Countdown to NYE: Last minute dress finds!

Though I bought my New Year’s Eve party dress months ago, I’m well aware how, for many, all that Gift shopping may have pushed dress shopping a step down on the priority list. No need to freak out, o.k. maybe a little, we are less than a week away from the New Year’s celebrations… Here are some great choices for any kind of party, and budget. I do recommend that if you choose an online purchase, make sure to order ASAP and with Next Day delivery! Otherwise, go straight to the store and make sure you’re ready to buy. Think about the look you’re going for before hitting the mall and only try on those that fit the profile, this will avoid getting overwhelmed and leaving empty-handed. Enjoy the party and have a Happy New Year!!!

Peplum Sequin Dress
Bebe $79

Split Thigh Maxi Dress ASOS $96.75

Adriana Papell Macy’s $209
Tutu Dress
Asos $89.71

1920’s Style Flapper Dress
H&M $49.95
H&M $14.95
Jacquard Metallic Dress
Forever 21 $32.80

French Connection Bodycon Dress
Nordstrom $178

Wave Mesh Midi Bodycon Dress
Topshop $90

DIY Collar Brooch Necklace

During the Holidays, I’m taking some time off from work to enjoy my new home, the lovely company of my fiancee and dog, and do a little site-seeing. During my “staycation”, I decided to get back to my crafty roots and work on some DIY projects. Back in my college years I got into sewing, making jewelry and other fun little craft projects. Yesterday, I kicked off my renewed DIY-ness by making a replica of the Charlotte Olympia Pandora clutch. Today, I’ll show you how to Do it Yourself, and make a fabulous, antique-inspired Collar Brooch Necklace. Here’s how!

What you’ll need:

                                                      1. Chains in different sizes
                                                      2. Pendants (Clip-on earring can work as well)       
                                                      3. Glass, Metal & Jewelry Glue
                                                      4. Barrette style safety pins
                                                      5. Jewelry pliers
Take 2 or 3 different sized chains, (make sure they are different lengths, too) and connect them to each other and to one of the pendants, placing the chains from shortest to longest, from top to bottom.

Fill the back of the pendant with glue, and place the pin in the center.
Allow 24 hours to completely dry. 
Repeat on the other side.

Pin to the collar tips of any button up shirt or blouse and enjoy!

DIY Clutch

During Paris Fashion Week 2012, this Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex clutch was spotted and ever since stars and fashionistas alike have dared to bare all with it. It’s simple, daring and ever changing by just swapping the bag inside to match any outfit. Now here’s a thought: What an expensive plastic box! So, I decided to make one for myself. Just a few inexpensive pieces from a craft store, 15 minutes and I’ve got myself a trendsetting clutch!

Paris Fashion Week 2012
Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex Clutch
Retail Value $895

Do it yourself!
What you need…
Powerful permanent glue
Plastic box
Crown piece or topper of your choosing
Eco-Friendly Felt
Glue crown or charm and let dry for a max of 24 hrs
Insert pouch
Enjoy on a night out!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

If you’re anything like me, you want to give everyone on your gift list something special. I personally tend to give very thoughtful presents to friends and family, but sometimes it’s a challenge, especially when I remember that I have a budget to work with and I’m not a millionaire. So here are some gift ideas that fall well under $100, most of them are under $50. Maybe this can help this joyful time from becoming a stressful time. Remember, when shopping for gifts, be thoughtful, look for something that reminds them of you and  your relationship, and make sure it’s something that’s their taste or style. Nothing worst than being on the receiving end of a bad gift. Trust me, I’ve been there. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!!

Midnight Dangler Earrings – Pop of Chic $18
Infinity Love Set - product images
Infinity Love Set – Glam City Chic $39.50


Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster $49.50
Ciaté Caviar Mini Bar Set $29
Indego Africa Kuzinga Snap Clutch $48

Image 1 of ASOS Horseshoe Across Body Bag
ASOS Horseshoe Bag $32

Men’s Sealed Watch $85

Rumbatime Orchard Gold $45
Electronics / Techie Accessories

Nook Simple Touch $79
Signature iPhone Case - Green
Stella & Dot IPhone case $20
MICHAEL Michael Kors MICHAEL Michael Kors  iPad Case
MICHAEL Michael Kors iPad Case $48
Zooka Ipad Speaker $89
Wine lovers
Oslo 6 Bottle Wine Rack
Oslo 6 Bottle Wine Rack $44
Sophie Decanter
Sophie Decanter $22
Root of the Earth Wine Caddy
Root of the Earth Wine Caddy $39

Home Goods

     I chose these items with my closest friends and family in mind. I love you and miss you all! Feliz Navidad!!!