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7.31.2013

SHOPSMART SPOTLIGHT: DOUBLETAKE RECYCLED LUXURY BOUTIQUE

Vintage Guy Laroche Dress.
{Photo credits: Daniel Troppy/Doubletake Recycled Luxury
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I'm a sucker for vintage. Luxury vintage. Designer, luxury vintage. If it's from the 70s-80s and sports a major label (we're talking Halston, Norma Kamali, Lagerfeld, etc.) I'm here for it all.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled into Doubletake Recycle Luxury Vintage Boutique..a cozy enclave of the hip and happening Studioplex lofts located in trendy Old Fourth Ward, situated on historic Auburn Avenue. Upon walking in, I was immediately greeted by owner, Daniel Troppy, a style savant whose historical knowledge of vintage fashion is uncanny and super impressive. We oooh'd and ahhh'd over his most recent acquisitions, made style assessments over a gorgeous quilted hostesses dress from Saks (it was delicious), and chatted about the state of thrift/consignment shops today.

After our delightful visit, I vowed to follow all of Daniel's movement on social media and to stay in the know of his inventory. Lucky for us, he keeps great documentation of his selections via Pinterest and his Thrifters Blog, sharing just about everything that enters into his doors. Here's a sample of what you can expect to find at Doubletake:

Vintage DVF Dress

Vintage Scaasi Dress w/ Vintage Isabel Canovas belt.

Hermes Vintage (early 70's) Oxford Cotton Dress

Silk Ungaro Dress (80s) w/ pockets

Chanel raincoat
Vintage Bill Blass

Amazing, right? If you're in the Atlanta area, be sure to stop in at Doubletake Recycled Luxury Boutique, 659 Auburn Avenue #G7, open Wednesday-Saturday from 11:30-5:30 p.m. Or, if you prefer to browse online, visit their website at DoubletakeRecycledLuxury.com.

{All photo credits: Daniel Troppy of Doubletake Recycled Luxury}


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7.30.2013

OOTD: MARA HOFFMAN COLUMN DRES

Mara Hoffman Column Dress | Forever21 Sandals

Here are more photos from my shoot at The Goat Farm a few weeks back. This Mara Hoffman dress is probably my most favorite dress that I hardly ever wear. I've had it for about 6 months or so after picking it up at a sale at Les Nouvelles, but have only worn it once...and that's not including this shoot. It's straight up and down and very fitted, so it's not the most comfortable thing in my closet. But it sure is pretty.

I'm learning to take chances with my wardrobe a bit more these days in an attempt to narrow down my signature style. I consciously seek out items in crazy prints/colors, interesting pattern plays and even silhouettes that hug a bit more than I'm used to.

Photo Credit: Christina Conrad for Photo Says Hello
Makeup: Diane Homer

So far, my envelope pushing style choices are paying off. And all in all, I was very happy with this purchase. I even got it for a steal! Win win all around.




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7.29.2013

21 QUESTIONS: THE MRS. CARTER SHOW EDITION

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If you've ever come to this blog, then you know how frickin' fanatical I am about Beyonce. This weekend, I got to experience her in concert . . and witness the power of the Beyhive.

It was magical.

It was powerful.

It was ethereal.

It was life-changing.

I even shed a few tears like those crazy late 80s Eastern European Michael Jackson concert goers. Yes, I was that person.

But even in my Queen Bey haze, I still had some wits about me. Just a few. And throughout the night, I kept asking myself lots of questions regarding how a show of this magnitude can take place night after night, city after city, continent after continent.

So here are 21 questions for you, Bey. Feel free to have your people email me with answers.

1. How does she get in and out of costumes so quickly?
2. How often does she have her costumes dry cleaned?
3. How many backup costumes does she have total?
4. How does she decide which songs to perform and routines to choreograph?
5. Is Blue Ivy backtage at every show? Mama Tina?
6. What percentage does she make off show commissions? For example, if she's selling T-shirts at $40-$55 a pop, what's her take home on that?
7. Does Terry Richardson get a piece of the action? Or did he get his cut off the top after the GQ photo shoot?
8. How does the beyhive know EVERYTHING about what goes on? Are they the real Illuminati?
9. What does she think about Les Twins having such a huge following?
10. How long does it take for stage setup and breakdown?
11. Is she ever scared that her flying harness apparatus is going to fail?
12. Is she concerned about piracy, considering there is so much concert footage on YouTube?
13. Once she finalizes her new album, is she going back out on tour?
14. Does she take B12 shots for energy?
15. Does she wear anything under those costumes other than dance tights/hose?
16. Does she fly home at night after every show on the U.S. tour?
17. Is there a rehearsal for every venue?
18. Where is Julius during performances?
19. Is Julius single? If so, I have a few women I could totally hook him up with.
20. Does cousin Angie still serve as her P.A.? I was looking for her and that red lip all night!
21. Has Matthew sat in at any of her shows?

I have PLENTY more where this came from, but these were the most burning, pertinent Qs. I also have lots of photos and video on my Instagram account if you want to see more of the action from the show, like this:


Have you attended The Mrs. Carter Show tour? How was your experience? Let me know by leaving a comment below!


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7.26.2013

HAPPY FRIDAY + TMCSWT

 Hi guys! Hope you're having a fantastic Friday so far. I know I sure am because....

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I'M GOING TO SEE BEYONCE TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

Yes, you read that correctly! I'm hitting the road tomorrow headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to see Bey in all her full glory at The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Needless to say, I'll be posting like crazy on Instagram and Facebook.

Be sure to keep up with my #Beyhive antics! And have a good weekend :)


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7.24.2013

WEDNESDAY WANTS: TOPSHOP BOTANICAL BODYCON DRESS

$90 | Nordstrom.com

I've had my eye on this Topshop frock for a few weeks now. There's just something about a botanical print dress that makes me throw all practicality out the window and splurge on the craziest floral motif piece I can find. Unfortunately, this dress is not part of the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that's going on now until August 5, so maybe I'll hold out a bit. Because when things get marked down there, they REALLY get marked down!

What do you think about this week's Wednesday Wants? Too much for your taste or right on the money? Leave a comment for me below!

UPDATE {7/25/13}: Found this dress on sale today at Nordstrom for the incredibly low price of $37. So, natch, I got it :)


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7.23.2013

BEAUTY TUESDAY: HOW TO CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES

My friends at W A X in Atlanta are gurus when it comes to all things beauty. I regularly follow their YouTube channel for great how-to video tutorials, like this one on how to PROPERLY clean makeup brushes. Watch below:



See! You were doing it wrong all along, weren't you?! Be sure to follow them on YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest for cool beauty tips, ideas and updates!


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BEAUTY TUESDAY: DIY SUGAR LIP SCRUB



Dry, cracked lips are a drag...especially when wearing those bright red, pink or nude lip colors. 
To keep dryness at bay, check out my quick & easy DIY tutorial on 
how to make your own sugar lip scrub! 




Step 1: Add sugar, EVOO, honey and coconut oil to bowl and mix well. 
{Note: measurements vary depending on how much or how little you plan to make.
 I used about half a cup of sugar, 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1 tbsp. of honey, and 2-3 tbsp of EVOO.}


Step 2:  Once you've finished mixing, add a drop of your favorite essential oil for scent (I used lavender!) and package in a small container.



Step 3: Use before applying your favorite bright and bold lip color for baby smooth lips! 




Do you have a DIY exfoliator that you've created? Share your recipe with me by leaving a comment below!




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