Friday, February 22, 2013

My New Nylon Addiction!

Mermaid Leggings and Muscle Leggings from Black Milk Clothing
     So I have a confession to make. Over the last few months I have developed a nylon obsession with the emphasis on leggings. My current dealer for said addiction is Black Milk Clothing. I am head over heels for this brand with a few exceptions. They aren't US based (yet, they are working on a US hub, so are problems will all be solved) so shipping tends to be a little higher than what someone might normally be used to at around $12.95 (I do understand Australia is forever and a day away, I get it) for standard taking around 2 weeks or so to arrive. Also if you spend over $200 with them you end up being subject to customs fees so just keep that under the $200 and you are good. The company is Australian and I think that's pretty cool, no qualms there.

  All the girls who are fans are referred to as "Sharkies". Like our own private little club to support each other in rationing our nylon addictions. I personally have two pairs of Black Milk leggings currently in my collection and am drooling over several more. The only thing in my way is the price point averaging around $75 a pair. I will say however that the leggings are gorgeous and extremely well made so if you can afford them they are worth it. For example, I have the muscle pair shown above and all the bones and muscles hit right where they are supposed to so that they are anatomically correct. My toddler gets a kick out of lifting up my dress and exposing the glutes and saying "Mommy it's your butt" lol. So they are more than just a piece of clothing, they will also entertain your children lol.

  I love that these pieces also end up being conversation pieces. I like getting a look for wearing a seemingly normal black dress and when people scan down, their eyes open a little wider. A statement piece! I wore the muscle leggings to a photo shoot recently that my daughter was modeling in and the photographer stopped to comment on my muscle leggings. I am sure this guy has seen some odd things in his day being that he photographs for some major brands but he stopped to tell me "Those are the most wild leggings I have ever seen" with a huge smile on his face. I replied saying "thank you very much" whilst executing a curtsey lol, to which he said "they are awesome". Fantastic!

  The company has other items as well. They have tops which I can live without at the moment and are a little expensive for what I would typically pay for a top. More to the point though, some are a little more revealing than what I feel my body type calls for. They are starting to put out "Evil Cheerleader" dresses though, which have really caught my attention. I love the fun flirty silhouette and they are great at covering your rear while showing off any leggings you might be sporting. I can't wait to see what other fabric options they'll come in. Now about their swimsuits...LOVE. I don't own one yet but I will! They are mostly all one piece! Yes!!!! Finally a one piece that is fabulous, edgy, and not matronly. This summer I will have one! My standout pieces are the Ariel/JAWS combo and anything skeletal or muscle in nature. Can you imagine the looks at the local pool?! Eek!!! :)

   So I figured anything this great has to already have competition somewhere in the works right? I mean hello capitalism and non monopolies and all that.  I searched around the ol' inter web and couldn't come up with anything too comparable. Black Milk has amazing quality, awesome fabrics (from LOTR, Star Wars, outer space galaxy, etc), and fantastic selection of extraordinary styles. So I just figured well, I guess I am going to have to pay extra to have these awesome styles imported...well, maybe not. As luck would have it a legging company asked to follow ME (wha?) on Twitter. My guess is because I follow Black Milk on twitter. I know how marketing works lol. This company is called "Galaxy Legs", and while they aren't as big as Black Milk (yet?) or have as large of  a selection they just might be the answer to my current addiction roadblocks. Right now they have a good selection of Galaxy Legging styles. I can't comment on the quality yet though. Their price point is way more friendly and they are US based! No customs fees or high shipping charges. The Galaxy Legs run around $55 a pair but these, unlike Black Milk, go on sale. You can snag a pair for $35. Not too shabby. Now that is if they are of comparable quality. The jury is out on that. Hopefully I can snag a pair and do a full analysis before I can spread the gospel of the US girl's liberation from solely surviving on Black Milk alone (I'll never totally quit you Black Milk, I can't quit you hehe). I'll write a full report on the blog once I have a verdict. My guess is if they are in fact awesome, then more styles and versatility will come. We shall see....

Galaxy Paint Leggings from GalaxyLegs.com
See for yourself!
Black Milk Website
Galaxy Legs Website

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Taste: Tuesday at 8|7c on ABC

Here is my new review for ABC's new show "The Taste". I like this show because the competing chefs get to prepare one bite for a blind taste test. No playing favorites or judging people on anything other than their food. I'm not a huge fan of all the judges though. They are kind of bland with the exception of Nigella Lawson. I do like her very much. If the show carries on for another season I am sure they will shake up the judging panel, but even if they didn't these judges are all very successful and experts in their respective fields so it still works. I'm still on the fence about the judges choosing teams. I haven't decided if I like that part of the format. I guess I am just going to have to keep watching and decide. How exciting! Now if only I could figure out a way to not get hungry watching it lol.

