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2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2014

Another holiday season is upon us and during this time it’s easy to get sidetracked by year end work deadlines and an obscene amount of  seasonal parties. So where does this leave the task of purchasing gifts for your loved ones? I think it’s safe to say that it falls pretty low on the list of things “to-do” and when left for last minute, it can lead to a lot of anxiety. Although I can’t physically go out and buy the gifts for your loved ones, I can certainly help out with some gift ideas that may be helpful when you begin your shopping. I’ve rounded up a lust list of items that would make perfect gifts for the gals in your life and perhaps you will even find something you want to add to your own wish list!

1. LITTLE BLACK DRESS  A crucial part of getting through the holidays is having the right pieces in your wardrobe and the perfect “LBD” can be a lifesaver. Although you may be a busy bee in the coming weeks shopping for family and friends, I am a big advocate of buying a little something for yourself  along the way…it’s harmless.  Whether it’s a work holiday party, cocktails with girlfriends, a chic Christmas Day dinner or a New Year’s Eve fete, the  textured dress with plunging neckline I’m wearing above from the Elle by RW&Co Limited Edition ($169.99) collection is perfect for any festivity and can be worn for seasons to come. View the entire fashion forward capsule dress collection here.

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

2 & 3. FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED Every beauty obsessed babe has a fave scent and “go-to” beauty makeup products that can make them smell and look fabulous in a pinch. My adoration for Diptyque candles has now turned into love for the brand’s perfume. Eau Duelle Parfum by Diptyqye ($165) is currently my favourite and has rich and deep notes featuring a sensuous bourbon vanilla scent. Makeup is a great as a stocking stuffer and Make Up For Ever’s “Beauty Kit” ($45) offers 6 of the brand’s iconic products that can create the perfect holiday look. Enclosed is the Mini HD Microperfecting Primer, Mini HD Microfinish Powder, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Mini Aqua Eye and Lip Pencils and the perfect red lippy.

4. CAN’T GO WRONG I don’t think it matters whether a woman lives in a city with four seasons or it’s hot all year round, if she’s seriously into fashion then she will need a statement leather jacket. And seriously who does moto’s better than Scandinavian brand Acne? Their Shearling Trimmed Leather Biker Jacket   ($1,950) is a modern classic. It comes with a detachable shearling collar, luxe oversized hardware and premium lambskin leather. It will no doubt bring a smile to whomever receives it and they will be set to start the new year in style.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her Luxe City Guides

5. FOR THE HOSTESS OR SAVVY TRAVELER The ideal gift for a hostess, co-worker or a fashionista who is a well heeled traveler. This LUXE City Guides gift set ($60) will assist in navigating the fashion capital cities of the world; London, Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney. These pocket (or clutch) sized guide books advise on the best shopping, eats and drinks each city has to offer.

6. FOR THE COOL DOWNTOWN GIRL The right pair of sunnies sometimes is just the thing you need to transform an outfit and it’s better than any beauty secret when you want to cover bags under your eyes or go makeup free.  Sure, traditional black sunglasses are cool, but nothing is cooler than The Row’s Tortoiseshell Round Framed Acetate Sunglasses ($400).

Bathnogg Holiday Bath Bomb Gift Set

7. BATHROOM BLISS There is undoubtedly items that we don’t necessarily buy for ourselves but would LOVE to receive them or would definitely purchase for someone else. Bath Bomb’s products are my latest obsession and I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift for someone you know is in desperate need of R&R during the holiday season.  Dense in essential oils, butters and other rejuvenating components, adding one of their bombs will transport you to a beautifully smelling parallel universe. BathNogg Holiday Gift Set ($25.95).

8. SPORTY SPICE There is not much of a separation between fitness apparel and street fashion these days. For the “Sporty Spice” in your life, Nike’s Tech Pack Butterfly Hoodie ($160) is the perfect gift. It can be worn to exercise in or can be a transitional piece to take you throughout the day paired with her regular street wear. *Can be found in Nike Retail Stores, Sport Chek, and Sporting Life locations in Canada.

9.  SECRET SANTA Always get stuck with when it comes to Secret Santa gifts? I will be honest, it can be tricky to find something chic to give to someone for under $20. RW&Co has come to my rescue this season with their extensive accessories collection with luxe looking jewelry. These Vintage Inspired Button Earrings ($16) has a stunning faceted center stone flanked by a micro pave rhinestone hailo border.

