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MSL’s “12 Days of Fashionable Finds” — December 2013
Congratulations to all our MSL Insiders who won!!!
December 12, 2013
On the 12th Day We Gave Away… a Vintage Necklace and Bracelet from Fashion by Robert Black!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 12 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF THESE STRIKING VINTAGE PIECES… (drum roll, please!) — LAURI T.!!**
Why we love them:
You will not see these striking, Gatsby-inspired vintage pieces on anyone else. The one-of-a-kind, 1970s Art Deco-designed necklace has the power to transform an outfit and can be worn paired with the 1980s Lucite and rhinestone bracelet or styled individually. Whether channeling Daisy in the Great Gatsby as you head off to a holiday soirée or spicing up an everyday shirtdress, both pieces are heirlooms with history that will have staying power in your jewelry line-up through the years.
ABOUT FASHION BY ROBERT BLACK
Fashion By Robert Black is a true vintage experience. Located in the historic White Hogan building in the downtown Scottsdale arts district, Robert Black and Doreen Picerne curate a collection of vintage clothing worthy of the best closets. Wearable, collectable and pristine, they are known for their vintage treasures dating from the 1920s through the 1980s. The inventory changes almost daily so they say visit often! For more information, visit www.fashionbyrobertblack.com or find them on Facebook for daily updates.
December 11, 2013
On the 11th Day We Gave Away… a pair of Kate Spade Earrings!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 11 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF THESE BEAUTIFUL EARRINGS… (drum roll, please!) — KATIE W.!!**
Why we love them:
Classic elegance and petite perfection, these earrings are a true delight. Sprinkled with minute rhinestones and plated in always beloved rose gold, these are the type of earrings that go with everything and are cause for conversation. Just the right level of playfulness and ladylike charm — Kate Spade never steers her girl in the wrong direction.
ABOUT KATE SPADE
Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are hallmarks of Kate Spade New York. The company’s exuberant approach to everyday style is evident across the board, from handbags and clothing to jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby, fragrance, tabletop, bedding and gifts.
Kate Spade New York has over 80 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States, and more than 100 shops internationally. Their colorful products are sold in more than 400 doors worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent. Whether in San Francisco, Sao Paulo or Shanghai, their shops are always warm, inviting and inspiring just like Mom Style Lab and our faithful followers!
December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013
On the 10th Day We Gave Away… a Doncaster Scarf !
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 10 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A DONCASTER SCARF… (drum roll, please!) — CINDY W.!!**
Why we love it:
Color, pattern and 100% sumptuous silk all wrapped (pun intended) in one. This Doncaster piece is both luxurious and sassy at the same time. It’s amazing how sophistication can be expressed in so many ways, and we love that this piece is a stand-out in its own right. Tie it in a number of ways around your neck, affix it to your handbag strap… however you decide to make your own statement, a scarf is a great way to add personality to your overall look.
Doncaster got its start in 1931 as the Doncaster Collar and Shirt Company in Rutherfordton, NC. The founder, S.B. (Bobo) Tanner Jr., the son of a wealthy Southern textile manufacturer, and his wife Millie, the daughter of a successful Midwestern farmer, named the company after the town of Doncaster, England, a favorite stop on their honeymoon tour.
The Doncaster business, as we know it today, evolved from an unexpected opportunity in 1935 that transformed the familiar shirt patterns of the Doncaster Collar and Shirt Company to the fashionable shirtwaist dress. It was a call from the Junior League of Charlotte that introduced the idea of selling these fashionable designs through this organization to raise funds for its various civic projects. Doncaster launched the original direct sales of high-end fashions, with the earliest dresses being sold through the women of the Junior League, an able and energetic sales force who was in contact with a large network of women. They were some of the city’s most prominent citizens; women of elegant taste and independent means who were giving their time and energy to support projects of importance. As women in other cities began to hear of Doncaster fashions, the interest in wearing them and selling them spread quickly across the United States.
Doncaster remains true to the entrepreneurial spirit of those who sell the line and is dedicated to delivering beautiful, quality designs to customers. The level of service provided by a Doncaster consultant coupled with the quality, styling and fit of the clothes, allows the company to offer its clients a premier product and a highly-personalized shopping experience.
December 9, 2013
On the 9th Day We Gave Away… a Custom Lisa Jordan Bracelet!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 9 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A CUSTOM LISA JORDAN… (drum roll, please!) — BRITTANY B.!!**
Why we love it:
The perfect piece of everyday jewelry to remind us moms how special our children are to us. These darling, conversation piece bracelets are customizable by materials, stones and band color. MSL loves the simplicity, quaint details and uniqueness that embody Lisa Jordan’s designs. Perfect for you or a gift for your BFF!
