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Michelangelo, gelato, the Duomo, Trevi Fountain, Vespa’s, cobblestone streets, pasta, 
wine…the list goes on and on. Then the Italian designers from Gucci to Cavalli  
to Versace to Missoni. This week’s Friday Favorites is all about our love of Italy, 
whether it’s the real deal or just inspiration. Especially since I'm in Firenze (Florence) right now, it seems apropo.
 
Alison's Pick
     
Roberto Cavalli One-Shoulder Draped Dress, $600 Neiman Marcus
This is a bold, statement making dress to wear to a party or wave to friends in from Juliet's balcony in Verona.
 
Christina's Pick
Rome Skyline Wall Decal, $33 My Wall Decal
 
I love this wall decal that sits above my living room couch. I've always dreamt of riding aimlessly through the streets of Rome on a Vespa or sitting at a sidewalk cafe and admiring the architecture of the beautiful city.  I love that it serves as a constant reminder to one day travel there. Plus it's an easy, creative way to decorate a room! 
 
 
Lauren's Pick
 
Italian Map Art Print, $30 Etsy
 
Here's a clever map art print that shows the different areas of Italy along with illustrations of their signature foods. Perfect for an Italian culture -or food- enthusiast! Back in college, I took a semester of Italian to learn about the language and geography of the country, but all I could think about as I sat in class was "man, I bet the food there is to die for!" 
 

 

Slumber parties and braiding each other's hair may be a thing of our past, but that doesn't mean we don't experiment with new hairstyles. A simple and fun way to create a new look is with hair accessories and we've picked our favorites.

Alison's Pick

Big Organza Bloom, $35 Ban.do

My girlfriend's wedding in Paris is fast approaching. I've got a gorgeous Ted Baker pink, pale red and cream patterned dress and this bloom will definitely top off the look! With such a statement piece it's best to have the hair simple and up.

Christina Wright's Pick

Bright Ikat Twisted Turband, $24 Etsy

I love fun patterned twisted turbans when I am having a bad hair day! I usually just tuck all my hair around the back of the turban, and leave a few wisps of hair messily popping out. It gives a put together, but not really put together look. I always get complimented on it (which makes me wonder why I bother doing my hair on normal days.) These twisted turban headbands from Sararae Shop on Etsy are my favorite! She always has tons of cool patterns and fun colors that you could easily go overboard in her shop. I especially LOVE her floral headbands for the little kids!

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Christina's Pick

Pretty in Pink Tribal Hair Bow, $10 Global Couture

Unique, handmade bows by Global Couture are perfect because she has so many fun options to choose from. You can even opt to make them headbands or bow ties. And what's even better...she has them with matching earrings, if you really are in love with a specific pattern I'm so naturally drawn to funky patterns and colors. Mixing up prints is a really fun trend to play with. I'll take one in every pattern please?!

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Lauren's Pick

Cherry Blossom Moisterizing Conditioner, $4 Bath and Body Works

I've searched for ages for an affordable, everyday-conditioner for my thick, dry, frizzy, multi-textured hair and this baby takes the cake! Usually $8 a bottle, but now on sale for only four! It cuts down the frizz and leaves my curls softer and better structured. It also leaves behind a sweet and refreshing scent that often lasts the whole day! Now that my hair is tamed, I'll be adding an accessory.

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Work It In Style
I haven't owned a suit in, well, I can't remember how many years. I've learned you don't have to wear a suit to make a powerful impression. Stand tall, speak well, have a firm handshake and you could nab an interview, land that deal, or score that job. We prefer to make that impression in a splash of color.

Alison's Pick

Being on TV often requires a wardrobe with multiple personalities so, dresses dominate my closet. I'm a sucker for a colorful dress. Easy to buy, simple to put on and I get to play with accessories to switch up the look. And for these two dresses I'd add a patent belt in pink or green.

     

Diane Von Furstenberg 'Jeannie' Dress (Blue), $375 Nordstrom     

    Ted Baker London 'Wallpaper' Dress, $295 Nordstrom

Lauren Scharf's Pick

Jack by BB Dakota William Pencil Skirt (Blue) - $58 Zappos

This vibrant blue, lacy skirt is all the color I need to break through the mundane look of the strictly-business-as-usual office attire. Plus, I like the way it fits tight but doesn't snag or bunch like longer skirts. Especially around this time of year, I like to leave the boring old Black & White for the suits. 

