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Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

A tradition that my husband and I enjoy are getting treats for our stocking.  It can be challenging because of the size. We try to get a mix of fun & silly and nice things.  There are some great sales out there at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales and other great stores and websites out there. Here are some ideas to make digging into the stockings fun for everyone.

Treats for the Ladies:

Jo Malone London(TM) Miniature Candle Collection This is great to give to one person or break up the set to treat your office mates.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette  I love makeup and Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favorites.  Her eyeshadow palettes are beautiful.  The lipsticks are lovely as well! She has a lovely advent calendar as well!

Kate Spade New York Lanyard So she can wear her work badge in style!

Gucci Ophidia Suede Card Case For your favorite girl boss!

Fun Stuff for the Fellas:

Men’s Hook + Albert Small Lapel Flower This flower will add a little something to the lapel of a jacket.  My husband has a few of them that adds a pop of color.

Men’s Loewe Calfskin Leather Zip Wallet Men often don’t change wallets in the same way that we do to fit in our purses and because it lives in their pocket, it can show wear.  This flat style is wallet is good to wear both in a front or back pocket and the zip comes in handy according to my husband.

Powerbeats³ Wireless Headphones These are just great headphones.

Men’s Saint Laurent Studded Card Holder Because everyone with a business card needs a stylish card holder.

 

Gifts for Everyone:

Bombas Socks (get 20% off your 1st order) These socks are incredible and they donate one to someone in need for every pair you buy.  There are a variety of styles for women, men & children.

Budley (Amazon) These are great for anyone who hates when their ear buds get into a tangled mess! There is also a multi-pack on Amazon for a great price!

Desktop Mug Warmer (Amazon) This is dual purpose gift! It not only is great to keep your coffee warm at your desk. But it can also be used to warm a candle in your office (um, you cannot have open flame at work!). It would be a great combination gift with a  Jo Malone Orange Blossom candle!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Vintage Logo Trend

Logos are everywhere! We all remember logos from our favorite sporty brands like Nike and Adidas. Both women and men participate in this style trend.  This phenomenon has expanded to the fashion and luxury brands.  From the popular luxe brands like Gucci and Dior, tees and accessories, logos are showing up as part of the style lexicon.  You see logos all over Instagram and in fashion magazines and on your favorite You Tubers.  Brands are bringing back their old logos and patterns which is exciting to those who follow fashion and trends.  I will put links to some examples below! 

I have to admit, I do have some logo clothes and accessories in my closet.  I am not talking about having a logo from head to toe, but as an accent to your outfit. I love mixing logo t-shirts and accessories into my wardrobe for work, casual Fridays and weekends.  Tees and accessories with logos are easily found in-store and online or in vintage/second-hand shops.  The price difference between the luxe brands and other brands can be a cold splash of water, yet the trend lives on.  

One brand that has been very good at this trend is Gucci.  The Gucci logo is everywhere! From belts to t-shirts to handbags, Gucci has reinvented itself in its own vintage image.  The last few seasons have been full of the use of their own logo and fun images or patterns that the trend and fashion world has embraced. They have released new handbags with their vintage canvas logos and in vintage styles.  You can also find vintage and pre-loved bags, clothes and accessories on resale sites like The Real Real and Fashionphile.

One popular example is the logo tee trend. Brands from contemporary designers like Marc Jacobs as well as luxury brands like Gucci, Burberry and Balmain have t-shirts with their logos on them.  People love these tees.  I too have logo t-shirts in my wardrobe.  I mix them in with my outfits when appropriate for me.  Imagine these shirts under a blazer with jeans and your favorite leather sneakers… that is my go-to casual-smart outfit! 

Maybe you will jump into logo mania with the rest of the fashion world.  Perhaps not from head to toe, but with a few fun pieces.

