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ok guys… those who follow me on twitter have been waiting for some pix of the infamous nye dress that i’ve been working since like forever.

so without further adieu, here are some pix:


trying it on: front


trying it on: back

the dress in play...

the dress in play...

the dress actually turned out nothing like it was supposed to but it was a hit!

well, now i’m off to make some new year’s resolutions before this cliche gets too old for me to do…



ps: hope your nye was a blast!!! shout out to SBM for kickin it in the A!!!

i’m a shop-a-holic and i know it and sadly i love it (btw, can’t wait for the movie to drop)… so one of the main places that i get my fix from is ebay… they rarely disappoint and i can always manage to find things that i don’t need for waaay cheaper then full price. 


so here are some of my most recent finds:


cole haans with nike technology for $12.50

cole haans with nike technology for $12.50


enzo angiolini for like $10

enzo angiolini for like $10














cute white jacket for $10.50

cute white jacket for $10.50













and these are just some of the most recent items that i’ve purchased within the past couple days… yes folks, ladebelle has a problem but it’s sooooo good!!!

btw, if you guys need me to search out anything for you, shoot an email to and i’ll see what me and my shopping glory can do for you!!!




ok… so i was really contemplating what to write about today since i haven’t written since last week and since i’ve received 2 coupons today, i figured i would share them with you all!



We’d like to offer you 30% off¹ during our best-ever friends and family event. We’re calling it Give & Get, because for every purchase you make from November 13-16, we give 5% of the amount you spend to your favorite nonprofit.

Plus, as one of our best customers, you’ll not only enjoy 30% off, you’ll also get to share this discount with your friends and family. 5% of the amount they spend goes to your nonprofit too! During our August Give & Get event, we donated $1.3 million. So share the love with as many people as you like. And don’t forget to pick your nonprofit.







Certain restrictions apply¹. See below or ask a sales associate for details







shop by designer

style guide


shoes and handbags

jewelry and accessories





Gifts and gift cards





Friends & Family Event

Friends & Family Event

Friends & Family Event



like no other store in the world

Valid online and in-stores, Wednesday-Sunday, November 12-16, 2008. *Valid at The Shops At Riverside Tuesday-Saturday, November 11-15, 2008. †IN-STORE OFFER DETAILS: 10% off small electrics and Men’s electronics. Certain designer and brand exclusions apply. See sales associate for details. Discount offer not valid on Cosmetics and Fragrances, Maximilian Fur Services, Martine’s Chocolates, Shop at Home Services, Rug Cleaning Services, Interior Design Special Orders, and electronic gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other certificate offer. Not transferable. Sorry, no prior adjustments. All employees of Bloomingdale’s and its affiliates are excluded. ONLINE OFFER DETAILS: Offer is not valid on small electrics, electronics, electronic gift cards, Beauty (including fragrance and cosmetics). Cannot be combined with any other certificate offer. Not transferable. Sorry, no prior adjustments. All employees of Bloomingdale’s and its affiliates are excluded.







so one thing that most people don’t know about me is that i sew… and i love it because there’s nothing that brings me greater joy then functional creativity. 

yesterday i put the finishing touches on a dress that i had begun to hate… the battle between myself and this dress so mirrors the way that i deal with most things that become a challenge to me… i put it down and walk away. but i told myself that i couldn’t sew anything else until i had finished this dress and wore it. 

so i finished it and am now wearing it… to my surprise, it actually looks damn good to me and others so now i’m sharing it with you all!

my dress














hope you guys enjoy!!!




ok… so this morning i received a message in my honesty box on facebook asking my how it is that i stay so fly… booooy did that make my day!!!! let me clarify that i don’t think that i’m fly all the time however, i do have my days…

but today was definitely not this young lady’s day:

from afar this almost looks ok...

