Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yellow Tunics

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I haven't posted in a little while, but today I'll make one last note about Slumdog Millionaire! As with my film review of the movie Australia, when I watched Slumdog Millionaire, I took notice of the fashion. I know I'm not the only one. A lot of filmgoers were left talking about Latika's ( Frieda Pinto ) wadrobe after watching this film. Turns out the color yellow purposefully surrounded this character during the film- both for the character Latika as a child and for her as an adult.
She wears a yellow dress in childhood scenes. Later as an adult, she wears a one-of-a-kind yellow scarf designed by Suttirat Anne Larlarb who says, "I wanted to bookend the journey—to tie her childhood yellow dress to her final look." That is according to the wikipedia biography of the film, which credits Lindsay Soll, "Finders Keepers," Entertainment Weekly 1029 (9 January 2009), 10.

What I've noticed is the lovely sleeveless tunic Latika wears in the film release poster. One could say it is in the yellow orange family. Anyway, it inspired me to talk about yellow tunics for the fashion feature of Slumdog Millionaire, just as I featured fashion finds inspired by the movie Australia not too long ago.

Here are my top choices of yellow tunic fashion finds!

The 5 choices above, from top to bottom are:

1. offers the mustard art silk designer tunic or kurti for $59.99 (photo credit:

2. Choice #2 comes from Neiman Marcus. It is an embellished yellow tunic with a beaded neck. It is imported silk / cotton and on sale for $114 (photo credit: neiman

3. My next choice is from a great place to shop - Bluefly. The chanterelle pointelle sleeveless tunic at a cost of $55.99. It is available in sizes XS, S, M, and L.
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4. The yellow square neck 3/4 sleeve length cotton embellished tunic (available in petite, tall and misses sizes XS-3X) by Lissom. It is currently unavailable at but that seems to be where to find it if it becomes available again.
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5. The Slinky Brand Tropical Experience 3/4 Sleeve tunic available at HSN. The latest clearance price is $49 while the HSN price is $59.90 with a savings of $10.00. Great deal!
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Film Review

U.K. Theatrical Release Poster

I have posted in the past to discuss Slumdog Millionaire's 8 oscar wins and the fact that it has been a critically acclaimed movie, but now for the first time, I am posting an actual review of the film. Available on DVD as of March 31st, Slumdog Millionaire is a great film to watch if you haven't caught it yet. I recently rented it from the Red Box ( and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

DVD Cover

The film's main characters are Salim, Jamal, and Latika. They know each other since childhood when they become orphans in the Mumbai slums, through a rampage (religious uprising) that kills many adults including all of their respective parents. Salim and Jamal are brothers. On the night that they become orphaned, they find shelter in the rain. Jamal looks out from under the cover and sees Latika standing there, drenched. Jamal considered his brother Salim and himself to be the two musketeers. He begs Salim to allow Latika to join them under the shelter. "She can be our third musketeer", he says. Salim is opposed to it, but Latika stills joins them and quietly thanks Jamal as they all try to get some sleep. Shortly after, as they continue to live in qualor, some men come and offer them soda pop. The men remark on what a hot day it is and lure the children away from where they are and into a van.

They are taken on a ride to a camp of sorts where there are many other children like themselves and they are offered a meal. The kids say to themselves, these men must be saints, especially if they offer us second helpings of food. It is not long before the kids learn that these men are not saints. They are inherently evil. They are training all these children to become beggars on the street and will collect the spoils. They tell the children to sing for their earnings. But it does not stop there. They believe that handicapped, maimed and weak children will get more pity and receive more money when they beg, so they literally go about torturing children by blinding them to achieve this. That is when Salim, who witnesses another child being blinded, realizes that he need to get his brother, Jamal and Latika out of this situation. The three of them run away and it is one of many intense scenes in the film. Will they be caught? The children running to hop a train and get away from these terrible men is very suspenseful indeed.


Of the three, Latika gets left behind, unable to hop on the train and caught by the men in pursuit. Jamal is bitterly remorseful and wants to go back to rescue Latika. Salim says that if they do, they are as good as dead. Jamal never forget Latika. Even though he was a young child at the time, he loved her since then.

