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Sweet Laces Valentine Sale with Hips & Curve

Hi Goddesses,


This month is the time to show off your curves in sexy laces whether you have a bae or not. Feeling sexy is and can be empowering. Here are a few of my favourite items on sale from Hips&Curve..















https://www.hipsandcurves.com/media/catalog/product/h/c/hc5150_plus-size-alexa-floral-lace-demiette-bra_black_alt8.jpg
The Alexa Floral Lace Demiette Bra is on sale now for $24.95

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 Deep-V Crisscross Bodysuit now $14.95

 https://db1sh5nob45yx.cloudfront.net/cdn/134416/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/420x/2d28f2bbe3565d124aab7b81c97c314d/h/c/hc8170_plus-size-camille-lace-garter-belt_teal_alt1.jpg
 Camille Lace Garter Belt now $19.95




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Scalloped Hem Stretch Lace Maxi Skirt now $14.95


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Sinfully Sweet Georgette Babydoll now $21.95


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Rock n' Roll Date Night Look For The Plus Size Drummer Girl

      Hi Goddesses,
 
 It's February the month of love and in the spirit of love where showered with reds and pinks especially for Valentine Lookbooks. Not all of us want to be in something sexy and red or sweet and pink. Some of us more daring babes want to show up on our dates with a backstage band manager type of vibe. That's why I think these pieces from Charlotte Russe make the cutest and instagram baddie look around.




  The first thing to grab on the list of #instagrambaddie look is a leather skirt, nothing says sexy and cool like leather skirts or pleather skirts
Image result for leather skirt outfitObvi the next thing on the list is a graphic tee, it can be a band tee or have words. I love band tees, they're my jam. Literally.
http://fashiontasty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/5.-Graphic-Top-With-Patent-Leather-Skirt.jpg

I'm a sucker for the leather jacket and skirt combo.
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Build It Cava Yummy Rice Bowls

 Hi matey-mates,

Let's talk about Cava the Greek and Mediterranean restuarant located inside the USC Village at:

3201 S. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Hours: Daily, 11am-10pm


The found is absolutely amazing, the flavours and ingrediants used for the salad or rice bowls (can we also talk about how we can choose which one we want too?). These three guys who created Cava knew what they were doing we they decided to open up this delectable eatery.   Not, only did they think of a way people can get their food quickly, they made sure that people had healthy options.


 Dani and I both got rice as our base, however if we wanted to we could have gone with lettuce, grain and greens, a grain bowl, or pitas.  What comes after the base is the choice of three dips and spread, followed by your pick of protein.  For more in depth detail of what Dani and I got and how it's all done check out our youtube below.


One of the reasons that Cava stood out to me is because of how they use their plastic it's made from tree bark, or something that allows it to be put in the compost. They also separate trash and compost at the restaurant. Do their part and providing good meals is a win-win.

Learn more about Cava by following their website.

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Wish/Ebay/Aliexpress $1 Lippies Uses Some of the Same Ingredients as Lipsense But will it Kill You?

Hi Goddesses, 

I've recently gotten into the makeup in my 30s I know I'm late, but there are no rules when it comes to makeup. Instead of blowing my money on the latest trends I decided to search for cheap lip-glosses and I run across the Wish app. 

In case, you don't know Wish is a app based in China that sells clothing, household items, and little bits and bobs for next to nothing. The app can honestly be hit or miss depending on the seller. I've found 5 Sellers I really love and I don't go anywhere else. Before I narrowed it down to my Top 5 I had to talk to customer service about items not looking like the picture or items never shown up and needing a refund. In that sense Wish is a lot like Ebay and Amazon where multiple sellers use the app to sell their goods. Unlike Ebay and Amazon; Wish doesn't do the best monitoring of sellers who post illegal images or sell counterfeit items.

I made my decision about these three lippie items solely based on the fact that I got them 'for free' I say that because you always have to pay shipping even if you're paying the items from the same seller and there is no way to contact the seller and let them know you want all your items in one box.
I got colours 15, 16, and 11. 11 Shown in the picture above. If you'd like to see the colours on me then be sure to check out my Youtube video see below.

So you want to know if you'll die if you use these lippies. Probably not but this is going to be my last time using them. I think I'll check out Shop Miss A or Beauty Junkie they are cruelty free. I might even venture into making my own. What to know why I'm willing to let my $6 (it's a lot to me I'm a struggling artist) go to waste?

The first ingredient I found inside these lip glosses isn't that bad Isododecane. It's used to help the gloss spread on your lips and keep it matte. It prevents evaporation from water from the skin it's what makes this product 'weightless'.

When we move on to the other ingredient we start to have some issues. Not little bitty issues but Grand Master Holly Hell issues. The next ingredient is  Acrylamide co-polymer or Polyacrylamide which is used in several products from anti-aging, hair and lotion. It's job is essentially to be the glue that binds and stabilizes the  products together. I have no problem with the Jimmy Neutron of it all. What I do have a  problem with is polyacrylamide is also used in sewer water and cigarettes. Ew. Not only that but in the EU products that have Polyacrylamide is banned. Hello I'm walking around with a drug basically.

Kaolin is the safest and purest thing these lippies have in them. It's a natural clay used for colouring.

Next on our list of OH HELL NAH is Polystyrene it's a petroleum based product. I could go on about why this is going to either turn  you complete off these lippies or make you shrug. If you want to know why you shouldn't use petro based products read this article. 

Cetearyl Alcohol is another one of those products that would make this blog post a book if I said everything about why you shouldn't or perhaps you feel you should and just want a read.