Make sure to stay tuned as I will be launching a contest to give away one of these amazing gifts to a lucky follower. The giveaway will be announced on Monday December 1st at noon.

I Love Jewlr Like “XO”

Jewlr

The nameplate necklace is experiencing it’s third renaissance and this time around, I was determined to not miss out. Becoming widely popular in the 80’s and resurfacing again in the early 2000’s, thanks to Sex and the City and “Carrie” mania, the trend is back again this year in full force. What’s driving it’s recent popularity you may ask? Probably the legions of celeb Mommy’s that have given birth in the last 12 months that are wearing their child’s names around their necks. I recently snagged my sacred Sasha nameplate necklace in gold (which I’ve been religiously wearing every day) and my silver “XO” from Jewlr – a relatively new jewelry company that has ingeniously combined traditional handmade manufacturing with innovative custom design technology utilizing a 3D printer.

How it Works: The ordering process is super easy. After browsing and selecting an item from their vast selection of jewelry, you are then given the opportunity to fully customize your piece by choosing the high quality metal (silver, gold, or tungsten), stone and engraving options. All items are produced in-house therefore the turnaround time is quick and best of all…shipping is free. With endless possibilities – from rings, necklaces, charms, pendants and more, it’s a great gift option for any occasion for someone special. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, a  Jewlr Certificate or a Gift Card  would be the perfect gift idea!

For more info, check out Jewlr’s website and for additional accessory inspiration, follow them on Twitter and Instagram

Swarovski Fashion Suite – Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Swarovski Fashion Suite

The 15 days of the Toronto International Film Festival are filled with film screenings, private events, and of course exclusive after parties that go to 4am, but one of my fave parts of this fortnight festival is the media and gifting suites. These suites, which are usually only reserved for celebrities and hand picked media, act as a chic resting station if you will, where guests can refuel, rest, drink, conduct interviews and pick up some pretty fabulous swag!

Xavier Hottinger

With Xavier Hottinger – International Public Relations Manager from Swarovski France

This year I was lucky enough to be able to check out Swarovski’s Fashion Suite with a few other bloggers/stylists/influencers which was located on the 30th floor in the penthouse of the Trump Hotel Toronto. On display was world renowned brand’s latest collections; Nirvana, 2013 Red Carpet Collection, Secret Treasures Fall/Winter13, the Romeo & Juliet Collection (which included the actual gown worn by Juliet in the movie) and the Sweet Treasures Catwalk Collection.

Nirvana Collection

Catwalk Collection

Romeo and Juliet Collection

Romeo and Juliet Ballgown

Swarovski Fashion Suite Lounge

Swarovski Fashion Suite

Each stunning piece on display in the gorgeous and spacious suite oozed luxury and some took several hundred hours of labour to create. Trust me when I say being in the room was like every girl’s dream. But if it were in fact a dream, I would have been walking out of there with a few items. However, lucky celebs like Frida Pinto were gifted with this amazing , one-of-a-kind gift package containing items from the Nirvana collection which included a clutch, sunnies and accessories, including the classic Nirvana ring – a gigantic replica was actually flown in from Cannes, France to be displayed at the Fashion Suite.

Swarovski VIP Gift

Photos by Teddy Chau Photography and Spiro Mandylor of www.itsallstyletome.com

Head over to www.swarovski.com to view the brand’s beautiful collections and to shop online.

Gold Accents | What I’m Wearing

Ann Taylor OOTD

My brand ambassador family Ann Taylor revealed some big news last week – they have partnered with Vince Camuto, who also co-founded the women’s footwear brand Nine West, in their first ever footwear design collaboration. After the I got wind of this news, I didn’t pass go, or collect $200 and proceeded directly to the closest store to check them out soon as they hit the floor. Finding shoes that combine both fashion and function these days is almost impossible – although when it comes to looking good, I’ve been known to put fashion before comfort, but I know I’m not the only one. The Fall footwear collection has a little something for everyone from Sloane Ranger style riding boots, suede smoking slippers, quilted Chanel-esque flats, classic metallic cap toe pumps and a variety of booties.

Ann Taylor OOTD

I literally tried on every single shoe in the store and wore these cap toe pumps running errands all over the city and they are now the most comfortable shoes in my closet. I am not sure how they did it, but it’s almost as if they design team put clouds in the insoles of each and every shoe. They are so unbelievably comfy, it’s unreal.

