New Members Get Half-Off At Jewelmint

September 30, 2011 by  
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If you”re anything like me, then the word ‘jewelry’ instantly brings a smile to my face and a tingle down your spine.  Which is why I’m a total fan of Jewlmint, the membership site founded by actress and fashionista Kate Bosworth and style maven Cher Coulter.  Jewlemint has an incredibly gorgeous selection of affordable pieces tailored around your personal style (check out the ‘how it works’ video here).  To get you started, Jewelmint is offering Fashiongrail fans 50 percent off their first purchase from 9/30 – 10/7 just use code FASGRJM50 at checkout.

Update: Win A $25 Macy’s Gift Card!

September 30, 2011 by  
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Update: The first  winner of the $25 Macy’s gift card is Valerie C with the following comment: “I’d buy that maxi dress. I love it!! I could wear it often. Thanks!”  and the second winner is illsay with the following comment “I’d use the card towards a pair of Levi’s Bold Curve Skinny Right On jeans.” Congratulations Valerie and illsay and a big thank you to all who participated!

As a latina I’m thrilled to spread the word about  Macy’s exciting partnership with Latina Magazine.  To help celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary, events are being held around the country from October 1 to 15.  Each event will feature a fashion show featuring Latina Model Search winners as well as makeover stations from Lancome with their new eye palette and mascara. Additionally, an editor from Latina Magazine will be in each city to talk about the hottest fall fashion trends. Each city will have its own twist on the celebration and Grammy-nominated singer Ximena will make a special appearance at the West Covina (CA) event.  For more information about these exciting events, visit macys.com/celebrate.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month Macy’s is giving TWO Fashiongrail fan the chance of winning a $25 giftcard (perfect for all their Fall Spectacular Sale). Need some ideas?  Check out some of fave picks under $50 below. To enter, visit Macys.com and tell us in the comment section below what you’d purchase with the giftcard. For an additional entry, tweet about the giveaway or fan macys on Facebook (make sure to mention you did one of the above in the comment on Fashiongrail!).  Contest runs from September 30 to  October 9.

Maxi Dress – $14.99

Corduroy Patch Blazer – $24.99

Wide Leg Trousers – $19.99

Striped Poncho Hood – $14.99

First Clip From Butter With Jennifer Garner & Other Hot Links!

September 29, 2011 by  
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First Clip From Butter With Jennifer Garner (I Need My Fix)

Ashton Kutcher Crosses The Lin – Rips Off Two and a Half Men (Celeb Dirty Laundry)

140 Character Milan Fashion Week Reviews (tFS)

Tina Fey And Eva Longoria Are Forbes Highest Paid Actresses In TV (Daily Stab)

Kelly Ripa’s Publicist SLAMS Daytime Soaps (Fit Fab Celeb)

Demi Moore Hints At Marriage Trouble Via Twitter (Girls Talkin Smack)

Single Jennifer Lopez Getting Her Sexy On (Gossip and Soaps)

Twisted Silver’s Classic Earrings

September 29, 2011 by  
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Twisted Silver’s antique brass and copper Classic Earring’s speaks volumes about your interpretation of classic style.  They go with just about anything (I envisioned a turtleneck with my hair pulled back) and anywhere (whether the office or a fun night out with the family).  They’ll instantly give ANY outfit an effortless, artsy/steampunk look and are sure to be a fave for many seasons to come.  Available now at Twisted-silver.com and don’t forget to use code INSIDERS for 15% off.

FYI: Twisted Silver will be having another fabulous flash sale/live Facebook event TONIGHT and will be giving away a pair of their Bongo Earrings for every $100 order during the sale.  Also, 20 designer killer deals on the Flash Sale tomorrow from 4-9 pm Pacific: 4 bracelets, 9 earrings and 7 necklaces. You’re gonna flip when you see the discounts… and your fall wardrobe will love you!

Update: Friends of Naturalizer Giveaway: Win A Pair Of Shoes From Naturalizer!

September 29, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Friends of Naturalizer Giveaway is Melissa with the following comment  “Hi I voted for the SUITING PROGRAM- because first impressions are everything! Most people who don’t have a job are also the same people who can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe for an interview. This is really beneficial and I am sure helps a lot of ppl! Melissa”

Congratulations Melissa and a big thank you to all who participated!

How would you like the chance to win a free pair of shoes  and help raise awareness for three amazing charities at the same time?   Then read on!  The giveaway is part of the Naturalizer shoe brand’s charitable campaign, Friends of Naturalizer.  This fall, Naturalizer (the company renowned for helping women “live their life and love their shoes”) is teaming up with Dress for Success to help disadvantaged women .  From September 29 through October 2, Naturalizer will be donating $1 from every shoe and handbag purchase – up to $20,000 – to Dress for Success. With a variety of programs that work to help women not only land the job, but build a career, your vote will help determine which one of three great Dress for Success programs will receive the donation. All three programs exemplify the ideals of Naturalizer and Dress for Success: empowering women to take control of their lives and live it to the fullest.  Check out some of my fave picks and contest rules below:

Prize Details:

The winner of the giveaway will receive a gift code to use on Naturalizer.com to select ANY pair of shoes that they would like to receive (Naya, a specialty brand of Naturalizer, is excluded). This code will cover the cost of the shoes, tax and shipping so that there is no cost to the winner and no credit card information is required. Giveaway winners must be U.S.- based.

 

To enter:

Visit the Naturalizer Voting Page: http://www.naturalizer.com/en-US/Content/friends-family.aspx, vote for your favorite charity, then tell us which charity you voted for in the comments section below.  Contest runs from September 29 to October 11.

