If you’re a superfan of all things Beyonce-related, there’s a new buzz worthy accessories line that’s beyond perfect for you! For fans who adore everything King Bey (I mean, you still wear House of Dereon for goodness sakes!) Ann Taylor has the perfect accessories that’ll make any card-carrying member of the Bey Hive blush with glee! This Spring, make a beeline towards Ann Taylor for gifts that will show the special stans in your life just how much you really care. Ann Taylor’s new “Bumble Bee Collection” includes earrings, necklaces and a ring ranging from $29.50 – $69.50 and is guaranteed to make a buzz for any mom, grad or Beygency fan this Spring.
Check out just a few of my favorite pieces in the new Bumble Bee Collection from Ann Taylor below:
Bumble Bee Collection: Necklace ($39.50)
Bumble Bee Collection: Earrings ($29.50)
Bumble Bee Collection: Ring ($39.50)
Bumble Bee Collection: Necklace ($49.50)
Bumble Bee Collection: Statement Necklace ($69.50)
Although the collection is not affiliated with Beyonce in any way (that I know of), I’m certain that these accessories could make even the most seasoned fan, buzz with glee! Not quite out yet, the Bumble Bee collection will be available online at AnnTaylor.com and in stores later this Spring (just in time for Mother’s Day and bee-yond!) Ann Taylor has the perfect accessories to complete a head-to-toe look including spring scarfs, and bucket bags, to the must-have accessory of the season.
Still want more? In case you can’t wait and need a quick fix, check out this metallic bee-inspired scarf from Ann Taylor available today and get more bee-inspired style ideas in the latest Spring/Summer lookbook found here.
Spring cleaning will be here before you know it, and we’re here to help you get a jump on it right now. Go through your closet and pull out those pieces that kinda fit, but not really. Upgrade your space and wallet with sites that are built especially for you to sell your clothes with ease.
It’s time to sell your fashion goodies for the good of your closet and your wallet.
If you don’t have the time or interest in posting your items piece by piece, you can box up your entire closet purge and send it to Twice. They’ll send you a prepaid shipping label and a selling kit, then you just send them your items. Their shopping pros go through your pieces one-by-one and look at the brands, wear and styles to give you an itemized price list for the pieces they’ll accept. You can get paid in any number of ways — check, PayPal, Venmo or even a Target gift card. If you’re not digging the deal, they’ll ship your clothes right back to you.
Poshmark is kind of like a Craigslist for clothes. Right from the app, you can post a picture of your item and list the details: size, brand, fit, etc. Fill in the original price and the listing price, then boom! You’re up and running. When you sell an item, Poshmark takes $3 for sales under $15 and 20% for anything over that. They’ll give you a pre-paid shipping label, but unlike Tradesy, they don’t send you something to ship your item in.
ASOS is a regular haunt for fashion junkies. Their styles are diverse and perfectly funky. In their Marketplace, you can shop right from other ASOS lovers’ online boutiques or start your own. With your ASOS boutique, you’ll get an Account Manager to help you manage your sales as well as coverage from ASOS themselves. If you have enough to start a boutique from your own closet, great! If not, get one going with friends. You pay $30 for your boutique each month as well as 20% commission on sales, but if you’re a regular closet purger, it may be worth it.
With Tradesy, you can sell any item in your closet that’s in good condition. They make the whole process super simple. Just upload pictures of your item and its information. With that info, Tradesy will give you an idea of how much your item might sell for on the site.
Then, you post your item and the magic happens: First, they’ll clean up the main image of your item to make it look the best it can by eliminating the background and balancing the colors. No #whiteandgold, #blackandblue issues here. When your item sells, Tradesy will send you a bag for shipping. All you have to do is drop it in the mailbox. They take 9% of your sale as a fee.
Now that you have a few options for your next fashionable closet cleanse, you can get started towards your closet Spring Cleaning today!
What are some less than fashionable items that you’re looking to shed from the winter? Share your stylish spring cleaning goals in the comment section!
