If you've seen me out and about, I can guarantee that most of the time I'm wearing something from Ted Rossi. Not only does he know a lot about sparkle but his python pieces are stunning. Whether you're running errands, heading out to brunch and more, you're bound to look gorgeous! In addition to having an amazing line, he was also one of the designers featured on my episode of To Be a Star, so watch out for his appearance where he shares his tips on personal style with me and aspiring models.
WHAT: Hope for the Holidays Sponsored by Amstel Light and Ocean Spray
WHEN: 12.06.09 ~ Time 11:00 - 7:00am
WHERE: 3rd Fl of 17th Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn
DETAILS: Get you holiday shopping done in Brooklyn this year while portions of the proceeds go to the Brooklyn Regional office of the American Cancer Society. Your support aids in funding Look Good ... Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, the Hope Lodge and Camp Adventure. Your $25 ticket (buy in advance or it is $30 at the door) for admission gives you 3 raffle tickets, the opportunity to shop at such vendors as Wendy Culpepper, Goldy & Mac, Sylvia Jewelry and more. Nothing is more fun than learning about new designers and shops and of course checking off your list for gifts!
When it comes to standing out from the crowd without ever saying a word, this can be done effortlessly with the help of pieces from Swarovski Crystals! They scream elegance and will draw more than a few stares. Imi takes it a step further by creating a collection of fun, palm worthy pieces that sparkle and glisten for every occassion! Whether you love strawberries, abstract pieces and more - there is a clutch that was made for you in mind! In addition, Imi just launched a series of bracelets with their famed Swarovski Crystals. On any given evening, the stars in the sky won't be the only ones glistening.
Many of you read about me covering Tasty Morsels Bakery at the Bust Craftacular this summer in Brooklyn. It was such a good time and as always, I love helping indies out while getting a great item that becomes a fave in my wardrobe. As is the case with most events, they get bigger, better and they include additional locations. This holiday season they're not only going to be here in NYC on Dec 6th but on Dec 12th LA and London will also be hosting this event! What a great way to get a few friends together and to get some shopping tackled! If you're a designer in these areas and looking to participate, fill out an application as there is still time!
A year and a half ago I fell in love with Hudson Jeans after a friend insisted that I would no longer have to worry about finding the perfect jean. I was drawn to their signature flaps and how they make a great shape to your butt whether it's your natural trait or not! When it came time to tape my reality show episode for To Be a Star, I knew I would be in their jeans again. This holiday season, they will be rolling out additional pieces to the line including the Boot Cut in Tequila Sunrise on the left, the Skinny Leg known as the Cape Cod (my second favorite to the Jean Legging) and the Lisa which is a 5 pocket skinny jean. This holiday season, begin thinking about how you want to ring in the new year and the importance of having a great jean!
As a former underwear model I can say that what you wear underneath does effect how you feel and whatever you're wearing on top is merely an extension of your undergarments. When I was growing up, my favorite pair of undies were the ones with the days of the week on them. I was obsessed and it always made me laugh that I was wearing Wednesday or sleeping on Sunday! But making a statement about your mood on your undies (they don't stop there as you can make additional statements on your yoga wear, PJ's and tees) is definitely something that Lolly38 knows about! We all have a wildside and why not make it apparent! It's as much as your little secret as you wish and it will add a bounce to your step! Check out the site and if you don't see what you're trying to say, then make something custom with a minimum of 10 items! Somehow Bachelorette Parties, Girl's Weekends, Sorority Trips and more will never be the same.
I am puppy obsessed - nix that I'm Yorkie obsessed. My sister, a very good friend of mine and a new friend has this breed and it's all I think about! I feel like the past year I have been talking about and now we're getting to the time that we will have one of our own soon! I'm all about being prepared and if you follow @SugarChic then you know that she's the owner of Sugar Chic Couture and she knows a lot about keeping your puppy happy. Above is a tiny sample of what's available from amazing beds, cute clothes (I'm not British but this jacket is super cute), sushi for dogs (yes this is edible and made for them) and a cute robe! Whether you're into collegiate or professional teams, you'll find a way to get your pup involved and your bound to spend a lot of time on this site making sure your puppies needs are met and he's happy in your home!