Jamal and Salim continue on many life adventures, some of them quite comical in their struggle to survive. For example, the train stops at the Taj Mahal, which they have never seen before. They disembark and find themselves remaining in the Taj Mahal area for quite sometime, even posing as tour guides to earn some money.

When the opportunity arises years later, Jamal wants to go back to find Latika and goes around asking questions that will lead to her. Once again, Salim does not think it is wise, but goes along with his brother.

They once again encounter the gangsters they had escaped from as children. This time they are able to rescue Latika who is held by the gangsters, but at a price. Salim shoots the head of the gangsters and is forever changed. From that point on, he thinks that violence gives him power and he even lures it over the heads of Jamal and Latika. This makes the reunion of the three a dismal one. Jamal and Latika become Salim's victims. It is now Salim who takes Latika away from Jamal and again more years are to go by where Jamal is unable to see Latika. There are in fact 3 actors who play each of the respective roles. (9 actors in all- each of the 3 characters as a child, a teenager and an adult.)

When they are grown, Jamal learns that Salim has been working for yet another gangster who lauded him for shooting his enemy by saying, "An enemy of my enemy is a friend." This gangster now has Latika as a mistress. Jamal does not give up. He sees the circumstance as beyond Latika's control and does not blame her. He still loves her.

Jamal poses as a cook/dishwasher to enter the home of the gangster so that he could speak with Latika. She tries to convince him that it is too late for them. He also prepares a terrible sandwich that get him kicked out of the house. What kind of cook is he? Before he goes, he notices that Latika is watching "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and loves the show.

In the lifelong pursuit to connect with Latika, Jamal goes on the show as a contestant hoping that Latika will be watching. Interestingly enough, the series of flashbacks surrounding the movie are where Jamal finds his answers to each question. Some simple and some momentous childhood memories are where each answer on the game show can be found. This is how he, an uneducated boy from poor circumstances is able to do so well on the game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Because he is so successful, he is doubted and accused of fraud. The very first scene of the film shows his being apprehended, questions and even tortured by the authorities. The sequence of his memories make up the story that he tells them to prove his innocence. When he is finally released and allowed to return to the game show, he has just one question left to answer for the big win!....Will he win? Will Latika learn of his fame, find him and reunite with him? What will become of Salim who learns his wrongs and is seeking forgiveness and redemption?

This is an adventurous and suspenseful film. At the root, it is both sad and triumphant. It is also highly entertaining. More than anything else, it is a love story and makes us think about true love conquering all and overcoming any adversity. After all the dark moments, the final scene upon which the credits roll is even a joyful dance performed by all the cast, seemingly inappropriate but then again not so much so. At the end of the day, it really is a "feel good movie".

I Rate it 5/5 ***** stars
Rated R
Running Time: 120 minutes
From Fox Searchlight Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Pictures (USA)
Directed by: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Produced by: Christian Colson
Starring: Dev Patel (as older Jamal), Tanay Chheda (as teenage Jamal), Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (as young Jamal), Frieda Pinto (as older Latika), Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar (as teenage Latika), Rubina Ali (as young Latika), Madhur Mittal (as older Salim), Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala (as teenage Salim), Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (as young Salim), Anil Kapoor (as Who Wants to be a Millionaire game show host, Prem Kumar), Irrfan Khan as the Police Inspector, and others
Music by: A.R. Rahman

Monday, March 30, 2009

Today's Fashion Find - Kimono Dress

Today's fashion find is also loosely inspired by the movie, Australia. As I said in the last post on the blog, Lady Ashley played by Nicole Kidman wears a nice Asian inspired outfit in one of the scenes: the dance/ auction for the children's mission.

The dress featured on today's blog post is a great price, $24.80 at Forever 21. It is the floral kimono dress and comes available in two colors. (The other color is blue.) The dress can be purchased in sizes small and medium.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today's Fashion Finds Inspired by Australia Movie

Our last film review was for the movie, Australia where Nicole Kidman stars as Lady Ashley. She has a great, classic and timeless sense of style in many of the scenes. The costume designer for Australia is Catherine Martin.

