Happy 2012!

This year has been a roller coaster ride in so many ways but I’m so grateful for the ups and downs.  I truly believe that God has tested me a lot this year and I learned a lot about myself.  I’ve learned to be a bit less impatient about where I will end up and go-with-the flow.  Albeit, it’s a very structured “go-with-the-flow” but much less rigid than years past.

2011 was the year that I have had the opportunity for once in my life to stay true to myself and to my true passion in life, which is fashion.  I am self-employed and represent a wonderful fashion e-commerce jewelry company.  I’ve had time…to blog, to read, to learn, to grow and get my MBA.

My goal for 2012 is to create more in the fashion space–give more than I consume.  My husband (a very smart and wise man) reminds me everyday that the world rewards creators.  I could not agree more.

Bridesmaids’ Gift Bag

My bridesmaids have been pretty amazing throughout the months, so as a gift I have put together a little goodie bag—Oscar style. No, they’re not getting Rolexes, Blackberries or a car! I dressed it up using ribbon I bought at JoAnn Fabrics with fall’s hottest color: Fuschia.

Here are some things I put together:

Would you trade in your curly/wavy locks for straight hair?

A friend of mine was always jealous of my pin-straight, fine hair. She’s even went so far to get thermal reconditioning (aka “the Japanese-straightening perm”).

Almost every single curly/wavy-haired girl I know struggles with her hair. The constant blow drying, flat-ironing, the humidity problems, the frizz, etc. I know not everyone who has curly/wavy hair has the aforementioned, but most seem to struggle with at least one!

Personally, I find curls and waves to be cute and sexy. Whenever I say that to anyone who doesn’t have straight hair, I get the perpetual: “But, you just don’t understand.”

Would you trade in your curly locks for straight?

My Top 10 Tips: How To Act Like a Celeb … When You’re Not

10. Dine at The Ivy regularly with your BFF. Don't forget your big ole sunglasses.

9. Walk around with someone — anyone — and call him/her your “personal assistant.”

8. Be on a weird diet. Sugar, cayenne pepper – as long as it sounds HOT!

7. Be preggers.

6. Sell your wedding pics to OK Magazine.

5. Launch your own perfume line.

4. Claim that you're a Scientologist.

3. Blame a script and/or “Method acting” for why you beat up the paparazzi.

2. Change your last name to “Hilton.”

1. “They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!”

Cheap vs. Expensive Salon Shampoos?

Are expensive salon-quality shampoos superior to cheap, drugstore brands? I'm not really sure about this one. When I use Kerastase or more higher-end shampoos, I feel like my hair is less squeaky-clean and hence I have to wash my hair more often. When I use drugstore brands, however, my hair has that “bouncy” hair commercial look to it. I’m torn.

What do you think? Do expensive shampoos work better?

Posh Spice’s New Book!

I am beginning to have this affection for Victoria Beckham more and more these days. I think she is a bit misunderstood by the public and she comes off as a total ice queen. Victoria, please smile. Once.

The former Spice Girl, according to the Associated Press, will be dishing out fashion advice in her new book, “That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between.”

The book will be published by Harper Collins and is due out in November.