Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bloom.com Ambassador Exfoliation Kit


Me: Anna, help! How do I start off this blog post?
Anna: Umm.. Something in bloom! at Bloom.com
Me: ... fail.



So as you can see.. my inability to start off a blog post is still going on strong this week. This time its not the lack of sleep clouding my writing skills, its the cold I picked up caused by the lack of sleep I'd experienced.

Man, getting old isn't fun.

But you know what is fun? Trying out new beauty products! (How's that for a transition? :P) I recently joined Bloom.com's Beauty Ambassador program and just received my welcome kit to review. Bloom.com is a social beauty site with the idea that they can help customize your shopping experience and recommendations based off of feedback from other woman who are considered your "beauty matches" (basically someone who has similar eye color or skin type).

The great part about Bloom is that in addition to 3 free samples with every order, you also get free shipping for orders $49 and up, and 10% back on every order. The 10% is deposited into your account as Bloomdollars and you can use that amount towards any future purchases. They also have a great return policy - 365 days to try out your product and return if you don't like it.

I'd already placed a few orders on Bloom.com before they launched the Ambassador program, so having this opportunity to team up with them was really like icing on the cake. I know I haven't focused too much on beauty products on the blog before, since the blog is more about personal style, but beauty and make up is an important part of the overall package! And we all know how much I like to review things. :P

In any case.. on to the reviews! :)

The welcome kit was focused on exfoliation - super important to good skin care. It included a Befine Exfoliating Cleanser, a GLAMGLOW Very Sexy Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, and a lip scrub by Sara Happ (launching soon!).

Out of the three my favorite ended up being the GLAMGLOW Very Sexy Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, so I'll start with that one.


$69.00



From the website:
For glowing, smooth, and radiantly sexy skin, you need a special secret that was designed for the elites of Hollywood. GLAMGLOW Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask® is a gentle exfoliating treatment that helps moisturize your skin, stimulate collagen synthesis for a firm appearance, and illuminates your complexion for radiance and a healthy glow. Groundbreaking patent pending TEAOXI® is GLAMGLOW’s proprietary continuous time-release technology, delivering fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols direct into the mud from the real pieces of tea leaf contained in the mask. With accolades from the likes of Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries, Rockstar Tommy Lee, and Edyta Sliwinska from DWTS, you know this must be the real deal!

My thoughts:

I love this product. I've used a few masks in my life time and this was the first one that didn't leave my skin feeling overly dried out afterward. In fact, it was quite the opposite. My skin felt super smooth and soft, even the next day. The best part? I had no shine for a full 24 hours. Miracle! I always have shine issues, and have to constantly touch up my foundation, but I didn't have to do that at all.

According to the instructions, you should leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. After the first initial minute the mask gets very tight on your skin and it almost feels impossible to move. It has a nice cool, mint sensation and a strong eucalyptus scent. I kind of wish Bf was back from China. I looked a bit like a zombie with the mask on (and may have been making zombie faces in the mirror for like 10 minutes).


rawr! zombie!!!

My only real complaint was that the mask was difficult to apply. I felt like I had to use up a lot of product just to get my entire face covered. Unfortunately I used up most of the tube I'd been given in just one application. Other than that, this mask gets an A+ in my book. It is a bit expensive, but I think it'll be worth the splurge. The no shine benefit is really a plus. Looks like I'm going to have to sacrifice buying a couple pairs of shoes to get this again in the future!


$24.00



From the website:
Does your skin need a little polish to make it look and feel years younger? Befine Exfoliating Cleanser takes your face from dull and lifeless to refreshed and alive in just minutes. It gently removes impurities, washes away dead skin cells, and even reduces the effect of damaged skin. This non-irritating, skin-polishing cleanser is like a mini-facial that you can use every day!

My thoughts:

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this scrub. Upon opening the pouch, I really had to squeeze to get any of the product out. It has a nice herbal, mint scent to it and it sugar crystals were really fine. There was an unexpected lather to it, which was nice, since I didn't have to use much of the scrub to wash my face. I did feel like it left my skin a bit dry after I washed it off, and I didn't really notice a big difference in my skin tone (especially compared to the Glamglow mask). This is pretty much a no for me, I like my St. Ives Apricot scrub better.




