30 December 2010

{Measuring Myself}

My Dear Friends,

I started a weight loss blog today to track my progress in losing weight and becoming healthier.  You can read about it at Measuring Myself!

This made my day.

My Dear Friends,

If you read one of my previous posts about Gwen Stefani & No Doubt, you will know that they performed at the Kennedy Center Honors last month.  It aired on Tuesday, but I missed it.  Completely slipped my mind.  When I realized that I had missed it, I was pretty sad.  But then...*lightbulb*...YouTube!  Yes!  There it was!

In case you missed it as well, No Doubt paid tribute to Sir Paul McCartney, who was one of the 2010 honorees.  They performed "Hello Goodbye" and "Penny Lane".  The absolute highlight of the entire performance, for me at least, was when Gwen belts out "Penny Lane"...I swear I got goosebumps!

i LOVE them!

29 December 2010

Fairy Godmothers

My Dear Friends,

Could Diane von Furstenberg, or Gwen Stefani, for that matter, be my fairy godmothers, pretty pretty please?  Both women have impeccable style.  Classic, elegant, yet edgy and fearless.  I am in awe of both of these trailblazing women of fashion.


ShaToBu - The Workout You Wear

My Dear Friends,

Just what is ShaToBu, you ask?

ShaToBu - The Workout You Wear - is the revolutionary body shaper that helps women shape, tone and burn more calories during everyday activities.
The benefits go beyond ordinary shape wear - ShaToBu instantly gives a sleeker silhouette, but women can also see and feel a difference in their bodies with regular use over time. By incorporating resistance bands right into the garment, muscles work a little harder and more calories are burned during daily activities.
ShaToBu helps women fit a workout into their normal day, while looking and feeling great.

I know I need this, as I am struggling to lose weight and not look so "lumpy" in clothes.  Yes, I said that, and it's the truth.  Love handles are NOT sexy, you guys.  

I received the High Waist To Knee Shaper to review, which retails for $58.

From Their Website:
"Designed for those women who prefer slightly more form with their function, our classic-cut, High Waist to Knee ShaToBu slims and smoothes your waistline for an enhanced hourglass figure.
You'll look great and feel even better, all while burning up to 12% more calories every day.
  • Extra smoothing in the tummy & love-handle area
  • The perfect shapewear under a skirt or dress
  • Ideal body shaper for special occasions or with fitted clothing"

It took a little getting used to, I'll be honest.  It's not every day that I wear an undergarment such as this, but I will say I can tell a difference.  A positive one.

I'm going to wear it daily for a couple weeks and see what "long term" differences I notice, but for now, I really like how it shapes my body and doesn't bunch up like some other shapers would. 

Connect with ShaToBu via Facebook, Twitter, or their Mailing List!  Shop for your own ShaToBu "Workout-You- Wear" here!

*Shatobu provided me with the above shaper for review.  I did not get any monetary compensation and the opinions above are my own.

28 December 2010

Etsy Find - Gardens Of Whimsy

My Dear Friends,

Can I PLEASE have this?

I discovered Gardens Of Whimsy on Etsy via the always fab Taylor at MaryJanes & Galoshes and fell in serious ♥ with these bobby pins.  Each bobby pin has a flower and feather attached to it.  I just love the classic, old fashioned whimsical look that they bring to this hairstyle!  At $23 for 4 bobby pins, they're a little too steep for my blood - but if anyone wants to get me a belated Christmas present, I'd love you forever!  :)

I might try to make them, they don't look to terribly difficult.  What do you think?  Could I make them?

Better late than never, Trevor....

My Dear Friends,

Since the holiday insanity is behind me {hopefully}, I finally have time to post about my Secret Santa Blogger - Brittany from Plush Diva Femme!

She very sweetly sent me two clutch purses - one in silver/black zebra sequins & one in pink/purple leopard!

How cute & versatile!  

I want to send a BIG THANK YOU out to Gerry from Big Beautyful Mess for hosting our Secret Santa shindig this year, as well as Brittany from Plush Diva Femme for her awesome gifts!  Thank you ladies!!  Happy Holidays!

Shoes - A Love Story

My Dear Friends,

In my head, I live in a world where I can prance around all day in shoes like these (& my feet never hurt!):

Let me present you to these lovelies that caught my eye today:
Black "Lola" Wedge - @ Alloy for $14.99
Brown "Shelby" Boot - @ Alloy for $29.99
Blue "Metallic" Heel - @ Wet Seal for $8.85

What great shoes...and what great prices!  I need more shoes like I need a hole in my head, but....I want more shoes!  I'd love to buy all three of these because if I could ever be classified as a shoe "type", it would probably be "tall & towering".  I'm 5ft. even on a good day so I like a shoe that has a little "oomph" to it.  {{Not to mention how it makes your legs look and all that jazz.}}

I guess I should say I also like shoes that look a little crazy....

