Summer Escape: Prague, 2

17 Jul

IMG_4408Prague was LOVE AT FIRST SITE!!! Every step I took unveiled a new spot, even more charming and romantic than the one before. I fell in love with the amazing and unspoiled architecture and design of the city. My cozy boutique hotel, Friday Hotel, in Old Town, was situated in the heart of all the shops and public squares. For you Manhattanites, think 5th Avenue meets 34th Street meets Union Square.

On my first day I was too jet-lagged to do much, and slept the afternoon away. But I made up for it over the next few days, discovering every nook and cranny of this unbelievably beautiful town by getting delightfully lost in the exquisite labyrinth of its cobbled stoned city streets. My favorite site was Prague Castle, where you can visit multiple palaces and enjoy the most breathtakingly romantic view of the city. At the far end of the castle grounds, built into the hillside and offering a stunning view of the city below, as seen below, was the most delightfully charming Starbucks. After a long, hot day of constant walking, it was an oasis at the corner of worlds old and new.

While reveling in the gorgeous view and quite possibly the best iced soy latte I’ve ever had, I serendipitously spotted this advertisement for Lo Veg restaurant. With its beautiful outdoor seating and prominent “Go Veg” signage, of course I had to check it out. It was delicious. If you like Pan Asian or vegetarian/vegan cuisine, I highly recommend it.

I hope you enjoy these pics and I’m looking forward to sharing more with y’all.

Don’t forget to check out a few of my travel essentials HERE :)!

IMG_3474Friday Hotel, Prague

IMG_4342Crossing the bridge to Prague Caste

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IMG_4354Scrumptious fried potato snack at the base of Castle steps

IMG_4365Entrance to Prague Castle

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IMG_3527Cute Peekaboo of Lo Veg Restaurant

IMG_4398A few of my Faves Dishes

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Summer Escape: Vienna, Austria – 1

8 Jul

Travel-SeasonHello Lovelies,

I hope you had a splendid July 4th long weekend. By now some of you might know that I’ve been away from the keyboard for a while during my travels in Europe for a few weeks.  Despite my absence from the blog, I was actually working on the road. Between the time difference and the jet lag, work was rough! I absolutely do not recommend working on vacation, especially if it’s somewhere with a six or more hour time difference. One of my bosses told me that it was a bad idea not having a work/life balance…oh she was SO right!!!

vienna_austria_summer-travel-1My first stop in Europe was Vienna, Austria. Guys, I have to say Vienna’s airport is the best I’ve ever been to. The modern bathrooms, WIFI service, lounge areas…perfectly clean and accessible. Although it was just a quick stop-over, I decided to take the train from the airport to check out the town and get a bite. Besides walking around for food, I was too tired to do much else. I went to this amazing spot, Happy Cakes where everything was so delicious. If you follow me on social media, you might have seen a few of my favorites travel essentials, but in cased you missed it, see below for few intafaves. Looking forward to sharing more of my European journey with you soon.

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1: I received the St. Tropez Dispenser by SmellBent in May’s POPSUGAR Must Have Box, and it smells amazing. It’s like they bottled summer! If you like the scent of coconut, then you will love this. The accompanying baubles are from Baublebar. If you’re a girly-girl and planning to come to New York City, I highly recommend you check out The Bar by BaubleBar. You’ll have a blast trying all the baubles.

2: This VSX Sport Bra was provided to me as a tester from Influenster. I’m not a big fan of wearing bras, and tend to wear reusable pasties instead. So, it took me a while to finally try out the VSX…just about as long as it took me to get up the motivation to start jogging again. I was tentative about the bra at first but discovered I really like the VSX Sport Bra! I don’t feel constricted, and felt like I was wearing one of my comfy crop tops. So, it was a pleasant surprise and I was happy to score it in such a fun color.

3: I’m forever grateful for my blogosphere bestie EssentJewels who recommended CLARINS Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrat. I had been looking for an eye cream for over a year, and while I’ve found some other good hydrating and refreshing eye products, this product proved to be the ultimate savior for all my eye care issues, including early stage wrinkles due to all my sleep deprivation. These Kerry Cassill also came in handy because I was long overdue for a new one. They are made of cotton fabric which is quite soft and I think they would make great gifts. Speaking of great gifts, you may recall earlier this year I mentioned that I purchased a Mario Badescu sunscreen. I am glad to say it didn’t disappoint. This is the first time that I used a facial sunscreen and didn’t breakout.  Enough said! :)

4: In case you were wondering about my summer reading list, The One & Only by Emily Giffin is at the top. As you can see in this picture, I am a late-comer to the neon trend which some might say is already “passé.” But, to those I reply with one of my favorite expressions, “what’s old is new again!”

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Bright Pink & Treasure Yellow

17 Jun

I usually skip the nail polish portion of my mani because, well, what’s the point? It usually doesn’t stay on my nails for more than a day….a day and a half if I’m lucky. But ever since my blogosphere bestie, CowboysandCrossbones, introduced me to Seche Vite a few months ago,  I’ve been loading up on nail polish like crazy. My most recent nail polish spree included Essie and Mineral Fusion who came out with a few fabulous bright shades this Spring. With Seche Vite, these two happy shades have been with me all week and are among my favorites for the season!

Mani-Monday-Mineral-FusionEssie lasted about 10 days while Mineral Fusion could’ve stayed forever. Seche Vite nailed it!

Mani-Monday-Essie-and-Mineral-FusionEssie, too taboo – florescent fuchsia berry and Mineral Fusion, Treasure.

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Favorite Finds for Father’s Day

9 Jun

Hello Everyone,

If you’re wondering what to get your dad for Father’s Day, here are a few favorite gift ideas to add to your shopping list. These gifts are perfect for any dad or other special men in your life. Enjoy!

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1: For the dad who’s always on the road, this Storage and Organization Tie Case is the perfect gift.

2: This removable Wood Keys Numeric Keyboard makes the ideal gift for the dad who is equal parts modern and rustic in style. It’s easily removable and leaves no residue behind!

3: The Sea Horse Money Clip is great for the guy who’s not afraid of a little bit of color.

4: For the organized and meticulous dads, this floating Oak One Nightstand creates an aesthetic design with space for books, alarm clock, watch, glasses and phone.

5: If your dad is like mine and always forgetting to charge his iPhone, this Prong Pocket Plug is a must have, allowing dads to conveniently recharge their iPhones from any outlet.

6: For the melodic dad who moves to his own beat, receiving this modern Wireless Portable Speaker, which provides up to 7 hours of play-time on a full charge, and streams audio from up to 33 feet away, will be music to his ears.

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Reward Yourself!

5 Jun

Good morning, Everyone!

Ever since my college days when I was inundated with lucrative credit card offers, I’ve been a rewards fiend! I accumulated sufficient frequent flier points to travel the world (business class no less!), stay at fine hotels, and even save a bundle on my first car, all at NO COST, simply through keeping my eyes open and seizing upon great offers. Oh, who am I kidding, nothing simple about it. I was (and am) obsessed with maximizing my rewards and diligently scouting for the latest and greatest offers. There’s nothing I won’t do for points! So, I recognize there are actually costs involved…time, administrative hassle, and short term credit score implications (assuming one even has the credit score to qualify for all these offers). But, what if all these awesome rewards were available and truly FREE?
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Enter Bing Rewards. Bing Rewards gives you credits just for searching! You can redeem credits for popular gift cards, sweepstakes entries, or even donate them to a charity of your choice. I hope you join Bing Rewards and I can’t wait for you to share with me what you’ve redeemed, and I’ll be sure to do the same. All you have to do is stay signed on your computer or iPhone and keep searching with Bing. Enjoy!

