Saturday, December 22, 2012


Wow, you are not done yet? Here are some last minute items you can grab at Target. They still have plenty from the Neiman Marcus cabo, they were are kinda pricey for the quality in my opinion. Now, most items are 50% off the house ware items are the best. Any who, below are some other items for your loved ones.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gifts for the Techie

Everyone has a techie in their life these days, that is unless you are the techie. I admit I love my gadgets but more so I love my gadget covers. Below are some budget friendly gifts ideas for the techie in your world.

Some of these iphone cases are just too cute but Marc Jacobs steals my heart.

So, before you go get some shopping done check out this new Kevin Hart commercial for Verizon. He is crazy.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Glossy Box- December 2012

I had a feeling this month's Glossy Box was gonna be good one only because last month was mediocre. I was excited when I checked my tracking number online and found out it was waiting on my doorstep. I needed Christmas that day and getting a Glossy Box is like Christmas, even on the mediocre months.

The boxes are always wrapped so nice. This month's tissue paper was Candy Canes and Gingerbread Men!
The theme is Glamour, Glitz and Gloss they might as well said Tia, Tia and Tia.
So, included in the box is:

  • ECRU New York Cosmetic Hair Care - Acacia Protein Oil 
  • Forest Essentials Luxurious Ayurveda - Madurai Jasmine& Mogra Bath & Shower Oil 
  • Heartland Fragrance Co. - Bath Salts White Tea
  • Oscar Blandi - Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray 
  • Pleats Please By Issey Miyake 
  • Zoya Nail Polish - Storm 
  • Jewel Mint - Caged Bangle (below)
The Bangle was okay kinda had a cheapie feel to it.

However, Zoya nail polish is one of my faves so, I was excited to just see the bottle but, holy poly Storm is a gorge color. It is a intense black with multi colored glitter it looks so rich and applied so nice.

I'm coo coo for the bath oil! It has such a glamorous and long lasting smell. Can't wait to try the hair products on wash day.

I had been wanted to get my hands on Pleats Please for about six months now. It is based on Issey Miyake's ready to wear line that launched in 1993. So, it is finally available in the US but only at Nordstrom for now. This is such a feminine fragrance with hints of vanilla.

All in all I am a happy chica.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012


So, Zara is being so disrespectful to my budget right now because once I saw these beauties and they stole my heart.

Leather was everywhere at Zara and it was such a rich leather at that. 

Check out Zara for more.

Tia xoxo

Thank you Zara for the photos

Monday, December 17, 2012


All is feel is deep sorrow for the lives lost in this tragedy. Newton, you are forever in my heart and I will continue to pray for you. 

”if every tear we shed for you became a star above, you’d stroll in Angel’s garden, lit by everlasting love.” -Author unknown


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hold my stuff

I remember when I was like 13 I had an Caboodle it was too fresh!! It was a soft pink with a clear purple handle. I loved that thing and sadly I don't remember what ever happened to it. I don't even remember what I carried in it since I never really wore makeup. I was surprised to know that Caboodle is still around and still have some really cute cases along with lots of other companies.

My fave type of cosmetics case is the train style below.

For the fashionista on the go here are some smaller bags.

I was shocked the Pottery Barn had so many nice cases. These are such a fun way to get organized.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gifts for your Gentleman under $200

For me shopping for men can be about as much fun as chewing aluminum foil. I don't know why it so tough for me especially since I usually do a pretty good job. Below are a few dapper items that may assist you all under $200.

A Wigen Houndstooth driving cap for $110

Wigen Houndstooth Driving Cap

 Ravi Ratan "New York Yankees' Cuff links for $60

Ravi Ratan 'New York Yankees - Champions' Cuff Links
Beats by Dr. Dre Ear Headphones for $199

12% Off Today - Beats by Dr. Dre 'Solo' High Definition On-Ear Headphones
Casio G-Shock X-Large Big Combi Watch  for $150.

Casio 'G-Shock X-Large Big Combi' Watch
Izola Flask this is so sexy for $28

Izola 'To My Health' Flask

Fiesole Shawl Collar Sweater for $125.00

Fiesole Shawl Collar Wool Blend Sweater

Good luck and Happy Shopping!


Thanks to for the photos

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Half & Half

A few months ago I purchased this W118 Walter Baker Milly coat from Macys.

It has since sold out. When I purchased this beauty I did not realized how high in demand these leather sleeved trench coats were. I found quite a few at the time but this was my fave because of the detail on the sleeves.
W118 by Walter Baker, Long-Sleeve Quilted Faux-Leather TrenchI later ended up getting another two (different colors) during this flash sale at the Outnet for only (wait, sit down) $39. See, I HAD to get two more! I actually got more but I gifted those.

