Sunday, August 3, 2008

Please Visit Our New Website

We have moved!  Come visit our new website www.chicgalleria.com.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Go Click Crazy



In the mood for some shopping? Looking for a special gift? Stop by My Chic Things Top 100 Sites List. I started this little list about a year ago and it has grown to over 260 members. Just yesterday, I had emails telling me 3 more people had joined. I let it reset every thirty days so everyone has a fair chance of being listed in the top 10.

If you aren't familiar with Top 100 Sites Lists, these are lists that sponsors join for free. The only rules are that they have to put the banner or URL code of that Top 100 Sites List on their website. It is a special code generated specifically for them. When people visit their website and click the special code, they are sent to that particular Top 100 Sites List. This is considered in IN vote for that site. Sites move up the list based on the number of IN votes they receive. The more people that click off their website to the Top 100 Site, the more IN votes for that sponsor. Clear as mud?

The reason you would want to visit my Top 100 Sites List is to see all the wonderful sponsors (remember I bragged about over 260) and visit their websites. You can go click crazy! It really is fun and you find so many new and different gift ideas. So if you happen to have a little free time, have a look!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Idols and Tickets To The Last Show

 
I finally decided to purchase American Idols Live Tour tickets for my daughter and I.  Now, I've taken my son to numerous concerts over the years including the Dave Matthews Band, The Police, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam and John Mayer.  Obviously these were not tickets he had to twist my arm to buy!  But, American Idol........well a little twisting had to be done. 


My daughter is really looking forward to seeing Jason Castro.  David Cook is my favorite.  I give these kids so much credit.  They are performing over 50 concerts, night after night, until mid-September.  Tulsa is the last stop on the tour.  At that point they will either perform with gusto because it is their last show or they will fall flat from pure exhaustion.  I hope that they are having such a ball that the go out with a bang!



I promise a review after the September 13 show at Tulsa's new BOK Center. Right now I'm getting excited to see John Mayer in Dallas August 1st.  I have tickets to the Dave Matthews Band in August too, but I'm letting my son have them.  He's actually going to go without me.  The nerve.







Sunday, July 20, 2008

Florist By Day, Jeweler By Night



I have a new necklace! My friend Tammy McCain, owner of White Iris Designs, made it for me. This extremely talented jeweler is also a gifted floral designer. I can only dream of a dozen exotic purple dendrobium orchids showing up at my door. These are just awe inspiring!





Tammy is always creating something new. When she isn't working on wedding reception floral arrangements or designing a vase of beauties, Tammy is working with beads and other materials to create stunning pieces of jewelry.











My necklace is the first in a series of the Vintage Button Collection. A Vintage button plays as a backdrop to charms of copper beads, melon colored gemstone beads & a lovely little lampwork bead. This necklace is designed on a natural colored leather cord with a copper toggle closure.



Tammy's flower shop is located in Delphi, Indiana, but you can visit her at her blog  White Iris Designs Blog.  View photos of her gorgeous flowers and jewelry.  Her boutique website is opening soon.  You will wonder if she ever rests!





BCBGMAXAZRIA Is Tops In My Wardrobe


My jeans and my BCBGMAXAZRIA, what more could a woman ask for?

This lightweight silk-cotton jersey knit with satin puff sleeves is just the top I need to take me into fall. It's black, which I can wear any time of day. It's banned empire waist and V-neck are perfect for my body shape.

I have found that BCBGMAXAZRIA runs small, so I always buy a size larger. You will certainly enjoy the look and feel of these fabulous tops. Having a few in your closet always solves that "what do I wear" dilemma.
Shop Bluefly!




Saturday, July 19, 2008

Stamp Some Style On Your Mail

Still using the USPS to mail cards, letters and electric bills? What better way to show off your school spirit or sorority sisterhood!



These self-inking customs stamps accommodate up 60 characters around the center design and come with a standard black in cartridge.  Don't want black?  There are 9 other colors to choose from.  With 10,000 to 14,000 impressions per cartridge, you can jazz up your mail for years.



