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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 : #BirdsOfAFeather

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toucan inspired nails #birdsofafeather

..well the parrot is the queen of mockery. And we all know a little copy-cat action is the finest form of flattery!

Loving the color combo here, with a side twist of art deco and voila you’re weekly nails-to-get-noticed are ready to go.

 

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?

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!

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

Sienna Ray Admires: Kaylee Johnston

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My name is Kaylee Johnston, up-and-coming electro pop singer. I write all of  my own material and I’m currently working on my debut album. It’s Influenced by spirited females such as Heart, Joan Jett, Robyn, and Lady Gaga, my sound is up beat, fresh, and iconic.

My Sienna Ray bags are the perfect accessory for my busy life. Aside from the obvious items (cash, credit card, and keys), I never forget to bring a bold MAC lipstick shade and fav Barkleys organic mints. You’ll also find a little ziplock full of almonds floating around in there somewhere.

‘I have two Sienna Ray bags and I couldn’t tell you which one I love more. I have a light yellow leather bag that is really comfortable to wear, and I usually wear it on sunny days. My other bag is white leather with black salmon skin detail… this one is my go-to bag for late nights and good times!’ – Kaylee Johnston

Check out her music here xo

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

… 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

Tribeca Tuesday: Film Festival submissions start today!

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For all of your aspiring videographers, actors, directors and producers TODAY IS YOUR DAY! Submissions are now open for the 2013 Treibeca Film Festival taking place April 17-28, 2013. As usual, the Festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short films, in both the narrative and documentary categories. The festival was inaugurated in 202 by actor Robert De Niro to bring together the actors community and inspire the future of the film industry.  Come April, the TFF is the star studded place to be! 

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.

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

Friday afternoon in the Flat Iron @ the infamous shake shack ♥

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Even though it is officially “fall” it feels like a hot summer day on the streets of NYC, 90 degrees and counting! NYFW is in full swing…if you catch yourself between shows, why not threat yourself to a local guilty pleasure? Friday afternoon in the Flat Iron @ Madison Square park is the place to be. Enjoy this HOT HOT HOT afternoon indulging in some shake shack delights.  Just one thing…prepare for that line!

Happy Friday! 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

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

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

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

 

THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT

Crafted Tassel Bikini – ITS ALL ABOUT THE FRING!

Shimmi- gotta love strings & neon

Nora Kamali- figure flattering suit that works WONDERS

Milly- fun prints are HOT this season

SASSY COVER-UP

DVF- floor length plunging neck YUM

Mulberry romper- fun & playful

JCrew- sexy beach skirt

PARTY DRESS

ASOS- cheer top dresses are IN

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

SHOES!

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

Valentino wedges- how can you resist?

ACCESSORIES

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

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

Oasis multi bangles- get your arm party on!

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

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

BEAUTY

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

MAC refined golden brozner- we never leave home without it

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

Maybelline Falsies mascara- fake eyelashes not needed

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

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

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

Flo Rida- the full album from itunes will not disappoint

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

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

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

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we love america

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

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

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

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

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

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE PARTY?

revolutionary berries! (supper easy to make)

instructions:

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

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

Set them to harden on waxed paper.

 Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

nations b-day nachos!

instructions:

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

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

Top the nachos with salsa and sour cream.

who doesn’t like JELLO SHOTS?

instructions:

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

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

Stir till disolved

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

Once solid, slice and serve! emomum

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

NYC

Macy’s fireworks

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

HAMPTON

Tommy Hilfiger East Hampton Summer Kick-Off Event

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

NJ

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

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

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 ♥

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

sweet spring picks! (the essentials for 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trendy Travels

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

Favorite Fashions: 2012 Grammys

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Rihanna- damn yousa sexy b****! elegant & sexy at the same time in Giorgio Armani

 

Gwyneth Paltrow takes the stage in Stella McCartney- lovedddddd

 

Taylor Swift- normally I would not add her to my best dressed list BUT she looked AH-Mazing in Zahair Murah couture

 

Kelly Rowland- absolutley STUNNING in Alberta Ferretti

 

Alicia Keys- sophisticated & chic in Alexandre Vauthier- PERFECT styling...hair, makeup, accessories, and shoes = 100

 

I am NOT a fan of Jessie J...but I AM a fan of Julien McDonald

 

Corinne Getty- LOVE me some Christian Siriano

 

Adele- she looked like a sparkling goddess in Armani , not to mention her amazing hair and makeup

 

#1. WORST

Anne V- one wrong move from this Victoria Secret model and her whole Va-jay jay will make a guest appearance. We know you have a hot bod...but, really?

MISSED ;(

gaga- we missed you boo!! the red carpet was just not the same, I'm sure you had your reasons xoxo

All of my ladies dazzled in chic nudes, classic blacks & bits of sparkle. The topic of the night was of course Huston ♥ Nikki made a strong statement performance (and not my best dressed list) AND Gaga- we missed you on the red carpet boo!

Ode to the Ombre: Newest Nail Trend

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designers are taking advatnge of this new trend

 

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

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

5 BEST FASHION COLLABS FOR 2012! (these are a must read)

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#5.

