Taking the G off the String

I have not been on a quest to find undergarments that would free me of visible panty lines (VPL). Despite that, I keep on stumbling on these items. One interesting product that I found to Guard the Lady Business, a strapless G-string.

This product from the Shibue Couture line helps ladies who do not want VPL, yet going “commando” is not option.

Shibue Couture Strapless G-String in Black Gold.

You are thinking how does this product stay on. Each panty comes with 12 adhesive front and back strips. I was curious about this product, especially if I had to go to the restroom. The website gives detailed instructions on how to use this product. According to the website, the strapless G-String should not replace the daily wearing of normal underwear.

Prices range from $32 to $38 and $10 for extra adhesive tape.

The G-string has become the quintessential sexy undergarment (lingerie, if you will) of choice for many women. Maybe the strapless G-string will take its rightful place in the pantheon of  lingerie.

Sexual Carob

Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous Pt. 1

Fashion, especially good fashion, can be a wonderful thing. Fashion is art for the body. According to Coco Chanel, “Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.”

One of my favorite shows on the TV is the post awards Fashion Police show. (Sidebar: This is by far the funniest show on TV.) The show reviews fashion from the major awards show. On each episode, the panelists include a fashion designer, stylist, hair stylist and other beauty experts. Kevan Hall has been a guest panelist.

Kevan Hall

This Detroit-born, L.A.-based designer is a staple on the Red Carpet. He attended the famed Cass Technical High School that boasts such alumni as Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, and Tracy Reese (noted fashion designer). Kevan Hall attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California. He received the prestigious Peacock Award in his senior year at FIDM. He worked as Design and Creative Director from fall 1998 – spring 2000 for Halston.

Kevan Hall with his wife and partner, Deborah, started the Kevan Hall Couture line in 1982. This line can be found in many high-end stores e.g. Neiman Marcus and Bergdorff Goodman. In 2002, Hall launched Kevan Hall Collection.

His clients include Vanessa Williams, Drew Barrymore, Katherine Heigl, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross. His fashion philosophy is “emphasize purity of style, incomparable tailoring and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes.”

Here are some of my favorites from his Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 lines:
Kevan Hall Black Gown

Kevan Hall SeaFoam GownKevan Hall Grey Pleated Dress

Kevan Hall Brown Linen Applique DressKevan Hall Collection

Live Elegantly,

Mix Maven

Yes We Can!!

This article was found on Yahoo.com via The Nation

Young Texans March for Voting Rights

Thu Feb 21, 11:10 PM ET

The Nation — While the nation’s eyes may have been on Hawaii and Wisconsin on Tuesday, it was also the first day of early voting in Texas, and voting rights came to the fore in a rural county outside of Houston.

More than 1,000 mostly African-American students from Prairie View A&M, a historically black university, marched 7.3 miles to the nearest polling place, wearing shirts declaring “It is 2008. We will vote!” The students, joined by faculty and community members, were protesting the county’s refusal to open an polling place on or near the campus, which they feel is part of pattern of the county impeding students’ right to vote.

This year, Waller county officials announced they would have only one polling place open for early voting. Thanks to pressure from student organizations such as Black Youth Vote! Texas and other community groups, the Department of Justice stepped in to question the decision. The same day that the march was announced, Waller county officials agreed to open three others polling places, but they won’t be open until later this week.

Waller County, where Prairie View is located, has a history of controversy over voting rights, particularly surrounding the university. In a mostly white, conservative county, Prairie View students represent a sizeable minority demographic. In 2004, students organized a similar march when many of them were declared ineligible to vote based on residency status. According to the Houston Chronicle, the county is still under investigation by the Texas Attorney General for the 2006 election, when black community leaders complained of faulty machines and inadequate staffing of polling places, and hundreds of students’ names being missing from election rosters.

Tuesday’s march was, according to those who went, a testament to the power of youth organizing and action. Andre Evans, president of the Prairie View Student Government Association, said it best: “It’s time for students to be more proactive and aggressive in obtaining our rights…Our problem is that we have not had county leaders in office who care about the needs or concerns of students. We’re going to vote on Tuesday, and in the future, we will vote to get some of those people out of office.”

This story is very inspirational. I am glad to hear that people are very excited about voting and are willing to walk over 7 miles to their polling station. I hope the county officials will stop disenfranchising voters.

