Want to jazz up your look? One NYC doctor says folks should consider a "safe" procedure to insert eyeball jewelry.
Over the years we've seen plenty of piercing fads come and go: nose, eyebrow, belly button, multiple holes in each ear for both men and women, tongue, lip, tongue again, cheeks and even the Prince Albert.
So, in this day and age, it's hard to fathom that there might actually be a location people where people could voluntarily insert a tiny piece of metal and still manage to freak out even the most die-hard among us, right?!?
Please see Exhibit A: Eyeball jewelry.
Since we're being all real-talk today, have you guys seen this video?
It's from Pantene Philippines, and it's pretty rad. I have to say, Pantene has never made my hair bounce and shine as I walked through a crosswalk, but I dig the message. It went viral after Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg posted it.
What do you think?Full Story
Photo via Stephanie Bolling.
Here's Stephanie in all of her natural beauty.
Some of the men in our lives use November to grow mustaches or ditch razors. Some do it just for fun, and others do it to raise awareness about health problems.
What's a woman to do? A friend of mine who works at the paper took on a bold challenge of her own for that month: She didn't wear makeup.
You may remember Times staffer Stephanie Bolling from my recent post about Stitch Fix. She decided to eschew makeup for her own reasons, though there's also a No Makeup November cause with Christian roots that encourages women to prioritize natural and inner beauty.
I had to know if she made it through the entire month. I thought she looked great when I saw her, but I wondered if she was insecure or if her coworkers noticed. How did she handle days when a blemish stopped by for a visit?
We turned our email exchange into a Q&A, and I think you will really enjoy it. Read our chat, and tell me in the comments: Would you go without makeup for a month -- or longer?
Classy mirror pic.
Les Mis tee, Banana Republic blazer.
I used to rock graphic tee's with jeans and Vans all the time in high school because I was super cool and hip (humor me, 'k?). I gave up on the look for anything other than bumming around the house since it wasn't exactly the most polished look ever, but recently they've been popping up in less sloppy ways (like lots of paired-with-tulle-skirt combos on Pinterest).
My favorite's the blazer/tee combo. Yesterday to run errands, I paired the blazer I snagged at the Banana Republic outlet a couple years ago with the Les Miserables tee I bought after seeing the show on a chorus field trip back in 10th grade. Worn with jeans and my trusty boat shoes, and the effect was comfy and weekend appropriate, but not sloppy.
Click through the slideshow for some cute blazer/tee combos, and check out Pinterest for more inspiration.
Photo by my friend Aimee Alexander
The rest of the look, posed naturally among the stacks of books at the Tampa Bay Times book sale.
I found these pants on sale at LOFT, and I had to pause for a second before even touching them. They were MUSTARD, you guys. French's yellow stadium mustard. On the list of colors I typically find flattering, French's stadium mustard ranks moderate to low.
However, finding pants that both fit (I am the height of a Lorax), and are flattering, and are priced according to Deal Diva code is no easy order. And so I tried them on, and feeling unsure all the way to the register, I got them. They're the petite Marisa slim boot cut pants in LOFT bi-stretch. In, yes, "mustard olive." …Full Story
A bathrobe from home decor store Kirkland's? Yup, and it's fabulous.
It's Friday! I don't know if it's because all of my Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone or because I'm still recovering from all that tryptophan-laced turkey, but this week has felt forever long. Luckily, we had the Deal Divas' Favorite Things to get us through it.
And, it's finally my turn to contribute.
Like the other Deal Divas before me, price usually tops the list as my biggest concern. But, I also think of the holidays as a time to indulge, especially when buying gifts for others. So, I've filled my list with things that are purely fun favorites of mine.
1. Kate Spade Pop Fizz Earrings
I don't have these exact earrings (yet!) but I do have a similar gold pair from Kate Spade that say "ooh" on one ear and "lala" on the other. I wear them when my hair is up to show them off. These $32 "Pop" and "Fizz" earrings would be perfect for New Year's Eve, no?
2. St-Germain Liqueur …Full Story
All these shoes came from Kohls. If the ones on the far right look the same, they should. I like the beige ones so much I went back and got them in black.
Hello Divarettes and Divarinos (you guys don't mind if I call you that, do you? The holidays do strange things to me. I make up twice as many words.)
Has this feature been great or what? Seriously, I hope you guys have enjoyed this week's blog posts as much as me. I've had a blast seeing what tops my fellow divas' lists.
My turn! Here are my favorite things, in no particular order.
Flexible hold hairspray, $5.99
Deal Diva Keeley couldn't have said it better. I mean, it's no secret that I likes to get my shop on. But like Keeley, I'm more focused on look and price rather than brand.
In fact, I eschew paying top dollar just to bear someone else's name on my person. The closest thing I come to designer wear is my growing collection of Nine West handbags and shoes -- all purchased from discount stores like Ross and T.J. Maxx. And I so rarely wear perfumes or makeup that I've been working on the same lipstick, eyeshadow and blush set for three years.