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Denim Therapy

2 Jun

Happy Monday Everyone,

As you know from last month’s post, LipoLotion has become the newest weapon in my arsenal of tools to help me look fit. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover LipoLotion in time to spare my two of my favorite pairs of jeans from falling victim to my not keeping up with the gym during the dark days of winter.
Fortunately, it was Denim Therapy to the rescue! Denim Therapy is a service which promises to restore your fave pair of jeans, the ones you just can’t part with, regardless of the damage.Denin-Therapy111I was quite skeptical of Denim Therapy’s services, and at $8/square inch , I also balked at their prices. So, I decided to go to their office to check out their work first hand. Upon walking in, I observed one customer’s elation over having her favorite pair of jeans restored and rejuvenated. I asked to see her jeans and, almost unable to detect where a tear had been, I felt my skepticism give way to awe. For denim lovers like me, this service is nothing short of pure jeanius! I am thrilled to share my before and after pictures with you.

Any favorite jeans you can’t bare to part with? Tell us about them!

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According to Denim Therapy, here are  five simple rules to follow and your jeans will love you about about as much as you love them!
1) You don’t have to wash your jeans after each and every wear!
2) Wash your jeans inside out in warm water. No bleach.
3) Air-dry your jeans. Try to avoid drying them in the dryer.
4) If you really must dry your jeans, tumble dry on low.
5) If all else fails, send your jeans to the dry cleaner.

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Cuff Your Circle

28 May

Wearable-ElectronicsHello Tech Babes,

Earlier this year I blogged about the unisex wearable technology Flash Me, Find MeAs some of you already know, I am addicted to all type of jewels, and have a love-hate affair with technology. I’m fascinated by how fashion and technology work together. Even for those of us who are technology challenged, when technology in properly infused into fashion, it all becomes clear!Wearable-TechnologyMy latest fascination has been with Cuffthe brand carries a range of wearable technologies which send messages to contacts of your choice, or your Cuff circle. If you’re like me, one of the ways you add dramatic flair to your look is by adding a bold piece jewelry, and I think Cuff totally brings it with these gold metal cuffs. I like Cuff’s multiple fun wireless fashion accessory options, enabling us all to become fashionably tech savvy, and go geek-to-chic!wireless-fashion-accessories

To learn more about Cuff ‘s technology, watch thivideo.

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Memorial Day Picnic

22 May

Hello Lovelies,

Unofficially, Memorial Day is the start of summer. Bring on the backyard barbecues and summer-home weekend getaways! Or, even better, one of my favorite Memorial Day traditions is going for a picnic in the park. If you have no plans, why not invite your friends to your posh picnic party with these Picnic Memorial Day essentials? 

What are your plans for this weekend?

memorial-day-musthaves1: Vernon Throw – Aqua, $65

2: Jina Wooden Bowl – Khaki, $55

3: Kate spade NY Insulated Tumbler – Orange/Pink, $18

4: Desta Pom Basket - Orange, $40

For those who have shopping in mind for the holiday, here are few great online home decor places having Memorial Day sales:

· Lulu & Georgia: 25% off everything. Ends May 26.

· ABC Carpet & Home: 20% off all rugs with code RUG20. Ends May 26.

· Crane & Canopy: Free shipping on orders over $150 with code MEMDAY14 starting May 23. Ends May 26.

· Crate & Barrel: Outdoor furniture up to 30% off.

· High Fashion Home: 50% off select items. Ends May 26.

· Loom Decor: Spend $100+ and get 10% off; spend $250+ and get 15% off; spend $500+ and get 25% off starting May 23. Ends May 30.

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Thrifty Thursday: Fashion, Beauty, and More…for Less!

15 May

Thrifty-Thursday-this-weeks-online-salesHello Everyone,

For those of you who don’t often get the chance to go to sample sales, this is your lucky week! Here are some thrifty discount web offerings; From scoring a beauty goodies to updating your closet, consider this your summer treat. Enjoy!

1: Alexis Bittar – Now through May 20th, save up to 70% off on your online purchase.

2: Shu Uemura - Now through May 18th, save 20% off, free shipping on orders over $50. Use promo code:SHUFF at checkout.

3: Beauty.com – Now through May 16th, save 20% off on your order.

4: Banana Republic – Now through May 18th, save 40% off on your online purchase. Use promo code: BRSUMMER at checkout.

5: Lands’ End – Now through May 19th, save 25% off on your order. Use promo code: FAMILY and PIN 5020 at checkout.

 

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Trending: Bucket Bags

13 May

Trend Finders Bucket and Drawstring BagsHello Lovelies,

This spring, while strolling the streets of NYC, I spotted countless fashionistas sporting Bucket & Drawstring Bags. As we delve further into spring, and this trend seems to grow more popular, I find myself unable to escape its appeal. While I am quite taken with the Bucket & Drawstring Bags trend, my first love will always be saving money! So, I thought it would be fantastic to find brands which deliver the bucket bag trend without requiring a bucket bag full of cash. See below for my 5 favorites, all at pocket friendly prices!

Trend-Finders--Bucket-&-Drawstring-Bags1: Galian, Santa Fe Fringe Crossbody, $53

2: PacSun, Dakine Amelia Bucket Bag, $25

3: Sole Society, Coco Small Bucket Bag, $21

4: Mango, Contrast Bucket Bag, $90

5: French Connection, Bucket Bag with Drawstring Tie, $162

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A Mother’s Day Gift for Any Mom

5 May

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we picked out eight amazing products that are sure to please any mom. From chic pillows to party kits, you’ll even find something for all the other lovely ladies who have been good to you all your life. Enjoy :)!
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1: Candy Cushion, $64 – For the mom who adores fun and modern living, this playful print pillow is a great way to add a splash of color.

2: Yellow Owl’s Little Prints, $22 – For the DIY mom, this book will keep her busy with everything from party invitations to bedroom decor. This DIY book is fantastic fun for kids and adults.

3: COATT Jewelry, $48 – For moms who appreciate a personalized touch, these MORSE CODE dainty jewels might be the perfect gift. COATT  uses gold dots and dashs to depict words, names and phrases in Morse Code so you and mom can share any secret message! How sweet is that!!!

4: BKR Water Bottles, $30 ~ $35 – For the earthy moms who have removed plastic water bottles from their lives, and also like to a have little fun with pretty little things, these customizable water bottles will enable her to be environmentally conscious without sacrificing style.

5: Blo Blow Dry Bar, $10 ~ $65 – For the moms who are in desperate need of a killer-coif, the original WASH BLOW GO Blow Dry Bar has 37 locations around the world with seven styles to choose from, including the sexy razor-straight “Executive Sweet”  and the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk”.

6: Ladies Glo Bag, $89 – For the fit moms, this gym backpack is great for organizing workout essentials (shoes, wet bag, cosmetic bag, and water bottle holder).

7: Yellow Stripe Luggage Tags with Pink Airplane, $24 – For stylish moms who always enjoy being fashionable, or for even just practical moms who might appreciate a pop of color while making their luggage readily identifiable, these stylish luggage tags help ensure a smooth and chic baggage claim experience.

8: Mason Jar Tumblers Party Kit, $49 – For the eco-friendly moms who like to entertain, this reusable party kit with biodegradable straws is perfect for an earth-friendly eventful affair.