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Christina Moffitino's Pick

iPad Mini Case, $32 Etsy

 I love this studded leather case I found on Etsy because it looks like a clutch! It gives me all the more reason to bust it out and take on those finals I have this week! My iPad is my handy dandy study tool when I'm at school all day. I wanted a case that kept it safe but still had some style to it.

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Easter is nearly here and I have fond memories of competing with my brother looking to fill my basket with candy hidden by my mom around the house. Dying eggs was a must-do, and then there is our ill-fated trip to our town's fairgrounds for their one and only Easter Egg and candy hunt, which led to a lot of chocolate covered ants.

*Advice for egg dyeing: use a rubber ear syringe to help blow out the yolk, vinegar and food dye to create the colors and a piece of foam that you stick pins in to create a mat to suspend eggs for easy drying.

On to our Easter themed Friday Favorites picks:

Alison's Pick

While I’m not a big jellybean fan, I can eat a chick peep or two...

    

Jacques Torres Chocolate Peeps, Mr Chocolate $5 a pack

Your favorite Easter treat covered in fine Belgium milk or dark chocolate. Each package contains 4 marshmallow bunnies.

Vosges Eater Birdcage, Vosges Chocolate $75

Each metal birdcage arrives with one set of 3 Peanut Butter Eggs, one Banana Toffee Rabbit Lollipop, one set of 4 Enchanted Toadstools, one set of 5 Wandering Hare Caramel Bonbons and one Petits Chocolates Tin Egg, tied with Orchid Purple Grosgrain ribbon.


Christina Wright's Pick

Balthazar the Magician- $56 Blablakids.com

I really love blabla's super soft knit stuffed animals...they are so darn cute, made extremely well, and have the awesomest little names!! I especially love this bunny, "balthazar the magician" as a gift for my son on easter. Just look at his tux, he's so much cooler than those boring bunnies you always see in easter baskets! 


Lauren's Pick

Lace and Pearl Trim iPhone Cases - $8 Etsy

Nothing says "Sunday best" like pearls and pastels, and if you've already got your Easter dress picked out, why not dress up your iPhone as well? These pearl and lace trim cases from the Etsy shop Fancy Lucy are good for iPhone 4 and 5. My favorite is the pale pink/melon colored one, but they come in four other colors that all say spring has sprung!
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Christina Moffitino's Pick

Viva Glam Nicki 2- $15 MAC

With Spring almost in full bloom and Easter days away, I can't help but reminsce about the days of Easter Egg hunting and dressing up in my favorite flowery dresses.  I love rocking bright pastels in the Spring, and what better way to do so than by adding a pop of color to your lips! The Viva glam lipstick is a pretty pink lavender that'll add the perfect pop of pastel to our look.

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Lucky Charms

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, we can't help but think of several cheery lines that many people say that day like, "the luck of the irish," "kiss me, i'm Irish" (seen on many t-shirts), to "top 'o the morning to you" and the inevitable search for four leaf clovers in your front yard if you're a kid. Over the years we've all had our "lucky charms" from a $2 bill and fortune cookie messages tucked in our wallets to feng shui house plans and our grandmother's wedding band.

Alison's Pick

Horseshoes, $9 Etsy

Using a horseshoe as a good luck symbol goes back centuries. Three tips: Choose a horseshoe that is worn. Consider it infused with the energy as it was used to protect the horse and the horse is symbolic as a free spirited, powerful animal. Second: Place the horsehoe with the two ends pointing upwards. The symbolism behind this is that it collects and stores the energy rather than spilling out if it were facing downward. Three: Place the horseshoe above your front door indoors or out, but really any place will do.

Christina's Pick

Copper Penny Ring, $12 Etsy

The saying goes "see a penny pick it up, then all day you'll have good luck!" I'm hoping this ring is the perfect piece to bring luck around, especially with midterms coming up. I love the vintage style band and the Etsy designer will let you pick the year of the penny. It's a jewelry piece every frugal fashionista needs in her wardrobe. 

