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National Consignment Day

National Consignment Day

Designer labels, lux fabrics and beautifully tailored silhouettes are the things fashion dreams are made of.

Such pieces may seem out of reach, but the luxury of owning designer clothing is possible when you shop consignment.

As the seasons change and our lives evolve, so do our styles and budgets.   On the first Monday in October, National Consignment Day offers a way to elevate both.

My favorite consignment shopping site TheRealReal,  founded National Consignment Day as a way to celebrate consignment as the smart, sustainable way to shop, earn money and extend the lifecycle of luxury items.

Never consigned before?  Well, it is oh so easy.

Start out by giving yourself a seasonal closet edit.  Grab those designer pieces that just don’t fit or you simply have grown tired of and consign them at TheRealReal.com which will make room for and give you extra cash to update your wardrobe with gently used, name-brand items for a fraction of the retail price!

Another bonus: nothing ends up in the landfill.  That’s right! Exchanging someone else’s fashion sense for your own keeps the cycle of good taste going.

Don’t want to consign, just want to shop?  Well that’s even easier!  I do all of my designer consignment shopping at  TheRealReal.com 

TheRealReal is the premier site for online luxury consignment with over 600 employees and multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.

Shopping on TheRealReal is never a gamble, they ensure that every item on the site is 100% the real thing, each piece is authenticated through their dedicated team of authentication experts, horologists and gemologists. They know exactly how to tell real from counterfeit, from the quality of the leather to the zipper manufacturer.

TheRealReal is also one of the easiest and most convenient ways to shop- you can sort items to only show your size (both shoe and clothing).  I LOVE this feature because it keeps me from falling in love with something that will never fit me!  You can also mark pieces you are drooling over as an OBSESSION which adds them to a curated wish-list that you can view later PLUS TheRealReal will email you to let you know if the pieces go on sale!

I can’t begin to tell you how much shopping consignment has changed my own life.   Many of you have left comments here and on my Instagram commenting on how amazing my designer shoe and handbag collection is.  Well I’m going to share a HUGE secret.  Almost EVERY SINGLE piece in my collection was purchased second hand from TheRealReal and when I get tired of something or have worn it too much I just consign it back to the RealReal again!

Everything I am wearing in this week’s Outfit of the Day I purchased on TheRealReal!  Including my latest score: A leopard Alexander McQueen De-Manta Clutch!

Fall Fashion Trends Velvet

Velvet Fashion Trend

Alexander McQueen De-Manta Bag

Chloe T-Bar Pumps

Chloe Butterfly Sunglasses

How to Wear Velvet

Fall Fashion Trends 2017

What I’m Wearing: Akris Belted Velvet Accent Dress | Chloe T-Bar Pumps | Alexander McQueen De-Manta Clutch | Chloe Butterfly Sunglasses|

This month TheRealReal is launching the #NeverThrowAway movement urging consumers to either consign or donate items they no longer want.

  • Consign – Set up a free consultation and in-home consignment appointment. Get started here.

  • Donate – Send your items to GOOD+ Foundation to help break the cycle of poverty. Learn more here.

  • Valuations – Office or facetime appointments with one of The RealReal’s experts to receive a free price quote, or drop off your items at one of our Luxury Consignment Offices. Get started here.

  • Share –  Demonstrate your commitment to sustainable living and conscious consumption by posting your consignments and donations on Instagram this week using the hashtags #NeverThrowAway and #NationalConsignmentDay.

    Visit TheRealReal.com for more information!  Start Consigning Today!

National Consignment Day TheRealReal

Eyewear Trends from Vision Expo 2017

Vision expo 2017

Last week I attended the Vision Expo 2017 here in Las Vegas.

The Vision Expo is THE ultimate hub for eyewear, sunwear and accessories showcasing the hottest trends from over 5,000 brands and designers.  Basically if you want to know everything there is to know about eyewear, The Vision expo is the place to be.

After Attending a few key note speaker sessions at the WWD Vision Expo Content Studio and walking the show floor it’s pretty clear there are some exciting things happening in eyewear.

Chloe Geometric Frames

Let’s talk trends.

One of the biggest trends I noticed was a fun play with geometry.  Both lenses and frames in geometric shapes: rounds, squares, rectangles, octagons and pentagons all made a showing at pretty much every brand.  These Chloe sunnies showcase the trend perfectly.

