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February 26, 2013

Midweek Mani & Ebay Sniping 101

       I can't believe March is only a few days away! With March comes the spring so I'm squeezing in my winter polish colors while we are in season.  

       This gorgeous frosty shimmer is Julep's "Emma," described as a seashell golden pink shimmer. It really does remind me of the inside of a seashell :)  Because it is a sheer polish, I layered two coats of Emma over one coat of Helen (Julep).  For a beautiful gloss I topped it off with the Freedom Polymer Top Coat (also Julep - can you tell I'm a big fan?).  I have to admit that the drying time on this one is not so quick and I did manage to get a few nicks and dings on my other hand.

       I actually bought this polish on Ebay and scored this for a pretty decent deal of $5.00 (retails for $14.00 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers) but let me tell you - it was a STRUGGLE! It gets really competitive and especially difficult if you are dealing with sniping.  Don't know what sniping is? I didn't either. 

According to Wikipedia:

     "Auction sniping is the practice, in a timed online auction, of placing a higher bid than the current highest public bid at the last possible moment (often seconds before the end of the auction), giving the other bidders no time to outbid the sniper."

     It doesn't sound fair to me but Ebay openly allows it.  There is a way to find out if a particular auction involves a sniper.  On the listing, click on the bids

Click on "Show Automatic Bids" in the upper right hand corner

Once you open the automatic bids page, scroll down to the bottom. It explains that "Gray text indicates an automatic bid (proxy bid) placed by eBay on behalf of the bidder. "

       And there you are, SEVEN different snipers involved in this one auction.  If you aren't using sniping software, chances are you have no chances!  

February 25, 2013

Introducing Cayli @ Caylie Sue!

Hey Guys!

It has been  nice weekend! I got to spend a lot of with people that I love. I got to go shopping and hang out with my sister! I am blog swapping with Kali. She is super cute. Super nice and of course you know her blog is super cute. Because of her I will probably be doing the Julep Maven box. Let's be honest who isn't obsessed with nail polish!

The outfit today was dressy. Some days you want to be in a pretty dress and just be pretty. I was sick this day so the need to feel extra pretty was needed. My hubby bought me this dress for Valentines day. Isn't he awesome! Hope all of you pretties have an awesome week. Don't forget to stop by www.caylisue.blogspot.com for OOTD's and makeup tips. 



Dress: Betty Paige
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Lia Sophia


Thanks for sharing Cayli!  Is she not a gorgeous pin-up flashback?! 

<3 Kali

February 20, 2013

February Trend of the Month: Black and White

Happy Wednesday!
 I've been gone for a few days b/c work has been super busy but I'm back :)

       Today I'm linking up with the lovely Marion at MarionBerry Style for this month's trend - Black and White.  Before I go on, I'd like to give Kudos to Marion who just gave birth to handsome son a few weeks ago and is already looking like a movie star! W.O.W!

       I had just a few minutes of sunlight to take a few pics and they aren't the best - I apologize in advance.  I wore a damask print black and white tunic dress with a black cardigan and paired that with these super cute red suede wedges. Would you believe that I bought these for only $6? YES! Payless had them on sale for $10 and since I had to drive to another location for my size, the associate gave me a $4 coupon. They are amazing comfortable and a happy new addition to my wardrobe.  

       In the pictures above and below, I am wearing Julep's "Ellen" - described as a deep berry creme.  Unfortunately this color is sold out but you might be able to pick one up on Ebay. I thought it would be just a tad more pink-ish in person but it came across red. What do you think?  I also tried to do an upside down gradient as an accent. I used "Sparkled" by Wet N-Wild and Poshe Super Fast Drying Top Coat. 

        My nails broke away all weekend so I had to model with nubs lol.  And as I was taking these pictures outside, I hear a loud ruckus. I turned around and a trail ride was passing by. It was really random and neat to see, being that I'm a city girl (now under reform).

Also Linking Up With:

February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day <3

Babe, you still light my fire!

I'm working on a surprise..will update later :)

Ok...DONE! And I'm soooo exhasuted.

       This year for V-day I wanted to surprise Lover with an edible arrangement - which I know he would appreciate way more than roses lol.  Anywho, have you seen how much those suckers cost? Talk about an arm and a leg! I decided to make my own and deliver it  personally.  Lover and I are attached at the hip so it was pretty difficult to sneak around and get anything past him but I pulled it off. I totally surprised him at work and he LOVED it! I think I might have made him blush - but shhhh because he might be mad if he knew I told you ;)

Ingredient and Cost Breakdown:

1 case of strawberries = $1.98
1 mango = $0.98
2 red apples = $1.06
2 cans of Dole pineapple chunks (in natural juice) = $1.26
1 bag of Hershey's Sugar Free Dark Chocolate = $1.98
1 bag of Bamboo Skewers (100 ct) = $1.76
1 vase (already owned) = $0
1 handful of red stone pebbles (already owned) = $0
1 bunch of red ribbon/piping = $0.99
1 sheet of stickers = $0.99

Total Home-made Cost: $11.00
Edible Arrangement Cost $45.00 (similar arrangement)

WOW - that is some serious saving!

