The History of Wedding Rings!

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Ever been curious about the history of wedding rings? I know I’ve been! Someone once told me that wedding bands were made to identify the finger that had a vein that leads directly to your heart. I’m a romantic at heart and willing to believe most sentimental things that have to do with weddings and marriage – but, turns out though that that tradition may have originated somewhere between 866 to 1300 A.D. in Ancient Rome – go figure! Check out more fun facts about the wedding band in this fun infographic from Shane Co below!



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A Stylin’ New You! RSVP to the #ThisisStyle at 1/9 3pm EST!

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With the start of a brand new year, most people start thinking about what they want to change going forward. Whether your goals for the new year include getting in better shape, socializing more, spending more time with friends or traveling more, dressing better and looking great always fits in there somewhere! Sears has great styles at great prices, and they make it easy to create a new, fashionable look without spending a fortune!

I love Sears  - it’s where I go when I’m looking for a new pair of out-on-the-town shoes, to yoga pants. I love knowing that I can rely on Sears to have an amazing and always fashionable selection of whatever it is I’m looking for! Join me at the #ThisisStyle Twitter Party on January 9th from 3 to 4 PM EST as we chat about the trends for 2014, and how easy it is to crate new fashionable look for a new year!

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Layer Up & Enter the InStyle Love Gold Contest!

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It’s definitely the season for all things gold and glam! From makeup like Urban Decay’s rose gold themed Naked3 palette to glittery gold New Year’s Eve dresses, I’m definitely feeling like gold is the hue to be seen in. If you’ve got a stock of favorite gold accessories then you’ll want to stack them up and enter InStyle’s Love Gold Instagram contest!

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InStyle is holding an amazing contest to win a drop dead gorgeous Phillips House Love Always bracelet – valued at $3,950! To enter, upload a photo of your gold jewelry to your instagram account and include the required hashtag – #LOVEGOLD, connect your instagram on the entry page here and submit up to 3 photos per day, complete the entry form (you’ll only need to do this once) and you’ll be entered to win!

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PhillipsHouse LoveGold Bracelet PRIZEI curated a polyvore board for the contest, and while I know gold accessories are perfect all year round, I feel like this is really the season to rock out gold accessories – I know I’ll be donning my favorite gold pieces for New Years Eve!

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Have a favorite gold necklace or a fun set of stacked rings? Show them off and be sure to enter – who wouldn’t want to win that gorgeous Phillips House Love Always bracelet!? It would definitely start my year off right! Do you have a favorite gold accessory? Let me know if you enter and feel free to leave a link to your entry so I can like it on instagram! And be sure to follow Instyle and Love Gold on twitter at @InStyle & @LoveGoldLive as well as on instagram here and here. The contest ends on 12/31/13 – and just remember, your pic must include a photo of you wearing or displaying gold jewelry – official rules and more details can be found here.

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Party Perfect with DR Legwear!

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I’ve had quite a few parties to go to since the holiday season started – it’s part of the reason why I love Christmastime so much, you get to spend so much of it with family and friends. I always like getting dolled up for events, and my favorite local place to pick up anything from party supplies to makeup and stockings is Duane Reade!

Their legwear is a perfect party outfit pick-me-up – now, you can always find typical tights at Duane Reade, but during the season I’m a sucker for their more eccentric pieces.  After being invited to a local beauty event I headed over to Duane Reade over on 51st – where they have a massive selection – and bought a couple pairs of their tights. But my favorites for this time of year are their black glittery tights.

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These are so perfect for jazzing up a holiday party outfit – the glitter just make’s your outfit a little more glamorous, I think. Also, while they look very opaque in store, out of the package they’re a little more sheer but still surprisingly sturdy.

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I love bows – they make very festive accents and sort of remind me of Christmas presents.

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I also picked up this Milani polish on sale at Duane Reade. Party tip: if you’re running low on time before a party, swing by any Duane Reade and grab a glittery top coat. It make’s your nails look so fun, and you’re sure to get a ton of compliments!

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I’m definitely planning on wearing the glittery one’s for New Year’s Eve – they really do add a little “something” to your outfit.

As it happens, Duane Reade is hosting a “Show Us Your Party Legs” contest on their Facebook page, which you can find here! You have to click on the “Show Us Your Party Legs” tab at the top of the page, but if you enter you’re in the standing to be one of three grand prize winners who’ll receive (1) Broadway.com $500 gift card, (1) Mr. Chows $500 gift card, (1) Limousine ride, and (1) Duane Reade $250 gift card! You can find all the details and enter by clicking here.

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I ShopStyle! Don’t you?

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If you follow me on pinterest you probably know that I am a fashion fanatic. I have more pins on my fashion board then on any of my other boards. As a New Yorker I’m lucky enough to be exposed to some serious fashion and usually can spot a trend a mile off. I’m a true believer that fashion can be for everyone, and finding a place where you can have access to great pieces at competitive prices is key to a world of fab creativity.

