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Glossies Made Me Do It – October 2017

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It’s time for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”.  Link up with Happy Pretty Sweet or Shooting Stars Mag to join the fun.


Redbook

An article called The Girlfriend Getaway Guide in this month’s Redbook made me enter  a sweepstakes. The sweepstakes winner receives a  round-trip airfare and a 4 night stay for 4 people at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii that is featured in the article.

Hawaii is such a beautiful, tropical place to visit and I would love to go back one day. If you are planning your own vacation and are new to air travel, the post Tips for New Travelers will help you prepare.

I’m a big fan of organizational tips, which made me pin page 28 to my Organization & Cleaning board on Pinterest.  Using tension rods looks like an easy DIY to stylishly keep your space neat.

 Essence

On one of the first few pages of this month’s Essence magazine was an advertisement for Empire’s return to Wednesday nights on FOX.

Previously Empire was on FOX from 9  -10pm which conflicted with ABC’s Blackish, which started at 9: 30pm. Blackish has now moved to Tuesday nights, which made me happy to know that these two shows no longer air in competing time slots. I’m so ready for Fall TV and new seasons of these shows and also of the TGIT lineup.

This photo on page 39 made me reminisce about my friends and I being big Lady Gaga fans in college and seeing girls with Diet Coke cans in their hair on the way to the concert – channeling her “Telephone” video.

An interview with Ledisi on page 70  made me remember those weird stretchy shirts that were in style when I was in 7th grade – does anyone remember that from the early 2000’s?

That’s all until next month – join the link up or comment below to share what “glossies made you do”!

Previous months of glossy posts can be found here

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Style and Savings Reads: The Frugalista Files

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The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life by Natalie McNeal

This book was on my Summer Reading List , which I am proud to have completed in mid-August.

In general, I enjoyed this book, but to adjust the expectations of future readers, I want to give it a new title:

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Transitioned from News Reporter to Freelance Blogger

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Braved the Great Recession by Becoming a Blogger

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Left a Desk Job and Built Her Brand

The original title is misleading –  if you had expectations of learning money saving tips and details about Ms. McNeal’s adoption of a drastically cost-cutting lifestyle, you would be disappointed. For those tips, you should visit her blog. My feelings reading this were similar to those I had reading Shonda Rimes’ Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. I was expecting more of a self-help or advice book and felt that I was reading an autobiography or memoir.

This book is a collection of journal entries broken into a chapter for each month. Ms. McNeal did a great job of capturing the highs and lows of 2008 – the doom and gloom of the Great Recession’s massive layoffs and the excitement and hope surrounding the 2008 Presidential election. Each chapter starts with a summary of Ms. McNeal’s current debts. * Spoiler alert*: she does not have her debts paid to zero at the end of the year (which she addresses in the epilogue). She does recognize her debt is a problem and that her spending habits need to change. She makes an effort, but none of her lifestyle changes are something Style and Savings readers wouldn’t have thought of already! For example:

  • Cooking at home instead of getting take-out

  • Not heading to the mall every Saturday

  • Cutting back on hair and nail salon appointments

  • Attending free, local activities 

Once I realized that this book is about a transitional period in her career and her journey from an unfulfilling job covering local news at The Miami Herald to finding her passion in blogging, I appreciated this book for what it is.

 

 

Glossies Made Me Do It – The Bold Type

I look forward to receiving the latest issues of Redbook, Essence & Oprah each month. Glossy magazines are what I would call an affordable luxury. Picking up a magazine from the newsstand is an easy way to brighten your day, but if you find yourself buying the same magazine each month – becoming a subscriber offers huge savings compared to the cover price (Read more on this topic here ).

This month’s post is inspired by the fictional Scarlet magazine of The Bold Type, a new show on Freeform network.

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This scripted series follows best friends  Kat, Jane & Sutton who work at Scarlet magazine (a Cosmo type of publication) in New York City.

Just based on this, I was drawn in – how many of us bloggers  dreamed of a glamorous job at a magazine when we were younger? I’m sure some of this was fueled by rom-coms like 13 Going on 30 and  How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

In The Bold Type’s pilot episode, Jaqueline the editor in chief is introduced not face to face, but by an intimidating close up of her heels as she walks down the hall. I was expecting a Miranda Priestly character (I’m finally reading Revenge Wears Prada – The Devil Returns , sequel to The Devil Wears Prada). I was happily surprised to see that Jaqueline is not that way at all. From what I’ve seen in the first few episodes, she is authoritative but never mean, condescending or disrespectful. She is tough, but only in a way that pushes Jane to be a better (and bolder) writer.

In just the first 3 episodes, these young women face heavy issues, which is a reflection of how real-life glossy magazines like Cosmo and Teen Vogue are becoming more political and socially aware.

Women are multi-faceted and want to keep up with current fashion trends and current events.

A recent episode of the podcast on Stuff Mom Never Told You titled “How Teen Vogue Got Woke” credits the rise of Elaine Welteroth to the editor position as the main influence on Teen Vogue’s new content.

 

11:30 A.M.: "There's only about 45 minutes between events, so I have to make every second at my desk count. I shoot off a few priority emails, make edits to a story layout for an upcoming issue, and have a quick working lunch at my desk with my team to go over the day's to-do's."

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Although Freeform (formerly ABC Family) is known for teen programming, this show is edgy and doesn’t feel too young for viewers over 20. If you liked Lipstick Jungle or Sex And The City, you will like this show too.