You can't talk about the holidays without talking about New Year's Eve. Around this time of year as I finalize what my holiday cards will look like, what parties I will attend and what my gifts will be for others - I think about how I plan on looking for New Year's Eve! Whether it's a huge bash or close friends, it's an important time to share with others. White Black House Market has a collection of dresses that are perfect for the occasion and with the right accessories, you can definitely ensure that your personal style is reflected. All you need is what your resolution(s) will be and to stick to them as we go towards 2010!
In the holidays I tend to keep it local the day of the holiday and then I head off to Jamaica, South Beach or wherever it's warm. If I don't go somewhere warm then, I tend to do so within the next few weeks so I'm always on the hunt for yet another bathing suit! Casa Bikini is one of my favorite places when I want a super cute suit that fits well and has great patterns. I always find something new and it allows me to get a little daring since I typically love the classic black bikini! If you're looking for the wow affect, this is a great site to consider as a gift for others and to snag a few for yourself.
I'm inspired by the sea on a daily basis. Partly because I live on a beach and the other part is that I enjoy the serinity that I get just being out there. To that end, I am a fan of the ideas behind Adore Adorn which incorporates natural stones and other elements that remind you of days at the beach whether you're there or in the concrete jungle so to speak! These pieces are perfect for a night out or just running errands. Be inspired and bring the beach with you wherever you go!
Kitten Couture is a collection that includes lariats that are comprised of natural stones and sea shells. These pieces are perfect to to wear when running errands, going out to lunch or for a night out on the town. These pieces are made for your lifestyle. Take some time to check out more from the collection and to decide which pieces work for you!
I love that fashion presents so many points of view and when I first found out about Coco Bourgeoisie, I fell in love! Instantly I connected with elements of an old world glam mixed with modern elements! I saw portions of a 50's style combined with the elite Ladies Who Lunch to the PR It Girls that are in NYC. Of course once I read more about the talented designer, Courtney, I realized that this Southern Belle not only had an amazing fashion background but got the importance of women having pieces within their wardrobe that were not only feminine but reinvented what a power outfit means! I love the detailing on the Leslie Skirt as this can be worn to product launches, cocktail receptions and more! The Jen Top not only works well with this skirt but would look fabulous with a pair of skinny jeans and a fitted blazer! When it comes to a wow factor whether you're at the office, running your own business or doing the "Ladies Who Lunch/Brunch" this is your new go to line!
As always I'm all about accessories and even better than having the perfect look, is knowing that your wearing something that benefits an entire community. Same Sky is hand crocheted glass bead jewelry that is made by women who survived the Rowanda genocide. Each pieces has the story of the woman who made it. In addition to Alicia Keys and Halle Berry who are wearing this socially conscious brand, it's essential that we support as well by finding our favorite color to wear and to gift!
Cardstore’s Holiday Collection ~ Cardstore.com offers stylish, original and on-trend holiday cards and invitations you customize simply and quickly online. Cardstore offers over 7000 designs from over 70 artists in styles that range from witty to heartfelt, trendy to contemporary, and vintage to classic. All cards can be personalized with photos and text and are printed on high-quality, 100% recycled paper. Cardstore will also print return addresses on envelopes and mail cards to recipients in your address book all for just the cost of a stamp. Cardstore.com -- smart, stylish, original.
I have always believed that accessories were meant to be worn which means that they don't need to be deemed a day time or night time only look! Thankfully, AO3 Designs seems to share my sentiments! I'm obsessed with a number of their clutches but the ones below are perfect for day and night! Many times I have been on my way to a gallery and although I'm in my favorite pair of skinny jeans and a cute top, I still want to pair a fab pair of heels and a little clutch. I'm a huge fan of embroidery and items of texture - these clutches are the perfect way to add color and to ensure that you have a conversation piece on hand at all times. Take a look at the various clutches available and begin to think about what your next go to clutch will be or who you should be gifting it to!
