Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Ana Luisa Jewelry: Everyday Luxury Without the High-End Markup

Is there anything better than getting the best for less? We love saving money but we know it’s only really worth it when what you’re saving on are exceptional pieces. This is the idea behind the Ana Luisa jewelry brand, who offers everyday luxury jewelry for women. Unlike most luxury jewelry brands, whose prices reflect costs to the wholesale distributor, sales agent, marketing and retail markup, Ana Luisa offers a direct-to-consumer approach. Their approach of in-house designers, responsible production practices, and an online selling method allows the luxury-loving woman to afford gorgeous, high-end jewelry without the high-end markup.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We couldn’t resist getting to know the Ana Luisa Jewelry and its beautiful jewelry options. Whether you’re looking for everyday essentials or statement pieces, this affordable luxury brand is what you’re looking for. Our introduction to Ana Luisa Jewelry began with three pieces: the Flower Stud Earrings in Iris Pink, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet in Pink, and the Mona Hoop Earrings.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We were incredibly excited to receive our pieces and although we expected each item to be individually wrapped and placed in separate bags, we realize that it’s not a necessary need. The important thing is “how is the jewelry?” We will say Ana Luisa did not disappoint; let us tell you a bit about each piece first:

Flower Stud Earrings, $75.00 – a 14K Gold plated, delicate flower stud earrings with a natural pearl and an artistic enamel layer that is individually hand painted.

Tessa Friendship Bracelet, $59.00 – a 14k gold dipped friendship bracelet with a soft cotton ribbon braided with a delicate gold plated chain.

Mona Hoop Earrings, $69.00 – elegant, 14K gold-dipped studded hoop earrings with a textured ripple design.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Out of the three pieces, the Flower Stud Earrings were our favorite (it was love at first sight). We generally go for more statement earrings but there’s something about these graceful beauties that just stands out to us. They have a nice weight to them, they don’t pinch or weigh your lobs down, and they’re wonderfully chic. The first item we actually wore was the Mona Hoop Earrings; we love the idea of studded hoop earrings, it’s a great fusion of the two design details and we think a stylish addition to the earring category. Lastly, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet is a lovely and sophisticated version of the iconic childhood bracelet. Unfortunately, we need to get an extender because chubby wrists are a thing but once we get it, we’ll be gleefully wearing the Tessa.

This was our intro to Ana Luisa Jewelry and we can’t wait to share other favorite pieces with you. Learn more about Ana Luisa on their blog.

sts blue Fall 2018 Collection: Cure Your Closet Woes w/ Jean Therapy

One of our favorite things about the cooler seasons is it’s the perfect time to wear denim jackets. And what’s better than a great denim jacket paired with some must-have jeans. For the fall season, it’s all about adding great denim pieces to your wardrobe and this fall’s denim trends are easy to pull off with the pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. This season, it pays to be a little denim obsessed.

From straight ankle-length jeans to high-rise jeans, a return of button fly jeans, and frayed hem skinny jeans are just a few of the hot denim styles seen in the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. sts blue offers a variety of jeans and jean jackets in several washes. From the lightest Jenson (blue) and Lamont (black) washes to the darkest Ranlett (blue) and Black washes, and so much in between.

New standouts from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection we’re obsessed with include the Cara Vintage-inspired Slim Straight Ankle Jeans; the Emma Ankle Skinny with Cut Off Stepped Hem and a “give me what I want” side stripe (or go bright with a neon stripe); and the Ashley High Rise Slim Fit Skinny with Exposed Button fly.

When it comes to their denim jackets, we’re very much obsessed with the Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jackets. With very cool details such as color blocking, ruffles, and fraying, this iconic item is instantly modernized. Our favorite thing about sts blue’s denim jackets is the option for free custom embroidery to make it your own. We tried sts blue’s free custom embroidery on our Oversize Boyfriend Denim Jacket, which we got in Mandarin Wash. We are so in love with the result of our customization (we even decorated it with some pins we got at the Denim Days festival). Yes, you read that correctly, sts blue offers free custom embroidery on their denim jackets. That is an amazing gift idea, because who wouldn’t want something special and customized to their style! Check out our custom jacket below:

Every pair of jeans tells a story; what will your story be in these denim pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection?

