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A BLING FLING WITH J CREW AND A SUPER SALE FOR SUMMER

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - June 14, 2017

It has finally warmed up here in the north east and it has started to actually feel like summer. With sunshine and warm temps I have been feeling like I need a bit of a refresh

It has finally warmed up here in the north east and it has started to actually feel like summer. With the sunshine and warm temps I have been feeling like I need a bit of a refresh. A new hair style could beo the horizon, and maybe a new makeup look? But a super easy way to add a little refreshing bling in to your life is picking up a bauble or two.

Regular readers of my blog know that I have been wanting to add more jewelry to my fashion wardrobe. So when I popped in to J Crew the other day and was not quite in the mood to try clothes on, I focused my attention on accessories instead, and I am so glad I did.

The tortoise shell pattern charms give it a Chanelesque feel and makes it look more expensive then it is

I made a beeline for the sale section where I came across this Bauble Cascade necklace. It retailed for $98.00 and was marked down to $54.99 with an additional %30 off. And now online it is even less with an extra %40 off the sale price. I can tell you this piece is gorgeous in person. Can’t wait to pair with my favorite white tee.

And then I spied this charm style Tortoise Disc necklace. The tortoise shell pattern charms give it a Chanelesque feel and makes it look more expensive then it is. I bought this full price at $32.50 but this is super affordable so I was more then willing to fork over the cash, maybe a little too willing. And this is also cheaper online as it is now %25 off with code Fresh Picks. Grrr. Maybe I should do all my shopping online!

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A Rebecca Minkoff cross body and Ted Baker wallet in lavender and pink, bring on summer!

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - April 3, 2017

Spring is officially here, though it may not feel like it at times. But rest assured in another month or so it will be time to finally shed the winter coats, boots and black bags for maxi dresses, sandals and pastels. I bought this bag last year at a Rebecca Minkhoff event I attended through the New City Style Collective.

Spring is officially here, though it may not feel like it at times. But rest assured in another month or so it will be time to finally shed the winter coats, boots and black bags for maxi dresses, sandals and pastels. I bought this bag last year at a Rebecca Minkhoff event I attended through the New York City Style Collective. The event was wonderful; filled with bloggers, influencers, champagne, photo ops and shopping. So of course I did indulge, and I picked up this bag and a lovely bow-tie blouse.

The event was held last fall and this being a spring bag, as you may have guessed it was on sale. I got quite the deal on it. I took this bag with me to Florida and it was perfect for walking around sight seeing and shopping.

as this is a cross body bag it is not huge so right before my trip I bought this pink mini wallet from Ted Baker. And I am so glad I did, an excellent choice for a on the go wallet.

It felt so good to be in the warm sunshine and getting to wear summer clothes and use this oh so chic bag for the first time. I just loved using it. It is easy to open an close, big enough for my phone which I kept in the back slot on the outside of the bag and this is with it being zipped up in this cat pouch which I got in Paris last fall, plus a wallet, sunnies and this mini shine spray from Oribe.

And as this is a cross body bag it is not huge so right before my trip I bought this pink mini wallet from Ted Baker. And I am so glad I did, an excellent choice for a on the go wallet. I just wish my trip was longer. I returned to a cold, dreary snowy rainy New York. Ugh, not fun!

And just a heads up, this is the first photo I shot with my Limo Studio lights. Or should I say light. I set up one light and then realized that the battery on my camera was dying. So I fired off a few shots and then had to stop. But not bad considering I shot with one light and did this in five minutes or so. I spent more time setting up the light and working on the image in photoshop.

These lights shoot kind of blue. I had my white balance on “day light” which they are balanced to be, but it was definitely blue. You can adjust your white balance settings or adjust this in Photoshop or Lightroom. But for $75 I am super happy with the soft box set that I purchased. And stay tuned for more product shots using these lights. I have much to learn, but I enjoy the process so it is all good!

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Glitter Ankle Boots from Zara and my first pair of statement boots

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - January 18, 2017

Here they are—my first pair of statement boots. From Zara of course. Nothing sensible about these babies

Here they are—my first pair of statement boots. From Zara of course. Nothing sensible about these babies. Silvery, glittery and oh so sparkly these are not go to office wear to be sure, unless of course you work in fashion then anything goes. I am super excited to wear these glitter bombs, and I love the lower heel—being a NewYorker I do a lot of walking and I am sticking to my commitment to buying lower heeled boots. I drew a line in the sand this past fall and decided I was only going to buy boots with heels that are two inches or lower. And I think I am off to a good start, yes? And the best part I got these on sale for $35.00. They had retailed for $59.99 so that is almost half off. They are no longer available online, though there may be a few left in local stores.

And if you want to get on board with the metallic glitter trend click through the selections below, and because you know what?  It’s good to be a girl!

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The Basket Bag Yay or Nay?

