Thursday, December 22, 2011

BareMinerals lip collection- "Pretty Amazing" (11/29/11)

The "Pretty Amazing" Lip Collection by BareMinerals is actually pretty amazing!

It's hard to get the right lip colors in a set of four. I hate how I end up just liking one of them, but with this collection they are so different and pretty. They also make great gifts to friends!

Read all about my review of each color on Mode:

Mode Bay Area: Bare Minerals Review

The Look for Less: I Scream for Ice Skates

Totally impractical cray cray shoes are always seen on the most daring of fashionistas. We love to ridicule them for wearing them or praise them for making it the right situations or events.

I think Ice Skate Shoes are a crazy idea and somehow very intriguing and kind of well, cute! If you are in the market for some over the top ice skates, or just want to glide around like you are an ice skating queen than these shoes are for you. This would be also be a fun idea for a holiday party theme! And today is your lucky day, for a look for less option for the Ice Princess in all of us.

Ice Skate Pump

The Look: 

D2 Ice Skate Pumps

For Less:

Jeffrey Campbell

$198-$169 (Sale)

Jeffrey Campbell Skate (Photo from Sole Struck)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites

Who else is baking up a storm this week? Yep it's that time of year, and with Christmas approaching (like in a minute) we all could use a speedy recipe.

Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites, now here's a yummy something that you can whip together for a last minute party or two. The two main ingredients are Chocolate & Nutella, need I say more?

Well I guess I kind of have to say more if you want the proper recipe! But I won't blame you if you don't make it to the mixing portion of the recipe and just eat the chocolate and Nutella on its own. :D 

If you have the will power, stick it through this short, easy recipe, you wont be disappointed!

Bakers Chocolate..must resist..

Dollop of Nutella for swirls...and some for me.


Recipe adapted from: Just Everyday Me & Broma Bakery:
(Makes about 24 brownie bites)


4 (one ounce) squares of Bakers unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Nutella

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 24 mini muffin tin with muffin liners.
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter in microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. (If you a have a melting pot, like I do, use this instead.) Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Put the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter/chocolate mixture to the sugar and stir until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to divide the batter into the muffin tins.
  6. Put a small dollop of nutella on top of each brownie bite. Take a toothpick and swirl the nutella into the brownie.
  7. Bake from 12-15 minutes.

Yum, I can smell them already.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fab Five Friday: Cupcakes!

In Honor of National Cupcake Day, which was yesterday, I am glorifying my top five favorite cupcakes, which can all be found in the Bay Area!

1. Red Velvet: HannaH's (San Jose)

 Red Velvet so good it's wedding approved!

2. S'mores: Kara's Cupcakes (San Jose)

Photo from Kara's Cupcakes on Yelp

    I love this combo of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker.

3. Black & White: Sprinkles (Palo Alto)

Totally caught hoarding the black and whites at the free Sprinkles station. ;)
    Because sometimes its hard to just choose one.

4. Drum Stick: Love's Cupcakes (Downtown San Jose)

Photo from Yelp/Love's Cupcakes

    Taste exactly like an chocolate dipped ice cream cone minus the ice cream. It's delicious

5. Cotton Candy: American Cupcake (San Francisco)

    Pretty infused cotton candy blue frosting on vanilla cake. Reminds me of a ride on a ferris wheel.

So let's eat cake!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tutorial: Peppermint Mocha Nails

Peppermint Mocha Nails.


Are you already sold?

Once I heard about these, I knew I had to do a tutorial to share with all my loyal followers. I love fun nail styles and I'm never afraid to try something unusual. This one just hit the mark with me, mocha's are kind of what I live for, and peppermint gives it that special holiday kick! Why not try your favorite Christmas drink on your nails? Since painting my nails this way, I swear I've been craving mocha's non stop. No joke!

And by popular demand, the Peppermint Mocha Nail Tutorial:

Step One:
Sephora: White, OPI: Skinny Dip'n In lake Michg'n, Hello Kitty Sephora: Red Sparkle

Pick out three nail colors and a toothpick, a mocha (or light nude if you prefer a latte) tint, white for the whipped cream and Red Sparkles for the sprinkles. Drool.

Step Two:

Paint all nails with two coats of your Mocha color, one coat if yours is darker than mine.

