[Modernized] Flapper Fashion.

This past weekend, I went out to dinner with some friends to celebrate my 24th Birthday. It was low key, which was nice, but as the dinner got closer it dawned on me. My usual over the top birthday party planning skills weren’t being put to any use. [see my 80’s party blog] The truth is I just had a Valentine’s party and I wasn’t up for planning another so soon after. So I settled on dinner at a imagesSX96Z8YYnice restaurant with some close friends. But I wanted something to make the night a little more festive, something to make it sparkle. So as I rummaged my closet for the perfect birthday night outfit, I had a fun light bulb idea. I wanted to dress up like I lived in the 1920’s. Me and my themes. I just can’t get enough of them! I always say how I want to be able to dress and pretend to live a day in every major fashion era. So after a little sifting and searching I settled on some key pieces to make my outfit 1920’s flapper inspired.

The base of my outfit was a pair of black skinny dress pants, and a black lace sleeveless shirt. I paired that with a black sequined shrug, for some sparkle. Then added a pair of nude, low heeled pumps, a long pearl necklace, some flashy gold and pearl jewelry, a makeshift headband and the star of the night; a faux fur scarf. In my opinion the fur scarf and headband are what really sold the outfit . And can I just say the scarf came with a hat and the whole set was found in the 99 cents store for like 7 bucks. So… bargain. Yes! And my headband was a headband I found at a clothing store in the accessories section for around 4 dollars and I had a pair of peacock feathered earrings that I don’t wear much anymore so I just repurposed the feather and sewed it onto the headband and viola!

As for makeup I stuck to the traditional 20’s inspired look; dark eyes, and deep red lips. I mixed a lot of browns, blacks, and shimmery white and taupe colors to get that smokey look. And the lipstick was a mixture of first outlining my lips with a bright red lip liner then on one lip bright red and the other dark red, then smooch, and blend, it gives you this nice mix.

Moving onto my hair. First I just curled by hair completely with an Infinity Conair curling wand. This look works best on second day hair. Then I made a small pony tail and folded it under at the back of my head and got to bobby pinning away. Bobby Pins are going to be your best friend for this look. I just pinned all along the nape of my neck to secure it and make it look like a bob, like they wore in the 20’s. I left my bangs out along with some other longer curls to frame my face and make the look more full. I also sprayed a lot of hair spray, added a bit of dry shampoo to my hands and work it into the crown of my hair just to fluff it up and add some texture and volume to the look. It’s really just a play around with it until you get your desired length and fullness look. It was easier then I thought.

I’ve always wanted to dress like a flapper for Halloween and I’ve never liked any of the costumes I came across. So this way I still got to dress like a flapper but put my own spin on it, to make it a little more wearable for this generation’s fashion. I’ve always been intrigued by the fashion of The Roaring Twenties. It was a time where women began to take risks with their fashion. It was a time where they were no longer being restricted by corsets. The hem lines got shorter, makeup got heavier and the fabrics got more luxurious. Women were taking a stand and using fashion as a way to tell their stories, a way to express themselves. Sound familiar? Not much has changed. The relationship between women and their fashion is one that remains the same. Constant.  No matter what the decade.

1920’s Flapper Fashion

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My Modernized Version

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I have to admit I’m pretty reserved and shy. I’m not the type of person to draw attention to myself. So I was a little like “oh crap people are gonna look at me like I’m crazy.” But once I got dressed I got so excited about my outfit and finally getting to dress like I lived in the 20’s for a night that I just ignored anything else and any weird looks. I just owned it and hey if people looked, I smiled and rocked it. Strangers were even saying Happy Birthday to me! I was happy and I was just being my weird unique self. So if you are dying to try on a 1920’s inspired look, you totally should! And don’t let anyone sway your sparkle.

Some pictures from Dinner

The outfit in action. 😉

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Red lips on point! And shout out to my girls for throwing in some beads and 20’s touches! 😀

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Happy Birthday to my fellow March babies!

*I do not take credit for the actual 1920’s fashion pictures.*

Check Out My 80’s Party Fashion HERE!

-<3-

A Story of “The Man” & his “Nina”

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(Quick Disclaimer: I am in no way commenting on Ed’s relationships or his rumored relationship with a certain other artist by the name Nina. I just love his music and thought  this could be a cool lyrical poem/short story.)

Give Me Love like her, he whispered in silent prayer.

