Cawfee Tawk -Model Wannabe & Giveaway!

Heaven knows you are all familiar with my obsession with makeup. Uh, h-e-l-l-ooo, I have an entire website devoted to it. However, for many more years, I have been a fashionista since before that term was ever invented. I started reading Seventeen magazine and following trends at the age of fourteen. I also had serious aspirations of becoming a supermodel like my role models Christie Brinkley, Patti Hansen, Jeri Hall, Margaux Hemingway and Susan Dey among others I can’t remember. In an effort to bring my dream to fruition, I sewed a few outfits; sadly, my sewing skills were lacking and I ended up with two left sides of a jumpsuit not once… but twice. I had to keep going back to Modern Drug, (the fashion capital of our town) for more fabric and I’m sure I purchased the entire bolt. Of course I considered my handmade fashions “haute couture”, as the styles I chose were in all the magazines at the time. After my runway clothes were ready, I enlisted the help of my amateur photographer brother-in-law to take snapshots for my “portfolio.”  The pictures were terribly fashion forward; like posing on my 5 year old niece’s swing set or in a pile of dry leaves. I know, I know, we were ahead of our time.

When my project was complete, I wrote to Wilhelmina Models, my agency of choice. I explained my interest in the field of modeling and that I thought I was a good candidate at 5′ 8′ and 105 lbs.  I received a very sweet letter telling me Wilhelmina herself had the same goals as a young girl and to keep working toward my dream. She did suggest that I should perhaps wait until my braces were off before pursuing a career in modeling. Good advice Willie!

Years later, in my early 20’s, I did realize my dream and became a model–of sorts,  I did a lot of local and regional modeling. I didn’t get a lot of print work (not that there was ever much to be had), but I was always chosen for runway shows.  As a model, my love for fashion grew deeper and stronger, and then spending twenty plus years in fashion retail really ignited my passion.

Yes, my fashionista roots are deep and wide. They extend to not only clothes, but accessories as well. The perfect accessory can make an ordinary outfit special and help to define your personal style. In fact, nothing showcases your personal style like a few well chosen accessories. I especially love costume jewelry for this purpose and have a nice collection from the jewelry designer Amrita Singh. Using inspiration from her travels in India, Amrita’s designs are both original and unique. These are substantial pieces, all evoking a certain mood or memory. While I have several of her pieces in my collection, I am especially fond of her bangle bracelets. There is nothing more feminine than hearing the slight tinkle of bracelets on a woman’s wrist. Now that feeling can be yours too! Many of my co-workers have complimented me on my jewelry and now you have a chance to discover Amrita Singh designs for yourself! I’m talking to you Nancy, Joy and Kandi! The kind people at Amrita Singh have generously offered to sponsor a giveaway. I will giveaway this beautiful Alanna bangle set from the Bangle Bangle collection to one lucky reader! The Alanna is an 18 pc. metal, ivory resin and beaded set. It measures 3″ when stacked.


The entire Bangle Bangle selection ranges from sterling silver and designer costume jewelry pieces across the full spectrum of materials including metal pieces in gold or silver plating, wooden pieces with intricate designs or silk threading, fine enamel work, and much more. Most bangles and fashion bracelets are offered in two sizes and several color variations.

And…that’s…not…all! Amrita Singh jewelry is also offering a discount just for Prime Beauty readers! Use codeprimebeauty to get 20% off one purchase at

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment to this post telling me what your favorite accessory is. Be sure sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

To gain additional entries:

This contest is open toU.S. residents only. Contest winner will be chosen at random at midnight on Monday, May 24 and the winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, May 25th. Good luck!

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  1. My favorite accessories are purses. I go anywhere without on in my hand. whether it is a wristlet or a huge purse to fit stuff if for overnight trips.

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  2. I am a fan on facebook (Evelyn d)

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  8. a stunning necklace is my favorite accessorie and then there is the must have purse

  9. Nancy Nurse says:

    I love this jewelry and great blog !! Cindy is my role model and is the ultimate style girl!!

  10. faith24 says:

    my favorite is Mahilga bangle- but wow, 14,000 price tag….

  11. faith24 says:

    i already follow Amrita on twitter @annasho

  12. faith24 says:

    also following you on twitter- @annasho

  13. faith24 says:

    subscribe via RSS- Google reader

  14. Tina Renee says:

    My favorite accessory is a colorful scarf to add flair to any outfit!

