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Monday, November 28, 2011

Engagement Rings??

Hey ya'll

This past weekend was extra special for me not only because it was thanksgiving weekend but it was also the 3 year anniversary for my boo and I (as boyfriend and girlfriend)!! We decided to do a little shopping but this time it was mostly for him...I shop so much I really don't want for much these days. We went clothes shopping for him and boy I tell ya he was dragging me around and taking forever!! Luckily it wasn't in vain and he got a few things that he needed. I thought I would have enjoyed shopping for him but he is more pickier than me!! 

photo from Tacori Jewelers
Anyways, on our way around the mall we made a stop into a couple of jewelry stores just for a few quick laughs. We checked out some engagement rings just to see what was out there. There were some pretty good deals and some outrageous prices!  I am glad we decided to "just browse" because it gave us a realistic idea of how much these things cost. 

The engagement ring shopping experience brought up a lot of questions for the both of us.  My boo suggested that I find a few rings that I was interested in so he knows what to budget for...GASP!! I know that was kind of anti-climactic and unromantic but at least I know he wants to please me by getting me what I really want. Its kind of tough to know what ring to shop for and the hardest part is setting a realistic budget; because to be honest who wouldn't love some beautiful bling!?! But really I am a practical person and not so materialistic so I am not expecting him to pay an arm and a leg for something that knowing me I would lose or something. I use to have a running joke with him that I would take a ring from a Cracker Jack box..lol.. I dunno I rather spend the money on something else like a down payment on a home or paying off student loan debt better yet!! Not to mention in this economy times are hard for us all.

Besides budget I know there are other considerations to be made when purchasing a ring such as the 4C's: Color, Clarity, Cut, Carat. What are you 4Cs ladies? What kind of ring do you like? I had lunch with a friend recently and she said that the minimum price for a engagement ring should be $2,500 but she felt more comfortable with a $5,000 priced ring! I told her I can't imagine spending that much on a piece of jewelry but she expressed that its an investment and you could pawn it if you ever needed to. However, after doing a little bit of research I found that it is hard to get the exact value of the ring for which you paid and that diamonds aren't as hard to find. Another option given by my mom was to get a diamond from South Africa which would allow me to get more for my money.

So with that all being said...What do you think? I know there was a "rule of thumb" going around that a man should spend 3 months of his annual salary on the ring.  Do you think spending $500 - $800 on an engagement ring a decent price??? Before you give your opinion check out this survey done by Psychology Today. Let me know your thoughts!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Channeling 1950s Grease

This is my version of a casual 1950s style like in the movie Grease...I don't know if I hit the mark but it works for me! :-) I think all this look needs is a leather jacket!



Sorry for the fuzzy pic! I dont know why my cam does this?

I just wanted you to be able to see the jeans from the back.



Excuse my hair it has a mind of its own!
Striped turtleneck: thrifted/old navy
Jeans: Old navy
Pumps: Payless
Scarf: street vendor in dc

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Camel Houndstooth

I tell ya..I am ready for the holiday weekend! I know it will be a lot of fun to be with the fam and friends I haven't seen in a minute..not to mention UMICH will massacre OSPoo (osu) in football!! Fingers crossed! If you haven't noticed by now I love gold accessories....I don't know why ...silver is just so blah to me...of course I wear silver occasionally but golds, camels, neutrals just speak to me! lol  Anyways here is what I wore to work today....
 




 Blazer: thrifted/Jacobsons
Blouse: Avenue
Slacks: thrifted
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Avenue

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weekend Wear Pt 2

 And another one...

Here is what I wore on Saturday to run errands. I am in love with the sweater below. The color is nice, the fabric is soft and its thrifted! The fabric blend is Lambswool and Angora..so soft and lush! Also, check out who made a guest appearance below...

I love my big hair..I cant wait til it gets bigger! :-)





 Sweater: thrifted
Wide leg jeans: Avenue
 Shoes: Target
 Bracelet: Carsons (chicago)
 Necklace: thrifted
Earrings: Aunt's jewelry
Ring: ?

Guest Appearance:
I had to snap a pic of my nephew's cute outfit. 
He is wearing Oshkosh Biggosh..an old time fave!!




I am hoping that this work week is more productive and positive for me!!!

