Saturday, March 30, 2013

Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms of Fashion Part Two


Daenerys Targaryen, AKA Khaleesi, is one of my fav characters on Game of Thrones and currently my hair role model.
I want that hair.

In the beginning she came off as a humble, rejected, ex-royalty fairy princess. Now she's passionate about getting her royalty status back and will baby stomp all over anyone in her way. Just you wait til her dragons are grown - her hair may be angelic, but her temper is not.
Khaleesi is a fan of desert vacations, wearing lots of muted colors of the earth, halter tops, flowing dresses, and strappy pieces.

Mesh top / Topshop / Long skirt / River Island , $23 / Ecote leather sandals / Ecote / Choker collar necklace / Cuff bracelet

Keep your clothing light and flowy in case you need to walk into fire to birth your dragon babies.

Now, for the men. Hello, men.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms of Fashion Part One

Winter is coming... okay, no, it isn't, But the premier of Season 3 of Game of Thrones is! The show is a big hit, and the book series has a huge following, so it goes without saying that countless people are on the brink of losing their minds with sheer excitement about the new season. Heather and I are among those on the edge of sanity, so we decided to channel some of our nervous energy on putting together some looks inspired by some of our favorite characters on the show. In this post, I'm serving up the Stark ladies and Brienne of Tarth. Heather will feature her favorite character (can you guess who that is?) and some of the manly men.

Don't worry, we're not gonna suggest anyone go out and buy suits of armor or raid the Renaissance Fair. These are modern interpretations based on the characters, so put your fur cloak away. We're just going to play a game of fashion make believe and ask, if these characters were alive today, what would they be wearing? Also, what better way to get even deeper into fandom than to work some of your favorite character's look into your wardrobe?

Ready? Here we go...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ModCloth Maxi Madness

It's that time of year again where Maxi dresses are back "in", but were they really ever "out"? Well considering I never dress according to what is "in",  this point is null and void...That being said, my lack of fashion sense doesn't make theses dresses any less cute. They can all be found on ModCloth and are all under $100. If you spend over $50, you get FREE shipping, and as an added bonus, New Members can use this link to get $15 off of a $50 purchase! Don't forget you can shop through e-bates or fat wallet to get extra cash back!

Romantic Maxi Dresses
Shakespearean in the Park Dress $69.99
Dandelion Dining Dress $89.99
Brunch By the Falls dress in Royal Blue $49.99
Wake Up and Style Dress $92.99

Pretty in Print Maxi Dresses
As a Matter of Refract $84.99
Burst of Brilliance $52.99
Pretty Polly Dress $89.99

Striking in Stripes Dresses
Feel It in my Tones $49.99
Shades of Paradise $59.99
Breezy Street Dress $47.99
At the Helm Dress $52.99

Monday, March 25, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 75

Sweepstakes of the week:


Handbag  3 winners a day, ends 4/16

$100,000  and over 1,000 more instant win prizes, ends 5/31

Coffee stuffs  Lots of prizes, ends 3/30

Life size replica of the Game of Thrones throne  worth $40,000. Additional prizes, ends 4/12


Zoya nail polish  105 winners, ends 5/13

$100 Aeropostale gift card  15 winners, ends 3/31

$500 Lord & Taylor shopping spree  Pinterest contest, ends 3/25

Rene Furterer haircare  93 winners, ends 5/13
Samsung Galaxy S 4  48 winners, ends 4/22

Trip to Coachella  Ends 4/7

photo: Game of Thrones, HBO

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's a Pizza Cake

See what I did there? With the title? BAM.

SO our dear ol' Vanessa celebrated another birthday (forever 29) and I thought to myself, "what better way to celebrate than with a cake that looks like pizza?"

It's easy, my lil readers, let me tell you how to make one for yourself.

First, get a nice, clean box from a pizza place. Or you can use a dirty box, but who likes a dirty box?

Next, buy or borrow a pizza pan. LTRLY, a pan for pizza. I was rull scared to use it since it was going to bake the cake so thin, but trust me. I suppose you can use a deep dish or regular round cake pan as well... but it's not as fun. The pan I used was about 1/2" high - just enough to keep the batter in.

