How Colored Diamonds Come Into Existence

November 30, 2014 by  
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Each diamond has its own unique story to tell in how it was created over millions of years with the precise combination of heat and pressure, applied at just the right time in the formation of the stone to create the precious stone. Depending on the conditions present while the diamond was forming, the stone can take on a brilliant assortment of color. With this in mind, we will explore how colored diamonds come into existence and how some of our favorite designers of luxury diamond jewelry use these diamonds in their beautiful jewelry! Lets take a more detailed look at some of these designers who love using colorful diamonds in their wonderful collections:

Distinguished wedding ring designer Natalie K. features a brilliant assortment of natural yellow diamonds which are formed when nitrogen atoms within the gems become assembled in such a way that blue light is absorbed and yellowish hues are reflected.

Uneek Jewelry  is known for their rare collection of natural pink diamonds which are some of the most extraordinary stones on earth, formed when extra intense heat and pressure cause their diamond cubic crystal structure to distort and absorb a particular band of green light resulting the formation of a rare pink diamond.

While Naturally colored diamonds are borne from the same series of chemical reactions that create a standard colorless diamond, sometimes by sheer chance or possibly fate, foreign particles are trapped during the crystallization process which alters the chemical makeup of the stone and results in a beautiful, rare, and exceptional diamond with unique colorings.

Here’s a look at a designer who specializes in natural white diamonds.

Danhov is a unique designer that specializes in handmade jewelry. Their award-winning collections, such as the infinity Abbraccio ring, revolve around colorless diamonds created by a complex process involving superheated, highly pressurized carbon molecules close to the Earth’s core. Danhov creates each piece by hand and are known for their delicate designs that start from a single wire.

Colorful diamonds comes from only a few places in the entire world where conditions were just right for key chemical reactions to occur in the formation of these stones. When purchasing a piece of jewelry from any of these designers you can be assured that the colors and history imbued within each rare stone are just as vibrant and important as when they were sustainably harvested from the earth!


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Chris Hemsworth In Head To Toe Black

November 30, 2014 by  
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The official sexiest man alive Chris Hemsworth wears head-to-toe black flawlessly! I like that it’s a casual outfit most men wear and it always in the form of a semi dressed up outfit. This is a sleek jeans and tee look and it can be worn for day or night! Tip: if you want to wear this from day to night, accessorize it with a nice watch, a scarf and or a blazer.

Chris Hemsworth in Head To Toe Black

Jeans: Old Navy Slim Fit or Native Youth Skinny jeans 

Tee: Zanerobe Black tee 

Boots: Aldo BEUVE Boots  or

Watch: Nixon Digital

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer

If you want to add a jacket try this quilted bomber or this sleek blazer


Disclosure: “ occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for selecting and mentioning brands or products in the Boys On The Side Section but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author.”

Stylish Gift Ideas for Men

November 28, 2014 by  
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Now that we’re in full holiday mode, I’ve decided to kick off the season with some holiday gift guides. Up first are stylish gifts for men. I have a little bit of everything included in different price ranges and styles etc.  make sure to check back I’ll be updating frequently through out the month.

Stylish Gift Ideas For Men

Stylish Gift Ideas for Men

1. Bomber Jacket

2. Flannel

3. Triple Wrap Bracelet 

4. Chino Joggers 

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cardigan 

6. Timex Blue Fly-Back Chronograph

7. A Year of Happy Socks 

8. Paris Essential Box

9. Reversible Scarf

Disclosure: “ occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for selecting and mentioning brands or products in the Boys On The Side Section but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author.”

Win A Retro Timex 80 Watch

November 28, 2014 by  
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This month, Timex, one of the most iconic heritage watch brands, is celebrating 160 years of timeless design. Since 1854, Timex has transformed timekeeping into true expressions of personal style, thanks to the brand’s affordable, fashionable, reliable, and technologically-advanced innovations season after season! To commemorate the anniversary, Timex has introduced three NEW ‘throwback’ collections this year that pay homage to the brand’s long history of watchmaking innovation and style, including The Waterbury Collection, Timex 80 and Modern Minis.




In honor of Timex anniversary, I’ve teamed up with Times to giveaway one of their retro Timex 80’s watches from their throwback collection! This collection is inspired by the popular 80’s style digital Timex watch but updated with a stainless steel bracelet. I was sent the gold with a red face and I LOVE it! Compared to the original fit that I own, this watch fits the wrist perfectly. It’s big enough to have thats Men’s watch feel without the bulkiness which is one the most important things for me when picking a watch. Another revamped detail is the gold which was originally shiny and now is a fabulous matte gold. You guys will love this!

Starting today you have the chance to win the very same watch I was sent. (see below) You can keep it for yourself or maybe gift it to a friend or loved one who is a watch lover.

Win a Retro 80's Timex Watch


How to enter:

Head on over to Timex and tell me which retro watch is your favorite, come back here and leave a comment with a link.  For extra entries you can tweet about the giveaway, pin the giveaway or like fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you state that you did in separate comments). The giveaway will run from 11/28/2014 until 12/5/2014. Good luck! *****US residents only

My #TOMSforTarget Haul

November 26, 2014 by  
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In celebration of TOMS for Target I was sent a multi headed sweater called the “together sweater” which brilliantly expresses what #TOMSforTarget is all about – coming together for something greater. I decided to put my two oldest boys in the two headed sweater and at first I got some eye rolls but once they got it on they were all laughs. It’s impossible not to put the together sweater on and not immediately get in the holiday spirit! Thanks to TOMS and Target, this will definitely be a yearly picture tradition.

