Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fashion & Beauty Items Every Girl Should Own

Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick: I know some of you are thinking that no one NEEDS red lipstick. Trust me, there is a red for everyone and I think its a great look for the right occasion.  It's especially great to put on when you are feeling a little less glamorous than usual.

Pearl Necklace

Pearl Necklace 

Pearl Necklace: It's a beautiful classic and can really get you out of a tough spot when you don't have much else to accessorize with. It's dressy enough for a gala but classic enough to wear to work every day.

neutral scarf

Neutral Scarf: The best accessory piece to add to any closet. Want to wear a jean and tshirt but don't want to look like you are just running errands? Throw on a neutral scarf and it bumps your outfit up to chic.

black pumps

Black Pumps: If you don't own any... I don't know what you are waiting for. Like pearls, these will help you out when you are in a rut.  You can wear a classic pair of black pumps to an evening wedding or even casually with skinny jeans.  It's the holy grail of shoes.


Blazer: I'm a sucker for a blazer. I love them because they bring structure and class to anything you pair with it.  It is a versatile piece in which you can wear with dresses, skirts, jeans, or slacks and look amazing.

coral blush

Coral Blush: What's lovely about coral blush is that coral looks good on every one. I used to never wear blush until a friend pointed out how much more lively it makes your face look!!  So trust me on this!


LBD (Little Black Dress): Don't know what to wear? Wear your LBD.  Seriously, wear it to a party, funeral, interview or date!  When picking out an LBD pick up something that you know you can wear most seasons of the year and that you can easily add to it.  You don't want to buy and LBD that has a lot of frills or extremely racy cuts.

Stud Earrings

Stunning Studs:  I ADORE studs!  I mean who doesn't? I know some people love a good dangle but really studs are so elegant and easy to pull off.  Wearing earrings every day, even studs, really boost your appearance.

classic sunglasses

Classic Pair of Sunglasses: Having a go-to pair of sunglasses is nice because a) they protect your eyes and 2) it's an easy way to be practical and chic!!

Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner: I can't imagine someone not owning eyeliner but I just had to reiterate that everyone needs some eye liner.  Every eye shape can benefit from a little liner.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Early or Late Sunday Tea

Why hello, readers!!!!  I've been a very naughty/lazy blogger. I've been keeping busy with fun things like work and work. Still a bad excuse for some of you. Anyway, I checked my email and saw that I had 9 questions waiting for answers and I couldn't resist much longer. So here they are!!

1. Okay. Long story short here. I've grown up with this guy since I was 4 and I hated him up until my sophomore year (I'm a freshman in college now).  I'm in love with him now.  He goes to the same school I do and I am afraid that if I don't tell him that it'll be too late. The problem is we hang out a good bit with his girlfriend. They have been together for 3 months and seem happy.  I just don't want to wait longer. -Christa

If you can't wait- you can't wait. I would just come clean about it. If things don't work out you at least know that you gave it a shot.

2.  I'm normally a brunette but recently went rouge. Problem? I don't know what to do with my eye brows! Do I keep them brown or do I make them red? -crazy eye brow girl

The safest bet is to go light brown with your brows. If you hair is a very deep, dark red you can probably stick with what you are currently doing.

3.  I don't really have an issue just wanted to ask you a question. if you don't pick my question to be answered it is understandable.  What is your take on girls asking guys out? Do you think it's unlady like or too forward? -anon

Ha!! In this day in age, I don't think anything is too forward anymore. Just kidding. I think it is okay for a girl to ask a guy out.  Do I think that modern guys need to be a bit more chivalrous? Yes.

4.  I'm what some people would refer to as a "high yellow" skin toned African American. Think Rihanna when she isn't tanned.  I have light brown eyes. What kind of make up should I wear?  I find that purples and blues look awful on me and I think bright lipsticks look unflattering.  What do you suggest?- Kendra

Look up pictures of Rihanna when she just started out. You will see her with very natural looking make up.  See if any of those looks inspire you. I have yellow undertones in my skin so I understand just a little by what you mean with bright colors.  You may just have to go with deeper hues instead of bright hues to tone it down a bit but not sacrifice richness.  For your eyes, try a nice green or plum.

