Saturday, February 27, 2010

DOTD: Purple Haze and Happyness

If you read my blog you know I did a bit of shopping recently for inspiration and a way to create new looks for the blogs. So today is my comeback. It's nothing fancy... but it was a comfy outfit to wear hanging out with hubby. I hope this comeback is up to my previous DIVA standards... opinions? Next time I will take the pictures before I sit in the sweater and stretch it out... *smiles*

Also, on the closeup on the shoes, you get a first glance at my new tattoo. It's a lilly, as it is my favorite flower. Probably another reason I'm loving my outfit. Getting tons of attention today...

Outfit Breakdown:
Tank: unknown
Sweater: Newport News
Leggings: Newport News
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory (also new)
New Tattoo: Tribal Tattoo in Crofton, MD (artist: Mike)
Eyeshadows: Purple Haze (MAC) and Dark Gray (NYX)


Gearing up for the B-day.....

So my birthday is coming at the end of March (the very last day of march). So my goal is to try and get to 50 followers before my B-day. It's probably not realistic, as I haven't even reached the 30 follower mark as of yet. But I hope and wish I can pull it off. So all my faithful readers who have google accounts, tell your friends to stop buy and click the follow button on my page. I think that if friends of friends follow... I should hit my mark... fingers crossed.

Also, trying to find a really great outfit to wear to my salsa night out for my bday. I want something sexy that will show off the twins and will display my sexy legs... so I'm thinking a skirt or dress. But I haven't found anything that really conveys the "birthday salsa sex kitten" I want to be. Any ideas?? Place links as comments... or tweet them to me. I have less than 30 days to find something... especially if I have to have it delivered.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Is it OK to be Fat?!! MeMe Roth... Check this...

Just when I thought I couldn't love Crystal Renn any more...

Watch the Entire FaceOff Here

MeMe Roth... if I ever see you on the street... I swear you will need to contact your "insurance provider". If you don't know who she is, she is a crazy psycho exercise skinny biach!!!
Sorry... but I hate anyone who doesn't allow people to be who they want to be. Watching this video... makes me really wonder how I am able to get out of bed today since my "fatness" is soooo debilitating. But I will say... YES... it is okay to be F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick). And her opening her wide trap and saying that skinny women are discriminated against? Are you freagin kidding me? Watch this... and tell me what you think?


Happy Happy Joy Joy: My purchases!!

Since my last post was about how I wasn't in the mood for much of anything... How about a little retail therapy to lift the mood. OH HAPPY DAY!!

Although some things may not touch flesh until next winter... it stills brings me happyness (intentionally misspelled) to buy clothes and to anticipate their look on me. Now this is my first attempt as purchasing from ASOS Curve and I'm not sure of the size to body ratio... but if it doesn't fit... I will live on water and lemon wedges until it does. :)

And if you happen to run into my husband... maybe keep these purchases a secret as he doesn't know I've bought these items yet.... Oooops... hehe... Hey... its necessary!!! SSSHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Newport News purchases:

1. Belted Skirt with cargo pockets (purchased in tan)
2. Capri Leggings (purchased in black)
3. Dolman-sleeve Tunic (purchased in deep-violet, deep-teal, & black)
4. The So-Coveted Scrunch Legging (purchased in black)
5. Dark Red Pencil Skirt
6. Ruffle Trim Shrug (purchased in deep-violet)
7. Peplum Jersey-knit Tee (purchased in black)
8. Sleeveless Turtleneck (purchased in deep-teal, dark-red, & black)
9. Tweed Pencil Skirt with Free Corsage Belt

ASOS Curve purchases:

1. Longline Boyfriend Cardigan - Navy
2. Exclusive Skinny Jean - Indigo
3. Full Length Leggings - Black
4. Tailored Pencil Skirt - Black

What do you think?


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today sucks... I want a refund

Not a good day, fashion wise or life wise... we all have those days... and today was mine. I am not in a good mood and I'm fighting with hubby. This too shall pass... but for right now... I can't be bothered.

I hope you're having a much better day


Monday, February 22, 2010

How was your weekend?

To go an entire weekend without blogging... was different. But now that leaves me with the need to update all my followers on what was going on. If you follow me on Twitter you may have an idea of what occurred. So I will break it up into the days themselves so you can get a complete understanding on what I experienced.

Woke up and checked my bank first thing. YAY!!! My taxes had arrived and that left me with so much to do. I was to work from home so I told husband, that I didn't want to delay renewing my tags another day. So we headed to the MVA (Motor Vehicles Administration). There is where the day went DOWNHILL. We arrive to find that I must first pay off the remainder of my debt to the state of MD before I could proceed. I pay that off and proceed back to information. Where I find I have to pay a ticket to Baltimore City (seriously... NEVER get a ticket in Baltimore City... if you do, pay it the same damn day).
So I decide that I would call them to pay over the phone. The payment line is STUPID, and won't let me past the "jurisdiction" stage of the automated service. Also, could not press "0" for an operator. Again, stupidest automated pay by phone service ever. After like 5 tries to get a person to no avail, I told hubby to drive me to the Panera which was about one traffic light away from the MVA. We sit in the parking lot, and I log in (thank god I have the foresight to bring my laptop with me) and pay Baltimore City online. I get my confirmation number and then call back the actual office (NOT the automated system) and wait in the queue. The automated computer operator commences to tell me that I am caller #26 and my approximate wait time is 44 minutes. Okay, not a problem, thank goodness for my Bluetooth so that I can listen to the nonsense and read my book and chat with hubby. Until, I accidently hit the off button on my Bluetooth and end the call. I was #11 in the queue at that point and that is when I knew, for certain, this day was going to suck!!
I was tempted to tell hubby forget this, I want to go home. We can renew it next week. It is approximately 12:30 at this point, I’m starving and I’ve been at this dang MVA since 10:00. So, he calms me down (as only he can) takes me to KFC for something to eat and I log into the system again. I am #50 in the queue and will have to wait approximately 72 minutes *GASP*. But I was patient, and finally got to speak with a lovely ray of sunshine from the Baltimore City Red Light Ticket office (seriously soooo dripping with sarcasm). That women was NASTY… but seriously, no one in those offices ever are. I was finally told I would have to wait another 45 minutes for them to fax my release to the MVA. Hubby and I return back inside and wait. Everytime that fax rang, I jumped up and asked if it was mine. I think I was getting on that womans nerves, but she was so kind and sweet about it. First nice person all day (besides my hubby). So she had to put my number back into the MVA queue (can you see that I spent the majority of my day WAITING?!!!) so Hubby did some translating for a woman who didn’t understand anything in English so he explained it in Spanish. She was so grateful. Once she had done what hubby had translated she returned and talked to him, I got the usual fake smile I get from Hispanic women that see me with a Hispanic man. Also, let me pause here to give a sidenote.
*Sidenote* Just because you are not familiar with the aspect of a Black woman with a Hispanic man, does NOT give you the right to stare at us like we are some animals in a freaking zoo. It is rude and obnoxious. Jeez, get the hell over it and yourself!!!
Finally, we were called, paid for the tags (all that for one sticker… effort + time = a lot of money lost).
We left there to go to the bank to get money to pay my daycare provider. We picked up the girls and headed home. Miguel and I had another errand to run, so we waited for my son to return from school. As always, on a day when I need him to be on time, he is late. After yelling at him about calling, answering his phone, and following the rules of my household. We set out to pick up my friend Jordann. It was her birthday after all, and he wanted to make her smile. We went to get gas, and then went to Starbucks for the Caramel Apple Spice thingy… OMG… DELISH!!!
We picked her up and headed to the mall. She looked beautiful as always, and because she is so not vain, she doesn’t notice the heads she turns… gotta love that about someone so gorgeous. We ended up in MAC and I bought lip glass and teal eyeshadow and also another lip glass for the birthday girl. We walked the mall looking for brown shoes (will explain why later). Coming up empty, and just being tired, we decided to call it a night and head home. We made plans for the next night to go dancing. Hubby and I headed to Ruby Tuesday for dinner. I was craving their salad bar and not much else. We had dinner and the best server ever (J.R. – he says he works every Friday night – tip him well). Stopped and got the kids something to eat, headed home and to bed.
*Sidenote* The Patron Margarita at Ruby Tuesdays is NO JOKE!!! One drink, and I was drunk.

