Monthly Archives: July 2010

Website Wednesday…Shortcut to Fabulous Contests, Prizes and More!

There is a gal at my office who is always entering contests. Radio contests, web contests, you name it, she enters it. And guess what…she wins!!!! She has won trips, movie premier tickets and more. I always look at her with envy when she tells me about the lastest fabulous prize she’s won, and I think “Why can’t I ever when a contest…I need a Chanel bag or a trip to NYC just like anyone else does!?” Then I realize, I never enter contests. So, I found this site for you!

Who: The Giveaway Diva

What: A website to finding the best contests and giveaways on the web.

When: Whenever you are feeling lucky, but don’t want to waste money on a lottery ticket!


Why: Because entering a contest is fun and a great way to pass the time.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Rentable Wearables

1327_th_Look26x1-2_0Ever want to wear some designer duds for a night out on the town or a special occasion, but can’t justify the price for for a one night affair? Well, luckily a few U.S. companies have started renting out designer dresses and moderately affordable prices. The concept of renting designer dresses has been around in Europe for years, and finally we have a couple of sources stateside for dress rentals. Here is a run down of what’s out there:

  • Rent the Runway: They have a great selection of dresses and accessories from designers such as Herve Leger, Helmut Lang, Alice and Olivia and more. Here is how it works. You enter the date of your event, your size and shipping zipcode on our homepage and you will receive a result set of dresses and accessories available for your special occasion. Then you reserve the dress and it is shipped to you with a comes with a pre-paid, pre-addressed return envelope that you can drop into any blue USPS mailbox. No need to worry about dry-cleaning or any other fuss. To make sure you get the right fit, they have “stylists” on hand who have tried every dress in their inventory on multiple different body types and are the ‘fit experts’. Call, email or live chat with them and the first time you rent a dress from any particular designer, they will let you try it in two different sizes – at no extra charge – just to be sure.
  • Wear Today Gone Tomorrow: Rents dress, tops and jackets from designers such as M Missoni, Zac Posen, Versace and more. This company seems to have a wider selection of high end, well known designers. It operates very similarly to Rent the Runway in that you select a dress, order for a specific date and the dress comes with pre-paid return packaging. Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow created what they call a revolutionary ‘Standardized Sizing’ system across designers. They also provide fit, height and styling tips for each piece of clothing (check out ‘SIZE CHART/FIT TIPS’ on each dress’ description page). You can also contact one of their Style Consultants for fit help. They are so confident in their ‘Standardized Sizing’, they are offer a ‘RISK-FREE’ trial: if it doesn’t fit, simply contact them immediately to obtain a return authorization, return it unworn within one day, and they will refund the rental/cleaning fee to you (less shipping).
  • We suggest going to a swanky store like Saks or Neimans to see if you can find the dress you are considering or at least a dress made by the same designer to try it on before renting. Dress rental is a fabulous way to look and feel amazing and special, without breaking the bank. How many times have you done out and purchased a dress from the sale rack for $100, worn it once and then let that cheap little frock sit in your closet? Well, the dress rental concept lets you look and feel like a million bucks (or at least several hundred or several thousand) for the price of a cute top. It is like borrowing from your favorite celebrity’s closet!

    So, break out your wallet and rent your way to a fabulous, designer dress.

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    Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Wynwood Dining Experience

    imgRow1This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Wynwood District’s newest hip eatery, Joeys. The restaurant is tucked in the heart of the Wynwood Art district. The neighborhood may not be the best, but there is plenty of free street parking right in front of the restaurant and free valet. The restaurant has quite a following, so reservations are recommended. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. The inside is quaint, hip and modern, but not pretentious. There is an amazing mosaic tiled wall with Michaelangelo’s David (sadly,only his face) tiled to the right side. Bring a sweater if you reserve indoors, because the restaurant is chilly!

    The wine menu has a pretty good selection. I ordered a glass of the Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco and I loved it! There is nothing better than a good meal with a bubbly wine, good company and someone else paying the tab!