Customize a stamp for yourself or as a gift. You can find many stamping possibilities at A Gracious Plenty



Friday, July 18, 2008

Delicious Paper Hor d'Oeuvres

My friend Paulette Kinney, owner of Pink Paris Papiere, is an incredibly gifted artist.  I have always been mesmerized by her gorgeous creations.  Her hand printed cards deserve to be in frames because they are truly works of art.



I recently visited her Etsy store, sweetly entitled Paper Nosh Printed Paper Luxuries.  Her royal designs encompass crowns, chandeliers and French brocades.  It was as if I was instantly thrown back in time to the opulent life of Marie Antoinette and her rival Madame DuBarry.  Her cards shimmer with German glass glitter and the envelopes are lined with exquisite detail.  My personal favorites are the Chocolate and Pink crown as well as Marie Antoinette "Let Them Eat Cupcakes".



Take a minute to stroll through the Dances at Versailles, French romance and crowns fit for a queen.  You'll find it hard to decide which cards to purchase because, I promise, you will want them all. 





You can find Paulette's designs at La Pink Paperie, Paper Nosh, Pink Paris Papiere, and Zazzle.

She also owns and operates Chez Paulette's French Market.





Cottage Farm Soap

Cottage Farm Soap - Made with 100% vegetable and seed oils such as olive oil, sesame seed, soybean, coconut and apricot. Infused with premium oils like jojoba, wheat germ, rose hip and calendula. These oils are used for their soothing healing properties.





Choose your Soap










Baby Don't Cry - Softens tender sensitive skin. Lightly scented with lavender & jojoba infused with chamomile and shea butter for extra nourishment.





Plain Jane - Vanilla soap is relaxing and calming. Made with Peru Balsam essential oils and Dragon's Blood - both know for their healing properties.





Sow your Oats - Oatmeal soap is mild and exfoliating for all skin types. Contains apricot & wheat germ oils, high in vitamins E & C. Unscented





Rise & Shine - Peppermint soap is a great body soap for waking up the senses and

soothing for tired feet. Minty peppermint and healing tea tree essential oils.

Available at the Pink Pig. 





Thursday, July 17, 2008

Reversible Is So Practical



These beautiful Denise Tjarks handbags are one-of-a-kind treasures. Handmade in Hawaii

This stunning vintage fabric circa 1960 will make any outfit a knock out!

Need something more subtle? This purse is reversible!
bamboo handles
reverses to a green polka dot print
made from a vintage Hawaiian mu' umu' u
measures 13"w x 9"h
reverses to a light-hearted light green polka dot

$64.00















I love this mod black and brown aloha print, reverses to a black and white polka dot...Denise




This purse is reversible! 15"w x 1"h 18" handles
$45.00
This is an amazing color combination.





This Tahiti 18"w x 12"h 19" shoulder strap three pockets for your important stuff. This bag is a great size!

Reversible to black with white polka dots.


all cotton, washable
a roomy hobo style with an oval bottom, pockets inside and one outside for your cell phone.
The shoulder strap is 19" long. It has a tie closure
This Tahiti is done in a black with pink, brown, yellow and green flower aloha print...so chic and fun.
$64.00
See these and other Denise Tjarks handbags at MyChicThings.com.





Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"My" Must Have Jacket


I currently have developed an obsession for this Galynda Jacket at Chicos. I tried it on (twice) and we bonded. I wasn't even really looking for anything when I went in the store. Just browsing with my mom. This jacket was actually not out in plain sight. I was shoved on a back rack with some other brown items. I seriously think I heard it calling my name....

Here is the description from the website: Crinkled fabric gives it a laid-back look, metallic yarns lend a glamorous shimmer. Finished with flirty ruffled cuffs and curved seams for shaping. Fully lined. Imported. 94% Cotton, 6% Metallic.
Machine wash.

