Friday, August 31, 2012

Lola. Dog

 
Dearest Blog Readers,

I have to discuss something very serious today on the blog.  Something that really bothers me and I really just need to get it off my chest.  I'm only so big, so I can only keep in so much.  Two things happened to me last week that really just set me into a tailspin.  And I'm not talking about a biting flea.

The first thing happened while I was perusing Pinterest.  I mainly get on there to read the funny ecards, but I come across all kinds of other nonsense.  Well, I came across this pin.

Source: Pinterest.com

Can you imagine this happening in our day and age?  Did you say no?  Yeah, the answer is no.  There is no way anyone would be trying to look like the model on the right, when to be honest, she has a beautiful shape.  Let me tell you how many models I see that resemble the model on the right when I skim through my latest fashion magazines.  The answer is zero.  The model on the right has a gorgeous shape, as does the model on the left.  They are both pretty women.  I don't understand the need for our society to force certain figures on humans.  You should be healthy and happy.  And that does not always come in a size 0.  

The next thing happened while I was watching Project Runway.  They were doing a 'real people' challenge.  They were giving make-overs to women who were not dressing to their full potential.  One of the designers complained the ENTIRE time that he got stuck with a 'plus-size' woman.  I believe she was a size 12, which in my opinion, is not plus size.  He complained to the other designers, he complained to the judges, he even complained to the client.  She was in TEARS... and so was I on her behalf.  I am appalled that he was not eliminated simply because he is a horrible human being.  He said that designers dress models.  Why is that exactly?  I doubt it's models that buy up all their clothing.  Could it be that they are too lazy to do the extra sewing?  Too cheap to buy the extra fabric?  It can't be because the clothing looks better, because I've seen plenty of designer outfits that fit normal sized women beautifully.  I don't understand the message that is being sent into society.  I feel bad for humans.  We dogs really just need to stay healthy and that's it.  You can call me fat all day long.  I really don't care.  I refuse to give up my occasional indulgence of Frosty Paws ice cream.  

 Examples from movies regarding the need for everyone to be thin:
  • I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M's and like 3 pieces of licorice.  - Cher, Clueless
  • I'm on this new diet. Well, I don't eat anything and when I feel like I'm about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.  - Emily, The Devil Wears Prada  
This leads me to my next complaint.  No matter how skinny a human becomes, they may never be happy with how they look.  Skinny people have insecurities, too.  It's true.  Some people wish they were thinner or that their chests were bigger or that their legs were longer, etc.  Not all things can be fixed by losing weight.  So, to that I say, be happy.  Be happy with who you are.

Until next time,
Lola

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reader Request: Colored Denim


Hi Everyone! I have another reader request, which by the way makes it very easy to come up with blog topics.  This reader would like to know how to create an outfit with magenta and blue colored denim. 

Outfit #1:  Magenta is a very bold color and pairs very well with teal.  I kept the accessories neutral, but added a bit of a pop with the red shoe. 

Outfit #2: I would roll the sleeves up on this plaid top. It's a casual look with minimal accessories.
Gem toned denim pairings


 knit top,  / woven topsleeveless t shirtdenim shirt,  / striped blazer / Hudson Jeans / Skinny jeans / flat shoes / flat shoes / ballerina flat shoes / ballerina shoes / chandelier earrings / beaded jewelry / jewelry / spike jewelrynickel free earrings / Plastic jewelry / owl necklace / drop earrings


Outfit #3: I am seeing dots everywhere.  Literally.  I love that polka dots are popping up everywhere right now. The grey and nude/pink help tone down the pop of the blue pants.

Outfit #4: An easy way to dress up an outfit is to add a blazer.  The grey shoe helps keep the outfit grounded.

Well, Reader, I hope this gave you some great options.  Thanks for reading my blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reader Request: Taupe

Hi Everyone!  I received my first reader request and I am beside myself with excitement.  A reader recently purchased a new pair of taupe pants.  Hooray for a neutral.  The reader would like to know what shoes to pair with the new taupe pants.  Well reader, the answer is, taupe is a neutral.  So, technically you can pair any color shoe with taupe, including other neutrals.  Although, unless you want a full monochromatic look, you may want to avoid nude or light tan.  See my pairings below.


