Sunday, February 27, 2011

Permanent Way

It felt great to snap some photos during a weekend stroll with Jerrid.  I have to make a habit of bringing my camera along for every trip that we make out of the old times.  All photos taken with 50mm F1.4.

Clothing - Button up and cargo pants from Old Navy.  
Makeup - Sedona Lace 88 metals palette, mascara and  MAC lip conditioner - "Feelin Good"


Monday, February 21, 2011


Technology comes at us at full force, but there is no technological match for the feeling of freedom when you disconnect from the social network, and connect to yourself.  I took some time out today to enjoy the sunset and sway back and forth, hair in the wind, air in my lungs.  There's no app for that...

On the other hand, there is an app to create a more enjoyable shopping experience without the hassle of digging through your purse or wallet for a gift card you may have misplaced, forgotten about, or perhaps just left at home. iPhone users and Android users alike can download SWAGG, a new and cool app to help you use and manage your gift cards, coupon codes, or to inform you about any sales going on in your area that you cannot miss out on. The app is available in both the App Store and Android Marketplace. It's FREE so download it today!

Besides just the cool perks of having the app, SWAGG is hosting a huge contest along with Wet Seal where you can win up to $100,000 in prizes! It's easy to enter! Just download the app, register with a new, free account, enter code WSXOXO and thats're entered!

With SWAGG you can send and receive gift cards from friends and family, as well as send them. I received a gift card to Wet Seal...

Here's a screen shot of a gift card on the SWAGG app!

I headed over to Wet Seal today to use my cool SWAGG Wet Seal gift card!  I picked up so many cute things to go right along with my spring wardrobe!

Top from Wet Seal!

Shoes - Soda, from Wet Seal.

I can't wait to show you guys what else I picked up from Wet Seal!

Get the SWAGG app today and turn your SWAGG up!

Hurry, the contest ends on February 25th - Enter today!


Aside from the huge contest hosted by SWAGG & Wet Seal, 
I am also hosting a giveaway right here on my blog! 

Enter my SWAGGaholics Giveaway and you could win a 
$100 SWAGG gift card to Wet Seal!

  • 1) You MUST have the SWAGG app downloaded onto your phone
  • 2) Leave a comment on this post letting me know that you have downloaded the SWAGG app
  • 3) Leave the e-mail address with which you registered your SWAGG app with in a comment on this post. (This ensures that you get your gift card directly to your app if you win)
  • 4) Spread the word!
Winner will be announced on March 1st. 

Good luck SWAGGaholics!


Disclaimer : Gift card was sent complimentary of company for review.

Watercolor Prancer

The days grow warmer and the plants explode with flowers. It's the time of the year when life slowly comes back out from the shelter of home.  The suns' warmth on my skin brings a sudden burst of excitement, when making plans to do so much out in the world just seem like a necessity.

I finally got to go shopping for a new pieces for the spring.  I found this gorgeous airy top at Bebe.  It was exactly what I had pictured in my head when heading out to the mall to do my goodie picking.  

What I'm wearing:
  • Top from Bebe.
  • J Brand white wash jeans.
  • Calvin Klein alligator t-strap sandals.
  • Coach bag.
My makeup:
  • Bare Escentuals mineral makeup
  • MAC blush - "Mighty Aphrodite"
  • Sedona Lace warm palette
  • NARS eyeliner - "Black Moon"
  • YSL Faux Cils mascara - Black
  • YSL Lipstick - #2 Nude Beige
  • NARS Lipgloss - "Turkish Delight"

Cream of the crop

I recently went on a small shopping haul for some goodies that I have been in need of.  I needed a new purse.  Something light in color, durable, and suited for any day wear. I wanted something I could buy without much guilt, and where else can I get the quality of Coach leather and stitching for their prices? Coach is unbelievable! The bags are put together beautifully, the leather is supple and superb, and the prices are unbeatable.  I bought my Coach bag along with a new wallet to match, and I could not be happier! I see an updated "What's in my bag" post coming up soon!

Enjoy your President's Day weekend!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coach Poppy - Little Things

Walking past the Coach store today, I noticed the sales people restocking the store with new merchandise.  Looking around I could see items in fun spring colors, and others adorned in the cutest sequins, glitter, and graphics. I was immediately magnetized to the booth of "little things" in the Poppy collection and was overwhelmed with how adorable all the goodies were.  I grabbed hold of the Poppy Leather Universal Case since it was perfect for my iPhone, but would fit any phone. It also has slots inside for cards or important documents you carry along with you. I also grabbed the Poppy Signature Sateen Lurex Medium Skinny in pink which I would attach to my key chain and keep my cards, IDs and such inside of.  I still have my eye on an opal sequin wristlet, and will be going back for it soon!

I love Coach Poppy!

Poppy Signature Sateen Lurex Medium Skinny 
(Silver / Cream Light Khaki / Sweetheart - $42)

Poppy Leather Universal Case 
(Silver / Strawberry Milk - $58)

Check out the new items released in the Poppy Collection at


Disclaimer : All items presented in this post have been purchased by the blogger. No item was given complimentary in exchange for an article.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wonder Woman

Thursday, MAC released one of the most anticipated collections of the year, the Wonder Woman collection, featuring special edition comic book inspired packaging.  I didn't have anything in mind that I absolutely had to have from the collection until I saw it with my own eyes.  The packaging alone is enough to have you coughing up the cash.  

