Shopping List Video | 5 Bracelets to Love from the Latest Virtual Lookbook

While pulling products to create the latest Virtual Lookbook for my client I ran across plenty of bracelet picks that I couldn't stand leaving behind. So, here we go. Check out five arm-candy favorites that I edited down from the larger list (now living in the StyleShaker Closet here)...

See something you like? Shop every bracelet featured in the video here:
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shop the Dannijo Oxidized Brass Plated Minetta Cuff
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shop the JENNY BIRD Jenny Cuff Bracelet
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shop the J.Crew Color Mix Bracelet
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shop the Iosselliani Faceted Agate Bangle Set of 5 in Green
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shop the Kelly Wearstler Single Sphere Bangle

Time for the quiz, it's true or false so don't stress. If you can answer 'true' to any of the below questions, click thru, sign up, and get started on your own style evolution...

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Check out today's list of fashion-focused favorites out there. Here's where I get to show some love, share what inspires me, and keep the momentum going strong...

1. Post-Kenzo show, street-style. So adorably, and comfortably ladylike. (source: www.trendycrew.com)

1 Street Style Kenzo Pic

2. The J. Crew April Style Guide 2013 makes the link list yet again, and this time because I'm slightly obsessed how they took that dress and made it beyond casual-cool.  (source: www.www.google.com/catalogs)

2 J Crew Catalog

3. meow...city kitty spotted. (source: www.whowhatwear.com)

3 Meow Street Style

4. You don't bathe in this suit, you work it in this suit. In, love. Courtesy of Ete. (source: www.modaoperandi.com)

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5. Inspiration via Madewell's Spring 2013 Catalog. Crazy about the I-didn't-try-too-hard-but-I-look-on-point look.

(source: www.www.google.com/catalogs)

5 Madewell Catalog

If five bracelets aren't going to cut it, then by all means, hit up the shopping mother load, otherwise known at the StyleShaker Closet. Click below to check out every favorite fashion find pulled from my favorite web shopping spots, and all living in this one fabulous spot:

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There's plenty more out there to get you inspired when it comes to redefining your personal style:

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See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Q&A | Les Amis Jewelry Dishes with The StyleShaker

It's time for a little 'Q' and a little 'A' from a favorite jewelry line of mine, Les Amis...

Meet Ami Doshi & Amisha Patel, the two friends, namesakes, and design duo behind the amazing jewelry line that redefines the term 'arm candy,' and doesn't stop there. ..The Les Amis collection  continues to serve up serious design with significant inspiration behind it each season. But don't take my word for it, this is all about their words. I asked, they told.

See what they had to say:

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1. Where did the name Les Amis come from?

Les Amis -It’s a little play on our names and an ode to the fact that we are friends as well (les Amis is friends in French).  We love that the name shares a little piece of our story, and portrays that the spirit of friendship is the basis of our partnership. It grounds us, and is a great reminder to us to work together as a team.

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source: www.neimanmarcus.com

2. What is your inspiration behind the line (especially those bracelets)?

We both share a love for travel and are often inspired by the beautiful things made by the people we come across. We found the Jadau beads on a sourcing trip to Mumbai and immediately knew we wanted to incorporate them into our private label. We are both familiar with Jadau and Meenakari jewelry – it’s a craft that is used to ornate a lot of traditional Indian jewelry. We both love the history, the gorgeous colors, the beautiful skill that goes into it, and were inspired to create jewelry that celebrates this craft that is both contemporary and modern.

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source: www.neimanmarcus.com

3. What makes Les Amis, Les Amis? 

Amisha and I bring a slightly different aesthetic to our jewelry. She has spent a lot of time in India, Africa and the UK, combined with my background in India and Singapore – we find ourselves creating jewelry that combines different cultural influences in a fresh way.  Also, our tag line is Shop Here. Give There. 10% of our net proceeds benefit the Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. Les Amis is committed to donating 10% of our net profits to this innovative organization.

GFC uses donations from its strategic partners, including Les Amis, to fund grants to community-based groups that work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

4. What are your favorites & why?

My favorites are the single bracelets. They look so pretty worn singly, and so striking when stacked – either in the same colors or in an assortment. The little Jadau center bead is so delicate yet it stands out. We have them in 15 different colors and sell them as singles and in sets of 4 on our website.