Weekend Wear Pt 1

Hey ya'll, 

I have been a little missing in action due to a variety of reasons...fighting a mean cold, crazy at work and well..just life. Any who to make up for it I have 2 outfit posts for ya. In the pics below you can see what I wore on Friday. The weather here has been getting increasingly cold so it was time to break out the sweaters. I love sweater season though I can not lie! :-)






Sweater: thrifted/DKNY
Jeans: JCPenny
Boots: Onestoplus
Bracelets: ?
Scarf: thrifted
Ring: Aunt's jewelry

Saturday, November 12, 2011

FASHDet Meet Up

Hey,

This past Friday I had the pleasure of meeting other members of FASHDet. We met up at Centaur Bar in Detroit. It's a really nice bar with great ambiance. The event was fun and it was nice to finally meet and mingle with fellow members of FASHDet. See the pics below!

Here is a pic of what I wore. See the deets below.

 Sheer Blouse: F21+
Leopard and black bodysuit: Ashley Stewart
Jeggings: Asos Curve
Belt, necklace, earrings: Thrifted
Over the knee boots: Evans

Pictures of all the lovely ladies that attended the event are below. I am bad with names and can't remember everyone's website either! But you can check out the FASHDet website for more Information!

You can't see me in this pic but you can see the creepy santa clause looking guy in the back! lol



They gave us nice Goody bags with our pics on them! So cute!
I won this gift card to the spa in our raffle!!
 I won a FASHDet t-shirt too!
Overall, the event was lots of fun! The FASHDet founders provided us with yummy food including tasty chocolate covered strawberries, goody bags and prizes. We played "getting to know you" games which provided tons of laughs! I can't wait for the next event!

Special thanks to the founders of FASHDet: Inez, Elle, Erica and Timmi!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Grandma's 70s Chic

Happy Monday...I guess...I hate Mondays!! Its a surprise to me that I put effort into my outfit today but I had the whole weekend to think about it. Anyways, today's outfit is inspired by the 70s and by the "grandma sweater". The 70s has to be one of my top fave time periods for fashion. Check it out....




Here is the fit without the sweater. Sorry I didn't get a pick of the back but this shirt has a key hole at the neck.
Here is a close up of the "Grandma Sweater"





Here is a close up of the skirt. That's not my skin lol. The pantyhose I had on that didn't match my skin tone. I hate tights/pantyhose!
Shirt, Belt and Skirt: Catos
Grandma Sweater: JCPenny
Shoes: Avenue
Earrings: Thrifted
Necklace: Claires?


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Crochet Beads Pt 1

Hey,

In an effort to learn something new and work on creating jewelry. I am taking a bead crochet class. I took my first class today. It is basically the same concept as crocheting but with beads intertwined. I must be honest and say that it is tough to learn but I know that it will be worth it in the end! See what I started today...

It doesn't look like much now but it will be a bracelet soon enough! :-)
Here are the supplies you will need.

I love this technique and there are so many more out there to learn! I hope to one day create something like the necklace below.

Unfortunately, I cant remember what bead blog I found this image!
Isn't the above necklace a beauty!! My goodness I am captivated by this work of art!! I hope to one day get on this skill level. AMAZING!

Also, I hope to take up knitting and regular crocheting amongst a few other things. 

Are any of you bloggers out there learning something new? I would love to hear/see about it!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Home Again, Home Again...Jiggity Jig

What it do!?

I hope your Friday night is going swell! Today after work I went to my parent's house. Even though they live not too far away, I sometimes go awhile without seeing my family. It was the perfect time to visit because my 3 year old nephew is there and he is so much fun!! I swear children are a joy to the family! I hope that one day the good Lord blesses me with one or two babes. Anyways, for casual Fridays I try to blend in the casual with the professional...I just don't always feel right about wearing a t-shirt and gym shoes into the office although some coworkers do. Check out what I wore...




This is my doggie Bison (American Pitbull Terrier-Brindle)! He loves to take pics lol



Blouse: Avenue
Vest: Dorothy Perkins
Jeggings: Asos Curve
Heels: Cato
 Bracelets: Thrifted/Avenue
Earrings: Target


My dad use to always say this..."Home again, home again jiggity jig!" its some kind of nursery rhyme of sort. Anyways...Enjoy your weekend folks!!!!!