Posts Written On October 2012

A Sandy Halloween

After crazy the crazy Hurricane Sandy and the mess it left New York in, very few of us are in the mood for Halloween. Despite the debris and no subway, I just hope it wasn’t ruined for the kids!  Lucky for those of you who were smart enough to celebrate on Saturday and get a good use of your costumes.

The last few Halloweens have not been so fun for me 🙁 But there will be lots of discounted candy on sale everywhere tomorrow!

Time to stock up!


Bits and Pieces of Love: Art by Samuel Price

West Coast artist, Samuel Price has the perfect holiday gift for pet lovers worldwide. If you have a dog or know dog lovers like me, you know they have tons and tons of dog things and their lives and schedule’s pretty much revolve around their dog!  Price creates custom portraits by assembling hundreds of hand-cut, recycled magazine squares onto canvas.
He takes photography that clients send him as a reference point and go from there. They are such beautiful pieces of art and they would be a great piece for a home, office or vet clinic! His goal is to capture the individual personality and spirit of the animals featured. I would love to get one of Jacob!

Artist Samuel Price

 Each pixelated collage takes between 6-12 weeks to create and range between $700-$4000 depending on size and complexity of the piece.

Top 4 Classic Earring Styles Every Girl Should Own

Earlobes were clearly created to be adorned. Since you have a perfect canvas dangling at the end of each ear, it just makes sense to fill that open space with something beautiful. Regardless of whether you have short hair, long hair that you occasionally wear down or if you’re prone to upsweeps and buns, there’s a style or two of classic earrings that will pique your fancy and suit your appearance and style.

To get you started on finding the right earrings to give your ears just the pizazz you’re seeking, here are the top 4 classic earring styles.

1. Stud Earrings. The beauty of the stud is its simplicity. Usually made of a tiny gemstones or precious metals, the stud’s main attribute is that it looks like it’s suspended or hovering in the middle of nowhere on your earlobe. These earrings feature a hidden back post and has a back piece (also called a clutch) that has friction and screws on it to keep it from sliding off and getting lost. Studs don’t have any specially dictated shape, so they can be small flat circle shapes, squares, mini-orbs or diamond patterns. They may even be more specific shapes, such as crosses, guitars, stars or any other design. Studs work for everyone and for every look, but they work particularly well on girls, younger women, those with shorter haircuts and in any working environment. Studs are simple, stylish and the most versatile of all ear jewelry.

2. Hoop Earrings. With a circular, semi-circular, or oval shape, hoops are ring-shaped ear jewelry that comes in various sizes and types of precious metals. You’ll find a wide variety of hoop sizes, as well as different thicknesses, types of metals and shapes. This classic look is often most effective on women with long hair that’s pulled back or up into a dressy bun or ponytail. Hoops often give the wearer an eclectic appearance.

3. Cuff Earrings. Cuffs basically wrap around some portion of your ears. The shape of cuffs is somewhat similar to hoops, though much smaller and tighter so they can easily envelope the edge of your ears securely. They don’t have to be simple hoops. Cuffs often take on symbolic shapes such as the body of a man or woman clinging to the ear, an object such as a leaf or a rose and more. Cuffs often create more of a statement than other ear jewelry.

4. Chandelier Earrings. This type of ear jewelry is often ornate, yet can still be adaptable to many circumstances, though they’re best worn for a night on the town in your favorite dress and a special hairstyle. These highly decorative earrings can be found in a variety of materials including metals, shells, beads, seeds, feathers and more.

It won’t matter whether you’re seeking earrings for the office, a formal dinner, a Saturday afternoon at an outdoor concert or other occasions, you’ll find something that suits the occasion as well as your own fashion taste.


Bye, Bye, Bye – Vanish @MiracleSkin

Jackie and I were both invited to attend Sarah McNamara’s webinar for her newest product ‘Vanish’, part of her Miracle Skin Transformer line. I switched it up this time with a video review, which is my first ever so hopefully it won’t strain you guys out too much!


Check out Miracle Skin Transformers at a Nordstrom or Sephora near you!

Some more goodies-to-know on ‘Vanish’:

–          Does NOT cause breakouts! +++++++

–          Naturally dry silicon that goes on super smooth

–          Natural ingredients! +++++ (lupin, vitamin E, vitamin C, grapefruit)

–          Time saving +++

The primer works instantly to reduce the appearances of fine lines and pores as well as smoothes out your skin for a longer and overall smoother base for your foundation / bb cream.