Drunk on a memory.

Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes.

A Photograph; a moment frozen in time.

Displaying an Afire Love so deep.

A love that could make One, Sing.

This is the start of something beautiful.

This love between The Man and his girl, a girl named Nina.

A love that makes you feel chemicals in your Bloodstream.

Color crimson in your eyes.

A heart beating so fast, your palms start to sweat.

But this wasn’t always so.

With every storm comes a rainbow.

A story of love.

Of hidden truths so scared to uncover.

There is a story behind All Of The Stars in the sky and all the smiles and frowns.

The stories that lie behind the eyes.

He’s falling for her eyes, but they don’t know him yet.

A story so sacred, Even My Dad Does Sometimes, cry.

Let’s Take It Back, to a time when The Man would sing songs like “I’m A Mess” and “You Need Me I Don’t Need You,” songs about heart break, songs that fought to mask the pain.

A cry to the world, a cry that is Thinking Out Loud in whispers.

A cry saying Give Me Love, Kiss Me like you wanna be loved.

People fall in love in mysterious ways.

She left.

But he caught her, before she became a Runaway.

And as her salted tears failed to dry, he wiped his Shirtsleeves under her eyes.

Don’t mess with my love, she said.

Heart in her hands.

U.N.I can build a Lego House in The City near the Tenerife Sea, he said.

Heart at her feet, hopeful.

With a view, a view that says without saying; Wake Me Up.

Inspirational visions at their door step, knocking.

This is their reality.

If things go wrong we can knock it down, the Lego House, we can knock it down, she said.

She was met with silence, not because The Man had any doubts, but because he didn’t.

He knew with absolute certainty, that he was in love.

Fast Forward time.

Photos and memories still capture that love.

Do you see the fire?

I See Fire, a burning eternal flame.

It may flicker, it may dim, but it will always stay lit, ignited.

A Small Bump ready to be born.

My how things have changed.

Wake Me Up Wake Me Up, he said.

Is this real?

A young boy meets a girl, in Grade 8 and they made their own version of The A Team.

Wake Me Up, Give Me Love.

Is this real? Or is this all in my head? He Said, She said.

Maybe we found love right where we are, They say, they sing.

Years Later…

They’re still going strong.

The Man and his Nina.

How many Ed Sheeran song titles did you spot?

**I do not take any credit for any images, videos, music or modified lyrics used.**

Listen to Ed’s “+” & “x”

Read Ed’s Lyrics HERE

-<3-

Spring 2015

So if you live on the East coast then you should know what a crappy winter we have had. And just as Spring rolls around, we are all singing our hallelujahs. Except stop right there friends. Because on March 20th, our beloved “First Day of Spring” was graced not with budding flowers, or chirping birds, not even a ray of sunshine was seen. No it was full on snowing. The age old saying about March how it “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” is a load of bull crap. My birthday is in the end of March and for the past I want to say 2 or 3 years my day has been freezing and just very un-lamb like. And quite frankly it sucks and I’m over it. Winter you here that, I’m over you. I think I speak for everyone when I say Winter, you are overrated. So forge ahead with me my friends and let’s hope this recent snow fall is the last of it. We need some Spring time happiness am I right or am I right? Just in case you were confused…I’m right. 😉

***The top 10 things I’m looking forward to this Spring***

Light Jackets/Kimonos

(I am so tired of bundling up and having to wear layers upon layers.)

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Wearing Bright Colors

(I seriously have been in black and gray far too long. Bring on the Pastels!)

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Spring Fashion/Accessories

(Ummm yes let’s talk about the new Essie nail polish colors that are bound to catch our eyes! And I can’t wait to break out my flower crowns!)

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Easter

(Time of religious glory and spending time with family…oh and I get to make my God Daughter her Easter basket…I already bought everything and plan to do an Easter egg hunt with her. She’s gonna be so much fun to color eggs with this year!)

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Sunshine and cool breezes

(The perfect weather balance, one that you can actually walk in and enjoy…better weather, better feels.)

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Grabbing Frozen Yogurt with friends

(Because ain’t nobody got time for that in the winter!)

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TV show premieres

(Finding Carter *MTV and Young & Hungry *abc family.)

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Spring Break

(This no longer applies to me, but a bunch of my friends are teachers and some are getting their masters too so their Spring break is our time to see each other and catch up!)