Yandy Unveils Hauntingly Sexy Costumes for Halloween 2018

Yandy, the number one online retailer for Halloween costumes, unveils its highly anticipated hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween 2018 with a flash mob and fashion presentation. When one wants a sexy costume, Yandy is the online destination for showstopping traditional and trending pop culture specialty looks.

Yandy Halloween Costumes

Yandy recently held an event for their hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween. Kicked off, in true trick-or-treat fashion, started with a parade-like flash mob which stopped at various locations in New York.

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Bystanders were treated to a first look at the newest must-have Halloween costumes from Yandy’s 2018 “Hauntingly Sexy” Costume Collection. The #YandyFlash mob was followed by an evening Halloween fashion presentation in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel. Costumes for Halloween featured in the fashion presentation included (in order of appearance above): Little Red Costume, Egyptian Goddess Costume, Dragon Ninja Costume, Wicked Wicked Witch Costume, Yandy Statue Of Liberty Costume, Yandy Sexy Dragon Warrior Costume, Under The Sea Mermaid Costume, Oasis Princess Costume, Glamazonian Costume, Sparkle Sweet Angel Costume. Other costumes for Halloween 2018 included Bad Habit Nun Costume, Sexy SWAT Commander Costume, King Of Egypt Costume (men), and Dark Northern King Costume (men).


Yandy also announced two new costumes for Halloween inspired by today’s political climate, the Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume for those who love getting the scoop on the latest breaking news, and Cloudy Affair Costume, perfect for those who love a political scandal.

Reminiscent of a fun Halloween night out on the town, the décor set the tone for a sexy, spooky soirée. The exclusive view of the new Halloween collection featured a wide selection of sizes of all the season’s best sellers, popular trending themes, classic characters, and figures throughout history. The showcase also included highlights of two new pop-culture influenced costumes – Run the World Festival Diva and Shining Bright Pope; inspired by Beyonce at Coachella (Beychella) and Rihanna’s striking Met Gala look.

What costume are you rocking this Halloween? Whatever you decide, you should definitely check out Yandy’s collection of Hauntingly Sexy costumes for Halloween.

INIFD and London School of Trend's Vibrant India NYFW Show

INIFD and London School of Trend’s Vibrant India NYFW Show

Every fashion week, we find ourselves gravitating more and more to fashion shows that feature up-and-coming fashion designer shows. To see the creativity, inspired aesthetics, and boldness we sometimes feel are lacking in big name shows. One of our favorites this season was the eclectic INIFD and London School of Trend’s Vibrant India NYFW Show. Based in India, the Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in association with the London School of Trends, returned for another successful season at New York Fashion Week with vibrant and stunning Spring/Summer 19 collections.

INIFD and London School of Trend's Vibrant India NYFW Show

The Vibrant India NYFW Show featured a curated collection from 54 specially selected designs from across the 120 INIFD institutes in India. The collection boasted innovative silhouettes and pioneering style illuminating the runway in a colorful kaleidoscope of customary textiles and embellishments. The result is an eclectic array of trans-seasonal pieces showcasing the organization’s creative departments across the country. We wish we had the opportunity to meet some of the designers but unfortunately, that would not be the case during this very busy NYFW.

INIFD and London School of Trend's Vibrant India NYFW Show INIFD and London School of Trend's Vibrant India NYFW Show

The show allowed designers to present the perfect opportunity to marry the great traditional craftsmanship of specialist Indian crafts from around the nation. It featured modern graphic printing which echoes the traditional tie-dye technique, to the imagery of the beguiling Indian landscape. Experts of traditional Kutch embroidery, Phulkari, Kasuti and Chikankari play a part in marrying tradition to modern designed silhouettes.

