Marsala…Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year


Recently, I went through my closet(s) and discovered I had something that happened to be in that color…or close to it. ;-)


darlene34I thrifted this Talbot’s dress last summer in Vegas for $5.60 at Savers. The scarf from  Loft and the boots from Macy’s are a couple of years old.

The fact that there happens to be some snow on the ground makes it the perfect opportunity for me to throw on my vintage Sears faux fur coat ($10.00) from The Family Thrift Center.









For some reason, the minute I put it on, I felt like I should have a cigarette in my hand (attached to one of those long cigarette holders), or a drink. After all, you do remember that I found an empty bottle of gin in the pocket when I bought it!

Oh the stories this coat could tell!



Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Another Blanket Scarf



This particular blanket scarf is the one that every blogger seems to own. Of course, I didn’t purchase mine until it was on sale. ;-) There are various ways to wear it. This time, I just threw it around my shoulders like a blanket…because I’m freezing here in New Mexico! What happened to our 70 degree weather? I miss you warm weather…please come back!

You could also throw it over one shoulder or put a belt around it or tie it around your neck like I did my last one here:




Did you happen to notice the Vince Camuto boots I’m wearing? I bought them at Goodwill for $19.99. Here is what someone was selling them for online recently.

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Isn’t that crazy?



That’s a Premier Design Jewelry necklace paired with a thrifted $2.50 Italian wool sweater.



The matching bracelets are one of my all time favorite pieces.

Do you own any Premier Design jewelry?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Here Kitty Kitty!



My husband noticed that my recent purchase from Thrift Town (this Grace Elements $12.99 faux fur vest) looked like our cat Cupcake…and he was right!

She wasn’t all that happy to have her picture taken.


I let the vest do all the talking in this outfit…because it had a lot to say.






The accessories:


The necklace is from Loft from a couple of years ago.



I just threw on a bunch of gold bracelets.



I finally wore my Dolce Vita wedges that I purchased at Nordstrom Rack while in Ohio.

This is like faux fur vest number four for me.  How many do YOU own?


Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Now and Later


Notice anything different?


No, not the tights…it’s the quality of the photos! No, I didn’t get a new camera. I got myself a FOR REAL photographer!  More about that at the end of the post.

I decided to style my latest favorite thrift (Anthro skirt…$4.80 Savers) for now (Winter) and later (Summer). In the photo above I styled it with boots and tights! Hey, when you have a pro taking the shots there’s no room for laziness. Well, unless you’re Miss Oreo.



Seriously Miss Oreo?!  Girl, you need to move!




This Kut From the Kloth jacket is from Nordstrom. I paid full price…maybe that’s the reason for the pained look on my face. Please note that I’m smiling through the pain. ;-)

I hate to pay full price for anything!



The skirt is actually a tad too big.



These cognac sandals were bought online from DSW. I also bought them in black. When I find something I like, I usually buy it in more than one color. On sale, of course!



How cool is this necklace? It’s the perfect piece to bring out the orange ( my favorite color ) in the skirt. It’s also from Nordstrom.

So, what do you think of my blog’s new look?

Sarah Velez is a local photographer here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Guess what? She’s also a model! Lucky me…and lucky you too! Different locations (but still in my house because it’s too windy outside!) and poses…YAY!!!

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography



#RefreshVoxBox @influenster

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Can you believe that I got all this for FREE?! Of course you can…look who you’re talking to!

20150210_174130Thanks to influenster, I was sent this complimentary box of items to test and review!

Let’s get started!

First up:


20150210_174648These Beanitos chips are the bomb! They are made from Navy beans. Cool, huh! The White Bean with Sea Salt are especially good with salsa but are also good on their own because of their nice salty flavor. The Nacho Cheese ones taste like a milder version of Dorito’s. They both are really good. If you do Weight Watcher’s, this size bag is only 5 points.



O…MG! This Skinnygirl nutrition bar is SO GOOD!! It’s drizzled in dark chocolate and the strongest flavor is definitely banana. I like the oatmeal texture of it too. The whole bar is only 4 Weight Watcher points! I will definitely buy these and keep them in my purse for when I need a pick me up when I’m thrifting. ;-)



See, I really did try them! My husband liked them all too.



Every. Single. Time. I eat, I get food stuck in my teeth! Could it be because I had braces? I wasn’t all that crazy about these DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks and neither was my husband. They are supposed to be good for tight teeth but we were both afraid that they were going to get stuck. The floss started to shred almost immediately.

The DenTek Fun Flossers are for little kids, so I dropped them off at my friend/ neighbor’s house to be reviewed. She has a six year old daughter and a ten year old son. Her daughter said that she loved the small size and that she “could really get in there” and liked having flavor since her current ones don’t have any. Her son said that they worked well, but he could take or leave the flavor.

The Listerine Freshburst Pocketpaks? Well, after I finally figured out how to open them, they weren’t too bad. I expected them to be super strong like the mouthwash. With that in mind, I broke the strip in half. I gave the other half to Mitch. He thought it was too strong. I thought it wasn’t. It’s a split decision on this one.


