Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Fashionista and devoted mommy, Nicole Richie, graced us with her presence at the Lucky Magazine Lucky FABB Conference in Beverly Hills on April 5, 2014 and openly discussed her life, her thoughts and overall views on fashion. I walked into the conference already as a Nicole Richie fan and left with more respect and admiration for her because of her transparency to a group of 200+ bloggers that she didn't know.
|Photo Credit: Leah Frazier / Neiman Marcus Spring Trends Luncheon / According to Neiman's, floral is in for Spring/Summer 2014. This is just not doing it for me.|
|Photo Credit: Leah Frazier / Eva Chen, editor in chief for Lucky Magazine casually interviews Nicole Richie at the Lucky FABB conference. Nicole rocks the floral print blazer perfectly!|
So if you're a Nicole Richie fan...or maybe not...here's some fun tidbits I learned about Nicole while at Lucky FABB! I present to you, Nicole Richie unplugged and totally random...but that's why we love her right?
- Nicole is HUGE on gardening. Her garden has: apple trees, kale, lemon trees, spinach, mint, arugula, blueberries, and believe me the list goes on!
- Nicole admits proudly, "Fanny packs are dope! I stand by them 100%!" Richie admits to gardening in a vintage Chanel fanny pack. Can't say that I totally relate, but her honesty is much appreciated. I really wish I had a photo of this.
- If Nicole Richie had a restaurant, she would name it "Nikki Fresh." (Pretty typical given her gardening obsession listed above.) She envisions 90's hip-hop playing in the restaurant while guests dine on fresh veggies. Hi-larious!
- Nicole's Instagram selfie tip: "Just be good looking!" Some of us won't have a problem with that!
- And lastly, Nicole's view on leadership: "The ultimate form of leadership is encouraging other women." When Nicole said this I almost stood on my feet...but resorted to just clapping loudly. It was so important to me, being in a room with 200+ fashion/beauty bloggers from all over the nation, that we realize that although we all desire to be the best, we can be the best while encouraging each other and not necessarily always in competition with each other. Instead of just applying this to women, I believe this applies in life across the board.
|Photo Credit: Leah Frazier / Eva Chen, editor in chief for Lucky Magazine casually interviews Nicole Richie at the Lucky FABB conference|
Overall, Nicole Richie was an inspiration and I'm hoping to run into her (maybe at a newly opened Nikki Fresh restaurant) sometime soon!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ok. So you guys should be used to me now. My blog has no real "flow" because that's just me....random. One day it's fashion, one day it's fitness...and then today it's Starbucks. But that's why you love me.
Anyways, I was in the airport on my way from Dallas to Houston when I of course stopped by Starbucks to get me a fresh cup of joe. I completely lost it when I saw the new Starbucks "You Are Here Collection" that featured a mug especially designed for Dallas. The shop-a-holic in me swooned and I immediately picked up the mug for purchase. I believe it was $10.95 AND I was able to get a Trenta sized drink for free...and all that jazz. SCORE!
|The new '"You Are Here Collection" spotted at Dallas Love Field airport|
You're probably thinking...you wasted an entire blog post on this??? Um yeah...I did. I completely STAN for Starbucks. Just ask my bank account. (Check out my other Starbucks post: Starbucks Tres Chic) I'm totally obsessed!
Anyways, it looks like these mugs are only quasi-available at airports because I've looked in some non-airport locations and I didn't see the mug. *takes sip from new mug* Happy sipping and shopping!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Last weekend, I ventured off to L.A. for the Lucky Fabb (Lucky Magazine Fashion and Beauty Bloggers) Conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. I was taking a break from all of the breakout sessions when I spotted this Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Saffiano Satchel bag staring at me from one of the tables in the vendor rooms.
|Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Saffiano Satchel in red - $325.00 (come to mama!)|
Now you guys know how I am about my handbags. I'm completely obsessed. So of course, once I put my hands on this puppy, I didn't want to let go. I love how minimal the look is, but the handbag even in its most simple nature can upgrade any outfit because that's just how luxurious it looks.