Shoe Pairings

Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Second Row: 1 / 2
Third Row: 1 / 2
Fourth Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Taupe Pants

As you can see above, you can pair taupe pants with other neutrals, such as black, grey and navy.  Or non-basic neutrals - patterns, such as snakeskin and even cheetah print.  You can also pair them with pops of color, such as red or purple.  What if you pair them with pops of color?  How do you incorporate that into an entire outfit?

Using the same shoe pairings as above, I also created outfits using a few selections that the reader told me she purchased along with the taupe pants.


Outfit #1: shirt / blazer / bracelet / earrings
Outfit #2: shirt / sweater / bracelet
Outfit #3: shirt / cardigan / bracelets
Outfit #4: sweater / earrings

Outfit #1 is actually a group of neutrals mixed with a neutral pattern.  The accessories are even neutral.  Do you see how the outfit looks very put together, yet all it consists of is neutrals?  Outfit #2 includes a purple v-neck, one similar to the one the reader purchased.  You can pair this with a red patterned shoe with red accessories.  Outfit #3 is similar to the second outfit, in that it works with a similar color palette.  This is a brighter shoe paired with pink.  Pink is in the same color family as red, so they work in an outfit.  I used the purple cardigan to pull out the purple in the striped top.  Outfit #3 is built on the neutral, navy.  I added the green earrings for a pop of color.

So, what do you think?  Would you wear any of these outfits?  Do you feel better at creating an outfit with a neutral base?

Thank you for reading my blog.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Neutrals: Part Two - Patterns

Last week I discussed basic neutrals.  This week I want to introduce a new neutral.  Pattern.  You do not have to wear a solid neutral color for it to be a neutral.  Examples of pattern neutrals are small checks, plaid, pinstripe and tweed.  The key to pattern neutrals is size.  For example, a pinstripe is usually such a thin line that an observer does not even realize you are wearing pinstripes until they are in close proximity to you.  The line is so thin, that it does not create breaks in the outfit, like say a large print would.  The pattern is so miniscule that it is viewed as a solid.  Below is an example of patterns, as neutrals.
 Top Row: 1 / 23
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

The two skirts on the left are a plaid skirt and a pinstripe skirt.  These patterns do not have to be grey.  I included two tops to show that they can be paired with any color top.  The jacket on the right is tweed.  It can be worn over a dress or top of any color.  These patterns are true neutrals, so do not hesitate to pair them with other colorful items in your closet.

What else can you pair with your outfit that is a neutral?  Accessories.  If you want to incorporate an accessory into your outfit, but you aren't sure what color to choose, then you can always use neutral accessories.  This is a great way to look all pulled together, without worrying about clashing colors.  More questions about colors?  I'll cover that in the next part of this series. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lola. Dog



Dearest Blog Readers,

It's been a long week.  Although, I have really enjoyed the cooler weather, I was not allowed to be outdoors very long due to the spraying for that bug disease.  Does anyone else think it's weird that bugs and birds can pass diseases to humans?  But if I have a rash, the big ones never get it?  Also, can humans infect bugs and birds?  Do birds get human flu?  Can humans pass along diseases to mosquitoes?  We live in a weird, weird world.

I know I briefly discussed my love of Fall last week, but I have a few more things to say.  For one, pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.  Does anyone else count down the days until their availability?  Nothing like a warm drink between your cold paws to perk up your day.  Also, school starts.  Now it's been quite a few years since the woman has gone to class, but I will always associate Fall with new textbooks to sniff and new pencils to chew on.  My all time favorite thing to do is curl up next to the woman while she's studying away.  She will absentmindedly rub my head.  You know who else is going to school?  New witches and wizards.  This is the time of year that Hogwarts starts new classes.  I always wanted to go to Hogwarts.  I know they allow such things as conversations between humans and animals.  I would study so hard and become something great, I just know it.  Another favorite thing?  End of summer sales.  They are everywhere.  So, run (don't walk) to your nearest mall or shopping center.

