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See What’s Blooming: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Eyewear Collection

You’re already familiar with her movies, her film company, wines, and beauty company, but did you know Drew Barrymore launched an eyewear collection? Adding another successful launch to her Flower Brand with her super chic range of opticals, readers, and sunglasses that make up her Flower Eyewear collection.

The vibrant and playfully chic Flower Eyewear collection perfectly captures Drew Barrymore’s quirky and idealistic sense of style (she’s got that flower power indeed). The 30+ piece eyewear collection includes optical frames in the classic eyewear shapes: cat-eye, round and rectangular, in fun colorful prints and color combinations. The eyewear collection also boasts seven styles of sunglasses, and eight reader styles, all of which are named after one of Barrymore’s most beloved characters.

Our favorites from the Flower Eyewear collection are the Edie Sunglasses (shown above), a chunky cool frame named after her Grey Gardens character in the brown-blue demi print, and the two-toned Lucy Optical (shown below), named after her 50 First Dates character in pink gradient tortoise (no surprise we love this pink pair).

Other notable styles from the Flower Eyewear collection include the cat-eye Chloe Sunglasses in tortoiseshell, the Charlie Sunglasses, an updated cat-eye with a stylishly sloped browline, a navy rim with cream temples, and the cool, classic Casey Aviators.

We know getting the right and most flattering eyewear is a personal choice. One has to take into account personal style, face shape, etc into consideration when choosing the right frames but at least with Flower Eyewear, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high quality, fashion forward eyewear. When asked about the addition of opticals to her brand, the actress stated the following:

“Eyewear, to me, is the same as the beauty category because it is a part of a women’s expression of who she is. It’s a confidence builder and should make them feel beautiful.”

The range of Flower Eyewear prescription frames and sunglasses, which retails between $39.00 and $88.00 for sunnies and opticals, and $19.94 for readers, are available exclusively at Walmart vision centers.

Get Pinned: It’s Pretty Charming Lapel Pins and Other Cool Shit

We love discovering new brands, we find it a bit exhilarating to know about a new product or new designer before everybody else. We have many stories of our discoveries, many typical, many unique. Today we’re going to share one of our most recent discoveries. We joined a Facebook group because a friend of ours is a member, and through that group, we discovered Shantel Turner-Collins and her incredibly adorable accessories, the It’s Pretty Charming Lapel Pins. These very chic fashion pins prove that once again, good things do come in small packages. As we’re in February, Black History Month, and the month of love, it’s the perfect time to highlight the giftable It’s Pretty Charming Lapel Pins.

The adorable handmade lapel pins currently come in five options – Enamel iPhone, Enamel Parfum Bottle, Enamel Purple High Heel Shoes, Bucket of Flowers, and a Black and Red Coffee Travel Coffee Cup, and retail for $4.95 each on her Etsy page. All five It’s Pretty Charming Lapel Pins comes with a black backing for easing pinning. These perfect little accessories will make a big impact when you wear them on your favorite jacket, jeans, or handbag. The iPhone inspired enamel pin measures 21 mm x 25.4 mm; the Parfum Bottle enamel pin measures 25.4 mm x 20.17 mm; the Purple High Heels enamel pin measures 25.4 mm x 20.64 mm; the Bucket of Flowers enamel pin measures 25.4 mm x 20.17 mm; and the Travel Coffee Cup enamel pin measures 14.4 mm x 25.4mm in size.

Along with her must-have, It’s Pretty Charming Lapel Pins (seriously, we want them all), Shantel Turner-Collins also has some pretty cool tote bags, and coin purses available with some very blunt phrases. You can see them all on her site, www.shanieism.com.  They’re perfect for those times you’re forced to curb your language (raise your hand if you too want a “Saving My Coins for The Shit I Plan to Buy Retro Coin Purse?”.) As her slogan goes, her products are “creative shit for ladies who love swearing”.

