Tuesday, March 31, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Tribal Temptations

The tribal trend has exploded this season with clothing, jewelry and accessories inspired by African and Indian influences.

Add ethnic flavor to your wardrobe with a wide color palette of exotic motifs. Differentiate your look with indigenous-inspired prints and tribal geometric patterns.

For jewelry, the look is big and bright and layering is key . Mix chunky bracelets adorned with natural stones with embellished cuffs. Necklaces are intricately beaded, making this season's trend a beadweaver's dream.

Not sure how you will incorporate this look into your Spring 2009 wardrobe? Just remember less is more. A "touch of tribal" will make your look chic and unscripted.
1. Etro tunic; 2. Public Library t-shirt; 3. Dune clutch; 4. D' Luxe Designs Tribal Noir bracelet; 5. Jimmy Choo Claudia sandal; 6. Matt Bernson Equss sandal; 7. D' Luxe Designs Tribal Soul bracelet

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Pump Up the Python

Python. Snakeskin. Stingray. Keep in mind anything that "slithers" will sizzle this Spring.

Real or faux, these prints are the way to go for accessories. Look for shoes, clutches and bracelet cuffs to add a touch of exotic luxury to your wardrobe.

Prada, Fendi and Jimmy Choo have featured snakeskin items in their Spring 2009 collections. Let's not leave out the recessionistas, Nine West has the look for you too. Pump Up the Python!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Remember the 90's MTV show House of Style hosted by Cindy Crawford? MTV has partnered with Teen Vogue for a "remix" of the classic show.

Hosted by Bar Refaeli (Leonardo DiCaprio's boo) and fabulous supermodel Chanel Iman, the new House of Style will take us behind the scenes of the fashion world with celebrity fashion stories, designer DIYs, beauty tips, style secrets, cyber trends and more.

The new House of Style may be more geared to your teenage sister's tastes than yours, but tune into MTV on March 21st at 3:00pm and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

D' Luxe Pampering: Spa Week to the Rescue

In these tough economic times, we're supposed think twice about indulging and focus on our basic needs. Don't spa treatments fall in the basic needs category? They do when Spa Week comes around.

The goal of Spa Week is to educate and encourage consumers to adopt a more wellness oriented lifstyle. Spa Week takes place April 13-19, 2009. Over 700 spas across the country and Canada will be offering their signature spa treatments for $50.

A full list of participating spas was posted yesterday, so visit their site to see if a spa near you is participating. Hurry to book your appointment and get ready to relax!

D' Luxe Designs Etsy Giveaway Winner

Please join me in congratulating Elsie from Eastlake, Ohio for winning my Etsy Anniversary Giveway. Elsie will receive the Secret Life of Leaves bracelet.
Way to go, Elsie!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Float Like a Butterfly

One of the hottest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2009 is the butterfly motif. Look for interpretations of fluttering butterflies in anything from tanks to beaded jewelry.

Since butterflies are symbolic of beauty, feminity, and transformation, I am sure this trend will "float" in our hearts for a while.

1. Tibi silk dress; 2. Manoush crystal brooch; 3. Anthropologie necklace; 4. Stella McCartney sunglasses; 5. Pink Flower Iphone case; 6. Lucky Brand watch; 7. Coach bangle; 8. Tarina Tarantino headband; 9. Juicy Couture bracelet; 10. Karen Millen peep toe shoe; 11. Jimmy Choo handbag clutch

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

D' Luxe Designs - Sisterhood Blog Award

It is truly an honor to receive peer recognition. My blog just received The Sisterhood Award from Jill at Zingo Tots.

Now I get to share the award with other great blogs. This is how it works:1. Put the logo on your blog or post.2. Nominate at least 5 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post. 4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog. 5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my 5 people I am passing it on to:1. Lanyardlady: For the most beautiful jeweled lanyards in any office; 2. Be Jeweled by Candi: For her vibrant jewelry designs and support for other etsy artists; 3. Clumps of Mascara: For sharing tips to make us all more beautiful; 4. Black Style Central: For her up to the minute stylista insights; 5. Additions Style: For her great esty shop and creative inspiration.

