Designer Purses: Love it or List it?

We are in the month of April. The month that I usually have this little talk with myself on all of the things that have collected dust in my closet since the last April. How many times did I wear it or use it?  Is it worth keeping at this point? Since I’m not a hoarder my closet gets purged twice a year. Spring and fall; are the times my closet gets turned upside down.

Usually I take the things I no longer want to the Goodwill and donate them. I’m sure I’ll do that with something, but I want to try something a little different this time. My eyes went straight to my purses. I love clutches and genuine designer purses. This lead me to creating an online closet with Poshmark. It’s an awesome place to find a new home for things you no longer love or want to keep. Poshmark.com is not a dumping ground for junk. Take those things to your nearest garbage.

I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, but I knew how to list items . As a start I decided to take only a few bags and give it a try. Soon as I started my Posmark account , I received 300 followers. Wow! I’m not sure why, but I really appreciated it. Some followers have shared my bags with others.  Currently I don’t have an opinion about Poshmark, because I’m still learning  about the experience. I’ve had Poshers invite me to Posh parties on a  specific day and time. Does anyone know what that’s all about?

This use to be my favorite bag. It is loud, bold and beautiful! I’m ready to part with her and make another ladies life bright. She’s so pretty and she looks great with monochrome type of clothing. That pop of color just does it!IMG_4119.jpg

Here is my chocolate brown Coach bag I’ve used with my fall wardrobes. It’s really dark, but the patent material kept her in the girlie zone for sure. IMG_4112.jpg

The signature Coach canvas leather is pretty popular. The hardware on this beauty is amazingly sturdy. I call this my bottomless pit bag. Your car can get lost it in. IMG_4120.JPG

Lastly, my least favorite bag out of the 4 is this crossbody. I bought it on a whim at the Coach store. One 4th of July I was attending a light show and I didn’t want to carry a big bag. Impulse buying is so bad. This is why it’s my least favorite . Yet it’s a nice bag and has more room then  some of it’s predecessors. She’ll be sure to make someone happy that hates to carry a bag around . Throw it across your body and go!IMG_4107.jpg

Cleaning out your closet is an essential to organization. Especially when your things are not getting used as often as they use too or haven’t been used at all. I chose these bags because I’ve had them the longer than my other bags . They haven’t been out with me in a year or more.  Besides I have a new love that has moved in. Louis Vuitton will take over my closet soon and she’s going to need all of the room she can get.

If you are interested in any of these beautiful pieces please check out my Poshmark @itismylife .  All of my designer  bags are from the retailer.

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Is Wearing A Bold Lipstick A Big Deal?

When I was a teen, lipstick was a big deal. Not in a sense that if you didn’t have any you’d be ostracized . Yet, it was nice to be relatable. I had a few friends ( Including myself) that wore lipstick faithfully. It was on so much that if one of us ( rarely happened ) forgot to apply our lipstick we’d get asked, ” where is your lipstick?” Yes, it’s true.

I only wore Fashion Fair lipstick in high school . My mother introduced it to me and it’s been a love affair every sense . What I love most about Fashion Fair’s lipstick is I do not have to re apply it all day along. If you saw me with my lipstick out of my purse, it was because I was using the cute mirror.  I’d check  to see if  any lipstick or food particles left on my teeth after lunch . Often times I could eat lunch and my fashion fair Chocolate Raspberry lipstick would be still in place. How many of you remember that shade? Some may say that I’m too old  or dark for a pink or fuchsia lip but I beg to differ. That comment may have bothered me as a teen, but certainly not now. Being bold means to have confidence in myself.

Now I’ve found a new shade in the Fashion Fair line that I like as well.  Cherry Wine; will stay on my lips all day. It is a nice soft lipstick. It doesn’t leave my lips dry. Here’s a little secret. I don’t line my lips  with a liner when I wear Cherry Wine. Shut the front door!! What? Yes, you read it correctly. I take that sassy girl and line her then I apply a little on the bottom lip. Then, rub my lips together. Boom! Don’t be afraid to go bold on your lips. If your eyes aren’t too flashy then make up for it on the lips.  Heck I break all the rules. I’ll wear the lipstick without any other cosmetics and I’m out of the door!cherry wine_pp

Best Cheap Tripod

I was in the market for a nice light weight tripod.  I had a budget of $200 – 300.  With this in mind; I thought it would be cumbersome and difficult to use. There are some that have too much going on with them. The type of tripod I was looking for needed to easily lock into place, without feeling like it would break and to be able to carry through doorways with ease as well.