$24.00

From the website:
If you want a delicious way to eliminate the dry, chapped, flaking skin on your lips, Sara Happ The Lip Scrub is the perfect way to go. It leaves your lips softer and smoother than you've ever experienced. Used and loved by starts like Tori Spelling, Jessica Simpson, and Reese Witherspoon and touted in The Zoe Report, Allure, and Glamour, this exfoliating and conditioning scrubs was developed just for your lips -- nothing bu kissable, sensuous, puckers from now on!

My Thoughts:

This lip scrub smelled so nice! Delicious almond scent hits you when you take the top off. I've used a couple of lip scrubs before and this didn't really stand out over the other ones. I think prolonged use may prove different though with the added jojoba seed oil. The great thing is you need very little product per use so this will last you a while. The sugar crystals dissolve after a bit so its gentle enough to use on an every day or every other day basis. According to the instructions you just need to wipe off the product with a tissue after you're done, but I felt like it left a bit of a sticky residue to it, so I followed up with a bit of water. My lips felt smooth and soft afterwards and I didn't have any flaking issues the next day.

Overall not a bad product! I think if you're looking for a lip scrub this is a pretty good buy. You'll be able to use the product for a while, so you'll really get your money worth.


If you're interested in purchasing any of these products, Bloom.com has a couple of coupons out right now too. You can get $10 to spend on beauty products through this Facebook link. You'll have to like Bloom.com page first to get access to it.

If you're a new customer to Bloom.com you can get 25% on your first purchase with code 25BACK after you sign up. Coupon expires March 31, 2012.

If you think you'll be spending a bit more you can get $25 Bloomdollars back. Thats right. $25 back on top of your 10% when you spend $100 and up. Coupon code SPRING25P. Expires April 02, 2012.

Happy shopping guys! And if you purchase any of these products let me know your thoughts on them. :)


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

OASAP.com Review




Edit: Please see my updated opinion here

I've written and rewritten this post so many times that I've lost count. I couldn't think of a way to start it off that was witty or funny or even interesting, so I decided to just go with honest.

My brain hurts.

Like really hurts. Its sleep deprived. And trying to write a blog post off of four hours of sleep is not good. At least I didn't wake up this morning thinking my phone had some how reset itself to Portuguese like I did the other day.

I really need to get more sleep.

But enough about my inability to be a responsible adult and go to bed on time. Let's talk OASAP. I recently received a gift voucher from OASAP.com and thought I'd couple it with a review (since I like doing those so much :P). Unfortunately, my spending has been a bit out of control lately so I decided to restrict myself to just one item, even with the gift voucher.

OASAP.com is a global online retailer. They pretty much focus on woman's apparel, bags, jewelry, etc. They offer free worldwide shipping - no minimum. That's pretty much all it will take to sucker me into any online store.

In addition to free shipping, OASAP also has a Thank You Points program that will allow you to accrue credit towards future purchases. There are a number of ways to receive points, and each point is worth 1 US Dollar.

OASAP.com also offers a 25% off coupon for your first purchase when you sign up for a newsletter.



The Good: I ordered this blouse on March 13 and received it on March 24. All in all it took about 10 days for them to receive and ship my order and have it show up at my door step. Which is quite a bit if this company is based in the US like their contact information suggest. However, I'm fairly certain that they're based overseas which makes a 10 day turn around period not bad.

Customer service wise, they're pretty good. They have tons of contact information available. I've already reached out to them a couple of times over live chat. Do keep in mind that they are based over seas, so often times they're not available on live chat until later on in the evening (for us U.S. folks).

And as you can see the shirt I purchased looks exactly like the one pictured. I was really happy with the quality of the shirt and the overall fit.

However...



The Bad: On the site the shirt is stated as a "one size". But really what they meant by "one size" is that there was only one size available - a Medium (and thankfully it fit). Oh, and did I mention that the tag of my shirt reads "Zara Woman"?

Yep, that's right. Even though the site doesn't state that this item is a shirt from Zara, it is! Which really turned out to be more of a happy surprise than anything since I freaking love Zara. I've also noticed quite a few other Zara pictured items (as well as items from other stores) on the site. If this isn't evidence that I spend too much time shopping, I don't know what is. When I asked customer service about it, they couldn't really confirm or deny if they purchase overstock or off season items from Zara or any other merchants, aside from the1727.com.

