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Softly Sophisticated.

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Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Lioness Apres clutch + Rosa Wrap bracelet + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Indikon Apres clutch + Shannon Shiang Gold Dust Ring + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Lioness Babette pouchette + Rosa Wrap bracelet + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

My passion for creation is relevant in every step I take; whether it’s directly designing accessories for the collection, or building relationships with all the beautiful people I am so privileged to meet along this journey.

Credit for this fun photoshoot reaches out to a very talented business woman who feeds her creative side through the her vintage eyewear brand, Kajal of Kajal London. We first connected through a now very good friend of mine, whom I met in a factory elevator when I very first started calling NYC home. Hence not only am I humbled to be collaborating in Kajal’s Distinction Portrait Book, it is such an honour to witness us build such a supportive community. In a fashion world so often full of intimidation, it is as we step out of our comfort zone our businesses truly grow and flourish.

Today I’d like this feature to represent the #PowerOfHello – as you just never know what inspiration will be found through looking outward and smiling at strangers.

(Natalie Kathleen wearing: MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London, Sienna Ray lioness après clutch + antique jewelry rosa wrap bracelet; Sienna Ray indikon après clutch and Shannon Shiang trilliant druzy ring; Sienna Ray antique jewelry babette cross body/pouchette.)

INSTAGRAM @natkathleen @siennaraybags @kajallondon @shannonshiang

lotions + potions : #TheNewTribal

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Tribal sure has made a place for itself in the seasonless trend section of my wardrobe. Something just simply fun about the hectic complimentary patterns. I’m loving the black+white contrast worked into a #toomuchisnevertoomuch mixup mashup of nail design.

the summer goddess glow : #heartbraid

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Fashion Week is back around the corner – means get ready for style inspiration coming at you from every angle. I personally love the hair and makeup walking down the catwalk. How they want to make the girls get noticed for their beauty yet must keep eyes on the prize of the new collection. Let’s see if this new take on the braid (which I personally refer to as a plait in the english manor!) hits to paparazzi snaps next week!?

the summer goddess glow : #LushLashes

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“My eyes always tell the truth, directly sharing all the emotion of each moment. Hence show-stopping lashes are an essential for the everyday makeup routine!”     -Sienna Ray xx

From top to bottom: the always there-for-you Mac Opulash Optimum black mascara; Sienna Ray’s fav selection Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara; tried tested and adorned Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara

hottie of the week : #Enchanting

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Whether in a suit or your night and shining armor James Marsden is #enchanting

 

 

lotions + potions : #BeadedNails

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Beads aren’t just for dresses anymore, treat your nails. Bring beaded sophistication to your nail beads, don’t they deserve it?

cute designs + she can rock a baseball cap…our kind of girl.

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Always love to hear about celebrities getting involved in the accessories world….plus she looks super cute in a baseball cap!
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a little something to read : #MonsterInLaw

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In the short amount of beach time I was able to squeeze in this weekend while on the Jersey shore, aside from obtaining too many unwanted freckles, I managed to get through quite a bit of this fabulous sequel.  If you’ve read or seen the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” I’ve personally seen it more times than I can count on two hands, than “Revenge Wears Prada,” is something you have to read to find out what happens to those beloved characters.

It is not very complex writing and doesn’t take much to read, making it the perfect light beach book. I always find the whole out-of-reach hottie becoming true love theme to be enticing, and I love to hear some good monster-in-law gossip, so I’d say this is some chick-lit worth reading!

It takes place a decade later from when Andy left Runway, and shows how she, along with her BFF Emily (yes the crazy neurotic assistant from “Devil”, ironic right!?) now have their own high end wedding magazine. While trying to kick-start the business, Andy falls for Max, a man who’s known to be a womanizer and finds him to be quite charming. Everything seems golden until Andy reads a letter from Max’s mother on the morning of their wedding day written to him about her. It sends her world flying out of place and makes her question everything up until then….

The gal behind the series : Lauren Weisberger

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Lauren Weisberger wrote her first novel, “The Devil Wears Prada”,  in 2003 from her own experiences assisting editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. She is 36 years old and  currently lives in NYC with her husband and 2 dogs.  Lauren has written 3 more novels after that, 2 being New York times best-sellers, and her most recent one “Revenge wears Prada” being a best seller as well.  I think her ability to pick topics for fiction novels that she has significant real life experiences with make her writing so successful.

{Marisa}

lotions + potions : #ChalkboardNails

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A picture says a thousand words – write your own story and present it to the world one hand at a time!

the summer goddess glow : #BobbyPinDIY

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Boy it sure is summertime outside these days! The heat has arrived.

And if you’re like me, there are more “up-do” days when the temps are this high… so it’s time to get playfully creative!

Here’s a take on the average at-ease bun: dig into the bottom of your make-up bag and grab a few of those bobbin pins to accessorize a light and easy fresh look for your day!

 

Step 1Fresh clean hair always feels and looks best. Use your typical lotions and potions, dry hair smooth with a paddle brush for a smooth base.

Step 2Pull hair back from the face and secure into a low side ponytail. Wrap ends up and around, creating a loose, twisted bun. Secure with bobby pins.

Step 3Use a contrasting color of bobby pins to make a row of chevrons (learn something new everyday, I had no clue that’s what this design is called!). Black pins are a good choice for blondes; silver would be better for dark strands. Slide one pin in on a diagonal, then a second pin through the first to create a stable v shape. Repeat until desired pattern is created.

Step 4Step back, glance yourself in the mirror, smile at the beautiful you.

skinny dipping sips : #WhitePeachPlease

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Upon turning 21, the first drink request I could think of was the ever loved P.Diddy special CIROC – with a touch of sweet peach of course! Knowing me & my desire to not drink all my daily calories away, my girlfriends helped search for a CIROC cocktail that was low cal. We came across the CIROC white peach and it will definitely be a part our of friday girls night routine!

 {Marisa Estelle}

Delicious and guilt-free; your turn:

-Mix 1.5 oz CIROC Peach

+ 1.5 oz of DIET Ginger ale

-Stir and top with your garnish of choice

( in my case a ripe clementine! )

ENJOY!

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#cheers

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

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

NEW lambskin studded quadra wrap bracelet

full house @ WAN.DER.LUST

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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.

 

 

Good looking DIY: REVERSE Tie Dye (the art of bleach tie-dying your jeans)

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the art of DIY reverse bleach tie dye for jeans

 

Sometimes mistakes are made to happen.

Not only a great validation for looking at ‘the glass half full’ – but to challenge yourself to make the most of certain situations…

Example at hand: when a friend accidentally spills a bit bleach on the left cheek of your favorite deep scarlet red skinnies!

After a few moments of saving face by holding back the tears (note to self: become less attached to wardrobe!) that curious little light bulb went off. The bleach spot actually came out a very complimentary color… a magic bit of research later, it was time to test out a touch of reverse tie dye:

COLLECT THE GOODS:
-bleach
-elastic bands
-big bucket / washing sink
-rubber gloves
-heavily pigmented colored jeans looking for a new look!

WALK THE WALK:
1. soak jeans in cold water, wring/spin cycle to damp
2. twist & turn the jeans as tight as you can (this is where rubber gloves become essential!)
3. create knotted areas and tie securely with elastic bands (these are the areas that stay colored)
4. create a bucket/tub of bleach water, the suggestion is to dilute say 1/3bleach to 2/3water
5. let soak for 1-6 hours depending on your desired look (note: when dried, the bleach area will lighten even more)
6. …if you’re a risk taker like me, use your discretion but I dripped straight bleach on certain areas to heighten the process!
7. untie & unwind, rinse in water, hang to dry to set in bleach
8. give them a wash through the laundry before wearing for a final set and to remove some of the bleach scent

*note* the bleach can reduce the strength of the denim so I highly suggest making sure the crotch/lower bum area of your jeans is part of the inside of a knot to reduce bleach exposure & eventual holes…!

 

BEFORE: red FCUK skinny jeans

THE GOODS: elastics, gloves, denim

VOILA: checking out the bleach work

PATIENCE: dying time is key

MAKE A STATEMENT: #MoreIsMore

 

Keep life playful & remember the fun with #MoreIsMore!

-Sienna Ray xx

 

COACHELLA 2013 : style rundown

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New York seemed a touch less stylish this last week – oh yes that’s as the who’s who of the fashionable ladies hit the west for a proper warm up to spring!

A few of our favorite bloggers & designers show their goods off oh so well…

Coachella LOGO 2013 style Coachella 2013 style Top Rouge Cristina Coradona Coachella 2013 style Song Of Style Aimee Song Coachella 2013 style Natalie Off Duty Natalie Suarez Coachella 2013 style Sienna Miller Kelly Osbourne Coachella 2013 style Electric Picks MJ Barton Coachella 2013 style Peace Love Shea Marie

From top: @songofstyle, @troprouge, @NatalieOffDuty, Sienna Miller + Kelly Osbourne, @complexis & @ElectricPicks, and last but not least all that looking good can get tiring… @PeaceLoveShea

Love ya ladies!

