Style Every Day: Best of 2012

Fireworks

As the year comes to a close, I always like to look back on which posts you all enjoyed, which didn’t do so well and how can I improve my little slice of the Interwebs for next year. So, without further adieu, I present to you the Style Every Day: Best of 2012:

Top Posts of 2012

  1. Six Steps to Building Your Own Wardrobe Essentials List
  2. How To: Store Jewelry
  3. How To: Reduce Foot Swelling and Pain
  4. How To: Travel with Jewelry
  5. How To: Make Your Own Peplum Skirt

I’m thinking I will have to do some more How Tos in 2013!

How Readers Found Style Every Day

  1. Pinterest
  2. Facebook
  3. Other blogs (thanks, blogger friends!)

A year ago, Pinterest was barely on my radar!

Where My Readers Live

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany

Overall, my readers live in 156 countries! Style Every Day has gone global!

Moving into 2013, what do you want to see more of? Less? How can I make Style Every Day even better?

 

Weekend Reading: Gone Girl

Weekend Reading is my semi-regular series where I share what I’m reading, blog posts I’m loving and, in general, what I’m up to when I’m not blogging. Want to read along?

No matter how busy life gets, I always find time to read when I’m traveling. Train, plane or automobile – it doesn’t matter. Travel time has always signaled reading time for me.

After a week in Cincinnati and a weekend in Chicago, I started and finished the New York Times Bestseller Gone Girl.

This drama mystery details a marriage that falls apart and a wife who goes missing. Throughout the book you wonder if the husband could have done it and how a lovely marriage could go so wrong. In short, Gone Girl is one of those books that you can’t put down but not because it makes you happy.

I really enjoyed internal mind games the book and characters played and I’m excited to hear a movie is in the works!

If you’re looking for a good fiction piece, Gone Girl is the book everyone is (or will be) talking about!

 

SwayChic: Affordable, Stylish Clothes Just for Girls!

You all know how much I love affordable clothes. When I talk with girls about how they spent $1,500 on a pair of shoes (not kidding, just had this conversation at a dinner Monday night), I want to keel over.

I love high-end designs as much as the next girl but given that one minute I’m obsessing over cheetah rings and the next over hot pink pants, it’s hard to justify spending that kind of money on clothes. I’d much rather buy 30 pairs of $50 shoes!

That’s why I was so excited when I learned about a new online shop called SwayChic. They do a great job of curating the items they feature so you aren’t spending days digging through pages and pages of pants.

SwayChic was originally founded in 2003 in Berkley, California and currently operates eight stores in the state including in the Bay Area and LA. If I ever get over that way, I just might have to stop in! When they decided to take the business online, they wanted to keep that same fun, friendly, creative atmosphere.

I think they’ve done a great job of it!

I was offered the chance to try out their online store and blog about my experience (I got to keep the clothes but I was not paid for this review and the opinions are all mine, baby!).

The online shop is really easy to navigate and I love that they have Under $10, Under $20 and Under $30 sections of the site. If I’ve got the itch to buy something but want to keep the costs to a minimum I can easily do that!

I quickly fell in love with this Sweet Pea Strap Dress that retails at $36.95.

The cut looked great and I loved the muted colors!

I tried out this dress on the Fourth of July to watch fireworks. It was about 100 degrees outside so this breezy dress was the perfect choice to stay cool while still looking stylish!

I love this dress! For reference on sizing, I’m wearing the small and it fits like a glove!

Woops, I didn’t quite plan my footwear so check out my Volcom sandals with my ‘sweet’ Sweet Pea dress.

Showing a little skin in the back! The straps criss cross to keep everything in place.

Dress: c/o Sway Chic Sandals: Volcom from Zappos.com Braid: All me!

 

Disclosure: I received my dress for free as part of this review. I received no other compensation for this post and the views expressed in this post are solely mine. 

Cyber Monday Madness: Win an Amoro ring!

Update: The winner is comment number 128: Jenny! Congratulations, Jenny!

I’m sure you’re probably doing tons of online shopping today but Amoro and Style Every Day want to make the day a little easier on your  wallet! We’re proud to team up to offer a beautiful ring valued at more than $350!