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Lauren's Pick

Bicycle Necklace, $16.50 Store Envy

If you know me, you've seen me wear this brassy vintage bicycle necklace. My favorite piece of jewelry by FAR, and I wear it almost everyday for good luck. It's catchy, it's a good conversation piece, and it shouts "I like vintage alternative modes of transportation!" Perhaps it'll transport you to some good fortune as well?

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Christina Wright's Pick

Personalized Gold Hammered Initial & Date Necklace, $64 Stella Salvador

My little lucky charm is this gold hammered initial necklace from Stella Salvador. I had customized with my son's initial and his birthdate, and made into a double necklace with another charm that has my husband's and my initial. It's definitely is one of my most treasured possessions, and goes with everything!

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Wrist Rave

In my mother's day it was all about getting a gleaming tennis bracelet or showing off a charm bracelet that you continually added another dangling piece from your travels. Now it's all about the well curated pile up that happens on your wrists. We picked our favorites from the slew of choices that best describes our style.

Alison's Pick

     

Beaded Bangle, AlexandAni $38  Liquid Gold Bangle, Alexis Bittar $145  Braided Wishbone MyntBox $18

When I'm styling clients I always teach them to mix it up meaning pair high with low end, designer with vintage, TJ Maxx finds with Neiman Marcus. This wrist pile up is just that kind of mix. I paired easily accessible bangles from Alex and Ani with one of my all time favorites jewelry designers, Alexis Bittar with a new company that just launched with super affrodable jewels, Mynt Box.

Christina Wright's Pick

        

                    Gold Bangle Set, JCrew $40  Tobacco Wrap $118 Greta Bean  Toe the line Bangle, $58 Kate Spade 

A bit of natural, gold, and turquoise...that's all I need to show my wrist some love. Oh they have to be great for layering fun! I've had my eye on the watch from Greta Bean for a while, and the J Crew bracelets would be a perfect layering piece! The Kate Spade bangle would also pair really well with the gold jcrew bracelets. I want them all!

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Lauren's Pick

      

   Metallic Denim Bangles           Retro Leather Watch     Banned Books Bracelet

      $21 Hybrid Her                        $19.50 Etsy              $30 Carolyn Forsemen

To layer on the wrist goodies, I started with something simple-but with a touch of glitz. The denim on these metallic bracelets goes with everything, while the gold and silver makes them pop. Then I added on this retro leather watch, because while the bracelets are all party, the watch is strictly business. And finally for the biggest personality piece, I found this banned books bracelet, which shows off not only my unique sense of style, but my literary taste as well. Not only does my wrist look fantastic, but each of these pieces make for a fine representation of my busy weekend ahead!

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Christina's Pick

      

                 Chain Bracelet, $26 ShopSosie Sparrow Cuff, $16 SaboSkirt  Fierce Affirmation Bracelet, $18 BCBG

Layering is a fashion trend that can be done with a flick of the wrist! I love collecting different bracelets of shape, color and texture to curate unique arm swag. Chains are my favorite accessory and I paired it with this really cute bird cuff. I'm a fan of affirmations and one of my all time favorites is staying fierce! I love looking down at my wrist for that little reminder. 

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Oscar Edition

We're picking who we believe should win the golden statue at the 85th Academy Awards in less than two weeks.  We're reminiscing about Oscar's past and what made a memorable statement. And for Friday Favorites we're sharing looks we'd wear on the red carpet to entertaining plans.

Alison's Picks

Predictions:

Best Movie: Argo

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis

Best Actress: I think Jessica Chastain will nab it, but Naomi Watts was awesome as well. ( I tossed over a dozen tissues after The Impossible.)

    

If I were interviewing celebs this year on the red carpet I'd slip into this gorgeous metallic gown from Marchesa. No reason a film star couldn't ask me who I'm wearing. It has enough cover in the front and full sleeves to be comfortable for hours getting soundbites from celebs, but then watch out when I turn my back on you. It's a dare to bare moment.

And of course, I'd need a wardrobe change for the after party when the dance floor would be beckoning. This sassy animal print dress is black tie appropriate, yet wouldn't impede me from getting my dance card filled with a spin from Hugh and dip from George.

