Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Gucci corduroy pants
matchesfashion.com

Steve Madden high heel shoes
$120 – selfridges.com

Lana post earrings
bergdorfgoodman.com

Cologne perfume
perfumeemporium.com

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Rose gold and black

Rose gold and black

Ted Baker zipper jeans
$165 – tedbaker.com

Leather tote
runway2street.com

Olivia Burton roman numeral watch
$92 – selfridges.com

Topshop gel polish kit
$11 – topshop.com

Outlander costumes

Recently I was able to catch the last weekend of the 10th annual exhibition celebrating the “Art of Television Costume Design” at the FIDM Musem and Galleries. The event included Emmy-nominated designs from eight television shows including Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and American Story, to name a few. My personal favorite was those from the second season of the Starz hit series Outlander. Based on the time traveling books by Diana Gabaldon, the costumes are brought to life by the show’s costume designer Terry Dresbach. I will note that I have not read the book series as of yet. The second season is set in Paris France and the collection of outfits for each and every character is extraordinary. My personal favorite is the black and white dress worn by Claire played by Caitriona Balfe, that was said to have been inspired by Christian Dior.

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DIY She-Ra Costume

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are like me, you want an easy, no fuss look. That’s why I love t-shirt costumes. They are comfortable, and you can wear them with jeans. I bought this She-Ra top a few years ago and didn’t add any special touches the first year I wore it, but the second year I decided to get a little more fancy and add a headpiece.

The crown was drawn free-hand (based on this tutorial) onto gold glitter foam sheets measured to my head. I found a large jewel to glue on the center and taped the whole thing to a skinny headband. Voila! You have an easy peasy headpiece to go with your t-shirt. It probably won’t hold up over time, but it works.

Feeling like a bad mom?

I don’t know a mom out there that doesn’t feel guilty at one time or another, (or in my case at least 100 times a day). In this culture of social media and documenting every second of our lives it is easier than ever to compare your parenting skills to just about everyone from your neighbors to celeb moms. I haven’t had time to see the movie Bad Moms, but just from the trailer, I knew I would relate. I am looking forward to the digital release of the film on October 18th when I can put my kiddos to bed and laugh about this #momlife of mine. Want to win a digital copy of the movie? Until then, enjoy one of my favorite videos on the different types of moms you meet. 

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My Destiny

The fall season is in full swing with hopes of cooler temps and pumpkin flavored everything. As we welcome in October, it is also a time to acknowledge a major issue for women’s health, breast cancer awareness. Currently, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which is a scary thought as you look around your circle of friends.

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This month I am proud to partner with an incredible organization called My Destiny that provides financial assistance and emotional support to those that are at risk of developing breast cancer and help offset the many costs of preventive measures such as additional breast screenings and genetic testing.

I was also surprised to learn that there is a higher risk of ovarian cancer in women that are at risk or have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage, making it harder to treat. It’s important for every woman to be diligent about getting their annual checkups and genetic testing when able. You can learn more about ovarian cancer here.

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It is my honor to donate 60% of the proceeds from my Destiny Collection and 10% off any pink-hued item at LoveYourBling.com to My Destiny to help cope emotionally and finally from this disease.

Below is a collection of quotes from women that have benefited from the support provided by My Destiny.

bccb17ac8384f86a961e54b180a021bd“The group has been a blessing.  You are looking at your family, knowing your breasts are time bombs, and wanting to live for them.  You are filled with fear, but also wanting to do whatever is necessary to see your children grow up.  Finding this group of like minded mothers, daughters, warriors, made the journey not just possible, but doable.  When you don’t think you have the strength to go another step, the BBs are there, with support, love, prayers.  The time bombs have been defused.

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are “me too”.  That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you are not alone, and that others have been down the same road”.

“I don’t know what I would have done without the group. I found it shortly before my prophylactic double mastectomy. When I started having complication after complication it felt like the ladies in the group were the only people that could even begin to comprehend what I was going through. It’s not just a Facebook group its a true sisterhood…one I am very proud to be a part of.”

