NEW YEAR | 7 Ways I'm Preparing for 2012

Happy New Year
Every New Years I make a few resolutions. I make promises to myself to do this, don’t do that, accomplish this and forget about that. And although I create them with good intentions, I sometimes lack the discipline needed to see them through to the next year. So this year I plan to take the pressure off of myself. I don’t think I will be making any new monumental resolutions. But before the clock strikes 12:00 AM on January 1, 2012, here are seven things I plan to have accomplished. Gotta get myself ready for a fantastic year ahead.

1. Complete my 2012 vision board once and for all! (I am just about done with it.)

2. Clean my apartment from top to bottom (There's just way too much stuff around the place.)

3. Purge more shoes and clothing for donation (Ugh! Again way too much stuff in my closet.)

4. Prepare myself for a complete body cleanse (I partied and ate a little bit too much this holiday.)

5. Have a meeting with myself (Time to sit in silence and mentally preparing for all the changes I know are coming in 2012.)

6. Create a monthly budget plan (I definitely have to shop less & save more.)

7. Appreciate what 2011 have brought me! (I can't go into the New Year without giving thanks for the last year!)

Will you be making any resolutions for 2012?

Cheers to a prosperous New Year ahead and making the impossible possible!


MISHA FILES | My Weekend in

...and now that all the Christmas fun has ended, it's time to prepare for the New Year! I hope everyone's Christmas was just as awesome as mine.

My weekend in Instagram


GIVEAWAY!! | Iman "Pucker Up Luxury Lip" Palette

As promised I am giving away this super cute Iman "Pucker Up Luxury Lip Kit" just in time for the holiday season. And since it's not yet available, here's your chance to win one!

Kit Includes:
- 4 Luxury Lipsticks
- Luxury Lip Plumper
- Sheer Luxury Lip Glaze
- 4 Luxury Lip Glosses
- 2 Application Brushes

How to win:
1. Follow me on twitter @TheFabChick or "Like" TheFabChick on Facebook here.

2. Leave a comment telling me what's your favorite lip color to pucker up with. Be sure to include your twitter or facebook name with you comment.

ENTER NOW!! The winner will be chosen at random on Christmas day. Now how about that for a little after Christmas gifting. And if you're like myself, you love getting Christmas gifts after the day as well!


MISHA FILES | My Weekend in

This weekend I celebrated the holidays with my bestie and writer Shydel at his annual Christmas party! more fun. He really knows how to throw a chic party!

This installment of "My Weekend in Instagram" is dedicated to a long standing friendship I've had with a guy who's always been an inspiration in my life. As we get ready to close out the year, I strongly urge you to surround yourself with friends who will constantly push and motivate you towards greatness. And when you can find friends that lead by example, it's pure awesomeness!


CHECK IT OUT | Uptown Magazine - Stocking Stuffers : $25 or Less

Keeping in the spirit of giving, check out a few useful and budget-friendly stocking stuffer ideas I came up with over at Uptown Magazine here.

Uptown Magazine-Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide


READ THIS | 7 Benefits To Drinking Hot Water

benefits of drinking hot water
For over a year now I’ve been committed to drinking HOT water daily. I start my day with a cup of hot water. Yes I know you’ve seen my daily foursquare check-ins at Starbucks, but before and sometimes after my caffeine fix I consume a cup of hot water.

Of course we all know the benefits of drinking water, but ever since my mom called to tell me about an episode of Dr. Oz where he recommended drinking hot water, I’ve been hooked. Here’s a small list why I’m all about drinking hot water in the midst of my normal water intake.

1. Drinking hot water can be like spending time in a sauna, it purifies your body. As your body temperature rises and you begin to perspire, hot water flushes the toxins out. Add a piece of lemon first thing in the morning and it can assist in daily cleansing—helping prevent constipation.

2. I suffer from sinus and nasal congestion, especially when the air is dry. Drinking hot water helps in clearing your nasal cavity, relieving congestion and sinus pressure.

3. Drinking hot water is a great way to stay hydrated and keep warm. You might say, why not drink tea? Consuming tea with caffeine may keep you alert and warm, but it doesn’t help in hydration. The caffeine element is what can cause dehydration.

