I know this is small and random (literally...the pic is about one square inch), but I'm kinda excited that ALS got picked in the People country edition for setting a trend--CHUNKY JEWELRY!! Too bad I've kinda let myself go lately and rarely leave the house without a t-shirt on. I'll just set trends on others and continue to be the stylist that makes people think, "Gah, why doesn't she wear anything but gym clothes" when it comes to myself. I'm okay with that.
I am at home in Louisiana for Memorial Day weekend, and I tried really hard to find some good deals in the Pecanland Mall in Monroe. I couldn't come up with enough for a whole Monroe Shopping Guide or anything, but I did score quite a few great makeup items from Victoria's Secret. If you live in a town where your Vicky's carries makeup, you should go grab some. All of their VS Very Sexy makeup is 75% off--blush, lipstick, liners, gloss, foundation, the whole thing. They are apparently releasing all new makeup in the fall, so have gotta clear the VS makeup out. Online it's only half off but still a good deal. Thought you might wanna know :-).
A lot of you guys who are on the Anthropologie email list probably already got this, but if not, here ya go. I stopped by to check it out and there are lots of racks that are $29.95, lots of duvets, latte bowls and other fun stuff.
Directed by Shaun Silva, this video is a winner. It perfectly captures the fun party anthem that "Out Last Night" is. I would like to disclaim that I do not condone "body shots up on the bar" or "getting into a fist-fight down by the car." I was in a fight once, yes, I was. But she never should have called me that name. The End.
Doing some face-painting at an orphanage in Uganda
Some of you may know that I went to Africa a couple summers ago with African Leadership and while I'm at it, I may as well mention that I'm a chair for Ellie's Run for Africa. I'm passionate about Africa, about being an advocate for the people there. It's not often in fashion that I'm able to incorporate this, but here's one I wanted to introduce you to----Adia Beading.
While she was a junior in college, Ali Carroll went on a trip to Kenya. After witnessing such extreme poverty, she looked for a way to help, and found it in her jewelry-making. After buying some Kenyan-made beads while in Africa, she began experimenting after she returned to the states and sold the pieces she made, giving 100% of the profits back to the Kenyans. Ali returned the next summer to train the women to make the jewelry themselves, and she ultimately ended up employing them to do so. Adia Beading now employs six women in Ndathi, Kenya.
I've got three pieces of Adia myself and and lots of my Nashville girlfriends have them as well. You can have 'em too by going to the new Adia Beading website! They really are great everyday pieces that you can just add to a tank or you can dress up.
Here's what the website says about how you can get involved: "You have an opportunity to partner with Adia Beading in providing Kenyan women with 'valuable gifts'—jobs and reliable incomes through which they can support their households, pay for their children's education, and provide health care for their families. All you have to do is purchase one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry, and you are giving the gift of dignified employment to women in Ndathi, Kenya. So please, browse and enjoy the valuable gifts these women have created for you, and remember, you can be a part of the gift-giving too."
Well, we've reached the end of the road. The spring essentials countdown has finally come to a bitter end. I've been a delinquent poster lately, and I know you've been on the edge of your proverbial seats waiting on #1. Even though I said in no particular order, spring essential #1 may actually be the most essential. Rain boots.
I did returns on Friday, Nashville's third of now six consecutive days of rain. While making multiple trips into and out of the mall, I was so thankful to not have soggy feet. I have this pair of rain boots, which look sorta like a boot you would actually wear in non-wet conditions. And they're great, don't get me wrong. It's just that sometimes I wish I had some crazy polka dots or something though because if it's gonna be rainy, you may as well be wearing fun shoes!
Lord knows I love a pair of metallic shoes. Half go-go boot/half rain boot on piperlime.com for $54.50.
I'd be much happier in the rain if I were wearing these