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source: www.shoplesamis.com

5. Tell me something I don't know about the line...

Our collection pays homage to the traditional Indian craft of Jadau jewelry.  Jadau, which means ‘Enameled & Engraved’ originally flourished under the Mughal Era (16 C) in India and is now the specialty craft of Jaipur, Rajasthan. 

Our Jadau accessories are handmade in lakh (a kind of wax), covered in copper and gold plated with 22k gold. They are decorated using natural pearls or semi precious stones in the Kundan tradition. The sides of the beads have been decorated in the traditional Meena Kari method which is the art of decorating metal with enamel. It involves decorating the surfaces of metals by attaching, or fusing colored glass powders, precious and semi precious stones. Before the introduction of claw settings for securing gems, stones were set in ornaments in the Kundan style by embedding stones in lakh and gold plating it. Meena Kari was often used to ornate the reverse side of such pieces so that both sides looked beautiful. 

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– Ami & Amisha @ Les Amis

Keep the inspiration coming and check out more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

The Hunt for Bracelets is Officially Over. Shop Our Top 10 Bracelets, You Won't Regret It.

Brace Yourself | Yep, I Went There. Check Out the Latest Shopping List. Meet Our Top 10 Bracelets

It's come down to this, bracelets, the arm-candy piece of the fashion equation, painstakingly narrowed down to the Top 10. When it comes to ensembles, the accessories, namely the shiny stuff, can polish off a look and add originality like nothing else.



My favorite thing about having a bevy of baubles at my disposal is being able to take a basic t-shirt-and-jeans look, and elevate it to something that stands out. Layering on bracelets in particular, reminds me of when I was little and up to my elbows (literally) in rainbow-colored string friendship bracelets. Ah camp memories. Nostalgic moment aside, check  out the all-grows-up version with the Top 10 shopping list below...


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The shopping is done for you. Now it's time to get some inspiration on how to wear the arm candy in question:



source: www.thestyleshaker.tumblr.com: 1. look 1 / 2. look 2 / 3. look 3 / 4. look 4 / 5. look 5 / 6. look 6 / 7. look 7 / 8. look 8


The top 10 bracelets are one thing. But during the hunt for these hand-picked pieces, we inevitably come across other serious prospects that may not may this list, but land themselves a coveted spot in The StyleShaker closet right here. Get a sneak peek of what's lining the jewelry box right now:




Bracelets, bangles, and baubles are just one trend to add to your Fall essentials list. See more trends and classics that answer the, 'what to wear,' question, how to wear them, and where to shop right here.

Product Review | Low Luv x Erin Wasson's Domed Cage Ring

The Latest Product Review Video has Arrived, and This Time I'm Talking Statement Rings

It's time for another product review post on-line shopping spree last week. What's on the docket this time around? Well, I love a good statement ring now and again, especially when the overall look and feel edges on masculine. But that's just a personal style preference. If you're like me, it's time to check out the ring in question. Meet the Domed Cage ring  from Low Luv x Erin Wasson, a favorite name of mine when it comes to all things jewelry. Did the love fest continue once I got this ring on my pretty little finger? First, the product shot (click to shop).

Check out the product review video right here and get all of my thoughts on the edgy statement ring:

So at the end of the day, when it comes to the product reviews, like I mentioned, there are four key points to The StyleShaker rating system on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the best). Here they are:
1. Shipping & Delivery: 5 (Shopbop.com manages to do this oh, so, well, every time)
2. Fit: 5 (I finally figured out my ring size, chart here, so this was a no-brainer)
3. Construction: 5 (no problems here)
4. Value:  4 (it's silver plated so at $45 I'm not overjoyed, but it's not killing me either)
Glowing product review right? Overall, this Low Luv x Erin Wasson ring gets itself a happy face. I'm kind of in love with it, can't you see the elation? Such a ham, I know. But playing with DSLR cameras can be so much fun. 

