UPDATE Spring’s Brightest Giveaway: Win A $200 Gift Card To Lulu*s!

April 2, 2012 by  
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Update: The winner of the $200 Lulu*s giftcard is Migdalia – @MsLatina with the following comment: “I love this Shift dress. I think it would look great with slim jeans! http://www.lulus.com/products/full-of-promise-turquoise-blue-shift-dress/49353.html”  Congratulations Migdalia and a big thank you to all who participated!

While I tend to shy away from bright, bold colors and gravitate towards gray, black or beige, this season I’m totally smitten with all things bright (picture a modern, more sophisticated spin on the 80’s neon trend). Best of all I’m lovin how easy it is to incorporate “happy colors” into any outfit, on any occasion, via accessories, scarves and even shoes.  Tip: keep the outfit simple and let the color do all the work.  Same goes for accessories – for a more reserved take on the trend, pair it with basics like a blazer or favorite jeans.  Check out some of my favorite bright picks for this season from Lulu’s and how you can win a $200 Lulu’s gift card to get your brights!

To enter:

Leave a comment on Fashiongrail telling us your favorite item at Lulus.com.  For  additional entries, follow Lulu*s on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway or fan Lulu*s on Facebook (make sure to mention you did any of the above in the comment on Fashiongrail).  One winner will be picked on April 11 2012.  Lulu*s will email gift card voucher to the winner.  Good luck!

$100 Lulu’s Giveaway!

July 25, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the $100 Lulu*s giftcard is Danielle V with the following comment: “I adore the Earth Rebel Vegan Leather Brown Bomber Jacket!  So cute and so perfect for the fall!  I follow LuLu’s on Facebook as Danielle Villano!  Thanks for the great opportunity! :)”  Congratulations Danielle and a big thank you to all who participated!

Huge fan of Lulu*s.com and I’m so excited that they are offering one lucky Fashiongrail fan the chance to win a $100 giftcard!  Perfect opportunity to grab some of their sale items to round out your Summer wardrobe or at least get a head strat on your Fall shopping list.  Lulu*s is constantly adding new items so you’re sure to find a ton of stylish and affordable pieces.  For those of you who don’t already know about Lulu*s, they started out in 1996 as a mother/daughter dream that today is one of the web’s best shopping experience.  Lulu*s offers a select choice of clothing, shoes and accessories.  Not only does Lulu’s keep an eye ut for brands with new and emerging designers, their buyers travel the world to ensure patrons find a style to call their own.  Check out some of my fave picks and contest rules below:

Brown and Yellow Tweed Platforms

Turquoise Crop Top

Eliza Doolittle Black Purse

Gaucho Pants

Beaded Crop Top

To enter:
Leave a comment on Fashiongrail telling us your favorite item at Lulus.com.  For an additional entry, follow Lulu*s on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway or fan Lulu*s on Facebook (make sure to mention you did one of the above in the comment on Fashiongrail).  One winner will be picked August 1, 2011.  Lulu*s will ship prize directly to the winner.  Must be shipped to an address in the U.S. or Canada.  Good luck!
Get 15% off purchases at Lulu’s from July 25 to 28. Use coupon code GRAIL (case sensitive). Only valid for customers in the US and Canada. One coupon per customer.







Celebrity Copycat: Heidi Klum’s Look for Less!

June 29, 2011 by  
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Heidi Klum totally pulls off the tough, Brooklyn chic look.  The bag and scarf, however, seemed out of place; so I swapped out the animal print bag for a solid tote and added an animal print scarf. Check out the affordable pieces below and tell me what you think of Heidi’s look?

Heidi Klum's Look for Less!

Racerback Tank – $12 at Pacsun.com

Scarf – $30 at Yesstyle.com

Skinny Jeans – $29.99 at Tillys.com

Belt – $21.99 at Tillys.com

Marc By Marc Jacobs High Top Trainer – $96 at Farfetch.com

Sunglasses – $5.80 at Forever21.com

Canvas Bag – $49.95 at Buckle.com








Twisted Silver Giveaway Worth $120!

June 13, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Karma Necklace, 7 Bracelet and Earrings from Twisted Silver  is Heather Herndon with the following comment: “I just love the Coil ring, the Brick Bangle bracelet and the Hardware necklace. Great contest!”  Congratulations Heather and a big thank you to all who participated!

A very special Summer giveaway from our friends at Twisted Silver!  Check out these three incredible pieces (worth $120) that will definitely be an accesory fave year round.  The Karma necklace: Delicate double-strand brass chain, embellished with a collection of dainty vintage finds. The 7 Bracelet: As seen in Lucky magazine are fantastic bangles linked together with large brass open links, with three Twisted discs. Lithe Long Brass Earrings: Two feather light oblongs of brass, captured by a brass link.  Whether paired with shorts, tanks or a maxi dress, each piece has that perfect touch of vintage boho to make you a Summer standout!  Check out what I’d wear these pieces with below!