As you I went to Amazon.com , my go to place for everything electronic and accessories . I’m a true believer in reviews. If you buy things from Amazon please let others know your overall experience . It’s imperative in order to save consumers from making bad purchases.

As I searched I came across the Albott tripod/monopod. The first thing I found interesting about it is the fact it included a monopod. The next thing I decided to do is read the reviews. Lastly I checked out a few more tripods before making my decision on the Albott.

This tripod looked appealing. It doesn’t have that ” I’m cheap look.” It weighs 3.63 lbs. , there is a 21″ – 70″ height range. One of the best features is the adjustable center column. Like myself it is a big deal, because my other tripods doesn’t have this feature. The countless doors I’ve had to go through without the center column.

There are so many choices in a tripod.  There are two brands in the photography world that seem to be popular. In fact I thought I’d  end up purchasing the Manfrotto or the Vanguard.  The Gitzo, came to mind, but  I don’t know anyone that owns a Gitzo.  Therefore, I’d purchase it blindly based on the brand and the fact it’s known as the Ferrari of tripods.

Buying a cheap tripod doesn’t always mean you’ve made a bad purchase. Although high end brands matter. Many stand by their name. However, high end doesn’t always mean the best choice. If you plan to use your tripod regularly, then you should base it on quality, features, reputation of the company, price and brand.  The brand can fall into the reputation . Such as when purchasing an Apple product; the name alone will prompt you to buy, because of the reputation of the company. I would more than likely buy.  The price should be the last thought. You may be able to afford an expensive tripod, but you hate it.

Are you in the market for an awesome tripod? What do you think about the Albott?  Were you surprised about the price?

Danielle Mone: Her Perspective On The Louis Vuitton Speedy.

I love the Louis Vuitton so much. It’s is a classy looking purse that will go well with almost anything you wear. I’ll leave it at home when I’m wearing my after 5 gown, but that’s about it! It’s well with dresses, jeans skirts, shorts, business attire…ok you get the gist! I had to blog about it again. Yes! Again.

This time I want to share it from a younger woman’s perspective. Then I came across a blog that truly appealed to me, because she’s pictured with my dream purse. She blogged about why everyone needs one. She’s correct  depending on who you ask. If you are into fashion like myself, high end  connoisseur  or fashion blogger you would agree.  Although my taste is more classic,  there are some trendy things I can rock with as well.

I stumbled across a blog entitled : xoxo DanielleMone. I love Louis Vuitton anything.IMG_4045.JPGIMG_4047.JPG I had to read what Ms. Danielle had to say.  One thing that stood out to me is she wanted to make sure her readers chose the right bag for their first designer purchase.  Knowing the difference between the classic and bandolier speedy is paramount to taking the plunge. If you like your hands free most of the time. A bandolier would be the best choice. Plus millennials have different ideas they are wrong ides, just a different one. I can see where the bandolier would be useful for me. I chose the Speedy classic because it’s the only thing known when Louis Vuitton made the first Speedy. For me I purchased it for the story behind it. We both have two different perspectives and there isn’t a wrong way of looking at it. I do have my mind on something like a Pochette Accessories because there are times I like to go for a stroll in the park, or to an event in downtown Atlanta and would love to leave the big bag at home.

To read more about xoxo DanielleMone, here is the link . She’s a gorgeous twenty something fashion blogger!

Who I am and Why I’m Here.

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with both of my biological parents. I have two brothers  that are younger than I am. Yet somehow I’m still considered the baby. May be because I’m female. Yes, I think that’s what one of my brothers told me.

At the age of nine years of age I grew up loving and fixated on a camera and it’s components. Not only did I want to learn how to shoot a 35mm film camera, I needed to know how the camera worked technically to create images. As a teen, I became the appointed family photographer . There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t shoot if I thought it would leave a piece of history.

Now that I’m older, not only do I want to photograph women, of all races, sizes and ages to promote self love.  I want to be more of a positive advocate for women.  In nearly all facets of my life I have experienced women with low self esteem and noticed how females aren’t as kind to one another as they should.  I want to be the face of self love and positiveness to all women.