{{I'm about to tell you a story, bear with me.}}
A couple years ago, some friends and I were headed to a bachelorette party.  I always get stuck in the back seat because well, I don't need the leg room.  My foot hit something in the floor and I picked it up to see what it was.  It was a pair of Steve Madden {{this guy knows shoes!}} 4-inch purple kitten heels.  Decked out over the entire shoe were small butterflies.  I wanted those shoes SO bad! {{I know you're sitting there thinking...Seriously, a butterfly shoe?  She's got to be out of her mind!}} You have no idea.  

Even with some pretty serious searching, I never found a place where I could get those gorgeous shoes - but I did happen to stumble upon these babies at Alloy...they're called the "Trixie", by Anne Michelle!

I also have this pair from Iron Fist that I wear pretty often:

They're called the "Electric Blue Carousel", and if you click on the picture to make it bigger, the shoe is a graphic comic strip! 

So....are you all shoe-d out?  Or are you ready for more...because I've got plenty to show you!

shoe l♥ve.

27 December 2010

Thank You.

My Dear Friends,

I hit {{331 followers}} today.  WOW!  When I started this blog back in January, I never thought anyone would read it, let alone this many people.  I am so flattered & grateful.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it!

In celebration of this milestone, I am going to announce a giveaway very soon!  I think....I'll announce on Monday so stay tuned!  It's going to be a good one!

Pretty Little Things

My Dear Friends,

Here are a few happy thoughts for today:

 Mmmmm.....Hot Cocoa!

 We haven't had any snow yet but it's so pretty!

These are from a wedding.  They're edible gold dusted s'mores!

...Monday, Monday...

My Dear Friends,

I don't know about you all, but I did NOT want to get up and going this morning!  I just wanted to go back to sleep!  I guess having a three-day weekend spoils you a bit.  After work today, I'm going to help my friend K re-decorate her house.  Her roommate moved out on her, even though their lease isn't up yet, and took all the furniture, curtains, kitchen stuff, etc.  While yes, those were her things, it just sucks that K has to come home to an empty house...so tonight, we fix that little situation!  So that should be fun!

How was everyone's Christmas?  Mine was pretty good I must say.  I had a good time with the boyfriends' family & got some pretty great gifts.  (Goodness, I'm tired!)

So I'm sitting here, going through the bajillions of emails that I've neglected since last Friday, weeding through all the junk mail and expired sales ads.  Here are a few goodies that I've spotted so far.....

Take an extra 20% off all SALE items at Sephora using code "EXTRA"!

Check out the Charlotte Russe "After Christmas Sale" & get great look starting at just $5!

The latest magazine to go on sale dirt cheap is Weight Watcher's magazine. You can get your subscription for only $2.99 per year, and you can order up to four years at that price! Make sure to use the coupon code "WEIGHT" at checkout to receive this discount. Click here to sign up for yours today!

Take $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at J.C. Penney! You can use it in stores, online, and with catalog purchases TODAY ONLY!  Click here to get your coupon now! For online and catalog purchases, use the coupon code "SHOP4FUN".

Now through January 3rd, Stein Mart is offering 30% off any purchase at their online Cashmere shop! Be sure to use the coupon code "30POFFSM" at checkout to receive this deal. Click here to find the perfect items!

23 December 2010

Piczzle Giveaway Ending Soon

My Dear Friends,

Don't forget to enter to win a custom photo jigsaw puzzle by Piczzle!  The giveaway ends on 12/31/10!

Featured Blogger - Brittney @ A Day In The Life Too

My Dear Friends,

I got a really sweet email yesterday from a reader named Brittney.  She had just discovered my blog and said that she really liked it.  She also has a blog called A Day In The Life Too... which is a wardrobe journal blog that also features her funny, insightful writing style.  This is a blog I will be reading daily! 

22 December 2010

Big Beautyful Christmas!

My Dear Friends,

I was featured over at Big Beautyful Mess today, on a post entitled "The Journey of Gift Giving", where we talk about Secret Santa 2010.  Click here to check out everyone's "giftee" and "gifter" posts.  It looks like a great time was had by all!

Did I mention that my "giftee", Andie, has put up a post showing what I got her?  You can read all about it here!  Merry Christmas everyone:)

21 December 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (Coming To FITF)

My Dear Friends,

Don't worry - they aren't bad changes.  There are just a few things I want to rearrange and/or add to the blog.  Here are a few

1. - I'm going to go back to the 3 column layout.  I miss it, plus I never seem to have room to put things on the one measly sidebar that I have...so, I'm going to fix the situation.

2. - I'm taking a page from BBM & starting a monthly goal.  I will track my progress in the sidebar and the readers (that's you!) will be able to see if it's "Mission: Accomplished" or "Mission: Epic Fail".  I already know that the first monthly goal will be LOSE 10 POUNDS

3. - I will have at lease one giveaway per month as a THANK YOU for being such great readers. 

That's all I've got so far...but I think I'm on the right track!

Secret Santa Revealed (Part 1)

My Dear Friends,

I got the sweetest email from my Secret Santa recipient today.  In case you didn't know, the person I was supposed to buy for was ANDIE.  I can't tell you how excited I was that she was my "giftee".