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Chrislie Beauty Picks

28 Apr

Beauty-Favorites-For-SpringHello Dolls,

Shopping on Chrislie Formulations has recently become one of my favorite pastimes with all of its new and fabulous product offerings! I fell in love with the brand’s campaigns; The Women’s Refugee Fund makes a measurable difference in the lives of women and children, and is the focus of Chrislie Formulations’ Measurable Difference products, and the Look Good Feel Better campaign, which is the focus of their LASHEM product line, teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients suffering the side effects of cancer treatment and is active in all 50 states.  Check out some of my favorite beauty product picks from Chrislie Formulations. Giving back never felt so good! MEASURABLE-DIFFERENCE-LASH-AMPLIFYING-MASCARA-PRIMER-REGENALASH1: Lash Amplifying Mascara & Primer w/RegenaLash, 14.99 – I am happy with this mascara because I no longer have raccoon eyes, and it keeps my lashes looking fresh all day. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and won’t clump your already applied mascara in case you would want to give your lashes an extra boost throughout the day. Lashem-Faux-Lashes2: Lashem Faux Lashes, $5.00 – For girls like me, who weren’t blessed with bold and sultry lashes, Lashem Faux Lashes are easy to apply and make eyelashes look fuller and darker.  I’ve had enough with the pricey extensions and I think these are perfect for the girl who wants long, luscious lashes . MEASURABLE-DIFFERENCE-LIPO-LOTION-MASSAGING-APPLICATOR3: LipoLotion W/Massaging Applicator, $69.99 – With spring upon us and summer approaching I fear that my bikini bod might not quite be in as good a shape as I would like it to be. I eat healthy and do yoga but for the past few months I haven’t lifted weights like I used to, and my butt & thighs are suffering for it.  I blame the dark winter days in NYC for keeping my aforementioned bottom at home, but excuses probably aren’t the answer.  LipoLotion on the other hand, just might be!  A temporary solution to be sure (and not a replacement for honest heavy squats), LipoLotion certainly fights my giggle in all of the right places. Again, without expecting dramatic changes, LipoLotion did enough to make me a believer. Now I just need to find the time to fit the ever so slightly time-consuming process into my day. Lashem-Colour-Strokes-Liquid-Eyeliner4: Lashem Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner, $20.00 – I found that eyeliners are the perfect way to define your eyes and can be the best makeup add-on when you’re not in the mood for mascara.  Applying eyeliner isn’t always the easiest task for me, since it requires a steadier hand than I have, but I found these eyeliners so long-lasting that at least I only had to apply them once to keep my fierce cat eyes throughout the night. The price is a little steep, but the quality is quite good. Lashem-Picture-Perfect5: Lashem Picture Perfect, $40.00 – I recently started using this amazing wrinkle cream at night because I found it a lot more hydrating than another cream I use during the day. My friends & family wonder why I use wrinkle cream since I have no wrinkles or fine lines…Exactly, I say!

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Thrifty Thursday: My Faves Journal X Faire Collection

24 Apr

Good morning, Everyone!

A couple of days ago, Faire Collection asked me to join them in celebrating their 5 year-anniversary of artisanal partnerships from across the globe. Faire Collection is a lifestyle brand of fair trade accessories located in New York. On their website, you can find stylish and trendy artisan jewelry from different countries which combine the authenticity of the country of origin’s heritage with a chic New York City influence. Amanda Judge, the Founder & CEO travels around the globe to ensure that when designing these artisanal pieces that New York City and the country of origin are in sync.

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There’s nothing I love more than discovering new brands.  As some of you may already know, I am a jewelry fiend, and knowing that this company supports and helps reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities is the icing on the cake in my celebration with Faire Collection.

In honor of the anniversary, Faire Collection has put a handful of accessories on sale (50% off 4/24 – 4/28), making for a perfect Thrifty Thursday to share with you all. See below for my favorite handmade jewelry pieces and click here to view all 5 year-anniversary sale items.

Faire-Collection-Handmade jewelry1: Miranda Necklace – Ivory, Orig: $84 Now: $42

2: Accented Bracelet – Berry/Lemon, Orig: $30 Now: $15

3: Spiked Stud Earrings – Leaf Green, Orig: $22 Now: $11

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Favorite Find: With Roots

22 Apr

Today is Earth Day and in the spirit of the day, I want to bring you all closer to nature! We’re honoring Earth Day with ‘With Roots‘, a local jewelry line based in Brooklyn. With Roots’ jewelry pieces are all made of tiny terrarium with real living plants. With Roots clearly proves it is easy to be both earth-conscious and earthy-chic. Wearing this line will inspire others to be green as well…even if just with envy :-). I am in love with this earth-friendly jewelry line!

Eco-Collage1: TERRARIUM CURVE NECKLACE, $45

2: TERRARIUM HEART EARRINGS, $55

3: TERRARIUM ORNAMENT,  $35

4: HEART TERRARIUM NECKLACE WITH RED MOSS, $48

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A Peek From My Eggcellent Weekend

21 Apr

photo-4Lately, my world has been a whirlwind! I’ve been very busy and have fallen behind on a lot of personal beauty and health habits, including of course, blog postings on MFJ :). I get so upset when I fail to take advantage of the transitioning weather, because before you know it, it’ll be way too hot. This week and last, I managed to get in some quality girlfriend time, and if you follow me on Instagramyou might have caught a glimpse of one of my favorite wedding dress designers who just happened to be at a store while my girlfriend was trying on her dress.

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Another friend of mine, a beauty junky like me, booked us for a mini facial from Mario Badescu at Lord & Taylor. Would you believe I live in NYC and I’ve never been to Lord & Taylor? The tourists probably know this city better than I do. I really need to take advantage of this city! Mario Badescu had a promotion in fact, free mini-facial and beauty samples to introduce customers to their products. I’ve been on the hunt for a facial sunscreen forever, so it was perfect timing for me to try their sunscreen. Of course, I’ll report back on Beauty Brands We Love!

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I also managed to take advantage of a favorite childhood game, egg hunting, with few friends. Since April 1st, Faberge placed 270 eggs in the city, designed by several designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. With your smartphone and a QR code you maybe able to find those eggs in city streets. All the eggs can be seen on display at Rockefeller Plaza until April 26 and are for auction, which you can see virtually. It was such a great idea to hop around egg-hunting with the girls. Check out few of our favorite vegan eggs :).

Where did your holiday weekend have you hopping?

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7 Eco-Chic Finds For You and Mother Earth

15 Apr

Earth Day is around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate what’s good for the planet, and for you too, with stylish pieces that support environmental causes while going green. Here are 7 eco-chic finds that will make you feel your best for being good to your planet; from an all purpose organic beauty balm to home decor, going green has never been so easy!
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1: DermOrganic 50/50 Balm for all your hydrating needs: Lips, Eyes, Hair & Everywhere.
2: Mar Y Sol Ellise Clutch is the perfect display of a summer flower garden inspiration.
3: Kayu Design Rawa Bamboo Sunglasses are made for your natural beauty. They are perfectly designed with elegant bamboo frames.
4: Green Inspired cards are designed for all occasions, and make great stepping stones for going green. Some are even made with soy-based ink.
5: Faire Collection Ventana Necklace are ideal to spice up your summer look.
6: Terrarium Bottle & Rice Hull Gardens are 100% biodegradable home decor options, and which could also make the perfect hostess gift.
7: Olsen Haus is one of my favorite stylish, cruelty-free vegan shoe designer.

