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9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

Casual outfits don’t have to be boring. If you’re thinking about your usual jeans and t-shirt combo in dissatisfaction, think again. There are many affordable and creative ways to dress up every casual outfit out there. Here, we’ll break down nine of the best tips to elevate your closet. 

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Pair of Cool Earrings

Rock any outfit with statement earrings. Pick out some hoops, dangles, or even studs, and you’ll be dressed to impress. If you’re feeling brave, check out your local thrift shop or antique store to see if you can find unique vintage earrings. We recommend triangle dangle earrings from the 70s to rock out in style. 

  1. Add a Little Pizzazz With Your Flats

Flats are one of the most comfortable shoes. Women’s flats, such as loafer flats or ballerina flats, are must-haves for your closet. Flats add the flavor you need to spice up any casual outfit. Whether you’re wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a white t-shirt or a fun and flirty summer dress, flats are the perfect shoe to pair with these casual outfits.

  1. A Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of cool. Add one of these to any outfit to look ten times better than you did before. If you only wear cruelty-free clothing, check out vegan leather jackets that’ll look just as awesome as a 100% leather jacket. 

  1. A Set of Arm-length Bangles

A collection of sparkly and shiny bangle bracelets will add some edge to any casual outfit. However, we recommend that you don’t go overboard with this. It’s not a good look to cover your arms with so many bracelets. Use the jewelry you wear to complement your outfit and showcase your personality. Go for brass or copper tones to remain trendy and stylish. 

  1. A Chunky Belt

If your simple outfit needs a little sprucing up, consider adding a decorative belt. Find a chunky gladiator-style belt to stand out, and consider adding neon colors to make your outfit pop. You can also wear a modern black belt with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a fashionable look. 

  1. A Modest Paisley Scarf

Jazz up any outfit with a lightweight paisley scarf. Ensure you purchase a scarf made with quality fabric, so it lasts a lifetime. Scarves can be significant statement pieces. It’s best to go for materials, patterns, and color schemes that speak to you the most. Your scarf might even be a conversation starter if you stick to what feels genuine. 

  1. A Statement Watch

Any outfit looks ten times cooler with the right watch. For girls, we recommend anything with gold and silver accents for a luxurious feel. For guys, go for stylish watches and rock that minimalist look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, try finding a second-hand watch online.

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Suede Satchel

The 90s are back too, and everyone looks cool with a satchel. Channel that studious look and walk around town with an aura of sophistication. We recommend these gender-neutral companions that go with pretty much everything.

  1. A Catch-Their-Eye Tie 

If you have to wear a business suit most days, consider adding a bit of your personality into the memo with a colorful tie. Catch their attention while still blending in at work. 

Adding excitement to your casual outfits is all about statement pieces. It doesn’t take very much to turn a boring outfit into a fashion-forward one. Remember, when you need to elevate an outfit, consider your personal style and the tips above. 

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

What a relief to say goodbye to the previous year and welcome brighter and hope-filled days of the new year. As we are only a few days into the new year, we’re still experiencing the effects of the old year. While we adjust to this possible new (hopefully temporary) way of life, we can still combine a fashionable aspect to our function and safety requirements. We’ve been utilizing one company’s wonderfully fashionable and functional products to make sure we’re safe during the pandemic and beyond. Finders Key Purse features stylish purse accessories that decorate the outside of your bag to prevent keys from falling to the bottom, personal pepper sprays, contact-free tools, and personal panic alarms.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

The Finders Key Purse accessories provide a simple solution to old and new everyday problems. Their range of products includes Finders Key Purse Keychains, Purse Hangers, Key’P Safe Contact Free Tools, Personal Panic Alarms, Personal Pepper Sprays, Drink Test Kit, and even Purse Protectors. Whether you just need to quickly and easily find your keys; reduce your germ exposure with contact-free touching when using hook-handle doors, ATM touch screens, elevator buttons, gas station & checkout touchpads, and more; and alert people to possible predators and protect yourself from assailant attacks.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

During this pandemic, we’ve been using the Key’P Safe Contact-Free Tool to open doors, press elevator buttons, and doorbells. Check out our use of their Contact-Free Tool in action on our Instagram. Our tool is attached to a Monogram BLING  Finders Key Purse which features shiny silver letters on a black background, bordered by swirled shiny nickel and crystal details. Like the alphabet, there are 26 offerings in this collection. You can also get the original designs, Bling designs, and ones made with Swarovski Crystals. There are options for fashionistas, shoe lovers, brides, dog and cat lovers, Breast Cancer survivors & supporters, and so much more. They are so popular that over 11 million have sold.

