THANK YOU, and some final thoughts-- Blog Sale (2)

Thanks everyone for participating! I've removed the pictures and edited the post as all items have sold :)

It seems that most of you really enjoy these blog sales! Seeing as this is my second one, I found it interesting to see several repeat buyers :) I'm glad you guys liked it enough the first time to come back for more!
Honestly, I do these sales to kind of give back to you guys. Yes, you're paying me for my products I'm selling, but I enjoy being able to sell things to people I know will really appreciate it --usually at half the cost I paid.
I've never been much of a "cleaner outer" -- especially of makeup products-- but with an overflowing personal collection of beauty products, I've gotten a little more realistic with what I need to keep :) Obviously I love everything I sold or I wouldn't have bought it-- I've just realized that I don't need 4 of the same exact shade you know? haha So we both win! And since my blog readers/twitter followers/subscribers are very near and dear to my heart, it makes me happy to pack up my once beloved little items and send them off to someone that I have a connection to and who will enjoy it as much as I did :)

Ok enough rambling! Thanks so much for everything everyone! all the support means so much to me -- not just with the blog sale, but all your support over these past 15 months has meant the world to me. I appreciate every single one of you!

Another blog sale could be coming in December so start saving lovelies!! ;)

**OH and all items paid for (which I think all of you other than I think 2 people have) will be sent out tomorrow afternoon (Monday, Nov. 2nd) or Tuesday morning at the latest!

Braids: Long and Elegant

Do you doubt that braids can be elegant enough for a modern wedding? Well, wake up, ladies! In the right style braids can be every bit as formal and alluring as any other kind of hair.

Man Fashion: Spring Summer 2010 Collection

London Fashion Week finished on an extreme high with a day dedicated to menswear, diversity was the word on each fashionistas lips as Spring/Summer 2010 was translated into the male language.

James Long’s collection was inspired my quality street wrappers and depicted both function and protection. Trousers greatly resembling his inspiration strutted down the catwalk teamed with rather sexy gilt edged camouflage; leather and select pieces of knitwear bought the collection together and showed which seasons it was created for. While the collection didn’t scream wear ability it did show Long’s talent when it came to creating unique menswear, it wouldn’t suit the average male or situation but then again when was Fashion practical.

Christopher Shannon took what should always be wrong and made it fashionably right as he sent his models down the catwalk with dodgy tan lines, ‘fanny packs’ and the cardinal sin of socks with sandals.

Unlike other designers Shannon’s collection was based on wear ability, he struck a balance between street style and high fashion; he isn’t interested on being the name on everybody’s lips, he creates clothing for the ever growing niche market that has patented his distinctive designs. Overbearing yet chic prints and his love of luxe sportswear have clearly paved his way into the fashion elite. In his own words his inspiration for his S/S 10 line “Donk, clashing sportswear and bootleg prints”

Contributed by: Charlotte Johnson

Taylor Swift Soft Cat Eye Makeup

Products Used:
Benefit F.Y.Eye
MAC Greasepaint Stick in black
MAC eye shadow-
Christian Siriano for VS Kajal Eye liner in Eclipse
MAC Penultimate eye liner
Maybelline Great Lash Big mascara
MAC False lashes #7
MAC Cantaloupe blush (pro), or any peach shade
MAC lipsticks in Ravishing and Fleshpot

Vintage Elegance

Get flawless throwback style with this wavy hairdo.

Man Fashion: Essential Men Fashion Tips

There are as many dos and don'ts in fashion as there are brands, and it can be overwhelming! Some man fashion tips are more important than others and many can be ignored without making major fashion gaffes.
So let us go back to 5 essential Man Fashion Tips:-

1. Don't Be Afraid to Play With Color

While you try to color coordinate your shoes with your belt or your socks with your pants, you don’t have to make your entire outfit match. Show off your personality by using color in your shirts and ties. Today’s neck ties come in a variety of colors and patterns. You can add a punch of class to any plain suit with a crisp red neck tie.

If you want a more playful look, try a tie with polka dots or stripes. Striking without being overwhelming, a colored necktie is the perfect way to inject color and personality into your outfit and lifestyle.

2. DO Wear Socks that Match Your Pants

If you are wearing black trousers, avoid white socks, unless you are superstar like Micheal Jackson. There is nothing worse than a man in a nice black suit who sits down only to reveal pristine white socks. It does not matter whether you wear socks that are solid colors or patterns as long as the color of the socks matches your pants.

3. DO Wear a Watch

As discussed in my previous post, watch is a wonderful fashion accessory, so you will look classy and sophisticated with a watch. You don’t have to be wealthy to afford a nice, classy watch. You can find a variety of beautiful watches for very reasonable prices in most department stores.