Another cool accessory is the above gold-plated, 3 Piece Macaron Multi-Color Keychain, Purse, and Handbag Charm. These chic french favorites are available in four colorways and retail for $6.95 each. How freaking cute are they? We definitely need these delectable keychains in our accessories draw. What about you ladies? Any favorite items you must possess from It’s Pretty Charming?

 

Solo Bags: The Perfect Bags for the Woman-on-the-Go

We’re all about cool bags over here, so of course, we’re always on the lookout for great new brands. We didn’t have to go too far for our next bag discovery. If you haven’t heard of the NYC-based Solo Bags, we’re more than excited to introduce them to you. Solo Bags is one of the largest, and fastest-growing lifestyle and fashion accessories brands. They make trendy bags, purses, urban totes, backpacks, briefcases, laptop, and tablet cases for men and women. What we’re really excited about are their options for the larger laptops. We own a 17″ HP Laptop and finding fashionable laptop bags has been quite difficult, hell, finding any bag that fits our laptop has difficult. Thankfully Solo Bags has several stylish options for those who are looking for anything over 15 inches.

The above bags are the effortlessly stylish, Bridgehampton Backpack, from Solo’s new Hamptons Collection. A collection that highlights a fresh take on heritage tailoring, rich textures, and thoughtful details; and the Frequency Briefcase, from the Gravity Collection, a futuristic collection that fuses aerodynamic design with space tech-inspired mesh-foam for a fearless style. We love the classic look of a briefcase, and messenger styled bag for our laptop, and immediately fell for the Solo Chrysler Briefcase, Empire Briefcase, Elite Slim Brief, and Active 17.3″ Messenger. All four laptop bags boasts a fully padded 17.3″ laptop compartment, with each featuring their own special details and essential compartments.

We love the Chrysler Briefcase for its full-sized front zip-down organizer section with key clip, divided file compartment, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, and the back strap slides for easy placement over luggage handles. The Empire Briefcase also features a Clamshell CheckFast™ design that allows you to pass through airport security faster, a quick access pocket, a full-length front zippered pocket, a full-size front zip-down organizer section, file compartment, padded carry handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and the back strap slides for your luggage. The Elite Slim Brief features a scratch resistant liner, full-length front zippered pocket, zippered side entry, and a fold-flat carry handle. The Active 17.3″ Messenger, the sportier style out of these four, features a full-size interior organizer section, a padded carry handle, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, speed buckle closure, back pocket slides for your luggage handle, and a rear pocket.

Another great option is the Impulse Duffel from Solo Bags’ Urban Code Collection. Like the other mentioned above, it also features a fully padded 17.3″ laptop compartment, back strap slides over luggage handle, large capacity main compartment, removable/adjustable shoulder strap, as well as an internal iPad/tablet pocket, and the Solo Bags logo written in Morse code as a tribute to digital pioneers, all in cool shades of gray color palette.

Whether you’re looking for a backpack, briefcase, messenger, tote, or sleeve for your laptop, with a Solo Bag, you’ll do so stylishly. Could your laptop or tablet use a ne stylish home? What are your thoughts on the bag options from Solo Bags?

Look Spectacular in the Elevated Fit of Covry Eyewear

When it comes to eyewear, we always have the same issue, finding cute sunnies that complements our wide, oval/round face. For a while, we gave up on trying to find cute eyewear, concluding we’d just have to deal with the sun’s never-ending glare. Luckily we get invited to great events which continuously introduces us to great, new brands. We not-so=recently were introduced to a great eyewear brand at Caravan Stylist Studios, Brooklyn-based, Covry Eyewear, and its Founders, Athina Wang and Florence Shin. What makes this indie eyewear brand really cool is, not only do they have sunglasses and specs for the four different face shapes – square, oval, round and heart-shaped; they also offer styles for both narrow and wide faces.

