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Slimware Plates: Portion Control, Beautifully Designed

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of eating out of more takeout containers than actual plates. That has been us lately, thanks to a more hectic schedule that keeps us away from out kitchen. The problem is when we order in, you’re less likely to think about portion control, which of course leads to overeating. Many people and we’ve been one of these, eat with their eyes, not their stomachs. As long as there’s food on the plate (or rather, in the containers), we continue eating. Slimware Plates is changing that with their stunning range of beautifully designed portion control dinnerware.

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The Slimware Plates will change your mind about dieting. Instead of counting calories, let your eyes control your portions. The gorgeous portion control plates are currently available in five gorgeous designs in two  materials. The designs include three melamine plates (10 1/2″ square-shaped Urban Safari and Sunburst designs, and the 11″ round Jubilee plates), and two 10 1/2″ microwavable ceramic plates (Bluebelle, and Dandelion Dreams designs).

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Each Slimware Plates set contains four plates that feature graphically-designed areas for food placement. The largest design is for vegetables, the medium for carbs and side dishes, and the smallest area for proteins with an extended design for healthy protein. The graphically designed plates are obviously eye catching and that’s the point. The Urban Safari (leopard with orange flowers), Sunburst (yellow with sunflower images), and Jubilee (red with cherry blossoms) plates retail for $24.95. The Bluebelle (white with midnight blue floral scrolls), and Dandelion Dreams (white with goldenrod dandelions) plates retail for $39.95.

Slimware Plates already have a celeb fan base, with celebrities such as Faith Hill, Rene Russo, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennie Garth, and Judith Light already huge fans. We want to thank the amazing people at Distinctive Assets for introducing us to this beautiful range of dinnerware.

NYFW the Shows: Rubin Singer Fall 2016 Collection Presentation

Our New York Fashion Week is off to a great and stunning start thanks to the gorgeous pieces we saw at the Rubin Singer Fall 2016 Presentation. The relationship between Mathematics and architecture have always existed, one cannot function without the other, so it was no surprise when fashion designer Rubin Singer’s inspiration (he’s known for his architectural femininity) for his Fall 2016 Collection was inspired by the mathematical formulation “Homomorphism”,  the “structure-preserving map between two algebraic structures”, in layman’s terms, “all formulas end up in the same form or shape no matter how many time you change it”.

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For his fall 2016 collection, Rubin Singer looked to the separates, day dresses, and dramatic evening gowns of late 60’s and early 70’s (the Fall 2016 collection saw the debut of knitwear and more ready-to-wear separates, a continuation of Singer’s Spring 2016 looks). The collection’s geometric shapes and silhouettes perfectly give voice to the inspiration to this season’s collection.

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There are so many reasons to fall under the spell of the Rubin Singer Fall 2016 collection, “multi-directional silk chiffon dresses, glass embroidered eveningwear, and duchess satin jackets continue to show Rubin’s technical use of classic fabrics.”  Bold prints, new shapes, new and exotic fabrics, textures and colors, touches of Indian lamb, python, and velvet added to the collection’s sophisticated and dramatic silhouettes, which ranged from polished and chic, to voluminous and billowing shapes.

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As you can probably tell, we had several favorites from this collection, including the Metallic Hexagon Jacquard Blouse & Pant, with Double Face Geometric, Wool, Leather Bound Hooded Vest, Black Embroidered Feather & Basketweave Jacket and Short, and the Black / White Linear Jacquard Jacket and Short. we find ourselves loving the bold expressions of this designer who is skyrocketing to a fashion design favorite of celebrity stylists and editors. His designs have already graced the lovely frames of such celebrities as Beyoncé (remember her 2013 Super Bowl half-time show costume), Lucy Liu, Heidi Klum, Alicia Keys, we’re sure this list will continue to grow.

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Do you like what you see so far? what are your thoughts of the Rubin Singer Fall 2016 Collection? share your thoughts in the comments.