Here is the description from me: I need this jacket because it will go with everything I own! I think I need buy this jacket now before I drive myself crazy.

Colorful Prints. Chic Jackets. The World-Famous Travelers™ Collection. And More. Now at Chicos.com.



Marilyn Monroe Wine Box







Marilyn Monroe Wine Box




Not only is this the perfect conversation piece, but it's also the perfect gift! What woman wouldn't love this fabulous wine box with pictures of the legendary actress, Marilyn Monroe? A leather bound wine box with metal handle and enclosure features a picture on each side of Marilyn Monroe. $28.00 at the Pink Pig.





Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Forget Bad Hair Days!


Madcapz are flattering, fun to wear and feminine. Smart and statement-making. The Madcapz woman will turn heads on the golf course, tennis court, beach, pool, walking path – even at the mall! Madcapz are colorful, patterned caps that are fashionably sporty and terrific for those bad hair days!



100% cotton and made in the USA!

Sizing

Madcapz are made with an adjustable strap. The cap fits sizes 6 3/4 inches to 7 1/2 inches. The bill on the cap is 2 3/4 inches long. 



Reg. $19.50 SALE $13.00 at www.MyChicThings.com





Monday, July 14, 2008

Marilyn Loves Chanel


Marilyn Loves Chanel

Even years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is still one of the greatest legends of the twentieth century. Here in large ad for Chanel...this black and white photo measures 36 3/4 x 25 framed in a black lacquered frame. $95.00 at the Pink Pig.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

SALE Items to Snap Up

Lemonade Soapsicle reg. $7.00 sale $5.00
Moroccan Love Bath Salts reg $12.50
sale $6.75
Cool As A Cucumber Eye Gel reg $9.95 sale $4.75



Friday, July 11, 2008

SALE Items to Snap Up





Pink Pearl Bracelet reg. $9.50 sale $4.25

Velluca Silk Scarf reg. $42.00 sale $21.00









Chic Paris Wall Decor

I found two must have items for your chic French decor. You can hang this glass framed print in a window. How unique is that? I love the idea of the magnet board. It has much more style than the old white magnet board I have up in the laundry room. I have to order both of these!



By Hardenbrook Studio - Reminiscent of 19th century glass negatives, this reverse painted printed glass is framed in a black wooden 8x10 frame. This can be hung in front of a window or on a wall. $40.00 at the Pink Pig. This print has SOLD.


By Hardenbrook Studio-This chic Paris Magnet Board measures 8x10 and is hung with a pretty black & white ribbon. Includes (2) magnets. $38.00 at the Pink Pig.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Road Trip of Life



The Road Trip of Your Life




You see life as precious and special. Heritage and family are very important to you.



You often find yourself rushing through life. You don't take as much time as you'd like to enjoy the little things.



You don't like a lot of risk or randomness in your life. You prefer to stick with what's known, even if it's a bit boring.



You tend to be a workaholic. You overwork yourself without ever realizing it and sometimes suffer the consequences later.



In another life, you could have been a great artist. You trust your creative instincts enough to let them lead you.


The Miracle Cure For Dry Skin

I have horribly dry skin. I've read all the magazines that tell you not to take hot showers, but tepid water just doesn't do it for me. I've tried putting lotion on after I get out of the shower, but it leaves me with a sticky, goopy feeling. I've looked for products to use in the shower, but I still look like a lizard.I have been selling Voda soap at My Chic Things for over a year and it has quite a loyal following! It's all about the heavy oil base in the soaps, some called it a miracle cure and others said they couldn't live without it. One person wrote to me and said that she cut it up into smaller pieces (about 6 slices out of each bar)- She ordered a box of 4 soaps so it was easy to cut them up and store them in the box, that way she could use one small piece for about 2 showers and change to another one when she felt like it without any of the bars drying up or melting away sitting in water by the shower. How smart is that? My problem is making up my mind which soap fits my mood for the day.
Voda soaps at MyChicThings.com.
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