-Sienna Ray xx

it’s the subtle superstars along our paths that make it all worthwhile…

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Jonas + the jona

I know we’re always posting about the beautiful women who inspires us, enrich our desires & passion to dream and reach for the stars…. however there’s no need to be sexist here, there are often very special men in our lives that deserve a spotlight as well.

Today (in great honorary of my new love for #ThrowbackThursday!) I would like to take a moment to thank a dear dear friend of mine.

Jonas has enjoyed many ’5 minutes of fame’ along his journey of life up to this point: with great success through TV + Film, owning a thriving Fashion Boutique in Brasil, astounding recognition as an interior designer and winning great accolades as a top host in the Rocky Mountains of Canada – to name just a few!

I am proud to say I’ve offered him up another, with giving him a gigantic piece of my heart for being such an influencer in the first footsteps of Sienna Ray… it’s on his very kitchen table that the first bag of Sienna Ray was created; with his genuine love to see me succeed that boosted my confidence to step into the world of handbag design.

Therefore I was able to share forward with you all a gift from Jonas, naturally he became the muse & name behind my effortlessly chic jona clutch. Always being up for a good time, big or small (ok not sure if Jonas understands ‘small’ as everything he touches in this world is extraordinary!) each moment alongside him is always special.

This little jona clutch grew along the first years of Sienna Ray with many tweaks and updates… with many of you making me feel honored by sharing, to this day, how you still use your clutches from five plus years ago – love you!

Sienna Ray xx

Kilts and the Red Carpet : From Scotland With Love Charity Fashion Show

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What a night. Good fun, great people and a wonderful cause!

Not only is this show the biggest and most prestigious Scottish fashion event in the world, it also one of the top three fashion shows in the world in terms of press and media coverage. Hence very excited to be showcasing my gold après for the evening!

…ok let’s be honest, the highlight was that I was mostly distracted by the gorgeous Scots in kilts all night!

From Love with Scotland

A little red carpet to start the evening...

a little red carpet to start the evening…

the asian influence

the asian influence

the scottish influence

the scottish influence

hottest violinist ever

hottest violinist ever

final strut time for models & celebs

final strut time for models & celebs

...where the real fun happened!

…where the real fun happened!

Sienna Ray loves Scotland

A full house of love for Scottland.

‘Til next year xx

what to do this easter wknd in chelsea?

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Come join my good friend and talented menswear designer this weekend at his gorgeous studio in Chelsea. Kai D, along with Kajal of EbK Eyewear are hosting a spring Friends+Family sale.

Great selection of spring menswear and vintage eyewear. Plus a few limited edition handbags from Emalle NY along with a selection of our leather loafers and gladiator sandals.

Come by to shop and enjoy some sunshine on the patio, I know that’s where’ll I’ll be!

-Natalie xx

 

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Sat + Sun Mar 30/31 noon-6:30pm

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!

International Womens Day : Vancouver inspirations in the life of Sienna Ray

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International Womens Day : Vancouver inspirations in the life of Sienna Ray

Straight up. Yes simple as a THANK-YOU to these wonderful women. It’s your confidence that drew me towards you and your genuine character that keeps me coming back for more. Cheesy but true you are my #HomeTownHeros!

Each of you have been an integral part of the growth of Sienna Ray. From humbled home-sewn classics to passionate photoshoots, with much advice and encouragement along the way.

Celebrate International Womens Day by recognizing the amazing ladies there for you now and helped you & your business evolve into the success it is today.

The journey has only just begun…

-Natalie xx

Inspiration Business Women forming the roots of Sienna Ray in Vancouver (in some-what clockwise from top left order): stylist Deanna Palkowski, Jacqueline Tupper of LORDS Shoes, advisor Ashley Avinashi, Miriam Alden of Brunette Showroom,  Marilyn Wilson of Marilyns of West Vancouver, Rebecca Philps senior editor at Vancouver Magazine, make-up artist Rebecca Lee, Jeanine Tychkowsky of Sutro Salon, Donni-Rae Edmondson of Priviledge Clothing, Jane McFadden and Megan Maxwell of Fine Finds, Tawnya Busch of Lexington Models, Marianne & Melissa Jurcevic of Hum Clothing, Marion Fudge of Tenth+Proper, KristinAnn Janishefski of The VanGuardPR, Brenda Wong of ModelCo and the Fashion Academic Director of The Art Institute, jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou, Kathie & Alisa of Wish.List Boutique, business advisor Lydia Taylor, Kylee Simpson & Tiffany Dobson of Suasion Boutique.

An Inside Look: NYFW F2013 Street Style @ Lincoln Center

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What is the most anticipated week in fashion that happens twice a year in NYC? You guessed it, NYFW! This is the the industry elite’s Super Bowl, put on your best and play the game from Feb 7-14, 2013. Fashion week is about  running wild, letting your hair down and having some fun at work! This is a time to celebrate with your fellow fashionistas/fashionistos and enjoy the ride.  From purple hair, neon brights, outrageous heels, to over-the-top outwear, this season’s street style was sure to please. Here is an inside look into our world… welcome to wonderland. (photos by Jahmar Armani)

cheetah print & polished

 

cut outs & neon lace

 

baroque esq

 

Koren style

 

spiked creepers

 

mixed prints with "the fashion poet"

 

green beanie & shades

 

helmet hat

 

kenzo duo

 

lime green jeans

 

fur and a fedora

 

long vertical stripes

 

mommy and me

 

oval frames

 

purple braid

 

leather and studs

 

 

 

 

 

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

Impromptu Shoot with the Fab Natalie Suarez of “Natalie off Duty” ♥

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Model, musician, fashion lover & vintage maven… Natalie Suarez has it all. We were thrilled when she jumped into an impromptu shoot yesterday @ the Sienna Ray PopUp Boutique with her new “milfie” handbag. Check out her blog here

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.

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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

Join the Gang: Sienna Ray & Co. is looking for Events & Merchandising Interns ASAP♥

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We are looking for motivated & passionate individuals to intern at Sienna Ray & Co., leather handbags & shoes brand.

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The position will work on the following projects:

assist in merchandising our holiday PopUp Shop located on 252 Mott st in NoLita

research publicity opportunities to promote in-store events

increase social media traffic for store

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Execute run of PopUp within a PopUp events including:

running cash register/credit cards/receipts for customers

interacting with guests and collecting information (emails, phone # etc)

gift wrapping purchases

distributing cocktails

managing stock room & coat check

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Communication and people skills are required for this internship. Organization skills, punctuality, and personal presentation is a priority.  Intern must also be a multi-tasker and problem solver, able to think quickly on their feet. This position will open the doors to industry events, and will give you the opportunity to meet fashion influencers.

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This Internship Opportunity is a part-time position; intern must be committed to the following event dates:

11/29 Industry Opening, “instaGLAM” hosted by Snapette

11/30 Customer Opening, exclusive VIP Shopping Night

12/6 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Emalle Handbags

12/13 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Ebk Eyewear

12/20 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Sonia O’mara

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This is a portfolio building internship, and this internship is unpaid with *merchandise allowance*.

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Please email interning@siennaray.com, attn: jaclynn, with the following:

‘Events & Merchandising Internship’ as the subject

Your resume pasted in the email body OR as a pdf (no doc’s please)

Tell us a bit about yourself in the body of the email (no cover letters please)

Feel free to ask any questions, or email is if you’d like to see examples of the type of work we’re looking for. Thank you!

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For more information on Sienna Ray & Co., please visit: www.siennaray.com

xx

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

haute halloween costumes… what will you be this year?

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Halloween is quickly approaching & dress up never get’s old, so the questions of the day- do you have your costume yet? I am not talking about going to party city or Halloween depot and picking something out of a plastic bag. Let’s get creative! Here are some supper HAWT costume ideas for you.

 

Wether you are 4 or 40 Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a timeless classic! What you will need:

1. black dress- it does NOT have to be plain! You can choose a poofy one, peplum dress, simple, or long dress depending on your style

2. princess tiara or tiara hair clip

3. black Jackie O style sunglasses

TO GET EVEN MORE CREATIVE: add in long black gloves, awesome costume jewelry, and hold a croissant in one hand!

For all of my social media fans out there- tweet me! Here is an awesome twitter costume!

What you will need:

1. Blue dress OR blue shorts OR blue high waisted skirt (your choice)

2. yellow  knee high socks OR yellow tights (try american apparel)

3. Angel wings

4. small dry erase board & ribbon/rope

TO GET EVEN MORE CREATIVE: top off your costume with blue feathers & paint the twitter icon on you cheek

here is an AWESOME group costume… rock paper scissors!

What you will need:

1. 2 of your best friends

2. poster board paper/markers/felt

3. an old card board box/gray spray paint/gray tights/duck tape

4. silver metallic strapless dress, markers, poster board paper, white string

…I don’t think you can get more creative then that!