Links to Items:

  1. Gucci Rose Belt (Nordstrom)
  2. Gucci Black Belt (Nordstrom)
  3. Gucci Cocoa Belt (Neiman Marcus)
  4. Gucci-Print Cotton Tee (Neiman Marcus)
  5. Gucci Interlock Tee (Nordstrom)
  6. Gucci Embellished Graphic Tee (Nordstrom)
  7. Men’s Gucci Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  8. Gucci Small Marmont Matelasse Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom)
  9. Gucci Marmont Fringe Flat Black (Nordstrom)
  10. Men’s Pierre Balmain Logo T-Shirt (Nordstrom)
  11. Men’s Fendi Mania Pullover Hoodie (Neiman Marcus)
  12. Men’s Fendi Slide(Neiman Marcus)
  13. Men’s Adidas Originals Cap (Nordstrom)
  14. Balmain Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  15. Burberry Sandon Card Case (Nordstrom)
  16. New Ace Gucci Band Leather Sneaker (Neiman Marcus)
  17. Dior Bracelet

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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What I Wore… Doing my Civic Duty Fashionably (Oct. 2018)

Today our some of our Leadership Team went to local high schools to register students to vote! In 30 minutes we were able to register and pre-register many students! As a team, our office registered 787 students at 13 high schools! Something to be proud of for sure! To do this important work I wore (I will link as much as I can or similar below the pic):

1.2.3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Lady Dior lambskin bag - Lady Dior Dior9. 

  1. Tory Sport Ruffle Sneaker 
  2. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  3. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  4. Gorjana Compassion Gemstone Bracelet
  5. Similar (mine is grey)- J.crew Parke Blazer, Size 10 – Black
  6. Similar NYDJ Marilyn Trouser Tie Belt Jeans, Size 14 – Blue
  7. Tory Burch Vote T-Shirt
  8. Similar (mine is blue) Lady Dior Medium
  9. Bombas Socks

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Handbag Review- Céline Nano Luggage

 

 

I will admit it—I am late to the pre-loved luxe game.  I definitely had some trust issues. I am a researcher, so in reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and groups on Facebook…. I was one nervous handbag lover.  My normal process is to research, try-on in store if possible, to check my savings and to check in with my handbag loving friends to see what they think.  So relying on pictures and other people’s descriptions was difficult for me.  I knew I had to expand my research to experiences that others have had before buying pre-loved.

When I focused in on a Céline Nano Luggage back in July, I decided that I would go with Fashionphile  because the site had several choices of the bag. Let me tell you that I got extremely lucky and in a few days I found one in excellent (a Fashionphile description category) condition.  I will say, finding exactly what you want pre-loved can be hit or miss with availability but don’t give up.  I was a bit nervous because I need to inspect the bag before purchasing. This was another reason I picked Fashionphile… they have a return policy that allows you to return if the bag was not as expected. I got it for a great price, so pre-loved is a great option for those looking for a deal.

Now about the bag…. I picked the Céline Nano Luggage in black drummed calfskin.  I had seen this version in several videos & posts and loved the style and simplicity of the bag. I love that you can wear it on your arm and use the long strap for cross-body.  The black is classic, so goes with everything.  The shape is a bit slim and tall, so if you fill it up you may be stacking your items.  I have enjoyed carrying the it and love the size for my lifestyle. It fits my phone and essentials with no problem.  If someone were to ask me, I would definitely suggest this style.

There are stories/rumors out there that the new designer for the line with get rid of some styles including the Luggage.  This makes me sad because it is a great option.  If you are in the market for a new one, get it while you can.  If you want pre-loved, head to your favorite site and search away.  I will link to my specific bag and to Fashionfile’s Celine page below.

 Used Celine      The bag I got: CELINE Drummed Calfskin Nano Luggage Black

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The Fear of Using Our Nice Things…

Hi Everyone-

I was thinking (on my traffic heavy ride home) about some videos and blogs that I have seen about people treating themselves to lovely things, but not using them because they are scared of “ruining” them. My friends and I have talked about this as well. I have suffered this affliction myself. Now that I have the means to actually get an item on my wish list, it has been a dilemma about wanting to use AND preserve my precious goods.