Step Three:

On my last coat of mocha I quickly add a tiny drop of white color. * You got to be quick on this step, so work on one nail by one.

Step Four: 

Use a toothpick to swirl your "whipped cream" with the mocha. Do this to each nail: one by one.

Step Five: 

Use your "sprinkles" and paint just the tips with this red sparkle color. I went with one layer and didn't try to make it in a perfect line. I like my sprinkles scattered. And if you prefer EXTRA sprinkles, well I won't judge, just add another layer or two, and your set!

Easy peasy right? If you are a professional barista you could go that extra mile and create coffee art!

Now your nails are festive and will be the envy of all your friends at your next holiday party! Share this tutorial with your gal pals, after all its Christmas time.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Look For Less: Color me Gucci

I love me some color blocks and I think I might be craving some Gucci as well.

Here are the color block sandals I saw at Neiman's:

Gucci Andie Multicolor Suede Platform Sandal     
Gucci sandals in Jade, Riviera Blue & Black suede. Love the color combo and would be a great finishing touch to a LBD for a holiday party! Pretty costly, as it's only $895. Right...You know I wouldn't leave you hanging? Here are my looks for less!

Dune Hotty Color Block Platform

Spotted these suede pumps in the same color arrangement as the Gucci version. They are on sale for $98.17 on ASOS right now.

Vadio Platform Sandals in Blue Velvet 
Jessica Simpson also makes a an open toe pump version with a pop of bright red! Super fun for $98 at Macy's. And you know Macy's is always having a "One Day Sale" like every week right? Plus those coupons in the mail, that would make quite the good deal, just sayin'.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fab Five Friday: Stocking Stuffers

I love buying gifts that have room for extra little surprises to hide inside of them, you can fill them up  like stocking stuffers. These fillers can be super fun and don't have to cost much. Here are few that caught my eye.

Maybelline Baby Lips. Photo: Bobby Doherty for AOL
Baby Lips SPF 20 chap stick by Maybelline for $3.99!

Oreos don't get much better than this. Ooh La La Oreo Cookies covered in Belgium Dark and Milk Chocolate. They look really festive too! $15 for a six pack of yumminess.

Jingle G Photo: Sephora
Have a Gwen Stefani fan as a friend? This will surely rock her Christmas stockings. This cute little Harajuku Lovers Fragrance G is all dolled up as Santa for the holidays. She smells sweet too-think Honeysuckle & notes of Vanilla. Price $24

Titanium 'G Mirror' Slap Watch Girls. Photo:Nordstrom

Super cute slap watch, reminds me of the one I had as a child! $16 for slap happy wearable fun for the kids!

Black and Red Apple Cozy with Vintage Button. Photo: Mikisknits

Protect your precious apples from bruising with this clever little knit cover up. For $9 your cute little apple will make a great gift for a deserving teacher or for the girl on the go!

I hope this encourages you to think outside of the Christmas box when it comes to filling up those Christmas Socks (or stockings...).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fashion Hunters: "Generosity Gems"

The Fashion Hunters are putting together a Charity event.
Invasion of closets...BEGIN!

So this is when Kelly Bensimon comes in. We see her apartment again..(seen it on The Real Housewives of New York) and then she starts talking crazy. No, I'm just kidding, Kelly actually seemed sweet. She does have an amazing closet set up I must say. She gives the Second Time Around gals the white Jill Stuart dress she wore while causing crazy person drama on one of  the RHONY reunion shows. Charity work has never looked so glamourous.
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Next celebrity closet, Alexa Ray Joel. She ends up having super cute clothes, she gives away a fun pair of Prada mary jane leopard print pumps and a BCBG dress she wore in her music video. Very very cute items.

Sorry No Photo of her in her dress, the only thing I could dig up was her music video "Notice Me" but her voice was not kind to my ears and I didn't think the dress was worth showing while torturing everyone with her song while reading my blog! But still, cute girl!

One last piece from Peter Som, who has dressed Michelle Obama, and Scarlett Johansen. They pick a black and white dress worn by Christina Ricci in 2011 retails at $1,500, in hopes that the classic look and Audrey Hepburn-eiss style of it will sell to their clients.
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Now that everything is 'collected and buyers are gathered its auction time!

Peter som starts off at $1,100 but there are no takers until they offer it at $700, tough crowd. Kelly Bensimon's original handbag, and both her dresses sell for a few hundo each, and  Alexa's BCBG dress sells for 1,000! A little wine goes a long way in getting customers to buy buy buy.

