Best Picture Showcase | PART ONE [PODCAST]

20 Feb

Martin Lastrapes and I attended Day 1 of the AMC Best Picture Showcase. We talked all about it on Episode 55 of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour. Listen in as we share our thoughts on the films we watched, while also cracking a few jokes along the way.

Press PLAY below and enjoy…

Topics Covered:

  • Day 1 of the 2015 Best Picture Showcase
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash
  • Birdman
  • Selma



Pre-Oscars Buzz [PODCAST]

18 Feb

It’s Oscar season! I love the Academy Awards and every year, along with my newlywed husband, Martin Lastrapes, I attend the AMC Best Picture Showcase. After an awkward and sexually inappropriate opening three minutes, Martin and I talked all about the upcoming showcase on Episode 54 of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour! Press PLAY below and take a listen…

Topics Covered:

  • 2015 Best Picture Showcase
  • Day 1: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, Birdman, and Selma
  • Day 2: Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, and American Sniper


Pinup Girl Clothing’s Aurora Dress in Dancing Horses Print

30 Dec

Winter can be a sad time for dress lovers.  It’s either windy, raining, snowing or all of the above.  A lot of us tuck our dresses away to hibernate until the first dew of Spring.  With a teensy bit of accessorizing and imagination you can make most any dress winterized.  If that dress happens to have pockets and pink dancing ponies on it, all the better.


Case in point:  The Aurora dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.  This dress is a part of their majestic Fairytale Fantasy collection.  It is fitted through the bodice and perfectly frames your curves.  It does come with a belt, but because of the fitted waist and wonderfully flared skirt, I chose to wear mine without it.  Speaking of the skirt, it has POCKETS.  This has become one of my most favorite features.  They are real pockets too that you can actually use!

I added a pair of black tights, a sexy pair of wedge boots, and a wonderful faux fur trimmed cardigan for warmth.  The cardigan is from Lip Service, and while it is an older style, they do pop up now and then on Ebay.  But, be creative and pair a favorite of your own with it.

Just because it’s gray and cold outside doesn’t mean our fashion has to be!

Meet Chanel (via The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour)!

7 Apr


So, I have been a terrible blogstress lately.  But, I swear I haven’t just been idly twiddling my thumbs.  I have so many fun ideas and products I want to tell you all about, but then time just fritters away from me.  BUT, I have started a new venture which some of you may or may not be aware of.  For those of you who are not, I am the co-host of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour.




It’s a great podcast created by indie author, Martin Lastrapes.  Martin is the published, award-winning author of the wonderfully dark tale, Inside the Outsideand also my best friend.

The podcast focuses on all sorts of fun things including writing and publishing, as well as interviews with writers, actors, comedians, wrestlers, and a real life Academy Award-winning visual-effects artist.  Some episodes are just Martin and I talking about current events or, in the case of this episode, my favorite subject: me!

Listen now to hear how Martin and I met, our first kiss, and everything else that pops into our heads including why I love David Bowie, Neil Gaiman and everything dark.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

25 Nov


Black Friday.

It is one of the most loved or hated days of the year, depending on your point of view.  The day after Thanksgiving where the retail devils and gods conspire to bring shoppers the best deals and lowest prices of the year on everything, from televisions and chainsaws to toys and clothing.

Luckily for me, a girl who is paralyzed by crowds and angry mobs, most all major companies (and many more smaller indie companies) have Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on their websites.  Most sales start at midnight, while most people are settling into their Thanksgiving comas. So, your best bet is to be prepared, before your belly is full of bird and pie.  Many websites become overloaded due to the huge influx of traffic and crash or just get really slow.  This can make a shopper go insane and yell at her monitor…I mean…so I’ve heard.

That said, here are some shopping tips on how to make the most of Black Friday:

1.  Plan ahead.

Bookmark the websites you will be shopping at so that you can get to them quickly, at least a half-hour before midnight.

2.  Register on the sites before Black Friday.

Nothing will drive you crazier than trying to set up a user name and password while 100 other people are buying your same items and snatching them from your e-cart while you are trying to sign up.  Also, make sure you set up your payment info so you don’t have to hunt around for credit card numbers.