With 8 weeks, the serum can help lighten your scars, dark spots, sun damage or environmentally stressed marks!

Definitely get a sample or try it out whenever you have the time! And while you’re there check out her ‘Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal Eye and Face’ and ‘Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF 20’!

Take a look at their website to see what else they have, as well!

P.S. – In the video, I thanked Amanda(CrierPR) for inviting me to the chat but when I recorded this video, I wasn’t aware that Jackie was also reviewing it so,
CORRECTION: Thank you for inviting Jackie and I, Amanda!


Layering Isn’t Just for Clothes: Four Tips for Making a Statement with Layered Jewelry

When the temperature drops, every practical fashionista knows to layer on her favorite sweaters, blazers, coats and scarves to stay warm and in style. Although this kind of layering is more or less instinctual–even though there are several fashion rules to consider in the process–layering jewelry is also a fun fashion opportunity that can complement any multi-dimensional outfit. Since bulky winter wear doesn’t often give you the opportunity to accentuate your feminine form, you can give your look that girly touch by following these four fashion tips for jewelry layering.

1. Brighten Up With Bracelets

In between bulky blazer sleeves and heavy gloves, you can add a little more cuteness to your cuffs by layering on coordinating links, bangles and beads on top of a sculptural cuff bracelet. This gives your style a more modern look and adds a splash of color to darker winter pieces. Try to match the colors in your bracelets with those in your scarf, blouse or other piece of your outfit, or brighten up neutral, solid tones with your favorite color combos.

2. Mix-and-Match Necklaces

Contrary to what some would say are cardinal rules of fashion, you actually can pair different types of necklaces for a bold new look. Wear chunky beaded necklaces with your most delicate chains, mix and match silver with gold, and don’t be afraid to throw in a few quirky necklaces to show off your unique personality in your style.

3. Combine Classy Elements

If you’re going for a more chic, refined look for a special occasion, try matching simple and sophisticated elements like pearls and matte metals for a subtler touch of color and texture. If you’re lucky enough to have diamonds in your jewelry box, these exquisite pieces also look great paired with pearls and dark stones like onyx for a captivating contrast.

4. Don’t Go Overboard

The point of layering jewelry is to pile it on for a dramatic look; but there is a risk of going overboard with this style. If your layers reminds you of the first time you discovered your mom’s jewelry box, you might want to consider toning it down a bit to make your look seem more put-together instead of just sloppily piled on. For example, if you want to wear five bracelets, maybe just stick to simple earrings and go without a necklace to keep your outfit from looking too loud or over the top.

Layering your clothes is great for staying comfortable and toasty during the fall and winter seasons, and layering jewelry can have a similar effect in warming up and adding life to a basic outfit. Since this technique is bold and edgy, it might take a few at-home fashion shows to get your look exactly right. But once you’ve tried on the perfect color combo and have coordinated properly with your other accessories, you’ll be ready to brave the cold feeling feminine as ever with your sparkling and shining jewelry layers.


Bike, Hike and Moisturize with @goAdventuress

Michigan based skincare company Adventuress is going after the girl who is going after her own adventurous life!  An Adventuress is a thrill seeker, a force to be reckoned with!

From day one the Adventuress Skin Care Collectionwas designed with an active lifestyle in mind.

Founder Michele Carter says: After four years interviewing labs all over the country to help me formulate this exciting product line I met Masoomeh, a world-traveling biochemist with more than 20 years experience developing technologies for brands like L’Oreal, Estee Lauder and Procter & Gamble to name a few.

With Masoomeh’s connections and knowledge of raw materials together we created this naturally derived collection with vital ingredients designed for varying degrees of skin sensitivities and allergies. With Adventuress you get an arsenal of products to protect and nourish,including moisturizer, sunscreen, skin purifier, face cleanser and EnviroBalm™.

And since your active lifestyle doesn’t allow for a lot of extra baggage, it was all specifically created with “on-the-go” in mind. So whether your adventures lead you to the slopes, beach, on the trail or out on the highways, I have two words for you…Go There!

With great ingredients like Aloe Vera, Spanish Castile Soap, Boswellia Bark Tears, Evening Primrose, Quince Seed, Rose Hip Oil, this brand is really special!