By Michelle Zillman,

Chief Bag Lover,

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Who doesn’t love a ‘top trends’ list, I know I do. So here’s my latest list of the hottest bag trends right now…

MAKE A STATEMENT – IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT

Huge right now, quite literally, is the trend of statement handles. Whether they be oversized, studded, made of rope, gilded – the point is that handles are now becoming a feature in themselves. No longer just a way of picking up your bag; now it’s a bag pick me up!

louis vuitton bag

Louis Vuitton

 

Givenchy Bag

Givenchy

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL BAGS

Remember as a kid when you used to get your empty chip packet and shrink it in the oven? (If you don’t you’ve had a deprived childhood – sorry you missed out on this!). Anyway, this trend reminds me of it. These bags literally look like shrunken down versions of ‘real bags’. Of course, these bags are real, only thing is, if you need to fit more than a Tic Tac in some of them, you might struggle. Cute but not sure how practical this trend is. But hey, when has fashion ever really been practical; it should be about fun after all. And fun this is.

Hermes Bag

Hermès

Akris Bag

Akris

Valentino Bag

Valentino

Coach Bag

Coach

BAGS ON STEROIDS

Proof that we live in a crazy world of opposites and extremes, the other big trend is big; actually, make that massive bags! Yep, oversized bags are hot right now. With these bags you can fit the whole Tic Tac factory inside; the only problem is, you may not be able to pick it up after you’ve done so. A Chiropractor’s dream.

Two of my faves are by Sonia Rykiel and Loewe.

Sonia Rykiel Bag

Sonia Rykiel

Loewe Bag

Loewe

IT’S A CINCH

Just think of these as the bucket bag evolved. Fashion is most often an evolution instead of revolution, and this is a great and beautiful example. I personally love this trend, a ‘cinch’ always feels soft and feminine so a winner in my book.

My top picks for ‘cinchers’ right now are Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Altuzuarra, Givenchy and Marni.

Alexander Wang Bag

Alexander Wang

But no matter what bag you choose, remember to always treat it with love; on its own handbag hanger. After all, when our favourite outfit comes off, it’s slipped carefully onto its hanger. Jackets, t-shirts, tights, they all have their own place. But sadly, our treasured, beautiful bags haven’t.

Until now. With thh – the handbag hanger; your bags have a place where they belong. And no matter where in the world you are, you and your bags can enjoy our brilliant Aussie invention because we ship worldwide. We love it, and we know you will too, so jump on the handbag hanger trend.

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Credit from HBO Canada

Hello, My Lovelies!

It’s finally the weekend. For the last week and a half, I had been searching for a new series to watch. My Netflix was a huge disappointment as most of the series recommended to me by friends, I’d already watched.

I was a Netflix rut. No-one was more surprised than me. What was I going to watch when I was getting ready for work in the mornings?

In the same week and a half of my search, I kept seeing #InsecureHBO on my Twitter timeline. At the time, I thought it was one of those reality shows, so I disregarded it.

Desperation got the better of me, and I clicked on the hashtag.

Guuuuyyysss! I was living under a rock because nobody bothered to tell me about the awesomeness that is Insecure. Issa Rae is AMAZING!

I started season one on Tuesday and ya’ll….I’m on season two right now, and I’m sad because I’m going to have to wait for the next episode to drop on HBO.

About The Show

For those of you who were living under the rock with me, Insecure is an HBO original comedy-drama series based partially on Issa Rae’s widely lauded web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. It follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman played by Issa Rae.

Issa and her best friend Molly deal with real life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable experiences.

Who here has ever felt awkward in their lives?

I can relate to Issa’s character so much. Especially the club scene in Season 1, Episode 1. I vividly remember in college where I was waiting for a friend at a party and I saw this guy across the courtyard smiling at me or at least I thought it was me.

So we’re there making flirty eyes at each other from across the room. Finally, he signalled me over to join him; I made it half way across the room about to open my mouth to say something ridiculous when this girl out of nowhere; pushed passed me, leaving me in a tornado of her perfume and started dry humping the guy on the dance floor.

Awkward right?

I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole in that instance. Unlike Issa, I couldn’t rap about it, but I did write a short story which was popular among my peers.

If you’re not obsessed with Insecure, here are four reasons why you should be.

  1. It’s asking hard questions about racism

As a series about black women, racism will be an unfortunate topic of conversation. But thankfully the creative team diplomatically breakdown and explores the complexities of the issue.

2. It’s making a statement about women

Insecure speaks up for women and shows how powerful they can be when they support each other; even though they sometimes have a weird way of showing it. Women empowerment has been the order of the day but not many women exercise it. If you’ve read my previous about the devil wearing a skirt, then you’d understand why I say it’s not being exercised.

3. The comedy is genuine

The series doesn’t try hard to be funny. Issa’s awkwardness, personality and raps are naturally entertaining. From her lipstick shade personality to her Broken P&&y rap, you can’t help but laugh.

