits, and even a Twitter pal of hers that she had never personally met before! She was extremely personable and very positive about women learning to love and accept their own bodies.

I apologize in advance for the crappy photos. I only had my phone with me, and she didn't stand still very often. I was totally crushing on her dress and her shoes, too! But, I was so very happy to ask her a question, myself!

Here are a few highlights from her Q&A session:

My question was regarding belts. Being petite with a long torso and short legs, I asked her what widths of belts should I avoid, if any. She recommended I wear them higher than my natural waist (as I normally do) and would not recommend me wear something thicker than 1 3/4", purely because if I go any larger, the belt might wear me.

Other questions I enjoyed hearing her answer:

What do you think of men in skinny jeans?  "I don't."
What do you think of Ugg boots? "Their name says it all. I have a pair of Ugg slippers that I only wear at home and never leave the house in. And if I have company over, they never leave my bedroom."
How much black is too much black? "You can never do too much black, but if you go for an all black ensemble, it is best to add some detailed element, whether it be ruffles or some sparkle. Anything to make the outfit visually interesting."
I have extremely broad shoulders from swimming for so many years. What would you recommend I wear to minimize my shoulders so I don't feel like a football player?  "Definitely go for V-neck shirts, which will draw the attention away from the upper part of your torso. Also, don't be afraid to layer a light cardigan or fitted jacket. They will create visual interest that will draw attention away from your shoulders."
I am very petite and have a very small frame. I have trouble finding clothes that fit my frame rather than swallow it up. Any suggestions? "I always recommend, for anybody, that fit is everything. If you need to, have your clothes tailored to better fit your proportions and frame. If your clothes fit nice, they will make you feel so much better. And you will feel more confident because YOU are wearing your clothes, rather than your clothes are wearing you."

I really enjoyed the Q&A session with Stacy London, and was really impressed with how long it lasted. Overall, I would guess that just her feature took about 1 1/2 to almost 2 hours.

Besides getting to see and talk to Stacy London, I participated in the free beauty and style consultations. I was very impressed with how the mall organized that whole portion of the event. They partitioned off one of what they call their atriums into two sections, one for beauty and one for style.

The beauty portion consisted of sitting down with a beauty consultant (various brands were represented) and talking about what kind of look you were interested in. Because I dragged Mr. M with me, and he was so incredibly patient, I asked for a date night look, just in case! My consultant did a really pretty plum look on my eyes and give me some colored gloss for my lips. Being somebody that doesn't wear much heavy makeup, let alone lip color, I was very impressed with my look. And, it inspired me to try more with my eyes on a regular basis.

The style part of the consultations involved talking with a professional stylist to find out what kinds of wardrobe concerns you may have and what kind of look you were interested in learning about. Then, the stylist went through a selection of clothing, all sold at the mall, to create the look by dressing up a mannequin, accessories and all. And, the stylist also took a Polaroid of each look for you to keep if you wanted to create the look on your own or shop for the pieces used in the consultation.

Overall, I had a great time at the event. I also enjoyed chatting with the ladies that I waited in line with. Oh, and I forgot to mention all the free goodies! I got several freebies from Aveda and The Body Shop. There were opportunities to enter sweepstakes to win shopping sprees and a trip to Fashion Week in 2011. And there was free food galore!

The only thing missing from the Westfield Style Tour was a husband's waiting lounge. I saw so many men waiting for their wives/girlfriends that I think it would be nice to treat those men that were willing to be so patient for their women, including Mr. M!

October 14, 2010

Facebook Found Poem - I'm A Day Late

Through my friend's blog, Life on Delgany Street, I learned about Mid-Week Laughs started by E, Myself, and I. This week's topic was:


But, the challenge is to answer by writing a found poem using only your Facebook friends' status updates. It sounded like fun to me! So, here is my contribution to Mid-Week Laughs:

A Day In The Life Of...

Maybe I'll stop by with my book in hand just to be sure.
In the daylight we could hitchhike to Maine.
A little peace of mind at last.
Shaking things up a little today.
What better way to spend my day...
holding little girls with colds! 
We gotta hold on to what we got, 
cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not.
A personalized foam finger and a handmade marshmallow monkey.

Just dropped the little man off and is heading to work.
Waiting for the weekend to arrive!
Wondering if I should be this excited for Housewives of Beverly Hills?
Some of the more evil-spirited among you
might suggest that this was an outstanding example of karma at work.
I want a gun!  

Life is a photographic memory...
but some don't have film!
Too early for Advil.

Having my nightly glass o' milk and going to bed. 
Enjoys being able to get in bed and watch hockey. 
Hold me closer Tony Danza.
Wishing Sennheiser sent tracking numbers for shipments.

Now I have writer's cramp.

October 13, 2010


I found these photos at Happiness Is... and was completely blown away.

The images were created by Melvin Sokolsky back in 1963, so how were these photos created without the likes of Photoshop?

See more of this series of photos here.

October 4, 2010

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