5 minutes Away from a more Stylish Life

Got 5 Minutes?

Check out my favorite tricks that’ll make you feel a little more productive and a lot more stylish.

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Use mobile banking to calculate what percentage of your pay you’re actually spending on clothes.

Budget accordingly!

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Call or text your most stylish friend and make plans to go shopping.

I see some fashionable purchases in your near-distant future.

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Gather up all your clothes that need alterations and put them in a bag by the door.

You’re one step closer to actually making it to the tailor.

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Work on your list of style goals.

You don’t have one yet? Get going!

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Try your hand at sketching a fashion design.

You never know what talent you might have.

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Plan tomorrow’s outfit.

Aren’t you already feeling more stylish?!

Have a Stylish Life!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Fall Couture 15

Couture fashion week allows designers to be infinitely creative: New fabrications paired with outrageous silhouettes results in some of the most stunning clothing around. Most important, couture is about fashion fantasy, and we are more than happy to dream!

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Zuhair Murad

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Rad Hourani

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Alexandre Vauthier

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Serkan Cura

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You’re a Fashion Fantasy!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessorize Like A Style Star

There is an art to accessorizing! Which is why I culled a list of the top accessory trends guaranteed to make you a style star. From slip-on sneakers to double-sided earrings to backpacks and beyond—there’s an accessory for every style-setter!

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Trainers

This athletic shoe trend is going nowhere, and we’d like to keep it that way!

New Balance Suede Nylon Sneakers ($128)
A super stylish sneaker!

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Friendship Bracelets

These playful, colorful bracelets are the ideal addition to any arm party.

Chan Luu Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ($50)
Try a beaded one for added flair.

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Oversized Necklaces

Fact: an oversized necklace is a street style staple.

Marni Necklace ($670)
Just imagine the statement this necklace would make with all your ensembles!

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Slip-On Sneakers

A shoe trend your feet will love—hooray!

MSGM 20MM Brushed Wool Slip-On Sneakers ($437)
These sneakers will transition into fall quite nicely.

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Fanny Packs

This hands-free bag is totally shedding it’s nerdy associations.

Clare V. Fanny Pack ($266)
This belt bag adds instant style!

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Scarves

You’ve got to appreciate a well-styled scarf.

Steven Alan Symbol Silk Scarf ($72)
This scarf is minty fresh!

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Birkenstocks

We’re starting to wonder if these will ever go out of style.

Birkenstock Arizona Oiled Black Sandals ($120)
The sandal of the season !

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Headphones

Look stylish while simultaneously dancing to your favorite tunes.

Friends Layla Leather and Rose Gold-Tone Headphones ($150)
Headphones never looked so good.

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Stacked Rings

You can’t do an accessory roundup without mentioning stacked rings!

Gabriela Artigas Rose Simple Band Rings ($462)
Dainty rings are the best for stacking.

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Backpacks

Backpacks are establishing themselves as the It-bag of the season!

Mansur Gavriel Backpack ($950)
Can you say, swoon?

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Socks

Shoes with socks never looked so chic.

Stance Lottie Olive Socks ($12)
J’adore polka dot socks.

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Looped Belts

This easy and stylish belt trick is definitely a fave.

Isabel Marant Barbershop Beaded Leather Belt ($490)
Bonjour, belt!

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Bold Boots

Printed boots look well-balanced with a white dress.

Burberry Hand-Painted Leather Ankle Boots ($1695)
Say hello to the boot you’re dying to own.

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Emojis

There’s something so youthful and playful about an emoji-adorned accessory!

Acne Studios Adriana Metallic Silver Sneakers ($420)
You’ll feel like the coolest girl on the block in these metallic sneakers.

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Double-Sided Earrings

Double-sided earrings add the perfect amount of polish to an outfit.

Dior Tee Shirt Earrings ($470, 310.859.4700)
Two words: must have.

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Bows

Treat your look to a masculine-inspired accessory, like a black bow.

Saint Laurent Classic Lavaliere ($295)
This is just the accessory our outfit needs.

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Statement Sunnies

Make a statement with a pair of attention-grabbing sunglasses.

Oliver Peoples Op-4 Sunglasses ($480)
You’ll feel like a star in these sunnies.