Please visit these blogs and congratulate them!

Monday, March 9, 2009

D' Luxe Decor - Here Comes H&M Home

Looking for a chic, but cheap decor alternative for your home? The new H&M home collection may be what you are looking for. If you're a fanatic for the look of a modern living space, H&M's bold bedding, towels, and pillow covers may be the perfect accessories for your home.

Based on four sub collections- Design, Nature, Classic and Youth- the line is only available in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Status on the U.S. launch has not been confirmed. For now, we can only visit the H&M website and wish.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

D' Luxe Reality - Have Some Candy with Your Kardashians

Many are appalled by them, while others are addicted to them. E! is hoping the combination of these two groups will add up to another successful season of the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians".

The show, created by Ryan Seacrest, is a hit with viewers and continues to rank No.1 among women 18-34 in its time-slot against all other "ad-supported cable networks".

Never heard of the Kardashians? Kim Kardashian is a socialite known for her fashion sense (became a celebrity stylist and opened the boutique "Dash"), her friends (former BFF to Paris Hilton) and her voluptuous figure.

The reality series features, Kim and her family, including her manager-mom Kris, step father, Bruce Jenner (the former Olympic athlete) and her siblings - Robert Jr., Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie.

E! brings viewers back into the glamorous and chaotic world of the Kardashian family when the third season of the hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premieres tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

Immediately following the Kardashian premiere, E! will debut its new "docusoap" series Candy Girls. The show follows Danielle who has built her company “Bella” into one of the premiere talent agencies for the hip hop music industry’s casting needs.

I am not sure which group I'll fall in, either the addicted or appalled, but I will be glued to the TV on Sunday night so I can chat about it with my friends during lunch on Monday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

D' Luxe Designs Giveaway - My Etsy Anniversary

I find it hard to believe it was just one year ago today that I launched my Etsy shop, D' Luxe Designs. I'd already begun building my greeting card portfolio, when my friend Jen suggested I give Etsy a try.

Unknown to me at the time, being on Etsy has opened several doors to me.

From joining the etsy street teams and interacting with other handmade artists, I 've met many great people and learned alot to take my business to the next level. I've even developed a following at local craft shows and been contacted by a few retailers to carry both my jewelry and greeting card lines.

To celebrate, I am sponsoring the "D'Luxe Designs Anniversary Giveway".

Just leave a comment for this post and you will be eligible to win the bracelet above. This design is called "The Secret Life of Leaves". A blank D'Luxe Designs greeting card will be included with your shipment. Entry deadline is March 11, 2009. Limited to U.S. entries.

Thanks for the support!

Monday, March 2, 2009

D' Luxe Beauty - Perfectly Polished with Sephora by OPI

If your nail salon is like mine, you need to bring your own polish if you want the latest colors. When the snow melts, my next stop is to Sephora for the new SEPHORA by OPI Spring 2009 nail polish collection.

Sephora has partnered with OPI to create SEPHORA by OPI, a line of nail polish and nail care formulated by products by OPI, available exclusively at Sephora stores in the U.S.

If you are feeling the look of the 6 Spring 2009 colors, there are 54 additional colors for you to fall in love with. MSRP: $9. I'm off to stock up on Techno Girl.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Damask Decadence

Damask. Brocade. Baroque. These patterns represent old world luxury in a modern classic way. No longer just prevalent in wallpaper, the presence of damask has become a cross category favorite. Combining damask with this season's hot trend of black and white makes a bold statement. Highlight these items with a hint of teal to turn your look from classy to sassy.

1. Jessie Steele hostess apron; 2. Velvet beaded shade; 3. Chiasso balance scale; 4. Wessley.net widescreen wallpaper; 5. Kailo Chic necklace; 6. Debenhams towels; 7. Williams Sonoma chair; 8. Geisswein rain boots; 9. Juicy Couture bangle; 10. Gaiam aluminum water bottle; 11. Luxe mirror jewelry box; 12. Kroom Maggie storage shelf

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