4. Hot water can improve your digestion, especially after meals. Drinking cold beverages/water during and immediately after a meal can be dangerous. (I remember my father scolding me about this, giving me an example of what happens when you mix cold water and oil.) Think about it. Drinking cold water solidifies the oil in the foods you consume—harmful for digestion. This can cause the oil in your food to breakdown faster than the solid food you’ve consumed. This lines the intestines turning into fats and possibly cancer.

5. Blood circulation is improved by drinking hot water.

6. And again with some lemon first thing in the morning, hot water is great for getting the metabolism going—perfect as a weight loss strategy.

7. Just as drinking water in general is important to maintaining healthy skin, hot water is excellent for your complexion as well!

Try drinking a daily cup of hot water. Add lemon or natural honey for flavoring if necessary as they both are good for you. And be sure to boil your water and not consume hot tap water. Your hot water should be just as clean as any temperature water you drink.


CHECK IT OUT | The Hpnotiq Blog - Holiday Office Party Looks : Day to Night

Tomorrow is my holiday office party and I haven't thought about what I'll be wearing just yet. I think I'll take a cue from option #3. Head over to the Hpnotiq Blog to see the three day to night options I came up with here.



OUT & ABOUT | Juicy Magazine Holiday Glam Event - Late Nights, Early Mornings"

Juicy Magazine Holiday Event
In the spirit of the holiday season, Juicy Magazine along with Iman Cosmetics and AMOY Couture Hair held a holiday glam event hosted by recording artist and VH1's Love and Hip Hop's, Olivia. The soiree took place at the upper east side AMOY Couture Salon where invited media guests enjoyed tasty Alizé cocktails, yummy cupcakes by Get 'Em Girls and delicious appetizers (with the best spicy mustard I've ever tasted) while receiving hair and makeup styling tips with Iman cosmetics. Some others in attendance; Yandy Smith and singer Teairra Mari also of Love and Hip Hop, as well as Project Runway's Kimberly Goldson and more.

Stay tuned as I will be giving away this super cute holiday inspired "Pucker Up Luxury Lip Kit" just in time to give yourself the perfect holiday pout.
Iman Cosmetics-Pucker Up Luxury Lip Kit


TRY THIS | 3 Holiday Theme Cocktails For Your House Party

It’s holiday party time! Are you ready to entertain your guests? Aside from putting together a flawless and festive look, will your party menu shine just as bright as your sequined mini and tree lights?

First things first, let’s get the drinks flowing right! What better way to get your guests in the holiday spirit than with a few tasty and festive spirits of your own? So I asked fab chick and mixologist LaToya Allen for a few creative and delicious cocktail recipes that will be perfect for an elaborate holiday party or simple gathering. She’s got us covered with 3 holiday cocktail options!

The Situation: You’re hosting a Christmas party. While you may have options for beer, wine and basic mixed drinks it’s always a good idea to have at least one holiday themed cocktail.

The Cocktail: Under the Mistletoe
4 oz VeeV Acai Spirit
2 tsp Cranberry sauce
6 Sage leaves
1.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Maple Syrup

First it’s important to slap the sage leaves a bit. This helps to release their oils. Drop them into the bottom of a shaker, adding all ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain into two cocktail glasses. Garnish with a few sage leaves and cranberries, to your liking.

The Situation: The weather outside is frightful. You’ve invited a few girlfriends over to watch your favorite chick flick, talk men and exchange gifts while enjoying cocktails by the fire—or if your in the city, a space heater.

The Cocktail: Cocoa Loco
4 oz Flor de Cana Rum
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
2 thin slices of habanero chili pepper
4 tsp Brown sugar
4 oz milk
Whipped Cream
Dash of cinnamon

Pour the rum, chocolate liqueur and milk into a small pot. Add the chili pepper slices, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Simmer on low until hot but not to boil. Strain the mixture into your favorite mugs and top with a bit of whipped cream.

The Situation: You’re hosting a New Years Eve bash. While guests may be enjoying their cocktail of choice for the evening, it’s tradition to serve champagne for the midnight toast. Here’s a nice champagne cocktail alternative.

