zoo prints galore

I recently bought this Steve Madden bag from Rue La La (also known as "the devil that causes me to buy things"). Since then I have been animal print crazed, prowling around shopping sites in search of zebra, leopard - anything that looks, well, fierce?

So then I found solestruck, a website full of shoes by Jeffrey Campbell (among other designers). It was there that I came across the 99 Fur in Cheetah.

 Of course the damn thing is sold out, due back in hopefully by November. They do however have it in zebra, I'm just not sure I'm in heart with the zebra...

It makes me a bit dizzy..oh well.
Both of these beauties retail for a mere $139.95, which in the world of amazing shoes is practically free.

So I should get both pairs you say?


the jemma kid backstage kit, available at target

I got very exited recently when I saw this makeup kit at Target. So often this kits are full of unwearable colors and random "creams" that do nothing for your face (is it a blush? a gloss? who knows?).

But the Jemma Kid Backstage Kit is truly filled with fab neutrals, wearable blushes and even several creamy concealers. I was especially impressed with the fact that the concealers were in yellow (to cover dark circles) and green (to hide redness). You can tell that the kit was created by a makeup artist. At $35.00 it is a steal, and it would make the perfect Christmas present for that friend who you have been trying to get wear more than just chapstick for years.

The Perfect kit for creating all of the smokey-eyed looks seen at Fashion Week!

avon in bloom fragrance

I am not always a huge Avon fan, but I feel as though I have to comment on
In Bloom, their new fragrance by Reese Witherspoon. It is $34 and available in catalog and online and
Smells like amber and gardenias. I have been wearing it for a month
now and receive compliments on it any time I have it on. Oh, and the bottle is

Makeup Monday: I Would Like to Take a Moment to Thank Chanel..

OMG. I was attempting not to purchase anymore makeup this season (I cannot be the only one who purchases makeup seasonally) but then a friend tipped me off to this fabulous deal from Chanel and I decided it was a must have.

Normally Chanel's oh-so-popular Glossimers retail for $27.00. Currently on their website you can get their best selling Wild Rose (have it, love it) as well as a universally flattering gold shimmer called Muscat that is an exclusive color. Wait - that's not all. you also get a mini lip liner in nude AND a Chanel travel makeup bag. The LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer set retails for $51.00. That is less than 2 Glossimers!

Buy this. Before it's to late.

paris: i shopped, ate, shopped more and left

Recently, I was lucky enough to accompany my husband on a business trip to Paris. I have never been, and honestly did not foresee myself getting to go anytime soon. Needless to say I was stoked. Unfortunately it turned into the Paris trip from hell when Ryan ended up with what we assumed was food poisoning on the first night and was extremely ill for the next 5 days of the trip. When we got back to the states we found out that actually, his appendix had ruptured, almost killing him.  

Yeah..so maybe we will go back someday so that he can enjoy Paris as well. He managed to work while we were there somehow, and I managed to take the train to several really amazing places and shop (what else do you do?) for about 3 days straight. Although I took about 100 photos, I will not bore you with them all. Just a few that I think are fun..

So here is our room/box. I quickly realized that in Paris you are either in the $500 room, or the $250 room. This is what you get for $250.

 Oh well, we were not there to hang out in the room. While in Paris I became obsessed with a pair of boots I purchased and chose to wear them everywhere, with anything I had on (luckily, they are good boots).

The first few days I was on a mission to find a few key pieces that I would have forever. Who doesn't want that bag/scarf that when worn you can think to yourself "oh, this is the bag I bought on that Paris trip.."? I wanted that bag, and I wanted to buy from designers who you don't see in the states. So I bought a beautiful nat & nin bag!

Love it. I am really feeling this kind of "elephant grey" color for fall. I also needed a scarf, not because I needed another scarf, but because it was freezing and windy. I found a great little shop next to the Louvre where I purchased a grey and black silk and cotton mix scarf made by a local designer.

Please ignore my no-makeup face; the bathroom in our hotel room was so small I couldn't fit my makeup bag in it. I though that my Paris-based designer shopping would be satisfied, but then these gorgeous amethyst earrings from costume jewelry house Satellite Paris practically attached themselves to my ears..

They are so well-made and breathtaking in person! I hit up H&M after that on the last day we were in Paris where I found some fabulous bangles for all of $5.00 (free??).

I also stopped off at a very tiny shoe store and found a great pair of sandals for around $10.00. They are suede booties in a fab camel color. I almost didn't buy them because the store owner screamed at me in French when I moved some boxes around in an attempt to find my size. I decided that his bad attitude should not stop me from having good shoes, so I purchased them anyway.

This is the view I had while shopping - such lovely buildings!

And of course, we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, where I froze my a$$ off, causing me to leave the tower and immediately search for vodka (for warmth of course). It was a really amazing thing to see in person and something that I will never forget.

The End.