Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spotlight on: Cassy Saba Jewelry

I was so excited to sit and chat with the beautiful Cassy Saba, creator of the popular Cassy Saba Jewelry.  Originally from Arizona, Cassy has been creating customized jewelry since the age of 13 and recently moved to New York City to continue growing her brand.  Her talent and creativity is so vast that whether you're drawn to glamorous statement pieces or an elegant string of pearls, the line carries something for everyone.  Each piece is hand made by Cassy herself, and her recent expansion into fine jewelry and engagement rings is a sign she's not slowing down.  

My chat with Cassy:
PPA: When/how did you realize you had a talent for designing jewelry & wanted to make it your career?
 CS: I started designing jewelry at the young age of 12. I found a love for
 jewelry after receiving the best gift for my 12th birthday, a bead kit. I began
 to create bracelets and necklaces out of plastic and glass beads, which
 grew into a hobby. I made my mom wear the pieces to work, and she
 would get compliments and also come home with a list of orders.
PPA: What was it like starting a business at 13?
CS: A couple years later, I took my hobby to the next level and created a
 business designing one-of-a-kind jewelry out of semi-precious stones and
 crystals. It was overwhelming at first and very hard to juggle my business
 and school. Over time, my time balancing skills got better. I started to
 make more connections that helped along the way, too.
PPA: What was the first piece you ever created?
CS: The first piece I ever designed when I started to work with real stones was
 a Garnet necklace (deep red, January birthstone) for my mom that had
 pearls in it as well.
PPA: Was this your first time showing at Fashion Week? Was the experience
 how you imagined?
CS: It was my second year showing in NYFW. It was such an awesome
 experience and I will do it every year from now on. I pair up with an
 extremely talented gown designer, Jennyvi Dizon. I always have such a
 blast creating based around her inspiration for the year. It always makes it
 really great when you are working with someone that you connect so well
PPA: If you could put one of your pieces on anyone, who would it be?
CS: I think I would pick Oprah because she has such influence in our society.
 I think she has class and also recognizes quality products and promotes
PPA: Who is your all time favorite designer/ why?
CS: Roberto Cavali, I wish he could design my whole closet!! I love his prints
 and the dresses fit like a glove.
PPA: What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far?
CS: When I was in Women’s Wear Daily at the age of 17 was really exciting for
 me. I will never forget what I felt when I ran to the mail the day it arrived.
PPA: What is the one thing you want everyone to know about your brand?
CS: My jewelry can take your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary, and you will
 get never ending compliments on your pieces!
PPA: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as an entrepreneur?
CS: I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that networking is really huge. I
 am a part of many organizations in the city. It’s all about getting to know
 the right people to be supporters of your business, and being willing to help
 others succeed as well.
PPA: What is next for Cassy Saba Jewelry?
CS: The last two years I have expanded with a wholesale diamond line where
 I custom design engagement rings and other pieces for clients. It is really
 exciting for me to help clients one on one with the perfect piece of jewelry
 at a great price incomparable to jewelry stores. That is my main focus
 right now for expansion.
PPA: Knowing everything you know now, what advice
 would you give to your 13 year old self starting out?
CS: I would advise young people to not let their age be a deterrent. I think so many
 adults are supportive towards positive youth chasing their dreams. It’s refreshing
 to them instead of the negativity that is always portrayed in media.
Retail: $45.00
I fell instantly in love with this Black Cross necklace by Cassy, made of a black cross stone, black crystals and a toggle clasp.  Its mixture of simplicity and touch of glam made it different and unique.  The design is modest but the crystals give it a dressy, stylish feel that makes it fun to wear with just about anything.  I received compliments on it the very first day I wore it!  
This is great for wearing with a flirty skirt and low cut tee to show it off, or with a sexy pair of jeans and dressy top.  The style is super versatile and perfect for a night out with friends, a date or even for adding some flare to your look at for the office.  The necklace is short and sits nicely below the base of your neck, and the crystals draw just enough attention to create subtle drama and elegance.   

Casual & Dressy Chic

Office Chic

Office Chic by plushpinkallure featuring a black skirt

The holidays are coming and this is an ideal opportunity to create a personalized gift for the jewelry lover on your list!     

