American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The newly monikered American Collections Calendar Fall/Winter 2021 collections have begun. We begin our fashion week journey with an old favorite, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection; you may remember we covered their “Black is” Tees and their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Today, we highlight “The Homecoming Collection”, inspired by design director Travis Hamilton’s trip home to the Louisiana Bayou.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

For Fall Winter 2021, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection show was orchestrated in Hamilton’s current hometown of Houston, Texas. The seamless show’s location, a public park, gave it an impromptu feel. It highlighted the foundation of the collection, the days before Covid-19 when we were free to roam and safely find our way back home.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The collection was inspired by the story Travis and the Negris LeBrum collection has been telling for the last two decades. He saw this occasion as a wonderful opportunity to present his collection in his own backyard of Houston, Texas.  Staged in the ‘Gus S. & Lindall F. Wortham Park’, just off the grounds of the Houston Medical Center, the impromptu runway show took less than 90 minutes. It was a welcomed surprise to several bystanders, who like the rest of us are probably quite Covid-weary, and who marveled at the inadvertent score of “front row” seats to a NYFW runway show in the streets of Houston.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

“I wanted to bring a piece of NY Fashion Week to the South this season, as I may not get the opportunity to show outside of NYC again for some time. I really feel these times are right for my brand in so many ways. I have always worked in what I refer to as a ‘conservative sexy’ aesthetic, allowing the woman who wears my collection to define the final feeling of the ensemble,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director Negris LeBrum.  “The heart & soul of the Negris LeBrum brand is & will always be Louisiana, but my studio & current home are in Houston, so bringing the two together for Fall Winter 2021 is like a fashionable homecoming for me.”

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Grounded in Black and White for the last several seasons, the color palette for Fall/Winter 2021 continues to build upon this foundation with other colors like Deep Maroon, Old Gold, and Burnished Silver being seen in the tweeds and supporting separates. Surface details on the textiles can be seen in the knits where several cutting-edge treatments lend dimensional details to the pieces that may not be immediately visible; when these details are discovered and experienced, it gives the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection a sense of story and depth.

The one thing that stood out to us about this collection was its wearability. The pandemic has been especially hard on the workforce over many industries. As each model graced the park’s concrete runway, we couldn’t help envision the women we pass en route to work. The women we all barely take notice of as we commute to our jobs in crowded cities. We may notice them wearing a blouse, jacket, or shoes that we loved and glazed over the person. With this collection, Travis Hamilton has made us realize how much we miss seeing, and being a part of the crowd of smartly and fashionably dressed women going to and from work. With these wardrobe complementing pieces, we can all effortlessly move right back into work mode with stylish ease.

 

 

 

All Photos courtesy of Bob Levey/Getty Images for Negris LeBrum
Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

Win Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

There’s something about art that speaks to everyone. It’s not the same for everything but they call art conversation pieces for nothing. Art, of course, comes in many forms. One favorite is glass blowing. We find it incredibly mesmerizing how glass artists mold and shape melted glass into the most exquisite things. From attention-getting decorative pieces to functional art pieces. Now imagine owning something like that. A functional piece of art that will always ignite conversation. We’re here to tell you, you can own one of those when you enter to win the Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

If you’re familiar with Netflix’s Reality Show Blown Away, then you’re very familiar with Deborah Czeresko, the Glass Artist who won. For those not familiar, Blown Away is a competition show, much like Top Chef or Project Runway, where glass artists compete in creating innovative artworks. If you haven’t checked it out, we recommend you doing so to see all the amazing things these artists created.

Deborah Czeresko has teamed up with Utah’s beloved Ogden’s Own distillery for a special collaboration. This collaboration, Deborah’s famous piece, “Morph”, a handcrafted glass decanter + 4 matching rocks glass set valued at $8,000.00, will go to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the raffle for a chance to win. The best part, you’ll also be helping out a wonderful charity.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

For as little as $5.00, you can be the lucky winner of the stunning Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko decanter set where 100% of the proceeds raised go to two Utah LGBTQ organizations, the Utah PRIDE Center and Equality Utah. This is an amazing and rare opportunity to both support a great cause and potentially win a one-of-a-kind artwork that any spirits aficionado would love.

