Oct 31, 2011

Beat The Vacation Blues {Guest Post} Jillian from Cornflake Dreams

Hello there, it's jillian from cornflake dreams! i am super excited to be guest posting on Fashion Truffles while the lovely vivi is off on her adventure of a honeymoon! i thought i would do a little post about how to beat the blues once they return. my fiance just took a trip to barcelona and madrid and luckly i was too busy with other crazy life stuff (new job, new condo) to really let the post-vaca blues get me down...but just in case here are a few uppers::

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 create a photo book of all of your trip photos! i love using iphoto on my mac laptop but shutterfly and lulu work too!

plan your next adventure! even if you dont have a ton of money you might be able to get away to a domestic location (check out travelzoo for deals).

treat yourself to vacation inspired dinner. visit a new to you restaurant that serves up your favorite trip dish. i cant wait to go to a spanish restaurant and order croquettes, patatas bravas and paella vegetariana! 

don't forget the drinks! ever since we returned from spain i have been craving red sangria with fruit and cinnamon and my fiance is on the hunt for a speciality beer he had in barcelona.

thank you again to vivi for inviting me to post on her blog, stop by cornflake dreams anytime for a daily dose of inspiration.

what do you do to cheer up after you return from a big trip?!

xo,
jillian

Oct 29, 2011

Today Is The Day!!!

Today is the day I walk down the aisle to marry the love of my life. 

Oct 28, 2011

Fall Picks {Guest Post} Kirby from The Short and the Sweet of It

Hi friends! Kirby from The Short and the Sweet of It here. I am so honored to be writing a guest post for Viv while she is off getting hitched! 

I love the change of seasons, and even though it isn't as drastic in southern California I find myself drawn for classic looks during autumn. Here are a few pieces I am majorly crushing on for fall:


1. Clare Vivier Black Pebble Clutch: Clutches are kind of my weakness, and this one is fresh yet timeless.
2. ASOS Metal Zip Knot Studs: I love subtle jewelry and these studs are so well priced!
3. Steve Madden Suede Peep-Toes: With my long hours, I need shoes that can take me from work to drinks. Bingo.
4. Topshop Tweed Jacket: This cardigan-meets-jacket is work and weekend appropriate.

These fall pieces can be paired with a classic LBD, skinny jeans or black trousers - and I just might have to pick them up! What are you craving this fall?

Oct 27, 2011

It's a Halloween Party


Danielle from Breakfast at Toast had an absolutely brilliant idea! FT is linking up with her and many other bloggers today for a series of Halloween related posts. I mean, who doesn't LOVE Halloween? Even more, who doesn't LOVE a Halloween party?!



There's so many great things you can do with pumpkins, ghosts, candy, candles... need I go on? You can deck out your house with jack-o-lanterns, fill pumpkins with tasty dips, soups, or stews, bake some delish halloween-y goodies and surprise your guests with an amazing party. Brilliant. Happy Halloween week, luvies!


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Oct 26, 2011

En Route To... Puerto Rico!

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We are now on our way to the sunny, enchanted island of Puerto Rico to get hitched! But do not worry. I have lined up some really exciting guest posts for the coming weeks. I mean, who better than Kirby, Jillian, Natasha, Shari, Liz, Tamra, Mae, Drew, Ashley, Kara, and Annemarie?! I'll tell you - absolutely no one. These ladies know fashion, style, design, and food so you are in GREAT hands! See you luvies back here on November 14!

Oct 24, 2011

Louboutin Craving

I want. I want. I want.
Do you think Santa is reading this?

Save or Splurge?


I had been eyeing this Isabel Marant sweater for a while, but it was waaaaaay out of my budget ($1070.) Then, as I was looking for some cozy knits to take on our honeymoon, I found this BB Dakota beauty! It was waaaaaay less pricey ($83!) and just as cute on! 

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Oct 21, 2011

Friday Afternoon Craving

I'm obsessing over tweed jackets this season. I was walking home from the subway last night when I passed by Nida, a relatively new store in the West Village, and saw the perfect tweed jacket.
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She's a true beauty, isn't she?