Im a barbie girl- in a barbie world! (literally)

What you will need:

1. pink dress/belt/pink shoes

2. large cardboard box (cut in half)

3. pink fabric or pink spray paint/white paint

4. saran wrap

TO GET EVEN MORE CREATIVE: add in a pink feathered boa, get your boyfriend to be ken, dye your hair blonde/wear a blonde wig

Get your gameboy on!!

What you will need;

1. gray cotton strapless dress

2. red, gray, and black felt

3. hot glue gun

cuttest couples costume idea! cookies & milk!

What you will need

1. brown dress, plastic cookies (or real) and a hot glue gun

2. cardboard box, spray paint, and markers

Hope these costumes inspired you ;) Happy Halloween xx

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!

Natalie, her bicycle, handbags & shoes and the Dragons Den Pitch Contest #DRAGONSUMMIT

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It’s all about traction & timing. With her infectious confidence & playfulness, Natalie Kathleen has grown her accessories brand from the ground up and now it’s time to accelerate to the next level….

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

natalie pitching Sienna Ray for dragons den #DRAGONSUMMIT

My amazing friends, fans & followers you can help Sienna Ray & Co. get up close & personal with Jim Treliving & Bruce Croxon Dragons’ Den by commenting on the YouTube video below & share share share with all you can!!

Natalie, her bicycle, handbags & shoes and the Dragons Den Pitch Contest #DRAGONSUMMIT

Event Friday Sept 28th @ CBC Studios Vancouver

part of Social Media Week

meatpacking monday: take a stroll through NYC’s High Line park & get inspired!

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One of the coolest spots in NYC by far has to be the High Line park, located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Founded by community residents in 1999, this city sanctuary was built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan. From catching some rays, to having a picnic, or even hosting a runway show, the High Line has it all. Almost everyday of the week this public park has an event or attraction for it’s visitors. If you live in NYC, or are just visiting this is a M U S T see.

stone street oyster fest is approaching! get your “shuck” on in the [financial district]

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What can possibly be better than drinking beer  on the street and eating oysters all day? The Stone Street Oyster Festival is coming up next Saturday, Sept 22nd in NYC’s Financial District. The party is located on Stone Street and Hanover Square- hosted by financial district stalwarts Ulysses Folk House and Harry’s Café and Steak. The two downtown drinking-dens have put together the party for 10 years running, Good music, fun company, beer + champagne + oyster = a done deal! See you there. xx

tourist heaven in Time Square….bring on the billboards♥

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Times Square is the breeding ground for tourists in NYC, stretching from west 42-47th street. It is jammed packed with 100 million things going on all at the same time. For some, it can even be a bit overwhelming. The best part about the area are by far it’s billboards, even a native New Yorker can appreciate a fabulous marketing campaign and creative ways to show it.  Here are some top trending billboards right now. GAGA & RhiRhi have been getting A LOT of attention over the past few days for their perfume adds…nudity and provocative poses are creating quite the stir around town. (personally, we love them so power to em…if you’ve got it flaunt it)

What do you guys think?

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.

plan your sun filled NYFW with our fav midtown rooftops

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The glory days right now… those bonus summer-like bright days & nights – where the biggest dilemma in a day can often be based around “do I wear my new fall tights or push one more outing in my fav sundress before it’s too late!?”

In the meantime, don’t take too long to decide and get one final nibble & sip out and about in the goodness of the fresh outdoors:

1. start with breakfast @ Bryant Park's "Porch" (and reminisce the many good years of NYFW's past)
1. start with breakfast @ Bryant Park’s “Porch” (and reminisce the many good memories of NYFW’s past)

 

2. next stops a few block south above & beside the Flatiron, grab an late aftn glass & snack up top Eatily's Birreria

2. a few block south, above & beside the bustling Flatiron highstreet, grab a late aftn glass & snack up top Eatily's Birreria

 

3. and to cap off the day with a bit of exercise, there's always the golden ping pong sprucing up The Standard Birgarten el fresco ambience

3. ...and to cap off the day with a bit of exercise, there's always the glorious ping pong sprucing up The Standard Biergarten el fresco ambience

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

tuesday night @ the tribeca rooftop

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If you have not been to the Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, you should beg, borrow, or steal and invitation because it is absolutely FAB-ulous! Hosting the most exclusive social events, weddings, and galas this place is sure to please. Talk about a 15 thousand sq foot penthouse with panoramic views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building…this one is for the books! The Tribeca Rooftop will be BOOMING this month with top notch Soirées including music artist album release parties, fashion week designer presentations, and a little CFDA fashion week action. Although, it might be a hot ticket to come by, we strongly suggest working your magic into this magnificent rooftop.

drum roll please….and the summer excess photo winner is ♥

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Many thanks to everyone who took part in Sienna Ray’s “summer excess” photo contest.

We loved seeing all of your fabulous summer memories on the beach, by the pool, or rocking your fav outfit.

Congrats to our winner Grace, and to all of our fashionista’s who shared their pics with us!

grand prize winner! (Grace from France)

beach babe Grace Tseng in Guam on vaca

 

runner-up! (Danielle from Vancouver)

power lawyer Danielle Lemon working in her hut tub

 

3rd place (Monica from Miami)

Monica Rojas in Key West- beautiful clear water!

 

honorable mention (Jalene from New Jersey)

supermom Jalene Gibbons in her summer best (sienna ray handbag + shoes)

 

We believe everyone is a winner! Thanks for joining in the fun & stay tuned for more AH-mazing giveaways. – Sienna Ray xx

where to watch – & conduct celebratory drinks! – during the summer OLYMPICS in New York City

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…opening ceremonies, to man’s favourite ladies beach volleyball, to worldwide favourite gymnastics & swimming – nothing beats a little like-minded company to cheer on your home team! From Uptown to Downtown you’ll find your friends from around the globe ready to get into the Games action:

 

West Village White Hall, British with a modern twist.

Straight up great locale with perks of a special Olympics happy hour from 5 to 7pm on Friday – and for our friends originating trans-atlantic, if you flash a British passport,

drinks are on the house!

 

 

Midtown Big Screen Plaza, fresh air fondness.

Midtown Big Screen Plaza: fresh air fondness.

Prefer to opt for natural light? Find the games on the massive screen while touching on school sports’ day memories with tug-o-war + horse hoses along with more adult olympic events as Beer Pong + Beer Slides.

Did I mention the Greg Louganis Springboard (aka british gin) cocktails..?

 

 

Kips Bay Churchill, London's calling.

 Upping the odds: they had me at hello with the nostalgic proper British tavern vibe. They will keep me hanging about with a mysterious “surprise treat” served on the housewith each gold medal pulled in by team England!

 

 

Chelsea Smithfield, Pimms + Hendricks + English grub.

Count on a bar known as “the home of football in NYC” to offer up a trifecta of Olympic-ness. Well priced $6 cocktails, twenty-one (yes that’s plenty of) TV’s, and boasting of opening hours as early as 10:30am for top events – and with the +5 time London time difference it’s ‘game on’ at all times!

 

 

NOHO Slainte, beers on bowery + healthy happy hour!

Get cozy in this intimate Irish drinkery. With 20 beers on tap, and a two-for-one beer and wine happy hour special weekdays from noon to 8 p.m this establishment is surely to receive plenty of support!

 

 

Murrary Hill, rooftop timeouts.

Murrary Hill, rooftop timeouts.

Plethora of drink specials, plasma TV’s, cushy sofas and breathing room with touristy-worthy views via the rooftop patio. Has weekday Olympic Fix written all over it with Olympics fix while enjoying happy hour specials such as $3 drafts and $4 well liquor drinks from 11am-8pm M-F.

 

 

Upper East Side Dorians, English 'charming' included.

Bring your Prep to mingle alongside Co-eds with gold metal class. In exchange for cold beer and raging burgers you’ll need to ensure your man dons a collared shirt to grant access to the Olympic hangout north of 83rd.

 

 

Bonus play:

Now this could make for a very interesting drinking game…

Enjoy & you will more than likely spot a few Sienna Ray girls at these events – under our stylish shell we are all-star sports fans…! xx

 

ps Special thanks to a few of our fav sites Someecards, Guest of a Guest, TimeOut New York, CBS and Business Insider for keeping us ‘in the know’.

1st Place Gold in Style: Time for the Fashion Olympics ⚑

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It seems that a lot of big name fashion designers are getting involved with designing for this years Olympics…and we LOVE IT! Here are our favs ❤

STELLA McCARTNEY FOR GB

The fabulous Stella McCartney recently collabed with Adidas for Team Great Britain’s uniforms.  ”I always was excited from a design point of view in pushing boundaries on design technology so having access to materials that were cutting edge in the sporting arena and also working with different fabrics.”

RALPH LAUREN

Who else would design the opening ceremony uniforms for team USA? Of course the all American Ralph Lauren takes the gold! (literally)

ITALY

Simple, clean and stylish…Giorgio Armani stays true to his design Aesthetic

Now that you know what the top athelets are wearing for the games, what will you wear? Here are some FAB outfit ideas:

Cold shoulder drip American flag tee from Bloomingdales 

Love london tee from dELiAs

flag bikini from etsy 

olympic ring necklace from style bug

Olympic team headbands from Ralph Lauren 

how AMAZING are these olympic converse sneakers? 