The Cocktail: The Lanesborough
1.5 oz Grand Marnier
1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
1.5 oz Passion fruit juice
4 oz Your favorite Champagne

Add Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and passion fruit juice to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well. Strain into two separate champagne flutes. Top with champagne.

Happy holidays and happy drinking! As always please drink and serve responsibly. For more fab cocktail ideas visit LaToya over on and follow her on twitter: @Fashn_Cocktails.

Cheers to a fab holiday season and New Year!


CHECK IT OUT | Uptown Magazine - Gift Guide : What to Get Your Frenemy

Head over to Uptown Magazine to check out my complete gift guide for items to give that "friend" who just isn't quite a friend in your life. Let me know what you think of my ideas!

Uptown Magazine-Gift Guide


LOVE IT | Free People December 2011 Catalog

Free People December 2011 Catalog
As a long time fan of the Free People brand, I always look forward to receiving their monthly catalogs--falling in love with many of the pieces and styling. Last month I loved the layering and knitwear. For the December 2011 issue, my love for all things leather increased. Just check out these cobalt blue leather pants...Love! Here are a few of my favs from the December 2011 catalog.
Free People December 2011 Catalog
(Left to Right)
Aegean Leather Pant
Distressed Biker Jacket
Leather Buttondown
Washed Vegan Leather Short


ON MY RADAR | Velvet Garments & Details

Aside from sequins, lamé and other fabrics that shimmer and shine, velvet is another great textured fabric that can be perfect for holiday dressing. It is also a great fabric for adding texture to your everyday look --creating a little more dimension to your go-to denims and wools during the cold season.

Velvet Garments

1. Givenchy - Cat eye Velvet Frames $290
2. Alice & Olivia - Gemma Velvet Blouson Dress $369
3. J.Crew - Velvet Schoolboy Blazer $138
4. Anthropologie - Sierra Blouse $188
5. ASOS - Acorn Velvet Ankle Booties $83
6. Club Monaco - Isabella Skirt $170
7. Topshop - Velvet Shorts $50
8. ModCloth - Velvet Wingtips $70
9. Rachel Antonoff - Navy Velvet Leith Dress $350
10. Topshop - Paloma Velvet Platform Sandals $200
11. MARC by Marc Jacobs - Chevron Velvet Bucket Bag $200
12. Zara - Velvet Printed Scarf $50


MISHA FILES | My Weekend in

Birthdays, friends, family, food, drinks and a little randomness in between.

My Weekend in Instagram


READ THIS | Mikki Taylor's Commander in Chic

Mikki Taylor-Commander in Chic
Mikki Taylor’s Commander in Chic speaks to the kind of woman I aspire to be—chic, poised, refined and fab in all dimensions of life. And while Ms. Taylor exudes all those things herself, her use of our first lady Michelle Obama as her muse makes a very compelling statement as the book’s subject. It’s an easy to read, step-by-step guide filled with tips, inspirational messages (Mikki calls Mikkisms) and how-to’s for those looking to enhance their personal style.
Mikki Taylor-Commander in Chic
Attending last night’s private book signing at the Bobbi Brown Studios in Montclair, New Jersey afforded me the chance to finally meet Mikki Taylor after being in the same venue as her numerous times. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen her at fashion shows and exchanges smiles without so much as a hello. Mission finally accomplished!
Mikki Taylor-Commander in Chic


CHECK IT OUT | The Hpnotiq Blog - Gift Ideas For the New Guy

Head over to the Hpnotiq Blog to check out my holiday gift ideas for the guy in your life who might not be your boyfriend just yet.

Gift Ideas For Guys


TRY THIS | Tips For Successful Layering

Easy Layering Tips
Images: Free People's 2011 Holiday Catalog

Layering is not always an easy task. It can be very difficult to create an outfit that allows you to maximize your wardrobe in one complete look. I love to layer my clothing. Not just during the cold months, but I find myself wearing multiple layers year round. For me, it’s a great way to add depth to my look. I like to consider each layer (or article of clothing) as an ingredient for building my personal style recipe for the day. While this may be challenging for many, I’ve come up with 5 tips for you to keep in mind when layering your clothing.

