Monday, December 23, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Guess what, pretty chicken wire is somewhat hard to find. I went on the lookout and ended up getting impatient so opted from some gardening fence in a grid from the hardware store. Since I wanted a sort of artistic feel to the "piece" I used some of the netting from some of the bird traps that I bought from Brimfield as well. Harder to work with than I thought, I wouldn't do it again haha... but so I was able to come to an end result that I was pretty pleased with and actually functions as a decent jewelry holder.
Things I used: Older Picture Frame (cleaned), Gardening Fencing, Strong Industrial Stapler/Staples, Wire Cutters, Old Bird Netting (cleaned)
Monday, December 16, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Today is the 5th day of 5 fabulous days of giveaways! Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Gemvara's new pop up boutique on Newbury Street, thanks to the beautiful Elissa of Style Wire. I was so very fortunate to have won a very generous gift to Gemvara and had an idea! I am always benefiting from blogging, whether it's by meeting new people or getting great things. Blogging is da bomb. So I emailed my contact at Gemvara and I said, hey what about I share my gift from Gemvara with one of my readers? They loved the idea and here we are on day five, with an awesome giveaway from Gemvara!
There are so many beautiful offerings from Gemvara, all of which are totally the stuff that dreams are made of. One of my favorite things on the Gemvara website is the Evil Eye Pendant Necklace. It's not just the sparkly jewel and sassy silver but also the story behind the evil eye pendant (it's said to ward off evil aka evil eyes aka those mean girls). Since you can customize your Gemvara jewelry with any of a number of gemstones, precious and semi-precious, I decided to get the London Blue Topaz accent on the sterling silver setting and chain... and guess what? I got one for a lucky Prim and Propah reader too! I think this is an awesome necklace and hope you do too!
Isn't this necklace totally swoonworthy? I can't wait to be twinsies with one of you and our Gemvara necklaces. We will share the memory together forever! haha a flare for the dramatic, I know! I am just really excited about offering one of you the opportunity to win something sparkly at this frosty time of year!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Day Three suckas and it brings us lots of sunglasses! Have you ever heard of Giant Vintage Sunglasses? If not, you have been missing out. I first discovered them last year on Vault and have since purchased up to 10 new pairs of Sunglasses from them. Since I happen to love different styles of sunglasses, you know, to suit my mood, it only makes sense to choose affordable versions over the way too expensive options. Giant Vintage is perfect for the ever changing desires as far as your protective eye wear is concerned. They have so many different styles, from vintage inspired to current frames, you can literally spend an hour perusing their pages upon pages of sunglasses. What are some of my current faves, you ask? Check it.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
- "Holidays are for Martinis" Print, AmandaCatherine Design, $15
- No Bump Hair Ties, Oh Buoy Boston, $10
- Perfectly Plaid Button Earrings, Ivy Lane Accessories, $4.95 Sequin Hanger with Clips, Pearls and Pastries, $13
- Crochet Cup Cozy, Salem Style, $5
- Houndstooth Clutch, Sew Sarah R, $35 Wool Black Traditional Holiday Plaid Skirt, Preppy Pink Shop, $69.99
- The Secret Garden Book Clutch, P.S. Besitos, $83.76
- Gold Lobster Bangle, Simply Chic 93, $16
- Newbury Street" Boston Photo Card , Dear Friend Shop, $5.50
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It's a take on A Christmas Carol that I can actually stomach (A Muppet Christmas Carol is my next fave adaption) and the man and I both love this movie, which is saying a lot. We sometimes agree on movies in general, but Christmas movies, now there is little overlap there. I think it's that we both have a affinity for Bill Murray, Bobcat Goldthwait is really very funny in this movie and it's usually a welcomed change from the sugar sweet mush that is on ABC Family non-stop until Christmas (most of which I'll watch anyways).
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
,Threshold Windham Accent Cabinet in Yellow, IMAX Cat Bookends, Nate Berkus™ Elephant Tealight Holder, Uttermost Meena Clear Glass Table Lamp, WovenWorkz Betsy Woven Throw, Howard Elliot Ceramic Vases in Cobalt Blue Glaze, Lulu and Georgia Botanical Vase, Caldrea Citron Ginger Kitchen Candle
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
I had initially planned on spending a little bit of time and then heading out to get some Chipotle but my plans changed when I saw all the fantastic jewelry, the handbags and the clothing, not to mention the huge selection of shiny, sparkly watches. I really don't wear that many bracelets or watches for that matter but all it took was for me to try on one watch and then one bracelet then all hope was lost for me. I ended up starting a serious arm party by the end of the night, and left wishing I had just gotten one more bracelet.
Want to see what I left with?
On me: Georgia Three Hand Leather Watch, $75, Ball Shot Bracelet in Silver, $38, Dainty Disc Wrap in Blue, $28 On the man: Grant Cronograph Stainless Steel Watch in Smoke, $145
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The 9 to 5 has blurred and today people need modern technology to find balance. From the home to the office, and especially on the go, people all around the world are working differently than the past. This is where the new Microsoft Office 365 comes in. Have you ever heard of the Microsoft SkyDrive? Well, let's just say that you can access your documents and photos from anywhere, whether it be your laptop, your tablet of your smart phone. It's my fave. When I am on the go, I can start that blog post using my phone, which is smart and efficient. I won't forget my inspiration and can jot down any ideas that streamed through my brain (without losing them, yay!). Similarly, let's say I have a great DIY idea but I need to run to the craft store. I start a blog post in Word (yes, there is a template and you can link to your blog) with a rough idea of what I am looking to do. Once I am at the store, I can just whip out my phone and remind myself what I am looking for. If you have the type of memory where you don't need visual cues, then you are one lucky person ;-)! But this is why I love the SkyDrive, with me at all times (as long as I don't forget my phone!)