Ann Taylor OOTD

Not to be out-staged by the new shoe line, the latest jewelry and accessories are definitely holding their own. So classic, timeless and sophisticated and you can’t beat the price point…such great value. I almost never leave home without wearing these two gold bangles which I stack on the same wrist and this bag is super versatile; it comes with a long strap, that’s detachable, so it can be worn as a cross-body bag during the day or as a simple clutch in the evening. So, it’s pretty much like having two bags in one!

Ann Taylor OOTD

Photography by: Tiffany S. www.tiffanysphoto.ca

The Fall 2013 footwear collection is now available both in store and online. View and shop the line here.

What I’m Wearing: Lara Leather Cap Toe Pumps c/o Ann Taylor // Draped Ankle Pants c/o Ann Taylor // Black Silk Blouse (old) similar here // Pave Infinity Bracelet c/o Ann Taylor // Wood Statement Necklace c/o Ann Taylor // Boutique Crossbody Bag c/o Ann Taylor Ann Taylor

XOX,
S

White Hot Ann Taylor Summer Accessories + Giveaway

Ann Taylor Giveaway

I’ve kind of always been the type of girl who put my money towards shoes and handbags  (which isn’t such a bad thing) but have totally neglected purchasing fun statement/jewelry pieces for some odd reason. And clearly, I’ve been missing out. With my amazing opportunity this Summer as a Brand Ambassador with Ann Taylor, my jewelry collection is finally starting to grow and I have quickly learned that the right pieces can totally transform outfit from drab to fab!

In celebration of Summer finally arriving, my friends at Ann Taylor and I have put together a sweet 3 piece summer gift package of white accessories, worth $200, to give away to one lucky reader!

Pave Horizon BraceletPave Horizon Bracelet

Mixed Media Statement NecklaceMixed Media Statement Necklace

Getaway ToteGetaway Tote

From fun and flirty, to classic and chic, Ann Taylor has fabulous jewelry pieces for just about any occasion and age. Click here to view the entire collection.

CONTEST ENDS SUNDAY JULY 7TH AT 5PM. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY JULY 8TH AT 10AM.

OPEN TO CANADIAN AND U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY!

Entering the contest is super simple…leave a comment explaining why you should win the gift set or tweet “I want to win the White Hot Ann Taylor Summer Accessories Giveaway” and make sure to tag me in the tweet @sashaexeter

Look forward to hearing all your comments and good luck!

XO,

S

Angela Bright is Making Moves…One Clutch At A Time!

Gigee Marie

After cruising the internet late one night – like I usually do as I’m an insomniac, I stumbled upon the Gigee Marie collection and immediately fell in love with the usage of colours, fabrics and embellishments. I couldn’t help but investigate further to find out who was behind the new brand of affordable priced accessories. Turns out it’s super gorgeous, Angela Bright, a Management Consultant in Washington who had the courage to pursue a dream and take a risk. Her journey struck a chord with me as I am always inspired by intelligent women who are not afraid to take chances in life.

Gigee Marie

Photo courtesy of Neon Paws

Gigee Marie

Photo courtesy of Tinacious Me

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember that fabulous camo clutch I’ve been rocking around town, which was part of last season’s Gigee Marie collection. Since receiving my bag, which I absolutely die for, Bright has created a new collection and has also expanded her product offering to include fun jewelry accessories – bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.

Gigee Marie Camo Clutch

Gigee Marie

The designer, Angela Bright, showcasing her pieces at a DC event

Gigee Marie

I got a chance to interview the 28 year old designer, who was born and raised outside of Philly but currently resides in DC and chat about how the Gigee Marie brand was created, the story behind the name, what inspires her and where she sees the future of the company…

SS: When did you decide to create Gigee Marie and what was the catalyst behind the decision?                                                                              

AB: I started creating Gigee Marie back in the Fall of 2011. I didn’t originally set out to start a business making clutches specifically though. At that time, I had just bought a sewing machine with the intentions of doing small fixes (i.e. sewing on bottoms, hems, etc.) But then I began experimenting and seeing what else I could make. I started off making small pouches and that idea evolved into making clutches.   At the same time, I had been wanting to start my own business for a while but none of the ideas that I had previously come up with really stuck. A light bulb went off and I combined my clutch creations with the idea of starting a business, and Gigee Marie was born 🙂                                             

SS: What was your career in  prior to starting this business venture?                                                                                                                            

AB:I  was working as a marketing specialist/consultant, which I still continue to do as my 9-5 job. However, the ultimate goal is to grow Gigee Marie to a point where I can quit my day job…hopefully before I’m 30 *fingers crossed!*

SS: And as for the name “Gigee Marie”…it’s so cute. What is the back story behind the name of the collection?                                  