I have purchased from other companies like this before. They tend to sell overstock, off season, or returned merchandise and for whatever reason, possible legal ones, they aren't allowed to disclose the brand or where the item is coming from. (At least these companies aren't tearing up clothing and putting them into the dumpster right?) I'll admit that it did make me pause and think, but I did receive my order in a timely fashion and this isn't some company where you can't even get a hold of any one to ask about your order. They are ready and willing to talk to you, even if you are asking them questions that they can't necessarily answer.



I did tons and tons of searching on Google and no one else seemed to either notice or be bothered by this, so maybe I shouldn't either. But I'll always try my best to keep this blog honest, whether I pay for an item or its been compensated in some way. I debated back and forth about the latter part of my review, but I do feel like it is something you guys should be aware of.

Personally, I do love my shirt to bits, and I think I would purchase from them again (even without a voucher). OASAP really has a lot of cute and unique items on their site, its kind of hard to say no!


c/o OASAP.com blouse, H&M shorts, American Apparel OTK Socks, DV by Dolce Vita Pura boots


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Monday, March 26, 2012

we are not a stereotype


But the truth is.. we kind of are.

And by we, I mean Anna and me.



Bf abandoned me and went to China again, so I decided to spend Saturday with Anna instead. I don't get to see Anna too often since she lives a little over an hour away. We also value working out over our friendship sometimes, so obviously there's only so much weekend time we can give up. Just kidding (sort of).

We tried, and I mean, we really, really tried to think of things to do that didn't involve eating all sorts of fatty foods or shopping. We looked up possible events to attend;, thought about different activities or things we hadn't done yet; asked our friends for local suggestions. We seriously thought about this all week long.

And what did we end up doing?


That's a banana nut crepe with caramel on top. Oh, and ice cream. And whipped cream. Yum.

Eating.


Man this picture looks pretty bad. I wonder if I should delete it before bf sees it..

And shopping.

Yeah, we're kind of lame like that.

It wasn't our fault. Really. There wasn't anything we could do. I really don't understand the point of having suffered through daylight savings when its just going to rain all of the time. Apparently everyone else in the Bay Area had the same thoughts because the mall was fairly packed.

But its OK. Because its still quality time (and quality money) being spent with a dear friend. And it gave me an excuse to drink tea twice in one day and devour an entire order of carne asada fries.




And to pick up the newest member to my android collection. Isn't he just so fierce?

But not as fierce as these Sam Edelman heels. These are just ridiculously awesome. I tried them on out of pure curiosity because I was pretty sure I'd end up on my face within seconds of putting them on. But I didn't. It was some sort of small miracle. In fact they're almost comfortable to walk in. And feel more stable than a pair of wedges I'd tried on earlier. I may or may not save up for a pair of these...



These heels weren't actually part of our Saturday. I just wanted to show you guys because they're so freaking cool.
Amazingly we didn't make it into any shoe stores. I should probably be saying "thankfully" considering how much shopping we did, but it really wasn't that bad. I mean, that picture above made it look pretty bad. But the bags are filled with things like a $2 shirt from Cotton On, $3.00 tank from Hollister, and $6.00 shorts from PacSun. So while it might look like we spent a lot, we really spent very little (sort of) and got a lot!

Or at least that's what I like to tell myself to justify spending even more. >.<


How was your guys' weekend? Great I hope (and a lot more sunny than mine). If not, I'll leave you with this adorable picture of Kaylee, who had absolute nothing to do with Saturday as well, but just looked too cute here not to share. <3

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Friday, March 23, 2012

vogue writer


Man, its been an active week for me! On Monday I proposed a new blog challenge, Tuesday was my first deal post, Wednesday was an outfit, Thursday IFB round up and now Friday.

What do I have for you guys for Friday?

A new social site for you to check out! Introducing VogueWriter!



So what is VogueWriter? You know when you're out shopping or browsing online and you see some fantastic item and think "Omg, this would look fantastic with such and such" or "Oh this dress reminds me of one I wore back in high school" -- that's what VogueWriter is about. Voicing those thoughts.

The kicker? You get rewarded for voicing those thoughts! Every time you like an item or talk about an item (VogueWriter calls them "Rewrites") you get points. Depending on the amount of points you gather you'll unlock private sales to young designers and brands. Some of these sales will be up to 70% off! O.o

All to do something you're basically doing on Pinterest anyways.


