Monday, November 17, 2014

Get Sleek and Shiny (Just in Time for the Holidays) with True Religion!

("Halle Mid Rise Super Skinny" pant - sleek!)
When most women think of their ideal jean, certain attributes like “sleek” and “sexy” often come to mind. That jean you can dress up or down is typically a coveted item that we all long for. But sometimes, all a girl wants is that fabulous pair of denim jeans that make a bold statement for a special occasion – the pair that you delicately pull out of your closet because it’s the perfect choice for date night. Or…to head to a lounge with the girls. Or…to make your ex eat dirt when you show up to a place you know he’ll be at (just saying, ladies).

And I’m soooo down with these “Halle Mid Rise Super Skinny” women’s jean by True Religion. This leather-like pant is HOT, and because it is made of 75% cotton, 24% poly, and 2% elastane…my curvaceous bod will be happy. Finding jeans when you have curves is a challenge for most women with junk in their trunks, so I thank True Religion for considering this!

The perfect holiday pant – consider it with tons of metallic and a bright, red lip – this jean appears to give you some holiday shine….and the edge your wardrobe may need! Black is always the new black in my book. It’s slimming, can be paired with any color, and allow you a bit more versatility. Again, this pair of designer jeans for women is likely not going to be your everyday, go-to jean. No biggie! We all want a little something special to turn to for that distinct moment. (Can I get an AMEN?!)  

(...And a sexy, shiny view from the back!)
But if this style isn’t your cup of tea, True Religion offers an extensive assortment of looks to check out. While leading, lush department stores, such as Nordstrom, Saks, and Neiman Marcus, are some of the top retailers to sell True Religion jeans, you can also get your shop on while sipping coffee and enjoying a lazy Sunday at home – online shopping has saved the sanity of many (no lines to stand it, no sales people to ruin your day)! If you’re a True Religion lover, be sure to visit its site: www.truereligion.com. Believe me – the sale section is out of this world.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Interview with 'Savi Coco' Designer Lindsay Ahart (Get 10% Off Her Surf and Custom-Made Jewelry!)

(Lindsay Ahart - Designer of Savi Coco)

Savi Coco - an accessories line that consists of surf and custom-made jewels - was recently introduced to me. Specially designed and handcrafted by Lindsay Ahart (president and owner of Pink Lamb Productions), this line of artistic jewelry will definitely add the "boho" to your "chic"...without making you overspend. (I, mean, unless you want to purchase all of her incredible pieces at once that is!)
I absolutely love learning about the inspiration and goals behind a designer's collection, so it's with great pleasure that I can share our recent interview with you, my lovely readers. Enjoy!
Tell me about the concept behind Savi Coco. How did it come about?
I started to do surf art and beach-inspired art close to 10 years ago. I thought it would be cool and fun to turn my art into jewelry. I like adding fun sparkle pieces to accent my piece of art. One day, someone asked me if I could use one of their pictures. So I took their picture and turned it into a piece of jewelry for them. So now I do beach and personal jewels! 


(A personalized jewel!)


I love the name! Can you talk about its origin?
Savannah and Chloe...My daughters go by Savi and Coco :)
The So Cal vibe of your collection is awesome? Did you grow up here?

I grew up in Burbank, but went to college at San Diego State University and still have a house there...I love SD!

How did you get into jewelry design?

I wanted to take my artwork to a different level so I started doing jewelry about a year ago. 


(This piece is called "Surf Feeling." Look closely to see why!)


What type of woman do you design for?

Any age or type of woman or girl that enjoys a whimsical and beachy vibe. Anyone that would like their own image turned into a charm!

If you were stranded on a tropical island, and could wear only one piece from your jewelry collection...which one would it be?

My favorite is "Tropical Bliss." This was inspired when I was in Hawaii and takes me to that moment every time I wear it. It makes me happy! 