A prime example are my lovely pink suede loafers. I saved and consigned to buy them. I researched caring for the suede… I mean they are pink suede for goodness sakes! I ordered them and purchased suede protection spray & cleaning kit. When I finally got the box in the mail last year, I took them out of the box and tried them on again in my house and sprayed them with the protection spray. Then, I put them back in the dust bags and box and tucked them safely in my closet. A few months later after having my girlfriends ask about them several times and me lovingly describing them to a colleague, I put the shoes on for a day of work. I found myself constantly checking them to see if I got a mark on them….Like every time I sat at my desk! I had such anxiety all day, that upon arriving home that night I put them back into the dust bags and box and into my closet. This happened several times until ultimately I was able to overcome this (FINALLY!) and am wearing them right now as I type.

Gucci Marmont in blush pink suede 
Gucci Pink Suede GG Marmont Loafer Heels

 

Seriously! I am a grown, educated woman and I cannot escape the fear of messing up the stuff that I saved and planned for…. ugh. I felt the same way when I got my lovely Chanel Jumbo… that lovely thing stayed in the safety of its dust bag on the handbag shelf for way longer than it should have…

Jumbo in Caviar Navy with LGHW

 Making sure this lovely is in my rotation! 

I have read posts among my “friends” in handbag groups and I am not alone! I think my personal issue was that I want to take care of my nice stuff (clothes, shoes, handbags, home decor) because I spent my hard-earned money on it. I also think there is so much pressure to things to be in pristine condition if I later decide that it is no longer for me and want to sell it. Part if it is my own fault, because I too look for pre-loved items in excellent condition.

Then I remember that I bought those things because they caught my eye and I could not stop thinking about it… and when I use them it makes me happy, confident and happy. I have decided that I would use my fashion each week… so I can enjoy the things I worked so hard to get…. DON’T BE SCARED…. ENJOY YOUR LOVELY ITEMS!

Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

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XOXO, Dawn

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Apple Watch Bands

I am definitely a watch person.  I have always used watches as part of my style.  I am one of those people who definitely notice when I forget to put my watch on — I constantly look at my empty wrist.  I am totally an Apple groupie, so the Apple watch was a must for me.  But the band choices were a let down for me.  Recently, more stylish versions have come onto the market.  I have a 38mm watch due to my skinny wrists.  So my reviews are based on use of that size band.

Original Apple Watch Band

Apple Sport Band Pink Sand     watch band collection

 

So the OG rubber watch band is a good basic choice.  There are many colors to pick from in the classic and sport versions.  For me, the adaptability of a small and large strap so it fits my small wrist well. I have a few colors in this band and wear them most days.  My only gripe is that they are not super stylish, so when I dress up it still looks very casual.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Strap Kate Spade Floral Strap

So my love for all things KSNY is no secret.  I love the fun colors and patterns from this iconic women’s brand. So when they started selling bands for Apple Watch, I was so happy! With all the great patterns, I ended up with black with white polka dots.  it is also a silicon band, but with a traditional buckle closure. Since I didn’t have a black band, it was a happy addition to my collection.

Casetify

 Casetify Stainless Mesh  Strap     Casetify floral Strap

 

I got a mesh metal band in rose gold from Casetify.  This band helped me to dress up my Apple watch.  There are also great patterns and leather bands from this brand.  They are available from their own site as well as at other retailers.

Custom Bands  YdfD2gpYR0mzIZDdHl6W8A  Etsy Gucci Canvas watch band

So I love watching fashion videos and seeing all of the great IG fashion posts.  I came across custom bands made from old Louis Vuitton and Gucci canvas.  Being a lover of beautiful things made from recycled materials, I thought this would be a great idea.  After a bit of Facebook and Etsy research, I found a few makers that had the bands.  I ended up with a band made from old Gucci canvas with a traditional buckle. The medium length is a bit big for my skinny wrist, but I am able to wear it on the tightest hole available.  They even sent it in a cute pouch. Loving it so far as a part of my Luxe collection.

I love my Apple watch and I rarely wear any of my other watches.  I am glad that more choices are showing up for those who want to step above the plain silicon classic bands.  Hope this info was helpful! I will add links to bands that I have tried and to places where you can find additions to your collection.

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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