#TOMSforTarget#TOMSforTargetThis weekend I headed to my local Target to get some holiday shopping done and I managed to snag every single piece I wanted from the #TOMSforTarget line. Join me in the joy of giving back and as you start (or finish) your holiday shopping take a sec and look at the stylish TOMS for Target collection. There’s something for everyone on your list and you help someone in need in the process. Check out the full line here and if you need some gift giving ideas check out what I bought below.#TOMSforTarget

TOMS for Target Shoes + Tote Bag – I had to have these sparkly black TOMS for Target shoes! It will add a little sparkle to any of my casual outfits. I might even wear it for Thanksgiving with a head to toe black look.

TOMS for Target Crew Neck Sweater – This gray sweater has impeccable details! It’s roomy and has slits at the sides – perfect for leggings on a cozy winter day.

TOMS for Target Simple is Beautiful Clutch – This clutch will now be my carry around makeup bag! This is a great gift idea…you can stuff it with a gift card, some of TOMS for Target accessories (like the one seen above) or a pair of funky socks.


TOMS for Target Go Somewhere New Bracelet Set – Love what this bracelet set says Go Somewhere New – perfect stocking stuffer!

This are just a few of the items that you’ll find in stores and online. The quality is just as amazing as the prices and the movement behind it. This is my favorite Target collaboration yet!

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TomsForTarget


Disclosure: “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”

**Updated & Closed**My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish: Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes + Win a $25 Target Gift Card

November 25, 2014 by  
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The winner of the $25 Target gift card is: Susan DeVaux.  Congratulations Susan and thank you to everyone who participated!

My husband is the one who does all the major cooking for all of the holidays. My role is to put together the menu, shop for all the ingredients, cook side dishes and plan out the entertainment. I try to balance out his hard work in the kitchen by whipping up simple side dishes that don’t require me to ask for any guidance. In our house it’s all about team work and keeping everything fun. My favorite side dish to cook for Thanksgiving is spicy mashed sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect side for the turkey and gravy, stuffing and even vegetables like green beans. Below is a quick step by step recipe to make the spicy mashed sweet potatoes.

favorite thanksgiving side dish + target giveaway



2 lbs sweet potatoes
6 tbsps butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp brown sugar


Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces.

Boil in salted water for about 15-20 minutes or until soft.

Drain and mash with a fork.

Add butter, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and beat well.

In a few simple steps you will have a delicious side dish you can call all your own! All that’s left to do is set the table (see my favorite silverware below) and set the mood with festive music (my husbands favorite part) and lighting (see candles below). To help you get your Thanksgiving day started I’ve teamed up with Target to give away a $25 egift card that you can use to get your kitchen ready for the holiday’s with all the amazing goodies in the Target wedding registry. Below you’ll see some of my personal instore favorites; and by clicking here you can see the entire wedding registry collection AND enter to win a $25 Target gift card!

favorite thanksgiving dish

See the Calphalon collection here

target giveaway


See the Threshold Bistro Set here

sono sounds system

SONOS Wireless HiFi System (see the entire SONOS collection here)

Target Flatware


Prelit candles


How to enter:

Simply visit Target and pick your one must have kitchen item. Come back here and leave the link in the comment section. For additional entries you can pin the giveaway, tweet the giveaway or follow me on Facebook (make sure you state you did each one in separate comments below). Contest runs from 11/24 until 11/28 (just in time for Target’s Black Friday deals). Good luck!! **US residents only.


Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

East Dane Big Sale Event Is On!

November 25, 2014 by  
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Kick off the holiday season with Easy Dane’s BIGGEST sale of the year! The sale begins today, November 25 at 7am (U.S. Eastern Time) through Monday, December 1 at 11:59 (U.S. Pacific Time). There will be no brand exclusions and will include full and sale price items. Shop big because the more you spend the better the savings! See below for details and some must-have items to gift yourself or loved ones.  Check out some favorites and how much you can save below!

East Dane Big Sale Evet

East Dane Sale Details:

15% off orders of $250+
20% off orders of $500+
24% off orders of $1000+

East Dane Sale

For more info and sale codes click here

Disclosure: “ occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for selecting and mentioning brands or products in the Boys On The Side Section but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author.”

Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross & Diana Ross at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay LA Premiere

November 21, 2014 by  
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Monday was the Hunger Games: Mockingjay premier in LA and tons of celebrities walked the red carpet! The coolest sighting *for me was Ashlee Simpson (love her haircut BTW), her brand new husband Evan Ross and Diana Ross. I loved this shot of the three of them on the red carpet!

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Is Latex The New Leather?

November 21, 2014 by  
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First Kim Kardashian wore a sexy head to toe pink latex look to promote her new fragrance, then a demure all white look with a latex skirt. I wonder how long it takes Kim to squeeze into these outfits? Also, is it just me or does wearing latex looking super uncomfortable? It’s not just Kim Kardashian rocking it either.  Last week Kate Moss attended a party in fitted little black latex dress and even Kate who’s tiny looked as if the latex was suffocating her. I get the hype; it’s edgy just like leather, except that it hugs the curves much better. This is one trend that probably looks way better than it feels. Check out the pictures for yourself.


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Deal Of The Week: Oversized Lapels Tweed Coat

November 18, 2014 by  
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If there is one must have item you should buy this winter it’s an over-sized coat! It can take the simplest outfit and transform it into an effortless stylish look. This tweed coat that’s crafted in worsted, featuring over-sized lapels with long sleeves and pocket to each side is only $49.99 from It has an expensive trendy look that you can pair it with jeans, a tee and booties for a chic daytime look or throw it over a little black dress for chilly nights.

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Material: 70% Wool
Washing: Wash according to instructions on care label.

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