In preparation for a Caribbean getaway with Strength of Nature, I found myself in search of a versatile dress that could take me from day to night. Surprisingly, I discovered the dress of my dreams inside the windows of a store that I rarely (if ever) shopped in before… Discover where I found my new favorite vacation dress below…
Clearly, I am still too ticked that I found this fabulous Bedrock maxi dress from Loft. The spaghetti straps and bold prints drew me in, but the flowing silhouette and super sexy split made me a believer!
Available in stores and Loft and Loft.com – don’t be fooled, this Bedrock dress may appear to be black and white, but it’s actually a deep navy blue hue. (Don’t worry, it can easily pass for black and white while worn with practically anything!)
The Bedrock maxi dress accompanies bold prints with a sexy/strappy silhouette. The elastic waist will cinch you in, while the elongated 42″ (from waist to ankle) dress flows and moves with your every step. I loved wearing this dress during a catamaran ride in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect dress for any vacation!
When you’re on vacation, you need a versatile dress that makes you feel confident, feel sexy and make you want to let loose dance! This Bedrock Maxi dress from Loft is definitely it!
If you hurry, you can catch a sale at Loft.com on the dress plus a great assortment of transitional seasonal pieces today.
For more details on pricing, sizing and more, click here.
Mode Media and smartwater have teamed up with three CFDA designers to provide a rare “inside look” at the creation of NYFW collections, with the new docu-series “MyLifeMyInspiration.” The videos just premiered and will be added throughout the remainder of Fashion Week as part of the digital content platform’s expanding original programming for CFDA.
Featuring the designers behind top fashion brands Milly (Michelle Smith) and Tracy Reese (Tracy Reese) these videos are apart of a three-part series follows each throughout their collection curation process. From inspiration to finished product, “MyLifeMyInspiration” exposes the daily influences that shape each artist’s designs, leaving viewers inspired to discover and create their own personal sense of style.
MyLifeMyInspiration - Milly
MyLifeMyInspiration - Tracy Reese
Discover more from the behind the scenes series by visiting CFDA.com all Fashion Week long. Who are some of your favorite designers? If you could ask your favorite designers about the inspiration behind their designer collections, who would you ask? Share your questions in the comments section below.
As much as I love to watch the shows of New York Fashion Week – I can’t help but want to break out in a North West-esque tantrum because I want it all, RIGHT NOW! I mean, having to wait for months until the collection becomes retail ready just isn’t something I want to accept all the time – and this time the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter collection is no exception. A runway show draped in powerful femininity and hints of urban warrior chic from head to toe dominated the runway and I got the chance to see it all form together backstage.
Show preparation begins with hair/makeup and nails and thanks to SheaMoisture, I got up close and personal with the hair team behind the sleek styles that rocked the runway. China/bantu top knots styled by lead stylist Bok-Hee and the Shea Moisture team were achieved using SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smoothing cream, Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé and High Shine Glosser to create sleek and fierce styles for a collection of models from across the world.
Once ready to go – the models sashayed down the runway in frocks filled with patterns of Maasai reds, Ebony blacks and Cassava whites. A collection inspired by the the evolution of heritage and how it has shaped today’s modern woman. Check out my favorite (lust-worthy) looks from the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2015 collection below.
Tracy Reese – Mod Floral Lace Multi Faceted Coat
Tracy Reese – Cassava Studded Patent Coat and Zip Front Skirt
Tracy Reese – Cassava Luxe Poncho with Chic Trouser and Black Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Cassava Patent Moto Jacket / Stretch Cady Embellished Shell and Modular Culotte
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red/Ebony Abstract Fringe Poncho w/ Ebony Patent Halter Dress
Tracy Reese – Studded Ebony Patent Coat and Zip Dress
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red Flared Sweater Dress and Zip Off Cardigan
Tracy Reese – Animal Spot Trench w/ Black Cavalry Twill Combo Dress and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Neutral Multi Faceted Coat w/ Black Cavalry Twill Zip Skirt and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Modular Plaid Coat w/ Bright Navy Turtleneck and Sweet Potato Cavalry Twill Gaucho
Tracy Reese – Navy Grid Jacquard Peabody Jacket
Tracy Reese – Black/Blue Gradient Fur Hemmed Vest w/ Ebony Turtleneck & Skirt
During a recent trip to California, I was invited to attend the NAACP Awards and after glow and had no idea what to wear. I had only packed for two other events and didn’t have time to go shopping (let alone find a dry cleaners in the area.) With no time left, I needed to find a laundry mat with a dryer and find one fast! As a Dryel Ambassador, I always pack cleansing cloths and a dryer bag with me at all times. Not only does it come in handy when you need it, the bag also doubles as a soiled laundry bag that you can use when you’re on the go.
