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GIVEAWAY: David Kind Luxury Eyeglasses

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Its obviously no secret that I love David Kind eye-wear. As mentioned in my last post about the David Kind brand, what’s so great about it is that it provides a service dedicated to helping you find the perfect pair of frames for your face. If you want more information about finding your which type of frames fit your face, check out this post featuring vital tips from a few fashion bloggers, as well.

So here’s how it works:

1. You tell them what your style preference is and you send a photo of yourself so they can see the gorgeous face they’re working with. You then have a personal optician who organizes a style profile for you.

2. You then get 6 frames on a trial period for 6 days. Have some fun and see what works for you and what doesn’t.

3. Lastly, you choose your frames and send the rest back. If you didn’t find what you want, your optician can continue to help you find what your looking for, until you meet your perfect match.

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What I love about David Kind frames is that these aren’t just any frames you can find out and about. The quality of frames are fantastic. Once you receive your trial box, you’ll see just how impressive the brand really is. The knowledge and attention to detail the David Kind team displays is incredible.

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David Kind frames are chic, simple and stylish, and their stylists have always been very knowledgeable. The frames are very well-made and feels luxurious, yet relatively affordable. Honestly, does it get any better than that?

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Well, actually…

It does! A David Kind Giveaway! Follow these rules for a chance to win a spectacular pair of specs for your fabulous face!

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How To Find The Perfect Sunglasses

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The perfect pair of sunglasses can elevate any ensemble several notches. One would think that buying a pair is easy enough, right? Well, yes and no. While you may know what style you like, you might not be choosing the best style for the shape of your face. Essentially, its no different than carefully selecting which wardrobe pieces that are most flattering to our figure. The same way we mindfully assemble our wardrobe with clothes tailored for our body, we should be mindful of the type of “sunnies” we place on our face. We already covered how to pick the right frames for your face, so I decided to put together this how-to guide to answer the million-dollar question, “How do you choose the right sunglasses for your face?”

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While chatting with celebrity stylist, Stevie Wilson and fashion bloggers, Marie Legette and Luciana Padula, I was able to get their expert opinion on how they find the right pair of sunglasses for their face and how you can do the same. Luciana, a fashion blogger for girlofstyleblog.com, has a tight criteria when searching for the the perfect pair, saying:

“I actually have a hard time choosing a great pair of sunglasses because of my face shape, so I look for bigger frames to balance out my high cheekbones… but that’s actually not all I look for when purchasing sunnies. I make sure the sunglasses don’t cover my eyebrows, sit well on my nose and are comfortable enough that they don’t leave a mark on the side of my nose when I take them off. If they fit that criteria, are in style, and a good price…they’re mine!”

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Commenting on the key element of pairing style with functionality, Marie states, “Since I wear them all the time, I look for versatility, uniqueness, and the shape of the frame. I am rocking a brand new pair of clear cat eye frames and I love them. I FEEL fashion forward and these are both fashionable and functional. I have come a long way with frames!”

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Stevie addressed key factors other than the shape of the face, saying, “Color is a very important factor in picking out  frames for regular or sunglasses.  Pick out a color that works with both hair color and skin-tone. Treat it like a cosmetic accessory that will perk up your face.”

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When considering the style of the glasses, she continues,“Take a look at metal frames to see if your face can handle the style but also keep in mind the color. Metal frames are often more delicate but also bring a fashion savvy to the style that everyone seems to resonate with. Think of aviators as a style that works for both men and women – and it’s often very wearable whether casual or more formal. As for non-metal frames, look at the wide variety of colors and choose the color that best suits your hair and skin-tone, you don’t want the frames to wash out your look. The interesting aspect of non-metal frames is that there are choices in the material such as glossy (very shiny), matte  and  a mid-range slightly shiny or satin finish . The matte won’t reflect light so if you are frequently in photos or on video, that might be a great choice.”

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There are so many options to choose from but don’t get overwhelmed! Just how these ladies each found a system that works for them, you will find one that works for you. Remember the key tips we covered to find a pair that will:

1) Flatter your face according to your knowledge and comfortability of your face shape,

2) Serve as both a fashionable and functional accessory and,

3) Works with both your hair color and skin-tone. Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll find
your perfect pair in no time!


Knock ’em Dead Valentine’s Day Accessories

This year, Valentine’s Day crept up on me and all of a sudden, we’re less than a week away from a holiday associated with lacy lingerie and romantic candlelight dinners. The only problem? I’ve been so knee-deep in emails and meetings this past month, that I haven’t had a chance to come up with a killer look for date night with the beau. For those Ambitionistas in the same boat, I put together Valentine essentials for the working woman.

So whether your style is classic, contemporary or casual, here’s everything you need to wow this weekend. Just pair a flattering black or red dress (or suit!) with one or more of these handpicked accessories.

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Dolce & Gabbana red semi-sheer lipstick
Kendra Scott 14k cat’s eye black stud earrings
DVF metallic clutch
Yves Saint Laurent iconic rouge nail polish
Juliet & Company winged crystal earrings
Fendi fuchsia leather envelope clutch


Accessories Change an Outfit: Part I

Shakespeare may have written “clothes make the man,” but I am here to tell you that accessories make the outfit.  I have an amazingly versatile Gerard Darel suit that I have adapted for numerous occasions.  All I do is change out the shirt and accessories and, voila, new look.

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On this day, I had a project meeting with a multinational, internet-related company.  The employees here are known as relaxed, clothed in hoodies and jeans, post-grad-school-style sorts. So I knew I needed to convey a laid-back feel while still maintaining a business-like appearance.  Which is why I grabbed my trusty Darel jacket and pants and planned around it.

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I chose a cotton-blend shirt instead of a more traditional, conservative, button-down.  This also allowed me to remove my jacket if the room was filled entirely with t-shirted individuals who probably wouldn’t want to work with someone who looked like their parent.  I added a variation on the traditional pearl necklace, opting for a multi-strand, creative, modern look.  I paired my black, peep-toe sling backs with a slouchy large leather tote.  This enabled me to carry my iPad, media kits, business cards, and all in something other than a briefcase.


Style note:  the more structured a piece is, the more formal it appears.


I was able to walk the line between casual and formal here by wearing a well tailored, structured outfit and pairing it with somewhat casual accessories.

I’m not going to lie, though – I still had a moment when I felt like a mom because at one point, walking through the quad I wanted to yell “pull your pants up!” to one of the employees riding his skateboard to a meeting in the building next door.


How do you use accessories to transform an outfit?

Photography credit: Erica Hampton