Posts in January, 2013

Furniture Sale at OKL

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

one kings lane furniture sale

Looking for some new furniture pieces to liven up your home in the new year? Look no further than the One Kings Lane – Day of Furniture Sale! The sale ends tomorrow (Thursday, 1/31/12) so go check it out now. This event features furniture pieces for every room in your home and they are stocked up with great options for every design aesthetic – modern, traditional, eclectic – you name it. From ottomans & benches to headboards & beds, chairs & tables and everything else, don’t miss out on this opportunity to grab a great new piece for your home! I actually think furniture makes a practical Valentine’s Day gift. My husband and I often do a joint home gift on special holidays and I have to race over to the One Kings Lane myself to see what I can find. Maybe we’ll all get lucky!

Style Tips from Anya Sarre

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Creating a Trendy Look on a Budget in 2013 by Anya Sarre

The coming year can be just as much fun as you are willing to make it. Great fashion is essential, but filling out your wardrobe with trendy separates and accessories may look challenging if you have a restricted budget. Be strategic as you plan your fashion steps this year. Make every fashion dollar count by making the most of your existing clothing and accessory items. Shop carefully as you follow the trends closely.

The benefit of online retail is obvious when it comes to knowing what styles will be at the forefront. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on new trends, though, this can be discouraging. Don’t fret. Rather, start with contemporary favorites like StyleMint and ShoeDazzle to see what’s being stocked, what’s being put on clearance, and what’s sold out. Check out Stella & Dot and Birchbox for accessory, beauty, and jewelry ideas.

In store inspiration is important as well. A bright color may be popular, but trying it with your complexion will tell whether it’s meant for you. Handle textures and try different separates to get a sense of what works for you. Make notes as you explore. You know your existing wardrobe well enough to know how new components will mix and match. You can try things on to your heart’s content. This will give you a sense of what to buy when the funds are available. Forever 21 is one of the best spots for discovering great options at affordable prices. Old Navy is a favorite of young adults. H&M is another great stop to include in your exploration.

You may be intimidated by the DIY fashion craze. Pinterest may change your mind and revamp your wardrobe. Look for fantastic ideas for making your own shawls, scarves, skirts and bags. Find creative jewelry projects and materials. Don’t miss examples of cute outfits. Nearly every member seems to have a fashion wish list pinned. Whether you want to know what your favorite celebrities are adding to their closets or whether you need some color inspiration, you can track down unique options and pin your favorites.

The new fashion year isn’t always predictable, especially if finances make it tough to shop for yourself. Do your research so that you know what pieces will effectively work for you. Spend strategically, being willing to create your own accessories and separates.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Celebrity Jewelry

Monday, January 28th, 2013

leons of beverly hills

Did you get a chance to watch the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes? Are you as excited as I am for the Academy Awards? My favorite thing about all of these awards shows is the spectacular celebrity jewelry. It is hard to see the fabulous shoes that are hidden under the ball gowns (which is such a major bummer) but the sparkling diamonds and precious stones worn by all of our favorite stars always seem to be the hit of the red carpet. In fact, I think we all deserve a little red carpet bling of our own…

leon's of beverly hills

I was recently introduced to Leon’s of Beverly Hills and they have lots of amazing jewelry pieces to choose from. World-renowned jewelry expert Leon Haytayan has been an innovator in jewelry design and has been creating unique treasures since 1970. Leon personally hand crafts every piece of jewelry he sells so that each one is like a unique work of art. A number of celebrities have worn his pieces and so can we.

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Now getting back to the red carpet… I love the bold and beautiful celebrity rings that so many of the actresses are wearing. I think a sparkly statement ring can really add so much to a look. It is hard to tell on television, but the rings those women are wearing on their fingers are absolutely exquisite. I know most people look at the necklaces or the chandelier earrings, but keep an eye out for gorgeous rings adorning the manicured fingers of your favorite celebrities this awards season. Wouldn’t you love to wear one of these sparklers while you are on the couch watching the Academy Awards this year….You deserve it!

Photo Credit: Top two images are by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com provided to Sweet Peas & Stilettos by Leon’s of Beverly Hills.

Special thanks to Leon’s of Beverly Hills for supporting Sweet Peas & Stilettos. I appreciate it!

Featured Modern Mom

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

american consignment company

Featured Modern Mommy of the Week:

Sally Miller from San Jose, California is mom to 2 year-old Charlotte and also a budding entrepreneur. She has left corporate America behind to launch her own consignment business, American Consignment Company.

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Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes:

My favorite shoes have to be my summer wedges. I bought them in London at a UK store called Russell & Bromley. They look great with jeans and yet are incredibly comfortable. I purchased these shoes over 5 years ago and have worn them many, many times since but they are still going strong!

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Tell us about your fabulous business:

I’ve always dreamt about building a business. And when I discovered consignment sales events, I knew I’d found the answer. This was something I could do and feel passionate about.

One of the things I love most about consignment sales is that they offer families a way to make and save money. I’ve met Moms who buy a complete wardrobe for their kids at one event and then sell the entire collection the following year. It’s that easy and a lot of fun!