With one spin of the dryer, Dryel’s quick steam cleaning made my dress look and feel fresher than ever. Without any fading or fraying the gentile cleaning technique was comparable to a dry cleaning PLUS it was quicker and cheaper than a typical dry cleaning bill! Thanks to Dryel, this all day look took me from a mid-day LA brunch to the NAACP Awards Show and after-party all night long.
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.
Not only is Dryel is easy to use, it’s also cost effective and is necessary for the last-minute style moments. Repeating styles on clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. It’s an absolute must-have for any traveling girl on the go and you can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target today! Want to learn more about how others use Dryel to save the day? Get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.
Can’t make it to New York City for the NYFW shows? Need a front seat next to Kim and Kanye? Find all the New York Fashion Week video action right here and right now. DivasandDorks.com has an exclusive LIVE feed inside of the fashion tents and runway shows that you want to see – all from the comfort of your computer screen. Looking for the latest from BCBGMAXAZRIA and Desigual hot from the fashion runway? It’s all right here. Watch your favorite designers showcase their latest collections below!
New York Fashion Week Video
From New York to California - Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
- HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1′s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
Discover the pulse of what’s new and next in designer fashions with Harlem’s Fashion Row all year long. Connect with Harlem’s Fashion Row on Twitter, Instagram and Verizon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today!
If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend! While pursuing Ebay.com, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too. I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!
Check out the step by step instructions below:
- marble print contact paper
- craft knife
- metal ruler with cork back
- clear cell phone case
1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.
2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing).
3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles.
4. That’s it! You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!
Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project? Would you like to see more on DivasandDorks.com? Share your thoughts below!
Why travel the globe in search of the chicest wearables that any girl would love, when you can find it all at CES 2015! We walked miles of exhibit floors and searched high and low to find functional and fashionable wearables filled with innovation and equipped with style to match. What we found was a mix of fitness, entertainment and chic beauty all wrapped up in four fashionable favorites found at CES 2015 below:
Stellé Audio Earbud Locket
Giving headphones a major makeover, Stellé Audio launched a new smart necklace that includes Bluetooth technology to double as earbuds and a hands-free phone device. A set of headphones nest within a crystal locket necklace, which also features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and wireless premium sound to listen to your music on-the-go. The necklace hits the market in February and is availble in two different styles: onyx and seabreeze. Stellé Audio Earbud Locket, available in February, stelleaudio.com.
Healbe GoBe automatic body manager
Taking fitness tracking to the next level, Healbe is launching a watch that monitors your body health in real-time. The watch measures calorie intake, calories burned, heart rate, stress level, hydration level and sleep status all through FLOW technology, which measures the glucose in your cells through your skin. Say goodbye to tracking those calories on your own. Healbe GoBe automatic body manager, $299, healbe.com.
B&O Play H8 headphones
B&O debuted the first-ever noise cancelling and wireless headphones at CES this week. The stylishly-designed headphones feature a touch interface to control music and volume that even works while wearing gloves. An active noise cancellation feature that can be turned on or off to better listen to your music. B&O Play H8 headphones, $499, beoplay.com.
Swarovski x Misfit Shine set
Swarovski collaborated with wearable tech brand Misfit to design the Swarovski Shine collection, a set of chic fitness- and sleep-tracking jewelry. The collection features nine pieces, including watches, pendant necklaces and bracelets all using Misfit’s activity tracker, which detects steps taken, calories burned, distance walked and sleep quality in sync with the Swarovski x Misfit app. Swarovski x Misfit Shine activity tracking set, $199, and necklace, $149, available for pre-order on misfit.com.
Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all weekend long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!