Make sure you catch all the updates on Cassy Saba Jewlery  on: 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beauty Box 5 Reveal: October Box

Hello darlings, it's time for this month's Beauty Box 5 reveal!!!  Are you excited?!
This month's theme was "Effortless Allure" and featured the quite essentials for creating a super stylish look, minus the hassle.

Let's dive in!
Retail: $2.99
Fellow Chapstick hoarders out there know how exciting this baby is.  Chapstick Hydration Lock isn't your standard balm.  It's dual ended- one for moisturizing, one for revitalizing- and is even good for just adding a bit of shine to your lips.  I was excited to see it in this month's box because I'd been wanting to try it but am always so stocked with chap sticks that I never really had an excuse to buy it.  

Retail: $5.49
Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool is designed to help you scoop out that last precious bit of product you can't quite reach.  I have to admit it's a useful tool that can definitely stop the tears over your face cream's premature death.  Just six inched long and dishwasher safe, it's not a bad investment if you want to buy some extra time with your favorite products. 

 Retail: $19.99

I learned of bella pierre through BB5 and am so grateful.  I look forward to the new BP products BB5 selects for the box, and this month's pick: Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink has kept the love goin.  This is nice because it's dual purpose and a total space saver.  Sometimes I'm sold on these types of products simply because I've run out of space to store them. I'm also partial to this shade because it adds just enough color to be noticeable, but still subtle enough to look natural.   
Retail: $3.95 .5fl oz.
I always enjoy LASHEM products.. but at first I wasn't so excited about the Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer.  Being as I'm not exactly worried about wrinkles yet, I was thinking I may pass this one on to my mom.   But I was pleased to see that it doubles as a face primer, which I can always use more of.  It'll definitely make it into my morning makeup regimen.  
Retail: $3.95
I LOVE this colour in Surfer's Dream from Nanacoco!!!  I wasn't expecting a neon polish in a fall box, but it was a fun surprise.  This will add a fun, pop a color to any look, especially on those dull, dreary days when your spirits need a pick me up!   
Overall, I though this month's box was pretty darn decent.  Dual purpose products and sassy colours are always appreciated! 
Are you interested in subscribing to BB5?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Just for You: Customized Skincare by Skin Inc.

A customized facial?!  Yes, please!
I was psyched to learn about the It's Just For You event happening at select Sephora locations here in NYC and just had to share it with you beauties!  This is the perfect opportunity to hear from the experts exactly what products can help benefit your skin, and prep it just in time for winter.
Skin Inc., the luxury bespoke skincare brand made in Japan and the first of its kind to use customization and ingredient encapsulation to meet a variety of skincare needs, will be hosting an exclusive facial event at Sephora stores in NYC. These two signature events will be taking place on Friday, October 24th at Sephora, 130 W 34th street between 7th Avenue and Broadway and Saturday, October 25th at Sephora, 5 Times Square (200 W 42st), between 12pm-6pm. Attendees will be able to indulge in a fully customized mini facial with a Skin Inc brand expert and discover their ideal product matches - including Skin Inc’s groundbreaking My Daily Dose serum - formulated precisely for your skin.

Are you going to check out the event?  If you do, come back and share your experience!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Drink Lover on Your List

Sometimes when I get so stressed out, all I want to do is kick back with a nice drink and chillax.  And recently, this got me considering for some clever new gift ideas.    
 Corkcicle  is the hot spot for your all drinking gadgets.  Creations like the Chillsner and the Corkcicle.AIR  are perfect for the wine connoisseur or beer lover on your list this year.  

The Chillsner

Retail price: $29.95 for two   

Corkcicle description:

 The Chillsner is the first and only, in-bottle beer chiller that keeps cold beer cold from the first sip to the last, whether drinking from the bottle or as you pour into your glass.  Just freeze, insert into any bottled beer, and drink right through the Chillsner.  Made from stainless steel, Chillsner uses the same proprietary thermal gel as the famed Corkcicle. It is a must-have gadget for any beer drinker.  Perfect for parties, tailgating, or pretty much any occasion where beloved beers are enjoyed. 

Any beer drinker knows there's nothing worse them a warm beer.  How many times have you set your beer down "for a minute", only to get distracted and come back to a luke warm bottle of grossness?  Or how about on those smoldering hot summer days when the thing just won't stay cold?  I can't imagine any beer drinker not loving this.  It's easy to use, easy to clean, and totally affordable!

