InStyle Swimwear Review

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

InStyleSwimwear.com is known for their fabulous selection of one piece swimsuits, hats, bikinis, jewelry, swimsuit coverups, and sandals, featuring more than 50 brands and 600 styles of women's swimsuits and men's swimwear. Some of their brands include Betsey Johnson, Banana Moon, Michael Kors, ViX Swimwear, Beach Bunny, 6 Shore Road, and Debbie Katz.



I can hardly wait for Spring to make it's arrival, because I'll be donning the Wind Sandals by Melissa Shoes ($73). These glittery gold flat rubber sandals feature a coral and gold chiffon scarf that adds a burst of color and style to any warm weather look. These sandals lace up for a beautiful gladiator style. They are superbly comfortable and look flattering and elegant on my legs. I've noticed that other sites sell these sandals in other colors. Therefore, I'd love to eventually buy the others since this is one of the most unique and flattering sandals I've come across so far.

Melissa Plastic Shoes and Sandals Bio:

Today, Melissa Shoes continues to expand, and has even teamed up with notable high fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood to create exclusive styles. The stylish plastic shoes have been featured in a number of fashion, art, and lifestyle magazines, and are favorites among celebrities like Keri Hilson, Jessica Biel, Alicia Silverstone, Sarah Morgan, Anne Hathaway, Haley Williams, and more! The different styles of Melissa Shoes combine function and fashion, and with the assorted designs, they're perfect for both the beach, casual everyday-wear, and even the red carpet! These days, it seems that everyone's trying to get their hands on a pair. Slip into a pair of Melissa Shoes today, and experience what happens when plastic meets high fashion.

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Gigi Hill Bags Review

Gigi Hill Bags are smart, stylish, functional, and fashionable bags for busy moms and on-the-go women. These bags are designed by two very busy moms who started the company in 2009, and now their bags are seen in magazines and on TV shows! They make an ideal gift for that busy mom or friend on the go. Plus, they are affordable (prices $25 – $250).

Gigi Hill Bags and Accessories also prides itself on providing career opportunities to women by enabling them to build their own business in their own time/pace by becoming a GiGi Hill Stylist. Designed to be fun and social but also financially rewarding (a little extra cash for that busy mom who wants to stay at home with their kids!) Gigi Hill Stylists enjoy the flexibility of setting their own hours to generate the extra income they’re looking for.

There are three ways to buy your Gigi Hill Bag or Accessory – you can simply go online https://www.gigihillbags.com and either place your order, find a Stylist near you and host your own party with your friends, or become a Gigi Hill Stylist yourself and you will have a great selection of bags and accessories to showcase and sell to your friends!




The Elizabeth ($158; Available in Athena Black/Baby Luxe, Athena Bronze / Baby Luxe, Country Villa/English Chocolate, Dusk/Bordeaux, Fleur de Lis/Bordeaux, Vintage Rose/Pink Bengaline, and Willow/City Red) is the first ever bag designed by the Gigi Hill Founders. They proudly call it their weekender bag, but you would love to carry it everyday! I received the Dynasty print (pictured above). It instantly became an overnight sensation, because it is generously spacious and stylish.



Featuring their signature pocket design, you can be assured that it will hold all of your noteworthy essentials - cell phone, make-up, baby bottle, sunglasses, keys, water bottle, etc. If security is an issue - don't fret! It features a large two-way zipper that will keep your items safe and secure. It's perfect to use for a weekend getaway, a carry-on for the plane, or just a busy day with many stops. Not only it makes the perfect weekender bag, but you could also use it as a luxe diaper bag or library book bag!

Gigi Hill Bags are fashionably attractive, customizable, durable, and cleanable - even if your baby spits up or you accidentally coffee all over it!

