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NYE Jewelry

A quick photo I just of the vintage jewelry I will be rocking for the New Year's Eve party I will be attending! The ring may not be vintage but it did belong to my Grandmother. The rest of the my vintage baubles were gifted to me by one of my BFF's. The pin will look great on my cardigan for a little bit of sparkle!

Now, it's time to finish getting ready for the big night!

Happy New Year!

Every time it's New Year's Eve, I always wonder "where did the year go?!?"  This year has been no exception and it's been filled with lots of changes!  I'm finally getting settled into my life until the next round of changes comes at me.  Change is inevitable but here's a few highlights of 2009:

  • February/March: Moving to The Fan and living life in the city on my own - no parents, roommates, or cats.  Just me, myself, and I in my giant walk in-closet.
  • May:  Switched up my career again and transitioned into becoming a "shoe dawg."  Such a high energy division - a lot of fun but it took a major mental/physical toll onto my body.
  • October:  After 6 months of living a life in shoes, I was promoted to business manager and I've acquirred an insiders perspective of the cosmetics/beauty industry.

 

I've now survived a successful retail holiday season, "kicked some tail and took some names," and realizing that I hold the key to my success.  Roll with the punches even if you get knocked off your feet a few times, get back up and keep going!   Life's too short to let a bad day get to you.

Since tonight is the infamous New Year's Eve and I have a fab party to
attend, I needed a fab new dress.  On a shopping excursion with my
mother, I found this New York & Company dress on the clearance rack. Of course I tried it on because I love anything black and it fitted me like a dream.  I normally tend to have issues with shift dresses - if it fits my bustline, it's usually too big in the hips since I'm more of an hourglass shape.  Thus, if the dress fits and you have Christmas money to spend - BUY THE DRESS.

So to go with said dress, I'm pairing a purple cardigan from Nordstrom and purple snakeskin peep toe pumps that I bought from Target last year.  I had my eye on these cute Mary Jane style leopard pumps from Payless but I decided to not make a dent in my wallet and to wear shoes that already have a happy home in my closet.

I wish all of you a fab and safe New Year's Eve holiday and a fantastic HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Much love and XOXO,

Lindsay a.k.a. The RVAfashionista

Double Take

At the beginning of August, I had a quick photo shoot with local RVA photographer Thomas Scott. I met Thomas through Twitter (you may follow him here @nigelstwin) and we did a shoot earlier this summer but those shots didn't quite turn out as planned. So we finally got together at the beginning of August for another go. I can thank Thomas for the awesome concept of turning me into a "twin" for this shoot. This photo was taken inside the VCU Commons Theatre. Of course my favorite accessory, i.e. my pink Blackberry Curve is featured in the photo too! We all know I am addicted to my Blackberry. . .

Again, please check out the Punch Photo blog!

Wardrobe Essentials: The Black Peep Toe Pump

I am a firm believer that the right shoes and accessories can "make or break" an outfit. However, one pair of shoes every woman needs is a great black peep toe pump. If you don't hair a pair, get a pair. A classic black peep toe pump can be worn with dresses, skirts, jeans, etc. It's a shoe you can wear for work or play. My personal favorite is the Enzo Angiolini 'Merryann' Pump which retails for $79.95 at Nordstrom. I currently own the black leather version but I may add the black patent to my shoe collection at some point. I can't wait to wear them this fall with patterned tights and a sweater dress but they also look cute with a great pair of jeans and a fun top to go out on the town.

Practice Safe Sun - Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock

After spending a fair amount of time at the pool this weekend, I decided I must share my favorite sun protection products with you all. I'm planning to share a product a day this week to encourage practicing safe sun.I've always rocked the pale glow and while I have aspirations of being tan, I also know that I can easily become burnt to a crisp. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock is my "go-to" sunscreen. The spray can makes application easy and I don't have to worry about rubbing it in! The best part is that it doesn't feel sticky or slimy like most sunscreens. I use the SPF70 version to keep up my pale glow but I prefer at least a SPF of 30.Check back tomorrow for another sun-friendly product review! Be safe and rock the sunscreen!img00586

JOTD 05/22/09

Today I'm wearing my hammered silver metal cuff bracelet from Target and earrings from Need Supply Co. as my JOTD (Jewelry Of The Day). I picked up the cuff bracelet at the beginning of last year and the earrings I purchased last summer. Both pieces are "clearance goodies" that I found for under $5 apiece!What's your JOTD? Have a fabulous Friday and Memorial Day weekend!img00453

It's A Top Secret Deal!

