Sport and the Lady

Happy Wednesday Pumps and Gloss-ers,

I am very excited about the Red Sox World Series win. Mr. Maven and I used to live in the Greater Boston area and we like to think that our presence in the region helped to turn the Red Sox and Patriots into winning organizations. Boo hiss to the Celtics and Bruins. My local teams are far superior to them.

I found this cute picture of future Boston Red Sox fans on Boston.com

New Red Sox Fans

New Englanders are very passionate about their sports’ teams, which means the ladies must be just as attentive to sports as the men.

I was out with my friend, LH, on a Sunday. Her fiance called in to check in with her, during his weekly football game. [That is love ūüėČ ] So she was resigned to the fact that her honey will be unavailable for 16 weeks plus playoffs and Super Bowl. Actually, the games are scheduled for 17 weeks (34 days including Monday Night Football and some Thursday nights) and all teams get a bye (rest) week. Thank goodness he is not into the NBA because the post-season is about 3 months. Saying all this, ladies, you must join in the action, every now and again.

Mr. Maven is fortunate that I like sports, I do not watch often because of various factors, but I enjoy keeping up with my fave teams.

Here are some tips for learning sports:

1. Watch Pardon The Interruption on ESPN. This show is one of the funniest shows on the TV. Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon are Washington-based writers that decided they needed to be on television. They also discuss popular culture topics i.e. American Idol and other popular shows.

Tony Kornheiser & Mike Wilbon - Espn.com

2. Find a cute player on the team to cheer for. One of my favorites is Tom Brady. He is definitely yummilicious. I have followed his career from his time at Michigan to the New England Patriots. In football, it is helpful to check out the buttocks. Now, if your man likes hockey, the players do not look good on ice, but they clean up well.

Tom Brady

3. Read books about the sport. Some of my friends recommend:

Get Your Own Darn* Beer, I’m Watching the Game!: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Pro Football by Holly Robinson Peete

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4. Try to limit questions during the game. Take notes and ask your hubby on Tuesday. He will be pleased and will do chores around the house without being prompted.

5. See Tip 1. One cannot get enough of ESPN.

I hope these tips will help you learn more about sports and enjoy with your spouse or significant other.

Have Fun,

Mix Maven

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Glossy Monday Variety ~ 10/29/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

October is coming to an end, but let us keep Breast Cancer Awareness in mind and heart throughout the year.  If you have a cause that you would like us to share with our readers, send us an e-mail at pumpsandgloss@yahoo.com.

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MONDAY MELODY

I am really liking Keyshia Cole’s “Should Have Let You Go.”¬† This is my favorite song by her to date.

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MONDAY FLASHBACK

I heard “Goodbye Love” by Guy on the radio late¬†the other¬†night and it made me think of this song.¬† I don’t know how true this is, but at the time, I heard when the Guy reunion initially didn’t work out, Teddy Riley gave this song to Blackstreet.¬† Here’s “Don’t Leave Me.”¬† The Guy reunion worked out after this and the only song I remember from that project is “Dancin,” which I really liked.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:¬† The Gap’s (Product)Red Line

I hold three causes very close to my heart Рchurch, breast cancer and Africa.  The Gap has partnered with (Product) Red and 50% of all sales go to helping Africa with the fight against A.I.D.S.  There are fashions for the whole family, so be sure to check out the entire line HERE.  Here are my three favorite items:

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I simply must have this “Inspi(red)” top – too cute.¬† A Gap.com Exclusive, it comes in sizes XS-XXL.

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How adorable!  This baby t-shirt comes in sizes 3-6M, 12-18M, 18-24M, and 2 Years to 5 Years Old.

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Can’t you see your little sweet pea in this?¬† Sizes 0-24 Months.

To learn more about thee (Product) Red initiative, go to JoinRed.com.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?

I love to dance, so I thought I would share my favorite dance-related songs.

The dance to “Crank That” by Soulja Boy Tellem is more like a routine, so I figured I better post the instructions!

The “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid is a fave because it is easy! LOL!¬† This song will forever remind me of my family reunion!

This¬†was the¬†jam way back when!¬† I just had to have that #1 Anfernee Hardaway jersey – I miss you Penny (oh, he was so fine)!!!¬† I know you all have to remember “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boys.¬† Dip Baby, Dip!

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JOY’S SHOE PICK

Sometimes, you have to give your feet a break and wear some flats.  I keep flats in the car for after church and other dressy occassions.

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The adorable “Luena” by Baby Phat is perfect for shopping sprees and when you need a break from your heels.¬†

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MONDAY PRAISE

A friend of mine once said “CeCe Winans has a real connection with God because it just shines through in her music.”¬† Amen!¬† Here is one of my favorite songs by CeCe – “Alabaster Box.”