Check out a video of the students marching to voting place on the highway.

Way to go Prairie View!!

Do You Know What Today Is?

It’s Pumps and Gloss

1 Year Anniversary

We hope you enjoy the blog and that you will continue to be read. We will be doing different things this year, so be ready for fun and exciting stuff.

Enjoy the sounds of Tony, Toni, Tone!

Spring is Springing

I do not mind cool weather, I just do not like cold weather. I swear that this winter has been the coldest on record. (probably not) 😉 I am totally looking forward to Spring.  Spring time is pedicure season, which means SANDALS & PEEP TOE PUMPS!!!

Christian Louboutin always keeps his shoes interesting. I am curious who was the inspiration for this shoe: a silver lace-up slingback. I do not think I would wear this shoe, but I am sure there are plenty of ladies out there that would.

Christian Louboutin Lace-Up Oxford - Source NM.com

I love green in most shades. These Nine West special occasion slingback in a medium green satin is adorable. The heel is 4.5 inches, therefore you must have beaucoup de confidence! I know Joyful Radiance will love this shoe. 🙂

Luxious SlingBack - Source: 9West.com

Nine West also has a delightful leather kitten-heeled slingback in mid-tone green. I would pair this shoe with a classic sheath dress.

Falcoin SlingBack - Source: 9west.com

I want to give an honorable mention to Marc by Marc Jacobs Purple suede peep-toe pumps with silver stones. My friend, Renita, loves purple and would want these shoes badly. I love the classic yet chic look.

 Source-PinkMascara.com

I love the shimmer and shine of it all. My favorite of the season:

Stuart Weitzman Luxury Evening Sandal.jpg - Source: Nordstrom.com

Stuart Weitzman Luxury Evening Sandal. I have a couple weddings to attend this summer and you might see me rocking these captivating sandals. I do not think these shoes are made for walking, so you may not see me wearing them on the dance floor.

Are you all looking forward to Spring?

Check out Paolo Nutini’s song “New Shoes”

Mix Maven

Alert: Free Suze Orman Book

Suze Orman is giving away free copies of her new book, Women and Money on Oprah.com.

Women and Money - Suze Orman

You will be able to download a free copy of the book (pdf file.)  The book is available in English and Spanish.

Ok, there is a catch.

The deadline to download this free copy is

February 14, 2008 June 27, 2008

5PM (Pacific Standard Time) /8PM (Eastern Standard Time)

To download Adobe Reader, go to Adobe Reader download page.

Download your copy ASAP!!!

Thanks “happy mom” for the update!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hey Pumps and Gloss-ers,

Wishing you a happy and fun Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is to love and be loved in return.
~ From “Unforgettable with Love” by Natalie Cole

Enjoy some favorite love songs:

Musiq SoulChild “Teachme”

Musiq SoulChild “Lullaby”

India Arie featuring John Legend “Brown Skin”

George Michael “I Want Your Sex”

George Michael and the Queen “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me.”

 

Say Yes to NYX

As many of you know that Mix Maven loves her MAC products, especially the new paint pots and the mineralized skinfinishes. (This product is a must have!!!)

MAC Mineralized SkinFinish

The uber-trendy brand has been rolling out new limited editions faster than young Hollywood go to rehab.

Specktra and my homegirl Yummy411 turned me on to NYX Cosmetics. A cheaper, yet quality cosmetic brand. I was impressed with a photo of fellow Specktrette’s haul. She got tons of the NYX Ultra Pearl Mania, which is similar to MAC pigments (loose color powder), among other NYX lip products.

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania - Source: CherryCulture.com

I hightailed myself to CherryCulture.com to check out the prices. (Sidebar: After I purchased online, I realized that I can purchase NYX Cosmetics at my local Ulta store.) I was impressed by the prices and I bought a couple of pearl mania loose powders in purple and black. I was totally impressed with the pigmentation.

I also purchased a couple of the eye brushes. The brushes range from $4.99 to $18.99 a fraction of top high-end brands. I was too pleased with the quality and softness of the bristles. If you cannot or do not want to spend tons of dough buying MAC or NARS beauty tools, get NYX brushes, including a professional line, you will not be disappointed.

