Jul 27, 2012

Feel Rich Friday: Passport Edition

Yollar has done it again!  Seriously, if you haven't signed up to receive Yollar deals yet, you are really missing out.  Remember the last Feel Rich Friday, Wanna Get Away Edition and the great deal it offered?  Well the bar has been raised way above our heads with this one!

So here's the deets on the deal.  For $128, you get a $1202 airline credit for 2 round trip tickets to....PARIS OR LONDON!  This is real people!  The caveats are as follows:
  • Approximately 3 DAYS are left to get this deal
  • Travel must be booked at least 45 days in advance
  • Hotel accommodations for a minimum of 7 nights must be booked through the providing vendor
  • If your flight plan goes over the $1202 credit, then you carry the cost of the overage
  • Travel plans must be requested and completed within 2 years of purchase
  • Airline tickets are good for either 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child
  • Allow 7 days for voucher processing from date of purchase
  • Pre-sale questions are allowed
Still feeling unsure?  Look at it like this.  If you don't have a passport, this deal allows you nearly 2 years to get one.  If you need to save for hotel accommodations and spending, this deal allows that too!  If you need to get over a fear of long flights, this deal even gives you time to get hypnosis therapy, counseling, etc.  It's really a no brainer.  All I have left to say is suit up, boot up, feel rich and bon voyage! 

P.S. Thank you God for continuing to help me find great Feel Rich Friday deals...

Jul 22, 2012

The Rich, The Help and My Fashion Legacy

Vogue, August 1981
RIP Grandma & Princess Diana
Anyone who has a penchant for fashion has a memory of the person, place or thing who ceremonialized his/her fashion rites of passage.  We all have an old picture of a matriarch or patriarch in our family circle who influenced us to start down our own style path. 

My mother wasn't really into it.  Being a late 60's kid, of course I have pictures of my mother with bell bottoms and big collar shirts on, but nothing out of the norm for that time.  Personal style development just wasn't her thing.  The next level was my aunt.  I always laugh to myself on those nights I spend 1-2 hours doing a twist out because I have vivid memories of my aunt sitting in the bed braiding her tinted afro with Miss Cool 5 Minute Fast Set.  The next day she would take her hair down, put on dark brown lipstick, big hoop earrings and a Johnny Taylor album.  I would marvel at her easy coolness, but my greatest fashion legacy came from my grandmother.  She truly provided all of the tangible, as well as intangible tools that gave me my sense of style.

I was an awkward girl.  I was chubby (still am) and the oldest of 3 children.  I was the responsible one who did all the cleaning and babysitting.  I never took issue with any of it though...what else was there for a four-eyed, chubby, minimally popular girl to do?  I believe to this day that my grandmother either felt sorry for me (she was very vain about weight and presentation) or was attempting to do something really special for me. 

My grandmother was a housekeeper for a VERY influential family in St. Louis.  Their influence went all the way to The White House (2 times).  She would always fret about her misunderstanding of rich people being so untidy.  One day, within the untidiness, she found something that turned out to be a true treasure to me. 

One weekend while visiting with my grandmother, she told me she had something for me.  She came out of her room with a magazine.  She said, "I thought you might like this Vulga (Vogue) magazine."  I remember being excited, probably just to have some new to do, but the trickle of excitement I was feeling then was nothing compared to how I would feel once I started turning the pages. 

If my memory serves me right, I went through that magazine about 10 times from time I got it.  I was truly amazed at the glossy pages of high and sometimes unusual fashion.  I wasn't taken a back at all.  I was thrilled!  I'd been introduced to a whole new world.  Everything in the magazine peaked my interest--the clothes, the make-up, the perfume, the designers, the photos of well dressed people at social events!  I found something to dream about.  A few weeks later, my grandmother gave me another magazine, Elle.  I couldn't believe it!  There's more!  Month after month, my grandmother continued to christen me with more Vogue and Elle magazines.  I assume these were the 2 magazines that the women in the family she worked for subscribed to.  I also assume that she would wait until a couple of new issues arrived, then she would bring me the older ones and she kept doing this either until they stopped subscribing, or she saw I was finally catching on.
Elle, December 1988

Besides introducing me to high fashion, my grandmother was a God fearing, yet feisty lady who taught me that a walk is not about the steps, but the confidence and attitude with which you do it.  She also taught me that even a trip to the grocery store is worthy of a little lipstick.  Although she was born of little means, she owned her own home, always saved money and never ever bought cheap clothes or perfume. 

Many other memories exist that would give you an even better idea of my fashion legacy, but for now, the best way for me to honor it is to continue striving to live it. 


Jul 20, 2012

Feel Rich Friday: The You Can Get It Edition

Gucci Women's Twirl Black Rubber Watch
$435.64 or 5 Value Pays of $87.13 + $12.99 s&h
It's that time again!  I'm back with another You Can Get It, Feel Rich Friday deal.  Really, I should be saying ShopNBC is at it again because it seems they never disappoint with their great designer selections and Value Pay offerings.   