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“Alabaster Box” is based on this Scripture:

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is‚ÄĒthat she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”¬†¬†¬†“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.¬† Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”¬†¬†¬†“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.¬† You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.¬† You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.¬† Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven‚ÄĒfor she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

~ Luke 7:36-50 NIV

Have a Wonderful Week!

~ Joy

Sexy Halloween Costumes

Since Halloween is approaching, I decided to choose some sexy costumes.  Halloween is a fun time for the kids and it can be fun for adults too.  These outfits can be social, but I would rather wear them for bedroom games. 

Check out¬†the sexiness of costumes from Lovers Lane and Frederick’s of Hollywood.

Retro

 Short dress are back again.  Lets go OLD SCHOOL!!!

Belly Dancer

 Put on that R. Kelly and move your body like a SNAKE.

 Football

It’s football season and you can be on the receiving end.

French maid

The french maid costume is always a classic.

Girl Scout

Ladies, you can always pretend to be a girl scout and let your lover sample your cookies. 

 Referee

Referee a wrestling match or even some touch football.

Nurse

Time for the nurse to take the patient’s temperature.

School girl

Learning can always be fun when you are with your teacher, but¬†you’re in trouble and the principal wants you¬†to stay after¬†school in detention.¬† What’s a girl to do??????

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Take time out to romp around in the boardroom…better yet in your office.

Cop

Let’s not forget playing cops and robbers!

You can also find deceptively sexy Halloween costumes at retail stores.

Enjoy Halloween –¬†better yet, enjoy these costumes when it’s not Halloween.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Sensual Element 

Fall Back In Love

Hey Pumps and Gloss-ers,

My favorite seasons are spring and autumn. The temperature tends to be similar in both seasons, which means that I can wear my favorite must-have, a cardigan.

Lane Bryant has a cute cropped, single button, swing silhouette cardigan in Indigo.

Cropped Swing Cardigan - Source - LaneBryant.com

This cardigan can be dressed up (not too much) and very casual. I would pair it with this Diane von Furstenberg’s metallic skirt in silver. Mix Maven loves shimmer.

Diane von Furstenberg Katinko Skirt - Source: Nordstrom.com

The Stuart Weitzman ‘Pulsar’ Boot would be a great way to finish off this look. I love this boot because the heel is manageable, especially for those ladies who do not like to wear high heels *GASP* and while the boots are leather, they stretch for ladies with wider calves.

Stuart Weitzman Pulsar Boot - Source: Nordstrom.com

Please add your own accessories. I would probably wear a pearl brooch or a light blue gem with silver prongs as I do not wear jewelry, except for wedding rings and bracelets. The skirt is the focal point; therefore, I would not want to anything away from it.

A special note for all you purple lovers, purple apparel and accessories can be found pretty much everywhere. Please take advantage as this color is not usually selected by the color committee.

Keep Warm,

Mix Maven

Nine West’s Shoe for Breast Cancer Research

Hey Glossy Ones,

Just wanted to share this adorable shoe I saw this evening.

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The Tuti is the cutest shoe – it just looks sweet, doesn’t it?¬†

From NineWest.com: Our limited edition breast cancer awareness shoe! Features a a colorful cap toe, dainty ribbon, elastic back for easy on and off, as well as the breast cancer awareness ribbon stamped on the inside. **Net proceeds from the sale of the pink Tuti benefit breast cancer research.

Original Price $69.00; Sale Price $34.50

Glossy Monday Variety ~ 10/22/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones!

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  We have been having a wonderfully warm fall thus far.  So grateful for sunny skies!

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MONDAY MELODY

I have been hearing this song on the radio, but always missed who it was singing it.¬† I would have never guessed it was Trey Songz!¬† “Can’t Help But Wait” has a nice groove to it and I can’t wait to see the continuation of the story line.

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¬†GOD’S MERCY by Kari West from “Dare To Trust, Dare To Hope Again”

When tears are the only language you know, God hears.

When darkness envelops your way, God sees.

When pain forces you off course, God stabilizes.

When loss wears you down, God comforts.

When grief suspends your progress and saps hope, God remains.

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ELLEN’S PUPPY BLUES

I just wanted to give my two cents on this issue since I am a puppy fan (my puppy will be one next month!).¬† I certainly understand that there was a contract signed stating that Iggy should be returned to the organization if he did not work out with Ellen and Portia.¬† At the same time, I think Mutts and Moms went about it the wrong way.¬† I see nothing wrong with Iggy going to Ellen’s hairdresser and having Mutts and Moms check out their home.¬† It kinda feels like Mutts and Moms was looking to make an example out of this situation.¬† In my opinion, it’s better to just do good than to follow the rules.

