J. Crew Gets Back to Basics

via Huffington Post


J. Crew is a staple in First Lady Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. Now, we can all get some FLOTUS fashion at prices that won’t break the bank. (PHOTO: today.com)

“For spring, you’ll see our prices much more friendly this year,” said J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. “We can’t compete with designers. Our Madison Avenue and 66th Street Collection store does an enormous amount of business.”

Read the full story here.




Heavy Metal

by Jackie

FLOTUS could pull off wearing a potato sack.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama shined [literally] in a Wes Gordon metal tunic at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

I am a big fan of metal; it gives a rock star edge to any look. Check out my heavy metal wishlist inspired by the First Lady’s winning outfit!

Get the Look!

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Wednesday Wish List: Leopard Print Chucks and Jason Wu at Target

by Jackie


Ok, [insert sigh here] I was one of those people that didn’t get the whole Concords thing. The retro Jordans caused a frenzy across the country over the holidays, with people lining up for hours to get the limited edition shoes. But, some say tomato, I say “eh.”

Converse Addict Leopard Print Chuck Taylor All Star

Leopard Print Chucks only available on the Japan "Addict" line.

I do, however, love Converse footwear, which is great for the sake of my wallet because they are much more affordable than other sneakers, and offer a lot of style options. I’ve been tracking a leopard print pair for a while, but they are only available through their Japanese site.  (Domo Arigato and Konichiwa is the extent of my Japanese knowledge, thanks to songs by the Styx and Robyn, respectively.)

Luckily for persistent shoppers like me, the Converse website has a design-your-0wn option.

Maybe I should take up shoe designing. Hmmm.

After a few clicks… Voila! My dream Chuck Taylors! I’ve saved my custom design to purchase later. Can’t wait!

Wu is Right on Target

I love luxe for less lines when they’re done right. Target will release Jason Wu’s collection on February 5.  From what I’ve seen so far, I want EVERYTHING! Now you can own pieces from First Lady Michelle Obama’s favorite designer.

Road to Healthy Living: Three Places to Find Produce in D.C.

Guest post by Jim Oguntimein

Michelle Obama Visits Farmer's Market in Washington, DC (Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)

I recently moved toWashington, DC and I’ve had a hard time finding produce that was fresh and affordable. The local grocery stores produce section has fruit/vegetables in such bad condition that I’m sure, most of them have some type of agricultural disease, lol. Apparently, difficulty locating fresh produce is common for people who live in major urban areas without access to a Trader Joe’s or the funds to shop at a Whole Foods Market.

With this in mind I decided trek around the Nation’s Capitol in search of good produce and I found a few places that most cities may have.

#1 Farmers Market-Most cities across theU.S.have a farmers market; full of ripe, fresh, and maybe organic produce. In theDistrict of Columbia, you can visit Eastern Market and the DC Farmer’s Market. Both are full of fresh produce and other grocery items.

#2 Fruit Stands– Fruit stands are a great way to buy local produce for the “yuppie/buppie” on a budget or living in poverty like myself. While the selection may not be as varied as what you would find at a farmers market, the fruit quality is often seasonal, local, and fresh.

#3 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)- This has become very popular over the last couple of years with pretentious people like myself for a variety of reasons. CSA’s offer seasonal local food to members who purchase a subscription. Typically, the subscriber will receive a box weekly or biweekly of fresh vegetables and sometimes other farm products. One small disadvantaged of CSA’s is that you get a lot of atypical vegetables. However, you can view it as a positive because it forces you to learn new styles of cooking and expand your palate.

As you can see, it is possible to get fresh quality produce if you live in major city without spending a fortune. Hopefully, this post will help all those people looking for alternatives to the local grocery store.

Jim Oguntimein: Workout Guru, Certified Public Accountant, and Fitness Blogger

*This is a cross-post from JimGetsSlim.com. Two years ago, Jim started his blog  as a way to document his transformation from being overweight to getting in shape. It has evoved to an all-around fitness blog, offering diet tips, workout videos, recipes, and more! Follow Jim on Twitter @JimIsSlim