Saturday, February 27, 2010

Today's Soundtrack & Giveaway Winner

Wanted to share my latest musical obsession with you guys to brighten your day!

Lykke Li does many viral videos performing on city streets, and even public bathrooms! Just search her and you will see for yourself. I love how she is keeping music on the streets in the middle of life where it is alive and infectious. She is notorious for using unconventional instruments in her music, spoons, metal chains, megaphones, and even her stomping her heels!

Here is Lykke Li "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
This wasn't my favorite video link of this but the really good one wouldn't let me embed the video..bummer. So check out her stuff darlings, you won't be dissappointed!

Now for the Zig-Zags Giveaway Winner...

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Congrats to The Lone Dollier of Dolls, Etc. !!!

Not a winner today, try and change that...the Emelia Jane Photography giveaway is going on now and what an inspiring giveaway it is!

Bonne Chance Mes Cheries!

Friday, February 26, 2010

I Heart NYFW

Maybe its because I was raised in America, but darlings I must confess that I believe New York City hosts the best Fashion Week! Granted Paris does give them quite a run for their money, and rightfully so, but as Paris is very elegant, I love that New York showcases an elegance, mixed with edgy spice which is very much my style. The forecast for Fall 2010 is deeply colorful and wonderfully intoxicating, here are my favorites from the Big Apple.

Warm coats.
Nanette Lepore has put everything I love about fall in one ensemble! Layers, plaid, and PUMPKIN! This gorgeous coat is sure to keep you fashionable warm while you sip your apple cider and stroll through Central Park.

Ok so I must admit I have always found Marc Jacobs a little overrated. It seems everything he touched turned to gold at the whims of many a socialite who have yet to decide things for themselves, BUT I was beyond impressed with his F/W10 line. Every piece was elegant and rich, and I was even shocked when he appeared for his bow... no longer the gangley awkward designer in chucks and a t-shirt, he has embraced growing up with a very distinguished suit chic look! This is a new Marc Jacobs I can totally get on board with.

Another good one from Marc Jacobs, this fall it will be all about CLOAKS!! So put on your Victorian mentality and maybe grab a fur muff haha. I'm excited for this elegant revisit.

Loving this wide lapel look by Christian Siriano, very chic for everyday.

The entire Victoria Beckham line is oozing with lovely classic pieces you could wear to work or out in the city. You will recognize many of the dresses as they are just like the ensembles V dons on a daily basis, chic and streamline. Very classic.

Carolina Herrera has always been a favorite designer of mine. She has such a classic taste but still spices it up, I love the asymmetrical look of this brick red dress.

The always vibrant Anna Sui is certainly in her domain as this Fall will be all about patterns, patterns, patterns! This scarf dress is great as you could very easily transition it from a fun office number to a dinner date by just changing shoes and jewelry.

ADAM made such an interesting look with this volumous dress that I couldn't stop looking at it. Even in a conservative work environment, I'm pretty sure this is still a go, maybe paired with a tiny jacket/blazer for safety.

Woo Hoo Bensoni really knows office chic! And take note of the mini hat adorning the model...can you all please help me bring these back in full force. Lets have the world wearing hats again!

Cynthia Steffe has me coveting the school girl look yet again. Wonderful accordian pleating with over the knee socks, you will be all the rage this fall. (Isn't it wonderfully Clueless)?!

Color, color, color. Thank you Carlos Miel!
This is such a flattering dress, and so vibrant, its perfect.

So this Alice + Olivia ensemble is certainly not for the faint of heart, but I am drooling over it.
I think the feathers are a fun way to accent the (yet again) shoulder pad trend. I am still boycotting shoulder took me years to rid my mother's closet of them, but I can always get on board with anything feather adorned. And leather is HUGE as you have been seeing, but a box pleated leather skirt? Sign me up!

Although I'm not the biggest fan of jumpers, this one by À Détacher I must say has gotten my attention. I think its because A.its cropped pants and B.its strapless. And take note for the fall velvet is in full swing.

Ok so maybe less applicable for everyday but the girly girl inside of me yearns for pretty dresses to twirl and strut around in. Here's another great one from Marc Jacobs, I told you his line is fab! Plus, loving the long gloves, another thing I wouldn't mind becoming mainstream again.

