The Start of A New Week!

Putting in a 50+ hour work week last week was absolutely insane and obviously very time consuming since I didn’t have the chance to talk to you guys! :-(

Despite the crazy hours and the 5,000 boxes of clothes, shoes and make-up that I received last week -judgment free zone- I was still able to check on the progress of you all posting your blue #shoefie photos for breast cancer awareness! #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC

So far we’ve been able to raise over $500 for our photos uploaded on Instagram – $10 for every blue shoefie photo uploaded.

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Don’t forget we have until the end of the month to post pictures in our blue shoes in support of Breast Cancer.

Each photo upload equals a $10 donation toward Nine West’s $275,000 goal supporting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Plus, each photo you upload gets you an entry into my giveaway for a $25 DSW giftcard – 2 winners!

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Don’t Forget To #Shoefie For A Cause Today!

I’ve got my blue suede shoes on for Breast Cancer today! Just a quick reminder to post a picture of your favorite blue shoes and Nine West will make a donation to Fashion targets Breast Cancer! Don’t forget to tag me also so that you can enter to be one of 2 winners for a $25 Designer Shoe Warehouse giftcard at the end of the month! #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC

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For the 5th year in a row, Nine West joins forces with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. During the week of October 15 – October 21, with each purchase in-store at retail, outlet or online of $125 or more, Nine West will donate $25 to FTBC. As a thank you to customers for their purchase and donation, they will receive a Nine West/FTBC branded pouch. Additionally, the brand will be accepting donations during the entire month of October in support of breast cancer awareness. Exclusive this year, Nine West has designed a limited edition Nine West/FTBC pump that will be available in NYC retail stores only and on Ninewest.com. Lastly, in an effort to engage the community, Nine West has created a social media campaign tied to the cause. For every photo upload made by a celebrity, blogger, editor or customer wearing a blue shoe using hashtag #9WFTBC and tagging @NineWest during the month of October, the brand will make a donation to FTBC.

Now, here is where we all make this #shoefie campaign the best that it can be. During the month of October, I’m challenging you all to post as many pictures as you can of you wearing a blue shoe. Blue pump, blue sandal, blue boot – I don’t care as long as it’s blue! At the end of the month, I will gather up all of the entries and I will choose 2 winners to win a $25 giftcard to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse. That’s it!

Not only will you be participating in one of the most fashionable social media campaigns ever (obsessed with shoes, hello), you’ll have a chance to win a free giftcard just for doing your part to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a picture of you in a blue shoe.
2. Tag @Ninewest & @candycoatedclosets and use #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC in order to enter. Please make sure you follow this rule exactly and use the appropriate hashtags (make sure they are spelled correctly).
3. Tag a friend on your picture/s and spread the awareness.

You can enter as many times as you like until the end of the month. Again, just make sure you tag @Ninewest & @candycoatedclosets and use the appropriate hashtags #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC. That’s the only way you can enter my giveaway to be one of the winners at the end of the month. This contest will end on November 1, 2014 at 2:59 EST.

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Chanel Holiday 2014 Makeup Collection: Hightlighting Powder Plumes Precieuses de Chanel

Oh Chanel, why must you be so perfect and so expensive?
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I don’t know why I bother to question whether or not I’m going to buy anything from the new Chanel holiday 2014 collection because…I already have! Pictured above is the limited edition Chanel Camelia de Plumes hightlighting powder –  the star piece from the collection. So far, I haven’t been able to bring myself to use it yet, but I have gone into Bloomingdale’s to swatch it and it’s stunning. I use a light hand when it comes to highlighting on my cheeks and my upper shoulders so this came off a bit sheer platinum with a hint of gold in it on me.
You can purchase this at your local Bloomingdale’s or online for $76.
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#Shoefie For a Cause! Post a Blue Shoe and Enter to Win a $25 Designer Shoe Warehouse Giftcard!

First, I’m not sure what I did to deserve this awful cold but it has literally knocked me off of my feet for the past week. :-( I was hoping that I would at least be feeling better by now so that I could update you all but unfortunately my body has had enough. No, literally, I tried getting out of bed Sunday morning to do a photoshoot and my body said “Girl, are you crazy? Get back in bed and go to sleep” This is the worst!