AB:  The nickname came about when my little [at the time] cousin first began talking and he couldn’t say my name. When he tried, it sounded like he was saying “Gigi” and the name just stuck. The reason I spell it “Gigee” is because back in the days of AOL screen names, I wanted to use “Gigi” as my screen name but it was taken, so I decided to change the spelling. Marie is my middle name. I put the two together and thought it had a cute little ring to it [giggles].


SS:  Although your brand is still relatively new, I heard about you all the way in Canada…so you must be doing something right! What has been your Marketing strategy to help increase brand awareness and get your name out there?                                                            

AB:  Since I am a marketing specialist by trade, I love this question [laughs]. First, it really starts with what you don’t see that goes on behind the scenes — the constant research and outreach that I put in to find potential opportunities to get my brand out there. I really do try to be strategic with my marketing though. I try to make sure my efforts are planned, in line with my brand, and integrated if possible. Staying engaged in social media has been a big part of my marketing strategy, as well as events. I try to make an effort to participate in events at least once every other month, whether I’m actually selling my pieces or just contributing promo cards to the gift bags. When I do get to sell my pieces at events, I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with customers and potential customers. I think that really helps people connect to Gigee Marie by putting a face/personality behind my brand. In addition, networking has been very beneficial, and leveraging those relationships. And you can never go wrong with good old fashion word of mouth.

SS: Is there anything in particular that inspired your last collection? And any specific inspiration for your next one?                                  

AB: When creating a collection, I try to incorporate some of my favorite trends at that time. This past Fall/Winter, I loved the Camo trend and the Sapphire (Cobalt) Blue trend so I incorporated those into my collection. Ikat print and Tangerine orange were also big last Summer, so I played off those trends as well. For my next collection, you’ll see a lot of sparkle and jewel tone colors like Emerald (Pantone’s color of 2013). I also try to always include a few neutral/muted pieces for the woman who likes colors that are a bit more toned down. Ultimately, I want my collections to be a reflection of me and my style, in hopes that there are other women out there who can relate.

SS: Where do you see Gigee Marie in the future? Any thoughts on expanding and creating totes, satchels, duffel bags, etc?                         

AB I want Gigee Marie to be an accessories brand, carrying not only clutches, but larger handbags, jewelry, scarves, etc. I think the clutches were a good start to get the business going, but I’d eventually like to get to a point where I have someone else focusing on the production part (i.e. actually making the bags) so that I can focus on the business side.

Sticking to her goals for 2013, Bright just recently launched some adorable jewelry pieces to her website within the last couple of weeks that is cute for both day and night. Here’s a sneak peak at what you will find on her site…

Gigee Marie Jewelry

 

Gigee Marie Jewelery

To view the full collection and to access  Angela’s blog (Behind The Seams), head over to www.gigeemarie.com and don’t forget to get “social” and  follow her on Instagram and on Twitter. If you are looking for something extra special…Gigee Marie also does custom orders!!!

XO,

S

Collabo Time: Anna Dello Russo for H&M

 

The day has almost arrived…the long awaited collaboration between Anna Dello Russo, Vogue Japan’s Fashion Director and Editor-At-Large, hits stores on October 4th. I have to say, I am as anxious with anticipation as I was when I was 10 years old on Christmas Eve. The lookbook was released a few weeks ago and consists of a 50 piece line of accessories, footwear and bags. And in true ADR fashion, these show stopping pieces are nothing short of OTT.  They have literally transported me into some sort of fashion fairytale.  The fashion icon told WWD she, “wanted to re-create the excitment of the fashion week tour, when you enter a dreamy fashion bubble that is almost a parallel reality”. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

 

 

I have become completely obsessed with the gold miniaudiere, serpeant bangles, OTK boots, gold cuff and coral jewels – and to my surprise, the capsule collection boasts reasonable points starting at $24.95 for the pendent earrings, up to $299 for the OTK boots. To view the rest of the collection, click here

XO,

S

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