Fashion 101: Clutch Purse©


Fashion 101’s topic for today is: “THE CLUTCH PURSE!

According to fashion expert, Nina Garcia, from the hit show Project Runway, the clutch purse is the best companion for an evening out!  It will NOT get in the way of your look and only support your stylish efforts!

Now, that’s a plus!

Currently, I am carrying a beautiful clutch purse by Jessica Simpson. Black with lace detail that  compliments just about all of my outfits, day or night.

 While empowering your femininty and showing your sense of style, clutches come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Check out the gorgeous handmade crochet clutch below made by yours truly, available exclusively at BridgeKnits™

UPDATE!!! You will be able to view my handmade clutches right here at EffortlessBeauty or on my personal Facebook Page! I will post them soon, be on the lookout! 🙂

Crochet Clutch Purse by BridgeKnits
Crochet Clutch Purse by BridgeKnits

A clutch purse is definitely a piece that every stylish woman should own! So ressurect that vintage clutch from your grandmother’s closet or seek to find that one clutch that defines your sense of style.

 “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” – Edna Woolman Chase

Clutch On Ladies!!!
Bridget

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way associated with or affliated with the Jessica Simpson Brand, Project Runway, or fashion expert Nina Garcia.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote©


A crisis doesn’t define you, it comes to refine you. – Bridget D. Webb©

     Never mistake or misjudge it’s purpose or process. – bdw©

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Product Review: SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo & SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner©


I absolutely love organic all natural products!

Whether it’s for hair, skin, face, body, food, etc., I love it! Not to say that I don’t or won’t use anything that isn’t organic or all natural, because I do. BUT in general, I usually lean toward organic all natural products!

Being a naturalista: a female with “au naturel” hair (french for natural) , I research different products, styles, and hair care techniques for au naturel hair care. In my researching, I came across an organic all-natural hair care product with certified organic ingredients called SheaMoisture.

First let me give you a little history about the SheaMoisture product. SheaMoisture was established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker, who started selling Shea Nuts at the villiage market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone. By the age of 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, Black Soap and homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Her grandchildren now carry on her legacy by providing consumers with certified organic products which extend beyond hair care into supplying certified organic skin care products as well. Isn’t that great! I just love the entreprenuial spirit that Sofi Tucker had! I totally identify with her entreprenuialism.

Here’s what I tried from the SheaMoisture product line:

ORGANIC RAW SHEA BUTTER MOISTURE RETENTION SHAMPOO w/Sea Kelp, Argan Oil & Shea Butter

ORGANIC RAW SHEA BUTTER RESTORATIVE CONDITIONER w/Sea Kelp, Argan Oil & Shea Butter

These two products are for DRY, DAMAGED HAIR and work to Heal, Grow, & Strengthen hair.

I have naturally curly hair. SheaMoisture does supply a certified organic product geared towards curly hair, however, I chose the Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo & the Restorative Conditioner because I LOVE SHEA BUTTER! It is an excellent moisturizer for my hair. I was already using a shampoo and conditioner (I will do another review detailing the brand) that had shea butter in it and wanted to continue with the cycle of using it in my hair. Needless to say, the SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention & Restorative products work great in my hair. I am pleased with the results.

SheaMoisture has NO Parabens, NO Phthlates, NO Paraffin, NO Gluten (wow, I didn’t know gluten was used in hair products), NO Propylene Glycol, NO Mineral Oil, NO Synthetic Fragrance, NO Animal Testing, NO PABA, NO Synthetic Color, NO DEA, No Animal Ingredients & last but not least NO Sulfates! Isn’t that great!

Sea Kelp: Traces minerals and detoxify hair follicles of impurities and residue.

Argan Oil: Restores shine and rebuilds hair elasticity.

And Shea Butter, one my favorite products in the world, deeply moisturizes and repairs damage to hair and scalp.

Who wouldn’t love a product that does all this!

When I first used the shampoo, I noticed the difference in the way it lathered up, the reason being it doesn’t contain the sulfates and other ingredients like other non-organic/un-natural products do. It definitely smells great, which is a plus, and it gently and thoroughly cleanses the hair.

