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Event Review: Adornment @ WAN.DER.LUST SoHo

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The mixer of the art world meets accessories, meets a whole lot of everything…!

It was a full house last Friday at 72 Wooster Street in SoHo. The crowd of eclectic young/old, creative/finance were there to explore the entertainment and shop the wonderfully curated mix of local underground artists and nyc accessory designers including AEA Jewelry, Shannon Shiang New York and Cestsla Jewelry – a sure inspiration for the first preview of Sienna Ray’s new lambskin jewelry collection!

 lots of love for WAN.DER.LUST

sienna ray cross body golden bliss

beautiful beatrice falls in love with NEW 'brooklyn' cap in antique jewelry

NEW lambskin studded quadra wrap bracelet

full house @ WAN.DER.LUST

fanfare love

gorgeous gals @ AEA jewelry

eye catching evening entertainment!

arriving in creative style

all in all a beautiful show!

 

From top: lots of love for WAN.DER.LUST; sienna ray cross body golden bliss; beautiful beatrice falls in love with NEW ‘brooklynne’ cap in antique jewelry; NEW lambskin studded quadra wrap bracelet; full house @ WAN.DER.LUST; fanfare love; gorgeous gals @ AEA jewelry; eye catching evening entertainment!; arriving in creative style; all in all a beautiful show!

Photograph 5,7,10 with thanks & credit to Ruprecht Studios who was showing his incredible pieces for the duration of WAN.DER.LUST.

 

 

Sienna Ray enters the world of ‘bespoke’ with custom home furniture!

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…well for the selected few to start – aka for the humble abode of own, my NYC pied-à-terre to be exact.

It’s a “cozy” kind of place. Truly makes up for lack of space with a splash of character here and there. Hence, why not take the opportunity to customize a few things. And as many are already are aware of, I have a little thing known as a love for soft silky leather!

Process was by far a ‘learn as I go’ experience. Just the way I like it, throwing myself head first into the challenge. Watch as I turn IKEA into Sienna Ray with a few simple tools and a ton of patience:

Nº 1 discover the perfect base, using cheap + cheerful IKEA klippan sofa

Nº 1 discover the perfect base, cheap + cheerful IKEA klippan sofa

Nº 2 select the leathers!

Nº 2 select the leathers!

Nº 3 one layer at a time...

Nº 3 one layer at a time...

Nº4 and then really start to make a mess!

Nº4 and then really start to make a mess!

Nº5 ask me the story about the 'upside down stapler...!'

Nº5 ask me the story about the 'upside down stapler...!'

Nº6 bonus workout conditions flipping a sofa ten times...

Nº6 bonus workout conditions flipping a sofa ten times...

Nº7 and let's not forget about matching pillows

Nº7 and let's not forget about matching pillows

Nº8 and voila a Sienna Ray Sofa!

Nº8 and voila a Sienna Ray Sofa!

Nº9 view from above

Nº9 view from above

Nº10 can you tell I'm proud of this little baby!?

Nº10 can you tell I'm proud of this little baby!?

Nº11 mister dogbear equally likes his new home.

Nº11 mister dogbear equally likes his new home.

..stay tuned for more Sienna Ray Bespoke!

Sienna Ray PopUp Finale Soirée!

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What a wonderful night in NYC’s nolita, celebrating the Sienna Ray PopUp Finale with all of our wonderful supportive friends/family, press, and top fashion bloggers. It was an amazing evening filled with fortunes, champagne, and fabulous handbags. Check out all of our guests in attendance.

welcome to the Sienna Ray Popup Finale Soirée! Pick a balloon to "find your fortune...

 

 

brag board just getting started

 

 

the beautiful MJ Barton, Founder of Electric Picks Jewelry

 

 

Creative Director Natalie Kathleen discussing the winter line with MD Tim Canty

 

 

 

The Party Baker Ms Alexandra & Jimmy Swagg eyewear designer

 

 

 

Photographer Aisha Singleton, Lauren Cosenza of Divialicous and guest

 

 

 

J&J (Jaclynn & Justin)

 

 

Creative Director Natalie Kathleen & supportive friend

 

 

his & her (Soul Khan & wife)

 

 

SR's Natalie Kathleen, Brand Strategist Arwen, and stylist LarMar Right

 

 

 

Founder of EbK Eyewear Kajal with guests

 

 

 

we loved The Party Baker's fun tights!

 

 

 

SR's Marketing Director Jaclynn & Photographer Aisha Singleton

 

 

our "jovie" pleated tote in lioness

 

 

The Party Baker Alexandra & Jaclynn

 

 

MJ Barton of Electric picks wearing her new Jimmy Swagg Prima-Donna cat eyes

 

 

Stylist LaMar Right, VH1's Rose, & Natalie Kathleen

 

 

SR's Natalie Kathleen, Vlad of Women's Heath Mag, Designer Dana-Maxx & SR's Jaclynn Brennan

 

 

cupcakes for days, by The Party Baker

 

 

Ebk vintage designer eyewear

 

 

fashion photographer Jahmar Armani & Jaclynn Brennan

 

 

 

showing love to our Canadian roots, special edition "mak" messenger

 

 

Sienna Ray & champagne, perfect mix!

 

 

our wonderful gifts to guests, special edition Sienna Ray business card holders!

 

 

the lovely Naty Michelle, owner/blogger of A Love Affair with Fashion

 

 

Jaclynn Brennan & blogger Naty Michelle

 

 

the force behind Jimmy Swagg eyewear, Justin James Creative Director & Social Media Director Isa

 

 

SR's Jaclynn & fashion stylist David

 

 

Artist/Designer Sonia O'Mara & Sienna Ray's Natalie Kathleen

 

 

Jaclynn & Allie, loving the friendship and support!

 

 

 

the wonderful fashion blogger Claire Geist of DeLune

 

 

Designer & Founder of Emalle Handbags writing down her accomplishments & goals for our "brag board"

 

 

Jaclynn Brennan & blogger Claire Geist

 

 

the Sienna Ray "brag board", all of our guests greatest accomplishments & goals for 2013

 

 

Natalie Kathleen having too much fun! CHEERS

 

 

Sienna Ray's Nat&Jac with fab interns Regine & Anna

 

Thank you to everyone who attend and celebrated this amazing night with us! Special thanks to photographer Jahmar Armani for these photos. When one door closes, another opens… the journey has just begun. – Sienna Ray xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… coolest gadgets of 2013

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It’s a New Year, and along with that comes unbelievably cool technology introduced in 2013.  Keeping up with technology is very similar to keeping up with fashion, trends are always changing and you have to “be in the know”. Futuristic and fabulous, these gadgets will have you gasping for more.

 

For the Technology & Social Media Obssessed: Futuristic Specs

These models busted out Google’s new tech on the runway during NYFW! AH-mazing

Google has teamed up with a company called Vuzix creating futuristic specs for people who can’t bear not to be connected.

 More of a headset than a pair of spectacles, the Vuzix projects a small colour image in front of your eye, runs the Android operating system and connects via Bluetooth to your phone. The screen could show you text messages, emails or map directions.

What this device’s killer app will turn out to be is anyone’s guess. It could, for instance, use face recognition to remind you of fellow partygoers’ names, their CVs and their latest Facebook status updates and tweets – never be stuck for small talk again!

When can I buy one? Summer 2013 for under $500.

For the Tree Huger/Energy Saver: The Nest

The “nest” was created by Tony Fadell, a man that worked for Apple Inc for years, and actually helped Steve Jobs created the ipod.

This little device is an at  home “learning thermostat” that looks supper chic. Its screen is slightly domed glass; its barrel has a mirror finish that reflects your wall. Its color screen glows orange when it’s heating, blue when it’s cooling; it turns on when you approach it, and discreetly goes dark when nobody’s nearby.

The Nest has Wi-Fi, so it’s online. It can download software updates. You can program it on a Web site.

You can also use a free iPhone or Android app, from anywhere you happen to be, to see the current temperature and change it — to warm up the house before you arrive, for example. Go shopping all day and then a few minutes before you come home turn on your heat from your phone & BAM your in business baby!  The Nest is supposed to program itself — and save you energy in the process.  For $250 this is an amazing 2013 purchase, check out the video here.

For the Anger Management Tech Lover: Bendy Smartphone

Yes, the bendy screen smartphone. A bendy screen smartphone is a new technology touting a screen that we can bend! Yep. Who doesn’t want to bend and twist their phone into silly shapes sometimes?

It’s the best way to let out your anger, other than just throwing the thing against a wall. Using Samsung’s OLED display technology, we can be expecting a new phone model that will allow us to bend it, roll it up, and hit it with a hammer. (YES!) We already have the specs for this new piece of technological genius as well. The phone debuted as the “Galaxy Skin” (wait..did that say…skin?) features a high-res 800×480 AMOLED screen, 8mp camera and 1Gb of RAM as well as a 1.2GHz processor.

Don’t be surprised to see this new technology implemented into bendy screen tablets released shortly after. SO COOL!

For The Two-Wheeled Explorer: Photojojo Bikepod
Whipping around on your bike all day, you’re bound to catch some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scenes. But, luckily, there is a gadget here to assist. Strap this little tripod doodad to your handlebars and you will never miss a camera-worthy moment again — at least not while riding your two-wheels. And we know what you’re thinking, yes, it is durable and will protect your beloved iPhone in case a tumble does occur. Buy it here ;) $45 and worth every penny.

For The Paranoid And OCD: Lockitron
We’re all familiar with that dreaded “wait, did I lock the door?” feeling when we’re about mid-way from point A to point B. Well, a new gadget is here to change all that. Lockitron gives you the ability to put your worrisome mind at ease wherever you are. It features a cool cover that fits on most deadbolt locks and has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can check up on the status of your door. It also allows you to lock and unlock from afar. Amazing, right? $125

We are ‘on trend’ for fall 2012… are you?

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ICONIC NYC autumn.winter2012 is about exuding confidence and power for the modern day woman.

Feel the determination in the air and vibrant energy of the streets. Limitless supremacy & strength of a lioness.

This season is about oversize totes, embossed leathers, stand-out hardware, and mixed textures.

We are are ‘on trend’… are you?

Join us for ‘PopUp in a PopUp’ Events!

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Thanksgiving through Christmas will be jam packed with fabulous shopping events and networking opportunities. Hope you can all join us… here is what we have in place:

11/29 (Thursday) Industry Opening, “instaGLAM” hosted by Snapette 6-10pm

 The invite-only event will be held at the Sienna Ray PopUp Shop located on 252 Mott St in New York’s NoLita. instaGLAM© will submerge industry influencers into a playful wonderland, painting a picture of modern minimalist with a holiday bohemian twist. White walls, sleek shelving, and an aroma of complimentary warm apple cider, mulled wine, and ginger snap cookies filling the space. Event attendees will experience a Snapette photo booth station and nail art design by La Voila beauty. The event will also provide Snappette members an inside look of the boutique and product, distributing exclusive shopping offers redeemable during the event and duration of the PopUp Shop.