Accessories, Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 20, 2016

The basket bag is starting to have a moment. Alexa Chung was recently spotted out and about rocking a Chanel basket bag, the ultimate it girl it just may be time to sit up and take notice of this emerging trend. I remember my grandmother had a bag just like this, and I also remember how silly my sister and I thought it was, we use to look at it and giggle. We could’t imagine that anyone would actually use it as a handbag. Well fast forward a couple decades and suddenly this bag doesn’t seem quite so silly any more. No, it has not caught on as well as say the quilted cross body bag but I think we will be seeing more of this smart stylish accessory. Would you do the basket bag? Do you own one? If not would you consider purchasing a basket bag, or this a little too trendy for you?

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A Beautiful Illustrated Tote From Anthropologie and My Answer to too Much Black

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - July 8, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]B[/dropcap] eing a consummate New Yorker I wear a lot of black. Black clothes, black shoes, black coats, black accessories, but when summer roles around the last thing I feel like doing is carrying around a heavy black bag.  Last week I spoke about the blush suede bag I picked up at Zara, well here is a beauty that I picked up at Anthropologie a few weeks ago and you will not believe how much I paid for this stunner.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]B[/dropcap] eing a consummate New Yorker I wear a lot of black. Black clothes, black shoes, black coats, black accessories, but when summer roles around the last thing I feel like doing is carrying around a heavy black bag.  A few weeks ago I spoke about this blush suede bag I picked up at Zara, well here is a beauty that I picked up at Anthropologie last month and you will not believe how much I paid for this stunner. This bag is from the Miss Albright Specialty line of accessories that is sold exclusively at Anthropologie. It features the whimsical illustrations of artist Starla Halfmann and is quite the head turner don’t you think? It is a combination  of canvas and suede and I just love the fashion forward colors and hand painted aesthetic. This bag was recently sold on Ebay for $187.00.  How much did I pay for it? Hold on to your hats ladies—but it was on sale at Anthropologie for $39.99 with 20% off the sale price, so I ended up paying $32.00 for this gorgeous and unique tote. Another score for this here bargainista!  And what about you? Have you picked up any unbelievable deals lately?

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Nike, the Pantone Color of the Year and a Chic Pair of Kicks to Kick Off 2015

Accessories, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - January 5, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]I[/dropcap] t is a new year and of course that means there is a new Pantone Color of the Year, and the color named for 2015 is quite the departure from previous years—it is a dark, rich toned hue, and is named after the well known wine that hails from the city of Marsala in the southern region of Italy.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap] t is a new year and of course that means there is a new Pantone Color of the Year, and the color named for 2015 is quite the departure from previous years—it is a dark, rich toned hue, and is named after the well known wine that hails from the city of Marsala in the southern region of Italy. This deep burgundy color with it’s warm brown undertones is versatile, elegant in nature and sophisticated. So when I was waiting in line at Pret-a-Manger and spied a women wearing a pair of faux, pattern-leather snakeskin high tops in this color, I was beside myself! As soon as I got back to my desk I hopped online and headed directly to the Nike website. Surprisingly, it took a little digging to find them, and they were also NOT available at the local Nike store were I work in Soho. They run very small which is also surprising in this age of “downsizing”. They are part of the Blazer line and run a half to a whole size small, depending on the type of sock you are going to wear with them. I am a traditional six and half and I had to get a size seven. I originally ordered the six and half as I am so used to having to go down a size or two in everything , but this size was too tight with a heavier sock. Luckily, there is a Nike store close to my office so I was able to return them at the store. I chose to receive my credit via a gift card and I then went back online and reordered them in a seven. Honestly, I think I could have even gotten away with a seven and half. So if you plan on ordering these beauties keep in mind they run quite small.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] I could not be happier with my purchase and I am sure I will inspire more then a little envy as I walk down the street. In fact I was telling my coworker about them and she confessed that she too saw these sneakers on someone and much like myself they caught her attention in a “I HAVE to have those kind of way. They certainly are a fun and stylish way to be comfortable and do “sensible” shoes. And with the sporty chic trend still going strong, sporting a pair of sneakers in the Pantone color of the year is the perfect way to look fashionable and not have to worry about pinched toes and sore feet. So if you are looking for comfort, style and more then a little envy head on over to Nike and get your kicks on!

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Twelve Inch Handbags

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - January 7, 2014

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Admit it, we all like labels, and I am just as guilty of wanting to show off my labels, especially when it comes to handbags. But I am also excited by the idea of owning something that is not on the arm of every girl in NYC. And I love discovering new and up and coming designers, so I was super excited when I came across the Twelve Inch handbag studio on Etsy. The shop is owned by Anat Baitel who is based out of Israel. She sites Mediterranean design and the Japanese minimalism as her influences and loves to create unique shapes with her handbags. They are made from high quality leather and come in every style; from boho bags, to cross body, clutches, totes and more. So stop by her shop and have a look around. And don’t be afraid to go sans labels now and again, it is fun to be a trend setter!

