DIY: Beanie

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Perhaps you’re not interested in shelling out any extra dough for a new hat this winter? If that’s the case why not make it yourself?! My new youtube addiction is AndreasChoice! She has so many cute videos & making beanies is one of them.

Subscribe to her channel for beauty tips, outfit ideas, hair styles & more!! Also Follow her @AndreasChoice

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Perhaps your not into craftsy stuff but still want a unique look? Well A Better Me Clothing Group has got you covered!!

ABMC beanies

They’ve already sold out of some so get them now!!

Staying Cute & Warm: Hats!!

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Cute & warm hat

Aside from helping fend off the winter chill, a truly great hat can elevate your outfit and make it impactful on a whole new level. The idea is if it’s good, it becomes great. If it’s great, it becomes stunning, right? Plus, everyone remembers a hat! But if you’re anything like us, when it comes to fashion you wear, well, many different hats. One day your sensibilities veer toward sporty chic, the next toward a more sophisticated look. That’s why we’ve rounded up 14 equally stylish toppers to suit every taste in this month’s Market Watch story. Keep reading for details on these chic chapeaux, and be sure to see how several celebs style their hats too!

Designer Inspiration
The headwear of choice at A Detacher’s F/W 12 show was a pom-pom hat, and we particularly loved how the delightfully quirky topper accented a plaid tunic layered over matching pants, offering a whimsical approach to cold-weather dressing.

POM-POM HATS
A knit beanie adorned with a fuzzy pom-pom adds youthful charm to your look. It’s a perfectly playful accompaniment to a graphic sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Our picks:
Michael Kors Two Tone Pom Pom Skull Hat ($40)
Gap Reverse Fair Isle Hat ($20)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Trompe L’oeil Beanie ($78)

SHORT-BRIM FEDORAS
Menswear-inspired trends are still strong this season, so style a dapper, short-brim fedora with a crisp oxford shirt tucked into tailored trousers. The resulting outfit smacks of understated cool.
Our picks:
Tory Burch Fashion Trilby ($135)
Ann Taylor Silk Twill Band Fedora ($40) in Rich Pomegranate
Maison Michel Sean Studded Felt Fedora ($905)

BASEBALL CAPS
In offbeat prints and rich textures, these aren’t your average Little League baseball cap. Juxtapose a sporty chapeau with a sweet, feminine dress for an intriguing contrast.
Our picks:
ASOS 2 Tone Cap ($27)
Supreme Patchwork Suede Back Arc Hat ($60) in Turquoise
Kenzo x New Era Fitted Hat ($60)

WIDE-BRIM FEDORAS
A polished, wide-brimmed topper adds a dash of panache to a casual outfit, so team yours with a worn-indenim jacket and skater skirt for a chic weekend uniform.
Our picks:
Banana Republic Felt Panama Hat ($60) in Grey Heather
Eugenia Kim Bianca Leather-Trimmed Rabbit-Felt Fedora ($335)
Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora ($175)

TRAPPER HATS
Designed for frigid weather, the classic trapper hat comes with shearling trim and flaps to keep your ears toasty. Complete your cozy look with a woolly sweater and corduroy skinnies.
Our picks:
Madewell Faux-Fur Hat ($50)
Karl Donoghue Shearling Trapper Hat ($180)—Tiffany Tse

A Detacher runway photo, courtesy of First View. 

**courtesy of Who What Wear

IG Style Stalk: #BlackFriday

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It’s black Friday which means deals are EVERYWHERE including instagram!! I checked out some of my favorite pages & found some online goodies you can rack up on without having to wait in big crowds or long lines!

@damierhippie

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All snapbacks $19, all handbags $35!!

@officialtinhead

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Use promo code BLKTIN on purchases, only good today

@keyshiakaoir

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@prettyfeetboutique

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@lillyskloset

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@bunnyzcreationz

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@lolashoetique

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Their websites are linked to their IG names so get your cyber shop on!! Also follow them on IG to keep up with recent deals & follow me as well @BlondiesLipstk!

*Muah!*

Best Black Friday Cyber Monday Shoe Deals

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Here are some deals from shoesmitten.com to help you on your holiday shoe hunt!

Whether you prefer shopping in stores on Black Friday or online, here are the best shoe deals this Thanksgiving weekend!  For example, these Steve Madden P-Gerryy Pumps will be $24 for one hour only at 6pm.com.  As new deals come in I will update this post and write new posts for any Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales deserving some extra attention.  Leave a comment below or email me (anna[at]shoesmitten[dot]com if I missed any sales or if you have any hints to share!

