I Am Stepher

December 16, 2010

Polyvore is the best styling website EVER

Filed under: Uncategorized — iamstepher @ 11:00 pm

Have you ever bought a new pair of shoes or a top that you are super excited about and as soon as you get it home you realize you have no idea what you are going to wear it with? This happens to me all the time… I fall in love with something at the store and then later realize that I don’t have the slightest clue how to style it…. Que entry of Polyvore.com

With this website you can post a picture of whatever you like, shoes, bags, jeans, anything! and other people will tell you what to wear with it. Apparently people take this really seriously and you rank them based on their recommendation. You can also post pictures of things you are thinking about buying and put together a little collage of items from every online shop on the market. You have to try it.

I posted a picture of these yellow maryjanes and look what people put together for me…. Genius!

December 14, 2010

Fisher Price loves Jesus… and other Jews

Filed under: Uncategorized — iamstepher @ 3:10 pm

I have been on a mad hunt to find Christmas gifts for all of the children in my life. I think I hit the jackpot last night at the Fisher Price website. They are selling little Hanukkah and Nativity sets for kids 2 and up.

The Little People Hanukkah Play Set:
Celebrate the miracle and tradition of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with this special holiday play set featuring a light-up, musical menorah. Cook a holiday meal in the kitchen and gather the family around the dining room table. Light the menorah—the candles glow and it plays a Hanukkah tune! Requires three AA batteries.


The Little People Nativity Gift Set:
Three beautifully illustrated background scenes and six palm tree fence pieces let kids connect the desert journey of the wise men, the story of the inn at Bethlehem, and Jesus’ birth in a stable under the starry night sky. Place the angel atop the stable. The star lights up to guide the wise men from afar while the tune “Away in a Manger” plays for all who gather below.



Filed under: Uncategorized — iamstepher @ 3:00 pm

Thanks to Molly, WWEPW.com (what would Emma Pillsbury wear) is now my favorite website. This has been both a blessing and a curse because this is the busiest time of year for work and the last thing I need to be doing is shopping. The website goes through the cute outfits on Glee and tells you where you can buy the stuff. One of the items that I am selling on eBay made her website and I am so excited!

The J. Crew Penelope Mary Jane is the staple of a ton of Emma’s outfits. Wow, I sound like a huge nerd. Anyone with a size 6.5 should go get them. I wear a size 7 in J.Crew and I just couldn’t stuff my fat foot in.

A few other things found on Glee:

Rachel’s Sweater: Marc Jacobs

Rachel’s Sweater 2: Forever 21

November 10, 2010

Friendship Bracelets! Yeay

Filed under: Uncategorized — iamstepher @ 6:18 am

I have been really into three things the past few weeks: Sweater Pins, Thigh High socks and quirky friendship bracelets. Can you wear them all at the same time? Watch me!

There are two newish designers that I love right now and they both put their own spin on the friendship bracelet. I think I few of my friends will be getting these for Christmas……..

Frieda and Nellie use a combination of friendship bracelets and vintage jewelry to create super unique pieces. You can shop these at freidaandnellie.com

November 3, 2010

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Filed under: Food, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 5:08 pm

I love to cook but can never get around to posting recipes on this blog. I have made these a few times and I perfected the recipe last night so I thought I should share. They are super easy and so delicious.

Here is what you will need:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 1 and1/2 cups dried fruits and nuts *
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use a 1/4 cup creamy and 1/4 cup crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan in one direction with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the opposing sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter (still warm so it will blend together with the peanut butter) , honey, corn syrup, peanut butter and water. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan. (A piece of plastic wrap can help with this, as you press down on the back of it.)

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges and a little on top. They’ll still seem soft and almost underbaked when you press into the center of the pan but do not worry, they’ll set completely once completely cool.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack. (Alternately, after about 20 minutes you can use your parchment “sling” to lift and remove the bars, and place them in their paper on the rack to cool the rest of the way. This can speed the process up.)

I used dried blueberries and cranberries for this recipe. I didn’t need to add nuts because I used crunchy peanut butter. They turned out perfectly. Next time I am going to substitute the fruit for chocolate chips! I might also add a little protein powder to make them power bars.


Sweater Pin Obsession

Filed under: Fashion, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 4:45 pm

I am banning myself from buying any more sweater pins on eBay until I learn to properly bid on things. I accidentally won over bid and won all of my eBay auctions last week and I now have about 45 sweater pins to add to my wardrobe. Because of this, I am forcing myself to wear a different one every day. I also tried to put together a few monochromatic looks like Emma on Glee.