But do you know what is my most very favorite thing about Fall?  College football.  I was born a Red Raider and although we have not been doing very well since the Pirate left, I will forever bleed red and black.  I am very excited about the upcoming season.  The big people will have celebratory food and they will get excited (or mad) at the TV and won't notice if I have a bite or two of their snacks.  I'm also excited about all the changes in the Big 12.  TCU has joined the Big 12 and they are a fantastic team (My Aunt Tiffany says so).  I am also okay with the departure of Texas A&M.  It's going to be a rough season, but a die hard fan must never give up on their team.

Well, the woman bought oreos earlier in the week and I've spent all week trying to pry the package open.  I think I have it almost opened, so I'm going to continue my attempted cookie invasion before the big ones get home. 

Until next time,
Lola

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Neutrals - Part One: Basics

Let's get down to basics.  This is the first in a two (maybe 3?) part series.  I know I am very guilty of standing in my closet and yelling to my husband that I have absolutely nothing to wear.  Sometimes it's hard to put together an outfit.  I want something fun, some pairing that I've never worn before.  I want to look nice and polished.  It can be pretty frustrating.  My immediate thought is that I need to go shopping.  My rational thought is that I need re-vamp my wardrobe by using what I already have and discovering new pairings.  This part of the series will cover basics. 

So... what exactly are the basics?  I introduce to you: Basic Neutrals!

Black / Grey / Brown / Ivory / Navy / Khaki (or olive)

I want to say that everything can be matched with these colors - and for the most part that's true.  There are some things I would refrain from, such as black and yellow (bumblebee) and brown and orange (Halloween at its best).  Other than that, though and you have free reign.

As you can see in these next two illustrations, I can match these five tops with every pair of neutral colored pants.  Neutrals are like the base in the building blocks of a fabulous wardrobe.  See below. I wish I could make this interactive, but for now you can use your hand to cover everything besides one top and one pant.  Now do that with the same pant, but uncover each of the different tops.  Now try it with each pant.  See?  They all go together.


Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3



Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3

So, if you have a neutral, chances are you can pair it with any color.  You don't have to keep the neutral on bottom, either.  Here's an example of a neutral top.

Top Row: 1
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3

And that is Part 1 of Neutrals.  If you are trying to re-vamp your wardrobe, a good place to start is to go through your closet and pull out all of your neutrals, whether they be tops or bottoms.  Then pull out all of your non-neutrals.  Now start pairing neutrals with non-neutrals.  Of course you have to be mindful of shape and fit, so not everything is going to look all hunky dory together.  If you have a fitted top, try pairing it with a loose fitting bottom and vice versa.  I hope you discover a side to your wardrobe that you've never seen before.  I will leave you with a few of my favorite neutral/non-neutral pairings.

Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New and on sale!

I may or may not be a shopaholic.  When I say shopaholic, I don't mean the traditional strolling through the mall with bags lined up on my arms.  I mean, sitting in front of my computer and browsing sales.  I am so thankful for online shopping.  With my schedule I would hardly ever have time to shop if it weren't for the internet.  That being said, internet shopping is dangerous!  I'm not referring to identity theft at this time, either.  Although that's a great idea for a financial segment post.  I'm referring to the ease of buying something with a click of the mouse.  Dangerous.  I will say, though, that I hardly ever buy anything that is full price.  I buy things that are on sale or I have a coupon.  My favorite is when the sale goes on sale or when I can stack a coupon with a sale.  I have a problem, for sure.

Here are a few of the steals I've found over the last few weeks.  This is my version of 'trying on' clothes.  Minus the dressing room.

First up is my J.Crew purchase.  These shorts were on clearance and I decided to pair them with a mint colored top. Very trendy.  I also had a necklace on in some of the photos, but those were not so great, so here I am left with a photo without a necklace.

Shorts: J.Crew :: Shirt: The Limited old (similar color here and here) :: Shoes: Target old


The second item I purchased from J.Crew is this boatneck tee.  Unfortunately, it is no longer on sale.  I paired it with these ankle pants and heels to make it work appropriate.