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Big Buckles

The bigger the better, right?

Givenchy Oversized Buckle Sandals ($1095)
Buckle me beautiful.

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Bucket Bags

Bucket bags are a street style mainstay!

Building Block Pail ($291)
I dare you to not fall in love with this purse.

Your A Style Star!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: Floral Heels

So, the days are starting to get shorter. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to give up your perfect floral shoe. These blooming heels are great for the office, party, wedding and dance floor! Walk on roses with these blossoming beauties!

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Ted Baker Saeber Printed Court Heel, $200; tedbaker.com

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Nasty Gal Shoe Cult Nicole Pump, $55; nastygal.com

Tropical Floral Heels Blue

Blessing-Co floral print platforms in blue paradise, $36; Blessing-Co

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Dune Blossom-Multi Floral Print Pointed Toe Pump, $50; dunelondon.com

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Stuart Weitzman The Nouveau Pump, $313; stuartweitzman.com

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Loeffler Randall Dahalia Platform Sandal, $128; shoplesnouvelles.com

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Blessing-Co pink punch tropical heels, $36; Blessing-Co

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Steve Madden Cythiaa, $130; stevemadden.com

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Topshop Glory Floral Print High Shoes, $45; us.topshop.com

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MSGM Floral Screen Printed Satin Pumps, $304; luisaviaroma.com

Floral and Fabulous!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Show Mom Some Love

Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, you can still get a thoughtful gift for your adoring mother. Whether she’s into jewelry or needs a great summer tote, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of fashionably fantastic gifts mom is sure to love!

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An everyday necklace

The simple, evocative shape of the Open Heart is a pure symbol of love that will be worn everyday. Elsa Perretti open heart pendant $200, Tiffany.com

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Retro Sunglasses

Warby Parker isn’t just about eyeglasses—the company makes great shades too, starting at $95. Browse a website for the option you think best suits Mom (if you live in NYC, L.A., or Boston, take her into a store to pick out a pair together). Sunglasses, $95, warbyparker.com

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Whimsical Notebooks

Sporting phrases like “Leave something to the imagination” and “Eat cake for breakfast,” Kate Spade’s notebooks make ideal gifts—you can easily find one that fits your mom’s personality. Kate Spade New York, $24, shopbop.com

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A lovely Tote Bag

This lovely lace tote is stylish and is big enough to hold all mom’s must-haves. The muted color and feminine pattern make it the perfect bag to be worn for errands, at the beach, to work, and everywhere. Blessing-Co lace tote, $24, Blessing-Co

showmomlove-lemlem-scarfA Lightweight Summer Scarf

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean it’s the end of scarf weather. Give your mom a lightweight cotton or linen one in a great color or print. Scarves from Lemlem are not only bright and summery, they’re also a gift you can feel good about giving—you support the creation of handcrafted art in Ethiopia with each purchase. Lemlem Samara Scarf, $135, shoplesnouvelles.com

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Pretty Perfume Set
The New York-based line of fragrances are sure to get your mom’s seal of approval: they’re light, fresh, and sophisticated. This sampler includes mini bottles of the brand’s five best-selling scents. Nest $38, Eau de Parfum Coffret

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Chic Cosmetic Case

Whether your mother is a global traveler or just someone who keeps everything on her vanity, give her something to hold all her odds and ends in one place. This cute Tory Burch cosmetic case is coated in plastic, so you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Brigette Cosmetic Case, $78, toryburch.com

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A Meaningful Bracelet

For the bravest woman you know, give her something that recognizes her courage. Each Figue Brave Bracelet says “brave” in Khmer script. Sales of the bracelets help support fair-trade jobs for Cambodian women, and 10 percent of the profits is also donated to fight human trafficking. Brass Brave Bracelet, $38, figue.com

showmomlove-jcrew-pjsElegant and Comfy Pajamas

If your mom is the type to curl up every night in sweatpants and an old T-shirt, help her up the chill-out fashion ante. She’ll love this classic cotton pajama set from J.Crew—and she can even have the pocket monogrammed with her initials.Vintage Pajama Set, $95, jcrew.com

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Sentimental Pillow Cover

Remind her how much you care every time she lays down. Love Pillow Cover $31.50; potterybarn.com

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A Bright Wallet

This bright red Clare Vivier zip-around wallet with a blue racing stripe will certainly be easy to find in a big handbag. Bonus: It can also be carried as a French purse, out to lunch or running errands. Zip Wallet, $230, clarevivier.com

Show your Mom some Love.