ABOUT LISA JORDAN DESIGNS
Lisa Jordan Designs is a New York-based company founded by mom-trepreneur and designer Lisa Goldman. A new mom herself, Lisa began her upscale jewelry venture in March 2008 when looking for an extremely special, sentimental gift to celebrate the birth of her nephew. Inspired by a gold necklace worn by her grandmother, Lisa developed Lisa Jordan, a company that represents family, her greatest passion. The Lisa Jordan collection boasts fresh, original designs, while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and craftsmanship. Lisa is intimately involved in the creation of every piece, starting with selection of the stones and materials to overseeing the manufacturing process. Selections are unique and vary in stones and backgrounds including different color enamel, 14k gold pieces and diamonds. Lisa Jordan charms combine fashion with premium quality. Adding to the personality of the design, the Lisa Jordan collection celebrates individuality by offering multiple wearing styles. From colorful wrist cords to multi-functional clasps and chains, the collection invites versatility. The line has been praised by clients all over the country who admire the creativity of the line. As the company has grown, Lisa continues to expand her offering, introducing new designs and custom options every season.
For more information about Lisa Jordan Designs, please contact Lindsay Kleet at email@example.com.
December 8, 2013
On the 8th Day We Gave Away… a Raoul Clutch!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 8 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A RAOUL CLUTCH… (drum roll, please!) — CINDY M.!!**
Why we love it:
A luxe black leather clutch that goes easily from day to evening and has plenty of space for all of your date night essentials, including your cell phone in case the babysitter calls, wallet, keys and make-up for touch-ups. This little number works well with both casual and semi-formal ensembles, and its gold hardware and detailing tell a story of excellent quality and craftsmanship. We are in love.
RAOUL is the homegrown fashion and leather goods brand from the house of FJ Benjamin. Since its international debut at the 2010 New York and Paris Fall/Winter Fashion Weeks, RAOUL has been creating buzz with its sleek take on contemporary and affordable luxury womenswear.
RAOUL was launched in Singapore in 2002 in response to an increasing demand for affordable tailored pieces for women with uncompromising standards of design and quality. The brainchild of Douglas and Odile Benjamin, each RAOUL collection is creatively directed by the dynamic husband and wife team. RAOUL’s tailoring origins are manifested in the collections – impeccably-cut separates, with sumptuous fabrics and considered detail. This refined aesthetic evolves from season to season with thoughtful references and finesse, always on-trend but with a timeless elegance.
As the creative force behind the label, Odile gathers her inspiration from the RAOUL woman. She is multitasking, confident and accomplished. Fresh and witty she curates an easy, vivid style, always perfectly pitched. Every collection is subject to rigorous refinement until Odile is certain that each piece has a place in the RAOUL woman’s wardrobe. As a testament to the label’s standing in the fashion world, celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Kourtney Kardashian, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence and The Duchess of Cambridge have all been spotted wearing items from the collections. RAOUL is available globally through selected retailers and has been recognized by the international media including Vogue, WWD and the New York Times as a label to watch.
December 7, 2013
On the 7th Day We Gave Away… a pair of Diana Warner earrings!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 7 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A PAIR OF DIANA WARNER EARRINGS… (drum roll, please!) — LISA G.!!**
Why we love them:
When we hear the word “vintage,” our hearts sing. These vintage earrings were transformed into special sparklers that are both lightweight and eye-catching. All Ms. Warner’s pieces are hand-made to order, and they have an undeniable ability to pose the question from your friends, “Where did you get your earrings?” MSL loves that these earrings make a statement without being too big or dramatic, and the gorgeous crystals will compliment anything in your wardrobe. We chose them as one of our unique finds because of their ease, beauty, and the longevity they’ll provide to any accessory collection.
ABOUT DIANA WARNER NEW YORK
Artist and jewelry designer Diana Warner has been creating art since her childhood in Tennessee. Diana’s southern roots are reflected in her designs through her use of natural, approachable elements and through her laid-back, relatable personality.
Inspiration for Diana’s work is often rooted in the everyday stories of the people she meets. Their real-life struggles, victories and triumphs all play a part in her designs. “I want the Diana Warner brand to be more than just jewelry – I want it to be a symbol. I want people to be able to wear something that symbolizes their own personal path in some way, whether it’s a path of artistry, perseverance, struggle or achievement.”