I was excited to get to try out one of my own to let you know what I thought about the jewelry Amoro has to offer. Let’s just say, I could only think of one word: stunning!

From the red box with a beautiful white bow to the ring itself, Amoro knows how to make a girl feel special!

amoro ring box

amoro amethyst ring

amoro ring on hand

Please ignore my need for a manicure!

In addition to sharing this beautiful ring, I just have to share some information with you about Amoro, this great partner. One thing that really drew me to work with them was their entire mission. They are an online-only jewelry store focused on making stylish jewelry for less than the big name jewelry brands. Essentially, they design their jewelry by taking classic designs and reinterpreting them for modern times.

This ring in particular is the Tango Green Praseolite (7 carats) set in sterling silver. The gemstone is very similiar to a green amethyst or quartz. One of my favorite things about it (besides the sparkle, of course!) is that it’s actually relatively lightweight considering it’s 7 carats. I don’t even notice I’m wearing it until someone compliments me on it! :)

amoro ring giveaway

Ok, are you ready to win for yourself or a loved one for this holiday season? Here’s how you can be a lucky Cyber Monday winner!

  • You must: Comment on this post telling me whether you would keep this ring for yourself or who you would give it to. (Worth one entry)
  • For additional entries (worth one bonus entry each):
    • Like Style Every Day on Facebook and comment to tell me that you have
    • Follow Style Every Day on Twitter and comment to tell me that you have
    • Follow me on Bloglovin’ and comment to tell me that you have
    • Sign up for the RSS feed via Feedburner and comment to tell me that you have

You must enter your e-mail address so I can contact you to find out where to ship them.

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until Monday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Disclosure: I received my ring for free as part of this review. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I received no other compensation for this post and the views expressed in this post are solely mine. 

Desk Update {and a giveaway}

Update: Brittany is the big winner! Thanks, everyone!

Remember like months ago when I was shopping for desks and chairs? Yeah, I pretty much forgot too! :)

I finally convinced Bill to desk shop with me and we even got my IKEA boxes put together into a real desk! However, the chair has been another story. Let’s just say there was a mix up on the color (I want yellow, not green please!) so I’m still waiting for my chair to arrive. Urban Outfitters has been really helpful though and gave me some great credits since they couldn’t rush my chair to me. Who knew that Urban Outfitters furniture is made to order??

Anyone, here’s a preview of where my desk is today:

Updates to come: 

  • Change the hardware – the hardware that came with this desk really blend in so I want to add something more decorative
  • Set up my laptop, etc
  • Paint my side table – I’m thinking about painting it yellow and adding a decorative stencil on the flat top
  • Hang art – I’m planning to flank either side of the top of my desk with those tall frames you see on the left. I’m still in search of the perfect fabric to frame
Speaking of hanging art… Check out this great piece of art I had made:
As I was working on picking out art for the wall around my desk, I was contacted by a great company called Easy Canvas Prints. Just as the name describes, it’s a super easy way to turn your photo prints into canvas art. Here’s the easy process I went through to get this great piece:
  1. Chose my size – I chose an 8″x10″
  2. Uploaded my image directly from my desktop
  3. Selected my border option – I chose to go with the basic (my sides are white)
  4. Added any image effects – I didn’t add any since this photo was previously edited by my wedding photographer
That was it! Once I finish my DIY art, I’ll be hanging this great memory right above my desk for all to see!
Want to win one of these beautiful pieces? Now’s your chance! I’ll be giving away one canvas print to a lucky winner.

Here’s how you can enter:

  • You must: Comment on this post telling me what photo you’d turn into art. (Worth one entry)
  • For additional entries (worth one bonus entry each):
    • Like Style Every Day on Facebook and comment to tell me that you have
    • Follow Style Every Day on Twitter and comment to tell me that you have
    • Follow me on Bloglovin’ and comment to tell me that you have
    • Sign up for the RSS feed via Feedburner and comment to tell me that you have

You must enter your e-mail address so I can contact you to find out where to ship them.

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until Monday, October 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Disclosure: I received a my canvas print for free as part of this review. Easy Canvas Prints is also a Stylish Sponsor of Style Every Day. I received no other compensation for this post and the views expressed in this post are solely mine.

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