In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I was approached by fine jewelers, BrilliantEarth.com, to participate in their Personality Style Challenge. I chose to style the rose gold and diamond pieces as they have always been a favorite of mine (see a previous post here). I found an adorable dress on ModCloth with “fluttering hearts” in an organza overlay, but kept the shoes and purse fairly simple so that the jewelry could shine (although, that Aldo purse is pretty fantastic).
Brilliant Earth is a wonderful socially conscious company, who also supports sustainability. Founded in 2005 by Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg, Brilliant Earth is “devoted to cultivating a more ethical, transparent, and sustainable jewelry industry.” What this means is that they are dedicated to go above and beyond the current industry standards to ensure their diamonds originate from pure and ethical sources. They apply the same high standards to their colored gemstones, carefully tracking them to ensure they meet their standards of social and environmental responsibility.
Additionally, Brilliant Earth handcrafts all of their fine jewelry from recycled precious metals. On their site, they explain “dirty gold mining” which has a grim history. Their objective is to “diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold” by affecting the demand of newly mined precious metals.
Lastly, Brilliant Earth gives back by donating 5% of their profits to help communities who are affected by the jewelry industry. They promote growth and support initiatives designed to improve livelihoods and protect the environment.
Thank you Brilliant Earth for this lovely opportunity!
Recently, ModCloth invited a few bloggers to participate in their “Uniquely You” campaign on Polyvore. We were asked to style one of their favorite dresses, the adorable Committee Celebration Dress and the winner gets to be featured on ModCloth’s Polyvore page. I called my set “Office/Out” and I decided to style it two ways, showing the versatility of the dress. I love ModCloth, so it was easy to choose pieces to help this lovely little number go from day to night. I think this just gave me some ideas for a New Year’s Eve outfit!
I think it was love at first sight when I saw this skirt on ModCloth. It’s called the “Music In Me in Mix Tape” skirt, and I literally said, “I must have that!” I fell in love with the pattern, and the fact that is has pockets (skirts and dresses with pockets are the best things ever). I’m glad I bought it when I did because not only was it on sale, it’s now sold out. Hopefully ModCloth will bring it back somehow because it has quickly become my favorite skirt in my wardrobe, and I know so many would love this skirt. When I wore it to work, one of my co-workers said, “You definitely should have been born in a different era!” I admit I styled the skirt for this outfit to be retro, but I can also see this skirt in a more edgier outfit. But maybe he was talking about the fact that the pattern is cassette tapes, and everyone knows how much I love the 80’s.
Outfit – Burberry sweater (old); Bitten t-shirt (old); Retrolicious skirt from ModCloth (sold out); Rebecca Minkoff purse; Nine West shoes (old); Zekes Zipper Bangle from MimiBoutique (sold out); Michael Kors watch; Suki Bijoux and Wendy Brandes rings; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA; Unknown brand pan collar necklace and belt; Tambourine earrings made by my sister, Rholnna
(The title of this post is a line from the Depeche Mode song Photographic.)
When I bought this sweater, it immediately reminded me of my father and old pictures of him when he was in the navy. I decided to really do up the outfit and I came up with something that made me feel like a vintage sailor girl, circa 1920’s to 1940’s. Then my sister and I went out to Harbor Drive near Downtown San Diego, so that we could have pictures with The USS Midway in the background. It was a beautiful day, which really made the pictures even more like the ones in our dad’s old photo albums, especially with the sepia color. I miss my dad, and it’s nice when we can pay some homage to him in small ways.
Outfit – Hell Bunny sweater from ModCloth; Libertine for Target dress; Hanes textured tights; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; Fleur de Lis necklace (close up here), “Recoil” and typewriter rings by Suki Bijoux; Wendy Brandes ring; handmade bracelet given by my best friend Janice; La Marquise glasses by BonLook; unknown brand purse
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll see that I’m very taken by the color mint. It’s so fresh and perfect for spring. I was inspired by the very cute shoes from ModCloth and Miista, then took to Polyvore to create a casual set and a dressy set. I envision wearing either style with a pair of black skinny jeans so that the mint just pops (click the picture above, or the links below for all the buying information). I know it will seem like an unusal musical departure, but in the 90’s, I was very much into Hip Hop and R&B. I thought it was appropriate, given the title of this post, to include “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” by Mint Condition (click the picture below for the video). Enjoy!
I first saw these pretty Seychelles Ampersand shoes in royal blue (above) on Keiko Lynn (I love the outfit in her post here, although I did see her wear them previously). I gravitate towards anything blue, but I adored the chunky heel and the bow gave them just enough sweetness without going overboard. As you can imagine, they were sold out in my size on pretty much every site I tried to find them on. I then found an equally pretty, but darker pair by Bamboo on ModCloth last week called the High Resolution Heel in cobalt (below). I saw that they only had five left, but sadly discovered that none were in my size (you are in luck if you’re a size 5.5 or 6). Because the Bamboo version was just so sparkly and gorgeous, and most of the reviews gave them five stars for the fit and just the sheer attractiveness of the shoe, it sent me into a search tizzy trying to find that pair, or something similar.
Just my luck, I found something that was a bit of a combination of the two. It still had the chunky heel and bow, but in the darker blue and in suede instead of the glitter mesh. I was able to find this lovely pair on DSW by Betsey Johnson and it’s called the Maye Pump (below). Isn’t it amazing what you can find once you set your mind to it?
(Photo 1 courtesy of Seychelles; photo 2 courtesy of ModCloth; photo 3 courtesy of DSW)
In my hunt for what I wanted in a dress boot, I was looking for just a few things: simple silhouette, leather, slight platform, and a stacked heel. I got exactly what I was looking for with these awesome leather boots by Vince Camuto called “Laird”. I first found them for close to the actual price (originally $210). Out of all the boots I’ve looked at, it was a great price for what I was looking for. But through some digging and a little patience, I found them for over half off through Bloomingdales.com. They were already at a great discount for the holidays, but because I have a card there and receive lots of their deals through the mail, I was able to get these for a mere $108 (with free shipping). I absolutely love them!