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Flowers and Trees

(The world just looks refreshed and happy again….nature’s way of decorating!)

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My Birthday!

(I turn 24 this week, yes getting older sucks, but it’s definitely an excuse to celebrate with your friends and family!)

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* I do not take any credit for any images *

Happy Spring!

-<3-

Fifth Harmony “Reflection” Album Review

tumblr_naxu9awXrp1s9hd2fo1_1409097071_cover[1]These five girls came onto the scene as hopeful contestants on Season Two of X Factor (USA) a few years ago. They placed third. But if you ask me they should have either placed runner up or won. They were that good. [Although I have to say Carly Rose Sonenclar  made me cry every single time she sang, I really wanted her to win! But Tate Stevens won over both acts and that was the stupidest outcome I’ve ever seen!] But looking at where they all are now, they’ve won BIG time. Each of the five girls of Fifth Harmony auditioned for the competition as solo artists. When they were not chosen to go to the next round, hearts shattered and so did dreams. But then the judges; Simon, Demi, Britney and LA Reid, surprised them all by creating a girl group; Camila, Lauren, Dinah, Ally and Normani. And they became Fifth Harmony.

(formerly known as LYLAS- [Love You Like A Sister] and 1432.) HERE is one of my favorite performances of theirs on X Factor.

Upon their exit from X Factor the girls released “Better Together” an EP of amazing songs, including popular singles Miss Movin’ On and Me & My Girls. They even opened for well known acts like Austin Mahone, Cher Lloyd and even their X Factor Judge Demi Lovato on her recent Neon Lights Tour. Now Fifth Harmony has released a brand new full studio album; Reflection  that brought us new hits like Boss and Sledgehammer, and they are now headlining their own tour. As a fan of there’s from the beginning, I can safely say I feel like a proud cousin, or something, haha. I don’t know… I’m just so proud of how far they’ve come and how their talent has only grown.

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Listen to Reflection below:

Some of my current favorites include:

*Like Mariah (I died when I heard the intro…Sound Familiar?)

Was anyone else a big fan of Mariah Carey as a kid? No, just me, ok…

(…lies) 😉

*Them Girls Be Like

*We Know

Fav Lyric:

[Camila:]
Even though you’re so damn fine
I know I’m
Better off without u
Even if you cross my mind
I would always have to doubt you

*Going Nowhere

Fav Lyric:

[Chorus:]
 Sit yourself down, ’cause you know you gonna stay
Boy, you better listen to the words I say
You ain’t going noooooo where.
You ain’t going noooooo where.
Boy, you better act like you got some sense,
‘Cause you got a dime, and it’s money well spent.
You ain’t going noooooo where.
You ain’t going noooooo where.

*Body Rock

*Brave, Honest, Beautiful

Fav Lyric:

[Chorus – Camila:]
You can dance like Beyoncé
You can shake like Shakira
‘Cause you’re brave, yeah, you’re fearless
And you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
So whine like Rihanna
Go and pose like Madonna
‘Cause you’re brave, yeah, you’re honest
And you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful

Read all Fifth Harmony lyrics HERE

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Lauren, Ally, Normani, Camila, Dinah

I just really love the album. With every listen I become more obsessed and I end up having a new favorite song each time. It is definitely one of the albums I’m listening to most lately. I just love how they spread positivity about body image and going after what you want and just believing in yourself and who you are. But they do it with such sass. Girl Power at it’s finest, give it a listen!

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* I do not take credit for any images or videos used.*

-<3-

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching MTV’s EYE CANDY

Watch the Trailer below:

Loosely based on the R.L. Stine novel by the same name. Read More HERE.

*** 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching MTV’s Eye Candy ***

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  1. Tommy & Lindy
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    Partners? Friends? or More? We still don’t know. But there’s definite potential there.

  2. Tommy is HOTTT…like holy crap where did you come from hot?
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    Oh hey you were Chad on Days of Our Lives…

  3. Lindy is a hacker who uses her skills to overpower the police but also to help save lives and find missing people. She uses her powers for good, she’s like a superhero! Kicking ass! Victoria Justice is stepping things up and taking on more mature roles. Who else watched Victorious? Yea I admit it, no shame. That show would have me cracking up laughing. But I’ve got to say Eye Candy is something special.  avatar_victoria_justice_mtv_s_eye_candy_promo_S3HxAgUH.sized[1]
  4. George is her adorable, smart-techy sidekick, he’s just a little teddy bear! You’ve got to love him! Lindy_George[1]
  5. Its timeslot is a pretty good one, Monday nights on MTV at 10. For me there’s not much that this conflicts with, so that’s a plus when you’re a TV show juggler like me.

