accessory, watch

Collecting Watches – a look at popular brands

June 14, 2015
This post is contributed by MediaBuzzer.

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Five years ago I never, ever wore a watch. I used my phone to tell the time and I was happy with that. But then slowly, over the years I realized a good-looking watch can be an intricate part of accessorizing any outfit and it can be a great addition to any arm party. From that point, I’ve begun collecting watches. I like super trendy items, but I also like really classic looking pieces.

One of the most elegant items a person can choose to collect are antique watches. They’re wearable, beautiful and are valuable pieces of art. There are remarkable stories of how the value of vintage watches has increased precipitously. Before you start picking up random watches at second-hand shops, you need to know that not all antique watches share the same collectability or incremental raise in value.

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As you would with any expensive hobby, research is critical. Don’t jump in until you are aware of the pitfalls you may encounter. The obvious issue are fakes. The notion of phony Rolexes has become a contemporary cliché. Don’t allow yourself to be duped. It’s actually a fact of life: if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Begin your research by becoming familiar with the names of popular brands of antique watches. Look thoroughly at the types of vintage watches available. A good place to start looking is kalmarantiques.com.au. With anything you plan to collect, make sure it is something you really like. In this case, choose watches if you genuinely like them. If you never wear a wristwatch and are reliant solely on your iPhone for the time, this may not be right choice for you.

The next step is to look towards which era appeals to you. Watch experts note that collectors often narrow their pieces to a certain era, or, even, a certain collection.  The most commonly collected vintage watch are Rolexes, and there’s a lot to know about them. And that’s the best place to start, with the basics. Made with precious metals and gems, it’s clear that Rolexes qualify as jewellery, but a collector will tell you that Rolexes were made for function, as a wearable tool, and rarely will describe the watches as jewellery.

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Popular Brands of Antique Watches

Here are just some of the brands you can examine before you narrow your focus. You may want to collect only one brand, and, likely, one line from the brand, or one era from the brand, or one collection. Then again, you may focus on an era and be open to different brands; this is a decision that will open up the market for you.

Rolex
Tudor
Gruen
Hamilton
Jaeger Le Coultre
Phillippe Patek
Lord Elgin
Longines
Omega
Girard Perregaux
Elgin
Bulova
Movado
Waltham
Illinois
Benrus
Jules Jurgensen
Wittnauer
Universal Geneve
Seiko
Cartier
Tiffany
Tissot
You can also make a distinction between the types of watch you want to collect:
Wristwatch
Pocket Watch
Brooch Watch

Movements to Consider:
Swiss
Mechanical
Quartz

Styles to focus on:
Military
Drivers
Divers
Chronograph
Character
solid gold
yellow gold
white gold
platinum
silver
diamond
ruby
emerald

An issue for true collectors is maintenance. Most experts advise you keep spring-watches wound, and self-winding watches moving. If your collection grows large, you won’t be able to wear all of your watches on a regular basis. Therefore, there are beautiful cases to keep your collectible watches, and many of these cases are actually battery powered, too, to keep the watch in rhythmic movement. They’re worth the investment and can make a stunning addition to your room’s décor.

food, giveaways, holiday, home, how-to

‘Merica Candy Bar with Sweetworks

June 13, 2015
This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. #SweetworksPatriotic

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The 4th of July is roughly 3 weeks away, which means party plans need to be progressing. Usually I’m all about the basics – burgers, beers and fireworks. And while the Fourth of July will certainly contain this elements, this year it will also include a candy bar. What could be better than a Fourth of July dessert bar?

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No. Not a single candy bar you can enjoy and be done with. I’m talking about a candy smorgasbord. A table filled with Sweetworks candies of all shapes and sizes. The best part about this is that a candy bar is super simple to pull off and is bound to be a crowd favorite.

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For this one I grabbed a bunch of different glass containers and filled them with Sweetworks candies. I baked a super simple chocolate cake, iced it with chocolate frosting and decorated it with red, white and blue stars. I made some simple cheese cream spritz cookies and added little Sweetworks pearls to them right as they came out of the over. Simple. Easy and a treat for all.

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Next, a basic blue or red colored drink. If it’s a kiddie party blue Kool-Aid will do the trick. For adults try something like a Blue Hawaiian.

Want to create a Sweetworks Dessert Bar of your own this Fourth of July? You’re in luck because I’ve got a candy prize package to give away. The giveaway includes most of the things pictured here as well as a couple other awesome treats. You’ll get all of the following.