Imagine coolly slipping on a pair of sunnies or specs that fit your face comfortably, even when you smile broadly. We didn’t think it was possible but with Covry Eyewear, it truly is. Say hello to the eyewear brand that embraces diverse facial features. While most available eyewear sits on your cheeks, slide down your nose, or rise up your face, Covry Eyewear’s signature Elevated Fit, which boasts longer nose pads, a reduced frame curvature, and a narrowed nose bridge, elevates the frame to sit higher on your face and away from your cheeks. Covry Eyewear currently offers nine styles of spectacles and 20 styles of sunglasses.

Since we are blessed with a wide face, styles like the PAVO and NASH specs, and MAIA, VEGA, CASTOR, and LYNX sunglasses are recommended for us. So if you are also blessed with wide faces, dear readers, these are the styles to check out first. For you narrow-faced women out there, it is recommended that you check out the RIGEL specs, and KRAZ, and LYNX sunglasses.

Covry Eyewear is available for both women and men on www.shopcovry.com and ranges in price from $95.00 – $135.00. And although it is winter, the glare of the sun knows no season, are you wearing the most comfortable sunglasses? What are your thoughts on the styles from this great indie eyewear brand? Could Covry make you SPECtacular? Share your thoughts with us.

SHOPPING NYC: The LeSportsac Sample Sale

They say seven is a lucky number, well that seems about right this week. After a long seven-year absence from sample sale season, LeSportsac is finally answering prayers by having the first LeSportsac Sample Sale in over 7 years just in time for holiday gifting. The back by popular demand LeSportsac sample sale is sure to be one of the best sales of this year. Budgets be praised! The LeSportsac Sample Sale promises everything from wallets to totes, backpacks to weekend bags in solid hues and their amazing prints, at prices up to 70 percent off. Continue reading to get all the pertinent details on this amazing sale.

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Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th and running until Thursday, December 15th, you can take advantage of the wonderful deals on LeSportsac bags that you won’t get or see anywhere else. Get holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list and a few LeSportsac bags for yourself. Mark your calendars for December 13th, from 4pm to 8pm, December 14th, from 8am to 7pm, and December 15th, from 8am to 5pm, and make some time to head over to the 5th floor of The Metropolitan Pavilion at 123 West 18th street, between 6th and 7th avenues.

There’s no need to make sure you have cash on hand, this sample sale accepts credit cards only. Please note that all sales at this sale are final and there are no exchanges or refunds so shop wisely (of course we think anything you pick up at these prices would be a great deal). All bags, coats, and cell phones must be checked into the onsite coat check and only wallets (no handbags) are allowed into the sale. Lastly, please be aware that neither children nor strollers will be allowed in the sale, so leave the kids at home. Plan on attending the sale? We’d love to see what great deals you walk away with.

SHOPPING NYC: Check Out the Leg Resource Sample Sale

Hello to our fellow sample sale fans. We’ve kinda been stalking this legwear, socks, and hosiery sample sale from Leg Resource for a while, waiting in anticipation of its announcement, all throughout the month of November actually, and we almost gave up hope. Thank goodness we were not let down this year (we almost chalked it up as another reason 2016 was a horrible year), because the annual Leg Resource Sample Sale is officially happening, one week away. For those not yet familiar, Leg Resource is a leading manufacturer and brand marketer of all things legwear, from some of your favorite designer brands.

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As always, this amazing sale promises designer leggings, pantyhose, tights, and socks for women, and men. In the past, we’ve taken home quite the legwear and hosiery haul, with many of our purchases starting at $1.00. That’s right, at the Leg Resource Sample Sale, you can score some amazing hosiery and legwear products at some unbelievably low prices. Some of Leg Resource’s brands include Betsey Johnson, Betsey Johnson Performance, and Blue by Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Anne Klein, Laundry by Shelli Segal, ORI, Immagine Italiana, and Psycho Bunny. And there is something for all sizes, with leggings and tights going up to size 6XL (hooray for the curvy and plus size ladies who usually have a difficult time finding tights and leggings that fit properly).

The Leg Resource Sample Sale takes places at their office from December 5th – 9th, from 9am – 5:30pm. Leg Resource is located at 390 Fifth Avenue, Suite 405 at 36th street. Please note, this is a cash only sale and we recommend scheduling out some time to go through all the sale is offering. Of course, you can just go back each day of the sale.