When it comes to my weekends, I can't kick off the day without walking onto my balcony, breathing in the ocean and then heading downstairs to get some tea. Whether it's freezing or warm, I have done this ever since I moved in with boyfriend and Food Editor of Kitten Lounge, Paul Belobritsky! I love tea, I can never buy enough and with a little organic honey, it's the best way to bring in the day with a few cups whether I get up at 10am or noon. Recently, I tried Village Tea Co and it is my new obsession and my mornings are never going to be the same. These teas are loose and when you open the canister (which you can reuse to put your knick knacks in), you'll find two pouches with loose tea and little tea envelopes (perfect for single cups or for those that don't have a drainer and yes you can wash them and dry them for future use). I started with the Sassy Green Tea but I will soon tackle the Roobios Cherry Blossom and the Jasmine Green Tea! This is the best tea that I have had in a long time and I do believe that going forward this will be the only tea that I will drink and can't wait to take it with me on my travels. With so many options, you're bound to find the perfect flavour for gifting, housewarmings and more!
I can't leave the house without a scarf! My favorite look is a simple tee and jeans with a scarf for a pop of color. I'm obsessed with them whether it's one with a texture or various prints. This is a must for the wardrobe and a great way to show that you know how to be daring when it comes to color. I love these scarves by Nepali by TDM Design as there is one for every mood and for every look! This is not only a perfect gift but something you would want to treat yourself too! Take some time to check out these pieces, not only because they'll make you look fab but by purchasing them you're supporting women weavers and women craftsmanship in Nepal! The founders of TDM Design ensures that not only are scarves handmade from the finest fibers but the women who make them are able to have their children attend school.
Every season we go back to our boots, we have those that we buy just so that we have a fresh start for the next season and those that we carry over from the previous seasons! Either way, new or old, wouldn't it be nice to change up our boots in a simple way every now and then? I have done the skinny jean with the boot and knitted leg warmers and although I love this look, I love that Bootzwalla pushes the envelope by having leather leg warmers that bring out the rock star in you! With a growing celeb clientele and fulfilling the niche of wanting to add an accessory to the boots (or heels) you already love, this is a great way to dress up your boots when you're wearing jeans, minis and more. Check out this hot brand and they also have other leg warmers and hats that you're bound to love especially with this upcoming season!
Feeling blue used to mean that your spirits needed a little boosting but now, it means that you’re decked out in Cynthia Rybakoff’s tranquil and eye popping collection! Not only are they handmade but she has made pieces for Tommy Hilfiger, Isaac Mizrahi and Ralph Lauren - not only are these icons in classic American style but it says something about her amazing sense of fashion as well. You know that I love natural pieces and this collection is full of various blue hued stones in Lapis Lazuli, Agate (my fave) or Sodalite; moreover, she also has my second favorite material - sterling silver. Although her blue collection is phenomenal she has a very diversified collection that is a must see. These pieces can go from your favorite denim outfits to a night out with a cocktail dress! These are pieces that are not only meant to get you noticed but encourage people to approach you in this networking situations to not only find out what you’re wearing but where you got your fabulous sense of style – this is a must gift for your nearest and dearest along with yourself!
Sometimes people get frustrated by change in general, when you change your mind about a restaurant or what you're going to do tonight. But we definitely have the right to change our minds when it comes to our look and fortunately, when it comes to nails - change is always good! This holiday season change it up a little with these fab colors or think about putting something a little extra in the stocking with Duri polishes. The ones above are perfect for the holidays but, since change is inevitable - they have an entire collection to choose from!
One of my favorite fashion accessories is the scarf! Yes it's perfect to pair with your winter coat but I go all year wearing various scarves of various weights as I'm out and about. Whether it's a last minute thought or just a great way to add a pop of color, it's a fashion must that is just as important as whatever signature ring I happen to be wearing at the moment. Fortunately, Rachel Park Designs agrees with me! She's known as not only the go to lady for scarves but ties as well! With an eye for prints, textures and taking looks to the next level, you'll never have to wonder whether heads will turn with these accessories - this is a gifting and must for your wardrobe!