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December 3, 2012


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BEYONCÉ aka Bey aka Sasha Fierce has decided to add part time fashion blogger to her resumé. Last month, Beyoncé finally decided to upgrade her social media game and join millions of Instagram users. Let’s keep it real though, Beyoncé has been more than a little slow to adapt to social media. She joined Tumblr earlier this year and with only four updates on Twitter – it’s fair to say that social media is not Bey’s cup of tea. Then again, it doesn’t have to be – she’s a global phenom without any of it. So, when Bey (username BaddieBey) joined Instagram the night of the Presidential Election, people were excited but I wanted to wait a minute to see how she would manuever this platform, a whole new world to her. Would she...


November 19, 2012


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You guys, 90s fashion does not only consist of baggy clothes, boot-cut jeans and grunge. Please refer to the picture above for really good 90s fashions. Who is that model, you’re wondering? That is Krissy Taylor. During the early 90s, sisters Krissy and Niki Taylor were fresh-faced models who were everywhere until Krissy’s sudden death at the age of 17.  Before that, they were high-fashion’s only sister modeling duo. In fact, look at this video interview to take a peek behind the scenes of the Taylor sisters. Anyway, back to THE plaid mini. I’m pretty sure I had an outfit similar to this in the late 90s. And, you know what? I want it again. Let’s dissect the ensemble. I mean, there’s: Plaid.   Mini.   Suspenders.  Long-sleeve turtleneck.  Suede...


November 13, 2012


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I’ve never let the cold weather STOP my love of wearing ripped jeans. Who says you have to put your artfully hole-y denim away until the summer months? Okay, maybe no one actually says that but you hardly see many ripped jeans as the winter months arrive. I say rock them with the best tights you can find. There’s just something a bit romantic about having delicate tights peeking out from under rough, jagged edges. Yes, at times it could look 80s inspired, but I think it looks quite nice with just 1 or 2 smallish holes/rips. If you need further convincing let me show you the evidence. Exhibit #A This picture is about two years old. Here are my legs on a NYC bus. Those are ripped jeans with heart...


November 13, 2012


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Welcome back to Theme Show Tuesday. Why don’t you sit back and get comfortable while we talk about this week’s song? Pretty Little Liars is an ABC Family show about…well, pretty little liars. Talk about succinct and to the point. Here’s the backstory: This melodrama follows the lives of 4 teens whose lives start to unravel when their Regina George, I mean, Alison something or other disappears. A whole year later, they each start receiving mysterious texts about their secrets from someone named A. Hmmmm? Logically, they think it’s Alison until her body is discovered. Whoops!….there goes that theory. Basically, they spend their time trying to figure out who else knows all their dirt. Aaaand, making sure that the rest of the world doesn’t find out their shady business either. Blah, blah,...