They just barely reach their charity goal of $6,000 with a JLO dress a consigner sold to Second Time Around a few episodes ago.

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Don't know why they were expecting to get more than $3,000 for this dress, after all this dates way back to when she was dating P Diddy, or Puff whatever he was back then.

One more episode to go!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fab Five Friday: GaGa's Workshop

all pictures from

This Fab Five Friday features the Queen of fabulousness and madness herself, Lady Gaga. If you haven't heard by now she has a store called Gaga's Workshop located in Barneys New York. It hasn't officially opened yet, but I've seen some previews and it looks insanely fun! People have been saying its a mixture of "Dylan's Candy store meets Bloomingdales." The workshop is filled with anything Lady Gaga inspired. I'm not a "little monster" but I do like a lot of her songs and can appreciate some of her fashion, so really this shop has something for any fashion lover daring to take a risk!

Let's play a love game, here are my top five Gaga picks:

If you know me, you know I love me some nail polish! This Edge of Glory nail polish created by my nail fave Deborah Lippmann created this insane color duo that is 3d Holographic! No idea how that works, but let me tell you I will get my claws on this one!
Price $45

Um I also have a major sweet tooth. And this looks crazy delicious. Gum balls covered in sprinkles: don't be scared, open your mouth, show me your teeth.

Price $35

This lady knows her shoes! The harder to walk in the better. And Christmas stockings are no exception.

Avant Garde Boot Stocking
Price $65

 Can't read my poker face with these babies. Doubt you could read much of anything wearing these lace covered designer glasses. But that's just a fashion risk one has to be willing to take, right?

A-Morir by kerin.rose Sioux Lace Sunglasses
Price $295

I almost wish I had my ears pierced to rock these Yottoy Shoe Earrings. Ridiculous heels used to tower over all your minions, truly inspired by Alexander McQueen and seen on Lady Gaga many of times.

Price $25

Gaga's Workshop X Barneys New York

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fashion Hunters: "Price Wars"

A tough cookie, inconsistent pricing, and hair extensions.

Lets start off with the lady wanting $3,000 for a Marc Jacobs gown from 2004?! Say what? She be crazy.
I think her Russian accent scared Tara because she ended up negotiating for $1,600 still a lot of moola.

Christian Louboutin's show up, lime green and a custom flat black shoe. Yumm both priced under $500 each! This pricing ended up being a great surprise for the consigner but not such a good thing for Karina and Wilson. They had to push the price down to $300. I'm with Karina and Wilson this time, I really do think they could've sold the brand new conditiion Louboutin's for $500!

Bring on the annual authentication process, there's always one each episode. I think this is my favorite part actually. I like the anticipation. This time they are authenticating a Valentino dress. This week professional is vintage expert is Keni Valenti. After investigating the stitching and zipper, no french seems, he comes to the conclusion that it's a faux Valentino. Aw. always sad when they don't have a great find.

The funny part of this episode was the complete honesty of the consigner. she is selling her one of a kind custom made jewelry all for the money, so she can buy hair extensions for her younger prospecting boyfriends! Hilarious.I wish the consigners would really admit why they are selling their designer goods.

I just changed my mind, my favorite part of tonight's episode was the clip with Ambria blushing over the idea of shopping online! It was too funny when she sheepishly mentioned she sometimes shops online with her friend too. Omg that was an honest moment for sure. I think a lot of us can relate to how much fun shopping can be and even a little negotiation is exciting.

CRAP. Kelly Bensimon is on next weeks episode...ughhhhhhhhhhhh.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fashion Hunters: The Promised Land

"Can't judge a book by it's raincoat."

Rosemary a consigner comes in wearing a Lady Gaga prototype raincoat of sorts. She is selling off a pair of Miu Miu pumps for selling at the shop for $275 because the color hot pink makes her sick. Disagree with that, love hot pink!

She also brings in this killer black and gold gilded heel, a pair of Proenza Schouler shoes for $325. Done and done.

Rebecca Weinberg a stylist for Sex and the City shows up for vintage options for supermodel Julie Henderson. (Gah, Second Time Around does not sell vintage!) Ambria tries to make it werq, anything for Rebecca! Especially if she is a prospect returning consigner, imagine all the fabulous pieces in this stylist closet! I need to move to New York asap for this fact alone.

