IFB Links a la Mode: August 25th

by christiem on August 25, 2016 · 0 comments

I am so excited!  Independent Fashion Blogger’s featured my Post Fall Trends Patches on this week’s Links a la Mode.  Check out some of the other fantastic blog posts that were featured along side mine this week!

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As the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer is winding down, the Southern Hemisphere is just beginning to heat up. Take some pointers from the other side of the world on Fall/Winter dressing and vice versa. It’s all about putting your best foot forward!

IFB bloggers really wanted to chat trends this week and focused on bralettes, bodysuits, boyfriend and distressed jeans, high-waisted skirts, split-back tops, monochromatic looks, patches, and stripes–Do stripes really ever go out of style though? From there trends rolled into some how-to’s on using the color wheel to your wardrobe’s benefit, creating the perfect outfit for a particular outing, and sewing your own special event dress. The latter is a story of diligence and triumph. Also, some great posts on what to do on a blogiversary, detailing a special event, and how to field questions from your audience–I don’t mean to pry {yes, I do}!

Read on for an abundance of thoughtful point of views from around our globe.
Links à la Mode, August 25th

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Fall Trends Velvet

by christiem on August 22, 2016 · 1 comment


When you first think of Velvet it may conjure up images of  70’s rock stars, renaissance festivals or your Grandma’s sofa.  Erase those images from your minds my fashion friends, this season it’s time to get your crush on! For Fall 2016 designers are coveting this ultra chic so soft it’s begging to be touched fabric in every way, shape and form!

Velvet was EVERYWHERE on the Fall 2016 runways from Prada to Gucci, FENDI, Miu Miu and Balmain in everything from David Bowie esc boots to luxe sneakers, rich handbags, statement making chokers, awe worthy gowns, pants, blouses and double breasted jackets.


Whether you choose to infuse details like a choker or bootie, full on crush head-to-toe in this luxe fabric, go vintage, designer or high street you can’t go wrong this season with Velvet.

Here are a few of my top Velvet picks:


ONE: ZARA Velvet Top

TWO: Louis Feraud Vintage Suit

THREE: ASOS Love Velvet Choker

FOUR: TOPSHOP JOJO Multi Buckle Shoe

FIVE: Donald J Pliner Carmin Velvet Boot

SIX: Cynthia Rowley Velvet Mini Backpack

SEVEN: ZARA Velvet Dress

EIGHT: Free People Willow Trench

Opening Image: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sculpted Pleated Hem Dress

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CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish

by christiem on August 19, 2016 · 1 comment


Oh nail color.  I have a love/hate relationship with you.

I love how my hands look with nail color on them but with the amount of abuse my hands take at work a polish typically lasts me about a day before it chips.  I know what you are thinking “so use a gel polish” well, I am not a fan of gel polish.  (Gasps from Gel polish aficionados) Gel polish did some heavy duty damage my nails a couple years ago plus I feel “trapped” in it.  Gels basically hold you hostage until you can get back to the salon to have it removed properly.  #NobodyHoldsMeHostage

Enter a pretty awesome solution from the nail experts at CND:  Vinylux.


CND Vinylux is a two-step weekly polish system. Unlike gel manicures it can be applied (and removed) at home without any special UV equipment.

It’s a gel-like hybrid that comes in a crazy good variety of shades and doesn’t require a base coat – you just swipe on two coats of color and then finish with the CND Weekly Top Coat.

The polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor) so no chemical nasties!

Vinylux is also long wearing!  It should last you about a week (hence the weekly polish part of the name) without chipping or flaking and it fully dries in about 8 1/2 minutes.

Whoo hoo!

Right now I am OBSESSED with two super chic shades:  Asphalt and Field Fox (pictured above and below).  Field Fox is a perfect nude and Asphalt is the ultimate gray/black hybrid.  It’s my new Fall 2016 go-to shade.


I have some exciting news for you!  In honor of Fashion week CND has partnered with ULTA Beauty for a Fashion Forward Sweepstakes!

Snap, Share, Chic!  By showing them your VINYLUXperience on social media, you and a lucky friend could win a 3-night trip to New York Fashion Week in February 2017!  To enter: visit VinyluxUltaSweeps.com to fill out the entry form and get full details- plus they will give you a great coupon so you can pick up some new CND shades at ULTA! #Winning

CND Vinylux is available at ULTA locations nationwide.