INIFD and London School of Trend's Vibrant India NYFW Show

INIFD has created a stamp on London Fashion Week. With this showing, they are quickly establishing their presence at NYFW. INIFD’s aim is to create a platform for emerging Indian designers and the Indian fashion industry. By promoting the innovative design aesthetic and craftsmanship amongst the bustling fast fashion landscape, they are doing just that.

We really enjoyed the vibrancy of the Vibrant India NYFW Show. It’s only further set aflame our desire to attend India’s Fashion Week. We’d love to know your thoughts. What do you think of the INIFD and London School of Trend’s Vibrant India NYFW Show?

 

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

I’m lovin’ it: The McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

It seems McDonald’s is making moves, not just in the retail beverage aisle, but in fashion as well. In celebration of the Big Mac’s 50th birthday, the fast food giant teamed up with a remarkable South African Fashion Designer. Teaming up with Gert-­Johan Coetzee, the fast food brand and designer launched a playful streetwear collection which debuted at South African Fashion Week. Of course, the McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection isn’t the first time the Golden Arches has appeared in fashion. Back in 2014, Jeremy Scott incorporated a number of McDonald’s inspired garments in his first collection for Moschino.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

However, the Big Mac Collection marks the first time McDonald’s has officially authorized the use of its iconography in fashion. The streetwear collection includes sequinned T-shirts with the signature golden arches, sweatpants and cropped sweat tops, cute slogan T-­shirts, and a spectacular gold Tinsel jacket we’d kill for. It’s no surprise that this collection has received rave reviews for Coetzee…..just look at the stunning pieces!

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The acclaimed designer is already known for his stunning red carpet couture. His gowns have already been worn by celebrities such as Kelly Rowland and many others. Coetzee is the mentor on South Africa’s version of Project Runway and has always been active in doing good. He also has his own scholarship program for aspiring fashion designers, consequently and wonderfully impacting the future of fashion.

“Having the opportunity to play with the iconography of such a huge global brand with the end goal of doing good, is such an honour, and it is a bonus that it is helping put South African fashion on the map globally,” says Coetzee.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The Big Mac Collection collection also includes a kid’s version, aptly named the Big Mac Kids Collection. This mini-me collection allows parents and their kids to enjoy the twinning fashion trend. All the proceeds of the sale of the streetwear collection go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The McDonald’s Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection is only available in limited quantities on www.shopgert.com. For more information on fashion designer Gert-­Johan Coetzee, visit www.gertjohancoetzee.com.

HAute Couture Fashion Week FALL-WINTER 2018-2019

Haute Couture Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Once again the City of Light was once again shining as legions of exquisite fashions captured the attention of the world. It is Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. We begin our enchantment with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, and intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew, and roots are the elements and inspiration that beget this entrancing haute couture fashion week collection. Each shape of this women’s fashion collection represents one of these elements. At the same time a climate evolution where each season brings its unique beauty and a gentle and mysterious atmosphere.

Paris HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Week Paris HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Week

The collection’s inspiration is described as “Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, haute couture designer Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creative process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colors and materials. Her creations are futuristic and modern, with a wide beauty touch.”

Paris HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Week Paris HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Week

For us, this stunning Haute Couture Fashion Week collection evoked the many elements that describe women in general – beautiful, fluid, bold, and surprising. We were immediately drawn to the vibrant colors, multilayered textures, and arresting aesthetic. Everything seems to be in constant movement – never stagnant. Again, a perfect description of being a woman.

Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Armine Ohanyan’s amazing work is new to us but we look forward to seeing more from this head-turning haute couture designer. Her collection took our breath away.

Are you following the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows? What are your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection?

