Fabulous in the City

Rihanna – A Style Maven
25 February 2008, 9:14 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by Musicjot

 One of today’s It-Girls that I’m really looking forward to seeing more about is Rihanna. The young singer may have some good songs, but I love her new sense of style even more.

Some of my friends and family members say that I resemble her, but I just don’t see it. Though I wouldn’t complain if I did – the girl is gorgeous. But I digress.

I’ve seen this girl everywhere – on magazine covers, tv shows, and in her music videos. I must say, I love what’s she’s done with herself.

I especially love her hair and makeup. And while I’m not ready to cut my hair again just yet, I would love to steal her hairstyle. Maybe I’ll find a good stylist that can give me a similar feel without sacrificing the length.

P.S. Be sure to check out my Kaboodle lists. I love this site.


Ikea – My Heaven on Earth
11 February 2008, 9:49 am
Filed under: Musings

A photo by PinkLovesBrown 

A photo by Tara Anderson

It seems rather silly, I know, but I love Ikea.

Every chance I get [which isn’t often, unfortunately] I take a few hours to walk around Ikea. It’s like a maze of greatness. I was there over the weekend, helping a friend of mine pick out furniture and accessories for her apartment. It’s times like that that make being a personal concierge a breeze. She’s extremely picky, and I’m just used to making the decisions on my own. But I digress.

Ikea has to be one of the best places on earth when it comes to room planning and interior design. I mean, with all the different options and product lines, it’s just a matter of knowing what you want and finding it. And their naming system is so unique [a great branding tool, I must say]. It’s part of the reason that I recommend Ikea to so many of my friends and clients alike.

For instance, another friend of mine was looking for a desk. Seeing that he’s over six feet tall and loves to sit at his computer all day, he took my advice and went to Ikea [smart man]. Of course, he ended up calling me from the store – Ikea can be a little intimidating for first-timers – wondering where to go and what to look for. From my office I was able to lead him to the perfect desk, giving him the name of the item so that he could ask the lovely people with the blue and yellow shirts. He loves his desk, and now he’s looking for more great finds from Ikea to fill his apartment with.

It just goes to show you, Ikea is a room planner’s heaven.

Great New Cinematic Adventures
7 February 2008, 10:05 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by zero g

 I heard about some upcoming “cinematic adventures” [yes, I do love Dane Cook], and I’m so excited to see them.

The first one is Sex and the City: The Movie. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I am a die-hard SitC fan – I’m actually looking for a good poster of the girls to put in my office. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte all play integral roles in my daily decision-making process. I like to think of myself as all four girls rolled into one. So, you’ll understand why I’m sitting on pins and needles about this movie. After all, look at the title of this blog.

The next movie that I’ll be in line for is The Other Boleyn Girl. It stars Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson, and Eric Bana, and from watching the trailer, I’m bound to enjoy it. It’s based on a novel by Philippa Gergory, and it’s looks stunning.

Another movie that I’m dying to see is Iron Man. While I didn’t get into the story that it’s based on, I do love comics [I know, I know], and I’m really excited about seeing just how well this movie turns out. The trailer looks promising so far. I’m not sure if I agree with Robert Downey, Jr. taking the lead role, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

So, what movies have peaked your interest for this year?

The Bridal Extravaganza Show
28 January 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Musings
a photo by GooseGoddessS

 One of the events that I’m already excited about this year is the Bridal Extravaganza Show. Not that I’m getting married, or know anyone who is at the moment. I just love going to this show.

I’m a big fan of weddings. Not for all the mushy ceremony stuff – that I can do without. It’s the details that impress me. It’s always a symphony of carefully planned steps and ideas, and they all come together so flawlessly [when the planning is done right]. I’ve always loved planning wedding and all the events that go on around the special day. I’m especially found of bachelorette parties. It allows me to flex certain muscles that most of my clients don’t see. [Wink wink]

So, if you get the chance, stop by the Bridal Extravaganza. It’ll be at the George R. Brown Convention Center July 19th and 20th. You may even catch me there. And let me know of any other events that you plan to attend this year. The comments section is always open.

