Pretty Girl Rock “DRESS” Challenge

One thing I truly love about Atlanta are the wonderful trailblazing women I’ve met over the years.  One in particular that I met at a “Cookie Exchange”, Dearroka, her and her girlfriends came up with this wonderful idea to bring CLASS and FEMININITY back.

I have always loved the look of the 40s, 50s and 60s.  If a man wasn’t wearing a suit, he had on pants, shirt and tie. Women were always in dresses.  Our men looked like MEN and the women looked like LADIES. We’re so far removed from that era of style so, Dearroka presented to her friends a challenge.  She’s challenging women in her circle to put the sweat suits, jeans and pants away and let your inner GIRLIE-GIRL out! I think this idea is wonderful and told her I would most definitely take on the challenge and start the challenge with my own circle of girlfriends in Boston.

THE CHALLENGE:

  • We will rock dresses and heels like our mothers & grandmothers at least THREE (3) times a week.
  • We will reject the impulse to throw on jeans, jogging suits, & dress slacks.
  • Exchange our revelations and thoughts throughout this challenge.
  • Invite a Friend(s), Take Pics, & HAVE FUN.
  • Everyone is WELCOMED to participate.
  • Flattering Dress Suits and skirts with nice accessories are allowed.
  • If you have a blog share it with your followers.

If you are on Facebook and want to know more about the “Pretty Girl Rock DRESS Challenge” please click on this link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128539830544421.

Let’s pull out our dresses this spring and do our best PRETTY GIRL ROCK!

Look extra cute without breaking the bank at TAGS Boutique

I had the chance of assisting Maggie Anderson of The Empowerment Experiment, host a wonderful networking event at TAGS Boutique in Smyrna, GA.  TAGS, partly owned by the beautiful Kandi Burruss of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, is an ultra chic boutique for men and women located at 4500 West Village Place.  Not filled with any of that 5/7/9 or KnowStyle crap, TAGS is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for something sexy and you don’t want to worry about the tag.  What was even more of a pleasant surprise was their “plus size” section.  There were items  I wanted to buy and have taken in by a seamstress they were so cute.  And for you men, Kandi didn’t forget about you.  The boutique is evenly filled with clothes and shoes for you as well.  Hot items too. For my tall ladies, not to many items for us but that’s just like every store.  We can definitely get a shirt or two.  Unless you can do a 34 inch inseam in jeans then you should be ok.

Go check them out!

TAGS Boutique 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna, GA www.tagsatl.com

A FASHIONISTA’S wet dream

Like most of us ladies, we have a mean fetish for a bad ass shoe.  The addiction to heels and Christian Louboutin’s newest release is worthy of an episode on A&E’s “Intervention”.  If you’re lucky, you can curb that addiction with a fix.

One of my most notable fashionista friends, Che as she is called, posted her “new babies” on Facebook.  Her new baby is a beautiful black suede with turquoise spray paint, Nicholas Kirkwood shoe. Feast your eyes on this ladies…

Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2010, $815.  Available at Jeffrey Atlanta and NY.

Forbes Highest Paid Models 2010

I guess if you make any of the “Forbes Highest” list, you’re doing pretty damn good…especially during a recession.  Money is tight and companies that typically use big name models to promote their items, have resorted to using some untested faces.  Although the industry is strapped for cash, these models are recession proof.  Here are the world’s highest paid models.  I guess Halle Berry was right, he is a loser for only making 700k. *shrugs*

Gisele – $25 million

Aside from starring in campaigns that included True Religion jeans and Dolce & Gabbana, she has her own sandals line–Ipanema by Gisele. In Vogue‘s April cover story, Bündchen touted environmental causes. She reportedly donated $1.5 million to the Red Cross for Haiti

Heidi Klum – $16 Million

Beyond the television fame, Klum remains a longstanding member of the Victoria’s Secret Angel entourage while also hosting Germany’s Next Top Model and endorsing a slew of products, including Diet Coke, Volkswagen, McDonald’s and LG.

Kate Moss – $9 million

One of the world’s most influential fashion icons; at 36, she’s built herself one of the most lucrative modeling careers in the world.  Moss remains the face of Versace, Longchamp and David Yurman, among others. In November she got flack from eating disorders’ support groups for telling Women’s Wear Daily, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

(uummm this is a sought out look for modeling? No comment)

Adriana Lima – $7.5 million

Yet another Victoria’s Secret angel atop the list, the Brazilian beauty got her start as the winner of the Ford model competition “Supermodel of the Year.”

Doutzen Kroes – $6 million

Seen recently on the catwalk during fashion week for Prada, this Dutch beauty retains a lucrative contract with coveted cosmetics brand L’Oreal. Former holder of lucrative Calvin Klein Eternity and Calvin Klein White Label.  She’s the last angel to sign with Victoria’s Secret 2 years ago.

Alessandra Ambrosia – $5.5 million

In the past year the Brazilian has scored gigs with high fashion labels including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Moschino. Victoria’s Secret contract plus Latin American deals keep the cash rolling in.

Natalia Vodianova – $5.5 million

Rags to riches Russian model continues to live the American dream. A contract with lingerie company Etam and lucrative fragrance campaigns with Guerlain and Calvin Klein helped the 28-year-old pull in $5.5 million over the last year.

Daria Werbowy – $4.5 million

Lancome and H&M contracts lead a string of lucrative endorsements.

Miranda Kerr – $4 million

The Australian model collects fat checks from Victoria’s Secret and David Jones Limited.

Carolyn Murphy – $3.5 million

Murphy is once again the only American model on our list. The blonde is still going strong at the ripe old age of 36. Aside from her contract with Estée Lauder, she’s been campaigned for Roberto Cavalli, Anne Klein.  It pays to be the face of Estée Lauder.

They’re kinda average looking when they’re not all dolled-up on the runway.  That check isn’t average at all, though.  Do your thing ladies.

I would like to see these endorsers have a more diverse “looking” group of models.  I don’t think people realize how powerful these images are to young girls around the world.  If every image of beauty is being sold as these 10 faces, then what are little Asian girls thinking?  Or little Latina girls? Or black girls?  These companies need to start giving more of an accurate image of what this planet looks like.  Ijs.