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12.28.2011

NYE Dress & Polish Ideas

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Go for a multi-color flirty dress like this one from Topshop.com which is actually on sale now!




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Pair your multi-color dress with a fun Deborah Lippmann polish called Happy Birthday.



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You could try something more geo-metric with shapes instead of simple sequins. I love this silver sequin shift dress from topshop.com, which is also on sale!


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If you go with a dress like that it would look stunning with a black glitter polish like this amazing shade from Dior.



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Finally you could always go with the standard classic gold sequin dress which never goes out of style year after year. LOVE this classic look for NYE! I found this adorable dress on LuLus.com for only $79!
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Not sure if I would pair that particular gold dress with this polish, but this polish from Deborah Lippmann is so just amazing! I would go for a more muted gold tone polish to go with the dress from LuLus. However, this is an amazing shade if you have a bright gold dress or want to pair it with a silver dress too! 

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Finally I found this dress via Pinterest which is absolutely incredible!! 



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I love this adorable drink idea also via Pinterest! You could easily make this drink with the following three things:


1. St. Germain liqueur (for a grapefruit-y splash)
2. X-Rated Fusion liqueur (for the pink color)
3. Champagne (for the bubbles)
4. Garnish with DIY glitter stars attached to a stick or straw. Served over ice.




Happy New Year Everyone! Let's make 2012 a great year!
Thanks for all your support in 2011. 


Peace & Love,
Amy Bird
xoxo

11.21.2011

Crayon Canvas Art How-To Video


Colours from Matt Mahoney on Vimeo.

Happy Monday!


When creating my crayon art masterpiece my boyfriend who is a talented film maker created a mini short film of the DIY process. I think this is a great video to show the step by step process in creating your Crayon Canvas Artwork! Please watch this video for a short how-to for creating your own crayon canvas art.


I hope this helps and if you have any questions let me know! I had so much fun making my masterpiece!


Thanks to Matt for helping me with this project. :)

Peace & Hugs,
Amy xoxo


P.S. Song is "Colours" by Graffiti6....Amazing band and song! Check them out!

11.10.2011

Ombre Hair Trend

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I am loving the ombre hair trend that is going on. I love it so much that I am going to get it done to my hair tomorrow! I love the natural look with the darker roots into the blonder ends! It looks so whimsical and pretty! I also love LC's new look with her peachy locks! Rumi Neely's hair from Fashion Toast always looks effortless and chic. 


I am going out in Atlantic City tomorrow night and also wanted to rock some new locks! I will post a few pics of my new hair next week! Wish me luck! 


Peace & Hugs, 
Amy xoxo

11.04.2011

Lauren Conrad Hair Tips

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I recently saw an adorable hair post on Lauren Conrad's site called thebeautydepartment.com. I LOVE how this looks. All you have to do is tease your hair and then take side pieces and braid them and pin them back or use a clear rubber band to tie the two sides together. I have been looking for something to try to change up just wearing my hair down and straight all the time. I am going to try this out this weekend, you should too!


Happy Friday!


Peace & Hugs,
Amy xoxo

11.01.2011

Hello November!

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Happy November everyone! Can you believe November is already here? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I can't wait to start drinking hot chocolate on the couch in sweats. I am already loving wearing sweaters and boots!


What do you love about November?


Peace & Hugs,
Amy xoxo

10.23.2011

In love with Alexander Mcqueen


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Who doesn't love Alexander Mcqueen? From the amazing designer bags, to the famous Alexander Mcqueen scarf with the skulls worn by many celebrities. He has left his mark in the fashion world and created some of the most interesting high fashion designs. I am in love with this Stud Knuckle Clutch! You don't even have to wear rings when you are carrying this beauty. The peppered pony hair belt would be a great accent piece to any outfit. I have always wanted one of those Alexander Mcqueen skull scarves and would kill for that Shopper bag!

