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Diary of a Shopgirl

In Diary of a Shop Girl, fashion, Uncategorized on October 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

It’s official….I’M BAAACK.

Wearing Tory Burch, in a brand new saga, and more fashion to make me (and you) swoon all the way to the moon.

My training began this week, which basically consists of me sitting in a tiny room on a computer, which still insists on being air conditioned. Needless to say, I now have the flu after two days of the ‘ICE-OLATION BOX.’

So my story for today consists of major movies and a major celebrity.

In a nutshell, they’re filming yet again, another movie in Pittsburgh. And so, this particular celebrity comes to Saks, of course…

His body guards descend down the escalator and secures the perimeter while the men’s department phones security. Apparently, they felt the star’s group of body guards was actually a professional shopping ring, there to steal their livlihood.

Obviously, they were ashamed of themselves when Russell Crowe himself appeared before them and proceeded to spend a small fortune in like 20 minutes

Alas, my shopgirl days have not ended, they’ve just begun a crazy new chapter!


In Uncategorized on September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm


I’m over the 2,000 mark. Thanks again guys. I haven’t written for awhile, mostly due to the fact that sometimes, life trumps fashion.

Stay Absolutely Fabulous.


Eddy – ‘What are you drinking Patsy?’
Patsy – ‘Chanel No. 5’

Thank You!

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2009 at 10:12 am


I just hit 1,001 views. And even though I love fashion and writing, I’m just getting the hang of how, when, and sometimes what I should blog about. But most times, I just write about what interests me and in the 2 months that I’ve been here so far, you guys are obviously reading, so thanks again!

In the words of Edina, “You can drop the attitude. You only work in a shop.” – Absolutely Fabulous

“Barely Legal”

In Diary, fashion, Uncategorized on July 18, 2009 at 12:52 am

My friend living in Brooklyn sent me a text message today that read: “A 45 year old woman just came into H&M wearing a ‘Barely Legal’ sparkle tee. I thought you would appreciate!…And she was with her two daughters.”

Intrigue. It made me think.

The H&M in Herald Square is unbelievably touristy, not to mention how irritating it must be to have to need a SWAT team of employees to clean up the fitting rooms. Even still, if the woman was a tourist, it doesn’t make it acceptable either way. But t-shirts  adorned with rhinestones and glitter, outlining clever adjectives like, “Spoiled,” “Princess,” or even “Sexy,” say something about one’s self. And not just these, but my friends story of the day made me realize that we all own t-shirts we once purchased for a reason with clever or not-so-clever antecdotes. At one time they were a serious must-have, a prized possession perhaps. Now, however, their lack luster qualities and lame meaning behind their cute sayings sit in your bottom drawer taking up space. A memory from the beach or a trip to Vegas with the girls, (Thank God it was a t-shirt and not one of those matching group tattoos) clearly you’ve literally got a fashion “statement” on your hands and ultimately, your choices do say something about you.

For tees purchased at Rue 21, please put them in garbage bag immediately and don’t look back. Anything else, I suggest doing a double take. If glitter and rhinestones are involved, add them to the bag too. But if we’re talking about a “Team Paris” or Marilyn Monroe quote t-shirt, think about revamping them. Tees like that define your fashion personality and you should wear them for fun under a little blazer or with your boyfriend jeans. Absolutely change the neckline, add some embroidery and layer them up. You don’t have to give away your memories but you can definitely make them better, especially if you don’t remember much of that Vegas trip where you purchased $300 worth of Playboy tees. Ugh.

If you don’t own any of the above, lucky you. And if you feel out of the loop, below are a few places you can get your own and support a good cause. Not only will you look good but you won’t get flashbacks of you and your friends on the bar in Miami when you wear it. Instead, you can show your support for a cause that’s worth filling up a drawer full of t-shirts.

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Visit and check out the Darfur Store.

Visit and check out the Darfur Store.

New Photos of Marines in Afghanistan

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm


This is out of my immediate platform of topics but I’m saying it anyway.

Whether you care or not, like it or not, I’m posting these new pictures of Marines and soldiers. I support the troops because the truth is, you don’t have to like why they’re over there, but you should pay some respect. We were attacked in 2005, it does not matter who attacked us, what matters is that these men AND women signed up to defend the United States of America, always knowing that war was a possibility.