to my dismay... i see that these are actually HOUSE SHOES

to my dismay... i see that these are actually HOUSE SHOES

ok… sorry guys… had to do the close up on this…

so we get on the BUC together and the older lady sitting across from me is clearly as bothered by this situation as i am and she stares at her while she changes into these:

i'm all for fall fashion but it's cold!!! get some tights!!!

i'm all for fall fashion but it's cold!!! get some tights!

i mean from house shoes to peep toe pumps with no tights or nailpolish? there has got to be a limit…

now i’m all for wearing different shoes to travel in… today i had on my trusty lacoste athletic-inspired shoes but not house shoes!!!


people, take this as your warning… i’ve got my iphone and i know how to use it! if you are a walking fashion faux paus, i will catch you!!!

speaking of which, how do we feel about spandex at work? is it appropriate? not appropriate??? TALK TO ME!!!



so i’ve been meaning to write this blog for some time but life happened and i forgot…

so what is this great thing salemail? essentially it’s your own personal shopper.


feeds my need for fashion

feeds my need for fashion



Above is an example of an email that i receive every monday and thursday… why those days? i’m not really sure… it really should have been every 15th and 30th truth be told! 

but either way, this nifty little program does the sale shopping for you based on your size, brands, stores, accessories, shoes, etc. when i tell you that i LOVE this program, i mean it. 

the really good thing is that it’s not just for women… men can use it too!!!

so how do you sign up? simple, just go to!

have fun!!!




i have officially been prompted twice to update my blog so before there is a third prompting and i begin to feel worse about my lack of blogging, i will blog now!

needless to say, things have been quite hectic in the land of ladebelle… lets start with work (which still sucks). 

work updates…

so last week the crew and i (minus nene) were out in the great state of cali and the lovely (to be read as dirty) city of san francisco… to sum the trip up in one word, i would say it was… hell, who am i kidding? that trip surely can’t be summed up in one word! while out there, we (being the ladies of the pod) were mandated to work 10 hour days minimum… that doesn’t include the 10 block walk to the convention center and back to the hotel. ugh… 

there were a couple of highlights out there…1. all the free booze at the reception; 2. meeting all the people that i regularly communicate with via email or telephone (to be read as all the free booze at the reception). and there are my couple of highlights. 


anyone order a mcnasty with flesh eating disease?

anyone order a mcnasty with flesh eating disease?



now on to the low lights… and there were many… as if it weren’t confirmed before, it is definitely confirmed that we work for the nastiest bastard in the world… he was pushing himself all up on my girl KT, who was beyond grossed out. (on a more serious note, i think we need to file a damn sexual harrassment suite). KT was also the only one to receive popcorn and shit sent by the nastiest person in the world. i mean, what about the rest of us that work hard? is what we do in vain now? ugh… unappreciative prick… sorry, got lost on that one low light there… and on to the one Ms. Patch who has officially upped her annoyingness (yes, it’s a word now) and disrespect with her demand of eye contact after interrupting me without so much of an “excuse me ladebelle”. UGH!!! 






but then the people there were like one big fashion faux pas. i mean, who wears belly shirts to conferences now? soooo inappropriate… and if there’s no flood coming, please leave the high waters at home… in fact, bring them with you so we can burn them… ugh

so now that i’m back and have all this damn work to do from my primary job, mcnasty decides he wants to hassle me about some damn membership calls… right, cuz i got my BA and MBA so i can be a glorified telemarketer. sorry mcnasty, i have a regular job! ugh… the way i wish i could tell him to go jump off a building… 

anywho, enough about the depressing place entitled work…

fall fashion!!!

so i think that fall is one of my favorite fashion seasons… so many colors, new trends, and you don’t have to be a skinny bitch to pull the looks off!!!

as is my tradition, i’ve already colored my hair to a darker, more fall color of red. and i got a snazzy new haircut!

