Thursday, March 25, 2010

headbands and shoes for summer

"my headbands are the source of my power."
- Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl

so, i may or may not have gone on a little headband spree last night on eBay.  oops.  i got these sweet little things in just about every color they made (these are examples of the different styles i went crazy on).  perfect to sweeten up a little dress, or to add some class to an updo...i think summer 2010 will be the summer of the headband! (at least for me).
 yes, there are more.  yes, i am crazy.  CRAZY FOR HEADBANDS! bahahah :)
speaking of eBay, i realized i may have a problem...these two dresses look very similar, don't they?

i think you can have too many little black dresses, after all.  oops.
and a little eBay find i didn't even know i needed? ADORABLE 'safety pin' earrings!  mine are cubic zirconia, but the biggest pic i could find to share had un-adorned safety pins...look! look!

so cute, right?  

and some other fun eBay things i'm looking forward to opening when i get home...
abercrombie sleeveless sweater dress:
a perfect midweight dress for those in between San Diego spring or fall days!

Lilly Pulitzer Shift:
what's that? i need something adorable to throw on on my way to Costco/grocery store/etc.?  oh how simple and easy and glorious with a fab spray tan! 

and currently bidding on these adorable Steve Maddens...i think they'd look perfect with this Abercrombie dress (that sits in its little baggie on my bed [and by bed i mean rack in my stateroom on the ship, inside the box that it shipped in...i seriously bury my feet under the box when i sleep.  storage is a commodity around here.] anxiously waiting to be worn)

so YAY for fewer then three weeks until i'm home
YAY for eBay
YAY for shopping

hrm.  oh! YAY for extra 25% off kate spade sale!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

getting maced, b/c i love to love you baby...

things i'm loving right now...
a) i got OC sprayed today and i survived.
what's OC spray, you ask?  according to Wikipedia,
"Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (from "Oleoresin Capsicum"), is a lachrymatory agent used in riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.  Although considered a less lethal agent, it may be deadly in rare cases.  The effects of pepper spray include temporary blindness which last from 15-30 minutes, a burning sensation of the skin which last from 45 to 60 minutes, upper body spasms which force a person to bend forward and uncontrollable coughing making it difficult to breathe or speak for between 3 to 15 minutes."
so after getting sprayed directly in the eyes, you then have to go through a course that involves putting people into armholds and battling them with batons (padded, given that this is for 'training' purposes)
lovely, right?  i don't think i've sobbed that hard since the end of bride wars.
eta: for clarification, the concept behind us getting pepper sprayed is so if/when we need to use it as a form of self defense (during an anti-terrorism/force protection event, or in the case of riot control (think protestors gone crazy), which has the potential to be a problem in foreign ports, or in situations where someone may be trying to storm your post, etc.) you need to know exactly how 'down' your attacker will be after being sprayed with pepper spray, one of your forms of hard control.  all of my fellow officers who carry weapons have been pepper sprayed in the past two days.
b) i qualified 9mm!  small picture because i know guns probably scare some of y'all, but yay!  i have to either carry a gun when i'm on watch or someone else has to carry it for me, and it's always been a sensitive point what a bad shot i was...not anymore!
and now, the good, non-work related stuff
c) alexis bittar!  i am SO loving lucite right now and i am DYING over these:
sherbet colors, rhinestones? amaze.  both available at Nordstrom!
d) the supportive commenter award from my love, previously plump!
to pass on to ten people who give me supportive comments? gosh, everyone who comments is incredibly sweet and appreciated!  i could seriously go through my last dozen posts and pull out the most frequent commenters, but i think it's pretty obvious because i have great back and forth dialogue with most of y'all!  love my blog friends!!
e) fornash. why had no one told me about this website before? everything is even reasonably priced!
gecko bangle:
starfish bangle and cluster necklace:
enamel ring and starfish ring:
f) Sally over at Everything is Better Pink tagged me with this fabulous Socialite Tag:

