Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Catching up with Rita: The Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Edition

My mom took this "official" photo of us on our apartment stoop, 
because we fancy like that. 

As I sit down to write this post, I must ask myself: what have I been doing with my life during my most recent hiatus from Whoreders? Well, in addition to a whole lot of nothing, I got a promotion and a 17% raise at work (::waves tiny flag::), I got a root canal, I joined a gym and then managed to gain 5 pounds (how does that happen?), oh yes and I went to Iceland where I ate lots of Skyr (Icelandic yogurt. Get some at your local Whole Foods right now.) and came back engaged to light of my life, fire of my loins, my favorite manboy extraordinaire, Casey O. Oh and I just bought tickets to see New Order this summer. Overall, things are pretty darn good.

Despite the fact that the word fiancé still feels a little weird and that I made all the married women at work wince by wearing my engagement ring on my middle finger and on the wrong hand for a whole week before I finally had it resized, I am slowly settling into this engaged lady thing and that includes my fair share of searching on the internet for all that is vintage, lovely, and (off) white. And while I'm far from an expert on getting married fabulously and inexpensively, I sure do hope to be one day so today I will share some ideas for a Great Gatsby inspired affair on a not so Jay Gatsby budget! First off, if you haven’t seen this trailer yet, you must not have a television and/or the remains of a teenage obsession with Leonardo DiCaprio like I do and therefore are much cooler than me. Whatever the case, watch it now and you won't be sorry. I mean, how much celluloid gorgeousness can auteur after my own heart, Baz Luhrmann, cram into 3 minutes?

Très romantic, right? 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 80

Sweepstakes of the week:


Year supply of donuts  100 winners, plus other prizes. Ends 6/30

Lighting by Vanilla Ice  Yes, he now designs lamps. Ends 6/1


$100 Beautyhabit.com shopping spree  100 winners, ends 6/24

$100 Too Fast shopping spree  2 winners, ends 5/2

Trip to Berlin  Ends 5/17

Trip to CO for Rupaul's Drag Race Tour  Ends 5/14

Gel polish kit  30 winners, ends 5/23

Trip to Germany  Ends 6/30

Trip to Iceland where Game of Thrones was filmed  Ends 5/17

Gas mask  I know you want one. Ends 5/5

Monday, April 22, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 79

Sweepstakes of the week:


Trip to Hawaii  Jon Hamm not included. Waaaah. Ends 5/7

Target gift card  56 winners, ends 5/8

Super amazing vacation in New Orleans and Graceland  Ends 5/31


$200 Amour Vert shopping spree  75 winners, ends 5/13

Diamond Oil  100 winners, ends 4/30

$5,000 Amazon credit  Ends 5/2

Pink Schwinn bike  5 winners, ends 5/20

Soap & Glory set  100 winners, ends 5/24

Trip to Europe  Ends 5/31

$5,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree  Ends 6/17

Photo: Jon Hamm with a creepster mustache

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrity Maternity Fashion: Fergie

It has been brought to my attention that not everyone likes Kim Kardashian or her "sense of style". I have been not-so-gently nudged to post on other pregnant celebrities and how to get their look for less because it really is very hard when you're pregnant to find affordable AND cute maternity clothes.

I chose Fergie this week because she has a hott husband, is a good singer (most of the time), and generally remains out of trouble. That is not to say that she doesn't have her questionable moments, you know, the time she didn't shave her pits, and even better, the time she peed her pants on stage...
However, despite her previous questionable fashion choices, sometimes she gets it right.

Everything in the 1st look is under $50 except for that bag...because I love it, and you're worth it (well I am...)! Fergie werks those faux maternity leggings with a simple tee, jacket, and accessories. Not only is this outfit stylish, but comfy!


Lipstick Queen nude lipstick / Nail polish

This look works because it is perfect day or night, especially with Summer coming up. Plus, this is hands down, the easiest thing to wear while pregnant. It's the one item that you can dress up or down; is well ventilated (gross I know); and it is the coziest thing to wear and still look put together!

Do you have any celebs you'd like to see in here, let us know!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Vanessa's Obession of the Month: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

Greetings and salutations, welcome to our newest addition - Vanessa's Obsession of the Month! Because I always seem to be obsessing over something, I thought it would be nice to share my mania with you, my favorite people. I'll try to keep it fresh, introducing things you may not have heard of, but will also reintroduce some classics that may have fallen off your radar. Let's do this...

The inaugural obsession is: Soapwalla's Deodorant Cream! This actually isn't an obsession of the month, since I've been using it for almost a year - but I realized I hadn't told that many people about it. Perhaps because the old pits don't come up in regular conversation, or we shy away from discussing our more intimate rituals? Who knows, but it's high time I shout about this stuff from the rooftops.

I first heard about it from my friend Marie, when she took part in the Deodorant Reviews on Rookie. I was intrigued by the idea of a good natural deodorant, because my previous experiences have (literally) stunk. Although it's still not scientifically proven to be harmful, I want to avoid deodorants with aluminum. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (she's been cancer free for over 5 years, yay!), so I started being extra cautious about the products I was using. Also, the idea of a natural alternative is just plain nice. I want the things I'm consuming and coming into contact with to be as good for me as possible, and that usually means a little more legwork to find them and a little more money to purchase them.

So let's discuss the one big drawback - Cost. Soapwalla's Deodorant Cream will run you $14, which might drive some of you away immediately. But wait, hear me out! Yes, it's quite a bit more than regular $4 deodorant from the drug store - but think about what you're paying for. Soapwalla uses organic, natural, REAL ingredients. No additives, harmful chemicals, parabens, petroleum, or aluminum compounds. Here's my stance on saving (and Whoreding) - there are some corners I am okay cutting. This isn't one of them - I put more thought about what goes in and on my body, and I'm willing to splurge if it means a better quality product that may be less harmful to me.

