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Shift Dress + NYFW Giveaway

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Shift Dress (less than $50 + comes in tons of colors) | Leopard Belt | Booties (old, similar here) | Photography: Torrey Fox Photography

Y'all I'm so sorry I've been MIA lately, my shop and wife duties have kept me so busy that I haven't had time for blogging. Whenever I get out of a routine like this, I get uninspired to create content. Fortunately I grabbed coffee with a girlfriend yesterday and she inspired me to get my creative juices flowing again (thanks, Torrey!). 

I couldn’t pass up this adorable shift dress from Nordstrom. The dress is so light weight and a perfect transition into Fall dress, which means you'll get plenty of wears out of this dress. I love the bell sleeves and how you can wear it with a belt, but also without one for a more loose fitting look. There's something about a dress with long sleeves that speaks to me, not only because I'm always cold, but you can wear them more often living in San Francisco.

Keep scrolling down to win a trip to New York City for NYFW... :) 

GIVEAWAY - WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY FOR NYFW

Have you dreamed about going to NYFW? Do you want to see top designers, celebrity street fashion, and the hustle and bustle of the biggest fashion event in New York?  New York Fashion Week is a highlight of the fashion world, and we are giving you the chance to experience it for yourself! I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers and to bring you a giveaway like no other!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below to win A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY DURING NYFW!

New York Fashion Week will be taking place September 8th - September 15th.

Prize Includes: A one-night/two-day hotel stay & travel voucher, a one-on-one consultation on how to get invites to NYFW shows with an additional service for NYFW event requests, and the possibility of a gifted ticket to NYFW.  

GOOD LUCK!

Note: All entries will be verified using the information asked for during entry. Each entry improves your chance of winning. Must be 18+ years older to enter. International applicants are welcome This giveaway will end at midnight on August 21st and the winner will be picked at random and notified via email in 2-3 days after conclusion of giveaway. If you win, you must respond to the email within 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen.

#GIRLBOSS: Jewelry Designer, Robyn Rhodes

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image via Robyn Rhodes

Today, I'm super excited to announce my new series called #GirlBoss. Each week I'll be interviewing a fellow #GirlBoss. As women, we should inspire and empower each other to follow their dreams. I'm so fascinated to hear how other people got their business started, learn from their failures and successes, etc.. I hope you can take away and learn something new each week by these inspiring women and that you too can follow your passions.

First up, is Robyn Rhodes, an LA based jewelry designer that celebrities and our favorite Bachelorette's like Jojo Fletcher and Emily Maynard have been spotted wearing. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and supports local artisans in Los Angeles. 

Here is what Robyn had to say (plus a discount code at the bottom)...

Name: Roby Rhodes

Current Title/Company: Owner/CEO Robyn Rhodes, Inc.

Education: BA Film and Art History, UCSB

What was your first job out of college? Working as an executive assistant to actor, Enriq La Salle

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Tell us more about Robyn Rhodes. 
I established my namesake company in 2002 with the intention of creating accessible luxury with the heart of community. Each and every piece is handcrafted within the greater Los Angeles area, helping to support local artisans while maintaining the highest level of quality in craftsmanship, materials, and style. Since its creation, my line has been sold in some of the most beautiful places and worn by many of the world's most glamorous women, but I will never lose the company's sense of community, personality, and accessibility.


What inspired you to start your own company?
Always knew I was an artist, but did not know what medium it was going to be in. I was working in film/TV production when September 11th happened and production just stopped. I was working freelance at the time and was making jewelry whilst waiting for the phone to ring for a film job. I found so much more creativity and personal satisfaction by making jewelry, that I had to give this jewelry thing a shot, so I threw my hat over the fence and have not looked back - that was 14 years ago! 


What advice would you give others thinking about starting their own business?
There is always room for people with passion... do not give up and know that owning your own business is a 24/7 job... if that does not make you run... you are half way there!

 

What was your biggest fear in starting your own business?
Not being able to pay my bills... I paid my own way through college and I had a ton of school loans and a lot of financial responsibilities and I did not want to be delinquent on any of them.

 

What inspired the pieces you design? 
The stones. I do not sketch before I choose the stones/color schemes for my upcoming line, I let the stones do my designing. I seek the stones first and once I see the ones I want to use; I can instantly design around them.

 

What designers or brands do you look to for inspiration?
I really like to look at vintage jewelry. I go to a lot of flea markets and second hand shops.


What does a typical day look like for you? 
Never a typical day but what is standard is exercise in the morning, get ready for work and then off to the office. The phone can ring at any time for a pull from a TV show, jewelry emergency from production, downtown to get supplies, photo shoots for social media, meetings with my staff, etc.

 

If you could pick one or two Robyn Rhodes essentials that you couldn’t live without, what would they be? 
That’s a hard question, that's like saying 'what 2 children do you like the best!' Haha! But if I had to choose, I would probably say my CHLOE nameplate necklace and my JONELL ring. Both can be worn everyday with everything!

What’s your most proud moment since launching Robyn Rhodes?
There are too many to mention... most recently, I would say the PEOPLE magazine article that came out a few weeks ago.

 

I’ve seen some of your pieces on The Bachelorettes like Emily Maynard and Jojo Fletcher. How did that come about? What’s it like to see your jewelry on TV? Do you see a spike in sales after? 
I had a friend on the executive side at the show and they gave the costume designer pieces from my line...that was 5 seasons ago and I am so grateful that they keep asking for my line for the show! I get giddy like school girl every time I see my line on any TV/Film. So honored and humbled!!