Have A Very Happy Mother’s Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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It’s a Thing: Fruity Accessories

Fruit fashion is officially a thing! While you might be picnicking this spring, it’s only appropriate to wear your fruit…well, these lust-worthy fruity accessories.

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Judith Leiber Couture Crystal Watermelon Slice Minaudiere, $4,295; bergdorfgoodman.com

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Bee Charming Fruit Zipper Lariat Necklace, $30; maxandchloe.com

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ModCloth Spritz a Wonderful Life Bag, $44.99; modcloth.com

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Edie Parker Jean Cherries Acrylic Clutch Bag, $1,495; bergdorfgoodman.com

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Welcomeprojects Strawberry Clutch, $720; farfetch.com

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Venessa Arizaga Green Tropic Trio Friendship Bracelet, $100.36; liberty.co.uk

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Charlotte Olympia Ana Pineapple Acrylic Shoulder Bag, $1,495; neimanmarcus.com

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Edie Parker Jean Orange Slice Acrylic Clutch Bag, $1,495; bergdorfgoodman.com

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ModCloth Forever Fruitful Bag, $44.99; modcloth.com

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Marni fruity Necklace, $400; marni.com

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Charlotte Olympia Cherry Pandora Clutch,  $848; matchesfashion.com

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Kate Spade Vita Riva Wicker Lemon, $248; katespade.com

Are you Fruity for Fashion?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Top Trends for Spring

Here are the top 12 trends you’ll want to try this Spring straight from the Runways. The best part, you ask? Get the look with key pieces from my stylishly curated shopping list and Spring into Style!

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Liquid Metal

For both day and night, liquid-like metallic fabrics give even the most understated pieces a moment in the spotlight.

Get The Look:

Jules Smith Rose Golden Americana Choker($114); River Island Metallic Mini Skirt ($47); Three Floor Behaviour Self Dress ($297), Blessing-Co Clear accent peep-toe booties ($55)

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Blurred Lines

An optical illusion will always be cool, especially in a black and white palette. Thankfully, it’s a huge trend for spring!

Get The Look:

Equipment Collarless Brett Clean Shirt ($248); Blessing-Co Diamond Print Skirt ($12); French Connection Kamilla Heels ($130); H&M Loose-Fit Pants ($30); Opening Ceremony Wave Crepe Pencil Skirt($365); Blessing-Co Check Leggings ($15)

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Good Sports

So many athletic references for Spring, one would think fashion was a competitive sport.   Raglan, mesh and sneakers came together on the runways as a mash-up of tennis, track, baseball and more.  Spring training starts here!

Get The Look:

BCBG Brooks Sweatpant ($158) in Heather Grey-Black; DKNY Nylon Baseball Cap ($65) in Wave Blue; Gap Neon Colorblock Sport Socks ($5) in Lilac Surge; Alexander Wang Ribbed Jersey Top ($425) and Ribbed Jersey Skirt ($395); Puma Women’s Mesh Tee ($30) in Black; Mango College Oversize Sweatshirt ($60) in Black

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Strap Happy

The schoolgirl staple, the backpack, has edged out the oversized clutch as the must-have bag for Spring. Clap your hands and say “Yeah!” because this carryall is hands free.

Get The Look:

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack ($395) in Hot Red; Nasty Gal Take Me Away Mini Backpack ($58) in Black; MGSM Floral Backpack ($176) in Purple; Tory Burch Marion Backpack ($475) in Black; Blessing-Co Red Runner Backpack ($52)

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Globetrotter

You probably have plenty of travel destinations you want to cross off your list. Start channeling your inner globetrotter now. All you need is a little help from these chic pieces!