3.  Build your shopping cart beforehand.

Most sites have the feature to save a cart.  Login to the sites you just registered for and shop before Black Friday.  Choose your styles and sizes, etc., and add to your cart.  This way when you login before midnight on Thanksgiving everything will be ready for checkout.  You don’t want to have to waste time making decisions on what you want while many other shoppers are snatching up your size.

4.  Prioritize your shopping by the items you want most to least.

You likely won’t be able to be on 5 sites at the exact same time, so really focus on the shop you will score the most goodies from, because in most instances, checkout may take a bit of time and patience.  Keep trying.

5.  Have some snacks and water by the computer.

So, this may not help you shop, but it will keep you from having to leave the computer. Also, a stash of chocolate may help curb the anger you feel when your items start to sell out. You will probably miss out on some stuff, so just remember to focus on the great stuff you do score.

6.  Make a budget.

This should be done while you’re building your shopping carts.  It’s sometimes hard to resist a sale.  Trust me, I know!  But, you also don’t want a bunch of stuff that you didn’t really like that much and end up buying just because it was a good deal.  Who has the storage space for that, anyway? Budget for the items that you truly want to own.


And There you have it. So, shop smart and be prepared.  This will make your shopping more enjoyable, a whole lot easier, and a lot more successful. Here’s to everyone getting great deals!

I’d love to see what everyone gets so come back and share…

Heartbreaker is Killing Me!

27 Oct

So, I admit I am pretty loyal to Pinupgirl Clothing when it comes to buying new dresses.  And I still love them so very much, but this season Heartbreaker may be winning over my heart.  Their Fall and Winter lines are beautiful.  They feature such lush fabrics with peacocks, florals and metallic prints.  I only have one Heartbreaker dress in my vast collection of dresses (the diner dress) but have a feeling that over the next few months, I will have several.  Take a look at some of my favorites from the this-could-be-vintage collection here and start making your list! And this is just a small sampling of my favorites.  These glorious fabrics are also featured on skirts as well as various dress cuts.  YUM…




24 Jul

I have been missing in action for a little over a month now as some of you may or may not have noticed.  I am not mad if you didn’t 😉  I lost my beloved mother on June 8 and have been overwhelmed with a broken heart and all of the practical things that go along with such a great loss.  But, I am not here to make you all sad and tell you all to go hug your moms and dads if you’re lucky enough to still be able to do it (but seriously, do it).  I am here to pay homage to my wonderful mother, Joyce, the woman who taught me to be glamorous, to dress well, wear good perfume and most importantly, she taught me how to draw on winged eye liner.

sc0004-2My mother was a great beauty and I was always mesmerized by her.  I would sit and stare at her as she did her makeup every day at the kitchen table.  She used a handheld mirror, and so do I.  She used liquid eyeliner every single day no matter how bad she felt.  And her lines were impeccable.  She always had her hair done and was always dressed up.  She never wore jeans, ever.  She always treated everyday as a special occasion.  Whether she was just going to the market or going out to dinner she was always done up.  And she was beautiful.  Even in the hospital at 73 years old, the nurses would marvel and compliment my mom’s porcelain skin.  She and my dad always got stopped on the street and complimented on their good looks, but especially her.

Mom on Duke's CarIt wasn’t just her physical beauty that made her so wonderful though, and it wasn’t just a knack for being girly that I got from her.  She was a giving, warm hearted soul.  She always lit up a room and told stories that made you feel like you had experienced them with her, even though you may not have even been born yet when they happened.  She was a wonderful cook, sadly a skill I did NOT learn from her.

She always loved when I would come over in a new dress or new shoes, and I thought it was just that we shared a love for pretty things, but thinking on her life and my love for her, I think I realize it was something else.  It was a certain sort of pride that she had; that she had raised a daughter and taught her to love the things she loved and to be the type of person she was.

My mom was wonderful for so many reasons, but today I remember as being a glamour-puss whose beauty will live on in mine, and so many others hearts forever.

Now go hug your moms/dads/whoever loves you!

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