Filed under: What I'm Rocking
Vest – H&M (apparently I should open it when I’m sitting, the look above is not so flattering but thought I’d keep it b/c the photog told me to look “fierce” and I thought I did a good job of pulling it off LOL)
Burgundy Cowlneck Top – DKNY
Black Pencil Skirt – TJ Maxx
Platform Peep Toe Shoes – DSW
Nail polish – Ulta
I was finally able to talk someone (shout out to Megan) into taking a photo of me at work out back near the woods. This is truly one of the first days of spring, so I had to capture this moment.
OK, so I am SO in love with Gabby Sidibe. The real girl – not her character, Precious, which admittedly is a movie I’ve never seen and don’t really want to see because it looks SO DAMN DEPRESSING. But I am amazed by how different Gabby is in real life than the sad, downtrodden character for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
This girl has a sassy attitude, great fashion sense and the brightest smile I’ve ever seen! And I find it refreshing that both Hollywood and the fashion industry have taken to Gabby like wildfire. She shows us and reminds us all that beauty is many, many things. And she is certainly one slice of gorgeous in this very diverse world:
Glowing in a beaded coral number
Elegant in an eggplant number
Looking radiant in hot pink satin
Loving this chic jacket and riche staircase
Sassy AND sexy in this black and white photo
Hey Gabby, I hear Gwen Stefani singing “Get it, girl. Get it, get it, girl…”
And thank you Gabby, for reminding us that all kinds of women are beautiful – both in Hollywood AND walking around our neighborhhods.
I am attending my first Indian engagement party tomorrow. I am not 100% certain regarding how I should dress, but I’m quite certain that my 34Gs should be kept under wraps. But, OMG I would die to show up at the party wearing this hot little number from Jason Wu:
The Jason Wu Reverse-Sequin dress is available at Neiman Marcus for a mere $3890.00. Now that’s a bonus-busting purchase! Of course I wouldn’t dream of waltzing into an engagement party and showing the bride up, so I promise to wear a very demure little something that covers up my rather prominent assets. Is it wrong I am DYING for the food at the party? This could be one of my favorite events ever…
I tried on this really amazing bracelet at Sugar Britches boutique in Peachtree City yesterday:
I really love it but am torn about how much I should spend for the handmade, one of kind bracelet constructed on metal, leather, and crystals.
How much would you be willing to spend on this item?
OMG how I would DIE for this Costume National Silk Crepe Dress! It is SO my style and on sale for $499 at Gilt Groupe. I can just see it with some black platform pumps!!!
Filed under: My Shopping Finds
So… after the world’s craziest day of drama with the Audi dealership, I was finally able to meet Amy at DSW at Buckhead Station the Friday before her birthday. She was wearing these AMAZING turquoise platform sandals when I arrived, which helped me to shake off the drama I’d just experienced.
I managed to find several great pairs of shoes, all on clearance (and I had two $10 off certificates):
These beautiful open toe suede Penny Loves Kenny platforms were only $40 after all discounts
These electric blue round toe SE Boutique pumps were also around $40 after all discounts
These cute pointy toe black suede studded flats have been the source of lust for quite some time – and they were only $15 after all discounts!!!
Of course, we headed to TJ Maxx next. (For those in Atlanta, this is my absolute favorite TJ Maxx location.) I scored some great pieces:
Red halter swimsuit for only $19.99 – too lazy to photograph but you’ll see some pool pics this summer… I spend as much time as possible there.
Black pencil Skirt for $14.99; navy & red banded Elie Tahari pencil skirts for $24.99; white skirt with button detail (great for my yacht look) for $19.99
On some unrelated shopping trips, I also bought other great pieces at Forever 21:
Rose headband – seen here in dusty rose, but also bought the black one seen on my vanity at $10.80 each. (I did remove both from the “squeeze your skull” metal headbands that they came on.)
Black and ivory flower pins – loving the Chanel-esque look at the bargain price of $6.80 each (shout out to Brenda, Josh and Free Love of the Cumberland Mall XXI store for bending the rules on waiting for a reset, which enabled me to score the ivory pin)
Check out the black flower pin combined with the black birdcage veil that WAS part of the flower headbands (seen above in dusty rose). I just thought who needs a giant flower on the side of their head AND a birdcage veil to cover their face??? I (shockingly) lack the swag of Gaga… I also apologize for the completely makeup-less and unjeweled state of Michelle here, but I really wanted to get this posted and didn’t have the energy to get dolled up this AM.