Maxi Dress


Wedge Shoe





How to play: Go to twisted-silver.com and find any other items on their website that would be your top 3 Summer staples then return to Fashiongrail and leave a comment telling us which ones you picked. For an extra entry like Twisted Silver on Facebook and for a third entry tweet giveaway. Rules: One winner will be randomly selected on June 20 2011.  Twisted Silver will ship the prize directly to the winner.  Must be shipped to an address in the U.S.  Good luck!

Trend Report: Sunglasses

June 10, 2011 by  
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Trend Report: Sunglasses

The perfect pair of sunglasses can totally rock your summer. It’s the one accessory that instantly communicates style, mystery and even a great sense of humor or a certain seriousness. Take, for example, Lindsay Lohan’s eyeglass choice for a recent court appearance — an elegant modernized cat eye (Dior’s Bagatelle) that suggested Catherine Deneuve respectability rather than Paris Hilton frivolity.

Effective as they are as a fashion statement and mood booster, designer shades can also make a major dent in your budget, with high-quality lenses running $200 and up. So it makes sense to choose this season’s pair with an eye, so to speak, on fresh new shapes, great frame colors and lens tints, and most important of all, the silhouette that flatters your features and channels your personality. To find that elusive pair, you’ll need an open mind, the stamina to try on at least a dozen pairs, and a sunny afternoon.

Up-to-the-minute Sunglass Styles
Fashion this summer is bare and pared down, making it the perfect time to experiment with fashion-forward frame styles. “The season’s clothes are close to the body, so sunglasses on the other hand can be more exaggerated,” says Cheryl Rosario, a spokesperson for Marchon Eyewear, which manufactures sunglasses for such lines as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Fendi, Pucci and Sean Jean. Even if you’re sporting a basic tank and shorts, your shades can add an on-trend spark to your look.

Shades That Kate Hudson and Rihanna Are Rocking
The sunglass mantra for this season: Everything old is new again. “Anything with a retro or vintage feel from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is really hot right now,” says Eden Wexler, who has the title “Celebrity Shades Consultant” for Solstice Sunglass Boutiques. Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Gwen Stefani are all working retro-style, cat-eye sunglasses; Rihanna and Kristin Cavallari are sporting old-school aviators; and Robert Pattinson and Marion Cotillard have made funky Ray-Ban Clubmasters look fresh again.

Search out a retro style with accents that keep it looking modern. For example, choose a classic shape (such as cat eyes or aviators) that combines materials (say, a plastic frame and metal arms) or has subtle details (like racing stripes or enamel inlays). Or opt for an old-school silhouette in a fresh, unexpected color. “Cobalt blue, champagne and ivory look more innovative this season,” says David Gonzales, the owner of Fred Segal Eyes in Santa Monica, Calif., who’s known in Hollywood circles as the “Sunglass Whisperer” for his savvy ability to match faces with the right frames. Neon-bright frames make 1980s-style aviators look contemporary, while black and tortoise shell finishes remain perennial favorites.

What’s out
Frames studded with crystals, shields (glasses with one continuous lens instead of two separate ones), big splashy logos and super-oversized styles. “In general, ostentation is out,” says Solstice’s Wexler, a point that Gonzales echoes. “My celebrity customers now look for subtle details that suggest personal style,” he says.

Choose the Shape That’s Right for Your Face
There’s no hard-and-fast rule for choosing frames for face shapes, but the experts suggest these guidelines for finding a flattering pair.

  • For round faces: Metal frames with adjustable nose pads will keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks, says Solstice’s Wexler, who adds that excessively round or square styles will exaggerate facial roundness
  • For square faces: Avoid frames that are flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape. Instead, suggests Wexler, “Look for a frame that has some curve or uplift — that’ll draw attention away from the jawline.”
  • For narrow faces: Choose a frame shape that’s rounded or curved to add a touch of width to your face.
  • For every face: In general, frames should be wider than the widest part of the face. When trying on sunglasses, do the “smile test.” “If the glasses rise up off your nose bridge when you smile, they’re not for you,” says Wexler. Eliminate pairs that press against your brows, touch your eyelashes, or squeeze your temples or your nose bridge.

Build a Sunglass Wardrobe
“Think of your sunglasses as you do your earrings,” says Gonzales. “They’re like hoops and studs. You wear different things for different situations.” To that end, he suggests at least two pairs: an updated aviator for sporty outings, and frames with a classic Jackie O vibe for dressier affairs. Beyond that — if it’s in your budget — the boutique owner recommends picking up a pair that’s just for fun. “Experiment with color,” suggests Gonzales. “Try a champagne frame with a bottle-green lens or a soft-gold frame with a plum lens.”

Check out some of my favorite’s below!


Introducing Twisted Silver’s Tokyo Necklace

February 21, 2011 by  
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LOVE the Tokyo necklace by Twisted Silver!  Although inspired by the style of Tokyo, the necklace really captures the unique street fashion of Shinjuku and Harajuku, Japan.  Some of my favorite features include the “hard” look of the blackened metal circles, the adjustable length, and quite simply the way it lies flat against the contours of my skin.  Whether I’m going for the city chic style or an effortlessly sophisticated look, the Tokyo necklace is on heavy rotation with nearly all of my outfits.  Check out some of my outfits below that feature the Tokyo necklace available tomorrow at Twisted-Silver.com!  Use coupon code INSIDERS to take 15% off any order from www.twisted-silver.com. Not to be combined with other offers.

