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November 2016

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Unique Gift Ideas

Are you ready for Christmas? Have you picked out a tree? And dare I ask bought gifts? For some people that doesn’t start until December but for many Latin cultures the celebrating has already started. Personally I have fallen behind and have not picked out a tree or presents yet. If you have already started decorating, preparing and shopping give yourself a pat on the back! Be proud you won’t be rushing around like a crazy person! If not, here are some gift ideas from great companies I’ve partnered with.

Biographie

For the jewelry lover in your life Biographie offers gemstone and limited edition pieces made in Denver, Colorado. These unique pieces are all handmade with gold, sterling silver, gold vermeil and genuine gems. Biographie was created by Jenny Sharpe a graduate of The London College of Fashion. After having no luck finding her Opal birthstone in contemporary jewelry Jenny decided to source the gem from Opal miners and create her own jewelry and in doing so launched Biographie. Inspiration for every piece of jewelry comes from each individual  gem. The creation and timeline for each piece of jewelry is spontaneous as Jenny pulls from different inspirations each time she gets the gems. The gems used in Biographie jewelry are sourced from all around the globe, while the precious metals are found in the U.S. Biographie jewelry comes in an array of gemstones from the well known Amethyst to the hard to find Watermelon Tourmaline.

Biographie offers a gift finding service for people who need a little extra help shopping. If you are undecided on which piece to pick or simply can’t choose Biographie will do it for you. Simply send them details on the special lady, the special occasion and budget and they will pick out three pieces for you to choose from.

The goal in creating Biographie was to create everyday fine jewelry. Not only are the pieces unique and delicate but they are wearable in everyday life. Biographie has been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire and several other publications. They have also been worn on red carpets, TV and in movies. Currently Biographie has a sale for 40% off an order with the code BLACKFRIDAY that ends Tuesday 11/29. See more of Biographie’s great jewelry on the website

Special Event Keys

First things first this is an awesome company with great customer service. Speedy delivery, quick response times and individual care is what I experienced with this company. Made in Vidalia, Georgia Special Event Keys luggage tags are perfect gift for the traveler in your life or yourself. Unlike luggage tags found in stores these luggage tags are unique to each buyer. Madeleine Radford-Holland started the company in 2013 after making custom room keys for a friend’s wedding and hotel staff. They were a hit and a company and customer base was born. The clever idea of custom luggage tags began in 2015 and I love them! Making a special event memorable without being the cliché souvenir for your guest is possible with Special Event Keys.

Found on their Etsy shop and soon on their website prices begin at $5.00. Elegant gold and white tags are perfect for your glamorous vacation while black and gold tags are great for the business traveler. Useful for differating between your diaper bag, son’s baseball bag or daughter’s ballet tote they are great for the kids activities. If you want the ultimate personalized tag, Special Event Keys offers custom design options that allows the buyer to add their own artwork. Details are key for Special Event Keys as every tag is handmade by graphic designers who personally work with you and are in constant communication as you create your tags. Graphic designer Tammy Khabirov did a spectacular and time efficient job in creating the tags exactly how I wanted them.

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The durable plastic cards are lightweight yet sturdy. They have great shine and a textured look that add intricate detail to the tags.  Assembly was easy as the metal screw clasp they provide went easily around zippers and luggage handles. Soon customers will be able to fully customize luggage tags on their website but you can find all their current tags and services on the Special Event Keys Etsy Shop.

I will be doing a give away soon with items in this post (the Jewelry and custom luggage tags). Currently I’m in the process upgrading my website so it might be under construction for a bit. Once I’m done I will insert the link and advertise on social media.

I hope I gave you unique gift ideas for your holiday shopping. Let me know in the comments or social media what you think of these gift ideas.

Support small businesses and buy from these great companies!!!

T.S.

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Baldinini S/S 17 Unveiling

Last week I was invited to preview Baldinini S/S 17 collection at their brand new showroom in the flatiron district in NYC. On display was their newest collection as well as the capsule Gimmi Bladinini collection. Designed by Gimmi Baldinini and his daughter and made in Italy, the collection ranges from sporty comfort to Cinderella chic giving everyone something to love.

Sporty

The inspiration of the sport of racing can be seen in the enamel checkered print heels and bags. The use of reflective metal details seems to be directly taken from that of a chrome wheel. The combination of sleek lines, patent leather, sensible heel height and feminine lace makes the shoes fun yet elegant.

 

Sneakers and mini backpacks give the collection a futuristic yet classic feel. The classic athletic running sneaker was revamped with studs and reflective details. Classic colors and materials like black lace add feminine touches to sporty classics.

Heels and sandals get sporty details with metal rivets, perforated leather like that of a sports jersey and accent stitching seen in sports cars. Braid like details inspired by tires are refined with gold trim in their slide sandals and platforms.

 

 

Mod yet Modern

Mixed prints of lips, floral, hearts and geometric shapes give classic leather bags, heels and espadrilles a fun twist. The patchwork like purses and wood sandals feel retro but modern with patent leather, sleek lines and silver hardware. Painted floral motifs on chunky heels and bags in pastels and bold colors reflect a 60’s and 70’s color scheme. Baldinini’s attention to detail can be seen in their floral etched platforms and leather accent stitched  mules. While the braided detail continues to tie the collection together.

 

 

Desert Chic

Olive green gladiator sandals with gold stitches and tassel accents combine utility and glamour. Crocheted medallions and Baldinini’s detailed heel modernizes the summer staple sandal. Espadrilles in classic animal prints and modern metallic tie into the collection with gold and black details. Sling backs and slide sandals have subtle touches of glamour with crystals and high sheen materials. While a gold and white mesh pump are perfect for Cinderella herself.

 

 

 

 

Baldinini has expanded into the U.S. market with new locations on the east coast. After a successful grand opening in New Jersey’s Short Hills Mall they have opened a store in Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY. Florida also has a Baldinini location in Miami’s Bicknell City Centre Mall near Saks Fifth Ave. As an appreciator of the art that is fashion I love Baldinini’s attention to detail. From the sole of the heels to the trim there is no lack of intricacy. Baldinini also realizes the art of a well made shoe and in conjunction with the University of Bologna, Italy is organizing and archiving Baldinini shoes to create a  company museum. Personally as a art loving fashionista I hope to visit this museum one day. Learn more about Baldinini in my previous post when I visited the grand opening of their Short Hills location here. You can also find their previous collection’s and prices on their website Here.

I always love working with Baldinini and their lovely PR girls who chatted with me in Italian and Spanish as they answered all my questions. It is impossible for me to chose a favorite out of the spring/summer ’17 collection and hopefully I won’t have to.

Ciao loves!

T.S.