Prima in robin for Sienna Ray PopUp
12/2 (Sunday) Opening Celebration, VIP Shopping Day TO Night noon-9pm
Come get your shop on! Stay tuned for exclusive offers and details to be redeemable during our shopping night event and throughout the duration of the PopUp.
We will be starting the Holidays out in style with festive beverages (spiked apple cider, mulled wine…) and snapping away  fun pics in a Sienna Ray photo booth station.
eBk eyewear at Sienna Ray PopUp
12/6 (Thursday) “PopUp in a PopUp” with Ebk Eyewear 6-10pm
Vintage one-of-a-kind frames and sunglasses made in Europe.
With over 70 brands, EBK has picked ot the most unique and rare items from the vintage era.
Unlike many other vintage and “retro” sellers, their products have never been worn and are in pristine condition. No matter what the season, EBK will keep you stylish all year around.
Emalle Handbags
12/13 (Thursday) “PopUp in a PopUp” with Emalle Handbags 6-10pm
 Brooklyn-based handbag company. Featuring a capsule collection of handbags made for the busy girl on-the-go. Each bag is designed with unspoken practicality and
sophistication that makes them perfect carryalls from day to night. MORE exciting plans for this event unfolding as we speak so keep posted!

 

Sonia O'Mara Art & Design
12/20 (Thursday) “PopUp in a PopUp” with Sonia O’mara 6-10pm
Sonia O’mara, fine artists and designer, is a local New Yorker inspired by life’s everyday moments.Among her creations are sturdy and stylish totes perfect for traveling from the city to the beach at a moment’s notice. She also designs lifestyle products that express her seaside philosophy- honest and serenely elegant. This event will showcase Sonia O’mara’s holiday products in the spirit of gift-giving and celebration.
12/21  (Friday) “PopUp in a PopUp” with Jimmy Swagg Eyewear 6-10pm
Jimmy Swagg is tailor made for individuals who exude confiendce poise and regal fortitude. In one word the brand is defined as: undeniable.
Their designs are bold, body-conscious, and intuitive, with a hint of universal mystique; introducing the fashion world to “Urban Uber Chic”.
…more evens to come!

Sienna Ray & Co. PopUp Shop in New York’s Nolita ♥

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 Sienna Ray & Co., lovable leather handbags & accessories, has spread its wings from Vancouver to NYC’s Mott Street in a PopUp shop sure to please. The boutique, which will be open from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas Eve, offers a selection of special edition handbags, clutches, cosmetic cases and leather goods catering to the East Coast woman. For the first time Sienna Ray & Co. will debut a capsule collection of men’s small leather goods, RAY87, including wallets, cardholders, and laptop bags. The PopUp will be a true reflection of the brand’s marketing statement, ‘luxurious from the outside in’, capturing the playfulness in the overall shopping experience for it’s customers.

The boutique will embody a similar vision to the handbags: clean and inquisitive, giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel the product, also to see that there really is more then meets the eye. Each handbag is multifaceted just like the New York woman, a bag to rely on that can be with you and enhance your energy from day to night.

“Immediately when we signed the lease I wanted to include other inspiring designers in this opportunity and initiated a series of events ‘PopUp in a PopUp’. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help and support from friends, family and industry successors. I feel the PopUp shop is a true test to the brand. I see crisp white walls, edited product, multiple color stories; with accent of our signature lining from dress forms to delicately wrapped Christmas parcels, surrounding the atmosphere with holiday love and gift giving.

The location could not be more fitting in the high-end independent design area of NoLita. I feel extremely humbled to be in a radius of talented designers and brands. I am equally so proud to embrace my Vancouver roots, being situated on a prime shopping trail of Canadian success starting with Artizta on Broadway/Prince, John Fluevog footwear on Mulberry and now Sienna Ray & Co. around the corner.”- Founder & Creative Director, Natalie Kathleen

The Sienna Ray PopUp is located at 252 Mott St, just north of Prince St. Open 7 days a week Novovember 23 – December 24, 2012. Store hours: 11AM-7PM Mon-Sat & 12pm-6pm Sun.

View map here 

come visit us and get you holiday shop on! xo

Carve out some good times! ♡

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When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween!

Gather the crew and throw on those costumes Halloween weekend is finally here! Time to show off those fancy frocks you have been working on. Rain or shine it is officially party time! Here are some parties & events to get your witches “brew” going.

Saturday, October 27th 10pm-3am

STK will be hosting a sexy “meat-hacking” halloween massacre bash in NYC’s own meat-packing district.

Enjoy the fab rooftop views (with heat lamps), cool beats, and chic guests dressed to impressed… in their halloween best!. Tickets are $25 click here.

Monday, October 29th 9pm-2am

WeWork has the ultimate holiday bash taking place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art. Open bar, costume contests, music by DJ Ayres and lots of local NYC “mad men” ;). The best part about the event is while you are

partying you will also be supporting the charity Water.  ($35 tickets but WELL worth it!) Get your tickets here.

Wednesday, Oct 31st 7-10:30pm

What better way to celebrate the day then the annual village halloween parade! This years theme is Tick! Tock! (Check out why).

The parade consists of hundreds of puppets,  53 bands of different types of music, dancers and artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation.

For all those in costume gather on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Alert ! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring.

Watch it in person on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Live on NY 1 Television from 8 – 9:30pm p.m.

Have fun! BOO from my crew to YOU xx

… trick or treat?

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In honor of Halloween we were inspired by these supper cute baby costumes! They gave us a laugh, we hope this puts a smile on your face ;) Trick or TREAT xx

babette mini cross-body in robin

tux mak in black rain

makayla multi messenger in brick

milfie in indkion

prima pleated satchel in hershi

cutest & coolest NYC coffee shops in and around NoHo

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As we know, New Yorkers run off caffeine… it is almost like a “cool cult” to be at the latest happenin coffee shop in town. Whether you are a local, or just visiting here are our top pics, def give these spots a try!

#1.  la colombe

With 3 locations in NYC (2 being located on lafayette st) this place is what we call OFFICIAL. Our fav location of the 3 is by far NOHO, due to the fact that it is pretty big with plenty of space to sit and have a convo with a friend. or get lost in a good book. The inside has an industrial vibe, and we are also suckers for the cute headscarves that all the baristas wear. Two warnings: there is NO wifi or soy milk on the premises.

#2.  Think 

I might be a little bias on this one, but it has to be my personal favorite of the bunch! Although the coffee is deff a little pricey, it is more about the “experience”. Think has 4 locations in NYC (2 which have free wifi) but I would have to say that the bleecker street spot is the best. It is in such a cute area filled with local boutiques and shops. The coffee is great, they are socially and environmentally conscious, the workers wear cute fidora hats, and the music is cool. What’s not to love?

#3. Gasoline Alley 

Gasoline Alley is a cool spot located in Noho on Lafayette (btw Houston & Bleecker). It is supper small, made for in-and-out visits, but can give you that morning fix in a hurry! The coffee is strong, but made well, and the donuts are from a DOUGH (a bakery in Brooklyn) and are to die for!

#4.  Joe 

This place is known for the consistency, which is really good coffee every time! …btw it is cash only!

#5. Ost Cafe

Located in the east village, this cool dig has floor to ceiling windows that open and give a beautiful vibe with excellent light. Another plus of this place is that it is very affordable $2 for coffee without sacrificing the taste. Our only compliant is that it’s very small and sometimes hard to get a table. (but well worth it)

#6. Irving 

Located in the Gramercy district, this place is sure to please. It’s cosiness and space is just perfect, not to mention the delish coffee! This is also a great spot for lunch. You might even spot a celeb or two here!

westcoast buck-a-shuck around town oyster specials in vancouver

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Apparently, Vancouver takes this Oyster thing very seriously – no shyness to the offering of buck-a-shucks in Vancouver…!

Rodney’s Oyster House

Rodney’s Oyster House

The low-tide special offers one type of oyster for $1.50 a shuck, daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Not the best deal in town, but wide selection and fun ambience. Hunky servers make it a good catch for girls’ night out. 1228 Hamilton St., 604-609-0080

Oyster Seafood & Rawbar

Oyster Seafood & Rawbar

A small, charming pearl tucked into the old Stock Exchange Building. Buck-a-shuck daily from 4 to 7 p.m.; or an 18-piece mix for $36 any time of day. Romantic vibe for date nights. 475 Howe St., 604-899-0323

Cork & Fin

Cork & Fin

Buck-a-shuck on Monday nights – all night long – with more than one local variety to choose from. The champagne mignonette at this small Gastown boite is the fizziest around. 221 Carrall St., 604-569-2215

Coast

Coast

Slide up to the bar from 3 to 5 p.m. for buck-a-shuck. Smile nicely at the bartender and he might slip in some Kusshis or other premium varieties. Good selection of East Coast oysters. 1045 Alberni St., 604-685-5010

Joe Fortes Patio

Joe Fortes Patio

And, I make my final selection (good times last night!) as Joe Fortes, they have $1.00 oysters too, AND $5.00 glasses of wine plus 50% off their appy menu in the bar.

Vancouver, we have lots of options.

west village wednesday…get your shop on!

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It is a B E A U T I F U L day in New York City & the fashion elite are about and about decked from head-to-toe. Spend your Wednesday in the West Village with the trendiest boutiques in town. Smaller boutiques= a better/exclusive shopping experience with unique pieces that you will not find anywhere else.

 SAMPLE is our new fav spot to hit located between Elizabeth and Bleecker street. Besides being located in a great area, SAMPLE is famous for it’s “basic” knitwear that will keep you coming back for more. The boutique also carries a line, Vessel, which is produced and designed right here in New York City. Not only are the pieces fashion forward, the designer will take your measurements for a custom fit. After you have checked out all of the fab ready-to-wear hit the accessories wall. Our personal favs are the adjustable crushed diamond pyrite cocktail rings by Forma from Italy.

One more thing you should see in the boutique…SIENNA RAY!! We are now being carried by in the store, how fabulous is that? I smell a shopping spree.

What to do on a Wednesday night? West Village it is!

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 Fashion week does not start until tomorrow…what’s a girl to do on this mighty fine Wednesday in New York City? Let’s make it a West Village kind of night @ Windsor! Today just happens to be the opening of football season, Giants verse Cowboys…and I know what you thinking (football really?) but it’s more about the eye candy then the game. The Windsor is not your typical sports bar, it is a SUPER CUTE small spot on on west 4th street with “social sensibility” (meaning a good crowd).  Not only is the crowd and decor on point, but so is the food. So put on those skinny jeans and grab your girls after work for happy hour.

A sports bar in NYC not filled with tourists TOUCHDOWN ;) See you there xx

Beach Babes! ✹ What to pack ✈ #Shade&aVaca

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Woo! Put the paperwork down and get out your swimsuit out…HOLIDAY VACA IS HERE! Whether you are jetting off to St Tropez (like Ms. Sienna Ray herself gathering inspirations for our next collection) or just taking a long weekend at your local beach, we have the ultimate holiday vaca packing guide for you. Now turn up your tunes and pull that suitcase out- lets go!

 

THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT

Crafted Tassel Bikini – ITS ALL ABOUT THE FRING!

Shimmi- gotta love strings & neon

Nora Kamali- figure flattering suit that works WONDERS

Milly- fun prints are HOT this season

SASSY COVER-UP

DVF- floor length plunging neck YUM

Mulberry romper- fun & playful

JCrew- sexy beach skirt

PARTY DRESS

ASOS- cheer top dresses are IN

Mason- how can you go wrong with a red hot pelum corset?

SHOES!

Sienna Ray “louise” glitzy flats- wear them to the beach or wear them to dinner…fashionable/functional

Valentino wedges- how can you resist?

ACCESSORIES

Sienna Ray & Co. ‘pippit” mini cross body- the ULTIMATE travel/holiday bag

Sienna Ray & Co. “sunday” belt- sight seeing or beach time, this belt purse is perfect

Oasis multi bangles- get your arm party on!

pardon my swagg- Jimmy Swagg eyewear…get your stunna shades on

H&M- floppy hat, shade your face while looking fabulous

BEAUTY

Frederic Fekki Summer Hair Zero Hummidty Frizz Control- need I say more?

MAC refined golden brozner- we never leave home without it

Neutrogena Agless Essentials with SPF 25- tan is hot, wrinkles are not

Maybelline Falsies mascara- fake eyelashes not needed

Stila lip glaze- sexy and natural kissable lips (do I smell a summer fling?)

Now your almost done packing!! Just a couple more things to add in that will make your vacation completely FABULOUS!

50 Shades of Grey set- Now I know what your thinking…BUT don’t you want to see what all this buzz is about? Kick your feet up and make sure you have a cold drink while reading because it is SUPPER STEAMY

Flo Rida- the full album from itunes will not disappoint

Yup, it’s official…there is now a full “hungover cure kit” for purchase including all the essentials

Now we have covered everything! Zip up your suitcase and have a wonderful holiday! xx

Star-spangled good times! Happy 4th of July ⚑…what are your plans?

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we love america

4th of July is tomorrow!  That means BRING ON the pool parties, beach waves, flip fops, watermelon, short-shorts, & of course your American pride.  Still trying to figure out what to do tomorrow, what recipe you should bring to the party, or even what to wear?  No worries, we have packed it all into our Sienna Ray “gossip blog” to help inspire and get your party hats on! Now go in your closet and pull out the red, white and blue…it is going to be an AH-mazing week/weekend!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

The essentials: jean shorts, chuck taylors, wedges, stripes, and polka dots & pump!

To all of my fellow dress divas- go bold! Pull pieces out of your existing wardrobe (red white or blue) and spice up with a belt and some jewelry…nautical works too!

Now that your outfit is ready, what about your nails? Go for a USA pattern! If you don’t have the time, remember you can stop at your local drug store and pick up some patriotic nail stickers! A manicure in 5 minutes.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE PARTY?

revolutionary berries! (supper easy to make)

instructions:

Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate chips in a microwave according to the package directions (make sure the container and the berries are dry; even a little moisture will alter the texture of the candy).

 One at a time, dip strawberries into the chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter.

Set them to harden on waxed paper.

 Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

nations b-day nachos!

instructions:

Place blue corn tortilla chips on a foil-covered baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Sprinkle the chips with shredded Monterey Jack, then bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes.

Top the nachos with salsa and sour cream.

who doesn’t like JELLO SHOTS?

instructions:

Cut an Orange (or lemon or lime) in HALF and gut it.

Mix the jello shot (1 cup hot water, box jello, 1 cup various liquors)

Stir till disolved

Add the jello mix to the half shell and refrig for 3 hours or more.

Once solid, slice and serve! emomum

WHAT DO TO?! (FOR ALL MY LAST MINUTE LADIES)

NYC

Macy’s fireworks

Macy’s will have fireworks being released from four barges in the Hudson River. It’s the 36th Annual Macy’s Fireworks display and this year’s theme is Ignite the Night. This year’s fireworks soundtrack has been dubbed “America’s Mixtape,” and will feature both patriotic and pop songs that will be performed in sync with the fireworks. The music can be heard on 1010 WINS and Fresh 102.7. The night’s line-up will include performances by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. If you’re not in the area, NBC will broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9 p.m. EST. The best places to see the fireworks will be along the West Side Highway on the north-bound lanes and 12th Avenue between 14th and 59th Streets; some side streets between 11th and 12th Avenues and at Pier 84 (access from 44th Street).

HAMPTON

Tommy Hilfiger East Hampton Summer Kick-Off Event

This notoriously All-American brand celebrates our fine country with a soiree at the gorgeous space above their East Hamptons store.  Expect to see your favorite employees from all the East Hampton stores in attendance…maybe even get a glimpse of Mr. Hilfiger himself! This party is going down at Tommy Hilfiger East Hampton, 69 Main Street 7pm.

NJ

In Hoboken for the 4th? Hit Wicked Wolf Tavern & great a great glimpse of the Macy’s fireworks across the harbor! Hitting the jersey shore? Check out these iconic hotspots: Djais, Bar A, Parker House, Tiki, or Osprey. (always a good time)

Enjoy dolls, have fun, be safe & look fabulous. – Sienna Ray xx

Natalie Off Duty embraces our “babette” mini cross-body

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The queen of the cross-body (& crème de la crème of NYC’s fashion bloggers), Natalie off Duty does it again! Her effortless cool casual style is one-of-a-kind. Our “babette” mini-cross body in caramel looks fabulous with her daywear get-up.

Lisa’s Favs- 312style..so shoe me!

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Lisa Goetzke was recently featured on [wander|lust]…around the world with Sienna Ray. Her fierce fashion sense and and spunk is directly portrayed on her blog  312style (so shoe me). We had the opportunity to ask Lisa her “fav” Sienna Ray styles and why. Here are her top 8 picks.

1) Bridget Glowing Tote in Sky
    The perfect pop of color this summer in a perforated leather tote. Perfect for pairing with a neutral mini dress and floppy hat for instant summer style.
2) Bobbi Slip-Strap Bucket Satchel in Jet
    Every woman needs a great black bag and the Bobbi is just that. Luxe black leather with a signature shine and antique copper details makes this a timeless treasure with a stylish twist.
3) Golde Switch-Strap Hobo in Tokyo
A deep purple textured leather can be worn as a neutral or as a pop of color and the adjustable strap offers new options on how to wear this oversized hobo.
4) Mimi Cross Body Fold Clutch in Mimosa
Modern geometric design in a butter soft leather offers versatility as a nighttime clutch or a daytime crossbody.
5) Jovie Pleated Tote in Capri
A refreshing jade hued bag will add an unexpected pop to summer basics, plus the rectangular shape and pleated textured leather adds a signature high-end touch.
6) Pippit Glowing Mini Cross Body in Lipstick
A hot hued bag in the perfect shade of red with a crossbody design that’s made for all your outdoor summer events – think street fairs, music fests and more!
7) Thelma Strappy Flat in Black
A necessity for summer this strappy black flat with gold hardware can be worn with casual cutoffs or a chic maxi dress for day to night versatility
Babette Mini Crossbody bag in Bedford & Sky
The quintessential crossbody bag in a neutral putty tone with pops of sky blue and gold create a signature style that can be worn with everything, anytime.

Sienna Ray will Sweep you of your Feet! Summer Sample Sales NYC & Vancouver!

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Sienna Ray & Co. will be hosting 2 fabulous sample sales this summer with up to 80% off samples & one-of-a-kind designs. This is too good to miss out!

NYC SAMPLE SALE: Wednesday June 13th from 6-10pm (will be extended June 14-15 9am-5pm by apt only)

location: 32 union sqaure east, #1017, New York, NY 10003

VANCOUVER SALE: Wednesday June 20th from 6-10pm (one night only!)

location: Spectrum Soiree Room, 111 Georgi St, Vancouver B.C.

Featuring: Sienna Ray & Co. handbags & footwear, Cuche swimwear, and special guest Jimmy Swagg eyewear from NYC

hope to see you all there! please RSVP for both events to jaclynn@siennaray.com xo

Adorable Anna from Sweden with our “opehlia”

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“Here are some snapshots of today’s outfit. As you can see it is all about the details with my new bag from Sienna Ray (love it so much), skull hairband, gold rings and Prada inspired sunglasses. Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of the whole outfit because Mikes new lens are better with detail photos, but I promise to take an outfit photo of tonight’s outfit and will show it tomorrow! Hope you like the photos sweeties!”

Our sky blue “ophelia” multi satchel looks amazing on top blogger Anna Wii from Sweden. We LOVE her style and everything about her. She is simply ADOREable! Check her out on Sienna Ray’s [wander|lust] xo ♥

sweet spring picks! (the essentials for 2012)

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Spring is the full swing! Here at Sienna Ray we are so excited to flaunt our new “field of dreams” SS12 collection filled with pops of bright color to accentuate any outfit! We also feel that there are some necessary wardrobe staples that every woman should get in her closet for spring 2012. We understand the terms “ballin on a budget” – basically look rich and shop cheap (as blogger Denny Wenny would say). Here are our tip picks- do I smell a shopping spree coming on? ;)

This bright yellow lemon structured  blazer from Top Shop is a MUST! We love the color and it screams spring. For $132.00 it is a piece that will stay in your closet for quite some time.

This bright pink blazer from H&M is the definition of chic, and for $29.99- WHAT A STEAL! Can we please have this in every color??!!!

We have to be a bit bias ;) These sky blue “avenue” leather loafers are from Sienna Ray & Co.’s SS12 collection. They are made with the softest lambskin leather, “smooth as butter”. These babies are  supper light, and will give you the illusion of walking on air! The avenue loafers go for $288…after all, shoes are a girls best friend.

Get your sparkle on! These glitzy glam flats are also from Sienna Ray & Co.’s SS12 collection. The “Louise” flats are the perfect summer shoe- from the beach to the Hamptons they are extremely wearable. They are made from the finest leathers…$149 & made to last! Every woman loves a little sparkle!

Step up your color game this spring! Colored jeans are in! Put away those old blue or black jeans, and get daring. These coral skinnies are from Paris Blues for Alloy, don’t worry you won’t have to break the bank- $29.90.

IN LOVE with these Jcrew tall café capris $89!!! They come in 9 different color options, what a perfect pair of pants for work! Spice up your office wardrobe with some color.

