5 Eye-Catching Statement Necklaces for Work and Play – guest post with The Closet by Christie

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Hi there, everyone! I’m Christie from The Closet by Christie blog and I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Lucky Seven Ten! Over at The Closet by Christie, I write about style for the office.  In celebration of Leslie’s new career section on Lucky Seven Ten, I’m here to tell you all about statement necklaces and how you can wear them to the office!
Here’s ‘5 Eye-Catching Statement Necklaces for Work & Play!’

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Isn’t this necklace fabulous? I seriously fell in love with this necklace the moment I laid eyes on it! So, how can we wear this to the office? Keep it simple! The necklace goes beyond making a statement, so pair this with a basic neutral colored tee.
Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands because it’s so quirky and fun. This necklace is vibrant and full of color! Although it’s multi-colored, the big stones are white. This makes it more versatile! You can wear this piece with just about anything. It would look great with a blush oxford top!
WHBM has some of the most beautiful jewelry! This is one of my favorite boutiques, especially because of the jewelry and shoes; both beauty and quality. This necklace, although a statement style, can be worn with anything to the office. The muted tones and neutral colors makes it very versatile!
It’s interesting how something so simple can really make a statement! You don’t need bright colors to call it a statement necklace. For this piece, the amount of strands and the varying lengths is what gives it that dramatic appeal! This necklace would look great with a solid colored dress.
I love this necklace! This is perfect summer statement necklace for the office. The rope detailing gives it a nautical look, so this would look great with a navy or red dress (or even stripes!). Rope seems like a casual style but the gold detailing makes it so chic!

Thanks for welcoming me into your space today! I’ll be checking back here to this post, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or if you want to share a few of your own style tips. How do you wear everyday trends to the office?

 

More from  Christie: The Closet by Christie is your 9 to 5 style guide; it’s all about the office! You can find anything from how-to style guides to what’s trending, and even office to happy hour transition looks! With all the time spent at work during the week, I find that my wardrobe consists mostly of office-wear. I love to find creative ways to maximize my clothing possibilities by incorporating my work-wear into my weekend-wear and vice-versa! For example, a few weeks ago I wrote a style guide on how to wear kimonos to the office (see previous post: How-To Style A Floral Kimono For The Office). It’s so important to do this because who has the resources to buy two completely different wardrobes?

 

 


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Stunning Media Kits for Any Blog – Twelve Skip Media Kits Review

No matter where you are in your blogging journey a media kit is absolutely essential to showcase your work to brands, score more opportunities and get treated like the professional blogger that you are. Here are couple anticipated frequently asked questions about Media Kits:

What is a Media Kit?

Consider it a resume and portfolio for your blog.  It’s a place where you tell clients who you are, share all your blog’s stats, your posting schedule (editorial calendars), information about your audience, highlight work that you are proud of and simply your opportunity to shine.  This is truly your chance to show brands that you want to work with how amazing your are.  If you are a new blogger (like myself), please know that the quality of your blog and work is way more important and getting client’s attention is not always about the size of your following.  So even if your following is small don’t let that deter you from creating a media kit and highlighting other positive aspects of you blog.  With only 43 blog posts under my belt, I’ve gotten a lot of yeses from brands that I have approached and have received quite a few inquiries from brands, including Minted.com, Woodchuck Hard Cider, General Motors (GM) and quite a few others though my contact me page.

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Why do I need a Media Kit?

Google this: “{insert favorite magazine name} + Media Kit” and you’ll see your favorite magazine’s media kit in the google search results.  Every single publication has one and it’s always tied to their advertising rates and other sponsorship offerings.  So if you want to work with clients, I highly recommend that you put one together. Just like your favorite publications, you are also a publisher too and if you want to be taken seriously and get more opportunities a media kit will set you apart.

Where can I get a Media Kit for my blog?  Are Media Kits expensive? 

Large publications have graphic designers that do stunning media kits for them but most bloggers do not have that kind of resource or talent.  The good news is you can now purchase stunning media kit templates online. Welcome HIP Media Kits,  designed by web/graphic designer and marketing genie Pauline Cabrera, who has laid down the groundwork for us.  All you have to do is plug-in your info, add your images and voila.

Which Media Kit Template do you use for this blog?

I have been wanting to put a kit together for so long now but have been delaying doing this because I thought I had to do it on my own from scratch.  Thank goodness I came across the stunning HIP Media Kits and I’m just about done customizing my templates.  One is a 3-pager for my overall blog details and the other is a one-pager for my beach wedding section.

You can get your HIP Media Kit template here.

You can read more of Pauline Cabrera’s masterful media kit advice here.

Why do you recommend HIP Media Kits?

– Shockingly Affordable  (only $24.99!)
– Incredibly easy to use
– Fully customize-able (fonts, colors, graphics)
– Beautifully designed
– Many template options and variety
– Professional look and feel

– Instant download

What else should I expect in my HIP Media Kit?

– Sample media kit designs from real bloggers for inspiration (in PDF format)
– Easy to follow instruction manual
– Multiple colors already set for you on the 1-pager kits
– Compatible with Microsoft 2007 and up

Which HIP Media Kits template is your favorite?

