Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Summer Strut - Athleta x Paris and a Latte

How is summer already here?  It's crunch time!  Memorial day weekend, which is the official start of summer is almost here.  Yikes!  Time to step up the workouts and the clean eating to show off that summer body.

Last month I was lucky enough to partner with Athleta, along with my fellow bossbabe and trainer, Mary Massey for a Summer Strut It party where we showed off some great summer trends as well as sweat it up with a Zumba session. 

We showcased some great athleisure wear pieces from Athleta that transition from day to night.  We wanted to show pieces that were versatile that you could take from Barre to the bar.  Our beautiful models for the night came from Barre3 in Morristown, a great barre studio right next to Athleta.  Stay tuned for my review of my first barre class with them.  Kristen, the manager at Athleta talked about each piece that the girls were wearing and I had the chance to dress up the outfits with jewelry from the Cayetano Legacy Collection  and show how with a few simple key pieces you could change your look. 

Some pieces that I think are great investment athleisure wear pieces are:

1) white button down shirt
2) leather like leggings
3) joggers
4) windbreaker
5) a good layering tank 

Here are some outfit ideas to take you out of the gym and for everyday wear.

All you need to dress up these looks are items that should already be in your closet:  a good pair of heels, a moto jacket, a good chambray/denim button up, and some amazing jewelry/accessories.

Almost all of our guests left a winner.  We had so many great raffle prizes such as gift cards from local juicer, Green Point Juicery who also provided drinks and snacks during our event.  We also had prizes such as a gift box from local, women owned company Pause and Unwind, free classes to Barre 3, a huge gift basket by ProVere Physical Therapy and of course we wanted to give away one of our beautiful statement necklaces from Cayetano Legacy. 

We ended the night with a fun jam Zumba session with Mary

It was an amazing event at Athleta and it was the start of getting our mindsets into summer mode.  But now its crunch time because summer is officially here!!!  I get my workouts in but my eating and my nutrition is what I need to focus on.  I definitely don't get enough vitamins and nutrients so I just started using capsules from Juice Plus that incorporate nutrients from over 30 + fruits and vegetables.  My body's been craving it for sure and so I'm slowly but surely getting myself ready for the summer! Message me and let me know some tips and tricks you've been using to get yourself ready for summer! Would love to hear from you.



Monday, April 30, 2018

A Special Mother's Day Treat

Mother's day is one of those days that I always downplay and tell the hubby not to plan anything big.  I'm totally ok with just a quiet day at home with nothing to do.  Anyone else feel me?

But of course, he and the kids always plan something special and its always nice being celebrated.  Its absolutely the small things that get me - its the crayon colored pictures that are lined up on the kitchen table before breakfast with stick figures of our little family.  Its the big kit kat bar that the kids picked out for me because they know how much i love chocolate.  It's the Blue Mountain cards that my husband knows I love because they always have the perfect sentiment on the cards.  

But this year he and the kids really caught me by surprise.  They took me to Hamilton Jewelers in Princeton, NJ because I raved so much about it a few weeks ago and helped me pick out the most beautiful mother's day present.  

I can't even explain how special it was watching the kids pick out pieces that they thought I would love.  Jewelry really does have a way of making you feel good.  They definitely are an investment piece but they have such a high emotional value to them that makes them worth getting.  

It was cute seeing the kids talk with each other and explain why they thought I would like certain pieces.  Gabriel picked out these dainty bracelets that he knew I would love.  And he hit it on the nose with the rose gold metal.  I love that these pieces were adjustable.  I have such tiny wrists so bracelets are always a struggle for me.  

Alessandra picked out this beautiful rose gold bangle from their Heritage line that absolutely makes a statement.  

They compromised and met in the middle by picking out a pretty stack of thin 18k gold and diamond bangles.  

Alessa then decided she wanted me to wear matching earrings to hers so she chose these stunning diamond stud earrings.  I was totally in love.  If you haven't heard me say this enough, stud earrings are an absolute jewelry box staple.  I wear studs everywhere, even to the gym, and you will 100% get your return on investment on them.  

But then Gabe convinced Alessa that they needed to pick out a necklace since I never take my current necklace off.  (I got the hint.)  So they each chose an option.  Gabe picked this beautiful rose gold round diamond solitaire necklace and Alessa chose this white gold teardrop shape necklace.    Ahh, both were so different yet so beautiful.  

My present was so special to me, but what makes it even more special is the memories I have of the kids picking it out.  What a treat to be able to experience this with my kids and my hubby.  

