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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

View map here 

come visit us and get you holiday shop on! xo

Carve out some good times! ♡

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

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

Saturday, October 27th 10pm-3am

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

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

Monday, October 29th 9pm-2am

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

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

Wednesday, Oct 31st 7-10:30pm

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

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

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

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

Have fun! BOO from my crew to YOU xx

… trick or treat?

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

babette mini cross-body in robin

tux mak in black rain

makayla multi messenger in brick

milfie in indkion

prima pleated satchel in hershi

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

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

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

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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

Exclusive Summer Excess Online Sample Sale! ♥

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Online Sample Sale:

Our summer gift to you! We at Sienna Ray love our “fab fans”.

Submit your FAV summer excess photo to unlock your invitation to our exclusive online sample sale (up to 80% off styles!!). Please POST or EMAIL your photos to our facebook page or send directly to marketing@siennaray.com, and we will post on your behalf. In return you will receive back our exclusively priced bags and footwear selection.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL + ground shipping, as always is included ;)

Summer Excess Contest Details:

*It gets even better! Whoever gets the most “likes” on their photo WINS A PAIR OF SIENNA RAY SUMMER SANDALS! Now that’s what we call celebrating summer excess in style ♥

Contest Rules:
- one photo per person…so make it your best!
- “like” us on facebook
- Get your friends & fam to like your photo, popularity wins this race!

Good luck and lets have some fun 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

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

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

 

 

feeling festive for the holidays…FROST YOURSELF!

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stack em up in style! gold & diamonds

 

classic pave sleeper earrings= classy and chic

 

marvelous petal gold & diamond bracelet

 

the PERFECT pink & white diamond pave lotus ring

 

enchanting emerald and diamond swirl pendant

 

red ruby earrings= LOVE at 1st sight

 

forget about the titanic- this 3 string sapphire necklace blows it out of the water!

 

spicy diamond & ruby hand made snake bracelet- smokin hot!

 

this emerald, gold, & diamond drop necklace def has the luck of the irish

 

forget the engagement ring from your significant other- this dazzling number screams sexy i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t lady in the house!

 

This year shine brighter then the star on the top of your  Christmas tree (or lights on your Menorah) by frosting yourself with fabulousness! We all know that diamonds are a girls best friend ;) but so are emeralds, rubys, and sapphires. Treat yourself to a timeless piece of jewelry that you’ve been eyeing. We are so busy running around for the holidays buying everyone gifts, preparing to cook a huge feast for the fam, and decorating every corner of our houses/apartments that we put ourselves last. NO MORE! We deserve it…as the master Madonna would say ” cause we are living in a material world and I am a material girl”.  Happy holidays- xo

 

trendy tips: ‘Tis the Season of Tights

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

HOT-liday Spirit Shoes

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

 

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

 

Aruna Seth cerise red satin heels- cute as a button

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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!

trendy tips: Haute Holiday Nails

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craving a candy cane? we LOVE this design....this is the one I will be sporting this Christmas

 

this frosted look was achieved with an airbrush- also loving the christmas lights!

 

santa baby french manicure- sooo adorbs!

 

reindeer- including rudolf & his red nose (attention to detail is everything)

 

this AHmazing China Glaze polish does all the work for you with 2 easy coats

 

who would have thought you could wear that holiday sweater from your grandma on you nails? with a simple red base and white design polish, now you can.

 

subtle snowman- grab a light green base and spruce it up with a simple frosty the snow man design and snowflakes

 

going for that high fashion glam look? black is back! add a bit of holiday cheer with a simple gold accent

 

Here at Sienna Ray, we are ALL ABOUT the details. Haute holiday nails are the perfect accessory to your glammed out outfit. Instead of going for the “safe” red choice that you get every year- add some pizzaz! Christmas gives you that free pass to bring out your inner child, so that means nail designs are allowed (without looking like a 5 year old girl or flashy chunga). Our personal favs are the candy cane strips & china glaze all in one polish. What are your favs? Can’t wait to see what everyone is wearing this year for Christmas and New Years….post lots of pictures. xo

fab finds: 3 holiday Party Looks on a Budget

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

 

the golden

 

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

 

the silver

 

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

 

the black

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

walking tour

 

 

 

 

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

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

Carin Wester "marrakesh" turban from Urban Outfitters

 

leopard print turban by River Island

 

Eugenia Kim "dominique" hand-knit turban hat

 

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

 

steps to creating a turban

 

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

thirsty thursday: Cranberry Cocktails for the Holidays

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grateful cranberry cocktail

 

poinsettia cocktail

 

pass the turkey cocktail

 

cheers to you!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENJOY!

 

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.

creative pumkins…can you carve?

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patriotic pumpkins

 

mickey & mini- supper cute!

 

playful pattern & awsome inside lighting

 

this is actually a pumpkin!!

 

all i can say it- ewww! (but very inventive)

 

It’s official- only 3 days till Halloween! Time to finish up those homemade costumes, and if you haven’t got it ready yet there are still 3 days to cram. What is one of your favorite Halloween traditions? We suggest pumpkin carving! It’s a perfect activity to showcase your creative talents and put them to good use…festive use that it. Here are some impressive inspirations for you to get started.

 

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!


jaclynn