Wouldn’t you love to win this conversation piece to display your favorite Ogden’s Own expression?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on this collaboration.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Hello, fellow wine lovers. Did you know that National Drink Wine Day is in three days? That’s correct, February 18th is the day we celebrate the joy of drinking wine. Of course, you don’t have to only drink wine on this day; we think it’s the perfect day to highlight personalized wine accessories to add to your home bar. We recently got the most adorable personalized elephant corkscrew from Lazer Designs, which we’re completely enamored with and we think it’s a must-have. You can either get one for yourself or give it as a gift. It makes a great token of appreciation to the wine lover in your life.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Is this just too adorable and wouldn’t it make an excellent addition to your wine bar? Lazer Designs specializes in the custom engraving of high-quality products, like the above Kikkerland corkscrew. This handy wine key is more than just looks good and it’s a wine corkscrew/opener and bottle opener. It features a sturdy wooden panel that’s perfect for engraving, as you can see.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Lazer Designs offers a wide range of products. All of which can be customized with a name, design, favorite saying— almost anything, really! In honor of National Drink Wine Day, we’ll be concentrating on some of their wine accessory offerings. Of course, we love our Elephant Corkscrew, but for those who love fishing (or for a pescatarian who only drinks white wine), there the Fish Corkscrew; love a good bar display, you’ll love the Barrel 4-Piece Wine Tool Set, which includes a corkscrew with a knife, decanter, bottle Stopper, and foil cutter; wine glasses lovers will adore the 16oz Premium Stemmed Wine Glass or the 17oz Stemless White Wine Glass, both of which can be personalized how you want; lastly for those who don’t want a manual wine opener and want to get to your wine faster, the Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener is just what you need.

There are many more cool wine accessories you can personalize that will take you far beyond National Drink Wine Day.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Drinks From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

As evidence by the number of sold-out items that were on our grocery list, the majority of you couples are staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day. So we decided to have more Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes for you to create at home. We hope you’ve enjoyed our previous Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails. We know you’ll enjoy these two sensual drink recipes by Ron Abuelo 7 Años, a delicious blend of rums with a weighted age of seven years.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

These delicious rum cocktails were created by Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador, Cristóbal Srokowski. There’s just something sensual about rum cocktails that make them perfect for Valentine’s Day cocktails. It may be the rich and darkness of the sugarcane molasses or its Caribbean history, islands that inspire escapism or hedonism. That’s what these two Ron Abuelo 7 Años bring to mind and we know you’ll enjoy them very much.

El Versalles

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
¾ oz. Fresh raspberries purée
¾ oz. Fresh passion fruit purée
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Simple syrup
Champagne flute
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a Champagne flute. Top off with chilled Champagne or dry sparkling wine and gently stir. Garnish with a raspberry.

Panama Dreaming

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 ½ oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
6 Fresh Raspberries
¾ oz. Honey syrup
¾ oz. Tamarind concentrate
1 oz Fresh lime juice
Muddle the raspberries inside the shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Simple strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, mint spring, and fresh raspberries.

About Ron Abuelo 7 Años ($24.99):

A reddish amber colored Reserva Superior. Matured in small oak casks, the Abuelo 7 Años is a versatile selection for sipping, mixing, and with food pairings. Rounded and balanced with aromas of dates, raisins, and vanilla. In the mouth, there is light minerality with notes of fig, cinnamon, and dried fruit.

Ron Abuelo is produced by Varela Hermanos, a third-generation family-owned company that dates back to 1908 when Don José Varela established the first sugar mill in the town of Pesé in the recently formed Republic of Panama. The rums of Ron Abuelo are made at Hacienda San Isidro in Pesé (a small valley in the Azuero Peninsula).

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Although we took a slight break to highlight some Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day gift ideas and delicious cocktails, it’s time to get back to fashion; back to the gorgeous shows and looks from the Paris spring/summer 2021 couture collections. Looking outside our windows at the mounds of snow, we are more than looking forward to yielding to the beauty of the warmer seasons. Today we highlight one of our favorite fashion houses and its gorgeous spring flowers-inspired couture looks. The flowers of rebirth and renewal bloom in the tropical garden of the La Métamorphose SS2021 collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 CollectionParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection features light, airy, delicate dresses in which silk, chiffon, and embroidered tulles, mingling with hand-cut petals that embellish the shoulders of the evening gowns. The color palette is exactly what you’d expect to find in a spring/summer garden. We’re mesmerized with pastel blue, nude pink, powder violet, and bursts of fuchsia and royal blue, a symbol of rebirth. Titled Fleurs de Ville (“Flowers of the City”), you can clearly see what makes the collection assuredly joyful and romantic.