 

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Suit-Up For Summer With Zinke

3 Apr

Yes, I know…for some of you it’s still way too early to be thinking of swimsuit season.  But ready or not, summertime is on its way! Whether you love bikinis, one-pieces, or even the retro look, Zinke has got you covered with the most chic and trendy ’60s-inspired swimwear styles. I fell in love with Zinke’s use of vivid colors and prints to make its swimwear so versatile and form enhancing. Still not in the market for bathing suits? No problem! Zinke’s romantic lingerie collection is so versatile that it can double as beachwear for whenever you are ready for fun in the sun. Since it’s still Thursday, I rounded up a few stylist thrifty favorites from Zinke and our favorite retailers to suit your taste.

Do you have a favorite swimwear brand? Please share, I am curious to give them a try :).

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1: Zinke – Beach House Romper
2: Sephora – Tinted Self-Tanning Face Gel
3: Lauren Conrad – Myth Framed Round Sunglasses
4: Zinke – Gidget Hipster
5: Simply Vera Wang – Gold Tone Cluster Bead Necklace
6: Zinke – Penelope One Piece
7: The Limited – Oversized Gem Ring
8: Aldo – Zegliacco Sandals

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March 2014 – 5 Beauty Brands We Love!

31 Mar

I love testing different brands, whether it’s fashion  or beauty, there’s something exciting about a making a discovery! For the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with a few beauty brands that I’ve either bought for myself or been given at events, and I’m now eager to share them with you. Below are just a few of my faves.

 Have you ever tried any of these brands?

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1: Beauty Mark – You can tell I’m out for a wild night with the girls by my fierce, yet completely noncommittal, beauty mark star tattoo :). Yup, this is how I’ve been spicing up and adding some edge to my beauty look. The Beauty Mark comes in two different sizes, jumbo and slim. So far I’ve been partial to the boldness of the jumbo star.

2: CurlKit – I recently signed up for CurlKit, a natural hair box subscription site which sends you a selection of 7 – 9 samples and full-size products that have been selected by expert haircare professionals. Every hair product on this site is for women/men with natural curly hair. I usually style my hair straight during the winter, but during the summer I go back and forth. I am very excited to give it try!

3: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick –   I received this lipstick as a tester from Influenster several weeks ago. I don’t usually go for such vibrant colors, but once I gave it a try the daring color grew on me and I had a lot of fun playing dressed-up with it. This lipstick lives up to its word, and you’ll be hooked once you get used to having your lips so lushly infused with moisture.

4: Dear Clark –  If you want to revitalize your stressed hair, check out the resurrecting shampoo and conditioner from Dear Clark. I find it very gentle, giving my hair great body and shine without drying it out. I love what Dear Clark stands for.  All of Dear Clark’s hair products are packaged and manufactured in the U.S.A. and are sulphate free, paraben free, cruelty-free and gluten free.

5: Nuance Salma Hayek Firming Day & Night Cream – This is fairly new in my skincare regime but it’s quickly becoming a favorite. I was fortunately able to get my hands on a press sample and have been using this moisturizer every night. It does not disappoint when I awaken every morning to radiantly hydrated skin. I love the ingredients (rose petals, violet leaf, and lavender flower) which goes to work sealing in the moisture while I get my best beauty sleep.

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Favorite Find: Reece Hudson

28 Mar

Hello Dolls,

One of our latest favorite designers is Reece Hudson, a New York based designer who began making handbags in 2009. Aiming to bridge the gap between luxury products and street style, Reece Hudson combines strong design sensibilities with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Lately, we’ve been obsessed with clutches, and needed to share the ones we’re swooning over and where to get them. Enjoy!

 

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Thrifty Thursday: Thank You Gifts for Your Summer Party Host

27 Mar

Party-EssentialsI know it’s still too cold to start thinking of summer parties or weekends at your friends’ awesome summer homes, but it’s never too early to start thinking of a thoughtful little gift for the host or hostess to show your appreciation. To give you a head start, I wanted to let you know about Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Discount taking place April 2nd – 6th for in store and online shoppers. Shoppers will receive 20% off throughout the store, and if you can’t wait until next week, here are some discounted gift choices to help you say “thank you for having me” to your host.
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1: Chronicle Fortune-Telling Book of Names Orig:$10 Now:$5.99
2: Fringe “Paris Dot” Tiffany Vase Orig:$65 Now:$55
3: Move Collective® Bobble Jug & Filter Orig:$30 Now:$25
4:  Prepara Ice Ball Molds Orig:$20 Now:$10
5: Alessi “Captain Banana” Corkscrew Orig:$80 Now:$64

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In Case You Missed It…

19 Mar

JarJewelry01Hello Lovelies,

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a snapshot of the private viewing event for Jewels by JAR at the Met Museum which I attended for Women’s History Month.
Joel A. Rosenthal (JAR) is the first living jeweler to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition included 400 pieces of very dramatic and luxurious pieces. In case you missed these gorgeous vintage inspired pieces on exhibit, here are a few I fell in love with and would love to share with you all. Enjoy!

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Irish Spring

14 Mar

St.-Patricks-Day-Drink-and-DIYMy favorite season is spring, and St. Patrick’s Day, coming up this Monday, symbolizes for many that spring has indeed sprung. St. Paddy’s Day is kind of a big deal here in NYC, where we start celebrating days before by wearing green outfits and reveling at all the local pubs. I am not a big drinker, but this year I’ve decided to host some festivities and hone my bartending skills, giving me the perfect excuse to try out some Quinoa Vodka. I realize vodka isn’t exactly guinness or irish whiskey, but it still captures to holiday ‘spirit’. So, while perusing the aisles at my local wine and spirits shop, I came across Fair Quinoa Vodka. If you’re into the green lifestyle, you’re probably familiar with quinoa, the wonder-carb. It has high quality protein, riboflavin, is relatively low in calories, and is gluten free.

Fair-Vodka-DIY-St.-Patricks-DayI’ve rounded-up a few of my favorites to try from Fair Quinoa Vodka: Fairly Modest MuleVesperLemondrop,The Smokey Pueblo. I’ve also experimented with the Capachabra concoction as seen above, and am planning to add Shamrock Straw Toppers as decor for a nod to Saint Patrick’s Day (See above and below for DIY).

Ingredients – Capachabra
– 2 oz FAIR Vodka
– Splash of Sanpelegrino Blood orange water
– Lime zeste on top

DIY – Shamrock Straw Toppers
Materials: Card stock, Scissors, Bendable drinking straws in green
Steps
STEP 1
– Cut card stock into 5-inch squares.
STEP 2
– Fold each square in half diagonally, creating a triangle, and then fold in half once more to make a smaller triangle. Trim off outer points as indicated.
STEP 3
– Unfold paper halfway, as shown. Cut a small V at the bottom, in the center.
STEP 4
– Unfold shamrock, and crease diagonally, reversing the direction of the fold; repeat to make another diagonal crease. Slide card-stock shamrock onto one end of a green straw. Make a wish, and have a sip!

So, I am curious, is St. Patty’s Day as a big of a deal in your town? Will you be celebrating?

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Thrifty Thursday: Spring Style

13 Mar

Thrifty-Thursday-Spring-Style-Must-HaveA feminine pleated skirt dress is the perfect choice for a casual day at the office. Here’s how you can coordinate your spring style office look with items under $50.