The Bold Type has become my favorite show of the summer and I’m excited to keep watching as the three friends navigate their careers and romances while learning who they are & who they want to become.

 

Style and Savings Reads: The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

I first read about this book in Essence magazine book reviews and added it to my Want to Read list on Goodreads.

When I got the email about the Goodreads giveaway, I entered the giveaway and won!! Now I always enter Goodreads giveaways – who knows, I could win again : )

#Goodreads drawing winner! Happy to have an autographed book for my collection! This should be a fun summer read 😎☀️📖

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Between wedding planning

Wedding day nails after a relaxing salon trip with @wandiitastic & wandiitastic'smommy #becomingmrsu👰🏽 #bridetobe #weddingday

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and international travel

When in France, eat French Fries #france🇫🇷 #pommefrites #goldenarches

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I was having a busy summer and didn’t get around to reading this book.

This summer, my plans were pretty open and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the summer by creating a Style and Savings Summer Fun List and a Style and Savings Summer Reading List.

Of course this book was on the list –

The Perfect Find was the perfect summer read

It was fun and romantic, and better than the usual rom-com because its plot is not predictable.

The main character Jenna, is in a similar situation as Liza of TV Land’s Younger, being a 40-something woman working in a youth – obsessed industry (although Jenna is honest about her age and experience), trying to keep up with millennial culture and falling in love with a younger man, Eric.

I liked that the story began with Jenna’s current situation but later covers the backstory of her college days, rising up in her career, and her previous long-term relationship with her college sweetheart Brian.

Unlike Younger

The Perfect Find has diverse characters!

If the book is made into a movie or TV show (I wish!) it would have a Shonda Rimes-esque cast. I can see Vanessa Williams as Jenna’s “queen of mean’ boss. The handsome leading men  chosen to play Brian and Eric must have looks, charm and personality worthy of attracting a beautiful, unique, and accomplished yet down-to-earth woman like Jenna (and worthy of being my new celebrity crush!)

The New York backdrop and fashion culture are both integral to the book and would translate well to the silver screen or flat screen.

Without giving away any spoilers, I was satisfied with the book’s ending. It ends with a five year jump into the future. It was a nice stopping point, but still leaves room to for follow up stories in the form of a sequel or series.

Thank you Tia Williams for writing such great book and allowing us to peek into your glamorous life!

 

Glossies Made Me Do It – June 2017

It’s that time again! Linking up with Happy Pretty Sweet for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”

Oprah

In her June issue, Oprah reminds us – “You get one summer a year….this month we’re showing you how to make the most of every minute”. I completely agree and love summer and sunshine, which made me create this list of summer fun

Redbook

Reading Redbook’s June issue made me notice how much I liked this one-piece cutout swimsuit that was also featured in Oprah magazine’s “Summer Style Handbook”

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Style and Savings: With the original price starting at $42.94 and sale price reduced to $21.45, this style is selling out fast!

Essence

Essence Magazine’s June issue made me listen to their recently introduced podcast – “Yes Girl!”. It’s an entertaining source for pop-culture news, but after listening to a couple of episodes, I prefer The New York Times’ “Still Processing”.

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That’s all for this month’s magazines – for previous Glossy posts, click here

Glossies Made Me Do It – May 2017

Glossies made me do it...!Welcome to the May edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It” link-up. Here’s what I’ve been reading.

I always enjoy looking at Oprah magazine’s  “Reading Room” In the May issue, page  109 had a review describing “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts as an updated, African-American version of The Great Gatsby. Goodreads users gave both positive and negative reviews, so I’m not sure if I’ll read this book, but it made me want to watch The Great Gatsby. I loved the glamour, recklessness and extravagance along with the music and bright colors of the 2013 remake.

Can you tell that I’m a fan of Pantene products? I recently bought 3 of my favorite (now discontinued) Pantene Truly Relaxed Oil Crème Moisturizer on Amazon. Essence magazine’s May issue contained a Pantene hair moisturizer sample that made me want to give the new formula a try.

 

For more of The Glossies Made Me Do It, click here. Until next month’s mags!

Glossies Made Me Do It – April 2017

Glossies made me do it...!Welcome to the April edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It” link-up. Here’s what I’ve been reading.

The Oprah magazine article  “Shelf Awareness” pg. 63 made me feel guilty for all of the old cosmetics I’ve kept. I know that makeup expires, but it’s so hard to toss out something that’s not empty yet.

Another article in this month’s Oprah called “Kinder, Gentler” on pg. 96 made me happy.

Of all the verses and rules people like to memorize and quote, the Golden Rule is the only one I need.

When we learned it in kindergarten, the teachers would tell us to put on our “good manners gloves”. We would recite ” Do unto others as you want them to do to you” as we traced each finger of the imaginary gloves.

During wedding planning, I became interested in wedding etiquette and occasionally I like to read this blog/advice column on manners for an entertaining take on everyday situations.

Seeing Hilary Duff on the cover of Redbook made me remember how much I liked the show “Lizzie McGuire”

I  watched the first 2 seasons of “Younger” and I love that her character Kelsey is also someone viewers can imagine being friends with. Kelsey is ambitious, confident, and a risk -taker, but also has insecure moments and dating struggles. My favorite thing about her is that she believes in helping other women succeed.

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That’s all for this month! If you missed March’s Glossies, you can find them here.