Preheat the oven 25 degrees lower than the recipe calls for.

Make whatever cake batter you choose and only add a small amount to the pan, spreading it thin and even. I only used maybe 1/5 of the mix I had made and added enough to fill about 1-2 mm short of the top of the pan.

Pop in the oven for about the amount of time it takes for cupcakes. I don't know exactly how long it was in there for, I just kept a close watch on it. You may also want to keep a big piece of foil underneath the pan, just in case it was overfilled.

If it doesn't go right you still have enough batter to try a few more times!

Once cooled, very carefully transfer to the box (hardest part of making the cake).

Sauce:  Dyed frosting. Or I suppose you could be fancy and make some sort of berry sauce.

Cheese: Grated white chocolate.

Pepperoni: I started making fondant, but it wasn't going well (new recipe) and I was over it, so I ran to the store and bought natural fruit rolls and cut them with a shot glass. Perfect!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Hello. Angry Baby Heather here, and I still have spotty sun spots.
Looking back at my old before photos I realize the spots have faded quite a bit after an IPL photofacial treatment, two microderm treatments and various at home treatments (PMD microderm, various serums, and lots of SPF). Makes me happier, but I still want them completely gone. Also, notice how often I change my hair color. Poor hair.
BzzAgent offered to send me Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel to test and review and of course I said yes. I will try just about anything that will even out my skin tone.
Here are my before photos:
Not bad. But not good enough, dammit.
So, let's talk about the serum.
Smell: Meh. Not good, not bad. I didn't really notice it.
Texture: Feels just like some expensive serums I have tried in the past. It is clear and semi gooey feeling, spreads easily and absorbs quickly. You may feel a slight tingling sensation, that's the acid dissolving your face. Just kidding. It is working it's magic, attacking dead skin cells.
What happens: I noticed about 20-30 minutes after applying the nightly peel that I could literally scrub off dead skin with my fingers, that's how well it works. At first I was slightly concerned that it was too strong to use every night, but I went for it and everything was fine. Dead skin always comes off, but my skin is never irritated. My skin felt more and more smooth by the day and I noticed it was brighter and healthier looking.
Thirty days later it was time for an after photo comparison:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 74

Sweepstakes of the week:


Trip to NYC for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show  Ends 3/31

$500 Target gift card  Photo contest, 30 winners, ends 4/2

iPad Mini  40 winners, ends 8/2


Caldrea bodycare  100 winners, ends 5/13

Vespa  Ends 5/17

Belleza box full of beauty supplies  500 winners, ends 4/9

Silk'n Flash & Go laser hair removal  50 winners, ends 5/13

$1,000  10 winners, ends 4/30

$500 Macy's card  6 winners, Pinterest contest, ends 9/30

2013 Ford Focus ST  Ends 12/1

Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots  100 winners, single, 4/8

Photo: "Best in Show" with Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara

Monday, March 11, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 73

Sweepstakes of the week:


Hair dye  10,000 winners a day, ends 3/18


Garnier stuff  286 winners, ends 5/13

$1,000 Neiman Marcus gift card  Pinterest contest, ends 3/27

Trip to Ireland  Ends 3/21

Tria at home laser hair removal  4 winners, ends 3/24

Leather bag  55 winners, ends 5/13

$1,000 Barneys card  Ends 3/26

Beauty products  All end 3/31

Peel your face off with gold  38 winners, ends 4/5

Monday, March 4, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 72

Sweepstakes of the week:


$1,000 Michaels gift card  Ends 3/31

MacBook  4 winners and over 100 instant prizes, ends 3/30


$500 dELiA's shopping spree  Ends 3/27

$50 Panera Bread card  10 winners, Pinterest contest, ends 3/8

A scooter  Ends 3/6

Trip to New Orleans for a ghost tour Ends 3/11

Yolkr  Yes, it sucks yolks. 20 winners, ends 3/9

Party in LA with Justin Timberlake  Ends 3/10