Simple, clean, and comfortable (in a variety of colors) for $ 17. Victoria Secret’s boyfriend T is a necessity for spring, and that’s that!!

What is summer really without a maxi dress? If this AX Paris bag over vest dress is not already in your closet then you are committing a fashion crime. For £20.00 get on it!

Three words: spring time swag! We are ♥’n the “Dalilha” sunnies by Jimmy Swagg. Big framed and oversized glasses are SO in for spring, get with the now. For $50 these shades will keep you cool all summer.

Sizzle this spring/summer in swimwear by Askua Collections. Now I know what your thinking, not everyone is ready to bust of the bikini. Aksua also does customized bathing suits to fit on any body type. We love their collections of color and prints, summa time fierce!

Well we had to save the best for last!! This “babette” mini-cross body by Sienna Ray & Co.  is our #1 seller for spring $349 (a pretty penny yes but so worth it!). Whether you opt to grab the slim top handle or rock the adjustable chain strap, this bag is ready to go anywhere at anytime.

Boom, done, over. The “jolie” everyday satchel by Sienna will be your new best friend. Big enough to use as a carry-on for traveling, and versatile enough to be your go-to everyday thang $449.

Sienna Ray Handbags Strut Style ♥

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check out our "prima" pleated satchel in jet on Stylust

 

"Simply Stylish Mom" rockin our medusa doctor bag in cocoa

 

Sienna Ray & Co.'s "prima" pleated satchel in maple featured in Vancouver Mag

 

flawless! our "tux mak" in capri- Vancouver Mag

 

Sienna Ray & Co. oozes style from the outside in! Check out these amazing features in Stylust, Simply Stylish Mom, & Vancouver Mag! We are so honored & love our bloggers.

NYC Swagg with Denny Balmaceda

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of top male fashion blogger, Denny Balmaceda, visit our new office & showroom in NYC’s union square. We were inspired by his vintage/thrifted outfit & asked him to rock our brand new “medusa” doctor bag from Sienna Ray & Co.’s unreleased autumn.winter 2012 collection. His confidence, sophistication, and overall “swagg” made our medusa really stand out. A special thank you to his photographer Lee Reyes- it was a pleasure working with you guys! xo

Denny’s World on tumblr ♥

Trendy Travels

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Have you been following our makayla’s? Stay up-to-date on our “locate the bag” page to see exactly where the [wander|lust] journey has gone. International bloggers get ready! April is the month we will be coming your way. We cannot WAIT too see all of our fab international fashionistas.

Ode to the Ombre: Newest Nail Trend

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designers are taking advatnge of this new trend

 

The ombre trend has been pretty major in fashion this year & the beauty world caught on as well! From our clothes to our hair & right down to our nails, everyone’s been rocking something with a gradient. In the recent Jen Kao SS2012 show at NYFW, the models were caught backstage with manicures called “Lethal Love” by CND. These were some amazing airbrushed ombre nails that went from black to gorgeous jewel-toned coloured tips.  Manicurists around the world have been trying to recreate this look without an airbrush- yet still have that same glam look. We have the inside scoop just for you! Now you can try it yourself from home…

Cant wait to see how your nails come out! Post some pics for us xo

Golden Globes= GLAMOUR …except a few who missed the target

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BEST

#5.

Angie rockin Atelier Versace- stunning + I am a sucker for red trims

 

#4.

Miss Nicole fits the bill in a studded Versace gown

 

#3.

Salma....ughhh WOWW love love love this Gucci + shes killin it with the ombre hair! DIVA!

#2.

Chic Charlize- the poster girl for Dior....I wouldn't expect anything less

 

#1. DRUM ROLL PLEASE…..

Elle Macpherson needs to be on the cover of "ELLE" in this Zac Posen masterpice! from the runway straight to the red carpet, she took a risk and it paid off

 

WORST!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! (your stylist should be fired)

#5.

sorry Michelle- this was a miss, you didnt do Jason Wu any favors on this red carpet

 

#4.

nearly there Natalie- but this is just wayy to much for you! you are swolled whole by a prom dress

 

#3.

material girl what are you thinking?!?! why are you covering up that hot bod?

 

#2.

this is down right WRONG Kelly!! how the hell are you a comintator on fashion police?! you cant even dress yourself

 

#1. WORSTTTT

seriously Sarah...NEVER let your daughter pick out anything for you EVER again, this is terrible!

 

Hope you enjoyed our scandal and praise! What were your misses and hits?! xo

[2012] Pre Fall & FABULOUS!

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Rag & Bone- fav look of the collection

Rag & Bone- wouldnt our sky blue makayla look PERFECT with this?

Rag & Bone pre-fall 2012 is less about thematic journeys and more about day-to-day living, and their focus is on building out classics that the Rag & Bone girl has come to rely on year-round (meaning more wearable looks…thank god!).  The key pieces that builds the foundation of their collection includes: sharply tailored blazers, utility vests, and a sturdy shoe: Their best-selling Newbury boot.

 

Diane von Furstenberg- fav look of the collection

DVF pre-fall 12: taking classic brand pieces and reinventing them for an updated soho chic vibe

First off- LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection, one of our favorite font-runners of pre-fall 12. Not only does each piece stay 100% true to the DVF brand, they actually found a way to modernize each classic staple. It is extremely wearable, and the styling on this runway show was FLAWLESS. Diane herself describes the mood as “Macadam diva” (“Macadam” meaning asphalt—named after its inventor, John McAdam).  “t wasn’t just the silver studs and grommets on belts, jackets, and tops—though there were many—but also the chains that trimmed a soft knit tank; black leather lapels that topped a ladylike tweed jacket; vixen-worthy gloves that went with a flirty baby-blue blouse. It’s rock ’n’ roll with a rebellious attitude,”  creative director Yvan Mispelaere.

 

Jason Wu- fav look of the collection

Jason Wu pre-fall 12: can I have this dress NOW?

One of the youngest designers to show his collection for pre-fall 12, and how it did go you ask? NAILED IT!! The execution of this collection was mind blowing, we would wear every single piece. The designer himself states, “People no longer dress for an occasion because every day is an occasion; there’s no hard line between day and evening.” (everyday is a fashion show? bring it!) *side not: his collaboration with Target hits stores in Feb…Jason Wu that we can actually afford, score!

 

Nina Ricci- fav look of the collection

Nina Ricci pre-fall 12: 1 word= glamours

At first glance, this collection looks supper “ladylike” … that word that springs to mind, because of the abundance of pleats, bows, lace, jeweling, lingerie, fur, and general all round “cocktailania”. Except, it doesn’t really quite say enough. Somehow, the artistic direction Peter Copping can take all that and transform it-by taking it down to something that feels unfussy and undone and anything but uptight—and yet keep everything looking ravishingly beautiful.

 

Narciso Rodriguez- fav look of the collection

Narciso Rodriguez pre-fall12: at least this pic shows 3 more fab looks! totally badass

New York based designer Narciso took a lot of inspiration from this collection from art. “We experimented with tailoring techniques to create a new type of structure,” he said, pulling out a silk-blend sheath with stretch jersey panels. “I looked at different ways of fitting, like working with these corset details from the archives. There was a lot of attention to detail.” Whether it’s the the technical cross-body harnessing on elegant paint-splattered dresses or the generous selection of multi-textured, color-block knits in silver-gray, creamy beige, and shocking red , that attention to detail has seriously  paid off because it its STUNNING!

 

The Row: fav look of the collection

The Row pre-fall 12: androgynous, young, & "now"

What can I say? Save the best for last ;) We are such a big fans of The Row- Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen are some of the biggest trend-setters in the industry. They have come such a long way from their days on Full House- to now owning/designing for their own fashion house! The collection is so fresh- with a bit of 70′s influence. This is the only collection I can describe as “young” with a sophisticated feel. The Olsen’s can do no wrong, blown away for pre-fall 12 …can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

Do you know how hard it is to only post 2 pictures when the whole collection is AH-MAZING! Hope you like our top pics for pre-fall 2012 xo

 

trendy tips: traveling in style…[airport swag]

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looks like our fashionista is headed to a sunny destination! she keeps it casual with white shorts & and denim button down- the nude pumps, scarf, and cross body handbag spice it up

copy cat- get a piece of her look by adding in your own handbag! Sienna Ray's babette mini-cross body in jet-black is perfect for all jet setters

 

laid back casual- we are totally feeling it! leggings, oversized T, scarf, and killer boots...love it

copy cat- grab a piece of her look with these studded mid-shaft boots from forever 21

 

beach babe alert! short cut-off denims, flowing over-sized top, boots, and pendent neckalace = perfecto!

copy cat- this fab clock pendent is perfect for traveling (from h&m)...how can you miss your plane when you have the time around your neck? sweet deal

 

the new trend is the fashionable flopy hat! she looks supper chic in her black cape and high boots

copy cat- its a fact that we love the floppy hat. from the plane to the beach, you cant go wrong with this invest (free people)...even after your flight with messy hair -throw this baby on & your instantly fabulous

 

tokyo is in the house! graphic T, supper straight hair, and nerd glasses

copy cat- american apparel refers to these nerd specs as the "hangover glasses"..perfect for a long flight or trecking through the airport- basically look smart while you also feel like death from the night before

 

this chic hipster makes looking good effortless. short red hotpants, graphic T, flat combat boots, big shades, and oversized hooded sweater HOT HOT HOT

copy cat- get cozy in an oversize chunky cowl hooded sweater, (toast) perfect for traveling and taking a nap on the plane with your hood up

 

she is the definition of summer swag- miami? aruba? st barts? jersey knit romper, straw trilbily hat, and of course stunna shades

copy cat- original ray band aviators from the sunglass hut...boom done OVER

 

Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years do I smell a vaca coming on? bring it baby! Whether you are headed to Miami or Aspen, travel in style! The main focus is to be comfortable for your flight while still looking like you stepped off a runway. There are a few key things to remember: getting through security (shoes that you can actually take off), fitting all your things in a carry-on bag…besides the 3 other bags you checked (suggesting a cross-body so your hands are free) layering for weather changes (tights, sweaters, and tanks) & flattering your body type (leggings, jackets, and dresses).  We have listed some fashion tricks of the trade to help you hype up your look with functional accessories to get you though your flight. Safe travels dolls! xo

 

up up & away in style

 

 

trendy tips: ‘Tis the Season of Tights

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from left: Anthropologie "nouveau" sparkle tights $20, Kate Spade "lots of sparkle" tights $34 (Zappos Couture) & Bebaroque "lourdes" black tights $210 (Pret-a-Beaute)

 

from left: Urban Outfitters "lurex" striped tights, $14, available at Urban Outfitters; ASOS lily pad tights, $13.79, available at ASOS & Jessica Simpson glitter tights, $18.

 

from left: House of Holland "pretty polly" chain suspender tights $25.86 (ASOS), Henrik Vibskov colored line tights, $42 (Farfetch), Anna Sui "filigree" tights $26, (Zappos Couture) & Pamela Mann studded tights $13.85 (My Tights)

 

from left: Forever21 snowflakes and hearts tights $7.80, Anna Sui "lurex" tights $26 (Zappos Couture) & J.Crew lace tights, $16.50.

 

Above, from left: Wolford python tights $48, (Bloomingdales), Urban Outfitters opaque tights with glitter back seam $14 & Topshop rose lace tights $24.

 

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to hide your legs! The festive season is the perfect opportunity to show off your stems in high style with holiday tights. Who has the money to drop $500 per dress for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years + all those parties? (& if you do- go girl!) For all the rest of us, tasteful tights are the way to go-they can completely transform your outfit into an entirely different look (with the right accessories of course). Whether you choose to rock those tights with shorts, shirts, or dresses…you will be steppin out in style. From eye-catching colored tights to hosiery with a hint of shine, we’ve put together the ultimate legwear list just for you.

HOT-liday Spirit Shoes

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YSL cap-toe pumps- you'll be decking the halls in height this year! (5 inchers)

 

jeffrey Campbell Lilitas- holiday hipsters...this ones for you

 

Aruna Seth cerise red satin heels- cute as a button

 

Christian Louboutin "Fifi"- red bottoms, santa watch out!

 

Giuseppe Zanotti spike ballet flats- perfect for dancing the night away comfortably in style

 

Kate Spade glitter charm slingbacks- were not in Kansas anymore!

 

HEATH peep toe suede wedge- work it under the mistletoe in these chunky kicks

 

Valentino lace ballerina flats - Who says only heels are perfect for an after-five event?

 

Pedro Garcia satin "D’Orsay" pump- a sexy, retro shoe that speaks romance

 

well all i can say is...a girl can dream ;)

 

Need something to get you back into the holiday spirit? Start with the shoes! Christmas is just 5 days away, and with the upcoming holiday dinners and events it can be a little overwhelming to choose what to wear.  But if you start from the bottom & work your way up, it becomes a breeze – just decide on the mood you’re going for, and go for it! Our list has a little something for everyone ;) xo

trend report: Psychedelic Furs that are FAB

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burberry prosum- a very "cruella de vil" vibe

 

roksanda ilincic- totally rad! (great color combo)

 

carven- i am craving it!

 

prabal gurung- pretty fabulous

 

emanuel ungaro- AHmazing

 

PETA we are sorry- but fur is just too fabulous! It seems that nearly every designer in the industry is making the rainbow connection & giving their plush pelts-fox, rabbit and mink vibrant dye jobs. (and I’m not complaining!) In times of an economic downturn, the fashion world looks to ways to renew our desire for luxury. Can you say contradiction? BUT in many ways it stands to reason that fur has played such a prominent role on the runways for years *running* the luxury upscale market. Colored furs have always been around, but they are back on the block and here to stay for winter2012. Santa is coming soon…is a psychedelic rabbit or mink on your Christmas list? x0

 

fab finds: 3 holiday Party Looks on a Budget

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So many parties to attend, so little time…what’s a girl to do? We’ve got three words for you: gold, silver, and black. Whether it’s an office party, a Christmas party with your friends or a night out, here are some affordable looks that will wow the crowd at any party! They each represent a festive color; gold and glamorous, sassy and silver, and chic black! The question is, which look is your favorite?

 

the golden

 

If you love gold and sequins this is the time to shine! At Christmas and New Year’s parties anything goes and the more you sparkle the better! Keep the rest of the accessories in earthy tones to mellow out the sequins – you don’t want to look like a disco ball!

 

the silver

 

Do you want to feel like a modern day greek goddess for a night? Then this silver attire is just right for you. This stand out dress will give you a unique party look, which is perfect for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Pair the dress with the trendy feather earrings and a pair of grey shoes – because the dress is so shiny stick with more subtle shoe color.

 

the black

 

The little black dress will never go out of style and wearing a little black dress to a Christmas party is always a good option. Make it more exciting with gold accessories and details – like these lovelym high heels! This look is perfect for an office Christmas party, or another more formal, but festive event!

trendy tips: Remember…Hair is Your BEST Accessory

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one of the hottest winter trends- "blue black"

 

grown out blonde- the "ombre" came into fashion over the last year or so. colorists have now perfected the art of the impeccable "fade"...who knew roots could look so good?

 

dark & daring- you have to have some serious kahunas to pull this one off. the trend is a dark base with bold vibrant shades of color such as purple, blue, red, and green.

 

dark chocolate brown- these hues make your skin look younger and more feminine

 

metallic blonde- it doesn’t look good on everyone...but, if you’re already a blonde, go a little lighter this season

 

red hot- the IT color this season and the great thing about it is that it works for almost all skin types

 

Ladies- remember your hair is your BEST accessory. Coloring your hair is the ultimate creative way to express your personal style and fashion sense. Serious trend influencers change their hair as they change their seasonal wardrobe. Don’t  be afraid! Take some risks! We suggest that you start with something small, such as some highlights or lowlights (even an overall color booster) to ease you into the process. After you feel comfortable with the change try something new next time. And don’t worry- I know you do not want to poison your hair and make it dry or fried…there are some amazing organic and natural color products in the market now. So next time you go for that boring trim- take a chance on some color!

my weekend wishlist

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Here is our weekend wishlist. Classic-simple-elegant & ALWAYS trendy. Lets start from the basics- shoes! We are loving these suede and leather “Hammerstrom” ankle boots from Aldo Shoes, the best part is they are on sale $69.98!!! (what a steal). Next the staple of your outfit, your handbag. The Sienna Ray “mimi” geo-fold clutch is perfect for the weekend. It is surprisingly spacious, lightweight, and chic. Time for some pizazz! Instead of wearing a necklace, try these fringe drop dangle earrings from H&M $5.95, can’t beat that. Tie is all together with a classic gold Michael Kors watch from Macy’s $160. Who says you can’t look rich but shop cheap?

trendy tips: Lets Throw a Party…An Arm Party!

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stack em up ladies!

 

party on!

 

a great watch is key

 

it's an arm party...and your invited

 

Whoever said “less is more” clearly lost their invite. It’s as simple as this- go Big or go Home! The latest trend on all fashion influencers is the arm party: meaning LOTS of bracelets, cuffs, charms, and even strips of string or leather. Lets start from the basic invites. Threaded bracelets are considered the “furniture” of the party and can add a bit of “coolness” or youth in between your staples. Threaded bracelets can also be interchangeable with more traditional friendship bracelets or strips of leather tied. Next lets add in some metal pieces. Chains, spikes, snakes, & skulls…bring it baby! Now to the VIP invites: bust out your most prized pieces in your jewelry box- cartier, marc jacobs cuffs, vintage watch, or large leather snap band from your trip to Europe.

Now to help you get your arm party in order, here are some adorbs pieces to start with

pieces to start your party

Not only have you transformed your arm to a party- its a full blown rager!

 

wishlist wednesday: I wish to look fab…even in the rain!

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let it rain!

 

sleek finishing serum, a flat iron, and hairspray does wonders in the rain

 

Going for a night out and still want to look fashionable? Try these thick heeled rain boots, rain coat that adds a pop of color, and a feminine umbrella.

 

Want that sexy edgy east village look? Black is back! spice it up with a patterned umbrella.

 

Still want to go for shopping & lunch with the girls when it's down pouring? Now you can! Ankle cut rain booties, fun umbrella, and trendy raincoat- BOOM fashion central.

 

Who says you can’t look fabulous in the rain? As fashionistas, we make a vow to look great RAIN or SHINE. Sometimes I secretly look forward to the rain because that means its time to bust out the trendy rain gear! What did you say? You don’t have any fab gear in your closet? Girl step your game up! Lucky for you we have some amazing pointers to help bump up your style into the fabulous category. First things-first: you MUST add in a rain coat- depending on your style. If your going for a classic look we highly recommend DKNY (they have a great fit that’s true to size & affordable) or if your going for a funky piece with some color try Michael Kors. Next up- rain boots: we are loving the trendy Vivienne Westwood jellies, and of course the classic Hunter wellies. The last accessory to complete your new rain gear-a fun and flashy umbrella: try larger all-in-one stores such as Target, and department stores like Macy’s. With all your new gear you’ll be singing in the rain.  xo

trendy tips tuesday: Get Inspiried & in the Holiday Spirit- Christmas Windows are Here!

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Entrance of Barney's NYC-Leave it to Lady Gaga to turn Christmas into a holiday for her Little Monsters.

 

Macy's Herald Square was all about charities this year- their theme was "make a wish"

 

it's all about the "snow & bubbles" this year for the famous Saks Fifth Avenue window

 

Bloomingdales' windows showcase designs that were used on previous years holiday shopping bags.

 

"What is Christmas made of?" Lord & Taylor teamed up with children in nearby schools and rescue shelters to and featured their drawings as inspiration for this years holiday windows.

"fantasy world" pretty much sums up Bergdorf's windows this year. It can be described as "Narnia" meets "Under the Sea".

 

I hope we inspired you to check out this amazing holiday windows! It only happens once a year- so bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and get on it! Here is a walking map of the windows, have fun! xo

 

walking tour

 

 

 

 

fab finds: Bad Hair Day? Throw on a Trendy Turban!

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style influencer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) spreading the turban trend

Carin Wester "marrakesh" turban from Urban Outfitters

 

leopard print turban by River Island

 

Eugenia Kim "dominique" hand-knit turban hat

 

Hats are instant style ooomphers. In days when you can’t think of anything to wear, just put on something casual then add a nice hat. Ta-da! Fab in an instant! The latest craze in fashion are turbans. This international inspiration piece has been around for a while, but has recently gained much recognition. The best part about a turban is they look good on everyone- long hair, short hair, curly hair, or straight hair. Turban hats also come in a variety of colors and fabrics. We reccomend a shinny satin piece (you can add a brouche for some bling) for evening or holiday event, a printed turban to spice up a plain outfit, and a cotton/knit option for a casual look.  If you choose to make your own turban you can actually create one with an old scarf. Here are the steps:

 

steps to creating a turban

 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Make sure you post some pics of  wearing one (even tag us in it).

thirsty thursday: Cranberry Cocktails for the Holidays

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grateful cranberry cocktail

 

poinsettia cocktail

 

pass the turkey cocktail

 

cheers to you!

 

The time of year for cranberries is here! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and plan on celebrating without a cocktail, don’t you? (Or maybe instead of celebrating, you’ll just be coping with relatives. Either way, a cocktail is in order.) Here are some fabulous cranberry cocktails for your holiday:

1. Grateful Cranberry Cocktail: This fall cranberry cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s light enough that it won’t compete with a plate full of turkey and mashed potatoes. But the unique mixture of cranberry, honey, bourbon, green tea and ginger ale is full enough to satisfy the taste buds.

