Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Guide - Techies

Although this year was not a huge year in the tech world, there were some new products to hit the market, and old products to gain in popularity. Better yet, many items are cheaper this year than ever before. Below are some of the top Tech gifts for 2009.

TEchie gift guide

3. Powermat - $99.99
5. Samsung LED HDTV - $2199.00 & up

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gift Guide - Hostess with the Mostess

Holiday shopping is upon us, and there is nothing worse than fighting through crowds at the mall trying to get all of your holiday gift shopping done. Worse yet, trying to figure out what to buy for everyone from your kitchen loving mother-in-law to your techie brother.

My holiday gift giving guides every day this week will help you solve those tough gift dilemma's, all while allowing you to shop from the comfort of your computer. Before you order, don't forget to check out coupon code websites such as Retail Me Not to find coupons to use towards your purchase.

Todays Gift Guide - Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess

Gift Guide - Hostess

9. Pottery Barn Reindeer Dessert Plates - $78 (2 sets of 4 is a full set)

* Bold items denote what tops MY Christmas Wish List this year

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Look Blog - Look 2

Give your Holiday look an edge with this glam meets rock look.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2009 Holiday Look Blog - Look 1

Holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the many holiday parties to attend. In my opinion wearing red to a holiday party is quite like wearing black to a funeral: highly expected, and nothing special. Unlike the aforementioned funeral however, a holiday party is the perfect time to stand out and show off your style.

Thus my 2009 Holiday Look Blog - keep reading to find your favorite look for your next holiday fete.

"Go ahead and dress the christmas tree, just don't dress LIKE the tree."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DIY - Embellished Tights

As if money has not been tight enough, the Holidays make money even tighter! So I am bringing you this post, strait from style website Refinery29. Erica Domesek, author of DIY blog P.S. - I Made This, posted a special edition of her blog just for Refinery29.

I haven't tried this out just yet, but hope to find some time over the Holidays to test this one out!

It sure ain't easy keeping tabs on our ever-expanding list of swoony must-have jewels, accessories, and clothes—especially for fall!—which is why we're prone to indulging in some DIY to get the look we're craving for less. But for Erica Domesek, a New York City-based lifestyle, design, and style expert, DIY-ing has become an obsession manifested in her crafty chic blogP.S.—I Made This. Driven by the mantra "I see it, I like it, I make it," Erica has garnered plenty of followers, including Vogue Nippon andGQ. And her latest challenge? To grant our wish and re-create a few of our favorite new accessories…yep, three ways to take a bit of craftiness and channel it into full-blown fall '09 fashion!

Materials Needed: 1. A pair of tights 2. Sequins 3. Fabric glue 4. Needle and thread

How to: 1. Place a piece of cardboard (some tights come with it) inside each leg. The cardboard will prevent both sides from sticking together, and will also stretch fabric to work on. 2. Use a super duper strong fabric glue to smother small areas on tights. 3. Cluster sequins on top of glue and spread all over the surface of the tights. Feel free to layer on top of one another for a more three dimensional effect. If you have any sequins or broken mirrored jewelry lying around, use them. Traditional sequins aren't the only option for tights—get creative! 4. Once dry, reinforce sequin clusters with a needle and thread. Use similarly colored thread to blend in with tights and sequins. Sequins and fabric glue available at M&J Trimming.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tantalizing Trend #9: Embellished Tights

Tights get a makeover this season with embellishments, making them the focal point of any outfit. Keep those gorgeous gams warm by donning tights in a variety of hues, fabrics and patterns.

When it comes to color, some of the most drool-worthy hues are shades of gray, purple and hunter green. Gray offers up a unique alternative to boring black tights; if daring to sport a bolder color, keep the rest of the ensemble more neutral.

Fabric is all about knit leg wear, which is sure to keep those legs toasty on a cold day. This casual fabric is the perfect tool to dress down more formal attire. Take a preppy approach with a pencil skirt, silk blouse and cardigan for work.

Lace, dot and diamond shapes are the patterns of choice for stockings. From subtle to bold, patterns add another twist to sensible tights. Adding a patterned tight is a favorite way to jazz up a solid dress or skirt.


Row 3: Hue, TopShop, Hue

Let's Talk Brands

Wolford, my hosiery of choice (dreams), is best known for their seductive spin on hosiery. Unfortunately, at upwards of $50+ for one pair, these aren't necessarily in everyones budget.

Looking to get the most for your money? Hue leg wear is affordable, durable, and comes in a wide variety of choices. From $10 to $25 a pair, it is easy to stock up on all the top trends. (insider tip: TJ Maxx and Marshall's almost always carry these for half the price!)

If it's slimming you need, body shaper favorite Spanx has a whole line of trendy tights to choose from. They also have a cheaper line at Target, Assets, which work just as well as Spanx to suck you in and shape your rear.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Best Beauty Buy

Not typically one to splurge on expensive cosmetics, I am usually an advocate of drugstore buys. However, I couldn't pass up a post about Bobbi Brown's new holiday collection Chrome palette.

Utilizing a cool palette, Brown has created a collection that gives off a chic, downtown vibe. Icy, shimmering eyes and lips create a contemporary take on special occasion beauty. The palette boasts 10 eye shadows, and 4 lip shades that are available in stores now. At the price of $75, I consider this palette a steal considering the array of shadows and lip color included.