Starting Thursday, Nov. 22

* = doorbusters/in stores only

STORE                   DEAL HIGHLIGHTS                   START       END            CODE

Kmart                              Buy 1 Get 1 Free all footwear* 6am 11/22   4pm 11/22

Kohl’s                              15% Off Everything                     8pm 11/22    1pm 11/23     BLACKFRI

Loehmann’s                 30% off online                               6pm 11/22     11/24

Sears                               $10 off any $40 purchase         8pm 11/22    1pm 11/23      BLACKFRIDAY

Sears                                60% off slippers for her*          8pm 11/22     1pm 11/23

Shoe Carnival              $19.98 select boots & slippers    12am 11/22    12pm 11/23

Shoe Carnival              All other shoes BOGO 1/2 Off*   12am 11/22    12pm 11/23

Vans                              $15 eGift Cert. w/$65 purchase   11/22              11/22       TURKEY12

Starting Friday, Nov. 23

* = doorbusters/in stores only

6pm.com – 24 must-have items for $24 – 11/23 to 1/23

Aeropostale – 60% off everything – 11/23 to 11/23

Campmor – trail & winter boots on sale – 11/23 to 11/27

Dick’s Sporting Goods – $15 off footwear $59.99+ – 12am 11/23 to 2pm 11/23

First Feet Stores – Free Hanky Pankys w/$100 purchase – 11/23 to 11/26

Gordman’s – $7.99 faux fur-trim boots* – 5am 11/23 to 1pm 11/23

JC Penney – Boots on sale  (photo) – 6am 11/23 to 11/23

Kohl’s – $15 Kohl’s Cash for $50 spent – 3pm 11/23 to 12am 11/24

Kohl’s – 40-60% off all boots – 3pm 11/23 to 12am 11/24

Loehmann’s – 40% off purchase – 6am 11/23 to 10am 11/23

Loehmann’s – 30% off entire store & online – 6am 11/23 to ?

Old Navy – $

***For more shoe deals check Shoesmitten.com regularly & follow @ShoeSmitten

Consumer Report

Neutrals

Lucid Lipgloss

It’s been a minute since my last review & even longer since I said I would do this one -but hey, better late than never! lol! Here’s my review of Lucid Lipgloss by Jennifer Williams from Basketball Wives.

This is a better view of the one I have “Sobe”

& I looked up the website -by the way according to the site, Jennifer did create it, she is not just the face of the line. My bad Jen. lol! There are several other colors to choose from, order your Lucid Lipgloss here.

Loafer Love!!!

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Loafers.

Smoking slippers.

Dandy slippers.

Flats.

Whatever you call em, I love em!! lol! I’m not that into sneakers -I’ll look at em but I’m not paying $150+ for shoes that I know wont be worn for their purpose i.e. Jordans that never see a basketball court! Nope, not I! Although I am the chick that will spend the same $150 on a pair of heels that I only wear once a year. Call it a contradiction, I don’t care, I’m a heel girl! lol! The only problem with that is I’m not Coco, I can’t wear heels all day, everyday, 365. My back would curse me out & I’m occasionally clumsy so I’d probably end up tripping over cords at the news station! On my heels-off days I like cute flats that make a statement & the classic loafers/smoking slippers fit the bill! They’ve actually been slowly creeping back to main stream but now they’re everywhere!! Check out some higher end designs below

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On The Street & Runway
Thanks to their surprising versatility, smoking slippers are a smart addition to your repertoire no matter what your sensibilities. Take Emporio Armani’s opulent velvet rendition, made sophisticated with tassels and a short heel, from the F/W 12 show. They’re perfect for offering androgynous contrast to a romantic outfit. These shoes also work well with more casual looks, as Alexa Chung demonstrated last month at London Fashion Week. The style savant’s Penelope Chilvers Palm Tree Dandy Slippers ($396) added polish—and whimsical flair—to her cardigan and jeans. Ready to step into your own pair of slippers? Check out our selection now!

On The Market
1. Sam Edelman Alvin Smoking Slippers ($150) in True Khaki
Integrate smoking slippers into your weekend wardrobe by using them as an alternative to ballet flats. Sam Edelman’s animal-print pair works well with cropped skinnies and a shrunken sweater for Sunday errands.

2. Tory Burch Fox Velvet Smoking Slippers ($250, 310.248.2612)
Tory Burch gives her plush slippers a playful twist with an embroidered fox face, and a short heel makes these shoes feel more luxe than lounge-y.

