Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Wrap-UP!

Local Spotlight Contest!!!

Just like last month I am giving MB readers a chance to win an item from this months Local Spotlight entrepreneur!  This month I introduced you to Jenell Williams Lloyd of Playful By J.Lloyd, offering fabulous custom clutches and handbags. Please check out the "Local Spotlight" page for a complete overview of her offerings and if luck isn't on your side order one!

The first reader to email me at with the correct answer to the following question:

*Who is my stylist mentor?*

Note: The answer can be found on one of the pages within the blog.  Friends, family and previous winners are prohibited from entering. Sorry dolls!

Congratulations and a Playful handbag goes to Sharron Bailey!!! Correctly answering the question with June Ambrose!

Big Brother Big Sister Casino Royale fundraiser event

I went to an event last night with the intention of just going to support a very worthy cause.  This turned into an excellent networking opportunity.  It gave me a chance to talk to some of my peers about my passion, not as a hobby but as a possible career.  Currently, I am my only client and advertisement, but hopefully that will soon change. Stay tuned!!!!!!

What I wore...............

Blazer:  Oldie but Goodie Kenneth Cole
Lace Tank: TJ Maxx
Clutch: Gift from my Sister
Skirt: Recent purchase from Old Navy
Shoes: Nine West

Accessories are me they are the meat of a fashion sandwich. LOL!
Earrings: The Icing
Necklace:  Charming Charlies (I think)

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Distressed Denim and Lace

Now Trending: LACE


Lace Blouse: Peacock Room
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Handbag: H&M

The secret to maintaining the Lace illusion without revealing too much...layers in like colors.  Lace bra, Lace tank, the Blouse. Lace can be worn outside the boudoir without the appearance of lingerie.

Fitness is ALWAYS fashionable

My Journey........

There is a whole lot that goes with this story before I got to this current chapter in my life. What moved me to write this blog entry was fashion....what else!

So I was at Macy's and I found THEE perfect deep blue palazzo pants BCBG jumpsuit with an open back in a silk blend, that just flowed effortlessly.  I didn't need it, didn't have anywhere to wear it, but it would be PERFECT for something. Thinking....let me try her on.  It fit perfectly but there was one small defect, I would have to wear a scuba suit underneath to keep my delicious womanness under control ;-). Don't get me wrong Spanx are a necessary evil when you want to have a smooth finish but if you wear undergarments that totally reshape your body i.e. Body Magic, well that's another story.
This was my first MESSAGE!

The next message I received was in my kickboxing class with Mary Jo at Bad Boy Gym  where I literally leave a pool of me on the gym floor.  It is so intense! Just imagine Kickboxing to Detroit House Music sped up to like 16 BPM! I love to sweat so I love her class, but I was thinking....why do I workout so hard but the scale just won't budge.  It is probably due to my love of all things crispy, bready, and starchy. I made up in my mind something has to change!

This is where my workout fairy God-mothers come in......the one seen below is my "workout BFF". When the gym regulars see me without her, their first question is "Where is your BFF?"
I call her Jillian, she pushes me to do things I would never do on my own...namely running, push-ups, mountain climbers, squat thrusts....I could go on. Its funny how you meet people at work that you have absolutely nothing in common with, but when you take the time to get to know them you find that we are all the same.  She was placed in my life to get me to my goal weight by my upcoming milestone birthday. 

Next up is A-Train, seen below.....
She is a powerhouse woman who could put most 20-somethings to shame.  I met her about 2 years ago at the gym and she was just like me. Working out, not really seeing the results until she started running and changing her diet.  She has run several half marathons, she teaches boot camp classes at Better Life Fitness She is my inspiration for what 40 should look like. Armed and dangerous!

I talked to both of them about my goal to look flawless in that BCBG jumpsuit and A-Train put together a plan she calls "Go Hard or Go Home".  It is an eating plan that eliminates all the good stuff of course but it works! I have been following it religiously for 3 weeks and even lost a few pounds.