You can Rewrite items directly from an approved site or on VogueWriter

VogueWriter originated from StyleSays, so they already have a bunch of stores and brands that they have access to and ready for you to ReWrite! You'll be able to subscribe to other individuals and stores and get notifications for when your item goes on sale. Its kind of like a tracking site and pinning site all in one.

Right now VogueWriter is by invite only, but lucky for you guys I have 25 invitations to use!

If you're interested in checking this site out, just leave a comment below with your email address (or you can email me directly if you're not comfortable leaving your email address below). I'll send out invites tomorrow all gone! :)

<3 Happy Friday and have a great weekend all! p.s. This post isn't compensated or endorsed in any way. VogueWriter asked me if I would and I wrote this of my own will just because I like the site and like the idea of getting discounts to talk about shopping. :P
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

ifb weekly round up: the first of spring




The First of Spring

 

Edited by: Wendy of Show Me Chic

 

The blogging world is abuzz with spring fever! Tuesday marked the first day of this warmer season, and everyone is talking about it. Looking for tips on how to clean out your closet? Wondering what the season’s hottest trends are? Interested in Women’s History Month? Not sure if you can work the backpack trend into your wardrobe? Ready for an awesome DIY? Curious about what bloggers are wearing on these lovely days? Search no further! This list has you covered.

THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: MARCH 21ST




 

SPONSOR:

New Sunglasses at Shopbop: Cheap Monday, Marc Jacobs, Karen Walker, McQueen, Gucci, Chloe, Super, Acne, Balenciaga, Dita, Ray Bans, Proenza Schouler & Tom Ford Sunglasses

 

PLEASE READ IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

dot dot dot




I can tell you three things that I'm absolutely obsessed with this season. Just ridiculously, irrationally obsessed with.

1) Polka Dots
2) Mint Green
3) Cherry Prints

Yeah, cherry prints. You thought I was going to say florals didn't you? Well that would probably fall into number four. But florals are a pretty standard obsession during the spring time.. the cherry print? Well, yeah I'm not entirely sure where it came from. But I have an idea...



This totally reminds me of a glamour shot lol

You'll just have to wait til the next blog post to find out. :P

For now.. I've had to put a stop to myself. I will not buy any more cherry print. I will not. You guys must be really confused. Have you seen any cherry prints on this blog yet? Nope. Not a stitch. Not until today that is. But little do you know I many a post lined up with cherries galore!

How I do love cherries.

The print. Not the fruit, or the flavor, funny enough.

So of course when I stumbled upon this little top on ASOS with polka dots and a cherry on top? I didn't even hesitate to purchase it! Even if I did have to purchase it in a size 16. Which, thank gawd. Do you see how short this little tank is? If I'd purchased it in my actual size that would've been quite scandalous! Sometimes my habit of buying inappropriate sizes for my body pays off.





p.s.. for once I'm actually wearing the same outfit the same day I posted on the blog! Well, sort of. Work appropriate version, added a striped blazer and grey overcoat. Oh, and flats, because I'm climbing later today. So really, just two items are the same. Oops.



ASOS cherry tank, RVCA cropped pants, Dolce Vita Baxter heels, Hello Kitty necklace
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

China Glaze x Hunger Games Sally Beauty Sale


I've been wanting to add some new elements to the blog lately. This particular element I'd been thinking about for a while now, but it tends to require a more on-demand kind of blogging--which is difficult in my life style. Nevertheless, I want to try.

Why? Because I'm really good at finding deals and I want to share them with you guys!

I was going to wait a bit before I introduced a deal post to the blog, but I came across one today that I just couldn't resist sharing! I'm sure you're just as excited as I am about the Hunger Games hitting theaters on Friday. If you remember a while back I posted about China Glaze Hunger Games Polish Collection. It was a while ago, so if you forgot about it, I don't blame you - I almost did!

But now they're here! And all the beauty blog swatches look amazing. I was only going to pick two colors since they're still $7.00 a piece, but then I stumbled upon this...



Thats right! They're on sale at Sally Beauty for $3.50 each! But thats not all. You can get an additional 15% or 20% off your purchase, and possibly free shipping. It comes out to about $2.90 each, and at that price you can get the entire collection! (Not that you should, but if you did, I wouldn't judge you.)

Note: You'll need to be a Sally Beauty member in order to even see this sale price. Its really worth it though. The club costs $5 for the year, but they send you a $5 rewards certificate the very next day. You can use the certificate in-store or online, so the membership kind of pays for itself. Sometimes they'll randomly send out a $10 one during the year too. There are other perks to the membership, you can read more about them and sign up if you're interested here.