3. Alexander McQueen Flower Embroidered Velour Smoking Slippers ($695)
A floral motif injects these menswear-inspired slippers with a little femininity. Play off the colorful embroidery with a bright flared skirt.

4. Nine West Panto2 Slippers ($79) in Black Crest
Complement the preppy theme of Nine West’s slip-ons, which are emblazoned with an old-school crest, by teaming them with a striped oxford shirt and Bermuda shorts—an ideal vacation outfit!

5. Rochas Graphic-Print Satin Smoking Slippers ($445)
These elegant smoking slippers come in an understated print that’s suitable for your nine-to-five. Finish off the look with a crisp button-down and midi skirt.

6. Miu Miu Slippers ($650) in Red Hibiscus
These fuchsia Miu Miu stunners add a little pep to your tried-and-true neutrals. Coordinate them with a little black dress for a statement-making ensemble.

7. Giambattista Valli Metallic Brocade Stone-Heel Smoking Slippers ($1095)
Crafted from metallic brocade and sporting a bejeweled heel, Giambattista Valli’s slippers are glamorous enough for a formal event. Try them with a tuxedo shorts suit for a sophisticated yet fun eveningwear look.—Tiffany Tse

Emporio Armani runway photo, courtesy of Imax Tree; photo of Alexa Chung, courtesy of Splash News. 

Perhaps you’re like me & aren’t about to spend $1,095 on a single pair of heels (no matter how breathtaking they are!) Here are some cute & affordable alternatives

Mossimo Valda Loafer from Target

Polka Dot Loafer from American Apparel

Festival Smoking Flat from Bakers

Rembold from Aldo

& there are many many more!!!  What are some of your fav  fall flats?

Lip Service: Mallzee

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Mallzee – create your own online personal boutique mall!

Mallzee is like going to the perfect mall, hanging out with friends, having a personal shopper and getting the best deals on everything!

How does it work? You create your own personal online shopping mall by picking your favourite stores from the 200+ already signed up. Mallzee then finds products suited to your tastes from them all, lets you chat with friends as you shop, gets their opinions and gets you wicked discounts. Plus, you earn money when anyone buys anything from your Mallzee!

Join us now to receive an exclusive prelaunch invite and be the first to use Mallzee later this year. Plus, help spread the word and get the chance to win great prizes.

I signed up a few days ago & can’t wait til the launch so I can shop til I drop from brands like Urban Outfitters, New Look, Feel Unique, St. Tropez and more from the comfort of my bedroom! Sign up RIGHT NOW at mallzee.com

Lipstick Lover’s Luxe has arrived!

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In case you’re not following me on twitter (shame on you! @BlondiesLipstk), aren’t a fan on Facebook (again, shame on you! Blondie’s Facebook) the you probably haven’t heard that  . . .

BLONDIES STORE IS BACK!!!!!!

Yes Lipstick Lovers, rejoice!! My custom made accessories are back on a new site, etsy.com, with fun & flirty new merchandise and some of the goodies from the old merchandise! Check out some pics below and click the *Shop* tab to be connected to the store! 

Also every purchase comes with a free Blondie’s Lipstick pin while supplies last!!! ORDER NOW!!!

*Muah!*

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Hey Lipstick Lovers!!! Today is the day of love but I know everyone isn’t feeling it. I know they call it “Singles Awareness Day” as well but if maybe it’s not the right time for you to be in a relationship. Personally I’d rather wait for THE RIGHT one or a BETTER one than just settling for ANYone! And as I said earlier on twitter, you don’t have to have a valentine to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  BE YOUR OWN!!!

Now don’t look extra desperate and send an enormous gift to yourself at work, or flaunt some sweet sentiment claiming it came from a “Secret Valentine”. That’s not cute, its crazy & crazy definitely ain’t cute! Just hang out with those who DO love you like have a spa day with the girls, or shopping and dinner with your mom/sister(s); or treat yourself to something you want like cheating on your diet (only for today!!) with that expensive chocolate you like, or splurge on something you’ve had your eye on for some time. Today doesn’t have to be about how lonely you think you are, instead use it to celebrate how happy YOU are with YOURSELF!!!!

If that doesn’t work, then consider this your valentine from your girl Blondie!! Here are some of my favorite happy, feel good love songs, from me to you!! Enjoy!

