Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Glitter-atzzi Night Bag




If you are looking for he cutest after-work bag ever, this is it! You'll need your hands free for holding a cocktail or dancing! This is the Nine West "Glitter-atzzi" I featured this in my recent haul TJMaxx haul, but here are some close-ups. One side for a phone, other side for cards.

Dreaming of Paris


I bought this lovely painting of the Eiffel Tower and told my husband I'd replace it with one of my own photos when I go to Paris. I say, "when" instead of "if" because I am thinking positively! ;) I can't wait to bring my Erica-ness to the Parisians :)

Some of my pretty followers have already been to Paris! Share your stories below, the sights, sounds and food! (and of course, don't forget the shopping details!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

My New Tray with Perfumes!


Here's how my tray looked "dressed up" with my fav fragrances!

Mirrored Tray from Target

 This is a picture of the tray I purchased from Target. It is not available online, but it is in stores.
It can be used for many purposes, but I will be using it for perfumes.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Birthday Fun!

Today was my husband's birthday! YAY! We went to a hibachi restaurant with our friends.So much fun!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Live Life Out Loud


Don't you just love a girl who stands out in a crowd?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eye Make-up Tutorial for Beginners



Wow, since I joined youtube a couple of days ago, I have been making lots of youtube videos.
Just like Blogger, Twitter, any social media outlet, once you start, it's hard to stop!
So crazy how that brush twirl at 3:09 hit the right musical notes!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What I've Been Up to Lately

We're taking over the world, one blog post at a time!


Hi guys!

Last year was a bit challenging. I had a few medical issues, a hurricane had me in the dark for over a week
(a week without blogging?!) I mean right when I came home from my trip to Mexico last spring, I faced many obstacles. But life is not a perfect walk in the park. And if it were, it would probably be boring. Besides, I know God doesn't give me anything he doesn't think I can't handle, so here I am still kicking!

It's a new year, a fresh start! I have been doing my blog for a while now. And I wanted to mix things up so I began doing videos. My camera quality is sub-par at best, but I hope that viewers at least be interested in what I have to say! Eventually I would like to be able to purchase the right equipment,  learn more about editing, graphics all that tech stuff, but I'm trying not to be too critical of myself and compare myself to anyone, because that's a losing game!

I just want to have fun!  I am, by nature, a person who needs to express herself. Whether with fashion, make-up, writing, singing, I like to be creative. But I also tend to get bored doing the same things, so I am looking to change up some things. I keep reminding myself that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. Thanks to my amazing followers who always "have my back"! Love you guys!!! XOXO

Monday, January 16, 2012

Closet Tour Video



My closet tour on youtube.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Graphic Tee Time


I'm not trying to get too fancy during my down time, so I really love a graphic tee. If it's music inspired, even better! Love the OmniPeace tee I'm wearing since proceeds go to a good cause. Plus, I've had that tee for a couple of years and it's definitely worth the money as far as quality goes. Looks new after a million washes!

A cute tee, leather jacket and some dark jeans has me feelin' like a rock star. One of the best places for these music tees is Walmart! Surprisingly, that's where I got the Beatles, Madonna, Marley tees. The Doors was from Kmart. And Miss Audrey was from Target.

Do you rock graphic tees?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 Make-up Review

I showed you my favorite fashion looks of 2011, but I forgot the make-up looks I came up with! These are very late, but here they are in no particular order...

Meow. Halloween!

Plum lipstick

One crazy eye!

Bronze neutrals

Pink and purple

This was the year I perfected the "winged" eyeliner look!

My first make-up job...sister's wedding day look!

What new make-up looks did you try out last year?

Friday, January 13, 2012

NAKED Palette and Trench Vest

Today, I got a compliment on my eye make-up and was asked how I did the look I was rockin'! (seen below) I explained how I did it and the young woman said she still wasn't sure if she could do it. I kind of felt the urge to whip out some brushes and show her. She was already beautiful and like famous make-up artist Carmindy says, "Make-up is just the icing on the cake". But it sure is fun to apply the icing! My degree is in English/Journalism, but I have kicked around the idea of maybe becoming a freelance make-up artist.

Of course, I used my Urban Decay NAKED palette that I love so much. Naked, Half-Baked and Dark horse were my shades of choice.