In order to get free shipping, you'll need to have a minimum order of $50. I combined an order with my friend and added in an additional item that I plan on returning later. Combining orders with a friend is always a great way to beat shipping costs.

If you plan on going for the free shipping, then you can stack your order with a 20% off $50 coupon (code: 555117).

If you don't feel like spending $50, and would just like to pick up a few colors, shipping is set at $5.95. I added up to 6 polish colors and shipping cost never changed. You can use this 15% off coupon (code: 555938)--no minimum!--to help negate the cost of shipping. It does up the average price to around $3.80-$4.50 a bottle (depending on how many you purchase), but its still better than $7. :)

Regular China Glaze polishes are also on sale for about $3.00 right now. Another great price without having to wait for clearance. I picked up Peachy Keen, Re-Fresh Mint, and Dorothy Who?.



And don't forget! If you have eBates, its 6% cash back right now! And if you don't have eBates, sign up! Its the best friend you'll ever have to online shopping (especially during the holiday season with the cash back percentages double). I've used it for years now and have gotten back over $500. Which pretty much all went back into more shopping. :X







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Monday, March 19, 2012

just a bit of spring cleaning


Fun fact #01: Today marks the very first day of spring in 2012!! Yay. Now can the sun come out to play?

Fun fact #02: Did you know that I currently occupy over 50% of the closet space in our house?

Yes, that's right. Out of four closets, I take up about two and quarter. Oh, and half a hallway closet. So maybe its closer to 60%. :X

Which is why I've decided.. drumroll please... to participate in a shoe and closet challenge. Talk about a major spring cleaning! This is a bit of a dosey because it requires semi-daily updating on my part. Gawd help me because we all know how Dressember went.

Shoeper Shoe Challenge: Save Our Shoes!


(Sorry for the odd picture ratio. My camera was on a different setting and I didn't realize it until it was too late >.<)

We all know I have a lot of shoes. 118 to be exact. (I actually thought it was going to be more. Yay me for disappointing myself.) And while I'm proud to admit that I do tend to wear all of my shoes, sometimes some get overlooked. Hence, the shoe challenge.

Every year Shoeperwoman (who is also Amber of Forever Amber) hosts a shoe challenge. The idea behind the challenge is that all of your shoes are on a chopping block and you need to save them from being tossed or sent to Goodwill. Any shoes that haven't been saved in a year's time, axed. Those poor, poor shoes.


(Psst.. there are more shoes behind these shoes :X)

Let's hope I can save them all.

This year Shoeperwoman has opened up a forum so that we can all help each other out too! If you're interested in joining the challenge, head on over and sign up!

The first part of the challenge is to count out all of your shoes. Eek. I was a bit scared at first to see how many shoes I had, but I really didn't think it was that bad. There's one girl on the forum who has over 200! So really, I'm totally fine. :P

The breakdown...

19 pairs of Converses + 1 Hello Kitty Vans
26 pairs of flats/loafers/boat shoes
15 pairs of flip flops
29 pairs of boots/booties
29 pairs of heels/wedges

I was trying to decide if any of my shoes should be exempt from the challenge, but I think because I have so many.. none of them will be safe! So I have 365 days (starting today) to save all of my shoes and any new ones I end up purchasing.


Save Our Closets!


(oOps! a bit of censorship was needed here.. ho hum)

To go along with the shoe challenge (because I'm such an over achiever) I've decided to also complete a closet one as well. I need to do this. Probably more than I need to for shoes. I'm pretty good at going through my closet every few months and cleaning out stuff I don't wear any more, but I seem to still have trouble getting rid of certain items. Things I haven't worn in a while, but I still feel attached to I some how rationalize with myself.. and yet I still never wear them! That is why I want to complete this challenge. Someone needs to make the hard decisions and the weak side of me that holds sentimental value over my clothing can't be the one to do it.


The dress and hoodie closet!

So just like that I spent most of Sunday turning my hangers around and putting little round dots on all the items of clothing in my drawers. Whenever I wear something I will either turn the hanger around correctly or remove the round dot from my clothing. And again, just like the shoes. Nothing is safe. Not even my workout gear. I work out enough that I should be using most of my work out clothing during some portion of the year. The only exception I may make towards the end is saving a couple of business shirts, skirts, and pants. I almost never have to wear business clothing in my career, but on a couple of occasions I have needed to and it would be silly to have to buy a whole new set just for that!