Here is a link to their most recent episode so you can see for yourself! http://abc.tv/Z3jimp


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dino Lingo Language Learning Program for Kids

So I recently had the opportunity to try out these new Dino Lingo language learning programs for kids DVD's with my daughter. We were given the options of trying Spanish, Chinese, or Italian thanks to Influenster. We however chose to go to the company's website and try out Japanese instead. I was given access to the lessons for free as being a member (which is also free to join, no fees ever) of Influenster. Anyone can go on the Dino Lingo site though and access mini lessons in all the languages they offer. I must say it was pretty cute although the animations are not cutting edge or mind blowing. If it's interesting enough to keep my toddler's attention though then that's good enough for me lol. Just from the 3.5 minute preview she already picked up a few words in Japanese. I liked how along with the word being said they also had it spelled out. This is NICE since it shows me what the word consists of to better help her pronounce things. We also looked at the Korean one but the words there were spelled out using the Korean lettering so I couldn't understand a thing. Luckily the Japanese has the lettering us English speakers are used to making it worlds easier. If it didn't I would be hard pressed to purchase it. That's why the Korean idea is scrapped. I will however be purchasing the Japanese version for her since we are planning a trip there in the coming years. I'll update once we make some progress to let you know how it continues to go :) Check out there sites because there are TONS of languages. 

Dino Lingo Japanese Preview 


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Monday, November 12, 2012

November Exclusives

My November Trunk Show exclusives. Spend $50 and get anyone of these at 50% off! Message me for details! I'll have a new selection of exclusives in December! Such a great deal!!!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

There is still time to get your gorgeous item and support the Norren Fraser Foundation. 100% of the net proceeds in October go to the foundation. You can get them here. My Stylist ID is 148481.

Stella & Dot Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Stella & Dot

Hello Friends!

I'm excited to tell you about my new business venture! I decided it was time to do something FUN and just for me! I've always had a passion for design and style, and now I can share that passion with friends.


I've found my passion in a boutique-style accessories company called Stella & Dot. What I love most about representing the Stella & Dot line is that people absolutely adore the jewelry. I also love that I get to work with people like you and that a Stella & Dot Trunk Show is so much fun, and simple, too. It's wonderful to see women taking well-deserved time to indulge in a little style and friendship, two of my favorite things!


You may have seen the line featured in InStyle, Lucky, People, Glamour, or Oprah. The line is not available in stores and includes semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold heirloom pieces. There are also lots of trend setting styles in the $40 range...what a steal!


I would love to help you host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show with your girlfriends. It’s a great way to share a glass of wine and a laugh, while shopping for a fashionable jewelry wardrobe. As a Hostess, you earn free jewelry and accessories (average of $250) and can shop at ½ off. At any time, you can also visit my website to see some of the everyday and versatile style solutions in Stella & Dot’s line. If an in home show isn't the right fit, we have other hosting options too. Just contact me and we can discuss! Can’t wait to catch up with you soon, and get you some FREE jewelry!


 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Influenster Relaunch & their 2012 Naturals VoxBox

Influenster's 2012 Naturals VoxBox

So Influenster has had a reboot of their site recently. I like it so far although it takes some getting used to if you are used to the old ways. I like how fast everything is and how quickly the badges activate but there are some confusing parts too. Like I didn't know I was limited on the amount of expert badges I could get. I am sure it said it on there somewhere but I must have missed it. I went through filling them out without really picking my favorites and am now stuck with some I may not have necessarily chosen had I known. Oh well not the end of the world though. 
  There is an overwhelming amount of things you can do now, and a new point system has been added. I'm on the fence about that one currently. We'll see how it goes though. I am just trying to get used to all the changes. The site is FAST now though I'll say that.

I also wanted to say that the most recent VoxBox that I have received was the 2012 Naturals VoxBox. You may have already seen my reviews on it's contents. Inside was a variety of products that are supposed to be "green" or organic in nature. This was probably the least exciting box I've gotten so far but you can't complain about free stuff lol. I have a picture posted about showing the contents which are as follows: The Original Dish Drying Mat, Lypsyl LypMoisturizer, EBoost Beverage Powder, CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Wipe, GeoDeo Deodorant, Nectresse Sweetener, and SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap. For detailed reviews on these please see the corresponding blog entries :) Hope they help!

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