Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a great Halloween!

My coworkers and I had a blast dressing up as ‘Sister Wives’ 🙂 we totally played the part, complete with forlorn looks on our faces, pregnant bellies, a skit, and bickering!

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We found some great denim jumpers from- mine from Goodwill, others from closets:-) I even styled my hair in ‘sister wife’ fashion, with the big poof in the front.

All in all I had a great day at work, we even won 2nd place at the office costume contest!

How did you spend your Halloween?

Thrift Store score

I hope everyone in ‘Frankenstorm’s’ way stays safe these next couple of days! For once North Carolina, where I call home, is supposed to stay out of the storm’s path.

Meanwhile, I just wanted to share my thrift store swag. I managed to pick up quite a few sweet office essential from goodwill, for a great price of course!

Blazers: Talbots, St. John’s Bay, Loft
Skirts: Rafaella, White House Black Market
Tops: Merona (Target), Karen Kane x2, Style&co
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
All for about $47!

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I haven’t fashioned any of these pieces into actual outfits yet but with a few of my own essentials, I can see how these budget friendly finds can make work appropriate, chic ensembles!

Have y’all found any good thrift shop gems lately? please share!

silver liquid metal bracelets

Imagine my surprise when my old post about a jewelry wishlist, which featured a liquid metal mesh cuff/bracelet from etsy, became one of the top viewed posts on my blog. The link to buy that metal mesh bracelet eventually broke, I’m guessing because for one reason or another, the etsy store closed (maybe because of copyright infringement?).

I really wanted to find that cool liquid metal looking bracelet again. I have loved the design for years (even before Skyler White wore the bracelet on Breaking Bad) and even though I found them pricey (I don’t think they’re sterling silver so I don’t think I could even wear them because of my sensitive skin), I still didn’t want to lose the ability to look at them longingly. So, I did some Googling.

Flinging Arrows Liquid Metal Bracelet - $99
Flinging Arrows Liquid Metal Bracelet – $99

I had no idea until recently that this type of liquid metal jewelry was actually created by artist Sergio Gutierrez (I am not sure if he was the inventor of the style or what, but his name seems synonymous with the liquid metal cuff styles). He makes all kinds of bracelets, cuffs, earrings, necklaces, and more jewelry. Some of the liquid metal bracelets even have crystal adornments.

Alexandria Liquid Metal Bracelet
Alexandria Liquid Metal Bracelet – $149

And for those of you who discovered the liquid metal silver cuffs by watching Breaking Bad and noticing them on Skyler’s wrists, look no further. The Sergio Gutierrez website explains that among other pieces, she does wear 2 Diamond Stream bracelets on one wrist.

Diamond Stream Liquid Metal Bracelet - $99
Diamond Stream Liquid Metal Bracelet – $99

These gorgeous cuffs remain on my jewelry wishlist! Maybe one day…

Dorothy Perkins Fall Fashion Wishlist

Dorothy Perkins Wishlist
I really like these pieces from Dorothy Perkins. I haven’t actually ordered from the site yet but I look forward to it.
I’ve been wanting new wardrobe staples, especially fall and winter pieces. And especially since my weight loss means I don’t fit into my clothes any longer without looking silly (yay!). I ended up consigning many of my summer and fall pieces that were too large, and I’m ready to replenish my wardrobe with a few classic yet fashionable elements. Right now, I’m liking ponte knit, lace tops and dresses, collars, lipstick red, black, peplum tops, polka dots, pencil skirts, bows, and black & white color combination.

Freebra Review + MORE Convertible Dresses!

Have you ever seen those weird, chicken breast-looking backless bras and wondered what they were all about? Do they really work? Will they stay put even if I’m sweating? Will they fit me? Well, I was lucky enough to have had a chance to try the Freebra backless and strapless bra, and I’m here to tell you all about it.

Freebra Backless Strapless Bra
Freebra Backless Strapless Bra

The wonderful folks at Henkaa sent me a Freebra to try and it could not have come at a more perfect time. I was preparing to be the maid of honor at my sis-in-law Loraine’s wedding and I needed a bra that provided some support but was backless and strapless so I could move freely in my Henkaa dress and also so that I could style it however I wanted.

I tried the Freebra with my Henkaa Sakura short convertible dress at home first, reading the directions carefully, so that there wouldn’t be any surprises at the wedding. I really liked the shape and coverage that the Freebra gave my bust. It was very comfortable. But I realized too soon that it was not easy to put on. No matter how hard I tried, the cups were either too low or crooked/uneven and because the cups adhered to your skin with a very strong adhesive, it’s very hard to just peel off and reapply. But nonetheless, I really liked what I saw initially.

Then soon enough it was wedding time, and Wesley (my hubby) and I, along with his mom and other family and friends were in charge of catering the wedding. This left us without a lot of time, with A LOT of sweat, and with a lot of stress. I had to get dressed in my bridesmaid attire and put on my Freebra while getting the food ready, helping the bride get ready, and moving trays of food around. I DID NOT expect the Freebra to last all day on my skin. It was the end of May in North Carolina and it was HOT HOT HOT and HUMID! But even though I was in a rush and the Freebra itself was not applied completely evenly by me, and even though I sweated profusely, the Freebra lasted all day at the wedding and worked REALLY well. I could not have been more surprised honestly.

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Henkaa Sakura Convertible Short Dress + Bandeau in Kelly Green (Right). My Sis-in-law wore a reversible green/white convertible dress made by a company that is no longer in business.
Henkaa Sakura Convertible Short Dress + Bandeau in Kelly Green (discontinued)
Henkaa Sakura Convertible Short Dress + Bandeau in Kelly Green (discontinued color)

After the wedding, hubby, his best friend, and I went out to a nice dinner and I decided to use that occasion to wear the Freebra again. It did not disappoint.

Von Vonni Ravon Transformer Dress Long
Von Vonni Ravon Transformer Dress Long
Von Vonni Ravon Transformer Dress Long - Green Leaf Print
Von Vonni Ravon Transformer Dress Long – Green Leaf Print

The Bottom Line:

A) convertible dresses are awesome. I have MANY of them and I love them. They’re so versatile, elegant, and flattering.

B) the Freebra is surprisingly good, if you’re the right size. My bra size is 34DD/DDD and honestly if you’re any bigger than that, this type of backless/strapless bra might not work for you. It does not really provide any lift for me, just a nice shape and great coverage. But it does adhere well to the skin and stay on (as long as you follow the directions). And as long as you don’t expect miracles re: the LIFT factor, you won’t be disappointed. Just remember that this bra takes a while to get exactly right so make sure you give yourself ample time to prepare. Really relax and take your time putting it on so you won’t get 2 very uneven cups. I really like the Freebra and I’m looking forward to using it again for 2 weddings that I will be attending in December.

Do you have any questions about Henkaa, convertible dresses, or the Freebra? Don’t hesitate to ask!