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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Oh you know....just another Friday hanging out with Italian Shoe Designer Franco Sarto and Couture Fashion Designer Ralph Rucci...typical day.....NOT!!! So how did this amazing day happen?  Well first I have to thank my company for allowing us to work the fabulous 9/80 schedule. Basically you work 9 hour days instead of 8 and receive every other Friday off! Amazing right? On this particular Friday off I decided to roam around the Galleria after my morning Hypoxi session.  Starting at Neiman Marcus there was a meet and greet with Designer Ralph Rucci.  Ralph Rucci is the designer behind the label Chado Ralph Rucci. Not only is Ralph Rucci an amazing designer, receiving notable fashion awards and having his clothes in museum exhibits, but he's very suave! I was pretty embarrassed going up to him to take a picture dressed in "errand clothing" but I had to meet him. I apologized for my appearance and he said "I looked fine". Yay! Ralph Rucci wasn't offended by me! After meeting the designer, who promptly placed me on his right for the photo (Everyone has a side), I browsed his collection. Let's just say if I was rich.....

After mingling with some of the Ralph Rucci Trunk Show guests and drooling over clothes I could only hope to one day be able to afford, I headed over to Nordstrom to shop their plus-size department. I was looking for an outfit for my photoshoot with Jay Marroquin the next day and lo and behold, entering Nordstrom I was greeted by Franco Sarto! I own a bunch of Franco Sarto shoes. Not only are they chic & comfortable, they are affordable.  The meet and greet with Franco Sarto was aweseome.  My girl DJ IllSet was keeping everything upbeat with her tunes, Models walked around in Franco Sarto, they had Franco Sarto shoe cookies and yummy Pellegrino fruit drinks.  When meeting Franco we were able to pick out one of his sketches and he autographed it right there. I have to say I had a hard time picking out which shoe design I wanted. I ended up picking the sketch of the blue 'Salito' sandal. Franco Sarto's team even framed the autographed sketch for us. It will definitely be added to my Fashion wall at home.  After taking a picture with Franco, I browsed his latest collection and purchased the Salito pump in black, and entered the raffle to win a FREE pair of Franco Sarto shoes.....and guess what? I WON! Yeppers! I won the raffle! I picked out the 'Amplify' flat!




Monday, April 14, 2014

WHAT I WORE: Peplum and Animal Print Shades

Monday, April 14, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

I love adding a bit of edge to my work outfits...after all wearing the same thing day in and day out gets kind of mundane.  For this ensemble I paired my H&M faux leather jacket with my favorite peplum top! I loved this ensemble because everything is black except for the peekaboo blue underneath the lace on the peplum top. I love these pants from the Kardashian Kollection for Sears.  The Kardashian Kurves is the part of the collection that's for us lovely plus-size ladies, which is their segment of plus-size clothing.  This particular day in Houston was a windy, blustery day, which actually turned out for some cool outfit shots with my vest and hair! I've also been into wearing multiple necklaces at once; a choker with a longer dainty necklace, or a dainty necklace with a longer statement necklace.  To add even more edge to my ensemble I paired my new Fossil watch with my black affirmation bracelets from BCBGeneration. 

Shades: c/o Red Star Shades
Vest: H&M (Similar)
Pants: Kardashian Kollection (Similar)
Watch: Fossil
Affirmation Bracelets: c/o BCBGeneration

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: Red Star Shades & $500 Gift Card

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 1 Comment

Summer is just around the corner, and everyone needs that perfect pair of sunglasses that can withstand the heat and protect the eyes. In line with one of my new blog partnerships I've been introduced to Red Star Shades.  Red Star specializes in high quality, polarized sports and fashion sunglasses. In addition to manufacturing sunglasses, Red Star is a sponsor to over 1,000 charities and sporting events.


I was asked to pick out a pair of sunglasses and share my thoughts on them with all of you.  I picked out this fashionable pair of sunglasses because of the animal print. I really own just solid color sunglasses with the exception of a pair of wood-grain frames, and I've always wanted a pair of animal print sunglasses. I mean really? When does animal print ever go out of style. These shades retail for $144.

I also like sunglasses with dark tint lenses, but not too dark that it looks like night-time outside. These shades have the perfect level of tint. I also like the shape of the frames, a subtle cat-eye. Pretty much I love anything related to cats soooooo these were a win-win. I'm also a fan of plastic frames versus wire frames because I tend to be a tad rough on sunglasses, well all glasses in general (dropping them, falling asleep in them, etc,) and I don't want them to get all bent out of shape...haha get it? Bent out of shape? Ok I'm just silly! These are sturdy glasses, unlike $5.00 ones you can find anywhere. There's nothing wrong with $5.00 sunglasses but they aren't going to last as long as these. Red Star also wants you to experience longevity with their sunglasses.  The lenses are anti-fog and scratch resistant (perfect for someone whose shades fall of their head all of the time) and come in a full-zip case with a cloth for cleaning the lenses.  I would definitely recommend this pair of shades, however Red Star has a wide variety of shades in different shapes and designs, so there's something for everyone! And that brings me to the best part of this post: A $500 Gift Card for you!  To redeem this gift card, scroll to the bottom of this post for instructions.

To receive the $500 Discount Code just follow the following steps: 

1. Go to Red Star
2. Shop for your favorite pair or pairs of sunglasses
3. Proceed to checkout
4. Enter Code MTA14 to receive your $500 Gift Card off your purchase!

It's that easy! Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: I received this glasses free of charge to do a product review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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