You’ll find blogs regarding healthy eating, self love, beauty tips, product reviews and some lifestyle as well. Hopefully some of my blogs will reflect that I’m human and I share  challenges sometimes. I’m not just a face behind a computer. Vibe with me. Share and leave comments. I would love that.

While I enjoy blogging on various topics of interest. My main focus is the lovely women  over 40. When your a woman that’s over 40, you face new challenges in life. There’s how society views women over 40, health challenges and the desire to feel  accepted and  beautiful as your body changes.

Ageless Beauty: As We Get Older Our Skin Becomes Dry

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What I Did For Valentines Day.

I know some people don’t celebrate this Hallmark holiday, but I’m all for anything that is sweet. With all of the negativity that goes on in the world everyday, Valentines Day is welcomed around here. Now some of you may not have a special someone in your life and perhaps that’s why you don’t care much for valentines . Then there are those who think it’s just a commercial day to spend money. Whatever your feelings are about this day set aside; to openly express love. Don’t forget to love yourself no matter what.

I spent my valentines in Manhattan, New York.  The trip was amazing despite a few little hiccups in the plan. It was a part of my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to do this and I can finally check it off. Done!  It’s truly a blessing to live out some of my dreams and obtain a few goals. What did you do on Valentines Day?  Read below this picture. hearts  Leave a comment about your day.  In the meantime watch this video.

Drab To Fab Furniture

I love a good DIY. For me a DIY is one that is almost flawless . It has the look of being purchased straight off the shelf and ready.  I don’t do very many Do -it- yourself  projects. Well, I digress. Most of my DIY’s don’t make it to mainstream because they don’t usually pass my finicky inspection.

I was in the market for some nightstands for my bedroom. I looked at several online and found so many beautiful ones. I thought I wanted to try mirrored furniture. Considering I only have one piece of mirrored furniture in the entire house. let me put this out here, I think anything can be over done. I don’t want to go nuts with too many mirrored pieces. However, I think I can stand for a bit more.

For the life of me, I don’t know why I decided to hack a nightstand in lieu of purchasing one to my liking. Perhaps I was in the Martha Stewart mood the day I went to Ikea. Side note: Some people call me a the brown Martha Stewart. Hehehe …oh That wasn’t funny.  Sorry, back to the subject at hand. I went down to or up to Ikea and bought the Rast Chest. It’s a three drawer chest and I felt like it is taller than the average nightstands I see in some  furniture stores. I don’t know what the heck furniture makers are thinking when they create little doll house nightstands for grown people. I’m grown! I need storage next to me my bed. I nearly bought a buffet to go next to my bed, because the doll house nightstands are working out. For now I’ll try this chest near my bed. I’ll see how I feel about it in a few months. If not, I’ll purchase something larger.

It was relaxing to put together. I painted it and look at how it went from drab to fab. Watch the video and tell me what you think. Did I do good girl? Until next time. Stay beautiful!chest2

 

Ladies: How To Build The Perfect Wardrobe For Your Guy

Believe it or not I love mens fashion. On the contrary there is always a lot of talk about clothes that are offered to women.  In the meantime, mens fashion is neglected, because there is this stigma that men do not care about style.  Perhaps more women are interested in fashion. They read style magazines and nearly every woman at least once in their life has thought about becoming a model.

As you set out to help your guy refine his dress code, Think about which wardrobe words of wisdom is worth heeding. At any rate I think your guy should have a little of everything in his  closet to have enough pieces for every occasion. You should never have to run out and buy him anything on a fly for something specific. It should be in his closet already. Much like a stylish woman. If she’s attending an after 5 event, there should be a few gowns in her wardrobe prepared for that special event.

For my guy ( hubby) I started with refining his dress shirts. He wears suits almost daily for business. It was time to increase the amount of shirts and freshen his wardrobe with new ones. I shop at JoS. A. Bank the majority of the time for his business attire.  They are  known for high quality menswear. They have an array of classic and casual  styled clothing.  JoS. A. Bank, is a bit pricey but you get your monies worth.  As a perk, you’ll receive $50.00 as a reward for spending $500.00.  The pay off is that you will look great for years to come. If your guy is a professional, looking great should be his last concern.

The hubby and I made another trip to my favorite mens shop Make sure your guy not only gets measured but try on the shirts. Sometimes the measurement doesn’t always equate to comfort. JOS BANK

Yes, You Need To Wash Your New Undies.

