Holidazzle: New Year’s Eve 2014 Style.

New Years Eve 2014
Can you believe it’s almost time for New Year’s Eve? I was just telling my husband this morning how fast December is going by! We’ve been so busy with searching antique markets, making homemade gifts, and enjoying the holiday parties we’ve been so graciously invited to. I’ve also been indulging in decaf eggnog lattes, trying to stay warm here in Minnesota, and decorating the house like a mad woman in preparation for our Christmas morning brunch my husband and I are hosting. Tomorrow I will be posting all of our holiday gift projects so if you need last minute ideas they’ll be perfect for you, but today I thought I would share my New Year’s Eve plans and outfit options!
As Harry Connick Jr. so soothingly crooned to me over Pandora, “what are you doing New Years, New Year’s Eve?,” I started thinking about what we’re going to do and what I’m going to wear! My husband and I are going to go watch a band play at a casino so I need to have a bit of glitz. You wont find me prancing around in a mini bodycon dress with six inch platforms this year because…
  1.  I am 29 now and know better.
  2.  It’s freezing here in the Midwest.
  3.  I’ve developed my typical holiday bloat (I blame the eggnog lattes).
Around the holidays my go to look involves comfort, a bit of modesty, and as much decadent sparkle as possible. I have narrowed my New Year’s Eve outfits down to three options.
  1.  Sequin crop top with a black chiffon tunic and shape wear leggings. Add in a pair of white heels, a sequin wristlet, and some amazing pearl or diamond earrings like these from Vashi.
  2.  A cream v-neck tunic sweater, black leather leggings, and black suede kitten heels. I’d accessorize this look with a white clutch, a simple pearl necklace, and some elegant pearl earrings.
  3.  A billowy wrap top in pale pink, high waist harem pants, and some amazing black 90’s inspired heels. I’d complete this look with a fun furry wristlet and a diamond and ruby necklace/ earring combo.
  • Which look do you like the most?
If you’re curious as to where I found the jewelery, I found it from a website called Vashi. Vashi is an online diamond retailer that was founded by celebrity jeweller and diamond expert Vashi Dominguez. I will admit, my mother and I have our share of diamond jewelery and their prices are very competitive. So competitive I wish I would have found them sooner! Celebrities such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora, Holly Willoughby, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Donna Air, and Binky Felstead are also fans. What I like about the site is that I can browse their selection without some pesky sales person trying to talk me into something I don’t want. I may actually order my wedding band upgrade from this site. My husband and I put off buying wedding bands until just before our wedding in the summer of 2013 (we completely forgot) so I’ve been sporting just a simple silver and tiny diamond band. I’m thinking when it comes time to upgrade that this one will do perfectly with my sapphire and diamond engagement ring. J’aime!

Prayers For Those With Mesothelioma.

With the holidays so near it reminds us all what we have to be thankful for. Everyday I try to remember to take time to thank God for all I have. Sometimes life has us so busy with our day to day tasks that we can forget! It is also that time of year to be more giving. When I can’t give gifts of monetary value I at least try to give the gift of prayer. Perhaps this year we can all pray for those suffering from mesothelioma when reading this.

Heather Von St. James contacted me earlier last week to share her story. I was so inspired with her strength and desire to spread awareness that I felt compelled to share her story as well. She was only given 15 months left to live just after giving birth to her daughter but now she is an eight-year mesothelioma cancer survivor! You can read more about her story here.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is most commonly associated with asbestos exposure. Some of the symptoms are  shortness of breath, chest pain, or chronic coughing. Since these symptoms are common for other ailments the diagnoses of mesothelioma can be difficult. You can read more about exposure to asbestos and the symptoms here. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma there are multiple ways of treating this cancer depending on what stage you are in. Information about the treatments can be found here.

I hope this information brings knowledge and hope to those that may really need it. Remember to avoid exposure to asbestos. There is no such thing as a “safe” level of exposure. Also, remember to research about asbestos in the home. Asbestos was used in home construction in the 1940s-1970s. If you are worried about exposure in your home you can find a certified asbestos professional to come test your house for asbestos.

I hope you all have happy, safe, and hopeful holidays!



Holidazzle: Luxe for Less Earrings.

Luxe for Less: 2
With the holidays near we all want to look fabulous but we are all trying to save a little extra cash so we can get the gifts we want for our loved ones (or that fabulous red lipstick that matches perfectly with your skin tone that took years to find!). I was shocked by the prices of these earrings from Karma Se7en when May from Red Velvet London was kind enough to show me.
Some of these earrings are genuine sterling silver and amazingly priced! I thought I would share my favorite with you and their designer siblings…

The Karma Se7en site also has body jewellery so it’s easy to shop for all those family and friends that may have belly button piercings, nose piercings, cartilage piercings, and more.

Which Luxe for Less look would you pick?!