Posted by: slcsaunders | February 27, 2012

Best Dressed: 2012 Academy Awards

Lots of whites and nude/blush tones tonight…here are my favorites!

Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward:

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad:

Rooney Mara in Givenchy:

Cameron Diaz in Gucci:

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford:

And in color…

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton:

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen:

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli:

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Posted by: slcsaunders | February 20, 2012

Whitney Houston: August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston’s music is the soundtrack of the lives of so many people. So to hear Kevin Costner tell us, as he eulogized her, how she doubted herself…doubted whether she was good enough, doubted whether she was loved, doubted whether she could do it…was beyond heartbreaking.

Whitney Houston was The Voice. She was a one-in-a-million talent. She was gorgeous. And, in her words, she was a “child of God.” But she was troubled. We all knew it. And God knows we judged her. Judged her appearance, judged her voice, judged her decisions, judged her marriage, judged her parenting…judged everything about her. And in the midst of all that judging, we all hoped for a comeback that would never really come.

One of Whitney’s final studio cuts was a song called “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”:

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

I thought I’d never find my way
I thought I’d never lift that weight
I thought I would break
I didn’t know my own strength

Whitney may have grown to know her own strength, but what she didn’t know, what she never learned and never believed, was that she was worth it.

Kevin Costner concluded his eulogy by saying: “Off you go, Whitney…and when you sing before Him, don’t you worry…you’ll be good enough.” And I hope that’s the lesson people, particularly her impressionable daughter, take from this tragedy: you’ve got to know you’re good enough. You’ve got to know you’re worth it.

Posted by: slcsaunders | February 16, 2012

Delicate Raymond

The most important thing any company can offer to consumers, in addition to a great product, is great customer service. Michelle Zimmerman and her jewelry company, Delicate Raymond, offer both. Michelle launched Delicate Raymond, named after her grandfather, in 2005 (with just $1,000 in start up capital!).

Whether it’s incorporating intricate vintage wear offset by romantic hints of blush gems, or mixing semi precious stones with locally sourced gold and silver, the Delicate Raymond collection is a reflection of a rich family tradition blended with cultural influences captured from moments spent abroad.

Michelle’s pieces have been featured on the pages of W, InStyle, People Stylewatch, Lucky, US Weekly and Woman’s Day magazines. They have also adorned the necks of young Hollywood socialites, singers, and actresses including Carrie Underwood, Lauren Conrad, Tori Spelling, Mischa Barton, Marcia Cross, Bridgette Moynahan and Hayden Panettiere.

Michelle happened to notice a tweet of mine commenting on my love for the Panama Rosary Bracelet:

The “Panana Collection” is inspired by Michelle’s trip to Panama in 2007 where she visited a 14th century chapel named the “Golden Alter of San Jose” in Panama City and where she purchased a dainty rosary from a street vender. The collection features crosses of various shapes, sizes and colors, and ordained with pearls, crystals or Swarovski crystal flowers. The Crystal Side Cross bracelet is the perfect companion to the Rosary bracelet, and will probably be my next purchase, since Michelle was kind enough to send along a 20% off coupon code with my gift!

The Panama Rosary bracelet is…well, delicate! The champagne colored crystals are gorgeous, and the cross is tiny, dainty and simple. The extension falls about 1-2 inches from the wrist, so it doesn’t get in the way at all and doesn’t look too long. It can be worn alone, but certainly is a great addition to any bracelet stack, so long as the other pieces aren’t too heavy and overpowering. This should be the “noticeable” piece in any stack.

Delicate Raymond’s “Vintage Monogram Collection” features this gorgeous, pearl-knotted Anniversary Monogram Necklace. I love the uniqueness of the off-to-the-side monogram!! And you have a pearl choice of diamond, onyx, sapphire, black diamond, champagne, platinum! Decisions, decisions!

There’s even a few pieces for children, including a Mini Montmarte Bracelet featuring a hand-engraved name plate:

If you’re looking for a cool new addition to your jewelry box, go to http://www.delicateraymond.com! Using the “contact us” tab, Michelle will get back to you promptly to assist with any questions you may have about her pieces – she’s terrific!

Posted by: slcsaunders | February 13, 2012

Best Dressed: 2012 Grammy Awards

There’s no need to even discuss anyone else from last night’s Grammy Awards… Rihanna’s one bad bitch!





Posted by: slcsaunders | February 7, 2012

Tuesday Shoesday – Valentine’s Day Edition








Posted by: slcsaunders | January 16, 2012

2012 Golden Globes: Best Dressed

Ah, the first “best dressed” of 2012. And admittedly, I wasn’t overly impressed with the red carpet last night. Here’s my top (and only) six:

My hands down favorite of the night was Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier:

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace:

Charlize Theron in Dior:

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Jessica Alba in Gucci:

Salma Hayek in Gucci:

Sarah Hyland in Dolce & Gabbana:

Posted by: slcsaunders | December 27, 2011

The Last Tuesday Shoesday of 2011

And there couldn’t be a finer choice to close out the year! How gorg is this striped Giuseppe Zanotti slingback? Leopard print grosgrain piping, leather trim, and a snake-embossed heel – my heart can’t take it.

Posted by: slcsaunders | November 20, 2011

Eco-Ideas: Hydration Stations!!

Filling stations are no longer just for gas. In an eco-friendly push, hundreds of U.S. colleges are installing water fountains known as hydration stations so students can refill water bottles rather than buy new ones. Some campuses are even banning the sale of bottled water.

Hydration stations are gaining steam and popping up in airports, office buildings, college campuses, etc. These stations provide free, filtered drinking water in an effort to reduce plastic waste!

What a great – and important – idea!!

If there’s no hydration station near you, at least carry an eco-friendly water bottle that you can reuse and recycle! Let’s all do our part to reduce plastic waste!

Posted by: slcsaunders | November 19, 2011

Throw Away All Your Problems…

’cause right now it’s party time!

The best part of the holidays is finding the perfect dresses for any parties you’re planning to hit this holiday season!

Posted by: slcsaunders | November 16, 2011

Wednesday Trendsday – Hot Hosiery!

Say adios to the standard black tights! Have some fun at work or at play with these funky tights!! Wolford, Falke and Commando are the go-to brands!

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