Will you be taking advantage of this wonderful sample sale? Feel free to share photos of your haul from the sale with us.

SHOPPING NYC: PONO Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

The holidays are almost right around the corner, which means it’s just about that time to start getting your gift ideas ready and taking advantage of sample sales. One great upcoming sample sale is the annual PONO Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale. The luxury jewelry brand is offering many of their stunning pieces at 50-80% off their regular prices, plus many of their accessories are limited edition, one-of-a-kind pieces.

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You have ten days to grab as many gifts as you can for the special women on your holiday list at the PONO Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale. Expect to see rows and rows of exquisite beautiful jewelry at amazingly affordable prices, did we already mention the sale is 50-80% off?

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The best part, while shopping for these beautiful pieces (some of which you can see above), you can chat with PONO Jewelry designer Joan Goodman and learn all about the things that make PONO so wonderful. You’ll be left in awe as you drool over the PONO Sunstone Angle Bracelet, now only $30.00, down from $60.00; or the magnificent Many Moons Resin Necklace originally $440.00,  now a steal at $180.00; why not go for gold with the Crescent Moon Resin Choker, now wonderfully available at $75.00, down from the original price of $215.00; or make a “great taste” statement with the Egyptian-inspired Sophia Resin Choker, originally $385.00, but can now be yours for $200.00. If that’s not enough, the PONO Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale promises lots of arm candy with their bracelet stacks at their bangle bar where 10 bracelets are on sale for $50.00 (that’s $5.00 per bracelet). These bracelet stacks normally retail for $250.00, so you know this deal is amazing.

The PONO Holiday jewelry Sample Sale will be held at 347 W 36th St. suite 405, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, Monday, Nov 28th until Wednesday, Dec 7th (the location is closed on Sunday), from 9am to 6pm. For more info on the sale, contact PONO at 212-216-0044 or log on to www.ponobyjoangoodman.com.

Purse First: Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection

In honor of the epic words of Bob the Drag Queen, we’re heading into the fall season, “purse first”! What better time than National Handbag Day to celebrate the wonderful handbag collection from a friend of ours. You’re well aware we love spotlighting upcoming designers and indie brands on My Life on and off the Guest List, so it’s only natural that we introduce you to the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection. We first introduced you to this high-end, indie leather handbag designer back in February when she held an introductory handbag trunk show. Now all the bags we saw are available and ready to chic up your wardrobe with their elegant silhouettes.

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As we stated back in February, the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection is an accessible luxury brand that features a range of chic handbags focused on quality, modern design, and innovation. The handbag collection boasts minimalist designs, and classic silhouettes with an incorporated higher function. Thanks to its interior LED touch light system which is integrated into each handbag, you will no longer go blindly digging into your purses. Chinyere Ugoji wonderfully combines fashiona nd function with her luxury leather bag collection and if you think you can choose a favorite, think again. I’m currently in love with the Mackenzie Tote in Azure Blue, the Veronica Signature Laptop Bag (shown in the first photo), the Soho Satchel, and the Claudette Portfolio Clutch (pictured below).

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There are several styles from the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection to love. Whether you go for a travel bag, hobo, clutch, crossbody, or tote, you’re sure to find a bag to fit your needs.

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Each carefully crafted leather handbag has a built-in touch light to illuminate the contents of your bag in dark or dimly lit areas. The LED touch light is encased in a small leather pocket on the upper interior of the bag (get an upclose look in the photos below). This innovative pocket light can also be positioned to illuminate exterior objects like your front door lock, a menu or check in a dimly lit restaurant.

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The LED light is flexible to both the inside and outside of the bag and only requires a simple tap or swipe of the finger to switch it on and off. The LED light is powered by a small watch battery that is easily replacable and turns off automatically after 30 seconds to conserve power.

Whata re your thoughts on the Chinyere Ugoji Fall 2016 Handbag Collection? Do you have a favorite style?