Halcyon Artistry Launch & Giveaway!

I am so excited to be modeling this awesome, new jewelry line, Halcyon Artistry.  The designers, Nancy and Nicole (pictured below!) form a Connecticut based duo who have combined their artistic inspirations to become Halcyon Artisry. The philosophy of the brand is simple: Let each piece of handcrafted art take you on a personal journey. Their wearable art and handcrafted housewares is meant to bring people together through gifts, conversation, and whimsy.

In honor of Halcyon Artistry’s grand opening, they are offering 15% off oct 1- oct 18th!  Browse their amazing collections here.  Which pieces are your favorite?

Candy Stilettos has teamed up with Halcyon Artistry for a fabulous giveaway!  Enter to win a beautiful Candle Gift Set from Halcyon Artistry here!

Follow the above link and winner will be announced Tuesday!

designers{ Nancy and Nicole, founders and designers of Halcyon Artistry}

Below are some sneak peeks from our photo shoot showcases some of my favorite pieces.  You may recognize the other model from Candy Stiletto’s Street Style posts, Jen Burns.

18{Milagro Bracelets}

13{International Travels & Opera Ring}

12{Opera Ring}

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9{Coral Rays}

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1{Green Butterfly}

{Destination Frames & Custom Candles}

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{Pollock Pillows}

Monday’s Look for Less

When is it okay to splurge and when can you get by with a steal? From lipstick colors to high-fashion designs, there are always options. Personally, I like to invest in “classics” such as a favorite handbag, favorite purse and splurge on a classic pair of boots. However, when I may be going for a more “trendy” piece, I try to save a little money and find alternatives to still look fabulous. Here is this week’s look for less!

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Cozy Sweaters & Fires: Sure Signs of Fall ❤

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BMfire{ Sweater: Bethany Mota Collection at Aeropostale| Boyfriend jeans: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s| Ankle Booties: Bethany Mota for Aeropostale }

Healthy Eating Habits Made Easy!

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Eating healthy ALL the time can be really frustrating. I try to make my eating and cooking habits a lifestyle rather than a diet so I feel like I am not depriving myself. Here are a few tips I swear by that will help you stay healthy, on track, and still satisfied.

1. Always be prepared. If you have a crazy day at work, when you get home and there is nothing to eat, you are more likely to indulge in something unhealthy because you are so hungry. When I go grocery shopping (usually on Sundays), I plan out what is for lunch and dinner for the week. For example, Monday: crock pot bean soup, Tuesday: Seared Eggplant with veggies, Wednesday: Grilled chicken with butternut squash, and so on.

2. Before a big party or event that you know there will be tempting food, eat something before the event. Heading to a gala where dinner is at 8pm and you know you will eat all the bacon-wrapped scallops in sight? Munch on something before the event to fill up your tummy. Some carrots with hummus or whole grain toast with some peanut butter will hold you over until dinner!

3. Cut out added sugar. Whether it’s juice, soda, snacks, try to avoid foods that are sweetened. Drink water as much as you can and eat foods that are naturally sweet like fruit, cinnamon, and coconut flavors. I even put cinnamon in my coffee instead of sugar and it’s delicious! Also, when I do drink juice, I mix up half with water, For example, if I am drinking cranberry juice, I fill the cup up halfway and the rest with water. This way you get the benefits of the juice with half the sugar.

4. If it’s 10 cents, it’s probably crap. You are better off raising your grocery budget or spending more time coupon-clipping then you are trying to eat on $20 per week. Veggies are actually cheap compared to meats so you can get a cart-full of organize veggies, skip the steak and you will have spent less money! I try to eat organic and watch for sales as well as being resourceful with leftovers.

5. Eating out can be healthy too. I love to dine out and eat well at a nice restaurant; I just pay attention to the menu. First, if it’s a table with bread, I tell them to take it away… It’s way too tempting to just sit there. Also, try to do a veggie side. Craving a burger? Go for it once in a while but get a side salad instead of the fries and you will save half the calories. Checking out the menu online beforehand is also a great idea so you can see if they have healthy options or provide nutritional information.

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New Way to Shop: Boutikey + Promo code!

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I am always on a mission to find statement pieces that are unique.  There are hundreds of boutiques but let’s be honest, finding each little boutique across the country for awesome unique items is a ton of work.  Talk about shop til’ you drop!  That is why I love Boutikey- convenience, variety, and awesome deals.  I’ve got my eye on this adorable Indie Ella Beaded Clutch (below.)

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Boutikey is a shared community where users can discover the latest fashion trends from their favorite boutiques.  The best part? Rewards and sales right to your phone and email! Each purchase you make, you get points toward rewards for future purchases.  I love that you can shop at boutiques across the country right from your phone.  The app is available now on iPhone and coming soon to Android.

Connect with Boutikey on Facebook to stay up to date on sales and promotions.

 

Boutikey would like to offer all Candy Stilettos readers 15% off their purchase at Boutikey!

Expires October 15th. The coupon code is CANDYSTILETTOS15.

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{The creator of the Boutikey app pictured above, Tiana Haraguchi, expresses “it’s online digital tools that are helping to get shoppers into the offline world of brick-and-mortar stores by personalizing the shopping experience.” (Boston Globe)}