Now for me this right here the Methylparaben was the kicker I needed to make the executive decision to say Adios to these lippies. Methrylparaben is a preservative sounds okay right. Wrong. You couldn't be more wrong. Said and Written in Ross Geller voice. This ingredient is known to put woman at a higher breast cancer risk. Seeing that I lost my Nana to breast cancer I'm  already at a higher risk I don't need to add anymore risks.

Have you tried  any cheap lippies? Where they vegan? Did you make them yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

                                
XOXO, Jordan

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Girl and Guy Fashionista

Hi Goddesses and Gods,


So this week as you can tell I'm doing a gift guide for those last minute shoppers like myself. Here are a few products that you can buy for those fashionistas in your life. Just so you know some affiliate links will be used and I will receive a small commission if you buy any of the products listed below. Clicking on the links won't charge you anything extra. Hope you enjoy my list.

The first thing on the list are watches. Watches can be given to both sexes. These are two of my favourite watches from Dee Watches. These cute wrap around the wrist watches come in many different colours. My favourite colours are the black and the rose gold.

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http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8498936-12697061
Now for the guy watches. I love Jord they make the best luxury brand watches out of wood that I've ever seen. There price range is perfect for those on a budget and if you want a more luxurious looking watch they have that too. I'll be showing you two of my faves. 

The watch above is my absolute favourite. I would die if I got this in my stockings even though I'm not a boy. Sometimes I like to make my feminine style with men's wear. This piece is from Jord meridian collection and is called Horizon. I'm guessing because of the gorgeous blue against the wooden grain.  It is beyond out of my price range but if it's in yours you'll have a classic piece forever.
https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/zebrawood-and-navy

Now, this piece is more budget friendly and is within my budget. I don't love it as much as the Horizon pieces but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't shed a few tears if I was gifted this watch. The contrast and juxtaposition of colours is my jam so I greatly appreciate this watch.


The next things that are on my gift guide will be thrifted. As a reseller I believe firmly in thrifted items and that shopping small businesses is a great way to keep fast fashion from filling to many land fills. If you prefer to get new items you can still do that all you have to do is tailor what you want by clicking brand new with tag.

Laptop cases and bags are gifts that both women and men use. The one below is a whole set from Kate Spade it comes with the bag, dust bag, and laptop case. and can be found in Poshmark just click on the picture below to purchase it. Use my code  thiftaandk to receive $5 off of your first purchase. 






kate spade Handbags - Kate Spade Leather Bag, Laptop Case, Dust bag! ♠️ 

This is a nice new with tag men's Micheal Kors laptop bag. I checked sellers ratings so you can feel safe. However I'm not responsible if you get a dodgy item.  Click on picture if you want to purchase this bag.
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XOXO, Jordan 

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Holiday Gift Guide Beauty Guru & Giveaway

Hi Goddess,

So here is another Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway. This time it's for all the beauty Guru's in our lives.

 I think palette are the perfect gift for any beauty guru. All brands over them from drugstore brands to high end makeup brands. You can never go wrong with a good palette. The one in the pic above is from the 99c cent store. No one said you had to pay a fortune to help you beauty guru look fabulous.
Another inexpensive palette is E.L.F.'s jewel pop (I'll say this now this isn't sponsored I just like, Elf's products). the palette comes with 10 colours and is perfect for beauty guru's who love to play with colours. To buy the jewel pop eye palette simply click on the photo.
https://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/mad-for-matte-eyeshadow-jewel-pop?Dept=eye-sets-palettes
You can put the eye palette with gifts like stuffed reindeer, a blush palette and lip gloss like I plan on doing for one of my cousins. This isn't her actual gift just a sample.
 Another great palette for beauty gurus are lippies. Lippies are easy to use for the new beauty guru and a great way to change your style without too much effort. Simply swipe a new colour and you have a new style. This Rose Gold Matte Lip Vault palette is sleek, rose gold, and comes in 10 different shades. Oh, and not to mention the price point isn't bad. $35.00 + free ship.

Now for the giveaway. One Elf prism palette, one mini lippie kit, one hand cream, one body butter kit. one makeup organiser, one mini elf pouch,  one lip lacquer and one whip cream.



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Vlogmas/Blogmas Stree and How to Deal

Hi Goddess and Gods,

Today is Sunday so I thought I'd talk about the stress that comes with being a blogger/vlogger. I just ventured into this lifestyle and admittedly I didn't realise that it would be so stressful. There's so much planning involved. You have to plan out what you want to say, what you want to photography and if you are a vlogger as well there's planning what to wear, where to shoot, what to say so that your video isn't too long and where to go. 

There are a few things I found that have helped me as a beginner blogger/vlogger. One of those things is Later. It's an instagram app that helps you schedule your instagram posts. I use it to make sure my colour scheme stays on point. I don't necessarily have a regular colour scheme. I don't do all blacks, pastels or anything like that. My colour is scheme is whatever I'm wearing or showcasing. Lately it's been a lot of red and blues. I think the next colour I used is green so everything for my week of posts will have some type of green in it.

This app keeps me from worrying about whether or not my Insta looks good. Another app I've been using that has reduced my stress is Hootsuite. I was using Co-Schedule but it just didn't have the same effect for me as Hootsuite. Using Hootsuite, I scheduled which posts I wanted to share to which social media platforms and how much I wanted to share to each platform. Although Co-Schedule can help you plan out your posts and even schedule them it just wasn't for me as someone who uses and loves blogger. I know several people use Wordpress and rave about it. I've personally just never liked Wordpress.

 I hope sharing these few tools that I use as a new blogger can help another new blogger. Stress isn't welcomed there's for too much to do.




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