The Purse Paparazzi Alpha Custom Magazine Clutch – Review

There’s nothing better than a custom handbag.  It’s the one item in your wardrobe that speaks volumes about your personality and style.  Local accessories designer, Quinn Conyers (and brand owner) has helped us out in this area!

The Purse Paparazzi provides a variety of handbag styles to fit all areas of your life.  Whether you’re searching for a clutch or tote, this brand gives high quality purses for a reasonable price.  The company’s headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland but customers outside of the area can shop online.

If you want to have a more personal experience, fashion girls can also host a Purse Party or Handbag Happy Hour.  Visit the link and contact Quinn for more details:

Alpha Custom Magazine Clutch Review:

I received the Alpha Custom Magazine Clutch from the company.  I was excited to open the package because I am a proud member of my sorority.  Most importantly, how many times are we (sorority girls) wanting to represent our organization by wearing the perfect accessory?  This clutch can achieve all of that and more.

Number one, this is a large clutch in terms of length, height, and width.  That means it’s perfect to hold your cellphone, sunglasses, lipstick, and wallet.  Number two, the Alpha Clutch is made with a very durable material. There’s no way for this handbag to loose its form because there’s a white magnetic snap closure and silver – tone hardware.  Number three, the design on the clutch truly embodies my sorority from the authentic colors and wording.  The inside of the purse has a satin lining; and there’s a detachable shoulder strap.

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I would encourage wearing the Custom Magazine Clutch for chapter activities or a “sisters” night out.  This handbag can be paired with jeans, a blazer, jumpsuit, or daytime dress.  The possibilities for wearing this purse are endless because of its unique quality and style.

Most importantly, visit the website to purchase your own Custom Magazine Clutch and don’t forget to wear your pearls!

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Restaurant Dining and Favorite Dishes – Lifestyle

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Azumi:  Stylish Japanese restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel with sushi, seafood, steaks, sake & cocktails.

I want to share some of the delicious restaurants in this area.  Baltimore is really a melting pot of various cultures which means the food can be amazing!  I love to cook for my family but there are moments when we want to taste something different.  The term different could mean sushi, afghan cuisine, authentic italian, or whatever suits our taste buds for the evening.  I contribute this interest to my husband; he’s an adventurous eater and has a wide taste palate.

Naturally, I grew up in the deep south and love comfort food.  Nothing can replace a creamy sauce or peach cobbler but I’m also intrigued by cultural dishes.  It gives me the experience of integrating into someone else’s culture and lifestyle.  I consider myself a lifelong learner and find people to be very interesting.  I enjoy knowing the purpose behind certain meals, cutlery used, and the fashion worn during specific ceremonies. This could also be due to teaching a Cultural Foods course many years ago (prior to blogging.)

I will share more of the dishes I like to eat and hope that you will try them as well.  Also, tag me (on social media) in your favorite restaurant or food choices!

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Wedding Salon Luxury Bridal Event – Recap

Wedding Salon hosted a luxury bridal event featuring top beauty and fashion trends on September 21, 2015.  The event was held at the Loews Madison Hotel and emulated a luxury wedding where affluent couples met with vendors face to face.

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Couples enjoyed Charm City Cake tastings, The Cocktail Guru Drinks, Style Me Bar beauty makeovers, Ava Laurenne gown previews, Costa Rica honeymoon giveaways, luxury swag bags and much more.

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Photo Credit:  BK Freeman Photography & Design


Adam Lippes Plaid Collection for Target

It is all about plaid at Target – the perfect look to kick off the fall season!

Available now, shoppers can pick up their favorites in this trendy print, from clothing to kitchen accessories and more.  With over 360 items to choose from there is something for everyone, whether decorating a living space or grabbing the perfect hosting gift.

And it doesn’t stop there!  Launching on September 27th is the buzz-worthy Adam Lippes Collection, a limited-time line of more than 50 items emblazoned with the designer’s interpretation of Buffalo plaid. The collection includes women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, accessories and home décor items.