I initially got three things, but ended up returning an item since it just wasn't for me, so I'm left with "Mighty Aphrodite" blush, which is a gorgeous peachy pink color with sheen, and a great blush for multiple occasions, since you can mix it with a brighter pink chunk within the compact to give a darker pink cheek if necessary.  I also grabbed "Emancipation" lipglass which is a frosty nude pink.  The Wonder Woman lipglass tubes are unbelieveable, about twice the size of a regular MAC lipglass!

"Mighty Aphrodite"  /  "Emancipation"

Wonder Woman for MAC lipglass tubes are enormous! They look so fun.  Here is a comparison shot of the Wonder Woman lipglass tube next to a regular MAC lipglass tube (Florabundance pictured). 

The doe foot applicator has a small divot which allows every pump and removal of the applicator from the tube to get the perfect amount of lipglass for each application, so you don't have to dig for more product. The applicator is also twice as big as the regular lipglass applicator. The only issue I found was the difficulty in removing the applicator from the tube. It does require some effort, and in doing so, a string of lipglass can fly out, so be careful when removing the applicator from the tube.

I enjoyed this collection, its certainly something fun to look at and a pleasure to own.  I do have my mind set on picking up Marquis'd lipstick next, so perhaps I will. I was slightly disappointed at how similar the colors are to colors that have been released in previous collections, and how the eyeshadows only come in a palette of 4 rather than having an option to buy certain ones separately as well.   I did really like the extra large mineralize powders and might pick up one as well.  The packaging is my favorite part, so I will really need to make my mind up about whether the product will be used, or just looked at in my top drawer.  I already have plenty of products I just "look" at. Overall, I like this collection and I will be sure to stop by MAC to take a look at it once again soon.

Did you get anything from the Wonder Woman collection?


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Whip it good

I've been begging for a new car.  Something small, but big at the same time. Sporty, yet girly all at once. Good on gas, but not the size of a thumb tack, and most importantly, a car that is safe, reliable, and (super most importantly) affordable!  This weekend I was finally surprised with a trip to the dealership! I have had my eye on a new Nissan Altima for a while, but I wasn't picky.  I needed something that would get me to and from work, and to all the malls in the entire state of Florida (and the continental US) without costing me a fortune.

Our first stop was a nearby Nissan dealership, and once I set my eyes on a gorgeous brand new pearl white 2011 Altima, it was mine.  I had the paperwork signed and coughed up the cash in a matter of minutes and I was whipping my brand new baby out of the lot. 

I named her "Pearl".

Pearl's got a cute booty.

There is a reason as to why rated the Altima the #4 selling car in the U.S. in 2010, its a great car, and for the price...unreal. Roomy, comfortable, drives smoothly, enormous trunk space, keyless entry, keyless trunk release, keyless push start, XM radio, bluetooth...I'm set! 

Next time you see me, JJ and I will be cruising down the strip in Pearl!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bling Bling

My iPhone 4 is something that I probably can't survive a day's like my backup brain. If you're not familiar with the body of the phone, it is basically entirely made of glass.  One drop, and you're out.  There is really no wonder as to why iPhone 4 cases are flying off shelves.  It's insanity to own an iPhone 4 without a case...but just about any case just isn't good enough.

A short while ago I put my mind to finding the perfect Swarovski crystal iPhone 4 case, and I wasn't settling for just about anything.  I really disliked the ones that were sold in stores because they used larger crystals, and some smaller crystals just looked like plastic to me.  I wasn't sold on them, and for the prices that they go for, they're a rip off.  Trust me, I know how much most of those cases are wholesaled for, and you'd lose your mind if you knew how much of a profit you'd be giving the store by buying.  Most of them are not handmade, and all in all, a big disappointment.

I looked all over the internet and was led to a couple of eBay sellers that handmade the case, with YouTube videos as proof.  I narrowed down the sellers to my favorite, simply because her work seemed immaculate - Claudia from REMCrystals, website; I contacted the seller, and with the friendliest personality, she had my mind set on buying one of her cases.  The money was sent via PayPal, with which she would order the crystals with, and then within a weeks time, the case is in your mailbox!

I eventually bought 2 cases from REM Crystals and am 100% satisfied with both. For my most recent purchase, I chose Light Rose AB Swarovski crystals. Pink makes me happy, and already decked out with a Crystal AB case, I needed something more ME.  I chose 9ss as the size of the crystals, which is the perfect size for me...not too big, and not too small. 

The cases have cut outs for access to any chargers, ports, headphone outlets, volume controls, etc. that are on the phone.


The cases are sturdy, so once you clip it onto your phone, it does become quite a hassle to get off. It's easily removed with a small tool (tweezer) and a careful hand.  The case is wonderful for protection against scrapes, scratches, and also gives the phone some weight and size so it doesn't seem so delicate and fragile.

I find the bling to be a stress reliever.  When I look at my phone with the Swarovski case on it, it makes me happy!

REMCrystals has a large selection of phones for which a case can be made for.  They are all custom made, so they are not pre-made and selected from. You can choose any design you wish, and you have plenty of inspiration to look at on her eBay store - 

You can also check out the REMCrystals YouTube page to see Claudia make the cases and display them. 

Most cases made by Claudia range from around $150-$200 dollars depending on the size of the crystals. iPad cases are also available but range in the $300-$400s due to size.

Looking to buy a custom made Swarovski case? I would recommend you check out Claudia at! Shoot her an email at and let her know exactly what you would like! She will send you over a color chart, and you can let your creative juices flow!



Disclaimer: All products shown were purchased by blogger. No item was sent complimentary in exchange for a review. Simply doing a review on a product and seller that I think deserve a lot of recognition.