Good luck; and don’t forget to take advantage of the 30% off coupon good during the campaign period of September 29-October 2.

 

DIY: Turn A Shirt Into A cardigan

September 28, 2011 by  
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Cute tutorial on how to turn a shirt into a cardigan.  Great idea for unwanted shirts or anyone looking to throw on a casual cardigan in a pinch.  Not sure if the undone edges will hold up though, some sewing skills would definitely come in handy!

Celebrity Copycat: Ashlee Simpson’s Look for Less!

September 28, 2011 by  
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Love love love Ashley Simpson’s quirky equestrian looking outfit (although i wish her hair was longer; but that’s an entirely different topic!).  Each piece is perfect for this Fall’s menswear inspired trend and each piece can easily be swapped out to create other outfits. Try the boots with your fave summer dress and a blazer, or add a pair of gray wide leg slacks with the tee and the blazer for a super chic office look.  Get Ashlee’s look for less from Old Navy, Lulu’s, Nordstrom & more!

Blazer – $38 at Yesstyle.com

Boots – $71 at Lulus.com

Skinny Jeans – $29.50 at Oldnavy.com

Graphic Tee – $24.99 at Tillys.com

Fedora – $12.99 at Tillys.com

Sunglasses – $10 at Nordstrom.com

Work It! Express Business Suits!

September 28, 2011 by  
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s nothing like a clean-cut suit on a man.  It exudes confidence, authority and most of all an elegance that never goes out of style.  Express has the suit for any occasion; whether the office, the interview or the romantic dinner for two.  I loved the Express Producer Suit with full shoulders and modern smooth fit through the chest and the Photographer Suit with its slim fitting pants.   Which style are you? Producer or Photographer?  Check them out below and make sure you fan on Facebook to enter Express Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Suiting makeover.

 

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Shopping Strategies for the Perfect Closet

September 27, 2011 by  
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Shopping Strategies for the Perfect Closet

Make 2011 the year you stop choosing quantity over quality and buying slightly different versions of the same outfit. Just follow these five strategies for getting the most chic from your shopping dollar, and you’ll never again have to lament, “My closet is stuffed, but I have nothing to wear!”

Strategy No. 1: Shop Your Closet
Taking inventory of your wardrobe will help you figure out what you actually need to add to your collection, says Los Angeles fashion stylist Mar Yvette, host of the “Citysearch Weekend Roundup” segment on the television show “Good Day LA.” Spend a few hours trying on those items you haven’t worn in a while. See how they look and how they make you feel, and figure out whether or not they coordinate with anything else in your closet. Be open to new combinations. The argyle cardigan you bought a decade ago in a preppy fervor may be just the thing to belt and wear over a sheath dress today. “Shopping for clothes without truly knowing what’s already in your closet is like going grocery shopping on an empty stomach,” says Yvette. “You end up spending a whole lot of money on things you don’t need.”

Strategy No. 2: Streamline and Spread the Wealth
This will go against every shopping urge you have, says Yvette, but less is more. The goal is to build a wardrobe that lasts. You’ll save money in the long run if you buy fewer, better-quality (and therefore, more expensive) pieces rather than lots of cheaper items that are likely to fray or go out of style. Sure, you can get your trend fix with H&M’s disposable designer collections, but the bulk of your closet should be filled with quality pieces made from fabrics like cashmere, linen and wool that transcend time. Follow up on strategy No. 1 by pulling out any items you haven’t worn in a year. If they no longer fit and are beyond tailoring, wish them well and donate them to a charity organization.

Strategy No. 3: Build From the Basics
Whether your style is cutting-edge, classic or casual, these essentials are the building blocks of a functional wardrobe:

  • Black pants: They’re the most basic of the basics
  • Dark denim: Opt for a trouser cut
  • White button-down shirt: Designer Carolina Herrera lives in these
  • Sheath dress: It’s simultaneously sexy, classy and sassy
  • Cardigan: Throw over the sheath dress or pair with jeans or black pants
  • Two-piece suit: Mix and match the jacket and the skirt with all of the above

Strategy No. 4: Choose Double-duty Items
Carilyn Vaile, who designs easy-to-wear items for women on the go, recommends buying items that multitask. Questions to ask as you carefully vet pieces on the store rack: Can the tunic be worn as a minidress? Can the long waterfall jacket be belted and worn as a dress with tights and boots? “If an item can easily transform into other outfits, it keeps my interest,” says Vaile. “Not only will it stay in my wardrobe longer, it will be worn more often.”

Strategy No. 5: Shop the Sales With Caution
No doubt, some of the articles of clothing cluttering your closet still have sales tags hanging from them because you couldn’t pass up a bargain. But it’s not a bargain if you only bought that dress, sweater or pair of (slightly tight) boots because of the 90 percent markdown and never wear it. Before you purchase an item on sale, ask yourself: Would I still want this piece — in this color, size and style — if it weren’t marked down? If the answer is no,pass it up.

Photo Credit: @iStockphoto.com/Maica

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By Karen Brailsford for The Style Glossy

Karen Brailsford is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. She writes about style for People, In Touch Weekly and MyStyle.com



All My Children Finale Video & Other Hot Links!

September 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Celebrity Side Dish

All My Children Finale (VIDEO) (Gossip and Soaps)

Gwen Stefani Launching New Target Line: Harajuku Mini (Daily Stab)

Anna Wintour Desperate To Get Kate Middleton for US Vogue (Celeb Dirty Laundry)

Sarah Jessica Parker: Look of the Day (tFS)

5 Hottest Actresses With Nude/Hacked Photos (Girls Talkin Smack)

David Guetta Feat. Usher ‘Without You’ (I Need My Fix)

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