Guys. I’ve been a slave to designer denim since I was old enough to get my own credit card. For some reason, designer jeans always seemed like such a simple justification - expensive but not so much so that I couldn’t have them.
For those who’ve been reading for a while now, you’ll also know I’m fairly self conscious about my legs - so buying expensive jeans seemed to give me some self-assurance that I was ‘buying the best’ which would then make me look the best.
Well, this past Black Friday I popped into Old Navy for the 50% off sale and in a fit of buying EVERYTHING I also picked up a pair of the Rockstar Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans and I haven’t looked back. I wore them for 5 days straight.
After realizing there would never be another pair of jeans for me - I jumped online and ordered two more pairs. Old Navy almost always has a sale (I got all of mine for under $20 a pair) and even at the $35 full price, they are worth it. The jeans are snug and will hold everything in place, but are also stretchy enough that you don’t feel too stuffed into them. Buy them, and then email me to thank me profusely for turning you on to these bad boys.
Also, that flannel was another total gem from my thrift store grabs - $4 with a full price tag of $24.99, still attached. BOOM!
Thanksgiving has past and December is well underway! I’ve already had two holiday parties and the evenings are quickly booking up with holiday cheer. I love this time of year - spending time with the people I love and just celebrating all we’ve been blessed with is a lucky and amazing feeling!
So, what do you wear? This year I’m trying to stay away from the traditional dresses and spice it up a bit with some edgy outfits.
This top I snagged at the local thrift store for $2! I popped some major tags that day…
My leather pants are a total staple as soon as the cold comes and they are worth the investment - My cost per wear has to be virtually free at this point. I LIVE in them all winter.
What are you wearing to your holiday fêtes?
When I think about winter in the north the first thing that comes to mind is seasonal depression, the 2nd thing that comes to mind is dry, ashy flaky skin. Until JPC gives up the ship, I’ll have to deal with both. However, don’t let that assume I’ll never live my life out as a faux-Latina in Miami… those days are coming, they just might take a little longer to see. In the meantime, let’s talk about scrubs.Scrubs are muy importante in the cold weather - below are my top 3 from head to toe:
Eraclea’s Daily Bamboo Exfoliant: This exfoliant is on-the-spot for your face. With face scrubs, I’m always very hesitant to commit because cheaply made products can be too abrasive on your face. This product is so gentle, but very effective. I can feel the difference immediately when I’m applying my moisturizer and my foundation. The product is very light but does the job. I have especially sensitive skin and this does not agitate it in the least. This is a scrub that can be used several times a week with no worries. Buy it online here.
SW Basics of Brooklyn Body Scrub: I will whole-hardheartedly admit that I bought this scrub because US Weekly told me how much Gweneth Paltrow loves it. I’m a sucker for tabloid news, what can I say? Anyway, the product is beautifully packaged, affordable and organic. It smells DIVINE and the fat kid deep inside me thinks about eating it every time I use it. Pick it up online here.
True Blue Spa’s Toe The Line: Let’s take a minute for some deep and serious honestly. I have mother effen’ dragons feet. Without regular pedicures, foot scrubs and moisturizers I would be a nightmare. This is a easy staple you’ll always find in my shower. The crushed walnuts are boss enough to the job even on my hooves. Enjoy! Get it here.
I was naughty - I didn’t hit my reading goal this month. I didn’t really blog much last month either (whoops). I guess I’ve been busy… Good news, I read one awesome book that I’ve been waiting for release since the last awesome book I read by Veronica Roth.
Allegiant, Veronica Roth
Without hitting y’all with any spoilers… I got right back into this seriously hard where I left off after finishing book 2 in July and needing to wait until mid-October for this book to get released. Of course, it was action packed and filled with ‘what-ifs’ the book lives up to the rest of the story. I hated the ending. HATED THE ENDING. That’s all I have to say about it from a negative perspective… oh, that and teen sexual frustration is creepy to read about as a 27 year old. Otherwise, party on! Read it, buy it here.
Stylish (and thoughtful) Cleveland gals & guys - I’m giving away two tickets to an amazing event at Beachwood Place for Saturday, November 23rd.
This year, the event will celebrate its 5th anniversary and 100% of money raised goes towards two great Northeast Ohio non-profits, The Gathering Place and University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
This holiday event features fashion, food and entertainment not to be missed! A live fashion show featuring cancer survivors, celebrity models, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Families, and professional models will be the star of the evening. Not to be left out - each ticket holder receives a bracelet that offers special shopping discounts all night long (woot woot!)
Here’s how you can win two tickets (valued at $50) for the event:
- Leave me a comment and tell me what CLE celebrity you’re most excited to see.
- Tweet the following: ‘I want to win 2 tix to Compassion From Fashion from @BeachwoodPlace and @NadineNocero enter here http://bit.ly/HMye4U’ and leave a comment telling me you did so.
You can enter any of the 3 ways and tweet each day for additional entries. A Cleveland-area winner will be selected Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 9:00pm ET.
**Pre-sale tickets can be purchased now at www.CompassionFromFashion.com for $25 or at the door the night of the event for $30.**
Disclosure: I was compensated with 2 tickets for the giveaway and 2 tickets for myself for this event. All opinions are my own.
Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight
Ok - so so so good. Author’s debut novel knocks it out of the park. Teen drama. Teen bullies. NYC rich kid prep school. Teen suicide. (you’ll see a theme if you haven’t already - I’m a sucker for books where people die, whoops) Seriously, this book is awesome if you love my list of awesome things worth loving above. Overworked single Mom with a fabulous high power job tries to understand the life of her now dead teen daughter. It unravels quickly and includes secret societies. It’s currently getting worked into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and will be worth checking out! Read it first, buy it here.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
Alright - so I read this book because EVERYONE on the internet was reading it and I hate being late to a party… I had no idea until the end that it was written by JK Rowling under a pseudonym. So, since I ended the book with a big ‘Ahhhhh!’ I guess you can say I was late anyway.
Whatever - here’s the scoop. Set in London. Rappers. Super Models. Drugs. Murder Mystery. Check, check, check and check. It was ok - I mean I wanted to know who the killer was so I of course read furiously, but truly - it was REALLY long and not totally awesome. If you have some time to kill and want something light- this is your cup of tea. Buy it here.
It’s not everyday a vodka company challenges you to make a signature vodka drink, let alone a signature BREAKFAST vodka drink.
However, that’s exactly what happened. The darling folks at Smirnoff sent me over a bottle of their latest flavored vodka, Cinna Sugar-Twist and said - blog us a breakfast cocktail. So ta-da! I bring you a recipe for Blog - The New (my coffee is no longer just) Black.
1.5 oz of Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist
3 oz of your favorite home brewed espresso - my go to: Rising Star
For the cocoa mix:
2 teaspoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 dash of chili powder
5 oz of organic milk
Mix the cocoa ingredients in a pot over a medium flame, then let cool to room temperature. Add room temperature espresso to the cocoa and lastly, add your vodka and drink!
I mean seriously, I can’t imagine going a breakfast without my caffeine intake and this tastes like the perfect dessert. Cap off a brunch or dinner with this bad boy (or 5) and you won’t be disappointed.
Full Disclosure: Smirnoff provided me with their latest vodka for the recipe and in exchange for this post.