The perfect holiday dress for less!

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's New Year's Eve!!! The biggest party day of the year and if you are looking for something to wear but don't have a huge budget here is a look for less.

H&M $19.95

DKNY Rose Jacquard Dress in black and gold- $395.00

Natural Beauty

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lately I have been hearing non stop about neem powder and all of its wonderful and magical qualities so I headed over to my local Indian grocer to test it out. I found it for $2.99 and I also purchased rose petal powder and coconut oil.

This is the stuff that I used:
1 tbs Neem powder
2 tbs of lemon juice
*if you search online there are several different mixtures that you can use including a few with grape seed oil. You should choose the best option for your skin type.
1. measure out the neem powder and Lemon juice
2. Mix powder and juice together to make a cake like mixture. It will be muddy green so don't be alarmed. Make sure it's smooth with no lumps.
3. Apply to your face for 15 minutes until it begins to dry. Do not leave it on too long or else you will have an awful time trying to get it off...I'm telling you from experience LOL!
4. Wash off with warm water.
5. Apply your normal moisturising cream. This is a very important step because lemon can be very drying for hair and skin.
Advantages of Neem Powder
Powerful antiseptic...helps with dandruff, cures skin disorders, an is very effective on skin allergies.
Cools natural oil balance of skin
*I've even read that it acts as a deodorant but you'll have to test that out on your own!

If you are experiencing troubles with acne and want a natural remedy this works wonders. I'll be using this mask 3 times a week.

Christmas is here!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!! This is my favorite holiday ever! As a tradition my family tells the story of Jesus' birth to remind ourselves of why we are even celebrating. We cook, watch TV, and spend time together and have the silly tradition of "the Christmas shirt". Each year me and my sister get a new shirt just to wear on Christmas and the following year we use that shirt as our Christmas eve shirt. Seems pretty silly but that's how it goes. I'll post pictures soon!

Here's to all things Festive!! This is the perfect holiday dress!

Kimichi Blue, $149, American Eagle Outfitters.

Here are my Christmas Albums that I'll be playing all day today:

1) My Kind of Christmas by Christina Aguilera
2) Miss Patti's Christmas by Patti Labelle...This is my favorite!
3) This is Christmas by Luther Vandross
4) Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
5) Home for Christmas by N'SYNC

This brings my 5 days of Christmas to a close! I hope you all enjoyed. Have a fabulous and safe Christmas!!

5 Last minute Holiday gifts!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

5)High paced life style or History buff!
In 1939 the British Government commissioned art work or propaganda to calm people's fears over the looming war. That is where the popular "calm and carry on" slogan was born. These chocolate bars are the perfect gift for someone in your life with a fast paced life. Each bar is handmade and comes in a box with a lid that tells the history of chocolate and the "calm and carry on" slogan., $10 each.

4)For the trendy or the pre-teen
Rebbecca Bonbon is a line from the mind of the original creator of the Hello Kitty character! This ear flap hat is yet another trend that has come from Japan and is taking over with celebrities such as Ashley Tisdadle and Kim Kardashian to junior high and high school students everywhere., $6

3)Our dual religion friends
You may have a friend that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah and its always a tough decision on what and when to give them their gift but this latke server is the perfect solution!, Latke server, $8.95

2) Long distance love

Are you in a long distance relationship or have a family member that lives out of state? Check out the buddy webcam. They come in a rainbow of colors and easily plug into your computers USB port., Freetalk buddy cam, $29.88

1) For the person who has everything!
If you are very last minute and have no idea what to get someone I suggest that you take the gift card route but don't be stingy and select a store that the person would go nuts over. If the person is a sports buff, tickets to a game may be the solution and they can be easily purchased online anytime of the day. Just remember to be thoughtful and to place it in a card with something nice written in it.

Let's Hear it for the boys!!

More from the H&M Holiday ad campaign. Nothing like a little holiday eye candy! Ladies enjoy!

Shirt -$9.95 Blazer $29.95

H&M 2010 Holiday Ad Campaign!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

To put it simply, I love this! If you haven't seen this ad campaign by now you are missing out. H&M took the less travelled road and has a very diverse holiday Ad campaign this year featuring Waris Dirie and Liya Kebede . Things like this are what the holidays are about.

Personalized Holiday napkins!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

With the holidays a few days away you might be preparing for a party or family gathering. A classic trend is to have personalized napkins but but if you don't have $50 to blow on napkins alone, here is a cute and festive alternative!

Supplies needed:
Dinner napkins in the color of your choice
Ink pad
Stamp with design of your choice


1. Find napkins. This was honestly the hardest part! (I found white napkins with a tacky picture on the front and used the backside for this example).