Shirt: J.Crew  :: Pants: Banana Republic :: Necklace: Forever 21 :: Shoes: Nine West

Next I took my shopping to Banana Republic (.com).  I purchased a pair of shorts and a top from there, as well.  This look was easy to pair, because the shorts and top work well together.

Shirt: Banana Republic :: Shorts: Banana Republic :: Bracelet: Forever 21 :: Shoes: Sperry (similar here)


And last but not least, I headed over to Loft (.com).  They were having their friends and family sale, so I was able to get this trench coat for a steal.  I am so eager for cooler weather, so I can start wearing this fabulous find.
Trench coat: Loft :: Shirt: Banana (a basic button up) :: Jeans (old) :: Shoes: Steve Madden (old)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Lola. Dog.



Dearest Blog Readers,

Well, the Olympics are over.  How bittersweet.  I mean, it was a fabulous two weeks, but now I can get back to regularly scheduled life.  I would like to point out that the USA was top earner in medals.  We.are.awesome.  I would like to also point out that women athletes topped male athletes for most medals won.  That's because women are awesome.  I'm not really a feminist, but I do feel it is my duty to make sure everyone knows that women are better than men.  Just like dogs are better than cats.  Clearly.  Anyway, the end of the Olympics.  Sadly, I missed the closing ceremony because the two big people were here and they were watching something else.  My heart crumbled.  I tried to tell them, but they just thought I was telling them I needed to go outside.  Humans.  The biggest upset is that I missed the Spice Girls.  I fully plan on searching for the performance on YouTube, as soon as I catch up on all my missed sleep.  The Spice Girls are pretty awesome, mainly because of Victoria Beckham.  Sure she can't sing, but she is nothing short of a fashion icon and I patiently await her new collection every year.  Also, it doesn't hurt that she's married to the eye candy of all eye candy, David Beckham.  As long as he keeps doing those underwear commercials, the world will be okay by me.

Did you realize that this week was Shark Week?  The big people didn't watch much of it, so luckily I was able to DVR it and watch it while they were gone.  Okay, to be honest, I only DVR'd Monday and Tuesday.  There were just too many water scenes and we all know how I feel about water.  Plus, it was interfering with my catching up on naps.

The big people were listening to an interesting segment on NPR the other day regarding birds and their untimely deaths as a result of flying into windows.  You know, big buildings with windows.  Birds actually fly into those.  Hard.  And then they die.  The story went on about how architects are trying to come up with ideas to build bird friendly buildings.  Something about UV light that they can see that we cannot.  Oh and how expensive it all is, etc.  If you ask me birds are flying into windows because they are trying to fly and tweet at the same time.  I told you that birds should not be the bearer of all world news!!  They are irresponsible and it's costing them their species.  I think we should attach some ads to some airplanes about how birds should safely land on a sturdy surface before tweeting.  It's just dangerous.  Maybe they should leave breaking news to dogs.  We did find those Dalmatian puppies after all.

The last thing I want to discuss is the seasons.  It's so unbearably hot.  I would give anything for it to be Fall.  Well, by anything I mean anything that the big people own, clearly.  Although I would give up those stupid bowls they bought me with that hideous monster at the bottom.  "It's just a bone," said the big one.  Ha, I know better!  You cannot trick me.  Any way, I digress.  Seasons, yes.  So, I am so ready for cooler temperatures.  Although I am not ready for the leaves to fall.  Those things are a hazard.  Please be careful out there.  They can kill you!  What else does Fall bring?  New TV seasons.  Grimm has already started and I am beside myself with happiness.

That reminds me that I need to look at the new Fall line up and make sure the big people remembered to DVR all the important ones...

Until next time,
Lola

Thursday, August 16, 2012

OOTD - Thursday

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great week.  Hang in there, it's almost Friday.  This is what I wore to work today.



