Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year to all of my wonderful readers!! Stay tuned, 2011 will be even better!!

The difference a belt can make...

I'm working on my NYE outfit and pulled out this Vintage dress that I thrifted a while back...I love how good it feels on but I felt frumpy because it just draped over me...I looked like a supersized square. So I decided to add this yellow belt and BAM, I have a smokin' hot outfit to wear tonight!!! Accessories and a pop of color always does the trick!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


NEW (old) ARRIVALS!!!! Have you joined the Eco-Centric Vintage Boutique fan page yet???

Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics

To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

Maybe Amber Rose might like this one... (LOL)

This one is so fly, remember wearing crests on the pocket of your clothes in the 80's? If this was my size I'd wear this with a big chunky belt and slouch boots.

This one is the show-stopper!! It belonged to a boutique owner back in the 1970's... The orginal sale tag is still attached!! It reads, " 6-20-70" $17....How cool is that???? Too bad its only a Size 4 which means I can't SQUEEZE into it!!



SHOP LOCAL TODAY!! Visit the mom and pop stores and show your support for the struggling business owner. Keep your money in our comminities!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Habari Gani!!! Happy Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. December 26-Jan 1

Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity
Success starts with Unity. Unity of family, community, nation and race.
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination
To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility
To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics
To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

Nia (NEE-ah): Purpose
To restore African American people to their traditional greatness. To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (our ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (our descendants).

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity
Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.
Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith
The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Stephen Taylor, ages 6-10
Kwanzaa by Trudi Strain Truit and Ceceilia Mindin Cupp, ages 6-7
Horrible Harry and the Holidaze by Suzy Kline, ages 7-10
Kwanzaa Crafts by Carol Gnojewski, ages 8-9
A Kwanzaa Story, or How One Gentleman Found His Way by Nancy Guthorn Harrison, young adults
Kwanzaa Fun, Great Things to Make and Do by Linda Robertson, ages 5-8
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz, ages 3-6
Seven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, ages 7-10

If you have stories and ideas you're willing to share about how your family celebrates Kwanzaa in an eco-friendly way, Contact Celebrate Green.


Teena Marie - Square Biz

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing all of my awesome readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Well, lookey lookey...

Did 'Tasia make the Big Chop?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Coming Soon::::Eco-Centric Vintage Boutique!!!

This dress inspired my decision to sell Vintage pieces like this one featured above online. Initially I purchased this dress from a high-end consignment shop for my daughter. I don't know what I was thinking, since its sheer my hubz said ABSOLUTELY NOT! I guess I figured she could wear a cami and/or a slip under it but he said no among other dresses like this one. The other dresses sold on eBay super fast so I decided to start selling vintage pieces on the side. So far business is booming on eBay....It was an older Caucasian lady that encouraged me to do this. We are both regulars at this particular consignment shop and met at an Estate Sale. She said, "Honey you have an eye to be such a young thing..people will pay you to do what you love." I love finding a diamond among rubbage..I ordered my mannequins and my plan is in motion. I will start a Facebook fan page where I will announce each new listing so stay tuned for that. Everything will be listed on eBay and payed via PayPal for secure transactions. I always wanted to have my own little boutique that served wine, fancy tea, coffees, gourmet danish and biscotti to my shoppers...You never know what the future holds. I may be able to parlay this vision into a nice little side-gig situation!! LOL!!

(This dress is available for purchase)

scarlet takes a tumble (best version)


Monday, December 20, 2010

Another episode of :: What's in the Shopping Cart?

I managed to get out the store without cakes, cookies, pies, and chips!! YAY ME!! :::baby steps::: If I eat before grocery shopping I don't end up with Little Debbie snacks in my cart. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains. I am still a thick'n but my body thanks me for making healthier choices.

Can you guess who?

Recently I was flipping channels and Cadillac Records was on, I went to see this movie at the theatre when it came out but I decided to watch it again since nothing else was on...I was very curious as to what the actual characters looked like. Who were the people that inspired this film? If you follow this blog you already know how fascinated I am with OLD pictures. Can you guess who is who?

Friday, December 17, 2010

The first lady, Michelle Obama is "THRIFTY" too!!

Turns out the first lady is again making fashion news as she will be rocking a thrift store dress on the special.

The "couture" black-lace overlay frock, featuring a high, square neckline and a full skirt was plucked from New York Vintage in Chelsea, a trendy neighborhood in NYC.

The NY Post reports, "The secondhand 1950s piece -- believed to be the first vintage dress worn by a first lady to a public event -- was made by American designer Norman Norelli, who died in 1972 and was among the most influential designers of his time."

The store's owners would not say how much the first lady paid for the dress, but one estimate for this hand-me-down was $2,500.

Vintage owners know there's a difference between vintage and "thrift". But the media of course took the "thrift" edge and ran with it.

Regardless, we now all have permission to raid our grandparents' closets as vintage clothing is now even more the "new" new. (

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Christmas colors and a Vintage Coat fresh from the cleaners ...Me::: Eco-Centric :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What Are You Reading?

Peekaboo Bedtime is a bedtime favorite! After seeing the cover of this book I just had to buy it!! Great book for the kiddos...


—The adorable tot from Isadora's Peekaboo Morning (Putnam, 2002) is back in this getting-ready-for-bed story. As in the previous book, the child exclaims in big, bold letters, "Peekaboo! I see…," leading readers to turn the page to find the person or object of the game. Bright pictures, done with pastels, add to the fun as the child spies grandparents, parents, pets, a rubber duck, "my blankie," and finally, from atop the bed, "you!" Youngsters will enjoy searching for visual clues as they play along with the familiar toddler activity.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist
A companion book to Isadora’s Peekaboo Morning (2002), this upbeat picture book follows an African-American toddler through an evening at home. After going outside to spot the moon with family members, the child comes back indoors to have a snack, a bath, and a story. As in the previous book, each right-hand page carries a picture accompanied by the words “Peekaboo! I see . . . ,” while the following page identifies what the child saw, such as “my daddy,” “my puppy,” or “my slippers.” After the first few pages, the book’s audience can use visual clues to guess what the child is seeing. Heavily applied pastels create a warm, colorful family setting for the story. This pleasant book is well designed to engage young children in talking about the illustrations as well as playing their own peekaboo games. Preschool. --Carolyn Phelan
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Friday, December 3, 2010

I Ain't Thru!!!

This is my new anthem!! I Ain't Thru...Bolder and Better in 2011!!

Eye Candy, Idris Elba can spit? This song is so hot...has a nice neo-soul/hip hop vibe. I can dig it.