Make a Statement with Nissa Jewelry

This horrendous winter has made us a bit apprehensive to wear any metal jewelry. The thought of our necklace or bracelets touching our skin after being exposed to the frigid the winter air gave us shivers but now that the temperatures are on the rise, we’re just about ready to rock our statement metal jewelry pieces. When we think of stunning, metal jewelry, we always think of Nissa Jewelry.
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Their pieces are so timeless, and work so well with so many looks, you can’t help but think of them as season-less. For example, these items we’re featuring today are from their fall/winter 2014 collection, but as you can see, can easily work all year round. We’re especially enamored with the bold, equestrian inspired Martingale Necklace, Waverly Bracelets, featured in the above photos, and the amazing Tinsley Cuff (featured below), which boasts fringe, a very hot trend for spring.

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Of course, we are in love with several items from Nissa Jewelry, not just their necklaces and cuffs. we’re head over heels over their earrings, like the vintage-inspired Aurora Earrings, and their impactful hand bracelets, like the Rhiannon Hand Chain, both of which are shown below:

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So many favorites, so little time space to share them all. This highlight doesn’t even begin to show all our favorite Nissa Jewelry pieces. If you needed any more reason why these pieces are amazing, several celebrities flock to this brand as their go-to for every day and statement pieces. Can you blame them? Can you see why we are head over heels for Nissa Jewelry?

The Bear Necessities | ROMEiNPanda Jewelry

Call us sentimental but we love things that remind us of our youth and keeps the child in us young……especially if there’s a fashion aspect to it. We were actually introduced to the delightful and “gummi bear” jewelry (made with non-edible gummies) from ROMEiNPanda a while back and we’re more than happy to highlight them. This sweet treat jewelry collection features the classic bears in rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pins.

Made from Resin/Lucite, these adorable, non-edible gummi jewelry pieces have been worn by such celebs as Katy Perry and Chris Brown. We dare you not to fall for their charmig style, unconventional charisma, and kitschy cuteness.

While our photos don’t do justice to the true charismatic appeal of the pieces you see above, you can nevertheless see why they capture your attention. The pieces (currently only earrings and rings are available on the ROMEiNPanda website) range from $8.99 – $29.99.

Shopping NYC | Tipilly Sample Sale w/ Complimentary Beauty Treatments

I love sharing a great sample sale even though they can sometimes be dangerous to your wallet but this upcoming sample sale from Tipilly.com is more than what you’d expect from a regular sample sale. With your purchase, you get to indulge in complimentary makeovers and mini manicures as well as get a chance to win VIP tickets to the opening of their new showroom. Sounds great, right?

Tipilly.com is an online boutique featuring a line of fabulous and on-trend clothing designed in-house and available at affordable prices. You lucky readers who live in or close to NYC will save even more at this fabulous sample sale event. If you’re free on Wednesday, August 7th from 12 noon to 4pm and want to add a few great looks to your summer wardrobe and enjoy some beauty treatments, this is the place for you to be. Join celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge who are huge fans of Tipilly.

See the above flyer for all the details.

Transatlantic Fantasies in Tulle and Lace: The House of Romanitza

I think we all know the equation, don’t we? Every tall pretty girl wants to be a model.  Every model wants to become an actress. Every actress desires, at some point, to move behind the camera in some capacity. Well while there can’t be that many actresses that will achieve ‘Walk of Fame’ stardom, there are gaggles of models, some mildly and some hugely successful, that can further their acclaim by not reading scripts or going on castings of a different genre. It would stand to reason that some models, like many of those actresses, like the nature of their jobs. Tantamount to acting and the screen is modeling and the clothing, so wouldn’t it be natural to see a model create a successful clothing line? Well to Romanitza Claudia Iovan it’s natural and she’s shown she has the knack to turn her experience and talent into profit.