Seophora exclusive nail laquer stickers by OPI

Up your nail-art game! We are obsessed with these artsy stick on options. Just when we thought we have seen it all-along comes Sephora with their totally rad entry into the category. The new Sephora by OPI Trend Tips are the same trusty old nail polish strips we’ve all come to know and love, but in an amazing array of super-cool new patterns. (much more variety & better quality then Sally H.)

 

#4.

genious designer Jason Wu for Target!

Next month, Jason will debuts his 53-piece “gamine chic” collection for target, a very tightly edited collection compared to the 500 missoni pieces that took target by storm. The goods look pretty cool, with a certain ladylike appeal to match that of Wu’s very pricey main line, and the prices are certainly cheap ranging from $30-60. CANT WAIT!!!

 

#3.

Maini for H&M= MAGIC!

Versace relaunches line for H&M...i smell sucess?

H&M is on fiyahhhh! They just announced its next designer collaboration will be with Italian fashion house Marni. The Swedish retailer caused global hysteria earlier this month when the Versace for H&M line went on sale, and its earlier collaborations with high-end brands such as Lanvin and Sonia Rykiel have been just as successful. It will be available in 260 stores worldwide and online as of March 8, 2012. Will you be buying? 2012 will also see the release of a second round of designs from Versace creative director Donatella, whose Fall 2012 sold out in just half an hour in some stores. Fans of the collection can start preparing for the launch of the Versace for H&M cruise collection. Last week a spokesperson for H&M confirmed Donatella’s Spring pre-collection will be available January 19, although only in countries where H&M has an e-commerce site such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Get your credit cards ready!

 

#2.

Oscar de la Renta for Beats by Dr. Dre

gime gimie gimie!!

Oscar de la Renta just released a set of luxe headphones in collaboration with Dr. Dre, which we are extremely excited about. The Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are covered in silver fox fur and of course, PETA has something to say about it. They sent a letter directly to Dre asking him to keep fur and exotic animal skins out of the product. Dre & Oscar haven’t made any comments about it yet- but lets just say I hope they stay just the way they are.

 

#1.

artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with the late graffiti artist Stephen Sprouse in 2001 was probably the most exciting thing to happen to the monogrammed bag since the invention of the alphabet!  Their newest collab with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who’s known for her red-and-white polka-dot art, might be just as brilliant. What fashionista doesnt have a soft spot for a little Lewy? Her spots will appear on LV products ranging from bags to clothing to jewelry this summer (though don’t plan on finding them on the Fashion Week runways in February)

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

 

trend report: Psychedelic Furs that are FAB

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burberry prosum- a very "cruella de vil" vibe

 

roksanda ilincic- totally rad! (great color combo)

 

carven- i am craving it!

 

prabal gurung- pretty fabulous

 

emanuel ungaro- AHmazing

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

thirsty thursday: Lychee Martini Madness!

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loving the lychee

Are you tired of paying $15 bucks  for a drink at those trendy restaurants and bars? This drink is refreshing, Asian-inspired, and sure to impress your guests or that someone special. Have you ever tried a lychee martini? If not you are  missing out! This sweet (and powerful) cocktail is much stronger then it sounds. One of the most important characteristics of this cocktail is the sweet fragrance and flavor of the lychee. A good lychee martini should smell and taste like lychee.  Here is a supper simple recipe for you to try:

ingredients:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 fluid ounce white cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce lychee juice (from a can of lychees)
  • 1 lychee, for garnish

Steps:

  1. Place ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and lychee juice. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the cocktail shaker has frosted.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with a lychee fruit.

Enjoy your drink!

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.

Get Out Your Nike Gear- The NYC ING Marathon is Here!

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the race runners

 

three cheers for you!

 

the thrill of the finish line

 

Throw on your stretchies and Nike gear- it’s all going down this Sunday, November 6 starting at 8:30am. The ING New York City Marathon is one of the world’s largest great road races, attracting more than 100,000 applicants annually. The marathon course goes through some culturally diverse neighborhoods, crosses five bridges, and finishes in world-famous Central Park. (yikes! that’s a long run) More than two million spectators flock the sidelines, cheering for the runners the entire way- what an amazing accomplishment. If you are not the “running” type no worries! The marathon has live entertainment, cheering stations, and a great way to tour NYC.

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.

 

 

 

musical monday: Untapping the Underground Scene with CSS

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brazilian rockers

 

css making a loud statement

 

wacky neon & bold fashion

 

Css is an abbreviation for Cansei de Ser Sexy, which literally means, “got tired of being sexy.” This Brazilian rock band from São Paulo is labeled as part of the explosive “new rave” underground scene.  Their catchy electronic hipster songs are in both English and Portuguese. The cool story behind their name was actually inspired by a quote from a Beyoncé song, who allegedly declared that she was “tired of being sexy.” The bands funky style and fierce spunk seem to be getting a lot of attention in the fashion world.  During a trip to Paris I heard this awsome runway song on a TV fragrance commercial and was DYING to know who the artist was. Chloe featured CCS’s “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” in their fragrance add! Not only is this song amazing, but also their whole album has a very different sound…CSS is not afraid to express themselves through their style.

thirsty thursday: Relax Rooftop Style, Enjoy the View!

