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While winding down after a long week, I cracked open a tried and true favorite – Magic Hat #9. It is a brew that is always in my frig and has quirky sayings under the cap – sorta like a fortune cookie. This one was so true… It said “you need to write more.”

Well I couldn’t agree more 🙂


I have many new posts lined up and ready to share… However, I thought that I would extend the creative stick to all of my followers and readers! A lot of you guys are always emailing me and sharing incredible ideas, finds, steals and fashions.

If you have ever wanted to write a blog or get a shout out for your amazing style or get some recognition for a great idea or if you have a blog and want to share a post… or anything else you want to share – I want to hear all about it!!

Just email me a few things…

 – your blog post (idea, find, steal or fashion… or whatever!)

– your name (and your blog link if you have one)

– pictures you want me to post

– a brief bio 

and  I will handle the rest!

I am heading out of town on a mini vacation and I while I am gathering new goodies for the blog, this would be a great time for me to share your great ideas! Anything and everything is welcome… So shoot me an email.

I look forward to hearing from you!              


erase the streaks

It is almost Spring (well sort of!) and we all know what that means… Spring Break!! Yes, in my other life I am a college professor and I get a sPrInG bReAk! It is ok to be jealous of my whole week off 🙂

It is around this time that I start to slather on the ole’ tanning lotions in preparation for shorts, skirts and the dreaded bikini. (See earlier post about tanning lotions to see which ones I prefer.)

No one is perfect – and neither is the tanning lotion. We can make some mistakes which result in streaking, dark knuckles and uneven tones. It can be a nightmare waiting for the color to rub off or to fade… I have tried (literally) everything in the book – from scrubbing my skin raw, to applying baking soda, soaking in lemon juice and even rubbing alcohol. Please, for the love of your skin, do not try any of these! Not only were they ineffective, but they hurt!

I have (with the help of my lovely cousin Jules) discovered a much easier and softer way to remove any unwanted self-tanning streaks, lines, or globs.


Simply use a Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean. You have seen the commercials… if it can remove grease and crayon and permeanat marker – why not self-tanner? Simply wet the Magic Eraser and then squeeze as much of the water out as possible. LIGHTLY rub on your skin and watch the color come right offAMAZING! Avoid your face but this is perfect for knuckles, knees and feet.

Enjoy a perfectly tanned Spring Break!

egyptian jewelry elizabeth knight

So today is President’s Day – and it’s every shopper’s dreamsales in almost every corner of every store!

This shopper, however, is feeling a bit under the weather – I would rather sit at home in my PJs with my iPad than to hit the malls and deal with the insane lines. Trust me when I say that I did take full advantage of perusing the online shops though! While casually going through many cyber stores, I stumbled across some jewelry that can best be described as ‘egyptian inspired.’

I found myself wanting every single piece of jewelry by the designer – Elizabeth Knight. She definitely has an eye for jewelry – she creates pieces that tell stories all by themselves. You can look at a piece and your imagination takes off. Of her collections, Dark Horse and Armor are my favorite. Below are some pieces that I am dying to have – I have listed prices as well.

The bracelet on the left– called the PYRAMID BANGLE – is my absolute favorite of the Armor Collection. It is such a unique piece that I am certain it would add flare to any outfit, without being overstated. It is $120.

My second favorite piece in the same collection is the bracelet on the right – called the RECTANGLE BANGLE – and it is also $120.


This necklace (PEGASUS)  is fantastic – and while not an every day piece – could really add some pizzazz to black shirt or dress. It is more pricey at $1,100… but that doesn’t make me love it any less!

The rings (HAMMERED, LAYER RINGS) are $200 and are definitely going on the wish list!

You can find her pieces in boutiques in many states, including – California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

You can also purchase a few select pieces from her Armor collection on the Urban Outfitters website. I will be holding out for the PYRAMID BANGLE… My wardrobe just won’t be complete without it!