 

  • Royal Blue Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag
  • Shimmer White Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag
  • Royal Blue Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag
  • Red Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag
  • Red & White Peppermint Crumble Jar
  • Blue & White Vanilla Crumble Jar
  • Red, White, Blue Sixlets Small Peg Bags
  • Red, White, Blue Pearls Small Peg Bags
  • Red, White, Blue Stars Sweet Shapes
  • Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Hearts
  • Royal Blue Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls
  • White Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for a chance to win a $50 candy prize package.
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Want more 4th of July dessert inspiration using Sweetworks? Use this linky to hop around and see what the other Fashionista Bloggers came up with using this candy and the patriotic theme.

 

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Fashionistas Adora Giveaway

June 12, 2015

This is a Fashionista Event. An Adora Bag was provided to me so that I could share my honest review about the product. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. #FashionistasAdora

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Hopefully you’ve seen my review, and you’ve heard the hype from other bloggers too who have tried and loved Adora Bags. Well, now is your chance to win one of your own! These bags are 100% genuine leather. One of these babies is honestly the only bag you’ll ever need!

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I just got off my flight from Chicago to Boston and the black Adora Bag was the one I took on the plane. It held my computer, my makeup case, my jewelry collection, all the documents and such I need for traveling, a change of clothes… well, you get the picture. It carried everything I needed and got a ton of compliments on the way as well.

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I took the orange Adora Bag with me a couple months ago while I explored New York City too. That’s what all these pictures are from. It was the perfect bag to use as a tourist – it carried everything I needed to be out and about in the city for an entire dag but it wasn’t tacky like a backpack could be.

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So you want one of your own? Use the rafflecopter below to enter. Three winners will each walk away with a $280 Adora Bag of her own! Please note that by entering this giveaway you are agreeing to provide Adora Bags with your email address.
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Want to see what the other Fashionistas are saying about this bag? Use the linky below to hop from post to post and see how they styled this bag and why they LOVE it.

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Conair Brings the Spa Home

June 9, 2015

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products to give my honest opinion. #Conairdoityourselfie

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Now that the school year is over, I’m trying to get back into taking care of my skin and hair.

Obviously, beyond my usual Curly Girl Routine, long hair needs a lot of TLC. Usually I let it air dry as that’s the best for my hair, but on occasion when I am in a hurry and need my hair to dry quicker than the three hours it takes to air dry, I’ll use a diffuser to speed the process along. I won’t dry the whole thing, but I’ll take a couple minutes to scrunch and diffuse the hair. After that it will dry a lot quicker and make me day-ready that much quicker. To accomplish that I opt for the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool. I love how large the diffuser is and how it actually does break up the air and move it around in a non-frizzing way. (Check out the before and after below!!)

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Bonus… This blow dryer has a lower temperature but a faster airflow which helps to minimize the damage and to reduce the drying time. Conair claims it reduces drying time by 70% and I can vouch for that. It took a lot less time to get my hair generally dry.

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For skincare these days, I’ve ditched the usual washcloth and opted for this True Glow Sonic Skincare Solution. The brush is firm enough to get my face clean and fresh feeling, but gentle enough to not leave my skin feeling raw. This cleansing brush oscillates 300 times per second and includes two brush heads one for my face and one for my body. It’s really a great everyday option. I use it both in the morning and in the afternoon.

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Even better, these products are basically like bringing the salon home. They both offer some of the perks of salon-quality care but from the comfort and ease of your home. Sweet!

Want a chance to win some great Conair things your self? Conair is doing a sweepstakes through July 2nd. Entry is simple. Snap a selfie using your favorite Conair styling tool or an after look when you are done using the styling tool. Then upload the picture to the official giveaway site with the hashtag #DoItYourSELFIEsweeps. Enter via Twitter or Facebook. Five winners will include a gift card as well as the latest Conair styling appliances.

For more information about Conair’s full line of styling and skincare products, visit Conair at www.conair.com, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for great beauty tips, tricks, and giveaways!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and the True Glow by Conair Sonic Skincare Solution for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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More in Love with Adora Bags Every Day

June 8, 2015
This is a Fashionista Event. An Adora Bag was provided to me so that I could share my honest review about the product. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. #FashionistasAdora

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Back in November the mailman dropped off a package that had me really excited. It was one of the Adora Bags. It was leather. It was all black. It was oversized. And it was perfect. The bag was included in my December gift guide, I loved it that much!

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I’m usually one of those chicks who switched out the purse she uses every couple days, but from that moment I toted the Adora bag everywhere. I took it to school daily. I stuffed it full of everything I would need in flight and on route to the East Coast for Thanksgiving. And of course I brought it along on my New York trip this Spring.