    Mondays @ 10

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  6. The setting is New York City, as a Brooklyn girl I get giddy just thinking about shows who are based where I live. It just makes things more relatable.Eye-Candy[1]
  7. The mystery. This is a really cool concept, a different type of storytelling.
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    The story revolves around Lindy’s determination to find her kidnapped sister.

  8. Plot Twist; Lindy definitely gets hit with a few surprises.
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    Like when an unknown stalker becomes obsessed with Lindy and claims she is perfection, he ends up killing those around her who he deems imperfect just to prove a point…

  9. Lindy’s past with Ben and her present with Jake….it all ties into the mystery…really good stuff!
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    Jake…he’s super hot! He kinda looks like Christian Gray, which is never bad.  ;P

  10. And last but not least Eye Candy  teaches you to be cautious of people, technology and all accounts of social media. The world is watching. #thatswhymywebcamiscovered. 😉imagesTP4ZHNT4

Catch up on Eye Candy Season 1 on MTV.com

The finale airs tonight Monday @ 10pm on MTV

Fingers crossed for some #Tindy scenes…yea it’s a thing.

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This show is SO GOOD, and really underrated. I sincerely hope it gets a Season 2, there’s so much more to explore. And the characters are so interesting. This story is by far, not over with. I only hope the network feels the same way the show’s fans do.

* I do not take credit for any images, gifs, or videos used. *

-<3-

Jennifer Lopez; The Actress.

We all know her as Jenny from the Block, She’s real and her Love don’t cost a thing.anigif_enhanced-buzz-24859-1372691964-48[1]

But as her music career continues, I find that her movies are what I love most. I just love how in every role she plays she makes her character so relatable.

But needless to say I can still get my groove on to On the Floor and when Let’s Get Loud comes on you know I’m running to the dance floor. #partystarter

**My favorite JLo films.**

Selena (1997)

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Jennifer played Mexican American singing sensation Selena Quintanilla. The resemblance is really something and even though she lip sung the songs out of respect to the artist Selena’s memory, I remember hearing how hard she studied Selena’s gestures and stage movements to get things just right. That’s dedication and it’s definitely one of my favorite Jennifer Lopez films and films in general. I had a serious obsession with this film when I was a kid, I was so heartbroken by Selena’s passing. She was a true artist. And a generous soul. Til this day whenever it’s on, I watch, but I will admit I usually don’t stick around for the end, gets me every time. But on a lighter note I will do the washing machine and belt out the not so correct words to “Como La Flor.” I own the soundtrack and can’t understand what she’s saying. haha. Rosetta Stone where you at?

WATCH JLo pay tribute to Selena during one of her concerts.

The Wedding Planner (2001)

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Jennifer plays wedding planner Mary Fiore. To say I was obsessed with this movie would be an understatement. This is the movie that put me in the “I wanna be a party planner” phase of my life. That scene where she finds the F.O.B (father of the bride) drunk and hiding out. And she instantly whips open her blazer and you see a party planning fanny back essentially full of little things everyone may need in a crisis. It’s freakin genius! She’s just perfect the entire movie! I freakin’ love it! And well Matthew McConaughey is her love interest so um yea…there’s that. 😉

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

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Jennifer plays maid and single mom Marisa Ventura. Um… I still adore this movie. My favorite scene is when she’s getting ready to meet her man (that guy that kinda looks like Liam Neeson but isn’t), to “end things” and they show her getting ready, her hair, makeup, and omg the outcome is just magical. I was always so jealous of her dress! Oh and fun fact her kid is played by Tyler Posey, the Teen Wolf  kid. He was such a cutie in the film!

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Enough (2002)

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Jennifer plays Slim Hiller, a mom and wife. Her husband constantly cheats [who cheats on JLO?] and becomes abusive when she confronts him, endangering the lives of her and her daughter. When it seems like there’s no hope for safety, Slim takes things into her own hands and it’s pretty KICK-ASS. Enough is ENOUGH. Seriously her most badass role to date, in my opinion.