Marchesa had a very fun line, but I couldn't help but highlight these flirty numbers. And yes, I'm aware the bottom will probably only be worn at some fashion party but I couldn't resist posting yet another example of fashionable tattooage! I've been telling you for quite sometime darlings, tattoos are so haute!

This dress reminded me of a more modest version of Carrie Bradshaw's "Naked Dress" I love how form fitting and sexy it is. Cushnie et Ochs certainly did a great job with the detailing as well.

Asymmetric love is everyone darlings and Naeem Khan gets my gold star for the best final product. I love the idea of only one sleeve, and then with all this cultural embellishment I would just love to paint the town red in this gold frock!

Evening Gowns.
Sparkly and lovely in another Naeem Khan, I thinks its the first long sleeve gown I have loved.

Marchesa made such a seductive number with the sheer trumpet bottom of this gorgeous dress. I could see this easily making the best dressed list of any red carpet event.

Purple is still the raging color and Douglas Hannant has hit the nail on the head in this show stopping number.

This Reem Acra number would make me feel like a modern day fairy tale princess!

Bibhu Mahapatra has me speechless...figuratively of course. I'm still in love with the half gloves and then pairing them with a gown, much like Serena on Gossip Girl, is perfection. One can just get lost in all the detailing in the ruching and draping!

So to recap,
Velvet, gloves, and vibrant colors...
patterns, Victorian, and lots of asymmetry...
shoulders, leather, and over the knee...
What more could a girl ask for to see?

This fall has made sure not to disappoint,
thank you New York for your hard work and wonderful inspiration!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Emelia Jane Photography Giveaway

As you all can probably gather, one of the things that greatly inspires me is photography. Beautiful images truly do cover a thousand words, and I have found just the photographer to place the thousand words of your choice on your own wall.

Emelia Jane Photography has teamed up with Embellished to offer one lucky Embellisher a 5x7 or 5x5 print of their favorite photo! This truly stunning work has a very talented person behind its lens, so lets learn more about Emelia Jane...

1. How did you get started in photography?
My grandfather was a great lover of photography and I became interested in cameras and photographs due to his sheer delight of taking a snap shot! We would look at old family photographs for hours and every picture had a story. I wanted to create stories as well, make sure that the memories were passed on not only though words but as images. I took my first real photography class as a freshman in high school and immediately became completely enthralled! I loved every minute; the large camera, threading the film onto reels in the darkroom and watching the image appear in the chemicals...pure magic!

2. What catches your eye and draws your inspiration?
I always have my camera by my side! You never know when you might find something unbelievably remarkable in the most mundane of places (I have been known to jump out of moving cars and crawl into an abandoned building if something catches my eye!) I am inspired by the unusual and extraordinary beauty hiding within ordinary objects. I love looking at an image and being transported to the feeling of that particular moment in time...the smell of a garden in the early morning, the electricity before a summer storm, the warmth of a loved possession. It brings me so much pleasure to know that when I capture an image in my lens, that flash in time will never reoccur, however it will live on forever in my photograph!

3. How did you decide to go from Hobby to Business?
I always thought that maybe someday I could be a photographer, work on my passion full time and then that someday unexpectedly came! I, along with the rest of my co-workers were laid off one spring afternoon last year. After years of working a full time job (and being a full time nanny after hours for my bosses child!) I was handed unlimited free time! At first I was shaken and then after taking a few deep breaths I signed into Etsy, became a seller (I was already a buyer), opened my shop and had my first sale within a week! I also pounded the pavement with my portfolio showing it to anyone who would look and started doing wholesale! Now I am doing what I love and enjoying every moment!!!

4. What's your favorite thing about EmeliaJane Photography?
I love that I am able to share my inspiration and passion with others! I am so thankful to everyone who has supported me; every sale is thrilling! I just love the fact that people have my photography hanging in there homes, that my images bring people joy is the very best gift and my absolute favorite thing!!!

5. If you could have any super power what would it be?
Oooo! It is so hard to decide between flying and being invisible! Flying would be so much fun and I could travel the world anytime I wished!!! I could be in the clouds or fly over the desert and the freedom!... BUT being invisible when ever I wanted, well think of the possibilities!!!