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When I was out in Manhattan I had the chance to meet up with One of the owners of Adora Bags. Matteo filled me in on the launch of this new company, the unbelievable response they have gotten from purse lovers everywhere, and a little sneak-peak of what’s in store for the future. While I’m not going anything away, let’s just say the next collection of Adora Bags is equally amazing and even more stunning.  I walked away from the meeting excited about where this bag business was headed and with a new orange Adora Bag in my possession.

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Just to gush a little more… These bags are all 100% genuine leather. They are hand crafter by true Italian artisans. The bags come in classic black, vibrant blue and a bold orange, all of which stunningly, and perhaps surprisingly, go with so many outfits. They are soft as soft can be. They are the perfect size for toting around everything you need for the entire day. I easily fit my laptop, sunglasses, notebook, wallet, pens, lipsticks, phone and computer chargers, business cards, etc… Each Adora Bag also comes with a little clip-on clutch that tethers to the purse handle and is easy to find in the bag. It’s easy to put the most necessary things in that, making them easy to locate.

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I’ve honestly never gotten as many compliments on a bag as I get when I’m carrying an Adora. Even the true bag snobs ohh and ahh about the quality of the product and the texture of the material.

Stay tuned for later this week when the Fashionistas team together to offer a giveaway that will give three lucky ladies an Adora Bag of her own. They retail at $280!!! Hint: check back Friday!

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In the meantime, check out what the other fashionistas have to say about Adora Bags. See their pictures, read their reviews and check out Adora for yourself.

technology

Hey, You Should dripthat!

June 7, 2015
This is a sponsored blog post. I was given compensation to share my honest opinion about dripthat.

52b63fbe-fa7c-11e4-bfd4-22000afd2dc7Beyond being mildly obsessed with all forms social media (my students make fun of how much my phone is constantly lighting up with push notifications), I’m also a big fan of new start-up apps. Maybe I’ll use them for awhile and they will fizzle away or maybe they will become the next big thing. Either way, I love creating an account and going to town on all the fun intricacies of a new app.

My latest download and plaything? dripthat.

This photo-sharing app is focused on putting the control entirely into the hands of the user. You control the faucet. You create the ‘drips.’ What the heck is a drip?

  • Drips can be a single picture or a series of pictures around some theme or event.
  • Drips can be private or public. You get to decide who sees the drip – send a single picture or album to one person or a collection of people OR make the drip public for the world to see.
  • Drips can do exactly that, drip out over a period of time. Release the drips in an album all at once or slowly over a period of hours or days.
  • Drips can be starred (liked) with the ease of a double click.
  • Drips can be commented on too.

IMG_9798So what makes this photo-sharing app different from the others out there? To me, it comes down to the actual practical applications.

For example… My school year is ending so I created a drip that contains 64 pictures highlighting my first year as a teacher. The album is public and something all my students, blog readers, family and friends can take a look at. (This also helps avoid the awkward student Facebook friend requests to see an album of this kind AND it negates the need to scroll back through an entire Instagram collection to get an idea of what the last year held in store for me as a new teacher.)

Not sold? How about this example… Later this summer I’m heading to a family wedding in Atlanta. While the pictures of the epic three-day extravaganza are something my family will want to see, those aren’t pictures the whole world needs or wants to see. I can create a group of my family members and then share all the photos from the weekend with them specifically. That way I’m not clogging up the my newsfeed on Facebook or individually posting on Instagram each picture I want to share. Plus, there is the added bonus of the individual pictures in dripthat can be saved by the person viewing it. So if I take an amazing picture of the groom smashing cake into the brides face, everyone can save it to their individual photo album and use it years later to embarrass our cousin.

And for the bloggers in the group… Drips can be scheduled too. So you don’t have to be attached to your phone or computer in order to post at a certain time or on a certain day. Just like a blog post, you can set it up to go live when you want. Additionally, you can set the pictures to drip out throughout the whole day to build up a little excitement or create a little anticipation.

Check out my profile to see what dripthat is all about!

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This information is on behalf of dripthat.

daily outfit, floral, jacket, pants

End of the School Year

June 5, 2015

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Jacket: Kohls
Shirt: Target
Pants: Alive + Olivia from Shopbop
Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg from a thrift shop in Boston.
Bracelet: little boutique on Cape Cod
Earrings: Shopbop
Sunglasses: RayBan

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Guys, I’m in shock! The school year has ended. My first year as a high school teacher is over. OVER! I administered and grades all the final exams. I cleaned out my classroom. For next year, I got my marching orders and a general idea of the classes I’ll teach. I organized my room. I even cleaned out the really disgusting lunch container that some how got trapped in the bottom drawer of my desk!