Look back at Oscar's Past

So plenty of actresses have had cray-cray fashion moments on the red carpet, but I'm fond of the women who just seem happy in their own skin. Sharon Stone scored that twice in 1996 and 1998. Remember the black gap mock turtleneck that she grabbed from her closet and paired with a Giorgio Armani jacket and old skirt? And even better, two years later when she wore a crisp white shirt reportedly borrowed from her then husband's closet loosely tucked into a Vera Wang maxi skirt. That was confident and gorgeous. Probably wouldn't fly with the snarky fashion police now.

Lauren's Picks

Best Picture: Argo

Best Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
 
Gold Lurex Skater Dress, $39 House of Fraser
They say you should always dress for the job you want, and girl, if you've always dreamed of Oscar gold, why not just show up to the red carpet (aka your friend's party) dressed like a stunning academy award. With it's high-cut front and lacy design, there's also something about this dress that makes me feel very Vintage Hollywood, which is exactly what I would aim for if I was invited to the big event.
 
Look Back at Oscar's Past
Not everyone's crazy about award ceremonies. Sure, they can be long, boring, and not so fun if you go home empty handed, but they always throw in some much needed comic relief. In 2004 at the 76th Academy Awards, Will Ferrell and Jack Black came out to present an award and launched into the "play-off the stage" song that apparently has secret lyrics to push a rambling winner off the stage and move on with the show.

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Christina's Picks

Best Picture: Lincoln

Best Dressed: Anne Hathaway

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain

Lights, Candy, Action Apron, $68 Etsy

Viewing parties are the best way to gather friends together and enjoy good food and the award shows. If you're the host, you still have to look your best, but get really into it by throwing on a festive apron. This unique and hand sewn apron is perfect to keep your Oscar inspired outfit clean from all your party preparations.

Look Back at Oscar's Past

Who could forget the Angeline Jolie infamous leg at last year's Oscars? Her leg became a phenomenon and even got it's own twitter account over it! The thigh high slit Versace dress started a mainstream trend that had every girl wanting to show off some skin.

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Special Valentine's Day Gift Issue

So the day that's all about LOVE is less than two weeks away and we wanted to give you our favorite gift ideas that perhaps you'll get for yourself, others or suggest to that special someone to get for you. Adn we wnated to make sure they could be bought and received in time. While we hope all your days are filled with joy (ok, we're sappy sometimes), we know for some this is the day that small or large gestures occur. 

Alison's Pick

    

Pine and Parcel Wooden Card, $4 Etsy

KCD by Kyle Chan 14 Karat Gold Hummingbird Necklace, $390 Etsy

Myself and my DIY Diva companions have been working on several wood stain projects lately and when I came across this card, I immediately liked the implication of it being a more permanent testament than a paper card. I may have to head into my style studio and create something similar.

My husband gave me this gold hummingbird necklace with the black diamond eye for our anniversary. We noticed several hummingbirds while walking our dogs one day and when he came across this necklace by Kyle Chan in a boutique he knew it'd be a great gift. He was right! I wear it almost everyday, even when I layer on longer necklaces.

Lauren's Pick

Personal Heart Map Wall Decor, $68 Etsy

Are you and your sweetheart from different sides of the earth? Or maybe you grew up next door to one another but now you're tackling long distance? This sweet little custom piece will stitch you two together with a heart made up of maps of your hometowns. It's a perfect gift for weddings, engagements, and you guessed it, V-day!  For something more basic, the artist also does one piece heart maps of hotspots like London, Paris, and Italy. Perhaps it's where you got engaged!

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Christina's Pick


My Heart Beats for You Drinking Glass Set, $24 Zbuys

This Valentine's Day give the gift that the two of you can enjoy. Suprise your valentine with breakfast in bed and have these full of fresh squeezed orange juice.  This glass set is super cute and meant to be together, just like you and your sweetheart. So pour out some bubbly and cheers to the love-filled day!

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Heart Sprinkle Cake Pop, $3 My Sweet and Saucy

To me, Valentine's Day is about the simple sweetness of being in love, like when you were a kid and gave your crush a box of candy hearts and said "be mine". Now that we're all grown up and realize those candies taste like chalk, why not surprise your love with a gift of sweets that are super cute (read: NOT cheesy) and insanely delicious?! I plan to surprise my love with some of Sweet and Saucy's yummy hand painted macarons, xoxo rice krispy treats, and sweet "grownup candy heart" cake lollipops!