Of course you have to have some FAB festive nails! Here are some cool ideas

restaurant

WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES!!

Tonic sports bar &  in the heart of NYC’s time square. They will be showing the major games of the Summer Olympics on their 40 HD screens across three floors.

NYC’s Snap is launching a new brunch menu to coincide with the live Olympic events. It is also offering ‘gold,’ ‘silver,’ and ‘bronze’ menu packages for groups. The gold package includes an entrée, an appetizer, draft beer, and a shot; the silver includes an entrée, draft beer, and a shot; and the bronze includes an entrée and a beer.

Located in Murray Hill, The Hill is a sports lounge equipped with 25 high-definition, wall-mounted TVs, a projection screen, and Wi-Fi access throughout. Additionally, a balcony overlooking the main bar and lounge can be used for private groups.

DECIDED TO STAY IN & THROW YOUR OWN PARTY?

here are some great olympic cocktail recepies:

Golden Dream:
1 1/2 oz. Galliano
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. heavy whipping cream

 

The Olympic

1 1/2 oz. brandy
1/4 oz. triple sec
3/4 oz. orange juice
Dash of lemon juice

Shaken over ice and served in a cocktail glass

London Cocktail
2 oz. gin
1 oz. maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters

Have a great time & go for the gold! – Sienna Ray 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.

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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

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.

Happy Birthday Ms. Monroe…fashion icon of the century ♥

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She was one of the most beautiful women in the world. She captivated millions with her magnificent smile, grace, and pure elegance. From the big screen to the fashion scene Marilyn was AND still  is an American icon.  Happy birthday beautiful 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 ♥

Sienna Ray’s FAB Mommy & Me Contest ♥

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our winners! Amber & Kayla…congrats & happy mother’s day xo

Gina & Jovie…”hint hint” one of our most popular handbags xo

Sonia & Mom, what beauties!

Noelle & Adelyn…the fashionistas, beauty & style (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree)

Brianna & Ashley = PRECIOUS!

Anna & Mom, jet setters!

Baby Joey & Jess SO ADORABLE!

The Schaffner girls! xo

Jenn & Mom, Divas with a capital D!

Model status momma! what a gorgeous family!

Stylish Mom 101!

Nicole & baby Naomi, how sweet!

Britney & JoJo, the divas!

Gemma & baby Myla, what a gorgeous duo.

spencer-morgan & kenzie- like mother like daughter ♥
The lovely O’brian’s decked in easter attire
Leticia & Chloe playing in the sand
Amanda & Malachi @ the park !
Natalie & Kathy…beautiful smiles ♥
Jalene & McKenzie …he’s such a ham!
Jackie & NeNe…80′s babies
Nyalia & Eliza ♥ beauties
Daylon with her adorable boys Elijah & Grayson
Anna & Mom!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated. We LOVED seeing your fav memories with your mommas or as a mom. We hope everyone has a wonderful mother’s day! xx

Marvelous Met Ball Gowns!

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These are our top picks from last night’s Met Ball in NYC- the fashion divas were on the prowl! This ladies definitely took risks and made some serious statements. Love it or hate it?

 

Beyonce bares some booty in this FABULOUS number! Where else can she wear this darling dress except a Vogue party? You go girl!

Love the sexy floor length crocodile gown by Tom Ford-  but the hair not so much.

Solange wearing Rachel Roy (who was also her date for the night) AH-mazing…guess it runs in the family

Bruno Mars in Prada…major hottie

Model Jourdan Dunn rocking a white lace Burrberry gown & Azelia Banks..can I have those gloves please?

Hope you liked our top picks, who was your fav?

enjoying the journey: field of dreams SS12

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HUGE thanks to the amazing team behind these video gems xx

HUGE thanks to the gorgeous cast & crew of our spring+summer2012 "field of dreams" campaign xx

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

 

 

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

sienna ray admires :: diane williams

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My name is Diane Williams. I am a grandmum, and an executive with NuSkin Enterprises. We help people feel healthier and look younger, and empower them to build financial security. This makes me very happy.

I recently went on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise, and I took my Sienna Ray bag with me. It was the perfect companion – next to my husband. I typically carry everything in my bag – phone, makeup, notebook, wallet, brush, breathspray, and business planner.  And while travelling, of course, I needed to add a camera, passport, map and hand sanitizer.

Everything fits neatly into my wonderful bag.  And it looks slim, trim and beautiful. I absolutely love my Sienna Ray bag!

Learn more about the lovely Diane at www.diane.nsedreams.com

diane williams with her capri jovie

diane & her capri jovie hit the canals of venice!

diane's always beaming a gorgeous smile, especially on her tour of the mediterranean

diane's always beaming a gorgeous smile, especially on her tour of the mediterranean

that little bag went everywhere with her & how glam with her gorgeous angel hair!

that little bag went everywhere with her & how glam with her gorgeous angel hair!

Sienna’s Stories : Glitter & Wings- Sexiest Night of the Year

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300 lbs of glitter & over $1 million worth of Swarovski crystal, what a beautiful night! I, like many other women (and some men) across America, sat down to watch the Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show. Loyally by my side sat a plate of cookies & a glass (or two) of wine.

having a blast at a private viewing of the show!

As can be expected I had a few minor “I want my stomach to look that toned” moments. Hard to not be a teensy jealous of Miranda Kerr’s amazing workout results post pregnancy. However, my heart melted with how publicly proud Orlando Bloom was, watching his wife in her natural element. True love and devotion between the two of them was clearly what made her so capable of maintaining a healthy family while enchanting the world as an Angel.

Romance underneath all that glitz & glam!

While admiring how beautiful and confident these young women are I was captivated by each gorgeous detail of the costumes.  Obviously, the much raved  $2.5 million dollar bra!

Miranda Kerr takes to the runway!

 

These wings reportedly took over SEVEN years to make! How excited is Alessandra that she was chosen to wear them? Looking at her, it’s hard to believe these weighed 30lbs. Alessandra adjusted her workouts to strengthen her back in preparation for these wings! Such a gorgeous result, they perfectly accompanied the Victoria’s Secret equivalent of a little black dress, the little black bra!

Fascinating use of over 100,000 crystals!

I’ve decided I would like some wings, I would like to walk down the runway with music playing and 300 lbs of glitter in the air! Until that day, I will continue admiring the confidence and poise each of these Angels emulates.

xx Sienna Ray

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!

 

musical monday: the most stylish men in music…from old-school 2 new-school

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Johnny Cash- The original man in black, and the only one.

 

Andre 3000 -"Anybody can wear crazy clothes and anybody can wear classic clothes. Balancing the two can be an art."

 

Marvin Gaye- There is so much style on the cover of What's Going On that it hurts.

 

Mick Jagger- Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and polka-dot scarves. "Do you have the moves like jagger?"

 

Elvis Presley- The King was comfortable in stripes-over-stripes. Automatic pass.

 

Jay Z- The king of what? The king of styyyle."

 

Frank Sinatra- The Chairman of the Board: always proper, always drink in hand.

 

Beastie Boys- Take a walk down to your local sneakerhead store and take a look around at the Beastie Boys.

 

The Smiths - Looking good even without Morrissey!

 

Wow! They are the definition of “style” in the music industry. These trend setters have influenced pop culture over the years and continue to make their mark in fashion. Don’t drool too much!

 

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

 

 

 

 

musical mondays: AMA Awards Fashion Recap…Love it or Hate it?!

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The question of the night that's got everyone buzzing- did j.Lo copy britney spears' nude bodysuit look? My answer= NO! This fashion diva looks fab & is working it (even after two kids)

 

Taylor stole the show! (with awards & her fashion) This 21-year-old country superstar won artist of the year, the ceremony's highest accolade. You go girl!

 

HATE IT! I know your trying to make a rocker girl statement- but the shoes + terrible hair was not flattering to say the least. (baby your the firework tonight...literally)

 

All grown up! Power couple of the year looked "old hollywood glam" last night and we LOVE IT.

 

The "black barbie" looks like a green balloon! I love you nicki and at least you take risks...but your stylist should be fired.

 

WOW! This 90's feminist hippie cleans up beautifuly. Simple, elegant, and figure flattering...we LOVT IT!

 

this genie does NOT fit in the bottle anymore! Cristina we love you & know that you are a mom now- we are ALL for curvy figures but girl WEAR SOMETHING THAT FITS! One wrong move & you'll be pulling a janet jackson.

 

 

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!

