Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Pronovias Atelier 2014 Fashion Show hosted by Petra Nemcova. The collection was not only incredibly modern, but also incredibly epic with hints of ancient Grecian and cyborg influences. To put it simply, this Pronovias collection was Greek Goddess meets Grace Kelly. The ornate headpieces were especially incredible and the background of St. James’ Church mirrored that of an authentic wedding.
It is once again that time of year where we wonder where the time has gone and search for the perfect gifts in between hot chocolate, holiday specials, and hoping for snow. Though I love the holidays, I prefer to skip the endless lines and crazy traffic at the stores. Therefore, online shopping is an absolute must and this year, I’ll be shopping this season’s must-have holiday items on InStyle.com. The InStyle Holiday Boutique is a limited time, exclusive pop-up gift shop living on InStyle.com from November 11th to December 27th of 2013. It features holiday gifts from over 30 fashion-forward brands and carries everything from designer fashion to accessories, beauty, and contemporary fashion making it perfect for treating both your loved ones and yourself this Holiday Season. I’ve always wanted to be able to shop the outfits and accessories directly from the pages of InStyle and now I actually can just in time for the holidays!
After browsing through the InStyle Holiday Boutique, one of my favorite features (besides seeing the editors’ picks) was the Love List where you can save all your favorite items the way you did when you made Christmas lists for Santa as a kid. Here are five of my fav finds from my love list found in the InStyle Accessories section. Accessories always make excellent holiday gifts and you shouldn’t miss the chance to start off the new year with a few new accessories of your own.
Speaking of fab finds and treating both yourself and your loved ones this holiday season, don’t miss your chance to win a $3000 InStyle Boutique Shopping Spree. For more stylish holiday gift ideas, follow InStyle on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.
The greatest honor as a blogger, is to be recognized by a fellow blogger. So when Tiffany Khyla who I met after joining the HerCampus blogger network nominated me for a Sunshine Award, a blogger to blogger award dedicated to those who bring sunshine into another blogger’s days, I couldn’t be more excited! The rules are to acknowledge the blogger who nominated you, share 11 random facts about yourself, list 11 bloggers, post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate, and let them know they have been nominated. So here I go spreading more sunshine to the fellow bloggers in my life.
11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I’m an Irish/Latina
2. I love horror movies
3. I live in Manhattan and love it
4. I’m originally from Wilmington, DE
5. Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell was my first crush
6. My blog was inspired by the 2008 financial crisis
7. I’m a vegetarian
8. I have the same birthday as Beyonce (September 4th)
9. I wore braces for three years
10. Someday I would like Mila Kunis to play me in a movie
11. Even though I’m a fashion blogger, I still have trouble walking in heels
My Answers to Tiffany’s Questions:
1. What is your favorite thing about autumn?
Halloween!! I love dressing up and spending hours watching horror films!
2. What will you be doing for Thanksgiving this year?
Visiting family in New Hampshire
3. Talk about one of your favorite memories.
Moving into my college dorm and starting a new and exciting chapter in my life was amazing! Almost all my memories of college were amazing. I miss my time at Syracuse.
4. Who is the most influential person in your life?
My mother is awesome! We talk on the phone almost everyday and she comes in see me in New York once a month.
5. If you had to be an animal for a day, what animal would you be?
I would so be a dolphin! It would be so fun to jump around in the water for a day.
6. What would you do if there was nothing to hold you back from doing it?
Travel the world in high style! And blog about it of course…
7. What is one accomplishment that you’re very proud of?
Getting my first full time job and apartment in New York.
8. What is your favorite book?
The Virgin Suicides
9. If you could meet one celebrity today, who would you meet?
Kate Middleton hands down!
10. What is one movie character you would like to be for a day?
Cher from Clueless!
11. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
My favorite thing about my blog is the people I’ve met and the connections I’ve made through blogging.