Here are some fashion finds of today that I could picture Lady Ashley having worn (the film is set in the late 1930s) and anyone with a classic sense of style, present day, would enjoy these fashion pieces and accessories as well.

First, there is this Kate Spade bag as featured in the February 2009 issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. It reminds me of Lady Ashley's abundant luggage set. It's a great classic bag for today's woman:

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Sullivan Street Blakely Handbag. $675.00. Color- Navy and Porcelain. Italian glazed leather with 14-karat gold plated hardware.

Next, as featured in the April 2009 issue of Lucky magazine, there are the "Audrey" pumps by Mia, available at for $69

Throughout the movie, Lady Ashley wears lots of plaid, blue, white, beige, and khaki colors. The wardrobe is quite a range as Lady Ashley also wears a lovely Asian inspired design for one formal occasion.

She is seen in both riding boots and pumps and wears one terrific outfit with a tie-front blouse and pencil skirt in the scene where she sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Here are just a few choices to re-create that look:

photo credit,, M.S.S.P tie-front blouse available at Dillard's. $88
photo credit,, Walter tie-front blouse available at Dillard's, $188
photo credit,, Pink Tartan stretch pencil skirt, available at Lord and Taylor, on sale for $54.99

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Australia - Film Review

film poster

This film begins with a disclaimer/ a warning that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers might see images or hear voices of deceased persons in the film.

The next part of the introduction speaks of the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. In 1941, Japanese forces moved down to Darwin, Australia. The territory was also a place where children of mixed race were being taken and used for service to whites. They are known as the "stolen generations".

One such mixed race child is Nullah, a young boy whose character serves as narrator for the film. He speaks excitedly, in broken english.

Beginning in 1939, a woman by the name of Sarah Ashley played by Nicole Kidman decides to travel from her home in England to visit Australia. Nicole Kidman is Australian but in the movie, she plays an English woman.

Mrs. Ashley or "Lady" Ashley is a woman of high society who walks with a parasol and has a classy way of dress. She decides to travel down to Australia to sell some of her husband's land, "Faraway Downs" because she feels they need the money.

She has plenty of luggage and there is suggestion that she will be too high maintenance to manage in "the outback". She stubbornly wants to show her confidence and her capabilities. She also expresses that when she arrives, she will be met by a trusted associate of her husband. The man she is expecting to meet is named Drover played by Hugh Jackman. He calls himself Drover because he drives cattle.

When Lady Ashley arrives, Drover is preoccupied, in the middle of a bar brawl. Lady Ashley is appalled as her luggage gets strewn around during the fight. The suitcases fall open and her packed clothing and underwear fly about for everyone to see. She is yelling "No!" and feels visibly humiliated. During this comedic scene, there is high pitched music in the background and we wonder if this is setting the tone for what the rest of the movie would be like.

Lady Ashley loads up in to a caravan with Drover and some others and she regards Drover as her husband Maitland Ashley's employee. Drover assures Lady Ashley that she is mistaken because he works on commission and no one hires him or fires him.
He is saying that he is helping Lady Ashley only because Maitland Ashley has promised him a lot of cattle.

As they drive, Lady Ashley looks out the window and marvels that she is seeing kangaroos for the first time. She exclaims, "how beautiful, how pretty" and then suddenly the same kangaroo she is looking at is shot dead in front of her eyes. Lady Ashley lets out an incredulous scream at the dose of reality. The kangaroo is loaded onto their truck and they continue on...

Next, the accountant, Kiplin Flynn is picked up and they are all stuffed in the front seats, uncomfortably close until they arrive at Faraway Downs.

Once they arrive, Lady Ashley is shocked and saddened to discover that her husband has been killed with a glass tipped spear. The scene quickly follows with the funeral for Maitland Ashley and the film audience is made aware that King George, an Aborigini witch doctor is the prime suspect. King George is also the grandfather of Nullah.

