Month: March 2012

High End Vegetable Gardens and Salsa with Dolce Gabbana

How green is your thumb? These D&G veggies look delicious.

Dolce Gabbana Aubergine Print Viscose Cady Dress

Dolce Gabbana Jewelled Hot Pepper Print Poplin Bra

Dolce Gabbana Jewelled Tomato Print Brocade Shorts

Dolce Gabbana Onion Print Organza Creponne Dress

Dolce Gabbana Zucchini Print Poplin Shirt

Alton Brown’s Best Salsa Ever from the food network.


  • 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 seeded and minced jalapenos, plus 2 roasted, skinned and chopped jalapenos
  • 1 red bell pepper, fine dice
  • 1/2 red onion, fine chopped
  • 2 dry ancho chiles, seeded, cut into short strips and snipped into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Chili powder, salt, and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh scallions, cilantro or parsley, to taste


In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Place in refrigerator for up to 12 hours for flavor infusion.

Serve with tortilla chips.

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John Hardy Jewlery: Handcrafted and Giving Back

As a fashion stylist, I’ve realized what I buy, who I buy from, and especially what I recommend to others can have a significant impact on communities and the environment.  And as a whole, buying goods locally and supporting philanthropic green companies can change lives and make this world a better place.  Investigate how a profit will be used by the company that produced the good.

 A great example of a company leaving a positive impact is the jewelry brand, John Hardy. Since 2007, they have made it a mission with production and through their offices to be a part of a greener future. The entire John Hardy compound in Bali has been constructed such that the land can be returned to rice fields in three months, with the buildings made of low-impact local natural materials such as bamboo, adobe and thatch. The John Hardy workshop and design center in Bali is also an organic farm, the produce from which is used to provide a healthy lunch to a staff of more than 650 people.

 CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Creative Director Guy Bedarida were so grateful for the amazing opportunity to create a jewelry brand when they bought the company in 2007 that they thought of giving back.  Jobs for Life supports disadvantaged Balinese orphans when they bought the company in 2007. The program aims to ease the transition from orphanage to the real world by providing vocational training, teaching them practical skills that can be marketed as they look for work. After graduating from school, John Hardy aims to offer the students employment opportunities at the compound in Bali.

 John Hardy jewelry is born of the encounter between designers and artisans. Each piece is fully designed and intricately crafted by virtuoso artisans on the brand’s compound in Bali. Head Designer Guy Bedarida sketches his inspired pieces, and the team of artisans gives his vision life as they carve and smith sterling silver, gold and gemstones into jewelry. The art of jewelry-making is an ancient skill dating back to the time of kings on the island nation; descendants of those original artisans make up their team today.

Here are some jewelry pieces that I recommended to my clients this week.

Bedeg Collection Slim Band Ring
Naga Collection Large Round Drop Pendant
Kali Collection Leather Bracelet

DIY: How to Live Like a Celebrity, or at Least Try

By: Nicole Perrella

   With prom season right around the corner, we look to what we saw on the red carpet this past award season. The celebrities are constantly looking amazing in their Jimmy Choo shoes and Vera Wang dress.We watch the shows to see the red carpet and drool over the clothes we wish we could afford.With the economy still not back to what is was, us consumers still don’t splurge on clothing like we used to.Well, instead of dreaming about those amazing clothes, why not try to make it possible. Sounds too good to be true, right? While you might not look exactly like Angelina Jolie, you can look darn close, all within a more reasonable budget. The trick, Rent the Runway or Bag Borrow or Steal. These are sites where you can rent all the top designers for a fraction of the cost. Rent the Runway is great for any occasion, date night, Easter, New Year’s Eve, etc. It is great because it shows all the celebrities and what they wore to the award shows and right next to it is the cheaper version of the outfit to rent, not buy. This way you can have at least one perfect night looking like celebrity. If you do sign up, I would greatly appreciate a referral; all you have to do is mention my name. If this site isn’t what you’re looking for, then try the old fashion make your own version,yourself. It might not be a whole outfit, but even making an accessory that you’ve seen in a movie or that a celebrity has can make all the difference in your outfit and appearance. Plus, you will have the added satisfaction knowing that instead of spending a lot of money, you actually made it yourself.

  I recently did my own DIY on an accessory. I have always been obsessed with masquerades and their fancy masks. When I got invited to a masquerade formal, I took the opportunity to put my creative skills to work. When I tried to purchase my ideal mask online, it was going to cost more than thirty dollars, more than I spent on my Express dress (I worked there and waited for the end of the season clearance sale). I was inspired by Nina Dobrev’s mask as Katherine on the Vampire Diaries.

The mask was the perfect mix of flirty and dressy and I was determined to make my own. I bought a basic white mask, purple glitter glue, and fake rhinestones from Jo-Ann Fabrics all for five dollars and made my mask.

 Rather than paying thirty dollars and regretting it later, I was able to make a mask exactly the way I wanted and it only cost a sixth of the cost.Where there is a will, there is a way, and that is definitely true in fashion. If you set your mind on looking a certain way, then you can. It just make take some creativity. As a college student you get invited to events at the last minute and some of the events are themed. When you don’t have time to run an errand and get what you need, you have to make do with what you have. Sometimes it involves duct tape, safety pins or bobby pins, but it always end in a look that is DIY and fun.So the next time you are watching an awards show instead of wishing you could actually pay for a dress like that, try thinking how you can make that look yourself and then go and do it!!

How To Spot a Fake Handbag

 Fake handbags are everywhere. High end designer knock offs are a major problem for designers and for consumers looking to score a deal. There are many degrees of knock off fake bags. Some knock off bags are stolen from the factories before they are finished and completed elsewhere. This kind of fake is more than likely sold out of someones vehicle, and you need to be of some importance to know these people, a friend of a friend type situation. It is very illegal for the person selling these bags.  Another type of fake is a new product fabricated to look like the original and being sold under a generic name. These can be found on places like ebay and discount retailers. This is not illegal. The last type of fake are the ones sold on the street and online as the real thing.

How to make sure you get the real thing.
Go to a reputable retailer like the designer store or somewhere like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, or Saks.
If the price for a used designer bag seems to good to be true, it is.
When buying used ask for a certificate of authenticity.
If you are looking to buy a bag that is vintage from an estate sale learn all you can about the bag, such as detail placement, and logo design so you can tell if the bag is real before you make the purchase.

And Check out Bag Borrow or Steal for a more affordable designer bag rental.

Valentino Rockstudd Python

Dior Jeanne Satchel
Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Paradise

Mcq Alexander Mcqueen Amwell

Le Chateau at Fashion Stylist

 Today, I wanted to introduce you all to Le Chateau on Fashion Stylist. Le Chateau is a Canadian specialty retailer and manufacturer of contemporary fashion apparel, accessories, and footwear at value pricing for style-conscious women and men of all ages. Fashion Stylist is very excited to be working with this well known and established retailer.
  Le Chateau made its name capturing the changes happening in the 1960’s, even being commissioned by John Lennon to make the jumpsuit he wore at the bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Today, Le Chateau is still offering the fashion conscious an ever changing variety of fashionable items at reasonable prices.

Relaxed Fit Tunic

Sleeveless Cardigan
Plastic Square Sunglasses
Color Block Patent Wedge