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Save Saint Demetrios Jamaica Day School

30 Jun

Please click on the link and sign the petition.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Save Saint Demetrios Jamaica Day School

Saint Demetrios is an amazing little school located in Jamaica, Queens. It has a great staff and the sweetest kids. This is affordable private school at its best. Please take the time to sign this petition to save the school. Most kids that attend this school are from working class families that want their kids to have a quality education that they can afford.

There is a Greek word, κοινωνία (koinonia)

It’s a hard word to translate, but what it means is “communion by intimate participation”This is the very definition of Saint Demetrios, a Greek Orthodox community in Jamaica, Queens, founded in 1927 which has, since 1967 provided a parochial school education for grades K-8.

The school is an oasis for people in Jamaica searching for a quality education for their children, built by the Greek Americans who left Greece after the Second World War and the subsequent Greek Civil War and came to Jamaica, Queens. They all came here with one purpose: to create a better life for their children, with church and community and education at the heart; their goal was koinonoia.

These immigrants had children and their children have had children, all educated at the same school that stood by the community for decades. And these children have moved away from Jamaica, and the young Greek community that was once enormous and strong is now elderly diminished.

But the school had opened its doors to the neighborhood, not just to Greeks. Anyone wanting a quality education was welcome. Today the great majority of students at Saint Demetrios are not of Greek descent, but are a mix of people who live nearby, a very diverse mix.

The 2013-2014 enrollment is expected to be smaller than usual, and the church can no longer support the school, and has, in fact, already had a vote and has shut down the school.

The new principal of the school has been in place for a short time; she is a former classmate of mine; she is hard working, determined, and exactly the type of person you would entrust your children with. She needs more time to turn things around. She has made amazing progress and must be allowed to continue, not just for the Greeks but for the koinonoia of Jamaica.

Please help if you can; it would mean a lot to the community.

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~Smells Like Teen Spirit~ Kat Von D, Ombre Hair, Cheap make up edition

21 Apr

Firstly, I’m posting this video as a public frieken service. I went to Kat Von D’s book signing and I sat next to a guy who must’ve been about 18. He was flipping through Kat Von D’s book “GO BIG OR GO HOME”, which is beautiful. It has some of the most gorgeous pictures. Anyway, he lands on a picture of Jeffree Star who has Elvis, Kurt Cobain and Audrey Hepburn tattooed on his chest. The kid says to me “I know Elvis and the lady from Breakfast at Tiffany’s but I don’t know who that guy is. I shockingly looked at him and said “Kurt Cobain, smells like teen spirit, he’s a legend.” He looked at me blankly an I totally felt my age. So here’s the video for all the youngins’.

Anyway I got to meet Kat Von D. I love her because she’s this fierce ball of creativity. She has a tattoo shop, an art gallery, a make up line, a clothing line and she has a CD coming out soon. She’s a CREATIVE MONSTER! I love being around people like that. Most of my close friends are a bunch of weirdos but are the most highly creative, interesting people I know.

21011_10200287568164591_1050132387_nYes, that’s me with the excitement of a 12 year old.

Now, talking about insanely creative out of this world people my friend “Jenilovesretro” did my new ombre hair. I’ve known her since I was 17. I wanted a change badly. I was such a difficult client. I told “Do whatever you want to my hair, but don’t cut too much off and don’t damage it with hair dye.” Basically I was giving her full permission to give me a trim. But she is a genius and also rocks purple hair. This is what she did-

GetAttachment-5.aspxI love it because she only dyed the ends, and I still have virgin undyed hair on the top of my head. Check out her instagram here

http://instagram.com/jeniluvsretro

Lastly, I want to let you in on some of my new favorite beauty products. They’re super cheap

ALL UNDER $5 (EXCEPT FOR ONE, but it’s worth it!!)

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1.  TRADER JOE’S TEA TREE FACE WASH- Makes me feel super clean and tingly. Follow up with product #2

  2.  TRADER JOE’S Coconut oil and I dont use this for cooking. I have very dry cheeks. I use it as moisturizer and the best part is it doesnt leave a greasy mess as one may think. It pretty much absorbs into your skin naturally and it smells like HEAVEN.

3.  CHARLOTTE RONSON fragrance roller ball oil $13 at Sephora. The smell is so DIVINE. It’s like the beach, sunscreen and summer all rolled into one fragrance. When work is stressing me out I just sniff my wrists and make-believe I’m in Fiji under a waterfall relaxing. Love this one!!!

4.  MAYBELINE #978 AMETHYST ABLAZE. This is a purple lipstick and every time I wear it girls want to know where i bought it. Its Maybeline and its cheap. Less that $5.

5.  REVELON #008 Candy Pink lipstick. It’s perfect for the office and for quick light touch ups.

6. NK #925 Dont know why its called POWER PLUM because  it’s actually bright orange and it looks awesome if your feeling daring.(You find these at the DOLLAR STORES)

7. Physicians Formula lip plumper (Got it at Jacks for $2.99) It tingles and it works for about an hour. I wear this on the days Im feeling Hollywood.

Till next time,

XOXO,

Michelle

“I’ll Wear Your Grandma’s clothes, I’ll look incredible.”

4 Apr

 

I LOVE paying barely anything for my clothes. When a co worker tells me theres a sale at H&M, I ask “What kind of sale?” If they say items are about $20, I don’t consider that a sale. That’s not a sale for me. Call me cheap, I don’t care. Clothes shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. One of the reasons that I love vintage clothing is because its unique and has lasted for so long and is durable, plus you can find amazing deals for vintage at Goodwills and other shops. Believe me I indulge once in a while. I have a stupid expensive pair of True Religions but they’re the only jeans I actually like to wear. I also have a few pairs of Michael Kors shoes.  It’s only natural that Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” is my self proclaimed theme song. My new thing is taking a picture of what I have on that day, breaking down the price and where I got it then instagraming it

http://instagram.com/lilajuliet1

So here’s last Monday

Leather Lady $47.00

Leather Lady $47.00

Plaid Shirt is from Forever 21 for $15, pleather skirt is from Forever 21

$20, Shoes are from Shoe Warehouse in Roosevelt Queens $15

Asian Inspired $36.50

Asian Inspired $36.50

Chinese Laundry heels $35.00, Vintage Blouse $1.50 at a Flea Market

The pants were a hand me down

Office Official$70

Office Official
$70

H&M blazer $20, Shirt is from Forever 21 $15,

Chinese laundry shoes $35, Raven Denim pants (gift :)

Buttercup Vintage$80

Buttercup Vintage
$80

Vintage Yellow lace dress from etsy.com $60 (Years ago and its my favorite dress in the world!)

Shoes $13, earrings are from the Burlington Coat Factory $5

The Stevie Nicks$223. I know, I know its expensive. The jeans did me in!

The Stevie Nicks
$223. I know, I know its expensive. The jeans did me in!

True Religion Jeans $175, Vintage Shirt from Goodwill $8, Sunglasses from etsy.com $18,

Shoes from the Shoe Warehouse in Queens $12, Bag is $10 from Goodwill.

Where do you go to find thrifty threads?

Love,

Michelle

http://www.lilajuliet.etsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

*I feel so close to you right now*

30 Jun

It is so hot in New York. My right arm was in the sun so long that it bubbled up and peeled. Eww. Maybe I shared to much. The Flea Market Pop up store was a little slow today at Danny Screams at 220 Leonard Street in Brooklyn nonetheless I still had fun. Summer in NY is awesome though. I feel like listening to dance music with this weather for some reason

I met cool artists like Wilfred who owns Art is vast-/www.artisvast.etsy.com

He makes amazing stuff like this

He also hand paints coffee mugs and makes an array of interesting things.

And I met Andy who makes the best cast iron and silver jewelry Ive ever seen!

http://www.andyshouse.etsy.com

Ill share more tomorrow. Im off to make a quick dinner for Lila Juliet and her friend who’s over right now!

**EYES WIDE SHUT DRAMA RING by Lila Juliet**

26 Jun

I love a great cocktail ring.  The bigger the better.  Right now this is my favorite one.  I have them available in sizes 7,8 and 9. Just send me a message when your checking out on paypal for the size you need. I also have them with gold faces instead of the blue and red faces. Take your pick!

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$12.00

~~Nicole Richies Boho headbands and the Walking Dead~~The highlight of my week!

20 Mar

I really don’t watch Fashion Star but I did a double take when I saw Nicole Richie in this gorgeous headband.

I absolutely love this look paired with her multiple bracelets.  She just always seems glamorous but totally comfortable.  Her look is easy and affordable to pull off to.  You can easily find vintage dresses from the 1970’s at your local thrift store or  flowing dresses in Forever 21.

Heres another one of her headpieces I love

Her House of Harlow line is great.  I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.  You can check out similar looks at

http://www.lilajuliet.etsy.com

Moving on to the WALKING DEAD

Now Holy hell what the Walking Dead finale was AMAZING!!

Rick killed Shane and I couldn’t be happier but now it seems he’s losing it and becoming Shane-like.

Shane as a zombie

 It’s no longer a democracy.  I feel his frustration.  He’s been trying to do the right thing to just be kicked in the butt over and over again.  I also hope Lori gets bitten soon.  I don’t understand what the writers are doing to her character.

We also finally find out everyones infected.  You can die a natural death and you will become a zombie!

 For me the epic part of the whole finale was literally the last few minutes when Andrea is stranded in the woods and she’s fighting for her life about to be a zombies midnight snack when a hooded figure with two chained zombies comes to her rescue.

Yeah, that image was imprinted in my head for about a day.  I can’t wait to see what these writers come up with next.

Im going to buy the comic book because I just can’t wait until October!

I know this is mostly a fashion blog but every once and while you’ll see a horror posting.  Its my favorite genre!

XOXO,

Lila Juliet and Michelle Andres

**Fix a bad hair day, have perfect makeup and have a blissful day**

19 Sep

Just added a video so you could have a soundtrack while you read.

I wake up everyday at 5:45 am to make my daughter lunch for school and then later wake her up and make her breakfast and help her get ready for school. After my daughters totally ready its my turn. I always know what to do with clothes and I consider myself fairly decent with makeup. But my HAIR! It drives me crazy, sometimes its so pretty and wavy and if  Im lucky enough to have my friend Jennifer Cali blow dry it, its perfectly pin straight for 2 days but for those other days, I discovered Goody Spin Pins. I LOVE IT!!

This the answer to all your bad hair days or days your in a rush

 These 2 little babies can give you styles like this.

I love the side bun. Once you make the bun stick in a jewel or a flower

I kind of do really fast, I need to get out the door kind of makeup. But if you have the time, I suggest you learn and watch XSPAKAGE on youtube. When I had more time in California I watched her videos and learned so many tips.

I just got my computer working again, so Ill have a new blog up soon filled with pics and info!

With Love,

Michelle

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