Posts Written On November 14, 2011

@GossipGirl Recap: The Big Sleep No More

After the tearfully sensitive speech Chuck (Ed Westwick) gave to Blair (Leighton Meester) last week, she’s obviously wondering if he’s really changed for the better. “I simply cannot have Chuck ‘chucking’ my mind.” She stalks him, draws venn diagrams on the ‘new’ and ‘old’ Chuck, even follows him to the delightful event featuring Punchdrunk’s provocative theater experience, “Sleep No More,” mask and all.

There’s a really sexy scene when they’re trapped by the bar, alone, and you can just smell the sexual tension between them. I was dying when Chuck just went in for the kill and kissed her and released all that passion. With another slap on the face, Blair runs off. “You are incapable of change. And now, thanks to you, I’m more certain than ever that I chose the right man.” But perhaps Chuck might have done that just to help her stay on the right track, making him a changed man after all.

And what about Nate (Chace Crawford) and his new girlfriend/boss Diana (Elizabeth Hurley)? “It’s just sex and work, it doesn’t change.” Of course he’s thinking he might have a better relationship with a girl like Charlie (Kaylee DeFer), especially after that steamy kiss the other night. Charlie just wants to save her own skin, but jealous can drive some girls to do some crazy things. When the cougar and the cub have their eyes on the prey, you don’t want to get involved.

Charlie is getting really good at playing this Upper East Side back-stabber, but let’s get real. She’s no Blair Waldorf and when the truth comes out, she’s going to burst in tears. I don’t feel sorry for her, do you? Her ex Max (Brian J. Smith) comes to New York for a job interview and bumps into Serena (Blake Lively) and they hit it off. Charlie gets mixed up in Diana’s drama with Nate and we all know who’s going to win in this fight.

Charlie kisses Max thinking he’s Nate and Max kisses Charlie thinking she’s Serena. I’ll never get sick of these classic GG scenarios. After all this, not only does Charlie lose two great men that would have given her everything, she also lost a job. “Let me put you out of your misery. You’re fired.” But one thing’s for sure — Serena’s still (miraculously) in the dark. Of course, since she’s literally the only reason Charlie can still exist on this show.

Xoxo, @missamandachen

0 Comments Bringing UK Style and Flare to the US

Bringing British style, fashion, and trends to the states, Shop Direct Groups, a UK at home shopping retailer, brings us You’ll find the latest and greatest in British men and women’s fashion at amazing prices with UK and US celeb ambassadors like fashionista Whitney Port of The City. They’ve got everything from men and women’s clothes, shoes, and even plus sizes.

Greatest perk of is shipping takes about 5 days. How great is that? Especially coming from the UK. Expect free shipping on order over $98 and free returns if whatever you order doesn’t happen to be your cup of tea. Shop Direct Group aims to create a great foundation with giving customers the best shopping experience and offering the best and most unique British-esque items they can find.

“We are hugely excited about our launch into the US. W have done our homework, talking to thousands of customers across the USA and we’re confident our women’s and men’s ranges, including our exclusive British fashion brands such as Love Label and Goodsouls, will prove as popular Stateside as they are in the UK.”

 says Group Retail Director Gareth Jones. Shop Direct Group stays on trend and fashion forward by keeping up with their Street Style Blog updating it with the hottest around the London block.

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xo, June 🙂

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by via Shop Direct Group for this post.  Any opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Shop Direct Group.


#AfricaComesAlive with @CascataBlu

On Thursday night, swimwear line Cascata Blu treated us to a fashion show and an event to raise funds and increase awareness for the A Hi Kulene Area Development Program and World Vision Canada at MARO Supper Club. The fashion show featured looks from Cascata Blu’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, paired with “African-inspired” jewellery created and donated by a variety of Canadian designers.

Thank you so much to Cascate Blu and Magnet Creative for inviting us.

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@Swarovski Spring/Summer 2012

After a hectic day, this was just what I needed 🙂 A few of us were given the chance to view the Swarovski Crystal Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at the Gardiner Museum, and it was simply wonderful. There was something for everyone, and I would have happily taken one of everything!