    On to the starters. We started with the Soup of the Day, a creamy zucchini and eggplant soup with great flavor; and Bruschetta Caprese mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, basil and oregano on pizza bread. I wasn’t in love with the pizza bread, it lacked flavor and the texture kind of mimicked the cheese on toast my mom would make for me as a child.

    For the entree, I ordered the Ricotta and spinach Ravioli with cream and salmon, which was the perfect blend of rich decadence and wonderful flavor. The salmon flavor was not overwhelming and added the perfect punch to the creamy sauce. The chef used real salmon, which was a nice surprise. My table mates ordered pizzas, the Vegetariana: tomato, mozzarella, assorted grilled vegetables and the Thea: gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, truffle oil, topped with arugula. The pizzas had nice flavor and a nice crunch crust, but the rest of the pizza was a little floppy for my taste. I would stick with the pasta dishes here, as they are divine and seem to be Joeys specialty.

    For dessert, I am happy to report a great selection of yummies to suit every taste is available. We ordered chocolate cake topped with marscapone cheese and chocolate chips….pure yum on a plate, a fig tart…D-I-V-I-N-E and mango sorbet which was fresh and fully of mango flavor.

    Overall, I give this restaurant four yums out of five. We had a fabulous meal with two starters, three entrees, three desserts and three glasses of wine for under $100. The menu has interesting and flavorful items and the prices relative upscale dining experience make Joeys a good value and a great night out!

    So,reserve a table at Joeys make a night of it and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous food!

    2506 NW 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33127

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Favorite Blog!

    shoppingSo, we discovered a blog last night that has us absolutely giddy. It is right up there with Kim Baker’s Anthroholic. We are so in love with this blog that we can’t even wait for a Website Wednesday to tell you about it!

    The blog is run by two working women from opposite coasts. One is a former software guru who now owns her own biz in San Francisco and the other is a lawyer living in Atlanta. The blog is awesome because it covers everything we love, fashion, jewelry, Anthropologie, clothes we see on television, etc. They promise to bring their readers the latest fashion trends, makeup, jewelry, styling, home design, ways to keep your look fresh without breaking your budget, and generally cool stuff we find on the Internet. They even find you cute vintage clothes and accessories on Ebay. We heart this blog! Without further adieu, click here to check out Vurbanity.

    So, fall in love, bookmark this blog and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous online fun!

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Unique Baby Shower Gift

    floral_440x440The Umbrella stroller is the perfect portable stroller. It is what our parents used almost exclusively when we were growing up. However, new $1,000 dollar strollers have taken over the baby product world. While they have fancy engineering to make the wheels glide like the wind, have storage compartments fit for a king and weigh practically nothing, they are not designed to just pick up and go. So, eventually every $1,000 stroller owner realizes an umbrella stroller is a necessary accessory. Well, we found the perfect accessory to add to the umbrella stroller straight from Europe….the magic stroller bag!

    A pint size social exclusive, the magic stroller bag is made of nylon with 2 extra large grommets making it super easy to put on & take off of your stroller. A must-have in France, it is now available here. Recently, a friend was adding a score of items to her baby registry and I was baulking at the sheer number of items she felt she “needed.” I said, “you don’t need all of that…just get whatever a European mom gets and call it a day!” Well, French mommies are scrambling for the magic stroller bag so we should too!

    Click here to order.

    So, go European and enjoy this shortcut to a fabulous gift for every mom with a baby or toddler you know.

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    Website Wednesday…Shortcut to Fabulous Local Deals

    saving moneyWho: Four guys with pretty impressive backgrounds founded this fun grouponesque site.

    What: LivingSocial offers one fantastic deal every day with discounts of up to 90% at local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more. They have deals in cities across the U.S.

    When: Every day a new deal is delivered to your inbox.

    Where: Click here to sign up and get the deals.

    Why: Because something at a deep discount feels oh so good!

    So, sign, seal and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous deals for restaurants, spas and more in your city!

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    Shortcut to Fabulous Flowy Tops

    We found some fabulous flowy tops to hide figure flaws and keep you cool this summer, all under $100, most under $50.

    So, get into the flow of things and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous flowy tops!

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