5.  My co-worker is constantly trying to get me to out to bars and clubs with her so that I can "meet a REAL man". I'm 29, single for 3  years, and HATE dancing.  Those places are kind of out of my element.  I'd like to go out and meet people just don't know how! Help? -Katie

I don't know how either. lol Sad but true. It is easier said than done. If you don't enjoy clubs or bars that's fine but think about things that you do enjoy and see if there is something in your town that has a club involving that. For instance, if you are into yoga, yo would sign up for yoga classes. There you make new friends and maybe you meet someone there or through some one else. Its all about networking. Put yourself out there- on your terms.

6.  My grandparents have been together for nearly 52 years now. I admire them deeply and they sincerely love each other.  I hope that I'm as lucky as they are.  I was hoping you could help me figure out some presents for them?- Anon

I think people always enjoy seeing pictures of their past. See if you can get a picture of them when they are younger and blow it up for them and put it in a lovely frame. I also think it would be great if you could get an account on each of their behalves on how they met or first date and make a little scrap book for them.

7. No offence to your blog but, I feel that we learn tidbits about you but not enough to really get a sense of the person who is behind the keyboard.  Do you get my drift?  I admit, I don't visit too often but when I do it is a nice read but not very personal.  It would be nice to get more personal pieces about you and your current life- even if it is just a picture.  Just a suggestion.What is something challenging about blogging that readers may not realize?- Libby

Libby, I do appreciate the feedback. I must admit I do not take nearly as many pictures as I should which leads to not having much material to post up on the site. It is very challenging to do so.  I think something that readers don't realize is that our lives aren't picture perfect. We don't have a new project to post about every day and sometimes there is no time. Blogging is a part-time if not full-time job for some. Sometimes I have to make a conscious effort to make sure things come out picture perfect for a post. So something that may normally take 30 minutes to complete may take 50 minutes because you have to worry about the quality of picture, content, etc.  As far as making my site more personal. You are right. I have felt like I'm making it too generic on here and will aim to liven up the content a bit by adding more personal touches. Thank you.

8.  Saw your response to someone's question about fitness. I'm anxious to see what your husband has to say as far health tips and all.  I would just love to know more about his credentials. Is he a fitness trainer, nutritionist, or someone in the health field? -D.F.

Ha! I feel like he would be great at any one of those professions but alas he is not a professional when it comes to health.  He is a very disciplined person and lost 80lbs all on his own. He used a very strict and intense fitness/diet program but it's nothing that no one else can't do.  I will ask him again if he is interested in doing a guest post to kick off the new year!

9.  Hoop earrings? -anon

Not a big fan at all. lol  Small hoops are cute. I especially hate them on guys.  Seriously though, your hoops shouldn't be bigger than a silver dollar.

2014... WHAT, WHAT!!!!

2013 has come and gone and now we are faced with a new year and new adventures. Instead of writing a totally inspirational post about seizing the year and being the best you- I've decided to write about what my goals are this year. This post may not help some of you but it may inspire something.  I'm mostly making this list so that I can hold myself accountable to it. 

Kim's 2014 to do list!!
  • Launch e-boutique and promote the heck out of it.
  • Win the Espinoza bet of losing 30 lbs first.  Goal weight of 122 lbs... yes I weigh 152 lbs. bleh.
  • Make time for friends
  • At minimum,write one post a week. 70 post minimum for 2014.
    • post more personal fashion posts
  • Master the art of make up application.
  • Keep a fresh manicure :)
  • Bring lunch to work way more!
For those who just happen to stumble upon my blog or this post and don't know much about me... I think that list pretty much sums up my life.  Anyway, cheers to a new start!!

If you come back around 4:30pm CST - there will be another long awaited Sunday Tea post.