 

Sienna’s Stories : Save-oring This Time of Year

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No matter what your beliefs, the upcoming holiday season is referred to as the busiest time of the year… As a self-proclaimed clotheshorse, the holidays begin early with sample sale season! This is the beginning of my favorite time of year. Time to hunt for all kinds of things! From presents for others to presents for myself there are great deals to be found! A word to the wise for this week, this is where I will be going:

hanky panky lace love

♥'ly does of lace...

the row

bold + beautiful, sleek + sexy

Hanky Panky:  “For a little something pretty” Tuesday Nov. 15 through to Friday, Nov. 17 at 260 Fifth Ave (b/w 28th and 29th)

White + Warren: “My FAVORITE store to walk into and feel all the glorious cashmere”  Tuesday Nov. 15 and Wednesday Nov. 16th at 80 W 40th St (3rd Floor)

Armani: “Hurry! this began on Saturday Nov. 12th”  Dresses, Shoes, Jeans, everything is marked down and waiting to be claimed! Through Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 317 W 33rd St

The Row: “If you’re willing to climb the corporate ladder you will be willing to brave the crowds.. it’s only on one day!”  Career Wear Styles that easily transition to Happy Hour on Thursday Nov. 17th at 632 Hudson St.

The News Showroom: “Exactly how I picture the perfect sample sale, multi-brand with 60-90% off!”  Thursday Nov. 17th through Saturday Nov. 19th at 495 Broadway

Happy Shopping!

Sienna Ray xx

 

 

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

celeb sightings: Another “milfie” momma for Sienna Ray (Amy Adams)

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amy adams

 

"milfie" in cocoa

 

Funny girl Amy Adams was spotted hitting the streets on a shopping spree sporting her leather shoulder strap. Sienna Ray’s “milfie” is known as the unofficial mum bag. The milfie was controversially named for all the hot mamas. Featuring two sizeable compartments with inner zip pockets, as well as an easy to reach outer pocket, this bag has a place for it all. Long rolled handles & an optional cross-body strap enable the bag to be carried in a variety of comfortable fashions.

 

 

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.

musical monday: Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ Makes Hot 100 History

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making of the video "we found love"

 

clips from rihanna's "we found love" video

 

Even though Rihanna pushed some boundaries with her video “We Found Love”, she also pushed her way into the history books! (& passed a pair of all time-greats) Her new album “Love” just completed it’s climb to the top of the Billboard 100, giving Rihanna her 11th #1 hit…ahead of Stevie Wonder & Janet Jackson! With her latest chart-topper, she’s now tied with Whitney Houston and the iconic Madonna. How do you feel about her accomplishments & new video?

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)

celeb sighting: Reality Star Goes “roxanne” for Sienna Ray (Kim Kardashian)

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reality queen kim k

 

roxanne satchel

 

Queen bee of the Kardashian clan spotted sporting a jet black satchel. This reality star has actually become a household name (known for drama, paparazzi, and now the fastest divorce from Chris H. ever!!)- but always looks chic in the process. Sienna Ray’s “roxanne” east west satchel in jet black could really help ease the stress- it’s dual compartments & straps allow you to store and go effortlessly. Destined to become your go-to reliable bag, roxanne will quickly be referred to as your new best friend.

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!

Don’t you get a warm & fuzzy feeling inside when you see these cuties in costume?

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tiny tootsie

 

cutest car freshener

 

loving the lobster in a pot indea

 

magical mermaid

 

tastey taco

 

awwww- need I say more?

 

Don’t you get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when you see these cuties in costume?  Baby Halloween costumes get me every time, and of course make me think of all the little cuties in my family.  What was the funniest thing your parents dressed you up as?

thirsty thursday: Haunted Halloween Bar Crawl

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can you keep up with the haunted bar crawl?

 

choose your weapon

 

New York City is buzzing about Halloween plans, which night to celebrate, and where to go. The scoop is officially in! Gather your ghouls and gals and start early on Saturday, October 29 for a haunted bar crawl! The party starts at 12 noon and goes till 9pm, the crawl hits some of the wildest pubs in the city: McFadden’s Saloon, Sutton Place, Turtle Bay, The Irish Exit NYC, Blarney Stone Bar, O’Casey’s, Public house, Josuha Tree, The Hill, Stone Creek, and ending at the Hype Lounge. Who likes to stay in one place on Halloween (we know you don’t)- go crazy and tear up the night. Not only is this spooky treat a great time, it is also an awsome value! (we know how nights out in nyc tend to get pricey) The bar crawl ticket is only $10 AND you get the best drink specials in the house at each pub you visit. Can’t beat that!

wishlist wednesday: BOO! Sienna Ray Found You- Haute Halloween Costumes

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Who says you can’t be a star? Halloween is the perfect day where you can be ANYONE you want- including a celebrity. We know how creative you can be! Remember when you used to make your own Halloween costumes growing up? Remember when trick-or-treating was the highlight of your season, it still can be- with a little ambition and imagination.  Here are some fab celeb costume ideas- and the best part is we will tell you exactly what pieces you need to make the look come together.

these creative chicks captured the essence of the Olsen twins!

 

These chickas have some serious style! Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen is a delicious duo for Halloween. The above image is a costume that two ladies put together themselves. It is supper easy to do, and of course let’s make it your own! Here’s what you will need:

  1. your best friend (or sister) to be the 2nd twin
  2. 1 long black dress & 1 long white dress- you can switch it up by using gray, nude, brown or any neutrals (the twins do not wear much color)
  3. a long jacket (anything vintage works great)- don’t be afraid to hit your local thrift store!
  4. huge sunglasses
  5. blonde wigs (if you don’t have blonde hair)
  6. hippie headbands
  7. black nail polish
  8. 2 empty starbucks cups (or full depending on what ur drinkin!)…add some flare by writing their names in sharpie on each cup
  9. have your blackberry or iphone in had
  10. and most importantly LOTS of accessories- rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings & of course your fav Sienna Ray cross body or tote

 

queen barbie- Nicki Minaj

Barbie is back…queen Barbie Nicki Minaj that is! This rap star diva is a fun look that will keep you energetic & fierce all night. Here is what you’ll need to complete the look

  1. a bright pink wig (doesn’t matter if you choose long or short- play around with the idea)
  2. cropped leather jacket
  3. black leather leggings
  4. tight corset & bright colored push up bra
  5. tall strappy stilettos
  6. bright neon colored nail polish
  7. baby pink lipstick
  8. barbie necklace (check claires)
  9. if you really want to get creative sub the corset for a short colorful poofy dress

 

outrageous gaga

 

Of course how could this celeb Halloween list not have the ultimate pop-star Lady GaGa! This outrageous fashionista is known for her out of control style. There are MANY lady  gaga looks you could try for your costume (if your daring enough)- but this one is a no brainer. Here’s what your need:

 

  1. a hooded leotard (you could choose any color you like)- of course from American Apparel
  2. long blonde wig with bangs
  3. rayband esc sunglasses
  4. long gloves (choose to match your leotard or add in some extra color)
  5. if your not willing to bare all of that leg try some sexy fishnet tights
  6. your choice of thigh-high boots or ridiculously high pumps- the crazier the shoe, the better

Good luck with your costume, hope this helps! Don’t forget to post your pictures- we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy Halloween ;)

celeb sightings: top model Tyra for “mak” multi messenger (Tyra Banks)

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top model Tyra Banks

 

"mak" multi messenger in gazelle

 

Do you wanna be on top? America’s Next Top Model host, Miss Tyra Banks, is looking fierce while dogging paparazzi- clutch in hand. Sienna Ray’s “mak” multi messenger in gazelle is the bag with multiple personalities (perfect suit for Tyra). Made popular by its versatility, this convertible messenger can be worn as a clutch, cross-body, or on the shoulder at 2 different lengths. Whatever the mood, the mak is sure to fit in; it is a purse with ultimate usability.

 

 

 

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"

 

 

thirsty thursday: Leave the Coffee Behind- Tea is the New Trend!

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modern day tea party

 

gaga sporting that teacup better then a birkin bag

 

west village nyc- The Tea Set

 

As you know New York City has always been a coffee town, it’s suddenly facing serious competition from a more delicate ladylike drink. Beautiful blondes aren’t the only tea fans- jet setters, pop stars and Wall Street gurus are buzzing over the leafy brew too! Facebook and Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker boasts a collection of more then 100 exotic teas, and Lady GaGa totes around a teacup like it’s a Birkin bag.  New York’s fashion scene, (of course) is way ahead of the trend…duh. Almost every major designer has held a celebratory tea reception/tea party.  This “chic” thing to do can also be an economic factor- instead of throwing a fancy lunch or cocktail reception; they’ll throw a tea party! Didn’t get your invite to one of these fab celeb studded tea parties? No worries- NYC suddenly has some supper sweet teashops popping up all over the city. If your in the West Village check out The Tea Set (cozy nook that seats 25), Soho home to Harney & Sons (tea store & tasting bar), and Upper East Side perfectly suits William Poll (a tea-sandwich shop).

 

Adding Champagne to the mix probably doesn’t dent the devotion of the young and thirsty, either. The Tea Set has created a tea-rrific $15 cocktail by mixing bubbly with syrup made from the store’s bestseller, Red Peach Vanilla tea… now that sounds like my cup of tea! After all, tea is perfect for frenzied New Yorkers with a big caffeine habit and little piece of mind. Tea promotes harmony and balance of life- drinking tea is an art of living.