(Lindsay's favorite piece from her Savi Coco collection of artwork: "Tropical Bliss." )

Any other details that you would like to share with the public - those interested in (and obsessed with!) fashion and beauty?
It is not just about beach jewelry but also the personal keepsake that I hand-make for people! Please visit my website, PinkLamb, for all details of my jewelry and creative endeavors. Besides my jewelry and surf/beach art. I am a published author and successful video producer! 
Wanna get in contact with Lindsay? Follow her on Twitter! To score some beautiful pieces at an affordable cost, be sure to use CODE: SAVICOCO10 when you shop Savi Coco Jewelry

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My QT Collection Product Review: Feelin' Pretty in "Possie Pink" Lip Gloss



Last January, I had the pleasure of chatting with then-18 year old Atlanta Pop Princess QT Jazz regarding her music and awesome fashion sense! (Her "Heels Bags" song recently deputed at the time, and I was blown away by the catchiness and cuteness of it.) During that interview, she graciously shared her experience as a young entertainer in a competitive industry, while shedding light on her family and the significance of growing up grounded and goal-oriented.

...And then in September, I noticed on (the insanely addicting) Instagram that QT was launching her own cosmetics line with Celfie Cosmetics. "What?! This chick moves fast!" I remember thinking. So I was happy to approach her for some info about her new collection! During our second phone chat, she excitedly had this to say about her new, business venture:

"The QT Collection consists of trendy pieces - the bright pink, the jazzy red, the purple...It's very out there, spontaneous...and jazzy!"


(The "Possie Pink" lip gloss regularly priced at only $15!)

Launched just a few weeks after our conversation (on her 19th birthday!), the QT Collection is gaining quite the momentum in social media as well as across the Web. And I was gifted with a "Possie Pink" lip gloss not long thereafter. Ummm...one of my best Good Girl Gone Shopping arrivals to date! Typically, the glosses that I wear are pretty sheer and subtle...not nearly as dramatically bold as this product. The minute the wand touched my bottom lip, I knew that I was entering a new territory of makeup. And when I finished applying the gloss, which has a more matte feel that could be comparable to an actual lipstick, I looked at myself and knew that wearing this in public means only one thing: There's no turning back!

The Possie Pink lip gloss is hot. It's bold, a bit funky, and totally in sync with my creative personality. As compared to my regular sheen, this lip color is a refreshing, exciting change for me...and totally upped my (makeup) game!

(Feelin' Pretty in "Possie Pink" - Whatcha think?)
Oh and pssssst....the "Generations Collection" (which QT says will be more about the "calmer tones") is coming soon! Also an exclusive line by Celfie Cosmetics, this collection is a collaborative effort between her and some of her fam-bam: Kandi Burruss and her mother "Mama Joyce."

To see promo photos for both the Generations Collection and the QT Collection, be sure to follow my favorite 19-year old superstar (who is also the Atlanta-based reporter for Sprite Pour Reports!) on Instagram and Twitter!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Give Your Feet a ‘Lil Rest with Fashionable Flats!

(LOVE these: Reef Winter Wall mid-top sneaker!)
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I’d say a great pair of heels makes for a fabulous BFF. The way your legs appear elongated and how your profile gets that extra oomph in just the right spot…heels are, like, a MUST in every woman’s wardrobe.

…But so are flats! For functional purposes, such as running errands and shopping ‘til you drop, a flat shoe keeps your motor running longer. (Walking the mall in stilettos will last you about an hour, max.). The health benefits of skipping out on your heels here and there for a flat shoe are also extremely important. I know that my toesies and heels need breathing room here and there, definitely.

So when was the last time you shopped around for a non-heel that’s stylish, simple, and totally comfortable? If it’s been way too long – so long that you can’t even remember – get to it, lovelies. Not saying you have to abandon your fave pair of heels for good (that’s crazy talk), but working in casual comfort is worth considering. Style, after all, is about versatility and switching up your wardrobe while showing off your personality. Heels don’t always make the cut with every outfit.

…Which brings me to Reef – a popular, 30-year old brand that provides an awesome range of styles. Founded by two brothers from Argentina whose inspiration for surfing helped to fuel its inception, Reef offers both men and women high quality, comfortable shoes.

After perusing its site recently, I quickly realized that I gotta bring my readers’ attention to this line as well. Considering it’s reputation in retail (my personal customers at Nordstrom used to request that I run to the BP Department for a pair of Reef flip-flops!), I’m sure you’re familiar with this brand. Scratch that – you probably already own a pair. But if you’ve yet had a chance to check out its latest, seasonal selection…go get your Reef on!