Be sure to check out the whole collection on

modern day love letters

If you were stumped this year on just what to get your guy for Valentine’s day, let me share an idea that I came up with that seemed to go over very well with my very own Mr. Big…

Reasons I liked this gift:

1. It is cheap

2. Easy to make

3. It can be made in a short amount of time

4. Only YOU can give him this gift

So I have always loved the idea of love letters – they seem so ‘old world‘ and are great mementos of those first blissful words that you shared with someone you love.

I was disappointed that I didn’t have any ‘love letters’ from Mr. Big… no one writes letters anymore!  We live in a world of emailing and text messaging.

I was thinking about this when I juiced up the ole iPhone and started looking through our text messages – right there, in countless messages, were our words from the first day we had met until now. These were our modern day love letters and that was something that I wanted to hang on to forever…


I simply downloaded a program (Tansee) onto my computer for around $20 and it allowed me to copy all of my text messages from any given person in my phone. Once downloaded, I transferred them to my flash-drive and then hit the road to Kinkos.


I printed off my text messages in color (but black and white is WAY cheaper) and you can pick from a variety of colored papers. I then asked the nice Kinkos lady print off a picture of us from my flashdrive and make it the cover. I chose the plastic spiral bound  because it was cheap and it looked the bestNOTE: Leave a few BLANK PAGES in the front of the book so that you can personalize it.

This something that I enjoyed giving as a gift – it was personal and romantic (and easy on the purse strings!).

cleansing conditioner

So I’m sure that you have heard all the rave about the new way to clean hair – just using conditioner! Well I decided not to buy into the hype for multiple reasons:

1. My hair gets super greasy, super easy… so applying cream to it won’t help this issue

2. It is expensive! One bottle of the best selling ‘cleansing conditioner’ was around $50

3. My shampoo and conditioner combo are already doin’ the job – why change?

I can tell you why… about a month and half had gone by since I had seen my mom when she came to visit – and I could NOT get over her hair! It was longer, smoother, thicker and basically the best it has ever looked! Guess what? Mom bought into the ‘hype’ and it paid off!

She uses the WEN by Chaz Dean (Sweet Almond Mint) and she ordered it from the infomercial. I immediately hopped in the shower to give it a go and was surprised… it didn’t lather up like shampoo and my hair almost felt slimy. HOWEVER – after letting my hair simply air dry it was clean, soft and so smooth that I didn’t need to straighten the fuzzies off of the ends.


Shortly after realizing that $50 for ‘shampoo’ is near insanity I did some research and found that Sally’s carries a knock-off of the WEN cleansing conditioner called HAIR ONE for around $25. Hair One comes in three different formulas depending on your hair type – I went with the ‘Normal Hair’ option. It isn’t as creamy and rich as the WEN but the results are the same and the price is significantly smaller!

I have been using Hair One now for about two months and can tell a difference in my hair – WAY less breakage, doesn’t get as greasy as fast, and it seems to be longer and fuller.


For those of you (like me!) that still think $25 is A LOT to pay for this stuff – I have great news… L’Oreal just came out with a whole new sulfate-free line and they now make the Cleansing Conditioner. It was on sale at my local Kroger for $5.99. I have tried it just a few times but really like this product! It is cheaper and so far, the outcome is the same.

brooch necklace

A few months ago I was asked to host a ‘Ladies Night Out’ at a fabulous local jewelry store. They had me wear an incredible necklace that had been made out of a vintage brooch. It was hard to leave it in the store  – but at close to $5,000 it was not even an option! 🙂


Recently I was thrift store browsing with my friend Hanna and… as she was checking out with her grey leather skinny belt, Christian Dior belt and tooled leather clutch… the check out guy informed us that we get our fourth item for FREE. So of course I started scouring the store again trying to track down an amazing item and came across a vintage brooch (pin). Of course I immediately thought of turning it into an awesome necklace

And for the low low price of free – what’s not to love?!


I simply clipped it onto a double chain that I already owned and what do you know…

it looks fantastic – and the price was right!

want of the week

Saw these awesome boots by Betsy Johnson in the mall and just started to drool… The red leather and wooden heal were calling my name!

Bad news – they were $189 and I can’t afford them. I mean, just imagine how much stuff you can get at a vintage or thrift store for $189!

Good news – they are being sold on the Zappos outlet website for around $135… Much better!


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