Thursday, August 1, 2013

Laugh worthy 'the camp gyno' video

Good morning friends!

Yesterday I woke up feeling a bit...well, under the weather. It was THAT time of the month again. The dreaded week where I hoped that no one gave me a cross look or I just may cry- and Midol was my BFF!

In passing, I mentioned to my friend the woes of womanhood was really getting me down!  Her response? Pretty much the best video in America! I knew right away I had to share this! Laugh it up ladies!

P.S. has anyone considered trying Hello Flo? Looks pretty sweet, and it launches in September!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Just what I needed...

I have an interview on Monday and wanted to start the process of shopping for that perfect outfit! Typically I wouldn't buy something new for one outing - but this was a very special occasion! I knew that I needed something that would give me that extra boost of confidence!

Prior to shopping I was skimming through Pinterest for ideas of what to wear on a first interview (after all, this is my first, FIRST interview). I came across this image that had been pinned on various boards and wanted to share it with all of you. It was the reminder and inspiration that I needed.

You are ALL beautiful!!!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Whatcha know about strawberries?

Goooood morning love bugs!

This morning I was looking in the mirror and just about had a conniption! All of those years of long nights in the library along side of my best friend coffee had done some serious damage to my teeth! EEK! I didn't realize how slowly I had been staining my teeth, until it was too late - post graduation! 

So, it began, time to search out a budget friendly method to my newest beauty battle! I knew automatically a professional whitening trip to the dentist was out of the budget. I turned to my friends first to see the products they may use! Similar to the cellulite seaweed wrap recommendations - the alternative was a bit too pricey. I just don't have the funds to pay $89 for a spa UV light treatment. Swing and a miss! 

It was time to consult my online buddies...I turned to my fellow economical bloggers for alternative treatments for less, in-which I learned that Crest made the most fabulous whitening strips on the market! The downfall? The product leaves your gums sensitive, which was not an option for me being the foodie that I am (I'm curvy for a reason)!

It was time to dig a little deeper into the blogosphere. Alias! I found the most wonderful recipe which I can already see a result from in just one use! The best part? It's all natural and AFFORDABLE! Yes, my favorite word. The recipe is used by the beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones herself and removes the stains (including coffee) and discoloration from your teeth.

Similar to the cellulite answer, we have to start with paying a visit to our kitchen...

Delicious strawberry photo from foodnetwork blog
Mix together:

One crushed ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


With a toothbrush and leave mixture on for five minutes, remove with regular toothpaste.

I am going to repeat this once a week when I apply my cellulite scrub for a regular weekly beauty routine. Welcome back my pearly whites! 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

'Chalkboard' nail art tutorial!

I saw the most adorable nails yesterday when I was on the subway - and couldn't help myself but ask the girl if was a nail polish, a decal, or a lacquer! Within seconds my new friend had this video pulled up on her iPhone, ready to teach the world of the new art of chalkboard nails! 

Take a look! Going to try tonight...


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pass the pita chips!

After a long weekend of pasta salad, grilled chicken and few hundred pieces of tomato and mozzarella at my parents house - I decided it was time to start investing in my own summer recipes! Hmmm...Pinterest anyone? 
Image & recipe provided by

Being a girl with a larger pant size, I can appreciate the need to watch those evil little calories! That being said - if you're about to take a gander at the guacamole recipe to your right and wonder about the glorious nutritional facts, pump the brakes! Avocado is your friend. A friend with many fat grams, however, 'good' fat grams. Alright, continue on and look... 

Stir up the concoction and just sit back, relax and enjoy your freshly mixed & scrumptious guac with flatbread pita chips and/or crunchy tortillas. 

Oh and just a quick sidebar...I enjoy mine with a glass of Moscato or three!  


Monday, July 8, 2013

Pinching Piggies

Well hello there beautiful!

I am just greatly enjoying this G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S weather this summer has finally brought us! The temp inspires me to have a moment of honesty about one of my favorite summer beauty practices. Pedicures!  I simply love the warm water in the midst of those magical crystals...but do I really need that pedicure to bring out my inner Goddess? I visit an average priced nail salon on the corner of my block - and even at the LOWEST option for a pedicure (such a budget babe) I can’t seem to score a pedicure for under $30. Yikes!

This called for a case study...

The main nail polishes used in my nail salon were China Glaze, Essie & OPI (each can easily be purchased from any Amazon retailer for under $2-$3), the main tools used were a run of the mill nail file, nail polish remover, a handful of cotton balls, pumice sponge, cuticle trimmer, oh and those magical crystal salts. With a quick trip to my local (dare I say) Wal-Mart I noticed I could obtain all items for well UNDER $20. 

Nautical nail polish image borrowed from

The verdict? 

Save the pedicure for a day you need a little pick me up - and spend some QT with your own piggies. Keep that $30 + tip for something more tangible and practical - like a new pair of pumps (ok ok, maybe not practical).


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

Hi my patriotic pals! 

Wanted to provide you all with my fav vintage red, white & blue inspiration...

Vintage dress inspiration - 
Nail Inspiration -

Drink inspiration -

Have a happy and safe fourth of July!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Say goodbye to your cellulite woes!

Ladies, bathing suit season is upon us!

If you're a curvy lady like me, the summer season can make you sweat from more than just the heat! In my younger years I thought that finding a bathing suit that fit was the most of my worries. How much I'd give to have those days back! Today my mind is scared to look in the mirror at the clumpy mess of cellulite that is on the back of my thighs. Eek! When did that appear?

I have a few friends that frequent the spas around us for seaweed wraps that help to battle the land of cellulite on the back of their thighs, bottoms and tummies.  If you have the cash flow for this type of activity I applaud you! I hope to one day be able to fund these lovely spa outings at my whim! While I wait, I have been experimenting with many different creams, lotions, and gels that are available in at my local drugstore. Once I even asked the BF to wrap me in an at-home seaweed masque (true story). 

