Archive | March 2011

Get Your Shoe Fix!

From My Personalized Boutique: Bethany

Attention fellow Shoe Addicts!! There is a great and easy way to feed our addiction: JustFabulous Shoes. I was on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and saw a really cute pair of shoes on the sidebar where all the advertisements are. I usually don’t click on those side links, but these were really cute shoes and for $39.95, I had to check them out.  After making sure that I wasn’t going to be charged just to sign up or that I was going to get spammed, I decided to give it a try. I  answered some questions about my style preferences and  a minute later  I had 6 personalized selections. There was even a “shoe therapy” section that had a few more selections for me to choose from in case I didn’t like any of the six. I couldn’t decide on what to get because there were several that I wanted.  I checked back about a week later and some of the ones I wanted, were sold out.  What I love is that they also have “Sold Out Solutions” where they replace any of the 6 selections if they sell out in your size. How awesome is that?? If there is absolutely nothing you like, you have the option of getting new selections sent to you or skipping that month.

I skipped my first month because the shoes I wanted were sold out and it was only a few days before my next selections were going to be sent anyway. But after I skipped, I found two pairs under their “Haute List” and “Featured Styles” sections that I just had to have.

The Red Lorelei’s:

The Black Cassidy’s:

Even if you skip ,you can still place an order any time.  I absolutely fell in love with the Lorelei’s and couldn’t resist the Cassidys so I ordered both. A week later however, I received a call saying that there had been a problem with their systems when I placed my order and both pairs were sold out. I was really bummed, but the Customer Service was very friendly and I wasn’t charged for the shoes so I didn’t complain. I knew I would find more great shoes from them. My new selections came in and I had more shoes to choose from. Again it was hard for me to decide.

I finally decided on the Bethany wedge.  I really liked the mixed print on the straps.  These are going to be great for the Spring and Summer to play up casual outfits. I look forward to wearing them with shorts or a jumper. The wedged heel is going to make them more comfortable to walk in.

Here are the pictures I took of them:

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This time around, no problems. I got a shipment email a couple of days after placing the order, and a couple of days after that my new shoes were at my door. So far, I am a very happy customer. I know that there are several online companies that do the same thing, but since I’ve  found JustFabulous first and have had no problems, I’m sticking with them. Their website is very easy to navigate and you can easily track your orders. I also love how there was a Thank You note and a shoe bag with my shoes. They also have a BagFabulous section for those who love bags or just want to find a bag to go with the fabulous shoes you just ordered.  I highly recommend JustFabulous to all my fellow shoeaholics. If you can afford it, get all the pairs you like, but if you’re on a budget like me, you can easily set aside $39.95 a month to get one pair of great shoes.

A little info: You can find all of this on their website, but I thought I’d highlight a few points:

*It’s free to sign up and receive personalized shoe/bag selections.

*You will not be charged until you place your first order.

*After your first order, you must decide to either get new selections or skip by the 5th of every month to prevent being automatically billed $39.95.

*They have a rewards program that gets you a Free pair of shoes after reaching 100 points (You get 20 points per bag or pair of shoes you buy)

*Returns and Exchanges are free.

Happy Shoe Shopping!!


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Gabrielle’s Night Out

Gabrielle's Night Out
Gabrielle’s Night Out created on Polyvore

Gabrielle from JustFabulous inspires this outfit. These sexy shoes are great for a Night Out on the town. It comes in black and the red shown above.  Red is my favorite color so I just couldnt resist using the red shoes to make a sexy outfit. The Jersey snakeskin-effect mini dress goes great with the print on the shoe and will definitely make heads turn. Throw on this Thakoon / Mongolian Fur Gilet and you’ll be warm on a cool night and stylish. Gold accessories is a must. I love the Floral Metal Bangle Pack and the ASOS Articulated Metal Tubing and Chain Necklace on Cord Tie is a great accent piece around your neck. Keep your eyes soft with a neutral brown smokey eye using Stila’s eyeshadow trio in Gilded. Let your lips do the talking using bold red lipstick like YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture – 1: Le Rouge.

You can see that I am having so much fun on Polyvore.com creating outfits :-) So go check them out!