I absolutely ADORE her two blogs, What Andie Wears & Sweet, Southern, Spirited.  We've exchange emails every once in a while & she is just the nicest lady!  If you haven't read her blog, you really should! 

Anyway, this is the wonderful email she send me today:

"Thank you SO MUCH for my adorable secret santa gift. LOVE it all!  The paisley scarf was right on! I've been wanting one for a while.  That one will go with so many different things.
I'm going to have to brainstorm an outfit to go with those adorable earrings and the necklace! You are too kind and generous!


Isn't she the best;)

Featured Etsy Find - Coventry Lane

My Dear Friends,

I discovered Coventry Lane via a fantastic blog called A Focused LINZ

Coventry Lane is an Etsy seller that makes handmade, custom, one-of-a-kind clutches.  She is definitely very talented.  Check out some of her work:

You totally want one, right? 
They're just $35 each!

20 December 2010

Giveaway Reminder

My Dear Friends,

Don't forget to enter the Piczzle Custom Photo Puzzle giveaway!  The contest ends next Friday!  Click here to enter!

Urban Decay Cosmetics for $2! Really!

My Dear Friends,

Hautelook has all their Urban Decay makeup for just $2 each!  It's an incredible sale featuring brushes, lip glosses, pigment powder, mascara, eye shadow and MORE!  Hurry up and get some while the getting is good!

Hautelook is FREE to join and once you do, you'll have access to the best daily sales on cosmetics, home, furniture, clothes, jewelry and more!  Totally worth it!  Join today!

18 December 2010

I'm featured on Big Beautyful Mess!

My Dear Friends,

As the title explains, I'm featured on Big Beautyful Mess!  The post is about the Secret Santa Bloggers' favorite items & Christmas traditions!  Check it out!

17 December 2010

16 December 2010

12 Days Of Dooney - Day 11

My Dear Friends,

Need a new wallet?  You're in luck if you do, because five different styles of wallets is our gift from Dooney & Bourke today!  Select wallets are $69!

Image courtesy of Dooney & Bourke.

9 Days Until Christmas!

My Dear Friends,

The holidays are definitely upon us - take advantage of our free ground shipping before it ends on December 26th (to anywhere in the contiguous United States) at DuWop!  Also, for one week only take 15% off Venom Flash Silver and Venom Flash Gold (December 16th - December 22nd).  Enter code "SILVERGOLD" to receive discount.

Take 20% off your order at Bath & Body Works with code "F102777".

The Smashbox "Let's Do Lunch" freebie for 12/16/10 is:
Eye Shadow in "Golden Orchid".  Remember, you get Free Shipping and free samples with every order!

(I would have posted a picture of it, but Blogger isn't letting me upload pictures!)

15 December 2010

Secret Santa @ Big Beautyful Mess

My Dear Friends,

Did I mention that I'm participating in the Secret Santa over at Big Beautyful Mess?  I have a secret person who I buy gift(s) for and then mail them off.  The gifts have to total around $20 altogether so that gives you a nice little limit to stick with. 

I wonder who my person is?  I hope the person who I bought for loves their gifts!  We'll see soon, because I'm mailing them out on Friday!  I'll post on where what my gift(s) were from my Secret Santa and then you'll be able to see the full listing of everyone's gifts over at Big Beautyful Mess!

Pretty Little Things

My Dear Friends,

Here are a few little pretties that made me smile today:

CSN Stores has it all!

My Dear Friends,

With Christmas literally days away, I bet everyone is bubbling with anticipation on what wonderful presents they're going to unwrap.  I was one of those people who went Black Friday shopping and I witnessed people going crazy trying to get all the great deals, namely new TV's.  It got me thinking....people are going to need something to put that new TV on!

That's where CSN Stores comes in.  One of their stores specializes in TV Stands.  Whether you want a corner tv stand, or one that goes up against a wall, CSN Stores will have it!  You can shop by price range, style, or size.  There are many options to suit your budget, as well as your style! 

I personally love this one - It's a SEI Fulton 48" Corner TV Stand in Rich Espresso - and it's only $189.99 with Free Shipping!  I really like the idea of a corner tv stand, it saves so much room!

Check out CSN Stores for all your shopping needs!

12 Days of Dooney - Day 10

My Dear Friends,

Watches are on sale today at Dooney & Bourke.  You can choose from 4 different styles that range from $50 to $75, some with Swarovski crystal!  Many different colors are available! 

14 December 2010

Pretty Little Things (Websites & Pictures Edition)

My Dear Friends,

I want to feature two websites in my Pretty Little Things post today.

They're worth reading, I promise!

Hesson Haus is a blog written by my friend Kate.  It's funny, engaging and insightful - every post makes me smile.

Big Beautyful Mess is written by the lovely Gerry, who chronicles her life as a "fatshionista" as well as a wardrobe journal!

Now for the pretty pictures: