Gift Guide: Chic Nomad

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Think of your coolest friend, the one with enviably effortless style that reflects her adventurous spirit. She’s the kind of girl who’s friends with the band, travels spontaneously, and feels at home just about anywhere. The subject of today’s Gift Guide is none other than the Chic Nomad, an intrepid woman of the world like The Kills’ lead singer Alison Mosshart. This bohemian wanderer’s wardrobe—a mash-up of California casual mixed with Parisian chic—is influenced by a little of everything, so we collected gifts that speak to her eclectic sensibilities. Continue reading for our suggestions, and check out today’s slideshow for even more ideas.

Equipment Keira Fawn Python Print Shirt ($258)
While the Chic Nomad appreciates easy, unfussy pieces, she’s certainly still in tune with the most current trends. Gift her one of Equipment’s classic button-downs in an of-the-moment python print.

Lika Mimika Rabbit Blue Shoes ($150)
Sensible yet stylish footwear is a top priority for anyone with a nomadic lifestyle, so your giftee will adore these cozy slip-ons. The shoes are ideal travel attire, as they’re easy to slip on and off when you’re dashing around an airport or train station.

n.d.c. Made By Hand Passport Cover ($110)
For a truly unique gift idea, think outside the box with a passport cover. A sartorial-minded trekker needs one that’s as chic as the rest of her look—and this elegant rendition does the trick.

Rag & Bone The Grand Prix Winter White Jeans ($253)
Rag & Bone’s motocross jeans, which are just a little cooler than your classic white skinnies, epitomize the Chic Nomad’s tough-luxe aesthetic.

Fenton x Prabal Gurung Brass Steer Skull Ring ($345)
Fenton’s Dana Lorenz and Prabal Gurung teamed up to create this bold stunner that balances downtown edge and uptown sophistication. Plus, the ring adds a little western charm to any ensemble.

Supreme Rose Leather Belt ($128) in Brown
Supreme’s intricate belt lends visual interest to a casual uniform of broken-in jeans and a plaid shirt.

Burberry Leather-Trimmed Rabbit-Felt Fedora ($575)
Burberry’s fedora caters to the androgynous element in the Chic Nomad’s style aesthetic. It’s especially convenient for on-the-road moments when hair grooming falls to the bottom of her to-do list.

Givenchy Paillettes Paradise Scarf ($390)
The Chic Nomad tends to favor scarves, which can serve as a throw-on-and-go accessory or as a makeshift pillow for long flights. Get her one that’s going to turn heads, like this Givenchy scarf in a brilliant hue.

Aesop Tuberose Lip Heal ($31)
Aesop’s tuberose-infused oil is the key to retaining moisture in your lips—a challenge for anyone hopping on and off of airplanes. Aesop doesn’t use wax or petroleum, letting its natural botanicals stave off dryness.—Tiffany Tse

Photo of Alison Mosshart, courtesy of Startraks. 

**courtesy of Who What Wear

Gift Guide: Mega Mom

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Just like Beyonce Knowles, the songstress with stroller in hand, this do-it-all dynamo has mastered the art of chic, around-the-clock style. With the Mega Mom’s packed schedule in mind, we looked for practical pieces with a touch of glamour, including a particularly luxe pair of high-tops and a gorgeous carryall in a rich emerald hue. Keep reading for details, and check out even more spot-on suggestions in today’s slideshow.

Ileana Makri Pink & Gold Diamond Spiral Drop Earrings ($3685)
On the occasional date night, the Mega Mom needs a decadent bauble to jazz up her look. Ileana Makri’s earrings—delicate diamonds worked into an intriguing spiral shape—would make a classic addition to her jewelry repertoire, while Alexis Bittar’s Crystal Encrusted Hoop Earrings ($195) in Rose Gold make a lovely, more wallet-friendly alternative. Now, all the Mega Mom needs is a great babysitter…

Marni Shopper Bag ($470)
Now here’s a gift to indulge the Mega Mom who has it all! Patent eco-leather makes Marni’s satchel a pragmatic choice (think: spill-resistant) for any mom who needs her bag of tricks. It’s a truly refined alternative to an everyday diaper bag.