Shall We Dance? (2004)

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Jennifer plays Paulina a dance teacher. This film has kind of a strange dynamic because it almost seems as though Paulina is falling for her dorky, dance challenged, older student played by Richard Gere. But then we just see how it’s just about dance. At the root of the story the movie is about using dance as a form of fun expression and shaking out of your shell. And Jennifer Lopez at the root is a dancer; a true, crazy talented dancer. I mean home-girl was a fly girl on in living color, need I say more? Plus her clothes in this movie make me want to take a dance class, just so I can dress like that. 😉

Monster In Law (2005)

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Jennifer plays Charlie a bohemian soul, she holds many jobs such as yoga instructor, dog walker, but she loves to paint. Charlie meets an amazing man and is engaged to him rather quickly. But the honeymoon phase is cut short, that is even before the honeymoon even gets to happen, as Charlie monster-in-law-wedding-dress[1]has to deal with his crazy overbearing, overly possessive, mother. This character is spunky. I love her outfits in this movie yet again. Everything always looks kind of thrown together, but creates a style in itself; it’s a style that lets the world know she’s a creative soul. Her wedding dress in this film makes her look like a Latin princess. Can you say va va voom! And there’s also this other little tidbit that I adore, Charlie wears a question mark necklace throughout the film. And when asked why, she says “Oh, ’cause I just don’t know.” Which I found really cool and an amazing little character trait. I mean the world is full of questions, no? Hey look that was one right there. And the necklace complements the free spirit in her character. This “go with the flow” Charlie is very different from The Wedding Planner’s uptight, “everything in its perfect place;” Mary Fiore. But yet Jennifer rocks both roles.

The Back Up Plan (2010)

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Jennifer plays Zoe, a woman who is looking to become a mother on her own and on the day she is artificially inseminated, she meets the man of her dreams. Is it me or do all the guys she co-stars with kinda look alike? Hmmm JLo’s got a type. I kid, I kid. So the two must navigate a tricky situation and see if this is indeed something they can work through. It’s a backwards story, but a sweet one. Definitely not my absolute favorite, but I watch it every time I see it on, so I had to include it. There’s some comedy in there too that you just can’t deny. Worth watching!

 

And I don’t know about you guys but I’m super interested in seeing her newest film [that she produced] The Boy Next Door, look scandalous. 😉 #GetItGirl

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Thanks for entertaining us Jennifer, you are a super woman. Considering you had movie after movie some released during the same year and on top of that a music career too. You are a force to be reckoned with and an inspiration. We love you J to the Lo. 😉

 * I do not take credit for any images, gifs, or videos used. *

-<3-

To be a woman is amazing.

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In honor of yesterday being International Women’s Day…I wanted to give a little inspirational shout out to all the amazing and badass women out there…

Dear my fellow Women,

You are smart. You are beautiful. You are creative souls with kind hearts. You are daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, friends, neighbors. You are powerful and full of wonder. You have the ability to bear children and you are instilled with maternal instinct. You feel and you express those feelings. You are a warrior. You are more than what you look like, more than what society tells you you are, more than  any gratification a compliment from a man may give you. You are magic, you are superb. You are brilliant and interesting. You have stories that need to be told. Stories that hold lessons that are untouchable if not told by you and only you. Stories that hold true love and heart. Stories about real women, walking through life, finding themselves. Stories that show scars and ways of picking yourself up, overpowering doubt and moving on. You can be everything and anything you want to be.

So often our brilliance is stifled or is misunderstood or our voices go unheard.  Society shapes the ways we get treated and then tries to correct it, only to have media strike again. Walk this way, talk this way, act this way, look this way, cook, clean, be a stay at home mom. For once I just want to see the words…Think. For. Yourself. – Be. Yourself. In any shape or form that is. Own it. Be the woman you always wanted be, and maybe if you look in the mirror hard enough into your soul, you’ll realize she’s been in there all along. Give her permission to shine.

Women are the glue that hold this world together. That hold families together. The ones who create new life. The ones who nurture and care. In my opinion women are BADASS. All women. To be a woman is amazing. It’s not easy, it’s complicated, difficult, at times unmanageable.  Because somehow we’ve been rendered  to have all the answers; all the solutions to all the problems. But we don’t and we never will, but it is amazing. We are women and we are amazing. Tell yourself that and believe it.

Happy Women’s Day!

* I do not take credit for any images or videos used. *

-<3-