Since there are gold accents on most all of these pieces I thought it would be paired best with a gold lame nail polish. The ankle boots would go great with skinnies, a black tee, the skull scarf and shopper bag. I would also pair any loose fitting sweater with the pony hair belt.

I got all of these look ideas from a site called farfetch.com which sells high end designer fashion. You can shop the world's best boutiques all on this website. It's also a place where I get a lot of my inspiration for my posts.

How would you style something from this list? Do you like Alexander Mcqueens rocker chic style?


Peace & Hugs,
Amy xoxo


Photos courtesy of farfetch.com & Chanel

10.14.2011

Leopard & Leather


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I have been obsessed with leopard prints and leather accessories this fall. I love all of these leopard and leather picks! I really want that leopard panther ring, or maybe the leopard maxi skirt. Why can't I make more money? haha


Which of these six items are your favorite?

Peace & Hugs,
Amy

10.11.2011

Finally...My Own Crayon Art



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First I took off all the crayon wrappers with an x-acto knife for a cleaner look.


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Then I used a hot glue gun and made a line of glue directly on the canvas, and then applied the crayons to the canvas one at a time lined up across the top.



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This is what your canvas should look like before you start blow drying the crayons. Be sure to use some sort of drop cloth as the wax can splatter.


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Blow dry the crayons a section at a time for a clean look. Hold the blow dryer facing down to help the wax run down the canvas faster. I used a low heat setting on my dryer and it seemed to work the best.


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To create the texture that I did after the wax dries go back over certain parts to melt more wax down the canvas. After a while you'll start to get your groove and figure out how to work the blow dryer to create the effect you want.


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Here is my final work of art! I am actually really pleased at how my crayon art came out. I didn't want to do the full rainbow so I left out most of the reds and oranges and think this looks nice too. If anyone decides they want to try this I would love to see the color combinations that you put together.


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I have hung up my artwork above my desk and it makes me smile to know that I made it myself. It also gives me color inspiration when thinking of posts for my blog. This artwork I find looks best when light hits it, so be sure to hang it somewhere near a window. It was a really fun weekend project and I highly recommend everyone make one for your home too!

Canvas: $10
2 Boxes of 64 Crayons: $6
Project Total: $16 - Not bad at all!
(I already had my own x-acto knife & hot glue gun)


Peace & Hugs,
Amy

10.05.2011

Spring 2012 Chanel Show in Paris

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Chanel is one fashion house that always goes over the top for their shows in Paris. This I think is one of my favorite ones to date. I love the white aquatic theme. I already love anything that is all white and anything to do with the ocean so this was just beautiful. The floor was covered in white shimmering sand and the seats were curved like waves. The stage set is so serene and peaceful that it complimented the color palate of the 2012 Spring line.

The makeup was exquisite with shimmering white and silver eye shadow, pearls on their faces and in their hair. The look I loved the most was the salmon colored Mad Men-esque dress with the pearl belt and pearl buttons. I love the design and high collar on this dress, so classy.

What a gorgeous show that I wish I could have attended. It is truly amazing to see such great fashion design on such a great backdrop. Talk about inspiration and creativity...the lovely Chanel is always sure to impress.

J'adore! xoxo
Amy

Pictures from Fashionista.com

9.29.2011

Crayon Canvas Art

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Organize the crayons however you want at the top of the canvas. Heat the crayons with a blow dryer until the colors start to run down.


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Stop before it starts to melt to the end of the canvas.


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Volia, your own crayon art! I can't wait to try this weekend. I think I am going to use blues & greens and maybe a pop of yellow or purple to go with my decor.

I got this amazing idea from the wonderful Pree Brulee blog. Thanks so much for the genius idea. My friend Ryan from Pursuit of NY is also a big fan of this idea and will be creating one of his own too. His amazing blog is something that I go to often for inspiration.

If you try this be sure to let me know or send me a picture.