A.L.C. Leopard Print Calfhair and Leather Jacket ($1595)
Who’s got time to change outfits from an afternoon school pick-up to evening soiree? A.L.C.’s tailored moto jacket is the kind of memorable transitional piece that makes day-to-night dressing a breeze.

Bodas Silk-Satin Pajama Set ($295)
When it’s time for this supermom to relax, she’ll love you for gifting her Bodas’ chic sleepwear set. It’s nothing too intricate, just a silky camisole and shorts that exude simple allure.

Brian Atwood for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection Sunglasses ($40)
Fun sunglasses bring out the Mega Mom’s playful side, so these shades with round, rhinestone-studded lenses are the perfect pick.

BIRD by Juicy Couture Leather Legging Pants ($998)
These pants’ stretch leather and angular seams allow ease of movement, ideal for an on-the-go mom. But we love their versatility most of all: pair them with flats and a t-shirt for an errand run or polished pumps and a blazer for an office meeting.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! ($10) by Mo Willems
For a thoughtful present that both mom and kiddos can enjoy, get her Mo Willems’ bestseller about a bird trying to escape his inevitable bedtime. It’s a charming, clever tale that every child can relate to.

Pierre Hardy Leather-Trimmed Canvas High-Top Sneakers ($495)
Mega Moms are constantly on the hunt for pieces that merge style and practicality, so Pierre Hardy’s cool kicks are a no-brainer. The sneakers speak to fashion’s current infatuation with the luxe sporty trend too.

Dior Diorific Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick ($36) in Soft Red
Dior’s limited-edition Soft Red is a universally flattering shade—but it’s the elegant gold tube that caught our eye. Pulling this out for touch-ups will make even the most harried mom feel glamorous.—Tiffany Tse

Photo of Beyonce, courtesy of Startraks. 

**courtesy of Who What Wear

Gift Guide: Up & Comer

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To kick things off, we’re turning the spotlight on a true fashion fanatic: the Up-and-Comer. Whether she’s an aspiring editor, stylist, or designer, she is known for her rising talent and impeccable sense of style-much like Chloe Moretz! In addition to her vast knowledge of the coolest collaborations and of-the-moment trends, she has an appreciation for little luxuries, like a Rodarte t-shirt or Kenzo keychain. We’ve got all of that and more in today’s roundup, plus, you’ll be happy to know that everything in this story is under $150. Read on for all of our suggestions and don’t miss today’s slideshow filled with even more amazing and affordable gifts for the Up-and-Comer!

What to Buy
Bass x Rachel Antonoff Maebird Oxfords ($129) in Black/Clear
The Up-and-Comer is always up to speed on the latest collaborations, making these adorable Bass x Rachel Antonoff oxfords the ideal gift. Crafted from black patent leather and clear vinyl, the menswear-inspired shoes have a modern look that is completely on-point. We love them in black, but they’re also available in a playful mix of teal, nude, and yellow too.

Kenzo Gri-Gri Key Ring ($60)
This stylephile may have her eye on the season’s must-have RTW pieces, but little designer luxuries make her swoon too. Keeping that in mind, we think this Kenzo tiger keychain has the Up-and-Comer’s name all over it.

Rodarte Rohearte Text Tee ($115)
Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s witty logo tees are a fashion world favorite, and we’re confident the Up-and-Comer will heart this one too. It’s incredibly soft and will make the perfect addition to what is surely an already amazing t-shirt collection. She’ll be in good company too: Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna, and Dakota Fanning have all been spotted in versions of this must-have tee.

M.A.C. Nail Polish ($16) in Everything That Glitters
The Up-and-Comer loves a playful manicure, which means she is constantly experimenting with the season’s newest lacquers. A polish that shimmers, like M.A.C.’s Everything That Glitters, is right up her alley. The deep purple hue contains flecks of multicolored glitter and a pearlescent finish that changes colors depending on the light.

2ME Gold Studs and Leather iPhone Cover ($133)
Just like the Up-and-Comer, this leather iPhone cover is equal parts edgy and chic. Plus, the quilted design hits on a major trend for fall-another small touch she is sure to appreciate.

