Platform vs Non-Platform Shoes

I decided to keep buying platform shoes.  I don’t care if non-platform shoes are the trend right now. I’m sticking with my platforms because my feet needs support when I’m wearing heels.

I don’t want to go back to wearing non-platform heels that really hurt my feet especially with me having some issues with one of my ankles (and I definitely have to stay away from from the no platform shoes with a wide toe area).  I was so happy when platforms made a comeback because I was able to wear a higher heel and not feel any impact pressure or stress on my feet, they were comfortable and I was able to rock them all day without any major problems, especially if there was a one inch platform in the front to level things out.

I can do a non-platform shoe if the heel is 3 inches or lower but above that I need a front platform to ease the incline and make wearing heels more bearable for me.  I was searching for an affordable inspired look to these amazing Guiseppe Zanotti gladiator sandals pictured below and I found the perfect look-for-less on Ebay.  The Guess Ormandi was the winner.  It had the platform and sturdy stacked heel that was missing from the Guiseppe’s and it gave me the same wrap-around inspired detail like the Guiseppe’s .  What was even better was I got them new  for $32 including shipping.  I think the Guess shoes came out like a year ago so hence why I got a good price.  Just looking at both shoes, you can see which ones would have your feet hurting within an hour.  The Guess Ormandi wins hands down, can’t wait to get them!

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Eiffel Tower Graphic Pencil Skirt – Mixing Prints



I also found this amazing white rubber purse, I thought this was so unique.  I got it at a Junior clothing store for $10!  

 

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I popped my head into Steinmart (a store I seldomly go in) and found this amazing graphic pencil skirt. I fell in love instantly.  I starting thinking about what kind of top or blouse I had in my closet that would set this little baby off.  I knew I wanted to mix prints, it would be too boring to just add a plain basic colored top.Sure enough, I found this top I bought several years ago from Sears.  I loved it because it had a wonderful oriental feel to it and I love anything asian inspired, so I thought perfect!!  It’s also a great pairing for short waisted women.  Dark top and light colored skirt.  It balances out this particular body type if you are heavier on the top (broad shoulders and back, large breast) and narrow on the bottom (slim hips and long slim legs).  I also paired my black top with a black belt so there is some waist definition yet it still blends in with the top so you don’t notice my short waist as much. 

Should have worn white or nude shoes so there is no break in the color of my skirt to legs, I’ll do that the next time I wear this outfit.

 
 Eiffel Tower Pencil Skirt – Steinmart
 Oriental Top – Sears
 Black Satin Bow Pumps – DBDK
 White Rubber Handbag
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d.i.y. deconstructed / distressed jeans

 

I love these new calvin klein sandals I scored off poshmark, and thought they worked pretty good with this outfit  I’m about to get into the shoes in my next post. All the best ladies!

 

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I know it’s been a minute since I did a outfit post, life is just getting in the way.  LOL. Actually working alot of hours on my job and that leave me very little time for anything else and also deeply in love so you know how that goes, relationship eating up all my spare time.  I will post here and there just to let folks know I’m still alive, if anybody cares out here in the blogsphere.  I know everybody has transported to Instagram but I’m just not interested in getting on board with IG.  Well the real topic of this post is my deconstructed jeans! 

I love the full cut-out knee look so I decided to do a d.i.y.   I found some Mossimo jeans at a thrift store for $0.99.  Yes, ladies $0.99!  I broke out the box cutter, bleach, my suede cleaning brush and some sandpaper and got to work!  I also checked out a few youtube videos and Voilà!  I think it came out pretty good.  Well, I actually made a mistake with the cutout I created on my thigh; so I decided to sew a white piece of lace inside behind the cutout and that fixed everything.

 
 Black Lace Shirt – Macy’s
 Deconstructed Jeans – d.i.y with thrift jeans
 Sandals – Calvin Klein via poshmark
 Handbag – Michael Kors
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Best Choice for Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses at TopWedding.co.uk

 


It’s June and you’re engaged. You’re searching for the perfect wedding gown for your big day! It’s easier to look for a wedding dresses online then to drive to several different stores. It’s more convenient to find the bridal gown of your dreams and also look for dresses for your bridal party from your livingroom or home office then to drive from location to location. Well, what if you are on a budget? It can be very challenging to find a shop that caters to your budgetary needs. However that becomes a much easier and more efficent task when you purchase your gowns on-line. Most on-line shops such as TopWedding.co.ukoffer the bride-to-be the ability to search by length, color, style options and of course by your price range.
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Shopping from a bridal vendor on-line is also a great idea for the large selection that’s available not just for bridal gowns but for bridemaid dresses as well. Whether you’re loving for mid-length traditional bridemaid dresses or beautiful & long bridesmaid dresses. Shopping on line makes the process more efficient and certainly a lot less stressful. The best choice for wedding and bridesmaid dresses is at topWedding.co.uk


Also remember to allow for enough time when ordering your purchase so you can inspect the dresses and arrange for alternation if necessary well before your wedding date. Happy shopping brides-to-be!
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“Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” The Unilever Bathroom Recycling

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Unilever is launching “Rinse.Recycle. Reimagine.” a new program in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and designed to educate people about recycling in their bathrooms. They want to inspire you to reimagine what empty bathroom products could become through recycling, and ultimately make a small change that holds big potential to positively impact our environment.
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When it comes to bathroom recycling, there is a gap between knowledge and action.