one of the big fall makeup trends is the “bitten lip” look… this means a nice wine color for your lips. so, since i’m trying to save for an iphone (so that i can blog more frequently) i decided to go with a lower priced lip option versus my $15 addiction to MAC. target has this new line of more expensive cosmetics but since i wasn’t dropping $15 for my MAC i sure as hell wasn’t dropping $20 in target for some lip gloss. instead, i bought some l’oreal color riche lip liner in “lasting plum” and some revlon colorstay lipglaze in “overtime wine”. the cool thing about the lip liner is that it comes with a sharpener at the bottom. 

so this morning i put on my lip products with a simple black lined eye and it was instant glamour! and now, at the end of the day, my lip gloss/liner combo is still in full effect without having to touch it up! i’ve had snacks, lunch, drank, talked, etc and it’s still there! nice…

anywho, this was a pretty random post but i posted… the next post i promise will be more guided!



so in 2001 i went natural before going to college. my shit was just buzzed off and i had the fresh fade! when most black women go natural, there’s a rough transitional period for us. it totally affects our self-esteem… i thought that i looked like a pre-pubescent boy (i didn’t but you get my point) and definitely didn’t view myself to be pretty, let alone beautiful. but there’s definitely beauty in being able to embrace yourself for the natural beauty that you are… now that we’ve gotten passed the cuumbia singing and shit, on to the real reason for this blog…

i was riding the train this morning and out of the corner of my eye there was what looked to be a mop sitting in the corner… i thought, “self, surely there is not a mop on MARTA this morning” and in fact, i was sadly correct. there was no mop sitting there but instead, a beautiful young lady who apparently was struggling with the natural hair dilemma that most of us do. i’m all for learning new things as it pertains to hair, just not when i’m going to be at work that day.

unacceptable for work... even for her.

unacceptable for work... even for her.

and of course everyone has the occasional bad hair (even ladebelle does), occasional should not be everyday… i mean, they make hair ties, wigs, and weaves (which will need to be an entry of it’s own) for that! i too have struggled with what is appropriate for work with my naturally curly hair…

so for all those who are in/have been in this boat, i’ve created a list of telltale signs that your hair is not appropriate for work:

  1. your hair resembles a mop (the obvious)
definite no no

definite no no

  1.  it looks like your hair had a fight with a comb and the winner is still undetermined
  2. the average onlooker can’t tell if your hair is trying to lock itself or not
  3. it looks like there are cornflakes or other “accessories” in there
  4. people walking past stare in awe of your hair

now i’m not saying that you have to tame in such a way that’s unnatural or is just not you… but definitely make sure it’s appropriate for your work and your lifestyle…

great website for natural hair?

get that shit together though!!!

so as i’m riding MARTA this morning (which was definitely NOT ‘smarta’), i found myself staring at the back of this lady’s hamhocks (aka big legs). now the fact that her legs were littered with the cottage cheese looking fat that we women have all come to know and hate as cellulite, her dress was just entirely too short for her shape. i have cottage cheese and during my quest to become more comfortable with it, i’ve noticed that many women struggle with this issue that plagues both skinny and large women all the same.

Stars have cellulite too! Its not for the average woman anymore!

Stars have cellulite too! It's not for the average woman anymore!


but due to the common acceptance for this despised cottage cheese substance, this is not the topic for this blog. we’ve all heard the saying of, “just cause they make it in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it.” what most people don’t know (or do) is that this saying is specifically geared towards the big women (i mean, what is there that skinny bitches can’t wear?). now i, being a larger then average woman, am in total agreeance with this statement–especially after the assualt on my eyes the lady this morning made.

let’s be clear here… i’m not bashing fat women as i’ve already identified myself as one of them. however, i’m a firm believer in wearing something that flatters your figure and accentuates the good, not horrifies others with the bad. i mean, lane bryant, torrid, and ashley stewart were all designed for the larger woman…
See? They do make clothes that fit us!

See? They do make clothes that fit us!

so to conclude this edition of style file, big girls, lets remember that although we are beautiful with our size, lets be sure to get the size that fits us and style that looks good… stop bein a big ghetto mess!