 

 

 

celeb sightings: Keep it Classy with “katie” for Sienna Ray (Jennifer Lopez)

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stylish jenny from the block

 

"katie" pleated hobo in mapple

Jennifer Lopez is always keeping it classy, from performing on stage- to spending time with her twins…this hot momma has got it going on! This pleated hobo bag features a spacious top zip entry, perfect for quick access while on the go. Inner zip pockets, snap in key holder and a mobile pocket keep you organized and on the ball. Wear with sienna braided handle or brass chain strap, for work or play. Sienna Ray’s “katie” pleated hobo in mapple is known as the best friend bag, supper reliable and strong.  (who wouldn’t wanna be j.Lo’s bestyy?)

 

 

Sienna’s Stories : Does the city scare you?

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After several days hiatus I have returned. If you would like a sneak peek at what kept me so busy this weekend, take a look!  A big thanks to Rob Daly for this weekend, so lovely for you to make the trip! The weather here in NYC has continued to tease me. 70+ degrees Fahrenheit some days and not a drop of rain to be seen! I loathe the couple of days with inconsistent heavy rains, however, as much as my mood (& skin) will miss the constant sunshine, I cannot pretend I am not excited for a real AUTUMN weekend. With the Holidays just around the corner, I only have several weekends before the sequence of extended family gatherings begins (aka lots of traveling and not always on my own personal terms!).

Here are a couple of the things on the bucket list for this glorious fall…

Gotta love my WINE: I’ve heard from many of my girlfriends that the vineyard tours on Long Island are a must do! Many come with package deals for wine tastings at several neighboring vineyards: why get all that way for one, the more the merrier! Ironic as it is, I do not really think of the east coast of America when I think of wine. This ‘just outside the city’ adventure seems similar to a vineyard tour I went on last year in the gorgeous landscape of Oregon. Oh, the memories…

Bringing out the CHILD in me: Might I suggest venturing to the pumpkin patch very soon! With the beautiful weekends we have been having, I am sure the patch has been quite the hotspot for families, teens, young couples and really anyone (like me) that get’s all giddy over every little holiday throughout the year! A popular favorite, again out on Long Island, is the long standing Helen’s with a corn maze for the children, hot apple cider and a beautiful country view for a bit of FALL romance, and of course pumpkins for carving and recipes galore. I’m sure there are many in the tri-state area to get your Halloween sweet tooth fulfilled!

It definitely seems that Long Island is not just an escape from the summer humidity, but a great little weekend escape from the city for any season! Although NYC may be what brings people to this area… clearly there are hidden gems to be seen in the surrounding areas. Though, I personally do not want to miss the HARD Haunted NYC affair at Terminal 5! Skream and Benga, original dubstep DJ’s from the UK (a step away and above mainstream dubstep sounds) are performing with Joker this Saturday. I came across this tempting night out on the list of Fall activities (101 to be specific) in the latest TimeOut - be sure to check out number 74 for pumpkin patch fun IN the city. So excited to finally spend a long night dancing until the morning with the floors throbbing under my feet and flashing lights all around me.

What are you doing this weekend?

Sienna Ray xx

celeb sightings: Dasing Diva “medusa” Doctor Bag for Sienna Ray (Fergie)

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boom boom pow- fab fergie

 

"medusa" doctor bag in cocoa

 

The multi-function “medusa” fits perfectly with the multi-talented recording artist Fergie! Our gracefully spacious carryall is a must have for the about and about woman who carries their lives discreetly in style. Inner and outer zip pockets keep you organized while the magnetic frame opening provides ultimate accessibility and gives the bag structure. Can you say fergalicious?!

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.

 

celeb sightings: Foxy “roxanne” for Sienna Ray (Lady GaGa)

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the queen of daring fashion

 

foxy "roxanne" satchel in jet black

 

Always fierce and fabulous, Lady GaGa takes the crown as the most daring and highly watched woman in fashion. Her style is bold and brave, she is the true definition of a trend setter. Whether she is in a costume bodysuit baring it all or glammed Sienna Ray’s “roxanne” east west satchel in jet black is the way to go! Our roxy (for short) is a compact version of the milife bag, it’s dual compartments & straps allow you to store and go effortlessly. Lady GaGa can even stash her bottle of wine in this baby (although she seems like a vodka girl to me)- whatever the case “roxanne” will be your new best friend.

celeb sightings: Modern Mommy “milfie” for Sienna Ray ( Angelina Jolie)

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angelina and large handbag

angelina jolie & daughter

 

cocoa milfie

spacious "milfie" bowling bag in cocoa

 

This modern milf has her hands full with a large family and so little time.  Sienna Ray’s “milfie” bowling bag in cocoa would be just the trick for Angelina Jolie! This beauty features two sizeable compartments with inner pockets, as well as easy to reach outer pockets. Whether you are storing baby bottles, disappears, or lipstick the “milfie” has a place for it all!

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.

celeb sightings: Jet-Set “jovette” for Sienna Ray (Jessica Alba)

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jessica alba handbag

jazzy jessica alba

 

jovette in caramel

"jovette" fold over tote in caramel- supper soft leather

 

Cute and casual Jessica Alba is sporting a large handbag, which can only be worn one way. Sienna Ray’s feature “jovette” fold-over tote in caramel features a roomier design for daily necessities and is easily transformed into an appropriate night bag by simply adjusting the straps.  Any handbag with two looks is better than one!

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.

musical monday: Beyonce channels “Audrey Hepburn”-rockin the baby bump

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beyonce baby pump

preggers & still sexy

 

countdown video

"audrey hepburn" inspired beyonce

 

old hollywood glam

audrey hepburn in funny face

 

Baby bump Beyonce gets her ‘Audrey Hepburn” on for her new 60′s inspired “Countdown” video.  This glamorous diva can pull off any look, pregnant and all! Her main character in the video is inspired by ‘Audrey Hepburn’ in Funny Face, mimicking the look in all black, long sleeves, and white socks with flats. In the video Beyonce is seen wearing a full closet’s worth of fun 60′s gear in dozens of variations of herself while keeping a glowing smile.  The concept might be simple, but Beyonce’s intricate dance numbers and split screen effect brings a lot of energy and sass. Who else can be preggers and still dance like that? She has proved no matter what the circumstance may be- she will continue making outstanding music. Can you say fierce?!

blog ♥’n: Trop Rogue sporting Sienna Ray varsity collection

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troup rogue

trendy varsity collection handbag

trop rogue

check out those studds!

Ms. hipster from Trend Rogue looks fab sporting our new “babette” in forest & royal super soft lambskin.

 

 

 

celeb sightings: Rockin “milfie” for Sienna Ray! (Gwen Stefani)

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gwen with child

gwen stefani-rockin hot mama with son

 

milfie handbag

functional & fabulous- milfie bowling bag in jet

 

The “hella good” mommy always looks rockstar chic, even if she is playing at the park with her son.  Sienna Ray’s “milfie” in jet black leather is right up her alley. This bag is completely versatile…day to night and work to play.  The cross body strap lets you have your hands free for mom duty with a casual look, and the long rolled handles transforms the bag for a more sophisticated feel.

traveled thursday: California Dreaming- Napa Valley Wine Tasting

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wine country

wine mecca of the world

napa valley wine country

breath taking napa valley winery

napa valley red wine

vintage red wine from napa valley

 

There is only one thing that comes to mind when we reach this day of the week, “Thirsty Thursday”! It is time to kick back and unwind with a great glass of wine. Napa Valley, located in northern California, is known as the mecca of wineries and vineyards.  Why not kick off your Napa Valley excursion with an adventurous wine tour?  The tours point out landmarks-wineries along the way, and tell stories about local history and winemaking. The best part of the tour is tasting some of the world’s most delicious wines!

I know what your thinking…not everyone has the funds to visit Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour. Lucky for you every major city has a first-class winery or local wine events that offer tasting selections to fit everyone’s unique palette. If you’re located in NYC check out local wine events to get your drink on.

Celeb Sightings: The Perfect “milfie” for Sienna Ray! (Katie Holmes)

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star katie holmes

casual chic look

 

milfie bowling bag

"miflie" bowling bag- unofficial hot moma bag

 

In the image above Katie Holmes is sporting a casually chic look with an oversized woven tote in tan. Boy do we have the perfect bag for her! Named after all of the fashionable hot momas of the world, Sienna Ray’s “milfie” handbag has it all…and more. Featuring two size adjustable compartments with inner zip pockets, as well as an easy to reach outer pocket, this bag has a place for everything. Long rolled handles and an optional cross-body strap enables the bag to be carried in a variety of different ways, making it extremely functional.