-1 1/2 oz. bourbon
-1 oz. cranberry-honey syrup
-Green tea flavored ginger ale
-Frozen cranberries
-Crushed ice

Fill collins glass three-quarters full with crushed ice and frozen cranberries.  Pour in bourbon and syrup, then top off with ginger ale.

2. Poinsettia Cocktail: This classic champagne cocktail is wonderful for holiday entertaining. Light and refreshing, the Poinsettia Cocktail ads an extra bit of holiday cheer to any gathering.

- Champagne
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice

Add chilled Cointreau and Cranberry to chilled champagne glass. Stir and top with Champagne just before serving.

3. Pass the Turkey: Make this bourbon creation paired with cranberry, cider, sage and thyme and you won’t be sorry.

- 1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 1 tbs. cranberry jelly
- 1 sprig fresh sage
- 1 sprig fresh thyme

Muddle sage and thyme with apple cider.  Add ice, top with Wild Turkey and cranberry jelly.  Shake well, strain over ice in a glass rimmed with turkey juice and breadcrumbs.

ENJOY!

 

wish list wednesday: I Wish for a Manicure that Actually Lasts!

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black shellac long lasting manicure

 

shellac polishes come in a variety of stylish colors

 

beyonce rockin the metallic minx (shoulda put a ring on it)

 

celebs are loving the minx- Katy Perry

 

Ri-ri reppin a minx manicure

 

3 step process for Sally Hansen nail stickers

 

funky patterns & bright colors - Sally Hansen stickers

 

Listen up ladies, we have the inside scoop for manicures that last more then a week. We all know that in the fashion industry nails are part of your complete outfit- they are also the first thing a potential client can notice while shaking hands. Who has the time to sit in a nail salon weekly? As women, we are constantly on the go and manicures tend to chip easily. Try out these three solutions to a long lasting manicure and see which one works best for you:

Shellac- Shellac is billed as the ultimate long-lasting manicure, and as I can’t keep my nails neat for more than three days, I was unable to say no to the chance of perfect nail polish for up to two weeks. Shellac combines the resilient finish of a gel nail overlay with the ease of paint-on color. The application process is simple. A clear base coat is applied, which is then ‘cured’ for 20 seconds in an ultraviolet lightbox. Two coats of colored polish follow, each of which needs a minute’s curing, then a high-gloss top-coat, a final 20-second blast of light and, voila, it’s all done. The average shellac manicure runs about $40.

Minx- Minx nails are the latest rage in Hollywood, and the trend is quickly picking up everywhere else. Celebrities like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rhianna are big fans, and the manicures were seen on the Paris Fashion Week runways, and in Vogue, Allure, Elle and In Style. Minx nails are a heated, flexible film that fit on top your nails, like a sticker. Your Minx manicurist will trim them up and seal them onto your nail. They are waterproof, chip-proof and chemical free. (AH-mazing!) The price of Minx nails range from $30-$55…but well worth it.

Sally Hanson Nail Stickers- If you are running low on cash & time try out Sally Hanson’s do it yourself nail stickers. These aren’t like the nail stickers of childhood, i.e. stick-ons of flowers or stars. Sally Hansen strips are made with real nail polish, and are supposed to look like they were painted onto your nails. The nail strips come in 24 different styles ranging from bright solids like orange and yellow to a multitude of patterns including animal prints, glitters, camo, and denim. Three easy steps and you are on your way to fabulous fingers! The best part about Sally Hanson’s are the price $9.99 a pack.

 

trendy tips tuesday: Ready-Set-GO…Sample Sale Week!

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November 15-16, 2011, 10am - 5:30pm- 381 Fifth Ave (35th/36th Sts), Suite 2a

 

Christian Louboutin November 15-18- 306 W 38th St, New York

 

Giorgio Armani Nov 12-16 - Soiffer Haskin 317 West 33rd Street

 

Anna Sui Nov 14-18, 2011 - 250 W 39th St., 6th floor

 

Eugenia Kim Nov 12-16, 2011- 347 W. 36th St., Suite 501

 

If you’re in NYC, prep your pocketbooks for a few hot sample sales this week! From Armani to Ana Sui to Christian Louboutin , brands are slashing prices. Mark your calendars! This week’s sales are so good, we’re getting giddy just thinking about them! NYC sample sale season has officially begun! Finally affordable high-end designer pieces we have been craving & lusting all year. Ready-set-GO…get your shop on!

 

fab finds friday: What Time is It?

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Michael Kors stainless steel bracelet $195

 

Betsey Johnson polyurethane strap- $65

 

"Marc" by Marc Jacobs Black Silicone Wrapped Stainless Steel- $200

 

Emporio Armani Mesh Stainless Steel- $275

 

“Excuse me miss, do you know the time?” YES! Tell ‘em  in style with these amazing fab finds. Every woman should have at least one classic “big girl” watch in their jewelery box. With so  many materials, colors, and styles to choose from, you can even have a watch for each day of the week (or each outfit!) These babies are all under $300 and spot on stylish- whether you choose a funky bold or classic piece (or both), you’ll be begging for someone to ask you for the time. Don’t forget today is 11-11-11 (luckiest day of the year)-now you can keep track of the magic in style… 11:11pm make a wish!

 

Sienna’s Stories : “Summer for the weather, Winter for the fashion”

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I heard a lovely quote this morning, “Summer for the weather, Winter for the fashion”. Someone is surely reading my mind!! Just maybe there is some truth to this 11/11/11 making for a magical day? I believe it.

I love the sun.

I love feeling the rays beat on my back on the beach while I lose myself in a novel. The brilliant sunshine makes me all the more excited for excursions of various length and distance. However, I think I love layering my outfits just as much as all of that, if not more. I embrace being able to capture a timeless look of sophistication with a classic LBD and other key pieces. My closet thrives on an extensive collection of neutral colors. I then utilize this bold canvas with various accessories that pop color and portray theme’s to showcase how I am feeling that day. I find this much more fun to do in the winter months than the warmer months.

I am really coveting colored tights this season. I am hoping to combine my love for sweater tights with this newest obsession. Digging back into the archives of Milan’s Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2011 there were many colored sweater tights to be seen. I recently picked up a gorgeous blue suede mini the other day that would like brilliant with some mustard or wine tights.

 

Models in Colored Tights

 

What is your favorite part of the seasons?

Sienna Ray xx

trendy tips tuesday: Treat Yourself to the Holiday Festivities @ Bryant Park

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nighttime wonderland @ bryant park

 

trendy holiday shops

 

glide around the skate rink

 

Skip that Starbucks run on your lunch break and head to Bryant Park! It is officially that time of the year, holiday shops are up and filled with trendy holiday trinkets and yummy festive foods. Now I know what your thinking- even though Bryant Park is no larger home to New York’s Fashion Week, don’t write it off your list so soon. The park has turned into a winter wonderland, there is an outdoor ice skating rink smacked in the middle lawn to prove it! Whether your there for a round of chess/backgammon, hitting the shops, or simply there for a cup of coffee- it is a great treat to help you get in the holiday spirit. Here is a trendy tip for you- set up shop with your weekday load of work (laptop included…they have plug ins!) and enjoy the street fashions, it is great wardrobe inspiration.

fab finds friday: Hidden Treasures @ “The Market” NYC

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shopping for a bargain

 

inside NYC's "the market"

 

These days everyone is searching for a good bargain, “the market” NYC is the perfect weekend stop to shop. Located on a block that is pretty quiet during the week, St. Patrick’s Youth Center’s gymnasium at 268 Mulberry Street is transformed into a wonderland of independent fashion every Saturday and Sunday. This trendy indoor market has become the showcase for some of the city’s best independent designers setting up tables and racks of cutting edge handmade clothing, jewelry, handbags, hats and more recently, artwork. Some designers have even opened up their own boutiques but they still remain loyal by selling each weekend at the Market. The Market attracts a mixed crowd of shoppers each weekend, including tourists from around the world, locals looking for the next big fashion trend, and there’s the occasional celebrity sighting too – Leonardo DiCaprio (incognito) has been seen picking up a t-shirt or two, Debra Messing likes the jewelry, and Sienna Miller. You never know what you’re going to find!

thirsty thursday: Champagne Campaign!

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champagne campaign

 

moet gold case- top of the line

 

asti dolce- ballin on a budget

 

Who says champagne is only for special occasions? We believe that everyday is a celebration (the little things in life), or otherwise known as a “champagne campaign.” Do you know that champagne first gained it’s reputation because of it’s association with the anointment of French Kings? Europe decided to spread the message of this fab sparkling wine and it became a symbol of luxury and power. Now to the good stuff! Here is a little tip for you: pouring champagne while tilting the glass at an angle and gently sliding the liquid along the side will help you with all of those bubbles! (you can impress while your pour) If you are ready to dish out the doe then your best bet is a bottle of Moet. If you are ballin on a budget then we suggest a bottle of Asti- amazing taste for a cheap price. Also keep in mind if you want a sweet taste instead of brut look for the word “dolce” on the bottle.  Enjoy for champagne…and don’t forget to share! ;)

wish list wednesday: Loving These Louboutin Flats!

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fabulous "fred clous" flats

 

I think that almost every fashionable women in the world has a new pair of “loubs” on their wish list. Christian Louboutin’s are usually known for their sky high stilettos with  signature red bottoms- but these babies have stole my heart (and I’m sure yours too)! These fabulous “fred clous” flats are a bit more delicate then last seasons “fred flat spikes”, yet remain supper edgy at the same time. Of course there is one tiny catch to these puppies…their price tag at hefty $1, 295! (hey if you got it flaunt it)

 

oxford studded flats by urbanog $22.20

 

primlico studded brogues from topshop $180

 

"stud-ies" show flats from modcloth $44.95

If you are balling on a budget try these options. They might not be Christian Louboutins BUT they are still supper trendy and have the same style aesthetic. (plus way more affordable)

trendy tips tuesday: Fall’s Most Flattering Makeup

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softly sexy

 

the tools to achieve a soft look

 

Who says bright shades are only for nights out? You can wear them anywhere- as long as you follow the 20% rule. (swipe makeup on your upper lids and lips, 20% of your face) This season iridescent lavender liner is killer on the eyes! To get the perfect look do two swipes against top lashes to create a think line, then top it with a similar shade of shadow for all day staying power.  Add some mascara to the tops lashes and throw on some pink bubblegum lip gloss for that final touch.

 

seductive & classic

 

neutrals & bold lips

 

A neutral palette looks way edgier when you mix up different textures. To achieve this seductive look keep the eyes shimmery and the lips matte. The best way to start is by putting on the darkest product first, in this case the lipstick…I know that seems a little backwards. Putting the darkest product first prevents you from being heavy-handed everywhere else. The next step is adding on eyeliner to your lower inner rims- followed by a bronze shadow on your lid, creating an arc affect. Almost done, add some mascara and your good to go!