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Hats.com Review

Wednesday, December 21, 2011





Fedora hats conjure the image of sophisticated crooners, bank robbers, prohibition-era lawbreakers, and bootleggers of the heyday. They're undeniably timeless and exude style and class. Businessman and Hollywood stars consider them as a staple. They have also been featured in top notch films like American Gangsters to Indiana Jones. As the cold weather is settling in on us, there is no better time to update your look than with a new hat. The Bailey of Hollywood Gangster Hat ($65; Available in Black, Cordova, or Dark Grey) is reminiscent of the gangster fedora favored by infamous crooks such as Al Capone, Dutch Schultz, Jack "Legs" Diamond, Bugsy Siegel, and John Dillinger. These men were ruthless criminals and all around bad guys, but their smooth and articulate style was undeniable.



I opted for the Bailey of Hollywood Gangster Hat in Black, because the feather accent made it stood out from the other hats. However, the lining is what makes it really unique since it features images of iconic gangsters. It's beautifully constructed of 100% wool and has a wide grosgrain headband & bow. It sells for $65, which is quite a deal due to the quality hat you will receive. My oldest brother loves wearing hats. So, I know that he will look dapper in his new hat!

I also love the Bailey of Hollywood Barr Hat ($100), Bailey of Hollywood Clayd Hat ($70), Kaminski XY Carry Fedora ($245), and Bailey of Hollywood Torrance Hat ($65).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tarte Cosmetics "Puttin' on the Glitz" Limited-Edition Color Collection & Clutch Review



The Tarte Cosmetics "Puttin' on the Glitz" Limited-Edition Color Collection & Clutch ($48) is an essential gift for the beauty connoisseur that loves to multi-task. It's inspired by the screen legends of the heyday, making it a highly coveted beauty collection to shine this holiday season!



Each Set Includes:

- 3 interchangeable palettes for a total of 18 Eyeshadows, 1 Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush, 1 Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder, and 1 Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Bronzer

- Maracuja-Infused Lipgloss

- Reusable purse that features 4 credit card slots and a removable mirror

- Detailed "get-the-look" instruction card


The silver carry-all is this season's most sought-after accessory, and their clutch is something to marvel at! It features a slim row of gold-tone links and stunning metallic faux python leather.

The shades in the three palettes are equally impressive! You can easily slip them in and out of your clutch for a quick touch-up. My favorite palette is the Girls' Night Out, because it is ideal for that sexy, smoky look that I'm quite fond of. It has a mixture of vivid mattes and silverspun shimmers complete with Amazonian clay shimmering powder in champagne. The "A Walk in the Park" palette features a mixture of cool and warm easy-to-wear natural shades including Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in darling (a soft shimmering coral pink), which is ideal for a feminine, natural look. The "Nine-to-Five" palette features not-so-quiet rich colors paired with traditional neutrals and Tarte's best-selling Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Bronzer inside for a fresh faced healthy glow. Appropriately named, it's ideal for the working girl who wants a soft, yet sophisticated look.

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Monroe and Main Review

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monroe and Main are dedicated to bringing you flattering fashions, fabulous footwear and the latest accessories. Whether you're heading to the office, out on the town, or off on a fun-filled get-away, they can help you put your look together with mix and match staples.

From casual to career wear, they offer attainable styles that are on trend but never trendy, with distinctively feminine details. Best of all, you don't have to sacrifice comfort for style. They choose apparel that features ultra-feminine styling with a relaxed fit.

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The Flamenco Ruffle Trench ($129.95 - $139.95; Available in Black, Red, or Champagne) exudes exquisitely of femininity and unapologetic sophistication. I opted for the Black, because this shade is classic, making me feel professional and regal. It fits me beautifully, because it is true to size. It's very comfortable! The length of the coat is perfect for me and the material is soft, but not too heavy. It would be great to wear for seasons in between and you can just throw it on to add an additional oomph of luxury.

The picture of the Flamenco Ruffle Trench wasn't deceiving in the least, because it looks exactly like it does in the picture, details and color. I've worn it a few times already, and one of my sisters borrowed it for a holiday party without me knowing about it. Needless to say, it's the kind of trench coat that you'd probably want to hide, because everyone will want to borrow it.

