Monday, May 23, 2016

A shamelessly cute form of self-promotion? Maybe.

Hats By Olivia

Now, granted I got MY hat custom-made to promote my social media handles, but you can get YOUR hat made to say whatever you like. They are made to order by Etsy shop owner Olivia Luko and 'Hats by Olivia' is the name of her game. These are a season must-have. Mine was $70 (shipping included). A quality hat with a wide brim, easy to manipulate and a sequin message to make it fun. Pom-poms came on the style I chose but there are hats sans pom-poms. 




Anthropologie sells a hat by designer Eugenia Kim that is practically a dead-ringer for 'Hats By Olivia'...the main difference? The Eugenia Kim version is $500. Hats By Olivia start at $60. 

Can we say Shopping, Saving & Sequins?! 


Friday, May 20, 2016

I paid $8 for each of these dresses. Yes, you read that right.

Sometimes it pays off to scavenge the clearance section at Target. Because as if Target's prices weren't budget friendly enough, their clearance section prices will blow your mind. As in the case of these two Xhileration dresses. Each one cost me about $8.65. For real. I walked out of Target with TWO Summer dresses for under $20.

If that's not the ultimate shopping & saving I don't know what is. Moral of this fashion story? Peep that clearance section!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Diamonds are forever....

I woke up with diamonds on my mind...and it's no wonder. In light of tonight's anniversary party at Vardy's Jewelers in Cupertino, I thought it would be a good idea to educate myself on ALL things diamonds. And since it is the season for engagements and weddings, Israel Diamonds provided me with everything I need to know...

Diamond Engagement Ring Shapes: 

The Times Are Changing

Selecting the perfect diamond engagement ring to present while popping the big question delivers more choices than many realize. While a simple, sparkling round-cut diamond with a stunning solitaire or multi-stone setting remains a classic engagement option, a number of other diamond shapes are growing in popularity courtesy of the distinct visual presentations they deliver.

Couples will find a tremendous selection of non-round diamond engagement rings is available to them due to the growing popularity of these less traditional diamond shapes. While clarity, carat size and color should still factor into the selection process, of course, when it is time to make a final ring choice, diamond shape also matters. 

Picking the “perfect” shape is quite truthfully a matter of preference. Each of the more popular shapes today, including that classic round shape, are all stunning in their own regard. Here are just a few of the non-round diamond shape options that have been attracting a great deal of attention as of late courtesy of their unique appearances and brilliant presentations:

Princess cut diamonds – Fit for royalty as its name suggests, this square-shaped diamond makes a stunning choice. Princess cut diamonds work beautifully in multi-gem ring designs, but also stand beautifully on their own in a solitaire setting. The princess cut tends to be the most popular non-round shape.

Marquise shape diamonds – The marquise shape delivers a truly brilliant presentation. With its tapered points and gentle rounded edges, this shape diamond can maximize carat weight by making the stone look larger. The distinct shape works beautifully as a solitaire, but truly sparkles with round or pear-shaped stones on its side.

Emerald cut – This classic shape for the emerald also translates beautifully to diamonds. With its rectangular shape and pavilion-style appearance, the emerald cut diamond is very popular for engagement rings and creates a stunning presentation on its own while also standing out spectacularly in a multi-stone setting.

Cushion cut – This diamond shape stands out as distinct with its rounded corners. Also known as a “pillow cut,” this shape of diamond can range from rectangular to square. This shape serves as an eye-catching centerpiece in a multi-stone ring, but can present brilliantly all on its own.
Non-round shape diamonds are surging in popularity because of the visual differences they deliver. While the princess, marquise, emerald and cushion cuts are among the most sought-after, there are many other options to consider. When it is time to select that perfect ring to symbolize what is in the heart, remember color, clarity, cut and carat size should all play a role. In regard to shape, personal preference should be the guiding light as each option is truly spectacular in its own right.


Now the only question is...which diamonds should I wear to the party tonight....


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New New....

SHOP the Torregrossa "Brooklyn" bag by CLICKING HERE

And be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic Spring/Summer 2016 collection from Torregrossa. Simple, classic, chic bags.

Absolutely smitten with this neon lime truly looks good matched up against any color, oddly enough. This season never looked so bright!