Monthly Archives: December 2011
New Years Eve is one of those nights – you want to dress up to make it special, but you don’t want to go over the top. Â Now, what’s over the top? These days, less is more. Â The key is to sparkle just a tab, with a touch of cool, without turning into a Christmas ornament.
I recently returned something at Bloomingdale’s, yes returned, but ended up drooling over the All Saints shop they have inside the women’s section. The line is oh-so-cool, different, but offers a ton of sexy sequin pieces that are toned down or cut in a way that make it much more than just another sequined dress. I highly recommend you check them out. If you are not a dress type of girl, a sequined stiletto or gold embellished clutch adds enough jazz to an ordinary outfit for a night out on the town.
My favorite look of the night is the sequined blazer with jean shorts, always a classic look, but the sequins add a new modern twist, perfect for New Years.
Everyone goes to the staple, the black dress or simple dress with shimmer. The better way to go this season is a little less traditional and maybe a little bit less dressy, but with a touch of your own personality to the outfit.
Shop All Saints HERE
Shop Sequin Blazers HEREÂ at Shopstyle.com
Shop Asos.com Sequins ClutchÂ HEREÂ - $45.45
Shop Festive Hair Accessories HERE
Shop a Metallic Skirt HERE at Asos.com
Images from Stylehive.com, Models.com, Asos.com, and Shefinds.com
Enzo Mantovani,Â an Italian designer, specializes in chic clothes that keep you warm. The pieces are made in Italy and offers basics in many colors. Â The ‘boyfriend cardigan’ is perfect for lounging around the house while the ‘sportswear model’ will take you from pilates straight to the grocery, looking chic.Â Enzo Mantovani covers all the staples styles that every girl needs in their closet – v-neck, zip-hoodies, and a striped cardigan. They are made from Mongolian cashmere, which would cost 75% more in department stores.
Surprisingly, the line currently only available in the US at Costco – of all places! Â You can track you nearest Costco and find out when the next shipment of Enzo Sweaters will arive:Â http://www.bitly.com/
A new artist is on the rise. Isabel Wing’s first single is released on iTunes and she’s definitely one to watch. Young, talented and nothing short of unique – her quirky personality will make you laugh, (maybe the next Ellen Page?), while her humble sweet side will win you over.
Isabel’s captivating voice and thoughtful lyrics scream stardom. Not only that, she’s only 16 and has the world at her hands. Support a rising star by buying her single on Itunes. If you like Joni Mitchell, you’ll absolutely love Isabel Wing.
Isabel Wing was discovered and developed by engineer and producer, Kelvin Parker, at Avenue 34 Studios -. Check back to see more of his work and rising stars.
Â With the holidays close, and the budgets tight, there is no reason to spend a lot, especially with the beautiful gifts available this year.
Â You can’t go wrong with the Tocca Perfume Sampler. A sent for every style and beautiful packaging. Buy atÂ Sephora.
Anyone who wears make-up is sure to love this gorgeous palette of all the colors of the rainbow – a value of $111!
BuyÂ HERE at 6pm
It may just be a bar of soap, but hand wrapped with elegant paper and sealed with a Baroque twist, it’s the gift anyone will be honored to receive. It puts the elegance into bathing with 17th century bathing rituals and timeless ingredients.
Buy atÂ Urban MixÂ - $15
Keep the Italian theme going with a Capri styled Mercury glass candle. These luscious candles not only look classy on in your home, but burn for hours giving off a beautiful scent. The Mercury glass jar captures the flicker of the flame.
Buy at Athropologie
Everyone loves Veluspo candles, try something a little different with Veluspo Room Spray. The Santiago Huckleberry room spray is sweet and spicy with hints of vanilla pod and sugarcane, capri fig, champaca bloom, and baltic amber.
Buy at Anthropologie
Sometimes in not about the gift, it’s about the packaging – like in this little duo from Butter London. You don’t need wrapping paper with this special set-up, just some clear wrapping and a bow.
Buy at ULTA
Last weekend I walked the Unique LA show, a show curated to bring shoppers and alternative to the mall founded by Sonja Rasula. A few highlights included Homako, a sweet jewelry line, Sire’s Crown, a optical company with really cool frames and a jewelry line made out of Drum Cymbols – pretty sweet! Unique LA supports local designers and connects shoppers to fantastic lines they may not otherwise know about, such as Futher, a soap, lotion and candles company with killer packaging. From a marketing design mind, I do appreciate a great packaging design, regardless of the product! I will buy, for the design of the bottle and hopefully the product is good too!
Further moved from New York. Their products take vegetable oil from local restaurants like Tiato, Mozza and Tavern, turn it into biodiesel fuel for our cars, then take the byproduct, purify it, and reuse to make our soap, lotion and candles. How cool! Check out more at furtherproducts.com.