Get The Look:

Voz Collective Tribal U-Shape Wood Necklace($45); Topshop Tribal Border Wide Leg Trousers($90); Loeffler Randall Rooney Fisherman Sandals($395); Blessing-Co Rhinestone and Pendant Statement Necklace ($20); River Island Black Woven Tribal Dangle Earrings ($30)

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Feminine Masculine

Men’s shirting is back in the fashion spotlight this spring, courtesy of labels including Band of Outsiders, DKNY, Erdem, and more. This season however, it’s taking a softer turn with feminine features like lace inserts, and shirtdresses.

Get The Look:

Acne Studios Late Poplin Shirt ($220); New Look Macy Clutch ($25); Swear Charlotte Cut-Out Brogues ($255); Summer Fresh Lace Insert Top French Connection ($98), Rebecca Taylor Cotton Poplin Dress ($295)

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Garden Party

Florals are synonymous with spring, but this season designers are turning it up a notch with bigger, bolder blooms on everything from sportif silhouettes to statement-making footwear.

Get The Look:

Blessing-Co Neon Flora Bag ($36); Pixie Market Viola Floral Dress ($189); Gap Printed Pointy Flats ($40); J.Crew Collection Floral-Print Cotton and Silk-Blend Jacket ($300); Blessing-Co Sunnery Floral Jumpsuit ($45)

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Blue Streak

Navy, cobalt, indigo, teal, sapphire—you name it, blue is the hue to wear this spring. With so many ways to wear the color, this trend is sure to find a place in your wardrobe.

Get The Look:

Coach Bleecker Daily Leather Shoulder Bag($198); Madewell C’est Bon Pullover ($88); Ted Baker Epine Coat ($425); Blessing-Co Glam Military Dress ($35); Kenzo Palm-Print Triangle Bikini ($220), Tibi Fog Easy Vest ($525) in Navy/Black Multi and Fog Pants with Buckle ($398) in Navy

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Pack Mule

The shoe of S/S 14 is undoubtedly the mule. Seen on the runways of all four fashion capitals, it is the footwear style on everyone’s short list. Style options range from wedge to stiletto and everything in between.

Get The Look:

L.A.M.B. Sharon Mule ($275); Leather Wide Heel Mule Zara ($100); Guess Vandan Pointed-Toe Slides ($97); 10 Crosby Derek Lam Mule ($375); Topshop Gabi Mule Point Toe Shoes ($110)

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Into The Fold

Pleats  appeared on everything including dresses, jackets, skirts and tops. With all of the movement of a flowing gown, the surprisingly feminine design has been reimagined to look exceedingly hip.

Get The Look: 

Coach Madison Hobo ($398) in Pintuck Leather; Blessing-Co Khaki Pleated Dress ($36); Michael Michael Kors Pleated Stretch-Knit Dress ($160) in Green/Navy; BCBG Avi Pleated Gown ($498) in White; Blessing-Co Embroidered Maxi Dress ($30)

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On The Fringe

The favored trim of rock stars and bohemians make a much needed comeback this season with a decidedly western flair.

Get The Look: 

Junya Watanabe Fringed Cotton Shirt ($490); Express Suede Fringed Strap Heeled Runway Sandal ($98); Rebecca Minkoff Finn Clutch ($195); Blessing-Co Fringe Skirt ($28)Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Calfskin-Suede Fringed Shorts ($298); Blessing-Co Festival Fringe Bag ($40)

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Stroke Of Genius

Modern art found its way onto every major runway this season. Painted pieces are definite must-haves. Check out the top pieces you’ll need to play the Picasso of your spring wardrobe.

Get The Look:

H&M Strapless Dress ($70); Topshop Limited Edition Floral Placement Print Tee ($100) in Cream; Blessing-Co Glam Girl Mini Dress ($35); Mrs. Jermyn Neon Natural Paint Party Clutch ($69) in Cream/Pink

Have a Stylish Spring!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Wrap Me Up Little black dress
$25 bodycentral.com

Christian Louboutin Very Prive shoes
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Lulu Guinness Swarovski Lips clutch
$1,110 – avenue32.com

Have a very sexy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

Thanks so much to the Fabulous Bloggers cookingwithsapana , labellestudio and peacelovegreatcountrymusic for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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The rules:
1.Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
5. Notify these bloggers of the nominations.

