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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.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Shopping NYC: PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

The gifting season is almost upon us and we all know one gift that’s always a hit for the ladies – jewelry!! What’s better than giving the great gift of jewelry? Saving on those holiday jewelry gifts. We’re happy to once again share the upcoming PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale. As you know, we are obsessed with the stunning Italian Resin jewelry (which you may remember Rihanna rocked in the June 2018 issue of Vogue). Well, here’s your chance to score some of the gorgeous PONO jewelry at wonderful sample sale prices.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Get gorgeous gifts galore with a stop into the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale where the bold and beautiful baubles are all 50-80% off.  Shop and save to your heart’s content while you meet PONO’s Creative Director, Joan Goodman and feast your eyes on gorgeous goods from $5.00 – $500.00.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Go big with a posh pair of oversized Moon Resin Earrings – once $100 and now all yours at a fantastic $55.00. Score the sensational hand-sculpted, beaded Italian resin Allegra Necklace, previously $600.00 – now available at an amazing $250.00.

Steal the crystal-clear multilevel geometric Sea Glass Necklace for $175.00 down from a former $415.00, or own the Angle Bangle, a fusion of poetry and geometry – regularly $65.00, now yours for only $25.00. For the finish, indulge your wrists at the bangle bar, where 3 pieces are yours for only $25.00, 5 go for $30.00, and 10 can be taken for $50.00. All bangles are originally valued at $30.00 – $45.00 each.

How do you get to the  PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale? Head over to 224 W 30th St., Suite 304, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Hop on the following subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. The sample sale runs from Monday, Nov 26th through Friday, Dec 7th, from 9am–6pm. Please note the location is closed on Sundays. For more information on PONO and the upcoming sample sale, call (212-216 0022).

What are you looking forward to buying at the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale?

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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:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

breast cancer products

BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.

Women's Fashion: sample sale shopping

SHOPPING NEW YORK: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

Today in shopping deals news, there is an upcoming Alice + Olivia Sample Sale happening very soon. If you’re a fan of stylish and feminine contemporary fashion, you will want to check out this sale. From June 11th – June 16th, you can shop discounts on all women’s fashion including one-of-a-kind samples, outerwear, dresses, sunglasses, bags, and this year – shoes, too! Keep reading for full details on this great sale.

Be one of the first to get your hands on the brand’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting pants, beautiful printed dresses and blouses, chic purses and accessories, and as previously stated, for the first time ever, shoes at discounted prices. We’re not sure what women’s footwear styles will be available at the sale, but we know the Alice + Olivia Rachelle, and Logan heels are fashion favorites that we would love to personally get our hands on. We recommend you add this sale to your calendar now so you don’t miss out on the great deals and discounts. The full details on the sale, including location and date and times, are featured below:

260 Fifth Avenue
(Btwn 28th and 29th Street)
Take the W or R trains to 28th St or the 6 Train to 28th St

Days and hours of sale are as follows:

June 11th – June 17th
Monday : 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday : 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday : 10am – 8pm

Launched in 2002, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, Alice + Olivia epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet.

Will you be taking advantage of the incredible deals at the Alice + Olivia sample sale in New York? What key Alice + Olivia pieces are you hoping to score at the sample sale? Happy shopping ladies!

It’s Shop’O Clock: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale

Hello fellow fashion lovers. If you haven’t noticed, the season of savings is upon us. That’s right, sample sale season has begun. It’s time to “not-splurge” on some of your favorite splurge-worthy luxury fashion accessories at a budget-friendly price. We’re happy to share the upcoming sample sale of one of our favorite luxury jewelry labels, PONO by Joan Goodman. What’s so wonderful about the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale? Aside from the fact that they are gorgeous and you’ll be rocking the same fabulous pieces that have become it’s own character on shows like The Good Wife, you’ll be in the same style company as Rihanna who recently wore a few pieces in June’s issue of Vogue Magazine.

So join us in springing into spring and summer style by heading over to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale where bold and beautiful pieces are yours for the taking at 50-80% off. Peruse all the pretty things with Creative Director, Joan Goodman, and enter their raffle to score an astonishing ensemble of jewelry that will knock your fashionable socks off!

You will fall in love with links like the Lena Necklace, originally $500.00, now up for grabs for $200.00; or find fashion in the stars with the over-sized Gemini Necklace, once $340.00, now a novel $100.00. For the edgy and elegant, there are the perfectly pastel Ice Angle Bangles available, normally $60.00, now simply half price at $30.00, or PONO’s sensational Swing Earrings, all your favorite pool-side hues, normally $55.00, now all yours for only $25.00. Finally, take home this season’s “must-have” on-piece “Maker”- the textured Touchstone necklace, it’s everything you’ll need to be beach glam, now $50.00, way down from an earlier $490.00!

