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Dec 3, 2015

Links A La Mode (November 2015)

I am not sure how I missed this but Independent Fashion Blogger picked up one of my posts back in November.  Check it out plus all the other wonderful links below!

Life is certainly a journey. My wardrobe and spending abilities over the years can attest to that. While I’ll always be a Barney’s girl, my current life circumstances keep me window perusing, closet shopping, and replacing essentials from Target’s clearance section. However, in each of life’s circumstances, sacrifice and gratitude go hand in hand.
What I heard from reading many of your posts today was, “be grateful.” And what a perfect time of year for it. This time of friends and family gatherings, giving, and preparing to reflect back on our year.
In addition to Thanksgiving themes, IFB Bloggers shared a little bit of everything. A little trend. A little business of blogging. A little beauty. A little wardrobe styling. A little entertainment. They shared tips, offered advice, and passed on knowledge.
My wardrobe budget may be null but I’m still a Barneys girl who was reminded by one blogger that I too feel vivacious when I paint on a red lip. Grateful.
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Nov 7, 2015

Confidence & A Kick Ass Red Lipstick

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. ~ Gwyneth Paltrow

Lips: Ruby Woo (MAC) | Outlaw (KatVonD)

I shared this photo on my Instagram account (@pumpsandstudz) earlier this week with Ms. Paltrow’s quote as a caption.  At the time, I was simply looking for something to say about a simple OOTD (outfit of the day) and when I saw this quote thought it was a perfect.  To me, it suggests that beauty is being comfortable with who you are, that or wearing red lipstick. 

Does wearing red lipstick give me/you confidence or does it require confidence and boldness to rock a red lip?  Hmmm…Interesting enough, I had never thought of it till I saw this quote.

Although many women may consider a red lip the stiletto of the makeup world and only wear it for special occasions, an occasion isn't required for me. Sporting a crimson pout is as normal to me as combing my hair or brushing my teeth.  I wear it year round, day or night, and I think it is especially flattering on me when worn with black, denim, winter white, white, olive green, and shades of tan. Red lipstick wearers are considered to be the domain of the ultra-confident, it instantly glamorizes an outfit, makes your teeth look brighter, is very feminine, empowering, and dates back to ancient Egypt when women would beautify their lips with semi-precious stones. 

So YES to Gwyneth's statement, besides making me feel put together and a bit vivacious when coupled with certain prints, wearing a bold red lip certainly antes up my confidence level a handful of notches.

If by chance you are in the market for a new red lipstick or would like to start wearing red, I found a great article on the best reds by skin tone. For my black/brown lovelies, a more detailed list is found here.

Stay Fab!!

Nov 1, 2015


The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

Oct 23, 2015

Let There Be GREEN!

I love the fashion industry, and yet I will be the first to admit that fashion can be a bit comical at times.

Sep 24, 2015

Win A Free Pair of Glasses!

If you follow my blog regularly, you might recall that last spring I reviewed Firmoo, an online optical company. Catch up with the original post here.  If you follow blogs in general, I am sure you are aware by now that some bloggers are inundated with requests to promote different products and services.  Some of the times they are items we like and want while other times…let’s just say..not so much. But, when Firmoo contacted me last spring I was stoked.  At last something I needed/wanted which also allowed me to check out the services of an online optical company (which I never considered) and spared me a few $$, as we all know that vision packages can get costly.

This time, I am passing on this opportunity to YOU.  You could win a free pair of 1.50 index single vision lenses and frames of your choose including FREE SHIPPING, an estimated value of approximately $100. 

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