1: Aztec Printed ClubMaster Sunglasses Orig: $9 Now: $6
2: Merona Women’s Pleated Skirt Dress Orig: $30 Now: $12
3: Multicolor Faux-Stones Drop Earrings Orig: $20 Now: $14
4: Dana Buchman Darcy Colorblock Convertible Shopper Orig: $79 Now: $32
5: Liplicious Dazzlelicious Lip Gloss Wand Orig: $10 Now: $6
6: C LABEL Women’s Nancy-1 Wedge Pump Orig: $45 Now: $15
7: Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum Spray Orig: $38 Now: $17
8: Mango Bead and Thread Bracelet Orig: $20 Now: $6
9: Style&co. Watch Cream Bracelet  Orig: $30 Now: $20

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Favorite Find: Marais Has All The Summer Shoes On Your List

10 Mar

Gladiator-Sandal-Silver-Marais-USAHave you ever heard of Marais USA?
I hadn’t until a couple of days ago while prowling for shoe sample sales in NYC. So, for those of you who don’t know the brand I am happy to share my newfound favorite with you.  I fell in love with Marais USA for its vintage feel and menswear influence.  If you’re a girly girl who likes your oxfords with a little twist, or ballet flats with jewel accents, you might be a Marais girl :)!

Favorite-Find-Marais-USAThe two fabulous young ladies, Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd, who are behind the local NYC brand described the typical Marais girl as smart, stylish and quirky.  As for me, comfort and mileage are always my priorities in footwear, and these shoes might be just perfect for my upcoming summer adventures, while adding a dash of color to my style.

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Nuance by Salma Hayek Spring 2014

6 Mar

Salma-Hayek-Spring-2014-01Last week I was thrilled to attend the Nuance Salma Hayek Spring 2014 launch event where I got to explore the beauty and haircare line for the first time. I was smitten with the brand, and loved everything from the beautiful colors-of-the-year bottles in all shades of radiant orchid to the purity of the lines’ ingredients. Both the beauty and haircare products contain all natural ingredients such as rose petals, oat kernel extract, and Aloe Vera, in addition to being paraben-free.

Salma-Hayek-Spring-2014-02Nuance Salma Hayek haircare and beauty Spring 2014 Collection has plenty of ingredients to improve your skin elasticity, and an array of oils to luster your beautiful locks.  It was such a pleasure to experience the line, and I am thrilled to share it with you.  I can’t wait to add Nuance to my beauty regiment!

Nuance Salma Hayek beauty line is quite affordable with prices ranging from $7.99 – $29.99, and are exclusively available now at CVS.  See below to catch a glimpse of all ten items from the new launch.

Salma-Hayek-Haircare-and-Beauty-Spring-2014Bamboo Extract Straightening Balm / Age Affirm Firming Eye Balm Age Affirm Glycolic Cream Cleanser Age Affirm Firming Day & Night Cream Age Affirm Firming Neck & Chest Balm / Healthy Shine Nourishing Oil / Soy Protein Primer Spray / Blue Agave Wave Enhancing Styling Swirl / Blue Agave Curls & Waves Shampoo / Blue Agave Curls & Waves Conditioner

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How to Make a Floral Friendship Bracelet

4 Mar

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Hello everyone,

The imminent approach of spring is usually all it takes to put one in my step, but after the brutal winter we’ve endured, thoughts of spring have already given way to visions of a warm, sunny summer.  I am looking forward to beach days, summer birthday parties, and outdoor weddings.  I have two summer weddings to look forward to this year, and in what’s becoming a growing and welcome trend, both of the brides have requested no wedding gifts.  This classy gesture is a testament to the purity of the occasion and the couple’s heartfelt desire to simply share their special moment with loved ones.  Ironically, this makes me want to give a gift even more!

So what do you give to a bride who wants nothing more than your friendship?  In thinking about how to express my feelings, while respecting the bride’s request, I came across this pretty DIY floral friendship bracelet by A Fabulous Fete.  Making my own fun, floral friendship bracelets for the bride and bridesmaids struck me as the perfect way to provide a small, thoughtful, yet tangible token of that friendship. Let me know what you think!

babys-breath-friendship-bracelet-2You’ll need: Colorful strands, tape, scissors, and a sturdy bloom like babys breath.

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1: Knot the top of your strands and tape down to a flat surface.

2: Pull one string out of the group, loop under the rest of the string, back around and through itself like a knot.

3: Pull each knot up tight.

4: Once you are about an inch down, make a knot, but this time insert the stem of a small piece of your bloom. continue to make the knots, tucking in the stem until it is covered.

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5: Keep adding your flowers until you have a long enough piece to create your bracelet, then end with a knot (as seen above).

babys-breath-friendship-bracelet-10A Fabulous Fete is a blog by event designer, Lauren. Check out all the party and home goodies at A Fabulous Fete – The Shop.

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Thrifty Thursday: Be Jeweled

27 Feb

Hello Dolls,

One of my favorite ways to update my look is with accessories. And, as good fortune would have it, one of our online fashion retailers, Shopbop, is having a site-wide sale of up to 30%. Of course, with the stars aligned such as they are, it was the perfect opportunity to select my favorites below. So, if you’re planning to shop, don’t forget to use the code: BIGEVENT14 at checkout to save 25%. Happy shopping!

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1: Dauphines of New York The Temptress Headband Orig:$ Now: $52
2: Garrett Leight Nowita Sunglasses Orig: $265 Now: $106
3: Dara Ettinger Alba Earrings Orig: $150 Now: $75
4: Adia Kibur Cabochon Bracelet Orig: $40 Now: $28
5: Marc by Marc Jacobs Zebra Pendant Coin Necklace Orig: $88 Now: $62
6: Juicy Couture Pop Top Mittens Orig: $58 Now: $41
7: Madewell Rainy Day Umbrella Orig: $35 Now: $24
8: Michael Kors Tortoise Dome Ring Orig: $125 Now: $87

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Favorite Finds: LUX & ECO

25 Feb

Meet LUX & ECO, a luxurious eco-friendly curated boutique for those who love the green lifestyle, and the finest quality, eco-friendly products. Get your hands on these sustainable luxury fashion, home, and beauty picks from LUX & ECO, all hand-selected in accordance to LUX & ECO‘s profound commitment to the environment and high ethical standards. See below for our favorite finds from the luxury eco-friendly shop.

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1:  TranSglass®  Polish Cut Vase
2: Modern Minerals  Truth + Beauty Eyeshadow
3: Laura & Elizabeth Courtenay Cuff
4: Earth Goddess Butterfly Pillow
5: Organic Cotton Herringbone Throw – Orange
6: Red Flower Guaiac Organic Perfume Concentrate
7: Cassandra Ott Star Plate With Purpose™
8: Voltaic Fuse 4W Solar Charger
9: Stroller Toy Strawberry
10: Sundari Neem Night Cream

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Flash Me Find Me!

19 Feb

Flash-Me-Find-MeWhile bar hopping with my girlfriends in NYC  a couple of weeks ago, I encountered a European gentleman.  In no time at all we had struck up a conversation in French (hey, who says New Yorkers aren’t friendly!). Although our chat was engaging, my keen eye for accessories couldn’t help but notice the colorful bracelet worn by the tres chic monsieur.  Not just colorful, this bracelet had what appeared to be a charm, but with a QR code reader on the surface. My curiosity was piqued, and I needed to know more about the captivating trinket.

Flash-Me-Find-Me-Bracelets“Ah, you noticed ze Flash Me Find Me“, said the monsieur, who proceeded to inform me about the eye-catching arm party.  It turns out that the Flash Me Find Me is more than just an intriguing ornament and conversation starter, it is also a smart bracelet! So, how does it work?

Let’s say you want to share your Facebook profile, YouTube video, website, Twitter, Spotify playlist, business card, medical information, or emergency contact…this smart little gem can easily store and make readily available all of your customized information, accessible using any free QR code reader (available on the Appstore and Google Play (see the video below to see how it works)).