Top: Banana Republic (similar here)
Skirt: The Limited (here)
Shoes: Nine West (similar here)
Bracelet: Brighton (similar here)
Purse: Kate Spade: My bag is no longer available, but here are some really cute alternatives (here, here and here)

Also, I am realizing I am not very photogenic...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Running behind

The week has officially caught up to me and I am officially behind on blog posts.  I had the best intentions of showing you a few new purchases that I have made and showing you pairings to make different outfits... but it's Tuesday evening and I am sitting here sans make-up, so there goes that idea.  Ha. Instead, I'm going to cheat a little and leave you with a thought to ponder for today. 

If you absolutely could not fail, what would you attempt to do?

I'm not going to try to control your thought process on this.  I'm not going to say to not think simple, such as playing your lucky lotto numbers.  I think, personally, I took it to mean a little something deeper.  I mean, think about it.  What have you not done, because you were so caught up with not failing?  What has fear kept you from not necessarily achieving, but at least attempting.  I associate fear with risk.  There are lot of risks in the world.  In the world of investments, it is said that if you take more risk, you will receive more reward.  I think people forget the flip side to that, which is the more risk you take, the more downside you are exposed to.  You take a lot of risk to achieve something and you fall short.  Do you brush yourself off and risk it again?  Or do you take a step back and tweak your game plan?  Are you in a toxic relationship because you are afraid of what it's like to be alone?  Are you alone because you are afraid of the risk of a relationship?  Are you doing what you're passionate about in life?  Do you like what you see (internally) when you look in the mirror?

I encourage you not to be absorbed by fear or failure.  Get up, dust yourself off and truly decide what your next step is.  After all, failure is just like success in that it is not perpetual.

Too deep?  Then I leave with this photo and a smile on your face.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Now Trending...




Hi Everyone!

Let's talk about trends.  One big trend we are seeing everywhere these days is colored denim.  I have a pair of coral skinny jeans.  Yes, only one pair.  I really thought this trend would quickly fade away.  I was half right.  Colored denim is still very much on trend, but for the Fall, look for jewel tones.  Which means my coral skinnies are not 'in' for the Fall.  Please note that you do not have to wear this trend in skinny jeans.  I realize that skinny jeans do not flatter all body types and that not everyone feels comfortable in skinnies.  So, find some colored denim in the fit of your choice.  I linked the denim below to give credit where credit is due, but in the future I will try to find more wallet-friendly options.
Source


You may have seen the next trend on the red carpet or at least on your favorite celebrity (if you have one).  I actually really like cap-toed shoes.  I think the cap gives your regular pump or flat a little flair.  This trend is also very office friendly.  You can go all neutral or allow the cap to be a pop of color.  You can get this trend in round toe pumps (row 1), pointy toe pumps (row 2) or flats (row 3).  You can also mix up colors or partake in another popular trend, color blocking (row 4).  The last row is an example of the funkiest cap toed shoes I could find, which I did just for fun. 



Source

You can even mix the trends and wear colored denim with cap-toed shoes.  Come on, live a little. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up

It seems that my blog will not follow a set schedule.  Well, except for Lola Fridays.  She fought for it and won, so she will always post on Fridays.  We had a nice weekend, so I decided to share some random moments.

#1. Worm Ranch
In one of the bazillion emails I receive each week I was notified that there would be a hot dog stand at the White Rock Local Market.  My immediate reaction was not to scream for joy over a hot dog stand, but instead to ask what is the White Rock Local Market.  One Google search later and I found out.  It's like a farmer's market.  SG (my husband) and I LOVE going to small farmer's markets to see what we can find.  We walked around and saw a sign for a Worm Ranch.  SG being the knowledge hoarder that he is just had to know what that was.  They sell worms, worm excrement and worm tea.  You can buy the worms and feed them your table scraps and create your own excrement or you can just buy the excrement.  You are supposed to use it in your yard as mulch.  It's an organic, 'all natural' product.  Very interesting, yes?  What was more interesting is that we stood there for 15 minutes out of the shade talking to this guy.  And by we, I mean SG.  Might I add that we don't even have a yard.  Oh, and also, for inquiring minds, the hot dog stand was MIA.