Currently, I’m in love with the Reef Winter Wall mid-top sneaker ($60). So cute and edgy, and would definitely make mall-walking an enjoyable affair.

Yup – Reef is hot and heavy in social media. Check out its Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages and get your shopping on.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shopping for the Right Jeans: 3 Tips to Help Save Your Sanity!


For most women, shopping for the right jeans is a life challenge. Scratch that – a battle. You want a jean that’s comfy while still being sexy. A jean that’s versatile while perfectly suited for a night out on the town. You want a classic cut that is still trendy in style.

I know – waaaaay too many things to consider when thinking about finding a new pair of great jeans. While I have pairs that I love and some that I don’t so much (but still wear due to silly emotional attachments), it’s been a long time since I’ve walked into a mall with the goal of buying the perfect denim pant. Honestly, that means I would need to carve out a good chunk of my weekend to really be on the search. Ummm…not ready yet.

But, as I continue to tone my body (slimming this area, tightening up that part…), uncovering the right pair of jeans is at the top of my shopping list. There are many designers and brands out there to choose from, such as the awesome NYDJ, a line that is famous for helping women look and feel fabulous. (I’ve had a pair from this brand and can attest to its slimming jeans!). So to help you first get in tune with the concept of shopping for a new jean, while hopefully keeping you calm, collected, and actually excited about your next purchase, I’ve put together 3 tips that should help you before you immerse yourself in this gut-wrenching (ahem, challenging) journey. Consider these your starting points:


(Photo Credit: NYDJ on Instagram)

Be realistic about your overall budget. Whether you can afford a $200 pair of jeans or a $50 pair of jeans, the goal is to not break your bank while shopping. The reasons behind this are obvious (bills, bills, bills), but one of the things you may not have considered is the fact that you may want to score some new heels and a tee to go with your new find. So if your overall budget is $100, then it would be wise to budget everything else in as well. Caution: Once you look in the mirror and want to jump up and down because you found the pair of your dreams at a great cost, it’s likely you’re going to want to start styling an entire outfit around the jeans right away. You know, before actually leaving the store.


Consider your curves. These days, the question really isn’t “Do these jeans make my butt look fat?” Rather, it’s: “Do these jeans make my butt look big enough?” Women with curves often experience the difficulty in finding a jean that fits their rear and their smaller waist. Fortunately, the selection of jeans for women these days is getting better in being able to embrace a woman’s curves. So while the issues now aren’t so much having about limited options, it’s about patience really. Your best bet is to research where those jeans can be found, so you don’t waste time flipping through a rack of clothing that is designed for women without curves. Considering your curves is über-important, which will also prompt you to learn about which materials and percentage of stretch will do the trick. I also suggest exploring various colors and shades of jeans, as certain styles will either accentuate your lovely shape or make ‘em look sorta blah.


(Photo Credit: NYDJ on Twitter)


Think quality first. Yes, it is very likely that an expensive pair of jeans is of better quality than, say, a $20 pair of jeans. The craftsmanship, the brand reputation, and the material all play a role in the cost. While I do encourage you to leave a little extra room in your budget for another item to dress up your jeans…If you find that perfect pair that truly feels like it could take you all the way into a new decade – don’t skimp out. One great pair of jeans in a year is better than 5 cheap pairs that will soon split at the seams after just a couple of wears (or washes!).

While there are tons more tips to consider before shopping for the right jeans (i.e., versatility, the best length for jeans, the age appropriate factor), these are starting points…Happy Shopping!

To learn about the awesome collections of NYDJ, be sure to follow this brand on Twitter and Instagram!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Two Thumbs Up for Gwen's new Song? Baby Don't Lie...



I love her voice...Her insane sense of style...Her journey from Orange County Girl to pop culture icon....Her stardom as the new platinum blonde on "The Voice"...Her ability to make balancing celebrity, business, and family look so easy...Her power.

