Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday To You Our Lord!

My grown up christmas wish is for all children in the world to be happy healthy and safe with their innocence intact.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Hug family members, kiss your children, give the dog an extra pat on the head and maybe sneak him a piece of chicken.

Enjoy the holidays and remember the reason for the season. Thank you Lord for your son Jesus Christ. We happily celebrate his birth. Happy Birthday to you our Lord!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Designer Denim Science Featured on Momtourage.com

Designer Denim Science has been getting some attention We were recently featured on Momtourage.com's Fab Five Fridays for December 10, 2010!

Momtourage is a site that supports moms throughout the different stages of their children's lives. There mantra is that "no mom can do it alone". It is filled with articles, advice and resources to lovingly support moms. Check the feature out here.

We were also featured in two less likely places but we appreciate the love just the same:

1.  Masters in Teachings Top 24 Designer Denim Blogs. We have received quite a few visitors as a result of these shout outs. Thanks guys.

2. We were also listed as a Top Denim Fashion Blog on CosmetologySchool.org and given a cute badge.



We have received quite a few visitors as a result of these shout outs. Thanks guys.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hem Your Jeans The The Easy Way

Hooray! I found an easy way to hem jeans on youtube, without cutting yet still utilizing your jeans original hem. It looks a bit strange at firts but I tried it myself and it really works. Big shout out to

You will need a sewing machine but you don't have to be an expert. I barely know how to sew straight and my hems still came out great. I feel so free because I once paid a professional $20 to do this for me and now I don't have to anymore.
                                                                              Before
                                                                                     After

Tools needed:

sewing machine
thread
a ruler or tape measure
scissors

I know that once you see that you need a sewing machine you assume that it is going to be difficult but it really isn't. If I can do it anyone can. I actually learned how to thread a bobbin for the first time on the same day that I proceeded to hem my first pair of jeans. I am psyched. I hope this will help some of you too.



Shout out to Pathu32 for the great information!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Well I'll Be...William Rast Is Coming To Target

Well I'll Be...William Rast is coming to Target

William Rast will be debuting at Target on December 19, 2010 just in time for the holidays. I think this is great news for those of us who cannot spend $100 plus in this economy for hot designer jeans. Hooray for Justin Timberlake. Parents everywhere will be rejoicing.

Here is a peek at my favorite looks for the girls and 2 of my fav looks for the guys as well:






Not bad. Not bad at all.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Lips

The Christmas season is upon us and everyone, including me, is in a festive mood. To celebrate my holiday spirit I am going to make sure that I look as good as I feel. I finally got the True Religion jeans that I wanted and at a great price and now I am going to get some great make-up to ensure that I look fab-u-lous. I am going to be showing off my best holiday lips.

I checked out Nars cosmetics who have a ridiculous amount of options to promote soft, kissable holiday lips. Whether you are the low key type who prefers soft subtle shades or the high drama mama who wants shiny lips that demand attention or anywhere in between consider visiting Narscosmetics.com.

They offer lipstick that comes in a variety of pretty shades in either satin, semi-matte, or sheer.  Some of the sheer choices looked like they were sprinkled with pixie dust by Tinker Belle herself.

They also offer lip lacquer which they say is made of a high shine formula with great ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin E and natural oils.

You can also choose a lipgloss which comes in a tube with a wand in gorgeous shiny colors.

All three of these lip coverage options cost $24.00 each. If money was not an issue there are least 15 different shades that I would like to try out. Since it is I'll probably have to narrow it down to three. C'est la vie.
Pretty holiday lips here I come!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rock and Republic Looking Good This Season

Rock and Republic's Fall/Winter 2010 lineup is looking awesome. They are a very popular brand because of their edgy designs and their determination to be a lifestyle brand. Besides jeans they also design shoes, tops jackets and even cosmetics.

 Below are a few of my favorite designs:

This special wash denim jacket actually caused my mouth to water.

I adore the color on these denim leggings.