On the bright side, I have some fun news for you all…it’s #Shoefie time! By now, you should know that as obsessed as I am with giving back to the community, I am equally ecstatic about a great #shoefie. So I was very excited to hear about this #shoefie for a cause campaign!

For the 5th year in a row, Nine West joins forces with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. During the week of October 15 – October 21, with each purchase in-store at retail, outlet or online of $125 or more, Nine West will donate $25 to FTBC. As a thank you to customers for their purchase and donation, they will receive a Nine West/FTBC branded pouch. Additionally, the brand will be accepting donations during the entire month of October in support of breast cancer awareness. Exclusive this year, Nine West has designed a limited edition Nine West/FTBC pump that will be available in NYC retail stores only and on Ninewest.com. Lastly, in an effort to engage the community, Nine West has created a social media campaign tied to the cause. For every photo upload made by a celebrity, blogger, editor or customer wearing a blue shoe using hashtag #9WFTBC and tagging @NineWest during the month of October, the brand will make a donation to FTBC.

Now, here is where we all make this #shoefie campaign the best that it can be. During the month of October, I’m challenging you all to post as many pictures as you can of you wearing a blue shoe. Blue pump, blue sandal, blue boot – I don’t care as long as it’s blue! At the end of the month, I will gather up all of the entries and I will choose 2 winners to win a $25 giftcard to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse. That’s it!

Not only will you be participating in one of the most fashionable social media campaigns ever (obsessed with shoes, hello), you’ll have a chance to win a free giftcard just for doing your part to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a picture of you in a blue shoe.
2. Tag @Ninewest & @candycoatedclosets and use #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC in order to enter. Please make sure you follow this rule exactly and use the appropriate hashtags (make sure they are spelled correctly).
3. Tag a friend on your picture/s and spread the awareness.

You can enter as many times as you like until the end of the month. Again, just make sure you tag @Ninewest & @candycoatedclosets and use the appropriate hashtags #9WFTBC and #FTBCxCCC. That’s the only way you can enter my giveaway to be one of the winners at the end of the month. This contest will end on November 1, 2014 at 2:59 EST.

Here’s is a screenshot of me posting so you can get an idea of how to enter!

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xoxo1

LuichiNY Super Rich Over The Knee Boots

Hi, my name is Cynira and I’m a freaking Amazon Woman in these boots! Well not really, but that’s how I really feel whenever I find a pair of over the knee boots that are truly over the knee boots for women over 5 foot 6.

Like these LuichiNY Super Rich Over The Knee Boots from Shoedazzle.com!

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First, yes I did use my Canon camera to take these pictures and I’m so happy with how they came out. I will be re-shooting the Ladies Nite boots so you may all get a better view of them.

Second, onto my boots! Honestly, I tried not to like them so much when I got them. I was with my sister-in-law when I first tried them on and I insisted that they were just alright. Ha, I can even hear myself now saying to her, “I mean they’re okay, I have so many boots anyway soooo -kanye shrug-“.

-Looks at these pictures- Hindsight man!

As you can see, I decided to keep them. Even if I had 10 pairs of OTK’s in my closet (which I don’t), I didn’t have a pair that was in this beautiful cognac color. So I decided to test them out during #SDBootCamp…

-Puts on one boot- Ok, these are pretty nice….
-Slides on the other boot- Oh snap! These stop mid thigh on me?!-

Naturally, the hallelujah chorus sang out, the white doves released and an angel got their wings. ^_^ Yes, all of that because I have a pair of mid-thigh high over the knee boots that don’t make me look like I belong on the corner.

