Category: Fashion

Scarlett Johansson Stuns in Balmain Jumpsuit

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 by 1 Comment

I’m a fan of all the Marvel superhero spinoffs. One of my new favorites on TV is Agent Carter, but on the big screen The Marvel’s The Avengers brought together favorites like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and introduced characters including the Black Window (Natasha Romanoff) played by Scarlett Johansson.

What a surprisingly strong female character who knows how to kick butt with the best of the super heroes and yet show vulnerability on a base level. Now with The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in theaters on May 1, we’re getting snips of the movie and peeks of the super heroes making red carpet appearances in real life.

At the recent premier in London, Johansson looked absolutely stunning.

If you haven’t seen her lately, she’s been wearing her hair short and blond, and every time she makes an appearance it is with impeccable style. You can’t even tell she’s had a baby in the last year, either.

For the premiere, she stepped out on the red carpet wearing what looked like a multi-colored patterned gown that turned out to actually be a very wide-legged Balmain jumpsuit. The jumpsuit, it turns out, was from the Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Johansson accessorized with Saint Laurent heels and unpretentious Balgari earrings, and her hair had grown long enough to be worn up.

While she looked great, it does make me wonder if jumpsuits are making a comeback. If you remember, we saw several of them at the Grammy Awards this year.

I don’t know why, but mentally part of me doesn’t want to see this fashion style resurrected. Not that they don’t look great on people with small waistlines, but many of us don’t fit that category.

What do you think? Are you ready to add a jumpsuit to your wardrobe, or are you keeping your fingers crossed that this is a passing fad?

Photo credits: XX

Link Round-up: Teacher Appreciation, Apps, Sleep, and More

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has apps you may love, teacher appreciation gifts, tips for getting a good night’s sleep, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make pleated pom-pom curtains.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

Staying Close to Home shared teacher appreciation gift ideas under $10.

link ru owl cake
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make an easy owl birthday cake.

Creative Green Living taught us how to make a bag from a t-shirt without sewing.

Cupcakes and Cashmere told us all about the technology that manages her life.

Rainy Day Mum showed us how to make a rhubarb crumble with the kids.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

What Happens to Panties Returned to Victoria’s Secret?

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 by No Comments

If you buy your panties in a package of six all sealed up in plastic packaging you may not really think about whether or not someone else has worn them before you.

But what about those sexy pairs of panties sold individually? You know, like you see at Victoria Secret. It turns out that a Victoria’s Secret manager answered that question when participating in a Reddit Ask Me Anything and talked about what happens to returned merchandise.

Victoria Secret’s is a high end lingerie retailer that controls 35 percent of the lingerie market. Over the years they’ve built both their brand and their reputation.

Until I saw the question asked, I really hadn’t given it any thought about returned panties, but once the question was voiced my brain went…ewww!

The 22-year-old manager said, “Every returned pair of panties have to get damaged out, regardless of whether the tags are still on them or not. Then we shred them and throw them out after.”

I’d say they take their product quality assurance quite serious, and while it seems extreme, it is one way to make sure they aren’t passing on intimate clothing that someone has already worn.

Let’s face it, there are people who wear stuff for special occasions and then return it saying they didn’t use it.

It turns out that Victoria’s Secret isn’t the only store with a clothing shredder. According to Clear Returns CEO, Vicky Brock, “…by the time it’s been sent back to distribution, repackaged, if it’s in a condition for sale, it could have been discontinued or discounted. In some cases, it’ll just get shredded.”

It makes me wonder how often things are returned and how much stores have to write off each year based on returned merchandise being destroyed.

Victoria’s Secret takes the shredding approach even if you return the items with tags still intact, and I think it is a wise choice.

Photo credits: wikipedia

Link Round-up: Sweets, Quick Meals, Canvas Art, and More

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has sweets, quick meals, canvas art, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make healthy carrot cake cupcakes.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared five fast meals to make in under 30 minutes.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us a DIY gamer canvas art project.

Tone It Up’s annual bikini series is starting soon and they’re sending out their start-up packages when you sign up now.

link ru creme brulee oats

A Beautiful Mess showed us a delicious steel cut oats crème brulee recipe.

Homemade Interest showed us how to make dark chocolate cherry truffles.

Makeup and Beauty Blog showed us what she considers to be one of the cutest water bottles in the history of the world.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Healthier Rice, DIY Beaded Pendant, Sweets, and More

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a trick for cutting rice calories in half, a DIY beaded pendant guide, frosted sugar cookie bars, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a cute pendant for much less than the ones sold in stores.

Blogilates shared a trick for cutting rice calories in half.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared a recipe for a Pink Power smoothie.

link ru lavender chamomile soap

A Pumpkin and a Princess showed us how to make lavender chamomile tea soap.

