An Orange Battle Cry


As I have gotten older, I have come to understand more and more the need to give back. It has come as both gratitude for the ways in which I have been blessed, and a passion for causes that come closer and closer to my heart.

One of these is Cycle for Survival. An event where you do a mass exercise (think hundreds of people) and raise money for rare cancer research. Picture this: an Equinox fitness location (or whatever trendy fitness location you have in your neck of the woods – you’ll understand the specific club reference shortly) where all the equipment has been removed from the floor and replaced by stationary bikes. There is an instructor in the center every hour for four hours and each one leads a pom pom pumping, cheer inducing, sweaty good time. Continue reading “An Orange Battle Cry”

Breakups to Makeup

img_0876Over the last couple of years there has been an influx of sassy phrases appearing on makeup bags. The bag that originally sparked my interest was the ‘Losing You‘ makeup clutch (it’s sold out. Sorry?). The phrase was on a canvas bag (also a trendy swoon component) and said ‘losing you hurt but losing my makeup bag would be a tragedy.’ Humor and sass to compensate the feels for the win.

Breakups to Makeup (B2M) was created by makeup artist Angelique Velez.

 “As makeup artists, makeup is our form of art, it is our outlet and release.  No matter what we are going through in life it’s the reason why we get out of bed.  Makeup is a true form of art that let’s us not only express ourselves, but also makes others happy,” says Angelique. Personally, going through a difficult time in my own life (ahem, a breakup), makeup literally saved me and served as my outlet to devote my time and energy.  Many people don’t understand how powerful makeup truly is and I wanted to spread that message in a quirky yet enlightening way, hence the birth of B2M!” source

I’m not going to say outright that B2M was the trailblazer for makeup pouches with sassy phrases on ’em. I’m sure that from the moment T-shirts had phrases on them people started printing words and phrases on anything, that a makeup pouch was free game, but in my little bubble, B2M felt like it snowballed it into a viral item and now I see them everywhere. Continue reading “Breakups to Makeup”

Red Nose Day!

If you’re anywhere within the vicinity of a Walgreen’s or Duane Reade, you should have seen millions of images of a Red Nose (and maybe bought one – or many) in preparation for today.

Today is Red Nose Day! The foam red nose is a small symbol to allow people to come together and have fun, thus cheerfully raising funds (or funs, if you’re being punny) to save and improve children’s lives.rednoseday
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There is also a special on NBC! “The Red Nose Day Special is a live 2-hour primetime television event that brings together the biggest stars for a night of fun and laughs.”

One of the sponsors for Red Nose is Essie. They had a small four color red collection (did you see it when I posted on IG?) just for the day, and I got my hands on Jelly AppleOne thing led to another and I figured – what’s a red nose without a red lip? Indisputable logic – no? Here are a few of my trusty red  faves and some brand new additions I’m giving a try.


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Hello world!

Hi! It’s-a-me! Yaya!

After a suuuuuper duper long hiatus, I have returned to the blogging world! You may remember me as MyOwnJudge (blogger or .net!).

I realized that after getting most of my affairs in order (we’re not perfect), I missed talking makeup, reviewing products, and that frankly neither my dog nor boo was interested in listening (yes I tried. Pooch was into it at first…).

The switch to Sometimes Yaya? Well… my style, my personality, my ideas, they don’t fit a mold. Sometimes they match the popular stream, sometimes they match absolutely nothing. And that’s just fine! I can be a consonant and a vowel dagnabbit!

I look forward to seeing you guys here more often (or at all… ha!). Keep the conversation going with me across social media (IG/Twitter/Snap/Pinterest @SometimesYaya) while I figure this all out and churn out some content!


p.s. the image above is me messing around with ‘watercolor’ markers/brushes and maybe a logo. Let me know your thoughts!

p.p.s. I am very exclamation point friendly at this point in my life… #sorrynotsorry

p.p.p.s. Last one – promise. I finally figured out how to import the data and posts from MOJ. The posts below this are from five years ago when I could be found bloggin-a-plenty. Disregard any design, spelling, and/or image sizing snafus. Just reminisce on the memories.

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Makeup Your Swimsuit

MyOwnJudge Mix and Match SwimsuitsThe day is upon us to hit the sandy shores of the beaches around us (or a flight away). Actually, if you’re more of a ‘glass half empty’ person, the days are dwindling, and we are wasting time at our computers (unless you’re the smarty pants reading on a gadget while sprawled out on a beach chair).

Various publications are clamoring for us to learn about which bathing suits are new and fresh, and which patterns are the hottest. The best part to it all is the advent of mixing and matching bathing suits. Originally, the concept was set forth to accommodate the different shapes of consumers (I mean really – who has a perfect combination of identical sized tops and bottoms?!), now it is perfect for renewing your swimwear the same way you would your closet (as is recommended for thrifty guys and gals).

I’ve seen people sport a solid complimentary top to their print bottom (or vice versa), and even less often have I seen two similarly colored patterned pieces together. At the end of the day, though I’m all for it, I can’t seem to muster up the guts to mix up my swimsuit. Celebs Audrina Patridge and Megan Fox have no fear when it comes to their suits. It just feels like I have on two different patterned socks in kindergarten and someone is laughing at me. Just me?

Do you mix and match?

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Versace Menswear Trends

MyOwnJudge Versace Fashion Show MenswearThe Versace menswear runway was ripe with green lights for trends in menswear that were once considered strictly for females.The pastel suit above isn’t really new, but the tailoring and monochromatic styling is definitely current. The neutral tone accents work perfectly with the outfit and would compliment any skin tone (the yellow is also ideal to bring out a tan!).MyOwnJudge Versace Fashion Show MenswearEnter the high-waist pant. I smell trouble for this, considering that there is different packaging on the guys vs. the gals. Thoughts?MyOwnJudge Versace Fashion Show MenswearLast but not least, my favorite bright color pairing! The vibrant pink and orange duo has been famous for years now, and doesn’t look too shabby on a fella (although this is way brighter than on a female, when taking into account the fact that sleeves and full length pants hold lots more fabric than a minidress).

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Manly Colors

[It seems to be natural for my scheduled posts to boycott just when I need them. The following will be posts that got cold feet and never launched!]Milan Fashion Week - D Squared MenswearMilan Fashion Week continued with my favorite conundrum. How much color is allowed in menswear? Do they get the full spectrum of the color wheel, or are there limits?Milan Fashion Week - D Squared MenswearWhile I am a huge supporter of all things bright, you can see from the below posts that even I have to draw the line somewhere (namely floral patterns). A bright neon pant or a lavender blazer though? That’s still macho enough for me.Milan Fashion Week - D Squared Menswear
Do you know males who aren’t shy with colors?

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