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A Matter of Time | Standout Timepieces From Allen Lyle and Nooka

Accessories have become more than just accents to our look, they are now taking center stage and the focal point of many looks. Just like necklaces, earrings and rings, watches are experiencing a high in fashion and designers are experimenting with cool and unusual details and materials, just look at these eye-catching and innovative timepieces from Allen Lyle and Nooka.

Allen Lyle Watches

Allen Lyle Watches
With a collection made from the unconventional but very natural material that is wood – specifically sandalwood, maple wood and , these timepieces are a definite statement all on their own. Allen Lyle offers fashion forward styles for men and women at affordable prices. Although the styles feature classic watch faces, these wood watches are anything but boring. Whether you go for a square-faced, all-wood style like the Theo Light or Dark, or a wood and stainless steel style like the Kenzie, your watch will definitely get attention. To wrap your wrist in one of these, head over to http://shopallenlyle.com/shop/Watches.

Nooka Watches

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Nooka already makes very modern and futuristic timepieces that are attention-getters and they’ve upped the ante by reinvigorating their Zub series with glow-in-the-dark technology. Nooka strongly believes in the philosophy of “enhanced functionality and a technoprogressive”, their designs celebrate the future of design and style innovation. Another one of their new must-have styles is the Zex Silver, Gold and Night (shown below), a stainless steel, mineral crystal, leather bands and masculine design in their popular analogue dot face, the Zirc.

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All Nooka styles can be purchased on nooka.com. Are you loving these timepieces from Allen Lyle and Nooka? Which watches are your favorites?

Handbag Butler Key Finder | Never Lose Your Keys in Your Bag Again

No matter what the rules of handbag fashion, I always carry a big bag. The amount of stuff I have to tote around almost daily can in no way fit in anything smaller than the size of a hobo, my SLR Camera alone one takes up at least half of my handbag. But with a big bag comes one problem – finding my keys. I’m not sure if this has happened to anyone, but my keys always end up at the very bottom of my bag. Digging for them takes at least 5 or more minutes and I end up with half my bag’s contents on the ground. But ladies, there is a solution…..and very chic one at that. Thanks to Handbag Butler, an Australian-based company that was one of the first to create purse hangers and who I wrote about in 2009 – check out the post – Handbag Butler at NYIGF – has launched Handbag Butler Key Finders
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I’ve actually used other key finders, but they too end up at the bottom of my bag because they did not fit properly or snugly on my bag like the Handbag Butler Key Finder does. This unique and must-have impulse gift comes in 15 unique (four available for purchase now) and chic designs that will complement any handbag and personality. Check the video below to see if this describes you:

Does the above video look like something you go through? Then this charming little accessory will help you. The Handbag Butler Key Finder comes packaged in an adorable velvet pouch and retails for $12.99. It will make any woman who carries a large handbag or who’s always struggling to find her keys.

Accessor-EYES Your Summer

Today is a beautiful bright and sunny day which of course means its time to pull out the sunglasses. Finding a chic pair of sunglasses that fits my face is always a chore – my face is a very circular oval (I treat my sunglasses like precious gems but just like every sunglasses owner, I have lost or broken a few), so when I do see styles that work, I practically hold them up to the heavens and chant. This summer, I’m particularly excited about the eyewear offerings from two brands – Oakley and See Eyewear.

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With my face shape, I find that large frames like the Oakley Underspin, Changeover – my favorite style – oversized and chic, these large square lenses feature frames with a blend of color and texture; the Sweetspot – my second favorite – a large, round, lightweight frames that are universally flattering and offer great sun protection. This style is feminine yet strong. Other great styles include the Drizzle, Urgency and Overtime and because this is Oakley, they are available in a variety of colored frames.

SEE BOUTIQUE

See Boutique features a collection that is a eclectic and unique assortment of the best. They are innovative fashion frame makers who puts their products through a double editing process. My favorite styles from See Eyewear seem to all be gradient styles and they include #3936, #3935, and #5240.

Moliabal Milano Luxury Hair Accessories

Everyone who knows me can hardly find an instance where I’m not wearing a headband (yes I wore them before they were as fashionable as they are now) and I’m always on the lookout for new fashionable hair accessories so when I was introduced the the very chic collection of luxury hair accessories from Moliabal Milano, I instantly fell in love.

Founded/designed by Monica Masini, the chic Moliabal Milano line of hair accessories, whose name is a combination of the first two letters of hers and her friends first names – Licia, Abele and Alberto – was established when Monica couldn’t find anything exciting in hair accessories. Deciding it was time to create her hair ornament collection, she became focused on finding new materials and inspirations from everything she saw around her, thus creating the first Italian line completely dedicated to luxury hair accessories.


Moliabal Milano offers many styles of French pins, snap pins, ponytail holders, combs, claws which retail between $10.00 – $50.00 each. The line features products made of silk, cotton, beads and chiffon, etc. The concept of the entirely Black & White Collection is “easy chic and classic style”. This concept gives the line the ability to satisfy women of all ages, making it perfect for every occasion, day or night. Each item is presented and sold in a branded organza bag (pictured above) which comes in three sizes – small, medium and large, matching the size of the accessories.

A self proclaimed perfectionist, Monica notes that she has re-made a sample 10 times until she found it perfect, sometimes driving her suppliers crazy but it’s all done in the name of her passion and love of her brand. Monica herself has a very rich history in fragrance and private label accessories. From the age of five, she was travelling around the world with her father, a distributor of cosmetic brands and fragrances in the Italian market. To find out more on Moliabal Milano, check out their Facebook page – Moliabal Milano on Facebook.