Shoppers will need to act fast to get their hands on Adam Lippes must-haves:

  • Apparel: Grid & wear it like never before! We have something for the entire family – Kids (Boys & Girls), Women and Men will all be able to rock chic plaid-adorned outfits this fall.
  • Home Décor: Let plaid take over your home this fall with the Adam Lippes Home Décor collection – Stag Heads, Throw Towels, Pillows, Rugs and Lamps will be sure to delight as you crisscross the house with tons of modern yet unique pieces draped in plaid.
  • The Unexpected: From paper towels to Coke bottles and a Fitbit, we will have something that will surprise your readers in a way that only Target can.


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London Fashion Week 2015 – Live Stream

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From the British Fashion Council on Youtube –

“Watch all the highlights from Round-up of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 collections. This season, British Fashion TV will be covering LFW SS16 with live streams of all the onsite London Fashion Week runway shows, daily highlights and interviews with London Fashion Week designers, top models and celebrities. Bi-annualy, some of the best and most influential London designers showcase their upcoming collections including J.W. Anderson, Simone Rocha, Erdem, Vivienne Westwood, House of Holland and many more.”

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Christie Brinkley Skincare Collection – HSN Feature

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Mark your calendar now to tune into HSN on October 29th where Christie Brinkley will be back to share the details behind her skincare collection – Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare!

This breakthrough skincare line features products from a IR-Defense Day Cream to a Foaming Cleanser that address multiple signs of aging.  Also, don’t forget to stay connected and follow all tweets during the show via @HSN



Ann Taylor Trench Coat – Fall Style

Today is officially the first day of fall! Be prepared to make a statement with the Classic Trench ($225) from the Ann Taylor ICON collection.

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This timeless piece is designed with crisp, clean lines and is the perfect staple in your closet to transition into fall weather and feel perfectly pulled-together, rain or shine. Pair with any of the fall essentials such as the saddle bag or your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a confident look for any occasion.

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Drugstore Beauty Buys on a Budget

There’s no better place to find quality beauty treasures than at the drugstore – who doesn’t love a good deal? From lotions and shampoos to oils and frizz serums, we’ve rounded up six drugstore favorites that won’t break the bank and are sure to make you look like a million bucks!

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See below for these tried and true drugstore beauty musts:

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula – $5.50

  • Provide deep hydration all over with this velvety soft formula that locks in moisture leaving skin smooth, supple and beautiful!

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La Bella Los Caballos Shampoo and Conditioner – $3.99

  • Relieve dry and damaged hair with this enriched Coconut and Olive Oil formula for soft revitalized locks!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil – $10.95

  • Perfect skin with this advanced multi-purpose product for all over the body use that helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry and damaged skin, uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles!

Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Serum – $7.99

  • Eliminate frizz and flyaways and protect color-treated hair for longer, lustrous color and shine! 

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick – $3.50

  • Moisturize and soothe dry, cracked, chapped lips and provide on-the-spot help for marks and blemishes!

La Bella Cosmetic Gel with Snail Extract – $7.49

  • Accelerates skin cell reproduction and hydrate and heal skin wounds and blemishes!

Louise Roe Emmy Award- Lancome Look

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Louise Roe looks stunning at this evening’s 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. A bronzed, dewy look to complement her simple, long, white dress from @Halston. The warm smoky eye look was created to harmonize with Louise’s delicate rose gold accessories.

•Hydra Zen Day Cream
•Miracle Cushion 310 Bisque (C)
•Star Bronzer in Bronze Lumiere & Star Bronzer Palette

•Auda{city} in Paris Palette
•Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée
•Grandiôse Mascara

•Shine Lover in Spontanee
•Lip Lover in Corail Cabriole
•Lip Lover in Rose Ballet



Taylor Schilling – EMMYS with John Frieda Hair Care

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THE LOOK: Modern elegance.

INSPIRATION: John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh gave Taylor Schilling an elegant, voluminous look for tonight’s EMMYS, “Taylor’s dress has a bohemian Grecian vibe and strong color so we thought it would be cool to take something classic and make it more modern – the volume on the sides gives a contemporary pyramid shape and the relaxed waves evoke glamour,” he says.

Here is his step-by-step breakdown:

  • To begin, Harry applied John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse on towel dried hair for maximum volume and width.
  • Then, Harry loosely blow dried sections of her hair with a round brush.
  • After blow drying, he used the Harry Josh Pro Tools 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron to create waves – making sure to wrap the hair around the iron in the same direction.
  • Once the curls set, he finished off the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray to give the hair some shine and to keep it from falling flat.


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