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enjoy the amazing view- surrounded by beautiful people

 

filled with chic décor

 

empire rooftop is the place to be

 

The first thing that pops into my mind when Thursday arrives- the week is almost over and I need a cocktail! Going out on the weekends is so over rated,…and over crowded. “Thirsty Thursday” is the perfect night to meet with friends and unwind, why not do it rooftop style? The trendy chic Empire Hotel located on the upper west side is a spot where beautiful people sip delicious cocktails and take in the amazing view.  How great is the view might you ask? Overlooking Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, and the Hudson River-Empire Rooftop is the place to be.

 

 

celeb sighting: Royally Rad “medusa” for Sienna Ray (Pippa Middleton)

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royal family pippa

royally regal pippa middleton

 

large handbag

carry all "medusa" doctor bag- it fits everything!

 

Stunning and regal Pippa would look amazing in Sienna Ray’s “medusa” doctor bag in cocoa.  Who wouldn’t want a large carryall with delicate charm?  Sophistication and discreet style make this handbag a must for women who carry their life in one place at all times! From the royal castle to a shopping trip- “medusa” has you covered.

Sienna’s Stories : “Steven P. Jobs, a visionary.”

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Our lives are forever changed & enriched by the products continually produced by Apple.  Of course Apple products may not belong on the same pedestal of water, oxygen and other nutrients necessary for life…  Nonetheless, in my mind they fall to a very close second or third. (Not to mention the fact that I received an iMac in grade school which I then to my delight upgraded several times.)

Steve Jobs has changed the world of technology forever. Ten years ago, in October of 2001, Apple introduced the iPod. The concept of a music player had been done before. Technical associates, salespeople and research analysts all had commented that the price Apple decided on was the worst decision ever and that it would go, nowhere. Two years later the same comments were made about the iTunes music store and paying for virtual music files. As we all know now, not only were these successful ventures, but the predecessors for so much more (including for many other copycats).

Many tend to overlook his past projects, or were not around when these events took place. Steve pioneered the process of placing advanced forms of technology into the hands of people to use in their everyday lives. Apple may not be branded a PC but it was the first and most user friendly “personal computer” to ever exist. Apple continued to first develop their line of desktop computers with innovative varieties then turned to laptop computers, to handheld. However, that is too simple a statement for the transformation all these ventures had on the world of technology. (Pirates of Silicon Valley, a great story of Steve Jobs & Bill Gates).

 

As he leaves us, he managed to impress us once more with the boundaries he breaks with each update. Many do not realize how revolutionary the soon to be released iPhone update is.  Just as in the past, people spoke negatively of the possibility for the iPhone to possess Siri. Which according to Apple, is “the intelligent assistant that’s there to help. Just ask. Ask Siri to make calls, send texts, set reminders and more”. The Siri will instruct your iPhone to perform tasks with just the sound of your voice. THIS WILL MAKE LIFE SO EASY! (I thought he had already made it as easy for us as he was capable of, especially with walking  GPS apps!)

It takes people like Steve Jobs to really go in and change things, to make things happen. Not to worry, he has built a great team of successors, I still expect great things from Apple.

Sienna Ray xx

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.

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

travelled thursday: apple picking

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

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

where Ben and Jerry's originated

the great (also my second home), Massachusetts

gems in Washington

North Carolina beauty

modern monday: vitamin in a cap

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Staying healthy has never been easier. There is a plethora of supplementary pills, vitamin waters, fruit smoothies and juices all over the market. I recently stumbled upon Activate drinks. Now Activate not just your ordinary vitamin beverage.  The caps store active ingredients. The vitamins are found to be more nutritious when stored separated from water. Here’s a look at this fancy product.

in a variety of flavors

enticing product and packing as well!

Activate drinks

travelled thursday: london’s retro sweets shops

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

Click on the images to learn more about each store.

any sweet tooth's heaven

hand made chocolate in whimsical forms

the cupcake craze

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talent tuesday: fashion’s night out 2011

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

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

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

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

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

FNO 2010

FNO 2011

modern monday: modern dining etiquette

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3 important factors to good etiquette: phone, social graces, and conversation topics. Boarding school nailed proper dining etiquette into my head that sometimes my friends make fun of me for being such a goodie two shoe. However, I still think dining table etiquette is still important and relevant in 2011. My friend was just out on a date and her date would not put his phone down, such a turn off. Read this great article by Asia Tatler before going out to dinner with your significant other’s parents for the first time or going on that important lunch interview. It may seem boring but you might want to thank me after!

gorgeous table from pottery barn

travelled thursday: devoto house, argentina

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gorgeous exterior

easy on the eyes accents

amazing pool

screams fun

What’s your dream house like? Is it modern, sophisticated, warm and homey, or … is it more about living with people that you about and cannot live without?


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