The world has suffered a great loss last week. We mourn the tragic loss of the iconic legendary Artist Formerly Known as Prince, or Prince as he will always be well known to me and those around the world who know him and best and love him just as much. If you have been following the news, a couple of weeks ago his plane had an emergency landing as he was suffering from flu like symptoms. He went on to invite many to his Paisley Park compound at Paisley Park to let his fans know he was doing well and was quoted as saying something to the effect of “waiting a few days before wasting prayers on him” – TMZ Live reported.
On Wednesday, 4/21/16, Prince was last seen alive at 8:00 pm. The next morning a staff member found him unresponsive in an elevator. First responders were unable to revive him and pronounced him dead at 10:07 pm. His autopsy was performed on Friday, 4/22/16, and on Saturday, 5/23/16 he was cremated. His death was felt all across the across the globe.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, created a sound that no one could compare or even try to match. He was one of a kind, and a genius in his own right. He played over 20 instruments, wrote and produced his own music, and single handedly took on the music industry to fight for creative freedom which he did so well…created his own sound in music that continues to revolutionized the music industry.
SiriusXM subscribers can tune in to channel 50 for a Prince tribute to hear their favorite tunes from his oldest to his latest releases. My last collection was the Lotus Flower. I got it when he first released it and Target had gotten in stock. On the day of his passing, I paid my respects to the artist I have loved since I was a little girl by purchasing the Art Official Age from Amazon. There were others I wanted to purchase but they were completely sold out.
His move, Under The Cherry Moon, in the end he dies. If you’re a Prince fan, you would agree that the story he told in that movie was a beautiful one with a tragic end, but left a meaningful message that to me translates living each day as if it were your last. In retrospect, he carried on his life-long career doing as he saw fit, giving his fans what they wanted which was his music in every way possible of himself. In addition to Under The Cherry Moon, he gave us Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge, which are my most favorite and memorable ones.
Yahoo News reported that the conclusion of his autopsy showed evidence of having overdosed on a drug days before he was found. Apparently he was taking this drug to treat a hip problem tied to corrective surgery in 2010. This is according to TMZ. You can read more about the autopsy by visiting Yahoo News.
The closest I ever came to seeing him perform was being in the same building with him standing outside the main auditorium at the Shrine in Los Angeles as a seat filler, but we never got to go inside. In fact, we were all escorted out by the fire marshal who concluded the building was over the capacity. I saw him perform on a little monitor outside in the hall. That is the closest I ever got to see him perform live.
I will forever carry a torch in my heart and soul for prince. His music has inspired a lot of my poetry over the years. Poems such as Pleasures of an Idol Sin, Part I and II. Part II is from my book, Sins of a Poet.
His music inspired my very first book that I never published and hope to do so one of these days. And when I think about where Prince music has taken us, let me tell you, we all have been on an amazing musical journey. He has taught us that we have one life. Live it to the fullest. He lived his life privately as a celebrity. Was never caught up in any ugly scandal. He remained true to himself which many of us have a hard time doing in today’s society. Even being born epileptic, he used his experience growing up to over come it and be what the world has loved for so many years.
Remember him throughout the end of times. He was the beautiful one that we all truly adored. And it’s amazing that the two top hot tabloids even remembered Prince according to he Herald.
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Today in Style File News, is about boutique glamour. Hi, everybody, it’s your fashionista again, René, spotlighting one of Long Beach’s hidden treasures just east of Long Beach Boulevard located on 4th Street.
I have lived in Long Beach, CA going on two years now and I have come to appreciate many of the hidden treasures the city has to offer. When you least expect it you will come to find some great eating places, fine entertainment, community get togethers, and eloquent shopping outside of the normal mall shopping venues.
