Thursday, January 31, 2008

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might (I Will One Day when My Pockets are Right)

Let's pretend I won the lottery, had a visit from my fairy godparent (he or she's out there somewhere, I just know it) or found some other way into a whole lotta chedda. If said fantasy were to come true, please believe a MAJOR shopping spree would be very close to the top of my to-do list. 'Til that happens, let's play a little game of "that's my bag."

New York, New York, Big City of Dreams...

Since we're in wish mode, I'm gonna put another one out there. I wish i was going to the Super Bowl! My Giants are gonna win, and you know why? Because Gucci said so (OK, they didn't exactly say that, but they did release a limited edition red, white and blue "Gucci Loves NY" bag just in time for the Big Game). I'd kill to be sitting in some great seats with this beauty on my lap, cheering my team to victory. Oh, and I'd feel especially good since I'd know that 100% of the proceeds from my purchase went to the Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy (Chick luh tha kids). While it's way too late for me to make my way to Arizona, all hope isn't lost for the bag. I'm going to enter to win one at Then I'm wishin' on a star!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shop to Save (Because Saving $$$ is Good but Saving Lives is Best)

Peace it Up

Some things never go out of style, and contrary to what Pres. Bush and all the other thugs of the world might say, peace is one of them... so is charity. Oh, and let's not forget self-sustainability. OmniPeace has joined forces with Millenium Promise in an endeavor to end extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2025, and you can help the cause if you buy one of their tres chic tees, tanks or accessories. Either go to the OmniPeace site and score or cop one of the celeb favorites at Kitson. They even have chocolate bars!

Friday, January 25, 2008

For tha Low Low (Gotta Love a Sale)

The Heel Deal...

I'm gon' get you high today... 'cause it's Friday (I'm talking about heels silly! I know you got a job, and you got sh!t to do). For those of us who shop our woes away, an adorable pair of 4-inch heels at a great price makes for true retail therapy. I prescribe these round toed, patent pleather "Jillian" boots by Sarah Jayne. If you have a Shi by Journeys store near you, they're only $10 (Nope, i didn't forget a zero)! Unfortunately, they're sold out online... sorry. They're not for everyday wear, though, so I'll be wearing mine on yucky weather days when events call for high heels but i don't want to endanger my finer footwear. Who loves ya?

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Moment of Reflection

Friends, Sistahs, all y'all... As most of us enjoy the fact that we don't have to be at work today, let us not forget the reason why. Dr. King worked tirelessly for the rights of all people and eventually had his life stolen from him as a result. If you're taking today as a day of rest (which you have every right to do), please at least spend a few minutes reflecting on what contributions you're making to the greater good. Whether it's a random act of kindness, community service or charitable donation, remember that good deeds, like smiles, are contagious. OK, now I'm off my soapbox. Back to your regularly scheduled activities. Smile.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Five, Six, Pick Up... (Fashion... in Living Color)

Cold, Goin' Mad...

I don't know about you, but I've got a case of the "Can't-wait-for-spring" blues. Yeah, Yeah, it's been a relatively mild winter, but everywhere I look, there are reminders of warmer weather. Stores are bringing in spring inventory, and all the fash-rags are telling us how to transition into the next season (
the really high sedity ones are reporting on resort attire for those who can afford to escape to more temperate climes... uh huh I will one day when my pockets get right). The rest of us (especially those in windowless cubicles) have to do something to shake this S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder, duh) monkey off our back, though. I say we add a little brightness to our days with pops of color, whether it's a little accessory or an article of apparel. Here are five ideas I found that should help us all get a sunnier disposition.

Just a Touch ($)

A little goes a long way with punchy pigments, so if you're on the conservative side a belt or piece of jewelry may be enough for you. Added to neutral basics, they take you from hum-drum to hotness (and often without diving too far into your pockets). Try this "opposites attract" belt ($7.00) from Lulu's Fashion Lounge (or a bright skinny belt like this Gap one) with a khaki shirtdress, or pair Urban Outfitters' pink agate charm necklace ($38.00) with a white button-up and almost any bottom.

For the Cool in Hue ($$)

For those who are a little more daring, a key accessory in a vivid shade should do the trick. Let Boutique 9's $135 "U and Me" pumps in dark pink patent perk up gray pants, or get carried away by a bright bag, like Steven by Steve Madden's $195 "Mosaic" in fuchsia.

All Bright with Me ($$$)

Some of us are just plain bold and enjoy standing out. If that's you, go for a simple shift in a stand-out shade, like this $460 indigo "Katen" sweater dress from Diane Von Furstenberg.

***P.S. - What song inspired today's title? Who was it by? Big props to the firs one with the right answer!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Ooooooo-Weee! (More intense than a normal fashion fix, here's what has me feenin')

Pump up the Volume!

Hey style sistas! I hope you had happy holidays and are planning to make a great '08. I've decided this year not to make any real resolutions other than to live my life the way I'm supposed to (yep, that means to enjoy the hell out of it and do what I can to help others enjoy too)... oh, and cop these $180 color-banded "Chelsea" pumps by Betsey Johnson. I came across them during my quest for the quintessential NYE get-up. Amazingly, my dress was the one color that didn't get a stripe on these shoes, so they're still in the store calling my name (very loudly!). If you're bold enough to go to these bright heights and beat me to Lord & Taylor or to DJ Premium, you have to swear not to wear them at the same place and time as me. (I saw them first, so girlfriend rule #20 gives me dibs). Oh, please wear them with something simple (but not plain) so you don't look like a Studio 54 reject in an NYE runner-up outfit.