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: Mujus Jewelry. These Sustainable Accessories Empower Women

Almost four years ago, while attending an Accessories Council holiday gift ideas event, we were first introduced to Mujus Jewelry, a stunning handcrafted jewelry brand with sustainable connections.  We were so captivated by these gorgeous jewelry pieces, we highlighted their eco-friendly jewelry again the following year.  That was too long ago, so we’re back to share some more of our favorite pieces from Mujus Jewelry and offer you, dear readers the CHANCE TO WIN a piece from the jewelry brand that empowers women.

Mujus Jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Ecuador by artisan women who are either single mothers or heads of household. Mujus Jewelry Founder, Paola Delgado created the brand to reconnect with her culture and create a more meaningful life for both the women in Ecuador and for herself. By making these beautiful pieces, these women gain financial independence, strength, and an amazing sense of self. Mujus Jewelry’s Working Mother’s Program not only teaches these women the art of jewelry making, it allows them to work from home to spend more time with their families.

As we’ve mentioned before, the jewelry pieces are carved from Corozo Nuts, seeds from the South America tagua palm tree that are known as vegetable ivory. It is incredibly durable and lightweight and boasts the same luxurious smooth texture as ivory, giving you the same luxury without having to harm any Elephants. Doesn’t that sound like a must-have for your jewelry box? Well, here’s your chance to win. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to win one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the Gema Bib Necklace ($69.00), in one of the following colors – Monaco Blue, Teal, and Yves Blue.

The Gema Bib Necklace is versatile and has an aura of its own. The 18″ eco-friendly necklace with 3″ extender, can be worn with an evening gown, or can chic up a basic summer tee shirt. Paola named this necklace Gema, which in Spanish means gem because let’s face it, the necklace looks like it’s made with raw gems. Each piece of tagua nut is hand-sewn together to create this beauty. It takes months to master the art of placing the tagua nut pieces at the right angle, to create the perfect collective shape. So, ladies, are you ready to win? To win the blue color of your choice, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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I Am Kreyol Fashion Collection: Empowering Women Through Fashion

There have been times when we’ve heard the saying, “It’s only Fashion”. For many fashion brands it is, but there are the few that this statement is categorically untrue. These are the fashion labels that care more about the opportunities they create and less about the bottom line. One such fashion brand is I Am Kreyol. This women’s high fashion brand empowers ALL women through design and impacts Haitian artisans through sustainability.

We had the pleasure of getting to know I Am Kreyol at Wolf & Badger, a fashion boutique known for featuring some of the most fabulous and distinct fashion labels, most of them unique and indie. I Am Kreyol is inspired by the Haitian cultural ideals of freedom, resilience, and strength. The label’s core purpose is creating a movement and giving back. I Am Kreyol is currently on Indiegogo, looking to raise $30,000 to produce their stunning Lotus capsule collection and to begin creating economic stability and sustainability in Haiti.

Inspired by the beautiful flower with the penchant for growing in some of the harshest of environments, the Lotus collection illustrates a woman’s tenacity to be strong, resilient and powerful even in the midst of adversity. The spring/summer 2018 collection features vibrant colors and distinct prints made of luxurious fabrics.

We love the bold colors and prints, extravagant details, and powerful message that I AM Kreyol is conveying with their fashion collection. The capsule collection includes the Buttercup Sleeveless Crop Top ($100.00), the Laceleaf Pants (featured on the model above, $150.00), The Begonia Dress (featured on the other model, $225.00), the Amaryllis Yop ($160.00), the Tulip Skirt ($125.00), and the Lily Dress ($750.00). Several of the featured pieces are available for pre-order.

Founded by Joelle Fontaine (pictured below), I Am Kreyol is seeking to produce their garments in her homeland of Haiti. By working with skilled Haitian artisans, they hope to provide the opportunity for sustainable income for those Haitian artisans in producing their garments.

For more information on Joelle Fontaine and their Indegogo campaign, visit www.iamkreyol.com.