I shared the plan with my circle of friends and family.  My BFF and right hand Toni, always willing to try whatever craziness I'm into, said "Lets do this!"

Toni and I at the Riverwalk with Run this Town
In addition to changing our diets we decided to join a running group called Run this Town!/groups/runthistowndet/   They meet every Tuesday @ 6 p.m. at the RiverWalk and Saturday @ 10 a.m. They call it "networking out", think of it as happy hour only with water and alot of sweat.  They socialize, network, laugh for about 30 minutes, stretch, run/power walk to the Joe Louis stairs...PAUSE....if you make it from one end of those stairs to the other you can do anything! Then we run/ power walk back to a cheering RTT crowd of the most encouraging, motivating, and inspiring group of people Detroit has to offer!
Candice, pictured below pulled me in when I was at the Riverwalk one morning killing some time.
She is a boat load of high energy and good vibrations

Me running my OWN race...trying to obtain MY personal best.  RTT Philosophy
There has been a surge in talk about fitness and eating healthy on FB amongst my friends and former high school classmates as we approach a very important milestone within the coming year.  This sparked the creation of a FB group that is yet another source of encouragement, well wishes and tips on how to help all of us get to our goal. My hope is that by reading this you become inspired in some way to get up and move and make better food choices so next time you don't have to rely so much on the Spanx or dare I say wear a bathing suit without a cover-up! Those are my goals...
Here are a few things that may help you along the way.

Tiffany the Trainer!

Hands down the best personal trainer in S.E. Michigan.  No brow beating here, but she is still tough.   She is offering a fall special right now until November 1st, so if you need help reaching your goals, give her a call!

Quick, Easy, low-cal  Protein-Rich Recipes

Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • 4 Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 Cup of Uncooked Brown Rice
  • 1 Can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Diced Onion
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Can of Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Can of Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
  • 1 packet of your favorite taco seasoning
*Note*  I add ground turkey for more protein.
In a non stick pot, add brown rice and onion. Cook for 5 minutes until onion begins to soften.
Add tomatoes, 2 cups of water and chili powder to rice. Cover and let cook until water is absorbed.

Preheat oven to 350f.

While rice is cooking, cut tops off of bell peppers and remove seeds. Place peppers in large pot of boiling water. Let boil until peppers become light green, and soft.  Remove from water and place the peppers in a small pan.
Place beans in a non stick pan, add taco seasonings, and 3 tablespoons of water.  Mix well, and add cooked rice mixture.
Scoop rice and bean mixture into bell peppers.

Place them in the oven for 10 minutes.


Black Bean-Corn Burger

  • 1 can (15 ounce) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup corn, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
In a bowl, combine beans, corn, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, cilantro, egg whites, chipotle, oregano and cumin. Form bean mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook patties, turning once, until browned, 5 minutes per side; remove from pan. In same skillet, sauté spinach in remaining 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat until wilted, 3 minutes; season with nutmeg and salt and freshly ground black pepper. In another bowl, mix avocado with sour cream and juice. Place 1/4 of cooked spinach on bottom of each bun, then 1 burger and 1/4 avocado mixture. Top with other bun half.
Happy shopping and sweating!





Sunday, September 9, 2012

Michigan Fash Fest!

This is a big month for fashion everywhere! All the designers are unveiling their fall lines, NY Fashion Week, Fashion Night Out, and the 1st Annual Michigan Fash Fest. 
It has also been a big month for me as I celebrate 1 month of blogging and almost 3,000 views in that time! I attended Fash Fest last night, a runway industry showcase featuring local up and coming designers in an effort to attract industry and retail buyers.

This three-day event has been created by Presence II Productions, a Michigan based, woman-owned company, founded by CEO, Leslie Ann Pilling, whose passion is to outreach to her community, both through her partnership with local charity Forgotten Harvest, and her dedication to boosting an economic redirection in the state of Michigan.