Experience? Definitely! Ms. Iovan was a Romanian model who decided to put her money and skill into the very thing that made her who she is. She understands that fashion, outside of all the pretty clothes and smoke and mirror glamour, is a business. Models are transacted in that business for their bodies and faces the same way clothing is transacted in the business to create fantasies, legacies and bottom lines. So in 1991 Ms. Iovan focused less on getting into Vogue and more on getting into the Financial Times and started the House of Romanitza. Focusing primarily on pristine gowns with a penchant towards couture, she has utilized her heightened sense of decadence to create a successful business with a core following and has become one of the most successful Romanian fashion designers today.

Having done couture fashion weeks and intimate designer showcases between New York and Budapest, the fanciful styles of the House of Romanitza are making strong strides in conquering the high fashion markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Her latest collection of gowns continue to showcase what makes the House of Romanitza praised by celebrities like Lisa Rinna, Kelly Rutherford and socialites worldwide. Gowns like the Golden Butterfly and the Silver Dream made from the most beautiful of lace, silk and embroidered tulle create works of wearable art while while satisfying the need for immaculate construction and a creation that makes a bold statement. My particular favorite is the house’s Allegra dress, inspired by Cirque Du Soliel and brought to brilliant vibrancy with a hot pink bodice and tri-colored hand-embroidered silk skirt.

What makes The House of Romanitza a house to recognize is that fact that the gowns the house creates and the way in which they are presented to the clients are speaking to their needs for elegance and wearability within the reaches of plausible luxury.  These are gowns that are cut for the bodies of real women who want to wear gowns rather than lend their bodies to experiments in dressmaking.

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Birchbox Launches Holiday Shop in Support of Art of Elysium

Birchbox, the consumer favorite “try-learn-buy” beauty retail option, unveiled a celebrity-curated holiday shop in support of The Art of Elysium, a non-profit encouraging actors, artists, and musicians to dedicate their time and talent to children battling various medical conditions. The special online holiday boutique features a selection of beauty, grooming and lifestyle product favorites hand selected by several of The Art of Elysium celebrity devotees, including Rumer Willis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Trueblood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten, and funny men Aziz Ansari, David Arquette and Hayes MacArthur.

From hair serums and nail polishes to toothbrushes and marshmallow shooters, Birchbox shoppers can get exclusive insights into Aziz Ansari’s hair care regime and unlock Jamie Lynn Sigler’s beauty secrets, all while checking off holiday shopping lists and supporting a great cause. The shop includes more than 35 celebrity product picks from brands including Kiehl’s, Origins, Anthony Logistics, Benefit and more.

To shop and learn more about the , please visit: www.birchbox.com/TheArtofElysium.

press information courtesy of Birchbox

Accessorize Yourself with Nissa Jewelry

It is my pleasure to introduce you dear readers to Nissa Jewelry (if you haven’t already). I fell completely head over heels with the gorgeous pieces designed by Nissa Wegienek. Her modern shapes, architectural and art deco details really speak to me. Her collection is unique, dynamic, and sophisticated with a cool edge. Known for her unique pieces, like the signature “collar” necklaces, “back dangle” earrings, and mixed metals, the Nissa Jewelry collection is designed to be worn multiple ways.

“Hand-made in New York City using primarily recycled materials, the collection offers bold and versatile designs, taking inspiration from forgotten vintage pieces and updating them in creative, modern, unexpected, feminine ways.”

Nissa started her her collection in 2008 and today, her pieces are sold in major department stores like Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus and has graced the necks, ears, fingers and arms of a host of celebrity fans including Brandy, Giuliana Rancic, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, and Katherine Heigl. Although Nissa Jewelry is known for the above metals, there are quite a few pieces that feature bold color in her collection, check out the following eye-catching vibrant necklaces.

I’m going to be dreaming about these pieces for a very long time. I’ve been shopping in my head in every jewelry category on the Nissa Jewelry Website. Everyone should own a piece or two of Nissa Jewelry, whether you are drawn to animal jewelry (I love the Elephant, Lion and Owl pieces), statement necklaces and earrings, Stingray pieces (which are stunning), you’ll be very happy with your choices.