Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!!!

I just wanted to share with you guys a snapshot of my day: magazines! ;)
It's another rainy Saturday -- me + PJs + blog + magazines + hot chocolate = perfect!


I got my usual People and Lucky magazines, and I got a surprise in the mail: a free issue of Bridal Guide!
I remember subscribing to Bridal Guide back when I was taking a wedding and event planning course. 
It's a really good magazine to have if a) you're getting married, b) you're either a wedding planner or studying to become one, or c) if you just love weddings in general. ;)

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

P.S. I have two giveaways going on right now! Please enter if you haven't already. :)
Fashion To Figure Giveaway: Win any item $30 or less. Ends 4/11.
Poshlocket Giveaway: Win a Shelly Fabric Choker. Ends 4/24.
Both open to U.S. residents only.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Let Me Gush: My Thoughts on The Hunger Games

Happy Friday!!!

Okay, so I know everyone's been talking about one of the most anticipated (if not THE most anticipated) movie of 2012: The Hunger Games... and you're all probably tired of hearing about it, but just let me gush, please? ;)

I've mentioned countless times before that I absolutely loved The Hunger Games trilogy.
I waited patiently for March 23rd along with everyone else and I loooooved the movie -- it is so worth the wait! :D

Of course it wasn't as good as the book (it never is... except for The Devil Wears Prada -- the movie was way better than the book, haha!), but I still think they definitely did an amazing job. And I'm not one to nitpick over the smallest details (like stuff changed from the book and how it changes the meaning of the story) -- I was just there, a big fan of the trilogy, enjoying the movie. :)

In my opinion, The Hunger Games can easily be America's answer to the UK's Harry Potter (which I am also a HUGE fan of!) in terms of the costumes and the set -- they created a whole different world, much like Harry Potter did.

They also did an amazing job casting the right actor for each character.
I can't imagine anyone else being Katniss, Peeta, Gale, etc.  Jennifer Lawrence of the Hunger Games.
Jennifer Lawrence -- Katniss Everdeen

She's a really talented actress, amazing!

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellars (The Hunger Games)
Josh Hutcherson -- Peeta Mellark

He is such a sweetheart!

Liam Hemsworth -- Gale Hawthorne

Thanks to Liam and the way he portrayed Gale, I almost left Team Peeta for Team Gale, haha!
But yeah, keyword: Almost!

1 Million points each to Lenny Kravitz as Cinna (left) & Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy (center) in THE HUNGER GAMES. Photo credit: Murray Close
Lenny Kravitz -- Cinna and Woody Harrelson -- Haymitch Abernathy

Cinna = I want him to be my new best friend!
Haymitch = Waaaay more sober in the movie.
But I kinda liked that, and seeing him work behind the scenes was a good touch.

Katniss Everdeen's gorgeous fiery red dress in The Hunger Games
Stanley Tucci -- Caesar Flickerman

Stanley Tucci is brilliant -- When is he ever not, right? ;)
And I love how there's more of him in the movie.

Effie Trinket "The Hunger Games"
Elizabeth Banks -- Effie Trinket


The Hunger Games
Wes Bentley -- Seneca Crane

I thought it was so nice to see the Head Gamemaker in his element. 
And not gonna lie, his beard is pretty cool!

President Snow #hungergames
Donald Sutherland -- President Coriolanus Snow

He tends to his roses, but he's still scary...

Rue from The Hunger Games! food
Amandla Stenberg -- Rue

She is adorable and I got all teary-eyed... okay, honestly, I pretty much sobbed when she, you know, died... :/

So yeah, I loved the movie -- I cried (many times!), I screamed, I cheered, I got mad, I felt proud of Peeta and Katniss... I'm so happy I watched it and I cannot wait for Catching Fire! :)

Have you guys seen it? Thoughts?

And the most important question of all...

