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Drenched In Philosophy

About two years ago my little heart was fulfilled. What filled my little heart you ask? The introduction to philosophy products by Grandmother. (Thanks Gran!) For anyone who knows me they know I can be very random and eclectic which for some reason makes gift buying for me extremely difficult so I hear, and here I thought I was helping the gift buying process for friends and family.

This difficulty usually results in me receiving money for Birthdays, Christmas, and other celebratory events. However for my 20th birthday my grandmother decided to shake things up a bit. On my doorstep was a large box with a note attached from my grandmother that read…

“The Perfect Gift.”

When I opened the box I found another box with the word Philosophy written so simply and beautifully on the box. When I opened it I found an array of shower gels with the cutest names like Snicker Doodle, Strawberry Shortcake and the best part they had recipes on the back.

So yes Gran did find the perfect gift because A. I like to smell great (who doesn’t) and B. I love to bake. I also love the fact that the company strives to use natural elements when making their products. In doing so their shower gels work great for a luxurious bubble bath, a relaxing shower gel and wait for it….SHAMPOO AND CONDITION.

Joy to my MAXIMIZER EARS!

 

I use the line for everything, from body washes, perfumes and even down to skin care, you just can’t go wrong.

The holiday season is near us so I encourage you to share the beauty that is philosophy with another RANDOM and Eclectic friend or relative of yours. =)

 

Your (Re)Cyclist and (Re)Stylist

Monica

 

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It’s Halloween! Get Ready for Simon Doonan–On CLEARANCE! (and other simple, re-imaginable costume ideas)

It’s the night before Halloween, and all through the house, not a costume was chosen…no candy was out.

If you have tons of money, you could go buy these peices...or you could make your own 🙂

What are you going to do?? Halloween is literally right around the corner and with most parties taking place the weekend before, you have to have SOMETHING ready before friday….Here are some ideas.
So what happens when the Minneapolis-based retail chain — the second largest discount retailer in the world — and the face of Barneys New York unite? What about the most chic Halloween costumes ever? Last year, Doonan introduced a series of costumes for the entire family (even the family dog) that are just as fashionable as they are occasion-appropriate.
The line, which hit stores Sept. 12, 2010 had a variety of inspirations and features 14 signature costumes. The costumes range from spins on the traditional threads, such as diva witch and A-list celebrity, to more imaginative costumes such as giant candy corn (Candace Corn) and spaghetti. Perhaps the most obviously chic costume is the glamour ghost, a large sheet-like hooded dress with the words “trick or trend” stylishly printed on the front. Doonan’s clever ideas are a twist on the popular and stylish interpretation of the fame-obsessed society we live in.
Halloween is probably the only day you can wear anything and essentially go crazy. Platforms, fishnets, pink wigs, body glitter — the whole nine yards. Anyone can throw in a Bumpit, bathe in tinted moisturizer, overdo the eye make-up and be Snookie for Halloween. But not just any girl can pull off a stylish plate of spaghetti or a glowing piece of candy corn.

Check out this link to find out what’s left:

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=simon+doonan&category=0|All|matchallany|all+categories  Plus, since the attire is now on clearance, you can grab several different pieces of each look and make it your own.
Not into cookie cutter costumes?
Try Urban Outfitters Online. They carry a few trinkets, headbands, hats and glasses, funky tees. If styled correctly (with things you already own), they can pass as the minimalist’s perfect costume. My favorite? A headband with giant pink bunny ears. Throw on one of grams old sweaters and you’re a fuzzy bunny. Throw on a sexy leotard and your a playboy bunny. Cliche? Yes. Easy? Mos Def.

Got a bunch of Hyvee bags in your kitchen and some tape? Be the Paper Bag Princess.

Here’s my favorite!
If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you have a dry erase board. All you need are some angel wings (you can get them as cheap as $15 since you don’t necessarily need grown up wings).Get an old, plain shirt, take it to a T-Shirt Screening place (Acme, Flying Cow) and get the Twitter logo on it. You are now TWITTER.

**if all else fails, either go get a masquerade mask or  go grab a cute Halloween T from Target–they are simple, cost less than $20 bucks and they say things like “I’m a ghost. BOO!” or “I’m a celebrity”. Corny but cute.

Happy Halloween to all, and to all and fun (safe, sexy, exciting) night!
-Jasmin
Your (Re)Cylclist
and Costume Designer 😉
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Pretty in Pink

If there is one thing that I love (besides a good thrift store) is a good sale and I am not talking about the 15% off or 20% off sales. I never really understood those sales promotions…I mean, thanks for saving me…tax? Personally I prefer the sales that look a little something like this…

ADDITIONAL 50% OFF ALREADY REDUCED ITEMS!

I live for those days when I receive e-mail notifications from my favorite stores because truthfully speaking sometimes you just want something new but not with a huge price tag! Patience once again is the key! Just like thrifting when it comes to shopping the sale you have to be willing to dig. The end reward is amazing when you have a top that was once priced at $68 and is now down to $8 or pants that were once $54 and are now $12.99. (True Personal Story)

Spotted in Leopard

I’m also a fan of mixing sale items with my thrifting finds and so is Solida Wise, a soon to be graduate of the University of Missouri and a good friend of mine. I love how she mixed pieces found at Goodwill and items found on sale. I was especially jealous of the boots that were originally $110 and she only paid $40 bucks for.

“I am all about budgets but I like new pieces as well just not with the heavy price tag. So I shop sale racks pretty heavily or my friends closet which is where I got my necklace!” 

Most people think that if items are on sale they must be pieces that are going out of style or season, which is not always the truth. I always suggest to friends to take a quick glance at what’s seen on the runways during Fashion Week, pay attention to colors, silhouettes and prints and always remember to think classic and polished.

Pretty in Pink, fashionable for any Fall Day

Keeping this in mind and what you saw on the runway while shopping the sale racks will help you seek out those trendy pieces and look just as fabulous as Sonni on a Fall day.

Be sure to check back next week for style tips on dressing a curvy figure, I’ll show you how to hide the flaws and flaunt your best assets!

Your (Re)Stylist

-Monica

Shopping Information: Boots, Journeys originally $110, sale price $40, Dark-Denim Jeans, Marshalls, $14.00, Sweater, Goodwill $4.00, Pink Jacket, Goodwill, $7.00, Scarf, Express, sale price $10, Purse, Goodwill, $3.00, Necklace, free thanks to a friend!