Well, maybe it's not top secret since I'm sharing it with you. . . Either way, it's a great deal on a product you need everyday! For a whopping $5 at Target you can find this three pack of Secret Invisible Solid pH Balanced Antiperspirant/Deodorant (each is 1.6 OZ) and it also includes a mini purse size (0.5 OZ) antiperspirant/deodorant. Due to my fast-paced job, I feel that constantly breaking a sweat but the Secret Invisible Solid has 19% of the "anti-sweat" ingredient which is a higher percentage than most antiperspirant/deodorants which works great to help me "keep my cool."secretdeal

I Heart Vintage Sunglasses

Every fashionista needs a fabulous pair of sunglasses to complete her look. Luckily my favorite vintage shop Halcyon has a few pairs of great vintage shades in stock. I picked up these funky Ray Ban-esque ones retailing for $10. Who doesn't love snazzy sunglasses with flair that are a "steal" price-wise?Halcyon is located in The Fan on 117 N. Robinson Street, Richmond, VA 23220.halcyonsunglasses

Apology accepted?

Dear friends of RVAfashionista.com,Please pardon my lack of posts as of late, it's as if if my fashionista mojo muse jumped ship when I was "spring cleaning" my wardrobe and shoe collection. While spring cleaning, I acquired a new rule per one of my friends, for every pair of shoes I buy - I must rid my massive closet of a pair. It's hard for me to say goodbye to shoes because some resemble old friends. I admit I'm a bit of a packrat when it comes to my wardrobe but it sure felt good to clean out and rid my closet of things that didn't fit or were too well loved to consider wearing again.I will share my "Jewelry Of The Day" from a couple weeks ago - I need to start incorporating more of what I tweet about into more of what I should write about on here.Who doesn't love hot pink?Please e-mail me at RVAfashionista.com with ideas or follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RVAfashionista.xoxo,Lindsay a.k.a. RVAfashionista

Kiehl's Lip Balm - The Great Multi-Tasker

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1I'm always on the run so I appreciate beauty products that serve more than one purpose in my purse or makeup bag. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is a fabulous lip balm with a sun protection of SPF 4 but it's also great for moisturizing my cuticles and nails. A teeny-tiny dab is also great for taming unruly brows in a pinch. A 0.5 fl. oz. tube is $6.50 but it's a better deal to get the 1.0 fl. oz. jar for $9.50 - either way a great product for under $10! While I'm not the best multi-tasker in the world, Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is a multi-tasking genius!

The RVA Recessionista's Spring Trends Guide

My friends Melissa and Sid from Q94 asked me to do a segment on the hottest trends for spring on a budget! In times like these, we're all pinching our hard earned pennies and making financially friendly fashion choices aren't easy. My "Bargainista Babe" segment from the past has turned into a new Recessionista segment for Q94 that we hope to continue on a monthly basis. Don't forget to check out Melissa's Fashionista Files as well!Forever 21 Metal/Poly Bracelet SetPayless Hope Easter SandalBright colors are a big focus this season especially in shades of pink, orange, yellow, coral, and fuschia. The easiest way to add a little bit of bright in your wardrobe is with your accessories. Forever21 and their "sister" accessory store For Love 21 always have a fabulous selection of inexpensive accessories. I love that you can get a bundle of bracelets from Forever 21 for under $5. It's an inexpensive and easy to add color to the classic combo of a white tee and jeans.Payless has a great pink patent t-strap wedge sandal that also comes in a wide width for under $20. The key to brights is to not overdo it - just add a pop of color and go simple with the rest of your look.EcoCertAlmay Pure BlendsGoing "green" is the big thing nowadays and it has taken over the beauty world as well. Physicians Formula was one of the first drugstore brands to go green with their Organic Wear line. Most of the Organic Wear products are certified by Ecocert which is an internationally recognized firm for organic certification. Almay has followed the green trend with their Pure Blends line (www.almaypureblends.com) which feature products with over 95% natural ingredients. Both the Organic Wear and Pure Blends lines have packaging containing post-consumer-recycled content and the packaging is usually recyclable as well. To go with your "green" and eco-concious makeup, you need the right tools and makeup brushes for application and Eco-Tools has affordable brushes with bamboo handles and synthetic bristles that are super soft yet durable. The Eco-Tools line can be found at Target and most drugstores. Even if you aren't buying "green" makeup, do your part to recycle what you can of the packaging that your makeup comes in!Mossimo Petrova Gladiator SandalsMossimo Supply Co. Shellie Boyfriend JeansPlatform sandals with either a wedge or chunky heel are a summer trend that keeps coming back so dust off your pair from last summer or head over to Target and pick up a new pair. I love all of these styles at Target but the Mossimo Petrova Gladiator Sandals are my favorite. These shoes look great with a pair of the "boyfriend" jeans - use a pair of older jeans that are either too big or go to Goodwill to try to find a pair there. If you'd like to buy "new" - Target also has a great boyfriend jean on clearance. Roll up the bottoms into a loose cuff and voila - insta chic for instant cheap. The style is carefree and casual so your denim doesn't need to be super snug or fitted. Pair with a tank and you're good to go!