Black tulle headband – it’s SO high fashion, especially for only $5.80. Another apology no makeup combined with the hyperpigmentation I’ve suffered at my own hands. I’ve really been doing it up with 10% glycolic acid cream each evening and scrubbing each day. I hope the spots go away soon.
And in a lunchtime web-frenzy I found:
Calvin Klein white and pink cocktail dress – scored this at a Rue La La online sample sale for $59.99. I was JUST lusting for this on the Calvin Klein site last week as I looked for a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding -even at the retail price of $128. Just so you know, I already have this dress in three different colors of satin, and I plan to get it in even more colors! I considered wearing a white version to my wedding, but there was not one made for the Spring 2008 collection. If you are not yet a member of the invitation-only Rue La La please join using my access link.
I have been in love with this woman for FOREVER. She is a tall, beautiful, independent, former Chanel model. She is mother to two adorable, precocious daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with her ex Russell Simmons;she also has a super cute boy (with the fattest lips you’ve ever seen) named Kenzo Lee with her fine ass movie star husband Djimon Hounsou.
She’s dealt with growing up half-black, half-Asian all while being 6 feet tall since she was 12… in St. Louis – a place not known for its tolerance of all things different. I mean, they called this drop dead gorgeous woman a “Chinky Giraffe.” She married a hip hop star, became a fashion mogul and taught the whole world about fabulosity.
You gotta love when YOU have the last laugh:
Her Paris days of a Chanel fashion model
Sitting pretty in her show-stopping dressing room. This is what I aspire for my dressing room to reach… I mean she even pops bottles in here…
Looking beautiful as always
Strutting down the runway with Ming Lee and Aoki Lee
Photo of the entire family with Kenzo when he was a newborn – courtesy of Ebony magazine
With her beautiful beau on the red carpet
Seen here ecstatic with Djimon, sporting loads of diamonds and a smile
Seen beautiful as ever in the pages of King magazine
Loving this quote from her husband, “That’s you imposing your fabulosity on everybody.” (Sounds like something Jamison might say about me…) You go Kimora! I think you are a perfect representation of fabulosity in the universe.
Filed under: Random
Spring doesn’t usually take so long to show up in Atlanta. We usually have at least a few 70 degree days every month during our December – January winter. Not this year. It’s been so cold and even snowed three times!
But finally, on Friday afternoon my daffodils hit full bloom! I don’t know what it is, but daffodils give me such a renewed sense of hope each year. Their arrival is like a guaranteed way to start life anew.
I can’t wait for countless days of “top-down” driving, spring dresses, new sandals and shades, reading gossip mags while sunning myself at the pool, and dining alfresco. Thank goodness it’s spring! Jamison & I kicked the season off with a BBQ, watching NCAA March Madness basketball games and plenty of cocktails & laughs with friends.
I am a BIG fan of STATEMENT pieces. I just love anything that can take some jeans and a tank and set it off and make it super special. So if you are going to blow your paycheck – why not on a “this is going to change my wardrobe” piece.
This French cotton twill bolero from Yves Saint Laurent from Saks would really be a game-changer for me. And because it’s black, I could wear it with anything.
At $1695.00 this would have been the coolest thing ever to do with my bonus but definitely not an every day kind of purchase…
Another wonderful game-changing piece would be this amazing silk faile draped rose mini skirt from Oscar de la Renta (also available at Saks):
But at $1290.00 this statement will cost me a pretty penny – a perfect way to spend my bonus…
The bonus that I SOOOOOOOO wish I’d spent on something rockstar fabulous and wardrobe altering was spent paying off debt. Not the sexiest move but in this economy it seemed like a wise decision. I did blow a bit of dough on a few special things while shopping with Amy for her birthday so all hope was not lost!
Saturday night, we toasted Amy in style at the fabulous Violette restaurant:
Love this shot of the birthday girl wearing my flower headband!!! Will post more detailed pics of her beautiful chiffon vintage dress and turquoise platform pumps…