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lotions + potions : #TheNewTribal

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

the summer goddess glow : #heartbraid

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happy & stylish heart braid

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

the summer goddess glow : #creamsicle

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summer goddess glow #creamsicle

We all know pink & red are the ways to play it safe with our luscious lips… and I don’t know about you, but the bright crayola colored lips are a bit too way-out-there for me to jump on that current trend bandwagon!

Needless to say I found a happy medium solution today!

So extra fitting, this soft creamsilce orange shade keeps the final lingering days of summer at the forefront of my smile.

lotions + potions : #Ombre

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It’s time to live on the edge. You’ve seen your girlfriends rockin’ the ombre nails. Now it’s your turn to stand out on the edge. (Or as this picture above on the cute side of the edge)

Here’s the step by step of how to do ombre, add your creative flare for an outline look.

 

the summer goddess glow : #LushLashes

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

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

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?

hottie of the week : #BabyDaddyBeauty

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Another lucky little baby girl brought into the world recently to a beautiful set of parents, the Tatums.

Congratulations for them – and all the little girls in you who are living their own real-life romantic fairy tales with proud (& hunky) daddies by their side!

lotions + potions : #ChalkboardNails

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

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

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the art of DIY reverse bleach tie dye for jeans

 

Sometimes mistakes are made to happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BEFORE: red FCUK skinny jeans

THE GOODS: elastics, gloves, denim

VOILA: checking out the bleach work

PATIENCE: dying time is key

MAKE A STATEMENT: #MoreIsMore

 

Keep life playful & remember the fun with #MoreIsMore!

-Sienna Ray xx

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are are ‘on trend’… are you?

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

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

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

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

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

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

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

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

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE PARTY?

revolutionary berries! (supper easy to make)

instructions:

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

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

Set them to harden on waxed paper.

 Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

nations b-day nachos!

instructions:

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

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

Top the nachos with salsa and sour cream.

who doesn’t like JELLO SHOTS?

instructions:

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

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

Stir till disolved

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

Once solid, slice and serve! emomum

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

NYC

Macy’s fireworks

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

HAMPTON

Tommy Hilfiger East Hampton Summer Kick-Off Event

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

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

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

Lisa’s Favs- 312style..so shoe me!

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

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

NYC Swagg with Denny Balmaceda

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

Denny’s World on tumblr ♥

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

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

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BEST

#5.

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

 

#4.

Miss Nicole fits the bill in a studded Versace gown

 

#3.

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

#2.

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

 

#1. DRUM ROLL PLEASE…..

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

 

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

#5.

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

 

#4.

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

 

#3.

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

 

#2.

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

 

#1. WORSTTTT

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

 

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

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

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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)

trendy tips (shoe porn): no heels…no problem

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Tory Burch "reva" ballet flats- brighten up any dull day (or dull outfit) with these sunny beauties

 

house of harlow 1960 "kye" flat- hell yea!!

 

mulberry hot fuchsia pointed ballerina flats- hot hot hot!

 

nicholas kirkwood metallic snakeskin oxfords- you'll feel like a BOSS in these babies

 

christian louboutin crested velvet loafers- classicly chic

 

lanvin diamond-printed canvas & leather high-top sneakers- urban goddess...if your gona wear sneakers, might as well be lanvin's right?

 

miu miu leather knee leather boots- the definition of winter fabulous

 

alexander mcqueen flat motorcycle bootie - what can i say? save the BEST for last ;)

 

Sometimes a girl just has to kick off those pumps and get real, get comfy, get into some flats! I know what your thinking- flats are not sexy at all…FALSE. If you know the right look that can compliment your outfit, we promise you will still feel like the sex kitten you are meant to be. There are flats for just about any look: formal, casual, and mostly importantly for this time of the year- cold weather. Take full advantage of wearing those designer flat boots, oxfords, and loafers. Sienna Ray has put together the ultimate guide for killer flats. Next time you are ready to walk out the door in pain from your pumps…just remember you have options. xo

 

trendy tips: traveling in style…[airport swag]

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

up up & away in style

 

 

HOT-liday Spirit Shoes

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

 

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

 

Aruna Seth cerise red satin heels- cute as a button

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

trend report: Psychedelic Furs that are FAB

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burberry prosum- a very "cruella de vil" vibe

 

roksanda ilincic- totally rad! (great color combo)

 

carven- i am craving it!

 

prabal gurung- pretty fabulous

 

emanuel ungaro- AHmazing

 

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

 

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: Remember…Hair is Your BEST Accessory

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one of the hottest winter trends- "blue black"

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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stack em up ladies!

 

party on!

 

a great watch is key

 

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

 

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

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

pieces to start your party

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

 

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

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let it rain!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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).

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

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black shellac long lasting manicure

 

shellac polishes come in a variety of stylish colors

 

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

 

celebs are loving the minx- Katy Perry

 

Ri-ri reppin a minx manicure

 

3 step process for Sally Hansen nail stickers

 

funky patterns & bright colors - Sally Hansen stickers

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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love layering with sequins!

 

perfect pieces for layering a dress

 

kick it up a notch- layering your pants look

 

the sweet and sassy look- layering a skirt

 

be a trend setter- fashionable & fun layering

 

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

 

fab finds friday: H&M Producing Adorable Perfection

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add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe

 

classic little black dress

 

spice it up with snakeskin

 

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

Feminine Friday: going gaga for vintage gloves

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lace white dressy gloves

playful white lace gloves

 

white gloves

soft crochet net vintage gloves

 

evening gloves

"old hollywood glamour" sleeved vintage gloves

 

Get ready ladies, everyone is going gaga for gloves! I’m not talking Michael Jackson (sequin disco balls) or Madonna (finger cut outs)…it’s all about the vintage visionaries. Inspired by style icons such as Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn, vintage gloves ooze feminity and charm.  Now that the cold weather is quickly approaching, time to bust out your  inner  “old Hollywood glamour”.  Perfect with your fav flowy dress, trendy winter cape, or cashmere sweater- gloves give you that little something extra. Whether your gloves are lace, knit, or crocheted there is a chic pair out there for you.