Happy weekends, luvies!

Oct 20, 2011

Preview of Our Wedding: Part 2

First of all, thank you all SO much for your sweet comments yesterday!! I'm so happy that I have gotten to know so many wonderful, lovely ladies :)
Now, back to our wedding preview: part 2...
Where do I even start? These last few weeks of preparations have been a bit overwhelming and crazy, but everything is coming together and I hope our wedding will be perfect and just as I envision it!
The first phase of wedding planning was prioritizing. We needed to decide which things we thought were more important and we were willing to spend more money on. The band, the photographer, and the venue ended up on the very top of our list of priorities! The band we chose will play a mix of Spanish music and American music, but we also hired a DJ so that the band can take breaks here and there and people will never have any down time :)
One of my favorite parts of a wedding is always the cocktail hour. Who doesn't love that first cocktail and the (usually) amazing hors d'eouvres that follow the ceremony? Our signature cocktail will be an incredible champagne sangria that we named The Vivineth cocktail (combination of K's and my name)!
The seating card table was a project I took very seriously. I wanted to incorporate the beach, tropical theme in our seating cards without making them look in any way cheesy. I think you will absolutely love the final product when I show you!
The reception tables will be of different shapes and sizes (mostly round and rectangular) and so will the centerpieces. I wanted to combinate high and low elements with the perfect lighting - candles - to make the room feel intimate and elegant.
The cake (yes, the cake) was something I didn't really put much attention to until we met with the pastry chef. I fell in love with the idea she presented to us - a four-tier cake (round) with seashells made out of white chocolate decorating the whole thing. Um, sign me up.
Ok, if I keep going I will never stop. Weddings are so full of details and it is those details that make it feel your own. Don't ever listen to anyone that tells you that you're putting too much emphasis on the little things because I truly believe it's those small details that make a wedding unique and so special to the newlyweds.
Only 9 days left until the BIG day and 5 days until we catch our flight to sunny Puerto Rico!
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Oct 19, 2011

The Beginning - Our Engagement

We are 10 days away from our wedding and I find myself going through our engagement pictures from 11 months ago.
Have I ever told you how K proposed? It was the best night of my life. On our fourth year anniversary K planned a dinner at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Columbus Circle. That Sunday, July 4, 2010, he had to go to the office for a bit so we decided we'd meet at the hotel bar for a cocktail before dinner once he left work. I spent the day lounging around the apartment and getting pretty. At 6pm we met for cocktails and had an amazing dinner right after. When it was time to get the check K excused himself to go to the bathroom. As I waited for him to return the restaurant manager approached me with an envelope that contained a key and said "Mr. N would like for you to meet him in Room 2130." I died, obviously. I felt like every single person in that dining room knew what was about to happen because they were staring at me with a big grin on their faces as I walked out in the direction of the elevators. I got on the elevator, still shaking, and arrived on the 21st floor. I'm not quite sure what my thoughts were as I walked through the hallway and to the room where K was waiting in, but I'm almost positive that I was extremely nervous. Without hesitation I swung open the door and there he was on one knee, shaking as well, and surrounded by rose petals and candles. I have NO idea what happened next, but I do know I said yes to his proposal! It's so hard to believe that I'm so close to being Mrs. N and marrying the love of my life. Time really flies when you're with the person you love most in the world!
The talented Erika Lyn was the photographer behind these shots. We chose a Fall afternoon for the shoot and all the pictures were taken in our neighborhood, the West Village, and in the Meatpacking District/High Line area. That day was absolutely magical!

Oct 18, 2011

Add A Little Bright

My coat closet is packed to the brim, but full of dark colored jackets, coats, vests, fleeces, etc. Black and gray are the predominant colors in all of my outerwear pieces. That's why I've decided that I'm in dire need of some color injections in my Fall and Winter coats!



1. Madewell Alexa Chung for Madewell Shrimp Coat, 2. J.Crew Double Cloth Chesapeake Coat, 3. Zara Double Breasted Coat
1. Zara Double Breasted Coat, 2. Zara Woollen Cloth Coat, 3. J.Crew Flared Perfect Coat

I'm thinking it would be better to stick to a neutral bright tone since I'm just not used to wearing fun colored outerwear. What do you think? Are you on the bright-colored coat boat this season?

