I’ve never been much of a gold girl myself. Much like Carrie on Sex and the City, I have been known to wear “ghetto gold for fun,” but never made it a mainstay in my jewelry collection…until now.
Inspired by YouTube beauty and style gurus, along with my friends, and fashion magazines, I’ve grown to love bright yellow gold (“gold” really). Jumping on the “arm candy” bandwagon, I picked up some shiny baubles recently at H & M and Francesca’s.
Gold on the wrist suits summer so well, accentuating a tan without making you look too much like a Guido wearing gold chains on a hairy, exposed chest. Instead I feel like I should be on a yacht ordering fresh sangria. If jewelry can evoke that feeling, I think it’s doing the trick!
The most fun part about the gold arm candy trend is the stacking and layering that has become not only acceptable, but almost expected! I feel comfortable rocking a gold watch with multiple bracelets on top. It’s super fun, and it gives you an extra little “jingle jangle” whenever you move.
Little Black Bag
is one of the most unique subscription services out there. It’s similar to JewelMint (see review here
), and you’re provided with a customized online showroom each month, which includes designer fashion items at up to 70% off retail prices.
The way Little Black Bag
works is that each month you choose one item (I chose the bag below), and LBB chooses 2 additional “mystery” items for you. You can’t see what the remaining items in your “little black bag” are until you decide to purchase it. Then, you find out with the surprise items are, and you can trade them for others if you aren’t satisfied. It’s pretty fun to see what other LBB members want to trade, and to be able to take advantage of that.
I found out about this cool service from YouTube (thanks, AprilAthena7
), and I had to give it a try. I ended up with an awesome Nila Anthony bag, a cute leaf bangle bracelet set, and some very nice turquoise earrings.
When the package arrived, it looked like this…wrapped up nicely to look like a little black bag. So exciting!
This cute summer bag from Nila Anthony is convertible. You can wear it with the striped top section out, or tucked into the bag. It also has two options for straps – two short ones, or a long shoulder strap and a pocket for a cell phone on the outside, which is reallyl convenient. The inside of the bag is cute too - leopard print! I love this look for the warmer months; it almost has a nautical vibe. I’ve been wearing the bag this week and have gotten lots of compliments. I love it!
I also got these silver leaf bangles, which I’m loving as arm candy.
The turquoise earrings are fun, and they’re an example of something I may not have chosen if they hadn’t been suggested by LBB. Great addition to my Boho-Chic accessory collection.
is $49.95 per month, plus shipping. However, I was able to find a discount code to make it more affordable, and it’s easy to find one if you just use Google. Another neat thing about LBB
is that you can skip a month if you don’t like what’s in your show room.
The items I got were hugely discounted, and I saved about $100 I think, so overall I would say that Little Black Bag is a great deal, and the fashion items they have are pretty awesome.
Two thumps up, Little Black Bag
Yes, I realize it's still only "pre-Friday," but I couldn't wait to write this post! :)JewelMint
is a new(ish) website that features affordable jewelry designed by actress Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter. It’s the same concept and parent company (BeachMint) as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson’s StyleMint
, Rachel Bilson’s ShoeMint
, Jessica Simpson’s BeautyMint
, and the upcoming HomeMint
by Justin Timberlake (yes, Justin Timberlake).
Here’s how JewelMint works. After filling out a style profile, you’re show a personalized jewelry showroom, which changes each month. Pieces are $29.99 and include free shipping. However, JewelMint emails promo codes periodically with discounts. So my first piece was just $8.99 with free shipping, which is a good deal, especially because I got a set with earrings and a necklace.
I’ve always been a bang-for-your-buck kind of gal, so I was drawn to the Rebel Rules Set, which included a earrings and a necklace. I also really like the whole “preppy girls wearing ironic and skull jewelry” style, so I was drawn to the necklace especially.
Just a few days after placing my order online, I received this cute little box in the mail. The packaging probably cost a few dollars and is very impressive. I’ll definitely use this little jewelry box for storing these baubles permanently.
It also came with a note, from Kate and Cher, explaining the “Rebel Rules Set” style. Cute to the max.
The actual jewelry strikes me as pretty darn good. The charms are just as I expected and the earrings are basic but nice looking. The necklace is quite short, so I’ll need an extender for sure because I don’t like tight necklaces. But other than that, I’m please with this set, especially for the discounted price. I will definitely try JewelMint again and would recommend JewelMint
Here’s a link to sign up for a free JewelMint account: http://jmnt.me/IrOmSF
You can earn credits by referring friends, which is also pretty cool.
Have a Fun Fashion Friday, friends!
And what a fabulous Friday it is! Friday the 13th, to be precise, but there are no tricks or superstition here. Welcome to the first of my weekly Fun Fashion Friday installments. Check back on Fridays for more good times and F alliteration!
Every once in awhile, I’m told that I look like, or remind people of, a character from Mad Men. Sometimes, it’s not any specific character, other times it’s Joan. I’m okay with that, and I take it as a compliment. Joan is one of my style icons, really. A curvy Marilyn Redux. I’m overjoyed that 60’s hair/makeup/fashion is hot right now and embrace the “everything old is new again” mantra with open arms. Though I don’t smoke or have a full wet bar in my office, I’ve been rocking the retro style for some time now. Here’s how:
Not my best look, but you get the idea.
Teasing. Lots of teasing. And hairspray. Avoid any hairstyle that could be naturally-occurring. Feel free to take some help in the height, length, and volume department. I’ve been known to sport some, ahem, “enhancements”
from time to time. Makeup
Think liquid eyeliner, tons of mascara (or better yet, falsies!), and red lips! I’m currently loving Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It’s a perfect wearable red without being too harsh. Plus, it’s super moisturizing, which is an added bonus.Nails
Round, pointy nails are pretty very hot right now (or hot enough for me to think they’re hot). Betty Draper would never be caught dead with short, square nails. Long and pink! I’m not talking “I have my own show on TLC” long, but just long enough to enhance the femininity of your fingers. If you’re like me and can’t grow long nails, give some glue-ons a shot. Jewels
Pearls! Or, better yet, diamonds. And enamel. And yellow gold. That’s all.Clothes
Figure-flattering dresses. Small prints, and/or bold colors. Accessories
Scarves, low heels, long jackets… Panty hose - women of my generation seem to have forgotten about these little dandies, but unless it’s 85 degrees outside, I consider them a necessity. Librarian/hipster/dork glasses. Must have thick, black, plastic frames. I got mine at my eye doctor’s office, but I had to ask to have regular prescription lenses put in sunglasses frames. They were about $30, and they definitely up my overall cool quotient a few points.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the first episode of Fun Fashion Friday!
Tune in next week for more!