 

 

 

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

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

retails for $440

luxurious little pieces of 14K gold rings

effortless style

feminine friday: hair color for fall 2011

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There’s no doubt the fall weather is upon us. I’m sure your closets are stocked with luscious cashmere sweaters, beautiful scarves, and cozy mittens. The question is, is your hair (color) ready? Bleach blonde, fiery red ginger red, and chocolate brown were THE shades for the summer, but not so much for the fall. Take a look at these three “it” shades for the fall.

4 shades for fall 2011

perfect balance of ash and natural blond

toned down ginger

hazel nut brunette

well dressed wednesday: poolside charm

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last hoorah for the summer

I love dressing up for poolside parties. So many layers can be put on and taken off to create different looks!

well dressed wednesday: featuring Kayture

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This outfit was inspired by pebbles. They’re clean, white, and is strong and solid. The top Kayture is wearing is a white structured top. Her shorts are black which create a crisp contrast between the top and the bottom. I like the scalloped details because it gives the look a soft, yet clean edge. The Regal Sienna Ray bag is perfect for this outfit because we all know Sienna Ray is all about being luxurious from the outside in!

structured top and scalloped shorts

full outfit 

well dressed wednesday: denim fever

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dark color palette = sophistication

Chambray has been big this year. It has influenced many designers to use more denim in their design. Accessorizing denim could be tricky because the garment is usually already very bold in style. Try pairing your denim piece with dark colored accessories for an edgy, grungy, and sophisticated look.

well dressed wednesday: sunset beauty

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beautiful shades of a sunset

Regardless of which season it is, a sunset is always going to be beautiful. A sunset is romantic and warm. A neutral colored handbag adds warmth and class to any romantic look.

well dressed wednesday: pretty in pink

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Rock your pinks, oranges, and neons before the temperature drops, flowers wilt, and fall arrives. Pair a vibrant colored top with white bottoms. After all, white brings out the tan in every skin color!

less is always more

well-dressed wednesday: fashion two-way

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Do you wear boots in the summer and sandals in the winter? I’m only joking. Summer pieces look really chic paired with early fall items. Try a straw hat with a dark colored maxi dress, trench-like jacket, and chunky heels. A black handbag is versatile and can work any season, day or night.

talent tuesday: Shay Cunliffe, costume designer of because i said so

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Playing with paper dolls and Poly Pockets is the earliest nostalgic memory of mine pertaining to fashion. Three years ago when trying to foresee what I’d like to do after college, I had thought I would want to be a costume designer. However, I still do admire the work that costume designers produce.

Shay Cunliffe is a costume designer of some of my favorite movies: Because I Said So, City of City of Angels and  He’s Just Not That Into You. I love that she dressed both Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton in polka dot dresses.

a sweet and chic look

an empowering, fun mom in polka dots

 

well-dressed wednesday: bags to Fall for

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

introducing the capsule collection

must- have mustard bags

well-dressed wednesday: recreate Anouska’s look

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Today we’re recreating Anouska Proetta’s look. She’s a photographer and blogger from Dublin. She was voted Ireland’s most influential model. Follow her on twitter here.

leather fever

Sienna Ray Katie pleated boho in maple, T by Alexander wang blouse, Kelly Bergin leather shorts, CO-OP Barneys belt , and Lanvin shoes

well-dressed wednesday: jane aldridge, sea of shoes blog

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heart throbs for the suspenders

4th of july recap

loving the pup!

chunky heels are easy on the feet and eyes

Who: Jane Aldrige

What: Sea of Shoes, a very influential blog as it has followers from all ages, styles, and personalities.

When: launched in 2007 as a hobby

Why: She can carry out any look or trend. As exhibited, Jane can go from preppy americana to romantic. She has done some collaborated design work with Urban Outfitters Footwear and with Gryphon. I definitely am looking forward to seeing what becomes of the blog in the next few years!

well-dressed wednesday: Elizabeth Clark

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perfect hair

 

a classic summer look

her 22nd birthday outfit

Who: Elizabeth Clark

What: Chic Heroin, fashion blog

Where: Toronto, Canada

Why: A great mix and match-er who incorporates vintage, high and low price points in an outfit. She wears Ferragamo, Club Monaco, Zara, and of course, vintage pieces. A go to blog on how to top off a summery Zara dress with vintage jewelry, and a Ferragamo bag.

Chic Heroin by Elizabeth Clark

feminine friday: molly b bikinis swimwear

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The secret to rocking two piece bikinis? Confidence. If being confident means getting on the treadmill for 30 minutes everyday for a week, do it! Your body will thank you for the work. If tired of the gym, Self Magazine has some great, fun tips on how to burn calories, right at the beach!

also can be worn as a bandeau

 

a classic wardrobe staple

loving the scenery

Molly B bikinis on Etsy

well-dressed wednesday: Nikki Blasina

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loving the turban

jealous of her long legs

Who: Nikki Blasina

What: A Haute Mess, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog.

When: In 2010, A Haute Mess was named one of the Top 15 Fashion Blogs in Canada.

Why: Her sense of humor, point of view, and style of writing are very unique. A very personable and likable blogger. I also ADORE her love for turbans. I just got my first one last week and will be referring to her blog on how to wear/style these wonderful headpieces (no pressure here Nikki).

A Haute Mess by Nikki

accessory spotlight: handbags!

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

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

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

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

 


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