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Dr. Scholl's Shoes Review

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Dr. Scholl’s name has been shown through research to have 97% consumer brand awareness, and is trusted by 3 out of 4 people. The brand often evokes nostalgia for consumers through iconic footwear styles such as the Original Exercise Sandal, which helped shape the footwear trends of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Easily identified by its buckle and wooden sole, the sandal returned to fashion again in the ‘90s, appearing on runways, in Vogue magazine and on Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO’s "Sex and the City." The design continues to be a staple in the wardrobes of the most discerning fashion elite.

Trusted for more than 100 years to provide people with foot comfort and health, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes is now embarking on a new chapter in its history with the introduction of fall styles that even better address the needs of its active consumers. The iconic brand has been reimagined to offer both the proprietary comfort technology Dr. Scholl’s is known for, combined with modern, handcrafted styling.



The Dr. Scholl's Women's Interest Boots ($118.99; available in Dark Tan, Black, and Dark Grey) that I received are compellingly charming and chic. These knee-high boots feature pleated embellishment on the sides and at the cuff, round-toe silhouette, low stacked heels, and flexible soles.

The Dr. Scholl's Women's Interest Boots are supremely comfortable as they are fashionable! The boots run true to size, but I recommend going a half-number up if you wear thicker socks during the winter. They also have an authentic leather appearance, but most can rejoice at the fact that these boots are made of faux leather. The quality is excellent so far, because I'm usually hard on my footwear. I'm not searching out for piles of snow or puddles, but I will walk through it if I must. These boots have held up wonderfully!

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Excess Baggage Giveaway

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



Prize: One winner will receive the Dolly Dress by One Grey Day in Black or Grey (a $142 value) from Excess Baggage.



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Excess Baggage is a multi-designer off price retailer that is offered both at an online and offline level. Their online store offers their customers the same great deals that you would get at any of their events. They offer their customers a different sale experience than they have ever had. As you know sample sales are generally very unorganized, dirty, chaotic disasters. Excess Baggage designer sale concept is a sophisticated social networking experience complete with cocktails, beauty services, gift bags, etc.

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Home Spa Collection Giveaway - $749.88 in Prizes

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Prizes: Three winners will receive Olive Essence Kit ($90 value), three winners will receive Spa De Soleil Stay Young System ($99.99 value), and three winners will receive 1 of each of the Mineral Men Anti-Aging Under Eye, Mineral Men Anti-aging Face Scrub, and the Mineral Men Anti-Aging Moisturizer (Full Size Products; $59.97 value).



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HomeSpaCollection was launched in 2007 as an e-commerce store where you can shop for advanced and high-quality body, hair-care, and skin products, which are are free from parabens, mineral oils, and other harsh ingredients that were previously available only in spas and high-end beauty retailers. Their products are for all kinds of skin types – from teens to post-menopausal and beyond, and are affordable!

HomeSpaCollection products have been featured in Health, Marie Claire, O, OK,Organic Spa, Redbook, Shape, USA Today, Vogue, and more. They have also been seen on several television shows, and given buzz on several radio stations.

These are must-have products for you, family and friends. Shop at HomeSpaCollection to get those gifts, and receive Free Shipping on all orders over $75! Applies to US Residents only.

The giveaway will conclude on December 10th.

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Prize:One winner will receive the Bali Ha'i' Dress (a $78 value) from Shabby Apple.



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The giveaway will conclude on November 30th.

Cozy Up to Fall with Crocs

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Crocs has announced the launch of its 2011 fall and holiday collection. The new line-up, which will be available at Crocs.com and retailers nationwide, which includes new styles for men, women, and children. This will enable the family to enjoy Crocs shoes in cooler weather. All of the new styles combine the legendary comfort of Crocs shoes with stylish and functional details that make transitioning into the fall and winter months easy. For example, the new Kosmoboot for toddlers, children, and women ($39.99 - $99.99) features a water resistant nylon upper that helps keep feet warm and comfortable in snowy conditions, while the waxed canvas outside and soft furry lining of the men's Santa Cruz Lounger ($59.99) offers improved water resistance and warmth.