#2. Taste of White Rock
While we were at the Local Market, we also saw a booth for "Taste of White Rock".  So, we inquired.  They were selling coupon packets for local restaurants (half of which we were familiar with and LOVE).  It was $10 and the coupons are buy one entree, get one free.  I think it was an awesome steal and we headed to Barbec's (one of the restaurants we love) as soon as we left the Local Market.



#3. Beer
If you know me, you know I have a fondness for a nice, ice cold beer.  SG and I frequented Trinity Hall a couple of times this weekend (it was hot!).  SG loves to try the different beers and I love to listen to the waiters with the Irish accents.  I thought I would share one beer that SG found over the weekend that he just loved.  Staropramen.  It's a Czech lager and can also be found in Whole Foods (which we excitedly discovered).



#4.  Breadwinners
Last, but not least, in our journey to North Park (my favorite mall), we discovered they will be adding Breadwinner's.  Have you not had Breadwinner's?  You are truly missing out.  They have the best southwest breakfast tacos and I am patiently awaiting their arrival.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lola. Dog.


Dearest Blog Readers,

When I was told I was going to be allowed to part of this blog, I have to say I was pretty ecstatic.  After all, if anyone has a worthy viewpoint, clearly it's me.  I view the world from a different perspective.  I'm the small one that no remembers is actually in the room.  Sometimes I innocently stand by to hear the goings on and sometimes I play silent therapist to the two big ones I live with.  Or who live with me, I should say.  Yeah, they pay the rent and utilities and all that jazz... but I usually run the show.  So, lets get on with it.

So, what's the big, newsworthy thing going on right now?  The Olympics.  I'm just like every other American (Yes, my ancestors were born in Chihuahua, but I was born in the States), I'm glued to the TV.  And yes, just like every other American, I get pissed off when my phone alerts me of a USA gold medal win before I actually get to watch the performance.  I especially get pissed off when the dog in loft next door to us watches it streaming live and hoots and hollers the winner's name.  But, I digress.  My favorite summer sport?  Gymnastics, of course.  I will say I caught a few glimpses of the swimming.  Swimming.  Ugh.  I'm just as happy as the next person that we did so well and collected several medals, but I'm not swimmer.  I hate baths and I'm sure as hell not going in the pool, no matter how much the woman tries to coax me. (Yes, she's my mother, but I hate calling her that... makes me seem young and innocent... and well, I'm not.)  I would rather take up in the shade with a nice cold, strong cocktail.  I mean... what else would I do?  You've seen me.  I'm not in need of a tan, as I feel my coat is the perfect shade of tan with hints of red.  Anyway, on to the point.  I'm very happy for that Phelps guy, as I've heard this is his last Olympics performance.  That just goes to show that the occasional joint here and there isn't going kill anyone.  He won gold medals in the last Olympics.  He smoked a joint or two since then.  He won gold medals in this Olympics.  What's the big deal?  The key to all this is moderation.

So, to continue my thoughts, I'm a huge gymnastic fan.  Sometimes I get very excited and run in circles around the bedroom hoping I may accidentally do a front flip or a layout twist.  It never happens.  I just get tired.  So, the fact that our USA team brought home gold makes my eyes all misty.  Speaking of misty eyes, my heart truly broke for that Jordan Weiber lady who didn't make it to All-Around.  I may have had a misty eye or two when Gabby Douglas won the gold in that category.  I logged on to the man's laptop to read all the happiness.... only to stumble upon complaints about her hair...?  Are you kidding me?  There were articles and tweets about this.  First of all, who the hell listens to birds when it comes to important national news?  I'll never understand that.  But anyway, I want to ask them all - have you ever ran on a treadmill?  Or around the block?  Or anything that makes your heart speed up?  What did your hair look like?  Point made.

