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

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!

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.

Wash Before You Wear
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

When to Throw Away Makeup

Very few people think about the expiration on makeup until it effects them in a harmful way. Especially makeup that someone has paid a pretty nickel for. There is this persona the more it cost the longer it last.

As a matter of fact all makeup has the same shelf life. Some may react to your skin or show signs of expiration more-so than another brand. For instance e.l.f cosmetics is climbing up the popularity charts; with it’s clean black and white packaging.  It is inexpensive, but it offers a nice look for the money. Some of e.l.f’s products may not stand up to  it’s predecessor, but overall it’s doing ok.  It isn’t the worse makeup on the market for sure.

The cream eyeliner in a pot is a great product. Generally it should be replaced every 3 months, which makes more sense to purchase the e.l.f cream eyeliner. It’s only $3.00 and the shelf life is the same as any gel, cream or liquid ( high-end as well) liner.  You get a lot of bang for your buck! It is bold, defining and easy to apply with the small angle brush that came with it. The cream eyeliner is encased in a 17oz. pot. Once it dries, you’ll find that it’s smudge proof, water resistant and coverage for an all day wear. May I suggest you try this liner with Ardell #135 faux lashes or for a more glam look, try Ardell #205. I haven’t tried any of e.l.f’s faux lashes. Perhaps I’ve give them a whirl.

Watch this video to see me speak in detail about this cream eyeliner.ELF_Studio_Cream_Liners

What is This Magical Light?

It’s not anything new to beauty influencers – meaning Youtubers and Instagrammers , who use the magical light religiously. In fact they swear  on their mothers red velvet cake it’s the holy grail of all white lights.

The Diva Ring Light is a beautiful lighting system. It is used by many fashion bloggers, photographers, videographers and beauty influencers . I’m careful to boast about any video or photographic equipment too soon, because sometimes the hype isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.  The ring light has passed my inspection. Before going on with this review. I must add that natural light is the most pleasant light. It should be your first option when possible.

There are many types of lighting styles, but my favorite is beauty lighting. The Diva ring lights provides that slightly over blown , even look, that enhances the faces and evens out dark spots and shadows.  It’s become very popular on Youtube with beauty influencers and the beautiful  catch lights tell it all!  I’d say the beauty community put this wonder light on the map.  In 2014, they were primarily sold to videographers and photographers  for editorials. Once vlogger, Judy Travis started using it, word got around about this magic light like a wild fire. Kylie Jenner uses it, she calls it her “favorite light forever.”  The DVE store sells about 300 of these lights a month to mainly beauty influencers on Youtube.

I wish I hadn’t taken so long to review this magical light  .Diva_Ring_Light_Nebula_Front__72828.1493428129

Louis Vuitton: Is It Worth It?

Louis Vuitton is it  worth the hype? This is such an age old question. Should you invest in a genuine Louis Vuitton bag?

Moving right along to the popular  LV monogram speedy.  A luxury piece historically made for Audrey Hepburn; has become the most well known luxury bag by the young and old.   If you’ve never heard of Louis Vuitton, You’ve definitely  been sleeping under a rock. It is an expensive piece, but not as expensive as Hermes or Chanel. Yet, it is the most sought after and most copied bag in the world by counterfeiters.

To the subject at hand. Is this bag worth the investment? It is a bag that readily goes up in price to attract more high end customers. It holds it’s value and never ever goes out of style. Some of you may know someone whose owned a LV speedy since the late  80’s; It’s likely to be in remarkable shape. The older it gets the more history, character it has and  more in demand due to it’s history.  Through the years the bag has slight subtleties. Yet it has always been constructed with canvas and leather  material. The canvas gives some people heartburn. Not enough to bring sells to a halt.  More often than not it is admired as the bag of a certain social status. Yet counterfeiters continue to infringe on the copyright and brand.

The LV speedy continues to be one of the fastest-selling luxury pieces. The speedy remains popular due to its high demand. I mean look at it! The canvas leather is strikingly sturdy and can handle a good beating through the hustle and bustle of busy stay at home moms or corporate  moms. The diapers, wipes, phones, calendars or whatever you carry, will get swallowed in the speedy. Often times I have lost things in mine. I look several times and to only find out it’s in the bag.

Final Thoughts:

The bag is only worth it, if you think it is. I was proud to get mine and I thought it was worth it.

Is it worth it?
Photo by: Daralynn Lett Please do not remove watermark from this photo.

Why is Fashion Fair Cosmetics so Hard to Find?

untitled-4777-1.jpgWhile fledging cosmetic brands emerge, have you ever thought about why more established brands struggle to re-invent themselves?

I’m talking about Fashion Fair cosmetics. What’s going on with them? It is so tough to find a Fashion Fair counter in the malls. Whenever I’m pictured on Instagram.   with Fashion Fair cosmetics I receive comments, unaware of its existence. While others thought something was wrong with  the product. Better yet, it’s thought of as an older woman’s brand.

You may find blogs, videos, post on Instagram by me regarding the brand, because it’s a brand I truly believe in. Those who rely on Fashion Fair for exact skin tone matches and flattering lipsticks have been unable to locate their favorite products. For me, I searched off and on for years. My favorite shade of lipstick is still  chocolate raspberry . Don’t let that hot fuchsia shade fool you! It looks great with the NYX lip liner in Prune . You can go without a liner if you have a natural line already. Just apply the lipstick below the natural line.  Chocolate Raspberry will make you look radiant . There is this stigma that if you’re dark skinned you need to wear dark lipstick. Thats not true. Sometimes  its the application that matters. Some darker skin tones may need to conceal the lips first . Play around with it. If you are use to going dark all of the time, it will be an adjustment. The brighter shade also makes your teeth look whiter. Now did I make you want to try it? I hope so!

It’s not easy to walk the road less traveled by exposing Fashion Fair, when most people thought they’d gone out of business. My passion is behind the story of how Fashion Fair was  founded. It was founded in 1973 and catered to women of color at a time when major companies refused to accommodate their needs.

Linda Johnson , which owns the makeup line claims Fashion Fair is only rebuilding their inventory .

Beauty products are not essentials to survive, but Fashion Fair is a bit of history.