Lady Ashley is beside herself and is not sure what to do. It is not long before she learns that Mr. Fletcher, a once trusted associate has been stealing from her and helping the competition, King Carney of the Carney Cattle Company. Lady Ashley fires Fletcher and immediately seeks counsel from the accountant Flynn. The land at Faraway Downs is still workable and Lady Ashley no longer wants to sell. She's been deceived in many ways including being told by Fletcher that the water pump does not work. It is Nullah who brings everything to light by talking to Lady Ashley. Once she learns that her unbranded cattle are being stolen by Fletcher to give to the competition in the meat industry, she terminates him.

Kipling Flynn then suggests to Lady Ashley that she drive the cattle herself, "sell the cattle to te army and use the funds to get Faraway Downs back on its feet". He says, "You'll [then] go back to London and sit pretty for the rest of your life.

Lady Ashley knows that she will need a lot of help with driving the cattle so she asks Drover first. He uses the opportunity to take charge. He wants to be the boss in this adventure.

Drover explains that he needs a team of seven trained and experienced horse riders. The team ends up being made up of Drover, Daisy, Bandy, Magarri, Goolaj, Nullah who is a young boy but insists that he is capable, and Lady Ashley herself.

Nullah always seems to be running from the police/"coppers" and that is because he would be taken aways from his mother, Daisy if he were caught. In one scene, Nullah and Daisy hide in a tank in an attempt to keep the coppers at bay.


Daisy drowns and that is the just one of the tragedies that will tug on audience emotions. In the Aboriginal culture, it is said that once someone passes away, their name can not be spoken again and Nullah is having a lot of difficulty grieving. Drover tells Lady Ashley that Nullah needs mothering and as a woman, Lady Ashley should get on with it then. Lady Ashley retorts that she is not good with children but still tries to approach Nullah to "offer [her] condolences". She loosens up a bit and tries to get Nullah's attention with the story of The Wizard of Oz and even sings a bit of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The song has recurring prominence throughout the music of the film after that moment.

After sometime, everyone regroups and Daisy is replaced by Flynn in the drove. He is warned by Drover to remain sober during their trip. One night, the team makes camp and tries to get some rest only to find that the villian, Fletcher uses fire to spook the cattle they have brought thus far. This becomes one of the most action packed scenes in the movie as the cattle run away and are heading to the edge of a cliff. It takes the whole team's skill to round them up and everyone experiences the danger. Flynn is trampled and killed in the stampede. Once again a key character is mourned.

Shortly after this point, the romance between Drover and Lady Ashley becomes a more prominent part of the story and Lady Ashley has renewed determination. After having come so far and experienced so much grief, the team can not give up and let Carney and Fletcher beat them out of selling their cattle to the army.

And so, the adventure continues. It includes King George guiding the team across the "Kuraman", a "Never Never Land".

The team finds success in getting the cattle herd sold to the army but that is not the end of the story. A rather long film, it continues on with Lady Ashley wanting to adopt Nullah. The war hits Darwin and the mixed race Aboriginal children are sent to live on "Mission Island". Nullah has been running and hiding, trying to avoid this situation throughout the film but alas he too is sent among the other children. Lady Ashley tries to stop this development but when she finds she can not, she instead promises Nullah that she will find him wherever he is.

Months go by and still Lady Ashley is unable to reunite with Nullah. There are several war movie action sequences. It is believed that Mission Island would be the first to be attacked and that the children will perish. Drover goes on an army drove for six months even though Lady Ashley asks that he stay with her. After he leaves, she feels defeated by Fletcher and begins working in an office. Soon she is believed dead from a war attack on her workplace but the actual woman who dies turned out to be Mrs. Fletcher.

Fletcher is bitter because his wife had agreed to take Lady Ashley's shift so that she could go in search for Nullah.

Drover returns, goes to Mission Island and rescues the children including Nullah. Magarri dies on the island as he creates a diversion for the Japanese army while Drover gets the children to safety. They get back to the mainland and reunite with Lady Ashley. Fletcher tries to kill Nullah but he is instead killed by King George who reminds Fletcher in his dying moments that Nullah is his son and King George's grandson. (Daisy was King George's daughter and once a drover on Fletcher's team. She had an affair with Fletcher and bore Nullah.)