The Temptations- My Girl

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Mariah Carey- Honey

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Usher- Superstar

Beyonce- Love On Top

Again I wanna wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!! *Muah!*

Last Minute Gift Ideas *Femme’s*

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It’s the last few days before the biggest gift giving holiday of the year and perhaps you haven’t gotten a gift for that special lady in your life? Well fret no more, **Blondie’s Lipstick** is hear 2 help! Here are three types of women and several gift ideas for each one. Happy shopping!!
Tokaree *Easy*
Tokaree is our a vaunt guard, try almost anything once type of girl. Her clothes are always eye catching because the world is her runway! This is the diva who if you leave her in a room with a garbage bag, duct tape and scissors, she’ll come out rocking a shiny mini dress & matching accessories. So what to get this daring fashionista?:
  • Tokaree loves originality. Find a website that allows you to customize a gift & get her something that can’t be duplicated- for example Nike, Polo, Convers, etc.
  • Under $20- Since she can rock anything, get her something retro from a thrift store. She’ll love something unique that’s guaranteed to not show up on anyone else
  • Technological- Our fashionista loves to stay up to date technologically too. She’s in love with her X-Box and Wii so get her the newest Rockband or the Wii-Fit
Porschia *Moderate*
Porschia is our in between. Sometimes she’s daring and out there, other times she diva chill in a t-shirt, jeans & heels. Regardless of what she has on she always puts her best foot forward and stays photo ready! So what to get this part time casual, part time dressy diva?:
  • Porschia is a shoe fanatic! Watch her face light up when she opens a box marked Steve Madden or Chinese Laundry
  • Under $20- Always smelling good, get this diva a fragrance set from Bath and Body Works
  • Technological- Porschia is always up on the latest trends and celeb gossip. Get this girl on the go an iPad
Chris *Hard*
Now Chris is tricky. Like Porschia, her wardrobe can be casual or dressy, the difference is two things- her style changes like the wind (one day she’s a rocker, next she’s in J’s and jeans, the day after that she’s in sparkly pumps and a tank) and she stays in her comfort zone of colors. So what to get this wild card diva?:
  • As an artist, Chris loves things made out of creativity. Go to a craft store an make her some jewelry or a pottery shop and make her a centerpiece or candy dish.
  • Under $20- This lover of music would really appreciate a gift card for their iPod or Zune
  • Technological- Chris is also our musician. She loves to sing, write music and perform. Get this song bird a Casio keyboard or song writing software for her laptop

Last Minute Gift Ideas *Fellas*

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It’s the last few days before the biggest gift giving holiday of the year and perhaps you haven’t gotten a gift for that special someone? Well fret no more, **Blondie’s Lipstick** is hear 2 help! Here are three types of guys and several gift ideas for each one. Happy shopping!!
Kwab *Easy*
Kwab is our athlete. You can pretty much guess what he’s going to wear each day –graphic tee, jeans and Nikes, a white tee, basketball shorts and athletic slides or some variation of those items. Every blue moon he might switch it up with a polo shirt or some dress pants but he pretty much stay in that zone. So what do you get the athlete in your life?:
  • He lives in gym clothes so why not help him get in shape. A home gym system or gym membership will guarantee to have him in shape when his season comes around
  • Under $20- Kwab loves baseball and anything to help better his game. Check out TJ Maxx to see if you can find him some batting gloves or other baseball accessories
  • Technological- As a lover of sports and technology he’ll love a video game dealing with fighting or sports. Try MLB 2K10 or Call of Duty: Black Ops
Jerry *Moderate*
Jerry is our in between. When you see him he could have on a graphic tee and jeans, a polo and khakis, or a button down, dress slacks and square toes. His dress fluctuates from day to day depending on his mood but he always puts his best foot forward. So what do you get the fashion wild card in your life?:
  • Always smelling good, get him one of the new 4 Polo Colognes or American Eagle’s new Vintage for Men
  • Under $20- Since he likes to dress up every now and then a nice colorful tie from Calvin Klien, Perry Ellis, or DKNY
  • Technological- Jerry is our aspiring filmmaker so why not get him a MacBook Air with film editing soft ware
Aston *Hard*
Aston is our hardhead. Everyone knows that guy who practically only wears clothes from a particular brand, be it Polo, Jordan, Hollister, American Apparel, etc. No matter how many times you try to help him open up his fashion mindset he stays in his rut. So how do coax your hardhead into a gift he’ll love?:
  • This well-dressed man loves to be on time. Help him go everywhere in style when you get him a Seiko watch from your nearest jewelry store
  • Under $20: It’s cold out there and as a musician Aston needs to keep his pipes warm. Get him a nice scarf from a local department store that will easily transcend his wardrobe from day to day
  • Technology- As musician and artist he will appreciate anything that will help him hone his craft. Watch him light up when he unwraps the latest Beats by Dre