Getting out to get better acquainted with your community can be a rewarding experience as I have discovered. So, while I was out last Saturday, I met Lorie Scott, owner of one of the hottest boutiques I have ever gone into in all my years of boutique shopping. It’s called 4th and Elm Boutique. I first saw her when I was just getting out of my car on Elm and she had come storming down the boulevard wearing these bad ass pants that just caught my attention. I saw her again just as I crossed the street on 4th and saw those same pants in the window of the boutique. I asked her if they were the same pants, she laughed and said, “Yep! I’m the owner!” And that’s when I knew I had to learn more about those hot pants she was wearing even as we had light rain that day.
What I like about 4th and Elm Boutique is that it caters to the woman who wants to get away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. It lets you let loose and be comfortable, but with a stylish flair.
About the pants. So, they have wrap around features with up the thigh side splits in the legs which is where the wrap features come in with a back elastic. A style I can say I have not quite seen before. And I took to them right away. Really a must have! They come in small, medium, and large, and are $48. I have to say they are worth every penny – because of their unique look and style.
These pants are very sassy and sexy at the same time, and wearing them you will be turning heads all around. Perfect for summer fun and are found in only one stylish design. They are best worn with a cute white top. Even Lorie will tell you that. Since I lost weight I challenged myself to try on a pair of her snazzy pants to see if they’d fit. And wouldn’t you know it, I tried them on and they fit. I was so excited that I treated myself to a pair.
They felt really good, were not too tight. And because I’m short, they are the perfect length. They will go great with my low healed strippy summer sandals. I picked up a white chiffon top from another one of my favorite stores that will go perfectly, and is the perfect ensemble for after I get married in Las Vegas this summer. So how much did the entire set me back? Just under $70. But let me tell you, for those pants, I probably would have become obsessed with them if I had not picked them up when I did.
I’m always looking for a good boutique and as I ride around this city in which I live I have to say I have found one of the absolute best. This is why I have always wanted a boutique of my mine. Lori’s fashions are not what you would typically see in boutiques. In fact I would say they are one of a kind finds in her store. And she brings summer a whole new look in being stylish and fashionable.
I have not always purchased NYX products since the last lip gloss I purchased felt gritty on my lips. Then again, that’s what I get from purchasing it from a street vendor while out shopping with my daughter in the garment district downtown Los Angeles.
There’s been a lot of hype about the matte colors. And since Color Pop is heating up the makeup industry with their line of matte lipsticks, I thought I would test the waters once again to see if matte was something I could get into.
Back in the day I loved the dark purples and cherry colors that after spending a few minutes in the makeup aisle in CVS-Pharmacy I found myself standing in front of the NYX makeup kiosk and had found colors I was looking for that fit my color preference, Copenhagen (they were out of) and Transylvania which I purchased, took it for a test drive to see if whether or not I liked it, and if it was what I was looking for in terms the right shade and of easy application because it goes on like lip gloss.
I was greatly surprised that I actually liked this shade and it is not too harsh or too dark for my skin tone, and it is very much similar to what I enjoyed wearing way back when. The shade I am wearing is called Transylvania.
What I look for in a lip stick and in a lip gloss is long lasting wear. I am always busy and on the go, so when I put on lipstick or lip gloss I want to be assured that I am going to be getting my money worth with the products I buy and use.
Of course we don’t want to spend a fortune, and buying NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, I came out of the pocket for $6.99 plus tax. But after trying it I can say it was well worth the money.
Ordinarily I’ve looked at selections from Wet n Wild, Jordana, Maybeline, Revlon, and went back to NYX because they had a wider selection of the Matte shades, but in soft cream which is gentle on the lips. Another thing, it doesn’t have that after taste that some lip applications have when you put it on. So, that was a huge plus for me.
Will I continue to buy NYX products? Only time can tell and that huge depends on what other products they have that are gentle on my skin. But I can say I will by the Copenhagen shade when I am able to purchase it. Had the CVS-Pharmacy I went to had I could have purchased one at full price and got the second one at 50% off.
Also, I’m getting married this summer, so I was already looking for a good shade to wear on my wedding day. Yes, my guy and I are making it official after almost 20 years. It’s important to look absolutely fabulous with flawless makeup. That means, I will be keeping my eyes open for color popping shades of makeup that will help me to create a beautiful look even on my wedding day.
