Pantone Color Of The Year: Royal Orchid

Pantone have crowned Royal Orchid as being the color of the year for 2014! It has litereally taken over! It can be found in all industries. ?From the fashion industry to interior design. To be quite honest with you. I am not a true fan of purple, but there is just something about how well this color mixes with other tones for this spring. The color is self tethers between purple and fuchsia. I couldn’t resist incorporating the tone into my collection for Calibri Designs for Spring. Which I am planning a relaunch for that I am very excited about. I will be sure to keep you all posted. But Below I have displayed a few tones of the lovely Royal Orchid for 2014. Be sure to start incorporating this color into your Spring wardrobe.

Royal Orchid

6 Tips for Shopping on Cyber Monday

Now this is my type of sale. Relaxing in front of the computer with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, depending on what you prefer. No stressful lines, or detailing with over worked cashiers. The world is literally at your finger tips on Cyber Monday. So take advantage by looking over a few tips before you start your shopping!

  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH: Know who is having a sale and compare their sale prices. Know if the deals is worth you spending your hard-earned money on.
  2. READ REVIEWS: Reviews can come in hand when your buying items that you plan on keeping for a while such as electronics. Some sites like Modcloth offer customer reviews on their clothing items along with size reviews for customers iffy about the sizes. Sites like Amazon as well offer reviews and ratings as well. Use them to your advantage when buying this season.
  3. FREE SHIPPING: Nothing like getting to the check out and finding out how much you have to pay for shipping on top of the additional sales tax. Search for sites that offer free shipping to maximize your funds.
  4. USE COUPON CODES: Before you finalize your purchase it won’t hurt to search around for some coupon codes to reduce the price you pay at the end. Hey if you get lucky you may find some 50% off coupon codes on items. Sites like RetailMeNot, ShopAtHome, Coupons, and CurrentCodes are great sources for finding coupon codes.
  5. REWARD SITES: If your apart of a rewards system use them this Monday. That means savings on top of sales which boils down to even more savings this season!
  6. READ THE DETAILS AT CHECKOUT: Be sure to review all of the details at checkout. Check the payment information  and especially the address. No one wants to have their purchase rerouted to the wrong address. Also check to make sure your items will be here before christmas if your buying gifts!

Well I hope everyone has a fun time shopping online. Don’t make this experience to stressful. follow these tips along with preparing for what you want ahead of time and it should eliminate some stress. Happy Shopping!

Black Friday Sale for Calibri Designs (Hand-Made Clutches)

Calibri Designs is a line of hand-made clutches that I make. I have some old inventory that I am attempting to clear out. I am marking down items from 70% to 75%!!! This means you will be able to get custom and unique clutches for an amazing deal!!!! I also have a few coin wallets left this will be marked down drastically! I will be posting items on my Facebook and Instagram (Teshia_Nicole) so tune in. Unfortunately, this sale will be for customers in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas only. For customers out side of this area I have a minimum purchase of at least 3 clutches. Happy Shopping you all!

10 Tips for Black Friday Shoppers!

 

I have never been one to go out to those hectic stores during Black Friday. I don’t know I’m just one of those weirdos that needs to shop in a settle non-crazy environment. But for those that dare to brave the stores tomorrow I wish you the best of luck and here are a few quick tips for you out there!

  1. BE PREPARED: Do your research before heading out to the stores this Black Friday. Compare those ADs, Map out the store layouts and know exactly where the items are located in the store. Try heading out there before the stores get hectic. (Take a photo if it helps) Just know where you need to go and move on.
  2. LONG LINES!: Be ready for a long wait. Keep in mind everyone else most likely had the same idea in mind so just be prepare to wait longer than usual.
  3. STORE HOURS: Know what times the stores will be open. Some stores are actually open on Thanksgiving Day, while other won’t be open until Black Friday. So be fully aware of those store hours to help plan out which store you want to visit first.
  4. STORE POLICIES: Please be aware of the store policy, especially if you plan on using coupons and price matching. No one wants to wait in line any longer than they have to because you didn’t read the store policy ahead of time, ( Don’t be that person)
  5. LIST! LIST! LIST! Have those list ready and easily available! Even one a normal day I dislike going to the store and forgetting what I originally went to the store for. So make sure to make your list and check it twice!
  6. IS THE DEAL WORTH IT? While preparing really think about it. Is this deal really a deal. Don’t let those “compare to $XXX.XX prices fool you. Do your research and know the true value of the deal!
  7. KEEPS RECEIPTS! As much as you thought you wanted that item, there is always a chance that you may not like it later. So hold onto those receipts and know how long you have to return it for a full refund. (located usually on the bottom of the receipt)
  8. THE BUDDY SYSTEM: Bring a friend or family member someone you trust to help you out while shopping. You can both pick up items for one another and cross off that list quicker than you would have on your own.
  9. BE FRIENDLY: Please. Please don’t be one of those rude shoppers that just knocks everyone else over to get to what they want. Be friendly while shopping as hectic as it may be a good attitude will go far. You never know the shopper you just helped may help you find what you need.
  10. THERES ALWAYS CYBER MONDAY! If you don’t get what you need or miss a few sales this Black Friday don’t beat yourself up. There is always Cyber Monday (My kind of shopping experience) No line, no waiting or headache or dealing with long line. Just log onto that computer of yours and get to shopping!