Celeb Sighting: Sienna Ray Fits the Look! (Vanessa Hudgens)

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vanessa hudgens handbag

"jovette" fold-over tote fits her look

 

handbag

jovette fold-over tote in caramel

 

Open Mic Night presents: “jovette” fold-over tote in caramel.  This handbag would fit Vanessa Hundgens look perfectly! It is a functional 5-9 piece that features a roomier design and can easy transform into a fab night bag by simply adjusting the strap.

talent tuesday: photographer Rob Daly

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mid air angel

mid air angel

oh so cool black & white jump

oh so cool black & white jump

love this fashionable dance shot

love this fashionable dance shot

Now does this L.A.  based photographer have an eye for style! His unique use of lighting and composition sets his pictures apart from the crowd. With years of experience under his belt, Rob Daly’s focus ranges from high fashion to lifestyle photography – we love it all! My personal favorites are his signature action jumping shots, it really proves that he is not afraid to take risks. MAJOR UPDATE… we’re thrilled to leak the news that Sienna Ray and Rob Daly will join forces for a special, bonus S/S 2012 campaign shoot. Can you say fabulous!

  …stay tuned for this inspirational collaboration. More of his stunning portraits can be found at RobDaly.com

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.

feminine friday: the little bra company

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Did you know that many women wear the wrong bra size? The smallest bra size offered at Victoria’s Secret may not be the right fit for you. The Little Bra Company offer sizes as small as 28A. Haven’t you heard?Good things come in small sizes… And you do not need to invest in sports bras!

lace up!

The Little Bra Company 

feminine friday: skinny cocktails

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TGIF! For most people, weekends just aren’t as fun without going out and having a few drinks at a bar. Going out doesn’t always mean you have to consume food/drinks high in calories. (Did you know the long island iced tea has about 700 calories?) Here are some recipes for low cal drinks:

  • Tokyo tea- 1.5 oz. TY KU Soju, 1.5 oz. unsweetened iced tea, squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange. 70 cal
  • The Blue Hoo- 2 oz of Van Gogh BLUE Vodka, 4 oz of Yoo-Hoo. 200 cal
  • Raspberry Ruby- 1/4 oz pomegranate reduction grenadine, 1/4 oz simple syrup, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 2 oz vodka, 4 raspberries 200 cal 
  • Irish iced tea-  6 oz. Irish Breakfast Tea, 1 oz. Irish whiskey , and 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice 80 cal

mm raspberry

modern monday: water bottles

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What’s your beverage of choice in the summer? Is it a frappuccino, smoothie, coconut water, or just plain old water? As refreshing as frozen drinks, juice, and iced teas are, most of them contain with added sugar. Deep down we all know that water is the best for your body. Try carrying a bottle of water in your purse and see if you can’t cut down on the number of frozen drinks or cold beverages you purchase during lunch break. (It saves you a lot of money too) The collapsable Vapur bottle is a great choice for ladies who don’t have a lot of room in their purse for a giant bottle.

twists open in the middle, making cleaning easier

dishwasher safe

an attached filter, great for on the go use

Alex Bottle, Vapur, Water Geeks

“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!

 

“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

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

not your ordinary ice-y treat

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There is a certain thrill you get from being an early adopter. Hence when I found out through Daily Candy about the recent opening of Victory Garden, their super cute website quickly sent me down to West Village to be one of the first people to try  the infamous goat milk frozen yogurt!

Opening only just last Friday, their unique flavors such as rose & mastic (tree resin from pine tree in Greece!) surely cannot be found elsewhere. To my surprise, the frozen yogurt was really light and does not have a strong odor to it like goat cheese does.

…on a similar note while obviously having cool iced treats filling my brain these days, I am probably a late adopter to the Pop Bar ( of Gilt City’s “Unique Sweets” tour). Hello clever invention and good looking fro yo popsicles! Where have I been all this time!? The store also makes your design tastebuds go ohh lala- refer to photos. I cannot say enough of this place. One must go check it out! Super cool store!

 

very cool decor of victory garden's

ohh lala

food art? think so!

Victory Garden, 31 Carmine Street, New York

Pop Bar 5 Carmine St, New York

eye candy for the Summer.. yummy

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So with bikini season approaching very fast I came across these excellent classes that are getting rid of the extra winter baggage…

Word on the street is that this Core Fusion programs beats all others around with their modern ballet infused aerobics PLUS the bonus toosh clencher is that the instructor on Friday mornings at their Gansevoort Meat Packing location looks, sounds and acts just like Matthew McConaughey! Maybe even a little better looking, if that’s even possible.

 

extreme ballet Jane Fonda style workout!

extreme ballet Jane Fonda style workout!

my dream trainer

 

 

 

More info on Exhale Spa classes, locations etc. can be found here.

found: NEW designer west village boutique

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As I was strolling down the sunny streets of the Manhattan’s West Village, the window display at this trendy boutique stopped me in my tracks! It was first the Brasilian melissa shoes that caught my eye, then realized the entire store was full of very hard-to-find international designers for both, men and women.  The fresh environment & chats with the Italian owner left me energized for the rest of my evening!

(the melissa shoes are in the back...)

 

Selection of designers available at Nida include: Jamin Puech, Szen, Traits, and Maloles.

Nida Boutqiue

573 Hudson, West Village, NYC

a bench in time

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If you love life’s random coincidences as much as I do, get a kick out of this one:

Met with the lovely Robyn & Mauricio of Shine PR yesterday afternoon and as Mauricio is flipping through our autumn2011 catalogue his gaze is caught by one of the photo’s… then he flips through his iPhone and shows me the identical bench – but the photo is taken in a Mexico City park across the street from his home in 1982.  How cute!!!

mauricio & sister circa 1982 Mexico City:

Mauricio & sister circa 1982 Mexico City

mak, jovette & medusa circa 2011 Vancouver Canada:

Mak, Jovette & Medusa circa 2011 Vancouver Canada

Cheers to a fabulous 2011

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I realize it has been awhile since my last post, and though I make no excuses I will mention that I was in a haze of graduation and holiday manic/bliss. But here we are now – new year, new day and new post! I love the start of a new year, or any new beginning really, where everything seems like a possibility, and time is on your side.  Here are a few of the things I am most excited for this year…

Lots of pop-culturey things…

  • Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows P.II: how can you NOT get swept up in the mythical land of HP and his mates?
  • Twilight – Breaking Dawn: How much paler can they really make K-Stew?
  • A new Justin Timberlake album: VERY exciting. I swear the man can do no wrong.
  • LC’s new reality show: Cue the rolling eyes. Don’t hate – we’ve already established I’m a fan see Guilty Pleasure: Lauren Conrad.

Some techy things…

  • Blackberry Playbook: I don’t know that I actually NEED it, but I know that I want it and it appears to have a lot more features than the iPad. Plus I hear it’s under $500!
  • XBOX kinect: I want to be the controller so badly! This is a must buy for me this year.

Some fashion related things…

  • Printed EVERYTHING: Prints are gearing up to be huge this spring/summer and I could not be more excited. This year is going to be bigger, louder, and more playful and expressive than ever.
  • A New York City trip: I’ve been dying to take a trip to the big apple for YEARS. And with my mom’s continuous hints about it being my grad prezzie I’m already planning our day-by-day itinerary.
  • The Sienna Ray fall.winter collection. Seriously. From what I’ve seen thus far it looks AMAZEBALLS. You guys are going to LOVE it!

What does your list include?

Happy 2011!!

- S x

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Guilty Pleasure: Lauren Conrad

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While the notorious Hills starlet has been absent from the small screen, she’s still been on our radar with her juicy L.A. Candy book series. Centered around the chronicles of one girl’s drama-filled adventures on a glossy docu-soap (ringing any bells?) the books have proven to be irresistible guilty pleasures. The final book in the series hit stores recently and there’s a bittersweet excitement to devour the last installment. Also available this month is Lauren Conrad Style - a breezy fashion guide that encapsulates the California native’s girlie, relaxed, cool style.

Now I realize many fashion followers, bloggers and other industry insiders (including friends of mine!) brush Conrad off as nothing more than a ex-MTV reality star with no place in fashion, I dare to disagree!  With two extremely lucrative careers, as an author and clothing designer - the girl has a lot going for her! Plus she basically redefined the California Cool style that is so often associated with her name. I admit that she’s not likely to ever be a revolutionary designer, or the style maven of our time, but I can’t help but love that quality of realness she’s been able to maintain ever since the early days of Laguna Beach.

Even though she has a wardrobe to die for, an enviable amount of wealth, and a super cute boyfriend I can’t help but maintain the fact that Lauren is relatable  (I’m sure if we met we’d be BFF’s) and has carved out a successful career path for herself. So Lauren Conrad is our guilty pleasure for her fab little novels, fresh style, and perception of best friendability.

What do you think?

-S x

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sienna ray admires :: amanda gangoso

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I’m Amanda Gangoso, a Freelance Makeup Artist also working at City TV on Breakfast Television. I was born and raised Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 1999.