The last tidbit that I want to cover, before I go and take my next morning nap is Snoop Dogg.  Now, I don't go around looking for celebrity gossip... I mean, because really, who cares?  I usually don't know what's going on unless it makes NPR or the WSJ.  I don't care who is sleeping with who (whom?), who are no longer friends or who is pregnant (I'm no fan of babies).  Unless it's thrown in my face (hello, Twilight adulteress), I usually have no idea what's going on in Hollywood.  But really, who cheats on Cedric Diggory?  Anyway, on to my point.  Snoop Dogg has apparently decided to change his name to Snoop Lion.  Clearly he has smoked way too many blunts (Phelps, take note regarding moderation).  Snoop Lion?  He's also tired of Hip Hop... really?  He's tired of the industry that pushed him to fame and fortune?  Let me just point out that Dogg's do not turn into lions.  Does he realize that a lion is a feline?  Couldn't he have decided to be a wolf, instead?  Snoop Wolf?  Canines do not turn into felines.  That just doesn't make any sense.  Has Puff/Puffy/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy taught him nothing?  I don't know if Puffy even makes music anymore, that's how irrelevant he has become.  Well, I guess I will wait on the edge of the big people's couch listening to Gin and Juice until that Reggae CD comes out.

Until next time,
Lola Dog

Thursday, August 9, 2012

OOTD - Thursday

I probably won't do OOTD every... day.  So, really, it should be called Random outfit I wore during the week.  But, anyway, here it is for today.  Note that Lola decided to make an appearance. 



Dress: Target: similar here
Shoes: Nine West: similar here
Belt: Old: similar here
Earrings: Old (The Limited)
Necklace: Old (The Limited)
Bracelet: Old (I have no idea)


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

July Birchbox

I received my July Birchbox several weeks ago, but I thought it would be a thing to talk about for my beauty/fashion related segment.  What is Birchbox?  A little box of high-end product samples.  You know, those products that you would love to know if they actually work, but are not willing to risk spending $35+ to find out.  I've been receiving Birchbox since January of this year and while there are some definite hit and misses, overall I am very happy I signed up.  The cost?  $10 a month.  This post will include an example of what you might find in a Birchbox.



AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask
Mud mask might be an overstatement here.  I expected a thick and creamy (mud-like, if you will) paste.  Instead, I was surprised to see a normal cleanser type product squeezed out into my palm.  Is this the most amazing thing ever?  I'm not really sure. I've been using it once a week for a couple of weeks now and although nothing amazing has happened to my skin, I haven't broken out, either.  Breaking out happens to me a lot, so I was very happy to not achieve this result.  Will I run out and buy it?  Probably not.

Tea Forte Minteas
I love tea and these little mints definitely taste like tea.. and mint.  Weird?  No way.  They are a refreshing little taste of wonderful.  I've spotted them in my local Whole Foods and I have plans to purchase more when I run out of the FULL-SIZE tin provided in my box.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
I love the way liquid liner looks on other people.  I say other people, because my hands were definitely not created for surgical purposes.  When applying eyeliner, I shake and that does not make for a good combination with liquid liner.  This eyeliner is a stick and easier to apply than those eyeliners than come with a want type applier.  Does it look wonderful?  Haha.  Does it look as bad as a wand?  No.  Can I now create trendy cat eyes to blend in with the rest of America.  No.  But, I do think I am getting better the more I practice.  Also another FULL-SIZE surprise in black (as opposed to blue, which would have pissed me off).

Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color....
This is a spray for your hair to protect it from the sun.  In theory, I love it.  I color my grey infested hair and not only does the color fade in the sun, my natural hair color also fades in the sun.  Does this product work?  Honestly, I have no idea.  I have such stubborn grey hair that I have to redo my roots every 4 weeks or so.  And my hair was already faded from the sun and chlorine.  I guess I'll have to keep using it and let you know.

Harvey Prince Hello
Don't even get me started on the stupid perfume samples that are in every box.  This is a huge complaint of mine for Birchbox.  If I want to try this I can get a sample from any department store perfume counter... for FREE!  This one at least came with a spray nozzle.  I don't even bother with the samples that have those tops you have to pop off.  It always happens that I end up spilling most of those.... which leads to a profanity laced walk to the trash can.

Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds
I am very happy that these were included in my box this month.  They are neon (very trendy) and fun.  Are they Bose equivalent?  No, don't be silly.  But I can hear music through them and I like them.  

And that's a wrap.