I woke up to an AWESOME hangover (as did hubby). We’re still trying to understand getting drunk on one drink. Amazing!!!
Got the family dressed to hit the Annapolis Mall. We wanted to go and get the kids some things to put a smile on their faces as well as continue the search for the brown shoes. Also, the malls have those kiddies playground thingies that allow them to burn some energy. We go through the hassle of finding parking (as 90% of the parking lot is still covered in those ridiculous mounds of snow), and take the kids into the mall through the JCPenney entrance (who btw… was having a sale). We head to the shoe department, and not one shoe in any of the kids sizes. It was so stupid. Not one shoe!!! So we left to head to the playground and once we arrive, the kids announce that they don’t want to play (REALLY?!!). So we head to Payless Shoes, and although it wasn’t my first choice for their shoes, it does have character shoes and that makes them so happy. Also, I saw two pairs that were also in JCPenney, so what does that tell ya?
We then decided to walk the mall. Because we were there, so might as well get some cardio. We head in the direction of the food court. We stop at Body Shop because they were having a skincare sale, and I love those Vitamin C capsules… omg… so good for the face.

Then we went to the bookstore, I decided I didn’t want the books I had originally searched long and hard for, but instead bought the V Magazine (the size issue), that I couldn’t find anywhere in Glen Burnie. Offered to buy my son a book but he declined. Still need to figure out what I will get him. Stopped by B&BWs for those super huge candles, one in Island Margarita and the other was Island Nectar. We left the mall in search of food.
We drove around Annapolis for a while looking for restaurants that the kids wouldn’t lose it to eat it. We then headed back to Glen Burnie and pulled into the Outback. The kids were loud and hyper in the restaurant. Don’t think that is one we will revisit again anytime soon. We went home to rest off some of the heavy eating.
My husband and I had planned to go to Arundel Mills to continue to search down these elusive brown shoes. I need to make sure I have all the basic colors covered as I will be getting the lilly tattoo on my foot colored in and I won’t be able to wear socks, tights, or pantyhose. I need shoes that are open on the top without a T-Strap or anything else that will touch the tattoo and hinder healing. Well, lunch/dinner (lunner) was causing hubby some discomfort, so he decided that he would stay home and I would suffer the mall alone. Another thing to remember is that up until about a year ago, I wore a size 11. Now 11s are too big and that leaves many of my shoes behaving like flip flops. So, while in search of the brown shoes, I found these great Michael Shannon Fuchsia stilettos. Also, the same shoe in black. *OMG… Shoegasm*
Still no brown shoe, but I finally found one I liked (after checking every store in that over crowded mall) but all that were available were an 11 and a 9 ½ . To my amazement, they fit. So I left the mall, with foreboding on how hubby was going to react to the shoe overage. He was NOT pleased. I then decided to check the balance on the account to shoe him it wasn’t that bad (3 pairs of shoes for $130… come on).
Unfortunately, my computer was ravaged with a virus. My first thought was going to kill my husband, and then dispose of the body. Especially since the virus was very creative. Made you think it was virus protection software and wanted you to enter your credit card information to renew the software. But I worked on it all night and tried to get the anti-virus software I had previously purchased to do its job. It wouldn’t because the virus files were out-of-date. So, I finally gave up at about midnight with the mindset that I would fix it the next day.

Woke up really late, think I was really sleepy. Packed up the laptop and headed yet again to Panera. I have an aircard, and the virus wouldn’t let me use the software associated with it. I needed the internet but with no software. So in Panera, I updated my virus protection. And almost immediately, it started kicking virus ass and taking names. My testimony: Norton Anti-virus saved my laptop.

While we were there we ate and then we went to buy a blueray disc player (so we can download Netflix directly to my house). Went home and met the mechanics that were to fix my pseudo-brother’s truck. Afterwards we went to Wal-Mart and bought some hangers and shampoo. Also went to Boston Market for Dinner. Came home and watched our Netflix movies. Uneventful but tiresome day, I went to bed early.

So today, I’m at work. I didn’t want to take pictures this morning because I was trying to make it into the office early. Traffic, however, had other plans. So, I have updated what I am wearing today (which includes my new fuschia shoes from Off Broadway).

Also, here is my makeup too. Enough about me… How was your weekend?


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Catching up on my reading...