LA METAMORPHOSE Paris Haute Couture Fashion WeekParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

We’re not overstating when we say we’ve looked at the 21-look haute couture collection at least four times. As we previously said, we needed to indulge in the stunning beauty of the warmer seasons to keep the cold depressing mood of the winter season at bay. The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection more than fulfilled that need.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection was made from fabrics only made in France. Designers Ewa and Margaret once again underline their attachment to France and to French fashion know-how. The final touch of the collection truly captures the awakening or the blooming of flowers. The striking flower organza wedding dress, worn in two versions, first, as a closed flower; and second, the flower opens up, thanks to a silk belt, to transform into a magnificent long, hi-low tiered dress.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The wedding dress required 100 hours of modeling and 4 weeks of assembly; petal by petal in order to give the result of a blooming flower. Each petal is glazed and strass embroidered in order to give the illusion of a white rose wet by morning dew. The shoes created especially for the collection by Ginissima use the fabrics and colors of the collection.

We continue to be in awe of these talented sisters and their exquisite design aesthetic.

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Family & Friends

iOttie: Best Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

As we stated in our gourmet foodie Valentine’s Day gift feature, one cannot live for chocolates alone. So today, we present some non-chocolate, non-flowers, and non-perfume gifts. Everyone loves the gifts of tech devices, and with these offerings from iOttie, you can’t go wrong. These gifts prove that necessities can also be gifts of love, whether they’re for a Galentine or Valentine.

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Family & Friends

What better way to say I love you than to keep your loved ones safe and connected; whether they’re on the road or at home. With the above iOttie car mounts and wireless chargers for auto and home, you’ll feel secure knowing they’re in great hands. Please at their wonderfully affordable prices, you won’t have to worry about your budget. Let’s get to know more about iOttie’s newest Aivo Connect with Alexa Built-In and iON Wireless Duo Charging Stand + Pad and their other amazing giftable tech products.

Aivo Connect with Alexa Built-In

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

The iOttie Aivo Connect is the first multi-solution mounting system to include Alexa built-in, 10W wireless fast-charging, and Auto Sense Mounting technology. It’s hands-free Alexa in Your Car. It provides ease, convenience, and ultimately a safer driving experience. Access thousands of Alexa skills from the comfort and convenience of your car. Its voice-activated commands allow you to safely check the weather, find directions, make a call, etc., all from the road.

iON Wireless Duo Charging Stand + Pad

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

The iOttie iON Wireless Duo-Fast Charging Stand + Pad Qi-Certified Charger features a modern, unobtrusive design that complements any living space. It smartly integrates two charging stations with a stand + pad combo. Thia allows wirelessly fast charging for Qi-enabled smartphones and accessories like smartwatches and headphones. The fabric-wrapped, upright charging stand adds a touch of luxury and a rubberized charging pad ensures your Qi-enabled accessories don’t slip while charging.

Easy One Touch Wireless 2 Lifestyle iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends Easy One Touch Connect

In addition to offering these must-have tech devices, iOttie is offering some amazing deals on Amazon. It’s the perfect time to save on Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy 20% off iOttie’s signature products including the Auto SenseEasy One Touch 5Easy One Touch Wireless 2Easy One Touch Connect Pro.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine’s Day

The day of celebrating love is almost upon us. Some of you may still be looking for the perfect gift. If you’re one of these last-minute gift shoppers looking for the perfect gift for her, consider the bright, fresh, and fruity-floral Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum. The wonderful thing about this fragrance, aside from its enchanting scent, is its affordability. She’ll love its lovely scent and it won’t break your bank account. This captivating Eau de parfum is pleasing enough to wear all day and elegant enough to wear all night. It’s wonderful enough to get attention but not at all brash to where it’s overpowering.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