Now enter the first track we're hearing from her upcoming third solo album: Baby Don't Lie. Ummmm...I mean...I'll dance and sing to it. But I do feel that the lyrics are missing tons of substance. Then again, Gwen's proven for more than 20 years that she knows substance (No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" and "Return of Saturn" is full of some of her best poetry, in my opinion.) So a fun song to bop around to? Well, why not? It's what I did to her first two solo albums (Love.Angel.Music.Baby being the more fabulous of the two).

Ultimately, it feels like an appetizer to a really, yummy meal. That said, I hope her third album is full of delicious entreés. What I do know for certain - this pop art-esque video adds color to the song. No lie.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do you REALLY need a vacation?

(Photo Credit: www.picpuddle.com)
When was the last time you thought to yourself, "Well, what's the point anyway?"

How often do you feel like just throwing in the towel on your creative passion because it's not paying the bills (right now)?

Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and suddenly lost all interest in showing the fun side of your personality?

Over the years, as a writer, editor, and social media content developer (see my bio), I've gained surges of inspiration at random times...and lost inspiration at random times nearly as quickly. Fortunately, I've gained some incredible lessons along the way and learned how to maintain a balance and create a life that I truly enjoy. But it sorta takes practice to get to a point where your desire to work long hours on a project outweighs your desire to escape from it all merely to sit on a beach somewhere and sip mojitos. (Although that does sound pretty fabulous.) I mean, isn't this quote from the incredible author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker Seth Godin sooooo right on? When I came across it, I realized that it's my duty to not only be the 'Good Girl Gone Shopping' but to be the 'Good Girl Gone...Resourceful.' I love spreading the idea that you can always make a change and embark on a journey so that you can experience the life you actually want.

Every decision that you make in life contributes to the overall climate of your happiness or sorrow. I haven't been on a vacation in years (...ummm...at all?), and I didn't make it to my favorite So Cal beaches this summer. That's major.

But it's all good...I sense an amazing tropical island trip on the horizon and another scorching hot summer before I know it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Free Your Heart Apparel: "For the Dreamer in All Of Us!"


(Image Credits: Courtesy of www.freeyourheartapparel.com
I think fabulously sultry singer Fiona Apple said it best: "...And I don't go to sleep to dream." But how do you stay grounded while keeping your head in the sky? How do you stay whimsically hopeful and not lose sight of your goals?

Free Your Heart Apparel is a Miami-based knitwear brand that "is designed for the dreamer in us all." In wearing one of these adorable tees, how could you need feel a surge of positivity? Founder Amanda Guevara, who launched Free Your Heart Apparel in 2012, aims to "inspire women with a brand that shows the dreamer in us all while still being comfortable and perfect for day or night. Beautiful silhouettes, impeccable bit and the softest fabrics can be easily dressedup or down. A brand you will fall in love with."

So reach for the clouds and get your shopping on! Thanks to Free Your Heart Apparel, Good Girl Gone Shopping readers can save 15% on all items starting tonight, 9/8! Offer good through next Monday, 9/15. Use shopping code: FYH15

*Connect with Free Your Heart Apparel on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook


Thursday, September 4, 2014

LA Fashion Week Volunteers Wanted for 'Project Ethos'!

Announcement: My friends at Project Ethos are seeking LA Fashion Week volunteers! If you wanna get involved (or you know of others who believe in the explosion of fashion, music, and art), be sure to make contact. 

If you've yet to attend and want to find out what really goes down at a Project Ethos event, be sure to check out some of my event recaps in Agenda Magazine: 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Well, Well, Well...If It Ain't September!

If you're an 8-5'er, I hope you're enjoying your day away from the office (It's Labor Day!). If you're a freelance professional, may you be able to carve out a little extra time to smell the coffee or go for a walk. And if you're both - working around the clock (like many of us are!) - may you find extra inspiration simply by being YOU. Currently, I'm transcribing my recent interview I had last weekend with a lovely fashion stylist. Yup - I'm feeling joy in my chosen path.

There's just something about the beginning of a new month that excites us! Something about a new month that offers us the chance to analyze our wardrobes and determine if our items are doing us justice. There's just something about having (what feels like) a do-over...

Surprise me, September! Let's see what you have in store. 

Photo Credit: www.weheartit.com 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lounge Around in...Linge Shoes!