Crocs is planning some pretty spectacular Black Friday deals for Crocs.com. Click here to sign up for amazing Black Friday deals happening all day on November 25th. You can also ‘like’ Crocs on Facebook, or text ‘FRIDAY’ to 27627 for sneak peeks and notifications of the deals. Don't miss out - you won't hear about them anywhere else!



I'll be honest and admit that I wasn't a fan of the Crocs brand at first. However, they're surprising me more and more each season with their new styles. They have come a long way! I received the cutest pair of black mary janes over the summer. These shoes were one of the most comfortable shoes that I've ever worn! Crocs recently let me have the opportunity to pick out something from their Fall collection. I opted for the Cozycrocs Fuzz Booties in Stucco/Espresso (also available in brown/black; $99.99), because I love wearing boots in the Fall. Also, I thought these were a bit different than anything I've ever worn before.

I was a bit leery about how I could pull this unique look off, but I couldn't have been more pleased with my selection! The Cozycrocs Fuzz Booties are the coziest and most comfortable boots that I have in my boot collection so far. I love the versatility of these boots. They're great for a casual outing, trekking the outdoors, running errands, or lounging at home. I enthusiastically look forward to wearing these boots this winter!

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Project Iris Clothing Review and Giveaway

Prize:One winner will receive a tee of their choice from Project Iris Clothing.



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Project Iris Clothing is style with substance. High quality fashion apparel for women with vibrant original artwork made responsibly in the USA.

Project Iris Clothing spreads a message of hope and giving by donating 5% of each sale to the World Food Program for nutritious meal to new mothers or their young child in the developing world.

I usually don't like wearing long-sleeve shirts, but I couldn't resist at selecting the Poppies Pink Champagne Long Sleeve V-Neck Burnout Tee ($53). The colors and beautiful design makes this tee perfect for Fall. This tee ensures superior comfort, making it perfect when lounging around or running errands. It's made with a 50/50 polyester/cotton blend, which makes it superbly soft and lightweight.

Best of all, they donate 5% of each sale to the World Food Program. I hold causes like this dear to my heart, because I strongly believe in helping out the hungry and needy.



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White Apricot's Green Grab Bag Review

Tuesday, October 25, 2011



White Apricot, a site known for their eco and socially conscious fashion, beauty, and lifestyle finds; recently introduced us to their new web-site, Green Grab Bag. For just $15 a month (shipping is FREE!), they'll send you travel size products of the best natural, organic and vegan skin and hair care, make up, fragrance, and much more!

For the month of October, we received a bevvy of cool samples. We weren't disappointed with them in the least.

Here's a sampling of some of the products that we received:

KESU by TSI-LA - this is a beautiful fragrance that can be used by a man or woman. I usually don't like warm and woodsy scents, but this one managed to capture my attention. It has notes of warm amber and precious rare woods, which are combined with smokey incense to give it a seductive and mysterious base. It's also layered with narcotic jasmine petals, davana, exotic spices, and fresh lime.

Vapour Beauty's Aura Multi-Use Blush in Spark - I was pleasantly surprised to get a full size product (a $28 value), because I love their products! However, I never tried out their blush until now. I like it much better than the blush that I was using, because this one looks more natural.

Holly Beth's Eye Cream - We have worked with this company in the past, but never reviewed any of their products before. I can't vouch on the effectiveness since I haven't used this eye cream for long, but I really like that it doesn't sting or burn like most eye creams do. It's a bit oily. Therefore, a little bit goes a long way if you want to avoid the oiliness.

Collective Wellbeing Corrective Cleanser in Oatmeal/Raspberry- I never heard of this company prior to this, but this is a really good cleanser! It provides soothing relief for irritable skin. My skin is very sensitive and breaks out easily. I've realized that not cleansers are good for my skin. Therefore, I have to be very careful about what I use on my face. So, it's a relief to find good products like this!

Scrubz Body Scrub in Citrus Burst - I'm shamelessly addicted to using body scrubs. Not all scrubs are the same, though. I have used really good ones, and I have used ones that weren't so good. Luckily, this one is really good! I received a good-sized sample of this product. I'm tempted to buy another once I run out. Not only it pampers my skin to perfection, but it also has a really beautiful fragrance. While the citrus is detectible, it smells more floral, which I really love!