In the mean time, if you're still not sold on this statement ring or you're looking for something else a little bit closer to your style speed, see more of my edited down jewelry picks from the virtual shopping list here:

 

Check out more product reviews pulled right off of the shopping lists created to answer the, 'what to wear,' fashion question. Don't forget about figuring out how to wear these trends and picks, that's here as well.

The StyleShaker Week In Review | The Condensed Version

Where did the week go right? Hopefully it was a good one for you. For me, it was spent in the post-glow of my recent trip home to Nashville to see the fam.

In case you missed anything on the StyleShaker, now's the time to get the condensed version in the Friday recap. It always ends with a quote that hits home, and this time around, it's all about being ok with maybe, just maybe, not having a grand master plan. Trust me, on a personal level, I happen to love and confide in planning things out when it comes to my life, my business, and what I'm going to wear for the week. That said, sometimes you just don't know, and sometimes, it's ok to hang out in that space for a bit instead of forcing an answer. The 'push' that so many of us never let go of may actually not be getting us anywhere we actually want to be.

Do I advocate sitting on a couch all day and complacency? Hell to the no. But there are times in life, during the week, and maybe during this week, where just 'being' are enough. There doesn't always have to be a reason or plan, so with that, scroll through, read up, let go, and get inspired. Cheers.

Here's what went down this week:

1. Monday came and went with my review of Zara's red jacquard jacket...

2. Tuesday is a day for Love, Pamela Love and her amazing jewelry designs. I say designs, they're art. Let's be honest.

3. Remember that jacket I just gushed about on Monday? Right, well, the logical next step is coming up with ways to wear it:

4. Thursday. You've got to love a Thursday. The anticipation, oh, and my review of the latest shopping pick, J.Crew's 'Perfect' shirt in paisley...

5. It's time for an end of the week Zen Moment. Plan free, care free?

See more product reviews, emerging designer mush-fests, and hand-picked products that cover what to wear, plus how to wear them.

Meet & Greet | Pamela Love

I love discovering new names out there. There's so much talent that it's almost overwhelming to begin to approach, but having spent ten years playing in the ranks at one of the country's largest luxury retailers, looking beyond a label means something to me. The brand name is paramount to any designer, but so is the integrity behind what they create, and often times, those two concepts don't necessarily synch up. Pamela Love is not one of those cases.

Love is New York based, and has developed quite the following. You're about to see  why...

I stumbled across her work some time ago, but recently her name resurfaced after having watched the show The Fashion Fund (currently on hulu). It walks through the process CFDA candidates go through from nomination to win, and it is truly fascinating. Love, to me, really stood out within the group of brilliant designers as an artist, let alone with the pieces she created.

She lives and breathes what she creates, and the aesthetic stays true to who she is.  Not to mention, her jewelry is sick, in the best of ways. It's original, the price points are approachable, and most of all, it really is the definition of wearable art. Each piece is within itself a statement.

Time to show you the line up of all things by Love, to love:

1. I thought I'd start it off with something that screams originality. When  is the last time you saw something like this executed so well? I adore it and the Lookbook shot really brings things to life.

2. Statement necklace, redefined.

3. A ring I am drooling over. It's officially going on the shopping list.

4. Again with the statement necklaces. The details are so insane on this. Spoiler alert: you're about to see this pick coordinate with a look in tomorrow's How to Wear it post.

5. The pieces have an edge that I'm drawn to, and yet the details keep the look refined in an organic way. Not easy to do. Another spoiler alert, this ring is also a part of this week's How to Wear it look. I can't get enough of this stuff!

1. Pyramid Hand Piece (shop online: www.bonadrag.com)  2. Zellij Breastplate (shop online: www.bonadrag.com)  3. Red Jasper Mountain Ring (shop online: www.bonadrag.com)  4. Pamela Love Zellij Pendant Necklace (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  5. Pamela Love Cross Ring in Silver (shop online: www.shopgoldyn.com)

So, if you didn't know, now you know about Pamela Love. I'm truly inspired by her as a person and an artist. Looking forward to what she comes up with next.

See more emerging designers that are making me swoon right now and more edited picks to cover what to wear and how to wear it.