(Photo Credit: www.lingeshoes.com)
Linge shoes are these cutesy and comfy (and high quality!) ballet flats you can pretty much pair up with any outfit. Tons of colors to choose from. Tons of versatility.

I recently recently received a pair of bright red Linge shoes, which nicely add to my lounge wear. While these shoes have sufficient sole coverage for a basic narrow shape, my feet (which are weird, wide, and just well, not my fave body part) need a thicker and wider sole to support my feet when outside. That said, however, they are so perfect for me indoors, especially when having guests over...and especially when I don't have time to get a pedicure. So I've chosen my Linge shoes as my staple to lounge around in. Because they can roll up nicely in a bag, I also look forward to taking them with me on my next trip. What a perfect, space-saving item to pack!

To learn more about Linge shoes, which are designed for women ($59) and babies/kids ($39), be sure to visit its website! You can also connect with 'em on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exclusive Interview with Kristi Yamaguchi - Olympic Champion and Creator of Activewear Clothing Line, Tsu.ya!

(Kristi Yamaguchi - the one and only!)

Did you know that Kristi Yamaguchi -- the Olympic Champion and American figure skater we've all adored over the years -- has a retail fashion collection? After recently learning about her line, Tsu.ya (pronounced sue-ya), I can think of a handful of awesome women who would benefit from this collection - including myself. 

"Designed to Feel Good. Designed with a Purpose. Designed for Real Life.

A philanthropist, active mom, and fashion aficionado, the Olympic medalist was influenced by her many years of traveling as an international athlete. She understands the importance of comfort when it comes to fashion! And these days, after several years off the ice, Kristi knows that women on a mission (who probably couldn't even grasp the concept of "getting a day off") deserve amazing clothing to wear. Offering modern designs, on-trend colors and sophisticated styles, Tsu.ya looks to nicely combine the concepts of fashionable and functional, while giving back to a beautiful cause; a portion of the proceeds from this activewear line going to her Always Dream Foundation," which inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy." 

For more insight from this all-star professional (including exclusive fashion tips!), check out our interview:


      As an Olympic gold medalist, did you ever envision that you would take on the fashion industry with an exclusive retail collection?
K.Y.: I’ve always been interested in fashion and have always been open to one day doing something like this. I think years of being a part of my costume designing whet my appetite.
(Yup - you can totally be comfy AND cute in activewear clothing!)

I really appreciate the concept of Tsu.ya. How does your retail collection stand out among what’s currently available online and in stores?
      K.Y.: We are proud to be a product with purpose. Tsu.ya was inspired to be able to give back so women can feel good both inside and out. Tsu.ya also takes great care in selecting quality fabrics that feel good. Our designs are on trend with a feminine touch with many pieces that can layer on the active ones for a more contemporary look. Silhouettes that flatter the female figure.
Tsu.ya has turned up the notch on casual, post-workout wear, adding a chic, feminine touch. What are some of your favorite Tsu.ya pieces you'd recommend to on-the-go, busy women for summertime? 
K.Y: I love the Danya tank...either over a sports bra or a cami. The Rachel capris are a staple and have a great wide, supportive waistband. The Julia jacket has been popular and will also carry over to Fall in a new color. 

(A portion of Tsu.ya's proceeds goes to Kristi's foundation - www.alwaysdream.org)

Which celebs could you immediately see wearing pieces of the Tsu.ya line? 
K.Y.: I see Reese Whitherspoon, Lucy Lui, Jennifer Gardner, Pink, Kerry Washington, to name a few!
Who or what inspires you?
K.Y.: My daughters, philanthropy 
What do you feel is the biggest challenge women have when it comes to shopping? Any tips to making the experience enjoyable? 
K.Y.: Have an open mind. When I go out to find something specific, I never find it. When I just go to look, something usually catches my eye. Also, I like going in the evening, its much quieter then. 
Three words to describe your own sense of style feminine, on-trend, comfortable
Wanna keep up with Kristi Yamaguchi? (I know, sounds so cool.) Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! Oh, and did I mention that you can find great deals on Tsu.ya.com! Go ahead - get your wallet out. 
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Tsu.ya