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

Glossy Monday Variety ~ 09/17/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

I hope your weekend was better than mine – I have been sick since Wednesday!  DO NOT take your good health for granted!



Kelly Rowland is back with “Ghetto” featuring Snoop Dogg.


For those of us who are sick,


(see WebMD for full details)

  1. Know when not to Treat Symptoms
  2. Blow your Nose often and the Right Way
  3. Treat that Stuffy Nose with Warm Salt Water
  4. Stay Warm and Rested
  5. Gargle
  6. Drink Hot Liquids
  7. Take a Steamy Shower
  8. Use a Salve Under Your Nose
  9. Apply Hot or Cold Packs around Your Congested Sinuses
  10. Sleep with an Extra Pillow under Your Head
  11. Do not Fly unless it is Necessary
  12. Eat Infection-Fighting Foods



I am really digging brown for the fall.  These boots by Aerosoles have to be comfortable since they make the most comfortable shoes ever.  The “Lane Squeeze” boot also comes in black leather.




My favorite face cleansing product, without a doubt, is Johnson and Johnson’s Clean and Clear.  I’m not trying to sound like a Proactiv commercial, but I have combination skin (oily/dry) and Clean and Clear keeps me just that – clean and clear!

These are the products in my bathroom drawer – I switch up daily and my skin has no complaints.


Go the Clean and Clear site to get a $2.00 off coupon.



I found this cute parody of the top Democratic candiates for President.  When the time comes, whether you are Republican or Democrat, VOTE!



“Our Daily Bread” from RBC Ministries is one of my favorites.  The monthly pocket size devotional arrives once a month and the cost is only what you are led to give.  You can also view their daily devotionals on their website.  This is a great resource for those who need a quick Word for the day.

I recieve “Heartlight” devotionals through e-mail daily.  You will receive a Scripture Verse, Thought and Prayer.  They also offer many more devotionals to choose from – check out the complete list here.



Last week, I posted two prints by artist Annie Lee.  In the comments section, Miss Loden said I should check out “Power Shopping.”  I did and I love it!

Power Shopping

Looks like Mix Maven and Sensual Element on any given day. 🙂  Thanks Miss Loden –  and if you like “Power Shopping,” you will love “Maxed Out.”


It’s September 17th and two of my dear friends are celebrating their birthdays today!

Happy Birthday Mix Maven!  Happy Birthday Sensual Element!

Happy Birthday Sensual Element!  Happy Birthday Mix Maven!

I love yall! 🙂  Any Virgos in the house? LOL!

Here are some Simpson clips to get you two in the Birthday spirit… 

Go Sen, it’s your birthday!  Go Mix, it’s your birthday!  If yall want to dance to Luke, go here!  LOL!

Have a Great Week Everyone!

~ J.R.

Glossy Monday Variety

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

Hope you all had a great weekend!



I love a song that celebrates women.  Here is the adorable Raheen Devaughn with “You.”  I love the first line of the song and the groove is hot.



My Mother is a huge fan of Annie Lee art.  She loves that there are no faces – “If I want faces, I will put pictures of family up!”  I spent the majority of the weekend with her looking for a frame for “Drip Dry.”


Sites say it is 24×36, but that does not take into account the write trim around the actual pictures.  Whew!  Finally found a frame and it looks great.  Black frame with a black mat – perfection!

Why did I post this picture?  Because I need your help with figuring something out.  We see the lady washing clothes – what exactly is the child doing in the picture?  My guess is that the child is supposed to be potty training, but is playing instead.  I will write Annie Lee and see what she says!

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE:  My Mom called the official Annie Lee website – the person who answered wasn’t sure, so Annie Lee was called to give the answer!  Annie Lee said that the baby is supposed to be potty training, but instead the baby is pulling the sheets off the line/playing; as soon as the mother hangs a sheet, the baby pulls one down. 🙂

Here is another cute pic my Mom got by Annie – it is called “Burn Ya Baby?”


That was me many a day when I was a child!



To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”   ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (source)

What’s truly audacious is to believe that something different is possible, to hope, to aspire, to change.”   ~ Senator Barack Obama (source)

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll ed up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   ~ Oprah Winfrey (source)



I posted a beautiful blue and brown comforter set last week.  I came across this one on the JCPenny site.  Different pattern, but the same colors are there:


I found this combination on Target.com:


Blue comforter set, brown sheets and accent pillows.  Great look!



I love this gymshoe – it immediately caught my eye in the store Saturday.  The Nike Dart V comes in a couple of colors, but my fave is the Clay/Garnet.


These kicks can be found at JCPenny and Kohl’s – both have them marked down to $39.99.

I love the berry color of these Steven Madden “Blazzin” pumps.


These pumps can be found on Macys.com for $74.25.



“You CAN Recover From A Fall” – A Word we can all use!  “Let the haters hate” – alright now!


So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
~ Matthew 7:12

Have a Wonderful Week!

~ J.R.