And we’re back!

Holy cow, a whole week since my last post? Well, readers all I can say is sorry! My WordPress application was making serious errors so I had to install an update, then the update had errors and it was all way too technical for me! I had to bring in back-up and have my hubby, Adrian, fix it all for me. It’s good to have a husband who is a web developer! It’s looks like everything is back to normal so I can finally make new posts! Yippee! I am working on new shopping picks that I will have up soon. For now, go browse around at shopbop.com. Through April 3rd you can take an extra 30% off all sale items when you enter the code 30MORE at checkout. So pick out some seriously discounted designer duds and let me know what you get!

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Add comment Email This Post April 1st, 2008 nicky

Poisonous flower.

The purchase of this shoe should be a crime in the US. A rhinestoned, plastic flower, clear vinyl monstrosity like this shouldn’t even be manufactured in the first place! Who would wear this as an accessory to evening wear? Barf.

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4 comments Email This Post March 25th, 2008 nicky

Swim time is here!

I realize this may be a slap in the face for those of you who received the gift of snow this past Easter weekend, but it is already 90 here and I am dying to swim. For us Arizonans, it’s that dreaded time of year when we have to decide whether to resurrect last year’s suit or trade in for a new one. I absolutely hate swim wear shopping, can I get an amen? In my book, it’s up there with bra shopping on the list of evil mall experiences. But this year I don’t care as much. Since my belly is growing by the week, I have to purchase a hideous maternity swim suit. I’m fine as long as it fits! But if I wasn’t “with child” I would be in the market for a new suit this year thanks to the little holes in my current suit’s bottoms (cursed pebble tec pool floors!) My style of choice is the halter tankini for two reasons. It hides a less than flat tummy without looking too matronly and the halter top straps in an ample chest with support. I usually spend a bit more on my swim wear compared to cheaper options at places like Target and Old Navy since a higher quality is needed for our long AZ swim seasons. Here’s three tankinis at Nordstrom that I love the look of:

swim2.jpg This tankini from Becca has a fun tribal print that reverses to solid red. Four style options in one!
Top, $88.00. Bottoms, $50.00.
swim1.jpg I love how chic this swim suit from ViX Swimwear is! My only fear is the enamel accents may turn into burning torture devices in the Phoenix sun!
Top, $94.00. Bottoms, $82.00
swim3.jpg I had no clue Jessica Simpson made cute swimwear. Love the graphic print and sash on the bottoms!
Top, $56.00. Bottoms, $44.00

2 comments Email This Post March 24th, 2008 nicky

Red, Yellow, GREEN! Diaper Bags

Diaper Bags are one of those necessities of life once your little bambino arrives. I already carry so much cargo around in my handbag on a daily basis that I am sure I will need an even bigger diaper bag than I think. But hey, if you even need a brush, breath mints, band aid or extra pair of socks among other things, I’ve got you covered (I have no clue why socks are in there!) So here are my opinions on three different diaper bags:

miabossi.jpg Red: Audry in Glow by Mia Bossi.
$1200.00 at Bella Blu Maternity
I am putting this little number under the color red for the sole fact that it is a diaper bag, in which you will sometimes shove poopy diapers (in case you use clothe like a good environmentalist or if there’s no trash around) for over a thousand dollars. Terrible. Yes, I understand the love of designer bags. I happen to have that obsession. But there is no way I could justify spending that much on a Italian Barolo leather and real pony hair accented baby bag. It will get abused and then I would cry and feel stupid.
skiphop.jpg Dash in Blossom by Skip Hop
$65.00 at Skip Hop
The Dash is one of the most popular and versatile diapers bags out there. It is not too expensive but very well made and has tons of great features. With eleven compartments, you’ll have lots of room for baby’s stuff! It also can be worn as a shoulder bag or converted into a stroller bag. The Dash comes in many colors, like the fun, geometric and neutral Blossom print. It’s a good choice for many moms!
fleurville.jpg Green: Re-Run Messenger in OGO by Fleurville.
$75.00 at Fleurville
My pick for diaper bags that are fabulous and eco-conscious are from Fleurville, a certified San Francisco Bay Area Green Business. They are one of the first companies to be PVC-free and they also use special fabrics that are more environmentally friendly. In fact, the Re-Run is made from recycled plastic bottles! I love it in the funky OGO print, it would be perfect for a boy or a girl! It is a slightly smaller version of the popular Fleurville Mothership bag and has just enough storage space and also can clip to a stroller as well. I plan on buying this diaper bag soon!