The Flash Me Find Me comes in different colors and may be worn as the perfect stylistic, and highly functional, enhancement to any necklace, bracelet, key chain, or pet tag.  These accessories are perfect for social information sharing and make the perfect geek-chic gift idea for the tech lover in your life.

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If you’d like to try Flash Me Find Me!,  all you have to do is, go to the website, and add a comment below as to which color bracelet you’d like (Last day: Monday, March 3rd). Flash Me Find Me will send bracelets* to five readers selected at random. *kids’ bracelets not included.

Here’s how to keep up Flash Me Find Me: 
Learn more about Flash Me Find Me: www.flashmefindme.com
Shop Flash Me Find Me: U.S. & International
Follow Flash Me Find Me on Twitter @FlashMeFindMe
Like Flash Me Find Me on Facebook
Follow Flash Me Find Me  on Instagram

I received one or more of the products mentioned above from flashmefindme.com. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

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Got Travel Plans? Pack In Style With Our Favorite Travel Essentials

17 Feb

Hello Everyone,

Now that the holidays have past, there is nothing to mitigate the harsh treatment that Old Man Winter has been unleashing upon us. Although Spring is just around the corner, it’s hard to see it through all this snow. So, if you’re like me, you’re craving a quick weekend getaway for a much needed dose of sunshine. While doing a travel search this weekend, I found this post, listing Where to Go in 2014“, quite inspiring. With that being said, below are some great weekender-bag essentials to keep you looking fabulous during your travels this season.

Start with a marvelous planner to write down all your travel lists, then head on over to ‘Travel in Style‘ for more winter excursion ideas and for the chicest beauty travel set, a must have for the fashionable jet setter.  Bon voyage!

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1: May Designs Customized Planner Book / 2: Kippling USA Matty Tote / 3: Engage Green Cosmetic Purse / 4: Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Lip Care Stick / 5: Burberry Sunglass / 6: Lori Leigh Designs Mini Traveler / 7:Pacifica French Lilac Perfume Roll-On / 8:Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes / 9:L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream / 10:Dove Anti-Perspirant Deodorant W/Nutrium Moisture

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Heart to Heart

10 Feb

Hello Lovelies,
Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your BBFs, sisters, mothers? Or better yet, a gift for ‘just because‘? Well, we’ve found a few fun, heart-shaped items that you may not be able to resist…you might even be tempted to buy them for yourself. Check out these goodies!
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1: Heart Dress in Satin, Vaute Couture
2: Rain Rain Go Away Clear Umbrella, Felix Rey
3: Large Sterling Silver Heart Wrap Bracelet,  Cami Lynn
4: Ooh-La-La Lingerie Travel Bag – Leopard/Hot Pink, PurseN
5: Caitlin Heart Stud Earrings, Kendra Phillip
6: Sleep/Fuck Pillowcase, Kiki De Montparnasse
7: Heart Midi Ring, Earthy Chic
8: Nina Fotina Minaudière, Nina
9: Heart Pendant, Mujus
10: L’agent Ruffle Eye-masks, Agent Provocateur
11: Love Potion, Tata Harper

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Thrifty Thursday: Inspiration – What To Wear In The Bedroom

30 Jan

It might be a bit early to be thinking about lingerie shopping for Valentine’s Day, but these lovely pieces are so tempting, you won’t want to wait. These items can be worn every night of the week, and are so sexy and sensual that you’ll have almost as much fun putting them on as you will taking them off…

Valentines-Day-SpecialLeft to right: Beautiful Bottoms Flamingo Front Tie Bra Orig: $61 Now: $31. Jenny Packham Open Front Babydol Orig: $640 Now: $192Elle Macpherson So Pretty It Hurts Satin Chemise Orig: $130 Now: $65Myriam Girard Délice Knickers Orig: $60 Now: $28Myla Isabella Suspender Orig: $130 Now: $65Christie’s Red Bra Orig: $99 Now: $59Myriam Girard Pink Délice Dressing Gown Orig: $281 Now: $121ID Sarrieri Atame! V-String Thong Orig: $111 Now: $56ELSE – All About Lace Thong Orig: $ 24 Now: $12.

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Gift Ideas: 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

29 Jan

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1: Shave Tech Innovative Travel Razors
2: Driftwood Speaker Stand By Dock Artisan
3: Billy Jealousy Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Cream
4: Brooks Brothers – Tivoli Frost White Collection Model One
5: One Minute Manicure – Classic Mint
6: Contigo Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle with Storage Compartment
7: Quirky – Mens Tote Mesh-Bottom Beach Bag
8: AhaLife Allonge Humidifier 
9: Blue Tube Audio Speakers
10: Menaji Face & Body Men Skincare set

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Weekend Find: How To Upcycle Your Grocery Tote Bags

27 Jan

Valentines-Day-Grocery-Bag-DIYHappy Monday, Faves! 

Are you in the mood for some DIY? I came across this awesome DIY Grocery Tote Bag on Lily Shop, one of my favorite sites, and just had to share it with you all.

Valentines-Day-DIY-Grocery-BagHere’s what you’ll need: Freezer paper, Canvas tote bag, Paint brush, Fabric paint, Iron, Scissors

1: First thing first you need freezer paper. This is going to act as your stencil and you will iron this to your bag. You can find freezer paper in your regular grocery store.

2: Now take your canvas tote and iron out all the wrinkles. Lay it flat on your surface. Note: You can buy plain colored tote bags at Michaels or even cheaper online.

3: Print out the design you are going to cut out and trace on your bag. You could also freehand a design on freezer paper if you didn’t want to use a printer.

4: Now trace your design on your freezer paper. This is IMPORTANT! Trace your design on the matte side of the paper. The shiny side of the freezer paper will be ironed down to your tote bag. Cut out your design. Remeber that the portion you cut out will be where the color goes.

5: Iron your stencil to your bag. Your heat should be set to whatever fabric your bag is. I used a canvas bag so my heat was on HIGH. It only takes about one minute for the freezer paper to adhere to your bag.

6: Now paint inside your stencil and let dry for 10 minutes.

7: Peel off your stencil and touch up any weird areas.

Lily Shop is a site where you can not only sell your own handmade and vintage items, but listing is also FREE for crafty sellers. Check out more gorgeous DIYs and crafty goodies for sale on Lily Shop.

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Thrifty Thursday: Come Sale Away with MFJ!

23 Jan

A lot of stores are currently having major markdowns on their merchandise. A few brands are offering up to 80% off on final sale items, and I was able to find many great deals to share with you from several of my favorite stores (see below for more retailers). Here are a few cute items I spotted while browsing!

Sale-Hunt1: Kate Spade New York  Bungalow Bouquet Statement Earrings Orig: $128 Now: $85
2: J Crew Jeweled-cluster Sweater in Lavender Orig: $98 Now: $59
3: Theory Theyskens Theory Stavros Felda Skirt Orig: $345 Now: $69
4: Zara Messenger Bag W/Gold Plaque Orig: $80 Now: $40
5: J Crew Double-row Crystal Bracelet Orig: $85 Now: $60
6: Zara Party Sandal With Swarovski Elements Orig: $159 Now: $80

More Retailers:
Farfetch: Save an extra 20% on sale with code “x20jan14” through Friday, January 24.
Theory: Warehouse sale with up to 80% off men’s and women’s items.
Urban Outfitters: 20% off orders of $75 or more with code “SNOWBALL” through today.
Tibi: Winter clearance is up to 70% off plus take an additional 30% off sale items with code “WINTERSAVINGS.”
Kate Spade: Up to 60% off iconic bags through 11:59pm PT tonight.
Express: Buy one, get one 50% off on all jeans plus 40% off select women’s tops.
Scoop NYC: Warehouse sale is up to 80% off.
Mango: Save up to 70% off.
MiH Jeans: Sale is up to 70% off.
Intermix: Savings up to 55% off in sale.
Madewell: 40% off winter favorites with code “SMILE40” through today.
Michael Stars: 70% off select styles.
Hudson: 30% off select fall and holiday styles through January 26.
Steve Madden: Spend $75, get 20% off with code “STOCKIT20” and spend $100, get 25% off with code “STOCKIT25” plus free shipping.