  • While a majority of Americans are aware that their empty bath and beauty bottles are recyclable, less than half (34%) report always bringing empty bathroom items to the recycling bin. In comparison, 86% of Americans claim to always recycle in general, while 42% that they don’t recycle because they aren’t sure what items are recyclable.
  • Think that empty shampoo bottle is just a bottle? Think again. With just a rinse and a recycle, empty bath and beauty bottles can take on new life and return as hairbrushes, backpacks or even backyard play set. How cool is that!
  • The new Unilever Bathroom Recycling Index found that while a majority of Americans are aware that their empty bathroom bottles are recyclable, less than half report regularly bringing them to the bin. As a result, common bathroom products like shampoo, body wash and lotion bottles could be more likely to end up in landfills than their kitchen counterparts, contributing to the nearly 29 million tons of plastics sent to landfills each year!
Unilever can’t do this alone, and so the company has introduced the Unilever BrightFuture Program. Unilever’s purpose so to inspire Americans to take small actions that add up to a big difference – whether that’s wasting less, sharing more, turning off the tap, turning on community activism or, simply, recycling – because everyone has a role to play in creating a brighter future.
Spread the word by sharing a photo of your bathroom empties being recycled on Twitter and Instagram using #ReimagineThat. Add #Sweeps to your post to be entered for a chance to win recycled, reimagined prizes.
Visit BrightFuture.Unilever.us to learn how you can help bridge the gap in bathroom recycling
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The natural selfie

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Remembering Momma

Never forgetting.

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Paisley and Leopard Print

 

I love the new bcbg pumps I got at Ross (I did a separate post on them), but I’m thinking this dress might work better with a light brown or tan high heel sandal instead.

 

 Print Dress – Nouveau Pink
 Leopard Belt  – Thrifted
 Leather Pumps – BCBG Max Azria
 Quilted Satchel – Fiorelli

I can’t stop buying print dresses. I’ll be wearing plenty of them this season. I love this number because it was less than $20. I love the paisley pattern and length. Since it’s been warming up lately, I think it’s time to start breaking out my dresses. I feel like in past years, I’ve started too late in the season trying to wear my spring outfits.  I really want to get some good wear out of what I have as soon as I feel like the weather is breaking.  Now back to the outfit, I think the leopard print belt worked well and make the outfit more interesting. You guys know I love mixing prints.
 
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Motions Treat and Repair – Specialized for Color Treated Hair.


Motions® Hair Care has a new product line for color treated Hair. It’s their Treat and Repair haircare line. Motions® Color Care Sulfate Free Cleaner, Conditioner and Moisture Masque helps to repair and strengthen hair from root to tip. It’s infused with Amla, coconut oil & vitamin E.
motions01I recently got my hair professionally dye as an ombre effect. I went with a lighter color on the ends – a light auburn brown and keep the top section of my hair darker at the top (which is a natural black/super dark brown). Going lighter of course will add to additional dryness to your hair, so it’s absolutely crucial that you deep condition and moisturize as much as possible. Motions contact me and asked me to review their new hair care products for colored treated hair and of course I was willing and eager. I’m always looking for better products that can help retain moisture and better condition my color treated tresses without striping the color out with drying sulfates.

So I started out with the first product which is the Motions Treat & Repair Color Care Sulfate-Free Cleanser.   I wet my hair thoroughly with warm water and then added half a palm of Treat and Repair Color Care Sulfate Free Cleaner (Shampoo).  I noticed that it lather up better well despite the fact that I had 7 days of residue on my hair from styling products.  I rinse with lukewarm water again and apply a even smaller amount of the Treat & Repair Color Care Sulfate-Free Cleanser, I’d say about a little larger than a quarter size amount.  I worked the cleaner through my hair, did not apply to my scalp at all but just concentrated on my hair strands.  I did the final rinse with cold water.
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After I did my final rinse with the cleaner, I applied  Motions Treat & Repair Color Care Conditioner.  I noticed right away that the conditioner was very thick, smooth and two-tone in color (yellow/white).  I was pleasantly surprised at how thick the conditioner was versus the Moisture Masque.    I applied a generous amount and work the conditioner into my strands by hand on wet hair and then detangling with a wide-tooth comb. The conditioner was thick enough to allow for some slip in detangling.  Once detangled I distributed the conditioner by gently brushing through my hair with a denman brush. I allowed the conditioner to sit on my hair for about 10 minutes and then I rinsed with warm water and then a final rinse with cold water.  motions03

I finished off my treatment with  Motions Treat & Repair Color Care Deep Moisture Masque.  The consistency of the masque was a little thinner than the conditioner but it felt, rich and went on smoothly. I saturated my strands with the condition then covered by hair with a plastic cap and went under a heating cap for about 25 minutes.  I did a quick rinse in lukewarm water, but did not rinse out all of the conditioner as I wanted it to act as leave-in for my Wash and Go.  When my hair finally dried it felt butter soft and fluffy.  The moisture masque has a light pleasant smell that does not linger which is great because I prefer an unscented, light clean smell to my hair.  I went outside in the daylight to make sure my color was looking good and not faded out and it was on-point.


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FINAL THOUGHTS:  Motions® Color Care Line.  The cleaner did a great job removing residues and cleansing my hair without feeling stripped of moisture or fading out the color.  I was impressed with the consistency and thickness of the conditioner and felt it helped boost the final step of applying the moisture masque.  I was very pleased with the softness of my hair, the smell and the bounce-back my curls had.  What was most important of course was that it did not compromise the ‘tint’ of my color treated hair.  It didn’t look dull, faded or take on a more brasher tone after using the cleaner. 
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