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Aftershock

Monday, October 24, 2011

In tune with the latest trends on international catwalks, Aftershock celebrates the season by focusing on its strengths - quality and fabulous style. Tailoring is key for winter; the mood is all about ladylike elegance and easy-style glamour . The woman incorporates key pieces as part of their lifestyle. With the same free spirit, they mix the feminine classics and add a touch of glamour from the Autumn/Winter 11 Collection.

The New Perception



This season, Aftershock re-invents the classics. This collection means business, updating the mainstay pieces found in every modern working woman's wardrobe.

Nostalgia for the 1950s reigns supreme with the influence of TV's Mad Men series. Full skirts and fitted bodices emphasize this hour-glass figured collection. A true homage to femininity as it complements all figures and sizes. Tweed jacket and skirt options are updated with a twist and can be paired with fine jersey tops. City smart looks include neat fitted suits, pencil skirts, mini skirts, sleek trousers and fine knitwear.

Colours range from blues to blacks embellished with an Oriental themed influence.

Retro Chic



A nod to the 1970s formality from day to evening with a contemporary edge of no nonsense clean lines. Emphasis is on cut to evoke a sleek styling whilst maintaining a feminine attitude. Colours range from neutrals to black working with camel as the key colour. Heavily embellished styles with burnished metallic trims take the day pieces into evening. Add a satin sash around the waistband for instant glamour or opt for gorgeous sequin trousers to style with knits. Sequin skirts are styled with New Perception tweeds with faux-fur accessories.

Winter Scarlet

Red as the red rose, Winter Scarlet heats up Autumn/Winter 11 with the most striking and influential colour of the season. This true glamour story takes no prisoners as this striking colour takes its form in various styles and fabrication for a high end glamour collection. . The range features both mini and maxi dress options. Red ruffle detailed dresses are flirty and fun with frills falling from the hem and shoulder for a ravishing party look. Pair it with red satin high heels for a perfect finishing touch.

Leopard & Lace



Italian glamour goes wild this season with the mixing of animal prints and the eloquence of lace trimmings. The silhouette is body conscious and emulates the style of Sophia Lauren, famous for her curves as well as her acting career. Colours stay true to the natural animal skins working back with the contrast of the black lace. Romantic lace trims are also applied to luxury maxi dress styles. Style with chunky costume jewellery to make a statement this season.

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Boogs Bracelets Giveaway

Friday, October 21, 2011

Prize: 4 winners will receive a Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet from Boogs Bracelets. Each winner will receive one of the following bracelets:

  • black beads and pink Swarovski crystals
  • pink beads and pink Swarovski crystals
  • grey beads and pink Swarovski crystals
  • brown beads and pink Swarovski crystals




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Susan Goldstein, the founder of Boogs Bracelets, was inspired to launch her web-site when cancer hit closer to home in 2009. Boogs is a nickname her grandfather gave to her mother, Maureen, when she was a little girl. Since she started this journey because of her mother, it was only fitting that she named the business after her.

When Susan's mother was fifteen, she had thyroid cancer, which was wrapped around one of her vocal cords. Because of the cancer, she endured surgery, many months of treatment, and the loss of one of her vocal cords. She went on to live cancer free for over 50 years. In June of 2009, her mother, was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Susan started making bracelets at this time since she wanted to make something that would honor and support her mother during her illness.

In September of 2009, after her mother died, she decided to make and sell cancer awareness bracelets, with colors that represent the top 8 cancers that women are at risk of developing. A portion from the sale of each bracelet has been and continues to be donated to cancer charities.







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Iron Fist Clothing Review


The idea started in San Diego, California in 2001 amongst two friends from South Africa, Mike and Travis. With a long history in skateboarding, surfing, art, music and street culture the guys wanted to create clothing they couldn't find anywhere else. They wanted to return to the energy and brand attitude of the rebellious years, when skateboarders lived on the streets and mohicans would get you kicked out of Disneyland.