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Fall Trends Patches

by christiem on August 18, 2016 · 2 comments


This Fall there is a little trend stichin’ up the fashion world.

Kitschy patches are rapidly sewing their way to the top of the must-have trends for Fall 2016.  From high end designers like Miu Miu, Gucci and Stella McCartney to street-style brands likes TOPSHOP and Nasty Gal designers can’t seem to get enough of patches!

Now of course these designers are selling their wares with patches already on them but the great thing about this trend is that its super DIY friendly!

The patch trend adds fuel to and  further emphasizes fashion’s current love affair with personalization.  Incorporating a few vintage patches onto a basic shirt can not only transform it into something super chic and designer-esc, it also lets you infuse your personality into your clothing.

I began today’s look of the day with this basic boyfriend shirt I picked up at Nordstrom Rack for next to nothing.

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and this cute canvas mini camo backpack from TOPSHOP.

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My collection of vintage patches has been growing and this season is finally the perfect time to put them to use.

You can find “lots” of vintage patches on Ebay and on Amazon for pretty cheap- usually you can buy a dozen “surprise” pack for like $5.  Retailers such as TOPSHOP and Nasty Gal also sell some pretty amazing POP culture patches on their sites- they are a bit more pricey but totally worth it to get the perfect patch (around $14 for 3 or 4 patches).

I took the patches and generously sprinkled them throughout the shirt and backpack placing them at different angles.  I suggest you lay out all of your patches and pin them before you start sewing.  This makes it easy to move them around until you find a combination you like.  Make sure to place a few on the back as well- it will give you that true designer touch.  Keep in mind that some patches say they are iron on but I never trust that they will hold so I always stitch them on- you can do this by hand or by machine.

Look at how the patches really bring the pieces to life… instantly it becomes a designer look-a-like.  Is that Stella McCartney?  No is a Christie original LOL.

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I LOVE how the AG STILT Roll-up jeans and my new Donald J Pliner Hailee heels paired with this look.  Mixing in an animal print (another HUGE Fall Trend) keeps the look fun and whimsical yet fantastically fashionably street-style serious.

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Donald J Pliner Pre Fall Event

August 17, 2016

Last night I had the awesome opportunity to host the Donald J. Pliner Pre Fall Event at The Forum Shops where guests viewed and shopped the Pre Fall Collection. If this Pre Fall Collection is any indication of what’s to come for Fall..I’m all in. Featuring DJP’s signature textures combined with dreamy metallics, animal prints […]

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Donald J Pliner Fall Preview Event

August 12, 2016

You all know what a HUGE fan I am of Donald J Pliner shoes. They are chic, they are ridiculously comfy and one of my top picks season after season. Please join me on Tuesday August 16 at Donald J Pliner in Forum Shops to view and shop the Fall 2016 collection! There will be […]

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Beauty Buzz: Artis Makeup Brushes

August 8, 2016

You’ve seen them on social media, you’ve heard about them on just about every beauty blog, YouTube channel and TV beauty segment.  They are the hottest beauty tool out there right now: Artis brushes. Named after the Latin word for skill, these ergonomically designed brushes perfectly fit fingers and hands, while the fibre bundle tips complement […]

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Fall Trends: Turtlenecks Under Dresses

August 6, 2016

I’m totally over summer.  Yep I want Fall to arrive NOW.  I want jackets, I want boots and I want LAYERS! One standout trend from the Fall 2016 runways is a layering classic done in an unexpected way: Turtlenecks under dresses.  You read correctly….. Turtlenecks under dresses. Valentino, Tory Burch, Karen Walker and Creatures of […]

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Dave & Buster’s Opening at Downtown Summerlin

August 4, 2016

Las Vegas are you ready for full tilt, pedal to the metal entertainment?   Monday August 8th at 11am the #BOSSES of fun, Dave & Buster’s, will open their first EVER Las Vegas location at Downtown Summerlin! The Downtown Summerlin location will host all the fun Dave & Buster’s is known for- delicious chef crafted […]

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POP Beauty

July 20, 2016

If you haven’t heard of the ultimate London cult line, POP Beauty, it’s time to put on your 3D glasses and get acquainted. With eye catching packaging, unique bold hues, problem solving concepts, innovative formulas and products that truly perform POP Beauty has quickly become a must-have of celebs, bloggers and makeup junkies worldwide. Originally inspired by […]

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