Monday, December 31, 2012

Duro Olowu And JCP

JCPenney, in the middle of its brand renewal, made a smart with collaborating with Betsey Johnson and now they've made another! For Spring 2013, JCP is collaborating with print mix master Duro Olowu, a Nigerian born London-based designer and winner of British Fashion Award's Designer of the Year (2005). The anticipated collection will vary from women's clothing, accessories, and home pieces and the prices range from $10-$100! I like those prices.

Olowu had this to say about the line, "This collection is for anyone, from 18 to 80... Everything has a flattering element, whether you mix prints or pull out one piece and keep it simple.".  

When asked about his relationship with JCP, he said, "I am proud to partner with jcpenney to create and launch this new seasonal collection...Working with jcpenney has allowed me to merge my vision of style and quality with their affordability, resulting in a line that is stylish, beautifully made and accessible. It has been an exciting experience to bring this fashion and home collection to life.”

He described his collection as, "I’ve always tried to give women a sense of inner beauty with joy, and now it’s just the right time to make that more democratic. When I was thinking about this collection, I wanted to give American classic shapes and ideas a global flair".

What can we expect from Olowu? From what I've seen in the preview pictures, lots of radiant, vivid warm colors and fun chromatic patterns. The collection will be available at JCP stores and online starting in March through May 2013. 
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney 
Duro Olowu for JCPenney 
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
Duro Olowu for JCPenney
All photos courtesy of Duro Olowu and JCPenney

 Is it March yet?!

P.S. Today is New Year's Eve, have a happy New Year!
Click here for NYE style and beauty tips, inspiration, and looks.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NYE Style & Beauty

It's almost NYE and I'm more than ready to ring in the new year. It's the last big hurrah of 2012 and it's important to go out in style and sequins ;) Each outfit inspiration has at least one touch of glimmer and a whole of glam. What are your plans for NYE and what will you be wearing?

Not Into Dresses


Blues & Violets

The Golden Touch

(Click on collage for a closer zoom)

What are your NYE plans?
Which look is your favorite?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Big News

Remember when I explained that I was ready to trade my tired iPhone camera for a more professional camera?  I thought I would be able to save enough money to buy one by late March but thanks to my loving sweet Grandma, I was able to get the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP DSLR 18-55 IS II Lens early and I'm over the moon excited. My outfit and recipes pictures will be of high quality and overall, the blog!

My first photos, not bad for a novice playing around with a DSLR camera
 {baby Audrey}

{road trip treats}

 {dreary view}

 {i see blue skies}

{i see fat girl, brownie}

I'm in the learning process of deciphering what the buttons and code letters mean but it's been a fun process. I'm looking forward to posting my first outfit post with the new camera which will be sometime early January and I hope you are too.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Top 10 Holiday Movies

Watching holiday movies is one of my favorite traditions, right before loudly singing Christmas songs and baking cookies. They that really get me in the Christmas mood and I can't wait for their appearance on TV. I've narrowed down my top 10 holiday mocies so take a peek at the list and let me know what you think. What are your favorite holiday movies?

It's a Wonderful Life

 The Lemon Drop Kid

Miracle of 34th Street

The Year Without Santa Claus

A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

The Polar Express

The Christmas Story


White Christmas

I just realized that majority of the movies on the list has Santa Claus in the picture, can you say obsessed?

Next week, I'll be with my family and friends so the blog will be on an one week holiday hiatus until I return. Until then, HAPPY HOLIDAY AND SAFE TRAVELS!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Red, Green, And Gold

With only 3 days until Christmas, I'm wearing more traditional holiday colors and patterns. It's an easy way to get into the spirit. You've seen my chunky green sweater before. To play up the classic Christmas colors, I wore a red thrifted collared top underneath the sweater along with red and gold heart earrings, a gold ring, red flats, and my favorite ripped jeans. 

My favorite accessory is my chubby hubby JellyBelly. Ladies, isn't he sexy? I mean look at those little white chocolate dipped paws. Oh my goodness!

P.S. I'm shopping around for a new camera so I can retire my tired out iPhone camera. If you have suggestions on a reasonably priced one, perfect for bloggers, please write in your suggestions! Your opinions matter a great deal to me.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gift Guide #7: The Traveler

They're always returning or going away; whether it's for business or pleasure. Either way, their passport is more marked up than your first car and you're certain they're on a first name basis with their airline and staff. You worry about their safety and understand their traveling woos so why not help them out through a gift. A present that can help relieve just one traveling pest will be of big help!

1. Solar powered cellphone charger You never know what can happen so it's best to be safe than sorry with a solar powered charger 2. Pacifica's natural roll on perfume TSA friendly tubes of their favorite scent will instantly make them feel and smell better after hours of shuffling and bustling 3. TSA friendly refillable water bottles Water bottles are always needed but way overpriced. Dishwasher safe and small foldanle bottles will be very helpful 4. DSLR Camera insert and bag organizer Don't lug around a professional camera case. This gift will fit into your regular bag easily 5. Waterproof iPhone scuba suit Underwater pictures are so much fun to take and there'll be no worries about water into the phone 6. 12 Pack FDA approved hangover pills Maybe these are for the pleasure travelers who like to have fun while away.

Gift Guide #6: The Kiddos & Teens

If you don't have children, shopping for them can be daunting. Which toy, book, or size is right? On the other hand, if you have kids, you pray that what they'll receive won't have many parts or require batteries (can we say headaches?!).With the parents' and children's wishes in mind, I've found some pretty cool gifts for the children in your lives. All gifts are $100 and under and can be found a store near you since online shops' before Christmas deadline has passed. If you're looking for something for a teen, jump below!

More Children Gift Guides
10 stocking stuffers under $10
10 Toddler gifts under $20
25 Classic toys our kids will love as much as we did 
Eco-Friendly holiday gift guide: babies, kids, teens

I find teens to be the easist to shop for. They want everything but have little money so what they receive, they love (for the most part).  They are more upfront about their wish list and their hobbies are more well developed.


More Teen Gift Guides
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