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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Schiffer Fashion Press Look Book: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York Spring 2014

This is a product review for Schiffer Fashion Press. All opinions are 100% my own.
I received The SFP LookBook: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections to review.

Have you cleaned out your closet for Spring? I completed mine several weeks ago. What challenges me the most (after a closet clean-out), is making OLD outfits NEW again. I'm always asking myself, how can I breathe NEW life into an outfit? How can I SPICE it up? My friends at Schiffer Fashion Press came to my rescue, by sending me a copy of their Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Look Book ($45 USD). The SFP Look Book gave me NEW fashion & styling inspiration! I blogged about NYFW (Spring 2014), but I seemed to have missed some things! An important one...MIXING COLORS! I'm a neutral girl at heart. The majority of my closet is black, white, beige and brown. I have specks of color here & there, but for the most part I keep things neutral. As I was flipping through this look book, designers such as Donna Karan mixed ORANGE & BROWN, Jenny Packham mixed LIME & BLUE, and Lela Rose mixed BLUE & ORANGE. I've also seen a lot of ORANGE, WHITE & TURQUOISE around the blogosphere lately. I would've never thought to mix those colors. Also, basic colors such as NAVY, were paired with BROWN and BROWN with WHITE (Michael Kors). So that puts a nice spin & twist on neutrals! I looked in my closet to see what I could do! I'm pairing my Emma Go sparkly sandals (w/hints of blue & silver), with an orange maxi skirt, white top, wicker handbag and my Dior Summer Mix Collection. I'm not bold enough to wear a turquoise top with that orange skirt, but maybe some small turquoise jewelry (necklace, earrings, belt) would pair well with it for a separate outfit. Are there any COLOR COMBINATIONS you plan on trying out this Spring/Summer? Will you stick with NEUTRALS? I would like to thank SFP for sending me this book. I previously reviewed Fall/Winter 2013 Look Book and loved it. I hope they continue sending me copies of their latest editions, because they're excellent references that help me with styling. Plus Fashion Week moves so quickly, it's hard keeping up with everything. With this book, you have everything at your fingertips.


Monday, April 28, 2014

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
 This post is interactive. Dial 504.799.0176 Enter the sculpture number followed by the # key.
It will tell you about each sculpture. Cell & telephone rates apply. This is a US number.

Challenge #15 (The Final AVEENO® De-Stress Challenge) - A Real Life Wonderland - I've blogged about Storyland, Morning Call and the Peristyle in City Park, but I've never visited The Sculpture Garden. I thought it contained a couple of sculptures! Boy, was I wrong! There are MANY and once you step through the gates, you'll feel like you're in a different world. If you visit New Orleans, put this on your to-do-list. It's open 7 days a week (closed on legal holidays), it's FREE & there are over 64 sculptures. You will feel like you're Alice In Wonderland (but grown up). It's sweet. It's trippy. It's omg'd. There's literally a surprise around every corner. It has an Asian aesthetic to it. It's peaceful. It's tranquil. It's serene. This would be a fabulous place to propose (some spots are so romantic). I would be tickled pink. Guess what? They also show vintage movies in the evenings (Friday's) during the Spring/Summer (check listings & weather). How fab! I want to go! I always think about the scene with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, when I hear about an outdoor classic movie. So sweet! So romantic! The Sculpture Garden is right next to The New Orleans Museum Of Art (I'll have to do a post on that next. They don't allow pics, but I'll show you the outside & cafe). This is my NEW outdoor WONDERLAND! I definitely want to go back and take it all in. I hope I captured it's essence for you below. Click on the pictures below to make them larger. Each sculpture has an amazing story (dial the number above, enter the sculpture number and then press the # key...telephone/cell rates apply). Thank You AVEENO! The last 3 weeks have truly been amazing! I found new ways to de-stress and learned how to put a new spin on old ones. This challenge definitely made me think differently. FYI AVSB Readers: My next blog post will be Wednesday. My dress below is from Garnet Hill.

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