Born out of simplicity and Iron Fist's first retail outlet, the trunk of Travis' car the brand was well received by a then starving youth culture who were bored of traditional action sports and streetwear brands. No market strategy and no big budget, Iron Fist started selling by itself on product and artwork alone.

Iron Fist is by no means an ordinary clothing brand; its artwork and styling have set it apart from many of its streetwear counterparts. They started making clothes because they felt like it. Iron Fist is impulsive, raw and unapologetic. Within their clothing you will find outbursts of obnoxious color mixed with raw and dirty tattoo inspired street art. Refusing to be pigeonholed into a skate, punk, hip hop or tattoo genre, Iron Fist has grown from strength to strength purely because of its diversity and constantly innovative approach to each season.


You don't have to be a dominatrix and crack the whip to wear the Ladies Mean Steak Zip Leggings ($35), but you can most definitely show your daring side! These leggings craft a svelte and sleek silhouette. Plus, they're utterly comfortable! The side zippers add bit of an edge. Pair these with their out of this world heels and you'll be the talk of the town!


The Ladies Wolfbeater Platform Pumps ($45) are one of my top favorite heels. These Wolfman-esque peep-toe pumps feature a horrifically beautiful and artistic design; a soft black velvet insole, red velvet heels, and a black bow on the back to give it a sophisticated touch. I like that they're different from everything else out there. If you don't mind standing out amongst the crowd, these shoes are for you! They're surprisingly comfortable and a definite conversation piece. Pair it with the Ladies Mean Steak Zip Leggings ($35) for an even edgier look.

I will definitely be purchasing shoes from this company in the future. I have my eyes on the Limited Edition Moonshine Zombie Stomper (Glow in the Dark) ($45), Number of the Beast Platform ($45), and Zombie Stomper Platform ($45).


The Ladies Sing Away Bow Back Top ($30) features a beautiful and unique illustration of a girl singing to butterflies. The fabric is soft, thin, and form-fitting. The icing on the cake is the back of the top. It has a semi-open back
and features a black bow with a skull charm.




Ladies Digi Skull Boot $80

Ladies Madam Butterfly S/S Tee $30

Ladies Limited Edition Moonshine Zombie Stomper (Glow in the Dark) $45

Ladies Ave Maria LS Woven $40

Ladies Samhain Wedge $40

Ladies Zombie Chomper Handbag $40

Ladies Cabo Wabo Skinny Pants $45

Ladies Muerte Punk Princess Platform $45


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The Originator of Fashion

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Face Behind the Name:


Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was the founder of one of the most famous fashion brands, Chanel. "Coco" came from her days as a cabaret performer. Her extraordinary influence on fashion was such that she was the only person in the couturier field to be named on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

Timeless Classic Fragrance:


Chanel No. 5 ($105 - $175 at Sephora) is the first perfume launched by Parisian couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Chanel wanted to epitomize the boyish, modern flapper that would speak to the liberated spirit of the 1920s. She gave it a mysterious flair by giving it to the most notable women. Then, Chanel would dutifully claim that she didn't have anymore, which increased the demand for it.


In the picture above, Marilyn Monroe is splashing herself with Chanel No. 5. The image has become famous for the Chanel advertisement, and become one of the most popular Chanel advertisements.

The Story Behind the Logo:


The interlocking C's don't only stand for Coco Chanel, but they were also the initials of her name and her longtime boyfriend's name, Capel. His death in a car accident, in late 1919, was the single most devastating event in Chanel's life.

The Frenemy:


Misia Sert (born Maria Zofia Olga Zenajda Godebska; 30 March 1872 – 1950) was a patron and friend of numerous artists, for whom she regularly posed. While she was friends with Chanel, she didn't care too much for fashion. That wasn't her thing. Her thing was competing against Chanel when it came to lovers. Needless to say, their friendship was very confusing and complicated.

Books Worth Reading:

  • Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney
  • Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer and Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan
  • Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
  • Chanel and Her World by Edmonde Charles-Roux
  • The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo
  • Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style by Jérôme Gautier

Movies Worth Watching:


Coco Before Chanel


Audrey Tautou (Amélie) shines in this intriguing portrait of the early life of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the orphan who would build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco.