Make sure you are following both Hamilton Jeweler and I on instagram to find out which piece I ended up going home with.  Thank you so much to my hubby for this fun day with the kids and thank you to Hamilton for helping us find the perfect gift.  

This Mother's Day present is definitely one for the books.  If you are in NJ, you must check out their store in Princeton.  It's such a lovely location and their staff is amazing - especially Ayzia who was so patient with the kids and helped them with pieces that caught their eye for me.  

If you are not local, check out their online shop here.  They have complimentary shipping and their jewelry truly makes the perfect mother's day present.  

I want to give a HUGE thank you to my Alex DeDios Photography for capturing these amazing moments with my family.  It was such a fun day and I love having these pictures to remember it by.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jewelry Box Staples for the Everyday Fashionista

If you are a true romantic like me, then you would’ve watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn.  She stares every morning into the beautiful windows of Tiffany’s, admiring the beauty of the small, yet tantalizing jewelry.  Or if not, maybe you caught the more recent movie "Sweet Home Alabama," where Reese Witherspoon gets engaged in a jewelry store and gets to pick out her own engagement ring.  There’s something about jewelry that just makes us feel so special. 

Last week, I was able to live out my fantasy of going shopping and playing dress up in the beautiful family owned store, Hamilton Jewelers in Princeton, NJ.  Hamilton Jewelers has been around for 4 generations of the Siegel family.  They currently have 3 stores, one in Princeton, NJ and 2 others in the Palm Beach, FL area.  They also have a sister store called H1912 in Princeton, NJ.  

When I say it was a dream, it literally was a dream.  You have your counter of David Yurman goodness.  On the other side, the Rolex counter stood prominently in the sunshine reflecting light off their beautiful dials.   But directly in the middle of the store was their own in house line of Hamilton jewelry. Each glass counter was better than the last.  All so eye catching, yet perfect for everyday.  

I was on the hunt for the perfect piece.  Fine jewelry is timeless and perfect celebratory gifts for the special occasions in our lives.  Whether it’s a push present, a gift for ourselves after landing our dream job or client, a promotion, an anniversary present, a mother’s day present, a reward for losing that unwanted weight, or a just because present, it’s the perfect investment piece.  To me, that’s key.  If I’m going to spend money on an expensive item, my return on investment better be worth it.  I usually spend my money on pieces that I will wear everyday.  

So I as I looked around, I looked for the perfect staples that every girl should have for her jewelry box. 

1) Arm party – there is an art to perfecting your arm party.  Luckily I had Lauren who was so great in choosing bracelets of different shapes and textures that worked so well together.  

We put together bangles, single stone bracelets, and more.  Bracelets are great to layer with a watch and add that finishing touch to your overall look.

2) Rings – you need both a statement ring and a thin single layer ring to add that street style cool factor.  I love a glam look so I personally wear big rings everyday.  But if that’s not your thing then 100% you need stackable rings like this that you can wear on different fingers, or stack together.  

How cool is this fresh take on the metal?  They are titanium.  So great for a more laid back look.  Or if you want to dress it up, layer it with a gold ring. 

3) Earrings – I’m one of those people that feel naked without earrings.  I wear my studs everywhere, even in the shower and to the gym.  Invest in good studs that you can wear anywhere.  Even if you are in sweats they really dress you up and elevate your look.  

Statement earrings are all the rage this season.  I just had to try on these filigree earrings.  They had an art deco 1920’s kind of vibe to them.  

4) Necklaces – invest in good layering pieces.  This way the dressier you want to get, the more pieces you can layer.  These are from Hamilton’s newer collection and I’m obsessed!

5) Special pieces – finally, choose pieces that speak to you!  

 I cannot get this amethyst ring out of my mind.  

Jewelry is one of those things you look at everyday and remember the feeling you had when you first received it.  It elevates your endorphins and just makes you feel happier.  So if it has that positive effect on you, I say, why not ;) 

If you are in NJ, I highly recommend visiting their beautiful store front.  Its located in the charming quaint town of Princeton.  Their team is amazing and the jewelry just has to be seen in person.  Incase you are not, many of their styles are available online here

Thank you Ayzia and Felicia for such a fun time there at Hamilton Jewelers.  You can truly feel the pride you all hold for the brand.  I will definitely be back for more!

Huge thank you to Alex DeDios for all of the beautiful shots from my visit to Hamilton Jewelers.  I wish you all could see his attention to detail which we joke is both a curse and blessing.  Its an honor to work with so much talent.

Stay tuned for more New Jersey adventures.  Xoxo,  Karen