Monday, November 11, 2013
This post brought to you by ANN INC. CAREERS. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I was told the Ann Taylor and LOFT had a new app, I have to admit that I was most definitely interested. I mean, I love me some LOFT big time and if they had an app, I’d at least check it out. It’s not a shopping app as you would initially think it is but rather it is an app that helps you put your Best Foot Forward (or BFF) in your career and fashion.
I downloaded the app on my iPhone through iTunes though it’s available on Google Play as well (for Free!). I was on my way. Want career advice from the top folks at ANN INC.? Interested in what trends bloggers are calling out? Want to upload your own trends? Interested in career opportunities at ANN INC.? Well, this app has all sorts of interactive ways that you can keep track of your favorite mantras, job postings and settings. It’s like the BFF’s of apps, get it?
I was really impressed at the fact the ANN INC. (ANN INC. is represented by two of the leading women’s specialty retail fashion brands in North America: Ann Taylor and LOFT) chose to do something like this. Not a shopping app but an app that helps them reach out to their demographic in a different way. My favorite part of this app are the mantras. I am a big fan of good quotes and things that keep you motivated because we all need something to keep us motivated, am I right? It's just a cute way to keep us engaged and for me, it works.
I like this idea. I like the app. For me it's a great addition to what I already consider to be an awesome company with great brands. To me, it's an attempt to engage with the people who love them and that is pretty darn awesome.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MiniCure has a gorgeous pale pink designed to support the Ellie Fund Do Good Campaign’s effort to battle breast cancer. All net proceeds from the nail polish bottles will go towards the campaign. *The Ellie Fund is a non-profit organization that provides things such as groceries, nutritious meals, transportation to medical appointments, childcare and housekeeping all free of charge for over 500 breast cancer patients and their families across Massachusetts every year.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
So last night was my first Sara Bareilles concert. My friend Alicia had grabbed two tickets to her October show at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, MA and asked me to come. In all honesty, a month ago, I only knew Love Song, King of Anything and her new one, Brave... because they play them on the radio stations that I listen to. Alicia lent me her copy of the newest DC, The Blessed Unrest, and I legit listened to it on repeat for the past month in preparation. You know, so I wouldn't be sitting there with a blank stare on my face while everyone else was oozing excitement (which they were).
Alicia gushed leading up to the show. Oh, Sara is so talented. Oh Sara is so funny, she tells stories and is just hilarious. Sara is gorgeous and so on and so forth. Alicia has a self proclaimed girl crush. After listening to the CD, I had my favorite songs and was prepared to mildly enjoy the show. Truth be told, I didn't really feel that great so wasn't stoked about staying up late for a concert... but that all changed when we got to The Orpheum. The Amanda who said "I hate opening acts" turned into the Amanda loving Harper Blynn, Sara's opener. The Meh feeling I had turned into complete adoration of Sara Bareilles. Everything Alicia gushed about was completely spot on. She was effing amazing. So talented, hilarious and gracious with an audience that I found annoying at times (stage rushers ugh). I am a total Sara Bareilles convert and will be first in line next time Sara is in town. Moral of the story? I need to be more open minded about music. There are pretty amazing artists out there that I need to experience.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Every girl needs the following items for Fall: A Transitional Coat ...My pick? This Oasis Drape Coat in Creme provides enough warmth to keep you on the go but not so much bulk like we need in the Winter. A pair of skinny jeans or jeggings because there are riding boots that need to have pants tucked into the. I am loving the denim jeggings at Very. A Backpack... we love to be out an about with Fall activities and this girl likes to carry a lot of business with her. This ASOS Backpack Tartan is my favorite and on trend for Fall in plaid print. A Printed Dress ... to wear to occasions. You have to wear a dress sometimes, even in the Fall. A nice print in Fall inspired colors is a great staple for work and for play in the upcoming months. I just scored this 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Animal Print Dress... And like I was mentioning before, there is nothing more exciting than taking out your Riding Boots in the cooler weather. They are fabulously easy to wear but also chic at the same time. Love love love the River Island Leather Contrast Knee High Boots. Something Sparkly, hey gotta be a girl! My friend Elise gifted me a pair similar to these Kate Spade sparkly stunners as a Bridesmaid gift and I think these bad Larries are going to be a nice staple in my Fall wardrobe.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The story of the Lokai bracelet began in founder, Steven Izen 's Freshman year of college, on a beach with his family and friends, Steven thought about how fortunate he was to be there. Just a few days earlier he had learned the difficult news that his grandfather, lovingly known to him as “Papa,” had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.The experience of such joy and sadness so close together got him to thinking: life is circular, and throughout your highest highs and lowest lows, it’s important to always remain balanced. The lokai bracelet is Steven’s way of sharing that message with the world - a constant, wearable reminder to lead a balanced life, staying humble through the highs and hopeful through the lows.
When you receive this bracelet, there is a "Mad Lib" of sorts about paying it forward. It's an encouraging addition to an already encouraging message. I instagrammed my message to share with my friends and family. When my husband threw me a surprise birthday party, I felt so loved and appreciated. My good friend Alicia turns 30 today (Happy Birthday Alicia!) and we are going to Hibachi like there is no tomorrow to celebrate her milestone birthday. Someday, perhaps Alicia will plan something special for someone else, paying it forward... it's all about keeping the love flowing and moving forward. I love the message so much that I am sharing it with you obviously.
Steve has offered to bestow this same gift on someone who wants to be reminded to find their balance by wearing a Lokai bracelet ($18 value). Do you want to win a Lokai bracelet for yourself? Comment on this post letting me know that you either Like Lokai on Facebook, Follow Lokai on Twitter or both. That's it! I'll choose a winner random, this time next week! *Must be following Lokai to be eligible.