Lord is it long, though, so no pressure if you skip this part ;)
rules: Repost the button on your blog, answer the questions, and pass onto 10 bloggers you love!
1. Who is your style icon? Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad always look STUNNING in reality, but on TV? you know I love Blair Waldorf, maintainable or not.  i just love lots of LEGS!
2. What is your favorite socialite lit book? obvi Social Climbers shoutout (because Beth is a sweetie), but i really love anything fairly vapid and trashy.  is that bad to admit? i think the bada$sness of letters a) and b) cancel it out, oui?
3. Favorite party theme? JUNGLE! or business guys and trophy wives...yes, i enjoy many a themed barcrawl.
4. Go to Halloween costume? german beer girl!  hahah i think it's been four years running?
 5. Extravagance you cannot live without? makeup.  doesn't sound extravagant unless you're a girl on deployment, in which case everyone thinks you're crazy.  um, the 'real' business world, would any of you show up bare faced? no! that's like an episode of What Not To Wear waiting to happen! 
6. Living person you admire? my momma and daddy! 27 years in april and they STILL smack each other's bums when they're cooking dinner!
 and my best friends becky and christina - becky because she showed me that it's very okay to be a makeup loving, stylish girly-girl while in the military, and christina because she showed me that it is very okay to be stunning, put together, accomplished (with a private practice, masters degree, and a LOUIS!) and happy, all completely independent of having a boyfriend.
7. Greatest Fear? bahaha getting OC sprayed again?
8. Trait you deplore in yourself? i love gossip...and i can be quite catty if provoked.  i like to attribute it to my biting wit and sharp sense of humor, but let's face it...sometimes i'm just a b!tch.
9. Which talent would you most like to have? i wish i could SING!  the one thing money can't buy...
10. Greatest Achievement? i like to think it hasn't happened yet :)
I am passing this fun tag onto the following socialites...

g) white. watches. mother f.  i cannot even DECIDE which one to buy, so, SHOCKINGLY, i am restraining myself until i get back from deployment so i can try these on!  they're all available at Nordstrom!  
or i could go with the always traditional (for me):

1) dkny crystal bezel jelly watch . $95
2) adidas cambridge watch . $75
3) ak anne klein square case watch . $55
4) marc by marc jacobs 'amy' watch . $125
5) swatch color codes watch . $50

less then two weeks until hawaii, and i ate my feelings (they were pain, pain and more pain) today, so tomorrow? back to the diet!  speaking of which, my final current love...
h) muscle milk light! it is like a chocolate milkshake! a legit chocolate milkshake, not a watery slimfast.  SO good, 195 calories a serving (two scoops) and definitely filling.  now i just need to start working out again. gag.
i) preppy girl meet's world's lilly pulitzer luggage tag giveaway!  if you venture over there, please let her know i (alanna @ sparkles and sundresses) sent you!
j) nautical by nature's lavender sachel giveaway

Friday, March 19, 2010

the price of beauty [seriously. it's expensive.]

please visit ben and tay over at the undomestic momma and offer your love and prayers - truly heartbreaking.
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so in honor of my beloved jessica simpson...
and her new tv show, the price of beauty, i've decided to ask myself (and you guys, bahaha, my captive audience) exactly what is inappropriate to risk for beauty (even if it's only your budget)?

xtreme lashes eyelash enhancers - incredible, hand applied by 'licensed' stylist individual lashes that give people crazy beautiful, natural looking lashes (by natural i mean that girl in class who you'd stare at sideways, jealously admiring the thick dark lashes that nearly swept her eyebrows). 
downside: EXPENSIVE and fairly high maintenance (about $200 for the first application, monthly upkeep between $50 and $100/mo.)
latisse - prescription eyelash formula, proven to make eyelashes grow naturally thicker, longer and darker with repeated use.  brooke shields is spokeswoman (if you've seen her ads in magazines)
downside: may [albeit rarely] have side effects like darkening of the lid (not permanent, said to go away if you stop use) or actual iris (evidently permanent)
rodial glamotox - according to the description:
Active daily moisturizer with muscle relaxing peptides with pomegranate ellagic tannin cell protection.
Glamotox™ combines daily hydration with wrinkle plumping agents and vitamins and it is a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
Micro-injected spheres fill the wrinkles, peptides relax expression lines, myrrh extract plumps up fat cells and vitamin C reduces age spots and hyperpigmentation.
according to Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad's makeup artist, Amy Nadine (click to check out her AMAZING, tip-filled blog...can't remember whose blog told me about it but it's AMAZINGly helpful), glamotox is "a cult favorite moisturizer that super hydrates and plumps up the skin, diminishing any fine lines." have skin like Whitney and Lauren's? may be worth it...
 downside: $125 and may not actually work at all. 
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i've also been thinking of investing in a sweet digital SLR camera for my return to san diego - talk about the ultimate way to improve your looks, buy a freaking better camera!!  ...any suggestions? currently looking at
the canon eos rebel XSi - my little sister, an uber talented photographer, is trying to sell me on this's crazy expensive but seems like an investment, you know?  and i may need to try and get her eye, too, before i make any major camera purchases - can you believe she's only 18?  she just got into VCU's art program - #1 art program in the country!
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you know what? maybe the best things in life are free.
like blog giveaways:
iva messy's my little eyes blossom ring giveaway
 kitchen belleicious's red letter word giveaway
 fashion meets food's easter goodies giveaway
bonbon rose's shabby apple giveaway

good luck cuppy cakes!! only a little more time left in japan, and then we're off to sweet, sweet san diego! but first a pit stop in...guess where: