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A Love Story in Rose Gold Featuring Brilliant Earth

A Love Story in Rose Gold

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!



15 Ways to Feel Fabulous this Winter From Daxon

I’m definitely feeling the effects of this strange winter, going from wonderfully warm to feeling the chill.  If you’re starting to feel the effects of winter, including catching a cold (like I did), Daxon has provided the readers of Any Second Now with some tips on how to feel fabulous!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to clear out your Autumn wardrobe and make room for hats, coats and thick woolly scarves. Winter is well and truly in full swing, and as usual in the UK, we are feeling the chill!

Sniffles, colds, darker evenings, shorter days, the frantic rush of the party season – this time of year can really take its toll. So how can you keep your mood up and your body healthy?

Even if the weather is a little dull and dreary, it doesn’t mean you have to be too! We’ve come up with some great tips to stay fabulous during the cold season, sure to chase away those winter blues. Complete one tip a day for fifteen days and let us know just how great you feel afterwards!

And if you feel inspired to try shapewear, have a look at our slimming effect range!

15 ways to feel fabulous

FTC Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.

The “Uniquely You” ModCloth Challenge: Office/Out

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!

Vintage black dress

BB Dakota slim coat

Mary jane pumps

Turquoise pumps

Teal handbag

Wood jewelry

Studded jewelry

Beading earrings

Pendant jewelry

Wrap scarve

Where’s YOUR Miista?

I'll Tumble 4 Miista!

80s Record Party






As many of you already know by now, I’m a big fan of Miista shoes.  They have a great contest called WHERE’S YOUR MIISTA, and the winner receives free shoes.  You can enter as many times as you wish, just make sure you’re creative.  The competition is quite stiff out there, and there are SO many great pictures!  Here are my humble little additions, which prompted me to get some kind of 80’s music reference in there (yes, I had to include Depeche Mode, too).  That’s right, I’d tumble, somersault, cart-wheel and backflip for Miista!

Here’s how to enter:  WHERE’S YOUR MIISTA?

“To submit your entry: (1) open Instagram (2) search @miistashoes (3) follow @miistashoes (4) upload photo (5a) write awesome caption (5b) tag @miistashoes and #WHERESYOURMIISTA (6) get all your friends to like it, we could possibly be swayed by your popularity — but if you’re TOO popular we might think we need to give it to a needier, less loved follower, gotta find the sweet spot (7) wait patiently and pray every night to the patron saint of statement shoes (From Miista’s blog)”
(Contest ends May 31, 2013)

Mint Condition

Mint Condition
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!


 (Photo courtesy of Last.fm)

H m jacket
$48 – hm.com

Faux-fer flats

Val Tex by Miista

Envelope clutch

Essie Mint Candy Apple
$16 – liberty.co.uk

Forever New Karmen biker
$105 – forevernew.com.au

Leave The BOY Alone!

Leave The BOY Alone
I know I haven’t posted any outfits in a while, so I’m using Polyvore to post something I would definitely wear.  I love BOY LONDON, and just purchased a sweatshirt from ASOS (pictured below).  This brand was iconic in the 80’s and has recently made a resurgence.  I’m not sure why I didn’t buy any BOY LONDON while I was in London this summer, but I’m making up for it now.  Don’t be surprised to see me rocking something similar to this outfit on the blog very soon!

Forever 21 leather jacket
forever21.com (I own a very similar jacket, pictured here.)

Tartan skinny jeans
nastygal.com (I bought a similar pair on Loehmann’s for only $17!)

solestruck.com (I actually bought these from Envishoes.)

designhype London Tube Cuff
youngrepublic.com (I have this, and it is amazing!)

Swear rings
wendybrandes.com (I rock these all the time!)

Catarzi brimmed hat
asos.com (I bought one from H&M for only $12.95.)

Studded belt

La Marquise Glasses
bonlook.com (Just bought this pair & can’t wait to wear them!)

99% Is- Leather Choker

OPI beauty product
$18 – ry.com.au (My favorite color, Private Jet)

Question/Exclamation Mixed Stud Earrings – Silver – Wendy Brandes
wendybrandes.com (I will be getting these soon!)

Classic/Copy: Dr. Martens


I bought my first Dr. Martens in the early 90’s, when I had a decent paying job and I could afford a pair.  Although I wanted boots, I needed durable shoes for work.  I bought a pair similar to these 1461’s because I worked in construction management at the time, and just needed shoes that I could wear with khaki’s and shorts (our uniform in the field).

Now that I’m headed back to England this summer, I want a pair so badly from The British Boot Company in Camden Town.  I’ve been looking at the originals, but I love the twists on the classics, like the Triumph 1914 pair pictured above.  Although tempted, I vow not to buy a pair until I have the chance to get to the UK.  So in the meantime, I bought a pair by Nature Breeze that will satisfy the rugged look of Dr. Martens that I want (for less) until my travels this summer.  Have a great weekend!


Dr. Martens Triumph 1914
$150 – dmusastore.com

Nature Breeze Lug-12
$45 – shiekhshoes.com