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JOY’S PURSE PICK

If it were up to me, this site would be called Purses, Pumps and Gloss.  I am addicted to purses like Mix and Sen are addicted to shoes.  I got a really neat storage organizer from Ikea and I have it filled with purses already.  So, from time to time, I will share a purse that has grabbed my attention.

My Mom recently got a new Coach purse, and while I had seen it on the website, it really didn’t grab me until I saw my Mom’s in person.

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The Bleecker Signature Duffle is so sharp in person.  I love the leather on it. 

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JOY’S SHOE PICK

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I love the Steve Madden Lezlie pump.  It comes in so many colors, so you are bound to find one you really like.  The all black (above) is from SteveMadden.com (where there are 16 color combinations) and the Burgundy (below) is from Zappos.com (where there are four color combinations).

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NEWS – LIPSTICKS CONTAIN LEAD from Yahoo! News

By Karen Jacobs Thu Oct 11, 6:59 PM ET

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L’Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).

Lipstick, like candy, is ingested. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of public health, environmental and women’s groups, said the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick.

One-third of the lipsticks tested contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy — a standard established to protect children from ingesting lead, the group said. Thirty-nine percent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.

“It’s critical that manufacturers reformulate their product,” said Stacy Malkan, a co-founder of the coalition. “It’s possible to make lipsticks without lead, and all companies should be doing that.”

Lead can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, the group said in its statement. Lead has also been linked to infertility and miscarriage, it said.

Procter & Gamble Co‘s makes Cover Girl brand and France‘s L’Oreal is one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world.

Over the last three months, more than 20 million toys made in China have been recalled, mostly due to the use of lead paint.

The coalition said that some less expensive brands it had tested, such as Revlon, had no detectable levels of lead, while the more expensive Dior Addict brand had higher levels than some other brands.

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association trade group said in a statement that lead was a naturally occurring element that was not intentionally added to cosmetics.

The FDA has “set strict limits for lead levels allowed in the colors used in lipsticks, and actually analyze most of these to ensure they are followed,” the association’s statement said. “The products identified in the (CSC) report meet these standards.”

L’Oreal’s U.S. arm said its products are reviewed and tested by a safety team that includes toxicologists, pharmacists and doctors.

“All the brands of the L’Oreal Group are in full compliance with FDA regulations” as well as safety requirements in international markets, L’Oreal USA said in a statement.

P&G said in a statement that the quantity of lead a consumer might be exposed to from its lip product “is hundreds of times less than the amount that she would get from eating, breathing and drinking water.”

“Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels. The latest studies show there is no safe level of lead exposure,” said Dr. Mark Mitchell, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.

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MONDAY PRAISE

I went out of town recently and saw LaShell Griffin in a play and WOW– she can sing, sing, sing.¬† This is the title track from her first cd, Free.¬† Great CD – I love this song and “Get Away.”¬† LaShell is the winner of Oprah’s Pop Star competition.

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We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 

~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Have a Wonderful Week!

~ Joy

Going to the Chapel

Hey Pumps and Glossy Ones,

We, typically, think of the summer as wedding season, but that time is only the culmination of the planning and praying. This is the seasoning for plotting, planning, selecting and critiquing. You may ask, “Sexual Carob, what does that have to do with getting your freak on?” Well, I am glad you asked. (I love our readers!!)

Well, during the wedding planning process, couples must, must have pre-marital counseling. I think that wedding planning can show the true colors of bride, groom and families. (Check an episode or two of Bridezilla) Bride and groom must continue to keep the relationship strong and intact.

Premarital counseling examines the relationship and the readiness for marriage. Many topics are covered including:

  1. Creating household budgets
  2. Anger management
  3. Roles of husband and wife
  4. Personal and familial goals
  5. Sex
  6. Are children apart of the marriage plan?

Each topic and questions help the couples to answer, “why do we want to get married?”
One of the many books that has been recommended to couples is Dr. Robin Smith’s Lies at the Altar.

Lies at the Altar - Source: Amazon.com

In this book, Dr. Robin asks couples over 200 questions i.e. do you want a pet, what do you like to eat for dinner, what religion or denomination will our children learn. Another serious question is “How often do you want to have sex weekly?” (Sidebar: You know Dr. Oz says that we should have sex 4 times a week.) These questions may seem mundane, but can turn out out to be deal breakers for married couples.

The truth about great marriages is that it takes a lot of work, a conscious effort to be aware of each other’s needs and desires, and plenty of good (exceptional) sex.

Adam Sandler from The Wedding Singer

The quintessential wedding song, Here and Now by Luther Vandross.

Have fun planning the wedding. Remember that your wedding day is not the most important day of your life, but the days, weeks and years to come. Take a 2-week honeymoon (if you can), one for freaking it up and the second for doing activities out of the room i.e. horseback riding, jet skiing, tennis, and outdoor nooky… woohoo!!

Keeping It Steamy,

Sexual Carob