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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying it: Valentine’s Day is coming up. With only a week to go before the annual love affair, you might be at a loss as to what you want to give as a token of love and gratitude to your significant other or a loved one.

You may not be able to buy love, but you can save on it. I know for me life as a college student can make romantic dates, or a “thinking of you” gift a little difficult. However, the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart, not the ones that break your wallet.

Gift Idea 1: Scrapbooks: All relationships have a story to tell, and the day that is dedicated to the affirmation of your love is an excellent time to remember the special moments of the friendship or the relationship. This can include keepsakes from your first date or a picture taken when you were kids. Decorating the pages with special quotes or song lyrics will add the perfect touch to this scrapbook.

Gift Idea 2: Fun Day: There are some things that don’t require the expense of two meals, two movie tickets or two tubs of popcorn – the most expensive of them all. If you’re in college use those discounts to your advantage! If the weather is nice, consider a day at the park with a nice picnic or even a night out at the park with some hot cocoa or tea and some blankets for stargazing. Be creative!

Gift Idea 3: Netflix Binge: Almost everyone has either a Netflix or a Hulu+ account. If you are one of those people without either, ask a friend if you could use his/her account for the night. For the individuals who don’t have a significant other, grab a couple of your friends who don’t have any plans either and plan a Netflix binge. There are a lot of romantic comedies, such as “Maid in Manhattan,” “Clueless” and “I Hate Valentine’s Day” – ironic, right? There are also classic movies, such as “Grease,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day where you enjoy the presence of your loved ones or significant other, if you choose your ideas wisely, you can be as budget-friendly as possible.

The Fat & Skinny on Fashion

Beauty Bit-Argan Oil Hair Mask For Natural Hair

FTC: I was given the Argan Oil Hair Mask products by Instanaturals and Brandbackers.

The Instanaturals Argan Oil Hair Mask is perfect for natural hair. My hair hates cold weather or constantly changing temperatures. This crazy weather has been wrecking it. The ingredients are really good. They have Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin B5 inside, but they also have a lot more natural oils listed as well. The hair mask smells so good. When I opened the container, I feel like I sniffed if for way too long. It kind of smells like chocolate, so don’t leave it open near any pets.
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Are You Ready For Green Monday Sales?

green friday sales

green friday sales
Get your Green Monday sales here. Green Monday is today. Huh? Never heard of it? Well neither had I until recently. With Black Friday, Grey Thursday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and all other days I’m starting to get a little confused. Apparently today is the 3rd largest shopping day during the holiday season, so I decided to bring you a few sales because I know that you know that we all know that we lurve to shop!

Enjoy all of the Green Monday Sales listed below:
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Currently Craving-Halloween Inspired Clothes From ASOS Curve

asos curve

asos curve

Happy Halloween y’all!!! I saw a few Halloween inspired clothing options from ASOS Curve that I just couldn’t wait to show you all. Even though these looks are a little goth, you can still wear them anytime! I know plus size shoppers hav been looking around for a great pair of  suspender tights. A few of you have even found some on Ebay, but ASOS Curve has some on sale for $14.24. The ASOS CURVE Plain Stripe Suspender Tights are kind of a big deal, and are really selling out fast. I wonder when they will restock most of the sizes.

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To Die For- Monif C Wear To Work Collection

Monif C Wear To Work

Monif C Wear To Work

I am literally drooling over the Monif C Wear to Work Collection. This one of the best plus size businesswear collections I have seen in a long time. The set of dresses are sexy and sophisticated and come in mostly neutral colors with a few bright colors here and there. Monif C really knows how to dress the plus size woman. This is the kind of collection I would love to see more plus size and straight size designers creating for women past a size 10-12. The clean lines and expert darting really show off and flatter the figure. The Monif C Wear to Work Collection is all glamour and I am totally here for it! Which dress is your favorite?

Partnered Post-Have You Heard of The Pink Panel?

The Pink Panel
The Pink Panel
Free samples I received from The Pink Panel

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What Does My Smarter Commerce Mean To Me?

my smarter commerce

Since I am one of the bloggers a part of IBM’s My Smarter Commerce campaign, I decided to share a video to tell you a little bit about what #mysmartcommerce means to me. If you see the hashtag #mysmartercommerce roaming around the internets on social media and the like, join the conversation!

Song used under the creative commons license:
Peeks by Everlone…

FCC: I am not getting paid for this video.

My First Time At Fro Fashion Week Spring 13

Fro Fashion Week Spring 2013

Fro Fashion Week Spring 2013

Last weekend was my first time at Fro Fashion Week, and I am so glad I went. My friend and fellow blogger Ebony from Make Me Over Eb spoke at this event last year. She told me it was a really great event that I should try to go to and see what it is about. Since I’ve decided to go natural again, and the event was just three hours away I said, “why not?” Well… so far, so good.

All of the women here at Fro Fashion Week Spring 2013 have been so inspirational. We shared our hair journeys, and special hair tips. It was like we were sharing some kind of special hair bonding experience. We laughed and joked and had us a good ole time! I bought a VIP pass, so I received a box full of natural hair goodies that should help me transition from chemically relaxed hair to fluffy and full natural hair. I miss my old hair texture, my natural hair texture, and seeing all of these women with beautiful natural styles is making me impatient for hair growth, but excited for change.
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Shoe of the Week-Payless Snow Boots

Payless Snow Boots

Payless Snow Boots

This week’s shoe of the week is actually two different pairs of snow boots from Payless. The Women’s Powder Snow Boot was $59.99, but now costs $49.99. The Women’s Summit Boot is $59.99. The Women’s Powder Snow Boot comes in grey or white, and has a very youthful appearance. The Women’s Summit Boot is more classic and comes in grey or black. Both shoes seems to have great griping soles, and a good amount of insulation for warmth.