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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Oprah Twitters SSS

For everybody wondering what Oprah means when she Twittered this:

"@Oprah Thanks tweeple. Will try Avon SSS...Know it works for mosquitos. Must be a macho strain of ticks this year!"

She means Avon's SKIN SO SOFT Original Bath Oil. I swear by this stuff. I use it after every bath all over, and for a person who attracts bites, those pesky creepy crawlers stay away. Take note: It only works with the "Original" scent, which I can only describe as sort of herbal baby powder. Two other bonuses: Boyfriend likes it, and my skin is silky.

She was originally looking for tick relief for her dogs, and I thought this was the best solution since SkinSoSoft is made for humans.:


Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellenticonworks with ticks according to reviews, and is safe for people and their pets. Don't mention it, Oprah.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Torn Jeans and Cage Flats

I've succumbed to the torn jeans look this summer. What the heck. I have skinny, boot, wide, baggy -- what's one super trendy light denim piece added to my denim family. These are the Silence & Noise Ripped Twig Jean from Urban Outfitters, and for only $68 (not $200 like on the celebs), it is justified.

On the other side of the trend coin, I returned my fringy gladiator sandals and swapped them out for these hot cage flats also from U.O. The Kimchi Blue Suede Cage Sandal is the perfect blend of what's hot and what's not screaming fashion victim. The taupe color, I love it!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Harem Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are springing up everywhere. I wore them when I was a child. What I remember was having to remove the whole piece just to use the restroom. That didn't bother me so much as a kid as I know it would in perhaps a nice restaurant or something. The FP Beach Soleil Convertible Harem Pants/Jumpsuit above has the harem pant bottom that some women love or hate. The capri style is tolerable and cute with strappy flats.

The Silence & Noise Knit Strapless Jumper is for those who like the harem but want to tone it down to a more realistic and practical mini style. This is a casual and fun romper for running around town in. You can find this here: Urban Outfitters Shop Women's Apparel.

My bargain pick was the BHAGS Cotton Tube Top Jumpsuit With Pockets I found off of Ebay. It's not too loose, not too fitted, not too trendy, which for me makes it just right. Black is not featured, but I asked and they do carry it in that color. Just specify at checkout, and shipping is free!

Styler tip: These basic onesies are screaming for accessories, so go for it. Gold, silver, large and bright stones will all work.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jami Rodriguez Bumble Bee Agate Necklace

I love unusual jewelry. The look of simple clothes with a pop of something unique. You can't get any more special than the Jami Rodriguez Bumble Bee Agate Necklace. A pop of color from purple agate and a bronze bumble bee will revive and give any outfit character. The bee has also been known to represent Royalty. Under $100, this is beauty and the bee.

NY&C Red Label Sleeveless Ruffle Dress

Picked this up today from New York & Company. When the temperature rises, I will be thankful I pulled the trigger on this simple and sweet dress. Heels by night, and some cute flats and cardi for a casual work day. It's on sale now for $34. I used the promo code 9602 for 30% off of that. I'm not sure if it'll work for you, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

New York & Company Great Basics Great Prices

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trina Turk Swimsuits

I'm not a spring chicken anymore, or a skinny spring chicken for that matter. So if I by chance do not get into a Kelly Ripa state of mind by peak summer, I may have to rethink the swimsuit situation; i.e., the swimsuit. Here's some one-piecers by Trina Turk that won't have you feeling frumpy by the pool. I love this one because of the one shoulder, the Trina Turk 'Banana Leaf' One-Piece Swimsuit .icon

The Trina Turk Plunge One Piece is a close second. The candy colors will complement your tan, and it's very resort appropriate.icon

The Trina Turk 'Painted Plaid' One-Piece has cut-out sides that will create the look of a smaller waist. But this does not preclude you from doing your crunches. (Isn't this the VS model?)icon

The Trina Turk 'Santorini' One Piece Swimsuit may boast a demure front, but the high-cut sides make up for its overall sexiness. Trina Turk sure does the female form some justice in these suits.icon

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

50% Off Pierce Jeans This Weekend

I picked up this pair in size 28, the Monterey Tyler Straight Jean Medium Vintage

50% Off Pierce Jeans
Running: May 2 - 3, 2009
Code: Pierce50

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Pierce Jeans - 50% Off Alert

This weekend only, CoutureCandy will have their line of Pierce Jeans 50% off with coupon code. Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce Knowles and Nicole Scherzinger, to name a few celebs, have worn Pierce. I'm not allowed to post the coupon code a minute too soon, so at 12:01 AM, I will have the code posted here on Blugardenia for you. See you after midnight!

A little bit about Pierce:

Something that truly differentiates Pierce Jeans from the rest of the pack is that it’s giving away a significant chunk of its company’s profit to help feed the children all over the world.

Pierce Jeans was named for the owner’s youngest son Pierson, who asked his father to “create a brand to help children who are needy, hungry, and unfortunate.”

Each pair of jeans comes with a unique, hand-stitched symbol on the back pocket that represents the country or continent that Pierce Jeans will support that year. Brown represents Cambodia, blue is for Mongolia and green symbolizes Africa, for example.
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Cute White | Black Dresses Under $100


Two great dresses from White House | Black Market. The one above is the Matte Jersey Printed U-Neck Dress. I'd wear a cardi over it for work, then take it off for a dinner in town.icon

My favorite, the Paisley Matte Jersey Dress has a cute border design and a flirty mini but not too mini length. Both dresses are made of washable jersey and under $100. Score. icon

Big Bold Bangles

The CC Skye Sienna Cuff on the left and the Alexis Bittar Large Bangle on the right are nice compliments for the patterned and floral wear that is so hot for spring. Don't let the simple designs fool you. These pieces are sleek, modern and extremely large.

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