Here is what I have come up with so far………

November 2, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — iamstepher @ 7:58 pm

If you love free samples like me, this might be worth the $10 bucks a month that they charge.

My friend Molly just emailed me about it and it sounds like a great idea. Every month you are sent a little pink box full of samples from brands like NARS, Laura Mercier, Deborah Lippmann, etc.

http://www.birchbox.com to sign up

October 18, 2010


Filed under: Products that work, Quality Over Quantity, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 9:55 pm

It’s been a few days since I received my bag of goodies from Barneys and I already have a new favorite. I will be the first to admit that I am a total sucker for a new face cream. I took a picture of the bottles next to my sink this morning and I am almost embarrassed to show it. These are the face/eye creams that I use on a daily basis. In the interest of total disclosure, three of the items are for my hair.

Back Camera

I was using straight olive oil on my face for about a month and I loved it. I thought my skin looked great and felt super smooth. The only issue was that it required me to dust a little powder on my face before I left the house. For most people this wouldn’t be an issue, but I hate to wear any makeup on my skin. I don’t mind eye makeup, but anywhere else on my face just feels weird. Another issue was that the olive oil smelled like, well, olive oil. I could live with all of that, especially because a $5 bottle would last me at least a year, but after it spilled all over my suitcase while we were in Europe, I was totally over it.

Sunday Riley’s skin care line is my new obsession (in addition to sweater clips). I have been using the Juno oil for about a week and my skin feels awesome. I just ordered a full size bottle and I also ordered the Good Genes cream. I have read a little bit about it and it sounds pretty great.

Good Genes

Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having “good genes”. This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation, offering a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, & increase epidermal firmness and thickness.

Unique Properties
Great to use 5 days in a row as an intensive radiance treatment or anytime you want to impress. Can be applied daily for reviving skin which is damaged by excessive UV exposure, aging, acne scars, pollution, lifestyle.


A rare, dry oil absolute that gives skin an obsession-worthy glow. A patent-pending blend of lightweight, fast absorbing oils extremely high in natural retinol, Vitamin C, Essential Amino Acids, Omega-3, 6, & 9, UV shields, and natural Anti-Inflammatory agents for luminous skin. Anti-Aging, anti-oxidant.
Juno Transformative Lipid Syrum
Unique Properties
A dry oil blend: hydrates and vanishes, leaving skin velvety and smooth.

Go to sundayriley.com for more info. You can also order from Barneys.

October 14, 2010

Barneys Beauty Bag Event

Filed under: Products that work, Quality Over Quantity, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 8:37 pm

OMG! Finally my Barneys beauty bag arrived in the mail!! Every September Barneys New York has their Beauty Bag Event. This is the very best GWP (gift with purchase) available. I found out about it 4 years ago and I have been participating ever since. You have to spend $175 to get the gift but I am telling you it is so so so so worth it. I usually wait until I need a new perfume or a bunch of makeup. You can find out which weekend in September it will be by doing a quick google search or by calling one of the stores a few months in advance.

There is not a Barneys in St. Louis so for the past few years I just call into one of the New York locations and ask to place my order over the phone. The sales associates work on commission and they are always more than happy to take your order. This year I had a slight problem – they forgot to put my order in the computer. I waited two weeks for my bag to come before calling to ask what was going on. They were super nice about it and sent me all of my stuff over night for no extra charge.

So what is in the bag? Tons of samples and full size products. I have included pictures below. One year there was a $500 Cle de peau face cream (full size!). This year there are full size lip sticks, eye shadows, nail polish, mascara and soap. There are also lots of half-size products like Sunday Riley’s Stem Cell Serum (when would I ever be able to try this?). If you can, I strongly suggest you participate next year.

This is the cute little bag that everything comes in. Every year it gets better.

October 8, 2010

Emma Pillsbury is my idol

Filed under: Celebrity Stalker, Fashion — iamstepher @ 6:45 pm

I totally love Glee! You may think that I love it because of the amazing beautiful voice of Leah Michelle, the great cast of other characters, the perfectly crafted mix of pop and classic song/dance numbers or the drama. Yes, I love all of that but most of all, I adore the wardrobe of the character Emma Pillsbury.

Emma is the guidance counselor who is always dressed super feminine and preppy in the best possible way. The style is kind of quirky/old fashion and it’s just perfect. I wish I could dress like this. LC- if you are reading this, she dresses like you. And she also has red hair!

I have included a few images below. My main reason for posting this is because I am desperate to find one of the accessories that she has worn a few times. It’s a sweater clip. A little chain that clips both sides of a cardigan together. I will be forever grateful if someone can find this for me. Enjoy the pictures below.

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