When Lady Ashley, Drover and Nullah are safe and reunited like a family once again, King George, the Aboriginal 'magic man' or 'gulapa', returns to claim Nullah and take him on "Walkabout". Lady Ashley is attached to Nullah and was once reluctant to allow such a little boy to go wandering the land but now she says farewell to him and allows him to go participate in his ancestral traditions.

The film closes with the statement that the "assimilation policy" for mixed race indigenous Australians ended in 1973 and the Prime Minister issued an apology in 2008,the year this film was released.

I rate it: 3/5 *** stars
Rated: PG-13
Running time: 165 minutes
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann (Director of Moulin Rouge)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Brandon Walters, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil and others

Friday, February 27, 2009

Back to Fashion

Direct Selling

So, now that the excitement of the Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars are over, blogging focus will switch from movies and music to fashion for a little while. It's fitting as spring is approaching and many of us are already experiencing warm weather or we are in temperate/tropical climates.

During this economic downturn, there's also a lot of talk about direct selling opportunities, either for residual income or as a full time business opportunity. The nice thing about direct selling opportunities is that if you also enjoy wearing various fashions, you can buy them from YOURSELF at a fraction of the cost of retail. So today's posting goes out to all those direct selling opportunities out there, especially those connected to fashion.

Printed shirred waist dress, AVON.
You can buy it from this Representative or your local Rep. that you already have.:

This Representative also provides free hard copy catalogs choc full of FREE samples upon request.

Within U.S., call 917-374-3058 for FREE AVON catalog and FREE samples!!!

AVON has just begun Campaign 6, where the lovely singer and actress, Jennifer Hudson graces the cover of the catalog. There are some great deals in the catalog so if you are not interested in becoming a seller, you can always buy. mark. is the boutique store for AVON and selling mark. is popular job among college students but older women like it too. Independent Sales Representatives with AVON and mark. are available to answer questions about that opportunity. Email Leave First and Last Name and phone number within the United States to be contacted. Don't be afraid to send your phone number for legitimate opportunities. Mary Kay and SMC are among the many other companies for direct selling, although not fashion specific. Contact your representatives today. For those of you for who have considered signing up for one of these direct selling opportunities, but you just don't think it will pay, make sure to educate yourself on direct selling first. If you're reading this and you are already a direct seller, thinking about how to improve business, it's important to study the strategies to do so. There is real money in it if you have time to commit. Just take it seriously, like a real job. Attend the trainings, become an expert, believe in your product.

Stay tuned...

Monday, February 23, 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Awards

Yesterday's 81st Annual Academy Awards show was highly entertaining with host, Hugh Jackman and performances by Queen Latifah, Beyonce Knowles, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and more.

Hugh Jackman performed, singing and dancing, and teased the nominees with jokes while saying he honored their versatility as actors. He made funny jokes about himself, stating that he is Australian and recently played an Australian in a movie named Australia.

Here are some of the winners from the various categories of yesterday's 81st Annual Academy Awards!

Best Picture 2008

- Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor in a Leading Role

- Sean Penn - Milk

Best Actress in a Leading Role

- Kate Winslet - The Reader

Best Supporting Actress

- Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Actor

- Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Best Original Screenplay

- Milk

Best Animated Film

- Wall-E

Best Makeup

- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Greg Cannom

Best Sound Editing

- The Dark Night

Best Original Score

- Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman

Best Song

- Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman

Slumdog Millionaire is a film that achieved 8 wins at the Academy Awards. Watch the official trailer for Slumdog Millionaire, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, below!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Some Moments from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards

I loved Justin Timberlake and T.I's duet!
Here's a clip from MTV

Model, Kate Beckinsale introduced Paul McCartney's performance but before doing so, reminded the crowd that a very pregnant M.I.A. got through her performance on the day her baby was supposed to be due! M.I.A. performed Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne.