The Juicy Couture D.I.Y Charm Collection

Before the Fashion Week madness begun, Juicy Couture held a cocktail event to celebrate the launch of the newest addition to their adorable range of charms, the Juicy Couture D.I.Y Charm Collection. Juicy invited media to come couture themselves with charms from their new more delicate collection of the fashion accessories that you can mix and match. The vast selection of stylish charms features everything from strawberries, elephants, wishbones, initials, animals (we love the dragonfly), geometric shapes and much more .that can be worn on both bracelets and necklaces.

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We, and we’re sure this happened to several other media attendees, were brought back to our childhood as we oohed and ahhed over the captivating charms. As you cam imagine, selecting two favorites was quite difficult, actually quite impossible as the variety of Juicy Couture charms was amazing large.

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We were also given the chance to find out if we will truly live the charmed life with readings with Astrologer, Susan Miller, whose’s website, Astrology Zone, is a must visit.

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Want more information on this amazing fashion jewelry that is the Juicy Couture D.I.Y Charm Collection, visit the D.I.Y Charm Shop.

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What are your thoughts on the Juicy Couture D.I.Y Charm Collection? Would you wear these adorable charms? Share your thoughts in the comments.

The Newest Collections from Send the Trend

If you’re not already familiar with SendtheTrend.com then you should do so post haste. Send the Trend is an the innovative way to shop for personalized fashion accessories, a one-stop boutique created by Divya Gugnani, for fashion lovers who seek fashionable accessories at an amazing price.

So how does Sent the Trend work? You fill out a survey so they can figure out your style profile and recommend which trends best fits you. They customize a collection of amazing accessories for you to choose from each month. You choose your favorite and have it shipped to you – Free. So what hot accessories can you expect to see? You can expect to see the following exquisite accessories coming in the very near future on Send the Trend (I admit its in order of my favs) – Hot Clutches

What’s better than a chic stylist clutch. I love the hardn edge the zipper detail bring to the first one, the shape and the added soft touch and vintage feel from bow on the second. Lovers of bolder colors will love the bags featured below

For jewelry, I always love a statement pieces – how bold a statement purely depends on you of course. In terms of arm jewelry, be it a clear lucite or a bolder tiger’s eye watch

or the ever conversation pieces that are big bold bangles (an item from my childhood my mom indulged me in)

or maybe you just want to sparkle like the pieces in Send the Trend’s Winter Wonderland Collection

but Send the Trend isn’t just handbags and jewelry, beauty lovers will love their range of glosses, eye shadows, nail polish, etc

For those of you who love getting their hands on extra special items, Send the Trend is your destination for unique gift ideas like this stunning mink headband, fur earmuffs, fingerless gloves and other wonderful gift ideas all at an amazing price

Bajalia – Gorgeous Jewelry with a Purpose

We here at My Life on and off the Guest List thinks it’s always great to learn about new companies, especially something as beautiful as jewelry. Its even better when said jewelry company is working to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged artisans and entrepreneurs worldwide. Bajalia Jewelry “captures the rich cultural heritage of men and women worldwide with timeless pieces that reflect the ancient artistry of global entrepreneurs who are changing the world.”

Bajalia offers diverse products that includes authentic handmade products from India, China, Africa, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries. These products include women’s accessories, shawls, wall art, handmade papers and stationery products, handmade baskets and Folk Art Dolls. But today, I will feature their jewelry.

Their ethnic trend jewelry and crosses are made from silver, bidri and amazing metalwork and beadwork. These timeless pieces not only gorgeous, they are rich in cultural heritage. My favorite pieces are the gorgeous Tibetan-Style Neckpiece and the Tibetan-Style Swirl Motif Cuff Bracelet shown in the first and second photos above. The pieces are handmade with small and large coral-colored glass and acrylic beads, turquoise-colored clay nuggets and brass beads. While the necklace is no longer available online, the Cuff Bracelet can be purchased on HSN.com for a mere $59.95 or two payments of $29.97. Considering what you’re supporting, the price is a steal.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party

The legendary Pat McGrath, makeup artist for P & G Beauty (which owns Covergirl), has once again collaborated with LeSportsac to create an 8-piece pro cosmetic bag collection. We were one of the lucky few who got to attend the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party. She is legendary and the most influential editorial and celebrity makeup artist in the known world.

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Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011
Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011
Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011

The premier collection, which debuted last year, featured two makeup bags inspired by CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara. The 2011 collection is inspired lips, specifically by the CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color collection, and features new exclusive designs and shades from LeSportsac that coordinate perfectly.

The collection ranged from the small Kiss Case to the large Professional Carry All Tote that’s large enough to hold several other pieces from the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection which makes for easy travel. Though we did not get to interview Ms. McGrath at the launch event, she sweetly posed for a photo.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 Launch

The Covergirl beauty team was also on hand to offer makeup touchups and beauty tips to all who wanted to experience their great colors in all categories – lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Guests also got to enjoy some yummy treats (a sweet tooth’s heaven), a fantastic view of New York City and deliciously refreshing cocktails. It was the perfect backdrop to celebrate this wonderful, limited edition collection.

The collection will be sold on LeSportsac.com and at LeSportsac boutiques starting this month. Keep an eye out for a coupon for CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color with every bag purchase. What are your thoughts on this collection? Are you excited for the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection?