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Mix and Match June 11, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping.
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I love clothes! There’s just something about clothes that can change everything about you. Besides the obvious, they can affect your mood, provide comfort, and give you a creative outlet. That being said, I do live in the DC area where the cost of living can often times put a damper on my clothing budget.

Enter my new favorite site, Polyvore. By signing up for a free account, you can mix and match your favorite outfits online from designer frocks offered by YSL to more wallet-friendly finds from Forever 21. You can then add accessories from head to toe. If you’re not up for creating your own ensembles, then you can get inspired by the thousands that are posted by other users. You’re even provided links to purchase each of the items featured in a set. I love to pull pieces from different designers and different stores and pair them together to see how they look…something that’s near impossible in the real world!

Spring Versatility by smooregasbord featuring Old Navy

Spring Versatility

Going Native by smooregasbord featuring Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes

Going Native

The Leaning Tower of Eiffel May 28, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping, Travel.

longchampI left my heart in San Francisco a LONG time ago, but I’ve made a little room for Paris.

I’ve always wanted a le pliage tote from Longchamp. They’re nothing but nylon and leather, but they’re the most beautiful combination of nylon and leather in my book. I figured what better place to get one than the city where they started…beautiful Paris!  This was my souvenir from Casey from our wonderful little getaway.  I absolutely adore it. C’est trés chic!

Teter Designs December 2, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Family/Home, Shopping.
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teter-designsWe get together to celebrate Christmas with my dad’s side of the family the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s fun to see all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and beyond.  As part of the Christmas fun, we always draw names and exchange gifts. My cousin, Jessica, drew my name for this year. I scored an awesome pair of chainmail earrings from Etsy shop, Teter Designs. At first sight, I thought they might be a little too edgy for me, but then I put them on. Instant crush. They are so fantastic, unique, and fun! Kudos to Jessica for her awesome taste.

Closing the Gap October 24, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping.

If you’re like me, then you probably have a problem with the waistband on your pants gapping at the back.  It’s a tug-o’-war match between me and my jeans, and the jeans usually win.  I’m always challenged when shopping for pants…not only do I have to find shorter lengths, but I also have to find pants that fit my waist without half of my crack hanging out!! Several companies (Gap and Lee are two of them) are trying to help us ladies out by changing the cut of some jeans/pants. Gap’s “curvy” cut and Lee’s “no gap” waistband are supposed to eliminate that extra space you find at the back of your pants. That’s great for any new britches you’re purchasing; however, what are you supposed to do with the pants you already own.  Well, you can shell out the cash to get each pair altered which, when done properly, can run anywhere from $10-20 a pair. OR you can look into getting an isABelt. isABelt is a thin clear belt that can help eliminate the gap in your waistband. The nice thing is that it won’t add the unsightly bulge in the front of your waistband that other belts typically create. I think I may take the $16 plunge to purchase one and try it out. It comes in sizes S, M, L, plus, and junior sizes. They also offer a pink-ribbon version which is the perfect pink purchase during October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Mint Garden October 21, 2008

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Minted Rose Lip Balm

Lip balm is one of my MANY obsessions. Last week, we popped into Sephora to get Casey a new bottle of cologne and I spied this near the register. I’ve used products from the Rosebud Perfume Co. previously, but I like the tingle of mint which they’ve never offered until now. While it is a petrolatum product, it is incredibly moisturizing probably due to all of the natural oils that it contains. It’s a multipurpose product that I give an A+.

TJ Faves: Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave September 16, 2008

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Trader Joe's Honey Mango Shave Cream

I’ve talked about this product before back in April. It is fantastic! At the peachy keen Trader Joe’s price of $2.99, you get to enjoy smooth legs that smell like an island retreat. Even Casey has become a fan. Desperate for shaving cream after running out of his own manly version, he gave my Honey Mango shave cream a try and has been a loyal fan ever since. If it’s good enough for his beard of wires, then you can trust me when I say that this stuff rocks!

Sharma Designs September 9, 2008

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Natural Wood Filigree Earrings

Each month Nicole, over at Making It Lovely, writes a Style Post. She creates a look from outfit to accessories that fits perfectly for the season. She claims that these posts are like “window shopping, but online.” I love reading these posts each month because of her unique style, and she typically introduces me to new designers.

In August, she featured wood filigree earrings from Etsy shop Sharma Designs.  Sharla’s wood filigree earrings come in a variety of shapes, intricate patterns, and bold and natural colors. They’re light as a feather which makes wearing statement pieces a cinch. I should also mention that her designs are extemely affordable, so much so that I picked up two pair of the earrings. You can see my personal favorite at right.

If you’d like to learn more about Sharla and Sharma Desgins, you can also check out her blog.

TJ Faves: Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips August 5, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town, Food, Shopping.

Usually I’m a Tostitos Scoops or Hint of Lime fan, then I came across these at Trader Joe’s. They’re so good, you can even eat them plain. Each bag contains three flavor combinations: carrot & tomato, spinach & garlic, and beet & onion. The bags in our house typically run low on the green chips first, mainly because I love the spinach & garlic combo. They are fully vegan and gluten-free…and low in calories and fat. More than a girl could ask for in a chip.

I find that they pair nicely with this Corn & Black Bean Salsa recipe which my friend, Jenny, shared with me oh so long ago!

Corn & Black Bean Salsa
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup can corn kernels
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 green onions, sliced
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all of the above ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate. Tastes best when allowed to sit overnight.

TJ Faves: Fruit Leather July 25, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town, Food, Shopping.

Since I have begun making homemade granola, I typically buy all of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s (TJ’s). They offer a great assortment of dried fruits and nuts at ridiculously cheap prices. Even more convenient, there’s a store in the bottom of my office building and within walking distance of my house. Anytime I go to TJ’s, it’s hard to resist browsing for things not needed. They are always stocking their shelves with new items and they have an awesome circular called the Fearless Flyer which makes those new items seem less resistable.

Recently, I picked up some of their fruit leather. It’s the all natural, good-for-you version of the Fruit Roll-up. There are about 14+ ingredients in a Fruit Roll-Up vs. the 2 or 3 ingredients in a stick of TJ’s fruit leather. I’ve only tried the passion fruit and pineapple, but that first impression and $0.45 price tag has left me wanting to try more!

Blast Off…to the 80’s July 18, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Shopping.

One of my favorite discoveries on Etsy is a store called Blast from the Past. Her jewelry features the bright colors and funky shapes that covered the outside of your Trapper Keeper.
Basically, it’s happy jewelry! It makes me want to put on my legwarmers and jelly bracelets and jam to a little Pat Benatar.