6. Any extra tidbits?
Other than being a photographer I am also an avid illustrator (I have a second shop I love bird watching, old cemetery’s, treasure hunting, traveling, being in the great outdoors and l adore chocolate!

That is the American Dream isn't it? Taking the bad hand you've been dealt and building from that on the dream you've always wanted. That's the beauty of Americans that I cherish so much, there is a constant idea of something bigger, we think big and we go big. This concept leads to big success, but most importantly it leads to outstanding fulfillment in the spirit of the dream bearer; a wonderful and priceless quality. Be sure to check out the Emelia Jane Photography Blog as well for inspiration at your fingertips!

Embellishers, its a 4 day contest so doors close Monday, March 1st at Midnight NYC time darlings so hurry and enter for your own piece of inspiration.

You have 4 ways to enter...but be sure you leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry or it unfortunately won't be counted!

and comment below on your favorite photo
2. Be a follower of The Embellished Life Blog
3. Tweet about this giveaway
(be sure to tag @fashiondiva304 and comment the URL below)
4. Be a fan of Embellished on Facebook

Good luck and God speed Darlings!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fall 2010 Here we come!

What a whirlwind NYFW has been! I have started reviewing the runway shows and am LOVING the forecast for Fall 2010 darlings. Finally, after complaining for a couple seasons the runways are dripping with brilliant colors of all shades and tones. It seems NY has had enough black and cream for now and are re-embracing my favorite thing about fall: COLOR!

*thanks Flickrista for the pic*

So prepare yourself for a large dose of Fall Fashion in the coming posts mes cheries, its going to be an exciting ride!

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

In the meantime win yourself the perfect accessory for Spring! The giveaway ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Introducing: Jessica Kelly Photography

Oui mes cheries! I have officially expanded embellished into the photography category! I am so excited for the possibilites. I honestly love you can tell by my photo heavy blog, pictures inspire me...and I can't wait to have my pieces inspire others. I got so many comments from you all on a regular basis about my work that I was thrilled when it finally pushed me enough for expansion!

So, without further ado, please enjoy the following pieces up for sale now on Embellished.

All Paris in September, but the last is my personal Creme de la Creme if you will!

These are all in Lille, where I am residing currently. And the last I am loving...notice a pattern?

No photo studio of mine would be complete without my favorite place in the World!

STAY TUNED because they will continually be more to come! I have a traveling soul that is permanently attached to a camera makes for an inspiring combination!

What do you think?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chained Melody Giveaway

Crocheted things are just adorable, and around your neck they are typically referred to as a scarf but now there is a new twist on the classic craft, mixed with fun statement necklaces that will have you lining up for more! Laci, of Zig-Zags, has found the perfect way to craft this quaint craft into a fun fashion statement!

*photos compliments of Zig Zags*

1. When/how did you learn to crochet?
I can't even REMEMBER, probably since I was born :)! But I do know that my mother definitely taught me everything, although at one point I had to re-learn everything since I stopped doing it for a long while :)

2. What inspired you to be a Crafty Entrepreneur?
A desperate need to be MORE than just MOM. I love, love, love my kids but I needed ME time you know?

3. What do you love most about your shop currently?
The colors! blues greens reds, yellows purples, yes yes yes! Item-wise it would have to be all my necklaces that I have recently posted :)

4. What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Clothing! I just bought my first surger, and I can't wait to make some things, I have lots of ideas already, I was just waiting on the proper tools to make them !

5. If you could have a super power what would it be?
NEVER NEED SLEEP! I would get SOOO much more done if the pesky Sandman kept away! Plus before I had kids I was a complete night owl. I could stay up all night long and feel just fine but now I know I will regret it if I stay up too late (especially since my 3 year old son likes to wake up early and have a picnic with random food in front of the fridge with the door wide open...and for WHO KNOWS how long!) GRRR! :)

6. Anything else you would like to mention?
I just wanted to mention to any new Etsiens a few things I have learned in the short amount of time I have been running my shop: I have found, (and read) that really you should focus on a small selection of items at first, see what sells well, and MAKE MORE! I know you want to go crazy showing the world EVERYTHING you can do, but seriously, it will cause you a lot less stress to just take it easy, and find your niche. Also, make friends, read Etsy's forums, and comment comment comment... and NOT in a spammy sort of way, but a friendly get-to-know-you-and-support-you sort of way :) This is all about community, and communication and friendship, USE it! It is not only beneficial, but FUN!