4. Do Try Out Flat-Front Trousers

Most men avoid pants that are made with a flat-front. Our fathers and grandfathers all wore the traditional pleated trousers so we often automatically assume that we should wear the same. This is a big mistake! In fact, pleats can be a disaster if a man is overweight. They only make you look bulkier when you are trying to look slim and trim. Give flat-front trousers a try and you will be amazed at how much better you look. If you feel uncomfortable in flat-front trousers, try buying a larger size and getting them tailored to fit your waist better.

5. DO Match Your Shoes with Your Belt

This is most basic rule of men’s fashion. You can tie together even the most awkward outfits by matching your shoes with your belt. Stick with neutral colors such as brown, charcoal and black. These colors can be worn with virtually anything, from business suits to casual blue jeans.
Coordinate the color of your belt with the color of your shoes. Lastly, while belts add a polished look to your ensemble. Make sure, however, not to fasten it too tight.

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Hair Tutorial: Faux Bob Glam Up-Do

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Man Fashion: Jimmy Choo's Menwear Collection

All too often menswear is left out of designer / high street collaborations, but not anymore as more and more fashion designers are now giving almost equal if not more heavy attention to this market segment.

Jimmy Choo Menwear collectionOf course, this included Jimmy Choo. If you think he just makes pretty footwear for the likes of Carrie Bradshaw and her Sex And The City chums, you must be out of touch for sometimes.
Jimmy Choo Menwear collection
The Jimmy Choo for H&M menswear collection includes boots, stylishly cut suits jackets, jeans, leather biker jackets, silk and cashmere mix sweaters, shirts and trousers.
Jimmy Choo Menwear collection
For those more adventurous in the style stakes, Jimmy Choo has provided studded and crystal-adorned crocodile boots.

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A Reccomendation

Just a really quick post to tell Les Miserables! It's beautiful. First of all because it was written by a master of his trade, who knew how to use grammar and style. Secondly, because it's just such a great story.

Modern Pin-Up/Old Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

Products Used:
MAC Bronze Cream Color Base
MAC Grain eye shadow
MAC Soft Brown eye shadow
MAC Soba eye shadow
MAC Swiss Chocolate
MAC Mylar eye shadow
MAC Blitz n' Glitz Fluidline
Covergirl Lash Blast mascara
MAC Mattene Night Violet
MAC Blackfire Glimmerglass
NARS Laguna Bronzer
NARS Madly blush
MAC Emphazise shape powder (pro)
MAC Fix+

Video coming soon!

Sculptured Updo

A sleek bun tops this sculptured updo.

Sexy, Neutral Fall Makeup Look

Products Used:

Benefit F.Y.Eye primer
MAC Shadestick- Gentle Lentil
CS 88 Warm Palette
MAC Fluidline- Blitz n' Glitz
Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara
NARS bronzer- Laguna
MAC powder blush- Tippy (or any sheer hot pink blush)
MAC lipstick- Creme d' Nude

The Perfect Red...

I've got to say, I've NEVER been a fan of red on nails- well, just not my nails. Don't know why, just never liked it. For some unexplainable reason I decided to try red again today. I grabbed my Zoya nail polish in Vanessa which came in my "Dare" sampler set. First of all, red can be super unforgiving around your cuticles so you have to be extra careful (as you can see in the picture). Also, there are so many different shades of red. So finding one that works for you can be a bit tricky in some cases. This one is more of a cooler, blue-toned red. The formula also really stood out to me. Not too thick, not too thin. It also applies very evenly. I can't say this about many nail polishes, but you can honestly get away with only one coat of this stuff. Loved it so much that I had to use it on my toes as well!
I think I've definitely found a new favorite...

Zoya nail polish in Vanessa

The Genius of House of Harlow...

If you guys have watched my videos for a while, you've probably seen me wearing this necklace to the left... (kind of an old pic!)

Anyway, I always get questions about it and actually mentioned it in a few videos I think-- the brand and where to get it. The brand is "House of Harlow" which is Nicole Richie's jewelry line. You'd think the stuff which is often pictured on celebrities and mostly made with good materials--think 14k gold, leather, etc-- would be outrageously expensive.

While I purchased my beloved necklace for $95 at a boutique-most items are less than half this price. Since purchasing mine, I've seen some websites carrying it for around $115. A lot of sites that are selling House of Harlow and trying to make a profit by jacking up the price of the pieces, so be careful. Larger stores like Bloomingdales have started carrying the line as well and with the actual prices which are much lower than what some websites will try to get for the pieces. There are some larger items like headpieces and larger cuffs that can go for a little more because they're larger, but that's about it.

What gets me is that all the pieces feel heavy and are made well.
These are the other items I own from the collection-

14k gold, resin, and stone earrings, $35
I LOVE these because they literally go with anything-- especially cute with the necklace above :)
They actually come in lots of colors-- Mine are the black, pictured

"Sunburst" Leather, 14k gold button earrings, $28
I think these are such a steal-- mostly because they are made of good materials and are actually quite large. About the size of a quarter.

