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Ah, after a long hiatus from Links a la Mode, I am finally back on their weekly blogroll :) Yay. Congrats on the rest who made it this week as well! Please check out these lovely fellas.
The Style Economy
Wow, this was a tough week. There were enough great posts in the submissions to make TWO roundups… but alas, there is only room for 20. So making a mix of informative, introspective, and fun posts I really got to pick some fun posts from the community! It seemed like we had our mind on our money and our money on our mind this week as there were some great posts linking lipstick and shoes to the economy, how to set your wardrobe budget, a wonderful example of restyling items in our wardrobe and a great tips on finding Spring accessories on the cheap. So click on, you’ll be delighted by the things you’ll learn (I particularly liked the informative post about fragrance) and the new habits you just might pick up.
Links à la Mode: April 4, 2013
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Doina Alexei at first glance didn’t catch my eye, but that’s because I haven’t been very keen to subtlety and solids. I’ve been so lazily feeding my eyes with patterns and embellishments that I had forgotten how I am such a fan of complex cuts. Doina Alexei looks so organic, yet it has somewhat of a futuristic feel. It’s like the original Planet of the Apes meets Logan’s Run. You can wear these pieces alone and still feel very put together, or you could layer these with an asymmetrical leather jacket or blazer with edgy earthy accessories.
I love how the ruffles aren’t girly, and the cuts are sophisticated. The clothes are attractive but not screaming for attention, and they radiate intelligence, mystique, and natural beauty.
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Because I have been away for so long, I can’t write about everything I’ve been into lately. I guess I can always space it all out in different posts, but I decided I would just make a collage of stuff I’ve been geeking out on. Can you make out some of the things you see? Maybe I can come up with a stupid awesome prize (like my friendship or something) if you can accurately point out most of them (I am in the collage, by the way). I mean, if you are freakishly into a lot of the things in this collage, then where have you been all my life, twin?!
Oh yeah, it’s my birthday this Wednesday, the 30th. I shall be dalawampung lima. Hah!
PS: Before I forget, here are some of the sites that have plugged à la Modest while I was gone (or just links I haven’t added to the archive). Thank you so much. Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone.
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My friend Melissa and her husband Ryan are in the process of adopting a child in China. They need your help however in alleviating the high cost of adoption fees. Melissa started “Button Baby,” a fundraising project that invites people to do just that. Any takers for these cute button earrings?
They’ve been through rough times, battling with the uncertainties of pregnancy. Throughout their whole journey, none of their misfortunes and bouts of worry were ever kept from close friends and family. I think it’s really healthy to inform a small group of trusted people about your life on a regular basis. Besides accountability, you’ll never know how your story will affect those around you, despite the fact that you’re at your lowest.
You can read more about their story on Melissa’s blog, “Born in Our Hearts.”
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Just so you know, this isn’t going to be a body shape 101 post. I am assuming you already know what you are or have.
You know how ridiculously unflattering some of these body shape diagrams are? I mean, instead of making you love your own body, those actually make you feel sick inside. And we’re expected to love our own bodies? The above picture is a fairly acceptable representation of the different bodies. Below however, might apply to some apples and pears but discounting all the other skinnier apples and all the other ample breasted pears. So when you think back and look at all the other body types, you immediately think that they’re all imperfect and even disgusting except the hourglass.
But I guess they have placed women with smaller breasts and big hips in the category of a “spoon” or a “triangle”—adequately diversifying the pear-shaped woman and helping the pears with ample bossoms and slightly wider nice child-bearing hips (the classic woman shape) find their niche in this modern bananas world. Thus, they have made alternate versions of the body type diagram to represent us all better—just like how the diagram deus corrected the food pyramid that once forced us all to eat mostly those killer carbs. Okay, so maybe the rest of us non-hourglass-shaped women are just in denial. However, some of the physically coveted and gorgeous women out there aren’t exactly hourglass. (I won’t name the celebrities. I’m sure some of you can just do a Google search on that…or not, if you’re like me and don’t give a flippin flop about that kind of thing unless those people have changed my life somehow.)
I am a pear but not skinny on top. What are you?
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When Anjolee asked me to review one of their diamond pieces, the two things that came to my mind were: 1) Are these diamonds conflict free? and 2) If they are, I don’t really wear fancy jewelry except for my engagement and promise ring (wouldn’t really call the plain gold band wedding ring fancy).
To address the first concern, I decided to offer these gorgeous diamond stud earrings I received to my mother-in-law Sandi as an early present for Christmas. It came in a pretty box with a blue bow on it (they have a wonderful gift-wrapping service). She really loved it.
It gives me great pleasure to give people what they actually like as presents (more on this on a future post—hopefully soon). I let my mom pick what she liked from the selection offered to me, and she chose these quad block diamond studs. She really likes simple but striking pieces (such as a dainty diamond stud on her ear), and these just matched her like… peanut butter matches with jelly? Haha, yes, you’d like that too (if not, your mom would). In an effort not to say anything too cliche and commercial (two cc’s I abhor) for a diamond company, I might’ve taken this a bit too far.
The other thing to address about Anjolee is that they are, thank heavens, certified conflict free:
Anjolee fully complies with the Kimberly act of 2003. Under the Kimberly Process, rough diamonds mined from legitimate operations are sealed in tamper resistant containers and certified conflict free by a strict system of forgery-resistant documents and serial numbers. This documentation is re-certified each time a rough diamond crosses an international border. Anjolee obtains our diamonds from diamond dealers who are required to source the diamonds they sell from suppliers who comply with the provisions of the Kimberly Diamond Act only and have documentation to support that the diamonds have been mined and processed by lawful means and are free from any conflict. – Anjolee.com
I have successfully made someone that I love and care about happy with the gift of a stud (even though she already has one in her life, her husband), and I’ve discovered a leading American diamond jewelry manufacturer that is safe.
How about you make someone happy today and give her the gift of diamonds?