So to catch you up on what has been going on in my reading life, I was held hostage by the confines of the snow, so I did get quite a bit of reading done. I am not quite doing 12 books a month, but I am making an all american effort. In my previous post I had given you the books I have read up to the 7th book of the year, I will continue my list from there. I would love to give ratings, but seriously, that takes time. You are welcome to check out my Goodreads account to really see what I've thought of each book. If you're a member, add me as a friend, we can love fashion, makeup, and books together :)

8. Undead and Unappreciated by MaryJanice Davidson (January 25, 2010)

9. Lip Service by Susan Mallery (January 31, 2010)

10. Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie (February 3, 2010)

11. Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson (February 3, 2010)

12. Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison (February 8, 2010)

13. How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin (February 10, 2010)

14. I'm the Vampire, That's Why by Michele Bardsley (February 12, 2010)

15. Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley (February 13, 2010)

16. Because Your Vampire Said So by Michele Bardsley (February 14, 2010)

17. Real Vampires Don't Diet by Gerry Bartlett (February 15, 2010)

The dates are the dates I finished the book.

CR: Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
CR: Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
CR: Undead and Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson


OOTD: Pancho Villa...

So that everyone can understand who I am, I am usually working from home on Wednesday and Fridays. So the outfits aren't always given as much thought or attention as they are on the days I am certain to go to work. Now, yesterday, I was feeling rather cute but, with so much going on, I failed to take a picture. So, that outfit will be repeated on another day when less drama is filling my life. So, about mid-day, I felt the strong need to prepare my clothing for work today. Maybe because God knew I was not going to have time to do it later. So I took out an outfit and I originally planned on wearing to work the Thursday BEFORE Valentine's Day but the plan was destroyed by about a billion feet of snow (darn Snowmageddon). I will do the outfit breakdown below, but I wanted to take a minute to discuss this outfit today.

First, I know that panchos are one of those LOVE them or HATE them items. I have to admit this is the third one I've purchased, but the first one I like. I feel pretty in this pancho. Maybe because it combines so many colors that I like. What's really great about this outfit, is that the pink shirt underneath was ruined by me wetting my hair too soon after dying it so its got little black water marks on the back. I can't EVER wear this shirt alone, so the pancho allows me to get a few more uses out of it before I buy another.

The pants, as you know are new from my favorite pants distributor, New York and Company. They are flare pants, and although I HATE FLARE JEANS (on my frame it looks like my thighs and ankles are the same size), in these work pants... to me... it works. I am not calling this a DOTD (diva of the day) because although my makeup is not horrible today, I am exhausted and my face looks tired in all my photos (in my opinion). It was a long night and all I can say is... no excuses... just except it, move on, and shoot for excellence again tomorrow.

As always, I still love all my followers, I have grown leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time and for that I owe you, my reader, for spreading the word about what you see here, and what you like. I love comments, so feel free to let me know what you think. Negative feedback is also welcome, because how can I grow as a fashionista without honest feedback?

Outfit Breakdown:
Top: Lane Bryant
Pancho: Curve Appeal Consignment
Pants: New York and Company
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings & Necklace: Asian Beauty Supply (near my home)

P.S. I forgot to post a pic of my V-day nails... aren't they cute?


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DOTD: Accidental Outfit Connection

So as I have mentioned previously, being stuck in the house due to Snowmageddon 2010 has left little to no motivation to really DIVA’n it up. So this past weekend I decided to clean out my closet (not a reference to Eminem) and do laundry. So during my cleaning expedition and subsequent laundry detail, I found the below skirt and realized that *GASP* it went perfectly with my new sweater from Torrid. I put the outfit together on Saturday. Lounged Sunday and Monday (President’s Day) so today… YAY… I was able to break out the cuteness. So excited… finally a DOTD (Diva of the Day) after all this snow.

I am trying new things with my make-up because I am determined to master this blending thing. I don't know... Please let me know what you think about both.

Outfit Breakdown:
Tank: Wal-Mart
Sweater: Torrid
Skirt: Burlington Coat Factory
Tights: Silkies
Heels: SBicca
Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory
Earrings: Asian Beauty Supply (near my house)
Bracelets: Burlington Coat Factory
Belt: Lane Bryant

Other things I want my readers/followers to consider is this:
1. Almost everywhere sells accessories now-a-days. Don't be afraid to walk into your local beauty mart, shoe store, and thrift store. I always check every store to see if accessories are available. Because they are usually one size fits all, and you would be amazed how it can really pull together an outfit.

2. Tights are a great thing to have. If you live on the east coast, and you've been hit by the arctic temperatures and the snow, then you know that tights can allow you to wear more than pants this winter. I prefer Silkies because I am terribly forgetful and they allow you to put your tights, socks, and hosiery on a delivery schedule that fits your life. That is only for basic colors. For more trendy colors I use We Love Colors and Wal-mart.