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Flats For The Holidays

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - November 25, 2013

Flatsfortheholidays Flats for the holidays? You bet! it is incredible really how many options there are for flats these days. If you want to deck the halls and still be comfortable then put aside the stilettos and throw on a pair of flats with a little bling. My favorites are these pointed and studded flats by Zara. I prefer flats with a strap so these are perfect for me and anyone else who has a problem wearing flats or slip on shoes. And the Kate Spade pair will have your inner Jackie O jumping for joy. I just love these retro Mad Men era inspired beauties. For the truly bold of you, why not try a pair of striped slip ons like these from ASOS. Throw on some black leather leggings, a white tee, a black blazer and an over sized bo ho bag in silver and viola, a dressy holiday look sans the heels. Perfect for city dwellers who are heading out after work and do not want to lug around a second pair of shoes. Another fun indulgence are these Crystal Chelsea flats from Tory Burch, really I think the name says it all. Am I wrong? J crew always has the best flats and this color blocked pair with the metallic toe box seamlessly incorporates two hot trends. And speaking of metallics Made Well’s gold polka dotted strap flats are a fun and understated way to add a little sparkle to your look. As little girls we all loved a little sparkle and shine. I bet we all remember those mary janes and how excited we were to wear them. Well this pair of fun patent leather flats from Attilio Giusti Leombruni will dress up any ensemble, right? I mean how fun is this bow? Black tights, a black dress with a blingy collar necklace and a cropped fitted blazer will keep these take on mary janes all grown up. So would you do flats for the holidays? Or would you keep them on hand for the impromptu night on the town after work?

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Spot Light On –Jessica Decarlo

Accessories, Fashion, Jewelry - alimackin@gmail.com - November 20, 2013

Jessicadecarlo1 Jessicadecarlo2 Jessicadecarlo3 Jessicadecarlo4 Jessicadecarlo5 Jessica Decarlo has always loved nature. Being a bit of a free spirit she was torn between her love of nature and her desire to live in a more urban setting. She began collecting jewelry at an early age and always loved to work with her hands. After graduating from high school Jessica  attended a small liberal arts college in Vermont and took jewelry making classes on the side at a design studio. She move to NY in 2007 and shortly there after began designing and making jewelry full time.  Jessica launched her current jewelry line aptly named Jessica Decarlo in 2008 and it has grown steadily year by year. In addition to selling at all the well known flea markets in New York such as the Brooklyn Flea and The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, she also sells her jewelry to boutiques across the country. Through her jewelry Jessica found a way to combine her love of nature and her independent city girl life style. Her jewelry is fashion forward, sophisticated, and eclectic. It embraces the soft side of nature and serves it up with a side of urban chic. The perfect accessory for city girls with a bohemian wanderlust. So I was super excited when Jessica agreed to open her Brooklyn studio to me for a leisurely chat and a cup of tea.

1) Did you always intend on owning your own business or did this happen organically?

Yes. I always knew that having and running a business was something I was going to do…even when I was as young as 16

 

2) Can you speak a little about the process that goes in to the making and creation of your pieces? And how are you inspired to create your designs can you speak a little about that process as well?

We hand hammer many pieces in the collection. We also hand carve many of the cast pieces. My company is based on being hand crafted and made from real people. I’m inspired to create my designs by being alive every day. There’s nothing better than getting to create and make nice things for others to enjoy.
3) Did you always know you would work in a creative industry? Yes, always.

 

4) Regarding your business and career, if there was one thing you could do differently what would it be?

I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s all a learning process.
5) If you did not own your own company and were not making jewelry, what could you see yourself doing?

I never thought about this… not once, and honestly, don’t really want to! I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

 

6) Any advice you could give a young person who is thinking of creating their own line of jewelry or starting their own business?

Stick with it, work really hard, and be nice to people

 

To see more of Jessica’s work please visit her site at jessicadecarlo.com

 

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Ban-Do And Your Bling Fix

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - October 23, 2013

 
Who doesn’t love a little bling. Even the sportiest of girls will crave a little bling now and then. If you are in need of a bling fix then head on over to Ban-Do. Ban-Do is a Los Angeles based accessories company that will have your inner Gossip Girl jumping for joy. Glitter, bling, sparkle and shine are the mantra the girls behind this company adhere too. And they are not afraid of a little color either. A double scarf tie back? Um yeah! How fun is this? And there is much more then hair accessories. You are gonna love their iPhone cases. And they make shoe clips! What a clever way to make an old pair of shoes look new. Really I am not kidding – shoe clips. Go check it out, and you be sure to visit their blog and their Pinterest page. Images galore for fun and inspiration. 
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