Corckicle. AIR

 Retail price: $24.95 

Corkcicle description: 
The Corkcicle.AIR keeps your wine at the proper temperature, aerates your wine, and acts as a pourer, all in one device.  All of these features help enhance the flavor profile of your wine.  CHILL - Keeps already chilled whites at the perfect temp and cools down room temp reds to cellar temp.  AERATE - Instantly enhance the flavor profile of your wine by simply pouring to the glass.  Both red and white display the same types of flavor improvement from aerating.  POUR - Simply remove the cap and pour right from the bottle to the glass with ease.  Enjoy perfect wine every time with Corkcicle.AIR. 
 The Corkcicle AIR offers up a similar concept as the Chillsner, but for wines.  It's the new and improved version of its predecessor, the Corkcicle  (which comes in a bunch of bright colors by the way).  Personally, I could see myself using this!  Even though I don't usually worry about the bottle losing its flavor, I do appreciate a nice chilled glass of white.  This is a great gift for wine lovers or anyone who likes to entertain. The holiday season is packed with parties and this is totally useful to have on hand.  Considering its benefits, its very reasonably priced and definitely won't break the bank.

 Retail:$14.99- $35.00 for packs of four

Once the drinks are poured, why not dress them up?? 

The motive behind a drink charm is basically to identify whose glass is whose, but at the end of the day, they're plain fun!  They add some personality to the atmosphere and help celebrate the moment.  Il Bere has a huge selection of vintage styles, holiday and birthday themes, sassy bachelorette designs, and even pink, Winning the Fight inspired charms.  They make cute stocking stuffers and there are so many to chose from that you're sure to find a design that fits almost anyone on your list.

Have you started your holiday shopping this year?  Are you interested in any of the above gift ideas?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

KISS and Broadway Nails: Limited Edition Halloween and Holiday Collections

Considering I'm one of the biggest procrastinators in NYC, it's no surprise that my Halloween costume is still very much a part of my imagination, rather then on a hanger and ready to go... but if one thing is for sure, my nails are going to look sick this year. 
KISS has launched a super adorable Limited Edition Halloween Collection for this season.  I've reviewed the imPRESS Nails in the past and have been pretty loud about the fact that I'm a huge fan.  If you follow the directions explicitly, you can get some serious wear time out of these babies.  My longest running has been 12 days (yes 12).   But in case fake nails don't quite tickle your fancy, KISS has you covered.  The collection also includes an array of really cute, festive nail tattoos :)
Sweet Pea
Halloween impress Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails
Retail: $ 5.00
Halloween KISS Nail Dress
Retail: $2.99
Lady Bug
Halloween Kiss Nail Tattoo
Retail: $2.99
KISS even took it a step further and launched the Halloween KISS Lash Dress Collection.  If there is one thing you don't want to neglect, it's the chance to really amp up your eyes with some killer lashes.  The masquerade packing is really fun, and each set caters to a different style costume.  Choose from Kitty, Witch , Devil, Angel, Princess and Fairy.  Each set includes a small tube of glue for application.

Halloween Kiss Lash Dress
On a typical day, you probably won't find me wearing even an ounce of glitter in any form... but the holidays are the one time I feel like I need to sparkle... and I want everything around me to sparkle!  Which is probably why I nearly hyperventilated when I saw KISS's Limited Edition Holiday Collection. 
Why I'm obsessed:
- Unique, multidimensional nail art
- Perfect application of glitter and ombe on every nail
- Vibrant, gel shine with pre applied, pre cured top gel, no LED lamp required
- Easy, no glitter hassle peel off removal
- and.... they're sexy as hell!!

Painted Veil
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99

 Rock Candy
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99
The gel Fantasy sets are slightly different though because they give you application options.  Each set comes with a small tub of glue and set of adhesive tabs.  The back of each nail is bare, and you get to chose which method you like better.  At first I planned on using the tabs, but I'm starting to think the glue might be the easier way to go.  Obviously these will require more time and effort to apply, but not worry, there are still some glitzy press on- variations with the "gel shine" option to chose from:
One Shine Day

Glitz & Glamour

 In the Spotlight
I am SO excited to start rocking these sparklers.  Follow me on instagram to get all the hot close ups and finished looks!! 
Available at:
Harmon, Bartell Drugs, Marcs
Did you fall in love with any of these styles? Are you going to glam it up this season with some KISS?
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