This luxurious scent is fresh and delicately fruity. It boasts floral notes blooming gently in the background, perfect for an effortlessly chic loved one. The fragrance is a blend of fresh notes of lemon, mandarin orange, freesia, and a touch of sweet autumn pear. The floral heart of the fragrance is a beautiful balance of jasmine, peony, lily, and rose, with a creamy hint of a summer peach. Underneath is a strong base comprised of sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk. This combination of fragrance notes creates a perfectly balanced and harmonious scent, bottled in a glass vessel as elegant as your Valentine.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

The Elle L’edition bottle encapsulates the stylishly free-spirited attitude of the contemporary woman. With its daring modern silhouette, simple but feminine design, and color palette, it perfectly captures the Elle brand attitude.

The Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum has already commanded widespread loyalty in Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, Ireland, and Spain. Sure to turn heads, Elle L’edition electrifies emotions and leaves a lasting impression — just like the woman who wears it. She’s fearlessly feminine, full of life, and lives in the moment.

At only $29.00 for a 30ml/1.7 oz bottle, Elle’s L’edition Eau de Parfum is an affordable, accessible luxury available exclusively at Walgreens.

The Better Skin Co.: Practice Self Love & Self Care This Galentine's Day

The Better Skin Co.: Practice Self Love & Self Care This Galentine’s Day

While couples will be showing and experiencing the love and support from one another on February 14th, we singles have February 13th, Galentine’s Day) to celebrate ourselves and besties with love and friendship. Actually, we should be doing this every day. Since Galentine’s Day celebrates the joy of female friendship with close friends, we thought the best gift to give your besties is the joy of self-care and self-love with the products from The Better Skin Co.

The Better Skin Co.: Practice Self Love & Self Care This Galentine's Day

This Galentine’s Day, The Better Skin Co. reminds you to love yourself and celebrate your best girlfriends. With their state-of-the-art, spa-at-home skincare products, you’re giving yourself and your friends the gift of unbelievable self-care. Their must-have spa day lineup features 5 of their multipurpose star products, including their award-winning heroes Mirakle Cream, Zit No More, and Lava Magik. Significant others are wonderful but can they give your skin the love it needs? Only a range of amazing skincare products.

U Complete Me! Mirakle Cream, $36.00

The Better Skin Co.: Practice Self Love & Self Care This Galentine's Day
Winter is always harsh on our skin. Add in skin suffocation from face masks (especially if you’re double-masking), and you’re left with skin that can be angry. This one-stop, all-purpose cream serves as a day cream, night cream, eye cream, brightener, and primer to make your skincare routine a breeze. There’s no need for layers of different skincare products (we’re looking at you Go to Bed With Me nighttime skincare routine) when you have the skin-loving Mirakle Cream.

Zit No More Saves the Day, $18.00

Zit No More Saves the Day
A travel-friendly spot treatment, TBSCO’s Zit No More is here to rescue you from acne, ingrown hairs, and even bug bites. This clear wonder potion includes tea tree oil combined with a powerful acne fighter, salicylic acid.

Love to Lava Baby, Lava Magik, $32.00

Love to Lava Baby, Lava Magik
A daily cleanser, exfoliating scrub, and revitalizing mask?! Galentine’s Day will never be the same after you spend some time soaking in the tub with this 3-in-1 magic lava smoothed over your skin. Lava Magik retexturizes your skin to leave it feeling silky smooth and looking younger, too.

Livin’ an Epic Love Story with Epik C Serum, $38.00

Livin' an Epic Love Story with Epik C Serum
TBSCO’s Epik C Serum contains a power trio complex of Majestem, vitamin C, and PhytoVie. This powerful trio visibly tightens and lifts the skin, brightens dullness, and reduces the appearance of lines. It also defends against pollutants. French plant-based actives work to keep your skin looking tighter and brighter.

Love Thyself More Amaze Balm, $36.00

Love Thyself More Amaze Balm
An ultra-hydrating and nourishing cream, this multi-purpose rising star decreases the appearance of hyperpigmentation, combats puffiness, eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also acts as an excellent sleeping mask. It deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin making it smooth to the touch and gives the appearance of brighter, more youthful-looking skin.

Your and your Galentine’s skin will bask in the skincare love you’ll experience. All The Better Skin Co. products are vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.