Safari So Good Dress – $50 at Modcloth.com

Tokyo Necklace – $60 at TwistedSilver.com

Jessica Simpson Winsy Clog – $65.43 at Endless.com

Tokyo Necklace – $60 at Twistedsilver.com

Camel Knitted Wide Stripe Shrug – $80 at Topshop.com

Flared Sailing Jeans – $24.80 at Forever21.com

White  Top – $39.50 at Delias.com

Jessica Simpson Dany Shoe – $99.99 at Heels.com

Update:Twisted Silver Giveaway Worth $120!

February 15, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Broach and Attitude bracelets from Twisted Silver is Nany Ramirez with the following comment: “I would pair those bracelets with this amazing necklace (http://www.twisted-silver.com/default.asp?256n675=qrsn7y6_241q7p6_qr5p4v26v10&c41q7p65gB2r5_VQ=F&c41q7p65_VQ=LJ)” Congratulations Nany and a big thank you to all who participated!

Valentine’s Day may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still score some fabulous jewelry deals at Twisted Silver!  My personal faves: The Broach and Attitude bracelets and one of you can win both of them for free! Although each bracelet has a ton of personality worn solo, my humble suggestion is to wear both together to capture that perfect chic/boho/rocker look and give any upcoming Spring outfit a little edge.

How to play: Go to twisted-silver.com and find any other item on their website that you think would look great when paired with one of the two bracelets up for grabs.  Return to Fashiongrail and leave a comment to the following question:

What other piece would you wear with either bracelet?’

Rules: One winner will be randomly selected on February 22 2011.  Twisted Silver will ship the prize directly to the winner.  Must be shipped to an address in the U.S.  Good luck!

Golden Globe “Looks for Less” With Emma Stine!

January 18, 2011 by  
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With award season in full swing, now’s the perfect chance to nab your favorite Golden Globe “Look for Less” with online jewelry retailer, Emma Stine! From Nicole Kidman’s earrings or Natalie Portman’s necklace, look like a star for a fraction of the price.

Nicole Kidman

Black Crystal Decco Drop Earrings – $45

Emma Stone

Gold Oval Crystal Earrings – $38

Natalie Portman

Decco Necklace Set – $129

Claire Danes

Swarovski Crystal Cube Earrings – $40

Julianne Moore

Gold Chain Weave Necklace – $89

Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

October 25, 2010 by  
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Loving Taylor Swift’s sexy school girl look.  You’ll get tons of use out of these pieces and they’re easy to incorporate into your Fall/Winter wardrobe: Swap out the tights for skinny jeans or leggings and wear the dress unbuttoned; for a more casual look, layer with sweaters or t-shirts.  Get Taylor’s look for less!

Taylor Swift's Look for Less!

Plaid Shirtdress $43.20 at Yesstyle.com

Spotlight Heel – $79.99 at Modcloth.com

Tights – $22 at Modcloth.com

Toggle Coat – $160 at Topshop.com

Cross Body handbag – $19.99 at Tillys.com

Contest Update: Win a Copper Corset Ring by Mercurios

June 15, 2009 by  
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Update:  The winner of the Copper Corset Ring is Feathered Designed with the following comment: ” I adore necklaces, next to feathers, necklaces are my got to accessories, the bigger, the bolder, the more unique the better! And I love layering necklaces.  Pearls with chains, chains with woods, black and white, fringe with wood.  The possibilities are endless and what better way to add to my collection then with the Periwinkle Dream…Upcycled Chocolate Link Chain and Ribbon Choker Necklace with Copper and Goldstone accent from the Alchemy Collection.”

Congratulations Feathered Design and a big thank you to all of you who participated!

This week’s spotlight shines on indie designer Mary Jo, who has a wonderfully electic shop on Etsy called Mercurios.  Mary Jo’s style is best described as modern and raw (she doesn’t use molds or patterns — everything is free-hand).  For the contest, she has graciously donated a stunning Copper Wide Band Corset Ring (description below)  I imeediately envisioned myself wearing this bold, goth-like statement piece with a pair of jeans!  And, for those of you looking for a metaphysical connection, you’ll be happy to know that copper offers many new age advantages: copper influences the flow of blood and provides strong energy to the body and brain.  It also heals the metabolism and helps to relieve exhaustion and sexual instability (nice!).

The contest will run from Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19.  The winner will be selected on Saturday, June 20.

How to Play: Go to Mercurios and pick your favorite accessory.  Return to Fashiongrail and leave a comment to the following question: “What would you wear it with?” The most creative answer will win!  Have fun and good luck! 

About the Prize: Copper Wide Band Corset Ring

*size 7

*patina finish

*hammered for texture & strength

*sexy, modern, victorian feel


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