The collaboration is appropriate because "No one on the corner has a swagga like us" is found in M.I.A.'s own solo music...
M.I.A.'s music is considered controversial by some and enlightening by others (as M.I.A.'s song, Paper Planes is said to draw attention to the negative stereotypes many immigrants face in the United States.) See the video for Paper Planes below and you decide!:

More Grammy Award Winners

As a continuation of yesterday's post-

Here are some of the other Grammy Winners for respective categories:

R & B

Best R & B Album - Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson

Best Contemporary R & B Album - Growing Pains - Mary J. Blige


Best Rap Solo Performance - A Milli - Lil Wayne

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - Swagga Like Us - Jay-z and TI featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne

Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration - American Boy - Estelle featuring Kanye West


Best Country Song - Stay - Jennifer Nettles

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with vocals - Stay - Sugaland

Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Last Name - Carrie Underwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Letter to Me - Brad Paisley


Best Gospel Song - Help Me Believe - Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album - The Fight of My Life - Kirk Franklin

Best Gospel Performance - Get Up - Mary Mary

Urban / Alternative

Best Urban / Alternative Performance - Be OK - Chrisette Michele featuring

Chrisette Michele has beautiful music. Here's an example.:

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Grammy Awards - Song of the Year

And the winner for the Grammy Awards Song of the Year is: Viva La Vida by Coldplay!
Well Deserved.

Other grammy nominees for Song of the Year included:
Chasing Pavements by Adele (I really like Adele's voice and Adele has won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist!)

I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

Love Song by Sara Bareilles

American Boy by Estelle, featuring Kanye West

Song of the Year, 2009 Grammy nominees

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today's Fashion Find, Victoria's Secret

photo credit, Victoria's Secret

Check out Victoria's Secret for lots of gift specials as you get ready for Valentine's Day.

Aside from Valentine's Day gifts, Today's fashion find is also from a Victoria's Secret clearance sale.

It is the Victoria's Secret Cotton Jersey Maxi Dress. Advertised as an update to the goddess dress, it is long and flowy with an adjustable halter and a tie waist. Available in sizes XS to XL in a variety of gorgeous colors at a cost of $69.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Today's Fashion Sale Finds- Banana Republic

Lucky us! Banana Republic is having a 30% off sale thru 1/28/09

Here are just a few of the fashion finds at Banana Republic's website:

Women's Fashion

Flatiron Medium Shoulder Bag
Was $230
Now $161

photo credit: Banana Republic

Beige 323 Martin Flared Pant.
Was $79
Now $55.30

Photo credit: Banana Republic

Ryan glenplaid wide-leg pant.
Was $110
Now $77

Photo Credit: Banana Republic

Tall classic trenchcoat.
Was $225
Now $157.50
photo credit: Banana Republic

Men's Fashion

Pinstripe wool/cashmere single button suit blazer
Was $325
Now $227.50
photo credit: Banana Republic

Modern Argyle V-Neck Sweater
Was $79
Now $55.30
photo credit: Banana Republic

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Free Gift Find

Macy's is running a free gift special. You will receive a free 'goody' bag of deluxe samples with your $50 beauty or fragrance purchase at Enter code GOODY at checkout.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Today's Fashion Finds

photo credit, Nordstrom's

Lacoste Women's Cabled Sweater, was $160.00, now $79.00 at Nordstrom's

photo credit, Nordstrom's

Burberry Men's Canvas Trench Coat, was $1,350.00, now $674.90 at Nordstrom's

Many more fashion finds at Nordstrom's 50%off sale!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tyra Banks' Music Video- Shake Your Body

So, how many of us know that talk show host, former supermodel, 2008 Glamour Woman of the Year, actress, and media mogul Tyra Banks recorded a music single? I just learned of this recently, myself. In addition to her many other far reaching successes, Tyra Banks wanted to gain success in the music industy for some time. The song is called "Shake Your Body" and the music video is below. (Tyra has also collaborated with Kobe Bryant on the song, K.O.B.E. in the past.) "Shake Your Body", 2004, quite a catchy tune, was not extraordinarily publicized, but check it out and if you like her music, it is not too late to support!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Above: Today's fashion find: online sale, charter club double breasted pea coat, previously $149.99, now $59.99 (in the clearance section!) photo credit.-


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