Each television shopping network has one thing they are big on.  Some are big on fashion, others household goods, but if you've ever taken even a slight gander at ShopNBC, you would soon realize that they are big on watches.  Sometimes they feature watches all day, which is why ShopNBC is a great place to cop a designer watch.  Well it just so happens that ShopNBC is in it's final hours of offering 5 Value Pays on thousands of watches. 

Featured here is the Gucci Women's Twirl Black Rubber watch for $435.64 or 5 Value Pays of $87.13 (shipping & handling is $12.99 on this watch).  Once again, ShopNBC has created a way for the budget fashionista to acquire a quality item.  If this Gucci watch isn't your style, then check out the dozens of other designer watches they carry such as, Movado, Invicta, DKNY, Michael Kors, Baume & Mercier and Tag Heuer.

If you've been in the market for a quality watch, I'd say go to www.shopnbc.com TODAY and check out the great selection of watches they offer.  Happy watch shopping!  Ciao!

Jul 18, 2012

Getting Back To Business: The Diva Plan

The original purpose of this blog was for me to encourage myself, as well as other women to strive for the life we really want.  I won't say I've gotten off track; I've just been trying to mix it up by featuring valuable information that enhances our lives.  I will continue  to do this, but I've decided, once a week, a blog post will be strictly dedicated to The Diva Plan. 

In the near future, I definitely want to give The Diva Plan more structure for my readers.  My personal Diva Plan is very structured--probably too structured for my lifestyle, but it's definitely something worth shooting for.  Structured or not, each woman's Diva Plan is her own and should focus on areas needing the most improvement or the things she feels are holding her back the most.  Here is a recap of my Diva Plan in order of priority:
  • Taking Care of Me (my plan for improving my spiritual and physical well-being)
  • My Money (my plan for improving my financial standing)
  • My Home (my plan for home improvement and hopefully increased value)
In each of these categories, there are other components.  For example, in Taking Care of Me, I have a detailed plan for getting my spiritual life back on track, exercising, as well as a list of beauty products that are my must haves.

Your plan doesn't have to be configured like mine.  It doesn't have to be as detailed either and if you are uber focused, you may not even have to write it down.  The primary purpose is to begin the work that is necessary to get closer to the life you want.  Have fun ladies!  Ciao!

Jul 16, 2012

Product Alert!

For the past few weeks, I've been trying to do a video product review for an amazing product.  Since I can't seem to get it done without interruption, I'm going to go ahead and bring it to you in a written post instead of a video.  I can (almost) promise you that all future product reviews will be video posts.

My Skincare Regimen
Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam
Witch Hazel
Vitamin E Cream

About a month ago, I was at Dollar General shopping for household goods and I took a turn down the beauty product aisle just to see what I could see.  I did this mostly because I've been searching for products to create a more solid skincare regimen.  This wasn't my first time seeing Garnier skincare products at Dollar General, but this time I decided to take a closer look.  Needless to say, I purchased the product and I've been elated ever since.

Like most women, I've tried many facial products in search of the perfect balance for my skin.  I have cleansers and moisturizers in my bathroom that cost upwards of $40 with less than desirable results.  Most products I've used in the past either yielded no results or made my face itchy and bumpy.  I'm happy to report that I think I've found the one in Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam.

The first great thing about this product is the scent.  Normally, I stray away from facial products that have a scent (be it good or bad) because I worry my face won't be receptive to it.  Not so with Garnier Moisture Rescue cleanser.  It does contain grape water and apple water extract which may point to the great smell.  The best thing about this product however are the results.  The first time I used it, as soon as I was done rinsing it off of my face, I could see a difference.  My skin had a fresh, bright appearance.  Another thing I've been experiencing since I began using this product is being asked if I have on make-up.  I very rarely wear make-up.  I'm a single mom who is always moving fast and trying to make things happen (on time) so make-up is a step I usually skip.  Since wearing make-up is a rarity for me, people who see me everyday definitely know when I have it on so I was surprised when I was repeatedly asked this question.  The other great thing about Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam?  The price!  I paid $3.50 for it!  Amazing!  There is an accompanying Moisture Rescue moisturizer that I haven't tried yet, but definitely plan on purchasing (of course product review will follow). 

On a 1-10 scale, I give Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam a 10.  For $3.50 you really have nothing to lose, especially if you're like me and have spent much more on cleansers.  Give it a try and let me know your results.  Ciao!

Jul 2, 2012

My Side Table Life

When I was a young woman and before I had my own place, I used to admire the older women in my life, like family members and my girlfriends moms and their fabulous bedrooms.  The one thing about these divas and their thrones I really used to be fascinated with were the tables next to their beds.  I learned that you can tell a lot about a woman by what's on her side table.  Some had lace runners, others expensive perfume and ornate lamps.  So when I had my first shot at living on my own, a nightstand or table next to my bed was high on my priority list.

Over the years my side tables have gone from typical (alarm clock, lamp, magazine) to convenient (baby bottles, burping cloth) to not having them at all.  After 4 years in my house, I'm finally rebuilding my side table life and it feels so good!  I'm still on a search for the perfect lamps and other pretty things, but here is a glance at newly reborn side table life.