1. Build your look from the inside out. Always start creating your layers from the bottom up until you become a pro.

2. Start with lighter weight fabrics and items on the bottom layer. As you build, your top layer should be of a heavier fabric.

3. Don’t be afraid to play with proportions to create new and interesting silhouettes, hemlines and sleeve lengths.

4. Be adventurous with color and textures. Don’t be afraid to mesh contrasting colors and textures together in one look. Be bold!

5. Equip your wardrobe with easy no-brainer layering items: vests, pullovers and cardigans.

Shop for easy to layer items and you’ll be layering like a pro in no time.
Layering Tip


SAMPLE SALE | Haute Hippe

Monday, December 12th – Friday, December 16th
9am-6pm daily
up to 70% retail prices


ON MY RADAR | The Duffle Coat - Toggle Buttons

Rag and Bone Duffle Coat-Royal blue
Placing a style on my radar is as simple as me falling in love with just one cool item. Currently I am all about this Rag and Bone royal blue duffle coat with leather trim. What I love about it? It is created in a traditional British duffle coat style with toggle buttons and front patch pockets but with cool unexpected non-traditional elements—a bright color and luxe details and trims—which makes it that more special.

Although the $1295 price tag may be out of your budget, as it is mine, here are 6 other traditional and non-traditional duffle coat styles I’ve deemed #fabchickapproved—oh and they are more budget-friendly.
duffle coat-toggle buttons-winter coat styles
1. Topshop $178
2. Oasis - $160
3. BB Dakota - $120
4. Penfield - $250
5. Allsaints - $395
6. Quicksilver $135


Q & A | Get to Know Me on BGKI

Want to know how I would define my personal style? How about if I've ever tried designing or sewing clothes? Well I was asked and I dished all about that and more on the Black Girl Killing It tumblr site. I love what Neil (a guy) is doing over on that tumblr site for young women of color. Kudos to him for wanting to highlight women in a positive light. Check out the full Q & A here. And check out some of the other interviews here. You might recognize some of the other "Black Girls Killin' It",


MISHA FILES | My Weekend in

This weekend I added things to my list of wants, (stay tuned for that massive list) mentored a 13 yr old young lady, vintage shopped with Annika, partied it up at Chuck E. Cheese, (oh what fun, not) wore my Naked Heart, and all not before having my daily dose of Starbucks.

my weekend in instagram


REVIEW | ShoeMint Purchase - My Thoughts

Shoemint pauline wedges wine color
The members-only online shop ShoeMint has officially launched and I didn’t spare anytime making my first shoe purchase –12am November 25th to be exact. Since I fell for the wine colored wedges that co-designer Rachel Blison wore, my choice was a no-brainer. Well, I’ve received my purchase! And I’m sure all of you want to know what my thoughts are right? Well here goes.

For shipping I would have to say was pretty good, standard even. I ordered on Friday, November 25th and received my purchase Thursday December 1st. I’m pleased with the amount of time it took for me to receive my purchase. Thumbs-up for shipping ShoeMint.

Where style is concerned, the images on the website in comparison to what I received was pretty accurate. How many times do you order a particular style of shoe, open your package and the style and make of what you selected is very disappointing in appearance—different in texture and silhouette from what’s shown online? It can be very upsetting. Thumbs-up for style accuracy ShoeMint.

My main concern and issue with ordering from many shoe sites like ShoeMint is always the quality and comfort. ShoeMint urges buyers of premium materials, expert craftsmanship, perfect fit and real leather and suede. The suede wedges I purchased actually feels and looks just like suede. There’s nothing more disheartening to me then thinking you are getting a pair of real suede shoes just to feel the texture of some micro-fiber faux-ness.

As for comfort, considering the extreme height of these wedges, the platform makes it easy to walk in, but I would not suggest for all day standing –at least not for me. Thumbs-up for quality and comfort ShoeMint.

So if you were skeptical like myself about ShoeMint, I can say that out of all the other members-only online shoe sites, this so far has to be the best in quality, which ranks pretty high in my book.

With the debut collection selling out, I am very curious to see future selections. I’ll stay tuned and find a hiding place for wallet. Have you signed up for ShoeMint?