Jewelry Spotlight: Ashley Pittman

Ashley Pittman fell in love with the East African landscape and the people she met there while working for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Rwanda. It was here the idea for a jewelry line was born. She searched for many months for skilled artisans and the appropriate infrastructure to complete her vision of horned jewelry design and production AshleyPittman.com

On a routine visit to ShopStyle I came across several pieces of jewelry that caught my eye. The funny little thing about these pieces is they were all made by the same person! Does that ever happen to you? I feel like that happens to me all the time. Naturally my curious nature kicked in and I had to know everything about Ashley Pittman and this new line of jewelry I had discovered!

The Ashley Pittman Collection reinterprets the power and simplicity expressed in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. The collection features natural horn carved by a women’s cooperative, fair-trade semi-precious gemstones, bronze and other materials indigenous to East Africa. Bergdorf Goodman

Overall I am so glad to have discovered the amazing work of Ashley. Her designs are really unique and exciting. The Ashley Pittman Foundation donates 10% of all profits from the jewelry collection back to Kamboo. Check out Ashley featured on OMGbuymeTHIS’s 30 Day Fashion Challenge as well as on the MPress Facebook Page!

XOXO Mallory

Top 5 Celebrity Fashion Lines

For a few decades now the phenomena of Celebrity Fashion Lines has been growing in popularity. It’s almost become a rite of passage for many Hollywood stars. Everybody from Madonna to Jay Z to Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne have made the transition from Celebrity to ‘Celebresigner.’ Many have succeeded, more have failed but a select few have really made the transition beautifully and season after season bring delight to the runway as well as the concert stadium. Below is my current list of 5 Best Celebrity Fashion Lines, enjoy!

Nicole Richie: House of Harlow 1960

The reason I fell in love with House of Harlow is because every season Nicole somehow finds a way to mesh current trends with a completely original twist. The first time I laid eyes on her jewelry collection, I was absolutely blown away. Her styles set the bar in the boho world, they also pave the way for new trends. She was able to take a dull, ‘been-there-done-that-trend’ like Tribal and turn it into one of the most desired looks on the planet. Her jewelry is versatile, which is a trait I really seek out. You can throw on a HOH ring with a baggy tee and jeans or your favorite LBD and it will work perfectly every time. I am a proud owner of dozens of HOH pieces and would not trade them in for the world! Shop House of Harlow Now!

Jessica Simpson: Jessica Simpson Collection

Now, this girl may not know her chicken from her tuna but let me tell you.. she knows her fashion! I am constantly pleased with the amazing basics and trends I see Jessica work into her collections each season. The best thing about Jessica as a designer is she makes body conscious clothing, and she is very aware of how her pieces will look on a wide range of women. Both me and my 120lb 5 foot 9 sister can wear her clothing perfectly, now that’s skill! Shop the JSCollection Now!

Victoria Beckham: VICTORIABECKHAM, dVb Style

Former Spice Girl VB has come a long way since her 4′ platform sketchers and liquid leather pants. After doing a line for Rock & Republic (VB Rocks) back in 2004 she decided to branch out and create her own line. After launching a denim and sunglasses she finally debuted a full collection during Fashion Week in 2008. VB makes my list because she is a fashion forward thinker but appreciates classic and vintage appeal. Her styles are far from trendy which is very refreshing and her eye for shape and attention to detail is extremely impressive. dVb can be summed up as beautiful, desirable and classy. Check out the latest collection here!

Gwen Stefani: L.A.M.B

Gwen Stefani makes my Top 5 list for several reasons. She is an incredibly talented designer, she is a visionary leader in the fashion and music world and no matter what she stays true to herself which in fashion is not always an easy task. L.A.M.B (Love Angel Music Baby) is Gwen’s brain child and has taken the world by storm. Her designs are funky, creative and sometimes erratic but completely thought out and impeccably made. L.A.M.B is a juxtaposition of high fashion meets the grungy streets. It is rock and roll yet vintage, feminine yet masculine, it’s the perfect balance of style and inspiration. Check out this seasons L.A.M.B collection now!

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen: Elizabeth and James

The Olsen twins have been a force to be reckoned with in fashion for many years now. From their high fashion line, The Row to their JCPenny line Olsenboye, to their new fashion of the month club StyleMint to a disastrous line with Walmart (and a few more) these two girls have created a real fashion empire. The collection that puts them on my list however is their affordable high fashion line Elizabeth and James, which was named after two of their siblings. This line is amazing. Every season it’s filled with beautiful basics, chic accessories and to die for silhouettes. It bridges the gap between designer and contemporary in a very unique way. Shop the latest Elizabeth and James Collection now!

And there you have it! There are hundreds of other celeb fashion lines out there, and hopefully in a few months ill be able to put together a new list for you all. If you want to see more from these collections, check out my Top 5 Celebrity Designers Facebook Album. Until then, enjoy!