In celebration of POPSUGAR’s ShopStyle site, I put together a few of my favorite cold weather pieces that I simply cannot live without!

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The grey sweater is from Liz Claiborne – it’s a warm, comfy pullover that I just love paired with skinny jeans. I added a chunky statement necklace that I bought from a local jewelry store here in the city – I love chunky necklaces and I feel like the bright red, orange, and gold tones liven up the sweater.

The boots are “Sheena” from Rocket Dog. Rocket Dog is one of those brands that I can never get enough of. Boots are always trendy during the colder seasons, but these I could wear all year ’round. They’re comfy, have a tiny bit of lift, and are pretty much perfect. I love the selection that they have available at ShopStyle – I might end up treating myself to another pair!

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The scarf is from Mossimo, and when I initially bought it I thought that it was a floral print. I’m normally not that into florals, except that I loved the color so much and it went really well with the color of my hair and my skin tone. After I bought it I discovered the scarf didn’t actually have flowers – it had massive skulls! I still love it, only I feel like more of a badass now when I wear it. ShopStyle has a great selection of Mossimo pieces – all priced amazingly, of course.

The yellow bag is a Navoh “Emily” bag that I’ve had for a while, and the brown bag is the “Dusk till Dawn” crossbody bag from Ecko Unlimited by Marc Ecko. The brown bag is a warm, go-to item and I reach for the Navoh bag when I need a pop of color.

The striped shirt is from INC International Concepts, and the plaid peplum pencil skirt (try saying that three times fast!) is a vintage piece.

What are your favorite fashion pieces or trends? Let me know in the comments below – and be sure to check out ShopStyle!

Fun, Fab, Fashion from 9thandElm.com!

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I love when I’m able to find shops online that feed my fashion obsession – without feeding on my wallet. Just recently, on 9thandElm.com, I was able to find three pieces that were not only exciting, and unique, they were also excellent ways to play up my wardrobe without spending a ton of money.

This first piece was a gorgeous infinity scarf. It was a mix of bright and dark hues, and I loved that it had a lot of The NYC Talon colors. It’s actually one of those pieces that you can dress up or down because of it’s material. I know a lot of infinity scarves come in chunky knits, or thick cotton, but this one was more silky. Therefore you can wear it with a blazer and dress it up, or wear it with a simple waterfall cardigan, a t-shirt, and jeans and take a more laid back outfit and give it just the perfect amount of glamour – like we did here:

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Loop your infinity scarf around your arms and wear it like this to mix up your every-day cardigan!

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My second piece was this really interesting pirate ship t-shirt that freebird had listed on 9thandElm.com – which is another thing, I love that 9andElm.com features a lot of independent designers, that way you know that your piece is really unique. Anyways, I was really drawn to how cool and detailed this shirt was – definitely a conversation starter, and most certainly a step up from the ordinary white tee.

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My last piece, though definitely not least, was my customized silver plated BPJ necklace. I initially ordered it to say “The NYC Talon” however, the designer and customer service dept from 9thandElm.com emailed me an image of what the final product was (they weren’t sure it was the look I was going for) and allowed me to get the final say on what I really wanted. They were right, “The NYC Talon” crowded the necklace with capitals and looked confusing, so I decided on “nyctalon” instead and it came out fabulous – so a big thanks to BPJ and 9thandElm.com for flagging that down for me! Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Offering exclusive deals from “handmade, independent, or otherwise cool” sellers, 9thandElm.com was founded by Clay and Elly Bethune in the spring of 2013 with the goal to bring it’s customers fabulous fashion!

I have to say, based on all of these pieces Clay and Elly are doing a fantastic job! I love all of my new pieces and you can totally count on me over-wearing my new nyctalon necklace, haha!

Excited about 9thandElm.com? Check them out here, and be sure to enter below for a chance to win either a $200 credit or one of two $50 credit’s to 9thandElm.com!

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Fall Fashionista Giveaway with Linger Rose LLC & Loving Lemons LLC!

Are you as excited about fall fashions as I am? I know I’ve already aquired a shameful amount of boots and handbags – but there’s something about the fall that really makes it the season for fashion. Two of my favorite places to shop for fashionable handbags and accessories is Loving Lemons LLC and Linger Rose LLC. I love how on both sites you have access to amazing designer handbags, and accessories at very discounted prices – plus they run great sales all the time that brings their discounted prices down even more!

On that note, I’m really thrilled that Linger Rose LLC and Loving Lemons LLC have agreed to join me for this year’s Fall Fashionista Giveaway!