I was excited (per usual) about 3 things last night:

1.) I wanted to rock a new look....well new for ya'll
2.) I couldn't wait to meet my new fashion blogger sisters in real life.
3.) The Fotoula Lambrose showcase


As of late I have been a little bored with my hair, even toying with the idea of cutting it all off.  You see, I get bored easily and I am always looking for something fresh and new.  I think I've had every hair style trend known to man except for the dreaded Jheri curl. One day I may blog about my hair journey, that would be funny! Ok back to the of my sisters always wraps her hair so beautifully. Her creations look like art.  Here is my first little attempt....

My sister wrapped my hair for my Fash Fest look last night....I was going for the Queen Latifah "U.N.I.T.Y" meets Beyonce "Freak em dress" look last night. LOL!


 Dress: BCBG
Shoes: Z. Cavaricci
Bag: Express
Necklace: Charming Charlies

If you would like a "Head Wrapping for Dummies" tutorial there are several you tube instructional videos like these:


BLM Girls (My New Blogging Friends)

Inez, Me and Erika

Me, Erika and Liz


Local designer Fatoula Lambrose specializes in Natural Textiles and Avant Garde Design.  I first met Fatoula at Downtown Detroit Days and she had all these beautiful tie-dyed tops and tie-dyed clothing is one of my favorite things!


Friday, September 7, 2012

How would you wear?

I recently received the following question via Facebook..

How would you wear these powder blue skinny jeans in the Fall?

Take a look at what I came up with...This is how I would do maternity on the weekends.  I selected a few options, all budget-friendly ofcourse. Let me know what you think in the comments section.  My favorite is the High-Low New York top from Forever 21.


If you are having trouble putting a look together, send me a link of what you are working with and maybe I can help you too!
Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New month....New local spotlight

Playful by J. Lloyd

Playful is a brand that focuses on having fun with fashion, but always keeping it chic.
The store doesn't carry it yet and no one else will have one like yours.
Consider this your very own personal handcrafted heirloom.

History of Designer- Jenell Lloyd

A native Detroiter who has been sewing off and on for several years and recently recommitted herself back to the craft in February 2011. She prides herself on creating fun but chic handbags.
I purchased my first Playful handbag 2 years ago on a tip from my sister who went to college with Jenell.  This is how the conversation went regarding what I envisioned. 
Jenell:  So what did you have in mind? 
Me: I want something white with a butterfly and pink feathers....Don't ask me how all that goes together.  She said I got it, I'll have something for you in 2 weeks.  This beautiful creation is what she came up with and the result was a one of kind clutch with a sweet little thank you note tucked inside.

I recently saw this picture of one of her latest creations posted on the Playful Facebook page   and I inquired about it.  She told me she would check to see if the fabric was still available.  Guess what, she sent me a message and told me she had the fabric and she is working on it as we speak. This WOMAN WORKS!

 "Play with fashion and get you one!" J. Lloyd

Playful handbags and accessories range from $15-$80.  The designer Jenell Lloyd may be contacted at 248-325-8559, via email or via Facebook Playful by J.Lloyd for orders.


I have been lucky to have a few readers reach out and suggest some sites (YES ALREADY!) for stylish, budget-friendly, curvy girl fashions.  I want to thank Madame Senta for leading me to Fashion to Figure
Where I found this cute little number in one of my favorite things...Peplum ofcourse!
I also have Madame Tracy to thank for sending me Monsoon
One of the London based company that she has stumbled upon in her world travels.  Here is a sample of one of my favorite things from their collection.

My favorite European tip from Ms. Tracy was this collection of goodies from Dorothy Perkins offering garments from sizes 2-18

Here are a few of the things I'm drooling over right now!

Ivory Crepe Tux jacket $69

Black Bustier Peplum $69

 Matte Gold Sequin Blazer  $95

You can catch other great finds from these sites on the Savvy Chic page of my blog.

Happy Shopping!