My favorites are Elle and Turner.

Elle is glam-orgeous! this one is a 3-pager kit in a gold design.  You’ll have the opportunity to fill in your general info, stats and showcase the work you are most proud of.

For the 1-pager I love the super stylish Tuner, short attention span clients will be able to read a full snapshot of your blog in 30 seconds.  If you have a particular section of your blog  or a blog series that you want to pitch, this would be a great way to do it.

Have any more questions? please let me know in the comments.

If you are you using HIP Media Kits, do do you feel more confident approaching brands?  Do you like the look? Was it easy to customize?  Are you getting more opportunities?

Wishing you successful blogging!

Xo, Leslie

Please note: I was provided with HIP Media Kits templates to facilitate an accurate review but the information and opinions in this review are my own.   I take your trust in my review seriously and will never post deceitful information.  I love HIP media kits and have joined their affiliate program.  If you use my link to purchase yours I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect your price.


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Brunch at Lafayette

Lafayette Cafe and Bakery was the perfect meet up spot for brunch with my girlfriends.  It’s a large and bright French style cafe with outdoor seating up front, a small bakery, a zinc bar adorned with a large clock and tons of seating in the main dining room.

We started our brunch with a mimosa toast, a cheese platter and lattes before moving on to our meals.  From the cheeses I loved the Pyrenees Brebis but didn’t care too much for the Tarentaise (a bit bitter) and the Tomme De Crayeuse, a soft, mild and brie-like cheese.

Pyrénées Brebis (sheep), Tarentaise Cheese and Tomme de Crayeuse (both raw cow), served with fruit stewed in cognac and pain aux noix et raisins secs from our bakery| © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Pyrénées Brebis (sheep), Tarentaise Cheese and Tomme de Crayeuse (both raw cow), served with fruit stewed in cognac and pain aux noix et raisins secs from our bakery | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

Latte at Lafayette| © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Latte at Lafayette| © 2015 luckyseventen.com

The winning dish was definitely the fluffy and citrusy lemon pancakes.

Lemon Pancakes with fresh berries| © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Lemon Pancakes with fresh berries| © 2015 luckyseventen.com

The rest of the dishes we ordered were good old brunch style eggs.

Smoked Salmon Benedict on brioche with sauce choron| © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Smoked Salmon Benedict on brioche with sauce choron | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

Egg White Frittata with Field Mushrooms  |© 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Egg White Frittata with Field Mushrooms |© 2015 luckyseventen.com

 

Soft Scrambled Eggs, leeks, chèvre, pain de campagne | © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Soft Scrambled Eggs, leeks, chèvre, pain de campagne | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
The bar @ Lafayette | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
The bar @ Lafayette | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

There’s a large outdoor seating area at the front (not pictured), perfect to grab a bite and enjoy the weather. For those looking to grab and go, there’s also a small cafe/bakery with really good pastries right when you walk through the entrance and to the right.

The bakery| © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
The bakery| © 2015 luckyseventen.com
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© 2015 luckyseventen.com
Chocolate Eclairs | © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Chocolate, Butterscotch Coffee and Strawberry Chesesecake Eclairs | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Lafayette Pastries | © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Lafayette Pastries | © 2015 luckyseventen.com
Lafayette Macaroons| © 2015 luckyseventen.com.com
Lafayette Macaroons| © 2015 luckyseventen.com

The strawberry eclairs were flying off the shelf but I opted for delicious macaroons instead, which they packed for me in these cute little boxes.

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Macaroons in box: Lafayette, Magnolia flower and Birthday cake | © 2015 luckyseventen.com

If you visit Lafayette, be sure to  pick up some goodies at the bakery on your way out.

Enjoy,

Xo, Leslie


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{Memorial Day Weekend 2015 Sales} The Best Shops for Office and Work Outfits

Are you looking to revamp your work style, try a new trend, buy a couple of dresses for the summer  or add a couple of statement pieces to hold you up until the fall? Well, you landed in the right place. I’ve piled up a list of stylish office friendly shops with amazing memorial day weekend sales to keep you chic from head to toes for the rest of the year.  Here we go!

Accessories

Bauble Bar:  Take 20% off with promo code: MEMORIAL20; Buy 4 or more and take 30% off with code: MEMORIAL30; Buy 3 Baubles and take 25% off with code:  MEMORIAL25. Ends on 5/25/15 at 11:59 PM EST.

Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off Sale Items + earn $25 in Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend!

Lingerie/ Undies

True & Co.’s: Get up to 30% off select styles plus a free Nikibiki tank on orders of $75+ at True&CoPromo Code: FREETANK (5/22 – 5/25).  Get $15 off your first purchase using my personal invitation link.  You can earn additional discount towards your purchase by referring friends.