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One lucky winner will recevive, courtesy of Loving Lemons LLC, this drop dead gorgeous Danielle Nicole Adeline Satchel in Black (ARV $98). I am so in love with this bag, I actually plan on buying it for myself as a Christmas present. I think I’ve pinned and polyvored this bag a dozen times at least! This dual top handle expandable satchel in luxe faux croc also includes a removable strap – see more details by clicking here.

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In addition to the gorgeous bag mentioned above, they’ll also win these ultra glam Betsey Johnson Bow Drop Earrings (ARV $30)- aren’t they the prettiest?! I love that they’re in The NYC Talon colors!

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Our same lucky winner will also receive, courtesy of Linger Rose LLC, a envy-worthy (I know I’m already envious of our winner!) designer Hayden-Harnett Studly Mini Tote in Nude (ARV $278). Nude is one of the colors that scream style and class – and it never ever goes out of fashion. Made in the USA, you can wear this tote as a crossbody bag too – for more details click here!

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This all means that our prize winner will win over $406 in fall fashion! Don’t miss out – enter to win using the rafflecopter below!

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The NYC Talon NY Fashion Week Coverage: Strut

My NYFW experience kicked off with a bang last night at The MOMs Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show. Gone are the days of mom jeans and slouchy tees, last night these mom’s donned fashionable frocks and strutted their stuff for a number of worthy causes.

Among the causes were UN Shot @ Life – represented by Holly Pavlika, the Jason Taylor Foundation – represented by Katina and Zoe Taylor (wife and daughter of retired NFL Defensive End Jason Taylor), the Girl Rising Fund – represented by Tara Abrahams, Healthy Child, Healthy World – represented by Alysia Reiner, March of Dimes – represented by Victoria Recano and Maximilienne Burwell, and many more.

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It wouldn’t be New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week without a few celebrity spottings!

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New York Yankee CC Sabathia was present in support of wife Amber Sabathia, and kids Carsten, Jaden, Cyia, and Carter who all walked the runway for the PitCCh In Foundation:

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Also sitting courtside – er, runway-side, was Amar’e Stoudemire, whose wife Alexis and children Assata, Ar’e, and Amar’e Jr. all walked the runway for the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation.

Keeping company with Amar’e and CC was retired Yankee, Jorge Posada, whose wife Laura Posada strutted down the runway for the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

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Also strutting her stuff was WNBC’s Today in NY anchor Darlene Rodriguez!

This is the third Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show – with this season’s show being sponsored primarily by Whirlpool, Cottonelle, and Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer and presented by The Moms and SWWCreative.

Fun Accessories & A Linger Rose Giveaway!

This upcoming season, I am all about accessories. They really have the power to liven up most any outfit. Recently, I’ve invested in a lot of layering necklaces, along with heavier bejeweled pieces. Another accessory that is trending is bracelets, and I absolutely love leather wrapped ones!

The Gorjana Griffin Graham Leather Studded Wrap bracelet in Coral is a perfect accessory to help you transition – fashionably – into cooler weather. I personally love it because I feel like the studs and 18k gold plated hardware give it an edgier, more sleek and refined look. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Check out the wrap, along with other accessories I found on Linger Rose here:

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I love that Linger Rose has such a great variety, plus, they also have regular sales that bring designer pieces like these down to more affordable prices!

This piece would be a chic addition to any wardrobe – you can rock it with muted tones, or let it pop with jewel tones. The bracelet wraps around your wrist three times, is 19 inches long, features 18k gold plated studs and closure, and is awesome for layering. Plus, the lovely folks at Linger Rose want to gift it to one lucky The NYC Talon reader! Thanks Linger Rose, I love be able to share fashion forward designer pieces with my readers!

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Check out Linger Rose LLC here, read more about the bracelet here, and enter to win below!

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Loving Lemons Gypsy Hoops Giveaway!

I am so geared up for back to school and fall fashions – I’ve been really looking for great ways to transition my summer wardrobe to my cooler weather wear. What I love more than anything is certain pieces and accessories that are wearable all year round – they’re gorgeous pieces like neutral bangles, thin gold necklaces  - which can be worn by itself in the summer, or layered in the winter, and adorable rings. At Loving Lemons you can get get a jump start on fall fashion, while picking up classic pieces that you can rock all year!

I’ve just fell in love with these Ralph Lauren hammered gold studs from Loving Lemons, what do you think? These gorgeous Lauren Ralph Lauren Large Gypsy Hoop Earrings are $38 on Loving Lemons – and are super eye-catching!

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I’ve included them in my most recent polyvore board, featuring rainy day fall fashion:

Aren’t those earrings gorgeous? I love them. I can just imagine wearing them around the city. Wellll (drumroll please!) the lovely Loving Lemons (say that three times fast) folks want to offer one The NYC Talon reader a pair of these gorgeous Lauren by Ralph Lauren earrings! Thanks Loving Lemons!

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