 

fab finds friday: Blood Manor NYC- Halloween Haunted House Delivers Thrills & Chills

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haunted halloween host- blood manor

 

scary ghosts & clowns

 

terrifying music

 

Think haunted houses are for kids? Then you haven’t experienced NYC’s Blood Manor haunted house- 5,000 square feet of terror. This bloodcurdling labyrinth takes you through twenty themed rooms of horror including: the graveyard of the doomed, killer clowns, disgraceland, the cabaret of death, and zombie apocalypse. Combining the high value production of a Broadway show with the thrill of a go-go bar..this Halloween is definitely adult proofed. Their attention to detail is seriously impressive and although the sets are amazing, it’s the actors that truly set Blood Manor apart from the rest of NYC’s Halloween attractions.  Cast members don’t hesitate to lunge at, follow and tease visitors, even while taking a fair amount of heckling from tipsy tourists. The attraction will be taking place 163 Varick Street from October 7-November 5…don’t be a scaredy cat!

trendy tips tuesday: Fav Fall 2011 Nail Colors

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OPI's fall "touring america" collection

 

Fall is here- and so is all of the fabulous treats that come along with the season. I like to think the most symbolic trait of Autumn is not that changing of the leaves, but the changing of the nail polish! With the first breath of fall we rub off those neons & pinks- slap on a coat of black polish, and sprint to the nearest Starbucks to wrap them around a pumpkin spice latte as soon as they are dry.  This year as trend setters, we must explore the rest of the dark side. Navy, charcoal grey, burgundy, chocolate and dark greens, purples, browns and reds are some fabulous (and more transitional) color options.  Here are some of my personal favs I wanted to share with you:

black beauty- butter matte finish

 

the final outcome of black matte polish

 

Chanel "peridot"- wins most unique color this season

 

Dior's slightly metallic "tuxedo" polish

 

you can never go wrong with the classic essie "wicked"

 

 

fab finds friday: Classic Trench Coat = A Closet Trophy!

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classic trench is a wardrobe stapple

 

sleek back view

 

All fashionable females tend to clean out their closets every season to make room for the new wonderful wardrobe.  No need to toss this trendy treat, a classic trench coat is every woman’s closet trophy piece.  This modern military-inspired update to the classic trench is a MUST! Faux-leather trim, belted cuffs and epaulettes tie the look together for a stylish twist. With a retail price of $138 the Express trench fills the slot for our fab find!

trendy tips tuesday: Learn How to Layer your Fall Looks!

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love layering with sequins!

 

perfect pieces for layering a dress

 

kick it up a notch- layering your pants look

 

the sweet and sassy look- layering a skirt

 

be a trend setter- fashionable & fun layering

 

Listen up ladies, the hottest trendy tip for fall is leaning how to layer your clothing. There are so many ways to layer your look- some of them can make your outfit different and personal, and some of them can make you look like a hot mess! The most important thing to keep in mind when layering is colors and textures. Avoid using too many layers…3 things on top is enough (you don’t want to look bulky).  When it comes to colors neutrals are key for a classic or polished look, they have low saturation and can give your layering a harmonious touch.  For a sassy and stylish look mix different fabrics- you can never go wrong with a little sequins! Remember layering is not only for the upper part of your body. Layer the bottom half with tights, leggings, and over the knee socks peeping out of high boots is always fashionable. Keep it classy or sass it up depending on your mood and personal style.

 

fab finds friday: H&M Producing Adorable Perfection

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add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe

 

classic little black dress

 

spice it up with snakeskin

 

Finally there is a perfect fall dress that is affordable and is offered in so many styles!  This fab find from H&M is a long-sleeved v-neck cut (comfortable) jersey dress that retails for an affordable $ 14.95…what a steal! The dress is available in: black, powder beige, camel, orange, snakeskin pattern, and blue patter. Why not buy it in every color? Wanna spice it up? Simply add your fav skinny belt to the waist…or better yet a Sienna Ray bag from our f.w2011 collection!

wish-list wednesday: Right off the Runway- Matthew Williamson Degrade Mongolian Vest

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mongolian fur vest

matthew williamson mongolian fur vest- bananas

 

Every fashionista should own a fur vest for fall- this particular vest is  totally mind-blowing!  (yet completely unaffordable…unless you’re Kim Kardashian)  This Matthew Williamson Degrade Mongolian vest retails for a whopping $1, 224, and is made out of 100% Mongolian lamb fur.  KEEP DREAMING!

faux fur vest in black and grey

affordable and fabulous! supper trash faux fur vest

 

Wow now that’s more like it!  The fab “waistcoat vally” faux fur vest by Supper Trash retails for $190. This long sleeveless waistcoat reaches until a little above the knee with a fading affect from black to grey (look familiar?).  Affordable and stylish, it’s a win-win situation. Style tip: try pairing this vest up with a dark grey long-sleeved dress.

trendy tips tuesday: Goodbye Jersey Shore-Hello to UV Free Sun Kissed Glow!

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snookie jersey shore

terrible poof & terrible tan

 

uv free tan

perfect tan with no damage- spray booth

 

self tanning lotions

top of the line uv free self tanning products

 

Hey ladies, fall is here and it is coming to that time of the year- put those bathing suits away and pull out the sweaters. No more beach doesn’t have to mean no more tan! A healthy sun kissed glow goes perfectly with every outfit no natter what season you are in.  I wonder if someone told Snooki that UV exposure can causes dry leathery skin.  Not only does it look bad-but it’s essentially melanoma waiting to happen. There are 100’s of sunless tanning products out there, and these days that orange look is a thing of the past. Bye-bye carrot and hello beautiful! One great option is a spray tan- if you can’t afford personal application by a professional, try the booths.  The west way to go is self-tanning -beauty experts have now perfect these products to provide the most natural look.  After much research and personal options from fellow women, the best products on the market right now are: Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing lotion, Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Jergens Natural Glow Express, and L’Occitane Sunshine Lotion.  Remember pale is stale and tan is trendy.

modern monday: adjustable heels-choosing comfort or fashion

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steps to converting heels to flats

changing from heels to flats in a few easy steps

 

patent leater adjustable heels

black patent leather-great for work

 

black strappy heels

black "mariella" strappy heels

 

What an amazing concept from shoe-company Camileon Heels …wish I have thought of this! How many times have you caught yourself running to catch the subway or trying to haul a cab in your stilettos? This adjustable shoe gives you the option to convert your heel to a flat in a few simple steps.

The main question we must ask ourselves as trendsetters simply comes down to this…are we choosing comfort or fashion? Even though this is one Ah-mazing idea, Camileon Heels does not offer a large variety of fashionable styles and materials for their shoes. Are these adjustable shoes really going to give the same affect as our fabulous designer 5inchers? I think not, go big or go home. The company is dedicated to improving design, fit, and comfort as they move forward.  I will definitely keep an on Camileon Heels to see how they progress into fashion “must-haves”.

To test these out for yourself, head to the Camileon Heels website.

talent tuesday: ballet flats from toms shoes

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We’re all a fan of being comfortable and looking fabulous at the same time. Toms brand has definitely mastered the art of combining both. Their first collection of ballet flats are set to be released spring 2012. They are to be sold at an upscale  line at Neiman Marcus for about $125, and a core collection for other retailers, which will retail between $74 and $79. Here are pictures of the already- coveted shoes.

must have print for spring 2012

oh so pretty! - spring 2012

this beauty, available in stores

the infamous wedge- almost out of stock!

travelled thursday: apple picking

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Something in the air this fall feels very different, in a special way. It definitely seems to brings out the energy in a lot of people. It also me and motivates me to go out and venture more. If you’ve got a bountiful amount of energy, I suggest going apple picking. You get to see gorgeous scenery, get fresh air, maybe picnic some, and come home with a basket of fresh apples. Plus, the scent of macintosh apples is just so wonderful!

The fall also marks the beginning of many beautiful things. Leaves turn golden brown and all of the sudden parks seem even more romantic a place to be. Following a new hire of a PR intern starting next month, Sienna Ray is going to be taking on a very original project- how exciting!

where Ben and Jerry's originated

the great (also my second home), Massachusetts

gems in Washington

North Carolina beauty

talent tuesday: krochet kids, “Buy a hat. Change a life.”

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Happy talent tuesday! I’m excited to say I was pleasantly intrigued by a Bing commercial that featured a certain business called Krochet Kids.

Here’s their philosophy:

“We provide a job so that women can meet the present needs of their families.

We educate them so that they develop beyond the need for outside aid.

We provide mentorship to help each lady plan a unique and sustainable career path for the future.”

Pretty impressive right? Their products are gorgeous too. If it wasn’t for my previous internship at Eugenia Kim hats and hair accessories, I totally would be purchasing everything they offer!

fall collection

spring collection

hair accessories

the three mustakeers (founders)

 Krochet Kids

modern monday: dainty rings, the new “it” ring

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I love my statement and cocktail rings to death, but these dainty 14K gold Lulu Frost rings blew my favorite cocktail rings out of the water. They’re elegant, fun, and fancy (they are 14K and cost $400!).You can rock one, or five rings on your finger; or switch the order around. I really love the versatility the playfulness of the rings (sounds a lot like what Sienna Ray is all about, but hey, great minds think alike, right?).

retails for $440

luxurious little pieces of 14K gold rings

effortless style

travelled thursday: london’s retro sweets shops

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This labor day weekend I found myself sitting alone in my new apartment with no cable or internet service. After hours of unpacking and cleaning, I decided to re-watch the first of the Harry Potter (HP) series, Harry Potter and the Sourcerous Stone. The scene where HP bought all the candy from the candy truck on the train got me really envious and craving sweets. I did some research and came upon these cool retro sweets shops in the UK.

Click on the images to learn more about each store.

any sweet tooth's heaven

hand made chocolate in whimsical forms

the cupcake craze

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talent tuesday: fashion’s night out 2011

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Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) was originally conceived by Anna Wintour in 2008. For me, FNO is like a city wide fashion show that is open to the public. Designers and important people in the fashion industry make appearances at retail stores that are showing their latest fashion. FNO is definitely a love child of fashion and fun.

To list a couple of my favorite in store events on 10/8…

Phillip Lim boutique will be transformed into a ‘Girls on Bikes stop’ in the vein of a truck stop but for chic girls around town who ride bikes! 6pm – 11pm

Oscar de la renta will have a special FNO collection available online

Alexander McQueen Collect one of a limited number of FNO2011 keys containing a special code for the chance to win an Alexander McQueen Folk Tote. Enter your code online to see if you’ve unlocked the gift.

