Archive for May, 2012

How to Pack for a Trip

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 8:57 am

With this season being the busiest for travel, it leaves things wide open for packing all the wrong things.  Sometimes you’ll get to your destination with the appropriate clothes, shoes, and toiletries in hand, only to realize you’ve left your phone charger at home.  (Don’t you hate that?)  So it stands to reason that having a little help with the packing wouldn’t hurt anyone.  Heck, it might even be worth a $2 investment.

Packing

This is where the Packing Pro App comes in.  When I found this, I realized I didn’t have to forget my toothpaste and socks every single trip. The app’s website touts it as ” your very own portable, personal packing assistant. This powerful, flexible and easy-to-use tool can help you better manage your travel packing needs and expectations“.  Wow. Fancy. (more…)

The Only Salsa You’ll Ever Want to Eat (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2012 at 3:57 pm

As someone who is now living gluten and refined sugar-free, I have my eye on all things natural and delicious so I don’t wither up into a rice cake ball and blow away.  I want tasty.  I want exciting. I want DELICIOUS!

Lucky for me and all the rest of you health nuts who don’t want to compromise on taste, I have good news.  News that will make you realize there is a whole wide world out there that is all natural, preservative and additive free, fat free, gluten free, kosher certified, and remarkably still the best stuff you’ve ever stuffed in your pie hole.

By now you’re probably thinking I’ve found the Holy Grail of deliciousness.  Well, you’re right.  Wholly Salsa.

Salsa? Yes, salsa.  And recognize the “Wholly”?  As in “Wholly Guacamole”?  If you’ve ever tried their guac, then you know what I’m guac-in’ bout. It’s darn good stuff.  And now they’ve got salsa that is so yummy I’d eat them straight out of the package without any dippers. (more…)

Is Fashion Your Religion or Religion Your Fashion?

Posted by    |    May 22nd, 2012 at 7:00 am

It has come to my attention (thank you, ABCNews.com,) that Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church has started a fashion blog called Pastor Fashion.  Kudos to their PR team for getting this story national attention, eh? This article poses an interesting question about how fashion and religion mesh together these days, and judging by the comments, no one seems all that sure.

Is there a way to bridge the gap between dressing to be noticed and dressing to be modest?  Should ministers care about labels and brands?  Should they be sent over swag to hock on their blogs to congregational readers? Or, is this a major leap forward in the world of religion to embrace the cool of our culture?  It stands to be reasoned that we gravitate towards those who look, think, and dress like we do, so more souls stand to be reached if we aren’t all wearing choir robes, right?

Either way, I compiled a few images of famous pastors and their style of choice.  Pinstripes seem overwhelmingly popular with the men of the cloth.

*On a side note, it seems like reverends always have an abundance of shiny, thick hair.  If theology is the secret to that, I’m kicking myself for passing over a religion major in college.

 

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Light the Runway Recap: Dress For Success

Posted by    |    May 21st, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Last Friday night, Tootsies opened their doors for an event that did more than just benefit Dress For Success Dallas-it put smiles on the faces of everyone there.  Not the “I’m smiling because there are photographers surrounding the place” smiles, but real, genuine, unforced smiles of joy.  Hearing the mission of Dress For Success Dallas firsthand from several ladies who have been through the program is something that really strikes a positive chord inside.

Basically, the organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The confidence, the sheer pride in what they’ve accomplished…it’s inspiring, to say the least.

In addition to the priceless inspiration, father-daughter duos walked the runway wearing what can only be described as the most colorful, sparkly, and summertime fabulous clothes you’ve ever seen on a Friday night.  Tootsies was the ideal backdrop for this display, with colorful collections surrounding the runway beckoning attendees to shop their hearts out as soon as the show ended.  With Dress For Success Dallas as your motivation and shopping as your tool to help those in need, how can it get any better?

To find out more regarding Dress For Success Dallas, visit: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx

 

 

Wedding Season Is Upon Us

Posted by    |    May 18th, 2012 at 11:18 am

Weddings.  They are like graduations, except more expensive and with more gifts.  Now that we are creeping past graduation soirees, wedding season is here to sear your eyeballs with loveliness.

As we ponder our own weddings (real or imagined,) here is some wedding eye candy for your weekend enjoyment.

Could these labels and invites from Pinhole Press be any cuter?  Personalized pretty stuff gets me every. single. time. (more…)

Share Your Steal and Win $500!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am

You know how you’ll find a great deal and want to brag about it to all your friends?  Well, until June 1st you can potentially be paid for it!  Yep, paid, mi amigos. The down and dirty courtesy of The Shops at Park Lane: “The next time you’re out at The Shops at Park Lane’s great stores and see a great deal, don’t forget to take a photo and post it to their social media pages. The better the deal, the greater the likelihood of you winning!” (more…)

Giving Pink a Wink: Trying Out Mary Kay

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2012 at 10:41 am

I remember seeing those pale pink compacts in my Mom’s dressing table drawer as a kid.  They were calling my name, begging  me to open them and play.  Alas, the one time I made this calling a reality, I’m pretty sure it resulted in time-out and red lipstick all over my face and most of the counter.  That was my first and last experience with Mary Kay.  Until now.

I was offered the chance to try out some of Mary Kay’s new cosmetic and spa-like products, and I was intrigued to find out why so many women are addicted.  Scores of women sell the brand successfully year after year, as evidenced by pink Cadillacs scooting around town.  The brand is shrouded in a sort of mystery, since it isn’t available in stores but has a cult-like following of devotees.  If it was good enough for my Mom a few decades ago, I figure it must still be pretty impressive to have continued in that success.

Keeping things short and sweet, this is what I found out: Mary Kay is a brand for smart, on-the-go ladies.  Smart, you say?  Yes.  With compacts that allow you to switch out colors magnetically, you aren’t filling your makeup drawer with 100 different compacts taking up all your free space.  You only need a few compacts that you supplement with smaller, lighter cases of colors that can be snapped into those compacts in 5 seconds.  Me likey. (more…)

Cool Spotting: Fashion Ponytail DIY Video

Posted by    |    May 15th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ever wonder how some women have mastered the high-ponytail look?

'60s style ponytail.

It’s chic and polished and pretty, but not always easy to achieve.  Today, I present to you a quick YouTube video starring the ridiculously beautiful Katie from the popular blog, “Running on Happiness“.  She’s easy to follow and makes you believe that if you follow these easy steps, you’ll look as regal as she does in the end.

Where to Buy ALL the Summer Essentials

Posted by    |    May 14th, 2012 at 10:50 am

It has been a few years since I’ve gotten a swimsuit that I wouldn’t be ashamed to wear in public….meaning, the others I own are either very outdated or just plain ugly.  But let’s face it; trying on a new swimsuit is akin to shopping for a new car or going to the dentist for most of us.  It’s exhausting trying to find just the right fit, embarrassing if you don’t know what you’re doing, and hunting down the right accessories to go with it at various stores just seems like a waste of time.  BUT-when armed with the motivation of a fabulous cruise, a sexy summer vacation, or long, lazy days at the pool, I think I can brave almost anything to find a suit that will stand out and flatter my figure.

Here is where Everything But Water comes in.  They literally have everything but water.  You need a suit?  No problem! They have the most colorful and luxurious array I have ever seen in my life.  Cover ups that double as a cute top or dress for a night out?  Check.  Bracelets, shoes, handbags, hats, sunglasses, lip balm, and more?  Oh, yes, they have that, too! (more…)

Stella Dallas Grand Opening Party Next Tuesday

Posted by    |    May 10th, 2012 at 11:24 am