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Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

The Budget Diva

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 5, 2009

It costs to be a diva. But if you are smart and thrifty, it doesn’t have to bankrupt you, or put you through financial strain. It is important to prioritize and learn how to go about your transformation wisely if you are on a budget. So what is your situation? If it’s difficult, I can relate. I spent a whole year out of work when I had my daughter and I’m just getting a new job. Fortunately, it is a job with a high income potential if I work hard at it. But my husband and I just purchased a new home and have yet to unload our previous one. So things are difficult. So what can one do when one is on a fixed income? How do you become a budget diva?

Rule 1
DIY. Learn how to do for yourself. If you cannot afford to have your hair done professionally on a weekly basis, invest in some styling tools of your own. Don’t be suckered by the price or the brand name either. There are some really inexpensive tools that you can pay $20 for or $120 for, and get the same results. Do your homework. Read product reviews. Doing these things first can save you time, money and frustration. Next, purchase a manicure set. You don’t need much. Some nail clippers, a file, a four way file w/ buffer, some clear base coat polish and a colored nail polish, such as red, black or gold. Make sure you get those toes too ladies. Being on a budget does not give license to walk around with bear claws hanging out of your open toe pumps.

Rule 2
Drugstore Makeup works. MAC is great. Nars, Smashbox & so on. But if you head on over to your local Walgreens or CVS, don’t turn your nose up at the Loreal & Maybelline lines. I remember my mother used to use Maybeline Great Lash Mascara when I was younger. Now, like a decade later, I’m using the same mascara. And I paid $4 for it. For great everyday looks, don’t underestimate your local drugstore.

Rule 3
Shop smart & Plan Ahead. Decide on your look ahead of time and prepare. If you don’t really know what your own style is, look in magazines and get some ideas. Then take a trip to TJ Maxx, Filene’s Basement,
Marshall‘s & Shoe Carnival. You may come across some great designer fashions at half the price. H&M is one of my favorites too. You can also get some pretty things and cute accessories from places like Discovery, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21. Here are some quick budget fashion tips:

Shop out of season: Clearance sales are the best! So while you may not be able to buy a wardrobe ahead of time, you can always pick up a few pieces and shoes. For example, I once got a skirt for $5 from the gap for work that was $35 regular price. I got some sandals for $15 that were normally $40. So when you come across these fantastic deals, capitalize on them. If you find it difficult spending money on yourself and have major priorities over fashion, which most of us do, just do one piece a paycheck.

Shop second-hand sometimes: Consignment shops & Goodwill offer a wonderful outlet to purchase some really cute things for next to nothing. Hint: These places are exceptionally helpful when you need work clothes. There are also some places that will buy your gently used clothing, as well as sell. Plato’s Closet, for example. Carson‘s usually has coupons in the Sunday papers. And twice a year they have the “Goodwill Sale” in which you can receive a voucher for gently worn clothing to use toward a new purchase. Pair this up with a sale or coupon and you’re balling on a budget!

Shop Online: Ebay is one of the safest places to shop online today. Get a paypal account. And sometimes you can find online deals at your favorites stores, that are not available at the physical locations. One more thing to look out for is product premieres. Lots of times when someone is doing a new product line, they give out free samples. Look for coupons from your favorite name brands as well.

With all of these options, you should barely ever have to pay full price for anything!

Some Products We Like


Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer $7(this product has a tint to it, and is recommended for ethnic skin, such as asian, black or indian. Not recommended for pale skin)

L'Oreal True Match Powder, Caramel Beige W7L’Oreal True Match Powder $11

Dickinson's witch hazel-Daily Facial TonerWitch Hazel (Toner/Astringent) $4

L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Bright Shadow Duo FlamboyantL’Oreal HIP (High intensity Pigments) Eyeshadow $7

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor Simmering SpiceCoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor $10

CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss Cool Cocoa Mint SplashCoverGirl Wetslicks Lip Glosses $6


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Tracee Ellis Ross

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

When I first started watching “Girlfriends” back in 2000, there was one cast member who had Standout Style to me. Joan Clayton. While I found her to be funny looking, she was artistically interesting, quite striking in her side profile and uniquely beautiful. But what stood out the most for me, was her wardrobe. Who is her stylist? I thought. Please give them a raise. I was impressed by her trendy style, dramatic dresses, feminine pencil skirts, strappy shoes, billowy blouses and bright red lipstick. And then I discovered that it wasn’t Joan Clayton that had such fierce style, it is Tracee Ellis Ross herself. There is nothing fictional about this style diva. She has been featured in Glamour, In Style, a New York Times fashion editorial, Vibe Vixen, & Essence to name a few. Her hair is wildly beautiful and her makeup light and never overdone. Whenever Tracee shows up on the Red Carpet, she arrives looking effortlessly glamorous! Check her out:

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Leave it in 08

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

Our list of the fashion trends we hope we never see again!

Gladiator Boots:

Rihanna, what the hell were you thinking?

Rihanna, what the hell were you thinking?


Ugly as hell! No excuses.

Ugly as hell! No excuses.

Harem Pants:

Tacky, tacky, tacky!

Tacky, tacky, tacky!

Furry & Feather Vests:

Fashion & Fleas don't mix!

I guess the Fashion Police were off duty. Don’t let me see you out there like this on ’09!

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Interview Worthy Shoes

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 27, 2008

All of these shoes have a classy quality about them, but they are not overly conservative. They make a statement: Pretty, practical, yet still very feminine. You can walk into your interview feeling assured that you’re looking professional, yet feeling confident and gorgeous.

These shoes are availabe at

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Jourdan Dunn is the colour of money

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 27, 2008

She’s British, she’s beautiful and she’s black. Hooray! At last, the industry might be waking up to its dark secret

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn

There’s an open secret in the beauty industry and it’s a guilty one: the industry is racist. And it seems a storm is set to break about this, exactly as it did over the size-zero campaign. You might imagine that, among fashionistas, beauty would be welcome in any form, and the more diverse, the better. But you would be wrong. These days, ethnic beauty is pretty much invisible. Last month, I took a quick snapshot of what you currently see in fashion magazines. I bought 25kg of glossies in random armfuls from a top newsagent; mainly British and American, but also several from Europe, as well as Japanese and Indian Vogue. All those kilograms added up to literally thousands of pages, and the result was conclusive. Compared to the vast numbers of white girls in them, there were hardly any ethnic models, and few of those were black. In all the editorial photoshoots and advertisements combined, there were only 163 ethnic women, and of these only 14 were black.


View the rest of the article at Times Online.

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