December 6, 2013
On the 6th Day We Gave Away… a Quinn Scarf!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 6 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A QUINN SCARF… (drum roll, please!) — LINDA O.!!**
Why we love it:
A red cashmere scarf is perfect for brightening up your basic winter outerwear. Red pairs beautifully with black, brown, navy, purple and camel — just about any color. Avoid being too Christmasy by putting red with green, as you may lumped in the “festive faux pas” category. In warmer climates, where you don’t need to bundle up in heavy coats and jackets, tie this lovely around your graceful neck and simply wear it with a cozy crewneck sweater.
Built on wardrobe fundamentals, Quinn is a high-end lifestyle brand that embodies effortless luxury and modern design. Quinn stands for “quintessence,” which by definition means, the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class, something the brand tries to live up to by offering wearable pieces to suit its fashion-forward customer base. Offering looks in categories such as menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and home items, Quinn has something for everyone. Although the brand only recently launched, Quinn has already managed to make a significant impression on celebrities, such as Joy Bryant, Emily Blunt and Rachel Bilson, and is proving to be a leader in the industry.
December 5, 2013
On the 5th Day We Gave Away… a gorjana & griffin Bangle!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 5 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A GORJANA BRACELET… (drum roll, please!) — MARA K.!!**
Why we love it:
This golden classic is a jewelry wardrobe staple that will NEVER go out of style. Every woman should have at least one, if not several to stack. A bangle is one of the easiest accessories to add to just about any ensemble. And the scalloped detail gives it a little extra something special, don’t you think?
gorjana & griffin is a socially-conscious lifestyle company that makes fashionable, high quality accessories for women and men. The company began in 2004, born from the design and business ambition of husband and wife, Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel, whose bi-coastal residencies have fused a West Coast-lifestyle inspiration with the sophistication and polish of East Coast trends into each design and collection.
They strive to stay ahead of the curve in technology, business, innovation and design while making their products useful and accessible to their customers. From their own collections to specialty, custom design and charitable projects, they bring a unique mix of function and style, East and West Coast lifestyle, and cause-centric business to the fashion and retail industry. The dynamic duo are also parents to two beautiful children.
December 4, 2013
On the 4th Day We Gave Away… a Zara Necklace!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 4 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A ZARA NECKLACE… (drum roll, please!) — DARRYLEE C.!!**
Why we love it:
This gorgeous statement necklace was a hit in one of our earlier posts, “Bling Around the Collar,” and it is now sold out! It pairs beautifully with denim and a tee or a cocktail dress, has a lot of bling for your buck and looks way more expensive than it was (if you could still get it that is). This necklace has a celestial appearance and does an excellent job of working with a multitude of colors. Add to any ensemble to give it a more opulent look and feel. Effortless accessorizing at its best — takes the thinking out of styling your outfit, especially when you haven’t had your coffee yet!
One of the world’s largest apparel retailers, Zara was founded in Spain and currently has a presence in over 73 countries. Similar to how stores have a modern, upscale appearance, Zara’s clothing and accessories look more luxe than the price tag. Featured regularly on our favorite celebrities, Zara does an outstanding job of producing on-trend, affordable pieces that mix well with high-end designer brands.
December 3, 2013
On the 3rd Day We Gave Away… a Custom Oli Hearts Liv Pin!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 3 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF AN OLI HEARTS LIV PIN… (drum roll, please!) — NICOLE B.!!**
Why we love it:
This might be the most adorable and unique baby bag & stroller adornment we’ve ever seen here at MSL. Three inches of “charm,” this is the perfect item to give as a gift or customize for your own little one. Created by two moms who love fashion and didn’t even set out to create something that would stop other stroller-pushing moms on the street – Oli Hearts Liv pins are simply an ingenious way to spice up your baby accessories and create “mommy-cons” (why, mommy conversations, of course). We love that you can personalize your pin and showcase something no one else will have, plus – what better way to distinguish your Gucci diaper bag from your friend’s at a birthday party or after-school event? Brilliant.
What’s even more exciting is that the winner of this pin will get to personalize and customize it however they’d like based on their selection of charms and a choice of a gold- or silver-plated pin. From initials to sports to animals – they’ve got it all, and they even go a step further by adding a blue or pink evil eye with their signature logo charm. Too cute for words.
ABOUT OLI HEARTS LIV
Founders and designers of Oli Hearts Liv, Lauren Wassner and Lindsay Kleet, met serendipitously. It began at a birthday dinner when their husbands, then soon-to-be dads, sat next to each other. By the end of dinner, they learned they had the same due date, were delivering in the same hospital, and picked matching baby names (Olivia Hayden and Oliver Hudson). Their commonalities were uncanny (down to the same Bugaboo and zodiac sign).