First of all, 7 things about me :

1. I enjoy Blogging!
2. I covet all types of Art.
3. I see fashion as form of expressing myself!
4. I love to inspire people!
5. I like to make new friends.
6. I enjoy traveling to exotic places.
7. I design clothing! Check out my store at: http://www.blessing-co.myshopify.com/

And now 15 blogs I have nominated for this award :

cindy knoke

Clouds N Cups

My Fashion S/ash Life

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myfavesjournal

Shiroknowes

bravechica

The Eye-Dancers

Crave N Savor

fashionskyfall

Patinspire

Greenhorn Photos

Sweenee Style

PearlsDiamondsandEverythingElse

essentjewels

I would also like to thank all my friends, fans, and fellow bloggers who support Style Salvation and Blessing-Co. More Style Inspiration coming your way!

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This Bare-Faced black and white of Me was photographed by AlexandCamera.

Follow me on Pinterest and  Instagram for more Inspiration!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Blog of the Year 2012 Award

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I want to thank Modesty + Glamour for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Thanks so much!

The seven facts about me are:

  1. My favorite color is red.
  2. I like to create art.
  3. I am kind of a geek.
  4. I enjoy cooking.
  5. I love to shop!
  6. My favorite movies are Sci-fi.
  7. I strive to be a beautiful person (inside as well as out)

Eleven Question to Answer from Modesty + Glamour:

  1. What is your go-to hairstyle? A deep side part!
  2. What is your current skin care regimen? Along with cleansing and moisturizing I like to do a hydrating mask every two weeks.
  3. What is the max amount of money you will spend on beauty products? I am guilty of spending over $100 on La Mer ! But there are many bargain products I use also. Garnier is a good brand you can get at most drug stores.
  4. What do you do to your face, when you don’t feel like following though on your regimen? I always have facial cleansing wipes and spray toner just in case I get lazy.
  5. When you shop, what do you look for the least? Baggy clothes.
  6. Do you ever get the urge to spend money on something that you really don’t need? Yes, sometimes you just really want something.
  7. How often do you shop for clothing? At least every two weeks even if it is just one little thing.
  8. Are you a bargain shopper or you don’t care about sales? Or do you just buy? I do both. Sometimes I will splurge on a brand I really like but I love getting deals and dig thrift shopping also.
  9. Who is your favorite fashion guru? Blake Lively, at the moment.
  10. What celebrity fashion shows do you like most?  The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!
  11. How would you describe your style? I really mix up my style depending on the day. It can be sophisticated, funky, sporty, futuristic, laid-back, boho……I will just say eclectic 🙂                                            Follow my style on Pinterest

Now, here is the list of blogs I Nominated for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award!

  1. Bucket List Publications Lesley Carter is amazing! Her Bucket list blog showcases her going to exotic locations and doing all the things you want to try or don’t have the guts to (or not yet).
  2. kenyaldesigns   Check out her fashion blog. She has fab style and makes really cool blazers.
  3. http://dorix.net  Dorian is a Web Designer. He specializes in design and development of Fashion and Style sites.
  4. Melissa & Megan @goldonblack These lovely ladies Style Blog is fantastic! Bonus: You get see both of their styles!
  5. petit4chocolatier  She has fabulous recipes. My favorites are her beautifully crafted decadent desserts!
  6. Joy  Her fitness and style blog is super fun and informing. She includes work outs, recipes, and sporty fashions.
  7. Fashion Mayann    This fashion blog is so informative. She provides you with the inspirations behind the designs…Super cool!

Eleven Questions for the People I nominated.

  1. What is your favorite hobby?
  2. What is your favorite place?
  3. What is your go-to hairstyle?
  4. What is your favorite beauty product ever?…Guys you know you have one too 😉
  5. Where is your favorite place to shop?
  6. Are you a bargain shopper?
  7. Who is your favorite fashion guru?
  8. What do you do for fun?
  9. What is your greatest achievement?
  10. What are you an expert in?
  11. How would you describe your style?

Click here to see the rules for the Award. ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/faqs-blog-of-the-year-2012award

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XOXO

D-Anna

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