Pursebuzz reviewed the new NYX highlight and contour palette.

Tastes Better from Scratch taught us how to make frosted cookie bars.

Two Healthy Kitchens showed us how to make creamy Crock-Pot chicken stew with potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and A Pumpkin and a Princess

Sweat Pants Blamed as Number 1 Cause for Divorce

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 by No Comments

Sweat pants are at the center of a new controversy. It all started when new mom Eva Mendes talked about her six-month-old daughter, Esmeralda, and her appreciation for motherhood in an interview with Extra’s AJ Calloway.

She talked about how much she appreciates her own mother now, that she understands so much more, but then she went on to reveal her secret rule for keeping Hollywood’s hottest leading man, Ryan Gosling happing at home.

She said, “You can’t do sweatpants… ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!”

Instead of focusing on her new appreciation for her own mother, the media ran with the sweatpants ball turning it into a controversy. Isn’t that what hooks viewers?

Boyfriend Gosling weighed in on Twitter letting people know Mendes was joking about sweatpants, but I bet that doesn’t get as much coverage.

I first heard about it on the Fox and Friends morning show when guest Dolly Parton was promoting the 30th anniversary of her theme park, Dollywood. They asked her about her stance on sweatpants.

Parton, who has been married to the same man for 48 years, said “I don’t think I’ll be getting a divorce anytime soon because I either wear tight pants or no pants.”

I about spit out my coffee. Yes, I’m sure she was kidding, and in my book it was a great come back to a rather silly question.

What do you think of sweatpants? I own a couple of pairs to wear when I work out in the winter months, but I don’t wear them like they are a pair of jeans.

My reasoning isn’t my marriage. It isn’t even style. It is my waistline.

Sweatpants allow a measure of comfort that permits the waistline to grow without any warning signs. I choose to wear pants with a waistband that warns me when they are getting too tight. The discomfort reminds me to skip seconds, to forego that dessert, and to exercise regularly.

A waistband works better for me than a scale because it’s with me wherever I go.

Photo credits: Amazon

What to Look For in a Swimsuit

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 by No Comments

Looking for a swimsuit is challenging. Not that I can’t find several cute styles I like. The challenge lies in finding a swimsuit that I like on me.

In years past, I’ve put it off and I end up not having a swimsuit. When we get together around a pool, I sit on the sidelines watching the fun. I have vowed not to do that again this year.

I was inspired by a plus-size model by the name of Tess Holliday.

On a recent swimwear photo shoot, the size-22 model said, “When I’m buying a swimsuit the thing that is most important to me is how I feel in it, if I feel good. It’s great to buy something that may look cute but I want to buy something that makes me feel sexy and I want to feel confident when I’m going out and I want people to stare so you know I want good support, I want fun prints.”

I’m with her on that, but admit she is more self-confident than me. She has found what she is looking for in the new plus-size swimwear collection “Sea” by Monif C which offers a variety of styles for curvy women.

My taste in swimwear in much more conservative than it used to be. While Tess Holiday is fine with showing off those curves in a two piece, I’m still looking for a suit that creates an illusion that I’m in better shape than I am in.

I’m happy to say I have found one suit in the Panache brand that offers everything I’m looking for on Zulily.

Along with the solid panels that provide the visual tapering my silhouette requires, it it comes in a color that looks good on me, and features adjustable straps to ensure both smooth fit and support.

Yes, I tend to be practical, but I still want to look as pretty as possible when I put on a swimsuit. I guess the bottom line is: what you should look for in a swimsuit is what will make you feel like putting it on.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Creative Denim Ideas, Easter Bunny Cones, Gym Bag Essentials, and More

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up offers up creative denim ideas, Easter bunny cones, fitness bag gym essentials, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for single serving chocolate cheesecake brownie baked oatmeal.

A Pumpkin and a Princess shared 40 creative denim ideas.

Almost Supermom showed us how to make Easter bunny cones.

link ru minion cupcakes

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Despicable Me minion cupcakes.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to turn a dress into a skirt, no sewing necessary.

Pink Heels Pink Truck shared her gym bag essentials.

Mommypotamus shared the secret to strong, shiny hair: gelatin hair masks.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Round-up: Spring Trends, Sleepover Snacks, DIY Photo Candles, and More

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has spring trends, sleepover snacks, DIY photo candles, and more.

Kenarry shared a recipe for s’mores fudge cake.

Almost Supermom showed us how to make a one-skillet chicken burrito dip.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make fruit-stuffed French toast breakfast bowls.

link ru photo candle

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make photo candles.

Mommypotamus taught us how to grow elderberries from cuttings.

Pink Heels Pink Truck gave us a look at spring jacket trends.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gave us a few easy and fun sleepover snack ideas.

Photo credit: Kenarry and A Beautiful Mess