Questions for my Nominees:
1. What inspired you to start your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie?
3. If you could be a fictional character for the day who would you be?
4. What would you do if you were a socialite?
5. What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
6. What was the first concert you went to?
7. If you could sit front row at any designer’s runway show, whose would it be?
8. Who is your celebrity crush?
9. What’s your favorite spa service?
10. What’s your all time favorite show?
11. Tell me a funny story…
Fashion is all about coming up with something new. High fashion wants to be bolder, brasher, more elegant, more surreal. We can’t always make the styles we see on the catwalk wearable, but one of the most promising areas we can take inspiration from is the jewelry. Stones are playing a large part in accessory trends this year, and it’s only a matter of time before we start including them in our everyday outfits.
Emerald is one of the most vibrant choices. Look for large cut stones hugged by a gold holding base, simple silver chains, or bracelets with flecks of color and serpentine rings with green eyes. Try matching to the passion for white on the catwalk or returning to vintage style a la Downton Abbey. For those that wear darker more sumptuous styles, emerald is an excellent choice when combined with the LBD and dark evening wear.
A controversial, but growing jewelry choice is to include pieces of amber on silver jewelry. Although technically not a stone, this resin deserves a place due to its slow burn popularity and powerful warm coloring. The icy backdrop makes the rich oranges and reds pop. Jewelers are creating far more stylized silver jewelry accented with stones to bring complex designs to life. Look for beautifully polished surfaces of amber resin or the modernist twisting and wrapping of silver across the stone’s surface.
Colored crystal is an incredibly versatile accessory with a variety of textures and shapes for different looks. For a strong rocker look, jagged chunks of crystal set on a think base of gold are becoming popular. Mixing luxury with the hard edge of the rocker lifestyle is often seen on the runway. Sleeker pieces of blue and purple crystal are perfect for evening wear and look stunning against a purple or white outfit.
Sapphires are currently huge in Indian fashion. Sapphire stones are great for any skin tone and they complement both silver and gold perfectly while adding a rich splash of color to any outfit. Look for chunky stone rings, traditional chandelier earrings, or simple pendants with one large stone. Due to its strong color, sapphires are good candidates for street style accessorizing.
Agate is incredibly varied in color and pattern, this soft-toned stone makes a great accessory for those interested in tribal styles as well as an option for people who prefer pastel colored pieces. Pair agate with a tribal outfit of warm oranges and browns. High fashion prefers to use the raw product. I’ve seen a number of chain necklaces linking shards of agate in different jewel tones worn with a muted bohemian outfit.
Though everyday people are still struggling to escape the claws of the recession, there’s no reason not to follow the latest fashions. If you’re looking for a one of a kind piece, make it! A number of jewelry making sites have burst onto the scene over the last couple of years and now is the best time to experiment with creating stone bead bracelets and shard necklaces. You can follow the rough-cut agate trend very easily by making your own pieces of jewelry.
If there’s one thing every girl spends hours prepping for, it’s a date with that special someone. While guys just throw something on and head out the door, hopefully, ready to pull out chairs and pick up the check, women spend hours finding the perfect outfit, hair style, and makeup. To me, the secret to getting ready for the perfect date is to wear something you’re comfortable in and really play it up. Never wear something on a date that you wouldn’t normally wear in everyday life. When you’re comfortable in your outfit, you’re more comfortable in your own skin making it easier to open up to someone you’re interested in getting to know better.
If you don’t normally wear heels, don’t wear heels. If you don’t normally wear a lot of makeup, don’t cake on the makeup just because you’re going on a date. Be yourself, only improved by adding a statement necklace to your favorite sweater or showing off that smokey eye you just perfected. For a fall date, my favorite thing to wear is leggings, knee high boots, and a sweater dress because it’s dressy without being overly dressy and I love the comfortable chicness of leggings.
No matter what your date style, the best date night accessory is always fresh breath. So before I say hello to my boyfriend, I say hello to hello seriously friendly oral care products. With delicious flavors like Sweet Cinnamint, Pink Grapefruit Mint, Supermint, and Mojito Mint, hello mouthwash and hello toothpaste are as vital to my date prep routine as mascara. When getting ready to leave, I love matching their adorable purse sized breath sprays to my outfit. Hello products don’t contain alcohol so they’ll never dry out your mouth. Designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, they will keep your bathroom looking chic. All hello products are made in the USA and nothing is tested on animals. So if you want to stock up for your next round of dates, you can find hello at Walgreens, Duane Reade, Target, and CVS.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.