Katniss & Petta during The Hunger Games

Team Peeta or

‘The Hunger Games’ rakes in $155,000,000 at box office opening weekend, third highest in history   The adventure flick is also the highest grossing film for a non-sequel opening weekend - in history    Read more:

Team Gale? ;)

Have a fantastic weekend!!!

P.S. I have two giveaways going on right now! Please enter if you haven't already. :)
Fashion To Figure Giveaway: Win any item $30 or less. Ends 4/11.
Poshlocket Giveaway: Win a Shelly Fabric Choker. Ends 4/24.
Both open to U.S. residents only.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Trends: Take Two!

Happy Wednesday!

Two weeks ago, we talked about how to master the Spring trends.
We had so much fun talking about them, so I was really excited when I found another magazine editorial talking all about Spring's Sexiest Trends:

So over wearing sweaters and jeans? 
We totally feel you. Now that the weather's warmer, you'll want to try these eight super-pretty looks that take your wardrobe from blah to banging.



I love lace!
On my list are lace shorts, a lace dress, a lace top, and a lace skirt. ;)



We've all said it countless times: We love pastels!



This was also mentioned in my post from two weeks ago, and we all pretty much agreed that we won't really be comfortable with just a bra top -- unless, we're at the beach.



Can you say Coachella-ready? ;)



I need to add some sporty items into my wardrobe.






Ummm, the farthest I will go is short-shorts... anything that resembles an underwear needs to be covered up! ;)



Almost everyone likes candy colors and metallics, so I guess it's safe to say we'll like the two trends combined, right?

Which of these 8 Spring trends made your list? 

***pages scanned from Cosmopolitan magazine, March 2012***


P.S. I have two giveaways going on right now! Please enter if you haven't already. :)
Fashion To Figure Giveaway: Win any item $30 or less. Ends 4/11.
Poshlocket Giveaway: Win a Shelly Fabric Choker. Ends 4/24.
Both open to U.S. residents only.

Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lip Duos: Shade A + Shade B = Always Flattering

Happy Monday!
(Can you believe it's the last week of March?!)

I was reading my Lucky magazine, and I came across a beauty rule:


Interesting, right?
So, I decided to test it out. ;)


Ironclad rule: Any two lipcolors, mixed together, create a color that looks good on anyone. 
Try it with any two lipsticks and you'll be amazed; try it with these new dual-ended $9 miracles and you'll be thrilled. There are 13 versions in all.

COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick Lipcolor

Create your one-of-a-kind look with our expertly designed blendable lip duos. 
Mix and match cream and shimmer shades with the flip of a stick for a unique look with endless possibilities.


- Double-ended stick
- One shimmer, one cream shade
- Blend to create unique looks

How to apply:
1. Before you begin, apply all other makeup and ensure lips are smooth.
2. Starting at the center of the upper lip, apply the creamy color, moving outward toward one corner. 
Repeat on the other side and on the lower lip. Use your pinky or a lip brush to fill in any gaps.
3. Apply the shimmer shade to the center of the lips only. Blend the color outward with your pinky or a lip brush.
4. Place a folded tissue between pressed lips to remove excess.

I love this flipstick!
There's really nothing bad I can say about it.

The colors are beautiful -- both alone and combined.
 The slanted shape of the lipstick makes it so easy to apply -- it glides on smoothly!
It is moisturizing (but still use a lip balm, definitely!) and long-lasting.

I've read some reviews saying that they don't like the smell -- it's not the best smell in the world, but personally, I don't mind. I guess it really depends from person to person.