Chloe Glasses Flash Lens

Flash lens treatments are another biggie for the season.  A Flash lens is basically a “mirrored lens”, but you feel so much  fancier saying “flash lens”.

Flash lenses reflect the sun’s rays outward and cut down on the amount of light entering the eye plus they look super cool. For Fall 2017 you will find them in every color of the rainbow.  I am really loving the greens and oranges like these sunnies from Chloe.

Chloe Aviator

A trend that has really been building steam over the last year is women wearing mens frames, both in optical and sunglasses.  Crossing gender barriers more and more women are using mens aviators as their optical of choice which makes sense considering menswear inspiration is so HUGE in fashion right now. (Yep more Chloe lol).

MCM Cat Eye Glasses

The cat eye is back and better than ever.  From tiny cat-eyes to oversized in both optical and sunnies.  Adorned, bedazzled and reinvented this silhouette that looks oh so chic on just about every face shape is hot hot hot for Fall 2017.  This cat-eye is from MCM and I think it’s my next optical purchase!

Guys, I didn’t forget about you.  Hands down my favorite mens frames at the show were from John Varvatos.

Delivering an array of earthy tones, like aqua and sky blues, seafoam, grassy and olive greens, coffee ambers, and chocolate browns this collection defines craftmanship.

Details like titanium nose pads, temple shields, flash lenses, detailed wire constructions and frame-less profiles will take daring dudes into new territory this season.

John Varvatos Fall 2017

John Varvatos Eyewear Details

Joh Varvatos Fall eyewear 2017

John Varvatos Sunglasses Fall 2017

I learned so much at the Vision Expo that I can’t contain it all in one post! Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks!

Vision expo 2017

Donald J Pliner Pre-Fall Collection

Donald J Pliner Pre Fall event

Oh ladies things are heating up, and I don’t just mean with the weather.

Las Week myself and a group of Las Vegas bloggers got a sneak peek at Donald J. Pliner’s Pre-Fall Collection at the DJP Boutique at The Forum Shops and I think it may be the strongest collection yet!

One thing is instantly clear, this collection celebrates the art of the shoe.

Donald J Pliner Pre Fall Collection

You know what a huge fan I am of Donald J Pliner and I didn’t think it was possible for the brand to become any more wonderful than they already are but this collection BLEW MY MIND!

From furry 60s inspired pumps to hardware laden stacked platforms, there is no shortage of wondrous embellishments.

I am obsessed with every single piece.  The millennial pink furry ladies in the above photo WILL BE MINE!  Mwah ha ha……

The pieces we viewed were all sample size (aka size 6) but you can bet your fashionable little feet that this blogging crew attempted to Cinderella our feet into each and every one of them.

They are THAT GORGEOUS!!!!

Available for pre-order right NOW with a delivery date of early August, I would suggest getting those orders in right away because this collection is going to sell FAST!

Until then I’ll be mentally planning  all of my Fall OOTD’s around these beauties.

Here are some of my top picks from the Donald J Pliner Fall Collection PLUS the AMAZING FELIZ heeled sandals that both Melissa from TheDailyNailBlog.com and myself picked up!

Sooooo Pretty!

Donald J Pliner Pre Fall

Donald J Pliner Pre Fall

Donald J Pliner Pre Fall

A portion of the sales from this event benefited an amazing non-profit organization: Dopamind Boxing & Cycling

Dopamind Boxing and Cycling is dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Parkinson’s by utilizing boxing and cycling to improve their movement and balance. Their Mission is to provide Hope, Strength and Courage to those who seek to be successful in the fight against Parkinson’s disease through the use of non-contact boxing and forced exercise tandem spin classes which have been shown to aid in the regression of Parkinson’s symptoms by improving motor function, dexterity, and coordination.

They offer both group and individual boxing classes where they incorporate boxing techniques such as footwork, hand and eye coordination, combinations working the core while maintaining balance, and eventually progressing towards the integration of all three to the beat of music.

If you would like to learn more about this fantastic organization please visit Dopamind.org

Donald J Pliner Friends and Family Event

Hey Las Vegas!  I have some EXCITING NEWS to kick off your weekend!  

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of Donald J Pliner shoes.  Comfortable, luxe and oh so on trend they keep me stepping out in style and now you can too!

NOW through April 17th  Donald J Pliner in Forum Shops is having their annual Friends & Family event!

Everything is an extra 25% off (even sale items!) so its the perfect time to get your Spring Summer shoe wardrobe in order.