  15. Tina Renee says:

    Became a fan of Prime Beauty on Facebook – Tina Renee Barker

  16. Tina Renee says:

    Became a new RSS subscriber to Prime Beauty Emails

  17. Tina Renee says:

    Became a new follower of Primebeauty50 on Twitter – @warp65

  18. Tina Renee says:

    Following Amrita Singh on Facebook – Tina Renee Barker

  19. Tina Renee says:

    Following Amrita Singh on Twitter – @warp65

  20. My favorite accessory is money…I love the color, it goes with everything…:) But after that how could one fail to love Amerita Singh’s beautiful bracelets….I think the silver bangles are the best…Keep going with this great blog Cindy…you are an embodiment of good taste and style…

  21. Calista says:

    I am a fan of Prime Beauty on Facebook
    Calista Myers

  22. Calista says:

    I guess I’d have to say that my favorite accessory is a cocktail ring! I
    love how a single big ring looks on my hand!!!


    • I agree Calista. I’m just starting to get into cocktail rings–they are a real statement piece!

  23. Calista says:

    I am a new follower of Primebeauty50 on Twitter

  24. Calista says:

    I’m also a new RSS subscriber to Prime Beauty Emails!

  25. Calista says:

    I’m following Amrita Singh Jewelry & Accessories on Facebook
    Calista Myers

  26. Calista says:

    I’m following @amritasjewelry on Twitter!

  27. Calista says:
  28. my favorite accessory is bracelets, love love these they are great.

  29. i subscribe email and rss feed

  30. fan of Prime Beauty on Facebook

  31. Regina S says:

    I have been looking at these bangles for some time contemplating purchasinig them, if I don’t win I will use the Prime Beauty 20% off coupon. Thanks Prime Beauty!!

  32. Necklaces and bracelets are my thing. I almost always wear the same earrings (diamond studs) but I love switching out my other jewelry. These bangles rock!

  33. Valerie C. says:

    I’m a big fan of bracelets with watches coming a very close second. I love these bangles. I’m always looking at designer bracelets online and in stores…not in my price range right now, maybe someday  🙂

  34. Valerie C. says:

    I’m a Facebook fan of yours now!
    Thanks  🙂

  35. Valerie C. says:

    I already follow you on Twitter ( dragonfly777 ) so I don’t qualify as a “new” follower, but, I tweeted:


  36. Valerie C. says:

    I joined Amrita Singh on Facebook just now. Thanks.

  37. Valerie C. says:

    I’m now following Amrita Singh on Twitter too.
    Thanks  🙂

  38. Marj McClendon says:

    My favorite accessory are my tote bag from my collection of many.


  39. Tina Renee says:

    – I tweeted yesterday but couldn’t get my comment to go through -lol.
    Here it is, I hope:

  40. I love a silky scarf. I also love shoes, sandals are a favorite.

  41. My favorite accessory is a pair of hoop earrings. I find myself always wearing them
    because they go with everything!

  42. I became a fan of Prime Beauty on Facebook.
    Zara Knox

  43. subscribed by email

  44. now following Primebeauty50 on Twitter;

  45. following Amrita Singh on Facebook;
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  46. following Amrita Singh on twitter; @zuspicious

  47. Renee Richardson says:

    My favorite accessories are earrings. They can totally transform an outfit. Thanks for the great contest 🙂

  48. My Favorite accessory is clear skin and great brows. All the rest is just background noise to me.
    And I really wanted to let you know that I did the same thing… and I still have the letter from Wilhelmina somewhere. I run across it every decade or so and think, “was I ever really that ambitious? And young?” That was around 1980 so I do love this particular blog post because it touched the youthful, dreamer in me and gave her a bit of a shake!!

    Thank you!
    .-= Michele Powell´s last blog ..12 years is a really long time… =-.

    • Oh my gosh, Michelle! That is so awesome that you wrote to Wilhelmina too! It’s nice to know that there were great models for us, isn’t it? Thank you for replying!!

  49. My favorite accessory are earrings!! I think I own about 50 of them.  I can’t get enough! 

  50. I’m a facebook fan
    melissa valmonte
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  51. I follow on twitter
    .-= styleezta´s last blog ..Weekly Update: Summer Time =-.

  52. joined amrita singh on facebook
    melissa valmonte
    .-= styleezta´s last blog ..Weekly Update: Summer Time =-.

  53. following amrita on twitter
    .-= styleezta´s last blog ..Weekly Update: Summer Time =-.