Looking for vintage pieces for Rebecca has turned into the promised land according to Ambria,having tried on a 1960s black sequin Valentina mini dress which was gorge. And omg the Halston 70s pink dress was ahh-mazing and perfect for a supermodel! That would've been my pick.

Knock knock, YSL shows up at the Second Time Around door..with a very sketchy label that is half sewn in. This calls for a stop by from Marie Claire Magazine's  Zana Roberts Rossi for her expert opinion. A whole of work for this Russian collection YSL velvet coat..don't know about you but I'm just not crazy about it. Well thank goodness it was a fakey, made in the USA was a dead giveaway.

Very exciting episode, even if this is a late post!

The Look For Less: Gucci, Gold, and Pleats, Oh My!

Today's Look For Less features this gorge Gucci Resort 2012 Collection.

Fabulous amirite?
God knows the price on this Gucci Skirt, but I'm seeing this metallic skirt trend all over the place from designer to smaller store brands. Its definitely a statement piece, and can be dressed up and down. I would dress this down, with a light cable knit sweater tucked in the skirt. 

Here's a few of the Looks For Less I found:

Oasis Shimmer Metallic Pleated Mini Skirt @ ASOS for $81.81

Out Of This World Gold Skirt @ Lulus for $47.00.

Here's Chloe Moretz rocking her gold skirt on a cover of French mag Jalouse!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fab Five Friday: Black Friday

It's Black Friday! I'm already addicted to shopping through out the year so today doesn't change a whole lot, except for a few exceptionally good deals. Here are five of my favorite online Black Friday deals this year in fashion and beauty.

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier is known for their incredibly light and luminous foundation colors. The  foundation will give you full coverage easily with one layer, yet it doesn't feel heavy at all. I'm addicted to the Silk Creme Foundation. And from now until 11/28 you can get  free shipping plus two deluxe samples with your order. No code necessary!

Deluxe Samples are:
Flawless Skin (one step cleanser)
Eye Basics-Wheat (eye shadow primer)
Body Butter in Fig
Tightline cake eyeliner in Plum Riche
Creme Brulee Body Butter
Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara


On Sale for $108, and don't forget the 20% off!

Asos is amazing little one shop stop wonder. There are many affordable goodies available right now for Black Friday and the rest of the weekend.

Today get an extra 20% off everything including sale items (Party dresses are 25% ,Winter Styles are 30%) with code:

 Sunday they are having an amazing sale on bags. Not sure to what extent, might only be available on their Asos handbag collection. Worth a look for 40% off for 24 hours only. No code needed.


Shoemint's grand opening is today-Black Friday! Affordable designer shoes designed by the effortless style icon Rachel Bilson and shoe designer Steve Madden.  If you love Steve Madden shoes and the style of Rachel then these shoes are right up your alley. All going for $79.98 each. Use code: Shoe20 for 20% off your first pair. Or today only BFshoe20 for $20 off.

Kate Sommerville

One product that has been all the rave and received many beauty awards is the Exfolikate by Kate Sommerville. I recently tried a sample from Sephora and I love the smooth and clean feeling I get after each use. Now with 30% its finally affordable $45.50, regularly $65. With code: Holiday2011 you can get 30% off anything on their shopping website.


I'm crazy about Stylemint T Shirts designed by Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen (designers of The Row). They are all high quality T Shirts that are basic with unique design elements in each one. There are usually at least five to choose from each month, and are styled by leading stylists every month. Last month was Emily Schuman from Cupcakes & Cashmere, previous to that was Brad Goreski! Keeps getting better and better. I highly HIGHLY recommend this website and join free, and never feel like you to have to buy, just skip a month if you don't want a shirt that month. Each shirt is $29. Black Friday codes are all over their Facebook page today so check that out. Right NOW for the next 4 hours is $4 off with code: 4OFF1.

Have a fun and safe Black Friday! I hope you find some good deals!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kate Spade- Supercalifragilipstick! (11/3/11)

 So addicted to these fun shades of Lipstick by Kate Spade New York. The one I featured in the article is Adventurous Red, and I more recently bought another one in Pop Art Pink which I am crazy about. Read all about it here:
Mode Bay Area: Kate Spade- Supercalifragilipstick!