That's a long way of saying that coming up with my "favorite things" list at first seemed a daunting task. But when I sat down and looked at my daily routine and occasional shopping habit, a few clear winners emerged. They are:
Sally Hansen XTreme Wear nail polish, $2.79 …Full Story
Essie nail polish in geranium, $8.59.
I had a hard time coming up with my favorite things because I'm really haphazard about what I actually pay attention to brand-wise that's worth mentioning. I still swear by Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers because hello, cheap. I buy whatever moisturizer is on sale at Target. When it comes to clothes, I don't discriminate against any store's clearance rack. I welcome them all with open arms (and occasionally an open wallet).
So I had to think long and hard about my actual favorite things other than just "purses! shoes! scarves! earrings!" because that's not very helpful. And by "think long and hard" I mean look at pretty things online for inspiration. Real tough. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things. Blue satin sashes not included.
Essie nail polish, $8.59
I love painting my nails but I never did it that often because while I hate when they get chippy, I'm also really good at getting distracted and leaving the chipped polish on forever. Not very professional looking, or cute. But somehow, magically, Essie polish stays nice for much longer than any other polish I've tried. I cringed the first time I forked over $8 for a bottle of nail polish, but now I swear by it. …Full Story
Photo via Sephora.
I love Make Up For Ever ... forever.
My favorite things may get me into some trouble with the Deal Divas Powers That Be. They're not all thrifty. I could label a few as Favorite Guilty Pleasures, and I've hesitated in telling you about them all along.
But I think some things are worth the splurge (and some things definitely aren't). So here we go!
Don't forget to tell us about your favorite things in the comments, tweet us @dealdivas, or send us Instagrams of your favorite things using the hashtag #dealdivasfavoritethings.
You know how you occasionally wake up on a Monday morning just ready to take on the world? That rare instance when you roll out of bed so well-rested and face so aglow that even the phrase "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" is a grave understatement?
Yeeeah, that definitely wasn't me this morning.
But I was feeling mighty fine last week when I threw on this ensemble, so let's take a trip back in time, shall we?
Photo via M.A.C.
M.A.C. Russian Red matte lipstick
Remember back in Oprah's glory days, when she used to holler and throw microbead facial scrub out at the audience? Everyone had smoke coming out of their ears because it was so EXHILARATING. Well, we're not Oprah, and on our budget of Zero Dollars we can't throw free products at your face. But we thought in the spirit of holiday shopping, we could channel Queen O and bring you a little taste of the products we cherish here at Deal Divas. There's something special about a personal recommendation from a friend who has used it and tried it and loved it, and that's what we're bringing you all week.
It's Deal Divas' Favorite Things!
Check back every day for a list of favorite things from a different Deal Diva. We're not going to be like, "My favorite thing is my cardigan from the ninth grade because it made me understand the fleeting nature of love while coming of age in the cyber epoch." Maybe another week we'll do that. These are things you can pick up now, or current brands or stores we love. …Full Story
I have to admit, this sparkly bag is hard to resist. But would I leave a trail of glitter everywhere I go? Regularly priced $298, it's on sale at Kate Spade for $119.
Black Friday shopping may be mostly over but there are still deals to be had online.
Stay out of the cold, curl up with some hot cocoa and laugh at all the people who ventured out in the wee hours of the morning and on Turkey Day itself. Because these deals are good.
Sephora: There are about a dozen Black Friday $10 specials still left on the web this morning, including this Josie Maran Hand Healers set. Regularly priced at $18, the set includes Bear Naked Nail Wipes to remove polish and Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Creme. This would make a great gift.
Kate Spade: This is my favorite sale, but unless you see something you can't live without, there's no rush. Kate Spade does 75 percent off surprise sales several times a year. Just sign up for the e-mail alerts and you'll always know.
Julep: I haven't tried this nail polish brand but I've been lurking around the website for weeks now. There are several nail polish sets on sale, including this Year in Review set for $24.99. The 12 mini polish set is regularly priced $108.00. …Full Story
A new Charming Charlie opened at Countryside Mall in Clearwater on Tuesday. Stop in this Saturday for grand opening deals!
Newsflash! For all you Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general holiday weekend shoppers out there, here's another stop to add to your list.
Charming Charlie, your favorite color-coded accessories retailer, is opening a new store at Clearwater's Countryside Mall this Saturday. And, according to the Facebok invite, the first 100 guests receive a scratch-off card for a chance to win gift cards ranging from $5 to $100!
The store is on the second floor, near JCPenney's and Macy's.
Which, of course, means you're going to stop at those stores and maybe a couple others, right??
A couple sales you might want to check out:
This dress combines all the things I love -- stripes, black and white. Throw in my polka dot shoes and we have a deal. Snag this for $34.95.
Black Friday has come early and I, for one, am not complaining.
I'm sure there are a ton of sales this week, but this one caught my eye last night.
Half off EVERYTHING at Express! Even sale items get the additional discount.
I quickly snagged up a dress I've been coveting for an upcoming wedding I'm attending. Now, I can afford new shoes, too!
The sale lasts until Friday at noon. Happy shopping!