Oh. And really pretty red carpet like dresses. Because I mean, when I actually have a red carpet event to go to, you know I'm never going to be able to find something to wear!

But don't worry. I won't bombard you guys every day with boring post on my saves and what not. I've installed a couple of RSS feeds into the side menu that will display my recent saves I will be installing an RSS feeds as soon as I figure out how to get one to work, and will be posting in Shoeperwoman's forums mostly. The challenge will of course pop up on the blog at least once a week - or why else mention it right? :)

In any case, without further ado - today's saves:


H&M blazer, Tilt sheer top, Express basic cami, True Religion billy jeans, Jason Wu for Target scarf, BCBG Paris Phylena

What do you guys think? Will you be joining in?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

fashion star




Did you guys watch Fashion Stars on Tuesday? I did! I even made BF sit through the last hour of it (and 5 minutes in he was looking up youtube video's on RC planes). If you didn't watch or have no idea what I'm talking about, Fashion Stars is another reality fashion TV series. It's pulled in fashion celebs like Elle Macpherson (host), Nicole Richie, and Jessica Simpson (both mentors). John Varvatos is also one of the mentors on the show, but you don't seem to hear too much about him. The concept of the show is to bring in experienced, but unknown designers and give them an opportunity to show case a design in front of buyers for three very popular retaliers - Saks 5th Avenue, Macy's and H&M.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of the show yet. The concept is definitely cool and very inspirational, but I found while watching that there was a lot more to be longed for. Granted it was the pilot and most pilots start off a bit rocky to begin with, so my hope is that the show will get better once they start whittling down the amount of designers showcasing.



There is one SF native in the show (and he's Asian!), so I'm secretly routing for him. But seeing as how he didn't get any offers the first round, I'm thinking it might be a short lived route. The way the show works is, after a designer show cases their design the buyers decide if they want to make an offer. If the designer gets an offer, their design is sold in stores as soon as the show is over online, and in store the very next day. If a designer doesn't get any offers, then they are in danger of elimination. Only one person gets eliminated every show. The buyers pick their bottom three, the mentors have the option to save one of the designers, and from the two that remain the buyers decide who they want to eliminate.

Its very Project Runway.

Except its not. Elle Macpherson doesn't say "Auf Wiedersehen" and they pretty much cut out the entire design process and mainly focus on the "purchasing" part.

Which honestly, I found to be disappointing. I know the show is trying its best to stay away from "oh its another Project Runway" kind of stigma, but seeing the design process is really amazing. I would like them to not necessarily focus the entire show on the design portion, but more than the 30 seconds of airtime they gave it. In any case I'm willing to give it another whirl.


Waiting for an offer.. This guy (Nicholas Bowes) was such an arrogant idiot btw. :P


The winning designers: Edmond Newton, Lizzie Parker, Nikki Poulos, Nzimiro Oputa, Orly Shani, Sarah Perrott

Sarah Perrott's design ended up being my favorite, with Edmond Newton's white lace dress being a close runner up. However Sarah's designed sold at H&M for $19.95 while Edmond's cost $110. >.< Huge price difference! Unfortunately H&M launched their online store immediately after the East Coast airing, which is about an hour before the West Coast even saw it! Needless to say the dress completely sold out, and by the time I got to the store, they were all out of my size! Sad panda. Its OK. I made up for the disappointment by purchasing some DVF for Gap items. Ho hum.






Another disappointing factor was Lizzie Parker. On the show they talked about how she completely wow'd everyone with her design, but they barely showed it! I think the showed the design process longer than they showed her runway scene. I didn't even know what she looked like until I googled it! I'm not sure what their reasoning was behind that and I found it really sad that the decided to focus more on the two looks that didn't even get offers than to showcase hers.



Orly Shani's design was the only one to be picked up by Saks and sold for a whooping $350!!! Its ironic that it would be the most expensive item available considering the basis behind the Orly's designs is dual function to save money. Still, it was an interesting idea, and fairly well executed.

Overall I found most of the designs to be OK and not totally mind blowing. I am looking forward to the next few episodes, however, to see if things improve.

What do you guys think? Will you be tuning in next week?

<3 Have a great weekend!!

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