XOXO Mallory

3 Ways to Wear your Favorite Black Blazer!

Welcome back ladies and gents! Today I’m going to go over 3 of my favorite ways to wear a basic black blazer. If you follow any of my fashion ventures, you probably already know how I feel about a good blazer. Every girl should have one, no matter where you work or what your style is! Shown below are my 3 looks using the Topshop Three Quarter Sleeve Blazer, which can be substituted for any blazer you have at home. Enjoy!

Look One – The Day Date! Going on dates during the day is one of the most common pastimes I can think of. Whether it’s lunch with co-workers, happy hour drinks with the girlfriends or brunch with the family, you can go casual with your blazer, some dark skinny jeans, a fun colorful top and your favorite pumps! For a list of pieces in this look check out my Day Date Polyvore Style Board.

polyvore style board office chic

Look Two: Office Chic! Up until a few years ago, blazers were strongly considered work wear only pieces. Thankfully we broke free from that trend and wear them all the time! Even at work you can spice up your blazer with a cute dress, big jewelry and some great pumps. To see the pieces used in Look #2 check out my Office Chic Polyvore Style Board!

Look Three: Date Night! A blazer can be the perfect substitute for a pea coat or leather jacket when you are trying to keep things stylish and classy. Shown here are two great looks you can throw together to incorporate fun evening wear with your blazer! To see all the pieces used check out my Date Night Polyvore Style Board.

I hope this gave you all some great blazer inspiration! Check back soon for more fun updates.

XOXO Mallory

Friday Fav: Plum’s the word..

Plum's the word..

Winter Kate loose blouse, $260
Raquel Allegra short sleeve shirt, €259
Marc by Marc Jacobs leather tote bag, $455
Bounkit amethyst earrings, $385
Gorjana wrap bracelet, $52
AG Adriano Goldschmied scarve, $40
Nailed It, $7
Amazon.com: PANTONE SMART 19-3316X Color Swatch Card, Plum Perfect:…

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011

Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to identify the most directional colors, texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors – I thought this was a very interesting color rundown and wanted to share it with you!

PANTONE 14-0740
Bamboo
CMYK 12.18.86.1
GOE 1-3-3

PANTONE 17-1547
Emberglow
CMYK 0.71.62.0
GOE 21-1-2

PANTONE 18-2120
Honeysuckle
CMYK 4.75.24.0
GOE 26-2-4

PANTONE 19-2820
Phlox
CMYK 65.96.21.13
GOE 35-1-6

PANTONE 16-0526
Cedar
CMYK 41.27.68.5
GOE 152-1-3

PANTONE 19-4914
Deep Teal
CMYK 94.43.46.49
GOE 93-2-6

PANTONE 18-0930
Coffee Liqueúr
CMYK 51.60.72.28
GOE 155-1-4

  PANTONE 16-1320
Nougat
CMYK 23.29.45.0
GOE 148-1-1

PANTONE 13-3805
Orchid Hush
CMYK 15.13.3.0
GOE 51-4-1

PANTONE 15-4305
Quarry
CMYK 45.22.24.0
GOE 82-3-1

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”

Some of my favorite colors & design inspirations are (left to right) Rebecca Taylor – Honeysuckle, Cynthia Steffe – Deep Teal and  VPL – Orchid Hush.

 

Im sure we will see a lot more where this came from and I hope you all walk away with a little fall inspiration. Pantone is the best – read more about their Fashion Color Report – Fall 2011!

XOXO Mallory

Etsy pick of the week: Lisa D. Jewelry

Hey Jewelry Lovers! If you aren’t already an Etsy fanatic, then allow me to introduce you to your new best friend! Etsy.com is an ecommerce website focused on handmade and vintage items. These items cover a huge range of products including art, photography, clothing, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and best of all… tons of JEWELRY!

Each week I will pick our my favorite new Etsy find and share the info with you. I will also add reviews of the seller and items I purchase. To kick start our new Etsy Pick of the Week series we have Lisa D. Jewelry!

I have ordered several pieces of Jewelry from Lisa D including my latest purchase, the Gold Sideways Cross Necklace. She is a very creative artist and her Etsy Shop is filled with amazing accent pieces, delicates and gorgeous stones.  Gold is definitely one of the hottest trends this year and has replaced the staple of silver jewelry in the fashion world. She covers the best of the basics when it comes to gold and incorporates many other popular trends such as blush and nude colors. Shown below are three of my current favorites from her shop right now:

Lisa D. jewelry etsy

Starting from right to left -The Wishbone Necklace, The Blush Champagne Triple CZ Earrings and the CZ Sideways Cross and Matte Black Onyx Bracelet. The thing that really attracts me to these pieces are the fact that they will make such great accents to any outfit. Subtle, delicate and almost discrete yet super stylish and creative. Her use of real life inspirations shines through into her work as an artist. Overall I would highly recommend giving her shop a walk through!

Until next week XOXO Mallory