She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent.


Coco Chanel


Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine stars as Coco Chanel in this critically acclaimed film that charts the rise of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. From her humble childhood and early days as a young dressmaker's assistant, to her passionate love affair with a dashing Englishman and ultimate success as a pioneering fashion icon, Coco Chanel is the story of a glamorous woman who was hard to love and harder to ignore. Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated, Coco Chanel is a must-see film for every lover of fashion and romance.

Clair Vintage Inspired Review and Giveaway

Friday, October 14, 2011

Prize: One winner will receive a No Muffin Top Skirt from Clair Vintage Inspired.



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Each Clair Vintage Inspired dress, skirt, and top is an opportunity to be feminine, flattering, and fashionable, without loading up on compressing undergarments.

Designer Alyson Clair's pieces are made for womanly bodies - from curvy to skinny - with an emphasis on fit. The wearable, easy-to-love frocks range from frothy, silky dresses to the knits she's obsessed with to figure-flattering wiggle skirts. Every piece looks fantastic season after season, and showcases her eye for design, as well as her sense of humor (who else would call it the "No Muffin-Top"skirt?).

Every item of Clair Vintage Inspired clothing is proudly made in Portland, Oregon, and has been since 2007. Their Vintage Inspired mission is to be the favorite piece in someone's closet,and her loyal following of fashion-obsessed fans has proven that she's making pretty clothes not just accessible, but fun and functional.

Clair Vintage Inspired clothing is sold in these fine boutique stores.



Alyson told me that her sizes run a little larger, and sometimes people go a size up or down based on if they want the skirt snug or not. Depending on the brand, I normally wear a size medium. Sometimes, I wear a large. Therefore, I received the No Muffin Top Pencil Skirt ($68) in a medium and the Mini Muffin Skirt ($64) in a small.

I wasn't sure how well the Mini Skirt would fit, considering the size. However, it fit surprisingly well! Both of the skirts that I received are very comfortable and flattering. Thanks to my 5 year old son's photography, you'll see that in the above picture that I'm donning the No Muffin Top Pencil Skirt. Alyson commented that new moms love how they are so comfy to wear in the first month after baby if they have to dress up. I agree!

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AMARA Review

Friday, October 07, 2011

Look fabulous and feel great about it with AMARA's eco-friendly sustainable gold bracelets, charms, earrings, necklaces and rings, which has been seen in OK Magazine, Martha Stewart, Cosmopolitan, and more!

Their goal is to create jewelry that is environmentally and socially responsible using methods that are aligned with the values we are all choosing to adopt in our personal lifestyles. The AMARA fine jewelry collection is 100% renewed which is created using a carefully crafted recycling process.

Their process is transparent, traceable and independently verified to ensure the origin of every grain of fine gold and silver used in production of their exclusive fine jewelry collection. Each piece of AMARA jewelry is built to endure for a lifetime utilizing specially patented precious metals with a memory that is harder and more durable than conventional 14kt gold and sterling silver.

AMARA is supported by more than 150 years of the finest craftsmanship and across multiple generations by Cookson Precious Metals which has played a prominent role in the art and engineering of fine jewelry worldwide. Their production is utilized by some of the world’s most respected brand names and couture designers and is currently sold in the finest boutiques throughout the world.


I received the Three Ring Drop Earrings ($300), which are earth friendly recycled 14 karat gold. These statement earrings are perfect for almost every occasion, and any time of the year! They feature three tubular rings that orbit around a dangling bead in a dizzying array precision movement, which creates a sense of ladylike edge, the kind of feeling I want when I step out. Their jewelry is fun and on-trend for any season.


The Multi Strand Bracelet with Heart ($140) is statement jewelry for instant glam. What a wonder gift for mother, sister, girlfriend or wife! This is a must-have for adding a little flare to ones style this season.

They offer 30 Day Returns and Free Ground Shipping on all orders!

The item(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.
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