FNO 2010

FNO 2011

travelled thursday: time traveling through scents

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There’s no doubt that scent triggers memories. For me, the smell of pumpkins or pumpkin pies always brings back memories of boarding school. At about sunset, my dorm mates and I would set newspaper down to start cutting open pumpkins and pull the seeds out (which are delicious when baked with a little olive oil and salt by the way). We’d be done carving at about dark, the perfect time to light a candle and put it in the pumpkin.

What are your fondest memories of the fall? Try lighting up a few memory triggering scents around the house and see what a difference it makes on your mood!

packaging is just as important as the scent itself

makes me crave a pumpkin pie

mm spiced pumpkin

pumpkin melts for those not fans of candles

feminine friday: hurricane ready umbrellas

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Greetings,

Okay, raise your hands if hurricane irene or the earthquake that happened in virginia made life a little harder for you. For all you Atlantic City go-ers, I’m sorry to say (if you haven’t heard) that the place will be closed- only their third time in the past 33 years…. And know I wasn’t thrilled to have my work lost on Tuesday when the aftershock of earthquake hit NYC.

What I’m trying to say is..  ’”when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” There are going to be hiccups in life and you’ve just got to make the best of a situation. With the storm coming, I know I will be looking forward to using my new Opening Ceremony umbrella.

what gets me through my bad days

i adore this umbrella

and I adore this one too...

talent tuesday: vegan cuts, vegan flash sale website

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I had been out to dinner with my best friend and her parents at a nice French restaurant. Little did I know dinner would last four hours. Her mom was allergic to wheat, her sister was allergic to shellfish, and my friend is lactose intolerant. Ordering food was made very hard because of that. Living a certain lifestyle because of an allergy or strict diet can be difficult… Which is why I admire the founders of Vegan Cuts, an online vegan flash sale website.

They offers deals on beauty products, food, jewelry, and fashion. Its aim is to help customers discover new vegan stores and to encourage vegan shopping. Deals available to US as well as Canadian customers.

P.S. Vegan Cuts is redesigning their logo. Be sure to check out their blog to cast your vote on which new logo you like best!

yumm

vegan cuts

travelled thursday: rayuela

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Rayuela- Spanish for “hopscotch”. The restaurant is a “freestyle Latino” cuisine. Their signature dishes include ceviches and tapas.  The restaurant is run by Executive Chef Máximo Tejada, up-and-coming restaurateur Hector Sanz and Paul Fernandez. What I love most about the restaurant is the ambiance and decor.

love the tree as a center piece

the bar area

as fancy as a hotel's bathroom

Rayuela

feminine friday: benefit cosmetics

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Good make up can totally change your look and appearance. I for one have an issue with dark circles. They make you look tired and unhealthy. Your appearance is important because your  co-workers or friends’ view of you matters. To awaken your look try putting on concealer where necessary, mascara on the lashes, and blush on the cheeks. See pictures below what a difference make up does!

erase paste. perfect for really dark under eye circles

eye bright. highlights eyes, cheeks, and nose bridge

travelled thursday: Pod, asian fusion cuisine

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Pod is an asian fusion cuisine under the STARR group of restaurants. If you’re not in Philadelphia, play with the Cocktail Generator (red tab on the side) on their website. You get a remedy name (pod’s colors): red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. A cocktail’s recipe is generated. It’s pretty cool!

the lighting in pods turns a different color every 5 mins

great for sushi as well as drinks

looks completely different at night than day

well-dressed wednesday: bags to Fall for

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Though spring is my favorite season of the year, I prefer dressing in sumer/fall clothing. There’s something aesthetically  pleasing about light jackets, maxi skirts, white jeans, and booties. For the fall, I’m loving the capsule bags in varsity colors (maybe because I am a rising senior in college and I am having college withdrawal symptoms already?) 

introducing the capsule collection

must- have mustard bags

travelled thursday: tubo hotel

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I got very excited when Natalie suggested I write about Tubo Hotel in Mexico. That is because their website is partially written in Spanish- my minor finally came in handy aha! To be honest, I read a short blurb in Spanish on the welcome page before quickly clicking onto the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab.

What amazes me about the place isn’t the ambiance, decor, or concept, but the price. The room goes for only $500 pesos all year  round! Take a look at what cool architecture the hotel is!

cozy set up

how cool!

scenic

Tubo Hotel

 

well-dressed wednesday: sweet sample sale alert!

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…way too many great summery pieces to choose from!

sample sale one of a few dace sienna ray handbags

thursday july 28th 11am-7pm

dace | one of a few | erin templeton

@300 – 76 W. 6th Ave (@ Manitoba)

travelled thursday: mobile fashion, convoluted construct

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Pop up stores and businesses like Cool Haus has taken retailing to the next level. This weekend while in Soho, I stumbled upon the 83 Anomaly, an installation disguised truck that houses Convoluted Construct, a line of art inspired graphic tees. Now next time you go shopping, would you rather make it an experiential one, or would you rather visit a traditional store.

the interior looks even more amazing

their fabric business card

Convoluted Construct 

“What I learnt in 3 months in nyc…. best outdoor bars, sweetest shopping locations & curious adventures”

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part#2: shop, shop, SHOPPING!

 

1. Soho: by far the best selection and ambiance, everything from highstreet brands to designer labels, my fav places are between 7th & broadway / houston & grand

got a thing chuck taylor's? check out the converse store in SoHo

 

2. Flatiron district: amazing homewear stores and large versions of your typical zara/bcbg type stores

3. Upper east & 5th ave: I group these two even though they are quite different – I’d power through in a day and spend more time downtown – must see on 5th is Henry Bendel’s and up east for the athletic types I adore eveythjng in the cute track & field boutique from brazil

4. Day trip: for serious “while we are in the USA” shopping, head to port authority bus station and in less than an hour you’ll be at jersey park mall… Can easily blow a whole day and a fair bit of cash – but in return it’s sweetest ever deals and actually a quality selection, off 5th (SAKS discount) is a must visit

"shopping is my cardio"

"shopping is my cardio"

 

5. Bleeker street boutiques, between, famous magnoila’s bakery (supposedly the ones who started the current cupcake craze), designer and higher-end branded stores, I have spent a few shopping trips in NARS, Fresh, intermix, MAC, 7 jeans and london’s Reiss to say a few…

...great starting location!

...great starting location!

 

modern monday: jonathan adler

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You may be surprised at how rearranging a few pieces of furniture in a room makes it look completely different. I love the idea of room make overs. It gives you a chance to move furniture around, clean, and possibly find lost items that have fallen behind your dresser or night stand.

Jonathan Adler is a modern furniture designer that I absolutely adore. Check out the pics of his work below.

amazing chairs

fashionably modern

fun and colorful

love the pillow accent

Jonathan Adler

“What I learnt in 3 months in nyc…. best outdoor bars, sweetest shopping locations & curious adventures”

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WOW if you have the energy this glowing city does not stop… Here’s a few memory making activities that filled my weekends & evenings this spring & into summer:

 

part#1: OUTDOOR/PATIO/ROOFTOP DRINKS (in no official order, all equally fab!):

 

1. Biergarten at the standard hotel in the meatpacking district – picnic table style, crowded as ever with a popular & vibrant new yorkers

2. Mé Bar in Korea town, secret gem of a rooftop with $22 bottles of wine, small patio area, least “glam” of my selections which is often a nice change, sweet view of Rockefeller center which is literally a block away, 32nd street between 5th & 6th, enter the

3. Central park, byob + picnic basket, my favorite area is here: between turtle pond & the great lawn

4. The frying pan, on the river near chelsea, a couple old boats tied up to the pier, fresh, fun and can get a bit crazy into the evenings… fantastic sunset views to boot

5. Corner of 10th St & west 4th St in the west village (yes both streets, love the proper village vibe in this area!) just a block down from the apt I call home in nyc, 4 bar/restaurants right on that corner with good looking young people… been know as my gf’s and my “local” – plenty of cafes/restaurants/bars all throughout the area between there and the meat packing districts, many with either opened up walls/windows, streetside tables, back gardens etc

6. Soho park, great little place with well priced wine, sit in the tiny garden area and put your feet up after hours of soho wandering and shopping! (get your daily dose of greens with their chicago style fried zucchini stix)

7. Oh cannot forget about stone street in the business district, busy most nights but likely wed & thurs are your best bets for suited man watching – bars line both sides of the picnic table filled cobblestone street – the Mexican place is know to do some of the best gauc in the city

8. Shake shack, a nyc staple, there’s a bunch of these throughout the city but the main attraction would be the one in Madison square park, outdoor seating and great people watching – good tie on for shopping in the flat iron district

9. Back again at the meatpacking district, the well-known brasserie Pastis attracts a very international crowd: cannot go wrong with fab french fair paired with curbside & starstudded ‘hidden-behind sunglasses’ celeb spotting

…more? of course! share your favourite places with us too!

now time to get out & play xx

modern monday: picnic basket

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Picnicking is one of the fun and free activities one can do in the summer. All that’s needed is a park, and of course, a picnic basket to hold yummy goodies.

Having a fashionable picnic basket is like having a fashionable handbag. Back in the days when I shopped at Gap Kids, I used to have my (older) sister carry the shopping bag for me because I was too embarrassed carry the bag myself. With that said, I do not want any of my readers to have to suffer the same embarrassment of carrying a not so good looking picnic basket.

I suggest checking Picnic Time out. They carry the most innovative picnic and lifestyle products. Their products can be found at Amazon, Kohls, Fresh Picnic, and many more online stores. The metro baskets (pictured) are especially nice because they are collapsible and are insulated.

if only we had access to this full picnic get-up!

 

roughing it style

metro baskets

Picnic Time products can be purchased at Fresh Picnic

accessory spotlight: handbags!

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When dressing up, give your handbag the spotlight and an opportunity to shine and it will! (not in a bling bling manner of course). While many gals love to accessories with jewelry, hats, hair accessories, and shoes, many of them overlook the power an accessory that a handbag or purse can make.

You can have the greatest looking straw hat sitting in the closet, but at the end of the day, it is your purse that goes everywhere with you. A great sunhat paired with an s0-so purse may not get you to Bryant Park.

Have a look at exhibit A, Natalie Off Duty here. Does her Babette in maple stand out or what.

I'd be scared if I was that pair of sunglasses.

 

summer resolution: shop sustainable

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Summer is the season to kick, back, relax, and enjoy the weather. By this time, I am sure some (including myself) have forgotten/ given up on their new years resolution plan. Take advantage of the low key season to get back on track with your goals and plans.

Earlier this year I had planned on shopping sustainable for a change. Well, surprise surprise I finally found the incredible, Sustainable NYC store. They carry cool stuff like: Recycled tin maple syrup candle and recycled chain bottle opener. I think I have found myself a new favorite store. It feels amazing to follow through with your plans and I encourage everyone to do the same!

 

mm maple syrup

 

a must have!

 

Sustainable NYC, 139 Avenue A, New York


beth