The moms met up soon after the kiddies were born and quickly became mommy friends, planning frequent play dates of tummy time, bubble blowing, and museum strolling. For fun, as two stay-at-home moms, they designed fashionable pins to glam up their diaper bags and strollers. They knew they were onto something when other moms began inquiring about the pins, and that’s when Oli Hearts Liv was born.
There are more “Fashionable Finds” to come! For a chance to win one of our fabulous designer accessories, sign up to be an “MSL Insider” now!
December 2, 2013
On the 2nd Day We Gave Away… an Allison Lauren Bracelet!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 2 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF AN ALLISON LAUREN BRACELET… (drum roll, please!) — CLAIRE K.!!**
Why we love it:
MSL loves brands that are wearable, fashion-forward, and available at an attainable price point. Allison Lauren encompasses all of these things, and her pieces are both unique and exciting. This pavè chain link bracelet can be dressed up or down, and has the ability to either sit comfortably on the wrist alone or with other layering pieces. It’s the type of item moms can keep in their repertoire to add some pizzazz to a basic look or extra sparkle to a cocktail dress. It’s versatility and luxurious look are what captivated our Style Techs at MSL, and we know our readers will agree that this is a must-have.
ABOUT ALLISON LAUREN
Allison Lauren was founded by Allison Goldstein, a graduate of Arizona State University, in May of 2011. Allison believes that jewelry is the “icing on the cake” for every outfit, and accessories can completely change any look. Allison has always had a passion for design, and finally put pen to paper with the launch of the Allison Lauren collection. Her personal style is often reflected in her simple, sophisticated and trendy designs. She draws inspiration from some of her favorite things, such as stones, which she finds colorful, fun and glamorous. Allison aims for her jewelry to embody a sense of classic sophistication while keeping the looks modern and bold… and always at an affordable price point.
December 1, 2013
On the 1st Day We Gave Away… a Kendra Scott Necklace!
**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DAY 1 WINNER AND THE PROUD OWNER OF A KENDRA SCOTT NECKLACE… (drum roll, please!) — MARCELLA M.!!**
Why we love it:
There are so many reasons to love Kendra Scott – from the gorgeous array of colors and styles, to the fact that you can create your own look from their unique “color bar” both online and in stores. Additionally, MSL loves designers who care about looking good and giving back in the process. Kendra believes in putting family first and as a mother she understands what other moms love and want to wear. We’re so excited to be giving away the Tory Long Necklace in an amazing color that looks great on all skin tones and body types. It’s a year-round color and can be paired with just about anything at any time.
ABOUT KENDRA SCOTT
Kendra Scott is a global brand sold at premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and over a thousand specialty boutiques worldwide. Known for her kaleidoscope of beautiful jewelry infusing vibrant, hand-cut gemstones and her Color Bar™, an innovative experience that allows jewelry customization, Kendra Scott entices customers with gorgeous jewelry at an attainable price point. Featured on the pages of leading fashion and lifestyle publications and television outlets, Kendra Scott is a favorite for all women. Her jewelry is a staple among Hollywood’s elite, including Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker and Sofia Vergara. As the brand grows, Kendra and her team remain true to her founding philosophy — “Family, Fashion, Philanthropy.”
October 29, 2013
Dear Fashionable Friends,
I am beyond excited to announce the launch of MomStyleLab.com! I created MSL with the goal of inspiring moms to experiment with fashion and enhance their style to look and feel their best. A combination of a blog and an eZine, our daily posts and stories will help identify looks that work for moms and their lifestyle, streamline the shopping experience, and provide tips and tricks on how to dress best for you. MSL wants to be your source of style inspiration!
Our Dress-Up Lab will take you from day to night and help you dress for work, play and everyday. In Scoop Lab you’ll find our pick of the week, explore options for dressing high-low, and get to know our remarkable Mom Muses. Finally, in Community Lab, we showcase chic moms out and about, answer your challenging style questions, and highlight what you “can’t-miss” in the fashion-sphere.
I draw my inspiration for MSL from so many aspects of my life: my work as a fashion publicist, my fashionable girlfriends who love debating the latest trends as much as I do, my amazing husband and his always optimistic entrepreneurial spirit, and our beautiful daughter who has already been dubbed a budding fashionista by her teachers.
One of my wishes is that MSL will help moms “unite in fashion” by creating a community through the website and social media where we can share ideas and information, and ultimately, get fashionably inspired! So, I invite you to explore MSL, sign up to be an MSL Insider, and join us as we journey through the land of fashion sweets… (Can you tell I’ve been reading the Nutcracker every night?!)