NYX Contour Dome Brush - Source: CherryCulture.com

NYX Professional Crease Brush

The next item purchased was the NYX (Felt) Pen Eye Liner. If I can use this pen liner, anyone can. The line looks quite impressive, so if you know how to do a well-done eye line, you will want to have multiple pens. The pens are available in 3 colors, Jet Black (I have), Dark Brown (On order) and Extreme Black. If you love the Amy Winehouse winged eye liner, use NYX (Felt) Pen Eye Liner to achieve this look.

NYX (Felt) Pen Eye Liner - Source: CherryCulture.com

Overall, NYX Cosmetics is a great brand. I am not saying that you should walk away from MAC, NARS, Urban Decay or other related, but know that if you have limited funds, NYX Cosmetics is a great and quality alternative. Check out a few swatches of NYX eye shadow on Yummy411.

Enjoy Maroon 5’s ‘Won’t Go Home Without You’

Mix Maven

Glossy Monday Variety

Hey Glossy Ones,

Hope you all had a great weekend!

MONDAY MELODY

I have always loved this song – “Valentine” by Lloyd.

MONDAY FLASHBACK

Boomerang” had some of the greatest songs on its soundtrack.  Here’s “I’d Die Without You” by P.M. Dawn.

I had to throw this clip in! LOL!

JOY’S PURSE PICK

neimanmarcus.com

I adore this Kate Spade Daisy Shopper bag – with the dimensions of 10 1/2″H x 8 1/2″W x 5″D, it is the perfect size for work, school or travel.

JOY’S SHOE PICK

macys.com

This Via Spiga Shoe is too darling – not too loud in color and cool enough to wear with jeans.  The Equate Mary Jane Pump is a must have.

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON ON VALENTINE’S DAY

from Wikipedia.com

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, or offering candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine’s Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

GOD’S DEFINITION OF LOVE

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.   ~ I Corinthians 13:4-8

LOVE IS…ACCORDING TO THE SIMMPSONS

EIGHT HATEFUL THINGS WOMEN DO TO EACH OTHER

I got this through e-mail, so the author is unknown – if anyone knows who wrote this, please let us know! 🙂

It’s become the silent emotional killer among women. Women who are downright mean, malicious and disrespectful with each other. This trend is creating havoc in our relationships with each other, for it strikes the core of sisterhood. Real sisterhood can only exist when respect and trust stand unshakeable. In this particular, most men are quite opposite to us. For a man, a brother is a brother. However, what is most disturbing about our malicious ways is that we are passing on a legacy of a broken sisterhood to our daughters. Girls that are mean and catty are usually this way because their understanding is that this is a normal part of femaleness. They grow up to become mean and catty women who perpetuate a diseased sisterhood. To break this cycle we each need to make a conscious effort to validate all women. Be their friends or not.
Otherwise, we will continue to find ourselves moving within circles of female hostility, suspicion, and pain. Here is my list of the most detestable practices that we need to discontinue in order to heal our sisterhood:

1. Talking about each other – You are really not her friend if what you
have to say about her is so bad you can’t say it in front of her. If you
are a real friend you should be able to tell her your concerns for her
life to her face. If you have the need to tell others, but you haven’t
found the time to tell her – red lights should be flashing. Believe it
or not, gossiping is not an intrinsic part of being female. Women who
gossip do it not because it’s a woman-thing, but because they want to
elevate themselves and put other women in a place of inferiority.
Gossiping is just another symptom of deeper insecurities.
 
2. Fighting for men
– One of the most undignified things that any woman
can do is to fight, argue, or curse another woman over a man. It’s a
disgusting trend that used to be a school girl thing, but today adult
women are doing it too. If both of you are in conflict – because his
choice is not clear – then that means that he’s really not into any of
you. He’s probably playing both of you. That man really does not deserve
love or attention from either one of you.  Let him go.

3. Joining female gangs – Women who make you feel unwelcome and unwanted within their circle of friends are not to be trusted. Women cliques have
become common in the workplace, at church, in the neighborhood. Cliques
are the dwelling place of insecure women. Women who join cliques are
seeking refuge from their own lack of confidence by cocooning themselves
within this circle of supposed exclusivity. Again, the need to belong
to, or be part of a clique is also a sign of deeper insecurities.
Beware, cliques are usually encouraged and thrive on a type of gang mentality.