I do see a spike in sales for most of the appearances on the shows. I think it is so much easier now for people to find out who is wearing what, which is so amazing for brands.

(Find all the jewelry seen on The Bachelorettes here)

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Don’t sweat the small stuff and trust that you are going to succeed, even in the darkest of hours. Successful people take risks and keep going.

 

If you could have drinks with four women who would it be? 
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and my grandmother that I never met.

 

What’s next for Robyn Rhodes? Any collaborations? Stores we can find you in? 
We have been in talks with QVC for a FALL launch for our line. Also, and an AMAZING line coming out for Fall/Winter 16.17!

 

A big thank you to Robyn for answering these questions! Make sure to stop by Robyn's online store by clicking here. Robyn has been kind enough to offer you a 20% off discount using code “GIRLBOSS20” at checkout! 

Make sure to tune into next week's #GIRLBOSS interview series! 

How To Decorate With Beauty Products

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I have some beauty products that looks like a piece of art, especially perfume bottles. Nowadays they're making them look so fancy - as goes for nail polish and lipsticks. If you're a female living by yourself, this is easy, but if you're living with your significant other then there might need to be a little convincing. But here are a few beauty products that you can easily use as home decor that's chic and stylish. 

PERFUME

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image via Cosmopolitan

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image via Style At Home

Chances are you're already doing this in one way or another but your big perfume bottles looks fabulous on a tray or in a row on a shelf. Most perfume bottles are crystal, which is reflective and looks great in a bedroom or bathroom. PERFUME

CANDLES

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image via Pinterest

I always recycle candles to use as a flower vase, to put makeup brushes in, etc. After they're done making your house smell good, just boil some hot water and pour into the candle to release the wax then dump out the wax. From there you can either clean out the rest of the wax  or freeze the candle for 30 minutes to let the rest of the wax harden and scrape with a knife. It's super easy and serves for multiple purposes...after candles aren't cheap! 

NAIL POLISH

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image via Pinterest

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image via Pinterest

I have a larger nail polish collection than some nail salons I go to, sad I know, so I have to get creative with ways to store my polish. There are a few ways you can display your colorful nail polish, some of my favorites are putting them in a glass box, a jar, or a transparent acrylic container (similar to the nail salon). It's a fun way to keep your nail polish organized, easily accessible for your next manicure and such a fun way to display your polish. 

SheIn Review + Can You Trust Them?

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Honest SheIn Review - Can You Trust Them?

Ever since I posted this blog post, I’ve gotten a lot of emails, text messages and comments asking if SheIn was a reliable company to purchase from. Let me start by saying that I would never share with y'all a product or company of something I don't trust. But I'm going to be very transparent with you, SheIn has sent me clothes before, but I’ve also purchased a lot on my own too. I've gotten clothes that totally blew me away (like this and this) and then others that totally missed the mark (which I donated to charity).

I'm right there with the next girl in trying to find a steal on a budget, so figured I'd do a detailed post on SheIn and if you can trust them and how to sift through a website like theirs. So to answer your questions in short: yes it’s a reliable website that you can purchase. They are based overseas so expect a delay in shipping, however I've lucked out and have gotten my stuff within the 2-week mark. Here are a few things you always need to check before buying anything from SheIn or any other online store like this. You'll want to read this... trust me I’ve learned the hard way! 

Read Reviews

Most of the clothes have reviews (some don’t but most do). Be sure to read the reviews and look at the uploaded photos of buyers wearing the pieces, so you can see how the pieces actually fit a real human body, not just a model. When you're reading the reviews, check to see the sizing, fit, quality, material, etc. I usually won’t purchase an item unless it has a review just to be cautious. However, there have been a few times that I’ve gotten lucky! 

Check The Sizing

The sizing is totally different than US sizing so you need to triple check this. Some of their pieces are only available in one size, while other come in multiple sizes. This is where the triple checking comes in: be sure to know your measurements in inches or centimeters so that you can make an educated decision when it comes to the right size for you. 

Look At The Quality

It’s pretty apparent that the prices are much lower, so don't expect anything high quality. Most of the pieces are replicas from the high-end pieces we see, so just be realistic in your expectations. 

Check Their Social Media

This might sound a little nuts, but check out SheIn’s Instagram and stalk their tagged photos to see what certain clothes look like on real people before pulling the trigger. 

L*Space Romper

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DETAILS || L*Space Romper c/o (on sale for less than $100) | Crossbody Bag | Steve Madden Lace Up Sandals || Photography: Torrey Fox Photography

I haven't always been the biggest fan of rompers. They're either too short (butt cheek status) or just not flattering on my skinny legs (truth). Some of my best friends crush the romper game, me on the other hand I only have two: this one and this palm print one. So when L*Space sent me this romper I was #skeptical that it just wasn't going to fit right *drum roll please* but it fit. I love the pinks in it, it's a little boho and has bell sleeves!!  

I've only worn this as an outfit, but apparently it's a cover up...so bonus that you can wear it as both. I wore it to Napa this past weekend as my swim coverup then walked around Yountville in it and got so many compliments. I think the bell sleeves and print really give this romper all the feels. I am obsessed and feel 100% confident in this romper.