If I am not able to purchase the Copenhagen shade, I would be happy to experiment with other shades to see what I like and step outside of my comfort zone to try different and lighter shades.
Now I see what all the hype is about with matte lipstick. It’s not only found in sexy shades, but it offers longer lasting wear than regular lipsticks and lip glosses. And after seeing my co-worker with her different shades, and hearing other people at work talk about matter lipstick, I thought I’d better get on board and get with the program. It’s different for me, but it’s well worth the trying because I am liking how it makes me look when my makeup is brought together, especially for the office.
GUESS is continuing to turn heads in today’s fashion trends with their stylish handbags that keeps on getting better and better as the years past, and just in time for the Spring/Summer season. GUESS is showing us how they stay relevant by creating styles to meet and suit individual taste.
Photo from Laurence Ourac
From the fun and colorful to the light and simple, to keeping it classy, GUESS knows how to please, and staying easy on the wallet.
I like GUESS handbags because of their attitudinal allure. They tend to fit personalities more over than they do our fashionable choices. But when you think about it, that’s it in a nutshell.
Choosing a handbag for myself took a little time in itself. I’ve spent some time pulling together my Spring/Summer styles that I needed a handbag to fit the moment. I saw this beautiful bag a few weeks ago and decided it was a definite must have. Different from what I usually get, and it doesn’t have an outside pocket specifically for my cell phone, but I was willing to forego the outside pocket because It had comparable pockets inside that was more than enough of what I prefer in a handbag.
It is one of those handbags that can dress up any ensemble if well coordinated. And I tend to be the queen of coordination because I don’t like being out of sync. Even when I’m working out, you will find something designer about me.
Cate Rigid BagWhere does GUESS measure up in price? I would say that compare to other handbags on the market, they still tend to be very affordable. Whether you’re looking for something big or something small, you are likely to not spend a huge fortune. And shocking enough you can find a wide selection of GUESS handbags at your local Ross Stores while supplies last. Ranging from $27.99 to as high as almost $50. A small fraction from the retail prices.
If you want to go bold and daring, the Cate Ridig Bag is something to shake your head at, and will earn you a second look. The well designed, beautiful bags are a fashion statement within themselves.
The stunning bag comes in six vivid colors. It is about $135 but it is money well spent. You can jazz up your wardrobe with handbags from GUESS and be the one your friends will be talking about this summer.
I’ve always been a huge fan of GUESS wear. Check out this year’s latest styles and build your wardrobe around your favorite selections.
So, in my last “The Brown Phase” post I talked about the color brown and I showcased so super hot brown boots. I incorporated those boots with an old brown sweater I picked up from a thrift store, a pair of white pants I had in my closet to create a fun, but hot winter wear ensemble.
Spring is not too far off and many stores are already getting prepared, and have long since started phasing out their winter fashions, making room for Spring/Summer 2016 that is bound to bring some to die for styles that we must have in our wardrobe.
I decided to check around and see what patterns and prints will be making a seasons splash in this years Spring/Summer line up. And I must say that floral prints are going to be huge this year, because they are getting prettier and prettier each year.
The weather this week has been beautiful so it was easy to get into my closet and put together an outfit that can be both spring-like and winter wear. And anyone who knows me will tell you I like to keep it simple, but a little dramatic when it comes to showing out in what I can do with color coordinating different patterns.
This Spring/Summer season I will be showcasing lots of floral patterns with today being my first ensemble in a sleeveless sleeveless floral top paired with my short sleeved 3-buttoned sweater which I purchased from Avon some years ago. Still looks good, doesn’t it? I didn’t stop there, though. I pulled my brown dress pants which I generally wear to work. They worked just great with the top and sweater combination.
I was a ready for the warm day today. And the best thing about this top is it came with a pretty nice necklace that accessorized the top just right. And it went well with my Mellina-3 high heels. You know I was not going to get away from mentioning having worn them with this ensemble. Of course I could have gone with my peep toe platform high heel pumps also in the nude color. That would have worked just as well and I would have been styling even more.