3. Layers can help you out. In my office the temperature is never as it should be. And if like to layer you could do a cami, a top, and then a cardigan. If it gets to be too hot, you could remove the cardigan. In the spring this is one of my favorite things to do, as the air conditioning is set on North Pole, but then its 100 degrees outside when I leave my office.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Nominate Your BBOTM (Big Brother of the Month)

Ruben Studdard

So, lately as I walk around malls and Silver Spring MD, I have found there are many well dressed large men. I am finding that our male counterparts are taking just as much time taking care of their appearance and fashion as women. So I thought to myself, that I would like my readers/followers to nominate the Big Brother of the Month for my blog. I would like to be able to interview and post pictures of the men who win per month.

Kevin James

So email me the information and preliminary photos of the Big Brother in your life you would like to nominate. It can be a co-worker, family member, spouse, and/or friend. No serious nominations will be rejected. Let us let these men know that we appreciate the effort they put into their appearance on a daily basis.

Email nominations to:

Fat Joe

Friday, February 12, 2010

OOTD: Pre-Valentine Vamp & Latin Lover Swagger

As today starts Valentine’s weekend, I decided to start my romantic vacation with something fun. I wanted to wear red (which is my power color). So I used some items I recently purchased to draw eyes to the sexy body I love. I would never recommend anything this low-cut if you are not a cleavage person. You can achieve the exact same look with a higher cut cami or tank. Also, it is rare that I wear flats (as my ankles are shot and heels are all that are comfortable) but when I wear them, it is to make a particular fashion statement. I love black & white polka dots with red accents, it’s like they were meant to be together. This Valentine’s Day, have fun with your outfit.

Even if you’re doing a single girls night out, make sure all eyes are on you. As most people seem to be drawn to red, maybe go with another color you see a lot of during this season. Pink, Gold, White, or you can be the only person wearing Blue or Purple in a sea of Red. That is a fashion statement within itself.

I would love you to comment and tell me what your V-day outfit will include.

Outfit Breakdown:
Top – No label (don’t remember where purchased)
Cami - Wal-Mart
Skinny Jeans – Torrid (recent haul)
Belt – Torrid (recent haul)
Earrings – Flea Market
Polka Dot Ballerinas – Payless Shoesource

Hubby Outfit Breakdown:
Underlayer Top (Teal)  - Affliction
Overlayer Top (Black) - BKE (Buckle Inc)
Jeans - Hurley Icon Jean
Belt - Fossil
Shoes - Nike Shox
** everything he is wearing was purchased at Buckle (minus the shoes)

Isn't he SEXY?!!!!!


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

OOTD: Getting Snowy Chic and a SUPER Haul

I just used this post as an introduction to the Skorch blog. As my followers know, I believe you can find fashion anywhere. I believe you can shop in all kinds of stores to find something that suits who you are. You will find I shop the major stores on & offline but also don't overlook men's stores & consignment (thrift stores).

As my first OOTD for Skorch, I had expected to do something more glamorous and chic, but as the east coast is covered in about 4 ft of snow (in some locations more than that) I decided to work with what I had. Since today was the first day out of the house after 5 days of captivity, I went shopping. So instead of snow boots, I wore my walking sneaks, as I knew I would have alot of ground to cover. Although its not fancy, I still felt rather pretty all day, maybe even turned a few heads.

Outfit Breakdown:
Winter Coat: Thrifted
Gray Top: Torrid
Pink Tank: Wal-Mart
Jeans: Wal-Mart
Shoes: Nike Shox (don't remember where I purchased)
Hat: Burlington Coat Factory

Also, as you can see… I went with pink make-up (yet again). The best part about today is I am wearing a combination of pink and burgundy mascara. Not to mention a new pink liquid liner. Just what I needed after days of being stuck in the house with nothing on but sweats and t-shirts.

As I stated, I went shopping. See below my hauls from Torrid and New York & Company (great sale... buy one pant, get one free). We also bought some very hot items from Buckle for hubby. I will post him in his outfits one day soon, SMOKING HOT!!!!

Torrid Haul:
Red Sweater
Black Sweater
White Sweater
Teal Sweater
Red Belt
Curvy Jeans (known to the rest of the world as skinny jeans)

New York & Company Haul:
Black Flare City Pants
Light Gray Flare City Pants


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