Be sure to fan Zig-Zags on Facebook HERE for the latest info on the shop!

So you know the drill, its a giveaway! Laci is going to give one lucky Embellisher her latest Chain Me Up necklace in Lemon-Lime Crime, pictured just above. How fun, this is the perfect thing to transition your warm winter wardrobe to your bright flirty spring closet as it fits both!

You have multiple ways to enter over the next 4 days so hurry. Contest ends Thursday, February 25th at midnight NYC time.

1. Visit Zig-Zags and comment below on your favorite item
2. Tweet about this giveaway (Tag @Fashiondiva304)
3. Become a follower of the blog The Embellished Life
4. Become a fan of Embellished on Facebook HERE

Hurry and make this warm neckbling yours!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Caution: World Changer

A recent episode of one of my favorite shows got me thinking about the world and how much it changes from one generation to the next. A subplot in the show dealt a lot with how gender and race minorities used to be treated in the professional world. I always find it fascinating to see period entertainment like this, to get that glimpse of what working conditions used to be like. I cannot imagine ever being treated in such a demeaning excluded manner just for being a woman. My personality has always lead me to be quite a force to be reckoned with in the working world. I was raised to shoot for the stars and do anything my heart desired.

*thank you Flickr for the photo*

Thanks to the generations before me, my generation has only known ability. We are the product of the effects of the women's movement of the 80s, and all other minority movements before that. I have been raised to only know a world that sits at my fingertips, where I can dream to be the President if I so choose, or CEO of my own company (which has always been my direction...for some reason even as I child I was always the little entrepreneur). Being a woman has never made me pause to think if I can do something, in fact quite the contrary. Being a woman has pushed me that much more to always do exactly what I dream, it gives me that extra drive to prove that being "like a girl" is the best thing anyone could ask for.

So allow your handicaps to be your strengths darlings, you have them for a reason. I have seen over and over again that people who come from struggle and use that as their actual source of power can fly even higher in the face of adversity. Don't dwell on your weakness and let it hold you down, rather use that ball and chain to catapult you into the realm of your dreams. You aren't going to change who you are, you need to embrace yourself and that will enable you to be the best version the world could ever hope for.

So what will you do to change the world?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunny Saturday & Giveaway Winner

Here's some weekend love to cheer you up darlings. I hope you had a wonderful week and have an even better weekend. Enjoy your day of errand running and your day of relaxation while you can!

*thank you C.Sebastion from Tumblr for the photo*

Don't you just love cab pictures? I know I do and with a bunch of balloons is even more fabulous! These balloons go to our winner for the Tetrik Giveaway. One lovely Embellisher's weekend is about to get that much happier!

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Congrats Cindy!

Don't forget to stop by Tetrik for one of a kind handmade accessories to help you stand out in a crowd.

embrace being unique darlings!

xoxo, Jessica

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rock Bottom for a Reason

Although none of us seek them out, or await their arrival, hard times are inevitable and push us off our high horses into a pit of despair. Everyone goes through hard times, but the deciding factor in your future that can separate you from the crowd is what you do WITH your hard times. With every battle you face you are given a great occasion for growth.

Looking back on the hard times I have had, I realize that it was when I was at my weakest that my greatest doors of opportunity were opened. It was there, where I broke down and felt like there was nowhere else to go, that I got up dusted myself off and taught myself a new way to walk. You just have to adjust to the wrenches life may throw in your path and retrain yourself. You will be stronger in the end which will enable you to battle the next downhill, whenever it materializes.

It is all in your perspective, you can certainly wallow in your situation, or you can begin looking for the solution. "Yes, things are bad, so where do I go from here?" If you focus so long on the little thorn in your foot how will you ever look up to see that your dream is sitting right in front of you? I'm not sure what provoked this verbal inspiration today, but it gave me an excellent train of thought that I had to share with you darlings immediately...