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Skinny Stretch Legging Pant ($98)
A fun and fearless fashion girl at heart, the Up-and-Comer often embraces bold, look-at-me pieces. Printed pants, like these skinny corduroy leggings by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, certainly fall under that category. Even better: the artisanal motif is in perfect keeping with the season’s baroque trend.

BCBGMaxazria Studded Retro Headphones ($68)
When it comes to today’s giftee, no detail goes unnoticed, so we’re positive she’ll dig these uber-stylish headphones. Thanks to the luxurious studding, listening to music has never looked so chic!

Madewell Letterman Sweater-Jacket ($138)
Chances are the Up-and-Comer in your life is pining after a varsity jacket-the outerwear has, after all, reached wardrobe essential status this season-so why not bring a smile to her face with this comfy version from Madewell? The sporty staple will fast become her closet go-to.—Jessica Baker

OVM by James Jean Lyrical Printed Clear Pouch ($95)
Featuring one of James Jean’s awe-inspiring illustrations-the designer was a former DC Comics artist-this stylish carrier can double as a makeup bag or striking clutch. If the Up-and-Comer doesn’t already know about Jean’s covetable line of jewelry, scarves, and other accessories, we can assure you she will quickly become a fan after spotting this pouch.

Image of Chloe Moretz, courtesy of Splash News 

**courtesy of Who What Wear

Lip Service: Young Republic 2012 Christmas Collection

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Christmas is around the corner (I know, it seems like the year has jus flown by!!) & now is the perfect time to start checking off your gift list. Not sure what to get him/her/the kiddies? Well Young Republic is here to help with their 2012 Christmas collection.

Those are jus a select few, check out the rest of their Christmas collection here

Whether you’re balling on a budget or working with unlimited funds you can find something unique & stylish for everyone on your list within you price range!

Start shopping NOW!! http://youngrepublic.com

Follow them @young_republic

Facebook.com/www.youngrepublic.com.au

IG Style Stalk: #BlackFriday

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It’s black Friday which means deals are EVERYWHERE including instagram!! I checked out some of my favorite pages & found some online goodies you can rack up on without having to wait in big crowds or long lines!

@damierhippie

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All snapbacks $19, all handbags $35!!

@officialtinhead

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Use promo code BLKTIN on purchases, only good today

@keyshiakaoir

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@prettyfeetboutique

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@lillyskloset

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@bunnyzcreationz

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@lolashoetique

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Their websites are linked to their IG names so get your cyber shop on!! Also follow them on IG to keep up with recent deals & follow me as well @BlondiesLipstk!

*Muah!*

Blondie’s Spotlight

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Jewelry Designer/ Image Consultant

Corey Hackett

What was the inspiration behind the name TruYeroc?
TruYeroc is inspired by a lifestyle that I have created in my paradigm.  So my bracelets represent a lifestyle and a image that I feel people will appreciate and each piece represents an extension of my ultimate goal in which I will not share just yet….
Who all is a part of the brand? When was it started?
My brand has three direct affiliations.  KBCWW, Forefront Image Consultant, and Spencer Wallace. ….oh and I started TruYeroc ….lol!
KBCWW
Kyle Carpenter Top Right and Berthrem Henry bottom Left
Spencer Wallace
What made you decide to create a jewelry line?
I wanted an extension of The Lifestyle.  For those who are already stylish it would only add to your arsenal. It’s something tangible and creative for those who support my mission.
Describe your line’s style?
I love earth tones and simple stupid pieces. Simple stupid are basic solid colors with a pop of something!  The more extreme pieces are created when my emotions are altered…lol
You have a wide range of designs in your jewelry, what inspires your pieces?
Emotion, music, inspiration from other brands and from my peers.
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What is the price range for your line?
From $15-$100. But the median is around $20.
How can people purchase your line?
Available online at www.truyeroc.com
You all have some amazing bracelets, can we expect an expansion into other areas of fashion in TruYeroc‘s future?
Yes. Next will be very unique and limited Tie Clips and Pendents for men and women.
Tell us something readers should know about you or your brand.
My brand is very personal and each piece is handcrafted by myself “Yeroc”…
Follow me on Twitter @CSCnote (personal) @TruYeroc
Instagram @truyeroc
Hashtags
#truyeroc
#truyeroctuesday

#IG Style Stalk

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I’m not a mother (not of a kid anyway, but I did birth Blondie’s from my imagination. Lol!) but like many of you I’m following the ADORABLE IG account @fashionkids! You can’t help but to ooh & aah at all the cute little outfits!!