Happy almost weekend,
Amy

9.14.2011

Fashion's Night Out - King of Prussia Style

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My friend Kerri and I recently attended the King of Prussia Mall's Fashion's Night Out on September 8. I think King of Prussia Mall did a fantastic job of making this event so spectacular and exciting. Since not everyone gets to go up to NYC for Fashion Week this is the next best thing that's local.

The fashion show held in the center of the mall was flawlessly executed. They put together different looks from stores in the mall such as Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Kate Spade, Cache, Nordstrom, Betsey Johnson, and even Sears. I have to say that the Sears Kardashian line was put together really well on the runway and looked affordable and fashionable.

I really liked just going into some of the stores and browsing the new fall fashion (cocktails in hand) including my favorite Tory Burch! However, two favorite stores that I went into on FNO was TOUS and Michael Kors. The TOUS store employees were extremely nice and made sure I saw whatever I wanted. Beautiful store and a great shopping experience which will eventually lead to a purchase by me in the near future. The Michael Kors store was also nice because we got to drink wine while shopping at our leisure. :) Of course I had my gold MK watch on which the employees were loving. I got to see MK's new jewelry line which has some really beautiful pieces. I loved the MK Link Necklace and the Double Wrap Belt Bracelet! Check out the other beautiful MK bracelets for layering in with your favorite arm candy this fall!

By the end of the night there was certainly some tipsy shoppers which was funny, but isn't that how shopping should be? I would love cocktails while I shop, it would probably make me stay in the store longer and buy more! Right ladies???

Peace & Hugs,
Amy

9.07.2011

Fall Is Finally Here...

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Fall is finally here...I heart fall. <3


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Take time to reflect about your good times this summer...


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...and think about moving forward in life, or in your career.


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Don't be upset about summer being over...


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...we get to wear cozy warm sweaters and snuggle under blankets with someone special.


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Take time to learn how to bake fun treats for friends and family.


Whatever you decide to do this fall make sure you push yourself, learn something new, or try something different.


Summer is already better, but the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously...It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable..."

Valentin, Finnish writer



Happy Fall Everyone!
-Amy



8.31.2011

Fashion For Men: Suits to Suspenders

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Let's face it, guys don't have as many fashion trends to keep up with as girls do. However, they do have a lot of accessories to have fun with when classing it up a bit. Pocket squares, suspenders, tie clips, and cuff links are standard staples in men's fashion. Banana Republic has the right idea by bringing back late 50's early 60's style. Inspired by the TV show, they recently came out with a Mad Men line (first picture above) which you can check out here...Banana Republic Mad Men Collection.

Has anyone noticed the amazing suits that Ari Gold has been rocking on this seasons Entourage?? They are seriously some of the best suits I have ever seen. In a recent episode he wore a blue ink Domenico Vacca double breasted suit that was just flawless. In this last season they wanted to define his character as someone who not only dresses well, but recognizes style. I can't wait to see what else he wears this season from Domenico's line. Double breasted suits are amazing and look amazing on. A few things to remember when wearing a double breasted suit:

1. Make sure to wear slim fitting pants with a double breasted suit. This suit jacket already appears top heavy so you need to balance it out by wearing slimmer pants.

2. Always wear this suit buttoned but make sure to only button the middle right button for a more relaxed look.

3. Buy this suit in traditional dark suiting fabric such as black, navy, or grey. A dark chalk pin stripe could also work.

4. Keep the shoes simple since you want to have the jacket stand out. A monk strap shoe would look nice with this look. Add a pocket square for additional pop of color and style!

I am also a big fan of suspenders and wish more guys would start bringing back style from decades ago. Suspenders can really take a plain button down shirt to the next level. The tie clip is also underrated but helps complete a look, especially with suspenders.

Finally, one more casual suit combo that I just adore on any guy is the hoodie/suit combo. For whatever reason it just has this air of casual/cool and sexy all at the same time. Guys take notes, ladies love this as a casual look for fall.

I couldn't resist giving you a sneak peek at the Banana Republic Mad Men Women's line which is equally amazing. Great inspiration for fall. :)

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Peace & Love,
Amy

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