The one thing you have to know about coordinating floral prints is you have to know how to do it just right without taking away from the style of the pattern, meaning you have to pair it with the right solid colors.
So, this top comes with different floral patterns that are brown, tan and has some blue, a kind of burnt orange, and lavender in it against a light beige background, which makes it easy to to pick and choose solids to work well with it. I wouldn’t wear black with it simply because it’s too dark and would take away from it.
It’s a comfortable and snappy look that is very complimentary.
But let’s not stop there. If you’re into pencil skirts, you can enjoy really pretty floral patterned skirts I like to wear with pretty chiffon tops that creates an elegant look.
I absolutely love these skirts. I have the one on the far left. It fits so nicely, accents my butt very nicely and is a real head turner.😉
I wore the skirt to an Herbalife meeting that was held at the Long Beach convention center showing of my 12 pound weight loss. I looked amazing. And it was an uplifting moment.
With this outfit, you can also wear light colored tops, too. Like a rose pink, ivory, or even light beige would work with this skirt. I wore black slip ons because they seemed to work and give the outfit a statement.
If you’re looking to do something different with your Spring/Summer wardrobe I recommend checking out some floral patterned styles. They are sure to brighten up your wardrobe. They are fun and flirty and if you get at least one compliment out of the whole day, then you know you coordinated your outfit very well.
Best thing is these pieces are not expensive. Check out local area boutiques like Zizibeh and Fashion Island, and other boutiques and you are bound to find pretty floral patterned styles that fits your individual style and taste.
Southern California has been some cold weather in the height of the El Nino season. Even though the rain levels have not been what we all have been expecting, many of us are still enjoying some of our favorite fall/winter fashions.
If you are looking to spruce up your winter fashion by adding something new and different without sacrificing your personal style and taste, you will be happy to know that this winter season there is lots to choose from, and without breaking the bank.
Let me draw your attention to one of my favorite ensembles I just put together this weekend. So, I picked up this really cute light pastel pink sweater with a cowl turtleneck, three buttons on the collar (one hidden and two gold plated buttons), cuffed sleeves which you can uncuff and wear them long if you like (that’s how I like to wear my sleeves) and it comes with a belt, white ankle jeans, and the Sheikh Mellina-3 high heel pumps, and for a nice finishing touch, I added a really nice handbag large enough to house my smart phone, makeup, wallet, mirror and my iPod, because I’m always on the go.
I love the sweater because not only can I wear it with jeans, but I can also wear it with a pair of my light cream dress pants, or a cute pair of capri pants. Either way i am making a fashionable statement when I walk out the house and I am turning heads because I am well coordinated from top to bottom.
Did I spend a lot on this ensemble? Of course not. I’m on a strict budget this month, so keeping cost down was a major factor. The sweater, pants and purse only cost me $21 and the Mellina-3 high heels were $34.99 plus tax when I bought them months ago. I must say, this is one of the best casual winter ensembles I put together this season. This just proves that you can be stylish and trendy while keeping warm during cooler temperatures without breaking the bank, especially if you’re on a budget and you have to keep your spending to a minimum.
I live in Long Beach, and we are fortunate to not have terribly extreme weather, which makes it nice to be able to wear favorite fashions that keeps us stylish and trendy, and makes us feel sexy at the same time. It is not very hard to do when you are looking to try new and different looks. I can help you create looks like this or looks that are similar and I can point you in the right direction for finding low cost pieces you can put together.
Knowing what you like and how far you are willing to go with your look and style is important. Know how to mix and match, and color coordinate to create some fabulous looks. If you are into prints and patterns keep in mind that if you’re curvy, you should not wear vertical stripes. This is a mistake too many of us make. Wear styles and colors that are complimentary to your body type.
Check your local boutiques for low cost winter fashions. But keep in mind that if you are on the hunt for some fabulous sweaters you better hurry because many stores are starting to phase out their winter wear and start bringing in the spring fashions in preparations for the Spring season that is literally around the corner.