4. Undermining each other – Beware of any woman who can never celebrate your accomplishments with you. It could be a new boyfriend, a promotion,
an award, a new job, a new acquisition, weight loss. If she has nothing
positive to say to you about it, does not show emotional support, or
chooses to remain silent she is not a true friend. Real friends know how
to recognize and genuinely rejoice for our successes with pride.

5. Competing against each other – You need to get this straight. There
will always be another woman with nicer hair, a more caring husband or
boyfriend, better behaved children, a better paying job, a bigger house,
a more fashionable wardrobe – there will always be some woman with more
of what you don’t have. Consequently, the only person that you need to
compete against is yourself. Strive to be the best that you can be – for
you. Competing against other women to prove yourself superior is a
financial and emotional drainer. Because of this mindless competition we
become mean, envious and hypocritical. It is pointless.

6. Disrespecting boundaries – To survive peacefully every relationship
and every friendship must have clear boundaries. Good relationships
operate within margins of respect. Within this level of respect, privacy
and intimacy are keywords. Yes, you are my friend, but that doesn’t give
me the right to walk into your bedroom or your kitchen, unbeknownst to
you, and help myself to your stuff. I don’t do this not because you
won’t allow me to, but because I respect your privacy and your things.
Consequently, we both need to know and respect each other’s levels of
privacy and intimacy.
 
7. Crossing boundaries – This is similar to the above; the only
difference is that my respect of your boundaries should never depend on
my friendship with you. We need to respect women for the simple fact
that they are women. If she is a woman she is a sister. Period.
Therefore, from that understanding I will have the utmost respect for
her children, her man, her opinions, her choices, and for her as a
person. It amazes me how women are quick to disrespect another sister’s
boundaries, but feel offended if another woman does to them the same
exact thing. Honestly, that type of inconsistent behavior can only be
credited to some form of mental illness.
 
8. Exploiting our friendships – This is a major one. Why are you
friends? Do you only remember her being around whenever she could get
something from you? It doesn’t even have to be material. It could just
be your time or your positive energy. Does she happen to be always on
the receiving side, with you dishing out ton loads of yourself or your
stuff? Or is she your friend because of what you represent? It could be
that your husband’s position or yours, your possessions, your talent,
whatever, represents some form of achievement. Is she a friend because
that link to you places her on a higher platform? In a real friendship
appreciation, support, and loyalty must be reciprocal.

Have a wonderful week!

~ Joy

Super Tuesday Hangover

Hey Pumps and Glossy Ones,

If you live in a Super Tuesday primary state, did you vote? I really do hope so.

If you did not because you were not registered, please hightail yourself to Declare Yourself as soon as possible. At this site, you will find voting registration applications and deadlines for all 50 states.

This is by far the most historic election in the history of the United States of America. Who would have thought (some may have hoped) that we would have a woman and African-American man as viable candidates?

Hillar Clinton and Barack Obama - Source: Reuters

Even with all this progress, do not ever forget that the struggle is not over. Work still needs to be done, especially to equally educate all the children of the United States from the crumbling ghettos to the affluent suburbs. There needs to be equal pay for equal work. Much work needs to be done in this country. Hopefully, whoever becomes president will begin to transform the nation into a positive direction.

Mr. Maven and I were tracking the Super Tuesday results as if we were tracking a sporting event. We knew at the end of the night that there would be no clear leader on the Democratic side, so we did not stay up all hours of the night to get the results. I will say that I thought that Barack would have done slightly better in the Northeastern states, yet he did well in Western states, which held caucuses. I thought that he and Hillary would have split those states. So stay tuned to this race as it will get even more exciting.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee showed he had some fight left in him. I am sure he got the Conan O’Brien bump. I think his showing will continue to add fuel to the O’Brien Vs. Stewart-Colbert “feud”, assuming the writers’ strike does not end soon. The feud is that Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert claim that they made Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. It seems that when Huckabee is on the Colbert Report, he seems to do well in a primary. Colbert refers to that as the Colbert Bump, which means that guests benefit from being on his show. Jon Stewart placed himself in the mix saying that he made Conan, which means that he, too, made Huckabee.

Settling of the O’Brien v. Stewart-Colbert Feud

On a serious note, check out this Barack Obama “Yes We Can” speech set to music. This video is reminiscent to a Dr. King speech.

Yes We Can

Remember voting is very important.

Mix Maven

P.S.

Those of you who live in early voting states – STOP VOTING EARLY!!!