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If you’re looking for a quirky stocking stuffer gift to take your man’s style to the next level, J. Crew has the perfect gift for you.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” had a vision for something that would take his style to the next level, so he whipped up a prototype and approached J. Crew with an idea: an iPhone case and a pocket square in one.
And thus the limited-edition Pocket Dial was born —because carrying your phone in your pants is so 2014. And since one pocket square is never enough, J. Crew even created interchangeable extras (the Pocket Redial) in classic patterns that are at home in any suit pocket. But you won’t just look good, you’ll feel good too: All of the net proceeds benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects Africa’s elephants from ivory poaching and extinction.
How does the man in your life balance his tech and style? Would this be a new gift you’d like to give this season? Share your thoughts below!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simon Premium Outlets through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Simon Premium Outlets, all opinions are my own.
It’s no secret the Simon Premium Outlets have an amazing selection of stores like Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Coach, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Nike, Burberry, Vera Bradley, The North Face and more – but did you know that there are over 65 locations housing hundreds of premium stores throughout the US?
This past week, I traveled to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in search of the perfect gift for my brother. He’s one of my closest siblings and with his birthday coming up, he really deserves a nice gift. I know that he’s had his eyes on a pair of exclusive Timbaland boots that were released and sold out almost immediately – so the challenge was to find these limited-edition winter boots just for him. After searching high and low throughout a few different stores, I finally located the Timberland boots perfect for him.
The exclusive Timberland boots are crafted with premium Quartz leather and organic dyes. They’re the most creatively designed and chic Timberland boots to date. Over the last couple of weeks the Internet has gone nuts over the new wing boots by Timberland officially called the Icon 6” Waterproof Brogue Boot. I actually discovered the Brogue boot for the first time on Facebook and immediately fell in love with the color, intricate design and silhouette of the boot.
There’s just something about the wingtip on a chestnut-colored Timberland boot that looks and feels just right. I fell so in love with his gift that now I wanted a pair of my own! But first, I had to enlist the shopping help of my Facebook friends. Who says chic Timberland men’s boots aren’t for girls? After an overwhelming response to my tom-boy Timberlands – I definitely had to grab a pair for myself! They say it’s better to give than to receive – but I think giving a gift and buying a gift for yourself is a win-win for everyone!
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Discovering tech accessories that compliments your chic style is always a nice treat, but when it’s a chic accessory that not only compliments your style but fills a tech need in your everyday life it’s a super stylish bonus! What if you could disguise your everyday gadgets into a seamless accessory that’s appealing to the everyday eye? Say hello to the Dipper Audio Necklace!
This gorgeous piece of jewelry/tech is a bold statement necklace and audio headphones rolled into one. The Dipper Audio Necklace has already reached $39,673 of their $50,000 goal on Indiegogo – which means that they’re days away from being seen around the necks of fashionably chic geeks everywhere! The necklace looks like a chic, on-trend chevron statement piece but has a hidden high-tech surprise. You just lift and separate the chevrons to reveal the earbuds + audio jack. When you want to keep your earbuds untangled and out of the way, just stow them back inside the pendant. The headphones themselves deliver “high-quality sound that rivals other audio brands.”
The headphones come in gold or gunmetal and feature a built-in mic and a volume control remote so you could use them as a much more stylish sub for your current iPhone buds.
The Dipper Audio Necklace is definitely the perfect marriage of form and function. Their mission, after all, is to make “tech essentials into fashion accessories that women love to wear and never want to take off.” Check out more from the brand via the video below!
What do you think about this chic tech accessory? Will you be rocking this new way to wear your headphones soon? Share your thoughts below!
Autumn is a great time to extend the wear of your summer closet with versatile leg wear. You can really enhance your style conscious closet with leggings that utilize textures, colors and more. And for the girl on the go, a good pair of leggings paired with some key accessories can take your look from 0 – 100 real quick! Take a look at a few of my favorite pieces to transition your style to take on cooler Autumn and winter months below.