At $9 ($8.99 at Ulta), I think this is a really good buy!
Think of it as getting 3 lipsticks for the price of one. ;)

Here is a swatch of the CoverGirl Blast Flipstick in Pucker (805):

Shimmery Shade/ Creamy Shade/ Combined

I love it!
I've been wanting to get the perfect pink lipstick, and so far, I am happy with this! :)

Other shades available:

Whisper (800), Glimmer (810), Flashy (815), Vixen (820)

Perky (825), Tease (830), Cheeky (835), Stunner (840)

Snap (845), Smooch (850), Minx (855), Intense (860)


To further test Lucky magazine's beauty rule, I decided to use this lip duo I got as part of a gift set from Clinique:


Here is a swatch:

Candy Pink/ Watermelon/ Combined

I'd say their beauty rule worked well for both of my lip duos. ;)

What do you guys think?
Have you tried CoverGirl's Blast Flipstick? Thoughts?
Which of the 13 shades available would you pick?

Have a fantastic week, everyone!!!

P.S. I have two giveaways going on right now! Please enter if you haven't already. :)
Fashion To Figure Giveaway: Win any item $30 or less. Ends 4/11.
Poshlocket Giveaway: Win a Shelly Fabric Choker. Ends 4/24.
Both open to U.S. residents only.

Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Giveaway: Poshlocket ***CLOSED***

Happy Weekend!

To further celebrate the arrival of Spring (and of Spring Break for many of us), I am so so so happy to have been given the chance to work with Poshlocket on a fab giveaway for you guys! 

Some information about Poshlocket:

Poshlocket is an online fashion jewelry store that brings you the hottest fashion jewelry at a price and quality that will make you smile. Our style is simple but edgy, and elegant but modern. Our jewelry is for EVERYONE: for fashionistas who want to add some “spice” to their outfit, for those who are looking for that “it” piece for a special outing, for anyone who wants a little something for everyday wear.

The simple, easy-to-navigate storefront brings you a more luxurious e-commerce experience relieving shoppers of overwhelming clutter found at that other e-commerce sites. Our shopping site is built with the state-of-the-art technology that’s seamlessly connected to various social networking sites. Poshlocket also includes a blog page that allows customers to share information about the jewelry, fashion, and much more.

Here are some items from that really caught my eye:

Earrings -

Bella Cubic StudsHampton Drop EarringsVera Square Studs
Bella Cubic Studs ($30), Hampton Drop Earrings ($27), Vera Square Studs ($24)

Rings -

Eve Leaf RingLinda Blooming Flower RingLemonita Cocktail Ring
Eve Leaf Ring ($20), Linda Blooming Flower Ring ($40), Lemonita Cocktail Ring ($48)

Bracelets -

Sherri BangleValinda Angel Dancer Charm BraceletVictoria Knight Stretch Bangle
Sherri Bangle ($25), Valinda Angel Dancer Charm Bracelet ($22), Victoria Knight Stretch Bangle ($40)

Their pieces are beautiful and timeless. :)

Sooooo, what's up for grabs?
One lucky winner will get the chance to select one of Poshlocket's Shelly Fabric Chokers ($30):

Shelly Fabric Choker (BlueGreen)Shelly Fabric Choker (MintBlue)Shelly Fabric Choker (PinkBeige)Shelly Fabric Choker (YellowGray)
BlueGreen, MintBlue, PinkBeige, YellowGray

To enter:

Mandatory entries -

1. Follow What Mimi Writes via GFC -- let me know you follow in a comment, indicate which color combination you would like to receive, and include your email address. (+1)
2. Follow @WhatMimiWrites on Twitter. (+1)
3. Follow @Poshlocket on Twitter. (+1)

Extra entries -

4. Tweet about the giveaway, mention both @WhatMimiWrites and @Poshlocket -- let me know/leave me a link. (+2)
5. Like Poshlocket on Facebook. (+4)
6. Mention this giveaway on your blog, either on a post or on your sidebar -- let me know/leave me a link. (+3)

A total of 12 possible entries!

Please leave one comment per entry or if you choose to put them all in one comment, please clearly list how many entries you have -- either way would be easier for me, thanks! :)

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59pm PST.
Open to U.S. residents only.
(To my blog friends from other countries, I promise I'll have a giveaway for you guys sometime soon!).

Good luck!!! :D