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

Jewelry Spotlight: Allsaints Spitalfields

A military palate, chunky chains and a signature vintage industrial aesthetic is Allsaints Spitalfields in a nutshell. This revolutionary British company has crossed the gaps between grunge, punk, boho and industrial inspired clothing and accessories and continues to bring new elements into each and every collection. Today I wanted to showcase some of my favorite jewelry pics from their Fall/Winter 2011 line, enjoy!

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The Maya Earrings, drop earrings with a large glass diamond shaped detail. Shown in Brass they also come in Gunmetal. $65.00allsaints necklace

The Guinevere Necklace, chain mail necklace with tassel detail. Shown in Russian Gold, also comes in Black Ox. $120.00

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The Jacosta Ring, cast and oxidized signet ring set with peridot glass. Shown in Silver. $40.00

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The Veneza Earrings, cut clear or amber coloured glass in cast cases, in brushed brass or dark silver finish. Shown in Silver/Amber, also comes in Brass/Onyx. $75.00

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The Alivia Armour Necklace, frosted quartz disc necklace in a studded cast setting with leather detail. Shown in Brushed Gold/Quartz also comes in Gunmetal/Rose, $95.00.

I hope you enjoyed my picks! You can also check out more styles in my Allsaints Spitalfields Jewelry album on Facebook. Until next time…

XOXO Mallory

Baublebar Fall Wishlist

Happy Thursday jewelry lovers! Today I’ve decided to break down and sift through my massive favorites selection in my BaubleBar account and pick 6 pieces out for my fall shopping list. This was a much harder task than many of you may think! But for those of you who shop on Baublebar, you already know how many amazing pieces they have to pick from.

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First up we have the fun and colorful Crimson Collar Necklace which retails are a super low $46.00. This is just a great statement necklace which can be worn with countless styles and outfits. Not to mention the colors remind me of a perfect New England fall!

ebony serra cuff

Next up we have the sleek and chic Ebony Serra Cuff inspired by the incredible artwork of Richard Serra. The cuff retails at $105.00 but the big and bold price match the overall greatness of this piece. Like Richards art, anyone can appreciate it in a different way!

Next up we have one of the most talked about pieces of jewelry in the fashion blogasphere, the Tuxedo Necklace! It has been shown everywhere from Refinery29 to nearly every blogger I know. It is big, stylish and a wonderful color scheme. Who knows how long this piece will stay up, so better move fast on it!

Without basics, statement pieces would not make sense. My next pick is one of the cutest little basic bracelets on the market (in my opinion), the Polka Bangle! This is a nice accent to any outfit and can be easily stackable with bunches of other bangles!

royal bengle cuff

Last but CERTAINLY not least is one of the most fun and glamorous pieces on the BB website right now. Born from black enamel and glitzy diamonds, the Royal Bengal Cuff is just as alluring as the inspirational animal behind it!

And that concludes my short fall BaubleBar wishlist. Believe me, this list will keep on growing, but for now, thats it! Shameless plug – Join BaubleBar today and get tons of benefits such as $10 off your first purchase and a chance to earn points towards free jewelry with every order!

XOXO Mallory

Style Crush: Ashley Benson

Happy Tuesday everybody! Today’s blog post is dedicated to my current Style Crush – Ashley Benson! You may know her from Days of our Lives, Bring it on (again) or most notably ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Over the past year or so of being glued to the TV every Tuesday night, I have come to love Ashley’s style on and off screen. Here are three of my favorite Ashley looks!

My first Ashley look is the perfect day to night outfit. Liquid leggings, a cute blouse, flats and minimal jewelry makes an easy transition from lunch with the girls to date night or night out on the town.

This next look is actually my favorite out of the three. While on set as Hannah Marin (PLL) Ashley’s style is a bit more conservative but off screen Ashley is not afraid to edge it up! Shown here with her War of Love necklace by Juicy Couture, a fab leather jacket and a cute jersey tee and mini shirt.. not to mention some fun white nails!

This last look is classic Hannah Marin but with a nice Ashley twist. She always knows just what accessories to wear to take her outfit to the next level. Not to mention, she has the best hair!!

That’s all we have for today!

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:…

Style Crush: Sutton Mercer – Get her Look for Less!

My name is Mallory and I’m addicted to girlie teen dramas… Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and the latest addition to my list – The Lying Game. This show seems to have it all, murder mystery, doppelganger/twin theme, high fashion and gorgeous boys. What else could you ask for?

Sutton Mercer (played by Alexandra Chando), main character in ABC Family’s The Lying Game is the perfect blend of fashion goddess Serena Van Der Woodsen and the good girl/bad girl vampire magnet Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce. And while Sutton may be extremely wealthy, you don’t have to max your credit cards to replicate her fashion sense!

Here are three signature Sutton looks you’ll see throughout the first season. Enjoy! Suttons Trendy Look: Merona for Target white knit sweater $23.00, Modcloth Fall of Victory Top $45.00, Juicy Couture Lace Linen shorts $54.00, Suidette Cross Front Wedges $30.00, ASOS Intricate pearl cocktail ring $11.00. Suttons Casual Look: Old Navy Cropped Double Breasted Blazer $29.50, TopShop Mustard Woven Front Vest $32.00, H&M Denim Jeans $23.00, Fox Lyrical Hobo Bag $45.00, Worthington Gold Circle Bib necklace $12.00. Suttons Formal/Glam Look: Black Rosette One Shoulder Dress By Dress Up Topshop $130.00, Evil Twin Black Lawless Skater Dress $90.00, Foley & Corinna Asymmetrical Silk Wrap Dress $153.00.

So as you can see from many of these price points, knowing what to splurge on and knowing what to save on is the way to an amazing wardrobe. I hope you enjoyed this rundown and stay tuned for more soon!

XOXO Mallory