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I can’t believe the entire school year is complete. I survived 4 quarters, 2 semesters. I survived final exams, a 20-page Capstone project assignment for the Seniors, and countless other things that make up the life of a teacher. I’m sleep deprived and so addicted to coffee again that is should be a crime. But, in all honesty, even with all of that, it’s been an amazing year.

I’ll post more about the lessons I learned this year as a first-year teacher. But for now, suffice to say I am changed!

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For the last day, I wanted to dress-up a little more than usual and go out with a bang. I’ll admit the last couple weeks I went with total comfort over anything interesting or edgy in my outfit choices. Putting together a new look each day was too much brain work at the end of the school year. But for the last day I powered through and went back to my usual personal style and preferences. After all this is the last image my students will have of me until the next school year starts up again.

daily outfit, denim, jacket

Jackets with Fringe Benefits

June 2, 2015

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Jacket: c/o Monroe and Main
Denim: Citizen of Humanity
Shirt: Target
Shoes: Sperry Topsiders, from DSW
Necklace/Earrings: Mimi Boutique
Watch: DKNY

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Honestly, I have been watching this fringe trend for awhile now and all the while I kept looking at it thinking ‘there is no way I’m going to be able to pull that off.’ But then Monroe and Main was offering this pretty little floral-fringe jacket and I figured: no time like the present. So, I ordered the thin jacket. It then promptly sat in my closet for almost a month as I debated how to wear it, where to wear it, if I could really wear it, etc…

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Finally I caved and wore it out for a little girl’s day with my sisters and mom. We went out to breakfast, we got pedicures and we went shopping before heading over to a brewery for a little sampling. This jacket ended up getting a ton of compliments. Okay, full disclosure, it got a lot of compliments from other girls. The guys were confused by the fringe. A guy friend just wanted to pet the tassels – weird, but true.

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With that first experience out of the way, I wore it to school the following casual Friday and it was a hit with the students too.

Lesson learned – take fashion chances. You never know when you might land on something great!

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dress, giveaways

Karina Dresses Frockstar Giveaway June, Part I

June 1, 2015
I’m part of the Karina Dresses Frockstar Giveaway blogger group. Karina Dresses provides me with a dress to review and this twice-monthly giveaway. All opinions are my own. #frockstar

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Did you see my post (Nora meets Ruby) late last month in which mom and I both donned a different Karina Dresses style? Oh yeah, she’s wearing the adorable Nora – a new style for me – and I’m wearing my tried-and-true Ruby style. So adorable, right?! I think that post perfectly illustrates the great versatility of these dresses.

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Karina Dresses is constantly innovating its dresses – both in style and pattern. Over the last several months I’ve tried a whole variety of different dresses as well as a lot of the same dress in different patterns. I’ve styled the Megan, as well as the Rita and the Carolyn and the Gala and the again in another style Megan. And let’s not forget about all the different Ruby dresses I’ve styled…  the Ruby last Spring, and the fall-patterned Ruby, as well as the blue, green and orange-colored Ruby, plus my favorite patterned Ruby to date.

Want to win SIX of your own Karina Dresses? Use the entry form below to be entered for a chance to win your own collection of these versatile, easy-to-wear, easy-to-pack dresses.

 



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Nora Meets Ruby – Karina Dresses

May 29, 2015
I was provided this dress by Karina in order to give my honest opinion as one of the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ event bloggers. All opinions are my own, obviously. #frockstar

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The other day I was home visiting my mom and, of course, I was wearing one of my Karina Dresses. She complimented the pattern and style, asked where I got it and if I thought they would flatter her. My answer, obviously, was a resounding YES. So this time around instead of ordering a new dress for me to try out, I got one for mom.

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She’s in the Nora dress, which I haven’t even tried personally yet, and I’m in one of my tried-and-true Ruby dresses. I love how Karina Dresses are built to flatter nearly every body shape and every age. It isn’t a company created only for baby boomers or only for millennials. The styles and patterns compliment a wide range of people, making it possible for everyone to find something they’ll love.

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Plus, I’ve raved about it a dozen times before, but the ease with which these dresses slip on and require absolutely no ironing or other maintenance, beyond the occasional wash, is truly amazing! The current Karina Dresses giveaway is about to end so take advantage of the last couple days to get your entries in, and don’t worry if you don’t win this round because another giveaway starts on June 1st!

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