P.S. I finally found the perfect side project to do myself from ReadyMade magazine. I’m going to make a homemade letterpress. It should be fun, and I may be able to use it with the stationery shop.

I’m Not Going to Use Their Title
24 January 2008, 10:51 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by mynikin

 I found a great new blog the other day, I’m I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Just look at the title:

“Stuff White People Like.”

While I’m not one to differentiate based on color or religion or anything of that nature [I base my discrimination on stupidity], this site is still a crackup to me. From my family’s perspective, I’m just as white as they come, so I guess I’d be lumped into this blog’s topic of discussion as well.

The blog’s creator, a mysterious “clander” has started a list of articles on things White people like. He calls it a “scientific approach.” I just thinks it’s funny, seeing that a lot of the things on this site are things that I deal with everyday with a lot of my clients.

The blog is just getting started, but they have a few posts so far. If you ever need an explanation or a good giggle, check it out.

Color Printing and Epicurious
14 January 2008, 10:18 am
Filed under: Musings

If you’re like me, you don’t wear foundation.

Okay, so you’re probably not like me. I probably shouldn’t be like me. But there is a reason for this insane blasphemy that I’ve committed.

I don’t wear foundation because I can never find one that suits me. It’s always a smidgeon too light or too liquidy, or just too ugh! So, I skip foundation and clog my pores with the rest of the stuff in my makeup kit. But now, I think I’ll be putting an end to that really soon.

Prescriptives, the brand we all [may] know and trust, has a new process called Color Printing. The basis of it is finding the perfect foundation for you, based on your skin’s undertones and such. I’m so excited about this – not once has any makeup been perfect for me. So, if the people at Prescriptives can find a way to match my skin, I’d definitely start wearing foundation more often. You have no idea how ready I am to stop looking like a clown every time I want to protect my skin.

In other [not-so-important] news, I found a new food site that I’m sure I’m bound to enjoy. It’s Epicurious.com. There are lots of great recipes and articles here to try out and read, and the site itself is organized very well, if I do say so myself. If you ever have some free time on your hands, go check it out. And be sure to tell me about any cool sites you’ve found in the comments section.

If You Ever Get a Week Off…
10 January 2008, 8:44 am
Filed under: Musings

I was checking out SpaFinder.com for a client of mine, and it got me thinking – where would I go if I had a week off. Now that the holidays are over, things are starting to get back to "normal" [as if you could call any workday for me normal].

So, with all my clients getting back into the 9-to-5 swing of things, and the phone finally taking a break from ringing non-stop, what would I do if I had a week off. With that notion in mind, I decided to take a look at the spas and resorts that SpaFinder had to offer. [Off the clock, of course.]

I had to keep a few factors in mind when choosing a spa to possibly go to. For one, I’m about six months along now [and I’m starting to feel it], so I couldn’t [or wouldn’t, rather] go with anything too fitness-focused. I think of relaxing when I think of spas, not having some personal trainer barking at me. The next thing is that while Paris and Italy and Japan would all be nice, and I do plan to visit all those places some day, I still want to stay in the States. I don’t want one of my clients to have a dire emergency and not be able to get ahold of me. Of course this is supposed to be a vacation, but what can I say – I’m a workaholic and I love it.

So, with those two extremely important things to think about , I browsed and browsed the pages of this holistic website until I found what I was looking for: The Golden Door Resort.

Even the website is relaxing [the great handiwork of some designer who was probably paid handsomely]. As I looked through the pictures and read through the web pages, I was sold. The other locations look great, but I chose the original spa in Escondido because I love the Asian essence of it. I’m a huge fan of Japanese architecture and culture, so this place does it for me.

If I ever get a week off, I’ll definitely give a great amount of thought in going there for their Inner Focus program. I would love to spend seven days doing tai chi and sen archery. In fact, now that I’ve seen this, I think I may look a little further into the art of meditation. I love the practice – I just never have enough time to really do some good with it. Maybe a week off would help.