NAKED 2 is out now, but I have yet to hit pan on any of my shadows, so I want to wait a while. I pretty much have a signature look. Either a bold lip or a bold eye. And the rest of the face, kind of natural like they do in France!

 When Pinky and the Brain are not trying to take over the world, they are guarding my palette!

Also wanted to show you my new vest from Forever 21! I wanted something like this for a long time. It has a million styling options, but for now I just chucked it over jeans and a tee, added a leopard clutch. Done and done! I love that it can be worn open as well. I really love vests.

If your F21 doesn't have this vest, here's a similar option from Old Navy...

Old Navy at ShopStyle



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And the Winner is...

The winner of the Viva La Juicy Giveaway has been selected and it's...


Bessie from Bravoe Runway!

Congratulations to Bessie! I will be emailing you shortly to get your information.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chanel



This is beauty, art, music, fantasy...this is fashion.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Motorcyle Dreamer*




Infinity Scarf: Target
(I'm the queen of multiples. I have it in a few colors)
Blazer: Marshall's
Gloves: Karl Lagerfeld
Leggings: One Step Up
Shoes: Aerosoles



I am wearing the above moto styled Lagerfeld for Macy's gloves I featured recently. These have since sold out, but I found a similar pair here that are pricier but they're real leather...


Mango at ShopStyle

And finally these by Michael Kors. I own these in the regular gloves. (not fingerless)


Michael Kors at ShopStyle




*Footnote: So I was trying to come up with a title and Motorcycle Dreamer came to mind for the gloves. This was in reference to a song by Menudo .Yes, I loved me some Menudo! Pre Ricky Martin too. My favorite was the curly haired one named Charlie and that was the really early Menudo.

Shopping Goodies for 2012

Here are some of the items I have picked up during this new year!





Forever 21 Blazer (as seen below)
Cut out shouder top by Fein Wright Manson (a woman put it back and I was like MINE!)
Juicy Couture Wristlet

Purrfect Leopard Blazer

Here's my latest fashion find! If you are looking for a perfect leopard print blazer, I found this one at Forever 21. It's all cotton with some stretch so it's super comfortable.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Updated Make-up/Perfume Storage

Last year, I showed you a few of my storage projects including my closet and my make-up. Well, as much as I love my make-up desk/vanity, I was not getting the proper use out of it. It is downstairs and the lighting is not very good there. So I tried the Sterlite drawers and got tired of that option. So here is what I came up with!


This is a collection of my most used lipsticks and glosses as well as brushes. I used some plastic organizers I bought from both ebay and Target.  But it look kind of cluttered on my dresser so I placed the organizers in this basket. I don't use full make-up everyday, but I at least try to wear lipstick, mascara and some blush. My favorite blush, M.A.C.'s Her Blooming Cheek, is hiding between the two lipstick organizers. It's bright pink, but does not look harsh on. Just gives a healthy glow!

The rest of my make-up is in my train case.


This is a basket for towels (it even says the word towels on the opposite side but I turned it around)
It both houses and hides my collection and still allows me to access everything easily!



These are my perfumes still on the cake stand!  If you look closely you will see the Juicy box in the back just waiting to be given away to a lucky follower! BTW, did you enter?

I really like to re purpose items for organizing. A towel basket and a cake stand was a lot more inexpensive than fancy organizers. The basket I purchased at Marshall's and the cake stand at Target. Both were a little under ten dollars.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Favorite Fashion Trends of 2011



Here are some of the trends I liked in 2011. Included are Leather leggings, boat shoes, rompers and the amazing Mulberry bag I admired from afar.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Gold Standard



I bought this dress by Michael Kors in case I ever need to go to the Grammys to accept my award for either Album or Artist of the Year. I'm not picky. If I'm going to dream, might as well dream big! I also bought the black version for more "casual" days.


MICHAEL Michael Kors at ShopStyle

Curves Ahead Makeup Naked 2 Giveaway!

Enter here for Naked 2 Giveaway at Curves Ahead Makeup! 


The New Year is making way for amazing giveaways!  (Remember to enter my Viva La Juicy giveaway below:) But one of my favorite bloggers Candy is giving away a Naked 2 palette!! Click the link above to enter and follow her blog! She's beautiful and awesome!

Favorites in Beauty for 2011



These are the items I went crazy for in 2011!  What were some of your favorite beauty products?