Among all these self-imposed treatments I have FINALLY found something that works for me! Believe it or not this isn't something you can find at your cornerstone, but rather your kitchen...and for only about $1.25 a treatment, OR less if you can swing over to Aldi's or Wal-Mart prior!

Run to your kitchen...lets get started!!

Recipe, image & cellulite loss from

Mix together:
1/2 cup coffee grounds
& 1/4 cup brown sugar

1. Olive oil to your areas with cellulite.
2. The coffee grounds and brown sugar to these areas with a circular motion.
...and rinse off!
I use this scrub every Sunday night and have seen VAST improvement. I usually exfoliate prior to applying the recipe for max results! I bought a big container of coffee grounds and brown sugar that I keep handy. You only need a splash of the olive oil so I recommend using your everyday kitchen supplies.

Let me know of your personal success stories with this recipe wonder!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Part II: "One man's trash is another man's treasure"

Hi lovies!

I was back at it again today, in the hunt for my new kitchen items! I was able to come across more spectacular resources I want to share with you this morning!! 


My EXACT set - image compliments of
If you've watched the Lifetime movie about the Craigslist killer, relax. Craigslist can be a great place to purchase (and sell) just about anything. I was able to sell a few of my replaced and non-used kitchen items. With these funds I was able to obtain my new Rachel Ray (if you visit this site, please note the sticker price) cookware set I scored off craigslist for $12!! The set had never been used - it was just sitting in a closet, waiting for me to come pick it up and whip up a yummy dinner! 

Salvation Army

This will be my second shout out to the Salvation Army in this blog! I simply can't say it enough, I just LOVE this place! Yes, you have to dig - sometimes even get down right dirty, but I promise you it's worth it.

There are many colleges and universities in my area, with young adults from more affluent families. Often, when the students have completed studying and are set to move (or travel) the families simply donate their previous apartment goodies. You would not BELIEVE how nice some of these things are. I SCORED a nice microwave oven (stainless steel) for just $5! Bonus! 

Well my friends. Those are the fabulous items I scored this week to transition my apartment from college living to a young professional fortress. Find what works for you! 


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Part I: "One man's trash is another man's treasure"

Over the next couple days I will be looking to upgrade a few things in my apartment, specifically kitchen items. I never realized how pricey simple everyday items were, as I still had my rather irregular set of kitchen essentials I was sent off to college with. 

I knew I didn't want a set of pots and pans that would end up with half a chicken breast stuck to the bottom every time I cooked, so I started to brainstorm ways I could score moderately priced kitchen items for less. When I went to hit the department store (even with a sale and a coupon in my pocket) I realized I was looking at about $150+ for a set of six non-stick pots with matching lids. Whoa! I knew it was time to use my noodle. Here is what I came across today...

Garage Sale in Queens

I'm not sure why these two words have picked up the "grunge" vibe in our modern vocabulary. Garage sales are a magical land of goodies from pencils to lawn mowers - all for prices ranging from a quarter to a couple dollars bills.

As city living only allows for crammed apartment living, I had to travel to the "city suburbs" to come to the motherland of all garage sales. Queens anyone? Eventually I came to a quaint residence, that had the most precious new-to-me glasses and silverware I had been searching for. For just $1 I was able to scoop up new glasses and say adios to my modge-podge of un-matching, chipped, random golf and charity event glasses my family had no use for. For another $2 I was able to own REAL silverware. Imagine that! I was stuck later on riding home with a box FULL of bubble wrap, but hey, I lived through it. 

Bonus round

If you live or are near an ACTUAL suburb you may want to check out estate sales! For me, these are few and far between. But if you're lucky enough to have a vehicle you can hit up these awesome sales! My mother raves about her awesome estate sales on the regular! 

I'm looking forward to my thrifty shopping adventures tomorrow! 


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Does your chain hang low?

Well hello my lovely lot!

Just wanted to share this FABULOUS find for all my online shoppers!! Ever see a necklace on Etsy or an online retailer and wonder exactly how long the length will be? Wonder no more! 

Heads up! For my more busty friends, the 24" and 30" swing a bit higher due to...well, those two curvy friends of ours. 

Image brought to you from my college roommate's pinterest board & 



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Budget friendly everyday makeup tutorial!

Perfect example of beauty on a budget!

We are forced everyday into thinking that we need high-end makeup products! This was very refreshing and reminded me that my drugstores cosmetics will do the trick! ! Thank you Charlotte Tilbury for reaffirming my faith! 


Monday, June 3, 2013

Can we go thrift shopping?

It's Friday and fashion time! 

Today, I would like to introduce to you all my love for thrift shopping! There is no better feeling than turning a SUPPOSEDLY boring place of fashion into something with character and unique charm! If you haven’t already discovered the enchanting world of thrift shopping (no relation to Macklemore), I highly recommend you take a look, especially if you live in a Metropolitan city! I’ve purchased many pieces with tags still intact. Many organizations are opening up thrift shops to help support their nonprofit, including the Salvation Army. Don’t forget to donate the clothing you no longer love! Rack up those good karma points!

Brag time...

Last week while perusing the streets of New York I found the most adorable thrift store, hidden between a coffee shop and a dry cleaner. BAM! I scored a vintage Prada bag for $12. Took gentle soap to the outside, dabbed on a touch of leather conditioner, and it was like new! 

Philanthropy never felt so good. 

Remember you CAN obtain quality fashion on a modest budget! Continue to do your research (and blogging) and be open to new ways to’s all in a days work of being fabulous!