Soft leather.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Holiday Shoe Shopping

The holidays are finally here! It is definitely time for all the shoe lovers out there (myself included) to step into our shoe closets or to reach into the small shoe rack in our tiny closets and pull out, polish and shine the best of our footwear.
Most fashion conscious women and men realize that you have to pair your best holiday attire with awesome shoes to match. I recently visited Bluefly.com to check out their offerings and it was an, absolute, soleful experience. Their shoe offering is ridiculous and you can shop by category or by shoe designer of which they have well over 100 to choose from. They have boots from thigh highs to suede ankle booties, stilettos and studded strappy sandals that would satisfy Carry Bradshaw from Sex And The City.

Bluefly has 11 pages of Prada shoes, all from 16-46% off of regular retail. I can't afford most of them but I enjoyed drooling over them.  

My favorite boots were a pair of Christian Louboutin boots with heels that I couldn't take on even for a million dollar bet but I'm sure some lucky girl with heel skills is rocking a pair right now.

The Cole Haan shoes are more in my price range and in my heel height range. I love them because they are attractive shoes and they can withstand the wear and tare that I put on shoes and still look good.

I'm going to end this post with my rendition of an old Christmas favorite:

I'll be wearing Prada for Christmas, if only in my dreams (sob, sob, sniffle).

Good luck with your shoe shopping!




*SP

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Seven For All Mankind Holiday 2010

Seven For All Mankind one of the most popular premium denim brands has created great looks for the 2010 called The Trouser Story. Of course these creations were unveiled  afew months ago during the summer but how many of us a truly thinking about holiday fashions in August. Here are some pictures just in time for the holidays.







Tuesday, November 2, 2010

J Brand Sateen Pants

J brand jeans are known for their clean design and great fit. They had big success with their Houlihan Cargo shown below and now they have introduced their sleek and sexy new sateen pants which are made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex.

J Brand Houlihan


J Brand New Sateen Pants:




I think these jeans/pants look amazing. But to look this good you have to pay the price. They'll set you back any where from $165-$244. (yikes!!!)
I have to go try them on to find out whether or not they are worth it.

The model is definitely wearing the heck out of them.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Improve Your Rear View

I'm always writing ways to make sure your rear looks great in jeans but what about your top half? Sometimes when I wear a tight fitting shirt I'm unhappy with the bra lines that inevitably rear their ugly little heads.
Luckily a little fashion bird made me aware of shapewear called Shapeez. The website is unbelievabra.com and they boast that Shapeez is the "end of visible bra lines and back fat"! That sounds extremely promising to me because I have actually had to put a few sexy tops back on the rack because they looked less than impressive from the back.

According to the site the seamless shapewear is designed to not only smooth out your back it also gives your boobs a lift and eliminates the dreaded muffin top for all around smoothness. That's all a fashionable girl could ever ask for.

Shapeez  is quite pricey ranging from $75-$110 but according to the testimonials it is worth the money. Some have gone as far as to say that it is the best bra they've ever worn and that they would never buy another.

I'm seriously considering scraping my pennies together to give Shapeez a try.



*SP

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Problems For Haiti

As if the devastating  January 12th earthquake that claimed the lives of approximately 230,000 people wasn't enough, the people of Haiti are now facing a cholera outbreak. Haiti's president Rene Preval has confirmed that 138 people have died from the disease and that over 1,500 people are reportedly suffering from severe diarrhea and vomiting in rural areas north of Port-au- Prince.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water. If these symptoms go untreated people who have contracted cholera are at risk of dying of dehydration.
Sadly ,over one million people have been left homeless since the quake and the majority of them live in unsanitary tent cities with no place to properly dispose of human waste.
As I shared with you all in earlier posts, I am Haitian. Both of my parents were born in Haiti and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country with my brother and cousin and aunt when I was 6 years old. My heart grieves for my people in Haiti because of all that they have endured throughout our rich history.

I am in awe of the strength and resilience of the people of Haiti.  My prayer is that the Lord will swiftly deliver His people from all of this devastation and allow them to fully recover and live up to their potential.        

Watch the video below to see an uplifting example of the resilience of the Haitian People.

