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Hilary Park-Divination Spring 2012 Collection

2 Feb

This has been a crazy week and it’s not even Fashion Week / Campaign season yet!

I really wanted to have the time to sit and write this post, as I’m really excited to share it. Last Saturday I had the chance to go see Hilary Park’s new Spring 2012 Collection “Divination” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  She showcased the collection in her store/workspace and it is gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the hood.

94 S 1st St (between Wythe Ave & Berry St)

Hilary Park

 

I had a chance to speak with Hilary about her collection and learn a bit about her journey on becoming a jewelry designer/goldsmith.  Her story is like many, working a corporate job with financial security but your soul hungers for more.  After 13 years of working on Wall Street, losing her job in 2008, she decided to turn her passion into her career (I really admire this quality in people).

When I asked her what drew her to the goldsmith profession in particular, she stated,  “I’m a fire sign, I like working with fire and heat” (as most of us know, there are four classic elements which make up the nature of the universe: earth, water, fire and air).  In addition to her handcrafted jewelry, Hilary offers Indian astrology readings and direction on the power of certain stones to help alleviate afflictions in your life whether it’s career, love or money.  As a result, this other passion reveals itself in her designs.  I could literally sit and talk to her for hours and pick her brain on her thoughts about my sign but I will have to return for that session.   She realizes not everyone believes “in the power of stones” but invites her clients to try them because although she can’t say “…why they work, THEY WORK.”  Honey, I’ll wear any rock that invites positivity and money (nyc livin’ ain’t cheap!).

Her designs are based on nature, travel and of course, the zodiac system.  Although most of the jewelry you see is in silver, she will create any piece in gold and welcomes custom designs.  I was especially drawn to the intricate cuffs hand-fabricated from a single sheet of metal!

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I want to show more images but I don’t want to spoil all the fun! Check out her website to learn more about Hilary and her fabulous jewelry.  They are conversation starters and pieces you will have in your collection for life.  Plus, the benefit of possible amour, money, protection or whatever your heart desires is a definite INEEDITNOW moment.  Don’t forget to spread the word to your fellow jewelry lover friends! Who doesn’t love a bit of karma?

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Skin Saviors

21 Jan

TGIF y’all! Getting home from work today I received a prezzie in the mail (well…it was paid for already but when you order online it feels like a gift when it arrives, am I right?).

Tada! My skin saviors!

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I just started using Dr. Hauschka products a couple of months ago and I am now a fan/follower.  I have also converted my boyfriend and he is obsessed with the Melissa Day Cream.  So much so, I made him buy his own because he kept using mine! (I mean it’s not like it was super cheap).  However, when I find a product I like that actually works, not to mention all natural, I am willing to fork over the dough.

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Hauschka products, I will enlighten you.

In 1935 Dr. Hauschka and team founded their holistic pharmaceutical company called WALA which stands for Warmth Ash Light Ash. As their website states, this was “a revolutionary approach based on the understanding that beauty results from skin health. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care preparations and facial treatment methods are specifically formulated to restore beauty by working with the skin to support its own natural processes of renewal.”

So many weird ingredients are added to products without consumer knowledge, I strive to not only inform myself about what goes into my body but what gets slathered onto my largest organ.

Now what does it mean to be “holistic?”

By Webster definition : relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.

This is all great but how does it apply to this product?

Firstly, their products are certified natural and they use the highest quality plants and minerals.  Secondly, they make sure every plant was sourced ethically and ecologically and finally the packaging is free of pollutants and preservatives.  This is where “holistic” is applied.  They take the time to ensure the product is not only amazing for your skin, but in conjunction, that they are not damaging the environment in the process.  This receives MAJUH two thumbs up.

I could go on and on but to find out more I highly recommend visiting their website.  You can find products for every skin type/problem.  My skin is combination but on the drier side during winter.  I like the Melissa Day Cream because it helps balance sensitive combination skin (my skin will get redness in the winter) reduces any blemishes but also controls any shine you may have while helping your skin retain moisture.  I know, this thing is too good to be true, but let me tell you, it’s AMAZING.

It soaks right into your skin, doesn’t leave a greasy feel and it has helped my skin tremendously.  You only need a small amount, a little goes a long way.

Here’s a picture of how much I use and I’m hoping it gives you an idea of the consistency.

Melissa Day Cream $39.95

If you’re looking for a great product for your skin I highly suggest trying this brand.  This website Pharmaca.com has Dr. Hauschka products for 20% off at the moment, so it’s a great way to try out the product if you don’t have access to a store which sells them OR you just want a little discount like I very much enjoy.

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo Miss Smalls

Information from Dr. Hauschka website http://www.drhauschka.com

Great Gift Idea…Knuckle Rings

8 Dec

I am loving these knuckle rings! What a cute gift idea for someone or of course gift for yourself.

They come in gold, silver and rose gold. Catbird is such a great store for cute gifts but if you don’t have the ability to get yourself to Brooklyn, you luckily can order online.  You can visit their site here https://catbirdnyc.com/

Image from catbirdnyc.com

Rose Gold $58.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

Gold $58.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

Silver $28.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

 

Letterman Jackets

7 Dec

Pull out your Letterman jacket, they are making a comeback.

I’ve been seeing them pop up in collections and I have now started to see people sport them as part of their “look.”  I decided to do some research on the Letterman jacket or “varsity jacket” as commonly known to find out a wee little bit of back history.

The idea of a Letterman jacket began at Harvard University in 1865 when their baseball teams began embroidering their uniforms with the “H.”  They gained popularity in the early part of the 20th century and by the 1930’s the wool letters began appearing on jackets with leather sleeves.

SO, if you’re ready to sport your very own Letterman jacket I found this amazing website that allows you customize every single little detail…..majuhhhh.  Or if you’re on a budget, scour your vintage stores…they typically aren’t very hard to find.

And now for some inspiration:

1ofafindvintage.blogspot.com

Pre-cursor to the jacket

Balmain- only $10,400 if you have access to that kind of mulah

Alexander Wang

cute paired with a sequin dress- love me some sparkle!

Street Style

Rag and Bone FW 2011

Phillip Lim

Bottega Venetta

Taylor Momsen

Liv Tyler at the Stella McCartney Show

Lady GaGa

References:

eAchievements

mountolympus.com

ehow.com

Fall Shoes

21 Jul

It’s sick, I know.   Close to 100 degrees outside and I’m planning what shoes to add to my wardrobe for fall…what can I say?  A girl’s gotta plan in advance!  Although I can’t actually afford the following, this is more of an aspirational “wish list” just sayin’.

Alexander Wang-Monique Bootie

A cute boot you could actually work in…

Alexander Wang-Sigrid Boot

Because every girl needs some glama in her life

Miu Miu-Fall 2011 (image from Style.com)

Yes, I know my obsession with pink is a little cray, but I would totally rock these…

Alexander McQueen hot Pink Booties (image from SSense.com)

I’m obviously having a bootie moment, but I love the studded toe on these…

Raphael Young-(photo courtesy of Raphael Young)

Literally everyone that I’ve talked to that has ever owned a Swedish Hasbeen shoe has raved how comfortable they are.  In our office we are CONSTANTLY on our feet and although my mantra is “the higher the heel the better” at work I’m stuck in flats.  This could be a cute alternative and still give me some needed height (I’m only 5’3).

Swedish Hasbeens

I’m in need of a good pair of nudes…these would suffice.  My friend Kate would be jell, she loves a suede.

Christian Louboutin- Image from Net-A-Porter

This list could go on and on and on and on because really, when is your shoe wish list ever going to end?  Most girls could dedicate full houses to all the shoes they want/”need.”  I am one of them.

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