2. Find stamps and ink in the color of your choice. Beware, stamps can cost up to $40 if you try and get fancy but I found this one and the ink in the $1 bin at Michael's Craft store.

3. Choose a corner and place the stamp and voila!! you have your own personalized napkin. Make sure the ink is dry before you pass them out or else you'll have a mess!

Happy Holidays!!

6 wishes for Christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

6) The Lakers beat Miami Heat.
I'm so California it's not funny. Although I've never played a game of basketball in my life, I love to watch! The best part of t he day is eating and watching my boys play. Go Lakers!
-Shows on ABC at 2pm west coast time.

5) I would love to receive this gift...
Like any girl, I like nice things. There is nothing like a good gifts from Tiffany's. This is the Else Peretti Open Heart Ring and it retails for $225. One can dream right??

4) I wish that my sister and I make it through Christmas day without getting sick. Its our annual tradition to eat all of the cake and pie that we can but this year I am trying to control myself. Wish me luck!

3) Steve Madden rain boots!! They aren't $300 bucks but who wants to spend all that money to slosh around in water? Properly named Tsunami these boots retail at $79 and come in staple colors...olive, black, and navy.

2) I want to take a carriage ride.
Each year Riverside, CA has a festival of lights and each year I beg people to go with me. They have ice skating, hot chocolate, music and of course carriage rides! One of these years my pumpkin will turn into a carriage ride. The festival runs until January 2nd (which is conveniently my birthday).

1)The thing that I want the most is to spend the day with the people I love and that we enjoy ourselves.
There is no feeling like being around people that you love and that love you back. I hope that You all get the same thing and you remember why we are celebrating. I know...I know have any wine with that cheese! But the holidays are cheesy so please be safe stay fabulous! Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow's post will be for the budget party host! See you then!!

Hot Designer Alert! MD LABL

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Name of Label: MD LABL
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

3 words to describe your collection: off beat, courageous, grunge

What first got you interested in fashion?
I had a gay uncle growing up who used to be a fashion designer in the Philippines, and sadly when people immigrate to the US their careers don’t always translate and he became a bio technician. So, I think his only real outlet for fashion was to do a bunch of sketches for his annoying little niece on a yellow notepad which I began to collect in a binder. This all happened when I was about 10, and I’ve had a great love for beautiful design ever since.

Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing?
It always happens differently for each garment, but generally I sit down with a pile of my favorite magazines like LOVE, PURPLE, i-D and start marking the pages that move me. The emotions and mood that this process evokes usually pushes me in the direction of what fabrics to get and ultimately I sketch with all these things in mind. Draping and sewing follow.

What was your inspiration behind your collection?
This particular collection was inspired by Issue 2 of Love Magazine (autumn/winter). The issue was called New Blood and it featured like 100 young shakers and movers in art, fashion, music, movies, etc. The editorials captured these young people in the most fun and wild light – it made me think of “the fearless youth” and how we all want to be forever young and limitless. That and 90’s grunge really played a part in my designs

Which fashion designer influences you the most and why?
Classically? I would say Givenchy, YSL in the 70’s, and Chanel for being so revolutionary and doing men’s wear inspired fashion. More currently, Marc Jacobs and Rodarte are beautiful designers who don’t take themselves too seriously. But when I think of who I am as a designer now, I can’t help but idolize Alexander Wang because he’s sort of the new blood in fashion, and I love what he does.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
I think an oversized boyfriend blazer layered over a lace bra and taupe cardigan, biker shorts, sheer black nylons and some hot ass heels. And many many accessories

Fashion trend you’d like to see happen:
Ugly oversized Cosby sweaters =)

Fashion trend you’d wish to die forever:
Nothing! I love it all

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself being bicoastal between NY and LA – slangin’ my clothes and making my way to top designer status. Travelling all over the world, and gigging in a band again.

How would you describe your personal style?
A former colleague and sort of mentor told me once that I was like Annie Potts’ character Iona from Pretty in Pink because she had a totally different look every time she came on screen. And I said, “yeah…I like that.” I mean, I’m not always on because duh it’s life, but when I am I think I’m a chameleon.

Who is your fashion icon?
Grace Jones and Debbie Harry of Blondie

What is the best fashion advice you’ve ever been given?
Style yourself based on occasion and infuse “you” into everything you put on.

Is there any advice you would like to give to aspiring fashion designers?
It’s hard work, and even though I only just started, I CAN say that we do it because we love it so much. There shouldn’t be any other reason because without that Fashion sort of dies, and then we’re all just lame, uninspired seamstresses.

Special Thanks to Melanie De Jesus for taking out the time to do this interview. I wish her the best of luck in everything she does and I will keep you all posted on when and where the line will be available!

And the beat goes on!

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