Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bewitching Bows


I hope you're all thoroughly enjoying the holidays. I, myself, have had quite a lot to deal with over the past few weeks. School work, as many of you know, can be extremely challenging, time-consuming and stressful. On top of that, I've had to deal with my laptop - which has all my files from the past year - being stolen and plenty of family issues.

However, despite all this, I think it's important to focus on all the blessings I do have and to continue to be happy no matter what happens. On Christmas Eve, I did something I've never done before. I went with a group of people from my church to give a Christmas meal, gifts and lots of love at a men's homeless shelter. It was such a fantastic experience being able to put smiles on the faces of those who don't have much else. I encourage all of you, if you haven't already, to give something meaningful to those who are less fortunate especially during this holiday season.

Speaking of gifts, what better time is there than the Christmas holidays to adorn yourself in gorgeous bows?

They made a chic appearance in many Spring 2009 shows such as Requiem, Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Moschino. (Interesting how they're all done in a black and white colour scheme huh?)

One of my favourite uses of bows in the Spring 2009 collections has to be these gorgeous black and white booties from Chanel. *Drool* Oh Karl, you will always have my heart...

While you and I may not be able to afford Chanel at this very moment, you can indulge in some pretty fab and inexpensive alternatives below.

Price: $29.99

Satin Bow Cardigan
Price: US$22.80

Bow Leather Glove
Price: UK£8.00 (US$11.75)

ASOS Bow Back Satin Court Shoes
Price: UK
£30.00 (US$18.00)

ASOS Bow One Shoulder Top
UK£20.00 (US$30.00)

Raspberry Bow Detail Tights
Price: UK£5.00 (US$7.35)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fine Jewelry Finds

If you're one who is into fine jewelry or looking to purchase an item for a loved one, I found a great store that would be perfect for you.

My Jewelry is an online store devoted to bringing "the latest in fine jewelry styling at an everyday low price." They have obviously stayed true to their mission as the store boasts plenty of positive testimonials from customers pleased with the products and services they received.

I'm always relieved when I come across well-organized online stores because it makes for a great, stress-free shopping experience. My Jewelry makes navigation simple with basic jewelry categories such as Earrings, Rings and Pendants placed prominently at the top of the site as well as other categories in the sidebars such as Popular Searches, Price and Featured Collections that help to further refine your searches.

If money isn't a concern, you may enjoy browsing sections such as Diamond Stud Earrings (because they're just so classic and beautiful - you really can't go wrong there.) and Blue Topaz Jewelry (because blue is even more gorgeous when it's combined with semi-precious stones.)

However, for those who are being a little more budget conscious this holiday season like I am, there are also many lovely and interesting pieces to choose from under $50.

Here are some of my favourites listed below: