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

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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

The Dangers of Counterfeit Makeup

Makeup has become such a trend now. In my opinion it’s because of all the beauty influencers on Youtube. Beauty influencers get paid to review a new foundation.    Makeup brands  have become a high commodity.  Makeup lovers on Youtube will watch makeup reviews and run straight to Targets  cosmetic section.  This can be a bad habit of buying  one variation of the same thing, simply because you saw it on Youtube.

Another problem that stems from buying makeup because of beauty influencers is feeling the pressure of buying  high end brands. The high end brands are pricey. If the brands are out of your budget, you may search  for other avenues to get the same look for more of an affordable price.

This is where the nightmare begins. For instance take at look on  Ebay’s website and look up Just Peachy Too Faced palette. What do you think is in the ingredients to be able to sell this palette for the price it sells for on Ebay? Your first thought wouldn’t be that it could harm you. Right?  The Just Peachy 12 matte shades sell for $45.00 on the Too Faced website. It is gluten, paraben and cruelty free. Not to mention this palette smells like peaches. Imagine that, your eyeshadow smells yummy .

What I’m getting at is don’t be swooned by low prices for high end  cosmetics. It can be fatal to your health . A beauty influencer on Youtube by the name of Tanya Arguelles, experienced the downside of buying counterfeit makeup. You’d be surprised of some ingredients of the ingredients found in counterfeit makeup.  Check out this video for more details. Let me know if you think counterfeit makeup is worth it.

 

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Photo by: Tanya Arguelles

 

Happy New Year!

To piggy back off of Gabriela, from Cooking With Limits blog post, finding what you love is essential to a healthy life.  It makes no sense to continue doing the same thing and expect a different result. Sure it’s a cliche, but you know it’s tried and true.

I never make resolutions, but I hope for a better year every year. There are so many things I want to achieve. Disturbingly I will never be able to do them all. Therefore, why list them. I take one day at a time and work on anything that is in my control based on the order of importance. Does it sound boring? Yes, it can be, but that’s where patience come into play. They say life is what you make of it. I think life is how you handle it. It may be the same meaning, but it sounds better to me.

Gabriela, learned more about wines in 2017. She discovered the difference between a bad wine and a good one. It’s great to find a passion or calling in this world. It’s so great for the soul. Check out Cooking Without Limits blog. I’m not afraid to promote her blog. She has awesome content and they’re is enough love and opportunities here for all. She’s one of the best food photographers I know. Well, I don’t know her personally, but you get the gist.

For me, I’ve learned to use my past experiences to teach self love to others. I used my Youtube platform to show women that we’re all beautiful and have special talents. I took this to a level where women of all ages, and races reach out to me almost daily to say,  “Thank you for your kind words.” Sometimes all it takes is a compliment to lift another woman’s spirit.   Some of the most beautiful women in the world lack drive, because of the media’s unrealistic standards of beauty.  This is why I have adopted this movement that I believe is incredibly important.  Self hate causes low self esteem, suicide, eating disorders , isolation , mood swings, hatred towards others. I believe I call it catty. Moreover, it can effect your job performance, family relationships and more. It starts with loving yourself first. After learning to love myself for who I am.    It’s truly been gratifying to know that I’ve partaken in something that may seem  small to others, but a huge part of making a difference in someone’s life.  Self love was my mantra in 2017. I think I’ll stay on that path.

Do you make new year’s resolutions?

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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

We Have a Love Hate Relationship.

Have you ever loved something so much, you couldn’t dream of being without it? What about the old saying, “All that looks good isn’t good for you?’ Such a cliche, but I hate to tell you it’s true.

Why is the world so full of things that aren’t good for us, God?  Yeah I’m talking to you, but make it known I’m not yelling at you. You’re the almighty.  It’s frustrating to say the least. You allow others to make so many guilty pleasures and the we have to make a choice. Think of the outcome. It sounds to much like life. We have choices; to either choose door number 1 or door number 2.  Besides life is what you make of it. Right?

It’s been nearly three weeks since I’ve been clean. I walk pass them all of the time, sometimes I contemplate having them in my life just one more time. My mind tells me it will not hurt, but my blood says , no. I can think better, have more control and I am worrying less about my well being. Sure, it makes me feel good for the moment.  That’s what hurts so good. No more hiding and indulging with you.  I have comfort and control on a dreary night.  No more  guilt, I’m no longer sluggish and my body doesn’t has to work harder to eliminate it.  I owe my kidneys an apology.

I love you, but I can’t keep doing this to myself.  The longterm affect isn’t worth the doctor visits. When I see you, often times I opt to go the other way. Everything that looks  good isn’t good. I’m sorry but I can’t …

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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.

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Our First Thanksgiving Together

I’m so elated to bring you this blog! It took me a while to calm down and get my thoughts together. I’ve been pretty consistent with writing blogs , but so much has happened in the last few days. My birthday is this month, a day later was Thanksgiving and six days later was my wedding anniversary ! November is a busy month for me in deed.

Normally I make a big feast at home for thanksgiving and beg everyone  the rest of the week to please finish the leftovers. No matter how much I beg, It doesn’t work. I eat as much as my little body can handle  and the garbage can gets the rest. Each time I throw food in the trash, I can hear my Dads voice from heaven. ” Do you know there are people in the world starving, while you’re putting food in the garbage.” Not this time,Dad.  I did a great job this year.  I prepared enough food for one meal.

You’re not here to read about the small meal I made this year. You want to know where I went for the first time. Right? In my head, I can see you nodding in agreement. Well, my daughter has been dating this ” Mommy Approved Guy, “ for three years now . I finally met his family. I’ll tell you in different  blog  why it took so long to meet his family.

I didn’t actually meet them alone . I was accompanied by my wonderful husband and son. We were greeted with open arms. They all felt they knew us, because my daughter talks about us  and she shows pictures and videos of us all of the time.  It was at least 15 of us in the house between the two families. Everyone was chatting amongst one another while, my son – in – law -to be’s mother,   was  prepping the food. Everything was already cooked and she had everything looking scrumptious and gorgeous . As a Mom I wanted to help, but I was forewarned that she doesn’t allow anyone  to help. It was tough for me to watch her do everything alone; but I managed by holding a baby. This kept my hands busy for a while.

As we all gathered in the kitchen in a circle, we all held hands and said a prayer before eating. Then we proceeded to the dining room to a beautifully decorated dining table with such lovely dinnerware. The ambience was perfect.  Candles were lit and it was so cozy.   It was amazing to see all of the smiling faces at the table from the youngest to the oldest. The joy’s of watching  families form. All because of our children deciding to get together. My Dad would be so proud of his granddaughter.

It isn’t like me to miss out on capturing moments on camera . Then again I wasn’t sure how anyone would feel with me creating photos. In lieu of  possibly making anyone uncomfortable  I decided to enjoy the conversations that were so easily developed. No one seemed as if they were forcing themselves to get to know one another. We talked about our favorite actors and movies we’ve watched; while the youngsters taught us about snapchat.

Here is a sneak peek from a video my daughter shot.Daralynn

I’ll always remember this day. It was very special because it’s the new chapter to my daughter’s life. It’s the possibility of extending our family. Hopefully  we’ll see one another more often. The little one’s have already grown attached to me and have invited me to their soccer games. I’ve always been a child magnet.  Here is our video .

 

 

 

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.