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It's cold in Los Angeles. You may be laughing at that line, but I'm a former New Yorker who just walked my dogs wearing a parka. So for this Friday Favorites we have picks that lead to thoughts of hibernation in January. We've got plans to entertain at home, journal our ideas and get cozy on the couch with a new book on our Kindle.

Alison's Pick

Vince Scarf Collar Carcoat Sweater, $296 Piperlime

It's cold outside and this sweater paired with skinny jeans and a t-shirt is perfect for hosting game night with friends, curling up with the latest James Cronin book, "The Twelve" or even layering over pajamas and staying cozy on the couch with my dogs and husband.

Lauren's Pick

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, $16 Amazon

I'm getting into the grain with my "Read More!" resolution in starting a hilariously entertaining memoir by Jenny Lawson. With comedic voice much like that of Tina Fey's, and family upbringing stories that echo David Sedaris, Lawson eases me out of the last couple weeks spent with my wild and crazy family by assuring me that I could have it so, so much worse. Each relatable chapter will have you laughing out loud, and with a work schedule back in full swing, it'll surely provide some comic relief.

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Christina's Pick

Fashion& Art in London Spiral Notebook, $17 Etsy

Good things happen to us everyday. Sometimes amoung life's stresses we forget about the kind gestures and positive feelings we come across daily. I made it my resolution this year to keep track of all those good things that happen. A good old-fashioned notebook helps me unplug from the all the technology I use everyday.  I can keep this in my bag at all times to help keep track of goals and ideas.

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Christina Wright's Pick
Kate Spade Jules Point Bottle Stopper, $35 Bloomingdales
 
Our newest furniture piece is an aqua vintage credenza that we have turned into a bar cart. I absolutely love it, and have been really excited about styling it up with all sorts of cool cocktail accessories. So when I saw these Kate Spade bottle stoppers, I just about fainted! They all are pretty fab, but I love the blue one of course! Now to find some vintage gold pieces to incorporate into the bar...and it will be perfect!
 
 

 

The countdown begins! 18 days until Christmas and we're excited to get the tree and decorate the house. Tune in to our videos starting next week filled with gift suggestions, recipes, decor, entertaining and even how to create your own ugly holiday sweater because sometimes you need a break from being fancy. Enjoy!

Alison's Pick

Jay Godfrey, Adams Maxi Dress, on sale for $270 Cusp

May I pour you a drink? That's what I imagine saying to guests when they arrive at the door for the holidays while wearing this stylish, yet comfortable dress. Just needs some dangly earrings and a big cuff.

Christina Wright's Pick

Essie nail polish, $8 bottle Essie

I am kinda a nail polish fanatic, okay okay, I AM a nail polish fanatic. (There's no "kinda" about it.) I have so many shades and different brands, that I actually have researched buying some sort of modern style nail salon display case for them. Yes, it's that bad! My favorite line of polishes is from Essie. So many amazing colors, and they paint on like a dream! I hope my stocking is filled with these colors from their winter collection. You hear me Santa? I would be such a good girl...with awesome nails of course!

Lauren's Pick

The Body Shop Fragrance Oils and Burners, $16 Burner, $5 for each oil The Body Shop

Each day this week, I've had a different holiday scent flowing through my apartment; not because I've been baking cookies or putting up a fresh spruce tree, but because I've been burning these oils from The Body Shop. I like them so much better than scented candles because they last longer, the scent spreads more, and the best part- you can mix fragrances for a unique combination. My favorites around the holidays are Juniper Berry, for a sweet yet woodsy feel, and Vanilla Bliss, which has me craving sugar cookies. I also like their more fruity scents, like Exotic and Peach.
 
 
Christina Moffitino's Pick
 
Studded Collar Necklace, $30 Etsy
The collar necklace is definitely a trend to try! The embellished neckpieces help make any outfit standout. Wear them with your favorite knit sweater to add some style and sass. You can also channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and pair it with your favorite LBD for the "Breakfast at Tiffany" look. It's the perfect accessory to wear to any holiday and New Year party. 

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