...and my favorite, the super huge obnoxious Sunburst ring, 14k gold & leather, this one retails for around $45-50

This one is my favorite because it's quite large and unusual, but mine actually used to belong to Kim Kardashian which I think is kind of cool. I got it from her popular ebay store where she sells her actual things with proceeds going to charity, which I love. What's funny is that I paid the same price it would have cost retail, which is kind of cool.
You can see just how big it is in this picture:

I just think these pieces are so fun-- and most of all, affordable. At similar prices you'd pay at retail stores for cheaply made costume jewelry that's not made very well and won't last. With these, you actually get well-made jewelry that you can keep forever. Plus, every piece is so unique and really stands out. I absolutely LOVE House of Harlow--

To find retailers, lots of options come up on Google-- There are literally so many sites that sell this stuff! But just compare prices like I said-- Beware of sites that jack up the prices!

Jorgen van Rijen

Definitely my favourite trombonist (okay fine, after Christian Lindberg, but he's so awesome it's like, obvious or something). Having brother as a trombonist, I know more than most people about this instrument, and especially how it sounds when he practices! It's always made me a bit sad how most people ignore this fantastic instrument (other classical musicians included), and I thought I should publicize it, in my own small way.
So anyway. Jorgen van Rijen. I'm telling you this guy is just wow! On every level.

Man Fashion Watch Give Away

For the first time, A Man Fashion is give away the following watch to a lucky readers, thanks to very kind folks at OrientalWatchSite.
This automatic watch is super stylish, stainless, water resistant within 50 meters and surely automatic. Orientalwatchsite also offers other design such as this CFD0C001m, come with stainless steel case, water resistant within 300 meters and come with sapphire crystal and anti reflection coating.

Two ways to enter the contest and do both for two chances to win:-
  1. Leave a comment and e-mail address on this post.
  2. Comment on the contest note and e-mail address at our Facebook Fan Page - use the link in the sidebar to get to our Facebook Fan Page.
Note: Competition will closes on Oct 21 2009! Winner will be selected in random.

Fashion- Nude Pumps

I think an essential shoe that all women need in their wardrobe is a basic nude pump. I like to go with a closed-toe style so it can be worn any time of year. A nude pump really elongates your legs and goes with virtually everything. I particularly love them in patent leather. Especially right now, I think this particular style of shoe is very of-the-moment, but totally classic at the same time. This is a shoe to invest in because you'll have it for years. This similar nude patent leather platform pump style by Christian Louboutin has been either sold out or really difficult to find. But you can find great more affordable options from several brands. I especially love these BCBG pumps to the left (I have these)-- You can find them at Nordstrom :)

Sleek Short 'Do

Short hairstyle as worn by Terry Pheto.
Courtesy of our friends at Gorgeous Black Women

Just passing by...

Okay, I'm not even gonna try to excuse myself. Really. And I'm not even going to be writing something substantial for this post. So if you're here looking for pictures, significant news, or the meaning of life, try a different blog. I'm just here to say I'm alive...and planning on posting more soon(promise). All I plan for tonight is to stay awake until morning.

Sideswept Braided Updo

Cornrows explode in formal waves in this gorgeous side-do.

Flip Flops: Style and Substance

Havaianas’ Flip Flops have been a staple in summer fashion since 1962. A favorite of celebrities, these sandals are cool, comfortable and come in custom styles for each season. Even if the weather is changing, Havaianas are great for winter vacations to escape the cold.

Havaianas donated their popular Brazilian flip-flops to be signed and designed by celebrities such as Zac Efron, Chris Pine, and Kate Bosworth pictured below.

Proceeds from the celebrity Havaianas will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Partial Updo With Big Curls

Sass and sophisitication with this style that gives the best of updos and curly styles.

Photo/Jewelry by Omo Misha

Designer Frames on a Discount Budget

Looking for new designer's eye glasses for this season? I happen to come across this interesting website of which offer wide range of sunglasses.

Eye Buy Direct offers discount prescription eyeglasses and designer sunglasses for men and women alike. They have a great selection of unique and classic styles. They also have EyeTry, a program that allows you to try on frames online. Here are some Looks for Eye Buy at the Oscars.

Rica - Fashion Eyeglasses
Semi rimless lenses with a slight curve to the nose bridge, the sandy/golden color of the frame will flood your face with light and its thick aRMs promise strength and reliability.

Eyre - Rimless Eyeglasses
These frames are as light as air to wear, and look and feel great on the face. With rimless lenses and dainty blush pink sidearms, these glasses are graceful and ethereal in appearance while suiting most face shapes.

Bridge - Fashion Eyeglasses
Contemporary-styled, medium sized men's glass with dynamic spring joints and acetate sides adding extra comfort and style. This frame is doable with Bifocals and Progressives.