|The nerve of the Wendy's employee at the conference to try to get this fabulous handbag away from me. Clearly she doesn't know about my handbag obsession.|
|I'm obsessed with this handbag! The pop of color is phenomenal!|
For those not willing to pay $325.00 for this handbag, I've done some research for you. I found a look-alike with one of my fave brands, London Fog for a whopping $89.00. (You can thank me later.)
|London-Fog Avery Dome / Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Look-Alike for $89.00 (Wow-zers!)|
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The BET Let's Stay Together Love Tour hit Dallas at the West End Event Center on March 31st and was hosted by celebrity matchmaker Paul Brunson. My expectations were exceedingly low for this event as I expressed in my earlier blog post, just because I've been here and dating on the Dallas scene for awhile and the type of man that I'm looking for is definitely slim pickings. However, I tried to stay open-minded and decided that hey, I have nothing to lose!
I did like any other female would do in this situation. I put on my flirtiest dress, my sexiest pair of heels and attempted to put on the most amazingly "beat" make-up face that I could do--all the while listening to Klymaxx's "The Men All Pause" while I was getting ready...because evidently that's what I wanted to happen once I walked into the room, right? Well that's not exactly what happened...the mend didn't pause...in fact, they kept on talking.
|Icebreaker cards with questions to ask participants placed at each table|
|The VIP Set-Up|
So before the event kicked off, Paul was such a gentleman. He came over to the VIP's and introduced himself, assuring us that we would nonetheless be entertained even though we were sans a match to participate....kinda crazy because that was the whole reason we were there. But from witnessing participants giving each other a massage to a couples dance-off, I was really entertained..and a tad jealous. Candid questions were asked like "After how many dates would you expect to have sex?", "Is Kanye West crazy or a genius (genius of course)", etc. etc.
During the event, Paul's friend and co-host (who shall remain nameless) talked to me for a bit and said that he would be over to chat with me after he got done making announcements...and I'll admit I was a little excited. He was REALLY handsome, very well-spoken and my type. But wouldn't you know it...due to the fact that the male to female ratio was off for the event, my bubble was burst because "cutie" had to go participate in speed dating to even out the number of men. Yay for him, but bummer for me. Another one bites the dust.
All in all, I was really impressed by the organization of the event and the twist on speed dating. It actually seemed like a lot of fun and I'm kinda bummed I didn't get to participate. All in all, I grew to have much respect for Paul Brunson because he was super friendly, stayed afterwards to take pictures with everyone and was just extremely down to earth.
|Celebrity matchmaker Paul Brunson and me|
While I don't have any juicy stories to tell, I'm sure my dating dilemmas in Dallas will continue for all of you guys' entertainment. And as for "cutie", he disappeared after the event like Cinderella at the stroke of midnight---completely ghost...nowhere to be found. Sheesh.
Oh well, until the next date....
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
So Vogue graciously sent me one of the new t-shirts from the Gap's new "Lived In" collection along with a gift card to buy a pair of Gap jeans and asked me to style it. First off--can I just say...that I know it's just a t-shirt but really...it's one of my favorite tees.
I'm wearing a pink "lived in" pocket tee. It is super comfortable, long...and I love that it is super light...which allows your skin to breathe. This is perfect for the spring and summer and also in the cooler seasons for layering. I am in love with this tee and headed to the nearest Gap to buy several more colors.
Let's talk jeans. I picked out the Gap "always skinny skimmer" jeans. Since I'm tall I rolled the ends for a more casual look. They have the extra stretch...because I have a little something-something in the back AND I feel as though they do slim down my thighs. They are super comfortable and I don't have to jump or wiggle in them when I'm putting them on in the morning. (Ladies...you know what I'm talking about)
Top this look off with my newest pair of sandals from Shoedazzle and I'm off for a walk in Highland Park Dallas, stylishly and comfortably. By the way, "city sandals", are the newest thing in shoe trends right now. They're called city sandals because the heel is chunkier and you're supposed to be able to walk around the city all day in them. Ummm...don't know about all of that, but the sandals are super cute!
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