The Pepper Spray offerings are made with the same ingredients used by law enforcement. It shoots up to 16 feet away and contains invisible UV dye for assailant verification days after use. It also features a locking mechanism to prevent inadvertently spraying. The Personal Alarm features a 120 Decibel alarm, bright LED flashlight, replaceable battery (12V alkaline), and has a keyring attached.

Like the Finders Key Purse Keychains, the Purse Hangers come in a wide variety of designs, including the Monogram BLING. All of these items are wonderfully affordable and they make excellent gifts for any occasion. Visit www.finderskeypurse.com for more information on everything they offer.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

Charmed, I’m Sure: Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

When it comes to fashion, nothing beats a classic. Whether it’s clothing or accessories, a classic piece will absolutely serve you well. We had the pleasure of getting to know a classic jewelry brand that captured our hearts. With a legacy that honors the lost tradition of America’s native and artful history, Don Lucas Jewelry is authentic wearable works of beauty. We had the pleasure of previewing the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection featuring handmade and crafted charms.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

The Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 collection has a wide selection of sterling silver, fine silver, and various metal jewelry. The handmade and handcrafted jewelry features several gems and potent semi-precious stones, including Turquoise, Coral, Gaspeite, Onyx and lots more from all over the world. The art of handcrafting these exquisite pieces was first introduced to him by Native Americans in Arizona. The brand continues to produce these unique jewelry pieces in the same tradition. Some of our favorite pieces include the multi-strand beaded necklace with the multicolored stone pendant, white buffalo earrings, infinity cuff, and summer fans earrings.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 CollectionDon Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

The main highlight of the evening was the multitude of Don Lucas Charms and how they could be added to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. We couldn’t wait to jump right in and create our own jewelry piece.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

We had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Lucas family, who are very much involved in the creative process of this Southwest jewelry brand. Attendees had the pleasure of creating their own pieces and personalizing them.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

While we opted out of the engraving (our charm choices were too small), we went all bronze. We settled on a bronze necklace with a bronze little luna charm with a mountain charm on either side. Take a look at our classic beauty below:

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

We look forward to wearing our necklace, especially when the charms have so much history and have so much positivity in their meanings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection and of course our necklace.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

Earring Envy: Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings

We know it’s long past Valentine’s Day but we’re still in the mood to talk about Love. Specifically the outstanding  Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings. Ladies, prepare for a dose of earring envy as you feast your eyes on the breathtaking, colorful and elegant pair of linear drop earrings.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The stunning, hand-painted, gold Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings are dipped in 14k high-quality gold. These distinguished and creative gold plated earrings are ideal for a night out or anytime you want to play up a crisp white shirt. Playful yet elegant, the hand-painted earrings are made to get you noticed. We love everything about these stunners. We love that it is colorful, vibrant and easy to match. We love the geometric shapes and the fact that it is unique and fun-loving; and that it’s a sophisticated take on the fringe earrings trend with it 1/2 inch of swaying metallic chains.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The enamel and gold plated earrings measure 9.1cm in length; and weighs a mere 9.5g, so you won’t have to worry about them stretching your earlobes. And because they believe in fair pricing, these Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings won’t break the bank. As we stated in our previous Ana Luisa Jewelry coverage, this is affordable luxury!

While you’d expect to pay upward of $163.00 for these beauties, they can be yours for only $65.00. Thanks to Ana Luisa’s fair pricing, you say goodbye to the markup. Ana Luisa remains on a mission to bridge the gap between women and fine jewelry. They guarantee full transparency and fair prices on all their jewelry pieces, so you never have to worry about paying too much for luxury.

We relish in the compliments we receive every time we wear the Love Enamel Drop Earrings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the design, color and of course, what would you wear them with.

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?