3 comments Email This Post March 19th, 2008 nicky

A new giveaway!

Check out the banner about halfway down on the right for the newest giveaway from Coutorture! The giveaway is for a cute and perfect for spring handbag from LeSportsac valued at $138. It has an adorable print, 2 open side pockets, interior zipper pocket and a removable bow on the shoulder strap. Too cute! Simply enter your email address in the field and click “sign up” to enter. Best of luck!

Add comment Email This Post March 18th, 2008 nicky

And another one.

greentrench.jpgUgh. All I’m finding lately are super cute jackets! They are haunting me! I would seriously buy this one and wear it as a winter coat here in AZ. It’s my favorite color and my favorite silhouette. But sadly, it is already sold out online- BOO! I even went to my local Ann Taylor Loft and couldn’t find it. I hope they restock it soon because it will be mine, I am willing it to happen. :::Crossing fingers:::

4 comments Email This Post March 14th, 2008 nicky

J.Crew Via Vittoria Jacket

jcrewjacket1.jpgSometime I envy those of you who live in climates that warrant the use of spring jackets (I actually had to explain this garment to my hubby who is an Arizona native!) Not that I want to be in snow right now but as I type this is my short sleeves and flip flops, I am nostalgic for a little dose of true spring weather. Spring here means approaching 90 degrees and get ready to burn up in a couple months! J.Crew has this adorable coral red linen/cotton jacket on sale right now for $59.99 (discounted from $128.00) in a ton of sizes. It features a sateen weave, hidden buttons, chic notched collar and cute patch pockets. I love it! But I would never get to wear it unless traveling to somewhere cooler and definitely not until next year when there’s not a baby in my stomach! If you’re searching for a unique jacket for crisp spring days, check out this one!

2 comments Email This Post March 12th, 2008 nicky

Beauty Review: Tarte Natural Swirl Cheek Stain

tarte.jpgI have heard rave reviews of Tarte’s Cheek Stains over the years but never gave them a try because I was content with my Stila Rouge Pots. I ran out of the Stila last week and made a run to Sephora to get another, only to find they didn’t carry it at my store anymore! I browsed around, remembered the love for the Cheek Stains and bought the new Full Blossom shade. The packaging is super convenient and the product is a blendable stick that is very easy to apply to your cheeks with a sponge or your fingers. Full Blossom is a blend of two Cheek Stain colors and looks like a very natural pink flush when on your skin. It is made with natural minerals and is preservative free. Also, the natural fragrance is because the product is full of antioxidants from a blend of goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate fruits. I highly recommend the Tarte Cheek Stains and plan on making this my new staple for cheek color. I’m so happy that I gave it a try!

7 comments Email This Post March 11th, 2008 nicky

Back and better.

I’m back from my weekend trip to visit Adrian’s family and my cold is thankfully gone. It was a great time! His family is super huge and we were busy the entire time visiting with people. They even had a big party for us with carne asada, yum! So we didn’t have anytime to go shopping and I didn’t know we would need our passports to cross the border now either (here’s a pic of the fence.)

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I guess they changed the entry rules this year? Sorry I have no fun shopping to tell you all about but next time we go down, I definitely plan on fitting some into our schedule. Hope you all had great weekends!

Add comment Email This Post March 11th, 2008 nicky

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