Okay, on to the obsession of it all...
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
It's not your usual deodorant, it doesn't come in a stick or tube, but rather in a little screw-top container and looks kinda like frosting. If it's warm, it might separate a bit, no biggie, just stir it up and let it chill in the freezer for a while. You apply it with your fingers, take a little and just smear it on your pits like lotion. Aside from being all natural and all that good junk, it absorbs right in and leaves NO RESIDUE. Do you know how thrilled I am that I never have to worry about white deodorant marks all over my gothic black clothing?! Also, It's a vegan product, and Soapwalla does no animal testing.

The deodorant cream is unisex, so the smell is pretty neutral - I mostly smell the tea tree oil and lavender notes. I've let a couple of men try it, and they agreed it's neither masculine nor feminine. We agreed that overall the smell is best described as clean and fresh.

It contains jojoba oil, and I've learned that some people are sensitive to this ingredient, and it can cause some skin sensitivity or an allergic reaction. I've used it for almost a year without any negative reactions, and my mom (who is so sensitive she can't use any deodorant/lotion/soap with fragrance or dyes) had zero sensitivity to Soapwalla. If I had some sort of rating system, Soapwalla Deodorant Cream would get top marks, I love it and use it everyday!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Do's and Don't of Maternity Clothes: As Told by Looking at Kim Kardashian vol. 2


Most of Kim's empire is based on her looks including her vampire facials, acupuncture trips, her "accidental" sex tapes ( I REFUSE to link to this), and her lovely KKK brand of clothing, yes, it is seriously called that. However, just because clothing is "designer", doesn't mean it's cute, and just because a "celebrity" wears it, does not mean that you should.
This brings us to post #2 regarding the "Do's and Don'ts" of Kim Kardashian's maternity fashion. As usual, let us start with a Kim Kardashian maternity Don't".

Sometimes a baby bump is cute in a fitted outfit, but sometimes, not so much.Kim has been spotted in some maternity clothes that are too TIGHT..like tighter than a nun's va-jay-jay. Take for instance this appalling ensemble below.

Why this outfit doesn't work: The fit, cut, and style are god-awful. Seriously, who the hell invented a peplum pant? Throw into that mix a print better suited for fancy draperies or perhaps my grandmothers couch, and a peplum pant (who knew they even made those) on her preggo frame, and this is what you get:


Monday, April 8, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 77

Sweepstakes of the week:


Nissan Leaf  and other daily prizes, ends 4/30

Fiat 500  Ends 5/31

Trip to Costa Rica  Ends 5/31


8-piece Coterie collection  100 winners, ends 5/13

2013 Ford Fusion  Ends 4/19

Makeup bag by Christina Ricci and Skype makeup consultation  5 winners a week, Pinterest contest, ends 4/28

Trip to NY for the premiere of The Great Gatsby  Ends 4/14

Photo: Christina Ricci as "Youth Eternal" in "Face Forward," by Kevyn Aucoin

Friday, April 5, 2013

Pinspiration: Chalkboard Pallet Shelf

This week's post is brought to you by a friend of ours. Rikki runs Day of Diva, which is an event coordination business. Basically, she helps in the month of your wedding and makes a time line for the flow of the wedding, does rehearsal the week of and manages the staff and vendors the day of to make sure that your wedding day runs perfect! She basically prevents you, the bride, from going crazy or throttling any and all of your wedding party and vendors.

By trade, Rikki is an event coordinator, but on any other day when she is not working, she is a bundle of crazy, artistic, sarcastic, ball of energy. She lives in Ventura , Ca and is married to a hottie. We are still friends even though she has a cat. I've known Rikki since the 2nd grade and we used to sing Benny and the Jets together. I think that's all you really need to know.


From Rikki:

Chalkboard Pallet Shelf

Here are some very simple instructions on how to make a "pallet" shelf. This cost me a total of $22.00 but the feeling of pride in myself for actually making something off Pinterest was priceless, LOL.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Do's and Don't of Maternity Clothes: As Told by Looking at Kim Kardashian vol. 1

As you all know, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, more affectionately (or annoyingly) known as Kim-ye, are having a baby. Very few celebrity pregnancies, not just the babies, have been as highly scrutinized as the pregnancy of Kim-ye.
The gurl obv has some sort of style or she wouldn't be where she is today, a fashion mogul (or disaster, depending on how you look at it), and don't forget she has been married two times over not to mention linked to numerous "famous" menz.

With all the extra scrutiny from the public right now, you would think Kim would have grabbed herself a professional stylist, or, if she has one right now, fire them and get a new one.

Let's start off with my favorite Kim maternity fashion "Don't" simply because there are more of them to choose from and they are much more fun.
Why this look doesn't work: The shape is horrible. The cut is horrible. The placement of the color blocking is horrible. The hair and makeup are too severe...Out of ten stars, I give this a rating of "Shoot me now". 
Who Wore It Best?

There are so many questions that need to be answered here such as:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 76

Sweepstakes of the week:


iPad  15 winners, ends 6/19


Bath & Body Works collection  200 winners, ends 5/13

$500 Target card  and 10 winners of $50, Pinterest contest, create up to 5 boards, ends 4/7

Motorcycle autographed by Ryan Gosling  Can I just have Ryan instead? Ends 4/9

Michaels gift card  8 winners, ends 4/14

Trip to NYC for the Tribeca Film fest  Ends 4/2

Trip to Vegas to meet Johnny Depp  3 winners, ends 4/4

photo: Johnny Depp in "Cry Baby"