“Burlesque” Movie Review

I watch a lot of movies so yes, I will have a bunch of movie reviews :-)

I know that Cher and Christina Aguilera’s “Burlesque” movie was not an Oscar winning movie, but I enjoyed it. I guess it’s mostly because I didn’t expect much from it.  The acting was believable – not great but believable.  Christina was a little over the top with her singing at times, but I love her voice. I think she’s a great singer that gets overshadowed by a lot of drama and hype. She’s a way better singer than Britney and this movie was lot better than Britney’s “Cross Roads.” Yes, the plot was all too predictable, but I still found myself rooting for Ali (Christina Aguilera) to get her dream job of being the star of the Burlesque show. Cher does a good job of being the tough but loving Burlesque Lounge owner (Tess). I was never a big fan of her voice but for those who are, she has a nice solo. Stanley Tucci (Sean) as Tess’s gay best friend is funny and lovable. I almost didn’t recognize Julianne Hough with red hair as Ginger. I know she probably had a hand in some of the choreography and she didn’t do a bad job with her role. I enjoyed watching the dances – that kind of stuff entertains me. The costumes, hair, and makeup were fantastic. There was plenty of eye candy for both guys and girls. The dancers always had super sexy outfits and Ali even has a number where feathers are what’s only covering her. Cam Gigandet (Jack) even strips down and uses a box of Famous Amos cookies as cover. Cheesy scene, but I thought it was funny and sweet at the same time. No big surprise on what happens next  between Ali and Jack.

All in all it is entertaining if you enjoy watching dancing movies like all those “Step Up” films. The music is great. Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.

My Getting Fit Obstacles

Many of us want to get fit. Some of us are doing it to lose weight and some of us are just want to get healthy.  I am not really concerned about losing weight, but I am one of those who want to get healthy. Everyone has obstacles they have to overcome in order to achieve their goals. Here are mine:

~ My sweet tooth: This is probably my hardest obstacle. I love candy and chocolate – especially chocolate. Sometimes I’ll just get a craving and pig out :-)

~ Rice: I love rice and I can eat a lot of it. Guess it’s the Filippino in me. Brown rice just doesn’t cut it for me. I’ve been forced to eat only a cup of rice for a meal, and it was just depressing for me. Luckily, I don’t eat rice every single day. I just have to learn how to cut back when I do.

~ Energy & Time: I know this is probably an obstacle for many. There are just some days when I don’t know where I’ll find the energy to include a workout. During the weekdays, I’m ready for a nap by the time Gio comes home from school. I’ve been trying working out at different times during the day, trying to find a time where I have energy. Finding Time is just as difficult. Gotta juggle kid’s school schedule and Ben’s work schedule.

~ Kids: Yes, I am using my kids as an excuse. Right now, Seppe is still at home and it makes it hard to do at home workouts. He wants to be involved . Plus one of us always has to be with the boys.  I’ve started to take Gio on runs with him on his bike, but that is slow going. It’s better than nothing though. On top of that, my boys (including Ben) are super picky about what they eat and have sensitive stomachs.

I try my hardest not to let these obstacles be excuses, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I get discouraged, but I’ve been trying to just get over it. It’s ok to have set backs. The important thing is that I don’t give up.

Sweet & Tough

Sweet & Tough

Created this outfit on the Polyvore website for the JustFabulous Style Showdown featuring the Eliza Shoe. I wanted something casual, pretty, and a little edgy.  I love the girly Celia Pussy Bow Blouse mixed with the Dynamite: Biker Jacket. Black/Grey Ruche Knee Skinny Jeans help to make it more casual.  The shoes have a strappy design that give this a sexy look. I wanted to keep the accessories simple. The Moon Rising Bracelet helps to add a feminine touch. The Equinox Bag – also from JustFabulous – goes along with the sophistication of the blouse. I also wanted to add a pop of color with Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’. I would keep the eyes simple and make a statement with the lips.

This is a really fun website to create outfits. Check them out: http://www.polyvore.com (Yes, you do have to register, but it’s free! and you can link to your Facebook, twitter, and blog.)

It provides links to where you can purchase the exact items you use to design your outfits. Some items are a bit pricey, but you can still create the outfits to get ideas, then shop around to find affordable versions. The bags and shoes from JustFabulous.com are affordable so check them out.  I’ll definitely be creating more outfits. Happy Designing.