Oct 17, 2011

Weekend Recap

This past weekend really went by in the blink of an eye. K and I spent time with friends, ran a million and a half errands, took two fun dance lessons (yes, he agreed to take salsa lessons in preparation for the wedding!!), watched football, and dined out. I also spent some time with my friend at the Saks Fifth Avenue spa event. We got an amazing mini facial and a spa manicure and pedicure for a whopping $104 with tax! Amazing indeed.
The two highlights of the weekend was the pampering at Saks (no pics taken) AND dinner with friends at David Burke Kitchen on Saturday night.

All ready to go - still trying to master the outfit shot!
Wearing - Top: Nieves Lavi, Jeans: JBrand, Earrings: Chan Luu, Cuff: J.Crew, Clutch: Victor Hugo, Pumps: Michael Kors
View from the rooftop bar

Yes, the food was as good as it looks. We started with an appetizer of short rib and scallop ravioli and a pretzel crab cake (top row.) The waitress was so great and brought us a lobster dumpling soup on the house! My entree was scallops in a truffle sauce and they were to die for! K and D split the porterhouse for two and no words can describe that juicy piece of meat.
Ending the night with an order of monkey bread. YUM.

Thank you David Burke for an amazing dinner!

You MUST try this restaurant whenever you're in town! We're big foodies and this was rated A+ by K and I. What was the best part of your weekend?

Oct 16, 2011

Sunday Night Craving

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I'm very much in love with these little babies. The wooden heel, leather, suede, and buckle all in one shoe = perfection. What boots are you eyeing this season?

Oct 14, 2011

I Want To...

This weekend I want to...

Recharge my batteries and sleep in.
Bake a homemade apple pie...

Catch up on some good reading...

Go out for a nice dinner in the town...

Eliminate some items from my current wish list...


1. Coat People Peacoat, 2. J.Crew Suzzette Blouse, 3. Jennifer Fisher Cuff, 4. Zara Crepe Wedge Boot, 5. Zara Double Breasted Tuxedo Jacket, 6. Made By Girl Love Pattern Print

Am I being overly ambitious?
Have an amazing, fun filled weekend luvies!

Oct 13, 2011

Tomorrow

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WOW, tomorrow is my third and LAST bridal dress fitting! I'm beyond excited, but also nervous. The process of picking a dress was extremely hard, but I'm in love with the one I chose and can't wait for you all to see it.
Hint: I love lace.

Preview Of Our Wedding: Part 1

Our wedding is in exactly 16 days now and time is seriously flying! When I posted about how close we were to our BIG day a lot of you didn't even know I was actually going to be a Mrs. so incredibly soon. That's why I have decided to give you a little tour thorugh my wedding inspiration, the details that will be a part of our day, and a few more extras. Part 2 of my wedding preview (if you can call it that) will be next Thursday - exactly one week before we leave for sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico to tie the knot!
Ok, where do I even start?! Let's go with the location, ceremony, and invitations shall we?

We're getting married at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan and I wanted to incorporate the beachy feel of the island with the elegance of the wedding I had always dreamed of. The ceremony will take place in the outdoor gazebo which faces the ocean and the space will be decorated with flowers and candles to give it a somewhat whimsical feel. The guests will then be escorted to the ballroom where the dancing will start and continue until the wee hours of the night. But more on the cocktail hour and reception next Thursday.

The ceremony will be short and sweet - just like we wanted. We are incorporating both our religions so you can say it will be a nondenominational ceremony. Unity candles will be lit, K will break the glass, we will drink out of the kiddish cup, and other fun elements will be incorporated to our "I do's."
I wanted our flower arrangements to be simple and elegant, combining different shapes and sizes. My bouquet and K's boutonniere will hold a small locket each with a picture of our late grandfathers. I thought this would be a good way to remember how special and important they were, and still are, in our lives.
Our save the dates, programs, itineraries (for the welcome bags), seating cards, and menus were designed by my uber talented friend, Jen Strauss. She's brilliant when it comes to these things so I let her really take the lead on these projects. Our invitations were done by Letterpress Light and they have a little Spanish feel to them which I thought would be a fun element to add since the wedding will be in PR.
p.s. None of these images are of our real invitation suite because I want those to remain a surprise for when we get back and I get to show you all the pictures!
Ok, ok. I'll show you a blurry Blackberry picture of what our REAL itineraries look like! The "logo" is my favorite part of all! These will be put in the welcome bags for all of the out-of-town guests along with many other goodies from Baltimore (K is from there), PR, and NYC. What do you think?