My time in beautiful BC have consisted of years in hospitality and attending Blanche Macdonald, graduating in 2004 with a diploma in makeup artistry. In between the bartending, school and freelancing, I’ve had wonderful travel/living experiences in Japan, Australia, Philppines to name a few.

I had the privelage of meeting Natalie at an event, Girls Night Out at Milestones, along with the ladies from Wishlist Boutique. I fell in love with Natalie’s designs. We have since worked together on the Sienna Ray Fall/Winter photoshoot. So fun!

I’m so happy to now have a Prima bag of my own. The leather feels amazing, the color is this awesome eggplant/chocolate brown depending on the light, and it’s big enough to carry everything, including my makeup brushes, laptop and all!

amanda with her prima pleated satchel

amanda with her prima pleated satchel

(Check out Amanda’s fab portfolio here)

Annamay Pierse: the new Ester Williams?

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We are proud to celebrate Canada Day with the anouncemnt of the newest Sienna Ray icons: the historic inspiration for our upcoming Spring 2011 collection and the dominating & athletic superwoman of the future.

And what brings these two exceptional woman side by side…. their natural love and talent for swimming, their pride in making all aspects of life a true storybook success, as well as being know for “cheesecake photo’s, flashing big smiles and lots of leg.”*

It is so impressive to follow such inner & outer beauties through their journeys in life.

Ester’s competitive swimming career was halted by the war, yet she drove through such an obstacle by opening her own doors, creating “swimming” entertainment in the theatre to keep spirits high through the tough times, naturally leading her to a exuberant career in the movie industry.

Annamay Pierse’s journey is only just starting, but with such an overwhelming energy she will continue to grow and outperform her current world record in the 200m breastroke. She holds such a strong confidence and character, her teammates instinctively gain motivation from her presense and poise. Genuinely thrilled to have brought her competition level to where it is, this is still not good enough for Annamy who is constantly reaching out to charity events, volunteering her time and presenting the opporunity for others to fall in her footsteps and follow their dreams. Who knows what all Annamay will achieve, I even hear a rumour that fashion is in her future…

Keep your eye’s peeled for more news on Sienna Ray’s much anticipated photoshoot  - and – for Ms Pierse in front of the paparazzi, not only her newest World Record’s but also for her representation of Sienna Ray handbags! See her below, bottom left, in Monte Carlo in front of Casino Royale clutching the tuxedo mak.

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*source: The Official Ester Williams

Victoria – Off The Beaten Track

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Living in a touristy city, you are always trying to find a new place  no one knows about that can be your little secret.  Victoria, BC is no different, with tourists beginning to flock to the island, the time has come to find a new, undiscovered hot spot.  Charlie & Lee could be your new hidden gem, opening up just last month.  Charlie & Lee is a women’s fashion boutique that mixes art, photography, music, and fashion.  The brick walls and high ceilings create a atmosphere that takes you to a completely different place, making you wonder if you’re still in Victoria.  If you’re ever in the area, stop by and check it out for yourself.

For a little taste of what the store is all about, you can visit their website – Charlie & Lee.

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playing tricks on your eyes @ Bamboo Ballroom

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For most of us it’s that “in-between” season: that little bit too warm to wear your winter coat but a tad bit on the chilly side to get the legs out on show.

And I don’t know about you, but I cringe at the feeling and sight of good ole’ fashion neutral coloured pantyhouse…. do you grin and bare the goosebumps on your pasty winterized legs – or – grow your patience and wait for the true summertime heat?

Solution: founded by Jessica Halabi of Edmonton (who must know what real patience is when it snowed nearby just last week, ouch!) who created the hand splatter painted nude tight, oh so sexy!!

Cannot imagine how she paints these – are her legs stained with the backsplash hue of paints… but nonetheless I so want a pair, and only $20 for such a wearable original piece of art!

Available @ The Bamboo Ballroom, 8206-104 Street Edmonton, Alberta, 780-439-1363, bambooballroom.ca

LIMITED Jessica Halabi hand splatter painted nude tights

LIMITED Jessica Halabi hand splatter painted nude tights

britney spears – telephone

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you have had Lady Gaga ft Beyonce – “Telephone” stuck in your head once or twice, or at least heard it.  Now with the infamous music video, you can’t picture anyone but Lady Gaga and Beyonce along with their million costume changes, singing that song.  However, it may not have happened at all.  This week, a demo version of Britney Spears singing “Telephone”, the song was originally written for her, was leaked onto the internet.  It could have been the comeback Britney was looking for, but she apparently couldn’t see what we all see now, a great hit.  Click the links below to compare the two or just relive the epic music video that is “Telephone”.

Britney Spears – Telephone

Lady Gaga – Telephone ft Beyonce

the lions gate bridge gets into the playoff spirit

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The Canucks have moved onto Round 2 of the playoffs and set are set to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.  It seems as though more and more people are getting into the playoff mood, even the Lion Gate Bridge.  Yesterday, as the hundreds of cars crossed over the bridge, they were greeted by the lions, in uniform.  Hopefully, they will be sporting the jerseys for longer than a week so we can relive the Olympics one more it.

Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

adding springtime colour & flow to the wardrobe

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It is that time again – spent sunday dispersing clothes ALL over my apartment: this pile “goodbye til next winter”, that pile “maybe it just needs a bit of an alteration so that I wear it more often…”, and the one way over there “good & done, memories are all is left with these pieces worn to extinction!”

Every item has it’s own unique lifespan… as much as I will myself to invent that magic potion keeping puppie dogs cute and puppy-like thier whole lifespan, I wish I could spread magic fairy dust over my favourite tops to keep them looking pristine and fresh forever. But sadly the relization is that neither are true nor coming to life any day too soon.

So divide & conquer, set aside the favourite cooler weather clothes for hopes of a fresh feeling when I pull them out next year and hit the streets to come up with a few new items to mix in and spruce up last years springtime favourites.  To my delight (and not my visa’s delight…) I had quite the success in Club Monico. A hit and miss store for me, this time around the flowy silks & buttery jerseys were a done deal: it did take me to try on the ENTIRE store, my new favourite personal shopper there will vouch for me!

popping colours & delicate florals for springtime @ Club Monaco

popping colours & delicate florals for springtime @ Club Monaco

p.s. if you are in Vancouver, they still have a few of their lucious cashmere scarfs left upstairs in their discount paradise….

the fanny pack makes a stylish come back.

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It seems as though everything in the fashion world makes a comeback including the fanny pack.  The fanny pack has always been practical, it can hold all your precious belongings while leaving your hands free to do as the please without having to worry about everything falling out.  The downfall of the fanny pack was style component which it lacked and some how always made you look like a tourist.

A few brave designers have decided to reintroduce the accessory and stage its comeback and it seems to be working.  Many designers have decided to come out with their versions of the ‘belt bag’ including Gucci, Fendi and  L.A.M.B., and they have added the key element that was missing: Style.  This time around they are sleek and made of higher quality fabrics, so before you go digging through your closet looking for your old fanny pack, take a look at some of the newer versions.

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Get Carried Away: Sex & The City 2

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Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte are back.  The new trailer for the sequel gives us a sneak peek at all the things we fell in love with the first time around, the fabulous fashions, exquisite locations and the beautiful men.  Let’s not forget about the impressive list of cameos which include Penelope Cruz, Liza Minnelli and Heidi Klum to name a few. If you loved the first movie then this new trailer for the sequel will have you wanting more.  May 27 cannot come soon enough.

(Click on the photo to view the trailer)

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AWARD WORTHY hair stylist lands in Vancouver

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I’ve been asking around for a while now and the local Vancouverite seem to be quite hush hush on their exclusive choice of hair stylists…. so with my go-to hair guru being just outside the city limits and  an out of the blue saturday urge to  glam up my tresses – I did one of the scariest things in beauty history: called up the salon across the street and booked in with whomever had a 5pm opening!

Hours later I was sipping on my latte, patiently awaiting an introduction from said stylist (meanwhile catching quick gazes over my magazine at all the pros around the room, worrying who my potential hair queen/butcher could be…) and then happily surprised to see a warm smile and a fashion savvy young Melissa escort me to her chair.

The necessary intro small talk started and within minutes the fear jumped back “so, this weekend I have plenty to celebrate” she says while orgasmically massaging my scalp, “it’s my first full week at the salon”. Point blank: fear.

Whether is was her intuition or my easily readable face, she quickly summed up her story about being brought out West via a glorified  scholarship with the Aveda Institute – through an obviously  highly rewarded and very successful win at a national hair stylist competition. Her week at Axis being small peanuts compared to her years at Vault Salon in Winnipeg.

All in all, congratulations once again Melissa on the opportunity to come out to Vancouver, to strengthen her already impressive styling talent, and of course for such an amazing new look that I am showing off head high and proud!

You can find Melissa @ Axis Salon on Georgia in downtown Vancouver. 1111 West Georgia Street, 604-685-0200.

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p.s. I also received a quick lesson in curling my hair with a straightening iron – wow – already success twice this week; takes so much less time than with a curling iron and gives that so “not trying too hard” look that I love!


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