Whether it’s because I’m feeling bitter tonight, I’m not sure, but I’m rather tired of the drama. Say what you want, but I don’t see people spending their life savings to illegally get into other countries, they’re doing it to come here because they want something better. Ironic isn’t it? I’m not a right wing conservative or homophobic pro-lifer, in fact, I’m just the opposite. But I feel like there are not enough people standing up for ANYTHING anymore. Someone who riots is seen as a ‘rebel’ or ‘hippie’ and so we make excuses as to why we say nothing. I’m guilty, we’re all guilty. No country is perfect. Let’s stop idealizing what we wish we could be and focus on the fact that people live here illegally because they’d rather be here than where they were  and they risked their lives to get here. America is not made up of cowboys, racists, or even corrupt politicians, however, they do exist. Just like Europe is not made up of nobility, always fashionable people, and people who can speak several languages, however they do exist. The world stereotypes itself and countries speculate about one another and I’ve grown tired of all of the assumptions.

Support the troops because they’re doing what we’re not. They’re standing up for what they believe in or not. But at least they’re doing something.

#88772221 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Readle Getty Images News

#88772221 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News


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#88787393 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News


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#88787448 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News


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#88787466 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News

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#88789582 U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News


Visit for more information and photographs of these Marines.

Vibe Magazine Announces Departure from Industry

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

While not an avid reader of Vibe myself, I still appreciated the niche they created for themselves in the magazine industry. Times are tough and their departure from the scene leaves many to wonder who’s next and who, if anyone, is to fill their shoes? Interview continues to tottles back and forth, they of course, have created a unique niche in this industry for themselves as well. I hold my breath as Andy Warhol’s magazine attempts to regain it’s strength to continue on and I bid farewell to Vibe, a magazine with sharp insight into the world and style they created for themselves and their readers.


– On behalf the VIBE CONTENT staff (the best in this business), it is with great sadness, and with heads held high, that we leave the building today. We were assigning and editing a Michael Jackson tribute issue when we got the news. It’s a tragic week in overall, but as the doors of VIBE Media Group close, on the eve of the magazine’s sixteenth anniversary, it’s a sad day for music, for hip hop in particular, and for the millions of readers and users who have loved and who continue to love the VIBE brand. We thank you, we have served you with joy, pride and excellence, and we will miss you.

Danyel Smith
the former Chief Content Officer VIBE Media Group
& Editor in Chief, VIBE


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Simon Van Booy’s “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly”

In Diary, Uncategorized on June 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm
Photo taken by Ken Browar.

Photo taken by Ken Browar.


I have just read Simon Van Booy’s article, “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly.” My eyes were brimming with tears as I finished the last paragraph, not because I was disheartened but because the reminder of  how my own father is the polar opposite  made me echo every memory of my plagued childhood.

Mr. Booy, the author of Love Begins in Winter, is a gifted storyteller and reminds us that however dysfunctional for a moment or time your life may be, from a distance laughter will prevail.

So despite my father’s swift disappearances into bars and facades of fatherhood, I will laugh at the moments in between despair rather than acknowledge what isn’t there.

As a child who once received a baby turkey as an Easter present, only for it to die days later because it was left outside and froze to death, I can appreciate a little laughter years later amidst all the sadness.

Please read Simon Van Booy’s “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly” at under Fashion & Style. And visit for more information on his novels and himself.

A Tribute: To Icon Michael Jackson and His Many Fashions

In Fashion News, Men's Fashion, Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm


Do you remember the time…


















You died a legend today and left an impression so deep it’s left us all in shock.  Peace be with you MJ.


The King of Pop: August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009


Jenesis Magazine

In Diary, Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Obviously I have problems with coffee consumption, tonight is no exception. It’s after 11 p.m. and I’m on my first cup of coffee. Not for the day of course…for the night.

I’m working on brainstorming for an on-line urban oriented magazine called Jenesis, check it out at The owners, creators and team of writers are all based out of Pittsburgh and have thus far done amazing things for their target market. They’re looking to take the on-line publication to a new place and hopefully I can help implement a new ‘lifestyle’ section, obviously adding some fashion in there. I’ve been researching…which takes forever. I need a better feel for men’s wear, I need more ideas for what kind of fashion people want to read about in Pittsburgh. I’ve been listening to hip-hop, trying to get inspired? I love Mos Def…

Tonight is classic ‘me,’ drinking coffee when I shouldn’t be.  Hopefully Jenesis can handle my coffee drinking mantra.

Until then, check out and I’ll update you more on my fashion contributions to the magazine.

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm

My blogging will recommence on Monday, June 15th. I think I’ll be a little more thematic this time, with weekly blogs on specific topics, this way I’m not making you, or me, any crazier. Anyway, look for Monday’s blog on: What I Want in My Closet (Among other places…) Right Now.

Until Monday then….

Eddy – ‘I was taken up sweetie. I spoke to god.’
Saffy – ‘What about?’
Eddy – ‘Well shopping mostly’

-Absolutely Fabulous