Monday, June 27, 2011

Artist of the Month: Nikki & Rich

So you know when you thought current music was just auto tune and over the top costumes?? Well fear not Nikki & Rich bring an old school style with modern flare.  Unfortunately, they don't have an album out... yet. They have EP titled Next Best Thing. The EP features the songs: "Next Best Thing", "Cat and Mouse", and "December". My favorite is "Next Best Thing"... it makes me want to get out of my seat and do a jig. I love it! If you go to their website (Nikki and Rich Official Website) you can download a free MP3 of their new song "Kryptonite".  They also have other great videos on their site. Show your support and check out this up and coming group!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Are Shoe Serious?: Materials & Parts of a Shoe

What are your shoes made out of?
Pretty much your shoes can be made out of ANYTHING. I'm going to go over the most basic types of materials and then we'll get a little more specific. If you are a Vegan then this can be very important for you... or if you are someone who likes to just shop American, Italian, etc.
Shoe Label

Shoe Label
If you want to know what your shoe is made of this is the first thing you are going to check. This is usually located on the tongue of the shoe or inside the shoe near the heel area.  The shoe label will tell you the materials used to make the shoe, the size and sometimes even the country where the shoe was manufactured.
Nine West Women's Caetlin Ankle-Strap Sandal,Pink Leather,8.5 M US
Leather Shoe

Common Materials Used to Make Shoes
Leather: Most common material used for shoes. This material has a distinct smell. You'll know it once you smell it...just walk into a leather goods store.  This material is skin of an animal... usually cattle but it can pretty much be any animal (ie: buck, snake, crocodile, ostrich, etc). Leather shoes break in nicely and last a very long time. 
    Patent Leather 
    • Patent Leather: This is a type of leather that is finished with linseed oil. It gives it a very high gloss look.  A lot of men's tuxedo shoes are made from this as well as women's heels. Patent leather is not  known for comfort so don't seek out patent leather when looking for something comfortable to wear.  They are known more for their sleek look and elegance. 
  • Suede: This is another form of leather however it is the "under side" of the animal skin and has a napped looked. That is why it looks a bit different. I LOVE SUEDE SHOES. They break in very nicely and once dyed the color is very vivid. Also, suede shoes tend to be less expensive than any other type of leather shoe.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Are Shoe Serious?: Types of Shoes

Welcome to the first edition of ARE SHOE SERIOUS? !! This is a series all about shoes... I'm going to cover the essentials about all things shoes and what the every day woman needs to know!  If you have any request regarding shoe topics leave me a comment and I will be sure to cover it!

Types of Shoes
To some of you this subject will be a no brainer but honestly... do you know what certain shoes/materials are called? I didn't think so. If you have a certain idea in your head and you want to "Google" the shoe would you know how to define it? 


oxford/trouser shoe
 Here we have a classic oxford. These have become very popular latey. So if you are looking for a tailored flat that looks similar to a men's shoe then you would be sure to call it an oxford shoe.
basic ballet flat
 Then we have our classic ballet flat. The rule of thumb is that all ballet flats just cover the toe and heel area and are open on top.... also they are completely flat
basic sandal
flip flop

So in case you didn't know there is a difference between a flip-flop and a sandal. If you are looking for a flip-flop and not a sandal... do not say sandal. The difference is simple a flip flop is a type of sandal that doesn't have support in the back. So when you walk your shoe flip flops. Get it? Easy I know.. a true sandal is just an open toe shoe that is styled for warm climate. :)
gladiator sandal
Another popular type of sandal is a gladiator sandal. The main characteristics that make a gladiator sandal a gladiator sandal are the Romanesque features of the shoe. The sandal will almost always be ankle height and will be buckled. More trendy gladiator shoes will have rivets or studs on them. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

All About Feather Extensions

When I first looked up feather extensions I didn't know what to think. I honestly thought... oh geez I'm gonna look like Ke$ha or Pocahontas if I get them but, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist. My lovely friend Tiffani put them in for me. :-) You can check her out at Tiffani's Mirror

How to Pick the Right Color/Style for You
One thing that I really wanted to keep in mind was how my feather extensions were going to work for me day to day.  I'm a retail manager so I have to talk to A LOT of different folks through out the day. I figured getting lime green or magenta feather extensions would just be too unprofessional for my work environment. However, if you are young and don't think you'll be going to any big events in the near future than by all means  go for the fun colors!!  It really just depends on your life style and personal styling.

Here are my color recommendations based on hair color
  • Red Hair
    • Natural: Go for the natural yellows... would compliment you very well
    • Fun: green or blue would look absolutely gorgeous!!
  • Black Hair
    • Natural:  If you see my picture above those are pretty much the only colors I'd recommend. The nice orange/red blends in nicely with your hair. Even the white has black in it so it doesnt stick out too much. I would look for natural colored feathers that have black mixed in.
    • Fun: You know whats great about black hair?? Every color looks good against it. I think bright reds, bright turquoise, and vivid purples look the best.
  • Blonde Hair
    • Natural: I recommend going with something that is straw colored that may have some brown mixed in. I also think that the lighter orange ones 
    • Fun: PINK!!! Blondies, the pink feather extensions look the best on you. I also really love the way that the turquoise look as well.
  • Brown Hair
    • Natural: Any natural toned feather would look great in brown hair. I recommend the redish orange  feathers the most though. They are nice a rich and will play off brown nicely.
    • Fun: Green, Teal, & Purple would be your best choices.
Where to put in your extension?
  • This can be VERY tricky. One of the reasons being is that once you start washing and styling your feather it may not continue to hang straight down so you have to worry about being able to work with it on days that you don't necessarily want to fix your hair. So think about that before you put it in your bang area or on the very top.
  • If you have thinner hair I DO NOT advise that you put your feather extension close to the top of your head. I would put it in a spot that it could easily blend in. That way your micro link doesn't make any unwanted appearances or if your extension seems to poke out a lot; it will be easier to hide. 
The Process: How to attach and remove a feather extension
micro crimp bead loader and padded stainless steel pliers: Feather extension tool kit for salons
Its actually VERY easy.  All the stylist does is take a very small chunk of hair and loop a micro link around the root. Once they position the feather inside of the micro link they take special pliers and clamp down. That is it!! This process could literally take less than 5 minutes.

Removing the feather extension is even easier. The stylist just takes the same pliers used to clamp down the micro link and clamps down on the micro link on the non flat sides.  That in turn causes the clamp to open and the feather extension to slide out.... SUPER EASY.

Pros & Cons

  • Pro: The process is quick and easy and hassle free.
  • Con: It may be inappropriate for some work and educational environments
  • Pro: Very inexpensive... usually ranges any where from $10-$20 for installation.
  • Pro: You can style your feather extension how ever you'd like and you can wash it as well.
  • Con: Depending on hair type, the extensions may not lay as flat as you'd hope.