Every time I wear this coat (which is every day cause I love her so much) at least one person stops me to ask where is she from. Breaks my heart to let them know she is sold out everywhere. You may find a one or two on Ebay for a 60% increase in price. Now if you just gotta have this coat it is still available at Bluefly BUT, only in the Khaki on Khaki. Click here to purchase for $138.00.

There is no coat quite like this one but I located a few that are pretty darn close.

This two toned Anorack jacket is available at PacSun for $79.50. It is currently an additional 30% off.

This BCBG trench was my first choice (currently on sale for $84) until I found my precious Walter Baker. It looks nicer in person.

Bebe has a mixed media trench at Nordstom's for $139.90

bebe Mixed Media Trench Coat

I hope these help you ladies trying to locate a two tone (Half & Half) trench style coat.

Happy Shopping!


Thanks to Nordstrom, BCBG, PacSun, and Macys for the photos

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wacky Legs

I heart wearing leggings. I get to look sexy while I am so super comfy. It is a win win.

Below are some wacky printed leggings for the wild chicas

These high waisted leggings from American Apparel come in seven different prints and are $34.00.

Next up also from American Apparel are these tie dye jersey leggings. I love the teal also for $34.00

Go Jane is always a go spot to purchase trendy items for cheap. These storm printed legging are available in two colored prints for $16.60 .

storm printed leggings
 Only leggings keeps it super busy with these checked high waisted leggings for $38.00. Loving the high waisted leggings!
Holiday Tribe Sweater Leggings

Lastly, are these hips and guns leggings also from Only Leggings for $38.00. I keep thinking that these remind me of Rhianna; I think she has a similar tattoo.

Hips and Guns Leggings

I would tone down my top when wearing these busy bee bottoms so, I recommend a solid tunic. What do you think? Do you dare?


Thanks to, and for the photos.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giving Face

My skin and my skin care regimen is NOT a game. I take my skin very seriously. While I have never had any serious skin issues I still indulge in taking care of it. 

I name almost everything in my life and I call my skin Savannah. Savannah is very easy to take care of; she is not sensitive or needy. I have taken care of her since I was sixteen years old thus slowing the aging process. Granted back then, my regimen only consistented of a Olay cleanser  and sunblock. I wasn't even washing her every night. 

Fast forward to today and my regimen is SO different. I am a proud Clarisonic owner which I talked about here. If you are not a Clarisonic owner this is one band wagon you should jump on. Basically, my regimen consistent of cleansers, serums, weekly masks, eye cream, steaming, day and night creams and sunblock. 

Your regimen does not have to be extensive nor expensive it just NEEDS to exist. You need to know what type of skin you have i.e. oily, normal, dry. If you don't know you will figure this out as you go along. Play with different products to find what you like/ love. I highly recommend seeing a Dermatologist to help guide you especially if you have troubled skin.

Start with a few simple steps 

1. Cleanse
2. Exfoliate
3. Moisturize

Don't s

Never go to sleep with a dirty face. Keep some facial wipes on your night stand for those hard nights.
Never put body lotion on your face EWWW It's called body lotion for a reason.
Never ever go outside without sunblock of at least SPF 45.

And don't forget that what you put into your body matters so, eat healthy.

The above is June Ambrose my skin celebrity crush. Her skin is flawless!


Friday, December 7, 2012


pv.Body is yet another monthly box subscription that I just found out about. I tell you these box subscriptions are the hottest new thing! This one is for the fitness fanatic or the chica who inspires to be.
Similar to Julep Maven when you sign up you take a style quiz that builds your profile to let them know what types of exercises you do and basically your fitness style. Based on the information you submit, you’ll get a hand selected box each month with two pieces (top and bottom) just for you for $49.95.

So, I think this idea is kinda dandy idea only because the new workout clothes each month MAY assist in motivating me or you to stay on goal. I honestly don't think my budget will like the $50 per month charge. Maybe if I did not already have a million box subscriptions I would give this a try. I am curious to see what the packing is like since the others had some of the cutest packaging.

If you would like to join pv.Body use coupon code WELCOMENL20 for 20% off your first order They offer higher end brands such as Lululemon, Nike, American Apparel and Lorna Janes and you can cancel at anytime.

So, what do you think?



photo credit

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2 Slits!!!

In my 2 chains voice, I say "2 Slits". Yesterday, I was on my favorite gossip site theybf and, I saw this pic of Solange Knowles wearing this HOT dress!