4. It isn’t solely focused on relationships but…

We can’t help but root for her relationship with Lawrence and Daniel. Still, Insecure balances relationship drama with the characters’ external lives. Needless to say, you will be obsessed.

Have you watched Insecure? Are you tuning into Insecure Season 2? Tell me what you think in the comments!

 

 

 

On Saturday, my mom celebrated her birthday. For over a week, I tried to find the perfect restaurant. Eventually, I settled with Tamarind Continental Cuisine in Barbican. I’d dine at the Tamarind Indian before in February for a friend’s birthday, and my experience was great.

The Restaurant

Tamarind Continental is the sister restaurant of Saffron Indian Cuisine & Tamarind Indian Restaurant which offers a fusion of European cuisines.

The first thing that captured my attention was the wall art. It reminded me of a classic French cafe with a bit of modernity.

We jumped right into the main courses since many of us hadn’t eaten all day.

Nick and I ordered the Grilled Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Our reservations were at 7 pm, and we weren’t served until 8:30 pm. Half of us almost passed out from hunger pangs.

Our waitress was very apologetic. She advised that they were short staffed and had to cater to both sides (Indian and Continental) of the building.

Honestly, we were just glad we had our food.

I was not a fan of the Lemon Butter sauce on the alioleolio spaghetti, and Nick agreed. It had a sour taste that I was not expecting.

Also, the portion was way smaller than I imagined.

I was much more fond of the Stuffed Mushrooms that my aunt had ordered and the Grilled Chicken with Pink Peppercorn and Brandy sauce that my mom ordered.

Overall

My mom had a great time, and that was the aim of the night. Although the service wasn’t great, the food made up for it.

I would definitely try this restaurant again and order the Stuffed Mushroom Chicken. I’m still having the feels for it. Hopefully, all or most of the staff will be present to avoid the long wait.

Until next time. Nuff love Shevoneese

On my quest for controlled skin this summer, I have been searching for the right product to help keep my breakouts to a minimum.

A friend of mine had suggested years ago that I try products from the Body Shop. In my research, I came across an advertisement introducing their Skin Clearing Tea Tree Oil Line. I was skeptical at first, as I am with any new product, but I decided that it was worth a try.

Plus, it was on sale! Who doesn’t like a good discount?

Finally, it arrived, and I was surprised at how small the bottles were, but that didn’t deter me from testing the products.

I’ve been using the product on and off for three weeks. My first reaction, the smell. If you use tea tree oil as a part of your regular regime, then you’re familiar with the smell. There’s no “it’s so fruity’ moment, it just smells like Tea Tree Oil.

If you’re not a fan of the smell, then this product is not for you.

A little product goes go a long way. You don’t need a lot to cover the areas of your face because it lathers up well.

After a few seconds, I felt the cooling effects. It wasn’t intense, but you’ll notice when it happens. Using it regularly, I hardly noticed the effects after the first 2 – 3 washes.

With other washes that I’ve used, my skin felt very dry and tight. However, this product left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

After drying my face, I followed with the mattifying toner.

The instructions on the bottle suggested for best use, a shake of the product would activate the mattifying powders. Like the wash, a little product goes a long way, and the smell was the same.


My Overall Results

Still too early to tell, but my skin tone looks a bit more even, and my acne scars have faded slightly.

I don’t want to get my hopes up too soon, as I am with a lot of products I’ve tried in the past, butI’ll continue using the product until it’s finished.

Currently, it’s at the half way mark.

I also plan to purchase the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask, as I’ve read great reviews.

If you tried the products, let me know in the comment section.

I have always been a huge fan of the Pantene Line; The Pantene Gold Series did not disappoint. The products have always been fantastic, and the smells are just as awesome. I got an incredible opportunity to review my latest vox box from Influenster which featured the Gold Series Line.

Which Pantene Gold Series Items did I get?


I received Shampoo, the conditioner, and Butter creme. The shampoo definitely removes any previous product, and the smell is great. However, it tends to feel watery and not as rich as most shampoos. On the other hand, the conditioner did not disappoint.The conditioner was richer than the shampoo and contained Aragon oil in its ingredients, which is a super plus for me.

The butter creme was a great start to begin my wash and go. The steps after Butter creme was: Detangle, spritz with Aragon Oil and a Leave In.

My Results

My wash and go lasted about four days. I loved the shine, the smell and the fact that my hair didn’t felt dry and it looked healthy.

About the Author

My name is Kay, and I love shoes.

I am a Proud Texan, Mom of 2 genius babies lol and Fur-mom. I love Fashion, Tacos & shoes. But I have realized over the last few years I am a serial dater I have stories for days most are crazy, sexy cool lol. I have started sharing them with friends a few years back and thought it would be neat to journal my lessons on my blog.

On my blog, you get a view of crazy dating scenarios and the lessons I have learned from them all, Fashion ideas, and also my frustrations since I chopped all my hair off and went natural lol. In my shop, you get the first seat to my courses, my workshops and adorable pieces I have found while travelling all across the US.
XOXO Hugs and Heels,
Kay

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“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”