The sale begins NOW so you can head into the boutique anytime but on the weekend of the 14,15,16 there will be a DJ in store as well as a candy bar and cocktails which should make for some SWEET shopping.

…..and there’s more!

I am giving away a pair of DJP shoes of your choice (up to $300 value) on INSTAGRAM!

To Enter:

It’s so easy!

Must be a LAS VEGAS Resident to win. Winner will be announced Friday April 14th VIA Instagram.  Winner must pick up shoes in person at Forum Shops Boutique.

Spring Beauty Chat with Blair Patterson

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Estée Lauder’s Director of Global Makeup Artistry, Blair Patterson at Saks Fifth Avenue in Las Vegas to chat about beauty trends, must haves and the in’s and out’s of Spring/Summer 2017 beauty.

As Director of Global Makeup Artistry, Blair develops artistry curriculum, trains Estée Lauder’s Makeup Artists around the world and shares his expertise with women everywhere. He helps launch press tours, meets with beauty editors and travels to fashion capitals throughout North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the driving force behind the brand’s how-to videos plus several features on Estée Stories, the brand’s editorial platform.  He works closely with brand spokesmodels Joan Smalls, Carolyn Murphy, Liu Wen and Global Beauty Contributor Irene Kim not to mention his impressive portfolio of work which has been featured in such prstegious magazines as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Magazine, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire.

So yeah, he knows ALOT about beauty.

Q: What is the single biggest beauty trend of Spring Summer 17?

BP: YouTube. Bloggers and YouTubers are so influential at this point. Trends set by influences have become the adopted point of view, the beauty of it is that you can kind of do anything you want to.  There are so many different voices out there now with different interpretations of what beauty is, it’s pretty amazing.

Q: For Fall it was all about Matte and Velvet lips.  What should we look forward to for SS17?

BP: COLOR!  Spring is always a little bit more colorful than Fall but this season we are doing a CRAZY collection of color.  It’s called Envy Pure Color Love, we have been working on it for the past year and a half.  It’s colorful in a way that allows you to be really creative but totally wearable.  The collection is  packed with true color pigments, Cooled Chromes, Shimmer Pearls and Edgy Cremes and have medium, buildable coverage.  Texture is another HUGE trend.  The technology in pigments and ingredients in lipsticks that we are using is getting so advanced that you can literally manipulate textures in a way that we couldn’t before.  Chromatic lipsticks, real chrome, liquid metal colors and rose petal mattes that hold that soft texture and feel for hours!

Q: The spring runways were all about sparkle and glitter from clothing to lips, eyes and cheeks. What are your tips for pulling off this trend at any age?

BP: It’s all about where you place it.  I know women in their 60s who rock a little glitter on the inner part of their eye.  It also depends on your lighting situation.  If you are going our to a restaurant with dim beautiful lighting you can wear anything.  Makeup really is about the lighting so you need to think about what kind of lighting situations you will be in and plan your makeup accordingly. Always look at yourself in the lighting environment you live in the most and that’s what you should create your makeup looks for.

Q: What is the biggest DON’T of SS17?  What trend is over?

BP: This is just my personal opinion but I think the baking thing just isn’t meant to be worn on the street.  It’s more of a costume thing.  I would like to see anything that could be mistaken for Broadway makeup take a little bit of a nap. LOL.

Q: Tips for choosing the best powder, foundation and concealer?

BP: Seasons. People don’t pay enough attention to the change of seasons!  Always but your foundation at the height of summer and the height of winter where ever you live because everyone changes at least one shade.  Also it’s important to be knowledgeable about the different kinds of finishes and textures that are out there.

Q:  If a women buys only one new beauty product this Spring what should it be?

BP: I’d love to see alot more women of different ages taking chances with bright colored and pastel lips. Beautiful watermelon shades, pinks, stains, glazes, mattes.  Lipstick brightens everything!  It changes your mood, your look and it’s such a cheap way to make yourself feel amazing.  It’s a known fact in the beauty industry that lipstick has power.  Throughout every recession lipstick sales have always remained if not gone up. It’s a phenomenon called “The Lipstick Effect”.  It has occurred during every major recession in U.S. history. No matter what their economic situation women can always afford a $20 pick-me-up of lipstick that will last them months. Its the cheapest, most effective way to layer into your wardrobe alot of changes and options.

Q: What song do you think embodies Spring 2017 beauty trends?

BP: Daft Punk & The Weeknd “I Feel It Coming”.