Black Vegan Leather Moto Pants
Moto leggings are definitely a must have for any stylish girl on the go and these soft vegan leather skinnies are it! Featuring moto details that you know and love, including exposed zippers & plenty of hardware to grab the eye. TamarCollection.com
Mother Tucker Leggings
My absolute favorite uniform this season consists of luxe leggings and tops that make you look and feel slim and svelte! A favorite of Christina Aguilera, these Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Leggings are packed with slimming technology that smoothens tummies, thighs and gives booties a little lift! ($79 BellyBandit.com)
Laser Cut Vegan Leather joggers
Did you know that you can get your life while getting her fashions? And by HER – I mean the fabulous, outspoken songstress Tamar Braxton! I absolutely love leather joggers for Fall/Winter wear and the laser cut vegan joggers from the Tamar Collection are as unique as they come! TamarCollection.com
Cora Fleece Lined Leggings
These fleece-lined leggings are lined with velvet soft material that’ll keep you warm while staying stylish all season long. Accented with gold zipper pockets and high waist design, you can pair these leggings with a cute tee or fashionable jacket 20Legz.com
Autumn = Red Plaid Kilt Leggings
There’s just something about Fall fashion that isn’t complete unless you add a little plaid. That’s why I’ve been so excited about rocking these cozy and comfortable red plaid print leggings! Pair them with your favorite sweater, moto jacket and go! 20Legz.com
How are you rocking your leg wear this season? Share how you style your favorite legging looks below!
3 Cheaper Alternatives To The Hermès Edition Apple Watch (They’re Just As Cute And Cost A Whole Lot Less)October 6th, 2015 by Christen
If you’re a chic geek and style connoisseur, then you’re probably giddy about that Apple Watch Hermès models are now available for purchase. But have you seen that price tag???
Starting at $1,100 for the 42mm single strap option, which is available in black and brown (noir or gauvre), and a red strap (capucine) is available in the 38mm size. The iconic Hermès double strap band costs $1,250 and is available in gray, brown, red or teal. (If you’re really balling – for $1,500 buyers can opt for The Cuff, an extra large leather strap available for the 42mm watch.)
But what if there’s a more stylish and cheaper alternative to rock your techcessary and look fly (not frugal) while doing so? Check out my picks 3 favorite picks to rock the leather strap on your Apple Watch below.
Street chic style wraps its way around your wrist in this genuine leather band for your Apple Watch. Gunmetal dome studs and Rebecca’s signature clasp complete the look. ($100)
Personalize your Apple Watch with this refined strap compared to Apple ones, but at much affordable price. Available in black and red leather, it’s stylish enough to catch the eye of the chicest of geeks but affordable to make any frugalista’s wallet happy. ($14.99)
If you’re looking for soft to the touch leather, this top-grain calfskin band is perfect for anyone with excellent taste. It’s more than a watch strap. It’s a true expression of your personal taste. Available in black, navy blue, pink and light brown suede. ($24.99)
These are just a few alternative options to the expensive Hermès Apple Watch available in stores today. Do you have an Apple Watch? How are you accessorizing your latest tech accessory? Share your favorite Apple Watch accessories below!
According to Bok-Hee, Lead Hair Stylist for SheaMoisture, this year’s theme was simple. “Sheer transparency enhanced by ‘moments of shine’ set the tone for the Tracy Reese collection this season. While distinctive details such as color and embellishment came into play, the vision was to keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”
- Fight frizz and nourish hair by working in SheaMoisture Professional Curl Leave-In Conditioner.
- Parcel out small portions of hair around the crown of the head to be set aside and gather the rest to be pulled into a low chignon.
- Apply SheaMoisture Professional Finish Blow Dry Cream throughout hair as you pull it into a low ponytail at the nape. Layer SheaMoisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze onto strands to provide the ultimate clear shine boost.
- To create the chignon, gently twist the hair from the nape of the neck to the ends, and then begin to coil it in a counter-clockwise circle. Continue to twist the hair into a bun shape using the index finger to hold it in place.Secure sides of the bun with bobby pins. Gently pull and loosen the edges of the bun to get the desired shape, then secure with more bobby pins.
- With the remaining wispy pieces of hair, apply SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and use a teasing brush to create structure.
- Finish by spraying SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist for hold and hydration.