These were my favorite pieces, and I was so excited when trying them on, that I could barely contain myself, hence the severe cheesing 🙂

Thank you so much to Swarovski and Edelman for inviting us!

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Hot Tools Nano Ceramic Ionic AC Hair Dryer Review

Professional hairdryers and flat irons should be a girl’s best friend… in the hair universe at least. I recently received a professional Hot Tools Black Nano Ceramic Ionic AC Hair Dryer from Image Beauty. This hair dryer is definitely an upgrade from the drugstore hairdryer I’ve been using for years.



The hairdryer has and claims:

• Direct ION technology
• Newly designed and engineered motor for quiet operation and maximum airflow
• NanoCeramic grill
• 1600 Watts – Saves energy without giving up heat or airflow
• Rubberized non-slip handle
• Removable lint filter
• Velocity – 690f/m
• Nozzle diameter – 47.0mm (1.8”)
• Multiple heat and speed combinations
• Cool shot for setting the style
• Attachments:
o Diffuser
o Concentrator
• Hanging ring/ cord guard
• 8ft cord
• One-year warranty


ION technology – I thought this was pretty cool because my hairdryer before didn’t have the ion technology this one does. It claims that it will dry your hair 40% faster and I think it’s true. My old hairdryer would dry my hair pretty quick before since it blew really hot heat out but this Hot Tools hairdryer blows out cooler air but seems to dry my hair in the same amount of time as my old one. Totally surprising to me since I had originally thought the hairdryer wasn’t working right since I wasn’t used to the air being so cool. I definitely think the ion technology in this Hoot Tool hairdryer helps with the process a lot. My hair also turns out WAY smoother and sleeker. My hair would get frizzier when I used my old hairdryer which is why I always preferred to wash my hair and dry it at night instead of the morning or before I go out. Who wants frizzy hair before you leave the house? Not I.

quiet operation – This is the only thing I will say I disagree about in the description of the Hot Tools hairdryer. I expected something quieter than what it sounds like. It’s equally as loud as any hairdryer I’ve ever used, seen, or heard. It’s not an excessively loud airflow or anything but for me to say that it is a quiet one… definitely not.

non-slip handle – I really liked the handle of this hairdryer. It’s got a good grip fitting in my hand well. My hair is very long as you all probably know so it takes a good amount of time for my hair to dry completely. The non-slip handle helps a lot preventing hand cramping and what not.


Overall great hairdryer for a great price. As it says above it comes with a concentrator and diffuser and has multiple settings… standard. I have now joined this century with the ion technology and the fancy professional hairdryer 🙂 My hair has looked a lot healthier now and I actually take the time to blow dry my hair instead of sleeping with it wet. I even blow dry it when I go out now since it doesn’t frizz up my hair. Hairdryers are good investment pieces and a great professional hairdryer will definitely become your best friend. Although I have been and currently still am too lazy to give myself blowouts I’m sure I will eventually now that I have a great hairdryer to do it with.

You can get your own Hot Tools Black Nano Ceramic Ionic AC Hair Dryer for a great price from Image Beauty, an online retailer of beauty supplies, cosmetics, and hair products.

xo, June 🙂

Writer’s Note: This product was sent to me for review by the brand/PR. All reviews on by myself, June Ning, are unpaid and unbiased.


Be daring with @B_DeSClothingCo

Brittany DeShields, a self-taught Fashion Designer from Philadelphia, PA has a Fall/Winter Collection out right now. “B. Alluring, B. Beautiful, B. Confident, B. DeS,” is what DeShields’ line is about. Her first collection B.DeS, came out in 2008 and is made up of sexy styles for the confident woman who isn’t afraid to show off her body.

Here are some of my favorites:



Fuchsia Alba Skirt

Lighthouse Bodysuit

A lot of her dresses have a sheer look so it is very daring! Check out ILoveBDeS for more of her collection of dresses, skirts, and bodysuits. To find out more information you can also check out

If you want to wear something bold, colorful, and form fitting, this fashionista is definitely the one to check out!

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