 

 

See all the location and sale details below:

Date: May 30th – June 8th, from 9am–6pm
Location: 224 W 30th St, suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves.

Getting to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale is easy via the following subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station.

RescueHer Kit: The Ultimate Rescue Kit of Essentials for Women

As women, we always like to be prepared, that’s why we tend to carry a big handbag. We want to make sure we have everything we need in case of emergencies, not just for us, but also for friends, family members, etc. We never know when we may need needle and thread, eye shadow, hair accessories, etc. Women are perpetual girl scouts – we are always prepared. Fashion trends aside, if we could, we’d much rather carry a smaller bag because after a while, lugging all that stuff around not only makes our bags heavy, it makes them a cluttered mess. What if a there was a great kit of fix-it-all essentials for us? Thankfully there is a solution to having the emergency items we need while enjoying a less bulky and unorganized handbag – the RescueHer Kit.

The RescueHer kit was designed to make sure that you’re prepared for every occasion or emergency that may happen with carrying around a car-size purse. Lose a button or rip your pants, the RescueHer kit has got you covered. Enjoyed a leafy lunch and now you have something stuck in your teeth? No need to use your nails (yes we’ve all seen this happen), dental floss is only an arms length away. Speaking of nails, have you chipped or broken a nail? Your rescue is literally in the bag. Every problem, from losing the back of an earring to needing emergency tampons and deodorant is solved with the RescueHer kit. With quick access to hair ties, bobby pins, a comb, a bottle of hairspray, and sugar-free minty fresh breath drops means you’ll always look and be your best while on the go.

Other wonderful aspects of this modern day survival kit is that fact that its inside zipper pocket offers added security. Keep your ID, credit cards and cash safely inside. There’s so much inside of each RescueHer kit. Check out what’s included in every chic bag:

Eye Shadow & Contour Palette
Eyeliner Pencil With Sharpener
Full Volume Black Mascara
Bb Cream
Cheek Bronzer
Fresh Breath Drops
Roll On Deodorant
Hairspray
Hair Comb
2 Earring Backs
2 Black Elastic Hairbands
2 Bobby Pins
Nail Glue
Emery Board
2 Makeup Wipe Removers
Mending Kit With 2 Buttons
Safety Pin
2 Single-Use Dental Floss
2 Adhesive Bandages
Tweezers
2 Advil Pain Reliever
2 Kotex Panty Liners
2 Kotex Regular Tampons
And A Silver Metal Purse Strap

Ladies, if you are tired of carrying around a large purse, why not let the RescueHer kit help you downsize. Each kit is only $49.95 each and comes housed in either a black, white, or pink designer bag. This also makes an amazing Mother’s Day gift. What woman wouldn’t love to have everything she needs. Grab your favorite color now on www.rescueher.com.

High-Tech Meets High Fashion Eyewear: GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens

You may not realize it but many of us put a 24-hr strain on our eyes. Going from hours in front of a computer, to your smartphone, to your television. While blue light may be beneficial to our eyes during the daytime. It does have a dark side. Did you know that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina? While this helps to boost your attention and mood, at night too much blue light exposure can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. Luckily there is an answer to solve this blue light problem, the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens. As Editor of our women’s lifestyle website, we spend hours updating our site and engaging our followers on social media before, during and after events. We have to make sure our eyes are protected and the blue light blocking glasses from the GUNNAR Optiks do just that.

Who is GUNNAR Optiks? They are the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear. The above Infinite by Publish lens is blue light glasses from the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens collection in collaboration with leading apparel brand company, Publish. Together, these two powerful brands bring to life the never ‘seen’ before, uniquely versatile, Work-Play lens. The other styles in the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens collection include the retro classic Intercept and the strong traditional Axial frames. What we love about these glasses, besides their stylish look and amazing technology, is you can get them with or without your prescription.

These innovative dual-purpose lifestyle eyewear are designed for indoor blue light protection from digital screens which then transitions to a sunglass for outdoor protection from UV light and the sun’s rays. With these unique glasses, you can easily transition from working indoors to playful activities outdoors. The new GUNNAR Optiks Work Play lens is a simplistic and stylish solution to eye protection worries.

In just 45 seconds, the Work-Play lens seamlessly transitions from an indoor translucent amber tint with Visible Light Transmission (VLT) of 83-percent and a Blue-Light Protection Factor (BPF) of 65, to an outdoor sunglasses tint with a VLT of 26-percent and a BPF of 85. Powered by innovative GUNNAR i-Amp® lens technology, Work-Play lenses maximize long-wave blue light, helping to stimulate your alertness and attitude while improving your circadian rhythm all day long.

The all-new Work Play lens Infinite by Publish glasses is the first and only digital eyewear to combine the unparalleled protection of GUNNAR’s patented lens technology with the unparalleled style of Publish. The new GUNNAR Optiks Work Play lens collection is available now on www.gunnar.com and www.publishbrand.com.