With the conditioner, I am used to using creamier/heavier conditioners in my hair, therefore, I am adjusting to the lightweight feel of the conditioner. However, it works great and can be used as a leave-in conditioner and aids in the detangling process. I used it as a leave-in conditioner when I wear the Wash & Go style (check out the pics below)

Now last but not least, you are probably wondering how much does this product cost and is it worth it! Let me ease your suspense and quench your curiosity by telling you in comparison to similar products on the market today it is inexpensive but well worth it’s price of $9.99! Yes, $9.99 a piece for the shampoo and the conditioner. You can find SheaMoisture products in your local Target Store or order online at www.sheamoisture.com

I would highly recommend SheaMoisture products and look forward to trying the rest of their product line.  Be sure to check out the pics below and leave your questions and comments as well!

Au Naturel Rocks!
Bridget

DISCLAIMER: The products listed in this review were purchased by me and I am in no way affiliated with the companies or brands listed in this review.

UPDATE: As of 3/15/2011 SheaMoisture products are NOW available in Walgreens!!!

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Vegetable Alfredo©


By request, here’s a recipe I’m sure you will love!

I love vegetables and I love being creative when cooking.
This is a dish that I created from scratch during a time, when I was really working out and adjusting my eating habits. I wanted to increase my vegetable intake while decreasing the amount of meat that I was consuming in order to aid in weight loss. I came up with this easy to make recipe and have been making this dish ever since! It’s easy to make and is sure to be a hit! You won’t even miss the meat!  Enjoy!

Ingredients Needed:

Your vegetables of choice! There is no set vegetable for this recipe you can use whatever vegetables you like. I have listed some examples below of what to choose.

Frozen Spinach
Frozen Stir Fry Mix (Some mixtures include onions, red bell peppers, bamboo shoots, corn, broccoli, etc.,)
Frozen Broccoli
Frozen Corn
Frozen Sugar Snap Peas
1-2 small cans of mushrooms

Whatever you choose, you can mix or match or use one veggie alone. I personally love green vegetables, so I typically use frozen spinach with 1-2 cans of mushrooms, or spinach alone, or a frozen stir-fry mix alone.  The possiblities are endless and up to you! You can purchase frozen stir-fry mix from your local grocery store.

Remaining ingredients needed:

1lb of fettucine
2-3 Cups of Water
1-2 Teaspoons of EVOO-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 jars of Ragu Alfredo Sauce (Garlic Parmesan or Classic Alfredo)
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Grated Parmesan Cheese (Kraft or Spartan Brand)
Garlic Bread or Bread Sticks

Directions:

First in a large saucepan bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil.
Once the water is at a boiling point, add your fettucine to the water and let it cook until it is tender/done.

Next, while your fettucine is cooking, prepare your vegetables.
I personally like to saute my vegetables in EVOO, before adding them to the already prepared fettucine. You can lightly steam, boil, or saute your veggies, it’s up to you, either way is great! If you choose to saute your veggies, use the EVOO! It is way healthier than vegetable oil.

Once your vegetables are done, add them to your already prepared fettucine. Be sure to pour the water off of the fettucine before adding your vegetables. Add both cans of Ragu Alfredo Sauce to the mixture. Stir your vegetables and fettucine until all your fettucine and vegetables are coated. Season with Salt & Pepper. If you are an Oregano fan, season with Oregano too. Return the pot to the stove. Cook on medium heat while stirring, until the alfredo sauce is well heated throughout the dish. Let it cool.

Once the vegetable alfredo has cooled, you are now ready to serve it! Garnish it with grated parmesan cheese and serve with your choice of garlic bread or garlic sticks.  Delicioso!

Feel free to share this recipe with others as long as you credit the source with the following: Vegetable Alfredo by Bridget D. Webb (www.effortlessbeauty.wordpress.com)

Disclaimer: All products brands used in this recipe were purchased by me. I am in no way affliated with or work for any of the brands listed in this recipe.

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Pretty Amazing!©


Just sitting here thinking, how amazing GOD is! Out of the 6,900,433,344 people on earth, He knows each and every one of us by name. He knows each and every one our thoughts from afar off. He knows each and every one of our downsittings and uprisings. He knows each and every one of our hearts. He ponders each and every one of our goings. No one goes unnoticed by Him. Not only that, He loves each and every one of us. Now that’s pretty amazing! – BDW