“When I first joined the prophylactic mastectomy group (my destiny) there were 250 members. Although family members were going through similar procedures due to our brca1 status I still felt disconnected. It’s amazing how people who aren’t even in the same times zone can ‘get’ what you’re going through. People in this group supported me through hellish months and for that I’ll be forever grateful. 3.5 years later I’m still a member of the group that has a ridiculous amount of ladies looking for support. It makes you wonder where we would all be without My Destiny. For me I have no idea, but my life wouldn’t have been as rich as it is without it in it.

“I feel alive and hopeful of life now!.. My Destiny’s FB group has been a huge resource for my healing.  Thank you so much for helping make it possible to get my surgeries.”

“I don’t know what I would have done without the group. I found it shortly before my prophylactic double mastectomy. When I started having complication after complication it felt like the ladies in the group were the only people that could even begin to comprehend what I was going through. It’s not just a Facebook group its a true sisterhood…one I am very proud to be a part of.”

DIY Striped wall art with roses

I am asked many times how Love Your Bling® came to be, and it has been a long journey of DIY practices. Being crafty has always come naturally to me, but I have had a lot of teachers along the way. My grandmother taught me to sew doll clothes by hand when I was about five or six years old, and in middle school, my teacher gave me an appreciation for cross stitching. All this is a far cry from jewelry making. However, I learned how to make something out of nothing.

Recently I attended a local crafting event hosted by the Gypsyz Road Show and picked up a new interested in decoupaging. I learned some helpful techniques and was inspired to make a wall hanging for my office.

 

Supplies

  • 8×8″ Wood Plaque
  • Decorative paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • sandpaper (optional)

I started by lightly sanding the plaque and applying a thick coat of Mod Podge®. I cut out the striped sheet slightly smaller than the board and smoothed it out over the mod podge and covered it again with another coat. Next, I cut out the flowers from the second scrapbook sheet and covered the backs of the flowers with the Mod Podge® to place on the stripes. I am not very patient in waiting for it to dry between coats, but I tried. You can read more about decoupaging techniques here. Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recap of BlogHer 216

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the BlogHer Conference. The three-day event was held in sunny Los Angeles, California with keynote speakers like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sheryl Crow, and social media mogul, Kim Kardashian West.

Sarah Michelle Gellar talked about her new business and challenges of being a woman entrepreneur. Sheryl Crow focused on her battle with breast cancer and living a simpler, less technological life with her two boys. Kim Kardashian drew the most media attention for the event, focusing on life in the public eye.

My favorite break-out session was with speakers Tiffany Pham and Julie Ross Godar. Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, a platform for connecting women to trending content, while Julie oversees the editorial aspects for Blogher.com. Together they spoke about Owning Your Expertise. As women, we tend to minimize our accomplishments and undermine own proficiency on anything from mothering to our career performance. It resonated with me and my mission to encourage others to “love your bling” and highlight that which makes you unique.

Being in LA, there was a slew of celebrities. I woke up bright and early for an event hosted by Staples with surprise celebrity guests Gabrielle Reese and Lori Loughlin. My inner teen fangirl came out for an event hosted by Goodnites underwear with guest Ian Ziering star of a few Sharknado films and my personal fave the original 90210.

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Another fun aspect of the conference is, of course, the swag. There was also an expo hall with great sponsors such Garnier, Best Buy, Baskin Robbins, and Russell Stover Candies to name a few. Love Your Bling® was also a sponsor via The Artisan Group, but was lucky enough to receive handmade swag by Clever Kim’s Curios, JDzigner, Starletta Designs, Nan Gates Designs, and BadTags.

 

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Swag from The Artisan Group®

BlogHer was the third conference I have attended this year, with one more scheduled for the end of September. It is always good to network with other people that speak your same language about what you are interested in and escape your everyday routine.