Raquelle Bianco Jewelry Giveaway

Strongly influenced by Italian classic jewelry, the Raquelle Bianco  Jewelry Collection combines love for vivid materials crafted into modern shapes with a nod to family history. Named after the designer, Eddie Weiss’s, great grandmother who herself was a jewelry designer in 1910 when there were not many female designers, the Raquelle Bianco Collection utilizes traditional icons, classic ornaments and modern symbols which are translated into contemporary and fun jewelry with imaginative details. You’ll immediately notice the heirloom aspect of each piece, they certainly look like pieces I would want passed down to me.

Since its commercial launch at the 2010 JCK show in Las Vegas, the Raquelle Bianco brand has developed into one of the fastest rising brands in the jewelry world with over 200 USA retail stores clamoring for the vivacious colors, excellent price points and versatile collections. The JCK Show even voted Raquelle Bianco the best line for 2011. You can get to know the nine different collections – Blossom, Delice, Euphoria, Instinct, Nocturnal, Radiant, Rapture, Romantica and Serenity  which features bold colored necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings with Swarovski embellishments and a youthful personality on their newly launched website – http://www.raquellebianco.com; the design touches such as animal print, pucci-esque color inspirations and intricate design structure make these pieces a must have (I’m dying for the Red ring featured above from the Rapture Collection and the Black Spinel ring (also featured above) from the Euphoria Collection).

So in honor of Mr. Weiss’s bold and talented Great Grandmother (it took a lot of courage and strength for a woman to be a designer in the 1900’s), I am offering two very lucky readers their own Raquelle Bianco Jewelry piece. That’s right, two of you will win this gorgeous Raquelle Bianco Black and White Topaz Pendant

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. and Canada resident, 18 yrs or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on April 3rd, 2011 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on April 11th, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (2) two winners by random drawing from all eligible entries to each receive a Raquelle Bianco Pendant. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx estimated retail value of prize $79.00 each. Winners will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Raquelle Bianco.

Color Me a Case – Colorful Cases for Mobile Devices

As I write this, I’m green with envy at all the wonderful, colorfully vibrant cases that will not be available to me because I own the stepchild of mobile phones – a Droid. While the iPhone enjoys a vast amount of prints and colors, the Droid hardly enjoys more than five colors maximum but I still have hope and I’m keeping my eye on at least two companies I was introduced to at Pepcom. Both companies are doing amazing things with case colors and prints for Cellphones, iPads, Tablets, laptop bags, kindles, iPods, etc. I’m not just talking color, but also wonderful artistic prints and patterns that are great extensions of one’s personality

The first company I’m keeping my eye on is (*) Speck. (*) Speck, a worldwide leader in cases and bags for iPhone, MacBook, BlackBerry, iPad and tons of other personal electronic devices (even a Droid or two but unfortunately not my EVO), started out with cases for the original iPod and the iSport – an iPod fanny pack with blinking light. Today, the company’s products are one of the must have for fun, functional, stylish cases to protect your mobile gear. Case (pun intended) in point, the below Burton Fitted which comes in the following prints (Lumber Lighter, Houndstooth Gray, Fadeaway Gray/Black/Pink, Fadeaway Gray/Black/Green and Black & White Plaid) is available for iPhone 4 (fits both Verizon & AT&T versions), iPad and 4th Generation iPod Touch. I love the graphic design, the fact that it looks like it has texture and of course that it is bold.

Speaking of texture, I love the soft “squishy” feel of the (*) Speck PixelSkin Case. Its cool tactile grid texture makes for a comfortable grip, it’s rubberized touch-thru button covers and convenient cutouts for 30-pin connector and hold switch make it finger friendly and I like the bold colors (though I wish that included a pink)

Believe it or not, I do own something from (*) Speck – two laptop bags. My love of pink directed me to the PixelSleeve for Devices up to 10″ (shown below) – perfect for my pink HP Netbook

And for my regular laptop, I have the same PixelSleeve for Notebooks up to 15″ – this laptop is used a lot by some male friends, so the basic bag is perfect for their various personalities

The second company I’m keeping an eye on is Incase. Incase products promote great design simplicity while offering intuitive functionality and increased mobility for an enhanced user experience. Of course they do this with a sophisticated artistic flair. Their Andy Warhol Collection (iPhone cases pictured below) really caught my eye. The Warhol series has five different designs that are available for the iPhone 4, 13” and 15” Notebooks, iPad and a standard shoulder bag.