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Favorite Finds: Cute & Clever

20 Jan

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1: Create your own look with the Ramy Brook Convertible Charm Necklace. This adjustable chain allows you to modify it’s length so it can also be worn as a bracelet, with interchangeable charms to match your outfit.

2: Blingsting, a super-cute pepper spray container that’s fully adorned in sparkly pink, red, black or clear rhinestones. A perfect gift for a girly girl!

3: Travel in style while paying tribute to your favorite city with Eleven Eleven passport covers. Paris, here I come!

4: The cavity in these “Baby Teeth” can be filled with anything from earrings to mints, and makes the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

5: Let Kelly & Jones be your scent sommeliers, enhancing the bouquet of your bordeauxs, and your overall wine-tasting experience, by pairing complimentary fragrances to your favorite wines.

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5 Beauty Brands We Love!

15 Jan

Beauty junkies, get ready to glow! This luxurious list boasts the best and brightest of 2014.5-Beauty-Brands-We-Love-January-2014

1: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – Like a special delivery for your skin, Dermalogica treats your face to a luxurious, rich lather that gently loosens and removes excess oil, makeup, dead skin cells, and all other surface debris. The effect is soothing and smoothing, almost decadent.

2: Phyto Phytokeratine Ultra-Repairing Mask – This melt-in mask instantly restores substance, strength, and radiance to the most damaged hair and makes all hair types as shiny and sleek as silk.

3: Pur Minerals Miracle Mist – Miracle Mist instantly moisturizes skin with more than 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. A favorite among makeup professionals, this super-hydrating quencher also helps set mineral makeup for long-lasting perfection.

4: iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm – This one’s a fighter. A powerful reparative formula, Sheald calms and encourages skin recovery while immersing dry or compromised skin in deep, healthy hydration. Ideal for post-procedure skin.

5: Clarisonic Aria Gift Set – Clarisonic Aria combines sonic cleansing with function and form. Sleek and intuitive, Aria sings with 3 speeds, a real-time battery life indicator, USB-enabled pLink charger, and drying stand that converts to charging station when coupled with the pLink charger. Set also includes wall adapter, sensitive brush head and replacement head, and bonus refreshing gel cleanser.

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The Year of the Horse

13 Jan

Happy Monday Everyone!

With the Chinese zodiac ‘Year of the Horse’ upon us, I’ve been on the lookout for some equestrian styles to start the year off on the right hoof. Also, NYC’s recent decision to set our carriage horses free has further inspired my desire to celebrate these noble beings! Set your horses free too with a couple of my current favorites; a pair of Ralph Lauren jodhpurs pants, and Black Horse sunglasses by ” One Trick Pony” designer and composer Anna-Karin Karisson.

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1: MSGM and Toilet Paper Horse Sweatshirt
2: Bing Bang Horse Studs
3: Anna-Karin Karisson Sunglasses
4: Ralph Lauren Blue Label Pants
5: Max and Chloe Emily Elizabeth Dickon Open Bangle Bracelet
6: Swatch Year Of The Horse Watch
7: Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact

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Thrifty Thursday: Nothing to Scarf At!

9 Jan

Looking for the perfect Fall scarf? We rounded up a few scarves that you’ll want to wrap yourself up in for the season. Enjoy!

Infinity-Scarves1: Collection XIIX Ombré Infinity Scarf, Orig: $32 Now: $24
2: Athleta Geo Tribal Shirred Infinity Scarf, Orig: $48 Now: $40
3: Mango Chain Triangle Scarf, Orig: $40 Now: $19
4: BCBGeneration Geek Chic Cowl Scarf, Orig: $38 Now: $28
5: Hat Attack Chunky Knit Cowl Scarf, Orig: $70 Now: $29

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Year in Review: Most Read Articles of 2013

8 Jan

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Many of you have probably received your year-end “Annual Report” from WordPress regarding your most read published articles. We just got ours and wanted to share MFJ’s most read articles with you.  So, in case you missed them, here are our 10 most read articles (out of 150 articles published) of 2013.

1. Gift Ideas – 8 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him
2. Miu Miu – Rasoir Sunglasses Capsule Collection
3. Favorite Find – 1 Cardigan, 8 Different Looks
4. Trends – Fall 2013 Plaids & Tartans
5. Marc Jacobs – Daisy Sunshine Edition
6. Furla Summer 2013 – Candy Sunset Bag
7. Weekend Finds – Statement Earrings
8. Favorite Find – Island Inspiration
9. Trend Finder – Floral Hair Accessories
10. Weekend Finds -13 Cruelty – Free Cosmetic Brands

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New Year, New Resolutions

6 Jan

Most of us have made New Year’s resolutions, and unfortunately, most of us have failed to keep them. I tend to keep mine up for the first couple of weeks, but inevitably fail in my resolve. So, this year I decided to try something different. Why not have a little fun with my resolutions by making them more style and beauty oriented?

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1.  Try a new look: This year I’m going to make a look I’ve previously shied away from work for me! 2014 marks the year I rock the classic pencil skirt, with mix prints or lace texture and make it a perfect sexy staple.

2. Learn a new, fun skill: I resolve to master knitting and make some colorful and bold knitwear all by myself!

3. Not take my skin for granted: I’m going to grab 2014 with two lusciously soft hands as I promise myself to moisturize as often as possible, while also making a concerted effort to find, and apply an awesome nighttime eye serum.  I am on the lookout for a great eye cream. Any ideas ladies?

4. Beautify my mind: This year I endeavor to make more time to read and educate myself. I’m not talking War and Peace here, but a fun pocket-sized etiquette and social situations book for example, will certainly be added to my 2014 reading list.

What fashion or beauty resolutions will you make for 2014?

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Thrifty Thursday: Must-Have Pieces For 2014 …on Sale Now!

2 Jan

Now that you’re done with your holiday shopping for friends and family, it’s time to treat yourself to some real bargains. This time of year is when you show off your thrifty skills and capitalize on retailer discounts. If you enjoy shopping online, great deals are available now! See below for a few of our must-have pieces for 2014 from our favorite online retailers – featuring the color of the year, radiant orchid dress by Tibi, and brands like Michael Kors, Etro, and much more.Must-Have-Pieces-For-2014

1: Tom Ford – Black Burgundy Acrylic ‘Rhi’ Round Oversized Retro Sunglasses Orig: $409 Now: $149
2: Tibi – Sleeveless stretch-ponte skater dress Orig: $475 Now: $95
3: Etro Crystal clip earrings Orig: $312 Now: $94
4: Michael Kors Gold-Tone Lock and Key Charm Bangle Bracelets Orig: $95 Now: $57
5:  True Blooms Eau de Parfum, Orig: $65 Now: $34
6: Steve Madden Women’s Spycee Platform Pump Orig: $129 Now: $80
7: Butter London Classic Nail Polish Orig: $15  Now: $13

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Happy New Year!!!

31 Dec

Happy New Year-2014With all my love  and affection, I wish you all a very happy & safe New Year! See you in 2014!

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Vacation Style Inspiration + Worldwide Giveaway

30 Dec

HAUTEmele is one of my favorite online luxury swimwear brands– they have a fantastic Amazonia jewelry collection, and a killer loungewear selection.  To get you in the mood for a winter getaway, here are 2 looks you’ll love! See below for some vacation style inspiration using some of our favorite pieces from HAUTEmele:

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What else could a girl want for a winter getaway?  Well, how’s about a $25 HAUTEmele gift card! HAUTEmele will be giving $25 to the lucky winner of our MFJ giveaway! 

To see our previous giveaway with HAUTEmele, go to our winner list page.

Click here to enter. The giveaway ends Monday at midnight, and the winner will be announced on our winner list page Tuesday, January 7th.

To keep up with HAUTEmele: 
Shop HAUTEmele: www.hautemele.com
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Thrifty Thursday: New Year’s Eve Style Staples

26 Dec

Holiday-Party-StaplesWhich New Year’s Eve parties will you be attending this year? Whatever your fabulous plans, one thing is for sure, you want to look your best. To get you in the mood for your upcoming festivities, here are a few staple style suggestions to consider:

1.  An embellished clutch; the perfect way to amp up holiday ensemble. Orig: $265 Now: $219
2. A cape; one of the chicest additions to your winter wardrobe and perfectly suited for an elegant holiday fete. Orig: $365 Now: $182
3. Statement earrings and classic hairstyle; put your hair up into a glamorous chignon to reveal a stunning pair of statement earrings. Orig: $98 Now: $68.99
4. An elegant yet simple top; pair with a sparly skirt for a pretty and polished holiday ensemble. Orig: $350 Now: $249
5. Big, indulgent baubles; the holidays are the perfect time for excess, and this bold necklace would make for the perfect final touch for your festive New Year’s Eve celebration. Orig: $350 Now: $249
6. Edgy steppers with towering heel; dress to impress with just enough lift for you to groove on the dance floor all night long. Orig: $99.95 Now: $84.96
7. A sequined top; like these ivory graduated sequin tees, a cool-girl alternative to more conventional sequined pants. Orig: $69 Now: $29
8.  A lace dress; you can’t go wrong making a feminine statement in this cherry red hue flirty fit lace dress from Max and Cleo, perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.  Orig: $138 Now: $40.24
9. A stunning cocktail ring; as pretty as any of your cocktail gems, and will add instant elegance to any outfit with its stunning baguettes and gold finishing. Orig: $68 Now: $34.99
10. A pair of bejeweled gloves; add a touch luxurious and timeless class to your outfit. Orig: $78 Now: $48

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Happy Holidays!!!!!

24 Dec

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Holiday Giveaway #1: Favorite Skin Care Find

17 Dec

masam-beautyFrom clothing and accessories, to hair and make-up, I’ve always been obsessed with all things beautifying.  Anyone who appreciates fashion knows that nothing compares to that feeling of discovering that one perfect item that goes with, and enhances, everything.  A find to be treasured and not taken for granted, one in which we could adorn ourselves from head to toe every single day… I am, of course, referring to our skin.

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Taking care of your skin is one of the best gifts that we can, and should, give ourselves daily. Especially our facial skin! I entrust mine to only the finest, and to date, the luxury skin care products from M. Asam fit that bill. The brand caters to skin of all shades, textures and ages, but I ‘m especially partial to the VINO GOLD line. It contains antioxidant ingredients from fruit extracts such as grape, grapefruit, and lime, nourishing peptide complexes, and a range of vitamins and herbal extracts (e.g. green tea) to fight premature aging. For young, healthier looking skin, you owe it to yourself to give this brand a try.

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And, what better way to try it out than by entering the MFJ & M.Asam giveaway! M. Asam has graciously partnered with MFJ and is giving 2 lucky winners a Vino Gold Face Cleansing Duo and a Vino Gold Day and Night Cream as seen below.

msambeauty-giveaway1Here’s how to win:
1. Click here to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway (U.S only).
2. Winners will be announced on our winner list page on Wednesday, December 25th.  Happy tweeting!

To keep up with M. Asam Beauty: 
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Thrifty Thursday: Eco-Fashion & Green Holiday Gift Ideas

12 Dec

FROCK is an eco-friendly fashion company which I am excited to share with you for today’s Thrifty Thursday. The brand is perfect for the young, stylish, and conscientious fashionista who wants to go green in style.

For some additional green gift ideas (see #1, 2, 5,9,10), whether for your BFF or family, men or women, we have some of our suggested unisex green gifts below for you to check out.

Do you have any green gift faves on your list? Please share them with us.

Eco-Friendly-FashionFrock L. A. – Vivien Backless Train Dress Gown Org: $235.00 Now: $199.75 Code: THANKS – 15% OFF everything limited time offer

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1. Olivina Fig Bath Soap
2. Siempre Verde Venice, Ebony Wood Wayfarer
3. Laura Lombardi Fortuna Necklace
4. Gunas Birdie Clutch
5. LSTN Beech Wood Troubadours Headphone
6. LVX 2013 Holiday Trio Set
7. Georgina Stoned Jeweled Earrings
8. True Beauty Box – Indulge
9. Uncommongoods Man Candle – Pizza
10. MbeZe Once Bitten Natural Oil Perfume & Deodorette

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Holiday Gift Guide – For Him & Her Under $100

10 Dec

I am sure some of you have already started your Christmas shopping which can be very stressful and overwhelming. If you haven’t yet decided what to give the special man or woman in your life, MFJ has gathered together some cool men’s and women’s gifts to give this holiday season, all under $100.  Additionally, MFJ will soon be posting some more holiday gift guides which will hopefully be helpful to you while you further search for the perfect gift for your family, your BFF or even yourself.

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1. Dolce & Gabbana Men Gloves – Maroon, $75.00
2. Fossil Wallet Everett Vertical Slim Card Case – Tan, $40.00
3. Brooks Brothers Thompson Tartan Flannel Lounge Set – Teal, $98.50
4. Brooks Brothers Kiel James Patrick Braided Bracelet, $48.00
5. Molton Brown Men’s Traveller Set – London Edition, $55.00
6. Mara Hoffman for Pendleton Shakti Towel, $78.00
7. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target® Grab&Go Pack -Floral Print, $14.98
8. Stela 9 Krishna Pouch – Ivory, $39.00
9. Normann Copenhagen Agnes Vase – Black H 6cm, $17.50
10. Juicy Couture At Heart Pave Heart Duo Ring, $34.99
11. Ralph Lauren Bridle-Print Oblong Silk Scarf – Cream Bridle Print, $29.99

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The Color Of The Year – 11 Finds in the Pretty Shade

9 Dec

Are you ready to fall in love with the color of the year? So long green hues, hello purple tones! Pantone has announced the Spring 2014 color of the year…drum roll please… Radiant Orchid! A mix of fuchsia and purple, with pink undertones, radiant orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. Here’s a list of radiant orchid inspirations to give you a head start on your spring attire. Are you fan of the tones?

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1: Tibi Sleeveless Stretch-ponte Skater Dress
2: Kendra Scott Gold-Plated Elle Earrings
3: Tom Binns Regal Rocker Swarovski Crystal Necklace
4: Swarovski Appolon Crystal Ring
5: Steve Madden Round Colored Dial Bracelet Watch
6: Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres’ 04 Indigo Palette
7: Kate Spade Spade Bangles Thin Hinge Bangle
8: Emilio Pucci Vintage Abstract Print Scarf
9: Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Shoes
10: Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer
11: Ray-Ban ‘Wayfarer’ 54mm Sunglasses

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