Shoe details:
Color: Cognac
Fit: True to size
Heel Height: 5 inches
Platform Height: 1 inch
Shaft Height: 25 inches
Only $107.95 at Shoedazzle.com

Outfit details:
Coat: Guess Peacoat
Boots: LuichiNY Super Rich from Shoedazzle
Ring: Throwing Stones from Shoedazzle
Glasses: Guess
Shirt: Rainbow’s Shop
Pants: The Booty Lifter Signature Skinny from JustFab
Lipstick: MAC Beet Lipliner with NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen
Scarf: 5 and below

Don’t forget to reach out if you need any shopping tips!

xoxo1

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LuichiNY Ladies Nite Over The Knee Boots

Oh yes it’s ladies night and the feeling’s right
Oh yes it’s ladies night, oh what a night, oh what a night!
Oh yes it’s ladies night and the feeling’s right
Oh yes it’s ladies night, ohhhh what a night!!

Every time I look at my LuichiNY Ladies Nite boots, I end up hearing that song in my head.

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It’s always nice to have a throwback to Kool & The Gang every once in a while. Now onto the review of the boots…

Last week, I got conned – yes conned, manipulated, bamboozled – by a certain dazzler named Oli into ordering these boots. I’ll admit that it didn’t take a lot of convincing because they are beyond gorgeous.

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Over the knee, genuine suede, back lace-up boots that are not slouchy on my calves and thighs? Maybe I need to send Oli a thank you note because I would have completely missed out on these had it not been for Shoedazzle!

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Shoe details:
Color: Deep Purple/Eggplant
Fit: Runs .5 to a full size small
Heel Height: 5.5 inches
Platform Height: 1 inch
Shaft Height: 20 inches

Forgive the quality of the pictures. I, unfortunately, have a crazy cold now so scheduling another photoshoot this past Sunday was out of the question but I wanted to make sure you guys saw these before they sold out online. I also wanted to try out other media options and I took these pictures with my new Iphone 6 Plus during my first try on session. I figured the quality isn’t so bad for my first go around with the phone but I think I’m going to stick to using my Canon when I can.

Before you head to Shoedazzle to place your order, please please please keep in mind that these do run small. I believe it’d be best to size up a full size, however, if you’re worried about going up a size and it being too big/loose around your calves and thighs then make sure you at least size up .5. I can’t stress this enough. If you fall in love and order your regular size and they don’t fit and then they sell out...weeeeeell -_-.

Also, here’s a quick outfit look in case you wanted to get a reference of where the boot would stop on you if you decided to wear a dress or a skirt with them. I’m 5’7′ for reference.

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How to: Score a $150 bag for $10

Yes, you read the title correctly.

This week’s how to is dedicated to all of my shopping habits. More specifically, my “I may look like I’m balling with all of my clothes and accessories but in reality Sallie Mae owns me”. Sigh, the struggle of being a college graduate. Needless to say because my monthly shopping budget for clothes is very tight, I have learned how to stretch a little a long way…a very looooooooong way. Take this Audrey Brooke Leather bag for example:

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This spacious bag is crafted from beautiful genuine leather that would normally retail for $149.95. However, I was able to snag a brand new one for just $9.94.

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Ok, fine. So it was $10.80 after taxes.

And that’s my big secret as to how I was able to grow quite an extensive collection of items in my closet. Find the same items but just spend less o f my money on them. Now how do we do that?

How to shop better?
Step 1: Don’t sleep…ever. I’m not sure if it is a computer generated process or a person updating a website anywhere from 2:00 to 7:00 AM EST but the best deals that I have ever purchased have usually come about because I’m having a case of insomnia and awake window shopping on websites.
Step 2: Don’t leave your computer to get food or go to the rest room. Seriously, $10 for $150 satchel? I think I’ll hold it.
Step 3: If you have to waiver away from step 1 or 2 for any reason, have a dedicated partner that will pick up your shift. Our Bae’s and BFF’s have to be good for something, right?
Step 4: Have your credit card numbers memorized. You really shouldn’t have to be fumbling around with your wallet at 3:00 AM.
Step 5: Make sure you shop around all of the different categories on the website. You never know when something good maybe getting added.
Step 6: Make friends with me. In case you see anything in a size 10 pop up, you can call my cell or better yet just buy it for me. ;-)

In all honesty though, I usually get a lot of deals by just being lucky and having an amazing circle of shopping addicts that like to share their recent steals as well. So make sure to follow me on social media. Check the links below!

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