**update: Target: Buy one, get one 50% off Bras & get 6 Panties for $20 – Online only 05/24/15 – 05/30/15.

Shoes

6PM: Save up to 70% off on Nine West Shoes! (5/21-5/24)

Handbags

GiGi New York: Now through May 31st, get 15% off the chic GiGi New York Handbags with coupon code: exclusive15

Rebecca Minkoff– up to 50% off sale

Micheal Kors– 30% off stores and online

Clothes

Forever 21:  Take 30% off select items. Offer ends 5/25/15; Buy one get one 50% Off, Select items.  Promo code: B1G150OFF. Only only, through 5/25.

Target: 30% on all Apparel with promo code MEM30 + additional savings.

Amazon FashionTake 20% off select clothing, shoes, jewelry and more with code FUN20SUN.

Express– 40% off everything

ASOS– 20% off all full priced merchandise with code LONGWKND

Mango: Buy one get one 50% off, promo code: 6SP2SM

BCBG generation40% off Sitewide!  Valid 5/14-5/25

BCBG: 30% Off Sitewide @ BCBG.com! Valid 5/20-5/26

Everything!

Macys– extra 20% with code HOORAY

Bloomingdale’s– extra 20% of sale & clearance with code SPRING20

Nordstrom:  Up to 40% OFF at the NORDSTROM Half-Yearly Sale to May 31!

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5THTake an Extra 40% OFF Summer Contemporary Event;  Online Designer Event Up to 80% OFF featuring Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148 New York & More.  Offer valid online and in stores 5/29-5/31.

Barneys Warehouse– an additional 40% off site-wide, 50%  clearance items + free shipping!

Enjoy!

Xo, Leslie


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A Mag-nificent Date at NYBG

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

The NYBG is one of my favorite places in the city and it’s not just because I’m obsessed with flowers (I obviously am) but because I love to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, tune out the noise and just relax and breathe fresh air.

This weekend my fiance and I went on a casual date and the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees were in full bloom. We spent quite a while just sitting under a magnolia tree enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful view (tip: a picnic basket would have been awesome!).  We took tons of pictures on the gorgeous flowery backdrops lent to us by nature and on a bed of white and yellow daffodils.

A little while later we walked the trail that led us to a small waterfall and even stumbled upon an outdoor New York state wine tasting they happen to have on site. I picked up bottles of pear, apple and raspberry hard cider.

If visiting the NYBG, I highly recommend that you have fun with your outfits when you go for your pictures but be sure to dress comfortably. There is a lot of walking to be done and the last thing you’d want is for your clothes to not allow you to enjoy yourself.

I wore a a flowey top, paired with a fun hat to protect me from the sun (and be extra cute!) and wore my new everyday Calvin Klein tote I picked up at Macy’s last week. Of course I sprayed on a few splashes of euphoria Calvin Klein because the garden flowers are not the only ones smelling pretty!

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Tip: Don’t forget that from now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.  

Antonio was also dressed very comfy cool.

The hubby is a big fan of nature and so am I,  so this was truly a joyful and perfect date.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Xo,

Leslie


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Gorgeous Event Alert: Saks Glam Garden

If you haven’t heard yet, Saks Fifth Avenue has transformed into a garden paradise for the month of May, featuring stunning  beauty-themed garden installations on the stores’ famed windows and main floor.  And it sounds absolutely heavenly.

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Stop by tonight for an elegant customer event  and enjoy special services such as fragrance bottle monogramming and engraving, mother’s daymakeovers, mother-daughter portraits, express facials, floral inspired gift wrapping and hand and neck massages.

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Look out for a floral cart from 1800-flowers that will offer hand-tied bouquets with your $125 fragrance purchase.

If you can’t make it tonight, don’t fret! This is just the kick off the month-long celebration of over 250 exciting beauty events.

Enjoy,

Leslie

 


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The Orchid-Inspired euphoria Calvin Klein

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I absolutely love flowers and their delightful beautiful smell.  I also enjoy the therapeutic aromas that come from fruits, trees/woods, and spices.  This weekend I received a treat for my senses, a gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid and the opportunity to sample euphoria Calvin Klein, an addictive oriental fragrance that contrasts exotic fruits, seductive florals.

This is definitely a very bold, mysterious and sexy scent.  I’ve been wearing euphoria Calvin Klein to work daily for the past week and I really like it.  I spray in the mornings and it lasts all day. I did find that it is best suited for wearing in the evenings for a night out, to an event or to a place where you want to be noticed.  It is not obnoxiously loud, but it does make a statement.  This perfume has confidence, femininity and strength written all over it.

  • Top Notes: pomegranate and persimmon.
  •  Mid Notes: rich black orchid and sensual champaca flower.
  •   Base Notes: liquid amber, mahogany wood and cream accord.

I learned that euphoria Calvin Klein’s bottle is inspired by an orchid about to bloom and you can see the amethyst hue of the fragrance is visible through the curve of clear glass.

This is such an amazing gift and I will definitely continue to use this.  I think this makes a very sexy gift for a confident woman in your life, whether she is your mother, sister, wife or friend and from now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.  (That’s pretty cool!)

Here  are 3 quick tip on how to take care of an orchid:

  1. Add 3 ice cubes or 1/4 cup of water weekly
  2. Place in a bright, well lit location.  Avoid direct sunlight
  3. 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit, never below 40 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xo, Leslie


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