Next up, products for the face.20150210_174405-1


Because I have oily, sensitive skin I was really leery about trying any of these products, but I took one for the team and tried them.


20150211_102317-1This is the first time I have ever tried a mask at home. This Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel bills itself as ‘Sexy Natural Skincare’. How could I pass up sexy skin?!

As you can see, it looks like honey. It smells like honey too…at first. Then, the Jasmine smell overpowers it. I didn’t like that smell at all. I decided to only put a thin layer on. That was a mistake. When it came time to peel it off, it came off in thin pieces, like when you have a sunburn.


If I would have put it on thicker, I think it would have peeled off easily. I would pass on this product.



This L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream is for normal to combination skin. Having oily skin (with a pimple forming on my forehead as I write this post ), I used this product sparingly. It has a light scent to it, but I prefer to use unscented facial products. I have to say that it made my skin feel very soft and not greasy. I won’t use it on my face again BUT I will use it on my hands.

Last, but certainly not least is a product that surprised me the most.


I haven’t worn drugstore foundation since I was in high school…35 years ago! Do you see that this is HAIR SMOOTHING!? foundation? My first thought was…if my facial hair is long enough that it needs to be ‘smoothed down’ then I need to make an appointment to get my face waxed! BUT, when I tried it I was actually surprised how much I liked it! Even applying it with that silicone thingy-ma-bob that comes with it was… oh-kay!  I will actually use this again.

Here is a photo of me wearing the foundation.


Not bad, huh!

Well, there you have it. My honest opinion of everything in the box. I have to include the following statement:

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Oh, wait! There’s more! I also did a video review of all the products on youtube. O…MG…

Blog the Blogger

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Just wanted to let you know that I was featured over on The DC Goodwill Fashionista blog!

Karen AKA The DCGF asked me five questions about myself PLUS a bonus one.

Click on the link to read the article:


Valentine’s Day…on a Budget



Yep, this is what I chose to wear this year…click on the link to see if I really did.

My Uniform


Lately, because of the mild temperatures we have been having, this has been my uniform.


I’m looking down because my husband took a picture before I was ready.



This Old Navy plaid shirt @ $3.49 and Kenneth Cole Reaction goose down vest @$8.00 are both recent finds. ( I went thrifting during the MLK holiday…surprise, surprise ) ;-)

I like how my choker gives it a kind of hippie vibe.



I think I kinda look like Barbara Streisand in today’s selfie?  What do you think?


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Snake Print and a Safari Jacket


I finally took my new snake print Sam Edelman flats out on the town along with my thrifted Jones New York Sport safari style jacket ($4.99).

First up…an observation:

My new shoes match the interior of my car!IMG_20150205_132307


I love the texture…


Here’s the whole look:


I wore this to an appointment. While waiting, I took a selfie. ;-)




My son was taking pictures of me taking pictures of myself and sharing them on SnapChat.

Man, it’s hard keeping up with all of this social media!

Gift Share Love

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Can I just start out by saying that I am the least romantic person on the planet? That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t like Valentine’s Day and everything that goes along with it. The problem is, being married as long as I have; there are no more ‘surprises’. You know how it is. If you want something you just go out and buy it and then show it to your husband and say, “Look what you bought me!”

Well, this year I wanted to be ‘surprised’…like, for real…BUT I still wanted to pick out my present so I knew I would like what I was getting.

That’s where Gift Share Love comes in to play. I recently discovered this app that lets me pick out exactly what GIFT I want, SHARE that list with my husband so that he can buy me a gift(s) that we both know I will LOVE! Isn’t that awesome?!

I started out by adding the Gift Share Love widget to my Bookmarks bar. Let me just say, I am NOT computer savvy AT ALL…and even I figured out how to do it. Then, I went shopping!

Let’s see what I chose for him to choose for me this Valentine’s Day!

I decided to make it easy on him and do all my shopping at one place…Nordstrom! There is not one near me but that’s okay because they have a great shipping and return policy. It’s FREE!

And because I’m a bargain shopper, all these gifts are UNDER $25.00! #yourewelcomehoney

Check out this mug. I like gifts that make me laugh and this one does just that! Did I happen to mention that my husband brings me coffee in bed EVERY morning? Yeah, he does. #luckywife

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Occasionally, I like to imbibe in a glass of sparkling Moscato. I know it will taste even better in this glass.

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Aww, I love you too honey!


How cute is this Alex and Ani ‘Open Love’ wire bangle? #supercute

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I love scarves and this Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity scarf is no exception. It happens to be on a Buy & Save Promo…2 for $38.00! Honey, I’ll take dark red and navy please. ;-)

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There you have it, my list of FAVES for Valentine’s Day…and my husband has it too because he is my Gift Share Love ‘buddy’!

Hmm, I wonder if he will ‘surprise’ me and get me everything on my list. #hinthint