Look at these adorable divas!

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& these handsome lil studs!!
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& like many of you I say “When I have kids I’m gonna dress them like this!!” *Note to my future babies*: Mama’s gonna make sure you’re just as fly as she is! lol! Be sure to follow @fashionkids on instagram & your s truly @blondieslipstk

Not so terrible 2’s

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As of today Blondie’s Lipstick has been your means of lip service for TWO WHOLE YEARS!!!! 2 years of info, interviews & product reviews, 2 years of growth & 2 years of LIPSTICK LOVING MADNESS THAT I WOULDN’T TRADE FOR THE WORLD!!! lol! I had a lot of things in mind to do to celebrate this momentous occasion & chose the giveaway -again congrats @Glam_Mari & @Trevo_Gold -and something I do well, SHOPPING!!!! lol! I couldn’t just spend my well-earned $$$ anywhere & I had to support some of my favorite entrepreneurs (& their stuff is twice as nice!!) Check out some of the goodies I bought:

Lipsticks from Kaoir Cosmetics

2 pair of earrings from Ashlei Shannon

Bunny Custom Creations phone case & lighter -even though I’m not a smoker (not these exact, this is just an example.)

Shoe Condoms from High Heel Junkie

I’ve already gotten some things in the mail but I cant wait for the rest!!!

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported Blondie’s over the years! I’ve met so many amazing people, shared many of their lives and experiences & plan on sharing many more! Looking back over these 2 awesome years I’ve lost countless hours of sleep, miles on my car & $$$ out the wa-zoo all to achieve my dream -to use my gift of gab to entertain, inform & benefit of others! As I said above I wouldn’t trade one minute of it! It’s been a long journey but it’s far from over!! Blondie’s evolved from a hobby long ago & I plan on riding this baby til the wheels fall off! Stay tuned loveys, the best is yet to come!!

*Muah!*

Blondie’s Spotlight

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Boutique Owner- Erica Ashley

I sat down with accessory queen & owner of Xpressions by Ashley, Erica Ashley. Her handbags, custom jewelry & makeup services are keeping Middle Georgia fabulous!!!

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Xpressions by Ashley is located in the Galleria Mall (2922 Watson Blvd T-15, Centerville, GA 31028). For business inquiries & custom orders call 478-737-5550 or email ashleyerica1@gmail.com

You’ll find more interviews, reviews & music on my youtube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!!

Blondie’s Lipstick 2 Year Anniversary Giveaway Pt.2

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Alright guys its time for YOU GUYS to pick the winners of #BL2YrAnniversary!!!

It’s pretty self explanatory but for the slow folks I’ll break it down:

  • Click beside your favorite pics- one female, one male
  • You’re only allowed one vote a day so spread the word to your friends to help your favorite pics get votes
  • ANY & EVERYONE can vote so get started!!
  • Cant see? Click on the pics to enlarge them

***Remember- Voting ends September 19th & the winner will be announced September 20th!!

#IG Style Stalk

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I told you guys I would change the name of this segment!! While I do feel like a creeper calling myself a stalker but hey, the truth is the truth. Lol!
This week it’s one of the biggest weeks in fashion- New York Fashion Week!!! While I would have loved to be there to cover events & get my fill of (as June Ambrose would say) stylish mavericks & mavens, my last vacation days were already allotted to a cruise -can’t wait to set sail!!! Luckily for me, like you, I follow celebs who attended all sorts of shows & shared them with us! Even luckier for me my talented, gorgeous superstar line sister Essence was right there in the action too giving me a front row seat to what the not famous YET would see!! Last night she attended a Diane Von Furstenburg event, check it out!

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Juanita & Essence

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The gorgeous Solange was there!!

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#HAIR!!!

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#PRINTEDPANTS

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So cute right!?!?

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She had Solange laughing!!

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Essence & some fashionable friends

Follow my Essie on IG @theessenceof to check out what she’s doing next!