Sources:

NPR.com
USATodayusatoday.com
Youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGkgBxORvs4http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/10/22/130749034/cholera-blamed-for-at-least-138-deaths-in-haiti-so-far

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Diesel Black Gold Fall Winter 2010

Diesel Black Gold fall/winter collection is so exciting and unique that it softens the blow of the cold weather to come. The collection is marriage of  leather and denim and the relationship works.

The Black Gold is Diesel's high end contemporary line and the lead designer is Sophia Kokosalaki.  Renzo Rosso, Diesel's president and founder describes Diesel Black Gold as "an exclusive collection dedicated to those looking for the unpredictable Diesel spirit blended with a sophisticated individual style."



Here are a few of my favorite pieces:






Thursday, September 23, 2010

G Star Raw From New York Fashion Week

Check out the exciting fashions from G-Star Raw from this months Fashion Week in New York. There is
some excitement coming our way for Spring/Summer 2011.

I particularly love all of the white and light colors as well as the baggy strapless denim jumpsuit that you will catch a glimpse of and the funky trench coats. I barely noticed the great looking male models. No, actually I  truly appreciated the beautiful mix of complexions and ethnicities that represented G-Star oh so well.






Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Make up To Take The Sting Out Of The Changing Seasons

I am a warm weather lover but doing little things for myself like updating my cosmetics bag of tricks make it a little easier to put up with the shorter days and cooler temperatures. Being a woman of color I only buy cosmetics from companies that either cater only to women of color or who offer a wide range of lovely colors that can be used to enhance the beauty of women of all races and ethnicities. NARS cosmetics offers a wide variety of lipstick shades and I'm ready to try something new and exciting for fall.

NARS also offers amazing shiny shades of lip lacquer that are made with some natural ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Avocado oil. The colors are memorizing. I think Eros is my favorite.

It's definitely time for me to experiment with a some fierce lip gloss colors. NARS has a huge assortment of delicious shades to chose from.

I'm going to take the sting out of Fall with a fresh face and some shiny lips. Look out!




*SP

Friday, August 27, 2010

Denim Review: Curve Appeal

This is my first denim review and I have the pleasure of kicking off this new aspect of Designer Denim Science with a bang!

Curve Appeal is a brand new denim line created by the Mamiye Group that caters to the real women and encourages them to embrace their curves. The line was launched earlier this month at Nordstrom department stores and retails at an affordable $88-$98 a pair. The line is actually called denim shapewear and is the first of its kind. Women of all ages and body types will appreciate these thigh-slimming, bum-lifting jeans.

The jeans are currently available in three styles: Enchanting Skinny, Captivating Bootcut and Gorgeous Straight Leg and they come in a variety of washes. I had the good fortune of test driving a pair of Enchanting Skinnys in a dark blue.

I knew that Curve Appeal was on to something when my husband offered to take me to the movies on a week night and made one request:  "wear the new jeans you just got." If you know anything about me you know that I am denim-obsessed and that I have upwards of 100 pairs of great fitting premium jeans in my closet so for him to make that request is a big deal.

Pros
                                                                                                                               me in the jeans
*The jeans are extremely comfortable
* The skinny jeans are not so narrow at the ankles that you can barely stick your foot through them.
*The comfortable stretchy waistband allows you to enjoy a satisfying meal without having to unbutton the top button. (What? everybody deserves a satisfying meal)
* The dark blue wash is mesmerizing.
*The patented bottom booster really seems to work, and we all know that the rear view is what separates the sexy jeans from the work around the house jeans.
* Head Turnability: HIGH

Cons

The only con is that the tummy flattening panels felt a bit bulky to me and I was worried that they would also look bulky but in actuality the mirror did not reflect what I was feeling and the front of the jeans looked natural and flat.
I think I'm just not used to wearing shapewear and as the evening progressed I got used to the extra support.