In starting American Consignment Company, my goal is to hold well organized and friendly events that families look forward to each season. My company values are: Quality, Community, and Convenience. We check all consigned items for quality and only accept boutique and name brands. We organize sellers’ items and display them just like a retail store. An event typically runs for 2 to 3 days over a weekend and features thousands of gently used items at great prices.

I love this business and hope that shoppers and consignors enjoy coming to my events as much as I enjoy organizing the sales for them! The first event will be held March 2-3 in Los Gatos, California. Check out the website for more details.

Xtracycle

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Xtracycle radish family bike

 

Santa Claus brought my son an brand new, bright blue “big boy” bike. Surprise, surprise….he loves it! Seeing him out there riding around makes me excited to get a new tube for my bike tire so I can go out there and join him. It is just nice to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and getting out of the house and away from the iPad and the couch. Spring will be here before we know it so it is a perfect time to get ready for outdoor fun.

Last week a high school classmate of mine was telling me about these super cool family bikes from Xtracycle – the FreeRadical and the Radish. They are awesome. I just had to spread the word because I thought they were so cool and so great for families. They are ideal for peddling to spring picnics, trips to the farmers market and even for little cruises in the neighborhood. What I love is that the bikes are extra long so you can actually carry 2 kids, not just one. How practical and fabulous is that?! And there is still room for toys, a diaper bag, a frisbee and groceries too.

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Here is the scoop straight from the source: “Xtracycle’s LongTail innovation is a hitchless trailer that evolves the bike rack, bike bag (or pannier or basket), bike trailer, passenger seat, and baby seat into one cargo bike or sport utility bicycle system. With a long wheelbase, balanced center of gravity, and versatile carrying capacity, your Xtracycle LongTail may open the door to car-free or car-lite transportation in your life.”

So go check their site out today and see what you think. It might be time to make a little room in your garage for one of your own. A cool ‘toy’ the whole family can enjoy.


Valentines Day Card from Tiny Prints

Wedding Inspiration

Friday, January 11th, 2013

minted wedding inspiration board

 

In a few short months my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and it is fun to think back to our wedding and all of the choices I made (yes – I made them all – he got plan the honeymoon). Of course I thought it was perfect and looking back there is very little I would change. I loved my dress, I loved my red Louis Vuitton shoes and I loved that so many of my friends were able to join us in Montecito for a fabulous party. Thank you mom and dad!!

With summer wedding planning in high gear right now, there are many brides to be who are in the process of trying to envision their perfect wedding celebration. Sometimes is starts with a color, maybe it is a favorite flower, or maybe the location. In my case, my shoes (surprise, surprise!) were the centerpiece of my planning and set the tone for everything.

minted wedding inspiration board

 

So I have had so much fun with Minted’s wedding inspiration boards. First of all – they are gorgeous! Each and every one of them. Of course my favorite thing is that most of them include a super fabulous pair of shoes. They are so inspiring and so much fun to look at. You get ideas for decorations and table settings and of course stationery too. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding – they are full of creative ideas for any party really. And I have also gotten great ideas for color combinations for my home too. Love them!

And guess what – you can make your own inspiration board on Minted too. Hop on over to Minted and go take a quick peek. I promise, you won’t be disappointed…

 

lululemon

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

lululemon pants

So how is that new year’s resolution coming along? Are you trying to get fit and lean? It seems like everybody is this time of year. After all of that peppermint bark, I can see why! Want to feel like you’ve already lost those first 5 pounds? Throw away your baggy sweat pants and buy yourself new workout clothes. Every woman I know swears by lululemon and every single one of them will tell you that your butt actually shrinks when you put on a pair of lululemon pants. I am not sure what it is but there must be a little magic hidden in their breathable four-way stretch techno fabric.

And if you need a little extra help getting started, you and your workout buddy should check out lululemon’s goal setting tips. With a new pair of pants, and a little hard work, I am sure you will both enjoy fabulous new fannies this year. Watch out Giselle…she might have a little competition this year…. With every step you take, and every kale salad you make, you will be one step closer to your goals. Good luck!

Fitbit

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Fitbit

Want to get a fresh start to your fitness routine this year? It is time to embrace the magic of technology and all it can do to help each and every one of us get fit and feel fabulous. Counting calories and tracking your fitness goals has never been easier or more addictive. Fitbit tracks the calories you are burning, the steps you are taking, the flights you are climbing and so much more. Fitbit even has graphs, charts, and tools designed to help you track your progress and understand your health and fitness. Make it a game and challenge and encourage your friends and family through the fun interactive features of Fitbit.

I have a number of friends who have been wearing their Fitbits daily for awhile now and they love love love them! They are so small and just clip on to your pants or wrist or anywhere. They love being able to track their daily activity and to sync everything up on- line and feel like they have control of their health and the progress they are making towards their goals. There is even a Fitbit app so you can use your phone to track your eating and a Fitbit scale too!

My friend’s 7 year old son wears his Fitbit Zip everywhere and gets so excited to see how many steps he takes every day. What a simple way to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle! My husband, son and I are each going to get our own so we can all get healthier together in the new year. Join us!