I won’t kid around with you, I hadn’t always thought this way. As a child until I was a young adult. I’d always put the undies on without washing them. My philosophy then,” if they are new; they’re clean.” Well that’s partially true. New undies should be washed before you wear them. It isn’t always about them being new.  They should be clean, they are new. Right? Let’s take this a step further.

Here are reasons why you should wash your new undies before you wear them:

  1. Women try on underwear before they purchase them
  2. The dyes can transfer to your skin   ( Especially dark or bright)
  3. Formaldehyde is found in fabrics
  4. So many people have touched them with their bare hands ( The factory workers…ect.)
  5. The paper liner may not be fresh
  6. Menstrual blood may be present
  7. Chemicals used to make the undies ( There are 8,000 chemicals used)
  8. Germs can live on cotton from a few minutes to 6 months
  9. Cotton is sprayed with pesticides
  10. Coated with fire retardants for transport

Have you ever gone shopping and felt sick  a few days afterwards?  It can come from a women with staphylococcus ( Stomach flu) , which can hang around in a persons body a few days after vomiting and diarrhea is over. For instance the woman feels better and now she’s gone shopping. Guess what! She tried on the undies that you ended up buying.

I hope I made you think the next time you decide to wear, before you wash. It’s certainly changed me.

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Photo by: Daralynn

Don’t Use Hair Extension Glue On Your Eyelids.

Every since my wedding photos were taken, I have gotten so deep into eyelashes. When I tell you it completes the look, I mean that literally. There isn’t anything that can take the place of  beauty enhanced eyes! I don’t mean your eyeballs. No, leave them alone. I don’t want you messing with those. You need to see. Right?

Ok where do I start with this exciting blog. See, I hate when I get too excited to write, because I began to fumble my thoughts. I just want to hurry and get the words on paper. Help me Father! Ok, Ok, here we go. As I get deeper into all types of eyelash extensions, I began to do research on different types of adhesives to use. one type doesn’t fit all for sure. There is white, clear and black adhesive . I’m not sure why anyone would want the glue to cure to a white finish, but it’s yours for the taking. There are so many brands. Revlon, Duo and Kiss and Bella Lash to name a few. They are formulated  specifically  to use on the eyelids.  There are some adhesives on the market for sensitive eyes.

This is great but this blog is more about using hair extension glue on your eyelids. Is it safe? I’ve read so many blogs, forums and comments on social media regarding it’s safety simply because they’ve used it for before and it didn’t have an adverse effect on them. But does it mean it’s safe because you didn’t noticeably have any effects? It’s like smoking a cigarette and saying it didn’t bother you.

My take on it  is, hair bonding glue is for hair and eyelash glue is for the eyes, for a reason.  For instance, Salon Pro 30 seconds hair bonding glue, states in the  ingredients: Do not use on hair that is damaged. Keep out of reach of children. Keep out of eyes, if contact occurs, wash thoroughly with water. Ingredients: latex, water (aqua), sodium polyacrylate, dimethicone, quaternium-15, ammonium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), may contain CL77262422.  Do you know what CL77262422 is?  It is chlorpyrifos which is used in pesticides.  Possible side effects:  Mild poisoning can result in eye watering, increased saliva and sweating, nausea and headache. Moreover, it may lead to muscle spasms or weakness, vomiting or diarrhea and impaired vision. Symptoms of severe poisoning include seizures, unconsciousness, paralysis, and suffocation from lung failure.Why would you want that near your eyes? No adhesive is meant to put directly in your eyes, but with something used near your eyes, it could possibly get in your eyes.  Plus when removing your falsies one’s real lashes  are very likely to come off. Amen?

Some would say, eyelash glue doesn’t hold as well as hair bonding glue. It’s not supposed to hold for 30 days. Your eyes are precious . If you’re not removing the eyelashes daily before bed, shame on you. If  eyelash glue is applied to the lash band properly you can get a great all day hold with something like Duo clear. I’ll admit the glue looks clear depending upon the lash band. If you’re using lashes with the clear plastic band, it can have the tendency of looking like  build up from the glue. I’ve had so much success with Duo. My lashes remain in place until I gently remove them. There isn’t any hair loss in the process.

Throw away the hair bonding glue. It’s just not worth it.  Give these a try. If they don’t work out; there are various options that are far safer than hair bonding glue. DSC_4866.jpg