I hope this helps!

Happy Shopping & Be safe out there!

How to Wear Shorts in Fall!

How to extend the life of those cute summer shorts in Fall/Winter. Wear them with cute tights or leggings! Below are a few ways to mix and match your summer shorts with leggings this season. No point in letting those summer shorts sit in the closet! Hope you enjoy!

Look #1 : Tights and Shorts

FYI: this also works great with skirts as well!

Look # 2: Tights and Shorts
Look # 3: Tights and Shorts

A few Tips:

Tip: Ankle boots and boots are perfect for this look!

Tip: When wearing printed or sparkling shorts match the color of your boots with your leggings for a sleek look.

Benefit: If your of a shorter frame, this look will make your legs appear longer!

What Are You Thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope everyone woke up on the grateful side this morning. I hope all is well also! This morning I woke up excited about eating delicious home cooked meals today! It’s not like I don’t cook but there is just something about an old school meal preferred by your loved ones. Beyond being ready to stuff my face, I woke up grateful for a lot of things this morning. Grateful for my continuous blessings, my loved ones (family and friends), my health and many accomplishments this year. I may stress and complain at times because I want to be further in life but just to simply have a driven mind-set, I am thankful for. My trials and tribulations, God knows I have had a ton, but over all they have molded me into the young woman I am today. I am thankful for this blog and being able to freely express myself and just to be overall different. This year has been an amazing journey and I’m looking forward to what else God has in store for me as well as my loved ones! What are you thankful for?

5 Tips for the Perfect Thanksgiving Bird!

The Thanksgiving turkey is a dish you prepare once or twice a year, and we all probably will be entertaining many friends and family as well, and nothing kills the joy of the Holidays like a dry tasteless bird? Here are some tips that I have picked up over the years:

  • Let it Breathe. Thaw your bird completely before putting it in the oven. Thaw it in the fridge for a few days, up to four, depending on the size of your turkey.
  • Give it a Fatty. Stuffing some flavored fat (such as butter with salt and herbs) under the skin will help flavor meat, but don’t go ham (pun intended). Too much fat will just make the meat oily.
  • Quick Swim. The easiest way to guarantee that pieces of breast will be moist is to let them soak in the bird’s juices for a few minutes after they’ve been cut.
  • Don’t be Salty.As mentioned before you want as much flavor as possible. But, take it easy on the salt.Too much salt will dry out your bird, and nobody wants that!
  • Let it rest. The intense heat of the oven forces the juices into the center of the bird, so after roasting, let the turkey rest for 20 minutes or so. The juices will distribute, and you’ll get moister slices. Trust me, make them wait and you will thank me for it later.

Happy Holidays!!!

Written By: Desmond Smith

Gourmet Gentlemen

Budget Meals: Lobster Rolls with Corn and Celery!

This week’s recipe is for the seafood lovers out there. It calls for less than 10 ingredients, most of which we all should have in fridges anyway. You can pick of the lobster tail from you favorite market. They can be purchased frozen or thawed. If you can’t find the lobster tails, you can always use crabmeat instead. In 30 minutes you will have simple but extremely tasty meal.

Lobster Rolls with Corn and Celery

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Serves: 4

4 lobster tails (about 1 ½ pounds total),

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup fresh corn (from 1 ear)

2 stalks celery, sliced

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon fresh lemon

kosher salt and black pepper

4 potato hot dog buns, split

1. Fill a large saucepan with 1 inch of water and fit with a steamer basket. Bring to a simmer. Place the lobster tails in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the shell immediately and coarsely chop. Let cool

2. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in large skillet over medium. Add the corn and cook, tossing, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool; reserve the skillet. Add the lobster, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper to the bowl and toss to combine.

3. Brush the insides of the buns with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Brown the buns, buttered-side down, in the reserved skillet over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden

4. Divide the lobster salad between the buns.

Written by Desmond Smith  (Creator of Gourmet Gentlemen