What’s Trending: Five Absolute Must-Have Accessories

Among the things I’m loving this week are funky cat-eye sunglasses, Prada’s one-of-a-kind printed bags, and unique jewelry that can easily be the centerpiece of an outfit.  Check out what’s on my wish list this week below!

1.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, $380

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, $380

2.

Prada Saffiano Face-Printed  Crossbody Bag, $2,800

Prada Saffiano Face-Printed Crossbody Bag, $2,800

3.

Tori Praver Printed Bikini Top, $110

Tori Praver Printed Bikini Top, $110

4.

Yaz Bukey Champagne Bottle Earrings, $108

Yaz Bukey Champagne Bottle Earrings, $108

5.

Jimmy Choo Candy Acrylic Clutch, $875

Jimmy Choo Candy Acrylic Clutch, $875

What are you loving this week?

xo

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY

Combining the aesthetic of the 90′s grunge meets floral print with unique cutouts are these Alexa Printed Satin Lace-Up Booties by London-based designer Mary Katrantzou.  These booties are perfect for galavanting around town this Spring and Summer, as they look chic and comfortable (as we all know, an extreme rarity in fashion).

Mary Katrantzou, $1,050

Mary Katrantzou, $1,050

If you want to go above and beyond, pair it with this matching floral-print leather clutch:

Mary Katrantzou, $860

Mary Katrantzou, $860

And, of course, for the over-achiever (and/or woman who altogether has too much money it’s burning a hole in her Chanel bag):

Mary Katrantzou, $4,215

Mary Katrantzou, $4,215

Enjoy, darlings!

xo

Style Muse: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton has one of the most coordinated and well put together wardrobes around.  Her style is the epitome of “classic”, along the likes of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O.  She masters the balance of chic with conservatism to create an effortless style.  And, let’s face it, anyone who can play hockey in heels is good in my book.

 

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What do you think of Kate Middleton’s style?

Beauty Routine: 4 Things You Should Add To Your Morning Smoothie

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A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier.  While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.

1. Green Superfood Powder

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet.  Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body.  It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits.  Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.

2. Chia Seeds

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body.  They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis.  Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!

3. Maca Powder

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E.  It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause.  As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance.  Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility.  Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.

4. Acai Juice

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest.  Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels.  It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits.  Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies.  The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.

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Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:

Cinnamon

Natural Vanilla

Cacao Powder

Coconut Oil

Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).

What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY

Every fashionista knows that anything with a Tom Ford label on it exudes sexuality and has an classy allure about it that so many designers strive for.  His heels are no exception, and these Leather Gladiator Sandals are unique and beautiful.  At first glance, I was not smitten; however, after I saw the picture below, I was astounded by how amazing the chain heel looks.

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Tom Ford

Finally, a close up of the calfskin leather sandals in all their shoe porn glory:

Tom Ford Gladiator Sandal, $2,300

Tom Ford Gladiator Sandal, $2,300

You can also find them in black here.  What do you think?

What’s Trending: 5 Must-Have Fashion Week Worthy Accessories

One of my favorite things about fashion is the quirky, eclectic pieces that you find.  It has been said that people shop for items to wear at Fashion Week all year long, but I find it’s more fun to try to combine those conversation-starting pieces with classic basics to achieve a fashionable balance any day of the year.  As a bonus, when Fashion Week does come around, you have an arsenal of tried and true pieces in your closet to throw on- saving you time to try that mohawk braid you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months.

1.

Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

2.

Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

3.

Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

4.

Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin and silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin & silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

5.

Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

What do you think of these unique items?

What’s Trending: Bright Shift Dresses (Under $100!)

Bright basics are a springtime staple, and are versatile when paired with black and neutral colored basics.  Shift dresses are easy to thrown on under a leather jacket and bright matching heels, and also look great on their own for a night out. 

Check out these top picks under $100 below!

Bright Shift Dresses Under $100
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
xo

Beauty Tips: DIY Mask for Shiny, Smooth Legs

As the warm weather approaches, it’s officially time to show off those stems that have been hiding all season.  To make your legs glow, try this easy DIY mask for legs.  Bonus: You can use it all over your body for healthy, shiny skin.

Summer Beauty Tips : Legs

What are your favorite DIY beauty routines?

Designer Spotlight: Krikor Jabotian

Recently, I came across a beautifully designed dress by Krikor Jabotian, and immediately needed to see more of his designs.

Krikor Jabotian, Spring/Summer '14

Krikor Jabotian, Spring/Summer ’14

Krikor is a Lebanese designer who attended l’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode in Beirut before working in Elie Saab’s creative department.  Shortly after, he began his own atelier at the young age of 23, creating beautiful wedding and couture gowns at his family-owned business.

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His work truly speaks for itself, and the designs are indescribable.

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If you are interested in ordering his couture gowns, you can send him your measurements after being properly fitted, and order one of his gowns featured in his collection.  There is also the option to work with Krikor to create your own gown inspired from one of his collections, but you will need to travel to his atelier in Beirut to discuss and be properly fitted by the designer.  Prices range from around $12,000 to $13,500.

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This designer is one to keep in your radar.  What do you think of his gowns?