Conclusion

Hooray for Curve Appeal!
My Enchanting Skinny Curve Appeal jeans are keepers and for $88-$98 I am going to pack up the kids and head to mall to try on the bootcuts and the straight legs.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shoe Shopping For Fall

The only things I like about the end of summer are the upcoming holidays and fall shopping. I found a great place to shop for shoes just in time for back to school;  it's called Jildor Shoes and the company has actually been in business for over sixty years! They carry close to a hundred brands of footwear including hot styles from Stuart Weitzman, Chloe, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Their selection of shoes is out of this world. They carry flats, heels, sandals, sneakers and more. When it comes to boots , which are my fall favorites, they offer ankle boots, tall boots and everything in between. The site allows you to shop by category, style and even heel height and color to save time. I personally am in no hurry when I am shopping from the comfort of my own home and I get to drool over Tory Burch, Frye and Michael Kors designs.

If you are like me and saving money is a priority you will appreciate the sales section at Jildor. It is filled with styles from the same designers as the main section including Jeffrey Campbell, Cole Haan and Steve Madden at affordable prices.


*SP

Monday, August 23, 2010

Maroon 5 Lead Singer Launches New Clothing Line

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Musician Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perfroms during the 2007 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Adam Levine, the lead singer of the band Maroon 5 has launched a new clothing line called 222. 222 is reported to be Levine's lucky number as well as part of the address of Maroon 5's recording studio.

If you are at all familiar with Maroon 5 you would have noticed that Levine has a very unique sense of style for a rocker, often sporting tailored suits while performing his elaborate dance moves. His line however is described as casual and free of embellishment and includes jeans, leather jackets and tee shirts for both men and women and silk dresses, knit tops and wraps for women.



All In The Fanily

Levine is embarking on this fashion adventure with his father Fred Levine who operated M. Frederic Boutiques in California for 30 years and with his cousin Sammi Cooper who ownes the facility where the clothing line will be produced.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Video On Making Jeans

I found this great video on Denimology of designer Loren Cronk making a pair of jeans. He actually cuts out fabric and makes a gorgeous pair of jeans in a 2 minute video. I was amazed by this and wanted to share it with you guys.




Mr. Cronk has a store in Brooklyn, NY-my hometown.

According to nbcny.com Mr. Cronk has jeans that range from $69-$600 for his custom collection.
The store is by appointment only from from Monday-Thursday and is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday to Sunday.

It is located at 82 Nassau Street, Brooklyn ,NY, 11222 in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

I definitely will go check it out the next time I'm home for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shop Great Brands

If you're looking for a great place to help you enhance your wardrobe consider bluefly.com. The site is very attractive and user friendly and the selection of brands is incredible. They carry awesome creations from, literally, hundreds of designers like Gucci, Robert Rodriguez and Michael Kors.

Bluefly offers clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men and they even advise visitors of the latest fashion trends. I am a huge fan of Cole Haan shoes and accessories and Bluefly has a large selection for men and women.

I, of course, have to mention the jeans. Bluefly has a crazy array of denim to choose from including Seven for All Mankind, Joe's Jeans, Hudson and jeans from popular designers like Marc-by-Marc Jacob.

What I love most about the site is that they always have a sale going on. In addition to their already discounted prices there is also a sale section. I actually spotted a few pairs of premium jeans for under $50!
You know I'm lovin' that...


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Robin's Jean Jeans and Leggings: Can You Handle The Attention?

Robin's Jean, created by french designer Robin Chretien has finally launched a website.  The jeans are very unique, attention getters thanks to the sexy fit and the considerable amount of bling on the back pockets. They often have the racy winged logo emblazoned above the back pockets in shiny silver or gold thread and are often heavily studded. They offer some more conservative styling but if you have the confidence and can handle your sexy, you might as well enjoy the head turning that you and your hot jeans will definitely cause.

When I attended fashion trade shows in NYC, Robin's booth was always jam-packed with buyers but only a certain, adventurous personality type will have the... guts to actually purchase and wear these. I have three pairs and I love them.









Many of my readers have come to the site in search of the Robin's Leggings. Below are photos of the latest  leggings styles.


The price range for these jeans is from $189-$459. (ouch!)