Doesn't she look gorgeous? I found the Olcay Gulsen dress here also in the purple shown below here.
Two slit Dress

And if you don't want to cough up $225.00 for the cream and $375.00 for purple then below are a few similar budget friendly options.
turtleneck slit maxi dress

Click here to purchase from Go Jane for $18.40

Or, this faux leather skirt from forever 21 for $19.80.

And this lovely halter dress one is my fave. So, do you dare go super sexy in 2 slits?


Thank you Getty images via,, and for the photos

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Julep Maven

Julep is one of the many monthly box subscriptions that I receive. I swear these monthly box subscriptions are going to annihilate my budget. From Glossy box to Bark box I am truly addicted. It is just so exciting when they arrive every month it is like it's my Birthday!

Below are photos of my November box:

It arrived in a black box and the packaging was very charming. My polishes were in wrapped in a pink bag tied with a black ribbon. The two glitter pots were sitting on the black tissue paper in the box.

This months box included two polishes (Stefani and Lynn), cuticle oil and two glitter pots. Stefani is a gold flecked grey metallic, Lynn is a nude blush pearl and some Julep Essential Cuticle Oil. I can't wait to try the glitter pots. All the polishes are full sized and easy to hold while you paint.

You can give Julep a shot too, just click here and take the Julep style quiz.  They will match you to one of five styles that fits you best.  Each month they will send you a box of polish, extras and products for $19.99.  Right now if you want to try your first box it is only 1 cent just use coupon code JULEPVIP when you checkout your maven subscription.  If you don't like it you can always cancel afterwards and keep your 1 cent box.

What I love about Julep is that each month they send you an email so that you can preview your next box BEFORE it ships. At that point you can either do nothing and your box will arrive as normal, switch it up and try a diffrent style of colors, gift it to a friend or just skip that month and the bill.

Also, Julep is having a huge giveaway from now until 12/31/2012 you can win a big red bow set worth over $200. When you enter to win please be sure to tell them Style via, Tia sent you! Click here to enter.

BONUS - Julep made this years Oprah Favorite Things List! So, if Oprah loves it then I love it. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gifts for the Hostess under $40

This is the holiday party season. There are always so many party invites around this time of year and, you should never show up empty handed. So, unsure of what to bring?

No worries I got you covered.

These fancy glass wine pourers are $18.99 at Pottery Barn and truly enhance the taste of red wine.

Glass Wine Pourers

I love decanter sets. They make me feel so extravagant. This Macys Godinger five piece set is only $39.99. I want this.

The corkcicle an amazing wine chiller that really works and it is only $24.95 at Sur La Table

A candle is always a welcome gift I meant who doesn't want their home to smell delightful. Body Shop has great scented candles. My favorite is this Jasmine and White Frangipani scented candle for only $16.99.

Click for enlarged view

Also, a bottle of wine is a great last minute option. Happy Shopping!


Thanks to Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Macys, and Body Shop for the pics.

Monday, December 3, 2012


I have been having an online fling with this YSL Arty Ovale ring. Our relationship has been off and on because I get so upset over how much he costs. I just do not want to pay $290.00 for him even if he is dazzling.

Saks sells him in several gem stone colors all with the gold tone but my fave is Lapis with Opium and Navy in a tie for second place.

<em>Yves Saint Laurent</em> Arty Ovale <em>Ring</em>/Bright Goldtone - Lapis - Size 6

So, working thru my anger I plan to end this online struggle with Arty because he causes me pain.

But, I found some cheaper options if you are interested. Ecarter has a similar looking ring for only $25.99
Arty Ring Blue Midnight Sky Gold Chunky Armor Oval Art Knuckle Statement Cage Deco Cocktail Size 11

I was able to locate tons of others on Ebay. some used and some are replicas.

Happy Shopping.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sparkle - UPDATE

Sequin leggings are so sexy and chic. I own a black pair which I heart however, I spotted a teal pair and fell in love.

Mine are similar to the below by Michael Kors
for $175.00

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Leggings

These Malene Birger's for $365 are my fave I just love the color.


I am giddy over these silver pair by Donna Karen they scream Par Tee available for $570.00

Forever 21 has a cute cropped budget friendly version at $22.80

ASOS has another great budget friendly option at $21.11which are only sequin in the front.

Image 1 of ASOS Leggings with Sequin Panel

So, what do you think? you feeling the sparkle?

I received a request from a loyal Style via, Tia reader who is hunting for a few cheaper options of sequin leggings in colors other than black.

I was not able to locate the teal color cheaper however, below are a few other colors at a much more affordable price:
Pull On Sequin Legging Bottoms

Arden B had these silver leggings for only $79.00

Also, over at ASOS I located a few patterned sequin leggins are under $60.00

Click here to see them.

I hope this helps and I will keep an eye out for those teal leggings!

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