Other amazingly edgy collections from Incase include the Perforated Collection (Which looks so modern to me, very Japanese in its simplicity), the Alloy Collection (love the crinkly look),  the Coated Canvas (very clean, very basic), the Courier Collection (a perfect color combination for spring) and the Nylon Collection (very clean like the Coated Canvas collection but with a pop of vibrant colored closures)

What’s I’m excited to see from Incase are their new camera bags. I recently purchased a Canon T1i and have been on the hunt for a more playful camera bag. I don’t want the usual black, I want graphics, colors, etc, so hopefully they (or Speck) will make my wish come true and include a more vibrant camera bag to their product line.

It’s About TIME!!

As many of you may know, from past posts, I LOVE jewelry. So you can only image how excited I was to get a sneak peak at the newest styles from top fashion watch brands BCBG MAXAZRIA, Breil Milano, Freestyle and Kenneth Cole New York. These fine pieces fit any budget and add class, style and functionality to any wardrobe.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Watches are the premiere lifestyle brand which embodies today’s fashionable woman; effortlessly chic and youthful in spirit. The Spring/Summer 2011 watch collection provides eye-catching timepieces for under $200. A standout is the BCBG Watch with the retro BCBG flower insignia from the “Icon Voyage” collection, they retail for $125 each and come in the following colors – black, green, yellow and white with rose gold.

Breil Milano, the international watch and jewelry brand helmed by visionaries Macello & Simone Binda, captures the essence of today’s trend-setting customer in their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Any woman or man would be truly excited by their watch collections, timepieces fill with charisma, simple lines, refined and dynamic details. Women will love their jewelry collection which is best described as versatile and multi-functional.

Made from stainless steel, you can wear a necklace long or short, wear a necklace as a bracelet or earrings as short delicate or long, dangling statement pieces…all for no more than $140. For example, can you believe the above photos are all the same necklace? The beauty of this piece is the charming silver balls all have stoppers inside which allows you to move and place them wherever you please. Imagine the possibilities. Breil Milano is launching an online retail shop exclusively for their jewelry next month but if you’re dying for more, go to http://www.breil.com/en-NL/products/jewels/

Have you heard of Freestyle Watches? Its a name you should know. Freestyle is the watch of choice for surfers and after this season, it will be yours too. This watch line contains watches that feature both bright, bold colors while others have more of a tough, hard edge with athletic functionality that is a fashion conscious man or woman’s dream. For under $125 you can sport the newest timepieces. If you are someone who embraces bold color and modern structure is your style of choice, the fashionable watches from Freestyle are for you.

Last but certainly not least, Kenneth Cole has created a transparent watch that everyone will envy. This watch is inspired by New York City’s art-deco architecture that embodies a “less is more” approach to both classic and sporty timepieces. The industrial style timepieces boast skeleton movements and suspended dials. Available on Saffiano textured and calf leather straps, silicone straps or stainless steel bracelets, the Transparency collection is sure to tantalize the appetite of every city dweller. Kenneth Cole also introduced the beauty of ceramic bands to several timepieces in the collection. I love the chic combination of Rose Gold and White ceramic. Speaking of the combination of Rose Gold and White, my favorite Kenneth Cole timepiece actually had a more futuristic and interactive aspect – its the Touch Screen Digital

Upon first sight, it looks like a simple and chic classic face but this amazing watch features touch-sensor technology, view time for 32 cities in the world, stainless steel case, rubber strap, is water resistant and has a backlight for nighttime viewing – I love it.

If you are in the market for a new statement timepiece, you should get more acquainted with these brands, one will definitely have something to match your style and taste.


Pour la Victoire Fall 2011 Footwear Collection Preview

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have been given some sort of evil spell; that’s the only explanation as to why I was not familiar with the beautiful work of David Giordano and Jay Adoni. (David Giordano is pictured below)

Their shoes line, Pour la Victoire, launched its first collection in 2007. Inspired by hard edge European fashion and the spirit of evolution, these shoes promote a modern 21st century look for a style that would otherwise only be associated with the Marie Antoinette. Each shoe carries classic French names like Victorina or Malena in honor of their soigné European appeal.

I attended the Fall 2011 collection preview of Pour la Victoire and fell instantly in love. The collection features bold feminine strength by using historic, luxurious, and unusual materials and designs.


Though I wasn’t familiar with the line, several celebs are, including Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Emmy Rossum, Sophia Bush, Anne Hathaway, etc. After previewing the Fall collection, I was dying to see what Pour la Victoire currently has in stores for spring and yes, spring is just as yummy.

While at the Fall Preview, I interviewed the charismatic David Giordano about the inspiration, the new collection and a few other shoe facts

To get your own pair (or pairs) of Pour la Victoire, visit such retailers as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstroms, Zappos, etc. Click on Pour la Victoire Retailers to see both US and Worldwide retailers.

Serving Spring – Designs by Lolita Glassware

Its past March 20th and Winter is overstaying its welcome. It’s so sad looking out the window as the cold dreary days come and go with not a flower bud in sight but what Old Man Winter is denying us, Designs by Lolita is serving…on a platter no less (well technically, a serving tray). Bring Spring into your life by enjoying a refreshing beverage from a Designs by Lolita glass. Browsing for the first time through a Martini menu, Lolita was inspired by the recipes. After being served a Cosmopolitan, her creative imagination made her see the glass differently – the way she thought it should be – a bit more dressed up with a pattern, with flair and a fabulous recipe on the bottom.

Designs by Lolita offers several colorful and eye-catching designs to help ring in Spring including the above $16.00 Stemless Wine Glass in Ooops-A-Daisy, the perfect way to have followers around the house without bringing in the pollen and allergies that accompany them; the $24.00 Tye Dye Wine Glass or the Wine Bouquet Wine Glass if you’d miss your stem too much. But why stop there, Designs by Lolita also offers several artistic designs for Cocktails Napkins, Candles, Bottle Stoppers, Coasters, etc. Take a look at these and other designs and products at http://thelolitastore.com/index.php.

Dana Davis Fall 2011 Footwear Collection – Walking on Cloud Nine

Thanks to footwear designer (and former teacher), you really will be in shoe heaven but without compromising your style. As a shoe lover (OK, addict), I have certainly suffered for fashion all in the name of glamour. I admit my feet have every right to stage a coup but these very comfy shoes from Dana Davis will put that fear to rest. Why will you love her shoes? first of all, they’re not short on style and second, comfort is key! “Dana consults with a team of leading foot care professionals including foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists and pedorthists to engineer each style in the collection from the inside out with strategic cushioning, customized arch supports and built-in or removable orthotics.”

Before we get to her fall, I want to show you some of her gorgeous shoes that is available now, including the jeweled toned beauty she’s holding in the photo above. I’m super excited for the pink version launching later in the year for Breast Cancer Month.

My shoe issues are extensive – very high arch, somewhat wide, delicate ankles, etc. If these issues sound familiar to you have no fear, as a woman who stood on her feet for hours on end Dana knows what she’s talking about. She also has a high arch and has developed a high end footwear label that melds luxury design with invisible comfort technology. Take a gander at my interview of Dana Davis below as she walks me through her beautiful Fall Collection.

For more on Dana Davis, visit her website – http://danadavis.com/

Lasio Studios Launches Formaldehyde-Free Treatment – Keratin Tropic

After several years of fighting the frizz and taming my curly hair, I tried the new formaldehyde-free Brazilian Keratin treatment, The Keratin Tropic from Lasio Studios. Keratin treatments are the most versatile, commitment-free, damage-free way to relax unruly waves and remove frizz. Lasio offers the simplest, most effective products on the market. Their residue-free, lightweight, spray-on treatments are 100% formaldehyde-free and applied in just three simple steps.

The Tropic requires no processing time, reduces 100% frizz and relaxes the curl by 30%-60% for up to three months. The heat activated treatment sits on the cortex of the hair to moisturize and strengthen. Since 2000, Lasio has stood at the apex of revolutionary hair care. At the core of each of their unique reparative hair products is keratin, a naturally created miracle protein capable of restoring strength and shine to even the most processed heads of hair.

Keratin Tropic – can be washed from the hair immediately after application. Free of aldehyde derivatives, this berry-scented treatment is perfect for anyone who wishes to remove frizz but maintain body and wave. Euxyl 702, a gentle preservative, gives this treatment a lifespan of 2-3 months. Suitable for all hair types.

My hair, which looked and felt amazing, light, smooth and very touchably soft, with not a flyaway or my natural curls in sight (as you can see above), was done by stylist, Candy Bencosme. It even made my color more vibrant. I got a chance to interview Candy on the fabulous Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment.

Believe it or not, women are not the only ones getting the Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment, while I was getting my treatment, in walks a guy and I mean all man, very cute who came in for the treatment as well. As I’ve never seen that before, I had to do a quick interview (apologies to all and him but I forgot his name). See his interview below:

The Lasio Tropic is not the only new product in the Lasio Haircare Collection, check out a couple of products from the Lasio Keratin line below and see the entire range at Lasio Keratin Products.

1 Day Keratin Treatment – The 1 Day keratin treatment can be washed out after only 24 hours. Hair will stay frizz-free for months;  it has one of the shortest processing times on the market. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

4 Day Keratin Treatment – his blend acts as a deep conditioner and straightening treatment all in one; promoting healthy, voluminous, and shiny hair. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

Does your hair look more like the right side of the models hair below? Why not try Lasio Keratin Treatments to get it looking more like the left side – smooth, silky and frizz-free.