Fashion Friday: Bold Gold

If you haven’t guessed already, this post is about gold jewelry. This is one of the hottest trends that was shown all over the runways and are now featured in every store in New York City. These gold pieces are just so perfect for the holiday season whether you are buying them for yourself or for someone else. There is something for everyone. Gold jewelry has always been classic, but today, designers have added modern touches on their pieces.

 

1. Tuleste Market is one of my favorite jewelry brands. They have some fabulous pieces that I just love! These gold rosette earring are so gorgeous. They will go with everything. They are $75 at TulesteMarket.com.

2. For an edgy look, I would go for this great cuff by Dannijo. How fabulous would this look with a LBD? Grab yours at Dannijo.com for $178.

3. Ever dreamed of being an Egyptian goddess? This Alexis Bittar choker is exactly what you need. This would also look amazing with a turtleneck (a winter staple). The choker is $375 at IntermixOnline.com.

4. When in doubt, go for a classic chain necklace. This piece is a an essential for every occasion and every season. It is so versatile that you will wear it over and over again. Kenneth Jay Lane is known for making amazing pieces such as this one. The necklace is $163 at Bloomingdales.com.

5. I love this little stack ring. It is one of those pieces that you will constantly wear because it will go with everything. The pearl and the rhinestones are a nice touch too. The ring is $29.99 at BananaRepublic.com.

6. Instead of a boring gold bangle, check out this one from Forever21. I love the chevron design! It is very “in” right now. This bangle will also loo amazing with other bangles stacked next to each other. The bangle is $7.80.

7. Last, I found this great necklace. This classic sphere necklace is extra special with the rhinestone detail. It reminds me of a piece in the past.The necklace is $88 at Madewell.com.

This post was crafted by Meredith from Inspector Snew

Fashion Friday: Fall Boots Splurge vs. Steal & Link Party

I’m so excited about my new column, “Fashion Fridays”. To kick off my first week, I am thrilled to have Meredith Asman as my guest for this week’s post. Meredith, began writing her blog, Inspector Snew, in February 2009. Inspector Snew highlights different fashion trends for each season with a wide range of price points from the ultimate diva to the thrifty fashionista. Meredith graduated from the University of Alabama in May and is now living in New York City to pursue a career in fashion. She is also my niece so I’m honored to have her Be sure to check out her site Inspector Snew. Take it away Meredith…

Boots are all the rage this fall. They are so helpful in keeping your feet warm from the snow, ice, and wind. Boots are super comfortable, and they are acceptable to wear in most work places. For today’s post, I have found three types of boots that are must haves for this fall. You can either splurge on a pair of boots, or you can get them for a steal! It all depends on your monthly or seasonal budget.

First, I found two great pairs of tall black wedges. I just love wearing wedge boots because they are not only comfortable, but they look great with jeans tucked in, or they look great with dresses and skirts with tights. They can be casual or dressy.

Splurge- Rick Owens for $1,895 at Saks

Steal- Lucky Brand for $219

I love lace up ankle boots. They are great for casual work days and running errands on the weekend. I love them with rolled up jeans and a simple tee with a sweater or with a girly dress and a jean jacket.

Splurge- Diesel for $320 at Ssense

Steal- Old Navy for $25

This fall and winter, you are going to need a great pair of rain boots. Not only are they essential for those rainy days, but they are perfect for walking in sloshy and slippery snow. When it gets super cold outside, buy some rain boot socks to keep your feel extra warm.

Splurge- Givenchy for $280 at Kima Zabete

Steal- Chooka for $89 at Dullards

 

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Top 10 Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

 

This past year has been a whirlwind for me working on a 400 recipe cookbook (and now promoting it), 3 very, very busy kids, the decline of my parents’ health and more. I have been so filled with multitasking that I spend the majority of the time not living in the “now”, but thinking (or worrying) about what is to come next. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about balance. How do you achieve it? How do you find that happy medium when you’re living in a very stressful time? I thought writing this post might help me get closer to the answers and, maybe, assist some others at the same time.

Ways to find Balance

1. Learn to say no-I say yes a lot, but have learned in business as well as with my kids, I need to learn to say “no” more often.

2. Focus on key tasks-I find myself having more distractions than ever with email, social media, my blog and large projects. I have learned that focusing on key tasks daily simplifies things for me.

3. Be positive-We’ve all have heard it time and time again: “Attitude is everything”. My yoga instructor once said to look at your day as you would look forward to a vacation. It’s all in our control to keep positive and to have a good attitude even in rough times.

4. Take care of your body-Try to eat healthy, drink a lot of water, and exercise regularly to achieve and enhance balance.

5. Get enough sleep-I find being sleep deprived is my worst enemy in feeling balanced. Getting more sleep helps me be better at everything in my life and in a better mood.

6. Find and make more “me” time-(I need to do this more without a doubt.) Whether it’s reading a book, getting a facial or massage or taking a nap, taking time for yourself is a key to finding balance.

7. Meditation-Studies show that meditating can help with stress, help you concentrate more and help you achieve balance in your life.

6. Laugh more-Laughing is a huge stress reliever and a great way to achieve balance when times are tough.

7. Go for a run-Running keeps me grounded, helps me relieve stress and helps me be more creative. A good run always makes me feel better.

8. Take up yoga-Yoga has been one of the top saving graces for me. It clears the mind, helps with concentration and works on the body and mind at the same time.

9. Hang out with friends-Whether it’s a lunch with friends or dinner out, stepping out of your everyday busy routine pays off in spades.

10. Vacation-I need more of these (and not to work on vacation), but a vacation is one of the best ways to get centered and recharge.