From the holiday season to summer and even in preparation for the most stylish season of them all – Fall! Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner has been my secret to sustaining my wardrobe from one season to the next and now I’m sharing my secret to saving money on dry cleaning and how to freshen your wardrobe from one season to the next with you!
Reason #1 for using Dryel – it saves me hundreds in dry cleaning bills every month! The average dry cleaning bill for three dresses is $60+ a month – compared to Dryel, a few bucks a month goes a long way!
Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
Dryel is definitely my secret for keeping my looks fabulous all season long. The starter kit (MSRP: $6.99) cleans up to 10 garments while the refill (MSRP $8.99) cleans up to 30 garments – cleaning my favorite sequin and satin frocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical dry cleaner.
Reason #2 for using Dryel – it’s tough on stains but easy on sequin, satins and other delicate fabrics.
Not only do I use Dryel to clean and freshen up hard to clean frocks, but it works wonders on eliminating wrinkles in hard to iron pleated skirts/dresses and livening compacted clothes fresh out my suitcase too!
Reason #3 for using Dryel – it’s travel friendly! No matter what city or hotel, I find myself in I can alway count on dry cleaner quality service at “Do-It-Yourself” pricing with Dryel!
Dryel is easy to use, cost effective and it extends the life of your closet – what more could you ask for? Clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. You’ve seen how I keep my winter, spring and summer style chic without breaking the bank with Dryel, now how about you? You can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target or get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.
8 Reasons Why Your ‘September Issue’ Is Making Major History With Black Women! #BlackGirlsRock #BlackGirlMagicAugust 20th, 2015 by Christen
September is arguably the most important issue of the year, publications pull out all the stops for the first month of fall. Advertisers spend a majority of ad dollars for the ‘September’ issue and ultimately it’s the issue that makes (or breaks) fashion magazines. This year, eight of the coveted ‘September’ issues feature black women on the cover – larger than any previous year.
What’s even better is that all the ladies featured are women we look up to for different reasons. Kerry Washington came at us with an inspirational quote on body acceptance, Serena just won Wimbledon for the sixth time, Misty Copeland is the first black ballerina to become the American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer and don’t even get us started on the inspirational power that is Beyoncé. Black Girls Rock and to see a variety of shades, representing women walking so many diverse journeys in life is more than empowering, it’s validating, reassuring and exciting!
Black Girl Magic is running rampant, in addition to this welcome shift in September issue covers, we’ve also noticed more attention being paid to non-celebrity women in glossy mags. Elle’s September issue showcased 35 women under 30 who are uber successful in their respective industries. Redbook also went a similar route, using the winners of their second annual Real Women Style Awards on their cover. If these changes are going to be concurrent with the issues published throughout the rest of the year, you can go ahead and sign us up for subscriptions to them all.
Does diversity sell? Is this a trend that’ll continue or just coincidental hype? What’s your favorite September issue cover you’ve spotted so far? Share with us in the comments below.
If there’s any hi-lo collection worth saving coins for, it’s undoubtedly the Balmain H&M collaboration arriving this Fall!
Who’s ready for a swoon-worthy fashion collection unlike anything we’ve seen before? News first broke of the collaboration back in May when Kendall Jenner and Jordan Dunn both rocked pieces from the upcoming collection on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards. (Since we’re kinda over the Kardashian hype, we failed to acknowledge the hype…. until today!) We haven’t heard much about the line (set to launch November 5), since then but it looks like today is our lucky day. This morning, Elle released a new photo from the collection and it was worth the wait.
We’re huge fans of the hi/lo designer partnership trends… I mean hello? Our closets are still filled with pieces from Versace/H&M, Jason Wu/Target collections and more. Unlike some designer collaborations we’ve seen in the past, none of the brand’s super glamorous aesthetic seems to be lost this diffusion line. The long-sleeved, embellished dress looks just like what you might find on the runway at a Balmain fashion show. We’re betting the pieces from this Balmain H&M collection aren’t going to quite as budget-friendly as the rest of H&M’s merchandise, but if everything looks as good as this we’re definitely up for a splurge.
H&M does a great job with their collaboration collections and by the looks of things, we’re in for a great collection reveal soon!
What are you hoping to find in the Balmain H&M collection? Share with us in the comments below.