P.S. - to keep apples from browning,  sprinkle some salt in a bowl of water and let apple pieces sit for just a few mins. 

One last time...

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Manicure

V-Day is less than a day away! Are you ready?       

       Tomorrow is going to be a crazy busy day and I can't say too much about it because I might ruin the surprise for Lover...who might be reading this despite his denial ;) Love you babe!  Anywho, I had to squeeze in my manicure a day early.  

      Last year - I forget for which occasion - Lover bought me a few nail polishes including this gorgeous pink color below. It's Pink Promenade by NYC. I was really grateful and thanked him, but I remember thinking at the time that it was a little too loud/bright for me.  Now that I'm wearing it for the first time I feel silly because I actually really like it!  On another note, I was at a dollar store a few weeks ago picking up household supplies and found a mini red glitter polish with hearts for just a few quarters. I knew I was going to incorporate it into my V-day mani and here it is - enjoy :) 

What I used:

NYC - Pink Promenade Creme (#109)
L.A. Colors Color Craze - Red Glitter Hearts
Kleancolor - White (#4)
Kleancolor - Sheer Red (#133)
Poshe Super-fast Drying Top Coat
Julep Essential Cuticle Oil

Accent Nail:

I started with a coat of white as an undercolor.  I then added another 2 coats of sheet red, followed by 2 coats of the glitter polish & sealed it with the Poshe top coat.

Linking Up With:

February 8, 2013

Polymer Top Coat, I Love You!


I'm linking up with Tara @ Fabulous But Evil for my favorite time of the week....     

The Nail Files Link Up

       Today I'm wearing "Claudette," which I received in my February Julep Maven Box. It's described as a smoky brick red creme.  I wasn't too thrilled about it at first but the more I wear it the more I love it. The color has more of a dark/brown tint in person and I think its a great mature red..not too bright.  

      What I am absolutely in love with is the Freedom Polymer Top Coat (Julep). Look at this gorgeous gloss. For goodness sakes, you can see the tree reflecting off my nails in the second picture! Seriously? Yes! It dries quick and I haven't had a problem with smudging. There is a little bit of shrinkage, BUT, if you paint the free edge of your nail (the tip edge) first, no shrinkage!  This is really giving Poshe a run for their money. 

Superbowl Mani

      I also used Claudette for Sunday's Superbowl Mani.  Being a California native, I had hoped that the SF 49ers would crack the competition..cheesy I know ;)  As it turned out, the joke was on me. 

Also Linking Up With:

Join in on our Friday blog hops and see what these other fab ladies have to offer!

                                  Jean @ What Jean Loves         Andrea @ Glam Hungry Mom

     Aloha Friday Blog Hop     Glam Hungry Mom

February 6, 2013

No Fat Guide To: Evening Wear

Happy Humpday Wednesday!  Now if the clock only read 4:59 p.m....

       Valentines Day fever is in full effect. I'm racking my brain about where we going out for dinner, and haven't started shopping my closet for an outfit yet.  Here are a few tips from Charla Krupp's How to Never Look Fat Again (evening wear chapter) to keep in mind while shopping for that perfect outfit.  

Medium or Small Busted

                             c/o Windsor         

                         c/o Forever 21

       Try strapless, one-shoulder, or alter styles.  Strapless dresses are always top sellers because they showcase shoulders while leaving the rest to the imagination  Strapless dresses in empire-waist styles flow gently under the bust and when enhanced with draped or tiered fabric make good choices for Buddha bellies.  More structured strapless styles with a defined waist and fuller A-line skirts disguise full thighs and big derriere; just choose fabrics that won't cling to your skin (Lycra). For those who feel a little too nude in strapless dresses, try dresses with sheer-illusion mesh tops. 

Kali Commentary:  LOVE the red and black polkadot dress. It doesn't get any cuter than a sweetheart neckline (which  features a padded bust).  The illusion bow design and ruching are perfect for camouflaging muffin tops, aka love handles ;)  This goemetric print dress is fun and edgy. Feel free to accessorize with lots of color. By the way, its a steal for $10.80!

Big Busted, Flappy Arms

                                          c/o Asos

                                         c/o Asos

       Wear softer draped blouses and tops with ruffles, draped necklines, and graceful voluminous sleeves on top of slim, tailored skirts and pants.  V-necklines break up the heaviness of a full, wide chest. 

        Kali Commentary:  Aren't these colors gorgeous? The flowy sleeves hide "flap" and eliminate the need for a cardigan. The The v-neck cut is also flattering to bigger busts because it elongates the neckline and gives the illusion of a longer and slimmer upper body.  

Muffin Tops, Flabby Middle, Belly

                                                   c/o Lulus 

                                    c/o Forever 21

     Look for fabrics that are generously ruched, draped, or gathered to blur bulges.  An empire, raised waistline, one-shoulder column style with no defined break at the middle will neatly glide over belly and muffin top issues. Even fitted, structured shapes like sheath dresses incorporate these features.

      Kali Commentary:  Floral print is all the rage right now, and lace is timeless. The draping at the waistline of the floral print dress is very forgiving and the structure of the neckline is really fun and pulls the eye upward.  And of course, who doesn't need a flattering LBD? Make it pop with great accessories. 

Happy hunting!

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