My beautiful bridesmaids (all 8 of them!) will be wearing Amsale chiffon dresses. We went and tried on a million different styles and designs, but the one we picked was by far the favorite amongst all of them. My matron of honor, my bestest friend in the world and roommate of four years, will also be wearing the same color Amsale gown, but a different style. The handsome men are all wearing tuxedos and K is gifting them with the tie they will be sporting.
I'm trying so hard not to give too many details away because I want to surprise you all when I return from our honeymoon and have some fun pictures to share! K and I are just so excited to share the moment with our family and closest friends and we can't wait for October 29th to get here! I guess after 15 months of planning that's what happens...
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Oct 12, 2011

Beauty Secrets from Victoria of vmacandcheese

Skincare products are definitely one of my obsessions and I always love hearing what other ladies have to say about the products they use and their unique routines. Today I have invited Victoria from the San Francisco based vmacandcheese to share with us what her routine consists of and the secrets behind her beautiful complexion. Take it away, Victoria...
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While I can think of a couple of things about my looks that I wish were slightly different (my crazy, high maintenance hair comes to mind), if I had to pick, one of my favorite external features is definitely my skin. I've tried a bagillion different skincare products, from (too) expensive to virtually free, and while I'm constantly still experimenting, I've recently come up with a routine that works well enough that I've stopped wearing foundation of any kind. That's right... no powder, no tinted moisturizer. Just a smidge of concealer where needed! And the best part? The routine is based around natural products that don't rely on lots of chemicals and preservatives to make you pretty! So, you're wondering...

First some basics. One, never, ever go to sleep with makeup of any kind on your face. It's just asking for a breakout. Plus, you're transferring all that gunk onto your pillowcase, which will rub all over your skin for nights to come. (And on that note, change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wash your makeup brushes as often as possible!). Second, and this is a big one, listen to your skin. Flare-ups, redness, sensitivity, breakouts -- your skin is trying to tell you something! While it may seem simpler to just add more concealer or smear zit cream all over your face, in the long run, determining the causes for any ails will lead to better skin and a happier you.
Ok, so here's my routine for normal to combination skin:

In the morning, I try not to use any soap on my face. I had a facialist tell me that if you keep stripping your skin of all its own oils, it'll automatically start producing too much, which can cause breakouts. Yup, dry skin can be acne prone too! So I simply splash my face with warm water, then steam open my pores using a washcloth soaked in hot water -- it's like a daily mini facial! I exfoliate every other day using the washcloth. Once I pat my face dry, I spray on Boscia's Balancing Facial Tonic (available at Ulta or Sephora). Day moisturizer is Derma E's hyaluronic acid day creme. This entire line has been a godsend for me. It sounds weird to use a lotion with the word 'acid' in the name, but hyaluronic acid is actually something your skin produces naturally. It's capable of holding insane amounts of moisture, and your skin sort of "recognizes it" so it soaks in very quickly. You can find this brand at most Whole Foods stores and tons of places online.
After this, my skin is basically ready to go. I dot on some RMS un-cover up as necessary, some RMS Living Luminizer (simply THE best highlighter you can buy), and a little bit of mineral blush (I like Jane Iredale's sunbeam bronzer) and presto, great skin!
At night time, I wash my face with a mild soap. Right now I'm rotating between Dr. Bronner's liquid soap in lavender, and REN's mayblossom gel cleanser, available at Sephora and online. Depending on the time of year, I might use something more astringent to finish cleansing. I like Desert Essence tea tree oil cleansing pads. Tea tree oil is a known to really help with blemishes, without being super harsh on your skin (I find that zit products that use benzoyl peroxide make my skin look HORRIBLE). Some people like using salicylic acid based blemish products -- look for ones that use naturally derived salicyclic acid, from willow bark. Burt's Bees makes a good line. If I have a zit I can't shake with the tea tree oil pads, I'll mix up a tiny bit of French green clay mask, and dot it on the zit at night. I sleep with that overnight, and it really helps bring everything to the surface (I learned about this method here).
I finish with another mist of the Boscia toner, then will moisturize. Since autumn's here, I've been using a little bit of Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum. Just a drop or two, mostly rubbed into my cheeks. Then, I follow with Derma E's hyaluronic acid night cream.
Finally, I can always tell when I haven't been paying attention to the internal factors that make for great skin. Eating right, drinking plenty of water, and limiting caffeine are all important. Some supplements you can take to promote healthy skin include fish oil for omega-3 (this naturally reduces inflammation), zinc, and vitamin E.
So that's what works for me! Of course, I'm not a dermatologist, and I'm sure I have different skin than you, so my best advice is to listen to your skin! We all can have glowing, gorgeous skin...it's all about how you take care of it!
Thanks, Viv, for letting me share my skincare secrets here today!
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Thanks for stopping by, Victoria! You definitely shared some really great tips with us that I will have to put to use. And if you don't know Victoria then you should definitely run over to vmacandcheese and check out all the amazingness she shares every day. I swear you will love it!

Oct 11, 2011

By Erin Gordon

A few months ago I discovered the brilliant designs of Erin Gordon while browsing the Facebook albums of my favorite Chicago boutique, Sarca. Ever since the moment I laid eyes on those beautiful beaded bracelets, I knew it was real love.

Today, having collected more than 25 of these beaded beauties (yep! exactly...), I have brought Erin Gordon to FT for a brief interview. I have a feeling you will enjoy it!

Company Name: By Erin Gordon
Located in: Chicago, IL
Website: byeringordon.com

When did you start designing jewelry?
"I started making jewelry as a hobby 5 years ago focusing on creating one-of-a-kind vintage necklaces. I literally could not walk down the street without constantly being stopped and asked where I had gotten my necklace. The thought of starting my own jewelry line never crossed my mind. At the time I was concentrating on opening a high end clothing boutique, but when the economy took a turn for the worst, I took the advice from my father who said, “this is not the time to be opening a high end clothing boutique.” He had put the thought into my mind about starting my own jewelry line instead. I eventually (a year and a half ago) decided to take my love for jewelry making and turned my hobby into a full time business venture. Since my vintage pieces were of a much higher price point and with the economy being so bad, I needed to come up with pieces that the everyday customer could buy. I can remember the day so well, I walked into Neiman Marcus on a shopping trip wearing a stack of semi-precious gemstone bracelets that I had made the night before. I could barely walk 10 feet without being stopped and asked where I had gotten my bracelets!! People were gaga over them! I knew that this was what i needed to do  and was what people wanted."

Where do you find your inspiration?
"My inspiration comes from many places, there is so much that inspires me! People, art, fashion, prints, colors, fabrics, quotes and sayings, magazines, and photography. Anything that pulls my creativity out of me and gets me excited to design."

Who are your favorite designers?
"There are so many amazing designers and my list of my favorites is pages long, but if I had to pick my top 15 they would be:  YSL,  MAWI,  Hermes, Erickson Beamon, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, WE ARE OWLS, Miriam Cecilia Carlson. Jane Carr, Doucette Duvall, and Ruthie Davis. And i’m obsessed with anything Vintage!!"

Thanks Erin for stopping by and sharing a little insight into your designs!

Aren't her pieces just beautiful? I'm seriously obsessed and get complements every single time I wear the bracelets. Extra plus - you can get as many bracelets as you want, mix and match them AND custom order them with whatever colored beads and extras you like best! Does it get ANY better than that?! YES, it does! Erin is offering a 10% off to all FT readers! Exactly. You just have to email her directly and she will take good care of you. ENJOY!!!!