*photo compliments of flickr*

When the sky starts falling, there's no better time to catch the stars and make your dreams come true.
~ Jessica Kelly

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Olympia Wonderland

What better way to start off a brand new decade than with a lovely dose of the Olympics! I just love The Games, but it is quite interesting watching them from a different country. I always took for granted following every event, tailored to what I am interested in watching, but in France they obviously are spotlighting the French Olympians and their stats. I suddenly have to do extra research to see how MY country is doing! Turns out, pretty well. America is in the lead for medals right now, and I'm very proud.

*photo compliments of JClabarca on Flikr*

Personally, I'm looking forward to the Women's Figure Skating but that isn't for another week.

What have been your favorite Vancouver moments so far darlings?

What are you looking forward to the most?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mardi Gras Mayhem

One day late but better than never right? How was your Mardi Gras darlings? Any great stories? Personally, I've never had a super exciting Mardi Gras, maybe I just live in the wrong area, maybe next year I should give New Orleans a try.

I just LOVED this photo on Flikr and had to share it with you. Don't you love the idea of a Masquerade? Its so mysterious! So be it Mardi Gras or a Masquerade Ball find a reason to don an enchanting mask and seek out your own prince for midnight!

Share your Mardi Gras love darlings!

And don't forget to enter the Awesome Tetrik Giveaway HERE for a chance to embrace being unique!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Birds of a Feather Giveaway

If you have ever spent any time on my Etsy shop it is not hard to conclude that I have a slight obsession with feathers. I love how they are a constant contradiction: natural but not plain, simple yet unique, and always elegant. So naturally, when I found Tetrik on Etsy I had to introduce you guys to this wonderful feather filled shop!

I caught up with Tianna for a little chat, and she has generously offered a $25 giveaway for all Embellishers to enter! So take a look and start of dreaming of what could soon be in your jewelry box!

*photos compliments of Tetrik*

1. How did you get to where you are now?
A lot of time and dedication! I’ve always been a creative person, so exploring different mediums of art has always appealed to me.

I started my business 5 years ago when I was just 15. In the beginning it was just plain “hobo” bags made out of recycled material from the thrift store that I sold to my friends. In high school I really got into screen printing so out of my basement/sauna-turned-darkroom I incorporated my own hand-drawn art onto the purses and began getting more recognized outside of my friends circle. After high-school I went on a hiatus and did some travelling throughout SE Asia and Mexico. Last fall I made my first feather headband and had such a positive response from the public that I couldn't ignore.

The pivotal point for me was getting my work seen in stores. I sold over 50 headbands in 4 different retail locations in just two months so all of a sudden I was running a business again! Since then I haven’t looked back!

2. What is your favorite thing having your shop?
I love the ability to connect with people from all over! I’ve met so many amazing people! It’s the best feeling in the world when someone chooses your product over the millions of others floating around on the internet, to me that’s one of the biggest compliments.

3. What can we look to see from you in the future?
For Spring/Summer 2010 there’s going to be more beautiful feather creations to come. Single earrings with long and flowing feathers with gold findings to go along with the pretty pastels and lingerie inspired looks on the runway this season. More beautiful iridescent parrot feather earrings and also perhaps a necklace line in the works but I’m not giving away all my secrets!

4. If you could have a super power what would it be?
To be able to fly!

5. Any special tidbits?
All my parrot feathers are naturally molted and when possible I use feathers I’ve collected from my parents beach home, or the local park where they have beautiful peacocks and ducks.

I most of all LOVE doing custom pieces, so if you have a special occasion coming up and you want something really unique and like my style feel free to contact me! Check out my facebook fan page for photos of previous custom orders!

The soft bohemian feel of Tetrik's line, along with the slight Native American inspiration is both serene and inviting. Be sure to check out her shop, and facebook page for the latest scoop on Tianna's Earthy line. I wish I could enter this lovely contest, but nonetheless I hope you win!

This giveaway is 4 days so be sure to get your entry in now!
Doors close Friday, February 19th at Midnight NYC time.

Of course you have several options to enter, and even get extra entries! *Be sure for the extra entries you leave a SEPARATE comment to get credit for it*

1. Visit Tetrik and comment below on your favorite piece.
2. Follow this blog
3. Tweet about this giveaway (include @Fashiondiva304)
4. Become a fan of Embellished on Facebook HERE

Good luck darlings!

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